Google seems to be doing a lot of tinkering on the basic interfaces of Android TV, if only because the company's experience with television UIs is less extensive than it is on smartphones and tablets. Yesterday an update to the "leanback" launcher (Android TV's default home screen) added the ability for users to manually rearrange app icons. Today the Android TV version of the Play Store gets a slight adjustment as well: the "update all" button is back, baby.
If you'll recall, the last major update (from just over a month ago) gave the entire store interface a new look. Read More
We already consider ES File Explorer to be the simplest way to sideload APKs to Android TV, but we didn't realize our old approach was actually the complicated one. Read More
Nexus Player owners are starting their week with plenty of goodies to enjoy. Yesterday saw the rollout of the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow factory images for their set-top box, and now its Leanback launcher is getting updated to a new version with a small but useful change: they can now re-order their apps!
Android TV launcher version 1.1.4 might not be live in the Play Store for everyone yet, but you can grab it from APK Mirror and install it on your Android TV device (regardless of whether or not it's running the new 6.0.1 Marshmallow update). Once you do, you can long-press on any app in the launcher, which then goes into a sokoban-like mode allowing you to move it and slide it into other positions on your app grid, and even delete it. Read More
Android One users are a lucky bunch. They usually buy their devices for very affordable prices and still get timely updates like Nexus phones. Android 6.0.1 isn't an exception to the rule, as Micromax A1 users are starting to see OTA update notifications pop up on their screens.
This isn't the first instance of 6.0.1 on Android One though. About 2 weeks ago, Philippines' Cherry Mobile G1 got the update over the air, and now the Micromax A1 is following suite. Nexus devices saw their factory images released yesterday, and One devices should expect the same features this little update brought: "Until next alarm" in the Do Not Disturb mode and most importantly plenty of new emojis. Read More
The Fossil Q Founder is important for a few reasons. It's the first Intel-powered Android Wear device and the first one designed by a real watchmaker to actually go on sale. Fossil started selling it a few days ago, and now it's available for purchase direct from the Google Store. Google says it should ship in 1-2 days, which is about as fast as things get there. Read More
With Android 6.0.1, which began rolling out today, comes support for over 200 new unicode emoji and accompanying graphics. No, I do not have a chart of all the new emoji. Sorry. What I do have is the now-current picture of every single emoji on Android. There are a lot. I'm sorry not all of these are perfectly spaced and aligned to the pixel, but I did what I could in an hour or so. Sixty-five screenshots later, here they are. Read More
Google is rolling out Android 6.0.1 to Nexus devices starting today with new factory images. In addition to the new emoji, it looks like this update finally enables band 12 LTE on T-Mobile for the Nexus 6P and 5X. Yay! Read More
When Google released the first Android M preview images shortly after Google I/O, one of the bigger changes was a reworking of the priority interruptions system that was part of Lollipop. It went back to being called Do Not Disturb mode again in M, but one of the handier features of the system was tossed: the ability to mute notifications until your next scheduled alarm.
This feature is, obviously, convenient for a variety of reasons. Many of us are forgetful (e.g., me) and don't always want to rely on Android's downtime rules to determine when we do or don't want to hear notifications. Read More
Android 6.0.1's headline feature is a new set of emoji, but did you know it also adds a handy new camera launch mode to older Nexus devices? The Nexus 5X and 6P have had the double-tap power camera launch shortcut since they went on sale (and dropped a twist-to-launch gesture), but now the feature has trickled down to older Nexus models. Specifically, the Nexus 5, 6, 7 (2013) and 9 now all support it as of Android 6.0.1.
We're still looking at the 6.0.1 update to see if we can spot anything else that looks new, but our readers found this one, so thanks to everyone who confirmed its functionality in the comments on the 6.0.1 factory image post! Read More
HTC VP Mo Versi took to Twitter this morning to inform owners of the company's plans for the One M9's Marshmallow update, as well as the all-new A9's incoming bump to Android 6.0.1 (it ships with 6.0). Specifically, both devices can expect their respective software upgrades some time this month if all goes according to plan.
The unlocked One M8 is already getting Marshmallow, so while it is a bit odd that the newer M9 will be getting it later, at least it won't be that much later. Read More