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2 days ago

Shopping for phones is still a mess of hidden details

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They get you with the fine print, then make the fine print hard to find.

I spent the better part of last week digging through websites, calling representatives and generally pulling my hair out trying to sort out all the details about cellular phone service from the Big Four. I came to a couple of conclusions, the clearest of which is that all four of them do whatever they can to hide the tiny details that can make a big difference for some of us.

I know that most companies do this. But most companies aren't all over your TV, paying for ads on YouTube and everywhere else, and have huge colorful graphics plastered all over their website with tiny disclaimers and superscript references way down at the bottom in a different color font. I'll go out on a limb and say it's damn near deceitful.

You don't have to trick people into buying something that's worth the money. Phone service included.

The things they feel the need to hide behind three links aren't even that terrible. I doubt many people would fault a company for cutting off your service if you make too many calls from outside the U.S. on the "wrong" plan or using your phone to do something against the law. And we all know there are fees for everything, so why bury them? It only makes a carrier and their service look better to people who aren't aware of all the baggage that comes with any phone plan, so I'll assume they are doing it to purposefully deceive new customers. If you know someone shopping for their first phone plan, help them out.

I also saw two things that I really liked this week. Verizon and Sprint get a shout out here for doing something better than anyone else.

Starting with Sprint, I want to talk about their new changes to their unlimited plans. They are super basic — calls, texts. data and some tethering. They are also super cheap, especially if you need more than one phone line. This is just what a lot of people are looking for. There are options for calling to Canada and Mexico (for example) but they are options, as is not added to a base plan making it more expensive. I'd like to see the rest follow and show us something a good bit cheaper with zero frills.

Verizon and Sprint each buck a trend and get a good-guy award.

Verizon does something important about those hidden details I talked about earlier. If you go through the motions to set up new phone service through Verizon on their new unlimited plan, part of the checkout process has a big blue link saying "see all the details of this plan" right where you can see it. When you click on it, you'll find the full terms and conditions for everything you picked and have in your cart. They are written in garbled legal language, of course, but they are there. Where you can find them. The only thing they could do better would be to force you to click to agree and put them in those bullet points telling us how great the plan is on the front page of Verizon.com.

So thanks, Sprint and Verizon. I'm not a fan of any service company, but I do appreciate the little things.

Short and sweet this week so we all can prep for an onslaught of phonery stuff in the next 48 hours.

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2 days ago

Best Android games according to you!

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We want to know what games you're playing!

What games are you playing on your Android phones or tablets? We want to know!

We've started a thread in the AC Forums as a place to share your opinions on games you think more people should be playing. Look out for posts by me (Marc Lagace) and say hello! You can also comment below!

Updated February 25: In this week's edition, we shine a light Super Phantom Cat, Retro Grid, and Roller Coaster Tycooon!

Submit your gaming reviews and opinions!

Super Phantom Cat

I'm a real sucker for platformer games on Android, so when J Washburn recommended Super Phantom Cat in the comments as a Mario clone, I was all over it.

(Still waiting on Super Mario Run, Nintendo…)

Super Phantom Cat features bright and colorful graphics with a blocky, simplistic art style that's delightfully retro. You play as Chemist White, who was saved by Super Phantom Cat as a child. Years later, Chemist White is ready to embark on his own journey to Phantom World and learn how to use sprites to unlock super powers.

There are 11 worlds to play through, with each level filled with secret areas to explore, super powers to unleash, and multiple characters to unlock and play as. The controls are pretty amazing — like if Nintendo actually wanted to do a direct port of a Super Mario Game for Android, I would feel quite happy with controls this tight.

It's a free game, but there are ads you'll have to contend with.

Download: Super Phantom Cat (Free w/ads)

Retro Grid

This next retro recommendation comes from Catalin K in the forums. Meshing classic retro graphic style with modern gameplay, Retro Grid mixes the fun of a classic top-down shooter game with a reimagining of classics like Space Invaders, Snake, and other retro arcade games.

This game features endless gameplay for as long as you can survive wave after wave of increasingly powerful enemies. Fortunately, the game throws many power ups and weapon upgrades your way as you play, and the dead-simple one-touch controls for both shooting and moving allow you to take decisive action. It's a really solid game that's free to play, with in-app purchases available to buy coins and remove ads once you've reached game over.

