Tag Archive: Feature


Sony’s next-gen phone will finally feature an ‘all-new design language’

Sony’s next-generation flagship will sport a bezel-less design.

Sony hasn’t strayed from its OmniBalance design language for some time now, but it looks like that’s finally about to change. On the sidelines of the launch of the Xperia XZ1, Sony India’s managing director Kenichiro Hibi said that the company will introduce an “all-new design language” to better compete with 18:9 devices like the Galaxy Note 8 and the LG V30. To that effect, Sony’s next-generation flagship will feature a  [Read More…]

Pixel 2 will be waterproof and feature an always-on display

More details on the upcoming Pixel phones have come out, confirming more features.

Now that Android 8.0 Oreo has been released, the next big hurdle for Google will be the release of this year’s flagship phones. The Pixel line of phones is expected to be updated in the coming months and more and more details have been emerging.

9to5Google reports the Pixel 2 will be offered in a 64GB model for its base version, up from 32GB  [Read More…]

Android Oreo’s picture-in-picture feature now usable in Google Maps

The latest version of Google Maps makes Oreo’s PiP actually usable and adds other news features.

While Google Maps added support for Android Oreo’s Picture-in-Picture mode a few weeks ago, it wasn’t actually any good. Users reported rendering issues and application crashes, prohibiting the PIP experience. That has been fixed with the latest update to Google Maps.

Android Police reports that Google Maps 9.60 has fixed the previous issues with PIP, meaning all Android Oreo  [Read More…]

Phones certified by Google will now feature Play Protect branding on the retail box

Google is making it easier to find phones that are certified to run the Play Store.

Google has always had a certification process for manufacturers in order to bundle its services, collectively called Google Mobile Services — which include the Play Store, Chrome, Gmail, YouTube, Photos, Maps, and Drive. The company is now rolling out a new initiative called “certified Android devices,” which as the name suggests highlights all the manufacturers that are certified by Google to bundle apps  [Read More…]

How did Amazon screw up the Echo Show’s best feature so badly?

Echo Show is good at showing headlines, but very bad at showing anything that’s actually important. And that’s a problem.

It’s Sunday morning. Past the breakfast hour and closing in on lunch. I’ve been trying to come up with ways to make myself feel better after seeing the carnage in Charlottesville, N.C., and the predictable responses on Twitter and Facebook and from our political leaders. It’s times like these that I don’t want to think at all  [Read More…]

Newton adds a useful Tidy Inbox feature to its email client

Email just got a whole lot better because it’s so much less noisy.

Newton, a simple and powerful email platform, has released another one of its so-called Superchargers to clean up its users’ messy inboxes.

Formerly called CloudMagic, Newton has transformed into one of the most elegant and powerful email platforms out there, and it’s available on practically every platform, including Android. With today’s update, the Tidy Inbox feature brings  [Read More…]

LG confirms the V30 will feature a 6-inch OLED display with curved edges

LG’s next flagship smartphone, the V30 will be unveiled on August 31, 2017, a day before the IFA 2017 trade show opens its gates. In anticipation of the grand event, the Korean tech giant has released a press release in which it confirms a few details about the upcoming device. The company also took the […]

Debugging a killer launcher feature: Why Google Now on third-party launchers has to jump through hoops

Google Now’s feed is a killer launcher feature with a killer requirement.

Months ago when Google announced it would be retiring the Google Now Launcher, it also announced that it was releasing code from that launcher for manufacturers to build their own version with, allowing them to put a Google Now page in their pre-loaded launcher. As expected, this code is something third-party launchers would love to play with, and it’s already been implemented by Nova Launcher  [Read More…]

How to use the archive feature in Google Photos

Archive pictures on Google Photos to keep your main screen free from clutter.

Google has been steadily adding features to Google Photos, and a recent addition is the ability to archive images from your main stream. The feature comes in handy if you’re looking to get your pictures more organized within Photos, or if you want to move a few images off the main view.

You can manually archive photos, and Google will also notify you  [Read More…]

Three UK zero-rates some streaming services with new ‘Go Binge’ feature

New Three subscribers can stream from Netflix, TVPlayer, Deezer and SoundCloud without eating into their data allowances.

Three UK has followed the lead of T-Mobile over in the U.S., with a new offering that zero-rates data from certain streaming services, so they don’t count against customers’ data allowances. “Go Binge” (even the branding is remarkably similar to T-Mo’s BingeOn) is included as standard for new and upgrading Three customers on SIM-only, “Advanced” handset and mobile broadband contract plans with  [Read More…]