Android 5.0 Lollipop brought a new feature called Smart Lock, which allows you to set certain locations or Bluetooth devices as trusted so that you don’t have to constantly enter your security PIN, Password, or pattern to unlock your phone or tablet. Third party apps such as Delayed Lock, SkipLock and Secure Settings have already been giving users this ability for a couple of years now. Unfortunately, these apps will not work in Lollipop due to the fact that Google has changed the security in that third party apps can no longer unlock the device.
The number of devices that can cast screens via Chromecast continue to grow. We recently saw the Galaxy Note 4 added, and now the NVIDIA SHIELD tablet has been added to the list.
You can cast your screen by opening the Chromecast app, and selecting “Cast Screen” from the menu. If you have a Shield, try it out. It works great with Google Earth.
Update: As one reader pointed out, The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition was also recently added. Thanks Josh.
source: Google Support
New reports indicate Amazon is preparing to rollout an ad-supported video streaming service next year that is different from the Prime Video service included with their Prime membership offering. The new service will supposedly be aimed more at competing with Hulu and Netflix in that it will be based on a monthly subscription fee for access. Analysts think Amazon will undercut the monthly prices offered by other services through the use of ads. Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter thinks this would make the new Amazon offering a “Netflix killer.” Read more
You might have noticed that “OK Google” appears every time your watch face lights up on your Android Wear smartwatch. It’s there to remind you that you can say “OK Google” to search for something or start an app. After a week or so, you pretty much get the hint and no longer want it covering your face. How do you get rid of it?
Since Apple finally decided to get into the mobile payments space, competition has been heating up to get consumers to switch away from traditional debit and credit cards. In an effort to entice buyers to set up and make more use of their Google Wallet accounts, Google has launched a special “Buy with Google” promotion just in time for the holiday shopping season. Special deals are being offered to users who make a purchase using a vendor’s Android app and selecting “Buy with Google” to access their Google Wallet account when they checkout. Read more
Starting today, residents in the United States can pick up Google’s latest smartphone, the Nexus 6, for $249.99 from Best Buy. The handset is only available in the Midnight Blue colorway and ships factory locked to either AT&T or Sprint.
In September, Google and Adobe announced plans to bring Photoshop over to Chrome OS. The project has actually been going on for nearly two years and, today, Photoshop Streaming has made its way to the Chrome Web Store. For now, only educational institutions have access to Photoshop Streaming. The testing period will last for six months and then it is fair game for anyone to use. Adobe did provide an explanation as to how Photoshop on Chrome OS works.
Back in August, Pushbullet unveiled a revolutionary new feature, which empowered users to copy and paste files across multiple devices. At the time of release, this function was restricted to Windows-powered smartphones and computers, but now, thanks to an automatic update rolling out today, Android, Mac and Linux users get to use the service, too.
Hit the break to see Pushbullet’s new feature in action.
Sharing a single account with family or friends can be rather frustrating. Content, preferences, and settings for one user gets intertwined with another and the entire experience goes sour. Many services now are making a shift to support multi-user accounts. The latest to do so is Plex. With Plex Home, there is full control of who can do what with the service. Content can be shared with specified users and parental controls are in place so nothing gets seen by the unintended. User switching is fast, so there is no waiting around for the service to load everything.
Unique usernames, passwords, email addresses, and passwords are not required with Plex Home. There is PIN protection in case you want to provide privacy to users.
Features are available to non-subscribers of the premium Plex Pass. Anyone with a Plex account has access to multi-user support and “Now Playing.” It allows everyone sharing an account to have their own experience with a viewing history.
Microsoft is currently rolling out a rather hefty update for its Office Mobile application via the Play Store. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade brings a multitude of bug fixes, stability improvements, speed optimizations, and some pretty great new features; one of which being the integration of Dropbox as an online storage location.
Hit the break to see the full changelog.