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1 hour ago

Samsung expects AI and flexible displays to drive smartphone growth in 2017

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Samsung made over $45 billion in revenue last quarter, and that was without the Galaxy Note 7.

Samsung's mobile division, despite the ignominious death of the Galaxy Note 7, performed well enough in the fourth quarter to buoy the company's results to its best in over three years.

While much of the $7.92 billion USD equivalent in profit (9.22 trillion KRW) was due to success of Samsung's less public divisions, such as V-NAND memory and OLED displays, strong sales of the Galaxy S7 series and higher margins for its Galaxy A and Galaxy J series, played a role.

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4 hours ago

Amazon's new wake word for Echo will have all the Star Wars geeks smiling

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Now all we need is a Q voice app that randomly speaks at you.

The number one request from every voice assistant speaker right now is for more wake words. Lots of people would prefer being able to designate their own wake word instead of a list of pre-defined options, but a longer list wouldn't be bad either. Amazon already had more options than anyone else with "Alexa," "Amazon" and "Echo" as wake words that could be set uniquely for each Echo you own, but now there's a fourth option and it's easily the best one for Star Trek fans.

That's right, you can now use "Computer" as a wake word for your Amazon Echo! It's part of an update slowly rolling out to Echo owners, adding the fourth wake word to the bottom of the existing list. Like any other Echo wake word, you can choose to only have one Echo respond to this wake word or let all of them do it.

All you need to do now is make sure no one in your life is going to shoot you sideways glances when you're wandering around the house in your Science Officer robe asking your Echo to lower the bedroom lights.

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4 hours ago

LG G6 breaks cover in fresh leak, offers great look at tiny bezels

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It seems like we learn something new about this phone every day.

LG's continued strategy of letting plenty of details out ahead of its phone launches is well under way for the new LG G6, but now we also have a solid render of the front of the phone courtesy of The Verge. LG will be officially releasing the G6 at MWC 2017 in just over a month, but this render gives us plenty to talk about in the meantime.

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7 hours ago

These could be LG's new Android Wear watches

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While we still need to wait until February 9 to get all the details of Android Wear 2.0 and the new watches that are coming with it, this is probably what LG's Watch Sport and Watch Style will look like.

The photo, published by Techno Buffalo, shows two distinct watches that line up with all the past leaks and tidbits of information we've seen about them.

The LG Watch Style (pictured on the right) is a smaller version with no additional buttons and a strap that appears to be leather. We imagine you'll have several different straps to choose from, as well as different finishes for the watch body itself.

On the left, the LG Watch Sport looks to be taking on Samsung's Gear S line. It's shown in a metal and rubber configuration and is a good bit larger than the Style version. Like the Style, we expect to be able to buy one with a choice of bands and finishes.

LG was a launch partner for Android Wear when it debuted, and it's no surprise that they are one of the first companies out of the gate with a 2.0 watch. They've been committed to the platform and already offer some great choices in their G Watch line. It will be interesting to see what Android Wear 2.0 and LG can bring to the table to refresh a wearables market that's not seeing much (if any) growth. We'll know more in a few weeks.

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9 hours ago

You can charge two devices quickly in the car with this Quick Charge 3.0 charger for just $9

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Right now you can pick up Aukey's Quick Charge 3.0 car charger for just $9 with coupon code OHBVOTE9, a savings of $8. It features two Quick Charge 3.0 ports, so you can keep all your favorite gadgets topped up while on the go. Quick Charge 3.0 can charge compatible devices up to four times faster than a regular charger, so whether you spend 10 minutes or two hours in the car each day, this will get you the most power during your commute.

Aukey builds in safeguards to protect your devices from overheating, overcharging or drawing excessive current from the charger to keep your phone and car safe. Remember, you'll need to use coupon code OHBVOTE9 for the savings here. Be sure to grab one for each car you have, you'll thank yourself later.

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9 hours ago

OnePlus is trying this new thing where it ships as soon as you order!

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No more waiting for your OnePlus 3T to ship.

Shipping in volume is hard. It's actually one of the most complicated and expensive parts of making a physical object you want to sell to people. Many larger companies around the world make it look fairly easy, where you can just press the order button and the phone is in a box with a shipping label within hours, but it only works for those companies after years of negotiations and errors.

