Want an up-close and personal look at the upcoming Galaxy Note7? Evan Blass has given us just that - no more prototypes or cover glass to extrapolate from. This is the real deal. The Note7, spacing correct there, looks very, well, Note-like. With a hint of Galaxy S7. Which makes sense. As to the name? You can explain that however you want: a preemptive strike against the iPhone 7 (a moniker that lately has been dubbed unlikely by some), a lining up with the Galaxy S series - whatever. Note7 definitely does seem to be what we'll be calling it. Read More
NVIDIA's latest update for Shield - the only Android TV device worth buying, frankly - is out, and it adds a whole bunch of stuff. Like Plex Media Server. Which goes quite well with today's giveaway of a 500GB Shield Pro. With Plex Media Server on your Shield, you'll not only be able to watch all your Plex content, you'll be able to store it on the Shield itself.
Shield is powerful enough to transcode all your videos and serve them up on your network, eliminating the need for a standalone Plex box on your network. Shield just does it all. Read More
Samsung announced an unlocked version of the Galaxy S7 for the US market yesterday, and Best Buy is already offering a sweet deal to entice buyers to pick one up. Buying the unlocked GS7 or GS7 Edge from Best Buy gets you a free $75 gift card. That effectively makes the unlocked phones much cheaper than the carrier versions. Read More
According to investor presentation slides obtained by Xperia Blog, Sony has told investors in Japan at a recent event that the company's mobile business will be further "defocused" in the United States, as well as in India, China, and Brazil.
Sony's Xperia X line of handsets, announced at MWC in February, have been met with critical apathy, if not outright disdain in some cases. Sony announced the X series would be launching in America back in May, and the handsets have not yet begun shipping. This makes the language in the slides almost surprising - Sony is essentially admitting that it will be walking back its US mobile business, what even exists of it, just as new devices launch. Read More
The LG G5 was announced earlier this year with an ecosystem of "friends" that were aimed at boosting profits in its troubled mobile division. After initially solid shipments of the G5, things have turned sour fast. LG has announced a major shakeup in its mobile division that includes firing some staff and the formation of a "program management office" to oversee product development. Read More
The Chromecast only costs $35, which is a great value for the hardware. That's just the start, though. Google regularly offers promos for Chromecast users such that you might actually make money on the device over time. The latest offer is for 75% off any movie rental in the Play Store, but be aware this is US only. Read More
A couple of months ago, we heard a rumor that Blackberry was working on 2 new midrange Android smartphones, one with a physical keyboard and one without, slated for release this year. Now Evan Blass (@evleaks) is following up with more details and specs, a third smartphone, and possible release dates.
The first phone, scheduled for July-August, is Neon. It has a 1080p 5.2" display, Snapdragon 617, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 2610mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, a 13MP camera on the back and 8MP on the front. This midranger supposedly has an aluminum frame and a plastic back and should be priced free on contract. Read More
After dabbling in Android tablets for years, Dell is finally throwing in the towel on Google's mobile OS. The company won't be making any more Android tablets, and it's ending update support for the Venue tablets that already exist. That's a bummer for anyone holding out hope that the Venue 8 would make it to Android 6.0. Read More
After this morning's surprise announcement of Android Nougat (comment on the original post to express your displeasure at the name, por favor), HTC wasted no time in using it for a little social media marketing. About an hour later the company posted the tweet below on its official international account, promising an upgrade for the current HTC 10 flagship, last year's One M9, and the sleeker One A9. Read More
Most of us probably use the Google app for searching on our phones, rather than through Chrome or - *gasp* - another search engine. I've often found that on slow connections, the Google app can take ages to bring up results - think 2G or even 3G mobile networks. To combat this, it appears that Google is either testing or rolling out a notification to tell you when the app has completed searching and showing results.
Three Google Search notifications. Note: this is MIUI, which is why it looks a bit... iOS-y.
This may not be used only for slow connections, but will probably come in handy the most on a network where speed is hard to come by. Read More