The phone that's causing all those headaches for OnePlus in India appears to be just a day away from launch. The Micromax Yu will be available only from Amazon, and it will apparently be somehow divine. I mean, look at that halo. Truly this is the Zeus of phones... wait, what?
The Micromax Yu With Its Indian-Exclusive Cyanogen OS Is Launching Tomorrow, Available Only Through Amazon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
The dust has barely settled after the bombshell announcement that Cyanogen Inc. quietly signed an exclusive deal with OEM Micromax in India. That left the OnePlus One with an uncertain future in India without a software partner, and now things are getting even worse. The OnePlus One has been banned in India after legal action by Micromax.
Micromax—which plans to launch its YU brand with Cyanogen soon—has gone to the Delhi High Court to allege OnePlus is infringing on its exclusive licensing of Cyanogen OS.
OnePlus Has Been Ordered To Stop Selling The OnePlus One In India After Legal Action By Micromax was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Heads up, Google Drive users, because you’ve got a spiffy new update headed your way!
Google announced today that it’s going to roll out an update to Google Drive for Android with a pair of new features. First is the ability to search for folders in the Google app using the hotword “Ok Google.” For example, you could say “Ok Google, search for photos on Drive” to look for photos in your Google Drive without actually opening up the app.
Additionally, Google says that you’ll be able to access and share custom maps that you make in Google My Maps.
While opening up the Google Drive app and searching for a file in it isn’t exactly difficult, being able to use your voice to search from the Google app is pretty awesome. Google says that this updated version of Drive will roll out “over the next week,” so keep an eye out for it.
In an update to Gmail's web interface, Google has added support for attaching files stored in Drive to your emails like conventional attachments. Before, you had no choice but to share Drive files as links or upload them yourself. This is especially useful when sharing files to people who aren't using Gmail and therefore don't enjoy the smooth integration with Drive that Gmail has. For those worried that Google would abandon Gmail with the recent focus on Inbox, this is encouraging news.
Gmail Now Allows You To Make Google Drive Attachments Work Like Real Files Instead Of Links was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Motorola is all about helping you save money. After hosting a Cyber Monday sale that offered $140 off the price of a Moto X (2nd Gen.), the company is now handing out more discounts to its customers.
Starting today, Motorola will knock $50 off the total price off of your purchase when you spend at least $350 in its online store. And if you’re feeling particularly spendy and reach $500, Moto will subtract $100 from your total.
Motorola’s new promo will run through December 23. It’s worth noting that the Moto E, Nexus 6 and Republic Wireless Moto X are all excluded from the offer, but that does leave the standard Moto X (2nd Gen.) which is priced at $499. If you can find an item to push you past the $500 mark, you could get some nice savings on one of the best Android phones of 2014.
The rift that separated Pebble and more modern smartwatches like the Moto 360 has gotten a little bit smaller today. Like an early Christmas present, Pebble announced that they’ve done the unthinkable and in the latest 2.3 beta of their app, they now support Android Wear notifications.
Even though the aging Pebble doesn’t have the necessary hardware for voice controls (maybe in a future hardware update?), they even have actionable notifications for responding to messages and/or other applications. Users interested in trying it for themselves will need to join Pebble’s open beta group and install the latest 2.3 update by here. Oh, and to get Hangouts replies working, Pebble mentions you will need to install the Android Wear app from the Google Play Store first. After that, everything should be up and running.
Also new is Pebble now compatible with on Android 4.0+ devices (previously only 4.3+), so that’s great news for users with older devices. No word on when regular users can expect the update to arrive in the Google Play Store, but rest assured that when it does, your Pebble will effectively level up.
We couldn’t be more excited about the future of Pebble. Now, just give us higher res and a fresh new updated design and we might just shelve our Moto 360 for good.Pebble (Playboard) | Pebble (Play Store)
Google has an odd definition of "soon." For example, five of the countries that just received access to Google Play gift cards were first told that they were coming "soon" almost five months ago, and the last one has been waiting a further six weeks. Oh well, I suppose it's best not to look a gift card in the mouth. Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway, and Sweden have been added to Google's gift card system, and merchants should have gift cards in stock well before Christmas.
Google Play Store Gift Cards Are Finally Available In Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway, And Sweden was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Beamdog has already made admirable Android ports of the original Baldur's Gate RPG and its side-sequel Icewind Dale. Now you can get Baldur's Gate II, the continuation of the original that was first published way back in 2000 by none other than Bioware. Like the previous D&D RPGs, Baldur's Gate II costs ten dollars on the Play Store, which gets you the original game and all its expansion scenarios. The game is not restricted to tablets, though it will certainly be better played on one.
Baldur's Gate II Enhanced Edition Published On The Play Store: $10 Gets You Dungeon Crawling For Christmas was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Barely a day after it debuted in the Google Play Store for New Zealand, Australia, and Canada, you can now officially download Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft here in the US. It’s only available for Android tablets at the moment, but don’t worry. Blizzard says they’re working on a smartphone version that will arrive sometime next year. Have at it.Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft (Playboard) | Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft (Play Store)
Carriers are slowly creeping toward the day when they will no longer need old-fashioned 3G voice calls. AT&T is doing its part by updating another device with VoLTE functionality. The Galaxy S4 Mini should be getting an update right now with VoLTE baked in.
This update is only for the AT&T-branded S4 Mini (I257) and should arrive in standard OTA fashion. Here the AT&T changelog.
