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2 days ago

Plug in to your Gear VR and nothing happens? Here's what to do next!

If Oculus isn't launching when you plug your phone into Gear VR there might be a serious problem.

Usually jumping into your Gear VR is as easy as plugging your phone in, and putting on your headset. However, if when you plug your phone into Gear VR, and nothing happens, then you definitely have a problem.

Before you panic, there are two causes for this issue, and we have the details on what to do.

Read more at VRHeads.com

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2 days ago

How Nanab and Pinap berries in Pokémon Gen 2 will improve your game

With the new update Pokémon Go will add Pinap and Nanab berries to buffs you can use while capturing Pokémon.

Just when you thought the hype over Pokémon Go had cooled down to a simmer, Niantic announced a huge new update. To help you capture the 80 new species of Pokémon being added to the game, there is the addition of two new types of berries; Pinap and Nanab.

Nanab berries

The Nanab Berry isn't here to replace your Razzberries, instead it's going to help you to become even more effective when trying to catch Pokémon. Especially if you are dealing with a particularly shy Pokémon that is prone to running away — Abra, we're looking at you little buddy! The Ninab berry looks like a banana, but it's no joke.

Each time that you throw a Ninab Berry at a Pokémon you are attempting to capture it will slow it down. This means it will take them much longer to dodge, making them much easier to hit and capture. That also makes it extra handy when used in conjunction with the Razzberry, since you can slow down a Pokémon to capture him, and then ensure he has one heck of a time escaping your clutches.

Pinap Berries

Pinap Berries look like a Pineapple, but unlike Razzberries or Nanab Berries, it won't aid you in capturing a new Pokémon. Instead, it will ensure that you get the biggest perk possible once you eventually capture that pocket monster. Each time you use a Pinap Berry and then successfully catch a Pokémon you will receive double candy for your efforts.

While that might not seem like much for some Pokémon, it does mean that gathering up enough candy to finally evolve your Magikarp to a Gyarados. Likewise, that may mean you want to hold onto your Pinap Berries until you come across a rare Pokémon, or one that is just a few candies off from evolution in order to maximize the benefits of the candy.

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3 days ago

GIF your way through American Sign Language with Giphy

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Gifs — they're for more than reactions and shade.

As a millennial, I tend to punctuate a lot of my tweets and personal communication with gifs. I often turn to Giphy when I need to say something with a short repeating video, and with their latest featured collection, I can say things in a new language with it — American Sign Language. Giphy has teamed with Sign With Robert to help teach people ASL using the power of repetitive, silent video.

That's right, we can learn with gifs now.

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3 days ago

Huawei Mate 9 vs. LG V20: As good as it gets

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Two completely different phones with very similar outcomes.

I have a problem. See, there are two phones in front of me, and they're both very good. I've literally been switching between them every day to get a sense of their strengths and weaknesses, and have been assiduously noting the differences to get a sense of what a large "phablet" flagship should and shouldn't do.

These two phones are the Huawei Mate 9, which recently arrived in the U.S., and the LG V20, which debuted at the tail end of 2016. Despite the obvious similarities — they're both big phones with great specs, etc. — I have been left with a strangely bitter taste in my mouth, as I can't decide which one I like better.

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3 days ago

Sprint's own pricing chart makes the case for T-Mobile's unlimited plan

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Sprint's own chart undermines its latest promotion, which shows the real strength of T-Mobile right now.

I'm Canadian; I have no skin in this game. Up here, we pay far more than anyone in the U.S. for far less. In Canada, the closest we come to 'unlimited' is bottomless breadsticks at Olive Garden.

We're now in this strange situation where T-Mobile is setting the tone and pace for the rest of the industry.

Which is why it's been fascinating watching the disruptive T-Mobile, which has double the subscribers of the entire population of Canada, almost singlehandedly upend the U.S. wireless industry, causing monumental shifts in the way customers use and consume wireless data.

