WhatsApp's developers are a little unpredictable. Sometimes, all it takes them is one swift update to add a ton of features, other times, they dabble painfully slowly with dozens upon dozens of beta releases until they get a small feature ready (Google Drive backup anyone?). But credit goes to them for keeping us on our toes and entertained with their small incremental updates, like this new version for example.
WhatsApp 2.12.312, which you can grab from the site's beta uploads page or from APK Mirror, has added a new rich link preview option. However, the feature is still very half-baked, so don't expect anything like Telegram's previews just yet. Read More
The Android Asset Studio is an indispensable tool that offers quick icon and nine-patch generation, along with a device art generator that graduated to Google's official Android Developers site. And since there are new Nexus devices (hopefully shipping soon), it's time for new shells to frame your screenshots. Today, the Nexus 5X and 6P joined the lineup.
Of course older devices are still available under a separate dropdown - the Nexus 4, 5, 6, 7 (2012), and 10 are all represented though interestingly the Nexus 7 (2013) has fallen out of the selection.
Google still advises developers not to use device frames in their Play Store collateral, since materials with device frames may end up looking dated and may distract from things like screenshots, but then again Google itself doesn't always follow this advice, right? Read More
Did you buy the new-and-improved 2015 Chromecast? If so, you may have forgotten that your purchase includes a free movie rental on Google Play Movies, even if you'd already purchased a Chromecast previously (offers are per device, not account - so you get one for each CC you purchased up to a maximum of five). The movie rental offer doesn't apply to Chromecast Audio purchases, in case you were wondering.
The current offer runs until the end of the year (12/31/15), so there's no rush to redeem it. As always, in order to redeem the offer, you'll need to open the Chromecast app on your device or head to cast.google.com/chromecast/offers while on the same network as or nearby your Chromecast device. Read More
A reference to something called "music gifts" has appeared on the Google Play support page for Play gift cards today, and we frankly have no information at this point suggesting what they could be. The support entry, below, doesn't really provide any information, so we're left to speculate.
Could this be an upcoming way to gift albums or songs to people on Play Music? Or perhaps a way to gift Play Music All Access subscriptions themselves (that seems more likely to me)? We can't be sure, though the fact that this text appears at all is probably a sign Google is planning on announcing these "music gifts" relatively soon. Read More
About a year ago Microsoft released a Bluetooth keyboard designed to work seamlessly across Android, iOS, and Windows. More importantly, this thing shipped without a Windows key in the bottom left corner. In its place we were instead treated to a generic home button, a neutral icon that looks at home regardless of your mobile operating system. Read More
Did you know that if you email T-Mobile's John Legere you can actually get a reply from the CEO's staff or even John himself? This is decidedly not the case with AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson. In the latest PR blunder for the carrier, a customer who emailed Stephenson with a few suggestions was shut down by AT&T's chief intellectual property counsel. Yes, AT&T lawyer'd their own customer for sending an email. Read More
The Huawei Watch comes with its own nifty charging cradle that you can rest the smartwatch on to pump juice back into its battery. Thing is, the thing costs $40. Needless to say, that's not cheap. Read More
Sure, you can go buy a Nexus Player for $50-100 if you want to experience Android TV, but if you need a new set anyway, Sony has a few nice 4K TVs with Google's software already included. They're usually rather expensive models, but one of them is on sale via eBay Daily Deals right now for $850. Read More
If the Galaxy Note 5 is essentially a larger Galaxy S6 with a stylus, the Edge+ is a larger version of the S6 Edge. You want a big phone with those fancy sides, and Samsung understands. The company hardly shies from the chance to produce another model that you might buy. Read More
The weeks post-Nexus announcement are always slow for Android news, but they're a time ripe for discussion about how the latest version of Android is holding up on your device, especially since it's arrived so much earlier than usual.
The Nexus 5, 6, 7 (2013), 9, and Player all have official builds of Android 6.0 Marshmallow available, so you've probably gone ahead and flashed them (or received an update via OTA).
Marshmallow does contain a lot of great new features, and we've highlighted a ton of them in our ongoing feature spotlight series (link to series). Here are a few of my favorites: