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Amazon hosting a sale on Echo and Fire devices, tablets start at $39.99

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Heads up, deal hunters, because Amazon is running some nice discounts on several of its Echo and Fire devices.

The Amazon Echo is now available for $99.99, which is $80 off its normal asking price. Meanwhile, the smaller Echo Dot is available for $44.99. That’s not quite as large a discount as the regular Echo is getting, but a sale is a sale, right?

If a new Android tablet is what you’re after, Amazon’s discounting several of those, too. You can get the Fire 7 Tablet with 8GB of storage for $39.99, and the Fire HD 8 is available for $59.99 with 16GB of storage for folks that’d prefer a larger screen.

Amazon’s Kids Edition tablets are also on sale today. The Fire 7 Kids Edition is $79.99, which is $20 off its normal price, while the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is getting a $30 discount that leaves it at $99.99. Both models come with a hefty case to protect against drops and a two-year worry-free replacement guarantee.

You can get a closer look at these limited time deals by hitting up the links below.

Sources: Amazon Echo, Amazon Echo Dot, Fire 7 Tablet, Fire HD 8, Fire 7 Kids Edition, Fire HD 8 Kids Edition


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Google may launch a new Chromebook Pixel and a mini Google Home

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Last year came and went without a new Chromebook Pixel from Google, a new report claims that 2017 may be different.

Google is planning to announce a new Chromebook Pixel at a fall event alongside its new Pixel smartphones. That’s according to Android Police, who don’t have many concrete details about this new Chromebook Pixel yet, but suggest that it could be similar to the Bison device that we heard rumblings about last year.

Reports in late 2016 suggested that Google was prepping a new laptop codenamed “Bison” that would run a hybrid of Android and Chrome OS called Andromeda. The device was rumored to feature a 12.3-inch display, a tablet mode, 32/128GB of storage, 8/16GB of RAM, and more.

While it’s unclear if this new Chromebook Pixel is indeed the Bison, it is a possibility since we never saw that Andromeda-powered Bison come to market. Whether or not this new Chromebook Pixel is the Bison or not, though, it’s expected to be a Chromebook rather than run Andromeda.

Today’s report also claims that Google is prepping a mini version of the Google Home. However, like the new Chromebook Pixel, details on this mini Google Home are largely a mystery.

The mini Google Home could be a response to Amazon’s Echo Dot. The Echo Dot is a smaller version of the standard Echo that loses some of the audio performance but is also considerably cheaper, making it easier for folks to buy several units and stick them all over their home. Google may want to launch a mini Google Home for the same reason, giving consumers a cheap way to get Google Assistant in most every room of their home.

Would you be interested in a new Chromebook Pixel or mini Google Home?


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Amazon hosting a sale on Echo and Fire devices, tablets start at $39.99

Amazon Fire 7

Heads up, deal hunters, because Amazon is running some nice discounts on several of its Echo and Fire devices.

The Amazon Echo is now available for $99.99, which is $80 off its normal asking price. Meanwhile, the smaller Echo Dot is available for $44.99. That’s not quite as large a discount as the regular Echo is getting, but a sale is a sale, right?

If a new Android tablet is what you’re after, Amazon’s discounting several of those, too. You can get the Fire 7 Tablet with 8GB of storage for $39.99, and the Fire HD 8 is available for $59.99 with 16GB of storage for folks that’d prefer a larger screen.

Amazon’s Kids Edition tablets are also on sale today. The Fire 7 Kids Edition is $79.99, which is $20 off its normal price, while the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is getting a $30 discount that leaves it at $99.99. Both models come with a hefty case to protect against drops and a two-year worry-free replacement guarantee.

You can get a closer look at these limited time deals by hitting up the links below.

Sources: Amazon Echo, Amazon Echo Dot, Fire 7 Tablet, Fire HD 8, Fire 7 Kids Edition, Fire HD 8 Kids Edition


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Android 8.0 is now officially Android Oreo

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Earlier this year, Google took the stage at its I/O developers conference to officially announce Android 8.0, the next big update to the operating system.

