It's no secret that I'm not the LG G5's biggest fan - but that doesn't mean there aren't things I find myself liking, nay, loving, about LG's latest smartphone. Let's break down my top five for the G5.
#1: The wide-angle camera
Solution looking for a problem? OK, maybe, I guess - my colleague Liam Spradlin (sorry, Liam) kind of has it out for this dual-camera system, but I believe it's going to be a hugely fun feature for people who take a lot of smartphone photos. The two images below, I think, show you just what a difference the wide-angle lens can make when you're capturing a scene.
Google finally made podcasts official in Play Music last week, but not everyone is seeing the option even after updating to the newest app version. You might be able to give Play Music a kick in the butt by refreshing your account. It is an option in the app's settings—refreshing, not butt kicking.
For years, Samsung has generally not sold its top-tier smartphones SIM unlocked to US customers. The reason for that is basically left to us to speculate: be it collusion with or demands from carriers, cost issues, or simple lack of demand, it's not exactly clear. But the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge may be the most readily available unlocked of any major Samsung smartphones in the US yet.
Currently, Best Buy will sell you - with what appears to be a factory Samsung warranty - an unlocked North American model Galaxy S7 or S7 edge. They aren't cheap... at all: $709.99 for the S7 and $819.99 for the S7 edge.
Another Android Police video? Is it April Fool's? Christmas? Halloween? International Talk Like A Pirate Day? It's none of those things, it's just more video! This time, we're bringing you Facundo Holzmeister with six simple ways to improve your browsing experience on Android, from things like Chromer custom tabs to the ingenious Flynx, which really deserves its own explanation in the video. We also take a look at a few features inside Google Chrome for Android itself that you may not have discovered previously, including one feature - forced custom tabs - that is currently unique to the Chrome Dev release.
Recently, we've had a spate of people emailing and contacting us via social media with complaints that their Nexus 6 on AT&T has not yet received an over-the-air update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This is very annoying. Likely, even if you do wait long enough and get Android 6.0, you'll have the same problem with getting Android 6.0.1, or any subsequent update, too. In fact, this has been true of literally every OTA update for Nexus 6 devices on AT&T: they take abnormally long to receive them, AT&T branded or unlocked, versus other carriers in the US.
Of the many cool goodies in Google Search, this must be one of the most interesting and useful ones. Simply open Google Now or Google Search in Chrome and look for "bubble level," and you'll get a, well, bubble level. Quite expectedly.
The level appears as the top search card and is interactive. It adapts to whether you're holding your phone in portrait or landscape, or laying it flat on a table. While you may not use this for some very precise work, it is super cool and could come handy if you want to hang a poster or painting and just need an average way to know it's not completely crooked without installing a third-party app.
If you're on Android 6.0 and use the share menu regularly, you may have encountered a rather annoying issue with Android's Direct Share feature. The issue arises when the share dialog pops open and the direct share contacts don't load immediately. Instead, the UI loads, you go to tap what you want, and suddenly the direct share contacts appear and all the app share links get pushed down out of view. See the animations below for the Android 6.0 and 6.0.1 behaviors side by side - the broken version is on the left.
With Android 6.0.1, which began rolling out today, comes support for over 200 new unicode emoji and accompanying graphics. No, I do not have a chart of all the new emoji. Sorry. What I do have is the now-current picture of every single emoji on Android. There are a lot. I'm sorry not all of these are perfectly spaced and aligned to the pixel, but I did what I could in an hour or so. Sixty-five screenshots later, here they are.
When Google released the first Android M preview images shortly after Google I/O, one of the bigger changes was a reworking of the priority interruptions system that was part of Lollipop. It went back to being called Do Not Disturb mode again in M, but one of the handier features of the system was tossed: the ability to mute notifications until your next scheduled alarm.
This feature is, obviously, convenient for a variety of reasons. Many of us are forgetful (e.g., me) and don't always want to rely on Android's downtime rules to determine when we do or don't want to hear notifications.
In the most recent update to the Huawei Watch, the company added a brand-new customizable face to the device. While you may note that there are plenty of watch face creation apps out there for Android Wear, Huawei's is a bit different. All of the customization happens on the watch itself, and the UI is dead simple - just pick and choose the elements you want, and you're off with a personalized layout.
While it's not the most robust customization we've seen for Android Wear, the simplicity and functionality of Huawei's tool is what really makes it shine. Anybody can figure this out, and it allows you to add just a touch of personal flare to your smartwatch if you find the built-in faces don't really suit you.