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  • Defiantly plastic: designing the Galaxy S5

    23 April 2014, 10:15 am by: Mat Smith

    "Our major aims were usability, friendliness and a more humanistic design. We wanted something with a pleasing feel ... and better grip. If we used metal, [we felt] the designs felt heavy and cold," explains Senior Product Designer Dong Hun Kim, pointing to…
  • DoubleTwist's latest Android tweak brings Google Play Music to Apple TV (update)

    23 April 2014, 7:05 am by: Timothy J. Seppala

    Google's mobile-streaming tech has a lot going for it, but listening to music stored in Mountain View's cloud is still limited to a handful of home devices. AirPlay-compatible gadgets, however, are a probably a bit more common than the Nexus Q, Chromecast and…
  • Japan Display promises 4K tablet screens that won't kill your battery

    23 April 2014, 5:53 am by: Sharif Sakr

    If we draw an almost totally arbitrary line in the sand and call it "500 pixels per inch," then smartphones now stand proudly on one side of it, while tablets still languish on the other. Japan Display is gently nudging the market forward, however, with the 4K…
  • Viber's first major redesign makes it look right at home on the iPhone

    23 April 2014, 5:00 am by: Edgar Alvarez

    Internet calling and messaging service Viber does a solid job of constantly bringing new features to its apps, regardless of the platform. Now, some seven months after iOS 7 was released, Viber is finally changing the looks of its iPhone app to match that…
  • Meet the One, OnePlus' $299 Nexus killer

    23 April 2014, 4:00 am by: Richard Lai

    Rarely do we see a tech startup spending five months actively hyping up an unborn product; and when we do, most of them end up being vaporware. Luckily, that's not the case with OnePlus. Today, the Shenzhen-based company has finally unveiled its first…
  • Whatsapp now has 500 million active users to offer its new social overlord

    23 April 2014, 12:41 am by: Mariella Moon

    Some companies lose their following after an acquisition, but not Whatsapp -- apparently, its userbase just continued to grow after Facebook bought it for $19 billion. The FB-owned entity has revealed that it now has 500 million active users, up 50 million…
  • You can take your Sprint phone to other US carriers next year

    22 April 2014, 10:50 pm by: Jon Fingas

    If you're with Sprint, you don't have many options for unlocking your phone's SIM card slot; if you can do it at all, you're limited to service on foreign networks. You'll have far more flexibility in the near future, though. The carrier has revealed that it…
  • Google's new mobile ads help find apps that fit your daily habits

    22 April 2014, 10:17 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Ads for mobile apps are rarely personal; they're more often based on search keywords than your actual habits. Google is fixing this today with new ads in search and on YouTube that reflect your day-to-day app uses and purchases. If you regularly track your…
  • HTC's Droid DNA will get updated to KitKat this week, despite its age

    22 April 2014, 6:03 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Don't worry, Droid DNA fans -- HTC may have given the One series its first batch of Android 4.4 KitKat upgrades, but it still has plenty of love for Verizon's late 2012 flagship. Mo Versi, Executive Director of Product Management, announced that the DNA will…
  • Barnes & Noble's new app wants to change how you study

    22 April 2014, 3:18 pm by: Emily Price

    Back in my day, we carried backpacks loaded with six or seven textbooks... up a hill... both ways in the snow. Once we got to class, we had to take all our notes in equally large notebooks. A new app from Barnes & Noble called Yuzu is making life easier for…
  • Leaks hint at a sleeker UI and a Google Now-like service on the LG G3

    22 April 2014, 2:02 pm by: Sarah Silbert

    The latest rumors about LG's G3 handset have mentioned a Quad HD display, but now it's time to take a look at what you'll see on that screen. According to leaked screenshots acquired by Digital Trends, the upcoming smartphone will feature a completely new…
  • Tilting Amazon's phone could be the most important thing you do with it

    22 April 2014, 12:36 pm by: Chris Velazco

    Amazon's got at least one smartphone up its sleeves, and we know it's going to feature some curious 3D effects thanks to a slew of sensors and a quartet of front-facing cameras. That's not all she wrote, though: previous reports alleged that users could tilt…
  • Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review: A top-tier slate with a familiar face

    22 April 2014, 12:00 pm by: Chris Velazco

    Oh, Sony. Its earliest Android tablet efforts were a little odd (and that's putting it politely), but the company eventually managed to get its act together. Last year's Xperia Tablet Z? Easily the finest Android slate that Sony's ever made. When it came time…
  • Engadget giveaway: win an Anki Drive Starter Kit and two of its newest cars!

