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Watch as Google walks you through the new wonders of Android O
Don't feel like reading up? Watch Google's Android O video for its developers instead.Developers, get excited! There's a new version of Android on the horizon and it is chock full of new and exciting features to integrate into your apps. Users, you can get excited, too, because these new features mean better apps and an overall better experience on Android.To get developers revved up and into the trenches of the Android SDK, Google published an Android O Developer Preview video. Sit back, relax, and bring a pen and some paper (or a Chromebook with a comfortable keyboard) to take notes. The video will teach you about new changes to Android, including background restrictions and notifications channels....
A Dark Room is free in the Google Play Store and you should check it out!
Who doesn't love a free game? Get A Dark Room today from the Google Play Store!Thanks to Google's 'new' plan to offer some paid apps for free on a weekly basis, you can now get A Dark Room for free from the Google Play Store. It's a text-driven adventure game that might seem unassuming or boring when you first start out… but just you wait.The game starts in a black room, signaled by a black screen. "The room is freezing." You start a fire and suddenly the screen brightens up a bit. "A ragged stranger stumbles through the door and collapses in a corner." Well, it beats being alone in the middle of nowhere.Your goal is to keep the fire going and collect supplies, as more lost wanderers stumble across your encampment as it slowly grows village. I'll leave it for you to discover from there, since this is one of those games you just need to experience for yourself. I'd compare it to Reigns in terms of its simple gameplay and unique style of storytelling, except solely relying...
Google is doing a great job showing everyone why slow app rollouts suck
You probably have no location sharing tools from Google right now.Unless you've received the most recent Google Maps update, with all of the fun new integrated location sharing features baked right in, you're kind of screwed right now. Instead of waiting until the Maps update was totally pushed out to every Android user, Google flipped the switch and killed location sharing on Google+ for just about everyone.That means you have no Google-based location sharing option until the Maps update finishes rolling out, because staged rollouts are awful.Updating an app for the entirety of Android is hard. There are a lot of us in the world, and to make that download available to everyone at the same time is expensive in several ways. What's worse, if you send out an update and there's a bug discovered out in the wild that you didn't know about, you have to send the update all over again once you fix it.Google's solution allows anyone to only send out updates to a small percentage of ...
Google announces new smart home integrations for Google Assistant
Best Buy Insignia, LIFX, TP-Link and Wink are the latest brands to become compatible with Google Assistant.Looking to get more home automation uses out of your Google Home? Google has announced a new wave of smart home product integration for Google Assistant, available either through its Google Home speaker or any Android smartphone with Google Assistant.The new brands/products include:Best Buy Insignia Wi-Fi Smart PlugLIFX Smart LightsTP-Link Smart Home productsWink Hub automationVivint Home SecurityRachio SprinklersLogitech HarmonyGeeni Connected TechAugust Smart LocksElectrolux Smart AppliancesThese new products bolster the crop of connected home devices already compatible with Google Home, giving you more options for adding smart home products within your home. Perhaps you already built out some home automation around a Wink Hub — now all you need to do is add the Wink Hub to your Google Home app or in the Home Control panel in the Google Assistant settings...
Should you get the Galaxy S8 or wait for the Pixel 2?
Lots to talk about. Let's chat in the forums!Android Central is two things (well, it's many things, but it's also two things): the feed, and all the great content that comes out of it; and the forums, which are incredibly popular and frequented by millions of people a month.In the past, we haven't always done a great job showcasing some of the amazing conversations happening in the forums, and I think with a phone like the Galaxy S8 — and all the discussion it's prompting — we should change that. Comments are great (sometimes), but forums are essential.So one such discussion happening right now is around two phones that aren't even out yet, but it's getting a lot of attention: Should you get the Galaxy S8, or wait until the Pixel 2? #mn_oembed_c:before { display: none; } #mn_oembed_c { display: table; width: 100%; max-width: 700px; box-sizing: border-box; cursor: pointer; position: relative; background: #dee9eb; padding: ...
Super Mario Run is too repetitive to justify its premium price
Super Mario Run is fun, but not worth the premium price.When Shigeru Miyamoto took to the stage at Apple's September 2016 event to announce that iOS would be getting the first Super Mario game developed for mobile (excluding Nintendo's own handhelds of course) the hype was off the charts. I mean, come on. It's Mario on your phone at long last! How could you mess that up, right?Now, after a three-month wait, the hype has sufficiently died down and we finally get a chance to see how Super Mario Run plays on Android devices. While the game is surely fun to play and features most of the familiar elements that make up Super Mario platformer game, it's really hard to justify the cost to unlock the game given the limited content that you're required to play over and over (and over again) just to unlock new characters, mini-games and decorative features.READ: Super Mario Run for Android: Everything you need to know!GameplayThe full game features 24 levels spread out over 6 worlds...
