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First introduced in May 2016, the Google Home has fast become one of the leading connected smart speakers. It’s perhaps one of the most flexible devices of its kind and only gets better with updates and new features.

We’re in an era where the Google Home faces strong competition from the likes of Sonos, Amazon Echo, and the Apple HomePod. Each has its own advantages and drawbacks, and the space will get more crowded when Samsung delivers its first Bixby-powered speaker.

Getting Smarter and Smarter

The Google Home has a more robust user experience than when it initially launched; it gets smarter all the time. It’s flexible, customizable, and designed to act as your personal assistant. Indeed, there are a ton of questions and commands you can use to harness the internal Google Assistant technology.

SEE ALSO: Google Home devices can now pair with third-party Bluetooth speakers

For all of the cool and unique things you might do with the Google Home there are a few options and settings that you absolutely should do. Setting up the Google Home, Home Mini, and Home Max is a breeze, but there’s a handful of additional customization that’s worth the time.

Here are nine features and settings every Google Home user needs to know. Seasoned users might take these for granted, but new owners will appreciate learning a thing or two.

Note that some of these will also work for the Google Home Mini and/or Google Home Max.

A couple of...

For the past few weeks, we have been learning more and more about the new UMIDIGI One and One Pro. These handsets aim to provide a “compact flagship” experience, without breaking the bank.

Today, we have been informed that the first official graphics video has been released. This video shows off both the One and One Pro, giving users a better idea of what to expect.

As a refresher, let’s take a quick look at the specs for both handsets:

UMIDIGI One UMIDIGI One Pro Display 5.9-inch 5.9-inch Processor Helio P23 Helio P23 RAM 4GB 4GB Storage 32GB 64GB Front Camera 16MP 16MP Rear Camera 5MP + 12MP 5MP + 12MP Battery 3,550mAh 3,250mAh

 

As you can see from the table above, there are a few key differences between these two handsets. Primarily, we see that the One Pro is equipped with 64GB of storage, versus the 32GB offered with the One.

In the battery department, the UMIDIGI One comes with a substantial 3,550mAh battery. Meanwhile, the One Pro sports a smaller 3,250mAh option. However, UMIDIGI has included its new “Dual Fast Charge” technology, allowing the One Pro to charge at up to 15W wired or 18W wireless capacities.

Unfortunately, we have yet to see any official pricing revealed for either the UMIDIGI One or One Pro. Nonetheless, the company has announced that pre-orders will...

With all of this talk about leaks, cyber-security, and hacking, you’d be wise to want to put your guard up. For some of us this means making smarter decisions about where we go and what we do online. For others, it’s shielding themselves behind a VPN client. We’re currently offering a product and service combination takes things even further.

Enter Keezel.

As a physical, portable WiFi device, the Keezel connects to any WiFi connection and then routes traffic its own protected network. That’s right, you can use it at home, at a coffee shop, or at the airport. No matter what it connects to, you’re getting the same level of security.

Keezel is the portable internet encryption device that protects all your photos, documents, passwords, financial data etc. against identity, credit card, and account theft with just the push of a button.

The Keezel boasts an internal battery that delivers more than 10 hours of continuous usage. Moreover, it also packs an 8000mAh battery inside to help charge your mobile devices, too.

First introduced on Indiegogo, the Keezel has been backed to the tune of more than $1 million and 540% funding. In other words, a lot of people already know about this and you’re likely late to the party.

Features
  • Prevent others from snooping on what you...

Summer is a great time to find awesome deals. Case in point, Google’s Project Fi announced one which might be of interest to you.

You might remember, the MVNO recently added the LG G7 ThinQ and LG V35 ThinQ to its portfolio. They can be purchased for $749 and $899 respectively.

But if so far, these prices have kept you from truly considering to buy one of the two LG flagships, now it’s a good time to reconsider. Google is running a promotion which offers $300 Project Fi service credit to customers willing to purchase one of the two models.

Obviously, some conditions apply in order to qualify to get the credit. First off, you need to activate the smartphone within 30 days of its being shipped. Additionally, you’re required to keep the line of service active for 30 consecutive days.

Once you do that, you can expect to see the account credit show up in 45 to 60 days from the time the phone was activated.

Google is offering the promotion until July 29, so you still have plenty of time to decide whether this deal I for you or not.

While you ponder the pros and cons, we’re taking an opportunity to list the major specs of the two smartphones in order to refresh your memory.

LG G7 ThinQ

  • 6.1-inch LCD display with a notch and 1440 x 3120 pixels,...

Summer is a popular time to take vacations. So in order to to make your holiday abroad even more enjoyable, T-Mobile this week announced it is updating its Simple Global plan to include 70 more countries and destinations.

Previously, T-Mobile users could take advantage of free international roaming in 140 territories around the world. Now that number has gone up to 210. Simple Global is included for free with T-Mobile ONE plans and offers free 2G unlimited data, unlimited SMS and low-priced calls ($0.25/min).

The plan also includes things like picture messaging, visual voicemail, and one hour of in-flight Wi-Fi on flights that feature Gogo.

T-Mobile also has a new and affordable international LTE day plan

T-Mobile also offers the option to upgrade to LTE data and unlimited calls. The newly announced International Data Pass costs only $5/day. In return, T-Mobile ONE subscribers will get 512MB of LTE, and unlimited text and talk for that day. T-Mobile says it will allow for a maximum of two passes to be purchased every 24 hours.

