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  • 48 hours with the Galaxy Fold: Incredible potential amidst a potential mess
    von Daniel Bader am April 18, 2019 um 4:45 am

    I was playing Settlers of Catan when everything went to hell. It was late morning on Sunday, October 9, 2016 and I was at a rented cottage with my wife and some friends, drinking some coffee. It was Canadian Thanksgiving, so I had no plans to work that day. Suddenly, two days shy of a month after the first recall, Galaxy Note 7 batteries started exploding again. I'd already had my unit replaced with one that was deemed safe, and for a couple of weeks things had been relatively quiet. It appeared that Samsung had quickly identified the problem with its latest smartphone — batteries produced for the phone by Samsung SDI had a design flaw that warped some of the electrodes near the top right of the cell, causing potential thermal runaway and short circuiting. Causing potential fires. Except the fires weren't just potential; they were very real. The following day, October 10, Samsung recalled the Note 7 for a second time, canceling it outright a few days later. The company report... […]

  • Hotstar to stream Disney+ shows and movies in India at no extra cost
    von Harish Jonnalagadda am April 18, 2019 um 4:21 am

    Indian customers don't have to pay more to access Disney's extensive movie library and original TV shows. Hotstar offers one of the best video streaming deals anywhere in the world. For ₹999 a year ($14.50), you get access to HBO's original programming — including Game of Thrones — as well as Showtime, Star World, and hundreds of movies. But what sets the service truly apart is its live sports content. The annual plan also includes unlimited access to Premier League football, Formula 1, the Indian Premier League, major golfing events, and so much more. Hotstar also includes a wealth of regional movies and TV shows, and starting next year it will start offering Disney+ content to Indian customers. Disney's streaming service is set to make its debut in the U.S. in November for $7 a month, which is a pretty decent price for access to its exhaustive movie library and upcoming original programming. Indian customers, however, will be able to stream Disney+ content dire... […]

  • The Razer Phone 2 now comes in Satin Black at a still discounted price
    von John Levite am April 17, 2019 um 10:02 pm

    The best just got better. The Razer Phone 2 now comes in Satin Black, a new color that's exclusive to Razer.com. This is a different color than the default Mirror Black, which you can find on Amazon and other retailers. It's slicker and smoother, which Razer says makes it "as smooth as its 120hz display." It's also priced at $499.99. That has been the Razer Phone 2's street price since we first shared that drop back in February. Once upon a time the phone sold for as much as $800, so it's great the new color doesn't come with a premium at all. Android Central took a good long look at the Razer Phone 2 and gave it 4 out of 5 stars with a Recommended badge. The reviewer said "I'd recommend the Razer Phone 2 to anyone who's fully onboard to invest in mobile gaming and appreciates the ability to play the latest and greatest games as they were meant to be experienced." The phone includes a 120 Hz UltraMotion display for fast mobile gaming, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with a cus... […]

  • Android Pie beta now open for OnePlus 3 and 3T
    von Jerry Hildenbrand am April 17, 2019 um 8:56 pm

    See when your phone will get the latest version of Android. Latest Updates April 17, 2019 — Android Pie beta now open for OnePlus 3 and 3T After months and months of waiting, OnePlus 3 and 3T owners can finally get their taste of Android 9 Pie. Pie is currently available as a "community beta" for the two phones and needs to be manually downloaded and installed. With it, you get all of the usual Pie goodies on top of the April 2019 security patch, new gesture navigation, OnePlus's Gaming Mode 3.0, and a lot more. It's expected that some bugs will be present considering that this is still a beta, and as of right now, it's unclear when the final finished build will be ready. April 8, 2019 — U.S. unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ Android Pie update rolling out Good news for all you unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ users in the U.S., Android Pie with One UI has finally started rolling out. In a practice which has become more common recently, the unlocked variants of Sams... […]

  • T-Mobile says not to remove the Galaxy Fold's 'protective layer'
    von Joe Maring am April 17, 2019 um 8:27 pm

    Samsung's $2,000 foldable phone has arrived. It's here. After literally years of rumors, leaks, and reports, Samsung's announced its foldable smartphone. Samsung calls it the Galaxy Fold, and it looks pretty damn impressive. Ready to learn more? Let's dive right in. The latest Galaxy Fold news April 17, 2019 — T-Mobile says not to remove the Galaxy Fold's 'protective layer' Following reports of the Galaxy Fold's display problems, Des from T-Mobile shared the following Tweet: Dear future #GalaxyFold owners, I know I always say "No one ever read the instructions"... PLEASE READ THIS ONE!!! (This is the wrap over the screen of the Galaxy Fold) pic.twitter.com/LuQPRfDZIE— Des (@askdes) April 17, 2019 In the Tweet, Des shows a picture of what appears to be part of the Galaxy Fold's packaging with a warning that says: ATTENTION The main screen includes a special protective layer. Peeling off the protective layer using any adhesives on the main screen, such as s... […]

