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5 days ago

Essential Phone is coming 'in a few weeks' after certification delay

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A deadline apparently isn't essential to the Essential Phone.

Andy Rubin's bizarre, bezel-less Essential Phone went up for order at the end of May. It was promised to ship in June. It is now the middle of July, and still the Essential Phone is not in buyers' hands. And it's not going to be in buyers' hands for another couple of weeks, but today Essential is acknowledging their delays in an email sent to early registrants (and later in a public tweet) from Andy Rubin.

In a recent email to customers, Andy Rubin says that they're as anxious to get phones to users as buyers are to get their new phones. Rubin claims the phone is currently being tested and certified by carriers in the U.S. and around the globe, and that units will ship out in the few weeks once all that's over. Testing and certifications for carriers can take a long time, as anyone who's ever waited for an Android system update can attest to, but hopefully the end is in sight. Honestly, when it comes to new phones from untested brands, a two-month delay would actually be on the low end of things.

The Essential Phone is still an interesting device, and we're very much looking forward to seeing how things look on that screen, especially with its unique camera placement, but we'll have to wait a little longer.

Patience is essential, after all.

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5 days ago

Keep your devices charged with Samsung-certified Micro-USB cables for $20

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Micro-USB cables are a dime a dozen, but when you need one most, it's nowhere to be found. If you're rocking a Samsung phone or tablet, you're likely in need of a Micro-USB cable quite regularly (unless you have the Galaxy S8).

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If your phone's on low battery, it can be incredibly annoying to have to sit right next to a wall outlet to charge up your device. It can also be a pain if you're charging off your laptop, but the cable's only long enough to reach your thigh. You need a reliable Micro-USB cable that's long enough to keep everything comfortable.

At Android Central Digital Offers you can get a 3-pack of Samsung-certified Micro-USB cables and a fast charging adapter for only $19.99 . This bundle regularly retails for $39.99, so you save 50%.

These cables are 10 feet in length, so you can easily have your phone on your bedside table without having to reach and strain out of bed to get to a wall outlet. With the Samsung certification, you know these cables are guaranteed to work with your Samsung device, and the fast charging wall charger ensures you're getting the quickest charge possible.

You could buy these cables separately and pay through the nose for each of them plus the adapter, but you can get 3 Micro-USB cables and a fast charging wall adapter for only $19.99 and Android Central Digital offers.

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5 days ago

Galaxy Note 8 renders give clean look at boxier design, Infinity Display

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We just can't wait for the Galaxy Note 8, can we?

After last year's debacle, I think it's safe to say, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 may be the most hotly anticipated Galaxy Note ever. Whether you wanted to upgrade last year but never got the chance — or worse, upgraded and had to give your Note 7 back — there are many users out there who've been waiting for a new Note more anxiously than in years past. And while we'll have to wait until August to see much of the Note 8's software, we're getting yet another look at its sexy exterior with some new casemaker renders from BGR.

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5 days ago

Best Android Phone Under $400

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Moto Z Play

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The Moto Z Play already has a sequel, but that doesn't matter: at $399.99, this is the best phone under $400 you can buy. Why? It's got everything you need in a flagship, including a great big screen, excellent performance, unbeatable battery life (seriously, this thing goes two days no problem) and support for Motorola's growing line of Moto Mods accessories.

Bottom line: If you're buying an unlocked phone and have a $400 budget, the Moto Z Play is your best bet right now.

One more thing: The unlocked version will only work on T-Mobile and AT&T in the U.S.; there's a Verizon version available for slightly more money.

Why the Moto Z Play is the best

The phone to get if you want bang for your buck.

Phone prices are rising. That's just a fact. So when you can find a best-in-class product, even if it's not new on the market, you jump at it. The Moto Z Play was recently permanently discounted to $399.99, and that's a perfect price for this near-flawless phone.

It starts with the excellent build quality, made of metal and glass, and extends to the incredibly smooth performance from the Snapdragon 625 processor and 3GB of RAM. You also have a very good 16MP rear camera, and a 5MP front camera with selfie flash. But the best part about this phone — oh, that the software is great, too — is the 3,510mAh battery, which lasts seemingly forever (but really about two days of heavy use). That can even be extended with one of Motorola's useful Moto Mod batteries packs.

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Honor 8

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Do you like shiny things? The Honor 8 is plenty shiny for those of you attempting to add more sheen into your life. I mean, just look at the blue color featured here. It's even more gorgeous in person, and it doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

The Honor 8 is Huawei's second attempt at entering the U.S. market. It's got a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a 3000mAh battery, 4GB of RAM, and Huawei's in-house developed Kirin 950 processor. The Honor 8 also has dual 12-megapixel rear-facing cameras, both of which work in conjunction to produce the best possible photo you could want. As we discussed in our review, it's plenty capable of being your primary shooter.

The only drawback of the Honor 8 is that Huawei's EMUI is a bit of a doozy to get used to. Its default launcher doesn't offer an app drawer, so you'll have to find another launcher if you're used to having one. It also comes with a bit of bloatware and extra apps you might find redundant alongside Google's offerings, though you can thankfully uninstall and deactivate them at will.

Bottom line: If you're looking for last year's flagship performance at an affordable price point, the Honor 8 is an impressive little package.

One more thing: The unlocked Honor 8 is only compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile's networks, along with their associated prepaid MVNOs.

Best audio experience

ZTE Axon 7

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You might have forgotten that ZTE is a major player in the U.S. smartphone wars, but that's okay. The good news is that the company is the brains behind the very impressive Axon line and the Axon 7 is a worthwhile choice if you don't mind dealing with a clunky Android interface.

The ZTE Axon 7 offers a 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 3250mAh battery. It also has a 20-megapixel rear-facing camera, though it's not the best shooter in low light environments. But if you're an audiophile, the Axon 7 might make your ears perk up.

Bottom line: If you're tired of the same old smartphone brands in your life, the ZTE Axon 7 might be that "something new" that becomes your "something constant."

One more thing: The Axon 7 is equipped with the bands necessary to work on a network like Verizon Wireless, but your best bet is to be an AT&T or T-Mobile (or their prepaid brands) subscriber before purchasing this device.

Best for even less

Moto G5 Plus

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The Moto G5 Plus is a wonder of cost-cutting in the right places. For either $229.99 (2GB RAM/32GB storage) or $299.99 (4GB/64GB) you get one of the most well-rounded budget phones out there. Featuring an excellent 5.2-inch display, a great 12MP rear camera, and awesome software touches, the Moto G5 Plus is truly a remarkable achievement.

Bottom line: You can't go wrong with the Moto G5 Plus, one of the best budget smartphones available right now.

One more thing: The Moto G5 Plus has a smaller, cheaper sibling in the Moto G5.


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Conclusion

The sub-$400 market is both extremely competitive and a little confusing. Smartphone prices are rising across the board, so it's difficult to know whether you should buy last year's flagship or this year's budget device. The Moto Z Play falls kind of in the middle, since it's still fairly new, but has been permanently discounted as we await its more expensive sequel. At the same time, devices like the Honor 8 and Axon 7 continue to offer tremendous value for the money, while the newer Moto G5 Plus redefines what it means to be a top-tier budget device.

Best overall

Moto Z Play

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The Moto Z Play already has a sequel, but that doesn't matter: at $399.99, this is the best phone under $400 you can buy. Why? It's got everything you need in a flagship, including a great big screen, excellent performance, unbeatable battery life (seriously, this thing goes two days no problem) and support for Motorola's growing line of Moto Mods accessories.

Bottom line: If you're buying an unlocked phone and have a $400 budget, the Moto Z Play is your best bet right now.

One more thing: The unlocked version will only work on T-Mobile and AT&T in the U.S.; there's a Verizon version available for slightly more money.

Update, June 2017: The Moto Z Play is our new best phone under $400, while the Moto G5 Plus has taken over from the G4 Plus.

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5 days ago

Conquer new worlds in A Planet of Mine! [Best New Games for Android]

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What are the latest games worth checking out in the Google Play Store?

Updated July 21, 2017: Mine for resources and explore new worlds in A Planet of Mine! Then check out the unique intense action in Knights Fall. After all that frantic action, chill out with Aqueducts.

There are thousands and thousands of games available in the Google Play Store, with more being added every month. With so much content hitting the app store, it can be damn near impossible to keep up with all the latest releases and determine which games are worth your time.

Here at Android Central, we want to help. We'll be using this space to let you know about the latest gaming releases for Android that we think deserve your attention. We'll be checking in and updating this page weekly as new games are released, so refresh often!

A Planet of Mine

It's always a bold decision when a game just cold opens into the game with nary an introduction or explanation of what to do. But that's exactly how A Planet of Mine opens, throwing you right into the opening tutorial that has you controlling a small team of space chickens as you learn how to collect resources on an Earth-like planet.

