Android Central 325: The MWC preview event!
This week, it's Jerry, Flo and Russell on the ones and twos, chatting everything MWC. What can we expect from LG, Samsung, Sony and others? And where can we get more of that sweet, sweet jamon? Plus, it's GDC, which is becoming one of the biggest mobile gaming shows of the year. And Google I/O is coming up sooner than you think, so we chat about that, too! Podcast MP3 URL: http://traffic.libsyn.com/androidcentral/androidcentral325.mp3...
2017/02/24 07:38 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
LeEco is finally adding an app drawer to the Le Pro3 and Le S3
Upcoming EUI update will bring new features to LeEco's phones in the U.S. LeEco has announced that an upcoming update to its EUI user interface will bring an app drawer to the Le Pro3 and the Le S3. The update will add the app drawer icon to the middle of the dock, moving the Live entertainment app — which lets you access LeEco's content offerings — to the right. LeEco says that the addition of the app drawer was based on user feedback. The update will also bring camera improvements to both phones, with the Le Pro3 getting improved HDR capabilities while the Le S3 getting better image quality in low-light conditions. Both phones will also pick up additional parental controls, as well as tweaks to the LeEco Live interface and improved Bluetooth reliability. Le S3 owners will also see increased WiFi download speeds. The software update will be rolling out to both the Le Pro3 and the Le S3 in the coming days. As of now, there's nothing to suggest that the update will be...
2017/02/24 07:38 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Google inadvertently reset some WiFi and OnHub routers
LG X Power2 is a phone with boring specs and a huge battery
LG continues to focus on just one feature and ignore everything else in its X series. LG has introduced the successor to the X Power, and like last year's handset, the X Power2 has a huge battery and not much else going for it. The phone sports a 5.5-inch 720p display, 1.5GHz octa-core CPU, 2GB of RAM (1.5GB in select markets), 16GB storage, microSD slot, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front shooter, and a 4500mAh battery that LG claims will last "an entire weekend without recharging." LG also says that a full charge takes "only" two hours, which the company claims is "twice as fast as most phones." The X Power2 also has LTE and Wi-Fi (we'll have to wait another year for dual-band), Bluetooth 4.2, and microUSB. The silver lining is that it comes with Nougat out of the box. The X Power2 will be available in Latin America in March followed by a launch in Europe, United States, Asia, and other regions shortly thereafter. No word on pricing yet, but it is expected to be in line with its pre...
2017/02/24 07:15 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Facebook is putting ads in the middle of videos
Get ready to see a lot of ads in Facebook videos. In a bid to increase revenues for publishers posting video on its platform, Facebook is introducing ads in the middle of on-demand content, while expanding availability of "mid-roll" ads for live videos. Facebook will start testing the new format with a select set of U.S. publishers who will earn 55% of the ad revenue, with the social network pocketing 45%. According to Recode, ads can be inserted once an on-demand video crosses 20 seconds in runtime, and each ad break must be two minutes apart. Facebook has also announced that pages or profiles that have 2,000 followers or more — and those that have reached 300 or more concurrent viewers for a live video — will be eligible to roll out ad breaks: Pages or profiles in the U.S. can qualify to test ad breaks if they have 2,000 or more followers and have reached 300 or more concurrent viewers in a recent live video. You can take ad breaks during any live video reaching 30...
2017/02/24 06:59 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Honor’s AI Phone Beckons the Future
[Update: Root cause] Google OnHub and Wifi units are randomly dying on people, requiring factory resets
One of the highest rated VPNs we’ve seen just slashed 65% off the price
Goodbye, Google Messenger: Android Messages is the new flagship messaging app
Messaging is an integral part of business for companies like Apple, Facebook, and Snap. Their respective platforms open up communication between people in unique ways. Google, however, has struggled for years to figure out messaging. A new messaging platform debuts every year or two and another is left behind. Then the entire strategy is overhauled […] Come comment on this article: Goodbye, Google Messenger: Android Messages is the new flagship messaging app
2017/02/24 05:00 TalkAndroid
Google renames 'Messenger' to 'Android Messages,' doesn't adequately explain why
Google released Messenger in the Nexus 6 days as an alternative to Hangouts for SMS. As Google continues to gut Hangouts and push the SMS-free Allo messaging platform, Messenger has become more important. Now, it's getting a new name. It's no longer Messenger, it's Android Messages. Why? Reasons. Here's the changelog from the latest version. It's not very informative.
2017/02/24 04:43 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Why the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8 will be the only phones that matter this year
We窶决e about to see a variety of Android device makers introduce their best new smartphones models at MWC 2017, but many of these devices will have a huge disadvantage when it comes to competing against the best of the best. According to current rumors, some of the top Android devices that are about to be unveiled will not be powered by flagship 2017ﾂ�mobile processors. The Galaxy S8 (April) and the iPhone 8 (September) will feature chips that aren窶冲 just faster than their predecessors, but are also a lot more efficient. While Apple never announces its silicon innovations ahead of the products they窶决e supposed to power, Samsung does it with some regularity. Right on schedule,ﾂ�the company just unveiled the mobile chip that窶冤l be found inside the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Just as expected, Samsung unveiled the Exynos 9 chips well ahead of the Galaxy S8窶冱 arrival. Specifically, we're looking at the Exynos 9 Series 8895 processor. The Exynos 8895 is Samsung窶冱 first chip built on 10-nanometer FinFET process technology. The 8895 is an octa-core chip featuring four Samsung second-gen custom cores meant to improve performance and power efficiency and four Corex-A53 cores. The new chip consumes 40% less power than 14nm equivalents, featuring up to 27% higher performance. The Exynos 8895 is the first Samsung chip to embed a gigabit LTE modem that supports download speeds of up to 1Gbps (Cat 16.) with 5CA (carrier aggregation) and upload speeds of up to 150Mbps (Cat. 13), with 2CA. The chip supports video recording and playback at a maximum resolution of 4K at 120fps, and is supposed to deliver 窶忻ideo processing technology that enables a higher quality experience by enhancing the image quality.窶� Samsung insists on the Exynos 8895窶冱 窶徨ealistic and immersive VR video experience at 4K resolution,窶� seemingly indicating what the Galaxy S8 might be good at. The company notes that the chip will support multi-format codec and next-level 3D graphics performance thanks to the integration of the brand new Mali-G71 GPU. The chip has a separate CPU that handles security solutions for mobile payments that use iris or fingerprint authentication, and an embedded Vision Processing Unit (VPU) that can deliver 窶彿mproved video tracking, panoramic image processing, and machine vision technology.窶� The Exynos 8895 won窶冲 be the only chip powering the Galaxy S8. The Samsung-manufactured Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 is also a 10nm chip capable of similar feats, a chip that should power various other Android smartphones later this year. Even if Apple never announces its A-series chips ahead of new iPhone launches, it窶冱 also likely that Apple窶冱 upcoming A11 chip, which TSMC is building on the same 10nm process, will offer similar performance gains.
2017/02/24 04:09 BGR
Google's Allo is finally getting a desktop client
Google Assistant is coming to the desktop through Allo. One of the main drawbacks of Allo has been the lack of a desktop version, but it looks like that's about to change. A tweet from Google's VP of Communications Products Nick Fox shows a screenshot of Allo running on the desktop. From the screenshot, it looks like Allo will follow in the footsteps of WhatsApp, offering a web client that runs in your browser before rolling out a full-fledged desktop app. The web version will support Google Assistant, and offer similar functionality as the mobile app, including emojis, stickers, smart replies, and the ability to share media. It's unclear if the web version of Allo will be an extension of the phone, like WhatsApp, or if Google is looking to pull information directly from the cloud (à la Hangouts). The latter could mean that Google is lifting the one-device limit, making Allo available on multiple devices at the same time. We don't know how the signup process will work, ...
2017/02/24 03:57 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Google accounts are on the fritz but nobody is getting hacked
When Google gets wonky, everything gets wonky. If you have a Google account error that says "something has changed" and asks you to log in again, there's no cause for alarm. Google tells us they know something's up and it's not related to any suspicious activity. We've gotten reports about some users being signed out of their accounts unexpectedly. We're investigating, but not to worry: there is no indication that this is connected to any phishing or account security threats. Please try to sign-in again at accounts.google.com and if you cannot remember your password, please use this link (g.co/recover) to recover your password. If you use 2-Step Verification, there may have been a delay in receiving your SMS code. Please try again or use backup codes. OK, cool. Nobody is trying to get into our email accounts, but signing in again isn't as easy as they make it sound. If whatever is going on glitches your account, all the things logged in with that account can be royally ho...
2017/02/24 03:46 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
LG X power2 announced with Android 7.0 and 4500mAh battery
Samsung Chromebook Plus now available on the Google Store for $449, with $20 Google Play credit
Most Chromebooks are inexpensive with lacking hardware, because Chrome OS really doesn't need a lot of power. At the opposite end of that spectrum is the Samsung Chromebook Plus, at a more expensive starting price than most Chromebooks - $449. Now the laptop is available from the Google Store, with a $20 Google Play Store credit included. At that price, the Chromebook Plus is directly competing with mid-range Windows laptops. It features a 2400x1600 3:2 display, 4GB of RAM, and a custom hexa-core ARM-based "OP1" processor.
2017/02/24 03:09 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Google celebrates exoplanets discovery with charming Doodle
Google is celebrating the discovery of seven new exoplanets in a charming Doodle on the search giant窶冱 homepage. The work of artist Nate Swinehart, the Google Doodle shows a cartoon Earth peering through a telescope and spotting the friendly, if somewhat surprised, cartoon exoplanets. The Earth (and the nearby cartoon Moon) react with astonishment and then delight at the discovery. KEYS TO LIFE? SCIENTISTS EXPLAIN HOW NEWLY-DISCOVERED EXOPLANETS COULD BE HABITABLE On Wednesday NASA announced the discovery of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting the star TRAPPIST-1. Experts explained that three of the exoplanets are in the so- called 窶廨oldilocks zone窶� - the habitable zone where liquid water can exist on the surface of rocky planets. https://twitter.com/GoogleDoodles/status/834574707915644929 The discovery has thrilled scientists, who are now weighing the potential that the planets could support life. 9 STUNNING EXOPLANET PICTURES Google regularly uses its Doodles to celebrate holidays, commemorate historic events and cast a spotlight on certain issues. Earlier this month, for example, the search giant teamed up with the World Wildlife Fund to create an elaborate and touching Valentine窶冱 Doodle that highlighted the plight of endangered pangolins.
