Sources have stated that Twitter are investigating new methods to increase the character count in public tweets, as part of an ongoing effort to widen the service’s user base. Read more…

Google said today that Android is now in active use on over 1.4 billion devices – an increase of 400 million in just fifteen months – and more than 20 million Chromecasts have been sold so far too. Read more…

For ages, Polyphony Digital has been promising a Gran Turismo 6 track editor that lets you build the race course of your dreams. Well, it’s finally here… if not quite in the form you might have expected. Download the Track Path Editor app for Android and iOS and you can design circuits for the PlayStation 3 sim on your tablet. It’s not so detailed that you’ll recreate every nuance of your local raceway, but you can trace paths with your finger, choose themes and add scenery. Think of it as a way to extend the life of GT6 beyond the occasional new concept car — you don’t have to settle for driving on Autumn Ring or Brands Hatch for the hundredth time. Source: Gran Turismo, Google Play, App Store

The Nexus line-up has never been famous for its cameras. In fact, some of us are willing to say a few of their devices have had significantly disappointing photographic results. This is why most of us weren’t expecting much out of the Nexus 6P camera technology (and let’s not even mention the Nexus 5X). Furthermore, things started getting worrisome to some of you once Google started talking about the lack of OIS (optical image stabilization). Is this going to be a huge fail? Google spent a good deal of time talking about the new camera in the Nexus 6P, and they swore it didn’t need OIS, as the new device uses 1.55 micron pixel technology. This new system allows for more light to be registered by the sensor, something similar to what we have seen with HTC’s UltraPixel  method. This, along with the f/2.0 aperture should help make for good results. But how good? That was the question we were all asking ourselves during the prolonged announcement. We will have to wait until our own review to pass judgement on this matter, but if you are to believe camera experts DxOMark, the Nexus 6P camera is much better than we expected. In an extensive review of the smartphone’s shooter, the team’s results show that this camera is actually the second best in the industry, beaten only by the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. The Nexus 6P and its 84 rating now sit above devices like the LG G4, iPhone 6 Plus, Galaxy Note 4 and many others. DxOMark used pre-production samples to perform its review, putting it through a series of unspecified tests. Here’s what they found. Photo Pros Impressive detail preservation in low light conditions, by far the best tested to date. Good detail preservation in outdoor conditions. Accurate and fast autofocus in […]

The Stagefright vulnerability was no joke! It gave attackers control over your device with a simple MMS message and affected about 95% of all Android devices. Let’s just say it was a pretty frightful incident and Google wants to make sure it doesn’t happen again. This is why the Search Giant promised monthly security updates to its Nexus line-up. How do you know where your phone’s software stands, though? So far all you could do was take a look at the version number, but that means nothing to most people. The only way to get any details would be to search the software version and research your way around complicated specs and confusing forums. With the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, Google introduces a much simpler way to see if your phone is up-to-date. Just head over to the Settings app and access your “About” screen. Look under “Android security patch level” and you will see when your device was last updated. If the date is over a month old, it likely means your phone needs to be patched. It can be assumed that this is simply an Android 6.0 Marshmallow improvement, so we might see it coming to other Nexus handsets in due time. So there you have it, guys. This is probably not a game-changer, but it’s definitely a neat little tool to see if your smartphone is secure or not. In the meantime we will have to continue searching those annoying long strings of characters.

It seems Google chose an odd day to announce availability of Play Newsstand and Play Music in new markets. It might make sense, though, as everyone already had their eyes set on said company today. The more announcements the merrier, and we know today’s new supported markets will definitely be happy to see Newsstand and Play Music coming around. Google Play Newsstand is heading over to Japan, Malaysia and Thailand. People in these markets will now be able to access magazines and newspapers, subscribe to them and more. Information is key, and moving to a digital world shouldn’t have to mean abandoning these publications. On the other hand, we have the awesome Google Play Music jamming on Japane devices. This is definitely good news for those who really love their streaming services. Especially considering you could use Google Play Music for free and still get much from it. If you need an extra kick you can also sign up for All Access. This is just a quick update from the latest Google Play news. Are any of you celebrating this announcement? Hit the comments and let us know what you think of these services. They are both available today, so you should be up and running by now.

We are wrapping up Google announcement day and simply couldn’t close the cycle without some distress. This time the bearer of bad news is T-Mobile, which states the new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P may not be supporting 4G LTE bands as much as everyone believes. While the specs seem to show all relevant bands are supported, there’s a little hidden caveat with T-Mobile. Unlocked device manufacturers now have to block access to band 12 LTE or get certified for VoLTE. This is something Google, LG and Huawei apparently haven’t done with the new Nexus phones. Well… at least that is what T-Mobile’s Twitter account is saying. @bickman2k Great questions Adam! They are not going to support Band 12, but we will continue to work with Google to enable this… 1/3 — T-Mobile (@TMobile) September 29, 2015 @bickman2k …feature in the future. That’s a big “yes!” to WiFi calling. While not enabled by default, once you get that sucker… 2/3 — T-Mobile (@TMobile) September 29, 2015 @bickman2k …on our network, you’ll be able to enable it. Thanks again for reaching out! *MaxD 3/3 — T-Mobile (@TMobile) September 29, 2015 As it turns out, the involved companies can still work on getting certification. Some smaller phone makers usually skip this, but it’s imperative that Google takes care of this. The Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P will be very important devices in the USA. But why does T-Mobile have to do this? As it turns out there are very valid reasons to block non-certified Band 12 users. There seem to be areas where T-Mobile only has support for band 12 LTE. This would mean that even basic calls will need to use VoLTE, which is fine for many users, but remember things can get touchy if those phones can’t make emergency calls, which […]

Now that Apple is blurring the lines between its mobile tablets and PCs with the iPad Pro, it’s tempting to imagine iOS and OS X merging into a single operating system (Windows 10-style) that works on virtually every device the company makes. You’ll want to put any such ideas on hold, though. In a chat with Box’s Aaron Levie, Apple chief Tim Cook dismissed the prospects of unifying iOS and OS X. It “subtracts from both,” he said, arguing that you “don’t get the best experience from either.” This isn’t a completely new idea from Apple (it once explained in detail why OS X doesn’t have touch), but it’s clear that Cook doesn’t feel any pressure to follow in Microsoft’s footsteps on this front. Source: ZDNet, Recode

You may have tuned into Google’s event expecting Nexus phones, but Google just threw a big (if not entirely unanticipated) wildcard into the mix: Meet the Pixel C. The 10.2-inch Android Marshmallow device is the first tablet Google has designed completely in-house, and it’s a not-so-subtle attempt at competing with Microsoft’s Surface line, Apple’s iPad Pro and other high-end tablets that turn into makeshift laptops with the right add-ons. In this case, there’s an optional, smart Bluetooth keyboard ($149) that docks with the Pixel C when you’re bent on getting work done, clings to the back of the tablet when you’re not using it and charges when closed with the tablet attached. And much like the similarly pro-minded Chromebook Pixel, the Pixel C is using a USB Type-C connector — you can even share chargers with the new Nexus phones if you’re so inclined. Slideshow-323771 Source: Google

Google is holding its long-awaited Android 6.0 Marshmallow event today, at which it will also unveil two new Nexus handsets, with a new version of its Chromecast expected too – and you can watch live. Read more…

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