Google’s been on a huge kick today and given that it’s update Wednesday, it should come as no surprise. However, with Android 5.0.1 pushing out, a whole slew of Google apps are being updated. One of those apps is Google’s Play Games. Version 2.2 doesn’t add a whole lot, but does up the ante visually.
With the second generation Moto X and Moto G out in the world, there are some who are wondering when the even-cheaper-than-the-Moto-G smartphone, the Moto E, will see a second model. Those who have lost faith will be happy to know that rumors coming out of Greece has the new Moto E coming “soon enough.”
Google has started working on a new initiative to revamp the user experience for users of its services that are 12 years old and younger. Although no specifics have been released, it seems likely that widely tapped tools like YouTube, search and the Chrome browser will be first up sometime in 2015. The VP of engineering in charge of the project, Pavni Diwanji, says there is a “push to change our products to be fun and safe for children.” Read more
Google has updated Chrome Beta for Android, bringing it up to version 40. The biggest change in this update is the inclusion of the enhanced bookmark features, which is pretty similar to the former Google Stars bookmark manager. This new bookmarks experience makes navigating your bookmarks on multiple devices much easier, and there’s some added visual flair, too.
To enable it, just type this in the URL box: chrome://flags/#enhanced-bookmarks-experiment
The update should be hitting the Play Store soon, but as with all Google app updates, it’s going to be staggered. You can check the Play Store page below, or grab the apk from the link below that. Read more
The folks that manage the Bluetooth standards over at Bluetooth SIG announced an update to the standard taking it to Bluetooth 4.2, which includes some significant upgrades and changes. Perhaps the biggest change to come with this update is the ability for Bluetooth 4.2 devices to connect directly to the Internet using a new Bluetooth Smart Generic Attribute Profile (GATT) architecture. Read more
Google is back at it today with a year end “best of” list for 2014. Following up on the release of best apps from a couple days ago, Google narrows things down just a bit with the release of their “Best Games of 2014.”
Like the list of best apps, the list of best games is dominated by free titles. It appears only seven out of the 100 games on the list are not free. Keep in mind though that game developers are much more likely to implement a variety of in-app purchases within their titles, whether it is things like power-ups, new levels, extra adventures or other features.
Hit the source link to check out the entire list. How many of these titles have you played in the past year? Any hidden gems out there that did not make the cut with Google that you would like to share with us?
source: Google Play
Android TV includes Google Cast so you can use compatible Chromecast apps to push content to your TV. However, if you have multiple Android TV devices (same model), you will find it difficult to distinguish between them when you want to cast something. The Chromecast app allows you to change the name of Chromecast devices, but Android TV devices are left out in the cold. The only two Android TV devices available at the time of this post are the ADT-1 and the Nexus Player, and each one shows up as their respective name when you tap on the Chromecast icon to choose a device. So if you have two Nexus Players, how would you tell the difference between the living room device or the one in the bedroom? Just change the name of each device to suit your needs. Hit the break to see how easy it is.
Google wants to ensure that each and every person using a device with Android 5.0 completely understands its capabilities. Today, an app known as Device Assist went live in the Play Store. Device Assist provides users with tips and troubleshooting so that the experience is as smooth as possible. The app wants the device to be extremely efficient; therefore, it will actually change settings automatically if you accept the recommendations made. If it recommends that you adjust your brightness to benefit battery life, select the Do It For Me option. Tips can be saved for later viewing. And if a user is still experiencing issues, contacting support is built-in.
Device Assist only works with Nexus, Google Play Edition, and Android One devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop at this time.
Hit the break for the gallery and download links.
The Samsung Note 4 features one of the best optically-stabilized cameras on the market, and the South Korean manufacturer has certainly chosen a pretty unique way to highlight its capabilities. Earlier today, Samsung took to YouTube to show the world just how powerful the handset’s shooter is.
Are you still in need of an invite for Google Inbox? Well Google is guaranteeing you one by the end of the day as long as you request one between 10:00 am and noon time PST today (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST).
All you have to do is send an email from your Gmail address to email@example.com during the specified time, and you should receive an invite by the end of the day. What could be easier?