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How to get the Android O beta on your Pixel or Nexus (and how to roll back to Nougat)
Here's how to get the Android O beta on your Nexus or Pixel device.The Android O Developer Preview 2 is here, and if you're looking to install it on your phone or tablet, you're now able to opt-in to the first public beta, which is also available as the second Developer Preview.Which devices support the Android O Developer Preview?The preview is supported on the following phones and tablets:PixelPixel XLPixel CNexus 6PNexus 5XNexus PlayerDownload the Android O betaIf you don't want to mess with unlocking your bootloader or the command line, the second Android O Developer Preview is also the first public beta. That means that if you have one of the above eligible devices, you can simply visit the Android Beta portal and opt-in to the beta, which will then prompt Google to send your phone or tablet an over-the-air update.Head to Android Beta program portal on your Pixel or Nexus phone or tablet.Sign into the Google account associated with that phone.Scroll down to...
Win a Samsung Galaxy S8 and cases from Zizo and Android Central!
Enter to win a prize package that includes a Samsung Galaxy S8 and three Zizo cases to keep it safe!Everyone is in love with the new Galaxy S8, and for good reason. It's a gorgeous phone and one you'll definitely want to protect with a case, especially if you work in a tough environment, like to do outdoor activities, or are just generally a bit rough on your stuff. Let's chat about these cases a bit, and then you can enter to win a free Samsung Galaxy S8 and three cases to keep it safe!Adding less than 1/8th of an inch to your phone, Zizo proves you don't need a case the size of a brick to protect your phone. You just need good quality materials and design. Zizo's newest collection of Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ cases are here to keep your device safe. Each of these cases have military grade drop test compliance, meaning they are dropped repeatedly on each corner and side from 5 feet to make sure they can handle falls. The flagship case in this line, the Bolt, is drop teste...
Cortana now has over 141 million monthly users
One way or another, there are a lot of people using Cortana.On stage at BUILD today, Microsoft announced 141 million monthly active users for its Cortana assistant. This number is slightly off from the 145m rumored to be sent to prominent Alexa developers in order to lure them over for the Cortana Skill launch, which also happened today, but it's an impressive figure all the same.141 million monthly users surpasses Amazon's Alexa by a considerable margin, considering 3 million Echo units have reportedly been sold as of last month. The big question here, which in an early briefing Microsoft was unable to answer, is how many of those monthly active users are actually speaking to Cortana. Microsoft's figures are for any kind of Cortana use, which includes text, voice, and assistant notifications based on user input. That information may prove useful for developers looking to target Cortana Skills to the largest portion of the user activity type, but for now it's not available.Eith...
Best Small Android Phone
Update, May 2017: The Google Pixel is still the best small phone you can buy, if you can find it, so we've added the Moto G5 and Huawei P10 to the list to offer more choice.Best overallBest alternativeBest for camera buffsBest on a budgetBest tinyBest OverallGoogle PixelSee at VerizonSee at Google StoreLike the iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S8, Google's Pixel comes in two sizes: Really Big and Just Right. The latter is the Google Pixel with a 5-inch Full HD display that fits comfortably in the palm of any hand.The Pixel is packed with a Snapdragon 821 processor and 4GB of RAM. It's available with up to 128GB of storage space. Its 2770mAh battery might not seem like much compared to other phones its size, but with its 1080p display and Nougat's revamped Doze mode, you'll likely be seeing a little bit more on-screen time than other devices in its class. The Pixel's 12-megapixel rear-facing camera is also still really impressive, even when compared to the abilities o...
Best Free Games For Gear VR
There are plenty of great games for Gear VR available for free!When it comes to finding great games for Gear VR, the Oculus Store delivers tons of great content across the genres. Whether you're low on cash at the moment and looking for a fun new game, or you're new to VR and trying to ease your toes into the water, it's a breeze to find fun new games available for free. There's actually an entire category dedicated to free games and apps, and we've gone through it to find the gems you should be checking out!Read more at VRHeads.com...
Everything you need to know about Qualcomm Quick Charge
Being able to charge your phone or tablet faster at home — and more importantly when you're on the go — may be one of the biggest improvement we've seen in mobile tech in some time.Updated May 2, 2017 with the latest information about Qualcomm QukckCharge 4.0.And while one of the many cool things about living in 2017 is not necessarily needing to understand how a lot of the tech around you works, if you take the time to better understand what you are using there's a good chance you'll get more out of it. A perfect simple example is the power supply you use for your smartphone.If you've purchased a new phone recently, there's a good chance the power supply in the box is capable of charging your phone significantly faster than any of the other chargers you have in the house. This little slice of magic is called Quick Charge from Qualcomm, and it's a two-step process that promises to safely charge your phone faster than any other tech out there right now.Quick Char...
