Category: Android

The Redesigned (Again) Google Play Store Is Rolling Out


Every so often (which as of now, seems to be pretty often) Google redesigns the Play Store for Android, tweaking visual elements and sometimes adding completely new ones. This time, Google is making the apps, books, music, movies and more that the Play Store offers navigable via a tab-centric interface.

The update requires Google to flip the switch on servers, meaning that there’s no way to force the update on your end — patience, my friend.

Via: Android Central, Play Store 

Android 6.0 Marshmallow Rolls Out To The Nexus Family


If you have a Nexus 5, 6, 7, or 9 (or the Nexus Player) then today marks the beginning of the rollout for Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the latest iteration of Android.

Some of the new features includes native fingerprint input (for supported devices, like the upcoming Nexus 5X and 6P), improvements to battery life by going to a low power state when not in-use (called Doze), a revamp of Android app permissions and Material Design updates to the entire interface. Custom Chrome tab designs for developers and a new boot screen also come along for the joy ride.

The biggest feature of Android 6.0 however is Now on Tap: if activated, Google Now pulls up anything on your screen and finds relevant information, Google searches, people, places and just about anything else. It’s a power-user feature that makes more sense in action than in words.

Your turn, Samsung, Motorola, LG, Sony, etc.

Via: Official Google Blog

Google Partnered With Huawei To Make The Nexus 6P, A New Flagship

Nexus 6PThe Nexus 6P is the new flagship Android device for Google, and considering the spec list rightly so. What makes the Nexus 6P so unusual however is it s manufacturer: Huawei. It’s the first time a Chinese corporation officially built a Nexus device, so it makes a milestone for Huawei, in many ways.

Starting with the screen: 2560 x 1400 resolution on a 5.7-inch display, which operates at 518 pixels-per-inch — crips and rich, indeed. Like the Nexus 5X, the Nexus Imprint (fingerprint sensor) is present on the back of the device. A 12.3 megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture and laser-assisted autofocus (a la LG G4), which means that it should be a Nexus device with great photos — for once. Those specs include 4K video recording, 240fps slow motion, and 30fps burst shooting. Huawei hasn’t taken a pass on the front-facing camera’s specs either: at 8MP with an f/2.4 aperture.

USB Type-C is also present here, with an off-the-shelf quad-core, 2GHz Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, along with 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage configurations. Carrier support is unlocked in the States: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint — as well as Project Fi support. Also: the phone mostly wears aluminum, in silver, black or white (with a gold variant, exclusive to Japan).

The Nexus 6P starts at $499, while pre-orders begin in the US, UK, Ireland, and Japan, exclusively through Google. Shipping begins in October.

Via: Google Store

The New Google Nexus 5X: LG Returns To The Vanilla Experience

Nexus 5XFor the first time Google has announced two nexus phones at the same time, and the first comes from a Nexus veteran: LG.

The Nexus 5X sports a 5.2-inch 1080p IPS display, a solid 1.8GHz quad-core Snapdragon 808 processor, a 2700mAh battery, a fingerprint sensor, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, USB-C support, unlocked carrier support for all major U.S. carriers — Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. And get this: Project Fi support, as well.

Lest I forget, the imaging capabilities: a 12.3MP shooter on the back with dual-LED flash and 4K video recording, along with a 5MP camera on the front. Interested in the colors? Carbon, Quartz and Ice Blue are LG’s offerings this year.

Google will sell the Nexus 5X exclusively through its online store, starting at $379.99 for the 16GB model (up to 32GB) in the US, UK, Korea, Japan and Ireland; shipping begins in late October.

Finally, the spirit of protection programs, Google has also unveiled Nexus Protect: at $69 for two years, it sounds like a fair deal. The program covers accidental or mechanical issues, allowing for a new device to be shipped within 24 hours.

Via: Google Store

Android 6.0’s “M” Stands For Marshmallow


Ah, yes Android 6.0 is creeping closer to release and with that, an official dessert name to accompany the letter assigned to the software version. Succeeding L for Lollipop is M for marshmallow, whose statue was unveiled at the Google campus per tradition.

For a quick recap of Android M’s features, know that a simpler approach to permissions is offers, Android Pay as the default mobile wallet platform, USB-C support, and general software tweaks, enhancements and bug fixes.

Rumor has it Google has two Nexus devices in the works to feature Android M first, but only time (and a few more leaks) will confirm that one.

Via: Android M Statue 

Sony Announces The Xperia Z4 In Japan, But Doesn’t Mention An International Launch

z4Going on sale in Japan this summer in white, black, copper, and “aqua green” variants, the Xperia Z4 represents the company’s fourth iteration of their flagship handset. It’s interesting to see a follow-up to the positively-received Z3, despite the company’s troubles in its mobile sector, mostly pertaining to low sales numbers and a lack of support among American wireless carriers.

Also interesting, yet not surprising is that the Z4’s changes are mostly minor: the same 5.2-inch 1080p LCD screen, same 20.7-megapixel camera, a 2930mAh battery, an updated 2GHz 8-core 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor, and 3GB of RAM. Android 5.0 Lollipop laden with a Sony skin plus is water/dust-resistance.

Oh, and a 7mm thinner metal frame plus the same wide-angle lens as the main camera, plus digital image stabilization — so you know, to keep your selfies are leveled.

No word on international launch.

ViaSony Mobile Japan