Download: Retro Grid (Free w/IAPs)

Roller Coaster Tycoon

This game was recommended by jmagnt7 in the comments and, frankly, I'll take every opportunity to recommend this nearly flawless port of one of the best simulator games ever made.

I spent a lot of time playing this game as a kid and nearly as much time playing it on Android for my review last month. Given the smaller menus and buttons, it would really shine on the bigger screen of a tablet, but I had no major issues building coasters and managing my park finances on the 5-inch screen of my Google Pixel. And again, this is as pure a port as you'll find, which means there's no in-app purchases (beyond expansion packs), delayed build times, or any other free-to-play mechanics to deal with.

However, you do have to pay for this game — 6 bucks, which might seem steep for a port of an older PC game. But if you're an RCT fan or are interested in finding out what the hype is all about, it's well worth the money.

Download: Roller Coaster Tycoon ($5.99)

What are you playing?

We want to know what Android games you're playing — even if you're still addicted to Candy Crush or Clash of Clans. Let us know in the comments below or you can join the conversation in our recently revamped forums!

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2 days ago

BlackBerry KEYone vs. BlackBerry Priv: Lock, stock and mobile

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BlackBerry Mercury morphs into the KEYone, and the Priv is still all about your privilege. Which one is better for you, though?

There are only two Android-based BlackBerrys with keyboards, and while they share a few key features, at their cores they couldn't be more different.

The BlackBerry Priv has been available since November of 2015, so it's certainly not the newest cat around, but for all its quirks it did a lot of things right — and for being the first BlackBerry running Android, it was ambitious as hell.

The KEYone has a quirky name — as do most BlackBerrys cough DTEK50 cough — but it's got some real reasons to get excited. Let's run through some of them.

But first, a spec rundown between the two phones:

Category BlackBerry KEYone BlackBerry Priv Operating System Android 7.1.1 Nougat Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Display 4.5-inch
1620x1080 IPS LCD
434ppi 5.43-inch curved
2560x1440 AMOLED
540ppi Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Quad-core 2.00GHz
Adreno 506 GPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 808
Hexa-core 1.8GHz
Adreno 418 GPU RAM 3GB 3GB Storage 32GB 32GB Expandable microSD up to 2TB microSD up to 2TB Rear Camera 12MP f/2.0, PDAF
dual-tone LED flash
HDR, 4K, 30fps 18MP f/2.2,
OIS, PDAF
HDR, 4K, 30fps Front Camera 8MP f/2.2
1.12um pixels 2MP f/2.8
1.75um pixels Battery 3505 mAh
non-removable 3410 mAh
non-removable Charging Quick Charge 3.0
USB-C Quick Charge 2.0
Micro-USB Water resistance No No Wireless charging No In some models Dimensions 149.1 x 72.39 x 9.4 mm 147 x 77.2 x 9.4 mm Weight 180 grams 192 grams

Now, the Priv, when it was announced, was a high-end phone; it cost $699 when it debuted which, without carrier support, made it pretty hard to swallow. It had a big, high-resolution display with curved glass, a fast-at-the-time processor in the Snapdragon 808, and an 18MP camera that produced some great shots. Its 3410mAh battery was no slouch either.

And while BlackBerry's Android build debuted with some crushing bugs and some slow-as-molasses software, it improved with the Marshmallow update (though our friend, MrMobile, somewhat disagrees).

Of course, many people bought the Priv not for the specs but the thing that lay underneath, the better-than-it-deserved-to-be slider keyboard. While shallow, sure, it was an incredible feat of engineering, and a viable input alternative to the also-excellent virtual option bundled with the phone.

The KEYone's 3,505mAh battery should last considerable longer than the Priv's.

The KEYone is a different class of phone altogether. At $549, it's not as expensive (though not as cheap as we hoped), and the keyboard is prominent. It replaces the Priv's high-resolution AMOLED display for a more reasonable and less battery-sucking IPS panel, and the camera has stepped down to a better-in-the-dark 12MP Sony IMX378 sensor.

