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Take your tunes into the shower with this $20 speaker
May 28th, 2017, 08:36 AM
Showers can be boring (especially the lonely ones!), and shower thoughts can just end up making you feel way less relaxed than a show should. Some people also happen to sing their best when in the shower — or so we tell ourselves. Enjoy your tunes when wet for $20 Learn more Whatever your reason for wanting music in the shower, you need a speaker in your bathroom. Cords probably aren't the best idea (you know — death by electrocution), so you'll want a convenient Bluetooth speaker that lets you wirelessly blast your tunes. Not all Bluetooth speakers are created equal, however, so you'll need something that's at least water-resistant so that you don't fry it the first time out. Enter the XXL shower speaker, which has a driver twice the size of usual shower speakers, blasting out your music at 3W.This powerful speaker retails for $99.99, but through Android Central Digital Offers, you pay just $19.99, a savings of 80%. The XXL sticks to any non-porous surface via su...
Add a thin case to your Nexus 5X for just $5 today
May 28th, 2017, 08:36 AM
Not a huge fan of cases but want a thin layer of protection for your Nexus 5X? If so, look no further than Amzer’s Pudding TPU case for an extra layer of safety and grip for your phone, all for just $5 today! ...
6 things I learned traveling with the Galaxy S8+
May 27th, 2017, 08:36 AM
Travel revelations from Samsung's super-tall, super-specced flagship. It takes time to get to know a new phone and understand all of its various quirks, strengths and foibles. Traveling with a device can rapidly accelerate that process, though. Nothing pushes a phone to its limits like juggling airport navigation, boarding passes and in-flight antics — and that's before you start on however much work or play awaits you at the other end. That's exactly what I've been doing for the past couple of weeks, first taking my Samsung Galaxy S8+ to San Francisco, then on to Google I/O in Mountain View and back, before hopping on another plane a couple days later to Computex show in Taipei, Taiwan — from where I write this article. After spending entirely too much time taking the S8+ on and off planes and across borders, I decided to share a few of the things I've learned... 1. The camera beats the GS7 where it really matters If we needed further proof that DxOMark scores al...
It's time for a holiday weekend comments thread!
May 27th, 2017, 08:36 AM
Sit back, relax and chat about stuff because it's the weekend! Another week is in the can, and we have a three day weekend to quietly reflect and rest so we're ready for Tuesday to come. Just kidding. Weekends are for fun! You jelly? What started as a quiet week (everyone was recuperating from Google I/O) quickly morphed into something with good news for Canada about Android Pay, more teasers from Andy Rubin, and a beautiful shiny HTC U11 that nobody is going to buy because Samsung didn't make it. You know it's true, don't hate. So, yeah, Even a slow week in the Android world has a bunch of cool stuff. But that's all done and in this thread, we only care about Memorial Day weekend stuff! What are y'all doing this weekend? I'm stuck at home after some minor back surgery (I'm fine, just want to lay down again and take a bath. And glorious pain meds!) so I'm gonna do something really stupid cool. I'm gonna hack the ever-loving you-know-what out of the Jelly phone. I snagged it from...
Best Watch Bands for Samsung Gear S2 Classic
May 27th, 2017, 08:36 AM
Class up your Samsung Gear S2 Classic with some great watch bands. Updated May 2017: Added Moretek's great silicone band — perfect for fitness fanatics. If you've bought or are looking into buying the Samsung Gear S2 Classic, then you're probably someone who enjoys the traditional watch look with some sweet tech under the hood. We've rounded up the best watch bands for your Gear S2 Classic so that you can match your smartwatch to your personal taste and lifestyle. SLG D7 Buttero Italian leather band Infantry Geckota Casetify Barton Ballistic Nylon Barton Quick-release Cbin Moretek SLG D7 Buttero Italian leather band SLG (Small Leather Goods) make some beautiful leather straps and the Buttero Italian leather band is our favorite. It blends the classic, sophisticated look of leather with a modern and fresh design. SLG, based in South Korea, makes its bands from high-quality Italian leather from the Walpier tannery. While most leather bands can feel somewhat oppressive...
