Yesterday I mentioned that flagship phones tend to drop in street price surprisingly quickly. Thank you, eBay sellers, for proving my point. Today the Galaxy S7 Duos, the dual-SIM version of Samsung's yearly upgrade, is just $529.99 on eBay for a new (not used or refurbished) phone. The prices for the Duos model aren't very consistent in dollars, but this unlocked GSM phone is almost $170 off the retail price of the single-SIM model at AT&T.
The Now On Tap portion of Google Search, still limited to Marshmallow and the Android N developer preview, is getting some new bells and whistles. A few readers tipped us off about the ability to select text in any app, activate the Now On Tap gesture, and get results only about the selected text. It's a great way to narrow the text recognition portion of the tool (which bowed earlier this year) down to only what you want. As we were preparing to report on the new feature, Google went ahead and announced it in a blog post, along with some other neat additions. Read More
You know how you still don't have Google Fiber in your area, even after offering to relinquish your immortal soul to Google? Well, there's about to be yet another reason to be sad about that. Google is preparing to add Cast support to all existing Google Fiber TV boxes. However, there are some weird restrictions. Read More
Last year, Google announced a new version of its account management hub with a vastly better interface and a few nifty extras. Now that it's been live for a year, Google is celebrating with some new features. First and foremost, there's a streamlined UI for finding your devices, but that's not all that's awaiting you in the My Account hub. Read More
Microsoft is about to hit it big with one of China's top smartphone manufacturers: Xiaomi. It has announced today a multi-faceted deal with the company including sales of patents, cross-licensing arrangements, and software pre-installation, expanding its OEM partnerships and its services' worldwide reach while also providing Xiaomi with the support it needed to enter more markets.
Microsoft will be selling 1500 patents to Xiaomi — it's not clear whether these came from the Nokia acquisition, its many other acquisitions, or ones that it originally filed for. Regardless, according to Wang Xiang, senior vice president at Xiaomi, this should beef up Xiaomi's arsenal of patents and should, theoretically, make it easier for the company to enter Western markets with lesser friction from other patent holders. Read More
In today's groundbreaking earth-shattering life-changing cosmic-displacing news, OnePlus has revealed that you will not need an invite to buy the OnePlus 3, which will be announced on June 14. That's the gist of the story really, you can start writing comments about how mind-blowing that is or how I'm so obviously biased for using such a sarcastic tone, but if you stick around to read the next paragraph, I promise to give you some background information with a more impartial tone.
Still here? Alright. So ever since the first OnePlus One, the company has been using an invite system to let users buy its phones. Read More
Apps are getting big - that's one thing no one will deny. With some games reaching more than a gigabyte of space - LEGO Star Wars on my Nexus 6P is 1.17GB - it's becoming an issue for phones with less storage capacity than the more high-end offerings. To that end, Google is introducing an uninstall manager to the Play Store, nine months after Cody discovered its existence in an APK teardown.
We don't know how long this has been live - Google could have just flicked the switch on it, or maybe others have seen it in the past as well. Read More
Samsung owners who are on Verizon are lucky this week. Yesterday, the operator started pushing Marshmallow in an OTA update to the Galaxy S5 and today it's ready to roll out the same Android 6.0 to the Galaxy Tab S2.
The software version number is MMB29K.T817VVRU2BPE1 and it brings all of Marshmallow's goodies to the Tab S2, including Doze mode for longer battery life, per-app permissions for more control over your apps, and Google Now on Tap for... whatever you find Now on Tap is useful for. There are many more Android 6.0 features to enjoy too, as we've previously detailed. Read More
Samsung may be deemphasizing its stylus-packing Note devices, but LG is still pushing its more budget-friendly stylus phones. They're even called "Stylus." The new Stylus 2 Plus is out today in Taiwan and it'll be coming to Asia, South America, Europe, and North America in a few weeks. LG says this device will be a bit more high-power than the last Stylus too. Read More
Sony has long been (rightly) criticized for ignoring the US market, opting to release phones here very late or not at all. In the case of the Marshmallow-powered Xperia X series, it's just a little late. These devices were announced at Mobile World Congress a few months ago with only vague talk about a US release, but now all four models are coming to the US in waves. It starts today with pre-orders for the Xperia X. Read More