Finally, the 3,505mAh battery should last considerable longer than the Priv's, given its Snapdragon 625 chip, an octa-core multitasker that, while not as fast as the Snapdragon 808 in single-threaded tasks, shouldn't pose a problem to any of its users' average daily tasks. Indeed, the 625 holds its own in other devices like the Moto Z Play and Huawei Nova Plus, and leads them to best-in-class battery life, so I have no doubt the results will be similar in the KEYone.

Of course, the KEYone, running Android 7.1 out of the box, has a distinct advantage over the current Priv — better notifications, true multi-window, and improved efficiency — but the same update is expected on the Priv at some point. The Priv, however, has a 16:9 screen, with no obstructions like a keyboard when held in landscape, so it's better for watching movies or playing games.

The Priv is currently sold for a more reasonable $499 directly from BlackBerry, and can be found for less around the internet.

See Priv at BlackBerry

The BlackBerry KEYone will be released in April for $549, and you can find out more information over at BlackBerry Mobile.

See KEYone at BlackBerry

BlackBerry KEYone

BlackBerry Mobile

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2 days ago

BlackBerry KEYone specs

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What's inside the BlackBerry KEYone?

The latest BlackBerry, the 'Mercury', is now officially called BlackBerry KEYone. The latest device from BlackBerry Mobile has a strange 3:2 aspect ratio screen to accommodate the full-sized QWERTY keyboard, similar to what CrackBerry addicts were using for years and years.

With a 4.5-inch HD display, a Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, this isn't necessarily a state-of-the-art powerful device, but the 3505mAh battery, along with the very efficient chip, is aimed at making the KEYone the longest-lasting BlackBerry to date.

Here's the full spec sheet.

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2 days ago

Everything you need to know about Verizon's Unlimited plan

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A complete breakdown of Verizon's new Unlimited plan and everything else you can get when you sign up for service.

In the United States, there are a lot of companies that can get you and your phone online, but most people use one of the four biggest: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. Choosing between them can be difficult. Your first priority should be what service works best in the places you spend your time. It's not worth saving $10 a month if the service is bad. Once you have that sorted, you can look at what each company has to offer and the prices they charge for it.

More: Which unlimited plan should you buy?

Let's take a look at Verizon to see what they can give you and what it will cost.

Note: The details of this plan are current as of February 20, 2017.

Verizon Unlimited plan details

  • Unlimited talk, text, and data
  • Unlimited HD streaming video (see Verizon's Video Optimization Deployment page)
  • 10GB high-speed mobile hotspot
  • Add a tablet with unlimited data for $20 per month
  • Add a connected device for $5 per month
  • Unlimited calling and texting to and from Canada and Mexico

Verizon's definition of Unlimited Data means that after you use 22 GB in a single month, your service can be slowed down if you're in a congested area. You'll hear the word throttled used here but you need to know that it's only a temporary deprioritization of your data connection when you're in a busy area. It may not happen at all depending on how many other customers are using the same towers.

Verizon gives you all the details and fine print on their website, though you might have to dig around to find them.

Verizon links you to all of the fine print right from your cart when you sign up for the unlimited plan. In that fine print you'll see how Verizon takes steps to protect their network. Data services, both on-device and through tethering can not be used for illegal activities, anything that violates trade or economic sanctions, any type of server, email auto-responders or bots and sending malware. They also let you know that they can and will be monitoring your usage to make sure you comply. All service providers have the same restrictions, but Verizon takes the time to present them so well we wanted to give them a shout out.

Additional lines can be added to a Verizon Unlimited plan. Every line has the same benefits outlined above and requires an equipment purchase. Here is a pricing breakdown.

  • One line of service is $80
  • Two lines of service is $140
  • Three lines of service is $162
  • Four lines of service is $180

Verizon Unlimited plan add-ons

Verizon's Unlimited plan lets you call and text to Canada and Mexico, and lets you call and text from Canada and Mexico back to the states. If 50% or more of your usage over any 60-day period is from Canada or Mexico Verizon can cut you off. So be careful if you live on the border!

If you need other international services, Verizon has you covered.

