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3 days ago

Xiaomi is finally launching the Mi 5 in black and gold in India

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Xiaomi is finally making the black and gold color options of the Mi 5 available in India. The black variant will be up for sale starting later today, and will no longer be limited to Xiaomi's own website as retailers Amazon and Flipkart are set to start selling the handset.

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3 days ago

YouTube announces mobile live broadcasting coming 'soon' for everyone

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Though the likes of Periscope and Facebook Live are the talk of the town right now in mobile live video broadcasting, YouTube is now ready to get into the game. Taking to the YouTube Creator blog, Google has announced that live broadcasts will be coming to the YouTube app "soon" and that it'll be "more reliable than anything else out there."

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3 days ago

MTS shareholders vote to approve $3.9 billion acquisition by Bell

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BCE, parent company of Canada's third-largest wireless carrier Bell Mobility, has now overcome at least one hurdle to acquiring Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS), with the majority of MTS shareholders approving the deal.

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3 days ago

How to report a bug on your Chromebook

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Let the Chrome team know about the bugs they need to look at — and do things the right way.

With Android app support slowly trickling into the Chrome Dev channel, there are plenty of folks who would normally use something more stable on their Chromebook running it. That means there are more of us to find bugs, and we all should report them. That's how we can help make Chrome better!

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3 days ago

Best Chrome extensions for staying in touch

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Best Chrome extensions for staying in touch

What are the best Chrome extensions for staying in touch?

If you spend a lot of time on the internet and you love using Chrome, you probably know about extensions. With the amount of messaging and email utilities out there, some of the best can be lost in the pile. Maybe you want to schedule emails for future release, or maybe you want to quickly share articles or pictures with friends and followers. Maybe you need some help with your grammar while you write that email, or need some help translating sentences for friends you met while traveling. No matter your reason, here are the best Chrome extensions for staying in touch.

Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger

Anyone familiar with the mobile Facebook Messenger app will immediately realize the benefits of this extension. A small window showing your friends and recent chats opens up at the side of your browser; share pictures, video, and text, and receive alerts when you receive messages.

See at Chrome Web Store


Point

Point

Sign into this extension with your Google account and begin sharing articles with friends. Share the article, highlight text while your friends are viewing, and chat in real time in a pop-out window. It's like you're sitting around a newspaper, holding a highlighter, talking about the subject. This app makes discussing news in the information age more effortless than ever before.

See at Chrome Web Store


Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts

What you have here is a built-in text, voice, and video chat extension for Chrome. Best part? It's all free. Chat with multiple people at once (great for meetings or family gatherings), send images and photos, and use over 850 emojis to express yourself. Hangouts even keeps a record of chats so you can go back and see who you should catch up with.

See at Chrome Web Store


Boomerang for Gmail

Boomerang

Boomerang allows you to take complete control over your Gmail inbox. Imagine: you're going to be offline for a couple of days but don't want your dear mother to worry about you. Schedule a reassuring message to send sometime during the period you're offline. This extension also lets you track messages and set reminders within Gmail, so you'll never forget to send an important email again.

See at Chrome Web Store


Grammarly

Grammarly

Although the internet does its best to destroy all languages, Grammarly is putting up a fight. Use their built-in text editor to ensure your writing is up to snuff before publishing or emailing, and receive real-time suggestions as you type around the internet. You can also copy and paste text from anywhere to verify grammar. The free version of Grammarly does a suitable job, but if you want to upgrade to Premium (deeper grammar check) it will cost you about $30 a month.

See at Chrome Web Store


Google Translate

Google Translate

Wish you could read web pages published in a foreign language? You can! With the web page open, just click the Translate button and choose to translate the entire page. If you'd like to translate a sentence or two, highlight the text and click the translate button. You can even hear how the words are pronounced in the specific language you're translating from. This is a great extension for anyone who loves to travel — keep up with friends you made in faraway lands.

See at Chrome Web Store


WhatsApp Messenger

WhatsApp

This WhatsApp extension pops out from Chrome in its own little window. It allows you to text friends also using WhatsApp as though you're using your phone, great for locations with internet but no cell service.

See at Chrome Web Store


Buffer

Buffer

Buffer lets you take content from the web and post it on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+. Just right click on an image or article and click on Buffer from the menu. You can also schedule posts and tweets for a later time, and you'll be able to track traffic around your content. This is a great extension for people who put out a lot of content on social media sites.

