This post is a bit meta, as Android Police itself is a WordPress-powered site. But anyone who uses WordPress will appreciate the massive, much-needed feature introduced in the beta version of the Android app today: finally, a true visual editor.
You see, previous versions of the WordPress Android app have offered a semi-functional visual editor when publishing or editing content, but this editor was extremely basic. Certain formatting and content like bolding, italicizing, underlining, strikethrough, quote blocks, hyperlinks, and images could be previewed live in the editor - but only when publishing a new post. When editing an existing post, the shortcuts for these tools were still available on the toolbar at the bottom of the screen, but they inserted the naked HTML markup into the editor, because the editor was, to use the technical term, janky as hell. Read More
So you don't like the launcher that shipped on your phone? There are alternatives, and far and away the most popular one is Nova. The big v4.3 update has been in beta for a while, and now it's out for real with a number of important changes. Read More
A long time ago, Sony Electronics had a reputation for stubborn adherence to its own proprietary formats. Back when the iPod was just an MP3 player, Sony was still trying to promote its own ATRAC standard that was only available on its own hardware. ATRAC itself was a descendant of MiniDisc, another semi-proprietary format that tried to usurp the CD... not long after Sony had lost the BetaMax war. The company doesn't always lose - Blu-ray is a notable exception - but it doesn't learn very quickly, either. Read More
HTC has announced a new mid-range smartphone this morning, the Desire 830. While Desire announcements are typically met with minimal fanfare here in the United States, these are volume sellers for HTC in many markets including its home country, Taiwan, where the phone will initially be available for sale starting this Friday. The price is NT$9,990, which is roughly $310 US.
While the phone does lack a fingerprint scanner, it's interesting to see HTC sticking to functional design choices of older One-series devices on the 830, particularly software navigation keys and dual front-facing BoomSound speakers. The HTC 10 has capacitive navigation keys and one front-facing speaker, along with a second, bottom-firing speaker, which are arranged in a stereo configuration. Read More
Google Wallet is nearing the end of its rope and Android Pay has risen to take its place as everyone's favorite online and in-store payment method. Apps have started rolling support for Android Pay and Uber is no exception. Users of the app who have previously used Google Wallet to pay for a ride are getting emails from Uber telling them that the payment method will no longer be supported starting May 9.
Instead, they can now add Android Pay to, erm, pay for rides. Along with a credit/debit card and Paypal, this will be the third payment option available to users of Uber. Read More
A Marshmallow update for the T-Mobile LG G3 started popping up about a week ago, but only in the LG PC Suite. Now, T-Mobile has made the Marshmallow OTA official. The rollout started yesterday, and should be done in the coming days. Not bad for a phone that's nearly two years old. Read More
Oh Brazil, you magnificent country of beautiful landscapes, sexy women, excellent football players, and silly judges and judicial system. For the third time since 2015, a Brazilian state judge has ordered a complete shut down on WhatsApp by forcing operators to block the service nationwide for 72 hours, and thus killing the main means of communication of 91% of the country's mobile users.
The main question is why. Due to legal secrecy in the country, the details aren't released, but it appears that this isn't related to the first two bans in February of 2015 (issued by judge Luiz de Moura Correia from the state of Piauí) and December of 2015 (issued by a São Paulo judge). Read More
Android Wear, and smartwatches at large, were pitched to us with the promise of their becoming the indispensable "second screen" to our smartphones. Notifications, voice communication, smart home integration, highly contextual information and alerts - smartwatches were, in theory, the companion that could give us all the simple things that necessitated taking out our smartphone, but didn't actually require a large screen or access to a keyboard to accomplish.
Android Wear is coming up on its second birthday, and the decreasing number of compelling new Wear apps we see each month that aren't watch faces has actually led to us slowing the regular publication of our "new Wear apps and watch faces" series. Read More