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May 29 2017

13:07

Samsung Galaxy S8 selling twice as fast as predecessors in South Korea

The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus sales have hit the one million mark in South Korea. Samsung has announced that the two smartphones achieved the new milestone exactly 37 days after they have been released in the country.

The tech giant also mentioned that its flagships are selling twice as fast when compared with the previous two Galaxy S generations. Samsung managed to sell one million Galaxy S7 units in South Korea 74 days since its launch, while Galaxy S6 sales reached the same number in 75 days.

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3 days ago

The demand for Samsung’s flagship smartphones is extremely high, not only in South Korea but in other countries around the world as well. A few weeks ago, the company said that it sold 5 million Galaxy S8 units to end users and shipped a total of 10 million to retailers and carriers. This means that Samsung sold more than 200,000 units per day on average.

The sales numbers of the Galaxy S8 series will continue to grow in the future. The two smartphones have recently made their way to China and are, according to Samsung, currently available in around 120 countries around the world.

Did you expect that the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will be this popular among consumers? Let us know by posting a comment down below.

11:35

Samsung releases SoundAssistant app for improved audio experience on Galaxy phones

Samsung has launched a new app to allow Samsung Galaxy owners to customize a wealth of audio settings on their devices.

Known as SoundAssistant, the app offers “150 steps” of volume adjustment, a floating EQ, mono and stereo balancing, as well as the chance to set individual volumes for different apps.

What’s more, SoundAssistant can alter the hardware volume keys so that they default to media volume control rather than call volume. Typically, these keys will automatically switch to control whatever sound is playing at the time, but this can be a little finicky and doesn’t always adjust the desired setting. As a person who usually has their phone on silent, though, having it default to media volume would be far more useful than call volume.

See also:

Samsung Galaxy S8 International Giveaway!

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If you own a Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus, SoundAssistant can even allow you to set different outputs for different apps, like using a Bluetooth speaker for Spotify and the phone’s speaker for Clash of Clans.

On paper, the app looks like it could be a useful tool and I expect that many Android users would appreciate the features it offers: here’s hoping Samsung opens it up to non-Galaxy devices sometime (and non-Android 7.0 Nougat devices, as that’s another current restriction).

You can download SoundAssistant via the link below and let us know in the comments what your favorite Android audio customization tool is.

10:57

Samsung Galaxy C10 video and renders show off dual-camera setup, Bixby button, and more

Samsung is gearing up to announce its first smartphone with a dual-camera setup, which will be called the Galaxy C10. Thanks to the renders and 360-degree video that were posted online by Pricebaba (in collaboration with OnLeaks), we can now see what the upcoming smartphone looks like.

The Galaxy C10 has two cameras on the back, sports a metal body, and a fingerprint scanner that’s embedded in the home button. You’ll find the 3.5 mm headphone jack at the bottom of the device along with the USB Type-C port and a speaker.

The volume rocker and power button can be found on the left side, while another button can be seen on the right side of the smartphone. This might mean that the Galaxy C10 will have Samsung’s Bixby digital assistant on board, which made its debut on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. You can check out the 360-degree video as well as a bunch of renders below.

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Pricebaba claims that the device sports a 5.5-inch display and also shared its dimensions: 152.5 x 74.8 x 7.68 mm. Other specs haven’t been mentioned, but according to various rumors that are going around regarding the device, it is powered by the Snapdragon 660 chipset and has 6 GB or RAM. We can also expect to see Android Nougat on board with Samsung’s custom UI on top.

What do you think about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy C10? Share your opinion with us down below.

10:18

Report: LG and Qualcomm already working on Snapdragon 845 for LG G7

Qualcomm has reportedly begun working with LG on the next generation Snapdragon 845 smartphone chip. The news arrives via The Investor (sourcing English-language Korean News site Aju Business Daily, without providing a direct link) who claims that the chipset would be housed in the LG G7.

Work on the new chip is believed to have started earlier this month and it’s said to be based on 7-nanometer technology, providing an anticipated 30 percent more power than the Snapdragon 835 — Qualcomm’s most recent high-end processor.

It’s more or less the same story, via the same sources, reported recently with regards to the potential Samsung Galaxy S9. That smartphone, tipped to appear in 2018, would also house the Snapdragon 845 chip.

