The Amazon Echo, as a sort of physical embodiment of the functionality that voice-controlled services like Google Now offer, is an interesting idea. But without a screen or much in the way of direct input, its utility is limited by the number of services that it ties into. For example, before today the Echo could only access music from iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and Amazon's own cloud music service. The latest software update enables much-needed support for Pandora.
OK, so maybe HTC's 2015 flagship isn't exactly sizzling hot (in the figurative sense, anyway). If you're in Europe, you'll soon have a less expensive option that has a lot in common with last year's model. HTC has announced the One M8s, a re-heated (sorry) take on the original One M8 from 2014. It's almost identical to its predecessor, both inside and outside, save for two major changes: the processor and the camera.
OnePlus has made some missteps in the last year as it slowly rolled out the OnePlus One. For those who were able to buy the invite-only phone, the lacking customer service was a common complaint. According to a new post on the OnePlus blog, they've been working to fix that and have made good progress. So if you could please stop yelling at them, they'd appreciate it.
Google's animated commercials filled with dozens of avatars from the Androidify app are always fun to watch. The latest ad specifically targets the booming smartphone market in India, by showing off the Android One series of low-cost devices and highlighting their recent upgrade to Lollipop 5.1. (Breathe it in, One owners: you get 5.1 before the Nexus 9.) The new ad was posted to Google India's YouTube page this morning.
The commercial is pretty basic, following the formula from previous entries in the series: start off slow, rude interruption, rock out.
If you're carrying a first generation Moto X, E, or G LTE, then you've likely noticed a distinct lack of Lollipop running on your device. The main reason for that is, well, because Motorola has been testing the 5.0.2 update in several markets over the past several weeks, but it still hasn't released it publicly. According to Motorola's David Schuster, they've also been testing 5.1 on the aforementioned devices in tandem with 5.0.2, and now the company has decided to skip 5.0 altogether and bump those devices directly to 5.1.
If you're the owner of a Google Play Edition Moto G, your update to Android 5.1 has begun rolling out. Though these things go out in stages, you can always check manually for an update, or if you're too impatient, you can download and flash the OTA manually using the link to Google's server at the bottom of this post.
The build is LMY47M and the OTA clocks in at a fairly hefty 171 MB.
Is it really an April Fools "prank" if what you put together actually performs its stated function? Either way, you probably won't want to keep the "Self-Browsing Chromebook" app on your machine for more than a day or so. According to Google's straight-faced Chrome Blog entry, the app is intended to automate your entire computer experience. What it actually does is take over your laptop with a full-screen interface that navigates around the web by itself.