Depending on where you're at in the world, you may have some holidays coming up that demand long drives and a lot of time watching a screen as Google Maps directs the way back to family. There's a new update out that might make your trip planning and navigation just a little better. Version 9.41 has a new option to always start up in satellite mode, adds links to articles about top-listed businesses, and polishes the look for adding stops along a route. There are also hints that it will show when a hotel is running a good deal. Read More
Users of Adobe's Android app have been able to process RAW images in the company's DNG format for a while, but the new update to v2.2 adds much more robust RAW processing. You can directly import RAW files from your camera, edit them, and export to all your devices. Read More
Samsung has a tendency to throw stuff at the wall, and see what sticks. I don't mean that in a negative way - many of their seemingly-bizarre experiments became wildly popular (see: S7 edge). A patent application submitted by Samsung shows their concept of a foldable smartphone, and it's interesting to say the least. Read More
If you missed the $100 discount on LeEco's two debut phones for the American market, you have another chance to snag one today. The company is selling its higher-powered phone, the Le Pro3, for just $299, while the more down-market Le S3 will be just $149. Apparently the manufacturer didn't see the stampede of sales that it wanted last week, so it's making that generous offer again. The deep discounts on LeEco's televisions remain, minus the dramatic 85" model. The sale will start at 10 AM Pacific and end tonight, or sooner if supplies run out. Read More
Looking for a little pick-me-up? Why not splurge and get yourself a phone, and another free one while you're at it. This weekend, T-Mobile will give you a free Samsung Galaxy S7 when you buy one. There are, of course, some caveats. Read More
Did you buy a Daydream View headset or did you get one for free with your Pixel or Pixel XL preorder? Then the moment to have it in your hands is getting ever nearer. Units will be available tomorrow, November 10, that's if you haven't already received your order prematurely by mistake.
In preparation for the launch, there are new apps and games available on the Play Store that are compatible with Google's new virtual reality platform. Here are the ones we've already discovered; let us know if there are more that we haven't mentioned. Read More
The list of banks that support Android Pay continues to grow, with 31 US banks added this time around. As we already knew just under a week ago, Capital One now supports Android Pay, although as Ryan says in that post, the support is a little wonky with caveats and a weird verification process.
Like most US banks added in previous rounds, the other banks added appear to be small, community-based banks and some such. While they're not huge, it's good to see even more banks joining the list and supporting a fast-growing payment option for many in the US, and around the world as well. Read More
Capturing and sending a bug report on Android used to be an inelegant process. Bugs are annoying and bug reports are one of the least exciting parts of a platform, but they are essential to help it and its apps move forward. So it's nice to see the Android team putting some thoughts behind improving the bug report interface and interaction, especially for those of us who tend to actually use the feature.
Previously, on Android 6.0 and below, if you decided to save and send a bug report, the device would vibrate once and nothing happened for a minute or two. Then you get the notification for the captured bug report and the only thing you can do is share it along with the screenshot that was taken when you tapped the bug report icon. Read More
As this is an Android enthusiast website, I would expect most readers probably have or at least know about the Google Chromecast. The little streaming stick has found its way into millions of homes, but now Google has started on a massive advertising campaign for the device, following on from the even bigger 'Phone by Google' Pixel ad campaign. Read More