Dedicated GPS units come with mounts that make them easy to view in your car. That's an advantage they have over smartphones, but it's a small one. There are no shortage of accessories that can hold your phone in the same way.
Some options are more annoying than others. Sticking a mount to a window can take a while to get right, and it's not legal in some localities. I prefer to stick a mount on my air vent or CD slot instead. But even then, the grips often require both hands. An easier approach, for people willing to stick a metal plate to the back of their phone, is to use magnets instead. Read More
If you're not using Chrome on Android, there's a good chance you're using Firefox. Mozilla has bumped up the mobile browser to version 45 with a few tweaks that can help you save data and privacy alike. Read More
Truecaller is a caller ID service that gained more attention a while back when Cyanogen Inc. announced it would integrate the service into Cyanogen OS. The company released Truedialer in the past to replace your default dialer, and now it's looking to expand its presence on your phone by integrating those features directly into the Truecaller app. Read More
Google has updated its platform distribution numbers today, showing a nice increase for Android 6.0, but Lollipop is still ticking upward too. As for our Froyo deathwatch, the watch continues as Android 2.2 is holding on at 0.1%. Read More
Are you developing things with Google technologies? Can you be at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California on May 18, 19, and 20th? Are you willing to part with $900 for a ticket to Google I/O ($300 for students)? If you answered yes to all of these questions, you might want to get over to the Google I/O site and apply for a ticket.
Registration opened up at 9 AM PST this morning and it will remain open until 5 PM PST on March 10th, so you've got a couple of days to get your name into the pot if this isn't a good time. Read More
Changing carriers can be a real pain. In fact, a lot of people probably stick with their current carrier just to avoid the headache — even if they're unhappy with the service. AT&T wants to ease the pain and frustration a little bit by offering users who switch from another carrier up to $650 in credit per line. For a family, that can potentially be a huge savings. Here's how it works.
You buy a new smartphone from AT&T on a Next plan (both the phone and plan are your choice, of course) and port your existing number over. Check out the AT&T Buyback website and trade in your current smartphone — keep in mind that it must be eligible and not all phones are worth the same amount. Read More
Android Auto? On my Mazda? Before you get too excited by that title, let me drop a couple of ice cubes in that piping hot cup of excitement: this is exceptionally buggy. With that disclaimer out of the way, yep, some clever individuals have managed to reverse-engineer Android Auto's head unit bits to run on newer Mazda CMU (infotainment) systems, and if you're feeling adventurous, you can get in on the action.
The issue is that, well, it's kind of broken in lots of ways. And I mean virtually everything is subject to bugs, crashes, and various strange issues, like the fact that the CMU system permanently thinks it's midnight on January 1st, 1970 when in Android Auto and thus Auto is always in its night mode layout. Read More
Your phone tells you when it's charging, but there's so much more if could be telling you. That's where Ampere comes into play. This app provides a wealth of charging and power data, and today it's getting an update to v2.0 with new display layouts. Read More
When PhotoMath was introduced on Android last year, it brought a magical way of solving math problems to your phone. Point the camera to a printed (not handwritten) math problem, and PhotoMath would not only give you the solution, but also the step-by-step process to get to that answer. As I said, magical.
Along the way, PhotoMath has added support for more math problems, but the app has always looked and functioned the same way. That changes with version 2.0, which is accessible through the private beta Google+ group testing. The new version has a fully revamped interface with a side menu and a new keyboard to manually enter any equation or expression. Read More
If you haven't yet filled up your New Tab page with icons from frequently visited websites, then Chrome has the perfect flag for you. Digging into the chrome://flags page, you'll find an option under chrome://flags/#enable-ntp-popular-sites that will pre-populate the New Tab page with eight popular websites so it doesn't look as empty.