The company wasn’t keen on introducing the name of this version at the time, though. There was plenty of speculation, of course, including Android Oatmeal, but today Google has officially announced that Android 8.0 is Oreo.

As for what’s new in the upcoming operating system, that much we know. Google states that Android 8.0 Oreo offers two times faster boot speed, which was measured on the Google Pixel. There are also background limits on apps, so that the battery isn’t overly taxed by apps running in the background, as well as an AutoFill feature which will allow the system to remember usernames and passwords, even in apps for quicker access.

Android Oreo features

Other features include picture-in-picture on smartphones, new emoji support, notification dots, and much more. Here’s Google’s promo video for Android Oreo:

As for the release schedule, Google says it is pushing the Android 8.0 Oreo sources to Android Open Source Project (AOSP) for everyone. Pixel and Nexus 5X/6P specific are in carrier testing now, and Google says the update should begin rolling out in phases soon. The updates for the Nexus Player and the Pixel C tablet should also be rolling out soon.

Google says it is working with partners like Essential, HMD Global, General Mobile, HTC, Huawei, Kyocera, Samsung, Motorola, and LG to bring Android 8.0 Oreo to select devices by the end of this year. It also notes that any devices that are enrolled in the Android Beta program will get updated to Android 8.0 Oreo as well with this final version.

Are you eager to get Android 8.0 Oreo on your phone?


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A very shiny Moto X4 photographed in the wild

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Earlier this month, a leak showed off high-quality images of the rumored Moto X4, along with plenty of information regarding the upcoming handset’s specifications. And now, courtesy of Google+ user Jerry Yin, we’ve got a couple of new images of the Android handset.

The design of the X4 carries over plenty of similarities from earlier Motorola devices, so there’s nothing too surprising there. The photos also corroborate earlier rumors regarding the device, including that dual rear camera setup.

We also get to see that the phone is really, really shiny.

Moto X4 photo leak

As a refresher, the Moto X4 is rumored to feature a 5.2-inch full HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of built-in storage. On the back, there is allegedly one 12-megapixel camera and one 8-megapixel camera, both with dual autofocus and the latter with an ultra-wide lens.

Motorola recently sent out invitations for an event which is scheduled to take place on August 24. It’s expected that the Moto X4 will make its debut there.

If Motorola prices it aggressively, would you consider picking up the X4 for your next daily driver?


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AT&T Primetime 10-inch tablet costs $200

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AT&T has just unveiled a new tablet, one that’ll be exclusive to the big blue carrier and carries a pretty cheap price tag with it.

The AT&T Primetime features a 10-inch 1080p HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in storage, and a microSD card slot for expandable storage. There’s also a 9070mAh battery under the hood, and the Primetime is running Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. Finally, there is a 5-megapixel camera on back and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

AT&T is promoting the Primetime as the “first tablet designed to give you nonstop entertainment.” The tablet’s entertainment-focused features include a new TV Mode that gives you quick and easy access to a variety of different video apps just by swiping from the lock screen or home screen. Owners will also be able to use two different Bluetooth-enabled devices, like speakers and headphones, at the same time. Dual front-facing speakers are included as well.

As far as pricing goes, AT&T is pricing the Primetime at just $200. If you prefer monthly payments, AT&T is offering its new tablet for $10 per month for 20 months. There’s also a two-year contract option that’ll cost you $19.99. It will become available on Friday, August 25.

Who’s picking one up?


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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 appears in more leaked photos, pre-order details also surface

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 event is now less than one week away, but if you need a little help making it there, the rumor mill is happy to hook you up.

A few new Galaxy Note 8 leaks have surfaced days before the phone’s official reveal. Several photos that claim to show the Note 8 have appeared on Weibo, depicting a handset that lines up with previous Note 8 image leaks. There’s a big display with curved edges and slims bezels around front, and the back of the device is home to a dual rear camera setup with a fingerprint reader to its right.

