Here's a secret about Android Wear: at the moment, even more than a year after the first Wear devices hit the market, most of these smartwatches use the same Snapdragon 400 system-on-a-chip. That means that outside of screen resolution and quality, and of course the cosmetic changes implemented by the different manufacturers, there isn't much difference between the latest models and the originals. That being the case, the first Samsung Gear Live (the square one) is still a pretty good way to get into Android Wear, if only to see if you actually like it.
So a Gear Live for $80 is still a great deal, even if it's not quite the rock-bottom price we've seen on similar models like the G Watch. Read More
When it comes to deals on high-powered mobile hardware, good things come to those who wait. So it is with the Galaxy S6 Edge, the swankier, curvier version of Samsung's smaller 2015 flagship. At the moment an eBay seller is selling a refurbished AT&T model, which is also upgraded to 64GB of storage, for just $459.99. That's an impressive $355 off of AT&T's retail price of $814.99. They're going fast - at the moment only the black model is left in stock.
Buyers will also get free standard shipping to the United States. Those who live in Canada, most of Europe, or Australia can also buy one (the unlocked AT&T model supports most international 3G and LTE bands), but prospective customers elsewhere are mostly out of luck. Read More
I don't think anyone realized just how widespread Google's Cardboard "virtual reality" standard would become when it was first announced. And as neat as some of the games and apps that use Cardboard are, it's hard to escape the fact that the headsets are, well, made of cardboard. If you'd like something more sturdy (without having to buy a new LG phone), you can grab one of Mattel's revitalized View-Master VR toys. The original price was a bit steep at thirty bucks, but today Amazon and Wal-Mart are selling them for $19.97, a little closer to impulse buy range and pretty decent stocking-stuffers to boot. Read More
Unless you regularly develop video games or other visually-intensive programs, you probably don't know what Vulkan is. That's OK. But if you are in the habit of developing visually complex apps for Android, the news that Google plans to support the Vulkan API is a big deal indeed. And it looks like the company intends to jump into the Vulkan pool with both feet: Google has just hired an entire team of dedicated Vulkan developers and folded them into the Android team.
Here's the gist: Vulkan is a cross-platform, low-overhead graphics API created by a consortium called Khronos (get it?). The advantage of Vulkan over other standards is that it gives developers direct access to GPU hardware, allowing a game to manually manage things like GPU cores and memory. Read More
Google is handling the sale of Nexus phones in the US this time around rather than distribute them to carriers, but that doesn't mean you won't find these devices floating around elsewhere. For instance, the Nexus 5X just popped up on eBay for $10 less than the Google price. Whatever, right? Hey, with free shipping and no tax, you might save a bundle. Read More
If you're an LG G4 owner on Verizon, you may have heard about all the drama surrounding the phone's "touchscreen fix update" that has since rolled out on every other US carrier. Back on October 9, Big Red began rolling out this OTA as firmware VS98612A, but it was pulled two days later due to a major bug affecting the device's ability to receive push notifications while connected to Wi-Fi. A month-and-a-half later, Verizon and LG seem to have gotten their stuff together, and have now released a new OTA which shouldn't have the same problems that the original 12A update had. In addition to the long-awaited touchscreen fixes, people are also reporting that this update includes a new slow motion option in the camera app, and unlinks the ringer, notification, and system volumes a-la the LG G3. Read More
Black Friday is coming this Thursday, and Verizon has a number of deals aimed at enticing people in the market for a new phone. One is a $100 discount on phones priced at $400 or higher, which we've seen advertised alongside the LG V10.
Now LG has an offer that sweetens the arrangement further. Read More
ZeroLemon hates empty smartphone batteries. That awesome $700 mix of processors and screens and lenses can't ever be a useless piece of metal dead weight in your pocket, it has to be used throughout the day regardless of whether or not you're on a long road trip, hiking in the wilderness, or your roommates have taken up all the charging plugs in the house.
Now ZeroLemon is ready to bring its hammer down on empty batteries on the latest Samsung flagships: the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5. Both of its new models include a 3,500mAh battery so they should be enough to charge these phones once, and they come with a black TPU case so you can simply slide your phone in and forget about dangling wires and disconnecting battery packs. Read More
Google updated its support pages with an interesting item recently. Down at the bottom of the gift card page, is a US-only option called "Google Play credit gifts." And sure enough, a new option to send a gift has popped up in the web Play Store. So, just in time for the holidays, you can give the gift of Google Play via email. Read More