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Gear S2 watch face roundup: Pip boy, Avengers and more!

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Finding a great watch face can be a serious hassle, so let us do the heavy lifting.

If you're wearing a smartwatch, then you already know that half of the fun of them comes in the form of watch faces. A watch face can add some flair to your wrist, or show off your personality in small ways. Trying to find the right watch face for your personality and life style can be difficult though.

That's where we come in. We've got 5 watch faces available for the Gear S2 that you may not have seen yet. Be sure to check out what we've found, and add some free flair to your smartwatch!

You'll be able to find all these apps and more through the Gear Manager app on your phone.

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2 weeks ago

Quick comparison: Moto Z versus Moto X Pure Edition

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A comparison is worth a thousand words.

Lenovo's latest smartphone, the Moto Z, is a huge departure in both style and substance from its immediate predecessor. But are all the changes for the better? Let's take a quick look at how the brand new Moto Z lines up against its predecessor, the Moto X Pure Edition, in our (admittedly brief) time spent with the phones together.

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2 weeks ago

Original Moto 360 will not receive the Android Wear 2.0 update

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Motorola has confirmed that the original Moto 360 will not be receiving the Android Wear 2.0 update. This shouldn't be a huge surprise to anyone, as the watch was first released back in September 2014 and has some lower end hardware in it. While it is never fun to hear that your electronic of choice won't be getting the next update, sometimes it doesn't make sense to update things, as updates are costly and could affect performance.

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2 weeks ago

Lenovo ZUK Z1 versus Moto G4 Plus: Customizability takes on reliability

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Lenovo ZUK Z1 versus Moto G4 Plus

There has never been a better time to be in the market for a budget phone.

Lenovo is aggressively targeting the Indian market, a fact evidenced by the amount of phones launched by the Chinese manufacturer this year. The vendor is focusing on two product lineups — the Moto series, and the Vibe series. Then there's ZUK, which started off as an in-house project, and is now slowly gaining traction.

With the Moto G4 Plus, Lenovo ushered in key changes on the hardware front, while retaining the stock Android software experience. Meanwhile, the Lenovo Z1 is aimed at enthusiast users, offering the highly customizable Cyanogen OS out of the box.

Want to know which phone comes out on top? Let's find out.

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2 weeks ago

Where to buy the Moto G4 Plus in India

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The Moto G4 Plus is now available in India, with Lenovo offering two variants: a base model with 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage that retails for ₹13,499, and a version with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage for ₹14,999. Quick highlights include a fingerprint sensor at the front, a 5.5-inch Full HD display, Snapdragon 617 SoC, 16MP camera with PDAF and auto HDR, 5MP front shooter, LTE (Bands 3, 5, and 40), Bluetooth 4.1, and a 3000mAh battery that easily lasts a day.

Here's where you can pick up the popular budget phone in the country.

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2 weeks ago

Best car mounts for Samsung Galaxy Note 5

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Best car mounts for Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Keep your hands to yourself when driving, with a car mount for your Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

Don't be that guy (or gal) who's got their phone in their ear while driving at 60 miles per hour down the road. It's dangerous and you could get a hefty ticket — really. We mean it.

Stay safe while you're driving and use one of these car mounts with your Samsung Galaxy Note 5 instead.

Logitech Drive One-Touch Smartphone Car Mount

Logitech Drive car mount

If you drive more than one vehicle regularly, then take a look at Logitech's Drive car mount.

It has a suction cup that you can attach to your dashboard or the windshield — a single twist mounts and unmounts it — no screws or sticky adhesive residue to worry about.

What's more, you don't have to fumble around with latches or brackets — the Drive secures your Samsung Galaxy Note 5 using magnets. It comes with magnetic adaptors that you stick on the back of your phone or case. Once you've attached one of the adaptors to your phone, just place it on top of the mount and drive. It's that simple.

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Tylt VU Wireless Charging Car Mount

Tyllt VU Wireless Charging car mount

Take advantage of the Qi wireless charging capabilities of your Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and enjoy hands free functionality at the same time with this car mount from Tylt.

You have the option of securing it to either your dashboard or the windshield, depending on which location works the best for you. Its Micro-Gel suction cup will stick to most surfaces and it supports landscape and portrait orientations. Since it uses three charging coils, it will charge your device no matter how it sits in the cradle.

Another nice thing about this mount is that it has an extra USB port so that you can charge two devices at the same time. If your friend's phone is running low on juice, it's no problem — they can charge it while you carpool.

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ProClip Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Phone Holders

ProClip car mount

ProClip has car mounts for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 in just about every situation you can think of.

