This year's Google IO developer conference wasn't just about the upcoming Android L release and the design changes coming with that version. One of the keynote's most important announcements was packed into a two-minute segment at the start of the event. Android One, as Android chief Sundar Pichai explained, was designed to level the playing field for smartphones in developing markets, making it easier for smaller phone makers in these countries to ship relatively high-quality stuff at relatively low price points.
Three months later we're seeing the first fruits from this endeavor, as Android One arrives in India. We've got our hands on the Micromax Canvas A1, one of the first Android One phones to go on sale. And what we've found is a surprisingly speedy vanilla Android handset with a few tweaks for the Indian market.
Want to see in the dark? There's a cool accessory for your phone that is going to make that possible. Seek Thermal (thermal.com) is a portable camera that plugs into smartphones which adds the ability of thermal imaging. Multi-thousand dollar thermal cameras have been used by firefighters, law enforcement and the military to see through smoke or in complete darkness. Now, you can use that kind of imaging technology with your smartphone.
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Another weekly photo contest has come to a close, and while the number of entries wasn't staggering the quality of each one certainly was. We had a couple dozen great entries that followed the prompt "messy," making it tough to narrow down. In the end we were able to bring it down to just two winners, each getting a prize for their efforts this week. Read along and see the winning images.
Following the lead of AT&T and Sprint, Verizon Wireless will now be giving subscribers of its More Everything plans even more data, though you'll have to sign up this month to qualify. More data begins with the 12 GB plan, which will now net you a 15 GB data bucket each month, and goes all the way up to the 50 GB data plan, which through the promotion will double your data to a whopping 100 GB to consume. That's a lot of Netflix streaming to consume each month!
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! We present to you Episode 181 of TWiT's All About Android, featuring our very own Jerry Hildenbrand! (And, of course, Jason Howell, Ron Richards and Gina Trapani!) Check 'em out as they dish on the new Google Developer Distribution Agreement, Pushbullet adding channels to its services, and why the Moto 360 is so damn good even if the specs say it's not.
Google's highly anticipated and unannounced Nexus 6 may have been publicly spotted out in the wild. From the looks of the image captured, it appears that someone was using the large-sized phone on a public transportation commute with a protective case around it. Despite its large size with a rumored 6-inch display, it looks like the user of the phone is able to navigate around the interface singlehandedly.
Better late than never, Google has just posted the latest Android 4.4.4 (KTU84P) factory image for the Nexus 7 LTE. Up until today the best you could get was Android 4.4.3, even though other Nexus devices had 4.4.4 available back in June. If you're not familiar with factory images, they're files provided by Google that can be used to update or completely wipe your device back to a factory state with the latest software.
Dropbox is updating its Android app today, giving users of its cloud storage service a new way to export files directly to an SD card, which is a nice feature for those that want to use the expanded storage space to, well, store things.
Pushbullet has announced the arrival of channels. Channels notify you when something you care about happens, whether thats the latest update to your favorite webcomic, or your go-to Android news site publishes a new story in a specific topic.
But even just three devices in, we're now able to confidently declare that there is one Android Wear smartwatch that stands out above the rest, despite its imperfections. There's one that turns heads more than the others while mostly mirroring performance.
A step in the right direction for ARM Chromebooks, and one we can actually recommend
I've made it no secret that I'm not a fan of ARM-powered Chromebooks. With their low performance and compromised battery life, ARM Chromebooks from a variety of manufacturers have never lived up to what Intel-powered models can offer. Acer and NVIDIA have teamed up to challenge that preconceived notion with the Chromebook 13 — the fourth distinct Chromebook model from Acer and the first in its class to run the new Tegra K1 processor.
But this machine isn't just about the processor. The Acer Chromebook 13 also offers a sleek design, good trackpad and a few different models with wallet-friendly prices that present a pretty solid value as well. Read along into my full review as I break down the details of the Acer Chromebook 13 and how it fares versus the competition.
We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!
Sony has today announced plans to launch the Xperia Z3 in Canada on October 31, with support from Bell, MTS, Rogers, SaskTel, TELUS and WIND Mobile. Should folk wish to purchase the new flagship smartphone without heading down to their local carrier store, Sony stores will also be stocking the same device for purchase on launch day.
Sprint has announced that, starting today, they are offering "double the data" on high-end data plans compared to AT&T and Verizon. Sprint's 32GB, 40GB, and 60GB Family Share Pack plans will now offer 60GB, 80GB, and 100GB at no extra cost. Customers must sign up by October 31 in order to take advantage of the offer. Existing customers can take advantage of the promotion by visiting a Sprint retail store or call Sprint customer support.
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