In the latest round of feature additions, Twitter is taking a page out of Snapchat’s playbook and adding the option to put stickers on the photos in your tweets. It seems like most new social media additions these days are chasing Snapchat, but hey, can’t argue with what works.
Twitter’s #Stickers will work like Snapchat’s filters, except they’re applied to pictures and not disappearing photos/videos of your face. You’ll get a rotating set of images every day that you can slap on your image, which should help to spice up what you’re sharing with your followers. The rotating sticker idea will probably help to keep some people drawn in. Read more
Software buttons are that thing that Google has been trying to make a thing but other manufacturers aren’t really interested in it being a thing. When they were originally introduced, Google wanted all OEMs to ditch hardware buttons for on-screen buttons, but few companies followed Google’s example. Read more
Accessory maker Incipio will soon purchase headphone manufacturer Skullcandy, padding out Incipio’s wide range of accessories that they offer for smartphones. Incipio has already purchased other case makers and has licensing deals with other popular brands, so this move will only help solidify their position in the market. Read more
If you can’t beat them, make them use your software. That strategy has actually worked pretty well for Microsoft in the mobile space, and HTC might be copying those tactics. The company is sending out invites to test Sense Home 8 on non-HTC devices, which is almost unheard of in the Android smartphone market. Read more
Hot on the heels of a handful of other promotions, T-Mobile is kicking off some new deals for customers over the summer. The new program is unleashing summer travel for all Un-carrier customers and should help the burden of dealing with roaming fees when traveling overseas. Read more
Apple ended its WWDC 2016 keynote with the most amazing, fantastic, and beautiful refresh to iOS yet, and Tim Cook doesn’t know how you ever lived without it. It’s loaded with new features and tweaks, and, to Apple’s credit, some of them are actually some really nifty additions to mobile software.
There’s just one catch: you’re going to have to wait until this fall to take advantage of Apple’s latest iOS software. Like always, the new version of iOS will officially launch with the new iPhone around August or September, so until then you’re stuck with iOS 9. Unless, of course, you have an Android phone and would like to go ahead and snag all those useful iOS features for your smartphone right now. Fortunately for us, there are enough apps and software adjustments on Android to get pretty much every cool feature Apple announced without iOS 10 or an expensive iPhone. Read more
Samsung Pay is one of many options in the mobile payment market, but it might be one of the only options that exists as a loss leader for its parent company. Samsung’s thought process is that Samsung Pay isn’t a revenue stream for the company, but instead a way to sell phones and keep its users in the Samsung ecosystem. Read more
Jim Wicks is Motorola’s Senior VP of Consumer Experience, and he’s been with Motorola for 12 years. That’s a fairly long tenure in a market where high-level positions jump around between companies every couple of years.
Despite being with the company for over a decade, Wicks has decided to leave the company, which just might be a sign of how things are going for Motorola under Lenovo. Read more
With many smartphones abandoning the 3.5mm headphone jack, you might want to considering buying a pair of nice Bluetooth headphones that will work your phone right now and any phone you buy in the next year. And the good news is that we’ve got a deal that will shave a big chunk off of a pair of bone conduction wireless headphones that might fit your needs. Read more
If you’re the type to enjoy brutal videos of new devices getting put through the ringer, we finally have a torture test on YouTube for the OnePlus 3.
The video does a very brief overview of the build of the device and even compares it to the Galaxy S7, but then very quickly moves into trying to destroy it. Read more