Archive for January, 2018


New bill aims to block U.S. government agencies from communicating over Huawei or ZTE network equipment

H.R. 4747 wants to stop government contracts with telecom companies that use equipment from Huawei or ZTE.

Huawei and ZTE are familiar around these parts because they make some pretty good Android phones, but the bulk of their business comes from the networking equipment the two companies manufacture and sell. Worldwide, both Huawei and ZTE are known for providing equipment like network switches that perform well and aren’t crazy expensive. Their gear is popular, with Huawei being  [Read More…]

ZTE plans on releasing more foldable phones like the Axon M

Axon M will be a series of foldable phones – not just phones with two screens.

Towards the end of 2017, ZTE made a surprise announcement with the Axon M. The Axon M is the latest phone to tackle the dual-screen smartphone, and it’s the first big attempt we’ve seen since the Kyocera Echo back in 2011. The Axon M is not a perfect phone, but unlike a lot of the competition, it took a risk to try something  [Read More…]

Android’s notification dots are coming to Chrome OS

A new commit suggests that Chrome OS will soon get Android Oreo’s notification dots.

Oreo wasn’t the biggest Android update ever released, but one of the features it did add was notification dots. Notification dots are those colorful circles that appear next to your app icons, and long-pressing on an app with one of these reveals the notification(s) for that app above your app shortcuts.

A new commit was recently discovered by Chrome Story, and it suggests  [Read More…]

This could be our first look at the LG G7

Spoiler alert – it’s a black bar with slim bezels.

Samsung and LG are often the first two companies to release major Android flagships for the year, and we’re expecting this to be the case once again in 2018. The Galaxy S9 has already leaked in just about every way possible, but details on the G7 have been fewer and further between.

TigerMobiles recently shared a render of what’s supposedly our first look at the LG G7,  [Read More…]

Go hands free in your car with a $7 Aukey air vent car mount

One of the easiest mounting solutions around.

An Aukey air vent magnetic car mount is down to $ 6.88 with code AUKEYC38 on Amazon. This mount is normally $ 13 and only drops this low through the occasional coupon code.

That mount is best for phones around the size and weight of the iPhone 7. If you need something bigger for a phone like the iPhone X, this similar air vent car mount is down to $ 5.99 with  [Read More…]

Samsung Galaxy S9 packaging leaks showing off some specs

Samsung has already confirmed it will be showing off the Galaxy S9 in February at Mobile World Congress next month and we may have just seen a sneak peak of the retail packaging. That might not sound extremely exciting and on its own, it’s not. Samsung retail packaging often lists the specifications of the device […]

Samsung Gear Sport vs. Fitbit Ionic: Fitness smartwatch showdown

Samsung and Fitbit have two of the best smartwatches out now for Android users, and we’re here to help you determine which is best for your lifestyle.

If you’re an Android user and are in the market for a new smartwatch, you’re currently in a slightly awkward position. Google doesn’t seem to be giving Android Wear any sort of real attention for the time being, and as such, your best bet is to go with third-party solutions.

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TiVo announces Google Assistant, Alexa, and IFTTT support

TiVo’s smart features will be rolling out over the next few months.

CES 2018 has been home to a ton of different announcements, but one trend that’s been more prevalent than ever is the integration of virtual assistants in a variety of smart home gadgets. TiVo is one of the companies following this trend, and over the coming months, it’ll be rolling out support for Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and IFTTT.

TiVo will launch a Google Assistant  [Read More…]

You can make Duo calls to Android phones that don’t have the app installed

This might be the most important Duo update ever.

If you want to make video calls on an Android device, Google Duo is easily your best bet. Google’s added a lot of new features and improvements since its release in 2016, but like any other communications app, it’s faced the same issue of forcing you to encourage your friends and family members to actually download it so you can talk to them.

The folks at Android Police  [Read More…]

Amazon Alexa and Echo speakers in Canada: Everything you need to know!

The Amazon Echo and Alexa is officially available to Canadians! Here’s everything you need to know!

Now that the Amazon Echo is officially available in Canada, Amazon has some pretty good deals for Canadians looking to fill their home with smart speakers. While the Echo line of products continues to expand in the U.S., Amazon launched Alexa in Canada along with its three signature Echo Speakers: The Amazon Echo (2nd Gen.), Echo Plus, and Echo Dot (2nd  [Read More…]