Huawei's latest high-end offering, the Mate S, is now available to pre-order in Europe. The phone can be had unlocked and carrier free through Huawei's Vmall store directly at a price of £469 in the UK and €649 in mainland Europe.
Don't expect to have it in hand any time soon, though, as lead times are currently 4-5 weeks for delivery.
Still on the hunt for Google's Nexus Player? Best Buy may have the deal for you as the US retailer has the product available with 50 percent knocked off the price. You'll be able to pick one up for just $49.99.
Skype appears to be having trouble staying online and connecting humans worldwide. We've received numerous reports from readers who have been unable to access Microsoft's communication platform. We've been able to confirm that Skype is indeed down, but luckily Microsoft appears to be aware of the issue and is actively working on it.
Google is collaborating with Udacity in launching a series of Android developer nanodegrees in the country. The course will offer students the tools and skillset required to create great apps for mobile:
Samsung is reportedly looking to take a leaf out of Apple's book. According to Forbes, the company is planning to launch a new leasing program for its Galaxy smartphones. This would enable consumers to enter a contract with Samsung to pay monthly instalments for a new mobile device like the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge.
LG's mid-range phone, launched in its home market earlier today, is called Class. The handset will be available for sale now for 399,300 Korean Won ($340) from SK Telecom, LG U+ and KT, with three color variations on offer: Gold, Silver, and Blue Black. A white color option will be made available at a later date.
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!
It's time for another round of the best new releases in the world of Android accessories. We keep tabs on Bluetooth audio, connected home, wearables, and anything else that can talk to your phone or tablet. The latest Roomba has added more intelligence for cleaning your home's floor independently, while the newly-updated Amazon Fire TV supports 4K streaming without cranking up the pricetag. There are plenty more new Android-friendly gadgets this week, so take a look!
It's important to note, however, that this is going to be a multi-step process. Some things will get fixed for this first release; some won't. And new features will follow once we've got this part nailed down more.
Then there's the upcoming Sept. 29 Google event. (Not to be confused with the HTC thing that's actually not really a thing.) A couple of new Nexus phones, possibly a new Chromecast — and could there be another surprise up Google's sleeve? (I like it when companies can actually keep things secret.)
Plus, we'll soon start to see Android 6.0 Marshmallow for current devices. Rest up, folks. This is gonna be good.
Anyone who has ever spent much time playing an instrument, or who had to suffer through piano lessons as a child, probably remembers what a metronome is. While you might still be playing that piano, the need for a physical metronome has passed with the times. Now instead of lugging one out, you can just download DMetrnome for Android Wear.
DMetronome for Android Wear was the first — but is no longer the only metronome on the Google Play Store. This app works fantastically, and aims to fill all your metronome needs. You can adjust the beats per minute with a slider, or by tapping the arrows on the left and right of your screen, going anywhere from 1 to 200 BPM. The default is a four count, but you can adjust it anywhere from 1 to 12.
This app is only available on your Android Wear device, and really doesn't have much by way of settings. You can turn the always-on setting on or off, as well as enabling a flash screen animation for the beats per minute. That's it though. That's a good thing too, because DMetronome already does an awesome job at what it does. It's a small, sweet, and simple app that is well designed and easy to use. Better yet it's definitely much, much lighter than hauling around a metronome or trying to find one in a practice hall. Your Smartwatch will actually buzz on each count, which makes it even easier to stay in time over the course of a piece.
DMetronome is currently free over at the Google Play store, and it's worth your time if you need to keep time. It works well on Android Wear, and gets you the features you need without the clutter that you don't. That means that you worry less about the timing, and have more time to spend on the music. After all, that's the point, right?
There's a phrase: in the eye of the storm. It's meant to evoke a certain "calmness" that exists in the eye of a hurricane, a respite from the pounding, a brief moment where you can pause to catch your breath. You might call this past week such a thing after the big Apple event last week and the events marked into the calendar in the coming weeks. You would be wrong.
Sure, we're in the eye of the storm, but don't think that means it's calm.
Android Central — Paying for the calm
It's the calm before the storm. But it's really not even all that calm. Android Pay is officially official and available to use now, Google has scheduled is next Nexus event for Sept. 29, and for the non-U.S. folks (or the hard-core importers) we've reviewed the Huawei Mate S.
So much happened this week, I'm not even really sure where to begin. BlackBerry CEO John Chen sat down for a fireside chat at the Waterloo Innovation Summit, the upcoming Android-powered BlackBerry Venice Slider got leaked all over the place and BlackBerry announced they would be opening up their first pop-up shop for Germany on September 23.
Apple kicked out iOS 9 on Wednesday, updating every iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch since 2011, all at once, everywhere. watchOSm2, however, was not so lucky. It's been delayed to fix a bug. Meanwhile iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus ship this Friday, so there's no slowing down!
Microsoft had a rather busy week especially in keeping their Insiders happy with new releases. Indeed, the Redmond giant released a new Window 10 Mobile build on Monday and a new Windows 10 build for PCs on Friday. The release for Windows Phone goes a long way in fixing bugs and lagging, whereas the PC build added a few new features and more UI polish as well. New, finalized versions of both operating systems should be ready for the masses by November.
Speaking of Windows 10 the Xbox One team started to take volunteers for their big update. Yup, Xbox One is also getting Windows 10 and starting this weekend a very rough build is expected to land on a few users consoles. Unfortunately, there will be a lot of bugs. However, Microsoft is keen on getting two releases out a week sometimes with quick bug fixing turnarounds.
This week on Kicked we look at a high-tech backpack, a smart door lock, a rotisserie grill and more! Plus, Kim questions the tightness of Dan's t-shirt. Dan also does a robot impression which might be less than impressive.
This week on Connectedly was all about the future, with both Audi and Porsche showing off their new all-electric cars. We also saw a double-sided TV, LG's 8K ready $133,000 panel, and iRobot's new Roomba connected vacuum system. We also took a look at Amazons new product line, the world's smallest drone and some funny and unique flash usb drives.
It appears that most any TV show can be turned into a free-to-play mobile game. That includes the high-brow UK drama Downton Abbey. The show, set in the early 20th century and centering on the activities of the people who live and work in a posh country estate, has been adapted into a hidden object game, Mysteries of the Manor, by publisher Activision.
Android Pay finally launched for everyone to try this week, and we're in the closing days of the Samsung Pay beta before it opens up to everyone in the U.S. Though most of us have had access to Google Wallet up to this point and may have even tried it, these new systems have definitely re-sparked our interest in mobile payments.
As we continue to cover both Android Pay and Samsung Pay here on Android Central, we've also created two new forums for members to discuss everything involved with them. Whether you have some success (or failure) stories, questions about how it works or just have some tips to share, our forums are the place to go!
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