Google http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/news en-SG Fully Charged: Google Maps gets Cardboard VR mode, don’t miss Simogo’s free holiday game, and watch the amazing double modular prosthetic video http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/fully-charged-google-maps-gets-cardboard-vr-mode-don-t-miss-simogo-s-free-holiday-game-and-wa <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> End the week strong with our morning roundup of the latest and greatest tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Maps VR" alt="Google Maps VR" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-maps-vr.jpg?1419045705" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Maps gets VR mode </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ever wanted to see the world around you?&nbsp;Now you can with Google Cardboard strapped to your face! Kidding. Really, we love the idea of viewing Street View locations in Google Maps in virtual reality via Google&#39;s makeshift headset shell, and the company has made it super simple to see the wider world with ease.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a little bonus feature in the Maps app for Android. With Street View opened, simply double tap the &ldquo;look around&rdquo; icon and it&rsquo;ll give you a Cardboard-compatible way to look around. Just another example of how Google is starting to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/fully-charged-google-s-big-vr-push-cardboard-minecraft-hits-windows-phone-and-you-have-see-ne">see VR as a serious pursuit</a>&nbsp;in the wake of Cardboard&rsquo;s popularity. Don&rsquo;t be surprised if the company&rsquo;s other services start digging into VR functionality.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/+GoogleCardboard/posts/4q3E6kq4hPp">Google+</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="https://gigaom.com/2014/12/18/google-maps-for-android-has-a-vr-mode-thanks-to-google-cardboard/">GigaOM</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/google-io-2014/how-google-cardboard-scratch/feature">How to make Google Cardboard from scratch</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Download Simogo’s free PC/Mac game </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Simogo makes some of the most distinctive and interesting games today, including&nbsp;<em>Year Walk</em>,&nbsp;<em>Device 6</em>, and&nbsp;<em>The Sailor&rsquo;s Dream</em>&nbsp;- so anytime the studio releases sometime, we take note. That&rsquo;s still true this week, although this is something a bit different.</p> <p><em>The Sensational December Machine</em>&nbsp;for PC and Mac isn&rsquo;t a full-fledged premium game, but rather a holiday gift to fans concocted over the last three weeks. It&rsquo;s billed as a brief interactive story, and knowing Simogo&rsquo;s pedigree, it&rsquo;s sure to be impeccably crafted and likely to stay with you for much longer than expected. Just&nbsp;<a href="http://simogo.com/2014/12/18/the-sensational-december-machine/">download it already</a>.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://simogo.com/2014/12/18/the-sensational-december-machine/">Simogo</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Sensational December Machine" alt="The Sensational December Machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/simogo-december-game.jpg?1419045705" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Remember: science is amazing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Here&rsquo;s something equally heartwarming and technologically astounding. The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Maryland, USA this summer successfully trained and outfitted a double shoulder-level amputee with modular prosthetic limbs, 40 years after losing his arms.</p> <p>The video digs into the details, but essentially Les Baugh here had to undergo surgery to reassign his nerves to new tasks, then train with a computer simulator before donning the specialized socket that housed the arms. The APL team says it hopes to send Baugh home with the prosthetics at some point to allow him to adjust back to having upper limb usage, and sees this as the start of even more fantastic advancements to come.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.jhuapl.edu/newscenter/pressreleases/2014/141216.asp">Johns Hopkins APL</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/12/18/double-amputee-mind-controlled-robot-arms/">Engadget</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/9NOncx2jU0Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enjoy Duck Hunt on Christmas </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Looking for a riveting activity for the family to crowd around this Christmas? Why not shoot 8-bit fowl with a plastic remote? That&rsquo;s the opportunity offered by NES classic&nbsp;<em>Duck Hunt</em>, which is slated to hit the Wii U&rsquo;s Virtual Console digital store on 25 December. You can use the Wii Remote to blast virtual birds, but it&rsquo;ll never live up to the amazing NES Zapper light gun in sheer coolness.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/12/18/7415085/duck-hunt-wii-u-release-christmas">The Verge</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/xFEw5Xcq4uM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/fully-charged-google-maps-gets-cardboard-vr-mode-don-t-miss-simogo-s-free-holiday-game-and-wa#comments Gaming Google Health and fitness Maps Nintendo Virtual Reality Wii U Sat, 20 Dec 2014 03:25:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1455796 at http://www.stuff.tv Google latest Drive updates adds search for Android, better iOS integration http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/google-latest-drive-updates-adds-search-android-better-ios-integration/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Baby steps at fending off Microsoft&#039;s Office push on mobile </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Google latest Drive updates adds search for Android, better iOS integration" alt="Google latest Drive updates adds search for Android, better iOS integration" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gdrive.jpg?1418801620" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It hasn&#39;t been too long since <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-office-goes-free-mobile-devices-iphone-version-launches-and-android-nears/news">Microsoft declared its mobile Office apps free</a>. In the meantime, what has Google done to try to keep people coming back to its app? Tweak its Google Drive, of course. It&#39;s just recently updated the mobile version for both Android and iOS, with some key differences for each app.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What can you expect for Android? Search. Yes, what Google is known for but the difference is that you can search via Google itself for files within your Drive without needing to actually open up your Drive app.</p> <p>Sadly it&rsquo;s not a feature on the iOS version, likely due to the restrictions present where iOS is concerned. But Google&rsquo;s tweaked it so it&rsquo;s easier to upload stuff to drive from other iOS apps.</p> <p>Another feature that both versions will possess is better integration with Google My Maps &ndash; accessing and sharing custom maps. Useful for bigger events or gatherings, especially when you&rsquo;re trying to help guests navigate.</p> <p>While iOS users will be able to enjoy the new update now, the Android update is planned to roll out over the next week.</p> <p>To see if you have the latest version available, visit <a href="http://g.co/getdrive" target="_blank">g.co/getdrive</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/app-week-office-ipad/review">Office for iPad review</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/+GoogleDrive/posts/9WQ65DRgG6M" target="_blank">Google</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Google latest Drive updates adds search for Android, better iOS integration" alt="Google latest Drive updates adds search for Android, better iOS integration" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gdrive_2.jpg?1418801620" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/google-latest-drive-updates-adds-search-android-better-ios-integration/news#comments Apps and Games Google Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:33:41 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1455574 at http://www.stuff.tv In 2014, Singapore Googled for… http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/2014-singapore-googled/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Aren’t you curious about what Singaporeans are curious about? Don’t worry, we have the insight on all that you were looking for courtesy of Google </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google.png?1418727513" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google&rsquo;s just released its top search terms for 2014, and they&rsquo;re interesting to say the least.</p> <p class="p1">You can expect the usual international events that shook the world: MH370, World Cup 2014, and Ebola. But searched terms that are truly local include the exiled Anton Casey, the (n)evergreen Singapore Sports Hub, as well as the later infamous Jover Chew.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In terms of what kept our eyes and ears occupied, the top three trending movies are Godzilla, Divergent, and Interstellar in ascending order. Songs we wanted to find out more about include Blank Space, Say Something, and the ever present Let It Go. &nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Here&rsquo;s something more relevant; the trending gadgets of 2014 are as follows:</p> <ol class="ol1"> <li class="li1">iPhone 6</li> <li class="li1">Galaxy Note 4</li> <li class="li1">Galaxy S5</li> <li class="li1">iPhone 6 Plus</li> <li class="li1">iPad Air 2</li> </ol> <p class="p1">Guess it goes to show that the Apple - Samsung rivalry continues even on Google Search.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dudes.jpg?1418727513" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you really just hate reading, watch this video instead. As for what it all says about us? That&rsquo;s open to interpretation, but we&rsquo;d guess the overarching theme is curiosity. Stay hungry.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/spotify/best-music-2014-according-singaporeans/feature">The best music of 2014 according to Singaporeans</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/DVwHCGAr_OE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/2014-singapore-googled/news#comments Google Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:17:20 +0000 Elissa Loi 1455492 at http://www.stuff.tv Now you can control the Nest Learning Thermostat with Google voice commands http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/now-you-can-control-nest-thermostat-google-voice-commands/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Also, Google Now can begin heating or cooling your place during your commute home </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Works With Nest" alt="Google Works With Nest" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nest-google-now.jpg?1418717631" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Over the weekend, some intrepid Android users discovered that Google integration with the Nest Learning Thermostat was&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/fully-charged-google-voice-commands-about-hit-nest-thermostat-value-playstation-plus-freebies">about to go live</a>. Today, it&rsquo;s officially&nbsp;<a href="https://nest.com/support/article/How-do-Google-voice-actions-and-Google-Now-work-with-the-Nest-Thermostat">up and running</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s a&nbsp;<a href="https://workswithnest.google.com">Google Works With Nest setup process</a>&nbsp;that you&rsquo;ll need to complete, which finds you authorizing access on both sides of the partnership. Even though Google owns Nest now, the latter is trying to stay somewhat autonomous and not spook users worried about data access overreach from its massive overlord.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve invested in a Nest, you might as well take advantage of these beneficial new features. There&#39;s little sense in resisting a smart thermometer getting smarter, after all.