David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

18
Jun
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Southwest announced back in January that it would begin flying to Mexico and a few destinations in the Caribbean, and its Android app has been updated with just a couple weeks before the July 1st launch of those new international routes. You'll be able to check in, view the status of your flight, and pull up your boarding pass (which now shows the boarding time). Otherwise, same old app, brand-new destination potentials.

17
Jun
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Today, hell froze over: Nike has finally released its official FuelBand app for Android, even as the company's FueldBand division underwent large employee layoffs just two months ago.

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Nike claimed as recently as October last year that the primary reason for a lack of FuelBand support on Android was a dearth of Bluetooth LE in a significant number of devices. That wasn't really true at the time, but it's even less true now, so maybe Bluetooth LE adoption finally hit Nike's definition of critical mass at some point this year.

17
Jun
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As you well know, we're all about when Google changes stuff about things, and boy, did it ever change some stuff about things in the search UI for movie showtimes recently! We're not sure exactly when the update happened, but the movie showtimes layout has been significantly altered on both mobile and desktop to reflect Google's typical card-style layout.

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And here it is in desktop mode:

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Importantly, the new UI also now includes a date picker, so you can access showtimes for future days much more easily.

16
Jun
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When it showed up at a cost of $50 a couple weeks ago, Motorola's new Moto Stream Bluetooth-to-analog icosahedron-shaped stereo adapter wasn't exactly priced to like. It does have some neat features like NFC, apt-X support, a battery, class 1 Bluetooth (greatly extended range), and an A2DP profile with support for up to 5 simultaneous Bluetooth connections, so it doesn't have to constantly re-pair. But, $50 is an awful lot when there are many cheaper products with similar (and in some ways superior) functionality on the market, so it might have made buyers a bit apprehensive.

16
Jun
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Update: Earlier, it appeared this feature was plenty only in the Alpha version of the app, but it looks like it's live in the regular version, too, just under your device's built-in Daydream menu, as opposed to a setting shortcut inside the app. Our mistake!

If you're in the Twitter Alpha testing group for the Android client, you might have noticed recently that there was a new option in the settings menu: Twitter Daydream.

14
Jun
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LG's G3 has a lot of pixels. Like, a lot a lot. 534 of them per inch, if you want to get precise. How sharp is it? It's pretty damn sharp.

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Yes, this actually is the G3's screen. Wowzers.

But is there any practical, even technical, reason to keep pushing on the pixel density front in smartphones? Or will QHD finally be our stopping point? Should 1080p have been? Do you care?

13
Jun
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LG's G2 was one of the most cultishly-loved smartphones of 2013, to an extent that, frankly, befuddled me. It had a terribly ugly software layer, felt cheaply built, and ticked almost no boxes in terms of innovation. The G2 was a specification junkie's wet dream, and that's exactly the sort of buyer the phone ended up attracting. Appearance, software features, and design aren't high on such people's lists.

Even in the face of criticism, though, success with a group like that isn't something you just let go.

13
Jun
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Wireless charging is one of the cooler advances we've seen in smartphone tech in recent years, and truth be told, it isn't all that expensive if you know where to get a charger (such as, in the past, here, here, or here... or right now, here, here, or here). No, it's not nearly as fast as Qualcomm's Quick Charge technology or even as rapid as a standard 2.1A wall wart, but it's just so dang convenient.

07
Jun
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As we near the end of spring, so too nears the end of the mainstream release cycle for four of the biggest Android OEMs on the planet. Samsung, LG, HTC, and Sony all have competitive flagship devices on the market now, and none of them clearly edges out the others in a holistic sense. They're all very good smartphones in an extremely competitive product category.

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Not pictured: Xperia Z2, because I don't have one to picture.

06
Jun
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For nearly half a decade, Google has been barred by a Grecian privacy authority from bringing its Maps Street View service online in the country, citing concerns of, you guessed it, privacy. After significant negotiation, last year that authority authorized Google to start using collected data from its Street View vehicles (which, in Europe, appear to be Astra diesel 5-door hatches) on Google Maps. As of yesterday, Google finally published the first street view images for Greece.

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