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  • Samsung Galaxy S8 Active gets Android 9 Pie on T-Mobile

    Samsung devices haven’t historically been the quickest to receive OS updates. This week, Android 9 Pie came to the T-Mobile variant of the extra-durable Galaxy S8 Active, nearly a year and a half after the Oreo update. The update, which has baseband version number G892USQU5CSG7, comes with all the normal Pie improvements, like optional two-button […]

  • Android 9 Pie lands on Verizon LG V30

    Android 10 is here, bereft of any colorful desert name — but many devices are still catching up on the previous version, Android 9 Pie. Such is the state of 2017’s LG V30, the Verizon variant of which has recently started receiving the update. Several users on the LG V30 subreddit (turns out that yes, […]

  • All the Android games and phones that support high frame rates (90/120FPS)

    It would appear that mobile games with high refresh rates are becoming more and more popular now that there’s a slew of Android devices out there that support 90-120fps. For the uninitiated, the higher the refresh rate for a game, the better it looks in action, which is why gamers are often concerned with refresh […]

  • The 5 best and worst things about the Samsung Galaxy Note10

    You know what you’re getting with each new Galaxy Note release: a big honkin’ display, great build, great performance, and of course, the S Pen. Those things are all still true of the Note10 and 10+ — but frankly, it’s getting a little predictable at this point. Here are the five best and worst things […]

  • Google’s Project Jacquard is still alive, more smart clothing coming soon

    Google first revealed Project Jacquard in 2015 as a platform for interactive clothing, and the first retail product using it — the Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket — arrived in 2017. You could hover your hand over the jacket’s arm to skip music, accept/dismiss calls, and so on. The jacket isn’t sold anymore, but Google isn’t […]

  • MoviePass is shutting down tomorrow, parent company hopes to find a buyer

    “Get customers now, worry about making money later” is a prevailing mindset for tech startups. Sometimes that works, and sometimes you get a MoviePass. After MoviePass cut its all-you-can-watch movie theater subscription service to a tantalizing $9.95/month, it never quite managed to carve out enough of a profit to actually continue operating, and now the […]

  • Sorry, HTPC owners: YouTube is killing its web-based TV interface

    YouTube launched its ‘Leanback’ interface in 2010, originally designed as an automatic playback client for when you didn’t want to search and navigate through videos yourself. It later turned into a full-fledged web application for control with a remote, intended for use with smart TVs and other similar devices. Unfortunately, the Leanback web app is […]

  • The Motorola One Action gives the Moto G a run for its money

    Motorola once held a practically unchallenged position at the top of the budget smartphone food chain, but increasingly capable competition from the likes of Nokia and a host of Chinese brands has changed the landscape in recent years. The now Lenovo-owned company has also lost its value proposition edge, with the Moto G7 not able […]

  • [Update: Detailed timeline] Huawei announces EMUI 10 based on Android Q, P30 series getting beta on September 8

    Update 1: 2019/08/15 5:48am PDT Update 2: 2019/09/10 12:16am PDT Right after announcing its very own mobile operating system HarmonyOS during its developer conference, Huawei quickly followed up by showing its continued commitment to Android. The company unveiled the latest iteration of EMUI, number 10.0, based on Android Q. A beta version of it is coming to […]

  • V-MODA Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex Edition headphones are $300 ($50 off) on Amazon

    V-MODA isn’t one of the best-known audio brands out there, but it has a reputation of combining excellent build quality with great sound. Its current premium wireless headphone offering, the Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex Edition (what a mouthful), is currently discounted on Amazon from $349.99 to $299.99. We’ve reviewed the Crossfade 2 Wireless before, but […]

  • The Play Store is finally getting a dark theme

    Google has updated many of its apps with dark themes, with Gmail being the most recent entrant. It looks like the Play Store is, at long last, receiving a dark theme of its own. Like Gmail and other Google apps, the Play Store’s dark theme is a dark grey, and it looks pretty nice. As […]