It's that time of year again. Knowing our audience, chances are that you're looking for some sort of gadget to purchase for yourself or someone else. Whether the smartphone being replaced is too old, too bootloopy, or just doesn't have all the features you want, we've got you covered with our choices for the best smartphones you can buy.
The sheer number of smartphones on the market today makes narrowing the choices down difficult. So many factors - battery life, cameras, displays, software, water resistance, and more - come into play, but our goal is to find the best all-rounders out there. Read More
As far as patent disputes go, BlackBerry vs. Nokia is a sad undercard between two fallen heavyweights whose combined market share remains part of the dismal "Other" category in most reports. Nevertheless, Round 1 of this match is going to Nokia, thanks to an arbitration court ruling that has awarded the Finnish company $137 million to resolve a contract dispute related to payments it said BlackBerry owed under a patent license contract signed in 2012. Read More
If you're kicking yourself for not scooping up a discounted Google Home during the post-Thanksgiving weekend, toss that regret aside and grab your wallet. Google is bringing the price for its medium-sized smart speaker back down to the Black Friday and Cyber Monday price of $79 in the Google Store through the rest of December. Read More
A new version of Allo is making the rounds, and again with an evening release on a Friday. So far, no new features have been uncovered in this update, but we're still poking around for something to reveal itself. In the meantime, there's plenty of material to examine under the microscope of a teardown. We can see that contacting people through their Google account may be coming soon. Allo's upcoming camera effects are evolving as two old ones may have been removed, a new one turns up, and they're all getting new icons. And that's not all.
Disclaimer: Teardowns are based on evidence found inside of apks (Android's application package) and are necessarily speculative and usually based on incomplete information.
Some of you may have already heard about the Nanoleaf Aurora. These modular triangular light panels can be formed in any shape you like and are WiFi-enabled, allowing you to control them via your phone or Google Home and Alexa. But those of you who haven't will probably scroll down to see the high price tag and scoff in disbelief. $229.99 for a set of 9 light panels and a music module is a rather extravagant price to pay. But that's exactly what the Nanoleaf are: extravagant. They go a step beyond smart lights like Hue and LiFX and straight into "cool art deco" territory. Read More
Not to be outdone by their newer, younger cousins, the OnePlus 3/3T have received a new Open Beta. This one contains some UI visual tweaks, various performance optimizations, and the addition of aptX and aptX HD support for yesteryear's flagship killers. Read More
Every once in a while we all need to chill out, to set aside a bit of time for relaxation. Maybe put on some light music while you enjoy a bit of peace. Other times, you need the power of 14 watts of crystal clear OontZ exploding against your eardrums. Lucky for you, you can pick up OontZ Angle 3 Ultra speaker for just $34.99 at Amazon, a savings of $15-66. At least, until the end of today. Read More
I have been biding my time with the recent rumors of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds coming to Android to ensure that it will indeed exist as an official release. After spending some time digging through a few Chinese sites, it does look as though the rumors are legit. As of yesterday Tencent and TIMI Studio Group released an official webpage complete with a trailer for their upcoming game. If that wasn't enough good news, there is a second web page from Tencent that popped up for a different PUBG mobile game developed by Lightspeed & Quantum Studio. While it is still unknown if these games will ever come to the West, it is pretty interesting to see that there will be two official PUBG adaptations coming to the Android in the near future. Read More
LG rolled the V30 out to US carriers almost two months ago, but the unlocked version (US998) has been missing in action. Well, now you can buy it. It's going to cost you a pretty penny, though. The unlocked V30 is going for $819.99 at B&H. There is, however, a rebate if you want to pick up some more LG gear. Read More
If you (or a friend/family member) wants a smartwatch or other wearable this holiday season, it can be hard to pick out the right one. Dozens of smartwatches have been released this year, and there are at least a handful of excellent fitness trackers on the market right now. To give you an idea of the market, just from January to May of this year, twenty Android Wear watches were released.
To make your holiday shopping a little bit easier, we've compiled a list of the best smartwatches and wearables you can buy right now. All of these will work on both iOS and Android (though if you're buying a smartwatch for an iPhone owner, an Apple Watch is probably the way to go). Read More