Strong and durable, all ProClip car mount configurations are made from high-grade ABS plastic — known for staying glossy and resisting scratches.

The mount itself supports viewing your device in landscape or portrait orientations and your phone will slide in and out of the mount easily. You'll never have to worry about fumbling with your phone while you're in the car again.

Whether you want a mount with a phone charger or one that will work with an Otterbox Defender case or both, ProClip has you covered.

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Kenu Airframe+

Kenu Airframe+ car mount

The Kenu Airframe+ works well with larger phones such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 because it has a spring-loaded jaw that's expandable up to 3.4 inches. Even if your phone is in a heavy-duty case, it will still fit on this mount.

It fits securely in your car's air vents, so there are no screws and no adhesives to worry about. It's small enough to fit in your pocket, and when you're not using it in your car, it transforms into a stand for your phone so that you can read or play games in comfort, no matter where you are.

This mount is adjustable and holds your device, whether it's in landscape or portrait mode, and you can change the viewing angle for ultimate visibility in the car.

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Ram Mount Twist Lock Suction Cup Mount

Ram Mount car mount

Ram Mount's Twist Lock Suction Cup Mount provides a strong and flexible solution for operating your Samsung Galaxy Note 5 hands-free in the car.

It attaches to either your windshield or dashboard with a suction cup and, like the Drive from Logitech, mounts and dismounts securely with a twist.

Using a rubber ball and socket system with two adjustment points at either end, its arm is very flexible — the positions you can adjust it to are almost endless.

Like the Kenu Airframe+, the Ram Mount has a spring-loaded holder that adjusts for a perfect fit around your phone, whether or not it's in a bulky case.

If you want a car mount that you can adjust to a tee and that fits your Samsung Galaxy Note 5 like a glove, then this might be the one for you.

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Logi ZeroTouch car mount and app

Logi ZeroTouch car mount

Logi, the company formerly known as Logitech, has created a unique smartphone car mount solution with its ZeroTouch mount and accompanying app.

The mount itself comes in two flavors: a dashboard/windshield version and an air vent version. Regardless of which one you choose, it secures your Samsung Galaxy Note 5 with magnets, like its other car mount, the Drive.

The unique thing about this mount is that it has an app that you can download for free that helps you control your Samsung Galaxy Note 5 with your voice.

Take a look at our review to find out more about the mount and its app.

See air vent version at Amazon

See dashboard version at Amazon

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Like our selection of mounts but don't love it? Check out our list of the best universal car mounts for more options.

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2 weeks ago

Android Central 292: Moto Z Special Edition!

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Audio-only stream below

Have questions about the new Moto Z? We've got answers from four folks who were at the event in San Francisco!

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2 weeks ago

Verizon pushes June security patch update to Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

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Verizon is now pushing out a fresh update to the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, bringing both phones up to date with the latest security patches from Google.

From Verizon:

The current software update gives you the most up to date Android™ security patch on your device.

Once the update is installed, you should find that your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge's security patch level is current with the latest June updates. For more on what's been fixed, be sure to check out our rundown of the June security bulletin in full.

Have you received the update yet? If so, feel free to let us know your thoughts in the comments and on the forums!

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2 weeks ago

Best shower speakers of 2016

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Best shower speakers of 2016

Sing along with your favorite tunes in the shower with these great speakers.

If you're sick of belting out your favorite tunes in the shower a cappella you may want to consider getting a speaker to use in the shower.

We've compiled a list of the best shower speakers you can find to help you sing like nobody's listening.

Polk Audio BOOM Swimmer

Polk Audio BOOM Swimmer

This tadpole-looking device was conceived by the folks at Polk Audio to be as versatile as possible. The tail-end of the speaker is bendable, making it easy to wrap around shower curtain rods or even your shower head pipe, meaning there is always a convenient place to put it.

The Swimmer's waterproof rating is even greater than it needs to be for use in the shower. It can be submerged in up to 3 feet of water for half an hour without suffering any damage, meaning it can even fall into the tub when you're taking a bath.

The sound quality is not bad; although, there is very little bass, which isn't a surprise when you're talking about something this small.

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Photive Hydra

Photive Hydra

The Photive Hydra is perfect for people that want a shower speaker and are more concerned about sound quality than convenience. Sporting a passive subwoofer and two 40mm drivers, the Hydra delivers a fuller sounding low-end, while still providing pleasing, clear treble.

Its IP66 rating won't allow the speaker to be submerged, but it can handle water jets and splashing just fine, making it more than durable enough to withstand your daily shower.

The Hydra is a little bulkier and bigger than most of the other speakers on the list, but it's still compact enough to fit on the edge of your tub or on your shower caddy.

