The week is over and you can bet we’ve been keeping busy. But we know you can’t always be on the lookout for new videos, so every weekend we put together a list with the hottest ones. So what’s all new? The Android Authority team has updated the best apps and games lists. In addition, we had the opportunity to review the ZTE Axon 7, BLU R1 HD and even the all-new Segway miniPRO. We even had a chance to check out a brand new BlackBerry phone! There’s a lot to see, so let’s jump right in and show you this week’s videos. In the news: Nintendo shares plummet? Note 7 Leaks & Samsung responds to failed S7 Active Looking to catch up on the news? Jayce has put together a video talking about the hottest topics of the week. Maybe you would like to start there! He covers the craze on Nintendo not making Pokemon Go, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 leaks and more. Sit back and catch up on what matters. Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air: What You Need to Know Xiaomi is known for making great smartphones at incredible prices, but they are definitely not afraid of stepping into stranger territories. This week they announced the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air, a computer that will definitely catch your eye. It comes with great specs and a price point that will prove to be very hard to beat. The Xiaomi laptop is official: Mi Notebook Air announced Favorite Tech under $50 Want to get some cool tech on a $50 budget? There’s plenty of great stuff out there, just like there is a lot of cheap, worthless products. If you need some help finding the right gadgets, our very own Lahn has put together a list with his favorite gadgets below this price point. […]

Welcome to the Sunday Giveaway, the place where we giveaway a new Android phone or tablet each and every Sunday! A big congratulations to last week’s winners of the OnePlus 3 Giveaway: Chris S.  (Greece). This week we have teamed up with CaliCase to giveaway a Nexus 6P & 25 CaliCase Waterproof pouches! Phones and water don’t mix well together and CaliCase is here to help keep you protected this summer. CaliCases fit all phones and come with a strong lanyard & carabiner. 2x protection – Double protection thanks to the 2 layers of PVC Plastic, most competitors use just 1. Floating –  No need to worry about your phone sinking to the bottom of the ocean. 16 fun colors –  Including the American Flag, Camo & glow in the dark. Available exclusively at Amazon you can pickup a CaliCase for $14.95. To celebrate the giveaway CaliCase is offering a 10% off coupon this week only, enter promo code: CALI1010 at checkout. Buy at Amazon Enter giveaway Nexus 6P CaliCase International Giveaway! Recent Winners Terms & Conditions The giveaway is an international giveaway (Except when we can not ship to your Country.) If we can not ship to your country, you will be compensated with an online gift card of equal MSRP value to the prize. We are not responsible for lost shipments. You must be age of majority in your Country of residence. We are not responsible for any duties or import fees that you may incur. Only 1 entry per person, do not enter multiple email addresses. We will verify all winners and if we detect multiple email addresses by the same person you will not be eligible to win. We reserve all rights to make any changes to this giveaway. This giveaway is operated by AndroidAuthority. The prize will ship when it is available to purchase.

Drivers lose track of a lot of things, but it’s always hard to believe people are forgetting kids in their cars. One would think walking away from a baby you are always with would feel like walking outside with no shoes. You would instantly notice something is missing, right? It seems this issue is more common than one would think. According to San Jose State University’s Department of Meteorology & Climate Science, kids forgotten in vehicles has been the cause of 23 infant deaths in the USA this year. It’s kind of a big deal, especially as the summer heat creeps up on us. This is why Waze wants to help a bit. The popular navigation app is getting ready to launch a feature that would remind users not to forget their kids every time they reach their destinations. These notifications can be personalized and are now available in Waze’s beta app. But of course, if people are forgetting their kids, nothing can assure they will be paying attention to their notifications. This is a nice addition, nonetheless. If you find you don’t need it, it’s also possible to disable the feature. We don’t know how long this feature will stay in beta, but if it is to save some lives we certainly hope it comes to the official app sooner rather than later.

There’s no shortage of good smartphones in the market, but there is definitely a need for more unique devices. This is why our heads always turn when we see gadgets like the Akyumen Holophone Phablet (yes… they literally put the word “phablet” in the name). But that moniker is about the only bad thing this device seems to have. This phone is a one-of-a-kind in multiple ways, and it happens to be pretty powerful. For starters, it is bigger than even the biggest smartphones at 7 inches. It’s pretty much a tablet with cellphone capabilities. But that is only part of what makes this phone odd. This device can dual-boot both Android and Windows 10. No, not the mobile or simplified versions of Windows 10; full-on Windows 10. And you definitely don’t want to be using Windows 10 on  7-inch screen, so the manufacturer has added a 35-lumen, 720p pico projector that can display at up to 100 inches. Other specs include the following:  Windows 10 and Android Lollipop 7-inch 1080p display 720p pico projector Intel Cherry Trail 8300 processor 4 GB of RAM 128 GB of internal storage (upgradable) 13 MP rear-facing camera 5 MP front-facing camera 2910 mAh battery Needless to say this idea is pretty crazy, but we can see it working great if well implemented. Making a device do too much can sometimes translate to a bad experience all around. But if done right, this could be an amazing tool for the road warrior. Interested? You can pre-order this device now. Prices vary from $600 to $950, depending on your needs, or whether you are in education or not. Basic Package ($750) : Sabertooth pen, high quality ear buds, basic device stand, screen protector. Premium Package ($850) : Sabertooth pen, high quality ear buds, screen protector, […]