Google, an ad company, will soon block 'bad ads' in Chrome
Android's native browser could block "bad ads" in a coming update and that's good for everyone.While ad-blockers may be the most popular extensions for Chrome on the desktop or your Chromebook, the Android app has been left out of the picture. That might be changing according to the Wall Street Journal. Alphabet Inc.'s Google is planning to introduce an ad-blocking feature in the mobile and desktop versions of its popular Chrome web browser, according to people familiar with the company's plans. The ad-blocking feature, which could be switched on by default within Chrome, would filter out certain online ad types deemed to provide bad experiences for users as they move around the web.The ads that offer the bad experience will be defined by the Coalition for Better Ads which released a list of best practices and standards in March 2017. They think that pop-ups, auto-playing videos with sound, and ads that use a countdown before they can be dismissed are all bad. We couldn't...
Should you buy the Galaxy S8 or the Galaxy S8+?
The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are great phones, but the differences this year as narrower than ever. If you have to choose one, which would it be?Are the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ two distinct phones, or one phone in two sizes? Last year, there were clear demarcations in Samsung two-phone strategy; in 2017, that delineation is a bit more diffuse.This is especially true because both phones are basically just massive AMOLED panels covered by curved glass and surrounded by metal. Gone is the distinction between flat and curved screen, between value and premium. The most important, and popular, high-end Android phones in the world are now separated merely by 0.4 inches in diagonal screen real estate and 16.6% of additional battery.So, who should buy the Galaxy S8 and who should opt for the slightly larger, longer-lasting Galaxy S8+? Let's take a look.First, the specsCategory Galaxy S8 Galaxy S8+Operating System Android 7.0 Nougat Android 7.0 NougatDisplay 5.8-inch A...
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ review: Such great heights
Samsung has taken its proven formula and stretched it to new heights — and prices. But in doing so has made a couple of the year's best phones.The quick takeThe Galaxy S8 isn't quite as revolutionary as its Infinity Display lets on, but the phone, and its larger Galaxy S8+ counterpart, is a definitive statement of Samsung's dominance in the mobile space. Along with the elimination of the home button, Samsung is all-in on curves, and barrelling towards a future of ultra-minimalism.The GoodBest-in-class AMOLED screenGreat performanceReliable camera in almost every circumstanceWaterproofingSurprisingly good battery lifeLoud mono speakerRestrained, minimal software touchesThe BadRear fingerprint sensor is poorly placedFace biometrics are fast, but not always reliableBixby is undercookedThe most slippery phone everBased on S7 timeline, updates are going to be slowTwo phones, one reviewSamsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Full reviewSamsung never slo...
Verizon's Wear24 Android Wear 2.0 watch is debuting May 11 for $350
Verizon's self-branded smartwatch is going on sale next month.Back in February, Verizon announced that it would be launching a self-branded smartwatch running Android Wear 2.0 called the Wear24, and now we have more details on its availability. The Wear24 will go up for sale starting May 11 and will cost $350.The watch will be available in three color options — Stainless Steel, Gunmetal Black, and Rose Gold — and it'll come with custom watch faces that automatically change based on your location. The 42mm Wear24 features a 1.39-inch AMOLED display, 450mAh battery, NFC, and is rated IP67 for dust and water resistance. It also has LTE, allowing it to stay connected even when it isn't paired to your phone. Android Wear 2.0 lets you use the watch with Android Pay, and there's also the option to install standalone apps from the Play Store.The circular design resembles that of the LG Watch Sport, and Verizon's offering is thinner at 13.5mm. The Wear24 will be available ...
Best apps for taxes and getting money back
These apps will help you to prepare and even file your taxes with a minimum of stress.Nobody really likes filing their taxes, but it's that time of year. If you haven't filed your taxes (and you should have) these apps will help you to get the job done. They can also help you to stay on top of things during the off-season so that you are ready for next year!So grab your 1040 and let's go get that refund! Maybe.Updated, April 18, 2017: We've updated our list of apps for 2017.TurboTaxQuickbooks Self EmployedMintGoogle DriveH&R Block 1040EZIRS2GOGoogle Play MusicTurboTax Tax PreparationWe've recommended this app before, with plenty of good reason, TurboTax Tax Preparation app can sync with your TurboTax account so that you can fill out the question-by-question tax preparation throughout your busy day. It's also helpful if you need to go spelunking for more forms in the black hole formerly known as the family office. You may not fill out your entire return here, ...
Best Cases for Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
Best cases for keeping your Galaxy Tab S3 protected and functional.If you've got a brand new Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, you're going to want to keep it protected. Determining which case you should get depends on how you plan to use it. We've highlighted some of the different styles available that are worth your attention. Whether you're looking for a folio case that folds over to protect the screen, a case with a built-in keyboard, or a more standard case, mainly for providing protection, just make sure you find the right case for your needs!Samsung Keyboard CoverMoKo Galaxy Tab S3 Slim Folding Cover CaseSUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Pro Series CaseBELK Leather Viewing Stand w/ WalletSamsung Keyboard CoverWe'll start with Samsung's new keyboard accessory for its newest tablet. Offering protection as well as functionality, this case includes Samsung's latest keyboard, featuring chiclet-style keys, along with intuitive POGO pin connectors, which let you set up your tablet in keyboar...
