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1 week ago

Become a certified Project Manager for just $69!

Project Management happens to be one of the fastest growing fields in several industries right now, and you may be looking to make a switch. But just how does one get started with Project Management and learning the ropes? Well, they take expensive courses that consume a lot of time, right? Wrong.

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You don't have to spend a ton of time and money to begin learning the basics. Meet the Ultimate Project Management Certification bundle which provides you access to 9 comprehensive courses seven days a week, 24 hours a day. From learning the basics to getting more in depth with Six Sigma Black, this is a great way to jumpstart your career change.

With the bundle you'll get:

  • Access 9 comprehensive courses 24/7
  • Explore study materials for PMI Risk Management Professional, Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Project Management Professional (PMP), Six Sigma Green Belt, Six Sigma Black Bundle, PRINCE2 Foundation Certification, and PRINCE2 Practitioner Certification
  • Learn a structured approach to managing projects
  • Understand how to manage stakeholder engagement, service strategy process, & how to analyze data
  • Plan human resources needs & identify project risks
  • Use exam prep quizzes, tests, & mock exams to ensure you're ready to take on the real certification exams

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Normally, a bundle like this would set you back around $4,300, but right now you can pay a fraction of that. For access at any time of any day to nine different courses, you can't really beat the $69 price tag here. From learning structured approachings to managing projections to planning upcoming human resource needs, and more, there is tons of valuable information here.

This huge 98% savings won't last though, so you'll want to grab it for yourself now before it is too late.

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1 week ago

Huawei P10 + P10 Plus review: Great phones, with one fatal flaw

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Huawei P10 + P10 Plus

Huawei puts in a strong showing in two different form factors — but the P10 and P10 Plus are diminished by a couple of baffling design decisions.

The quick take

Huawei's mainstream flagships for 2017 don't necessarily look flashy — unless you opt for the exclusive "dazzling" color options — but they do deliver just about everything you could ask for in a modern Android phone. There's one big catch, though. The lack of oleophobic coating on the display may be a reason for discerning buyers to skip this round of Huawei phones.

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1 week ago

LG G6 second opinion: This one's the best

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G6 lay flat.

LG G6 is an exceptionally solid flagship device from South Korea's other smartphone maker.

What makes a decent flagship smartphone? Is it the look of its hardware, the size of its bezels, or the specifications under the hood? Or is it simply that it's a balanced merger of all these things — a conservative cornucopia of smartphone features you'd be most likely to use and capabilities you won't realize you've ever lived without.

LG hasn't exactly struck gold with this kind of flagship. The past few years have been sort of dull, what with the confusedly modular G5 and leather-heavy G4. However, things feel different with the LG G6; it's an exceptionally good smartphone, and not once in the past two weeks of wielding it have I been frustrated by something it doesn't do well.

Do I think the G6 could help regain momentum lost on its predecessor? Not entirely — at least not without a cohesive, competitive and exhaustive marketing campaign. But I do find myself changing my mind about what I'd suggest to a friend if she were in the market for an Android device. And with this year's protracted launch of Samsung's next-generation Galaxy flagship, it really feels like it's LG's time to show off its smartphone-making abilities.

Seriously stylin' hardware

I've had the privilege of watching LG's flagship design evolve over the years, beginning with the launch of the LG Optimus G. I really liked that phone. Its crystal and glass construction, as it were, felt truly premium against the backdrop of plasticky Android smartphones storming the seas at the time.

G6 SIM and microSD slots.

G6 sideG6's USB Type-C connector.

Obviously, we've come a long way since then, but I can't help but feel like the G6 hearkens back to that particular era of smartphone design. The G6's candy bar look and masculine metallics are seriously cool and I like that LG is finally showing some design prowess of its own. Also, while its rounded corners are definitely a gimmick, they're cute, and I like that they add a bit of flair to the device — that's so LG.

I found the G6 to be a tad soft, despite Gorilla Glass front and back.

Perhaps the G6's only major design flaw is that despite its various levels of Gorilla Glass covering — Gorilla Glass 3 on the display and camera, Gorilla Glass 5 on the back — it's a bit soft. I managed to ding up my review unit with a light drop from a few inches on a garden path.

