Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Humble Mobile Halloween Bundle is here: get 7 spooky games for $5


The Humble Store might have had a Halloween sale at its store ongoing since last week, but that wasn’t the only way it was celebrating. Yesterday, Humble launched the Halloween Mobile Bundle, featuring seven titles to give you nightmares.


For $1 or more, you’ll get Sanitarium, a mobile port of the classic PC point-and-click adventure game (and when I say “classic,” I mean, “released almost 20 years ago” classic), and Dead Age, a modern rogue-like with set during a zombie apocalypse. That’s in addition to DISTRAINT: Pocket Pixel Horror, though, after viewing its trailer, I’m none the wiser as to what the hell that’s about.





Beat the average price and you’ll get Beholder, which has reviewed well and features dark themes relating to home surveillance to accompany its grim art style; Rusty Lake Hotel, one of the latest games in the series of peculiar point-and-click adventure games; and Bulb Boy, which looks like a horrid 2D adventure game.




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For $5 you’ll get all of the above as well as Fran Bow and Whispering Willows — two titles featuring troubled young protagonists on creepy journeys.


The total value of the bundle is set at $36 and you can find it over at the Humble Store.

Best Cheap Samsung Galaxy Smartphones


While everyone wants the beautiful bezel-free Galaxy S8 or a big Galaxy Note 8, not everyone can afford one. Samsung makes some of the best smartphones but they’re really expensive. Thankfully, there are a few other exciting cheap Samsung Galaxy smartphones you need to know about.


Samsung makes phones at just about every price point. From ultra-affordable phones to mid-range devices that cost around $350. Most of these have the same software features, decent cameras, and an experience close to other high-end phones.


Read: Best Android Smartphones Under $300


Whether your Galaxy recently broke or you realize spending $950 for the Galaxy Note 8 is unrealistic, we have you covered. These are some excellent smartphones from Samsung that won’t break the bank.



One of the problems with buying a new Samsung phone is the number of different models the company offers. Samsung makes a ton of phones, and most customers don’t know what’s new, or if any specific phone is a year or two old.


Trying to find the right phone for yourself is a daunting task. Our list details some of the best Samsung phones for those on a budget. This post focuses on phones that are brand new, not used or refurbished devices sold at a discount. With that said, these are your best bet.


Best Cheap Samsung Galaxy Smartphones


  • Samsung Galaxy J7, J7 Prime, J7 V, J7 Perx

  • Samsung Galaxy C7

  • Samsung Galaxy J5

  • Samsung Galaxy J3

  • Samsung Galaxy A3

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

Every device from our list is newly released in 2017 except for the Galaxy S7. These are great phones for those on a budget. For more information on each phone and a link to buy one, check out the slideshow below.






Samsung Galaxy J7 (All Versions)


Samsung Galaxy J7 (All Versions)

When it comes to finding an affordable smartphone from Samsung the J series is easy to recommend. It’s basically a bigger yet more affordable Galaxy S7 but released in 2017. 


The Galaxy J7 comes in a few different versions. There’s a J7 V for Verizon, a J7 Prime, a J7 Perx, and a few other names. This phone is available from Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, MetroPCS, BoostMobile, and for markets outside the United States. Samsung also sells a straight up J7 on Samsung.com that’s unlocked, and it’s the best model of them all. 


Read: 10 Best Samsung J7 Cases


This phone comes with a big 5.5-inch 1080p (or 720p) HD display, a decent set of specs with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a pretty big 3,300 mAh battery. It’s an all-around decent smartphone. Depending on the model you’ll get a different processor or screen resolution, but they’re all pretty good. 

As a comparison, last year the Galaxy S7 had a 5.2-inch screen, and this year the Galaxy S8 comes in at 5.8-inches. The Galaxy J7 fits right in the middle, yet costs between $160 and $220 depending on where you buy one. If you love the Samsung Galaxy experience but can’t afford the high-end, start here. 


Buy the Galaxy J7 for $219 from Samsung



13 New macOS High Sierra Features Worth Upgrading For


The macOS High Sierra update delivers new features to your Mac and upgrades some of the existing features from macOS Sierra so that you can do more with the computer you have. With the macOS 10.13.1 update you get new emojis and security features worth upgrading for as well.


The full macOS High Sierra release arrived in September, but came with many problems. With macOS 10.13.1 Apple aims to fix those and convince more users to upgrade to macOS High Sierra. Keep in mind the macOS High Sierra install takes a while to complete if you are coming from macOS Sierra.


Apple’s macOS High Sierra comes as a free upgrade to all Apple computers that support macOS Sierra. The High Sierra update is packed full of important upgrades that will allow you to do more with your photos, browse the web better and with the right computers even explore Virtual Reality on your Mac.


