Google Maps is Getting Lists to Help Keep Places Organized

In the latest Google Maps beta, Google has included a new feature that is currently only available to Google Local Guides rated level 4 and higher. That new feature is lists, which is pretty self-explanatory, but could also be really, really useful for heavy Maps users.

With the new lists option in Maps, users will be able to create and view lists of places through the “Your places” section sitting in the slideout navigation menu. Once in there, the new lists area shows a FAB in the bottom corner that allows you to create new lists, but also starts out with a handful to get you going, like “Favorites,” “Want to go,” and “Shared places.” In order to save items to lists, you’ll still tap on the “Save” button when viewing a location, but with lists activated, you will see a list of your lists pop-up for selection.  (more…)

Report: This Year’s Nexus Phones Won’t be Nexus Phones

As the leaks have trickled out in recent months surrounding the rumored two Nexus phones for 2016, made by HTC, potential names have not been a part of the equation. Why? That’s a question we don’t have an answer to, but I think it’s safe to say that some of those rumors were considering the idea that these might not end up being Nexus phones, at least in name. According to a report out of Android Central, that’s exactly what we should expect to happen. In fact, their sources are under the impression that the HTC-made phones will arrive under a different brand name altogether.  (more…)

Google Hosting Indie Games Festival in San Francisco on September 24, Open and Free to Public

Google has announced the Google Play Indie Games Festival, a place for developers and mobile gamers to come together and play the latest and greatest indie titles. During the festival, those in attendance will have a unique opportunity to play unreleased indie games from many developers, then vote to see which games will win awards. Should a developer take home a prize, it could be a SHIELD Android TV, SHIELD Tablet K1, Razer Forge TV prize pack, or other exciting stuff.  (more…)

RIP: Chromebook Pixel (2015), New Model Hopefully On the Way

The Chromebook Pixel (2015) is no longer for sale in the Google Store, and according to a statement from Google, they don’t intend on restocking it. The Pixel 2 is Google’s uber high-end Chromebook, a sequel to the original Pixel laptop. Featuring specs far beyond that of a standard Chromebook that you could buy for a couple hundred of dollars, the price was no laughing matter, with the Pixel 2 starting at $1300.

According to Google’s statement, provided to VentureBeat, “We’re committed to the Pixel program but we don’t have plans to restock the Pixel 2.” To me, that sounds like Google is too busy working on a potential Pixel 3 to waste resources on restocking the Pixel 2. In fact, a job listing from June of this year gives quite a bit of credence to that theory.  (more…)

Galaxy Note 7: First 10 Things You Should Do

Many of you probably already own the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, since it has been out now for almost two full weeks. On the other hand, many of you may have just picked one up within the past couple of days or are planning to do so in the very near future. Either way, we want to help you get started on a path to a greater Note 7 experience. To do so, we’ve whipped up another “First 10 Things You Should Do” post featuring, you guessed it, the new Note from Samsung.  (more…)

Video: BLU Pure XR Unboxing and Tour

BLU announced the released the Pure XR today, its latest smartphone to pack a mighty punch for a relatively inexpensive price. Available right now on Amazon for $299, BLU has baked in everything they could to make the Pure XR compete with some of the best phones on the market. If you need a fingerprint reader, it has it. Octa-core processor? It has that, too.

BLU was kind enough to ship us over a unit in the White and Gold look. but there is also a Grey model available for the same price. Specifications for the device includes a 5.5″ Full HD display (1080×1920), MediaTek Helio P10 64-bit 2GHz octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, 16 mega-pixel rear-facing camera with f/1.8, Android 6.0 “Marshmallow,” and LTE connectivity for all major GSM carriers.  (more…)

Fitbit Intros Charge 2 and Flex 2 Fitness Trackers, Pre-Sale Starts Today

Fitbit introduced two updated fitness tracking devices this morning, the Charge 2 and Flex 2. The Charge 2, a sequel to Fitbit’s successful Charge HR, features updated tracking data, as well as an enlarged display and interchangeable bands. The Flex 2, a follow-up to the Fitbit Flex, brings a redesigned look, swim-proof design with swim tracking and a completely automatic exercise tracking experience.  (more…)

Moto Z DROID Finally Getting First Update With July’s Security Patch (Updated)

The Moto Z DROID and Moto Z Force DROID are receiving updates at the moment, likely the updates that Motorola told us to expect shortly after launch as they were embroiled in monthly security update drama.

The updates are arriving as build MCL24.246-36 and weigh in at about 436MB. They seem to take a really long time to download too, by the way, so make sure you are ready for them with plenty of battery.  (more…)