A Planet of Mine is a new planet-building game that combines exploration, mining, and strategy into a rather addicting game with a beautiful design. Once you've completed the short and intiutive tutorial and learned the basics, you have a couple of ways to play. In Discovery Mode, you have 300 planetary revolutions to build, research, explore, and conquer nearby planets. Then there are Challenges, which task you to reach a goal planet score within limited parameters.

It's challenging, but feels very limited. This is because the developers want you to pay an in-app purchase to unlock the full game including new species to play as and both Unlimited and Builder Modes. Download it and play it for free, and if it really gets its hook on you, you're sure to find value in paying for the full game.

Download: A Planet of Mine (Free)

Knights Fall

Knights Fall features some of the most frantic action I've ever seen in an Android game. it's a pretty unique game, best described as an action puzzle game if you mixed Peggle with Lord of the Rings. That may sound bizarre, but stick with me here.

Instead of launching balls, you launch soldiers, who bounce around and cause damage to enemy troops. You control the launch power on the right side of the screen which helps you aim your soldiers where they need to go.

There controls are easy and the game itself is challenging, with over 120 stages available in the main campaign. There's also Defense Mode and Score Challenge Mode to keep you occupied. Above all else, it packed with action and cool graphics. If you've ever looked for a game that mixes fantasy elements with pinball gameplay, this is the game you've been waiting for.

Download: Knights Fall (Free)

Aqueducts

Aqueducts were used for centuries to help distribute water overland for purposes of irrigation. In 2017, Aqueducts is a cool new game for Android. Remember that game Pipe Dream from the 90s? Aqueducts is like a chilled out version of that classic PC game with a puzzle twist to it and gorgeous graphics.

The controls are intuitive: simply tap a piece to spin it until it's positioned right to let the water keep flowing to the end pipe — but keep an eye on the number of remaining turns or the water level. The free game offers three worlds with a total of 18 levels to play, and then the developers ask you to pay what you want to unlock the full game. It's an unexpected move and just makes you love the game that much more.

Check out Aqueducts for free and maybe throw the developers a couple of bucks when you're ready for the extra content!

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5 days ago

Samsung Galaxy S8 review: Three months later

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Samsung Galaxy S8

This is how Samsung's 2017 flagship has held up after three months of use.

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are still top-of-mind for those looking to buy a flagship phone today, so it's hard to believe they've actually been available for a full three months already. Our initial review was published on April 18, and I've been using the phone since that week. Naturally I've hopped around to other phones in that time, but continued coming back to the Galaxy S8 as it's maintained a "primary device" designation for me.

With a few months of use under my belt, I have a better feeling for the Galaxy S8 than we ever could just using a phone for a week or two before a review. Here's how the Galaxy S8 is holding up for me, and where I think it stands in the smartphone world as we move through July.

Samsung Galaxy S8

Still a beauty

More time with the hardware

I've held a lot of excellent smartphone hardware this year, in particular the LG G6, Sony Xperia XZ Premium and HTC U11. Each of those phones has its own personality and hardware strengths, and I wouldn't hesitate to say each of them is worth the money. But the Galaxy S8 is completely unique and removed from them all — it feels like something different entirely.

The hardware sets unreasonable expectations for when you switch to any 'normal' phone.

It's so slick, smooth and narrow that it actually feels like a small device despite its relatively large display size. The optical illusion of the curved display making those side bezels feel even smaller than they are definitely works, and it sets unreasonable expectations for when you switch to any "normal" phone. The subtle curves rarely bother me when trying to swipe and tap, which is something I couldn't say about the Galaxy S7 edge no matter how much I tried to adapt. Yes all of those aspects mean it's a tad on the slippery side, but I think that's a fine compromise for a phone that's this good looking and comfortable to hold.

I still love how the hardware just melts away and lets you focus on the big, brilliant display. Samsung's displays are ridiculously good and somehow continue to get better year after year despite already being tops in the industry for the past few release cycles. Colors pop, fine lines are crisp and the brightness is amazing even in harsh sun (which we've recently actually had a lot of in Seattle). Other phones have good displays, but I still hold Samsung on a higher level.

Samsung Galaxy S8

Even though the Galaxy S8's hardware is undoubtedly beautiful, it doesn't feel like it's set up to age gracefully. The outside of the Galaxy S8 is more glass than any other material, and the back of my phone hasn't fared well. It's littered with scratches across the entire surface, but particularly concentrated along the top and bottom edges where it usually makes its first contact with a table every time I set it down. This is over just three months where I went stretches of several days at a time not using it at all ... and even a couple weeks using a thin case. That's not great, and really is the one downside to this hardware.

