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.
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,...
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.
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.
Samsung will once again kill off its ChatON messaging service. After it was previously reported and subsequently denied by Samsung that ChatON will bite the dust, the Android Galaxy-maker has made the termination official, announcing that the service will be closed to conversations and emojis effective February 1, 2015 at 9 AM.
Update: Samsung says the service will shut down everywhere but in...
In the next version of Android, Google could potentially sideline Android Auto in favor of putting the entire Android OS into cars. Unlike Android Auto, Android M would be built directly into the car's infotainment and navigation system and would not require the driver to plug in a smartphone.
In addition to being available on the Google Play Store, Amazon, and through HTC, the leather Nexus 9 Magic Cover is also arriving at Best Buy. Retailing for $49, the black leather Magic Cover is currently listed as out of stock at Best Buy online and through most local stores, so you may want to check the big box retailer's inventory before headed out to your nearest Buy Buy store to snag one.
A new software update is rolling out for the LG G2 on T-Mobile, which brings a number of connectivity enhancements. The main new feature you'll notice is that T-Mobile has added free in-flight texting support. Also along for the ride are fixes for connectivity issues using Bluetooth and WiFi.
U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freemon has decided on Thursday that consumers suing Google in an Android antitrust suit must submit additional factual information and amend their complaint for the suit to continue. At the heart of the suit is whether Google had used its Android OS to give its apps and services an advantage over competing offerings.
As a secret feature tucked inside the Google Maps update for Android, Google announced that you can now use Google Cardboard to get a 3D virtual reality view of Street View in the app. To get the feature, you need to launch Street View in Google Maps, double tap the circle with the arrows in the lower right, and then pan around.
Amazon is rolling out a major update to its Fire Phone smartphone. The update is hitting both the AT&T model as well as the unlocked GSM edition. Amazon promises an improved camera experience, support for more keyboard languages, call blocking, custom ringtones, and improved battery life among the improvements featured in this update.
Motorola is showcasing the Moto X's camera capabilities in a new video. Using a drone, Motorola mounted the 2014 Moto X onto the flying aircraft to capture stunning UHD 4K imagery of the San Francisco Bay using the Moto X's rear-facing camera.
If you're looking for a sweet deal on the 2014 Moto X for Verizon Wireless, Motorola is now offering the phone for $49.99 with a two-year contract. According to Motorola, the deal is good through December 31. For those who prefer not to sign a contract, you can buy a Moto X and save $50 off of the $499.99 price, or pack in some accessories and save $100 off of a $500 or more purchase.
Google has updated its Inbox app to bring a better experience to owners of Android tablets and Android Wear-powered smartwatches. With the update, Inbox users will be able to see messages, mark them as done, and even reply to their emails from their wrist without needing to consult their phones.