Huawei Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic announced at MWC 2017, starting at €329 in March
One model has turned into two for 2017.The Huawei Watch was one of a few bright spots in the Android Wear world, often being referred to as the top watch to get through 2016. As a follow-up, Huawei is replacing it for 2017 with two models — the Huawei Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic.Following the launch of the LG Watch Style and Watch Sport, Huawei's new models are running Android Wear 2.0 and offer up many of the same features as LG's including 4G connectivity, GPS, NFC and new processors.Both watch styles have a 1.2-inch 390x390 display, 420mAh battery, GPS, heart rate sensor, 4GB of storage and 768MB of RAM. The standard Huawei Watch 2 is more of a sporty version, with a rubberized band and bigger bezel around the screen. It's available in a variety of colors, including a striking bright orange, and has a 4G-capable version alongside the standard version that has just Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The Watch 2 Classic is surprisingly different in its overall design from th...
Huawei's new P10 flagships are thin, powerful and insanely colorful
New flagship phones officially unveiled in Barcelona.At its press conference in Barcelona, Spain ahead of Mobile World Congress 2017, Huawei CEO Richard Yu has unveiled the company's latest flagship phones for 2017, the P10 and P10 Plus. The new phones build on the design language of last year's slim, highly-specced Huawei P9, with internals based on the Mate 9's Kirin 960 platform. Like last year we're looking at two different display sizes — 5.1 inches at 1080p for the P10, 5.5 inches at Quad HD resolution for the P10 Plus.The P10 also packs 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and the same dual-camera 12/20-megapixel array as the Mate 9, behind f/2.2 lenses. And that gets bumped up to 6GB/128GB for the P10 Plus, with improved optics for the cameras in the form of a significantly upgraded f/1.8 lens.Huawei's focusing on portrait and selfie photography in its new phones, with an 8-megapixel front-facer behind an f/1.9 lens, and a wide variety of new photographic features for th...
Huawei P10 will arrive on all four major UK networks
EE, Vodafone, O2, Three will range the Huawei P10, and it'll also be offered through independent retail giant Carphone Warehouse, exec tells AC.Last year's Huawei P9 was a breakthrough success for the Chinese manufacturer, with the 2016 flagship being picked up by all four major UK networks and major high street player Carphone Warehouse. This broad carrier coverage is set to continue with the P10, AC can confirm.In an exclusive interview ahead of today's announcement, Bruce Lee, Huawei's Vice President of Handsets Product Line, revealed that all four operators will also range the P10, and that Carphone will also pick up the handset. Lee wouldn't comment on availability for the larger, higher-specced P10 Plus, but promised "some surprises, maybe" when that model arrives in the UK.The Huawei P9 passed 10 million units sold by the end of 2016, and the fact that all the major networks are carrying its successor is an obvious indicator that they're happy with the performance of the...
Watch Andrew and Alex discuss the LG G6 in Korea!
See our first impressions of the LG G6 from Korea.We had a wonderful and unique opportunity to join LG for a tour and set of interviews surrounding the launch of the new LG G6. On our final day in Seoul before heading back home prior to MWC 2017, we took the opportunity to sit down and collect our thoughts on everything we saw.As you can tell, we have plenty to talk about. From the interviews and experiences to of course details about the new phone, we cover it all here! Consider this a great jumping-off point for your dive into the LG G6, and be sure to continue by reading our complete review! Android Central on YouTubeLG G6LG G6 review!LG G6 specsThese LG G6 features are exclusive to some countriesLG forumsLatest LG G6 news*//*-->*//*-->*/...
Alphabet posts revenue of $26 billion as hardware unit gains momentum
Alphabet's Other Bets are starting to pay off.Google's parent company Alphabet posted Q4 2016 earnings of $26 billion, an increase of 22% from the $21.3 billion it netted during the same period in 2015. Profits also saw a healthy increase to $5.3 billion, up $300 million from last quarter.With $22.4 billion coming in from advertising, search and YouTube ads continue to be the main driver for Alphabet. As usual, Google led the way with overall revenue of $25.8 billion and profits of $7.8 billion. What's particularly interesting is the revenue from Google's non-advertising business — Google Play, Google Cloud, and the hardware unit, which exceeded $3.4 billion. Google didn't provide a breakdown of how each individual business unit performed, but it's clear that the company's hardware and cloud push is gaining momentum.Without revealing sales figures, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that the company was "thrilled" with the performance of the Pixel. The phone has certainly ex...
Tips for surviving Inauguration Weekend
Okay, so we're doing this.America is inaugurating its 45th President this weekend, and that means a number of important things. People have traveled from all over the U.S. to experience the event, either in support or in protest, and historically that influx of people means a dramatic increase in strain on the cellular networks. Each of the major carriers claim to have beefed up their service in preparation, but there's a lot more to the Internet than just that connection. In a situation where anything can happen and likely everything you're imagining will happen to some degree, it's important to be prepared.Here are some quick tips for getting through Inauguration weekend with your sanity, and hopefully also your phone, intact.If you're in Washington DCWhether you're a DC native or you've travelled in from far away, there are some tools you're going to want handy.Amazon Prime Now is your friendBefore you head out to any of the events this weekend, make sure you have ev...
