BLU has a history of producing affordable phones with decent-enough specs. Some may have had software issues in the past (including a spyware incident), but they're solid phones for the money. Following that trend is the Life One X2 Mini, which offers some pretty impressive hardware for the low price of $180. Read More
The Xperia C5 Ultra launched last year with Android Lollipop, as in 5.0. An over-the-air update to Android 5.1 arrived this past January. Eight months later, Sony is pushing the device up to Marshmallow. Read More
Actively watching Nougat roll out to Nexus owners this week? Most Android devices don't have a shot at getting an update to the latest and greatest. Some, like the Galaxy S5 Active, are only just now getting an update to last year's version. Read More
Dictionary.com is one of the most popular dictionary apps on Android, with the free version racking up between 10 and 50 million downloads on the Play Store. An updated version of the app has just been released which brings a fresh coat of paint and some welcome new features.
One of the more useful highlights of version 7.0 is the added support for the floating text selection toolbar introduced in Android Marshmallow. This allows users to quickly search for a definition through the app by highlighting a word and selecting the "Define" option from the popup menu. Other nifty features include the ability to explore locally trending words and a list of your favorite and most recent searches. Read More
Google's commitment to Android in the form of monthly updates for its own branded hardware is pretty great... until it's not. That's the case with the May security and stability update for the top-of-the-line Pixel C tablet, which has created some serious headaches for owners. Some (but by no means all) owners of the Pixel C are reporting more or less random reboots of the tablet, usually occurring every five to thirty minutes when the Pixel C is off its charger. Read More
Twitter has a bit of a love/hate relationship with mobile platforms and Android in particular. On the one hand, it's so aggressively possessive and wants an exclusive relationship devoid of any third-parties, on the other it updates its apps at a nice pace and adds new features to them. Oh well, it did let Android users hang behind iOS more than once, but we're not holding grudges.
After adding a share button to send tweets as Direct Messages, Twitter is working on another feature to make DMs easier to use in its app: Direct Share support on Marshmallow. So just like you can immediately send a photo to a specific WhatsApp contact or a link to one Pushbullet device, you can now share those or any random data from other apps directly to a Twitter DM conversation. Read More
The 5X may not be as flashy or as powerful as its more refined big brother, the 6P, but it sure is a heck of a lot cheaper. Google already is selling the phone at a pretty good price, but today you can pick up both models for $20 less on eBay.
Buydig via eBay has the 32GB 5X marked down to $330 and the 16GB model for only $280. That's a low enough price to make my fingers itch. Seriously, I'm very tempted to take the plunge and buy myself a cheap slab of Marshmallow.
Here's a quick reminder of the phone's upper mid-range specs for those of you who haven't memorized them already. Read More
Pushbullet is all about sharing, version 17 seems a natural progression. You now have the option to insert Pushbullet targets into Android's share menu. Don't just send a file to Pushbullet—send it to a specific phone, tablet, or PC. This is through implementation of Android 6.0's Direct Share feature, which lets apps provide their own share options. In a future update, the developers want to prioritize whichever devices serve as frequent recipients.
Since this release gets Pushbullet ready for Marshmallow, enhancements don't stop there. The developers have implemented support for runtime permissions, granting access as it's needed rather than when first installing an app. Read More
Shatter-proof screen? Check. Ginormous battery? Check. High-end rear camera? Check. Latest version of Android? [???fix later]. This is the story of the DROID Turbo 2 and Maxx 2, which were just announced today, October 27th, 2015, 22 days after Android 6.0 Marshmallow's source code was made publicly available, and multiple months since OHA members have had development source available to them for updates and new devices. Can we see why this is a problem? I hope we can see why it is a problem.
Here's the thing, Motorola. You're already in hot water with loyal customers because of software updates, and many more such customers are now worried that their devices, too, will end up abandoned before their time. Read More
The weeks post-Nexus announcement are always slow for Android news, but they're a time ripe for discussion about how the latest version of Android is holding up on your device, especially since it's arrived so much earlier than usual.
The Nexus 5, 6, 7 (2013), 9, and Player all have official builds of Android 6.0 Marshmallow available, so you've probably gone ahead and flashed them (or received an update via OTA).
Marshmallow does contain a lot of great new features, and we've highlighted a ton of them in our ongoing feature spotlight series (link to series). Here are a few of my favorites: