Samsung has been keeping some secrets on the Galaxy S8, until now
Both the Xiaomi Mi 6 and Mi 6 Plus may feature the Snapdragon 835
Google Talk is dead, Hangouts is the new Slack, Project Fi users are screwed and everyone hates Allo
It is impossible to go seven or more days without some messaging news from Google. Google seems to understand that it needs to pare its messenger story down to a few apps that cover everyone's needs (so it's easier for people to ignore them all and use WhatsApp anyway). And, to some extent, that's what is happening, but everything feels so chaotic and is changing before replacements are ready. It just feels like Google has gone off the deep end. Some people use the word confusing to describe Google's strategy here, but no matter what words are used it all still feels rushed — something you would expect from amateurs instead of one of the biggest tech companies in the world. It just feels like Google has gone off the deep end. I'm going to take responsibility for what every blogger or journalist has done wrong here because some of the confusion is our fault. It's easy (and fun) to write about seemingly random changes and follow with a jab at Google for doing them. But if...
2017/03/26 00:39 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
[Deal Alert] Pick up an AUKEY car charger with a QC 3.0 port and a USB Type-C 5V 3A port for $9.20 (Normally $19.99)
I really wish that phone manufacturers would make up their minds and choose just one fast charging technology. Some phones use Qualcomm Quick charge, others use a 5V 3A power supply via Type-C (I won't even get started on those who do something else completely different). It's annoying that each group of devices requires a different charger to charge at its peak potential. That is, unless you have one charger that can do both.
2017/03/26 00:23 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
An Android O deep dive [#acpodcast]
This week, Daniel, Jerry and Russell are joined by Eric Richardson, an Android developer at WillowTree, to talk about Android O. Android O is still very early — we don't even know its final name yet — but we do know that there are going to be a lot of important under-the-hood improvements that will make experiences better on phones, tablet and even Chromebooks! Join us for a deep dive into everything we currently know about Android O! Podcast MP3 URL: http://traffic.libsyn.com/androidcentral/androidcentral329.mp3...
2017/03/26 00:51 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
15 best racing games for Android
Google adds 'Free App of the Week' section to the Play Store
Ever since Google started allowing paid apps and games to temporarily go on sale, we've seen dozens of great deals. Perhaps in an effort to better highlight these sales, Google has added a 'Free App of the Week' section to the Google Play Store. The section can be found by scrolling down on the 'Apps' page of the Play Store, on either desktop or mobile, or simply by clicking the source link at the bottom of the post.
2017/03/25 21:32 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Huawei P10 Lite hands-on
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2017/03/25 18:16 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Google has fixed the Pixel's annoying Bluetooth bug, no system update required
If you own a Pixel or Pixel XL, you might have encountered an annoying bug where the phone's Bluetooth connection would randomly shut off. You could still turn it back on, but it could shut off again without warning. Not the kind of software quality you would expect from a $650+ device. Almost exactly one month ago, Google reported that they had created a fix, and would be rolled out "in an upcoming release." A Google community manager has now shared that the fix is currently in place, courtesy of a server-side change.
2017/03/25 18:03 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Leak reveals just how successful Nintendo thinks the Switch will be
Nintendo was in desperate need of a hit after the company's previous-generation home video game console was an utter disaster. With the Nintendo Switch, it appears as though Nintendo has found that hit. It's obviously far too soon to tell if the Switch can maintain momentum over the long haul, but early signs are outstanding. Nintendo's Wii U successor is in such high demand that the company had to double production. And what's more, those who have managed to get their hands on a Switch already have overwhelmingly positive things to say despite the console's lack of top-tier titles at launch. So far, it does indeed look like the Switch is a hit. How big a hit remains to be seen, but a new leak suggests that Nintendo is expecting to put up huge sales numbers this year. The Nintendo Switch debuted on March 3rd, and it's been sold out everywhere ever since. In fact, the only way you can get your hands on a Switch console right now is to buy one on Amazon and pay a premium. Retailers are expecting shortages to persist for the foreseeable future, even as Nintendo increases production. So, what does all this mean for Nintendo? According to a new leak from Digitimes, Nintendo expects Switch consoles to continue flying off store shelves for many months to come. In fact, according to multiple unnamed sources who work at Nintendo suppliers, the Japanese gaming giant expects to sell a whopping 20 million Switch consoles during the device's first year of availability. That's a monster number, and it would go a long way to erase the memory of the Wii U, which hasn't even sold 14 million units in the 4+ years since it launched. Nintendo president Kimishima Tatsumi recently suggested that lifetime Switch sales could climb as high as 110 million units, which would make the Switch the fifth best-selling video game console of all time, pushing the Wii into the #6 spot with just under 102 million units.
2017/03/25 17:07 BGR
Images of Samsung Galaxy S8 cases and accessories reportedly leak
You can now ask Google Home to help you build your own PC
Here are some high-quality shots of the Galaxy S8 Plus
Fossil announces Q Venture and Q Explorist Android Wear watches, coming Fall 2017
The Baselworld trade show, held each Spring in Basel, Switzerland, is a showcase of the latest and greatest that watch and jewelry brands have to offer. This year, we've seen several new Android Wear smartwatches at the show - from the Movado Connect to the Misfit Vapor. Fossil has announced two new wearables at the event. Like most smartwatches announced at Baselworld, we don't have many details. They're called the Q Venture and Q Explorist, and are described as, "the brand's slimmest, most feature-packed touchscreen smartwatches to date." Both devices are presumably running Android Wear 2.0, and appear to have a digital crown for easier navigation.
2017/03/25 16:13 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
‘Life’ review: A spine-tingling thriller that pays tribute to ‘Alien’
With Ridley Scott's long anticipated Alien: Covenant on the horizon, the sci-fi horror scene has come back with a vengeance. Could Life finally be the film to hit the high mark set by Alien in 1979 and revolutionize the genre itself? No, probably not. Nonetheless, Life is a brilliant entry into the sci-fi world and plays as both a love letter to its obvious influences as well as a wholly unique take its grander ideas. Perfect casting, realistic conversational writing, sweeping cinematography, and inspired horror directing elevate this film well beyond the expectations I had walking into the cinema. Since this film plays with the element of surprise, I'll keep the synopsis as brief as possible. This film is directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Child 44) based on a script penned by Deadpool scribes Rhett Rheese and Paul Wernick and follows a group of astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) that has discovered the first proof of life beyond Earth in the form of a microscopic organism from Mars. The chummy international space crew is comprised of medical doctor David Jordan (Jake Gyllenhaal), CDC representative Miranda North (Rebecca Ferguson), engineer Rory Adams (Ryan Reynolds), pilot Sho Murakami (Hiroyuki Sanada), scientist Hugh Derry (Ariyon Bakare), and captain Ekaterina Golovkina (Olga Dihovichnaya). The organism they've discovered, which has been named "Calvin" on Earth, begins to evolve and grow quicker than anticipated. After a rapid series of events, Calvin breaks free of its containment and wreaks havoc on the ISS. The confined cast do a brilliant job of conveying their earnest camaraderie. Being an international crew, the space travelers have no trouble riffing on each other's cultural differences in a way that feels organic and friendly, largely because none of it really matters in the depths of space. Ryan Reynolds is one of the biggest draws for this film and is essentially playing Wade Wilson in space, exuding witty one-liners, obscure references, and hilariously over-the-top language every second he's on screen. Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson are technically billed as the leads in the film, and they do a fine job, though not especially noteworthy. They aren't given as much dynamic dialogue as Reynold's Rory Adams or the interesting backstory that is gifted to Bakare's Hugh Derry, but they are never boring to watch and have undeniable chemistry. To address the obvious: is this movie similar to Alien? Well, yeah. In fact, I'd say it's virtually an homage to it. Having said that, I think its impossible to make a sci-fi thriller/horror film set in space that isn't immediately compared to Alien. With such an iconic film setting the bar for the genre, you have to assume from the outset that there will be some familiar tones in just about every movie that follows. And while I'm a huge fan of Ridley Scott's Alien, the familiar beats in Life never bothered me. Really, it's just as much an ode to Gravity as it is Alien, with the elements of zero-gravity, the cold of space, and the International Space Station playing important roles in the action and narrative. Director Daniel Espinosa's navigation of the zero-gravity space station is a thing of beauty and is used as a brilliant device to heighten suspense and the viewers unawareness of their surroundings. And maybe I'm just a sucker for a well framed shot above Earth with solar flare leaking in, but the cinematography outside of the ISS was a wonder to behold on the big screen. Calvin, the monster itself, is unlike anything I've seen put to screen and somehow drew out a measure of compassion from me -- at least at first. The filmmakers wisely portray the creature as a survivalist in its early stages, being more afraid of the astronauts than they are of it. However, those tables turn rather quickly. Once it begins to become more of a terror, the monster became less interesting, but still visually stunning and undeniable horrific. Towards the last third of the film, it became somewhat predictable, as monster flicks tend to do, but a strong finale helped pull the film back up to the heights it promised in the beginning. In the end, Life was a visually and technically flawless entry into the sci-fi horror genre. The only real detraction is that many of its best moments are inspired by films that came before it. While I personally wasn't bothered by that in the slightest, it may rub some longtime science fiction fans the wrong way. Cut to the chase Life is a captivating sci-fi thriller that invokes familiar moments from films like Alien and Gravity, but never completely rips them off. Although it's not reinventing the wheel, Life is chock-full of the sharp dialogue, brilliant misdirects, and genuine horror that separate a great thriller from the rest. Fans of the genre will not be disappointed. BGR grade: A-
2017/03/25 16:04 BGR
Moto G5 Plus review: Great value in a tacky shell
Everyone wants the biggest, best, brightest phone to show off in front of their friends (and enemies). Usually, that means the biggest price tag. Enter the Moto G5 Plus, a great smartphone under $300 that performs amazingly well (even if it doesn't look all that great). I'm Michael Fisher, AKA MrMobile, and I have sometimes found myself reviewing phones twice the price of this that I like half as much. This Moto G5 Plus review should put your mind at ease if you're interested in saving money and having a great phone. Watch it and see exactly what I mean. The Moto G5 Plus is THE phone for the affordability-minded consumer. Check out Android Central's hands-on with the Moto G5 Plus and all of Android Central's coverage of the Moto G5 and G5 Plus. Stay social, my friends YouTube The Web Twitter Facebook Snapchat Instagram ...
