Google is pushing out an update for the Gmail app on Android, which brings along the ability to unsubscribe from mailing lists, as well as block senders. You will now be able to accomplish both of these tasks from the Gmail app as well as from the web, with a few simple clicks.
ZTE will soon be selling the successor to its older ZMAX smartphone. The ZMAX 2 will be available via AT&T starting on Friday, September 25 for the no-contract price of $149.99.
While the original ZTE ZMAX had a 5.7-inch display, the ZMAX 2 will have a smaller 5.5-inch screen. It will include an unnamed Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core 1.2GHz processor, and with Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box. It will have 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The ZMAX 2 will also have an 8MP rear camera, a 2MP front-facing camera and a removable 3,000 mAh battery.
If you have always wanted to be an Amazon Prime member, but balked at the service's up-front $99 fee for an annual membership, you might want to have Friday, September 25 set up on your calendar. That's when Amazon will cut the price for joining the service down to just $67 a year if you sign up between 12 a.m. Eastern time (9:00 p.m. Pacific time on September 24) and 11:59 p.m. Pacific time (2:59 a.m Eastern time on September 26).
The Google Play Store can sometimes turn up a real treat of a deal and this week is no exception. Hitman: Sniper is the deal of the week right now in the UK Play Store and can be yours for a ridiculously cheap 10p.
It's not the first great game to get the treatment in recent weeks either, with Colin McRae Rally also featuring recently.
Conventional wisdom has been that we'd not see Pandora support Android Auto anytime soon because of pre-existing partnerships within the car industry. Turns out that conventional wisdom was wrong, Pandora now supports Android Auto, and it does so simply and easily.
There's a new James Bond mobile game that's set to launch soon. World of Espionage is expected to be released by Glu for Android and iOS, which will task players with developing their own MI6 faction with agents and abilities. Think of it as a strategic experience with managing an organization of operatives.
Toshiba today announced the newly refreshed Chromebook 2 with 5th generation Intel i3 processor support. The new laptop not only comes with a new backlit keyboard for those late night blogging sessions, but also Skullcandy-tuned speakers, a 1080p IPS display and more, making it quite the workhouse.
The official Starbucks app for Android has picked up an update, which enables you to place an order and pay for said drink without speaking a word. It's now possible to grab a coffee from your local Starbucks in the US using nothing other than your smartphone.
KD Interactive has launched several kid-friendly Android tablets over the years, and the latest iteration of the vendor's efforts in this segment, the Kurio Xtreme 2, is touted as its most durable yet. The $129 tablet features modest specifications, with the major highlight being Android 5.0.
Xiaomi's back to doing what it does best. The vendor has just launched the Mi 4c in China, offering incredible hardware for budget prices. The highlight is the Snapdragon 808 SoC, seen in high-end phones like the LG G4, which is now making its way to a handset retailing for 1,299 Chinese Yuan ($204).
It's time for another new Humble Mobile Bundle. The team that offers up apps, games and more under a "pay what you want business model' has just launched Humble Mobile Bundle 15. Android gamers can get six more DRM-free titles from now until Monday, October 5.
We've got a hot contest for y'all this week. So hot and so fresh, in fact, that we can't quite show you exactly what you'll be winning. But we can, however, give you a pretty good idea.
We've got a dozen limited-edition Android M — that's Marshmallow! — statue figurines to give away to 12 lucky winners. You know the kind, the cute little green guys that mark the release of a major new version of Android. The kind that we can't get enough of.
Pique your interest? Tickle your fancy? Good. Here's how to enter.
Omate has taken the wraps off of its new smartwatch, the TrueSmart+. As the follow-up to the original TrueSmart smartwatch, the TrueSmart+ is aimed at being a smartphone replacement of sorts, running full Android 5.1 with Omate's User Interface 3.0 on top.
The Moto X Pure Edition is shaping up to be exactly what many wanted — a bigger Moto X with a decent camera. Here's how to use it better.
