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2 days ago

Google Home multi-user support lets you connect up to 6 accounts simultaneously

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Now everyone gets a properly personal Google Assistant in the home.

From the beginning Google Home wasn't going to make much sense if it was tied to a single account, and now several months after launch we have proper multi-user support for the connected smart speaker. Google Home will now connect to six Google accounts simultaneously, and tailor responses based on the voice profile of the person who asked the question.

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2 days ago

BlackBerry KEYone now available for pre-order at Carphone Warehouse

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Pre-order today for delivery by May 5th, priced at £499.

UK retail giant Carphone Warehouse has today kicked off pre-orders for the new BlackBerry KEYone. BlackBerry Mobile's new keyboard-toting device is available to order SIM-free for £499. That'll get you a security and productivity-focused handset with a full QWERTY keyboard, Android 7.1.1 Nougat and BlackBerry's full loadout of apps, including BlackBerry Hub and DTEK.

On the inside, it's running one of the Android Central team's favorite mid-tier chips, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625, and that's paired with a 3,505mAh battery — a combination that bodes well for extreme longevity. And around the back, the KEYone boasts the same 12-megapixel Sony IMX378 sensor used in the Google Pixel, a solid foundation to build upon. You'll be dealing with a slightly unusual aspect ratio to allow space for that full keyboard though — 4.5-inch, 1620x1080 panel that sits above a row of capacitive keys.

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2 days ago

Moto G5 Plus can't make emergency calls on Verizon's VoLTE service

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Lenovo has offered a temporary solution, with a software update fix coming next week.

If you own a Moto G5 Plus running on Verizon's network, this news is for you. In a recent post on Lenovo's support forum, the company says it has identified a software issue that affects the Moto G5 Plus' ability to connect to 911 emergency services when using Verizon's Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service.

Obviously, this is a pretty big safety concern that needs to be addressed pronto. Lenovo is looking into the issue and plans to release a software update within the next week to fix the issue. But in the meantime, it recommends turning off Verizon's Enhanced 4G LTE Mode in the phone's settings:

  1. Tap Settings from the home screen or app drawer.
  2. Scroll down and tap the …More option.
  3. Tap Wireless & Network.
  4. Tap Cellular Networks.
  5. Ensure that Enhanced 4G LTE Mode is turned off.

By disabling the VoLTE feature, you will not be able to use voice and data at the same time, but you will be able to call 911 in case of an emergency. If you don't see the Enhanced 4G LTE Mode in your phone's settings, you may want to contact Verizon to check whether said features are activated on your plan.

Lenovo says they are committed to fixing this issue in a timely fashion. If you have a Moto G5 Plus and you're running on Verizon's 4G LTE network, you'll definitely want to go into your phone and switch off this setting, for now, then keep an eye out for next week's software update. Don't try calling 911 to see if your phone connects, unless you're dealing with an actual emergency — this should be common sense but we'll say it here anyways.

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2 days ago

What color Galaxy S8 or S8+ should I buy — black, silver, or orchid gray?

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The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are now available. Time to figure out which of its color options suits you best.

Did you hear? The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are both available for purchase and you can choose between three stunning color choices in the U.S. for either device. There's Arctic Silver, Midnight Black, and Orchid Gray.

Samsung fans overseas have access to an additional Coral Blue and Maple Gold version of the flagship in either size. It's a bummer we won't be seeing those two options stateside, but perhaps the Orchid Gray will be enough to tide over those of you looking for a smartphone that's just a bit different from the status quo. It's really quite pretty.

Galaxy S8 in black

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Black car, black sunglasses, black three-piece suit — all you need to finish out accessorizing that ensemble is a black Galaxy S8 or S8+. Yeah, it's a pretty basic color, but there's a reason so many manufacturers produce their smartphones in black — it goes with everything. A black chassis also means scratches and nicks will be less obvious in the long run.

Samsung's really keen on the bezel-less smartphone life, and those lack of bezels are especially apparent on the all-black Galaxy S8 and S8+. You won't see the rounded corners unless the screen is on, and the effect makes it appear as if the screen really is an infinity display. There's also thin black buttons on either side that blend in ever-so-nicely with everything else — like a black car with black rims.

Who is it for?

Anyone who wants to keep it simple, as well as anyone who really doesn't like the reflectiveness of the other Galaxy S8 and S8+ color combinations.

