LG rolled out the Stylus 2 last month, and is now announcing an upgraded variant with a 5.7-inch Full HD screen and a 1.4GHz octa-core processor. The phone will also offer a 16MP camera (in select regions), as well as an 8MP front shooter. The storage has also received an upgrade to 3GB of RAM and 32GB internal memory.
Lenovo is continuing to roll out the Marshmallow update to its phones, with the K4 Note becoming the latest handset in India to receive the update. The update comes in at 1.6GB, and is now available to all K4 Note owners in the country.
If you find your Nexus 5X always crying out for more battery power due to an on-the-go lifestyle, you may want to consider picking up a Vinsic USB-C car charger.
Rated at 5V 3A output, you should be able to rapid charge your Nexus 5X, meaning your battery will get a significant boost during your daily commute. Plus, this charger features over-voltage protection and short-circuit protection.
The Vinsic charger has both a USB-A and USB-C port, allowing you to plug in two devices at once.
If you find yourself in need of a longer charging cable for the Nexus 5X, or in need of a cable that's a little more durable, the Cambond 6.6-foot USB-C to USB-C cable is perfect for you.
It's rated for use with 2A wall chargers, meaning you should be able to rapidly charge your 5X in less time with the right charger. It's 6.6 feet long, which is double the length of the cable that ships with the Nexus, so you aren't tethered so close to the wall every time you plug in.
The cord is well-protected and features nylon fiber wrapped around the outside of the cable, which help prevent the wire from becoming frayed.
Although it seems that USB-C might become the preferred connection for phones in the future (because it is), you've probably got a lot of MicroUSB cables lying around. Good news! With the Anker USB-C to MicroUSB adapter, you don't have to let those old cords sit around collecting dust.
This simple adapter can be placed on the end of any MicroUSB cable to make it compatible with a USB-C port. The adapter is capable of receiving USB 2.0 transfer speeds and 2A charging speeds, so as long as your cable is up-to-snuff, this adapter won't feel any different than a standard USB-C cable.
Keep your desk, counter, or nightstand looking neat and tidy, while charging your Nexus 5X with the NXET USB-C charge dock.
This dock will keep your Nexus completely accessible, making it super easy to swipe through the news of the day, check your calendar, or reply to messages all with one hand. The dock adjusts to three different viewing angles, which means you will always be comfortable when you are looking at it.
It's worth mentioning this dock won't allow you to charge your 5X rapidly; however, it's a good quality dock that still supports USB 2.0 transfer speeds for when you plug the dock into your computer.
If you find your Nexus 5X is always dying on you when you aren't around outlets of any kind, you may want to consider getting a Anker PowerCore+ power bank.
With a huge capacity of 20100 mAh, the Anker PowerCore+ can fully charge your Nexus 5X seven times and still have some juice left. It has two USB-A ports and a USB-C port allowing you to charge three devices at once, meaning all your favorite electronics will always be charged and ready to go.
While this is a great power bank, the cord that it comes with is not as high quality. We recommend using a better cable to ensure your devices are properly charged and protected from damage. The Cambond cable we mentioned earlier in this list would be a perfect choice.
The Photos Live case is a case for your Nexus 5X that is as unique as you are. It's a one shell case that features a photo of your choosing, making it perfect for treasuring a precious moment, highlighting your favorite photo, or even using a unique print from your favorite artist.
The Photos Live case has a companion app you can download to turn your wallpaper into an entire slideshow, making it seem as though your case is integrated into your Home screen!
A cool case to make you the talk of the town, or a timeless gift for a close friend or loved one.
If you want a case that offers your Nexus 5X some protection while keeping the beautiful natural look of the phone, the Ringke Fusion case is perfect for you.
It's a one-piece TPU sleeve that fits the 5X snuggly and doesn't block the usage of any buttons or ports. It has a dust cover over the headphone jack, so you can rest easy knowing dirt will stay out of there.
It's a little thicker around the edges of the phone to protect the phone from falling damage, and it even comes with a screen protector, so it protects the entire phone.
The Ultimate Ears Roll is a mini Bluetooth speaker you can take with you wherever you go. It has a fantastic water-resistance rating, meaning you don't have to sing alone in the shower anymore. Plus, it also comes with a floating life preserver, meaning you can bring this speaker to a pool party and have it float along the surface.
The sound quality of this tiny guy is impressive, and you can pair two together for a stereo experience. Download the UE app to control playback so you can control it from afar.
UE has released the Roll 2, which includes all the features of the older model along with a few key improvements. The Roll 2 has better sound — both in volume and tone — while also increasing the Bluetooth range to 100 feet.
The Roll 2 costs about $99; however, you can find the original Roll on sale, and it could be worth keeping an eye on the price as time goes on.
To some people, the value of the upgraded UE Roll 2 is offset by the potential savings of the original Roll. We have links to both versions below, so you can decide between the new and the old.
Microsoft and Xiaomi have announced that the companies have reached an agreement that will see the companies cross-license patent portfolios, as well as pre-load Skype and Microsoft Office on future Xiaomi Android phones and tablets. Details on exactly which patents from each company are to be licensed were understandably not revealed, but we do know that apps will arrive on new phones sold starting in September 2016.
Twist your tongue with these great word games for Android.
We've rounded up the best Android word games you'll find in the Google Play Store. These will test your puzzle-solving skills, trivia knowledge, and sheer reflexes. Quite a few have in-app purchases, but still offer plenty of free content on their own.
Ready to start working with letters? Check out our list of the best Android word games!
Wordament is an online-only multiplayer game that lets you compete against other spellers across the globe. Swipe to connect letters diagonally, horizontally, and vertically in order to score points based on a word's rarity, determined by how often the word is found by the player-base. You can rotate the board to better see combination options, but the placement of letters does not change in relation to other letters.
Add an Xbox or Facebook account in order to keep track of your friends and progress as you move up the leaderboard. Ads are minimal — a refreshing for many gamers.
Many people's favorite word game, Words with Friends has been a staple Android game since 2009. Start off by placing a letter on the center tile and go about building words — fans of the classic Scrabble board game will immediately feel at home with double and triple letter scores, and double and triple word scores. You can swap unwanted tiles in lieu of a turn, and the built-in dictionary will let you know what words you can and can't play.
If you play a word you're especially proud of, share a picture of the game board through an option in the game menu. There is an option to remove ads, but at $12.38, you might be better of dealing with the ad that pops up after each of your turns.
Wordfeud pits you against an opponent over Facebook, from your phone's contact list, or an opponent Wordfeud finds for you. Fans of the classic board game Scrabble will immediately feel at home when the board is revealed; begin by playing a word on the center tile, and build your vocabulary from there.
If the competition isn't strong enough playing one versus one, Wordfeud offers a tournament mode. Log in with Facebook or email and have a go at the rest of the world. With more than 30 languages available, you're sure to find a worthy opponent.
An in-app purchase is available for $2.99 to remove ads and reveal statistics. Not a bad idea if you'd like to track your progress — the ads are few and far between and might not be worth the money to get rid of them.
Heads Up! is a really fun local multiplayer trivia game. One player holds a phone or tablet to their head showing a word, and a teammate gives hints as to what the word is (without saying it specifically, of course). A quick flip down of the device brings up a fresh word when guessed right, while a flip up is a pass. After it's all done, you can watch a video replay taken from the device's front-facing camera and share it out to friends. There are six themed packs available out of the gate, and plenty more through in-app purchases of about a buck a pop.
Definitely give Heads Up! a try if you've been looking for something easy to play at parties.
SnapAttack is the classic Scrabble game with a twist. Instead of taking turns against opponents creating words one at a time, SnapAttack gives you 2.5 minutes, 7 letter tiles, and a board with two words already on it. Your job is to place the letter tiles on the board as words and rearrange them as many times as possible before your time is up. SnapAttack rewards points the same way as Scrabble: tiles are assigned a number, and the board has score multipliers in the form of double or triple word and letter scores.
Work your way up the global leaderboard by creating as many words as possible during each round. A new round will automatically begin, so expect to lose track of time. There doesn't seem to be any ads in this game, a nice change from the norm.
WordBrain is a single player game that sees you move your way through increasingly difficult word puzzles. The puzzles start with four letters and you must create a four letter word by swiping in any direction, using each tile once. As you progress through the game you will eventually see 64 letter puzzles where you have to create multiple words of varying length. Upon reaching the puzzles with nine tiles the game becomes a challenge — the extra letter tiles (ones not yet used for the other word) are there to fool you and sometimes get in your way. Luckily there is a hint option you can use to reveal a letter's placement in the word.
A really cool feature, you say? Create your own word puzzles and challenge your friends. There are some pop-up ads found here but they're not very frequent and can be quickly closed.
Bonza is a word puzzle game where players are given a topic and have to to assemble an assortment of crossword-style letter tiles so they make a full set of words. New packs of puzzles are available daily, and more still through in-app purchases. If things get too tricky, you can spend the coins you earn in-game on hints.
Bonza is a relaxing word game that puts a modern twist on an old crossword aesthetic.
7 Little Words gives players a batch of trivia hints in a crossword format, and letter tiles to assemble into their solutions. Every pack has a certain theme, with new packs being made available regularly through in-app purchases. Hints are available for those that are stuck, too.
Anyone looking to test their knowledge and wordplay at the same time will get a lot of mileage out of 7 Little Words
Apple has one look, and it's quite a distinctive one. If you really want to make your Android look like an iPhone, you can.
There's no single Android "look." Sure, we've got Material Design, and it's great. But Android can and often does look like anything under the sun: pretty, ugly, clean, busy, Material, Holo, retro, futuristic, and at times, even Apple-y. If you can make your phone look like anything, it makes sense that some might want their phone to look like one of Cupertino's devices.
Now making your phone look and behave exactly like an iPhone is impossible without a specialized ROM, or a phone that was designed to look and feel like an iPhone — think Xiaomi, Huawei, or a few other Chinese manufacturers. But between these apps and a little patience, we can make your new phone behave and feel a lot more like your old one … in a good way.
Don't let your home screen fall into a rut — switch out your wallpaper!
You don't have to pull out a complex new theme like Spider-Man to bring a breath of fresh air to your home screen. A new wallpaper can do wonders, and launchers like Action Launcher can re-theme your entire home screen around a good wallpaper. In our effort to help brighten your device — and maybe your day — we're compiling some wallpapers for you to try out.
If you've got a wallpaper you use everywhere, share it in the comments below! We're always looking for something new. Now get your wallpaper picker ready and see what's in store this week.
Right now you can pick up SanDisk's 200GB microSD card for just $60, a savings of $20 from its normal price. We've seen the price of these cards drop significantly over the past couple of months, and at $60 this is an absolute bargain. Whether you are looking to add storage to your phone, tablet, camera or just to have it for backing up files, this card makes a great addition to any collection.
If you want to keep your Galaxy S7 looking great, you’ll want to take a look at this. Samsung’s S-View clear flip cover not only protects the back of the phone, but also the front with a clear panel that you can read notifications through. Today, you can save $24 on the purchase, bringing it down to just $34.95.
As it did with VoLTE, Rogers is taking a slow-and-steady approach to releasing a new feature across its Android lineup.
That feature? Wi-Fi Calling. Already available on several iPhone models at Rogers, and from many Android phones at U.S.-based carriers, Wi-Fi calling seamlessly routes calls through a more-stable Wi-Fi network in situations when a cellular network isn't always reliable.
According to MobileSyrup, the feature will roll out starting today with the Rogers Galaxy Note 5, continuing to hit new and existing Android devices released by the carrier as the software becomes available.
It's unclear why the aging Note 5, and not newer Samsung devices like the Galaxy S7, is the first to receive Wi-Fi calling, but a Rogers representative confirmed that most devices capable of supporting Wi-Fi calling will receive the feature alongside their Android 6.0 Marshmallow update and beyond.
One of the best features of a smartphone is its camera. Technology has given the world amazing cameras that fit into our pockets. So after you've snapped those amazing photos, how do you share them? That's our question for you in this week's poll! There are tons of ways to share your photos whether it's an app on your phone, or an online album like Google Photos.
Before there were cameras in our phones, sharing photos meant getting copies made or emailing attachments to friends who lived across the country. Now sharing photos is as easy as a tap, or a click. So how do you share photos with the people in your life? We've got seven options for you this week: "Facebook," "Instagram," "Google+," "Google Photos," "Flickr," "Other," "I don't share many photos" or "I use multiple apps or websites to share my photos."
We've teamed up with Seidio this week for a super cool giveaway for you guys! Seidio has recently partnered with leading camouflage producer Kryptek to create a truly unique case that pushes slim protection to the limit. They are currently the only mobile accessory manufacturer using these officially licensed Kryptek patterns for a truly unique look you won't find elsewhere. These are available to order now on Seidio's site.
Now on to the contest!
The Prize: One super lucky Android Central reader will be taking home a brand new Samsung Galaxy S7 and a Seidio Kryptek Surface Combo for their new phone! In addition, two runners up will win a Seidio Kryptek Surface Combo for the S7.
How to Enter: Head down to the widget at the bottom of this page. There are multiple ways to enter, each with varying point values. Complete all of the tasks for maximum entries and your best shot at winning! The giveaway is open until June 14th and winners will be announced here shortly after the close date.
Please note that service is not included with the phone. Also, in the event that the winner resides outside of the United States, the prize maybe be subject to duties and taxes, which are the responsibility of the winner.
OnePlus has announced that you will now be able to buy its phones directly from Amazon if you wish. Whether you are looking for a OnePlus 2 or OnePlus X, you'll now have more options of places to buy them at their newly reduced prices.