Both the free and the ad-free versions of gReader have been updated recently. The apps, both in version 4.0, brings a lot of visual changes to give your news a fresh look. With the update, gReader gains support for Lollipop, brings Material Design to its look, and adds a new card view for item lists.
Google just brought over its Auto Enhance feature that debuted with photos to videos. The feature isn't enabled automatically for all videos, but with a single click, you can allow Google to use its algorithms to fine-tune your videos. The feature will work on the Google+ Photos app on Android as well as on Google+ for Mac, Windows and Chrome OS.
Verizon is running a holiday promotion for those who are willing to sign a two-year contract with the carrier. Through the deal, Android smartphones priced at $199 or higher with a contract will be discounted by 50 percent, meaning the new, expensive Android flagship you've been eyeing could start as low as $99.
Ending the year, Google announced that it has sent out the last batch of Inbox invitations for 2014. Those who requested an invitation by emailing Google directly were given one, and Google says that it won't be sending out new invitations for the Gmail-based email service until 2015.
Project Ara will offer a few choices in processor selection, and now Google has announced that it is working with Marvell and NVIDIA to bring their application processors as options for the modular smartphone. Both the NVIDIA Tegra K1, the same chip that's found inside the Nexus 9 tablet, and the Marvell PXA1928 will be joining Rockchip as options for Ara's processing power.
Google is looking for a car manufacturer to partner with in building autonomous, self-driving cars. Though Google has built concept and prototype cars in the past, the search giant says that it doesn't want to be an auto-maker and is instead searching for a partner to bring its vision to consumers within the next five years.
Google has just posted the factory image of Android 5.0.2 Lollipop for the WiFi version of the 2012 Nexus 7. This follows the rollout of the Android 5.0.1 on many Nexus devices recently. With the factory image up, an OTA update can't be too far away, and we'll keep you posted on AndroidCentral if we see Android 5.0.2 on other Nexus smartphones and tablets.
It's that time of year in which Google tends to dump a bunch of year-end updates on us. Some good. Some ... could use a little more time in the oven. We take a look at some of the bigger changes of the past couple weeks — including the major Android Wear 5.0.1 update — and see what's worked out, and what needs more work.
Sonos now supports music streaming service TIDAL on its wireless speaker system. TIDAL bills itself as the first high fidelity lossless music streaming service with HD music videos and curated editorial. TIDAL has announced that the integration with Sonos is now live in the U.S. and Canada, and support in the U.K. will follow shortly.
Disney has released its Club Penguin app for Android. Club Penguin is a virtual membership-based world for kids, letting them play games, create characters, and find collectables. The Android release comes just in time for Club Penguin's Merry Walrus Celebration.
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the land,
Not a smartphone was stirring; even Lloyd did not stand.
The stockings were hung by the Nexus Player,
In hopes that Android Santa would soon arrive there.
Evernote is adding what it calls "augmented intelligence" to its Android app with a feature called Context. Available to Evernote premium subscribers, Context essentially adds relevant contextual information as you're typing in your notes. These tidbits of information could be culled from existing notes that either were shared with you or were created in the past, along with external sources, like from The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, and Pando Daily.
If you've not had enough of stickers inside Facebook Messenger, get ready for stickers on your photos. Facebook's Stickered for Messenger does just that — it lets you place stickers on photos and send them via Messenger. Not only can you slap on whatever sticker you like, you also will get to use your fingers to relocate, reorient, and resize the stickers as you see fit.
In time for the holidays, NVIDIA is rolling a special Bundle in a Bundle promotion for its Shield Tablet. The $399 bundle combines the gaming hardware and titles you need to get started and enjoy the full capabilities of the NVIDIA Shield Tablet. The promotion goes into effect tomorrow, December 20, and will run through December 24.
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