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Oct 20, 2014 - 10:56 AM - by dgstorm
The Googlers are famous for their numerous entertaining easter eggs they include in every version of Android. Their latest one merges the some interesting "flavors" into a playable game. They basically created a clone of the popular mobile game Flappy Birds, but instead of the "flappy bird" avoiding pipes, you have "Andy the Android" floating avoiding Lollipops. The only other difference is that this game plays from right to left, instead of left to right as in the OG Flappy Birds.
The above video shows how to access the Easter Egg. Obviously, only folks who have already downloaded the developer version of Android 5.0 on their devices can try it out, but very soon that will change once Google starts pushing the final build of Android 5.0 out to all phones. If you are a fan of Flappy Birds and Google's creative easter eggs, then this seems like a win-win for you!
Oct 17, 2014 - 1:50 PM - by dgstorm
Not only did Google reveal the full pricing info for the Google Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and the Nexus Player, they also made all of these devices available on the Google Play Store for pre-order. Here are several links below to each of these devices and their prices.
Google Play Store - (Main Device Landing Page)
While that price for the Nexus 6 matches up with previous rumors, it does seem a bit steep. Then again, it is a very high-end premium device. What do you thing of these prices?
Oct 16, 2014 - 11:43 AM - by dgstorm
Google's new Android OS, version 5.0/Lollipop brings a ton of new features, functions and fixes to the table. Not only does it have a whole new Material Design UI overhaul, it also includes new security features and much more. For those curious about all of the new stuff they can find in Android 5.0, Google released a press doc that gives a full breakdown.
Here's a link to the full press release: http://www.droidforums.net/threads/a...akdown.275214/
Sound off and let us know what you are most excited to try out.
Oct 15, 2014 - 2:13 PM - by dgstorm
Earlier we showed off a cute video in which Google shared a teaser of the "audition" process for choosing which dessert would grace the Android 5.0 L final name. Obviously it turned out to be Lollipop, but it looks like Google decided to finish off the funny story by including how the final audition waiting room scene played out. It's worth a chuckle or two.
The video after that is a bonus. Google filmed the unveiling of the Lollipop statue for the Google offices' front lawn.
Oct 15, 2014 - 1:50 PM - by dgstorm
Google just made the big announcement... Android 5.0 will be Lollipop and Google will have three new Nexus devices in the Nexus family. The first is the Nexus 6 smartphone which is made by Motorola. The second is the Nexus 9 tablet which is made by HTC, and the third is something called the Nexus Player, which is a brand new media-player/TV device.
The excitement here at HQ is palpable, and we can't wait to dive right into these products. We are going to do a separate story for each one, so stand by for those. Before that we do want to share some important details regarding release dates and carriers. The biggest surprise is that Verizon will actually be getting the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9! Here's a quote from Google's blog with those details,
"Nexus 9 and Nexus Player will be available for pre-order on October 17 and in stores starting November 3. Nexus 6 will be available for pre-order in late October and in stores in November—with options for an unlocked version though Play store, or a monthly contract or installment plan through carriers, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon. Specific carrier rollout will be subject to certification completion and will vary. Check out google.com/nexus for more details on availability.
Android 5.0 Lollipop, which comes on Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player, will also be available on Nexus 5, 7, 10 and Google Play edition devices in the coming weeks."
Here's a series of links to our series of articles on each specific new Google product:
Source: Google Blog
Oct 15, 2014 - 9:24 AM - by dgstorm
Google just released the above teaser video for Android 5.0. Two things are immediately obvious from the humorous video. One, Android 5.0 is the actual version number (which we already knew). Two, they still haven't revealed the dessert name. In fact, the whole video was a teaser to boost anticipation for the final tasty name.
What do you think it will be? Licorice? Lemon Meringue Pie? Lava Cake?
*As an interesting side-note... a number of different desserts are "auditioning" in the video, but lollipop is conspicuously absent... coincidence?
Oct 14, 2014 - 3:44 PM - by dgstorm
Today is one of the hottest news days of the year apparently. Not only have we had a slew of awesome Droid Turbo news, we also have had several pieces of Nexus device news. This latest rumint suggests that we won't have to wait any longer than tomorrow to find out all the juicy details of the Nexus 9, Nexus 6 and Android L!
According to an article in Forbes, Google will simply announce the new Nexus products on their Android blog sometime tomorrow (Wednesday, October 15th). Forbes claims to have insider info revealing that the HTC-made Nexus 9 Android tablet will be available for pre-order on October 17th, and will ship to retail stores on November 3rd. They also claim pricing info has been revealed: the 16GB version will cost $399 and the 32GB LTE version will retail for $499.
Furthermore, the intel revealed by Forbes suggests that the previous rumored specs are mostly accurate, including the tidbit that it will have HTC’s boomsound and dual front facing speakers. They didn't reveal any further Nexus 6 details, except that the Motorola-made product will also be unveiled tomorrow. Forbes made it clear that both devices will debut the new Android L operating system from Google, which is not really unexpected...
The great news about all of this great news is that at least it's all happening quickly so we shouldn't have to spend too much time deciding between all of these awesome devices!
Oct 14, 2014 - 11:30 AM - by dgstorm
What a thrilling Tuesday of new device news! Here is a third tease of a different new device in a row. First we had the Droid Turbo landing page from Verizon, then we had reports of an early arrival of preorders for the Galaxy Note 4, and now we have a supposedly leaked press render of the Motorola Nexus 6 (aka Shamu, aka Nexus X). Not only that, but it's actually a comparison shot to the newest Moto X device.
As you can see in the pic above, we have the new Moto X on the right, and on the left, the image is supposedly the Nexus 6. The devices are remarkably similar, which actually lines up pretty well with the rumors we have reported numerous times previously.
The leaked image comes directly from "retired" leaker @evleaks, and the comparison pic comes from PhoneArena. If you are like us here at HQ, you are probably having a hard time deciding which of these devices you most want to pick up once they hit retail shelves.
For further discussion, here's our dedicated Nexus 6 section: Motorola Nexus 6 Android Forums at DroidForums.net
Oct 13, 2014 - 1:32 PM - by dgstorm
The Sony Xperia Z3 is coming to T-Mobile on October 15th. So says their Z3 landing page. You can head to the link below to sign up for more info on the device. This means T-Mo will get it about a week before Verizon, who gets it on the 23rd.
Several folks are considering jumping ship from Verizon to get this device on T-Mobile. Sound off and let us know if you think that's a wise move or not.
Oct 09, 2014 - 11:08 AM - by dgstorm
Even though LG's G Watch was obviously hit with a very cold reception when it first debuted, LG learns from the market and announced the G Watch R, which is modeled after the round-faced design of the Moto 360. LG recently revealed that the will come to South Korean retail channels on October 14th for 352,000 won (about $325 USD).
While this obviously makes the G Watch R the most expensive Android Wear smartwatch on the planet, it's still cheaper than the Apple Watch, and isn't that far off from the Moto 360. Can LG make a watch which will compete that well against the Moto 360? If the rumored 3G radio in the watch is true, then it might just be worth that price. What do you think?
Oct 08, 2014 - 10:58 AM - by dgstorm
Anyone with a Nexus 5 has probably experienced the strange battery drain problem caused by the camera. It's mostly random, and that's one of the reasons it is so frustrating. We were hoping Android 4.4.3 and/or 4.4.4 would alleviate the issue, but it didn't quite get the problem fixed for everyone. Supposedly, all will be well soon.
The latest report indicates that Android L will fix the problem once and for all. This means we only have to wait a few weeks for Google to release Android L to our Nexus 5 devices. Here's a quote with some of the details,
It's almost frustrating that it has taken so long to knock out this problem. I guess it's better late than never...
One Google project manager blamed the Skype app, saying that an update to the Android version of the app caused it to screw up the mm-qcamera-daemon process, allowing it to get stuck, consuming the CPU cycles that ate away at the battery life of the stock Android phone. While there have been a few bug fixes for the handset, the problem still exists for some. Android 4.4.3 included changes to the camera that did take away the problem for many. For some though, the rapid draining of the battery continues.
Oct 07, 2014 - 3:53 PM - by dgstorm
One of the defining characteristics of the new internal hardware found in the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is that it is easily capable of filming 4K resolution video. The 16-megapixel rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization (OIS) and 8x digital zoom really shows off its skills in the above video.
To get full value out of watching the above video, be sure to switch the video mode to the highest setting, which is 2160p 4K, and then set it to full screen. While the subject matter may seem droll, the video quality is utterly stunning! This is especially true when you stop to register that this is a camera on a phone!
October 17th is the big day the Galaxy Note 4 will hit North American shores. Sound off if this is a phone on your short-list.
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