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What you need to know about Android and Windows 10

Aug 4, 2015 6:59 pm

While Android is likely your go-to for mobile technology, the desktop-and-laptop world is still largely dominated by Windows machines. If you fall into that category, you've probably heard about this big update to Windows by now. There's a lot to like about Windows 10, including the price tag if... [more]


All four major U.S. carriers experiencing outages in the Southeast

Aug 4, 2015 5:39 pm

If you live in parts of the South Eastern U.S., chances are your cell service is down. All four major carriers are currently experiencing outages across parts of Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana. [more]


Pebble Time review: Keeping a smartwatch simple and reliable

Aug 4, 2015 5:29 pm

Pebble’s original smartwatch took an out-of-the-way approach to the wearable category. Instead of offering tons of high-end features, it was a smartwatch that was only active when you needed it and actually had good battery life, something not many other smartwatches can say. Now we have... [more]


30 minutes with the new Moto G, flagship killer

Aug 4, 2015 5:06 pm

Moto G orders are beginning to arrive, and I just got mine. Of course I stopped everything and opened up the box to get it all in order, and I'm already pleased. I liked the 2014 version of the Moto G, so I'm a little biased. And that's OK — people who blog about phones on the Internet are... [more]


Looking for something new to spice up your home screen? Check out Zoopreme Widgets by Erik Blue

Aug 4, 2015 5:06 pm

Spicing up your homescreen to your liking has always been one of Androids selling points. The sky, along with your imagination, is always the limit when it comes to decorating your Android device. Thankfully, we have plenty of talented and artistic developers out there that create beautiful... [more]


Get funky for President Obama's birthday with Google Play Music

Aug 4, 2015 4:19 pm

August 4 is President Obama's 54th birthday, and if celebrating presidential birthdays is your cup of tea, Google Play Music has your back. To celebrate the occasion, you can now listen to a custom radio station on Google Play Music made up of some of President Obama's favorite songs. [more]


More invites to Google's Project Fi are rolling out!

Aug 4, 2015 4:15 pm

If you've been waiting for an invite to Google's Project Fi, now might be a good time to check your inbox. We've gotten invites. And a number of you have let us know what you're getting invites. Now for the tougher question — do you take the plunge for Fi? (And, for that matter, what the hell... [more]


Link Bubble receives Material Design overhaul as it changes management

Aug 4, 2015 4:05 pm

Link Bubble, the rather unique web browser for Android, has received its largest update yet, as developer Chris Lacy says goodbye to the app. The update brings a number of big changes to the browser, one of them being an all-new Material Design overhaul. In addition, the update brings support for... [more]


Sales of Project Tango developer tablet open now in Canada and South Korea, more places Aug. 26

Aug 4, 2015 3:55 pm

The developer tablet for "Project Tango" went on sale in the US via Google Store without an invite for the first time in May. Now the company has expanded sales of the tablet to two more countries, Canada and South Korea, with more countries joining in later in August. [more]


‘Cozmo Run’ is a new free arcade game that’s really addicting

Aug 4, 2015 3:52 pm

Cozmo Run is an arcade game where users will try and survive along a narrow path. The object of the game is to tap the screen to turn and avoid falling off a path that goes in all kinds of directions. As the player gets further into Cozmo Run, obstacles get in the way and […] Come comment... [more]


What happens when you trick Apple fans with an iPhone running Android? They actually love it

Aug 4, 2015 3:34 pm

There's probably no better way to illustrate some Apple fans' blind allegiance than a new video tricking people into thinking a fake iPhone 6 running Android is actually iOS 9. Spoiler: they love it. [more]


Trusted Face in Lollipop, explained

Aug 4, 2015 3:32 pm

The way your phone analyzes your face to unlock has changed since KitKat, and it's been for the better. Through the last several years, face unlock has received several small updates but because of the way it worked and its unreliability to unlock your phone, many users chose not to bother with... [more]


