This weekend 5.1 started rolling out to Nexus devices. You could always accept the OTA if you are already running complete stock. Alternatively you could flash the stock image direct from Google. The only issue with flashing the stock image is the fact that it will replace your custom recovery with the stock recovery. There is an easier way. Check out my video for the EASIEST Method of installing 5.1 to any Nexus device!
The new 5.1 udpate seems to be more of an under the hood update. There are not really any huge overhaul features here, however there are several new things that will make this update well worth it. One of the biggest changes in 5.1 is the added support for dual sim card support, and HD voice support. There is a new device security feature that won’t allow any would be thief to use your phone unless they have your google login information. They won’t even be able to factory reset it without your log on info.
There are also several theming features that really polish the look and feel of Android in this build. Essentially this is the way Lollipop should have been to begin with.
One of my favorite movies of all time is now free on the Play Store. One of the sequels was actually free with a Nexus 7 that I bought, but I don’t think the original (probably the best) Transformers movie has been free yet. Even if you don’t intend to watch this movie now you should probably still go click the FREE button in the Play Store. If you grab it now you will own it forever, even after the price jumps back up to $17.99! Head to the Play Link below for the Free download.
Not many consoles can boast more than a few games at release. The new SHIELD from NVIDIA will launch with 50 titles! The Shield will release at $199 and it will be bundled with the game controller. NVIDIA Grid will be the worlds first video game streaming service which will also launch alongside the device. You will no longer have to download hundreds of Gigabytes of games. Just “Click and Play” in less than a minute. Games are streamed in 1080p and at 60fps if you upgrade to the premium service, otherwise games are streamed at 720p at 30fps.
Nvidia has been the go to OEM for gaming tablets and devices when it comes to Android. They have just released an all new Living Room Entertainment device called “SHIELD”. It is very well designed and looks sleek and industrial with a sweet looking glowing light on the front. It is designed to stand in its polished aluminum stand or lay flat. It is super thin and has some raised gliphs on the front and top.
So far Oculus has had a death grip when it comes to viable Virtual Reality. With the Rift and their partnership with Samsung to make the Gear VR they have the best headsets so far. Valve has announced a competing headset that they are working on. Valve’s VR headset is called the Vive and will be built by HTC.
Tablets have not been super exciting here lately. I have pretty well stuck to the Nexus lineup for the past few years. I have owned the OG Nexus 7 followed by the Nexus 10 then the 2nd gen Nexus 7 followed by the Nexus 9. I have been pretty satisfied and have not had a good reason to look outside of the Nexus lineup. However Sony has announced a pretty sweet new tablet.
Samsung announced both the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be available at the top 4 US retailers including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and Tmobile. The phones were unpacked at their Mobile World Congress press event. Other carriers like Boost Mobile, Cricket Wireless, and Metro PCS will carry the Galaxy S6 but not the Galaxy S6 Edge. As far as the release date is concerned…
If you weren’t already excited for the upcoming “Unpacked” event now is the time to start getting that way. The above image was posted earlier today by Samsung. It is the first picture officially released of the device. This is no silhouette either its an actual full on side shot of the device.