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6 days ago

LG G6 review: Dual camera done right

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Let's make this clear right away: the LG G6 is a great phone. It feels very comfortable in your hands, and the camera is amazing. Not to say that it doesn't have it's shortcomings, but for LG, this is a great leap forward over the previous iteration.

I'm Michael Fisher, better known as MrMobile, and if you're looking to buy an Android phone that's not made by Samsung, start here. Even with losing the removable battery and using last year's chipset, LG's new flagship should turn some heads.

Wanna know more? Check out Android Central's review of the LG G6 or all of our coverage of the LG G6.

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6 days ago

OxygenOS 4.1.0 (Android 7.1.1) update starts rolling out for OnePlus 3 and 3T

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It's a great day to update your phone!

OnePlus has begun its OTA rollout of the latest version of Oxygen OS for the Android 7.1.1 update for both the OnePlus 3 and 3T. You can read all about it on the OnePlus forum post here.

Here are some of the highlights of what new for both the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T update:

  • Upgraded Android 7.1.1
  • Updated Google security patch to 1st March 2017
  • Added expanded screenshots
  • Improved picture taking of moving objects with blur reduction
  • Improved video stability when recording
  • Improved WiFi connectivity
  • Improved bluetooth connectivity
  • General bug fixes

The update will only reach a small number of users today before becoming more broadly available over the next few days. If you simply can't wait, a hero in the thread comments has uploaded a full zip of the OnePlus 3T update if you're so inclined.

Meanwhile, we're still waiting on the first official Nougat update for the OnePlus 2, which OnePlus has said is still coming… eventually.

Have you received the 7.1.1 update on your OnePlus 3 or 3T? Let us know your thoughts on it in the comments.

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6 days ago

Google has ANOTHER new messaging app, because of course it does

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I kind of like this better than Allo, not gonna lie.

The guttural moan that escaped my face hole when I saw a new messaging app from Google in the Play Store, entirely separate from Allo and Duo and Hangouts and Google Voice and everything else Google has elsewhere, was enough to send my dog running from the room. Can we get 10 minutes where Google seems focused on delivering a single cohesive messaging experience to its users please? Do we really need another app for talking to people with Google accounts?

It turns out, the answer is yes. I fully expected to hate this experience and spend the next 500 words giving Google hell for wasting everyone's time, but I'm pretty sure this is actually something I'm going to love using with my friends.

It's called Supersonic, and it's not technically a Google app. In its current form, it'll never be a part of the core Google experience. The app itself is under the publishing name Area 120, because it's the creation of Google employees inside of an internal incubator program for building new and exciting apps. At its core, Supersonic is a walkie-talkie style voice chat app for your friends. You hold down the mic, speak, and the message is transcribed to text with a voice recording attached.

This is where things get kind of interesting. If you're actively chatting with a friend, those messages arrive in real-time and the voice autoplays as though you're on speakerphone with them. This means you can either send a quick message to be read later, or have a quick nearly real-time chat without a constant voice connection. It's less data being used, and if you're in a noisy place you can read instead of listen. You can also message in a group, which can be especially handy when you have chatty friends and are sick to death of Facebook Messenger.

This app will let me chat in a slightly more personal way with my closest friends

It also helps that the text translation is real time and remarkably accurate, given some of the Google text hilarity we've seen in the past. Part of the text transcription includes converting some of your words to emoji, which is either deeply frustrating or incredibly cool depending on your age. If you like this feature, and would like more emoji, the app allows you to submit phrase translations you'd like to see in the future.

While having another messaging app on my phone is the absolute last thing I wanted right now, I'm going to keep using Supersonic for a bit. Unlike Allo, I don't have to give a phone number. Supersonic isn't limited to a number of devices, and I don't have to import my whole Hangouts list if I don't want to. This app lets me chat in a slightly more personal way with my closest friends, and while that would be a nice thing to see built into one of my existing apps at some point this is actually kinda nice.

Check out Supersonic on Google Play

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6 days ago

NVIDIA Shield Android TV is the best Kodi box you can buy

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While it's more expensive than the competition, the NVIDIA Shield Android TV's long-term value makes it so much more than a Kodi box.

Kodi has been popping up in the news more and more often these days with the popularity of cord cutting on the rise. It's a very capable media center that's available for a multitude of different platforms but arguably works best and is easiest to set up on an Android TV box β€” especially if you're looking to integrate it into your home theatre setup.