I'm also glad to see the G6 maintain the volume button layout from the G5. Some of my peers enjoyed the volume buttons on the back of the G3 and G4, but I wasn't a fan. I like that the G6's configuration is usable even if I have my eyes closed; I don't constantly confuse the power button for the volume buttons. It's easier to take a screenshot, too.

LG G6's app drawer exists!

About the screen aspect ratio

If you haven't already heard, the G6 offers up an 18:9 aspect ratio on its 5.7-inch display. At present, the smartphone is one of the "tallest" of the Android bunch, and though its aspect ratio effectively narrows out your screen space — a 16:9 display at 5.7-inches is drastically different from an 18:9 display at the same screen size — you may find that the elongated screen makes it easier to use the interface one-handed.

I appreciated the extra space afforded for the on-screen navigation buttons. Though this is a generation where we're often comparing screen sizes, I don't think a massively wide smartphone for the sake of the viewing experience is particularly user-friendly, anyway. I'd rather have something that's easier to wield.

The G6 has a great camera.

Two cameras for the price of one

One of the more intriguing features of the LG G6 is its dual camera setup, which is similar to its cousin, the LG V20. (I compared the shooting capabilities of both devices, if you're interested.) The hardware includes two 13-megapixel rear-facing cameras, one of which shoots at 71-degrees with an aperture of f/1.8, while the other snaps at a wide angle of 125-degrees with an aperture at f/2.4.

Unlike the regular 13-megapixel sensor, the secondary camera isn't equipped with OIS, though that's a non-issue unless you're shooting in the deepest darks. The wide-angle lens is certainly useful and wonderful to have, but I don't really see it becoming my primary shooter — at least not for most types of photos.

Wide angle.

Outside in the night sky, with auto mode.Inside the house, at dusk.

I usually shoot with a Pixel, but over the past few weeks I have barely picked it up.

I love anywhere there is scenery. I plan most of my day trips, extended stays, and even my morning walks based on where there are beautiful things to gawk at — the world is simply a wondrous place! Most of the time, I'm shooting with the Pixel XL, but over the past few weeks, I've barely picked it up. (We also compared those two.)

The LG G6 is more than capable enough, and I appreciated the ability to quickly switch camera modes, or turn on the wide-angle lens to capture a sunset. The G6 works well in low-light situations, too, and I was pleased with the amount of detail it managed to capture with simply a candle offered as the light source.

The wide-angle selfie shot is nice.But I look like an alien with the "skin tone" enhancer set to maximum.

Selfies shot with the LG G6.

Overall, the G6's camera abilities are a major improvement over its predecessors. Photos came out relatively well-balanced and easy to edit, and I didn't feel the need to "over filter" in an attempt to hide the camera's inabilities. My one gripe about the G6's wide-angle camera, however, is that I can't use it in third-party apps. I would love to utilize it in Snapchat, for instance, or inside a video messaging app.

So many camera features. None of which are a toggle for HDR. There are too many selfie options.

Some of the G6's extra camera abilities feel like added fluff in an attempt sell the world on a "feature-filled" camera app. Like other Android smartphones, LG offers panoramic, slow-motion, and time-lapse shooting modes, which are legitimately useful features to have baked inside the native camera application.

But as I discovered features like the ability to shoot a square-sized photo and built-in vintage filters, I started to feel a bit of interface claustrophobia. Does anyone need that many adjustments before shooting a selfie? I know the answer, but my point is that this is precisely what third-party apps are for.

The bottom line of the G6.

The software is fine otherwise

I'm not adverse to trying out whatever a manufacturer's idea of the Android interface is like. If anything, it gives me a bit of insight into the brand and whether there is an actual consistency to the design. And if I don't like it, I can swap out most elements using a simple custom launcher.

LG's theming engine is spectacular.

Thankfully, with the LG G6, I don't feel I need to swap things out, because LG's theming engine for its interface is spectacular. I like the preloaded themes that are offered, and if you're crazy about an icon pack on the Play Store but you don't want to go gaga with a theming app, you can easily change app icons from the G6's setting menu. Having the choice is nice!

Themes!

Who knew something as simple as theming could make one Android user so happy?

In the G6's case, the best part about its software is that it comes preloaded with Google Assistant, though that's not a reason to buy it. If anything, it's just nice to know that Android's best parts are being distributed among the masses, at least in minor increments for now.

G6 volume buttons.

