Posts by Joe Levi

Joe graduated from Weber State University with two degrees in Information Systems and Technologies. He has carried mobile devices with him for more than a decade, including Apple's Newton, Microsoft's Handheld and Palm Sized PCs, and is Pocketnow's "Android Guy". By day you'll find Joe coding web pages, tweaking for SEO, and leveraging social media to spread the word. By night you'll probably find him writing technology and "prepping" articles, as well as shooting video. Read more about Joe Levi here.

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    Android L is the working title for Google's next version of the Android operating system. It was announced at the end of June, 2014, and entered a developer preview that has seen two releases thus far. All signs point to Android L being released within the next few months, but what does that mean for you? Android L Android L is full of new improvements and eye candy all over the place. It's beautiful, fluid, and has consistent animations and transitions that help convey how parts of an app are interrelated (not just for fluff). In no uncertain terms, as Michael Fisher puts it: "Android L ...

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    We're all getting just a little excited now that the traditional release of the next devices from Google is just around the corner. Center among them, we suspect, will be a new smartphone to replace the Nexus 5 from last year. We've heard plenty of rumors, some contradictory, but what do users want? Here is my Nexus 6 wish list. Battery Life All of us have been complaining about battery life for years. The bigger the screen and faster the processor, the more we are able to do with our devices. Combined, these can add up to miserable battery life, or the requirement to be next to a ...

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    The LG-built Nexus 5 is a wonderful phone. Before it landed, many complained that the screen would be too big, and the overall size of the device would be prohibitively large for a smartphone. In the year since its been around, however, the Nexus 5 has proven to be very usefully sized, without being too large to comfortably carry. Now that we're getting close to when we suspect the "Nexus 6" will launch, we're hearing rumors that it may be called the "Nexus X" and codenamed the Motorola Shamu. If what we've pieced together holds true, the Motorola Shamu will be Google's first Nexus ...

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    HTC has been making smartphones for a very long time. The company was often used by big-name OEMs as the manufacturing company that built their hardware. Compaq and HP (back when they were in the personal digital assistant business) both used HTC to build their devices, which were arguably some of the best pieces of consumer electronics of the day. But what about an HTC tablet? HTC Tablets HTC has made some very high-end smartphones recently. The One M8 lineup looks and feels great, thanks in part to its aluminum construction - which doesn't bend like Apple's latest aluminum smartphones. ...

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    There's a widespread push for a "kill switch" that would supposedly enable law enforcement to track and disable a stolen cell phone. There are even some States that are trying to mandate this functionality by law. I find all this curious since we've had the ability to remotely lock, disable, and even wipe our devices for the last few years. Why the big push to make it mandatory now? If I want to remotely wipe any of my Android powered devices, I can. Quickly, easily, securely. Apple has the same feature. So does Windows Phone. Put another way, we already have the ability to remotely ...

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    Every time a new smartphone or tablet comes out we ache to see more cores, faster frequencies, better graphics, more RAM, and increased storage space. All this comes at a cost: run time. For years we've been asking for improvements in battery life to better meet the needs of our always-on, media-intensive lifestyles. Why can't battery technology improve at the same pace as other electronics? If the science holds true, we might be poised to see such an advancement thanks to a special formulation of lithium and sulfur. Capacity The batteries in our smartwatches have around 300 mAh capacity ...

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    OnePlus was founded in almost a year ago by Pete Lau, who was previously the Vice President at OPPO. For those of you who don't know, OPPO didn't have the best reputation, so seeing another smartphone born from the "creative juices" of OPPO was a welcome sight. As time passed we started to see a much closer relationship between OPPO and OnePlus, most of which were brushed off with what seemed like a "nothing to see here, go about your business" attitude from the company - but we still had our doubts. Invitations are for parties! Nonetheless, OnePlus pushed forward. Time magazine even ...

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    When Android Wear was announced, I had a difficult decision to make: stick with Pebble or take a chance on a smartwatch that I'd only seen in pictures. I was one of the gazillions who backed the Pebble Kickstarter project, putting money down on a product that hadn't even been created yet, let alone made it to display-room floors. Jumping into the Android Wear ecosystem wasn't much different. When the first watches powered by Android Wear were announced, only the two with square faces were available. The "round one" by Motorola wasn't available - and wouldn't be for months. Honestly, ...

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    There was a time not so long ago when a person who told you that the government was reading your emails, tapping into virtually every phone call, had developed facial recognition software to identify individuals in a crowd, or track your movements anywhere you went would have been called a "nutcase" or "conspiracy theorist". Now, however, although we're reluctant to admit it, we know they were right all along. There are many ways through which our privacy can be violated, especially through our smartphones and tablets. One such way is your Internet browsing history. Though some may ...

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    Apple was on top of the smartphone market for quite some time, and Samsung wanted a piece of it. Between all the lawsuits and patent claims, Samsung has been running commercials trying to convince us that Samsung products are superior to Apple products. In addition to the normal commercials that one might expect, Samsung has also run commercials making fun of Apple, and everyone hated them. But not for the reasons you might expect. Back when Apple was set to release its new iPhone, Samsung ran commercials of people lined up, waiting to buy the latest creation from Apple. We'd overhear ...

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    One of the primary reasons sites like Pocketnow exist is to review and evaluate the vast array of smartphones on the market at any given time, compile our findings, and report our thoughts and observations back to you. We do the hard work and heavy lifting so you can make the most informed decision when you go to by a smartphone for yourself. If this were a static, unchanging list, the task would be fairly easy, but it's not. The smartphones available t0 buy at any given time can easily rise into the dozens for mainstream devices, and into the hundreds when looking at everything that's ...

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    HTC recently sent out invitations to an October 8th event which included the cryptic message "Double Exposure". Double exposure is a term used in photography to describe the repeated exposure of a photographic plate or film to light, which can often produce "ghost images". Subsequently, Bloomberg reported that we may soon see an HTC camera - no, not a camera embedded in a smartphone or tablet, an actual, stand-alone camera. Thanks to the popularity of the GoPro (a small, rugged camera designed for recording extreme situations and "action sports") a relatively untapped niche has emerged. ...

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    LG's G Flex did what no other OEM seemed bold enough to do: make a curved smartphone - and make it flexible! If that weren't enough, the company managed to include (perhaps out of necessity) a "self-healing" feature. Minor (and even "more than minor") scratches on the back would simply fade and disappear over time. Outside of a Terminator movie, it doesn't get much cooler than tech like that! It's been almost a year since the first-generation G Flex was announced, and we've heard some rumors that a new G Flex is slated for the same time this year (or not until early next year, depending on ...

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    Apple only recently announced its first real wearable, the Apple Watch. Patterned after Google's Android Wear and Samsung's Gear line, Apple Watch tries to fill the void in that part of Cupertino's product offering. Though not yet available, Apple has spelled out what its smartwatch looks like, and has even given us a fairly thorough walkthrough of what we can expect when the Apple Watch finally lands. Interestingly, Apple Watch misses out on a few key points that, at first glance, its competition already does better. Since there is time before the Apple Watch comes to market (if you'll ...

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    My LG G Watch arrived on July seventh and got slapped on my wrist just moments later. Since then I've worn it, my Pebble, and the Moto 360. I'm convinced that my days with Pebble (at least in its current incarnation) are behind me. Android Wear is significantly more advanced, easier to use, more intuitive, and all around better looking - especially when referring to the Moto 360. Even still, and after more than one OTA update, Android Wear still needs work. Watch Faces First and foremost, the watch faces that come with the G Watch aren't that great. Sure, they get the job done, but they're ...

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