Poll results: tiny phones are a viable backup plan

Nowadays, phones are getting bigger and bigger, but our pockets aren’t. With a huge phablet in your pocket, especially one that has a glass back, it becomes a tedious task to take it out of your pocket for every received notification. And what if you want to hit the gym? People prefer to leave their expensive handset in the locker or at home and either disconnect from the world, or bring in a backup.

A backup like an old and probably smaller phone, or a smartwatch. That way, one gets enough functionality to remain connected to the world, yet don’t run the risk of dropping and stepping on …


This is the data usage for Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, where do you fit? (results)

We asked you last week how much mobile data do you consume on average per phone line, and it turns out that 28% of our 1322 respondents fit neatly into the sub-5GB average that the big four US carriers report. Most of you consume less than 10GB a month overall, yet there are plenty of people who are letting their hair down on unlimited plans, and get to 20, 30, and even 50+ GB of cellular data on a line, and that number is only set to grow in the future.

If you have ever been curious how much data are Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile or Sprint using …

Poll results: HomePod gets little love, but supporting Spotify might fix that

The Apple HomePod is out and reviewers and early adopters are all enjoying its spatially-calibrated audio. It’s an impressive piece of hardware for sure, but it suffers from a couple of limitations. It’s no surprise that Apple released a product that is locked to its ecosystem — HomePod can only stream music from Apple Music. But the point is driven further by the fact that there’s no aux jack and you can’t connect to it via Bluetooth. You only get to send audio to it via Apple’s AirPlay.

With its omnidirectional audio and deep bass, the HomePod is great on sound, but the fact that it is …

Poll results: No love for phones on Valentine's day

While we love to get expensive stuff for those we love, some holidays just don’t call for this type of devotion. And they don’t call for gadgets and gizmos. Well, that’s all according to personal perception, of course — nobody can tell you what you and your special someone like to get as a present.

But we thought we’d ask you — seeing how many red- or pink-themed phones get launched around Valentine’s Day each year, and seeing the many BOGO deals or buy one, get one at a discount deals, we were wondering — how many of you go out and get a phone for their better half?

So, we posted …

Google is developing 'Stories' to make web search results fancier

Not so long ago, Google introduced its AMP project – a website technology aimed at reducing loading times on mobile. Whether you know it or not, you’ve surely landed on AMP-optimized web pages, which are indicated by a small lightning icon next to the search result link. 
Today, Google announced a new extension to the AMP project, and any active social network user would find its approach very, very familiar.

The AMP extension in question is simply called Stories. These are essentially news-related visual experiences meant to be displayed in the Google …

The results immortalized: Android One wins popularity contest vs MIUI

As you may have learned, Xiaomi — the Chinese smartphone giant that also happens to have an Android One partnership for that one phone (Xiaomi Mi A1) — recently ran a Twitter poll. It was comparing its own, home-made MIUI interface, which heavily customizes Android, to the vanilla experience on Android One. Turns out, Android One won the poll votes and Xiaomi deleted the tweet.

No hard feelings here, but we thought it would be fun to immortalize those results, so we ran our own poll yesterday. As expected, most of our readers are much more fond of Google’s pure Android experience than an …

Google Home now shows visual results for weather forecasts on Chromecast

Google Home – the company’s smart speaker – has just received a new feature. A user on reddit discovered that Google Home can now visualize the weather forecast on a Chromecast-connected TV.

There are a couple of strict conditions in order for the magic to happen. You need to connect your Chromecast to the same Wi-Fi network as the Google Home speaker. Also, you need the actual Chromecast dongle, as the feature doesn’t seem to work on Chromecast-enabled TVs yet, according to reports.
There are a couple of issues present, though. …

Results: hey, look at that! Samsung Cloud does have some customers…

Nowadays, there are tons of cloud providers out there, and some manufacturers also offer the service to their loyal users. Samsung, for example, offers anyone with a Samsung Account 15 GB of cloud storage for free, with two tiers to upgrade to — 50 GB for $1 monthly, or 200 GB for $3 per month. But there are tons of other cloud services out there that have been around for longer and offer integration with more 3rd party apps. Dropbox, Box.net, Drive, OneDrive often appear as file import options on a ton of apps out there.

With Google Drive and Google Photos out there, and with every Samsung …

Do you use wireless charging on a regular basis? (results)

We asked you last week how often do you actually charge your handset wirelessly, given that this is an increasingly common option that is now available on iPhones and Androids alike, but is slower compared to conventional cable charging, and requires an extra accessory. A lot of phone makers moved to glass bodies to facilitate wireless charging, and we wanted to gauge whether this has been worth all the cracked rears. 
It turns out that more than half of our 2433 respondents don’t care at all about it, whether because they don’t have it on their phones, …

Results: bring on the variable aperture!

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are about to come out near the end of this month and, thanks to a bunch of prolific leaksters, we’ve got a pretty good idea how they will look and what features they will have. Well, allegedly — you know, nothing is set in stone. But a lot of sources are cross-confirming a lot of the data.

So, we even have the phone’s alleged retail box, giving us a clear-cut look at its upcoming features. We are quite hyped about them and if you were to ask us which one we are most excited about… we’d take a while to respond. Is it the overdue inclusion of stereo speakers? …