Best $230 dollar phone – Now up for Preorder

If you are in the market for a cheap but good Android phone look no further than the Moto G5 Plus.  For only $229 you get specs that compete against phones that are far more expensive.  In addition to the low price you don’t have to deal with all the bloat of a carrier  phone (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint or T-Mobile).

Preorder at Bestbuy.com

Full review at androidcentral.com

Specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processorOcta-core 2GHz processor and 2GB of RAM deliver outstanding overall performance for opening and running applications, flipping through menus, running home screens and more.
  • Android 7.0 Nougat OSMakes it easier to take action in the moment, with more personalized settings and smarter notifications.
  • Compatible with CDMA and GSM carriers, including Verizon Wireless, Sprint, AT&T and T-MobileAlso compatible with prepaid SIM Kits, including Verizon Wireless Prepaid, Cricket Wireless, Tracfone, Net10, H2O, GoPhone and Simple Mobile.
  • 4G LTE speedProvides fast Web connection for downloading apps, streaming content and staying connected with social media.
  • 5.2″ touch screen LCD with Full HD 1080p resolution and 424 ppiExtra-large screen is matched with a slim body to comfortably fit in your hand. Corning™ Gorilla™ Glass 3 resists scratches.
  • 12.0MP camera with Dual Autofocus PixelsWith a high pixel density sensor the camera is able to lock onto a subject easily. Fewer missed shots, more stunning photos day or night. Also includes a front-facing 5.0MP camera for self-portraits.
  • 32GB internal memory plus microSD slotProvides plenty of storage space for your contacts, music, photos, apps and more. Expand storage up to 128GB by adding a microSD card (sold separately).
  • Your fingerprint keeps your phone secureSwipe your finger on the backside sensor panel to unlock your phone.
  • Use your smartphone as a mobile hotspotShare your 4G data connection with other compatible wireless devices.*
  • Access to Google PlayBrowse and download apps, magazines, books, movies, and television programs directly to your phone.
  • Listen to your favorite tunesStore and play your MP3 files on your phone.

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New smartphone by Andy Rubin and Co

 

Timed to take some steam out of the upcoming announcement of the Galaxy S8.  Andy Rubin Tweeted out a pic of a phone that he and a small team have been working on.  The team consists of some former Google and Apple employees and claims that they will be jumping in the the high end smart phone space soon.

Free App Friday – Get them while they are free

Card Wars – Adventure Time

Floop the Pig! It’s Adventure Time CARD WARS! Play the game inspired by the Adventure Time episode, “Card Wars”! Summon creatures and cast spells to battle your way to victory.

CARD COMBAT!
Command an army of awesome warriors, including Husker Knights, Cool Dog, the Immortal Maize Walker, and even the Pig to destroy your opponent’s forces! Place towers and cast spells to unleash ultimo attacks.

CUSTOM DECKS!
Win all the wars! Collect new cards to customize your deck for each opponent. Level up your creatures, spells, and towers, or fuse them together to make your cards even more powerful.

HIGH STAKES BATTLES!
Think you’ve got what it takes to be crowned a Cool Guy, or will you end up drinking from the Dweeb cup? Start your own wars as Finn, Jake, BMO, Princess Bubblegum, Marceline, Flame Princess and more as you wind your way through the Land of Ooo!

This isn’t just any war of cards. It’s Adventure Time CARD WARS!

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Survival Craft War Online PRO

Grab your guns and dive into the battle, soldier! You are on an island where you’ve got only one target – you have to survive! Survival Craft War Online is a pixel fps action survival game where you fight for you life with other survivors. Your battlefield is an amazing tropical cube island.

Be the best among your friends and score the most kills in the game!

If you like action shooter fps games, you will definitely love Survival Craft War Online graphics, huge arsenal of guns, beautiful tropical island and absolutely free app is exactly what you need to have a lot of fun!

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Motorsport Manager

FEATURES

• This is your racing team. Hire drivers, develop your car and invest in technology.

• Work with your drivers to achieve the perfect qualifying lap.

• Formulate the ideal pitstop strategy to win races.

• Watch the race in real-time or jump into the strategy screens to take control of the action.

• React to weather changes, crashes and safety car periods.

• Win championships across the world to reach the pinnacle of motorsport.

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Survival Game: Lost Island PRO

You must survive! You are alone on lost island. Break trees, find resources, craft items. You must should do many things if you want to survive on night. Take a look Survival Game: Lost Island PRO, this is amazing island adventure!
Beware of wild animals, hunt, find food.
Make other items, craft new weapons. Take pick ore axe and get more resources!
Can you unravel the mysteries of this island?
Real survival island game is the absolutely new adventure!

Our VK page: https://vk.com/survival_apps
Our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1074176785976379
There you can find many interesting articles and list of craft recipes.

