The Chromecast is an incredibly valuable piece of equipment for anyone. The device was launched in 2013 by Google and no one knew what to expect. Well, the Cast feature for the $35 darling has been used 650 million times. This is up from 400 million back in August. That shows just what you can expect from Chromecast. It is so powerful due to the tens of thousands of applications available. In fact, there are more than 6,000 developers working on upwards of 10,000 apps.
Hit the break for a Google executives comments about what is next for Chromecast.
The calendar app on a smartphone may not be the most interesting app users access, but it is typically one of the core functions of our mobile devices. Although they may not be “sexy,” calendars play an important role and people are interested in attempts to make the data contained within their calendars easy to access. With the updates rolling out for a host of Google apps to implement their new material design guidelines and appear as part of Android Lollipop, the calendar app is on the list. Some new screenshots of the updated app have been obtained that reveal some of the work Google has done to refresh the calendar.
Google has released an update to Google Play Music that bring both their new Material Design to the app as well as functions modeled after features found in Songza, in particular the Concierge option. The update to incorporate Material Design is no surprise and we even saw a port of it get out over the weekend. This update starting to rollout today makes the new look official though. Besides the benefits of Material Design, Google is also working on making the service more useful for listeners with the new features that have been added no doubt thanks to their acquisition of Songza.
With a handful of new devices right around the corner and a major Android update coming up, there are going to be many people that decide to test out Android for the first time and leave iOS. Switching over from a different ecosystem can be a pain when you don’t know how to move contacts, photos, and other information, so Google has posted a very useful guide to help users get started on transferring their stuff over to a brand new Android device.
Most of the guide is common sense for more experienced and tech savvy users, but it still has some helpful info, including showing you how to turn on Google+ auto-backup, how to set up email accounts on an Android device, and there’s even a reminder to turn off iMessage so you don’t get hit with Apple’s infamous iMessage bug.
Google’s 2-Step Verification is currently the most secure method of signing into your Google account but today the search giant have one-upped their own robust security system by launching Security Key. Security Key is similar to 2-Step Verification except instead of typing in a unique code, you simply insert the USB Security Key. The USB first verifies that the site you’re on is a legitimate Google site and then prompts you to tap the USB key.
Head over to your calendar and make a note for October 29. While the Nexus 9 is already available in the Play Store, the Nexus 6 and Nexus Player have remained on hold. The Nexus 6, though, will be ready to go in the Play Store next week. The pricing is steep even with the base 32GB storage option at $649. Relying upon Google for excellent pricing is not an option. This year, it seems that going with a carrier to get a Nexus device is the way to go.
Here is a breakdown of the choices:
- Nexus 6 (32GB, Midnight Blue) — $649
- Nexus 6 (32GB, Cloud White) — $649
- Nexus 6 (64GB, Midnight Blue) — $699
- Nexus 6 (64GB, Cloud White) — $699
[Nexus 6 Play Store Link]
This fall, two massive devices will be on the market and consumers will have a very difficult choice to make. Should they go with Google and the Nexus 6 or Samsung and its Galaxy Note 4? Fortunately, you can take a look at a video comparing the two. Carphone Warehouse has both devices on hand for a really good breakdown. Unsurprisgly, the Nexus 6 is a lot bigger than the Galaxy Note 4. After all, the Google device does have a 5.96-inch display compared to its foe’s 5.7 inches.
There is a common ground for the two. The resolution of the displays both equal 2560×1440 and are AMOLED. Inside, Google and Samsung opted for a Snapdragon 805 processor with 3GB of RAM and 3220mAh batteries. They also have 32GB of internal storage; however, Samsung follows its tradition by including a microSD card slot.
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The next version of Android will include the brand new Google Fit application. Not much of the app has been seen; however, Android Police was able to take it for a spin through a leaked Nexus 6 dump. Even though nothing is at this point, the current state of the Google Fit app shows things are pretty smooth with Material Design being present. The design makes Google Fit unique because otherwise it just acts as any other fitness tracking app would.
When Motorola introduced the Moto X, one of the angles Motorola took in making their sales pitch for the device was how software features could be more useful and valuable than top of the line specs in a smartphone. To drive home this point, they included a variety of features including one originally called Active Display, now Moto Display, that would cause the display to turn on when a notification was received or when it detected the phone had been picked up. It looks like that same feature has found its way into the Nexus 6.
Following a false start, Google’s Nexus Player finally passed through the FCC yesterday and is now available to order on the Play Store for $99.
Google states that the device will start shipping within the next three-to-four weeks, which, according to our calendar, should be sometime around the second week in November.