Prisma Bringing Offline Styles to Android “Very Soon”

Prisma, that one app everyone was talking about for a few days, then was forgot about because Pokemon GO was conquering the world, made an important announcement yesterday. Taking to its Facebook page, the company announced that offline styles will be available for Android users “soon,” while iOS users can apparently benefit from the change already.

The way Prisma works, or at least, did work, was you would send your image up into Prisma’s servers, which would then use a neural net algorithm to produce a stunning work of art based on a style you liked. The process is actually quite complex, and sometimes, the servers would crash and users couldn’t utilize the service. Now, with the move to offline, a device’s onboard CPU will handle the computing, meaning we won’t need to worry about overcrowded servers anymore. It remains to be seen for Android users if this move will be seen as positive or negative.  (more…)

Clear Ballistic Case Renders Give Great Look at Upcoming LG V20

Well, here’s the LG V20, at least according to Ballistic who have posted up renders of the device suited up in the Elsa Jewel Case. Published to the Petra website, where the case is available for purchase ($20), we get a clear look at what the V20 might have to offer.

From what these renders show us, LG is sticking with its custom skin (no surprise there), even though the device will be the first to launch with Android 7.0 “Nougat.” Additionally, the device will most definitely come with a secondary display on the frontside.  (more…)

My Favorite Wallpaper App: Backdrops

We take wallpapers pretty seriously around here. For the most part, I enjoy a few of the pre-installed wallpapers on select devices, but to really provide a sense of individualism for my smartphone, I require a fancy wallpaper and “hot” icon pack. Focusing purely on the wallpapers, there’s one app I tend to use more than any other, and that’s Backdrops.

We have written about Backdrops on a couple of occasions, but in reality, we talk about it all of the time. Whenever someone asks us about a wallpaper we are using, it’s typically always from Backdrops. This is what makes Backdrops so clutch. It’s not a set amount of wallpapers in an app, as people are always adding new and awesome papers inside. Only high quality content is approved by the Backdrops team, meaning you will only see great wallpapers.  (more…)

Google Bringing WiFi Assistant, Once a Project Fi Exclusive, to All Nexus Devices

WiFi Assistant, a feature once exclusive to Project Fi users, will soon be available for all Nexus owners in the US, Canada, Mexico, UK, and Nordic countries. WiFi Assistant allows users to automatically connect to open WiFi networks that Google has verified as fast and reliable. For example, if you are strolling through a store that has open WiFi, your phone will automatically connect to it if your cell service is poor. It’s one of the reasons Project Fi is so nice to use.  (more…)

Gallery: Here Are a Ton of Pictures Taken on the Galaxy Note 7

While we’re busy plugging away at our Galaxy Note 7 review (coming soon, we promise!), we figured we should at least provide a bit of insight into how it’s going. Over the past few days, we have been snapping a lot of pictures, trying to get a sense for just how good the device’s camera is. So far? It’s really, really nice.

Without diving into too much detail, as there will be plenty of that when we launch our review, enjoy the below gallery of photos that we have taken so far. None of the photos have been edited with software, with exception to a simple resizing. With this gallery, what you see is what you get with regard to how the camera performs straight out of the box.  (more…)

Chase is Reported to Support Android Pay Beginning September 7

Yup, at last, Chase will support Android Pay. In a leaked photograph of a Chase “Enhancement Guide,” the company claims it will bring support on September 7, allowing members to take advantage of Google’s mobile payments platform.

Which members can use it? Well, if you use a standard Visa-branded credit card or consumer debit card, you can use it. Support will also be available for business debit card and Chase Liquid card users.  (more…)

Many Games for NVIDIA SHIELD Devices on Sale Through Google Play

A total of ten games designed specifically for NVIDIA SHIELD devices are on sale via Google Play, some of which are listed at 50% off. To get the list started, as it is a pretty exciting list, is Doom 3: BFG Edition for $5 and Super Meat Boy for $7.49. If that isn’t good enough for you, try Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance for $5 or Parallax for $2.49.

On the downside, these games won’t be compatible for everyone. To play them, you will need a SHIELD device, such as a SHIELD Android TV or SHIELD Tablet. If you have one of those, you are in business.

Check out the full list below.  (more…)