Samsung’s Galaxy Note series wasn’t the first line of phablets, but it clearly played the biggest role in popularizing the new smartphone segment that has taken the world by storm. Phones that would have been considered phablets just last year are now the standard for flagship smartphones, and even Apple is getting in on the action next month when it debuts what is expected to be the first of two new iPhones with larger displays.
Imagine spending well over $2,000 for a laptop and then finding that it has a major bug that causes system failures. Then, imagine having to deal with the huge bug for several years while the manufacturer remains silent despite the fact that it clearly knows the bug exists.
Hundreds of millions of people around the world use Google Search more than any other Web service as they seek out information on anything and everything. It’s pretty amazing, though, how little people really know about the world’s top search service considering how many of us use it each and every day.
Typing in a quick query couldn’t possibly be any simpler, and that is a big part of what has made Google the world’s most popular search engine by a landslide. But if you want to become a power user and fine-tune your search results in order to find the information you’re looking for as quickly as possible, there are some great tips and tricks that you’ll want to remember. More →
People love it when the opportunity to save some money arises, and BGR does our best to comb through all of the app sales out there and present readers with the best options in the App Store. After all, with more than 1.2 million iOS apps currently on the virtual shelves of Apple’s on-device software portal, you need all the help you can get. Today we have a great batch of six paid apps worth a combined $20 that can all be had for free right now… but only if you act fast, because these sales could end at any time. More →
Google’s virtual assistant Google Now is easily one of the greatest things to happen to mobile devices in recent years. By presenting users with key information before they even know to ask for it, Google Now makes smartphones smarter than they have ever been before. But perhaps the most impressive thing about Google Now is that it continually becomes more impressive, with great new features being added constantly.
How much excitement is building for Apple’s next-generation iPhone 6 smartphone? We’ve seen dozens upon dozens of leaks and rumors pour out week after week, but everything we’ve seen thus far has been fairly expected — component leaks, rumors and renders of unreleased iPhones hit the Internet each year like clockwork.
Now, however, things are getting so crazy that we’re seeing iPhone hype go to places it has never gone before. More →
The world suffered a tremendous loss earlier this week when actor and comedic genius Robin Williams died of an apparent suicide at age 63. Various news and media outlets have been paying tribute to the late comedy pioneer in various ways, and now Apple has joined in, paying homage to Williams with a new dedicated webpage on its site. More →
Two weeks after the release of Apple’s fourth iOS 8 beta version, iOS 8 beta 5 has been pushed out to developers. The new iOS 8 build comes right on time, as our inside sources said it would, and it brings with it a number of bug fixes and changes that should help developers better prepare their apps for the upcoming public release of iOS 8. Of course, non-developers will also appreciate this latest beta release; Apple’s iOS 8 betas are only intended for use by developers only on test devices, but many people use the software on their personal phones as well.
Amazon’s recently launched Fire phone isn’t exactly jumping off of store shelves, but the handset’s placement on the Amazon.com best-selling smartphone charts over the past month suggest that at least a few people have purchased the novel new handset.
Amazon tried to woo potential smartphone buyers by developing features that no other smartphone has, such as a nifty glasses-free 3D effect and touchless tilt gesture controls. The bad news is that these aren’t really features that will sell phones. The good news is that if you did happen to purchase a Fire phone, we’ve come across a quick collection of guides that will teach you everything you need to know about how to use the handset’s unique new features. More →
Beginning Friday, August 1st, it is once again legal to unshackle your carrier-locked cell phone in the United States. President Obama on Friday signed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act into law, thus giving cell phone users the legal right to unlock their handsets. More →
For years, we’ve been told that various technologies were going to render business cards obsolete. NFC-enabled smartphones, apps that let you bump two devices together even without NFC to exchange contact details, and plenty more have come and gone, and yet we still carry cards and hand them out when we need to exchange info.
Since business cards don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, one company has decided to give them a much-needed digital update instead of trying to kill them off.
Meet the SwivelCard.
Ahead of its launch in 2010, Windows Phone looked like a unique and exciting platform that might propel Microsoft back into contention in the mobile space. Now, nearly four years later, Microsoft’s mobile operating system appears to be nearing the end of the line, struggling to pick up the scraps left behind by Google’s Android platform and Apple’s iOS. Is there any hope left for Windows Phone, or is the end in sight? More →
The iOS vs. Android debate will rage on for several more years until one or both of these great mobile platforms are no longer leaders. Until then, we can expect enthusiastic fans to continue making the same tired arguments ad nauseam. Just because arguments are old and boring doesn’t mean they’re always incorrect, however, and the point that Android fans repeatedly make about their platform’s flexibility is a valid one.
There is perhaps no better way to illustrate Android’s flexibility than with a compilation of awesome launcher apps. More →