If I have a nickel for everytime somebody complained that the Chromecast doesn’t have 5 GHz support. Well a new version of the Chromecast (model A4RH2G2-2A) has passed through the FCC, and it appears to support the 5 GHz band.
It’s not clear if there is anything else that will be upgraded. Hopefully support for DD 5.1 and DTS.
Great news for all you satellite imagery fanatics out there. Google has today released ‘Earth View,’ a brand new Chrome extension that changes your wallpaper to a “beautiful and unique satellite image from Google Maps each time you open a new tab or window.
Nexus phones traditionally have average to lousy cameras, and I am not expecting anything different with the Nexus 6. Let’s face it, Motorola makes great hardware, but camera quality is something they never figured out.
Google’s Nexus 6 page has the term “More epic shots” with the 13 MP rear camera and f/2.0 lens. I continue to remain skeptical since I have already seen what the Moto X (2014) is capable of doing.
The Nexus 9 is easily the most hotly-anticipated Android tablet of the year and over the past few days has shown its face in teaser videos, renders and cartoons, and while we may have to wait until later this month to get our hands on one, Techrum user tdiddy-2 has uploaded a ton of photos of the upcoming tablet to the Vietnamese forum. Thanks to Italian site Webtrek we also have a couple videos of the tablet in action. The official keyboard case also makes an appearance in the photos. Hit the break for the motherload.
On many of the press shots of the Nexus 6, there’s a new application in the phone’s dock next to the phone icon. The app is called Messenger, and at first glance, it makes sense to think it’s something that could replace Hangouts and finally merge everything into one single application. However, according to Google, that’s not the case. Not yet, at least.
Security and device encryption are hot topics lately, and Google is staying ahead of the game by building a ton of useful new features into the latest version of Android. We already know that Lollipop will feature device encryption by default, but it looks like Google is taking an extra step towards making sure that a stolen phone can’t be wiped and re-used.
When Google introduces something new, it seems like everything happens at once. One of the lesser known but certainly fun announcements from today’s Nexus extravaganza is the update to Androidify. The app allows users to create themselves (or anyone else) in the form of an Android-like character. Google has brought a ton of exciting new features to Androidify including character animations, GIFs, new items, and additional language support. Of course, you will notice a new user design with the introduction of Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Finally, Google encourages everyone to share characters on the Androidify website for use in a television commercial or YouTube video.
Hit the break for the gallery and download links.
There is your first look at the statue representing the latest version of Android. Google has put a statue representing Android 5.0 Lollipop on the lawn of its Mountain View campus. It is the Android bug holding a lollipop that towers over him while giving the peace sign to onlookers. His placement does seem to be a little distanced from the other statues. This could be to represent the next phase for Android.
Source: +Alex Ruiz
Google took the wraps off its latest Nexus-branded smartphone and tablet a short while ago, and it’s pretty safe to say that there’s a huge amount of excitement running through the Android community right now.
Unfortunately, we can’t actually get our hands on either of these devices until the end of October, but just to make sure we’re suitably teased for their release, Google has posted a promotional video for each unit on its YouTube channel.
Each short movie explains the design choices for the featured handset, highlights key specs, focuses on dimensions and shows some exclusive previews of Lollipop in an effort to entice us to get our mitts on the device as soon as possible.
Hit the break below to view the two short 45-second videos.
Google’s Android team has posted a new video describing “The sweet search for L” that takes a humorous approach to all the possible names they could have gone with in naming Android L, which we now know is Lollipop. The video shows several options that may have been considered or perhaps Google just figured out there was some buzz around the name, like Lemon Meringue Pie.