One of the draws of Motorola‘s G-series only a few years ago was its nearly-stock Android system and fast updates – almost like a proto-Android-One setup. However, ever since Google sold Motorola to Lenovo in 2014 and was relegated to merely a brand, the classic phone manufacturer’s devices have disappointingly gone from being amongst the first […]
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The Essential Phone was a flawed but extremely promising device, but it really struggled to overcome some of the mistakes and missteps from Essential out of the gate. Miscommunication, stock issues, and some software issues plagued the device, and it never really took off. Even ridiculous sales couldn’t do much to help the phone gain […]
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What’s in a name, I hear you ask? Let’s take Google’s Home Hub as an example, ‘Home Hub’ simply rolls off the tongue like a good quality brandy. By contrast, the LG XBOOM AI ThinQ model WK9 rolls off the tongue like you are spitting out Lego bricks. In case you were wondering, the XBOOM […]
Come comment on this article: LG’s XBOOM AI ThinQ WK9 Smart Display finally goes on sale for $ 200
It’s something that most Samsung users have been aware of since the Galaxy S2 launched; AMOLED (OLED) displays use much less power when showing dark or true black wallpapers. In its quest to implement its Material Design that brought blinding white brightness to its apps as well as encouraging app developers to follow suit, Google has […]
Come comment on this article: Google finally admits that dark mode helps with battery life on OLED displays
The good thing about Gboard and Chrome on Android is that their beta program handles tests and features prior to them hitting the masses. YouTube has utilized server-side tests that basically use random users as guinea pigs, but it now has an official beta program to (supposedly) stop that practice. I’d much rather have tests […]
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One feature that’s pretty much always been sorely missed on Android compared to iOS is the ability to make full, complete data backups on demand to ease transitioning in between devices. Apple offers stellar iCloud/iTunes backups, but the closest thing you’d get with that on Android would be on a rooted device utilizing recovery backups. And […]
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Facebook teased a simplified redesign for its Messenger app earlier this year, also indicating that the next refresh for the app would come with a dark mode. Now that update is finally rolling out from Facebook directly, so users should expect to see it over the coming weeks. The update rearranges the navigation bar on […]
Come comment on this article: Facebook Messenger finally gets its sleek, simplified redesign, plus a dark mode
If you are a Twitter user, you are probably familiar with the frustration of seeing your timeline showing tweets that were posted hours ago instead of ones from a few seconds ago. Twitter’s policy of showing the ‘Best Tweets First’ meant that the timeline was a confusing mess, but there is hope on the horizon […]
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In the midst of IFA 2018 fever, the Google Home Max has finally launched in the UK having first been announced last October. The Google Home Max has been on sale in the US since November last year, bringing deeper base a beefier sound than its cheaper siblings, the Google Home and Home Mini. In […]
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Back at Google I/O this year, Google announced some digital wellbeing tools for YouTube and Android. Now that Android 9 Pie is official we have access to some of those system-wide tools, but the YouTube update has been elusive all year. It’s finally starting to roll out, though, so you’ll soon be able to keep […]
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OnePlus has always tried to sell phones by cutting unnecessary corners to keep costs low, but one of those corners was in full distribution that you see with other manufacturers. You can’t walk into most stores, check out a OnePlus 6, and walk out with a phone in a big and a ton of accessories. […]
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It is hard to imagine that there are app developers out there that still limit themselves to the iOS world considering how dominant Android is. Nevertheless, they are out there. However, the group got smaller by one with the announcement this past Friday that WeTransfer is now available for Android through the Google Play Store. […]
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While all my American and UK colleagues have had access to Amazon's Alexa for years, I've been left out of the party here in France. At last, however, folks in the nation (and Monaco) can parlez Francais with Alexa on Amazon's Echo, Echo Dot and Echo…
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Google has been updating a lot of their apps and services recently, but one that has not received much attention is YouTube TV. However, users of the service may notice a new pop-up message the next time they launch the app on their smartphone letting them know that a new “voice remote” feature is available. […]
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For years, "Mad" Mike Hughes has not only insisted that the Earth is flat, but has maintained he could prove it by launching himself into space with his own rocket. He even claimed to have launched a homebrew rocket in 2014, but didn't have evidence…
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In 2017, Amazon Brazil started allowing third-party sellers to list their items on the website. Apparently, though, that could've been just the beginning of the e-commerce titan's expansion in the biggest retail market in Latin America. According to…
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There are 43 states that currently treat texting while driving as a primary offense, but Florida isn't one of them — you have to break another law before texting enters the picture. However, less-than-attentive commuters might not get away with it…
