Deals

Deal: Save on refurbished Pixel or Pixel XL while supply lasts

May 29, 2018 Doug Demagistris

Google’s OG Pixel smartphones may be almost two years old, but they rock the latest version of Android in style and have withstood time like no others. The Pixel and larger Pixel XL, despite all their greatness, continue to drop in price now that Pixel 2 phones are here and Pixel 3 handsets are rumored to be on the way. The latest deal allows buyers to save on refurbished units while supply lasts.

Rumors, leaks, teasers

LG’s notch could be a G-series exclusive

May 29, 2018 Doug Demagistris

A picture has leaked showcasing an upcoming LG smartphone we heard about in a recent report. The device in the leak is expected to be another flagship tier from the South Korean company and could get its feet wet on AT&T later this year. The LG V35 could launch alongside an LG V40 to up the game brought on by the newly announced LG G7 ThinQ.

Deals

Deal: Save $30 on a pair of Google Pixel Buds

May 28, 2018 Doug Demagistris

Google’s Pixel Buds have not impressed many since their arrival last fall. To ignite some demand for the Google Assistant ear buds, the accessory is being sold at a $30 discount. This brings the subtotal to $129 from $159, which is the lowest price we’ve seen yet.

Gadgets

The NVIDIA SHIELD TV has been updated to Android 8.0 Oreo

May 28, 2018 Doug Demagistris

Last week, NVIDIA rolled out updates for both the SHIELD TV and SHIELD TV Pro. It has been quite the wait, but owners of either device will be very glad to know that Android 8.0 can now be installed on these devices including a handful of interface changes and upgrades.

Carrier News

Lenovo’s Moto G6 is now available at Verizon

May 28, 2018 Doug Demagistris

Motorola introduced a trio of new Moto G6 smartphones in April (G6, G6 Plus, G6 Play) and today, one model and color has gone up for sale at Verizon. As we’ve seen in the past with Moto G5 Plus and Moto G handsets before it, Verizon is always first to carry Lenovo’s mid-range successors.

Gadgets

Samsung might give Google’s Wear OS platform another try

May 28, 2018 Doug Demagistris

A trusted source believes Samsung could be on to something nobody would have expected. Evan Blass reported on Twitter that some Samsung employees were caught wearing Wear OS powered Gear smartwatches. This is the first time we’ve heard of the possibility of a Samsung Gear smartwatch with Google’s Wear OS platform, though we’re not convinced just yet that it’ll happen.

Droid Updates

Droid Updates Weekly 5/21 – 5/25: Which Android devices were updated this week?

May 27, 2018 Doug Demagistris

Our guess is that most of you have a smartphone if you’re reading this. Being smartphone owners ourselves, we’re always interested in knowing when a smartphone gets updated. Wouldn’t it be convenient to have this all in one place? That’s why we created our ‘Droid Updates’ Weekly Series.

General News

Huawei’s bootloader unlock program will soon be no more

May 27, 2018 Doug Demagistris

Third-party ROMs allow smartphone owners to customize and mod their device in just about any way feasible. As if Android was not customizable enough, some Android OEMs elect to support bootloader unlocking. Huawei is one of them and to keep its devices open to heavy customization, the Chinese OEM has always had a bootloader unlock program. In disappointing news for some of you, the program is shutting down.

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