Google has finally updated the platform distribution numbers a little later in the month than usual, and there's been very little movement since last time. The most notable change is Android 5.1's surprise appearance. It's running on 0.4% of active devices already.
Disney has made a number of sweeping changes since buying out Lucasfilm to get all that sweet Star Wars IP. There are going to be new movies, but of more immediate concern is your ability to buy the old ones digitally, a first for Star Wars fans.
A fresh update to the Google App, formerly Google Search, just started rolling out. Don't get too excited yet, it looks like the only user-facing change today is that Nicknames has finally gone into wide release for the users that didn't already have it. The good news is that a quick teardown shows that Trusted Voice might be launching soon, possibly even with this version. There's also a new experiment in the works called Seamless Hotword.
Roku announced some new features for its streaming players the other day, and now those features are filtering down to the Android remote app. In the latest iteration, you get voice search and a new "Movies Coming Soon" feed.
Not everyone needs a drone. But among those who want one, a good number of them wouldn't mind strapping a camera to the bugger just to see what shots they can get. The DJI Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter comes with a built-in 14MP camera. Convenient, right?
Retweeting something on Twitter amounts to taking that person's tweet and sending it out again on your own personal feed. To add something to the message, users have had to do things the old-fashioned way—beginning a tweet with RT and quoting the text manually.
Now Twitter has improved the experience, embedded retweets the way it does photos.
Slacker isn't a music streaming service. Okay, it is, but it has a twist. Okay, I know, they all have twists. But Slacker isn't just about loading tracks. Think of it as Internet radio. Pandora? No, no, it's nothing like that. Users create and customize their own stations, then—okay, I see what you're getting at. Let's start over.
Slacker is a music streaming service, one of the many available in the Play Store.
We don't get to talk about FLIR much on an Android blog, but that Seek thermal camera was neat, right? Now FLIR is releasing another consumer-level imaging solution, but this time it's taking on the home surveillance market with the FLIR FX. This $199 camera has all the bells and whistles of the competition, and then some.
The similarly priced Dropcam is probably the most well-known competition for FLIR, but the FX seems to have a few advantages.
The market for cheap, unlocked smartphones in the US is starting to grow considerably, and with that growth comes more and more competition in the sub-$200 space. While Huawei is well-known abroad for its affordable handsets, the Chinese OEM hasn't really made a big push with them here in America previously. A new listing on Amazon suggests that's about to change.
While "Expo" appears in the product name for the listing, the name "SnapTo" is used in all the marketing promo images on the page, so we're pretty sure SnapTo will be the retail name of the device.