  • The free International Messaging add-on lets you send text messages to over 200 countries and multimedia messages to over 100 countries
  • The Unlimited Together - North America add-on gives you discounted calling rates to over 230 locations for $5 per month
  • The Unlimited Together - world add-on gives you discounted calling rates to over 180 locations for $15 per month
  • A daily Travel Pass gives you unlimited data and calling when you're in one of over 100 countries for $10 per day
  • A monthly Travel Pass gives you discounted calling and messaging rates as well as a data alotment based on your needs (prices vary, see Verizon's International Travel page)
  • Cruise ship rates are $2.99 per minute for voice calls and $0.50 per message sent / $0.05 per message received for texting.

Verizon also has a program that gives you a prepaid card of up to $650 in value for a trade in if you switch from another network. The details are on the Switch to Verizon page of their website. They also have a referral program and a rewards program that can put money back in your pockets.

They also offer a wide range of their own services, including their own RCS messaging app, a personal cloud and an excellent account management app. You can find them in Google Play.

See at Verizon

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2 days ago

BlackBerry KEYone hands-on: Your dad's favorite Android phone

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Mercury has a name, but there are still lots of questions remaining.

The BlackBerry 'Mercury' isn't new — you saw it at CES — but the company behind the new phone, BlackBerry Mobile, has been trickle-announcing the hardware QWERTY flagship, teasing it to hardcore CrackBerry addicts who came of age tapping away on Bolds and Curves.

But this is a new BlackBerry — the phone itself is made by TCL, under the eponymous Waterloo company's brand — and the first in a series of devices set to be released this year, next year, and if successful, well beyond. This is the BlackBerry KEYone.

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2 days ago

BlackBerry KEYone is the Mercury's official name, and it's coming in April for $549

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Mercury is no more, but in its place, the KEYone hopes to be the beginning of a beautiful QWERTY legacy for BlackBerry.

The Mercury has a name, and the phone that rode into 2017 without one hopes to be a catalyst for a series of devices released annually by the newly-formed BlackBerry Mobile.

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2 days ago

Deck your phone out for your Oscars Party with these award-worthy wallpapers!

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It's time for us all to pretend we care about movies as an art form for one night!

This weekend, millions will gather at Oscar parties and act like they knew Hidden Figures was going to win Best Picture. Or Moonlight. Or Arrival. As the proud holder of a Radio-Television-Film BA, I'm gonna ooh and aah over the fanfare, whine when Disney doesn't sweep everything, and squee within an inch of my life when Lin Manuel-Miranda performs. And I'm gonna do it with a snazzy, wallpaper on my Android phone.

Who is your home screen wearing?

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2 days ago

BlackBerry 'Mercury' at MWC 2017: Stream and liveblog, 1 p.m. ET Feb. 25!

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'Mercury' is coming soon! Here's how to follow along with the big announcement!

There will be two ways to follow along with Android Central and CrackBerry for the unveiling of the BlackBerry Mercury on Saturday, February 25 at 1pm ET / 7pm CT. You can watch the video below, or follow along with the livestream above. Your choice!

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2 days ago

Which alternative carriers allow tethering?

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Just because you're not paying much for data doesn't mean you don't want to share! Here are the MVNOs that support tethering.

Saving money on your data plan? That's fine — who says you shouldn't be allowed to share that data with the rest of your peers when the situation arises? If you're hoping your carrier allows tethering so you can log on with your laptop, read on. And if you don't see your preferred carrier, let us know in the comments.

Republic Wireless

Tethering is available on its Clear Choice Plans.

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Metro PCS

Hotspot and tethering capabilities are included with all data rate plans.

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Ting

Only 3G wireless tethering is supported for GSM devices.

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Boost Mobile

Mobile Hotspot is included in Boost Mobile's $35-$50 unlimited plans. On the $35 a month plan hotspot usage will draw from the high-speed data allotments of that plan. You can purchase more high-speed data as you need.

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Cricket Wireless

New and existing customers with $50 or $60 per month plans are eligible for tethering abilities. You'll have to pay an extra $10 a month to use it and it isn't available for Talk & Text, $40 Basic, or $70 Unlimited plans.

