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I can't imagine that many people like messing around with their voicemail. Be it a lack of patience or laziness, I cringe anytime I receive one and am forced to fiddle about in the awkward interface, trying to remember the buttons I have to press to achieve a certain action. In this particular scenario, Android M is going to help. At least, if your carrier supports it. As you can see in the shot below, a custom interface can be seen for voicemail rather than the hum-drum black screen. From within this interface, you'll be able to easily choose a message to listen to, see who it's from, and delete... Read more...
Connecting a smartphone to an in-car Bluetooth system is a common way to listen to music through the device, but have you ever thought about what else could be possible? How about controlling the entire smartphone through a dash screen? Or controlling media with your steering wheel? That's just what one Nexus 6 owner did, with the help of a couple of different hardware and software products. At the forefront is the App Radio dash screen, a product that costs about $500. Then there's the ARUnchained Android app, which costs around $30. If you want to take things to the next level, you can even install... Read more...
The highly anticipated Android M mobile operating system will begin [most likely slowly if previous releases are any indication] making its way to devices this fall. We’ll first start seeing new devices preloaded with Android M (like the next generation Nexus smartphone, which is reportedly being developed in conjunction with Huawei) and later as an upgrade for existing Lollipop devices.Until that time arrives, only developers have access to Android M, and up until this week, they were running the same “tired old” build Developer Preview build that was released in late May. Thankfully, Google yesterday... Read more...
Many adventure types who like to record their stunts turn to GoPro, a name that's become synonymous with action videos. However, there's rising competition in the field. Count Polaroid among the ones looking to take market share away from GoPro, which it plans to do with its Cube+, a next generation lifestyle action camera that was first introduced at CE Week last month. The Cube+ retains the original Cube's 35mm cube-shaped form factor. Also like the original, the Cube+ comes in "fun colors" with optional accessories. One thing that's unique about the Cube and Cube+ is that presence of an integrated... Read more...
Bloatware, Bloatware, Bloatware! We all hate bloatware. And with the exception of a few companies like Apple, Motorola, and Google (with its Nexus devices) there aren’t many ways to avoid factory- or carrier-installed bloatware without rooting a device. One of the biggest offenders in years past has been Samsung, and the company is feeling the heat for its obnoxious behavior from the Shanghai Consumer Rights Protection Commission. The commission’s secretary general, Tao Ailian, fingered not only Samsung, but also Chinese OEM Oppo Electronics for egregious behavior when it comes to pre-installed... Read more...
Let’s be honest here, BlackBerry 10 isn’t exactly a vibrant, thriving operating system. BlackBerry has less than one percent smartphone market share and simply can’t compete these days with the flashy iOS flagship smartphones coming out of the woodwork from Apple and Android flagships from the likes of Samsung, HTC, Xiaomi, Huawei, and Motorola (just to name a few). So it should come as no surprise that BlackBerry is looking for a backup plan of sorts to advances its efforts in the smartphone race, and what better partner could the Canadian company find than with Google? As we reported in June,... Read more...
Google seems pretty excited about showcasing video at 60 frames per second. So excited, in fact, that just over a month after launching 60FPS 1080p (Full HD) and 720p (HD) live video streaming, support for 60FPS video has been added to Google's YouTube app for iOS and Android devices. And of course you can still watch 60FPS video on the desktop, too. Whether or not you want to watch videos at a standard known as High Frame Rate (HFR) is up to you. There have been a handful of films released to theaters in HFR, such as the Hobbit, which was short at 48FPS. While some enjoy the experience of seeing... Read more...
Microsoft continues its quest for multi-platform domination with the official release of Office for Android smartphones. Microsoft of course has Office software available for its own Windows and Windows Phone (and future Windows 10 Mobile) operating systems along with iOS and OS X, but today marks the day that your average Samsung Galaxy S6 or LG G4 users can grab the suite from the Google Play Store. Like the version of Office that was earlier released for Android tablets, mobile versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are available separately to download. The entire suite is available for free,... Read more...
As BlackBerry clings to a less 1 percent share of the smartphone market in the U.S., the Canadian handset maker announced today that all BlackBerry users living stateside will soon have access to Android apps from the Amazon Appstore. While access to Google Play would have been preferred, the Amazon Appstore is a nice consolation prize for anyone wanting to run Android apps on their BlackBerry phone. Access to Amazon Appstore comes courtesy of the BlackBerry 10.3.2 software update. It's already begun rolling out to BlackBerry Classic users on Verizon and T-Mobile, along with AT&T BlackBerry... Read more...
Google is putting up some serious cash in hopes that security researchers and Android dissectors in general will root out security vulnerabilities in exchange for monetary rewards. The expansion of its bug bounty program over to Android represents the first time the mobile operating system has been included, though at the outset it only applies to vulnerabilities discovered on Nexus phone and tablets currently available to purchase in the Google Play Store.That limits the program to the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, at least for now -- Google says the set of devices that qualify for monetary rewards will... Read more...
Navigating the sea of Android phones can be a bit overwhelming, especially for anyone who is new to the platform (first time phone buyers, iOS defectors, and so forth). There are a lot of devices to choose from and they're as varied as the people who choose them. That's one of the best things about Android, though for anyone is feeling lost, Google has a new tool to help narrow down the choice.The "Find the Android phone for you" tool asks potential Android phone buyers three or more questions, beginning with what they use their phone for. The options include taking photos, listening to music,... Read more...
BlackBerry is taking the phrase 'If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!' to heart as it reportedly considers building a smartphone around Google's super popular Android platform. If BlackBerry does indeed release an Android device, it would be the first time in the company's history that it's ventured away from its own software ecosystem.It's been a tumultuous road for BlackBerry ever since Apple's iPhone came onto the scene. That began the company's descent into comparative irrelevancy, as it now sits behind not only Android and iOS, but also Windows Phone in smartphone market share. For a company that... Read more...
NVIDIA's SHIELD Android TV device has been available for a couple of weeks now, but only in the regular 16GB version. Now, NVIDIA has announced that it's begun shipping the "Pro" model, which in addition to including a 500GB hard drive, bundles in a free copy of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. It might be worth noting that this game is an Android native title, so no streaming will be required. If that bundle somehow doesn't entice you, NVIDIA has even more up its sleeves. Anyone who purchases either of the SHIELD models will receive $30 credit for the Google Play store as well as a free three-month... Read more...
The rate at which the industry is pumping out smartphones these days is staggering. Even more impressive is the rate at which truly outstanding phones are shipping, even from names that weren't significant just a few years ago. BLU, Xiaomi, OnePlus, and ASUS (just to name a few) have all produced handsets in recent months that rival the best offerings from Apple, LG, Samsung, and other historical greats. It signals a shift in the industry where we've reached a certain level of market maturity at the hardware, software and ecosystem level. It's just that much easier to launch a smartphone in market... Read more...
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