Google’s Project Fi is about all we can think about on an Android front at the moment. Even though it’s invite-only and only works with the Nexus 6, we can’t wait to grab a Project Fi SIM card and take it for a spin. The thought of being a part of a network that is constantly attempting to find you the strongest, fastest connection is a pretty interesting idea. We also like the fact that Google refunds you for unused data and doesn’t appear to be including any carrier-related gimmicks.
But that’s us. We want to know what you think about Project Fi. Assuming you live in an area that can participate and receive an invite, are you thinking about joining? Is Project Fi worth dropping your current carrier for?
If you don’t know and still need to learn more about Project Fi, check out this post of ours.
Shortly after writing up news of WhatsApp’s new Material Design update and admitting that I’ve never used the app in my life because I live in the US, a number of our US readers chimed in to say that they actually prefer WhatsApp and that everyone they know uses it as well. The rest of the world also can’t fathom the idea that I’ve never used the app, yet run an Android site, and has lambasted me for it. It’s been fun! WhatsApp users sure love their WhatsApp.
So, that means we need to find out if WhatsApp really is making its way to our shores or not and if I need to start convincing every person I know to adopt it into their lives, even though I finally convinced most of them to use Hangouts after years of work.
Let us know, are you using WhatsApp?
You are a full weekend in. You have had time to familiarize yourself. You watched our tips and tricks videos. You are becoming one with your new smartphone, that being an HTC One M9, Samsung Galaxy S6, or Galaxy S6 Edge. What do you love about it?
I know it seems early in the relationship to be asking such personal questions, but come on, everyone has first impressions after a first date. We want to know yours. After all, there has to be something you love or else you probably already returned it and re-activated your PhoneMatch.com profile.
Are you loving the display in the Galaxy S6? Maybe it’s the camera? How is the Edge treating your hand? Band-aids on it yet? Do you love the 2013 design of your HTC One
M7 M8 M9? I kid, I kid. Seriously, though, we would love to hear those first impressions.
Lollipop has been a controversial update, if I’m being honest. It was originally introduced as a preview at Google I/O last year, then went live for the world to use in early November. The rollout of it in update form has been odd, to say the least, with Nexus devices even receiving it at different times and under different builds. Manufacturers and carriers are struggling to push updates out, thanks to at least three different bug fixing releases from Google since it was first introduced. No one knows which version they should put their money on, but what we do know is that anything pre-5.1 is likely to have at least a couple of critical bugs on board.
Still, companies are pushing out Lollipop updates as they can. Some good, some not so good. Many device owners thought they would have it by now and are getting frustrated, but those of us who have experienced Lollipop aren’t so sure that’s a good idea unless again, it’s 5.1.
It’s been an interesting story to watch unfold. Clearly, this is a much bigger update than I think anyone anticipated. It’s going to be a while before this becomes incredibly stable. Unfortunately, that means it’s also going to be a while before your non-Nexus device is mostly bug free.
With all that said, we just want to know something simple today – has your phone been updated to Lollipop? If so, which version?
Tomorrow, pre-orders go up for the all-new HTC One M9, Samsung Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 Edge. There is a lot of hype surrounding each device, so it is only natural that we would want to find out which way you are all leaning.
Pre-orders for each device will take place through numerous carriers and retailers (One M9 details, GS6 and GS6 Edge details), so getting your hands on these phones should not be too difficult. The only question is, which one should you get?
Samsung introduced a revamped TouchWiz experience and hardware design for the Galaxy S6 Edge, while also incorporating glass and metal into the standard Galaxy S6. As for the One M9, HTC stuck to its guns on the overall design, but threw in a 20MP rear-facing camera, updated Sense UI with custom themes, and the device still features HTC’s beloved BoomSound speakers. Needless to say, you can’t really go wrong with any choice.
So, which flagship are you ordering?
When we talk about the differences in Android vs. iOS, someone almost always brings up one of Android’s strengths over its counterpart as being “widgets.” Sure, iOS claims to have widgets, but they are really just panels of info in their notification shade, not actual, living, breathing, widgets on home screens like we have on Android. So with that in mind, we want to know what widgets you are currently using or always include on a home screen with each new launcher or phone. We are well aware that there are some great options out there from some of the best apps around that we more than likely aren’t taking advantage of.
For me personally, I keep things pretty minimal. I tend to fall back on a Zooper Widget skin that is constantly changing depending on my mood, the Google Search box, and a calendar widget from Sunrise. I feel like I’m missing out, though. Tim does too. You might feel like you aren’t fully taking advantage of your phone’s widget capabilities either.
So, we would love to know which widgets live on your home screens. And if you would like, feel free to include screenshots.
The day after HTC and Samsung each took the stage at MWC to announce their new phones, we asked which of them you would most likely buy. The poll could not have been clearer – only a quarter of you are at all interested in picking up the HTC One M9. Today’s question of the day wants to know why that is. Why aren’t you buying the HTC One M9? And if you were one of the 25% who is planning to, what are you seeing in the M9 that convinced you that it should be in your pocket?
Is it the safe play with the phone’s design? Did HTC fail to address your concerns from the One M8? Are you worried about the Snapdragon 810? Maybe HTC didn’t need to change anything from last year’s phone? Maybe, just maybe, HTC improved enough on the M8, a phone that you already thought was the best phone ever made? Or perhaps it all has to do with Samsung blowing your mind with the S6 and S6 Edge? You could also just really love your current phone and don’t need to upgrade.
You tell us.
Few would argue that the new Samsung phones, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, are not massive upgrades over last year’s Galaxy S5. You could also argue that Samsung made almost all of the right moves with these phones in order to help them re-establish their dominance in the smartphone game after a terrible 2014. I say almost, because a number of our readers have made it clear that they are extremely disappointed to see three key features missing in this year’s flagship line-up – a microSD card slot, waterproofing, and a removable battery.
It’s more than likely that Samsung will defend these disappearances through talk of the 128GB option for storage hungry folk and the quick charging capabilities of each to fix battery worries. But what about the lack of waterproofing? And what about the bloated price we will surely see in the jump from 32GB to 64GB and 128GB. Or what about the person who doesn’t have the option to quick charge a phone, but could use a swappable battery in a pinch?
You tell us – are these missing features dealbreakers? If so, feel free to rank them by level of importance in the comments.