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.
First off, you need to understand that this uses the Chrome Dev Channel. 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.
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.
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.
I think it’s safe to say that the rumor mill for the Samsung Galaxy S6 is going to really hit its stride leading up to CES 2015. Rumors of hardware specs, what the case is going to look like and even whether or not it will be unveiled at CES 2015 seem to be debated by many sources. That being said, nowhereelse.fr is reporting that it has gotten its hands on pictures of the S6′s metal frame.
Want to really get people thinking? Then release a video that encompasses very random scenes that ends with a warming “Welcome to the New World” message. That is exactly what Sony has done with its new teaser. Some of the more random scenes include a staring person with ample face paint, a woman smiling with a tear sliding down her face, and a small child next a pregnant woman’s stomach. A less bizarre, but more indicative, has a young woman enjoying a lollipop. The next piece of hardware to come out of Sony should have Android 5.0 Lollipop running out of the box.
We expect to hear more at CES 2015 next month in Las Vegas.
Hit the break to watch the video.
YU Digital, the baby of Micromax’s, launched a mid-range device that’s being advertised as the Zeus of phones. The phone sports a 5.5-inch 720p display, a 64-bit Snapdragon 615, 2GB of RAM, a 5 MP front facing camera in tandem with a 13 MP rear shooter. It will also pack dual-sim slots, 4G LTE, and a 2,500 mAh battery. Oh and it will feature Cyanogen‘s OS 11.
During a Q&A session following the announcement, Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster spent some time toting the phone, the OS, and calling out other OEMs.
Verizon announced a new deal today just in time for last minute gifts for buyers looking for an Android phone. Any device that is normally priced $199 or more can be purchased for 50% off. To get an idea of what a deal this is, just check out the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 which sells for only $149.99 with a 2-year contract. That is better than the Black Friday deals that were available.
Along with the special pricing on Android devices, Verizon is also offering a $150 bill credit on any lines you switch over to Verizon to be used with a new smartphone. According to Verizon, the credit will show up in 2 to 3 billing cycles. If you want to check out this deal or some of the other deals that Verizon has right now, like a free LG G3 with a 2-year contract, hit the source link.
One of the leading indicators for new devices that are in the pipeline and on their way to market is the import data listing for India via the Zauba web site. Manufacturers ship devices there for testing which results in an entry in the database. The latest example of this is an entry dated December 17, 2014 for a sample Samsung device with model number SM-G920F. That model number is believed to be for the next flagship device from Samsung, the Galaxy S 6 smartphone.
The final digit “F” included in the model number is an indicator that the particular device is intended for European markets. The Zauba database entry lists the device that was shipped as being for “R&D Purpose” and for evaluation. As part of the shipping manifest, Samsung indicates the value of the device is 18,938 Indian Rupees (about $300 USD).
Anyone out there waiting to see what Samsung releases next in their Galaxy line of smartphones in hopes of buying one when available?
Google continues their “Be Together Not The Same’ campaign with a little Christmas love. In this short spot, Santa delivers a round Android Wear smartwatch, what could be a Nexus 6, and a tablet to some lucky children (or adults). There’s only one problem. He has a hard time getting the tablet in the stocking. Check it out after the break.