Tim Cook defends Apple, teases exciting new products in the pipeline
Apple's earnings report last week saw the company report a year over year decline in profits for the first time since 2003. The biggest contributing factor to the decline, not surprisingly, is that year over year iPhone sales dropped by 16%. Notably, Apple's most recent quarter marks the first time iPhone sales declined in company history. Consequently, the usual contingent of pundits and analysts have come out of the woodwork, all exclaiming that we've reached 'peak iPhone' and that Apple at this point has nowhere to go but down. In an effort to inject a bit of good news and all-around optimism to a particularly negative Apple news cycle, Tim Cook earlier today appeared on CNBC with Jim Cramer where the Apple CEO teased that the company has some interesting and innovative items in the product pipeline. "We've got great innovation in the pipeline," Cook said to Cramer. "New iPhones that will incentivize you and other people that have iPhones today to upgrade to new iPhones. We are going to give you things you can't live without that you just don't know you need today. That has always been the objective at Apple, to do things that really enrich people's lives. That you look back on and you wonder, how did I live without this." DON'T MISS: John Oliver recaps 17 years of pop culture history in hilarious new video As for the drop in iPhone sales, Cook was quick to call everyone's doom and gloom scenarios a 'huge overreaction.' "We just had an incredible quarter by absolute standards, $50 billion in revenue and $10 billion in profits," Cook said. "What we're seeing is that people are upgrading at a lower rate than they did last year, but still higher than the year before. And so we had this abnormally high upgrade rate last year as people bought into the iPhone 6, and now we're comparing to that along with the other things going on that many companies are facing, with currency rates and macroeconomics etc." With respect to the Apple Watch - a device that we've still not seen any specific sales figure for - Cook remained nothing short of optimistic. Specifically, Cook reminded viewers that the iPod, one of the company's most iconic products, wasn't exactly an overnight success. Indeed, it wasn't until about 3-4 years after its initial release that the iPod became a runaway hit. In a similar vein, Cook intimated that we should exercise a bit of patience before declaring the Apple Watch DOA. "And so I think that in a few years we will look back and people will say, how could I have ever thought about not wearing this watch?, because it's doing so much for you. And then it will all of a sudden be an overnight success." Video of Cook's interview with Cramer can be seen below.
2016/05/03 02:07 BGR
You can try Oculus Rift at Best Buy starting later this week
Anyone who has tried virtual reality will tell you that there's really no way to explain it to someone who has never experienced it before. That's why this news should excite those of you who haven't had a chance to try it yourselves. Starting on Saturday, May 7th, Best Buy will become the first major U.S. retailer to offer Oculus Rift in-store demos. The demos will be stationed at The Intel Experience inside 48 Best Buy stores around the country. DON'T MISS: Major tech breakthrough iPhone users have been waiting for is finally here According to the press release, there will be two VR experiences available: Dreamdeck, which "transports you to impossible places, like the top of the tallest skyscraper or alien encounters in outer space," and The Climb, "a game in which you can scale new heights through the thrill of (virtual) rock climbing." Stores with Rift demos will also have a limited quantity of Rift headsets for sale. Additionally, Oculus has announced that Microsoft and Amazon will both receive some Rift units as well, starting on May 6th at 12 p.m. EST. Oculus is still trying to catch up on preorders, so expect these headsets to sell out instantaneously. Check this page on Best Buy's website to find a store with a demo unit near you. You can also visit live.oculus.com to schedule a demo ahead of time.
2016/05/03 01:45 BGR
Rant: Has Android Wear Failed To Make A Case To Normal Users?
Android Wear, and smartwatches at large, were pitched to us with the promise of their becoming the indispensable "second screen" to our smartphones. Notifications, voice communication, smart home integration, highly contextual information and alerts - smartwatches were, in theory, the companion that could give us all the simple things that necessitated taking out our smartphone, but didn't actually require a large screen or access to a keyboard to accomplish. Android Wear is coming up on its second birthday, and the decreasing number of compelling new Wear apps we see each month that aren't watch faces has actually led to us slowing the regular publication of our "new Wear apps and watch faces" series.
2016/05/03 01:20 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
23 New And Notable Android Apps From The Last 2 Weeks (4/20/16 - 5/2/16)
Casey Neistat’s Beme is now on Android, lets users share raw videos without previewing first
Sharing isn’t for everyone, but for social media junkies who feel the need to post every minute detail about their lives — no matter how mundane or uneventful — there’s a new app launching today that could take sharing to a new level. Created by video producer Casey Neistat (the same guy who filmed a ...
2016/05/03 01:01 Phandroid
Watch Barack Obama roast Donald Trump then drop the mic in his final Correspondents’ Dinner
If there窶冱 one thing to look forward to every year, regardless of whether you follow politics or favor the sitting president, that窶冱 the Correspondents窶� Dinner. That goes double for a president窶冱 final event 窶� and probably triple whenﾂ�Donald Trump as one of the main contenders to take over the oval office. That said, President Barack Obama窶冱 last Correspondents窶� Dinner was a show to watch: We窶况e got plenty of hilarious jokes and segments, we窶况e got a good Trump roast, and there窶冱 even a mic drop at the end. DON窶儺 MISS:ﾂ�This is how I make my iPhone look so much better than yours Obama made fun of himself and the press in his lengthy speech, and explained how this presidency aged him, using Michelle as a comparison. Before he got to dissing Trump, he also made fun of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. "Bernie, you look like a million bucks. Or, to put in terms you will understand, you look like 37,000 donations of $27 each," Obama said. 窶廰ook, I窶况e said how much I admire Hillary窶冱 toughness, her smarts, her policy chops, her experience,窶� Obama continued, making fun of Hillary窶冱 social game, and her appeal to young voters. 窶弸ou窶况e got admit it, though, Hillary trying appeal to young voters is a little bit like your relative who just signed up for Facebook. 窶懌�魯ear America, did you get my poke? Is it appearing on your wall? I窶冦 not sure I窶冦 using this right. Love, Aunt Hillary.'窶� https://twitter.com/WhiteHouse/status/726602492742635524 He did mock the GOP and its current campaigns, which areﾂ�窶彗 little more loose.窶� 窶彜ome candidates aren窶冲 polling high enough to qualify for their own joke tonight,窶� he quipped. 窶弋ed had a tough week,窶� he continued. 窶廩e went to Indiana, Hoosier country, stood on a basketball court and called the hoop a basketball ring. What else is in his lexicon? Baseball sticks, football hats, but sure, I窶冦 the foreign one." But he saved some of the best stuff for the Donald. "You've got a room full of reporters, celebrities, cameras and he says no. Is this dinner too tacky for the Donald?" Obama asked, noting Trump窶冱 absence from the event. "What could he possibly be doing instead? Is he at home, eating a Trump steak? Tweeting out insults to Angela Merkel? What's he doing?" "They say Donald lacks the foreign policy experience to be president. But, in fairness, he has spent years meeting with leaders from around the world: Miss Sweden, Miss Argentina, Miss Azerbaijan," he continued.ﾂ�"And there's one area where Donald's experience could be invaluable and that in closing Guantanamo because Trump knows a thing or two about running waterfront properties into the ground." Hilariously, Obama ended his final Correspondent窶冱 Dinner with a mic drop 窶� see his full remarks and Larry Wilmore窶冱 commentsﾂ�from the eventﾂ�in the videos embedded below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA5ezR0Kh80 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IDFt3BL7FA#
2016/05/03 01:00 BGR
Uber adds Android Pay support, dropping Google Wallet on May 9
After being one of the most recognizable apps using Google Wallet for payment processing, Uber is making the switch to using Android Pay as the old Wallet system is closing in on its sunset. Though Android Pay is most notably taking over as the NFC tap-and-pay system for Google, it is also ready to handle in-app and online payments that were once handled by Google Wallet as well. As you may remember, Google has dramatically scaled back the capabilities of Google Wallet since Android Pay was announced; the older of the two services now simply works as a person-to-person money transferring system. Uber is sending out emails to customers reminding them that Google Wallet support will be officially discontinued from the app on May 9, and in order to continue paying for rides in the app you'll have to move along to Android Pay or input a credit card manually. If you've already set up Android Pay with a card, you'll be able to simply tap on the Android Pay button in the payment setti...
