Tag Archive: Improved


Emporio Armani Connected 2018 is the fashion brand’s new and improved Wear OS smartwatch

Fashion brand Emporio Armani is spearheading Wear OS efforts this summer with a refreshed model of its original Connected smartwatch.

The 2018 model brings some notable upgrades to the table including a heart rate sensor, GPS and NFC technology to use for Google Pay. Even so, the Emporio Armani Connected 2018 still runs on the aged Snapdragon 2100 platform. Which, according to a report dating back from May, it’s bound to be replaced soon. Apparently, Qualcomm is working on a  [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…]

Spectacles v2 launch for $150 with sleeker design and improved features

The second-gen Spectacles iron out most all of the kinks found with v1.

In November of 2016, Snap Inc. threw a curveball at everyone with the release of Spectacles – those funky sunglasses that allowed you to record videos and post them to Snapchat. It was an incredibly novel idea, but a handful of first-gen quirks kept them from truly catching on with the masses.

Fast forward to April of 2018, and we now have Spectacles v2  [Read More…]

LG’s new ‘Global Software Upgrade Center’ promises Oreo for the G6 by end of April, improved stability

Committing to faster software updates is always a good move.

Ahead of the May 2 launch of the LG G7, the company has announced the opening of a new “Software Upgrade Center” at its headquarters in South Korea dedicated to improving the process of creating and releasing software updates for its smartphones. As the name would imply, the goal is pretty simple: “providing customers worldwide with faster, timelier, smartphone operating system and software updates.”

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Action Launcher v34 adds new animations and improved adaptive icon support

The v34 update has a new folder animation, better adaptive icon support, and more.

A little less than a month ago, Action Launcher v33 was released with a highlight feature called “AdaptiveZoom.” AdaptiveZoom is a new app-opening animation that gradually fills your phone’s screen with the background color of each app icon, and with v34, there’s a new zoom animation that perfectly compliments it.

The new zoom animation features the same gradual zoom of AdaptiveZoom  [Read More…]

Google Photos’ improved (and potentially creepy) sharing features are here

Google Photos just made sharing much easier and potentially more intrusive.

Google launched its photos platform at I/O two years ago, but at its recent developer conference in Mountain View it gave an overview of some new features that would be coming over the summer.

Well, the first round of those updates is here, including proactive suggested sharing and, perhaps more interestingly, automatic photo sharing on an opt-in basis.

As  [Read More…]

Samsung updating Gear Fit 2 with new and improved workout features, SOS function

Workout detection and post-workout feedback are getting better on Samsung’s fitness wearable.

Samsung has just pushed out an update to the Gear Fit 2 right around a year after launch that makes a few solid upgrades to its tracking — because, after all, that is what it’s designed to do. Building on the Gear Fit 2‘s automatic fitness tracking that auto-starts workouts when it detects certain sustained movement, Samsung says it has improved its ability to detect workouts.

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AOL’s Alto email update adds full calendar capability, improved Alexa integration

Email apps are getting smarter and smarter these days. They need to in order to be able to survive in today’s competitive landscape, where messaging apps reign supreme. Case in point, this week, Alto – the email app developed by Verizon (more specifically AOL) – announced the advent of a new Alto experience for iOS […]

Improved Android 7.1.1 update begins rolling out to OnePlus 3 and 3T

Who needs chocolate bunnies for Easter when we’ve got system updates?

OnePlus has begun to roll out shiny, new Android 7.1.1 updates to both the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T, bringing new improvements for expanded screenshots, picture-taking, and a fix to a Bluetooth bug. The update is rolling out incrementally, so don’t be surprised if it takes a little while to reach you, but it is rolling out.

Included in the release notes for the OnePlus  [Read More…]

Google’s ‘new and improved’ Contributor program is accepting early sign-ups

Welcome back, Contributor. Sort of.

As Google promised when the original Contributor program was entirely erased earlier this month, a replacement is on the way. There aren’t many details yet, and it’s not clear if this will look anything like the original service that killed ads in exchange for a monthly fee from users, but at least we know it’s not dead forever right?

Instead of a dead page, Google’s Contributor site now includes a link to  [Read More…]