Google showed off an image today of one of its printed circuit boards created for the Spiral 2 prototype of Project Ara, its modular smartphone project that its ATAP division has been developing for some time.
We’re compiling the very best Verizon phones across all platforms, so you can take a quick look at a glance, and find more information easily. Whether you’re a long-time Verizon subscriber, or you’re switching and want to find out what’s available at a glance, this should help you out.
Why you might want to wait a bit before shelling out $199 for the virtual reality headset
It pays to read the fine print, folks, though we'll forgive you if you didn't. (And even a few of us here had to check this one again.) We've had some folks ask us about the new Samsung Gear VR virtual reality headset not working with their Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on Verizon or Sprint, for starters. And while that's certainly not a good thing — if you can buy the headset it certainly should work — we did have warning. Tucked at the very end of this week's press release announcing the Gear VR availability was this pretty major caveat:
Software updates required for Galaxy Note 4 based on carrier availability.
That, perhaps, should have been a little higher up.
Happy. The kiss. Jimmy Kimmel. Ice bucket challenges. Rhett and Link. More happy. John Green. John Oliver. Kid President. Colbert. Big Bird. Vsauce. Frozen. And 80 others. That's YouTube Rewind 2014, the recap of everything on YouTube this past year that blew our minds, made us laugh, made us think, and made us awesome. Be sure to watch all the way to the end.
The new HTC Desire 620 is coming in early 2015 and is poised to be a successor to the Desire 610. The phone's meant to carry on with the 610's mission by providing an "an affordable smartphone that balances quality performance with stunning design."
One of the coolest things about Android is the way we, as users, can take control of core parts of the operating system and change them up. We've seen it with keyboards, messaging apps, and of course, the launcher itself.
There are some really great third-party launchers for Android. Apps like Nova Launcher or Action Launcher are extremely popular, and proof that those of us using Android relish having a choice to do things a different way. These apps have hundreds of thousands of downloads for a reason. Having said that, it's important to know just how to manage your launcher(s) on your phone or tablet. Have a look at setting defaults (and removing any defaults) in Android Lollipop.
When it comes to which carrier to use for your smartphone there are two main considerations to take into account: cost and coverage.
Although landing an AT&T or Verizon account may yield impressive coverage, the cost may be difficult for some to swing every month. This fact is even more pertinent with the wider availability of free and ubiquitous Wi-Fi networks. The quality of the coverage also matters in relation to your work and home life. Once again, AT&T or T-Mobile could be amazing, but if you get zero bars at home, their service is useless.
Recently, I spent some time using Ting in the US. Never heard of 'em? No worries, as I tested them out for a few weeks.
The 2014 Moto X will go on sale tomorrow on Republic Wireless with a special price for 24 hours, dropping to $349 until December 11. The discount starts at 11am ET/8am PT, and applies both when ordering directly from Republic, as well as when customizing their phone through Moto Maker.
Rocking a Blackphone? The anti-surveillance device manufacturer has announced updates for its PrivatOS, a custom OS running on a forked version of Android KitKat that offers several privacy features like end-to-end encryption between two Blackphone users. The new version of PrivatOS, which will be rolling out to users next year, features an app store with content curated by the Blackphone team and a new feature called Spaces.
Today's Amazon Gold Box deal of the day sees the 2014 Moto G discounted to just $149. The deal is valid on the unlocked US GSM and global GSM versions of the device, and includes both black and white color variants.
Google today announced that Chromecast will shortly be available in India, with the company's own Play Store, local carrier Airtel and India e-commerce site Snapdeal offering the HDMI dongle from tomorrow. Pricing for the Chromecast will set local buyers back by Rs 2,999 ($50).
Indian smartphone maker Micromax has unveiled a new phone called the "Canvas Selfie" at an event in India. In case the name didn't tip you off, the phone is meant for the selfie aficionados out there, boasting a 13MP front-facing camera and selfie-focused software tweaks as its main features.
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