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Mint SIM vs. Boost Mobile: Which is better for you?
March 27th, 2017, 10:13 PM
It's Mint SIM vs. Boost Mobile in this head-to-head comparison. Mint SIM and Boost Mobile are "alternative carriers" or mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs). They're not the Big Four (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile), but they lease coverage from those networks and resell it to you for less. Plans are often prepaid and fixed contracts are few and far between. Let's compare Mint SIM and Boost Mobile to see how they stack up against one another. Mint SIM background Boost Mobile background Mint SIM plans Boost plans Boost phones Which should you go with? Advertisement Mint SIM background Who owns it? Ultra Mobile Which network does it use? T-Mobile 4G LTE How long has it been around? Since 2016 Tethering allowed? Yes Cheapest plan: $35 for 1 month: 2GB 4G LTE, unlimited nationwide talk, text, and 2G data Boost Mobile background Who owns it? Sprint Which network does it use? Sprint CDMA and LTE How long has it been around? Since 2000 in Australia and New ...
The guy who created Android is making an Android phone that looks like the LG G6
March 27th, 2017, 10:13 PM
Andy Rubin has a dream to take on the company he once worked for. We've known since January that Andy Rubin, whose company Danger was purchased by Google in 2005 to acquire the intellectual property that would later become Android, is coming out with a smartphone. According to a previous report, Rubin's new company, Essential, will make a high-end smartphone that would use artificial intelligence as its primary selling feature, along with its ability to speak with other smart home gadgets, presumably also using the same AI engine. Now, Rubin is showing off that long-rumored phone, and it appears to be running Android. The phone looks like the LG G6, and potentially the Galaxy S8, along with any forthcoming device with slim bezels and a rounded screen. It also clearly shows Android's cellular connectivity and clock icons in the top right. From the teaser it's difficult to ascertain any other specifics — we see what looks like an oversized power button to the right of the scre...
PS4 vs. PS4 Slim vs. PS4 Pro: Which should you buy?
March 27th, 2017, 10:13 PM
Which PlayStation 4 should I buy? Anyone looking to buy a PlayStation for family now have three options that look very similar. You've got the original PlayStation 4, the new slimmer PlayStation 4 with the exact same branding on the box as the original, and the new PlayStation 4 Pro. Do they all offer similar experiences? Is there a downside to buying the original over the slim? There are a lot of unanswered questions here. It's confusing by anyone's standards, so your best bet is to know what you need before you head into the store. What's the difference? Sony has a history of releasing a "slim" version of the PlayStation a couple of years after its initial release. In the past, those consoles have been labeled a little differently at launch to make it easier to tell the new version apart from the old one. These slimmer versions typically offer more a physical difference than a functionality difference, and this year is no different. The significant feature and performance dif...
Win a Galaxy S8 from Android Central! Enter now!
March 27th, 2017, 10:13 PM
The Samsung Galaxy S8 will be revealed soon, so now is the perfect time to give one away to an Android Central reader. Samsung ended its Mobile World Congress presentation with envelopes telling everyone to come to NYC on March 29th for the unveiling of the Galaxy S8. That date is just around the corner now so what better time to hold a contest and give Android Central readers a chance to win the new S8? Let's get to it! THE PRIZE: One Android Central reader will be taking home a brand new Samsung Galaxy S8, when it's released! THE GIVEAWAY: Head down to the widget at the bottom of this page. There are multiple ways to enter, each with varying point values. Complete all of the tasks for maximum entries and your best shot at winning! Keep in mind that all winning entries are verified and if the task was not completed or cannot be verified, a new winner will be chosen. The prize does not include service, and we cannot guarantee that the device will work on all carriers. Internationa...
Keep the party rolling all night with the UE ROLL 2 for just $55
March 27th, 2017, 10:13 PM
Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time saving you 45% on a UE Roll 2 speaker! Looking for a portable Bluetooth speaker that looks cool and sounds great? If so, you won't want to miss out on this deal at Amazon which scores you a UE ROLL 2 for $54.99, which is a savings of $45 from its regular price. The speaker is waterproof so you can use it out by the pool, on your boat, or anywhere else it may get wet, and it can maintain a connection from a distance of nearly 100 feet away. Per charge you'll get around 9 hours of playback time, so you can keep those late nights going with ease, and the aux audio input lets you connect older devices without using Bluetooth. Best Buy is also running a deal on the speaker and offers the discounts on a few more colors. This is one of our favorite Bluetooth speaker options, and odds are it won't last long at this price, so be sure to grab one right now! See at Amazon For other great deals on tech, gadgets and more, be sure to check out ...
