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Spotify discovered to have filed for IPO shortly after $1.6 billion lawsuit

Big things are happening with Spotify.

Among all the music streaming services that are on the market right now, there’s no denying that Spotify is one of the biggest. Fortune estimated that the company was worth anywhere from $ 16 to $ 20 billion in September, and it looks like that number could grow substantially larger seeing as how Spotify has apparently filed for an IPO.

Axios has spoken with sources that confirm Spotify filed for the  [Read More…]

Pixel 2 XL fingerprint sensor slower after 8.1 update

Google is aware of the issue and actively looking into it.

Android 8.1 started rolling out to Pixel and Nexus devices at the beginning of December, and while I’ve been enjoying the update without any issues, this hasn’t been the case for everyone.

Shortly after 8.1 started getting pushed out, some owners of the Pixel 2 XL took to Google’s official support forum to complain about a slowdown with the phone’s fingerprint sensor performance on 8.1 compared to 8.0.

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Pandora Plus and free members can stream on-demand after watching an ad

Watch a 15-second ad, get on-demand music streaming.

Back in March, Pandora launched Pandora Premium as a way to compete more directly with the likes of Spotify and Google Play Music. One of the biggest draws to Premium is the ability to stream on-demand music alongside Pandora’s radio stations, but the streaming service is now expanding this feature to both Plus and free members as well.

For Plus and free users of Pandora, on-demand music streaming will  [Read More…]

BLU Life One X3 now available after One X2 screw up

The BLU Life One X3 has a metal body, fingerprint sensor, and 5,000 mAh battery for just $ 149.

There’s a ton of great value to be found in the smartphone space these days, and one company that continually releases respectable hardware for not much cash is BLU. The Life One X3 is BLU’s latest unlocked Android handset to hit the market, and it really does look like a pretty good value.

The BLU Life One X3  [Read More…]

Readjust your VR space after decorating for the holidays

Decorating for the holiday means you may need to reorganize your VR space.

December is here bringing holiday cheer, parties, and of course, decorations. Whether you’ve strung up Christmas lights insider your apartment, or you’re setting up a full tree in the corner, decorations can wreak havoc on your VR space. This is why after you finish decorating you’ll want to look at where you play in VR, and consider readjusting some things. From keeping an eye  [Read More…]

Verizon’s Wear24 Android Wear smartwatch is dead after just 4 months

Just 4 months after its initial release, Verizon has already killed its Wear24 smartwatch.

No matter how big of a Google fan you are, we can all admit that Android Wear isn’t in the prettiest of places at the moment. Mainstream releases like the LG Watch Sport and Huawei Watch 2 never truly cultivated much of a following at all, and aside from these two entries, the rest of the space has been essentially dominated by fashion brands.

Verizon’s  [Read More…]

U.S. carriers offer free calls, texts and data after Hurricane Maria and Mexico City earthquake

Carriers are offering free calls, texts and data following Hurricane Maria and the latest Mexican earthquake.

As Hurricane Maria continues to make its way along the East Coast of the United States (after already destroying numerous Carribean islands), AT&T and T-Mobile have announced they will be waiving fees for calls and text messages sent to affected areas, as well as offering unlimited calls, texts and data to customers inside the affected regions. We have not heard if Verizon or  [Read More…]

Google Drive returns after outage [Update]

It’s not just you: Google Drive is down for everyone.

Update, 12:30pm ET: Google Drive appears to be up again. Continue uploading those “documents“.

We rely on a lot of Google services here at Android Central, and Google Drive is among them. So when we found out it’s down this morning (Thursday, September 7 around 11:00am ET), we decided to pack up for the day and head to the beach.

According to Google’s G Suites Status  [Read More…]

Samsung is creating a smart speaker after all

Back in July, it was reported that Samsung was manufacturing a Bixby-enabled smart speaker, following hot on the heels of Apple announcing a smart speaker and Google and Amazon contributing to the market, too. It didn’t take long before another report said that Samsung might not be making a smart speaker after all. But the rollercoaster isn’t quite finished.

Today, following the unveiling of the Galaxy Note 8, the President of Samsung’s Mobile Division, DJ Koh, confirmed to CNBC that Samsung is indeed making a  [Read More…]

Facebook is going after YouTube with its new ‘Watch’ video streaming service

There will soon be one more streaming option for consumers.

Facebook is already on a lot of folks’ daily internet stops to get their fill of memes and cat photos for the day. Soon, there will be one more reason to stop in. The company announced its Watch platform, and is hopeful that a staple of original programming will entice viewers.

The programming will be available to view on mobile devices, desktop and laptops and smart TVs — though  [Read More…]