Google unveils new site to highlight open source projects and processes
Learn about Google's commitment to open source projects and communities.Google has been a long time supporter of open source projects — the core software on your Android phone, for example, is open source and available for developers looking for a flexible, mobile OS.Google has released millions of lines of open source code over the years and helped support thousands of open source projects, but until now there was no place to find all these projects under one umbrella website. Google announced today it has created a new website for Google Open Source projects.The new site, opensource.google.com, offers a wealth of information, from Google's open source programs like Google Summer of Code and Google Code-In to a comprehensive list of open source projects Google has released.But it goes even deeper than that, as Google has also included its internal documentation for how Google does open source projects.From the blog post: These docs explain the process we follow f...
Best Playstation 4 Bundle Deals for March 2017
Looking to pick up a PlayStation 4 for yourself or as a gift but don't want to pay full price for it? Here are some of the best bundles available right now!Consoles are always going on sale, and there are always different deals that include games, controllers, and other accessories, but hunting them down isn't always the easiest thing. Whether you are looking for an original PlayStation 4, the refined PlayStation Slim, or the newest PlayStation Pro, we've got you covered on the best deals available.If you aren't quite sure which console to be looking for deals on, be sure to check out our amazing comparison which breaks it all down for you.PlayStation 4Target offers the PS4 with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare for $299PlayStation 4 SlimAmazon offers the PS4 Slim with Uncharted 4 for $258Newegg is offering the PS4 Slim with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare for $299PlayStation 4 ProThere are no current bundle deals for the PS4 Pro, but you can pick up the standard 1TB packa...
Win a Galaxy S8 from Android Central! Enter now!
The Samsung Galaxy S8 will be revealed soon, so now is the perfect time to give one away to an Android Central reader.Samsung ended its Mobile World Congress presentation with envelopes telling everyone to come to NYC on March 29th for the unveiling of the Galaxy S8. That date is just around the corner now so what better time to hold a contest and give Android Central readers a chance to win the new S8? Let's get to it!THE PRIZE: One Android Central reader will be taking home a brand new Samsung Galaxy S8, when it's released!THE GIVEAWAY: Head down to the widget at the bottom of this page. There are multiple ways to enter, each with varying point values. Complete all of the tasks for maximum entries and your best shot at winning! Keep in mind that all winning entries are verified and if the task was not completed or cannot be verified, a new winner will be chosen. The prize does not include service, and we cannot guarantee that the device will work on all carriers. Internationa...
Best Cheap Android Phones of 2017
Update, March 2017: The $229 Moto G5 Plus is now our go-to budget pick, and we've added the ZTE Blade V8 Pro as a great option for dual-camera fans. The Moto E 2015 has also been replaced with the Moto G4 Plus.Best overallBest for dual camerasBest for all-metalBest under $100Best for EuropeBest overallMoto G5 PlusSee at AmazonMotorola performed yet another pricing miracle with the Moto G5 Plus, the successor to last year's excellent Moto G4 series and a contender for the best affordable smartphone today.It starts with the excellent 5.2-inch Full HD display, but the real benefit to the G5 Plus this year is the excellent performance and battery life from the combination of a Snapdragon 625 platform and a 3,000mAh battery.Also of note is the improved low-light performance from the 12MP camera, which boasts the same hardware as (and similar results to) the Galaxy S7.Bottom line: This is the best sub-$250 phone you can buy today, and it's still a great device even i...
The Android O Developer Preview is made for developers — it's right in the title
Not even Google thinks you should try the Android O developer preview if you're not a developer.It's really cool that Google released a preview of Android O for everyone. Google has always made sure that developing for Android has almost no barriers and anyone can use the tools that they need to do it without paying any special developer fees or using specific equipment. If you're trying to attract as many great ideas as you can, this is a good way to do it.There is a side effect, though. Seeing something called an Android O preview of any kind is both a temptation and invitation for people with no need to check out the new APIs and no plans to ever write an Android app to install it. People like you and me who just want to flash it to our phone because it's new. And sometimes that doesn't end well because the software Google is offering isn't ready for primetime.What is a developer preview?It's not Google's fault if we install a developer preview build of Android on our phon...
Here's what we're playing in VR this week!
There's always something new and interesting to play.Whether you're recovering from a Summer Sale hangover or you're in desperate need of something new to keep your kids distracted while you figure out a good vacation schedule, there's a lot happening in the VR world right now. New apps and games are being released on an almost daily basis, and keeping up with that is a lot of work.To lend a hand, we've assembled a short list of the fun things we're playing this week, so you've got something quick to glance at while you sort out the rest of your week in the real world.Read more at VR Heads!...
Facebook wants people to use its app for messaging again with new Stories feature
Facebook is adding Stories to its core app, and over 1.6 billion people will now get to know Snapchat, whether they realize it or not.For years, Facebook has been about sharing with everyone — and doing a million other things, from selling products to joining groups to marking yourself as safe during emergencies. All of these things, together, have led to the service being the most-used Android app in the world, and overall the most popular digital platform on earth, with over 1.6 billion people hitting some form of Facebook's wide berth every day.But since Facebook split Messenger from its core app, to participate in one-on-one communication you have to leave the app. Well, no more. Facebook has announced that it is adding Stories to its core app, taking a lot of Snapchat and a bit of Instagram and giving it a new front-and-center placement. Stories, which is rolling out worldwide to all Facebook mobile users on Android and iOS, is similar to what you see on Instagram (and...
