Google announced a very sizable update last month, which is coming to all Android Wear watches. At the time of this post, it’s only available for the LG Watch Urbane because I am assuming Google is working out any bugs before they release it in full. The Watch Urbane comes with Android Wear 5.1.1 out of the box, but it received another update shortly after pairing.
I figured it would be a good idea to highlight (in the video below) the changes with 5.1.1 as they will operate the same on all watches. All new features, with the exception of Wi-Fi support, will be available on all Android Wear watches. So let’s get to it.
Google began pushing the Android 5.1.1 update to the Nexus 7 (2013) Wi-Fi, Nexus 7 (2012) Wi-Fi, and Nexus 10 about a week or so ago. We know that it takes a while for the update to hit all devices, and you’re probably waiting patiently tapping on “Check for Updates.” I mean impatiently!!
There is no reason to wait any longer because you can download the actual over-the-air update straight from Google and manually install it yourself. If you already know what you’re doing, just grab your download(s) from one of the links below. If not, be sure to hit up our very extensive guide on how to do it. You will be surprised at how easy it is to do, and you there is no need to lose your data.
Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi (razor) From LMY47O to LMY47V (5.1.1)
Nexus 7 (2012) WiFi (nakasi) From LMY47D to LMY47V (5.1.1)
Nexus 10 (mantaray) from LMY47D to LRY47V (5.1.1)
At the end of February, I wrote a little piece on how HTC was pretty much screwed with the One M9 since they failed to capitalize when Samsung was more vulnerable. Now the numbers are in proving my prediction.
The One M9 debuted at the beginning of April so you would think that HTC might have gotten a little boost, but they didn’t even get that. Their revenue for the entire month plummeted by almost 40% to NT$13.54 billion ($439.95 million US) from NT$22.07 last year. If you compare it to the previous month, the drop is 32.36 percent since March posted NT$20.02 billion. Read more
Reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have been pretty positive with the camera being a standout feature. However, last week LG announced their newest flagship, the G4, and they feel they might have one-upped Samsung. The Galaxy S6 and Edge sport an industry first f/1.9 aperture, giving them tremendous results in low light. It hasn’t even been a month and now LG has trumped Samsung by giving the G4’s camera an aperture of f/1.8. It might not sound like much of a difference to you, but LG believes it is. On top of that, they threw in auto laser focus, and OIS 2.0, which gives you a 3rd axis for even better image stabilization.
Android users have been craving for smartphones that sport cameras that can get the job done, so it’s nice to see both LG and Samsung pushing the envelope here. Is there a clear winner? Did LG trump Samsung?
Unless you have never traveled in your life, you have experienced what it feels like getting off a long flight only to find out that your luggage decided to travel to a different spot. We have smartphones, smartwatches, smart TVs, and now it’s time for smart luggage.
Samsung and Samsonite are partnering to do just that. They are fitting suitcases with microchips that can not only be located via the airlines, but also with your smartphone. Usually when you realize your bag is lost, you immediate report it, but the agent rarely knows where it is at the time. They end up putting a trace on it, and eventually it makes it way to your destination.
Meerkat announced a couple of week ago that their live streaming app would be coming to Android in beta form soon, and that day is here. The beta version of the app is in the Play Store now for your downloading pleasure.
We were thinking that this would be released as an invite only, but it appears anyone can download it. Now obviously this app won’t be free of bugs since it’s in beta form, so your feedback is important. You can do this by swiping the screen (within the app) with two fingers, which will connect you to the Meerkat team.
The dream mobile carrier plan has finally come. Google’s Project Fi gives everyone (or those with a Nexus 6) an affordable option for their monthly smartphone service. I often dreamed that Google would do this and they finally came through. However, you might not be too excited if you’re a Google Voice user.
Those of you that like to always have something new before anyone else will be excited to know that Google has released the Dev channel version of Chrome for Android.
The Dev channel has always been available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and ChromeOS, but now Android users can finally get in on the fun.
We just heard that Samsung is bringing Guest Mode to the Android 5.1 update, and now it’s rolling already? One user over at XDA is reporting that his T-Mobile Galaxy S6 Edge received the Android 5.1.1 update.
I don’t think this means that it’s officially rolling out, but it does mean that it’s being tested which is a good thing. It’s more than likely that it’s pure luck that his device received it. There could be others, but who knows if they even read tech blogs.
Microsoft might finally be throwing in the towel, but in a smart way. The app scene for Windows has continued to be dismal at best. With roughly 90% of the market cornered by Android and iOS, developers see no need to put their resources into Windows until it shows significant growth.
Microsoft knows this and that is why they have announced something pretty significant with Windows 10. They released two development kits which will allow developers to port their apps and games to Windows universal apps. Android developers will be able to use Java and C++ code on Windows 10 and iOS developers will use their existing Objective C code.