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Can the Snapdragon 845 give VR a shot in the arm?

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform is a feature-rich SoC heading to next year’s smartphones, Windows laptops, and, probably, virtual reality products. The 845 features a number of improvements specifically designed to improve performance and bring new features to mobile AR and VR. …

Virtual Reality

Best of Android 2017 – Which smartphone really is the best?

Every year, smartphones become more homogenous, the differences smaller and the risk (associated with the ever-increasing cost) higher. 2017 was no different — with every manufacturer bringing their best to the table, and with mainstream smartphones hitting the $1,000 mark for the first time, the …

Phones

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8 Plus (2018) manual and hands-on video leaks

We’ve already seen some leaked images of the rumored Galaxy A8 Plus (2018), giving us some clues as to what to expect from the handset. This A8 series, which is also said to include the Galaxy A8 (2018), is on course to replace Samsung’s A3, A5 and A7 devices for next year, despite that Google has …

Samsung

Deal: Save $80 on Echo Show, 4K Fire TV for $54 and more savings on Amazon devices

The holiday shopping season is well underway and the deals keep on coming. Just in case you missed Amazon’s bumper Black Friday sales, the retail giant is bringing back some of its best offers on its own devices so you can grab some last minute big gifts or a few small stocking fillers.<p>While the …

Amazon

Google Home Mini gets a line-out port in this DIY video

Remember when the iPhone 7 was released and somebody made a mock video about how to insert a headphone jack? Yeah, the one where they literally just drilled a hole into it. Well, it’s happened again for the Google Home Mini, only this time it ain’t a joke, folks: this is a legitimate way to get a …

Google Home Mini

Android Wear Oreo update: Google reveals which watches will receive it

Google announced the rollout of Android Oreo for Android Wear towards the end of last week. While not as significant an update as Android Wear 2.0 was, the new Oreo software will nonetheless bring some useful tweaks, including a Touch Lock — supposed to help in wet conditions — notification …

Wearable Tech

Google Home with display confirmed by a job listing

We’ve seen devices like the Amazon Echo Show that combine the usability of a smart assistant with the at-a-glance usefulness of a display. Thanks to a Google job listing, we’re now a little more confident that a Google Home device with a display is likely on the way.<p>The job listing is for a Touch …

Google

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

Welcome to the 221st edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the headlines from this week:<p>Google’s hitting the pause button on its accessibility services crack down. Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen apps like Greenify, LastPass, and others speak out against the crack down. Thus, Google is …

Android Apps

Asus ZenFone 4 to get Android Oreo this month

Asus’ ZenFone 4 currently runs last year’s Android Nougat, but that may be changing pretty soon. An Asus forum moderator with the handle <i>Green1_ASUS</i> has essentially confirmed that the ZenFone 4, specifically the ZE554KL model, will be receiving an update to Android 8.0 Oreo by the end of this …

Tablets

The OnePlus 5T doesn’t support HD streaming from popular services

• The OnePlus 5T and 5 currently are not able to stream HD content from Google Play Movies, Netflix, or Amazon Video.<br>• OnePlus says a fix is on its way, though we don’t know when the issue will be resolved.<p>Here’s something interesting: it seems OnePlus’ latest “flagship killer” is unable to stream …

Streaming

Elf Smart Plug makes your home intelligent for cheap

Looking to turn your living space into a smart home? We know it can be a huge pain trying to figure out how to do it. Do you get smart bulbs? Which platform do you go for? Phillips or LIFX? Wemo? Then you look at some of those prices and realize maybe you are just fine getting out of bed to flip …

Home Automation

Must read: top 10 Android stories

This week we reviewed the Honor 7X and HTC U11 Life (with HTC Sense), talked about everything you need to know about Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845, and much more. Here’s the news of the week!<p>We’re giving away THREE Android phones this week<p>For our Best of Android 2017 competition, we’re pitting 10 of …

Android Oreo

Sunday giveaway: Best of Android 2017 THREE phone 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 OnePlus 5T International Giveaway: Jarl W. (Netherlands)<p><b>This week we are giving away not one, but THREE of the best Android phones from this …

Android Lollipop

Microsoft Edge has been downloaded over one million times on Android

Microsoft surprised folks back in October when the company released its Edge browser for Android. We say “released,” but the app was in preview up until almost two weeks ago. Even so, Microsoft hit an important milestone as Edge officially surpassed one million downloads on Android.<p>We realize how …

Microsoft Edge

Apple is reportedly very close to buying Shazam

Spotify is getting closer to going public. Google Assistant can finally recognize songs. It’s about time for Apple to make some moves in the music service arena, and if <i>TechCrunch</i>‘s sources are on the money, it appears that the Cupertino-based company is <i>this close</i> to acquiring Shazam.<p>According to …

