There are a few big changes to the Google Play Music app in v6.0, but there are changes coming to your wearable too. There's a new Android Wear companion app in there (v2.0), and with it comes real download management for music synced to the watch. Finally!
The open-source nature of Android means that you can run the mobile operating system on just about anything if you've got the know-how. Case in point: A YouTube user named Josh Max has managed to get it running on his Texas Instruments TI-Nspire CX. If that name conjures up images of middle school algebra exams, it's because it's a graphing calculator. Check it out in action in the video below:
The Nspire CX is one of the more robust graphing calculators on the market.
Today, GMC and Buick wrapped up the larger set of Android Auto announcements for GM's 2016 model year lineup, adding five more Auto-ready vehicles into the mix. Those cars are as follows:
2016 GMC Canyon
2016 GMC Yukon
2016 GMC Sierra
2016 Buick LaCrosse
2016 Buick Regal
All but the Sierra have only GM's 8" infotainment system as an option, meaning they'll ship with CarPlay and get Android Auto at a later date (probably early 2016, if you want a rough estimate). The GMC Sierra is offered in some trims with the 7" GM infotainment system, and others with the 8", and the former system will ship with Android Auto from the factory.
Stock Android may not make a special noise when plugged in to charge over USB, but it does play a tone when your device comes in contact with a wireless charger. Until now though, it hasn't been possible to disable this sound without adjusting the system volume. In Android M that will apparently change, as a new toggle joins the lineup in "Other sounds."
Dial pad tones, screen lock sounds, touch sounds, and touch vibration entries are all still present.
This is a small change, but - even if they're buried in settings - sometimes adding more granular controls can be a good thing, and that seems to be one of the themes of Android M so far.
"Tap to wake" is advertised as a feature. Instead of reaching for your power button every time you want to wake up your phone, you simply tap the screen a few times instead. It reduces hand contortion and puts less abuse on the physical button all at the same time.
But maybe you accidentally toggle it more often than you would like, and you would rather do away with the feature entirely than continue to deal with rampant pocket dials and general battery wastage. For you, Android M appears to have added a setting that lets you toggle this feature on and off.
The T-Mobile Galaxy S6/S6Edge is (strangely) the only variant that currently has an official Android 5.1.1 build, and it turns out there's an interesting little bonus hiding inside. Samsung has added support for RAW photography to the Galaxy S6 in this update. The catch is that it's not supported in the stock app at this time.
Google has dropped a bunch of new Wear watch faces into the Play Store this morning in partnership with a variety of fashion designers and popular brands. Some of these you will have heard of and others probably not, but almost all of them are free.
You can buy 4K TVs for an almost reasonable price these days, but that's not true for Sony's new 4K TVs. These sets run Android TV and are razor thin at just 0.2-inches. However, they start at $2500 for a 55-inch set. They are now listed on Amazon and Best Buy, with pre-orders live on the former.
These are LED-lit LCD televisions with a resolution of 3840x2160. Of course, the thin design is one of the selling points. Oh, and they support 3D viewing too (apparently that's still a thing). The 55-inch model is $2500 and the 65-inch is $4000.
There are a few things to keep in mind before you rush to the source page below. A wordpress error appears for links to the "easy-to-follow guide" and the "necessary software binaries" that you need to create a test image and flash it to your own device.
Looking for an awesome Android TV machine? Then go buy the NVIDIA SHIELD, because it's worth every penny that you pay over competitors like the Razer Forge TV and the original Nexus Player. But if you want one that's cheap, look no further than the Amazon listing for Google's first-party set-top box. Today the Nexus Player is $64.78, just over $35 off of the $100 retail price. Amazon Prime customers can get free two-day shipping as well.
The Nexus Player is far from ideal - its Intel-based hardware is poorly-optimized, so apps and games tend to be sluggish - but at the moment this deal is the only option for Android TV below $100.