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US Mobile

Tethering is offered at no additional cost.

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Does tethering matter to you when you're paying so little for data? Does it factor into your strategy when looking for an alternative carrier? Let us know!

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2 days ago

Best Password Manager For Android

Best Password Managers For Android

Keeping your passwords secure is rule one for security, and these apps help you keep it all safe.

Best overall

1Password

1Password

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1Password hits all of the features we expect from this sort of app: AES 256-bit encryption, password generation, fingerprint security, storage for all kinds of information and cross-device syncing; all with a well-implemented Android keyboard that lets you quickly paste login and password details from your secure storage.

1Password gets really powerful when you pay to upgrade from the free version. For $2.99 per month (billed annually) 1Password keeps all of your secure information synced across devices and you don't have to configure a thing. You can also upgrade to a Family or Team plan to share important information between multiple 1Password users.

Bottom line: 1Password isn't cheap, but it is definitely the easiest to use and most full-featured password manager available.

One more thing: For teams or families that need to simply and securely share passwords, 1Password is definitely the best choice.

Why 1Password is the best

You get everything you need with a single service in 1Password.

1Password has become the gold standard for cross-platform password managers, and that starts for most of us with the Android app. The app is well designed and implements all of the features we want. That means you get easy ways to store logins and passwords, but also other personal information and notes securely. Everything is secured with top-end encryption and synced across all of your devices — phones, tablets, and computers — with no additional setup.

The app offers one-touch fingerprint login for compatible devices, and also offers a keyboard that lets you quickly paste login information right into apps without toggling over to the full 1Password app. It's simple, and it just works the way you expect.

For many, 1Password is the best choice simply because it offers the best multi-user experience available today. For $4.99 per month, everyone in your family can have shared passwords and access to specific information from other family members, which is invaluable for some. 1Password Teams does the same, but for businesses that need to store and share large numbers of passwords.

For just individuals, 1Password is hoping you'll choose its $2.99 personal plan that offers automatic cross-device syncing, web access and of course regular updates. There's still an option to pay upfront for an individual app license for 1Password, but you lose automatic syncing and web support, which are of course two key features of what makes 1Password so great.

With a simple, powerful app and great sharing options between families or large teams, 1Password really does it all — and that's worth the price for many.

Best for less

LastPass

LastPass

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LastPass offers the same general set of features as 1Password, including secure encrypted storage of your information, fingerprint unlocking, auto-filling of logins for browsers and apps, and cross-device syncing if you upgrade to the premium subscription.

At just $12 per year LastPass is less expensive than 1Password, and still offers cross-device syncing. You have a simpler version of family sharing as well with LastPass' "family folder" if you want that sort of feature.

Bottom line: For a full-featured password manager at a lower subscription price, LastPass should be considered.

One more thing: LastPass is a capable basic password manager for just your phone even if you don't pay for the subscription.

Best for simplicity

Enpass

Enpass

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Enpass is a simple app that integrates every password manager feature you could ask for. There's app auto-filling, a built-in browser, fingerprint sensor lock, password generation and the highest level of encryption.

You'll pay $9.99 for the premium version of the mobile app, and that unlocks full premium features including access to the free desktop and Chrome apps. It works this way because you store the password data on your own cloud service of choice. Data is still encrypted before syncing, so everything is kept nice and secure.

Bottom line: Enpass is a great option for those who want to store passwords on their own cloud, without an additional monthly subscription.

One more thing: Enpass actually has a relatively functional free version if you want to cheap out for a bit before paying for the full feature set.

Best for free

Dashlane

Dashlane

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Dashlane offers industry-standard AES-256 bit encryption of your passwords, as well as secure cross-device syncing and on-device password generation. It's also able to store other sensitive non-password data such as IDs, credit card info, addresses, and secure notes.

Dashlane comes with its own browser that will auto-fill all of your accounts and passwords as you visit websites, but you can also elect to use its keyboard to easily insert passwords into other apps as well. The app blocks screenshots and offers several security measures to keep the app safe from unwanted users..

Bottom line: Dashlane is the best choice for someone who wants to use a full-featured password manager on one device for free, and if you need more you can pay for premium features.

