Kodi on Android TV will add recommendation tiles and voice search in ‘Leia’ [Video]

Android TV is a popular platform for using Kodi since it’s incredibly easy to install and to keep updated. Unfortunately, the app doesn’t take advantage of the platform as many other apps do with features such as voice search. However, that will soon change in the next major release of Kodi, as it will be adding both voice search and recommendations.


T-Mobile reportedly planning to debut its own hardware starting with the mid-range REVVL T1

T-Mobile is no stranger to doing things a little differently and in the coming weeks, the company is apparently planning to launch a collection of self-branded Android smartphones to be sold on its network. The first device to debut as part of this series will apparently be the T-Mobile REVVL T1.


Google now says that updates for Verizon and unlocked Pixels will be released ‘simultaneously’

Last week we broke the story that Verizon would be managing system updates for Pixel devices that it sells, and the immediate assumption was that Verizon would delay those updates — not an unreasonable assumption at all based on the carrier’s track record. Now, less than a week later, Verizon has contacted ArsTechnica to state that it won’t be delaying updates. Good right?


Google Store discounts see $200 price cut on Nexus 9, $80 off Nexus 5X [Amazon too]

Update: B&H also has the Nexus 5X at off across the board.

Update: Looks like Amazon is upping the competition. The online retailer has price-matched the Google Store, and you can now pick up the 16GB Nexus 5X for 9 in black or white.  Sadly, the 32GB version is back-ordered, but the price is still listed at 9, the same as Google’s discounted price.

While you could pick up last year’s Nexus 6 64GB at a ridiculously low price (0) on Amazon earlier today, Google’s official online store has some discounts of its own to offer for Black Friday. Perhaps most attractive is the price cut on one of this year’s newest Nexus phones.

You can now buy the 32GB Nexus 5X for just 9 (down from 9), while the 16GB version is 9. At time of writing, all color options are in stock, but the discount only applies while inventory is there.  While it’s not the biggest discount we’ve ever seen, it’s still very generous given how new the Nexus 5X is. Google only announced the product last month, and it’s one of the only available phones to support Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.

While stocks last, you can also snag the Nexus 9 at a discount. The tablet is down to just 9 for the 16GB version and 9 for the 32GB model, cutting the price down by a hefty 0. As things stand (at least until the Pixel C is available), the Nexus 9 is currently one of the only tablets available offering a pure Android experience. Multiple manufacturers have Android tablets on the market, but most come with a boat-load of bloatware. For 9 I’d argue you can’t get a better Android tablet if you value performance and software purity.

If you’re curious to see what other deals are out there today, be sure to bookmark 9to5Toys’ Black Friday page and 9to5Mac’s Black Friday Gameplan.

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You can now apply for a ticket for Google I/O 2017, applications open until Feb 27

The Google Developers Twitter account has announced that applications for Google I/O 2017 are now open. You can apply for a ticket (like previous years, it’s going to be a matter of winning a drawing to see if you’ll actually be able to buy a ticket) between now and February 27th at 5PM PST. Results for the lottery will be announced on February 28th…


Google Glass 2.0 could be a funky-looking flexible device with images viewable by both eyes (but probably not)

Google seems to be keeping its options open on what the next generation of Google Glass may look like. We’ve previously seen a larger prism reportedly destined for the Enterprise Edition, and last week heard that the company is working on two audio-based models without a screen via Project Aura.

A Google patent granted this week now shows two different approaches to a flexible version of the wearable (see below for the second one), worn over only one ear, and with the option of a display viewable by both eyes …  more…