OnePlus is finally ready to give immediate dispatch a try in Europe and North America starting tomorrow, but it's not clear how long this experiment will be around. Starting tomorrow, if you buy a OnePlus 3T in the 64GB Gunmetal configuration from OnePlus, the phone will be shipped immediately after! Here's what David from OnePlus had to say about the plan:

A New Year means a new start. Our goal for this year is to once again deliver the best technology to our community. It's just as important to do so as fast as possible though, so we'll be looking to reduce our delivery time. That said, as is the case with all New Year's resolutions, we can't expect to get there overnight. That's why we are going to tackle this goal step by step.

OnePlus isn't saying how long this option will be available, only that the goal is to make this a permanent offering on its website.

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9 hours ago

Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers

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Take your music with you with a portable Bluetooth speaker.

Portable Bluetooth speakers are one of the best ways to take those excellent audio waves with you everywhere. Compatible with practically every device out there, Bluetooth speakers will make sure that, as long as your phone, tablet, or laptop is around, your music is loud!

We've rounded up some of the best portable Bluetooth speakers that you can take with you just about anywhere!

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10 hours ago

Samsung's Note 7 apology was heavy on battery science, light on admitting its own failures

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Samsung must now pick up and move on from the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, but we can learn a lot about the company through its recent investigation.

The Galaxy Note 7 may be dead, but the experience of the incident has clearly reverberated throughout the company, from headquarters in Korea to much smaller markets like Canada. A press conference early Monday morning in Seoul began solemnly, as Samsung's president of mobile, DJ Koh, took responsibility for the company's recent troubles.

"I deeply apologize to all of our customers, carriers, retail and distribution partners, and all of our business partners," he said. "We thank you for your patience and continuous support. We believe that as a first step to regain your trust, it is important to provide you with a thorough understanding of the cause of the Galaxy Note 7 incident and to implement a comprehensive plan to take preventative measures."

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10 hours ago

Android Instant Apps seeing limited launch today, will open up further over time

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Android Instant Apps now live with select developers

You'll soon be able to run parts of apps without installing anything.

After learning about Google's new "Android Instant Apps" initiative back at Google I/O 2016, they are finally ready for live trials in the real world. Google has worked with Android developers at BuzzFeed, Wish, Periscope, and Viki to make the first Android Instant apps.

When an app is designed to be an Android Instant App, it lets users download and run specific parts of it without downloading and installing a complete APK file. For example, when tapping on a result in Google search, that link could load you into what looks like a complete native app to perform whatever basic functions you're looking for. With a couple more taps, the rest of the app can be downloaded in the background and installed for full functionality.

Android Instant Apps is a huge deal, but only once it's fully available.

Not only does this dramatically improve the on-boarding process of grabbing new users quickly, bypassing the usual barrier of downloading a large file and waiting for installation, but it also helps free up space on your phone when you only need small portions of an app for a single task.

Unfortunately for eager developers, Android Instant Apps is only launching as a trial with the aforementioned apps right now while Google collects user feedback to see how the product works in the real world. Developers can get ready for the launch of Android Instant Apps by modularizing their app into easy-to-use components and taking a few preemptive steps, but the full SDK won't be available for a few more months.

On the user side, you won't really notice much — and that's kind of the idea. When following links that would normally send you either to a simplified mobile page or directly to the Play Store for an app, you may now see this simplified Android app interface instead — that's when you know you're using an Instant App. There's an easy user interface flow to download the complete app, or just back out when you're done with your first task.

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11 hours ago

Best flash drives to expand your NVIDIA Shield Android TV's storage

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Best flash drives to expand your NVIDIA Shield Android TV's storage

It's cheap and easy to expand the internal storage of your set top box.

The latest revision of the NVIDIA Shield Android TV may have lost its SD card slot, but it still has two perfectly good USB 3.0 ports that can work to expand your internal storage. You can attach just about anything to those ports, but with just 16GB of internal storage, many will want to fill one with an inexpensive flash drive that can be adopted into the system and work just as if it were internal storage.

NVIDIA actually makes a great set of recommendations for which flash drives work best with your Shield, and having done some research on them ourselves, we want to point out which ones are the drives to go with.

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11 hours ago

Google Voice receives massive redesign, rolling out today for Android, iOS and the web

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It's happening. It's really, really happening.

