New factory image of Android 5.1 LMY47I for Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 now available to flash


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

Google Play Newsstand adds support for Austria, Belgium, Ireland, and Turkey


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+)

YouTube preparing to get back in the game with live streaming platform


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

Google’s upcoming Pony Express service to allow bill payments from within Gmail


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 services headed to Salt Lake City


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

Cyanogen and BLU to release Google-less phone later this year


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