OnePlus has never had an amazing track record when it comes to shipping out smartphones, but that might change in 2017.

In a recent forum post, OnePlus admitted that, due to some supply difficulties, the company was slow at shipping out devices for much of 2016. Its smartphones were listed as “out of stock” for much of the year, and sold out pretty fast once devices became available again. Obviously this isn’t a good business practice, which is why OnePlus is going to take shipping times more seriously this year.

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As part of OnePlus’ New Year’s resolution, the company says it will start things off with a bang on Tuesday, January 24. That’s when the company plans to ship the 64GB OnePlus 3T Gunmetal model immediately after it receives orders for the phone in North America and Europe, instead of waiting to ship the devices.

While OnePlus says it “can’t guarantee that this offer will be permanently available”, it does add that this is one of the company’s goals.

Keep in mind this is just for the 64GB Gunmetal version of the OnePlus 3T. If you are waiting for the 128GB version, or if you wanted the phone in a Soft Gold color, you are still out of luck as both of these options are not currently available on OnePlus’ site. As of right now, there’s no indication as to when they will be going on sale again.

Have you run into any shipping delays from OnePlus? Do you think the company will be successful in speeding things up from now on? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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The big Android Wear 2.0 rollout has been a long time coming. Google first mentioned the 2.0 upgrade back at Google I/O 2016, letting us know that compatible devices would receive the big update “before the end of the year.” Although the launch date has since been postponed, it looks like we don’t have much longer to wait; a recent tweet from a reliable leaker claimed that Google would release Android Wear 2.0 on February 9, only a few weeks away.

After we heard that news, a separate report was published, claiming that Google would release two new LG-manufactured Android Wear devices alongside the upgrade to version 2.0. Those watches, dubbed LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style, have now been shown off in a new, leaked image:

These new images come from TechnoBuffalo, citing unnamed sources. The chunkier watch on the left is the LG Watch Sport, while the more compact wearable on the right is the LG Watch Style. While TechnoBuffalo wasn’t able to obtain any more info about these two devices, we still have a pretty good idea as to what both watches will feature on the hardware front.

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The Watch Sport is said to come with a 1.38-inch 480 x 480 OLED display, 768MB of RAM, a 430mAh battery and an IP68 rating. The Watch Sport is definitely the beefier model of the two, as it also comes with 3G and LTE connectivity, as well as GPS and NFC for mobile payments with Android Pay. The Watch Style, on the other hand, will come with a 1.2-inch 360 x 360 OLED display, 512MB of RAM, a 240mAh battery and an IP67 rating. The Watch Style will also have interchangeable straps.

Both devices will feature the Google Assistant, 4GB of on-board storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and even a new digital crown button that serves as another way to navigate around the Android Wear interface.

As previously stated, we’ll get a better look at the LG Watch Sport and Watch Style when they’re officially announced on February 9. Have any thoughts on the renders? Let us know in the comments!

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In late 2016, Lenovo announced the Yoga Book, a 10.1-inch 2-in-1 notebook/tablet hybrid that could be bought with either Android or Windows 10. It got a lot of attention, mainly due to its integrated Halo keyboard that could be turned into a writing pad, but many reviewers didn’t care for the virtual keyboard design. Now it appears Lenovo is preparing to launch a larger version of the Yoga Book, but with a couple of hardware compromises in order to lower its price.

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According to a listing on Amazon, the Lenovo Yoga Book A12 will offer users a larger 12.2-inch display with a display resolution of 1280 x 800, which is less than the current 10.1-inch model that includes a 1080p screen. The new Yoga Book A12 will also have less RAM at 2GB, versus 4GB for the current version. That may explain why the price for the Yoga Book A12 is listed on Amazon as just $299.99, compared to the $499.99 10.1-inch model.

The other specs on the 2.2-pound Yoga Book A12 include an Intel Atom x5-Z8550 processor running at 2.2GHz, 32GB of onboard storage, a microSD card for adding up to 128GB of additional storage, and a 10,500mAh battery that is supposed to offer up to 15 hours of battery life. Inside, the tablet hybrid will have Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow , which may be an issue for people who would be looking forward to trying out the latest version of Android.

The Amazon listing shows that the Lenovo Yoga Book A12 is “Temporarily out of stock”, so it’s not even available to purchase yet. It’s more than possible that the company will officially announce this newer, larger Yoga Book sometime next month as part of the 2017 Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain. Hopefully Lenovo will also reveal a Windows 10 version of this tablet at the same time.

