Justin is a technology geek with a background in IT and Android development. While he has a soft spot for Nexus devices, Justin typically juggles two to three devices at once running both Android and iOS. Justin’s work can also be seen at Phandroid, Android Central, and AndroidMeter.
The Galaxy Note 7 was very short lived after handsets began to explode. There have been reports and rumors that the battery was the root cause but results of an official investigation had yet to be announced. Today, Samsung has confirmed that the Note 7’s issues were indeed battery-related, specifically due to positive and negative battery cells making contact…
Update: Nvidia has removed the Upgrade 5.0 release notes from the Shield TV (2015) and has added them to the listing for the newly release Shield TV. The original unit will still receive an upgrade to Android 7.0 but it might not be as soon as we thought.
At CES 2017 we got our first look at the brand new Nvidia Shield TV (2017) which brought with it Android 7.0 Nougat and a slew of new features. Shortly after, we received word that many of these new additions would make their way to the current Nvidia Shield TV (2015).
In the aftermath of last year’s Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall, hardware manufacturers are doing everything they can to ensure that their smartphones are as safe as possible. LG is now taking extra steps to test the safety of the batteries going into the G6 as well as adding hardware to help disperse heat…
With how much our lives reside on the internet either through a web browser or an application on our phones, it is important that everyone’s private data stays secure and of course, private. To do this, companies and developers are implementing encryption into their programs. The issue, according to Google, is that there is no easy to use, generic way to identify and authenticate a user’s public encryption keys…
The Google Pixel has been plagued with issues ranging from early battery shutdowns, freezing issues, manufacturing defects, and much more. Lately, users have also been reporting an issue when transferring files from their Apple MacBooks using the stock Google Pixel USB-C to USB-A cable.
After looking into the issue extensively, it would appear that it likely stems from Google’s Android File Transfer program which hasn’t been updated since 2012…
One thing that the Google Assistant has that puts other voice assistants to shame is the fact that you can have a contextual conversation with it. With information from previous questions or commands, Assistant can make the conversation feel more natural, but it’s not perfect, especially on certain devices. It looks like the Nvidia Shield will have a leg up on some other Assistant-supported devices, however.
Google is currently rolling out an update to Google’s beta application which hints at several new features to come in the future. One of these is the ability to input text when talking directly to the Assistant on the Google Pixel. Other changes include further work to get Assistant working on Android Wear plus something new called “Search gestures”…
ZTE took to the stage at CES 2017 to announce two new devices coming to the US market. The first is a phone we’ve seen previously released in Asia, Europe, and Mexico and that is the Blade V8 Pro. The second is a device that ZTE crowdsourced called the Hawkeye. Both devices are fairly inexpensive and come unlocked — but are either of them worth your time?