T-Mobile’s Binge On Ups Amount of Supported Services to Over 100

T-Mobile’s Binge On, the added feature for customers that allows them to stream video from select services and have it not count against their monthly data allotment, is getting quadrupled in size. In total, there are now more than 100 services for users to stream DVD-quality (480p) video from.

As for which services have been added, let’s name a few. Starting today, you will find ABC, Apple Music, Disney Channel, FOX NOW, Nat Geo TV, FXNOW, as well as the Big Ten Network.

Check out the full list of new services below.  (more…)

Two Verizon LG Updates Today: G5 Gets an App Drawer, V10 Gets WiFi Calling Improvements

Verizon and LG are pushing out updates to two phones today, the G5 and V10. Each updates is fairly minor, but G5 owners who have been waiting for LG to give them an app drawer have finally received their wish. As for the V10, it’s just looking like an update that tweaks the USB connection prompt and improves WiFi Calling.

For the LG G5, users will see an update to software version VS98713A. The update does indeed include the “Home with app drawer” option from within the “Select Home” screen. I point this out because there was a mini-controversy over LG’s choice to not include a launcher with an app drawer at launch, even though they quickly realized that was a mistake over the screaming of a loud Android minority. I don’t want to dive (again) into why this was mostly a non-story, but the basics are that you can just download a really good 3rd party launcher from Google Play for free if it bothers you so much. In fact, LG’s launcher is pretty terrible for the most part, so you would be better off with a 3rd party anyways.  (more…)

OnePlus 3 Update to V3.2.2 Incoming That Fixes Doze Issues, Improves Video Recording

OnePlus is pushing yet another update to the OnePlus 3, this time as OxygenOS v3.2.2. This is the second update since launch to address bugs, a trend we hope continues on for the next couple of years. The trend here would be regular updates, something the company hasn’t exactly been known for during its first two years of existence.

In this update, we are getting “improved notification management in Doze,” along with a fix for an issue with the alert slider, disabling of the fingerprint sensor while the phone is pocketed, and improvements to video recording (like an updated 4K codec). OnePlus also tossed in the “latest security patches.”

The full changelog is below.  (more…)

Google Store Back to School Sale: $30 Off Chromebooks, $100 Off Nexus 6P, More

Shopping for back to school supplies can suck, as well as be quite the expense. However, if your kiddies are in need of a few new gadgets, or you just want to spoil yourself, the Google Store is hosting a new sale to save you a bit of cash.

Listed on the Google Store, select Chromebooks are marked at $30 off (Acer Chromebook 14 and Acer R11), the Nexus 6P is $100 off, $50 off the Huawei Watch, plus $5 off the Chromecast and Chromecast Audio dongles. That’s quite a bit of savings if you add it up.  (more…)

Google Maps Updated With Improved Typography, Areas of Interest

An update for Google Maps will affect users on Android, desktop, as well as iOS, bringing a cleaner look, improved typography, and much more. As you would assume, when looking over a city in Maps, there is a lot of information, all condensed until you zoom in. Because of this, Google is redesigning the layout of Maps, but don’t expect anything too drastic. Google will be providing a “cleaner” look, plus improving the typography to make things a bit easier to read.  (more…)

Google’s Phone App for Nexus Devices Gets Spam Calling Protection

Google is updating the Phone app that is included on their Nexus devices to include spam protection against unwanted calls. The newest version of the app will alert you as a call is coming in if it may be a “suspected” spam caller (see below) and then let you take additional actions on it.

With Caller ID & spam protection turned on, users will be able to both block and report spam calls. From within the Recent calls log, a tap on a call you’d like to report will offer up an option to “Block / report spam.” You should see options to both report as spam and then block, assuming you want to do both.  (more…)

Cyanogen CEO Refutes Claims of Company’s Pivot to Apps, “We are an OS Company”

Kirt McMaster, the current CEO of Cyanogen Inc., took to Twitter this last Saturday and this morning to briefly discuss last week’s news of the company laying off a large portion of its workforce. McMaster confirmed that the company had to “let go of some wonderful people,” but cited that disruption and startups are “brutal.”

Furthermore, McMaster spent 136 characters of his allotted 140 on Twitter to refute last week’s claims that Cyanogen Inc would be making a pivot. Said pivot would be from OS to applications. According to McMaster, “We are an OS company and our mission of creating an open Android stands.”  (more…)