Readers in France and Germany, head on over to your local Google Store if you're looking for an Android-powered set-top box. The Nexus Player, the only Android TV device widely available even six months after the introduction of the platform, is now on sale in your respective countries. Well, sort of: it's "coming soon" with a price of 99 Euro (only about 5% more than the US price). According to Google's hardware availability page, it should go on sale at any moment. Read More
Google plans to roll out a new Google Play program that places an emphasis on family-focused (i.e. kid-friendly) apps and games. This initiative will display pre-approved content under an experience the company is calling "Designed for Families." The goal is to point parents in the direction of software from the likes of Crayola and PBS Kids without exposing them to the flood of less age-appropriate content on display in the Play Store. Read More
Updates get us excited, especially when they involve making the leap to the latest version of Android. But for some Nexus 5 users, the transition has come at the expense of their camera. Following the release of Android 5.1, they've been unable to reliably activate the camera without getting hit by crashes.
This incident occurs once the stock app or any other piece of software tries to access the camera, such as Facebook or Snapchat. Read More
If you've got a Nexus 4, your days on Android 5.0 are numbered: because you're going to Android 5.1! Assuming you, you know, want to. The OTA link is right here, allowing you to upgrade from LRX22C to LMY47O. The update clocks in at 174MB.
You can check out all of the new Android 5.1 features in our various feature spotlight posts, and there are actually quite a few. 5.1 is also a major bugfix release, so hopefully the inevitable issues you've been running into on Android 5.0 are largely solved with this OTA. Or, more likely, hopefully they will be solved in Android 5.1.1, the bugfix to the bugfix. Read More
Large companies have a hard time keeping secrets, especially when multiple partners and countless employees become involved. Bits and pieces are bound to leak out, both intentionally and accidentally, and sometimes a wealth of information can be discovered about unannounced plans. It appears that an app designed for Google's much anticipated MVNO has turned up in an unofficial Nexus 6 firmware image. If legitimate, the app not only confirms the service, but it may reveal some details about service plans, billing, and even a previously unheard-of name, "Project Fi."
Disclaimer: No matter the confidence level, there's always a chance product updates, features, and some or all details will be changed or cancelled altogether.
Want to buy Google's developer kit for Project Tango, the tablet that can perform real-time 3D spatial mapping? Well you can't - not without an invitation, anyway. But for at least some of the applicants who have been invited to buy the Android-powered Tango tablet, the gigantic price tag is now a little more manageable. An Android Police reader passed along an email from Google offering Project Tango for $512, half its original price.
A few Twitter users are reporting the same thing, with varying degrees of enthusiasm.
Get them while they're young. When it comes to securing longtime customers, one of the best moves tech companies can make is to get children accustomed to their products while they're going through school. That's not to say that everything is self-interested. In today's world, children benefit from getting early hands-on experience using tech to do something other than playing games.
Now Google is doing its part to make Canadian students as likely to encounter Android tablets in class as iPads. The company has announced the availability of Google Play for Education and classroom-oriented tablets north of the border. This move comes a couple months after the company expanded its initiative across the pond. Read More
Advertising is a necessary evil. If you look around this very page, you'll see ads that keep Android Police afloat. (Unless you're blocking them, in which case you owe me a beer for every paragraph you read.) Google knows its way around ads - that's how an incredibly expensive, bandwidth-intensive video service like YouTube makes money. But if you could skip the annoying commercials before your videos, even the 5 second blips that require an extra click, would you? You'll probably have that option soon.
Tired of seeing these?
A recent email sent to active YouTube channel operators says that Google is getting ready to implement a subscription-based, advertising-free option. Read More