Verizon Wireless has announced that it is increasing the data offered on its prepaid phone plans. The carrier's $45 per month plan now features 2GB of data, up from 1GB, while the $60 plan has gone from 3GB to 5GB.
It's no surprise that Samsung is readying to announce the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge on February 21, and now the phones have both passed through the FCC. The Galaxy S7 proper will carry the model number SM-G930A, while the edge variant will be SM-G935A. Models numbers for each U.S. carrier will be slightly different, and designated by the last letter of the model number, as Samsung usually does.
Honor, the sub-brand of Huawei, has announced that it will be bringing its Honor 7 Premium smartphone to Europe soon. Alongside the announcement of European availability of the Honor 5X, the team also announced that the Honor 7 Premium would be expanding its sales soon.
Quirky, sleek and highly affordable, the Honor 5X is the brand's best value handset to date — but it's not quite a compromise-free experience.
Huawei's Honor brand has always been about targeting really interesting hardware, with laser precision, at a disruptive price point. The Honor 7, for instance, was unique in delivering metal construction and biometric security for around £250 at launch. Now the Honor 5X wants to take the core of that experience and give it an even lower price tag.
Announced for Europe today, and on sale immediately for £189.99, the 5X is perhaps the best value Honor phone yet (let's just forget about the Honor Holly, mmkay). But can hit such a competitive price point without cutting corners? We'll take a closer look after the break.
Honor 5X brings metal body, fingerprint security and 1080p display for £189.99.
Huawei's Honor brand has today announced the arrival of the Honor 5X, a new entry-level device designed to bring the core experience of the Honor 7 into a more affordable handset. Priced at £189.99 in the UK and available to buy from today via Amazon and Huawei's own Vmall storefront, the Honor 5X comes in gold, silver and grey color variants. In the UK, Three will also range the handset in the near future.
As for the hardware itself, highlights include a metal chassis, Huawei's excellent fingerprint sensor tech and a 5.5-inch 1080p display. The whole package is powered by a Snapdragon 616 octa-core processor with 2GB of RAM, paired with 16GB of storage and microSD expandability. It's also a dual-SIM phone, letting you use one for LTE data while still receiving calls on the other.
On top of that you're looking at an ample 3000 mAh battery and a 13-megapixel rear camera behind an f/2.0 lens.
On the software side, Huawei's EMUI 3.1 software layer sits atop Android 5.1.1 Lollipop — an update to Marshmallow is promised in the near future. And as we discovered in our review of the U.S. version, Huawei has managed to clean up EMUI to some degree, though a few nagging software issues do remain.
Nevertheless, we're still looking at a capable handset at a highly competitive price.
Anyone planning on picking up an Honor 5X today? Shout out in the comments!
Amazon has been adding new integrations to the Echo each week, and the latest addition is the music streaming service Spotify. That's right, the Echo can now play your favorite Spotify tunes with a simple voice command instead of only being able to stream it from your phone through a Bluetooth connection. In order to use Spotify on your Echo, you will need to be a paying member of Spotify's Premium service, which you can sign up for a free 30 day trial if you are not already a member.
Although Google may rule the roost on Android, Microsoft's Bing search engine now makes up over 20 percent of the U.S. search market and that number is only increasing. Luckily for us, Redmond just announced the latest version of the native Bing search app for Android, matching the overhaul the iPhone app got a few months ago.
Cloud storage is something ever more useful and ever more popular, but there's also a ton to choose from.
Fortunately, most also have free trials, and any storage provider worth its salt is going to give you a few gigabytes of space for free anyway to try to get you to stick around.
Let's take a look at a few of the major cloud storage providers and see how pricing stacks up. We'll leave it up to you to pick your favorite, but this should give a good idea of what you'll pay, as of today.
OnePlus is on a roll when it comes to removing the shackles off its smartphones and enabling consumers to purchase them without invitations. Now the company has made it so those who reside in India are able to pick up the OnePlus X even if they don't have an invite. And this isn't just for one day each week either.
Deezer has announced a new partnership with Honor, the sub-brand of Huawei, that will preload the app on all upcoming smartphones. Between Honor continuing to push forward and become an even stronger player in the smartphone market and Deezer's footprint in 180 countries, preloading the app on the phone will give owners a chance to try and app they may not have heard of previously. Deezer has curated stations, podcasts, audiobooks and more in its rich catalog that contains more than 40 million songs.
Deezer will be available on Honor devices in Europe, Middle East, Russia and South East Asia. More information about the new partnership can be found below.
DEEZER AND HUAWEI ANNOUNCE FIRST GLOBAL STREAMING MUSIC PARTNERSHIP
Deezer to be preloaded on new honor brand with instant access to Music, Radio Programs, Podcasts and Audiobooks
London, 4th February 2016: Deezer, the leading global on-demand music streaming service, has entered a new music partnership with Huawei and its honor smartphone devices. In a first of its kind global streaming partnership, Deezer will be preloaded on all honor devices, giving its customers immediate access to Deezer's rich library catalogue of 40 million songs, 40,000 radio programs, podcasts and audiobooks.
Huawei's massive global network is used by a third of the world's population and combined with Deezer's global footprint in 180 countries, the partnership would give users more flexibility, freedom and options to discover new music with personally curated recommendations from 50 Deezer editors from around the world.
Deezer will be available on honor devices in Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North Africa, Russia and South East Asia.
"Honor customers will get the best of both worlds - Smart technology alongside the best in music and radio," said Gerrit Schumann, Chief International Officer, Deezer. "With just one touch, listeners can access the largest music catalogue in the world, as well as over 40,000 podcasts, radio and audiobooks."
"Honor customers are always looking to find new ways to be entertained on their mobile devices. And Deezer is at the forefront of innovation and entertainment," said Liu Dan, the Chief Strategy Officer and VP of honor, Huawei Consumer Group. "We are delighted to partner with Deezer as its extensive selection and variety of music and audio service will no doubt, surprise and delight our customers."
Samsung has announced the 2016 refresh of the Galaxy A series in India. The Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 will go on sale starting February 15, with both models available in gold, black, and white. The Galaxy A5 2016 will retail for ₹29,400 ($433), while the Galaxy A7 2016 will set you back ₹33,400 ($492).
T-Mobile has decided to release the first of two planned Super Bowl 50 ads early, featuring rap music star Drake in a parody of his own Hotline Bling music video.
The ad shows Drake doing his signature Hotline Bling "dance in a box" and singing the chorus line, "You used to call me on my cellphone". The director then calls "Cut" as some folks in suits come up to the shooting stage. They remind Drake he should insert some more lyrics in the song, like downloading music could affect their data plan. Oddly enough, Drake seems to be very receptive to their suggestions.
T-Mobile isn't planning to show its other Super Bowl 50 ad until the big game itself, set for Sunday night.
A few weeks ago Phil asked what you want to see from the Galaxy S7. You let us know in the comments and in the forums, and we've got the breakdown for you. There was plenty to love about the Galaxy S6, but some things — like the battery life — left a bit to be desired.
We dug through everything you said you wanted and compiled the top five features that you're hoping to see from the Galaxy S7. You told us through your comments here on Android Central, as well as over on Youtube. Now, there were a lot of feature requests, so we had to narrow it down a bit: here are your top five:
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