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While these are only rumors, it seems likely that Qualcomm would be working on its next-gen chip already, and that LG and Samsung would be targeting it for use in their 2018 flagship phones. LG had to opt for a less current chip in its LG G6, the Snapdragon 821, rather than the 835 that the Galaxy S8 houses, and it will likely be keen not to give Samsung a power advantage next year. VR/AR processing developments could also mean the difference is more dramatic than between the Snapdragon 821 and 835, so it may be more important that both OEMs make use of it if they target specific VR/AR functionality.

In related news, a recently discovered LG patent may have given us a hint at what the LG G7 could look like — check that out at the link.

09:46

Google Play Music now offers 4-month free trial for new users

Normally, new users who sign up for the Google Play Music service can try it out for free during the first three months. In order to get more users on board, Google is now offering a four-month free trial to those who sign up for the service. After that, you’ll have to pay $9.99 per month to keep using it.

Google Play Music gives you access to a library of over 35 million songs. You can listen to them online or download them to your device. The music service works on Android device as well as on PCs.

See also:

Apple Music vs Spotify vs Google Play Music

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You can upload up to 50,000 of your own songs and listen to music that suits your mood or activities (relaxing, working out…). The service also lets you create custom playlists and gives you recommendations based on your music taste, so it’s easy to discover new tracks and artists.

If you’re interested in trying out Google Play Music for free for a period of four months, you can sign up via the button below.

Do make sure you cancel your subscription on time if you don’t want to use it after the free trial expires. If you don’t, Google will automatically charge your credit card for $9.99 every month.

09:04

Deal: Google Play Store offers $0.99 movie rental until July 7

Google is encouraging Android users to rent movies from the Google Play Store with a new promotion. Until July 7, you can rent a single movie on your smartphone or tablet for just $0.99.

The deal applies to around 100 or so Play Store movies, including latest releases such as John Wick: Chapter 2, The Lego Batman Movie and Logan, cutting the rental price down from the regular $4.99 fee for new releases.

To make use of the deal, you will need to click on the Play Store ad for the movie rental offer, otherwise it won’t be applied. Also note that some people are seeing the deal for $1.49 rather than $0.99, and for other,s it isn’t appearing at all. It seems to be dependent on a few factors — just make sure you see the applied discount at the checkout page and not the full rental price if you try to do this.

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Google Jamboard app now available from the Google Play Store

3 days ago

Google likely wants this deal to attract those who’ve previously never used the Play Store’a rental service to see the benefits of it. And it’s a good strategy, allowing first-timers to take rentals for a low-cost test drive. I’m guessing it’s those users who have been targeted with the $0.99 offer.

If you want to check it out, visit the Play Store page at the link.

08:39

An introduction to Kotlin for Android development

At the latest Google I/O conference, Google announced that Android development would now fully support Kotlin. This is big news as it opens up an entirely new avenue for those that want to start creating their own Android applications. And seeing as Kotlin is highly popular and has a lot of unique features, it creates new opportunities for existing developers too.

Kotlin is a statically typed programming language from JetBrains. It is fully ‘inter-operable’ with Java (meaning you can use Java frameworks and even mix commands from both in your code) and comes with no limitations. Android developers have actually been using Kotlin for some time already via a plugin and some popular apps on the Play Store (like Basecamp) were reportedly built solely using Kotlin. Now though, as of the forthcoming Android Studio 3.0, it will be bundled-in and supported out-of-the-box.

Kotlin allows us to remove significant amounts of boilerplate

So why would you choose to use Kotlin rather than Java? Well the main reason is that it can make your life a little easier in a number of instances. Kotlin eliminates null references for example and it doesn’t have checked exceptions – both of which can save devs some headaches. As you’ll see, various features of Kotlin also allow us to remove significant amounts of boilerplate code too, resulting in leaner, more readable programs. Generally, this is a more modern language and if you’re not already deeply entrenched in Java or keen to stick with the ‘most official’ method, then it might be worth considering. For those just getting started, Kotlin might represent a more forgiving learning curve.

So, for those interested in adopting Kotlin into their workflow, how might one go about getting stuck in?