Lenovo P2 makes its debut in India with huge 5100mAh battery
Snapdragon 625, 5100mAh battery, and fast charging for ₹16,999.Lenovo's latest phone in India is the budget-centric P2. The phone will be going up for sale later today in Champagne Gold and Graphite Grey color options, and will be exclusive to Flipkart. The highlight of the P2 is the 5100mAh battery, which Lenovo says will last up to three days on a full charge. The company is also touting its new fast charging solution, which provides up to 10 hours of "normal usage" with a 15-minute charge.The Lenovo P2 features a 5.5-inch Full HD display, and is powered by an octa-core 14nm Snapdragon 625 SoC clocked at 2.0GHz. You also get 32GB of storage (and a microSD card slot), and the phone will be offered with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM. Other specs include 13MP camera at the back, 5MP front shooter, Wi-Fi ac, LTE with VoLTE, FM radio, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.1. On the software side of things, the phone runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.The variant with 3GB of RAM will retail for S...
5 Best Ways To Use Your Amazon Echo
Amazon Echo can make your life easier in innumerable ways.Millions of people bought an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot for their homes in 2016 — and maybe you were one of them! Thanks to the growing number of skills available for Alexa, Amazon's voice-controlled AI assistant, you can make use of Amazon Echo countless different ways in different rooms in your house.In fact, thanks to the way you can set up multiple Amazon Echo and Echo Dots throughout a house, you might be inspired to get a Dot or two for more coverage throughout your home. Here's some of our favorite ways to use Alexa to make life easier at home. Using Alexa in the kitchenStarting the day on the right noteFind Your Phone around the houseSet the mood with musicExplore the limitless possibilities with IFTTTUsing Alexa in the kitchenOne of the most popular places to use an Amazon Echo is in the kitchen. When you've got your hands all messy making dinner, it's incredibly convenient to use when you need to s...
Keep your phone safe in the car with this $10 magnetic car mount!
One of your resolutions for 2017 should definitely be to keep your phone out of your hands when you are driving, and this awesome magnetic car mount makes that so much easier. Anker's magnetic car mount is a simple way to keep your phone out of your hands but still in view so you can use it for navigation, music streaming and more. The strong magnet allows it to work universally with just about any phone, so it won't matter how often you switch you can use it with any device you have with you that day.This $20 discount isn't likely to last very long, so you're going to want to pick one up sooner than later. Something like this makes for a great investment for each car you own, so be sure to grab a couple to keep your loved ones safe on the road.See at Amazon...
How to rearrange the Samsung Gear S3's app drawer and widgets
You can easily tame some of the chaos that is the Gear S3's app and widget situation.With so many apps, services and utilities available on Samsung's Gear S3 smartwatches, it's easy to get carried away while setting things up and all of a sudden be in a stressful situation. Dozens of apps across multiple pages of the app drawer sit beneath a dozen pages of widgets to the right of your watch face — but thankfully you can clean up this situation to make it easier to get just what you want.While you can't altogether hide or delete most of the pre-installed apps on the Gear S3, you can rearrange them in a way that puts what you want front and center, leaving the rest to the background so it isn't in the way. Here's how to get it done.Configuring widgetsWidgets on the Gear S3 are the glanceable bits of information that are available to the right of your watch face. You can think of them as full-screen app experiences that are always available to you, without having to expl...
How to use Google Home to call an Uber
Google Home is supposed to be a digital assistant, so why not use it to call a car?One of the first integrations announced with Google Home was Uber, meaning you can use your new smart connected speaker to seamlessly call a car to get you and your friends where you need to go. The problem, as is always the case with voice-activated interfaces, is that you don't know how this all works until you try it — and when it comes to Uber, you don't want to be messing around with calling actual people in actual cars to come pick you up.That's why we did the work for you. Here's what it's like to call an Uber from your Google Home, and what you need to be ready for when you do it for the first time.In order to use these third-party app integrations, you'll have to start the process on your phone.Make sure you have the Uber app installed, an account created and a payment method linked to your accountOpen the Google Home app, go to Devices, then Google Home settingsTap on More...
Digital Offers: Learn to develop apps for Android N for only $17
Got an idea for the next big Android app? With this course, you can make it a reality!Developing and coding for Android can seem like a daunting task, especially if you've got no previous coding experience. You might be wondering where would I even start? Don't people usually spend an arm and a leg on schooling to learn how to develop apps?While it's true that having good instruction is key to learning how to code for Android, you don't need to head back to school and you don't need to break the bank to go become a competent Android developer.What you need is a thorough, focused course that will teach you the intricacies of developing apps for Android. What's better than hands-on experience and an instructor who knows exactly what they're doing?Android Central has a great deal for you, where you can get [the Complete Android N Developer Course for only just $17. You read that right! You'll save 91% off the regular price of this course, which features over 32 hours of content ...
Google acquires ex-Googler wearables startup Cronologics to improve Android Wear
What goes around comes around.In a quiet announcement this week, Cronologics, a small wearables startup based out of Silicon Valley, said that it has been acquired by Google to help improve Android Wear.Cronologics, which formed in 2014, is made up of former Google employees who set out on their own during the height of wearable excitement and smartwatch growth, hoping to build a cross-platform OS that, like Pebble and its new owner Fitbit, could live between worlds, so to speak. The company launched a crowdfunding campaign earlier this year for the CoWatch, an Alexa-powered touchscreen smartwatch powered by its proprietary Cronologics OS."Today, we're excited to announce the next phase of our journey -- we are joining Google to help grow the portfolio of watches powered by Android Wear. We see strong alignment with Android Wear's mission and look forward to working with our new colleagues at Google to continue pushing the frontier of wearable technology and smartwatches with...