2016/05/03 01:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Samsung Galaxy Tab E will be avaliable for pre-order at AT&T starting May 6th
Why did Radiohead erase itself from the internet?
U.K. band Radiohead are known for doing things unconventionally, but they're also incredibly shrewd marketers who know how to build up hype for themselves and their music. Roughly nine years ago, for example, the bank shocked the world by announcing that fans could pay whatever they wanted for the album In Rainbows that was released directly over the band's website. Now it seems Radiohead is engaging in another zany stunt to promote its upcoming ninth studio album by completely erasing its presence online. FROM EARLIER: ‘Captain America: Civil War’ hits $200M at the box office before U.S. premiere As The Guardian points out, "a visit to Radiohead.com on Sunday offered viewers only a blank page, while the band’s six-year-old Twitter feed was also empty... on Facebook, nearly 12 million users 'like' a page with nothing on it." Radiohead have also been sending out leaflets to fans via snail mail, which suggests the band is trying to rely on old-school technology to build up hype for its new release. Maybe the band will have carrier pigeons deliver vinyl copies of the album to everyone who preorders it by contacting them over ham radio? At any rate, one of the better songs from Radiohead's Kid A was called "How to Disappear Completely," and it seems appropriate to give it a listen in light of the band's disappearance from social media. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAF8D0ugyVk
2016/05/03 00:25 BGR
The Rock Clock is exactly what you would expect from an app made by Dwayne Johnson
Rumored Yahoo sale of 48.6 acres to emerging tech player LeEco is symbolic of a global trend
The Galaxy Note 6 might be better than your laptop
If you haven窶冲 purchased the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge yet, you might want to wait for Samsung to unveil its next best thing. The Galaxy Note 6 has appeared in various rumors so far and a slew of newﾂ�reports offerﾂ�plenty of new details about the upcoming handset. From the looks of it 窶� not that we窶决e surprised 窶� this will be the Android phone to buy this fall. DON窶儺 MISS: Major tech breakthrough iPhone users have been waiting for is finally here The Galaxy Note 6 will reportedly have a USB Type-C port, according to SamMobile, although it窶冱 not clear at this point whether the reversible port will support UBS 3.1 technology. The site also speculates that Samsung will launch an updated Gear VR headset that could make use of the new USB-C port, though nothing is confirmed on that front yet. If that窶冱 not enough, a report from Android Geeks says the Galaxy Note 6 will have a camera similar to the Galaxy S7窶冱 though there窶冱 a huge twist: It will include an infrared autofocus module. Autofocus is already amazingly fast on the Galaxy S7, but Samsung is looking to improve upon it. The site窶冱 source says Samsung is currently testing two Galaxy Note 6 prototypes, one with IR autofocus and one with a camera setup identical to the Galaxy S7窶冱. Finally, a report from GizmoChina tells us the new Note smartphone should be launched at some point this August. The handset should pack a 5.8-inch display with 2K resolution, Qualcomm Snapdragon 823 processor (upgraded Snapdragon 820 version), 6GB of RAM, and a 4,200 mAh battery. The most impressive detail offered in this new leak from China concerns storage. Apparently, the phone would be available in a 256GB capacity, which might be a first for the company 窶� we already know Samsung is mass-producing such storage, though it窶冱 not clear what devices will support it. The report also says the phone will have IP68 dust and water certification. Assuming these specs are accurate, the Galaxy Note 6 might be better than your current laptop, which is probably how Apple would introduce it if it were to make such a device.
2016/05/02 23:50 BGR
Official Galaxy S7 Edge LED Flip and Clear View Covers offer more than just protection [VIDEO]
New rumor claims iPhone 7 will finally get a bigger battery
I love the iPhone 6s... but as I've said many times, its battery does leave something to be desired, especially now that companies like HTC are releasing phones that purportedly have two-day batteries. So will the iPhone 7 deliver and give me a larger battery after the iPhone 6s had a smaller battery than its predecessor? A new report suggests that it will... but only by a little bit. FROM EARLIER: Game of Thrones: How Kit Harington kept the Snow secret Via 9to5Mac, a Weibo post from this past weekend claims that the iPhone 7 will have a 1,735 mAh battery, while the iPhone 7 Plus will have a 2,810 mAh battery. For comparison, the iPhone 6s has a 1,715 mAh battery and the iPhone 6s Plus has a 2,750 mAh battery. That said, there's no guarantee that having slightly larger batteries will improve overall battery performance since the iPhone 7's processor will likely be more powerful than the processors on the current generation of iPhones. As 9to5Mac notes, "Apple has typically used increases in battery capacity to improve performance and used component efficiency improvements to make products thinner." Which is all well and good but... what's the advantage to having an iPhone that's even thinner if you're constantly feeling anxious about it running out of juice? This is one of those Apple things that I will likely never understand.
2016/05/02 23:05 BGR
Mother’s Day promo: Moto X Pure Edition for just $300
Nasty piece of Android malware monitors texts, browser history and banking information
There's a new piece of nasty Android malware floating around that Android users should be on the lookout for. Masquerading as a update for Google's mobile Chrome browser, the malware is hosted on webpages designed to look like they are official Google or Android landing pages. Originally spotted by the security firm Zscaler, the malware is designed to monitor call logs, browser history, text messages and banking information. Once installed, the malware logs the aforementioned data and sends it all back to a remote command and control server. What's more, Zscaler notes that the malware is capable of checking if a user has any antivirus apps installed, and if so, "terminating them to evade detection." DON'T MISS: Time to cut the cord: $95 gets you a Fire TV and free network TV in HD for life So while user's should be extra vigilant about this malware, we should note that installation can only occur if a user turns off a default Android setting which prevents the installation of software from non-approved sources. Tom's Guide notes: After downloading the APK file, users would need to disable one of Android’s default security settings which prevents the installation of programs from unknown sources. Once that’s done and the target gives Update_chrome.apk administrative access, the malware registers the phone with its remote server, and monitors all SMS messages and calls, which it sends to remote servers. If users open the Play Store on an infected device, the malware presents a phony payment information page for entering credit card numbers. After that data is entered, a screenshot is then sent to a phone number in Russia, which doesn't sound like a safe way to store your banking data. As if that weren't nasty enough, the malware is extremely resilient can only be thoroughly removed when a user performs a factory reset on their device. Moral of the story? The openness of Android is obviously one of its major benefits, but you might want to stick with the Google Play store or other approved storefronts for now.
2016/05/02 22:30 BGR
Microsoft’s Pre-Touch technology anticipates your taps
Casey Neistat's social video app Beme comes to Android
Beme, a social video app that was launched by popular YouTuber Casey Neistat on iOS in 2015, is now available on Android. In addition to launching on Android, today also marks the app's official foray into full release territory after having been in beta since last year. If you're unfamiliar with Beme, the app is meant to encourage you to share video of what you're doing without taking you out of the moment. Rather than staring at your phone's display while you record, you simply open the app and then hold the phone's screen to your chest to instantly start capturing what you're looking at. Once you're done, just pull the phone away to stop recording and your clip is instantly shared. Of course, you can also record by simply holding a hand over the sensors on the front of your phone, but the screen will remain a solid color to keep you from watching the viewfinder. The goal, of course, is to allow you to stay "in the moment" and share real experiences without filtering the conte...
