Samsung has officially begun the roll out of Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Google Play Edition Galaxy S4. Since it’s a GPe device, it is first in line among OEM handsets to receive the latest updates. Strangely, the Galaxy S4 is one of the last GPe handsets to get the update with the likes of the HTC One M8, One M7, Sony Z Ultra, the LG G Pad 8.3, the Moto G etc getting the update already.
With the LTE Nexus 9 going official yesterday, Google has now posted factory images of Android 5.0.1 for the device. This should mean that an OTA update is on the horizon if you bought the device yesterday from T-Mobile. You can also get the tablet through the Google Play Store, although the device was only available from T-Mobile for a while.
Resisting the urge to break out R.E.M.’s It’s The End Of The World, Google’s development team announced today that they are shutting down the Google Earth API. Consistent with Google’s own policies, the API will be supported for a period of one year meaning Google Earth will reach end of life in its current form on December 12, 2015.
On Monday, people around the world can add some Android flavor to their holiday decorations. Andrew Bell and Dead Zebra have returned with another Android holiday ornament. Last year, the ornament came in red and blue varieties; however, Bell opted for “good ole ‘Android Green’ edition” with this year’s item. It is shiny all around with sparkling features on the front, back, neck, and ankles. It comes with a hook for easy hanging on a Christmas tree.
The Android holiday ornament will be available on December 15 at 11:00am EST. When stock runs out at that time, more units will be offered at 11:00pm EST. These do tend to sell out very fast, so have quick fingers online. They can be purchased as a single ($10) or double ($20), but also in packs of five ($45) or ten ($90). Customers in the United States should select Priority Mail shipping to make it for Christmas. International customers will likely, and unfortunately, miss receiving the Android holiday ornament in time for Christmas this year.
Hit the break for some information regarding the Series 5 collectibles.
Apps and games based on HTML5 will be heading to the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Why? Because Amazon extending its HTML5 web app publishing toolset to include support for its set-top box and streaming dongle. The company is making it possible for developers to take web apps running on Fire OS and bring them to the new television-connected devices. Now, apps can remain consistent across Amazon’s various form factors.
Partnerships are everything these days because exposure is maximized by introducing a new audience. When an application is pre-installed on a handset, it is known as “bloatware.” No one really cares for pre-installed apps and they take up space that is better used elsewhere. The latest partnership between Sprint and Uber, though, seems more like a value. The carrier will be pre-installing Uber on its Android phones. When launching a Sprint handset for the first time, an Uber app will be there already; however, users have to open it and proceed to download it from the Play Store. Then, the carrier has a unique “SPRINT” offer code to take $20 off of a user’s first Uber ride.
Do promotional offers make you more willing to accept bloatware? Let us know in the comments.
Source: Sprint, Uber
The holidays are hectic for everyone because there is so much do to in a short amount of time. Luckily, Google shows that everything can be simplified with the range of products underneath the Drive umbrella. Sending out those holiday cards is organized with Forms because of the text fields for information. With the Avery Label Merge add-on, you can take addresses from Sheets and port them into a template in Docs to create holiday cards. For those very personal holiday letters, use Docs so that every member of the family can collaborate simultaneously. And take advantage of Slides so that everyone can make a wishlist presentation with unique styles.
Google Drive can do a lot professionally, and now it can do a lot for the holidays.
Source: Google Drive Blog
Earlier today, T-Mobile started selling the Nexus 9 with LTE. The carrier is charging customers $24.99 per month for two years with the full retail price being $599. Prospective buyers that are not with T-Mobile have another option to purchase the LTE variant of the Nexus 9. Directly through Google Play, the Nexus 9 with LTE is available for the same $599 full retail price. Color and storage options are limited to the 32GB model in Indigo Black.
The Google Play listing has the Nexus 9 with LTE leaving the warehouse by December 19.
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Although the Nexus 9 has been available for quite some time, with the LTE model launching today. it was not until recently that the company launched the keyboard folio case for $129. But what if you don’t want an expensive cover + keyboard for your tablet? Well there’s a cheaper and more viable alternative coming straight from HTC, starting today. Although the case has been listed on the Play Store for a while now, it’s for the first time that it has gone on sale.
It’s not too early to get the rumor train rolling for the Galaxy S 6, which should be ready for an unveiling in the coming months. We can’t say if these images will be the final look of the phone, because it is a prototype. However, it does give us a clear indication on where Samsung is headed with the phone.
Other than looking like just about every other Samsung phone with that
wonderful home button, you can clearly see the very thin bezels at the sides. Samsung has always increased the size of their displays with each iteration of the S series, and the rumor is that it will be 5.5-inches on the S6. The smaller bezels will obviously help keep it from getting too big for the mainstream audience.