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And then there’s Evan Blass, who has spilled some pre-order and launch info on the Note 8. He says that Samsung will begin taking pre-orders for its new flagship on August 24th and that a release is planned for September 15th.

Note8 pre-orders from Samsung (starting 8/24) come with a 256GB microSD card plus choice of convertible wireless charger or 360 cam.

— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 18, 2017

Blass adds that pre-order customers in the U.S. will get a 256GB microSD card with their purchase as well as their choice of a convertible wireless charger or 360-degree camera. Note 8 pre-order customers in Europe will get a free DeX dock to go with their shiny new smartphone.

Finally, an alleged Galaxy Note 8 sales brochure has been posted by Ausdroid. While there’s not really much in the way of new information (the Note 8 has leaked a lot), the document does back up several of the Note 8 specs that’ve leaked previously. Included in the brochure are mentions of a 6.3-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display, dual cameras with 2x optical zoom, an iris scanner, and IP68 water and dust resistance.

While it seems like most of the Galaxy Note 8 has been leaked at this point, it’s still worth getting excited about the phone’s August 23rd reveal. There could still be an exciting detail or two that Samsung has up its sleeve, and once the Note 8 is official, we’ll get to see much more of it and try it out for ourselves.

Sources: Weibo, @evleaks, Ausdroid


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Android O reveal event scheduled for August 21

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We already know Android O exists and that it will arrive on some Android devices soon, but Google is planning a pretty big reveal party next week.

On August 21, there is going to be a total eclipse. There will also be a reveal party for Android O. Google has officially launched a countdown timer and has confirmed it will reveal the next major version of Android on August 21. The livestream will start at 2:40 PM ET, which perfectly coincides with the solar eclipse.

If you ask Google, they’ll tell you they’re “bringing some super (sweet) new powers” with Android O, but there’s no telling what that is at this moment because that’s about all Google says on the page. There are no new details about the platform, but it certainly sounds like they have things to talk about. And hopefully it will be more than just confirming the name of Android O.

Of course, we already know plenty about Android O. That includes picture-in-picture support on smartphones and more. Rumor has it that Pixel and Nexus devices will begin receiving the Android O update next week, so Google’s reveal party will probably see that become a reality.

Are you looking forward to the arrival of Android O?

UPDATE: Google took to Google+ this morning to tease its Android O event, complete with a video with the file name “GoogleOreo_Teaser_0817_noDroids (1).mp4″ (via Android Police). That video was quickly taken down and replaced by another video with the file name “OctopusTeaser.mp4″. Will Android O become Android Oreo next week? Stay tuned.


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ASUS unleashes five new phones in ZenFone 4 series, each with a dual camera setup

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We’ve been expecting a new ZenFone device from ASUS for a couple of weeks now, and today the company delivered and then some.

ASUS today introduced the ZenFone 4 and four different variants. Yep, there are five new ZenFone 4 series devices, and they’ve each got a dual camera setup.

The ZenFone 4 is packing dual rear cameras, one 12-megapixel with a Sony IMX362 sensor and f/1.8 aperture, while the other is an 8-megapixel camera with a 120-degree wide angle lens. ASUS is also talking up the ZenFone 4’s dual pixel PDAF, which the company says has an 0.03-second autofocus.

Also included with the ZenFone 4 is Android Nougat below ASUS’s custom ZenUI 4.0, which is running on a 5.5-inch 1920×1080 display. There’s a Snapdragon 630/660 processor paired with 4/6GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, fingerprint reader, a 3300mAh battery, and USB Type-C.

On the audio side of things, the ZenFone 4 offers dual speakers, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and FM radio support.