2017/03/25 15:07 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
This $19 iPhone dock is basically the same as Apple’s $49 dock
If you want a dock for your iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, or any other modern iPhone that uses a Lightning connector, Apple's own dock is a terrific option... as long as you don't mind spending $49 on a tiny little dock. Of course, you could also get the Stouch Aluminum Lightning Charging Dock, which is basically the same thing but costs less than $19. The Stouch dock looks exactly like the Apple model, but there are two main differences. The first is that you plug a microUSB cable into the back instead of a Lightning cable (who cares?) and the second is that it doesn't have a 3.5mm audio jack on the back. The 3.5mm jack is a problem if you use an aux-out cable while your phone is docked, but there's obviously another option: Use Bluetooth... duh. Here are some highlights from the product page: ALUMINUM ALLOY MATERIAL: Thin but heavy, Weight 3.6OZ has more weight for better. COMPATIBLE WITH IPHONE: Compatible with iPhone 7, 7 plus, 5, 5c, 5s, iPhone 6 & 6S iphone 6 Plus & 6S Plus DATA TRANSFER AND CHARGING: Connect this cell phone docking station to your Computer to Sync and Charge your Phone via Micro USB to USB cable or Connect the Dock to an Electrical Outlet using a USB Power Adapter to charge the battery (no include DC Adapter), NOET: does not transmit sound BEAUTIFUL AND SIMPLE: CNC Machined from premium Aluminum Material, Fluorine rubber. 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE - MAKES GREAT GIFT FOR APPLE DEVICES LOVERS: We're so confident in this Quality Mobile Docking Station that we know you will love it. However, if you're not completely and utterly satisfied then we will gladly refund your money with no questions asked. Too easy! - FOR ANY HELP PLEASE CONTACT US DIRECTLY AND WE WILL ALWAYS BE THERE TO SERVE AND TAKE CARE OF YOU
2017/03/25 15:03 BGR
Best Drones Under $300
You don't need to break the bank to buy a fun, reliable drone. Updated March 25: Added the Holy Stone Predator and updated copy regarding Canada's new drone regulations. If you're looking to buy your first drone, whether for racing or just for the fun of it, searching for the top-rated drones might result in sticker shock. Sure, the DJI Inspire 1 looks AMAZING, but at nearly $3,000, it's not worth the investment if you're a novice hobbyist. If you're a beginner, you'll want a drone that's easy enough to fly to get a handle on everything but also tough enough to survive a crash caused by human error or technical malfunction. Fortunately, there are a number of great drone options out there for under $300. They may include cameras (of lesser-quality, of course) and first-person view (FPV) flying options, as well as bumpers to protect the blades and hardware while you're still learning the basics. Then, once you're confident in your skills as a drone pilot, you can decide whether to u...
2017/03/25 15:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
1Password gives an early look at one of Android O's best features
Android O is bringing a new way for password managers and other apps to autofill information. Here's how it works. Whenever Google introduces a new version of Android, there's always a silent disclaimer to go along with it: few of these features will be available until developers add them to their apps. Well, one developer hasn't wasted much time showing what its implementation of one major O feature will look like: AgileBits, Toronto-based creator of popular password manager, 1Password, has uploaded a proof-of-concept showing off the new Autofill API. Video Playerhttps://blog.agilebits.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/autofill-demo.mp400:0500:0000:16Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. From 1Password's blog: As you can see in the video, after navigating to the login page in the Twitter app, the Autofill Framework notified 1Password that there were some fields that could be filled. 1Password then responded by letting the Autofill Framework know it recognized...
2017/03/25 14:56 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
1Password shows off one of Android O's best features early
Android O is bringing a new way for password managers and other apps to autofill information. Here's how it works. Whenever Google introduces a new version of Android, there's always a silent disclaimer to go along with it: few of these features will be available until developers add them to their apps. Well, one developer hasn't wasted much time showing what its implementation of one major O feature will look like: popular Toronto-based password manager, 1Password, has uploaded a proof-of-concept showing off the new Autofill API. Video Playerhttps://blog.agilebits.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/autofill-demo.mp400:0500:0000:16Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. From 1Password's blog: As you can see in the video, after navigating to the login page in the Twitter app, the Autofill Framework notified 1Password that there were some fields that could be filled. 1Password then responded by letting the Autofill Framework know it recognized those fields as a log...
2017/03/25 14:56 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
1Password developer AgileBits is testing Android O’s Autofill feature
All the Android O features we've found so far [Continuously Updated]
The past week has been the Big-O week for all of us involved in Google's ecosystem and the Android world. The follow-up to Android 7.0 Nougat was announced as Android O — full name still unknown — and the developer preview images were made available for those who want to test it out and check all the new features. That caused our inboxes to overflow with tips of all the major and minor and super minor changes in Android O coming from our readers, and it got our team to work overtime to verify and report them.
2017/03/25 14:38 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Virtual Virtual Reality: It's time to rebel against our AI Overlords!
The future has been automated leaving only Activitude employing Artisinal Humans to AI clients. You, are one of those Humans. The future is bright, clean, Virtual, and nearly entirely automated. I am one of the few humans able to find actual employment with a company, Activitude, that promotes it's use of Artisinal Humans as companions to their AI clients. With clients like a pinwheel who needs help with it's garden, and a stick of butter that wants to be covered in toast. The demands are ridiculous, and occasionally impossible, and that's just the start of your adventures with Activitude. Virtual Virtual Reality is available on Daydream Read more on VRHeads.com ...
2017/03/25 14:30 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
‘Super-Sized’ Network Security bundle on sale for $49
11 new movie trailers you need to watch from this past week
It窶冱 the weekend, everyone, which can mean only one thing: it窶冱 time to head to the theater and catch a movie. We窶况e got a few titles opening this week in cinemas nearﾂ�you, including Power Rangers, Life, and Chips. But even if you don窶冲 plan to see a film in theaters this weekend, we窶况e got you covered when it comes to all the new trailers that were released thisﾂ�week, so you can plan for the future. Baywatch What? You want even more Baywatch trailers? Who can blame you? t=This is going to be a fun one, especially if you loved the TV series. Baywatch opens May 26th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xgcyj5No6o Black Butterfly Black Butterfly isn窶冲 exactly an original movie, either. It窶冱 a remake based on a French thriller of the same name. We窶况e got Antonio Banderas and Rhys Meyers starring in this version, and it all looks pretty interesting. The film will launch later this year, but it doesn窶冲 have a release date at the moment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaOymYQ3nMM Captain Underpants Mark this one down, movie fans: Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. From the looks of it, it may be the first of a series of animated films starring Kevin Hart and Ed Helms. Well they're not in it, but they voicing the main characters in the movie, slated to come out June 2nd. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zs2SrqLum1M Churchill This is going to be a World War 2 movie about D-Day that looks at everything that happened behind the scenes, focusing on one of the greatest leaders of the Allied forces. Churchill launches on June 16th, starring Brian Cox as the famous UK prime minister. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RR1OByWYiRw Death Note Death Note is a horror movie set to debut in the middle of summer. Best of all, this is a Netflix original creation, which means that come August 25th, you窶冤l be able to stream it from the comfort of your own home. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zS9UW2xjdqE Justice League Don窶冲 get too excited about Justice League just yet. The movie won't be released untilﾂ�November 17th, and we don窶冲 have a full trailer. However, we窶况e got four teasers for you, starring three of the team members in the Justice League. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PtdHNBbz-M https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6wDafyKBec https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPIXKru0W0I https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HahRdF4btR4 My Cousin Rachel Rachel Weisz is My Cousin Rachel窶冱 Rachel. She窶冱 dangerous and beautiful, apparently, and her cousin has impure thoughts about her... thoughts that include revenge. The picture hits theaters on July 14th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NfQ7o_rCC0 The Boss Baby Alec Baldwin voicesﾂ�the baby in The Boss Baby, and you absolutely need to see this brand new trailer that comes complete with Beauty and the Beast mockery. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wY11oibRifY The Wizard of Lies Want a new movie with Robert de Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer? The Wizard of Lies is what you窶决e looking for, coming to an HBO-enabled TV near you on May 20th. It窶冱 the story of Bernie Madoff and his Ponzi scheme. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKRYofskNL8 Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets The Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets has a really long title, so I窶冦 just going to call it Valerian. Moving past that detail, we find a new sci-fi film that willﾂ�launch on July 21st. It窶冱 a story about a time traveler named Valerian, who窶冱 sent to the City of a Thousand Planets to do some sort of窶ｦ time traveling. Dane DeHaan, John Goodman, Cara Delevingne, Ethan Hawke, Rihanna, and Clive Owen star in this one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwtn6w3QQL8 Wish Upon Be careful what you Wish Upon! Very bad things will happen in this new horror movie, coming out July 14th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQsMahzA61c
2017/03/25 14:02 BGR
Fight to survive as long as you can in Wayward Souls! [Best games from the AC community]
We want to know what games you're playing! Updated March 25: In this week's edition we highlight the fantastic action-adventure game Wayward Souls, along with GTA: Chinatown Wars and War Dragons! What games are you playing on your Android phones or tablets? We want to know! We've started a thread in the AC Forums as a place to share your opinions on games you think more people should be playing. Look out for posts by me (Marc Lagace) and say hello! You can also comment below! Submit your gaming reviews and opinions! Wayward Souls This game was recommended by Aanze in the comments because they're tired of seeing so many crappy freemium games constantly getting attention. Well, we thank you for your recommendation because Wayward Souls is very much a premium game — no F-ing around here. Wayward Souls is not cheap — it'll set you back $6.99. But it's also unlike pretty much any game you'll play on Android. Described in the recommendation as "some kind of tiny 2D ...