Galaxy S8 in silver

gs8 silver

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ in Arctic Silver are definitely cool looking, but that depends on how much you enjoy seeing your reflection every time you pick up the phone. At least you can use it to check your makeup.

Regardless of whether the Arctic Silver variant is hyper-reflective and hyper-distracting, it's still an attractive offering. However, if you end up choosing this variation, you may find it's safer from the elements inside a case. Scratches and fingerprints become grossly obvious against this kind of sheen.

Who is it for?

Anyone who doesn't care what color their carrier representative grabs for them from the stock room.

Galaxy S8 in orchid gray

Galaxy S8 in Orchid Gray

Finally — a little something different from the status quo. Rather than launch the standard gold, silver, and black trio of devices, the company opted for this attractive, lilac-toned gray hue in lieu of gold. It's called Orchid Gray, and like a real life orchid, it's just as rewarding to look at as it is to take care of it. You'll definitely want to wrap this up in some sort of case.

It's also good to see a typically feminine color skew a bit toward the masculine. Orchid Gray works for anyone, and it's a nice addition to Galaxy S8 color lineup.

Who is it for?

Orchid Gray is for anyone who wants to stand out. You'll want to hold out for this one if you're looking for something special.

The colors you won't see in the U.S.

Galaxy S8 in all color variations

Remember that gorgeous Coral Blue Galaxy Note 7 that was offered overseas before the whole battery fiasco recalled it? It's back on the Galaxy S8, though it's still limited to certain markets. It's a bummer, too, because the pigment in the coral blue variation is truly impressive. Hopefully, the future of smartphones means brighter, bolder colors.

Maple Gold is also an offering for Galaxy S8 fans overseas, and it's similar to the gold variation of last year's Galaxy S7.

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2 days ago

Bell launches support for near-gigabit LTE speeds in Canada

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Near-gigabit speeds are coming to one Canadian carrier.

Bell, the third-largest carrier in Canada, has announced that it now supports quad-band LTE Advanced in some parts of Canada, enabling speeds of up to 750Mbps.

The company launched tri-band LTE Advanced a couple of years ago, but now that the Galaxy S8 is approaching release, and with the support of gigabit LTE speeds with 256QAM and 4x4 MIMO, Bell is taking the opportunity to re-ignite the wireless speed war that was active with Rogers a few years ago.

Bell is leveraging four separate wireless bands — Band 4, Band 7, Band 12 and Band 13 — to achieve speeds of up to 550Mbps across the country, with supported hardware. Toronto and cities in Atlantic Canada can reach speeds of 750Mbps with support for 256QAM on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

Most people won't necessarily notice this huge surge in wireless speeds, especially on the data-limited plans that many Canadians have to deal with, but it's good to see that carriers are still adding functionality to their networks to not only make them faster but more efficient. The more important upside to this announcement is the additional efficiencies gained from quad-band aggregation, which allows customers to source wireless signal from the fastest possible route.

Carriers in the U.S. such as Sprint and T-Mobile have also rolled out similar upgrades to their networks in order to approach speeds of 1Gbps, but they're not widely available just yet.

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2 days ago

These 2016 flagships are great Galaxy S8 alternatives

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Many of last year's high-end Android phones have stood the test of time.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are phenomenal phones — two of the best out there right now. But they're also expensive phones, especially if you're buying outright.

So if you're looking to save some cash, you might look at some of the previous year's flagships, many of which are speedy, well-built and have been upgraded to Android Nougat. Most importantly, some of these are now available for as little as half the price of Samsung's latest duo.

Let's take a look at four of the best.

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2 days ago

Mastercard introduces a credit card with a built-in fingerprint reader

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Mastercard's latest credit card comes with a biometric zone that stores your fingerprints.

Mastercard has rolled out a credit card that has an integrated fingerprint scanner, making it easier to authenticate purchases at retail stores. The card stores two fingerprints, and features an embedded sensor that lets you authorize payments instead of having to sign or use a PIN.

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2 days ago

Are you jumping from a Pixel to a Galaxy S8 or G6?

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It may seem silly to jump from phone to phone, but some people are thinking of switching from the Pixel to the Galaxy S8 or LG G6. Are you?

The Pixel is only six months old, but there are plenty of owners looking toward the next big thing, be it from Google itself in the form of a Pixel sequel, or Samsung's and LG's latest salvos, the Galaxy S8 and G6, respectively.

