If you were one of the first people to pre-order a Nexus 6, you may be in luck. Reports have come in that some units of the 6-inch Android 5.0 Lollipop smartphone have started to be delivered to a number of Android Central readers.
Sony has today unveiled a new stacked CMOS sensor for mobile devices. The company's imaging tech for smartphones has produced impressive results in the past and the EXMOR RS IMX230 sensor is billed as the next big step in mobile photography. Sporting the same number of pixels as the shooter found on the Xperia X3, this new sensor introduces advanced camera functionality.
Yet more evidence has surfaced showing the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge to be on course for Carphone Warehouse, according to a leaked photo of internal systems obtained by Pocket-lint. The smartphone will also be available for pre-order through Clove and other sources, but we're yet to see the handset listed on the Carphone Warehouse website.
Russian manufacturer Yota Devices is scheduled to launch a new model in the YotaPhone series, dubbed YotaPhone 2, at an event in London on December 3. No other details are available, but based on the image above, it looks like the device will also feature dual-screens.
Google is looking to launch 20 test balloons in western Queensland, Australia to trial Project Loon in the region. The search giant plans to provide Internet access via helium balloons circling the Earth, beaming data to hardware located on the ground, including smartphones. The balloons will help Google connect those who reside in areas of the world where Internet access is limited.
Update: According to Box's status page, it looks like the issue has been resolved. Carry on!
Are you amongst the many using Box for additional cloud storage on your Android device? If so, have a look at your account and see if it's logged in right now. Many have noticed their accounts have automatically logged them out and when attempting to log back in, the 'Grant Access' button no longer works, leaving them unable to log into their accounts. Box has now updated their status dashboard indicating they are aware of the issue and are working on it.
It is the time of the week when we share some of our favorite applications. These are the apps we find ourselves using right now, and the ones we want to recommend that everyone try. This week, we have a couple beta apps that are worth installing, and some old favorites that have seen great updates.
We also want to hear about your favorite apps, so use the comments to let everyone know about the apps you think are the best and we all should try. It's application discovery at its finest when we all work together!
Finally, things are about to slow down a tad. That's not to say there's not work to do — there's a ton — but I'm finally shifting out of travel mode and back to editing mode. (Not that there's a switch or something, but it's definitely hard to do the latter when you're also doing the former.) Moreover, it means more time with friends and family before it all starts again in January with CES.
Verizon Wireless has updated its terms of service, which could increase the amount you're paying in early termination fees, or ETF, depending on when you wish to defect and leave the carrier. According to the new terms, if you sign a new two-year contract with Verizon and decide to leave towards the beginning of the contract term, you'll be out more money as your early termination fees do not see any reductions until eight months into your contract.
One of the best things about Android is the way you can change core components and customize things to your liking. Keyboards are a big part of that, and there are certainly plenty of great ones to choose from in Google Play. The one thing you need to know before you can use any of them, is how to switch which keyboard is active.
Long-time Android fans are used to the nagging notification in the status bar that helps you change keyboards, but things have changed a bit in Lollipop. On the Nexus 6, for example, there's a new softkey you can use to change keyboards. We're not exactly sure how this will be handled on other phones from other vendors — especially ones with capacitive buttons like the Droid Turbo or Galaxy Note 4.
Fortunately, changing the keyboard through the settings is easy and the method should be the same for every Android.
If you're ready to try a taste of Lollipop on Google's newest hardware, Amazon has a special limited-time promotion on the black WiFi-only version of the Nexus 9 tablet, taking $50 off the normal retail price and bringing the cost down to just $349.99. The deal is only for the black color and only for the 16 GB capacity. If you're interested in the white Nexus 9, that model will still run $399.99. Amazon's deal comes with free shipping, and if you have Amazon Prime, you can score free two-day shipping.
They all run the same software, but there are big differences between these Chromebook models
We've started to increase the pace of our Chromebook coverage here at Android Central for a variety of reasons, not the least of which being that we use these machines every single day. We spend time with every Chromebook model we can get our hands on, putting in full reviews whenever possible.
With the rapid pace of releases pumping out new Chromebooks on a regular basis it's hard to say what's "the best," but every so often we need to put our collective feet down and make a list. We're purposely omitting the Chromebook Pixel, however. It's a great device, for sure, but at $1,299, well, yeah. Sucker's just too expensive for most folks.
So with that caveat, this is our list of the best Chromebooks available as of November 2014.
It's Saturday, which means it's time to warm up your nearest Android device for some great new Google Play Store apps and games. We're taking a look at a few sequels that were released this week and trying to figure out if the changes added enough to keep them exciting, while still retaining the original's appeal. Candy Crush Soda Saga, TwoDots, and XCOM: Enemy Within all have a little something different to offer.
We're still playing around with our weekly app round-up format, so please do leave some feedback and let us know what you think and what you'd like to see.
With 2014 coming to a close in just a few weeks, the consumer version of the Google Glass wearable device won't be coming out this year, as originally planned. A new report says that Google is now looking for the launch to happen sometime in 2015.
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