Say goodbye to the era of the $200 on-contract smartphone. Verizon has just announced a new plan structure, and part of the change is an end to phone subsidies. From now on, you'll purchase phones from Verizon on a payment plan or at full price. The new plans aren't substantially cheaper, but they are a bit more straightforward. Read More
Motorola just "gets" Android. Rather than cover Android with a custom interface and countless add-ons, it has developed a handful of really focused, useful features for its devices. One of these features is Moto Assist, and an update to the Moto app in the Play Store has made it even better with the addition of location triggers.
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The news of the Stagefright exploit appears to have precipitated a much needed update commitment from Google and various Android OEMs. After Samsung announced its new Android security update process and Google revealed the details of a new Nexus update policy, LG is following suit and promising similar monthly security patch updates.
Although it hasn't been officially announced by the company, the news comes from a couple of reliable sources. First, speaking at the security conference Black Hat 2015, Googler Adrian Ludwig revealed that LG has made the same commitment to send the monthly security patches that it receives from Google to end users. This, supposedly, should last for three years after a handset is announced, the same as Nexus phones. Read More
You know that website, that one you've never visited or heard of? It's called Porn...place? Porn...hut? Wait, no, it's Pornhub. Yeah, that place your friend visits sometimes. Well, tell your friend that Pornhub is launching a new subscription service that they promise will make them the "Netflix of porn."
Pornhub Premium will cost you $9.99/month and give access to some member-exclusive videos, an ad-free interface, and Android and Roku apps when they come out in the near future. By early 2016, they say, support for virtual reality devices will be ready to go for subscribers as well. Platform support will surely be limited by various content restrictions, but there shouldn't be any problems getting the app installed on Android devices once it comes out. Read More
News alert AP readers. MicroUSB cables are not all created equal. As Artem discovered a couple of weeks back, if you are using the crappy cable that came with your bluetooth headset to charge your phone, it is going to charge reeeaaaaallllyyyy slow. If you want to get the maximum performance out of your high speed chargers, you need high performance cables.
I just happen to have a sweet little deal to share with you all for some of the fastest cables on the market. Today you can pick up a six pack of Tronsmart Quick Charge certified MicroUSB cables for just $7 when you use a $2 off coupon. Read More
Another long design test appears to be drawing to a close for Google. After apparently beginning a wider rollout for the new mobile search UI (in testing since April), it seems that Google is making the revised image results UI final too.
This layout has been popping up since at least May, with a brighter, more crisp interface that offers more iconography, refined typography, and - yes - a section for related images. Read More
Redmond may be riding high on some well-deserved positive press after the launch of Windows 10, but the various developer teams are still going full steam with diverse support for other platforms. Microsoft has released more apps for Android than anyone might have expected from an erstwhile competitor, and it continues to improve them. Today the note syncing app OneNote gets some notable improvements, specifically by requiring one less app.
Previously Microsoft released a stand-alone Android Wear app for OneNote, which allowed users to view notes on their watches and create new ones with a voice command. Now that separate app is no longer necessary, as the functionality is baked into the main app. Read More
It would appear that LMY48I (which has a fix for Stagefright) is wreaking havoc on Nexus 6 phones with T-Mobile USA SIM cards. The phone simply refuses to connect to the cellular network, and thus calls and text messages are out the window. This issue seems to mainly be affecting people who upgraded from LYZ28E (T-Mobile USA's unique build with Wi-Fi calling) to LMY48I by flashing factory images. This likely has to do with the fact that the Wi-Fi calling-enabled radio firmware used in the LYZ28E build is quite a bit different than the "standard" radio firmware used in the more mainstream LMY47Z build. Read More
Microsoft continues to branch out to other platforms beyond its own Windows ecosystem. The latest app from Redmond to land on Android is Microsoft Translator. Not only can you talk to the phone to get translations, it has support for Android Wear as well.