You can now interact with Cortana from your phone's lock screen
March 27th, 2017, 10:13 PM
Microsoft continues to flesh out Cortana's functionality on Android phones. Still waiting for your phone to receive Google Assistant? Perhaps you've considered downloading Microsoft's own personal assistant, Cortana to your phone. With its latest update, Microsoft has added some interesting features including the ability to interact with Cortana without having to unlock your device. In a previous update, Microsoft added lock screen functionality that let you see your daily schedule via Cortana on your lock screen. This latest update now gives you the option to ask Cortana questions, add reminders, and more without needing to unlock your phone. Microsoft has improved other aspects of the app, adding dedicated buttons for creating reminders and lists as well as improving reminders in general as well as location-based triggers. Cortana is a compelling option for a mobile personal assistant, especially if you regularly use a Windows 10 PC. Its cross-platform functionality means you ca...
How to enable night mode on the Galaxy Tab S3
March 27th, 2017, 10:13 PM
Avoid messing up your circadian rhythm with the built-in blue-light filter. I love to read late at night, but doing so on a backlit tablet display isn't the best idea before settling in for some shut eye. Studies have shown that the blue-hued light emitted from screens are detrimental to keeping the circadian rhythm functioning as it should. Samsung equipped the Galaxy Tab S3 with a yellow-hued night mode so that when you're using the tablet before bed – reading digital magazines or e-books, for instance — you aren't surreptitiously telling your brain you're avoiding rest. You can set it up to automatically switch on after sundown, or toggle it on from the Quick Settings. How to enable night mode on the Galaxy Tab S3 From the Quick Settings, tap and hold the Blue light filter option. Tap to Turn on as scheduled. Tap to select Sunset to sunrise. Tap on Custom schedule if you'd rather customize your start and stop times. After setting up your schedule, you can a...
Samsung is planning to offer the Note 7 as a refurbished device
March 27th, 2017, 10:13 PM
Samsung unveils plans for recycling and reusing recalled Note 7 phones. As the world waits for the Samsung Galaxy S8 release, Samsung has announced its plans for recycling — and refurbishing — the millions of recalled Note 7 devices. Back in February, Samsung denied it had plans to sell refurbished Note 7s in India and Vietnam but it has since changed its tune, stating "applicability is dependent upon consultations with regulatory authorities and carriers as well as due consideration of local demand." Given that the batteries were to blame for the Note 7's spectacular fiery failures, the plan for refurbishing the device would likely require installing a smaller battery before offering them as refurbished or rental units in select markets. No word on release timelines or which markets will see the refurbished Note 7. Meanwhile, the remaining recalled devices will be sent to electronics recycling companies where they will be stripped of components such as semiconductors...
Google Play now gives away a paid app every week
March 27th, 2017, 10:13 PM
Android has millions of free titles, but some paid titles need to be shared. There are millions of free apps available on the Play Store, and many of them are pretty great. But there are also millions of paid apps that don't always get the attention they deserve. Now, Google wants to highlight a few of those paid titles by offering a free app or game of the week. The first one is Card Wars — Adventure Time, a lighthearted card trading and battle game that usually runs for $2.99, but this week is going gratis. Like Apple's version of the same, it appears Google will highlight a single title each week, and chances are it will be a paid game that also has in-app purchases. That benefits both Google and the developer, since it gets a chance to add millions of new users and ramp up revenue. This isn't the first time Google has given away paid apps for free. It started the practice in its then-nascent Family section back in 2015, but that particular enterprise seems to have faded...
What big carriers won't tell you about prepaid alternative carriers
March 27th, 2017, 10:13 PM
Being informed is great for us, but big carriers would rather keep you in the dark when shopping for phone service. There are plenty of reasons to use an MVNO instead of one of the four major network providers here in the U.S. We have talked about many of them and most center on the service to cost ratio and how an MVNO can usually be a better value for most people. We think that value is a big consideration — who doesn't love paying less without getting less? There are a few little things that carriers won't mention about MVNOs that can make using one even more attractive. Here are a few things you won't hear about when you see a commercial from the Big Four. These are the cheapest data plans you can buy in the U.S. They are MVNOs themselves All four carriers have at least one MVNO that is part of their corporate entity. They can incorporate them individually and appoint someone else as a company CEO, but when you follow the money back to the bank it's going to the same a...
