Our Favorite Android, iOS, and Windows Phone Apps of the Week

Welcome to a new week with plenty of new apps, and we've got all the best right here. Part of me wants to call this week's app roundup a special "music" edition because an odd amount of great music streaming and discovery apps came out this week—but let's not forget the huge app drops from Twitter and Instagram, too. » 3/26/15 2:00pm Yesterday 2:00pm

HTC One M9 Review: A Great Phone That Can't Keep Up

Everyone loves an underdog. They're new, exciting, and upset expectations. In 2013, the HTC One M7 brought that incredible disruptive energy to smartphones, and the following year's M8 ran neck and neck with the best you could buy. Now, with the M9, the One is no longer an underdog—but it's not exactly leading the… » 3/23/15 1:35pm Monday 1:35pm

10 Things You Can Do in Android 5.1 That You Couldn't Before

Android 5.1 isn't one of those massive life-changing releases that'll have you tapping the 'look for updates' button frenetically for days on end; but nor is it one of those minor upgrades with only bug fixes and technical improvements. Here are the cool new features you're going to get with the new Android—once it… » 3/20/15 11:37am 3/20/15 11:37am

Am I the Only Person Here Who Goes Phone-Spotting?

I think about smartphones more than any normal person should. I could say it's part of my job as a gadget blogger to think of these things with irregular frequency, but that would really be a cover up, a convenient lie. The truth is I'm naturally obsessed, and I indulge that obsession to a creeptacular degree. » 3/06/15 12:00pm 3/06/15 12:00pm

12 Essential Android Widgets for a More Functional Home Screen

One of the most obvious ways in which Android differs from iOS is the way you can customize your home screens with panels and widgets. We've picked out some of our favorite ones for adding features and functionality to your device—use them as quick shortcuts for key tools without having to open up the full apps… » 3/05/15 10:41am 3/05/15 10:41am

Nokia N1 Hands-On: Pretty Great for a $250 iPad Mini Clone

Nokia is not dead (yet?), but their phones are. The company's latest attempt to be popular again is the Nokia N1, an new Android tablet announced a few months back. The good news is Nokia delivered a very good tablet at a very competitive price. The bad news? We still don't know if it's coming to the US. » 3/03/15 6:57pm 3/03/15 6:57pm

NotCulus Rift: How I Hacked Together My Own Serious VR Headset

Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey told me not to buy an Oculus Rift. That was two years ago, and he's repeated the plea every time I've seen him since. Don't buy it. It's not ready. It's just a developer kit. He's right, but I'm tired of waiting. I want a VR headset and I want it now. So I built one. Sorta. » 3/02/15 12:20pm 3/02/15 12:20pm

HTC One M9: Definitely Better But So Much the Same

This is the new HTC One, the third in a line of phones that got Android devices to adopt metal finishes and really just up their design game in general. And the HTC One M9 continues the well-designed tradition. But when you get something so right the first time around, it can be more of a curse than a blessing. » 3/01/15 10:45am 3/01/15 10:45am