Not in the mood for April Fools’ pranks? Too bad, because you’re getting them anyway. And because April 1 falls on a Saturday this year, you’re getting them a day early. April Fools’ publicity stunts pranks from tech companies are already making the rounds, and to save you time – and the stress of having to sift through them to read the real news – we’re rounding them up here. Pac-Man invades Google Maps (again) Wait, is it 2015 again? Looks like Google’s mapping software is prone to invasion by legendary 80’s game franchises. This time around it’s Ms Pac-Man. Just push the pink button in the updated app to start playing in a random location from around the world. iFixit: What is this, a toolkit for ants? “Why go big, when you can go really small?” asked the handy folks at iFixit. Indeed, why? Meet the new Micro Tech Toolkit, a thoroughly tested set of micro tools for your micro gadgets. T-Mobile ONEsie Meet the T-Mobile ONEsie, the world’s first full-body wearable, the brainchild of self-dubbed “genius visionary” John Legere. It gives you “unlimited coverage” (get it?) and more stats and data that you could ever hope to comprehend, unlike all other wearables out there, which are “complete and utter crap.” It’s comfortable too. Read the press release. OnePlus Dash Charge energy drink Dash Charge quick charging is one of the key selling points of the OnePlus 3T. Now OnePlus wants to banish sleep with Dash Charge energy drink. Get a full day’s worth of energy in just half an hour and end the tyranny of sleep. Because sleep is just a big lie designed to sell mattresses. Learn more here. More coming soon! Let us know what’s your favorite so far.

One of the more subtle points of note on the new Galaxy S8 spec sheet is the move on over to 64 GB of internal memory as the only storage option on offer. Samsung initially took this decision with the Note 7 and, in fact, isn’t even advertising 32 GB UFS flash memory chips over at its memory business either. The company only has three modules, which are available in 64, 128, and 256 GB capacities. While a hard 64 GB limit might be a disappointment for those who want to splash some extra cash on a 128 or 256 GB model, it’s surely great news that Samsung has finally increased the minimum amount of storage included in its flagship smartphones. See also: Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus pricing and availability: what we know so far 2 days ago This isn’t to say that the old 32 GB minimum storage capacity found inside the Galaxy S7, S6, and Note 5 was far too small exactly, as some users simply don’t need as much storage space as others. However, 32GB has been a moderate storage options for years and other, less expensive OEMs have moved past this old limit already. For example, the OnePlus 3T, Oppo F1 Plus, and the Lenovo ZUK Z1, among others, all ship with 64 GB as the minimum storage option. The OnePlus 3T, Oppo F1 Plus, the Lenovo ZUK Z1, and others, all ship with 64GB as the minimum onboard memory, and it’s reassuring that Samsung’s latest flagship doesn’t offer anything less. It really is time that flagship smartphones started offering more storage out of the box, especially as these are the type of handsets designed for media heavy users. Those who enjoy watching high resolution video or storing a large library of high quality pictures and music. […]

You can already use the picture-in-picture mode (PiP) on Android TV, a feature that will also be available on mobile devices running Android O. In case you don’t know, PiP allows you to keep watching a video while you’re simultaneously using another app. The good news is that those of you on the Developer Preview of the latest version of Android can already use the feature, thanks to a simple tweak that will add a new button to the navigation bar. The first thing you have to do is activate the System UI Tuner in Quick Settings by holding down the Settings icon. Then navigate to Settings > System > System UI Tuner > Navigation bar and enter 171 in either the Left or Right keycode, which should enable the PiP mode on your device. See also: Google’s official Android O Developer Preview video walks us through its features 3 days ago Once that’s done, you’ll probably want to test it out, right? Open the YouTube app, play a video, and then tap the new button. This will shrink the video into a tiny window, which will keep on playing. It should stay on top of any other app you open up and can easily be moved around the screen. You can see the feature in action in the video below. You can reopen the YouTube app by double tapping on the video, while a single tap will bring up small controls that can be used for pausing the video and closing the window. Just in case you decide to try to enable this new feature, I must mention that it does have a few bugs, so it might not run quite as smoothly as you would like.

To accompany its Lunar Grey and Fine Gold color variants, the Moto G5 has now received a Sapphire Blue edition in the UK. The new color option is currently an O2 exclusive and starts at £19 on-contract or £139.99 to buy it outright. Similarly, the larger Moto G5 Plus is also rumored to receive a blue edition soon, though this hasn’t been revealed yet. The Moto G5 is the latest model in Motorola’s long-running, low-cost G series, and arrives with a 5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 430 chipset, and 2 GB of RAM. You’ll also find a 13 MP camera on the rear, 5 MP front-facing camera, 2,800 mAh battery and 16 GB of internal storage space — expandable via microSD card. It’s possible that this is a timed-exclusive and that it may land elsewhere before long; I’ve reached out to Motorola to find out more and I’ll update this article if I hear back. You can read our hands-on Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus review here and you can let us know in the comments what you think of the new color. I’m a big fan, but I think Huawei’s metallic P9 color variants are still my favorite.