That's not to say I feel the Galaxy S8 is fragile or weak — I actually think it's quite solid and very well built, and I certainly don't treat it more gently than any other phone. But the slow deterioration of the outside of the Galaxy S8 simply because it's covered in glass doesn't make me excited for how this thing's going to look after another nine months of use. My Galaxy S7 is quite scratched up, but not like this.

Biometric conundum

You can't talk about the Galaxy S8 without facing the biometric situation. I just can't stand the fingerprint sensor placement on this thing, and I won't ever get used to it. Putting a thin case on the phone helps a ton, but it is still the most difficult-to-use fingerprint sensor I've encountered in years, and yes that includes the swipe-style sensors from the Galaxy S5 era.

I'm tired of staring at my phone like an idiot trying to get iris scanning to work.

I use the iris scanning, and turning on the setting to immediately start scanning when the screen comes on (seriously, why isn't this on by default?) helps so much, but it just isn't good enough. The number of times I've stood there staring at my phone like an idiot trying to get the iris scanner to work is uncountable. And even if it was great, I still can't use it for unlocking apps that of course still require a fingerprint. It's just a bad experience, and it's what I would consider the only out-and-out flaw of the Galaxy S8.

Samsung Galaxy S8

Not a strength

Software, performance and battery life

My history of using Samsung's software is a mixed bag. The artist formerly known as TouchWiz continues to add a ton of value on top of Android and provide visual consistency across Samsung's products, but of course introduces many things I continue to find frustrating. Samsung's software has improved to a point where I actually like using it, and nothing is flat out broken or completely fighting how Android works at its core — but it's definitely not my favorite manufacturer take on the operating system.

I like so much of Samsung's software that I deal with the few parts that are still annoying.

I actually quite like Samsung's notification shade, the simplicity it applies to its settings page, and many of its bundled apps are well-designed and simple to use. The entire interface is consistent and actually kind of follows Google's Material Design guidelines. Heck, Samsung has even moved to on-screen navigation buttons! It all comes together to offer a solid experience using the Galaxy S8 every day.

But then there's all of the other stuff that I simply "deal with" in order to use the phone. The default apps that I can't disable or change, the amazing amount of bloatware from carriers, the funky way its lock screen works differently from any other phone, the sub-par launcher and keyboard, the app updates through Galaxy Apps, and all of the tiny features and things that are just ... there ... with little purpose. There's a whole lot of streamlining that could be done here, and I still feel like Samsung's software could benefit from a more opinionated voice calling the shots on the development.

I also still have questions about Samsung's ability to get out timely software updates. My T-Mobile Galaxy S8 is sitting on the April security patch, even though the update to the July patch apparently started rolling out to the T-Mobile version a week or two ago. Even if I had July, I would still have spent the past two months out of date. Other versions are doing better, but the issue for me is consistency — the immense number of models (and carriers) Samsung has to deal with make it hard to paint with a broad brush, positively or negatively.

Performance and battery life

I was actually souring on the Galaxy S8's software experience on account of some really bad performance I was seeing a few weeks in. I chose the nuclear option and factory reset it, starting from scratch. And I'm glad I did, because since then the Galaxy S8 has been smooth, solid and consistent as I'd expect from a top-end phone with a Snapdragon 835 processor running the show. I'm not sure what the heck was happening before, but I haven't seen so much as a little hiccup out of this phone after starting fresh — let's hope it stays that way.

Battery life is good enough for me, and for most people, but not for everyone.

Battery life has been good for me, but I know that isn't quite enough for everyone. I keep all of my apps updating and syncing in the background, use auto brightness, take advantage of Always On Display, play music over Bluetooth throughout the day and generally use the phone however I want without worry about battery. Most days, that lets me through just fine — making it to bed with 15-20% battery left — but that isn't always the case. Yesterday I had to turn on Power saving mode at 8:30 p.m. (roughly 13 hours off the charger) because I was at 10% ... and I wasn't going to be home for at least another hour.

I can deal with that because it's an every-once-in-a-while thing rather than a constant worry. But some people can't — if you need more wiggle room from your phone's battery, I think the Galaxy S8+ will provide it.

The Bixby situation

One of the key selling points of the Galaxy S8, Bixby, on one hand hasn't aged well and on the other hasn't aged at all. As I write this article, Bixby Voice just launched to the public this week, and only in the U.S. The promise of Bixby Voice is unique from Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, aimed at being intelligence for your phone itself rather than from the internet. But even though it works pretty well, it seems like a feature in search of a use case. I wonder why development time is being put into controlling your phone — which is sitting in your hand already — with your voice, rather than improving the interface to be more discoverable and usable with touch.