Your FPS favorites on Android! [Best games from the AC community]
May 27th, 2017, 08:36 AM
We want to know what games you're playing! Update May 27: In this week's roundup, we take a look at the FPS offerings on Android. First-person shooters are a staple within the gaming world. We all love to play them no matter if you prefer to play with a keyboard and mouse or a gamepad in your hands. Whether you love Battlefield, Call of Duty, Doom or any of the other countless AAA titles, you can play them across all the major gaming platforms — except Android. I guess that's fair, to a point — there's a clear divide in strategy between the mobile gaming industry space and the larger gaming industry. For example, a major console game will come out priced at $60, and then try to upsell you with DLC content or a "season pass". Mobile gamers aren't going to pay nearly that much for a game like that — even if the phones might be capable of offering a fairly similar experience at this point. Instead, mobile game developers trend towards the free-to-play model wherein...
Get a lifetime subscription to premium web development courses for $50
May 27th, 2017, 08:36 AM
A career in web development is a career well-invested in today's marketplace. Many companies are moving to an entirely online business model, and if you're looking for job security, you'll want to get in on the development side if you're at all interested. Or maybe you're already a developer, but you have been for 20 years and haven't kept up with current technology and trends. Use code MEMDAY15 for an extra 15% off! Learn more Going back to school can be costly and probably isn't the most efficient way to use your time, especially if you're already in a full-time career. You need online courses that you can access from anywhere, at any time, on your own time. But those can be expensive as well, so where do you look? Look no further than Android Central Digital Offers and this great deal on a SitePoint Premium Courses Lifetime Subscription. You'll gain access to over 80 ebooks, 70 courses, and 300 tutorials, covering everything from coding in CSS, HTML, JavaScript, and more to...
Mophie Juicepack for Pixel XL: A beast of battery burden
May 27th, 2017, 08:36 AM
What do you get someone who has a nearly perfect phone? More battery life, of course. Google's Pixel XL is a lot of things. It's the phone to have if you're into tinkering. It gets updates before any other phone. It's got a camera that's considered one of the best available today. But battery life? That's not always been its strongest asset, even considering its 3,450mAh capacity. For years, the Mophie Juicepack has been the go-to battery case. Mostly for the iPhone, but more recently for Samsung's Galaxy S line. And now, it's available for the Pixel XL. What you need to know: This case will make the phone thicker. Longer. Heavier. It'll make the fingerprint sensor harder to get to. And it'll increase battery capacity by more than 75%. Notice I don't say "battery life." Actual usage time is one of those things that very much will vary from person to person, even with the extra 2,950mAh. But with that sort of increase, you know that you'll be running much longer than you wo...
OnePlus 5 rumor roundup
May 27th, 2017, 08:36 AM
Everything we know about the OnePlus 5. Update May 26: This post has been updated with the latest rumors of what to expect with the OnePlus 5, including a front fingerprint sensor and a Snapdragon 835 chip. OnePlus has had a pretty good year, what with the success of its OnePlus 3 and 3T phones and some massive overhauls internally that, against all odds, led to improvements to its Oxygen OS software, with more frequent updates. Now we're seeing the first signs that a sequel is in the company's future and that OnePlus is skipping the "4" name altogether and readying flagship successor, the OnePlus 5. Here's everything we know so far. What will it be called? The one thing we know without a doubt is the phone's name: OnePlus confirmed to Android Central that its next phone will be called OnePlus 5. We've also seen a promotional photo (above) from the company's CEO, Pete Lau, teasing the name. Why would OnePlus skip the OnePlus 4 name? Because in Chinese culture, the number four...
Which phone are you using right now, and why? [Roundtable]
May 26th, 2017, 08:36 AM
See what phones the people write about phones for a living are using. A perk of working for Android Central is that you get to use a lot of different phones throughout the year. Of course, we all have a favorite that we keep going back to or never want to switch away from. In that respect, we're just regular smartphone users like everyone else! With 2017 almost half finished, see which phones the AC staff is using and why. Then let us all know which phone does it for you in the comments! Russell Holly The smaller Galaxy S8 is for me, because I don't need that extra tall mess in my life right now. I'm on the Galaxy S8 right now. The smaller one, since I don't need that extra tall mess in my life right now. The battery life is exactly what I need, the camera is exceptional, and while I'm not a big fan of disabling all the extra Samsung crud to get the experience I want, I found that process less tedious this time around. I love that I have wireless charging again, and once I...
