The 2020 Honda CR-V is an all-star; a thoughtfully designed and well-rounded compact crossover that checks off virtually every box families might have. There are no shortage of reasons why Honda manages to sell so many every year, and it actually gets even better for 2020 with the addition of the CR-V Hybrid.
However, it has one major blemish, something that can make you go "yeah, but ..." It's the touchscreen infotainment system found on all but the base LX trim level. Consumer reviews and reliability ratings have shown in abundance that it is a laggy, glitchy system. As just one example, a friend of my mother's even recently said she loved her CR-V but was reluctant to buy another because of the problems she's had with the touchscreen. During my recent week with a CR-V Hybrid (more reviews coming soon), it became completely unresponsive when using Apple CarPlay. When it was functioning as designed, it was still slow to move between menus, and it just isn't as intuitive as rival systems. It's also pretty antiquated in appearance and measures only 7 inches, versus the more common 8 inches of the Toyota RAV4 and others.
If you're a regular reader of Autoblog, you know that for a long time we've liked Fiat Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment system for its bright, clear, responsive touchscreen interface. Now, according to the company, it will be better than ever with Uconnect 5, the latest iteration of the system. It has upgraded hardware and a revamped graphic user interface (the stuff on the screen). Looking at sample screens shown above, there are characteristics shared with the old system, such as the time, status and shortcuts at the top and the menu icons at the bottom. In the middle, the major change is the addition of home screens that can be customized with favorite menus and readouts that are always available. Each of these home screens can have up to four functions and you can have five pages to flip through. The graphics themselves feature more legible fonts and updated icons. Each car brand will get its own set of icons, colors and textures to help create unique experiences. And while each Fiat Chrysler product will be able to have Uconnect, including Alfa Romeo that has until now lacked Uconnect, each brand has the ability to make small tweaks including the screen orientation. The system will support displays in landscape, portrait or square, so different brands may choose different shapes. Powering Uconnect 5 is a processor Fiat Chrysler says is six times more powerful than what's in current systems. It features 6 gigabytes of RAM and 64 gigabytes of internal storage. The processor also supports screens as large as 12.3 inches with as many as 15 million pixels, or nearly twice that of a 4K resolution TV. The system can display information on up to four screens, too. Uconnect 5's firmware is built on Google's Android operating system, joining a few other automakers in using Android as a base for their infotainment systems. Uconnect 5 brings with it a number of new features. It brings full Alexa integration, so you can use it just like you do at home, provided you have a data plan for the car. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto continue to be standard, but now they can be used wirelessly. You can also now connect two phones via Bluetooth wirelessly so you can access content from both. Navigation gets real time information and updates from TomTom. Users can create five profiles with unique climate, radio and instrument settings, plus one for a valet. Also, the voice control system has been updated and will respond similarly to how you speak to Alexa, Siri and other voice assistants. Uconnect 5 will be available later this year. Fiat Chrysler hasn't officially said which cars will get the system first, but expect it to become equipment on virtually every product from the company.
Android apps come in all shapes and sizes and do all manner of things. As such, depending on the app, it might request for access to certain parts of your phone, whether it be your files, photos, camera, microphone, location, and so on. These are also known as “permissions” and apps, when they’re installed for the first time, usually request for permission.
This also allows users to get an idea of what kind of access an app is trying to gain, where more suspicious apps might request for things that they shouldn’t. That being said, if one day you decide that maybe you don’t want this app to access your location, how do you do that? If you want to figure out how to manage your Android app’s permissions, then check out the steps below.
These days, we’re seeing more smartphones and apps introducing dark mode. In case the name wasn’t already familiar, dark mode basically gives an app a dark appearance where it is supposed to be easier to use in low-light situations. It also has the added benefit of being better for battery life, especially with devices that use OLED displays.
However, the downside is that dark mode is generally implemented by the developers themselves. What this means is that if a developer chooses not to support dark mode, then that’s just to bad for the user. The good news is that if you use Opera’s browser for Android, it seems that the company’s browser will be more than happy to help.
The Sony Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 flagships have a nice surprise, with Android 10 rolling out to both models today. The new update arrives through build number 55.1.A.0.748, but strangely only comes with the November 2019 Android security patches, rather than December 2019. It's perhaps a minor niggle, and one that owners of both devices won't worry about given the updates have arrived in early December, rather than weeks later.
ACID ANDROID will hold a one-man tour titled 'ACID ANDROID LIVE 2020 #1' in early summer of 2020.
2019 was a fulfilling year for ACID ANDROID; hold two tours, participating in battle-of-the-bands, and performing in Asia. His first tour of 2020 will kick off on May 20 at BananaHall in Osaka and wrap up on June 27 at Veats shibuya in Tokyo.
What can you do to improve or extend the battery life of your Android phone? There are just so many different suggestions across the web to recommend you the best techniques to improve the battery life of your Android device.
However, in this article, we aim to focus on actionable tips that are proven to be helpful. We are pretty sure that you do not want to follow a long list of things to do. So, in this article, we will limit the options to the ones that make a difference and are easy to follow.
Recently, iOS users with Facebook installed had a bit of a privacy and security scare when it was discovered that due to a bug in the app, it would launch the phone’s camera in the background while the app was being used. The issue has since been patched, but now it looks like it’s Android’s turn to suffer from a similar vulnerability.
However, in this instance it has nothing to do with Facebook, but rather it is an issue with Android in which according to security firm Checkmarx, they have discovered a security flaw that allows apps to potentially use the user’s camera and microphone to secretly make recordings without the user’s knowledge.
There are many music streaming services available today, and as such, customers might be torn trying to decide which to signup for. If you’re still unsure about whether or not music streaming is right for you, then you might want to check out Amazon Music because Amazon has made it free and available for iOS and Android devices.
For those unfamiliar, Amazon Music is a free and ad-supported music streaming services that was launched earlier this year for Amazon’s Echo speakers and Alexa devices. However, it seems that Amazon has since made it more widely-available for non-Amazon speakers and devices.
Unfortunately for Cortana users on iOS and Android devices, it seems that come 2020, Microsoft will be killing off support for the app. According to a post on Microsoft’s support page, the company has noted that on the 31st of January, 2002, they will be ending support for Cortana on iOS and Android.
“To make your personal digital assistant as helpful as possible, we’re integrating Cortana into your Microsoft 365 productivity apps. As part of this evolution, on January 31st, 2020, we’re ending support for the Cortana app on Android and iOS in your market. At that point, the Cortana content you created–such as reminders and lists–will no longer function in the Cortana mobile app or Microsoft Launcher, but can still be accessed through Cortana on Windows.”