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://nest.com/support/article/How-do-Google-voice-actions-and-Google-Now-work-with-the-Nest-Thermostat">Nest</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/12/15/nest-google-now-temperature-control/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/nest-gets-closer-world-or-least-home-domination/news">Nest gets closer to world (or at least home) domination with improved compatibility</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="600" title="Google Works With Nest" alt="Google Works With Nest" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nest-google-integration.jpg?1418717627" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/now-you-can-control-nest-thermostat-google-voice-commands/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/now-you-can-control-nest-thermostat-google-voice-commands/news#comments Android Connected home Google iOS Nest Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:22:56 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1455484 at http://www.stuff.tv Ara-ther buy my own parts from Project Ara's confirmed marketplace for developers http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/ara-ther-buy-my-own-project-ara-marketplace-developers-confirmed/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google’s plans for Project Ara marketplace and app are now in motion </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Ara-ther buy my own: Project Ara marketplace developers confirmed" alt="Ara-ther buy my own: Project Ara marketplace developers confirmed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/project%20ara%20resized.jpg?1418716345" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Project Ara isn&rsquo;t close to completion yet, but Google has already set the wheels in motion to start an online marketplace for phone parts.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/justin-choo" title="View user profile.">Justin Choo</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Earlier last month, it was made known that Two Toasters will be developing the marketplace app, and now, software solutions company Globant has announced that they will be partnering Google ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) to develop the new Ara Marketplace.</p> <p dir="ltr">The new Ara Marketplace will be analogous to the Google Play Store, and will include user reviews and recommendations, which will bear more weight because unlike apps, you are less likely to buy on a whim.</p> <p dir="ltr">Interestingly, Globant said that Google&rsquo;s vision is the creation of a &ldquo;two-sided market between module developers and consumers, with module developers gaining direct access to consumers (versus having to market to original equipment manufacturers), and consumers benefitting from a more diverse ecosystem of functional hardware options for their device.&rdquo; Perhaps the success of Project Ara may have significant implications on the future of tech devices and their business models too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> One prototype closer to reality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">However, there&rsquo;s no word so far as to when the store and the app will be rolling out; the nearer Project Ara is to completion, the easier it is to guess, we think.</p> <p dir="ltr">And, Google has just released a teaser pic of the new Spiral 2 prototype, which will be featured along with the new version of the Module Developers Kit at the next Project Ara Developers Conference held in Mountain View, California on 14 January 2015, as well as Singapore on 21 January 2015.</p> <p dir="ltr">It&rsquo;s past the registration date to attend the events, but both conferences will be livestreamed. If this sort of thing floats your boat perchance, you can sign up for the livestream&nbsp;<a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1VR_Vs3ZIfIEEUVbpbePhERxW-gR7AZVqUeXj9b-kNw4/viewform">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://plus.google.com/+GoogleATAP/posts/2mQpknGRfyg" target="_blank">Google ATAP</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.globant.com/press-release/globant-partner-google-atap-project-ara-dedicated-marketplace-development" target="_blank">Globant</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://gadgets.ndtv.com/mobiles/news/google-reveals-new-project-ara-prototype-module-marketplace-in-works-634886" target="_blank">NDTV</a>]</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google-project-ara/review" target="_blank">Project Ara preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="341" title="Ara-ther buy my own: Project Ara marketplace developers confirmed" alt="Ara-ther buy my own: Project Ara marketplace developers confirmed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Endo-back%20resized_0.jpg?1418716345" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/ara-ther-buy-my-own-project-ara-marketplace-developers-confirmed/news#comments Google Project Ara Tue, 16 Dec 2014 03:44:12 +0000 Justin Choo 1455470 at http://www.stuff.tv Hold on tight to your Nexus 5, because Google might not make more beyond Q1 2015 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/nexus-5-stock-dwindles-google-only-confirms-availability-until-q1-2015/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google says the phone will keep selling but stays mum on whether it&#039;s still making it right now </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Nexus 5 stock dwindles, Google only confirms availability until Q1 2015" alt="Nexus 5 stock dwindles, Google only confirms availability until Q1 2015" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nexus%205_a.jpg?1418636670" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There was a lot of buzz online about the Nexus 5&#39;s production being stopped with <a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/google-confirms-nexus-5-production-has-stopped-1276585?src=rss&amp;attr=all" target="_blank">Tech Radar</a> apparently quoting a Google spokesperson as saying production would be halted.</p> <p>&quot;When they are gone, they are gone&quot; were the words but no point in panicking yet as Google says it will still keep selling the phones up to Q1 of 2015.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is it worth it, though? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s no better time to get the phone if you&#39;ve been sitting on the purchase as current checks online see the phone selling for a little bit more than the Xiaomi Mi3 or Huawei&#39;s Honor 6. Therein lies the problem. The Nexus 5 is, unfortunately, old tech and its spec sheet pales in comparison to the much cheaper and far more powerful (on paper) options available from China.</p> <p>With the likes of Huawei and Lenovo pushing out octa-core phones at prices lower than a &#39;new&#39; Nexus 5 the only reason to get the Nexus would be if you like the range and stock Android is your choice of OS.</p> <p>Android&#39;s requirements keep getting steeper with each update so the question is here whether the Nexus 5 would be able to take the successor to Lollipop when it does eventually come around. While it&#39;s been said the latest version of Android has given the Nexus 5 a boost, there&#39;s no telling if you could say the same for the next update.</p> <p>It&#39;s pretty apparent that the Nexus 6 is Google&#39;s favourite child for the moment so if you&#39;ve been putting off getting the Nexus 5, either get one now while it&#39;s still an option or get used to the bigger but far more upgrade-ready Nexus 6.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/in-fond-memory-google-nexus/feature">In fond memory of the Google Nexus</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/12/11/7376299/the-nexus-5-is-not-dead-yet" target="_blank">The Verge</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Nexus 5 stock dwindles, Google only confirms availability until Q1 2015" alt="Nexus 5 stock dwindles, Google only confirms availability until Q1 2015" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus%205_b.jpg?1418636670" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/nexus-5-stock-dwindles-google-only-confirms-availability-until-q1-2015/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/nexus-5-stock-dwindles-google-only-confirms-availability-until-q1-2015/news#comments Android Google Nexus 5 Smartphones Mon, 15 Dec 2014 07:47:11 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1455400 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Google voice commands about to hit Nest thermostat, value of PlayStation Plus freebies examined, and first live Street Fighter V footage http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/fully-charged-google-voice-commands-about-hit-nest-thermostat-value-playstation-plus-freebies <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Before you get sucked into the workweek, read up on the latest tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nest Learning Thermostat" alt="Nest Learning Thermostat" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nest_0.jpg?1418631837" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google app will soon control Nest </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ever wanted to speak to your phone to change the temperature inside your home? Well, if you have a Nest Learning Thermostat, you&rsquo;ll soon be able to do that via Google. Droid-Life discovered that if you tell Google to set the temperature via voice commands, it&rsquo;ll try to connect to your Nest - but currently fail.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s because you need to link your thermostat to your Google account and set permissions, and the pages needed to complete that process aren&rsquo;t all online quite yet. But at least part of the process is there, and there will be two options: one for manually setting the temperature, and another that sets the temperature based on your proximity to home (with a Now card to alert you).</p> <p>The feature was promised to debut this autumn, but hopefully we at least see it before the year&rsquo;s up. Nest thermostats are already very helpful devices, but being able to alter the temperature without even getting up off the sofa? Now that&rsquo;s some next-level comfort coming our way.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.droid-life.com/2014/12/12/google-app-now-one-step-from-being-able-to-control-nest">Droid-Life</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/3ds/fully-charged-tesla-s-model-x-delayed-another-classic-zelda-being-remade-3ds-and-nest-learning-t">The Nest Learning Thermostat gets even smarter</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PlayStation Plus is totally worth it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Push Square performed an analysis of all of the free games given to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.playstation.com/en-gb/explore/playstation-plus/">PlayStation Plus</a>&nbsp;subscribers during 2014, and it looks like everything tallied up to a value of almost &pound;960 worth of downloads across PlayStation 4, PS3, and Vita. All for &pound;40 yearly. And the Metacritic review average of those freebies is quite strong at 78.</p> <p>In response, Polygon dug into what Microsoft&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.xbox.com/en-gb/live/games-with-gold">Games with Gold</a>&nbsp;promo offered Xbox Live Gold subscribers last year, and that total came out to US$584, or about &pound;372. Bit of a difference, sure, but note that Microsoft has one fewer active Xbox platform, and only began giving away Xbox One titles in June. The Metacritic ranking? Also a sterling 78.</p> <p>Whatever your platform, there&rsquo;s real value to being a subscriber if you regularly take advantage of the free games (and, of course, play them). And that&rsquo;s in addition to other discounts, plus access to online multiplayer on both platforms. But Sony&rsquo;s been doing this kind of loyalty program for longer, and so far, it&rsquo;s still delivering a lot more value in this arena.