Or at the very least Motorola should warn potential customers that it has abandoned software updates for the $149 entry-level smartphone.
A lot of virtual ink has been spilled over the 2015 Moto E — the latest version of Motorola's $149 entry-level 4G LTE smartphone — being abandoned on Android 5.1 just months after the phone was first released, and just months before Google unleashed Android...
With some of us at the Big Android BBQ in Texas and others of us knee-deep in devices, we've brought on our pal JR Raphael to help hold down the fort this week. On tap we've got more time with the new Nexus phones, the new HTC One A9, and we hit the Q&A hard and heavy. (Voicemails will return next week!)
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Being first with design doesn't matter when you're struggling to get consumers to buy your products.
Worrying about which company came up with which smartphone design first is the last thing HTC needs to be concerned about these days. It's a lose-lose argument at a time in which the Taiwanese manufacturer continues to bleed market share, struggles to turn a profit and still seems to lack focus...
A quick heads up to those of you still rocking a first-generation Chromecast and have been patiently awaiting the firmware update that will enable Spotify support — it's here. Just a couple taps and you'll be sending the latest from [insert artist/band Phil hasn't heard of] from the Wild Wild World Wide Web down to your dongle.
The 2015-16 era of Nexus phones is upon us. Much virtual ink is being spilled today over the new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P smartphones — and rightfully so. We're excited as hell for these phones.
We're hard at work on our Nexus reviews. But these phones are worth far more than a 48-hour look.
A new Nexus device is always a big deal, but this is the first year we've gotten two at the same time...
My grandmother turns 89 years old today. As I told her yesterday, that's pretty old. And pretty awesome, when you stop to think about it, even with the indignity that comes with aging. I like to think the things she experienced when she was my age 50 years ago (!) would be as historically amazing to me now as holding an iPhone is for her.
And it's a nice reminder that so much of what we think we...
Samsung's not usually a company that does anything quietly, but this past week the mobile arm of the electronics giant followed in Google's footsteps and began publicly detailing what's in its monthly security updates. And we've already begun seeing updates to the Galaxy S6 family and the Galaxy Note 5. (Google security guru Adrian Ludwig also notes that the Note 4, Note Edge, Tab S, and Tab S2...
We've finally pushed out a Material Design update to our app, and to celebrate we've brought Google Developer Expert Mike Wolfson on the podcast to talk about what it's like to revamp an app the way we've done here. If you've ever wondered what it's like to be a coder, you'll want to check this out. (And then go download our updated app!)
And then we catch up on some stellar voicemails and dive...
At long last, and with just the right amount of fanfare, we're thrilled to introduce you to Version 2.0 of the Android Central App! It's been a long time coming, we know, and there's a good bit to talk about. So let's just get to it, shall we?
Music Flow is a good alternative to Sonos, as well as a target for all your Casting pleasures.
The top dog in wireless music is, of course, Sonos. But it's absolutely not the only player in the game. LG for a while now has had its Music Flow system. And they're of the same ilk. Multiple speakers can communicate to each other and play simultaneously, all tied together by your home's Wifi system...
LG tonight announced that its customers in Poland would again be the first recipients of a major update to the Android OS, with owners of the LG G4 to get Android 6.0 Marshmallow starting next week.
Europe, Asia and the Americas will follow, LG said in its news release.
The LG G3 — again, in Poland — was one of the first to get the Android 5.0 Lollipop update in 2014.
Support for audio-only half of Google's new Chromecast lineup has for some reason been kept behind Spotify's paywall.
One of the biggest holdouts for Chromecast support — that'd be Spotify — can finally take advantage of Google's excellent streaming protocol. But it's not quite as simple as it could be (or should be, perhaps), as there are a few caveats to how things are going to work.
Ed. note: This review originally was published in May 2014. We're floating it back up amid the news that Playboy's print magazine is doing away with its nude photos.
OK, there are pictures, too. Of girls. But there's one big difference between the app and the magazine. Or at least there used to be.
In another life, some 15 years ago, I had a subscription to Playboy. As in the magazine. I'd...
Our favorite smartphone accessory gets even better in 2015, gains an audio-only cousin — and keeps its $35 price tag.
Rare is the gadget that gets out of the way and just works. Even rarer is for that to be true when you're talking about using more than one device to stream content. We're all used to the simple-but-not-really process that is Bluetooth. Wifi Direct maybe is closer — one device...
In switching to a runtime permissions model in Android 6.0 — you're no longer giving access to your data just by installing an app — developers can now more easily explain themselves. Sort of.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow technically is all of a week old. (Less so if you count the date of the code drop, I suppose.) But it's been in developer preview status for months, and developers have been able...
Do not make the mistake of ignoring the Samsung Gear S2. As Andrew will show in his review this week, it's an imperfect smartwatch, but also one that's lightyears ahead of its similarly Tizen-powered predecessors. Far better both in physical design, as well as where Samsung's brought the software.
I was surprised by the performance more than a month ago in Berlin. And couple that with the best...
Android 6.0 is now available on Nexus devices, and we've been getting deep inside the release builds to see what's what. And that means fun with runtime permissions! It also means fun with doze, and other fun things. So if you've got questions about what to expect in Android 6.0, you don't want to miss this podcast.
Plus, we've got some more great voicemails to answer.
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