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2 weeks ago

Score an unlocked BlackBerry Priv for just $299 right now!

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Right now you can grab an unlocked AT&T version of the BlackBerry Priv for just $299 at eBay. We've seen a number of sales for this phone, but this one drops it right down to the same price as the recently-announced BlackBerry DTEK50, but with higher specs. If physical keyboards are a must-have for you, or you are looking for a good backup phone at a cheap price, you won't want to miss out on this deal.

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2 weeks ago

Don't miss out on this Chromebook deal for just £99

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Amazon is currently offering a pretty sweet deal on the Lenovo N22 Chromebook, dropping the price to just £99. Normally priced at £160, this £60 price drop brings it to the lowest we've seen on it to date. Featuring an 11.6-inch display, the Lenovo N22 comes equipped with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage internally. Battery life should be no issue for you, as Lenovo states you should get around 14 hours of usage per charge.

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2 weeks ago

Best cases for BlackBerry DTEK50

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Best cases for BlackBerry DTEK50

What are the best cases for the BlackBerry DTEK50?

BlackBerry devotees are a mighty happy bunch right now, nabbing a DTEK50 for themselves and diving into all the Android goodness. The phone features a textured backing that offers more grip and much less slip, and a different overall look for a BlackBerry device. It still needs a case for extra protection and for keeping up appearances, though, and we've got your case hunt covered with some top-notch selections.

DTEK50 Smart Pocket

BlackBerry DTEK50 Smart Pocket

The Smart Pocket is a unique cover that looks more like a custom-made accessory than a BlackBerry purchase. If you prefer a case that functions more like a sleeve, the Smart Pocket is for you.

The top opening of the pocket allows you to easily slide the DTEK50 into place but keeps it securely inside when you're on the go. It's excellent protection for the times when you're not using your phone, and allows you to show off the new hardware featured on the DTEK50 when you're using it, like the textured back. If you're in a hurry to take a call, you can do so without removing the pocket — a very convenient feature right there. And it's also convenient: you can access the USB port without removing the pocket.

The Smart Pocket is available in two color combinations: gray and tan (pictured here) or gray and black, each for about $25.

See at BlackBerry


DTEK50 Smart Flip Case

BlackBerry DTEK50 Smart Flip Case

Designed just for the DTEK50, the Smart Flip Case attaches securely to the back of the phone. The back surface is smooth and hard, protecting against bumps or accidental drops.

The textured front cover features a cut-out that shows all of your necessary notifications; you won't miss important messages and you'll always be able to see at a glance what your text, email, and call priorities are. The exterior is textured and the interior surface that rests on the screen is soft and aids in scratch prevention — perfect for the times you need to tuck the DTEK50 into a full backpack, briefcase, or purse.

You can take a call with the Smart Flip Case closed, or flip the cover all the way back and have full access to the whole screen. It's available in classic black for around $35.

See at BlackBerry


DTEK50 Hard Shell

BlackBerry DTEK50 Hard Shell case

If all you want is simple, straightforward protection, the DTEK50 Hard Shell is right up your alley. It's slim, sleek, and comes in basic black; no tough choices to make, no bells and whistles to take away from the look of the DTEK50.

It provides some extra corner protection (and you know it's usually the corners that suffer the most if you drop a phone) without looking bulky. You'll also gain some grip to help prevent those drops in the first place. More shell-style cases are bound to appear for the DTEK50 in the near future, but it'll be hard to beat the minimalist style already aced by BlackBerry.

For $25, the DTEK50 Hard Shell is a no-brainer purchase.

See at BlackBerry


DTEK50 Swivel Holster

BlackBerry DTEK50 Swivel Holster

BlackBerry has always made great holster cases, and their version for the DTEK50 is no different. This is the definitive BlackBerry case at its best.

The swivel clip allows you to adjust the holster to the position that's most convenient and comfortable for you. The magnetic clasp keeps your DTEK50 snuggly in place, whether you're rushing around from meeting to meeting or coaching the kids' soccer game. Available in black, the Swivel Holster has a classic look that never clashes with any color.

Keep your notifications private and your DTEK50 protected even while it charges, since you don't have to remove it from the holster to plug it in. It's a lot of convenience for only $35.

See at BlackBerry Online Store


AFLY BlackBerry DTEK50 wallet case

AFLY BlackBerry DTEK50 wallet case in red

An inexpensive and very handy wallet case may be exactly what your new DTEK50 needs. You don't generally leave the house with either your phone or your wallet, so why not get a case that can do double duty?

