By now, those of you interested in picking up BlackBerry’s long overdue entry into the Android space have likely already done so. The BlackBerry Priv — now readily available on AT&T, directly from the manufacturer, and soon, Verizon — signals the return of the slide-out physical keyboard. You know, one of the main reasons “business types” stuck around with BlackBerry through the years, despite smartphones all moving to a similar all-display form factor.
While the dreams of getting something as robust as the desktop version of Adobe Premiere to edit videos on your phone may be a bit outside the realm of possibility, Adobe has introduced the next best thing. Adobe Premiere Clip is now available for Android.
The Exynos 8890, Samsung's next high-powered chipset, set a new record score on the AnTuTu benchmark site. The tally of 103,692 easily topped the 79,000 recently scored by the Kirin 950 SoC, Huawei's new top-of-the-line chip (a more recent run through of the Mate 8 produced a score above 94K). We expect to see the Exynos 8890 used in the Samsung Galaxy S7 and other high-end Galaxy handsets turned out by the manufacturer next-year. The test was conducted with the chip powering the SM-G9300, which is believed to be the Samsung Galaxy S7.
Thanksgiving, while a great way to spend quality time with the family, can quickly turn into a complete mess for others. Should you feel like tuning out political debates and your crazy uncle (we all have one), you might want to check out Google Play’s Cyber Weekend sale. It’s there you’ll find select game titles marked down as much as 70%, along with other great deals on apps, music, books and more.
In case you haven’t heard, Star Wars has a hot new game that’s now available on Google Play. It’s Galaxy of Heroes, a card game where you collect Star Wars characters to use in various turn-based battles and missions. The game features characters that span the entirety of the Star Wars timeline and universe, including the original trilogy, the prequel trilogy, the animated series and even new characters from the upcoming 7th episode titled The Force Awakens.
It’s been almost a good 2 months since the Samsung Gear S2 officially launched here in the US. Today, the smartwatch is getting its first big software update. Well, the Korean version anyway. Although an official changelog wasn’t posted, XDA member “supersoulfly” was able to detail some of the new changes you should expect to see when the update — build number R732XXU2BOKF — arrives for your model. Here’s some of what’s new.
OnePlus decided to go and make special Zirconia ceramic editions of their OnePlus X. The material, OnePlus says, is so hard to work with that only 20% of the backs they produce are good enough to pass their quality tests. That’s probably why there will only be 10,000 of these things in total.
You know there’s something wrong with your sales model when, as part of hundreds of Black Fridaydeals going live in a few days — you’re simply giving people the ability to purchase your phone. That’s it.
If you haven’t seen the plethora of reviews hitting the internets this morning, the Samsung Gear VR — the company’s second, and less-beta attempt at virtual reality — is now officially available for purchase. Compatible with (and only with) Samsung’s line of 2015 flagships, the all new Gear VR consumer version is powered by Oculus and delivers a first-class VR experience that wont break the bank.
Google Fit update adds new exercise and nutrition features, brings it one step closer to full fitness coach
Google Fit, while a great start for monitoring basic activity throughout your day, it’s really only offered a sort of bare bones experience. But in an update rolling out today on the Play Store, Google is bringing the app one step closer to a full fledged fitness coach.
Don’t bother checking your calendar, we’re no where near April 1st. But that hasn’t stopped the launch of one of the most WTF Android devices to launch in quite some time. Today, after rumors that Pepsi Co would soon launch their own branded smartphone in China, the Pepsi Phone P1 is finally official.
The camera found in the Galaxy S6/Edge/Plus/Note 5 is no joke. Earlier this year Samsung was finally able to deliver a smartphone camera that, for the first time ever, was capable of besting heavy weights from Apple’s lineup with little effort. It only makes that they’d want to further improve upon camera performance for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S7 and now we may finally know how.
It may not be that well-known, but Google Maps actually has its own Yelp rival built right in, allowing users to leave reviews, photos, and information about restaurants, attractions, and other locations. It's called Local Guides, and now Google is upping its incentives for users who continually make contributions. Among the rewards are the chance to win a new Nexus smartphone and access to beta features before others, but one of best may be 1TB of free storage for Google Drive.
The big roar made over Samsung’s S-Pen design flaw (where it could get stuck and break the S-Pen detection sensor) was brushed off by a simple “read the manual” response, but that doesn’t mean Samsung isn’t going to take preventative measures. While the company maintains that the phone is designed just fine, they’re making sure owners know exactly how the S-Pen should be inserted into its holding bay.
Say what you will about Google+, it’s actually grown a pretty strong following, not just among Android enthusiasts, but those that take have taken the time to find their niche. I guess that’s why in a new update hitting the web today (and soon, mobile apps), Google+ is being redesigned from the ground up to focus on doing what it does best: Collections and Communities.
Remember that crusader/Googler/awesome guy who has been reviewing the USB Type-C products out there to make sure they’re 100% compliant with the standard and safe for use? Well, his latest discovery involves an adapter from a high-profile manufacturer: OnePlus.
