We've received word that Google is doing another limited rollout test, this time surrounding weather, one of their favourite topics to trial with users. Searching "weather" might show you a card asking if you'd like to "Access weather instantly from your Home screen." If you tap add, a shortcut will show up on the homescreen. It appears to work almost exactly like Chrome's Add to homescreen function, except this opens the native Search and not a browser.
This may seem a little superfluous, as Google has weather available through Google Now, and possibly in your notifications too. That might be why they're testing it. Read More
There's some great news for anyone using CyanogenMod. A long-existing bug that prevented users of the hugely popular ROM from displaying their screen on the Google Chromecast has finally been squashed. The problem is present in applications that use the Chromecast Remote Display API. On devices running CyanogenMod, instead of the intended content, users would see a solidly black screen. This issue is limited to CyanogenMod and its derivatives.
In addition to a handful of stock Google applications, like Google Photos, many third-party apps have been bitten by this bug. One of these is Cast-A-Draw, which is a Chromecast-oriented word guessing-game. Read More
T-Mobile and MLB have a marketing relationship that spans back several seasons. Since the beginning of that relationship, T-Mobile subscribers have received a free yearly subscription to MLB.TV At Bat – a paid mobile service that lets users listen to game broadcasts, follow live stats, and watch highlight replays. Normally $20 a season, it was a nice gift that baseball lovin' T-Mobile customers (myself included) appreciated.
This year, the gift for T-Mobile users is way better. From April 3rd through the 10th, customers can sign up for a free subscription of MLB.TV Premium, which is MLB's full-blown video streaming service. With a subscription, T-Mobile customers can watch every out-of-market baseball game (and in-market games as well for a few select teams) this season. Read More
Today has been pretty slow for updates, so far, but sometimes that's just how Google rolls. There is at least one notable feature from this morning's release of Photos v1.16, and it brings a neat little improvement to the built-in video player: fast forward and rewind buttons. There are also a couple of odd UI tweaks related to album sharing. A new bug also snuck into this version, so be wary. As always, we've got a link to the download at the bottom. Oh, and stay tuned for a teardown with even more stuff from this version.
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The app may be called Photos, but it handles videos, as well. Read More
It feels like Google is always adding new cards to Search, and it's just quietly released another one: a metronome. Simply search for 'metronome,' and a card will pop up showing a beats-per-minute slider and a play button. Press play and you get a clicking noise. Voila, a metronome.
The beats-per-minute value is set at 120 by default, but can be changed to any number between 40 and 208. When you tweak the value, the color changes from blue to orange, and when you press play, the button animates, pulsating according to the selected value. The card works with both desktop and mobile search, so you can play the piano and have a beat without needing a computer. Read More
Uber is currently working on a way for family and friends to share a single payment method. The feature is called Family Profiles. Read More
OnePlus doesn't ship its phones with plain vanilla Android. They run OxygenOS. No matter. It's Android, and what people want from the over-the-air updates remain the latest version. Right now that's Marshmallow.
Apparently OnePlus is soak testing its Android 6.0 update, which is going out as part of OxygenOS 3.0. Read More
Google introduced factory reset protection in Android 5.1 to prevent a stolen device from being used. When FRP is active, you're supposed to be required to log in with an account that was previously on the device, but RootJunky has made it his mission to find workarounds for FRP. In fact, he found a fantastically complicated one for the Android N developer preview. Read More
Samsung has added a new app to the Play Store, but it's not entirely new. This is a beta version of Samsung's music app, which it will apparently be updating via the Play Store from here on out. The only compatible devices we're seeing right now are Samsung phones running Marshmallow, but we've got the APK if you want to install it on another device. No promises it will work, though. Read More