Where to buy the Moto G5 Plus in the U.S.
March 27th, 2017, 10:13 PM
The Moto G5 Plus is coming to the U.S. Here's where to get it! The Moto G5 Plus is probably your best bet for an unlocked smartphone in the U.S. under $250. It's fast, has a great camera, decent software, and many other reasons you may want to pick one up. If you want to buy a Moto G5 Plus, you can do so beginning March 31 in the U.S. Which version should you buy? In the U.S., you can't buy the Moto G5 Plus from a carrier, so you're going to be getting it unlocked at one of the company's many retail partners, or directly from Motorola itself. The two configurations are identical but for RAM and storage amounts: The $229.99 version comes with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The $299.99 version comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. They are otherwise identical. Moto G5 Plus specs Buy the Moto G5 Plus from Motorola Motorola is the main place to buy the Moto G5 Plus in the U.S., since it comes directly from the manufacturer, unlocked and ready to go in two varieties —...
You can already buy Samsung Galaxy S8 cases
March 27th, 2017, 10:13 PM
If you know for sure you're getting the Samsung Galaxy S8, you can already buy some cases. Samsung is set to officially unveil the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus on March 29, and is expected to start shipping out to stores and pre-orderers by late April — but that doesn't mean you need to wait to start shopping for cases. Case manufacturers are often some of the first to receive concrete specs and design details for new phones so that they can have their own accessories and products ready to be sold on day one. Search Amazon for "Samsung Galaxy S8 Cases" and you'll find a whole bunch of options populating your search results, so you can start buying cases for your phone right now… But should you? We've vetted a few case options that are up on Amazon right now if you're that eager, but we're still waiting a lot of major manufacturers to jump into the game yet. Moko Heavy Duty Case with Holster Belt Clip and Kickstand SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Case VRS Cases pre-order Spigen cases l...
How to clean your PlayStation VR
March 27th, 2017, 10:13 PM
Keeping your PlayStation VR clean is easier than you might think. Taking care of your PlayStation VR means making sure that it stays nice and clean. After all, nobody wants to accidentally overheat their system because of dust, or wear a headset that is covered in someone else's dirt. Thankfully, keeping your system clean is quite easy and we've got all the details for you here. Read More at VR Heads! ...
New leak reveals alleged spec sheet of Xiaomi's Mi 6 and Mi 6 Plus
March 27th, 2017, 10:13 PM
Latest rumor suggests the Mi 6 and Mi 6 Plus will be powered by the Snapdragon 835. Xiaomi is rumored to unveil its 2017 flagships — the Mi 6 and Mi 6 Plus — on April 11, and a recent leak gives us a look at the alleged spec sheet of both devices. According to the leak, both the Mi 6 and Mi 6 Plus will be powered by the Snapdragon 835, contradicting earlier rumors that Xiaomi will initially launch a variant with the Snapdragon 821. The Mi 6 is rumored with a 5.15-inch Full HD display, along with 4GB or 6GB of RAM, 32GB/64GB/128GB storage options, a 19MP Sony IMX400 camera sensor with 1/2.3-inch lens, 8MP front shooter, and a 3200mAh battery. Meanwhile, the larger Mi 6 Plus is set to feature a 5.7-inch Full HD panel, 6GB of RAM, 64GB/128GB storage options, 12MP Sony IMX362 camera sensor, 8MP front camera, and a 4500mAh battery. The specs suggest the Mi 6 will be an iterative update to the Mi 5s. With Xiaomi facing increased pressure in China and India from the likes...
HTC Vive: The Ultimate Guide
March 27th, 2017, 10:13 PM
If you're new to the HTC Vive or a VR veteran, this is your ultimate guide! Earlier this year HTC debuted it's first virtual reality headset, the HTC Vive. With the intention of providing high quality experiences to the masses, the headset has emerged as a consumer favorite as of late. Whether you're just starting out with the platform or been rocking a headset since launch, we've complied the best tips and tricks to take your experience that extra bit forward. From buyer's guides, tutorials and troubleshooting, we're sure to cover your needs! Read more at VR Heads! ...
