Earlier today, Google expanded its Play Movies and TV streaming service to an additional eight new countries — Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus, Hungary, Iceland, Macedonia, Malta, Slovenia and Taiwan. However, there have been some reports suggesting that the service is not yet live in all the above locations.
Pocket, previously entitled Read It Later, is currently pushing out a much-anticipated compatibility update for its official Android application via the Play Store. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade brings a completely revamped user interface that conforms with Lollipop’s Material Design guidelines, adds support for Google Now and transports a handful of bug fixes and speed optimizations.
Just over two weeks ago, NVIDIA announced that its Shield Tablet would be one of the first devices on the market to receive the much-anticipated Lollipop update. Earlier today, the Californian company took to its official YouTube page to share a video of the new operating system in action on the 7-inch slate, and declared it would start rolling out the over-the-air upgrade before the end of this month.
Hit the break below to view the full demo video.
Amongst all the excitement this week over the release of the Nexus 9 tablet from Google, there is another device that should start landing in consumers’ homes soon. Android TV is Google latest effort to break into the set top box market after their Google TV effort failed and the Nexus Player is the first entrant for this new platform. Unfortunately, the Google Play Store lists shipping as 2-3 weeks away for new orders. Despite that delay, Google is working to streamline the process for apps intended for the platform to get approval for distribution. One app that is now ready and available in the Google Play Store is the company’s own video platform, YouTube.
Nest has announced that they will be pushing out an update to Nest Thermostat devices this week that includes some new and improved features. Nest says the Auto-Schedule function has been enhanced to learn new schedules and more quickly adapt to new heating and cooling patterns. The Nest Auto-Schedule feature has been one of the device’s key components and an important factor for the company in making an easy to use, “learning” device available for consumers. The feature works by remembering changes a user makes to temperatures and then creating a schedule on the fly from that since their research shows setting thermostat schedules tends to be too much of a chore for most users. Nest says the improvements to Auto-Schedule will help consumers save up to 6% on utility bills.
Yesterday was the official launch day for the latest Google tablet, the Nexus 9. Buyers have been able to place orders through a variety of sources like the Google Play store or Amazon and they can even go down to a Best Buy store to pick one up and avoid the wait for shipping. Common to all of these early purchases though is that they are all for WiFi-only versions of the tablet. That could change soon as an FCC filing has surfaced for an HTC tablet device, presumably the Nexus 9, that includes LTE capabilities.
The FCC filing indicates the tablet device supports LTE bands 2, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 17, 25, 26, and 41, which covers all of the major U.S. carriers. In addition, the FCC filing shows the device has support for GSM850/1900 bands as well as WCDMA bands 2, 4 and 5. This indicates the device should be capable of roaming on a global basis.
Google Play currently lists an Indigo Black, 32GB model as the only LTE enabled option with the note that it is “coming soon” for a retail price of $599. Now that the FCC has granted their approval, it should not be much longer before Google changes the status to being in the warehouse and ready to ship.
Missed out on the Nexus 9 deal? Well we have another one for you, although not nearly as smoking hot. Staples has the Nexus 7 (2012) with 32 GB of storage and both WiFi and 4G connectivity for only $129.
Sure it’s a little old, but it’s brand new out of the box, and a great price if you need something with cellular connectivity.
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As if you needed another reason to sign up for Amazon Prime, Amazon has just announced that Prime members will get unlimited photo storage on Amazon’s Cloud Drive service. This is a pretty competitive move against Google’s free photo backup with Google+ and other services like Dropbox and Box.
AT&T announced today that they are expanding their AT&T Next program to add an even longer term for consumers who are interested in buying a new smartphone for $0 down followed by monthly payments. The new AT&T Next 24 option will be available to qualified consumers starting on November 9th. The 24 in the program’s name refers to how many months a consumer has to wait before being eligible to trade in their smartphone and upgrade to a new device. However, the payment schedule is based on a 30-month installment plan.
Microsoft and Dropbox have announced a pretty unlikely partnership that will allow Microsoft Office customers to integrate Dropbox into their day-to-day work. You’ll be able to keep your documents and work synced across all of your devices at work and at home, and you can make quick edits on just about any device you have.