Android apps on Chrome OS are so more than just an interesting sideshow.
It's looking more and more likely that Android apps will be officially coming to Chrome OS through the Google Play Store, after a brief sighting of an option checkbox and splash page on at least one device. And it's been a long time coming — almost two years in fact, since Google first demonstrated Android apps on a Chromebook at Google I/O 2014. Since then, we've seen the ARC Welder tool released to help developers port and test their apps on Chrome OS, along with a basic version of Google Play Services for the platform.
Following a recent leak that showed off both devices in the flesh, Samsung itself has leaked official images of the upcoming Gear Fit 2 fitness wearable and IconX wireless earbuds ahead of their announcement.
Scratches, and pits, and chips, oh my! Get a screen protector!
Tempered glass is about four times stronger than regular (annealed) glass, making it an ideal choice for screen protectors. Rather than shattering into jagged and potentially harmful shards, it breaks into small, relatively harmless bits. So, if you have a tempered glass screen protector on your HTC 10 and, for whatever reason, it breaks, the bits won't scratch up your screen.
It can be difficult to figure out which screen protector is the right one for your HTC 10, which is why we've rounded up some of the best available.
HotCool's tempered glass screen protector is tough to withstand big time abrasion without getting scratched, scuffed, or pitted, while maintaining all of the HTC 10's screen sensitivity. It cuts down the glare on your screen, giving the impression of sharper images and clearer text, since light isn't messing with your view.
There is a rounded design so that it doesn't block the front camera and other important sensors on the front of your phone, so keep in mind that all of the glass on your screen isn't covered, though those spots are minimal and shouldn't really affect the overall protection.
Safodo's protector is right up there with HotCool's and offers a lifetime replacement warranty, so that if your protector starts to peel off your HTC 10 (as it inevitably will), they'll replace it for free.
These ones come in a two-pack and are incredibly clear, which means you'll sometimes look at screen and wonder if you actually put one on or not. That means that there isn't much of an anti-glare factor involved, so if you like the look of your HTC 10 the way it is, then you'll like this screen protector.
The cutouts for the light sensor, front camera, and home button are all precise, so the only issue will be putting it on correctly the first time!
Mr. Shield, that's his name. That name again is Mr. Shield. Offering a lifetime replacement warranty and two to a pack, Mr. Shield throws ultra-thin into the mix as well. These tempered glass screen protectors are 0.3 millimeters thick, which means you'll have optimum sensitivity and high definition at all times.
Again, the cutouts are all accurate and the rounded edges means you won't slice your thumbs on the edges where your protector ends.
With so many phones now having curved screens, it's becoming increasingly difficult to find a screen protector that doesn't suffer from the "halo effect" where it starts to peel up all around the edges of your phone.
Supershieldz, like other screen protector manufacturers, makes their protector a little smaller than the actual screen size, so that you're not getting that ugly lifting at the edge — your protector actually stays on your phone (apparently a key factor in screen protection–who knew?!).
Just like the other tempered glass screen protectors in our roundup, Supershieldz maintains and slightly enhances the high definition of your HTC 10's screen, while also maintaining all of the touch sensitivity.
Omoton claims to have the thinnest tempered glass screen protector in the world, at 0.26 millimeters thick. That's a whole 0.04 of a millimeter thinner than the rest!
All that means is that Omoton offers a crystal clear protector that won't hinder any of your HTC 10's sensitivity and won't affect the resolution of your screen in the slightest. It also claims to be fingerprint-resistant and uses an adhesive that promises not to leave any bubbles during installation.
Most tempered glass screen protector manufacturers will claim that their products are rated "9H" on the pencil hardness scale, which is a way of measuring the durability of a particular coating. "9H" refers to how hard the pencil lead (graphite) is. Something that is rated 9H means that the hardest pencil lead out there won't leave a permanent mark. That doesn't say much about the material's resistance to dents or pits.
Tl;dr? Don't pay any attention to this 9H rating; it's virtually meaningless.
Canada's a big place, but getting around its biggest cities shouldn't be a big task.
There are dozens of great transit apps out there, often built for a single city's unique bus or metro system. But the best apps are the ones that undertake the difficult task of consolidating data from dozens — hundreds — of cities, arraying accurate arrival and departure times, directions, service messages and more in intuitive ways.
We can always talk about the weather … and weather apps. And these are some of the best weather apps for Android.
Unless you happen to live in a holodeck or maybe a climate-controlled biodome, the weather has ways of encroaching on our lives if we're not prepared for it. Maybe you should've grabbed a jacket before that cold front blew through. Maybe today's line of storms weren't the best time to wear a white top. Maybe you should've shoveled the driveway now before the last cold blast blew through and froze your driveway solid. Save yourself from an ice slick, or a cold wind blowing through your thin shirt, and keep a weather app handy. Your phone may have come with a weather app or widget, but that should never stop you from checking out the competition.
