I think at this point, we have made our opinions clear on Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 – we love it. We think every phone should have either this or some other form of quick charging. Wireless charging is still a really handy feature, but I would much rather be able to charge my phone in a shorter amount of time, or at least give it a burst of juice in a couple of minutes, than be able to lay it down on a charging pad that likely charges slower than a conventional charger.
To demonstrate the power of Quick Charge 2.0, Qualcomm put together the video featured below, which includes three Nexus 6 phones, all of which are using a different charger. Two of the phones are using conventional chargers (5 volts/1 amp and 5 volts/2 amps), while one uses Motorola’s Turbo Charger. You probably don’t need to watch the video to know who wins the battle to 50% from 0%. (more…)
During the lead-up to HTC’s announcement of the One M9, another device made by the Taiwanese manufacturer with a larger display, awkward-looking fingerprint sensor, and Duo Camera kept popping up in blurry cam shots across the pond. Everyone just assumed this was some sort of “Max” or “Plus” version of the M9, except that once HTC took the stage in Barcelona, only one phone was unveiled. Well, on April 8, that other phone will become official in China. (more…)
Runkeeper, my current exercise tracker of choice, received an update today that introduces a proper polishing (mind out of the gutter). The UI tweaks, some of which bring in Material Design touches, help make the app feel very modern. Trust me when I say that the app needed it, especially after we have seen all of Runkeeper’s competitors release beautiful new apps one by one over the last couple of months.
The new app feels much faster, includes rippling animations and layers throughout, and shows an entire activity history with more visual details. The app is still very familiar, but improved in the right ways.
Go give it a look! (more…)
Enjoy endless runner games? What about motion sickness, do you like that as well? If so, the perfect game is available for you now, titled FOTONICA, priced on Google Play at just $1. To me, it plays much like Temple Run, but you are placed in a world made up of awesome beats, wiry platforms, and strange pink balls that you must run through. (more…)
MetroPCS, T-Mobile’s prepaid arm, announced a new $30 plan this morning that they claim is the lowest cost option around. The new deal runs just $30 per month and includes unlimited talk and text, plus 1GB of data at full 4G speeds. They claim that the data is unlimited, but after you use that 1GB, you will be throttled into an incredibly painful data experience until the next month. Is that really unlimited? Whatever. (more…)
In 6 days, the opportunity to grab a few SMFX Smart Bulbs, priced at $49 a pop through the DL Deals Store, is coming to a close. The SMFX Smart Bulb features an LED, that allows owners to change the color of the bulb on demand through an iOS or Android device and act as the perfect mood lighting tool for any home. (more…)
According to a report out of Recode, Google is preparing a service called Pony Express that is designed to let you pay your bills within Gmail. The idea centers around making bills payable from within an email or your inbox instead of having to take care of your payments through a separate website for utilities, a phone bill, etc. The service is scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of this year. (more…)
An update for Action Launcher, bringing it to version 3.3, is now available on Google Play. Included in the update, live wallpaper API support has been added, enabling Quicktheme to reliably work with live wallpaper apps. In addition, shortcuts and gestures are now both expanded and fully customizable. (more…)