Samsung Galaxy S8 event: Live from NYC at 11:00 a.m. ET March 29!
Join us as Samsung unveils its next flagship phones.The leaks are all over, and we know a lot about the upcoming Galaxy S8 and S8+, but there's always more to learn at the official unveiling of any big phone. And when we're talking about Samsung, there's usually a good bit of pageantry involved in the process to keep it interesting as well.We'll be on hand to see and you everything that Samsung has to announce at its event in New York City on March 29. It all starts at 11:00 a.m. ET — that's 8:00 a.m. in San Francisco and 4 p.m. in London — so join us then for all of the fun!As soon as Samsung hosts its live stream feed, we'll be embedding it in this page — and of course you can follow along with all of our photos and commentary in the liveblog above!Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+Latest Galaxy S8 rumors!Galaxy S8 announcement coming March 29 in NYCGalaxy S8 release date set for April 28Join our Galaxy S8 forums*//*-->*//*-->*/...
Amazon Prime members can score big savings on nearly all Kindle E-readers right now
Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a way to save big on a new Kindle!The summer is coming and there is no better way to read a book on the beach or at the pool than on a Kindle. If you are an Amazon Prime member you can score some pretty sweet savings, dropping the price of the e-readers down to as low as just $49.99. The whole line is discounted, from the most basic option to the newest, so you won't want to miss out.Don't worry if you aren't already a Prime member, Amazon offers a free 30-day trial of the service so you can take part in these low prices. In addition to being able to save on these, Prime members can also pick one of six different books to get for free, so you'll always have something new to read.Kindle - $49.99 (normally $79.99)Kindle Paperwhite - $89.99 (normally $119.99)Kindle Voyage - $149.99 (normally $199.99)Kindle for Kids Bundle - $69.99 (normally $99.99)Kindle Paperwhite Essentials Bundle - $129.97 (normally $179.97)Amazon also...
T-Mobile is giving all of its customers a free year of baseball streaming
T-Mobile Tuesdays has something good for baseball fans starting April 4.T-Mobile is into doing nice things for its customers recently. The company has announced that it is giving away a free year of MLB.tv baseball streaming to all of its users, including those on older plans and prepaid service.A regular season costs $112.99 a year, with MLB at Bat, which includes mobile phone access, an additional $19.99, so Major League Baseball is likely hoping that this turns into some revenue-positive conversions in the 2018 season. At Bat is included in the promotion.T-Mobile says that the promo is part of its T-Mobile Tuesdays campaign, where it gives something nice away every week. The promo begins April 4 to celebrate the official return of baseball in the U.S. (and Canada — don't forget the Blue Jays!) T-Mobile Tuesdays free stuff (including MLB.TV Premium) is available to all customers on a T-Mobile branded monthly rate plan, including consumer and business, postpaid and p...
Best smartwatch you can buy today
If you're going to wear a wrist computer, it may as well be the best!Our phones are capable of an incredible level of computing, and most of us really enjoy using them for watching videos of hamsters interact with miniature versions of our favorite things. Some of us use these phones for so much, we buy little versions of our phones that we can wear on our wrists to avoid reaching for the phone every couple of minutes.Snarky as that sounds, smartwatches have a lot of practical uses. These wrist computers are better suited for capturing sleep and activity data to better understand how healthy you are, and are a much safer way of getting turn-by-turn directions places.There are tons of great uses for a quality smartwatch, but first you need to pick a quality smartwatch. Here are some of the best available today!Looking for just the Android Wear watches? These are the best you can buy today!LG Watch StyleNot only was this watch one of the first to be released with the la...
LG G6, one month on: A great phone, and the best LG has ever made
LG is back on the right track with the G6.The Spring smartphone launch season is under way, and LG made a calculated decision to get out ahead of most phones with a late-February announcement of the G6. Coming in less than a year after the all-but-failed G5 and just a few months beyond the niche market V20, the G6 is what will be advertised as the phone from LG hoping to create a halo for its whole lineup.Well time flies, and we're no longer talking about our first impressions of the LG G6 or saying how much longer you'll have to wait to buy it. I've been using the phone for a full month now, and it's already on sale in many countries. There's a certain bit of perspective that you get from using a phone for a long time that you don't get from an initial review period, and that's why we continue to use and revisit these great phones to see how they continue to perform.Here are my thoughts on using the LG G6 for the past month.Catching up.LG G6 HardwareIf there's one th...
