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? See also: OnePlus 5: everything we know so far 4 days ago 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 […]

App developers are pushing the envelope on a daily basis trying to improve and enhance our smartphone and tablet experiences. In fact, so many Android apps come out every day that it’s difficult to keep track of them all. It’s difficult to usurp the best of the best but if you’re getting bored with what you’ve got and want to try something new, check out the best new Android apps from the last month! You can watch the videos from passed months by clicking here! Looking for more awesome apps? Here are some more awesome Android app lists!   10 best new Android games from May 2017! 18 hours ago   15 best Android apps of 2017 4 weeks ago Amazon FreeTime Price: Free / $6.99-$9.99 per month DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY Amazon FreeTime is a new kids app. It boasts a collection of video content from big kids companies like PBS, Nickelodeon, Disney, and others. There is also a variety of books, games, and other content for kids. You can use the app’s dashboard to list the age of your kid. The content then changes based on the child’s age. Amazon made the pricing a little complicated. However, this is one of the few services that Amazon offers to people without an Amazon Prime subscription. Don’t get us wrong, though, it’s cheaper if you do have one already. DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY AMOLED mnml Wallpapers Price: Free / $1.49 – $1.99 DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY AMOLED mnml Wallpapers is an app that describes itself. It’s a wallpapers app with a host of minimal wallpapers. Most of the wallpapers feature lots of black. That helps with battery life a little bit when used on AMOLED screens. The base app has a ton of fun, minimal wallpapers. There are also donate […]

Android gaming is getting bigger and better every month it seems and there is always a slew of new titles coming to Google Play. Whether you’re a casual gamer or you want something with a beat more meat on its bones, there’s usually a game coming out to suit everyone’s taste. Let’s take a look at the best new Android games from the last month! You can watch the videos on YouTube from passed months by clicking here! Looking for more new stuff? Check out these recommended app lists!   10 best new Android apps from May 2017! 8 hours ago   15 best Android games of 2017 4 weeks ago Battle Bay Price: Free with in-app purchases DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY Battle Bay is a surprise release from Rovio. Even more surprising is that it’s a MOBA. Instead of characters, players will drive different boats. Each one has its own set of strengths and weaknesses. It plays like most MOBAs. You and some other players square off against an opposing team. The first team to capture all the points wins. Games are generally quick. It also features guilds, upgrades, and more. The MOBA genre is fairly anemic on mobile so it’s nice to see a major company get into it. DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY Crosswords With Friends Price: Free with in-app purchases DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY Crosswords With Friends is the latest game from Zynga. It plays a lot like other With Friends games in the franchise. You and a friend start filling out a crossword puzzle. The one who does the best wins that round. You can play with friends or against strangers on the Internet. It’s an easy and quick game to pick up and play. It also has various crossword categories, new content added periodically, and […]

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. Weekend bonus: this is an old-ish mockup of Project Joan, a.k.a. the LG V30. Not clear if the project is still headed in this direction. [1] — Evan Blass (@evleaks) May 27, 2017 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 […]

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Got yourself a brand new Google Jamboard? Probably not. The thing does cost $4,999, but some companies may find it pretty useful. Regardless, those who do happen to have one can now enjoy the official app, which Google has just released via the Play Store. What the app can do will depend on the type of device you are using. It can accomplish certain tasks when using a tablet, while using the application with a smartphone will turn your device into a glorified controller of sorts. Tablet users can create jams, as well as collaborate on them. It’s also possible to share, work together and insert content into jams. On the other hand, smartphone users can’t create new jams, but they can control what happens in the physical Jamboard. You can use the app to detect Jamboards around you, throw content at them and include sticky notes. Go ahead and download the Jamboard app now, but it will be pretty useless unless you have that $4,999 screen. Have any of our readers tried this thing? Hit the comments to let us know what you think of it. Download Jamboard

You read that right! It seems the industry is all about throwing as many cameras into a phone as humanly possible. Gionee has announced the S10, which is looking like a great phone on paper, but does have one thing that stands out. Actually… it has four. The Gionee S10’s main feature is its four cameras – two in the back and two in the front. This Chinese manufacturer is not very popular in the West, but it has a reputation for going above and beyond industry standards. It’s also worth noting that at least a few companies have released Gionee phones under their own branding in western markets, with at least a few BLU phones being based around Gionee’s product line. They announced the M6S last April; that thing has a titanic 6,020 mAh battery! But are they doing this for the sake of being different or to really innovate? See also: Best Chinese Android phones 3 weeks ago Gionee claims one of the back cameras has an F/1.8 aperture, helping it achieve better low-light photography. Other advantages include wider angles, the ability to catch 3D effects, distance measurement and more. The phone’s other specs are also pretty good. The device comes with a Mediatek Helio P25 processor, 6 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal storage, a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a 3,450 mAh battery, and Android 7.0 Nougat. As for the cameras, we are looking at a 16 MP and an 8 MP camera in the rear. The front houses a 20 MP camera and a secondary 8 MP one. Interested? Here’s the downside – you will likely have a hard time getting a hold of one, unless you live in China. It is now available in its home country for 2,599 Yuan, which is equivalent to about $380 USD. What […]

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? 4.8 out of 5 stars – Amazon Customer Reviews 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! Check it out Is this deal not quite right for you? Head over to the AAPICKS HUB for more savings you’re going to love! For notifications of offers and price […]

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (Bluetooth SIG) announced Bluetooth 5 during the summer of 2016 and then towards the end of that year the new specification was officially ratified and we started to see Bluetooth 5 appear in hardware, first in development boards and then in consumer devices, most notably the Galaxy S8. Last month I got hold of a couple of Bluetooth 5 enabled nRF52840 development boards from Nordic Semiconductor. Using these I was able to test the real world capabilities of Bluetooth 5 and also cut through some of the marketing hype about the new standard. Most notably I was able to clear up the huge confusion around the ideas that Bluetooth 5 offers 4 times the range and twice the speed. In fact it turns out that Bluetooth 5 does offer (almost) twice the throughput when the two communicating devices are close to each other, but towards the edge of the possible range I demonstrated that Bluetooth 5 has the same throughput as Bluetooth 4. At the same time I busted some of the myths about Bluetooth 5 offering 4 times the range. The way it has been presented is that the 4x range and the 2x throughput work hand-in-hand, whereas the truth is that the extra range is only available when using a special connection type built into Bluetooth 5, known as a CODED connection. These CODED connections offer a very low throughput, around 109Kbps, but with the advantage of greater range. Bottom line, forget any dreams of taking your Bluetooth 5 enabled speakers out into the yard while your smartphone is in your bedroom and still getting a good connection speed. For more details on all this you really should watch my video the truth about Bluetooth 5. After my testing with the development boards, I turned my attention […]

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