2017/02/24 03:06 BGR
LG announces the X Power2 with a large battery, aimed at multimedia users and gaming enthusiasts
LG has decided to get a jump on MWC by announcing the LG X Power2. This low-end device sports some pretty mediocre specs, but the focus here is on the large battery that is meant "to meet the demands of customers who frequently use power-hungry applications" and the various camera features. Thus far, LG is keeping some of the specifics to itself, but here's what we know about this phone:
2017/02/24 02:33 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Watch the prologue for ‘Alien: Covenant’ before the movie arrives in May
Prometheus wasn't perfect. In fact, it had countless glaring flaws, but it did manage to reinvigorate interest in the Alien franchise. Fans of the original films and the 2012 prequel alike are fascinated by this universe, and so within a few months of the launch of Prometheus, 20th Century Fox was already working to get director Ridley Scott and several key members of the cast on board for a sequel. Five years later, Alien: Covenant (once known as Alien: Paradise Lost) has wrapped production and is on its way to theaters this summer. But in order to get fans excited about the film ahead of its May release date, Fox on Thursday shared a four-minute long prologue called "Last Supper" on its YouTube channel featuring the cast of the upcoming film. You can watch the entire video below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkXgRlRao5I "The official prologue to Alien: Covenant introduces the crew of the mission as they gather for a final meal before entering cryosleep," reads the YouTube description. "Set aboard the Covenant, a colonization ship on its way to a remote planet to form a new human settlement, the main crew (all couples) and their android, Walter, enjoy their final meal together before cryosleep." If you saw Prometheus, you probably realize that there's one familiar face in the crowd: Michael Fassbender. This time around he plays Walter, an advanced version of the android we knew in Prometheus. We also get something of a Pineapple Express reunion, as James Franco and Danny McBride serve as captain and pilot of the Covenant, respectively. Alien: Covenant releases in theaters on May 19th, 2017.
2017/02/24 02:02 BGR
Your Google Drive files can now be found with Search on Android
3 hot Roku devices are on sale right now on Amazon
Do you have a smart TV? No, you don窶冲. You might think you have a smart TV. Your TV might even be able to browse the web and run some apps窶ｦ but with only a small handful of exceptions, "smart" TVs are still pretty dumb. That窶冱 why devices like the ones Roku makes are still so incredibly popular. They窶决e easy to use and affordable, and they work with all of your favorite movie and TV show streaming services. If you haven窶冲 yet bought yourself a Roku, or if you窶决e looking to upgrade to a newer model, this is the perfect opportunity. Amazon has two popular Roku units available at a discount right now, plus the retailer is still offering our favorite Roku TV for a $220 discount until the end of the month. Roku Streaming Stick (3600R) This Certified Refurbished product is tested and certified to look and work like new. The refurbishing process includes functionality testing, basic cleaning, inspection, and repackaging. The product ships with all relevant accessories, a minimum 90-day warranty, and may arrive in a generic box. Only select sellers who maintain a high performance bar may offer Certified Refurbished products on Amazon.com Powerful quad-core processor and fast dual-band wireless. 8x more processing power than before Access to Amazon, VUDU, Netflix, Hulu, Google Play, and more Portable for different HDTVs in your home, hotel, and dorm rooms Unbiased search results across top channels to find where it's free or cheapest to watch Roku 4 Streaming Media Player This Certified Refurbished product is tested and certified to look and work like new. The refurbishing process includes functionality testing, basic cleaning, inspection, and repackaging. The product ships with all relevant accessories, a minimum 90-day warranty, and may arrive in a generic box. Only select sellers who maintain a high performance bar may offer Certified Refurbished products on Amazon.com 2,500+ streaming channels. Choose from the biggest selection of streaming entertainment, including movies, TV shows, music, sports, news, international, kids programming and more Captivating clarity. Brilliant picture quality for 4K Ultra HD TVs, with 4X the resolution of full HD and the next generation of streaming technology Roku 4 works with virtually any TV with an HDMI connection. You can plug your Roku 4 directly into your TV or receiver depending on your preference. To view 4K content, you will need a compatible 4K UHD television Voice search. Just say what you窶决e looking for into the enhanced remote and get fast and comprehensive search results by title, actor, or director. The Roku Feed. Follow your favorite entertainment and always know where it窶冱 ready to stream and at what price TCL 50FS3800 50-Inch 1080p Roku Smart LED TV Refresh Rate: 60Hz (Native), 120Hz Clear Motion Index (Effective) Backlight: LED (Full Array) Smart Functionality: Yes - Roku TV Streaming Platform Dimensions (WxHxD) without stand: 44.5 x 25.8 x 3.2-Inch, Dimensions (WxHxD) with stand: 44.5 x 27.8 x 8.7-Inch Inputs: 3 HDMI, 1 USB, RF, Composite, Headphone Jack, Optical Audio Out Accessories Included: Remote w/ batteries, detachable power cord
2017/02/24 01:30 BGR
Flame-throwing drones burning trash is the future we deserve
For as much ink as AI-infused robots get in the press, fueled in part by Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking warning us of a future filled with "killer robots", I think we need to start focusing on a far more worrisome piece of technology: Flame-throwing drones. Recently, a power company based out of Xiangyang, China came up with the idea as a way to clear power lines of pesky debris, often in the form of plastic bags and other pieces of trash that somehow find landing spots in less than ideal locations. Their badass fire-oriented solution, like most great innovations of our time, seems obvious in hindsight. While spraying power lines with fire might ostensibly seem like a dangerously foolish endeavor, it's actually a lot safer than having workers climb up and try and remove hanging items themselves. Futurism writes: Before, maintenance workers would risk their lives to clean power lines, climbing upwards of 10 meters (32 feet) into the air while risking electrocution with each step. While the use of a flamethrower may require more frequent cable replacements, the metal power lines will not be harmed by the flames. Now as to why the power company would even care about an errant bag resting atop of a power line, a single bag can have a discernible impact on electrical supply. The drones themselves, which weigh in at nearly 25 pounds a piece, are obviously not available for commercial purchase. Still, that won't stop us from enjoying their majestic ability to dance above ground while incinerating hard-to-reach debris in poetically destructive fashion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZOZV7ugBas
2017/02/24 01:00 BGR
Google's VP of communications products teases an early image of Allo on the web
Google announced Allo at Google I/O last year and people were strangely excited about it. Maybe this would finally be the Google chat app to rule them all. When it came out, Allo was lacking in... well, a lot of things. One of the most unsightly gaps in Allo's feature set was the lack of a web version. Google is working on that, and VP of communications products Nick Fox has given us an early glimpse at it.
2017/02/24 00:58 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Bring virtual reality to your home theater for under $25
As much as 3D movies are a great experience, it's hard to swallow the extra large price tag associated, again and again. Luckily, it's getting more and more affordable to bring virtual reality and 3D to your home theater. ShineCon’s new G03 virtual reality headset, which converts 2D movies into picture-perfect HD 3D cinema, is now available for under $25. VIDEO The headset itself is lightweight and comfortable, so you'll easily get through a full film without needing a break. And the high-precision lens delivers an impressively clear picture, with fully adjustable pupil distance. Available in spaceship blue or white, this headset is a really cool piece of tech to have in your home, on sale to BGR readers for just $24.99.
2017/02/24 00:50 BGR
The Archos 101 Saphir tablet should be both cheap and rugged
New Skylanders mobile role-playing game is in the works
Google OnHub and Wifi units are randomly dying on people, requiring factory resets
Something strange has begun happening to many of Google's OnHub and Wifi routers. The units are refusing to broadcast WiFi signal, and are requiring factory resets to function properly again. Many people refuse to use OnHubs or Wifis because Google has too much control over them; this must be why. According to many owners on Google's Product Forums and the subreddits r/OnHub and r/Wifi, the devices have stopped providing WiFi altogether - clearly a major issue.
2017/02/24 00:24 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Google’s self-driving car division sues Uber for stealing top-secret technical information
As the battle to bring self-driving car technology into the mainstream intensifies, it's no surprise that we're starting to see a discernible increase in the number of intra-industry lawsuits. Not too long after Tesla sued its former director of Autopilot software for stealing "‘hundreds of gigabytes" of proprietary information comes a similar lawsuit, this one involving Alphabet's Waymo division, Uber and Otto. In a blog post published on Medium this afternoon, Alphabet's Waymo team explains why they're suing both Uber and Otto, the latter being a self-driving truck company started by ex-Googlers that Uber acquired last year. The thrust of the suit is that Otto founder Anthony Levandowski, a former member of the Waymo team, downloaded huge volumes of proprietary technical data pertaining to Waymo's self-driving technology. Waymo became aware of the alleged theft after noticing via happenstance that Uber's LiDAR circuit board "bore a striking resemblance to Waymo’s unique LiDAR design." The post reads in part: [Levandowski] downloaded over 14,000 highly confidential and proprietary design files for Waymo’s various hardware systems, including designs of Waymo’s LiDAR and circuit board. To gain access to Waymo’s design server, Mr. Levandowski searched for and installed specialized software onto his company-issued laptop. Once inside, he downloaded 9.7 GB of Waymo’s highly confidential files and trade secrets, including blueprints, design files and testing documentation. Then he connected an external drive to the laptop. Mr. Levandowski then wiped and reformatted the laptop in an attempt to erase forensic fingerprints. Interestingly, this type of theft is exactly what Tesla accused its former Autopilot director of doing. In any event, Waymo writes that a number of other former team members, who now currently work at Otto and Uber, engaged in similar behavior. Hardly isolated incidents, Waymo argues that it was all part of a well-coordinated plan to steal Waymo's intellectual property for monetary gain. "Our parent company Alphabet has long worked with Uber in many areas, and we didn’t make this decision lightly," the post reads. "However, given the overwhelming facts that our technology has been stolen, we have no choice but to defend our investment and development of this unique technology." The full complaint can be read here.
