Sony has long offered a feature on its phones called Stamina Mode. When activated, unauthorized apps can't run in the background or run sync jobs. The problem, however, is Stamina Mode interferes with Android 6.0 Doze Mode. Sony took it out of early Marshmallow builds, but the company has now confirmed it's coming back. Read More
It has begun. The race to remove the 3.5mm audio jack and laugh at it like some antiquated technology your grandpa used to love has started. And I'm not sure that I or any of us really are ready for this new era of audio connectivity.
LeEco, a company we've previously covered under the Letv name, has launched three new devices in China with an impressive spec sheet, a killer price tag, and no 3.5mm audio jack. Yes, that's apparently a feature and not a problem. As far as I understand it, the reason why everyone was excited about removing the jack was that it would make it possible to build thinner smartphones and remove one bulky component that usually restrains designers and forces them to compromise or scratch their heads for months to find a spot for it. Read More
Of all the countries that get to enjoy Google Play Music access, only a select few have support for Play Music gifts. That means that there's a limited number of users who can send each other the gift of music, but that number is getting a bit larger now: Brazil, Mexico, and Switzerland have been added to the list of countries with access to Music gifts.
They join Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States in letting users purchase music subscriptions for their friends, family members, or maybe distant acquaintances (we won't judge). Prices are the same for a gifted subscription as a personally purchased one, but at least you can now get others hooked on the service even if they were reticent to try it out in the first place. Read More
Google's Accelerated Mobile Pages is a neat idea system that automatically reformats an HTML web page into a light and speedy version ripe for consumption on mobile phones and potentially strained connections. It's a sort of mix between the old dedicated mobile sites (which are often broken and lacking in features) and the newer dynamic formatting (which can be too heavy for a phone browser even when written correctly). The AMP system has been going for a few months now, and Google claims that it has "thousands" of publishers on board. Read More
Now is your chance to take control (mostly) of a massive Imperial Knight and bring glory to your house. Warhammer 40k: Freeblade is an action-packed on-rails shooter based in the Warhammer universe. Your noble house has been destroyed, and now you have to use your customizable battle mech to exact revenge. All it takes is a few taps. Read More
Android N won't be out for at least a few more months (and much longer for most devices), but you can get a little taste of the dev preview on your phone right now. The new Google Camera build that shipped with the new N preview is hitting the Play Store, and we've got an APK you can install. Read More
If you haven't had Google turn your spreadsheet into a chart before, go to the overflow menu and tap Explore. It's this nifty part of the app that's getting attention in the latest update. Read More
Kittens are cute and fluffy, unless of course they are exploding. Exploding things are bad, as you will quickly learn in Exploding Kittens, a new Android game based on the card game of the same name. It comes from (among others) Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal. It's a fast-paced, friendly game of Russian Roulette, but with exploding cats in place of bullets. Don't have friends? No problem, you can play with strangers online. Read More
Chrome 50 landed this week (though it's still in beta on Android), and Google is celebrating.
How? By highlighting 1 billion active users on mobile, 771 billion pages loaded, 2 million gigabytes of data saved, and other favorable metrics. All of them have been neatly compiled in this lengthy infographic. Read More
Keep may not be the simplest form of digital note-taking, but it's pretty close. Today Google has announced a few additions that make the service quicker to access. Read More