Latency on your phone is annoying. But Google feels your pain—which is why it has this dedicated robotic rig, used to test out hardware and software in order to keep Android and Chrome OS devices zippy. »
Thermal cameras that can see a person’s body heat were once expensive tools that only police and the military used. But now they’re small and cheap enough to work alongside your smartphone. And FLIR’s latest model will make anyone feel like the Predator hunting its prey. »
One of the new features in Lollipop treats each Chrome browser tab as a separate app on the Overview screen—the idea is you can flick between (or close) tabs as easily as apps. If you don’t like that behavior and want to leave the tab management to the browser itself, here’s how to revert back to the old way of… »
Here’s some bad news for Android users. Security researchers have discovered 100+ more apps that fail to encrypt your login data properly, making it frightfully easy for hackers to steal your password. What’s worse: the vast majority of the app makers aren’t doing anything about it. »
The Galaxy S6 Active takes Samsung’s flagship smartphone and adds waterproofing, protection against drops, a larger battery and unique physical buttons. As the name suggests, it targets active people. Well, I’m active—can it stand up to my abuse?
This week was a good seven days of apps, including yet another piece of software from Facebook but also some must-download apps across all OSes. Strangely, the theme this week was all about sharing, whether sharing photos with friends or documents across devices or videos with the rest of the world. »
You might have noticed the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, a rather distinctive handset with a curved screen. The extra display can be used to alert you to different notifications and give quick links to contacts and other parts of the TouchWiz OS. Thanks to a clever app, you can get one of these features on your standard… »
Verizon makes weird smartphones. For a while, the carrier convinced Motorola to churn out the admittedly wonderful Droid line of smartphones and last year recruited a new partner with Sony and the quirky Z3v—a great phone that also looked like an old phone. Now, the Verizon/Sony team up is returning with the new Z4v. »
If you can’t choose which handset to plump for next, Google has created a tool to lighten the burden. Its new online app asks you a series of questions about what you’ll use a phone for and then suggests what you should buy. But do you agree with its verdict? »
Welcome to another week of apps. Android gets a DIY smartphone kill switch, iPhones can now use one of the best photo editors ever made, and Windows Phone gets a new browser for your internet viewing pleasure. Let’s take a look. »
Evolution is tedious work. It fashioned us out of primordial goo into the smartest species in the known universe. But that slow work of removing what sucks, fixing what’s broken, and perfecting what’s great takes time. The LG G4 follows in step, creating not the most exciting Android phone ever made—but maybe the best. »
Imitation in the tech world is normal, even expected, but during Apple’s developers conference Monday, Tim Cook and company were in rare form. They didn’t have much uniquely Apple to show off at all.
Correction: We’ve learned that Android users will indeed get to try Apple Music for free, both as a free three-month trial and in a free tier very similar to the one iOS users can enjoy. The only difference is that Apple Music radio stations (aside from the flagship Beats 1 station) won’t be included on Android.… »
Apple is so hellbent on dominating the streaming music game, it’s doing something I never thought I’d see: Bringing its first app ever to Android. Starting this fall, Apple’s new Beats-fueled streaming music service will be available on Android phones. Apple Music is the first native Apple app to bust out of Apple’s… »