Meanwhile, the NVIDIA Shield TV is the best Android TV box you can get so, ergo, the NVIDIA's set top Android console is also the best Kodi box. But you don't have to take our word for it.

NVIDIA considers the Shield TV to be the best Android TV box for Kodi, which admittedly might seem less than objective, but there's also a fleshed out entry from the Shield on the Kodi Wiki as well as a top recommendation from TVAddons.ag β€” one of the biggest and best resources for configuring Kodi with valuable add-ons.

More: The best legal add-ons for Kodi

Why is the NVIDIA Shield TV the best for Kodi?

The reasons are patently clear: while you may be able to find an Android TV box online for dirt cheap, they're often running on KitKat or Lollipop β€” outdated software that's certainly not as secure as the Shield, which was updated to Nougat back in January, and will also be soon be receiving Google Assistant. It's also the most powerful Android TV box available on the market, with top specs available for both the 16GB Shield and the 500GB Shield Pro. We're talking NVIDIA's Tegra X1 processor and 4K streaming capabilities.

Go looking and you'll find plenty of sites and stores advertising Android set-top boxes sold with Kodi pre-installed for marked-up prices.

Go looking and you'll find plenty of sites and stores advertising Android set-top boxes sold with Kodi pre-installed for marked-up prices. Don't waste money on inferior products with inflated prices because some guy spent half an hour installing and setting up Kodi. Kodi is a free app from the Google Play Store and it's fairly easy to set up on your Shield, so you're definitely better off investing more of your money into better hardware than just forking it over to enterprising Amazon sellers trying to make a quick buck.

If you're a bit more technical, you might also be interested in SPMC, a Kodi fork that offers a similar experience specially optimized for Android TV. While it's lacking the latest interface update that Kodi 17 recently unveiled, it's still a very good media streaming app that can also be set up as a custom launcher for your Shield if you plan on using it exclusively for Kodi. But if that's the case, you can also get Kodi for the Amazon Fire TV Stick for a more minimalist option for your TV.

But again, the Shield offers so many other great features, including a ton of great gaming options, making it a surprisingly powerful device for its size.

Which Shield should I get?

If your budget is a little tight, you might be inclined to get the cheaper 16GB NVIDIA Shield TV over the 500GB NVIDIA Shield TV Pro. On the smaller, cheaper unit, though, you can always add some expandable storage at any point via on of the USB ports on the back of the 2017 model when you start running out of storage, or via microSD on older Shield boxes.

But for our money, the 500GB NVIDIA Shield TV Pro is your best bet, with nearly 50x more storage for only $100 more.

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6 days ago

LG G6 coming to AT&T on April 7 for $720, but you get a second G6 for free

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AT&T's G6 is a bit more expensive, but you get a deal on another G6.

Third out of the gate with an LG G6 announcement is AT&T, which is going about things a bit differently than T-Mobile and Verizon. The company has announced that LG's next flagship will indeed be available April 7 β€” the same day as T-Mobile, and a week later than Big Red β€” but it will be sold primarily through its Next or Next Every Year programs.

Customers will be able to buy the phone for 30 instalments of $24 β€” $720 total β€” through AT&T Next, or 24 instalments of $30 through AT&T Next Every Year.

There are also a few good deals to go along with the purchase: AT&T is throwing in what amounts to a free G6 after credits when one signs up for a second line on AT&T Next. And along with the free Google Home (which all other carriers are giving away, too), customers can get an LG Watch Sport for $50 on a 2-year plan.

The deals are not exactly groundbreaking, and probably not as competitive as Verizon's, but they're good to have nonetheless.

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6 days ago

LG G6 coming to Verizon March 30 for $672 with three great promo deals

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And a free Google Home is just one of the promos Verizon is offering with pre-orders.

Update, March 16: The LG G6 announcement just went live at Verizon, and we have some good news: the phone will be coming to Big Red a week early, March 30, instead of the rumored April 7. Everything else is the same: you get the same three promos as below, and the price of $672, or 24 payments of $28, hasn't changed.

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Original story: We just got a hot tip about the Verizon LG G6 from one of those people who are close to the action and it looks like pre-orders will be cranking up this week and everyone can get in on a great promo!