Chrome Beta for Android gets custom tabs and a tweaked bookmarks menu

Aug 4, 2015 3:13 pm

Google has just released Chrome Beta 45 for Android, and it brings with it one very cool feature we've been waiting for. It's custom tabs, a feature which allows developers to implement a custom Google Chrome tab in their app. [more]


This is the PLAYBULB Garden Solar LED Light

Aug 4, 2015 3:01 pm

The PLAYBULB Garden provides unique lighting features for any special spot in your yard. Since our first hands-on with the PLAYBULB Rainbow Light, we've had a chance to check out the rest of Mipow's fancy lighting lineup. The outdoor option we're looking at here is the PLAYBULB Garden — a solar... [more]


HTC's 'Fantastic Four' promotion could have been better, but it's also not the end of the world

Aug 4, 2015 2:45 pm

Those of us who have either the HTC One M8 or this year's M9 overnight were greeted by a slightly odd notification — an apparent advertisement for the upcoming "Fantastic Four" movie. When expanded, the notification appears at first to just be an advertisement. And on one hand it very much is.... [more]


Portable battery bank market expected to be worth nearly $18 billion by 2020

Aug 4, 2015 2:39 pm

Portable battery packs are extremely popular accessories, especially as smartphones have brighter, higher resolution screens with smaller batteries. Most phones don’t make it through a full days worth of usage, and not everyone is around a wall plug to keep their device charged up, so... [more]


Android One program makes its way to Thailand with the new i-mobile iQ II smartphone

Aug 4, 2015 2:24 pm

The i-mobile iQ II is the first Android One device to be offered in Thailand. It's available now from the manufacturer's website for 4,444 THB (~$126 USD). [more]


HTC angers users with Fantastic Four push notification ad

Aug 4, 2015 1:57 pm

Users on Reddit are quite upset at HTC for pushing a Fantastic Four movie ad into their notifications. Ads are something everyone hates, but are sometimes required to cut upfront cost. That is why you would never expect to see them in a device you just paid over $500 for. HTC has not had a... [more]


T-Mobile overtakes Sprint as 3rd largest U.S. carrier

Aug 4, 2015 1:49 pm

It’s official – T-Mobile has passed by Sprint to move up a rung on the ladder to the top of the U.S. wireless carrier rankings. With 58.9 million subscribers, T-Mobile has officially become the third largest carrier in the U.S. This was determined after Sprint released their latest... [more]


Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 leaked ahead of New York City event again

Aug 4, 2015 1:35 pm

Online Android publication Droid-Life has been able to get its hands-on exclusive photos of the Galaxy Note 5 ahead of Samsung’s press conference in New York City next week. Leaks like these are commonplace ahead of a big event, but they tend to leave little surprise among tech enthusiasts... [more]


Google to host Chrome Dev Summit November 17-18

Aug 4, 2015 1:13 pm

Google is hosting a Chrome Dev Summit on November 17 and 18, which is an event for developers to meet with Chrome engineers and fellow developers. The event, which is being held in Google's Quad building in Mountain View, CA, will also be livestreamed for developers who are unable to make the... [more]


Android One makes its way to Thailand with the i-mobile iQ II

Aug 4, 2015 12:47 pm

The expansion of Google's Android One program is still continuing as Thailand becomes the latest country to join. The i-mobile iQ II will be the country's first device. Featuring a 5-inch HD display, along with an 8MP rear camera, and 2MP front-facing camera, the iQ II is a 4G-compatible phone. [more]


[TA Deals] Save 89% on this Android development bundle

Aug 4, 2015 12:45 pm

Learning something new as complex as Android development is time-consuming and costly (or at least it seems that way). Also, finding the right tools to get started isn’t exactly easy. That’s where the Supreme Android Coding & Design Bundle on Talk Android Deals comes in. This... [more]


Viber makes it easier to share content and make video calls in latest update

Aug 4, 2015 12:19 pm

Viber's latest update brings along with it increased sharing functions, easier video calling and much more. The update, which is now available, also brings more payment options to the app, making it even easier to purchase credit for using the app. [more]


Dating app Luxy rejects over 40,000 applications for being “poor or ugly”

