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1 week ago

Gionee Marathon M5 Plus finally makes its debut in India for ₹26,999

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After unveiling the phone in China late last year, Gionee has commenced sales of the Marathon M5 Plus in India for ₹26,999.

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1 week ago

Getty Images goes after Google for promoting 'piracy'

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U.S. photography agency Getty Images is lodging a formal complaint against Google, stating that the search vendor is undermining its licensing business by providing access to copyrighted images in Google Images. The company is set to file a complaint with the European Union's antitrust commission, where Google is already under fire for abusing its dominant position with Android in the region.

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1 week ago

Nintendo has Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem lined up for smartphones

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Nintendo has announced that two franchises will be brought to smartphones. Both Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem were revealed during the company's earnings call. The games follow Miitomo, Nintendo's first smartphone app, which launched on Android and iOS back in March.

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1 week ago

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and Mi 5 open sale kicks off in India

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Update: That didn't last long. All products are now showing out of stock, with the sale lasting a few seconds. We'll let you know of the next flash sale once we get more details.

Xiaomi's conducting an open sale of the Redmi Note 3 and the Mi 5, making the phones available for purchase without a registration for the first time. The sale commences later today, April 27, and if you're in the market for either handset, be sure to head to Mi.com at 2PM IST to get your hands on Xiaomi's latest.

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1 week ago

Moto 360 Sport is now available in India for ₹19,999

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Motorola has launched the Moto 360 Sport in India. The fitness-focused smartwatch is now up for sale on Flipkart for ₹19,999.

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1 week ago

Samsung wireless earbuds and Gear Fit 2 pop up in leaked photos

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It looks like Samsung is cooking up some new Gear-branded accessories, and a set of leaked photos may have given us an early look.

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1 week ago

How important is your phone's camera?

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It wasn't so long ago that if you wanted photos of your life, it meant carrying around a separate camera with you. Now we've gotten to a point where we have access to an awesome camera right in our pockets. Plenty of people depend on the camera on their smartphone as the primary way they get photos, and many of those photos end up being really, really good.

That's why in this week's poll we want to know how important the camera on your phone is. Does an awesome camera make a phone, or is it just a fringe benefit if you get access to an awesome camera? This week you've got 5 choices in our poll: "very important", "kind of important", "not particularly important", "not very important", "not important."

How important is your phone's camera?

Is an awesome camera a must have feature, or do you overlook it? Drop us a comment and let us know how important the camera on your smartphone is!

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1 week ago

Spigen is offering a variety of its HTC 10 cases for just $3 at Amazon with coupon

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Update: Well that was fast! The coupons have exceeded their limits and are no longer valid. Stay tuned for more in the future!

Spigen is offering a variety of its HTC 10 cases for just $2.99 at Amazon when using a coupon code. Since the HTC 10 is not even officially available yet, now is a perfect time to buy a case so that you have it when your phone arrives. Whether you are looking for something clear, thin or with lots of protection, there is an option for just about everyone here.

To make it even sweeter, Spigen is offering free shipping on these orders, even if you don't have Amazon Prime. When making your purchase, you will want to make sure that you are selecting Spigen as the seller, not Spigen fulfilled through Amazon in order to get the savings here.

These coupons won't last long, so be sure to get your order in before it is too late! Which case did you pick up? Let us know in the comments.

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1 week ago

How to set and up and use Sonos for Android

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Set up your Sonos system and get music pumping through every room in your house!

Sonos is a wireless smart speaker system to which you can connect up to 32 components, so that your entire home is literally full with music. Once you've done a little browsing, you'll find you can get the first speakers to build out your system for about $200 each. Once you've got 'em, it's time to get them set up!

The first step is downloading the Sonos Controller app from the Google Play Store and then you're on your way to easily (albeit sometimes painstakingly) setting up your music atmosphere!

How to download the Sonos Controller app for Android

This will be the easiest and most painless part of the Sonos setup process. You can find the Sonos Controller app in the Google Play Store.

  1. Launch the Google Play store app from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap the search bar.
  3. Type "Sonos" into the search field.

    Launch Google Play, tap the search bar, type in Sonos

  4. Tap the search button. It looks like a magnifying glass.
  5. Tap the result by Sonos, Inc.
  6. Tap Install.

    Tap search, Choose Sonos, tap Install

  7. Tap Accept.
  8. Tap Open once the Sonos Controller app has downloaded.

    Tap Accept, tap Open

Boom! You're ready to becoming the music maestro you were always destined to be. Now, you just have to set up your speaker!

How to set up your Sonos speaker(s) using the Sonos Controller app for Android

Now that you have the Controller app, you need something to control. Let's set up your Play speaker!

