Android

HTC One M9: an excruciating practice in refinement

HTC has shown its hand for 2015, it's high end race horse for this year, and the last smartphone to be launched under now ex-CEO Peter Chou. It is clear from a glance, and from a bit of reading of HTC's PR materials, that the One M9 is its most refined, most luxurious looking, and most advanced smartphone to date. But is it it's best? And more importantly, can it boast of being the best when put alongside other 2015 smartphones? SlashGear's Chris Davies takes the smartphone for a spin to find out the answers for himself.

Facebook may be trying out a new dialer called Phone

The folks over at Facebook are not resting on their laurels despite being the largest social network in the market. They have been trying out new products, apps, and features, some becoming successful, some failing spectacularly, some being resented and eventually embraced by users. Looks like the newest product they will come out with soon is a dialer and caller ID app, if a leaked image can be believed.

BBM Protected now available for Android users through BBM app

BBM Protected is a product that Blackberry has been offering to enterprises to allow employees to chat without there being any danger of any corporate secrets leaking out, since a lot of messaging apps don't have reliable security. Previously, all the chat participants needed to be on a Blackberry and Blackberry Protect specifically, but now, you can also be on it, even if you are on an Android device.

Soon on your wrist: Motion X for Swiss Horological Smartwatches

Smartwatches have both been a boon and a threat to regular watch makers. While some people have totally "switched allegiance" to their more technologically advanced younger siblings, still some longed for the elegant and traditional design and functionality of "old school" watches. But even the Swiss watchmakers have accepted the fact that they need to step up their game towards the tech generation. Some have grouped together to form a group called the Swiss Horological Smartwatches.

InfiniteUSB connects multiple devices to a single USB port

If you have ever had to cycle your smartphones or tablets around because you only have one USB wall charger or a single available USB port on your notebook, we feel your pain. You try to get enough power in each device that you can use them all and often you end up without enough power in any of them for what you need to do.

LinkedIn Job Search app now available on Android

Gone are the days when you spent all your time scouring for job openings in newspapers or going from one job agency to another. Even with all the technology today, it's still a pretty stressful task to jump from one link to another, trying to look for that next gig that would give you a regular paycheck. The largest professional/social network LinkedIn has now added another app to its roster, which should help you make the job seeking a little easier.

Quickoffice updated but only to move you to Docs, Sheets, Slides

It's been 9 months since it has been updated and not it looks like QuickOffice is finally being truly pushed out of the picture by Google. A new "update" to the app has not really changed things, but instead informs users that this app isn't being supported anymore and instead they should move on to Docs, Sheets, and Slides. We don't get why they don't just disable the app, but okay, a handful of people still use it, so there.

Stormblades slashes into Android, almost like Infinity Blade

When the "hack 'n' slash" game Infinity Blade landed on the iPhone, it became the standard for action RPGs on mobile, especially on the iPhone, because of the lethal combination of gorgeous graphics and gesture-based controls. Two Infinity Blade games later, the title still hasn't made its way into Android. That's not to say there has been no attempt to create something similar on our beloved. Stormblades, which was just launched by Subway Surfers developer Kiloo, is just one of the latest to try to do so. And it almost gets it. Almost.

Bomb critters on your TV or Shield in new Android game

There are mobile games meant for tapping or swiping or turning your devices every which way. there are those that need careful strategy and planning before you start playing. And then there are games where you need to just bomb everything away. This new game called Bombing Bastards is, from the name itself, the third kind of game that we mentioned. And it is infinitely more fun if you don't do it alone.