Dedicated gadget geeks will be aware of Xiaomi, a huge player in the Chinese smartphone market. In fact the company has become so big (and become big so quickly) that it's now the third-largest smartphone maker in the world by volume, more or less on the strength of the expanding userbase in China alone. But most other people in the west, even those who know the major players of the smartphone market, might not even know the company exists. Read More
There's a new version of the Play Music app rolling out, and you know what that means. Yes, Google will be cruelly keeping you from having the new version for a few days as the staggered rollout continues. Luckily, we've got the APK below. This is a reasonably big update with some layout changes, feature tweaks, and more. Read More
Verizon Wireless isn't the carrier you go to in order to save money. It's not the one you turn towards for friendly customer service or open devices. It's the one you use because, frankly, its network is larger than everyone else's. And starting tomorrow, you will have a little bit more choice in how much of it you use.
The carrier doesn't offer unlimited data, but it's now rolling out new tiers for people who know they tend to consume a lot of bits but don't want to pay for 20GB. Read More
Feedly is one of the most popular feed readers that stepped in after the demise of Google Reader, and the app is getting past due for a design update. You can get an idea what that's going to look like by checking out Feedly's new Medium post where co-founder Arthur Bodolec previews the impending material redesign.
I'm going to assume that you've never heard of Reserve, because unless you live in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, or San Francisco, there hasn't been much of a reason for the product to enter your radar. The concierge service lets people in these four cities pick a place to eat, reserve a table, and pay for the food all from a single app. It's cool, and now it's available on Android. Read More
I gather basketball is the next big sports thing in the US now that the Superbowl is over. Well, Google is getting excited with an update to the Androidify app. In the new v3.0 app, you've got the option of equipping your Android character with the garb of your favorite team. That's in addition to a bunch of new items and looks, many of which go nicely with your basketball-themed bugdroid.
The Androidify app is good enough to label everything that's new. Read More
Tom Wheeler, the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, announced today that he will reclassify broadband internet providers as Title II utilities under the 1996 Telecommunications Act. The proclamation, written for Wired, dances back and forth between his specific plans and lots of bluster for a public that is hungry for more ISP regulation. One rather surprising note is that mobile broadband will also be included in this move, which was not nearly as expected or precedented. Read More
You can walk into basically any department or electronics store right now and be overwhelmed with the assortment of Bluetooth speakers. And when you start to dig in online, the competition gets even tighter - there are so many legitimately good options available today, it can be incredibly challenging to pick the one worth your hard-earned dollars.
As a result, manufacturers are looking to things other than just sound quality to give their offering an edge. Things like size/form factor and available accessories are starting to be much more important than they were this time a couple of years ago, which is exactly why the Transit XS from Soen ($130 retail) was born. Read More
BIG Launcher takes a smartphone's core functionality and crams it into an interface that's easier on senior citizens and other people with vision problems. BIG Notifications, a new app from the same developer, gives a phone's notifications the same treatment.
While BIG Launcher is simply a homescreen replacement, BIG Notifications doesn't seamlessly replace your notification shade. Instead, the app creates a copy that's written in a bigger font, which you can access through a persistent notification.
The app performs its primary task for free, but you can unlock the full set of features through a $2 in-app purchase. Paid options include TalkBack screen reader support, the ability to adjust the size of text, choice to password protect the app, and more. Read More
We managed to snag confirmation of the upcoming 5.1 update to Lollipop just a few hours ago, but our tipster has already found one of the more obvious changes to the user interface. Google has tweaked the behavior of the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth settings toggles/widgets from the Lollipop Quick Settings menu to allow users to connect to networks or devices without going into the full-page settings menu.
If that's a little confusing, here's how it works right now: when you lower the notification shade to the Quick Settings menu, you can either toggle Wi-Fi or Bluetooth on or off by tapping their respective icons, or tap the word "Wi-Fi" or "Bluetooth" instead to go to their respective menu pages. Read More