2017/02/24 00:21 BGR
Apple is going all-in on wireless charging for the iPhone 8
One of the more interesting new iPhone 8 features Apple will likely introduce this September is wireless charging. Though not a new technology by any means, many are curious as to how Apple's implementation might work. After all, Apple's bread and butter doesn't lie with inventing new technology, but rather with enhancing and improving upon existing technologies. Over the past few months, we've seen a number of contradictory reports regarding Apple's plans in the wireless charging space, altogether not surprising given that Apple may currently be testing any different number of implementations. Notably, Apple this month joined the Wireless Power Consortium, the organization behind the Qi wireless charging platform. Most recently, reports surfaced indicating that Apple has been working with Broadcom on a wireless charging solution, a partnership that reportedly has been ongoing for nearly three years. Previous reports pointed to Apple adapting a solution from Energous, a wireless charging company whose technology was able to charge smartphones from a distance of up to 15 feet. Underscoring Apple's experimentation with different wireless charging solutions, Reuters, citing people familiar with Apple's plans, reports that Apple currently has "at least five different groups working on wireless charging technology." While wireless charging in and of itself isn't likely to push iPhone sales higher, it's not exactly as if the iPhone 8 will need any help in the sales department. Said to feature a radical new redesign that will feature an edge to edge display and a TouchBar-esque 'Function Area' towards the bottom, the iPhone 8 will likely usher in the largest refresh cycle in iPhone history. What's more, Reuters relays an interesting data point from Cowen & Co analyst Timothy Arcuri who claims that the percentage of iPhone owners with devices more than two years old now stands at 40%, marking a new all-time record. In other words, the iPhone 8 won't only attract iPhone 7 users, it will be just the device needed to convince iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s owners to finally upgrade as well.
2017/02/24 00:12 BGR
Google collaborates with Cowan to bring ‘Really Blue’ jeans
Uh-oh! If your Google Wifi went crazy this evening you're not alone
It's not you, it's your router. Seeing a blue blinking light but no Wi-Fi from your Google Wifi or OnHub router tonight? Plenty of other people are. Something has happened that has caused a number of folks to lose Wi-Fi abilities on their Google router, and we're not yet sure what it might be. Users report a power reset and when things start back up wired access works but wireless communication doesn't. Wireless access is pretty important for a Wi-Fi router. Google Wi-Fi support techs are aware of the issue and say they are investigating right now. In the meantime, if you can't wait for Google you can factory reset or remove your router from the app and set things up again to get back where you started. We can confirm that an update was sent out tonight, but our units are working fine. This certainly sounds like an update issue, but we'll have to wait and see what Google finds out. Hopefully soon. ...
2017/02/24 00:03 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Good news: Deadpool 2 might be just as good as the original
Sequels rarely match up to the original movie, and that窶冱 probably what some Deadpool fans might worry about. The first film took forever to be made, but thanks to the persistence of the men behind the project, it became the unexpected superhero blockbuster movie of 2016. Reports then said that the writers of the original Deadpool might not be in for the Deadpool 2 ride. However, it appears that Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are both still working on Deadpool 2, which is great news. After all, if the exact same people who came up with the fantastic script for Deadpool are working on the sequel, then there窶冱 hope part two will not suck 窶� and hey, even if it窶冱 bad, it窶冤l probably make a boatload of cash. According to Collider Reese, Wernick, and Ryan Reynolds are already working on the sequel. Moreover, Drew Goddard has been added to the mix as a consultant, while Reese and Wernick remain 窶彳xtremely involved in the script and project.窶� News that Goddard joined the program may have scared some fans that the writers duo from the first movie is out of the sequel. After all, Goddard knows what he's doing. He wrote various hotﾂ�movie scripts including The Martian and Cloverfield. As Collider notes, he also brought Daredevil to life on Netflix, and he worked on 窶彭octoring窶敖�World War Zﾂ�and other films in the past years. Tim Miller, on the other hand, will not stay on for the sequel. Instead, David Leitch, who made John Wick will be at the helm of Deadpool 2. One other reason to hope that Deadpool 2 won窶冲 suck is that Fox isn窶冲 apparently pressuring anyone. The studio did not announce a release date for the sequel before having a finished script, suggesting there窶冱 no pressure in milking the Deadpool cow at the box office.
2017/02/23 23:46 BGR
Le Pro3 and Le S3 are getting an app drawer and other new features
LeEco Le Pro 3, Le S3 getting app drawer and other improvements
LeEco, a Chinese company looking to expand its reach with a variety of different products other than just smartphones, entered the U.S. market with the Le Pro 3 and Le S3 late last year. One of the interesting elements of both handsets was that, despite Android certainly supporting one, neither came with [...]
2017/02/23 22:52 Android and Me
Spotify is getting into the content game with its own original podcasts
The music service's first episode of its first original podcast is available to listen to today. The Spotify Originals, as they're called, are a family of podcasts es that've been greenlighted by the green-logo'd music service. The first three titles — Showstopper, Unpacked, and The Chris Lighty Story (working title) — are different series that explore music's impact on society. Here's a quick, abridged rundown on what each of these podcasts are about as I've interpreted from the official press release: Showstopper: This is the one that's already available. It's about TV shows and their music soundtracks. Unpacked: This is thespotify or one going live on March 14. Broad City's music supervisor and Spotify's Michele Santucci travel around the world interviewing very creative people. And they'll be at South by Southwest. The Chris Lighty Show: This is the working title. It could be anything else by the time the podcast premieres in April. This show is about how Christ Lig...
2017/02/23 23:22 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Is Apple’s strategy forcing pros to ditch Mac for Windows?
One of the more interesting narratives involving Apple in 2016 focused on whether or not the company was abandoning its base of traditionally loyal pro users. The issue came to a head this past October when Apple released its new MacBook Pro, a machine that many developers and creative professionals lambasted as overpriced and under-powered. Apple's 2016 MacBook Pro update was particularly frustrating for pro-oriented users because it had been quite some time since Apple had rolled out a meaningful update to its flagship notebook line. In effect, many creative types were hoping for more than a TouchBar and greeted Apple's new MacBook Pro with a collective, This is it? Not helping matters of course is that Apple's Mac Pro has seemingly been sitting on the sidelines, ignored, for years on end. Indeed, it's been well more than three years since Phil Schiller introduced the Mac Pro while boldly stating, "can't innovate anymore, my ass!" Recently, John Gruber linked to an interesting article from Marco Solorio detailing why video professionals are increasingly eyeing the possibility of abandoning the Mac and moving over to Windows. The Nvidia GTX 1080 might be the final nail in the coffin. I can guarantee at this point, we will have to move to a Windows-based workstation for our main edit suite and one that supports multiple PCIe slots specifically for the GTX 1080 (I’ll most likely get two 1080s that that new price-point). I’m no stranger to working on Windows systems (I’ve built my own Windows boxes since Windows 3/NT) and have Windows systems running now in our facility. But with that said, I do prefer Apple OS X when possible. But with no support of a modern PCIe-based workstation from Apple, our hands are tied to move to Windows (we may get an HP Z840 system, something similar, or a custom build we’ll do in-house). Even if the GTX 1080 could be flashed for OSX, we wouldn’t be able to take full advantage of what the 1080 has to offer, due to The Mac Pro Tower’s older PCIe buss technology. The article is from May 2016, but seeing as how Apple's Mac Pro still hasn't seen an update since the piece was written, the arguments raised by the story are still as relevant as ever. Expectedly, Gruber shining light to the story sparked a very interesting debate on Reddit regarding Apple's handling of its Pro user base. While some folks argued that Apple's decision not to cater to creative professionals was extremely short-sighted, others argued that Apple has historically never catered to a niche group of users. The most interesting comment I came across astutely suggests that the influence wielded by creative professionals is far greater in proportion than its size. As the argument goes, Apple should do everything in its power to appease professional users even though the money involved may not be more than a blip on Apple's bottom line. It shouldn't matter if Pros aren't huge money makers anymore for Apple, Apple should be supporting them rather than screwing them and then losing them. You ignore pros and creatives and artists and high end users, aka, influential people, it's gonna trickle down. When entire industries start shifting to PC, video, film, photography, that's going to end up being tens of millions of people down the line, people in the industries and young people pursuing that path. I love my Mac Pro. But its time to upgrade, my options are 'downgrade' to an iMac, or go with a PC. Very seriously considering PC, because of Apple. I personally think the answer lies somewhere in the middle. It's important to recognize that Apple isn't the same company that it was in 2000, or even in 2008 for that matter. The company's priorities have shifted and what may have made sense business-wise years ago may not make sense today. That said, I don't think Apple necessarily needs to bend over backwards to address concerns held by developers and creative professionals, but it should at the very least be more willing to hear those concerns from the community instead of pretending that they don't exist. In other words, just a little bit more transparency would go a long way. In any event, the entire Reddit thread is worth checking out as there are a number of insightful arguments on both sides of the debate.
2017/02/23 23:21 BGR
A lighter version of Google Play Music is now available for Android
There's also evidence of an alarm clock feature coming soon. Google Play Music version 7.4 boasts a ton of helpful updates that will surely please those of you who utilize the service daily. The size of the actual Play Music store app has been reduced by ten percent, though at 18MB, it's still a hefty app. Google also added a Recents option to the main menu of the Play Music app, so you can easily jump to your last jam session with a few taps rather than having to dig into the app for your preferred track. In an APK teardown, Android Police found evidence for potential Clock access. Remember the CD alarm clocks of the early aughts? Play Music integration with the Clock app would be along the same lines. You could program the Clock app to wake you up to a song of your choice. Unfortunately, this feature doesn't appear to be live yet. The Google Play Music update is rolling out to a device near you — hopefully soon to the smartphone that's in your hand. ...
2017/02/23 23:16 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Amazon: Alexa’s speech is protected by the First Amendment
Should computerized virtual assistants enjoy the same constitutional protections that living, breathing humans do? Amazon thinks so, and it's taking that position in regards to a request by law enforcement for the conversation history of one very important Alexa device. The company is seeking to have the requests thrown out entirely unless the police can prove that the information would be crucial to the investigation. Police in Bentonville, Arkansas believe that a local man named James Bates killed Victor Collins in November of 2015. Collins' body was discovered in Bates' hot tub, which is pretty solid evidence as far as the court is concerned, but law enforcement wants to tie up as many loose ends as possible. To that end they've requested a whole bunch of information from Amazon in regards to Bates, including purchase history and account information, which the company has willingly obliged. However, police also requested the transcript of all communications Bates had with his Amazon Echo, and that's where Amazon is drawing the line. It's Amazon's stance that police officials haven't made a sufficient case that the conversation history is crucial to the investigation. Amazon believes that an Alexa user's queries fall under the First Amendment and as such the company should not be compelled to hand over the information unless it clearly relates to the case itself. Amazon's request to the court reveals that Bates' requests and Alexa's responses would be available on his smartphone, and that police could just as easily obtain the information from it instead. However, the phone in question, a Nexus P, is encrypted "at the chipset level" and police have thus far been unable to breach its security.
