Archive for January, 2018


Putting Google Assistant in everything is easy — getting everything *else* in there is hard

Now that Google and Qualcomm have the silicon worked out, it’s time to get (really) serious about the services.

It sure didn’t take Google too long to reach parity with Amazon on the hardware front, did it? Consider how long the Amazon Echo has been around. Decades, right? (OK, just a few years now — the OG Echo was released in limited numbers at the end of 2014.) Google Home has been around for a year and change. Both pretty  [Read More…]

How to back up and restore text messages on Android

How do I back up and restore text messages on Android?

Backing up text messages on Android isn’t part of Google’s cloud service, mainly because Google isn’t in the text messaging business.

But if you want to make sure you never lose texts again — whether by mistake or when switching over to a different device — here’s how to do it, using an app appropriately called SMS Backup & Restore by SyncTech Pty Ltd.

How to  [Read More…]

Have a bootlooping Nexus 5X from Project Fi? Now you can exchange it for a new Moto X4

Unfortunately, LG has built up a reputation in recent years for being the company with bootlooping phones. The bootlooping epidemic started back in January 2016 with the LG G4 and soon spread out to other smartphone models like the LG G5, V10, V20 and the Nexus 5X. Google for its part has been trying to […]

MIUI 9.2 now rolling out to Mi Mix 2, Redmi Note 4, Redmi Y1, and more

MIUI 9.2 brings a host of new features to the popular ROM.

Xiaomi released MIUI 9.2 earlier this month, and the ROM is now rolling out to a range of Xiaomi devices including the Redmi Note 4, Mi Mix 2, Redmi Y1, and others. The update brings a host of new features to the stable build. including the ability to remove background elements from images. The feature was demoed during the launch of MIUI 9, and this is the  [Read More…]

Xiaomi may launch the Redmi Note 5 in India in February

Xiaomi teases the imminent launch of the Redmi Note 5 in India.

After a frenetic launch schedule during the latter half of 2017 that saw the introduction of the Mi A1, Mi Mix 2, Redmi 5A, and the Redmi Y1, Xiaomi is having an unusually quiet start to the year. However, if a recent tweet by Xiaomi India PR lead Clinton Jeff is any indication, that’s all set to change next month.

Next month is  [Read More…]

Here are the best deals from Amazon’s Great Indian Sale

Get your wallets ready.

Amazon is kicking off 2018 with another instalment of the Great Indian Sale. The retailer is offering exciting discounts on phones, accessories, fashion and lifestyle products, and digital content. One of the highlights of the sale is a ₹3,000 discount on the LG Q6, which brings the price of the phone down to ₹11,990. If you’re interested in a physical keyboard, the KEYone is available for ₹34,999.

Amazon has been increasing focus  [Read More…]

The Mi Robot vacuum is my favorite Xiaomi product, and now there’s a new one

The successor to the Mi Robot vacuum is here, and it brings a host of upgrades.

Xiaomi’s primarily known for its phones, but the Chinese manufacturer is increasingly looking to the lifestyle segment to drive future growth. Xiaomi collaborates with hundreds of Chinese manufacturers for its Mi Ecosystem label, through which it sells everything from rice cookers to scooters, luggage, screwdriver sets, and more. One of the earliest products to come out of the Mi Ecosystem line  [Read More…]

6 Apps to control your Windows 10 PC from Android

Whether it be a PC or laptop running Windows 10, it’s sometimes not always practical to carry it around with you. Something you do tend to have to hand almost constantly is your Android smartphone. Microsoft offers the ability to remotely control your Windows PC and here are the ways in which you can do […]

The phone’s the thing [#acpodcast]

Daniel Bader and Russell Holly are joined by Apps and Games Editor, Marc Lagace! They begin by talking about the massive credit card breach at OnePlus, Samsung Galaxy X rumors, foldable phone tech, and various issues that continue to plague LG.

The majority of the show is devoted to gaming — The trouble with loot boxes and games that ship incomplete to hit release dates, the best new Android games, hot indie titles, and what’s new in AR. Check it  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: Why do we want ‘foldable’ phones like the Galaxy X?

So … foldable phones, huh?

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ haven’t even been announced yet, and we know so much about them. So that means it’s time to start looking at the next thing, right? If that’s your thought process, you’ve no doubt been keeping up with the Galaxy X rumors — the “foldable” phone supposedly coming from Samsung this year. Samsung isn’t the only company working on this sort of thing, but if any company is  [Read More…]