Engadget is a multilingual technology blog network with daily coverage of consumer electronics and gadgets. Total ten blogs are there, six in international version and four in English with independent editorial staff. In the Technorati top 100, it is ranked five, and it was one of the best of 2010 by Time. Since 2005, it was operated by AOL but now owned by Verizon Media.
Background of Engadget –
Engadget was founded by Peter Rojas (former Gizmodo technology co-founder, and weblog editor). Weblogs Inc. Engadget is the most extensive blog and has 75 weblogs. In 2005 Weblogs Inc was purchased by AOL. On July 22, 2008, the editor-in-chief of Rayan Block Engadget announced that he would step down as editor-in-chief and Joshua Topolsky would take his place. On March 12, 2011, Joshua announced that he would leave Engadget and start something new. Tim Stevens was appointed as new editor-in-chief on May 31, 2012.
AOL acquired gdgt, a device review website on February 13, 2013. Tim Stevens stepped down as the editor-in-chief, on July 15, 2013, and Marc Perton took his place. Gdgt’s features were merged with Engadget in November 2013 such as aggregated reviews and a database of devices. The changes aimed to turn Engadget into a more extensive consumer electronics resource.
As of April 2014, Christopher Trout as Executive Editor and Michael Gorman was editor-in-chief. Perton left AOL to pursue other opportunities. On December 2, 2015, a new editorial direction was introduced along with another redesign. The focus was on broader topics influenced by technology. Dana Wollman became Executive Editor, Christopher Trout became Editor-in-Chief, Jose del Corral as Head of Product, and Olivia Kristiansen as Director of Video in April 2017. In September 2018, Dana Wollman was promoted to Editor-in-Chief. Adam Morath is the current general manager.
Quick Facts Engadget –
- The first mobile app was released On December 30, 2009, for iPhone and iPod Touch.
- On January 1, 2010, an app for the Palm Pre and Palm Pixi phones was released.
- On January 8, 2010, an app for the BlackBerry platform was released.
- On March 25, 2010, an app for Android devices was released.
- On July 1, 2011, an app for Windows Phone was released.
- On December 15, 2010 app for the iPad was released.
- On July 28, 2011, the Android app was updated to support Honeycomb.
- In February 2017, a completely redesigned version of the app was released.
- In 2019, they stopped pushing new content to their app.