Sony's non-presence in the US smartphone market only seems to be accelerating of late, with the company having closed all of its retail stores in the country (apart from the one on Madison Avenue in NYC), shut down its online shop (it redirects all listings to 3rd party retailers), and cancelled its only known upcoming device. This, alongside increasingly dismal sales performance for Xperia phones even outside America, tends to paint a not-nice picture of the company's smartphone division.
But Sony Pictures lives on, and with it, the blockbuster Daniel Craig Bond franchise. The upcoming 007 film Spectre will, of course, feature a lot of Sony product placement, including the generally well-liked Xperia Z5... Read More
VLC remains perhaps the best way to play video files of any shape or format on a desktop, and the story is similar on mobile devices. With version 1.6, the developers have pushed out some changes to smooth out your video playing experience. Read More
Update 10/12/15: New code below.
Each month this summer, the KMASHI 10,000mAh battery has become available for under $10 bucks. In June it hit $9.50. In July, it was $9.40. Now we're seeing it available for $9.29. All you have to do is head to the Amazon page and enter the coupon code
ME6ADK4L MHLSNM2R YTI7MT89 at checkout to drop the price down from its usual $14.
Yes, we all see what KMASHI is doing here, but we don't care. This is about saving money. This battery comes with two USB ports (5V / 2.1A and 5V / 1A) that can revive your dying smartphone when you're away from a charger. Read More
A truly useful piece of software? From Samsung? Color me surprised, too, but the company's new Game Tuner app is nothing short of incredibly handy for mobile gamers. As you may well know, playing visually-intensive games on your smartphone can demolish the battery fairly quickly. While most such games render at 1080p even on 2K displays like Samsung's, such resolutions can be big draws on both your remaining juice and your device's processor, causing throttling (and thus slowdowns) and excessive power drain. Samsung's new app lets you have a say in just how graphically hungry those games will be, allowing you to adjust maximum frame rate and resolution scaling. Read More
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Ski Safari 2
Android Police coverage: Have A Blast Sliding Until You Die – Ski Safari 2 Is Now Available On The Play Store
The original Ski Safari was well-received thanks to high production values and a laser focus on the basics of the runner genre. Read More
When it comes to odd brand-licensed product mashups, typically you can count on Japan for a laugh here and there, but today, it's China bringing the chuckles. With a Pepsi-branded smartphone. No, I don't know why. But why not?
The Pepsi P1 is, by all accounts, an extremely forgettable cookie-cutter Chinese Android phone you'd find on Alibaba for about $150. It has a large 5.5" 1080p display, a MediaTek processor, 16GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, and 13MP/5MP cameras. All, of course, atop a Pepsi-branded Android 5.1 skin. Also, it has a Pepsi logo. Because of course it does. It also looks like it has a fingerprint scanner, and every ounce of me hopes the lockscreen asks you to "take the Pepsi Challenge" when you wake it. Read More
The most recent Humble Mobile Bundle has been live for a week, and that means two things. First, there are more games in the bundle. Second, we're giving away 10 codes that entitle you to the full selection of games. Yay. Read More
OnePlus started selling the OnePlus 2 a few months ago, but "selling" is a charitable way to put it. You needed an invite to get the device, and those weren't easy to come by. Today you can get it sans invite if you act fast. Buying a smartphone without an invite? How very novel. Other companies should try this. Read More
Tag Heuer is a Swiss luxury watchmaker. Like most luxury watchmakers, its sole purpose is to convince you, the [probably male] consumer, through various lifestyle marketing and product placement deals that its product is for people who know what's up. It's hip. It's happening. It's trendy. It's classic. It's now. It's timeless - and it tells time. Also, something about precision Swiss engineering that doesn't really matter. Oh, and it will totally make you both attractive and fit in with wealthy people!
Above, you can see a silhouetted image of the company's upcoming smartwatch. It's a watch. It will tell time. Read More
Sony's open device project was launched to allow developers to run AOSP Android builds on many of Sony's devices. The company has been keeping up the software support for this program, and has even added new devices frequently. Now, Sony's latest flagships are joining the open initiative. You can grab the Marshmallow software binaries for the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact right now. Read More