Weekly News Round-up: What You May Have Missed in the World of Android

I’m still in love with some of the prospects from Google I/O 2015, and I’ve been running Android “M” for almost 1 week. Just one word: sharp. Expect a full review (and video) soon. Until then, here’s what you need to know:

Android TV is busting at the seams with a few (600) new apps. I wasn’t a fan of Nexus Player, but it finally appears that Google might have some direction for this device. Maybe.


One of the new features announced at Google I/O 2015 is Android Pay. This isn’t “revolutionary” by any means — it’s a morph of the current Google Wallet program — but the service will impact a number of markets. Here’s a good comparison between Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Android Pay.


If SoundHound’s new Hound program takes off, Google Now is in trouble.

Note to Google: just buy these guys already.


In the same sense, here’s a compelling reason that Google Now still rocks.


Google’s fighting an anti-trust lawsuit for banning a privacy app, Disconnect, from Google Play Store.


Are you getting the best bang-for-the-buck out of your tablet? Do you use your tablet as a 2nd (or third) screen on your desktop? Try it.


I think this post on Android Wear for iOS is just funny.


Battery drain is a huge issue on Android devices. These ten apps are big offenders.


And if you’re looking to complete some Android task from the Google search bar, here you go.


Udacity is offering “nanodegrees” in Android development. Here are some of the requirements.


If you’re an LG G Watch R owner, here’s a hack to enable WiFi on the device.


Tag Heuer has a new Android Wear watch it’s calling the watch, Carrera Wearable 01. Pretty fancy name for a $1300 watch, don’t you think? Sign me up!

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Oh, and can someone send me $1500 to cover the costs?


This is a pretty gutsy prediction about the Nexus 5 (2015), since 1) Google didn’t announce a new Nexus 5 phone — they still could — and 2) “Searches for the older model on Google’s new hardware store show that the Nexus 5 is no longer available for purchase direct from Google.” Sketchy.


I haven’t talked about the NVIDIA Shield Android TV device, but apparently it’s smoking hot.


And finally…because, summer.

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Jeff Taylor

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