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Moto X 2016 — what do you want to see?

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Moto X 2016 — what do you want to see?

Details are light, but it's still fun to speculate.

As we approach the expected launch of the new Moto X 2016 (or perhaps, the Moto Z), details about the phone are pretty light. Though Lenovo is now in the picture leaks point to a phone that very much has Motorola design language, but with the addition of a few features like a fingerprint sensor on the front of the phone.

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1 day ago

Online-only Samsung Mini Pay is reportedly planned for a South Korea launch in June

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A new report claims that Samsung Mini Pay, an online-only version of Samsung's payment system, will launch in June in South Korea.

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1 day ago

Grab an Honor 5X for just $160 at Newegg right now!

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If you are looking for a deal on the Honor 5X, you'll want to take a look at Newegg's latest offer. The retailer has discounted the phone by $40, making it just $160. For those not familiar, the Honor 5X has a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 616 processor, fingerprint sensor and more. It comes with 16GB of internal storage, which is expandable with a microSD card, and 2GB of RAM.

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1 day ago

What does the Fossil Q Activity Tracker do?

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Small, sleek, and stylish, the Fossil Q looks like a bracelet, and functions like a state of the art fitness tracker. But what exactly does the band do? What are its cool features, and why should you bother spending $125 on one?

Yeah, it's pretty: But what does it do?

When the Q Reveler was released, Fossil asked one question, "Who says you can't have fun and look good while doing it?"

Essentially, Fossil's Q Reveler (designed for men) and Q Dreamer (designed for women) are incredibly stylish fitness trackers that look amazing as a bracelet (if you're too lazy to actually use the darn thing).

The bracelet tracks your activity, filters specific notifications from your smartphone, syncs wirelessly with other devices, and can be customized with Fossil's dozens of unique and stunning strap designs (pick between leather,\ or silicone for when you're working out!). When notifications from your selected friends and apps appear, the bracelet gently vibrates and flashes with custom-colored LED lights.

Why should I buy one?

As stated earlier, there are dozens of fitness trackers to choose from — it all depends on what you're looking for!

If you're a regular exerciser who cares about measuring things like distance, calories burned, etc., then you're in luck; Fossil's activity tracker will monitor your steps throughout the day, the distance you've travelled, and all the calories you've worked off at the gym. However, if you're looking for a fitness tracker that does a bit more than the basics, you'll want to look elsewhere.

The other wonderful thing about Fossil's activity tracker is that it doesn't look like an activity tracker. Depending on the type of band you get, the bracelet resembles modern jewelry from designer brands like Marc Jacobs, with the simplicity of Tiffany's timeless look.

Battery life has also been reported to last up to seven days because of the device's large 27mAh rechargeable battery, meaning you won't have to take your Dreamer Q on and off repeatedly throughout the week.

So how much does it cost? And where can I get it?

Both the Reveler Q and Dreamer Q start at $125, though some models of the Dreamer Q are listed on Fossil's site for only $95.

You can either get your fitness tracker online at Fossil's site, or at The Bay's website, where the piece is advertised as a 'Stainless Steel Leather Bracelet.'

The bottom line:

At the end of the day, Fossil's fitness trackers are luxurious bracelets that just so happen to double as a fitness tracker. They hold an excellent charge, won't cost you an arm and a leg with its reasonable price-point, and will solidify your spot as the most stylish weight-lifter at your gym.

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1 day ago

Best mini Bluetooth speakers

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Best mini Bluetooth speakers

Good things come in small packages!

Mini Bluetooth speakers are smaller and often cheaper than traditional Bluetooth speakers. Don't worry though, small and less expensive doesn't mean you have to lose sound quality. We've compiled a list of some of the best mini Bluetooth speakers that you can find on today's market at three different price points.

Best options under $150

Best options under $100

Best options under $50

Best options under $150

Sony SRS-X33

Sony SRS-X33

This is one of Sony's smallest speakers, but it still weighs 1.5 lbs, so it isn't as comfortably portable as others.