2017/02/23 22:52 BGR
Samsung Galaxy S8 might have faster wireless charging
US Cellular will hop on the unlimited plan bandwagon
Tesla pushes back next phase of Model 3 reveal to July
Even though deliveries of Tesla's highly anticipated Model 3 are scheduled to begin later this year, there's still a lot we don't know about Tesla's mass market EV. Not only has Tesla been busy tweaking the car's design over the past few months, but Tesla's plans for the Model 3 instrument cluster still remain cloudy at best. If you recall, this is the Model 3 interior Tesla showed off this past March. Looks fine enough, but conspicuously absent are gauges for useful metrics like speed, range and other important vehicular data. Sure, there's a decently sized 15-inch touchscreen in the center of the console, but Tesla assured everyone in April that everything about the design would make sense soon over the next few months. Tesla CEO Elon Musk all but assured everyone that there would be subsequent Model 3 unveilings where new information and announcements about the car would be made. Of course, the only new piece of information we've gleaned since is that the Model 3 will come equipped with Tesla's next-gen autonomous driving hardware. While an interesting tidbit, it wasn't exactly the big reveal many were hoping for, especially given that some folks were eagerly anticipating an announcement of an HUD option for the Model 3. This past November, Musk all but said that we'd learn more about the Model 3 in about 3-4 months time. Yesterday, though, Tesla relayed during its earnings conference call that we probably won't see the next big Model 3 reveal until July, once pre-production begins. So whatever plans Tesla has in mind for the trunk, the steering wheel and the overall design of the Model 3, we'll have to wait a few more months to see it. Incidentally, Tesla said in its quarterly letter to shareholders that they've already begun building Model 3 prototypes. "Model 3 vehicle development, supply chain and manufacturing are on track to support volume deliveries in the second half of 2017," the letter reads in part. "In early February, we began building Model 3 prototypes as part of our ongoing testing of the vehicle design and manufacturing processes. Initial crash test results have been positive, and all Model 3-related sourcing is on plan to support the start of production in July. Installation of Model 3 manufacturing equipment is underway in Fremont and at Gigafactory 1, where in January, we began production of battery cells for energy storage products, which have the same form-factor as the cells that will be used in Model 3."
2017/02/23 22:26 BGR
Le Pro3 and Le S3 are receiving a new update that brings an app drawer, camera improvements, and more
In one of those [Finally] moments, LeEco is releasing an update to its Le Pro3 and Le S3 phones that brings with it an app drawer. Besides just that, there are some improvements to the cameras, (the Le Pro3's was not the best, if you'll recall) and some other miscellaneous additions and fixes. One of the highlighted changes, like I mentioned, is the addition of an app drawer to what LeEco calls the Ecosystem User Interface (EUI).
2017/02/23 22:26 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
The ASUS ZenFone Live will make your live streaming videos look even better
Understanding which wireless network is actually the best
Every year, a bunch of different studies come out that crown a winner, the "best network" in the USA. Each study claims to use the best, most scientific methodology to give "unrivaled accuracy" or "undisputed results," or something else equally quotable. But if the studies are so good, why do they give such different results? Take a study published today by RootMetrics, which has Verizon in first place and T-Mobile in last. That's in stark contrast to a study last month from OpenSignal, which had T-Mobile and Verizon tied for first and Sprint languishing in last place. The reason for the difference is that measuring cellphone networks is hard. We're talking about trying to quantify a network that stretches across the entire country, works on tens of thousands of different devices and in all kinds of terrain. Trying to measure that, assign each of the big four wireless networks an easy-to-understand score and publish results in a 300-word blog post is basically impossible. RootMetrics and OpenSignal are two good examples of the most common approach to actually measuring network signal and speed (as opposed to something like Nielsen, which surveys users for their perception of their network). RootMetrics buys devices and sends testers out to set locations, where they test all the networks head-to-head and record the results. It's known in the industry as drive-testing, and has some major advantages: it pits the networks head-to-head, it's repeatable, and by controlling the number of tests, the location, and the testing device, you remove most of the variability in the testing. OpenSignal takes a completely different approach. Rather than sending employees out with test devices, it encourages users to download an app. Users then conduct speed tests and coverage tests as they go about their day-to-day lives, and the data is uploaded to OpenSignal. Compared to drive-testing, it's less repeatable and less "scientific." But it also has the advantage of sheer numbers: hundreds of thousands of OpenSignal users submitted billions of data points for their last test. That means OpenSignal is more likely to be representative of day-to-day performance of a network, as it's measuring the actual day-to-day performance of users -- not a statistical representation of the average day. Yes, there are flaws in OpenSignal's methodology too. Users are more likely to be on a network that works in their area, so you're less likely to get data from areas that have no coverage. If a small town somewhere only gets Verizon signal, then everyone in that town is going to be on Verizon, and you're not going to get a bunch of tests that show no signal for T-Mobile. There's also questions about demographics: wealthier people with nicer smartphones are more likely to be on expensive networks like Verizon and AT&T, which means more Sprint and T-Mobile users would be on older smartphones, which in turn are slower than newer devices on the same network. The end result is that no one method is perfect, and it's important to look at a range of results rather than just one test. For the majority of users, I tend to suspect that crowd-sourced testing like OpenSignal will be more representative, but without seeing the precise data set and methodology of all the studies (for example, the RootScores that RootMetrics provides are calculated using a proprietary algorithm) it's difficult to make a call one way or the other. There is one thing that prospective customers can check, though: local coverage maps. Quantifying a cell network across a country is hard, but getting data on coverage on a particular street is comparatively easy. OpenSignal excels at this, thanks to the crowd-sourced data, and its coverage map should be the first thing you check when you're thinking about switching networks.
2017/02/23 22:01 BGR
What to expect: Exynos 8895 vs Snapdragon 835
Google search on Android can now search through Google Drive files
Hidden all the way at the right end of the Google search app's tabs is 'In Apps' search. As you might guess from the name, it allows you to search within the apps installed on your phone. Now Google has added Firebase App Indexing to the Drive Android app, allowing you to find your documents straight from the Google search app. Once you have the latest Drive update installed, you should see your files appear along with results from other apps.
2017/02/23 21:30 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Is this the next ‘iPhone killer’?
In just a few days, a number of Android smartphone makers will unveil their best new devices, including various flagship handsets designed to compete directly with Apple’s latest iPhone. The Galaxy S8 will not be one of them, as Samsung had to postpone the phone’s launch to the end of March following the Galaxy Note 7 recall. The Galaxy S8’s absence might not be felt, however, as LG is about to launch a brand new flagship that looks nothing like its predecessor. But the LG G6 might not necessarily be the next Android flagship looking to compete against the iPhone 7, as Huawei plans to unveil a brand new Android handset of its own. And a new leak shows us exactly what the Huawei P10 will look like. Obtained by Evan Blass, who has posted a variety of MWC-related leaks on his Twitter account, the following image looks like the press render of the upcoming Huawei phone. https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/834505468387131393 The P10 is a slim device that looks like the iPhone from a distance. It’s got a metal back, antenna lines, curved corners, and round edges. It’s pretty much what most smartphones look like these days. But the Huawei P10 might have some neat tricks up its sleeve, including a dual camera setup on the back complete with Leica technology. The phone also seems to retain the 3.5mm headphone jack, which appears to be present on the bottom. Earlier reports suggested the new Huawei phone will come in two versions, including a regular P10 and a P10 Plus version. The phone is also expected to feature up to 6GB of RAM, and up to 128GB of storage, but nothing is confirmed just yet. Luckily, Huawei’s event is just a few days away, at which point we’ll know more about it next Android-based iPhone rival.
2017/02/23 21:29 BGR
Play Music v7.4 prepares to team up with Google's Clock app for musical alarms, loses weight, and more [APK Teardown + Download]
There's a new version of Play Music rolling out to users and this one includes at least a couple of things to smile about. This release cuts the size of the app by a good amount and fits in a few interesting changes to navigation and appearance. But the really important change can be found in the Teardown. It looks like Play Music will finally become available to Google's Clock app to sound off for alarms.
2017/02/23 21:26 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Huawei Watch 2 render leaks show its sporty look and colors
Search in the Google Play Store is terrible [OPINION]
WTF: Here’s our first look at the Sony Xperia X2… and it has almost no bezel! [UPDATE]
A drone flies into a tiger habitat, and you’ll absolutely believe what happens next
Anyone who's ever used a laser pointer in the same room as a cat knows that any fast-moving object is pretty much fair game for feline ferocity. Knowing that, it's hard to imagine exactly what this drone pilot was thinking when allowed the pricey airborne gadget to get within swiping distance of an entire family of tigers. Whatever made him do it, the video is a treat to watch. The drone, which was being operated by reporters hoping to snag some up-closeup shots of Siberian tigers in China's Heilongjiang Province, made several low passes over the big cats, immediately piquing their interest. The tigers began following the drone around, slowly at first, but quickly picked up speed as the drone dropped in altitude. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nhe_cyrHNpI It wasn't long before the drone pilot came a little too close to one of the cats, allowing it to slap the craft right out of the sky. Predictably, the tigers swarmed on the downed drone and began tearing it apart. Unfortunately, it seems the drone's battery shorted out from damage and the gadget began billowing thick white smoke, which was enough to scare the tigers off. It's undeniably adorable to watch the huge cats act like little kittens at the sight of the flying toy, but it's also pretty obnoxious that the reporters flying the drone allowed it to get within paw's reach of being knocked down. At the end of the day, the drone and its pilot got exactly what they deserved.