Alleged Moto X 2017 breaks cover with Snapdragon 625, dual camera setup
Motorola could use dual rear cameras as the differentiator for the Moto X 2017.Motorola moved away from the Moto X brand last year to focus on the Moto Z lineup, but it looks like the series could see a resurgence this year. A series of images leaked on Google+ of an alleged Moto X 2017 show off a metal chassis, a front fingerprint sensor that's similar to what we've seen on the Moto G5, and a dual camera setup at the back.The design of the Moto X 2017 feels like a continuation of the Moto G5, with the device in question sporting a curvier back and rounded corners. It certainly lacks the flair of the Moto Z and Z Force, but a quick look at the specs suggests Motorola is likely to position the Moto X 2017 as a successor to the Moto Z Play.The images show that the Moto X 2017 will be powered by a Snapdragon 625 SoC along with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage, and for now, the dual camera at the back looks like the most interesting feature about the handset. That's all we know abou...
Protect your HTC Bolt for just $19.85 today
Looking for a great way to keep your HTC Bolt protected without making it ugly and bulky? If so, check out Incipio’s DualPro case for two great layers of protection for just $19.85 today....
Truecaller picks up huge update with Google Duo integration, payment support in India
Truecaller is doubling down in India.Truecaller has announced that it is teaming up with Google to offer support for Google Duo from within its interface. The tie-in will boost the capabilities of Truecaller's dialer, which will now offer the ability to make video calls via Google's messaging client.With Truecaller boasting over 150 million users just in India, the integration is a win-win for both companies. The integration will go live sometime on both Android and iOS in the coming months, and will be an opt-in feature.India is Truecaller's largest market by a significant margin, and the spam call detection service is now launching a series of initiatives aimed specifically at Indian consumers. The company has partnered with ICICI Bank to introduce a peer-to-peer payment solution, allowing its users to send and receive payments from within the app.Truecaller is relying on ICICI's Unified Payments Interface (UPI) tech for processing payments, and customers will be able...
OnePlus 3T Midnight Black color option is now up for sale for $479
You can now pick up the OnePlus 3T Midnight Black color option without waiting in line.The sleek Midnight Black color option for the OnePlus 3T is now available for purchase. The phone is up for sale on OnePlus' website for $479 in the U.S., €479 in Europe, and £439 in the UK.The Midnight Black variant features "space-grade aluminum with three carefully applied dark coatings 14 microns thick" to bring out the natural look of the metal. It also undergoes two sandblasting treatments with various sizes of metal, and has an anti-fingerprint coating to prevent smudges.Other than that, the hardware itself is unchanged from the standard variant, and includes a 5.5-inch Full HD panel, Snapdragon 821 SoC, 6GB of RAM, 128GB storage, 16MP front and rear cameras, and a 3400mAh battery with Dash Charge tech.OnePlus has mentioned that the device will be sold in limited quantities, so if you're interested, you'd best act fast.See at OnePlus...
Google Home and Google Wifi launching in the UK on April 6 for £129
The latest products in Google's hardware family are coming to the UK next week.After a brief teaser last month, Google has today officially announced the launch of Google Home and Google Wifi for the UK.The new devices see the company building out its "made by Google" hardware range internationally, following last October's Pixel phone launch. Home and Wifi represent new frontiers for Google in the UK, where Amazon has been selling its Echo-branded smart speakers since late last year.More: Google Home reviewGoogle Home will go on sale on April 6 priced at £129, and it'll feature a wide range of new UK-specific capabilities. Google has partnered with the BBC, The Guardian, The Financial Times, The Sun, The Telegraph, Huffington Post, Sky News, and Sky Sports to deliver a daily news brief, and you'll be able to play music from Google Play Music, Spotify, TuneIn, and access live radio from the BBC.Google Wifi will also go on sale starting April 6, with a 1-pack retai...
Moto G5 will make its debut in India on April 4
Moto G5 with Snapdragon 430 is coming to India next week.After launching the Moto G5 Plus in the country earlier this month for ₹16,999, Motorola is getting ready to introduce the Moto G5 next week. The phone will make its debut in the country on April 4.The Moto G5 has a 5-inch Full HD display, Snapdragon 430, 2GB/3GB of RAM, and will be available in 16GB and 32GB storage configurations. There's a 13MP camera at the back and a 5MP shooter up front, and a 2800mAh battery with Motorola's TurboPower fast charging.It isn't as feature intensive as the Moto G5 Plus, but that should allow Motorola to hit a lower price point. With the G5 Plus selling for ₹16,999, Motorola will be looking to price the Moto G5 at around the ₹12,000 mark, making it compete directly with the Redmi Note 4 and Honor 6X....
Mint SIM vs. Boost Mobile: Which is better for you?
