Tag Archive: Updated


Smartphone glass types compared (Updated 08/2018)

Updated 8/13/2018 with Gorilla Glass 6

Original Equipment Manufacturers, or OEMs, use a number of different kinds of materials to make smartphone glass. Not to be confused with the tech inside of the displays, we’re referring to the actual glass that covers them.

Most modern smartphones feature some sort of toughened glass face, the most common of which is Corning’s Gorilla Glass. Less common is the Japanese-made Asahi Dragontrail glass; rarer still is a coating that’s not glass at all,  [Read More…]

HTC U12+ review: They fixed the buttons! [Updated]

With the digital buttons fixed in software, it’s time to reconsider HTC’s 2018 flagship.

When we first reviewed HTC’s latest handset, its digital buttons were kind of a mess. But with a software fix now rolling out, the U12+ is well worth a second look.

HTC U12+

Price: $ 799

Bottom line: HTC’s new high-end offering is speedy, with impressive glass-backed designs and very  [Read More…]

Here’s why the NVIDIA Shield TV is still being updated after three years

The best Android TV product is also one of the best-supported Android products ever.

We all love the Shield TV around here. It’s almost universally thought of as the best way to get Android on your TV, isn’t outrageously expensive, and has enough power to stream your 4K HDR content without sputtering or complaining. It’s also a decent gaming console and makes for a heck of a streaming server when you use Plex or Kodi. It’s one  [Read More…]

Essential Phone updated with latest Android P Beta

Essential continues to stay in step with Google when it comes to Android updates. While other phones participating in the Android P developer preview program typically have to wait for the manufacturer to adapt the latest release from Google to their phones, Essential releases its versions on the same day.

Today is one of those days! Google has released the latest version of Android P, dubbed Developer Preview 5 and Essential releases its own adaptation dubbed Android P Beta 3 just  [Read More…]

Apex Launcher updated for the first time in a year, and users are unhappy

Back in the day, the three biggest launcher choices were Launcher Pro, Apex Launcher, and Nova Launcher. Those were the days where we would extensively modify our phones and Android was ugly and lacked features. Good times.

Not too long ago Apex Launcher made a comeback with some updates. But we haven’t seen any updates in a year, until today. Apex Launcher 4.0 has been released, and the changelog simply says “The long-awaited major update is finally here!”

Users are  [Read More…]

Twitter Android app is being updated with a bottom navigation bar

The swipe gesture between the four main pages is no more 😞

On Thursday evening this week, the Twitter Support account announced a new update for its Android app. There are a few things to take note of, but the biggest change reworks the app’s navigation we’ve had since June 2016.

Rather than showing icons at the top for Home, Moments, Notifications, and Direct Messages, these are now moved to the very bottom of your screen. This  [Read More…]

Moto Z Play on Verizon now being updated to Android 8.0 Oreo

The OTA update is rolling out now.

Android P might be the hottest thing in Android right now, but even so, there are still plenty of phones waiting for last year’s Oreo update. Most recently, the Moto Z Play on Verizon Wireless (the Droid Edition) is finally getting the Oreo treatment we’ve been waiting for.

Similar to the Oreo update that landed for the unlocked Moto Z Play in late-May, this brings the Verizon model up to  [Read More…]

No, you’re not the only one having issues with your Google Home [Updated]

The Home Mini and Chromecast are also derping.

Update: Google says it is rolling out a fix for misbehaving Google Home units and Chromecasts, but to speed up the process, you should reboot your device.

We have a fix for Google Home and Chromecast. It will automatically roll out within the next 6 hours. To get back up and running now, reboot your device → https://t.co/CM4ov63F46. Thanks for sticking with us!

— Made by Google (@madebygoogle)  [Read More…]

These are the Nokia phones that have been updated to Android Oreo

Follow Oreo’s rollout to Nokia phones right here!

Software updates have long been one of Android’s pain points, but one OEM that’s proven to excel in these regards is Nokia.

HMD Global is producing some of the best mid-to-low-range Android phones right now, and the company does an excellent job at ensuring the phones it releases are updated to new software versions as quickly as possible.

If you have a Nokia phone and are wondering when Oreo is heading  [Read More…]