The bottom line

The LG G6 is definitely the company's return to form: It's equipped with stellar hardware, it's water resistant, it's stylish, and it's certifiably unique in its own right — this is what is looks like when LG has a hit on its hands! The only bummer is that with Samsung readying to storm onto the scene with its own flagship smartphone, it's a wonder if the G6 will manage to compete. At the very least, it's good to see LG get the cart back on track. And if the price is right, we could see LG officially mark its comeback.

See at B&H Photo

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1 week ago

Galaxy S8 could have pressure-sensitive on-screen keys

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Report from Korea suggests GS8's virtual home key will be pressure-sensitive — and the Note 8 may take things even further.

Tucked away in an iPhone-related report from Korean outlet The Investor are a few interesting details about how Samsung will handle the transition from physical buttons to virtual keys in its own upcoming flagship. The site reports that, as the sole supplier of OLED panels for the iPhone 8, Samsung Display is working on integrating a sensor for 3D Touch into the panel. That's not unexpected, nor would pressure sensitivity in an OLED phone screen be a new thing — Huawei has been doing that since 2015's Mate S.

But the article also lets slip that Samsung's mobile arm may be implementing a similar technology in a part of the Galaxy S8's display — specifically the portion around the home screen.

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1 week ago

Moto G5 Plus launches in India for ₹16,999

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Moto G5 Plus will be up for sale later today in India.

At a media event in New Delhi, Motorola launched the Moto G5 Plus in the Indian market. The Plus variant of the phone is making its debut today, and the standard version is set to launch at a later date in the country.

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1 week ago

Xiaomi's Yeelight Wi-Fi bulb offers Hue quality at less than half the cost

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The Yeelight LED bulb is a great option if you're looking for an affordable smart lighting solution.

Xiaomi made its name by selling budget phones that offered great value for money, and the company is taking the same approach to connected devices. That's especially true of the $20 Yeelight LED bulbs, which offer a experience similar to that of Hue bulbs at a fraction of the cost.

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2 weeks ago

Google's Pixel 2 codenames may have been revealed — and yes, they're still fish

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Google Pixel and Pixel XL

Apparently, the company still loves fish.

The codenames for Google's next two flagship smartphones may have been revealed in official documentation. According to some sleuthing from Android Police, "Walleye" and "Muskie" may be the monikers used to refer to Google's next two Pixel devices (the different names denote different sizes), carrying on a long tradition of marine-themed codenames.

Only the name Walleye has been mentioned in the Android Open Source Project's gerrit, or code repository. Muskie has yet to make a debut officially.

For the uninitiated, Google typically employs the names of water-dwelling creatures as aliases for its upcoming smartphones and tablets. For instance, the original Pixel was referred to as Sailfish. Beyond this, there's not much more information about what's coming from Google's next phone debut.

But we can certainly infer that Google will continue this tried-and-true tradition of naming its devices after varying underwater species — at least internally.

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2 weeks ago

Chrome 57 will help your laptop battery last a bit longer

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It's no secret that Chrome can be a very power-hungry browser on a laptop.

Google is constantly evolving Chrome to be less power hungry while also offering increased performance, and the latest development arriving in Chrome 57 focuses on power savings from further background tab management. With the latest version, tabs open but not currently in use will be more aggressively throttled to save power.

Chrome will accomplish this by more aggressively limiting the rate at which timers in the pages can fire when it notices that those particular tabs are consuming more power than they should. Chrome 57 will delay timers to keep average CPU load under 1% of a core in order to save power. Of course if a tab is playing audio or has a real-time connection like a video call it won't be limited.

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2 weeks ago

Galaxy S7 Nougat update is rolling out in Canada

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Poutine, long winters, and delayed Android updates — all part of the Canadian dream.

Update, March 14: According to SamMobile, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge's Nougat updates are live on SaskTel, Bell, Virgin Mobile, EastLink, Videotron and Freedom Mobile.

Canadian Samsung Galaxy S7 owners can finally relax about that damn Nougat update. Weeks and months after it hit the rest of the world, Canadians can expect Android 7.0 Nougat for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge on March 20, at least on Rogers. Other carriers, like SaskTell, Bell, Virgin Mobile, Eastlink, Videotron and Freedom Mobile, began receiving it March 14.

