Apple copying somebody to make something successful then everybody else copying Apple's success is a well-worn narrative path (independent of that narrative's truth in reality). As such, with the unveiling of the surprisingly-powerful iPhone SE today at $399, it's very reasonable to wonder: has Apple started a small-phone renaissance? Are we going to see a flood of small (less than 4.5" display) but powerful and premium Android phones enter the market?
Let's start with some phone size history. The new Apple iPhone SE is the same size as the outgoing 5S - roughly 124mm tall, 59mm wide, and 7.6mm thick. That is a very, very small phone. Read More
Welcome to your kingdom, my lord. It's the year 915, and foreigners are raiding our shores. It's a real problem. At any rate, the kingdom is now under your control and there are matters that require your attention. By the way, do you have any money? We could use some. Only with your cunning, commitment, and cold hard cash can we make this kingdom great again. Read More
Files in Drive aren't actually stored on your device, but Google is continuing its effort to make the experience feel as though they were by giving you quicker access and more control.
The latest version of Drive lets you dive into editing a file straight from the preview screen. This is thanks to a new floating action button hovering in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. Read More
If you're looking for a mid-range smartphone with the stock Android experience, you can't do much better than the LG Nexus 5X. It packs a zippy hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor clocked at 1.4GHZ, 2GB of RAM, a sharp 12.3MP rear camera with dual LED flash and laser autofocus, and a vivid 5.2” display. Since it's a recent Nexus phone, you can guarantee it's running an untainted version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Read More
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