Disney Infinity 3.0 and its online features are getting the ax on most platforms including Android, iOS, Apple TV, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 and consoles. The title will be unplayable after March 2017. Read more…

Pokémon GO has received a new update on Android and iOS. The update allows users to re-configure their avatars, brings memory improvements, and removes the footprint feature used to find Pokémon. Read more…

Tired of all those Pokemon Go bugs? Things are getting a little better with the latest update to version 0.31.0, which comes with a plethora of fixes and improvements. Some changes may be more welcomed than others, but at least we know Niantic Labs is working on improving the app. Here is the full change log:  Avatars can now be re-customized from the Trainer profile screen Adjusted battle move damage values for some Pokémon Refined certain Gym animations Improved memory issues Removed footprints of nearby Pokémon Modified battle damage calculation Various bug fixes during wild Pokémon encounter Updated Pokémon details screen Updated achievement medal images Fixed issues with displaying certain map features Minor text fixes Definitely one of the coolest changes is that we are now able to customize our avatars whenever we want. This was something we could only do when creating a profile, which meant users had to stick to their avatar and regret their decisions later. Now you can go back and easily change your clothes in the user profile section. How to play Pokemon Go (and everything else you need to know) What your Pokémon GO team says about you Android Authority Plays Pokemon Go Something else that catches our eye is the removal of the footprints for nearby Pokémon. What’s up with that? How are you supposed to know how close a pocket monster is?! Well, you will just have to keep walking to find out. The footsteps feature became an issue when it stopped working some weeks ago, and of course Niantic thought the best solution was to get rid of it altogether. The rest of the fixes are more minor, but very welcomed. After all, the popular app seems to be full of issues, so we are happy to see updates coming constantly. […]

We’ve seen a lot of changes in the Android Developer Preview program since its inception in 2014 with Android L. While Lollipop only saw one developer preview, Android M would end up offering three previews. With Android N, Google has upped its game even further, with the fifth and final preview of Android 7.0 Nougat arriving earlier this month. So what’s next for Android 7.0 and its release cycle? Typically final versions of Android don’t arrive until October, but with the aggressive development schedule we’ve seen with Nougat, we can’t help but wonder if the update will arrive a bit earlier this year. If Evan Blass (aka @evleaks) proves correct, the answer is “yes, it’s coming next month”. Android 7.0 releases next month, with the 8/5 security patch. Sorry Nexus 5 owners, no Nougat for you ? — Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 30, 2016 Further backing up Evan’s claims, a recent post on reddit claims one Nexus 6P user was accidentally pushed to Android 7.0 build NRD90M when attempting to ditch the Nougat developer preview and return to the stable Android 6.0.1 release. For those that don’t know, “R” in the build name stands for release, and so this was likely an internal build that Google is testing out in preparation of the final release. In other words, all signs point to a final release in the very near future. So what does that mean for Google’s 2016 Nexus phones? Google traditionally releases new Android builds alongside Nexus phones and tablets. Unless Google plans to break tradition and release Nougat to existing Nexus phones first, that means we might be seeing the next generation HTC-made Nexus phones as early as next month. Again, Google has proven more than once that it’s willing to break its own rules, so almost anything could […]

When it comes to smartphone generations, history has proven that sticking to a tried-and-true formula doesn’t work. Consumers expect improvements on almost every front and there’s a huge backlash when these expectations are not met. Even when they are not even possible, the unwavering demand for the new, the improved, the better, is constant. With this in mind, and in the light of the extensive information we now have on the Galaxy Note 7 ahead of its official unveil, has Samsung reverted to its old ways? Is Samsung in for a painful reminder that last year’s design, yesterday’s specs and an outgrown approach to features are a recipe for disaster? See also: Another Galaxy Note 7 leak: iris scanner setup, S Pen and edge features221 To give you the back story, the Galaxy Note 7 as it has been leaked is exceedingly – and problematically – familiar. It looks near identical to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, which themselves look a lot like the Note 5 and Galaxy S6. Most of the features it adds, like an IP68 rating and edge features, are nothing new. The full specs that have just been leaked are almost exactly those of the Galaxy S7 Edge, albeit with a slightly larger screen and slightly smaller battery. The Note 7 we’ve seen so far smacks of the Samsung of old: lazy design, largely pointless features and a failure to innovate. The Samsung of old To be critical, this smacks of the Samsung of old: lazy design, largely pointless features and a failure to innovate. You witnessed the immense flack HTC caught for the largely unchanged design in the HTC One M9. You likely remember that pre-Galaxy S6 Samsung was under constant fire for not changing the design of the S Series in any substantial way […]

The monstrous 6.44-inch Mi Max seems to be an oddity among today’s smartphones, but it certainly can’t be judged on that factor alone. Let us find out whether Xiaomi’s latest smartphone is any good. Read more…

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