Under the hood, Apple is switching up the way your Mac stores files to supercharge the speed of copying and moving files and taking new steps to better secure your privacy while browsing online.


If you have a MacBook with limited storage, and let’s be honest most of us do, you’ll benefit from new space saving techniques that will keep your videos looking great, but that will take up less space. It also helps your Mac work better with your iPhone and iPad on iOS 11.


These are the new macOS High Sierra features and how they compare to macOS Sierra when applicable.






macOS High Sierra Photos Upgrades


macOS High Sierra Photos Upgrades

Apple delivers major upgrades to the macOS High Sierra Photos app. With the new update you will be able to edit your photos in new ways right inside of Photos, and if you use PhotoShop or Pixelmator your changes there will sync back to your Photos library. 


Inside Photos, you can now edit with more controls than ever including a Curves editor to dial in your photo just right. A new sidebar on the left offers fast access to important albums and options. new selection options show you what you’ve picked and allow you to organize photos better. 


You can edit Live Photos to set a key photo that looks amazing. The Photos app also now lets you trim live photos to the perfect length. Once that is done, you can choose a new effect that lets you loop the action or bounce it back after it completes. There’s also a new Artistic effect that can create long exposure filters to live photos with impressive results.  


When you are on a FaceTime video call, you can take a Live Photo that is saved directly to your Photos library and then you can edit it using these new tools. 


Upgraded Memories options detect special events better including babies, outdoor events, performances, weddings, birthdays, sporting events and more. There is even a new Memory that can find your pets. 


When you tell the Photos app who a person is, the face recognition will sync across your iCloud Photo Library so that it is always handy. 



How to use Android Oreo Picture-in-Picture Mode

In this guide we’ll show you how to use picture-in-picture mode on Android 8.0 Oreo, and share a list of the best apps that take advantage of it. After being available for nearly a year on Android TV, and something you’ve probably enjoyed on cable, picture-in-picture mode is now included with Oreo.


Sadly, there aren’t too many apps that support this feature right now. However, as Android 8.0 Oreo continues to arrive for more devices, developers will add it to their apps. Giving us more ways to make the most of our devices.


Read: What’s New in Android 8.0 Oreo


Google’s Picture-in-Picture mode is similar to multi-window, but it works completely different. You’re able to see and get Google Maps navigation instructions while reading a text message. Or minimize YouTube to answer a quick phone call or check your email. Check out the video below to see Android Oreo PIP mode, and a list of great apps to try it on.



The new Picture-in-picture mode works just like you probably remember it on cable boxes or your television. While you’re using Google Maps, YouTube, Netflix, or even VLC simply hit the home button. Instead of just going home, YouTube shrinks to the corner of your screen and keeps playing.


You’re then able to move it around, or expand it back to full screen and continue right where you left off. It’s worth noting that the system works the same for all apps, but how you actually get into PIP mode is slightly different on some.


For example, and as shown above, on Google Chrome you need to open a video to full-screen mode first. Then hit the home button to start PIP. You’ll see it on the bottom right, and it continues to play. Tap the window for an expanded look at the controls and options. You can pause, play, fast forward, close or open the video back to full-screen.



To dismiss the PIP window completely tap on it and hit the X, or simply drag it off the screen and let go. On VLC, you have to manually select PIP mode from the menu with a video playing. Try picture-in-picture mode with any of the apps below.


Best Apps that Support Picture-in-Picture Mode on Android Oreo


We first saw support with Google Maps, but it’s slowly expanding to other applications. In the coming weeks and months, we expect the list of supported apps to grow. This is the short list of apps that work so far.


  • Google Chrome

  • YouTube

  • Google Play Movies & TV

  • Duo

  • Google Maps

  • VLC (beta version)

  • Netflix

If you’d like, you can check and see what apps you have installed that work with PIP mode. Head to Settings > Apps & notifications > Advanced > Special Apps Access > and select Picture-in-picture.



These apps support Picture-in-picture mode on Oreo

In here you’ll see all the apps that work with this new Android 8.0 Oreo feature. To use PIP on VLC go to the Google Play Store, find VLC, and scroll to the bottom and tap “Yes, I’m in” to join the beta program. Then download the latest version of the app. We expect this to roll out for all users in the coming weeks.


Again, this is a very small list of apps that support a pretty great feature. This is something Android users have asked about for years, and it’s finally available. We expect some of the most popular video and media player apps to add it soon, including music players and more. Before you go, check out how Android 8.0 compares to Android 7.0 Nougat.