Best 360-Degree Cameras
May 26th, 2017, 08:36 AM
Updated May 2017: The Samsung Gear 360 is finally available to purchase, making it our best 360-degree camera. Best Overall Best runner-up Best value Best overall Samsung Gear 360 See at Amazon Not only is Samsung's latest 360-degree camera smaller, thinner, and lighter than it's predecessor, but it's also cheaper and faster! The Samsung Gear 360 is one of the easiest 360-degree cameras to use, making it possible for you to either quickly snap a photo with friends while holding it or remotely access the camera from an app loaded up with advanced features for capturing the best image. Not only can you grab 15-megapixel spheres with lots of detail, but the video mode will capture in 4K at 30FPS with no problem. The bottom mount makes it easy to stick the camera on just about anything, and the unique microphone array in the camera makes capturing sound from every direction very easy. Bottom line: For ease of use, price, and camera features the Gear 360 is the best consumer 3...
Aviate Launcher review: Smart, but not better
May 26th, 2017, 08:36 AM
How's Aviate Launcher these days? Let's take a look! Updated May 2017: Review updated to reflect the stability of the launcher and how it's aged over the last two years. Aviate Launcher has garnered hype since it first debuted on Android, and after being acquired by Yahoo has actually seen steady improvement through updates. It's been awhile since we last examined it, and now it's time to take a fresh look and see how it works today. Aviate aims to analyze how you use your phone to better surface information and apps that are relevant based on a variety of factors, taking the burden of customization away from you. But does it work? We're going to find out. The basics of Aviate Aviate falls into the category of "predictive" launchers, as it aims to change and adapt with your usage, location, and the information you provide it. There's less focus on your personal customization — you can choose a wallpaper and icon packs, but that's about it — and more on just letti...
The best tech deals that you don't want to miss out on
May 26th, 2017, 08:36 AM
Our friends at Thrifter post some great deals every day, and here are the best ones available right now! From mobile phones to general tech, home goods and much more, the team at Thrifter is scouring the web every single day to find the best deals. Whether something hits a new all-time low, gets discounted for just a limited time, or has a new coupon code available for it, you won't want to miss out any of them. If you want to know about the deals as soon as they are happening, you'll want to follow Thrifter on Twitter, and sign up for the newsletter, because missing out on a great deal stinks! So, what are the best deals that you should be looking at right now? Well, let's take a look at them so you can see which ones are best for you! Netgear Nighthawk AC1750 router - $89 (Normally $109) Having a good router in your home can make all the difference in the speeds that your wireless network is delivering to your devices. You may think that a router is a router and that there is...
The great Virtual Reality buyer's guide
May 26th, 2017, 08:36 AM
Pick the experience that best suits your needs. Don't let this secret slip out, but there's actually no such thing as "the best VR headset" or "the best AR headset" right now! There are new things in hardware and software being built almost every week, and while it's easy to look at the newest or shiniest thing and slap a blue ribbon on it there's a lot more going on. At the same time, there are a lot of folks eager to try VR or AR and want to know where to best spend money, and we're here to help. This guide contains all of the most compelling strengths for each of the headsets you can buy today, as well as links to our ultimate guide for getting the most out of those experiences. Read more at VR Heads! ...
Gifting on Google Play: What you need to know
May 26th, 2017, 08:36 AM
I just want to send someone a gift card...and on Google Play, that just got a lot harder. We've talked about how Google was missing the ability to gift content before, and there's a little good news on that front: you can now gift books through Google Play. Now there's a bit of bad news, too: you can't buy Google Play gift cards on the Google Play app anymore. If you want to add credit to your Google Play balance, you'll need to go hunt one down at a brick and mortar store or answer some Google Opinion Rewards. The ability to buy gift cards on Google Play's app and website has vanished recently, followed shortly by an update of Google Play Support to show that you can't buy the gift cards digitally anymore, you have to buy a physical card, and that you can gift Google Play Books and Google Play Music All Access. We're not sure what prompted the change, but for parents who top off their kids' Google Play accounts through gift cards or those who found Google Play credit to be an ea...
