The Best of Android Lollipop in 8 GIFs

Android Lollipop has been around as a developer preview for months, but the real version—complete with all its new Material Design tricks—is due to hit with the Nexus 9 on November 3rd. We're getting our first extended looks at the final version on our Nexus 6 and 9 review units, so here's a few GIFs to hold you over… » 10/29/14 5:12pm Wednesday 5:12pm

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 Review: Bigger Is Still Beautiful (Updated)

We loved the Kindle Fire HDX. It's faux-Android wrapped up in a budget body so beautiful you'll learn to stop worrying and love the forked OS. Now its big brother, the HDX 8.9, is here with the same flavor of lovely in a stretched-out package. » 10/29/14 1:25pm Wednesday 1:25pm

Nexus Player Hands-On: This Is No Nexus Q (Thank Goodness)

Android TV made its big debut back at Google I/O, but its first official host body didn't show up until a few weeks back. The Nexus Player, built by ASUS, is Google's bajillionth attempt to take over the living room (hello Google TV, Nexus Q, Chromecast), and it looks as good as any set-top box you could look to throw… » 10/29/14 10:58am Wednesday 10:58am

We Need More Fat Phones With Killer Battery Life

Your smartphone has a terrible battery life. I can say this with confidence because it is universally true. Phones today have ludicrous screens and processors that rival the supercomputers of days gone by, but they can't last a day. We need more thick-ass phones that make it through the weekend. » 10/28/14 4:47pm Tuesday 4:47pm

My Brief and Curious Life As a Mechanical Turk

As accomplished as modern-day computers are, there are some very basic things even the smartest machines have yet to master: tough judgment calls, advanced image recognition, making goofy faces, conducting psychological surveys. These are an assortment of tasks we humans can still claim as our own. Or at least, that… » 10/28/14 9:40am Tuesday 9:40am

You Can Now Protect Your Google Accounts With a Physical Key

Two-step authentication is super important. It's also super annoying. To try and ease the pain—and make logins even more secure—Google will now let you use a USB security key to verify yourself instead of having a code sent to your phone. » 10/21/14 10:44am 10/21/14 10:44am