Tag Archive: Features


Android P features we love: Adaptive Battery support

Google taps into Artificial Intelligence to learn when to shut down apps and save your battery.

Artificial Intelligence is something you’ll hear a lot of talk about, but much of that talk can be a little confusing. That doesn’t mean that AI can’t be used to do simple things that have a real benefit to the way you use our connected things and Android P’s Adaptive Battery is one of them.

It’s one of the least spectacular  [Read More…]

If you’re buying a phone for $600+, you should expect to get all of these core features

And if the phone doesn’t have these, you should question why.

There are many parts of the smartphone experience that are a matter of personal preference — like screen size, specific internal components, expandable storage, certain exterior materials, software features and the like. All of those areas provide smartphone companies with room to differentiate and make unique devices with interesting selling points. Just one of those choices could make or break your decision to buy the phone.

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Android P features you’ll love: A better camera experience

Android P provides built-in support for multiple cameras and ways to help developers take high-quality photos in a jiffy.

Android P is going to make it easier to support almost any camera configuration with things like the new Multi-Camera API.

Android comes in all shapes and sizes. It’s one of the few consumer operating systems that allows a company to tailor the experience to their hardware platform and that’s a big reason it’s become so popular —  [Read More…]

Spotify Lite is now on the Play Store and missing a ton of features

What sort of “lite” app doesn’t let you download songs?

Over the past few years, companies like Twitter, Instagram, and more have created “lite” versions of their mobile apps that take up less space, use less data, and can run better on slower hardware. Spotify is the latest company to follow this trend with its new Spotify Lite app, and while it looks good on the surface, Spotify might have made this a little too lite.

Talking  [Read More…]

Android P features you’ll love: Improved notifications, 2018 edition

Small but significant changes are coming to your notification shade with Android P.

One of the best features of Android is its notification system. It uses the best ideas from companies that originally got it right, like Palm and Nokia, then blends them into a display of information and rich content that we have all come to rely on. Because the notification system is very important for a handheld device that’s supposed to keep you in touch  [Read More…]

The KEY2’s keyboard shortcuts are one of the best features of any phone

Everybody has that one thing they really like and keyboard shortcuts is my thing.

I’m sitting here at my desk going through my schedule of things to write in the next week or so. A good bit of it all is centered around the BlackBerry KEY2 because it’s a new phone and we write about new phones, but also because it’s a phone I am pretty sure I’ll enjoy using for the next year. So I did  [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…]

Google’s Datally app gets guest mode, daily limits, and other features

All of this is rolling out to the app now.

In late 2017, Google launched an app to help you cut down on your mobile data usage called “Datally.” Datally’s already pretty great as is, but Google recently announced four new features for the app that aim to help you use even less data.

The feature that users will likely find the most useful is Daily Limit. With this, you can tell Datally how much mobile data  [Read More…]

Here’s are all the features YouTube Music is still missing

Google’s newest music service may be shiny and new, but it’s still quite lacking.

Youtube Music is a hybrid music service with a lot of promise and an unparalleled library to tap into. Unfortunately, all that potential is held down by how many things — including very, very basic things — the service and its apps are still missing. YouTube Music is already working on some of the items on this list, and hopefully we’ll be able  [Read More…]