When HTC released the latest in the One series, the biggest change was the 20MP camera. And while we have covered some of the ways that camera hasn't exactly delivered, HTC has continued sending updates to their new flagship with improvements. The latest of these is not a firmware update, but rather an update to the camera app through the Play Store. It brings raw support, something HTC promised when they announced the phone.
Samsung's top-of-the-line Galaxy Tab S series is hard to beat, unless you're a stickler for "clean" software. If the TouchWiz skin and the physical navigation buttons don't bother you, then both the 8.4" tablet and the 10.5" tablet offer top-of-the-line specs and unbeatable AMOLED screens. The larger of the two is on sale on eBay's daily deals portal today. You can pick up the 16GB Wi-Fi base model for just $279.99, an impressive $220 off of the retail price, and $170 cheaper than Amazon.
Running a good business requires an intimate knowledge of anything and everything that affects its operation. This means keeping track of numbers, reports, and any other data that can possibly be accumulated. Distributing apps on the Play Store is no different. Developers need to know if users are leaving bad reviews, if their apps are crashing, or if the install numbers suddenly rise. While the Play Store does tracks these things and more, many companies have more specific needs.
A few days ago, we posted about a new Google+ feature called Collections expected to launch in early May. An update to the social network's app appeared earlier today, and while it probably won't produce any noticeable changes to the interface for most of us, it's packing everything Google needs to begin rolling out Collections to everybody. There are also some reports that a few people are already gaining access to Collections a little earlier than expected without being a part of the initial test group.
It looks like after years and years of lethargic updates, Android manufacturers are finally starting to recognize the value of speedy upgrades (at least for flagship models). Case in point: the Galaxy S6 Edge launched just a few weeks ago with Android 5.0, and at least one version is already getting a 5.1 update. The T-Mobile version, specifically - SamMobile reports that some owners are seeing the update as of today, including one who posted the updated software to YouTube.
In the midst of update Wednesday, Google has just pushed a brand new version of Chrome to the Play Store - Chrome Dev.
For those unaware, Google's browser comes in four main channels - Stable, Beta, Dev, and Canary. As you descend the list, you get closer to the bleeding edge. So while you can see some of what's next in Chrome Beta, the Dev channel shows what Google is working on "right now," giving a peek into "whatever code [Google's] got."
The Play Store listing of course warns that any new functionality in the Dev version of Chrome may be "rough around the edges," but Google says this release will be updated "on roughly the same schedule as other platform Dev channels."
Google's long awaited carrier play was announced recently as Project Fi, an MVNO running on Sprint and T-Mobile that will begin as a Nexus 6 exclusive. The official Project Fi app is now live in the Play Store—not that it will do you a lot of good without an invite, which no one seems to have yet.