Hey there, people who live in the Land of the Rising Sun, who end their day when we're about to start ours, and who have brought plenty of appreciated contributions to our modern lives, like sushi and mangas. Now is your time to receive a small export of Western society, in the form of Google Play Music access.
Both support pages for Google Play's paid purchases and country availability for apps and digital content have received a recent update to add Japan to their lists. Read More
It's always fun to have the latest and greatest version of the gadgets we love, but sometimes the previous generation is nearly as good and a better overall value. Such may be the case with the new Nest Learning Thermostat.
The 3rd generation of the popular temperature controller was announced yesterday and boasts a few minor improvements over the now "old" 2nd generation Nest. The display is larger, it's a bit thinner, and sports a couple of new features and sensors. If you want to read the full breakdown of changes you can read Cameron's article about the product announcement here. Read More
Google Street View has always been a part of Google Maps on Android, even though it was technically a separate APK. Everything is changing today with the big v2.0 Street View update. For the first time ever, Street View is a standalone app in your app drawer with its own distinct functionality. There's a lot to sort through here, so let's dig in. Read More
Anyone who has to pore over data on a regular basis knows that it's a best practice to look at some graphs, run basic descriptive statistics, and just generally play around to make sure you aren't missing anything obvious and to assure yourself that there are no mistakes in data entry. This can get really repetitive and sometimes corners get cut. Google is trying to make it easier for you as they have automated the process in Sheets for Android and the web.
All you have to do in the Android app is tap "Explore" in the overflow menu. After that, you'll be presented with a series of charts with summary information to let you know what Google thought you would find interesting. Read More
The Dropbox app got much more attractive a few months ago, but it has continued to lack some pretty basic file management features. In the latest beta, which you can grab from APK Mirror, Dropbox finally gets one of those features we've been longing for—batch operations. Yes. Well, mostly yes. Read More
I remember fondly when the word phablet became a thing...though I wish I didn't have to ever think about it. In fact, I had almost forgotten that it was a thing...until Lenovo announced the PHAB Plus, its entry into the huge phone game.
Here's the deal: it's got a 6.8-inch display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, 2GB of RAM, and 13MP/5MP cameras. Like its outdated specs, it's also running Android 5.0 - perfect for those who want to re-live late 2014 all over again. Ah, the memories.
But I digress. The PHAB Plus is designed for one-handed use, thanks to a variety of gestures and whatnot. Read More
The Deer God was kickstarted about a year ago and was subsequently released on Steam. We've been waiting on the Android release ever since. Android users got an early alpha as part of a Humble Bundle way back in late 2014, but now the final version is ready. You can pick it up in the Play Store for $6.99, which is 30% off the final price. Read More
Once upon a time, Amazon made a phone. It was gimmicky and silly, and no one wanted to play with it. After realizing what a horrible mistake it had made, Amazon tried pawning off said phone for stupid-ridiculous prices.
Oh, and if you basically want to get a phone for like $25, now's the time. I mean, you'll have to deal with knowing you own a Fire Phone, so if you can handle that, then eBay has the deal for you: new phone, free shipping, and it comes with a year of Prime (which is normally $99), all for $125. Read More
Earlier today, Motorola opened pre-orders for the 2015 Pure Edition Moto X. If you don't really care about Moto Maker or customization at all, then Amazon is the way to go - if you're a Prime member you'll get yours just a couple of days after release. It's slated to be released on the 9th of this month, so you'll most likely be one of the first to get your hands on Moto's newest flagship.
It's available in both 16GB and 32GB variants, with three color schemes for each: black, white, and white with a bamboo back. The plain color models (black and white) are both $399 for 16GB and $449 for 32GB, with the bamboo model coming it at $25 more. Read More
Earlier today, Acer announced a bunch of stuff, including a new gaming tablet called Predator 8. Well, it turns out that it wasn't finished with the mobile gaming stuff, because it also showed off the Predator 6 - a freakin' gaming phone.
I knew eventually I'd have to say those two words right next to each other. I just knew it.
Anyway, yeah. Like its larger brother, it's got quad front speakers, virtual surround sound, and controller-like haptic feedback. Other details are pretty scarce at the moment, but we do know it has 4GB of RAM, a 6-inch display (as its name suggests), and an unnamed deca-core Mediatek processor (most likely a Helio). Read More