2017/02/23 20:58 BGR
Bose’s most popular home theater system is back on sale at Amazon
If you’re living on a very tight budget, there are plenty of ultra-affordable home theater speaker systems out there that give you great bang for your buck. We cover them all the time here on BGR, and we’ll continue to cover them in the future. If you’re willing to spend a tiny bit more cash though, you’ll be surprised at just how affordable a home theater setup from Bose can be — especially when it’s on sale. And wouldn’t you know it… Bose’s most popular home theater system just so happens to be on sale right now on Amazon. Check out the Bose CineMate 15 Home Theater Speaker System, which is you can snag for $100 off right now if you hurry. A few highlights from the product page: Full, impressive TV sound that spreads well beyond the soundbar itself Deep bass from the Acoustic mass module that brings movies, TV shows, sports and video games to life Soundbar fits easily in front of TV and connects with just one cable Easy-to-use universal remote controls TV, cable box and more Multiple audio inputs: choice of digital optical, coaxial and analog The soundbar is designed for table-top placement only. There are no mounting features and/or wall bracket available for this soundbar.
2017/02/23 20:34 BGR
The OnePlus 3T was the closest thing to an iPhone in 2016, not the Pixel
The search for the Android equivalent of Apple’s iPhone has been going on for years. Users have been asking for a phone that focuses on not only uncomplicated and beautiful software but a tight hardware experience too. All we want is the complete package. Every year hype builds around the phone that will take on the […]
2017/02/23 20:33 AndroidGuys
Huawei Watch 2 leaks out in a trio of colors
The Huawei Watch 2 is due to be unveiled this weekend, but thanks to the rumor mill, we窶决e getting a look at the new Android Wear smartwatch today. Several press renders of the Huawei Watch 2 have been shared by VentureBeat. Not [...]
2017/02/23 20:05 Android and Me
We may know most of the specs for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+
Reigns selected as big winner at Google Play Indie Games final
Long live the King! The first ever Google Play Indie Games contest has wrapped up with UK developers Nerial winning twice over for their outstanding game Reigns. This comes as little surprise to us: Reigns is a fantastic game and one of our favorites of 2016. On top of winning the overall prize, Reigns also won the Unity prize, which provides Nerial with a 12-month subscription to Unity's professional game development platform. We took another look at Reigns, as well the runner ups, The Battle of Polytopia and Causality. You can find the full list of finalists here. Reigns Reigns is a game all about making the right decisions to keep your kingdom prosperous and secure. You start out as a young king taking over control of his kingdom in the first year of his reign. Advisers, citizens and animals appear as cards, coming to you with issues and questions that require a ruling — swipe right for yes, swipe left for no. The decisions you make will affect the four aspects of...
2017/02/23 20:12 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Huawei Watch 2 leak shows off a sporty design and cellular connectivity
Huawei is going to be on-hand at Mobile World Congress with the P10, but that's not all. The long-awaited Huawei Watch 2 (code name Leo) will be breaking cover as well, and VentureBeat has press images of the device. It has a very different, sportier vibe than the original Huawei Watch. The Huawei Watch 2 will run Wear 2.0 out of the box, of course. However, there are two standard buttons on the side—no digital crown.
2017/02/23 20:10 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
The iPhone 8’s secret weapon could be incredible battery life
The iPhone 8 is rumored to come tricked out with all manner of changes: an edge-to-edge display, no home button, a fingerprint sensor under the screen, dual cameras, an OLED display panel, and whatever else Jony Ive dreams about at night. But according to one new research note, the biggest draw for customers won't be any of these. It will be the oldest, most-requested smartphone feature of all time: a bigger battery. MacRumors has seen a note from Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty that predicts the iPhone 8 will have a longer battery life than its predecessor. That, alongside the features noted above, will drive huge sales of the iPhone 8 in an upgrade "supercycle." "In addition to more modest updates to current iPhone SKUs, we expect Apple to launch a higher priced device with AMOLED display that allows for a curved form factor and longer battery life, wireless charging technology, 3D sensors, and more advanced AI software capabilities. While we see accelerated upgrades for Apple's highest end users in all regions, our work suggests China users are especially sensitive to new technology and form factor changes." The longer battery life isn't the result of a magical new battery technology, wonderful though that would be. Instead, it's brutally simple physics: a stacked logic board will make room for a bigger battery, and the OLED screen is more power-efficient. Add that to improvements in software and more efficient chipsets, and the smaller iPhone 8 should have battery life on par with the much bigger iPhone 7s.
2017/02/23 20:09 BGR
How-To: Connecting your phone to a Bluetooth device
If you didn’t already know, Bluetooth is a type of wireless connection that will easily transmit audio channels and is a popular connection method for today’s wireless devices. So popular in fact, some developers have decided to do away with the 3.5mm audio jack on their devices. Let’s jump in and get you connected to […]
2017/02/23 20:00 AndroidGuys
What do I need to jump from Big Four to an alternative carrier?
Making the change to an alternative carrier can save you money and give you better service, but you need to know a few things before you do it. When you port out your number and switch away from one of the Big Four to a carrier that might work better for you, nothing is hard. You either click a few buttons online and enter a few details or make a phone call from someone else's phone and a person on the other end clicks their buttons. But it's not something you want to go in blind and learn from regretful mistakes. Trust us, we've been there. The good news is that you already know what you need to do and only need to ask yourself the right questions. We can help. Here's a list of the things you need to get sorted before you make the jump. A phone Some alternative carriers will sell you a new phone, but most likely you don't need one. The phone you're using now will probably work! You need to know what type of network and what frequencies your phone supports. That information mi...
2017/02/23 20:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Huawei Watch 2 leaks in sporty fashion ahead of Mobile World Congress
Amazon boasts 10,000 skills available for Alexa
Amazon's Alexa assistant has one major advantage over the Google Home (and other competing voice assistants) - the massive amount of third-party skills. Google has a similar developer platform for Assistant, Actions on Google, but the simple fact that Alexa has been around longer means it has a more sizable collection of abilities. Amazon announced today that Alexa has over 10,000 skills available, with a 3x increase since just September 2016.
2017/02/23 19:49 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
This might be one of Apple’s greatest iPhone innovations yet
Apple’s next flagship iPhone will have a bigger display-to-body ratio than any other iPhone before it, rumors indicate, as Apple is preparing for a radical design change. The iconic home button of the iPhone is going away. Or better said, the physical button is going away, but the button's features will remain. By eliminating the home button, Apple can extend the display without increasing the size of the iPhone. While most reports expect the iPhone 8’s new OLED screen to also incorporate a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, at least one rumor says that Touch ID is going away, and a new facial recognition system that will take its place. But a new discovery seems to indicate that Apple is very fond of fingerprint sensors, even if that means coming up with novel ways to integrate them. A new patent application titled Acoustic Imaging System Architecture found by Apple Insider reveals that Apple is contemplating using acoustics to replace two distinct sensors that prevent it from offering an all-screen iPhone right now, with special emphasis on the fingerprint sensor. The patent application indicates that Apple might ditch Touch ID as we know it, but it’ll do so without sacrificing the fingerprint-reading capability of the iPhone that’s a crucial element for unlocking the device, signing into apps, and making Apple Pay payments. Instead, Apple might use an array of transducers placed around the display that can generate acoustic waves and monitor the way users interact with the screen. The sensors would not hinder the interaction with the screen, as they can be placed in areas that you wouldn't normally touch. The system would be able to detect a foreign object, like a finger, and create a unique signature for the wave reflections caused by the ridges on a finger pad that make up the fingerprint. Considering each fingerprint is unique, the acoustic data generated by the system would create unique signatures for each finger. The system could be used to preserve the fingerprint-based biometric security feature in a device whose front side is made up of a large display, with no room for traditional Touch ID fingerprint sensors. These acoustic sensors could also be trained to recognize other body parts, like an ear. The phone would thus know whether the user is talking on the phone and would turn off the display during the call. That would eliminate the need for a separate proximity sensor on the iPhone, freeing up more space for the display. Interestingly, even the drawings indicate that Apple wants to remove the home button, and the new acoustic imaging system might help out with those efforts. While this invention is all about increasing the screen size of an iPhone display without increasing its overall footprint, and while the acoustic sensors can be placed on the edges of the display as shown in these images, the patent notes that they could also be found anywhere inside the phone. The patent was filed last year in mid-August. Around that time, we already knew that the iPhone 7 would have a “boring” design and that Apple’s radical design changes would arrive at some point in the following years. That said, this is just a patent application for the time being, and there’s no telling whether Apple will actually make use of the technology in the upcoming iPhone 8. However, the patent does indicate that Apple may simply change the way Touch ID works, rather than killing the security feature completely. Let's not forget that Apple's Touch ID tech was so good when it debuted that competitors had a hard time replicating it — the most obvious case was the Nexus 6, which shipped without a fingerprint sensor since nothing could match Apple's. Not to mention that Apple is still advocating strong encryption-based security in its devices, iPhone included, and there's probably no better way to secure a device than using one's fingerprint.
2017/02/23 19:47 BGR
Google will subtract all refunds from developer payouts from now on
Original Motorola DROID Turbo receives surprise soak test; Nougat inbound?
Shoot the bad guys and save the planet with Battle Planet!
Defuse the bombs, defeat your enemies, and try to survive. Dropped onto a planet where my ancestors once dwelled, I'm armed only with a single gun, a jetpack, and the knowledge that my ride should be back in roughly a year. The place is mostly deserted, so it seems like it might be an actual cake walk. Well, until you factor in Tyranid spaceships launching bombs at ancient burial sites, subterranean worms, and bounty hunters all after me at once. Thankfully, the more I shoot, the nastier I am to my enemies and I have a job to do. It's time to clear the planet that my Ancestors are interred in. This is Battle Planet. Read more at VRHeads.com ...
2017/02/23 19:30 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Deal: Today and tomorrow, 50% off Ethical Hacker bundle
T-Mobile updates the LG Stylo 2 Plus to Nougat
Tasty Nougat isn't only for flagship smartphones—even the budget phones see updates on occasion. Today, it's the LG Stylo 2 Plus, a phone exclusive to T-Mobile and MetroPCS. Hit the settings and you'll probably find a Nougat update waiting for you. The Stylo 2 Plus isn't a phone you hear a lot about, but it's a popular budget option on Tmo. It costs $240 total or $10 per month. It's got a 5.7-inch 720p LCD, a Snapdragon 430, and a stylus (duh).