2017/03/25 14:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Pay what you want for the Full Stack Web Development Bundle
2017/03/25 13:31 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
[What's One More?] Google is developing yet another social app for group photo sharing and editing
Oh Google! Oh Google! Oh Google! No sooner is the company putting to rest one social-slash-messaging app than it is working on three others in its wake. Today's newcomer is a photo sharing and editing app that Google confirmed to TechCrunch as "one of many [experiments] it's running." According to TechCrunch, this new app would be like a mix of Path and Snapchat and Google Photos, leveraging Google's image recognition technology.
2017/03/25 13:30 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Scientists have built a tiny battery that provides power and cooling at the same time
When it comes to processors, heat is enemy number one. Packing ever more powerful processors into constantly shrinking mobile technology is a recipe for cramped cases and constantly troublesome heat buildup. Researchers from IBM and ETH Zurich think they may be on the verge of a truly novel solution, and it's based on a component that every mobile device already has: the battery. The scientists developed a pint-sized "flow battery" which uses electrolytes dissolved in two liquids to store a charge. The liquid in this type of battery is, like most liquids, pretty good at carrying heat, and the researchers developed an arrangement that allows the battery to both provide power and act as a medium to dissipate heat generated by the processor. Flow batteries aren't a particularly new technology, but this implementation of flow battery tech is indeed unique. Flow batteries are typically very large in scale and are used to store huge amounts of power for long periods of time. In fact, a different research team recently developed a way to use neutral water as the vehicle for dissolved electrolytes in order to give large flow batteries extended life and mitigate degradation over time. "We are the first scientists to build such a small flow battery so as to combine energy supply and cooling," says Julian Marschewski, a doctoral student at ETH Zurich. In addition to cooling and providing power, the batteries the team developed are also particularly powerful, and provide 1.4 watts of power per square centimeter of battery surface, which the team says is a record high.
2017/03/25 13:01 BGR
AgileBits shows us how Android O's autofill API works with a 1Password demo
One of the most exciting changes in Android O is the new Autofill API that would allow password manager apps to register as system-wide providers of autofill services. In layman terms, this means that apps like LastPass, 1Password, Enpass, Dashlane, and others, won't have to use accessibility services or screen overlays anymore as a workaround to fill up your usernames and passwords. Instead, they will have one API that grants them native access to enter your information without too much hassle.
2017/03/25 12:30 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Why you don’t need the Nokia 3310
High-res Galaxy S8 Plus leak shows more of Samsung's new software
Mexico launch for Samsung's new flagships slated for early May, with prices starting at 17,699 pesos. Ready to kick off the weekend with a fresh Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus leak? Mexican site AndroidMX has bagged eight new images of the larger S8 model, with its 6.2-inch, "18.5:9" display. The new images show off more of the Galaxy S8 Plus's almost bezel-free design, along with a quick size comparison with the LG V20, but mostly we're looking for clues about what's next in Samsung's software. These high-res shots offer some clues — for instance, one image shows that the double-tap home shortcut for launching the camera has been replaced with a double tap of the power key. Not a total shock given the lack of a physical button in the GS8 — but the power key is undoubtedly a harder target to hit in a hurry. The Galaxy S8's camera UI also offers a few clues. In addition to the usual photo controls, there's an "eye" icon 👁 in the lower left corner (for Bixby's rumored...
2017/03/25 12:06 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
[Deal Alert] Get a Triby portable speaker with Amazon Alexa for $69.99 on Woot! (65% off)
There are more and more Alexa-powered speakers available but affordable ones are still a little difficult to find. The Echo Dot remains one of the best options at $49.99, but it constantly requires a power source. You could grab a portable charger for it, but if you don't want to spend money on a make-do solution, today's deal on the Triby might seem much more interesting. Triby is a portable speaker with voice-activated Amazon Alexa integration.
2017/03/25 12:00 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Protect your Galaxy S6 edge for just $4.85 today!
Looking for a protective Galaxy S6 edge case that won’t cost a fortune? If so, check out Amzer’s double layer hybrid case for two great layers of protection that is only $4.85 today! ...
2017/03/25 10:30 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Google Assistant can now quote you Jaden Smith (seriously)
BMW’s vision of the future is, well, pretty much insane
BMW is just one of many carmakers with wild concept vehicles aimed at a future with AI pilots and augmented reality features we can only dream of today. That being said, they're one of the few companies that are actually building and selling some pretty futuristic vehicles right now, including the i3 and i8, both of which look like they could have been pulled directly from a Minority Report sequel. Having shown off more than a handful of its wildest visions over the past few years, BMW decided it was time to wrap them all up in a fancy video showing what a future with all of its inventions might look like, and it's exactly as insane as you'd expect it to be. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMMQxoWN0R8 Self-driving cars? Check. Augmented reality helmets? Check. Cars that show up and then paint your name onto the ground with bright red projected light so everyone nearby now knows that you own a BMW and also that your name is Anna? That's a big check. There's plenty of technology on display in the video that already exists, which is a mark in BMW's favor. Of course, there's also several innovations and features that both don't exist, and would also need to clear a myriad of legal hurdles before they could even be properly tested on any European or US roadway. Regardless of that fact, it's interesting to see all these concept cars and flashy mock-ups mashed together in a cohesive vision for the future, even if that future may never actually pan out.
2017/03/25 03:23 BGR
Official Samsung Galaxy S8 accessories leaked along with pricing info
Watch the Amazon Prime Air drone make its first delivery in the US
We're one step closer to having drones drop off packages at our doorsteps. On Monday, Amazon held a machine learning, automation, robotics and space exploration (MARS) conference in Florida, where the first public demonstration of the Prime Air drone delivery system in the United States took place. According to The Verge, the Prime Air drones dropped off bottles of sunscreen for conference attendees who were gathered outside on a sunny day in Florida. While the order had obviously been set up ahead of time, the drones delivered the bottles autonomously, showing off the potential of the system to attendees. The Verge's James Vincent managed to capture a few seconds of footage from the public demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YoBqlltIzM Amazon has been testing Prime Air drones for years, but this was apparently the first time the drones have ever been shown off in a public space in the United States. Amazon Prime Air vice president Gur Kimchi told The Verge that this public test brings the company "one step closer to making 30-minute package delivery by drone a reality," and confirmed that Amazon coordinated with the FAA to conduct the test. As The Verge points out, the fact that the FAA assisted with the delivery might be a good sign for the future of the service. At the moment, autonomous drone delivery is still prohibited in the United States, but Amazon is working with regulatory bodies to make the service a reality. That said, a one-off, prearranged demo in Florida isn't the same as a countrywide system of drone deliveries.
2017/03/25 02:36 BGR
[Video] Unboxing the Moto G5 Plus
Lenovo’s Moto G5 Plus is set to be one of the best mid-range phones of the year. If you’re wanting to get an advance look at it. be sure to join us for a full unboxing after the break. The device itself went up for pre-order in the US just a couple of days ago. […] Come comment on this article: [Video] Unboxing the Moto G5 Plus
2017/03/25 01:51 TalkAndroid
Scientists say that getting cancer is mostly just bad luck
Without a cure in sight, cancer has become one of society's biggest concerns. The fear of getting it is enough for many people to change their lifestyles in dramatic and meaningful ways, and even though it's increasingly possible to beat the disease, it remains one of the biggest universal health worries. As it turns out, all that anxiety may be for naught, as new research suggests that getting cancer is more about bad luck than lifestyle factors, though it's still possible to lessen your overall chances. Science has historically kept its distance when it comes to estimating the number of cancers that are caused by any particular factor, and what cases of the disease would have happened regardless of outside influence. Johns Hopkins University scientists published a new study in the journal Science that does exactly what researchers have avoided doing for ages, and the figures may come as a bit of a surprise. The team sought to pinpoint the cause of the genetic mutations that cause cancer, and determine what influenced the outcome. Shockingly, the data suggests that a full 66% of the mutations that eventually result in cancer are completely random errors in the DNA, with no direct cause. Environmental factors — like smoking, pollution, and all the other things we think of as being triggers for the disease — account for about 29% of cancers. The last 5% are thought to be inherited. The scientists explain that DNA mutations normally don't occur in genes with cancer-causing ability, and therefor don't have any negative consequences. When mutations randomly occur in certain genes, however, cancer may result, and most of the time it's simply "bad luck."
2017/03/25 01:41 BGR
Researchers have developed a way to measure sperm count using your Android phone
Movado, Hugo Boss, and Tommy Hilfiger prepping Android Wear smartwatches
There窶冱 a big watch show happening in Switzerland right now, and today some new Android Wear smartwatches were announced there. The Movado Connect collection will include five men窶冱 styles, and Movado plans to include more than 100 dial designs [...]
2017/03/25 00:17 Android and Me
[Deal Alert] Logitech Harmony Smart Control with Harmony Hub on sale for $69.99 at Best Buy & Amazon ($60 off)
If you are looking to add voice control for your TV and media console to your smart home setup then the Harmony Smart Control with the Harmony Hub is a product that you should definitely check out. With this kit you can control up to eight devices in your media center three different ways – with the remote, through Alexa, or the companion Android app. It also is compatible with some smart home devices like Sonos, Phillips Hue, and Apple TV. That's cool, and what is even cooler is that it's on sale right now for just $69.99, a whopping $60 off.
