There's still no telling when Xiaomi will start selling phones in the United States. However, it is getting ready to start selling other things here in 'Murica, like a battery bank and headphones. All of the company's US products are currently on sale, even though they aren't actually out yet. Read More
The Moto X4 is the first non-Google phone to arrive on Project Fi, but the $399 price tag was asking too much. David referred to it as, "a $400 G5 Plus with NFC in a metal and glass sandwich," which I think is fairly accurate. Project Fi has now made the price more tolerable, by including $100 of service credit when you buy an X4. Read More
Android phone buyers have been begging Google for years to do something about the platform's typically slow updates. As of this month, Android 8.0 Oreo only has 0.3% market share among Android devices, Marshmallow (released in 2015) is still at 30%, and Lollipop (from 2014) sits at 27%. Google's latest attempt to solve this problem is 'Project Treble,' a major restructuring of Android that is part of 8.0 Oreo. Read More
The maelstrom that is Black Friday has come and gone, but there are still outstanding deals to be had in the calm before Cyber Monday. Take the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, for instance: With a display that's tough to beat and helpful multitasking capabilities, the tablet remains one of the more enticing options out there today. Lately, it's becoming one of the more heavily discounted tablets, too. Now you can buy an open-box Tab S3 for just $369.99, which is a rather handsome $230 discount. Read More
Black Friday is over, but there are still a few deals hanging around until Cyber Monday. From now until November 27 at midnight PST (or until supplies run out), you can grab an Alcatel Idol 5S for $80 off, or an Alcatel A30 for $40 off. Read More
At a post-Thanksgiving potluck yesterday, a friend and I were sharing our enthusiasm for Android with someone who recently switched to the platform. One of the first things I always tout in these conversations is Google Opinion Rewards, the app that gives you free Play Store credit in exchange for answering survey questions. As I was talking through it, I took out my phone and opened the app to show my reward history (a shade under $90 since 2014).
Sadly, it appears that some Opinion Rewards users recently lost the luxury to do that at all, thanks to a glitch that loads HTML code instead of readable, formatted text and images within the app. Read More
OnePlus is keeping to its promise, rolling out the first Open Beta to the OnePlus 5. The biggest highlight, of course, is Android 8.0 Oreo and all of the goodies that come along with that OS version jump. Read More
Asus has been busy in 2017, but amongst the madness that is the Zenfone 4 family, the company took some time to partner with Verizon to launch another device exclusive to Big Red. This is the Zenfone V, a phone that bears some resemblance to one of Samsung's older phones, but it packs 2016 flagship specs into a small, manageable frame all for just $240 ($10/month). Read More
Fitbit started out making simple step counters that clipped on your pocket, but over time it added displays, exercise tracking, heart rate monitors, and more. Many of its rivals have changed their focus or simply gone out of business, but Fitbit is fast becoming a household name. The last few wrist-based Fitbit devices have been vaguely smartwatch-like, but the true Fitbit smartwatch has been elusive—until now. After acquiring some bits from the now-defunct Pebble, Fitbit has its very own smartwatch called the Ionic.
This device has a definite "Fitbit" aesthetic. It's thick, and the screen is rectangular and rather small. You want corners? Read More
The Pixel 2 XL isn't an inexpensive phone by any means, and discounts on Google phones are pretty rare within the first few months of release. That makes this $50 discount (and you could be saving a lot more if you live in one of 46 states that tax isn't charged for) a pretty big deal. Read More