The Nexus program is here to stay indefinitely. Android Silver, once seen as the Nexus program’s successor, has been shelved due to concern from within Google and its partners. The exact status of Android Silver is that it is “on hold,” according to The Information. So it looks like this fall will see the release of another Nexus phone alongside a tablet from the program.
Security researcher Rafay Baloch released information about a vulnerability in the Same Origin Policy (SOP) protection used by browsers running on Android devices. The SOP is used to stop malicious code from spreading from one site to sites that a user has open in other tabs. According to some sources, this vulnerability is “a privacy disaster.” It appears to be limited to the Android Open Source Platform(AOSP) Browser, which has been replaced by Chrome on more recent builds of Android, and does not impact users on Android 4.4 or higher.
Google is still hard at work building out Chromecast support, and today you’ll have four new options to cast to your television. Disney channel, Twitch, iHeartRadio, and DramaFever are all on board with casting support.
The WATCH Disney, WATCH Disney Jr. and WATCH Disney XD apps all support casting content on demand, and if you sign in through your television provider, you can even stream live content. Twitch has finally added Chromecast support, even though their deal with Google didn’t materialize. You’ll be able to watch any live streams from the Android or iOS apps, and they’re also supporting casting from a web browser.
Motorola is opening pre-orders today for the 2nd gen Moto X on their site today, and AT&T is following suit. What’s cool about AT&T’s offering is that they are offering your chance to grab the phone in either Black Resin, Black Leather, or Bamboo. Last year’s Moto X was very limited at the carrier level in that you could only get a plain white or black version. So it’s nice to see added options. Just remember, you won’t be able to further customize these bad boys unless you hit up Moto Maker.
After last week’s Galaxy Note 4 commercials mocking the iPhone 6, Samsung is turning their attention to the Galaxy Tab S. This one features both Kristen Bell and her husband Dax Shepard, and it shows you just how much they love their Samsung tabs. In other words……they just can’t live without them. Check it out after the break, and you can also read our review here.
The latest in Samsung’s Galaxy Grand lineup looks like it’s going to try to tackle the selfie-crazed market. The recently leaked Galaxy Grand Prime features a 5 megapixel front facing camera, which is one of the highest resolution shooters we’ve seen Samsung put in any of their devices. Previous devices in the Grand series have only had 2 megapixel cameras, so this looks like it will be a noticeable bump in image quality.
Other specs on the device look fairly mid-range, which is in line with the previous Galaxy Grand models. There’s a Snapdragon 400 CPU with 1 GB of RAM on board, plus an 8 megapixel, 1080p shooting rear camera. You’ll get a qHD 5-inch display, Android 4.4, and dual SIM card slots. The focus of the device is clearly on the selfie-shooting front camera, but since other manufacturers are pursuing the same market, there’s clearly some demand there.
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In honor of Apple’s latest creation, Verizon is moving forward upgrade dates by two months for users looking to snag a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus.
By now you have noticed that whenever you start typing a query in Google, auto-suggestions appear below. If you’re using the Chrome app on Android (and you should be), you will also get answers in this auto-suggestion area meaning that you don’t even need to complete the search. You will have to enable a flag within your app since it’s not set by default, but trust me, it’s easy.
The LG G3 Vigor, a smaller, less powerful version of the LG G3 for users looking for a less expensive phone, will join the Sprint portfolio starting this Friday. The hardware for the LG G3 Vigor is basically the same as the LG G3 Beat sold in some foreign markets. The smartphone comes with a 5-inch 720p resolution display, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage expandable via microSD, an 8MP camera, and a 2,540mAh battery.