Google Platinum Top Contributor for Project Fi and Top Contributor for Android Auto
Android Auto adds Swipe to Dismiss
The Android Auto team released version 2.2 this week. The release introduces swipe to dismiss! This is a much needed feature that has been lacking since the initial release of Android Auto. I am surprised it wasn't available from release. Now you can dismiss the cards that are no longer relevant for you and the cards stay dismissed for the duration of your drive. This works whether you are displaying Android Auto on your phone screen or projecting it to your head unit screen. One other change I noticed with this release is that you can now say "Navigate to John Smith's house". Previously this command was not understood by Android Auto, but "Take me to John Smith's house" was understood. This is a nice change since people naturally want to say "navigate", not "Take me to".
I recent added a member to my existing Project Fi Group Plan. The process was very easy and straight forward. I have documented the steps for the Group Owner and new Group Plan Member.
The Group Owner needs to invite the new member to the group. This can be done from your Project Fi account. Click on Manage Plan, then click "Add Another Member"
The Group owner will need to enter the email address of the new member, select the data budget, and purchase a compatible device, or order a SIM card if they already have a compatible device.
The new Member will receive an email with link to accept the invitation to join the group. They will be asked if they want to use there Google Voice number if they have one, port an existing number, or have Project Fi assign them a new number, confirm their service address, and accept the terms and conditions. That's it! I have included some screen shots from the process.
The Project Fi team announced that they are testing VoLTE with a subset of user! This is a feature that many user have been asking for and we are one step closer.
This is still in the testing phase and no date has been given when this will roll out to everyone.
A few advantages of VoLTE are:
Higher quality calls over data - without using any of your data allocationFaster data browsing during an on-going callFaster call setup
You can tell you're making a VoLTE call because your signal indicator will continue to display LTE instead of falling to H[HSPA] when you make a or receive a call.
The Speck Candyshell Grip case is certified to meet or exceed MIL-STD-810G drop test standards for military-grad protection. The case has raised bezels to protect the screen from impact. For those that like to keep place your phone screen down, this will keep the screen off of surface and protect it from damage and scratches. The volume and power buttons are covered, but they buttons are still very responsive. The back of the case has raised rubber ridges to provide protection and grip.
The case does add a lot of bulk, but it does offer a lot of protection. This is probably too much bulk for me, but it is great a great case for teenage kids or someone looking for a lot of protect that doesn't mind the extra bulk. The raised ridges on the back do offered a lot of grip and the case feels good in your hand. All of the cutout are perfect for the microphones, charging port, headphone jack, and fingerprint sensor. This case for the Nexus 5x cost $34.95, which is one of the m…