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Fast charging can be a difficult topic to wrap your head around. There are a lot of competing standards, all with different cables and power adapters, but one of the most popular is Qualcomm's 'Quick Charge' technology. There are different versions with different charging speeds, but QC 2.0 and 3.0 are still common to find in today's phones and tablets.
Verizon is celebrating the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G today with a new round of speed trials — some even breaking past the 1Gbps mark — and the announcement of 20 cities that will get 5G service by the end of the year. The carrier is also pushing customer incentives to defray the massive cost of its first integrated 5G smartphone.
If you're on a budget and want an Android phone, you usually have two choices - buy one of the many low-end Android devices, or purchase an old flagship. For the latter case, you can now get a manufacturer-refurbished LG G4 for just $119.99 - about $130 less than the unlocked G4 on Amazon.
There was a time some years ago that CyanogenMod was the surest way to get the latest build of Android on your phone. It's a little slower these days, but development continues to chug along. The CM team hopes to roll out the first nightly builds of CM14.1 later tonight, but not all devices will be supported right away.
Android users are spoiled for choice when it comes to browser alternatives, from the more well known Firefox Focus, UC Browser, and Microsoft Edge, to the more niche Brave Browser and Puffin. We now how one more option — Xiaomi's Mint Browser, which boasts low storage and memory requirements.
The LG G4 came out roughly a year ago, and it was a rather nice phone, all things considered. The price started out up in the standard flagship range, but it has come down considerably. Now, you can pick up a new-ish G4 on eBay for $200. That's a solid deal.
Not interested in those new flagships from Samsung, LG, or HTC? Or maybe you just want a cheap smartphone for your teenage kid, your parents, your tech-challenged spouse, or as a secondary device for yourself? Here are a couple of Woot deals for you.
The site is offering both the LG G4 and LG G3 as refurbished units for significantly reduced prices. Both phones come in 32GB storage variants, both have large 5.5" screens, removable batteries, expandable storage, good cameras, and decent processors. Woot says these are unlocked and Grade A Refurbished devices with no scratches or scuffs on the screen or casing and they come with a 90-day warranty and a charger in the box.
Far be it from humble Android bloggers to tell a multi-billion-dollar telecom corporation what to do with its nigh-infinite resources. But when you're rolling out something that your competitors have offered for some time, it's usually prudent to make it available to as many people as possible. That doesn't seem to be the case for AT&T's Wi-Fi calling feature. The first phone to get it is the Galaxy S7... no, wait, sorry, I made a mistake. That's the choice that would make sense. The first phone to get AT&T Wi-Fi calling is the LG G4.
The brand-spankin'-new LG G5 is certainly interesting, but its modular accessory system hasn't won everyone over, including David Ruddock in his full review. If you still want a new phone but would prefer to return to a simpler time when a leather back plate was the gimmick of the year, one eBay vendor is selling last year's model at a significant discount. The G4, with 32GB of storage and an upgraded (and somewhat divisive) black leather back, is just $274.99.
One day bootleg pants are all the rage, the next it's considered a faux-pas to wear one and everyone moves to skinny leg pants. A couple of years later, bootleg pants are back in style and you feel like you understand nothing about nothing because you just threw yours in the trash. Just like clothing fashion, smartphone design goes through cycles. A few years ago, the Note 3 started the trend of using faux-leather with stitching on the back and so followed the Note 3 Neo, Note 4, and Note Edge. Not to be outdone by it, LG carried on the torch with the LG G4 and its middle stripe stitch, but the style pretty much died with it.