Bixby so often feels like a feature in search of a use case.

The other parts of the Bixby experience, Bixby Vision and Bixby Home, can be best described as something between "basic" and "not useful." After using Bixby Vision a few times to see how it works, the novelty immediately wore off. The image recognition itself is just downright poor, and even if it were good I'm not sure how much use there is to simply giving me a list of similar images of the thing I just took a photo of. Bixby Home is still just a tad slow to launch and update when pressing the Bixby button, but that's hardly its biggest issue. The idea is sound, and the layout of the information is useful, the issue is it just can't ever be as useful as Google Now — even if you for some reason used 100% of available Samsung apps, which of course we don't.

In typical Samsung fashion I'm sure all of Bixby's functions will be refined and improved over the next couple of years, because Samsung's success doesn't at all hinge on the quality of Bixby and it can play a longer game. As it changes and adapts it will become more useful in a future form, but that comes at the cost of feeling unfinished on the Galaxy S8 today.

Samsung Galaxy S8

One of many greats

Three months of Galaxy S8 photos

I've taken some really wonderful photos with the Galaxy S8, and in the past few months my impressions haven't changed from what they were in the first week: it's a really good camera. It's pretty sharp, its colors are vivid and it regularly offers a color balance that's a tad warmer than I'd like. In lighting of all kinds, it's able to take great shots.

For me, the biggest thing about the Galaxy S8's camera is its consistency. You know what you're going to get just about every time you press that shutter button, and while that's something I can appreciate it's also a standout feature for the average phone owner that isn't a photography buff. Having confidence in your camera is super important, because as soon as you lose it you dramatically reduce the number of photos you take in general. I still feel confident in the Galaxy S8 — an overwhelming majority of the time I take a single photo and know it turned out well right away, saving me from taking three or four "insurance" shots.

For as good as these photos are, I still feel we were all justified in being worried (okay, maybe just a little concerned) about Samsung sticking with what amounted to the same camera from 2016. The competition has caught up, and in some cases surpassed, the Galaxy S8's camera. The Google Pixel, LG G6 and HTC U11 all take photos that match or exceed it — this makes Samsung's phone simply one of the crowd of great cameras in 2017, rather than a standout performer.

If the rumors are true that Samsung is moving to a dual camera setup in the Galaxy Note 8, we could be seeing some foreshadowing for real camera improvements the Galaxy S9 next year.

Samsung Galaxy S8

Still damn good.

Galaxy S8 Three months on

Three months in, I'm still happily using my Galaxy S8. Like every other phone, the Galaxy S8 has its issues — chief among them being its awkward biometric security setup and sometimes-frustrating software. But for me, those are so dramatically outweighed by its gorgeous hardware, great screen, strong performance and core features. And even though its camera isn't a world-beater in the same way the Galaxy S7 was last year, I still feel confident carrying it in my pocket every day knowing I'll be happy with the photos it produces.

There's a reason why the Galaxy S8 sits at the top of our list of best Android phones — and it goes beyond just how the phone works for me. It also comes from the sheer number of features — both in hardware and software — that can appeal to a wider market than just about any phone. Yes perhaps a little restraint in one area or another could serve a specific market better, but seeing Samsung's success thus far it's tough to argue with the approach of giving as many people as possible more of what they want, all in a single device.

That's showing in sales numbers, and it's still a strong strategy three months into the Galaxy S8's life.

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5 things I learned traveling with the OnePlus 5

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OnePlus 5 travel

Travel revelations from OnePlus's latest creation.

As a person who has to travel with lots of smartphones to do his job, choosing which one to use as your main device on a trip can be quite a conundrum. Nothing tests a phone to its limits like travel, where you're pushing the phone's storage, battery, camera and other features harder than ever.

This time around, as I start a four-week stint in Taiwan, my device of choice has been the OnePlus 5, and already it's been an interesting experience.

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5 days ago

Top Allo features you need to know

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'Allo Allo.

Allo is Google's latest attempt at a messaging app that competes with the likes of WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, both of which boast a userbase of over a billion users. The main differentiator for Allo is Google Assistant, a chatbot that provides answers to your queries by drawing on the search giant's machine learning smarts. AI is at the core of Google's strategy, with Assistant available on hundreds of millions of phones as well as the Google Home and Android TV.