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Sprint/T-Mobile merger may be off for good


T-Mobile and Sprint are the biggest “will they or won’t they” story since Ross and Rachel. We’ve watched for years as SoftBank, who owns Sprint, and Deutsche Telekom, who owns T-Mobile, have danced around a merger of the nations third and fourth largest carriers. Things had seemingly begun to heat up over the last few months, but a new report is throwing water on the merger.


According to Nikkei, Softbank is responsible for calling off the merger. SoftBank and DT had previously agreed to a framework that would’ve combined the two carriers, but the sticking point comes at the ownership share each would hold. Many had assumed that since T-Mobile has an advantage in total subscribers that it would hold a majority ownership in the combined company. It seems that SoftBank’s executives aren’t on board with that idea and voted to call off the talks.  SoftBank is reportedly going to break off negotiations on Tuesday in a meeting with DT.




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Is it possible that SoftBank is using the press coverage as negotiating tactic to get DT to give up the controlling interest in the proposed carrier? The German company has always had a somewhat hot and cold relationship with its American subsidiary.


Even if the merger were to happen, many questions still remain. If SoftBank does gain majority ownership, would they keep around John Legere after he’s thrown so much shade at Sprint? How would the new company integrate the competing technologies that it currently uses? Would a merger even be approved by the Federal Communications Commission and Department of Justice?


What do you think? Is SoftBank just bluffing? Would you be in favor of a joint Sprint and T-Mobile carrier? Let us know down in the comments.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Best Google Pixel 2 Fast Car Chargers

Recharge your Google Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL just as fast in the car as you do at home by getting a fast car charger. In this buying guide, we’ll explain the benefits of getting a fast car charger for the Pixel 2 and share a list of the best options available.


Buying the right charger will make a big difference in terms of how fast your phone recharges. Most users don’t know about this feature, and if they do, they don’t think about it when buying a car charger. Don’t worry though, we have you covered.


Read: 10 Neat Things You’ll Love About the Pixel 2


Whether you’re trying to fix bad Pixel 2 battery life or just want to recharge faster, this is a good place to start. If you buy a random cheap car charger it won’t work, and most likely old chargers won’t either. Instead, you’ll want to choose one from a reputable brand. Some in our list are as cheap as $10, while others from Google cost a little more. Below we also explain what quick charging is why you want it.



Google’s Pixel 2 uses USB Power Delivery for charging, which is similar to the Quick Charge technology most manufacturers use. This allows the phone to accept very high charging levels, and recharge faster than ever before. In fact, Google promises about 7 hours of use after 15 minutes on the charger. Because the phone can go from 0-50% in just 15-20 minutes. Then, a full recharge only takes 80 minutes instead of 2-3 hours like older phones without this technology.


After the first 30 minutes or so the phone will slow down the charging a little bit, to preserve the life of the battery cells. It’s still incredibly fast, and faster than any device without this technology built-in. All of this means is to get your phone full faster, you want one of these chargers. Whether that’s at home, or in your car.


Most chargers these days use either Adaptive Fast Charging or Quick Charge 2.0 and 3.0 technology. Both of these work great with the Pixel 2, but for the best experience, we recommend one that’s certified for USB Power Delivery. Our roundup below details a few of the best fast car chargers for the Google Pixel 2. One comes right from Google, and the others are reputable brands we know, use, and trust. While you’re here, check out these 20 best Pixel 2 XL cases.








Official Belkin Fast Car Charger






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Official Belkin Fast Car Charger

Google offers plenty of accessories on the Google Store, but not all of them are made by the company themselves. That’s because a new “Made for Google” program launched earlier this year. Where Google certifies products and accessories for its smartphones. 


The Belkin 15w USB Type-C dual-port car charger is available directly on the Google Store. This is the only car charger they recommend for the new Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL. It supports fast charging and will keep your phone safe. 


Belkin’s charger has one USB Type-C cable built-in, so you’ll never lose your charging cable. Then, there’s a second USB port so you can plug in any other cable and charge multiple devices at once. 


Buy it Now for $34.99 from Google






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Saturday, October 28, 2017

10 best zombie games for Android

The Best Zombie Games for Android 2013
Who wants to kill some zombies? The zombie genre, once only a niche genre, has blossomed into a real pop culture phenomenon that has proven its staying power over and over again. Zombie games can be a lot of fun and manage to span almost every genre that you can think of. It’s a surprisingly robust genre. It was a tough decision, but here are the best zombie games for Android!







Dead Effect 2


Price: Free with in-app purchases


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The Dead Effect series is a decent zombie shooter series. It has beautifully done graphics and you’ll be shooting down hoards of zombies, monsters, and all kinds of other sci-fi creatures. It also contains an RPG element that lets you upgrade, level up, and otherwise develop your character into a fighting machine. You’ll have over 100 implants to use to upgrade you character, over 40 weapons to use against the bad guys, and the developers boast about 30 hours of total game play. There’s a lot of content here and it’s one of the decent zombie games.


