It's good to set expectations before a show, but it's also okay to dream a little bit.
Google I/O is nearly here. Just days away. And while it's important to remember that I/O is, first and foremost, a developer event, those of us who don't code for a living have a few thoughts on what we'd like to see come out of this year's conference.
There's a lot to cover in three days. Android. Chrome. Chrome on Android. And, of course, virtual reality, maybe some stuff on connected homes, automotive, wearables — and who knows, maybe Google will surprise us with something nobody thought of.
There's going to be a world of stuff to absorb over three days in in Mountain View. We've already heard about what you want to see. Now it's our turn. This is just a smattering of what we're hoping to find at Google I/O, as told by the Mobile Nations folks who will be there this year.
Should you still be rocking the HTC Desire 820, you'll be thrilled to see that the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update is now rolling out for it. In addition to bringing it to the latest version of Android, it also bumps it up to HTC's Sense 7.0.
Be careful out there, especially with your smart doorbells.
A big part of using any kind of connected security system is trusting the company you're paying to keep your information private, and a handful of Ring Doorbell Pro owners recently found that trust had been compromised. Notifications started coming from other Ring Doorbell Pro owners, with video feeds attached that were not from the right house.
Now, it's no secret that buying a really cheap case probably won't offer you the best degree of protection or the nicest look, but not all cases need to break the bank. So, for all you dollar-wise budget beaters, we've rounded up some of the cheapest cases we could find that still have something to offer.
EasyAcc's clear case is as simple as you can get and, while it's nothing special to look at, this case is made out of TPU, which is extremely flexible and feels super grippy.
This case is not only completely transparent, allowing you to enjoy the natural beauty of your Galaxy S7, but also totally seamless. The edges of EasyAcc's case are slightly raised to help prevent damage to the screen if you drop your phone on a flat surface.
Just beware of stretching and yellowing of the plastic. The TPU will absorb light super easily, which is what causes the discoloration.
The Tbaron series from Tekcoo is surprisingly rugged for only starting around $7.99. It's a two-layer system that consists of a silicone skin that your phone sits in and a back plastic cover that clips on over the silicone shell. Even with both layers, all the buttons and ports of the Galaxy S7 are easy to access.
The case looks and feels very similar to Otterbox's Commuter series except with one major difference: that hard plastic back cover feels pretty slippery, which means it will be great for sliding in and out of your pocket. However, slipping out of your hands could happen, so tread carefully with this one.
Coming in a wide variety of vibrant and bright colors is an added bonus of the Tekcoo Tbaron series. If you're looking for a cheap case that adds some bulk and some flash to your S7, this could be the case for you.
It's a simple and unassuming-looking hard polycarbonate shell that easily fits around the Galaxy S7 and will protect your phone from minor scratches to its back and sides. It does have a bit of a lip above the screen; however, it's not quite enough for us to say laying it down screen-first is 100 percent worry-free.The case does get a little thicker around the camera at the back to protect the lens from getting scratched. Even so, it still manages to feel pretty light.
The sides of the Galaxy S7 are a little more exposed that some of your average cases, especially around the headphone jack and charging port located at the bottom of the phone. So it probably would be wise to use this case if you expect to be bumping the sides of your phone on objects.
All-in-all if you are looking for a pretty simple case that is also highly functional and only around $9.99, look no further than Spigen's Exact-Fit.
Who says cheap can't mean fun? Cimo's heavy-duty shock-absorbent hybrid case is great for anyone looking to make a statement, especially if that statement is "I like pink!" And, although this case may cause your eyes to catch fire with it's brightness, it actually has some decent features.
It's a one-piece case that is both a mix of hard polycarbonate and silicone that adds a little bit of bulk, making you feel like the phone is safe in your hand. The back of the phone has a pleasant texture that isn't slippery at all, and it's thick enough around the camera to protect the lens from scratches.
Of course, the funky colors and embedded rhinestones aren't really going to make this case for everyone. However, we should mention that it does also come in non-eye-assaulting colors such as black, so for the low price of around $7.98, it's worth checking out.
This wallet case has one card slot so you can always have your bank account at the ready, and the flip cover will protect most of your phone screen. It does have a big square hole in the front cover, which is a good way to always be able to see the time whenever you want. This case is also very thin and won't make your Galaxy S7 seem bulky at all which is kind of rare for a wallet case.
Now, this case is probably best for people who are looking for a wallet case that won't break the break. After all, it starts around $8.90 which is pretty good for a case that has some screen protection built-in.