AirDroid app vulnerable to 'man-in-the-middle' attacks
Remote management app could expose data to attackers — or compromise devices through hijacked update files.Research by security firm Zimperium has shown that popular remote management app AirDroid is vulnerable to so-called "man-n-the-middle" attacks, leaving users' phones open to data theft or, at worst, compromise of the device through a hijacked update file.According to Zimperium, an attacker on the same network as the intended victim could intercept authentication data and impersonate the user, allowing personal data — such as SMS, calls, notifications or contact details — to be exposed.Most seriously, the mechanism by which the app is updated could also be hijacked in the same way, exposing AirDroid users to have their entire device compromised by a malicious APK file. The security firm has a full proof of concept on its site, along with details of how it disclosed the vulnerabilities to developer Sand Studio, starting in May 2016.Zimperium says the recently releas...
Google Play brings new developer features for subscriptions, refunds and Early Access
Google Play has announced a series of new features for Google Play developers alongside their Playtime developer event going on today in San Francisco. Among the announcements today are new features that could mean great things for users looking for the newest apps and the best deals.Even as [Chromebooks](./chromebooks] are beginning to enjoy Google Play apps, Google Play is preparing to expand with Daydream VR apps as well as Google Play for Wear, bringing standalone watch apps to Android Wear 2.0 next year.Meanwhile, the Play Developer Console is bringing new subscription promos to an app near you, citing a 10x increase in subscription spending over the last three years. Introductory rates may help users take the plunge on an app or service after free trials that are already offered by many apps expire.Two features we've already seen on Google Play are also starting to expand: pre-registration and Early Access. Pre-registration is a currently a limited program, but the feat...
Samsung is now processing Note 7 exchanges at airports around the world
Samsung has started setting up exchange booths at airports across the world to process Note 7 returns or refunds. The trade-in booths are showing up in South Korea, Australia, as well as the U.S., allowing passengers to return their Note 7s for another Samsung device.Samsung has customer service representatives on hand at these booths to transfer user data from the Note 7 to another device. The booths are meant to facilitate customers that have been traveling with the Note 7 and are no longer able to exchange it at their place of purchase. Samsung is actively working with government agencies and carriers as it looks to retrieve the remaining Note 7 units in the wild.With the CPSC issuing a second recall, it is now illegal to carry the Note 7 aboard a flight in the U.S., and other countries have enacted similar bans on the device.Samsung Galaxy Note 7Galaxy Note 7 fires, recall and cancellation: Everything you need to knowDo not buy a Galaxy Note 7Samsung Galaxy No...
State of Samsung Survey: Share your thoughts on the Note 7 recall and you could win an unlocked Galaxy S7!
Take a few minutes to let us know what you thought of how Samsung handled the Note 7 recall.The Galaxy Note 7 has been cancelled, and now Samsung has plenty of work acquiring all the outstanding stock and figuring out what went wrong. We've talked about that already, but we want to know what you thought of how the company handled the Note 7 recall process.Please take a couple of minutes to fill out the survey, and you could win a Galaxy S7!Thank you so much for taking the time to fill in the survey! We'll be using the data to make some interesting insights that we will share with you in the coming weeks.Samsung Galaxy Note 7Galaxy Note 7 fires, recall and cancellation: Everything you need to knowDo not buy a Galaxy Note 7Samsung Galaxy Note 7 reviewThe latest Galaxy Note 7 newsJoin the Note 7 discussion in the forums!*//*-->*//*-->*/...
Huawei Mate 9 may have curved screen model with Daydream support
Flat and curved-screen models shown in latest leak.Details of the Huawei Mate 9 have been trickling out over the past month, but today brings a tantalizing piece of news. According to well-known leaker Evan Blass, reporting for VentureBeat, the phone may come in two variants — a flat-screened model, codenamed Manhattan, and a curved-screen variant, codenamed Long Island. Nougat, a curved screen, and Daydream support out of the box.Pictured above, both the flat and curvy Mate 9 models look familiar — the top row is essentially a more svelte Mate 8, while the bottom row is the spitting image of a Galaxy S6 edge+, right down to the front-mounted home button. Blass reports that the curvy Long Island variant will include more premium specs — a QHD resolution, compared to Manhattan's 1080p, and Google Daydream VR support. Blass says that Manhattan will be released internationally, including the United States, while Long Island "may be restricted to Huawei's native China." Bu...
Action Launcher 3 update adds Android 7.1's launcher shortcut feature
New "Quickcuts" capability rounds out the list of Pixel Launcher features in the popular app.Ready to try out some of the features from the Google Pixel's home screen launcher (without sideloading a leaked APK that doesn't quite work right)? Action Launcher has just been updated with a new "Quickcuts" feature, which recreates the launcher shortcuts feature from the unannounced Android 7.1 Nougat release. Spotted in certain Google apps by enterprising hackers, these shortcuts let you perform a gesture on an icon to access shortcuts to different areas of that app — similar to 3D Touch on the iPhone.Simply swipe on an icon and release over the shortcut you want to jump straight to that section of the app.And now it's possible to get this feature without waiting for the Pixel phones to land — or for your handset to get an Android 7.1 OTA. Developer Chris Lacy tells us that functionality is limited to a few Google apps right now, but that Quickcuts for other popular apps a...
