While MediaTek has become one of the dominant forces in the budget end of the mobile processing market, they are now starting to push upward. Just a year after making its first 64-bit SoC, MediaTek has announced a new 64-bit series called Helio X. These will be octa-core, LTE-capable units that support the industry's latest top-end features like 4K, H.265 video, 120 Hz refresh rates, and 1080p video capture at 480 frames per second. Read More
Xperia owners, watch out. Lollipops are raining from the sky and smashing straight into your screens. If you welcome this phenomenon, don't do anything. These lollipops have heat-seeking sensors and will find your devices wherever they lay. If you prefer KitKat, you can swat the intruders away, but you'll never get to experience the future changes in store for your Android device.
Sony has confirmed that it is launching lollipops at Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, and Z3 Tablet Compact devices all over the world (some of these updates were previously pushed out to smaller, test markets). Read More
Do you use Taptu to read news and entertainment stories? Statistically speaking, the answer is no - we haven't even written a single story on the aggregator in over four years. Taptu is, or more accurately was, a sort of curated platform that pulled news and other stories from both a user's own social networks and a series of pre-made topical feeds. According to messages being sent to users of the app, the entire service will shut down tomorrow, March 31st. Read More
Humans cannot see infrared light, but some creatures can (like snakes, beetles, and the Predator). If you want to be more like the Predator, there's always the Seek Thermal Camera, which is a fun little gadget that plugs into the USB port on your phone or tablet to give it real time thermal vision. It's usually $249, but now it's down to just $189.54 on Amazon.
So here's a fun fact: when you look at a carrier's coverage map, you're actually seeing its best guess as to where coverage is strong/weak/dead/etc. It's basically a theoretical map – it's where they should have coverage (but no promises are being made).
T-Mobile, once again priding itself on being "uncarrier," is changing the way it does its coverage maps, and it actually makes a lot of sense. Instead of just using guesswork to let customers see their coverage area, it's crowdsourcing using real-time customer data. Read More
The benefit of buying a flagship, aside from solid specs, is the likelihood of continuing to receive updates after the predecessor has launched. Carriers and manufacturers generally try to keep you current just long enough to make it through a two-year contract without complaining. So now we're seeing the year and a half old LG G2 on Verizon Wireless updated to Android 5.0.
Software version VS98039A brings in those changes that come with Android Lollipop, which we've covered in great detail. Read More
Vine is... OK, let's be clear here: Vine is kind of useless. There's literally nothing you can do with Vine that you can't already do with YouTube, unless you count an arbitrary 6.5-second time limit. That being said, there's no reason that Twitter can't improve its property, and it has done just that by boosting the video quality. Newly-created Vines from iOS are now defaulting to 720x720 pixels. Look down there: you can see all the retriever's little golden hairs.
While you can check out the fancy new high-quality Vines on the announcement post, for some reason the developers decided that Android users didn't need the update quite as much as iPhone users did. Read More
We've seen a few hints of the upcoming HTC One E9, which we presumed would be a bigger variant of the One M9 with a few carefully-chosen cuts to components and finish. According to this HTC China page (first spotted by Engadget Chinese), there are in fact two models: a more low-budget E9 and an E9+, the latter being the one that was leaked earlier. Neither of these devices is likely to be released outside of Asia, so if that kills your interest, feel free to stop reading here.
The E9+ is a "phablet," at least broadly, thanks to its 5.5" 2560x1440 LCD screen. Read More