It's unclear why the Canadian variants have taken so long to be updated — Canadian carriers have a tendency to overcompensate on network quality control, and the inconsistent rollout of VoLTE has hampered update speed in the past — but the good news is that it's finally coming. That it took almost a year from the phone's release is not a legacy Samsung should be proud of, though, but Canadians can expect a lot of great new features, including a refreshed UI, proper display scaling, improved performance and battery efficiency, multi-window mode, and more.

At this rate, though, Canadians should get their Nougat update well before the unlocked variant of the GS7 in the U.S. — some consolation, right?

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

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2 weeks ago

OPPO's new F3 Plus has two front-facing cameras for true 'selfie experts'

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Turn the power of a dual-sensor camera on yourself and become a 'selfie expert!'

Dual camera sensors have become one of those trendy features included on newer phones, but that setup has typically been kept to the back of the phone. Enter OPPO, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer behind the F-series of phones for "selfie experts". The company's latest phone, the F3 Plus, features two front-facing camera sensors — a 16MP main-camera and a 8MP sub-camera.

While OPPO didn't share any other specs in its PR release, according to GSMArena the phone is expected to have a 6-inch screen and 4GB of RAM while running on a Snapdragon 653 chipset. You'll also find a single 16MP camera sensor on the back.

Both the F3 and the F3 Plus are set to go on sale March 23 in five Southeast Asian countries — India, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Vietnam. While those of us in the west might not be too familiar with OPPO, it holds a 13.2% market share in Southeast Asia, and was ranked the fourth-largest smartphone brand globally in 2016 according to IDC, behind only Apple, Samsung and Huawei.

Love them or hate them, selfies have become ingrained within our culture. So when OPPO Vice President and Managing Director of International Mobile Business says the "F3 Series will take selfie technology onto another level" and may "set a standard that others will follow"... it might just happen.

Asian markets do seem to be ahead of the curve when it comes to selfie technology. We've seen "beauty mode" included as a camera feature on Samsung devices since the Note 4 and of course there was the meteoric (or mediocre) rise and fall of the Meitu selfie app from China back in January. I didn't get it either.

Personally, I'd rather have a quality dual camera setup on the back rather than pointed at my dumb face all the time, but to each his own.

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2 weeks ago

Insta360 Air review: Here, have a weird selfie camera

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Finally, a plug and play 360-degree camera.

As much as I love taking photos with my trusty Ricoh Theta, it's not the easiest thing in the world to use. I have to remember to keep it charged, the Bluetooth connection with my phone can occasionally be a little finicky, and while it's thin enough to be pocketable it's also long and needs a protective sleeve to keep the lenses safe. Most other 360-degree cameras are worse, especially the ones that have removable storage slots that also need to be independently managed.

I need a 360-degree camera that doesn't feel like work when I use it to capture something fun, and the people at Insta360 think the new Air camera for Android is the right way to go. Here's how that worked out.

Nailing portability

Insta360 Air is, without a doubt, the smallest 360-degree camera you'd actually want to use. This is accomplished by removing things like batteries and storage slots and excess plastic. Instead, what you have is a pair of fisheye sensors with an image processor to stitch the two halves together and a USB-C port to connect to your phone.

This setup doesn't get much simpler. You install the app from the Play Store, and when you connect the camera to the bottom of the phone, it immediately launches the app. Take the photos or video you want to take, the photos are immediately stored on your phone, and you remove the camera when you're done.

When not in use, this little camera stores in a small rubber sleeve that keeps the USB-C port safe and the lenses mostly protected. I say mostly because it's possible for sand or sediment to get in between the rubber and the lens when in your pocket, which could score the lenses over time if you aren't careful.

The important thing for day to day is that the rubber casing protects the camera housing well enough that you could toss it in a bag and be off without a worry. With this casing added, the little orb isn't the most comfortable thing to have in a front pocket, but it's no more uncomfortable than a large set of keys, so it's probably fine for most folks.

Simple, straightforward, kinda clumsy software

When the Insta360 Air app launches, you're immediately ready to take a photo or grab a video. The time from connecting the camera to taking a photo is less than 10 seconds if your phone is locked, which isn't bad. Flipping from photo mode to video mode to live broadcasting is all a single button press away, and since it all relies on your internal storage and cellular connection, there's no Bluetooth delay for anything.

If you're looking for a quick and easy 360-degree selfie camera, this would be the one to get.

