Samsung must have known it had a problem early in the Galaxy S5's run when most of the reviews called the phone "boring" or "predictable," while also conceding that it was a good device. A good, predictable phone isn't going to sell like gangbusters, and indeed, the Galaxy S5 fell short of expectations. Over the next few months, we saw devices like the Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy Note 4 that played around with more premium materials and different designs, but the Galaxy S6 is the culmination of Samsung's plans to rehab its reputation.
The Galaxy S6 is still distinctly Samsung with the oblong home button, big camera sensor, and industry-leading AMOLED panel, but it almost feels like it was made by a version of Samsung from some bizarre parallel reality where plastic doesn't exist. Read More
Want to buy Google's developer kit for Project Tango, the tablet that can perform real-time 3D spatial mapping? Well you can't - not without an invitation, anyway. But for at least some of the applicants who have been invited to buy the Android-powered Tango tablet, the gigantic price tag is now a little more manageable. An Android Police reader passed along an email from Google offering Project Tango for $512, half its original price.
A few Twitter users are reporting the same thing, with varying degrees of enthusiasm.
Ok, I am going to keep this brief because I don't expect this deal to last long. In preparation for the imminent release of new Samsung tablets, Best Buy has the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4" 16GB LTE tablet at closeout prices. They are available with either AT&T or Verizon antennas for just $279.99. That's a staggering 220 bucks off retail and 20 dollars less than the Wi-Fi only model on Amazon (which was already a good deal).
Even though it launched in June of 2014, the Tab S is still a formidable device with plenty of power and, in my opinion, the best screen on any Android tablet. Read More
I've been a long-time fan of Blu phones - they are, generally speaking, solid handsets for the money. Whether you're looking for an affordable daily driver for yourself, a backup, or a cheap alternative for someone else, I feel like Blu is a great place to start the search.
Today, Amazon is offering a good deal on one of Blu's older handsets, the Advance 4.0, for just $50 as part of its Goldbox deal. Don't get me wrong, this isn't a super-expensive phone in the first place - it retails for something like $90. And as you'd expect, the specs aren't anything to really be impressed by:
- 4-inch 480x800 display
- Dual Core Mediatex MT6572 1.3GHz processor
- 512MB RAM
- 4GB Storage, microSD card slot
- 5MP rear shooter, VGA front camera
- Android 4.2
Like I said, it's nothing to get excited about. Read More
Get them while they're young. When it comes to securing longtime customers, one of the best moves tech companies can make is to get children accustomed to their products while they're going through school. That's not to say that everything is self-interested. In today's world, children benefit from getting early hands-on experience using tech to do something other than playing games.
Now Google is doing its part to make Canadian students as likely to encounter Android tablets in class as iPads. The company has announced the availability of Google Play for Education and classroom-oriented tablets north of the border. This move comes a couple months after the company expanded its initiative across the pond. Read More
The Moto 360 starts out at $249.99, but if you want one in gold, that will cost you an extra $30. And if you want a spiffy metal band to match, that will be another $50. So at the end of the process, you're looking at handing over $330 for your shiny intelligent watch.
Today you can get a gold Moto 360 in this configuration on Amazon for just $260. That's only $10 more than a silver or black one with a leather strap. The gold band comes in at 18mm wide. The watch isn't Prime-eligible, but shipping is still free.
The watch is also on sale at Best Buy, though there it's only reduced down to $318. Read More
In our nerdy universe, phone unboxings are the equivalent of gadget porn — shiny, exciting, and they involve things being turned on. (Sorry.) But Samsung may have inadvertently stumbled on a more titillating category in its latest video: inboxings. Think of them as the reverse process of unboxings and teardowns: you start with the various electronic pieces and put them together to build the phone, then you place the accessories and device inside the box for the final shipping-ready product.
In Samsung's S6 Edge iteration, melodic piano notes accompany the procedure, slow-motions and close-ups focus on the important components, tweezers and screwdrivers are delicately pinched and rotated, and the actor stops to gaze at the phone several times to appreciate his work. Read More
We're still a few weeks out from LG's leather-clad G4 unveiling, but the company is just so excited it could burst. Or so I assume—LG keeps announcing pieces of the G4 so everyone will talk about it. So, let's just give them what they want and talk about this new 16MP camera module with its super-wide f/1.8 aperture.
If you've been following Google's Android 5.1 rollout, it's no secret that the release to GPE devices is well underway. So far we've seen the stock Android variants of the Moto G, LG G Pad 8.3, and HTC One M8 get the update, and now it's time for Sony's massive Z Ultra GPE to have its turn in the sun.
The build is LMY47D and it's not entirely clear yet how big the OTA is. We don't have a link to the actual ZIP file yet, but once we do, we'll post it here. Read More