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SoundBot SB510

SoundBot SB510

The SoundBot SB510 is perfect for people who want an easier way to control their music while they are listening in the shower.

The simple interface on the front of SoundBot will let you control playback or adjust volume with just a tap of its buttons, meaning you don't need to get out of the shower and touch your phone to change songs. Plus, there is even a speaker and microphone for taking calls, so you won't miss anything important just because you're bathing.

It's water-resistant rating only protects the SoundBot from splashing; however, It installs super easily with a suction cup that is attached to the back of the speaker, so you should have no problem finding a place for it that's out of harm's way.

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UE Roll/UE Roll 2

UE Roll/UE Roll 2

The Ultimate Ears Roll has an IPX7 rating, meaning submerging it in up to 3 feet of water for about half an hour won't cause any damage, so your daily showers won't affect it at all. Plus, on the back, it comes with a bungee cord loop, making it easy to wrap or tie the speaker around your curtain rod or shower head, so it stays out of your way while you're headbanging in the shower.

The Roll 2 was just released and it does come with a couple of improvements. It has better sound, regarding both volume and quality, than its predecessor, and it also has an increased Bluetooth range of 100 feet, meaning your phone or tablet doesn't even have to be in the hot, steamy bathroom while you're getting clean.

We have links to both versions below because you may be able to find the original model of the Roll on sale, though the value of slightly better sound may not be worth the price difference. That's a decision best left up to you.

See UE Roll at Amazon See UE Roll 2 at Amazon

Braven Mira

Braven Mira

The first thing you will notice about the Braven Mira is the impressive sound quality for such a small device. It manages to stuff two drivers and a passive radiator into its small protective housing, giving the Mira the ability to sound full and provide some decent bass.

The hook on the back of the speaker allows it to hang easily from your shower head or it can even be used as a kickstand, allowing it to sit nicely in the corner of your tub. Plus, the battery lasts for up to 12 hours of playback, so even the longest shower takers should get more than enough time between charges.

Its waterproof rating is IPX5, meaning it can handle being hit by the stream from your shower head, which is more than enough protection for the average user.

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Fugoo Sport

Fugoo Sport

Although it's another speaker you will need to rest on a shelf or the side of your tub, the Fugoo Sport is an awesome device.

The thing that stands out the most is its 40-hour battery life. If you are truly using this in just the shower, you could probably go for weeks without needing a charge. With a waterproof rating of IP67, not only can you submerge the speaker in 3 feet of water for 30 minutes, but it's also dust-proof, meaning dirt and other particulates won't cause you any problems.

On top of it all, the sound quality is very good. The Fugoo Sport has six drivers that are spread out across all four sides, giving you clear, well-balanced 360 degree sound.

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What's your favorite?

Are you a shower singer? Let us know your favorite speaker to take into the shower with you by leaving us a comment below!

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2 weeks ago

Amazon will reportedly launch a standalone music streaming service

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A new report claims Amazon is preparing to launch a standalone streaming music service that would compete with Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music and others.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung Galaxy S7 Active goes on sale at AT&T for $794 without a contract

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As promised, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active, the rugged version of the popular Galaxy S7, is now on sale at AT&T for $794 without a contract.

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2 weeks ago

5 best camera drones you can buy in 2016

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5 best camera drones you can buy in 2016

Get amazing aerial footage with the best camera drones available in 2016.

Whether you're an independent filmmaker looking to step up your game with drone videography, or simply a hobbyist looking to record stunning video to share with friends and family, you'll want to invest in a top-of-the-line camera drone.

This probably isn't a list for someone buying their first drone, however we will note which options are most beginner friendly. Considering how expensive high-end drones are, you'll want to be sure of your competency as a pilot before you get behind the controller. Our list of best drones under $300 might be a better starting point if you've never flown a drone before in your life.

THE BEST

DJI Phantom Inspire 1

DJI Inspire 1

If you're looking for the best camera drone, then look no further than the DJI Phantom Inspire 1.

Featuring 4K video capabilities up to 30FPS, 1080p video up to 60FPS, and 12 megapixel photos from the gimbal-mounted camera, the Inspire 1 is fully capable of shooting the professional aerial footage you've dreamt about.

The drone itself is also a marvel of technology, featuring aerodynamic transforming design that allows the carbon-fiber arms to move out of the way of the camera at the flip of a switch while in flight. It's one of the smartest drones you can buy, as DJI has included revolutionary technology, including intelligent battery power management that always lets you know how much battery power remains, and will ensure your drone never dies on you before returning home. Max flight time is around 18 minutes, and if the battery starts running low or your handset loses connection with the drone, sophisticated onboard GPS-positioning algorithms will flip into auto-pilot mode and have the drone fly back to its launch point.

