This Galaxy Note Edge Infographic Attempts to Sell You on Its Slanted Gimmick

I think it’s safe to say that Samsung created the Galaxy Note Edge so that they could stand in a demo room and go, “Check it out, we bent a smartphone display and it still works!” The problem with creating a “look what we did!” product, people like me (or any other skeptical tech fan) want to know what the point is. Samsung, in a massive infographic posted to their corporate blog, is trying to explain how an angled, secondary display could be useful.  (more…)

Tuesday Poll: SMS in Hangouts or Separate SMS App?

Google introduced SMS to Hangouts back in November of last year, a move that seemed to pave the way for users to be able to specify a default SMS app in Android 4.4 and give us the option to use a single app for all messaging. For someone like me, who rarely sends text messages because I have fully adopted Hangouts messaging instead, the integration of SMS into Hangouts has been beyond helpful. Gone are the days that I need to manage conversations in multiple apps. I can now carry on the few text message (SMS) conversations I have going in Hangouts, right next to my Hangouts conversations.

But after talking with friends and family who were somewhat forced into using Hangouts as their default SMS over the last year, whether that happened through an update or as an out-of-the-box experience, I get the feeling that not everyone is excited as I am about the integration. For example, a friend of my wife’s missed a half-dozen Hangouts messages that my wife sent her the other day because she said she “didn’t like Hangouts and turned it off.” Why that is, I do not know. But she isn’t the only one.

So I’m curious – are you using Hangouts as your all-in-one messaging platform with SMS integration or are you using a separate SMS app? If you are using a separate SMS app, which one and why?

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Moto 360 in Both Black or Stone In-Stock Through Motorola’s Store

The Moto 360 is back in-stock through Motorola’s store in either black or stone. We don’t know for how long (limited quantities available again), so if you are at all interested, act fast.

As a reminder, the latest update appears to dramatically increase battery life, in case that was one of your concerns. We will have more to report on that tomorrow, but after a full day of testing, we would tend to agree that it does help.

Our Moto 360 review is also available should you need further convincing.  (more…)

Moto X “Pure Edition” to Gain Additional LTE Band Support in Update

Shortly after Motorola made the new Moto X (2nd gen) official, along with the “Pure Edition,” we posted up the full list of specs for the device, including supported LTE bands. At the time, Motorola grouped together the XT1095 and XT1097 on their own specs page, which are the model numbers for the AT&T and “Pure Edition” GSM Unlocked units, respectively. They showed that each device would support LTE bands 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 17, and 29, which is awesome news for those who were already eyeing the “Pure Edition.”   (more…)

Pushbullet Introduces Channels, Automatic Alerts Across Devices From Your Favorite Things

Our friends over at Pushbullet released yet another new and amazing feature this morning for their cross-platform notification/sharing/do-all-the-things service, called Channels. You could think of Channels a bit like IFTTT‘s automation, in that they help to automatically alert you to things you care the most about, across all of your devices, at the same time. Channels are subscribe-able notification feeds that channel owners can push alerts through. Make sense?  (more…)

Verizon Unlimited Data Customers, You Have One Day Left Before Throttling Begins

After tomorrow, if you are a Verizon customer with unlimited data and an LTE phone, you could be throttled. Starting October 1, Verizon could slow your data speeds to help relieve strain on a cell site, assuming you tick the boxes on a set of pre-determined criteria from their updated Network Optimization policy. This policy used to cover unlimited data users on 3G-only phones, but moves into LTE territory for the first time next month, because you have “no incentive” not to try and destroy all Verizon cell sites. (more…)

Motorola Quickly Sells Out of Verizon Moto X on Moto Maker (Updated)

Shortly after the new Moto X (2nd gen) went on sale for Verizon customers through Moto Maker, readers of ours were quick to point out that the 32GB option was gone within a few minutes. Now that the weekend is over with, it appears as if Motorola is completely sold out of all Verizon variants through their customization site. If you wanted to buy a Moto X for Verizon and customize it through Moto Maker, you can no longer do so.  (more…)

DROID TURBO Stops by GFXBench – Shows 5.2-inch QHD Display, 20MP Camera, Snapdragon 805, 3GB RAM

It is starting to feel like Motorola and Verizon are on the verge of announcing the DROID TURBO at any moment. After last week’s leak of the back panel, a stop off at the FCC, and sources of ours becoming increasingly familiar with the device, we now have a benchmark through GFXBench that lists out a set of specs that have regularly been associated with the next DROID. In short, it sounds like a beast.  (more…)