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
Along with leaving Verizon we needed to look for new phones as our Verizon phones would not transfer due to being locked CDMA devices. So I decided to look for some new options. Earlier in the Summer I purchased a Nexus 7 2013 Edition tablet. Right off the bat I loved it. So it just happened to be that Google was about to release a new flagship Nexus device so I waited. Finally launch day arrived and I ordered the New Nexus 5. Once the phone arrived it was a breeze to setup. My advanced knowledge of Android helped with this very much so.
Since receiving the phone it has been roughly two months. I love the fact that the phone is running stock android along with the new GEL (Google Experience Launcher) and able to receive timely updates directly from Google without carrier interference. This phones hardware also makes the experience fluid as possible with the Nexus 5 sporting a Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of ram.
Bringing the Bat with.
Now we bring up the second problem. My mother decided with me parting Verizon that she would also love to come along for the ride. After a little bit of chat we decided that it would be in her best interest to also ditch Verizon. She unfortunately did not get a Nexus 5, but she did get the second best thing to that. A Nexus 4. Granted it was last years model and after hearing all sortsof rumors, we decided to give it a go. We looked on Swappa for a gently used phone, and after looking we found a good candidate.
On arrival the phone looked fragile, I mean come on. It has a glass backing that even a six inch drop can shatter it. After removing it from the packaging and comparing it to the Nexus 5 it was clear to see what LG learned from this device. On boot we got the latest update for Android KitKat 4.4.1 (4.4.2 came a few days later). This device came with stock 4.2.2 installed so I was curious to see how it held up on this almost one year old device. Needless to say it works flawlessly and also sports GEL.
After both having Straight Talk, we love it. At first we were skeptical about the coverage but I go bar for bar with my buddies Samsung S4 on AT&T in every location we go. Only downside is the support being non-american based and no physical store to go into if a problem arises. But overall for $50 and some change after tax it is one hell of a steal.