Hyperkin teased the Smart Boy accessory as an April Fool's gag last year, but the overwhelming reaction to the concept has led the company to come up with an actual product. Hyperkin is now taking pre-orders for the Smart Boy Development Kit, a $60 accessory that lets you play Game Boy and Game Boy Color cartridges directly from your Android phone.
AT&T's LG G Pad X 10.1 has started receiving the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. The OTA update — coming in at 869MB — increments the kernel version to 3.4.0, the build number to MRA58K, and the software version to V93020f.
It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.
Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!
Guarding your privacy by setting Android app permissions on your Chromebook is easy. Here's what you need to know.
Google's been working on a system to permit or deny application permissions for a while, and with Marshmallow we saw it go live. With little of the problems and issues many expected, too. Since Android apps on your Chromebook run in their own Android container, you have the same control over permissions as you would on any Android phone or tablet. The only difference is how you get to them. It's easy — and something we'd like to find its way to Android on your phone, too.
Like any app installed on your Chromebook, you have a right click (or two finger tap on the trackpad) menu. To find all your apps, just click on the magnifying glass in the taskbar. The window that opens has icons for your recently used apps and a shortcut to the all apps page near the top. Click the all apps icon (or tap the screen) to get there. If you've installed plenty of Chrome or Android apps, you will probably have multiple pages, and you can swipe between them with the trackpad. Find the app you want to learn more about, and right click — remember that's a two finger tap on the trackpad — and you'll see a menu.
One of the items there is labeled App info. If you choose it, you'll see the standard app information screen from Android. One of the sections here is Permissions, and if you choose it the application permissions window opens. Here you can choose what the app is allowed to do by ticking the small toggle to the right of the window.
Remember that you might lose some functionality in the app if you don't allow it to do what it wants to do. A well-coded app can work around this, but the workaround might be asking you to enable the permission or just closing itself. Apps are installed on Marshmallow with all permissions denied by default, and if you never visit this setting the app will ask you when it needs to do something like access your storage or rifle through your contacts. And that's how it should be. My data is mine, and I'll decide with who and how it's shared, thank you very much.
Be sure to give this a look, and decide who gets your data and how, too.
Nothing goes with your LG Watch Urbane like a genuine leather band.
Not all genuine leather bands were created equally. Luckily for you, we have five leather bands you can get for the LG Watch Urbane that will add a touch of class and rugged beauty to your favorite accessory.
Top-grade, flexible genuine leather makes Rerii's band a strong leader on the list. The quick-release feature makes it easy to change out the band when you need to, but we think you'll love the look so much it'll just be your forever band.
It comes with a tool specifically designed for installation with the LG Watch Urbane, so there's no searching around for tiny pins and it comes in black, deep coffee, and light brown for around $13.
For those with slightly thicker wrists, the band from Lucco will be an excellent fit and the lightweight genuine leather is supple and strong.
The spring-loaded pins make installing the band on your LG Watch Urbane easy and it comes with a beautiful array of unique colors, like pink, blue, orange, brown, and black. For around $13 you could get a color to match each mood.
How about something timeless and classic for your modern timepiece? The grained genuine leather band from Hadley-Roma looks perfect with your LG Watch Urbane and has a water-resistant lining.
The brown band looks good at every occasion with whatever you're wearing and the stainless steel buckle is secure and adds just a touch of shine. At around $16 Hadley Roma bands are reasonable, functional, and ideal.
RaySun's genuine leather band was designed with the LG Watch Urbane in mind; it's the perfect complement to the stylish watch face.
The leather is anti-slip, waterproof, and breathable with subtle stitching that blends in and finishes the classic look. It's the kind of band you wish all your watches had and it comes in at around $13.
Our final band is a showstopper for the LG Watch Urbane. The Tech Swiss genuine leather band is a little heavier than some of the others, but the leather is soft and fits the watch to a tee.
The band's leather develops beautiful character with time and wear, and the dual retaining rings near the buckle add security and an original look that make this band stand out from the crowd. At around $35, it's a little more pricey but entirely worth it.