It turns out the tease was not a lie: Google Voice is receiving much-needed attention for the first time in 5 years. The redesign comes across all platforms — the web, Android, and iOS — and completely starts from scratch on the interface and features while retaining the same core experience that has kept loyal Google Voice users around this whole time.

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12 hours ago

AT&T simplifies international roaming with $10/day plan, perfectly mirroring Verizon

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Traveling internationally is extremely exciting, but can also make you cringe at your cellular bill.

AT&T is completely simplifying and improving its international data plans this week by moving to a flat daily fee structure, replacing its previous offering of charging you based on megabytes of data and minutes of calls. The new plan, called the "International Day Pass", simply charges you $10 per day to use your phone in any supported roaming country.

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12 hours ago

Android Oreo: What we want from the next version of Android

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It's never too early to start thinking ahead.

We're getting used to the changes that came with Android Nougat, but we still have a wish list for Android O. We'll start guessing the name soon, I'm sure.

Android is a far different animal than it used to be, and major platform updates don't actually look very major on the surface. The jump from Marshmallow to Nougat is a good example — large portions of the underlying code changed how things are done but other than a few features like multi-window, much of it looks and feels the same. We may want something that looks exciting, but big shifts in the way things look and operate usually break plenty of other things, so slow and gradual adjustments are the norm.

Refinements not replacements.

And that's good. Doze, for example, was refined in Android 7. When it works, it's pretty great. A good path to follow would be to find out why it doesn't always work and see what's needed to fix Android and third party apps so everyone can enjoy the benefits. Making changes so apps like the camera don't need to try and open when they're not needed is great for overall performance. Extend those ideas to other system-level apps to make even more gains. That's the sort of thing that we're sure Google is working on with Android O.

But there are things we really want from Google going forward, and some of them are related to their mobile services. Have a read and see our list.

Make Google Assistant smarter and friendlier

Now that we know other companies can have Assistant, by the time Android O comes around most flagship phones will have it or have access to it through the Play Store. Google knows it has to spread outside of their own phones if they want to get the sugar-sweet data that it can create.

Make sure it's amazing by then.

We like (and I speak for everyone here) Google Assistant and think it works pretty well. But right now there are some things that can't be done without a convoluted scheme through a third party. There are things we want it to do and other stuff we want it to work with. SmartThings is pretty awesome, but other companies still exist. And while you're at it, make things a little more natural and friendly. Instead of saying "I'm sorry, that's not supported," tell us your "thought process" and help us reach a command that does work. A friendly Assistant should talk to us instead of saying no and shutting down when it can't figure out the question.

Right now Assistant is definitely worth using and better than expected in some ways. But you can make us all say "Wow!" here. Give us that robot butler we always wanted.

There's a big world out there

Google wants every person in every country to use all of their services. Laws and regulations don't make that as easy as we think it is, though.

But that can't be an excuse. Android O will also have some awesome new Google feature to go along with it, and that feature needs to come to everyone right away — not just Americans. Other companies are able to do whatever deals or magic is needed to have services work in many places at once, so we should expect Google to do the same.

Security, security, security

Having monthly patches for security exploits — both existing and potential — is great. Listing everything that was updated and linking to the changes themselves is great, too. Doing as much as they can to prevent them in the first place is even better because sometimes those updates don't trickle down through the companies who make Android phones.

We know Google cares about Android's security, and they have a lot of mechanisms in place to prevent unknowns from doing much damage, as well as cleaning things up if it does happen. They need to continue to focus on how your phone boots up and how changes for critical system files are monitored.

These are the things that make it harder to get admin permissions. Keep doing them and give us a proper admin account. Android needs something like Sudo to be safer than the way it is now where we lose encryption and have to unlock the bootloader to have full access to the file system.

Better tools for desktop management

Samsung, LG and everyone else has their own programs for your computer to make things like transferring files and backing up your things easier. They have to do it because Google doesn't offer anything.

Yes, Android is a cloud-centric OS. That doesn't matter because it's obvious that some folks want to manage their stuff locally. You can still design everything around being connected and have it all done through the phone itself but take the time and money to write desktop software for the people who need it. You sell very expensive high-end phones now, and pretending that the people buying them won't have access to a computer isn't the best position to take. Especially when your competitors don't.

