Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 23 Feb 2017 8:00 am
Update, 29 April 2017: Our pick for best Chromebook is the Samsung Chromebook Plus, and the Acer Chromebook R13 is our budget pick.
Best on the go
Best on a budget
Samsung Chromebook Plus
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Samsung and Google have built the best Chromebook you can buy with the Samsung Chromebook Plus. It's incredibly well built, has one of the best displays of any...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 22 Feb 2017 9:00 am
Chrome's Autofill feature remembers typos, too. Good thing editing is so easy!
Having the Chrome browser remember your details when filling out forms on the internet can be handy. Most times when you sign up for any service or buy something online, you'll need to enter the same information each time and a secure way to enter it all at once saves time and means fewer errors. But it's only a...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 21 Feb 2017 9:00 am
A complete breakdown of the AT&T Unlimited plan so you know exactly what you get if you switch.
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 places you spend...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 20 Feb 2017 3:30 pm
A complete breakdown of T-Mobile's ONE plan and everything else you can get when you sign up for service from Big Magenta.
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...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 18 Feb 2017 3:30 pm
Andromeda and Fuchsia look to be the mating of Chrome and Android, just not the way anyone thought it would be.
I got to completely geek out when Daniel Matte wrote up the things he found about Andromeda while looking through some Google source code earlier this week. It reinforced a lot of the things I thought when I first looked through all the code in August 2016, caught a lot more things...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 17 Feb 2017 8:11 pm
TAG Heuer Connected Modular to appear March 14, fully customizable and convertible.
Back in January 2017, TAG Heuer CEO Jean-Claude Biver said the company wanted to release a successor to the $1,500 TAG Connected in May 2017 during an interview with Swiss paper Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Android Central has learned some details about the coming TAG wearable from one of those people "familiar with the...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 17 Feb 2017 4:40 pm
If at first you don't succeed ...
CNBC reports that Softbank still has goals of a Sprint / T-Mobile merger becoming a valid number three carrier in the U.S. and it has a novel way of getting it to happen this time: giving control of Sprint to Deutsche Telekom and becoming a minor partner in a new combined network.
In 2014, Softbank, which owned Sprint after a $21.6 billion 2013 investment,...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 17 Feb 2017 9:00 am
New phones shipping with outdated versions of Android isn't too surprising. The reasons? Release cycles, and Benjamin Franklin.
This summer, you'll see phones sold — expensive phones — that have older versions of Android. Brand new phones that cost hundreds of dollars and are the best models available. They will be on shelves beside other brand new phones that have "old" software on them, too...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 16 Feb 2017 2:25 pm
Fuchsia and Andromeda are certainly a thing, but it's still not clear exactly where they will fit into Google's plans.
Set your way back machines to August 2016, and one of the things you might see is talking about a mystery operating system from Google named Fuchsia. We took a look at it when people started noticing it was being worked on, and got some really cool clues about what might be...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 16 Feb 2017 1:00 pm
Google Assistant still lacks any sort of chain of command when using it across multiple devices. And now your watch has it.
A big part of the Android Wear 2.0 update is the inclusion of Google Assistant. If you've never used it, Google Assistant is like a friendlier version of Google Now that can remember things and help you by doing more "stuff" than the original could. It's pretty cool, and...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 15 Feb 2017 3:40 pm
Mobile World Congress is right around the corner, and that means the products that will be announced are leaking all over the internet. Today we get to see the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus in just enough detail for us all to talk about it!
We already know what to expect here. The Moto G line isn't a new thing and Moto will deliver a quality mid-range phone at a decent price. We'll all remark how...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 15 Feb 2017 1:30 pm
Wireless charging isn't magic, but it can be convenient.
Wireless charging, like the Qi charging many Android phones use, isn't new technology. My Panasonic electric razor used it many years ago, and most of us have seen toothbrushes that charge wirelessly in a cradle. And of course, we can't forget Palm and the way they brought wireless charging (though a different standard) to the masses...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 15 Feb 2017 12:00 pm
All four major carriers in the U.S. offer unlimited data plans. But which is the best?
This post was updated February 27, 2017 with the latest information.
With Verizon bringing back an unlimited data plan, the big four networks in the United States (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon) all carry an unlimited data plan now. That's important for power users as well as anyone who uses their...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 14 Feb 2017 12:00 pm
New software and some shiny new watches from LG make Android Wear a little more interesting.
So, we've got a significant platform update for Android Wear and two carefully created watches to showcase it. It's overdue. Most anyone who is familiar will tell you that Android Wear was getting a little stale and needed a watchOS-level update to freshen things up. And I think that describes the new...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 13 Feb 2017 5:47 pm
Are we ready for apps that install from a search result? We need to be because they're here.
Some folks are starting to see Google's Instant Apps feature roll out to their phones and it seems like Wish is the first company to use them.
Back at Google I/O 2016 Google told us about Instant Apps. The idea is that you would find an app in your Google search results and be able to tap a button and...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 13 Feb 2017 3:00 pm
You can save a bunch of cash if you know where to look.
Android Wear 2.0 is here, and that means a lot of early adopters will be selling their perfectly fine watches to help fund a new one. Plenty of them will also be updated to Android Wear 2.0, so this is a good chance to score a new-to-you piece of Android for your wrist!
The trick is knowing where to look. I was poking around and saw...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 13 Feb 2017 8:00 am
Are a handful of Plume Pods better than 3 Google Wifi pucks? Maybe.
There are a lot of ways to get a radio signal from one place to another. This is as true for your home Wi-Fi setup as it is for any other radio equipment. When it comes to mesh networking, there are two distinct types of setup being offered by a growing handful of companies. Trying to sort out what's best for you and your...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 12 Feb 2017 5:09 pm
Unlimited data plans are back at big red, and the prices don't suck.
Verizon took the wraps off of a new data plan that gives customers unlimited data, talk, and text for $80 on a single line. Four lines can all get the same unlimited deal for $45 per line.
Of course, they mean alternative-unlimited like every other carrier does and you might get throttled at 22GB. We're told it shouldn't...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 12 Feb 2017 9:00 am
The next best thing to being in there.
Nothing is better than spending Valentine's Day with the one you love. It's a day like any other day, but it's also been traditionally set aside for couples to do those things couples like to do with each other. But life being what it is, sometimes it's impossible to be with each other and make some private fireworks.
We're not saying even the best app...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 11 Feb 2017 3:04 pm
The things you may need to do to protect your privacy in today's world is interesting and terrifying at the same time.
One interesting byproduct of a shift in the U.S. executive branch's stance on border safety is seeing people actually concerned about their privacy and data safety when they need to cross those borders. No matter where you stand on the current administration's ideas and...