T-Mobile extends free high-speed roaming in Europe and South America until end of 2016
T-Mobile extends roaming privileges until the end of 2016.T-Mobile always finds a way to put itself in the news. The company has announced that it will be extending free high-speed roaming to postpaid customers until the end of 2016. The original plan was supposed to expire at the end of September.Specifically, the company says all postpaid customers will be able to roam on LTE at no extra charge in a number of European and South American countries, including Spain, Sweden, UK, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and more.Of course, not all of T-Mobile's roaming partners in every country support 4G LTE, but the company promises the "fastest available data" in each place.T-Mobile says that after introducing the promotion earlier this summer to coincide with the Olympics, it saw a 3x increase in data use in those countries — unsurprising when people didn't feel they had to count their bandwidth.Last month, the company introduced T-Mobile One, a single plan that offers unlimited calls, ...
Where to buy the Honor 8 in the UK
A whole lot of phone for £369.It's official: the Honor 8 is coming to the UK, with a £369.99 SIM-free price tag. It's launching first, unlocked and SIM-free, on Amazon, as well as Huawei's vMall platform, along with free bundled goodies.As for other retailers and carriers, we've got the first details on UK availability down below. It's worth noting that for now, the only model available in the UK is the 32GB Honor 8, as opposed to the more expensive 64GB variant.Amazon UKAmazon is offering a free Fire TV Stick with Honor 8 purchases while stocks last. All three color options — black, blue and white — are priced at £369.99.See at Amazon UKvMallThe Huawei-branded ecommerce store has the Honor 8 for sale at the launch price of £369.90 in black, white and blue, with a free "anniversary package" worth £69.99 while stocks last. Buyers can pick between a combination of vouchers from Gameloft, Truecaller, Elec and Deezer, up to the value of £69.99. The first 2,000 H...
What would you change about Android Auto?
Android Auto is a much better experience than most in-car infotainment systems — but could it be made better?With Android Auto, Google was able to safely bring your favorite Android experiences into the car, but it came with a number of sacrifices. From weird compatibility issues to limited voice navigation while driving, using Android Auto can be equally as frustrating as it is awesome. Google has done a great job of bringing Android's core interface tenets to the dash, but there are some areas that could be changed.So here's the big question: Is there anything that annoys you daily, or something that you wish the system would do a bit better?Here's our list:Get rid of the touch limitsAllow some customization of the "home screen", with the ability to add widgetsFix weird compatibility issues that prevent some phones from workingMore navigation options, like Waze, for those who don't rely only on Google MapsMore third-party head unit options Ability to connect wireless...
Android Central 301: Your ex-girlfriend's EarPods
Why the heck is LG releasing the V20, and why does it appear to look like a larger, more boxy G5? Andrew, Russell and Daniel explore the potential reasons for LG's latest flagship, and whether its new design will appeal to anyone beyond the Android audience looking for speeds and feeds.Plus: Russell got a Moto Z and likes it — a lot! And an IFA primer, including a discussion of the Gear S3 and Moto 360 3rd generation.Plus, plus: Twitter Q&A!Thanks to this week's sponsor:Harrys: Use promo code AC to save $5 off your first purchase — start shaving smarter.Podcast MP3 URL: http://traffic.libsyn.com/androidcentral/androidcentral301.mp3...
Cyanogen Inc. reportedly laying off 20% of staff in major restructuring
New reports claim that Cyanogen Inc. may have laid off as much as 20% of its staff. One of those reports claims the company could be switching its strategy away from OS development to focus on apps.Android Police stated: The layoffs most heavily impact the open source arm of the Android ROM-gone-startup, which may be eliminated entirely (not CyanogenMod itself, just the people at Cyanogen Inc. who work on the open source side).Recode adds that the moves were made by Lior Tal, who joined Cyanogen as its new COO in June. It also says that many of the company's top executives have departed in the past several weeks. So far, Cyanogen has yet to confirm any of these reports....
GIPHY update brings back simple image sharing to Hangouts and other apps
I'm a girl who uses a fair amount of gifs. I'm not ashamed to admit that my personal collection of gifs holds hundreds of moving images, most of them Disney of course. While I was a relative late-comer to using GIPHY over my own collection, I can't deny the app made things so incredible easy when it had what I was looking for. That convenience took a hit last week when an update changed how GIPHY behaved when you hit the green messaging button.Before, you'd hit that button and would get the Android share menu, complete with a list of suggested contacts to whom you might want to share the link. Now, when you hit that button and would be shown a list of contacts and threads in your default text messaging app. This relegated most users to either sending links to the images through the regular share button in GIPHY or long-pressing an image to save locally and digging out that local copy in Recents to share.This, understandably, made a lot of users upset because they couldn't eas...
Save $15 on this case and holster combo for the HTC One M9 today!
Want to keep your HTC One M9 protected at all times? If so, Amzer’s hard shell and holster combo is what you will want to take a look at. The hard shell case will protect your phone from drops and dings, and the holster gives you a safe place to keep it when not in use. Right now you can save $15 on the combo, making it just $4.95....
Using your Chromebook with an external monitor, mouse and keyboard
Let's turn that Chromebook into a bigger work (or fun) station.One of the most wonderful things about Chromebooks is how simple they are — you don't have to buy additional accessories to make them work, they just do most of what people want out of the box. But perhaps you have additional needs ... like using a larger external screen, necessitating having an external keyboard and mouse in the process.Sound like something you need to do? Well it's not tough to figure out, actually — we're going to lay out a handful of tips for getting your Chromebook up and running with an external monitor, keyboard and mouse.MonitorJust about every Chromebook comes with a full-sized HDMI port — take a look around the edges and you'll quickly know whether or not you have one. If you do, you can connect your Chromebook to any modern monitor or TV with a cheap HDMI cable and be on your way. Some Chromebooks may have smaller micro- or mini-HDMI ports ... but don't worry, those cables are e...
Indians can now easily switch between English and Hindi in search results
Google has made some changes to its search results in India. It's now possible to conveniently switch between English and Hindi while using the company's search engine. Available in states with significant Hindi-speaking populations, the new feature on mobile will allow for easy switching on browsers and within the Google Search app.You'll be able to type out questions and queries in English to then switch to Hindi and view truly localized results. The new tab feature will be rolling out to mobile users now, and as noted above should work with browsers aside from UCBrowser and Opera Mini. Locations where the feature will be available include Bihar, Chattisgarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Delhi and West Bengal.Already enjoying the new language switch feature? Let us know in the comments!...
SanDisk announces new super-fast 256GB Extreme UHS-I microSD card
Western Digital-owned SanDisk has announced new 256GB microSD cards, including the super-fast Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card. The new family of high-capacity microSD cards offer something for everyone, whether you wish to add storage to your smartphone or require new medium to store your RAW camera roll.The 256GB of storage (should your device support said amounts being plugged in) will allow for saving of not only high-quality photos, but also 4K video, high-fidelity music, and more. The Extreme 256GB card from SanDisk delivers transfer speeds of up to 100MB/s, as well as write speeds of up to 90MB/s. The Ultra variant is perfect for smartphones and other portable devices.As an added bonus, the new cards are both waterproof and shock proof. The Ultra 256GB card will be available in August for $149.99, while the super-fast Extreme will hit stores in Q4 2016 for $199.99.Press ReleaseMOBILE WORLD CONGRESS SHANGHAI, China – June 29, 2016 – Western Digital® Corporation (N...
Facebook launches Save and Share extensions for Chrome
Sharing and saving content around the web via Facebook just got a little easier if you're using Chrome. That's because the social network just announced the launch of two new Chrome extensions, appropriately called "Share to Facebook" and "Save to Facebook," that do just that.As you'd expect, using either extension is a simple affair. The Save to Facebook extension allows you to save articles to read later on Facebook with one click, much like Pocket. The Share extension, on the other hand, will allow you to create a post and share your current page to Facebook from anywhere.If you'd like to try either extension, you can grab Save to Facebook or Share to Facebook on the Chrome Web Store now....
Xiaomi is finally launching the Mi 5 in black and gold in India
Xiaomi is finally making the black and gold color options of the Mi 5 available in India. The black variant will be up for sale starting later today, and will no longer be limited to Xiaomi's own website as retailers Amazon and Flipkart are set to start selling the handset.❤️ if black is your fav, RT if gold is best. YES, this means you'll soon be able to get #Mi5 in both these colours! pic.twitter.com/rFYImn85HM— Mi India (@XiaomiIndia) June 23, 2016The gold option doesn't have a specific launch date yet, with Xiaomi only saying that it'll be available shortly. While the Mi 5 offers a lot of value for ₹25,000, more recent launches like the OnePlus 3 have raised the bar in the mid-range segment.If you're interested in buying either handset, be sure to check out our extended coverage:OnePlus 3 vs. Xiaomi Mi 5Xiaomi Mi 5 review...
Never Alone: Ki Edition is rolling out to the Google Play Store
E-Line Media is now rolling out Never Alone: Ki Edition, the Android adaptation of the acclaimed PC and console adventure game, to the Google Play Store.The Android version includes new touch controls, along with revamped menus and gameplay hints. It also has some optimized graphics. Here's a quick description: Play as a young Iñupiat girl and an arctic fox as they set out to find the source of the eternal blizzard which threatens the survival of everything they have ever known. Guide both characters in single-player mode or play cooperatively with a friend or family member as you trek through frozen tundra, leap across treacherous ice floes, swim through underwater ice caverns, and face numerous enemies both strange and familiar in the journey to save the girl's village.Since Never Alone: Ki Edition has just started rolling out, it may take a few hours before it is available on your Android smartphone or tablet. The game is priced at $4.99 in the Google Play Store....
AT&T Galaxy S6 edge+, Note 5 now receiving Marshmallow update
AT&T has finally begun pushing the Marshmallow update out for the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note 5. The update brings Doze, enhanced permission controls, a slightly revamped user interface and more to both handsets. AT&T is the last major carrier in the U.S. to push out the update for these phones. The updates weigh in at around 1.4GB, so you will want to make sure that your phone is charged and you are on a strong Wi-Fi network. If you have yet to receive the update, you can check manually for it by heading into the Settings, About Phone and finally Check for updates. Once you get it downloaded and installed, be sure to hop in the forums and let us know what you think of it and how it is working for you.Discuss the update in the forumsSamsung Galaxy Note 5Read our full reviewGet the latest newsNote 5 vs. Note 4: What's the difference?Galaxy Note 5 specsJoin the discussionCheck out Note 5 casesAT&TSprintT-MobileVerizonBest Buy*/...
Best Chrome extensions for productivity
The internet is simultaneously the best and worst tool for staying productive.Whether you're a notorious procrastinator or just looking to block out some unwanted distractions when you need to buckle down and focus, here are the best Chrome extensions for staying productive.TodoistBlock SiteStayFocusdOneTabBe LimitlessTodoistWhether you're already using Todoist across all your devices or are looking for a tool to keep track of ongoing tasks you have each day, the Todoist Chrome extension is a quick and easy way to stay organized and flag interesting or important websites that you want to reference or read later.With the Chrome extension installed, you simply click the Todoist icon in the toolbar, which pops up the Todoist menu. From there, you're able to add and review tasks for yourself or quickly add an interesting website to your list so you can come back to it later.If you try out the extension and really enjoy the way it works in Chrome, you'll be happy to know ...
Latest Android N build breaks Google Maps on Android Auto [Update: Fixed]
Update June 22: As promised, Google Maps has updated and once again works in Android Auto. All is now right with the world.Put this one squarely in the "that's niche" category, but it's still a thing. Android N Developer Preview 4 keeps Google Maps from working properly in Android Auto.Some in our forums note that it's only navigation that's not working. Others of us can't get it to properly launch at all on the head unit.And it turns out this is a known thing. From the support and release notes: The version of Google Maps included in Developer Preview 4 (9.30) crashes when used with Android Auto. This issue will be fixed in the next update to Google Maps (9.31), expected in the coming weeks.So there's that. If you absolutely depend on Google Maps and Android Auto to go about your day — and you're running the Android N DP4 — it might be time to roll back. And remember that it's a developer preview.All About Android AutoGetting started with Android Auto...
Best UK roaming data plans for the United States
You don't have to pay an arm and a leg to use your phone in America.A trip from Britain to the United States is a relatively long haul — between eight and eleven hours to jet off to the land of the free. And with such a lengthy journey, you might think that roaming in the US would be prohibitively expensive — but you'd be wrong. In fact, some of the major UK networks now offer US roaming plans that won't break the bank — in some cases with 4G roaming thrown in for good measure.Let's take a look at the best UK roaming plans for the United States.The best roaming plans for the USA: Three + VodafoneWe're going with a joint winner here, because the provider that's best for you will likely depend on how you plan on using your phone in America.ThreeThe US is part of Three's "Feel at Home" roaming area, meaning you can use your phone — including data — at no extra cost when you travel there. Just enable data roaming when you land and you're good to go — with a few ...
Best accessories for the Dell Chromebook 13
Giving you ideas on how to accessorize your Dell Chromebook 13.The Dell Chromebook 13 is a small, lightweight laptop that's powerful enough to get the job done, whether you bought it for work or for school.It's great on its own, but there are many accessories that help you get the most out of your Chromebook experience. Here are a few of our favorites.Dell Premier BriefcaseiPearl mCover Hard Shell CaseDell in-ear headset - IE600ChromecastSanDisk 200GB microSD cardLinksys USB 3.0 ethernet adapterAmazonBasics Microfiber Cleaning Cloth - 24 packDell Premier BriefcaseWhether you travel a lot for business or are taking a full load at school, you'll want a bag for your Dell Chromebook 13.Dell's Premier Briefcase was designed with the business traveler in mind; however, students can make use of it too. It has multiple pockets for paper, pens, other tech, and even textbooks. If you're traveling on business, you'll appreciate how it helps you stay organized while you're o...
Best Chrome extensions for social media
Become a social media star with these great Chrome extensions!Whether you spend hours upon hours on social media each day or just check in once in a while, Chrome has a plethora of extensions you can use with popular social media platforms to enhance your experience.GiphyToolkit for FacebookEasy Twittergoo.gl URL ShortnerRiteTagShare on TwitterGiphyHaving the perfect reaction GIF at the ready is no easy task; luckily for you, Giphy can help!The extension is simple to use. Anytime you need a GIF to express your feelings or spice up a social media post, all do is open the extension and search Giphy's entire library of GIFs via keywords. When you find the perfect GIF, Giphy will copy the link for you so you can quickly paste it wherever you want!via GIPHYSee at Chrome Web StoreToolkit for FacebookFacebook is always tweaking their algorithms, which typically end up make it more difficult to see the content your friends post. Toolkit for Facebook is the per...
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