Like a lot of Sony's portable speakers, the SRS-X33 has two separate passive bass radiators to deliver a great low-end sound without muddling the rest of the higher tones.

Not only does it work with Bluetooth, but it also has NFC compatibility, making it super easy and user friendly to pair with your phone. It also has a standard 3.5 mm jack, so it's compatible with anything that has a headphone jack.

This speaker also has a Micro-USB port for charging your phone on the go. Top this all off with a seven-hour battery life and you have yourself a mini Bluetooth speaker to be reckoned with.

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Bose Soundlink Color

Bose Soundlink Color

Bose has always been a sound quality giant, and that hasn't changed with the Soundlink Color.

Available in some cool colors , like red, blue, and mint, the Soundlink Color looks a little different than most mini Bluetooth speakers. It's square design allows it to easily fit into bags or purses making it ideal for taking with you.

The sound quality is superb for such a small package and can even pair with two devices at once. Switching back and forth from the music on your phone and your friend's phone has never been easier, plus, it's battery life is approximately eight hours which gives you plenty of time to enjoy that high quality audio.

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Best options under $100

UE Roll/UE Roll 2

UE Roll

The UE Roll has a cool design meant to follow you wherever you go. It has a great waterproof rating, meaning it can even follow you into the shower! Plus, it also comes with a little life preserver that allows it to float, meaning you can bring this speaker to a pool party.

The sound on this tiny guy is impressive and can be even more impressive if you pair another UE Roll with it. It has an app you can download to completely control playback so you can control it from afar.

Ultimate Ears has released the Roll 2, which has all the great features of its predecessor but with a few key improvements. The Roll 2 boasts a slightly better sound — both in volume and tone — while also increasing the Bluetooth range to 100 feet.

The Roll 2 will run you about $99; however, you can find the original Roll at Best Buy for around $50. You could draw the conclusion that the value of the upgraded UE Roll 2 is offset by the savings of the original Roll. We will link to both version below and you can decide for yourself which way you want to go.

See UE Roll at Amazon See UE Roll 2 at Amazon

Braven 705

Braven 705

Embracing the all-in-one mentality, the Braven 705 model packs a punch with it's sound and versatility. With two built-in drivers and a passive rad for the low end, it's easy to enjoy the sound quality of this speaker at all ends of the volume spectrum.

It has all the connections you need to listen to your favorite tunes on your favorite devices. And, it even has a USB port that will allow you to charge your phone. Perfect if you need a boost to get you through a late-night dance party.

The 705 is yet another mini speaker that has a waterproof rating. While it can't be submerged in water, it can be splashed or spilled on without having to worry and the outer silicone shell provides some shock proofing, making the Braven 705 quite rugged for such a small device.

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Best options $50

Cambridge Soundworks OontZ Curve

Cambridge Soundworks OontZ Curve

The OontZ Curve has a very unique shape. We will admit right off the bat, it's not the best sounding speaker on the list, but it is the cheapest and it makes our list because for the price, the sound is great! It can have a little trouble with music that is very tonally complex, meaning this probably won't be the speaker for you if you like listening to dubstep.

It only has five hours of battery life, which is considerable less than most of it's competitors, but it does have speakerphone capability making it especially useful when using Bluetooth.

For the under $30 price, you aren't going to find a mini Bluetooth speaker that packs the same punch. Money savers, this is a great option for you!

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JBL Micro Wireless

JBL Micro Wireless

JBL's entry into the mini Bluetooth speaker world is quite impressive. This small circular speaker comes with a carrying case and a five-hour battery life, making it a great portable option for short trips!

The cool thing about the Micro Wireless is the impressive bass sound. It has a built-in bass port that offers almost unrivaled low-end sound in a speaker this small and inexpensive.

The JBL Micro Wireless can sound a little distorted if you crank the volume all the way up; however, it handles all types of music really well and doesn't seem to lose any quality when there is a lot going on in a song.

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How do you get your groove on?

Do you have a mini Bluetooth speaker that you love to use? Leave us a comment in the comment section below and tell us what you love about your mini speaker!