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Although the LG G6 launched several months before the much improved V30, it’s finally dipping its toes into Oreo waters. The V30 started receiving Android 8.0 Oreo in South Korea on December 26th, so it’s nice to see LG paying attention to the G6 as well. This only a beta version and limited to China […]
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Yep, it’s finally here. Amazon has been holding out their Prime Video service from Android TV for a very long time, but they’re finally bringing the app to Google’s platform. This may or may not have anything to do with Google using YouTube as a bargaining chip within Amazon’s ecosystem. Otherwise, this is a pretty straightforward port, […]
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Many a gamer has had regrets about their choice of username — xXxDeathCrusher420xXx might not be quite so appealing in adult life as it was in your teenage years. And for PlayStation fans, that's been a big problem when your PSN name has always been…
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It’s not uncommon for device manufacturers to build out features that eventually make their way back to AOSP, which then get adopted on Google’s Nexus/Pixel line and then to pretty much all other Android phones. That’s happened again, but this time with Bluetooth battery level reporting. In case you didn’t know, battery level reporting is […]
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Nearly 90 days ago, Essential wowed the world with their smartphone. It was supposed to ship not long after that, but as everyone probably knows, that didn’t exactly happen. It’s taken a few months to iron the process out, but if you ordered an Essential Phone, you should be getting an email with tracking information […]
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The Google Home is much more than simply being a Google Assistant device, its built-in speakers are great for listening to music from. After confirming that Android 8.0 would indeed be known as Oreo yesterday, Google has also added more music options to its Google Home device, making it easier to stream your favorite tracks […]
Come comment on this article: Google Home finally gets Bluetooth audio, Deezer and Spotify Free support coming soon
Unless you count the latest version finally getting into double digits, the Android distribution numbers for July 2017 aren’t anything worth celebrating. Here’s the full breakdown: These are the percentage point changes from last month: Nougat (11.5%): +2% Marshmallow (31.8%): -0.6% Lollipop (30.1%) -0.7% KitKat (17.1%): -1% Jelly Bean (9%): -0.7% Ice Cream Sandwich (0.7%): […]
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After a lengthy beta, Apple officially released iOS 10.3. Here is what is new and notable about the latest operating system for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, and Apple Watch.
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Two years after first teasing us with its line of connected clothing, Google and Levi’s have put us out of our misery. The first piece to come out of Project Jacquard is the Commuter Trucker jacket.
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There’s no question that people love TV, from live sports to breaking news to sitcoms and dramas. But the truth is, there are a lot of limitations in how to watch TV today. Unlike online video, people can’t watch TV when they want, on any screen and on their terms, without commitments. Consumers have made it clear that they want live TV without all the hassle. They don’t want to worry about their DVR filling up. They don’t want to miss a great game or their favorite show because they’re on the go. They tell us they want TV to be more like YouTube.
Well, we’ve got some good news! We’re bringing the best of the YouTube experience to live TV. To do this, we’ve worked closely with our network and affiliate partners to evolve TV for the way we watch today.
Meet YouTube TV. It’s live TV designed for the YouTube generation—those who want to watch what they want, when they want, how they want, without commitments.
Here’s what YouTube TV offers:
YouTube TV will be available soon in the largest U.S. markets and will quickly expand to cover more cities across the country. Visit tv.youtube.com and sign up to find out when we’ll launch in your market.
With so much great content available on TV, we’re thrilled to build an experience that lets you enjoy it as easily as you watch YouTube. We can’t wait for you to tune in.
Christian Oestlien, Product Management Director, recently used YouTube TV to watch “The Oscars” live on ABC.
Snapchat’s cool new sunglasses are social media’s latest craze. If you’re an avid snapper, check out our guide to find out how they work, and how to get your hands on a pair.
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Guess peer pressure really works. Or at least, healthy competition among the leading phone service providers does. After enduring what seems like years of ridicule from T-Mobile and Sprint, Verizon is finally back in the unlimited game.
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You can breathe easy now. Showtime might have missed its 2016 target for the Twin Peaks revival, but it's still full steam ahead for the series' creators. In fact, you won't have to wait that much longer for its premiere: the cult classic's new seaso…
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Netflix has been pushing out 4K content to its apps on streaming boxes and Smart TVs for awhile, but the entertainment industry's anti-piracy crusade and some DRM limitations have meant PC users looking to stream ultra HD episodes of Bloodline have b…
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Based on a string of rumors that began circulating in January of this year, it was only a matter of time before Amazon rolled out its fully fledged music service. And today is that day. Enter Amazon Music Unlimited, a standalone offering set to rival…
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Philae, which made history as the first to ever land on a comet, was dismissed as lost when it had trouble getting enough sunlight to charge its batteries. But now, we know where it is, and recovery has never looked so sweet.