Once you've taken a photo or video, you can either share immediately to your preferred social network, add a filter or two, or get involved in the Insta360 social stuff built into the app. There's nothing particularly advanced here, unless you're trying to see the 360-degree photos you've taken from outside of this app. Google Photos won't have access to these photos unless you specifically export your images to a folder on your phone, which has to be done individually. This is clearly designed to be a quick and contained experience, and there are some seriously fantastic photos shared by others in this app.

But the whole thing is upside-down, which is fine when taking photos but weird once you've removed the camera. Even when the camera isn't attached, the UI for this app rotates so you have to hold your phone as though it were. It's probably more confusing for new users if the UI was constantly switching back and forth, so I can appreciate the design decision, but it's an odd experience once you've become familiar with the way the camera works and just want to quickly share something.

You're really only using this for selfies

While the camera and its software score high marks for convenience and portability, the camera itself just isn't all that great. The image quality is relatively low when compared to the Ricoh Theta S, especially when it comes to detail and low-light performance. This is a usable camera when lighting is perfect and everything you want to take a picture of is within 10 feet of you, but if you're trying to capture a large room or an outdoor scene it's going to disappoint.

There's something to be said for the ability to quickly livestream in 360, and this camera does handle that well. With services like Facebook and YouTube looking into more 360-degree content, cameras like this one will be valuable for quickly capturing the whole scene around you when something needs to be shared. It's very cool to see such a future-forward feature on this camera.

You're also never going to be able to use this camera without holding your phone, so every photo with this camera is a selfie. Even if you have a stand for your phone and can set the camera up to capture a scene without you in it, there's no remote shutter for Android Wear or anything like that. The best you get is a time delay for capturing a shot, so you can set the phone up and run away quickly. If you're looking for a quick and easy 360-degree selfie camera, though, this would be the one to get.

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2 weeks ago

LG G6 will launch in the U.S. and Canada on April 7

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The LG G6 will come to the U.S. and Canada three weeks before the Galaxy S8.

LG Canada has confirmed that the highly-anticipated LG G6 flagship will launch at several carriers on April 7. A U.S. launch is expected the same day.

The U.S. launch day was revealed by Evan Blass, whose leaks on the G6 have been reliable, and Android Central has corroborated that release day with people familiar with LG's plans. We're likely to get official confirmation in the coming days.

LG Canada, on the other hand, says that the G6 will arrive on Friday, April 7 at the following carriers:

  • Bell
  • Eastlink
  • Fido
  • Freedom Mobile
  • Koodo Mobile
  • Rogers
  • SaskTel
  • TELUS
  • Videotron
  • Virgin Mobile

It's unclear right now whether the version sold at Freedom Mobile will be LTE-enabled, but we have no reason to believe otherwise (and have reached out to LG for confirmation). The Canadian model will also be without the wireless charging that will be present on the U.S. model, but the units will otherwise be identical: Snapdragon 821, 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, 3300mAh battery, IP68 water resistance, 3x carrier aggregation, and a dual 13MP camera setup.

If the rumored April 28 release date of the Galaxy S8 holds, the LG G6 will have a full three weeks on the market before Samsung's behemoth swoops in and steals all the attention. The LG G6 is expected to be released in Australia on March 28.

LG Canada says pre-orders for the G6 will begin on March 15. Let's hope we won't have to wait too long for the U.S. carriers to follow suit.

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2 weeks ago

Best Google Pixel Deals for March 2017

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What is the best deal you can get on a Google Pixel?

When shopping for a new gadget, like the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, you should be looking for the best possible deal available. But hunting them down can be difficult since most retailers change them weekly — but don't worry, we've got you covered. Whether you are looking to save finance your purchase, get some freebies with it, or try and save some money on the purchase there are a few places to check out.

Let's take a look at some of the best deals on Google's Pixel and Pixel XL that are available right now.

Refresh often! This page is constantly being updated as we discover new Pixel deals. Check back soon!

Google Pixel

Want to pick up the smaller of the two Pixels but avoid paying full price? Retailers are offering a variety of deals on these phones as Google continues its marketing push, and some will offer discounts in the future and others will include some extras at no cost. If you want to check out the best deals, these are the ones you want to look at.