Nova Launcher Beta adds Android O style notification dots, but Dynamic Badges are better
May 26th, 2017, 08:36 AM
Badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges. Notification badges have made huge strides on Nova Launcher in the last few months. We got Dynamic Badges to replace the hum-drum numeric badges back in March, and now, Nova is letting us downsize our badges and try out the more simplistic Android O-style dots in its latest beta update. And while I'm all for bringing the latest Android goodies to older versions, this is one bit of O-ey goodness I will be skipping. Android O dots are, well... they're boring. They're uninformative. If you're using a white or black icon pack, they're also these ugly, bland gray dots. I understand everyone wanting to try out something from Android O, I really do, and I commend the Nova Launcher team on getting this cranked out so quickly, but... Dynamic Badges are just better. They can add pops of color from the notification images they pull in, and if they can't get one of those, at least they use the app's colors instead of pulling a color to match your i...
Best Accessories for Samsung DeX
May 26th, 2017, 08:36 AM
Equip your desktop-wannabe with the right peripherals for taking it on the road with the Galaxy S8. The Samsung DeX helps unlock the desktop experience that's hidden deep within the code in your Galaxy S8 or S8+. If you've purchased one with the intention of getting work done on the road, however, you'll want to equip it with the right stuff. Here are some suggestions on what to grab if you're grabbing the Samsung DeX. Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Arteck HB030B wireless bluetooth keyboard Anker SoundBuds slim wireless headphones Tera Grand retractable HDMI cable Bagsmart Electronics Travel Organizer Logitech MX Anywhere 2 The Logitech MX Anywhere 2 wireless mouse has been my favorite since its first-generation iteration many years ago. This portable mouse works anywhere – on a desk, on glass, on high-gloss finishes, and even on your naked knee. It also offer dual wireless connectivity, so you can connect it to the DeX with the tiny Pico Unifying receiver or simply pair it vi...
The difference between Oculus Touch, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR controllers
May 26th, 2017, 08:36 AM
Are all VR motion controllers the same? It doesn't matter if you're a PlayStation VR owner, an Oculus Rift Day One backer, or exploring the universe in an HTC Vive, there are now controllers for each that allow you to reach out with your real arms and interact with the virtual world. But are all of these controllers equal? Does it really matter if you're using the aging PlayStation Move controllers instead of the futuristic Oculus Touch? If an app was built with Vive controllers in mind, is the experience identical everywhere? Is there such a thing as a "best" motion controller? Let's take a look! Read more at VR Heads! ...
PES2017 is the best soccer game for mobile! [Best New Games for Android]
May 26th, 2017, 08:36 AM
What are the latest games worth checking out in the Google Play Store? Updated May 26, 2017: Take to the pitch in PES2017! Take to the skies in Zombie Gunship Survival! Take a trip down memory lane with Shadow Warrior Classic Redux! Three great new games for Android to enjoy this Memorial Weekend! 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! PES2017: Pro Evolution Soccer Most people know FIFA as the king of video game soccer, but in the mobile space, Konami's version of the beautiful game h...
HTC U11 review: Back in the running
May 26th, 2017, 08:36 AM
HTC needs something to get it back in the conversation with today's flagships. The launch of HTC's new "U" series of phones came with a flagship-sized hole in the middle of the lineup. The U Ultra was too big and too expensive, while the U Play was underpowered and short on value for the money. With the launch of the U11, HTC is not only filling that flagship spot in the 2017 U series but also trying to create a proper successor to the HTC 10 to be the leading device of the year. Just a couple months after the U Ultra launched, the U11 arrives with a faster processor, improved battery life, a more compact body, better camera and perhaps most importantly a proper price. With the big improvements, not only does the U11 make you wonder why the U Ultra exists — but it also makes you start considering it right alongside the flagship competition of 2017. That's something that happened only briefly with last year's HTC 10, and we're going to see if the HTC U11 has what it takes in ...