Last year was the first time that I left my iPhone for more than a month and switch to Android. I used the Galaxy S7 for around 5 Months until the iPhone 7 came out. I've always liked Android but until a couple years ago it just wasn't as good as iOS and when I say good I mean the apps available on the OS were not as good as those on iOS.
I believe 2017 is the first year that it doesn't really matter what phone you choose because all of them are going to be pretty much the same. The iPhone 8 will look and function very similarly to the Galaxy S8 and both devices have lots of features which end up accomplishing the same thing. I sold my iPhone 7 a couple of weeks ago in preparation for the Galaxy S8 because it is the best smartphone ever made. The combination of materials, features, software, and design of the phone make it the most comfortable smartphone I have held and it sports the most beautiful screen I have seen. The iPhone 8 will most like match all this but we are still months away from an announcement this means it's currently Samsung's turn to shine.
I ended up purchasing the Silver since I have had a black phone for the past couple of years and Samsung has given all the S8 colors black fronts which is perfect. If you have yet to see one in person, I highly reccomend going to a store and checking it out. This is what phones will look like for the next couple of years until the foldable displays become more affordable. I’ll be making some videos on the S8 this coming weekend so stay tuned for those!
Gameloft has released The Amazing Spider-Man 2 game for mobile devices, it has improved graphics and gameplay from the first one but it is poorly optimized for older devices. The game is available on the iOS App Store and Google Play Store for $4.99. Check out the video review…
Become the Amazing Spider-Man in this open-world 3D adventure full of crime-fighting and non-stop action as you face the web-slinger’s greatest challenge yet!
New York is under threat from a city-wide crime spree and only our hero Spider-Man can stop it! Standing in his way are Venom, the Green Goblin, Electro and other nefarious villains. Can Spider-Man restore order and safety to Manhattan?!
THE OFFICIAL GAME OF THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 MOVIE
• Web-sling, wall-climb and web-shoot as the fast and quick-witted Spider-Man!
• An original story expands on the highly anticipated Marvel film!
• Go beyond the Sony movie and into the comics with new characters such as Black Cat and Screwball.
• Unlock Spider-Man suits such as Symbiote Spider-Man, Iron Spider and Ultimate Comics Spider-Man!
• Face off against famous villains such as Venom, the Green Goblin, Electro, and Kraven the Hunter!
• High-quality voice acting and 3D cinematic action cutscenes bring the movie experience to life!
CUTTING-EDGE GAME EXPERIENCE
• Intense combo-focused crime fighting! Defeat Spider-Man’s greatest enemies – from street thugs to super villains such as Electro and Venom – with crazy acrobatic fighting styles!
• Marvel at the amazing high-quality, fluid animations as you swing freely through the open-world city like never before!
• Take the fight to the sky with action-packed aerial combat!
• Unleash devastating combos through enhanced icon controls for an intense action game experience!
MASSIVE ENHANCEMENTS TO THE ULTIMATE PLAYGROUND
• Adventure in a larger 3D open-world Manhattan with 6 detailed districts to explore, from the bustling Times Square to picturesque Central Park!
• Console-like 3D graphics offer a bigger, better, and more beautiful experience.
• Be the hero in a deep story that takes you on an exciting adventure, showcasing 6 legendary villains and a super set of side missions!
• Amazing heroic social events, including battling waves of bosses and opponents in Mysterio’s Arena!
Note: An internet connection is required to play
Chances are that you have heard of Flappy Bird, a mobile game whose developer decided to remove from the App Store and Google Play. The game doesn’t look like it’s coming back but you can now learn some of the fundamentals of computer science while making your own Flappy Bird clone. Code.org has created a simple drag-and-drop tutorial that allows you to set the rules, change the difficulty, and share the game so your friends can play it right from their browser.
I spent over two weeks with the Motorola X and it convinced me that Motorola is heading in the right direction. The Motorola X is a great phone packed with some very cool features but my favorite part of the Motorola X was the battery life which lasted me over a full day of use. Check out the video review of the Motorola X below…
Today at Google’s I/O keynote they announced the new maps that we have been waiting for and the wait is worth it. The new Google Maps will be available soon on desktop and this summer for Android and iOS with dedicated apps for tablets and phones.
Discover more with every click
The entire map is now interactive. Clicking anywhere will focus the map on that location and show you helpful things, like related places and the best ways to get there.
Dive into your world
From outer space down to the streets, the new Google Maps gathers all the imagery of a location into one spot, making it easy to explore your world from every angle.
Find the best way there
You can now compare multiple modes of transportation right on the map to find the best way there and the best way home.
A map that gets better with use
As you search the map, star places you like and leave reviews, the map starts to adapt and can suggest things like restaurants you might enjoy or the quickest way home. In other words, the more you use the new Google Maps, the more helpful it becomes.
Check out Google’s video above which gives us a tour of the new Maps and its features. If you want a early access to the maps, go to the source link below and sign up with your Google account.
Today Facebook announced Facebook Home, a tweaked version Android, which is based around seeing “the world through people, not apps”. The software has a much more personal touch and is geared towards social people who want use their phones mainly for interacting with their friends and family. Check out Facebook’s first video for Home above.
Google is said to be planning to open retail stores of their own by the end of the year. 9to5Google says that Google wants to have its first flagship Google Stores open for the holidays in major metropolitan areas.
The mission of the stores is to get new Google Nexus, Chrome, and especially upcoming products into the hands of prospective customers. Google feels right now that many potential customers need to get hands-on experience with its products before they are willing to purchase.
My understanding is that these new stores will operate independently and make direct sales to customers from Google like the Nexus online store does currently.
Making a retail store makes sense considering Google is getting in to the hardware business. These stores will be more important for Google Glass since customers will need to see the Glasses first hand in order to consider purchasing the product.
Today, Nintendo quietly released a new Pokemon TV app for iOS and Android. The app streams episodes at no cost and features episodes from the Kanto Region all the way up to the Unova Region. Wether you’re young or old you might find some episodes that catch your interest. There is one drawback to the app right now, you can only watch select episodes from select seasons but it is better than nothing for now.
Take Pokémon TV on the go with the Pokémon TV app! Watch amazing Pokémon animated adventures starring Ash, Pikachu, and all their friends. Plus, don’t miss exciting special features and trailers for upcoming Pokémon movie events. It’s the perfect app for Pokémon fans to keep up with Pokémon TV episodes.
The Pokemon TV app is free to download and is available for iOS here and Android here.