2016/05/02 22:21 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Sleek aluminum flash drive stores your data in style
We're not sure if something like a flash drive can ever really be considered "cool," but if ever there was a flash drive worthy of that categorization it's probably the Transcend 64GB JetFlash 710 USB 3.0/3.1 Flash Drive. This little memory drive is smaller than an SD card and it can fit on a key chain without adding any weight or bulk at all. It's also made out of aluminum and features a nice sleek design. Oh, and did we mention it only costs $20? Here's what you need to know: Up to 90/24 Mb/s Read/Write Completely resistant to dust, shock and water COB (Chip on Board) manufacturing technique Free download of Exclusive Transcend Elite Data Management Software High-quality sturdy metallic structure Discreet, ultra-small form factor Transcend 64GB JetFlash 710 USB 3.0/3.1 Flash Drive: $19.99 with free Prime shipping Follow @BGRDeals on Twitter to keep up with the latest and greatest deals we find around the web
2016/05/02 22:10 BGR
It turns out the camera on your phone matters
In last week's poll we asked how important the camera on your phone was. Many people always carry around their phone, and primarily use the camera there. That means that deciding whether the camera on your phone matters will directly impact how awesome all of your photos look. Trying to decide how much the camera on your phone matters can be difficult when faced with choices, but it's worth thinking about. First place was snatched up by "Very important" snatching up a respectable 58.6 percent. "Kind of important" took second place, with 25.18 percent of the vote. "Not particularly important" managed to take third place with 8.81 percent of the vote. In fourth place, with 3.45 percent of the vote was "not very important", followed by "Not important" in last place with only 2.96 percent of the vote. Is there something more important than the camera on your phone? Be sure to pop into the comments and let us know! ...
2016/05/02 22:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Android app pirate pleads guilty to criminal copyright infringement
An individual involved in running third-party Android app marketplace Applanet has pleaded guilty to criminal copyright infringement, the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) announced. According to the DoJ, Aaron Blake Buckley entered his guilty plea in response to charges that he sought to help distribute pirated versions of Android apps normally available on Google Play worth over $17 million. An associate of Buckley's, Gary Edwin Sharp II, previously plead guilty to the same charges in January. From the DoJ: According to statements made in court, the conspirators identified themselves as members of the Applanet Group. From May 2010 through August 2012, they conspired to reproduce and distribute more than four million copies of copyrighted Android apps through the Applanet alternative online market without permission from the victim copyright owners, who would otherwise sell copies of the apps on legitimate online markets for a fee. On Aug. 21, 2012, the FBI seized the Applane...
2016/05/02 21:55 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Here are the 13 new markets Verizon is rolling out XLTE
Verizon Wireless has dedicated itself to improving its mobile spectrum across all of America, including the rural areas where data connections get a bit spotty. The carrier enabled XLTE in 13 new markets across rural America bringing its total number of markets served to almost 500.
2016/05/02 21:22 Phandroid
WhatsApp planning to bring video-calling features to its app
WhatsApp is planning to update its services with video-calling features, and preparing to take on the likes of Skype and Facebook Messenger. The update has come to the iOS beta version of the app, but hasn't made its way to Android just yet.
2016/05/02 21:02 Phandroid
Google Calendar update brings tinted status bars and more
Google acquires Synergyse, makes the service free for all Google Apps users
Humble Mobile Bundle 18 Includes Evoland, This War Of Mine, Goat Simulator GoatZ, And More
Humble Bundle ended its bi-weekly mobile deals a while back, but there's still a new Android bundle every now and then. Like right now, for example. You can get up to eight Android games right now, with more on the way. You just have to jump on the deal before it expires in two weeks. This is one of Humble Bundle's three-tier deals. If you pay $1 or more, you get three games: Freeze 2, Evoland, and Adventures of Eco.
2016/05/02 21:44 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
John Oliver recaps 17 years of pop culture history in hilarious new video
Over the weekend, HBO's John Oliver posted a short but sweet video highlighting the myriad of ways in which the world has changed over the last 17 years. Now what's so special about 17, you might naturally be wondering. Well, after a 17-year incubation period spent underground, cicada's in 2016 are set to emerge and greet the world for the first time. And not wanting any cicada to feel out of the loop or likely to make some embarrassing social faux-pas at a party, Oliver took it upon himself to let these hibernating cicada's know what life is like in the present day. DON'T MISS: Major tech breakthrough iPhone users have been waiting for is finally here Oliver starts off with some requisite political updates, but the real gems come later in the video when Oliver turns his attention to the entertainment world. "Dr. Dre is now a multi-millionaire electronics mogul," Oliver quipped. "[Mackelmore] won a grammy for 'Best Rap Song', the curly haired guy from N'Sync is one of the biggest entertainers in the world, and the least singer of R&B group Destiny's Child is essentially our queen now." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5E7cG54VoA Some other highlights include a funny take on how Michael Jordan has now become a crying meme and how the Internet no longer "screams in agony" via dial up when you browse the web. But saving the best for last, Oliver concluded: "And finally, and amazingly, we all just stopped paying for music and porn, and I think we've gotten away with it!"
2016/05/02 21:35 BGR
Microsoft’s Pre-Touch research blows 3D Touch out of the water
May Nexus Factory Images Are Now Available For Download
It's the first Monday of May, and that means there are some new factory images and OTAs for the Nexus line. As usual, these new firmware packages are include the latest security patches from the preceding month, and possibly some bug fixes and optimizations, as well. While we'll be looking for changes in the AOSP changelog (coming soon), Google has posted the security bulletin to explain the major risks that that have been fixed in this release.
2016/05/02 21:32 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
LG creates fingerprint sensor that lives under glass rather than in a button
Fingerprint sensors are usually either integrated into a button or are a separate piece on the body of the device. Nexus devices (and others) have a separate sensor on the back of the device, while companies like HTC opted to include a button for a fingerprint sensor, despite older devices not having a front-facing button [...]
2016/05/02 21:18 Android and Me
OnePlus One's Full Cyanogen OS Fastboot And ADB Sideload Images Have Arrived
Android 6.0 started rolling out to the OnePlus One early last month. It came in the form of Cyanogen OS 13. The update took its time rolling out. Then OnePlus pushed out a bump. Most users should have received both by now. But let's say you haven't. Or maybe you messed up your device and are now trying to recover. Hey, no judgment here. Either way, full images are now available for manual download.
2016/05/02 21:12 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Hackers can break into your company using $700 worth of parts from Amazon and eBay
Hackers looking to break into companies could do so with the help of a $350 device that can be purchased online from Amazon or eBay, new research shows. By taking advantage of the way most employee ID badges work, hackers could simply manufacture counterfeit access cards that would work just like the original badges. DON’T MISS: Time to cut the cord: $95 gets you a Fire TV and free network TV in HD for life Researchers from RedTeam Security showed Tech Insider how easily it is to clone an access card belonging to any employee by simply roaming around. The hackers did not have to steal personal information belonging to that person and instead used a much simpler trick. Using a particular device that costs just $350, researchers pretended to visit a target company. "[We] got the big, long range reader from Amazon," RedTeam Security consultant Matt Grandy said. "They're also all over on eBay." The attacker, posing as a student who requested a tour, carried the gadget in a seemingly harmless laptop bag that intercepted the unencrypted communication that takes place between an access card the moment it approaches a target. These work IDs use radio-frequency identification (RFID) to talk to doors and unlock them. Unfortunately, the data traffic isn’t protected by encryption, which means that it can be picked up by intrepid hackers armed with this device. Purchased from Amazon, the portable RFID badge reader can grab card data up to three feet away. When positioned close enough to a target, the device grabs the data from the card who’s trying to communicate with it and writes it on a microSD card. That means malicious individuals simply have to find a reason to be in the vicinity of a known employee to try to grab his or her credentials. The data is then transferred to a computer, where a $300 device called a Proxmark can write it on a fake employee badge. Using the manufactured card, hackers can then access any doors that badge is allowed to open. There are ways that companies and employees can protect themselves against such attacks. One of them is using encryption to protect RFID data. The other one is using RFID-blocking sleeves for access cards – you can purchase them on Amazon at this link.