Over on our forums, Aquila asks, "Ok Pixel owners - the S8 is here. Who's jumping ship?" Obviously, not everyone has the luxury to switch phones every six months, but some are taking their disgust at the idea one step further:

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NightOrchid 03-30-2017 10:05 AM “

I wouldnt touch an S8 if i got one for free, their cartoony childish ui and bug ridden release day mess of the OS, camera and other problems is annoying and, like Apple.. they are overpriced rubbish.. SS tell you its glass, but its really plastic and cardboard.. Ive owned every single SS flasgship since the orignal Galaxy... through the S2, S3 > S5 > S7E... and EVERY one of them had lagg or...

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Wooboy, that's some strong language. But it's not all the uncommon. Samsung engenders a very emotional response from some people, and Pixel owners tend to like the simplicty and fast updates of Google's interpretation of Android.

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ttrimmer 03-30-2017 11:45 AM “

I'm really thinking about jumping from my Pixel XL. I love my Pixel and hate edge screens but I can get a great trade in deal on my old S6 on Verizon plus I'm really liking the idea of Samsung Pay. Android Pay is great when I can use it but there are so few places that take it. The waterproofing and wireless charging are enticing too.

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But there are people who love the Galaxy S8's hardware advantages over the Pixel, including waterproofing, and the support for Samsung Pay, which is considerably more widely-available in the U.S. than Android Pay.

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Well . . . I bought a Pixel only a week ago. Loved it, was excited about the camera. Took some photos at the weekend. WTF! That lens flare! Any time there was a light source in front of the phone I got flare - either an arc of white or a misty effect over the whole photo. I'm not talking of the light source in the frame either. I took a pic of a family member sitting on a chair in front of a...

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Finally, one user is giving up on the Pixel for an S8 because of its lens flare issue, which despite being improved through software updates, is still an issue for some people.

Are you giving up your Pixel for a Galaxy S8 or LG G6?

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US Cellular: Everything you need to know

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What you need to know about America's fifth largest network provider.

When people talk about post-paid nationwide cell phone networks in the U.S. they usually mean the Big Four: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. But there is a fifth company who offers full-service nationwide contract plans that are as good or better than the bigger corporations: US Cellular.

It stands to reason. As of Q4 2016, US Cellular had 10x fewer subscribers than number four Sprint had with just over 5,000,000 in total. For comparison, America Movil (TracFone, Walmart Family Mobile) had just over 26,000,000. US Cellular is not the giant company that its rivals are. but that doesn't mean it isn't a great option for a lot of people looking for a new phone company.

Let's have a look at what you need to know about US Cellular.

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Great nationwide coverage

US Cellular offers really good voice and LTE coverage in the continental United States. Coverage maps aren't the best way to gauge service for any one particular area, but they can give a good indication of the overall network footprint. US Cellular's looks better than Sprint or T-Mobile here.

There is a very good chance that you'll have good US Cellular coverage if you're in the states.

Reciprocal roaming and rural coverage

US Cellular uses what they call "4G LTE Data Partner Coverage" for a good chunk of their service area. This means it has an arrangement with another company to use its networks in areas where there is a need. Your US Cellular phone will work seamlessly in these places and you won't even know it. It also doesn't cost you anything extra when it happens. In addition to agreements with AT&T and Verizon, US Cellular partners with King Street Wireless for deployment of the 700Mhz LTE band in 27 states.

This means US Cellular has the same type of great coverage in rural areas that AT&T and Verizon offer. You can look here for an interactive map that shows where partner coverage is located.

There are data plans to fit everyone

US Cellular offers post-paid contract plans at 2GB, 6GB, and unlimited tiers. The unlimited plan is very competitively priced.

  • Unlimited data on one line: $70
  • Unlimited data on two lines: $110
  • Unlimited data on three lines: $150
  • Unlimited data on four lines: $160

All plans come with unlimited talk and text messaging, have no extra monthly connection fees, and there is no activation fee or ETF for service cancellation. You will need to pay for the phone if you are making installments, though. Unlimited talk and text to Canada and Mexico is included in the 6GB and unlimited plan.

US Cellular also offers prepaid plans in 1GB, 5GB, and unlimited tiers. The 1GB and 5GB plans switch to standard 2G speeds for the remainder of the month when your LTE data allotment is used.

  • 1GB of LTE data: $35
  • 5GB of LTE data: $45
  • Unlimited LTE data: $70

Prepaid plans include tethering and unlimited international texting.

US Cellular also offers corporate plans, data only device plans and complete business solutions that include automation and asset management in addition to communications.

