Android

Yesterday, HTC updated their HTC Camera application for devices with HTC Sense. Normally, this isn't worth discussing, but the changelog had an entry for RAW photography mode on the One M9. For those that are unfamiliar with what a RAW photo is, in essence it's exactly what would come to mind when it comes to something that is "raw". The file effectively encodes the sensor's data at each pixel, without any loss or significant processing. Normally, this file is completely hidden from the user, and once it enters the image signal processor (ISP) it is only used to produce the final JPEG and is presumably deleted once the JPEG file is saved to internal storage. As a result, we end up with a file that...

Google Updates Gmail for Android With A Unified Inbox

Today Google's Gmail team is shipping an update to Gmail for Android, which has now become the standard mail application for Android Lollipop users. The update brings a great...

12 by Brandon Chester on 3/30/2015

The Dell Venue 8 7000 Series Review

Five years ago, the first of what we would call modern tablet computers were released to the world. What is now an entire product category was originally seen with...

88 by Brandon Chester on 3/12/2015

Google Releases Android 5.1

Today Google has announced the release of Android 5.1 Lollipop. The update is said to improve both performance and stability, as well as including a few new features. The first...

37 by Brandon Chester on 3/9/2015

Pebble Announces the Pebble Time

The original Pebble watch was arguably the first device in what is now a rapidly growing smartwatch segment of the wearables market. Since its release, the software of the...

19 by Brandon Chester on 2/24/2015

The Google Nexus 9 Review

For the past few years, we’ve seen Google place significant emphasis on price as a way of competing with other tablets on the market. The original Nexus 7 managed...

167 by Joshua Ho & Ryan Smith on 2/4/2015

Google Announces Support For 40 Third-Party App Cards In Google Now

Google Now has always been good at giving you relevant information about things like transit, emails, stocks, sport scores, etc. But everything it displays is linked to a Google...

19 by Brandon Chester on 1/30/2015

Google Updates Docs Apps With Improved Functionality and Touch ID Support

Today Google has issued an update to their Docs, Sheets, and Slides applications on iOS and Android. These productivity apps were some of the first to receive Material Design...

0 by Brandon Chester on 1/21/2015

The Android 5.0 Lollipop Review

Google has been very busy with their expansion of Android as a platform this year. At Google IO we saw the announcement of endeavors like Android TV and Android...

126 by Brandon Chester on 12/1/2014

Best Tablets: Holiday 2014

With the holidays approaching, it's time for our annual recommendations for devices in various product categories. Today we're taking a look at what tablets provide the best value and...

82 by Brandon Chester on 11/28/2014

Encryption and Storage Performance in Android 5.0 Lollipop

As alluded to in our Nexus 6 review, our normal storage performance benchmark was no longer giving valid results as of Android 5.0. While Androbench was not a perfect...

93 by Brandon Chester & Joshua Ho on 11/20/2014

The OnePlus One Review

The OnePlus One has been one of the most hyped smartphones of 2014. There's really not much else to be said, as OnePlus' marketing has been quite noticeable amongst...

148 by Joshua Ho on 11/19/2014

The Nexus 6 Review

When consumers think of Google's Nexus devices, they think about the promise of receiving the latest updates for Android essentially as soon as they release. They also think about...

136 by Brandon Chester on 11/12/2014

Quick Note: Android Camera2 and Support For External ISPs

While we've written about Android's Camera2 API before, there was one notable aspect of the discussion that was missing. The missing piece was a discussion of the physical link...

8 by Joshua Ho on 11/9/2014

Google Nexus 9: Preliminary Findings

For a few years now, Google has had a generally consistent tablet strategy. Instead of chasing after the ~10 inch tablet segment and focusing upon the high end, we’ve...

145 by Joshua Ho on 11/3/2014

Google Updates Gmail With Material Design and Support for IMAP and Exchange

Google's applications like Gmail, Camera, and Chrome are likely applications that came on your Android phone when you first purchased it. But unlike iOS where Apple has to ship...

36 by Brandon Chester on 10/31/2014

Samsung Announces the Galaxy A5 and A3 With Full Metal Unibody Designs

Today Samsung announced two new smartphones that fit into their portfolio of mid-range devices. They are the Galaxy A3 and A5. Normally there's not a lot to get excited...

33 by Brandon Chester on 10/31/2014

Thin is the New Thin: Hands On with the 5.15mm KAZAM Tornado 348

My take on thin phones is not a positive one. This comes from two main areas. Firstly I like my phone to have some form of bulk – this...

26 by Ian Cutress on 10/16/2014

Google Announces the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 Running Android Lollipop

Today Google has officially announced the newest devices in the Nexus line, just one day before Apple's October event. Both devices have been rumored for some time now, and...

148 by Brandon Chester on 10/15/2014

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review

At this point, the Galaxy Note line needs little introduction. After all, the Galaxy Note is Samsung’s biggest success in mobile. While Apple redefined the smartphone and tablet segment...

194 by Joshua Ho on 10/15/2014

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