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Deal: Pick up a Nexus Player from the Google Store for just $79 ($20 off)

Posted by wicked May - 26 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off
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If you’re looking for a better way to consume media content on your television, you can now pick up a Nexus Player, the first Android TV set-top box, from the Google Store for just $79 ($20 off). We’re not exactly sure if this price cut is permanent or not, but this is still a great deal either way.

This discount comes just a few days before Google I/O 2015 begins, interestingly enough. We have yet to hear any rumors regarding a new Nexus Player being in the works, but we wouldn’t be surprised if we saw some new Android TV-powered hardware at the developer conference this week.

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Just to be clear, the bundle being offered in the Google Store only comes with the set-top box and the remote. You’ll still need to pay $40 more to get the Nexus Player Gamepad. If you’re looking to save a bit more money, Amazon is still selling the Nexus Player and remote for a few dollars cheaper at around $73.

Head to the link below if you’re interested.

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The Nexus 6 and its whale self isn’t all that old, but it’s time to start talking about what’s next for the Nexus program. According to the crew over at Android Police, along with additional information to back up part of their claims in AOSP, we should expect two Nexus phones this year, one made by LG and another by Huawei. Yes, two phones! 

Sources of theirs have indicated that LG is making a 5.2-inch Nexus phone with a battery roughly around 2,700mAh in size and a Snapdragon 808 processor. That phone is currently resting under the codename of “bullhead.” The Huawei phone is said to sport a 5.7-inch display, 3,500mAh battery, and Snapdragon 810 processor, all under the codename “angler.”

In case you needed some actual proof that the LG device is indeed real, look no further than this AOSP commit, which references a device named “bullhead” that is made by LG. Never heard of an LG “bullhead?” Neither have we, which means this has to be an unreleased phone being tested by Google. As you can see in the image below, that “bullhead” reference is flanked by references to other Nexus devices like “hammerhead” (Nexus 5) and “shamu” (Nexus 6).

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As for the Huawei device, we have yet to find actual proof of its existence, but this of course isn’t the first time we have heard that Huawei is making a Nexus phone. At least a couple of early rumors have indicated that Huawei and Google are teaming up to launch a phone with a 5.7-inch display and Snapdragon 810 processor.

And for those who don’t understand the fish-like names, feel free to read up on the history of Nexus codenames here.

On a related note, Android Police has been told not to expect a new Nexus tablet this year. I can’t imagine that many of you are sad to hear that news.

So, a 5.2-inch Nexus made by LG? Have your prayers been answered? If you have any other details about upcoming Nexus phones, be sure to hit us up.

Via:  Android Police

Report: “Bullhead” and “Angler” are Your New Nexus Devices Made by LG and Huawei is a post from: Droid Life

The WiFi Calling update for Nexus 6s running on T-Mobile that began rolling out over the weekend now has a factory image and OTA .zip file from Google as build LYZ28E. This is still Android 5.1.1, of course, but the files may come in handy for those of you running your Nexus 6 on the Uncarrier’s network and have yet to receive the update. 

You can download the factory image here. Instructions for flashing factory images can be found here.

Update:  Google also just posted the 5.1.0 “LMY47M” (T-Mobile Only) factory image. You can  grab it here.

If you need the OTA .zip file, you can grab that here (LYZ28E from LMY47M, 126MB). For instructions to sideload using adb, check here.

Via:  Google

Here are the Factory Image and OTA Files for Nexus 6’s WiFi Calling Update “LYZ28E” 6 on T-Mobile (Updated) is a post from: Droid Life

Google exec confirms Android M will be released this year

Posted by wicked May - 26 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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It wasn’t too long ago that we first heard whispers of the next version of Android, thanks to an error on the official Google I/O 2015 schedule. We have a strong suspicion that Google will introduce Android M at this year’s developer conference, but we haven’t actually received any confirmed information regarding the next release. However, thanks to a recent interview with a Google exec, it’s now confirmed that Android M will be released to the public before the year’s end.

Read more: What will Android M bring?

In an interview with Fast Company, Android’s Vice President of Engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer spills some details regarding Android M, and what Google’s plan is for future releases:

As we’ve grown as a platform, we realize that to some extent predictability is important for the whole industry: developers, manufacturers, operators, and consumers, frankly. So we’ve landed with sort of a yearly cadence of big releases, so, for instance, one year we release J, the next year we release K, and then the year after that L, and then this year we’ll launch M, and so you can predict what will happen next year.