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If you’re using Google’s stock calculator app for one reason or another, you’ll be glad to hear that the much-needed option to view your calculation history is finally here!

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I stopped using Google’s calculator app some time ago because although it’s nice and simple, I couldn’t see my previous calculations. As trivial as that may sound, it can actually be quite inconvenient when you are doing a chain of calculations, and say you make a mistake along the way and need to go back a few steps.

Well, it seems like with version 7.2, Google is finally bringing that feature to its calculator app. You can now tap the three-dot menu icon in the upper right corner of the app and select “History” to access your previous calculations. Not unlike some third-party calculator apps, you can also simple drag the calculator pad down to see your history. If you want to clear your calculation history, click the menu icon again and then select “Clear”: there will be a pop-up message confirming your action.

You can now tap the three-dot menu icon in the upper right corner of the app and select “History” to access your previous calculations.

Though I’m glad Google has at last brought this feature with the latest update, I still somewhat prefer Samsung’s approach where nothing is hidden under the menu. The “History” button is right there on top of the number pad, and selecting it brings a sliding window that shows all your calculations with an option to clear at the bottom. It’s more intuitive, at least in my opinion.

If you want to try out Google’s calculator app with the new feature, you can download the APK and sideload it yourself since it looks like the update is not yet available in the Play Store.

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Sunday is definitely a fun day at Android Authority if you are into cool new crowdfunding projects. In this series we go through campaigns in sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, only highlighting the coolest tech around. Shall we jump right into this week’s featured gadget?

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We are all waiting for the proliferation of wireless charging. Meanwhile, we have to deal with cables, so why not make them fashionable and easy to carry? This is exactly what the NIFTYX team has in mind with the LifeSaving Bracelet(NLB) and Awesome Bracelet (NAB).

These are pretty much cables that double as bracelets. Made of leather, the NIFTYX accessories promise a comfortable experience, as well as a design that blends right into our daily lives.

Now, let’s talk about what makes these versions different from each other. The NIFTYX Awesome Bracelet is arguably the best looking of the couple. It has a steel buckle with a sleek and elegant design, but is ultimately nothing but a cable.

Well, what about the NIFTYX LifeSaving Bracelet? While it doesn’t look as sleek as the Awesome Bracelet, this version comes with an external battery that will charge your phone. Do take its name literally, though. This really is a “life-saving” battery for those emergency moments, not a way to significantly juice your smartphone up. The battery is pretty tiny at only 210 mAh.

Furthermore, there are different versions for microUSB and Lightning users. Type-C compatibility is still in discussion, as it was one of their stretch goals. The possibility is still up in the air, though.

Interested? You can get an NAB for as low as $14, or a battery-packed NLB for $18 by backing the Indiegogo project linked below. Are any of you signing up? Do you think that 210 mAh battery is worth the extra bulk?

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Samsung went through hell after the recall and discontinuation of the Galaxy Note 7, which kept catching on fire. It all quickly became a PR mess large enough that Samsung could not simply dismiss the issue. An explanation has been long overdue and the Korean manufacturer has finally announced what was wrong with the popular phablet.

After an apology and a short backstory, Samsung went on to explain their testing process and results, which are not far from what Bloomberg had previously reported.

Samsung went through elaborate tests using over 200 thousand devices. These focused on feature abnormalities regarding water resistance, fast charging, wireless charging, the iris scanner, software and the USB Type C. None of these Samsung internal tests showed any issues. They then went on to closely examine the production process and asked help from 3rd party investigators, including UL, Exponent and TUV Rheinland AG.

What was found? A couple issues, each affecting the different Note 7 versions (the recalled units and the replacements). The first batteries seem to be affected by a design flaw in the top corners. More specifically, the upper-right corner, which could come with abnormalities.

Positive and negative electrodes are usually separated by a protective layer. If said protective layer is damaged, the electrodes can meet and cause a short circuit. Which seems to be one of the issues with the second batch.

Replacement batteries were affected by “abnormally high welding bars that formed during the ultra-sonic welding process to attach the positive tab. Due to the high-welding bars, penetration of the insulation tape and the separator resulted in direct contact with the negative electrode. In addition, we found a number of batteries that were missing the insulation tape.”

Affected units show common abnormalities in the same areas, according to 3rd-party research firm UL. The same company also goes on to reaffirm the root cause was the deformations in the upper corners of the battery, as well as a thin separator within the battery.

