Since their release, the Verizon versions of Samsung's 2015 flagships (well, the smaller ones anyway) have been given only a couple of minor service updates. That changes today, at least according to the carrier's support site: both the Galaxy S6 and its curvy brother the S6 Edge are getting bumped from Android 5.0, which they've been running since launch, to 5.1.1, the latest official release. The software version is LMY47X.G920VVRU3BOG5 for both phones. Read More
Do you want to pay full price for a phone? Probably not, especially when they're as expensive as Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge. This is a phone that launched at roughly $800—enough to buy two or four times as many less glossy handsets. Read More
Lenovo's Yoga series of Android tablets has always been unique, with its curvy design and integrated kickstand. Despite a tepid reviewer response to the last generation (mostly to do with a downright awful software skin), the company is powering ahead with a third revision, this time omitting the bombastic 13-inch model and moving some of its features down to the 10-inch version. The more pedestrian Yoga Tab 3 will go on sale in October, with the more spec-heavy Tab 3 Pro starting in November. Read More
The Mate S isn't the only device Huawei brought to this year's IFA. The company also announced the G8, a phone that is still premium but not quite as powerful as the Mate S. The G8 comes with a similar metal body and a 5.5-inch FHD display, but on the inside we're looking at a Snapdragon 615 instead of the 810. On the positive side, that's paired with 3GB of RAM.
The fingerprint sensor still comes included on the back, which you can use to unlock your device, answer calls, or control alarms.
The back also offers a 13MP camera with a sapphire lens, which is paired with a 5MP shooter on the front. Read More
As smartphones become more mature, it gets harder to truly innovate. Lenovo is at least trying something new with the new VIBE S1. It has not one but two front-facing cameras. Why would you want this? I don't know, but it exists anyway. Read More
If you're running Chrome Beta or Dev editions, then today's changes probably seem like old hat to you. But for everyone else, the stable version of Chrome 45 is a pretty big deal, because it brings Custom Tabs to essentially everyone who's running Android today (on a modern handset, anyway).
For those who may not remember, Google first announced Custom Tabs at I/O back in May. Essentially, these are pop-out WebView tabs that apps can utilize without actually leaving the foreground, basically launching Chrome within the app. Custom Tabs are designed to be fast, efficient, and completely customizable (so they still feel very much native to the app experience). Read More
Android Marshmallow may not have officially arrived yet, but that means now is the time for developers to get their apps in working order. That's what the LastPass folks have done. Read More
Few games have had the cultural and philosophical impact of Goat Simulator. I mean, what are we all in a metaphysical sense if not poorly coded virtual goats? To further explore the bounds of the human-goat paradigm, Coffee Stain Studios has released Goat Simulator MMO Simulator. See, it's a simulator that simulates an MMO. Read More
Motorola hasn't done a particularly good job of keeping its new Android Wear devices a secret, but today they've made them official. There are now four models to choose from: what you might call the "classic" version, 46mm wide, a new 42mm smaller version that comes in men's and women's variants, and the "sport" model with a silicone band and built-in GPS. All of them ditch Motorola's questionable choice of a Texas Instruments chipset in favor of the Snapdragon 400, which has become the de facto standard for Android Wear watches.
Aside from the new size and the sport model, the changes are few, at least on the outside. Read More
The new Moto X Pure Edition is live in the US with all the usual customization options you get with Motorola's flagship device. You can play around with all the looks right now and put in your order (starting at $399), but the device won't ship until September 17th, according to Motorola's checkout page. Read More