Have you been having trouble casting videos or other content to your Chromecast or Android TV device lately? You're not alone - we've been getting tips for the last day from all over the Android world about casting failures, and based on threads on Reddit, XDA, Google's support forums, and even NVIDIA's SHIELD forums, the issue has been affecting hundreds and possibly thousands of people. Various culprits have been suspected, from a recent Marshmallow update for the Nexus Player to compatibility tweaks for the new Chromecast model. According to a Reddit user claiming to be a member of Google's Cast on Android TV team, it isn't either of those. Read More
As we approach a year since the introduction of the Android L preview and Material Design, more and more apps of all shapes and sizes (figuratively speaking) are getting their acts together when it comes to the user interface. The latest is Dayframe, a favorite of desktop tablet users and Chromecast aficionados, which gets its paperrific update with version 3.0 today. The standard version is available in the Play Store, and the upgraded version is accessible via a $3 in-app purchase.
Since Dayframe is so focused on its collection of photo streams and the full-screen viewing of the same, you might not even notice the Material Design elements that have been added. Read More
If you're a ROM developer, or just in the mood to poke around the latest Android source code, you'll be excited to know that 5.1.1 has just been uploaded to AOSP. The tag for this release is 5.1.1_r1, and it carries the build number LMY47V. A factory image is already available for the Nexus Player, and the rest of the Nexus family will probably stabilize on this version over the coming weeks.
We already know Google claims to have fixed a significant memory leak with this release, and we can probably expect a few other fixes to join the show. Read More
We're getting a few reports that some T-Mobile customers who preordered the Galaxy S6 and its edgier brother are already receiving their phones. When they turn them on, they might just be greeted by an over-the-air update right away. The new builds are actually dated March 22nd, so it's probable that every S6 and S6 Edge in T-Mobile's initial batch will need this update. The build is Android 5.0.2, labeled G920TUVU1AOCG and G925TUVU1AOCG for the S6 and S6 Edge, respectively.
There aren't any new features in either update, just a handful of fixes from Samsung:
- Fingerprint scanner improvements
- 'Failed to reboot' error message
- Clock drift fix
- Audio quality improvements
- Calendar event fix
- Exchange Global Address Lookup fix
Given T-Mobile's usual staged rollout, it may take several days or even a week or so for the OTA to get to your phone. Read More
The OnePlus One has had its share of bugs, but there has been one issue that effectively breaks the phone without the owner being even accidentally at fault. One minute you're swiping through the app drawer looking at the best way to kill time for a couple of minutes, the next you're hit with a spontaneous reboot and staring at a phone that boot loops indefinitely, leaving you with a bricked device.
The problem is suspected to stem from the "persist" partition getting corrupted during the reboot, even though CyanogenMod doesn't use this particular location. The damaged area doesn't get fixed like other partitions because a filesystem integrity check isn't ran. Read More
Google is making the best of allowing enthusiasts and 3rd-party developers early access to the next release of Android, and the result will be a less buggy release when L finally hits the grand stage. While new issues are reported each day, there's a lot of progress showing up on the Issue Tracker. Just yesterday, a burst of 18 bugs were marked as 'fixed,' following a 2-week gap without any obvious activity.
Among the many fixes, both major and mundane, we can see a lot of attention has gone to the networking and wireless protocols, sensor-related problems, and a fair number of visual tweaks. Read More
One of the nicest things about NVIDIA's various bits of Android gaming hardware is that they get updated early and often. The SHIELD Portable is already running on the latest version of Android, but a new update (dated Tuesday, but apparently going out a little late) has fixed a few small issues with GameStream and other services. If you have a SHIELD, check your Settings menu - the 480.9MB update should be available as soon as you check it manually.
The first bug is with NVIDIA's GameStream service, itself prone to various connection issues. The company didn't say exactly what was broken, or indeed, exactly how they fixed it. Read More
Update: Here's the change log Motorola has shared:
What's new in the KGW42R Moto 360 update:
- Bluetooth connectivity: Improved Bluetooth connectivity between the watch and phone to reduce momentary disconnects experienced by some users.
- Charging notification: Added a message to confirm that Moto 360 is charging in cases when its battery is fully depleted.
- Bug fixes: Implemented bug fixes and other system optimizations.
A number of Moto 360 owners have received a system update that doesn't seem to do anything and leaves the version number the same. We've reached out to Google about it, and we've received confirmation that an update is rolling out that merely fixes a few bugs. Read More
It's been over two months since Google gave Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 owners a chance to tinker with the upcoming L release of Android, in what has been the biggest beta test in Android's short history. With all of us waiting on a release sometime in the fourth quarter of 2014, it's gratifying to know that the powers that be are hard at work getting Android L ready for primetime. If the latest updates to the public issue tracker are accurate, some of the biggest and most critical bugs in Android L have been patched.
The most dramatic of these is the Nexus devices' inability to send or receive MMS messages through the default Hangouts app. Read More
Those of you with a tough-as-nails Galaxy S5 Active for AT&T are probably wondering when your phones will be updated to Android 4.4.4. And you can keep on wondering, because the latest over-the-air update from Samsung keeps the phone on the same 4.4.2 build it had when it was released three months ago. But it does add... uh, some user interface changes in the default email app? Roll out the barrels!
Here's the full list of changes from Samsung's support page.
- Visual Voice Mail (VVM) enhancements
- Security updates and patches
- Application installation enhancements
- Accidental emergency dial fixed on the lock screen
- Several lower layer modem crashes and sluggishness improvement enhancements
- E-mail UX enhancements
- Re-activation lock improvements
To be fair, those issues with the emergency dial and modem crashes sound like they could seriously annoy at least some users. Read More