Owners of the LTE variant of the Nexus 7 2013 have kind of been left out in the cold when it comes to the latest Android updates. While most of the other current Nexus devices (including the WiFi version of the same tablet) are running Android 4.4.4, a lot of N7 LTE users are still back on 4.4.2. Those who know their way around a bootloader can install the factory image for 4.4.3, but until now there was no standard over-the-air update.
I'd just like to thank Google for expanding Android to two new platforms this year (Android TV doesn't count). Now we've got twice as many opportunities to talk about over-the-air software updates. The LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live, both running nearly identical builds of Android Wear, are being updated to the slightly newer KMV78V build today. Owners should be seeing the update alert over the next few days if they haven't already.
In comparison with just a few years ago, Wi-Fi is pretty fast, especially if you've upgraded to a 5GHz router. But there's no reason that it can't be faster. To that end, electronics OEM supplier Qualcomm has purchased Wilocity, a California startup specializing in 60GHz 802.11ad Wi-Fi, also known as WiGig. This standard is still in the latter stages of development, but when it starts appearing in devices sometime next year, it should be able to sustain wireless data speeds of up to seven gigabits per second.
A couple of days ago, AOSP was graced with a series of freshly created "l-preview" branches and a massive push of brand new code. As we know now, quite a bit of that code push wasn't truly representative of the L developer preview. (Very sneaky, Google.) Most of the truly new updates belonged to GPL-licensed projects, which Google is obligated to release in a timely fashion. The remaining projects with "l-preview" branches were filled with a recent snapshot from the Master branch.
A rumor started flying earlier this week that OnePlus, makers of the crowd-pleasing but hard-to-find OnePlus One, would be introducing a tablet at some point. The "OnePlus Tab" appeared in an alleged screenshot of the OnePlus site, suggesting that a tablet was at least being developed. We reached out to OnePlus for comment on the rumor. Here's what they had to say:
There are a flurry of Android apps being updated to support the new Wear watches, but perhaps none of them has as much potential for genuine utility as If This, Then That (IFTTT). The popular service-linking system just launched its Android component back in April, but they're wasting no time in jumping on the Android Wear platform. The app has been updated to include Wear support, and the service itself is adding recipes for actions started from Wear.
Wanna see something cool? Or, depending on your current location, hot? Then pop open the Google Now interface on your Android phone or tablet. The Weather card is a regular on the Now page, but you might see something new in there today if you have the recently updated stacked multi-city view showing, namely high and low temperatures values. Neat.
That's all there is, there isn't any more - check out the latest Search APK update, including device-wide "OK Google" activation, for more information.
While Duolingo had previously announced its famous language-learning service was headed to Android Wear, today the company updated its standard Android app with the necessary bits to make that happen. Delta was also busy with Wear integration today, and as you might guess, the Delta app will now let you display your QR code boarding pass on a Wear device. Here are some images of Duolingo on Wear, and as for Delta, well, you can probably use your imagination.
The Android Wear companion app is officially available for download on the Play Store, not that you can do anything with it without an Android Wear device. But hey, it's worth knowing where to find it when the time comes, right?
So there it is. Download it. Pretend you have a Wear device. Or something. I'm not really sure.
Google didn't spend enough time on Material Design during the keynote. We saw a beautiful video and learned a little bit about the intent and thought behind Google's new cross-platform look (which we actually saw a bit earlier than anticipated), but there's so much more to be said. Having attended as many design sessions as possible during I/O, I think it's worth taking a somewhat closer look at Material Design. In this post we'll attempt to scratch a little bit deeper into what Material means, why it's awesome, and why it's a forward-looking move for Google.