2017/03/25 00:53 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
This is the secret to unclogging sinks and drains anywhere in your house
Okay, first things first: there is no miracle product that instantly clears any and every clogged drain. If it sounds too good to be true, it is. Do you really think you pour some liquid down the drain in your sink and miraculously clear a fist-sized ball of hair in a matter of minutes? Newsflash... there's not. If you have a very bad clog, you need to snake your drain. It's the only way to handle it. To clear normal clogs and gross odors that happen during the course of normal wear and tear though, these is a secret to unclogging drains and keeping things smelling fresh: Sani Sticks. Drop one of these sticks down your drain to take care of average clogs and embarrassing odors in a matter of hours. Then, drop a new stick down each drain once every month to prevent clogs and odors in the future. Each stick includes enzymes and other ingredients found in a septic tank to break down waste and keep things clear. $17 gets you a pack of 48 Sani Sticks, and it'll be the best $17 you've ever spent. Some highlights from the product page: Sani Sticks drain sticks eliminate embarrassing odors from drains and prevent clogged sinks Save money on plumbers and drain snakes as powerful enzymes break down oil and grease to keep drains free and clear Sani Sticks drain deodorizer and cleaners are thin, round and only 6.3 inches long and 100 percent safe for plumbing and septic tanks with no toxic chemicals Avoid embarrassing smells and nasty water buildup in sinks and showers with just one Sani Stick per month Keep your drains clean and odor-free, all year long with Sani Sticks as part of your cleaning supplies
2017/03/25 00:46 BGR
Alcatel A30, Moto G5 Plus join Amazon’s roster of Prime Exclusive phones
Amazon announced today that the Alcatel A30 and Moto G5 Plus are joining its roster of ad-subsidized Prime Exclusive smartphones. These two phones will be joining a handful of others in the program — the BLU R1 HD, Moto G4 and Moto G4 Play. Amazon Prime members will see discounts on the Alcatel A30 and […] Come comment on this article: Alcatel A30, Moto G5 Plus join Amazon’s roster of Prime Exclusive phones
2017/03/25 00:43 TalkAndroid
No, Microsoft isn’t spying on everything you type in Windows 10
Microsoft’s Windows 10 might've been good enough to make people forget about Windows 8, but it really didn’t impress when it comes to privacy protection. Thankfully, the company has taken various steps since then to ensure that users can guard all the different aspects of their Windows 10 experience and tweak privacy settings as they see fit. Of course, Microsoft can probably do an even better job to make sure nobody accuses it of privacy missteps in the future when it comes to its extensive data collection practices. But the company is probably not spying on everything you type while using your Windows 10 computer with the built-in keylogger. Yes, there is a built-in keylogger inside Windows 10 that’s supposed to help Microsoft improve typing experiences for Windows users. “Send Microsoft info about how I write to help us improve typing and writing in the future,” the settings says. In a FAQ, Microsoft explains that it’s collecting keystrokes to improve handwriting and pronunciation recognition, not to monitor everything you do. It appears that said setting caused some commotion over on Reddit recently. According to Myce, some users found that turning the setting off doesn’t work, as Windows 10 turns it back on. Myce has not replicated the issue, however. That said, if you want to turn off the feature yourself, go to Start, Settings, Privacy, General, and disable the feature right there.
2017/03/24 22:56 BGR
Google partners with Howard University in an effort to recruit more black engineers
Juniors and seniors enrolled in Howard University's computer science program can study for three months at the newly dubbed "Howard West." Technology has always had a diversity issue. But rather than relegate to the way things appear to be, some technology companies are instead electing to invest in changing the status quo. Google has been particularly active in its initiatives. The company announced that it's partnered with Howard University to launch a school branch on its Mountain View campus, dubbed "Howard West." Students who are chosen for the program will have a chance to learn from Google's own engineers and technologists for three months. They'll receive a stipend to help cover housing and other expenses they might incur living in the statistically pricey Silicon Valley. Students will also earn school credit towards their degree. "Howard West is now the centerpiece of Google's effort to recruit more black software engineers from historically black colleges and universitie...
2017/03/24 22:19 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Facebook is testing out animated GIFs for comments in its Android app
The social network finally gives in to what the people really want. The GIF is alive and well, folks, and it appears Facebook has finally caught on to its ubiquity. The social network is officially exploring its relationship with these animated images. It will soon begin testing the ability to add GIFs to comments in your feed. In an email to TechCrunch, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed the addition of animated GIFs: Everyone loves a good GIF and we know that people want to be able to use them in comments. So we're about to start testing the ability to add GIFs to comments and we'll share more when we can, but for now we repeat that this is just a test. Those of you with poor internet connections or slower computers, you don't have to worry too much. Facebook won't allow embedded GIFs in the main feel; they'll be ostensibly limited to use as reactions to main posts. The company wants to avoid the images become distractive, or disruptive to the main news feed. But at the sam...
2017/03/24 22:17 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
There’s officially a whole new kind of cloud
How many different kinds of clouds can you name? Zero? Great, that means we're on the same page. Sure you might rattle off some science-sounding words while pointing to a white blob in the sky in a feeble effort to appear intelligent every now and again, but you don't really know what they are, right? That is, unless you're a meteorologist or hobbyist skywatcher, in which case you can probably rattle off quite a few. If that sounds like you, it's time to get studying, because there's a whole new type of cloud to add to your knowledge base. Today, for the first time since 1987, the World Meteorological Organization is releasing an updated version of its International Cloud Atlas, which it calls "the single most authoritative and comprehensive reference for identifying clouds." That's some pretty serious stuff, and the ICA is used by everyone from pilots to weather reporters as the end-all, be-all guide to those big fluffy balls of water vapor we call clouds. Of particular interest in the newly updated atlas is an all new classification of cloud called "asperitas." Asperitas clouds are those eye-catching, lumpy blanket type clouds that appear both ominous and interesting at the same time. The World Meteorological Organization describes them thusly: Asperitas is characterized by localized waves in the cloud base, either smooth or dappled with smaller features, sometimes descending into sharp points, as if viewing a roughened sea surface from below. Varying levels of illumination and thickness of the cloud can lead to dramatic visual effects. Now quick, go impress your friends with your new cloud knowledge before you completely forget it.
2017/03/24 22:17 BGR
Watch: Samsung Galaxy S8 vs the competition in size comparison video
The Galaxy S8 is shaping up to be a device like no other. The phone's tiny bezels give the phone a unique aspect ratio and if you were curious to see how the phone would compare in size against the competition, a new video is giving us a look.
2017/03/24 22:13 Phandroid
Only three days left to snag gift bag with purchase of Ulefone Power 2
There are only a few days left to go before until Ulefone’s latest unlocked phone, the Power 2, goes on sale. Along those lines, this means there’s only a couple of of days left to take advantage of the pre-sale gift bag. Worth $40, the bundle includes a tempered glass screen protector, protective case, and […]
2017/03/24 22:00 AndroidGuys
T-Mobile upgrades their network with phone scam protection
T-Mobile is rolling out a couple of new features for all customers on their network today in an effort to help cut down on spam and scam calls. Bonus points, this should also help slim down the number of customers that are cheated out of money from these scams, which reportedly costs Americans millions of […] Come comment on this article: T-Mobile upgrades their network with phone scam protection
2017/03/24 22:00 TalkAndroid
This glass tabletop fireplace is the coolest damn thing I’ve seen in a long time
Every once in a while we come across something on Amazon that's so cool, we have to share it with our readers even though it's not necessarily on sale. Such is the case with the Nu-Flame Irradia Tabletop Fireplace, which is easily the most unique and interesting indoor or outdoor home decor piece we've happened upon in a long it. This nifty little fireplace consists of a stainless steel burner sandwiched between two square sheets of glass, and it burns for hours at a time to set the perfect mood. Check out this video of the Nu-Flame Irradia Tabletop Fireplace in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rbscfc788aI And here are some highlights from the product page: All Nu-Flame fireplace feature tempered glass for safety .0.8-Liter capacity burner Quality heavy stainless steel linear burner Ships with snuffer tool Burns clean liquid nu-flame bio-ethanol fuel Lastly, here are two options for fuel:
2017/03/24 21:38 BGR
Google reportedly working on a social app for group photo editing
Here’s what the Android Wear 2.0-based Movado Group smartwatches will look like
Watch someone type on the Samsung Galaxy S8
The clock is ticking. The leaks keep coming. It’s not too common for a device to be exposed on video, but an individual managed to get their hands on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and recorded a touch sensitivity test. It’s a captivating 9-second clip. Here’s the video: Tap, tap, tap Alright, so this is a […] Come comment on this article: Watch someone type on the Samsung Galaxy S8
2017/03/24 21:10 TalkAndroid
10 movies and shows you should watch on Netflix before they expire next week
Over the past few months, we've been helping you decide which movies to watch before they get removed from Netflix, but this month, we're mixing it up a bit. Rather than just put movies on the list, we've included a number of television shows as well. Obviously, you'll be hard-pressed to watch multiple TV series before April 1st, but the shows leaving the streaming service are of a high enough profile that we would be remiss if we didn't highlight the fact that they won't be available next month. As we mentioned in our post covering all of the movies and shows that will be departing the service in April, Joss Whedon fans are going to be especially devastated, as virtually every TV show he has ever worked on will be taken off of Netflix. That includes Buffy the Vampire Slayer, its spin-off Angel, the beloved Firefly and the short-lived Dollhouse, which was canceled just as it was beginning to hit its stride. Other notable removals include all nine seasons of The X-Files, Bones (starring Buffy alum David Boreanaz), popular medical drama House and some movies that you might have on your queue: Angel: Seasons 1 – 5 Bones: Seasons 1 – 4 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Seasons 1 – 7 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Firefly House, M.D.: Seasons 1 – 8 Superman II The Princess Bride The Usual Suspects The X-Files: Seasons 1 – 9 The list of removals for April isn't especially long, but the content being removed is noteworthy. If you want to watch any of these shows or movies for the first time, or one last time, you'll need to act fast.