Samsung and all other investigating parties go through rather complex explanations of their testing. Those who want to get all the details can head over to Samsung’s blog post, which offers information and links to all other research. You can also watch the entire press conference below.

Now that it is all cleared out, we can kiss the Note 7 goodbye and expect Samsung to have learnt from these problems. The Korean manufacturer promises to adopt harsher preventive measures; but how many of you are looking to get Samsung’s new super-sized smartphone? Is this hot mess pushing you away from the popular smartphone series?

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Losing often results in winning, a phenomena AT&T seems to be currently experiencing as they continue to see postpaid subscribers go faster than any of the other 4 major carriers in the USA. A new survey from Cowen and Company Equity Research shows most people who recently switched to Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint come from AT&T.

“When asking postpaid subscribers that have been with their carrier (less than) two years which carrier did they previously have, the top answer for current Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon respondents was ‘previously AT&T’, whereas in previous surveys it’s been more mixed.” -Cowen and Company Equity Research

While this sounds like bad news, it is AT&T’s plan for growth. The carrier has been letting go of customers in exchange for a more lucrative crowd. Many of AT&T’s lost subscribers owned simple feature phones, which equates to a lower ARPU (average revenue per user). Instead, they are focusing on smartphone users who will spend more for services.

Is it all paying off? Well, it seems to be. While postpaid subscription numbers continue to drop, AT&T is still making pretty good money. The carrier’s Q3 report shows $40 billion in revenue, which is a 4.6% increase over the previous year. Net income also rose by 11.2%.

Meanwhile, AT&T continues to be the second largest carrier in the USA. But will it be the case for much longer? How many of you are leaving AT&T to go with other carriers? Why?

While many folks can get by with a single-SIM handset, there’s something to be said about the flexibility that is afforded to you when you have a dual-SIM device. A dual-SIM setup allows you to not only potentially have two different phone numbers but you can also have one SIM for data, another SIM for calling and text, and you can more easily travel abroad without having to remove your primary SIM card.

Typically manufacturers do not make dual-SIM versions of all their phones, instead they usually create dual-SIM models for phones that are popular in international markets. Sorted by price, on this page is where you will find our list of the best dual-SIM Android phones currently available. We will keep this list up to date as new phones are released, and as always please share your thoughts on what you think the best dual sim Android phone is.

Editor’s note – We will be updating this list as more devices hit the market.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

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Samsung did a killer job with their 2015 flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Design-wise, many would say those two phones were close to perfect. The company forwent a plastic design and instead included glass front and back panels with an aluminum frame. They weren’t without their flaws, though. The S6 and S6 Edge didn’t offer expandable storage or removable batteries — two features Samsung has been known to include in all its smartphones for years.

Now the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have made their way to the masses, and they fix many of the problems the S6 line introduced last year. While they don’t offer removable batteries, Samsung included expandable storage on both handsets in case the 32GB of on-board storage isn’t enough. Samsung mostly stuck to the same design this time around, though they did shrink down the camera bumps on the back and made the devices a little thicker to make room for larger batteries.

In terms of specs, these are top-of-the-line smartphones. They come with Quad HD Super AMOLED displays, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processors, 4GB of RAM, great 12MP rear-facing cameras and run the latest version of Android. Instead of featuring the same screen sizes this time around though, Samsung kept the S7 at a smaller 5.1 inches, while the S7 Edge has been bumped up to a larger 5.5-inch panel.

Seriously, these are some incredible smartphones. They are a little pricey, but all in all, we think the high asking price is worth it.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S7

  • 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 577ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 12MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9mm, 152g

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

  • 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3600mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7mm, 157g

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OnePlus 3T

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We weren’t expecting OnePlus to release another new flagship in 2016, but it happened. If you were a fan of the OnePlus 3, you’ll certainly love the OnePlus 3T.

With its powerful Snapdragon 821 processor backed by 6GB of RAM, the 3T absolutely flies through web browsing, gaming and most other everyday tasks. It also has a bigger battery this time around (3,400mAh to be exact), which is more than enough to get you through a full day of use on a single charge. In addition, the 3T now sports 16MP rear and front-facing camera sensors, a dual-SIM card slot, plenty of on-board storage, and a fast front-facing fingerprint sensor on the front.

