If there's one thing I've learned about Amazon's mobile approach over the last couple of years, it's that they love to give stuff away. Free apps, free coins for downloading said free apps so you can get more free apps...and the like. I'm not the biggest fan of the Amazon Appstore, but I am a pretty big fan of free stuff, and in this situation it just so happens that my like for free stuff outweighs my dislike for the Amazon Appstore.
Remember when WhatsApp turned on its Read Receipts feature last week and caused panic all over the world? Well, the company wants nothing to do with your lover quarrels or business disputes — "He ignored my WhatsApp messages!" isn't a court-accepted argument, it seems. So to avoid becoming the second largest cause of divorce, WhatsApp is preparing another update to its app that should make the new feature optional.
Version 2.11.444 (which is only available on WhatsApp's site for now) has a new menu under Settings, Privacy.
Shortly after the release of Samsung's Galaxy Note 4, owners were dismayed to learn their new phone was unable to mirror its screen to a Chromecast. No other Google Cast apps were affected, but plenty of people still wanted screen casting. Well, it took about a month, but this oversight has finally been remedied. The Note 4 has been officially added to Google's list of devices with support for screen casting.
Even the best of us have miscalculated and run low on battery before heading to an outlet, but that's what external battery packs are for. These devices pop up on sale from time to time, and today there's a good deal on the Poweradd Pilot X5 with a 16,000mAh capacity. The price usually hovers around $40, but you can score one for $24.99 with Prime shipping using the coupon code below.
Sprint's original announcement said that today would be the big day—you'd be able to wander into a Sprint store on November 14th and buy a Nexus 6. Well, it's not clear exactly what's going on. Sprint has put the Nexus 6 up on its website, but there's no firm ship date.
Ever since the beginning, Android OTA updates have worked by patching each file on your system partition individually. With Lollipop, that is all changing, and it has some important implications for those who like to root and mod their devices.
Here's what a pre-Lollipop update script looked like:
As shown, the recovery looks at this, finds each file, checks its signature, then applies a patch to it if it matches. This is the slow way of doing things, but it had a big benefit for rooters and those who like to mod their devices.
Update: It looks like the Tango tablet is available to purchase if you signed up to be on the list to buy one at Google I/O. The rest of you will, presumably, have to wait.
It looks like Google's Project Tango AR / sensor-beast tablet is headed to the Play Store soon, packing an NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor and a boatload of sensors. Not to mention 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, for some reason.
Nexus 4 owners will be pleased to hear that Lollipop build LRX21T is on its way for their devices. While there isn't a specific time frame for the rollout, Sascha Prüter states in a post to Google+ that the build is "locked and loaded," indicating in the comments that LRX21T is destined for the Nexus 4 some time soon.