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  • 48 hours with the Galaxy Fold: Incredible potential amidst a potential mess
    by Daniel Bader on April 18, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    I was playing Settlers of Catan when everything went to hell. It was late morning on Sunday, October 9, 2016 and I was at a rented cottage with my wife and some friends, drinking some coffee. It was Canadian Thanksgiving, so I had no plans to work that day. Suddenly, two days shy of a month after the first recall, Galaxy Note 7 batteries started exploding again. I'd already had my unit replaced with one that was deemed safe, and for a couple of weeks things had been relatively quiet. It appeared that Samsung had quickly identified the problem with its latest smartphone — batteries produced for the phone by Samsung SDI had a design flaw that warped some of the electrodes near the top right of the cell, causing potential thermal runaway and short circuiting. Causing potential fires. Except the fires weren't just potential; they were very real. The following day, October 10, Samsung recalled the Note 7 for a second time, canceling it outright a few days later. The company report... […]

  • The Galaxy S10's week one sales were 16% higher compared to the S9
    by Joe Maring on April 18, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    Samsung's 10th year of Galaxy flagships is something to behold. Every year, Samsung kicks off the year with its Galaxy S devices. These serve as a showcase of the very best that the company has to offer, and this year, we were treated to a total of three new devices with the Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e. Whether you're looking for the latest news, want to know how the phones compare to other gadgets, need help finding a good case, or anything else in between, you're in the right place. The latest Galaxy S10 news April 18, 2019 — The Galaxy S10's week one sales were 16% higher compared to the S9 The Galaxy S10 offers a lot of big improvements over the S9, and thanks to new data from Counterpoint Research, it looks like Samsung's upgrades for the S10 series really paid off. According to Counterpoint: The new S10 series sold 16% more in the first week of its sales compared to last year's sales of the Galaxy S9 series. This is a comparison of sales in the US between March 8... […]

  • Here's why Galaxy Fold displays are already failing
    by Andrew Martonik on April 18, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    There are two distinct issues here, and only one is particularly fixable. Just a couple of days after journalists, including us here at Android Central, got their hands on the Galaxy Fold for the very first time, multiple reports surfaced that initial review devices are having out-and-out screen failures. At least four different devices have major screen issues that have required fully replacing the device, which may not seem like a lot until you realize that at this point there are perhaps only a few dozen Galaxy Folds in the hands of people outside of Samsung employees. From looking at all of the information available, and using a Galaxy Fold myself, there are clearly two distinct issues at play here: one that's fixable, and one that should very much be a concern for Samsung as the Fold gets into consumers' hands. Problem 1: The screen's plastic covering looks removable This is the "fixable" problem of the two. The Galaxy Fold, as every other foldable phone, has a plastic ... […]

  • The best Micro-USB cables
    by Marc Lagace on April 18, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    I understand that USB-C is the new hotness — and it's hard to resist that sexy, reversible magic — but for all your legacy devices and metric tons of peripherals, a good Micro-USB cable is still a requirement. Micro-USB cables are just about everywhere these days (I've got dozens slithering around my apartment like snakes) and there's still plenty of quality and choice to be found if you find yourself needing a new one. These are the best of the best around. Long-distance dependability Anker Nylon Braided Tangle-Free Micro-USB cable Staff pick Anker's Nylon Braided Micro-USB cable is a good choice if you have limited power outlets in a large room and you need the reach, available in lengths up to 10 feet with a durable braided sheathing and corrosion-resistant gold-plated connectors. From $6 at Amazon I have the power! Anker PowerLine+ Micro-USB cable Made of Kevlar — the same stuff that bulletproof vests are made from — Anker boasts that this du... […]

  • These are the best replacement SSDs for your PS4
    by James Bricknell on April 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    So you've decided that you have got to throw a new SSD in your PlayStation 4. It's one of those upgrades that may, or may not visibly improve things, but if you can do it, why not? Most of the read and write speeds are comparable to each other, but we have put them in case it's a deciding factor for you. Here are some of the best options available to you. Good at everything Western Digital Blue Staff pick If you want a 1TB SSD at a great price but you would rather stick with a more recognizable name, consider this Western Digital drive. You will have loads of space for storage, 560MB/s and 530MB/s read and write speeds, and a 5-year manufacturer warranty. $128 at Amazon Good speed, decent price Crucial MX500 This Crucial drive will get you into some super fast SSD speeds — 560MB/s and 510MB/s read and write speeds respectively — while not breaking the bank. In addition, if anything goes wrong with it, you are supported by a 5-year manufacturer warranty. $70 a... […]