Ace the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam with this certification prep course, now just $49.99
March 27th, 2017, 10:13 PM
Whether you are looking to start a new career or just advance the one you are in currently, you'll need some certifications under your belt to make you stand out above the others. Unfortunately, getting certifications can be a time consuming and expensive process. You need time to study, money to pay for the courses, and then you just have to hope that you can keep up with that and your regular job. Well, it doesn't have to be that way. Master Project Management for less! Learn More How does lifetime access to more than 76 courses that contain just shy of 40 hours of training sound? Well, with this awesome certification training package you can work towards becoming certified in one of the industry's most respected certification organizations. You'll be able to access the material 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you can do things on your schedule, and this will also help you meet that 35 contact-hour requirement for the exam and certification. For just $50 you'll have access...
Moto G5 Plus review: The new standard for budget phones
March 27th, 2017, 10:13 PM
The quick take The Moto G5 Plus is an awesome little phone, and that it's available for just over $200 is one of its greatest assets. Things could have gone either way for the Motorola brand under Lenovo, but it seems that the Moto G line has maintained what made it great in the first place: excellent hardware coupled with simple, unencumbered software, and a price tag that screams value. The Good Solid build quality Snapdragon 625 gives effortless performance All-day battery life Restrained software touches Competitive price The Bad Not all metal despite marketing Camera isn't as good as advertised One Button Nav is a gimmick Lacks NFC for mobile payments Moto G5 Plus Specs Category Moto G5 Plus Operating System Android 7.0 Nougat Display 5.2-inch LCD 1920x1080 (424 ppi)Gorilla Glass 3 Processor Snapdragon 625 2GHz octa-coreAdreno 506 GPU Storage 32/64GB Expandable microSD card up to 128GB | microSD card up to 128GB RAM 2GB / 4GB Rear Camera 1...
High-end smartphones account for just 29% of Samsung's sales in Q1 2017
March 27th, 2017, 10:13 PM
Samsung is relying on the mid-range segment to drive growth. Samsung posted a record $7.8 billion operating profit in Q4 2016, but it looks like the company isn't making as much money from high-end devices as it previously used to. In a report published today, The Investor shared findings from South Korean investment fund Hana Financial Investment, which stated that the revenue from high-end smartphones accounted for just 29% of Samsung's global sales in Q1 2017. That's down from the 40% the company enjoyed in 2015 on the back of the Galaxy S4. Market research firm Strategy Analytics noted that the average selling price of Samsung phones in 2016 was $232 globally, down from $289 in 2015. It's no secret that the smartphone segment is plateauing in developed markets, and as a result Samsung is increasingly looking to India and China to drive growth. Samsung noted "improved profitability" in the entry-level and mid-range segment in Q4 2016, and the company is looking to boost the c...
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 vs. ASUS Chromebook Flip: Which one is better for productivity?
March 27th, 2017, 10:13 PM
Tthe Galaxy Tab S3 and the ASUS Chromebook Flip are exceptional as productivity machines. But one is better for productivity. I've always been particularly dubious about whether a tablet could fulfill all my productivity needs. And that's why I purchased an ASUS Chromebook Flip: to write copy and edit photos, and then upload all that to the internet. I need to be able to do this quickly and efficiently, which is possible on Chrome OS. I'd hoped the Galaxy Tab S3 could have shattered those preconceived notions I had about tablets since it comes bundled with a ubiquitous pressure sensitive stylus, the S Pen. But after a week with it as my secondary productivity machine, I went crawling back to my Chromebook. There are still some elements of the Android tablet interface that make it clunky to use for work, and even though Samsung's S Pen makes the Tab S3 such a pleasant experience, it's not enough that I could trust it out on the road as my only productivity device. Scrawling is nice...
How to set up Google Photos
March 27th, 2017, 10:13 PM
Never lose a photo again, once you've set up Google Photos. Having access to all of your photos at a swipe is kind of like living the dream, at least for many photographers it is. If you're snap-happy, then you owe it to yourself to make sure that you never lose another photo again with Google Photos. This service will back up, store, and organize your photos so that as soon as you capture that moment it's protected from accidental deletion when your phone runs out of storage space. Getting everything set up is a quick process, provided you already have a Google account, and in many cases comes preloaded on your phone. Why use Google Photos? Set up Google Photos Select which folders to back up to Google Photos Select image quality Why use Google Photos? While we may think of our phones as a repository for our entire lives, they have finite storage space. When you broach that limit, having your photos backed up means that you can delete them off of your phone without losing the...