There was a time when we thought bacon could make almost anything better. We were wrong... It can make everything better! Things started simple with bacon appearing on breakfast plates, hamburgers, and sandwiches. Society eventually aimed higher with more creative endeavors like bacon ice cream, bacon-wrapped pizza, and of course, bacon-wrapped bacon. We couldn't even stop there because cocktail culture simply wasn't complete without bacon-flavored vodka. Why am I talking so much about bacon? Read More
If you own a Chromecast or Nexus Player and grabbed a free rental from Play Movies last time the deal was offered, it looks like you can head to chromecast.com/offers and grab another.
After opening up the Dads & Grads sale, Google has apparently reset the free rental deal, which gives Chromecast and Nexus Player owners the chance to select a movie to rent from the Play Store. Read More
Google Maps is great (well, at least here in America), we can probably all agree on that, but there's also no denying the public transit direction experience to date was missing a key piece of information: live arrival times for buses, trains, and subways in the Maps app for Android.
This feature will work with the 100+ transit providers Google has already partnered with to provide live scheduling info, and today it's also adding more providers. The UK, Netherlands, Budapest, Chicago, San Francisco, and Seattle along with over 25 of their respective transit authorities have teamed up with Google to provide additional live transit schedule information inside the Maps app along with the 100+ they already have. Read More
While it's not a particularly exciting set of updates, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are hugely popular handsets, so any OTA update is news in one sense or another. Today, Verizon's versions of the twin-sixes are getting an update to build VRU1AOD5, which seems like a bug fix and feature-tweak release.
Here's the full changelog.
- Drawing feature has been added to Photo Editor
Voice Call (HD Voice)
- ‘Add Call’ button has been moved to app bar beside MORE.
- Bluetooth button has been moved from MORE to on-screen.
- Emergency call button has been added.
- Various call performance improvements.
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Expense IQ - Expense Manager
This week's roundup is brought to you by Expense IQ - Expense Manager from Handy Apps. This amazingly complete expense tracking system has a solid and colorful UI, and just about every possible checkbook, alert, and tracking feature you could want. Read More
If you have a vehicle with "enhanced" or "premium" Bluetooth support, your Android phone may or may not have supported that protocol, known as rSAP, to date. If you had a Nexus handset, it definitely didn't (unless you used some kind of root rSAP profile solution), because the functionality wasn't built into the Android OS. rSAP, for the record, allows you to connect your vehicle to a mobile network over Bluetooth using your phone's SIM card to authenticate against, allowing things like in-car Wi-Fi hotspots, connectivity to in-car apps requiring mobile data, and potentially other features depending on the brand of car. Read More
Microsoft wants a home on your mobile devices, even if they're running Android. Just look at what it's up to these days. It's bringing more Office apps to the Play Store. It's signing deals with OEMs left and right. It's bringing Cortana our way. In the past year, it has purchased Accompli and Sunrise Calendar. Now it's buying Wunderlist.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft has agreed to pay between $100 million and $200 million for 6Wunderkinder, the German company behind the to-do list app. Read More
There are multiple ways to stream high-end games to your Android device. There's NVIDIA's GRID,
OnLive (edit: Oh, right, Sony bought OnLive), and something thrown together by a guy on the XDA Developers forum. Maybe you want more options. Well, if you own an Amazon Fire TV, you can now add GameFly to this list.
The GameFly streaming service derives from the company's acquisition of Playcast. A look at the latter's website gives you an idea of what you can expect from the experience, as the interface matches the one Amazon has shown off alongside the GameFly Streaming app already uploaded to its app store. Read More
The Atrix HD came out in 2012, right before Motorola's Google-fueled turnaround. That's why it was surprising when Motorola put this phone on the KitKat update list in late 2013. That update never came through, leaving the device on Android 4.1.1, but Motorola is offering a deal on a new Moto X to make up for that.
You can get a Jambox Bluetooth speaker on Amazon, but that requires Jambox money. Folks who dig the style but want something a bit less expensive can get a different music-pumping rectangular box for nearly a fifth of the price. The SoundBot SB571 wireless Bluetooth speaker is available for just $25, which you can reduce down to $20 if you enter the coupon code Q4NERSFR at checkout.
The speaker comes with a built-in audio line, so you're able to plug in devices that aren't able to pair over Bluetooth. There's also a built-in mic, so you can use the thing as a speakerphone. A 1000mAh battery powers it all. Read More