Getting set up

The good news is that seeing as Kotlin is packaged in with Android 3.0 onwards, there will be no need to download anything new and only very minimal set-up involved. The bad news is that Android Studio 3.0 is still in beta, so to get that you’re going to have to download it separately from here. Extract all the files and then run bin > studio64.exe and you’re in. Welcome to the future!

Note that Android 3.0 is still in beta and as such, you should expect to run into occasional glitches. Never fear if you’d rather stick with regular old 2.3.2 though; you can still download the plugin by navigating to File > Settings > Plugins > Install JetBrains Plugin, searching for Kotlin and hitting ‘install’.

If you have Android Studio 3.0, then when you create a new project you’ll be given the option to include Kotlin support. If you tick this box, then you won’t need to configure your project later on.

Once you’ve set up a new project, open up MainActivity.java and then invoke the action: Convert Java File to Kotlin File. To do this, go to Help > Find Action and then start typing ‘Convert Java File…’. You’ll know it when you see it.

Now your code will change slightly from Java to Kotlin. It has the word ‘fun’ in it… I like it already! The extension for Kotlin files is ‘.kt’.

If you’re not using Android 3.0, you may now see a notice telling you that Kotlin is not yet configured. So as you might have already guessed, you need to configure it! Just go to Tools > Kotlin > Configure Kotlin (or click the prompt). You’ll be asked to choose a version and it’s generally advisable to pick the latest available.

If this goes according to plan, then your module-wide Gradle file should be updated to reflect the changes. If you want to check, then look for the line: apply plugin: ‘kotlin-android’ and a dependency for kotlin-stdlib. If that’s all in place, then you can sync your project and everything should be ready to go. You can now start coding in Kotlin just as you normally would in Java.

Either way, you’re now ready to start developing with Kotlin!

Note that it is usually a good idea to create a new directory for your Kotlin files, or to replace your java folder entirely if you’re using purely Kotlin from here on in. You can create new Kotlin files by right clicking the target directory and then selecting New > Kotlin Activity.

Hello Kotlin: some basic syntax and differences

Okay, let’s take a look at the code we already have. First, you might notice that you declare classes using class just as you would in Java. The difference is that there’s no public keyword, which is because all classes in Kotlin are public and final. You might also notice that we aren’t using extend either. Instead, we use a colon which does the same thing.

What about that fun command? This is actually short for ‘function’ (not so fun), so instead of writing public void you’ll now write fun. This then lends our class a public function that we can call from other classes. Arguments are specified in brackets following the function name. To do this, you’ll need to know how to define variables, which is a little different. To create a string, you might write:

var text: String = “Hello”

Although actually, Kotlin is usually smart enough to identify a variable’s type on its own just like Python, so you can generally just write:

var text = “Hello”

To create a string, or:

var num = 3

To create an integer. This is how you would create a mutable (changeable) variable. val is used to create constants. So when creating functions with arguments,  that’s what you’ll see in the brackets. And these variables can have default values, which is also handy. So you might see something like this:

fun SayHello(var userName : String = “User”) {
                textView.setText(“Hello, $userName!”)
}

There’s one more big difference you may have spotted by now too… no semicolons! You’re free to include them if you want to but there is no longer an obligation and you won’t get penalized if you miss one. If you’re someone who still always forgets one somewhere, then this might come as good news!

You’ll notice lots of other little differences to the syntax as you go and of course it’s beyond the scope of this post to list all of them here. However, the structure is still fairly similar, so on the whole you should be able to deduce what everything does from the context and perhaps with a little trial and error. You’ll find a great introduction here.

The true power of Kotlin: helping you type less

A lot of the time, code will look a fair bit simpler and shorter in Kotlin as compared with Java. Consider the following example of adding an onClickListener to a FAB. Here is how you would do it in Java:

FloatingActionButton fab = (FloatingActionButton) findViewById(R.id.fab);
 fab.setOnClickListener(new View.OnClickListener() {
     @Override
     public void onClick(View view) {
     ...
     }
 });

And this is the same thing in Kotlin:

val fab = findViewById(R.id.fab) as FloatingActionButton
 fab.setOnClickListener {
 ...
 }

It’s just a lot simpler and more straightforward and it makes for more readable code as you go. Like I said: less boilerplate. And actually, it goes a lot deeper than this. Kotlin developers can do away with ever having to write that findViewByID again! To do this, you need to apply a plugin.