Aug 4, 2015 12:12 pm

Dating app Luxy has kicked out 40,000 new applicants for being either “poor or ugly.” The app has received much scrutiny for only wanting wealthy and attractive individuals on its service, mainly because some feel it is extremely shallow. It’s essentially an exclusive... [more]


Software engineering “hacks” OnePlus invite system twice

Aug 4, 2015 11:53 am

Jake Cooper posted to Medium, outlining how he “hacked” the OnePlus reservation system. This hack hasn’t gotten him an invite, however, it has bumped his reservation down enough where he should see an invite much sooner than anyone else. OnePlus’ invite system has been... [more]


Get the style you want with the Pujie Black Watch Face

Aug 4, 2015 11:38 am

Some watch faces are built to catch your eye, others to supply all the info you could possibly need at a glance, and yet others are filled with more options than you can shake a stick at. Pujie Black Watch Face tries to go for all three, and manages to do it well. This app is really more like... [more]


Back to school: The best Chromebooks to consider for college

Aug 4, 2015 10:54 am

You'll be surprised how much schoolwork you can get done on a Chromebook, and appreciate the cost savings at the same time. Chromebooks have proven to be an extremely valuable tool for schools teaching younger children that want to introduce them to technology, but they have also shown to be a... [more]


First 7 things to do with your new Android Phone

Aug 4, 2015 10:49 am

The customization that makes Android so adaptable and powerful is the same thing that can make it a little intimidating at the beginning. With that in mind, we walk new Android owners through some of the first steps they should do after getting their new phone. [more]


Sprint adds new executives to senior leadership

Aug 4, 2015 10:46 am

  As the competition heats up between Sprint and T-Mobile, two mobile carriers that are both sitting very close to 60 million customers each and thus fighting over the #3 largest carrier spot in the United States, Sprint announced the addition of three new executives to its senior... [more]


Chrome Beta for Android updated with custom tabs and bookmarks

Aug 4, 2015 10:25 am

Chrome Beta 45 for Android now features Chrome Custom Tabs, an updated Bookmarks interface, new media controls and a selection of bug fixes. [more]


Snag this slim hard case for HTC One M9 today for only $12.95

Aug 4, 2015 9:42 am

Perfect for those who prefer to keep the slimness of the M9, the Case-Mate Barely There Case sports a low profile design that protects against minor impacts. Its easy-grip finish feels great, and the chrome covered side buttons offer an easier press. [more]


The Galaxy Tab S2 “touch cover” stresses Samsung’s new direction for Android tablets

Aug 4, 2015 9:10 am

In somewhat of a surprise move, Samsung has opted to include a touch pad on the keyboard cover that will be sold for the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7. Productivity! [more]


Sprint starts drawing customers back, but makes a loss of $20 million

Aug 4, 2015 8:35 am

Sprint has released its financial report for the first fiscal quarter, posting a net positive in subscriber addition, as well as hitting the lowest churn rate in the company's history. While Sprint has managed to start turning things around, it's unfortunately not enough to compete against... [more]


Xiaomi to launch MIUI 7 alongside a new product on August 13th

Aug 4, 2015 8:19 am

Xiaomi is scheduled to announced its new MIUI 7 Android based operating system and a new product at a launch event in Beijing on August 13th. [more]


Blast from the past — Google Wave began closing down five years ago today

Aug 4, 2015 8:06 am

"What might email look like if it was invented today?" is the question Lars Rasmussen asked a room full of developers at the 2009 Google I/O right before taking everyone on a tour of Google Wave. It couldn't be more clear from Vic Gundotra's introduction of the developer preview during the Day 2... [more]


HTC One M9 now receiving Android 5.1 update in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa

Aug 4, 2015 6:54 am

Following yesterday's announcement, HTC has started rolling out the Android 5.1 Lollipop update — coming in at 831.88MB — to the One M9 in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). [more]


Chrome Beta for Android updated with support for Custom Tabs

Aug 4, 2015 6:27 am

Google has just started rolling out an update via the Play Store for its official Chrome Beta application. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade brings support for Custom Tabs, improved media playback controls, a revamped Bookmarks interface, and a multitude of bug fixes and stability... [more]


