Google Drops Full-Disk Encryption Requirement for New Android Devices Running Lollipop

Google seems to have backed off of its requirement for full-disk encryption on new devices running Android 5.0 “Lollipop” and higher. No announcement was made to bring this news to light, but the folks at Ars Technica noticed a change that was made to the final Android 5.0 hardware requirements that were finalized on January 11, 2015.  (more…)

NCAA March Madness Comes to YouTube, Google Search Results

Google took to its YouTube blog to announce today that NCAA March Madness is now on Google Search and YouTube.

Starting with this year’s tournament, you will be able to watch game highlights, pre and postgame shows, and more through the new NCAA March Madness channel. The channel will be populated with the latest news surrounding the tournament, including clips from shows on TBS, CBS, TNT, and truTV.  (more…)

And This is How Verizon Will Brand the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

Shortly after yesterday’s big MWC announcements wrapped, we poked fun at Verizon’s mid-back branding of their variant of the HTC One M9. To keep it fair, we couldn’t help but do the same for Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge now that we have official photos. As you all know, Verizon is notorious for blasting their “Verizon 4G LTE” logo in increasing size all over the backs (and sometimes fronts) of phones. They appear to be doing so in full force this year on all flagships.  (more…)

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 820 and Zeroth Platform, Could Hit Consumer Devices Early 2016

Exciting mobile news from MWC is over pouring, and today, Qualcomm took the lid off of its Zeroth Platform, enabled by the Snapdragon 820. While just the announcement of the name is pretty good, Qualcomm does not dive too deep into the SoC, instead optioning for a few general pieces of information, along with details for the Zeroth platform.

From what Qualcomm did say, the Snapdragon 820 is built on a FinFET process, which could be either TSMC’s 16nm or Samsung’s 14nm process. Continuing, the company also introduced its new custom ARMv8 CPU core, named Kryo.  (more…)

As Samsung Ditches the SD Slot, SanDisk Introduces 200GB MicroSD Card

Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge phones have few weaknesses on paper, but one is arguably the lack of a microSD card slot. For years, while the rest of the smartphone industry backed away from expandable storage, Samsung stuck to it, claiming that its customers would rather have the option. Whatever the reason was for cutting the feature from their new phones, it’s unfortunate, because storage companies like SanDisk are only going bigger and bolder with removable flash cards. This morning, SanDisk announced a new 200GB microSD card that arrives in Q2.  (more…)

Deal: LG G Watch R for $269 at Groupon ($30 Off)

Groupon is currently hosting a $30-off deal on what many believe is the best Android Wear watch you can buy, the LG G Watch R. There is no denying its premium build, outstanding performance, and solid battery life, that’s for sure. With an all-metal body, leather strap, and full-circle display, this is one of the few Android Wear watches we would recommend outside of the Moto 360, although, that may change shortly when LG’s Watch Urbane and the Huawei Watch arrive.

Still, at $269 ($30 off), this is a deal worth considering. The G Watch R normally retails for $299.

Deal Link ($269)  (more…)