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Samsung’s bringing its $ 350 Gear 360 camera to the US, but there’s a catch: orders are limited to attendees of VidCon in Anaheim, California. It’s also revamping its Milk VR application.
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Zika may have finally met its match in the form of a $ 1 paper-based test. In findings published on Friday, a consortium of researchers revealed a new system that is capable of diagnosing a Zika virus infection within a few hours.
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About time! Reddit has finally launched its own official mobile app for Android and iOS. The new app will replace the Alien Blue Reddit reader, which was bought out by Reddit last year.
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Own a Verizon iPhone and a Pebble Time watch? To date Pebble users have been unable to text from their wrist if they have an iPhone from anyone other than AT&T, however that feature is thankfully now available for Verizon users, too.
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Although I’ve been with Android for five years now, none of my devices have ever come from Samsung. This is the company that has spent a fortune to promote its products and services around the world, building a strong reputation with millions of consumers. The only other company with a marketing budget competing with Samsung’s is Apple. So that should tell you the strength of Samsung in the mobile industry. And if you chat with someone unfamiliar with it, Samsung is highly likely to be the first (and perhaps only) brand associated with Android. There’s just no denying that Samsung is the premier maker of Android devices. But I’ve never bought any of its phones, tablets, or wearables. That changed this year with the Galaxy S7.
My very first Android device was Motorola’s DROID. This is the phone that many believe gave Google’s mobile operating the system the boost needed to get on the map. I didn’t even set out to buy the phone myself. The real reason I ended up with the ‘OG DROID’? Verizon was running a BOGO promotion and my brother wanted the phone, so I snagged the freebie. At that time, Verizon had its own model of the Galaxy S from Samsung but with a different name. Samsung’s flagships didn’t become globally available under the same name until the Galaxy S III in 2013, which is the phone that I say applied pressure on Apple and started a never-ending battle between the two companies. So I went along with the DROID under the impression I owned the Android-equivalent of the iPhone. Everywhere you turned, Verizon exposed you to the always-remembered “DROIIID” sound.
Late in 2011, I grew passionate about mobile devices all because of the hype surrounding the Galaxy Nexus. Google was going to put an overhauled version of Android on a phone with industry-leading specification. And, to top it all off for me, Verizon was going to be selling it as well. Making it all happen for Google was Samsung, but I don’t label the phone as belonging to Samsung. We all know Google calls the shots for its Nexus line, so Samsung was merely just getting components and assembling the Galaxy Nexus.
My Galaxy Nexus was in commission from December 2011 to June 2014, and it’ll always my favorite phone. I survived countless days of awful battery life because the 1850mAh battery was unmatched for 4G LTE connectivity. But it was such a fresh, impressive experience that I can put technical issues aside.
Samsung came into consideration for me when my Galaxy Nexus was almost literally falling apart and I needed to buy a new phone. It came down to the Galaxy S5 and One (M8), and I ultimately gave HTC my money. Choosing the One (M8) over the Galaxy S5 wasn’t all that much of a difficult thing to do because I wanted a well-made phone with straightforward software. Alright, let’s briefly think what Samsung and HTC were offering in 2014. The Galaxy S5 came with a metal-looking plastic frame and a soft plastic back panel. Inside, TouchWiz was strong and still threw everything and the kitchen sink at users. HTC presented One (M8) owners with the reserved Sense and an aluminum body that makes it one of the most beautiful phones in history.
If you’re spending a lot of money on a high-end phone, you should be promised high quality hardware and software.
The next time I was getting a phone was when I switched from Verizon to T-Mobile last May. Since I couldn’t bring my One (M8) from Verizon with me, I had to buy something new. The usual suspects were my choices — Samsung, HTC, and LG. I removed the HTC One M9 from my list because it just didn’t compete with the Galaxy S6 and G4. Deciding to buy the G4 over the Galaxy S6 came down to price because T-Mobile was running a sale on LG’s 2015 flagship. Plus, I wanted to try out what LG had going on because the company elevated its game quickly with the G2 and then the G3. T-Mobile was giving me a great offer on one of the year’s best phones. I wasn’t going to pass that up even if Samsung was actually earning praise for the Galaxy S6 being premium inside and out.
