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Verizon picks up its first Alcatel phone, the Avalon V

Verizon on Thursday announced it is now offering its first Alcatel smartphone, the Avalon V. This marks the first collaboration between the two, but figures to be the start of a new relationship.

The budget-friendly phone costs just $ 100 outright and features a 5.34-inch display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It runs Android 8.1 Oreo and gets power from a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor with 16GB internal storage.

The back of the Alcatel Avalon V houses a 5-megapixel camera  [Read More…]

Want a flagship phone for less? Check out these refurbished picks!

As much as we love playing with and testing the latest and greatest phones here at AC, there is something we can universally agree on that we aren’t fans of — paying full price for flagship devices. If you’re in the market for a quality Android phone but don’t want to spend a thousand dollars, refurbished models offer a great experience at a fraction of what you’d typically spend. Here are our favorite options!

Best camera ever Google Pixel 3  [Read More…]

Want a flagship phone for less? Check out these refurbished picks!

As much as we love playing with and testing the latest and greatest phones here at AC, there is something we can universally agree on that we aren’t fans of — paying full price for flagship devices. If you’re in the market for a quality Android phone but don’t want to spend a thousand dollars, refurbished models offer a great experience at a fraction of what you’d typically spend. Here are our favorite options!

Best camera ever Google Pixel 3  [Read More…]

Google Assistant picks up new Indic languages; Maps integration goes global

You can now talk to Google Assistant in eight Indic languages, and switch between languages on the fly.

Google announced Hindi support for Google Assistant at the start of last year, and since then the search giant has been steadily adding more Indic languages to the mix. Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, and Telugu were added over the course of 2018, and at Mobile World Congress Google is adding support for four additional Indic languages: Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, and  [Read More…]

The best picks from Spigen for your S10, S10+ & S10e

The future is here. Samsung revealed the Galaxy S10, S10 Plus and S10e models today and Spigen is ready to protect these expensive machines with premium cases. This year, their lineup includes two new additions and all are now ready to order on Amazon. (S10, S10 Plus, S10e – links below)

Galaxy S10 Galaxy S10+ Galaxy S10e

Here’s a look of their two latest, Silicone Fit and their best-seller but with a brand new design, Neo Hybrid.

New  [Read More…]

Polk Audio’s Alexa-enabled soundbar picks up multi-room support

Polk Audio Command Bar is the first third-party speaker to support Amazon’s multi-room music protocol.

Polk Audio’s $ 249 Command Bar is one of the best options if you’re looking for a soundbar with Alexa integration, and the speaker is now picking up support for Amazon’s multi-room music (MRM) protocol. Essentially, you’ll now be able to group the Command Bar with the rest of your Echo devices and Alexa-enabled devices for seamless multi-room audio.

So if you’re  [Read More…]

Microsoft To-Do picks up ‘Planned’ smart list on Android

Keep a handle on your upcoming tasks with To-Do’s latest smart list.

Microsoft To-Do has been gradually rolling out its new “Planned” smart list feature across platforms, and Android is the latest on deck. The feature offers a quick overview of your tasks for the upcoming week, and it’s rolling out now with the latest update to To-Do for Android (via OnMSFT).

The “Planned” list sits alongside your “My Day” and “Important” tabs within the To-Do menu.  [Read More…]

Spend less on earbuds with these sub-$20 picks!

A headset — earphones or earbuds (or even a single earbud) with a microphone and controls — is a different beast than a set of earbuds or headphones without a mic. For starters, not every set works with every brand of phone once you add the third wire. You need to make sure what you’re buying is made specifically for one brand (Blackberry and Apple come to mind) and will work with Android when you need to answer calls and  [Read More…]

Microsoft Launcher picks up custom icon gestures, Android O support, and more

Now you can perform custom actions with nothing more than a swipe of an icon.

Following a couple of weeks in the oven with beta testers, Microsoft is shipping out another new set of features for Microsoft Launcher on Android. Included in the latest update are custom gesture controls for app icons, full Android O support, updates to the relatively new family card, and more.

The most notable of these additions is the new gesture controls for  [Read More…]

Microsoft Launcher beta picks up new family feature, Edge improvements

Microsoft Launcher continues its focus on family features with the latest beta update.

Microsoft Launcher is shipping out another new set of features for beta testers to check out on Android. And like other recent updates to the launcher, this one focuses on a new family feature and some smaller tweaks here and there.

One of the biggest pieces of this update is the ability for parents to now choose which kids to show or hide on  [Read More…]