Gionee Elife E7 boasts most sensitive 16MP camera, 2.5GHz Snapdragon 800

Gionee Elife E7 boasts most sensitive 16MP camera, 2.5GHz Snapdragon 800

Gionee isn't exactly a name that you'd come across in the Western market every day, but this time, the Chinese company has big global ambitions. The latest proof is its Elife E7, a 5.5-inch 1080p Android phone that boasts two titles: it's the first known phone featuring the 2.5GHz flavor of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 chip (MSM8974AC); plus it has the most sensitive 16-megapixel camera, courtesy of its Largan M8 lens (though the aperture is still … [Read more...]

Be a part of the Engadget community!

Be a part of the Engadget community!

Welcome to the new Engadget, where the surprises never stop coming! In addition to the updated design and logo, we just recently launched some great new community tools for your consumption. They include profiles, discussions, user reviews, a gigantic product database, gadget lists and more. Basically, it's everything you need to stay plugged into the world of technology. So, how do you become an essential part of the Engadget community? Jump … [Read more...]

Kim Dotcom’s Mega cloud storage service gets an official iPhone app

Kim Dotcom's Mega cloud storage service gets an official iPhone app

Now that Kim Dotcom's cloud storage service Mega is available to the public, it's finally found time to launch the iOS app it's been promising. The new app includes many of the same features as its Android counterpart, which has been available on Android for more than four months, including file previews and easy sharing. It currently lacks automatic camera syncing but that will come, along with iPad support, in a future update. What's next for … [Read more...]

Virgin Media brings its TV Anywhere service to UK Android devices

Virgin Media brings its TV Anywhere service to UK Android devices

It took a while, but Virgin Media has finally brought its TV Anywhere service to Android. Already available on the iPhone and iPad for more than a year, the app comes to Android smartphones and tablets with nine new UK TV channels including Alibi, Dave, Drama, Good Food, Home, Really, Watch, Yesterday and CBS Reality. That takes the total number of mobile channels up to 67, with up to 90 available online. Virgin Media boasts it now offers more … [Read more...]

US carriers can now block activation of stolen smartphones if they head abroad

US carriers can now block activation of stolen smartphones if they head abroad

US wireless industry group CTIA has announced that a stolen phone database launched last year by T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint and Verizon is now final, including integration with international carriers. That'll let foreign operators block stolen US device activations, a bone of contention for law enforcement officials stateside. They complained that the list was having no impact on thefts, since organized crime groups were simply dumping devices … [Read more...]

Dual-SIM HTC One with expandable storage comes to the UK

Dual-SIM HTC One with expandable storage comes to the UK

Just days after it unveiled a second gold One, HTC is releasing another variant of its Android flagship in an attempt to boost sales in the UK. Today, the company announced the availability of the HTC One Dual SIM, which you may already know as HTC One 802w. Just like it's Chinese counterpart, the device comes with a removable back for access to dual SIM slots and, more importantly, a microSD slot. That means you can switch between SIMs to … [Read more...]

Facebook tests ‘save-for-later’ feature for the second time, makes it better than the first

Facebook tests 'save-for-later' feature for the second time, makes it better than the first

Beware, Pocket and Instapaper: the folks at Facebook HQ are testing a feature that encroaches upon your "save-for-later" territory. This new function currently appears for some mobile users as an iBook bookmark-esque button next to status updates with links, although it actually saves the content of the link itself. You can access every saved link via a new menu (with a telltale name) under the Apps section. Before you get too excited for the … [Read more...]

MLB releases Franchise MVP for Android, lets you live your baseball fantasies

MLB releases Franchise MVP for Android, lets you live your baseball fantasies

The World Series is over, and it's a long three months before Spring Training begins. What's a baseball fan to do until then? Well, if you're an Android user, you could pick up Franchise MVP, a new game released by none other than Major League Baseball. MLB's no stranger to apps, of course, with its popular At Bat programs for iOS and Android, but mobile gaming is relatively new territory. Franchise MVP isn't like MLB 2K13 though; instead of … [Read more...]

Google Play Store now highlights Chromecast-friendly Android apps

Google Play Store now highlights Chromecast-friendly Android apps

Google has lately taken to highlighting tablet-native Android apps; it only makes sense that the company would devote the same kind of love to Chromecast owners. Accordingly, the search firm has recently posted a Chromecast section in Google Play for those browsing from their Android devices. The selection is thin at the moment -- you'll find only Google's media apps, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, Netflix and Pandora. Still, the section should be a handy … [Read more...]

Engadget HD Podcast 376 – 11.27.13

Engadget HD Podcast 376 - 11.27.13

The Xbox One has finally arrived at chez Lawler, so Richard and Ben gets things headed in Microsoft's direction right off the bat. As with the PS4, this console still could use some time in the oven, but it probably could take the heat -- its fan hasn't made a peep after days of "always on" use. This show isn't just about consoles though; LG's nefarious activities fall under scrutiny and service updates are popping up all over, including … [Read more...]

Belkin’s usage-tracking WeMo Insight Switch ships today for 60 bucks

Belkin's usage-tracking WeMo Insight Switch ships today for 60 bucks

Belkin's WeMo line of connected outlets, motion sensors and wireless switches has been a solid solution for building out a (relatively basic) home-automation system on the cheap, and now there's a new product to add to the mix. The WeMo Insight Switch can turn lights and appliances on and off just like its older sibling, but this year's flavor is significantly smaller and more powerful, too. The Insight adds a nifty consumption-tracking feature, … [Read more...]