That's not all, as the Inspire 1 also features a Vision Positioning system, that uses both the camera and sonar sensors to detect where it is when hovering, and will automatically raise or lower the legs if it's taking off or landing.

The DJI Inspire 1 is an real investment at over $4000, but you'll be getting everything you'll need, including a second battery, two controllers, replacement props, a 64GB microSD card and a Pelican case for easy transport.

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ALSO GREAT

Parrot Bebop

Parrot Bebop

Parrot is a reliable name in the drone game, and the Parrot Bebop is a great entry-level camera drone for anyone just getting into the hobby.

The body of the drone is built around the 14-megapixel fisheye camera — capturing 180-degree range of 1080p video at 30FPS, but without the horizon-distortion you'll find with other wide-angle action cameras. There's also smart built-in safety features to protect your drone, including emergency mode that will land the drone safely and props that will stop spinning instantly when a collision is detected to avoid damage.

You control the Parrot Bebop with the Freeflight 3 app, available for Android and iOS devices, which includes one-touch return home function: this flies the drone back to its take-off point, where it hovers six feet off the ground until recovered. If you're a serious fan of Parrot drones, you might be interested in buying the Parrot Skycontroller, which increases the range of your Bebop drone and allows you to pull off advanced tricks and, most importantly, offers significantly improved controls over the touchscreen controls.

Set up an account on the Parrot Cloud to have your photos and videos backed up and shared with Parrot's growing community of over 100,000 pilots. Ready to fly out of the box with beginner-friendly features, the Parrot Bebop should better fit your budget while still providing stable, quality video, with a battery that allows for 22 minutes of flight time.

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DJI Phantom 4

DJI Phantom 4

It should come as no surprise to see another DJI drone on this list. The DJI Phantom line has been a favorite amongst drone enthusiasts, and the Phantom 4 is as sleek and well-designed as consumer drones get.

Featuring much of the same technology found in the Inspire 1, the Phantom 4 comes with a gimbal-mounted 4K camera which shoots at 30FPS.

Enjoy stable, precision hovering thanks to the Vision Positioning System, so even when you let go of the joystick controls, the Phantom 4 will brake and hover in place — even if the wind picks up. Use the ActiveTrack mode to easily set your drone to follow and record a moving subject, while it avoids running into trees or other objects with it's built-in Obstacle Sensing System.

And then there's the overall look and design of this thing. It's by far one of the sleekest all-in-one drones on the market and is sure to turn heads whenever you take it out flying. And at roughly half the cost of the Inspire 1, it's a little easier on the wallet.

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3DR Solo Smart Drone

3DR Solo Smart Drone

If you've already invested in a GoPro camera that you'd prefer to use with your drone, the 3DR Solo Smart drone would make a fantastic vessel for shooting your aerial GoPro footage.

This all-in-one drone comes with a capable controller that features a mount for your smartphone, convenient camera controls on the shoulders, and both on-screen flight time display, as well as a vibrate function to let you know when the battery is low. On-board stabilization lets you focus on setting up your epic shots without having to worry about keeping the drone in the air.

If you buy the optional gimbal for your GoPro, you'll be able to execute Smart Shots — pre-programmed movements such as Orbit, Follow and Cable cam which allow you to capture professional, cinematic shots.

The 3DR Solo also has important safety features, including a maximum altitude of 400 feet to keep it FAA compliant, as well as a "pause" button that instantly sets the drone to hover in one place if you feel like you're losing control.

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Blade Chroma 4K/GoPro

Blade Chroma 4K/GoPro

The Blade Chroma 4K is another solid choice that comes in four options, but all of which are essentially ready to fly out of the box.

There's two pricier versions that include a 4K camera, as well as a controller with a built-in screen for recording video and keeping track of important flight information such as altitude, speed, and remaining flight time. Upgrade to get an extra battery as well as a handy carrying case for your drone.

Then there's the cheaper versions, which allow you to mount your own GoPro (Hero 4 is recommended), with an option for a 3-axis gimbal. These versions feature the same drone as the 4K camera version, except with a standard wireless transmitter, which means you'll have to stream video from your GoPro to your smartphone.

No matter which drone you decide to go with, they all come with both Smart Mode for beginners still learning the basics and AP Mode for more advanced pilots who want maximum control over their drone. There are also amazing features like Follow Me Mode and Tracking Mode which allow you to set altitude and distance settings in advance and then focus on getting those epic shots.

It's an amazing package for a reasonable price, considering everything that's included.

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