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4 days ago

Join the Honor 8 incentive program to earn prizes, discounts and more!

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Thanks to Honor, Android Central is offering a great way for our members to earn incredible prizes, including its latest phone, the Honor 8.

Entering is easy! Simply jump into our Honor forums and contribute your expertise, knowledge, and interest in smartphones. For your efforts, you'll have an opportunity to earn discounts, free products did we mention the brand new Honor 8, and maybe even a trip to an Honor event later this fall! Excited? Here's how you can started earning valuable prizes!

Start a thread in Honor 8 forum!

  • Everyone that starts a new thread in the Honor 8 forum prior to September 30th, 2016, will receive a coupon code for $50 off Honor products on Hihonor.com/us! Offer is limited to one coupon per user, cannot be combined and must be used by October 3rd, 2016.

Post regularly in the Honor forums

  • The member with the most posts (total) across all Honor forums on Android Central each week, will receive a free Honor selfie stick on Honor products. Offer is limited to one coupon per user. Gifts will be shipped to winners every month.Promotion valid through December 16th, 2016

Post quality and helpful answers to questions

  • The member with the most 'best answers' to questions across all Honor forums on Android Central during each calendar month will receive a coupon for one pair of Honor Engine earphones! Offer valid through December 16th, 2016

Kick up great discussions

  • If you start the most talked about thread (most replies to a thread you start during any ), you will receive a free Honor Band Z1! Offer valid through December 16th, 2016

Write clever and appreciated posts

  • Every month, the member with the most 'likes' within the Honor forums on Android Central will receive a free Honor hybrid earphones! Offer valid through December 16th, 2016

Post consistently

  • Every month, the member with the most days-in-a-row with at least 1 post in any Honor forum on Android Central will receive a free Honor 5X. Offer valid through December 16th, 2016

Get active in the Honor forums

  • Six (6) of the most active members in the Honor Forums will be chosen by Android Central to participate in a review panel. The panel will receive a free Honor 8 device! The member with the most activity (most threads and posts) in the Honor forums over the next five months (ending December 16th, 2016) will have the opportunity to attend an Honor event in person! This includes a ticket to event, airfare and accommodations.

In all cases above, ties will be broken by member post count, and like count if needed.

Yes, you've read this correctly. We're going to give you free stuff just for taking part in the world's best Android forum! Head over to the Honor forums and start earning great prizes today!

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4 days ago

These are the Daydream-ready phones (so far)

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Is your phone Daydream-ready? Probably not.

Google's big push into smartphone-based virtual reality has only begun to take form. Where Cardboard is an amazing way to make it so anyone and everyone can enjoy short VR experiences, Daydream is aiming much higher. You'll be able to kick back and enjoy an episode of Game of Thrones, stand up and draw some amazing pieces of art with a big bubble around you as the canvas, and of course play an enormous number of immersive games. Daydream is going to be a big deal to anyone who can enjoy it, and in order to be on that list your phone must have Google's "Daydream ready" stamp of approval.

Which phones have earned Google's blessing? Glad you asked! Here's a very short list of what's available now, which we will be updating as frequently as possible.

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4 days ago

Top five things to do after switching to Nova Launcher

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There's a lot to love in Nova Launcher.

Nova Launcher has a lot of great settings for you to explore, and plenty of potential for awesome themes and customizable layouts. First things first, though, you have to actually download the launcher and get yourself used to it. Now, there is a learning curve to every launcher out there, but we have a few simple tips to help make your transition as smooth as possible.

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4 days ago

Lenovo K6 Power unveiled in India with Snapdragon 430, 4000mAh battery for ₹9,999

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Lenovo is on a roll in India.

Lenovo rolled out the Z2 Plus to a lot of fanfare last month, and the Moto E3 Power, Moto G4 as well as the Moto G4 Plus continue to top the charts in the budget segment. The company is now the second-largest smartphone vendor in the country behind Samsung with a market share of 9.6%, with quarterly shipments going up by 46.1% from Q2 2016.

The company is now launching the K6 Power, a budget handset to go up against the Xiaomi Redmi 3S. The K6 Power features a 5-inch Full HD display, 1.4GHz octa-core Snapdragon 430 SoC, Adreno 505 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB storage, microSD slot (up to 128GB), 13MP camera, 8MP front camera, Cat. 4 LTE (Bands 3/5/40), VoLTE, dual-SIM, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, and a huge 4000mAh battery.

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4 days ago

Samsung Pay isn't coming to the UK until 2017

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Hold on a little longer.