Android Studio has a great interface and communicates with your phone the same way an app like this would. Take what works there and make an optional gTunes program.

Themes

I like the brighter colors we've seen in the past few versions of Android. A lot of other people do, too. But an equal number of people don't.

You fix that and make everyone happy by adding a theme engine. Developers and Google Play would quickly fill out an Android themes section. Crazy fonts and all.

The status bar needs some love

My lock screen has a clock. There's a pretty slick clock widget or two in Google Play (as well as one included on almost every phone). Not to mention those watches you want us to buy and their primary feature. Why would I want a clock that can't be removed in the status bar?

The same goes for the rest of the icons up there. They offer useful information, but plenty of other ways to get that information are available. System UI tuner is good for the people who can use it or find it. Make it a little friendlier when it comes to the language it uses, then pull it out of where it's buried so people know it's there.

A certified accessories program

No, not like Apple's, but with the same goals — get companies excited to make things that work with Android.

Make it free. Publish papers and guidelines that help anyone wanting to participate. Encourage and incentivize partners to build great products. Showcase those great products on the Google Store. This will make it easier for people to recognize products built to work best with Android, and reward companies that do so. Everyone wins.

Curated sections of Google Play for more things would be awesome

Let everyone download all the things, but also give people a place to look for specific apps. Expand from sections like Android Wear apps or apps for kids into apps that are great for some of the most popular models. People know where to look in the Galaxy App Store to find what works great with an S Pen. They should be able to do the same in Google Play, right from the Play Store app. I would download every app from a section titled "Games that use Google's backup service so you don't lose your progress and IAPs."

You're the king of search, so you know the current system based on keywords is broken. Fix it.

Tailor Android for better hardware

Everyone in an emerging market deserves a well-built low-cost phone with access to Google Play. Everyone who spends $1,000 on a phone with the highest specs available deserves software built to take advantage of it. Having an OS that melds these two things is hard, and doing so means not everything available works well on every phone.

Make use of the horsepower in our $1,000 phone.

A few changes that let phones with plenty of GPU and CPU power take full advantage of it without trying to be backward compatible so it can be used elsewhere could be easier than the one-size-fits-all solution. Keep the core APIs the same, keep the features the same, but differentiate the way developers can interface with them.

I want an Android One phone to be lean and functional. I want apps to work well on it. But I also want whatever we see next from the folks who push hardware limits to be able to harness what the hardware can do. Fragmentation be damned — expand on what NVIDIA has done and give us a better way for apps and games and a UI to use all that horsepower that will be in our next high-end Android. Just make sure that it still has the same base Android features available to everyone.

Don't forget AOSP

This ties in with the first thing on our list as well as the one above. Things you do that make Android better need to live in AOSP (the open-source version of Android). Having your own services is fine, but don't neglect Android itself in favor of them. Anyone who has built Android 7 without Google's services knows that it's a fully functional OS for a phone that's missing everything that makes Android compelling to use.

Give the world an open-source front-end for Gmail or for Google Movies and TV and all the other things that make Android great. You know that someone would be able to take the code and do a great job with it if you let them have a way to access things properly and a fully detailed set of rules to follow while doing it.

If you didn't know that, download Carbon or Falcon Pro and compare them to Twitter for Android.

Android has reached a point where major shifts aren't needed. Refining what's already there and adding a few well thought out services and features to Android, and the Google ecosystem itself will be a good way to add some polish and keep things from getting stale.

We'll think of plenty more changes we want to see, and I'm sure everyone has their own list of wants and needs. Some will be valid, some will be silly and some might even happen. But it's always fun to think about how things could (or should) change.

This article was originally published in October 2016. It was updated in January 2017 with most recent information post-Nougat.

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Right now you can pick up Belkin's 3-in-1 travel charger for just $20 at B&H Photo, a savings of $40 from its regular price. With a 3000mAh battery built-in, you'll be able to charge your phones, tablets, and more while on the go with ease. Once you reach your destination you'll be able to plug it into the wall and utilize its two wall plugs and single USB slot, while being protected from surges as well. The battery pack is super small, so you can easily stick it in your travel bag or purse and not have to worry about it.

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How to set up Kodi on NVIDIA Shield Android TV

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How can I get Kodi on my NVIDIA Shield Android TV?

