The Verizon Smart Family app gives you control over your kid's smartphone usage (VIDEO)

The Verizon FamilyBase service is now the Verizon Smart Family service. Using the Smart Family app, you will be able to see where your kids are, control the content they have access to on the internet, block social media, messaging and gaming apps, and limit the amount of time they can spend on their phones. In other words, everything you can do with your children’s handsets to make them pissed off at you, can be achieved with the Verizon Smart Family app.

With the Smart Family app, you can see how much battery life your kids’ phones have left, so you can call and remind them to …

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 …

This is the data usage by type and plan for Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, where do you fit?

If you have ever been curious how much data are Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile or Sprint using by cellular and plan type usage, the latest AppOptix report by research firm Strategy Analytics brings us the answer to that pressing question. Not that it comes as a huge surprise, but folks on the cheapest unlimited mobile data plans – those of T-Mobile and Sprint – are using much more bytes than those on the “expensive” carriers like Verizon or AT&T.

As you can see from the graphs below, T-Mobile subscribers are the absolute leaders in monthly data usage among all four major US …

Lawsuit claims that Google MVNO Project Fi charges for Wi-Fi usage

According to a lawsuit filed in San Jose district court in Northern California by Gordon Beecher, Google’s Project Fi hybrid MVNO has been charging subscribers for using Wi-Fi. The MVNO allows its subscribers to make calls and consume data using Wi-Fi hotspots. When out of range of these hotspots, subscribers can connect in the U.S. with the Sprint, T-Mobile or U.S. Cellular 4G LTE networks. The suit charges Google with unfair business practices, false advertising in violation of California law, and breach of contract.

According to Beecher’s complaint, which is seeking certification from …

Vernee X's massive battery is assisted by a smart battery saver for up to 4 days of usage

This story is sponsored by Vernee. PhoneArena’s opinions in this article have not been affected in any way!

A few days ago, we talked about the Vernee X — a recently-introduced handset, which is currently in pre-sale at a promo price.

For $250, you get a 6-inch, 18:9, 2160 x 1080 display, an octa-core MediTek Helio P23 SoC, 6 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of storage. To put the cherry on top, we’ve got a dual camera module on the front and a dual one on the back, bringing …

Google launches new Android app to help users cut down on data usage

Google’s latest Android app called Datally is supposed to make people better understand where their data usage is going. Because mobile data is very expensive in many parts of the world, knowing which apps are eating the most of your data becomes critical.

That’s one of the reasons Google decided to build Datally, an Android application that helps users understand, but also control and save data. The app allows you to see your usage on an hourly, daily, weekly or monthly basis.

Also, whenever you decide to turn on the Data Saver option, it will block background …

Apple iPhone X usage tops that of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus during their respective launch weekends

Localytics, a firm that deals with mobile analytics, measured app usage globally on 70 million iOS devices to come up with usage rates for individual iPhone models. According to this bit of analysis, the adoption of the Apple iPhone X during its opening weekend topped the initial weekend of usage for the combined Apple iPhone 8 and Apple iPhone 8 Plus. The latter two were launched on September 22nd while the iPhone X launched on November 3rd.

According to Localytics, the Apple iPhone 7 is currently the most widely used iPhone model as nearly one out of every five Apple handsets in use is …

Google removes iOS support in Google Play Games Services due to low usage

No, Google doesn’t hate Apple, but sometimes the company must make tough decisions for the greater good. That’s probably why iOS support in Google Play Games Services (GPGS) has been removed.

The Mountain View company announced today a new policy change for its Google Play games services effort that doesn’t include iOS support, as well as a couple of other features that aren’t used as often as Google had expected.

Apparently, Google listened to developer feedback and tracked usage before taking the decision to remove some features and start focusing its resources on other areas that …

US unlocked Moto G4 Plus now getting Android Nougat update with one-handed usage mode

Owners of the unlocked Moto G4 Plus in the US reported that Motorola is updating the handset to Android Nougat. Weighing in at 741MB, the package includes the core set of features which debuted with the operating system, as well as a new one-handed mode. So expect faster operation, Doze mode for power efficiency, Quick Settings, Multi Window and more stuff you can read about right here.

In the meantime, we are awaiting the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus, although only the latter will be reaching the US – priced very affordably at $229. The smartphone is up for pre-order …

Family Link is a new Android app that helps parents manage their kids' usage of smartphones and tablets

As smartphones and tablets become more widely available, people of all shapes, sizes, and ages are able to get their hands on them easier than ever before. This increase in availability has resulted in more and more adolescents being able to use smartphones and tablets, and while exposing children to technology at such young ages is a great way to teach them how today’s gadgets work, it should go without saying that there are restrictions/limitations need to be set in place when a youngster has his or her hands on a device that’s capable of accessing the Internet in its entirety.

On …