  • Here's why Galaxy Fold displays are already failing
    von Andrew Martonik am April 17, 2019 um 7:35 pm

    There are two distinct issues here, and only one is particularly fixable. Just a couple of days after journalists, including us here at Android Central, got their hands on the Galaxy Fold for the very first time, multiple reports have surfaced that these initial review devices are having screen failures. At this point at least four different devices have failed, which may not seem like a lot until you realize that there are perhaps only a few dozen Galaxy Folds in the hands of people outside of Samsung employees. From looking at all of the information available, and using a Galaxy Fold myself, there are clearly two distinct issues at play here — one that's fixable, and one that should very much be a concern for Samsung as the Fold gets into consumers' hands. Problem 1: The screen's plastic covering looks removable This is the "fixable" problem. The Galaxy Fold, as every other foldable phone, has a plastic display on top of the OLED display that allows the entire screen t... […]

  • Raspberry Pi 3 Model B vs. 3 B+: Which should you buy?
    von Jerry Hildenbrand am April 17, 2019 um 7:00 pm

    The Raspberry Pi is a staff favorite when it comes to things like home automation or cool DIY projects. We know about these boards because we use these boards, and can offer all the guidance you need. The Plus update Raspberry Pi Model 3B+ $38 at Amazon Pros Gigabit Ethernet Power over Ethernet (PoE) Dual-band 820.11ac Wi-Fi Cons A $2 price hike The 3B+ does have a slightly faster revision of the Broadcom processor, but the real improvements are on the networking side. If you're buying new, definitely spend the extra few dollars; but we wouldn't rip out any model 3B board that is still working fine. Still doing its thing Raspberry Pi Model 3B $36 at Amazon Pros Price Cons No Power over Ethernet (PoE) Slower Ethernet speeds The original Raspberry Pi 3B is still very capable. The Plus upgrade consists of a new spec for the processor that doesn't really offer any advantage and some networking hardware changes to do — namely Gigabit Ethernet, PoE, and a new Du... […]

  • Use your mouse and keyboard with these PS4 games
    von Jaz Brown am April 17, 2019 um 6:00 pm

    Most people are pretty well aware of the fact that PC gamers are at an advantage when it comes to detailed control. Using a mouse and keyboard certainly has its benefits. However, not everyone is aware of the fact that the PlayStation 4 actually does support keyboard and Mouse input. Here are some of the games that support keyboard and mouse that you might want to try. ★ Featured favorite Final Fantasy XIV Like so many MMOs, there is a lot going on when you play Final Fantasy XIV. With so much happening on screen, playing an MMO with a console controller can sometimes be a bit of a pain. Fortunately, Final Fantasy XIV has native keyboard and mouse support and that might make your life a little easier. $41 at Amazon Air Combat Simulation War Thunder If you are hot for military combat simulators, you're probably already familiar with War Thunder. However, you may not be aware that you can use a mouse and keyboard when playing it. Just think about being able to ma... […]

  • Logitech Harmony Express review: Why, Alexa, why?
    von Phil Nickinson am April 17, 2019 um 5:20 pm

    Logitech is the king of the universal remote control experience. But improving the setup experience doesn't eliminate the limitations of voice commands. There are three distinct parts that make up the total experience of a remote control. First, there's the matter of setup — getting the remote to properly talk to your TV and whatever is connected to it. Then there's the matter of how it works once that part is handled. The third part is the remote control itself. If any one of those parts should come up short, the entire experience pretty much falls flat. The new Harmony Express (which retails for $249 at Amazon but almost certainly will be on sale at some point) is Logitech's latest attempt to navigate that minefield. And guiding the way is — you guessed it — Amazon Alexa. The Express itself is a cleverly simple remote, especially when you look at it alongside Logitech's other offerings. They're not a bad pair, Alexa and Logitech, and one I've e... […]

  • These are our favorite Avengers: Endgame Funko Pop!
    von Brandon Russell am April 17, 2019 um 5:12 pm

    Arguably the biggest movie event of the decade, Avengers: Endgame will see the Marvel heroes in their attempt to defeat Thanos once and for all. You can celebrate the release with these adorable Funko Pop! figures, which feature some of the movie's most important and popular characters. Which Funko Pop! figure will you get in the fight to take down Thanos? Mad Titan Funko Pop! Marvel: Avengers Endgame - Thanos Our pick No Avengers: Endgame collection would be complete with a Thanos figure. The Mad Titan looks as fearsome as ever — complete with Infinity Gauntlet — as he prepares for the Avengers' retaliation. $9 at Amazon Ready to fight Funko Pop! Marvel: Avengers Endgame - War Machine This Amazon-exclusive figure features War Machine in a new suit designed for Avengers: Endgame. The suit's purpose remains a mystery ahead of the movie's release, but there's no arguing that War Machine looks awesome in his powerful armor (as always). $11 at Amazon Hulk smash ... […]