Twitter has announced it will now no longer count username @mentions in replies towards the 140-character limit. The feature is currently rolling out to the website and the iOS and Android apps. Read more…

LG and Samsung have come out of the gate offering unique aspect ratios on their devices. Google is now encouraging developers to format their apps to take advantage of the added real estate. Read more…

Update (3/30): The LG G6 is now available for purchase on Verizon’s network. As noted below, the G6 costs $28 per month for 24 months, or $672 outright. That 43-inch LG Smart TV promotion is also still going on too, which you should definitely jump on if you’re interested. Full pricing and availability details can be found below. Buy the LG G6 from Verizon Original post: The LG G6 is finally here, and it’s a really great phone. With an 18:9 Quad HD display, Snapdragon 821, a new dual camera setup and Google Assistant on board, this is certainly turning out to be one of the hottest phones of the year. See also: LG G6 review: it flies… like a G6! 2 weeks ago So, when can you actually buy this phone? The LG G6 will officially be available in the United States on Friday, April 7, while availability in Korea begins March 10 starting at 899,800 won (~$795). We’ve also rounded up as much information as we could on European, Canadian and Australian pricing and availability, which you can find below. It’s worth noting that not all carriers around the world have announced specific availability details, but we’ll update this post as we learn more. LG G6 U.S. availability If you’re interested in the LG G6 and happen to live in the U.S., you can now pre-order the device from AT&T and Sprint, and buy the G6 from Verizon. T-Mobile has also just announced that pre-orders will begin on Wednesday, March 22. If you’re interested, feel free to head to the links attached below to pre-order the device from your carrier of choice. Also, if you happen to order the G6 from any of those carriers before Sunday, April 30, you’ll receive a free Google Home with your purchase! To claim your free speaker, head on over […]

Developers are getting ready to head to San Francisco for the Google I/O 2017 conference, which takes place this May 17-19. It’s a few days of madness for the industry, but even more so for developers attending the event. You better get ready for a wild time of learning, announcements and hands-on experience. We know it’s hard to plan it without a schedule, though. Don’t you worry – the first wave of developer sessions has just been published in the official site’s schedule. Of course, this includes the keynote and all the “What’s new in _____” sessions, as well as plenty of other goodies regular consumers will have no idea what they are about. All these sessions will be divided in categories, including topics, themes, types and locations. You can filter all the sessions as you wish and plan your time at I/O. As always, more sessions will continue to be added, so keep checking back for included schedule entries and make sure to make time for some fun! Of course, we will be covering I/O live, so also keep it tuned to Android Authority for all things Android and Google I/O. Google I/O 2017 schedule

Update: Verizon has now started rolling out Android Nougat to HTC 10 devices on its network. The update will deliver all of the benefits of Android Nougat, as well as the latest Android security updates and bug fixes. Welcome to the HTC 10 Android update tracker page. This page covers all major U.S. carriers with a quick reference table for each and a log with links to further details. It will be regularly updated with the latest HTC 10 update information, but it won’t include general security patches. We recommend you bookmark this page so you can stay up to date with the very latest updates. Android Marshmallow update tracker Android 7.0 Nougat update tracker HTC 10 Android Nougat update The HTC 10 began to receive Android Nougat back in November, making HTC one of the first manufacturers to roll it out. The update arrived to unlocked US versions of the device and, soon after, T-Mobile also began to issue the update, deploying it to its customers around January 7. HTC also began rolling out Android Nougat in Europe in early January, before it was stopped due to bugs. It picked up again on January 24, where it hit the UK, but was delayed again a couple of days later due to further technical faults. It started again in February where things ran smoother. Sprint started rolling out the 1.3 GB Nougat update to its customers on February 20, and it landed in India on February 23. Verizon also started rolling out Nougat to the HTC 10 on March 30. HTC 10 Update US HTC 10 update – US Android 6.0.1 Android 7.0 Android 7.11 Verizon Yes Yes TBC T-Mobile Yes Yes TBC Sprint Yes Yes TBC T-Mobile HTC 10 update (2PS6500): January 7, 2017, T-Mobile issues the HTC 10 Android Nougat update to its customers. Sprint HTC 10 update (2PS6500): February 20, 2017, […]

And that’s exactly what CATS: Crash Arena Turbo Stars is, the latest game from the creator of the insanely popular game Cut the Rope. As you can see from the video above, the idea is pretty straightforward: you are a street cat, and you must build your own vehicle to fight with other vehicles. You start off with an unflattering wooden car, but as you progress, with either in-game currency or in-app purchases, you can upgrade your fleet with more menacing gadgets – from soda pop bottles to chainsaws. The goal? Destroy your opponents’ vehicles in one-on-ones to reach Crash Arena, the highest league in the game where you can become the champion. The goal? Destroy your opponents’ vehicles in one-on-ones to reach Crash Arena, the highest league in the game where you can become the champion. As the CEO of ZeptoLab Misha Lyalin explains, the idea is you have to build a vehicle that is not only powerful enough to destroy your opponent’s but also durable enough to withstand a lot of fights. Lyalin says that everyone in the company liked the game during its soft launch and that the company is confident enough to launch it worldwide now. Semyon Voinov, creative director at ZeptoLab, explains just how the game came about: As kids, many of us loved building tanks and battle cars from the stuff in our backyards to create epic toy battles, so we thought — why not turn it into a mobile game? And to make things even more fun, we decided to man our bots with cute — but highly competitive! — kittens. Who doesn’t like machines, explosions, and cats? CATS: Crash Arena Turbo Stars will be available for download in April – not just for Android but also for iOS, Amazon, and Windows Phone – but if you […]

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