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Chrooma Keyboard vs Google Keyboard: Better than stock?

Last month, I posted about how I finally switched to Google Keyboard after years of using Fleksy. In the end, it came down to consistent updates and typing speed. Although several commenters supported my decision, many suggested other keyboards I should have switched to. One commenter suggested Chrooma Keyboard, which looks like a beefed-up version of

Snapchat Spectacles allow you to snap through your point of view

After a brief flurry of leaks, Snap Inc., formerly Snapchat, has revealed its latest product, Snapchat Spectacles. The product follows in a similar line of wearables to Google Glass, adding a camera to a regular pair of sunglasses. Snapchat Spectacles feature a 115-degree lens that mimics the viewing range of the human eye, essentially capturing the same image that you’re seeing. Each tap of the button records up to ten seconds of video.

The glasses will feature a ring of  [Read More…]

Sony Xperia X Compact now on sale for $499

Sony’s latest small phone is now up for sale directly from Amazon unlocked.

The list price on the Xperia X Compact is a somewhat-steep $ 499, but if it’s the phone for you and you want it right at launch you can now pull the trigger on one. At $ 499 the X Compact is a bit more palatable than the $ 699 Xperia XZ, though it still lands in an awkward pricing bracket — slightly  [Read More…]

What are VoLTE and HD Voice, and why should you use them?

What is VoLTE and why should I care about it?

Here in the U.S., most carriers have rolled out the red carpet for Voice over LTE. If it is available in your area and through your carriers, taking advantage of the upgrade currently depends on your having the right hardware. Once you have everything you need, setting VoLTE up on your phone is very easy and well worth it.

Let’s take a deeper look.

What  [Read More…]

Google Play is still in beta, but it’s good to be back on Chrome Stable

Google Play is finally on the Chrome Stable channel for the Asus Flip and the Acer R11.

Google has made a lot of progress getting Google Play and Android apps working on Chrome. It wasn’t the worst thing to come out of Mountain View when it initially launched, but there were bugs and it lacked a lot of polish, especially when running next to Chrome itself which is dead-simple and very user-friendly. The worst part of  [Read More…]

Mobile Nations Weekly: Sequels and successors

iPhone 7 takes the world by storm, Forza races onto consoles everywhere, and yet another chat platform says Allo.

If there’s only one iPhone 7 review you read, make it Rene’s at iMore. Diving deep into what makes the new iPhone, both good and bad, it’s everything you need to know about the phone you’re going to start seeing everywhere. Oh, and there’s also a whole new version of tvOS and even an updated and renamed  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: How to launch a smartphone

It’s okay, and entirely expected, to be frustrated by cumbersome phone launches — but some perspective on what’s happening can be helpful.

Launching a smartphone is difficult. Even if you think you understand how difficult it is, it’s far more difficult still. When you’re a small company you have a certain set of problems, usually limited by money and scale of distribution; but if you’re big, you have an exponentially larger customer base to serve and  [Read More…]

Add this slim case to your Galaxy S7 for just $3.95 today!

Don’t like the idea of making your Galaxy S7 bulky but want to keep it protected against scratches and such? If so, Amzer’s Pudding TPU case is a perfect choice to add to your phone. The case adds a thin layer of protection and grip to the phone, and you can pick one up for just $ 3.95 today!

UNITEK 60W 6-Port USB Smart Charging Station (review)

It’s very commonplace for me to see people who move their single port chargers with them whenever they need a charge. Most people stick with the chargers that came with their phones or tablets, only to be forced to swap it out when another wireless device needs power. There are only two plugs per wall

GekoGrip xM3 Series Modular Magnetic CD slot car mount for smartphones (review)

A couple of weeks ago I reviewed a smartphone mount for your automobile from GekoGrip. It was a modular magnetic vent mount that certainly met a high level of quality for a reasonable price. I can’t emphasize enough how dangerous it is to talk or text with your smartphone in your hand while driving. It’s