2016/05/02 21:01 BGR
Fit more on your Galaxy S7's screen with condensed mode
With a new software update, Samsung lets you increase your GS7's information density dramatically — at the expense of one or two things looking a little weird. Phones are getting bigger with each release cycle, but new devices don't always let us see more stuff on the screen at once. This is an issue Samsung has attempted to solve with a new addition to the Galaxy S7 series: "display scaling." Simply put, this lets you not only adjust the size of fonts — as Samsung phones have for some time — but the way the entire user interface is scaled. But first, it's worth noting that not all Galaxy S7 models have been updated with this feature. It popped up under "Display settings" on our European Galaxy S7 edge with the latest April update; meanwhile our U.S. devices aren't seeing this addition. So it's possible it'll arrive in some countries later than others. (And thanks to the vagaries of the U.S. carrier system, some operators may even choose not to include it.) If your GS7 h...
2016/05/02 21:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Moto X Pure Edition is just $300 at Motorola until May 9
Motorola is selling the unlocked Moto X Pure Edition smartphone for $299.99, a $100 discount from its normal price. The sale lasts until Monday, May 9. This latest discount is designed as a Mother's Day promotion, which means you can use Motorola's Moto Maker to customize the unlocked Moto X Pure Edition with different front, back and accent colors. You can then add your own custom engravings and messages to give mom a special gift made just for her. See at Motorola ...
2016/05/02 20:39 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Google Keyboard updated with new gestures, visual tweaks, one-handed mode, and more
Google Keyboard is a very solid keyboard, but it has seen very few improvements lately. Fortunately, it seems that Google has been saving all the good stuff for one big update, because the latest update to version 5.0 is huge. Here’s a changelog: Option to show key border, no more holo themes One-handed mode Long-press for [...]
2016/05/02 20:35 Android and Me
Camera Shootout: Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Apple iPhone 6
For many people, the camera on their smartphone is the most important feature of the device. Most companies realize this, so over the past few years we’ve seen tons of improvements to mobile cameras with just about every new iteration of flagships. Samsung’s latest, the Galaxy S7, was hyped up on its photo shooting capabilities, […] Come comment on this article: Camera Shootout: Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Apple iPhone 6
2016/05/02 20:30 Android News, Rumours, and Updates
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Rock Clock App Has The Objectively Best Alarm Tones Ever, No IAPs
Dwayne Johnson, AKA The Rock, may be the most likeable man in the universe. And now he has an alarm clock app that, above all else, perpetuates this, because he's The Rock. You may say, "David, what makes this so much better than my amazing alarm clock app that I already have?" To which I would answer: this one contains nearly infinitely more Dwayne Johnson. And Dwayne Johnson does not do "snooze" buttons.
2016/05/02 20:21 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Google posts Android Security Bulletin for May, releases security update for Nexus devices
It’s that time of month again, where Google releases its monthly security update for the Nexus devices. The company also posted the Android Security Bulletin for the month of May, describing the current security vulnerabilities that the updates fix. Unfortunately, non-Nexus devices are likely vulnerable to all [...]
2016/05/02 20:20 Android and Me
You can recharge your iPhone with fire
Let's say you're stranded on a desert island or even just camping, and you want to charge up your phone. There are obviously no outlets around, which means you're out of luck, right? Wrong. As long as you have the ability to start a fire, you'll be able to charge your phone as long as you have a device called the FlameStower USB Fire Charger. As YouTuber Jonathan Morrison demonstrates in a new video, this nifty gadget really does work, although you shouldn't expect it to be especially fast at charging your device. DON'T MISS: ‘Game of Thrones’ recap: Is winter still coming without any Snow? How can you charge your iPhone using fire, you ask? It works like this: A blade that protrudes from the device is placed directly into the fire and absorbs its thermal energy. It then transfers that energy to a generator that is kept cool by a reservoir of water at the top of the device. This creates enough juice to charge an iPhone, although Morrison found that it charged at basically a snail's pace. That said, if you're out in the woods camping or stranded on an island, you will have plenty of time to just let your phone sit and power up. Check out the full video below and you can buy the FlameStower for yourself at this link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gce27LNULcQ
2016/05/02 20:26 BGR
$80 Teclast X89 Kindow Reader Tablet PC dual boots Android and Windows 10
As some of you may know, occasionally we will highlight products from various retailers that we think you might enjoy. Every so often we’ll showcase something that’s off the beaten path, or a little different from other devices. Such is the case today with the Teclast X89 Kindow Reader Tablet PC (what a mouthful). What
2016/05/02 20:26 AndroidGuys
[Deal Alert] Moto X Pure On Sale For Mother's Day At Motorola.com, Amazon, Best Buy, And B&H (Prices Start At $299.99)
Mother's Day is coming, and Motorola thanks you should give a Moto X Pure to the woman that raised you. To help out, Motorola is taking $100 off the device. That brings the base model down from an already reasonable $399.99 to a more compelling $299.99. The 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models are all on sale. All you have to do to fulfill your end of the deal is help the company make money by clicking the buy button.
2016/05/02 20:18 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
10 best Android keyboards
Google Keyboard update brings emoji bar, one-handed mode, adjustable height, and more
40+ HTC 10 Tips & Tricks
Google posts Android’s security update for May, system images available for Nexus devices
[Deal Alert] Unlocked BlackBerry Priv On Sale For $379.99 Via eBay
BlackBerry launched the Priv late last year at the stratospheric price of $700. It's not an unheard of price for a flagship phone, but the first Android phone from a struggling OEM? Maybe not the best idea. The Priv has been showing up on mega-discount lately, and today it's on sale for the lowest price yet. You can pick a new unlocked Priv up from eBay for $379.99. This listing is for the AT&T variant of the phone, but it's unlocked.
