Deal: Up to 70% Off SanDisk Extreme and Ultra Micro SD Cards From Amazon

We tend to operate under the idea that you can never have enough flash storage lying around. You just never know when you might need to toss a micro SD card into a new phone, tablet, camera, or game system. Especially now, since we have seen phone manufacturers (outside of Google and Motorola) fully buy back into the idea that customers want a slot for expandable storage, many of which support up to 128GB. So when we see solid deals on storage, like today’s over at Amazon, we try and share.  (more…)

How to: Unlock the Nexus 6 Bootloader (Nexus 9 Too)

I get that the timing of this post seems super silly, especially after the conversations we had yesterday, including one where I said I don’t buy Nexus phones to flash all the things, but you know what? Many of you did buy a Nexus 6 or Nexus 9 to do just that, flash and tinker, so we want to make sure you know how to get started. Also, the process for unlocking the Nexus 6 or Nexus 9’s bootloader that we are about to walk through is something I do with all Nexus devices I own, because there is always a chance I may want to tinker later on down the road. Why not be prepared?  (more…)

Motorola Camera and Gallery Apps Receive Updates With “Material” Tweaks

Last night, Motorola updated both their Camera and Gallery applications on Google Play. The updates aren’t major, but they do introduce subtle “Material Design” tweaks to modernize each.

With the Gallery specifically, you are getting a bright new cyan color, performance improvements, and a responsive design. Motorola forgot to move the hamburger menu out from the side, but other than that, it looks and performs great.

As for the Camera, Motorola added in a “convenient Timer mode,” bright cyan color, and an added double-wrist twist with the camera open to switch it over to the front camera (only for the Moto X, Ultra, and Turbo). Yes, for selfies.  (more…)

Thursday Poll: Rooted or Non-Rooted?

Throughout the day, thanks to topics like the Nexus 6 having encryption that can’t be turned off without taking matters into your own hands, we have seen the emergence of a healthy discussion around the topic of tinkering. When we say “tinkering,” we are talking about understanding adb commands, flashing recoveries or images or ROMs, and generally deciding that you can make your phone better than it is out of the box. As the conversation has grown, a number of readers have taken it back to what we used to consider to be the initial step in becoming a tinkerer, and that’s through rooting a phone. And that thought has revived this poll question, which we try to run at least once a year, but haven’t seen December of 2013. In other words, it’s time.

So, let’s do this. In the poll below, all you have to do is answer by choosing if you are “rooted” or “non-rooted.” From there, to continue this conversation, feel free to jump into the comments section and talk about the phone you own, if you are rooted or non-rooted, why you fall into either of those categories, etc.

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I Didn’t Buy a Nexus to Flash All the Things

If you were to ask me why I buy Nexus phones and tablets (outside of the fact that it is my job to own them), I would answer with the following in no particular order. I like stock Android better than manufacturer skins. I like swift updates to the newest versions of Android. I typically like the designs used in Nexus devices. I like to see what new technologies that Google has incorporated in the latest Nexus devices and Android platform, since Nexus devices almost always try to highlight something new in mobile. Before the Nexus 6, I was also a big fan of the low price tags that accompanied Nexus devices. And, well, that’s it. Those are the reasons.

You will notice I didn’t mention the words flash, ROM, root, recovery, bootloader, adb, SDK, boot.img, kernel, or forum. I didn’t mention those, because I buy Nexus devices for reasons that don’t involve tinkering, hacking, flashing, unlocking, and tweaking. I buy Nexus devices because I want to use them like someone would use a Galaxy S5 or Moto X or G3. I like the untouched, out of box experience.  (more…)

Chinese Developers Now Able to Publish Paid Apps Onto Google Play

Google announced support for Chinese Android developers this morning, as they can now publish paid applications right onto Google Play for users to purchase.

If you happen to be a developer, all you need to do is set up a Google Wallet merchant account, then get to publishing. Once folks are purchasing your app(s), Google will send out a wire transfer to your bank account.  (more…)

Corning Announces Gorilla Glass 4, Formulated Specifically to Protect From Every Day Drops

This morning, Corning announced new Gorilla Glass 4 for smartphones, a new protective barrier that “provides at least two times improved damage resistance over competitive aluminosilicate glass, as measured by retained strength after damage events, resulting in improved mechanical durability of the glass to in-field damage events, such as drops.” Oh, you want the details in English? OK, we can do that.

You are likely familiar with Corning, since their Gorilla Glass products have been protecting smartphone displays for years now. The device in your pocket or in your hand right now, is probably protected by Gorilla Glass 2 or 3. Since their launch in 2007, Corning has seen its Gorilla Glass products featured in more than 3 billion devices.  (more…)

T-Mobile Now Selling the Nexus 6 With 32GB or 64GB of Storage

After delaying for a week, T-Mobile is now selling the Nexus 6, Google’s brand new whale of a smartphone.

The device comes in Midnight Blue, just like every other carrier, but you do have options of either 32GB or 64GB of storage, which is unique to T-Mobile. Sprint and AT&T are both only selling the 32GB model. At least one of our readers purchased the 64GB model from T-Mobile this morning, chose overnight shipping, and is expecting it to arrive tomorrow.  (more…)