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2 weeks ago

OnePlus merchandise now up for sale in India, OnePlus 3T coming on Dec. 2


Are you ready for a Dash Charge t-shirt?

OnePlus is now offering its lifestyle products in India, kicking things off with a travel backpack, messenger bag, and t-shirts. The brand gave away a few accessories as part of its Diwali Sale last month, but is now launching OnePlus Gear merchandise officially in the country. The OnePlus 3T is also set to make its debut in India on December 2.

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2 weeks ago

'Glossy black' Galaxy S7 edge is Samsung's answer to the 'jet black' iPhone


Say hello to a slightly different black GS7 edge.

With the Note 7 consigned to the flaming dumpster of history, it seems Samsung is looking to new color options for the Galaxy S7 series to boost sales in the run up to the holidays. We've already seen the "blue coral" GS7 edge, and now it looks like it may be joined by a darker, glossier version of the "onyx black" color that's been available from launch.

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2 weeks ago

Huawei Watch price cut to £168 on Amazon UK

Huawei Watch

Get the best Android Wear smartwatch at a £70 discount.

The Huawei Watch remains our pick for best Android Wear smartwatch, and now you can pick up the wearable at a substantial discount on Amazon UK. As part of its ongoing Black Friday deals, Amazon has cut the price from £239 to £167.99, a 30% discount. (That's around half the original launch price for the watch, for what it's worth.)

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You'll have a hard time tracking down a better smartwatch at that price point. Here's Russell Holly on why the Huawei Watch is the best:

Huawei's Watch is a unique successful attempt at making Android Wear watches look more like and actual watch and less like a gadget. It's packing a fully circular always-on display, microphone and speaker for handling calls, and a heart-rate sensor for connecting with your favorite fitness apps. The battery will last the average user multiple days, but promises to last through a whole day no matter who you are.

More: Black Friday 2016 deals

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2 weeks ago

Take the State of the Mobile Nations Phones Survey for your chance to win $600 towards a new phone!


Silly season for new phones and gadgets is on us — it feels like we can't go a week without a major release as the calendar races into the holidays. There are a bunch of new phones out there and we wanted to get an idea about what's important to you in a phone and in a cellular carrier. Thus, this survey.

We get a little detailed, but that's because we want to suss out what it is that drives your decisions in purchasing a new phone or picking a new carrier. These are expensive and long-term choices, and your answers will help to influence what we write. This survey is your chance to help guide and inform how we approach answering your most important technology questions for years to come!

And because we love you, one random respondent to this survey will win $600 to buy the new phone of your dreams — or to pay for the next several months of your mobile service!

Hit up the survey below (or click here to open in a new window); it should take about 10-15 minutes to complete.

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2 weeks ago

Here They Lie review: Screaming forever

Muted colors, and atmospheric music will have your pulse racing in no time.

Here they Lie is a full length horror experience developed for PlayStation VR, and it is unsettling and terrifying in equal measure. It uses a combination of creepy music that will put you on edge, along with a mostly abandoned city that will have you peering around corners and over ledges.

When the game gets started, things look pretty normal. You board a train that it well lit and runs well. That really doesn't last though. Soon you'll be walking — or running — through claustrophobic alleys while...something chases you through the city. The big problem? You don't seem to remember where you are, or what happened here. Only that you need to find the woman in yellow, Dana. This atmospheric thriller is a great game to try out if you've been looking for an awesome horror game to experience on PlayStation VR.

Read more at VR Heads!

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2 weeks ago

Phil is back — as Modern Dad!


Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls: I regret to inform you that reports of Phil's demise have been greatly exaggerated. He's had a nice nap, a little vacation, a couple of long walks on the beach — but now it's time to get back to work. And so we present: Modern Dad!

Following up on the success that has been MrMobile (yeah, that Fisher guy's alright), Modern Dad is the second video-first project from Mobile Nations. And I'm pretty thrilled to be at the helm of this thing. On one hand it's going to be a lot of the same tech that you're used to. Computers, phones, tablets, gadgets, whatever. But it's also going to be so much more. And perhaps more important is that we're going to look at it through the lens of a father and husband — basically someone who at the end of the day has to answer for this stuff to a higher power (namely my wife and two daughters).

But above all, we're gonna have fun! We're soft-launching things for now (which is a nice way of saying we're trying to run before we sprint), but we'll definitely have new vids coming at you every week. A couple times a week, actually. Multiple videos, several times a week. Every week. That's a lot of Phil.

For now, some important links you need to know:

Hit me up with any and all idea of things you'd like to see us tackle so you don't have to! And shoot me an email any time you want — phil at modern dad dot com I'll get back to you just as soon as I get off Snapchat.

It's good to be back. And I'd love for y'all to come along for the ride.

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2 weeks ago

Huawei Fit review: A weak pulse


Huawei's latest fitness band leaves a lot to be desired.

The fitness band is over. Jawbone abandoned ship; Nike, too. It's easier — and more profitable — to own the data, to partner with companies like Apple and Fitbit, which actually make money from these things. There is one way to do fitness hardware: undercut everyone, like Lenovo and Xiaomi are doing with their $20 fitness bands, mainly sold in China, in order to saturate the market with something so consumable it can be as easily replaced as a hair band.

