Tag Archive: Heads


Google Phone v17 introduces chat heads feature during calls

Good artists copy, great artists steal.

As much as I loathe Facebook Messenger, one of the app’s best features is Chat Heads. The ability to quickly open and hide conversations in a small bubble that lives on your home screen is extremely convenient, and the latest v17 update for the Google Phone adds its own take on this.

After downloading the new update, leaving the Google Phone app during an ongoing call will result in a “chat  [Read More…]

Heads of U.S. intelligence agencies tell Americans not to buy Huawei phones

The Mate 10 Pro is launching in the U.S. this week.

During a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing earlier this week, the heads of the FBI, NSA, CIA, and others proffered a narrative that’s been permeating throughout U.S. government agencies since 2012: Huawei (and to a lesser extent ZTE) are bad actors that can’t be trusted to operate independently in the United States.

According to the head of the FBI, Christopher Wray, “We’re deeply concerned about the risks  [Read More…]

Alcatel Idol 5 brings subtle design tweaks, heads to Cricket Wireless for under $200

If there’s one thing we know by now, a solid Android doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

We’re seeing a lot of premium smartphones come in over $ 800, but you can also enjoy some premium features in a smartphone that costs less than $ 200. The Alcatel IDOL 5 is a VR-ready Android 7.0 Nougat phone with a 5.2-inch 1080p display and dual front-facing speakers. Under the hood is a (cost-saving) Mediatek Helio P20 octa-core processor,  [Read More…]

Alcatel Idol 5S unveiled with Snapdragon 625, heads to Amazon for just $199

Save $ 80 off the retail price of an Alcatel Idol 5S by picking up a variant with lock screen ads.

Alcatel has unveiled the successor to the Idol 5, the Idol 5S. The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 625, and will go up for sale on Amazon starting July 10 for $ 279. If you don’t mind seeing lock screen ads, you can pick up the Prime Exclusive edition right now for just $ 199, an $  [Read More…]

Android-powered ConsoleTab heads to Kickstarter on August 22

Console Inc., of Santa Clara, CA is gearing up to open preorders for its new ‘ConsoleTab’ tablet. This new tablet is designed to meld the Android and PC experience into one 10-inch portable device.  Kickstarter backers will have options for discounts on the new device as preorders open up on Monday, August 22. Console Inc. is

Marshmallow update heads out to Xperia Z2, Z3 and Z3 Compact in Canada

The update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow is now headed to a few Sony Xperia smartphones across carriers in Canada. All told, the Xperia Z2, Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact are all now receiving their over-the-air updates.

The update, which also began rolling out in India today, brings the addition of the Doze power-saving feature and Google’s Now on Tap. Additionally, Sony says the update contains the following:

Enhanced privacy settings: Manage and control your application data  [Read More…]

Former Motorola leader Rick Osterloh heads back to Google to lead hardware projects

Former Motorola president Rick Osterloh has returned to Google. Osterloh will be in charge of Google’s hardware teams, including Nexus, Chromecast and Google Glass.

Re/code reports:

A Google rep confirmed that Osterloh has joined the company as its newest Senior Vice President, running the new hardware product line and reporting to CEO Sundar Pichai.

Osterloh left Motorola in February, after it was acquired by Lenovo. He previously worked at Motorola while Google owned the company and  [Read More…]

Heads up Android devs! This $39 Java Developer Course offers 60+ hours of training

There are a lot of different languages to learn if you want into the world of coding and development. For instance, there’s HTML5, Java, CQL, Ruby, mySQL, and so many more popular coding languages. Today’s deal focuses on one of the coding languages that has been around for a long time: Java. If you have been

Chrome 50 heads to the stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux

Chrome version 50 is now available on the stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux. With the update to version 50, the desktop version of Google’s browser includes a total of 20 security fixes. And while Google hasn’t revealed the full list of bugs — and won’t until a majority of users are updated — several researchers are credited with some high and medium-level bugs through Google’s bug bounty program.

Chrome 50 also includes a number of bug fixes and  [Read More…]

NCAA March Madness heads to Samsung Gear VR for the Final Four

Samsung Gear VR owners will get the chance to experience some high-stakes college basketball action when the final games are streamed live in 180-degree video. Broadcast via a new VR version of the NCAA March Madness Live app, users will be able to check out the Final Four semifinals and the championship game from the courtside.

In addition to checking out the live games in VR, users will also get access to a virtual scoreboard that features  [Read More…]