Google has finally, physically unveiled the official name for its new operating system (still sans a version number): it's marshmallow! Googler Alex Ruiz just posted a picture of the statue over at Building 43 (the Android building) at Google HQ in Mountain View.
Google co-founder and CEO (or should I say former CEO?) Larry Page just dropped a real bombshell. He and fellow Google founder Sergey Brin have started a new company called Alphabet, an umbrella for Google and other Googley companies. Along with this change, Android and Chrome boss Sundar Pichai has been appointed as the CEO of a new, more streamlined Google.
Guys, it's happening (....gif). The rumored YouTube music service that we've been hearing about for months is finally a reality. It's called YouTube Music Key, and it looks pretty great.
So here's the gist: it'll cost $7.99 a month (initially, at least - the price will eventually jump to $9.99), and includes full albums, background playback, offline viewing, and no ads. No ads. It's worth eight bucks a month just to get rid of the ads. That price also gets you a subscription to Google Play Music All Access, just like we suspected it would.
The question, however, is whether or not current All Access subscribers will automatically get Music Key as well.
Google is simply on a roll today! As it turns out, the stock camera wasn't the only new app to hit the Play Store today - we now have the Chromoting app as well. Chromoting, for those unfamiliar with it, is a way to securely access your computer remotely by connecting to Chrome running a special Chrome Remote Desktop app. Anyone familiar with Remote Desktop, VNC, and other similar apps should feel instantly at home with Chromoting.
The real beauty of Chromoting is the setup process - there is no need to forward ports or deal with complicated setups. Just install the aforementioned app, enable remote access, and voila - you're pretty much done.
What a way to start our favorite day of the week - Update Wednesday! Google just dropped the official Camera app into the Play Store, thus paving the way for quicker updates and new features without having to wait for and install OTAs.
The new camera version 2.1.037 has a brand new interface and includes a new lens blur feature for more DSLR-like shots, which you can read about here. Another important update includes the previously rumored 100% viewfinder fix, which means the final photo will look exactly the same as it does on the viewfinder screen. Panoramic photospheres can now be captured in a whopping 50MP resolution if you change the settings to Maximum quality.
Google only started the Android 4.4.1 update last week, but it looks like a new hotfix is already good to go, as 4.4.2 showed up for Nexus devices in the last hour. So far, we've seen it on the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and the Nexus 7, but it's probably safe to say the Nexus 10 is not going to be far behind. Update: Nexus 10 confirmed too.
As the update is very new, the only changelog information we have at this point comes courtesy of Sprint, which let out the news first earlier today:
- Fix for clearing the VM Indicator
- Fix for delivery of the VM Indicator
- Various additional software fixes
- Security enhancements
Update #1: App Ops no longer works (Settings crashes), at least using the recently discovered method.
The two new branches are called kitkat-release and kitkat-dev, and the release tag is android-4.4_r1. The code for hammerhead, aka Nexus 5, is already up, with the respective kernel repo still waiting its turn.
Well, here it is, official and direct from Google's own image server (here's a link, though it may go down). Feast your eyes.
We found this minutes after a link to the Play Store listing for the Nexus 5 inadvertently appeared on a Play Store device splash. We see a new camera icon, a new phone icon (as suspected), and if you look closely, a new Gmail icon, too. Neat.
After many many leaks, we've got an official look at the Nexus 5 via the Play Store - the Nexus collection for the US is showing the icon for the Nexus 5 listing, along with the official description copy. Unfortunately though, the phone's actual listing is inaccessible.
So far we can tell that the device will start at $349 for the 16GB model specified in the listing's URL. This means the 32GB version we saw in the leaked manual will likely cost at or above $400.
"Capture the everyday and the epic in fresh new ways," the copy reads. With the Nexus 7's description focusing on its portability and the Nexus 10's emphasizing its signature display, we can at least hope to find a decent camera on the yet unannounced Nexus 5.