*** HOW TO PLAY ? ***
+ Break trees, find ores. If you find some resources, you can craft pick or axe. Tap on tree or ore (stone), and select button what do you want to do. When the progress bar if empty you will get resource.

*** CRAFT ***
+ Intresting craft system. Tap on the gear button to open craft menu. There you can find many recipes. Some craft recipes are available near workbench or furnace.

*** HOW TO BUILD ***
+ This game is realy sandbox! Open your backpack, grag the item to map or just click “Drop” and item will appear near you. You can build different blocks, doors, fences and make a own house.

*** HUNTING ***
+ Tap on animal and select button for attack. Beware of predators! Also you can get many resources from animals such as bear, wolf, sheep, fish and etc.

Survival Game: Lost Island PRO features:
+ Advertisement free version!
+ big island!
+ different resources!
+ realistic 3d graphics!
+ real survival island simulator!
+ craft system!
+ hunting and fishing!
+ good tutorial for beginners!
+ good music and sound effects!
+ different weather!

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Looking forward to this feature in Google Maps

For me, the ability to share your location in Google maps has been a long awaited feature.  When I am traveling and want to share my ETA with family or plan to meet someone somewhere, I currently use Glympse. The problem is that to use it with others I have to convince them to put an app on their phone and create an account in order to share my location. Having this feature baked right in to every phone is a great advancement, by eliminating the need for an extra app.

The update should be available soon.

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Next time you’re on your way or running late, you can share your real-time location and trip progress from navigation as well. During your next trip, tap the “More” button on the bottom on the navigation screen, and then tap “Share trip.” When you share your trip with people, they’ll see your expected arrival time and can follow your journey as you head toward your destination. Sharing automatically ends when you arrive.

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Location sharing on Google Maps is rolling out soon worldwide, and you’ll be able to quickly let your friends and family know where you are and when you’ll get where you’re going. The answer to “where are you?” is only a tap away.

source – Google

Duo gets audio calling and Allo gets file sharing

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Google Duo – Audio Calling

Duo is a easy way to communicate via video with friends and family on Android and iOS.  With the latest update, you will also be able to voice call. This will be a nice update, particularly for situations where you are in a public area or have limited bandwidth.

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Google Allo – Sending Files

Allo is a great way to communicate with friends. Since its launch in September, it has continued to add new features, making the app more and more useful.  Today Google updated the app to enable file sharing, I don’t have much use for that feature now but it will be nice once they enable Allo on the Desktop.  The next step is to allow Allo to be my default SMS client.

source – The Keyword (Google Blog)

So many new Android 2.0 smart watch announcements!

This year started off with the LG Android 2.0 watches but much more are coming soon.

Fossil

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Announced today, Fossil Group (NASDAQ: FOSL) will launch more than 300 connected watch styles across 14 brands in 2017. From slimmer and smaller hybrid smartwatches to full-round touchscreen smartwatches with custom AMOLED displays and branded micro-apps, this unprecedented portfolio of fashion-first tech accessories makes one thing clear: By re-imagining the watch experience, Fossil Group has, quite simply, reinvented the watch.

source – Fossil

Diesel

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Diesel On shakes the watch world once again with the introduction of its brand new line of touchscreen smartwatches. Diesel first introduced hybrid smartwatches and trackers in Fall 2016 and is now expanding its connected line-up to include bold, moto-inspired, full-screen smartwatches for its dedicated customer base.

source – Android Police

Michael Kors

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Michael Kors (NYSE:KORS), a global luxury fashion brand, is pleased to announce a host of new products and initiatives designed to further the growth and excitement generated by last fall’s launch of MICHAEL KORS ACCESS, the brand’s line of smartwatches and activity trackers.

Misfit Vapor

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We’re excited to share that Misfit Vapor will be powered by Android Wear 2.0, the latest wearables operating system available from Google.  Originally announced in January, Misfit Vapor is a design-forward touchscreen smartwatch that gives you everything you need to keep going right on your wrist, including built-in music and GPS, real-time location and activity tracking, and an optical heart rate sensor.

Vapor will be powered by Android Wear 2.0 to provide an evolved, world class software experience to Misfit users.  Our partnership means hundreds of your favorite apps will be available at launch, opening up a multitude of possibilities for Android™ and iPhone users alike.

source – Misfit Vapor

Android O has been announced – Downloadable images now live

Preview builds of the new Android OS are now live and available for download for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel, Pixel XL and Pixel C devices. I’ll wait for the beta build but if you would like to give it a try, head on over to the developer site and download the image for your phone.

 

What’s new in O?

