Recap: Motorola’s Software Hangout With Executive Punit Soni

A lot of us have been skeptical about what is to become of Motorola Mobility when Lenovo finishes up acquiring them from Google. Motorola’s Punit Soni sat down to clear some things up and field software-related questions from a live audience recently, and a couple noteworthy details emerged. In case you were not able to join in the festivities live, we have compiled the main points down below. (more…)

Galaxy S5: 25+ Tips and Tricks

A new flagship has landed, so as always, we want to make sure you know how to use all of its best features with 25+ tips and tricks. Actually, most would consider the Samsung Galaxy S5 to be the flagship of the year, that is, until someone comes along and dethrones it. So since this device is as important as any, we spent some extra time running through this series of feature highlights. 18-minutes worth, to be exact.  (more…)

Video: Google Camera Quick Look and Tour

As you now know, Google released a stand-alone camera app, called Google Camera, to the Play store this morning. The app is a major step towards bringing an excellent camera experience to not only Nexus devices (which have sorely needed it), but other Android handsets as well, since it runs on any device with Android 4.4+.

The new camera app introduces a brand new UI that replaces the old, confusing, and difficult-to-navigate UI of the stock Android app for Nexus phones. It’s refreshing actually, with a slideout camera options menu, a 100% viewfinder, and a massive shutter button that you likely won’t miss.  (more…)

Video: Matias Duarte Talks Android Wear, Refuses to Give Us a Sneak Peak in Interview

Matias Duarte, Android’s design guru, sat down last week at the Accel Design Conference with The Verge’s Josh Topolsky to talk what else, about design. In his 37 minutes of time, Duarte covers a range of topics from general, broad design ideas to making better developer tools for Android to the overuse of flat design and the idea that “mobile” should be dead. He also happened to be hiding and Android Wear watch under his jack, which Topolsky tried incessantly to get Duarte to use in front of the crowd.   (more…)

How to: Setup the Samsung Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Scanner

The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a fingerprint scanner, yep, it does. It’s not as slick as Apple’s on the iPhone 5s, but it’s there in case you want to give it a spin. You can use it to authenticate in your Samsung account, potentially pay for things with Paypal, and even set it up to be used for unlocking your phone. In my brief time with it, I’ve found that it works for the most part, but is indeed a bit particular in where it wants you to swipe, much like other fingerprint scanners that require a swipe. (more…)

Using “Toolbox” on the Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung is known for tossing all sorts of gimmicky software features into its flagship Galaxy phones. Some are neat tricks that you’ll seldom use, while others look great on a press event stage and almost no where else. But the new Galaxy S5 has one in particular that is actually pretty useful – it’s called Toolbox.

Toolbox is in a way a lot like some of the floating apps we have seen over the last year (Chat Heads or Floating Notifications), in that it displays itself as a circle that floats with you to any screen. It can go transparent if you aren’t using it much and light back up the minute you touch it. It’s useful, though, because you can attach five of your favorite apps to it, making them accessible anywhere.  (more…)