Google Glass hasn't exactly set the world on fire, but it wasn't meant to. It and other projects under the "Google X" team were designed to be experimental, and we're still months away from seeing it hit a retail market at the very least. Even so, the news that one of the original architects of Glass is leaving for the distant shores (if not the greener pastures) of Amazon is a little disheartening.
When we first wrote about Quantum Paper (the internal name for the material in Material Design), we noted that Google was anticipating a series of updates to its own apps between the introduction and completion of the new design direction - updates which would bring the apps a bit closer to the new design style in a progressive fashion, so that the apps wouldn't undergo fundamental transformations overnight.
Looking back, it is now obvious that Google+ was our first taste of material design, followed by Google's editing apps like docs and sheets.
We've already seen a short video where Android Wear is used to do simple things like toggle lamps and open a garage door, but Armando Ferreira took that concept and applied it to all the things. In this video demoing home automation with Android Wear, he toggle lights, a popcorn maker, and a PC, but doesn't stop there. He also uses his G Watch to adjust his home's thermostat, turn on the TV, and get a notification if any of the doors or windows in his house are opened.
Samsung's Pro line of tablets was considered ridiculously expensive when it debuted, but thankfully for those who want in on the hardware, the market is quickly correcting the company's overzealous pricing. After seeing big price drops on eBay in both May and June, the refurbished Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 is now cheaper than it's ever been at $369.99. That's nearly $300 off the retail price of the new tablet, and much more palatable when compared to offerings from competing manufacturers.
The Xperia Z2 Tablet isn't the most high-profile tablet around, but there are more than a few fans of Sony's unique industrial design. Combine that with the company's unlocked hardware (at least for non-carrier versions), and you've got a perfect candidate for custom ROMs. The CyanogenMod team has started publishing nightly releases for the Z2 Tablet, in both its Wi-Fi (castor) and unlocked GSM (castor_windy) flavors. The first nightly build is available for download now.
It's still nigh on impossible to get your hands on a OnePlus One, even more than a month after it was "released." Sure, some units have been trickling out via the invite system, but interested customers are beginning to get steamed. A new tidbit dropped by @evleaks yesterday claimed the OnePlus "Two" was already in the works, and it was codenamed Lettuce. The One Plus One, by the way, was Bacon.
Looking to pick up a G3 on a US carrier of the non-magenta variety, and looking to do so on the cheap(-ish)? Best Buy may have the deal just for you - they're offering LG's latest flagship for $100 off the normal 2-year agreement price of $199, meaning you'll be paying half of what the carriers are asking if you walk into one of their stores today.
Granted, this probably means we'll be seeing the G3 at a discount a good amount over the course of its life, but if you just can't wait, this Best Buy offer is pretty good.
Chromecast's new screen casting feature has a lot of us very excited, and understandably so: you can now... Android... on a gigantic screen, at the push of a button. Or touch, I guess. Anyway, screen casting is pretty awesome, but there's one thing that's bugging some people: latency. Now, if you're sitting right next to your router, and your Chromecast is also sitting right next to your router, the latency on screen casting generally isn't that bad (probably less than 100ms).
Google officially pulled the Xperia Z Ultra GPE from the Play Store a few days ago, but it looks like stock wasn't completely gone. The device has shown up on Expansys USA for just $349.99. That's $100 less than Google's last price for it. We don't know how long it's going to last, but Expansys says it has more then 100 in stock right now.
Sprint previously said today was the day for LG G3 preorders to start, but checking out the Sprint site seems to show the device ready for purchase right this moment. Sprint's store finder tool even reports it in stock all over the US. Oh, and you can get that snazzy (some might say gaudy) gold version of the G3 exclusively from Sprint.