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Amazon Echo family becomes your home’s intercom system

Echo users can communicate with each other using calls and messages, but the online retailer claims people have been requesting a feature that takes communication to another level. Amazon introduced “drop-in” via the Echo Show, which pretty much turns the unit into an intercom system for your home. …

Amazon Echo

10 best transit apps for Android

Public transit is on the rise almost everywhere in the world. In the US alone, public transit is up 34% from 1995. Companies like Uber have revolutionized the space with more flexible (and dare we say, hip and cool) public transit options. Additionally, other companies like Citymapper have made …

Uber

Can tech make crossing from Mexico back to the US easier? Yes it can

If I were to ask you which land border crossing was the most trafficked in the world, would San Diego/Tijuana be the answer you come up with? That’s right, Tijuana, the city that has been embedded in American pop culture for decades , home of the Caesar Salad, and the one-of-a-kind Zonkey (Donkey + …

Immigration

You can actually use the Not Hotdog app from Silicon Valley on your Android phone

<i>Just a word of warning: the video above contains strong language.</i><p>The Fourth of July will be here soon, and many Americans will need to figure out a way to tell the difference between hot dogs and… other types of food. Thankfully, the Not Hotdog app from HBO’s Silicon Valley has arrived on Android …

Silicon Valley

Salty about being salty | Podcast 113

That’s right, our lovely listeners, the Android Authority Podcast is coming to a close in a couple of episodes. Listen to this week’s episode for more information about it and how you can enter to get some love from us during our final episode in a couple of weeks. Send your favorite moments from …

Podcasting

OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 3T – how good is the new camera?

The OnePlus 5 is now official and as the successor to the OnePlus 3 – and the OnePlus 3T – it brings with it some interesting improvements over the phones that came before it. The biggest improvement is the new dual camera, with OnePlus not only upgrading the main sensor from the OnePlus 3T, but …

Phones

The Nokia 6 is coming to the US in July for under $250

Some of the earliest cell phone makers are now betting big on nostalgia. BlackBerry is back with the KEYone, and now Nokia is getting its spot in the limelight thanks to HMD Global. If you live in the U.S., you’ll soon be able to purchase an Android-powered Nokia device for under $250.<p>Nokia and HMD …

Mobile Technology

5 reasons you should buy the OnePlus 5

The OnePlus 5 is out and you probably already know if you’re going to buy one or not, but if you’re still on the fence, let us share a few reasons you might want to side with the ‘yays’ over the ‘nays’ on this one. These are the top five reasons to buy the OnePlus 5.<p>Dual camera<p>It’s not so much the …

Phones

Unlock the world with uTalk

<b>Learning a new language</b> can be tricky, but as the world gets smaller it’s more and more tempting. If you want to broaden your horizons, <b>uTalk Language Education</b> is just the ticket.<p>As I write, I’m sitting in a cafe in <b>Medellin, Colombia</b>. It’s a beautiful place with friendly people, and your dollar …

Language Learning

Google Home is now available in Canada

Google Home is the first major virtual assistant-powered speaker to arrive in Canada, and it can be yours for $179 starting today.<p>Moving to Canada has its perks: fake syrup is no longer the norm, and the chances are, you’ll be able to find good poutine virtually anywhere to satiate your hunger …

Google Home

Samsung launches pink Galaxy S8 Plus, but there is a catch

The new ever-elusive Rose Pink variant of the Galaxy S8 Plus is only available in Taiwan for now, and it’ll be sold only for a limited period of time.<p>We saw alleged renders of a pink version of the Galaxy S8 Plus a while ago, and the South Korean electronics company has finally made it official: …

Samsung

10 reasons to try Kotlin for Android development

At the latest Google I/O conference, Google announced that Android Studio would soon support development with Kotlin out of the box. While this was big news, it may have left some people a little cold if they aren’t familiar with Kotlin. Kotlin is a popular programming language that will serve as …

Programming

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau addresses recent OnePlus 5 criticism

With slogans like “Flagship Killer” and “Never Settle,” it’s not exactly surprising that OnePlus flagships are sometimes accused of failing to deliver on the promise. But when you also add questionable marketing campaigns, concerns over benchmark “rigging” and a failure to provide an expected …

Phones

Samsung Pay now finally supports Discover cards

Samsung’s mobile payment service now finally works with Discover cards. This is great news for owners of the card, which have been waiting for Samsung Pay support since early 2016 when it was supposed to go live.<p>More than a year later, Discover users can now finally add their card to Samsung Pay …

Samsung

Samsung beats Fitbit for second place in wearable market

Samsung has another reason to celebrate. For the first time ever, the tech giant overtook Fitbit to become the second largest player in the wearable market. According to <i>Strategy Analytics</i>, the company grabbed 12.8 percent of the market in the first quarter of the year, while Fitbit’s market share …

