Google Maps Street View Standalone App

One of Google Maps’ most beloved features gets an entirely separate app of its own

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One of Google Maps’ most beloved features gets an entirely separate app of its own

Google just released a brand “new” app for Android devices that should further improve your navigation and directions Google Maps experience. The feature is hardly new, though, and you’ve been using it all this time on both mobile and desktop — the difference is that Google has now turned it into a standalone application that’s already available for download from the Play Store. More →

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Galaxy S6 LG G4 HTC One M9 Sales

Flagship Android phone sales have crashed and burned this year

By on September 3, 2015 at 1:44 PM.

Flagship Android phone sales have crashed and burned this year

High-end Android phones are better than ever now… but that hasn’t translated into improved sales. Charles Arthur takes a look at some recent earnings figures from key Android smartphone vendors and finds that all of them have missed sales expectations when it comes to flagship phones. More →

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iPhone 6 Android Sales

iPhone converted 27% of Android users in 5 top European markets this summer

By on September 2, 2015 at 9:30 PM.

iPhone converted 27% of Android users in 5 top European markets this summer

With the iPhone 6s launching in fall, you’d expect iPhone 6 sales to slow down during the summer months. While that may be the case, new research suggests that iPhone has been stealing even more Android users by converting them to iOS during the first summer months. More →

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Google Maps Android 9.14 Update Download

Google Maps for Android gets a welcome navigation UI change

By on September 1, 2015 at 6:30 PM.

Google Maps for Android gets a welcome navigation UI change

Google continues to release new features for the Android version of its Google Maps application. After bringing Street View to Google Maps on Android only a few days ago, the company is out with software version 9.14, which includes a welcome update to the navigation user interface that should further improve your overall Google Maps experience. More →

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Nexus 5 2015 Specs Release Date

Major new Nexus 5 leak claims specs are at ‘sub-flagship’ level

By on August 31, 2015 at 1:00 PM.

Major new Nexus 5 leak claims specs are at ‘sub-flagship’ level

The 2015 Nexus 5 is likely going to be an exciting device for Android fans looking to run Marshmallow as soon as possible after release and without any kind of OEM and/or carrier customization. After a variety of leaks pretty much revealed everything there is to know about the new Google handset, a new report seems to reinforce them, but it suggests that the new Nexus handset will be a “sub-flagship” device. More →

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BlackBerry Venice Photo Specs Leak

Our best look yet at BlackBerry’s first Android phone

By on August 30, 2015 at 9:45 AM.

Our best look yet at BlackBerry’s first Android phone

For the first time in years, BlackBerry will actually launch handsets that will actually appeal to someone beyond BlackBerry diehards. After trying various things to make its phones popular with consumers again, the former king of the smartphone business is finally willing to admit defeat – well, sort of – and use Google’s hugely popular operating system for new devices.

One such model is the BlackBerry Venice, and this might be our best look yet at the unannounced device. More →

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LG Rolly Keyboard iPhone Android

LG launched an awesome iPhone keyboard and I want it right now

By on August 27, 2015 at 7:00 PM.

LG launched an awesome iPhone keyboard and I want it right now

LG’s newly unveiled Rolly Keyboard is one of the most impressive new smartphone accessories I’ve seen all year. Although it has the look of a Kickstarter project, the Rolly is a foldable, or rollable, full laptop keyboard that can connect to up to two devices at the same time via Bluetooth to increase your productivity while on the go. More →

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Car Charger For iPhone 6

Turn one car charger port into three charger ports for $7 with this Amazon deal

By on August 27, 2015 at 1:23 PM.

Turn one car charger port into three charger ports for $7 with this Amazon deal

Why is it that every single time you’re in the car and you need to charge your phone, at least one passenger in your car also has to charge his or her phone? Every. Single. Time. You always want to be a generous host and offer up your car charger plug, but sometimes your phone is running on empty and you have no choice but to refuse.

Now, you can charge not one, not two, but three devices in your car at once using this tiny device from Amazon, which is currently on sale for 79% off list. More →

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iPhone 6s Plus Android Switch

iPhone 6s looks set to win over even more Android converts

By on August 26, 2015 at 8:05 PM.

iPhone 6s looks set to win over even more Android converts

Apple isn’t going to overtake Android in terms of market share anytime soon, but the company’s upcoming iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will apparently continue to hurt Google where it hurts most. A recent study from Phoenix and SessionM’s mXP platform reveals that as many as 12% of Android users are interested in the upcoming iPhone models and are considering a switch instead of sticking with or upgrading to a new Android device. More →

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Battery Life iPhone 6

Ultimate guide: 10 ways to improve battery life on your smartphone and laptop

By on August 26, 2015 at 12:44 PM.

Ultimate guide: 10 ways to improve battery life on your smartphone and laptop

To be perfectly frank, battery technology is infuriating. Think about how different the world would be if improvements to battery tech progressed as quickly as other areas. Unfortunately… science.

It’s annoying that we even have to think about battery life as often as we do, but the fact of the matter is if we spend some time making a few key tweaks and optimizing things, it can have a significant impact on battery performance in our laptops and smartphones. More →

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Coin 2.0 Release Date

Coin launches new second-gen smart card with NFC; all current users get free upgrades

Coin launches new second-gen smart card with NFC; all current users get free upgrades

By on August 26, 2015 at 12:00 PM.

Coin was the first company to announce a smart card solution capable of replacing all of the credit cards in your wallet with a single device that could securely store account data and switch between accounts on the fly. The company attracted a huge amount of attention from the media and raised millions through a crowdfunding campaign, but then things took a turn. Coin ran into manufacturing issues and missed its target launch date, angering would-be early adopters in the process.

Now, Coin is looking to make amends in two key ways. First, the company is preparing to launch a new second-generation smart card with new features never seen before in any rival offerings. Second, and most importantly, Coin will provide its new and improved card to all current Coin customers free of charge. More →

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Android Apps

Free app completely reimagines Android notifications – and it’s awesome

Free app completely reimagines Android notifications – and it’s awesome

By on August 26, 2015 at 11:35 AM.

Android’s notification system is pretty great. In fact, it’s so great that Apple “borrowed” a number of key features when it revamped its own iOS notification system a few years ago. Smartphone platform companies “borrow” from each other all the time of course, and it’s easy to see why Android was the inspiration for Apple’s current notification system in iOS.

But as great as Android notifications are, there’s clearly room for improvement. More →

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