2017/02/23 19:29 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Verizon just swept every RootMetrics award category that matters
Every wireless carrier is constantly ranting about how they are the best of the best — except for Sprint, which has recently adopted an "everyone's great!" philosophy — but when it comes to network testing there can be only one winner. RootMetrics just released its report rounding up all the facts and figures regarding the second half of 2016, along with the subsequent rankings of the top four major wireless companies in the United States. The results might not shock you. In fact, they probably won't. Each of the four big dogs — AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon — get individual rankings in each of five categories, along with an "overall" score. The competition was pretty close, but one carrier won the top spot in reliability, speed, data, call and text, and it was Verizon. The company's sweep of the individual rankings means that it also handily took the overall top spot. AT&T put up a noble effort, coming in second to Verizon in reliability, speed, data, and text, while Sprint managed to snag the second place spot in calling. "Based on our testing, Verizon is the undisputed leader in terms of coverage and network reliability," RootMetrics' report reads. "Indeed, Verizon’s network reliability results were the strongest among all carriers at the metro, state, and national levels in the second half of 2016." Meanwhile, T-Mobile's ratings were virtually identical to the company's marks from the first half of 2016, coming in third place in speed and data, and last place in reliability, call, text, and overall. It shouldn't be long before John Legere has something to say about it.
2017/02/23 19:22 BGR
Android accessories you need to become a superior gamer
Given that you’re on on AndroidGuys, we’ll go ahead and assume you’re more than likely a fan or lover of Android. We can’t blame you; we love the flexibility of the platform, its options for apps and games, and wearables. And, although we might collectively be more casual gamers, Android has no shortage of high-end hardware […]
2017/02/23 19:21 AndroidGuys
Best Clear Cases for Moto G4 + Moto G4 Plus
Your phone doesn't have to be an expression of your true self. You can cover it up with something clear from this list. You bought the Moto G4 or Moto G4 Plus in your favorite color. You shouldn't have to hide it behind a colored or patterened case. Choose a clear case to show off your hardware and protect it from the elements. Orzly FlexiCase Cimo Wave Slim protective case Poetic Affinity Protective Bumper case Ringke Fusion Orzly FlexiCase It's slim, it's cheap, and it'll protect your Moto G4 or G4 Plus from dirt and scratches. The Orzly FlexiCase is laser cut, so it fits snuggly on your device, and offers access to all ports, buttons, and cameras. It's made of non-slip, flexible plastic that's resistant to scratches. It's display covers are affordable and protective, too, so be sure to add one of those in tow for extra protection. See at Amazon Cimo Wave Slim protective case The Cimo Slim Protective Case is worth adding to your Amazon cart of stuff. The case is made ...
2017/02/23 19:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Google pledges to help initiate criminal justice reform
The company has committed to doubling its investment in organizations working to help solve the issue of mass incarceration. As a company, Google isn't one to shy away from political topics. It's come out in support of gender equality, immigrants, and now it's taking a stance against mass incarceration. Google.org, in particular, has pledged to donate $11.5 million in grants to organizations across the country working on reforming the criminal justice system. From the official blog post: We believe better data can be can be part of the solution [against mass incarceration], which is why we're investing in organizations using data and evidence to reduce racial disparities in the criminal justice system. We're giving $5 million to support the Center for Policing Equity (CPE), which partners with police agencies and communities by bringing together data science, trainings and policy reforms to address racial disparity. This intersection gives CPE a unique opportunity to both ident...
2017/02/23 18:55 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
T-Mobile’s LTE-U network gets FCC certified
There’s a phone with the same specs as the Galaxy S7 that costs less than $350 unlocked
Samsung’s Galaxy S7 is about to be supplanted by the Galaxy S8 as the Android flagship phone to beat, but the S7 will live on with a lower price tag. What’s more, it will still be a fantastic option for anyone on the lookout for a new smartphone. But even after the price drops a bit following the unveiling of the next-generation model, the Galaxy S7 will still be nowhere near as affordable as the Huawei Honor 8, which features a gorgeous design and practically identical specs, but starts at less than $350 unlocked on Amazon. Here are some key details from the product page: Innovative bionic 12MP dual lenses allow you to capture crisper, more detailed photos Wide aperture mode allows you to redefine the focus even after the photo has been taken Secure fingerprint access that can unlock your Honor 8 as fast as 0.4 seconds Smart Power 4.0: 1.77 day battery life for normal usage and fast-charging technology to reach 50% charge in just 30 minutes As seen in Marvel's Doctor Strange. Please Note: Kindly refer the User Guide before use And here are some highlights from the specs list: Dual f/2.2 12MP Rear Cameras f/2.4 8MP Front Camera with Flash Kirin 950 Octa-Core Chipset 64GB Storage Capacity and 4GB of RAM Fingerprint Reader 5.2″ Super IPS LCD Display Full HD 1920 x 1080 Native Resolution
2017/02/23 18:57 BGR
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Introducing Mint SIM, the perfect way to get cheap data in the U.S.
An introduction to alternate mobile service providers in the U.S., and to the awesomeness that is Mint SIM. A lot of our jobs at Android Central involve issuing recommendations to people: favorite phone, favorite speaker, favorite Chromebook. While it's relatively easy to list off the benefits of products you can hold in your hand, it's less easy to recommend mobile carriers. There are so many factors that go into deciding which carrier to sign up for — location, budget, and individual needs. In the U.S, four carriers dominate the industry, and the airwaves — T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon — but thankfully there are alternatives, many of which are built on the foundations of those incumbents. One such alternative is Mint SIM, which uses T-Mobile's growing 4G LTE network to do something wonderful: eliminate the overhead, the confusion, and in many cases the "loudness," of the network it connects to. But to talk about Mint SIM, we have to talk about its pla...
2017/02/23 18:32 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
You can finally order the Jet Black AirPods of your dreams
When Apple first unveiled its truly wireless AirPods earbuds back in September during the iPhone 7 event, Apple fans around the world had the same thought at the same time. The company had just shown off its sleek new Jet Black finish on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, so why wasn't the gorgeous new color available on the AirPods as well? A graphic designer mocked up Jet Black AirPods with a Jet Black charging case soon after the Apple event, and everyone agreed: they looked incredible. But alas, Apple decided to only offer AirPods in white. Well, we have good news for everyone out there who has been dreaming of Jet Black AirPods ever since Apple first announced them. They're real, and they're spectacular... and you can order them right now. If you order a new pair of standard AirPods from Apple right now, you're looking at a 6-week wait before they finally ship. That's right, Apple is still nowhere close to meeting demand for its new cordless earbuds. You can get your hands on them right away if you buy them on Amazon instead, though you'll have to be willing to pay a premium. Of course, if you're willing to pay a bit of a premium and wait a while for your AirPods to ship, we've got another proposal for you: get the Jet Black AirPods everyone is dying for from ColorWare. Longtime gadget customization shop ColorWare is now offering its services for Apple's AirPods, which can be painted in hundreds of different color combinations. In fact, you don't even have to pick just one color — ColorWare lets you select from any of its 58 different colors for each component. If you want a left AirPod that's one color, a right AirPods that's another, and a charging case that's painted a third color, ColorWare will happily accommodate you. Painted AirPods are available on the ColorWare website starting at $289 or $319 if you also want the charging case to be painted, and new orders ship in 10-12 weeks.
2017/02/23 18:32 BGR
What we want to see in the Mi MIX 2
Every movie and TV show leaving Netflix in March
After a rough February in which we lost several great movies from the Netflix streaming service, March is a bit less catastrophic. Sure, there are a few gems like Animal House or Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, but Jaws is really the only stellar piece of content we're losing in the month of March. While it might be considered an acquired taste, I highly recommend anyone who likes dark, bleak comedies to watch Entertainment before it vanishes on March 4th. Gregg Turkington gives a killer performance. Here is the full list of removals scheduled for March: Leaving March 1st Jaws Justice League: War Jaws 2 Jaws 3 Jaws: The Revenge Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox Keeping Up Appearances Monarch of the Glen: Seasons 1 - 7 National Lampoon's Animal House Robin Hood: Seasons 1 - 3 Survivors: Series 1 - 2 Leaving March 2nd Black or White Sweetwater Leaving March 3rd Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey Misfire Web Junkie Leaving March 4th Entertainment I Dream of Wires Otto the Rhino Seashore The Discoverers The Nanny Diaries Leaving March 5th Food Chains Jail Caesar The Days to Come Two Hundred Thousand Dirty Leaving March 6th Pit Stop Rigor Mortis Leaving March 7th Hansel vs. Gretel Leaving March 8th Love At First Fight The Starving Games Leaving March 15th Boy B for Boy My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend Sushi: The Global Catch Leaving March 16th American Dreamz Leaving March 23rd Love Me The Invincible Iron Man Leaving March 25th All Stars Pup The Perfect Wedding Leaving March 27th Dragonwolf Leaving March 28th Erasing Hate The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness Leaving March 29th 6 Guns Detropia I Melt With You Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne Be sure to check out all of the new movies and TV shows being added to Netflix in March.
