Odds are good that any Android devices you have around are running on ARM technology. The ARM architecture powers virtually all systems-on-a-chip (SoCs), with Intel x86 parts coming in a distant second. ARM doesn't actually make the chips, but it creates the reference designs and instruction set, then licenses the IP. Today the company is announcing some new designs and process refinements for other companies to license.
HTC America's marketing department have apparently all been given pink slips, because I can't think of any other good reason for the following, uh, multimedia experience to exist. Namely, a rap video... about HTC. Featuring someone called Doc G. And this guy.
I don't know why HTC did it. I don't know what they hoped to gain. I don't know who Doc G. is or exactly what kind of doctor he is. Read More
While we are just starting to see the first hints of Lollipop on the HTC One M8 in the US, the rollout is already underway in other parts of the world. As is customary, HTC is now posting the open source bits of these updates on its developer page. If you want to get a look at the kernel source for the international M8 variants, this is your chance.
If you have an AT&T Galaxy S5, you should be getting an OTA notification shortly for a nearly-500MB update, which includes exciting new features like not Lollipop. The software brings an upgrade to Android 4.4.4 (from 4.4.2), AT&T voice over LTE (AKA HD Voice), and some new bloatware that AT&T would like you to please use.
Here's the full changelog.
AT&T released a software update for the Samsung Galaxy S 5 (SM-G900A) on February 3, 2015.
If you went to Google I/O 2014, you probably treasure the ADT-1, the first Android TV set-top box that was never made available for retail purchase. It's also the first Android TV device to be updated to version 5.0.2... out of an admittedly limited field at the moment. LRX22G contains a few small changes to the core of the system for a few easy performance improvements, but nothing dramatic, so don't sweat it if you aren't part of the initial OTA rollout. Read More
The information you get from Google searches isn't always as reliable as it sounds, but when it comes to simple math, you can bet the search engine is giving you more accurate information. Now Google is turning things up a notch by tossing a calculator widget into your search results to help plan out your mortgage and other loans.
To get the loan widget to appear, search for terms along the lines of "interest," "loan," or "mortgage" calculator. Read More
It's been four months since the Nexus 6 went on sale in the US Google Play Store, complete with radio support for all five major US carriers. AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular all sell the phone in one fashion or another, but Verizon has been interestingly silent on a subsidized carrier release. (Verizon Wireless doesn't play well with others.) But according to the latest promotional image on Verizon's website, it might be coming soon. Read More
Google apparently likes to offer some free tunes every now and then to get people using its music service. Such is the case today with Kaskade's "I Remember," which is an electronic/dance album consisting of 20 songs (including a bonus edit in this deal). You can have it for free, and it only takes, like, three mouse clicks.
On November 3, 2014, I published our review of the Nexus 9. It wasn't especially pretty, if I'm honest. But as with all things Nexus, time and software updates (mostly software updates) can smooth out rough edges and straighten up quirks, so a revisit seemed necessary. Now, three months on, have things really changed with Google's flagship tablet? Or is it still the HTC-made misfit I wanted to love, but just couldn't?
The end of a review is nothing to spoil, so I'll just be out with it: the Nexus 9 feels like basically the same kind-of-OK-but-not-great tablet today as it did the morning it arrived on my doorstep. Read More
January brought us the yearly madness that is CES, but that doesn't mean much in terms of software. The biggest news is probably Microsoft's continued expansion into multi-platform support for its biggest software sellers, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and now even Outlook. Google has been uncharacteristically quiet so far in 2015, aside from updating its current stable of apps.
Microsoft Outlook Preview
Android Police review: Microsoft Releases Outlook Preview For Android
It's been possible to use Microsoft Exchange mail accounts on Android for years, but never exactly in an ideal or intuitive way. Microsoft is changing that thanks to its new multi-platform approach, releasing something we never thought we'd see a few years ago: a first-party Outlook email app. Read More