With the exploding Note 7 battery fiasco, Samsung inadvertently did something that’s increasingly difficult these days: It made smartphones interesting for a flickering moment. Super interesting in fact. Besides the intriguing mournful saga of the Note 7, whose embarrassing recall cost the company billions, Samsung…
If you’ve ever had the very specific fantasy of playing Ms. Pacman on your neighborhood streets, there’s good news. The Google Maps phone app will let you transform anywhere into a playable Ms. Pacman stage.
New Year’s Eve might be the best party night of the year, but it can also be the most stressful, from losing your phone to the far more perilous drive home. Here are a few things you can do now to stay safe and sane this New Year’s.
Android: Google finally released a standalone Android Auto app, so you don’t need an expensive head unit to use it. Now, you can use Ok, Google to start voice commands while you’re using it, whether you have the app or the head unit.
When an app claims to be powered by “artificial intelligence” it feels like you’re in the future. What does that really mean, though? We’re taking a look at what buzzwords like AI, machine learning, and neural networks really mean and whether they actually help improve your apps.
LeEco, the Chinese company that bought US-based TV giant Vizio back in July, just announced its first smartphones in the US. They have great specs, run Android, and the good news is, they are super, super cheap.
iOS/Android/Web: Choosing a place to visit can be easy, but choosing what to do there, on your budget, with friends or family, can be difficult. Gogobot filters your options so you can discover activities and spots that match your interests and passions.
Since 2010's Hydro Thunder Hurricane, developer Vector Unit’s been finding new ways to do what they do best: high-speed water-based racing. With Riptide GP: Renegade they’re taking a stab at adding depth and character. It’s about damn time.
When it debuted back in 2012, CSR Racing’s bite-sized bouts of drag racing were just the right amount of driving excitement for mobile gamers. CSR Racing 2 keeps the action brief, but gives players a little more control over a lot prettier cars.
You’re probably used to getting turn-by-turn directions to your next destination with Google Maps, but there’s also a pretty-well-hidden Driving Mode just for... well, driving. It alerts you to traffic problems, directs you to nearby gas pumps and stores, and is useful for those times when you already know your route…
The very last place you should spend long amounts of time on your phone is behind the wheel of a car. Fortunately, plenty of apps are designed to help you find information and deal with distractions on the road safely.
Android: Controlling your phone while you drive isn’t terribly easy. Google Now and other voice assistants can do a lot, but Drivemode takes the idea a step further. It incorporates many of those voice commands with a simple, gesture and color-based interface that’s powerful without being distracting.
I was really excited when Google announced Android Auto last year. I spend a lot of time driving, and it sounded way safer and more convenient than sticking my phone to the dash. Eleven months later, I finally got to take it for a spin. The TL;DR version? I want it in my car, like, now. I bet you’d like it too.
Last year, Android Auto was unleashed at Google’s big developer’s conference, but that was just a taste of its dashboard ambitions. At next week’s Google I/O, all signs point to the company giving us a glimpse into a new infotainment system designed from the ground-up to be powered by Android.
Google is out with 70 new “partners” that integrate with Google Now, the contextual, timely Android app that keeps you informed about everything from weather to commute times to what’s good to eat at the food court. But some of the most interesting integrations are auto-related. Here’s the best we’ve found.
I’m actually pretty excited about the newly redesigned Smart ForTwo. It’s based on the new Renault Twingo, and that platform is about as close to my ideal modern Beetle as anyone is likely to make any time soon. But what I want to point out is a detail, albeit a big one — the Smart’s phone dock system looks really…
Android/iOS: Alongways, the service that finds interesting and useful places to stop along your road trip route, just took the wraps off of new mobile apps for iOS and Android that will guide you to interesting sights, places to eat, historic landmarks, and more while you're already on the road—perfect if you'd like a…