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…)
Casting through Chrome on your desktop is now a built-in feature that no longer requires you to install a third party extension or perform much setup. Google announced the news today through the Chrome blog, noting that Google Cast is “now built fully into Chrome.” (more…)
According to VentureBeat, HTC will announce a new device at IFA this year, the One A9s. Why is this name so laughable? Well, it’s quite the story, actually. When HTC launched the One A9 last year, many people said it looked just like an iPhone. The resemblance to an iPhone 6 is eerie, and for HTC to come back a year later to simply add an “s” to the name is even more hysterical. Sure, there’s only so much you can do with the design of a phone (and we aren’t here to argue who copied who), but to add an “s,” the exact same thing Apple does, it’s just embarrassing.
Moving on, because who really cares about the name, VentureBeat reports that HTC will announce the device during the first day of IFA. As for what’s changing, not much has been said. However, a press render of the device has been leaked alongside the report, and wouldn’t you know it, HTC decided to make it look even more like an iPhone 6. You can’t make this up, folks. (more…)
As of this morning, Verizon customers get to take advantage of the company’s newly introduced LTE Advanced (LTE-A) network that is already live in 461 cities across the US. Verizon says that LTE-A provides up to 50% faster peak speeds on any one of 39 devices currently in the wild accessing Big Red’s network. (more…)
According to a FCC filing made public, NVIDIA may launch an updated SHIELD Android TV console this year. Listed in the documents, the console carries a model number of P2897, but due to confidentiality requests from NVIDIA, not much else is known. Inside the filing, but not viewable by the public, everything you might want to see is inside, including user manuals, external photos, and test set-up photos.
Even though we can’t see what it is exactly, we can make a pretty educated guess. Listed under the labeling portion, we see that the device is definitely rectangular in shape, and that the console features 802.11ac WiFi. Officially, the equipment is labeled as the SHIELD Android TV Game Console. (more…)
Shortly after T-Mobile introduced the T-Mobile ONE plan a couple of weeks back, the backlash over its sneakiness and lack of value was swift and harsh. And rightfully so, as the plan wasn’t exactly built to be the ultimate unlimited plan that T-Mobile described. It included a number of major issues, like the fact that it was a terrible option for individuals who like HD video and need high-speed data for tethering.
Today, because T-Mobile says that it does “something the [other] carriers would never do,” which is listen to customer feedback, changes to the ONE plan have been introduced, along with a new “Plus” option.
So what’s new? Quite a bit actually. (more…)
The image you see above is of my Galaxy S7 Edge. She’s dead now, sadly. She took a mean fall from my lap onto pavement as I was exiting my vehicle earlier this week. If you could, please pour out a small portion of this weekend’s 40oz. for her. She will be missed.
Anyway, moving right along, let’s talk about this week’s top Android stories. While we await the unveiling of Google’s new Nexus devices, plenty of awesome stuff happened, most importantly, the official launch of Android 7.0 “Nougat.” Even with Google being somewhat reluctant to release the factory images for a couple devices, Nougat is available for owners of the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and others. (more…)
No one can argue that in the past few years, smartphone cameras have improved tremendously. However, some are definitely better at it than others, so we want to know how important mobile photography is to you.
The last time we asked this question, the majority of people claimed that while picture taking was important, it wasn’t a deciding factor when selecting a phone. 25% of voters claimed they make their purchasing decisions based on the camera, which is saying quite a bit.
Let us know your opinion on the state of mobile photography currently. Has it essentially replaced that fancy DSLR of yours yet?