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It might be hard for many of us to believe, but some people out there still love using flip-phones. I am not sure if it's an issue of function, or simply nostalgia, but it appears there's still an ample enough market for flip-phones that LG has decided to release one using the latest and greatest version of Android, 5.1 Lollipop. As far as flip-phones go, I think this latest one, called Gentle, hits all the right marks. It looks good (and would have been amazing ten-years-ago), and it has nice bubbly buttons for the sake of good feedback. Of course, one thing to set this phone apart from phones... Read more...
Is your phone recording your voice right now? If you have an Android smartphone, you shouldn’t be so sure that it isn’t, given a discovery by a researcher from mobile security firm Zimperium. The San Francisco-based company claims to have uncovered a method for attacking phones, known as Stagefright, which gives a hacker complete access to a smartphone running Google’s operating system – all without the user knowing. There hasn't been any indication that malicious parties have attempted to use the attack... yet. The seriousness of the threat lies in the way it infiltrates your phone, according... Read more...
If the multitude of companies telling us are to be believed, mobile payments are going to be a huge part of our future. It's not exactly hard to understand why. Most of us tote around a phone at all times, and in some cases, it might be easier to take out of a pocket than a wallet. But, with most things that are convenient, there are some caveats to be aware of. In this case, the biggest one is security. While Samsung has proven in the past that it doesn't mine compromising its users' security, where money's concerned, it means business. So, to prevent possible exploitation, it's been discovered... Read more...
Just over month ago, Bethesda quenched the appetites of longtime Fallout fanatics with gameplay footage of Fallout 4. But that wasn’t all that Bethesda had in store for fans, it also released Fallout Shelter, a mobile app which lets you take charge of your own underground nuclear shelter. At the time, the Fallout Shelter was only made available for iOS users, but that will change come August 13th. On that date Bethesda will make the game available to Android users as well. When the Android version lands, it will also bring with it some fresh updates that include a robot companion named Mr. Handy.... Read more...
It almost seems impossible nowadays for a company to keep a product under wraps until it's officially meant to be unveiled, and one recent example is with Motorola's third-gen Moto G. While we learned last week about its expected specs, the company itself leaked even more information, all revolving around customization. As a recap, the third-gen Moto G will sport a 1080p display, a Snapdragon 610 SoC, and a sweet boost to 2GB of RAM. While 8GB will be the default storage option, users will be able to expand it up to 128GB with the use of a microSD card. On its own website, Motorola has revealed... Read more...
Many Android users I know like to stick with Google's official Nexus phones, and every single one of them cite the same reasons for it: a clean user interface. It's true; Nexus devices are the go-to for experiencing Android as it's meant to be, similar to how Microsoft sells "Signature" desktops and notebooks that deliver the experience it wants you to have. Ultimately, both Microsoft and Google have the same goal with their respective lines: that lack of bloat. Well, it seems like Sony might be catching onto the perks of this. In a new blog post, the company writes that it is going to be... Read more...
Motorola has something big planned for July 28th. It’s expected that the company, now under the wing of Lenovo, will launch a third generation Moto X, the third generation Moto G, and the second generation Moto 360 smartwatch. Unfortunately for Motorola, at least one of its upcoming stars, the Moto G, has been leaking a bit over the past few weeks. The Moto G sprung another leak today as Swiss retailer Digitec claims to have secured renders and specifications for for Motorola’s next mid-range smartphone. For starters, the renders lineup up perfect with what we seen in previous leaks, and shows... Read more...
The tablet world is shifting quickly. While arguments for and against the need for a "third device" have been raging since the early days of the iPad, we're seeing tablets emerge that are far more potent and capable than ever before. In fact, it's tough to lump products like Dell's Venue 10 7000 in with bargain-bin slates that are clearly built to be used primarily for mobile Internet browsing and other strictly consumption-based use. This device we're testing here is cut from a different cloth. In many ways, it's paving a new path for tablets, and at first blush, you may assume that such a well-engineered... Read more...
Whether your old tablet is starting to spit and sputter or you're looking to buy a slate for the first time, you have a lot of options to choose from. And if you can hold off until next month, you can add Samsung's newly unveiled Galaxy Tab S2 in two different size options -- 9.7 inches and 8 inches -- to the list of potential candidates. The ongoing trend among mobile device makers is to build increasingly thin and light models, and according to Samsung, the Galaxy Tab S2 boasts the thinnest and lightest metal frame of its size on the market. It has a thickness of just 5.6mm and checks in at just... Read more...
Marshall may be better known for its music equipment, but that isn’t stopping the company from bringing a kickass audio experience to the smartphone market with its London handset. Given its highly customizable nature, it should come as no surprise that London runs Google’s Android operating system (Lollipop 5.0.2). Let’s get the “unique” aspects of the London out of the way first: it features dual front-facing speakers, a Wolfson WM8281 sound processor, Bluetooth atpX support, and a gold-tinged scroll wheel on the right side of the device that handle volume control, which Marshall says offers... Read more...
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...
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