T-Mobile offers buy one, get one deal for Samsung Galaxy S8 again


T-Mobile and Samsung are no strangers to offering some pretty great deals for Galaxy S8 and S8+, and so it’s not a surprise to see yet another buy one, get one deal being offered.

Today T-Mobile is relaunching its BOGO deal for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. To be eligible, you’ll need to buy both phones on T-Mobile’s equipment installment plan and you’ll need to sign up or at least one new line on either the T-Mobile One or Simple Choice Unlimited plans. After that, you’ll go to the T-Mobile Promotions Center website to enter the code 17GS8SAMBOGO.

Once you follow those steps, the Un-carrier will send you a prepaid MasterCard card that will cover the cost of that second phone you picked up. So if you went with a Galaxy S8, you’ll get a $750 card. If you opt for the Galaxy S8+, you’ll get a card that has $800 on it.

There’s a new line of service requirement this time around, which may or may not be a deal breaker. However, if you’re in the market for a new device, and can use a second one for whatever reason, this might be the right deal for you.


Action Launcher gets big update with Google Now, Android O features, and more


Fans of Action Launcher, you may want to visit the Play Store, because there’s a pretty significant update that’s now rolling out.

Action Launcher v26 is now rolling out, says developer Chris Lacy. The update is a biggie, adding Google Now integration, Android O features, and more.

First up, you can now enable Google Now with Action Launcher on devices running Lollipop or later. You’ll just need to install the Action Launcher Google Plugin and you’ll then be able to access Google Now just like you would on Google’s own launcher. Just swipe to the right on your home screen and Google Now will appear.

Also included with Action Launcher v26 are some Android O goodies, like the Android O-style widget picker and App Shortcuts panel. There’s also full Notification Dots support, Unread Counts for all apps that have a current notifications, and a dedicated “Icons & App Shortcuts” settings page where you can easily access your icon-related settings.

Here’s the full changelog for Action Launcher v26:

  • NEW: Google Now integration for all! Requires installation of the Action Launcher Google Plugin application.
  • NEW: Full Notification Dots support!
  • NEW: Long-pressing an shortcut will display a preview of app’s notifications and allow notifications to be dismissed ala Android O. Available when using either Notification Dots or Unread Count.
  • NEW: Unread Count support extended to all apps that have a current notification.
  • NEW: Android O style App Shortcuts panel.
  • NEW: Allow granular control as to which apps display Notification Dots/Unread Count.
  • NEW: Android O style widget picker, which displays all relevant widgets for a given shortcut.
  • NEW: Directly engage Action Launcher’s Quickedit panel via a shortcut’s long-press popup UI.
  • NEW: Dedicated “Icons & App Shortcuts” settings page, which is home to all icon related settings.
  • NEW: When Google Pill widget is on the left screen edge and Google Now integration is enabled, display a tinted edge background as per Pixel Launcher.
  • NEW: Option to adjust the scale of icon indicators.
  • NEW: Revamped interface for selecting the apps that are hidden from app drawers.

So yeah, this is a pretty huge update. Not only is it great to see Android O features, giving you features of the next major Android release right now, but the integration of Google Now is a biggie. The feed in Google Now is useful for quickly getting info on things you’re interested in, and while Google isn’t making Google Now officially available in non-Google launchers, devs like Lacy have found a way to make it happen.

You can find Action Launcher in the Play Store right here. If you haven’t used Action Launcher in a while or if you’ve never tried it before, now may be the time to give it a look.

Sources: Chris Lacy (1), (2), Play Store: Action Launcher


Samsung Galaxy S8 Active leaks again in high-quality render


The wait for Samsung’s official Galaxy S8 Active announcement continues, but the rumor mill is supplying us with more info about the device ahead of its release.

A new image of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active has been posted by Evan Blass. The high-quality render gives us a clear look at the unannounced Android phone and its rugged frame, complete with bumpers to protect the device from drops.

Galaxy S8 Active pic.twitter.com/fcOHKzZnLW

— Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 29, 2017

This leaked image also shows the Galaxy S8 Active running on AT&T, which comes as no surprise considering that the past Galaxy S Active phones have been exclusive to AT&T. We can also see that while the phone has rounded corners like the regular Galaxy S8, its display doesn’t appear to have the curved edges found on its non-rugged sibling.

It’s unclear when Samsung and AT&T will officially announce the Galaxy S8 Active, as we’re well past the time of year that the two companies have announced previous Galaxy S Active models. If you’re interested in a high-end Android phone that’s also got a rugged body, or if you just don’t care for the Galaxy S8’s curved display and glass body, then this Galaxy S8 Active might be worth waiting for.


Get an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ for $150 off


Looking for a deal on an unlocked Galaxy S8 instead of buying a phone from a carrier? We’ve got you covered.

Samsung’s unlocked Galaxy S8 and S8+ are now on sale. The Galaxy S8 is available for $574.99 at Amazon and Samsung, while the Galaxy S8+ is $674.99 at Amazon and Samsung.

Because these Galaxy S8 and S8+ models come unlocked, they don’t have any carrier bloatware preloaded. Plus, they support all four major U.S. carriers, which means that you can use them on AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, or Verizon and take your phone with you if you switch carriers in the future.

There’s no telling how long these sales will last, so if you’re thinking about taking advantage of these unlocked Galaxy S8 deals, you may want to act soon.

Sources: Galaxy S8 at Amazon and Samsung, Galaxy S8+ at Amazon and Samsung


Google Pixel and Pixel XL sales offer discounts of more than $200


There have been several rumors about Google’s new Pixel phones floating around lately, but if you need a phone right now, you can score some solid deals on the existing Pixel handsets.