You do this in the module-level build.gradle file by adding the line:

apply plugin: ‘kotlin-android-extensions’

Click ‘sync’ and you’ll then be able to import references to your views right at the top of your code, like so:

import kotlinx.android.synthetic.main.<layout>.<view-id>

By doing this, you’ll then be able to access the view directly with no need to use its ID. This makes life much simpler and can save you writing a lot of arbitrary code.

Throw in lambda expressions and your code starts to get very concise indeed. Lambda expressions are anonymous functions that let you further reduce the amount you need to write by putting everything onto a single line. The statement is surrounded by curly brackets, containing parameters followed by an arrow symbol and then the body. For example,an onClickListener can look like this:

button.setOnClickListener({ view -> toast("Clicked!") })

And if the function requires another function as the last parameter, you can pass it outside the parentheses:

button.setOnClickListener() { toast("Clicked!") }

Combining these techniques you can save yourself a whole lot of busywork and you’ll find many more useful time-saving strategies going forward.

Going forward

And there you have it: that’s Kotlin in a nutshell. Is it right for you? Ultimately, this comes down to personal preference and your sensibilities when it comes to coding. Personally, I’m a fan of the streamlined nature of Kotlin and the way it removes a lot of unnecessary lines of code. Hopefully, this post has given you enough of a primer that you can make your own mind up and continue your education if you decide it’s of interest. If you want to have a little play around, then you can try Kotlin in your browser here.

Whatever you decide, having more options is only ever a good thing!

07:56

Pre-register for Asphalt Street Storm Racing to unlock some sweet rewards

If you love playing racing games on your Android device, we have some good news. Gameloft will soon release the Asphalt Street Storm Racing game, which revolves around drag racing.

You’re going to take on other racers in different cities across the globe, challenging them for their pink slips. There are single races available as well as multiplayer mode, where you take on three other players in real-time PvP clashes.

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You can collect and race different vehicles ranging from old-school muscle cars to high-powered sports cars. To improve your chances of winning, you can pimp them out with a bunch of different customization options including turbo, supercharger, nitro system, and nitro canister, just to name a few. Check out the game’s trailer below.

There’s no word on exactly when Asphalt Street Storm Racing will be released, but you can already pre-register on the official website. If you do, you’ll get some in-game rewards when the game goes live. You can earn 10 points for registering and another five for sharing the game on Facebook. This is a team effort and once the total number of points exceeds a certain target, rewards are unlocked. Check out the reward details below:

  • 200,000 points: Race Decal
  • 400,000 points: 25 Boosts
  • 600,000 points: $25,000 in-game currency
  • 800,000 points: 250 Diamonds

If you’re looking for a new racing game to play, Asphalt Street Storm Racing just might be up your alley. Pre-register via the button below to get notified as soon as it is released.

May 28 2017

22:56

10 best food delivery apps for Android

food delivery apps
Food delivery is starting to become a really big deal. Companies are popping up all over the world. Their goal is to deliver food from restaurants to your doorstep. However, there seems to be a large gap between the companies that do it well and the ones that don’t. In this roundup, we’ll try to show you the ones you should try first. This industry is relatively new. A lot of these companies are still struggling with things like software, infrastructure, and finding decent drivers. These problems will probably go away over time. However, they’re there for now. Here are the best food delivery apps for Android.


Caviar

Price: Free / Varies
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Caviar is a food delivery service from Square. For those who don't know, Square is the company that makes credit card readers that attach to your smartphone. The service offers most of the usual features. You can find restaurants in your area, order food, and have it delivered. There are additional features depending on the city you're in. It's only available in a few dozen cities in the US. We recommend checking out the Play Store listing for the full location list. It's not perfect, but it works most of the time.
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Caviar

DoorDash

Price: Free / Varies
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DoorDash is one of the more mature food delivery apps. It supports over 300 cities in 32 markets. That's a lot more than many that operate in the United States and Canada. The service also boasts a Yum score on restaurants. It not only factors in the quality of food, but also how well the restaurants work with DoorDash to get your food out in a timely fashion. They have partnered with a lot of popular restaurants as well. It's not perfect, but it's further along the growth path than most food delivery apps.
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DoorDash

