Google is done shrugging off its easter egg in Android M. While the Preview releases show a string of ¯\\_(ツ)_/¯ after tapping the Android version number repeatedly in settings, the official Marshmallow release will have an honest-to-God easter egg. Here is a look at it in the screenshot below. Read More
Credits where credits are due. Sony had promised a comprehensive Android 5.1 roll-out to the quasi entirety of its line-up from the past years, and the company is steadily fulfilling that promise. After updating the Xperia Z3 and Z2 series of phones and tablets, it's time for older devices in the Sony ranks to join in on the Lollipop action.
According to Sony's official PR team, the Android 5.1 OTA will start going out to the original Xperia Z series and the T2 Ultra. Read More
Opera Mini's claim to fame, beside its low footprint, has been its ability to compress data on its servers and serve websites to you faster and with lesser bytes than more traditional browsers. If you're on an unreliable internet connection, in an area with nothing but GPRS or Edge, or with an operator that charges you for your consumed Megabytes as if they were rare diamonds, Opera Mini was and still is essentially your safest bet.
The app is getting even better today thanks to the version 11 update. Instead of a single Data Savings mode, there are two. Extreme is what Opera Mini has used before: it significantly compresses websites and images. High is the new addition: it shrinks the size of images and sites, but not as much as the Extreme mode, allowing for a richer and fuller web experience. Read More
Rumor has it that Amazon is struggling to sell its more expensive Fire tablets. The company has been releasing its Android-operated but Fire OS-coated tablets for a few years with competitive pricing, but even that doesn't seem to be enough to keep it balling as hard as it wants and in the big leagues. Last year, it barely held 1% of the US tablet market according to IDC, compared to Apple and Samsung that had a combined 42% share.
Amazon's Fire HDX 8.9" can go up to more than $500, which may be a bit too much to pay for a screen you consume books and movies on and buy Amazon stuff from. Read More
MicroSD cards are about to make a big impact on Android, so now's a good time to stock up on some high-capacity storage. How fortunate, then, that Amazon's Gold Box daily deal portal is once again selling them on the cheap. The brand of choice today is SanDisk, and Amazon isn't holding back: top-of-the-line cards are available at huge discounts, from 32GB all the way up to the new 200GB option. Toss that sucker into your phone and you'll have more flash storage than some of the old hard drive-based MP3 players from the 2000s.
For my money, the 128GB card is the best bang for the buck. Read More
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Find Dining: Restaurant Finder
This week's roundup is brought to you by Find Dining: Restaurant Finder from HandyApps. The dining discovery aspects of Google Maps still leave a lot to be desired - usually you can count on an address, a review or two, and (if you're lucky) operating hours. Read More
Another mobile-oriented Humble Bundle is live, and you know what that means. Yes, time to get some games for cheap and support charity at the same time. There's no particular theme to this bundle as there have been with the last few, but the selection looks solid. Read More
Google has been branching out into new areas of hardware in recent years. It bought Nest and Dropcam, and now the Google Store acts as a storefront for Google to push its own hardware, as well as products made by others. The OnHub was an unexpected twist for Google's hardware aspirations, though. It does make some sense when you think about it. Routers are usually ugly and annoying to use, but is the $200 OnHub the best way to fix that? Read More
Floating apps have become emblematic of Android's unique flexibility and range. No other mobile OS allows non-system apps to directly interact with users and overtake the screen while another app is supposed to be in the foreground. This capability allows for a powerful and customizable user experience, but it can also quickly become a problem if an app is poorly implemented or its developer abuses this privilege for malicious purposes.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow is setting some new rules for drawing on the screen. Starting with Developer Preview 3, apps targeting API 23 (or above) will have to ask users to grant permission for them to draw on top of other apps. Read More