You knew it was coming. With the Moto 360 being easily the most exciting Android Wear device from the initial video almost exactly a year ago, and then being something of a disappointment upon release thanks to its ancient chipset and not-really-360-degree "round" screen, a follow-up was inevitable. It looks like an executive from Lenovo (the new owners of Motorola Mobility) may have let the cat out of the bag on the company's next Android Wear smartwatch.
Google has finally pushed an official Android Auto app to the Play Store that will allow Lollipop phones to work with the first few head units and cars with support for the platform. It only works on phones running 5.0 or higher, and is pretty much useless without a compatible Android Auto system—you probably don't have one of those.
When the Nabi 2 received an update to Nabi OS 3.0 last month, this bumped it up to KitKat a year and a half after Google unveiled that particular version of Android to the world. Now the Disney and Nickelodeon editions of the tablets have stumbled in to receive 4.4 even later.
Fortunately the youngsters these tablets are geared towards aren't likely to follow Android blogs religiously, foaming at the mouth for the latest mobile goodness.
OnePlus never met a product it couldn't portend in the most annoying way possible. So it is with the company's new "game changer," a device teased (where else?) on the official OnePlus forum. A representative says it's not a tablet or a smartwatch, and offers three teaser images to try and whet the appetites of potentially new and repeat customers. Let's have a look, shall we?
The first image shows just a red circle in HAL 9000 fashion.
Today is one of those nice days where Amazon's Free App of the Day is far more than just a single app. Of course, just one of them may make it all worth it. Five Nights at Freddy's 2, the popular survival horror game, is among the free choices and you even get a $1 MP3 credit just for downloading. Yep, even if you don't have the slightest interest in it, you should probably download it and buy yourself a song.
The occasion is the Appstore's fourth birthday, so another side benefit is that a single download enters you into a drawing for a $25,000 reward.
LinkedIn is one of the few social networks that aren't about having fun. Folks use it to find jobs, get jobs, and talk to other people about their jobs. Really, it's the opposite of fun.
Now the company has released a dedicated job search app into the Play Store. This way you can cut through the various community groups and quasi-inspirational postings to get straight to the reason you dug up your old LinkedIn password in the first place.
LinkedIn Job Search lets you search for specific types of work by location, read the description, and apply. The app obviously integrates with the social network, so you can see which of your contacts works at a company and prefill your biographical information into applications.
Flipboard allows you to create a constantly changing news magazine from your social feeds, and it's getting a little bit more social today with the update to v3.2. This update makes it possible to share a magazine with other people, get their attention on Twitter, and more right from the app.
From the earliest days of Android Wear, there have been those waiting for a traditional watchmaker to get in on the fun. Today appears to be the day. Google, TAG Heuer, and Intel have announced a partnership to design an Android Wear watch powered by an Intel chip.
But now, the end of the line has come for the One M7. Vice President of Product Management Mo Versi has confirmed on Twitter that the 2013 flagship will not receive Android 5.1, except for the Google Play Edition. That variant is slated to get an update sometime in April.
How many times have you looked at your Android Wear watch while it booted and thought, "Gosh darn it, that's a rrrrreally cool animation right there!" If you love that boot sequence, you probably get a tickle every time your battery dies or your watch updates and you see it starting up again. Boot Watch Face eliminates those requirements by using the animation each time you turn your watch on. Neat!
The super zen video above shows you everything you should expect from Boot Watch Face. It's very customizable with options to pick the clock hands colors and background (there's a cool "randomize" option too), change the needles' thickness (only when the watch is on — the ambient needles are very thin for my taste), remove the seconds ticker, and speed up the animation.