Quite soon, Chrome OS users could have access to Android development tools. An issue posted on the Google Code site reveals that the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) and recovery/flashing tools are working with Chrome OS. The ADB tool allows for data to be sent between devices. Flashing makes it possible to do something like installing a custom ROM on a connected device. The tools would be accessible through the Chrome Shell.
We are not aware of a potential release date since nothing is official.
Via: OMG! Chrome!
The Chrome for Android application, available in the Play Store, is being updated to version 40. The update is not an overhaul by any means but it does make some appealing changes with even more Material Design sprinkled throughout. Tapping on a URL will cue a box that contains the option to copy it. Before, users had to manual cut/copy the URL like any other text. On tablets, long-pressing the close button on a tab provides a button to close all tabs. The most welcome addition, though, is how fixed headers work when zooming. Things are less likely to get messy and crowded with everything staying in its place.
As expected, Google is rolling out the update slowly. You can download the update for yourself by hitting the download link below.
Source: OMG! Chrome! [APK Download Link]
If you weren’t born yesterday, you probably remember when Polaroids were all the rage.
Devices like the Nexus 6, Motorola DROID Turbo, and HTC One (M8) are capable of enhanced charging with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology. The special chargers, when paired with supported devices, powers them much quicker than ordinary chargers. Both Motorola and HTC have released their own Quick Charge 2.0 chargers, but availability has been somewhat limited. The Motorola Turbo Charger will soon be available in the Play Store. When? No one is sure. It is a good sign, however, that its status reads “coming soon.” The price listed is $34.99.
In the meantime, you can purchase the Turbo Charger directly from Motorola.
Source: Google Play
Never got around to purchasing a Google Play edition device? Then it is likely safe to say you never will. Slowly but surely, we have seen Google Play edition devices vanish online. A warning was never issued by Google and the company has proceeded to pull the devices from the Play Store. Most recently, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Google Play edition was removed after months of being out of stock. Then, today, the HTC One (M8) Google Play edition was shown the door. It left the Google Play edition section with nothing to show; therefore, the initiative that pushed a stock Android experience on flagship devices is presumably gone.
Have you ever purchased a Google Play edition device? Let us know in the comments.
Source: Google Play
Google might be buying up a lot of tech companies, but they are also spending a considerable amount of money on lobbying efforts in Washington. According to Consumer Watchdog, Google spent a record $16.83 million to influence regulators in 2014. That’s up from $14.06 million in 2013.
Google bested Comcast, which spent $16.80 million in 2014. They even went ahead of Verizon ($11.22 million) and AT&T ($14.56 million). Apple and Facebook combined didn’t even spend as much as Google, $4.11 and $9.34 million respectively.
It has often been rumored that Google will eventually get into the wireless mobile game, and it looks like that dream will come true. As part of something codenamed Nova, Google won’t be starting their own service, but will instead opt to be an MVNO for Sprint and T-Mobile.
If you’re not familiar with what an MVNO is, it’s a mobile virtual network operator, or basically a re-seller of another carrier’s service. For example, Ting is a Sprint MVNO and Straight Talk is the same for both T-Mobile and AT&T. You can now add Google to the mix.
Google Cast for Android TV devices can now be updated a lot easier since Google has moved it to the Play Store. This is the case for both the ADT-1 and the Nexus Player, and we presume it will be the case for the upcoming Razer Forge TV as well as all the new TVs from Sony, Sharp, and Philips.
Google Cast is the software used for Chromecasting compatible apps to your Android TV device. To update it, just head into the Play Store from your Android TV device and scroll down to updates.
Google is hard at work pushing Google for Education, and their next step is to offer Android tablets preloaded with Education services to schools in the UK. These tablets are customized for the curriculum used in the UK school system and offer great ways to manage time and get students more involved.
Schools have an option of which tablets they want to buy, some of which include the Nexus 7 and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 4. The tablets seamlessly link together for classrooms and have access to Google’s Education app store and are preloaded with Google’s work apps like Drive, Docs, and Sheets.
It has been confirmed that Google and Fidelity are investing a total of $1 billion into Elon Musk’s space transportation company, SpaceX. This investment gives both Google and Fidelity just under 10% ownership of SpaceX, which is valued at over $10 billion.
Google wants to use SpaceX satellites to send internet to those areas that have either no or poor access. This could cover as much as 3 billion people. These satellites will not only provide internet access, but also at much faster speeds.