    22 April 2014, 11:00 am by: Jon Turi

    Video games are great, but sometimes on-screen action doesn't cut it when it comes to play time. But it is 2014, so there's little need to clutter the house with interlocking track segments when it's time to set up the speedway. Anki and its iOS-based Drive…
  • Mailbox's Auto-swipe archives and deletes on iOS so you don't have to

    22 April 2014, 8:22 am by: Mariella Moon

    When Mailbox hit Android earlier this month, it came with a new feature called Auto-swipe that wasn't on the iOS version -- until now, that is. Yes, iOS users who just can't be bothered to wrangle those cluttered inboxes anymore: Mailbox for iPhones and iPads…
  • London Tube and buses begin trialling smartphone payments (again)

    22 April 2014, 5:35 am by: Matt Brian

    Despite suggestions that NFC payments were too slow, London's Tube and bus networks appear ready once again for some contactless disruption. According to the Financial Times, both EE and Vodafone have engaged in talks with Transport for London (TfL) to provide…
  • LG's upcoming G Watch will be water resistant and 'always on'

    22 April 2014, 3:02 am by: Sharif Sakr

    LG's official site has just spilled a few extra tidbits about the G Watch, which is due out in the summer and will be based on Google's Android Wear platform. For a start, there'll be two color options: "stealth black" or "champagne gold," both with plain…
  • BLU's latest smartphone is big, cheap and contract-free

    21 April 2014, 6:11 pm by: Edgar Alvarez

    When it comes to offering a vast selection of Android smartphones on the cheap, BLU Products is a company that quickly comes to mind. And now we can add another one to its budget-friendly lineup: the Blu Studio 6.0 HD. As its moniker would imply, this is a…
  • Google Hangouts merges conversations and texts messages from the same sender

    21 April 2014, 3:57 pm by: Billy Steele

    Since Google tacked on SMS messages to its Hangouts app, it has been tweaking the experience to keep convos on the up and up, and this week it's making a major change. In version 2.1 of the software, text messages and Hangout conversations from the same…
  • Google Glass now displays your iPhone's text messages

    21 April 2014, 3:34 pm by: Billy Steele

    On the heels of last week's KitKat update, Google Glass nabbed up two more notable improvements today. First, iOS users can now have their text messages displayed on Glass, after a quick toggle of the Bluetooth settings. Here's the catch: "due to some…
  • Samsung Gear Fit review: a messy merger of fitness band and smartwatch

    21 April 2014, 2:00 pm by: Brad Molen

    Fitness trackers and smartwatches come a dime a dozen, but devices that combine the best of both? Still exceedingly rare. Now, however, Samsung thinks it has the perfect solution in the Gear Fit, a fitness band with a beautiful, curved screen, as well as a…
  • Microsoft and Nokia finally tying the knot on April 25th

    21 April 2014, 12:55 pm by: Brad Molen

    Let the wedding bells ring! Microsoft announced this morning that it finally has something we've been curious about since September: the actual date the company will complete its proposed acquisition of Nokia's devices and services business. In a blog post,…
  • HTC-made Nexus 8 reportedly coming this summer

    21 April 2014, 12:31 pm by: Brad Molen

    When it comes to producing affordable Nexus tablets, Google's on a roll -- and it's looking to take advantage of that momentum. After partnering with ASUS on a 7-inch tablet each of the last two summers, the software giant is now reportedly working with HTC on…
  • This 3mm-thick connector will let you Snap things onto your phone

    21 April 2014, 11:11 am by: Richard Lai

    People buy cases mainly to protect their precious phones, but very few offer functional versatility, and you're often forced to give them up when you upgrade. Well, that may no longer be a problem thanks to a new minimalistic solution dubbed Snap. This…
  • You can now pay for your Domino's Pizza with Google Wallet

    21 April 2014, 8:16 am by: Matt Brian

    Domino's has already made it pretty easy to order your favorite pizza using your smartphone, but today things are getting even simpler for US Android device owners. Today the company confirmed that it's added Google Wallet to the list of supported payment…

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