Honda and Drivemode have teamed up to develop a new concept that allows you to use your own smartphone for the on-board navigation and entertainment system belonging to your car. By plugging the phone into a space built-in to the dashboard, you can access your phone's software instead of the limited capabilities of a car's pre-installed applications.The screen on your handset doubles as the display for your car's on-board system. Using the Drivemode app, your phone responds to your voice as it works hands-free to help you navigate, change songs, answer messages and contact friends. For some applications, Drivemode's oversized buttons make them an easier target for drivers. And images from the blindspot camera will show up on your phone's screen as well.There are some issues that will need to be resolved, including offering a cavity in the dashboard that will support different smartphone sizes. Honda says that this concept is still years away from being included in a production vehicle. … [Read more...] about Honda concept allows you to use your phone to drive an on-board navigation and entertainment system
We've grown so accustomed to their presence in our daily lives that we rarely stop and appreciate what a smartphone is. In most cases, it's a reasonably powerful PC right in our pocket, which keeps us connected to all our social media, emails, and chats, it gives us a camera, always ready to capture a moment from our lives, and it provides entertainment for those dull moments when we've nothing better to do. Said entertainment can come in a few different forms. You can either have fun with your phone 's stock capabilities, playing with its camera and its cooky modes and filters (*ahem* Sony ), reading news and gossip from a built-in news bulletin, or browsing the web. But there's also the obvious choice of downloading apps and games from your respective app store. And there are a lot of entertaining apps out there. Sure, they are not labeled as "games", but camera apps like Snapchat or MSQRD, karaoke apps like Triller, or educational apps like Space Walk 2 can definitely put a … [Read more...] about What do you prefer for entertainment: apps or games?
Casual games are an especially prolific category of the app market. Their simple and to-the-point, distraction-free gameplay is perfect for quick jolts of entertainment in-between mundane activities, or as part of your well-earned relax time. Moreover, their varied nature lets talented developers and artists set their most novel ideas in motion, in the form of games that people of all ages, equipped with all categories of devices can enjoy.We do have a soft spot for these at PhoneArena, and we're keen on pointing out that the world of casual games is much larger than trite titles like Candy Crush Saga and other sweetly-packaged clones of all-too-familiar retro games. Thus, it is with great joy that we present to you ten less-known casual titles that you may have missed out on, because you won't find them in the top charts of Google Play and the iOS App Store. Enjoy these underdog gems on your free time and let us know what you think!Alto's AdventureAn endless snowboarder with gorgeous … [Read more...] about 10 bold and entertaining casual games for Android and iOS you may have missed out on
Dear PhoneArena readers, we are going to be honest with all of you now. We've been playing Slither.io non-stop for the past few weeks and we think we have developed an addiction for the easy-to-learn and hard-to-master title. Slither.io is just one of the more recent representatives of that game genre that require you to grow by eating particles and try to survive, as other players are also trying to eat you and promptly put an end to your winning spree. Think of it as a new player-vs-player twist on that classic Nokia game, Snake. Well, apart from Slither.io, there's a host of other games that employ the very same or pretty similar premise. Need we mention Agar.io, another wildly popular title that also made us lose lots of time trying to get our names to the top of the leaderboards? So, we decided it's only fitting if we show you a deal of similar games that might very well become your next addiction. Slither.io, due to obvious reasons, won't be included. Read more: Agar.io … [Read more...] about 7 extremely addictive mobile games like Slither.io that will keep you entertained for hours
Okay, it's pretty safe to say that commercials have become a form of art a long time ago, as successfully promoting a given product is among the key priorities of almost any company. Thus, they need to pack a hefty amount of creativity. Smartphone manufacturers are no different – in fact, some of them spend shedloads of money on marketing (we are looking at you, Samsung). Thus, it comes as no surprise that the industry has created some ads that promote their product in a downright funny, entertaining, and hilarious way. We've made a pick of some smartphone ads that really made us giggle quietly in the office. We've also thrown in a feature phone ad for a good measure, as it is quite hilarious, too. It is important to say that some of the ads indirectly (yet some are pretty directly, if you ask us) attack their rivals. At the same time, certain manufacturers have chosen a harder, yet definitely more creative way to promote their devices and pinpoint their strengths. Whether you … [Read more...] about 10 funny, awesome, and entertaining smartphone commercials