A complete breakdown of Sprint's Unlimited Freedom plan and everything else you can get when you sign up for service.
In the United States, there are a lot of companies that can get you and your phone online, but most people use one of the four biggest: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. Choosing between them can be difficult. Your first priority should be what service works best in the...
When it comes to SD cards, our phones have a need for speed.
An SD card is the only way to get extra storage space inside your phone. If you need an extra 256GB of storage that doesn't need any wires or anything plugged in, you have no other option. But you have to do it right to make the most of it.
The single biggest decision to make when you're buying an SD card is the speed. The form...
Pre-orders are open now and you'll have your stuff the same day the phone arrives.
If you're all lined up to get a brand new Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ when it lands on the virtual shelves you can preorder everything you need to go along with it from Amazon.
The DeX Station that lets you use your new S8 like a computer with a mouse, keyboard, and a monitor is $150 and ships April 20. USB ports,...
A report from Motherboard is some very bad news for fans of Samsung's other operating system, Tizen.
Speaking with Israeli security researcher Amihai Neiderman of Equus Software, Motherboard tells us that there are currently 40 unreported security vulnerabilities that would allow remote execution and hacking of every Samsung TV, watch or phone that uses Tizen as the operating system. More...
In an effort to promote growth and build a safe harbor against patent litigation, Google and some of its major partners have created PAX.
PAX is the latest cross-licensing patent initiative where members provide royalty-free use of patents that cover everything Android-related. The companies involved feel that this will help keep innovation coming, spur future growth, and protect against legal...
Google makes money from Android by giving it away to everyone else.
Android is a free open-source operating system. The AOSP (Android Open Source Project) is free to download, free to alter, free to build into a product that can power just about anything. But it's probably not something you've ever used when you picked up a phone or other gizmo that runs "Android".
Android is not a thing...
Fixing the latest bugs and exploits in Android every month.
Google has detailed the latest Android Security Bulletin and released the fixes for Nexus and Pixel devices.
These are exploits and other security concerns that affect Android as a whole. Issues with the operating system, kernel patches, and driver updates may not affect any particular device, but these need to be fixed in the...
Update, April 2017: The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is the best Android tablet you can buy right now, but enthusiasts should still consider the Pixel C.
Best on a budget
Best for enthusiasts
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
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The two most important things to have in a full-size Android tablet are a great screen and software that uses every inch of it. That's what...
The open Android is the most important Android.
Android is one of the largest and most popular collections of open source software that has even seen the light of day. But the Android you're getting when you buy the next important phone isn't, and we have to wonder if anyone really cares.
Open source and "free and open" doesn't mean free as in getting something that doesn't cost money. It can...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 31 Mar 2017 3:03 pm
It's Mint SIM vs. Project Fi in this head-to-head comparison.
Mint SIM and Project Fi are "alternative carriers" or mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs). They're not the Big Four (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile), but they lease coverage from those networks and resell it to you for less. Plans are often prepaid and fixed contracts are few and far between.
Let's compare Mint SIM and...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 31 Mar 2017 2:00 pm
Update, March 2017: Our new pick for best Chromebook for students remains the budget-friendly and portable Chromebook Flip, but Samsung's Chromebook Pro is now the pick for anyone who wants the very best.
Best big screen
ASUS Chromebook Flip (C100)
See at Amazon
If you are a student in the market for a Chromebook or if you're buying for someone...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 31 Mar 2017 8:00 am
Numbers can mean a lot of things, but not all the things.
Update, March 2017: This post has been updated with information on the latest phones and benchmark techniques.
When it's time for Samsung to show us a new phone, talk about the hardware inevitably brings up the subject of benchmarks. The Galaxy S8, Samsung's showcase phone for 2017, is no different. And as expected, just by existing...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 30 Mar 2017 3:00 pm
There's no foolproof way to be 100% anonymous, but you don't have to just give away your data without a fight.
You ISP has been given free reign to record 100% of what you do online and sell that information to the highest bidder. An FCC rule designed to at least get your permission was voted away by the people elected to represent us, and an existing FTC suggestion to allow us all to opt out...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 29 Mar 2017 4:58 pm
"Super widescreen" phones need some special attention if you want your app to look great.
The age of larger display format phones is here. LG's G6 sports an 18:9 screen aspect ratio and the Galaxy S8 brought an 18.5:9 display to the party. Since those two phones will be the most popular high-end Android models for 2017, Google has posted a quickie on the Android Developers blog to make sure...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 28 Mar 2017 1:00 pm
Not even Google thinks you should try the Android O developer preview if you're not a developer.
It's really cool that Google released a preview of Android O for everyone. Google has always made sure that developing for Android has almost no barriers and anyone can use the tools that they need to do it without paying any special developer fees or using specific equipment. If you're trying to...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 27 Mar 2017 12:00 pm
Being informed is great for us, but big carriers would rather keep you in the dark when shopping for phone service.
There are plenty of reasons to use an MVNO instead of one of the four major network providers here in the U.S. We have talked about many of them and most center on the service to cost ratio and how an MVNO can usually be a better value for most people. We think that value is a...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 26 Mar 2017 10:00 am
What are the best Chrome extensions I should be using?
Update 24 March 2017: We've refreshed this list to ensure you're kept up to the latest when it comes to the best Chrome extensions you should be using.
The amount of time most people spend browsing the internet continues to rise each year, and Google's Chrome browser attempts to be the most comfortable and versatile browser out there. To...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 25 Mar 2017 8:39 pm
It is impossible to go seven or more days without some messaging news from Google.
Google seems to understand that it needs to pare its messenger story down to a few apps that cover everyone's needs (so it's easier for people to ignore them all and use WhatsApp anyway). And, to some extent, that's what is happening, but everything feels so chaotic and is changing before replacements are ready...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 24 Mar 2017 4:12 pm
The 2017 Android Wear watch line-up is looking good!
If you want your smartwatch to look good while it's doing all the cool things on your wrist, you're going to love what we're seeing from the Baselworld 2017 watch show.
Courtesy of the @AndroidWear Twitter account we get a first look at watches from Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger, and Movado that look nothing like any Android Wear 2 watch we've...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 24 Mar 2017 1:00 pm
Making your own arcade is a lot easier than you think.
The Raspberry Pi is an amazing little computer. Ultra cheap and well supported, it's perfect for all sorts of projects like running Kodi or playing games.
It's also a killer little emulation station that you can play a ton of throwback console ROMs on, and there's a custom operating system that makes doing it a lot easier than you think...