Google I/O is next week, and among other things, the official Google developer conference has often served as an introduction for new Nexus hardware. But with the rumors of the "Android Silver" program floating around, which is said to completely replace Google's manufacturer-agnostic developer hardware line, we couldn't help but wonder if any of Google's OEM partners were working on new Nexus devices. We asked Ken Hong, Global Communications Director of LG, to shed some light on the subject.
Sprint rolled out support for Wi-Fi calls to a couple of handsets this February, but all other devices that don't already have the feature require a dedicated software update. Fortunately for Galaxy S5 owners, the carrier has announced plans to bring support over to this flagship device. The S5 will be able to make calls and send text messages over registered Wi-Fi networks following an over-the-air update (version G900PVPU1ANE5) that's scheduled to start rolling out today.
Since the Chromecast debuted, Google has had partnered apps featured at chromecast.com/apps. According to a tip we received this evening, and a post by Leon Nicholls to the Google Cast Developers community, it looks like Google might be ready to show off third-party apps at the same URL.
The Google Cast Developer console has been updated, allowing users to enter details about their apps for inclusion on the Chromecast site.
More than a few Android fans are ready and willing to get their smartwatch on with the new Android Wear platform, so some German users must have been excited to see LG's G Watch pop up in the Play Store in Germany. AndroidPit spotted a small section of promo text for the device, and while it didn't include any photos or links and it was quickly removed, it certainly implies that the G Watch will be sold on the Play Store.
Motorola's newer phones have a lot of little touches that improve the overall experience, one of which is the boot services app. Sounds boring, right? Well, it is most of the time. The exception being days like today when Motorola uses boot services to push out a new boot animation. This time it's got a World Cup theme.
HTC packages an IR blaster into its high-end phones and ships a dedicated app that taps into the hardware. HTC Sense TV, as the app is called, doesn't just change channels, it sucks show listings out of cable boxes and crams them onto smartphone screens. An update has recently rolled out support for Indian TV guides. Indian-based blog Razzil has shared some screens of this beta feature in action.
I'm going to tell you a story. Don't worry, it's rather short, and it will be very easy to follow. Early this year, Google bought Nest, a company that makes cool thermostats, for $3.2 billion. A few months later, Google started to sell said thermostats in the Play Store. Now those thermostats are being joined by a nifty smoke and carbon monoxide alarm called Nest Protect.
As a smoke alarm, Nest Protect isn't quite as exciting as a thermostat.
Look, it's been a year since the Nexus 7 got its first hardware refresh. There will probably be a replacement before too long. Right now is the worst time to buy it, at least if you're bothered by the idea of a recently-purchased device being suddenly outclassed by a new one. All that being said... you can get a great deal on the Nexus 7 2013 32GB if you head over to eBay right now.
We've been talking about Handy Apps' Expense IQ app for the past couple of weeks in a series of giveaways sponsored by the company. Today, we want to discuss how EIQ can help you manage money both short and long-term with the app's handy reports feature. In a nutshell, this option allows you to track expenses, income, cash flow, and balances on daily, monthly, or yearly timelines. It gets pretty granular, so you'll know exactly where your money is going.