Deliveroo

Price: Free / Varies
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Deliveroo is among the best food delivery apps for Europe. It supports a variety of countries there, including the UK, France, Germany, Ireland, and several others. Like most, it'll let you order food and then deliver it to you. It boasts a delivery time average of 32 minutes. That's not half bad. The app also looks well designed. It covers a large area, but it doesn't deliver to every single part of every single country it supports. It's not necessarily a bad thing, but something to keep in mind.
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Deliveroo

Eat24

Price: Free / Varies
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Eat24 is one of the more popular food delivery apps. It also has one of the biggest footprints of any food delivery service. It boasts over 1500 cities and 30,000 restaurants. The app also features Yelp integration. Yelp owns Eat24 so that makes sense. Additionally, you'll get Android Wear support, PayPal and Android Pay support, and more. The app doesn't look half bad either. The service has its ups and downs. However, it seems to be a generally positive experience for most.
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Eat24

Foodpanda

Price: Free / Varies
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Foodpanda is another popular food delivery app. It supports 450 cities, 26,000 restaurants, and 24 total countries. Most of its focus is around Eastern Europe, Western Asia, and Northern Africa. The app offers most of the basics. You'll be able to order food for delivery just like normal. It features a live tracking feature to see the location of your food. The app works well enough. It's not the fastest like it claims. At least not always, but more often than not, things go smoothly.
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Grubhub

Price: Free / Varies
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Grubhub is another one of the most popular food delivery apps. It has a footprint of over 1,100 cities across the US. The app itself features a simple search, Android Pay support, PayPal support, a ratings system, and more. You can even pre-order food up to four days in advance. The app will also send you notifications letting you know the status of your order when it changes. It's fairly basic. However, we appreciate that it does the basics very well.
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Grubhub

Instacart

Price: Free / Varies
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Not all food delivery apps bring you fully cooked meals. Instacart actually delivers your groceries. It supports stores like Whole Foods, Petco, and Costco. You simply make your list, they grab everything, and then they deliver it. The app only supports a handful of cities right now. We hope they plan on expanding sooner rather than later. It's also a great way to have uncooked food delivered just in time for dinner so that you can make it yourself.
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Instacart

Postmates

Price: Free / Varies
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Postmates is one of the unique food delivery apps. Mostly because it delivers things other than just food. It can take orders to get food from restaurants or you can have them deliver cough syrup if you're stuck in bed. The app also boasts being open 24/7. It supports about three or four dozen major US cities right now. It tends to charge a $30 hold when you place some orders and that's not ideal. It's also facing a lot of the same problems that Uber did in its early days. Some drivers are great and others really aren't. Still, it's worth a chance.
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Postmates

UberEATS

Price: Free / Varies
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UberEATS is the food delivery app made by Uber. It uses its existing infrastructure to deliver food. It supports dozens of cities around the world, including in the US. The service works basically like all of these other food delivery apps. You place an order and an Uber driver delivers it to you. It works fairly well for the most part. It's about as reliable as any other service on the list. Like most, its problems seem to revolve around bad delivery drivers and communication issues. However, they don't seem to appear too frequently.
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UberEATS

Individual restaurant apps

Price: Free / Varies
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A lot of food companies have their own apps for ordering food. Most chain pizza places like Papa Johns, Domino's, Pizza Hut, and others have apps. Additionally, fast food places like McDonald's and KFC are currently experimenting with their own food delivery apps in various countries. These have advantages over standalone services. There is a physical store you can go to if you need to return food, obtain a refund, or complain. Deliveries that don't show up are rare. It's a tighter, more reliable system for now. The only downside is that most restaurants don't have this.
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Individual restaurant apps

If we missed any great food delivery apps, tell us about them in the comments! You can also click here to check out our latest app and game lists!

21:12

OnePlus’ new Referral Program will help you save some dough on the OnePlus 5

OnePlus has always done a great job at making their smartphones affordable. The OnePlus One, 2, and 3 all came to market for under $400, and the 3T later on went for just $439. Unfortunately that might change with the OnePlus 5, but there might be an easy way for you to shave off a few bucks.

