Google Now's purpose is to give you useful information before you even think to ask, and additions continue to roll out that make the service better at its job.
A reader has reached out to us with a screenshot of a Refueling options card in Google Now. It shows the names of individual stations, how far away they are, and how long they're open. Interestingly, as mentioned at the bottom of the card, this information is appearing because the recipient has to return a rental car to the area. It's also worth noting that the reader was using Google to manage his travel itinerary. Read More
If you routinely upload photos from your phone to Facebook, you have probably noticed that the end result is what you might call potato quality. Facebook compresses all uploads regardless of the source to ease the strain on their servers, but mobile uploads have gotten it worse than those done on desktops. A new setting rolling out, though, allows users to opt into higher quality uploads from the Android app.
I am using the latest version of Facebook pushed to me from the Play Store, 220.127.116.11.59. With that said, the toggle for HD uploads did not appear immediately after I updated, so there may be a server-side switch involved. Read More
I don't consider unboxing videos to be a particularly exciting form of entertainment, but at least they give you an idea what to expect when you bring a gadget home. Well, not all of them fit this mold. T-Mobile's latest video shows employee Des unboxing the LG G5 in the passenger seat of a rally car. Read More
If having extreme battery life is more important to you than having a phone that fits comfortably in your pocket, Mophie has you covered. It produces extended battery cases for phones that make them monstrously huge, and the G4 Juice Pack is on sale for $10 in AT&T stores. That's down from $100. Read More
T-Mobile likes to talk up Binge On whenever it adds new partners, as it did the other day with the addition of YouTube. One thing Legere and company neglected to mention is that Binge On now has its first adult partner. I don't mean "adult" like paying bills and other boring grown up responsibilities; I mean porn. Binge On now includes unmetered porn streaming via MiKandi. Read More
The LG Watch Urbane launched at a starting price of $350. For that amount of money, you got one of the most attractive smartwatches on the market at the time. Nearly a year later, it remains one of the best Android Wear devices you can buy.
Except now it's much cheaper. Read More
Kodi is a popular name in media streaming circles, not least because it can run on pretty much anything. Last year, an Android app was released, which has gone to achieve over five million downloads. However, that's where it may stay, at least for the time being. In the last few days, the sole developer of the app, Chris Browet, a.k.a. Koying, has quit working on Kodi and resumed development on his forked version, Semper Media Center, or SPMC for short.
The reason he quit isn't entirely clear, but it seems to have resulted from creative and philosophical coding differences with the main Kodi developers. Read More
The system UI in Android has, for the most part, been sacrosanct. Apps can't just add new elements to the OS, but Android N looks to be loosening up that restriction a bit. We already posted about the ability to add Quick Settings tiles natively, and now it looks like Google is allowing developers to insert an app settings link in app info. Read More
A late-night update to the Google app turned up last night, bringing the current version up to v5.11. The changes in this release are pretty subtle, but there are a few good things to see if you know where to look. (And some commenters definitely knew where to look this morning.) There are UI and functional updates hidden in a few spots, particularly on the app drawer, but also in text selection and probably some other corners of the app. As always, there's a download link at the bottom.
App Drawer Changes
Left: previous version. Right: latest version.
The most visually distinct modification was made to the app drawer. Read More
Lenovo completed its acquisition of Motorola at the end of 2014, but Moto's leadership has remained intact since then. That changes today with the announcement that Motorola president Rick Osterloh is leaving the company. In his place will be Xudong Chen and Aymar de Lencquesaing acting as co-presidents of Lenovo's Mobile Business Group. Read More