Our Pebble Steel (in black matte) is finally in house. And yes, we unboxed it.
Announced during press day at CES in January, the Steel is Pebble’s premium finished smartwatch, targeted at those looking for something a bit classier than the original plastic unit that took the smartwatch world by storm. The functionality here is identical to the original, so the focus then becomes on the materials used, appearance, and whether or not it’s worth the extra $100. (more…)
Motorola updated their Touchless Control app this evening to include a feature that allows you to ask your phone “What’s up?” in order to hear what your current notification situation is like. By asking “Ok, Google Now, what’s up?” your phone will read the time followed by notifications back to you, letting you decide if any are important enough to act upon. You can see the new feature in action through the video below.
The update also enhanced end-of-speech detection to improve accuracy and fixed bugs.
The update is live right now on Google Play, so if you own a Moto X, DROID ULTRA, MAXX, or Mini, be sure to download it. (more…)
Google Play Games received a sizable update to version 1.5.08 this afternoon, bringing with it the ability to see who’s playing in other games. You can also see invitations for multiplayer games or quickly search for “something fun” to play in Find Games. And that’s about it for now.
We have the .apk file for you below if you’d like to sideload it before the staged rollout hits your device. (more…)
Since receiving the update to Android 4.4.2, a handful of readers who own the Moto X (Verizon variant in particular) reached out to ask if we had heard of others experiencing battery drain that wasn’t there with 4.4. After poking around your regular Google product support forums, Android forums, and Google+, I think it’s safe to say that many are indeed experiencing a decline in battery life after making the move to Android 4.4.2. The question is, what’s the culprit and is there a fix? (more…)
Evernote for Android received its first major update in some time this morning, one that includes handwriting. As Evernote puts it, “Sometimes there’s no better way to capture an idea than to write it down or sketch it out,” so that’s what we’ve got now.
As you can see in the screenshots below and the embedded video, this is more than a separate handwriting add-on. Evernote wanted you to be able to go “from writing to typing to taking photos and back all within a single note.” So if you are recording a lecture, you can still type out notes and then switch to handwriting to draw examples, charts, or boredom-laden smiley faces.
Oh, the handwriting has also been made searchable, assuming your handwriting is clear enough. Pretty neat, right? (more…)
Owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 on T-Mobile, your Android 4.4.2 (Kit Kat) update is ready today. You can pull it over-the-air or via Kies, but understand that the file is roughly 500MB in size. It’s a big one.
The build once finished is N900TUVUCNB4 and Android 4.4.2, so you will be running the newest version of Android available.
Unfortunately, T-Mobile hasn’t listed a changelog other than “user improvements.” Once we have the list from Samsung (which could be here today), we’ll be sure to update this post. Until then, get to updating! (more…)
The 12-minute “All New HTC One” leak from Sunday was good and all, but it still failed to tell us much that we didn’t already know about the phone. I actually find it fascinating that after all the leaks of the HTC One (2014), we still don’t really know the official spec list or anything about how HTC really plans to use that dual-camera setup. And you know what, today’s latest leak is much the same, although we do get a look at a benchmark. (more…)
Apologies on the two APN posts in one afternoon, but we wanted to get them out of the way and into the Beginners’ Guide.
If you aren’t on Aio Wireless and instead went with Straight Talk, we also have APN settings for you as well. Below, you’ll find the official settings pulled from Straight Talk’s site for both AT&T and T-Mobile service, though if you venture into a variety of forums across this wonderful internet, you are bound to find tweaked settings that one user or another claim bring even better performance.
I would suggest that you start with these, and should you run into issues, start tweaking or looking elsewhere. But again, these are the official settings. (more…)