According to this quick pic of some Verizon internal materials, pre-orders start Friday, March 17 for the LG G6. It appears that everyone who pre-orders gets the free Google Home LG is offering, while folks upgrading on an existing plan will also get a $200 trade-in for select devices. If you're coming to Verizon as a new customer (or opening a new line) they have a sweet 43-inch LG TV for you, too. These promos also stack with Verizon's $650 Switcher offer if you're coming from another carrier and the FIOS $500 bundle promo for new customers.

We're told the pricing will be $672 (or $28 per month for 24 months) and the release date is April 7 as previously reported.

The G6 looks like one of LG's best phones yet and it's a throwback to a higher quality and manufacturing process that many feel the company lost with the past few G series models. The G6 is scheduled to launch April 7 in the U.S. and Canada. If you're interested, you can get more details by signing up here.

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6 days ago

LG G6 coming to T-Mobile April 7 for $650

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T-Mobile is the first U.S. carrier to officially announce its plans for the LG G6, and they're in line with expectations.

T-Mobile is first out of the gate for announcing the pricing and release date of the LG G6, which will be April 7, as we reported.

The company is rolling out the proverbial red carpet for the new flagship, pricing it at $650 outright, or 24 payments of $26 after $26 down β€” a hair cheaper than Verizon's price, and in line with expectations for most high-end smartphones.

T-Mobile also says that the G6 will, like Verizon, be bundled with a Google Home if the device is ordered before April 30 β€” a nice bonus for anyone purchasing the phone in the U.S. The Google Home itself is being provided by LG, so this is not a T-Mobile-specific deal (it appears that all carriers offering the device will be offering it) but it's one more great incentive for users to go with the G6 rather than wait for the Galaxy S8. That April 30 date is likely no accident, either β€” the Galaxy S8 is expected to be released in the U.S on April 28.

It's unclear if, like Verizon, pre-orders will begin on Friday, March 17, but we'll have to wait and see.

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6 days ago

Android Pay on Android Wear 2.0 just isn't that good

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I can't quite decide whether being able to pay with my Android watch is good or bad. (And that probably means it's the latter.)

I was relatively late coming to Android Pay on phones, mainly because my bank was one of the last in the UK to adopt the payment service. But I've gotten in on the ground floor with Pay on Android Wear, and I return with tales from an almost-convenient future where it's nearly really easy to tap and pay with a thing attached to the end of your limb.

Which is another way of saying Pay on Wear isn't quite there yet, for a wide variety of reasons.

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6 days ago

Xiaomi Mi 6 launching with Snapdragon 821, SD835 variant to debut later

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Snapdragon 835 shortages force Xiaomi to rethink its strategy with the Mi 6.

It looks like the Snapdragon 835 shortage will continue for at least two more months, as the latest rumor regarding Xiaomi's upcoming Mi 6 flagship suggests the phone will launch with a Snapdragon 821 initially. The Weibo leak says that Xiaomi will launch the model with the Snapdragon 821 first, with the Snapdragon 835 variant making its debut at a later date.

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6 days ago

Honor 6X vs. Moto G4 Plus: Challenging the status quo

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Honor 6X vs. Moto G4

Find out how Honor's latest budget phone fares next to one of the best-selling devices in this segment.

Huawei has seen a meteoric rise in its smartphone business over the last two years. The company is now the third-largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, and is making inroads into European and North American markets, as well as India. Its online-only sub-brand Honor has been a major contributor to its growth, offering devices with compelling features like the Honor 8 with its dual camera setup or the more recent AI-focused Honor Magic.

The Honor 5X did remarkably well in 2016 on the back of affordable pricing and alluring specs. With the Honor 6X, Huawei is looking to build on that momentum by adding a dual camera at the back, and tweaking the overall design of the phone.

Meanwhile, Lenovo has seen its market share fall in China and global markets. The brand is increasingly turning to Motorola's devices for future growth, a move that makes a lot of sense considering the Moto G series is still one of the best-selling product lines in this segment. Although the Moto G5 is on the horizon and offering several key upgrades for 2017, the Moto G4 Plus will continue to contribute to Motorola's bottom line this year, and it'll likely do well thanks to the inevitable price cut. Read on to find out if Huawei's latest can take on the Moto G4 Plus.

