The ever-evolving Google Photos has another new feature hidden in the recent 1.16 update: the app will now share slow-motion videos to other apps, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, or Evernote and not mess up the timing. Videos have of course been exportable and shareable through Photos since the start, but this marks the first time a video with slow-mo frames can be exported without the whole video being converted into slow-motion, rather than just a section. In the same way, you have long been able to edit a video to slow either a portion of the video, or the entire thing, down to 120 frames-per-second, the standard slow-motion video framerate. Read More
Android N is going after the notification shade in a big way, and one of the primary examples is notification bundling. This feature expands an alert to show each individual new message recently received. The Hangouts 8.0 update shows this functionality in action. Read More
The LG G5 is coming. Judging from this weekend's poll, quite a few of you are dead set on buying this phone as soon as you get the chance. For those of you on AT&T, that time is now. The carrier has started accepting pre-orders for the phone, which will become available in stores starting April 1st. Read More
The seventeenth Humble Mobile Bundle just launched, and it looks set to be one of the biggest yet. This time around it's packing top-tier Android games from the likes of SQUARE ENIX and Double Fine, as well as the usual indie darlings, while benefiting the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Red Cross.
For the next two weeks, those who pay $1 or more will get Battlestation: Harbinger, Framed, and Time Magazine's 2015 Game of the Year, Prune. Customers who pay more than the average price will also receive Frozen Synapse Prime, Lara Croft GO, and Sorcery! Read More
Android N is finally making multi-window mode a reality on Android, but the included features are somewhat limited. There's support for split-screen apps, but what about true resizable windows a la Remix OS? That's possible too, but this feature seems much more rough around the edges. It also takes a little monkeying around to enable. Read More
OK, so you want a Samsung Galaxy S7. That makes sense — it's looks like a solid phone. The 5.1-inch display is a great size for the many users out there who may not be interested in carrying a nearly-tablet-sized phone, and its Quad HD resolution keeps everything on-screen super sharp. Seriously — it's something like 576 pixels-per-inch.
And all that goes without talking about what's under the hood: a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 820 and whopping 4GB of RAM. Pair that with expandable storage, wireless charging, and IP68 water-resistance, and this is a phone that has a lot going for it. It's almost like Samsung took all the things people liked about the older Galaxy phones and put them all into one phone. Read More
Packt Publishing ran a contest last week to find out which mobile OS had the most love from fans. You'll never guess which won. Okay, maybe you can guess–we wouldn't be posting about it if iOS had won. Android took the win by a landslide with 87% of the vote. To celebrate, Packt is holding Android Week with 70% off on twenty great titles about Android development, not to mention giving away a free eBook every day.
The sale has switched to 70% off instead of 50% off. Read More
I have a lot of devices. Currently on my desk, you'll find the following: Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 7, Nexus 9, Pixel C, Blu Vivo 5, Huawei Honor 5X, and a Blu Life One X…and that goes without mentioning everything that's on the bookcase beside my desk. I never know which one I'll need on any given day, so it's imperative that they're all juiced up all the time.
Now, I realize that my situation is uncommon for one person, but I don't think it's uncommon for a family to have multiple devices — aside from my slew of devices, my wife has a phone and tablet, my oldest son has a phone and tablet, and my youngest son has like four tablets. Read More
If you often download files and apps on Android, you must have noticed that the Downloads app (or the Download Manager) doesn't really do much. Whether you're triggering a download from Gmail, Chrome, or any other app, you simply get a notification that shows you the progress and nothing else. That's slightly changing in Android N with the addition of a Cancel button that lets you quickly, well, cancel the download.
Here's what things look like on Marshmallow with the example of starting an APK download from APK Mirror. Read More
The reason I got into technology was because I wanted some medical ebooks and references on my Nokia Symbian smartphone back when I was still studying for my PharmD degree in 2006. I tend to forget that sometimes and it's easy for me to get lost in the mobile world and its platform wars, app updates, nitty gritty OS changes, and long lists of flagship specifications. But I'm often reminded of why I loved this whole field in the first place thanks to new and fascinating uses of mobile technology in medicine. And thankfully, this is happening more and more frequently as time passes. Read More