More good news for Google Voice and Hangouts users—the two services finally get SMS and MMS support from Verizon. This is a major development because a lot of people have started to use Google Voice for their messaging needs.
Everybody’s riding the Android 5.0 wave, and today, it’s Sony’s turn to show what they’ve been doing with Android Lollipop. Sony has traditionally been more friendly with ROMs and versions of Android based on AOSP (Android Open Source Project), especially with their unlocked Xperia devices. So here’s Sony sharing what they’re doing with Google’s recently released source code for Android 5.0.
More Android users in different locations are getting support for developer and merchant registration. This means registering as Google Wallet Merchant and Google Play Developer is easier now in countries like Venezuela, Oman, Pakistan, Lebanon, Jordan, Qatar, and Puerto Rico among others.
Can’t get enough of Android 5.0 Lollipop? If you’re the type who’s read every single word and article we wrote on Android’s newest baby, then rejoice – there’s more to read! Google has put out an official Quick Start Guide for Android 5.0 at the Google Play Store. More Lollipop literature, yey!
We think the guys behind Project Ara – mainly Google at this point – are making a concerted effort to show that the project right now can be more than just a modular smartphone, but a platform for different kinds of technology as well. Because really, the ingenuity behind a modular platform is that you can slip different kinds of modular tools on it on an “if the shoe fits” basis.
Modular phones (remember that viral Phonebloks video?) seems to be the holy grail of open source technology today. Just imagine, a smartphone whose parts you can upgrade – and not thinking of a whole other phone to purchase when you grow discontent with what you currently own. It’s a change in the paradigm of the smartphone industry. This is why Google’s Project Ara is a big deal. But it seems they’re not the only ones racing towards a modular smartphone product.
Google has announced something new that users of Google Hangouts in India will like. The Hangouts app on smartphones will now allow Indian users to stay connected by voice with users from around the world. Voice calls to phone numbers outside of India on Android are now supported from the web via Google Hangouts.
The Nexus 6 is not yet available but Google is busy preparing to release it. Interestingly, the Internet giant has been making small announcements about the smartphone. Its availability will expand to 12 more countries and we learned that stocks of the Google Nexus 6 will be replenished every Wednesday.
Google has just very silently added a dozen more markets that will be receiving the new Nexus 6. That is, at least when the smartphone actually becomes really available. While it is definitely good news to see that Google is expanding initial availability to more than just a single country, the continued absence of the device only serves to increase anxiety, and perhaps even a bit of resentment, which could very well color the public's opinion of Google's first ever phablet.
The Google Japanese Input app has been updated recently with some new features and a new Material Design look to it. The app itself has been around for a while and is designed to allow a rich and relevant vocabulary set for convenient conversation with Japanese characters.