Google's product forums have been a design nightmare for some time now, but today they rolled out a Material Design update for them. It is every bit as good as you might have hoped for, though you still have the option to switch to the old style. This extends to all of Google's products' support forums, but not Google Groups, which are technically separate despite the fact they shared a very similar UI before today. And, sadly, the mobile site still has its ancient, burn-your-eyes look.
While we will rightly hope for Google to get things going on mobile devices, let's take a moment and enjoy all the goodness in desktop browsers.
Before downloading the apps make sure you know your cable subscriber login information as you will need it if you want access to most of the apps streaming contents. Viewing anything besides a couple of clips and previews on FXNOW and HGTV Watch will require you to verify your cable TV subscription first. FOXNOW also reserves viewing privileges for most of its series for paying customers, but the app does allow users to watch recent episodes of a few select shows, including Empire, Gotham, and The Last Man on Earth, without logging in.
A new update to Google Play's "Accepted Payment Methods" page has revealed a lot of changes to the direct billing section. First and foremost is the addition of 3 new carriers in Taiwan: Chunghwa Telecom, the country's leading operator with over 11M subscribers (according to Wikipedia), as well as Asia Pacific Telecom and T Star, the fourth and fifth ranked operators, respectively. These join previously supported Taiwan Mobile and FarEasTone Telecom, which have the second and third largest subscriber base in Taiwan.
The second change affects several countries and is merely a matter of designating operators by their official names instead of sticking with their parent companies or older brand names.
We've seen Android 5.1.1 roll out to the Nexus 9, the aging Nexus 10, and the underwhelming Nexus Player. Now it looks like the latest version of Android is ready to come to phones.
Sprint has updated its Nexus 5 support page to show the device running Android 5.1.1. The build number is LMY48B.
The date shows March 11th, which was actually when the last update went out. Nevertheless, there's a good chance that this is still legit and that Nexus 5 users will start seeing 5.1.1 hitting their devices soon.
The Nexus 6 is a massive phone. It's also an expensive one. At $650 for the 32GB model, it costs more than getting two or three Nexus 5s off eBay. But T-Mobile is making things easier for folks enamored with Google's current smartphone by dropping the price down $100. Today you can buy the phone outright for $550 ($549 and 84 cents to be precise).
If monthly payments are more your speed, this discount turns twenty-four monthly payments of $27.08 into two years of $22.91.
The 64GB Nexus 6 is also discounted. You can get it for $599.76, which amounts to $24.99 a month.
The stroking doesn't stop there. Nestle is making this change as part of its "Celebrate the Breakers' Break" campaign, where it pushes Kit Kat eaters to "YouTube My Break." They can do so by pulling out their phones and uttering those words immediately after "OK Google." YouTube will then pull up a playlist of popular videos.
Google I/O 2015 is drawing ever closer, and that means it's time to start lining things up for the big event. As tradition dictates, Google is working on a fresh update to the Google I/O app. We've now got a beta release of the app, which just started rolling out to a small group of people who signed up last year. The changes aren't too elaborate, but they do some visual refinement and a few adjustments to the feature set. There are even a couple tidbits to learn from a quick teardown.
Android One is on its way to Turkey. Today Google announced that it is partnering with General Mobile to bring out a faux-leather phone packed with stock Android and better specs than you would expect from Google's effort to grace the world with decent low-cost devices.
The General Mobile handset eschews low-res screens for a more impressive 5-inch HD display. Rather than a Mediatek processor, on the inside there's a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410. It's supplemented by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.
For taking pictures, there's 5MP shooter on the front and a sizable 13MP one on the back. The phone will come with support for LTE.
Android is a complex, multifaceted beast with a lot of moving parts that can break. In the grand scheme of things, this bug isn't a huge deal. It doesn't affect functionality, but it sure is annoying. Here's the deal: get an expanded notification with more than 7 elements on Android 5.1, and you'll probably see a line at the bottom that says, "@17041057."
The leap from 5.0.2 to 5.1.1 is not insignificant, so the Nexus 9 had quite a bit to gain from this upgrade. To take another look at those, check out the changelog posts linked below. This release makes a few modifications beyond what we've seen for other Nexus devices, so far.