2016/05/02 20:06 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Hulu has eyes set on new cable-style service
For the cord-cutters of the world, one of the big challenges has been getting around limitations on shows broadcast via traditional outlets and popular cable TV channels. Even when services like Netflix and Hulu were able to get access to some of this traditional programming, they often had to do so via a delay and […] Come comment on this article: Hulu has eyes set on new cable-style service
2016/05/02 20:00 Android News, Rumours, and Updates
May’s Android Security Bulletin is out
The monthly security update produced by Google is rolling out now. These are the two big announcements from this month’s Android Security Bulletin: To reflect a broader focus, we renamed this bulletin (and all following in the series) to the Android Security Bulletin. These bulletins encompass a broader range of vulnerabilities that may affect Android […] Come comment on this article: May’s Android Security Bulletin is out
2016/05/02 19:59 Android News, Rumours, and Updates
Amazon sale: Save $50 on a Samsung 3D Blu-ray player and 1,000-watt surround sound system
See that great big flat-screen television hanging on the wall in your living room? It was a great purchase and the picture quality is fantastic, but doesn't it look a little bit lonely? Finding the right TV is only the start of putting together a good viewing experience. You still need a solid surround sound system, and you still need a Blu-ray player as well. Kill two birds with one stone and grab the Samsung HT-J5500W 5.1 Channel 1000-Watt 3D Blu-Ray Home Theater System, now on sale on Amazon for a $52 discount. Here are the highlights: 5.1-channel home theater system with 1,000 watts of power. 3D and Full-HD 2D Blu-ray video. Built-in Wi-Fi for complete connectivity. Smart Blu-ray allows easy access to websites, games, apps, and media. Opera TV apps turn any TV into a Smart TV. Bluetooth connectivity for one-touch power on and audio streaming. HD upconversion lets you enjoy DVDs with near-HD quality. HDMI for optimal digital sound and video. Dolby Digital Plus and DTS Surround Sound for immersive audio. Dolby True HD for near-studio quality sound in your home The sale price is good through the end of the day on Saturday, May 7. Samsung HT-J5500W 5.1 Channel 1000-Watt 3D Blu-Ray Home Theater System: $347.99 with free Prime shipping Follow @BGRDeals on Twitter to keep up with the latest and greatest deals we find around the web
2016/05/02 19:57 BGR
Must-own apps for the bibliophile in all of us [Roundup]
Words speak. They have voices that resonate from within, rather than echoing out. Words take you to far off galaxies or worlds where the power of electricity was never harnessed. Worlds of wizardry and time travel and romance and dragons. Words are what transform raw emotion into poetry, and give substance to messages from Dreamland. Words
2016/05/02 19:44 AndroidGuys
Google Keyboard update brings brings new features like adjustable keyboard height, 1-handed mode, and more
Verizon adds new markets to XLTE coverage
There was a time when the major U.S. carriers were issuing press releases on a regular basis to announce the addition of new markets to the list of areas covered by their high speed data infrastructure. As the market matured and these major projects concluded, the pace of these announcements waned. Leave it to Verizon […] Come comment on this article: Verizon adds new markets to XLTE coverage
2016/05/02 19:30 Android News, Rumours, and Updates
Google releases May Android security update factory images
Big Google Keyboard update brings one-handed mode, layout tweaks and more!
A pretty major update is now rolling out for the Google Keyboard, bringing a load of new tweaks and features, including one-handed mode. And it's that addition of one-handed mode that is probably the biggest change, allowing you to easily adjust the keyboard for left- or right-handed use in the keyboard's settings. Also new in this update is the ability to customize the keyboard height. Thanks to a new option in the settings menu, you can drag a slider to adjust the height of the keyboard from short to tall, which should make compensating for different hand sizes much easier. There are also some new gestures that can be enabled from the settings menu, including the ability to move the cursor by sliding across the space bar, or deleting words by sliding left from the delete key. A more minor change — but cool nonetheless — is that there is now a number key to the left of the spacebar on the full keyboard. Tapping it will give you quick access to a three-by-three number pad ...
2016/05/02 19:20 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Disney just released a new version of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'
Star Wars is a huge phenomenon and Disney is making sure the hype continues now that its hit movie has already been released on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD download. Star Wars: The Force Awakens proved to fans there’s hope for the Star Wars universe, and it made a boatload of cash for Disney in the process. While we wait for Rogue One and Episode VIII to roll out, Disney decided to reshoot Episode VII for us, retelling the story in an entirely different way — with the help of emoji. DON’T MISS: Major tech breakthrough iPhone users have been waiting for is finally here I have to say that it’s not as bad as you’d expect, regardless of how it sounds at first. And Disney isn’t the first company that thought of remaking movies with emoji. Sony already set a launch date for August 2017 for its upcoming animated film about the cute little graphics. But these Force Awakens inspired emoji, as well as Disney’s emoji-storytelling skills, are impressive. The emoji force is definitely strong with this studio. I particularly liked the mind duel between Rey and Kylo Ren in this new emoji universe, and there are a few other notable moments as well. The full video is embedded below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adgnlbRWo_Y This episode of the As Told by Emoji series is actually the first one in the second series. The first series had four episodes, netting Disney 50 million views on YouTube. As a side note, it's pretty clear that Disney used Apple's iPhone and iPad to create the animation, even though it tried to hide their identities using square home buttons. The software elements, however, tell us this emoji universe lives inside a very iOS-like operating system.
2016/05/02 19:24 BGR
Amazon Kindle Fire HD (3rd Gen) And Huawei Honor 7 Receive TWRP Support
The Huawei Honor 7 may be a flagship device, but compared to some of the competition, it doesn't cost all that much. The same can kinda be said for Amazon's Kindle Fire HD. That makes each device an okay one to muck around with. Before you start flashing ROMs, you need a decent custom recovery. The Team Win Recovery Project is more than decent. In many ways, this is the top option available right now.
2016/05/02 19:17 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Sprint, T-Mobile Galaxy S7/S7 Edge users get much-needed maintenance updates
Sprint and T-Mobile are each pushing out important updates to Samsung Galaxy S7 users. The updates are largely quick maintenance upgrades with your usual "performance and stability" fixes. That said, they did address some notable specific issues.
2016/05/02 18:58 Phandroid
Nova Launcher: The best launcher in the Play Store. Period. (Review)
In the early days of home computing, if you wanted to access a program, you had to know how to speak your computer’s language. This language, or “code”, could be unique across multiple computer brands. You had to use a “command line” tool to talk to your computer. If you didn’t know how to speak
2016/05/02 17:30 AndroidGuys
Futuristic hoverboard is the real deal, and it just set a new Guinness World Record for flight
Last month, we were blown away by a new hoverboard video that was so amazing most everyone decided that it had to be fake. The hoverboard in question - dubbed the Flyboard Air - was built by Zapata Racing and featured seemingly impossible specs: autonomous flight up to 10,000 feet, a top speed of 93 mph and 10 minutes of flying time. DON'T MISS: ‘Captain America: Civil War’ hits $200M at the box office before U.S. premiere Well, in an effort to silence the haters and skeptics, Zapata Racing over the weekend was it again. This time, inventor Franky Zapata set out to set a new hoverboard record with the futuristic Flyboard Air. And whereas the first Flyboard Air video featured a lot of quick cuts and close-up shots - and thereby bolstering the notion that the video received the special effects treatment - the video that Zapata Racing filmed over the weekend is, dare we say, easier to take at face value. What's more, the recent Flyboard Air demonstration took place in front of a crowd of invited journalists, photographers and Guinness World Record officials. In short, maybe this crazy futuristic device is actually the real deal. As for the new hoverboard record, Zapata managed to take the Flyboard Air on a 7,388 foot journey. Highlights of the record-breaking trip can be seen via the two videos below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAy9A3LLu4I As for how it all works, Zapata relayed in an interview with The Verge last month that the Flyboard Air takes advantage of four 250 horsepower turboengines which are fueled by Jet A1 kerosene which Zapata has strapped to his back. What's more, the contraption has two additional engines designed for stabilization purposes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esUogzafUug
2016/05/02 18:49 BGR
Moto India starts Twitter campaign for new phone release
Lenovo’s marketing arm in India has launched a new Twitter campaign via the Moto India account that is teasing a new smartphone coming to the market. The Moto India team does not help too much with clues to which device this might be. However, some recent leaks show the new Moto G and being a […] Come comment on this article: Moto India starts Twitter campaign for new phone release
2016/05/02 18:43 Android News, Rumours, and Updates
T-Mobile Galaxy S7 and S7 edge updates fix power and volume button bugs
T-Mobile is rolling out updates for both the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. Both updates fix an issue with the phones' power and volume buttons, along with some other "system improvements". The T-Mobile support pages for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge show that the download sizes for both phones will be 164.61 MB. As usual with these kinds of over-the-air updates, it may take a few days for them to reach your particular phone. Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge Galaxy S7 review Galaxy S7 edge review Here are all four Galaxy S7 colors Should you upgrade to the Galaxy S7? Learn about the Galaxy S7's SD card slot Join our Galaxy S7 forums AT&T Sprint T-Mobile Verizon */ /*-->*/ /*-->*/ ...
