Instagram is testing Facebook Places integration for location tagging

Instagram is testing Facebook Places integration for location tagging

It looks like Zuckerberg and Co. may be looking to make a big push for Facebook Places, and an on-going trial indicates that it could start with Instagram. The folks in Menlo Park are testing the social networks' own service for adding location info, but for now, Foursquare remains an option for sharing inside its popular filter-driven photo editor. In fact, some users have already encountered the tweak. Instagram has long used Foursquare's API … [Read more...]

Nokia promises ‘more Lumia’ at April 2nd event

Nokia promises 'more Lumia' at April 2nd event

Windows Phone fans have more to look forward to this April than just the formal unveiling of Windows Phone 8.1 -- Nokia has sent out invitations for an April 2nd event in San Francisco that should deliver "more Lumia." The notice doesn't give any real hints as to what will be at the presentation. However, the event takes place on the first day of Microsoft's Build developer conference. Don't be shocked if Nokia unveils devices that need … [Read more...]

The new HTC One review: a great phone, but no longer a game-changer

The new HTC One review: a great phone, but no longer a game-changer

The HTC One was one of our favorite smartphones of 2013. It featured a gorgeous industrial design, a fantastic display, great camera and top-of-the-line performance. HTC poured its heart into it, as evidenced by nearly every aspect of the device. The phone exceeded nearly all of our expectations, but that also left a big problem: We now expect history to repeat itself. After all, if the original One was such a great device, its successor should, … [Read more...]

The new HTC One vs. the competition: the battle of Android flagships rages on

The new HTC One vs. the competition: the battle of Android flagships rages on

We all knew it was coming, and after a lengthy list of leaks, the new HTC One is finally official. This time of year is known for its gaggle of new handsets, so we've lined up the latest offerings so you can see for yourself how they stack up. Flagships from Samsung, Sony and LG are all here to see which mobile device will nab an edge on paper. Want to compare these to your current daily driver? Mosey on over to our comparison tool to do just … [Read more...]

The new HTC One is available in Google Play and Developer editions

The new HTC One is available in Google Play and Developer editions

Do you lust after the machined-aluminum body of the new HTC One, but hate locked bootloaders? Would you rather vanilla Android instead of Sense? Well, good news: It'll be available in both a Developer and Google Play edition. The Developer version is the same device you're able to get from your carrier, more or less, except that it'll be SIM unlocked and you'll be free to flash whatever software or ROM you want. The Play Edition obviously forgoes … [Read more...]

Engadget giveaway: win a Samsung Galaxy S 4 and blinged-out Galaxy Gear courtesy of Brilliance!

Engadget giveaway: win a Samsung Galaxy S 4 and blinged-out Galaxy Gear courtesy of Brilliance!

You've tricked out your ride, splurged on some curves for your home theater and even recreated that floating Burnquist ramp for extreme weekend fun, but there's still something missing. The gem and jewelry purveyors at Brilliance have just the thing; they've provided an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S 4 and bundled it with a gemstone-studded Galaxy Gear, so that one lucky Engadget reader (or someone near and dear) can rock a bit of bling like the … [Read more...]

HTC’s new One will also come as a minimalist Google Play Edition

HTC's new One will also come as a minimalist Google Play Edition

With HTC's big launch looming later today, some apps for the new One handset have started dropping prematurely on the Google Play Store. One of those apps, HTC Gallery, is especially interesting because its accompanying text confirms that, aside from the regular phone, there'll also be the option of a clutter-free Google Play Edition. It looks like this edition will be available soon, perhaps coinciding with the main launch, without the lag we … [Read more...]

LG’s Knock Code unlock method bumps into G2 and G Flex next month

LG's Knock Code unlock method bumps into G2 and G Flex next month

LG's staying true to its word and updating the basic KnockON feature found on the G2 and the G Flex with its newer, more sophisticated Knock Code technology. The South Korean company launched the feature on the G Pro 2 in February, with a promise that it'll eventually be available on older models. While the older knock technology only switches a screen on or off when you tap it, Knock Code lets you bypass the lock screen altogether. You merely … [Read more...]

Microsoft’s Blink Windows Phone app gets a redesign, lots of new features

Microsoft's Blink Windows Phone app gets a redesign, lots of new features

The Blink app for Windows Phone 8 is already pretty good, and it's about to get even better. Microsoft Research has released a new version of its photography application, complete with a fresh look and a swath of new features. Aside from letting you create GIFs, Blink now makes it easier for you to lock on your subject, take more stable shots and quickly get to gallery view, where you can see the stuff you've captured. You can also see images … [Read more...]

This app creates a custom radio show based on articles from your favorite news sites

This app creates a custom radio show based on articles from your favorite news sites

Podcasts and talk shows are perfect for your daily commute, but it's rare to find one that only covers what you want to hear about. Newsbeat, an iOS and Android app released today by the Tribune Company, hopes to change how you listen to news. The app has access to over 7,000 different sources ranging from big-time papers to smaller blogs. Before you start listening, you can tell it what types of stories and publications (cough cough, Engadget) … [Read more...]

Facebook adds profile photos to experimental Android notification bar

Facebook adds profile photos to experimental Android notification bar

Facebook makes it a habit to test new features before release, and one of them is a permanent notification bar that popped up for some Android users last year. Now, that feature's back, and it even comes with an upgrade: it shows your profile picture right next to Facebook's familiar icons. Just like the first time around, the bar stays in Android's notification tray whether or not you have a new message or friend request. The only difference … [Read more...]