2017/03/24 21:05 BGR
Nintendo highlights the new characters and items in ‘Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’
While Nintendo Switch owners are anxious to get their hands on Splatoon 2 this summer and Super Mario Odyssey in the fall, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will be the first major release for the Switch outside of the launch window next month. Despite the fact that it's a remastered version of a 3-year-old Wii U game, it's still generating buzz from Nintendo fans, especially those who missed out on it the first time around. This week, Nintendo of Japan launched its website for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, sharing never-before-seen screenshots and highlighting the new characters and items that will make their debut in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. First, let's take a look at the full roster of characters that will appear in the Deluxe edition of the game: As you can see, there will be 42 playable characters in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. This includes the six characters that were introduced in the DLC for Mario Kart 8 as well as five characters that didn't appear in the original game: King Boo, Dry Bones, Bowser Jr., Inkling Girl and Inkling Boy. If you aren't familiar with those characters, just look for the faces in the image above with a "New!" speech bubble floating next to them. The Nintendo of Japan site also shows off all of the items that will be featured in the game: In addition to the 21 items that appeared in Mario Kart 8, the Deluxe edition will also bring back two popular items from previous games in the Mario Kart franchise: Boo, which steals items from other racers, and the Feather, which allows racers to jump above obstacles in the game's new and improved battle mode. While remasters and remakes aren't always worth getting excited about, Mario Kart 8 might benefit immensely from a second edition. The Wii U game was so close to being great, but fell short in a few key areas that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe appears to solve, especially when it comes to the battle mode. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will be available for the Nintendo Switch on April 28th. If you want to save a few bucks, you can preorder the game from Amazon right now and save 20% on the retail price which it ships.
2017/03/24 20:36 BGR
Movado-made smartwatches for Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger are official
High-end smartwatches from two high-end brands are coming this fall, and they’re both created by an experienced watchmaker. Movado revealed earlier this month that, in addition to its Connect collection, it would produce two smartwatches on behalf of two outside brands. Now they’re official. The Hugo Boss Touch and Tommy Hilfiger TH24/7You were announced today […] Come comment on this article: Movado-made smartwatches for Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger are official
2017/03/24 20:16 TalkAndroid
Android Wear 2.0 watches from Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger and Movado are coming and they look fantastic
The 2017 Android Wear watch line-up is looking good! If you want your smartwatch to look good while it's doing all the cool things on your wrist, you're going to love what we're seeing from the Baselworld 2017 watch show. Courtesy of the @AndroidWear Twitter account we get a first look at watches from Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger, and Movado that look nothing like any Android Wear 2 watch we've seen before. Movado has a teaser for the Movado Connect at their website, and we see that the men's version is coming this fall with five bracelet styles. No word on a ladies model or any pricing, but they do tell us to expect over 100 different dial styles. This fall, Movado will introduce a touchscreen smartwatch that brings midcentury modern design into the new millennium with cutting-edge technology. One of the first watches designed specifically for Android Wear 2.0, this smartwatch features over 100 fascinating dial variations. Each dial explores Movado's iconic single dot design ...
2017/03/24 20:12 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
This rogue black hole is flying through space, eating everything in its path
Supermassive black holes are one of the scariest, most destructive and utterly intimidating forces in the universe, but the good news is that they usually don't do a whole lot of moving around. They often reside at the center of large galaxies, like our own Milky Way, with a gravitational pull keeps us all swirling around it. So what could be more frightening than a stationary black hole? How about one that is flying through space like a colossal vacuum, sucking up whatever it happens upon? Astronomers think they've spotted one doing exactly that. Researchers using the ever reliable Hubble Space Telescope compiled data gathered by the device and compared it with readings from the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, all of which support the theory that the supermassive black hole at the center of quasar 3C 186 has gone rogue. The quasar — which is the cloud of gas and material surrounding a black hole — was spotted a significant distance from the center of the galaxy it is believed to have helped form, meaning that some extremely powerful force has caused it to fly free. Using the positional readings of the quasar the scientists were able to calculate an estimated speed that they believe the black hole is moving, and it's pretty insane. The giant celestial object is cruising along at a breakneck speed of approximately 4.7 million miles per hour. If we were able to travel at that speed, astronauts could travel from Earth to Mars in just over seven hours. Thankfully, space is big, and the rogue black hole doesn't pose any immediate threat to our own galaxy. At least for now.
2017/03/24 20:11 BGR
Tommy Hilfiger 'TH24/7You' wins the award for worst name for an upcoming Wear device
Who would have thought Baseworld 2017 would be such a hotbed of smartwatch news? This appears to be the year traditional fashion brands hop on the Android Wear bandwagon in a big way. The latest addition is Tommy Hilfiger and the TH24/7You. Yes, that's really the name, and yes, it's terrible. So, what do we know about this watch? Well, we know that it exists (or will exist) and that it has a bad name.
2017/03/24 20:06 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Google Talk in Gmail to shut down services on June 26
Gear Up: Unitek charging and productivity accessories
Do you live in a house with multiple smartphone users? Or, maybe you own a handful of devices that need charged via USB. It’s not uncommon to have a tablet, smartwatch, digital camera, Fire TV remote, phone, Kindle, etc. It isn’t hard to find yourself with more than a few things fighting for the plus […]
2017/03/24 20:00 AndroidGuys
Nokia confirms global launch for upcoming Android phones
Nokia’s upcoming lineup of Android phones may not be a dream come true for Android enthusiasts, since even the highest end Nokia 6 is a mid-range device, but it’s a solid line of devices we were hoping to see here in the US. Fortunately, Nokia has now confirmed that the whole [...]
2017/03/24 19:52 Android and Me
Top 5 Android Apps & Games of the Week (March 24, 2017)
Elon Musk talks about new Tesla vehicles in latest tweetstorm
Following a strategy Tesla has previously implemented with great success, Elon Musk took to Twitter earlier today and said that the company is planning to release a performance model of the Model 3 in about a year. Musk's revelation came shortly after the CEO tempered expectations for the company's mass market EV, noting that it won't feature the same level of performance and type of features already available on the Model S. That aside, word that Tesla has a performance version of the Model 3 should be encouraging for users who want to enjoy the raw performance and acceleration Tesla is known for without having to splurge for the pricier Model S. Musk's tweet reads: https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/845293157977767937 But Musk wasn't done tweeting, later relaying that the Model 3 will feature a 75kWh battery pack. https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/845325721455149056 Following that, someone asked Musk if the upcoming Model 3 would have more range than the Chevy Volt, prompting a rather coy and yet telling response from Musk. https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/845331893176324096 There's no official word yet on what the Model 3's range will be, but it's worth noting that the Chevy Bolt offers users 238 miles of range on a single charge. And last but not least, Musk earlier on in the tweetstorm fielded a question about a crossover version of the Model 3, a vehicle already known as the Model Y. Musk indicated that the Model Y is very much on Tesla's roadmap but that we might have to wait a few years before it ultimately sees the light of day. https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/845281547368349696
2017/03/24 19:46 BGR
Hugo Boss reveals its first Android Wear watch, the Touch
So it turns out that there's this big watch convention thing going on in Switzerland (hint: we didn't go), where a lot of smartwatches have debuted. Baselworld 2017 has been a hub of timepiece activity, with us seeing plenty of new entrants into the Android Wear fold. One of these is Hugo Boss with the Touch. At first glance, the Touch looks pretty traditional. Most of the new Wear devices announced lately have been too sporty for my taste, but I like the look of this one.
2017/03/24 19:45 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Google Talk is officially being shut down today
Twitter is trying to fight Google, Amazon, and Facebook from stealing NFL games
The NFL is letting another bidding war occur for access to its content. Every time the NFL puts streaming rights up for grabs, the biggest companies in consumer technology immediately rush to hold conversations with the league. We’ve seen it before. We’re seeing it again. The NFL, according to Recode, has received proposals from multiple […] Come comment on this article: Twitter is trying to fight Google, Amazon, and Facebook from stealing NFL games
2017/03/24 19:26 TalkAndroid
Pre-order Minecraft: Story Mode for the Nintendo Switch right now on Amazon and save 20%
Ladies and gentlemen... boys and girls... it's finally happening: Minecraft: Story Mode is coming to the Nintendo Switch! The Switch is a smash hit for Nintendo, but it's also in desperate need of more games. The biggest launch coming in the near future is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — which you can also preorder on Amazon and save 20% — which will be released next month. Soon after that, however, Minecraft fans will get the game they've been waiting for and they can preorder it right now to save 20% off the regular price. This offer is open to all Amazon Prime subscribers, and the discount will be applied automatically. Even if you're not a Prime subscriber though, you can still get in on the action. All you need to do is sign up for a free 30-day Prime trial right here and you can score the discount. While you're at it, you can also save 20% on every other Switch game out right now, and every hot Switch game set to be released later this year. Here are some key details about Minecraft: Story Mode: Created by award-winning adventure game powerhouse Telltale Games, in partnership with Minecraft creators, Mojang. You will drive the story through the decisions you make: what you say to people (and how you say it), and what you choose to do in moments of thrilling action will make this YOUR story. All eight episodes in the series on one disc for the first time, all five episodes of Season One and all three episodes of the Adventure Pass.
2017/03/24 19:21 BGR
Watchmaker Movado announces the Connect, coming this fall for $495
The minimalist American watchmaker Movado announced a few weeks ago it was going to release an Android Wear watch, but it neglected to offer up any pictures of the device. Now it's officially unveiled. The Movado Connect looks exactly how you'd expect a smartwatch from Movado to look. The announcement was made at Baseworld 2017, but there aren't a lot of details right now. It has an edge-to-edge crystal face with an always-on display (that could mean AMOLED).