</p> <p>[Sources:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pushsquare.com/news/2014/12/feature_did_playstation_plus_represent_value_for_money_in_2014">Push Square</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/12/13/7388089/xbox-live-games-with-gold-free-games-2014">Polygon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/review">Long-term test: Sony PS4 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="PlayStation 4" alt="PlayStation 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/playstation4.jpg?1418631837" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New footage and details on Street Fighter V </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Over the weekend, the Capcom Cup 2014 tournament delivered thrilling showdowns - but also a first glimpse at the recently announced&nbsp;<em>Street Fighter V</em>&nbsp;being played live for a series of matches. Admittedly, if you&rsquo;re not a die-hard series fan, it probably looks a lot like the excellent&nbsp;<em>Street Fighter IV</em>, albeit more detailed.</p> <p>But there&rsquo;s surely more to it, as enthusiast site Shoryuken says Capcom producer Yoshinori Ono hinted at unique approaches for each character that&rsquo;ll better set them apart. And then series favorite Charlie, who only appeared in the&nbsp;<em>Street Fighter Alpha</em>&nbsp;games, is hinted as a playable character in the latest official trailer. So at least the roster looks to expand beyond what the last entry offered.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://shoryuken.com/2014/12/13/charlie-returns-in-street-fighter-v-sony-partnership-brings-500000-prize-pool-to-capcom-cup-2015/">Shoryuken</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/street-fighter-v-coming-playstation-4-and-pc-leaked-trailer/news">Street Fighter V coming to PlayStation 4 and PC, per leaked trailer</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/GIdnJQZ_lkg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GoPro captures hydroplane boat flip </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Many of the best clips captured by GoPros and other action cameras are from scenarios that you wouldn&rsquo;t actually want to experience in person - close calls that&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/fully-charged-nasa-aims-capture-asteroid-2019-nest-acquires-dropcam-and-watch-crazy-gopro-fil">thankfully worked out for the best</a>, but could have gone horribly wrong. So here&rsquo;s the latest: an official clip from GoPro&rsquo;s YouTube channel of an H1 Unlimited Hydroplane racing boat experiencing an untimely backflip. Enjoy, hug your loved ones, etc.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zujy5U2QqdY">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/action-cam/gopro-hero4-black-guzzles-4k-video-30fps/news">GoPro Hero4 Black guzzles up 4K video at 30fps</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/zujy5U2QqdY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/fully-charged-google-voice-commands-about-hit-nest-thermostat-value-playstation-plus-freebies#comments Gaming Google GoPro Nest PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 PlayStation Vita Sony Mon, 15 Dec 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1455395 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air 2 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/google-nexus-9-vs-apple-ipad-air-2/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Two high-end tablet kings from the rival clans of Apple and Google are ready to fight to the death for your cash. Which will you choose? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air 2" alt="Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-nexus-9-vs-ipad-air-2.jpg?1418633128" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google versus Apple. Rivalries don&#39;t come much bigger than this.</p> <p>Well, technically, HTC versus Apple. But either way, it&#39;s Android&#39;s tablet poster boy squaring up to Apple&#39;s flagship tablet.&nbsp;</p> <p>With specs galore and the latest versions of iOS and Android on offer, we&#39;ve got a real fight on our hands. So let&#39;s jump straight in.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/andrew-williams" title="View user profile.">Andrew Williams</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple iPad Air 2 (from S$688) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>What&rsquo;s the story?</strong><br />Another year, another iPad. But this one&nbsp;is a bit special. For the same &pound;400 as&nbsp;last year, you get the world&rsquo;s thinnest tablet that&rsquo;s also the world&rsquo;s best for use out in the sun. It even has a fingerprint scanner just like the iPhone 6. The correct response: Cor, blimey.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Is it any good?</strong><br />At first glance, the iPad Air 2 may seem&nbsp;a bit too similar to last year&rsquo;s Air. But it&rsquo;s&nbsp;a big step forward in some ways. At 6.1mm it&rsquo;s incredibly slim &mdash; much skinnier than the Nexus 9. This and the relatively light 437g weight mean it&rsquo;s fairly portable despite being bigger than the Nexus thanks to its 9.7-inch display.&nbsp;</p> <p>It doesn&rsquo;t mind being outside either,&nbsp;as it has a fantastic anti-glare coating&nbsp;that all but banishes reflections. Just&nbsp;make sure you don&rsquo;t take it out in the&nbsp;rain &ndash; it loves the sun, but really hates&nbsp;the wet stuff.</p> <p>With its metal body, it&rsquo;s a bit snazzier and better-made than the Google tab;&nbsp;and while the Nexus&rsquo;s graphics brain sounds impressive, so is the iPad&rsquo;s&nbsp;A8X chipset. Devs have even got parts&nbsp;of Battlefield 4 working on the thing.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:&nbsp;</strong>★★★★★</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">Apple iPad Air 2 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" title="Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air 2" alt="Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad-Air-2-Hero.JPG?1418633128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Triple-core Apple A8X CPU<br />8MP front camera,<br />1.2MP rear<br />240x169.5x6.1 mm<br />437g (Wi-Fi version)<br />444g (4G version)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Nexus 9 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>What&rsquo;s the story?</strong><br />The first new Nexus tablet since the 2013 Nexus 7 shakes things up with an iPad-shaped 4:3 screen, super-powered 192-core graphics chip and the new Android 5.0 Lollipop OS. It&rsquo;s also &pound;80 cheaper than the iPad Air 2, giving you some change to tool up with accessories.</p> <p><strong>Is it any good?</strong><br />The Nexus 9 isn&rsquo;t going to make jaws drop like an iPad Air 2 might. With a plastic rear and a thicker body, it&rsquo;s more ordinary-looking and feeling. The new, squatter aspect doesn&rsquo;t half make it great to use compared with earlier Androids, though &ndash; especially for sofa-based browsing. And the 8.9-inch screen offers exactly the same number of pixels as the iPad.</p> <p>Google seems to want to make Android a bit more iPad-like in its style, too. Lollipop shakes off many of Android&rsquo;s residual nerdy bits, and the smartly restrained colours of its interface would make Farrow &amp; Ball proud. Sadly, there are still many Android apps that aren&rsquo;t optimised for tablets, and one of Android&rsquo;s great advantages (removable storage) has been left out.&nbsp;</p> <p>For the hardcore crowd, the Tegra K1 brings oodles of power, but we struggled to find a real-world difference. They&rsquo;re both as fast and smooth as a freshly buttered otter.</p> <p>The design isn&rsquo;t as pristine, but it&rsquo;s the most convincing iPad-style Android alternative.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:&nbsp;</strong>★★★★☆</p> <p><b>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/nexus-9/review" target="_blank">Google Nexus 9 review</a></b></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air 2" alt="Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-14_0.jpg?1418633128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>8.9in 2048x1536 IPS LCD<br />Dual-core 2.5GHz<br />Nvidia Tegra K1<br />8MP front camera,&nbsp;1.6MP rear<br />228.2x153.7x7.9mm<br />425g (Wi-Fi version)<br />436g (4G version)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPad Air 2 walks away victorious, and is the tablet we&#39;d recommend if you&#39;re sitting on the fence.&nbsp;</p> <p>Apple&#39;s build quality is far superior, with a solid, deliciously thin metal body on offer, compared to the Nexus 9&#39;s plastic build.</p> <p>iOS tablets app remain on top too, with more dedicated slicker, prettier made-for-tablet apps residing on Apple&#39;s app store.</p> <p>If you&#39;re an Android fan of course then there&#39;s no competition however: the Nexus 9 will be the way to go.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">These are the top 10 best tablets in the world</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="424" title="Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air 2" alt="Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad-Air-2-in-hand_2.JPG?1418633128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/google-nexus-9-vs-apple-ipad-air-2/feature#comments Apple Google iPad Air 2 Nexus 9 Tablets Sun, 14 Dec 2014 10:26:30 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1455359 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Google accelerates its VR push with Cardboard, Minecraft hits Windows Phone, and you have to see the new Mad Max trailer http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/fully-charged-google-s-big-vr-push-cardboard-minecraft-hits-windows-phone-and-you-have-see-ne <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rub the sleep from your eyes and load up with the latest tech news tidbits </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Cardboard" alt="Google Cardboard" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-cardboard_1.jpg?1418515381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google gets serious about VR </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When Google launched the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/evolve/google-io-2014/fully-charged-google-s-cardboard-vr-helmet-evolve-leads-e3-critic-awards-nomin">Cardboard VR phone shell headset</a>, it seemed downright silly. Other players in the space are developing elaborate, expensive contraptions to entice users into virtual reality, and the behemoth that is Google just wants people to cut out some corrugated paper and strap phones to their faces?</p> <p>But Android users loved the idea and admired the charming scrapiness; the idea caught on not only with fans, but also within Google. What started as a seeming gimmick has now become a serious point of focus for the company, which says it&rsquo;s hiring for VR-related projects.</p> <p>Maybe that&rsquo;s because some 500,000 Cardboard units have now been built in just a few short months. Whatever the case, Google is now working to make it a better experience for both developers and users alike. On the former point, the company just released an SDK (software development kit) for Android and Unity to get game and app makers into the VR world with minimal hassle.</p> <p>And for users, Google Play now has&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/collection/promotion_3001011_cardboard_featured_apps">a collection page</a>&nbsp;for Cardboard-centric experiences, including the just-released&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jauntvr.preview.jackwhite">3D concert footage of Jack White</a>&nbsp;- similar to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-paul-mccartney-live-concert-google-cardboard-truly-amazing-kinect-tech-demo-and-">Paul McCartney app</a>&nbsp;released not long ago. Add in games and other unique experiences and it&rsquo;s clear that there&rsquo;s value in makeshift, phone-based VR. So&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/google-io-2014/how-google-cardboard-scratch/feature">get to cutting and taping</a>, already.