Design and hardware

Honor 6X vs. Moto G4

With earlier models in the Moto G series, Motorola focused on getting the basics right, and the result was a series of handsets that offered a great overall experience in spite of not featuring the best specs available. The same was true on the design front as well β€” although the phones were made out of plastic, they had great build quality that made them stand out from the hundreds of other handsets in this segment.

All that changed with the Moto G4 Plus, with Motorola shifting its focus to offering better specs to be more competitive in this category. The phone comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD display, and the increase in size has led to an abandonment of any form of design flair from the handset. Gone is Motorola's personality, and in its stead we now get a phone with a plastic back that creaks if you hold it too tight.

In contrast, the Honor 6X has great build quality, and the aluminum chassis gives it an upmarket feel. The 6X also lacks any differentiating features that make it stand out, with its overall design language identical to that of its Chinese rivals Xiaomi, LeEco, and Lenovo. That said, the 6X does look much better than the Moto G4 Plus, and although both phones sport 5.5-inch panels, the Moto G4 Plus is wider, taller, and thicker than the 6X.

As was the case with the Redmi Note 4, that doesn't translate to a larger battery. The Moto G4 Plus has a 3000mAh battery and an overall thickness of 9.8mm, while the Honor 6X comes with a 3340mAh battery in a chassis that's 8.2mm thick.

Motorola also got rid of the IPX7 water resistance, but it has retained dual SIM card slots and a dedicated microSD slot. The Honor 6X also lets you use two SIM card slots, but the second slot doubles up as a microSD slot as well. If you want to extend the storage, you'll have to resort to using a single SIM card.

Category Honor 6X Motorola Moto G4 Plus Operating System EMUI 4.1 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow Android 7.0 Nougat Display 5.5-inch 1080p (1920x1080) IPS LCD panel
401ppi pixel density 5.5-inch 1080p (1920x1080) IPS LCD panel
401ppi pixel density SoC Octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 655
Four Cortex A53 cores at 2.1GHz
Four Cortex A53 cores at 1.7GHz
16nm Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617
Four Cortex A53 cores at 1.5GHz
Four Cortex A53 cores at 1.2GHz
28nm GPU Mali-T830MP2 Adreno 405 RAM 3GB/4GB RAM 2GB/3GB RAM Storage 32GB/64GB storage
microSD slot up to 256GB 16GB/32GB storage
microSD slot up to 256GB Rear camera 12MP + 2MP
dual LED flash
PDAF 16MP
dual LED flash
PDAF Front shooter 8MP
1080p video recording 5MP
1080p video recording Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 (A2DP), GPS,
microUSB, 3.5mm audio jack Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 (A2DP), GPS,
microUSB, 3.5mm audio jack Battery 3340mAh battery 3000mAh battery Fingerprint Rear fingerprint sensor Front fingerprint sensor Dimensions 150.9 x 76.2 x 8.2mm 153 x 76.6 x 9.8mm Weight 162g 155g Colors Gray, Gold, Silver Black, White


Honor 6X vs. Moto G4

On the hardware front, the Moto G4 Plus is running the Snapdragon 617, and the Honor 6X is powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 655. Motorola managed to eke the most out of the Snapdragon 617, but you will get the feeling that the phone is underpowered at times. That isn't the case on the Honor 6X, and although it has the same cores as those used in the Snapdragon 617, they're clocked higher. Furthermore, the Mali-T830MP2 GPU on the Honor 6X pulls slightly ahead of the Adreno 405 on the Moto G4 Plus, making the former a better handset for gaming.

Then there's the fingerprint sensor: the Moto G4 Plus has one at the front, and while it does a good job of authenticating, the placement feels like an afterthought. With the Nougat update, Motorola added the ability to lock and unlock the phone with the fingerprint sensor, a much-needed addition that boosts its functionality. The Honor 6X has its fingerprint sensor located at the rear, and the minor indent allows you to easily find the scanner with your finger.

Both phones are sold unlocked on Amazon in the U.S., but the Honor 6X isn't compatible with Sprint or Verizon. The Moto G4 Plus, meanwhile, works on all four major carriers.

Software

Honor 6X vs. Moto G4

One of the major areas of focus for Huawei in 2016 has been on the software front, with the Nougat-based EMUI 5.0 no longer resembling a trainwreck. That said, the Honor 6X comes with the older EMUI 4.1 out of the box, and although Honor has started beta testing the Nougat update in the U.S., a stable update is still a month away.

