Google Play Gets New App Categories, Including Dating, Parenting and Auto

Within the next 60 days, you will start to see a batch of new application categories hit Google Play to help you discover more and to help developers get their apps in front of the people who want them. Starting today, the categories will be available for developers to choose from, but again, they may not hit Google Play for all to see for up to 60 days, according to Google.  (more…)

Tuesday Poll: Do You Play Mobile Games?

In 2016, there have been a couple games to gain a lot of traction, the top being Pokemon GO, of course. That leads us to today’s poll question. Do you even mobile game, bro? There are many genres to choose from – puzzlers, FPS, RPG, etc. With so many choices, there must be something for everyone.

If you do play a mobile game, let us know which one is your favorite below. If you are a mobile game hater, please, enlighten us as to why that’s your choice.

Mobile gamers, unite!

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LeEco to Acquire Vizio For $2 Billion

LeEco, formerly known to most Android folk as Letv, has reached a deal to acquire Vizio for $2 billion. LeEco’s interests go way beyond that of just smartphones, but the company has yet to really push into the US market. In China and other markets outside the US, the company’s cloud and internet-based platforms, as well as television sets, do very well.

Anyway, Vizio, one of what seems like very few US-based TV makers is being sold to China’s LeEco. The deal includes all hardware and software operations, technology, and intellectual property. However, the Vizio data business, known as Inscape, will spin out and operate as a separate, privately owned company. (more…)

Moto Z Won’t Get Monthly Security Updates and You Never Should Have Expected Them

Last week, shortly after embargoes lifted on Moto Z and Moto Z Force reviews, there was some confusion over whether or not these devices would see the monthly security updates that Google releases. We never expected them to arrive monthly, because Motorola has never pushed monthly security updates to any of their phones, but they sent out a somewhat vague statement to press suggesting that they will in fact release security updates, only without mention of when.

ArsTechnica reported in their review that Motorola told them a flat out “no” when probed over monthly updates. Then after the confusing statement made the rounds, they went back for more (we did as well, we just didn’t hear back) and heard back today with some clarification. According Motorola, they will not be issuing monthly updates and will instead bundle them into scheduled maintenance releases and OS upgrades, like they have always done.  (more…)

FYI: Your Verizon Unlimited Data Plan is No Longer Unlimited

When we broke news last week with word that Verizon was going to start disconnecting a small group of “extraordinary” data users who were out of contract and still hanging on to unlimited data, we were also telling you that your unlimited data plan is no longer truly “unlimited.” In case you hadn’t figured it out yet, Verizon is now paying close attention to how much data you are using if you are out of contract, so that they can take it all away from you with notice.  (more…)

Twitter Rolls Out Night Mode to All on Android

If for some reason your official Twitter app has yet to show Night Mode as an option in its slideout navigation, you should begin seeing it today. Twitter announced this morning that everyone should now be able to use the darker mode for those darker times where the overly-white Twitter UI might be unwelcoming.

To see what Night Mode looks like, take a look at the short clip included in Twitter’s tweet about the feature below. But you can probably guess how it works and looks, right? A Night Mode turns white to black and makes it not so bright and painful on your eyes when in dark situations.  (more…)

BlackBerry Announces the DTEK50, $300 Phone All About Security

BlackBerry announced the DTEK50, an affordable smartphone focused on bringing security to all Android fans. While the specs inside of the DTEK50 won’t blow you away, even with BlackBerry highlighting the autofocus-having 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, it seems like a decent option for those who value security over other premium features.

As for the specs, potential buyers will find a 5.2″ FHD display, Snapdragon 617 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (added microSD card support), 2,610mAh battery, GSM network compatibility, 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with Phase Detect autofocus, and Android 6.0+.  (more…)