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.
Google announced Project Fi last week, which will bring down your cell phone costs considerably. The only catch is that it only works with one phone, the Nexus 6. A decent phone, but it’s too big for a lot of people.
We can only assume that future Nexus phones will also support it too. It has already been rumored that Google will offer not one, but two Nexus phones this year. Huawei and LG seem to be the likely suspects. It’s also likely that Google will end up calling these devices the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 since there is nowhere to go with the current naming scheme. The Nexus 5 refers to a 5-inch display, while the Nexus 6 refers to a 6-inch display. And they can’t call either device a Nexus 7 for obvious reasons.
Disney released the Disney Infinity: Toy Box 2.0 app to Google Play yesterday, which will make a lot of Infinity users very happy. Toy Box 2.0 brings over 60 characters from the Marvel and Disney franchises. These include Avengers, Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy. Elsa & Anna from Frozen, Hiro & Baymax from Big Hero 6, Merida from Brave, Pirates of the Caribbean, Monsters Inc, and more.
Toy Box 2.0 will let you try 3 characters for free, even if you don’t own any Infinity characters. You can also build toy boxes faster, customize the interiors, and play with friends online.
The LG Watch Urbane is already available from Google and Verizon Wireless, and now it’s available at AT&T. For starters, it’s only available online, but it will hit stores on May 15.
Unfortunately, just like Verizon Wireless, AT&T is only offering the Silver option. The price is the same as Google and Verizon, which is $349. However, the best deal might be Verizon since they are offering Free two day shipping, while Google and AT&T only offer standard shipping for Free.
Are you buying one?
Google has been updating all Android devices to Google Play Services 7.3, and they just announced the roll out has been completed. What does it bring to the table?
As we learned last week, Android Wear has a pretty big update and Google Play Services 7.3 plays a big role in that. It allows you to connect more than one Android Watch to your device. The Capability API is new, which allows apps to communicate different things to devices with different features. The Channel API is also new, which creates a bidirectional data connection between nodes for the transfer of larger binary files.
As expected, Verizon Wireless has now made the LG Watch Urbane available for $349, which is the same price as the Google Store. From what we can tell, it appears to be online only. Unfortunately the gold version isn’t showing, but that might change over the next few hours.
Two day shipping is also free, which is better than what the Google Store if offering. Even better, Verizon is shipping now so you will get your watch even sooner. Google is showing May 8th for shipping at of the time of this post.
Are you ordering one?
source: Verizon Wireless (Silver)
Huawei is going after the wearable market with full force. They announced the Huawei Watch and TalkBand B2 last month at Mobile World Congress, which has created a tremendous amount of excitement in the smartwatch and wearable community. Huwaei was generous enough to give us not one, but five TalkBand B2 wearable fitness bands to give away before it’s actually released.
Recent we heard how HTC came up with the “M” naming scheme and why the latest HTC One is the “M9“. Now it’s time to learn about the Samsung Galaxy S. Actually this is nothing new as it was actually reported in a 2011 press release that Phone Arena dug up, but I guess we all forgot about it or we didn’t pay attention to it at the time.
Remember Flappy Bird? How can anyone forget that stupid simple game that was so hard and got so popular that even the developer couldn’t handle it.
Although not as popular now, there is still a lot of interest in the game because there has been so many clones. When it comes down to it, it’s really the game play right? Well a new site called Flappy Creator allows you to create your own Flappy Bird style game with your own graphics that you can cook up in something like Photo Shop.
It’s earnings season, and that means that future plans of various companies are sometimes divulged during conference calls or reports. Samsung Electro-Mechanics recently had an earnings report in which they stated that they have a dual-camera prototype that features two sensors and lenses. A prototype doesn’t necessarily mean it will come to market, but they said that it would be ready for the first half of 2016. That implies that it will come to market, and the first half could mean that we will see it on the Galaxy S7.
Well how things can change in 3 months time. In an earnings conference call back in January, Google CFO Patrick Pichette stated that they couldn’t keep up with Nexus 6 demand. That implied that the demand was so unbelievably high, but as we have learned with supply and demand, even if demand is low, supply could still be an issue. When I reported that story, I titled the post….They have to be kidding: Google admits they can’t keep up with Nexus 6 demand….because it was obvious that the Nexus 6 couldn’t be selling that well.
Google has been know for some pretty clever Easter Eggs, but if what I am about to tell you is yet another one, Google may have crossed the line. If you open Google Maps and go to an area near Rawalpindi, Pakistan (link below), you will find our lovable bugdroid pissing on the Apple logo.
Would Google do this? I highly doubt it as it’s probably some manipulation using Map Maker. Whomever it is, has to be happy with themselves because they definitely made some noise this morning. Speaking of noise…….Is that Larry Page’s phone ringing? “Hello Larry, this is Tim Cook……” You can finish the rest.
source: Google Maps
via: Team Android
NVIDIA made a huge splash when they announced the SHIELD TV, which is an Android TV set-top box on serious steroids. Priced at $199, NVIDIA is clearly going after other consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. However with only 16 GB of storage, that won’t satisfy the hardcore gamer.
Sure, you can attached a USB drive to it, but built-in storage is just plain cleaner. It looks like NVIDIA has realized this need because they are now showing a 500 GB version on their site, which is priced at $299. That’s $100 more than the basic 16 GB version.
The latest version of the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition will be compatible with both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Samsung announced it briefly at their Unpacked event in March, and they have followed up with availability details for the U.S.
Pre-orders will start tomorrow, April 24 at BestBuy.com, with the ability to purchase one at either BestBuy.com or Samsung.com starting Friday, May 8. BestBuy stores will also carry the device starting on Friday, May 15. They will also offer demonstrations so you can try it before you buy it. It’s not clear how many Bed Buy stores will actually carry it, but the press release does say that it will expand into hundreds of stores over the summer.