Google can now show what you can do near your hotel

Google can now show what you can do near your hotel

Thanks to its integration with Gmail, Google Now cam sometime be borderline creepy. Today, Google is rolling out another feature for Now that takes advantage of this integration to help make the lives of travelers a bit easier. 

Instagram launches one-touch photo sharing app Bolt in select countries

Instagram launches one-touch photo sharing app Bolt in select countries

Last week, a promotional banner for a previously unheard of app called Bolt appeared in Instagram user’s feeds. Now, the app is official, but the Facebook-owned Instagram is keeping the soft roll-out secluded to only a few countries.

Google Play Developer Publishing API aims to give devs better control of their apps

Google Play Developer Publishing API aims to give devs better control of their apps

At this year’s Google I/O, the company announced quite a few things, with many of the announcements geared directly towards developers. One of those announcements was the API known as Google Play Developer Publishing. Now, more than a month later, it’s finally rolling out.

5 Great offline Android games

5 Great offline Android games

Last week, Google started a new collection promotion on the Play Store featuring games that you can play while your phone or tablet are offline. This feature comes in handy if you are in an area with a spotty reception (train, rural areas, etc) or if you don’t want to drain the battery life of your device while the screen is already on constantly for the game. There are 30 games in that collection, but we have hand-picked 5 great ones that should satisfy any gaming style.

ProtectedApps Xposed module lets you lock Android apps natively

ProtectedApps Xposed module lets you lock Android apps natively

By default, Android lacks the ability to lock access to any specific app. Users are instead required to make use of third-party apps from the Play Store, the majority of which look very clunky and can be bypassed by any knowledgeable Android user (hint: Force stop/Clear Data).

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini starts shipping on August 7 in the UK

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini starts shipping on August 7 in the UK

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 Mini was officially announced on July 1, and has popped up for pre-order at some retailers along the way. For those who have been waiting to get their hands on this smaller variant of Samsung’s flagship device, the wait is finally coming to an end, with the manufacturer announcing a start date for shipments.

Huawei ships 20 million smartphones in Q2 2014, sees 85 percent year-on-year growth

Huawei ships 20 million smartphones in Q2 2014, sees 85 percent year-on-year growth

Huawei might not be the most popular smartphone manufacturer out there, but it has managed to capture huge market share in the last year or so, becoming the world’s third biggest phone vendor in Q1 2014, behind Samsung and Apple. The company has published its performance results for the first half of 2014, and all signs point towards a continued growth in the coming months. 

Confirmed: Google-Motorola are working on a Nexus ‘phablet’

Confirmed: Google-Motorola are working on a Nexus ‘phablet’

A couple of days ago, the folks over at Android Police reported that Google is working with Motorola on a 5.9-inch Nexus device codenamed Shamu. Today, The Information has confirmed this piece of news with three of its own different sources who confirm that Google and Motorola are indeed working on a ‘phablet’ like Nexus device. 

5 Very handy utilities for your Android Wear watch

5 Very handy utilities for your Android Wear watch

Android Wear is a nascent platform, and as a 1.0 product, there are bound to be missing features and clunky options, along with a lot of room for improvement. Thankfully, the platform is now open to developers, and we have been seeing a steady trickle of Wear-compatible — and even Wear-specific — apps on the Play Store. Below are 5 really handy utilities that should improve your Wear smartwatch usage.

Researchers develop new lithium battery, could double or triple your phone’s battery life

Researchers develop new lithium battery, could double or triple your phone’s battery life

Battery life is still an issue for many smartphone users, despite the fact that our phones have gotten bigger (but thinner), and we’ve packed in even larger batteries along with them. While we continue to wait for battery technology to improve, there looks to be a bright light on the horizon thanks to some researchers that have developed a new lithium battery.