As the phone is sold globally, timelines for the Nougat update vary based on region-specific requirements. In India, Huawei has mentioned that the update will be rolled out in the month of April, with the delay owing to the lack of Indic language support.

EMUI 4.1 has a lot to offer in the way of customization, but there's a high learning curve involved.

The Moto G4 Plus does not suffer from any such limitations. The phone was first the outside of the Nexus lineup and the Pixels to receive the Nougat update, and Motorola has rolled out the update initially in India β€” its largest market. Although the update landed in India over two months ago, there's little in the way of information regarding its rollout in other regions.

With Nougat, Motorola continues to offer a user interface that doesn't stray far from Google's Material Design guidelines, and the software experience is without a doubt the highlight of the phone. There are hundreds of phones sold in this segment, but none come close to the clean interface sported by the Moto G4 Plus.

Camera

Honor 6X vs. Moto G4

The dual camera setup on the Honor 6X is certainly its differentiating feature, with the secondary 2MP lens acting as a depth sensor. When used in conjunction with the primary 12MP shooter, it results in creating a bokeh effect in certain shooting scenarios. That said, the secondary sensor is off by default β€” you'll be able to take an image just fine even if you cover up the 2MP sensor β€” and it only kicks in when taking wide-aperture shots.

The camera app on the 6X makes it incredibly easy to shoot images, and you have quick access to various shooting modes, filters, toggles, and settings. There are plenty of modes to choose from, including one for food, time lapse, light painting, panoramas, and more. You also get a full-featured manual mode for both images and video.

In comparison, the camera app on the Moto G4 Plus is sparse. You get toggles for HDR, flash, timer, and the ability to choose the shooting modes β€” slow motion, manual, and panorama. It certainly misses out on the accouterments, but it doesn't fall short when it comes to the image quality.

Honor 6X camera sampleMoto G4 Plus camera sample

Honor 6X on the left, Moto G4 Plus on the right.

Honor 6X camera sampleMoto G4 Plus camera sample

Honor 6X camera sampleMoto G4 Plus camera sample

Honor 6X camera sampleMoto G4 Plus camera sample

The Honor 6X takes detailed images in bright conditions, but it struggles when it comes to low-light scenarios β€” colors look washed out, and the camera fails to capture adequate detail.

That isn't the case with the 16MP camera on the Moto G4 Plus. The Moto G series went from having one of the worst cameras in this segment to one of the best, and it looks like that tradition has continued with the Moto G5. Ten months after its release, the phone is still the one to beat in this segment when it comes to camera quality.

Battery life

Honor 6X vs. Moto G4

The Honor 6X has a larger 3340mAh battery against the Moto G4 Plus' 3000mAh battery, allowing the phone to last a day on a full charge. The larger battery combined with the more efficient SoC allows the 6X to take the lead when it comes to battery life, but the phone loses out when it comes to fast charging.

You get a 5V/2A charger in the box, which takes just over two hours to fully charge the phone. In this regard, Motorola's TurboPower 15W charger fares slightly better, charging the phone in an hour and 45 minutes. The charger comes in handy when you need to quickly top off the phone in the middle of the day.

Which should you buy? Honor 6X

Honor 6X vs. Moto G4

The Honor 6X offers a lot of hardware for its price, and although the current software situation isn't ideal, Honor is poised to roll out the Nougat update shortly to the device.

The Moto G4 Plus isn't far behind either, particularly when it comes to the camera, but it falls short in other areas. The design is underwhelming, and the phone lags behind the Honor 6X when it comes to the overall performance. Given Motorola's stance with updates to older phones and the fact that the Nougat update isn't widely available yet, you're better off steering clear.

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6 days ago

Black Galaxy S8 shows up once again in new leak

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Black is increasingly looking like the best color option for the Galaxy S8.

A leak from earlier this week showcased the various color options that the Galaxy S8 will be available in, and now we're getting a detailed look at the black color variant. As we've seen before, the black variant masks the various cutouts at the front of the phone, allowing them to blend into the background.

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6 days ago

How to use Android Pay on your Android Wear smartwatch

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Android Pay is here and easier to use than ever.