Basically the OnePlus 3T is a better OnePlus 3, and we’re certainly not complaining. You can buy it from OnePlus’ website in Gunmetal and Soft Gold color options.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 401ppi
  • 2.35GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 64/128GB of on-board storage, no microSD card expansion
  • 16MP rear camera, 16MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,400mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35mm, 158g

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Huawei Mate 9

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Huawei has done a great job at making its way to the mainstream over the past few years – first with the Huawei P9, and now with the Mate 9.

With a big 5.9-inch display, powerful Kirin 960 processor, dual-SIM capabilities, and an impressive camera setup, the Mate 9 may be one of the best big phones of the year. While its display is ‘only’ 1080p and its software is a bit odd sometimes, we still think the high price tag is worth it. If you’re after a smartphone that offers exceptional battery life and incredible performance, the standard Mate 9 delivers in spades. If money is no object and you want a smartphone that is unattainable to most customers, the Porsche Design Mate 9 might be worth your while.

Specs

  • 5.9-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 373ppi
  • Octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 960 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • Dual 20 and 12MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 156.9 x 78.9 x 7.9mm, 190g

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ZTE Axon 7

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ZTE’s Axon Pro from 2015 was a good phone, but it fell short in a few key areas. It came to market with only one storage option, no expandable memory, and the dual camera setup on the back of the device felt a bit gimmicky. Not only does the company’s latest flagship fix all of those problems, it brings much more to the table.

It has a big 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, the latest Snapdragon processor, plenty of RAM, multiple storage options, and yes, expandable memory up to 256GB. It also sports some killer front-facing speakers, all-day battery life, a great camera, and a sleek, attractive design. While certain parts of the software could use a little more polish, the ZTE Axon 7 goes toe-to-toe with the best in the Android market. It’s also inexpensive at only $400, making this an even more attractive option for folks looking to score a solid flagship device.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 538ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4/6GB of RAM
  • 64/128GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • 20MP front camera, 8MP rear camera
  • Non-removable 3250mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 151.7 x 75 x 7.9mm, 175g

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LG G5

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While the Galaxy S7 series is a minor refresh in terms of design, the LG G5 sees a massive departure from the design language used in the G series, ditching the rear volume/power setup that first debuted with the LG G2. The G5 also adopts a unibody metallic design that has a removable cap for access to the removable battery and a port for modules that allow users to expand the phone’s capabilities by adding a camera grip and other special accessories.

The distinctly different design of the LG G5 may not be for everyone, but there’s little denying that LG has went out of its way to try and innovate in a market where big changes like this aren’t all that common.

Spec wise, we’re looking at a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 with 4 GB RAM, a 5.3-inch display, and 32 GB storage with microSD for expansion. The specs here are certainly impressive all across the board. It’s also worth mentioning that LG has revamped its software, making it faster and less bloated. One controversial move with the software, however, is the removal of the app drawer in favor of what LG says is a “simplified experience.”

Specs

  • 5.3-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 554ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 16 and 8MP dual rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Removable 2800 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7mm, 159g

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Motorola Moto Z Play

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If you’re looking for a smartphone with insane battery life, a good camera and a modular design, Lenovo’s Moto Z Play might be the phone for you.

The standout feature on this phone is its big 3,510mAh battery, which really impressed us in our full review.

One reason why the Moto Z Play has such good battery life is the sensible spec sheet – you get a 5.5-inch Full HD display and a Snapdragon 625 processor, compared to the more power intensive Quad HD/Snapdragon 820 found on the Moto Z and Z Force. You also get 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage space, which is expandable up to 256GB. It won’t yield the best performance, but that’s not really the point of this phone.

It’s not the cheapest phone out there, but it does mow down the competition in certain areas.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 403ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • 16MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3510mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 156.4 x 76.4 x 7mm, 164g

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Motorola Moto G4 Plus

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Instead of announcing just one Moto G variant this year, Lenovo brought us three different devices – the Moto G4 Plus, Moto G4 and Moto G4 Play.

The highest-end of the bunch is the Moto G4 Plus, and it brings a handful of notable improvements to the Moto G range. It has a big 1080p display, capable processor, expandable storage, and even a fingerprint sensor this time around. While we had a slight problem with the volume/power buttons and the camera in low light, we can honestly say this is one of the best budget offerings in 2016.

Right now you can buy it in the U.S. for $249.99 through Amazon or Motorola.com.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 401ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor
  • 2/3/4GB of RAM
  • 16/32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • 16MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 153 x 76.6 x 9.8mm, 155g

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So there you have it – our picks for the best dual-SIM options Android has to offer at the moment. Did we miss anything? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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