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Google Posts Android 5.0.2 Factory Images And Binaries For The 2013 Nexus 7 And Nexus 10

Time to break out that old Nexus 7 or Nexus 10—Google has just posted system images based on Android 5.0.2 for both of these devices (razor and mantaray). The most recent version on these tablets before today was 5.0.1, so it's not like they've been waiting on Lollipop this whole time like some devices (cough razorg cough).

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Glass Explorer Program Will End January 19th As Glass 'Graduates' Google[x]

The Google Glass team announced today, in a post to its Google+ page, that Glass is "graduating from Google[x] labs," presumably still marching toward a "real" consumer launch.

According to the post, January 19th will mark the official end of the Explorer program, a program that has spanned years and seen plenty of awesome, annoying, and controversial moments as Glass has looked for a place in the hearts and minds of tech consumers and its own place in the broader wearable ecosystem, finding homes in operating rooms, fashion runways, fire houses, magazines, music videos, and showers.

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[Deal Alert] Expansys Has The White 32GB Nexus 6 On Sale For $604.99 ($45 Off) With Tax Only In Illinois And Canada [Update: Sold Out]

It's still hard to find a Nexus 6 in stock even months after it was released. That's even more true if you fancy the "cloud white" version. Not only does Expansys USA have the device in stock, it's on sale for $604.99 with free shipping.

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[Update: Mi Note Pro, Mi Box Mini, And Headphones Too] Xiaomi Announces The Mi Note With A 5.7-Inch 1080p LCD, 3000mAh Battery, Snapdragon 801, And More

Xiaomi has been stepping up its hardware game in recent years to compete with more established OEMs, and the newly announced Mi Note is the latest example of this commitment. This device is basically a higher-end version of 2014's Redmi Note. Not only is the Mi Note significantly more powerful than the Redmi Note, it's lighter and thinner too.

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Google Maps Updated To 9.3 With Shareable Directions [APK Download]

Google Maps, for its part this Update Wednesday, has received a bump to version 9.3. The changes aren't immediately apparent to users just opening the app, but there are at least a couple of things worth mentioning in the new update.

First, shareable directions. Once a user looks up directions or navigation to a destination, they can share the directions with any app in the normal share menu or - if Google Glass is connected - to Glass.

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Samsung May Be Looking To Buy BlackBerry For As Much As $7.5 Billion [Update: BlackBerry Responds]

It's no secret that Blackberry has struggled to find its footing in a post-Android/iPhone world, but the end may finally be around the corner. According to a report from Reuters, Samsung has approached the Canadian smartphone maker with an offer to buy the entire company for as much as $7.5 billion. Investors seem keen on the idea--shares of Blackberry jumped more than 30% on the news.

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Verizon Wireless Pushes Out Xperia Z3v OTA Update Enabling HD Playback In Play Movies And More

The Xperia Z3v is the Z3 with Verizon branding. Since the logo alone isn't enough to keep customers happy, the carrier also provides them with the largest network in the US and occasional over-the-air updates. Currently it's pushing out an OTA (version 23.0.E.1.44) that hits the Sony flagship with a number of enhancements.

The standout item on the changelog, if you're into Play Movies, is the ability to stream in HD.

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Project Ara Trailer Makes Us Drool, Highlights Market Pilot Coming To Puerto Rico Later This Year

If you haven't heard, Project Ara is coming. No, I don't mean that in the vague it's being worked on sense. It's actually on its way to Puerto Rico in the form of a market pilot sometime later this year. Google announced the news at the second annual Project Ara Module Developers Conference currently underway.

Google selected Puerto Rico due to the research opportunities the location provides.

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OPPO R1C Mixes Mid-Range Specs With Sapphire Glass To Make Stunning Phone (That Probably Won't Leave China)

We've been waiting a long time to see smartphones with screens made from synthetic sapphire, an expensive material that justifies its cost by being nearly impervious to scratches from all but the hardest materials. So far we've seen it on a single Kyocera "tough" phone and not much else, but Chinese manufacturer OPPO is hoping to bring it to a more mainstream device. Say hello to the R1C, a phone that hangs out on the higher portion of the midrange, and is scheduled to hit China later this month.

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Team Win Recovery Project Reaches Version 2.8.4, Comes To The Moto 360 And LG G Watch R [Update: Oppo N3, Too]

Update: Oppo N3 owners can now fire up TWRP as well. A recovery image for the device has appeared over on the site, where it awaits your fastbooting commands.

So you've never heard of the Team Win Recovery Project? Then you probably haven't been flashing many custom ROMs to your Android devices. This custom recovery, affectionately known as TWRP, is a favorite among enthusiasts for doing precisely that. Now version 2.8.4 has rolled out, bringing with it the kind of improvements that will only appeal to people who like to get their hands dirty.

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