And so while we're about to showcase apps that will vary drastically in bells and whistles, keep in mind that if the weather data that app provides isn't accurate enough for your particular place, then you should keep looking for something that does.
Originally published in February 2015, refreshed May 2016.
Verizon has started rolling out Marshmallow to the LG G Pad X8.3. Bumping the software version on the tablet up to VK81522A, those with the G Pad X8.3 will be able to enjoy new features and functionality as part of the Android release.
UK network giffgaff has commenced sales of the Huawei P9 with Leica-certified optics. Ready for purchase online, the unlocked smartphone can be bought for £369. (That's considerably less than the usual £450 asking price.) Since giffgaff does not deal with contracts, you'll need to pick up a PAYG SIM that will provide you with the required amount of data.
The Xiaomi Mi Max is all set to make its debut on May 10, and after an image of the phone leaked earlier this week, we're now treated to a TENAA listing that gives us an idea as to what to expect when it comes to the specs.
Play Store carrier billing is now available for Idea Cellular subscribers in India. The carrier has partnered with Bango to enable Direct Carrier Billing through the service's payment platform, giving its 182 million customers the ability to charge app, game, music, and movie purchases from the Play Store to their monthly phone bill.
LeEco has set up its own e-commerce portal in India, and has started to sell accessories directly to consumers in the country. Dubbed LeMall, the portal is currently offering Leme Bluetooth Headphones, Letv All-Metal Earphones, and Letv Reverse In-Ear Headphones.
HTC's new flagship is handsomely designed. Protect it from bumps and scratches.
Like any responsible phone owner, you're probably considering a case for your HTC 10. It's a brand new phone and you want to keep it as pristine as possible for as long as possible.
With a new phone, it can be hard to find a good case because not everyone is jumping onboard the new phone train, so reviews are limited. For the most part, we're seeing TPU cases galore, but there are a few rubber and wallet cases and there'll likely be many more to come upon the phone's release.
We've rounded up the best cases (so far) for your gorgeous new HTC 10 that'll hopefully keep it looking like new until the HTC 11 comes out!
We'll start with the coolest case you can buy for your HTC 10, which is HTC's own Ice View. With the One M9, HTC had the Dot View to give us a peek at what's happening on the phone. Ice View adds more detail to match the 10's cleaned-up design.
The flip cover allows you to interact with your phone in so many ways that some people might not even need to lift it. You can take photos, read texts, control volume and music, turn on the flashlight, and tons more. Plus, the Ice View supports third party notifications like Instagram, Google+, and more.
If you struggle with covering up such a pretty phone but still want it protected, you might as well cover it up with a case that's super cool and offer a ton of functionality on top of that protection.
A great standard for anyone who want a simple, minimal case that offers solid protection without breaking the bank, Cimo does it again. It's got a tactile, satisfying grippy feeling and leaves all the essential ports and buttons open.
The beveled front edge leaves you worry free when leaving your HTC 10 facedown and the slim design means no unnecessary bulk in your pocket. If you're looking for a case just because you know it's the right thing to do, then Cimo is a solid place to start.
Tauri is all about the TPU case and they do it quite well. This is yet another offer that won't add much bulk to your HTC 10, but will help it feel solid and protected. A soft shell like this is shock absorbent and won't slip out of your hands. Tauri offers the Ultra Slim in a few different colors, so you can grab one to match your style, while remaining minimal.
The Premium Ultra Slim is quite flexible, so putting it on and taking it off your HTC 10 will be easy peasy, but try not to take it off too much because it could be come a little loose due to stretching. Also consider that, when buying the lighter gray case, you may notice a little bit of yellowing over time, since that's what happens to TPU when it absorbs sunlight.
Looking for a folio case that doubles as a stand for your HTC 10? Check out Vinve's Folio case made of PU leather. It's simple, but offers a cover for your screen without having to fiddle with a finicky screen protector (which don't fit many new phones due to their curved screens).
The flip cover folds back on the spine to become a handy stand for hands-free video-watching, reading, or video-calling. The case is cut well, so that all the important buttons and ports are available without feeling like you're leaving your phone open to damage. The leather texture also feels great and won't slip.
Another great TPU cover that offers minimal bulk with cushioned shock absorbency is the Love Ying Crystal Clear. Like Tauri, Love Ying offers as view different colors to match your style; theirs are a little more vibrant and playful.
The cover is raised both on the front and the back, so you're not putting your HTC 10 down right on its screen or right on the camera lens, which is a nice feature if you happen to drop it flat. It's dust and scratch resistant and fits like a glove.
As with other TPU cases, just be aware that your case may yellow over time thanks to the Sun. Also be careful putting it on your HTC 10 and taking it off too much, since it might stretch and stop fitting so well. Other than that, it's a great way to protect your phone without adding a ton of bulk or breaking the bank.
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