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Dead Trigger 2


Price: Free with in-app purchases


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Dead Trigger 2 is one of the older zombie games. However, updates kept the game relevant even to today. It features a metric ton of missions, decent graphics, and pretty good first person mechanics. There are also a bunch of weekly missions, hardware controller support, and plenty of weapons to collect. Like we said, it’s an older game. Those looking for the very latest in gaming are taking a step back with this one. However, it still plays better than most newer zombie games and FPS games in general.


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Into the Dead 2


Price: Free with in-app purchases


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Into the Dead 2 is one of the newer zombie games. It’s an infinite runner with survival mechanics. Your run for as long as possible and try not to die. The game provides you with implements of destruction. There are also a bunch of other missions, challenges, and even dog companions. The graphics are pretty decent as well. It’s more of a casual game than anything. It’s also free to download with freemium style in-app purchases.


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Plants vs Zombies 2


Price: Free with in-app purchases


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Plants vs Zombies 2 is another one of the classic zombie games. It’s also relevant today because of frequent updates. It’s a tower defense game. You set up defenses along one side and zombies invade from the other. Your flower towers fight them off until they’re all dead. There are a bunch of levels spanning 11 worlds along with some extra stuff. It’s a freemium game that’s not great. However, it’s still pretty decent.


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Telltale Games collection


Price: Free / Up to $14.99 (each)


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Telltale Games has one of the most robust mobile game collections out there. Their zombie games include The Walking Dead Seasons 1 and 2. They also have an offshoot in The Walking Dead: Michonne and the latest, The Walking Dead: A New Frontier. Yes, they’re all games about the TV show. However, they’re also all pretty decent. They’re point-and-click adventure games with comic book style graphics. They also include branching story lines, multiple episodes, and more. The games range from free (for the first episode) to $14.99 for a season pass to every episode in the game.


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The Walking Dead No Man’s Land


Price: Free with in-app purchases


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The Walking Dead No Man’s Land is one of the most popular zombie games. It’s a freemium RPG with character collecting mechanics. There are a ton of activities and missions to complete like most freemium RPGs. You can also collect various characters from the TV show and comic book series. It’s a bit of a cash grab. However, it’s entertaining, though, and it’s not a half bad game aside from the freemium stuff.


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Unkilled


Price: Free with in-app purchases


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Unkilled is the spiritual successor to Dead Trigger 2. It features slightly better graphics, a bunch of missions, boss fights, and online PvP. It also supports hardware controllers. You perform missions, collect weapons, and more. There are also two types of online PvP. The first is FPS shooter and the other Skirmish Ops. It provides a good base FPS experience along with a bunch of extras for variety. It is a freemium game, though, and has a lot of those same pitfalls.


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Zombie Gunship Survival


Price: Free with in-app purchases


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Zombie Gunship Survival is one of the newer zombie games. It’s the next game in the Zombie Gunship series. This one has the base mechanics from the first game. You sit in a helicopter and mow down zombies in order to save people. It also includes some new mechanics, You can build a base, deploy troops, and kill many more zombies than the first game. The graphics are good for what they are and the game feels unique. It’s a freemium title, but that’s really the only bad thing about it.


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Zombie Gunship Survival







Zombie Highway 2


Price: Free with in-app purchases


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Zombie Highway was one of the original zombie games. You drive down a road forever and try to not get tipped over by surprisingly agile zombies. The second game plays basically like the first, but with better graphics and some additional stuff. That includes six new vehicles, new challenges, daily challenges, upgradeable weapons, and more. It also has leaderboards. The game’s freemium methods aren’t as bad as normal freemium titles, but it’s still not great. It’s a good time killer.


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Zombie Highway 2







Zombie Smasher


Price: Free with in-app purchases


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Zombie Smasher is a once-popular zombie arcade game. You smash wave after wave of zombies until the level is complete. The game includes power ups and obstacles to make it harder. For instance, don’t hit the skateboarding kids. There is also a story mode with 60 missions along with two other game modes. It’s simple, it’s fun, and it’s a short play. The game is a freemium game and that’s not great, but everything else works well.


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If we missed any incredible zombie games for Android, tell us about them in the comments! You can also click here to check out our latest Android app and game lists!

Dear Google, When are you going to fix Android Wear?


Smartwatches are in a funny state. They’re not really all that popular amongst the populace at large, but they’re not exactly busts either. The Apple watch is still the big seller in terms of market penetration. Android Wear is no slouch either, with many OEMs producing a wide array of options. There’s just one problem. The Android Wear software is just not good.