The biggest perk about having access to parts of your smartphone from your watch is convenience. Whether that means checking the weather while you are getting dressed, or being able to easily glance down for a moment to check your notifications. Android Pay is now available for use right from your wrist, provided that your watch is running Android Wear 2.0 and has NFC.

How to set up Android Pay on your watch

Using Android Pay is thankfully an uncomplicated affair once you've got everything set up. It will take a few minutes to get yourself situated, so it's something you're going to want to do before you roll out of the house to run your errands.

First you'll want to install Android Pay on your phone, and add the card that you want to use. Next make sure that your watch is connected to your phone via Bluetooth. From here you can open up Android Pay on your watch, and tap add card to choose from your previously-added cards. If you want to add a different card all you need to do is tap add card once again and switch back to your phone to verify details. Once it has been verified it will be added to the cards available with the Android Pay app on your watch.

Step by step instructions to set up Android Pay

  1. Install Android Pay on your phone.
  2. Add the card you want to use, verifying with your bank.
  3. Make sure your watch is connected to your phone via Bluetooth.
  4. Open Android Pay on your watch, tap add card to choose from cards on your phone.

And that's it!

How to use Android Pay on your watch

In a fast-paced world, there are times when convenience is definitely key. Sometimes you only have a few minutes to dart into the corner store for that caffeine rush first thing in the morning, or you're already distracted. That's where having access to Android Pay right from your wrist comes in. With just a tap, you'll be able to pay for your purchases and continue about your day. For anyone who has accidentally left their wallet (or even their phone) at home, this is a serious boon.

More watches with Android Pay are coming throughout 2017.

First thing's first, you'll want to launch the Android Pay app on your watch. You can program one of your hardware buttons to launch Android Pay, and even better, it doesn't need to be connected to your phone in order to make a payment. If you're ready to pay with your default card, just place the top edge of your watch to the payment terminal. When the payment is accepted you'll feel a long vibration on your watch, and the payment terminal will likely also beep.

Now, if you want to switch to one of your alternate cards, that's also easy to do. If you swipe up on your watch screen, it will reveal additional cards that you can choose from. These are the cards that have been entered and verified in the Android Pay app on your phone. If you want to switch to a new default card, tap on the card it view it, swipe up on the card, and then tap the blue bar with a check mark at the bottom. When it's time to delete a card follow the same steps, but instead of tapping the blue bar, swipe up one more time and then tap the trash can to delete that card.

Step by step instructions to use Android Pay

  1. To get ready to pay, launch the Android Pay app on your watch.
  2. Place the top edge of your watch to the payment terminal until you get a long vibration on the watch.
    • The payment terminal will also likely beep to confirm.
  3. If you want to switch cards before paying, swipe up on the screen to reveal additional cards.
    • To change a new card to default, tap on the card to view its details, swipe up on the card and then tap the blue bar with a check mark at the bottom
    • To delete a card, follow the same steps but give the bar an extra swipe up and tap the trash can to remove

You're now ready to pay like a pro with just your smartwatch!

Android Wear

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6 days ago

Huawei P10 up for pre-order at Vodafone UK

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Huawei P10

On-contract prices start at Β£28 per month for Huawei's latest flagship.

Vodafone is the first UK network operator to open up pre-orders for the new Huawei P10. The Chinese company's latest flagship is available to pre-order in white or black (sadly not the eye-catching "dazzling blue" we've been using lately), with on-contract prices starting at Β£28 per month. (That's for 500MB, with a Β£200 upfront fee.)

Vodafone has a wide range of plans going all the way up to 30GB at the high end, which will set you back Β£48 per month, with a Β£10 upfront charge for the phone. That's bundled with unlimited calls and texts, 4GB of roaming data, and a free Spotify, Sky Sports Mobile or NowTV subscription. A similar deal at Β£42 gets you all of the above, but with 24GB of UK data and 2GB roaming.

Right now Vodafone doesn't appear to be offering the P10 on PAYG.

In our recent review, we found the P10 to be a solid flagship phone, with one outstanding weakness:

Huawei's mainstream flagships for 2017 don't necessarily look flashy β€” unless you opt for the exclusive "dazzling" color options β€” but they do deliver just about everything you could ask for in a modern Android phone. There's one big catch, though. The lack of oleophobic coating on the display may be a reason for discerning buyers to skip this round of Huawei phones.

