When a carrier surprises customers with unauthorized (or unknown) charges on their monthly bills, it is known as cramming. Over the last few months, the largest carriers in the United States were exposed for doing so. The government is coming down on them with little remorse. On Wednesday, Sprint was served with a $105 million fine from the FCC. And on Friday, T-Mobile reached a settlement with the FTC to avoid any further potential damage.
Talk Android reported previously that Archos was working on a VR headset that would be compatible with most phones, including the Nexus 5, that would offer 360° viewing and would be compatible with apps that run with Google Cardboard.
Well, now you can pick up a set today! For just $36.68 USD, Archos VR won’t set you back too much and if you prefer plastic to cardboard, this may be a nice alternative to Google Cardboard. Read more
When uploading photographs to Google+, you may know them a bit different about them. The social network will actually aim to make them better with a feature called Auto Enhance. It makes slight changes here and there, some of which may go unnoticed by the user. Auto Enhance is now capable of working with video uploads rather than just photos. Tim St. Clair, the Google employee that shared news, says it will “make your videos look and sound better.” Google+ will analyze the the picture and audio quality and provide users with a side-by-side comparison to see which one is preferred.
Hit the break for directions and the video demonstrating the feature.
Have the 2012 model of the Nexus 7? Then go ahead and install the latest version of Android. On the Android Developers site, Google posted the Android 5.0.2 factory image for people that like doing things themselves. The factory image posted, though, is only for the WiFi variant (“nakasi”) and Google has yet to post any Lollipop factory images for the mobile data-enabled variant (“nakasig”). The Android 5.0.2 factory image is build LRX22G.
New to the whole process of installing a factory image? We put together guide with plenty of details so you can do it easily.
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Popular 3rd party resizable Android Keyboard Minuum is receiving an update to its features, bringing a new design along with some neat new features. Read more
Disney’s successful kid-friendly MMO, Club Penguin, has finally made its debut on Android, just in time for the holidays. It features the full experience that you would find on the desktop version of the game, so if you’re looking for a child-oriented game to sink your teeth into, this is a solid option.
The game lets kids create their own penguins and explore Club Penguin while playing games, chatting with other players, and scooping up collectables. And since we’re right in the middle of the holidays, Disney has themed the entire game in a Christmas skin for the first ever Merry Walrus celebration. Read more
RunKeeper has released an update to their app that brings a pretty cool feature to users that have a GPS-enabled Android Wear smartwatch. The newest version of the app will let you launch RunKeeper on your smartwatch, then take a jog without having to keep your phone on you thanks to the built-in GPS. You obviously won’t be able to keep up with a data connection, but once you get back home and reconnect with your phone, the app will pick back up and sync on its own.
There aren’t a ton of Android Wear devices with a GPS to take advantage of the new feature, but if you own Sony’s latest Smartwatch 3, you’re in luck. We’ll also very likely see more smartwatches pick up GPS in the next few months, so just think of this update as preparing for future devices. Read more
Chrome comes in three different flavors, which we refer to as channels: stable, beta, and dev. Of the three, dev – shorthand for developer – is the most unstable and has a few bugs from time to time. The trade-off is that you get the newest stuff Chrome has to offer before anyone else. These three channels can be used in the regular Chrome browser or in Chrome OS, which is what the Chromebooks use as their operating system. We are obviously going to focus on Chrome OS in the steps I give below.
Disclaimer: Before you get too uncomfortable, please note that none of this should factory reset your device, so switching to the dev channel shouldn’t cause you to lose any of your files on your Chromebook. But, Talk Android nor myself assume any liability or responsibility for any unexpected or undesired changes that may affect your Chromebook. If you proceed with these steps, it is under your own responsibility and liability. Read more
In a new addition to the Chromebook Dev Channel, which is the version of Chrome OS that has all of the experimental features, you can now call up a Google search with your voice from any screen so long as your device is turned on and unlocked. This feature is very similar to many of our Android devices when “Ok Google” is set to be listened for from any screen. Being the developer channel, if all the kinks get worked out, it should make its way to the beta and stable channels for Chromebook in the near future. Read more
Plenty of people travel during this time of the year. Passing the time with a mobile device has never been easier due to the massive amount of apps and games available. Whether you are riding a train or flying in a plane, there is something for everyone to make travel enjoyable. The beloved Borderlands franchise is making the jump to Android with episodic content that will surely occupy players. Telltale Games released Tales from the Borderlands with the first episode costing $4.99. In the coming months, Telltale Games will release episodes two through five. The Season Pass covering the aforementioned episodes will save buyers 20% compared to those that purchase the episodes individually.
The game has system requirements, so be make sure your device meets them prior to installing Tales from the Borderlands. Android TV devices, such as the Nexus Player, do make the cut and can play the game.
Hit the break for the trailer, gallery, and download links.