Tag Archive: Reviews


How to (and why you should) leave reviews on the Google Play Store

Reminder: leaving an app store review is one of the easiest ways to support your favorite app developers.

When you write a review in the Google Play Store, keep in mind that you’re writing for three separate audiences — the app developer, other Android users, and Google Play itself.

While every app developer would love to just receive an endless stream of 5-star reviews, they should also value feedback such as what you liked and didn’t like  [Read More…]

Huawei gets caught soliciting fake reviews for the Mate 10 Pro on Best Buy

Huawei got over 100 people to contribute positive reviews for its unreleased Mate 10 Pro on Best Buy.

Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro is slated to make its debut in the U.S. sometime later this month, with the phone currently up for pre-order at Best Buy for $ 799 (with all purchases coming with a $ 150 Best Buy gift card).

That’s a decent price for what is a great phone in its own right, but Huawei isn’t  [Read More…]

Google’s new Local Guides points system makes leaving reviews worth your time

Whether you’re a traveler or a homebody, the Google-led app rewards handsomely for leaving recommendations.

Google Local Guides were introduced in 2014 to help foster a giant community of local reviewers who just know where all the best stuff is. When you sign up to be a Local Guide, every contribution helps you rack up points towards unlocking other elements of the service inside Google Maps. Over the next few days, Google  [Read More…]

HTC is learning a tough lesson in mobilizing a fan community to fight U11 reviews

This may not be as bad as first thought, but HTC should know better than this.

HTC is at the center of a disappointing kerfuffle today surrounding its use of the private “Elevate” enthusiast community to dispel misconceptions about the just-launched HTC U11. But as is so often the case, there’s far more to the story than a single slice of a screenshot and lots of jumping to conclusions.

For a company like HTC, its dedicated community  [Read More…]

Google Maps now automatically translates reviews to your language

Now you’re speaking my language!

Google Maps is a fantastic tool to have when traveling in a foreign country, and now it’s even better as Google is automatically translating place reviews to the language you have set on your device. While you could of course always copy a review written in the local language and bring it over to a translation app, it’s simpler when Google does the work for you.

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Google Play doing even more to remove fake reviews and ratings

Fighting dishonest app reviews is a never-ending battle.

Google is constantly taking steps to combat a flood of fake reviews and ratings in the Play Store, and today reminded us of everything it’s doing to fix the problem. Building on its previously announced initiative of fighting fraudulent app installs, Google is also now even more confident it can identify and remove fake reviews for apps automatically without the help of developers.

From the Android Developers  [Read More…]

Google Assistant reviews and what they mean for Google Home

Assistant needs to grow fast for Google Home to be great.

Google has made it quite clear that Assistant is the future. It’s in every aspect of your phone, ready to jump into a conversation at a moment’s notice, and soon will occupy a physical space in your house thanks to Google Home. This is the evolution of so many different things Google has tried over the years, and the initial response to Assistant has been  [Read More…]

MrMobile reviews the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2

What if I told you there was a Bluetooth headset with killer battery life, built by the same people who made the headsets for NASA’s Apollo program? And what if I told you that this headset costs much less than the Bose QC35 I love so much?

I’m telling you now. The Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 wireless headset is here, and it’s on store shelves for a starting price of $ 199. That puts it in roughly the same  [Read More…]

Daily Briefing: Pixel reviews, Snapdragon dominance, and Samsung battery folly

October 18, 2016: Launch day.

I love review embargo day. So much work and planning goes into that one moment where everything needs to go off without a hitch. If everything goes well, you shouldn’t notice. You should just see the posts and videos appear as they should, magically and effortlessly. If something goes wrong, the complaints come quick and often. I won’t say what happened, because it was corrected very quickly, but today had its  [Read More…]

Windows Central reviews the next awesome Android 2-in-1!

A beautiful, ambitious 2-in-1 from Lenovo.

OK, OK, that title isn’t entirely true, but it’s half true. See, our friends at Windows Central have one of the first reviews out for what we thought was one of the more interesting announcements at IFA — the Lenovo Yoga Book. While, naturally, they are reviewing the Windows 10 version, we’re excited about the form factor, safe in the knowledge that it will soon be released running a modified  [Read More…]