The Moto Z2 Play is one of Motorola's dozen budget phones; if you want something relatively-inexpensive with Moto Mod support, this is the phone for you. The original $499 price tag was somewhat ridiculous, and Motorola temporarily dropped the price to $350 last month. If you missed out on that sale, the unlocked Z2 Play is once again $349.99 from the company's website.Read More
Chinese electronics maker Xiaomi hopes to enter the US smartphone market as early as late 2018. The company is currently the world's fourth-largest smartphone manufacturer and has seen substantial success in Asian markets. Now, ahead of its planned IPO, efforts to reach Western markets at large seem to be ramping up.Read More
You'd be forgiven if you don't remember what Google Smart Lock, aka Smart Lock for Passwords, is. The functionality, which aims to bridge your Google-saved website and service logins on Chrome with those in your Android apps, showed up almost three years ago in the Android M Dev Preview then started rolling to pre-Marshmallow devices. Codenamed YOLO for You Only Login Once, it is the precursor to the Autofill API we saw in Oreo and a solution to all those services that don't use a Google/Facebook/Twitter account login.
Right now, I can count the apps that I know of that support Smart Lock on exactly two hands: Netflix and Netflix for Android TV, WordPress, Flipboard, Waze, Nest, NYTimes, Fitbit, Nokia Health Mate, and most recently NBC.Read More
Waze is well known for its eponymous GPS navigation app, but what you might not know is that Waze also has a ride-sharing service called Waze Carpool that's in some ways (no pun intended) similar to Uber or Lyft. Carpool lets drivers get paid to use their own car to pick up and drop off passengers, and it allows riders to request a ride from point A to point B. However, unlike Uber and Lyft, Waze Carpool isn't meant to be used as a ride-hailing service — instead, it's only meant as a way for two or more coworkers (or people who work in the same general location) to share a ride to and from work.Read More
Every week, I examine somewhere in the neighborhood of a hundred app updates while looking for changes. The most interesting things turn into APK Teardowns or Download posts. Many of the remaining updates are unremarkable, amounting to a few bug fixes, routine updates to libraries, or even just pixel-level adjustments to layouts and images. However, there are usually a few updates that land somewhere in between. I don't want to spam readers with dozens of short posts, but I hate to ignore things that people might want to know about, so I'm going to wrap up the leftovers for a little weekend reading and call it Update Notes.Read More
Android Auto-compatible head units aren't too difficult to find these days, but they cost a pretty penny and usually won't fit properly in older cars. A developer created a solution called Crankshaft to address both of those issues, and all you need to make it a reality is a Raspberry Pi 3 and a touchscreen.Read More