It’s a long time coming, but Starbucks has finally updated their app to support QHD devices. With millions of QHD screens on the market, It would only make sense to finally address them. Praise from LG G3 and Samsung Note 4 owners rang out on the web the other night when they began to receive the update. This is the main reason it has kept me from going to Starbucks.
Along side that, Starbucks added a small list of features that many goers have asked for in the previous months.
Android 5.0 is officially here. Along with this, Google has also announced the newest line of Nexus devices. Also, the Android L preview has been updated to include the final release of the Lollipop API.
Starting in the coming weeks, Nexus line devices will begin to see the OTA update. Currently, you can download the update to flash via adb for the Nexus 5 & 7. Other Nexus & GPE (Google Play Edition) line devices will begin to see the latest update roll out to them in the coming weeks / month.
Even though the Cast SDK has been open to the public for about a month now, there has been no implementation from Twitch.
An independent developer has created a app for Android called TwitchCast. This very simple app now allows users to cast Twitch to their TV’s. Over the past few days I have been using this app with no flaws, everything is smooth and the same quality when using the Source option. If you have bad internet be sure to check out the other lower options. Unfortunately, they only apply to users who are Twitch partners. Recently Twitch did announce the availability of multiple quality streams to non-partner users during off-peak hours. Bottom line, Unless you know they are a popular streamer, don’t attempt to use any other options other than source.
If you are looking for a web based version to cast Twitch, look no further. TwitchCast Web
One thing that has plagued Android ever since its inception is the value the phone holds after a duration of time. However, there are one line of phones that consistently hold their value even a year after they have been on the market. Let us take a step back and examine the Google Nexus line of phones.
When thinking of a phone that retains its value, everyone instantly thinks the iPhone. Well I am here today to tell you this doesn’t hold up.
When the Nexus 4 was launched in November 2012 the phone was launched in two models. First model, 8GB at $299 and 16GB at $349. This is one of the few phones that have ever been released under the “normal” MSRP of $649.99. This phone was supposed to be a cheaply subsidized phone for hardcore android enthusiasts. What it turned into? A low budget powerhouse for anyone who wanted a phone off contract. Up until November when the Nexus 5 Launched users where still able to sell their phones for $249 and that meant they would pretty much sell the phone back at the same price they bought it. Lets see if iPhones can do this still.
When the iPhone 5 launched in September of 2012 the phone was launched in 3 different models. 16GB for $649.99, 32GB for $749.99, and 64GB for $849.99. This phone is a standard example of the $649.99 MSRP price. This phone was the sixth generation iPhone. Most of the iPhones that are being sold in the model above are either 32GB or 64GB*. That’s almost half of the value lost of a phone that was launched at almost identical times and has a successor already on the market!
*All statistical data was provided from Swappa on 2/13/2014