Get your grain of salt ready. A report coming from Pocketnow states that the Nexus 6 will be available through Verizon. There was plenty of chatter last year that the Nexus 5 would join Big Red, but that never happened. One good sign is that the Nexus 7 (2013) is available and operable on Verizon’s network. It just is hard to believe that this is truly happening until we actually see it happen.
Like any other device from Google, availability is expected to work on just about any carrier’s network. Verizon, and often Sprint, are left out due to the CDMA technology and wireless bands used. A GSM network is more favorable for a Nexus device. Google opts to go with the latter with global availability being the focus.
Recently, Apple CEO Tim Cook was on Charlie Rose and questioned Google’s data collection practices. He said, “When an online service is free, you’re not the customer, you’re the product.” Now it’s Eric Schmidt’s turn as he appeared on CNN Money and obviously had some things to say about Tim Cook’s comments.
Have yet to stream anything on Prime Instant Video using your Android device? Amazon wants to change that. When streaming something from Prime Instant Video to your Android device for the first time, the company will reward you with 500 of its Amazon Coins. That amount of Amazon Coins equates to $5 that will be transferred over to the Appstore. The promotion is running right now and ends October 16.
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We are expecting Android L to arrive very soon, likely between October 15 and November 1. Google has already updated the screenshots for the Chrome Beta app to reflect the focus of the upcoming version of Android. The design language, Material Design, is name dropped in one place and Chrome is obviously going to be adopting the new look. The keyboard revamped for Android L makes an appearance as well.
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Instapaper is making the transition over to a “freemium” business model. The price tag attached to the app has been removed and anyone can get started with Instapaper for free. For $2.99 or $29.99 per year, Instapaper unlocks a valuable set of features. The main set of premium additions are full-text search, unlimited highlights, and text-to-speech playlists. Also, a premium account ensures a user can use third-party apps with Instapaper.
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Dropbox is currently in the process of rolling out a small, staged update for its official Android application via the Google Play Store. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade brings users the ability to export files directly to an SD card, together with the usual plethora of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.
iFixit has done their typical teardown and repair process on Samsung’s newest “premium” flagship, the Galaxy Alpha. The phone was built relatively similarly to the Galaxy S 5, although it’s obviously lacking a few things like waterproofing. The teardown showed that the only really simple thing to replace is the battery, and that to get to any of the other major components, it’s almost a necessity to remove the front display of the device, which is prone to causing more damage. Fortunately, that does mean that if the display is the only thing that needs to be replaced, it should be a slightly faster repair.
Overall, the Galaxy Alpha got a repairability score of 5 out of 10, just like the GS5. It’s not bad, but it’s certainly not the best we’ve seen. Hit the link below for pictures of the Alpha being completely disassembled.
There has been quite a bit of speculation about whether the mobile-focused Android would replace the PC-focused Chrome at Google, or vice versa, but so far Google hasn’t taken any major steps to make that happen. According to Sundar Pichai, (who is the senior VP of both Android and Chrome) the search giant doesn’t want to force any type of convergence between the two.
We’ve seen a little bit of overlap between both platforms, including the Chromecast running a specific version of Android and being able to run Android applications on Chromebooks. Pichai clarified that if any type of convergence between the two happens, it’s going to be an “organic” process. That leaves plenty of interpretation for if Google plans on organically moving Android into a position to replace Chrome or anything similar, but as of right now, Google is happy to let both pieces stand successfully on their own. Read more
Roku has announced today that they are starting to roll out a new beta feature that will enable screen mirroring from some Android devices to Roku 3 and Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI Version) devices. This new feature will be available for Android devices running at least Android 4.4.2 and with hardware that supports screen mirroring. Android users are not the only ones getting this new feature as Windows 8.1 powered devices will be able to do the same thing. Read more
As we all wait patiently, watching the ticking second hand on our clocks or Moto 360s, for the official release of Android L, we can get some relief in the form of apps updating to use the new material design guidelines provided by Google. A new entrant in this growing list is Google’s own Google Play Newsstand app. Google says the update to Newsstand will make the reading experience easier by incorporating larger images, more contextual headers and smoother transitions. Read more