Android Wear 5.1 is a substantial update. It has rolled out to pretty much all of the current smartwatches, except for the Moto 360. Motorola's smartwatch has been hampered by issues and delays. Fortunately, it looks like that is about to change. Googler Wayne Piekarski announced via Google+ that an over-the-air update will start hitting devices today.
Why are we excited about this update? It brings Wi-Fi connectivity, cloud sync, always on apps, and a number of other useful features. Read More
Motorola announced the Android 5.1 update for both Moto X devices a few weeks ago, but it started out as a very slow soak test. Motorola's David Schuster says that today that test is expanding to more countries with a full release coming as soon as next week.
Today Nest has unveiled the second generation of its Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm. It will retail for the same $100 as the previous model, and it comes with a number of fixes intended to address the flaws of the first model.
The big new feature is the ability to silence an alarm using the companion app. Other additions include a sensor that can tell the difference between fast and slow fires and a humidity sensor that should prevent the device from going off due to steam. Read More
The previously leaked Nest Cam is now official with a Nest blog post to go along with it. The device is on the Google Store and on Amazon for $199 with an expected ship date of June 18th (tomorrow). You can get it direct from the Nest site too. Google says its new WiFi camera is only available in the US and Canada for now, though.
The second Android TV device to be available directly from Google is also the second Android TV device to be sold, period: the Forge TV from gaming peripheral maker Razer. The Forge TV bundle is now on sale in the Google Store. This $149.99 USD package includes the Forge TV itself and one Serval Bluetooth controller. Oddly, the stand-alone Forge TV (which sells for $100 and requires an Android phone, since it has no remote) isn't listed on the Google Store. Read More
Google released the new Photos app at Google I/O a few weeks back, and this is the first significant version number change it has experienced since then. There doesn't seem to be much on the surface to justify the jump to v1.1. You can still grab the APK and install it now, though.
T-Mobile has been responsible for seriously shaking up the American cellular carrier for the last couple of years, disrupting nearly every area from contracts to phone subsidies to data sales models. So hearing that T-Mo's parent company Deutsche Telekom may be interested in selling it off is somewhat alarming. Hearing that they may be interested in selling to Comcast, quantifiably one of the most despised companies in the entire country, is like watching that head-crushing scene from Game of Thrones all over again. Read More
Google has started rolling out a new version of Androidify, and as with most of Google's apps, it's a staged rollout. Fear not, we've got the APK for you on APK Mirror. Upon installing Androidify 4.0, you'll see a ton of new clothing and animations, helpfully labeled as "new." We've also dug into the APK to see if there's anything interesting, and indeed there is.
Folks who are drawn to the idea of reducing their monthly bill by offloading most of their usage onto Wi-Fi may be happy to know that Republic Wireless has dropped the price of its 2nd gen Moto X by $100. Customers can now pick one up for a mere $300. Though approaching a year old at this point, this remains the best phone the MVNO offers.
Those who buy directly from Republic Wireless will only have to hand over $300. Read More
One of the tools any good flashaholic should be familiar with is fastboot. Like ADB, the help screen for fastboot received some changes with the preview release of Android M. The reboot command now offers a friendlier syntax to reach the bootloader, and there is a new set of "flashing" commands designed to prevent write operations from occurring when they aren't desired. There's also a fix for the "missing system.img" error that some people experienced after trying to use the flash-all script to install factory images. Read More