Google Maps now features an enhanced Explore Nearby feature, makes it easier than ever to explore

Google Maps now features an enhanced Explore Nearby feature, makes it easier than ever to explore

On July 21, we got word that Google was experimenting with a new, more robust “Explore” feature within Google Maps. While there wasn’t any word at the time when the feature could start rolling out to everyone, luckily it looks like we don’t have to wait long after all. The new feature has just been officially announced by Google.

The best and worst features of Android Wear

The best and worst features of Android Wear

Android Wear is still in its infancy as a platform. The main SDK was announced a few months ago, and the LG G Watch as well as the Samsung Gear Live have barely been available for a few weeks in the market. As a result, the day-to-day experience with Android Wear has been a series of awe-inducing moments followed by frustrations. In the following post, I will detail the best and worst features of the platform (you can also check my separate LG G Watch impressions and Steve’s G Watch / Wear review).

Samsung Galaxy Alpha shows up in live photos, shows off metal edges and 4.7-inch display

Samsung Galaxy Alpha shows up in live photos, shows off metal edges and 4.7-inch display

There’s been a lot of talk about Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Alpha, what was being previously called the Galaxy F, and its metal construction. While many believed that it would be an all-metal handset, numerous reports have suggested that Samsung would use a very minimal amount of metal in their upcoming “flagship” handset. Turns out, those reports could very well turn out to be true.

HTC One Remix official, launches on Verizon July 24 for $99 with a contract

HTC One Remix official, launches on Verizon July 24 for $99 with a contract

In May, HTC officially announced the One mini 2. Despite launching after the One (M8), the One mini 2 isn’t so much of a smaller version of that device, more so than a direct sequel to the One mini that launched in 2013. And Verizon was quick to jump on the opportunity, it seems.

Easily gain root access on the LG G3 using PurpleDrake

Easily gain root access on the LG G3 using PurpleDrake

Just like the recent Galaxy devices from Samsung, LG has included a root checker on the G3, which will automatically trip if it detects that the handset has been rooted, effectively voiding the warranty of the device.

This app will allow you to add more shortcuts to the Galaxy S5′s Toolbox

This app will allow you to add more shortcuts to the Galaxy S5′s Toolbox

One of the handy little features on the Galaxy S5 is its toolbox feature. The toolbox is a small floating circle that will be always present on your screen, if enabled, and can be dragged around freely. Tapping the circle will provide users with quick access to any of their pre-specified apps. Sadly, this list is only limited to five apps, which might not be sufficient for everyone.

Sony Xperia Z3 specs leak; Barely offers an upgrade over the Z2

Sony Xperia Z3 specs leak; Barely offers an upgrade over the Z2

Sony is known to operate on a six-month flagship release cycle with modest specs update over its preceding device. However, if the leaked specs of the upcoming Xperia Z3 are anything to go by, the company might be taking things a bit too far (or not) this time. 

Samsung’s new ad showcases surfing, adds some technology to spice things up

Samsung’s new ad showcases surfing, adds some technology to spice things up

For Samsung, a massive marketing budget means they can try a wide variety of different angles to sell their devices. Whether it’s a soccer team that needs to come together through the power of GALAXY to defend the world, or just bashing the competitor’s products, Samsung has every possible method of promoting their products down. In their latest ad, it’s all about surfing, with some technology thrown in for good measure.

Galaxy S5 in Europe receiving update for ‘improved performance’, still Android 4.4.2

Galaxy S5 in Europe receiving update for ‘improved performance’, still Android 4.4.2

Keeping an eye out for any kind of update can give us an idea of when new software, or just tweaks to the software we’re already using, is heading to devices all over the world. Today, the unlocked variant of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S5 is reportedly receiving an update that should make owners pretty happy.

Google Play Store Material Design update reportedly now rolling out

Google Play Store Material Design update reportedly now rolling out

When Google introduced Android L, they did so with gusto, showcasing what they call Material Design. With it, Android gets a major facelift (along with other Google-based properties). Google wasn’t open about when Material Design would see the light of day during the announcement, just referencing future plans, but many thought we’d have to wait until this fall when Android L saw its public release. Turns out, that’s not the case.