Most of the intrepid users who tried the most recent Android N developer preview were none too pleased with the new notification toggle behavior. Google changed the WiFi and Bluetooth buttons from simple toggles to connection list triggers. After more than 1,500 issue tracker stars in just a few days, Google has relented. Read More
LG has already released a couple of "Friends" with its G5, with mitigated usability and user response. Having tried four of them, I can assure you that my absolute favorite is the LG 360 Cam, not only because of its super cool and "immersion" feel, but also because of its relative independence from the G5 and the fact that it works with different Android and iOS devices.
This seems to be the case for this newly announced "Friend" too. The LG Action Cam LTE is a standalone rugged action camera with IP-67 water, dust, and sand-resistance (up to 1m of water for up to 30mins), as well as WiFi and LTE connectivity to live stream to YouTube Live. Read More
Aziz Ansari's cultishly popular Master of None is a show you should watch (and also a Netflix exclusive). Ansari plays Dev, a not-convincingly-struggling actor in New York City. At one point, he is cast as a doctor in a film called The Sickening. Which, in the words of the show, is a "black virus" movie. The plot is familiar: there's some kind of unstoppable super-plague that turns everyone into not-zombies, and Dev's character is the one man who is trying to stop it. He, too, of course, succumbs to The Sickening in the end.
The purposely generic and vague namesake of that fake movie, though, I find is perfectly fit to be coopted and molded for use in describing a common Android smartphone phenomenon: the slowening. Read More
Your carrier probably wants upward of $700 for the Galaxy S7 Edge, but you can avoid those prices if you don't mind buying from eBay. There's a listing live right now for the dual-SIM GS7 Edge at the low, low price of $569.99. That's even cheaper than the last time it popped up. Read More
Folks who chose to get an LTE-enabled tablet from T-Mobile and went with the Galaxy Tab S2 are starting to receive an over-the-air update bringing Marshmallow to their device. For a few months at least, users will get to have the latest and greatest on their Android tablet. Read More
Samsung Pay has been available for almost a year, but it's only worked on Samsung's phones. Now, the company is looking at expanding Pay to its line of Gear watches. Anyone in the US with a Samsung phone and a Gear S2 can give Samsung Pay a shot, but it's not as robust as the phone version. Read More
Samsung, no stranger to special edition phones, has one just in time for this summer's Olympics in Rio. The S7 edge Olympic Games Edition is now on sale in the USA, where it is exclusively available at Best Buy. The unlocked phone will run you $849.99, an extra $100 above the non-Olympic equivalent. Read More
Sony's phones have looked more or less the same from one generation to the next for years, but the company may be looking at a more substantial redesign. A device believed to be the F8331 has been photographed in the wild, and it doesn't look like the Sony phones of the past. It does still have some of the company's hallmark features, though. Read More
The Android 7.0 Nougat Developer Preview 5 is available now - get it right here (OTA images here). There's an official blog post accompanying the release from Dave Burke here, as well. What do you need to know? Preview 5 will be the final preview release for Android Nougat. The next major update that comes for supported Nexus devices will be the official Android 7.0 OTA.
Here are the notable changes from Google, among which is a disclaimer that this update Read More
breaks Android Auto Google Maps, with the explanation that a new version of Maps (v9.31) will be released in the coming weeks to address this problem.
The original ZenFone would be two years old this month, but I doubt many of them are still in use. It was highly anticipated before release, and widely panned shortly thereafter. I have friends who bought the first generation ZenFone, and the issues were obvious right from the start: the battery couldn't last half a day, the UI was clumsy and unresponsive, it got so hot you could barely hold it, and the build quality and design really weren't up to par.
A lot has changed in the last two years. The ZenFone 2 was well-received by our team and continues to be a good buy for the price. Read More