2017/03/24 19:15 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Mint SIM vs. MetroPCS: Which is better for you?
How does Mint SIM stack up against MetroPCS? Here's our comparison! Mint SIM and MetroPCS are both mobile virtual network operators — MVNOs for short. They're known as alternative carriers, offering consumers choices beyond the Big Four (AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint). Switching to an MVNO can save you money because they simply lease coverage from one of the larger networks and resell it to customers. Plans are often prepaid, so you don't have to worry about overages. Let's take a look at two major players — Mint SIM and MetroPCS — and see how they compare to one another. Mint SIM background MetroPCS background Mint SIM plans MetroPCS plans Best phones available from MetroPCS Which should you go with? Mint SIM background Who owns it? Ultra Mobile Which network does it use? T-Mobile 4G LTE How long has it been around? Since 2016 Tethering allowed? No Cheapest plan: $35 for 1 month: 2GB 4G LTE, unlimited nationwide talk, text, and 2G data MetroPCS ...
2017/03/24 19:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 gets the beauty treatment with official launch trailer
Designer recounts horrible experience with Apple’s brand new MacBook Pro
When Apple released its revamped MacBook Pro lineup last year, it wasn't exactly greeted warmly by developers and creative professionals. Amid a flurry of complaints, many in the Mac community were specifically underwhelmed by the MacBook Pro's new Touch Bar, and more broadly, by a machine that they were quick to categorize as under-powered and overpriced. Additionally, many lamented a 16GB limit on RAM and the removal of the beloved MagSafe connector. While most of the criticisms regarding Apple's new MacBook Pro have seemingly died down over the past few months, designer Brad Frost a few days ago penned an interesting post detailing his own experience with Apple's flagship notebook. Suffice it to say, Frost's take on the MacBook Pro is anything but positive. While Frost does find some things to like about the new MacBook Pro -- Touch ID for example -- he found the overall user experience to be less than ideal and far below Apple's traditional standard of excellence. With respect to the ballyhooed Touch Bar, for instance, Frost relays that he has found the feature to be "extremely glitchy" and -- arguably more worrisome -- rather lacking in utility. As for other problems he encountered with the machine, Frost writes: This is the glitchiest computer I’ve ever owned. I don’t know if it’s hardware related, software related, or some combination of the two. As I’m writing this, my audio won’t work. “Internal speakers” doesn’t show up at all as an available Output Device option. Fun! Last night when visiting my family I tried to play my mom an MP4 video from vacation. QuickTime wouldn’t play it. I downloaded VLC and it played just fine. I attended a workshop, and my computer simply wouldn’t start up (!). It just sat there with a black screen and showed no sign of life (they did away with the MagSafe power cord that has a little power charging indicator). Thankfully and bizarrely, after 15 minutes it decided to power on all on its own, without me even touching it. While any new Mac release is bound to draw a rash of initial criticisms, Frost's write-up is particularly worth checking out because he writes from the perspective of someone who was actually trying to give Apple the benefit of the doubt.
2017/03/24 18:56 BGR
T-Mobile announces free, automatic scam call blocking
We've all been there—an unfamiliar number appears on your caller ID and you wonder if it's a scammer offering to lower your bills by a zillion dollars or send you on a totally legit free vacation. T-Mobile subscribers are about to get a little more peace of mind when phone calls come in. The carrier is set to roll out network-level technology to identify and block scam calls, and there's no added cost for customers.
2017/03/24 18:47 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Bluboo to offer $3.28 phones on March 28 in Snap Deal promotion
If you’re on the hunt for a dirt cheap smartphone? Bluboo has your back. Next week finds the handset maker kicking off a Snap Deal promotion which includes phones as low as $3.28. Starting from March 28, you’ll be able to get devices at steep discounts. The Bluboo Dual, one of its newest models, can […]
2017/03/24 18:41 AndroidGuys
10 Hottest Android Stories This Week (March 24th)
[Deal] Best Buy takes 75% off an Incipio case for the Moto G5 Plus
The phone itself isn’t discounted, but a case for the Moto G5 Plus is being included for almost nothing at all. Best Buy, one of Lenovo’s strongest retail partners, is hosting a promotion that takes 75% off an Incipio case for the Moto G5 Plus that’s being released on March 31. All you have to […] Come comment on this article: [Deal] Best Buy takes 75% off an Incipio case for the Moto G5 Plus
2017/03/24 18:34 TalkAndroid
Fossil continues trying to sell smartwatches to the mainstream with new product lineup
Fossil's new hybrid and touchscreen smartwatches combine stylish design with the powerful features of Android Wear 2.0. Fossil was one of the first watchmakers to get in on the smartwatch game, releasing its first attempt, the Fossil Q Founder back in 2015. More recently, its second-generation smartwatches were upgraded to Android Wear 2.0, giving them most of the same functionality as the new LG Watch Sport — excluding the hardware limitations. This week, at the Baselworld watch and jewellery conference in Switzerland, Fossil revealed a slew of new watch styles for 2017, all running on the latest Android Wear 2.0. First, there's the new touchscreen watches, the 42mm diameter Q Venture and 44mm diameter Q Explorist. The new watches feature Fossil's first ever round touchscreen, offering a much more cohesive look. Both run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor and 4GB of built-in memory along with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity and an improved magnetic charger. Runni...
2017/03/24 18:31 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
‘Power Rangers’ review: Mighty morphin’ fun, but deeply conflicted
Go go Power Rangers! Everyone's favorite teenagers with attitude are back in a shiny new reboot. Does this modern adaptation recapture the heart of the beloved mid-90s TV show? For the most part, Power Rangers is a really fun time at the cinema. From top to bottom, the film and its cast is dripping with charisma and chemistry, which is impressive amongst a group of relatively unknown young actors. The action and effects are also, for the most part, well helmed. The problem with this film is that it can't decide if it want to abandon its heritage or embrace it. When it tries to blend the over-the-top nature of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV show with the character drama its establishing, it ultimately drags the film below the heights it could have reached if had chosen one of the two paths. Still, for lifelong fans of the franchise, there's a lot to love here. This film tells the story of five misfit teens from the small town of Angel Grove who are called to become the protectors of life on Earth known as the Power Rangers. Jason Scott (Dacre Montgomery) is the star quarterback of their local high school who finds himself in detention, as well as legal trouble after a dumb prank goes wrong. Billy Cranston (RJ Cyler) is an intelligent and earnest kid who struggles with autism and the loss of his father. Kimberly Hart (Naomi Scott) is a cheerleader who finds herself in the middle of a serious cyber bullying incident that lands her in detention with both Jason and Billy. There's also Zack (Ludi Lin), an adventurous and wild kid who skips out on school more often than not, and Trini (Becky G.), a quiet loner who feels that she has to hide her true self from everyone, including her family. Through a series of events sparked by Jason and Billy, all five kids stumble on mystical power coins that give each of them special abilities. Soon after they find themselves on a wrecked spaceship that belonged to the original Red Ranger, Zordon (Bryan Cranston). With the help of Zordon's robot assistant Alpha 5 (Bill Hader), the group communicates with the essence of Zordon, as a giant face, and unravel their newfound destiny. The characters, and their actors are really the standouts here. Jason and Kimberly are portrayed as convincing romantic leads that are each struggling with their own personal issues, lending to some well-written back and forth between them. However, the true showstopper is RJ Cyler as Billy Cranston. Not only is he given the most comedic material to work with, he portrays a kid struggling with a disability and the loss of his father with dramatic heft and weight. If the chemistry onscreen ever began to feel stale, the film would wisely put Billy in the spotlight to wake the audience back up. Bryan Cranston is, well Bryan Cranston. He brings gravity to every role he's cast in, and the giant floating head/leader of the Power Rangers is no exception. He's not given a ton to do, for obvious reasons, but his resonate voice and presence made him the perfect choice for a character that could have easily been the laughing-stock of the film in lesser hands. His faithful robot assistant, voiced brilliantly by Bill Hader, is a much less annoying version of its TV show counterpart and serves as a nice sprinkle of pure levity throughout. The problem is that there really are two movies playing out at once in Saban's Power Rangers; one is a grounded teenage drama, the other is an updated version of the gloriously cheesy 90's TV show. When the two parts begin to intermingle, it feels more like they're fighting each other, rather than ever becoming one cohesive unit. Eventually I was left with the sense that the film would have been better off picking a door and walking through it, rather than trying to have its cake and eat it too. The perfect example of clashing tones is in Elizabeth Bank's portrayal of Rita Repulsa. Although I personally would have preferred for Power Rangers to embrace its over-the-top heritage from the get-go, the film sets up a fairly grounded origin story; as grounded as five teens finding magical super rocks and training with a floating head can be. Once Rita shows up in her full regalia and begins constructing Goldar, a giant monster made of molten gold, any semblance of realism flies out the window. On its own, this really isn't a problem at all. Elizabeth Banks brings a surprising dose of fun and maniacal evil to the role and truly embraces the spirit of the 90's TV show. The problem is that once you've set up a semi-gritty origin story that's (loosely) grounded in reality, Rita Repulsa feels completely out of left field and highlights the conflicting tones the movie is putting off. If the film was ultimately going to wind up being the Rangers in Zords fighting Goldar and Putties with a ripping guitar solo in the background, I wish it would have leaned into that from the beginning instead of pushing it off into the last act. Cut to the chase Power Rangers struggles between two conflicting visions: being a grounded, character-driven origin story and paying direct homage to the source material. When the film focuses on one of its two paths, fans are treated to a rambunctious and well-made adventure at the movie theater. When it tries to blend them, the whole is unfortunately not greater than the sum of its parts. Still, there's enough for fans and newbies alike to enjoy here and Power Rangers is ultimately a mighty morphin' good time. BGR Grade: B-
2017/03/24 18:31 BGR
Lenovo’s Moto G5 Plus goes up for pre-order in the U.S.