2017/02/23 18:07 BGR
Your Moto Mods will live a long, healthy life
One of the main reason people love the Moto Z is because the phone can be paired with a number of Moto Mods – modular accessories to be snapped onto the handset and deliver extra functionality. But even if people love Moto Mods, some users have raised concerns regarding the Mods’ compatibility with future devices. […]
2017/02/23 18:00 AndroidGuys
Reigns : Rule your kingdom with a swipe of your finger (Review)
When it comes to games that give you the role of a ruling king, I’d say that 9 times out of 10 you are in the middle of a deep strategy game, requiring you to know who to barter with, go to war with, and when to adjust the price of wares sold to keep […]
2017/02/23 18:00 AndroidGuys
[TA Deals] Live an active lifestyle? The BK Sport wireless earbuds are here! (66% off)
Wires make many things difficult, but they really make being active tough. Between limiting mobility and getting tangled, wires are just no good! The BK Sport wireless earbuds featured on Talk Android Deals eliminates the hassle caused by wires. The wired connection between your device and ears goes away at a slim price courtesy of […] Come comment on this article: [TA Deals] Live an active lifestyle? The BK Sport wireless earbuds are here! (66% off)
2017/02/23 17:45 TalkAndroid
12 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today
You've hit the mother lode today, Apple fans, because we've got 12 paid iPhone and iPad apps for you to check out that have all been made available for free for a limited time. It's our biggest list of the week so far, and it's probably also our best. And if you're looking for even more freebies, take a look at all the remaining sales in yesterday's post. These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. HOOK Normally $0.99. "Hook" is a relaxing, minimal, puzzle game. It is more of a game-like experience than a challenge. No menus, no achievements, just you and a puzzle. Player is surrounded by calming sounds and music. "Playing "HOOK" is a meditative and calming experience, rarely found in mobile gaming." Made by Maciej Targoni and Wojciech Wasiak. Thank you for your support! Download HOOK Offline Mail Normally $2.99. Offline Mail downloads your entire email archive and then allows you to search it at lightning speed, even when you're offline. CNET Japan: **** “The best on the market” Offline Mail can index years of email and then search it in an instant, unlike the built in email client. It's super quick and very space efficient- a vital tool for anyone that relies on being able to find email instantly, even when you're abroad or have no internet connection. Key features ===================== * Download and store email from your Gmail, Google Apps For Business, Yahoo!, iCloud, Outlook, Hotmail, Office 365, Microsoft Exchange (with IMAP enabled) or any other IMAP account * Delete, archive, mark as read/unread and flag your email * Email can be synced automatically in the background as you leave/arrive your workplace or home * Compose emails with custom HTML signatures including company logo * Optional added app-level password protection to further secure your email accounts * HTML email support * Print email * Sync multiple email accounts * Mail from each account can have a different highlight colour * Save money as your email is only downloaded once * Search the full text of your emails (even when offline) * View your email by folder, all mail or by date * Compose new emails- use it as a replacement for iOS Mail * Very space efficient - 24,000 emails takes ~ 120mb space * Download attachments, and once downloaded can be viewed offline Set up is Quick and Easy! ===================== * Enter your username and password for your Gmail/Yahoo/iCloud/Outlook/IMAP etc account * Select the folders that you would like to sync * Leave Offline Mail to download and index your mail * Search! * Email can be kept in sync without you having to start the app with our new Background Update feature. Offline Mail can be white-labelled for *your* organization, with new features built on request. Drop us an email for more information. Download Offline Mail Nightgate Normally $3.99. In the year 2398, a network of intelligent computers known as Nightgate, is the last remaining life form on Earth. "Stunning" - The Daily Dot "A Neon-Soaked Art Installation" - Stuff TV "One of the best soundtracks I've heard in a while" - MacStories "A Gorgeous Minimalist Experience" - TouchArcade "Top 10 Indie Mobile Games of 2016" - Indie Game Reviewer "10 Best Video Game Soundtracks of 2016" - FACT Magazine "A pretty cool mixture of laid back and frantic" - Gamezebo "Wide range of challenges and mechanics" - Pocket Gamer "Feels right at home on the Apple TV" - iLounge "Wonderfully Intuitive Controls" - Cult of Mac "A Triumph in Design" - TapSmart "Immersive and Captivating" - AppAdvice –– Step into the computer and make your way through 50 handcrafted levels. Avoid enemies as you interact with a dark digital world and explore what lies beyond the futuristic landscapes of Nightgate. Features: • Universal app for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV • No ads, no in-app purchases • Immersive digital environments • Over 40 minutes of original soundtrack (also available on iTunes Music Store) • Minimalist design featuring vibrant colors and complex geometries • Discover achievements scattered throughout the game • In-game camera to capture beautiful screenshots • Sync your progress using iCloud • Fully localized for English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Chinese, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese and Russian Download Nightgate Magic Contacts Pro Normally $2.99. Magic Contacts is the only Today Widget Contacts Launcher you will ever need, with ability to Call and Text your favorite contacts directly from the Widgets screen! You can also organize contacts in groups (e.g. Family, Friends, Work) and access them directly from the widget. This Widget support calling, message, WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook Messenger, Email and FaceTime. This is an app with a powerful widget that will dramatically improve everyday use of your iPhone. While currently contacting your friends can be an annoyingly long process because you must open apps and search through contact after contact, with Magic Contact just swipe right from the lock screen, home screen, or pull down the widgets screen from within any app and get immediate access to your favorites. Features: - T9 Dialer Widget - Call & Text from the Notification Center - Call & Message - WhatsApp - Email - FaceTime - Unlimited Contacts & Groups - 3D Touch in the widget for quick call - Full support for iOS 9 & 10 Download Magic Contacts Pro FaceTone Normally $2.99. FaceTone is a fun and powerful portrait & selfie photo editor. Like photoshop, FaceTone also provides you special effects. Loved by all ages in many countries. -------------------------------------------------------- With FaceTone, every user can make amazing photos easily. FaceTone contains various professional editing functions, easier for you to use professional filters and effects. Making your photos more perfect! Praises about FaceTone: "Facetone makes your photos amazing, even in photos taken on mobile phones." - Jimmy , Photography Blogger. "One of the Most Powerful Mobile Apps I have Ever Used... Facetone Can Truly Be Called Magical." - Bill william, Fashion Blogger. “I have been seriously impressed with the patch quality FaceTune does." - Kimi , A popular Twitter. ------------------------------------------------ What can Facetune do for you? Charming smile •Catch your best smile; •Fine Adjustment for a better smile; •Whiten your teeth. Beautiful skin •Make your skin smooth and energetic; •Remove pimples and freckles; •Remove eye bags; •Brighten your skin. Shining eyes •Make your eye bright and piercing; •Add double-fold eyelids; •Enlarge your eyes; •Remove red eyes and white eyes. Adjust your face contour •Adjust your chin; •Heighten your cheekbone; •Heighten your nose. Elegant makeup •Different colors of blushes and eye shadows; •Lengthen your eyelash and adjust your eyebrow; •Fashionable lip colors provided. HDR •Blur background; •Adjust saturation & contrast & color balance; •Add cute text and stickers. Artistic effect •Special filter from PaintLab, making your photo as a painting picture. Share •One tap to share your beauty to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other SNS. Easy to use •Compare ”After“ and ”Before“ to see how beautiful you’ve become Download FaceTone Log My Day Normally $2.99. What did you do today? What have you experienced? Where have you been? Whom did you met? Don’t you want to write it down, so you will never forget? Log My Day offers you a nice opportunity to write down your thoughts, any time, everywhere and under all odds. What it can do for you? music / events / steps / weather / temperature / call / temperature / mood / FitBit data / Moves data with just a fingertip - add images and text to your entries - share your experiences on all major platforms - look at all your visited places and your captured images with just one tap - synchronize your entries with Dropbox and iCloud - automatically forward incorrect locations - protect your entries with a passcode - choose your favorite color as the color scheme for the app - create backups of your entries, so you don’t lose them - use the universal app on your iPhone/iPod and iPad - let Log My Day remind you to write entries - set and answer questions about your day - export your entries as PDF or as an e-mail Download Log My Day noPhone Hour Normally $0.99. There are so many things more important than mobile phone in our lives. So, when necessary, please lay aside it and concentrate on what you are doing. ･ This app encourages you to lay aside mobile phone and concentrate on what you are doing. You can set the time (one or half an hour), and briefly record what you’ve done at the end of the time. Day by day, will cultivate healthy habit of using mobile phone. ･ No limit to the functions of mobile phone, such as calls and texts. Putting your phone on silent mode is a good suggestion during the “noPhone Hour”. ･ There are six themes, with the growth of the “noPhone Hour” number, one by one to unlock. ･ With iCloud, it’s easy to transfer your data to a new iPhone. ･ No ads. Download noPhone Hour Super Space X Normally $0.99. In Super Space X you control the Intruder 53X, a spacecraft which carries a special load. Dodge meteorites, laser rays and plasma balls to pass to the next level and achieve your goal but, be careful because the game it’s not easy at all. Scenes are designed for you to do your best at every second. You won’t have time to relax. Get the different types of capsules that will help you to improve your scores and win the game. - The red capsule will help you to destroy asteroids. - The blue capsule will give you points and you could get your shield back. The game has nine stages with a design that will complicate things to avoid you get your goals. Super Space X is a game developed by Black Cube with music by Mr. Spastic, Gregoire Lourme and other artists. Features: - 9 scenes in which you can play and improve your scores. - Pixel Art design. - 60 constant FPS. - Share your achievements using Game Center. - Ultra-adjusted difficulty. - Easy and intuitive control. - Music by Mr. Spastic, Gregorio Lourme and other artists. Download Super Space X Universe of Movies And TV Normally $0.99. UMAT is your source for movies, tv-shows & actors. Always stay updated with the newest entertainment news from us. * * * FEATURES * * * ------------------------ - Find the most popular, best rated, newest movies & television shows - Read about them, see timelines, watch trailers & browse through images - Add all your favorite movies, series & actors to your favorite list - Find the tv-shows airing today and check what movies are in theaters - Find networks/companies and their portfolio - Browse by genres, collections or using a search function - Look ahead and set reminders for upcoming episodes & movies - Rate tv-shows, movies and episodes - Checkout movie reviews - No registration required. - Now includes a version for Apple TV (tvos) - UMAT is always updated and reliable * * * MORE INFORMATION * * * ------------------------------------ - http://www.spicygames.net * * * REQUIREMENTS * * * ------------------------------ - Cell -or Wifi access * * * NOTICE * * * --------------------- - This Application is not for watching or streaming videos it's a guide Download Universe of Movies And TV Simplique Normally $1.99. 5 Star Reviews! Get it while it lasts! Simplique - Simply Unique A revolutionary new way to make personalized, attractive and original lock screens. Be Unique Be Simplique Download Simplique Drone Tone Normally $0.99. An ominous sound toy for creating dark soundscapes. "Drone Tone seems especially good at invoking slow movements made of terror—Freddy Krueger dragging his razors across the metal sheets of an abandoned factory type s**t. If you want to tap into your darker side then it's a surefire way of doing that." - Killscreen Download Drone Tone Facelapse Normally $0.99. Visually track people over time to see how they change, share and treasure forever with Facelapse app! Facelapse will help guide you in adding photos so that every picture is aligned and matching. After some time has passed, it creates a stunning slideshow that morphs through your photos smoothly, showing the face transition over time. Track one person, or as many as you like - there are no limits. Facelapse stores your images privately and securely in camera roll, so you will never lose your cherished memories. Slideshows can be shared with family and friends through Instagram, Facebook, iMessages, email, whatever! "This is a brilliant app for recording how my little one's face changes over the weeks and months. Very easy to use." - Kathryn82 "I downloaded this app last week to create a slideshow for my daughter's birthday and I love it! this is a fabulous app that I highly recommend!" - Lily's Mom Always, love to hear your thoughts: firstname.lastname@example.org Photo Credits: DC Metro area photographer, Tonya Teran Photography. tonyateranphotography.com By the way, App Store reviews are very helpful to us. Would you mind taking a moment to write a review? We'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks for using Facelapse! Download Facelapse
2017/02/23 17:42 BGR
Qualcomm reveals new VR headset and dev tools for Snapdragon 835 chip
Here’s more proof that Android 8.0 will probably be called Oreo
If you are the owner of an Android smartphone, you probably know that Google names every major new version of its operating system after a deliciously sweet treat. We had Gingerbread, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow and now Nougat. Google窶冱 naming scheme is also alphabetical, so the next Android will be called something starting with […]
2017/02/23 17:30 AndroidGuys
Exploring portability with room-scale VR
Does a laptop make your VR rig portable? The first VR-Ready laptops barely deserved to be named as such. The hulking desktop replacements were difficult to take with you anywhere and didn't really have the battery life necessary to enjoy the experience. Times have changed, and now several manufacturers have thin, light laptops that can easily travel with you and handle VR with no problem. This leaves a lot of people planning their VR playspaces with a fun new question — how easy is it to pack up and take your VR setup somewhere new? Can a VR setup become the center of a party when it's not at your house? Read more at VR Heads! ...
