Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 11 Aug 2014 7:45 pm
Permissions can be scary
Facebook had a pretty rough week. If you weren't paying attention, the Huffington Post used Facebook Messenger for Android as an example of an app with some crazy-scary permissions back in December of last year (that post has been updated, by the by) and it got picked up again and went viral across both the Internet as well as mainstream media. The sky was falling, and...
Do you keep your phone locked? If so, how?
We're big proponents of using a secure method to keep prying eyes out of our phones here at AC. There's a lot of private and personal information on our phones, and letting someone have full access to them isn't a good idea. Besides, it's really easy to use a method to control who can get in and how.
I'm in love with the "trusted connected device"...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 28 Jul 2014 9:37 pm
Cell unlocking is now easier than ever, but is anyone going to do it?
A bill has been passed that will once again make cell phone unlocking legal and easy for people who don't want their several-hundred dollar piece of equipment forced to use a particular carrier. As Chris explained late last week, this law is one of those that needs examined and evaluated by lawmakers every few years, as it's...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 21 Jul 2014 7:20 pm
Android can help you get and stay healthy if you want it to
These days, it seems like every consumer electronics company is involved in fitness and health. While this is a good thing, it also means that we're inundated with gizmos and gadgets to help us get fit and stay healthy. Of course, the best fitness gadgets are the ones you're going to use all the time, which is why our Androids can be...
Holy Moley we saw a lot of great stuff at Google I/O 2014, didn't we? Android on all of your screens, the new design language starting with Android L, and even new hardware. Being there and watching the presentations — and rewatching them on Youtube — was a blast, and I left more excited than ever for what's in store from the minds at Google.
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 19 Jun 2014 6:03 pm
By now, you probably know that Amazon (yes, that Amazon) has a phone coming soon. If you don't, here is everything you need to know about the Amazon Fire Phone. As expected, reactions are mixed. Will the features and access to Amazon's content be enough to get folks to buy? Or will it sit on the shelf and collect dust while people reach for Galaxies and iPhones?
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 12 Jun 2014 3:55 pm
A wise man once said the best camera is the one you have with you ...
There seem to be two camps when it comes to taking pictures — those who love to snap away and those who don't understand why someone wants to take so many damn pictures. I pitch my tent in the first camp. I love to take pictures of anything in front of my eyes worth looking at. I also followed some advice and decided that...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 15 May 2014 10:07 pm
Can you hear me now?
If you have a smartphone, chances are it's become more of an attachment than just another piece of electronics. You'll go to the store to grab a loaf of bread without your iPod or your laptop, but I'll bet you don't leave the house without your phone in your pocket. I'm not judging — I do the same — I'm just commenting on just how much our phones can become part of our...
If the new Google Play services app is any indication, Google wants to make it easier for developers to let you buy goods and services inside their app. Imagine this — an app for ShopAndroid that recognized your device, then let you click and buy accessories using Google Wallet. If things can get there (not quite yet, I imagine) it brings a new level of convenience for customers, and a great...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 1 May 2014 11:50 am
Mother Nature is fickle. While things may be sunny and calm one day, the next may bring a full-blown case of what my grandfather used to call "some weather." Whether that weather is rain, or ice, or something more sinister that rotates, keeping up-to-date and a step ahead can be crucial.
We have the technology in our hands to see the same maps and data the professional weather people are...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 24 Apr 2014 12:20 pm
We talk a lot about tablets here at Mobile Nations. The big four (Android, Apple, Blackberry and Windows) all have a tablet or tablets available, and while some may have been tossed aside others are all the rage. At least on the Internet, they are. Sales numbers and analysts aside tell us all manner of things, but as usual, I know the best way to find out what you guys and gals think or do is...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 19 Apr 2014 3:20 pm
It's different, and many would say improved - but what do you say?
Right now, the hottest thing in the Android Universe is the Galaxy S5. Usually we're the hottest thing in the Android universe, but we're OK being behind the new phone from the biggest Android OEM for a few weeks. And because this is the Internet, you can't say the words Galaxy S5 without someone else saying the words TouchWiz.
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 11 Apr 2014 11:23 am
It's that time again. Right around the beginning of this year I decided we were going to start a little bit of quarterly fun and poll you, the readers of Android Central, about what version of Android you were using. It's by no means scientific, and there's not much we can't find out other ways — like checking the website stats — but it is a great way to get a discussion going. And that's what...
The HTC One (M8) earned 13,719 votes in our poll while the Samsung Galaxy S5 only garnered 5,859 votes
We ran a poll last week pitting the Samsung Galaxy S5 against the HTC One (M8) in a purchasing scenario, and the results are pretty definitive. Out of nearly 20,000 votes, 70% picked the HTC One (M8), while the remaining 5,858 votes went to the Samsung Galaxy S5.
The HTC One (M8) has made a big splash today, but would you pick one up instead of a Samsung Galaxy S5?
We've spent a week with the HTC One (M8), and have a few preliminary thoughts in our review, but what do you guys make from what you've seen? In a real purchasing scenario, what's the bottom line: would you pick up the new M8, or would the Samsung Galaxy S5 win you over?
Odds are this is a...
You'll now pay roughly the same as you would for a year's worth of Netflix
Amazon today announced a $20 increase to its Amazon Prime service, which offers up "free" two-day shipping along with the tens of thousands of movies and TV shows you can stream for free, and half-million books available for borrowing. The fee increase means you'll be paying $99 a year for the privilege — all of $5 more...
We've returned from Barcelona and Mobile World Congress and are still digesting everything we saw this week — it was quite the mouthful.
But right now it's time to hear from you fine folks. What's your favorite thing that came out of MWC this week? Something from Sony? Samsung? LG? Nokia? (Nokia?!?!)
Hit up the poll after the break and let us know. Have a dark horse? Toss it in the comments!
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 24 Feb 2014 10:04 pm
Is the new look and new software enough to make you go for it?
The Internet is on fire over the Samsung Galaxy S5. Generally seen as a nice device by those who have had their hands all over it, it retains the look we're familiar with, while being a little different — both outside and inside. But it seems like there is no instant "wow" factor to make everyone drop what they are doing and pull...
The Samsung Gear 2 runs Tizen, not Android — but do you care?
Samsung today announced the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo — two new smartwatches that work with its Android-powered Galaxy smartphones. Unlike the original Galaxy Gear, however, the new watches themselves run the Tizen OS. But with similar software and a matching user experience, does the underlying OS really matter? If you're not planning...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 13 Feb 2014 4:26 pm
Some of us hold on to them, some of us go through them like candy
No, I'm not still using a T-Mobile G1. Even I couldn't go back that far on the Android timeline — I need at least Gingerbread.
This week we're curious about the Android phone you're using. Not what brand and model, or which carrier you're using, but how long you have had it. We almost have to switch our phones every six months...
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