Nova Launcher, the popular Android home screen launcher from developer TeslaCoil Software, has received an update to version 4.10. Among other things, it now allows users to set up the launcher so that can automatically shrink larger-than-normal icons.
OK, folks. The new Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch is available here and there — though we're told in-store numbers are pretty tight at the moment. But we snagged one at our local best buy, and that means it's time to see what's in the box. (Because otherwise we'd have absolutely no idea what's in the box!)
So here you go. Our official Samsung Gear S2 unboxing.
This is how fast all wireless charging should be, but unfortunately right now your choices are limited.
Building on the announcement of built-in wireless charging on the Galaxy S6, Samsung did us one better with the inclusion of so-called "Fast Charge" wireless charging on the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+. Problem was there actually weren't any wireless chargers out there that actually output enough power to take advantage of it — that is, until Samsung started selling its own Fast Charge Wireless Charging Pad.
It looks, feels and acts much like the last version announced just a handful of months ago with the Galaxy S6, but has the additional power to juice up your Note 5 or S6 edge+ even quicker — here's our quick take on the accessory.
Having trouble choosing between the GS6 and LG's new pocket-friendly Nexus? Here's the case in favor of Samsung.
With the fall flurry of new smartphone launches already well underway, many of us will be weighing up the many high-end Android phones coming to market in the weeks ahead. Samsung's Galaxy S6 is undoubtedly the highest-profile Android phone of the year, but the newly-announced LG Nexus 5X — a successor to the highly popular Nexus 5 will surely be tempting Android enthusiasts away from more traditional flagships in the coming weeks.
A smartphone purchase is a uniquely personal decision, so we're going to look at this question from both sides. First up, here's the argument in favor of Samsung. Head past the break for five reasons to pick the Samsung Galaxy S6 over that cheaper, stock Android-running LG Nexus.
Motorola has posted an update which describes the company's plan of attack for the upcoming Marshmallow update. While providing a list of smartphones which it plans to provide the update for, Motorola has also announced that it will be retiring some of its own apps. First, the list of phones that the company is looking to update include:
2015 Moto X Pure Edition (3rd gen)
2015 Moto X Style (3rd gen)
2015 Moto X Play
2015 Moto G (3rd gen)
2014 Moto X Pure Edition in the US (2nd gen)
2014 Moto X in Latin America, Europe and Asia2 (2nd gen)
2014 Moto G and Moto G with 4G LTE2 (2nd gen)
2014 Moto MAXX
2014 Moto Turbo
Of course, this list could change, and Motorola has not provided any type of timeline for when the rollout may begin. Motorola has looked at its included applications, and made the choice to retire a few of the pre-installed applications in this update. Both Moto Migrate and Moto Assist will be removed from phones with the update. Motorola has decided to retire them after looking at other options that are already available, both from the Play Store and through Android itself. Motorola states it will continue to provide information in the coming weeks about timelines for the updates.
Back in August, Google announced that some changes were going to be taking place, and a new parent company, Alphabet, was being formed. Those changes are finally going to take place at end of business on October 2, as Google's Investor Relations blog has been updated with a statement from the company about the changes.
Both Showtime and HBO Now have made their way to Android TV, giving you even more streaming service choices. Recently, CBS All Access became available, and now there are two more options for streaming premium content to your television. Disney fans will be excited to see Disney Movies Anywhere is now compatible with Android TV, as well as WWE and UFC.
The Samsung Gear S2 is available today from a limited (but well-known) number of retailers. As a refresher, this is a Tizen-based smartwatch, but and it's compatible not just with Samsung's latest phones — the Galaxy S6 models, plus the Note 5 — but also with a large number of non-Samsung smartphones. (So long as they're running Android 4.4 and have at least 1.5GB of RAM. You can find a complete list of compatible phones here.)
And don't let the fact that this is running Tizen scare you away. As we showed in our hands-on with the watch from Germany, it's fast. And there's a lot to like about it.
So if you're looking to pick one up, there are a number of retailers from which you can choose. The Gear S2 runs $299, and the Gear S2 Classic is $349.
Phil got a chance to sit down and talk with Chris Lacy on his podcast, The Blerg, to talk about all the recent Android announcements. From the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P to the new Chromecast hardware and more, the conversation touched on a lot of great points.
SEGA has announced plans to soon launch Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom worldwide after soft-releasing the title in a select number of markets. The company also noted that the original Sonic Dash game has been downloaded more than 140 million times, paving way for the improved successor.
Vodafone today announced Call+ Android users, rolling out new services to help improve the quality of calls placed on supported handsets. The UK network has ensured that the new Sony Xperia Z5 smartphones work out the box with the new services, meaning you'll need to do absolutely nothing to take advantage of enriched calls, should you purchase a new Xperia.
Sony's Xperia Z5 is now available for purchase in the UK. Carphone Warehouse is listing all four color variants — black, green, white and gold — with the white option exclusive to the retailer in the country.
Microsoft and ASUS have announced a broadened patent licensing deal that will give ASUS access to more licensed technologies from Microsoft in its Android smartphones and tablets. According to the press release, it also appears that Microsoft Office services may come pre-installed on some ASUS devices as part of this deal as well.
For a while now games built for Android Wear have been popping up on the Google Play Store. Now on top of a fun and simple game, you can hone your memory skills;. Memory Feud is a word game that's fun and easy to play.
We've got the details for you here.
Memory Feud is a pretty simple premise. See the word you are supposed to spell at the bottom of the screen and tap on the letters to spell it. The trickier part happens when the letters disappear and you need to remember which letters were where to spell it out correctly. The letters are contained within honeycombs, and you tap on them to spell out your word. Considering that your smartwatch screen is fairly small, it isn't difficult to remember where the letters you need are hiding.
When you're playing the game, first you'll see a honeycomb filled with letters, with a counter in the middle of the screen to tell you your current score, and the word you're meant to spell at the bottom of the screen. It will display like that for a few seconds before the letters in the honeycomb disappear, and a counter pops up at the top of the screen. As you tap the honeycomb corresponding to the correct letter it will turn green and fill with the letter again. If you mess up, the honeycomb will turn red and depending on your score end the game.
The Game Over screen will show your score, and high score, along with the ability to restart the game. Most of the words you'll be spelling are 3-5 letters wrong, but the game does start to increase in difficulty as you go along.
Teensy Studios did a great job with Memory Feud. It's fun, easy to play and good for you since it's a memory game. Memory Feud is available now and it's absolutely free which means you should definitely check it out. Does Memory Feud look like your kind of game, or do you have a different favorite for Android Wear?
T-Mobile has released a statement about the security breach of Experian, a company that T-Mobile uses to process its credit applications. CEO John Legere says that an investigation has revealed that the records of 15 million people were acquired by a third party between September 1, 2013 and September 16, 2015, some of whom were T-Mobile customers. There's a chance that you were one of the affected people if you signed up for new postpaid service or financed a device from T-Mobile in that time.
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