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Five Android OEMs you’ve never heard of before

Everyone knows the big players in tech, but we tend to forget the world is a lot larger than that. There’s a plethora of little-known, upstart mobile-manufacturers out there selling phones that are giving the major players a run for their money.

So for those wondering whether there’s life beyond Apple and Samsung, here’s a refreshing break from the norm. In this article, we’re going to highlight a series of Android OEMs that are making great phones but remain virtually  [Read More…]

‘Twas the night before Google I/O, 2018 edition

Once upon a time, before I came to Android Central, I was an aspiring technology writer who whipped up the original ‘Twas the night before I/O in anticipation of the year’s biggest Google event. Google I/O is once again upon us! Time for a new chapter.

‘Twas the night before I/O, and all through the net, Every Android fan was stirring and placing their bets. The predictions were placed, blogs written with care, For soon truth and  [Read More…]

Motorola’s new Beta Experiences program will let you test new Moto features before they’re public

Motorola is taking app development more seriously.

When you think of Motorola’s phones, you think more about the hardware than the software — not because the latter is bad, but because it’s pretty sparse, yielding to Google’s idea of what Android should be. But there are a few differentiating features, like Moto Voice and Display, that are tucked neatly into the Moto app pre-installed on every phone.

In Sao Paolo, Brazil this week, during the launch of  [Read More…]

Google Play Instant allows you to play games before downloading them

Available first for Words With Friends 2, Clash Royale, and others.

The Google Play Store is home to millions of mobile games, and while a lot of them are truly excellent, there are also quite a few that aren’t even worth the time of day. To help you better decide which games are downloading and which aren’t, Google is launching Play Instant on the Play Store.

Using the Android Instant Apps technology that was announced back at  [Read More…]

MoviePass tracks your location before and after you go to the movies

Is your data worth a good deal on movies?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, chances are you’ve heard of MoviePass by now. Being able to pay just $ 9.95/month to watch as many as one movie per day in theaters is an enticing proposition, but to not much surprise, some people are apprehensive of its too good to be true offer.

During the recent Entertainment Finance Forum, MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe might have given some  [Read More…]

Huawei Watch 3 is coming, but it’ll be a while before we get it

“It will come later.”

The Huawei Watch series has been a mixed bag so far. The original Huawei Watch from 2015 is still considered to be one of the best Android Wear watches ever made, but the Huawei Watch 2 was met with a very lukewarm reception. There hasn’t been much talk from Huawei in regards to its wearable business as of late, but during MWC 2018, the company’s CEO finally broke the silence.

In an interview  [Read More…]

More people are buying used/refurbished phones than ever before

Why? Because $ 1000 smartphones are ridiculous.

2017 saw a lot of excellent phones get released, but it also signified a pretty steep shift in the cost of the devices we know and love. Apple’s iPhone X debuted with its infamous starting price of $ 999, the Galaxy Note 8 and Google Pixel 2 XL can both set you back $ 950, and the newly announced Galaxy S9+ will put a dent of $ 840 in your pocket.

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Amazon’s samples let you try before you buy and give you credit back

Free shipping is nice, but free food is better!

Did you know Amazon Prime members get access to entire pages of samples and sample boxes that Amazon will actually reward you for trying? Whether you want some Optimum Nutrition protein bars for $ 7.99 or an $ 11.99 variety of treats for your pupper because he’s such a good boy, Amazon’s collection of sample boxes is growing every day. The fun thing about these boxes is after you’ve paid  [Read More…]

Android 8.1 now shows how fast public Wi-Fi networks are before you connect

The latest feature in Android 8.1 Oreo introduces speed labels for public Wi-Fi networks.

Google has enabled a new feature in Android 8.1 Oreo that lets you see how fast a public Wi-Fi network is before you connect to it. Previously, all you could see was the signal strength indicator, so you had to manually connect to a network to gauge its speed. With the speed labels now in place, you can now get that information without having to  [Read More…]

6 Awesome Tech Gifts Amazon Can Still Deliver Before Christmas

Time is running out! Good thing Amazon delivers quickly.

We’ve all been there. You waited a little too long and now you don’t have a gift for someone, right? Don’t panic, don’t stress, there is still a way out of this. Amazon carries some of the best gifts out there and offers some pretty quick shipping methods. If you’re still shopping for people on your list, and need some fresh ideas, here are six great tech gifts  [Read More…]