While owners of Nexus devices have been getting Android 5.0 updates all over the place for the last few weeks, Google Play Edition owners have had to wait a little longer. The first GPE device to get an over-the-air Lollipop update seems to be the LG G Pad 8.3 - or as it's affectionately known around here, the LGGP83GPE. Users on Twitter and XDA are reporting at least some OTA updates, and you can grab the ZIP file for a manual flash here (direct link). Read More
There's been a bit of a kerfuffle with Cyanogen, Inc. today: conflicting interests in the Indian market mean that its relationship with OnePlus is probably over. But the development of the community-based ROM continues, and owners of the Verizon variant of the LG G3 can see for themselves tonight. The phone now has a nightly build of CyanogenMod 11 (Android 4.4) of its very own, and more are sure to follow soon. Read More
Update: OnePlus claims the Indian version of the OnePlus One will ship with CyanogenMod. However, OnePlus plans to eventually shift as many Indian OPO owners as possible to the company's own Android ROM early next year, though the OPO will continue to receive worldwide support from CyanogenMod for the time being.
Update 2: Cyanogen Inc. has clarified how updates will work. If a device is shipped with CM, it gets updates even if it's sold in India. Read More
Initial reactions to the Nexus 9 have been less than stellar, to say the least. In David Ruddock's review, one of many sour points for the hardware was the volume and power buttons:
...the volume rocker and power buttons on the Nexus 9, for example, are simply bad. They're squishy, have almost no travel, and provide very little feedback unless you know the exact angle to hit them at.
It looks like manufacturer HTC may be addressing at least some of the problems with the initial batch of tablets, its first since the HTC Jetstream way back in 2011. Read More
The biggest problem people have had with the OnePlus One is the convoluted invite system, making it necessary to jump through multiple hoops for the privilege of giving a company money to buy its product. On this most sacred day of bargains and barbarism, OnePlus has elected to suspend the invite system and its only slightly better pre-order page. You can buy a 16GB or 64GB OnePlus One today, no waiting, no hunting for invites, no phone smashing or sexist pandering required. Read More
Update, 8 AM Pacific: Predictably, both the Nexus 6 and the discounted G Watch are out of stock. You can still grab $50 of Play Store credit with the purchases of any other Android Wear device or the Nexus 9.
Update: It looks like the Nexus 6 (which is actually in stock right now, at approximately 12:45 AM Pacific) and the Nexus 9 are also eligible for the $50 Play Store credit. Read More
The Nexus 9 is a good tablet, if you ask me. It's not as great as we were all hoping, but you don't have many options for 4:3 Android slates. The price isn't where it needs to be, though. Amazon has the device on sale today for $50 off all WiFi models, which I think should have been the regular price.
Odds are pretty good that everyone in the US who really wants a Chromecast has been able to find one by now. But with a rock-bottom starting price and compatibility with a ton of third-party Android apps, not to mention the Chrome desktop browser and at least some iOS apps, it makes a great stocking stuffer for people who might not follow every facet of the technology world. If you agree, Amazon has a nice discount on Google's streaming stick at the moment. Read More
The best thing you can do for Black Friday is nothing: those discounts aren't worth the indignity of getting clobbered by an octogenarian's purse while she hunts for a Frozen doll. But if you swing by this promotional page for Amazon's Appstore, you can pick up no less than 40 free apps and games, worth a combined $130 at full price. Amazon does these promotions on a regular basis. There's no reason not to get them all, but if you'd rather not clutter up your Amazon account, here are some notable picks:
Some of the apps are duplicates, like the Kindle Fire-only Angry Birds (the one above is fine for non-Fire devices). Read More
The Play Store usually gets accessories a few weeks (or more) behind the launch of any new devices. So it is with the Nexus 6: after showing up as "coming soon" about three weeks ago in the US store, the Stand Folio Case is now available for purchase, and should ship within two business days. The case can be yours for a hefty forty bucks, but it's made by the generally reliable Case-Mate, not some no-name accessory mill. Read More