Google Pixel XL

If you are looking for the larger version, you'll want to check out the deals on the Pixel XL. Odds are that most of the times retailers will offer the same deals on the Pixel and Pixel XL in terms of discounts or freebies, but there may be some specific sales that offer incentives to go bigger. Here are some of the best deals that you can find right now on the Pixel XL.

Other deals

As time passes you'll start to see these appear on other sites like eBay and Swappa, offering great deals on second-hand units. Some people may turn around and sell theirs at launch for a profit, but if you are looking to save you'll have to wait a bit longer.

Have you noticed any other deals on the Pixel or Pixel XL? If so, be sure to drop a line in the comments letting us know where the deal is and why other people may be interested.

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The LG Stylo 3 is just $179, now available from Boost and Virgin

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The surprisingly popular low-end Stylo line gets a third revision.

Sprint's prepaid subsidiaries Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile are both offering the latest iteration of the LG Stylo lineup with the Stylo 3, and it's only going to set you back $179 outright. For that money, you can't expect much — but LG makes some good decisions here, putting in a big 5.7-inch display, a fingerprint sensor and a big 3200 mAh (removable) battery.

The rest of the specs actually round out fine for such a cheap phone: that display is 720p, and powered by a Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor, 16GB of storage, 2GB of RAM and thankfully Android 7.0 Nougat. The cameras (yes, there are actually two — not a given at this price) are 13MP on the back and 5MP on the front. The hallmark of the Stylo series, its stylus, of course makes a return.

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2 weeks ago

Best Android Games of 2017

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Best Android Games of 2017

What are the best Android games to play in 2017?

Update March 2017: The first big update for 2017! We've added our favorite games released so far this year, along with some fantastic holdouts from last year that are still worth checking out.

If you're looking for the best new games available in the Google Play Store, you've come to the right place. Whether you're new to Android and need some fresh, new games to start building out your Google Play library or simply looking for the latest trendy games that are worthy of your time and attention, we'll break it all down for you with recommendations that are sure to ruin your productivity.

Reigns

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If you've always dreamt of being king for a day, you'll definitely want to check out Reigns. It's a stylish game with simple gameplay mechanics and razor-sharp wit, wherein you try to keep your kingdom running smoothly by interacting with advisors, citizens, witches, and other characters in your kingdom. It's best described as one of those "choose your own adventure" books, except instead of flipping to some page, you simply swipe left or right.

Each decision you make has an effect on four resources you must manage: religion, citizens, the army, and your kingdom's treasury. Balancing these resources is key, as if any meter maxes out or reaches zero, your reign is over. But the game doesn't end — you instead become your successor and try to last longer in your reign than the king before you.

It's the perfect pick-up-and-play game for killing some time, and you'll definitely enjoy the dark humor throughout.

Despite being released and celebrated in 2016, Reigns gets top billing on this list for 2017 for being the winner of Google's inaugural Indie Games Contest.

Download: Reigns ($2.99)

The Battle of Polytopia

Also highlighted as a finalist for the Google Play Indie Games contest in February, The Battle of Polytopia is a great game for anyone who's a fan of turn-based strategy games, like the Civilization franchise. The game features multiple game modes, including the rarely seen pass-and-play option for playing against friends. With multiple tribes to choose from, this plays like a full-fledged strategy game packaged with cartoony graphics and scaled down perfectly for playing on a mobile device.

The turn-based gameplay against the AI is brisk and you can add more opponents or up the difficulty level if you're in need of a bigger challenge. Best of all, it's a free download from the Google Play Store!

This games feels perfect for your daily commute on public transit or really any time you got time to kill — if you start a Domination game (last tribe standing wins), you can save and resume your game at a later time as needed.

Download: The Battle of Polytopia (Free w/IAPs)

Causality

Causality is a mind-blowing puzzle game that's all about manipulating time. This is just a brilliant game where you control time and make adjustments to the level and alter the sequence in such a way that you help your stranded astronauts reach their goals.

Set in simplistic-yet-beautiful alien landscapes, this stylish game will have you wracking your brain as you try to figure out how to guide each astronaut to their color-coded exit within the allotted time. Of course, you have full control over the timeline and can jump to any point in time and change an aspect of the level. There are 60 mind-bending puzzles to unlock and complete in this outstandingly polished and challenging game.

Download: Causality ($1.99)

Island Delta

Island Delta is a very stylish top-down action-adventure-puzzler developed by Mantisbite out of Finland. Explore the mysterious retro-futuristic island lair of Doctor Gunderson as our heroes, Zoe and Baxter.