  • How to stream Android games to YouTube and Twitch
    von Marc Lagace am April 17, 2019 um 5:00 pm

    Why just play games on your phone when you could be streaming, too. If you're not among the millions of people logging in to Twitch or YouTube Gaming to watch other people playing video games, you may not understand the trend. Back in my day, I hated having to wait my turn to play a video game with friends. These days, record numbers of people are watching Twitch streamers play all the most popular games — Fortnite and PUBG being among the most popular. While Twitch has been predominately used by PC or console gamers, you do have the option to stream from your Android phone — and with some bigger titles becoming available for mobile there's really no reason not to start streaming from your phone, especially if you're using a flagship released in the last few years. Here's how you can get started. YouTube Gaming It's no secret that YouTube is home to a ridiculous amount of gaming content. So much so that YouTube has a version of its site and app dedicated to gaming c... […]

  • Anker’s Google Assistant car charger, the Roav Bolt, is now on sale
    von Jason England am April 17, 2019 um 4:14 pm

    Add Google Assistant to your car. You might remember at CES back in January, Anker showed off its Google Assistant enabled car charger the Roav Bolt. Now, it has officially gone on sale and you can pick one up for $50 from Anker's website. The first pre-order batch is expected to start shipping after April and the first 200 buyers will receive a free USB cable. This offer is first-come-first-serve, so you might wanna hurry. In case you don't remember, the Roav Bolt is a compact car charger that plugs into your cigarette lighter and features two USB charging ports along with support for Google Assistant. With this in your vehicle, you'll be able to make hands free calls, control navigation, play music from your favorite services, and more. It is also optimized with a noise canceling mic, making it easier for it to hear you over the sound of traffic and other noises. The Roav Bolt joins the lineup of smart auto products from Anker such as the Alexa-enabled Roav Viva. Now, you hav... […]

  • Spigen Silicone Fit Galaxy S10 case review: A grippy, durable dust magnet
    von Joe Maring am April 17, 2019 um 4:00 pm

    Get ready to clean this thing all the time. For quite some time now here at AC, I've been a big advocate of thin, lightweight cases. I'm all about protecting my phone from daily wear and tear, but if a case adds too much bulk or weight, I'm not interested. As such, I was pretty excited to check out the Spigen Silicone Fit. This is one of the slimmer cases Spigen makes for the S10, and despite its understated profile, promises to offer great protection for daily use. The Spigen Silicone Fit gets a lot right, but some aspects of its design might cause you to look elsewhere. Here's our full review. Does the job Spigen Silicone Fit $13 at Amazon A good, grippy case for a fair price. The Spigen Silicone Fit is a solid case if you're in the market for something that offers good protection without adding too much bulk. The soft-touch tex... […]

  • The best Samsung Smartwatch you can buy right now
    von Andrew Myrick am April 17, 2019 um 3:37 pm

    Samsung likes to have its hands in a lot of different pots, and the smartwatch game is no different. The company continues to churn out new smartwatches and fitness trackers every year, and we are taking a look at some of the best. This list includes the new kid with the Galaxy Watch Active, and a hybrid fitness tracker. New Kid on the block Samsung Galaxy Watch Active Staff pick The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active is the latest smartwatch offering from the company and is definitely geared towards those with an "active" lifestyle. This smartwatch "lasts for days" while automatically tracking your workouts, sleep and more, all from your wrist. $200 at Amazon Tried and true Samsung Galaxy Watch The standard Galaxy Watch may be a bit bulky for some, but that's for good reason, as this has great battery life, along with military-grade durability, and more. Samsung even packed Gorilla Glass DX+ on the Galaxy Watch's display, to ensure that your smartwatch won't get accidentally sc... […]

  • Can you use third-party keyboards with the Galaxy Fold?
    von Daniel Bader am April 17, 2019 um 3:34 pm

    Best answer: You can use third-party keyboards like Gboard and SwiftKey on the Galaxy Fold, but they're not optimized for the phone's two display sizes. Instead, you should learn to use Samsung's keyboard, as it provides dynamic sizing between the cover and tablet displays. While third-party keyboards force you to use the same layout for both screen sizes, Samsung's keyboard offers a traditional layout for the cover screen and a tablet-optimized thumb typing experience for the larger one. Samsung's first foldable: Samsung Galaxy Fold ($1980 at Samsung) Two types of typing You shouldn't have to think about typing on a phone these days. When you see a text box, you tap on it, the on-screen keyboard pops up, and you begin typing away. Most phones come with one of two keyboards by default: Gboard, made by Google, and SwiftKey, owned by Microsoft. But Samsung still produces its own keyboard, thinking that its customers will have a better experience. On the Galaxy Fold, both Gboard an... […]