Lenovo’s Moto G5 Plus, which will likely end up being 2017’s best mid-range phone, just went up for pre-order in the United States. It’s the phone to buy if you’re looking to unchain yourself from carriers while not spending a fortune. The Moto G5 Plus continues the series’ path to success by offering average-yet-admirable specifications […] Come comment on this article: Lenovo’s Moto G5 Plus goes up for pre-order in the U.S.
2017/03/24 18:16 TalkAndroid
Wikibuy is a game changer for saving money online. Here’s why you need it
8 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today
You've managed to survive another week, Apple fans, and we're here to reward you with one last post covering paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free. Today's post includes one of our favorite iOS utilities, Magic Launcher Pro, as well as several other solid freebies. Don't miss out! 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. Magic Launcher Pro Normally $2.99. Magic Launcher is the only Today Widget App Launcher you will ever need, with the ability to launch more than 100,000 apps and actions from the Today Widget in the Notification Center it makes using your iPhone or iPad even easier! Launch calls, texts and more with your friends in one swipe and tap with our Magic Contact launchers and our Quick Access actions allow you to manage your phone settings with a tap of a button. Features Include: - Unlimited capabilities for launching apps and actions with more than 100,000 apps including all top apps such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat all in your Notification Center - Dynamic Launcher makes your smartphone smarter: Dynamic Launcher is an intelligent launcher that gives you the right apps and settings at the right moments throughout your day. - Design your own Launcher layout including modifications for icon size, text and shape - Magic Contact allows instant contact via Call, Messages (SMS), FaceTime, FaceTime Audio, Mail and Telegram! - A huge set of Magic Launchers including Google Search, Wiki Search, Weather, Clock, Clipboard search, Clipboard clear, automatic Tweet/Facebook post latest photo, Battery monitor and much more! - Manage Settings, quickly turn on/off WiFi, 3G, Bluetooth, Location services and more - Widget Scheduling allows you to automatically show & hide widgets depending on time or location - Have multiple Launchers for various functions - Universal app works on iPhone and iPad with support for iOS 8, iOS 9 & 3D-Touch - iCloud Backup and Restore - Multiple language support - Request additional apps via our request form - And so much more... Download Magic Launcher Pro Molight Normally $0.99. Molight is a filter app that lets you capture the feel of five music genres ( Classic, Jazz, Blues, Fork, Pop ) into your photos. Make your photos look great with the unique feel of each music genre. • Calm black and white filters CLASSIC • Attractive filter with light feel JAZZ • Vintage colors in the 70's BLUES • Stylish and dreamy Nordic feeling FOLK • A slightly exaggerated but intense POP + Launch the app to quickly access camera roll photos. + You can easily select the picture to edit by previewing the picture. + You can adjust the intensity of the filter by genre. + In addition, you can fine-tune various items such as contrast, saturation, and temperature. + You can select the resolution of the photo to export after editing. + In-app purchases allow you to install more filters for each genre. Follow Instagram @molightapp and watch some great photos from around the world. Download Molight Air Dialer Normally $0.99. Air Dialer is Fastest & Easiest Dial Phone Widget whenever you use it. Features: ● Widget Speed Dial ● Search for a exact telephone number with T9 keypad 1. Enter alphabet or telephone number 2. Slide on both sides ● Easy Speed Dial - You can register and use a Air Dialer simply. ● One Hand mode ● Smarter dial whenever you use it - Your favorite telephone number is first viewed when searching - Priority of Searching : Most frequently used contact > Short name contact > Contact with a photo registered Download Air Dialer Jotalicious Normally $0.99. Jotalicious is a beautifully-designed shopping assistant that turns plain text lists into color-coded checklists of awesome. It works the way a shopping assistant on your phone should – you create lists just like you are jotting a note to yourself and Jotalicious organizes your lists into sortable, taggable checklists. When Jotalicious finds the name of a place next to an item in your list – for example, "Fresh Herbs @Farmers Market" – it automatically tags and adds the item to a virtual shopping list for that place too. If typing is just too old school for you, use your device's voice dictation* feature to speak your lists into Jotalicious – say the phrase, "New Line" to separate each item on your list and Jotalicious does the rest. It's good to share, and with Jotalicious it's even better. Jotalicious is on the spot with AirDrop, AirPrint, text message, and email sharing support. You can send text copies of your lists to anyone or you can share a "jot", which can be imported, complete with tags, by other Jotalicious users. And all of those text lists people send you – or lists you find on your favorite blog or elsewhere – can be pasted into Jotalicious to create new lists effortlessly – just copy text and paste awesome! Jotalicious is shopping list bliss – after you dictate, paste, or jot your first list, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it. Download Jotalicious iCarConnect Normally $1.99. iOS in the Car is here in your hands! With iCarConnect driving has never been so safe and pleasant! Optimized for iOS7 is the perfect app to accompany you while driving. Feature-rich, customizable, with a simple and appealing interface. iCarConnect is divided into various screens customizable in the order and graphics. HOME: • Customizable background color by scrolling in horizontal the finger on the screen • Display currently playing song • Date and time • Outside temperature and climate * • SMS button to send a text message quick choice between three favorite contacts • Torch button to help you see in the dark in case of need • Wallpaper button to personalize iCarConnect ** • Menu button to access help and settings • Hide interface by scrolling in vertical the finger on the screen • Start/Stop the music by touching the screen with two fingers. Skip to the Next/Previous song by sliding two fingers horizontally on the display MUSIC: • Comfortable interface designed for in-car use • Practical access to your music library where you can choose between songs, playlists, genres, albums, artists, etc. .. • Shuffle button to listen to songs randomly WEBRADIO: • Listen the best radio in the world * • Large list of international web radio • Add your radio, and save your favorites YOUTUBE: • Entertain your passengers * • See video from all over the world and listen to your audio system • Display video full screen • Buttons back/next for easy browsing of pages • Share favorite videos on Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc. ... MAPS: • Search and easily reach a location with 3D Turn by Turn Navigation * • Viewing standard, satellite and hybrid • Detailed information on the position in which we find ourselves • Rescue and recovery position car (Car finder) PHONE: • Large keys for type with safe the number to call • Speed dials to three default contacts • Go quickly to your personal address book with a button and select a contact to call INTERNET: • Need to quickly find information? Help yourself with the new integrated web browser! * SHARE: • Long list of states populated with information about the music being played, temperature, position, etc. ... * • Select the status you want and share it on Facebook, Twitter, Mail, SMS. FEEDRSS: • Stay informed * • Receive news from around the world • Create your own list of your favorite sites Download iCarConnect Madhat Normally $0.99. We believe that everyone is inherently creative. Madhat was created to help people express themselves in amazing ways, whenever and wherever! With Madhat you can turn your photos into videos by animating and playing back your doodles on photos in amazing ways! Then, send your Madhats to friends for them to remix what you've created! Or share your Madhats through the social network or messaging app of your choice! Features: - Take a photo or select one from your photo album - Doodle on photos with a beautiful color palette and brush thickness controls - Animate doodle-draw-back in amazing ways! - Send your Madhats to your friends to be remix - “Live playback” and “Album” library views - Drag to reorder layers of animation - Export your Madhats to video - Share Madhats on the social network or messaging app of your choice - Save your Madhats forever! Madhat us on Instagram @madhatapp #madhatapp Download Madhat Audio Recorder Normally $2.99. Support for audio translation for text, export, and other powerful recording! 【Recording to Text】 Support for audio files to text (support for multiple languages), very accurate! 【Export recording】 Support iTunes and mail two ways to export the recording file, a complete record, convenient and quick! 【Copy】 Provide a variety of translation, support the translation of all translation results! 【Powerful】 Sound processing, sub-recording, pause / continue recording, restore the true sound quality! 【management】 Support to delete, modify the recording! Download Audio Recorder One Second App Normally $2.99. One Second App is a business watch that can help to control working hours and earned money. The program is ideal for designers, developers, planners, trainers, psychologists, tutors, consultants, taxi drivers and many other people whose work is calculated based on the cost of an hour. One Second App - time is worth more. Download One Second App
2017/03/24 18:06 BGR
Best Micro-USB cables
Wherein we help you pick a great Micro-USB cable. Whether you have a smartphone, tablet or wearable, odds are that you've got a Micro-USB cable (or three) laying around. They're ubiquitous. Just in case you don't, here are some of our favorites. EZOPower Micro-USB cable ReTrak Premier Series Retractable Micro-USB cable Anker 10-foot Nylon Braided Micro-USB cable Monoprice Premium Micro-USB cable Anker PowerLine Micro-USB cable EZOPower Micro-USB cable If you need a longer yet inexpensive Micro-USB cable, the EZOPower Micro-USB cable works very well. It's six feet long, so you have plenty of length to play with, whether you're charging your phone in your car or at home. With charging speeds of 2.1A, you'll top up your battery in no time at all. Additionally, with its data transfer rate of 480Mbps, you can sync music or other files from your computer to your phone in seconds. See at Amazon ReTrak Premier Series Retractable Micro-USB cable If you're tired of dealing wit...
2017/03/24 18:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Capcom’s arcade classic Wolf of the BF:Commando launched for Android
Google is retiring Google Talk for good, also shutting down several Gmail Labs
Before there was Allo and Duo, before Hangouts was unveiled, there was Google Talk. In some ways, it was better than the Hangouts platform that replaced it. Talk had a real desktop app, and if you didn't like it, you could use any XMPP client to communicate. You could even send messages to users on other XMPP-powered services - a huge difference from today's proprietary messaging services. Google Talk was ultimately updated to Hangouts in 2013, but some of Google Talk's services still remained active. Today, Google announced in a blog post that the remains of Talk is being completely shut down.