Samsung announced that it would bring Samsung Pay to the UK this year, but it now looks like the launch will be pushed back to sometime next year. According to The Telegraph, the delay is due to ongoing negotiations between Samsung and local banks.

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4 days ago

Android 7.0 Nougat update now rolling out to T-Mobile's LG G5

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Nougat OTA is now rolling out to T-Mobile LG G5.

T-mobile's variant of the LG G5 is now picking up the Android 7.0 Nougat update. The update weighs in at 1.2GB, and includes the November 1 security patch.

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4 days ago

Cyanogen Inc. may close Seattle headquarters, more layoffs expected

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Cyanogen Inc. could shutter headquarters before the end of the year

Cyanogen Inc. revealed last month that it would undertaking an executive reshuffle and change its strategy with Cyanogen OS. Instead of selling it as a standalone platform, Cyanogen rolled out what it called the "Cyanogen Modular OS program," giving handset manufacturers the ability to selectively choose individual portions of the OS.

It now looks like the company is now preparing for another round of layoffs — its second this year — and a possible closure of its Seattle headquarters. That's according to Android Police, citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter.

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4 days ago

Moto M with metal chassis and 4GB RAM coming soon to India

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Moto M is a metallic Moto G4 with a few design tweaks.

Lenovo unveiled the Moto M earlier this month in China, and the company is all set to bring the device to India soon. A tweet posted by Motorola India suggests we'll see the phone make its debut in the market sometime next month.

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4 days ago

Morgan Stanley says the Pixel will bring in billions for Alphabet

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Wall Street wizards bullish on Google's Pixel phones.

According to Business Insider, Morgan Stanley analysts think the Pixel and Pixel XL are going to be really good for Alphabet's bottom line.

To be clear, the Pixel isn't going to sell nearly as many phones as Samsung or Apple, but the finance wizards say Google is on track to sell three million phones in the rest of 2016 to generate about $2 billion for the company and five to six million in 2017 which bring in about 3.8 billion (with a b) in revenue for 2017. While Google has a lower profit margin per item (about 24%) than Apple (about 41%), these higher than expected sales numbers will translate into some serious folding cash.

The Pixel phone will generate a 22%-25% gross profit margin, varying according to the model. For perspective, the iPhone 7's gross margin is at around 41%, but this has notably declined from 57.7% in 2009.

Morgan Stanley also thinks that the sales of the Pixel will mean a lot more than just the initial profit. Features like Google Assistant, Daydream and better app integration with Google itself will translate into users spending more money with their Android phones and driving higher mobile search revenue. Currently, users with iPhones spend three times more when using shopping apps than Android users. The bank's analysts believe the Pixel will close this gap, and that advertisers will pay more because of it.

We're not bank analysts here at Android Central, but we have to agree that the Pixel is a changing point for Google and Android. We're not yet sure how things will play out, but with numbers like this, we're certain that Google is already working on what comes next for the Pixel line.

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4 days ago

Today only, Amazon will sell you a Fire Tablet for just $33

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Amazon Fire Tablet

Stop complaining about specifics, this is a tablet for $33.

Amazon has the 7-inch Fire tablet with 8GB storage (and "special offers" ads) on sale right now for just $33. If that's all you needed to hear, click right here and buy one before they run out of stock.

If you aren't convinced right away, for 33 bucks you're getting a quad-core 7-inch tablet that can run Android apps from the Amazon app store or ones you sideload from other places. Basically, anything that doesn't need Google's Play Services integration. If you like to tinker with things, you can monkey with the software and install "regular" Android and/or the Google Play Store with a little bit of effort.

Read:Why you should try the Amazon Fire tablet

If you're not the kind of person who hacks away at tablet software, this is the best tablet you can buy for $33. In fact, it's the only tablet you should buy for $33. It's perfect to sit on the living room table to control your lights or TV remote. It's perfect to give to the kids (without the password for app purchases!) so they can shoot angry birds out of a slingshot or watch a video or two. Or 90. For $33, you can buy one for each kid so they aren't fighting over it and stuff them in a stocking so you look like a superhero when they grab it.

It's no iPad or Pixel C. But it's the best damn tablet you can buy for $33.

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5 days ago

AT&T has three new streaming video packages designed for the cord cutter

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Something Direct this way comes.

AT&T has three new streaming services on the way that will let you stream content without having any TV subscriptions or set-top equipment. The new DirecTV Now, FreeVIEW and Fullscreen packages offer network TV as well as cable channels, plus made-for-digital content that you can stream from your computer, phone, tablet or smart TV anytime you like as often as you like.

