I love Opera Mini, not just because of its light size and data saving features, but also because the app keeps getting updated frequently with new things to check out.
This last update for example adds a QR reader and generator to the browser so that you can scan any QR code you might come across and immediately go to the linked page, or create codes to share with nearby users or online. I haven't been seeing lots of QR codes around me lately, but in the 1 or 2 instances where I came across them, I wished I could scan them easily. Read More
Cell phones need modems. They're pretty important if your plans include making calls and accessing data. Like processors and GPUs, most phone manufacturers don't make their own wireless modems or radios, instead incorporating pre-existing designs into their phones. Sony might soon be able to roll its own wireless components: the Japanese electronics giant has announced that it has finalized plans to buy Altair Semiconductor, a designer of LTE modems based in Israel, for $212 million USD.
The acquisition will allow Sony to produce its own LTE hardware, and possibly sell it to competitors, as is already the case with Sony's widely-used camera modules. Read More
So you don't want to use Chrome? No problem, there are alternatives. Mozilla's Firefox browser has gotten pretty good lately, and it gets plenty of updates, like the update it's getting today to v44. There are a few user facing changes this time; if you haven't checked out Firefox recently, maybe now's a good time. Read More
BlackBerry is done with the ill-fated BlackBerry OS and is going all-in on Android. The company's first Android device, the PRIV, is now expanding beyond AT&T with a T-Mobile variant. It's on sale right this moment if you've got a hankering for some keyboarded smartphone action. Read More
Are MicroSD cards cheap nowadays or what? I remember buying my first 128MB (that's MEGAbytes) card sometime in 2005 and here we are talking about affordable 128GB cards in 2016! If you're good at math, you'd know that we multiplied the storage by a thousand and something and we're still somewhere in the same price ballpark. Crazy.
This Lexar 128GB is a Class 10 card that can read files at up to 95MB/s and write at up to 20MB/s. It comes with a USB 3.0 reader too so you can transfer your files quickly to a computer. It's using the old packaging though, which apparently makes it ripe for discounts. Read More
Despite being available on the Play Store and relatively easy to update compared to a new OTA software, Motorola's Camera and Gallery apps haven't received much attention in the past 4-6 months. The Gallery last got updated in September while the Camera's latest version dated back to August. The counter is reset with these new versions that began rolling out yesterday to both apps. But don't expect much in terms of functionality, we're merely fixing and improving here.
The Gallery's update adds support for Android Marshmallow so that all those Motorola devices that got bumped up to 6.0 can handle it properly and without any issues. Read More
HTC is again offering steep discounts in its online store, which make some of its devices reasonably priced. I mean, let's face it, the HTC One M9 is still not a $650 phone, and the A9 is not a $500 phone. Start slicing 20-30% off that, and you're looking good, though. The discounts come in three tiers that correspond to different spending amounts, but you'll have to buy today to get the deal. Read More
Google recently dropped the starting price of the Nexus 5X to $349.99. If you think $299.99 is a more reasonable price, you had your chance on Black Friday when the phone was available at that price, an $80 discount at the time. Presumably you didn't get to place an order back then. Well, here's the second chance you've been waiting for. Read More
Spotify subscribers are in for a treat today as the company's awaited video and podcast service has gone live in the Android app. Spotify Now, the company's start screen "hub" sort of thing, now features video content in addition to the mood stations and other stuff it's had since it launched last year. Spotify's beta app has had video and podcast content for quite a while now through a long-standing A/B test (over six months), but today marks the wide rollout of the feature to non-beta users. Last September, the other major Spotify Now feature, Running, left beta as well. Read More