First up, Woot is selling refurbished units of the Google Pixel for $399.99. These phones are unlocked and are available in Quite Black. This deal will only last for the next three hours or until the phones are sold out, which appears to have already happened with the refurbished Pixel XL.

Verizon is also offering deals on the Pixel and Pixel XL, and what’s interesting is that the discounts are only available if you buy at full retail price. The 32GB Pixel is $420 and the 128GB model is $520, while the 32GB Pixel XL is $540 and the 128GB version is $640. These are discounts of $229.99 off the phones’ normal prices.

These phones are brand new and the discounts apply to both the Quite Black and Very Silver versions of the phones.

While the Google Pixel and Pixel XL aren’t the newest phones around, they’re still solid devices with one of the best smartphone cameras on the market. Plus, since they’re Pixel phones, you can rest easy knowing that you’ll be one of the first to get new Android OS updates.

If you take advantage of any of these deals, be sure to let us know!

Via: Android Central
Sources: Woot, Verizon Google Pixel, Verizon Google Pixel XL


LG Mobile reports a loss this quarter as sales of G6 don’t meet expecations


LG seems to be having trouble with selling king of the crop smartphones. The company released its financial results for Q2 2017, and despite the mobile communications arm seeing $2.39 billion USD in revenue, it took a loss of $117 million. This is around the same as the results last year.

The company claims that the challenging quarter was due to lower than expected premium smartphone sales and increased component costs. This hints at the LG G6 not selling as well as the company had liked. Interestingly, North American sales grew by 13% over last year, so the company is doing better in that market.

LG has done better to prove itself in the current smartphone market, so we expect sales to go up if it can keep the innovative devices coming. The company agrees, expecting better sales in the second half of 2017 with new phone announcements coming soon.

This news comes after HTC reported a big spike in revenue after the release of the U11, which really goes to show that the smaller players in the game are pushing hard for a comeback.


Huawei hyping the upcoming Mate 10 against iPhone, dropping very low-end devices

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Huawei should release the upcoming Mate 10 around the time of the release of the next iPhone, but chief of Huawei’s consumer division Richard Yu is taking the time to talk up the device as being better than what Apple has in store.

“We will have an even more powerful product. The Mate 10, which has much longer battery life with a full-screen display, quicker changing speed, better photographing capability and many other features that will help us compete with Apple.”

It’ll be interesting to see what Huawei has in store for its next flagship, but what it doesn’t have in store are more devices on the very low-end. With profit margins being exceedingly low, the company doesn’t see them as worth the time. Huawei is also focusing more on developed markets.

It’s great to see another competitor emerge in the North American market, albiet slowly. With the company growing and shooting for 140 to 150 million shipments this year, we’ll see more cool stuff being announced.


Huawei Mate 9 and Honor 6X both get permanent price drop


The Huawei Mate 9 is Huawei’s high-end device with a massive 5.9-inch display and a Leica-branded dual camera setup. Our review spoke very favorably about the device and now it’s getting to be an even better deal. The price has dropped permanently from $599.99 to $499.99. For $500, you’ll be getting a fantastic camera, fantastic battery life, and a quick and enjoyable device.

The Honor 6X is a budget device with an original price of $250. With the amount of features and good specs you get, it was easily worth the price. With the new price of $199.99, it may be one of the best budget phones currently on the market. If you’re looking for a cheap phone that doesn’t feel cheap, give this one a chance.

You can currently get both devices cheaper through Amazon as part of a deal, but it’s good to see two solid devices get price drops to stay competitive. Check out our reviews and pick them up if you’re interested!

Source: Best Buy: Huawei Mate 9, Best Buy: Honor 6X


Moto GamePad coming late August, Verizon exclusive

Motorola Moto Gamepad Mod

Motorola’s latest Moto Mod finally has a price and release date. The Moto GamePad turns your Motorola device into a gaming phone, giving it a full controller on its sides.  You get a similar layout to most controllers these days, including two analog sticks. It also features a 1,035mAh battery to extend play time.

The GamePad Mod is a Verizon exclusive, so you’ll have to buy it on Verizon’s site or in-store. It’ll start shipping August 25 and costs $79.99, which isn’t so bad for such a device. Unlike Bluetooth controllers, you won’t get input lag with this.

If you’re interested in pre-ordering the GamePad Moto Mod, hit the source link. Let us know what you think of Motorola’s first compelling mod in quite a while!


Samsung may bring Samsung Pay to other high-end phones


If you want to use Samsung Pay you’ll need to get your hands on a Samsung phone. The mobile payment option isn’t available on, say, an HTC U11. But it sounds like Samsung wants to change that.

According to Gadgets 360, Samsung is holding internal conversations in an effort to get Samsung Pay onto devices that aren’t branded with the Samsung logo. To make that vision a reality, Samsung has to get other companies to put a specific chip in their phone: Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST), the technology that makes Samsung Pay work on payment terminals without NFC. That’s not an easy task, so Samsung is talking with a variety of different manufacturers from various markets hoping to get a foot in the door.

Today’s report also indicates that Samsung may actually roll out an accessory that bridges the technological gap in rival phones. This could be similar to the LoopPay Card Case, which is a small battery-powered “puck” that enables mobile payments. That move wouldn’t be too surprising, considering Samsung acquired LoopPay prior to the rollout of Samsung Pay a couple of years ago.

One final note from the report states that Samsung is also planning on putting full-fledged Samsung Pay on more of its own devices, bringing the mobile payment option to its mid-range lineup before the end of 2017. They’ll need to include that aforementioned special MST-supproted chip. Up to this point, low-end and mid-range Samsung phones have only offered support for Samsung Pay Mini, which doesn’t offer the ability to make payments at checkout locations.

If you own a phone that has Samsung Pay on it, how often do you use it? Should Samsung Pay roll out to other phones?