This certainly isn’t any groundbreaking news, as we were already assuming that Google would release Android M the same way it released Android L – launching a developer preview at Google I/O, then releasing the final build to the public before the end of the year, likely with some new hardware. Even so, the interview does provide some helpful information, since we now know that Google is planning for yearly release cycles for bigger versions of Android. Lockheimer didn’t make any more comments on Android M in the interview.

We’ve already heard that the next version of Android may feature native fingerprint authentication and new voice controls, but what else do you hope Android M will bring? Let us know in the comments below!

Google analyzes answers to common security questions

Posted by wicked May - 26 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Secret questions are supposed to help a person keep his privacy and his profile secure. Problem is, most secret questions are very common that it’s easier for anyone to guess the answers, code, pin, or password to an account. This happens especially if there are so many information available. Questions like “What is your mother’s maiden name?” or “What was your first pet’s name?” are often asked that somehow, people can easily guess them to access your account.

Google has recently analyzed the security questions and the answers of hundreds of millions of Google account owners. The company wanted to know the effectiveness of the security questions. No in-depth study has been made yet so Google went on to analyzing the data from email account recovery claims, looking at the secret questions and answers. Google measure the “likelihood that hackers could guess the answers” and findings were presented in an infographic.

The findings where presented recently at WWW 2015. Google made the following conclusion:

“Secret questions are neither secure nor reliable enough to be used as a standalone account recovery mechanism. That’s because they suffer from a fundamental flaw: their answers are either somewhat secure or easy to remember—but rarely both.”

Listed below are some relevant findings:

• With one guess, an attacker’s chance of guessing English-speaking users’ answers to the question “What is your favorite food?” is 19.7%

• With ten guesses, a hackers has a 24% chance of guessing Arabic-speaking users’ answers to “What’s your first teacher’s name?”

• With ten guesses, an attacker has a 21% chance of guessing Spanish-speaking users’ answers to “What is your father’s middle name?”

• With ten guesses, an attacker has a 39% chance of guessing Korean-speaking users’ answers to “What is your city of birth?”

• 40% of English-speaking users in the US couldn’t recall answers to their secret questions

• Hard to remember and use questions include “What is your library card number?” and “What is your frequent flyer number?”

• There’s a 55% success rate for the question “What is your first phone number?” while “What is your father’s middle name?” had a 76% success rate

• The easiest question is “What city were you born in?” with more than 79% recall rate

Click here to view full infographic

SOURCE: Google Online Security

Thanks to a Google I/O session that has since been removed from the conference schedule, we are pretty sure that Google plans to announce Android M as the next release of Android for 2015 later this week. But since that session has been removed along with any reference to “Android M,” we haven’t been able to say that this bit of news is “confirmed.” As of this morning, we can now make it official – Android M is coming this year. 

During an interview with Fast Company, Google’s Hiroshi Lockheimer confirmed that the company has moved to a “yearly cadence of big releases,” so since they gave us Android L last year, “this year we’ll launch M.” He even took the conversation a step further and said that you “can predict what will happen next year,” which basically means that Android N is coming in 2016.

Nothing else new was necessarily shared in his interview, but wanted to make sure you knew that Android M is coming this year and that you should expect yearly big releases going forward.

Via: Fast Company

Hiroshi Lockheimer Confirms Android M is Coming This Year, Yearly Big Releases Going Forward is a post from: Droid Life

Microsoft bringing digital assistant Cortana to Android and iOS

Posted by wicked May - 26 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Microsoft is announcing that Phone Companion will be bringing Cortana to iOS and Android. The Redmond-based company plans on releasing separate apps for each mobile operating system, moving away from the digital assistant’s exclusivity to Microsoft products.

Cortana won’t be available on Android and iOS just yet, as Microsoft is only offering a sneak peak at the new apps today. But, we’ll see an official Android release come late June and an iOS release set for later this year.

Microsoft is attempting to make Cortana as seamless as possible on all mobile operating systems–you should be able to give it the same requests, whether you’re on Android or iOS. However, Microsoft does note that it won’t be nearly as powerful as it is on Windows because of the various integrations. Despite that, you will still be able to get notifications for all of your favorite content–sports, flights, weather, and more.

You can check out the full breakdown in the video below.

