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…)

Deus Ex GO Available on Google Play for $5, Best Installment Yet?

Square Enix is back again with a new GO title for all to enjoy. This time, Deus Ex is getting the strategic-movement treatment, requiring you to solve complex puzzles without getting your character killed. Titled Deus Ex GO, you control covert agent Adam Jensen, utilizing skills in hacking, combat, and augmentations to complete level objectives.  (more…)

As Google Daydream Launch Gets Closer, Google’s Investments in VR Pick-Up

This morning, the folks over at Bloomberg shared new information surrounding the launch of Google’s VR platform, Daydream, which they say is scheduled to happen in the “coming weeks.” That may not be all that specific, especially since Google told us it would arrive this fall, but today’s report did include inside details about how Google plans to ramp up content and hardware for VR.  (more…)