Android apps install on your Chromebook just like they do on your phone, and they can be uninstalled just like any other Chrome app.
It's time for a little tip using your Chromebook when it comes to adding and removing Android apps. While you install them the "normal" Android way, uninstalling them is a little different than you might be used to. Here's the skinny.
It's a bit of a working weekend here, as we now have Android apps up and running on the developer channel for the ASUS Chromebook Flip. We're going to have a ton of stuff on this in the coming days. There's a lot to figure out. There's a lot that's unfinished. It's a weird collision of worlds right now, for sure.
Don't run out and buy a year-old Chromebook just to do this unless you have money to burn. It's very early days still. That much is clear. Let us do the dumb stuff for you.
And with that, a few thoughts on things worth thinking about ...
Google has published a list of Chromebooks that will be able to run Android apps when the feature arrives later this year in Chrome OS. Included are well-known Chromebooks like the Acer Chromebook 14, Google's Chromebook Pixel, and some lesser known models, like PCMerge's Chromebook PCM-116E and more. Chromeboxes and Chromebases are also included in the list, even though they don't offer touch screens or trackpads.
The first Chromebooks that will support the feature are the Acer Chromebook R11 C738T, ASUS Chromebook Flip and Google's Chromebook Pixel (2015). The Chromebook Flip is up and running now on the developer channel. The full list of Chromebooks, Chromeboxes and Chromebases that will be able to run Android apps when the feature becomes available later this year includes:
Chromebook 11 C740
Chromebook 11 CB3-111 / C730 / CB3-131
Chromebook 15 CB5-571 / C910
Chromebook 15 CB3-531
Chromebook 14 CB3-431
Chromebook 14 for Work
Chromebase Commercial 22"
eduGear Chromebook M Series
eduGear Chromebook K Series
eduGear Chromebook R Series
Chromebook J2 / J4
N6 Education Chromebook
J5 Convertible Chromebook
Chromebook 11 3120
Chromebook 13 7310
Chromebook Pixel (2015)
Chromebook 11 G2
Chromebook 11 G3 / G4 / G4 EE
Chromebook 14 G4
N20 / N20P Chromebook
ThinkPad 11e Chromebook
Thinkpad 13 Chromebook
Thinkpad 11e Chromebook Gen 2
Chromebook 2 11" - XE500C12
E1 Rugged Chromebook
Chromebook 2 (2015)
Viglen Chromebook 11
We will continue to monitor the list and add any new Chromebooks that Google notes will support the feature.
Google Play is just a click away once you get the M53 update on your Chromebook.
If you're using a Chromebook that has support for Android apps in the dev channel, you won't magically get Google Play with the update. The good news is that it's easy to install and get everything up and running.
Apple and Microsoft showcase what's coming next while OnePlus impresses with quality hardware and no gimmicks.
Out in San Francisco, iMore rocked the town for WWDC 2016, where Apple came out with a refined and bolder vision for iOS 10, a smarter and Siri-er macOS Sierra, a rethinking of all the frustrations of the Apple Watch, and much more.
Normally when you announce a new product, you don't also announce the next version of that product. But that's what Microsoft did with the Xbox One S — an impressively slimmed down and improved version of the current Xbox One coming latter this summer — and the 4K gaming VR-capable Project Scorpio due until late 2017. And if there's one other thing we took away from E3, it's that VR is here and the major players in gaming are investing heavily.
You're fired. Fired up about cases for your Amazon Fire HDX 8.9
Whether you are looking for a little added protection (or a little added style) for your Amazon Fire HDX 8.9, a case can be a good place to start. That's why we have rounded up some of the best cases we could find, to make your search a little easier.
Changing channels on your Chromebook is easy — you just have to know where the button is.
The M53 dev channel update for the ASUS Chromebook Flip has arrived, and with it, we can have our first look at Android app support for Chromebooks. Android apps for the Acer Chromebook r11 and 2015 Pixel are also expected in the coming weeks as well. Chances are if you have one of these models, you're also running on the stable channel. That means you will need to change channels if you want to give things a try. It's fairly simple to do, and all you need to know is where to look and which button to click.