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Moving on, we meet the ASUS ZenFone 4 Pro, which features some beefed up specs over the non-Pro ZenFone 4. It’s got a Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB of RAM, 64/128GB of internal storage, and a microSD slot. Also included is a larger 3600mAh battery, USB-C, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a fingerprint reader.

The ZenFone 4 Pro’s got dual rear cameras, with one 12MP Sony IMX362 sensor and a 16MP Sony IMX351 sensor, the latter of which offers 2x optical zoom. Around front there’s an 8-megapixel camera and a 5.5-inch 1920×1080 AMOLED screen.

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Then there’s the ZenFone 4 Max Pro, which is packing a 5.5-inch 1280×720 display, Snapdragon 425/430 processor, 2/3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a microSD slot. The dual rear cameras here include a 16MP standard camera and a secondary shooter with a 120-degree wide angle lens, and there’s a 16MP front-facing camera as well.

Rounding out the ZenFone 4 Max Pro’s feature set is a fingerprint reader, 3.5mm headphone jack, microUSB port, and a beefy 5000mAh battery.

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Next we’re moving to the selfie-centric ZenFone 4 models. The ZenFone 4 Selfie features dual front-facing cameras, with a 20MP main sensor with SelfieMaster beautification software and an 8MP wide angle sensor. Around back there’s a 16-megapixel camera.

The ZenFone 4 Selfie also offers a 5.5-inch 1280×720 display, Snapdragon 430 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a microSD slot, and a 3000mAh battery. Rounding things out is a fingerprint reader and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

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Finally, we come to the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro. This model offers a 12MP Sony IMX362 front camera with SelfieMaster beautification software as well as a secondary front camera with a 120-degree wide angle lens. There’s a 16MP camera on the back of the device, too.

The processor of the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro is a Snapdragon 625, a step up from the non-Pro model. Also included in the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro is 3/4GB of RAM, 64GB of built-in storage, a microSD slot, a fingerprint reader, microUSB, a 3.5mm jack, and a 3000mAh battery.

ASUS plans to offer its ZenFone 4 series of phones in Asia first, with a global rollout to follow.

One other detail worth noting about these ZenFone 4 devices is that while they’re running Android Nougat now, ASUS has committed to updating them to Android O. The company plans to update is ZenFone 3 series of devices to Android O as well.


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YouTube TV expands to 14 more markets

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If you’ve been interested in trying YouTube TV but haven’t been able to because it’s not available in your market, you may now be able to give it a shot.

YouTube TV is expanding to 14 new markets sprinkled across the U.S. They include major cities like Boston, Las Vegas, and Seattle.

The full list of the 14 new markets that are getting YouTube TV today looks like this:

  • Baltimore
  • Boston
  • Cincinnati
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Jacksonville-Brunswick
  • Las Vegas
  • Louisville
  • Memphis
  • Nashville
  • Pittsburgh
  • San Antonio
  • Seattle-Tacoma
  • Tampa-St. Petersburg-Sarasota
  • West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce

In addition to those 14 markets, there are another 17 locales that YouTube TV will go live in in the “coming weeks”:

  • Austin
  • Birmingham
  • Cleveland-Akron
  • Denver
  • Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek
  • Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem
  • Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York
  • Hartford-New Haven
  • Indianapolis
  • Kansas City
  • Milwaukee
  • Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News
  • Oklahoma City
  • Raleigh-Durham
  • Salt Lake City
  • San Diego
  • St. Louis

As a refresher, YouTube TV costs $35 per month and includes more than 40 channels like ESPN, AMC, USA, NBCSN, IFC, FXX, and BBC World News. You can also buy access to Showtime and Fox Soccer Plus for $11 per month and $15 per month, respectively.

A subscription to YouTube TV also includes a cloud DVR to save shows for later as well as six different accounts, each with its own login and DVR.

There’s a free YouTube TV trial if you’d like a taste of the service before plunking down $35 per month. For a limited time, Google will give you a free Chromecast upon your first payment for a YouTube TV subscription.


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