These are the top Allo features you need to know. If you're just installing the app, be sure to check out our setup guide.

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5 days ago

ASUS teaser hints at dual rear cameras for the ZenFone 4

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ASUS is the latest manufacturer to jump on the dual camera bandwagon.

ASUS is set to unveil the ZenFone 4 sometime next month, and if a recent teaser on ASUS Taiwan's Facebook page is any indication, the phone will sport dual cameras at the back.

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5 days ago

Google is making it easier to discover local events in India

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Google wants to help you plan your weekend.

Google is rolling out an update to its mobile search platform in India through which you can easily find popular events in your city. The search giant issued a similar update in the U.S. back in May, and in India the company is pulling information from the likes of BookMyShow, AllEvents, EventsHigh, 10times, and more.

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5 days ago

India's Jio is effectively giving away its 4G-enabled feature phone

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The JioPhone will come with unlimited data for just ₹153 a month.

Reliance chairman Mukesh Ambani has unveiled the JioPhone, a feature phone with 4G and VoLTE connectivity that "reinvents the conventional feature phone." The phone will be up for purchase from September, and you'll need to pay a deposit of ₹1,500 ($25) to get your hands on a unit. Where things get interesting is that the deposit is fully refundable after three years, making it essentially free.

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5 days ago

LG Q8 is a smaller, waterproof V20

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Major features of last year's handset packaged into 5.2-inch chassis for new Q series device.

LG is building out its new mid-tier Q series of phones with a more pocketable take on last year's flagship V20. The LG Q8 includes basically all the main features of the V20, only now in with a 5.2-inch Quad HD screen, and with the added bonus of IP67 water resistance, and a fixed internal battery. (Sorry, removable battery fans.)

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6 days ago

Samsung Pay launches on Gear S3 in the UK

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Payment service comes to all Gear S3 owners whose watch is paired to an Android smartphone.

Samsung has announced that its mobile payments service has finally arrived on Gear S3 series smartwatches in the UK, following the rollout of Samsung Pay on phones in the country a couple of months ago. Just like in the U.S., British Gear S3 owners can use an app similar to the phone version of Samsung Pay, on a Gear S3 paired with any Android device running version 4.4 or up of the OS.

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6 days ago

YouTube now redirects searches for extremist videos to curated anti-terrorism playlists

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The Redirect Method is a new active stance against online extremism.

Starting today, YouTube will return results for curated anti-terrorist playlists when someone searches for hateful content. The details, from Tubefilter:

The new feature, dubbed The Redirect Method, is part of a four-prong strategy announced by Google last month to quash extremist ideologies across its platforms. The Redirect Method was developed by Jigsaw -- an Alphabet subsidiary whose mission is to counter extremism, censorship, and cyber attacks -- alongside another tech company called Moonshot CVE (which stands for "Countering Violent Extremism").

Jigsaw and Moonshot CVE developed the tech after studying, over several years, how terrorist factions like ISIS leverage technology to spread their messaging and recruit new followers. In coming weeks, YouTube says it intends to incorporate The Redirect Method into a wider set of search queries in languages beyond English, use machine learning to dynamically update search terms, work with partner NGOs to develop new anti-extremist content, and roll out the Method to Europe.

This new initiative comes, for the most part, as a result of advertiser outrage because their products were regularly being advertised on videos deemed hateful. While we applaud the effort to halt terrorism and appreciate the technology that drives these tools, we also know censorship of any kind can be a very slippery slope.

We expect the people behind the scenes at The Redirect Method know this as well, and will act accordingly.

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6 days ago

Samsung confirms Galaxy Note 8 launch for August 23

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A year later, the Note line is hotter than ever.

Samsung will launch the Galaxy Note 8 on August 23 at various Unpacked events around the world, though the main one will be in New York City starting at 11 a.m. ET.

The company sent out press invites with a silhouetted phone slightly boxier than the Galaxy S8, replete with an S Pen overlaid on top, In other words, nothing surprising.

The date lines up with previous rumors, and gives Samsung a few weeks to get the phone onto store shelves prior to the unveiling of Apple's new iPhone model. Samsung is also expected to spend some time reassuring the media, and potential customers, that the new Note model is free of battery defects, and that its eight-point battery test is the best in the industry.

This year's Note is expected to have a 6.3-inch Infinity Display, a Snapdragon 835 processor and 6GB of RAM, along with dual 12MP rear cameras, a 3300mAh battery, an updated S Pen, running Android 7.1 out of the box.

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