So here's a fun fact: when you look at a carrier's coverage map, you're actually seeing its best guess as to where coverage is strong/weak/dead/etc. It's basically a theoretical map – it's where they should have coverage (but no promises are being made).
T-Mobile, once again priding itself on being "uncarrier," is changing the way it does its coverage maps, and it actually makes a lot of sense. Instead of just using guesswork to let customers see their coverage area, it's crowdsourcing using real-time customer data. Read More
The benefit of buying a flagship, aside from solid specs, is the likelihood of continuing to receive updates after the predecessor has launched. Carriers and manufacturers generally try to keep you current just long enough to make it through a two-year contract without complaining. So now we're seeing the year and a half old LG G2 on Verizon Wireless updated to Android 5.0.
Software version VS98039A brings in those changes that come with Android Lollipop, which we've covered in great detail. Read More
Vine is... OK, let's be clear here: Vine is kind of useless. There's literally nothing you can do with Vine that you can't already do with YouTube, unless you count an arbitrary 6.5-second time limit. That being said, there's no reason that Twitter can't improve its property, and it has done just that by boosting the video quality. Newly-created Vines from iOS are now defaulting to 720x720 pixels. Look down there: you can see all the retriever's little golden hairs.
While you can check out the fancy new high-quality Vines on the announcement post, for some reason the developers decided that Android users didn't need the update quite as much as iPhone users did. Read More
We've seen a few hints of the upcoming HTC One E9, which we presumed would be a bigger variant of the One M9 with a few carefully-chosen cuts to components and finish. According to this HTC China page (first spotted by Engadget Chinese), there are in fact two models: a more low-budget E9 and an E9+, the latter being the one that was leaked earlier. Neither of these devices is likely to be released outside of Asia, so if that kills your interest, feel free to stop reading here.
The E9+ is a "phablet," at least broadly, thanks to its 5.5" 2560x1440 LCD screen. Read More
The original NVIDIA SHIELD (before the Tablet or the set-top box, so just called "SHIELD" at the time) was a surprise revelation at CES 2013. This high-powered Android device with an Xbox-style controller and a flip-up screen was unlike anything we had seen before, and though it never became a runaway hit, many (including yours truly) have been hoping that NVIDIA would update the design in addition to its more conventional SHIELD entries. Get your thumbs ready: it looks like a SHIELD 2 is being certified by both the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth trade groups.
Chinese Android news site Juggly spotted a new entry for a device called the "SHIELD Portable" on the Bluetooth Special Interest Group certification listing, published on March 15th. Read More
As nice as wireless charging is, a lot of people go through the entire lifespan of an Android device without ever using it, because the accessories to enable it are bloody expensive. Wireless charging pads typically start around the $40-50 range and go up, and for that kind of change, you can fiddle with a MicroUSB plug once or twice a day. But if you could get a wireless charging pad for under ten bucks, would you? If your phone uses the less popular PMA standard, you can.
Amazon has this Duracell Powermat wireless charging pad for just $8.82. Considering that the original price was $50, it's a considerable discount - the seller is probably clearing these things out. Read More
It's been known since launch that Verizon wouldn't give you a SIM card for a Nexus 6 unless you tricked its system. With that said, the assumption always seemed to be that Big Red would at least add IMEI numbers for phones purchased from Google Play once it launched the phone in official capacity. This assumption had historical precedent to back it up, as Verizon did exactly that when it launched the Nexus 7 LTE six months after everyone else. In the official announcement, the carrier went so far as to state, "Users who have already purchased the Nexus 7 (2013 model) will also be able to activate their device on the Verizon Wireless network after they download the latest software update." This caveat was conspicuously absent from the official Nexus 6 announcement, and now we may know why. Read More
The Nexus 6 is big and fast and sharp, but my favorite feature is probably its Quick Charge capacity, which lets it charge up in a fraction of the time it takes older phones. The only problem is that this feature requires special charging adapters: one of them comes in the box, but the rest of the time you're stuck with the old charging rate. If you're in the market for an extra Quick Charge adapter, and you wouldn't mind charging a bunch of other stuff at the same time, check out this deal on the US version of Amazon. Read More