1 week ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Authy, NYT VR, AirBNB and more


Our weekly app picks

It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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1 week ago

From the Editor's Desk: Android, airlines and what's to come

JetBlue a320

It's been a few years now since the FAA (and other regulating bodies) lightened up on the use of personal electronic devices on airplanes. So we can now listen to music and watch videos and crush all the candy and crossy all the roads we want before the plane ever takes off.

That's barely scratching the surface, of course, especially when you take into consideration what passengers and the airlines could do with a full mobile OS baked into in-flight entertainment. JetBlue recently announced an update to its IFE system that will be "built on the Google Android platform," and initially hit its Airbus a320 models.

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1 week ago

Vivo Mobile launches the mid-range Y51L in India


Vivo India has announced the launch of Y51L in the Indian market. The vivo Y51L is assembled in the company's new manufacturing plant in India. As one of the top 10 smartphone brands in the world, vivo entered Indian market in December 2014.

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1 week ago

The Honor 5X is available today for $199, here's what you need to know

Honor 5X

OK, folks. Today's the day. The Honor 5X — a decent (if imperfect) choice in the $199 market — is available starting now. If you're still on the fence, you definitely need to read our complete Honor 5X review.

And beyond that, here are some hot takes you don't want to miss:

And if you've got any other questions, sing out! We'll do our best to answer 'em!

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1 week ago

Latest OnePlus X update surfaces Android security patch level, currently on Jan. 1 release

OnePlus X security patch

With the latest update to OxygenOS 2.2.0, the OnePlus X now properly displays its Android security patch level in the settings separate from the rest of the software information. The phone is currently on the January 1, 2016 release, which means at least for the next few days (assuming Google sticks to the monthly schedule) it's on the latest security patch.

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1 week ago

7 things to know about the Honor 5X

Honor 5X

There's a good bit of hype around the Honor 5X — these are the most important things you should know about it.

Whether you've seen the Honor phones released internationally or are just getting interested in the Honor 5X on its own, there's a good amount of information to take in about this budget-friendly device. With a metal body, fingerprint sensor and good screen this isn't your typical cheap phone, and it's definitely worth looking at if you're in the market to spend $200.

But before you go buy one, let's learn a little more about it.

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1 week ago

Mobile Nations Weekly: Revenue, earnings, discounts, and rumors

Samsung Galaxy S6

All the profit in the world isn't enough.

This week in technology was dominated by two things: dollars and rumors. On the dollars front we got earnings reports from both Apple and Microsoft, neither of which is in bad shape. Apple had the largest-ever quarterly profit but didn't quite meet analyst expectations or paint a gold-plated rosy picture of the future, and thus got punished. Microsoft, meanwhile, reported healthy revenue and profits that beat Wall Street estimates, and despite the struggling of high profile segments was rewarded with an increased stock price.

For perspective, Microsoft earned $5.4 billion in profit on $23.8 billion in revenue. Apple registered an $18.4 billion profit on $75.9 billion in revenue.

On the rumors front, things are only heating up as we head towards the MWC unveiling of a whole new slew of smartphones. Up first is the LG G5, which might ditch the back-mounted power and volume buttons that have been a signature of the G-series flagships. Samsung, on the other hand, appears to be maintaining carrying over its existing styles to the upgraded Galaxy S7, but could actually go with a lower resolution camera in the GS7 for improved performance (as contradictory as that might seem on the surface).

There's plenty more going on, so let's dive right into this edition of Mobile Nations Weekly!

Android Central — Full steam ahead

Galaxy S6 camera

Another steady news week has come and gone, with Google cutting prices of its latest Nexus phones, the OnePlus X going invite-free and the BlackBerry Priv finally launching on T-Mobile.

Galaxy S7 talk is heating up again this week, with a rumored U.S. launch date of March 11 coming to light alongside the rumor of a Samsung-run upgrade program. We explored the reasoning behind an expected lower resolution camera in the GS7, as well as a breakdown of the best time to sell your Galaxy S6 before you upgrade.

In further MWC-related news, we have even more leaks about the upcoming LG G5, and the HTC M10 (codename Perfume).

CrackBerry — Privspansion

BlackBerry Priv

This week was all about further expanding availability of the Priv with BlackBerry having now launched the device on T-Mobile and announced release for India and South Africa. That wasn't all though, BlackBerry also expanded their EMM offerings through Watchdox and Good Technology integration. Finally, there was also a new round of BlackBerry Priv app updates.

iMore — All the earnings

Apple earned more money than any company ever earned in the history of companies earning money this week… so of course the markets beat the stuffing out of them. (So. Doomed.) That's resulted in a ton of leaks on everything from a new 4-inch iPhone 4se, to the long-rumored Apple Car, to the newly-rumored Apple VR project, all in the hopes poor Wall Street will find something it likes. Apple, for its part, would love to tell you more about the massive services revenue the company already generates.

