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Google has a new version of its Chrome web browser for mobile devices, Chrome 63, and it is making it available first for Android users. It is a bit of an unusual move, as typically Google updates its Chrome browser for both Android and iOS at the same time. For this round, however, Chrome 63 for Android is releasing before it ends up on iOS, bringing with it a new site permissions dialog and some other changes. In the past, permissions would appear on a dialog box that slides up from the bottom, and would often be ignored. But with the update to Chrome 63, permissions appear as a pop-up dialog... Read more...
If you feel like handing out fist-bumps today, save one for Google, which is cracking down on shady ad practices by Android app developers. Google already has several policies in place that restrict overly annoying ad implementations, though up until now, developers were free to splash the lockscreen with ads. And they have been doing exactly that, but no more, thanks to a new policy. Over in Google's Developer Policy Center, there is a Disruptive Ads policy in the Monetization and Ads section that states ads may only be placed inside of an app. "Ads should not be shown in a way that results in... Read more...
Perhaps one day we will look back and laugh at how we used to keep track of our mobile data usage, to avoid going over any caps that might exist, just as we can look back now and remember when dial-ups (like AOL) used to put time limits on Internet connectivity. Barring a pricey unlimited plan, we are not there yet. For Android users who have to keep track of their mobile data usage, Google has a new app, Datally, that will help them do exactly that, and more. "Mobile data is expensive for many people around the world. And what’s worse, it’s hard to figure out where it all goes. That... Read more...
Leaks have been tipping Samsung's hand when it comes to what the company will be showing off at CES 2018 set to kick off early early January. Previously we heard that the folding screen Galaxy X smartphone would be on display at the show. However, a new rumor is making the rounds that suggests Samsung's next Galaxy flagships, the Galaxy S9 and S9+, will also be seen for the first time at CES 2018. A reveal at CES is uncommon for new high-end smartphones, but it seems Samsung may want to unveil its wares at a show that isn’t festooned with other smartphones to steal its thunder. CES is... Read more...
When it comes to your location data, sometimes you just want to keep things to yourself and not send every single data point regarding your whereabouts to the cloud. It's for this reason that companies like Apple and Google give users the option to disable location sharing; although both companies will often tell you that this will result in a less than optimal experience for services that rely on that data. However, it appears that Google hasn't been playing nice, and has been harvesting location data of nearby cell towers from Android users -- giving Google access to your daily travails -- even... Read more...
At its Google I/O conference held this past May, the search and technology giant unveiled a neat new feature which would first roll out to its own Pixel devices. Called Google Lens, this new feature pays a bit of an homage to Google Goggles, a rather popular tool that allowed people to get quick feedback on real-world objects. Take a picture of a statue outside of a sports stadium, for example, and Goggles could have told you who it was, and why it was deserved. Google Lens is going to be far more capable than Goggles, though, thanks in part to the recent resurgence of employing deep-learning and... Read more...
High-end flagship smartphones get most of the press and stoke the most geek lust for shoppers. However, there is a substantial portion of smartphone shoppers out there who only want a device that can check email, take decent pics, and hit Facebook. You don't need a high-end $1,000 iPhone X for those tasks. All you really need is something like the Nokia 2 entry-level smartphone that has turned up on Amazon for pre-order. This little device sells for $99 unlocked is ready to use on the AT&T and T-Mobile networks, and includes a warranty. The smartphone is offered in black... Read more...
The rumors have started in earnest about the next flagship smartphone from Samsung, which is expected to be called the Galaxy S9. Like Galaxy devices that came before it, the S9 is expected to come in a standard and plus sizes. A results page from Geekbench has surfaced that claims to show the results for the Galaxy S9 Plus version of the smartphone. The results page (seen below) calls out a score of 1191 for single-core and 3835 for multi-core. The model number is Samsung SM-G965F and the listing calls out a motherboard dubbed universal9810. That is presumed to be the new Exynos 9810 SoC... Read more...
Alleged CAD drawings of the Samsung Galaxy S9 smartphone have leaked online and the smartphone looks very much like the existing Galaxy S8. We see the same curved edges on the screen out front but with thinner bezels. The back does show a revised layout for the camera and fingerprint scanner. On the current Galaxy S8 models, the camera is a single-lens unit and the fingerprint scanner is directly to the right of the camera -- a position that many don't care for at all. The S9 drawings, which are originally sourced from Weibo, show a dual camera layout on the back with those cameras stacked in the... Read more...
T-Mobile has rolled out a new smartphone that won't have fanboys clamoring over specs and performance, but it looks to be a solid device for budget conscious users. The smartphone is called the REVVL Plus and it has a 6-inch full HD screen and dual rear-facing cameras with one being a 13MP unit and the other a 5MP. The front camera is an 8MP unit for selfies. Power comes from a 3,380 mAh internal battery promising up to 12 hours talk time and 16.5 days standby. The REVVL Plus comes in black with magenta accents only; which will likely play favorably to only diehard T-Mobile fans. The OS is Android... Read more...
Google has been battling a number of issues relating to the LG-produced OLED display used on its new Pixel 2 XL Android Oreo flagship. While Google said that the burn-in issue is normal with an OLED and phones using similar screen tech have the same potential issue, it can't say that about some of the other issues that the smartphone must live with. The latest issue for some Pixel 2 XL owners has to do with screen edges that are unresponsive. Google has admitted the issue exists and has said it will sort it out in a future OTA update. The catch is that means at least for now if your Pixel 2 XL... Read more...
If you're one of the lucky relative few who have Android 8.0 'Oreo' on their device, there are a couple of reasons to be pleased about its first major update, appropriately versioned 8.1. That's especially true if you happen to be using a device lacking storage, or simply hate battery-draining apps (and who doesn't?). Storage space comes at a premium in smartphones, but if you're using a high-end device, chances are you're not feeling the same kind of pain that those using lower-end phones are. In today's landscape, even 8GB is a paltry amount of storage - the kind that prevents people from taking... Read more...
The coming OnePlus 5T smartphone has graced us with another leak, and this time some of the specs have turned up thanks to a listing on GFXBench. The specifications according to the benchmark will include a 6-inch FHD+ display packing 2160x1080 pixels. That means an aspect ratio of 18:9, which is like the LG V30 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones. Other specs rumored for the smartphones include a 20MP front camera and dual cameras on the back each offering 16MP. That rear cameras also tipped for tech that allows portrait mode and bokeh effects. Interestingly rumors also suggest that the front selfie camera... Read more...
Paying $699.99 for the Essential Phone? Ain't nobody got time for that. If you shelled out the full asking price of the smartphone on pre-order or early at launch, the bad news for you today is that the price of the smartphone has gone down again, with Best Buy chopping anther $50 off the asking price for the phone as it tries to move stock. With the additional $50 off, the smartphone is now selling for $449.99. The father of Android, Andy Rubin, and his company, Essential, certainly didn’t expect to be here with the fancy new device. The smartphone launched as a Sprint carrier exclusive, which... Read more...
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