OUYA’s revamped interface now available through ‘Abominable Snowman’ update

OUYA's revamped interface now available through 'Abominable Snowman' update

OUYA owners who've been eager for the console's big interface upgrade can relax, as it's reaching systems today. Now known as "Abominable Snowman," the update gives the Android device a much more visual control scheme that simplifies finding new games. The beauty is more than just skin-deep, though: there's also beta support for USB storage, the ability to queue downloads from the web and quicker access to the system menu. Gamers just have to … [Read more...]

Samsung Galaxy Mega coming to MetroPCS on November 25th, for $399 at launch

Samsung Galaxy Mega coming to MetroPCS on November 25th, for $399 at launch

Samsung's other behemoth of a smartphone, the Galaxy Mega, is most definitely not one of the newest on the block. Still, we can't imagine why MetroPCS users would complain about having yet another Android device to choose from. Starting November 25th, the carrier is making the 6.3-inch handset available on its network, complete with LTE support (where available) and a $399 price tag at launch. It's worth mentioning that the MSRP is actually $499, … [Read more...]

Pinterest intros Place Pins so you can map out all the places you’ll go

Pinterest intros Place Pins so you can map out all the places you'll go

Pinterest doesn't want to just be the place you hoard random internet goodies, or aspirational items for hobby boards -- it wants to become a real social tool. And it's doing that today with Place Pins: private or collaborative travel maps highlighting local places of interest and recommendations. If it sounds like Foursquare without the obnoxious check-ins and "Mayor of..." notifications, that's because it is -- the company's API is powering … [Read more...]

FCC reportedly proposing that passengers can use cellular service in mid-flight (update: confirmed)

FCC reportedly proposing that passengers can use cellular service in mid-flight (update: confirmed)

While the FAA has cleared the use of electronics on US passenger airplanes at all stages of flight, there's still one major restriction in place: you have to shut off all cellular access. That rule may not exist for much longer if the FCC has its way, according to sources for the Wall Street Journal. The agency will reportedly use its December meeting to propose letting passengers make phone calls and use cellular data whenever they're flying … [Read more...]

Palette embraces the buttons, dials and sliders that touchscreens forgot

Palette embraces the buttons, dials and sliders that touchscreens forgot

Gone are the days of buttons, switches and dials. We're all touchscreen and trackpad now. If you're among those that miss the tactile sensation and precision that switches and toggles offer and have $100 or so burning a hole in your pocket, however, you're right in the pitching sweet spot for Palette's Kickstarter campaign. The module controllers daisy chain in the configuration of your choosing to create a customize hardware interface for a … [Read more...]

Oppo R819 review: a slim, long-lasting smartphone that faces tough odds

Oppo R819 review: a slim, long-lasting smartphone that faces tough odds

It's easy to think that Chinese smartphone makers are thriving solely on sales of ultra-cheap devices, but that's only partly true. In many cases, they're striking careful balances between features and pricing -- handsets like the Vivo X3 tout sleek designs and big screens, but their modest processing power keeps costs in check. Oppo wants to bring that high-value philosophy to the rest of the world through the international version of the R819. … [Read more...]

ESPN renames ScoreCenter app to SportsCenter, adds a wealth of personalization

ESPN renames ScoreCenter app to SportsCenter, adds a wealth of personalization

Say goodbye to ESPN's ScoreCenter app. Don't worry though, the sports broadcast network has renamed the popular mobile software SportsCenter alongside a redesign. The refresh brings video highlights, social functionality and personalized content to those looking to remain up to speed or follow along on-the-go. For example, you'll now be able to set favorite teams to quickly display content and get info on those clubs to the app's inbox. … [Read more...]

Pogoplug’s new Safeplug anonymizes all your home’s web browsing for $49

Pogoplug's new Safeplug anonymizes all your home's web browsing for $49

It's easy to worry about internet privacy these days, but it can be a pain to set up a Tor connection that keeps the snoops and thieves at bay. Pogoplug wants to simplify the process with its newly available Safeplug adapter. The peripheral connects to most any internet router and uses Tor to anonymize all web requests that pass through, saving the trouble of launching a special browser every time you want to keep your data secret. It can also … [Read more...]

Engadget Giveaway: win one of two Kindle Fire HDX tablets courtesy of SanDisk!

Engadget Giveaway: win one of two Kindle Fire HDX tablets courtesy of SanDisk!

This week's giveaway is more or less amazing. More storage space, less wires and all topped off with one of Amazon's newest in the Kindle slate series: the 7-inch Fire HDX. SanDisk has cut the cord with its Connect series of wireless portable storage gadgets and felt that two lucky Engadget readers should get a free taste of this next-gen hocus pocus. The SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive offers up to 32GB of space and works double duty, as … [Read more...]

Comcast might start selling movies via its cable boxes, instead of just renting them

Comcast might start selling movies via its cable boxes, instead of just renting them

According to the infamous "people with knowledge of its plans," cable TV giant Comcast will move from renting video on-demand movies to selling them, in rumors reported by Reuters and The Wall Street Journal. Hollywood studios love pushing the digital sales of movies and have recently expanded ... … [Read more...]

FCC launches speed test app for Android, looks to collect mobile broadband performance data

FCC launches speed test app for Android, looks to collect mobile broadband performance data

As expected, the FCC has launched a Speed Test app that measures mobile broadband performance for Android devices. Available as a free download from Google Play, the app runs periodically in the background and performs tests when you aren't using your handset. There is a manual test option, for ... … [Read more...]