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Latest Smartphones Opinion

  • Opinion: 5 things we want to see in Android M

    Android L isn't out yet but here's what we want to see from Android M.

  • Opinion: Fleksy Android keyboard adds premium themes

    Premium themes for third-party Android keyboards are getting to be a thing now. Just a few weeks ago SwiftKey announced it would start selling stylish keyboard skins, and now, competitor Fleksy is following suit.

  • Opinion: Lyft to launch in NYC on Friday, for real this time

    Lyft is now allowed to operate in New York City, but it had to sacrifice its soul. The popular app ditched peer-to-peer ride-sharing--its reason for being--in order to win approval from the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission. The company hits the streets of New York, sans pink mustaches, at 7 p.m. local time on Friday.

  • Opinion: The Pirate Bay launches mobile site from dry dock

    The scallywags at The Pirate Bay have created a new port for all digital pirates to drop anchor. The popular torrent directory recently released a mobile version of its website after years of cramming the PC version onto mobile screens.

  • Opinion: 5 ways Amazon's Fire Phone could sizzle or fizzle

    Amazon's Fire Phone arrived a little over halfway into my summer vacation, which is a fun time to test out a smartphone. In the last couple days, I've had tons of chances to capture memories with the phone's 13-megapixel camera, and test the turn-by-turn navigation while steering a rental car around unfamiliar streets. But I'm still in the process of working out who, if anyone, should pull the trigger on Amazon's very first foray into the crowded smartphone market.

  • Opinion: Google Glass: jury still out on the smartglasses concept

    Having just reached the UK, although not yet a finished product, there's been a lot of buzz over Google Glass. But no-one seems very sure of what to think of the smartglasses concept.

  • Opinion: TrewGrip wants to change how you type on your mobile device

    I learned to touch type under the scornful eye of a ninth grade typing teacher who had as little patience for teenage boys as she did for people who hunted and pecked their way around a keyboard. Thanks to her terrifying tutelage, her unyielding scorn for the lazy positioning of my hands, and her sneering incredulity at the amount of Liquid Paper I had to dab on my typewritten pages, I can now type at very credible speeds with nary a glance at my keyboard.

  • Opinion: HTC's rumored Android Wear smartwatch pops up in HTC promo video

    Just like every other major Android vendor, HTC is expected to release its own smartwatch running Android Wear. But not every company teases us by accidentally--or accidentally on purpose--dropping a sneak peek of its watch in a promotional video.

  • Opinion: To switch or not to switch: Test-driving T-Mobile's LTE network

    T-Mobile's Uncarrier 5 event last month in Seattle was without a doubt the loudest press conference I've ever attended. Whichever rods and cones in my eyeballs detect the color magenta pretty much melted. John Legere was his magnificently foul-mouthed self, and his bombastic speech was accompanied by chair-shaking blasts of music and sound effects, concert lighting, and screaming fans (OK, most of them were T-Mobile employees, but there were thousands of them there, and they were loud). I don't recall actual pyrotechnics, but it wouldn't have been surprising.

  • Opinion: Corral your contacts with Simpler, Contacts+, and more

    It can be easy to forget that, at its heart, your phone is a phone--a device meant for connecting you to your contacts. And while it comes with its own contact manager, that isn't always the best option. Here are several apps--most of them available for free--that take contact management to the next level.

  • Opinion: Microsoft reveals bankruptcy of devices strategy by dumping Nokia feature phones

    Microsoft decision to ax the feature phone business it got when it bought Nokia's handset business for $7.2 billion shows the investment 'went for naught.'

  • Opinion: Give Verizon your location data, get rewards in carrier's new program

    Verizon really wants your location data. And it's willing to give stuff away to get its 100-million-plus subscribers to hand that data over.

  • Opinion: Slowly, the 'Nokia' brand heads for the door

    Microsoft isn't just gutting Nokia with 12,500 layoffs; it's also taking steps to phase out the Nokia brand name.

  • Opinion: Apple-IBM deal threatens Android's enterprise push

    The new Apple-IBM partnership seems sure to help Apple sell more iPads to businesses, but it may also be setting off alarm bells at mobile device management companies large and small.

  • Opinion: Lyft's brand of ride-sharing might not fly in New York City

    Lyft drivers are regular people using their own cars in the 60-plus cities where the app operates, but New York City says that ride-sharing model won't fly. The app, which had planned to launch in Brooklyn and Queens on July 11, had to delay its rollout after Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sought a temporary restraining order.

  • Opinion: Take dragons on your next road trip with Microsoft's new Dragons Adventure game

    When I was a kid, lengthy road trips meant my parents would fling one of those invisible ink travel activity books toward the back seat of the car and hope that the puzzles would keep me occupied until we reached our final destination. Microsoft thinks today's kids need dragons to keep them at bay when it's time to get from Point A to Point B.

  • Opinion: Why Samsung needs to move beyond Android -- and Google

    Samsung depends on Google's Android OS, but needs to find a way to differentiate itself from rivals who also use Android if it's to grow and thrive.

  • Opinion: OnePlus One mini and OnePlus One tablet

    We investigate the possibility of new hardware coming from OnePlus in the form of a OnePlus One mini and OnePlus Tab.

  • Opinion: First Android Wear smartwatches shipping now as war for your wrist winds up

    LG and Samsung have started shipping the first couple of smartwatches running Android Wear, Google's bid to get into wearable tech.

  • Opinion: Ouya console reveals $60 subscription for all-you-can-eat Android gaming

    The Ouya hit store shelves just over 12 months ago, and well, it's been an interesting year for the Android-based microconsole to say the least. There've been a few great games (Towerfall, Duck Game), the company released what's basically an Ouya 1.5, and the Ouya "platform" has been licensed out to other set top boxes rather than staying exclusive to the actual Ouya hardware.

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