Were it not for my reservations over the screen, the P10 would certainly qualify as one of the best Android phones out there. And the P10 Plus comes with that extra bit of icing on the cake β€” a brighter lens for some amazing low-light captures, and the option to spec it out with oodles of RAM and storage.

More: Huawei P10 review

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1 week ago

Nexus 6 owners facing Android 7.1.1 to 7.0 downgrade

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Nexus 6

Downgrade required 'to guarantee future OTA updates.'

The Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for the Nexus 6 hasn't gone entirely smoothly so far, with the most recent March 2017 security patch breaking Android Pay on the device. And now in another bizarre development, Nexus 6 owners who updated to 7.1.1 are seeing an over-the-air update back to Android 7.0. Worse still, some are reporting that the downgrade back to 7.0 has caused issues with apps upon completion.

Over on Reddit, a Nexus community manager β€” listed a verified Googler on the side β€” said that the move was made "to guarantee future OTA updates."

There was a recent OTA update for Android 7.0 that is causing confusion for some Nexus 6 users. For those of you that want to guarantee future OTA updates, you will need to get back on the 7.0 supported track. If you are experiencing issues after accepting the 7.0 update, please factory reset your device to help resolve any problems.

For any Nexus 6 users that want to continue flashing/sideloading future builds, you can stay on 7.1.1 and continue to do so.

It's not clear whether this means all updates for the N6 will be based on Android 7.0 from here onwards, or whether there'll be another 7.1.1 push at some point in the future. The second paragraph suggests more 7.1.1 builds will be forthcoming, though perhaps only available via sideload. It's also not clear why the OS downgrade itself is necessary, but it's possible it has to do with the March 2017 OTA breaking Android's SafetyNet functionality, which was the root cause of the problems with Android Pay in that build.

The Motorola-built Nexus 6, released in late 2014, is no longer supported for OS updates beyond 7.1.1, and so future builds (whichever number they carry) will just include new security patch levels.

In the meantime, Nexus 6 owners are left in the unenviable position of having to decide whether to take an OTA which not only downgrades them to an older OS, but which may also break some apps when it's done.

Android Nougat

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1 week ago

ZTE Axon 7 becomes one of the first non-Google phones to get Android 7.1.1

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A nice surprise from a company not known for its speedy software updates.

ZTE isn't the first company you think of when considering fast software updates. (Come to think of it, are there any these days?) The Chinese firm, which released its excellent Axon 7 flagship last summer, spent a good chunk of the latter part of 2016 testing Android 7.0 Nougat, delaying the upgrade well into this year.

When I asked a representative from ZTE, he said it was because the engineers needed to get Daydream support correct, and didn't want to release the software with a compromised VR experience.

Well, just over a month after that fateful day, the Axon 7 is getting yet another update β€” to Android 7.1.1. Available starting March 16, this marks, along with the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, one of the only devices outside of Google's own Pixel and Nexus lines to be updated to the latest version of Android.

The change log is fairly modest compared to the bump from Marshmallow to Nougat, but here are the highlights:

  • T-Mobile Wi-Fi Calling support: T-Mobile Axon 7 users will now be able to send and receive both calls and text messages over Wi-Fi. Don't have service in a certain area? Don't miss a beat by connecting to a wireless network to continue talking and texting.
  • More ways to communicate: With 7.1.1, Google made all its emojis gender-equal, representing a wider range of professions for both men and women – so now you can be the astronaut you always wanted. Plus, you gain the ability to send gifs directly from your keyboard on supported apps. Go ahead, express yourself!
  • Daydream update & optimization: One of our favorite 2017 announcements was that the Axon 7 was finally Daydream-ready! With -- Android 7.1.1, we're making your virtual reality even better by updating and optimizing your experience.
  • Google security patches updates through Feb 2017 – Speaking of security, Google fixed all of its known vulnerabilities with 7.1.1. Sound boring? You may be right, but these patches are critical in keeping your information even more safe while sending emails, browsing the website, texting, or processing media files.

T-Mobile users will be happy to know that ZTE worked with the carrier to roll out Wi-Fi Calling, and it's really good to know that Daydream support will be optimized. Of course, the update brings native 7.1.1 features from Google, including a larger set of emojis, support for image keyboards, rounded icon support in the launcher, and more.

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