The DeX Station sets the stage for the Samsung Galaxy Desktop experience.
Samsung’s Continuum-like DeX desktop dock has leaked, showing off its design as well as the features on offer. The accessory will be called the DeX Station, and will allow users to dock their Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus via a USB-C port at the bottom of the unit. The dock has two full-sized USB 2.0 ports for connecting peripherals like a mouse and keyboard, an HDMI out [Read More…]
Arrow Launcher, an experimental launcher from Microsoft’s Garage division, has picked up another big update. The biggest feature coming along in this update is tablet support, but there are a number of other little handy additions like more backup and restore options, a horizontal layout option for the apps page, and more wallpapers from Bing.
Here’s a full look at what’s new in Arrow Launcher version 3.1:
Tablet support: a very [Read More…]
Google Assistant is learning a new language.
Back when Google unveiled its AI-powered Assistant last year, the company said that it would roll out support for regional languages. Assistant picked up the ability to converse in Hindi, and Google is now training the voice assistant to understand French Canadian.
Based on the screenshot, Google is working on making the French Canadian language model of Assistant available both on Allo and phones. That’s in contrast [Read More…]
Skype Lite is designed to work on slow cellular connections in India.
After Facebook Lite and YouTube Lite (which is dubbed YouTube Go), it is now Microsoft’s turn to roll out a 2G-friendly version of Skype in India. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella showed off the app at an event in Mumbai earlier today, highlighting the fact that it was built at Microsoft’s development facility in Hyderabad and tested extensively in India.
Skype Lite lets you make [Read More…]
You can now design custom themes in Telegram.
Encrypted messaging platform Telegram has added support for themes with the v3.17 update. You can now select from three themes — the default one, a blue theme, and a dark theme — and there’s also the option to design your own via a theme editor.
To apply a theme or create a new one, you’ll have to navigate to Settings -> Themes. You can also share your creations [Read More…]
Project Fi is testing VoLTE support via T-Mobile’s network
If you’re a Project Fi customer, you may have noticed improved call quality over the past few weeks. That’s because Google has been quietly testing Voice over LTE (VoLTE) for a subset of Project Fi users, formally announced in a post on the Project Fi Help Forum. If you’re curious to know if you’re one of the fortunate testers for this new service, you can find out by looking for [Read More…]
It’s time to throw out the Gingerbread, it’s finally gone stale.
Android Gingerbread and Android Honeycomb are over six years old — in fact, Android Honeycomb turns 7 next week — and they are finally losing support from the Google Play Services framework. Google Developers announced back in November that 10.0 would be the last SDK version to support to support them, and with this week’s Google Play Services 10.2, they have officially been left behind.
It’s the feature you either have to have or don’t care about at all.
Updated February, 2017: Removed older phones that are EOL and added current phones that support wireless charging.
Wireless charging has been around for a few years now, but sadly it hasn’t become as widely adopted as we’d like. Our Micro-USB ports start to loosen and bend over time and being able to limit that wear and tear by using wireless charging would [Read More…]
Gaming is simply better with a controller in your hands.
Gaming on Android typically requires you to settle for using touchscreen controls. However, some gracious game developers do take the time and effort to include support for Bluetooth gamepad.
If you’re constantly on the lookout for games that support Bluetooth controller, you can check out Gamepad Games, which is an app that’s compiled a fairly comprehensive list of games with gamepad support. Unfortunately, when you actually start [Read More…]
Plus: Pink BlackBerry is Best BlackBerry, and a USB-C drive you have got to have in your gear bag.
Let’s kick off Monday with the start of a recurring series — Five Things I want you to know going into your week. Maybe they’re newsy. Maybe they’re just cool. Maybe they’ll fill that hole in your Android-loving soul. Or maybe they’ll tempt you with the fruits of Apple’s labor. Or maybe they’ll just be full of forced tech puns. [Read More…]