Samsung has stood firm against the trend of removing headphone jacks from smartphones, but it might be on the verge of ditching some other important pieces of its next flagship device. Rumors point to the Galaxy Note 10 as one of Samsung’s first buttonless phones with no physical volume or power buttons. One potential upside: no Bixby button, either.
The report comes from ETNews and is highly speculative, citing various unnamed industry sources. Read MoreSamsung might ditch physical buttons for the Galaxy Note 10 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
As some of us are painfully aware, Inbox is set to die next Tuesday, April 2nd. Google has been pushing Inbox users back to Gmail since the original announcement last September. Initially, that transition was eased with promises that Gmail would eventually inherit Inbox’s bundling, the email client’s most useful feature. Six months later, a mere week before Inbox’s euthanasia, Gmail still doesn’t have bundles.
I’ve already made the painful transition back to a less-smart email client, perverting Gmail’s existing and unmodifiable category system to approximate a bastardized version of bundles. Read MoreInbox is about to die, and Google still hasn’t brought its best feature to Gmail was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Congratulations, you’ve made it halfway through another week. Why not celebrate by ordering up some discounted tech? Today, you can get a Lenovo Smart Display for as low as $85 and a USB-C charger with enough oomph to power your MacBook for just $30, along with other assorted goodies.
Lenovo Smart Displays: $85–$127 ($15–$22 off)
8″ Lenovo Smart Display — $84.99, $15 off (Rakuten)
10″ Lenovo Smart Display — $127.49, $22.50 off (Rakuten)
Lenovo’s smart displays are, in a word, great. Read MoreMidweek deals: Lenovo Smart Displays from $85, a cheap 60W USB-C charger, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
The last we heard about The Elder Scrolls: Blades was back in November when the game was delayed to a release sometime in early 2019. Well, it would appear that we are finally inching closer to the official release date (whatever that may be) because The Elder Scrolls: Blades has gone live for those that were invited to the first wave of its early access.
If you’re eager to take a look at the game, you can currently install it (at least in the US), though you’ll only get to play through a short demo before you are asked to sign-in with your Bethesda account. Read MoreBethesda’s next mobile title, The Elder Scrolls: Blades, has entered early access on Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
It’s Wednesday, so it’s time for the mid-week app sales roundup. Today’s list is small and rather underwhelming, but perhaps that’s just reflective of the slower time of year. Anyhow, you might find something you like below.
Manual Camera : DSLR Camera Professional (Procam) $4.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 hours
Deep Translator Pro $2.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
Play-D2D $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
Quick Reminder Pro : To Do Notes Reminder Pro $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
BitProject $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
Interwebz Browser $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
Spelling Book PRO $1.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
Discovering the Dinosaurs $4.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 7 days
Recent App Switcher (DIESEL Pro) $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 7 days
Voice Recorder $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 7 days
Superhero Armor: City War – Robot Fighting Premium $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 1 day
Zombie Avengers:(Dreamsky)Stickman War Z $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
Cat home 2048 (VIP) $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
Word Mania PRO $1.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
Stick Shadow: War Fight $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
2 Player Quiz Pro $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
The Celestial Tree VIP $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
Timing Hero VIP : Retro Fighting Action RPG $3.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
Learn Mandarin – HSK 5 Hero $9.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 7 days
Wonder Knights VIP : Retro Shooter RPG $3.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 7 days
Icon packs & customization
Mandala Icon Pack $1.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
iBird Pro Birds North America $14.99 -> $9.99; Sale ends in 1 day
Advanced Sport Training Calendar $2.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 2 days
Hue Wave $3.99 -> $1.99; Sale ends in 2 days
My Jump 2: Measure your jump $9.99 -> $4.99; Sale ends in 3 days
My Lift: Measure your max strength $9.99 -> $4.99; Sale ends in 3 days
Truck Motion Detector $3.99 -> $1.99; Sale ends in 3 days
Contour lines plugin — OsmAnd $3.49 -> $1.69; Sale ends in 4 days
Easy Calculator PRO $2.89 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 4 days
AntiBAG Tachograph $11.99 -> $6.99; Sale ends in 6 days
Day by Day Organizer PRO $4.49 -> $2.49; Sale ends in 6 days
Earthquake Network Pro – Realtime alerts $2.99 -> $1.99; Sale ends in 6 days
WiFi Router Manager(No Ad) – Who is on My WiFi? Read More21 temporarily free and 28 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
AT&T has a bunch of Samsung wireless accessories on sale right now at 25% off. One of those products happens to be those fancy-schmancy Galaxy Buds we liked so much, now back at their lowest price to date.
