Third-party retailers are a tempting source of information for upcoming product specifications. My theory on this is as follows: until historically recently, retail has been comprised largely of brick-and-mortar stores. In advance of major product launches and marketing initiatives, those stores often received information, media, and technical details about products weeks or even months ahead of time so as to be ready when said product became available. This is because things needed to be designed, printed, and distributed to physical locations in advance. This made retail leaks - such as weekly mailers or magazine advertisements - fairly reliable.
But in more recent years, the internet has largely obviated this system. Read More
Marshmallow has been out for about six months now, and there are still some very recent phones that don't have the update. For example, the T-Mobile Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge... until today. These devices are finally getting the Marshmallow OTA. Sprint and Verizon both rolled their GS6 updates out recently, leaving AT&T as the sole holdout. Read More
It's update season at Verizon at the moment, with lots of phones on the network getting updates to Marshmallow. The latest is Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge+, receiving a build which takes it from the Lollipop-based LMY47X to the all-new MMB29K. The update includes WiFi Calling, a feature which has been in Marshmallow updates for other Samsung devices on Verizon, improvements to the Edge panel, and Live Broadcast, and standard Marshmallow features such as on-demand permissions, Doze, and Now on Tap.
Edge Panel sees news features, including Apps Edge and Task Edge, meaning users can now dock apps or certain tasks to the edge of the screen. Read More
Jide Technology wants to give as many users the option to try out its own flavor of Android. This involved rolling out the 2.0 Beta to PC devices about a month ago with plenty of features that were missing from the alpha when we tested it a couple of months prior. But you don't have to have a PC to test Remix now as the OS has been released in beta for the Nexus 9 and Nexus 10. (Jide had previously released Remix OS 1.5 to these tablets, so this isn't the first time its software becomes available for them.)
The pages and downloads are available on Jide's website. Read More
Sony manufactures some incredible sounding Bluetooth speakers. They also look great with a monolithic, modern, and understated design language. The top-tier speaker in Sony's large list of models is the X9 series, which debuted in 2014. Featuring 7 speakers, 8 digital amps, and 154 watts of power, the SRSX9 can put out a ton of sound.
The X9 is the Swiss army knife of portable speakers and is capable of playback through Bluetooth, WiFi (DLNA or AirPlay), or via a USB connection. It also supports native playback of Hi-Resolution music files up to 192kHz/24-bit including: MP3, WMA, WMA lossless, AAC, FLAC, AIFF, and ALAC. Read More
If you happen to own an Android phone or tablet that works with USB On-The-Go (OTG) for external storage, you'd probably like some storage gadgets that can take advantage of it. Combo drives - standard USB on one side, MicroUSB on the other - have been on the market for years, but they're not easy to find and they usually carry a premium over more conventional designs. Read More
Android's notification system has gone through some pretty intense work since the start of the platform, but that doesn't mean that third-party developers can't improve it even more. Case in point: Floatify, a customization app that's been floating around (sorry) for the better part of two years. The latest version is number ten, and it adds a couple of features from the new Android N Developer Preview. If your device isn't invited to play with the Nexus crowd (or you just don't want to deal with the instability), you can back-port some of those neat touches. Read More