See at Chrome Web Store


Giphy for Gmail

Giphy for Gmail

Giphy lets you search GIFs by keyword to be inserted into your emails. Adding this extension to Chrome puts a small button in new Gmail messages; just click the button, search for a suitable GIF, and click it to insert. This is a fantastic way to spruce up your emails and is a big hit with everyone who uses it.

See at Chrome Web Store


Your choice?

What is your favorite Chrome extensions for keeping in touch? Let us know in the comments section below!

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3 days ago

Never Alone: Ki Edition is rolling out to the Google Play Store

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E-Line Media is now rolling out Never Alone: Ki Edition, the Android adaptation of the acclaimed PC and console adventure game, to the Google Play Store.

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3 days ago

Best T-Mobile prepaid phones

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Best T-Mobile prepaid phones

Shopping T-Mobile's prepaid plans? Get the best phone to match.

What's awesome about T-Mobile's prepaid plans is that you can shop their selection of phones or bring your own unlocked phone. We're running down the best phones you can buy or bring to T-Mobile to use with its prepaid plans.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Of course, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge top our list of the best T-Mobile prepaid phones. Samsung built on what was already outstanding about the Galaxy S6 and made it even better.

The camera is at the top of the Android phone game, especially when it comes to low-light shots and the Quad HD Super AMOLED displays on both phones show off your photography skills in crystal clarity, which makes video watching a vivid experience.

The battery life has been improved significantly so your phone will keep up with you, no matter how busy your day gets. Samsung still has a way to go with some of their software but overall its Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are tops.

Need to know more? Check out our reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.

See at T-Mobile

LG G5

LG G5

Another contender in the great camera category is the LG G5. The two rear-facing cameras take excellent shots; one is the 16-megapixel main camera and the other is an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera, though the front facing camera still snaps terrific selfies.

The modular design from LG is unique and the removable battery is an added bonus. The 5.3-inch Quad HD quantum display is ideal for video viewing and game playing and the Snapdragon 820 processor is powerful and makes multitasking a breeze.

Added perk? You'll be able to enjoy the benefits of LG's Friends ecosystem, which is set to expand in the near future.

Want to learn more about the LG G5? Have a look at our review to get in the know.

See at T-Mobile

HTC 10

HTC 10

If music is your soul food, you should get your hands on the HTC 10. The BoomSound Hi-Fi set up gives you a front-facing tweeter and a bottom-facing woofer, each with a dedicated amp and the headphone jack has a dedicated amp that makes earphone listening an impressive and powerful experience.

The HTC 10 is powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of RAM and also supports adoptable storage, which lets you mount your microSD card as a permanent part of your phone.

The 5.2-inch SuperLCD5 screen is well laid-out but a bit challenging in bright, outdoor light. The phone features a fingerprint scanner that doubles as a home button, but watch for the back and recent apps keys surrounding the home button; their order is in reverse compared to Samsung, if that's a style you're used to.

Learn more about the HTC 10 by reading our extensive review.

See at T-Mobile

OnePlus 3

OnePlus 3

The latest phone from upstart manufacturer OnePlus offers superb value, selling for just $400 unlocked and SIM-free. And naturally, the U.S. version of the phone will work great on T-Mobile with prepaid service.

So what does your 400 bucks get you? How about the latest Snapdragon 820 processor, a premium metal design, a 5.5-inch 1080p Optic AMOLED display and a 16-megapixel camera with OIS (optical image stabilization.) Meanwhile OnePlus's proprietary Dash Charge tech lets you charge to 60 percent in just 30 minutes.

So that's more hardware than is on offer from many rivals around this price point. What's more, the OnePlus 3 also boasts OnePlus's OxygenOS software, which closely matches the look of stock Android, while adding useful shortcuts and tweaks throughout.

For even more on the OnePlus 3, check out our full review.

See at OnePlus

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus

iPhone 6s Plus

We may be on Android Central but we can't leave out the offerings from Apple when we're looking at the best phones for T-Mobile's prepaid plans.

First and foremost, let's talk size. The iPhone 6s has a 4.7-inch screen and the iPhone 6s Plus screen comes in at 5.5 inches. Both feature the Retina HD display that has become Apple's calling card.

