Sprint Nexus 5 users, start spamming your check update buttons now. Of course I kid, that does little to speed up the process, but it appears that Sprint has green-lighted the Android 5.0.1 update for the Nexus 5 and is in the process of pushing the update to last year’s Nexus flagship. An expected bug fix, Android 5.0.1 fixes issues with factory resetting the device along with video playback issues the Nexus 7 (2013) was having.
Google and Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), the French space agency, have announced a new collaboration to work on technologies to bring Project Loon to France. Although details have not been revealed, Google is looking for expertise from CNES in balloon technology, something the agency has been studying for several decades. Google’s contribution will include some long-duration campaigns to help CNES studies of the stratosphere and ozone.
The Google Maps team has certainly been busy with new features finally reaching users the past few weeks. The most recent update involves an update that ties in with another Google service, Google Drive. Google is making access to My Maps available through Drive and eventually maps created by users will be available through Drive as well.
Several Google Wallet users have started to report that they are finding $5 “treats” in the app when they open it. The surprises consist of gift cards to various vendors for “being a loyal Wallet user.” It is not clear how Google is selecting the users to receive the gifts as some indicate they have not been using Wallet and others are heavy users, even participating in a current promo to get a gift when you buy a gift.
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.
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.
Google has once again teamed up with Hulu to give exclusive access to free TV content for all Android users. Sadly, this promotion is strictly limited to customers in the United States who download the Hulu app via the Play Store.
Google has just updated its Hangouts app for both the Chrome and Windows operating systems. This upgrade brings users the facility to receive desktop notifications, as well as the ability to place voice calls via the newly-implemented phone tab. If you have a Google Voice number, you can also send SMS messages to your contacts directly from the desktop app.