To me, the root problem with Android Wear devices is that they’re trying too hard to be watches. We use the term “smartwatch” to describe these devices, but all they really are – and all they really need to be – are small screens on your wrist. Sure, they can tell time – that’s fine. But the power of the smartwatch isn’t the “watch” part— it’s the “smart” part. Getting notifications and apps running on a screen on your wrist is far more powerful than knowing how long it is until the Blackhawks game starts.


Related: Best Android Wear watches


You think you’re helping, but you’re really not


Take, for instance, the concept of the ambient display. This feature allows you to keep the watch face on, even when you’re not looking at it. It also kills the battery.


Sure, smartphone always-on displays serve a particular niche (I usually turn mine off), but the only reason to keep smartwatch screens on all the time is so they look like watches. A watch needs to be on when you’re looking at it, but Android Wear needs to be better at knowing when that actually is. I’ve gotten quite good at the exaggerated “wrist flip” that is sometimes necessary to see if I’m going to miss my train or not.


Getting rid of ambient display would do two things to Android Wear. First, it would save battery life, which is huge. Second, it could fundamentally shift the perception of a smartwatch away from a “watch” to a “small screen on your wrist.” Other watch manufacturers embrace the fact that a watch is nothing more than a small screen. Android Wear needs to do that too.


Watch your faces



Android Wear is also a train wreck when it comes to watch faces. One of my biggest pet peeves with Android Wear 2.0 is how easy it is to change watch faces. Simply swipe to the side and you get a whole variety of choices. I find myself accidentally switching watch faces at least once per day. This is, put mildly, quite annoying. I love that there is a wide variety of watch faces to choose from, but once I choose, I want that choice to stick.


Android Wear 2.0 also introduced watch face complications. They’re nice, but not without problems. If you have an empty complication space on your watch face, and you tap it, you are asked what you’d like to put there.


Nothing, Google; that’s why it was empty.


Not everyone wants all complications at all times. Personally, I like the idea of one-touch access to contacts, but I don’t trust Android Wear to know the difference between an accidental touch and a purposeful touch. I have a comfortable couch, but I don’t want to be stuck sleeping on it after accidentally calling my wife 17 times in a day.


Can’t account for that



Going deeper into Android Wear reveals another fundamental flaw of the platform – accounts. When you set up a new Android Wear device— or wipe it because you have the audacity to want to pair it to a different phone— you are asked to sync your Google accounts to the watch.


There may be a good reason why Google wants you to do that, but to me it has never been anything other than annoying. Smartwatches should get that data from the phone it’s paired to on demand – not at the start of the process. Loading your accounts onto a watch is a slow and clumsy process.


If you want to download and install apps on the watch, you need to have a Google account for the store. I get that. But why do I need to load all of my contacts and emails in order to do that? Most of that info can be synced from the phone or from the Google Play store on demand. Why does it need to load up all that data?


Free yourself



I can understand the need to load accounts if you have an LTE-connected smartwatch which you plan to use away from your phone. If that’s the case, it should be an optional process— not a forced one during setup. It’s a long, battery-sucking process, that leaves you with a half-dead watch before you even get a chance to use it; all on the off-chance you might want to use the watch on its own. Not ideal, to be sure.


Syncing data to the watch in general can be an annoying process, too. Having music tracks saved locally to a smartwatch makes for a convenient MP3 player while you’re on the go. But adding music to your watch requires a phone connection.


Even when music is cloud-based, it’s only simple if you’re using Google Play Music. But even that isn’t completely straight forward. I guess you could stream, if you hate your battery, but our own Jonathan Feist was quick to point out that he’s largely a local music kind of guy. I get that.


Staying connected



Finally, there’s the connectivity issue. More often than not, my watch simply cannot connect to Google to make the Assistant work. Far too often I get the “Can’t reach Google at the moment” or “Could not load reminder” errors. That has been pretty consistent on different phones (though, to be fair, same watch). But the connectivity issues that constantly face Android Wear 2.0 have made me almost abandon Google Assistant on Android Wear. The watch is connected to the phone, but Google Assistant somehow can’t find Google. It’s really quite maddening.


Between all these issues, it’s a toss-up which issue is more infuriating. They all make me want to pull my hair out. After I throw my watch away. Feature failure is a sure-fire way to make sure no one uses a feature. Even tech enthusiasts like me get sick of error messages. Then we stop using them. I preferred the TicWatch for exactly that reason, until they came out with an Android Wear version. The wearable gods were not smiling on me that day.


What about you?


Of course, with most of these issues, your mileage may vary. So, what about you? Have you had any trouble with Android Wear 2.0? Are there any changes you’d like to see made to the OS? Sound off below in the comments and who knows? Maybe Google is listening.

Friday, October 27, 2017

OnePlus 5T: Release date, specs, price & features rumor roundup


With the OnePlus 5 no longer available and whispers about a follow-up getting louder and louder, we’re now turning our eyes to the rumored OnePlus 5T.


While OnePlus only released one flagship per year for the first few years of existence, 2016 brought us the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. Since OnePlus skipped the number 4 for being bad luck in Chinese culture, it looks like this year we’ll be seeing the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T. Much like the 3 and 3T, the 5 and 5T should keep many of the same specs with only a few, but important, changes coming to the phone.




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OnePlus is keeping the details under wraps for now, but has been known to be a bit leaky in years past. It’s possible that it just hasn’t kicked the leaks into high gear yet. We have run across some rumors that give us a pretty good idea of the changes we will see in the OnePlus 5T which you can find below.


OnePlus 5T: Release date


Information on the release date has been hotly speculated by several sources so far.


We find it unlikely that OnePlus’ shelves will stay bare throughout the holiday season so expect to see the 5T hit before shopping season begins. We’ve seen two rumored dates pop up: November 16 and November 20. It’s entirely possible that the OnePlus 5T will be officially unveiled to the world on the 16 of November, while it will go on sale after November 20. The OnePlus 3T was released on November 15 last year so this timing matches up.



GizChina.it recently uncovered a some alleged marketing materials that backs up the November 16 date. This picture states that the phone will be exclusively available on Amazon so we’re assuming that this is for India as OnePlus has been selling its phone through Amazon for a while now. An interesting note about the pictures is that the release date is covered up which we believe lends some more credence that November 16 is the announcement date while it will actually be released after November 20.



OnePlus 5T: Specs


Rumors suggest that the OnePlus 5T will keep many, but not all, of the same internal specs as its predecessor. You may remember that the OnePlus 3 and 3T shared the same design and specs, save for a bump in the processor and battery capacity. But, if new rumors are to be believed, OnePlus is forming a new strategy with the OnePlus 5T.


Since nothing has come out to supplant the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, OnePlus will use it for the 5T. Last year’s OnePlus 3T featured an upgraded processor but that doesn’t appear to be an option this year.





The OnePlus 5T is also rumored to come in two spec packages that will be familiar to OnePlus 5 customers and fans. The first will have 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage, while the upgraded version will have 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. These are identical to the options on the OnePlus 5. In the past, we’ve seen OnePlus leave out expandable storage and expect that to be the case here too.


Some leaks suggest the OnePlus 5T battery might get an upgrade. We’d expect it to be in the same range as the OnePlus 5 which came in at 3300 mAh, and according to an AnTuTu benchmark, the battery capacity sits at 3,450 mAh. A minor bump, but more battery capacity is always better. Unless it makes your phone blow up.


While the battery capacity is far from confirmed, we do know is that the OnePlus 5T will feature DASH charging. Every phone since the OnePlus 3 has featured the fast charging technology and its a major selling point for OnePlus.


The camera could see a small upgrade too, just like the battery. The OnePlus 5 has a dual camera setup that features a 16 MP RGB lens and a 20 MP monochromatic lens. If new leaks are to be believed, OnePlus will bump that to a 20 MP + 20 MP setup. OnePlus CEO Carl Pei recently tweeted a picture with the caption “Cool photo, must have come from a great camera ” This, obviously, set off speculation that the picture came from the upcoming OnePlus 5T. We must say, if this is the kind of low-light quality we can expect from the 5T, we’re excited too.



OnePlus 5T: Design



A change in design will be the major selling point of the OnePlus 5T. We brought you an exclusive teaser image that shows the OnePlus 5T’s brand new design. The OnePlus 5T will feature a 6-inch 2160 x 1080 resolution display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. This follows the trend of phones in 2017 that have reduced the bezels to almost nothing and stretched out the displays from a 16:9 aspect ratio to an 18:9 aspect ratio.


To make room for the longer display, OnePlus looks to be removing the hardware buttons that have featured on its devices in the past. Since there will be no fingerprint scanner on the front of the device, we can only assume that it has been moved to the back like Pixel and LG phones. The teaser image also gives us a peek at the aluminum frame and bottom-firing speaker on the left side.


To add fuel to the all-display fire, a picture has popped up supposedly showing the phone in-hand. The picture comes from the Chinese social networking site Weibo and seems to backs up the teaser image we brought you. Interestingly enough, there are no navigation buttons shown on the display. Samsung and LG give you the option to drop the navigation buttons until you swipe up from the bottom of the device to reveal them. Could we be seeing something similar from OnePlus? Is this just a bad photoshop job?