Xiaomi will unveil MIUI 7 on Thursday, August 13

Aug 4, 2015 6:16 am

Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi took to its official forums earlier today to tease the release of its upcoming operating software, MIUI 7. The firmware is scheduled to be announced at a launch event in Beijing in just nine days time. Considering MIUI 6 was heavily-based on Android 5.0, it’s... [more]


Android version stats: Lollipop now on 18.1% of active devices

Aug 4, 2015 6:13 am

Lollipop (Android 5.0 + Android 5.1) is now at 18.1 percent, an impressive 6 percentage points increase compared to the June update. [more]


Dual-SIM Galaxy Note 5 passes through SIRIM in Malaysia

Aug 4, 2015 6:02 am

Earlier today, Samsung’s upcoming flagship phablet of 2015, the Galaxy Note 5, passed through Malaysia’s official certification database — SIRIM. The brief filing shows that the device carries the model number SM-N9208 and has dual-SIM capabilities. Unfortunately, the paperwork... [more]


Xiaomi all set to unveil MIUI 7 on August 13

Aug 4, 2015 2:46 am

With MIUI 6 nearing a year since its launch, Xiaomi is getting ready to unveil its upcoming OS, MIUI 7, later this month. The Chinese manufacturer teased the reveal date on Weibo, with a launch event scheduled in Beijing on August 13. [more]


Zettaly Avy review – the Android music box you didn’t know you needed

Aug 4, 2015 1:23 am

The Zettaly Avy is an Android tablet and music player all in one, with two speakers and a 7-inch display, this may just be the only music device you need. [more]


OnePlus will launch another smartphone before the end of 2015

Aug 4, 2015 12:28 am

In an interview with USA Today, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei revealed that the manufacturer will release another handset by the end of the year: [more]


Motorola’s Moto G (2015) ad proves that the phone is always there for you

Aug 3, 2015 11:43 pm

Traveling through the desert on a camel can be a pretty lonely activity. Just ask the guy in Motorola’s advertisement for the Moto G (2015). After hours of traveling in the sun, our camel-riding star launches a dating app on his Moto G to see who’s around. The only problem is that not... [more]


HTC One M9 receiving Android 5.1 in select regions tomorrow

Aug 3, 2015 11:21 pm

Many have been waiting for the release of Android 5.1 Lollipop for the HTC One M9 and it looks like for some of you the wait is over. Starting tomorrow the 5.1 update will be rolling out to the EMEA. For those of you unaware, EMEA stands for “Europe, Middle East and Africa”. This news comes... [more]


A frustrated fan figured out how to hack his way into a new spot in the OnePlus 2 invite queue

Aug 3, 2015 10:00 pm

Tired of the way OnePlus allows others to jump ahead in the OnePlus 2 invitation line by signing up others in some sort of quasi-pyramid scheme, frustrated fan Jake Cooper has taken matters into his own hands. [more]


HTC pisses off some One M7/M8/M9 users with Fantastic Four notification ad

Aug 3, 2015 9:59 pm

Uh oh... HTC managed to piss off a few One M7/M8/M9 owners after pushing a Fantastic Four notification ad to their devices. While it's technically notifying users of a new theme available to them, it's hitting a little close to home for those that remember Android's AirPush ads from back in the day. [more]


HTC One M9 receiving Android 5.1 update in EMEA starting tomorrow

Aug 3, 2015 7:49 pm

Waiting patiently for your HTC One M9 to get Android 5.1 Lollipop? We know it's hard to be patient, but many of you will soon be blessed with the OTA update. [more]


18.1% of Android devices are now running Lollipop

Aug 3, 2015 7:32 pm

Google usually list the Android distribution numbers, but decided to skip July’s. However, now it’s August and Google has updated them again. Lollipop is now installed on 18.1% of Android devices which is up from 12.4% in June. KitKat has also moved up a little from 39.2% to 39.3%.... [more]


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