A hockey puck is made of about six ounces of hardened rubber. It's hard to put a dent in one, and it has to be, because after a few games anything weaker would look like the "after" images at the NHTSA testing facility. A smartphone is made of plastic, metal, glass, and various bits of circuit board and other electronics, none of which is designed to be smacked repeatedly by sticks and ice. Unless you have a "ruggedized" model like Samsung's various Active phones, of course.
As part of YouTube's "Awesome Stuff Week," the Unbox Therapy channel decided to see if a Galaxy S6 Active could stand up to the punishing job of being a hockey puck stand-in. Read More
Sometimes I wonder if Google has an official Department of Whimsy where things like the never-ending doodles, Android mascots, and Santa Tracker are studiously maintained (and the inbox still overflows from bitter Google Reader fans). If so, then the DoW's biggest yearly project has just begun with the timely update to the Google Santa Tracker app. The latest version is now available for Android phones, tablets, and Android TV devices, complete with all kinds of kid-friendly goodies. Read More
Despite some recent controversy surrounding their upgrade policies, Motorola is still one of the fastest Android manufacturers on the draw when it comes to full version updates to their phones (at least the more expensive ones). The Moto X Pure Edition, the somewhat odd name for the unlocked version of the Moto X Style sold in the United States, is getting its first major bump since release soon. According to at least one of our readers, the soak test for Marshmallow is coming in hot after some initial testing back in October. Read More
You may think of Squarespace as what you use to create your own personal website. Maybe it's just that name you hear advertised during podcasts. Either way, you may not know that the company also reaches out to small business.
Squarespace Commerce, which has been around since 2013, is a way to manage and sell products online. Businesses can use it to sell both digital and physical goods. Those that do now have the option to use Android devices. Read More
T-Mobile announced a big expansion to its Music Freedom deal today with 11 more streaming services. That means you won't use any of your data allotment to listen to these 11 services, some of which you might even have heard of. Really, most of them are pretty obscure. Good on T-Mobile for keeping Music Freedom open, I guess. Read More
We've all become accustomed to Samsung Mobile head JK Shin appearing on stage at each flagship unveiling, but no more. The company announced today that he's stepping aside to allow another executive to take the reins. Koh Dong Jin from Samsung's R&D division will be the new man in charge of Samsung's mobile business. No one seems entirely sure what Jin will do as president of Samsung's mobile division, but everyone agrees it was time for a change. Read More
The Gear VR takes your smartphone's screen and holds it much closer to your eyes than you would ever do yourself. Then with the proper use of sensors, it makes you feel like you're someplace else.
But Samsung doesn't want you to think its weird-looking goggles are a one-trick pony. It has developed a web browser that may not be quite as exciting as riding a helicopter over the Hawaiian islands but still manages to be significantly more immersive than your typical web surfing experience. Read More
The Moto 360, old or new, is a nice watch for people who like nice watches. But Motorola's little Android Wear device isn't made for the more active or outdoorsy among us. It's large, and rubbing one against a rock while climbing might just ruin your day. Don't trip while running, because those tears won't be over your scraped knee.
Knowing this, Motorola has developed the Moto Sport. It's a follow-up model that's surrounded by a layer of silicone that stands up to sweat and other moisture. This is also the company's only model that comes with built-in GPS. Read More
BlackBerry launched its first Android phone with a promise of speedy updates to maintain security. The company is off to a good start at least. The first OTA for the Priv is rolling out now to unlocked devices, and it'll be available to carrier-branded units beginning on December 7th. It updates the security patches, tweaks performance, and more. Read More
You know what I love about the Nexus 4, 5, 6, and 7? Wireless charging. In fact, that's the primary reason I haven't moved to the Nexus 6P or 5X yet — I just can't stand the idea of having it plug in every time I need to charge my phone. I realize that some people don't care about it either way, but it's been a game changer for me. I have a few wireless chargers around the house, and when I need to power up, I just toss my phone on one of them. Done. Every phone should have this. Read More