Weibo


The Weibo post also compares the OnePlus 5T to the Oppo R11s. Oppo and OnePlus are closely linked and have been known to share the same design for their phones. Coincidentally, Oppo is releasing the R11s, a phone strikingly similar to the OnePlus 5T, at the beginning of November.


OnePlus 5T: Price


While we don’t have any firm leaks on the price of the OnePlus 5T, we can infer what it might be based on recent evidence. The base model OnePlus 3 launched at $399 and the OnePlus 3T carried a small increase and launched for $439. If OnePlus uses the same math for this refresh, then we could see the base model OnePlus 5T launched at $519 since the OnePlus 5 was $479 at launch.


The price of OnePlus devices has been steadily creeping up since the company released the OnePlus One for $299 back in 2014 which has lead to some fan dissatisfaction. One thing that is undeniable is that OnePlus’ flagship phones are still much cheaper than flagships put out by Samsung, LG, HTC, or Google, and often come with better specs to boot.



So far, these are all the rumors we’ve been able to dig up about the OnePlus 5T. We’ll keep our ear to the ground for more and update this post as we find out even more details.


In the meantime, head down the comments and let us know what you think of the OnePlus 5T. Will you be picking one up? If not, what features are missing for you?

Samsung Galaxy Oreo Update Nears as Prep Continues

The first Samsung Galaxy Android 8.0 Oreo update continues to inch closer as the company continues to prepare ahead of the release.


Samsung remains silent, but Galaxy Android 8.0 Oreo update news continues to flow as we push toward an official announcement.


Earlier this week, Samsung Turkey revealed plans to push Android 8.0 Oreo to users in early 2018. The company is also reportedly working on a Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo beta that could arrive as soon as October 31st.


The Galaxy Android 8.0 Oreo beta remains unconfirmed, but all signs point to Samsung making progress behind the scenes.


Today, the company’s issued another Samsung Pay update with support for its unreleased Android 8.0 Oreo update. The update, which is now available to customers in India, also delivers bug fixes and other improvements.


This isn’t the first time Samsung’s pushed a Samsung Pay update with Android 8.0 support. In late September, the company issued a similar Samsung Pay update to Galaxy users in Sweden.


For now, the update is limited to users in India and Sweden, but that could change in the near future as the company pushes toward an official Android 8.0 Oreo roll out.


Samsung will reportedly launch the Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo beta on October 31st. Signups will reportedly start on Halloween and Galaxy S8 owners will be able to sign up for the beta via Samsung Members and Samsung+.



Samsung is apparently cooking up an Android 8.0 Oreo beta for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ and it looks like signups for the beta could start next week.


Signups will reportedly kickoff on Halloween in the United States and Galaxy S8 owners will be able to sign up for the beta via Samsung Members and Samsung+.


The information doesn’t come directly from Samsung, but the company did beta test Android Marshmallow and Android Nougat ahead of their official releases.


If Samsung does launch a Galaxy Android 8.0 Oreo beta it will likely be limited in scope. The company’s Android Nougat beta was restricted to users in U.S., U.K., Korea, and China and the company’s Galaxy S7 Edge Olympic Games Limited Edition and Galaxy S7 Edge Injustice Edition were excluded from the program.


Samsung might be testing Android 8.0 Oreo on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, but the Android 8.0 Oreo update should roll out to a long list of Galaxy devices. Here are the devices that should get Android 8.0 Oreo:


  • Galaxy S9

  • Galaxy Note 8

  • Galaxy Note 7 FE

  • Galaxy S8

  • Galaxy S8+

  • Galaxy S8 Active

  • Galaxy S7

  • Galaxy S7 Edge

  • Galaxy S7 Active

  • Galaxy A7 (2017)

  • Galaxy A5 (2017)

  • Galaxy A3 (2017)

  • Galaxy J7 (2017)

  • Galaxy J5 (2017)

  • Galaxy Tab S3

Unfortunately, older phones like the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy Note 5 fall outside Samsung’s two years of Android version update support which means they’ll probably stay on Android Nougat.


That said, Samsung and its carrier partners usually extend bug fixes and security patches to devices well beyond the two-year mark.


Samsung Galaxy Android Oreo: 5 Things to Expect & 4 Things Not To








Expect a Samsung Galaxy Android Oreo Beta






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Expect a Samsung Galaxy Android Oreo Beta

Unless it drastically shakes things up, we expect Samsung to release an Android Oreo beta for select Galaxy devices. 


In late 2015, Samsung released an Galaxy S7 Nougat beta. The beta gave users a chance to try the features early, but more importantly, it helped Samsung squash bugs ahead of the software’s release.