You might recall that AT&T had sold the Galaxy Buds at $97.49 earlier this month, but that offer was short-lived. Since then, there hadn’t been much movement off of the original $129.99 MSRP, so we’re very happy to see a similar discount return. Read MoreSamsung Galaxy Buds return to lowest-ever price of $97.50 at AT&T was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Home security cameras are common these days, but they’re often spendy. Wyze made waves a while back by offering a basic but effective security camera for just $20. The Wyze cam is now getting some company in the form of a home sensor system that also costs $20.
The Wyze Sense kit ships with a motion sensor and two contact sensors (for doors or windows). There’s also a bridge hub that links the sensors to your Wyze cameras, which you probably already have if you buy the Wyze sensors. Read MoreWyze announces $20 home sensor system to pair with its $20 security camera was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
With the Galaxy Fold, Samsung introduced a new form factor that uses a hinge to fold the display inward and protect it while the phone is closed. As we’re talking about an almost $2,000 handset here, the manufacturer needs to ensure its product is durable and will last repeated folding by demanding owners. Therefore, it put a folding test in place to measure the device’s durability and published the video on Youtube, so you can enjoy 34 seconds of Galaxy Folds being repeatedly opened and closed. Make sure you have some popcorn ready. Read MoreKnow when to fold ’em: The Galaxy Fold can survive 200,000 folds was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
There’s typically a new major Android flagship smartphone released every month. While these new devices are packed with incredible features and new tech, each new release seems to cost more than the previous one. Smartphones now cost upwards of $1,000 if you’re looking for the best of the best.
The good news is that you can save quite a bit of money if you’re willing to wait a bit and buy a second-hand device. Used devices typically sell for less than 50% of their original purchase price once they hit the 12-month mark. If you’re willing to buy even older devices, the saving increase even more! While there are a lot of places on the web to buy and sell used smartphones, my favorite is Swappa. The site offers buyer and seller protection, device verification and even tracks the sale prices over time so that you know you’re getting a good deal.
Below are a few of the best deals on Swappa this month. Our favorites include the HTC U11 for less than $250, the original Pixel XL for about $150 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in mint condition for $590.
Best smartphones under $200
Google Pixel XL: $150 (fair) to $199 (good)
Samsung Galaxy S7: $130 (fair) to $199 (good)
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: $175 (fair) to $199 (good)
Best smartphones under $300
Google Pixel 2: $235 (fair) to $289 (good)
Samsung Galaxy S8: $229 (fair) to $295 (good)
LG G7 ThinQ: $270 (fair) to $299 (good)
LV V30: $185 (fair) to $230 (good)
HTC U11: $225 (fair) to $275 (good)
Best smartphones under $400
Google Pixel 2 XL: $240 (fair) to $350 (mint)
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: $340 (fair) to $399 (mint)
Samsung Galaxy S9: $350 (fair) to $375 (good)
LG V40 ThinQ: $350 (fair) to $390 (good)
OnePlus 6: $375 (good) to $390 (mint)
OnePlus 5T: $325 (good)
Best smartphone under $500
HTC U12 Plus: $440 (good)
OnePlus 6T: $475 (good) to $499 (mint)
Huawei P20 Pro: $475 (good) to $499 (mint)
Best smartphone under $600
Pixel 3: $499 (good) to $579 (mint)
Pixel 3 XL: $550 (good) to $599 (mint)
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: $550 (good) to $590 (mint)
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Smart lights are so convenient: They can obey your voice commands, be programmed to turn on or off by themselves, work together with motion detectors to light up when someone’s in the room and can create a relaxing atmosphere when coupled with other bulbs. However, the best way to produce a lovely setting with lights is by using colors. I love to use my Hue Iris and Lightstrip to design a dimmed ambiance with shades of blue in my living room when I want to relax. Read MoreAdd a little color to your home with this $36 Philips Hue smart bulb ($14 off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.