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 Auto. But the stars of the show were a preview of the next version of Android, code named Android L, and Google's new Material Design principles for interface design across all of their products. In the years since Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich released, we've seen the launch of Jellybean and KitKat, but both of these versions were very iterative improvements upon 4.0 and had equally iterative version numbers with Jellybean being major versions 4.1 through 4.3 and KitKat being 4.4. Lollipop is given the major version number of 5.0, and it's quite fitting as...

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...

79 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...

92 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...

147 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...

133 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...

7 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...

142 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...

193 by Joshua Ho on 10/15/2014

HTC Announces the Desire EYE

Today at their Double Exposure event in New York, HTC has announced the Desire EYE. The major feature on the Desire EYE is its 13MP front facing camera which...

17 by Brandon Chester & Joshua Ho on 10/8/2014

The New Motorola Moto X (2nd Gen) Review

While I talked about Motorola’s issues in the launch article for the new Moto X, it’s well worth repeating. Motorola has been through a lot these past few years...

178 by Joshua Ho on 9/17/2014

Adobe Brings EchoSign App to Android

EchoSign is a system for managing electronic signatures on agreements, contracts, and other documents that can be transmitted electronically. The product was acquired by Adobe in 2011 to supplement...

2 by Brandon Chester on 9/16/2014

NVIDIA Opens Pre-Orders For The SHIELD Tablet With LTE and 32GB Of Storage

NVIDIA's SHIELD Tablet arrived earlier this year and it was one of the first devices to use NVIDIA's Tegra K1 platform with 4 Cortex A15 cores and a single...

16 by Brandon Chester on 9/16/2014

Huawei Honor 6 Review

While Huawei's flagship banner was traditionally carried by its Ascend P-series, the P7 didn't ship with a high end SoC that was able to compete with other devices in...

58 by Andrei Frumusanu & Joshua Ho on 9/12/2014

Huawei Ascend Mate 7 & Ascend G7 Hands-On

Today Huawei launches the successor to the Ascend Mate, the Mate 7 and a new mid-range device called the Ascent G7. I've got my hands on a Mate 7...

29 by Andrei Frumusanu on 9/4/2014

HTC Announces the Desire 820

According to HTC, the Desire 816 proved to be a popular device in the mid-range smartphone market. Now, only a bit longer than six months after its release, the...

13 by Brandon Chester on 9/4/2014

IFA 2014 Lenovo Announcements - Android Tablet, Gaming Laptop, Gaming Desktop

The world’s largest PC maker arrived at the IFA trade show in Berlin with quite a few new products. Today Lenovo announced an 8” tablet, a 17” gaming laptop...

14 by Brett Howse on 9/3/2014

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