You have now had a week to adopt Allo and implement it into your daily life, but have you? On a personal level, while I admit the app is cool, it simply does not offer me enough to kick the habit of Hangouts and standard text messaging. Maybe if a desktop client was made available and there were a few features I couldn’t live without, I could see myself continuing to use it. Not only that, but attempting to get all of my friends and family onto Allo just doesn’t seem all that appealing.
As Googlers on social media have made clear, what we see today is only the beginning. Google will continue to change Allo and add features; features that we hope will draw us into using it more. Until then, Allo isn’t for me.
Let us know why you are or are not continuing to use Google’s new messaging service.
No one can argue that in the past few years, smartphone cameras have improved tremendously. However, some are definitely better at it than others, so we want to know how important mobile photography is to you.
The last time we asked this question, the majority of people claimed that while picture taking was important, it wasn’t a deciding factor when selecting a phone. 25% of voters claimed they make their purchasing decisions based on the camera, which is saying quite a bit.
Let us know your opinion on the state of mobile photography currently. Has it essentially replaced that fancy DSLR of yours yet?
Remember Android Wear smartwatches? They used to be pretty cool, but as of late, no manufacturer has produced anything to get the consumer base excited. We expect Huawei and ASUS will be unveiling new watches here pretty soon, but the maker behind arguably the most popular Android Wear devices, Motorola (Moto 360 lineup), may not ever release another. At least, we won’t assume they are until evidence suggests otherwise.
Being an Android Wear user myself, I have not been inspired to strap one on, and I’m basically over the idea of having yet another piece of tech to charge on a nightly basis. This may make me sound lazy, but I assure you, I can’t possibly be the only one.
Our question to you is, do you still rock a smartwatch? If you stopped using yours, let us know the main reason why. Too much hassle? No essential functionality? If you do continue to use a smartwatch, what keeps you coming back?
There was a time back in the day, probably around the time of the Galaxy Nexus, where removable batteries were a big deal. As time passes, they don’t seem to be all that exciting anymore. Phones with high capacity built-in batteries last through a day of usage just fine, so people don’t seem to be flocking to the idea of removable anymore.
Samsung, a company that used to ship nearly all of its devices with removable batteries, has stepped away completely from that design. Thinking on it a bit harder, it seems that LG is one of the only few remaining major OEMs that utilizes removable batteries in its high-end flagship devices. Is that a good or bad thing? That’s what we’re here to find out.
Below, give us your answer, then your reasoning why in the comments section.
We are getting close to Google’s unveiling of the Nexus devices for 2016, but before that happens, we wanted to get a feeling for which past released Nexus phone is your favorite. We’re talking all-time here.
Realizing not everyone here has owned each Nexus device, feel free to judge on which design you like the most, or even what version of Android it shipped with. The goal here is to find which Nexus device is the all-time favorite among DL folk.
Personally, while the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S would be in my Top 3, I have to give my all-time favorite choice to the Nexus 5. It felt great in-hand and Kit Kat was awesome.
What about you?
Alright, alright, I know I just said that we were trying to wrap up our Galaxy Note 7 coverage for the day, but we can’t do that without asking if any of you actually plan to buy one. Below, you will find a simple poll with “Yes,” “No,” or “Still on the fence,” as answers. Vote and let us know if this is your next phone or not!
Also, be sure to catch up on Galaxy Note 7 pricing and availability. And in case you missed it, we just got Verizon pricing.
It’s been a year since the last time we asked which carrier you are using for your mobile phone needs, so it’s time to update our numbers.
Last year, the majority of voters were rocking Verizon, with Big Red capturing nearly 60% of the vote. Following Verizon was T-Mobile at 20%, then AT&T with 9%. Sprint, which got less votes than the total of “Prepaid or Other,” had 3% of the vote.
This time, to get a sense of which prepaid options people are using, we have included the names of the top US prepaid carriers, so let us know exactly who you are using.
Extra credit if you feel like telling us how you think your carrier is performing.
With Google’s launch of monthly security updates last year, many device owners are beginning to take notice at how well, or how bad, their particular OEM and carrier are at delivering these updates. Realistically, if a smartphone owner is not constantly digging around sketchy websites or purchasing goods from the Silk Road, your phone should be relatively safe. Stick to downloading your apps from trusted sources and you should be fine.
With that being said, there are those who care very much about security updates. These updates prevent known threats and exploits from causing harm to your smartphone. If you read mainstream news, listening to the countless scary stories about new device exploits being discovered, you can imagine why these monthly updates could be important.
Now, besides Nexus devices from Google, it appears Samsung is making a valiant effort at keeping their devices secure on a monthly basis. On the other hand, we have Motorola. To be frank, they are not very good at updating phones monthly, literally stating that it’s “difficult to do.”
So, you tell us, are monthly security updates important to you?