It’s the End of July and I Keep Coming Back to the Galaxy S7

After reviewing the Samsung Galaxy S7 back in March, I have since reviewed the LG G5, HTC 10, OnePlus 3, and Moto Z. I’ve also spent dozens of hours using the Moto G4 Plus and Galaxy S7 Active, while tossing in some Nexus 5X time here and there whenever a new Android N preview arrives. That’s basically me admitting that I’ve used just about every single major 2016 phone enough to spit out thousands of words on each in a review format, yet there is one common action that happens after I’ve finished up – I immediately jump back onto the Galaxy S7 without hesitation.

In recent years, I have often found that as new phones come out and I spend increasing amounts of time with one, that I tend to just adopt them until the next phone arrives. But not this year. I just think that Samsung absolutely nailed it with the Galaxy S7.

Here are some of the reasons I just keep coming back to it after all these months and phones.  (more…)

Wednesday Poll: Do You Care About Monthly Security Updates?

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?

Do you care about monthly security updates?

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Google Play Gets “Family Library,” so You Can Share Purchases With Up to 6 People

Today, Google is introducing the Google Play Family Library, giving families the opportunity to share purchases from Google Play across accounts, so that everyone always has access to movies, TV shows, apps, games, and books. The service or feature is free and will be available over the next few days in a variety of countries, including the US.

So how does this work? As noted above, if opted-in, you will be able to share “eligible” apps, games, movies, TV shows, and books with up to six (6) family members. You’ll notice that music isn’t listed – more on that in a second.  (more…)

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!

Do You Play Mobile Games?

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