2016/05/02 18:27 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Xiaomi’s smartwatch for children only costs $50
Facebook is testing self-destructing messages for Messenger
You can try the Oculus Rift for yourself at participating Best Buy stores this Saturday
The Oculus Rift is one of the best -- and most developer supported -- VR experiences available right now. Soon, everyone will have a chance to try out one of the world's most talked about new gaming devices and all yo have to do is visit your local Best Buy store.
2016/05/02 17:58 Phandroid
It doesn’t matter if you want to sleep in! The Rock’s new alarm clock app doesn’t let you
Well, an alarm clock app made by The Rock wasn't exactly what we thought would be entering the Google Play Store on a Monday, but that's exactly what we're getting today. The Rock -- the wrestler and movie star also known by his name Dwayne Jackson -- has his very own clock app ready for you to download.
2016/05/02 17:50 Phandroid
[Deal Alert] Chromecast And Chromecast Audio On Sale For $5 Off Almost Everywhere [Update: Google Store Too]
Google Keyboard Gets A Huge Update To v5.0 With One-Handed Mode, Optional Key Borders, New Gestures, And More [APK Download]
Keyboard apps aren't the most exciting things, but they're one of the apps you interact with most on your phone. Think about how much you type, and how much that experience has improved over the years. Google hasn't added anything important to the Google Keyboard lately, but apparently they've been saving it up. The new v5.0 update is rolling out, and it's huge. There are UI tweaks, new gestures, layout changes, and so much more.
2016/05/02 18:23 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Today’s best-selling unlocked Android phones at Best Buy (May 2, 2016)
Purchasing a new smartphone can be quite a fun thing to do. But, it can also be quite expensive or confusing, too. Not only that, but it can also be a bit of a headache as considering which phone, which carrier, and which rate plan is right. We窶决e here to help you with at least
2016/05/02 18:16 AndroidGuys
A single infographic shows every betrayal that ever happened in ‘Game of Thrones’
If you are a character in the world of Game of Thrones, chances are you will either be killed by someone you love and respect or you will be forced to kill someone you love and respect at some point in your life. In fact, the surprising and brutal deaths have become the show's calling card over the years, but when you have dozens of characters to keep track of, it can be difficult to remember who killed who. SEE ALSO: Here’s the first new trailer for Game of Thrones season 6 episode 3 Thankfully, data visualization site Venngage has put together an infographic that details every betrayal over the past five seasons, from Daenerys being sold to Drogo to Melisandre abandoning Stannis in his time of need. All in all, the team was able to find 65 separate acts of betrayal, which they defined as "an act of going against one’s word, or an act of breaking the trust of a family member or ally." It's worth noting that Venngage only pulled information from the show to create this infographic, so don't expect any book-only betrayals to pop up. "We examined every act of betrayal in the last five seasons (again, to our knowledge) to see who betrayed who and what the outcomes of their betrayals were," Venngage explains. "What we found was that in the Game of Thrones, to deceive is, usually, to come out on top. The characters who by the end of the fifth season have the most power have also committed the most acts of betrayal. Most of their victims are dead and their houses decimated." In other words, Petyr and Varys are killing it.
2016/05/02 18:15 BGR
Jewel and Elegant Huawei Watch versions make way to the U.S.
The Huawei Watch is one of our favorite smartwatches to date. But how about Huawei’s new Jewel (pictured above) and Elegant models? As of yesterday, they became available to pre-order in the United States from select retailers. Both the Huawei Watch Jewel and Huawei Watch Elegant contain the same specifications as the standard Huawei Watch. All […] Come comment on this article: Jewel and Elegant Huawei Watch versions make way to the U.S.
2016/05/02 18:13 Android News, Rumours, and Updates
Kick ass with our Captain America: Civil War themes
Let's get ready to watch superheroes fight each other. Again! Captain America: Civil War debuts this Friday, and chances are you're as excited for it as we are. In honor of the major Marvel smackdown about to begin, our resident themer Ara Wagoner has assembled a team of themes to help us show our #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan pride. Or #TeamUnderoos, to celebrate the return of Spidey to the MCU. So, grab your favorite launcher and your spangly armor and let's get to it! Captain America theme The First Avenger has a lot going on here between the whole Bucky situation and the world growing increasingly fearful and hostile towards "enhanced" humans. Steve Rogers prides himself on being a simple man, and we feel he'd be content with this simple and efficient theme. Cap is the man out of time, and his theme feels timeless and patriotic, even as he fights the government for civil liberties. Here's what we pulled off his theme with: Wallpaper Cap Shield Custom Icon Shield Slam Notific...
2016/05/02 18:07 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Google acquires Synergyse to bring interactive training to all Google Apps users
Google has announced it has acquired Synergyse, which formed in 2013 to help business customers train with Google Apps. The company's product, Synergyse Training, will now be free for all Google Apps customers. Before today's deal, Synergyse had signed up 3,000 businesses and organizations to use its training program for Google Apps. Today's blog post from the company stated: By joining the Google Apps team, we can accelerate our mission because we will be working even closer with the teams that build Google Apps. Advancing our mission at a faster speed is very exciting for the Synergyse team and our customers will directly see the benefits as we move forward. As usual with these kinds of small acquisitions, the specific financial terms were not disclosed. You can check out Synergyse in action in the video below: ...
2016/05/02 18:04 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
The Android Security Bulletin for May 2016 is live — here's what you need to know
Notes and new factory images for the May Android patch are now available, with source code and updates rolling out. Google's monthly security patch notes have a new name and a new purpose — they're now titled the Android Security Bulletin, and the scope has been broadened to include mention of vulnerabilities that affect phones and tablets that aren't Nexus branded from Google. The updates for the Nexus line — both over the air or as a new factory image — haven't changed. OTA updates have begun their staggered roll out, and new factory images have been posted at Google's Developer site for manual downloading and installation. The new Security Patch Level date is May 2, 2016 and changes to the Android Open Source Project should be finished and published within 48 hours. Google also tells us that partners have had access to the warnings in this month's bulletin since April 4, 2016 or earlier. According to Google, "The most severe of these issues is a Critical security vulne...
2016/05/02 18:02 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Best chargers for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
It can be tricky to find a charger that窶冱 worth buying, and we know how that is. So we窶况e compiled a list of eight chargers for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge that are the best. We窶况e included quality products paired with fast charging and sleek designs for the the ultimate guide to chargers, […] Come comment on this article: Best chargers for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
2016/05/02 18:00 Android News, Rumours, and Updates
T-Mobile Galaxy S7 And S7 Edge Get Update That Should Fix Misbehaving Power And Volume Buttons
Samsung may produce the top-selling Android flagships, but that doesn't mean buyers don't encounter a few bugs. Some Galaxy S7 and S7 edge phones apparently suffer from malfunctioning volume down and power buttons. You press either one, whether to reduce noise or wake your device from sleep, and nothing happens. In either case, it's quite a big deal. You're either stuck with a blank screen or notifications coming in loudly as you're trying to silence your phone.
