It looks like a new version of Android 5.1 (LMY47I) is going out as Google posted factory images for both the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 yesterday. We don’t know what has been changed, but we expect it to be minor bug squashing, which is never a bad thing.
We also know that you guys don’t like waiting around for updates so flashing the image might be your best bet to get it now. There is no reason to be afraid of flashing. You don’t even have to lose your data if your bootloader is unlocked. We have the most complete and easy to follow instructions anywhere, so if you want to have the latest and greatest update up and running in less than a few minutes, make sure you follow this link.
source: Google Developers
Content offered in the Play Store can be limited depending upon which country you reside in. Anyone in any country can access free content offered by Google in its digital store; however, only certain countries can make purchases. Today, four new countries received support for Play Newsstand. People in Austria, Belgium, Ireland, and Turkey can purchase and subscribe to magazines and newspapers from their mobile devices.
Source: Google Play (Google+)
With the FTC’s 2012 probe into Google‘s search practices all said and done, it became quite apparent that Mountain View has quite a bit of pull in the nation’s capital. A new report from The Wall Street Journal, high ranking Googler’s, including Mr. Eric Schmidt himself, met with White House officials to the tune of 230 different times across two terms.
Google Keep is one of the best note taking/checklist apps available on Android. What makes it even better is the fact that it comes directly from Google, who can add new features periodically. And the app has now been updated to version 3.1 with some new features in tow. Read more
In a bid to improve security even further on the Chrome browser, Google has just introduced a new Safe Browsing API for the developers which can be used to keep their apps and other software safe from potentially harmful downloads. Read more
According to a new report, Google is preparing to relaunch its live stream platform with a focus on live gaming events and sporting events. Google sort of tried this once before with their YouTube Live service when they attempted to purchase Twitch for $1 billion. That deal fell through amidst claims of “antitrust concerns.” Since then, Twitch has gone on to achieve success in the market, with the backing of Amazon, while YouTube Live became an “also ran.” Now, Google appears to be ready to give it another go based on reports that internal resources are being committed to the initiative. Read more
There are so many ways to make payments both physically and online. Now, Google wants to add another that gets right to it. The company is reportedly working on a service going by the name Pony Express that forwards bills to inbox of its users. From there, they are able to make payments without having to leave Gmail.
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Google Fiber hasn’t exactly gotten off to a hot start, as it’s only available in a handful of cities. Google has been working on expanding their ISP footprint, though, and the next city on that list is Salt Lake City, Utah.
Google announced today that they’ll be partnering with the city to figure out the best way to lay out their fiber network to get customers connected. Salt Lake City was likely picked due to its large technology sector, since those kinds of cities and areas are prime targets for Google’s gigabit internet service. Read more
The current CFO of Morgan Stanley, Ruth Porat will be taking over the same position over at Google starting May 26, a Google press release said. This means Patrick Pichette’s tenure as the Google CFO for 7 years will now come to an end. Larry Page had nothing but gratitude for Pichette and his work with Google. Read more
Amongst the hoopla of Cyanogen’s announcement that they had secured $80 million in new financing to help fund development of its operating system, we are discovering that Cyanogen is partnering with BLU to produce a smartphone that does not use any Google services or apps. Connections between BLU and Cyanogen have been noted in the past when Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster has talked about toppling Samsung and Apple in the smartphone market. Read more