If you can't do without photo and video-taking on a daily basis, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are just as much cameras as they are phones. For example, the iPhone 6s shoots in 1080p, which is already outstanding, but the iPhone 6s Plus shoots in 4K and features optical image stabilization to compensate for the subtle movement of your hands when recording.

There's more to know about both phones. Check out iMore's reviews of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

See at T-Mobile

The more you know

Still not convinced by any of our selections? Have a look through a few more options suitable for T-Mobile on our list of the best unlocked phones and take your pick.

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3 days ago

Enter to win a Moto G4 Plus from Motorola Canada and Android Central!

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Do you live in Canada? Want to win a Moto G4 Plus? You're in the right place!

We've teamed up with the awesome folks at Motorola Canada to give away an awesome Moto G4 Plus to one lucky Canadian. As we've talked about already, the Moto G4 Plus is a great phone for its price, or any price, and is a big improvement over the company's previous Moto G line. With a fingerprint sensor, a huge 32GB of internal storage, and an excellent 16MP rear camera, even the most critical of Android users will be happy with this handset.

The Prize: One new-in-box Moto G4 Plus (also known as the Moto G Plus) in black, unlocked.

How to win: That's easy! Just head to the widget at the bottom of the page and complete as many tasks as possible. You're automatically entered if you comment on the post below, but there are a number of ways to increase your chances to win, including following Android Central and Motorola on various social media platforms.

The contest ends on Thursday, June 30th! Good luck to everyone who enters!

Win a Moto G4 Plus from Motorola Canada and Android Central!

Please note that service is not included with the phone. Also, this contest is only open to Canadians. If you don't live in Canada, instead of complaining — we have lots of international-friendly contests — tell your Canadian friends about the awesomeness that is Android Central, and bring them here.

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3 days ago

How to make your Android look like a BlackBerry

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In recent weeks, I've shown you how to make your phone feel like a Nexus, a Windows Phone, even an iPhone. Next up was BlackBerry, but in all honesty, some things just can't be replaced and replicated. Don't get me wrong, there are a few tweaks that bring back a little of that old BlackBerry magic — and I'm gonna share them with you — but there's no magic icon pack or launcher that just pulls it together into a real complete BlackBerry theme.

That's a testament to BlackBerry's unique design — and its (sometimes painful) simplicity.

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3 days ago

Instagram's 'Explore' tab gets more personal with recommended video channels

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Finding videos you like in Instagram should now be a little easier thanks to the latest update to the app's Explore section.

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3 days ago

Sony's powerful Xperia X Performance now available in Canada

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Sony Canada has released its impressive new flagship, the Xperia X Performance, on two Canadian carriers: Rogers, and Bell.

Available for $199.99 on a 2-year plan, or $699.99 outright, the device is available to purchase today at Bell, and can be reserved at Rogers for a July 14 release date. Rogers' version comes with a free pair of Sony headphones with every reservation.

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3 days ago

Google Play Movies & TV finally gets Android TV playback right in new update

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A much-needed tune-up in Google's latest Android TV app updates.

It seems odd that the Android TV apps I liked the least were Google's own.

But nevertheless, it was. Sure, all my purchases are in Google Play Movies & TV and all my subscriptions are in YouTube, but pausing was a two-click job, and seeking with any precision was a nightmare. As someone who does a lot of rewinding and scene-skipping, that made my viewing more complicated, as I'd often overshoot my marks or stop short thanks to the seeking system in place.

No more.

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3 days ago

Which Canadian carrier is the best at pushing Android updates?

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Telus store

Avoid all of these issues by buying a Nexus. But if you don't want to, here's some advice.

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3 days ago

Marshmallow starts rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is currently receiving its update to Marshmallow in the U.S. The update is for both the 8- and 9.7-inch Wi-Fi-only versions of the tablet, and weighs in at over 1GB.

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3 days ago

Michael Fisher, aka MrMobile, reviews the OnePlus 3

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When I first laid eyes on a photo of the OnePlus 3, I was let down. I didn't like its generic design, its snap-on cases that seemed like afterthoughts, or its higher-than-ever price tag. But then a review unit landed on my doorstep, and I got to use the OnePlus 3 for nine days. While my feelings on its derivative design haven't changed, I still consider this to be one of the best phones you can buy for $399. Also, it's a worthy custodian of a brand name that, as Andrew wrote in Android Central's full review, seems to have finally grown up.

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