Android TV brings a number of things that the Chromecast lacked like an on screen interface, gaming, and a remote control. As to the remote control, Google continued the industry trend and made it Bluetooth instead of infrared (IR). The one problem with that is if you use one universal remote, such as a Logitech Harmony, for all your home theater devices, you will now have to leave one additional remote control on your coffee table. A total bummer, but good news!! You can actually use your Harmony or other universal remote to control your Android TV device, and it will only cost you a little over $10.00. Hit the break to find out how.
The HTC One (M7) and (M8) Google Play Edition devices are receiving Android 5.0.1 Lollipop today, but it will take at least a week or two to land on all devices. Good news!! The actual over-the-air (OTA) update is available for you to download and manually install right now. It’s really easy to do, so hit the break to get started.
Last week we reported that some OnePlus One owners claimed they received refurbished One units instead of news devices. At the time, OnePlus had made a simple statement saying they didn’t ship such units out and were looking into it. They have now made a formal post detailing each situation they know of.
There are 7 cases in all and OnePlus has found that none of them were refurbished. The first case is the most interesting of them all because the owner claims a photo was on his device so it had to be used. Upon further investigation, the photo was taken from someone in France and wasn’t even a OnePlus customer, nor was it taken with the phone. There really is no explanation to this other than the fact that the owner could be fibbing. The other point is that the device was manufactured on July 14, 2014 and shipped to the customer on July 20, 2014, making it nearly impossible to be refurbished.
Back when Android TV was unveiled at Google I/O, it was announced that Sony would include it on all their 2015 HD and 4K TVs. That’s quite a commitment and should be just the thing to get Android TV off the ground. Is Sony going to offer the same experience as the Nexus Player? Turns out they have a couple of tricks up their sleeve.
The first is that in addition to Android TV, users will also get PS4 Remote Play and Sony’s cloud gaming service called PlayStation Now, which will also link to Google games. The other cool news regarding gaming is that you will be able to use PlayStation controllers, which is a really nice touch.
A couple of days ago, OnePlus took to their blog to announce that One devices in India would not receive support from Cyanogen due to a deal between Micromax and Cyanogen.
Today Cyanogen published their own blog post in order to clarify misinformation. They pledged that all OnePlus One devices will receive OTA firmware updates. When they say “all” they mean “all.” If you haven’t figured it out yet, this means India devices too.
So this is obviously good news for OnePlus owners in India. Are you rocking a OnePlus One? How do you like it?
As reported yesterday, Google has updated the Nexus 7 2013 (WiFi), Nexus 9 (WiFi), and Nexus 10 to Android 5.0.1. Factory images were already posted, which you can use to manually update your device, but unless you’re unlocked, the preferred method is updating with the actual over-the-air (OTA) update since you won’t lose your data.
Good news!! The OTA updates are now available to download for the Nexus 7 2013 (WiFi) and the Nexus 10. The Nexus 9 should be available shortly.
We have the download links after the break, and don’t forget to check out our extensive guide on installing the OTA update to your Nexus device. If you prefer to go the factory image route, we have an extensive guide on that one as well.
I have never been a fan of kids tablets, but Fuhu does a fantastic job with the nabi line. Not only are the tablets kid-friendly, but they encourage learning through the Wings Learning App. With that said, it can get quite expensive buying the different modules for Wings, not to mention finding other entertainment content.
To makes things easier, Fuhu just launched nabi Pass, which is a monthly subscription that includes Wings Unlimited, as well as curated music, movies, TV shows, short videos, apps, games, and e-books. These offerings are sure to delight kids ages 3 to 14, and will cost only $4.99 per month.
Companies only get one or two shots each year for flagship devices so they want to make sure they utilize the best specs available at the time. For next year’s devices, that means the Snapdragon 810, which is Qualcomm’s first 64-bit octa-core processor.
The early consensus was that the 810 wasn’t going to be available till June of next year, so I really didn’t think Samsung and LG would include it in the Galaxy S 6 and G4, but according to a report out of Business Korea, both companies are trying to utilize the said chip.
Android TV includes Google Cast so you can use compatible Chromecast apps to push content to your TV. However, if you have multiple Android TV devices (same model), you will find it difficult to distinguish between them when you want to cast something. The Chromecast app allows you to change the name of Chromecast devices, but Android TV devices are left out in the cold. The only two Android TV devices available at the time of this post are the ADT-1 and the Nexus Player, and each one shows up as their respective name when you tap on the Chromecast icon to choose a device. So if you have two Nexus Players, how would you tell the difference between the living room device or the one in the bedroom? Just change the name of each device to suit your needs. Hit the break to see how easy it is.
Are you still in need of an invite for Google Inbox? Well Google is guaranteeing you one by the end of the day as long as you request one between 10:00 am and noon time PST today (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST).
All you have to do is send an email from your Gmail address to firstname.lastname@example.org during the specified time, and you should receive an invite by the end of the day. What could be easier?