While we all wait for the next OS update to hit our Android Wear watches, the companion app is getting a refresh.
The latest Android Wear app brings a solid design refresh and a few new features, but some of them will require you to wait for your Android Wear smartwatch to get the latest firmware update. On the design side, a new home page makes use of more Material Design with stronger shadows and depth, while new cards bring apps and tips to your attention.
We've been awaiting a new stylus-happy smartphone from LG, and here it is — the new G Stylo.
This is a 5.7-inch display at 720p (for a whopping 258 pixels per inch), powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 at 1.2GHz. It's got an 8-megapixel rear camera with 5MP out front, a 3,000 mAh removable battery, only 8GB of on-board storage and 1.5 GB of RAM. It's running Android 5.0 Lollipop, though, and also has a removable SD card.
Starbucks is bringing its new mobile tipping feature to Canada today with a simple app update.
After starting initially with iOS users and then rolling to Android users in the U.S., our neighbors up north can now add a tip to their beverage purchase. You'll just need the latest version of the Starbucks Android app, now available in the Play Store — once you make a purchase, you'll receive a notification giving you the option to tip the barista if you wish.
Google is reportedly set to unveil its anticipated wireless service 'as early as Wednesday,' April 22.
According to a report out of The Wall Street Journal today, Google will debut a wireless offering as soon as April 22 that will let customers pay for only the data they use, as opposed to purchasing large blocks of data that may go unused.
Smartwatches are no longer one of those things we'll see in the future. Ever since Pebble first brought smartwatches to the masses, the market keeps growing and the whole concept gets closer to perfection. We're not there yet, but seeing the way wrist computing has evolved from a basic wristband that helps notify you about incoming messages to a device that does almost everything gives me hope that this market segment will only get better and better as we move forward.
The real question is how many tech-savvy people — that'd be people like you, who read Android blogs — are using one. Forget sales figures and pre-order numbers for a minute, and let's focus on people we know that love technology and Android. People like you and me. Answer the poll, and join the discussion in the comments.
One of the most popular current phones out there now plays nice with Google's in-car Android product.
Just a couple of days after we sent word that the Galaxy S6 — and a few other popular phones haven't been working properly with Android Auto, a fix has arrived. It's not a huge shock that the latest version of Google Play Services (which manages a variety of Google apps on your phone) rolling out now enables Android Auto on these popular devices, and we're happy to say that indeed the GS6 is working.
Google will allow teachers to prep their lesson plans as drafts and add more than one teacher to a classroom in the latest set of feature additions to Classroom.
Google Classroom allows teachers to spend more time with their students and less time on the paperwork, and it is now even better. Google's latest announcement brings new functionality to Google Classroom. Included in the new functionality is the ability to add more than one teacher, as well as to preparing for classes in advance as well.
Action Launcher has been updated to version 3.4, adding even more customization options and unlocking nearly 70 percent of options for non-paid users.
Popular launcher replacement, Action Launcher, has received yet another huge update bringing it to version 3.4. While the bump from 3.3 to 3.4 may feel small in number, it is huge in customization, with more than 12 new options.
Facebook has again made some changes to the way they display content in your News Feed in hopes of bringing a better balance.
Finding a good balance between too much content and not enough content is a tough task and Facebook has been taking user feedback to heart on this. Facebook is once again changing the content that is displayed in your News Feed based on what they have been hearing.
Lightroom for Android is now even better with the recent addition of DNG raw file support from Adobe.
Adobe has released some new updated to Lightroom, and one of the additions to the Android version is DNG raw file support. The addition of this support comes as an Android-exclusive at this time, but it does require the device to be running Android 5.0 Lollipop to take advantage.
Google Drive for Work will be gaining new admin console features in the coming weeks making it easier to monitor and manage Security Keys.
Security is very important, and Google wants to make sure the people using Google Drive for Work are easily protected. Google has already introduced things like two-step authentication, but now they are taking it one step further with the Security Key.
Smartphones are increasingly rated on their camera prowess, and these two flagships bring the best quality they can.
Both Samsung and HTC have tried a variety of camera strategies over the years, and in 2015 have settled on something that is likely the best complete package each has produced in some time. The Galaxy S6 has cut back on unnecessary software features and simply puts together high-end components with some great image processing. The One M9 finally gave up on UltraPixels and Duo Cameras on the back of the phone to go for a more "standard" 20MP sensor, and kept the same solid camera interface.
Both the One M9 and Galaxy S6 are clearly able to take great photos, but in a world where both of these flagships are fighting to take up space in your hand, we want to put them head-to-head and see which one comes out ahead.
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