Using your anti-gravity gun, you must work your way past mechanical minions, traps, and guards as you solve puzzles to make it through to the end of each level. At its best moments, Island Delta feels like a stripped down, third-person version Portal, which is something I wasn't aware I needed in my life. The cartoony graphics and outstanding level design will immediately draw you in.

You can read our full review here before deciding to buy it. It's available for $2.99 from the Google Play Store.

Download: Island Delta ($2.99)

After the End: Forsaken Destiny

After the End: Forsaken Destiny is a really beautiful puzzle game set in a mysterious desert world. The story follows a father-son duo who are on parallel paths at different times and must work together across time to help each other progress past obstacles and puzzles.

The wonderful art style will draw you in. The controls are fairly simple to pick up: you use the left half of the screen to control your character, tap the button that appears on the right side of the screen to interact with switches and objects, and you will also need to frequently rotate the camera by swiping across the screen.

The puzzles here are varied and increase in difficulty as you progress further through the game. There's many secret areas to explore and relics to collect throughout the game. It's a paid game, so there are no ads or in-app purchases to distract you from the beautiful graphics and challenging puzzles.

Will the father and son ever be reunited? There's only one way to find out.

Download: After the End: Forsaken Destiny ($3.99)

Fire Emblem: Heroes

Fire Emblem: Heroes represents Nintendo's first foray into developing games for Android (ignoring last year's Miimoto app) and is the eighth title in the popular strategy-RPG franchise to be released on North American shores.

Heroes brings all of your favorite Fire Emblem characters together for a brand new story that pits the noble Askran Kingdom against the power-hungry Emblian Empire, which wishes to rule all worlds. You play the role of a mighty summoner who has the power to bring Fire Emblem's best heroes together to help defend the kingdom. Battle takes place in arenas where you must strategically move your Heroes around to attack and defend against your opponents.

Play through the Story Mode to unlock new game modes, including Special Maps, Arena Duels, and the Training Tower. Arena Duel is the multiplayer aspect of the game that will keep you busy beyond the single player campaign.

You can read our full review here.

Download: Fire Emblem: Heroes (Free w/IAPs)

Heart Star

Heart Star is a cute puzzle platformer with a simple concept: you swap controls between two characters who can only walk on certain surfaces. You must use teamwork to make it through the 50 mind-bending levels included here.

Featuring wonderful retro graphics and an 8-bit soundtrack, this is just a really complete game that offers a decent challenge as you progress through the later levels. You will have to contend with the occasional ad that pops up when you fail or complete a level, but it's worth the minor distraction to play this fun little game for free.

Download: Heart Star (Free)

Star Wars: Force Arena

Star Wars: Force Arena is arguably the best Star Wars game you can play on Android. Combining the card-casting mechanic from Clash Royale with MOBA-style gameplay, it's an extremely exciting game that couples fast-paced action with deep strategic elements as you step in as general for the Empire or the Rebellion.

Choose from your favorite Star Wars heroes and villains from the original trilogy and Rogue One and lead your army into battle against online opponents. There's a freemium model in play here, meaning you'll be tempted to spend real money to help unlock and upgrade new characters and troops more quickly — but you can move up the rankings just fine by being strategic in battle and patient opening card packs. You can battle one-on-one or team up with another hero for epic 2 vs 2 skirmishes.

At its best, Star Wars: Force Arena lets you recreate your own epic battle scenes on your phone. Rally your troops and take down the enemy turrets on your way to victory!

Read our full review here.

Download: Star Wars: Force Arena (Free w/IAPs)

Pokémon Go

I know, I know. You're asking what is Pokémon Go doing on this list in 2017.

Well, love it or hate it, Pokémon Go is still widely popular, and Niantic still has big plans to support it throughout the year. They've added the second generation of Pokemon with another five generations of Pokémon still in the bank, and as our pals over at iMore have reported, there are a bunch of global and region-based events in the works and the potential for a bunch of new and revamped features.

Also, winter is nearly over so we may see a resurgence of Pokémon Go during the warmer months. Will it ever reach the heights that it did during the summer of 2016? Probably not. But it still represents one of the best and most popular games available for Android.

Download: Pokémon Go (Free w/IAPs)

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