The ZenFone 2 series has gained no small amount of acclaim since its introduction thanks to good specs and low prices, and the Laser variant with its laser auto-focus module is the one to get if you want a better camera experience. Low prices and good hardware are the sea in which the Android modder swims, so naturally the Team Win Recovery Project has supported the line well. Now they've released an official version of their custom recovery for the ZenFone 2 Laser. You can download it now from the TWRP website. Read More
The keyboards we have on Android are already pretty good at what they do. That's not to say they're perfect, but any new entrant into this market needs to have a good angle. Microsoft's new Android keyboard is here, and it's called Hub. What does Hub do? It's a "hub" (get it?) for all your Office 365 content in keyboard form. Read More
I grew up in the 90s. We recorded home videos using a camcorder, and even looking at the footage on our fat, pre-HD TV, the picture quality left much to be desired.
But now that we have crisp 1080p recordings on flatscreen TVs, iOS users have flocked to the VHS Camcorder app as a way to recreate static-y, warped-looking footage from two or three decades ago. Read More
The Mobile Dev + Test conference program is designed to help developers and app development teams, at every experience level, stay on top of the latest innovations and challenges in mobile and Android. Learn from both experts in Android development such as Luke Wallace and Ken Kousen, as well as peers and discover tips and tricks to help you stay ahead of the game, hone your skills, and solve existing problems.
Bonus Session—Designing Apps for Android Devices
Join Luke Wallace and other Android developers Friday, April 22 for this interactive, half-day bonus session, Designing Apps for Android Devices. Exchange ideas and experiences with other Android developers and designers, learn design principles that guide the Android team within Google itself, and explore the unique challenges facing Android development and design. Read More
Stop me if you've heard this before, but there's a chance that connecting things to the Internet can make them more convenient to use. I know, it's quite the idea.
Gadget makers are already turning that idea into a product you can buy. Take the stuff SmartThings makes. "Smart" outlets let you toggle things that you plug into the wall, such as lamps and fans. And that's hardly all. A single hub controls everything, and you can interact with that device using your smartphone. Read More
Read the title. Now read it again. Yes, itshappening.gif and you better be ready for it. The CheetahPhone is officially a thing.
It has Clean Master installed.
It doesn't look like that image above, but I kind of wish it did. Actually we're not sure what it looks like just yet as the press release doesn't show any images. (Edit: here are the photos on Cubot's site, thanks Carlos David!)
Of course it will have Clean Master installed.
It'll cost 199EUR and go on sale on Amazon in European countries in the coming months and it actually has decent specs and runs Marshmallow. Read More
OPPO might have just blown everyone's mind with its Super VOOC fast charging technology, but that doesn't mean that the company's MWC announcements are over. SmartSensor is its new Optical Image Stabilization technology and it happens to be the smallest, fastest, and most precise sensor available on smartphones right now.
OPPO explains that SmartSensor is built on sensor-based OIS (or sensor-shift OIS) as opposed to the current lens-based OIS technologies in smartphones. Instead of using a motor to shift the lens around to compensate for movement, it keeps the lens stable but moves the sensor to counter the motion. It's also as thin as two sheets of paper, overcoming the size limitation when being implemented in modern smartphones. Read More
ZTE spent the last few years building low-cost devices for carriers, but 2015 saw the release of the Axon Pro. This phone had flagship specs and a pretty nice build of almost-stock Android. ZTE promised it would keep this phone up to date, and it's following through with a Marshmallow OTA. It took a little longer than expected, but you can grab the update now. Read More
Do you like Qualcomm's Quick Charge? Are you impatiently waiting for all devices and accessories to be compatible with Quick Charge 3.0? Then OPPO is about to rain on your parade with its Super VOOC technology. And I mean really rain.
Announced and demoed at MWC, Super VOOC is the evolution of OPPO's VOOC (yeah, they like capitalizing things) fast charging technology. It uses a new low-voltage pulse-charge system, a new dynamic algorithm for current regulation, and a new customized battery. The charger, adapter, and cable connector have also been upgraded to use military-grade materials. The end result is a setup capable of fully charging a 2500mAh battery in an OPPO phone in 15 minutes. Read More
Many of those who use Telegram swear by it. Not just because the messenger app is great, but because the developer keeps adding cool and innovative features, expanding to other platforms, and generally outclassing the competition in several areas. But what Telegram lacked so far are active users. It doesn't matter how awesome your messaging client is if no one you know is using it.
But Telegram is catching up to the competition (all of which shall not be named in this article, we're going to honor Telegram here). Some of you will say it had to do with that other service being sold to that third service, or to some service suffering from an outage, or to any number of reasons, but the truth is that Telegram is growing and the reason doesn't matter as long as the result is that more people are using it. Read More