On the list of manufacturers with fun and quirky commercial spots, LG doesn't usually come near the top. As far as I can recall, it has always served functional videos, but that strategy wouldn't fly with the "Play" theme of the G5. So it was that Jason Statham, the badass actor who can make your heart drop to your knees with a frown, was cast as the face of the G5 and a sort of psychedelic commercial was born with Jason's face plastered across all the main characters and background actors.
The commercial, which premiered less than 2 months ago, got super popular. Read More
Third time lucky? The OnePlus 3 is right around the corner and as if on cue, leaked images of the phone have appeared on Twitter, courtesy of @krispitech (although they appeared on the Chinese social network 'Weibo' first). It unfortunately has a case disguising the looks of the phone, but there's still a fair bit on show. Most noticeable is a hardware home button, probably hiding a fingerprint sensor, similar to those on the original OnePlus One and the OnePlus 2, although this button looks chunkier.
The device looks reasonably large - it's quite possible that OnePlus has kept the same screen size and resolution - 1080p - from their previous two flagships for the third time running. Read More
With every phone it releases, it feels like Xiaomi gets a little more mainstream in the West. Today, it's announcing two new products: MIUI 8, a major new version of the company's Android-based OS; and the Mi Max, which has a crazy-big 6.44-inch screen.
For a while now, MIUI (pronounced Me UI, although I always want to pronounce it like an acronym) has been the premier Chinese Android-based OS. While I haven't had a chance to try it out recently as I have no phone that runs it, it looks like the OS is much more mature than previously, which is good. Read More
This month's Android security updates are rolling out, but they may be taking their time to get to your device. If you're too impatient, you can grab the full factory image and flash it or you can just download these smaller OTA files and sideload them. Here are the links you need and if you want to see the changelog before you head out, we've got you covered as well. Read More
There's this thing Google does with app updates. Or rather, maybe I should say doesn't do. And that's tell us what has actually changed.
You see, Google likes to roll updates out in stages. This makes sense. If there's a problem with an update, the company can halt the rollout without impacting as many people.
The thing is, Google doesn't typically update the changelog until the rollout is complete and everyone has received the latest version. This is a process that can take a couple of weeks.
Users who receive the update early on have to guess what's new, or come to us and hope that we've already done so (which we often do using the help of our readers—it's a very circular process). Read More
When LG announced the modular G5 at MWC in 2016, we were all taken a bit aback. Admittedly, there was plenty of reason to hold judgment - it seemed possible that LG had actually done something interesting and innovative with a smartphone that hadn't quite been tried before, and gadget-lust is an easy feeling to succumb to in the face of something new and weird. It turns out that the G5's "friends" were basically DOA as a concept, though, and there has been little indication that consumer response to the idea is even existent, let alone positive.
Proprietary pogo pins: yesterday's technology, tomorrow! Read More
The most recent leak of Motorola's upcoming Moto X refresh had everyone wondering what those unusual holes on the back panel were for. We speculated about the possibility of modular accessories, and a new report from VentureBeat supports that. In addition, this weekend's leak actually shows two different phones, both of which will be sold under the Moto X brand. Read More
Lenovo Tech World is taking place on June 9th in San Francisco. There wasn't much reason to care about Tech World last year, but this time there will be at least one big announcement. The company pre-announced its upcoming Tango phone at CES, and this is where we'll get the specifics. The website also mentions Moto, indicating we could get something official about the upcoming Motorola devices. Read More
The Google+ team has been actively working on both the mobile apps and the web version of its service for a few months since the last major revamp, but there's one feature that has been promised since February 24 that is yet to be available to us.
In version 7.3, Luke Wroblewski (ie the Google+ man) announced a new feature that would filter notifications by All, Unread, and Other. The filter drop down never showed up in version 7.3 and we had to wait until v7.6 that was released on April 6 to see a glimpse of it. It was short-lived though and the change was taken away by a server-side switch quickly thereafter. Read More
The current boom in virtual reality tech is progressing along roughly two lines: big, complex, and expensive VR headsets driven by full-power gaming machines, like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and small, cheap headsets that slot a high-resolution smartphone in to pull double duty as processing unit and display, like Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR. Users who don't have four figures worth of money to burn have had to make do with the latter. But a new app is hoping to change that. Read More