If you own a T-Mobile-branded Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) today could just be your lucky day as the operator has just started rolling out the much-anticipated Android 4.4.4 KitKat update to all its LTE variants of the slate currently located in the United States.
Earlier today, Google published a pre-order page for its new Nexus Player on the Play Store to invite eager Android enthusiasts to reserve themselves a set-top box prior to its official release. Unfortunately, though, within a couple of hours of going live, an “out of inventory” message appeared on the website.
This brief note left many of us confused. The most popular hypothesis put forward was that Google had run out of $20 Play Store Gift Cards to award to each customer who pre-ordered the unit in the United States and Canada as promised by the search engine giant. But, as it turns out, that wasn’t the case.
Sources within Google indicate some top level executives have shifted around and the changes may be another sign that the company is moving closer to a merger of its two operating systems. Hiroshi Lockheimer, who is the vp of engineering for the Android operating system, has had the engineering team assigned to the Chrome operating system placed under him. Linus Upson was the top engineer for Chrome and it is unclear what he will be doing moving forward.
Google including an Easter egg or two in a release of Android should be no surprise to anyone. The company enjoys having fun with their software releases and challenging fans to find the stuff they have hidden. The Easter egg included in Android 5.0 Lollipop may be their most ambitious yet as it is a full game for users to enjoy.
Now that Google has announced the release of Android Lollipop many people are anxiously waiting for the update to hit their device. Some are fortunate enough to have devices that can handle the final developer previews and several devices will get Lollipop in November. For others though, the wait is indeterminate while manufacturers and carriers work to make sure things will work on their devices and networks.
If you are interested in getting at least a little bit of the look and feel of Android Lollipop, the stock wallpapers and system sounds have been extracted from the developer preview and can be downloaded onto your device.
Two accessories for the Nexus 9 arrived in the Play Store on Friday. Both have to do with protection and usability. The first is the official Nexus 9 Cover that also folds into a stand. It comes in Black, Lime Stone, Coral Amethyst, and Mint Indigo with the polyurethane material. The other options are Black Leather and Natural Leather. It folds in a bunch of different ways for various positions. One of the corners folds, when on the backside of the tablet, to expose the camera and activate it for quick snapping. The official cover costs $39 and Google lists it as “Coming soon.”
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Expansys is offering a fantastic deal on factory-refurbished models of Google’s second-generation smartphone, the Nexus 4. That’s the very same smartphone that took the Android user base by storm with its minimalistic “Vanilla” approach to the open-source operating system.
The device comes in both 8GB and 16GB sizes. The smaller storage model is being offered by the retailer for $149.99 and the larger for $169.99. Both variants come with a complimentary bumper case available in either black or white depending on the color of the phone you choose to order.
Google has just listed the Sony SmartWatch 3 on the Play Store. Unfortunately, the device isn’t available just yet, it’s catalogued only as “coming soon,” but we do know that it will have a $249 price tag when it eventually displays ‘add to basket’.
The Nexus 9 is going for $399 (16 GB) or $479 (32 GB) and you have your choice of black or white for now. The LTE option or the Sand color isn’t available yet. Assuming you order today, you can expect it to leave the warehouse within 2 to 3 weeks. Shipping is also extra, which could be around $9.99 (3-5 days) depending on where you live. Launch day is supposed to be November 3, so you will also find it at participating retailers then.