Thanks to enthusiast-focused hardware, low prices, and easy-to-modify software, Xiaomi's phones have become extremely popular among ROM fans in China. (And not for nothing, more than a few of them might want something aside from Xiaomi's heavily-modified Android user interface.) One of the latter low-price phones from the company is the Redmi Note 3, and it now has its own custom recovery from the standard-bearers at Team Win. Read More
Android's notification system has always been a strong selling point for the platform, and Google has added a multitude of great notification features in recent years. However, not all developers take advantage of them. Nevolution (from the developer of Greenify) seeks to make app notifications on Android more configurable and powerful independent of the original developers. There's even a plug-in framework so users can add more features over time. Read More
A good review can make all the difference when deciding on an app. But a review is only as good as it is relevant, so Amazon is tweaking the way the Appstore displays them.
The Appstore will start showing reviews that are specific to your device and version number. Read More
Google made a lot of changes to the Android UI in Lollipop, many of them successful. Chrome merged tabs was not one of those features. After first making the old style tab management the default again several weeks back, the latest Chrome Dev build removes the merged tabs option entirely. Read More
The guys and girls at iFixit like tearing down gadgets, not for the thrill of shredding a poor phone in a blender or crushing it under 10 tons of bricks, but for scientific and nerdy purposes. They like figuring out how a phone is exactly built, how you can take it apart and put it back together, and how easy it is to fix at home for ordinary people who only have a couple of tools and enough common sense to follow instructions.
Most of the devices iFixit has gone through in recent times have gotten poor repairability scores. Thanks to the move to unibody designs and non-removable batteries, phones like the Galaxy S7 and Nexus 6P got a measly 2 out of 10 score. Read More
The Huawei P9 has leaked quite a bit over the past few weeks, but now it's finally official, with Huawei announcing the device at an event in London. The standard P9 has the same screen size as its predecessor, a 5.2-inch 1080p display, while the P9 Plus has a 5.5-inch display, but still at a 1080p resolution.
However, the big feature of the P9 is the camera, or cameras if you're being pedantic. Read More
TellTale Games has made a name for itself lately with episodic story-based point-and-click adventure games, and Minecraft: Story Mode is no exception. Released in October 2015, the game uses Minecraft's signature voxel graphics along with interesting storylines, character choices, and a star-studded voice acting cast to create an engrossing adventure game that you feel compelled to finish.
The first episode of the game usually costs $4.99, the same as all other episodes which come as in-app purchases. But with the 5 episodes now fully released and episodes 6, 7, and 8 planned as part of a larger "New Order of the Stone" expansion, the TellTale team is ready to let more people in for a lower price of admission. Read More
If you're not using Google Maps as your navigation assistant, your choices of accurate and updated mapping solutions are varied, but OpenStreetMaps (OSM) remains one of the top contenders thanks to an open-source user-generated approach. There are many OSM apps on Android, but the choice is much more limited for apps that also allow users to edit and contribute data right from their phones. There's the simple OSM Contributor which is just an editor, Bertel's favorite OsmAnd which is a full-fledged navigator and editor, and now MAPS.ME is getting updated to allow for OSM editing.
With version 6.0, MAPS.ME is adding a new editor to allow its 40M+ users to add and edit places right from the app, without having to wait until they're in front of a computer to use the online OSM tools. Read More
HTC has been amping up its Vive virtual reality headset for months and the launch date is finally upon us. For the not-so-low price of $799, you can grab a Vive unit to connect to your powerful computer and enjoy all those great videos and games that were developed just for the platform. But as early reviewers and adopters have said, the experience could be so good and immersive that you might forget your real world surroundings.
That's why HTC has built a Vive companion app for Android phones to keep you updated on the most important notifications and save you from completely missing that time-sensitive call from your boss or crucial text from your wife. Read More
Google's developer advocate, Wayne Piekarski has announced that an Android Wear update is rolling out, and not just any Android Wear update. This is the fabled Marshmallow update for the Sony Smartwatch 3. The first wave of watches are getting the OTA now, and all of them should be updated inside of a week. Read More