  • New Limited-Time Modes highlights latest Fortnite 8.40 patch
    by Anthony J Nash on April 18, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Ready for something new? Check it out! The latest content update for Fortnite - the 8.40 patch - hit servers earlier this week, and brought with it two limited-time game modes, an updated weapon, and continued fixes for various glitches in the game. The biggest update in the 8.40 patch is the inclusion of a brand new limited-time game mode, Air Royale. As its name suggests, Air Royale will see players hopping in an X-4 Stormwing and fight to become the last plane flying. Players can also unlock brand new wraps in by finishing newly introduced challenges for the game mode. The other mode, Food Fight - Deep Fried, will see players building protection around their teams mascot in an effort to protect it from rising lava. Also introduced into the game was an updated version of the Infantry Rifle. With the weapon now getting higher rarities, players can now do even more damage with the rifle. You can check out the full list of changes to the Battle Royale portion of Fortnite below, an... […]

  • You can now listen to YouTube Music on Google Home for free
    by Joe Maring on April 18, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    There's a lot going on with the Google Assistant — let's break down the important stuff. In May 2016, we got our very first taste of the Google Assistant with the debut of Allo. The Assistant was a big draw to Allo at the time, with Google marketing it as a helpful bot that could make restaurant reservations, search the web, and more within your conversations. Since then, the Assistant has gained heaps of new features and expanded to smartphones, tablets, speakers, and more. Google's shown no interest in slowing down development for the Assistant, meaning that it's likely here for the long haul. Whether this is your first encounter with it or you just need a quick refresher, here's everything you need to know about the Google Assistant. The latest Google Assistant news April 18, 2019 — You can now listen to YouTube Music on Google Home for free Google's YouTube Music service still has a ways to go to properly compete with the likes of Spotify and Apple Music, but to... […]

  • Facebook says it exposed millions of Instagram user passwords
    by Joe Maring on April 18, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    Affected users are being contacted now. Back in late March, Facebook came under fire for storing its users' passwords in a readable format — exposing around 600 million passwords to its employees. As if that wasn't bad enough, Facebook's now quietly announced that something similar also happened to Instagram accounts. Added as a text update to an article on the Facebook Newsroom published four weeks ago, Facebook says the following: Update on April 18, 2019 at 7AM PT: Since this post was published, we discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format. We now estimate that this issue impacted millions of Instagram users. We will be notifying these users as we did the others. Our investigation has determined that these stored passwords were not internally abused or improperly accessed Yep. It happened again. While Facebook reassures that the passwords weren't compromised or abused, it's remarkable the company didn't catch this sooner fol... […]

  • Galaxy S10 gets a dedicated Night mode with latest software update
    by Joe Maring on April 18, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    It can be enabled manually whenever you want. The Galaxy S10 has a pretty impressive combo of cameras to work with, and when the lights go down and you still want to snap photos, there's a feature called "Bright Night" that makes it easier to capture low-light images. As effective as it is, Bright Night is slightly annoying in the sense that it can't be enabled manually and is only used when the S10 thinks it should be turned on. Thankfully, that's changing with a software update that's rolling out to the Galaxy S10 now. After downloading the update, you'll find a new Night mode in the camera app. This is the exact same Bright Night feature, but it can now be used whenever you want. It's unclear why something like this wasn't available from day one, but we're happy to see it make an appearance nonetheless. In addition to Night mode, this update also includes improved HDR/photo resolution, touch optimizations for Pocket Mode, and the April 2019 security patch. It's rolling out no... […]

  • Official Pixel 3a and 3a XL renders allegedly leak
    by Joe Maring on April 18, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Here's what we know about the mysterious mid-range Pixel phone. Google's Pixel 3 and 3 XL smartphones are two of the very best Android devices you can buy — if you have at least $800. We've heard talk of a mid-range Pixel phone for a while now, and at some point in 2019, it looks it could become a reality in the form of the Pixel 3a. Here's everything we know so far about Google's third entry in the Pixel 3 series! The latest Pixel 3a news April 18, 2019 — Official Pixel 3a and 3a XL renders allegedly leak Per a report from Android Headlines, two new renders have surfaced showcasing what's supposedly the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. The renders are a bit fuzzy, but we can confirm that they line up with other CAD-based renders that were leaked back in December. The phones will be made out of plastic, have large-ish bezels compared to the regular Pixel 3 series, and there's no notch in sight for either model. If the phones look a little chunky, that's because it would... […]