2017/03/24 17:46 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
T-Mobile introduces new features to combat phone scammers
Every year, phone scammers come up with new and creative ways to bilk individuals out of their hard-earned money. From calling up folks and pretending to be IRS agents to robocalling every permutation of phone number possible with promises of easy money, the variety of different phone scams seems to increase significantly with each passing year. In an effort to help alleviate the problem, and in an effort to keep pace with top rival AT&T, T-Mobile earlier today announced two new features designed to stop phone scammers in their tracks. The first is Scam ID, a technology which will automatically inform users when an incoming call is likely to be a phone scam. The second feature is called Scam Block which, as the name implies, will prevent likely scam calls from even going through in the first place. "Scam ID and Scam Block are powered by patent-pending technology built right into the Un-carrier’s advanced network," T-Mobile said in a press release, "which also means scam blocking works on every single phone on T-Mobile’s network." The features go live today and are certainly worth taking advantage of, especially as phone scammers come up with increasingly clever ways to trick unsuspecting users on the other end of the line. As for how T-Mobile's scam-blocking technology works, the company explains: Every time someone calls a T-Mobile customer, as soon as that call reaches the T-Mobile network, patent-pending technology analyzes it – in milliseconds – against an advanced global database of tens of thousands of known scammer numbers. The database is kept up-to-date in near real-time by analyzing every call that comes into the network with behavioral heuristics and intelligent scam pattern detection. When a match is found, the T-Mobile network tags the incoming call and warns the customer that it’s likely from a scammer. Because of the way T-Mobile’s network manages voice traffic, the Un-carrier is capable of analyzing every call to identify and block scammers. Conveniently, users have the ability to toggle between Scam Block and Scam ID as they see fit. T-Mobile says that the features will begin rolling out to subscribers today, with T-Mobile ONE users getting early access to the scam blocking tools. New T-Mobile ONE customers will automatically get Scam ID beginning April 5. T-Mobile postpaid customers can also enable Scam ID for themselves beginning April 5 by dialing #ONI# (#664#) and pressing the call button in their phone’s dialer. To turn on Scam Block, customers can dial #ONB# (#662#) or, to turn it off, dial #OFB# (#632#). To check whether Scam Block is on or off, customers can dial #STS# (#787#). It's unfortunate that phone scams are still as lucrative as they are, but it's nice to see T-Mobile step up to the plate and try and eradicate it.
2017/03/24 17:41 BGR
Here are all 137 new emoji that could hit iPhone and Android this summer
With hundreds and hundreds of emoji already in existence it's a wonder any of us even bother to use actual words anymore. Apparently there just aren't enough of the quirky little icons to depict every possible emotion, object, and idea, so the emoji big shots at the Unicode Consortium decided we need a bunch more. The group has proposed 137 new icons — some of which are altered or updated versions of existing emoji — which it is planning on adding when the Unicode 10 update launches later this year, and here they are. The images below were created by Emojipedia, which created them based on their Unicode descriptions, and since each vendor decides how an emoji will look on its own platform, there's a good chance these could change dramatically between operating systems. There' splenty of interesting stuff here, like an emoji for curling, juggling, and a couple of pretty friendly looking dinosaurs. There's also a breastfeeding emoji, a half-empty glass of scotch, a wizard and a zombie. As always, each of the emojis featuring a human character will appear in both male and female variants — except for the breastfeeding and pregnancy emoji, we have to assume. We don't know for certain exactly when the new emoji will make it to each individual platform, and Apple in particular has a bit of a history of waiting a bit before integrating new emoji into its own systems. That being said, all or at least the vast majority of the emoji you see here will likely end up on iPhone, Android devices, and pretty much everywhere else before long.
2017/03/24 17:16 BGR
Say hello to the Movado Connect with Android Wear, available this Fall
There are a lot of companies building Android Wear smartwatches, but it is often a phone manufacturer creating a watch that goes a long with their device lineup. Recently, more traditional watch brands are stepping into the ring with their own versions and Movado has just took the wraps off their upcoming Android Wear smartwatch: the Movado […] Come comment on this article: Say hello to the Movado Connect with Android Wear, available this Fall
2017/03/24 17:12 TalkAndroid
Google removing SMS support from Hangouts on May 22
Lately Google has been transitioning Hangouts, its once go-to messaging platform, into something more focused for enterprise users. That trend continues with the latest confirmation that SMS support will eventually be axed from Hangouts. Google has confirmed that once May 22 rolls around, SMS support for Hangouts will be [...]
2017/03/24 17:11 Android and Me
Check out these high-resolution pictures of Galaxy S8+ dummy unit
Star Wars Rogue One hits Google Play for $19.99
You can now pre-order the Moto G5 Plus from Amazon, Best Buy, Motorola, B&H, and Ting
We already covered that Amazon will sell Prime-exclusive Moto G5 Plus models with lockscreen ads, but other retailers have begun to take pre-orders for the phone as well. Best Buy, Motorola, B&H, and Ting are now selling the G5 Plus, with a release date set for March 31. If you need a refresher, the Moto G5 Plus is the more-powerful of the two 2017 Moto G phones. It has a 5.2" 1080p display with Gorilla Glass 3, a Snapdragon 625 processor, 12MP back camera, 5MP front camera, and a 3,000 mAh battery.
2017/03/24 17:00 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
The Moto G5 Plus home screen shows just how weird Google's chat strategy is right now
Boot up a fresh new Moto G5 and get ready to be at least a little confused. Check out the home screen for a new Moto G5 Plus and you'll find the usual Google Apps folder full of bloatware useful Google-made apps, and on the other side of the Moto app you'll find an icon for Google Duo. We know that Google exercises quite a bit of control over how an Android phone with the Google Play Services onboard needs to look, with some special emphasis on the home screen. It's not unusual for Google to want to show off new apps, so it's not too odd to see Duo on the home page instead of in the Google folder, but Duo is alone on the home screen. There's no Allo to be found. In fact, it's not even installed on the phone. Google's messaging strategy for the future should be super clear by now. Allo and Duo, the chat and video messaging service unveiled at Google I/O last year, are the default apps for consumers. Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat, the re-branded counterparts every Android user has...
2017/03/24 17:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
It's Morphin' Time with these Power Rangers wallpapers
It's Morphin' Time! This year — heck, this month — has already seen its fair share of nostalgia. And as we continue to bring back all that was awesome about the 90's, we can't leave out everyone's favorite super-cheesy martial-arts-packed TV franchise: Nick Saban's Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers! Now, I know there's a lot to be apprehensive about with this reboot film, what with the big budgets and the wild new looks, but it's still five teens with attitude against Rita Repulsor and the forces of evil. Now grab your Power Coins and let's go go Power Rangers! This is actually a pretty great mash-up, because we have five "teens with attitude" who have been stereotyped not only by normal society but by the very power that has recruited them. Once we start digging into their journeys and their battles, we pull back the layers and see the complexities of each Ranger and the complexities of their relationships. Also, can we just imagine the five of them stuck in weekend ...
2017/03/24 17:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Top 10 Android app updates this week: Google Trips, SoundHound
Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently upgraded apps for the week. We’ve found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with the [...]
2017/03/24 16:36 Android and Me
Nova Launcher is getting a new feature that you're going to love
Unread badges have always been a controversial piece of the home screen experience. Some people can't live or work without knowing how many hundreds of emails they are away from Inbox Zero. Some people just like having the badge to remind them of notifications and messages they may have ignored. Some people just can't stand the look of 'em. Whatever camp you may be in, there's a new kind of unread badge to try in the latest Nova Launcher beta update: Dynamic Badges. In the notification badges section of Nova Launcher, you can now choose between Dynamic Badges, which will give little icons based on the notification it's pulling the badges from for each app, or old-fashioned Numeric Badges. If you choose the Dynamic Badges, your options are blessedly simple: what corner do you want them in and what size would you prefer for them. It may take restarting Nova Launcher for the badges to start populating on your home screen, but once they begin populating, you'll see little badges in ...
2017/03/24 16:53 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Tesla releases new video of a near-final Model 3, but Musk says car is overhyped
Tesla's Model 3 will undoubtedly be an interesting and compelling car, but it's not going to be the world-beater that some Tesla fans might otherwise believe. In an effort to temper such over-sized expectations, Elon Musk this morning published a series of tweets stating that the Model 3 will not introduce features and technologies more advanced than what is currently available on the Model S. In an effort to build some intrigue as well, Musk also released a video showcasing a release candidate of the Model 3 going on its first ever drive. Musk first tweet reads: https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/845278449811939328 While this may seem like common sense, it was a smart move for Musk to chime in on the matter like he id. For a variety of reasons, much of the speculation surrounding the Model 3 has been amplified to such an extent as to create almost unrealistic expectations around the car. As a prime example, consider this: because the Model 3 that Tesla unveiled last year lacked a traditional instrument cluster, many Tesla enthusiasts began speculating that the shipping Model 3 would feature an advanced HUD that would put the Model S' dashboard to shame. Consequently, a narrative soon emerged claiming that the Model 3 would introduce new features and technologies that would ultimately show up in subsequent versions of the Model S. The reality, though, is quite the opposite. The Model S is Tesla's flagship car and Model S features will trickle down to the Model 3, not the other way around. Not mincing words, Musk proceeded to state that the Model 3 would be a lesser version of the Model S in every conceivable way, save of course for price. https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/845279423238590464 So there you have it. And as one Twitter user cleverly summed up, you might want to think of the Model 3 as something akin to Apple's iPhone SE. https://twitter.com/redletterdave/status/845279524661182465 As for the aforementioned video, you can check out the rather uneventful footage below. https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/845287211306139648 Currently, Tesla maintains that deliveries of the Model 3 will begin, as initially promised, later this year. If all goes according to plan, Tesla is hoping to ship upwards of 100,000 vehicles to reservation holders before 2018.
2017/03/24 16:51 BGR