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Popular phones are supported

US Cellular offers installment payment plans for phones from Apple, LG, Motorola, Samsung and plenty of other companies. A currently offered installment agreement for the Galaxy S8 is $24 per month for 30 months, at zero interest. You'll find plenty of other devices starting as low as $4 per month for a Motorola G4 Play. You'll also find pre-owned devices and special deals to help save you even more money.

You can bring your own phone to the prepaid service, but it needs to be a compatible model. You can check your phone at the US Cellular activation website to make sure it's compatible or take it to a local store.

Best US Cellular phones

When all is said and done, the most important factor when you're looking for phone service is the coverage. US Cellular looks really good there thanks to both the native network and the partner programs. The company also has a very good reputation and has won numerous awards for customer service and community outreach. We think you should give them a look the next time you're shopping for a new phone company.

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LG G6 is launching in Europe and India on April 24

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The LG G6 is heading to 25 countries on April 24.

The LG G6 is launching in a host of new markets next Monday, April 24. According to The Investor, the phone will be making its debut in 24 European countries on 33 carriers early next week, including the UK, Sweden, Finland, France and Germany. LG's flagship is also hitting India on the same day, as the South Korean manufacturer sent out invites to the media for a launch event in New Delhi.

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2 days ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 8: What we know so far

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Galaxy Note 7

For its next Note, Samsung will be hoping to build on a successful Galaxy S8 launch, and finally banish the specter of the Note 7.

In late 2016, Samsung released a critically praised smartphone that seemed to do everything right. A few weeks later, those phones started randomly catching on fire. Samsung recalled and replaced them, and then the new ones caught on fire as well. RIP Galaxy Note 7.

With the prospect of a Note 8 arriving later this year, Samsung's going to want to build on the good publicity surrounding the GS8 and rebuild the Note brand into something that no longer conjures up images of burning electronics. What's more, with the Galaxy S8+ already having an enormous screen, Samsung will need to push performance and features as a differentiator for this new, revitalized Note line.

So, no pressure then.

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Android is the world's most popular operating system with millions of apps available in the Google Play Store. New apps are released by indie developers every day. Do you have a brilliant idea for a new app? Don't wait for someone else to make it — learn how to build and monetize your own Android apps.

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Ready to make a change in your career and start creating your own Android apps? This bundle will teach you everything you need to know to get started. Get lifetime access to these valuable courses so you can always consult back to them as needed when you're building your first apps.

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Samsung Galaxy S8: Everything you need to know

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Get to know the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ from Samsung.

Samsung is an absolutely massive player in the smartphone space, and that all comes down from up high with the flagship Galaxy S line. The latest in the lineup, the Galaxy S8 and its larger partner the Galaxy S8+, build on the core features and experiences from the Galaxy S7 and bring things into the future with great new design and a few eye-catching features that are all new for 2017.

Here's everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

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2 days ago

Honor 8 Pro with Kirin 960 and dual cameras is now on sale in the UK

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Honor's 2017 flagship is now on sale in the UK for £475.

The Honor 8 Pro is now available on vMall for £475. The phone features a 5.7-inch QHD display, Huawei's latest HiSilicon Kirin 960 SoC with four 2.4GHz Cortex A73 cores and four 1.8GHz Cortex A53 cores along with a Mali-G71 MP8 GPU, 6GB of RAM, 64GB storage, microSD slot, and a 4000mAh battery.

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How to switch the position of the navigation buttons on the Galaxy S8

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I put my Galaxy S8 down, flip it and reverse it.

The Galaxy S8 is the first Samsung phone with on-screen navigation buttons, which is a big change for the company, and its users! By default, though, the Galaxy S8 puts those virtual buttons in the same position as Samsung's older phones, with the "back" button to the right of the "home" button, and the "multitasking" button to the left.

Thankfully, these can be reversed, making it easier for people coming from other phones to adjust to the new Galaxy S8! Want to switch around the position of those buttons? Easy!

Put the back button where it should be on the Galaxy S8!

  1. From the home screen, swipe down to reveal the notification shade.
  2. Tap on the Settings button (cog icon).
  3. Tap on the Display menu.

  4. Scroll down and tap on Navigation bar menu.
  5. Tap on Button layout.
  6. Switch orientation to Back-Home-Recents (if applicable).

That's it! Now you can let your brain calm down and your mind open up to navigating Android just as Google intended.

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