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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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…)