It's Mint SIM vs. Boost Mobile in this head-to-head comparison.Mint SIM and Boost Mobile are "alternative carriers" or mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs). They're not the Big Four (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile), but they lease coverage from those networks and resell it to you for less. Plans are often prepaid and fixed contracts are few and far between.Let's compare Mint SIM and Boost Mobile to see how they stack up against one another.Mint SIM backgroundBoost Mobile backgroundMint SIM plansBoost plansBoost phonesWhich should you go with?AdvertisementMint SIM backgroundWho owns it? Ultra MobileWhich network does it use? T-Mobile 4G LTEHow long has it been around? Since 2016Tethering allowed? No.Cheapest plan: $35 for 1 month: 2GB 4G LTE, unlimited nationwide talk, text, and 2G dataBoost Mobile backgroundWho owns it? SprintWhich network does it use? Sprint CDMA and LTEHow long has it been around? Since 2000 in Australia and New ...
The guy who created Android is making an Android phone that looks like the LG G6
Andy Rubin has a dream to take on the company he once worked for.We've known since January that Andy Rubin, whose company Danger was purchased by Google in 2005 to acquire the intellectual property that would later become Android, is coming out with a smartphone.According to a previous report, Rubin's new company, Essential, will make a high-end smartphone that would use artificial intelligence as its primary selling feature, along with its ability to speak with other smart home gadgets, presumably also using the same AI engine.Now, Rubin is showing off that long-rumored phone, and it appears to be running Android. The phone looks like the LG G6, and potentially the Galaxy S8, along with any forthcoming device with slim bezels and a rounded screen. It also clearly shows Android's cellular connectivity and clock icons in the top right. From the teaser it's difficult to ascertain any other specifics — we see what looks like an oversized power button to the right of the scre...
PS4 vs. PS4 Slim vs. PS4 Pro: Which should you buy?
Which PlayStation 4 should I buy?Anyone looking to buy a PlayStation for family now have three options that look very similar. You've got the original PlayStation 4, the new slimmer PlayStation 4 with the exact same branding on the box as the original, and the new PlayStation 4 Pro. Do they all offer similar experiences? Is there a downside to buying the original over the slim? There are a lot of unanswered questions here.It's confusing by anyone's standards, so your best bet is to know what you need before you head into the store.What's the difference?Sony has a history of releasing a "slim" version of the PlayStation a couple of years after its initial release. In the past, those consoles have been labeled a little differently at launch to make it easier to tell the new version apart from the old one. These slimmer versions typically offer more a physical difference than a functionality difference, and this year is no different. The significant feature and performance dif...
Keep the party rolling all night with the UE ROLL 2 for just $55
Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time saving you 45% on a UE Roll 2 speaker!Looking for a portable Bluetooth speaker that looks cool and sounds great? If so, you won't want to miss out on this deal at Amazon which scores you a UE ROLL 2 for $54.99, which is a savings of $45 from its regular price. The speaker is waterproof so you can use it out by the pool, on your boat, or anywhere else it may get wet, and it can maintain a connection from a distance of nearly 100 feet away. Per charge you'll get around 9 hours of playback time, so you can keep those late nights going with ease, and the aux audio input lets you connect older devices without using Bluetooth.Best Buy is also running a deal on the speaker and offers the discounts on a few more colors. This is one of our favorite Bluetooth speaker options, and odds are it won't last long at this price, so be sure to grab one right now!See at AmazonFor other great deals on tech, gadgets and more, be sure to check out ...
You can now interact with Cortana from your phone's lock screen
Microsoft continues to flesh out Cortana's functionality on Android phones.Still waiting for your phone to receive Google Assistant? Perhaps you've considered downloading Microsoft's own personal assistant, Cortana to your phone. With its latest update, Microsoft has added some interesting features including the ability to interact with Cortana without having to unlock your device.In a previous update, Microsoft added lock screen functionality that let you see your daily schedule via Cortana on your lock screen. This latest update now gives you the option to ask Cortana questions, add reminders, and more without needing to unlock your phone. Microsoft has improved other aspects of the app, adding dedicated buttons for creating reminders and lists as well as improving reminders in general as well as location-based triggers.Cortana is a compelling option for a mobile personal assistant, especially if you regularly use a Windows 10 PC. Its cross-platform functionality means you ca...
How to enable night mode on the Galaxy Tab S3
Avoid messing up your circadian rhythm with the built-in blue-light filter.I love to read late at night, but doing so on a backlit tablet display isn't the best idea before settling in for some shut eye. Studies have shown that the blue-hued light emitted from screens are detrimental to keeping the circadian rhythm functioning as it should.Samsung equipped the Galaxy Tab S3 with a yellow-hued night mode so that when you're using the tablet before bed – reading digital magazines or e-books, for instance — you aren't surreptitiously telling your brain you're avoiding rest. You can set it up to automatically switch on after sundown, or toggle it on from the Quick Settings.How to enable night mode on the Galaxy Tab S3From the Quick Settings, tap and hold the Blue light filter option. Tap to Turn on as scheduled. Tap to select Sunset to sunrise.Tap on Custom schedule if you'd rather customize your start and stop times.After setting up your schedule, you can a...