Android Pay could be on its way to the UK quite soon, at least according to one fast food chain. Pret A Manger is now advertising that it accepts the contactless payment service on its payment terminals at its London locations, suggesting that Android Pay will arrive in the country shortly.
Become the apex predator in Ubisoft's latest trending game for Android — Hungry Shark World.
Hungry Shark World dropped into Android and iOS app stores on May 7, amassing over 10 million downloads in less than a week. Developed by Ubisoft Entertainment, it has quickly risen to the top of the free app charts — and for good reason!
The game is incredibly fun to dive into. You play a free-roaming shark with an insatiable appetite in an colorful, cartoony ocean full of delectable fish, swimmers, deep-sea divers, and other goodies. The goal is to eat as much as you can while surviving for as long as you can, which means avoiding bigger, meaner sharks when you're just starting out and learning which things are good to eat and which will hurt you. Here's a quick tip for rookies: avoid jellyfish, floating garbage, and especially naval mines.
The controls are pretty simple: swipe with one thumb to use the floating digital d-pad and tap with your other thumb to use boost. You're able to switch the controls between thumbs on the fly as needed.
There's a plethora of challenges available to you, including daily chests, golden fish, and letters. Spell out H-U-N-G-R-Y and go on an absolute feeding frenzy. Explore shipwrecks and underground volcanos and sneak into swimming pools and much more as you eat your way to the top of the food chain.
You start out as a Black-Tipped Reef Shark, the smallest shark in the game. As you progress, you'll be able to upgrade your shark's speed, bite, and boost, as well as buy and equip all sorts of funky accessories to personalize your shark. There are 15 sharks to unlock — with the Great White being the granddaddy of them all — and a total of three ocean worlds to unlock and explore.
As mentioned above, this game is free to download and play, with a bunch of in-app purchases available for gold and gems (if you're the type who likes to pay their way to the top). You also have the option to sync the game with your Facebook account, which gives you free gems for every friend who starts playing and allows you to save your game data to the cloud.
We're set to dive right in! If you've been one of the millions of early adopters, tell us how far you've progressed in the comments below and share some tips! They might appear in a future Hungry Shark World game guide.
While Amazon's Dash Buttons are certainly a cool way to re-order commonly used products, the online retailer apparently also sees a use for the clever little buttons in the larger "Internet of Things" space.
Motorola is currently offering a deal on the 2014 version of the Moto X. While the phone is currently on sale for $199.99, until Tuesday, May 17, you can get an extra $50 off with the use of the coupon code SPRINGISHERE. This brings the starting price of the phone down to $149.99.
You've heard about modules for the G5, now where can you get them?
The LG G5 has been designed so you can swap in and out component modules to add extra function or utility to your phone. This is a cool option for people who hope to customize their phones for enhanced photo-taking abilities, improved audio playback, or functions yet to be imagined. But when talking about the G5, what exactly is a module?
Modules are attachments which add new or expanded capabilities to your LG G5. LG has created an accessories category for the G5 called "Friends." This means every module is a Friend; however, not every Friend is a module. Make sense? Sorry.
The generic term LG is using to classify its tech accessories for the LG G5 is "friends." These Friends include modular devices that can be swapped on and off of the phone, but among the Friends there are non-modular accessories like the LG Rolling Bot, LG 360 Cam and LG 360 VR headset.
If you're looking for current, first-party modules available for your LG G5, your options are limited at this point.
What modules are available?
At this point there are only a few available modules, but LG and third party manufacturers will presumably be creating new ones to add to your phone in the future:
LG Cam Plus — Makes your LG G5 feel and function like a professional camera. It includes physical buttons for shooting and focusing, as well as a zoom wheel, for added convenience when taking photos or video.
LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O Play — Designed in collaboration with Bang and Olufsen (B&O), this module is for true audiophiles who want the best audio quality from their smartphone. Currently unavailable in North America. Learn more about the LG Hi-Fi Plus here..
LG Tone Platinum Wireless Stereo Headset — These futuristic, wireless headphones feature a stylish design with retractable earbuds, and provide you with quick access to all sorts of features and controls via Bluetooth.
LG 360 Cam — The perfect pair for your 360 VR headset, this LG Friend lets you take epic 360 degree pictures and video — including directional sound — so you can share exactly what you're seeing and hearing are with friends, family and the rest of the world.
Right now you can purchase the LG Cam Plus which is a camera grip accessory for your phone to make it feel and function more like a traditional digital camera.
