Companies only get one or two shots each year for flagship devices so they want to make sure they utilize the best specs available at the time. For next year’s devices, that means the Snapdragon 810, which is Qualcomm’s first 64-bit octa-core processor.
The early consensus was that the 810 wasn’t going to be available till June of next year, so I really didn’t think Samsung and LG would include it in the Galaxy S 6 and G4, but according to a report out of Business Korea, both companies are trying to utilize the said chip.
Students know the hardships of having to solve complex math equations with little time on their hands. And if you fit that description, you might want to check out AutoMath Photo Calculator from the Google Play Store. The app can simply look at an image containing a math equation and provide you with the answer in no time. Read more
Predicting a rollout of new Android software is difficult at best and impossible at worst. Even though Google officially released Android 5.0 Lollipop nearly a month ago, less than 0.1 percent of Android handset owners are running the new Material Design-based software. Even some Nexus users don’t yet have the update.
So it comes as no surprise that OEMS, with their custom overlays, are typically a bit later to the party than their Nexus cousins. However, owners of Samsung’s Galaxy S5 eager for that Lollipop with a dash of TouchWiz can breathe a sigh of relief, as the handset has finally started receiving the OTA update – in Poland.
AirDroid is one of the best tools available for managing your Android device wirelessly from your computer. While the current version is great and full of useful features, the developers have updated the app to include several new tweaks, bringing AirDroid up to version 3.0.
AirDroid now supports full device mirroring, so any notification on your phone will appear on your desktop. If you have a rooted device running Android 4.0 and above, you’ll even be able to initiate screen mirroring to quickly respond to those notifications and navigate your phone with a mouse and keyboard. It’s a pretty similar approach to Samsung’s Side Sync app, so if you’ve ever used that on a Samsung device, you’ll know how it works. Read more
Solving captchas can be quite annoying when you’re in a rush to shop at a website or sign into your account. And for years, Google has heard users complaining about simplifying the experience to distinguish humans from robots. And today, the Mountain View giant has introduced a massive update to its CAPTCHA experience which completely does away with the need to enter a string of random characters. Read more
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