1. Android Central — New hardware, fresh emoji
After a bit of radio silence, Google came out to officially release the Pixel C tablet, and immediately put it up for sale. We have one in our hands, and will be working through it in the coming weeks. Right now, we have some first things to know about it, as well as a deeper look at the two keyboard options available.
In other pixel-related news (note the lower-case "p"), we took our first extended look at the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, collecting Read more [...]
My feelings on the Pixel C are no great secret, but Google's latest hardware product still undeniably delivers on the large-format, premium Android tablet promise the Nexus 9 kind of failed to live up to last year. The Pixel C is Nexus 10-like in its size, but the 1:√2 aspect ratio gives it a more squared-off shape, as opposed to the old Nexus 10's media-focused 16:9 layout.
While Google is positioning the Pixel C as a "pro" sort of device, aside from the keyboard dock, none of that productive Read more [...]
Sometimes, simple features can be the best features. Case in point — the quick share feature in the LG V10 camera app.
Sharing pictures on Android isn't hard. Take your picture, find it in the gallery, open it and press the share button. You'll find most every application that can be used to open, share or send a photo to social media, the web or a specific person. Sharing intents are one of Android's most powerful features. LG has a method to cut out most of those steps and make it even easier.
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Google Play's branded Music app has had Pandora-style thumbs up and thumbs down controls, applicable to your local and cloud music as well as streaming radio stations, for quite a while. But they're not all that easy to get to: aside from the "now playing" screen and the homescreen widget, the functionality isn't all that obvious. The latest update to the app puts those recommendation tools front and center, right on the notification and lockscreen controls.
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And we're officially at the point of the year in which Google makes good on its promises to get products and services out the door before the clock strikes 12 on New Year's Eve. (Or, more accurately, before Mountain View effectively shuts down for a couple weeks.)
We've got shared albums in Google Photos. We've got high-res audio and multi-room support for Chromecast Audio. And we've got $14.99-a-month family plans for Google Play Music — and, as it turns out, family payment methods for apps, books Read more [...]