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://googledevelopers.blogspot.com/2014/12/google-cardboard-seriously-fun.html">Google Developers Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/google-io-2014/how-google-cardboard-scratch/feature">How to make Google Cardboard from scratch</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Minecraft finally hits Windows Phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Well, this is hardly surprising. For quite some time, Mojang resisted bringing&nbsp;<em>Minecraft: Pocket Edition</em>&nbsp;to Windows Phone, citing the small user base. But once Microsoft swooped in and bought both the studio and franchise in September, lo and behold, here&rsquo;s the Windows Phone version.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll need Windows Phone 8.1 to run the game, and it looks like it&rsquo;s the most current version as seen on other platforms. Both Creative and Survival modes are included, along with a bevy of enhancements that came with last month&rsquo;s big 0.10.0 version release on Android and iOS. It&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-sg/store/app/minecraft-pocket-edition/1a625b44-b542-401b-bdff-52b4357c0573">available now</a>&nbsp;for S$8.49</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/minecraft-pocket-edition/1a625b44-b542-401b-bdff-52b4357c0573?cid=majornelson">Windows Phone</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-acquires-minecraft-and-creator-mojang-us25-billion/news">Microsoft acquires Minecraft and creator Mojang for US$2.5 billion</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="Minecraft: Pocket Edition" alt="Minecraft: Pocket Edition" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/minecraft-windowsphone.png?1418515381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New Mad Max trailer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you thought the first&nbsp;<em>Mad Max: Fury Road</em>&nbsp;trailer was promising, wait until you see this spellbinding follow-up. After the so-so debuts of recent trailers for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/fully-charged-michael-fassbender-play-steve-jobs-full-jurassic-world-trailer-and-gta5-leads-uk"><em>Jurassic World</em></a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation/fully-charged-amazing-smartphone-combining-magnets-terminator-genisys-trailer-and-stream"><em>Terminator Genisys</em></a>, it&rsquo;s great to be totally blindsided by the quality of a clip. It feels like it&rsquo;s from another era.</p> <p>Part of the appeal has to be how wild and real the stunts and collisions look. No doubt, there&rsquo;s a lot of digital magic being poured into these frames (especially to set the tone), but it appears that many of the big, eye-catching moments are being executed in camera instead of fabricated after the fact. Whatever the case, the results look downright spectacular so far. We can&rsquo;t wait.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWNWi-ZWL3c">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/fully-charged-walking-dead-game-series-renewed-first-mad-max-trailer-stunning-and-doom-played-atm/ne">The first Mad Max: Fury Road trailer is stunning</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/YWNWi-ZWL3c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/fully-charged-google-s-big-vr-push-cardboard-minecraft-hits-windows-phone-and-you-have-see-ne#comments Film and TV Google Minecraft Virtual Reality Windows Phone games Sun, 14 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1455248 at http://www.stuff.tv Google removed Amazon app from the Play Store over direct app sales http://www.stuff.tv/sg/amazon/google-removed-amazon-app-play-store-over-direct-app-sales/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You’ll have to snag it from web if you want Amazon’s apps and games going forward </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Amazon Appstore" alt="Amazon Appstore" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/amazon-appstore_0.jpg?1418435657" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>For some time, you&rsquo;d have to download the full-fledged&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/mas/get-appstore/android/ref=mas_rw_ldg">Amazon Appstore app</a>&nbsp;for Android from web to access the mega-retailer&rsquo;s own selection of apps and games. Surprisingly, that changed this autumn.</p> <p>Out of the blue, the previously less-equipped Amazon app available on the Play Store suddenly had the ability to sell apps and games directly, without users needing to grab the app from web and then enable Unknown Sources to install the software.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/amazon/google-removed-amazon-app-play-store-over-direct-app-sales/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/amazon/google-removed-amazon-app-play-store-over-direct-app-sales/news#comments Amazon Android Google Thu, 11 Dec 2014 22:46:04 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1455254 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Nexus 6 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/google-nexus-6/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The new Nexus phone is bigger, but is it actually better? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Look familiar?" alt="Google Nexus 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nexus-6-1-small_0.jpg?1418632702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/andrew-williams" title="View user profile.">Andrew Williams</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You could call Google&rsquo;s Nexus devices trojan horses to show off the latest version of Android, but if they are, they&rsquo;re pretty darn obvious ones: even Google would be happy to admit the Nexus 6 is mostly here to let Android 5.0 Lollipop strut its stuff.</p> <p>Google doesn&rsquo;t actually make the thing, either. Motorola does, and you&rsquo;ll see plenty of Motorola DNA flowing through the phone&rsquo;s little circuit board veins.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> S$1,030.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> converted from £500 (32GB) </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Big, vivid screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Impressive overall performance </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Strong stereo speakers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera a little sluggish </div> <div class="field-item even"> Too large for some and a bit awkward in the hand </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Not a value king like the Nexus 5 </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Aerobicise </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Using the Nexus 6 in one hand is a stretch, with the back button placed just out of reach of your thumb as if Google has done so deliberately. It&rsquo;s like the thing is a cookie jar you&rsquo;re not meant to be able to reach.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re starting with what seems like a pretty trivial point, but when something trivial crops up about 576 times a day, it starts becoming important. Make sure you&rsquo;re prepared for this issue, as it can get annoying &mdash;&nbsp;especially as it could have been solved by moving the soft keys about a bit.</p> <p>The Nexus 6 looks and feels a bit like a two-hander version of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/moto-x-2014/review">Motorola Moto X (2014)</a>&nbsp;we loved so much recently. Aside from the whole thumb gymnastics involved, that&rsquo;s a good thing.</p> <p>Its back is plastic and fixed in place, but feels as though it&rsquo;s part of a very rigid shell rather than the slightly flimsy back covers you get in Samsung phones such as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Galaxy Note 4</a>. The sides of the phone are aluminium, with a smooth anodised band working its way around the Nexus 6, punctuated by little plastic accents that also act as signal outlets for the antennas.</p> <p>The look isn&rsquo;t quite catwalk-ready &mdash;&nbsp;there&rsquo;s a bit of variance in the seam between the plastic and aluminium rear parts, the Nexus logo on the rear is pretty huge and the ring-style flash is a bit &lsquo;loud&rsquo; compared with the demure Nexus 5 &mdash;&nbsp;but then the Nexus team has never been all about style.</p> <p>Still, as long as you don&rsquo;t mind the sheer size of the Nexus 6 we&rsquo;re pretty confident most of you will like the design well enough. The curvy back offers a comfy in-hand grip and front-on it seems almost all-screen, which is quite an achievement given it also packs-in stereo speakers on the front.</p> <p>The hardcore crowd won&rsquo;t appreciate that, as with the other Nexus phones and tablets, the Nexus 6 doesn&rsquo;t let you add to the memory. You get a decent 32GB (64GB available, but not as widely) built-in, but the only slot on the phone is for the nano SIM. There&rsquo;s no memory card slot.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Using the Nexus 6 in one hand is a stretch, with the back button placed just out of reach of your thumb as if Google has done so deliberately. It’s like the thing is a cookie jar you’re not meant to be able to reach." alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-20_0_0.jpg?1418632702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The sides of the phone are aluminium, with a smooth anodised band working its way around the Nexus 6, punctuated by little plastic accents that also act as signal outlets for the antennas." alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-2_0_0.jpg?1418632702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Front-on it seems almost all-screen, which is quite an achievement given it also packs-in stereo speakers on the front." alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-15_0_0.jpg?1418632702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cinematic kicks </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is naturally going to limit how many movies you can fit on the Nexus 6, but it&rsquo;ll still store a bunch, and the other elements &mdash;&nbsp;those stereo speakers and the giant OLED screen &mdash;&nbsp;make up for it.</p> <p>Having two separate speakers is no guarantee of good sound quality, but the Nexus 6 is pretty solid. Top volume is unusually loud, and there&rsquo;s the hint of extra warmth and mid-range body that&rsquo;s still a luxury in the mobile phone world. We still prefer the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8)</a>&nbsp;sound, but the Nexus goes louder. Of course, sticking to headphones is still the best way to get good sound.</p> <p>Even more important, of course, is the screen. The Nexus 6 has a massive 5.96in display even larger than those of mobile giants such as the Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6 Plus. There is a reason why this phone is so huge.</p> <p>While its specs will look pretty normal in just a few months, for now they&rsquo;re dead impressive. The Nexus 6 has a 2560 x 1440 pixel AMOLED screen, using the same resolution as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3</a>&nbsp;but with tech a bit closer to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Galaxy S5</a>&rsquo;s.</p> <p>It comes with great benefits, and one unfortunate trip-up.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8) review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="What? Twilight isn&#039;t that bad!" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-3_0_0.jpg?1418632702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>First, the good bits: the Nexus 6 screen offers terrific contrast and black levels, getting the sort of image vividness that&rsquo;d make 99 per cent of S$4000 odd TVs whimper with jealousy. We&#39;ve spent a good while watching Netflix on the phone, and it&rsquo;s a great experience. Such a large screen matched with OLED image skills is a great combo.</p> <p>We also welcome the extra resolution. It&rsquo;s not just about screen size either. OLEDs such as the Nexus 6&rsquo;s tend to look less sharp than direct LCD alternatives because of the way their pixels are laid out, but here there are easily enough to go around to make everything appear super-sharp.</p> <p>QHD resolution may not make your 1080p movies look even better, but for things such as games and the Nexus 6 interface, it&rsquo;s great.</p> <p>So, what&rsquo;s wrong? Well, as with so many OLED phones the colours are rather over the top. Reds are a bit too red, greens aren&rsquo;t all that subtle. It&rsquo;s the red you&rsquo;ll notice the most &mdash;&nbsp;especially if you&rsquo;re coming from a phone with very good colour accuracy - the Nexus 5 or an iPhone, for example.</p> <p>Whether this matters or not is a personal thing. Unlike the rival Galaxy Note 4 there&rsquo;s no way to tone down the colours, so you have to get used to it. We found that when watching movies, the amazing contrast makes up for the candy-coated colours, but it was initially distracting.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Nexus 6 screen offers terrific contrast and black levels, getting the sort of image vividness that’d make 99 per cent of £2000 TVs whimper with jealousy" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-13_0_0.jpg?1418632702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Nexus 6 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Operating System</strong>: Android 5.0 Lollipop</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 5.96in AMOLED with 2560x1440 (493ppi)</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong>: Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 @ 2.7GHz</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong>: 3GB</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong>: 32GB or 64GB (not expandable)</p> <p><strong>Camera</strong>: 13MP rear with OIS and dual-LED ring flash, 2MP front</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>: Wi-Fi, 3G/4G, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong>: 3220mAh</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 159 x 83 x 10.1mm
</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 184g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What’s Android 5.0 all about, anyway? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As standard, the interface makes the issue pretty obvious, though. The Nexus 6 is the first phone to be released with Android 5.0 L, and it&rsquo;s pretty bold and colourful itself.</p> <p>Google has tried to strip out as much ugly signposting of features as it can, pushing it a bit closer to the non-geeky style of iOS. One of the most obvious spots to see this in action is the soft key area.</p> <p>Gone are the buttons that are meant to actually represent functions visually, replaced with a triangle, circle and square. Those completely new to Android may have to fiddle with the Nexus 6 a bit to understand it, but Android looks more minimalist than ever, and we like it a lot.</p> <p>There are some extra features too. Perhaps the best is home screen notifications. You can see your new emails, texts and so on without even turning the Nexus 6 on properly. It can save you quite a lot of time, although those worried about security can turn these off.</p> <p>Android 5.0 L also feels a bit different. The layout, the way it works, these bits are exactly the same. However, the way everything moves has been tweaked. There&rsquo;s more swooshy inertia, with a clear attempt to make it feel a bit more physical or tangible. The cold, clinical and efficient style of previous Android versions has been swapped for something a bit more&hellip; human. Yes, that sounds ridiculous but start flicking around Android 5.0 and you&rsquo;ll understand.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll get used to it in about five minutes, but it does actually make the Nexus 6 feel a tiny bit less peppy than a Nexus 5 running Android 4.4.4. We didn&rsquo;t experience much lag, but Android seems to be moving away from an obsession with performance, caring that bit more about &lsquo;feel&rsquo;. Android has gone all touchy-feely on us.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/android-45/review">Android 5.0 Lollipop review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="You can now see your new emails, texts and so on without even turning the Nexus 6 on properly." alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-21_0_0.jpg?1418632702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Android 5.0 L also feels a bit different. The layout, the way it works, these bits are exactly the same. However, the way everything moves has been tweaked." alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-5_0_0.jpg?1418632702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paranoid Android </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s another little issue, too. There&rsquo;s a bit of controversy around the Nexus 6 because it&rsquo;s one of the first Android devices to ship with full encryption. All your data is encoded for security, meaning that if you use a passcode there&rsquo;s no way to get access to it without that code &mdash; it can&rsquo;t be pulled off the storage directly by digital CSI types. This was always an option within Android, but it seemed to us that just about no-one used it.</p> <p>Encryption apparently slows down performance a bit, and you&rsquo;ll be able to find nerdy benchmarks online showing you exactly how much. However, we didn&rsquo;t notice any of the sort of annoying slow-down we saw in the Nexus 9 tablet. The Nexus 6 is still quick.</p> <p>It has the specs to match the top phones of the moment, so that&rsquo;s no more than we&rsquo;d expect. The Nexus 6 uses the Snapdragon 805 CPU, the same Qualcomm chipset used in the Galaxy Note 4. It&rsquo;s a quad-core 2.7GHz processor, and here it has 3GB of RAM to exploit. This hardware earned the Nexus 6 a great score of 3283 points in our Geekbench 3 test, which is &mdash; reassuringly enough &mdash;&nbsp;pretty similar to the Note 4.</p> <p>All this power doesn&rsquo;t feel like overkill either, as running games at the native QHD resolution requires an awful lot of juice. At least, if you&rsquo;re rendering fancy 3D graphics rather than match-three sprites of sweeties.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re slightly disappointed with the Nexus 6&rsquo;s battery life, though. A big, expensive phone feels these days like it should offer tip-top stamina, and we&rsquo;ve been spoilt recently by the Note 4, which does just that. Here the stamina is just OK, rather than great.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;ve been using the Nexus 6 for a while now, and each day we seem to be skirting around the 15 percent mark by bed time. And that&rsquo;s without any long game-playing sessions.</p> <p>Use the phone a lot and it&rsquo;s not hard to drain it down completely in the space of a day.</p> <p>As we were concerned that the great big OLED display may have just led to us watching video and browsing a lot more than it might usually &mdash;&nbsp;and sure enough this is one of the big draws of the Nexus 6 &mdash;&nbsp;we put it to a more objective test. When left to play a looped 720p MP4 video without doing any other stuff in the background, the battery lasts for almost dead on 10 hours.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s fine, but notably a good few hours off what phones such as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Sony Xperia Z3</a>&nbsp;and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 are capable of. &nbsp;They&rsquo;ll get into the early teens.</p> <p>So, why does the Nexus 6 lag behind a bit? It doesn&rsquo;t offset its larger screen with a larger battery, its 3220mAh being the same size as the Note 4&rsquo;s, and vanilla Android doesn&rsquo;t seem to put as much emphasis on saving battery as other custom skins, although there is a now native battery saver mode, which can help you eek out those last drops of juice.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Sony Xperia Z3 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Use the phone a lot and it’s not hard to drain it down completely in the space of a day." alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-23_0_0.jpg?1418632702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera on trial </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nexus 6 camera isn&rsquo;t quite up there with the very best either. It offers pretty great hardware but is let down by less-than-perfect software.</p> <p>The phone has a 13MP main camera with optical image stabilisation and an attention-grabbing dual-LED &lsquo;ring&rsquo; style flash. Resolution is lower than the Note 4 or Sony Xperia Z3 at 13MP, but having OIS could easily make up for this.</p> <p>Sure enough, with a bit of know-how, patience and steady hands you can get some cracking shots out of the phone, but in our book the experience you get doesn&rsquo;t quite sit right in a S$1000-plus phone.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a little slow, both to focus and to take shots. And the HDR mode&rsquo;s processing seems to take quite a while too by current standards. Just a few too many times it had us shouting &ldquo;stay still, just two more seconds&rdquo; at our subject, where the iPhone 6 Plus and Note 4 would have already let us move on with a few more shots in the memory bank.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4160" height="3120" title="Google Nexus 6 sample photo" alt="Google Nexus 6 sample photo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_20141204_190356_0.jpg?1418632702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="4096" height="3040" title="Google Nexus 6 sample photo" alt="Google Nexus 6 sample photo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_20141205_143757_0.jpg?1418632702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="4096" height="3040" title="Google Nexus 6 sample photo" alt="Google Nexus 6 sample photo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_20141205_125842_0.jpg?1418632702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;ve also found that the Nexus 6&rsquo;s metering isn&rsquo;t too great either. This is the system that judges how bright a photo needs to be to deal with lighting conditions. And too often the spot metering &mdash;&nbsp;where the phone uses your focus point as the main guide &mdash;&nbsp;leads to areas seriously under or overexposed. This means you often need to apply some know-how in order to get the shot you want.</p> <p>While we&rsquo;re all for people getting a bit more savvy about how to use a camera, in the Nexus 6 it&rsquo;s a result of the phone&rsquo;s own brains just not being smart enough.</p> <p>Google also needs to spruce-up its camera app. While it offers the features we&rsquo;re after, including HDR and Panorama, it just doesn&rsquo;t feel as though it has really been optimised enough for people who are going to use it each and every day. It makes us understand why Motorola swaps it out in phones such as the Moto X.</p> <p>Fingers crossed the Nexus 6 will, just like the Nexus 5 before it, get an update that tightens-up camera performance. But it&rsquo;s not all bad. Learn to work with its quirks and you can get some top-notch shots from the phone, with noise levels keeping fairly reasonable even in low-light conditions, thanks in part to OIS.</p> <p>It doesn&rsquo;t dramatically brighten-up low-light scenes, though, showing a slight lack of intelligence in the processing once again compared to some rivals. For all its hardware features, this is not a great low-light camera. Can the iPhone 6 Plus and Note 4 do better? Yes.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google also needs to spruce-up its camera app. While it offers the features we’re after, including HDR and Panorama, it just doesn’t feel as though it has really been optimised enough for people who are going to use it each and every day" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-12_0_0.jpg?1418632702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;re yet to be convinced by the &lsquo;ring&rsquo; flash on the back too. In pro photography land, a ring flash gets rid of shadows by providing multiple light sources that attack an object from different angles. But as they&rsquo;re about an inch apart here, they&rsquo;re not going to make much difference unless your subject is about 15cm away. And in that case, they&rsquo;ll probably blow it out anyway.</p> <p>For the video fans out there, the Nexus 6 captures up to 4K video from the rear camera, and 1080p footage from the front 2MP one. Just as the main camera can&rsquo;t really keep up with the other big boys, the phone&rsquo;s selfies don&rsquo;t lead the pack either. The bog-standard 2MP sensor gets quite noisy with indoors lighting, although it does at least make your shots nice and bright.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="In pro photography land, a ring flash gets rid of shadows by providing multiple light sources that attack an object from different angles. But as they’re about an inch apart here, they’re not going to make much difference unless your subject is about 15cm away" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexusw-6-11_0_0.jpg?1418632702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Any sides with that? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Things like the just-ok battery life and camera performance may make you pause before buying a Nexus 6. But is there anything else to worry about?</p> <p>There are a few little missing extras you might want to keep in mind. While it has 4G and NFC, there&rsquo;s no IR blaster on the Nexus 6. That means no universal remote-style action, and both the LG G3 and Note 4 offer this little extra.</p> <p>Aside from the points mentioned earlier &mdash;&nbsp;no SD card, no access to the insides &mdash;&nbsp;that&rsquo;s about it, though. The Nexus 6 is even water resistant, making those bathtime Netflix sessions a little less nerve-racking than before - although we&rsquo;ll admit to having been too afraid to give it a proper dunking yet.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Nexus 6 verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nexus 6 is a bit of a curious upgrade to the Nexus 5 in that it doesn&rsquo;t replicate many of the core values that made last year&rsquo;s Nexus such a hit in our book. It doesn&rsquo;t dramatically undercut the competition on cost, and its hand-stretching size will be simply too much for some, especially when Android 5.0 doesn&rsquo;t do anything in particular to really make use of such a large display.</p> <p>Unless we missed a memo about super-size phones being on every child&rsquo;s Christmas list, it just doesn&rsquo;t seem like the everyman device the Nexus 5 was.</p> <p>However, in most other respects it&rsquo;s a winner. The super-sharp display may value vividness over realism, but it&rsquo;s a cracking canvas for media, which is only bolstered by the good front speakers. Android 5.0 Lollipop isn&rsquo;t too shabby either, especially if you hate the overloaded style of so many non-Nexus Androids.</p> <p>So overall it&rsquo;s not the must-buy its predecessor once was, but that doesn&rsquo;t mean its not the smartphone for you. Just make sure you&rsquo;re aware of its foibles before taking the plunge.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartphones/top-ten">The 10 best smartphones available right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Nexus 6 review verdict" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-10_0_0.jpg?1418632702" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s not an everyman classic like the Nexus 5, but the Nexus 6 is one of the best super-big screen phones in the world</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Nexus 6 review: a taste of Lollipop </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The new Nexus phone is bigger, but is it actually better? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-1-small_0_0.jpg?1418632702" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/google-nexus-6/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/google-nexus-6/review#comments Android Google Nexus 6 Smartphones Tue, 09 Dec 2014 18:43:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1448247 at http://www.stuff.tv Android Wear update brings loads of new faces, plus developers can now release their own http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/android-wear-update-brings-loads-new-faces-plus-developers-can-now-release-their-own/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Finally, the promise of significant customization is rolling out to devices </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Android Wear" alt="Android Wear" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/android-wear-newfaces.jpg?1418261363" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Having a small screen on your wrist seemed like a prime opportunity to display all sorts of dazzling imagery, but up &rsquo;til now, the options have been limited with Android Wear. Finally, that&#39;s changed.</p> <p>Google has just announced the rollout of the latest version of Android Wear, based on Lollipop, and it finally brings the promised ability for developers to create and sell their own unique, distinctive watch faces via Google Play.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Among the early highlights are faces based on games like&nbsp;<em>Pac-Man</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Plants vs. Zombies</em>, and others featuring design work from the likes of Rebecca Minkoff, Mei Kawajiri, Bearbrick, and Porsche.</p> <p>In typical Google rollout fashion, it&rsquo;s starting to hit some devices now, but it could be up to a week before it reaches yours. Please try to control your enthusiasm accordingly.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/android-dress-code-wear-what-you-want.html">Google</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://android-developers.blogspot.com/2014/12/watch-face-api-now-available-for.html">Android Developers Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/android-45/review">Android 5.0 Lollipop review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="798" title="The Hundreds Android Wear watch face" alt="The Hundreds Android Wear watch face" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/androidwear-thehundreds.png?1418261358" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/android-wear-update-brings-loads-new-faces-plus-developers-can-now-release-their-own/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/android-wear-update-brings-loads-new-faces-plus-developers-can-now-release-their-own/news#comments Android Android Wear Google Smartwatches Wed, 10 Dec 2014 21:07:39 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1455101 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: FIDO standard paves way for password-less future, standalone HBO Go in April, and Apple TV gets a big update http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/fully-charged-fido-standard-paves-way-password-less-future-standalone-hbo-go-april-and-apple-t <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our morning roundup has all the tech news you need to start your day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Touch ID" alt="Touch ID" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-touchid.jpg?1418260293" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> FIDO sees password-less future </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The old username and password pairing isn&rsquo;t anywhere near as reliable as it used to be for protecting online accounts. Two-factor verification is a definite step up, but major tech players envision a future in which written passwords aren&rsquo;t even part of the equation. And yesterday&rsquo;s launch of FIDO 1.0 is the first big push in that direction.</p> <p>Remember when Google launched&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/fully-charged-google-offers-usb-verification-xbox-one-digital-tuner-allows-mobile-device-tv-">USB key verification</a>&nbsp;for accounts back in October? FIDO - Fast Identification Online - was part of that two-factor initiative, but it has released its first open standard for fully passwordless experiences via fingerprint scanning, and that&rsquo;ll allow manufacturers to tap into a system that works across all sorts of devices.</p> <p>Companies like Samsung, Google, Microsoft, and many more are behind the FIDO Alliance, whose president Michael Barrett tells The Verge, &ldquo;We now really are within range of seeing the world changing.&rdquo; For the future safety of our vital accounts and information, let&rsquo;s hope so.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/12/9/7359535/google-backed-password-killer-crosses-major-milestone">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/fully-charged-google-offers-usb-verification-xbox-one-digital-tuner-allows-mobile-device-tv-">Google adds USB verification support</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HBO Go planning standalone launch in April </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We heard&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/fully-charged-hbo-planning-standalone-streaming-see-android-lollipop-statue-unveiling-and-ne">back in October</a>&nbsp;that HBO was planning to finally offer a standalone version of its streaming service that doesn&rsquo;t require a cable or satellite service subscription, and now it sounds like that will happen in April. Fortune reports that HBO hopes to have the service ready to go for the season premiere of&nbsp;<em>Game of Thrones</em>.</p> <p>Getting there has apparently caused a bit of turmoil within the company, however. An internal team was building the tech needed to make the platform happen, but higher-ups decided instead to license streaming tech from Major League Baseball&rsquo;s MLB Advanced Media. As a result, HBO&rsquo;s chief technology officer has resigned.</p> <p>Anyway, long story short, standalone HBO Go&nbsp;<em>and</em>&nbsp;the new season of&nbsp;<em>Game of Thrones</em>&nbsp;are apparently only a few months away, so rejoice at our exciting future ahead of sitting around and watching things.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://fortune.com/2014/12/09/hbo-streaming/">Fortune</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/fully-charged-hbo-planning-standalone-streaming-see-android-lollipop-statue-unveiling-and-ne">HBO to launch streaming-only service in 2015</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HBO Go" alt="HBO Go" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hbo-go.jpg?1418260293" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple TV update overhauls YouTube </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We just found out a little something about the potential&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-prepping-motion-control-apple-tv/news">motion-controlled future of Apple TV</a>, but what about now? Well, Apple has just updated the set top box with a brand new - and seemingly much improved - version of YouTube, which brings ads but also full access to the service&rsquo;s extensive library of clips. You&rsquo;ll also find new channels from UFC, Dailymotion, Fusion, and Conde Nast&rsquo;s The Scene.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://recode.net/2014/12/09/youtubes-apple-tv-gets-a-new-look-more-videos-and-ads/">Recode</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-prepping-motion-control-apple-tv/news">Apple could be bringing motion control to Apple TV</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/lB6gIroaizU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First Sunset Overdrive story add-on out soon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Sunset Overdrive</em>&nbsp;for Xbox One is an absolute blast, and it&rsquo;s about to get even bigger:&nbsp;<em>The Mystery of Mooil Rig</em>&nbsp;is the first campaign add-on for the game, and it brings a huge new area to play in, along with missions, weapons, and new water-centric maneuvers. It&rsquo;s priced at US$9.99 (about &pound;6) and due out on 23 December, although if you bought the Season Pass, you&rsquo;re already covered on the purchase.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8cHUxLhRq0&amp;">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/sunset-overdrive/review">Sunset Overdrive review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/z8cHUxLhRq0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/fully-charged-fido-standard-paves-way-password-less-future-standalone-hbo-go-april-and-apple-t#comments Apple Console games Film and TV Gaming Google Thu, 11 Dec 2014 01:08:49 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1455095 at http://www.stuff.tv Android 5.0 Lollipop http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/android-45/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android fans: Lollipop is the tasty update you&#039;ve been waiting for </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/android-5.0-lollipop-review-main_0.png?1418009780" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It seems like only yesterday we were sinking our teeth into the chocolatey goodness of Android 4.4 KitKat, but now we&#39;ve got a newer, tastier version of Google&#39;s OS in the form of Android 5.0 Lollipop.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s one of the most exciting updates in years - new levels of polish, new features and some catching up with iOS make it an essential download.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve been swiping and nudging our way around Android 5.0 on Nexus 5, Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. This is all you need to know - you want this on your phone or tablet asap.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> S$0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fresh, peppy design </div> <div class="field-item even"> Clever notifications </div> <div class="field-item odd"> New battery saving mode </div> <div class="field-item even"> User profiles and guest mode </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Some UI tweaks are confusing </div> <div class="field-item even"> Bye bye lockscreen widgets </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A fresh new look </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Android&#39;s new look is called Material Design, and we love it.</p> <p>Upgrading to Google&rsquo;s new aesthetic is a surefire way for any older Nexus or Motorola handsets to get their mojo back. For devices with custom skins, such as Sense UI and TouchWiz, the design tweaks from Google will make less of an impact but manufacturers may pick and choose from the new elements.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve been paying attention to Google&rsquo;s individual apps of late you&rsquo;ll have known what was coming. It&rsquo;s more colourful, with subtle shadows, and the &lsquo;stacked cards&rsquo; Overview carousel is slicker. This can now include Chrome tabs (if you want it to - it can get messy) as well as apps.</p> <p>The Roboto font has been tweaked to be curvier and wider, there&rsquo;s a lot of clean, white space now (dialler, app drawer) and the navigation buttons have been given a PlayStation controller-style, minimalist makeover.</p> <p>Our favourite addition is the new floating action button - in each app, Google picks what it thinks is the most useful shortcut and sticks in a colourful circular icon at the bottom. Compose email, keypad etc. It&rsquo;s fast and it&rsquo;s obvious.</p> <p>Just one thing - the animations between apps, menus and screens are nice and &lsquo;fluid&rsquo; as intended but they can be a bit jumpy, a bit poppy, a bit distracting. Just as when we first saw iOS 7 we got a bit dizzy, so too Android 5.0 takes a little getting used to.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong>&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/google-nexus-6/review">Everything you need to know about the Nexus 6&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1350" height="1200" title="Love dat floating action button " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-material-design_0.jpg?1418009780" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1350" height="1200" title="Chrome tabs can be taken out of the Overview screen " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-overview_0.jpg?1418009780" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> When can I get it? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As ever, Google&rsquo;s latest release is available out of the box on this year&rsquo;s Google tablet, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/nexus-9/review">Nexus 9</a>&nbsp;(which we&rsquo;ve tested here) and this year&rsquo;s Google phone, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/google-nexus-6/review">Nexus 6&nbsp;</a>(which we&#39;ll hav a full review of very shortly). It&rsquo;s also already rolling out to older Nexus devices such as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/google-nexus-5/review">Nexus 5</a>&nbsp;and Nexus 10, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/moto-x-2014/review">Moto X (2014)&nbsp;</a>and the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nvidia-shield/review-0">Nvidia Shield tablet</a>.</p> <p>Samsung? HTC? LG? The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Galaxy S5</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3&nbsp;</a>will be biting into Lollipop by Christmas and if you have a One (M7) or (M8), expect the update to Sense by February to hit the usual 90-day promise. Whatever smartphone or tablet you own, don&rsquo;t panic. This time, you shouldn&rsquo;t be left waiting too long.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smarter notifications </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Android&rsquo;s notification system is prettier, smarter and now even more useful. The first stage of the overhaul is that notifications now sit as white &lsquo;cards&rsquo; underneath the quick settings panel (which now includes a Cast Screen button for Chromecast users). So far, so standard.</p> <p>But Lollipop also uses the idea of &lsquo;banners&rsquo; really nicely. Notifications now drop in from the top of the screen so that you can carry on playing your game or watcing your movie in relative peace. This even includes phone calls which would typically have taken over the whole smartphone screen. These notification banners are actionable (open, delete, reply etc) as are the new lockscreen notifications, one area where we see Google catching up to<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/ios-8/review">&nbsp;iOS 8</a>.</p> <p>This has been one bugbear around the Stuff office amongst iPhone users who have switched to Android - they&rsquo;re used to seeing messages on the lockscreen. Well, here they are in Android working nicely - you have to double tap the card, otherwise there would be too many accidents. Lockscreen widgets have been bumped in their place though and this might make a few power users angry.</p> <p>The last new notifications feature (and another bit of catching up) is Lollipop&rsquo;s new management of &lsquo;interruptions&rsquo; as they are wonderfully titled. This is a version of Do Not Disturb on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/ios-8/review">iOS</a>&nbsp;and Assist on the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/moto-x-2014/review">Moto X (2014)</a>. Here, it allows the starring of contacts to let phone calls through, tweaking of the volumes of alerts, the whitelisting of apps to allow notifications onto the lockscreen. Everything can be personalised just so, apart from setting different &lsquo;bedtimes&rsquo; for different schedules. But now we&rsquo;re just being fussy.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/ios-8/review">iOS 8 review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1350" height="1200" title="Notifications stack as white cards under quick settings " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-notifications_1.jpg?1418009780" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="675" height="1200" title="Now calls from your boss are officially named interruptions " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-interruptions_0.png?1418009780" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Welcome tweaks to Google apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unlike the new goodies that arrived with iOS 8, there are no new permanent fixtures on the stock Android app screen. There is absolutely no bloatware - you even have to download Chrome, Maps, YouTube and others yourself. It&#39;s an opt-in approch, and we like it. And Google makes the set-up and transfer of apps and wallpapers from other Androids easier than ever.</p> <p>As Google apps have been unshackled from Android update cycles, there&rsquo;s now plenty of consistency in the Material Design look of the software and also some new features to enjoy. Remember when Google forced Nexus users to keep all their messages in Hangouts? Now there&rsquo;s a Messenger app pre-installed to avoid being constantly &lsquo;online&rsquo; - although Hangouts still supports SMS if that&rsquo;s what you want.</p> <p>Gmail now has a two pane view on tablets - your inbox and the currently highlighted message. That sort of multi-tasking view is still rare, though, and we&rsquo;d like to see more apps taking advantage of this sort of thing. Calendar has a more colourful Agenda view with cards for each appointment. While the Google Camera app, which comes pre-installed, has had a redesign with new icons and a bigger area to press to start snapping or shooting. It all makes sense but some settings, such as the resolution of video, are now slower to get to.</p> <p>Google Now is still accessed by swiping right and is much the same as ever - nice to swipe through and occasionally brilliant - especially for frequent travellers. It also now has the power to launch any installed apps relevant to your search e.g IMDb for movie queries. Also tied into Google Now is voice commands: now more Android phones will be able to respond to the &lsquo;OK Google&rsquo; command when the screen is off. That means the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/moto-x-2014/review">Moto X</a>&nbsp;loses a little of its advantage over the Android crowd then, but it&rsquo;s still the only smartphone that lets you personalise the command.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="800" title="Gmail&#039;s two pane view in landscape " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/OV4JQo_ziQA4BriLYkYTW4ztMnv1-baQo5xPeOqOrDs_0.png?1418009780" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="675" title="The Google Camera app is still simple and easy to use " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-camera-app_0.png?1418009780" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Street Smart Security </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Android 5.0 includes lots of behind-the-scenes changes that you won&rsquo;t be able to try out or show off, but that doesn&#39;t mean they&#39;re not important or useful.</p> <p>They include security with encryption that&#39;s turned on by default on new devices, and SELinux enforcing for all apps - this just means your phone is constantly checking that there&rsquo;s no malware lurking and doing damage.</p> <p>So what can you try out? Android Lollipop devices can remove pins or passcode patterns when they&rsquo;re in range of a secure Bluetooth device such as a smartwatch, car or home speaker. We&rsquo;re not sure this is a feature for everyone (what if the mugger pinches both?) but we tried it with a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Moto 360</a>&nbsp;and it&rsquo;s undoubtedly a cool feature. Trusted Face (aka Face Unlock, made-over) comes with warnings about people aping your face but now works quicker, using the camera even as you look at notifications on the lockscreen.</p> <p>Finally, it&rsquo;s not just your apps and messages you want to keep intact, there&rsquo;s your dignity to think of too. Android 5.0 adds a guest mode functionality that&rsquo;s seriously simple to use. In fact, it adds user profiles for the first time on smartphones too (it&rsquo;s already been around on tablets). You can add and switch between multiple users and the guest session via the icon at the top right of the notification pulldown. One user can also function as a kids mode quite easily.</p> <p>Smartphones such as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3</a>&nbsp;do already have this feature with the bonus of a secret lockscreen pattern that jumps into guest mode, but it&rsquo;s a welcome addition for stock Android and with switching in a matter of seconds, it may actually get used.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong>&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3 review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1350" height="1200" title="Users and guest mode is accessed in the notifications pulldown " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-security_0.jpg?1418009780" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="675" height="1200" title="Smartwatch nearby? Smart Lock means you won&#039;t need to unlock your phone" alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-trusted-devices_0.jpg?1418009780" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All Hail Project Volta </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are two sides to Google&rsquo;s efforts around battery life - one you&rsquo;ll notice and one you probably won&rsquo;t. The first is under-the-hood efficiency optimisations, to increase stamina as part of Project Volta. This includes apps conserving more battery, the OS doing more tracking and minimising wasteful, routine network tasks. What does that mean? Well, in the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/google-nexus-5/review">&nbsp;Nexus 5</a>&nbsp;we&rsquo;ve been running Lollipop on, we have noticed a slight increase in the day-to-day battery life. It&rsquo;s not huge but for a phone like this which can struggle to last the day, Android 5.0 is worth the update for this alone.</p> <p>We say this alone - we mean this and the new battery saver mode. This has been around on Samsungs, LGs and HTCs for years and finally makes its way to pure Android. It can kick in automatically at 5 or 15%: orange bars appear top and bottom so you don&rsquo;t forget and Google claims it can stretch battery life by 90 minutes. In our testing, that&rsquo;s been about right on the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/google-nexus-5/review">Nexus 5</a>. As usual, it achieves this by reducing background data, vibrations and performance.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong>&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Sony Xperia Z3 review - the two day smartphone&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2160" height="1920" title="Orange bars mean battery saver mode is on " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-battery-saver_0.jpg?1418009780" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performance Boost, In Time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s every reason to be excited about all the boosts Google has made to the performance of Android 5.0, thanks to ART. Not familiar? This is the new default runtime, and while that won&rsquo;t mean a lot to most people, it essentially means that the engine running behind the scenes has been completely renewed. Apps and animations run at a much more fluid 60fps, and ART offers over twice the speed of its previous runtime, Dalvik.</p> <p>Other tweaks include an improvement in graphics performance, and Google has worked with the likes of Nvidia and Qualcomm to further improve optimisations within their own processors.</p> <p>Impressive stuff, but with a few bits of lag still hanging around, we&#39;re not entirely blown away. Like Usain Bolt with a crazed fan clinging onto his ankles, it&rsquo;s lovely and fast but is bound to occasionally trip up.</p> <p>Lollipop also supports 64-bit processing, as found on the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/nexus-9/review">Nexus 9</a>&nbsp;- this isn&rsquo;t so much something to get giddy about this year but could lead to apps and games which are more powerful and more efficient in future. Win win.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/nexus-9/review">Nexus 9 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="800" title="Teeny bit of lag around Lollipop" alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/n4zE7SLBLzp1gR_qtJWLhvse_bk8NAR02-TFVxTRzlw_0.png?1418009780" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android 5.0 Lollipop Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Some of the most interesting aspects of Lollipop are probably still to be seen - new features and compatibility for Android Wear, plus Android TV and Android Auto coming in 2015.</p> <p>But right now Android 5.0 really shows that Android updates have grown up.</p> <p>This OS will be on most popular Android phones and tablets very quickly indeed, and we hope everyone makes that teensy bit of effort to update. The new, fresh Material Design might not be as precise and delightful as iOS 8 but it&rsquo;s lively, it&rsquo;s colourful and it&rsquo;s easier and more fluid to navigate.</p> <p>There are plenty of features here that iPhone, Samsung and LG users have long enjoyed - from lockscreen notifications to battery saver mode to user profiles. But that these are now native is still cause for celebration.&nbsp;And all this on top of Google Now, Google Voice and an excellent (if still not iOS-beating) selection of apps and games in the Play Store.</p> <p>Fans of pure Android no longer have to choose between fast, clutter-free performance and really, really useful features, and that is a Very Good Thing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartphones/top-ten">The best smartphones in the world</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong>&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/tablets/top-ten">The best tablets you can buy&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="800" title="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/qfUgUQ2We-mCzJDwvcMlHBB8WJAIbxwSwBSm5tUrHbk_0.png?1418009780" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Android 5.0 doesn&#39;t put a foot wrong - the same Google smarts together with a fresh design and incredibly useful new features</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android L preview </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Everything you need to know about Google&#039;s shiny new OS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-l-main_0_0.jpg?1418009780" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/android-45/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/android-45/review#comments Android Google Sun, 07 Dec 2014 18:10:52 +0000 Elissa Loi 1435523 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Free classic PlayStation theme for PS4, Google’s kid-centric plans, and watch an hour of Halo 5 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/fully-charged-free-classic-playstation-theme-ps4-google-s-kid-centric-plans-and-watch-hour-ha <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our morning tech news roundup will load you up before you start the day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="20th Anniversary PlayStation 4 theme" alt="20th Anniversary PlayStation 4 theme" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-ps4-psone-theme.jpg?1417745660" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Free PS1 theme for PS4 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yesterday marked 20 years since the Japanese launch of the first PlayStation, and Sony celebrated in part by announcing the amazing-looking <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation/limited-edition-original-grey-playstation-4-marks-20th-anniversary/news">Original Grey limited edition PlayStation 4</a>. Just 12,300 units are being made, so it&rsquo;ll be super hard to come by. But no matter which kind of PS4 you have, you can at least give it a little throwback flair.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s thanks to the free new 20th anniversary theme on the PlayStation Store, which is available for PS4 as well as PlayStation 3 and Vita. It adds a grey colour scheme and new icons, along with floating 3D controller button logos, but the absolute best part is the addition of the PSone&rsquo;s startup music once you sign in. Kudos to Sony for this fantastic freebie.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ixjcv_ONfaY">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation/playstation-20-how-playstation-changed-gaming/feature">PlayStation at 20: How the PlayStation changed gaming</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Ixjcv_ONfaY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google planning kid-focused services </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Many children already use the Internet in their daily lives, whether at school or the home, but they&rsquo;re using services primarily designed for older users. Google wants to change that, and is actively working on refocused versions of its core services for use by kids 12 and under.</p> <p>Regulations limit how data can be mined from young children, and parental concerns will no doubt flare up at the idea of Google tapping into younger audiences. But executives claim that it&rsquo;s simply an effort to make sure kids can get to what they really want more easily, while still allowing parents some level of supervision. In the USA Today piece, the example is used that a kid searching for trains probably doesn&rsquo;t want real-world schedules, but perhaps access to Thomas the Tank Engine.</p> <p>And search will probably be a big focus, along with Chrome and YouTube, which already attract child users but could certainly be better tailored for younger needs and minds. &ldquo;We want to be thoughtful about what we do&hellip; we want kids to be safe, but ultimately it&#39;s about helping them be more than just pure consumers of tech, but creators, too,&rdquo; says Google&rsquo;s Pavni Diwanji, vice president of engineering.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/12/03/google-products-revamped-for-under-13-crowd/19803447/">USA Today</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-2013/christmas-gift-guide-12-gadget-gifts-tech-kids/feature">Christmas Gift Guide: 14 gadget gifts for tech kids</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="Google" alt="Google" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-logo-lots.jpg?1417745660" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watch an hour of Halo 5 multiplayer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Well, it&rsquo;s 59 minutes, but who&rsquo;s really counting? The <em>Halo 5: Guardians</em> multiplayer beta test is slated to begin late this month on Xbox One, but YouTube channel Ready Up Live was given enough early access to record about an hour&rsquo;s worth of pure gameplay.</p> <p><em>Halo 5: Guardians</em> significantly shakes up the popular online combat approach with the introduction of jetpack dodges and ground pound moves, along with a Smart Scope for improved aiming. In other words, it&rsquo;s embracing elements from other shooters while hopefully not losing its own distinctive flavour. Check out our preview below for our early impressions of the beta test to come.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_9T1ILYYJk">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/halo-5-guardians/halo-5-guardians-hands/review">Halo 5: Guardians hands-on preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/E_9T1ILYYJk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First Terminator: Genisys trailer out today </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The debut trailer for next summer&rsquo;s <em>Terminator: Genisys</em> is expected to debut today, and as seen <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/evolve/fully-charged-first-jurassic-world-teaser-evolve-s-add-maps-are-free-and-google-s-internet-ba">with <em>Jurassic World</em> last week</a>, we&rsquo;ve got a first glimpse with a teaser <em>teaser</em> this morning. You&rsquo;ll catch a look at a T-1000, as well as Arnold Schwarzenegger, but that&rsquo;s about it for now. Hopefully the full trailer will make the first part of this new planned trilogy look essential.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_77GeNEzFQ">YouTube</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/12/3/7325759/terminator-genisys-poster-trailer-release-date">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.howtoliveit.co.uk/2013/09/05/the-terminator/#.UioCgGTXhsQ">Why I love&hellip; The Terminator</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/t_77GeNEzFQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/fully-charged-free-classic-playstation-theme-ps4-google-s-kid-centric-plans-and-watch-hour-ha#comments Film and TV Gaming Google Halo 5 Guardians PlayStation 4 Sony Thu, 04 Dec 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1454688 at http://www.stuff.tv