  1. Launch the Sonos app from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap Set up a new Sonos system.
  3. Tap Next in the bottom right corner of the welcome screen.

    Launch the Sonos app, tap set up a new Sonos system, tap Next

  4. Tap Standard Setup to start the wireless setup process. You can choose Boost Setup, but that's only if you want to create a dedicated Sonos wireless network. Let's just stick with the basics.
  5. Tap Next in the bottom right corner of the Standard Setup screen.
  6. Tap Next in the bottom right corner of the Connect to Power screen, after plugging in your Sonos speaker.

    Tap Standard Setup, tap Next, tap Next

  7. Tap Next on the bottom right of the screen, after you have seen the green light flashing on your Sonos speaker. The indicator or the mute/play/pause button may be flashing. If you don't see the green flashing light, tap I'm unsure about the light; however, it may then prompt you to create a wired setup, which is kind of a pain in the ol' hind-end.
  8. Tap the dropdown menu on the "Player Setup" page, to choose your speaker model.
  9. Tap your speaker model in the menu.

    Tap Next, tap thew dropdown menu, tap your speaker model

  10. Tap Set up this player.
  11. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  12. Tap Next on the bottom right of the screen.

    Tap Set up this player, follow the on-screen instructions, tap Next

  13. Tap Next on the Wireless Setup screen.
  14. Type your Wi-Fi password into the field.
  15. Tap Done on the bottom right of your keyboard.

    Tap Next, type your Wi-Fi password, tap Done

  16. Tap Continue.
  17. Tap Next in the bottom right corner of the screen.
  18. Tap the dropdown menu to choose where you will use your Play speaker.

    Tap Continue, tap Next, tap the dropdown menu

  19. Tap the room in which you'll be using your speaker.
  20. Tap Next on the bottom right of the screen.
  21. Finish the setup process.

    • Tap Add another player if you have another speaker you'd like to set up. Just follow the same steps.
    • Tap Not now to continue on to registration.

      Tap the room your speaker is in, tap Next, finish up the process

  22. Tap Next on the Sonos Registration screen.
  23. Enter your email address and choose whether or not you'd like to receive information from Sonos.
  24. Tap Next on the bottom right of the screen.

    Tap Next, enter your email address, tap Next

  25. Tap the dropdown menu to set your location.
  26. Choose your location from the menu.
  27. Tap Next in the bottom right corner of the screen.

    Tap the dropdown, choose your location from the list, tap Next

  28. Enter your zip or postal code.
  29. Tap Next on the bottom right of the screen.
  30. Tap the check box to choose whether or not you'd like to send your usage data to Sonos.

    Enter your zip or postal code, tap Next, tap the check box if you want to send usage data to Sonos

  31. Tap Next on the bottom right of the screen.
  32. Tap Next on the Registration Complete page.
  33. Tap Set up music services to set up a streaming music service for which you have a subscription. Otherwise, tap Skip to Sonos menu.

    Tap Next, tap Next, tap Set up music services

Now, your Sonos is set up and ready to go. The music service setup process continues straight from here, but you can always do so later.

How to connect to an existing Sonos system using the Sonos app for Android

If you've never connected to a Sonos system before, but there's an existing one to which you'd like to connect, then we have you covered.

This will be the easiest thing you have to do today, since you just have to make sure your Wi-Fi is on and then follow these short steps.

  1. Launch the Sonos app from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap Connect to an existing system.
  3. Tap Next on the welcome screen.
  4. Tap Done once the connection has been established.

    Tao Connect to an existing system, tap Next, tap Done

Quick and painless. Boom.

The next section will detail the music service setup process, so follow me if you want to jam!

How to set up music streaming services using the Sonos Controller app for Android

Sonos supports myriad music streaming services, including Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify, and TONS of others.

It's super easy to add your subscribed services to your Sonos system, so let us not delay!

  1. Launch the Sonos app from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap the menu button on the top left of the screen. It looks like ☰.
  3. Tap Add Music Services.

    Launch the Sonos app, tap the menu button, tap Add Music Services

  4. Tap the music service that you'd like to add.
  5. Tap Add to Sonos.
  6. Sign in to the music service according to the on-screen instructions.

    Tap the music service you'd like to add, tap Add to Sonos, sign in

That's all there is to it! You've got your favorite streaming services wirelessly hooked up so that, so long as you're connected to your wireless network, you can stream all the music your streaming services have to offer!

How to control your music services using the Sonos app for Android

Now you're ready to dive in! Let's learn ya how to control your music service music from the Sonos app.

  1. Launch the Sonos app from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap the menu button on the top left of the screen. It looks like ☰.
  3. Tap the service you'd like use.
  4. Use the music service like you would on any other device. You can use standard media controls to play, pause, skip, etc.