Samsung is planning to offer the Note 7 as a refurbished device
Samsung unveils plans for recycling and reusing recalled Note 7 phones.As the world waits for the Samsung Galaxy S8 release, Samsung has announced its plans for recycling — and refurbishing — the millions of recalled Note 7 devices.Back in February, Samsung denied it had plans to sell refurbished Note 7s in India and Vietnam but it has since changed its tune, stating "applicability is dependent upon consultations with regulatory authorities and carriers as well as due consideration of local demand."Given that the batteries were to blame for the Note 7's spectacular fiery failures, the plan for refurbishing the device would likely require installing a smaller battery before offering them as refurbished or rental units in select markets. No word on release timelines or which markets will see the refurbished Note 7.Meanwhile, the remaining recalled devices will be sent to electronics recycling companies where they will be stripped of components such as semiconductors...
Google Play now gives away a paid app every week
Android has millions of free titles, but some paid titles need to be shared.There are millions of free apps available on the Play Store, and many of them are pretty great. But there are also millions of paid apps that don't always get the attention they deserve.Now, Google wants to highlight a few of those paid titles by offering a free app or game of the week. The first one is Card Wars — Adventure Time, a lighthearted card trading and battle game that usually runs for $2.99, but this week is going gratis.Like Apple's version of the same, it appears Google will highlight a single title each week, and chances are it will be a paid game that also has in-app purchases. That benefits both Google and the developer, since it gets a chance to add millions of new users and ramp up revenue.This isn't the first time Google has given away paid apps for free. It started the practice in its then-nascent Family section back in 2015, but that particular enterprise seems to have faded...
What big carriers won't tell you about prepaid alternative carriers
Being informed is great for us, but big carriers would rather keep you in the dark when shopping for phone service.There are plenty of reasons to use an MVNO instead of one of the four major network providers here in the U.S. We have talked about many of them and most center on the service to cost ratio and how an MVNO can usually be a better value for most people. We think that value is a big consideration — who doesn't love paying less without getting less?There are a few little things that carriers won't mention about MVNOs that can make using one even more attractive. Here are a few things you won't hear about when you see a commercial from the Big Four.These are the cheapest data plans you can buy in the U.S.They are MVNOs themselvesAll four carriers have at least one MVNO that is part of their corporate entity. They can incorporate them individually and appoint someone else as a company CEO, but when you follow the money back to the bank it's going to the same a...
Where to buy the Moto G5 Plus in the U.S.
The Moto G5 Plus is coming to the U.S. Here's where to get it!The Moto G5 Plus is probably your best bet for an unlocked smartphone in the U.S. under $250. It's fast, has a great camera, decent software, and many other reasons you may want to pick one up.If you want to buy a Moto G5 Plus, you can do so beginning March 31 in the U.S.Which version should you buy?In the U.S., you can't buy the Moto G5 Plus from a carrier, so you're going to be getting it unlocked at one of the company's many retail partners, or directly from Motorola itself.The two configurations are identical but for RAM and storage amounts:The $229.99 version comes with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.The $299.99 version comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.They are otherwise identical.Moto G5 Plus specsBuy the Moto G5 Plus from MotorolaMotorola is the main place to buy the Moto G5 Plus in the U.S., since it comes directly from the manufacturer, unlocked and ready to go in two varieties —...
You can already buy Samsung Galaxy S8 cases
If you know for sure you're getting the Samsung Galaxy S8, you can already buy some cases.Samsung is set to officially unveil the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus on March 29, and is expected to start shipping out to stores and pre-orderers by late April — but that doesn't mean you need to wait to start shopping for cases.Case manufacturers are often some of the first to receive concrete specs and design details for new phones so that they can have their own accessories and products ready to be sold on day one. Search Amazon for "Samsung Galaxy S8 Cases" and you'll find a whole bunch of options populating your search results, so you can start buying cases for your phone right now… But should you?We've vetted a few case options that are up on Amazon right now if you're that eager, but we're still waiting a lot of major manufacturers to jump into the game yet.Moko Heavy Duty Case with Holster Belt Clip and KickstandSUPCASE Unicorn Beetle CaseVRS Cases pre-orderSpigen cases l...
How to clean your PlayStation VR
Keeping your PlayStation VR clean is easier than you might think.Taking care of your PlayStation VR means making sure that it stays nice and clean. After all, nobody wants to accidentally overheat their system because of dust, or wear a headset that is covered in someone else's dirt. Thankfully, keeping your system clean is quite easy and we've got all the details for you here.Read More at VR Heads!...
New leak reveals alleged spec sheet of Xiaomi's Mi 6 and Mi 6 Plus
Latest rumor suggests the Mi 6 and Mi 6 Plus will be powered by the Snapdragon 835.Xiaomi is rumored to unveil its 2017 flagships — the Mi 6 and Mi 6 Plus — on April 11, and a recent leak gives us a look at the alleged spec sheet of both devices. According to the leak, both the Mi 6 and Mi 6 Plus will be powered by the Snapdragon 835, contradicting earlier rumors that Xiaomi will initially launch a variant with the Snapdragon 821.The Mi 6 is rumored with a 5.15-inch Full HD display, along with 4GB or 6GB of RAM, 32GB/64GB/128GB storage options, a 19MP Sony IMX400 camera sensor with 1/2.3-inch lens, 8MP front shooter, and a 3200mAh battery. Meanwhile, the larger Mi 6 Plus is set to feature a 5.7-inch Full HD panel, 6GB of RAM, 64GB/128GB storage options, 12MP Sony IMX362 camera sensor, 8MP front camera, and a 4500mAh battery.The specs suggest the Mi 6 will be an iterative update to the Mi 5s. With Xiaomi facing increased pressure in China and India from the likes...