  • These are the best gaming controllers for the NVIDIA Shield TV
    by Marc Lagace on April 18, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    The NVIDIA Shield TV is the best Android box for gamers, with so many great ways to play the best games from the Google Play Store as well as PC games streamed through NVIDIA's GeForce NOW service. If you want a couple of extra controllers for some couch multiplayer, you'll be happy to know that alongside its own excellent controller, the NVIDIA Shield TV offers Bluetooth support for other great gaming controllers. Specially designed by NVIDIA NVIDIA Shield Controller Staff Pick The NVIDIA Shield controller is designed to take full advantage of all that the NVIDIA Shield can do, with a built-in microphone for Google Assistant and a headphone jack along with dedicated volume and Android system controls. Unlike other controller options, it connects via Wi-Fi so there are no latency issues to contend with. $55 at Amazon Retro gaming bliss 8Bitdo SNES30 The 8Bitdo SNES30 controller offers a familiar controller with some modern improvements such as dual thumbsticks and a secon... […]

  • Cel-shaded classic XIII returns this fall in new remake for PlayStation 4
    by Jennifer Locke on April 18, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    Step into the cel-shaded world of XIII in its new remake as you search for answers to clear your name in a heinous crime. Over 15 years after its initial release in 2003, XIII is being remade for PlayStation 4. If you didn't get a chance to play it on a PS2 or are looking to re-experience the game in a whole new light, this is the perfect opportunity. XIII is a first-person shooter where you play as "Thirteen," a talented soldier who lost his memory and has been accused of killing the President of the United States. You first wake up injured and amnesic on Brighton Beach with the only clue being a small key and a mysterious tattoo that reads "XIII" next to your clavicle. It's now your job to search for answers through a 34-level solo campaign. Don't worry, you will find the appropriate weapon arsenal along the way. So many questions… so many bullets! There aren't a lot of details regarding the remake, but Microids' Head of Production François Coulon stated in... […]

  • HP launches the stylish new Chromebook 15 starting at $449
    by Jason England on April 18, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    An attractive blend of style and power. HP has a new Chromebook on the block, and this one is as stylish as it is powerful. The new HP Chromebook 15 includes a 15.6-inch 1080p touchscreen display with micro edge bezels on the sides. This beautiful touch display is perfect for working, using Android apps, or watching videos. Speaking of working, the full-sized keyboard features a numeric keypad and is backlit from edge to edge, providing you number crunchers a way to be more productive while on the go. The HP Chromebook 15 also provides plenty of connection options with a full-sized USB port, two USB-C ports used for charging or data transfers, a headphone jack, Bluetooth, and of course Wi-Fi. The body of the HP Chromebook 15 features a metal A cover with a ceramic-like white finish and a metal keyboard deck that comes in either Mineral Silver or Cloud Blue. When it comes to power, the HP Chromebook 15 packs either an Intel Pentium or 8th gen Intel Core i processor, 4GB ... […]

  • How to use an Amazon Echo as a Bluetooth speaker with your Android phone
    by Clinton Bowman on April 18, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Your Amazon Echo isn't just an effective smart assistant capable of managing your smart home. The Echo family of devices are also capable Bluetooth speakers for those of us that store their music on their Android smartphones. Don't know how to set this up? Let us show you how to take advantage of this awesome feature on your Amazon Echo device. How to link your Android phone to your Amazon Echo via Bluetooth I used a Samsung Galaxy S9 running Android 9 (Pie) with Samsung One UI for this guide. Depending on the operating system, user interface and device model you're using, things may look a little different. That being said, the setup should be similar across the board. On your Android Device, swipe down from the top of your screen to open your notifications drawer. Tap the cog icon in the upper right corner of your screen to access your settings menu. You can also open your app drawer and tap the Settings icon as a substitute for step 1 and 2. In the settings menu, tap Connec... […]

  • uTalk can teach you two new languages for only $20
    by Android Central on April 18, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    It should go without saying that learning a new language is one of the best things you can do when it comes to keeping your mind active and healthy—not to mention the more obvious fact that it makes traveling to your favorite foreign destinations much more enjoyable. uTalk Language Education is a platform that lets you learn virtually any language without having to succumb to boring and tedious memorization exercises, and a lifetime subscription is available for over 75% off at just $19.99. Unlike most language-learning platforms that require hours of mindless repetition, uTalk uses entertaining and engaging exercises and games to teach you to speak like a true local. You’ll be able to choose two languages from a massive database of over 140 languages (with no time limit on when you need to choose the second), and you’ll be able to measure your progress as you go along. This service even allows you to learn from native voice artists, so you’ll be able to l... […]

