The phones we use are expensive enough — our phone service doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, too. Several new carriers are breaking the mold of what we used to pay for service, and the rewards are huge.
As the number of smartphone choices out there have expanded, so too have the number of wireless carriers. You’re no longer choosing between just two or three national carriers — there are dozens of new and innovative options that are turning smartphone service upside down and passing huge savings on to the customers. With monthly prices ranging from free for basic use to $55 for everything you could want, you no longer have to break the bank to use your phone.
A low cost fitness band perfect for those a little more casual about what they're tracking
Xiaomi started out making its own custom version of Android, MIUI. Then it started making phones. Now, just 4 years on from first existing as a company there is a whole range of other products you can buy besides phones. A tablet, earphones, battery packs, routers, and even a fitness band.
It's the last of those that we have here. The Xiaomi MiBand. The official price in China translates to $13 in the U.S. which, however you choose to look at it, is an insanely low price for a device in this category. But is it any good?
Verizon is rolling out an update to the LG G3 with Advanced Calling included. The new software, version VS98512B, also squashes a few bugs and updates My Verizon Mobile, Software Wallet, GMS R5, and LG apps.
Only four more shows left this year! Coming up this week on the Greatest Android Podcast in the World we've gotten our hands on the new YotaPhone 2, some fixes with Android 5.0.1 Lollipop, our take on the Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio, and of course more of your questions answered live.
Want to join us? Do it at this link at 4 p.m. EST — that's 9 p.m. in London — as we get this thing done. See you then!
Control how you get the information you need in an emergency situation
Nobody likes to imagine an emergency that they are involved in, but I'll wager that most of us have had an Amber alert or weather alert come through on our Android, jarring us with that sound you can't ignore. Smartphones are an excellent way for the passing along of information about these emergency situations, because so many people have one in their pocket.
It's also important for us to have a look and manage just how we get the information we might need — before we might need it. Here's how that is done on Android Lollipop.
Charge up 'dem lightsabers, Angry Birds Star Wars II has a free content update with 32 new levels on Mustafar and Geonosis. Those are all in the new Revenge of the Pork chapter, but you'll also find 16 new Master Your Destiny stages for those of you rocking the Telepod toys.
Microsoft has released another update for its OneDrive app on Android smartphones. Version 2.9.3 introduces push notifications for shared files and folders – perfect for those who frequently collaborate with others – as well as usual fixes, optimizations and some other minor improvements.
The BBC has today released a new CBeebies pre-school app on iOS and Android featuring Sarah & Duck. Children will be able to fire up Sarah & Duck: Day at the Park on supported devices to immerse themselves with characters from the same world as the BAFTA award-winning TV show.
Update: It's live! Google Play edition HTC One M8 and M7 devices are now starting to receive the update to Android 5.0.1, build LRX22C, over the air. As always, it'll take sometime for the updates to reach every handset out there. For those wishing to manually apply the update through stock recovery, you'll find direct links to the over-the-air update packages, weighing in at around 500MB each, after the break.
Original story: After a long saga that has seen the Lollipop update for HTC's One M8 Google Play Edition teased, then delayed, the company's Product VP Mo Versi took to Twitter tonight to confirm that they have received technical approval from Google and will begin rolling the update out to GPe M8 owners starting Friday.
It looks like the first round of Fitbit Surge trackers are being offered up to a select few who signed up to receive notifications about the device's availability. We've gotten a tip from a reader who was able to order one of the wearables with a special promo code during an exclusive "limited release."
Senator Ron Wyden has introduced a bill that would prohibit the U.S. government from mandating backdoor access into the smartphones and computers of Americans. The bill comes after the FBI engaged in a standoff with tech giants like Apple and Google over the use of encryption software on newer phones. Law enforcement officials cite public safety as a concern and claim that having backdoor access could help in criminal investigations.
Developer Harebrained Schemes has just released the Android tablet version of its acclaimed PC cyberpunk RPG Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut. The game is available to download from the Google Play Store for $6.99. The game is the latest entry in the long-running Shadowrun franchise, which takes place in a near-future Earth where high technology has merged with magic.
Google will be rolling out a software update for its Play Store app, giving its digital storefront a Material Design makeover. For Material lovers, the Play Store will get full-height drawers, consistent visuals and scrolling in the My Apps section, real-time card shadows, and a new My Account page.
It appears that Facebook isn't ready to give up on its Snapchat competitor yet. The company announced version 2.0 of its Slingshot app today, which heralds a complete redesign of the way it works. The app essentially now works like Snapchat's 'stories' feature, with photos sticking around for 24 hours. The twist is that users can choose to respond to individuals photos from the story.
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