One more thing: When you download Dashlane you get 30 days of the premium features for free to give you a taste of everything it has to offer.

Conclusion

For those who want the absolute best password manager for their phone, tablet, and computers, 1Password is the way to go. It has every feature you (and your family or company) want, and you pay a bit extra for that complete package.

Best overall

1Password

1Password

See at Google Play

1Password hits all of the features we expect from this sort of app: AES 256-bit encryption, password generation, fingerprint security, storage for all kinds of information and cross-device syncing; all with a well-implemented Android keyboard that lets you quickly paste login and password details from your secure storage.

1Password gets really powerful when you pay to upgrade from the free version. For $2.99 per month (billed annually) 1Password keeps all of your secure information synced across devices and you don't have to configure a thing. You can also upgrade to a Family or Team plan to share important information between multiple 1Password users.

Bottom line: 1Password isn't cheap, but it is definitely the easiest to use and most full-featured password manager available.

One more thing: For teams or families that need to simply and securely share passwords, 1Password is definitely the best choice.

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2 days ago

Verizon really is updating the Droid Turbo 2 to Nougat

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Good on you for keeping your promises, Verizon.

One of the big guarantees that came with the Droid Turbo 2 was software updates, which was a big deal after so many Droid Turbo owners felt left out when all of the other phones released at the same time were updated so quickly. Verizon's Turbo 2 push was a big deal in stores, but it's been a long time in smartphone years since those days and Motorola isn't exactly its own company anymore.

All the same, it looks like Nougat is officially rolling out for the Droid Turbo 2!

...and of course Google Assistant is nowhere to be found.

Verizon includes all of the usual warnings for a big update on their landing page for this announcement, but also includes some new information on how Nougat-specific features will work on the Turbo 2. Bundled notifications, multi-windows, and improves notification shade features all work the way you'd expect if you've used a Nexus or Pixel with Nougat.

It's not a surprise that Lenovorola would keep the software on this phone as close to the Google experience as possible given the way that UI was touted as a feature at launch, and of course Google Assistant is nowhere to be found. The big things for Droid Turbo 2 owners to look out for will be better battery life through enhanced Doze features, better data saving features in Settings, and of course more emoji than anyone will ever know what to do with.

This update will be rolling out to Droid Turbo 2 owners over the next couple of days, so be sure to hit up our Turbo 2 forums if you run into any update issues!

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3 days ago

Advance your IT career for only $22.50

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Having lifetime access means you can go at your pace, so you don't have to feel rushed or be stressed about the amount of time you are taking. What are you waiting for? Take your IT or data analysis career to new heights by learning the newest techniques on the latest programs.

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3 days ago

How to enroll in the Android 7.1.2 Beta Program

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How do I sign up for the Android Beta Program?

If you're eager to try Android 7.1.2 and have an eligible Nexus or Android One device, the Android Beta Program is for you.

Like many big software projects, Android is made better by open beta testing. As part of Google's new maintenance release schedule, we'll see scheduled periodic updates outside of any bug or security patches and major version changes. The latest beta is for Nougat 7.1.2 and begins in January 2017. But if you're willing and able to run beta software on your phone, you can sign enroll in the Android Beta Program and get the first taste today!

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3 days ago

Android 7.1.2 beta now rolling out to the Nexus 6P

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Android 7.1.2 is out for the Nexus 6P. Here's how to get it.

The Nexus 6P: Great phone, but occasionally left out of some of the recent Android beta fun.

Last month, when Google announced Android 7.1.2 for a bevy of Nexus devices, along with the Pixels, the Nexus 6P was conspicuously absent from the list, without explanation from Google. Even its cheaper, slower counterpart, then Nexus 5X, was invited.

It's been a long month for those Nexus 6P owners waiting for their near-1.3GB update, but it's here, along with the requisite bug fixes and performance improvements that came with it. The build is NPG05F.

I've been running it on my Pixel XL since day one and have yet to experience any problems — and I sidestepped the soon-to-be-resolved Bluetooth dropout issues at the same time, thank goodness — so I'd say if you're itching to try it, go right ahead.

How to sign up for the Nexus 7.1.2 beta

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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