AFLY's wallet case will hold your new DTEK50 in place and protect it against your daily grind. The front cover includes three spaces for cards, one of which is clear and perfect for your ID, as well as a separate pocket for a few bills. The genuine leather has a nice pebbled finish, and the case features cut-outs for the camera, speaker, and USB port. No need to remove the phone at all.

The AFLY wallet case folds nicely into a kickstand for hands-free talk or viewing, and comes in red, white, black, or blue for about $13.

See at Amazon

BELK crocodile leather flip wallet

BELK crocodile leather flip wallet in blue

For a slightly flashier look to accompany your DTEK50, try crocodile leather. The BELK crocodile leather flip wallet has that little extra bit of flair for an extremely reasonable price.

You can stick to basic black or white, but why not shake your style up a little more with purple, or the vibrant blue that's pictured here? Your DTEK50 will snap snuggly into place and the front cover features two credit card slots and a dedicated cash pocket. The magnetic closure adds an extra touch of safety and helps to turn the wallet into a kickstand when your hands aren't free.

For just over $10, this is a look you can't afford to pass up.

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IWIO holster flip case

IWIO holster flip case in green

It's tough to beat the convenience of a holster for your DTEK50; it's always right at your side so you never have to dig through bags or fuss with a pocket to take a call or check messages.

The IWIO holster flip case isn't just convenient, it's the most inexpensive case we've found so far that doesn't compromise on quality and color selection. Choose from black, blue, red, brown, carbon fibre black, gray, white, or the green that's pictured here. The top flap secures with a magnetic closure and the back of the holster features a vertical clip that will hold fabric of just about any thickness. Clip it to your bag if you don't feel like wearing it, or toss it in your bag and your DTEK50 will stay free of bumps, dirt, and other nasties.

For about $7 per case, grab a few colors and play the matching game with your bags and accessories.

See at Amazon


More to come?

The BlackBerry DTEK50 is still a new phone on the market, so more cases are bound to pop up in the coming weeks and months, and we'll be sure to keep you updated as we check them out. What's your case of choice for the DTEK50? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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2 weeks ago

2016 Nexus: First live photos leak as Nougat release approaches

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Nexus

First live photos of smaller 5-inch Nexus reveal metal design with large glass section on the back.

This year's Google-designed (and likely HTC-built) Nexus phones might not be arriving alongside Android 7.0 Nougat, but it's looking like we won't have to wait too much longer to wait for the new handsets to arrive. Shots surfacing on Android Police today claim to reveal (in heavily cropped form) the smaller of the two phones, known by its codename "Sailfish."

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2 weeks ago

Adding custom ringtones and sounds to your Android

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Android is all about customization.

Don't like your launcher? Get a new one. Don't like your gray keyboard? Change it up! Got the same ringtone as that annoying co-worker at the other end of the room? Just don't like the lame, old sounds that came with your sweet, new phone? No problem - we have options. Once you get the hang of it, the world is your ringtone.

Let awesome ring.

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2 weeks ago

Mobile Nations Weekly: Ramp up

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Yet another Android security scare, yet more MacBook rumors, and yet even more Windows 10 builds.

Android's open nature doesn't mean that it's any more vulnerable to security threats than any other OS. But it does mean that it's more vulnerable to the perception of being more vulnerable. Case in point: the so-called "QuadRooter" vulnerability — lots of smoke and lots of people blowing it around, but a tiny little fire.

LG's V20 is shaping up to be a worthy successor to the V10, sporting possibly the best audio we'll see on a smartphone and adopting the G5's modular design. And BlackBerry's new phone, the DTEK50 — is shipping now to customers alongside a reduced-price BlackBerry Priv.

Over in VR land we're dabbling in AR — Augmented Reality — with the Microsoft HoloLens headset, and it's simply incredible. Plus a look back at the first three months of Oculus Rift and another dipping of our toes in the PlayStation VR waters.

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update isn't even two weeks old and Microsoft is already moving on to the next thing: Redstone 2. The first preview builds for the next big update to Windows 10 already have hit Windows Insiders, and there will be plenty more to come. Alongside that we might just expect to see the second edition of the Surface Book arrive, alongside a Surface All-in-One desktop range.

