Google has steadfastly refused to add a reboot option to the power menu in stock Android over the years. In fact, it removed everything other than "power off" from that menu in Lollipop. Users have been asking for a reboot option forever, and now Sony is asking for it too. Sony has opened a bug tracker issue and submitted a patch to add it, but Google does not appear to be biting. Read More
Despite some recent controversy surrounding their upgrade policies, Motorola is still one of the fastest Android manufacturers on the draw when it comes to full version updates to their phones (at least the more expensive ones). The Moto X Pure Edition, the somewhat odd name for the unlocked version of the Moto X Style sold in the United States, is getting its first major bump since release soon. According to at least one of our readers, the soak test for Marshmallow is coming in hot after some initial testing back in October. Read More
Several brick-and-mortar retailers had the NVIDIA Shield Android TV box on sale for Black Friday weekend, but as promised, the deal has now come to online retailers. Both versions of the SHIELD are $50 off, plus you can get a free SHIELD remote worth $50. Read More
A growing thread on the Android issue tracker is home to more and more reports of in-vehicle Bluetooth problems with the Nexus 5, 6, 5X, and 6P. The N5 and N6 allegedly only became affected when their Marshmallow updates rolled out, while the 5X and 6P, which run Marshmallow out of the box, have allegedly had problems from day one. Notably, the Bluetooth issue being cited supposedly was not present in the "M" developer preview releases for the Nexus 5 or 6, suggesting something changed recently to cause it.
The rather irksome bug manifests most commonly as follows. When attempting to dial out to a phone number when your phone is connected to your car via Bluetooth, the call will fail and the car's radio will resume playing whatever audio was on previously. Read More
The Fossil Q Founder is available now on Fossil's site, but it looks like the Google Store will be getting on the action shortly, as well. The Q Founder retails for $295 at Fossil and is the first not-insanely-priced smartwatch you can buy with one of Intel's brand-new Atom ultra-low-power processors. Most Wear devices to date have used Qualcomm's Snapdragon 400 series chip. The Q Founder also has a full gigabyte of RAM, double what you get in the Moto 360 (2015), Huawei Watch, or LG's Watch Urbane, and a respectably large 400mAh battery.
Google has posted a more exhaustive specification sheet than the one on Fossil's store, so you get a bit more insight into what makes this watch different from the rest of the pack. Read More
The Huawei Watch is probably the best overall Android Wear device you can get right now, but it starts at a whopping $350. To make the purchase a little less painful, Huawei is dropping the price on Black Friday by as much as $100 on some models of the watch. The savings continue for all of Cyber Monday week, but Black Friday has the biggest savings. Read More
Here's a secret about Android Wear: at the moment, even more than a year after the first Wear devices hit the market, most of these smartwatches use the same Snapdragon 400 system-on-a-chip. That means that outside of screen resolution and quality, and of course the cosmetic changes implemented by the different manufacturers, there isn't much difference between the latest models and the originals. That being the case, the first Samsung Gear Live (the square one) is still a pretty good way to get into Android Wear, if only to see if you actually like it.
So a Gear Live for $80 is still a great deal, even if it's not quite the rock-bottom price we've seen on similar models like the G Watch. Read More
You may have heard a little movie called Star Wars: The Force Awakens is coming out in a few weeks. It's expected to sell a few tickets. Disney has unleashed its marketing machine to make sure the level of hype reaches previously unfathomable levels, and one small part of that is an update to the official Star Wars Android app that adds an Android Wear watch face. Neat. Read More
All the Android Wear watches you've been able to purchase so far have been made by technology firms moonlighting as watchmakers. The Fossil Q Founder is the first one that's the other way around. It looks like a more traditional Fossil watch, but the Q Founder runs Android Wear. You can buy it today for $295, which seems less insane than the $1500 price tag for the Tag Heuer watch. Read More