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
Packt Publishing ran a contest last week to find out which mobile OS had the most love from fans. You'll never guess which won. Okay, maybe you can guess–we wouldn't be posting about it if iOS had won. Android took the win by a landslide with 87% of the vote. To celebrate, Packt is holding Android Week with 70% off on twenty great titles about Android development, not to mention giving away a free eBook every day.
The sale has switched to 70% off instead of 50% off. Read More
If you often download files and apps on Android, you must have noticed that the Downloads app (or the Download Manager) doesn't really do much. Whether you're triggering a download from Gmail, Chrome, or any other app, you simply get a notification that shows you the progress and nothing else. That's slightly changing in Android N with the addition of a Cancel button that lets you quickly, well, cancel the download.
Here's what things look like on Marshmallow with the example of starting an APK download from APK Mirror. Read More
The reason I got into technology was because I wanted some medical ebooks and references on my Nokia Symbian smartphone back when I was still studying for my PharmD degree in 2006. I tend to forget that sometimes and it's easy for me to get lost in the mobile world and its platform wars, app updates, nitty gritty OS changes, and long lists of flagship specifications. But I'm often reminded of why I loved this whole field in the first place thanks to new and fascinating uses of mobile technology in medicine. And thankfully, this is happening more and more frequently as time passes. Read More
Things did not go as planned for LG with the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition, which was originally supposed to come out late last year. A hardware defect caused the company to halt the release and bring the watch back to the drawing board. Now, it's ready to go again and AT&T will let you pre-order one right now. Read More
CyanogenMod's maintainers are on an everlasting quest to conquer the software update war against pesky smartphone manufacturers who drop support way too soon for most of their devices. For instance, Samsung has been struggling to release Marshmallow for the two-year old Galaxy S5, but the CyanogenMod folks are ready to roll Android 6.0's software to an even older flagship: the three-year old Galaxy S4.
In this case, the CM 13 nightlies are available for the AT&T and Sprint versions of the Galaxy S4 (jflteatt and jfltespr respectively). The international S4 got it a couple of months ago, but other carriers and variants are still stuck on CM 11 and CM 12.1. Read More
The LG G5 has some cool stuff going on with it. It has those swappable battery packs that lend the phone new powers, a powerful processor, QC 3.0 with a USB Type C plug, dual rear cameras, and a host of funky accessories. The one thing it doesn't have is a compelling price tag (it's also dog-ugly IMO). I'll tell you what does have a great price though, the unlocked LG G4 that's on sale right now on eBay for a paltry $289.99. That's less than half the price of the G5 for those of you keeping score.
If value is the most important factor in your phone-buying decision, then it's hard to find many more enticing options than the G4. Read More
Following on the heels of other carriers, Verizon has now announced its own deal for customers looking to hook themselves, and someone else, up with either a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge. If this is you, then you can head on over to Verizon's website to get down to business.
Judging from the promo rules, it works similar to other BOGO offers where you go under a payment plan on both devices, then you get a prepaid card for the full retail price of one of the phones, or about $792, within 8-10 weeks. Read More
Google is on a roll with the app-less updates this week. After trialing a new homescreen weather shortcut for a small amount of users a few days ago, users have been noticing that there is a new feature in Google Now to block any site from showing up in the 'Stories to read' section. Therefore, if you see a card you'd rather not see, it can now be banished and will go back to whence it came.
Blocking sites in Now has been around for a while, but only for select cards; namely the ones that specifically show up for sites you've visited before. As of the update, likely to be a server-side rollout, the blocking ability has been upgraded to apply to any card. Read More
The latest update to Photos was fairly light on new features, but that's not always what makes an update interesting. Sometimes the most exciting part about a new release is seeing the ingredients that will make up the next great iteration. This update is packed with clues about new things in the pipeline including support for comments, a new screen to manage shots taken in burst mode, and a feature on shared albums that will suggest links to locations around the world.
Disclaimer: Teardowns are based on evidence found inside of apks (application packages) and are necessarily speculative and usually based on incomplete information.