It has been nearly a year since Google announced Android Auto, and it's still available almost nowhere. No car companies have built the technology into their 2015 vehicles (though some may get a software update with support later), and only a handful of aftermarket head units have the software. So what's the deal? Is it worth getting excited for? I've finally gotten my hands on one of Pioneer's Android Auto units (the 8100NEX), and here's how I'm feeling about it after a few days.
Today is a good day to be the proud owner of a T-Mobile Nexus 7 2013. Lollipop 5.1.1 is here with bug fixes and security enhancements in tow. The OTA actually started to show up on some devices yesterday, but your device may not have been part of the first wave of tablets receiving the update availability notification. If you haven't been invited to update yet and can't bear to wait, then you can head over now to the system tab in settings to manually initiate the software download.
Before you attempt an update, there are a couple of requirements you should know about. Read More
Changelogs come in all shapes and sizes. Well, maybe there is just the one shape, but many different sizes. A new tag for 5.1.1_r3 turned up a few hours ago in AOSP and we've generated a list of changes the change for those who would like to know what's going on. As it turns out, this update sets a record for the smallest changelog ever, at just one lonely commit. On top of that, it's specifically for the Nexus 6 (Shamu).
The lone commit in this release appears to be a bug fix for devices with encryption enabled. The adspd process has been set up to run with the encryption lock screen instead of after. Read More
We've seen the Wi-Fi model, the T-Mobile model, and the AT&T model updated with Android 5.0, now it's time for the Verizon version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 to get its turn. The update info for the SM-T807V has appeared on Samsung's support site, which means that the update should (hopefully) start going out to customers before the end of the day. This is Android 5.0.2, for those who are interested. Read More
There are certain things that should be done on a smartwatch, and certain things that should not. Ever. Under any circumstances. Yet, here we are with a Gmail client for Android Wear from the developer of AIDE. I guess we should take a look at it.
The Android 5.1.1 factory image for the Wi-Fi Nexus 9 came just over a week ago, and now it's the LTE-enabled model's turn. Google has posted a factory image that bumps the tablet up to version LMY47X.
This news comes at the same time that the Nexus 9 LTE is getting its OTA update. LTE versions of tablets tend to get updates after their Wi-Fi counterparts, but on the positive side, this wait was shorter than we've seen in the past.
Factory images provide people who have rooted or otherwise modified their devices with a way to get up to the latest version of Android. Read More
After seeing Android 5.1.1 hit the new Nexus tablet, the old Nexus tablet, and the Nexus-branded set-top box, it's time for Google to show its handsets some of that bugfix update lovin'. Android 5.1.1 is now hitting the Nexus 5 (version LMY48B for devices on LMY47D, LMY47B for those on LMY47I) and the Nexus 4 (LMY47V).
Left: Nexus 5, Right: Nexus 4
Sprint gave us a heads up a week ago that the goods were on their way to the Nexus 5, but things didn't move quite so quickly. The addition of the Nexus 4 at the same time is nice to see. Read More
Setting a timer or alarm has been one of my favorite conveniences since I started using a Wear device regularly 6 months ago. Granted, they aren't must-haves in my life, but they do come in handy occasionally, and I find myself using them on Wear more often than I would on my phone.
Google is probably well-aware these features get a comparatively high amount of use on Wear, so they've completely revamped the UIs and even added some features that make these tools even more useful. While we haven't yet highlighted the new activity launcher in our Wear 5.1 feature spotlights, you can find dedicated listings in that launcher for the timer, stopwatch, and alarm that were not present in the old "start" UI of Wear 5.0. Read More
Telegram is a secure messaging app that a lot of people like more than WhatsApp, not that it really matters what's objectively better than the other. Messaging apps are only useful if other people are using them. Telegram does okay, though, and maybe today's update will drive adoption even more. It has stickers! Stickers!