Kodi is one of the most popular and easiest ways for cord cutters to ditch their cable bill for good. It's a very flexible open source media center (formerly known as XBMC) that's available on many different operating systems, including Android. You may have even seen or heard of "Kodi boxes," which are simply cheap Android boxes sold with Kodi pre-installed.

Since it's just an Android app, this means that it's also available for the NVIDIA Shield Android TV, which is far and away the most capable Android TV box than any others you'll find. We'll walk you through the basics for getting Kodi up and running, with some tips for finding and adding content and add-ons!

You can get the basic 16GB model of the NVIDIA Shield TV for $199 and that should be good enough if you're planning on streaming most of your media content through the available add-ons, but if you've got a bunch of media you plan to transfer over to live directly on your device, you'll probably want to opt for the 500GB NVIDIA Shield TV Pro.

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How to Install Kodi on your Shield Android TV

Installing Kodi onto your NVIDIA Shield Android TV is by far the easiest part of setting up the app. Since it's available right from the Google Play Store, it's as easy as downloading any app onto an Android device.

  1. Open the Google Play Store app on the NVIDIA Shield Android TV.
  2. Search for Kodi.
  3. Select Install to download the app.

Installing Kodi is just the beginning. You'll need to either transfer your media files to the internal storage on the console or download some Kodi add-ons to stream content over Wi-Fi. We'll discuss how to do both.

How to transfer files to your Shield Android TV

If you've got videos, music, and photos that you'd like to add to your Shield Android TV, there's a couple of ways to transfer them over.

Probably the easiest way to transfer files over would be to go into the Google Play Store and install the ES File Explorer File Manager app on your Shield Android TV. It includes a number of ways to manage and transfer files, including via cloud storage services such as Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, and more. From there, you can simply upload your files to your cloud storage service of choice, then download them to the Shield Android TV using ES File Explorer.

Organize your files based on the folders in the Shield TV's root file system so that it's easiest to organize them in Kodi. Once you've got your files transferred onto the console, it's fairly straightforward to set things up in Kodi:

  1. Go into Kodi.
  2. Select the category of files you want to set up (Pictures, Music, or Videos). For this example, we'll use Music.
  3. Select Files.
  4. Select Add Music….
  5. In the pop-up window, tap Browse.
  6. Tap External storage.
  7. Scroll down and select the folder that you stored all your music in. Select OK.

Congrats! You have now set up that folder in Kodi as a source for your music. You can continue to add or remove music to that folder and have everything populated nicely for you in Kodi. This works the same for videos or pictures, too, so you can load in all the media you would want on hand at all times.

If you're a little more tech savvy, you can also go about setting up an FTP Server connection between your PC or Mac and the Shield Android TV.

How to install (legal) add-ons to your Shield Android TV

Keeping files directly on the Shield Android TV is one way access your media — but it's 2017 and streaming media is really where it's at. Furthermore, one of the best reasons to use Kodi is its wide selection of add-ons. They are downloaded onto the Shield within Kodi via community-created repositories.

Here's how to find and install an add-on:

  1. From the main menu, go over to System and select Settings in the submenu.
  2. Open the settings and click the icon labeled Add-ons.
  3. Depending on the version of Kodi you're running, you'll see an icon that says Install from repository or Get add-ons. Click it.
  4. Choose the Kodi Add-on repository.
  5. Browse through the different add-ons available. The big three you'll want to look for are Music add-ons, Picture add-ons, and Video Add-ons
  6. Find an add-on that looks interesting. Click it to install.

Once the add-on has been installed, you can access it from the main menu by selecting its category, then selecting "Add-ons" from the submenu. There are dozens of add-ons available from the Kodi repository alone, so definitely take some time looking through them. For example, if you use Plex for accessing your media files across devices, you'll definitely be interested in setting up the Plex add-on for Kodi.

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How to customize the look of Kodi on your Shield Android TV

By default, Kodi uses the Confluence skin, which offers a relatively clean and basic user interface that's great for beginners first getting used to using the program. But you also have other skin options available for changing how Kodi is presented on your TV.

  1. Select System on the main menu.
  2. Go to Appearance and select Skin.
  3. Select Get More….
  4. Browse through the skin options available and select one to install.

From here, you can basically try out as many available skins as you want until you find a style you like. It's essentially the exact same steps to go back and swap skins at any time.

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