Motorola has gotten quite good at keeping its Moto X line nice and clean, with features that continue to make these phones a compelling alternative to Nexus hardware. The Moto X Pure Edition is a worthy successor to the phones that have carried this name before it, but like every Android phone not everything is spelled out for you in the tutorials, especially the things that don't quite work they way you'd think they should.
With that in mind, here's a quick collection of tips and tricks you'll want to get the most out of your Moto X Pure Edition.
The flashlight gesture only works for as long as you're holding it
Motorola has included several ways to activate and deactivate the flashlight on the Moto X Pure Edition, including a clever chopping motion that works even when the screen is off. You can double-chop to turn the flash on or off. But if you activate the flashlight this way and set the phone face-down, the flashlight will almost immediately turn itself off.
It's likely this is a way to stop your flashlight from turning on in your pocket and remaining on long enough to do harm. Once the sensors on the front of the phone detect the screen is against something, the flashlight turns off. If you turn the flashlight on from the quick settings menu, the light will stay on as long as you tell it to.
Now if only it'd do this if left face-up.
The Moto Gallery is still alive and well, so enjoy it
Despite Google Photos coming pre-loaded on the phone and asking for users to hand over compressed versions of all of their photos for free, Motorola's gallery app can still be a big part of the Moto X experience. In fact, even if you're using Google Photos as your primary local image manager, Moto Gallery is still working in the background to deliver clever things.
The two big things you'll see pop up, even if you've never opened the Gallery app before, are Highlights and Suggestions. Like previous versions of the app, Highlights stitch together photos and video captured during the day into a compelling story (like, um, Google Photos can do), while suggestions steps in to let you know when the phone captured a better image in between photos, just in case you want to save it instead of the one you just took.
Adaptive Brightness still takes some getting used to
Every Android phone ever has had auto-brightness controls of some sort, but you do occasionally run into some phones that don't do the best job in this area and a replacement app is needed. The Moto X Pure edition relies on Adaptive Brightness controls from Google's Android to handle brightness controls, and if you've never used this setup before you may be a little confused at first.
Instead of constantly polling the environment and guessing what brightness level you'd prefer, the Moto X lets you choose what brightness level is optimal with the slider and then adjusts from there. The idea is more to keep the brightness level at the same comfort level for your eyes regardless of environment, based on your input. This means if you crank the brightness all the way to 100% and walk into a pitch black room, the phone will never decide to drop the brightness down to 1%. It will always to re-create the experience you had when you set the bar in the first place.
A custom toast notification appears when you're on a Quick Charge 2.0 charger
We all know Quick Charge is the new cool thing in the world of keeping your phone charged, and Motorola has been leading this particular revolution with their Turbo chargers in the last generation of phones, but this year you get a nice new notification if you're connected to something that is giving you more juice than the average USB charger.
This message will say Turbo Charger Connected even when you aren't using the official Turbo Charger sold by Motorola, and that's because it's all based on the same Quick Charge 2.0 tech. When you disconnect from the charger, a separate toast notification will let you know that Turbo Charger charged your phone to a specific percentage, so you have a good idea of how much more battery you have. It's a small thing, but could make a big difference to anyone looking to get a quick recharge before walking away from a charger for a while.
Compressing pictures and videos always means a trade-off, but Opera Max makes saving on data pretty painless.
There are times when you want — no, you need — to save on data as much as possible. Other times you're fine sucking down the gigabytes just as fast as your operator or ISP can serve them up. And you're the only one who knows what you need when. And there are plenty of ways to save on data. Use airplane mode. Or just turn your phone off. That seems a bit drastic though.
Opera Max is one of those apps that's been around for what seems like forever, and we've yet to really take a look at it. That ends now. And it turns out it's devilishly simple. It's a VPN that tunnels data through its servers, compressing things where it can. That specifically means pictures and video, which make up the bulk of the big stuff your phones and tablets have to tackle.
But compressions always comes with a trade-off. So let's take a look and see if Opera Max is right for a full-time data management solution, or if it's something you'll want to use occasionally.
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