Action Launcher 3 Beta Lets You Re-Create the Nexus Launcher Style

The Nexus Launcher leak from earlier in the week seems to have captured the attention of all Android purists because well, it involves Nexus. Even as simple as the launcher is, everyone has been doing their best to either give the broken leaked version a spin, flash the fully working version as a system app, or re-create its simple elegance in their own launcher. Today, Action Launcher 3’s beta update makes that last option easier than ever.  (more…)

Google Now on Tap Gets the Feature It Should Have had From Day 1

Sorry for the clickbaity title, but it seemed so perfect for the new “feature,” if you can call it that, that arrived in the Google App Beta today. As you launch Google Now on Tap from your home screen this morning, Google will now show you the Google Now cards you have available. Instead of having to swipe into Google Now or create a Google shortcut to it or some other work-around, a long-press on your phone’s home button will get you right into it. Let’s be honest, this should have been included from day 1.  (more…)

YOLO: Dashlane and Google Create API to Help You Easily Login to Your Android Apps

Dashlane, one of the most popular password managers, and Google, announced today that they have created an open API for app developers called Open YOLO (you only login once) that could make logging into apps incredibly easy with the help of a password manager. And we aren’t talking about the current process from password managers; this seems like a new, almost instant, system-built type of option.  (more…)

Opinion: High Price of the Galaxy Note 7 Shouldn’t Piss You Off

I can’t tell you how many times I have read in the comments section of this site that the Galaxy Note 7 is priced too high. Is it? Let’s dissect and discuss. The Galaxy Note 7 at full retail averages across the major US carriers at about $850. Some carriers are cheaper, some are more expensive. The point is, while the phone is indeed expensive, this shouldn’t upset anybody. Not only should it not upset you, but you shouldn’t even be surprised.

When it comes to Android devices, the Galaxy Note 7 is packing the heat. Featuring a 5.7″ QHD Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, IP68 water resistance, USB Type-C port, 64GB base storage, iris scanner, fingerprint reader, microSD card support and so much else, this device is launching with features that other smartphone owners only dream of having. In fact, even Galaxy S7 owners don’t have the luxury of an iris scanner, so they have a slight right to feel a little salty.

Allow me to present a few points why $850 for the flagship device of flagship devices is not that ridiculous.  (more…)

Supposed Nexus Launcher Leaked This Week, You can Download It Today

Over the past couple of days, leaks of a “Nexus Launcher” have made various appearances, first as just a  visual representation and then as an actual .apk file almost anyone could load. We promise we haven’t been ignoring it, we’ve just been doing things like covering phone events and not getting overly-hyped over a half-working, slightly-tweaked feature-weak version of the Google Now Launcher that also happens to have a permanent calendar widget.

But anyways, this new Nexus Launcher is thought to arrive on the new Nexus phones in due time. It’s not a radical new invention of the launcher, but it does offer some changes that you may have to get used to, assuming you are partial to the classic app drawer button.  (more…)

BlackBerry Launches Hub+ Suite of Apps for Android 6.0+ Devices

BlackBerry announced the Hub+ suite of applications this morning, not limited to just BlackBerry devices. In fact, any Android device running Android 6.0+ can use these apps free of charge and ad-free, at least for a limited time. Inside this suite is the Hub app itself, the unified inbox that helps users keep their email and messages organized, while also secured.

In addition to Hub, BlackBerry is allowing everyone to download its Password Keeper application (self explanatory, I hope), Calendar, Notes, Tasks, Launcher, and more. The apps are the exact same you would find on any recently launched BlackBerry Android device.  (more…)