On the one hand, the push to unlimited is a good thing; customers don't have to think about policing themselves — the vast majority of people can just pick up and use a phone without distinguishing whether it's on LTE or Wi-Fi. The downside there, though, is that unlimited comes at the expense of additional fine print; while one can technically continue slurping up as much data as he or she wants, after a predetermined amount — between 22GB and 28GB, depending on the carrier — traffic gets "deprioritized."

T-Mobile began this trend two and a half years ago (simpler times, simpler times) with Music Freedom, which, for Simple Choice customers on particular plans, didn't count a number of music streaming services towards one's data bucket. Back then, unlimited was just a glint in T-Mobile's eye, its network not yet able to keep up with the growing demand of a hungry population. But by the end of 2015, T-Mobile's network, having launched 700Mhz service and refarmed enough of MetroPCS's own spectrum, felt ready to move to video, launching Binge On.

In the proceeding months, Binge On was met with enormous amounts of criticism from all sides: net neutrality defenders believed it was contravening the very ideals of treating all internet traffic the same; consumer protection groups like the EFF were upset that T-Mobile was throttling all video traffic, not just services signed up for Binge On; and consumers themselves found the service confusing and difficult to disable. These issues were all addressed in due time, with John Legere himself bearing the brunt of the concern, but in the ensuing 18 months saw T-Mobile steal millions of customers from Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, leading to some of the best metrics we've seen from a U.S. carrier in years.

So now we're in this strange situation where T-Mobile, the third-largest carrier in the U.S., is setting the tone and pace for the rest of the industry, genuinely affecting the bottom lines of the incumbents, AT&T and Verizon. What was a single fly buzzing around making noise just a couple of years ago is now a swarm that the top carriers can no longer ignore.

Which brings us to this chart. Sprint, the embattled fourth carrier, is still making amends for its decision to invest in WiMax all those years ago, and has neither the coverage nor the balance sheet to make a run for T-Mobile. Its latest act of desperation is a salvo worthy of a surrounded army: offer five lines for the cost of two in the hopes that entire families — the true money makers — will switch over. But Sprint's deal is hobbled by the fact that it's for new customers only, and that the promotional price will revert to its far more expensive regular cost in just over a year.

This isn't to say that Sprint's deal is a bad one; unlike AT&T's newly-expanded unlimited plan, it does include tethering and HD video streaming, but Sprint's network is neither as robust nor its devices as transferrable as T-Mobile's.

At the end of the day, though, unlimited is just another buzzword for a handful of networks that are now technically able to eke sizeable profits without crumbling under the weight of America's lust for video. And that's a good thing for everyone.

Which unlimited plan should you buy: T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon?

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3 days ago

Gingerbread is officially dead as it loses Google Play Services support

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It's time to throw out the Gingerbread, it's finally gone stale.

Android Gingerbread and Android Honeycomb are over six years old — in fact, Android Honeycomb turns 7 next week — and they are finally losing support from the Google Play Services framework. Google Developers announced back in November that 10.0 would be the last SDK version to support to support them, and with this week's Google Play Services 10.2, they have officially been left behind.

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3 days ago

How to get Alexa in your home without buying an Amazon Echo

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You don't need an Amazon Echo to enjoy Alexa.

One of the coolest parts of Amazon's Alexa service, especially when comparing the tech to other platforms, is the commitment to many different hardware partners. Any company can make something that works with Alexa, giving that new accessory complete control over all of the things an Amazon Echo has access to. That may mean a more capable speaker, or something a great deal more portable. There's a lot of flexibility here, and that means there are many different options to choose from.

Here's how you get Alexa in your home without an Amazon Echo.

No hardware at all

You don't actually need a new piece of hardware to use the Alexa service, if you want to see how useful it would be to you. There's a website designed to offer developers a way to test Alexa skills before releasing them to the world, and it's a pretty great way to get used to Alexa before buying.

EchoSim can do just about anything Alexa in your home can do, right from your browser. All you need to do is keep the browser tab open, click the microphone or hold down the space bar to speak, and enjoy exploring Alexa.

Try out EchoSim yourself!