Android O introduces a number of new features and APIs to use in your apps. Here’s are just a few new things for you to start trying in this first Developer Preview:

Background limits: Building on the work we began in Nougat, Android O puts a big priority on improving a user’s battery life and the device’s interactive performance. To make this possible, we’ve put additional automatic limits on what apps can do in the background, in three main areas: implicit broadcasts, background services, and location updates. These changes will make it easier to create apps that have minimal impact on a user’s device and battery. Background limits represent a significant change in Android, so we want every developer to get familiar with them. Check out the documentation on background execution limits and background location limits for details.

Notification channels: Android O also introduces notification channels, which are new app-defined categories for notification content. Channels let developers give users fine-grained control over different kinds of notifications — users can block or change the behavior of each channel individually, rather than managing all of the app’s notifications together.

Notification channels let users control your app’s notification categories

Android O also adds new visuals and grouping to notifications that make it easier for users to see what’s going on when they have an incoming message or are glancing at the notification shade.

Autofill APIs: Android users already depend on a range of password managers to autofill login details and repetitive information, which makes setting up new apps or placing transactions easier. Now we are making this work more easily across the ecosystem by adding platform support for autofill. Users can select an autofill app, similar to the way they select a keyboard app. The autofill app stores and secures user data, such as addresses, user names, and even passwords. For apps that want to handle autofill, we’re adding new APIs to implement an Autofill service.

PIP for handsets and new windowing features: Picture in Picture (PIP) display is now available on phones and tablets, so users can continue watching a video while they’re answering a chat or hailing a car. Apps can put themselves in PiP mode from the resumed or a pausing state where the system supports it – and you can specify the aspect ratio and a set of custom interactions (such as play/pause). Other new windowing features include a new app overlay window for apps to use instead of system alert window, and multi-display support for launching an activity on a remote display.

Font resources in XML: Fonts are now a fully supported resource type in Android O. Apps can now use fonts in XML layouts as well as define font families in XML — declaring the font style and weight along with the font files.

Adaptive icons: To help you integrate better with the device UI, you can now create adaptive icons that the system displays in different shapes, based on a mask selected by the device. The system also animates interactions with the icons, and them in the launcher, shortcuts, Settings, sharing dialogs, and in the overview screen.

Adaptive icons display in a variety of shapes across different device models.

Wide-gamut color for apps: Android developers of imaging apps can now take advantage of new devices that have a wide-gamut color capable display. To display wide gamut images, apps will need to enable a flag in their manifest (per activity) and load bitmaps with an embedded wide color profile (AdobeRGB, Pro Photo RGB, DCI-P3, etc.).

Connectivity: For the ultimate in audio fidelity, Android O now also supports high-quality Bluetooth audio codecs such as the LDAC codec. We’re also adding new Wi-Fi features as well, like Wi-Fi Aware, previously known as Neighbor Awareness Networking (NAN). On devices with the appropriate hardware, apps and nearby devices can discover and communicate over Wi-Fi without an Internet access point. We’re working with our hardware partners to bring Wi-Fi Aware technology to devices as soon as possible.

The Telecom framework is extending ConnectionService APIs to enable third party calling apps integrate with System UI and operate seamlessly with other audio apps. For instance, apps can have their calls displayed and controlled in different kinds of UIs such as car head units.

Keyboard navigation: With the advent of Google Play apps on Chrome OS and other large form factors, we’re seeing a resurgence of keyboard navigation use within these apps. In Android O we focused on building a more reliable, predictable model for “arrow” and “tab” navigation that aids both developers and end users.

AAudio API for Pro Audio: AAudio is a new native API that’s designed specifically for apps that require high-performance, low-latency audio. Apps using AAudio read and write data via streams. In the Developer Preview we’re releasing an early version of this new API to get your feedback.

WebView enhancements: In Android Nougat we introduced an optional multiprocess mode for WebView that moved the handling of web content into an isolated process. In Android O, we’re enabling multiprocess mode by default and adding an API to let your app handle errors and crashes, for enhanced security and improved app stability. As a further security measure, you can now opt in your app’s WebView objects to verify URLs through Google Safe Browsing.

Java 8 Language APIs and runtime optimizations: Android now supports several new Java Language APIs, including the new java.time API. In addition, the Android Runtime is faster than ever before, with improvements of up to 2x on some application benchmarks.

Partner platform contributions: Hardware manufacturers and silicon partners have accelerated fixes and enhancements to the Android platform in the O release. For example, Sony has contributed more than 30 feature enhancements including the LDAC codec and 250 bug fixes to Android O.

source – Google

Android O has been announced – Downloadable images now live

Preview builds of the new Android OS are now live and available for download for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel, Pixel XL and Pixel C devices. I’ll wait for the beta build but if you would like to give it a try, head on over to the developer site and download the image for your phone.

 

What’s new in O?

