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Phones are only getting pricier as the years go on, so selling your old handset is one of the best ways you can recoup the increasing cost of upgrading. And unless your phone is absolutely ancient, there's a good chance it's worth going through the trouble of selling it. And best of all, it's something you can feel at least kind of good about, because you'll be giving your old phone a second life with someone else (or having it e-recycled), and that's a lot better than having it slowly rot in a landfill for decades.
Xiaomi is now slinging phones (and scooters) in France. Senior Vice President Wang Xiang announced on Twitter today that a number of outlets in the country now carry Xiaomi's products, specifically mentioning the Mi Mix 2S, Redmi Note 5, and Mi Electric Scooter.
Oh, Opera. You've been around for a long time (considerably longer than Android or Google, in fact) but aside from a great showing back in the J2ME days, you've never managed to break into those competitive browser markets. The latest financial figures and projections, as reported by Reuters, don't look particularly good for the Norwegian software company. Though Opera Software's revenues grew in the second quarter, they didn't meet analyst expectations, and adjusted earnings missed the target by a factor of $1.6 million. The projection for total 2015 revenue has been cut from $630-650 million down to $600-618 million.
If all those numbers make your head spin, just know that they're not good.
PayPal is among the most well-known ways to send money over the web. Whether buying or selling, spotting the company's button on a site signals to many that they're in for a convenient time seeing a transaction through to the end. PayPal has long offered buyers protection against fraud in the case of tangible goods. Now it will do the same with digital purchases as well in the US.
With Purchase Protection, buyers can file a claim if the product that they receive is significantly different from what was advertised or if they never receive their order at all. This now applies to apps, digital albums, e-books, games, tickets, and services that provide a product you can't physically touch.
There isn't a person reading this site that hasn't already heard of eBay. The site has been around since the 90s and allows folks to buy and sell stuff all over the world. Now the company is working on a service that lets people sell exclusively in their local area. It's called Close5, and it's now available for Android. Unfortunately, most of us can't use it just yet.
Close5 currently only serves the San Francisco Bay Area, San Diego, and Las Vegas. The app provides the ability to sign in with your Facebook account, list an item, message privately with a potential buyer, and arrange a meetup in a public place to complete the sale.
Back when the Google Glass Explorer program was starting up, there was a bit of a to do about the fact that users of the beta hardware were not permitted to sell their Glass units. After some consumer uproar, Google amended their position to allow lending Glass to others on a limited basis. They still preferred people not sell Glass, and explicitly told Explorers that their Glass units would be disabled if they did so. That appears to have changed.
It's not too difficult to sell stuff online. There's eBay, Craigslist, and any number of online marketplaces just waiting for you to sign in and let go of your discarded items. But here's the thing, these sites require users to pass a certain laziness threshold, and frankly, many of us aren't willing to bother. That's where Sold comes in. This app will sel your stuff for you, ship you a package for shipping, and give you your easily-earned money. All you have to do is snap a few pictures and tape up a box. It doesn't get much easier than that.
Internet auctionhouse eBay has pushed an update to its official Android app today that brings a number of long-desired features, including a slew of seller features. You can now list an item from start-to-finish, and every thing in between, all without ever touching a computer.
Here's a look at the full changelog:
Selling on eBay is now supported (available in US and UK with support for more countries coming soon!)
Quickly list an item from start to finish on your phone and include up to 8 photos
Use the integrated barcode scanner from RedLaser to prefill item details when listing an item
Revise an item from your Active Selling list
Relist an item from your Unsold list
Sell one like this feature available when viewing a similar item on eBay
Schedule an auction to start immediately or choose a later date
End an active auction
Mark an item as shipped
Contact the buyer
Updated home screen
View your own feedback ratings and recent comments from eBay members
More options for refining your search results: condition, free shipping, location, completed listings and sold items only
Fix for issue that restricted bidding for users on specific carriers/devices
Other bug fixes and improvements
Unfortunately, as you can see, the new selling features are only available in the US and UK at the moment, with "support for more countries coming soon."
No matter what you say about AT&T (i.e. how long can they keep locking down sideloading no their Android phones?), at least their commitment to Android has definitely picked up compared to only a few months ago.
Today, as expected, 2 more new Android phones are available on AT&T, namely Motorola Backflip and Motorola Flipout.
The Bravo is a slightly more upscale of the two, but still fails to impress me in any way other than being DLNA-enabled. To refresh your memory, here are the Bravo specs: