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Build materials: metal vs glass vs plastic

Once upon a time, phones were devices in a variety of sizes and shapes with one thing in common: they were made from plastic. Over the past few years, things have changed with phones appearing in a variety of finishes, from metal and leather to plastic and glass. The latter now dominates many of …

Phones

Google's Fuchsia OS may replace Android in 5 years [Update]

<b>Updated 2:05 PM ET:</b> Shortly after this report came to light, Google issued a statement to <i>CNET</i> saying that it's inaccurate and that the company …

Android News

Are screen protectors for your phone worth it?

When it comes to protecting your phone, the two go-to accessories are often cases and screen protectors.<p>There are a variety of cases ranging from …

Operating Systems

Glass phones are about to get really, really cool

Are you ready for translucent phones? What about wood, or snakeskin? That's the promise of Gorilla Glass 6, Corning's newest generation of Gorilla …

Mobile Technology

Android P features you'll love: Restricted apps to save you battery life

We all have different wants and needs about what our phone can do for us, but we all have one thing in common, too: we want our battery to last …

Android News

Bad news Wear OS fans: Samsung Gear Watch said to land with Tizen OS on Aug. 24

• A new report suggests Samsung will unveil its next smartwatch alongside the Galaxy Note 9 on Aug. 9.<br>• Samsung is then expected to release the watch on Aug. 24.<br>• The upcoming smartwatch is expected to run Samsung’s Tizen operating system.<p>Samsung will reportedly unveil the successor to the Galaxy Gear S3 …

Wear OS

Google warns Android might not remain free because of EU decision

An unlikely warning<p>The EU’s decision to force Google to unbundle its Chrome and search apps from Android may have some implications for the future of Android’s free business model. In a blog post defending Google’s decision to bundle search and Chrome apps on Android, Google CEO Sundar Pichai …

Apps

Study links ADHD symptoms in teens to frequent gadget use

Many people will tell you that teens' constant device use leaves them unable to focus, but is that actually the case? The answer is a giant "maybe." A newly published study in the <i>Journal of the American Medical Association</i> has linked Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder symptoms in teens to …

Medical Journals

Google Chrome could soon warn you when loading data-heavy web pages

• Google has introduced a new Heavy Page Capping feature in development/preview versions of Chrome.<br>• The feature essentially warns users when they’re loading a data-heavy web page.<br>• The new feature might be handy for users on mobile connections, allowing them to save more mobile data.<p>Thanks to …

Google Chrome

Our phones and gadgets are now endangering the planet | John Harris

It was just another moment in this long, increasingly strange summer. I was on a train home from Paddington station, and the carriage’s air-conditioning was just about fighting off the heat outside. Most people seemed to be staring at their phones – in many cases, they were trying to stream a World …

Washington D.C.

How to send spam calls straight to voicemail with Google's phone app

Google just gave us another good reason to use its phone app: better protection from spam callers.<p>The company's phone app for Android has a new …

Apps

New method could quadruple smartphone battery capacity, but people will still complain

• A Norwegian team of nanoscientists has devised a method of creating hybrid silicon batteries.<br>• The team claims that its batteries could be three-to-five times as powerful as current lithium-ion batteries.<br>• Industrial testing of the hybrid silicon batteries will begin soon.<p>If there’s one thing we know …

smartphonebattery

Time’s up, Galaxy Watch: LG Wear OS smartwatches could launch this month

The current worst-kept secret in the land of wearables is that Samsung is preparing a new smartwatch called the Galaxy Watch that could run a version of Wear OS instead of the Gear series’ Tizen operating system.<p>Not to be outdone by its local rival, speculation is growing that LG is readying not …

Wear OS

Galaxy S10 chip may take cues from MediaTek for better battery life

• A new leak suggests the Galaxy S10 chip will feature a tri-cluster CPU arrangement.<br>• Most flagship processors have CPU cores arranged in two clusters: one for heavyweight cores and one for lightweight cores.<br>• The setup may lead to superior battery life from Samsung’s rumored flagship.<p>The Samsung Exynos …

Phones

WPS is no longer available in Android P, Google may be ditching support for it entirely

Android P isn’t a major overhaul to Google’s mobile OS, but it has a whole lot of tweaks built in. One change that flew under the radar, though, has been the option to use WPS. Apparently, that feature may not stick around in Android.<p>WPS, or WiFi Protected Setup, is a handy feature which allows …

Handy

These are the Android apps I can't live without

These days, it's easy to forget that smartphones didn't always have vast app stores and ecosystems; just over a decade ago, the apps that came on …

Apps

Google just updated text messaging for Android, and it completely changed the way I text

Like so many other Android users, I rely on Messages for Android — Google's text messaging application — every day. It's my main means of communication with the people I care about most.<p>So I was pretty excited to hear that Messages for Android now has its own web client, accessible from any web …

Apps

Cracked iPhone screen? This 8-legged case promises no more smashed displays

This clever idea could be your best bet if you hate chunky cases but still want to protect your phone from falls.<p><i>Video: Phillip Frenzel explains in</i> …

Gear & Gadgets

Expect phones to start shipping with true wireless earbuds in-box

• Qualcomm’s new QCC3026 chip is designed for low-cost true wireless earbuds.<br>• Smartphone manufacturers might start including low-cost Bluetooth headphones in the box.<br>• The Oppo Find X will be the first phone to ship with headphones powered by Qualcomm’s latest audio chip.<p>The market for Bluetooth …

Consumer Tech

Microsoft details secret ‘pocketable’ Surface device in leaked email

A new and disruptive dual-screen device to blur the lines between mobile and PC<p>Microsoft has been working on a new mysterious Surface device for at least two years. Codenamed Andromeda, the device has appeared in patents, reports, and in operating system references multiple times and will include a …

Andromeda

Colossal 128TB SD cards could soon be on the way

The latest iteration of the popular SD memory card standard, the SD Express, could see future cards come with enough storage capacity to hold a lifetime’s worth of memories in high definition.<p>The SD Association, a group of nearly 900 companies that come together to prescribe SD memory card …

Memory Card

Google Duplex really works and testing begins this summer

This is what it’s like to take a restaurant reservation from an AI<p>In a restaurant in Mountain View, California yesterday, Google gave several small groups of journalists a chance to demo Duplex. If you don’t recall, Duplex is the AI system designed to make human-sounding voice calls on your behalf …

duplex

Google Assistant on Home devices now speaks and understands Spanish

Google Assistant on certain Google Home devices (Android 6.0 Marshmallow and up) can now speak and understand Spanish.<p>The update comes on the heels …

Google Assistant

Android Messages for Web now available to everyone

Google’s messaging strategy has been a disaster for years, but lately, the company has been working to fix that. Recently, alongside the reveal of Google’s “Chat” RCS initiative, the web client for Android Messages went official. Now, that handy tool is available for everyone.<p>Revealed on Twitter …

Google Play

The Shift From 4G to 5G Will Change Just About Everything

Telecom experts are going so far as to herald the arrival of 5G as the advent of the fourth industrial revolution. There are an ever-expanding number …

Internet of Things

Smartphone photography tips: 16 handy tricks you should know

Smartphone cameras have improved dramatically in the last few years, owing to better sensors and smarter image processing. Heck, the multi-camera revolution has also yielded better zoom and depth-of-field effects hitherto unknown to smartphone photography.<p>Nevertheless, having a great camera is only …

Mobile Photography

Deleting this one app off your phone could double its battery life

Please don't shoot the messenger though<p>Our phone are everything. Our alarm, camera, map, and the device that allows us to get our mum on the blower when sh*t gets real. So, watching its life drain away is painful af, especially when it still says it's at 34%.<p>Luckily, <i>Inc.com</i> mobile economist John …

Batteries

Android user? Beware of new scam that could trick you into downloading bad apps

Android app developers have found clever tactics for tricking users into installing fake apps. Here's how to not get fooled.<p>If you are an Android …

Lock screen customization is dead

If you don't like a launcher on Android, you get a new one. Hate your keyboard? Use a third-party keyboard. After all, Android is all about choice, …

Android Messages will let you send texts from your computer starting today

Text, images, and stickers all work in the web version of Android Messages<p>Google is beginning to roll out desktop browser support for Android Messages, allowing people to use their PC for sending messages and viewing those that have been received on their Android smartphone. Google says the feature …

Apps