A cheaper speaker

Maybe your gripe with Amazon Echo is cost, and the Echo Dot doesn't handle music very well. Naturally, there's something in between. A speaker not quite as expensive as the full-sized Echo, but significantly more capable of filling a room with music than an Echo Dot.

The Fabriq speaker is part Wi-Fi speaker, part Bluetooth speaker, and all battery powered cleverness. When connected to Wi-Fi, you have access to the Alexa service and all of the skills connected to it. If you decide you'd like to play music from your phone away from Wi-Fi, the Bluetooth mode lets you take the speaker with you anywhere.

It also comes in several different fabric covers, and while that's not functionally significant it can help your speaker stand out in a room.

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Alexa you can wear

Having a microphone set up in your house to ask a computer to obey your every command is only useful if that microphone is where you are. Amazon would prefer you solve this problem by putting an Echo Dot in every room you think you're going to use Alexa, but for some it may be easier to just wear Alexa on your shirt.

Orion Labs has a smart walkie talkie solution called Onyx, and it's built to be worn like almost like a Star Trek communicator. You pin it to your clothing, and on top of being able to communicate instantly with whoever is wearing its mate, you can access Alexa at any time. Perhaps the best part of this design is when you don't want Alexa to be listening you don't have to go far to silence it.

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Available soon: Alexa on your phone

It's not available yet, but Amazon is working with several Android phone manufacturers to include the Alexa service baked in. The idea is to be able to access Alexa just like you would access Google Now or Google Assistant, giving you everything you need to have your preferred home control service with you at all times.

Alexa is currently expected to be available on the Huawei Mate 9 later this year, and it has been rumored LG will be including Alexa on the LG G6 as well. We'll be keeping an eye on this, and will update it when more information is available!

Amazon Echo

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3 days ago

Best New Games for Android

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What are the latest games worth checking out in the Google Play Store?

There are thousands and thousands of games available in the Google Play Store, with more being added every month. With so much content hitting the app store, it can be damn near impossible to keep up on the latest releases and determine which games are worth your time.

Here at Android Central, we want to help. We'll be using this space to let you know about the latest gaming releases for Android that we think deserve your attention. We'll be checking in and updating this page weekly as new games are released, so refresh often!

Update February 10: Heart Star, Dubspace, and unWorded are three new games for Android that are very worthy of your attention!

unWorded

Having received acclaim and recognition at festival and gaming contests around the world, the award-winning narrative-driven puzzler unWorded has finally come to Android.

More art project than game, unWorded is an ode to typography and storytelling, as play within the mind of a writer stuck in a hospital bed. As the bedridden writer revisits his old stories as read to him by his daughter, you solve puzzles by first deciphering clues from the passages, then creating objects from assorted letters and punctuation. This is a highly stylized and cerebral game that delivers plot development unlike any other game you'll play. In essence, unWorded plays like you're watching a short film, tasking you with creating the accompanying imagery for the narrator.

This game was designed and developed by a two-man team from Lyon, France, and it's well worth the price of admission for anyone who enjoys great design, typography, and great storytelling.

Download: unWorded ($3.99)

Heart Star

With its lovey-dovey concept and uber-cute graphics, it's very fitting that Heart Star landed in the Google Play Store on Valentine's Day. The game features retro graphics and music, with a simple game mechanic that is tested and explored through 50 puzzling levels.

You simultaneously control both characters on screen, switching between their pink and blue worlds to navigate each through increasingly challenging platform levels. It's all about using one sprite to help the other progress through the level, adorable art style might feel too kiddy for 'mature' gamers, the core gameplay here is easy to pick up and play, yet increasingly challenging as you progress through the game.

It's free to play, with ads only popping up occasionally after you've completed a level, or if one of you let one of your characters fall off a platform. So don't fail and your gaming experience will barely be interrupted.

Download: Heart Star (Free w/IAPs)

Dubspace

Sometimes you just have to appreciate a game that cuts right to the point, forgoing story or character development and just going for pure action instead. In Dubspace, you play as a character floating in zero-gravity with a weapon and wave after wave of aliens and robots. Levels are randomly generated with different features that add to the game's difficulty.

You use your gun to shoot enemies as well as move around the arena, so a large part of the game comes down to smart ammo management. You only get three hearts per level, and when you run out the entire space station is jettisoned into space. The random levels and rapid fire gameplay makes Dubspace a great casual game with a collectable element to unlock new characters. You start off as Mailcom, a Rastafarian astro-soldier with a shotgun, but fallen enemies drop loot (in the form of floppy disks — did I mention this game is deliciously retro?) which you collect to unlock the nine other characters and weapon types.

It's a challenging game that's essentially ad-free, unless you want to try your hand in the Loot Level — watch a quick ad and then get a minute to dodge space junk and collect as much loot as you can.

Download: Dubspace (Free)

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3 days ago

Do you really need a PS4 for PlayStation VR?

Do you really need a PS4 for PlayStation VR?

Skip the PlayStation part of PlayStation VR.

PlayStation VR is a great headset and has an expanding library of games with a few standouts that really make it worth the money. Just because it has PlayStation in the name, however, doesn't exactly mean you need a PlayStation 4 to use it.

To indulge your curiosity and to help some of you decide if you should buy a PSVR on its own, we explain how the PSVR works and how to use it without a PlayStation 4.

Read more at VR Heads!

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3 days ago

Get lifetime access to 1TB of cloud storage for only $39!

Our current, tech-obsessed world demands a storage solution for your multimedia data, the most convenient being cloud-based storage which you can access from anywhere. Most cloud-based storage services charge a monthly fee, which, over time, adds up to quite a fee. Those of you sick of subscription fees need a storage solution that requires a single payment for a lifetime of access. More importantly, you need cloud storage that is encrypted and can be accessed from all your devices.

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Right now, Android Central Digital Offers has a deal on 1TB of cloud storage from Zoolz — a single payment of $39 gives you lifetime access. Does this seem cheap? It is! This is 98% off the regular price of $3600.

You will never be charged any extra fees, and you can access your cloud storage from multiple devices. Your data is protected with 256-AES encryption to better safeguard your stuff, and you can schedule backups and throttle bandwidth during uploads. Place files you know you won't soon need in cold storage — takes three to five hours to access — or place files you frequently need in standard storage that can be accessed instantly.

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Considering 1TB of storage from other popular services costs about $10 per month, this deal will pay for itself in four months, and you can keep using it forever. Even if you don't think you need it now, you probably will need it in the future. Don't miss this great opportunity to snag 1TB of cloud storage for only $39!

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3 days ago

Why do new phones ship with older versions of Android?

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New phones shipping with outdated versions of Android isn't too surprising. The reasons? Release cycles, and Benjamin Franklin.

This summer, you'll see phones sold — expensive phones — that have older versions of Android. Brand new phones that cost hundreds of dollars and are the best models available. They will be on shelves beside other brand new phones that have "old" software on them, too. And not just models that have been available for a while, but just-released devices that we have heard about and are waiting to buy. For some, that can be frustrating. But there is a reason, and it's pretty simple.

It's known as opportunity cost. The idea behind opportunity cost is that all resources must be used efficiently. These resources could be monetary, but they also include things like time or any other corporate benefit. We're all more familiar with the idea the way Ben Franklin expressed it: "Remember that Time is Money."

It's no secret that most phones that run Android aren't using the latest software. The main reason is that it's not an easy task to keep phones updated because of Android's software licensing, and nobody involved in making your phone or the software on it wants things to change. Many of those same reasons apply when we see brand new shiny phones that have old software on them, too.

Building an operating system is hard and you can't change the platform in the middle of doing it.

Google only makes Android for the products they sell. They allow companies like Samsung or LG to build their own operating system based on Android any time they like because of a liberal software license. That's why Android became the dominant operating system so quickly, and it's also why your phone probably has an older version of Android, and has ever since you bought it.

