This seems like an unlikely partnership, but there are rumblings within the industry that Yahoo might reach out to Google to get help improving Yahoo's search engine and ad capabilities. Supposedly, Yahoo has already been testing Google search ads in a small number of desktop and mobile queries.
The reason this partnership is possible is that Yahoo's original exclusive partnership with Microsoft has changed. Their new agreement gives them freedom to experiment. Yahoo actually commented on the news, saying "As we work to create the absolute best experiences for Yahoo users, from time to time, we run small tests with a variety of partners including search providers." Makes sense...
Should an unlikely partnership between the two companies emerge, do you think it will help the flailing Yahoo return to relevance?
Since its release in May, Android Lollipop has had a rough time of it. The 5.x version of Android has been one of Google's buggiest releases yet. There's one particular issue that has plagued a number of users, and continues to do so, battery drain problems.
Checking Google's Android Issue Tracker website, we see that users are still experiencing this issue, straight up to several reports even today. The problem apparently occurs on multiple different devices which have been upgraded to Lollipop, so it isn't specific to a single device.
Here at HQ, none of us have experienced this problem with any of our Lollipop equipped phones, but apparently there are hundreds of folks out there who have. It looks like the problem is not widespread enough to be a huge stain on the OS, but that is little comfort to folks who are experiencing it. It must be frustrating for Google to track down such a persnickety problem...
Huawei recently shared a new device they are working on, and it could be a serious competitor to the Moto 360. It's a new smartwatch called the Zero Circle and it has an impressive design aesthetic. There's no confirmation yet whether it will be an Android Wear device or have its own custom OS, but the industry speculation is that it will use Google's OS.
The most fascinating feature of the device (and the reason it is called Zero) is that it has no buttons. It is fully functional using the touch-screen only. They didn't share too many details, but we do know it will include IP68 weather resistance to rain. Huawei also claims the device will work for 4 days on a single charge, but we will believe that lofty claim when we see it in the real world.
HTC and Kelly Brook teamed up to draw extra attention to the gold colored version of the HTC One M9. They found a creative way to splash gold paint all over the model's body to make it look like she is wearing a fancy flowing dress.
Here's one of the promo pics above and the video commercial is in the thread below. Enjoy!
From the sound of things, maybe Sprint's CEO, Marcelo Claure should jump in the boxing/wrestling ring with T-Mobile's CEO, John Legere. A Twitter war is brewing between the two outspoken CEOs. Today, Sprint's CEO called out Legere and T-Mobile for their tricky advertising. Claure claims that the Uncarrier initiative from T-Mobile is basically a scam, and he literally called it "bullsh*t."
Here's a direct quote,
It turns out that this twitter post from Claure came in response to one in which John Legere commented on Sprint's new All-in Wireless plans. Legere claims it was just a "swing and a miss."
What do you guys think of this "War of the Words" between the two carriers at the bottom? One thing's for sure... if they decided to "hug it out" scrawny John Legere would probably get crushed by the burly Marcelo Claure.
There is nothing more frustrating than buying a 32GB phone just to realize that only 16GB of your storage on that phone is actually usable. What takes up all that space. The actual operating system normally takes up a few GBs of the overall storage space, but other than that the big storage grabber is all that carrier bloatware that is normally included on your phone. There is a simple and easy way to get rid of these mostly useless apps.
GatesJunior has developed a full debloater tool. To use this you will need a Windows PC, USB debugging enabled on your device, and your device needs to be rooted and running Kit Kat or above.
What does it do?:
• Block / Disable applications on your device
• UnBlock / Enable applications on your device
• Allow UnBlock / Enable all applications at once on your device
• Allows filtering of the displayed packages for quicker decision making
• Allows exporting your blocked / unblocked listing to a file (Right click on Read Device Packages after list is loaded)
• Allows importing your blocked, or someone else's, listing (Right click on Read Device Packages after list is loaded)
Not to long ago Google announced a free ad-supported version of the Google Play Music service. The only drawback is that this service is not yet available to Canadians. Samsung has an offer that will make all you Canucks really happy. If you have recently bought or are planning to buy A Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge you will also be eligible for 6 months of free Google Play Music. This is the full version too! If you would rather purchase another phone like the Note 4 or some other Samsung device you still get 3 months free! As mentioned earlier this deal is only good in Canada. We Americans can't get all the good deals. I suppose it's nice to throw our friends up north a bone every now and then.
Chrome has quickly become my go to browser on Android. For a while I tried my best to keep Adobe flash going on my phones, but now there is pretty much no need to have working flash on a smartphone. Pretty much all websites have moved on. Without flash I have had just about no reason to stray from Chrome.
CyanogenMod just released a teaser for their all new browsing experience based on Chromium's open source code which they are calling "Gello". Some new features include "Save for offline reading" mode, a custom interface including tab animations and tab management, night mode and immersive mode options, site by site privacy settings and maybe an ad blocker built in, custom download settings, and more. Will this be enough to take you away from Chrome?
Is this news worthy, yes because I like to give kudos and make the community aware of the outstanding customer service reps manning the phones at Google in case anyone run into any issues.
5 times I have called Google for help dealing with issues from phones, Google Wallet, music, and movies, and all 5 times the customer service reps have been outstanding. I just can not say enough how important quality customer service is to a customer. So whether you are having issues with Play Music, Play Movies and TV, Play Apps, Play Books, Google Wallet, Chomebooks, or Nexus devices do not hesitate to call Google. I personally rate them a complete 180 of what I rated the iTunes store which seemed to be helpless (to be fair Apple's Customer Service team have been helpful on the Macbook side and I only dealt with Apple 4 times and of that 4 only 50% of the time did I swear off dealing with Apple after talking to them.
The Alcatel Here 2+ was announced way back in March at Mobile World Congress. This was going to replace the OnePlus One as the Cyanogen OS flagship device. The OnePlus One partnership pretty much fizzled out and this Alcatel partnership looked to be the deal to keep the Cyangen OS ship sailing. It looks like the boat sank itself before leaving the harbor instead! Alcatel has released a statement on why they won't be partnering with Cyanogen for now.