Rumors are flying left and right about the next products from Apple. The iPhone 7, while rumored to be physically quite similar to the iPhone 6-series phones, is said to have upgraded displays, while the long-overdue-for-an-update MacBook Pro might just be sporting a fancy OLED display strip to replace the function buttons and the addition of a Touch ID fingerprint reader.

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2 weeks ago

Android 7.0: Making accessibility features powerful and intuitive

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Android N brings new accessibility options for low-vision users, starting right from the setup process.

Updated August 13, 2016, with information about the final Android Nougat features and APIs.

A pair of really great features of Android N are things that most people won't ever use — new accessibility options. It's easy to take your hearing and vision for granted, but there are plenty of folks out there who need a little assistance seeing what's on these tiny screens, and some who just aren't able to use a smartphone the traditional way. Two new features — Screen Zoom and a "vision assistant" profile during setup — are there to help.

Screen Zoom is the biggest user-facing feature, and it's a great way to tackle the problem of not being able to see the tiny words and images on your phone. Rather than just display bigger text and images, Screen Zoom actually changes the display density to magnify or shrink everything on the screen. And everything means everything — even your status bar and on-screen navigation buttons change using the Screen Zoom tool.

Screen Zoom works to make everything smaller and show more on the screen, too. The maximum zoom makes elements the same size they would be on a 320dp screen (exactly the size of the Nexus 4) , so the only thing developers need to do is make sure their app layout allows you to see enough to use the app at that scale, and make sure they use density-independent pixel units for sizing UI elements. Most of the apps you use every day will work just fine.

The other great new feature is how accessibility option have been folded into the setup wizard. It's easy to set up a new Android phone unless you can't see the instructions on the screen that guide you. Now users will be able to leverage the new zoom feature, as well as existing accessibility setting like larger fonts or the screen reader while they get things up and running. The Vision settings button is prominently displayed on the first screen of the process, and even flashes so the people that need to know it's there can easily find it.

Android 7.0 Nougat

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2 weeks ago

From the Editor's Desk: A busy month ahead

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From the Editor's Desk

Some Sunday musings as we get ready for the silly season.

These Editor's Desk columns have become synonymous with our former editor-in-chief Phil Nickinson's name, but as he's off doing something new and extremely exciting (you'll all see it soon enough — I can't wait to see it myself), we're going to be sharing this prestigious piece of Android Central website real estate. We'll be rotating between myself, Alex Dobie, Daniel Bader and Jerry Hildenbrand. (To start it off, I encourage you to take a quick look at Daniel's introduction (albeit several months after joining Mobile Nations) that he wrote last weekend.)

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2 weeks ago

Android 7.0: Security benefits that truly matter

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Google has made some major changes in Android N that enhance security.

Updated August 13, 2016, with information about the final Android Nougat features and APIs.

There are a lot of code changes coming in Android N. Some of them we can see — like the new notifications — and others we can't (but are still a big deal). We see the same thing with every update. There are refinements and changes in the interface, but under the hood adjustments and changes are made to make Android run better, and safer.

Google has improved security in Android Nougat in a handful of different areas. Some are designed to harden Android itself, while others are tools for developers to use so it stays that way when we install apps. Let's take a look at the changes themselves.

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2 weeks ago

Will you be upgrading to the Galaxy Note 7?

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Will you be upgrading to the Galaxy Note 7?

Samsung's latest flagship comes out on August 19, and the Galaxy Note 7 is shaping up to be one of the company's best phones ever — and possibly one of the best Android phones ever.

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2 weeks ago

Meizu EP51 review: Well-balanced, stylish wireless headphones

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The quick take

Meizu's EP51 earbuds are surprisingly well-built and well-balanced, and are priced just right. They may be difficult to find, but they're worth tracking down.

The Good

  • Design and build quality
  • Balanced sound
  • Fits nicely
  • Impressive carrying case

The Bad

  • Middling microphone quality
  • Average battery life

In the Box

  • Meizu EP51
  • Carrying case
  • MicroUSB charging cable
  • Silicone tips
  • Documentation

Meizu EP51 Technical Specifications

Category Features Dimensions 16 x 23 x 25mm Weight 15.3 grams Frequency Range 20Hz – 20KHz Impedance 16 Ohms Sensitivity 87dB±3dB Maximum Power 10mW Battery 60mAh | Standby time: 400 hours | Charging Time: 2 hours

Design

The impressive design of the EP51 isn't surprising. I quite like the design and build quality of Meizu smartphones, and the headset carries on the tradition. For its price point, it is nicely constructed, with aircraft-grade aluminum, and weighs a light 15 grams. It's solid and looks slick, with subtle Meizu branding.