Augmented Reality

Google reportedly concerned that Broadcom’s takeover of Qualcomm could harm innovation

It might not be the most eye-catching news report, but Broadcom‘s attempts to buy Qualcomm could have a significant impact on the technology industry, an impact that the likes of Google, along with Microsoft, are concerned about.<p>Google reportedly feels that such a takeover would stagnate …

Broadcom

Andy Rubin returns to Essential after taking a leave of absence

After taking a leave of absence less than two weeks ago reportedly due to “personal reasons,” Essential founder and Android co-creator Andy Rubin has returned to the company.<p>If you recall, it was reported that Rubin had an “inappropriate relationship” with a female colleague while he still worked …

Andy Rubin

Scorecard: A look at Google’s efforts in India

India is now the second largest smartphone market in the world. This isn’t too surprising, given the availability of a slew of extremely budget-friendly smartphones and the massive price cuts for data services brought on by the launch of Reliance Jio last year. Despite ever growing numbers though, …

Google

15 best puzzle games for Android

Puzzle games are among the most popular, ever. In fact, the most popular individual gaming franchise on mobile (Angry Birds) is a puzzle game. The genre has evolved consistently and developers have been finding new and exciting ways of teasing our brains, making us think, and stumping us entirely. …

Game Development

Chrome Remote Desktop moves to the web browser and gets a facelift

We’ve all been in the situation where we’re trying to give tech support to a friend or family member over the phone. Whether it is a tablet, phone, or a computer, it’s always harder to explain a fix, rather than just do it yourself. There are tools out there like TeamViewer that let you remote into …

Software

Sprint faces another lawsuit for allegedly underpaying its employees

According to the <i>Kansas City Star,</i> a former Sprint employee has filed a lawsuit against the US telecommunications company for overworking and underpaying her. She will be represented by the same lawyer who represented a group of Sprint employees earlier this year on the same issue.<p>Editor's Pick<p>If …

Latest Google Home Mini update brings back touch controls for audio playback

Those hoping that Google would re-enable the top touch functionality on the Home Mini will be sorely disappointed with the smart speaker’s latest update, but at least you get that functionality moved to the sides!<p>If you’re a bit confused, here’s the deal. Even before the Home Mini was released, it …

Google Home Mini

Amazon Echo and Music Unlimited coming to 28 new markets

The online shopping giant has unveiled that is AI-powered speakers and unlimited music service will come to 28 new markets across Europe and South America.<p>Editor's Pick<p>If you are in <b>Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia,</b> …

Amazon

Google recognizes winners of Developer Challenge for Assistant apps

Even though many people just use their Google Home or Google Assistant to turn on the lights or find out when it is going to rain next, it can do so much more. For instance, my daughter loves Mickey Mouse. One of Google’s recent upgrades brought 50 new activities to Google Home and Mickey Mouse …

Google Home

Amazon is putting some Prime Exclusive phones on sale

Are you still looking for some gifts to give this holiday season? If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you might want to check out the retailer’s selection of Prime Exclusive phones. It is discounting six different devices between $30 and $50 to get you to pull the trigger.<p>Most of the deals will start …

Amazon

Google hardware: Where Google leads and where it lags

Google has been compared to Apple a fair bit lately. The company now produces two direct competitors to Apple’s biggest products with the Pixel 2 and the Pixelbook (going up against the iPhone and iPad Pro respectively). Samsung is still more likely to give Apple sleepless nights, but Google’s …

Google

Hoopla’s latest update lets you read Marvel comics from your public library

It’s rare for me to see a movie on its first day of release, but I’m willing to make an exception for <i>Black Panther</i>. The problem is I know very little about the character and the world, so knowing that Hoopla teamed up with Marvel to offer over 250 Marvel comic books and graphic novels makes me …

Comics

Amazon Music Unlimited expands to 28 more countries

Amazon’s Music Unlimited streaming service offers unlimited music and no commercials for subscribers. It rolled out in the US last year for $9.99 a month, or $7.99 a month if you’re a Prime subscriber. It competes with familiar names like Google Play Music, Spotify, and Apple Music. Soon after its …

Amazon

Android Pay vs Apple Pay vs Samsung Pay: Pros and cons

When you go shopping this holiday season, many of you might be tempted to ditch using your credit cards, or even cash, in favor of one of the mobile payment systems that’s available for smartphones. Starting with Apple Pay, which launched in 2014, and joined later by rivals like Android Pay and …

Banking

In defense of the ZTE Axon M

I like weird phones. I don’t know why, or what draws me to them, but I like to play with the weird ones. It probably has to do with the boring landscape full of glass sandwiches which faces us every day. Whatever the reason, whenever I encounter a weird phone, I try to really dig deep. I try to …

Tablets