This wasn’t the first time Samsung publicly tested new Android software. The company also ran an Android Marshmallow beta for the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy Note 5 back in 2015. The Galaxy Note 7 wasn’t included in the Nougat beta because, well, it started blowing up. 


Nothing is confirmed, but it looks like the company is prepping an Android Oreo beta for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. 


Look for the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and, perhaps, the new Galaxy Note 8 to take part. If you own an older device like the Galaxy S7 or a mid-range device , your chances of seeing a beta are much slimmer. 






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Thursday, October 26, 2017

OnePlus 5T Leaks & Release Rumors Emerge

The next big smartphone for 2017 to take on the Galaxy S8 might be the upcoming OnePlus 5T. A high-end phone with an affordable price tag. At least according to recent reports and rumors. With that in mind, here’s what we know about the OnePlus 5T, the successor to the original OnePlus 5.


Back in June, the OnePlus 5 hit store shelves. Offering an experience like flagship phones but at a lower price point. It had one thing missing though, a bezel-free display like the LG V30, Pixel 2 XL or Galaxy S8.


However, over the past few weeks, tons of leaks have emerged suggesting a new and improved OnePlus 5T will get released in November. Adding key upgrades to the original similar to the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T in 2016. If the Pixel 2 XL display problems have you looking elsewhere, this could be a great alternative.



While nothing is confirmed, countless leaks from reliable sources believe a new and improved 6-inch OnePlus 5T will get announced in early November. Here’s what we’re hearing so far.


OnePlus 5T Release Date Rumors


The company hasn’t confirmed a new phone is coming or even sent out invites to a press event. Typically we have a good idea about a device long before it arrives. That isn’t the case here. Instead, a few leaks surfaced, then the news exploded.


From reports out of China, popular leasksters like @Evleaks on Twitter, and more. Everything points to the OnePlus 5T launch event around November 14-16th, with a November 20th release date. While discussing these reports, this is what Evan Blass had to say.



Last year the company did something similar. Adding key upgrades to the OnePlus 3 like a better camera, faster processor, and a bigger battery, then released it on November 15th. If a new and improved phone is coming, we’ll get an official announcement soon. Stay tuned for more details.


OnePlus 5T Display


The biggest change we’re seeing from leaks of the OnePlus 5T is the display. Instead of once again offering a 5.5-inch 1080p display, the company can finally compete with Samsung and LG. Leaked photos and video show a device with a 6-inch tall and skinny screen. Similar to the LG V30 or Google Pixel 2 XL.


Most likely potential buyers can expect a 6-inch LED display that’s tall and skinny. Basically a 2:1 aspect ratio like the Galaxy S8. We’re hearing this new screen is 2160 x 1080p, so still not a Quad-HD panel.



This updated design puts the OnePlus 5T on par with other popular Android smartphones on the market. One thing to keep in mind is there’s now no room on the front for a fingerprint scanner. Early leaks indicate the company put it on the back, under the camera, just like most manufacturers.


Now, potential buyers just need to wait and see what other upgrades the 5T has to offer.


OnePlus 5T Specs & Features


Aside from the bigger 6-inch screen and new aspect ratio, the OnePlus 5T might have specs and features similar to its predecessor. There are a few notable changes though, and here’s what we’re hearing so far.


OnePlus 5T Specs (Rumored)


  • 6-inch 2180 x 1080p HD Edge-to-Edge Display

  • Snapdragon 835 Processor with 6 or 8GB of RAM

  • 64 or 128GB of storage with no microSD slot

  • Improved Dual 20 Megapixel Rear cameras with f/1.6 aperture main, f/2.4 secondary

  • 16 Megapixel Front-facing camera

  • Android 7.0 Nougat or Android 8.0 Oreo

  • Rear fingerprint scanner

  • 3,450 mAh battery with Dash Fast Charging

  • Single bottom-firing speaker

  • more

Last year the OnePlus 3T had upgrades across the board. However, for the new OnePlus 5T it looks like the main changes are the screen and camera. That said, those are two important factors for most buyers. We’re unsure if the second camera takes portrait photos like Samsung or Apple, or takes wide-angle shots like the LG V30.



OnePlus 5T Price


The last thing we need to talk about is pricing and availability. OnePlus is known for great phones at an affordable price, but every launch over the past few years we’ve seen that price increase.


With a big new screen and better cameras, along with potentially the option for water-resistance, we expect a price increase. Hopefully we’ll know more in the coming days or weeks, but it’s safe to assume the OnePlus 5T will cost somewhere around $499 for 64GB, and $559 or more for the 128GB model with 8GB of RAM.



Either way, this is shaping up nicely and could give the Galaxy S8, iPhone X, and others a run for their money. We’ll report back as soon as we know more.

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