It's been a year since Android Auto was announced, and it's only now starting to hit the market. You can buy a handful of cars with support for Auto (with a software update), and more vehicles are on the way. There are also some aftermarket head units that can smarten up your dumb old car. Now that it's finally reaching consumer availability, we can see how Google's car infotainment platform works.
I've had a chance to play with one of Pioneer's NEX Android Auto kits (the AVIC-8100NEX), and have already posted some initial impressions. Now let's dig in and explore this new frontier for Android. Read More
The PBS Video Android app has gained support for a cheap little media stick that frees shows from mobile devices and sticks them on something bigger. This way users can go back to viewing shows like Frontline, NOVA, and PBS NewsHour the way they've been watching them for decades.
Chromecast support works the way you're likely already familiar with. You open up the app, you locate the icon in the top-right corner, you select the dongle you want to cast to, and you watch your show.
The adult PBS Android app gains Chromecast support nearly a year after the PBS Kids one did, but hey, parents are used to putting their children first. Read More
Does the Tegra K1 in your Nexus 9 run a little toasty? Well, it's got nothing on NVIDIA's latest mobile chip design win, which is literally an oven. I'm sorry, NVIDIA, but the jokes basically write themselves here.
Owner testimonial: "My oven can play Doom 3!"
The June oven's big shtick is that it takes selfies of your food which, while completely ridiculous, is at the same time weirdly cool? Maybe? I don't know. What I do know is that this actually sounds like a pretty good oven, boasting a 350F preheat time of just 4 (four) minutes, which is sort of incredible. Read More
You want the internet on your TV? There are several ways to go about that, but the latest is to use Android TV and the Opera TV Browser app. It's free to download, but compatibility is a bit odd. It doesn't seem to support the Nexus Player right now, but it will install on the Shield and ADT-1 just fine.
Did you think the Angry Birds movie was an insane bit of zealous over-licensing at the peak of a mobile gaming fad? You ain't seen nothing yet. According to IGN, Cut The Rope developer ZeptoLab has partnered with production company Blockade Entertainment to create a computer animated movie based on the game's adorable monster protagonist Om Nom. Om Nom: The Movie is currently scheduled to release in 2016, notably the same year that the Angry Birds movie will hit theaters.
The official synopsis for the movie makes surprisingly little mention of ropes or candy, and sounds like an E.T. rip-off that came 30 years too late:
Om Nom tells the story of 13-year old Evan, a boy whose impulsiveness leads him to open a secret package containing a living scientific experiment - with mischievous intentions!
"Don't forget me, guys," Facebook Messenger said as it scooted in through the door that nearly closed in its face.
"Sorry, didn't see you coming," YouTube said. "You have one billion views?"
"Installs, and yes," Gmail said, putting down a bottle of something expensive and walking over. "See?"
"It was only a matter of time," Gmail, the oldest member of the club, continued. "I started drafting Messenger's invite back when Facebook first got in."
Gmail gestured its glass towards the table where Facebook was seated, networking with a couple of apps it didn't like.
"Yeah, I never received that message," Facebook Messenger said. Read More
Cadillac has just announced that it, too, will be jumping on the Android Auto bandwagon, with all 2016 model year Cadillac vehicles that are equipped with the 8-inch CUE infotainment system being the first to get it. Cadillac has stated that Android Auto will not, however, ship immediately on these cars. Instead, they'll most likely get Auto via a dealer-installed software update, around which time Auto will also start to be phased into production vehicles. For now, Cadillac is estimating that Auto will be available around the mid-model year (think winter 2015/2016), but that's subject to change.
There's no specific list of which cars will be getting a 2016 model year in Cadillac's lineup, but presumably it's going to be almost all of them. Read More
The LG G Watch was one of the Android Wear launch devices, and even then it didn't feel like the best smartwatch for Google's wrist-bound platform. That has definitely changed in the year since.
But the thing just keeps going on sale. AT&T has sold the watch for a mere $50 more than once. Now you can snag one for the same price as an eBay daily deal.
There are a few things to keep in mind. First off, these units are refurbished. Second, shipping is restricted to only a few continents. You will have the best luck in Australia, Europe, and North America. Read More
A new leak points to big changes about to hit T-Mobile, and these are the good kind of changes. According to TmoNews, the carrier will be adding mobile hotspot to all active plans (even prepaid) on June 12th. It will also boost some hotspot caps and stop using hard caps entirely.
Despite the continuing tense relationship between Cyanogen and OnePlus, the former seems to be making new partnerships all the time, particularly with low-cost phone suppliers in emerging markets. The latest to run the company's custom build of Android is a carrier phone from Indonesian company Smartfren, the Andromax Q. Despite having a name that sounds like some kind of multi-gendered Replicant, it will be Indonesia's first phone running Cyanogen "OS."
The specs on the Andromax Q are decidedly low-end - here in the states it would probably cost $100-150 off-contract, and it will sell for 1.3 million Rupiah (about $97 USD) from Smartfren. Read More