Since the launch of Android 5.0 last month, the sheer number of app updates has been magnificent – and downright overwhelming. Believe it or not, most of the new versions haven't done much more than add Lollipop support and splash a fresh coat of Materialized paint on the UIs. Seriously, we've been checking. This isn't entirely a bad thing, as it's giving me time to work on some other projects...
It's quite possible the only thing you know about The Banner Saga is that King.com of Candy Crush Saga fame threatened to sue over the name of the game. Why? Because "Saga." Dumb, but there's much more to The Banner Saga than a naming dispute. This is a lovingly crafted RPG inspired by Norse mythology with stunning artwork and deep gameplay.
Sprint has lowered the price of its on-contract Nexus 6 from $299.99 to $249.99. This brings the carrier's asking price in line with AT&T, who previously sold a near identical version for $50 less. The full cost of the phone has also dropped down to $648, making Sprint's version one dollar cheaper than what you find on Google Play.
This comes as good news to future Sprint customers, who can now save themselves the potential headache of buying from another carrier without having to fork over extra money (ignoring all the extra moolah it takes to sign a two-year contract in the long run versus paying for a phone outright, an option that isn't actually available yet on the site).
It's nowhere near Valentine's day but Google is feeling the love. Maybe it wants to help you find that special person before New Year's Eve so you have someone to kiss at midnight, or maybe it's just setting you up for a healthy relationship in preparation for February 14th, but regardless of the reason, Google Search now responds to the command, "Give me a love quote." Try it and out pops a card with a random famous quote about love.
All of these "smart" devices in our lives sure are creating a mess for us. We have to remember to charge them and take the time to set them up properly, every gadget has its own app on our phone, and none of them seem to be able to communicate effortlessly with each other unless they come from the same manufacturer, and even then... That's where Yonomi comes into the picture.
With one app, Yonomi aims to solve the mess that is our connected life.
Google made a lot of interesting changes in its Quick Settings and Notifications drawer in Android Lollipop. One of these is the addition of dynamic toggles that don't clutter the drawer for everyone, but only appear once a user activates the corresponding option from Settings. This applies for example to the Hostpot and Invert Colors toggles. The problem is that once these toggles attach to your Quick Settings, there doesn't seem to be a way to make them go away, even when you switch the action back off.
In an interesting bit of news this evening, it looks like Google has opened up merchant support to China, allowing developers to distribute free or paid apps, in-app purchases, and subscriptions in over 130 countries.
The news comes in a post to Google's official Android Developers blog, which goes on to explain that Chinese developers distributing paid apps through the Play Store will receive payment via wire transfer to a Chinese bank account in USD.
Embedding photo spheres has been a painful and annoying process since Google announced the ability way back when (and then stopped supporting it in Views). Today, the Google Maps team is making it a lot easier, using the Google Maps Embed API to get the job done. Take a look!
TWRP support for the Nexus 9 went live just a bit earlier today, and now the Nexus 6 is getting in on the action. TeamWin Recovery Project version 184.108.40.206 is ready for your flashing pleasure, just head over to the TWRP site to get it. Here, again, is the changelog for TWRP 220.127.116.11, which is the build specifically released to better support Android 5.0 Lollipop.
-Pull in all changes from Android 5.0 lollipop into TWRP -Add decrypt support for Android 5.0 lollipop encrypted partitions including automatic decrypt when the default_password is in use -Revert some changes to exFAT that were breaking exFAT support on some devices -Other minor fixes and updates
To install, you simply need to unlock the bootloader and flash the .img recovery file in fastboot.
Yesterday, Google posted the latest factory image for the Nexus 9 (the third one so far), but still had yet to release a factory image for the Nexus 6. Well, LRX21O just went live on the Google Developers site, marking the first available image for Shamu.
This is the version Nexus 6's purchased from retailers today are being upgraded to out of the box, as well, many of which shipped with the LNX07M build, presumably a considerably older ROM.