Video: Android N’s App Switcher is Pretty Awesome Now

When Google first introduced the swipe-up gesture for Google Now, our minds start racing over the future and possibilities of navigation buttons. Before then, we all just sort of took those buttons to mean simple functions: back meant back, home meant home, and the app switcher (or menu at one point) meant switching to recently used apps. In recent years, though, we have seen long-presses pop-up multi window functionality on some phones, new options added to the swipe-up gesture, and even old school menu access brought back. With Android N, Google is looking to take these buttons another step forward, specifically, through the app switcher.

In yesterday’s Android N preview tour, we showed you how multi window works and how you activate it (long-press on the app switcher). But after playing around with this first N preview, we realized there is so much more to that button than just activating multi window.  (more…)

Android N: A Quick Video Tour (Part 2)

Earlier today, we took a quick tour of the new Android N Developer Preview, showing you how Google’s take on Multi Window works, along with a brief overview of the new notifications, quick settings shade, and settings menu. It was really a video made to focus on the big upfront changes in Android N, so now we’re focusing on some of the smaller, less obvious items.

In this part 2 video, we take a look at what’s new in the hidden System UI Tuner (Night Mode, DND toggles, etc.), show a quick method for accessing Multi Window, discover Data Saver, and some new accessibility features, like Display Size adjustments.

To catch the tour one, head over to this post(more…)

Android N: A Quick Video Tour (Part 1)

So yeah, Android N is now official and available as a first developer preview for all of you to take for a spin if you live life on the wild side. You’ll find the factory images for it here, along with a pretty detailed look at the major changes here. Still not ready to go there? That’s OK too, because we have a 2-part video series on the way to show you what’s new and if you should even consider putting this on your devices.

In this first part, we take a look at the biggest upfront changes, like how the new notifications look and are handled. We also dive into the new quick settings shade, show you the new and improved settings menu, and of course, take Multi Window for an official spin.

Let us know what you think about Android N!  (more…)

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Unboxing!

Apologies for the delay on this, but we have finally run through a Galaxy S7 Edge unboxing. I know, we should have done this a week ago. However, the regular S7 just needed some lovin’ for a while and now the S7 Edge will get the same.

As you can tell from that top image, we have the T-1000 model of the Galaxy S7 Edge, which is officially known as Silver Titanium. It is, without a doubt, the sexiest phone I have ever laid eyes upon. Wow, Samsung, this is absolutely stunning. It’s like looking into a mobile phone shaped puddle of beautiful liquid metal. Man.

I don’t need to run through specs, do I? You can find those here. If you want, you can also compare this to our Galaxy S7 unboxing, then see what 10 things we think you should do upon setting up your S7, and then…ahh the hell with it. Just watch this video and get ready for a review. (more…)

Video: Galaxy S7 vs. Nexus 6P vs. Moto X Pure vs. Galaxy Note 5

At the end of 2015, we told you our thoughts on the three best Android phones you could buy. Those three phones, hands down, were the Nexus 6P, Galaxy Note 5, and Moto X Pure Edition. Since we’re only a couple of months into 2016, we were curious how those three match-up to the newest kid on the block, the Galaxy S7. Do they compare favorably in terms of specs? How far have we gone to get to the Galaxy S7? Or have we gone that far at all? What about features and cameras and build quality and design? Has Samsung really improved that much in just a few months since releasing the Note 5?

All good questions, many of which we have some thoughts on in the video below.

During this 15-minute clip (sorry about the length!), we walk through the Galaxy S7 and how it matches up to those three phones. We show you size comparisons, how each fits in the hand, talk specs, and ultimately, if you should upgrade from any to this new Galaxy.  (more…)

Galaxy S7: First 10 Things You Should Do

I know that March 11 is still over a week away and that most of you don’t have your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge yet, but that won’t stop us from doing our best to prepare you for the day that you do. With that in mind, we think there are 10 items to consider tweaking on your phone once your S7 arrives and you complete the setup process after pulling it out of the box (or if you carrier ships your new phone early). These are the types of tweaks that can extend your storage, make your phone more convenient and secure at the same time, let you sleep easier at night, and change the look of Samsung’s TouchWiz.

Below, you’ll find the simple list of items, but if you want the full explanation for each, I highly recommend catching the video at the end of this post. Either way, here are the first 10 things to considering doing to your Galaxy S7.  (more…)

Quick Look: Galaxy S7 Motion Photo, a Simpler Take on Apple’s Live Photos

We’re not even 24 hours into our full Samsung Galaxy S7 coverage, yet we’ve already unboxed it, talked about how it handles app storage with SD cards, and showed you just how careful you need to be when inserting your nano SIM and expandable storage. Up next, we’re taking a look at the phone’s Motion Photo feature, which Samsung hasn’t exactly been bragging about, likely because everyone in the media will refer to it as a copy of Apple’s Live Photos. Is it? No. Let’s not forget that HTC was doing a Live Photo experience years before Apple sniffed it, so I’d just say that this is Samsung’s take on that whole idea.  (more…)

Samsung Galaxy S7 Unboxing!

To kick off what we are expecting to be one heck of a 2016 smartphone season, we have the Samsung Galaxy S7 in house and in-hand, ready for us to attack it. We’ll be doing everything we can to this device to hopefully help all of us (yes, we’re always on the hunt for our next smartphone too) decide if this, its edge-filled brother, the LG G5, or something else, will be our next smartphone.  (more…)