The new OnePlus Referral Program is a way for you, your friends, and family to save money on all types of OnePlus products.

If you’ve ever purchased a OnePlus smartphone directly from OnePlus, you’re automatically eligible to join the Referral Program. Just head to the referral link attached below, click the Get your sharable link button, then log in to your OnePlus account. You’ll then be given a link which you can share with anyone you’d like. Once your friends or family use the link to buy a smartphone from OnePlus, they’ll receive $20 (or an equivalent amount in their local currency) off an accessory of their choosing.

See also:

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1 day ago

Referral points can be used on pretty much anything - t-shirts, messenger bags, accessories, and yes, smartphones.

Wondering what you get out of this deal? OnePlus will give you 100 referral points to use towards your next purchase from OnePlus.net. Referral points can be used on pretty much anything – t-shirts, messenger bags, accessories, and yes, smartphones.

It’s worth noting that you have to have purchased a OnePlus device directly through OnePlus in order to be eligible for the referral program. If you’ve purchased one through eBay, Swappa, or anywhere else, you unfortunately won’t be able to receive a referral link.

This program was put in place just in time for the launch of the OnePlus 5, which is expected to launch this summer. Interested in signing up for yourself? Head to the link below.

20:32

Deal: 100GB Koofr cloud storage now only $6 per year!

Everyone needs cloud storage these days. For some of us the free gig or two we get with our Google Drive is enough for our photos and vids. But if you need more and you don’t want to risk using a physical hard drive, a  Koofr 100GB Storage Plan Subscription  could be the answer. 

There are three 100GB subscriptions on offer in this deal. The best value is $30 for five years . That’s just $6 per year.

In our experience that’s super-competitive. You might find other deals for more storage space at a similar price, but check the small-print – it probably won’t be instant access like these Koofr plans. And this is reputable cloud storage with all the features you would expect.

It’s all fully encrypted to protect from hackers.

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If you’re already using Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, iCloud etc, expanding to 100GB is going to cost you $2+ per month. Why waste that money when you could have all your files in the Koofr cloud within minutes?

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18:52

New Personal tab in Google Search will show results from Photos, Gmail, and more

Oftentimes when performing a Google Search, you’ll be shown personal results from Google Photos, Gmail, Calendar, and a variety of other services. Say, for instance, you’re looking up the word dogs. Google Search will comb through your Photos and Gmail accounts and display all the relevant dog photos and emails you may have in those services. It’s a little feature that can really come in handy at times, though these personal results don’t always show up for every search.

Now Google is adding a Personal tab to Search that lets you see results from your Google applications.

Once you perform a Google Search on the web or on your mobile device (unfortunately it’s not available in the Google app for Android), you’ll be able to select the Personal tab from the More dropdown menu. You’ll then be shown all relevant photos, videos, emails, and more from your Google apps relating to that topic. Plus, to give you peace of mind that these things aren’t out there for the world to see, Google will also display a “Only you can see these results” message next to each card.

The addition of a Personal tab will certainly help make searching for calendar events and photos much easier. Unfortunately Google Drive and Keep support doesn’t seem to be live right now, but we’d assume support will be added in the future.

16:05

Project Management: Get 5-star certification training for $50

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Must read: top 10 Android stories

This week we took a closer look at the HTC U11’s Edge Sense feature, discussed Bluetooth 5 on the Galaxy S8, and much more. Here’s the news of the week!

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We’re giving away one of the best Android phones on the market right now. Enter our Sunday Giveaway for your chance to win a Samsung Galaxy S8!

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Samsung Galaxy S8 International Giveaway!

Welcome to the Sunday Giveaway, the place where we giveaway a new Android phone each and every Sunday!

A big congratulations to last week’s winner of the HTC U11 International Giveaway: Emma S. (United Kingdom).

This week we’re giving away a brand new Samsung Galaxy S8!

The Samsung Galaxy S8 features a beautiful 18.5:9 Infinity display, a powerful Snapdragon 835 processor, 4 GB of RAM, a 3,000 mAh battery, as well as a super impressive 12 MP rear-facing camera with an f/1.7 aperture. One of the standout features on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus this year is Bixby, Samsung’s new AI assistant that even has its own hardware button. As an added bonus, the S8 ships with a solid pair of AKG earbuds.

