Tag Archive: Dead


Verizon’s Wear24 Android Wear smartwatch is dead after just 4 months

Just 4 months after its initial release, Verizon has already killed its Wear24 smartwatch.

No matter how big of a Google fan you are, we can all admit that Android Wear isn’t in the prettiest of places at the moment. Mainstream releases like the LG Watch Sport and Huawei Watch 2 never truly cultivated much of a following at all, and aside from these two entries, the rest of the space has been essentially dominated by fashion brands.

Verizon’s  [Read More…]

Google Instant Search is dead

Google wants search to be consistent across all devices, and that means killing off Instant Search after seven years.

First launched just way back in 2010, Google Instant Search was supposed to be the future of search, saving countless precious seconds each day by loading results dynamically as you typed, freeing users from the chains of the enter key. The feature was big news at the time — and not just in the tech world, but the  [Read More…]

Android is an open road, not a dead end

Android is what you see and touch, not the tech behind it.

A recent article at OSNews called “Android is a dead end” brings up some good points to think about. While I think the conclusion is wrong, it does touch some important changes that are likely going to happen with Android. At least the phone OS version of Android. You should take a moment and read through it, if for nothing else than a different perspective.

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Keep the zombie hordes at bay in Dead Plague [Best New Games for Android]

What are the latest games worth checking out in the Google Play Store?

Updated June 3, 2017: Try out the early release of the top-down zombie shooter Dead Plague, check out the new take on the King of Fighters franchise, and then play the casual basketball game Bouncy Hoops!

There are thousands and thousands of games available in the Google Play Store, with more being added every month. With so much content hitting the app store,  [Read More…]

Google Talk is dead, Hangouts is the new Slack, Project Fi users are screwed and everyone hates Allo

It is impossible to go seven or more days without some messaging news from Google.

Google seems to understand that it needs to pare its messenger story down to a few apps that cover everyone’s needs (so it’s easier for people to ignore them all and use WhatsApp anyway). And, to some extent, that’s what is happening, but everything feels so chaotic and is changing before replacements are ready.

It just feels like Google has gone off  [Read More…]

Gingerbread is officially dead as it loses Google Play Services support

It’s time to throw out the Gingerbread, it’s finally gone stale.

Android Gingerbread and Android Honeycomb are over six years old — in fact, Android Honeycomb turns 7 next week — and they are finally losing support from the Google Play Services framework. Google Developers announced back in November that 10.0 would be the last SDK version to support to support them, and with this week’s Google Play Services 10.2, they have officially been left behind.

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Google just made tethering dead simple on Pixel and Nexus devices

Instant Tethering is coming to save your tablet’s internet.

Google has just turned on a feature called Instant Tethering, allowing Nexus and Pixel phones and tablets to share internet connections automatically, as long as they are connected to the same Google profile.

Announced on the company’s support forum, the feature is a part of the new Google Play Services (so it may not be available for everyone just yet) and can be accessed through the Settings  [Read More…]

Google Contributor is well and truly dead; successor yet to be revealed

Contributor accounts have been shut down, and refunds have been issued. It’s done.

To quote our previous story about Google Contributor, “this whole thing sounds really weird.” After announcing back in December that its pay-to-remove-ads product would be replaced with something new come January, Google swiftly and abruptly shut down the service in a less-than-graceful manor. Now, it’s completely dead.

It started with the Google Contributor website simply being killed at the start of  [Read More…]

Android Central 318: Smartwatches are dead

In this episode, Daniel, Jerry, Andrew and Alex debate whether wearables, and smartwatches in particular, are done for — or whether there’s still a pulse … nope, not going to finish that one.

Meanwhile, RCS — Rich Communications Services — could be the iMessage alternative Android users have been waiting for, but it’s probably going to disappoint.

Plus, favorite apps! The team goes over their best apps of the year.

Podcast MP3 URL:  http://traffic.libsyn.com/androidcentral/androidcentral318.mp3

Put an end to dead spots and slow internet in your home with the AmpliFi HD mesh network (review)

There’s a battle going on for control of your home. It’s not just for control of smart devices like the Google Home or Amazon Echo. It’s for everything in your home that’s related to technology. Arguably the most important battle is over your Wi-Fi network. While wireless routers have stayed relatively unchanged for the past