Google adds app quality component to Google Play

Google has announced some revisions to the way apps show up in the Google Play Store in an effort to push developers to give more attention to quality and to help users enjoy their apps more. In the announcement from Andrew Ahn, Product Manager with Google Play, he notes the team’s efforts should result in helping “people find and discover safe, high quality, useful, and relevant apps.” To make this happen, the Google Play algorithms for search and discovery have been enhanced to incorporate app quality in determining what to display to a user.

As Best Buy listing goes up, the Essential Phone should ship very soon

Essential is nearing the release of its first device. It’s live on Best Buy’s site, but you still can’t actually purchase the Essential Phone for yourself. For now you can just sign up to be notified when the retailer starts taking orders. While vague, it’s a sign that Essential is moving forward and doesn’t plan to wait much longer to enter the mobile industry.

Samsung Gear 360 (2017) review

When Samsung announced its new flagship for the spring cycle, an item that may have been overlooked was an updated version of the Gear 360. Capable of capturing both photos and video, the Gear 360 is designed to help users capture 360-degree content in a much easier manner than trying to use your smartphone and following the camera prompts. Samsung does this by equipping the Gear 360 with a dual-camera setup where the cameras are pointing in opposite directions from each other.

Now we’re diving into the world of immersive content in our Samsung Gear 360 (2017) review.

T-Mobile is big winner in latest OpenSignal carrier analysis

OpenSignal released their latest analysis of the U.S. wireless carriers for the period ending on June 29, 2017, and T-Mobile will be popping the champagne bottles as the Un-carrier swept the awards. We should expect John Legere, T-Mobile’s head honcho, to play up the results, but the carrier does need to be careful as OpenSignal’s analysis shows T-Mobile and Verizon are engaged in a pitched battle that can go either way. For Verizon and AT&T customers, the OpenSignal analysis shows the impact the move back into unlimited plans has had on the carrier and it is not a pretty sight.