2016/05/02 17:57 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
European HTC 10 gets pre-launch tweaks for camera, Wifi [with changelog]
Update to version 1.30.401.1 includes camera, Wi-Fi and stability enhancements. Ahead of the phone's official European debut later this week, HTC has pushed out the first over-the-air update for the HTC 10. The OTA, weighing in at just under 85MB, brings the phone up to software version 1.30.401.1, while tuning up camera and Wi-Fi performance, and general system stability. This is the first camera-specific update to push out since we published our HTC 10 review, so we'll be sure to point out any differences once we've had a chance to tinker with the new firmware. (Some U.S. devices have also been seeing an update to the HTC camera app in recent days, separate from the camera performance tweaks in this update.) That said, as we noted a few weeks back, there's nothing much that needs fixing in HTC's best camera to date. The HTC 10 goes on sale in the UK this Friday, May 6, and it's due to start hitting carriers in the U.S. from the end of next week. Update: Here's the actual chan...
2016/05/02 17:52 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Charge all your devices at once with Kinkoo 6-port Charger
Quick, how many devices do you own which utilize a USB port for charging? We bet it’s more than a couple. Now, factor in the others living in your house. Before you know it, there’s a whole bunch of phones, tablets, and accessories fighting for a place to charge. If you’re the type of person
2016/05/02 17:56 AndroidGuys
Intel appears to have given up on smartphones, so what went wrong?
300 free wallpapers that will breathe new life into your iPhone (or Android phone)
Well, I suppose it was inevitable. Late last week I wrote a quick post about how I make my iPhone look so much better than yours. Long story short, people constantly email me each time I publish an article with a photo of my iPhone at the top. Why? Because they want the wallpapers I use on my iPhone. So in this post I decided to let people in on the not-so-secret secret of how I make the wallpapers I use. Needless to say, I've received about 175 emails since that article ran from people asking me to send them the wallpapers pictured in the post. Let's try something different this time... MUST SEE: Time to cut the cord: $95 gets you a Fire TV and free network TV in HD for life First things first: If you're one of the people who asked for the wallpapers and I haven't responded to you, sorry about that and here you go. With that out of the way, I think many people have trouble finding high-quality wallpapers to begin with. There are hundreds, even thousands of places to find beautiful wallpapers online, but that may very well be the problem... where does one begin? Well, I have a number of different resources but my favorite recent one is a single post on Reddit in the comments section of a thread in the iPhone subreddit. In it, a user shared a link to an album of 300 wallpapers he uses on his iPhone. They're all high-quality, they're all free, and you'll find them by following this link. Here are a few examples of what you can expect:
2016/05/02 17:48 BGR
Familiar Rumor Says Samsung To Switch To Type C USB Port, This Time On The Note 6
Last year, both The Wall Street Journal and Sammobile reported that the Galaxy S7 would feature a Type C USB connector. As you may know, the Galaxy S7 does not feature a Type C USB connector. But these rumors didn't come out of thin air - it seems more likely than anything that Samsung was at least testing Type C connectivity on the Galaxy S7, but for one reason or another ended up sticking with the tried-and-true micro-B connector.
2016/05/02 17:39 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Verizon expands XLTE service to 13 new markets
Verizon officially announced the rollout of its XLTE service back in May of 2014. The improved LTE coverage only saw a small rollout, but since then the big red carrier has been rolling out XLTE to new markets. That includes an announcement from Verizon today, which says that XLTE now covers 13 additional markets in the United [...]
2016/05/02 17:24 Android and Me
Watch every angle of SpaceX’s historic rocket landing captured in a 360-degree video
After a number of dispiriting rocket landing failures, SpaceX has been on something of a roll lately. This past December, SpaceX successfully nailed its first rocket landing when it managed to launch a Falcon 9 into space and bring the booster back down to earth, landing it on a concrete landing pad. DON'T MISS: Time to cut the cord: $95 gets you a Fire TV and free network TV in HD for life More recently, and all the more impressive, SpaceX last month successfully landed one if its rockets on a floating barge in the middle of the ocean, an incredible technological and engineering feat to say the least. More than that, the landing is an encouraging sign that SpaceX's ultimate goal of making space travel a cost-effective endeavor is on track. In the wake of SpaceX's successful ocean landing, the company has naturally been posting stunning photographs and videos from the landing. But saving the best for last, SpaceX last week posted an incredible and immersive 360-degree video showcasing its Falcon 9 rocket landing safely on a barge in the middle of the ocean.
2016/05/02 17:23 BGR
Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: XOS Launcher, Starbucks Keyboard
Every week we cover new Android apps with Fresh Meat on Wednesday, followed by Android Gaming on Thursday and Top 10 App Updates on Friday. When Monday rolls around, we look back to see which apps were the most appealing to our audience. Read on for the five most popular Android apps from last week. These apps are [...]
2016/05/02 17:09 Android and Me
Save up to $150 on the Huawei Watch at Amazon today!
If you are in the market for a Huawei Watch, you'll want to check out this deal from Amazon. The retailer is offering up to $150 off the watch and has savings on the six available configurations. Pricing starts at $250 for the basic stainless watch with black leather band and goes up to $650 for the rose gold watch with gold stainless band. We don't know how long these savings will last, so you'll want to act quickly if you are interested. There is no coupon code for these, all you have to do is add it to your cart and you save instantly. Which configuration are you going for? Let us know in the comments! See at Amazon ...
2016/05/02 17:26 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Sprint's latest Galaxy S7 update brings battery life and security enhancements
Sprint has started pushing out a fresh update to the Samsung Galaxy S7, bringing along improvements to battery life and voice over Wi-Fi, along with a bump to the latest April security patches. After applying the update, you should find your Android security patch level up-to-date with the April 2 patch, and your software version should come in at G930PVPU2APD3. The update is rather large, coming in at 141.93MB — so you may want to ensure you're connected to Wi-Fi before downloading. And as with all update rollouts, this one may take some time to land for everyone. However, you can check by heading to the "About Phone" section of the Settings menu and tapping "System updates." Have you received an update on your Sprint Galaxy S7? Let us know how it's treating you in the comments below, or chime in on the forums! Thanks to Steve for the tip! ...
2016/05/02 17:24 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
The Android Dictionary
A glossary of Android terms If you're new to Android, you might find yourself wondering exactly what we're talking about from time to time. As such, here's a glossary of terms you're likely to run across. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A ADB: Android Debug Bridge. A tool used to connect and sends commands to your Android phone from a desktop or laptop computer. AMOLED: Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode. Basically, a very colorful, bright, display found in some smartphones. (See also Super AMOLED.) Android: Google's open-source mobile operating system. It's used primarily in smartphones but also can be found on tablets, Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) or even in kitchen appliances and automobile navigation. Android Market: The original name for Google's repository for Android applications. Rebranded in March 2012 to Google Play. Android Sideload Wonder Machine: A simple program for Windows or Linux and Mac that lets you easily sideload applica...