HTC Vive: The Ultimate Guide
If you're new to the HTC Vive or a VR veteran, this is your ultimate guide!Earlier this year HTC debuted it's first virtual reality headset, the HTC Vive. With the intention of providing high quality experiences to the masses, the headset has emerged as a consumer favorite as of late.Whether you're just starting out with the platform or been rocking a headset since launch, we've complied the best tips and tricks to take your experience that extra bit forward. From buyer's guides, tutorials and troubleshooting, we're sure to cover your needs!Read more at VR Heads!...
Ace the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam with this certification prep course, now just $49.99
Whether you are looking to start a new career or just advance the one you are in currently, you'll need some certifications under your belt to make you stand out above the others. Unfortunately, getting certifications can be a time consuming and expensive process. You need time to study, money to pay for the courses, and then you just have to hope that you can keep up with that and your regular job. Well, it doesn't have to be that way.Master Project Management for less! Learn MoreHow does lifetime access to more than 76 courses that contain just shy of 40 hours of training sound? Well, with this awesome certification training package you can work towards becoming certified in one of the industry's most respected certification organizations. You'll be able to access the material 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you can do things on your schedule, and this will also help you meet that 35 contact-hour requirement for the exam and certification.For just $50 you'll have access...
Moto G5 Plus review: The new standard for budget phones
The quick takeThe Moto G5 Plus is an awesome little phone, and that it's available for just over $200 is one of its greatest assets. Things could have gone either way for the Motorola brand under Lenovo, but it seems that the Moto G line has maintained what made it great in the first place: excellent hardware coupled with simple, unencumbered software, and a price tag that screams value.The GoodSolid build qualitySnapdragon 625 gives effortless performanceAll-day battery lifeRestrained software touchesCompetitive priceThe BadNot all metal despite marketingCamera isn't as good as advertisedOne Button Nav is a gimmickLacks NFC for mobile paymentsMoto G5 Plus SpecsCategory Moto G5 PlusOperating System Android 7.0 NougatDisplay 5.2-inch LCD 1920x1080 (424 ppi)Gorilla Glass 3Processor Snapdragon 625 2GHz octa-coreAdreno 506 GPUStorage 32/64GBExpandable microSD card up to 128GB | microSD card up to 128GBRAM 2GB / 4GBRear Camera 1...
High-end smartphones account for just 29% of Samsung's sales in Q1 2017
Samsung is relying on the mid-range segment to drive growth.Samsung posted a record $7.8 billion operating profit in Q4 2016, but it looks like the company isn't making as much money from high-end devices as it previously used to. In a report published today, The Investor shared findings from South Korean investment fund Hana Financial Investment, which stated that the revenue from high-end smartphones accounted for just 29% of Samsung's global sales in Q1 2017. That's down from the 40% the company enjoyed in 2015 on the back of the Galaxy S4.Market research firm Strategy Analytics noted that the average selling price of Samsung phones in 2016 was $232 globally, down from $289 in 2015. It's no secret that the smartphone segment is plateauing in developed markets, and as a result Samsung is increasingly looking to India and China to drive growth.Samsung noted "improved profitability" in the entry-level and mid-range segment in Q4 2016, and the company is looking to boost the c...
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 vs. ASUS Chromebook Flip: Which one is better for productivity?
Both the Galaxy Tab S3 and the ASUS Chromebook Flip are two devices are exceptional as productivity machines. But one is better for productivity.I've always been particularly dubious about whether a tablet could fulfill all my productivity needs. And that's why I purchased an ASUS Chromebook Flip: to write copy and edit photos, and then upload all that to the internet. I need to be able to do this quickly and efficiently, which is possible on Chrome OS.I'd hoped the Galaxy Tab S3 could have shattered those preconceived notions I had about tablets since it comes bundled with a ubiquitous pressure sensitive stylus, the S Pen. But after a week with it as my secondary productivity machine, I went crawling back to my Chromebook. There are still some elements of the Android tablet interface that make it clunky to use for work, and even though Samsung's S Pen makes the Tab S3 such a pleasant experience, it's not enough that I could trust it out on the road as my only productivity device...
