At Google IO this past June we saw the launch of many new products from Google, including Android M, Android Pay, and Project Brillo. The tech giant also launched Google Photos as its own service, which was previously tied down to Google+. Today we're going to dive into every corner of Google Photos and my experiences with it over the last few months.
Intro & tests
Over the last eight years I have used iPhoto, Aperture, Lightroom, and Photos on Mac to organize my photos. While each worked for a period of time, I never truly felt like my photos were properly organized. Read More
In case you aren't getting enough Google Now inside the normal interface, it looks like the Google app is bumping out into some users' notification trays with new, richer, higher priority notifications.
While it's hard to say when the rollout began, some users on version 18.104.22.168 of the Google app (myself included) have begun noticing new notification settings in the Google app, toggling notifications for "substantial changes in weather condition," sports, places, and "stories and videos." Other users' settings lists still stop at "priority notifications."
So far we've only seen weather notifications - which offer temperature changes or other condition changes expected for the next day - and sports notifications in person. Read More
Slickwraps released an Iron Man-themed red and gold wrap earlier this summer, and now the company whose gadget wraps are pretty slick has expanded its Hero series with an artistic take on five of your favorite crime fighters.
These limited edition skins include stylish versions of Batman, Captain America, the Hulk, Iron Man, and Thor. Pick whichever hunk is your favorite, pay Slickwraps $25, calculate shipping, and then adhere the image to the back of your device. Read More
If you've got a Sony Smartwatch 3, then you probably already know about this issue: the watch gets hot, and the battery plummets. If you happen to not notice that the watch is in fact overheating, then the battery can easily go dead within a couple of hours, which is ridiculously annoying. As an owner of said smartwatch, I hate that some days I can hit the bed with 68% of my watch's battery life left, and others it's at 13% before 2:00PM.
Here's the thing, though: Google and Sony both know about this issue. It's been well documented in Google's Product Forums, and a Sony employee even posted on XDA with "possible fixes" for the drain issue, noting that Sony was looking into it. Read More
If you've got NVIDIA's flagship tablet (hopefully you've already swapped yours in for a replacement with a non-explodable battery), then it's time to hit that settings menu and pull the latest update the SHIELD team is pushing out to devices now.
This one's not a huge deal - just a few bugfixes, performance improvements, and stuff like that. The most notable fix is a patch for the Stagefright vulnerability; otherwise, it's pretty simple. Here's a look at the full changelog: Read More
Google made announcement earlier today that Android Pay had arrived. But arrived where? Someplace, but now you can get it on your device right this moment. It will replace your old Wallet app and you need to have the latest version of Play Services, but this is the future of paying for things with your phone. Read More
Dedicated leaker @upleaks has been doing the usual, dropping press shots of devices that haven't yet launched but will allegedly soon grace our presence. A recent revelation has been the Moto X Force, codenamed Bounce, that serves as a smaller but beefed up version of the Moto X Style (also known as the Pure Edition). This device is allegedly coming to the US as the DROID Turbo 2, a Verizon Wireless exclusive. Read More
Yesterday T-Mobile announced new over-the-air updates for the Nexus 4, 5, 6, 7, and 9. They contained security and bug-related fixes that, for the most part, aren't all that exciting. The patches amounted to under 20MB for all but the Nexus 6, which was under 30. But Google didn't promise us fun when it promised monthly Nexus updates. Read More
That took quite a while. According to a tip sent from an Android Police reader, that very small sliver of Galaxy S4 owners which opted for the Google Play Edition of the phone (running stock AOSP software) is now receiving the Android 5.1 update. That's the one that first started coming out way back in February, at least to Nexus devices. Yeah, the Google Play Edition program isn't looking quite so hot these days, more's the pity. Read More