AT&T's existing "Next" plans offer the option to upgrade after a certain amount of the device has been paid off, but there are four different versions and the naming can be confusing. For example, Next 24 is actually a 30-month pay-off schedule with an upgrade at 24 months. Well, AT&T has announced it's cutting the options down to just two, and it's adding a new Next Every Year plan for annual upgrades. Read More
Storage is always getting cheaper thanks to the unstoppable march of technology. That's particularly apparent in the prices of microSD cards, which are more affordable than ever. I remember once paying $100 for a 1GB SD card, but that was many years ago. Today, you can get the Silicon Power 128GB microSD card for $29.95. Read More
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Android Police coverage: Air Attack 2 Mixes Retro Shoot-Em-Up Gameplay With Fantastic 3D Graphics And A Great Free-To-Play Model
Air Attack was one of the best games of the early Android boom back in 2011, combining old-school shoot-em-up gameplay with 3D graphics and mobile controls. Read More
Spotify's Family Plan launched around 18 months ago, costing up to $29.99 for five members. While not outrageously expensive in the grand scheme of things, it was vastly overpriced compared to its chief competitors, Google Play Music and Apple Music, both of which charge $14.99 for six users on their Family Plans.
Consequently, Spotify has just adjusted the pricing to match Apple and Google – six users for $14.99. A member with an already-existing Spotify account can keep their playlists, saved items and recommendations, which is good, and the six people included on a Family Plan each get their own Spotify account with full Premium status. Read More
Waiting on a carrier is not the only way to get the most recent version of Android onto your device. There's the option to flash a custom ROM instead.
You can't go that route unless your device is supported, so technically, you may still find yourself waiting. Fortunately CyanogenMod 13 nightlies with Android 6.0 have now arrived for the Galaxy S5 on Sprint, US Cellular, and Vodafone. Read More
Have you even seen a phone launch occur in space? No, you haven't. And after OnePlus announces its next flagship phone, the OnePlus 3, you may feel like you have. The company intends to launch its latest phone from a virtual space station. Read More
It's a foregone conclusion that AT&T is about to release a ruggedized version of the Galaxy S7 called the Galaxy S7 Active. It's done it for the last few Galaxy flagships, and the phone has leaked a few times. Now, Venture Beat has more detailed specs for the device, and most of it is no surprise. It's a GS7 with a different chassis and a bigger battery. The size of that battery is a bit of a surprise—it's apparently 4,000mAh. Read More
Jaybird has made some of the nicest Bluetooth earbuds you could buy in recent years with the X series. The Freedom wireless earbuds are designed to be an even more premium version of that product. These buds were announced back at CES in January with a more compact all-metal form factor, but that comes with an increased price. The Jaybird Freedom Bluetooth earbuds are now available for purchase at $199.95. Read More
Google I/O 2016 came to a close on Friday, and it marked our sixth year in attendance to Google's annual developer bash. A great many topics were covered from divisions all over Google, with lots of announcements big and small, both consumer and developer-facing. Our first I/O recap covered the front half of the show, while Mark takes a look at some of the announcements from Google's ATAP division as well as shares some thoughts on the show and news overall this year. Read More
The new Android N developer preview has some important new features, but also a lot of little changes. For example, a new package installer UI. It's not dramatically different, but you can see the new one above and the old one below for comparison. Read More