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Samsung Galaxy S7 Oreo review: What to expect from your final software update

Getting up to the modern era is mostly good — with a little speed slowdown trade-off.

After what feels like an inordinately long wait, many versions of the Galaxy S7 have received their Android 8.0 Oreo update. Considering that the phone launched back on Android 6.0 marshmallow, Oreo is the final major platform update for this line, bringing it up to the Galaxy S9’s software level before being left to live out the rest of its life  [Read More…]

Apple, Facebook, Google, and more are meeting to talk data privacy

The Information Technology Industry council, of which many of the largest tech companies in the world are members, is meeting this week to discuss growing concerns about privacy.

According to a report by Axios, the Information Technology Industry Council — a Washington trade group that represents major tech companies — is planning to meet in San Francisco on Wednesday to talk consumer privacy online and how to best handle the growing concern surrounding the topic post-Facebook’s Cambridge  [Read More…]

3 Great Third Party Wireless Charging Docks for Samsung Gear S3

Keep your Gear S3 charged at home, at the office, and wherever your travels take you!

The Samsung Gear S3 is still one of the best smartwatches you can buy in 2018.

If you own one you may have bought a couple of stylish bands to swap out your style. Another important accessory you should consider is an extra charging dock or two so you can keep your watch topped up while you’re working at your desk,  [Read More…]

Moto G6 Play vs. Moto E5 Plus: Which should you buy?

They’re so evenly matched that it’s hard to go wrong either way.

If you’re starting to get confused by Motorola’s lineup, don’t worry — you’re not alone. The company’s two budget offerings, the Moto G series and the even-cheaper Moto E family, just got refreshed last month with three new models each. The Moto G6 and Moto E5 are the standard issues of each series, but there are also Play models, which prioritize battery life, and Plus  [Read More…]

Android P features we love: Better, faster biometrics

Biometrics have been around for a while, but Google is taking things to another level and distinguishing “strong” biometrics versus ‘weak” biometrics in Android P.

Android P will have a lot of small-sounding but very significant changes to Android’s core. We see that with every upgraded version of Android, and often these changes are surrounding security. Google has a vested interest in keeping Android secure enough that the average user doesn’t need to worry about the how  [Read More…]

What do you do with your old phone after buying a new one?

Out with the old and in with the new.

Whether you buy phones outright or pay for them on monthly installment plans through your carrier, upgrading to the latest and greatest mobile tech is always an exciting time.

However, after you finally take a break from playing around with your new toy, there comes a time when you need to figure out what to do with your old phone. Should you sell it? Keep it for old-times  [Read More…]

Vivo X21 review: A bold leap forward

The Vivo X21 shows that in-display fingerprint sensors work reliably.

Even if you haven’t come across a Vivo phone, there’s a high possibility that you have heard of the brand: Vivo advertises heavily in the English Premier League, and has picked up the title rights for the FIFA World Cup. It also signed up with Marvel Studios to highlight its products in the MCU, so if you’ve seen any of the recent Avengers movies, you would’ve noticed  [Read More…]

Don’t buy a USB-C adapter that lets you use headphones and charge at the same time

A 2-in-1 adapter could let you listen while you charge if only your phone was built that way.

When the Pixel 2 was first introduced there was an uproar about removing the headphone jack. Much of it was centered around a very real dilemma — you can’t listen to music through wired headphones and charge your phone at the same time.

Those fears were slightly abated when we saw an adapter from Moshi in the Google Store  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: One-handed usability in the 19:9 world

When every phone is big and tall, one-handed mode and other accessibility features should come as standard.

It’s the age of big, tall. ridiculous phones, and we need to look again at the usability features that makes these devices easier to wrangle with one hand.

One of the great things about the emergence of 18:9 handsets last year was the ability to cram more inches of screen real estate into a similar device footprint. (Though, sure, direct  [Read More…]

Doubling down on what works [#acpodcast]

We’re back to our regular format with Andrew Martonik, Jerry Hildenbrand, and Daniel Bader at the helm for a detailed look at Android Messages, and efficiency of the hardware keyboard on BlackBerry KEY2.

Next, they tackle blatant “inspiration” the Vivo NEX takes from iOS. But it, along with the OPPO Find X, address customer demand for huge screens and no bezels by incorporating pop-up cameras. In a world of solid-state slabs, this is almost a throwback to the  [Read More…]