2017/02/23 17:30 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Top 10 New Android Games This Week: Rogue Castle, Island Delta
Welcome back to Android Gaming Weekly, our weekly recap of new game releases. We still plan to cover upcoming releases and games we’re playing, but this column is dedicated to new games that you can start playing right now. Check out our top picks and let us know in the comments section if you have any [...]
2017/02/23 17:14 Android and Me
Oh good, people are already saying the iPhone 8 will be ‘boring’
Apple’s preparing three new iPhones to celebrate it’s 10th iPhone anniversary this year, including an iPhone 8 that will be unlike anything Apple has created before. The handset is expected to feature an OLED display that occupies most of the front side, even if that means the iconic home button has to go. The iPhone 8 is rumored to feature a fingerprint sensor embedded in the display, a new laser-based 3D scanner, and wireless charging support as well. It’s also supposed to be more expensive than previous models. With the iPhone 8, Apple will “copy” features from its rivals, but it’ll also offer new features that are not available on any competing devices. Either way, the phone will certainly not be “boring,” as a new report seems to indicate. In a report titled "Tech breakthroughs take a backseat in upcoming Apple iPhone launch," Reuters seems to indicate there won’t be anything special about the iPhone 8, with some analysts suggesting Apple fans shouldn't even expect a big redesign. Reuters believes that the tech in the iPhone 8 will not be new. Its new features are already “old,” apparently, because they'll be available on phones from Apple's rivals before the iPhone 8 is released later this year. “When Apple Inc launches its much-anticipated 10th anniversary iPhone this fall, it will offer an unwitting lesson in how much the smartphone industry it pioneered has matured,” Reuters says. “The new iPhone is expected to include new features such as high-resolution displays, wireless charging, and 3-D sensors. Rather than representing major breakthroughs, however, most of the innovations have been available in competing phones for several years.” Reuters also seems to believe that the company's plans for the iPhone 8 “suggest Apple’s product strategy is driven less by technological innovation than by consumer upgrade cycles and Apple’s own business and marketing needs.” The notion that Apple takes its time adopting certain features is true. You won't see something in a new iPhone unless it works as Apple wants it to. But concluding that the iPhone 8 won’t offer any “breakthrough technologies” this early in the game is quite wrong. Sure, some would say, suggesting the iPhone 8 will be a breakthrough device is also wrong this early in the game. But I think it’s simply premature to dismiss the iPhone 8’s tech advancements as Reuters does it in this piece. Even if the iPhone 8 design looks exactly like the iPhone 7 (it won't), and even if it offers refined versions of certain features that are already available on competing device, it’ll certainly pack plenty of innovations and an overall user experience that you simply won’t see in rival phones. Three things in particular come to mind: The fingerprint sensor embedded in the display, iOS 11, and — something that rarely comes up in rumors — Apple's next-gen mobile chips. And let’s not forget that, as "boring" as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus may be, the latest iPhones are still the phones that set the tone in the mobile industry, and they're still the phones that every other handset maker out there tries to copy and beat.
2017/02/23 17:17 BGR
Qualcomm introduces standalone Snapdragon 835 VR headset kit for developers
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10 apps to help you jumpstart your morning
If you窶决e like me, you probably hate having to wake up really early. But let窶冱 face it – the nature of modern life makes it impossible to start our dates at later hours. So it窶冱 essential you窶决e able to jump start our day as quickly and efficiently as possible, that is – if we want […]
2017/02/23 17:00 AndroidGuys
Everything you need to know about Sprint's Unlimited Freedom plan
A complete breakdown of Sprint's Unlimited Freedom plan and everything else you can get when you sign up for service. In the United States, there are a lot of companies that can get you and your phone online, but most people use one of the four biggest: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. Choosing between them can be difficult. Your first priority should be what service works best in the places you spend your time. It's not worth saving $10 a month if the service is bad. Once you have that sorted, you can look at what each company has to offer and the prices they charge for it. More: Which unlimited plan should you buy? Let's take a look at Sprint to see what they can give you and what it will cost. Note: The details of this plan are current as of February 20, 2017. Sprint Unlimited Freedom plan details Unlimited talk, text, and data (with certain restrictions) Unlimited data for streaming video up to 1080p Unlimited data for gaming up to 8Mbps Unlimited data for streamin...
2017/02/23 17:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
These BK SPORT wireless earbuds are only $16.99 right now (Deal of the Day)
Wireless earbuds have become pretty popular as of late, especially with some phone makers opting to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack. Up for your consideration today is a set of Bluetooth, tangle-free earbuds on sale to the sweet tune of $16.99. Indeed, the BK SPORT are discounted by a whopping 66% off. About These wireless earbuds can fare […]
2017/02/23 17:00 AndroidGuys
Amazon’s $20 Netgear router deal is back
If you need to blanket a massive house with lightning-fast Wi-Fi, this is not the solution for you. Head on over to our big in-depth mesh networking system comparison and you'll find what you're looking for. But if you need a solid router that offers fast data speeds and more than enough coverage for an apartment or a small to medium-sized home, you'll be excited to learn that Amazon is once again offering the NETGEAR N300 Wi-Fi Router with High Power 5dBi External Antennas for just $19.99. This terrific and affordable router has a 4-star rating from nearly 7,700 customer reviews, so you know it'll get the job done. And for a penny under $20, you really can't go wrong. Here are a few key takeaways from the product page: N300 Wi-Fi speed for faster downloads & Internet gaming 5dBi antennas for improved Wi-Fi coverage. NOTE: This product comes with an ethernet cable. Manage your home network with NETGEAR genie Use Push-N-Connect to add devices to your WiFi network with a push of a button GUEST NETWORK ACCESS for separate & secure WiFi access for guests SECURE WIFI CONNECTIONS for highest level wireless security with WPA/WPA2 4 MB flash and 32 MB RAM, Five (5) (1 WAN, 4 LAN) Fast Ethernet ports This version of the product will have 'WNR2020-200PAS' stickered on box
2017/02/23 16:54 BGR
The Google Store is letting you buy stuff in different countries
[Deal Alert] Best Buy has Sprint's LG G5 for $240 with 24 monthly payments ($340 off retail price), other carrier versions also reduced
Even with its successor right around the corner, the LG G5 is not all that bad of a phone. It might be a little bit weird, but at least it has good specs and Nougat. So if you're looking for a decent phone on the cheap, then you may want to check out what Best Buy is offering. The carrier versions of the G5 are on sale for the 24-month installment plans.
2017/02/23 16:43 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
The full Galaxy S8+ specs sheet just leaked
If all goes according to what we've seen and heard time and time again, the Galaxy S8+ will essentially be a Galaxy S8, but bigger. Aside from size differences for the display and battery pack, the two phones are expected to offer the exact same specs. And now a new leak from a trustworthy source reveals the specs of the phablet version of the Galaxy S8, which means the last remaining questions surrounding Samsung's upcoming flagship phone duo were just answered. According to Evan Blass, who keeps leaking details about unannounced mobile devices, the Galaxy S8+ will have a huge Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display that measures 6.2 inches (full rectangle) or 6.1 inches (accounting for the rounded corners), depending on how you measure. https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/834550877058953216 Other specs include 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, microSD support, a 12-megapixel Dual Pixel main camera, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, an iris scanner, IP68 dust and water-resistance, and wireless charging. The phone ships with support for Samsung Knox and Samsung Pay, and the earphones are “tuned by AKG.” The list is pretty believable considering the source, but also the fact that it matches much of what we've heard before about Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 family of devices. In a subsequent tweet, Blass said the Galaxy S8 will be the first phone to ship with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. This seems to further reinforce the idea that the LG G6 does not have the Snapdragon 835 processor inside, which is Qualcomm’s newest chip for mobile devices. The LG G6 will be unveiled later this week, more than a month before the Galaxy S8 series is announced. An earlier report indicated that the Galaxy S8 should hit stores on April 21st, a date mentioned in various other leaks, or more than a month after the LG G6, which is supposedly scheduled to go on sale on March 10th.
2017/02/23 16:31 BGR
Bose QC35: Wireless, noise-canceling, and near-perfect
If you fly a lot — or maybe even just a little — you need a good pair of noice-canceling headphones. My new go-to cans absolutely are the Bose QC35. First Serenity Caldwell, then MrMobile, and now Modern Dad. At this point I think it's safe to say the Bose QC35 wireless noise-canceling headphones have reached a trifecta here. Subscribe to Modern Dad! I've been using Bose buds on planes for years. I've burned through two sets of the QC20 earbuds. They're great, too. But I wanted something wireless. And I wanted something more comfortable for those REALLY long flights. The QC35 fit that bill. They're wireless with Bluetooth for use with your phone. They've got a cable and airplane adapter for when you want to use them for in-flight movies. And I've yet to kill the battery at an inopportune time. (20 hours is more than enough to get me from one end of the world to another.) There's a companion Android app that you might be tempted to skip — b...
2017/02/23 16:30 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers