Google is now a MVNO Carrier with Project Fi

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Google is now a MVNO Carrier with Project Fi

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Google Just announced that they will be entering the mobile carrier game with a new network called Project Fi or just Fi for short. This is a MVNO network (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) and will be using T-mobile and Sprint towers and coverage. So if you already use these networks in your area then Project Fi might be a good fit for you. Lets take a look at some of the features that will come with this new MVNO Project Fi

Features

1. Your data is secured through encryption when we connect you to open Wi-Fi hotspots. It’s like your data has a private tunnel to drive through.

2. Never pay for unused data. At the end of each month, you’ll get your unused data credited in dollars and cents, so you only pay for what you use.

3. Wifi Calling and Text just like many of the carriers are doing. also if you move away from that wifi your call will transfer to cell service without dropping the call.

4. Using Google Hangouts your number can be used to make and receive calls from youe computer, tablet, or phone of course.

there are c couple other small features that you can read more about here 

 Data Plans

  • Unlimited domestic talk and text
  • Unlimited international texts
  • Low-cost international calls
  • Wi-Fi tethering
  • Coverage in 120+ countries

Above is the basic features of every plan for $20. but you have to at least add a 1GB $10 data plan as well so lowest cost at this time is $30 a month which isn’t that bad if you don’t use much data.

Data rate work this way $10 for 1GB of data tahts it pretty simple. Example if you want 10GB of date it will cost you $100 plus $20 for the basic call and text giving you a $120 total.

NOTE Project Fi is only available on the Nexus 6 at this time. And is set up as a invite only program. I am sure that Google will be rolling it out to more device as time passes. And yes you can port your current number over to Project Fi. 

 

MY THOUGHTS

Is Google’s New Project Fi the right package for me? Well the short answer is a BIG NO. Let me explain, I am what you might call a power user and go through a ton of data each month well over 10GB to say the least. This kind of data usage would make my bill over $120 so it is much cheaper for me to get T-mobile’s $80 a month unlimited plan which is what i am on right now. Speaking of unlimited, Google really should have offered an unlimited package at a low price too. If Google really wants to be a player in the cell phone carrier arena then they are really going to have to step up there game. Now if you are a 1GB a month kind of person and are always on wifi at home and work then you could get a plan for as low as $30 a month, thats a deal.  So is Project Fi right for you? It all boils down to how you use your phone and it could be a great cheap package for your kids or something along those lines. It will be interesting to watch and see  the direction Google will take with Project Fi.

Android 5.1 Launches On Nexus Devices

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Android 5.1 Lollipop Arrives

This week on the Official Android Blog, Android Lollipop 5.1 was announced with some minor, but well deserved modifications to Lollipop 5.0.

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A small list of some of the changes:

  • Voice-Over-LTE (Currently supported on T-Mobile and Verizon)
  • HD Voice (Currently supported on T-Mobile and Verizon)
  • Device Protection (Remote locking similar to iCloud lock on iOS products)
  • Better Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Quick-toggles
  • Support for Multi-SIM devices

Android 5.1 is currently being pushed to Nexus 5, 6, 7, 10. If you want this latest firmware the best place to download it is from HERE

Source from Official Android Blog

A couple things i have noticed with android 5.1 are that it runs much smoother on my Nexus 6. Apps and browser windows load quicker which I really like. It also seems like the encryption on the Nexus 6 kind of slowed down the device but with Android 5.1 it is working normal again even with the encryption.  There are also a lot of little animations that make it a much nicer experience.

New Nexus Devices

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New Nexus Devices

Nexus 6

Nexus6

 

Info

The Nexus 6 is a device that has been suspected for a long time now. It started as an off hand rumor, but the device grew into something more. A tangible product that one can actually purchase(soon). This device is a monster. The new Nexus flagship is being built by Motorola and will feature a staggering 5.96″ display. The size of the display is backed by a QHD AMOLD display for your viewing pleasures.

A screen that big is going to take a mega battery to power it, and Motorola does not disappoint. The device will be powered by a 3220mAh battery that supports Motorola’s new Turbo Charging. This Turbo Charger will supply your device with a charger that should last you 6 hours after being plugged in for 15 minutes. This will be helpful for those who forget to charge their phones at night, or don’t like to leave their phone plugged in overnight.

The battery life of the previous Nexus phone was on of the biggest complaints. The other major complaint was the camera. While Motorola isn’t known for having the best of cameras, the specs for the Nexus 6 camera look pretty decent. we have a 13MP rear camera with optical image stabilization and a dual LED ring flash. This is coupled with a f/2.0 aperture and the capability to capture video in 4K at 30 frames per second. I can’t speak for the camera quality just yet, but the specs look good on paper. Hopefully it will perform as well as it sounds like it should!

Besides the screen, battery, and camera, there isn’t really anything else about the Nexus 6 that deserves a dedicated paragraph. Of course it will ship with the newest version of Android, 5.0 Lollipop, as will the other Nexus devices announced. The Nexus 6 sports the  Snapdragon 805 CPU along with an Adreno 420 GPU. The full specs list is located below.

Motorola has really gone with the “bigger is better” attitude here and delivered a giant device in an attempt to satisfy the giant demand for this Nexus device. Along with the bigger specs is a increased price tag. Did you really think that all of this would be made available at the same cost of the Nexus 5, or with only a small price increase? Many Android fans thought that it would be, and were expecting a $350 – $450 price tag. Their hopes and dreams were shattered when it was announced that the Nexus 6 would be offered at the price of $649 factory unlocked from the Play Store.

Current carriers expected to sell their own Nexus 6 include T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon Wireless, U.S. Cellular and Sprint. These carriers plus the factory unlocked variant to be sold on the Play Store should allow just about anyone the chance to use the Nexus 6 on their current provider.

Specs

OS
  • Android™ 5.0 Lollipop
Screen
  • 5.96” 2560×1440 QHD AMOLED display (493 ppi)
Rear Camera
  • 13MP with optical image stabilization
  • Dual LED ring flash
  • f/2.0 aperture
  • 4K video capture at 30 fps
Front Camera
  • 2MP
  • HD Video Conferencing
Size
  • 82.98mm x 159.26mm x 10.06mm
Weight
  • 184 grams
Color
  • Midnight Blue
  • Cloud White
Battery
  • 3220mAh
  • Qi wireless charging
  • Standby time (Ambient Display on ): up to 250 hours
  • Standby time (Ambient Display off): up to 330 hours
  • Internet use time (Wi-Fi): up to 9.5 hours
  • Internet use time (LTE): up to 10 hours
  • Talk time: up to 24 hours
  • Video playback: up to 10 hours
Audio Output
  • Dual front facing speakers
CPU
  • Quad core Krait 450 CPU 2.7GHz (Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SOC)
GPU
  • Adreno 420
Network
  • 2G/3G/4G LTE
  • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • CDMA: Band Class: 0/1/10
  • WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/8
  • LTE: Bands: 2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/25/26/29/41
  • CA DL: Bands: B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-29, B4-B5, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29
Wireless
  • Broadcom 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO)
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • NFC
Memory
  • 32GB & 64 GB (actual formatted capacity will be less)
Ports
  • Micro USB
  • Nano SIM
  • 3.5mm audio
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Barometer

What’s in the box

  • Nexus 6 phone
  • USB sync/charge cable
  • Turbo charger
  • Safety and Warranty information
  • Quick start guide

Pricing

  • 32GB = $649
  • 64GB = $699

Order Your Nexus 6 now from Google Play Store CLICK HERE

 

Nexus 9

Nexus9

 

Info

The Nexus 9 features a 8.9″ screen with a  4:3 aspect ratio. The Play Store listing claims that the device is still small enough for one handed use while being big enough to enjoy watching media. The screen is Gorilla Glass 3 and includes the lovely double tap to wake feature.

HTC has shown that Motorola isn’t the only one that can design a no compromise Nexus device. Their Nexus offering sports a 64-bit NVIDA Tegra K1 Dual Denver CPU and a 192-core Kepler GPU. HTC also implemented their HTC BoomSound™ speakers in a dual front-facing set up.

The only thing that is really disappointing specs is the camera. You have a 8MP rear shooter coupled with a 1.6MP front camera. Honestly though, it is a 9 inch tablet. Users shouldn’t be walking around with this thing trying to take million dollar shots.

The Nexus 9 also has the usual overpriced folio cover that is more for fashion then protection. These are $40 on the Play Store. They are rather neat though and have the capability to be folded into a stand. New to the accessory store is a Keyboard Folio for $130. As the name suggests, this is a folding keyboard that connects to your tablet by way of Bluetooth.

The HTC Nexus 9 is up for pre-order on the Play Store, Best Buy and Amazon. The device is expected to show up at Game Stop as well.

Specs

OS
  • Android™ 5.0 Lollipop
Screen
  • 8.9″ IPS LCD
  • 4:3 aspect ratio
  • QXGA (2048×1536)
  • Gorilla Glass 3
  • Double tap to wake
Rear Camera
  • 8MP
  • f/2.4
  • Auto-focus, LED flash
Front Camera
  • 1.6MP
  • f/2.4
Size
  • 153.68 mm x 228.25 mm x 7.95 mm
Weight
  • 425g
Color
  • Indigo Black
  • Lunar White
  • Sand
Battery
  • 6700 mAh
  • Wi-Fi Browsing: Up to 9.5 hours
  • LTE Browsing: Up to 8.5 hours
  • Video Playback: Up to 9.5 hours
  • Wi-Fi Standby: Up to 30 days
  • LTE Standby: Up to 30 days
CPU
  • 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 Dual Denver @ 2.3GHz
GPU
  • 192-core Kepler GPU
Wi-Fi
  • 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO)
  • NFC
  • Bluetooth 4.1
Memory
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB & 32GB storage (actual formatted capacity will be less)
Ports
  • Micro-USB 2.0
  • 3.5mm audio
  • Dual front-facing speakers with HTC BoomSound™
  • Dual microphones
Sensors
  • GPS
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Gyroscope
  • Accelerometer
  • Magnetometer

What’s in the box

  • Nexus 9 tablet
  • USB sync/charge cable
  • Dual-voltage USB wall charger
  • Quick start guide
  • Warranty/Safety Card

Pricing

WiFi

  • 16GB = $399
  • 32GB = $479

LTE

  • 32GB = $599

Order Your Nexus 9 now from Google Play Store CLICK HERE

 

Nexus Player

 NexusPlayer

 

Info

ASUS is here to offer its next Nexus offering, the Nexus Player. The Nexus Player is a puck type device designed for use with Android TV. The device is small and elegantly designed.

The Nexus Player is powered by a quad core Intel® Atom™ with an Imagination PowerVR Series 6 Graphics 2D/3D Engine.

Hopefully you have a strong and reliable WiFi network because this device only supports WiFi internet connectivity. No wired connections. This is a negative in my book, but I guess it would be kind of hard to implement a wired connection on a round device; however, it does have a microUSB port and a HDMI port, so I don’t really see what the problem is here.

From the information given on the Play Store, the Nexus Player is a FireTV with Android TV instead of the Amazon OS. You have voice commands to quickly search for media, you get a standard remote in the box, and the option of buying a gaming controller.

The Nexus Player actually appears to double as a Chromecast allowing you to cast media from your computer, Chromebook, Android device or iOS device. It is an all around device that can have a place in any house hold.

Specs

Chipset
  • 1.8GHz Quad Core,
  • Imagination PowerVR Series 6 Graphics 2D/3D Engine
Memory
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB storage⁴
Ports
  • 18W DC power
  • HDMI out (1920 x 1080 @ 60Hz)
  • Micro-USB 2.0
Connectivity
  • 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO)
  • Bluetooth 4.1
Weight
  • 235g
Size
  • 120mm x 120mm x 20mm
Remote
  • 2 AAA batteries (included in box)
  • Bluetooth Smart
  • 40g (excluding batteries)
  • 37mm x 140mm x 16mm

What’s in the box

  • Nexus Player
  • Remote with voice search
  • Power Adapter
  • 2 AAA batteries
  • Quick start guide
  • Warranty, Safety and Regulatory booklet

Price

8GB=99.99

Order Your Nexus Android TV Player now from Google Play Store CLICK HERE