2016/05/02 17:19 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Motorola begins teasing new phone, likely the new Moto G
DEAL: Get the BlackBerry PRIV from eBay for only $380
Major tech breakthrough iPhone users have been waiting for is finally here (...but Apple didn't pull it off)
Why is the iPhone 6s Plus so gigantic and unwieldy when Samsung's Galaxy S7 edge is wonderfully compact and manageable? Both smartphones have screens that measure 5.5 inches diagonally, so they should be reasonably comparable in size. But alas, the Galaxy S7 edge is a pleasure to use with one hand while the iPhone 6s Plus is far too huge for most users to comfortably manage. The reason is partially because of Apple's need to keep that great big home button situated beneath the screen for Touch ID fingerprint authentication. Soon, however, Apple might be able to ditch the home button without having to move its fingerprint scanner to a less convenient position on the back of the phone. DON'T MISS: How to switch to YouTube’s big Material Design makeover right now, before it launches Apple has been working for a long time to figure out how it can embed its Touch ID fingerprint scanner under the iPhone's display so that it can give its iPhone lineup a smaller overall footprint without having to shrink screen size. Touch ID isn't going anywhere anytime soon, of course, but Apple has been hard at work trying to revamp it now that it sells larger iPhones. Well, Apple fans, we have good news and bad news. The good news is that a next-generation fingerprint scanner cable of being positioned beneath a smartphone's display has officially been unveiled. The bad news, however, is that Apple isn't the company that unveiled it. LG Innotek on Monday showed off the first under glass fingerprint sensor module from a major manufacturer. Using this technology, a smartphone or tablet can employ fingerprint authentication without the need for a separate sensor mounted beneath the display, or on the back or side of the phone. How did LG pull it off? "LG Innotek cut a shallow furrow of 0.01inches (0.3mm) thick on the lower backside of the cover glass and installed the fingerprint sensor inside of it with using their supreme precision and combination technology," the company said in its announcement. "With this module, the sensor is not exposed to the outside of the device, so manufacturer can produce a sleek designed smartphone. Fingerprint recognition area also can be indicated by various patterns up to design of complete product." The release continued, "High-strength cover glass protects the sensor and prevents it from coming in direct contact with water or damage from scratches. At the same time, the new module secured the fingerprint recognition accuracy compared to the button type. The new module has a false acceptance rate (FAR) of 0.002%." If you're an Android fan, this is big news. LG and other phone vendors that use LG components could use this new fingerprint scanner tech in phones in the near future. And if you're an iPhone user, it's still good news. While Apple certainly has no plans to dump Touch ID and switch to an LG scanner, LG Innotek's breakthrough obviously means that it's technically possible to embed the scanner beneath a display. It probably won't happen with this year's iPhone 7 despite recent rumors, but an iPhone without a home button might not be too far off now.
2016/05/02 16:58 BGR
Moto India begins teasing us about its upcoming devices ahead of May 17 event
Hulu wants to become your answer for live television
Oculus Rift sales kick off at Best Buy, Amazon and the Microsoft Store this week
If you's planning to check out what all of this virtual reality stuff is about, you'll soon be able to get a taste in person with the Oculus Rift at Best Buy. Oculus announced today that it will launch Oculus Rift sales at more than 48 Best Buy stores around the U.S. on May 7. Not only will you be able to purchase a Rift, but you'll also be able to demo the headset as well. From Best Buy: The demos allow you to experience Rift firsthand by getting immersed in two virtual reality experiences. Dreamdeck transports you to impossible places, like the top of the tallest skyscraper or alien encounters in outer space. The Climb is a game in which you can scale new heights through the thrill of (virtual) rock climbing. If you're interested, Best Buy also notes you can sign up for demos up to a month in advance. In addition to a retail launch at Best Buy, Oculus says that the Rift will go on sale at both the online Microsoft Store and Amazon starting at 9 a.m. on May 7. Do be aware,...
2016/05/02 16:45 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Accessory Guide: Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge (Volume 3)
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has been out for a while now and we窶决e starting to see a ton of accessories hit the market. If you窶决e interested in protecting that shiny, new $800+ pocket computer, read on for the third volume of our Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge accessory guide. Qi Chargers Pleson Fast Wireless Charger
2016/05/02 16:43 AndroidGuys
[Deal Alert] Chromecast And Chromecast Audio On Sale For $5 Off Almost Everywhere
The Chromecast and Chromecast audio are already very competitively priced devices at $35 each, but they're even cheaper today. Both devices are $5 off at most retailers, bringing the price down to $30. The one major retailer where you can't get this deal (at least right now) is the Google Store, which still lists them for $35. Oh, and Amazon doesn't sell the Chromecast at all because reasons. You can grab the Chromecast and Chromecast Audio for $30 each at the following stores.
2016/05/02 16:36 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
[Deal Alert] All Styles Of The Huawei Watch On Sale For $100-150 Off At Amazon And Best Buy
Perhaps the best of the current brood of Android Wear watches, the Huawei watch looks great and performs admirably. It's also quite expensive, so it's always welcome news when it goes on sale. Here's some welcome news, the Huawei watch is on sale. In fact, every color and band option available at Amazon and Best Buy is currently $100 to $150 off (with the exception of the ladies rose gold version, which is $50 off).
2016/05/02 16:33 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Game of Thrones: How Kit Harington kept the Snow secret
A new Game of Thrones episode just aired on HBO, with millions of fans waiting for its creators to answer that burning Jon Snow question. Is he alive, or is he dead? If you’ve seen episode 2 of season 6 then you’ll definitely want to see Kit Harington’s revelations about his character – so read on. If you haven’t seen the new episode title Home yet though, you should definitely stop here because there are major spoilers ahead. DON’T MISS: Time to cut the cord: $95 gets you a Fire TV and free network TV in HD for life Jon Snow was dead, but he’s been brought back to life by Melisandre, just as we all suspected. Actor Kit Harington gave an exclusive interview to Entertainment Weekly in which he explained the lengths he went to in order to keep his character's fate a secret. Apparently, to protect the secrecy around Jon Snow’s fate, producers asked Harington to play a role in the real world: “the role of an actor who departed a series that’s become a worldwide sensation.” “Sorry!” Harington told fans via EW. “I’d like to say sorry for lying to everyone. I’m glad that people were upset that he died. I think my biggest fear was that people were not going to care. Or it would just be, ‘Fine, Jon Snow’s dead.’ But it seems like people had a, similar to the Red Wedding episode, kind of grief about it. Which means something I’m doing — or the show is doing — is right.” Check out the interview embedded below.
2016/05/02 16:33 BGR
Samsung Galaxy Note 6 rumored to feature USB Type-C port
Now that Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are out there in the wild, eyes are starting to shift to what’s next from the manufacturer. According to a report from SamMobile, the Galaxy Note 6 will boast a USB Type-C port. The shift would make sense considering USB Type-C is starting to see [...]
2016/05/02 16:26 Android and Me
Samsung and NVIDIA end patent feud with licensing deals
Samsung and NVIDIA have decided to privately settle their long-running patent lawsuits. NVIDIA first filed a lawsuit against Samsung in 2014, claiming that its Exynos processor had violated some of NVIDIA's intellectual property. Today's press release from NVIDIA stated: The agreement will lead to the immediate dismissal of all pending IP litigation in U.S. district courts, the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. Patent Office between the companies. The settlement includes the licensing of a small number of patents by each company to the other, but no broad cross-licensing of patents or other compensation. Further details of the agreement are not being disclosed. Bloomberg reports the settlement was announced just a few hours before the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington was scheduled to make a judgement between Samsung and NVIDIA. ...
2016/05/02 16:25 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
LG Develops Fingerprint Scanner That Can Sit Under Glass, Allowing Placement On Bezels
LG's Innotek arm unveiled a new fingerprint scanner implementation today that allows a scanner to be placed directly under a piece of glass, such as the bezel area of display cover glass on a smartphone. The new technology, then, is at least somewhat similar to Qualcomm's Snapdragon Sense ID in that it does not require an exterior element physically demarcating where the scanner sits, and can instead be basically invisible. Qualcomm's solution, though, uses ultrasonics to identify a fingerprint - LG's design appears to be of the traditional capacitive variety.
2016/05/02 16:12 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Get your mom a free tablet this Mother’s Day from T-Mobile
May 8 is Mother’s Day, and it may be a good idea for you to stop and consider what you’re going to give her (other than a big smooch, of course). T-Mobile has your back and, from the 4th of May, are giving away a free LTE LG G Pad F 8.0 when you purchase
2016/05/02 16:03 AndroidGuys