So you need to get some files from your phone into the cloud? FolderSync is one of the most popular ways to do it. This app gives you very fine control over what files go where and when, and today it's getting a sizable update to v2.7 with a bit of a UI makeover and some new features.
It's time to replenish your stock of flash memory. For today's Gold Box deal of the day, Amazon is offering up to 70% off of SanDisk microSD cards, SD cards, and flash drives. Prices range from a 16GB flash drive for $7.99 (down from $29.99) to a 128GB microSD card for $89.99 (down from $129.99).
As far as most Android devices are concerned, the microSD cards here are all that matter. The 16GB card starts things off at $9.99 (an 8GB option goes for $7.79, but that rate isn't part of the Gold Box deal). Between it and the largest option, there's a 32GB one for $12.99 and a 64GB one for $24.99. Read More
A memory leak that has plagued some Android 5.0 users since the first developer preview has finally been marked closed and 'FutureRelease' in the Android issue tracker today.
The bug caused device memory to fill up and fail to clear, resulting in random crashes for memory-intensive applications that run in the background, like Play Music or even the launcher process. Needless to say - it was a deeply frustrating issue. Most persons affected seemed to either own Nexus 5s or Nexus 7s, though other devices may have fallen victim to it as well.
Fun fact: this particular bug climbed all the way to the 34th highest ever position in the Android issue tracker by number of stars, at over 1750. Read More
Airtel is the largest mobile carrier in India, but even that kind of market position wasn't enough to push through a change the carrier desperately wanted. After announcing last week it would begin charging extra for VoIP data, Airtel has backed down in the face of bad press and angry customers. VoIP calls will continue to be billed as regular data, at least for now. Read More
As is the tradition, the current Humble Bundle has been beefed up with some new titles to entice potential buyers. The Noodlecake bundle, which debuted last week, just got five new games, including an unlocked bonus title with more on the way (maybe).
Android Wear 5.0 is finally out on all devices, and that means developers are playing a little catch-up. Not only are there new system features to take advantage of, we finally have full support for custom watch faces. Many of the previously released ones have been updated for Android 5.0, but we're focusing here mostly on newly added apps and watch faces.
A lot of the new Android Wear watch faces are cool, and a surprising number of them are free. The settings also tie into the Android Wear app, so make sure to head there as you try all the stuff on this list. Read More
If Motorola's Brazillian website is to be believed, an LTE version of the 2nd generation Moto G could be on the way soon, and it's packing more than just additional connectivity. According to the specification page, the new LTE G will get a substantially larger 2390mAh battery (versus 2070mAh normally).
There's also a distinct line in the display specifications for the LTE G, but as far as I can tell it's the same 720p IPS panel with Gorilla Glass 3 that the 3G version has.
While this is official confirmation (essentially) of the existence of a new LTE Moto G, it's worth noting that Brazil typically gets Motorola models specifically for that region, so specifications will likely vary a bit if we see this phone stateside or elsewhere in the world. Read More
The Nexus 9 is the new hotness, but last year's Nexus 7 is still a speedy piece of tech. I have one on my desk right now, and I'll vouch for it. The little tablet has handled everything I've thrown at it with ease.
Anyone looking to pick one up may want to hop over to Groupon right this moment. The site is currently offering the Nexus 7 for $149.99, which you can get down to $135 with a coupon code. Just click the big green buy button and enter SALE10 on the checkout page. That will drop the price of the tablet down the expected 15 bucks. Read More
Following on the success of the original xkcd Phone (which featured a blend of Android and iOS, a side-facing camera, and the ability to scream when falling), a successor has arrived that offers some of the best tech that 2014 has to offer.
The xkcd Phone 2 includes a revolutionary always-on front-facing speaker, which the phone will use to automatically cry when lost. With a built-in, ribbed, auto-rotating case made of 3D materials, the handset should feel comfortable in any hand size. And in a year where phones argued that HD wasn't HD enough, the xkcd Phone 2's MaxHD display competes by cramming over 350 pixels onto its screen (and doubling as a cheek toucher). Read More