The Android "M" Developer Preview's second release was released just a short while ago, and we've already discovered an outstanding new feature: the ability to individually enable or disable icons in the status bar. In fact, if the only icon you want is your battery and clock, you can have that now - everything else can be removed!
Who thought we'd ever see a status bar like that on bone-stock Android?
It's time to fire up those M preview devices again—Google is in the process of rolling out the second M preview build today. The OTA should arrive on all supported Nexus devices that have the first M build in the next few days. If you're the impatient sort, you can grab the system images right now.
Google has a little treat in store for you the next time you sign into Gmail or Inbox and want to share an image over Hangouts. Just drag and drop the file into the chat window to attach it to your message. A circle will pop up with the words Drop image to attach written underneath.
The picture won't send automatically, so you have time to add a message or change your mind.
If you bought a Nexus 6 from Project Fi, and have been waiting for your Android 5.1.1 update, you're in luck. Yesterday, Googler Justine Rivero posted to Google+ that the OTA rollout had begun. You can expect all the fixes included in Android 5.1.1, as well as some Project Fi-specific changes to address connectivity in certain areas of the US.
The OTA update clocks in at 92 MB and will only work if you have a Nexus 6 running build LVY47H.
Testing an Android app can be a real headache with the ginormous number of different devices out there, and there are services that can help you do that kind of stuff remotely - for a fee. But when Amazon gets in a business, you generally can assume the price is going to be competitive and the entry level benefits strong. Whether that's true, well, I am far from an expert on the cloud-based hardware testing business, so I really had no earthly idea until a few minutes ago.
Huh, exclusive? It's been nearly three months. That's long enough. We have a larger network than AT&T. We cover more of the country, which means there's a better chance we'll connect with someone who actually knows what a smart projector is and wants one.
Windows Phone, eat your heart out. Android is now capable of virtualizing a full and up-to-date Windows desktop operating system. Well, one phone is at least, and it's probably not one you would have guessed: the ASUS ZenFone 2. XDA-Developers forum member ycavan managed to get Windows 7 running on his phone using a variety of custom tools, some impressive technical skill, and quite a lot of patience. Check it out in the video below:
To be clear, this is Windows 7, virtualized, running on a local virtual machine client accessed via the aSPICE KVM client for control.
John Legere just got done announcing yet another uncarrier initiative, and now we see what all those changes have earned the smallest national carrier—it's not actually the smallest anymore. T-Mobile reports 2.1 million net customer additions in Q2, bringing its subscriber count to 58.9 million. Sprint has only 57.1 million customers.
In a move that isn't all that surprising, Sunrise Calendar now offers full support for Office 365 accounts. Considering that Microsoft bought Sunrise a few months ago, it was no great leap to expect better integration into that ecosystem. We already saw Wunderlist support added shortly after Microsoft bought them, too. Office 365 joins a hefty list of providers you can use with Sunrise.
There are many more that I couldn't include in the screenshot above, including another full screen of "application" providers and both Google and Wunderlist, which are already a part of my account.
Google Maps may be the go-to mapping and navigation app for a grand majority of Android users, but that doesn't stop the competition from pushing ahead, adding new features, and trying to grab more users. That's the case with HERE Maps, which is not content with offering a better offline mapping experience, but keeps on trickling updates to its Android app. Lately, it added reversible lane support in 12 cities, and now it's launching a beta program to help you test out new features before they make it into the stable release.