Windows Central — Revenue shifts

Surface Book hinge

The big news this week for tech companies were their quarterly reports. Microsoft's FY16 Q2 results generated $23.8 billion in revenue beating Wall Street estimates, which the markets welcomed with a 5-percent bump in Microsoft stock since the announcement. The Surface business pulled in $1.35 billion in revenue, which is considered a success for the holiday release of the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book.

Not all the financial news was great, however. The "More Personal Computing" segment dropped drop 5% to $12.7 billion. Although that number is ahead of the general PC business, there is still a recovery going on. Likewise, Microsoft's Windows Phone segment tanked by 49 percent although this was entirely expected with their new retrenched strategy.

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1 week ago

Marvel: Contest of Champions tips and tricks


Marvel: Contest of Champions has a serious draw, bringing in fans of Marvel and fighting games alike. With plenty of ways to play, social aspects, and more marvel characters than you can shake a stick at, it's easy to see why it's so popular. It's easily addictive, and has enough bells and whistles to keep you coming back for more.

While this game is, at it's core, a fighting game, there is definitely more to it than just button mashing and hoping for a good outcome in the end. There is definitely some strategy involved, especially when leveling up your characters, or choosing which quest to pursue next. With all of that in mind, we've put together some handy tips and tricks to help you save the galaxy.

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1 week ago

Let's talk about the Samsung Galaxy S7 and its microUSB port

Galaxy S7 microUSB port

Some thoughts on why Samsung may have skipped USB Type-C in its 2016 flagships — and how it might actually make sense.

The recent leakage of apparent press renders of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, along with corresponding hardware specs, have given us plenty to think about. Sure enough, the physical design of these two closely resembles what we've seen out of Samsung for the past 12 months. And for the first time it seems we're getting new Samsung flagships in two screen sizes — and with significantly larger batteries to address one of the GS6's biggest pain points.

However there's one hugely important detail hidden away in the bottom right corner of these Galaxy S7 renders. The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are pictured with what appears to be a plain old microUSB port, as opposed to the newer USB Type-C connector.

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1 week ago

Reminder: Songza is shutting down on Jan. 31, but it lives on in Google Play Music


Things may look a little different, but they still sound the same.

So, Jan. 31 is the day. Songza is no more. It is now completely integrated into Google Play Music, and in fact has been for quite some time. (Since October 2014, in fact.) The only difference is starting today you'll actually need to shift over to Google Play Music if you haven't already. (And chances are you have, because Songza has been prompting you for some time.)

So what's the big deal? What's the difference between Songza proper and its migration to Google Play Music?

We'll walk you through it real fast.

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1 week ago

T-Mobile teaser for its Super Bowl 50 ads is a look back at classic commercials


T-Mobile will once again run commercials during this year's Super Bowl on Feb. 7. The carrier has posted up a teaser for those ads that looks back at classic commercials that have debuted during the big NFL game.

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1 week ago

Here are our Honor 5X winners!


It's time to announce who the winners of our Honor 5X contest are! We had almost 100,000 entries, so it's clear that you guys are excited for this new offering from Huawei, and we're not going to waste any more time wrapping this contest up. Let's see who the winners are!

Big congratulations to Usman A. (username wizfan94), Holly L. (username hleichtman), and Kenny S. (username Deadpenguins)! You have each won a brand new Honor 5x phone! I'll be in touch soon to get your shipping info and get those phones sent out to you.

Thanks for entering everyone! Be on the lookout for the next hot contest from Android Central!

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1 week ago

Android Central 272: Rumors and allegations


Audio-only stream below

Even we're not immune to the siren call of what may (or may not) be.

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1 week ago

Possible Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge designs shown off in leaked renders


A new set of renders shown off by prolific leaker Evan Blass give us a look at what we may expect from the upcoming Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, which are expected to be revealed at Mobile World Congress in February.

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1 week ago

Sony's new flash drive features dual connectors for USB-C and full-sized USB-A


Sony has introduced a new portable flash drive that can be used with both traditional USB-A connectors, along with newer USB-C ports. This flexibility makes the new drive, the USM-CA1, a great tool for moving files from your older computer to a new Chromebook Pixel.

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