New Nexus phones aren't the only thing that Google has in the lineup tomorrow. Sources tell us that the economical Chromecast streaming gadget will be getting its first major revision as well. The new version, codenamed "Earth," will retain the same HDMI dongle design as the original, but come with some exciting new features. We're expecting the price for the second generation Chromecast to remain steady at $35, and it should be available following the announcement tomorrow, September 29th, or shortly thereafter.
Above: the revised Chromecast hardware, from a 9to5Google leak earlier this month.
First of all, the new Chromecast will be available in three colors, Black, Lemonade (yellow), and Coral (pale pink/red). Read More
Raise your hand if you've heard this one before. No? Come on, I know Cody doesn't pore over every line of code in every update of Google's apps for nothing. I'm pretty sure you remember what he came across just last week when he tore down Google Photos 1.5. That was a very popular post too — almost 1500 social shares. Ah see, now you know what I'm talking about.
Yes, Google Photos, the app that broke free of Google+'s shackles and is now basking in the glory of untethered updates and improvements, is getting ready for a big bump. How big? Read More
Google has been testing Android 6.0 over the summer, and you might have even been running the developer previews, but when is the final version rolling out? We've been able to confirm that the rollout is scheduled to start on October 5th, which is the date previously leaked in a Telus FAQ page. Read More
After a whole summer of waiting and beta testing, Samsung Pay is live in the US. It supports all 2015 flagship Samsung devices, but you'll need carrier support too. That might mean a few updates and some more waiting. Read More
Remember the Nexus 6P? Do I even need to ask? Just two days ago, we got a glorious look at almost everything the phone is touting, from the 5.7" WQHD display, the camera, the 3450mAh battery, the dual front-facing speakers, and the Snapdragon 810 v2.1 processor. Hot? Maybe, a little bit.
What's even getting hotter is its pre-order date. According to our trusted sources, you should expect to give your Franklins to Google starting tomorrow, September 29th, the same day as the phone's announcement. How many Franklins exactly? Five. Well, minus a penny, but who's counting. That's for the 32GB version of the phone, but remember that this particular Nexus will come in 64GB and 128GB options too. Read More
By now, you know all there is to know about the Nexus 5X, don't you? You've seen it in leaked press renders and on Amazon India, you could recite its specs by heart — the 5.2" 1080p display, the Snapdragon 808 processor, the GSM and LTE bands in its FCC documents, and more.
What you really, really, really, really, really want to know is WHEN, GOOGLE, WHEN? And that answer is coming soon, sooner than you think. We've come across some information that we've no reason to doubt that tells us pre-orders should be open tomorrow, September 29th. You won't be waiting long after Google announces the phone to be able to start throwing money at your screen. Read More
Android 6.0 Marshmallow will have some cool improvements to external storage support. This has led to speculation that Google might be planning to include microSD card slots in the new Nexus phones. Some FCC documents seemed to support that possibility, but we've confirmed with multiple sources that Google won't be offering a microSD card slot. It's still all internal storage in the Nexus phones. Read More
Tomorrow is the big expected Nexus day, but that doesn't mean you have to wait to find out what's going on with this year's devices. Obviously. I mean, what more is there to know about the Nexus 5X and the larger, oddly-shaped Nexus 6P at this point?
Here's something. Through the information we've acquired, we've found that, unlike most previous models, this year's devices won't be available in carrier stores. Read More
The original Asus ZenWatch was one of my favorite first-generation Wear devices because it had a slick design and competitive price ($200). It wasn't perfect, but it offered a good alternative to expensive devices like the G Watch R. The ZenWatch 2 is going to hit shelves in a few days, and at first glance it's very much like its predecessor.
Asus actually made a number of notable changes, but not all of them are positive. At the same time, the price is very attractive and there are two size options—the large one starts at $129.99 and the smaller will be $149.99. Read More
Keeping a constant data connection is getting easier every day, whether we're in heavily populated areas or in the middle of nowhere. But there are still situations when we're bound to lose service, perhaps during a power outage or while driving through a dead zone. Just because you've lost access to Google's servers, it doesn't mean you should lose all of the powerful capabilities your phone has to offer. Google has just enabled a small set of voice commands for use even when you're completely offline.
If your phone was offline about a week ago and you tried a voice action, you probably would have seen a "Something went wrong" error message pop up just below the Google search box. Read More