Where do you buy modules for the LG G5?
The LG Cam Plus is the only module that is available right now in the U.S. for the LG G5. It's available through certain carriers and online retailers. LG allows you to search for a retailer near you on their website.
If you don't want to go that route, you can also put in an order through Amazon for this handy camera accessory.
The Hi-Fi Plus with B&O Play module is only available in Europe for the time being, and until the U.S. models of the phones receive software updates the module won't work with devices stateside anyway. So unless you have a European LG G5, you're going to have to wait for the B&O Play module.
The LG G5 is already an excellent phone right out of the box with its 5.3 inch Quad HD display, lightweight body, and versatile camera. If you have specific areas you want to improve your G5 in, then adding a module might be advantageous. Overall, modules for the G5 are a nice-to-have but not a need-to-have.
From car mounts, to screen protectors, to wireless chargers, here are the best accessories for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.
Every year without fail, more accessories come out for the latest Samsung devices, and this year is no different. There are cases, car mounts, and new and sparkly things you can use with your new phone . Here's a roundup of some of the best add-ons for your new Galaxy S7 or S7 edge.
With those hands-free laws about phone use while driving, it's worthwhile getting a car mount for your new Galaxy S7 or S7 edge.
iOttie's Easy One Touch XL features a simple lock and release system that holds your device firmly in place while allowing you to release it with an easy one-finger push. Its powerful suction cup can attach to a dashboard, windshield, or any other surface that is flat and smooth. Additionally, it can turn a full 360 degrees, so that you can change your phone's orientation from portrait to landscape and back again quickly and easily.
Another great thing about this car mount is that if you need to re-locate it, you can return the suction cup to mint-condition by rinsing it in warm water and letting it air dry.
The Samsung Gear S2 is a smartwatch that works especially well with the Galaxy S7 or S7 edge. It lets you view text alerts, calendar alerts, and much more right from your wrist.
Choose between the elegant classic flavor, or the futuristic regular edition. With its genuine leather band and fancy watch faces, the Classic edition looks like a high-end watch. On the other hand, the regular edition looks like a watch of the future, all sleek and clean-lined. Both flavors have the same functions, so choosing between them is a matter of aesthetic appeal.
The innovative S-View Cover case gives you access to the most-used features of your phone right through the front cover.
Using the Samsung ID chip, the case relays information to the front cover from your phone's screen. This lets you to cool things like answer calls without having to flip the front cover open. All of the important notifications, like text message and calendar alerts are just a swipe away, too. You can even access the camera from the front cover.
Finally, this case installs with a snap and protects the vulnerable corners of your device with hard plastic bumpers.
If you frequently find that your GS7 runs out of juice too early in the day, you'll benefit from this battery case from Samsung.
While it does add some bulk to the phone, it doesn't add as much as other battery cases thanks to Qi wireless charging — all of the phones ports and jacks remain unobstructed.
The case will get your phone up to about 50% charge in 2 hours, which isn't as fast as plugging it into an outlet but you still have the ability to use the phone just as you would normally while it's charging up this way.
Are you looking for a cool case for your Galaxy S7 edge? Then look no further than this neat case from Samsung.
You don't have to flip open the cover in order to check your phone's status. LED lights on the cover give you information about missed calls, incoming calls, and even the music that's currently playing on your device. Furthermore, you can see text notifications and find out the status of your battery, too.
Another useful feature of this case is that inside the cover is a pocket where you can store up to three credit cards and some cash.
Over time, micro-USB cables can wear out from consistent use. Give them a rest by wirelessly charging your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge on a wireless charging stand.
With this stand, charging your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge is as simple as placing it on the stand. That's it. No more fumbling around trying to connect your charger to your phone in the middle of the night. No more messing around with wires (except the one supplying power to the charging stand, of course). Neat, huh?
Now the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge can use any wireless charger, but Samsung's Qi charging stand offers even faster charging speeds. This Fast Charge wireless charger will fill up the phone about 40% faster than a standard wireless charger — that's a big deal.
If you want a case that can take a beating while maintaining the GS7 edge's sleek profile, UAG's composite ICE case is a great choice.
As its name implies, this case is very light, but extremely durable. It features an armored shell combined with a soft internal sleeve to protect your expensive phone from impacts. In addition to this, the case is quite grippy, which is helpful given the fact that the S7 edge's curves make it prone to slipping out of your hands.
For even more recommendations on great cases, check out our best clear cases article over here.