AT&T's Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Is The latest Device To Get A VoLTE Update was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
If you own an Android Wear device right now, chances are you're probably waiting patiently furiously checking for that elusive Android Wear update. Well, we've got you covered. As the links to the OTA ZIP files become available, we will post them here. To flash these, you'll need to have ADB installed and have the Google USB drivers from the Android SDK. You'll reboot your watch into recovery mode, then select "Install Update From ADB." You can then run "adb sideload filename.zip" from a command prompt.
[Update: More OTAs] Android Wear Lollipop OTA Roundup was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
In an update rolling out to both iOS and Android versions of the Facebook app, the social network is making it easier to tweak photos to your liking. You wont find a robust set of tools as found inside their Instagram app (and nothing near Google+), but Facebook will soon auto-enhance photos using their own special algorithms. This should help clear up some of the ugly you find on your news feed.
What’s more is if you’d like, you can even adjust the intensity of Facebook’s auto-enhancements, making it easy to quickly upload, tweak, and get on with your life outside of the social network. The update is rolling out to the iOS app, and coming soon to the Android version, so be on the lookout.Facebook (Playboard) | Facebook (Play Store)
This week, HTC is offering its accessories for 50% off. The list contains cases for various HTC phones, a battery pack, chargers, and RE camera attachments. The Nexus 9 keyboard case is also included, meaning you can get the $129.99 product for a more reasonable (but still pretty pricey) $64.99.
[Deal Alert] All HTC Accessories 50% Off, Including The Nexus 9 Keyboard Case (Reduced To $64.99) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Update: The wide rollout appears to be a go. Hearthstone is live for us here in the US, and we're hearing from readers in other countries that it's now available as well.
Blizzard's notoriously addictive and enjoyable ETCG Hearthstone is now available for Android tablets - if you live in the right region. Blizzard has started a geo-restricted rollout of the immensely popular title in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.
[Update: Global Rollout] Blizzard's Hearthstone Is On The Play Store Right Now... For Players In Australia, Canada, And New Zealand was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
V-MODA's Crossfade M-80 headphones are discounted all the way to $79.99, a whopping $150 discount from their retail price. These are top-of-the-line headphones that are arguably worth shelling out for when they are $230, making this deal hard to pass up if you are in the market for some great cans. It is a one-day Amazon Gold Box deal, though, so you'll have to snatch them up quickly before Amazon runs out of stock.
[Deal Alert] V-MODA Crossfade M-80 On-Ear Headphones Are At Their Lowest Price Ever On Amazon Today was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Google pushed a new version of its Text-to-Speech app a few days ago, and it actually removed a feature. Updates usually add new things, so what's the deal? You can no longer download the high-quality voice models on your device. However, Google has updated the changelog to explain that you don't need them anymore. The regular voice is even better now.
Google Removed The Gigantic High-Quality Voice Downloads In New Text-To-Speech App Because The Standard Voice Is Now Better was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
After getting a slick new Material design interface to update the look of the app, Google Drive is seeing yet another update in the Android app that makes it easier than ever to quickly search for your files.
As announced today on their Google+ page, the update allows users to search for files directly from a Google Voice Search on their phones. Simply speak the phrase “Ok, Google” and follow up with the file “on Drive.” For instance, “OK, Google — search for resume 2014 on Drive,” and watch as the results are brought back to you in no time flat.
Google says the update will be rolling out over the next week or so, so don’t bother performing any voice searches for your files just yet.Google Drive (Playboard) | Google Drive (Play Store)
Sony hasn't always been the best at updating its phones, but the company does have a commitment to AOSP unlike most others. It contributes a lot of code to Android, and developers are encouraged to tinker with unlocked devices. In fact, Sony has just announced support for AOSP on the Xperia E3 and Xperia T3, meaning all Qualcomm-based phones from 2014 can run pure Android with very little hassle.
Sony Now Supports AOSP Android Builds On All 2014 Qualcomm-Based Phones was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
In the new frontier of mobile payments, we’ve yet to see a definitive winner come in and take the market by storm. Both Google and Apple’s NFC-based payment systems have certainly made a name for themselves, but they’ve yet to reach the kind of saturation and ubiquity old fashioned magnetic strips have. Which is exactly what Samsung is rumored to be leaning on to make an impact in the mobile payment market in 2015.
According to rumors circulating the web today, Samsung could be forming a tight partnership with startup LoopPay to bring a new kind of mobile payment system to select Samsung devices next year. Where Google Wallet and Apple Pay rely on NFC technology to complete payments, LoopPay uses something they call magnetic secure transmission. With the help of special hardware developed by LoopPay, consumers can use some kind of special fob or smartphone case to generate a magnetic field that mimics a card swipe. All users have to do is set up a LoopPay account, then place LoopPay’s special hardware near any normal credit card reader and they’re good to go.
While the partnership between Samsung and LoopPay isn’t set in stone, the relationship has apparently advanced enough for Samsung to create a prototype device with LoopPay technology built in. If the partnership ends up working out, LoopPay hardware would theoretically be embedded into Samsung’s next flagship device which should debut sometime in the Spring of 2015.
Google has pushed out a number of tweaks to its suite of mobile office apps: Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Even Drive, the place where edited documents are stored, hasn't gone untouched. Some of these features are nice to see, so let's dive in.What's New
Update: Docs, Sheets, and Slides all have full hamburger menu icons now.