Tag Archive: Making


Essential is reportedly making a phone based primarily on voice commands

Development of the Essential Home has also apparently been put on hold.

The future of Essential has been something of a mystery for the last few months, but thanks to a report from Bloomberg, we now have new details on the company’s latest project that should hopefully give it a new lease on life.

Although the Essential Phone 2 is dead, it’s reported that Andy Rubin and his team at Essential are developing a new type of  [Read More…]

Sprint and LG are making the first 5G-capable phone in the U.S.

5G is coming sooner than you think.

Motorola may have already shown off a 5G Moto Mod for its new Moto Z3, but that accessory isn’t due to be released until early 2019 — and even then, it’s just an add-on that attaches to the back of your phone. Another device to purchase, another device to keep charged, and another device to carry with you at all times.

For 5G to really start taking off, we’re going to  [Read More…]

Android P Beta 4 ‘release candidate’ now available for Pixels, making way for public launch soon

As we close in on the official build, this is the best (and most stable) time to check out the pre-release software.

Google has just released the fourth beta of Android P to developers and enthusiasts, marking the final release before the final is officially unveiled as a public release. Android P Beta 4 isn’t designed to offer much change over Beta 3, as any substantial change now would likely just be held for the public release.  [Read More…]

Google’s making it easier to understand and manage user data it collects

These changes will go into effect May 25.

Over the past couple weeks, you’ve likely gotten emails from a number of website and apps you use regarding updates to their privacy policies. Europe will soon launch its new General Data Protection Regulation (aka the GDPR) to give people more rights over their online data, and Google recently shared all of the steps it’s taken to ensure it complies with the new law.

First and foremost, Google’s updating  [Read More…]

Why bother making a glass phone without wireless charging?

Without some kind of added benefit like wireless charging, what reason is there to use a fragile material like glass?

I don’t always have the most popular opinions on smartphone design; I’ve been arguing in favor of the display notch for some time now, and I firmly believe that every phone should have a quick switch for audio profiles like the OnePlus 5T and iPhone X. But one thing that everybody can seem to agree on is  [Read More…]

ZTE’s apparently making a phone with two notches because of course they are

Ladies and gents, meet the ZTE Iceberg.

The notch has been a controversial subject in the smartphone industry ever since the Essential Phone was announced almost a year ago, and the past few months have seen more and more OEMs adopt this design trend. WinFuture recently shared exclusive renders of a concept device ZTE’s working on, and it features not one, but two notches in its display.

The phone in question is currently referred to as the  [Read More…]

Honor 9 Lite review: Making a strong case to be the budget king

On balance, this is one of the finest budget phones around right now.

The quick take

Finally, a budget Honor phone that just about ticks every box. Previous offerings have usually been very good phones, but the omission of NFC, in particular, made them hard to recommend since it blocked off access to Google Pay.

The Honor 9 Lite isn’t exactly a trimmed down version of the Honor 9, with a tall aspect ratio display and four  [Read More…]

Amazon said to be making its own AI chip for faster Alexa performance

A dedicated chip would allow Alexa to perform speech recognition without contacting the almighty cloud.

Amazon Alexa is undoubtedly one of the leaders in the virtual assistant space, and while I’ve never found it to be slow on devices like the Echo, a new report suggests that it may get even faster thanks to a new AI chipset.

According to The Information, Amazon is in the process of building a dedicated hardware chip to be used with  [Read More…]

Phone addiction is making me sad and anxious, but so is the idea of quitting

The better phones get, the easier it becomes to justify using them. But when does it become too much?

As many people do over the holidays, I tried to spend less time on my phone. I tried to be more present with the people in front of me. But occasionally, after 10 or 15 minutes sitting in the same spot, my mind wandered a bit, as did my hand, towards the phone sitting face down on the  [Read More…]

The $2 Blood, Sweat, and Pixels eBook explores the turbulent world of making video games

You think beating that final boss was hard? Try designing him in the first place.

Amazon has discounted dozens of Kindle books during a huge one-day sale, including some great reads like Blood, Sweat, and Pixels for $ 1.99. That’s a price that won’t be here tomorrow.

You don’t need an Amazon device to read a Kindle book. Read it anywhere you can download the Kindle app, including iOS and Android.

And if you don’t want to read it  [Read More…]