  • Astro C40 TR vs Razer Raiju Ultimate: Which should you buy?
    by Jennifer Locke on April 18, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Controllers can make or break your gaming experience, so how do you know which is best for you? We've tested out the best premium controllers money can buy to help you make a decision. Astro C40 TR Versatility $200 at Amazon Pros Swappable D-pad and thumbstick modules Free configuration software Cheaper Cons Fewer extra remappable buttons Needs dongle for wireless connection The Astro C40 TR upon first glance isn't as fancy as the Raiju Ultimate, but it packs the important features where it counts. Razer Raiju Ultimate Familiar territory $270 at Amazon Pros Quick control panel App support Bluetooth 500 customized profiles saved in the Cloud Cons More expensive Heavier The Razer Raiju Ultimate sports quality app control along with four multi-function buttons for whoever needs them. Out of the two options here though, it's heavier and more expensive. For the purpose of this article, I'll be comparing the higher-end Razer Raiju Ultimate model to the Astro C40 TR, wh... […]

  • The Moto G6 Play is getting its Android Pie update
    by Jerry Hildenbrand on April 18, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    See when your phone will get the latest version of Android. Latest Updates April 18, 2019 — The Moto G6 Play is getting its Android Pie update Motorola posted the Android Pie release notes today for Moto G6 Play. The update will include all the typical Pie goodies including, a redesigned task manager that shows apps horizontally instead of vertically, navigation gestures, and a revamped quick settings menu. It will also include the April security patch and a whole list of improvements to security, usability, and performance. Once the update has downloaded and is ready to install, you should receive a notification. However, if you're the impatient type, you can try checking manually by going into settings, system, system updates, download and install. The update is most likely rolling out in stages, so if it isn't showing up for you yet then it should within the next few days. April 17, 2019 — Android Pie beta now open for OnePlus 3 and 3T After months and months of ... […]

  • T-Mobile launches T-Mobile MONEY, its mobile-first checking account
    by Jason England on April 18, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    The Un-carrier wants to be your online bank. T-Mobile is launching its very own mobile-first checking account with no fees and up to 4.00% APY interest called T-Mobile MONEY. It's available nationwide starting today and is expected to launch in Puerto Rico later this year. Why is T-Mobile doing this? According to T-Mobile, traditional banks are not keeping up in this digital age where most money management is done on your phone. Furthermore, banks take advantage of customers with high fees and you earn nearly zero percent interest on your balance. In 2017 alone, Americans paid 34 million in overdraft fees, not counting any other additional fees you may have been charged. Enter T-Mobile, which is offering up to 4.00% APY interest on balances up to $3,000 for postpaid T-Mobile customers, and 1.00% APY interest on every dollar over that amount, but only if you deposit $200 or more into your account each month. If you don't meet these requirements, you'll still earn 1.00% APY on your ... […]

  • Two months in, I’m still madly in love with the Lenovo C330 Chromebook
    by Ara Wagoner on April 18, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    The price and performance of this machine strike the best balance you'll find in a sub-$300 Chromebook. If you had asked me four months ago to pick my favorite Chromebook out of the blue, I'd have given you something expensive and delicate, two traits that don't really speak to what Chromebooks are and more to what a very particular type of enthusiast wants Chromebooks to be. Enthusiasts tend to want the latest and greatest cutting-edge devices, but for Chromebooks, the cutting edge doesn't always make the best Chromebook. The best Chromebook is one that's dependable, reliable, long-lasting, and affordable, and while powerful is always a perk, it is not the end-all, be-all for a computer that comes with an expiration date. The best Chromebook is one that is powerful enough and cunning enough to surpass the value of its components. Lenovo manages this miraculous feat with the C330, and it's given me a daily driver Chromebook that embodies not the cutting edge of Chrome but the spir... […]

  • The wait is over – YouTube is coming back to Amazon Fire TV
    by Nirave Gondhia on April 18, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Deal includes Fire TV and Prime Video, but the Echo Show won't support YouTube yet. The wait is over! Almost two years after Google and Amazon kicked off a war of attrition, the two companies have finally reached an agreement. Announced this morning, the deal means that YouTube is coming back to Amazon's Fire TV devices, while the Prime Video app will add support for casting to Chromecast, and become available on more Android TVs. They say the first step is the hardest, and we hope this is true, as the two companies are still continuing discussions around bringing YouTube back to the Echo Show. Google will bring YouTube services back to Amazon's Fire TV devices at some point "later this year". First up is the native YouTube app which will launch in the coming months, followed by YouTube TV and lastly, the child-friendly YouTube Kids, by the end of 2019. Fire TV devices will also become fully certified for YouTube and offer 4K HDR playback at 60 fps on supported devices. This de... […]

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