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1 day ago

Red, white and blue sale: Save 20% on all Android accessories from ShopAndroid

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In honor of the brave men and women who gave their lives for our country, we're offering 20% off all Android accessories at ShopAndroid.

Now through Tuesday, May 31 you can pick up a new case, quick charger, screen protector or wireless charger for your Android device and enjoy a 20% savings by using coupon code: RWB16 at checkout. There's an extensive selection of Android accessories to choose from, along with a convenient 60-day return policy and free shipping on all orders over $50 in the US and Canada.

Save big on accessories for the latest devices including the Samsung Galaxy S7, S6 edge, HTC 10 and LG G5. Haven't upgraded just yet? No problem — we're fully stocked on accessories for favorites like the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S5 and many more!

Take your time, browse, and enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!

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1 day ago

ZTE Axon 7 hands-on: Do we really need 6GB of RAM?

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A big phone with a big spec sheet.

As a follow-up to its first Axon-branded phone, ZTE has unveiled its latest flagship, the Axon 7. The company says that it skipped straight to Axon 7 to honor the fact that, after a few Grand and Star variants, this in fact the seventh flagship to ship.

It is also the best. With an outrageous spec sheet including a Snapdragon 820 with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage — there's a premium model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, too — the Axon 7 wants to take on the biggest devices from Samsung, HTC, LG and others.

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2 days ago

Samsung announces the dual-SIM Galaxy C7 in China

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Samsung has announced the Galaxy C7 in China, which is essentially a larger sibling to the recently unveiled Galaxy C5 in the same region. While availability details for the C7 have yet to be shared, we do know that the handset will come with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box and can switch between two SIM cards on the fly.

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2 days ago

HTC's latest phone in India is not so new after all

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HTC launched seven phones yesterday in India, and the vendor is now back for an encore. The latest HTC handset to make its way to the country is the One M9+ Prime Camera Edition, which retains the styling of the One M9 while paring down the hardware to compete in the mid-range space.

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2 days ago

Acer's Liquid Zest Plus with 5000mAh battery will retail in July

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Acer unveiled the Liquid Zest Plus last month in New York, and the manufacturer is now announcing that the phone will make its debut in North America in the month of July for $199. The highlight of the phone is a massive 5000mAh battery, which according to Acer will result in a battery life of three days.

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2 days ago

Watch all the sessions from Google I/O 2016 right here

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There was a lot to like about Google I/O 2016, with the search giant unveiling new products, apps, and technologies. While the keynote had a slew of consumer-centric announcements, I/O is primarily a developer conference, with a focus on providing developers the tools and resources they need to build the best apps and services possible.

Google has now collated all of the developer sessions from the three-day event — which include a deep dive into its latest technologies and an overview of upcoming tools and platforms — into a single playlist for your viewing pleasure.

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2 days ago

Samsung unveils amazing Galaxy S7 edge Injustice Edition for all of the Batman fans out there

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2 days ago

How to make a custom icon for Android

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Theming icons with a pack is pretty awesome. But they can't do everything.

Icon packs have holes. Icon packs sometimes miss. And when you're theming your phone, maybe what you need isn't in an icon pack at all. That's OK. We don't need no stinkin' icon packs. We can edit together our own custom icons! It's easy. All you need is some kind of photo editor, be it the latest Photoshop or free cloud-based editor like Pixlr, and a little creativity.

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2 days ago

Zagg's Glass Curve screen protectors now available for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

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If you're looking for a good way to protect the screen of your Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge, Zagg's Curved Glass screen protectors are now available for purchase.

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2 days ago

Marshmallow breathes new life into the OnePlus 2, but we deserve a stable build by now

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The first quarter of 2016 has come and gone, and this phone is still on Lollipop.

As rumors swirl around the expected launch of the OnePlus 3, owners of the still-current-generation OnePlus 2 are wondering where their Marshmallow update is. Despite OnePlus originally guaranteeing a Marshmallow update for the phone by the end of March, here we are at the end of May with no official update in sight.

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