Google releases factory images for Nexus 6

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One of the benefits that many people find in Nexus devices is the “pure” Android experience they give users. Another benefit is the freedom one gets to modify and customize the devices. That comes with some risks though and on occasion users will want to restore their device to a stock configuration. For those who are getting new Nexus 6 devices and want to see what they can do with their devices, they can do so knowing that Google has now released factory images for the device.

The version of Android Lollipop that has been posted is LRX21O, which appears to be a slightly newer version of the operating system than what shipped on some of the earliest units.

source: Android Developers

LTE enabled Nexus 9 coming to T-Mobile in early December

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With the launch of the Nexus 6 on T-Mobile today, the Uncarrier took the opportunity to announce that the LTE-enabled version of the Nexus 9 will be available through T-Mobile in “early December.” No specific date was given, but December is only a couple weeks away, so the wait should not be much longer for those not content with a WiFi-only version of the latest Nexus tablet.

When it is finally available, T-Mobile will offer the 32GB version of the Nexus 9 for $0 down and 24 payments of $24.99 to well-qualified buyers. According to T-Mobile’s announcement, buyers will have to access the T-Mobile “Underground” which they describe as their “online ‘backroom’ for hard-to-find, limited quantity devices” to place their order.

source: T-Mobile

Google introduces criteria for mobile-friendly sites

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On a mobile device, we prefer mobile sites. It just makes sense to view content in a correctly-formatted way to better the viewing experience. If not, everything is far too see and requires a lot of zooming and panning. To prevent any hassle, Google has introduced a criteria for mobile-friendly sites. First and foremost, sites welcoming visitors with mobile devices should not be using software like Flash that is no longer supported. Text and images throughout the site should be readable without the zooming and panning as mentioned before. And spacing should be used so that there are no mis-taps.

This is how Google recommends you make your site mobile-friendly:

Source: Official Google Webmaster Central Blog

Google acquires RelativeWave and makes the developer’s $80 app cost nothing

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RelativeWare, the developer behind the app Form, has been acquired by Google. The developer announced today that it is joining Google, but development of Form will continue. Never heard of Form? It is an app available in the Mac App Store that mirrors an iOS app’s design while being worked on simultaneously. To celebrate, Form’s original $80 price has been kicked to the curb and it is now free.

Here is what RelativeWare had to say of the acquisition:

Today, with the help of Google, we’re making Form free on the Mac App Store. We want to get Form in the hands of as many people as possible, and this is our first step in accomplishing that goal.

We’ve just scratched the surface with prototyping. With the help of Google, we’ll be focused on improving the state of design and development tools.

Customers that purchased Form already are eligible for a refund. RelativeWare directs customers to the support email to take care of that. And when asked if the Form viewer would make its way to other platforms, the developer said “Stay tuned.” It looks like nothing but good things are ahead for RelativeWare.

Source: RelativeWave

Nest debuts comical ads for its range of products

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The holidays are here and we could all use some laughter. Nest has gone ahead to provide some laughs with four new advertisements. The products featured across the four commercials are the Dropcam, Thermostat, and Protect. It shows that the products are loved by many; however, some individuals (and a dog) question what exactly the products’ purpose are. And there is one gentleman that cannot get enough of his Nest Protect.

Hit the break to watch the videos.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop spotted on a Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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We can expect a fair amount of Samsung devices to receive a software update to Lollipop. The latest round of devices, such as the Galaxy S 5 and Galaxy Note 4, are locked-in to get the update. Today, we are learning that the Galaxy Note 3 is en route to do so as well. A video posted by SamMobile shows Android 5.0 running on the Galaxy Note from 2013. Even with Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay, Lollipop is noticeable. The source claims that animations are smoother and blue fills in for Lollipop’s green.

Hit the break to see the video of Android 5.0 in action on a Galaxy Note 3.

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Amazon releases Android apps for Echo and Fire TV

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For many of its services, Amazon keeps support limited to in-house devices. The upcoming Echo digital assistant and Fire TV Stick, though, have dedicated apps available in the Play Store. Amazon traditionally acknowledges Android as a whole much later to push its own hardware. Both apps introduced today act as remotes for each device.

The app used as a remote for Echo does everything a user can do with his or her voice. After all, Echo is a digital assistant controlled by voice commands. The Echo app shows everything that the hardware would respond with by voice. It will display weather information, music playback, and lists. Support for the Echo app is limited to just a handful of recent flagship devices.

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PayPal app officially released for Pebble smartwatches

pebble paypalPayPal makes an effort to keep its service available on just about every device out there, and Pebble’s smartwatch is the latest in a long list of phones, tablets, and other connected things. The app lets Pebble users check-in and punch in payment codes to pay for things at several retailers that accept PayPal. You’ll also get notifications for payments without having to check your phone.

This app means PayPal is available on nearly any smartwatch you can buy, including Samsung’s Gear offerings, Android Wear watches, and now the Pebble.

source: PayPal