    Tap the menu button, choose the service, use it as you would on any other device

When it comes to volume, play, pause, skip, etc., you can control the Sonos app the way you would any built-in music app.

How to control your own music with the Sonos app for Android

If you already have your phone loaded up with all your own tunes, then you can add those to your Sonos queue.

Here's how:

  1. Launch the Sonos app from your Home screen or from the Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap the menu button on the top left of the screen. It looks like ☰.
  3. Tap On this Mobile Device.

    Launch the Sonos app, tap the menu button, tap On this Mobile Device

  4. Choose from where you'd like to play audio:
    • Tap Artists to find the artist of your choice.
    • Tap Albums to search for the album of your choice.
    • Tap Genres to search music from a particular genre.
    • Tap Songs to search for a particular song.
    • Tap Playlists to search for a particular playlist that you've created.
    • Tap Podcasts to select podcasts which you have downloaded.
  5. Tap the item you'd like to play.
  6. Choose when you would like to play the song, album, or playlist.
    • Tap Play Now to play the song, album, or playlist immediately.
    • Tap Play Next to play your choice after the current song.
    • Tap Add to Queue to add the song to the bottom of the queue.
    • Tap Replace Queue to do just that.
    • Tap More to Browse the Artist or View All Songs on Album.

You can use standard media controls to play, pause, skip, etc.

Choose from where you want to play a song, tap the song, choose when you'd like to play it

How to find and play music using the Sonos app for Android

You've got a song in your head and you have to hear it NOW. You can search through every music service to which you're subscribed, as well as the music on your mobile device, using the search function.

  1. Launch the Sonos app from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap the search button on the top right of the screen. It looks like a magnifying glass.
  3. Choose a genre to search under:

    • Artists
    • Songs
    • Albums
    • Playlists
    • Stations
    • Genres
    • Composers
    • Hosts
    • Podcasts & Shows

      Launch the Sonos app, tap the search button, choose a category under which to search

  4. Type your query into the field.
  5. Tap the result you'd like to play.
  6. Choose when to play it.

    Type your query, tap the item you'd like to play, choose when to play it

That's really all there is to it. You search up music via the Sonos app just like you would any other music app.

The best part is that Sonos will search everything you have available, so it won't just search the music on your Android device; it'll search all the music services to which you subscribe as well!

How to factory reset your Sonos speaker

  1. Turn it off.
  2. Unplug it.
  3. Plug your speaker back in, while simultaneously holding the play/pause button (on older models, it's the mute button).
  4. Hold the button until the light starts flashing orange.

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1 week ago

AT&T reports Q1 2016 earnings: $40.5 billion in revenue, adds 2.3 million wireless customers

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AT&T has reported its earnings for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2016, noting yet another big bump in consolidated revenues due to its recent DirecTV acquisition, along with respectable wireless subscriber growth.

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1 week ago

More footage of Pokemon GO beta gameplay gets leaked

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A new video shows even more gameplay from the closed beta testing of Pokemon GO, the upcoming augmented reality mobile game from former Google company Niantic Labs.

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1 week ago

The LG G5 spare battery coffin is a brilliant little charger

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LG G5 spare battery charger

This is what you can get for free in the U.S. if you get an LG G5 by April 30.

One of the more important features of the LG G5 is the battery. Specifically that it's removable. And because you can swap in a spare battery whenever you feel like it, it makes sense to have an extra on on hand. To that end, LG is giving a good many folks who ordered early a free spare G5 battery, complete with charging cradle coffin — and a sweet little adapter to boot.

As you might well have guessed, this isn't just a charging cradle.

Let's take a quick look.

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1 week ago

Deadpool movie makes its R-rated digital debut in the Google Play Store for $14.99

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Deadpool, the surprise box office hit superhero box movie starring Ryan Reynolds as the Marvel Comics character, is now available to own as a digital download in the Google Play Store for $14.99.

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1 week ago

HTC introduces the familiar-looking One S9 in Europe for €499

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HTC has announced a new phone for European markets, the HTC One S9. The phone takes after the One M9 in style, while changing up the internals. The phone comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow pre-installed.

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1 week ago

Unlocked HTC 10 has Wi-Fi calling support

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HTC 10 Wifi calling

Make calls over Wi-Fi without carrier-branded firmware.

It used to be that in order to use Wi-Fi calling — the ability on certain carriers to place calls and texts over Wi-Fi, even when you have no cellular reception — you had to be using a carrier-branded handset. But we've seen a trend towards Wi-Fi calling on unlocked Android phones of late, including the Galaxy S7 and Nexus 6P with the Android N developer preview.

The latest Android phone to bring support for Wi-Fi calling in an unlocked model — at least on some carriers — is the HTC 10

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