It's not cheap to build and test an operating system. Sometimes it's comparatively easy; think of BlackBerry's Android phone and how they are patched on time every month when Google releases a security bulletin. The new code was designed to be merged into existing code, and all a company using it needs to do is check the parts they have changed compared to the download Google provides. Actual changes to the Android core are another matter, and even a bump from 7.0 to 7.1 can prove challenging. And expensive.

Software cycles versus hardware cycles

Samsung is likely going to show us a Galaxy S8 in late March. It may run Android 7.0 or it may run 7.1. The chance that it will be running 7.1.1 (the latest official version) is very slim because that particular version wasn't ready when Samsung was finalizing the software the way it wants it to be on the S8. And that's not going to be a big deal. It will be running Android Nougat and have the same application support as Google's Pixel. Phones that release near the beginning of the year are usually all like this and will only be a point or two behind.

Those point releases are nice but not critical. 7.1 is still just fine.

This becomes more of a problem for phones that come later in the year. Android gets its yearly platform update every autumn. Recent versions have had a beta testing cycle so we get to see them a few months before. But companies can't build their software based on beta code so any phone in late stages of production before the Android platform update will be a full platform version behind. That can have major implications when it comes to security and app compatibility.

In both cases, the time it would take to stop production and update the software before selling them would directly affect the amount of money a company makes from selling them. Companies that make things like phones exist only to make money.

Nobody at Samsung or LG or anyone else wants you to have old software on your phone. But because they have to do the updating themselves, it takes time. And time equals money.

Android Nougat

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3 days ago

Best Unlocked Phone

Update February 2017: Google's Pixel still remains our top unlocked choice, and we've added a caveat to our Galaxy S7 recommendation denoting its age.

Best overall

Google Pixel

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When you're buying an unlocked phone, our recommendation is unchanged from our overall best Android phone pick: it's the Google Pixel. Google's first own-branded phone is absolutely hit in just about every way, from its understated hardware design to its lightning fast performance, full-day battery life and of course its top-of-the-line camera.

The Pixel does everything simply faster than the competition, and does so while integrating with all of Google's excellent services. It's also going to be the most up-to-date in terms of software, getting monthly security updates and also being at the front of the line for big platform jumps.

You'll pay for the privilege, but if you want the slickest and cleanest Android phone that you can buy unlocked and pick your carrier(s) later, the Pixel is the way to go.

Bottom line: For the fastest, simplest and best-supported experience, you can't go wrong with Google's own phone.

One more thing: You can opt for the 5.5-inch Pixel XL if you want more screen to work with and longer battery life.

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3 days ago

Xiaomi India head Manu Kumar Jain promoted to vice president

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Xiaomi India head receives a well-deserved promotion.

Xiaomi India head Manu Kumar Jain, who joined the Chinese manufacturer in May 2014, has been promoted to vice president. Jain will continue to oversee the company's Indian operations in his role as managing director. Under Jain's leadership, Xiaomi hit several milestones, with the company now claiming 30% of the online handset market. The Indian business also crossed $1 billion in revenue last year.

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3 days ago

How to change keyboards on Android Wear 2.0

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It's the stuff of dreams — a keyboard on your tiny watch face.

In all seriousness, it's nice to have a backup input method when Android Wear is having trouble understanding your commands. Android Wear 2.0 comes with built-in keyboard input capabilities, so you can tap or swipe around to reply to messages. And if you have other keyboard apps installed, you can switch to those as default input method, too.

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3 days ago

Samsung chief arrested in South Korea over bribing charges

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Samsung Group's de facto leader Jay Y. Lee is facing jail time over bribery charges in presidential scandal.

Samsung Electronics vice chairman and heir-apparent to Samsung Group Jay Y. Lee was arrested on Friday morning in South Korea on bribery charges linked to a presidential corruption probe. Last month, a Korean special prosecutor sought an arrest warrant for Lee, but a judge ultimately turned down the request. This time around, the judge granted the arrest after "new charges and evidence" were presented.

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