It's that time of year again in the mobile realm, when we wait impatiently as each major chip vendor unwraps its latest and greatest creation that could be powering your future flagship device. This time around promises and stakes are high, which is why we can't wait for a battle royal to take place, so we can crown a benchmark king (at this point it is likely we are more in it for the numbers and "bragging rights", rather than usability, but it is what it is).
Google has announced plans to implement a feature in Gmail that’ll notify you when an email is coming from an unencrypted source. This is convenient and important in a couple of different ways:
If you’re unsure that the line isn’t secure you can refrain from sending sensitive information in your email responses.
Whatever the motivations behind it, the current trend in mobile seems to be devices that are increasingly growing thinner every year. While that’s great for bragging rights, the problem is this sometimes comes at the cost of battery capacity. Sure we have more power efficient processor to tackle this, but at the end of the day they still need mAh to make them tick.
Remember those days of coming home from school, flipping on the TV, and watching an endless stream of music videos on MTV? Neither do we. But if there was some alternate reality where something like that happened, YouTube Music would be like that. It’s a new app Google is launching that, as the name suggests, is focused only on music. Just picture what would happen if Pandora and YouTube were to have kids.
Your next (or first) Android wearable needs not for Bluetooth or Wifi. Android Wear's cellular support has finally arrived, just as the first compatible watch starts to ship. LG'sWatch Urbane 2nd Edition crams an LTE radio beneath its circular 480 x 480 screen, with models that'll work on AT&T and Verizon — carriers that are both selling the watch in the US this week.
Hot on the heels of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 unveiling, Samsung has revealed their own next-gen chipset that is likely to be inside most of their 2016 flagship products. It’s the Exynos 8 Octa 8890, a 64-bit Octa-Core chipset that has all the juice you’d expect from a Samsung kit.
Striking while the iron is still hot, BlackBerry could be looking to launch another Android-powered device — the BlackBerry Vienna -- this time with a more traditional candy bar form factor.
Billed as a “wrist communicator”, the Rufus Cuff actually surfaced back in 2014 on Indiegogo, but is now up for pre-order for new customers with a price starting at $249. So what exactly does a wrist communicator do? Basically, it’s a mini-tablet that’s attached to your wrist.
As scheduled, Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer launched its first smartwatch at a dedicated event in New York today. Dubbed Connected, the $1,500 Android Wear-powered intelligent timepiece is inspired by the TAG Heuer Carrera, and has been developed in collaboration with Google and Intel.
Google has released the Google Maps update we’ve all been waiting for. The company today announced the addition of offline navigation, so you’ll no longer need a reliable internet connection if you want to use navigation.
Blackberry CEO John Chen recently sat down with Fox News to discuss the company’s hardware business and their newly-launched Blackberry PRIV Android phone. He hit on all the obvious points: Blackberry loves hardware and won’t easily give up on it, and that they’ll be approaching the market with a steady head and make decisions based on market response.
Modular phones could very well be the future of the mobile industry. Not only are they just straight up cool, but they can ultimately be more economical, more consumer orients, and more environmentally friendly. And did I mention that they’re cool?
One of the best things about the HTC One A9 is the fingerprint sensor. The sensor is fast and reliable, just like a fingerprint sensor needs to be. If it’s not fast and reliable, you’re not going to want to use it. Samsung’s fingerprint sensor on the latest Galaxy phones was starting to feel like more of a nuisance to me. I decided to compare the sensors to see if HTC’s truly is much better.
The Snapdragon 810 in the Nexus 6P might not be the most popular chipset on the market, but it still is considered top end and it seems to perform wonderfully in phones which take proper advantage of it. Of course, not many phones take proper advantage of hardware like Nexus devices, which don’t have loads of bloat and custom UI elements to bog the experience down.
We are in the midst of reviewing the recently announced Motorola Droid Turbo 2, and one of the most interesting features of the phone is its supposedly shatterproof display. Any phone can survive one or two errant drops. But what about seventy?
When we first heard of the Droid Turbo 2 and its shatterproof display, we had no idea what that exactly is and how good it was. Most of us, including myself I have to say, thought that is just another marketing trick to improve sales, but new drop test has proved the opposite.
Youtube channel Amit Shukla is on your channel compared Apple's iPhone OS 9, Marshmallow Android 6.0 and Windows 10, which in truth is not out there yet in its final version. The video gives an overview of the similarities and differences in some of the basic user interface elements such as lock screen and home screen, and the system compares the notification but also some of the standard apps such as a calculator, phone, calendar and other.
Haven’t heard of the Oukitel K6000 yet? It’s a 5.5-inch device with a 64-bit quad-core MediaTek chipset, a 13 megapixel camera and 2GB of RAM. But the headline spec of the device is its massive 6,000mAh battery, something Oukitel managed to achieve by stuffing 2 3,000mAh units inside.