Here is Verizon’s LG G Vista and Its Real Specs, Arrives Thursday

This Thursday, Verizon will launch another LG phone, though this one should only be considered as a budget-friendly option. We are talking about the oft-leaked LG G Vista, a massive 5.7-inch phone that is isn’t so massive when it comes to specs. That’s not to say that this won’t be a fully capable phone, it just doesn’t rank up there with the recently released LG G3, a phone we called the best available in our review(more…)

Stanford Researchers Develop New Battery Tech That Could Massively Increase Capacity

While virtually every component that makes up a smartphone has advanced by leaps and bounds over the past few years, power tech has largely stagnated - the G3 may pack a mind-bogglingly high-resolution screen, but its maximum battery capacity represents the limit of viability, at least without sacrificing thinness.

Thankfully, scientists at  Stanford recently achieved what some are calling the “holy grail” of battery design: a stable lithium anode. The anode, if further refined, could lead to cheaper and more efficient battery designs for every electronic that relies on lithium batteries.  (more…)

SwiftKey Updated With Performance Enhancements, New Languages, Themes

An update is rolling out to users of SwiftKey this morning, bringing with it a ton of performance enhancements for Flow, typing, and keyboard loading time. Other fixes included in the update are repairs for Yahoo! personalization, a background disappearance bug, and other numerous force close issues.

Besides a ton of optimizations and bug fixes, the team has also added in new themes, as well as three new languages - Kyrgyz, Tajik and Turkmen. 

For the full changelog, look below.  (more…)

Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides Get Material Design-styled Web Home Screens

This isn’t directly Android-related, but Google announced this morning that Docs, Sheets, and Slides all have brand new individual home screens that are accessible through the web. As you would expect, they are certainly inspired by Material Design, with a new hamburger menu, card-like interface, and floating “+” button to create new sheets/slides/docs.

These new app home screens for Google’s office suite allow you to quickly get back to your most recently edited files without having to first enter Drive or do any sort of searching. By entering a specific app home screen, you are presented with big imagery of your recently opened files. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

To see for yourself, hit up the direct links below.  (more…)

This Concept of Instagram With Material Design is Stunning

We are still waiting for most major Android apps to receive a Material Design makeover, so much so that we have found ourselves checking out developer concept videos on Google+. The latest comes from Emmanuel Pacamalan, who has published a very polished concept video of Instagram, redone with a Material Design layout. It looks awesome.

The overall look of Instagram with Material Design is flat, properly laid out, and perfectly utilizes the new circular button in the bottom righthand corner. Check out the video below to see the whole concept in action.  (more…)

New Android Collectibles “Heroes and Villains II” Set Available at 8AM Pacific

The “Heroes and Villains II” set of special edition Android collectibles from Dead Zebra goes on sale in just a couple of minutes (8AM Pacific). For collectors of mini Bugdroids, this is a must-have set. First introduced last week as an exclusive to Comic-Con, the DZ  crew is making a limited number available, since they know we all couldn’t make it out to the show.

The box of four (2 heroes and 2 villains) runs $40.  (more…)

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet and Controller Now Available From These Retailers

The newest members to enter NVIDIA’s SHIELD gaming family are now available at a handful of retailers, which also means that our SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller review is ready for you to check out to decide if you are ready for this level of mobile gaming. In case you haven’t checked that out already, just know that we are big fans of the affordable, yet impressive gaming experience that NVIDIA has managed to put together with their line of SHIELD products.

SHIELD Tablet is an 8-inch powerhouse that runs NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 chipset. It can handle anything you can throw at it, from PC gaming to the toughest HD titles on Android streamed through an HD TV, this is the ultimate gaming tablet. Couple that with SHIELD Controller and you have an immersive mobile gaming experience that no other company can offer.

You can find many of the new SHIELD products, including accessories, at the retailers below.  (more…)