The wing tips on the silicone ear buds are designed to fit snugly and they don't fall out even when walking quickly or running. The aluminum ends of the earbuds house magnets which keep the earbuds locked together when stored or when worn around the neck to avoid them sliding and dropping to the ground. They also sport a water resistant coating that protects the headset against sweat, but the company doesn't recommend using them in the rain — and neither do I.

The sound is balanced, although you won't get booming bass from these small drivers.

The red cable is pretty good, but I would have preferred a thicker braided one, but you're not going to find that embellishment at this price point. The cable houses the independent volume control buttons, the built-in microphone, and the Micro-USB charging port. My only gripe is the rubber cover on the charging port doesn't fit flush on the port, which got worse over the course of my testing. It might be an isolated issue, but it's a shame to see on an otherwise nicely-built headset.

Overall, the Meizu EP51 is well-designed and stylish, and can easily compete with many of the more expensive earbuds in the market.

Performance

The sound quality on the Meizu EP51 is amazing considering its price, and it even provides decent noise isolation. The sound is balanced, although you won't get booming bass from these small drivers. Even at maximum volume, there is no crackling or distortion of sound, and at 16 Ohms they're not difficult to power from even the most paltry of phone amplifiers.

The silicone ear buds are designed to fit snugly and don't fall out even when walking quickly or running.

The call quality is mediocre — the company saved some money by including a low-quality microphone — although that's the case with most budget and mid-range headphones. The wireless reception is great, matching the usual Bluetooth 4.0 range of 10 meters before the signal starts to fade out.

Battery Life

At 60 mAh, EP51 packs in a tiny battery that's a tad underwhelming. Meizu claims six hours of music time, and while the battery life is dependent on volume, I was able to get 6 hours easily on a regular basis. It's good, but I would have preferred a little more. According to Meizu, it takes 2 hours to fully charge the EP51 from a dead state, but often, it took a little less than that.

The Bottom Line

For its price (which ranges from $28 to $42 at the time of writing, depending on the retailer), the Meizu EP51 is a very good pair of Bluetooth wireless earbuds, offering great value for the price. It sounds really good, and the buds fit well, but the highlight is that it looks very modern. If you're looking for a mid-range wireless headset, the Meizu EP51 is a great option that I'd highly recommend. It's not perfect, but it packs a punch and is more premium than what you pay for it.

See at Amazon See at Gearbest

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2 weeks ago

Best cases for the OnePlus One

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What is the best case for the OnePlus One? Let's take a look at some of the great choices.

Whether you want to keep your OnePlus One protected, add a thin layer of grip to the phone, or turn it into a wallet, there are cases for all of your needs. Hunting down cases can be a daunting task, but don't worry — Android Central is here for you. Everyone's preferences are different, some are looking to keep their phone the same size while adding a bit of protection, and others want full protection to prevent drops from damaging it.

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2 weeks ago

You can now pre-order the new Samsung Gear VR!

Better Field of View and a sleek new color can soon be yours.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 is the first USB-C phone in their lineup, which gave the company all the excuse they needed to refresh the Gear VR headset. The new model sports a data port that can swap between microUSB and USB-C, so it will work with every Samsung phone with the Oculus Store onboard.

Read More over at HR Veads!

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2 weeks ago

Android Central 301: Your ex-girlfriend's EarPods

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Audio-only stream below

This week, Andrew, Russell and Daniel talk about the LG V20 and whether it has the legs the G5 didn't. Plus, an IFA primer and we answer your Twitter questions!

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2 weeks ago

'Fuchsia' operating system project is interesting, lacking details that make it matter

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Nope.

The Fuchsia project looks to be a promising new operating system but it's not going to replace Android anytime soon.

There's a bit of chatter on the nerdier side of the internet today about a mysterious repository of code hosted at Google's Git called Fuchsia. Fuchsia is a new operating system being developed by folks like Travis Geiselbrecht (BeOS, iOS, and webOS) and Brian Swetland (Android, BeOS, and HiptopOS) as well as current Google software engineers like Petr Hosek. The limited information provided at thew code repository doesn't tell us much.

Pink + Purple == Fuchsia (a new Operating System)

So we went digging.

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