· Mar 2, 2015 at 04:55 pm

Google Play Store Sale for its Third Birthday

Google Play is celebrating its third birthday by hosting a little app, book, and media sale. The items are region-specific, so be sure to take a peek and see if there's anything you'd want. If you don't find something to buy, you can still share it with people from other regions; different strokes for different folks.

· Mar 2, 2015 at 01:15 pm

Lollipop devices no longer encrypted by default?

After Google's loud announcement about encryption being enabled on Lollipop by default, that no longer seems to be the case. A small change in the guidelines OEMs must follow makes encryption strongly recommended, but no longer mandatory -- this was already the case in KitKat.

· Mar 2, 2015 at 01:03 pm · 1 comment

How Do You Usually Access the XDA Forums?

There are a number of different apps on the Play Store that make browsing the XDA portal and forums a fun experience on mobile, but we want to know: What's your favorite way to access the XDA forums? Do you prefer browsing on the desktop, mobile app, or mobile browser? If you use a mobile app, which one? Let us know how you connect with our community in the comment section below.

· Mar 2, 2015 at 12:43 pm

Alcatel Onetouch Hero 2+ $299 Unlocked

The Hero 2+ is to be released soon in North America unlocked for $299, the device which is running CyanogenMod will feature a 6" display, a 2GHz Octa-Core CPU and contain 2GB of RAM with 16GB of storage. The rear camera is 13.1MP and the front is 5MP. Not bad for the price!

· Mar 2, 2015 at 12:41 pm

BBM Update Brings Custom PINs, Wear Support and More

Despite MWC being geared towards hardware announcements, a number of software ones take place as well. One such announcement is a significant update to BBM, which brings custom BBM PINs, Android Wear support, increased security, group photos and a subscription model to go ad-free.

· Mar 2, 2015 at 12:39 pm · 2 comments

Google Announces Plans for Projects Titan, Loon and Link

Once a year, top players in the mobile sphere gather for MWC, to show off what they've been working on and collectively set the standard for the year to come. Yesterday was a big day with the launch of HTC and Samsung's flagships, alongside numerous other announcements, and today it was Google's turn to take the stage. SVP Sundar Pichai took the stage in Barcelona to speak about Google's network initiatives, Project Link and Project Loon, as well as to...

· Mar 2, 2015 at 12:22 pm

Here’s What the HTC One M9 Camera Can Do

Many of us here were disappointed with HTC's One M9 camera, especially compared to the Galaxy S6 announcement, but The Verge now brings us a first look at true M9 samples. Check out the gallery for a closer look, but be warned that the software isn't final.

· Mar 2, 2015 at 12:12 pm

Galaxy S6/S6 Edge Virtual Unpacking

Still on the edge about the new Galaxy phones? Samsung's "Unpack the Future" page will allow you to take a look at the design, colors and most important features of its latest flagship -- you can even connect your smartphone and rotate the virtual S6 using the accelerometer.

· Mar 2, 2015 at 11:49 am

Get S6 Edge’s Notifications with Edge Color Notification

The S6 Edge's form factor allows a unique take on notifications, with edges glowing with a color based on the notification, allowing quick and glanceable data to be derived from it. Edge Color Notifications is an app that brings this feature to all phones, curved or otherwise.

· Mar 2, 2015 at 11:36 am · 1 comment

Intel at MWC 2015: New Chip Branding and Details

Intel showed its face at MWC 2015 to give the world a yearly update on their upcoming line of chipsets for mobile. While last year the company focused on gathering partnerships and strengthening up their services, architectures and production, now they are revamping their Atom line of SoCs for mobile with a new brand name and a distinctive category format much like that of their i3/i5/i7 line of personal computing processors. The new scheme will be naming the chips x3, x5...

· Mar 2, 2015 at 11:28 am

Virgin Atlantic Engineers are Testing Sony’s Smartglasses

Next week, engineers at Heathrow Airport in London working on Virgin Atlantic aircraft will start an eight week trail of Sony's Smart Eyeglass and Smartwatch 3. Throughout the trial, staff will receive job allocations and changes to tasks via notifications to their SmartWatches and technical support via the glasses.

· Mar 2, 2015 at 11:11 am · no comments

Microsoft Unveils the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL

Amidst all the Android frenzy caused by the release of the HTC One M9, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet, Microsoft added its own offering, albeit non flagship, to the table with the announcement of the mid range duo of Lumia 640 and 640 XL. Marketed as being "Windows 10 ready", both these devices launch with Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box. Under the hood, they rock Qualcomm's Snapdragon 400 chipset with a 1.2 GHz Quad core CPU and...

· Mar 2, 2015 at 11:05 am

Archos Unveils 256GB Magnus Tablet with FusionStorage

Amidst all the larger announcements, Archos has taken the wraps off a new line of Magnus tablets, among which are the first ever tablets to sport a 256GB storage capacity spec. The new lineup sports proprietary FusionStorage tech, which combines built in memory with microSD cards for maximum capacity.

· Mar 2, 2015 at 10:59 am

Blackphone 2, Blackphone+ Tablet Announced at MWC

Silent Circle has announced their new suite of security solutions, including two new additions to their repertoire of devices: a Blackphone 2 phablet with modest specifications, and a Blackphone+ tablet of which we know little about. There's also new details about their PrivatOS 1.1 and their Secure Calling feature.

· Mar 2, 2015 at 10:52 am · 2 comments

New Cyanogen Inc. Brand Identity, Qualcomm Partnership

Since the formation of Cyanogen Inc. back in 2013, the company has seen a turbulent state of affairs - from breakthrough innovations and new hardware collaborators to controversial partnerships and falling outs - and the past year and a half has served to strengthen its foothold in the market. Starting out as a software provider for the OnePlus One and expanding into India with Yu Yureka, nothing has hindered the team's drive and vision, and today at MWC, Cyanogen has announced...