Here's a fun little video for fans of Google, fans of beer, and especially fans of Canadian beer. Molson Canada created a smart fridge that has some specific requirements before it will offer up it's ice cold beer. It has been outfitted with a Google Translate mechanism, and needs the phrase “I am Canadian” spoken in six different languages before it will open. It was then dropped in the middle of a busy thoroughfare (Right across from the St.Lawrence Market) and hilarity ensues.
The fridge was designed by a team-up between Google and Thinking Box, and is a crafty idea to get folks to work together with different languages. It was commissioned to celebrate Canada’s cultural diversity, and to commemorate the country’s birthday on July 1st. The next time it will be showcased will be July 10th in Toronto, just before the Pan Am Games.
And the flood of Lollipop rollouts continues! The next device up for Android 5.1 is the Sprint version of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. The Lollipop rollout for both of these devices starts today. The versions are G920PVPU2B0F7 for the S6 and G925PVPU2B0F7 for the S6 Edge, and clocks in at a hefty 563MB.
It's a Lollipop news bonanza today! Not only did we have a Lollipop teaser and a rollout for two different Moto devices, we also have word that Android 5.1 Lollipop will be pushing out to the Sprint version of the HTC One M9 in just a few days... July 1st to be precise.
Mo Versi, the VP of Product Management at HTC Tweeted out the above news yesterday afternoon. Sound off if you own this device (on Sprint or any other network).
Folks who own the second generation version of the Moto X on Verizon may be tickled pink by the new update they will find on their device in the coming few days. Motorola and Verizon started rolling out Android 5.1 Lollipop to that particular device.
The latest software version for this device is 23.16.3.victara_verizon.verizon.en.USvzw. Here's a number of additional features that tagged along with the Lollipop update for this phone:
Volume controls more accessible from the notification shade because of a handy new bell icon
WiFi and Bluetooth connections managed with new drop down mechanics
Improved interruption and downtime controls so you can manage which notifications get through in "do not disturb" mode
Factory reset protection that can prevent unauthorized access to your phone even after being wiped clean
These are just a few of the improvements for the device. You can see the full list here: Verizon
Just as we were yesterday discussing some new Droid devices coming to market, last night Motorola Tweeted out the above message teasing Lollipop coming to the Droid Turbo. We aren't sure if this confirms that the latest soak test was for Lollipop, but it points in that direction. Regardless, it's still exciting to see that Motorola is close to bringing the latest Android OS to the device.
Obviously this Tweet still leaves things a bit vague. "Coming" could mean a few hours, a few days, or a few weeks for all we know. Hopefully it will be the first or second option and not the third.
One of my favorite sets of budget bluetooth headphones is on sale! I have personally tried these out and have to say that sound quality and comfort on these are great. These are definitely not the highest quality headphones ever I do prefer my Blue Buds X headphones by Jaybird, but you just can't beat wireless headphones. They are just so incredibly convenient. The Mpow Swift headphones can be yours in one of three colors for only $19.99 which is a huge discount from the original price of $79.99. The Jay Bird Blue Buds X which are my favorite high end sport bluetooth headphones are also on sale! If you can afford them the Blue Buds have superior build and sound quality, but both sets of headphones are pretty comfortable and the bluetooth works great on both of them.
Amazon has launched an all new Sharing feature for Kindle. Now before you get too excited this is not a sharing service allowing you to share whole books. What it actually does is it will let you share quotes from your favorite books, and also allows you to share book recommendations. This feature previously existed in Facebook and Twitter, but now you can share with friends who don't frequent social media sites. You can share via messaging apps, email, texts and more. If your friend receives a quote or recommendation from you they can instantly start reading a book preview. You can do all this privately.
As photos of the Note 5 begin to leak out you may be wondering how to extend your old Note just a bit longer until this device releases later this year. Devices like the Galaxy Note 2 have long been end of lifed by your OEM, but the great thing about the dev community and the reason I hope Android developers stick around for a while is that these guys are always great about delivering the latest greatest versions of Android to our older devices. The Note 2 is still a great device, and adding a rom can really help you get a few more months out of this device.
Team Octos just released a new rom for the Note 2. You will need an unlocked bootloader, and a custom recovery such as TWRP already installed on your device. Octos is a custom AOSP style rom which includes lots of performance enhancements and cusotmizations. There are even a few extras such as a Dark theme, wallpapers, and more that you can install separately. Grab this rom from the link below.
Xposed is the mod tool that allows us to add all sorts of customizations to our device with Root only. This eliminates most of the need for custom roms. It took us a while to get Xposed Framework working on Lollipop, and even when we finally got it not all modules were working at first. There have been a few updates, but it has still been a bit wonky. Today Xposed for Lollipop received a pretty big update which should bring lots of fixes making this a bit more stable. The app has been simplified making version numbers less confusing. There have been changes to the installation script in the flashable zip, and an uninstallation zip has been added. Other changes include lots and lots of fixes. Grab this update from the link below.
Project Fi is the Google Carrier Service! For now you can only use it with the Nexus 6 that is Google has said that you must use a Nexus 6, but one savy XDA member has discovered a way you can use Project Fi on the Nexus 5 and possibly other devices. Getting Project Fi to work on a device other than the Nexus 6 is actually a pretty simple process.
You will need to first activate your Project Fi sim on a Nexus 6. This could be tricky if you don't own the device. You may need to get creative. See if a friend would let you use theirs. Once the sim card is activated you will need to use a nanosim to microsim adapter to insert the sim into your Nexus 5. You can data wipe your phone, but you don't have to. Then install and open the Project Fi app. Your Nexus 5 should now be activated with cell service.