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It’ll be interesting to see what Google brings to I/O this year in terms of Google Now, as this is a big shift from Microsoft. The real problem company’s are going to face is getting people to actively use these digital assistants. As of right now, people outside of the tech crowd aren’t “sold” that they need a digital assistant.

What do you think of Microsoft making Cortana cross-platform? It’s certainly one of the better moves Microsoft has made for its software. Let us know in the comments.

source: Windows Blog

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Google to launch two Nexus phones but no tablet this 2015

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We’ve been saying that Google might release two new Nexus phones simultaneously but we’re silent about the next Nexus tablet. Truth is, we haven’t heard any information yet and looks like we know the reason why: there will be no Nexus tablet this year. After Huawei was tipped to be manufacturing the next Nexus phone, LG was soon rumored to be making another Nexus phone. We’re expecting two units this year and we’d probably hear about them at the upcoming Google I/O conference.

Rumor has it that there will be no new tablet to be introduced under the Nexus program this year. We’re not sure if Google is totally abandoning the idea but the company could be trying out a new strategy. Since big brands like Apple and Samsung have released two flagship phones at the same time, Google could be doing the same thing. No Nexus tablet this year doesn’t mean the tech giant is forgetting about tablets. The company could only be taking a break and probably thought there is no need to launch one each year since regular Android updates are being released.

As for the rumored Nexus pair, we’re expecting one model from Huawei and another one from LG. Huawei’s model is believed to be the ‘Bullhead’ which is said to feature a larger 5.7-inch screen, 3500mAh battery, Snapdragon 810 processor. LG’s is rumored to be called the ‘Angler’ and might come with a 5.2-inch screen, 2700mAh battery, and a Snapdragon 808 chipset. Others believe the LG model will be the 2015 Nexus 5 and the Huawei Bullhead as the 2016 Nexus 6.

An October release is expected for the two Nexus phones. Don’t ask about a new Nexus 9 because I don’t think there will be one. Then again, Google could surprise us all and is just keeping a secret. We’ll see.

VIA: Android Police

Google rumoured to be concentrating on Battery Life and RAM optimisations in Android M

Posted by wicked May - 26 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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It isn’t long to go until its May 28th, the opening day of Google I/O 2015, and that means that we are getting closer to finding out what Android M will bring, and the surprises Google has in store for us.

Until then though, we have a new rumour to consider  courtesy of AndroidPolice, who have heard that Google will (once again) be focusing on battery life and RAM usage in Android M (or Macadamia Nut Cookie or MNC). This is hardly a new focus, as Google has previously attempted to tackle battery life issues with Project Volta in the Android 5.0 Lollipop edition. Still, no one will ever say no to getting more efficient use of their smartphones battery life.

Google has apparently told its teams to concentrate on reducing location check-ins, cutting off-charger activities and optimising RAM usage. Google’s own Play Services app often heads the list of guilty parties when it comes to battery usage, so hopefully it will receive a check-up along the way as well.

The other part of the rumour is that Google plan to release a developer build of Android M, just like they did with Lollipop before it. Android M is alleged scheduled for a final release sometime in August. This date should be taken as a provisional date, rather than being set in stone due to possible delays in developing this latest version of Android.

 

Source: AndroidPolice

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Rumor: Android M to have new update guarantee for Nexus devices

Posted by wicked May - 26 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

You’ve heard of the Android update initiative that failed a couple of years back, right? Well, just so we’re clear from the beginning, this is not that. According to well-placed sources, Google is planning a new set of update guarantees as the new “Android M” version of its mobile platform rolls out. This will particularly affect Google’s Nexus devices.

The rumor goes like this – Nexus devices, whether old devices or the new ones that will launch with Android M, will get major system updates for a set period of two years. After that, Google will support the devices with security patches for three years from release date of the operating system version. Security patches will alternately be guaranteed for at least 18 months from the date of purchase from the Google Store/Play Store (whichever is longer. The 3 year “release date” clause or the 18-month Play Store purchase clause). That may just have gone over your head, so allow us to make things a bit clearer.

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Take the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10, for instance. They came out in November 2012, so they are way past the 2 year “major system update” support period. That means owners should expect security patch support at least until 2016. The Nexus 7 (2012 version) will be supported by security patches only until this year.

For the newer devices, the Nexus 7 (2013 version) should still get major system updates until this year, and the Nexus 5 as well. The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 are still on sale as of time of writing, so owners of those devices can rest easy that they will at least be getting Android M and then some.

VIA: Android Police

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