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May 27 2017

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Can the OnePlus 5 be a hit with a higher price?

The summer months are usually a time when the smartphone industry takes a bit of a breather in terms of announcing new flagship devices. That may not be the case for the summer of 2017. In addition to rumors that Android co-founder Andy Rubin could launch his mysterious “Essential” phone during that time period, OnePlus has admitted its next flagship phone, the OnePlus 5, is due for a launch sometime in the summer.

The rumored hardware specs for the OnePlus 5 point towards a phone that can compete with devices like the LG G6, the HTC U11 and the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. However, one of the mainstays of the OnePlus lineup is that it offers phones that have cheaper price points than its competition. In a recent article about the OnePlus 5, we found out, via unnamed sources, that the starting price for the phone could be as high as $650 when it launches (even if we doubt it would be that high).

While the prices of OnePlus’ phones have indeed gone up since the company’s first handset launched a few years ago, a $650 price point would put it at or near the prices of its more mainstream rivals. So the question is: can the OnePlus 5 become a sales success even if its price is close to that of its competitors?

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The case for a higher price

First, let’s go over the rumored hardware specs for the OnePlus 5, keeping in mind that some of these features have not been officially confirmed. The phone is rumored to have a 5.5-inch screen, with either a Full HD or a QHD display. Inside, the phone will have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, as admitted by OnePlus themselves. That platform sits at the top of the performance hill in mobile phone chips. The device is rumored to come with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, but another report claims the OnePlus 5 may have a variant with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage.

Other rumors about the phone claim it will have a dual-rear camera setup, a fingerprint sensor in the front, a 3,600 mAh battery, a ceramic and metal build and possibly a curved screen. All of that would suggest that the OnePlus 5 will indeed have a higher price than the $399 cost that was placed for the launch of the OnePlus 3 a year ago, or for the $439 price for the OnePlus 3T launch in late 2016.

Our story’s sources have told us the company is looking into putting in “more costly components” for the OnePlus 5, so a price of $650 doesn’t sound like it’s an unreasonable amount. The price of the Galaxy S8 is around $750, with no dual camera and lower storage space, while the price of the HTC U11 is $649, again without a dual camera and smaller amounts of storage. The LG G6’s normal price is about the same as the HTC U11, although we have seen some carriers and retailers start selling it for as low as $500 just a few weeks after it launched.

The point is that it looks like the OnePlus 5 is going to have either the same specs, or higher, than its main competition while having either the same price as its rivals or even a bit cheaper. We think that even though the OnePlus 5 might have a significantly higher price than its predecessors, its specs would still make it competitive. Ultimately, the OnePlus 5 could be just as much of a sales success as its previous models, with some budget-conscious fans being replaced by an equal number of new customers with deeper pockets.

The case for a lower price

On the other hand, there are many buyers of the older OnePlus phones who were attracted to them primarily because they were affordable. They may not want or care about even more high-end specs or more premium components and materials like ceramic; they may just want to purchase a phone that works well for a reasonable unlocked price. If that’s the case, then a higher price for the OnePlus 5 may turn those buyers off: destroying the original OnePlus recipe might mean the OnePlus 5 loses its most enticing characteristic.

We have seen this type of thing happen before. Google’s older Nexus devices were much cheaper than the competition, but the launch of the Pixel and Pixel XL saw the company embrace a higher price for their smartphones. Many people who bought the Nexus phones were not happy that Google decided to increase their prices for the Pixel models, and that kind of backlash could also affect the launch of the OnePlus 5. However, several OEMs, Google included, have done perfectly well with more premium prices coupled with a higher marketing budget.

Related: HTC U11 hands on

The verdict

Ultimately, the team at OnePlus know that if its next phone is going to go up against the best from Samsung, LG, Motorola, HTC and other companies for your hard-earned money, they also need to compete in terms of offering the best components. Unfortunately, these internals don’t come cheap, and there’s only so much OnePlus can do to keep the price down on the OnePlus 5.