Samsung couldn’t have made it any easier for me to jump aboard in 2016 when the Galaxy S7 was announced at MWC 2016. What’s not to love about this phone? From a design standpoint, it’s gorgeous. The body, which is made of glass and aluminum, is stunning from every angle. Most importantly, it’s compact and comfortable in your hand. And always facing you is
the world’s best display on a phone. I can take pictures anywhere and everywhere with outstanding results. Samsung reworked the camera to handle all types of lighting, focus faster, and capture more detail. But the company didn’t stop there. The Galaxy S7 marks the return of water resistance and expandable storage, two features Samsung’s loyal customers have always cherished. Throw in fast charging with or without an actual wire and Samsung has trumped the competition pretty easily.
Wait, where’s the competition anyway? Not even on the market yet.
Everyone was shocked to see that Samsung would begin selling the Galaxy S7 less than three weeks after announcing it. Furthermore, carriers and retailers began accepting pre-orders two days after the announcement in Barcelona. The LG G5, which was announced five hours before the Galaxy S7, isn’t even up for pre-order yet and a release date is vaguely stated as being set for “early April.” I can’t even tell you when the HTC 10 will be released. Samsung is the only company so far in 2016 to give you what you want and let you buy right away.
There were also incentives to pre-order the Galaxy S7. While many carriers and retailers had individual promotions, Samsung came right out of the gate with a major one of its own. I pre-ordered the Galaxy S7 from T-Mobile, which came with a free year of Netflix. Samsung, though, is giving everyone who pre-ordered its flagship a free Gear VR. In addition, using Samsung Pay can score you a free wireless charging pad and a $ 30 gift card to select stores. So, even after you purchase the Galaxy S7, Samsung is pouring in more value. The cares about customers before, during, and after buying the Galaxy S7, and that’s why I have my first ever phone made by Samsung.
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Twitter’s Fabric is a mobile development toolkit and today they have announced a new app. In the past, developers were forced to check Fabric on their computers, but now should be excited to hear that they can view all the stats from their mobile device.
Developers will be able to keep track of the health of their app, see its monthly active users, discover crashes affecting specific users, and more. This should be helpful for developers while on the go or when out of the office.
It also features push notifications about important issues, for example, if your app starts running into major problems like crashing. However, it won’t send you literally every single real-time issue, so don’t worry about being overloaded with notifications. You can also control the notifications for each app. Every alert can also be muted for a few hours if needed.
Samsung’s Gear S2 Classic has been teased in Rose Gold and Platinum for a few months now, with Samsung repeatedly showing off the premium iterations of their flagship smartwatch to build up some anticipation. The company announced that the new colors would be available in February, and they’re finally here.
If you’re interested, you can buy both models for $ 449 at tons of retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, and directly from Samsung. The 18K Rose Gold comes with an ivory band, while the Platinum comes with a black leather band. Everything else about the watch has stayed the same, including Samsung’s unique rotating bezel that controls the interface of the watch.
Anyone interested in picking one of these up?
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Joule is a caffeine wearable designed to take away the discomfort of transdermal patches, while also placing the patch in an area without much fat resistance, allowing the substance to flow faster into your body.
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It has been a year since we last saw the Asus ZenFone Zoom, but the exciting phone is finally ready to go on sale. It’s exciting because of its new optical zoom technology, which keeps the body slim and manageable. Here’s everything you need to know about it.
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Google wants to have a presence in China again with the possible launch of the Google Play Store in the country next year. According to Reuters, Google will comply with Chinese law on filtered content.
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It's taken a while, but companies are finally getting better at smartwatch design. Following the original Moto 360, we're starting to see some stylish Android Wear devices, like the long-awaited Huawei Watch. We first clapped eyes on this circular…
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The long wait for Verizon to allow customers with select Samsung phones to use the company’s mobile payments service is finally over. Owners of the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, and Galaxy S6 Edge+ can start using Samsung Pay right now.
Upon downloading a software update that is currently rolling out, the Samsung Pay app will be available to install from Google Play. Then you can start using your phone to pay for goods and services from your phone at more locations than any other mobile payments service.
It’s time to celebrate!
The software update also includes security patches, likely fixing the recent Stagefright issues.
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After its stint as a 90-day Apple TV exclusive had come and gone, it seemed like HBO Now would never end up on the Roku. But, if you've been pining for episodes of Veep on your set-top box of choice, your wait is finally over. Beginning today the a…
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One thing that was always certain when it came to Google’s Nexus phones was that they would come up short in the camera department. However, this year’s Nexus 6P could finally be the one that breaks that streak.
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Google’s own Evernote competitor is expanding its reach. The search giant made the popular note taking app will be available for Apple devices, giving iOS users a new option when it comes to taking notes.