Android O introduces a number of new features and APIs to use in your apps. Here’s are just a few new things for you to start trying in this first Developer Preview:

Background limits: Building on the work we began in Nougat, Android O puts a big priority on improving a user’s battery life and the device’s interactive performance. To make this possible, we’ve put additional automatic limits on what apps can do in the background, in three main areas: implicit broadcasts, background services, and location updates. These changes will make it easier to create apps that have minimal impact on a user’s device and battery. Background limits represent a significant change in Android, so we want every developer to get familiar with them. Check out the documentation on background execution limits and background location limits for details.

Notification channels: Android O also introduces notification channels, which are new app-defined categories for notification content. Channels let developers give users fine-grained control over different kinds of notifications — users can block or change the behavior of each channel individually, rather than managing all of the app’s notifications together.

Notification channels let users control your app’s notification categories

Android O also adds new visuals and grouping to notifications that make it easier for users to see what’s going on when they have an incoming message or are glancing at the notification shade.

Autofill APIs: Android users already depend on a range of password managers to autofill login details and repetitive information, which makes setting up new apps or placing transactions easier. Now we are making this work more easily across the ecosystem by adding platform support for autofill. Users can select an autofill app, similar to the way they select a keyboard app. The autofill app stores and secures user data, such as addresses, user names, and even passwords. For apps that want to handle autofill, we’re adding new APIs to implement an Autofill service.

PIP for handsets and new windowing features: Picture in Picture (PIP) display is now available on phones and tablets, so users can continue watching a video while they’re answering a chat or hailing a car. Apps can put themselves in PiP mode from the resumed or a pausing state where the system supports it – and you can specify the aspect ratio and a set of custom interactions (such as play/pause). Other new windowing features include a new app overlay window for apps to use instead of system alert window, and multi-display support for launching an activity on a remote display.

Font resources in XML: Fonts are now a fully supported resource type in Android O. Apps can now use fonts in XML layouts as well as define font families in XML — declaring the font style and weight along with the font files.

Adaptive icons: To help you integrate better with the device UI, you can now create adaptive icons that the system displays in different shapes, based on a mask selected by the device. The system also animates interactions with the icons, and them in the launcher, shortcuts, Settings, sharing dialogs, and in the overview screen.

Adaptive icons display in a variety of shapes across different device models.

Wide-gamut color for apps: Android developers of imaging apps can now take advantage of new devices that have a wide-gamut color capable display. To display wide gamut images, apps will need to enable a flag in their manifest (per activity) and load bitmaps with an embedded wide color profile (AdobeRGB, Pro Photo RGB, DCI-P3, etc.).

Connectivity: For the ultimate in audio fidelity, Android O now also supports high-quality Bluetooth audio codecs such as the LDAC codec. We’re also adding new Wi-Fi features as well, like Wi-Fi Aware, previously known as Neighbor Awareness Networking (NAN). On devices with the appropriate hardware, apps and nearby devices can discover and communicate over Wi-Fi without an Internet access point. We’re working with our hardware partners to bring Wi-Fi Aware technology to devices as soon as possible.

The Telecom framework is extending ConnectionService APIs to enable third party calling apps integrate with System UI and operate seamlessly with other audio apps. For instance, apps can have their calls displayed and controlled in different kinds of UIs such as car head units.

Keyboard navigation: With the advent of Google Play apps on Chrome OS and other large form factors, we’re seeing a resurgence of keyboard navigation use within these apps. In Android O we focused on building a more reliable, predictable model for “arrow” and “tab” navigation that aids both developers and end users.

AAudio API for Pro Audio: AAudio is a new native API that’s designed specifically for apps that require high-performance, low-latency audio. Apps using AAudio read and write data via streams. In the Developer Preview we’re releasing an early version of this new API to get your feedback.

WebView enhancements: In Android Nougat we introduced an optional multiprocess mode for WebView that moved the handling of web content into an isolated process. In Android O, we’re enabling multiprocess mode by default and adding an API to let your app handle errors and crashes, for enhanced security and improved app stability. As a further security measure, you can now opt in your app’s WebView objects to verify URLs through Google Safe Browsing.

Java 8 Language APIs and runtime optimizations: Android now supports several new Java Language APIs, including the new java.time API. In addition, the Android Runtime is faster than ever before, with improvements of up to 2x on some application benchmarks.

Partner platform contributions: Hardware manufacturers and silicon partners have accelerated fixes and enhancements to the Android platform in the O release. For example, Sony has contributed more than 30 feature enhancements including the LDAC codec and 250 bug fixes to Android O.

source – Google

Deal – LG Watch Style – $70 bucks off – for a limited time only $179

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The brand new LG Watch, Style, is currently $70 off at Best Buy.  Of the two watches LG recently released, it is the smaller and more basic.  If you are looking for a good smart watch and do not need any sports features, this might be a great buy!

Deal – Best Buy