While we definitely think there will be a few OnePlus fans who will not be pleased with a price hike, we still think the company would do well with a higher priced OnePlus 5, as long as its hardware specs are equal, or even beyond, the flagship phones offered from its rivals. As we’ve noted previously, even at $650 you’d be getting a lot more from OnePlus than you would from any other manufacturer. We look forward to seeing what OnePlus has up its sleeves and whether or not the original magic can be sustained at a higher price point. Thankfully, it looks like we won’t have to wait too long to find out.

In the meantime, we want to hear from you on this topic. Do you think a higher price for the OnePlus 5 is justified if they have the right hardware specs and materials? On the other hand, do you think OnePlus should keep the price of this phone down to the levels of its older handsets? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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19:55

Would you buy a LG V30 that looked like this?

New renders have appeared that show an early version of LG’s vision for the upcoming V30. Essentially a slider phone with a secondary touch display in place of the physical keyboard you might find on the BlackBerry Priv, it’s a pretty intriguing concept. Evan Blass, who shared the renders, was quick to note that the final design of the LG V30 may well have departed from these early concepts, but they do provide a tantalising glimpse into LG’s thinking.

See also:

LG G6 review: it flies… like a G6!

April 7, 2017

The original LG V10 was a surprise hit, with its chunky design, secondary ticker display, dual front-facing cameras, DAC and amp setting it apart both visually and functionally from the rest of the pack. The follow-up V20 took a design departure from the original, falling largely in step behind the flagship LG G5 and switching the dual cameras to the back.

A complete change in the LG V30’s design therefore seems totally feasible. LG clearly hasn’t settled on a fixed approach for the V line and in general mixes up its designs on the regular – just look at the G series. In a saturated smartphone marketplace, a “gimmick” like a slider phone could go a long way toward standing out, for better or worse.

Personally, I have fond memories of slider phones generally and, despite its flaws, enjoyed the BlackBerry Priv immensely. That would make a V30 like this instantly appealing to someone like me. But the Priv failed to find much of an audience beyond the BlackBerry faithful and the V30 might suffer a similar fate if it follows the slider approach. Regarding the Priv’s failure to catch on, maybe it was BlackBerry, maybe it was the slider, maybe it was the combination of both, but a slider could be risky territory for LG.

On the other hand, the secondary touch display, with its numerous use cases as outlined in a follow up tweet from Blass, could endear it to a lot of phone buyers looking for something a little different from the metal and glass slabs we’ve grown increasingly accustomed to. There’s no denying this would attract a lot of attention in retail stores and on the street, and, if LG could nail the software, it could easily be very popular.

Related: Is the Galaxy S8’s UI the best Android skin?

What do you think? Would you buy a LG V30 if it looked like this? Do you think LG would get the software right? Or is this just another pointless gimmick with no real use value? Hit the comments and let us know what you think of this concept and what angle you think LG might ultimately take with the V30.

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Deal of the day: 42% off Trakk Bullet Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

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Last week we brought you news of a hot discount on the G-Boom Boombox to make the bass fans purr. If you’re looking to trade off a bit of that punch for something equally rugged, but which fits in your pocket, then you’re in luck.

Today’s deal is the aptly-named Trakk Bullet Ultra Compact Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker . Both waterproof and shockproof, each unit is rigorously tested by firing  jets of water at it. If it can stand that, it’s more than equipped for your next camping trip or festival.

Don’t let its size fool you.

Unlike the Boombox (which you’d probably want to be carrying on your shoulder like a boss anyway) the Trakk Bullet couldn’t be more portable. At just 6 inches long and 8 ounces in weight, you can slip into your pocket at a moment’s notice. Don’t let it’s size fool you though. It will still give you a high quality sound, with surprisingly high volume and bass to boot.

It even has an inbuilt mic, so while you’re spinning those tracks via Bluetooth, why not use it to make calls too?

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The Bullet usually sells for $70. It’s a bit cheaper at other online market like Amazon, where you can pick it up for $55. But at Tech deals, for a few days at least, it’s discounted to just $40! You can pick it up in three colors – Black, blue and red.

So if you’re looking for a Bluetooth speaker which punches above it’s weight, grab this offer before it expires by hitting the button below!

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