There are many over-the-air updates out there, but right now, there's only one type that Android lovers are looking for, and that's Marshmallow. If I don't get to walk away with my device running Android 6.0, then I basically just sat around watching an animated arrow for no reason.
US Cellular customers who own an LG G4, you're in for an OTA update, and its one of the good ones. The firmware upgrade currently going out to devices bumps them up to Android 6.0. Read More
Motorola started selling the Moto 360 Sport in the US late last week. It launched on Motorola's site, but also at Best Buy and Verizon, and now you've got another source for Motorola's latest wearable. The 360 Sport is now available in the US and Canadian Google Store for $299.99. Read More
The HTC One A9 was HTC's first device to ship with Android Marshmallow, but despite a relatively clean version of Sense, there's still reason to want to flash a custom ROM. Maybe you want the genuine stock Android look. Maybe you want to cut down on the number of pre-installed apps. Either way, you now have the option to flash CyanogenMod and keep Android 6.0 thanks to the arrival of CM 13 nightly builds. Read More
Verizon really isn't on the ball with its Note 4 updates. When Google released the Android 5.1 source code in March of 2015, the Note 4 was only half a year old and it was still one of the most expensive flagships being sold by the operator. Now sure, Samsung took its sweet time to have Android 5.1 ready for everyone, but by the beginning of August, Sprint had already released it. AT&T followed in October, and T-Mobile at the end of November.
Verizon? Well, as the largest carrier in the US, customers would have assumed that their operator would be burning the midnight oil trying to get the update out to them as soon as possible. Read More
Android's Smart Lock is a great way to save a little hassle when users are around familiar locations or connected devices. The default system version of the feature skips the lockscreen when the phone or tablet detects that it's in a safe location, and last year Google did much the same thing for apps, essentially turning Smart Lock into a password manager for supported applications. While Netflix has supported this feature for months on its standard Android app, the latest update to the Android TV version brings it in line.
To see Smart Lock in action, make sure that you already have your Netflix username and password saved in Smart Lock on a phone or tablet - if it's been a while, you may need to log out on your phone, then log back in and enable the Smart Lock feature when it appears. Read More
As promised, the Moto 360 Sport is live in the US starting today. This fitness-oriented watch is available from Motorola directly, but is also listed by Verizon and Best Buy already. The pricing is $299.99 across the board and there are no customization options a la the regular 2nd gen 360. Read More
Pioneer announced Android Auto head units at last year's CES, and it's following up with updated model names for 2016. You could think of this line as the 200 series, as each unit has jumped from 100 to 200.
The new units are the AVH-4200NEX ($700.00), AVIC-7200NEX ($1,200), and the AVIC-8200NEX ($1,400). Read More
Yesterday, I was starting work on some sketches for Android TV. When it was time to move into Sketch (my current mockup tool of choice, mostly because of its Zeplin integration), I realized I hadn't really seen any good ready-made sheets, frames, or stickers for Android TV UI. So I decided to just go ahead and build a few screens, and then maybe - if they came out decent - upload them for other designers who might want to do a quick TV mockup or two.
The Sketch file you'll find below has 7 artboards, covering the Android TV home page, a basic leanback UI, a video player, a list, settings, and keyboard/text input. Read More