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4 days ago

Fossil Q54 Pilot smartwatch review: Modern smarts meet analog style

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Fossil Q54 Pilot

Maybe you don't want to stare at a screen on your wrist, but still want some smartwatch capability. The Fossil Q54 Pilot was made for you.

Over the past few years companies big and small have tried every kind of form factor and combination of digital and analog to make connected wearable devices. And while the market has started to land on a few shared ideas of what denotes a "connected watch" versus a "smartwatch" or a "fitness tracker," there isn't any hard and fast rule that says your connected product has to involve a screen of any kind. Fossil is an old name when it comes to watches, but is new in consumer electronics, and it's hoping to have struck this balance in a few different ways.

Coinciding with the acquisition of Misfit, Fossil is taking a multi-pronged approach to the wearable space — with full-on smartwatches like the Fossil Q Founder, screenless activity trackers like the Misfit Shine and Fossil Q Reveler, and this, the undeniably classic-looking Q54 Pilot.

Along with the Q Grant, the Q54 Pilot builds on Fossil's strengths as a traditional watchmaker while also jumping into the twenty-first century — you get a great-looking and affordable timepiece that happens to connect to your phone for some extra utility. But in the real world, is this a perfect harmony of old and new ideas? Or is it something leaning toward a flawed trade off? We're here to tell you in our full Fossil Q54 Pilot review.

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4 days ago

Sony Smartwatch 3, original Moto 360 no longer available at Google Store

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Both the original Moto 360 and Sony Smartwatch 3 are no longer being sold at the Google Store. The listings for both products are still live, but the 'Buy now' box is greyed out with a message indicating that the watch is no longer available.

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4 days ago

Wear your Android love with a limited-edition 'I ❤ Android' t-shirt or hoodie!

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It's February, so what better time to show the love? Now you can proudly display your affection for the world's greatest mobile operating system!

These limited-edition Android Central t-shirts and hoodies are finally available in all colors and sizes from small to 5XL. The front features the "I ❤ Android" message you've been waiting to broadcast to the world; except that the heart is that of the classic Android you know and love. On the back you'll find Lloyd, the official mascot of Android Central, right below the neck. Our premium t-shirts for men and women go for $20, but if you're after something on the warmer side, hoodies are up for grabs for $38.99.

Make sure you reserve yours soon, because this campaign ends on February 14th!

Reserve your t-shirt

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4 days ago

Google adds official speaker support to Android Wear, new gestures for easier navigation

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Google is finally enabling speaker support in Android Wear, meaning select smartwatches will be able to make calls and listen to messages using the included speaker. We've seen watches like the Huawei Watch and ASUS ZenWatch 2 have speakers inside, but they were not active at release.

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4 days ago

Verizon's prepaid plans getting more data at no extra cost

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Verizon Wireless has announced that it is increasing the data offered on its prepaid phone plans. The carrier's $45 per month plan now features 2GB of data, up from 1GB, while the $60 plan has gone from 3GB to 5GB.

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4 days ago

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge pass through the FCC ahead of U.S. release

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It's no surprise that Samsung is readying to announce the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge on February 21, and now the phones have both passed through the FCC. The Galaxy S7 proper will carry the model number SM-G930A, while the edge variant will be SM-G935A. Models numbers for each U.S. carrier will be slightly different, and designated by the last letter of the model number, as Samsung usually does.

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4 days ago

Honor 7 Premium smartphone will soon be headed to Europe

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Honor, the sub-brand of Huawei, has announced that it will be bringing its Honor 7 Premium smartphone to Europe soon. Alongside the announcement of European availability of the Honor 5X, the team also announced that the Honor 7 Premium would be expanding its sales soon.

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4 days ago

Honor 5X: A second opinion

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Honor 5X

Quirky, sleek and highly affordable, the Honor 5X is the brand's best value handset to date — but it's not quite a compromise-free experience.

Huawei's Honor brand has always been about targeting really interesting hardware, with laser precision, at a disruptive price point. The Honor 7, for instance, was unique in delivering metal construction and biometric security for around £250 at launch. Now the Honor 5X wants to take the core of that experience and give it an even lower price tag.

Announced for Europe today, and on sale immediately for £189.99, the 5X is perhaps the best value Honor phone yet (let's just forget about the Honor Holly, mmkay). But can hit such a competitive price point without cutting corners? We'll take a closer look after the break.

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4 days ago

Honor 5X announced for Europe, available for sale today

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Honor 5X

Honor 5X brings metal body, fingerprint security and 1080p display for £189.99.

Huawei's Honor brand has today announced the arrival of the Honor 5X, a new entry-level device designed to bring the core experience of the Honor 7 into a more affordable handset. Priced at £189.99 in the UK and available to buy from today via Amazon and Huawei's own Vmall storefront, the Honor 5X comes in gold, silver and grey color variants. In the UK, Three will also range the handset in the near future.

As for the hardware itself, highlights include a metal chassis, Huawei's excellent fingerprint sensor tech and a 5.5-inch 1080p display. The whole package is powered by a Snapdragon 616 octa-core processor with 2GB of RAM, paired with 16GB of storage and microSD expandability. It's also a dual-SIM phone, letting you use one for LTE data while still receiving calls on the other.

On top of that you're looking at an ample 3000 mAh battery and a 13-megapixel rear camera behind an f/2.0 lens.

More: Honor 5X second opinion

On the software side, Huawei's EMUI 3.1 software layer sits atop Android 5.1.1 Lollipop — an update to Marshmallow is promised in the near future. And as we discovered in our review of the U.S. version, Huawei has managed to clean up EMUI to some degree, though a few nagging software issues do remain.

Nevertheless, we're still looking at a capable handset at a highly competitive price.

Anyone planning on picking up an Honor 5X today? Shout out in the comments!

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4 days ago

Amazon Echo can now play all of your favorite Spotify tunes

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Amazon has been adding new integrations to the Echo each week, and the latest addition is the music streaming service Spotify. That's right, the Echo can now play your favorite Spotify tunes with a simple voice command instead of only being able to stream it from your phone through a Bluetooth connection. In order to use Spotify on your Echo, you will need to be a paying member of Spotify's Premium service, which you can sign up for a free 30 day trial if you are not already a member.

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4 days ago

Bing for Android gets major overhaul with new design and features

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Bing for Android

Although Google may rule the roost on Android, Microsoft's Bing search engine now makes up over 20 percent of the U.S. search market and that number is only increasing. Luckily for us, Redmond just announced the latest version of the native Bing search app for Android, matching the overhaul the iPhone app got a few months ago.

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4 days ago

Cheap Cloud Storage — which one saves you the most?

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Cloud Storage Options

Cloud storage is something ever more useful and ever more popular, but there's also a ton to choose from.

Fortunately, most also have free trials, and any storage provider worth its salt is going to give you a few gigabytes of space for free anyway to try to get you to stick around.

Let's take a look at a few of the major cloud storage providers and see how pricing stacks up. We'll leave it up to you to pick your favorite, but this should give a good idea of what you'll pay, as of today.

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4 days ago

OnePlus X is now completely invite-free in India

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OnePlus is on a roll when it comes to removing the shackles off its smartphones and enabling consumers to purchase them without invitations. Now the company has made it so those who reside in India are able to pick up the OnePlus X even if they don't have an invite. And this isn't just for one day each week either.

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5 days ago

Honor to begin preloading Deezer on upcoming phones

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Deezer has announced a new partnership with Honor, the sub-brand of Huawei, that will preload the app on all upcoming smartphones. Between Honor continuing to push forward and become an even stronger player in the smartphone market and Deezer's footprint in 180 countries, preloading the app on the phone will give owners a chance to try and app they may not have heard of previously. Deezer has curated stations, podcasts, audiobooks and more in its rich catalog that contains more than 40 million songs.

Deezer will be available on Honor devices in Europe, Middle East, Russia and South East Asia. More information about the new partnership can be found below.

Press release:

DEEZER AND HUAWEI ANNOUNCE FIRST GLOBAL STREAMING MUSIC PARTNERSHIP

Deezer to be preloaded on new honor brand with instant access to Music, Radio Programs, Podcasts and Audiobooks

London, 4th February 2016: Deezer, the leading global on-demand music streaming service, has entered a new music partnership with Huawei and its honor smartphone devices. In a first of its kind global streaming partnership, Deezer will be preloaded on all honor devices, giving its customers immediate access to Deezer's rich library catalogue of 40 million songs, 40,000 radio programs, podcasts and audiobooks.

Huawei's massive global network is used by a third of the world's population and combined with Deezer's global footprint in 180 countries, the partnership would give users more flexibility, freedom and options to discover new music with personally curated recommendations from 50 Deezer editors from around the world.

Deezer will be available on honor devices in Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North Africa, Russia and South East Asia.

"Honor customers will get the best of both worlds - Smart technology alongside the best in music and radio," said Gerrit Schumann, Chief International Officer, Deezer. "With just one touch, listeners can access the largest music catalogue in the world, as well as over 40,000 podcasts, radio and audiobooks."

"Honor customers are always looking to find new ways to be entertained on their mobile devices. And Deezer is at the forefront of innovation and entertainment," said Liu Dan, the Chief Strategy Officer and VP of honor, Huawei Consumer Group. "We are delighted to partner with Deezer as its extensive selection and variety of music and audio service will no doubt, surprise and delight our customers."

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5 days ago

Samsung's Galaxy A 2016 series debuts in India

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Samsung has announced the 2016 refresh of the Galaxy A series in India. The Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 will go on sale starting February 15, with both models available in gold, black, and white. The Galaxy A5 2016 will retail for ₹29,400 ($433), while the Galaxy A7 2016 will set you back ₹33,400 ($492).

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