PSA: Check The Google App Status Page For Outages

We are currently in the Great Google Disruption of 2015.  Well, okay, that’s a bit of drama but there are several service from the company that are degraded.  The most notable is Google Drive where people are able to log in but they don’t see any files or folders.  Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides are also impacted by the outage which started at 10:55 AM Pacific.  There is no word on what the issue is or when it will be resolved.

For those who want to keep up with such outages or other service impacting things from Google, there is a single site that is the place to go for information:  Google’s App Status Dashboard.

OnePlus 2 Open Sale Coming Monday October 12th

For those of you who are waiting for your invite to come up to order a OnePlus 2, there is good news coming on Monday, October 12th.  For one hour on Monday, OnePlus will have an open sale on the OnePlus 2, the latest offering from the company.  Orders are limited to 2 devices in that hour long sale (although there is no mention of limits to orders you can place) and the sale does not require you have an invitation.  In fact, be clear on this folks:  The price won’t be discounted.  You are just getting the opportunity to buy the OnePlus 2 instead of waiting in the invite queue.

AT&T Issues Update To The LG G4

AT&T has pushed out an OTA update for customers using the carrier’s version of the LG G4.  The update, which is based on Android Lollipop, addresses multiple items within the software running on the device and brings additional security updates to it as well.  Users of the LG G4 will get notification of the update on their device and can download it over Wi-Fi or celluar.  The update is 26.5MB in size so not huge and brings the Lollipop build version to LMY47D which is Lollipop 5.1.0.

Google Play Store Has Several Games for only .10 Cents Each

The Google Play Store has just launched a .10 Cent sale on a dozen games for Android phones and tablets.  The games feature multiple titles for Chillingo but also have a few from Electronic Arts.  If you have wanted to pick up a few games to try out, now is a good time for sure.  There is no word on how long the sale will be lasting so if you want pick up any of the games listed after the break, better jump on it now.

Google Play Store .10 Cent Game Sale

Google Drive for Android Update Allows Others To Request Drive Access

Google is rolling out a new update to the Google Drive for Android app that will add the ability for users to request permission to access a file or folder on your Google Drive account.  Today you can easily share content on your Google Drive by sending a link to someone via email, Hangouts, etc.  As Google puts it, “This release adds the ability for people using the Drive Android app to request access to Drive content links―received via email, Hangouts, etc―to which they don’t already have access.”

Google Drive for Android – Free – Download Now

Project Fi App Update Now Supports Any Android Device

Google has released an important update to the Project Fi app for Android that expands the devices that can run the app.  Previously you could only run the Project Fi app and manage your account from a Nexus 6, the first device that could run on the Project Fi network.  Now with the addition of the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P, not only can you manage your account from those two new devices but from any Android device running Android Lollipop or higher.

The updated version of the Project Fi app is version F.1.5.10 for those keeping score at home and it is rolling out to the Google Play Store now.  If you are a Project Fi customer you should see the update hit your device any time between now and the next day or two.  If you are not a Project Fi customer you can still download the app to get an idea of how the mobile plans from Google work but obviously it doesn’t do a lot for you without being on the plan.

Project Fi – Free – Download Now

Angry Birds 2 Update Brings Halloween Levels

With Halloween fast approaching, the team at Rovio have not let Angry Birds 2 players down.  A new update to the sequel to the popular pig-popping game is now in the Google Play Store and it brings a new area to play, Snotting Hill.  In the release notes, the new level is described as slimy and slippery so that should give players a clue of what to expect once you reach this new level.  The update is version 2.2.1 for those keeping score at home and it is available now in the Play Store.  The game is free but as you would expect in this day of Freemium, there are in-app purchases you can make (although I’ve been play since it has been released and not spent any real money on it yet – it’s pretty easy to not spend money on it. Bravo Rovio!)

Angry Birds 2 – Free (In-App Purchases) – Download Now

Evernote Update Brings Android Marshmallow Support

If you are an Evernote user and have had some issues since upgrading to Android Marshmallow, there is a fix available for you in the Google Play Store.  Evernote for Android has been updated to version 7.3 for those keeping score at home and this update is primarily aimed at bringing support for the latest build of Android.  In searching Google+ and other forums, there have been a few people who have reported trouble with Evernote after upgrading their Nexus devices.  I for one never saw an issue on either my Nexus 6 or Nexus 7 but after upgrading to this new build this morning, the app seems to be a bit smoother in performance, particularly when moving from one notebook to another.

Evernote for Android – Free (In-App Purchases) – Download Now