Samsung teases a site dedicated to its design philosophy and latest concepts (video)

Samsung teases a site dedicated to its design philosophy and latest concepts (video)

Samsung has gone to pains to try to explain the consideration and thought processes that go into its design -- especially with its Galaxy smartphones -- even if a lot of us still have beef with some of its material choices. Here's a renewed effort, then, with the electronics maker teasing a new design site for launch on March 27th next week. A YouTube teaser suggests there will be more tales of design from across its product family -- obviously … [Read more...]

Google Keyboard’s autocorrect gets better if you let it mine your data

Google Keyboard's autocorrect gets better if you let it mine your data

Keyboard software updates for Android, or any other mobile device, are relatively unexciting because... well, you know, keyboards. But, if you happen to have opted for Google's particular stock version by way of the Play Store, you're about to get a better autocorrect experience. A new update that's currently rolling out introduces the option for Personalized Suggestions, meaning the app can mine data from any other Google service you use to … [Read more...]

New Cloak app helps you hide from ‘that guy’

New Cloak app helps you hide from 'that guy'

There are a plethora of geo-location-based apps that make it incredibly convenient to do friendly things, like chat with nearby peers about local hotspots or meet up with a coworker on the fly. A new iOS app called Cloak, however, utilizes services from Foursquare and Instagram for a more anti-social purpose. The brainchild of Brian Moore and former Buzzfeed creative director Chris Baker, Cloak identifies the location of friends (read: those … [Read more...]

Huawei has ‘no plans’ to launch an Android/Windows Phone hybrid

Huawei has 'no plans' to launch an Android/Windows Phone hybrid

If two heads are better than one, does that mean two mobile operating systems are better than one? Huawei seemed to think so. CMO Shao Yang recently told TrustedReviews that it was working on a phone that ran Android and Windows Phone, but the company did an about-face today and said it has "no plans" to launch such a dual-booting Frankenphone. When Yang first brought up the notion, he said that an Android/Windows Phone combination could be more … [Read more...]

Moto 360 designer: ‘we wanted to hit that Whoa! mark’

Moto 360 designer: 'we wanted to hit that Whoa! mark'

In a live broadcast, designer Jim Wicks showed off a working version of the Moto 360 smartwatch and offered up a few pieces of information about his prized product and the philosophy behind its design. When asked about the inspiration for the 360's circular design, Wicks mentioned that the shape is an iconic one that people naturally associate with time, as evidenced by the fact that nearly 80 percent of all watches sold globally are circular. … [Read more...]

Google expands Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 sales to more European countries

Google expands Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 sales to more European countries

Google may have wowed the world yesterday with the introduction of Android Wear, but it turns out it also had some Nexus-related news tucked away too. Already available in 13 countries around the world, the search giant has quietly expanded sales of the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 across Europe, listing them on the Play Store in eight new markets. These include Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden, giving … [Read more...]

Oppo Find 7 is the world’s first phone that can take 50MP photos (video)

Oppo Find 7 is the world's first phone that can take 50MP photos (video)

We've seen the teasers and we've seen the leaks, so it's about time to see the real thing. Oppo has finally unveiled the Find 7 in Beijing just now, and as promised, this Android 4.3 device really can take 50-megapixel photos! But as with many things in life, there's a catch here: the sensor is actually a 13-megapixel Sony IMX214 CMOS, so it's a software trick. Still, the results we saw earlier were surprisingly good, so read on to check out how … [Read more...]

FreedomPop’s new smartphone keeps your calls and data private for $189

FreedomPop's new smartphone keeps your calls and data private for $189

When surveillance agencies collect large volumes of cellular data, it's easy to understand why you'd want an extra-secure smartphone. Those devices aren't always affordable, though, which is why FreedomPop has launched the Privacy Phone for $189 contract-free. It's ultimately an old Galaxy S II, but its software boasts some strong secrecy measures -- all of its internet-based calls and messages are encrypted, and data goes through a virtual … [Read more...]

Facebook Messenger arrives for Windows Phone sans voice features

Facebook Messenger arrives for Windows Phone sans voice features

Microsoft was clearly being cautious when it said Facebook Messenger would be available for Windows Phone within a few weeks of Mobile World Congress -- it's already here, just over a week later. The app offers much of Facebook's familiar chat experience, including group conversations, photo sharing and (of course) stickers. However, are a few missing features in this first revision. There aren't any voice messaging options, and chat heads aren't … [Read more...]

Uber adds surge pricing push notifications to its iOS app

Uber adds surge pricing push notifications to its iOS app

A week after Uber CEO Travis Kalanick promised push notifications were on the way to help riders cope with surge pricing, the outfit has added the feature to its iOS app. With the latest update, those handset-based pop-ups alert you when the dreaded surge pricing window has passed and replace SMS messages for updates. For customers in the UK, PayPal integration has also been tacked on as an alternate payment option. No word on when Android users … [Read more...]

Gartner: Android passes iOS to become the most popular tablet platform

Gartner: Android passes iOS to become the most popular tablet platform

Several years ago, technology research firm Gartner predicted Apple would maintain its hold on the tablet market until 2015. A new study from the company, however, shows Android taking a decisive lead: in 2013, it boasted 62-percent market share, compared to 36 percent for iOS. Google's mobile operating system climbed to the number one position thanks to more tablet sales overall, though Gartner also credits the proliferation of cheaper, … [Read more...]