Wearable Tech

Acclaimed JRPG Fate/Grand Order is now available on Google Play

Japanese role-playing game Fate/Grand Order has now hit the Google Play Store in the West. The title was first released in Japan in July 2015 to critical acclaim and was intended to remain in Japanese only. However, the game’s director, Yosuke Shiokawa, has said that many of its players were coming …

Anime

Deal: Amazon Echo $129.99 at Amazon ($50-off)

Amazon continues to push its Echo products with yet another sale. The product range has been included in a number of deals and offers this year already — the most recent arrived earlier this month when it was reduced to $140 — but it’s currently at its lowest price of the year, coming in at just …

Amazon

5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly

Welcome to the 197th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are your headlines from this week:<p>Google announced some changes to Google Play this week. Starting June 30th, Android 2.1 and lower will no longer have Android Market support. This will have two immediately impacts. For starters, developers …

Apps

10 best office apps for Android

Office apps have been a valuable center of productivity for many years. We use them for a variety of purposes, including drafting documents, creating spreadsheets and presentations, and keep track of what’s going on. No productivity suite is complete without them and virtually everybody uses them, …

Apps

Crowdfunding project of the week: Flipp is a “beautiful and simple” music remote

Don’t know where to find your next tech gadget? Crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo are good for finding alternative technology coming from small startups. There is plenty of great stuff to find here, but there’s also a lot you shouldn’t waste your hard-earned money on. This is why we …

Gear & Gadgets

HTC needs more than great hardware to make a comeback

HTC has had a rough few years.<p>Back in the days of the HTC One, the company’s hardware was class-leading. No other manufacturer had made a phone quite like the HTC One, with a unibody aluminum design that looked just as great as it felt. The new Boomsound speakers blew away every hint of competition …

Phones

Dual camera optical zoom technology explained

Dual camera smartphone technology certainly isn’t new anymore, but we are seeing a new trend emerge whereby manufacturers are offering “optical zoom” capabilities inside their smartphones. Two notable models touting this feature are Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus and the new OnePlus 5. If you’ve been …

Cameras

Must read: top 10 Android stories

What a crazy week it’s been! The OnePlus 5 launched on Tuesday (in case you missed it), and you can find all the details on specs and pricing right here. We also got the chance to go hands-on with the Moto E4, told you our thoughts on Nokia’s 3310, and much, much more. Here’s the news of the …

LG G6

OnePlus 5 International Giveaway!

Welcome to the Sunday Giveaway, the place where we giveaway a new Android phone each and every Sunday!<p>A big congratulations to last week’s winner of the Google Pixel International Giveaway: Nhkomaiha. (Lebanon).<p><b>This week we are giving away a brand new OnePlus 5 courtesy of CaliCase Waterproof</b> …

Android Phones

[Report:] Pixel 2 device specifications reportedly leaked

There has been a significant amount of buzz surrounding the next generation of the Google Pixel line, supposedly code-named ‘Taimen’ and’Walleye’ . As we edge closer and closer to that September/October release timeframe, the hype is beginning to build for the successor to the original ‘Google …

Tablets

10 best Philips Hue apps for Android

Philips Hue was one of the first truly mainstream smart lights. You can find them in a variety of styles, including bulbs and light strips. There are competitors in the space that may or may not do a better job. That’s usually up to personal interpretation. As it turns out, there are plenty of …

Home Automation

OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 3T: quick look

After months of leaks and rumors, the OnePlus 5 is finally official, and we really do love this latest flagship phone that combines high-end hardware features with a relatively low price point. However, it was just seven months ago that the same company launched the OnePlus 3T, and that phone is …

Phones

Want your Pixel photos to be seen by millions? So does Google

Google has cooked up an interesting new idea to showcase excellent Pixel photos to millions of users across the globe as Chromecast background screensavers. If you’ve got a Pixel and fancy yourself a bit of a photographic genius in the making, read on.<p>It’s super easy to enter. All you have to do is …

Google

Deal: Unlocked LG V20 on sale for just $355

With the LG V30 right around the corner, not surprisingly, the LG V20 is seeing some solid sales. This current one, via eBay, is about as good as any we’ve seen: just $354.99 for an unlocked 64 GB LG V20. It’s the U.S. version with support for GSM and CDMA networks.<p>If you hit the link below you’ll …

Mobile Technology

LG V30: all the rumors in one place

When you’re in the market for a feature-heavy phone with all of the trimmings, you can usually rely on LG‘s V series to deliver. Just look at the LG V20: QHD display? Check. Latest edition processor? Check. Dual-camera? Check. MicroSD card support? Removable battery? Android’s latest platform? …

Mobile Technology