How to set up Google Photos
Never lose a photo again, once you've set up Google Photos.Having access to all of your photos at a swipe is kind of like living the dream, at least for many photographers it is. If you're snap-happy, then you owe it to yourself to make sure that you never lose another photo again with Google Photos. This service will back up, store, and organize your photos so that as soon as you capture that moment it's protected from accidental deletion when your phone runs out of storage space. Getting everything set up is a quick process, provided you already have a Google account, and in many cases comes preloaded on your phone.Why use Google Photos?Set up Google PhotosSelect which folders to back up to Google PhotosSelect image qualityWhy use Google Photos?While we may think of our phones as a repository for our entire lives, they have finite storage space. When you broach that limit, having your photos backed up means that you can delete them off of your phone without losing the...
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Need a set of basic headphones for listening to music and taking calls while on the go? If so, check out Cellet’s stereo earphones in white or black or just $7.85 today!...
Qualcomm licensing blocked Samsung from selling Exynos chips
Deal dating back to 1993 is reportedly why we're not seeing more non-Samsung phones running Exynos.South Korea's Fair Trade Commission has claimed that Qualcomm blocked Samsung from selling its own Exynos processors to other manufacturers through a patent licensing deal, ZDNet reports.The deal reportedly dates back to 1993, when an agreement was reached to allow Samsung to make its own modem chips using certain CDMA patents, but only for use in its own phones. Subsequently, either Samsung or the phone maker would've had to pay Qualcomm licensing fees if they wanted to use an Exynos SoC in a non-Samsung phone. Talks between the two to reach an alternative agreement reportedly broke down in 2013.Since then, non-Samsung Exynos phones have been few and far between, with the Meizu Pro 5, being a rare example. Qualcomm's patents are considered standards essential patents, which must be licensed under fair terms.Qualcomm's patents are considered standards essential patents, whi...
Best Replacement Watch Bands for Samsung Gear S3
What are the best third-party watch bands for Samsung Gear S3?The Samsung Gear S3 is one of our favorite smartwatches, and a great alternative to many of the Android Wear watches out there. The Gear S3 supports standard 22mm watch bands, making it really easy to upgrade with something new.Here are a few of the best third-party watch bands to consider once you pick up your brand new Samsung Gear S3!ArtStyle nylon strapKeep things simple, fun, and functional with the ArtStyle watch band made from a sturdy nylon material and a durable metal buckle! The ArtStyle nylon strap is easily adjustable and is hypoallergenic, making it the perfect band to wear if you have sensitive skin. The material is also breathable and waterproof on top of being extremely comfortable to wear day-to-day.On top of the ArtStyle's practical design, the watch strap comes in a ton of different, bright colors, including red, blue/yellow, black, black/gray, navy blue, gray, khaki, orange, army green, blac...
From the Editor's Desk: Is Android O a boring release?
The lack of new whizbang user-facing features in O is a sign of Android's maturity, but that doesn't mean we won't see big surprises for non-phone devices.The big Android story of the week was Android O. Based on what we know about O so far, it would appear to be one of those Android releases, like KitKat or Marshmallow that tunes things up, adds under-the-hood enhancements and builds on already solid foundations.There are important features for developers, like background app limits, which could significantly improve Android battery life. And new things for users, like native app badge support (finally!) and notification channels. But on the whole, normal Android owners could be forgiven for not really caring about O just yet. That's understandable. Few phones will get the update this year, if the OS's track record is any indicator.Instead, Android O is what you'll see for the first time next year on your Galaxy S9 or LG G7 or Huawei P11.The fact that we're not seeing any hu...
Best Chrome extensions you didn't know about but should be using
What are the best Chrome extensions I should be using?Update 24 March 2017: We've refreshed this list to ensure you're kept up to the latest when it comes to the best Chrome extensions you should be using.The amount of time most people spend browsing the internet continues to rise each year, and Google's Chrome browser attempts to be the most comfortable and versatile browser out there. To aid in its quest, Google allows for developers to market small software extensions that modify and (in most cases) ameliorate your browsing experience. Here are 10 Chrome extensions you didn't know about but should be using.Dark ReaderChrome's natural white background can become tiresome after a few hours of viewing — Dark Reader has the answer. It changes blinding, bright pages into high-contrast, dark-themed pages that are easy on the eyes. You can adjust the filters and font settings and add certain webpages to an ignore list in the case of complete incompatibility.See at C...
Anonymously surf the web across all your devices for only $60
Privacy is everything nowadays. It's hotly debated online, in political forums, and huge corporations are regularly selling our information so that other corporations can, in turn, make money off of us as well. A lot of folks are OK with that and view it as "just the way the world works" and other folks are tinfoil and don't even have a landline telephone. But you don't have to belong to either extreme camp — you can meet privacy and online freedom right in the middle.Subscribe to Private Internet Access for $60 Learn moreWhat you need is a VPN or "virtual private network". A VPN helps you browse the web anonymously by masking your online identity, thus preventing data mining, blocking ads and malware, cloaks your IP address, and more. In an age where identity theft, cloud leaks, and more are made easier thanks to the internet, you can protect yourself and feel at ease online.The Private Internet Access VPN allows you to use up to five devices at once without limiting...
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