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2 weeks ago

Alcatel now offering Idol 4S for just $349 without VR headset


Save a few dollars on an Idol 4S by skipping out on the virtual reality headset.

Alcatel is now offering a version of the Idol 4S without its previously bundled VR headset and Incipio case, and shaving off an extra $50 in the process. The phone still comes with its standard accessories of a quick charger, USB cable and tempered glass screen protector, though.

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2 weeks ago

SD 5.1 spec will help you identify if your card can handle apps with new 'A1' badge


It will soon be easier to identify when a microSD card is best suited for app performance.

The SD Assisciation (SDA), which handles the specification for SD cards of all types, has unveiled its latest spec, SD 5.1, including a new distinction for SD cards that are designed for application use rather than just media storage. The new specification, called "A1" (or App Performance Class 1), shows that a given SD card meets certain performance standards set by the SDA that determine it's good enough to be used as a storage device for apps.

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2 weeks ago

Final Android 7.1 Developer Preview build released, Nexus 9 added to Beta Program


The second and final Android 7.1 Developer Preview is here.

Just a couple days over a month since the first Android 7.1 Developer Preview was released, we now have Developer Preview 2 available for Nexus phones and tablets to get a near-final taste of the latest software. Those who have enrolled in the Android Beta Program for their compatible device — which now includes the Nexus 9 — will receive Developer Preview 2 this week via an OTA update.

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2 weeks ago

Essential Accessories For Google Pixel + Pixel XL


Perfect partners for your Pixel.

So you've just dropped a chunk of cash on a shiny new Pixel or Pixel XL, and it'll soon be heading your way. But what about accessories for your shiny new Google phone?

Google has a wide range of first-party accessories for its first own-branded handset, and we've also rounded up some top essentials from elsewhere. Take a look!

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2 weeks ago

Next Google Pixel update adds raise-to-wake, double-tap-to-wake


So far, only Pixel owners in Canada are seeing the mid-month update to build NPF26J.

It's been just a few weeks since the Google Pixel November security update started rolling out, but already we're seeing a new build hitting some handsets, with the second update apparently hitting Pixel owners in Canada first.

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2 weeks ago

Nextbit Robin Nougat update released to community testers


Minty cloudphone company teams up with Paranoid Android devs for faster updates.

Nextbit has announced that the Android 7.0 Nougat update for its Robin phone has officially entered its community testing phase, with builds now rolling out to testers registered through its online form. To help bring the Nextbit Robin right up to speed on the latest stable version of Android, it's partnered with the Paranoid Android development team, the group responsible for one of the most popular custom Android ROMs out there.

Nougat for Robin brings another surprise with it - more help from the community. When we say "our dev team," that now includes members of Paranoid Android. We have joined forces to bring you a faster, less power-hungry OS. We're proud of what we've accomplished together so far, and this cooperation will continue. Stay on the lookout - Robin is going to get even better. For more info, check out our blog post.

Nextbit says over-the-air updates are already going out to testers, and the rollout will continue over the next 24 hours — so don't fret if you've registered but aren't seeing an OTA notification just yet. As you'd expect from a beta build, there might be a few bugs in the mix until the builds become official and stable.

Robin owners can look forward to redesigned notifications, split-screen multitasking, improved battery life and re-vamped Settings controls in Android 7.0, along with a bunch of smaller under-the-hood enhancements.

Image credit: Android Police.

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2 weeks ago

T-Mobile Black Friday deals: Free phones, free money and free Wi-Fi

John Legere

Deals kick off midnight Pacific Time on November 24.

T-Mobile U.S. has announced its Black Friday 2016 deals, with some attractive offers for anyone looking to pick up a flagship phone on the cheap, cash in on a change of carrier, or score some free Wi-Fi on the flight home this Thanksgiving weekend. For Android lovers, the main attraction this year is a free LG V20 or Samsung Galaxy S7.

Highlights include:

  • A free LG V20, Samsung Galaxy S7, or S7 edge (or, ahem, iPhone 7) when you trade in a qualifying device. (T-Mobile ONE or Simple Choice Unlimited, via 24 monthly bill credits.)
  • $200 per line when you switch to T-Mo, up to $2400 total, on a prepaid MasterCard.
  • A free hour of in-flight Wi-Fi for everyone — even if you're not a T-Mobile customer — from today through until November 26.
  • Free Gear VR and $50 Oculus store credit when you buy a GS7 or GS7 edge.
  • $70 off UE BOOM 2 Wireless speaker ($129.99)

The new deals aren't live on T-Mo's page just yet, instead expect them to show up when the carrier's Black Friday sale official kicks off — at 12 a.m. PST this Thursday. More details, along with plenty of marketing speak and small print, over on T-Mobile's official blog.

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2 weeks ago

Galaxy S7 on Nougat defaults to 1080p: A look at Samsung's new display scaling options


On the current beta release, the Galaxy S7 runs at a lower resolution by default. But that's not as big a deal as it might seem.

Android 7.0 Nougat for the Samsung Galaxy S7 — currently in testing in the form of a semi-public beta build — is the phone's biggest software update to date, featuring not only a brand new OS version, but a host of new Samsung-specific changes, and a significantly updated UI. Among them are major changes to the display settings, allowing you to change how graphics and fonts are shown — and change the phone's screen resolution.

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