Android Auto continues to gain momentum as automakers search for a relatively easy and inexpensive way to equip their cars with electronics that work with customers' smartphones. South Korean auto company Kia previously committed to the platform on a handful of its cars, at least according to the official Android Auto website, but that list has been considerably expanded as of the latest update. The latest version lists nearly twenty models that will have Android Auto capability, including several 2014-2016 models that will receive it as an update. Read More
Google's developer advocate, Wayne Piekarski has announced that an Android Wear update is rolling out, and not just any Android Wear update. This is the fabled Marshmallow update for the Sony Smartwatch 3. The first wave of watches are getting the OTA now, and all of them should be updated inside of a week. Read More
Google has shared this month's look at how many users are accessing the Play Store using which versions of Android. The numbers probably won't surprise you. Marshmallow still sits at a low 4.6%. Lollipop's numbers have barely budged in either direction.
Except, as small a slice as Marshmallow may have, it's twice as large as it was last month. This is also the largest jump since Android 6.0 first launched. Read More
A couple of weeks ago, we posted a deal alert for Sony's entry-level 65" 4K Android TV, the XBR-65X810C. Today, the 55" and 65" models of the mid-range XBR-850C line are on sale at their lowest prices ever on eBay. The 55" TV is $999 ($1200 on Amazon), while the 65" panel is $1599 ($2,000 on Amazon). Yeah, that's still a pretty penny for a TV, but these are great prices for some of the best panels on the market.
The Blackberry Priv launched last November. While it undeniably has an interesting form factor and shipped with some compelling enterprise-oriented security features, it has remained on Android Lollipop as its flagship competitors received their Marshmallow updates left and right.
But now Blackberry is testing a beta of its hardened version of Android 6.0, and owners of the phone can sign up via the Blackberry Beta Zone.
There are limits to who can join the beta program. The first wave of invitations will be sent to those who bought their devices through the Blackberry Store, Amazon, and British phone retailer Carphone Warehouse. Read More
While it's hardly taking the world by storm, it looks like Android TV is gaining enough of a footing that there are now high-end televisions equipped with Google's entertainment OS being discounted on a regular basis. (Of course, that might simply indicate that no one is buying them. Either way, it means low prices for us.) Today's television deal comes from Sharp, and it's a big-un: the LC-70UE30U, a 70-inch, 4K smart TV. Buydig's eBay outlet has a new model on sale for $1599.99, a solid $200 off of the price for most remaining new stock.
The LC-70UE30U includes Android TV running on a quad-core processor of unknown origin (though I'm betting it's one of Qualcomm's inexpensive SoC systems). Read More
CyanogenMod 13 comes with Android 6.0, and it has been around since the fall. But bringing each device up to date takes time. Many have spent the past few months on 12.1. My Moto G 2015 (the one I showed off last week) is one of those devices.
Well, let's just say this is a post I'm happy to write. Read More
The Nextbit Robin isn't a perfect phone, but it's surprisingly good for a Kickstarter project. Also, it actually exists. So there's that. Nextbit has announced a big update is coming next month that will address some of my issues with the phone, and there's a small bug fix rolling out this very day. Read More