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Google’s new wireless plan might only be compatible with the Nexus 6

Posted by wicked March - 6 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Well here’s a Debbie Downer for today. Google’s new wireless MVNO plan could be announced in a few weeks, but according to the Wall Street Journal, only the Nexus 6 will be able to use it.

This does seem crazy at first, but if you think about it, it doesn’t seem all that surprising when you consider how Google’s new service will work. It’s rumored to work with both Sprint and T-Mobile as in automatically switching to the best available network along with Wi-Fi. It appears that Google and Motorola were planning on this when building the phone. Motorola already has similar experience with Republic Wireless’ feature of auto-switching between Wi-Fi and Sprint’s network when Wi-Fi isn’t available.

Google is also notorious for launching products and services on a very small scale, so this wouldn’t be a shocker to me.

WSJ did say the service is supposed to get announced in a few weeks, but it could get delayed. Reading between the lines means that we should see an announcement at Google I/O. And if this rumor of it only being available on the Nexus 6 is true, you can expect Google I/O attendees to receive a Nexus 6 as one of their gifts.

source: WSJ

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Google launched their 3rd birthday promotion earlier in the week, and what was 33 deals has now grown to 41. I am not even sure what is new since then, but a couple of notables are both the original Transformers movie in HD and Cold Play’s Ghost Stories album for Free. What’s funny about the Transformers movie is that the SD version isn’t free, so make sure you click on the HD version. We have the links for each as well as the link for the full list of sale items below.

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Google Search will show you how to make the perfect cocktail

Posted by wicked March - 5 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Next time you decide to put together your own cocktail, there is chance that Google Search is all you need. Starting today, the search engine (on mobile devices) will display full recipes for cocktails. To become your own mixologist, just fire up Google Search and input the name of any cocktail. At the top, before any other links appear, Google will provide the ingredients, preparation, and process to make the cocktail.

Source: +Google

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Rumour: Android 5.1 Lollipop to roll-out to Nexus 7 (2013) later this week

Posted by wicked March - 5 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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If you’re a Nexus 7 owner, the euphoria of having Android 5.0 Lollipop installed on your device probably fizzled out a few months ago, thanks to the buggy performance of the update. Nexus 7 owners have reported problems with WiFi connectivity, video playback, battery life and that their devices are getting slower and slower thanks to a probable memory leak. According to a Google Plus post by Artem Russakovskii (Android Police), though, there might cause for renewed hope, with Android 5.1 rumoured to roll out in the next week or so.

That’s right, apparently Android 5.1 Lollipop will begin rolling out this week, with the Nexus 7 (2013) being the most likely ‘first’ recipient of the update. The rest of the Nexus line-up should receive the update soon after. One of the features of Android 5.1 is that it should improve the performance of the device, making things buttery smooth once more. There is a chance that this update could be delayed as Google is said to be ironing out some battery life bugs. Here’s hoping that Google can stamp out those gremlins so that the 5.1 update can roll out sooner than later.

Source: Artem Russakovskii (G+ post)

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Latest version of Hangouts introduces refreshed contact cards [APK Download]

Posted by wicked March - 4 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Right now, an update is being pushed to the Hangouts app for Android devices that brings with it minor changes in a few areas.

Although the update is for version 3.0 (from 2.5), there are no dramatic changes:

  • Snooze notifications button moved to top
  • Mint green accents in new areas
  • Long-pressing a message includes View Profile option
  • Improved contact cards (that resemble the new Google Contacts)

[APK Download Link]

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Google Play app updated to version 5.3.5

Posted by wicked March - 4 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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The Google Play app, which was previously standing at version 5.2.13, has been updated. The new version, 5.3.5, is relatively minor as there are not any noticeable changes. It seems like everything is on the back end where everyday users would not see a thing.

You can hit the link below to download and install the latest version of the Google Play app. Otherwise, just wait for it to happen in the coming days or weeks.

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Huawei confirmed to make the next Nexus phone

Posted by wicked March - 4 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Last week we told you that not one, but two Nexus phones could get launched this year,and it was rumored that LG and Huawei would be the makers. Today we are getting further confirmation on Huawei as the Director of China Research at iSuppli, Kevin Yang, has confirmed it.

If you look at this in hindsight, it can’t be a surprise since Huawei is so up and coming right now, it’s ridiculous. They are sitting as the 3rd phone manufacturer in the world in terms of market share and they made a huge splash with a very nice looking Android Wear smartwatch. It will be interesting to see if Huawei utilizes their own Kirin processor in the phone.

It still hasn’t been officially confirmed if there will indeed be two Nexus handsets, but as I said before, it makes the most sense to offer new versions of the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 since Google cannot offer a Nexus 7 phone for obvious reasons.

source: Weibo-iSuppli
via: GizmoChina

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Prepare for Google Contacts to be refreshed on the web

Posted by wicked March - 4 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Many of the services that Google operates have been given a new look over the last few months. Providing users with the same look across different services allows for easier use and, of course, it looks great. An area that has seriously lacked for Google is Google Contacts. Finally, Google has redesigned Contacts on the web to feature contacts, circles, and frequently contacted people.

Hit the break for the a list of the new features:

  • Easily get rid of duplicates: Identify duplicate contacts and the dismiss, merge, or remove them
  • Keep your contacts up to date automatically: All contact information offered at a glance with an option to edit
  • See your recent emails & meetings: Collect information from recent emails and meetings to attach with a contact

The new Google Contacts can be explored by clicking here.

Source: Official Gmail Blog

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Google will call its MVNO carrier ‘Google LTE-A’

Posted by wicked March - 4 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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On Monday, Sundar Pichai confirmed that Google is indeed developing its own MVNO carrier. We have learned today that the service, backed by existing wireless carriers, will be called Google LTE-A. The company launched a Twitter account for the MVNO carrier and that exposed the name and the image seen above. It is rather generic; however. Google likely wanted to keep things as simple as possible for consumers.

The following was the description provided by Google before being removed:

With @googlefiber, LTE-A will be the next generation cellular network, brought to you by @google.

Source: @GoogleLTE

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Waze poised to join the list of pre-installed apps on Android phones

Posted by wicked March - 3 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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At MWC 2015, Waze announced they have been added to the list of apps that phone manufacturers and carriers can include as a pre-installed app on new Android devices. Waze says the list of apps are part of the Google Mobile Service. The move makes sense since Waze was purchased by Google last year and the people-provided traffic information can show up in the Google Maps platform on mobile devices. As part of their announcement, Waze shared that they are up to 50 million users.

Waze spokesperson Julie Mossler thinks the inclusion of Waze as a pre-installed app will grow the user base even more as users who may have been unfamiliar with it give it a try. Waze relies on human reports of road conditions and has been described as a “social traffic app.” Mossler thinks availability to Waze means

“a meaningful part of the population would immediately have access to blocked roads, dangerous intersections traffic and more in real time.”

If a new Android phone is not in your immediate future and you want to check Waze out, hit one of the download links below.

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source: PC World

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