Question of the Day: Which Android Phone Would You Like to See Remade, iPhone SE Style?

No matter how much we love a particular phone, at some point, it’s going to get old and not function as well as the newer phones. This is why we upgrade every year or so. Apple announced the iPhone SE this week, basically an iPhone 5 body with updated internals, which put this thought in our head. If you had your choice of one phone to be “remade” with the latest specs, do you have a phone in mind you would like to see this happen for? (more…)

Question of the Day: Would You Buy a High-End 4.0″ Android Smartphone?

Apple took the stage this morning and announced the iPhone SE, a premium iPhone device that does not compromise on specs. More interestingly, Apple claimed that people were begging for a small display, so the iPhone SE only features a 4.0″ display. Compare that to many Android flagships and we can safely label that as a minuscule screen.

For comparison, the Galaxy S7 features a 5.1″ display, the Galaxy Note 5 features a 5.5″ display, and the Nexus 6P features a 5.7″ display. Picture a Nexus 6P (same specs), but with a 4.0″ display. Is that something you would buy? Or maybe a 4.0″ Galaxy S7 Mini?

If an Android OEM produced a high-end device that only featured a 4.0″ display, would you be interested?

Live Chat: Apple’s iPhone SE and iPad Pro Event!

Apple has an event today. It starts at 10AM Pacific (1PM Eastern). We haven’t mentioned it up until this point, because well, it sounds like a pretty weak event unless you are the ultimate Apple diehard. I say that because they are supposed to unveil a mid-range, margin-increasing,  iPhone SE for people who love non-Hummers and are in emerging markets (or something), a new iPad Pro, and maybe some new overpriced watch straps. See…boring, right?

Either way, because we always like to have a good time at Apple’s expense and annoy elitist bloggers who get all huffy and pissy when we poke fun at Apple, we’re doing a live chat of the event! (more…)

Quick Look: Galaxy S7 Motion Photo, a Simpler Take on Apple’s Live Photos

We’re not even 24 hours into our full Samsung Galaxy S7 coverage, yet we’ve already unboxed it, talked about how it handles app storage with SD cards, and showed you just how careful you need to be when inserting your nano SIM and expandable storage. Up next, we’re taking a look at the phone’s Motion Photo feature, which Samsung hasn’t exactly been bragging about, likely because everyone in the media will refer to it as a copy of Apple’s Live Photos. Is it? No. Let’s not forget that HTC was doing a Live Photo experience years before Apple sniffed it, so I’d just say that this is Samsung’s take on that whole idea.  (more…)

On Encryption, Apple, the FBI, and You

I may be an outlier in a world full of tech talking heads, many of which who really, really love to listen to themselves talk, but I don’t have a hot take on the current situation involving Apple, the FBI, encryption, what other players in tech have or have not said on the matter, and what all of those combined mean for you. That’s not because I don’t care, it’s just not an area of life that I have ever really put much focus or effort into. Is that me burying my head in the sand? I don’t think so. The world is full of controversies and this is one, at least at the moment, I just don’t have much to offer on. So, if that disappoints you, I apologize.

With that said, you need to know what’s going on in case you need to take a stand, make choices about the products you use now and in the future, and whether or not there is anything you can do.

Confused at what the f*ck I’m talking about? Let’s catch up!  (more…)

Report: Google to Take Top-To-Bottom “Apple-Like” Control Over Nexus Line

Ever since the launch of the Nexus 6P and 5X at the end of 2015, we have begun to see this narrative arise suggesting that Google needs to stop partnering with companies like LG, Samsung, HTC, and Huawei to build its Nexus devices and instead take the Apple approach, where they handle everything from top to bottom and simply contract out companies to help build devices. That essentially means going the Pixel route, where we see products like the Pixel C that were designed and essentially, manufactured, by Google. In other words, Google takes control over everything from the software to hardware design to make a tablet or computer (or phone) that is 100% Google. Sure, they are sourcing chipsets and RAM and displays and all of that, plus they need someone to physically build everything, but they aren’t asking someone like LG or HTC to add their name to it.

While this “Apple-like” control over the Nexus program seems to be the opposite of what the Nexus program was designed for, a report out of The Information this morning, suggests that’s what Google plans to do going forward.  (more…)

Ford’s 2016 and 2017 Models With SYNC 3 Get Android Auto, Apple CarPlay

After doing its best to ignore Google and Apple’s attempts to enter its cars, Ford is giving in and will add Android Auto and CarPlay to its 2016 and 2017 line-up of rides that are equipped with SYNC 3, their newest infotainment system. All of its 2017 cars will arrive with Android Auto and CarPlay out of the gate (again if they have SYNC 3 on board), while its 2016 models with SYNC 3 will have the option to upgrade.  (more…)

Instagram Update Brings “Long Press” Peek Feature to Android

In an update made available to Instagram’s beta users, a new feature has been baked in, which may have you thinking you are using an iPhone. Much like Apple’s 3D Touch, which allows users to long press on items and peek into them, when you are on a profile page or the search menu of the updated Instagram app, you can now long press on thumbnails of photos and videos, peaking into what they have to offer.  (more…)