Think of these services as digital cable TV that doesn't need a dedicated box and you'll have the right idea of what they are. You pay a monthly bill just like you would with AT&T's DirecTV service or any other cable TV package but you can stream it through a web browser or an app. The DirecTV Now service offers channels from the DirecTV Satellite service AT&T offers today through a cable box and the pricing isn't terrible.

  • Live a Little – $35 / month (60+ channels)
  • Just Right – $50 / month (80+ channels)
  • Go Big – $60 / month (100+ channels)
  • Gotta Have it – $70 / month (120+ channels)

You can also add HBO or Cinemax to any package for $5 each per month.

Fullscreen is AT&T's curated lineup of digital TV programming and video. You can already check it out for $5.99 per month, but starting November 30 folks with AT&T phone service can have access to Fullscreen for a year at no charge.

Both the Fullscreen service and DirecTV Now will work with Android phones and tablets as well as Chromecast devices at launch. AT&T is also letting their customers stream these services without using any of their cellular data if streamed through the dedicated app(s).

FreeVIEW is a new 100% free service that brings curated content from AT&T media properties. You can stream FreeVIEW content at no charge through the DirecTV app or on the web at www.directvnow.com/ starting November 30.

You can read about the finer details and offerings at AT&T's press page.

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5 days ago

These people want your phone to make your bed for you

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File this under "too weird to not share."

We talk a fair bit about home automation here, and a lot of that is because your phone is rapidly becoming the hub that controls your home. That's cool for folks who enjoy having their phone nearby 24/7/365, with Google Home filling the gap for nearly everyone else. Whether it's a spoken word, a scheduled command, or the flick of an app to run your home, eventually someone will ask how far is too far with home automation.

It turns out we don't know where that line is, because there now exists a company that wants your phone to make your bed.

This idea is clever enough, using an inflatable grid to put your duvet back when you're out of bed. It's not the kind of thing that will work for everyone, especially if you need to keep the air tube connected to the pump mounted under your bed to make all of this work like the video shows, but it's clever. This also isn't exactly "making" your bed, especially if you have a blanket under your duvet (like any civilized person). But the thing that makes this special is the phone app, which lets you either schedule a time for this to work every day or a button for quickly making the bed in case you have company meeting you at home one night.

It's weird, and certainly not for everyone, but this is the kind of thing that makes you wonder just how much of your home you're going to want to automate as you continue to install new tech.

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5 days ago

Don't miss out on these deals on Galaxy S7 cases by Ringke

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Get these Ringke cases for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.

Ringke is offering some decent discounts on cases for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. We've broken things down so it's easy for you to choose between the four different case styles offered and then pick your preferred color.

Because this is a limited quantity sale, the promo code will expire once the limited quantity has sold out. To make sure the promo code applies properly, make sure you select the option to have Ringke fulfil your shipment when going through checkout. It's the only way to get the promotional codes to work, and also get free shipping.

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5 days ago

Sony's Xperia X Compact is $100 off, Xperia XZ $150 off for Cyber Monday! [update]

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The smallest phone gets the biggest discount.

Update: The Xperia XZ is now a bit cheaper than when we first posted this deal, dropping to $499; that deal is also available in all colors.

Original story: Everyone is getting together for a day of deals, which is to be expected after several other days of deals. Sony's Cyber Monday offerings have launched, and if you're looking at an[Xperia phone as your next there are a couple of compelling offers available. Here's what Sony has to offer!

Sony's phones have earned a bit of praise this year for delivering decent cameras and the great battery capacity that used to be considered standard. The Xperia X Compact, which is by far the best deal available on Sony's Cyber Monday deals, is a much more reasonably priced option at this lowered cost. Despite the 720p display and lack of a fingerprint sensor, Sony's phones have a history of both quality performance and a unique setup for unlocking and rooting if you're interested in a more technical adventure.

You can check out any of the links above to order immediately, or head to Amazon and see all of Sony's offerings!

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5 days ago

The great Virtual Reality buyer's guide

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Virtual Reality is a category with several incredible products, all mostly aimed at different kinds of users. It's easy to see these headsets as competing for your attention — and your wallet, of course — but that's not the case most of the time. Right now VR is all about exploration, and that starts wherever you as the user decides it starts. All you really need to know is what kind of VR experience you want to have first, and from there you can decide which headset you want to buy to fill that need.

This, the Virtual Reality Buyer's Guide, is the start of an ongoing project at VRHeads. Linked below is a quick look at what makes these headsets special, and where to look if you want to know more!

Read more at VR Heads!

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