Compared to what rivals Verizon and AT&T charge for similar services, T-Mobile’s International Data Pass is available at half the price.

Speaking of which, the new daily pass will go into effect starting on August 1, 2018. What’s more, the new countries will get added to Simple Global on July 22. You’ll be able to see the complete...

The Google Pixel 2, or its larger sibling, the Pixel XL 2, is one of the best phones you can purchase right now. Available through Verizon and Google, it’s the latest and greatest in Android and features some pretty damn impressive hardware. It’s one of our favorite devices ever, even if it’s not exactly the sexiest device on the market.

One of the things we love about Android is that it offers so much customization. The platform continues to get better all the time and the 8.0 Oreo release is as gorgeous as it is practical. Spend any time with either phone and you’ll no doubt realize there’s a world of potential at your fingertips.

READ: Want Android P? Here’s how to get it on your device today!

Whether this is your first Android phone, first Google handset, or just the most recent in a long history of upgrades, you’ll want to set it up to your liking. We’ve gathered up a handful of helpful tricks, tweaks, and tips to ensure you get the most out of the phone. Here are ten Pixel 2 settings you should know.

Active Edge

One of the features that Google was quick to highlight for its 2017 flagship phone, Active Edge, gives users the ability to squeeze the sides of...

Now you can be a tourist whenever you open your phone. Cityscape photography is merely the city version of landscape photography. The urban jungle. A cityscape album often include skylines or drone shots of entire metro areas.

Imagine all the different aspects of major cities around the world. What about the specific architecture that identifies one town from another. You can now arrange your icons around the Eiffel Tower or below the New York skyline.

In the wallpapers below, check out all the cities we’ve shown off. Can you name all the metros that are featured? For this gallery, we’ve collected 20 gorgeous wallpapers highlighting various urban scenes that we think you’ll love, all in QHD.

Note that while we’re showing just a handful here, the rest of tpershem can be found in a Google Photos album.

Check out some of our other wallpaper posts!

Want to be able to take better videos with your smartphone? Well maybe you should think about investing in a gimbal.

Like the FeityTech Vimble 2 handheld gimbal stabilizer which is currently available with a discount. Customers can grab it from Amazon. Normally priced at $99.99, you can shave $20 off it by using the discount code 8W28EXSV at checkout. This means it will cost you only to $79.99 to get this gimbal.

The gimbal stabilizer works with all major smartphones including the iPhone series, Galaxy S9, S8, Huawei P9, Meizu MX6, and other Android smartphones with similar dimensions.

The FeityTech Vimble 2 is the perfect solution for steady footage

This gimbal is pretty versatile integrating a new stabilization algorithm that offer smooth image stabilization under any circumstances. The Vimble 2 features an 18cm long extension bar that’s perfect for taking selfies or shooting group video. It also gives your smartphone a wider frame, so you can fit anyone into the picture.

The Vimble 2 is packed with features including face/object following, automatic panorama, and one button zooming. It has a smartphone app (called Vicool) which lets you control your phone’s camera remotely via Bluetooth.

Two embedded buttons will make accessing features easier. The first one has a joystick -likequality and allows you to move the smartphone from left to right and up/down. There’s also a shutter button which you can use...

Let’s be honest, Android Wear wasn’t exactly lighting the world on fire. Like iPads in the tablet world, the Apple Watch rules the smartwatch world. But, with WearOS, Google is making a strong push to try to save the struggling brand.

Unfortunately, newer features and better performance requires better hardware, and many of the original Android Wear watches are being left behind – even the venerable Moto 360.

And replacing them is pricy! Most WearOS-compatible watches are $200 or more, which is no joke considering you’ve likely already dropped $500+ on a phone it connects. MobVoi, though looks to make that hit a little more bearable with the Ticwatch E, a water-resistant WearOS smartwatch with modern features but a manageable pricetag.

Ticwatch E Features

The E – which stands for Express – comes with a number of modern smartwatch features, including WearOS (of course), a lightweight polycarbonate design, heart-rate monitor, GPS, Google Assistant, and a 48-hour battery.

It also features an IP67 rating – which means it’s waterproof up to 1m. MobVoi warns that it’s not “suitable for shower or swimming,” but that rating wouldn’t be given if it wasn’t certified. I even put it to the test by taking it to the lake, and it performed admirably.

Hardware-wise, the Ticwatch E is about on par with the rest of the smartwatch...

Here’s a question for you: what do you do with all of your downloaded music, pictures, documents, and other media? Chances are good you are backing some of that up either automatically or manually. And, if you’re like a lot of Android users, you’re probably tapping into Google Drive for help. There are better solutions for very little money.

What happens, though, when you get close to filling up your allotted storage space? Before you break out that credit card and purchase more storage through your cloud hosting, consider the following deal.

How about a lifetime account with 2TB (terabytes) of storage for the price of a couple of movie tickets? Try Zoolz cloud backup storage, for instance.

SEE ALSO: Two years of PureVPN is just $29.40 with this exclusive code

1TB of Cold Storage & 1TB of Instant Vault Storage

With this lifetime of 1TB of Instant, and 1TB of Cold Storage, you’ll have an incredibly inexpensive place to house all of your media files. For things you plan to access on a semi-regular basis, toss it in the Instant Vault. Items you don’t need all that often can go into the Cold Storage area.

Features
  • Store 1TB of Instant Vault data & 1TB of Cold Storage data for life, w/ no additional costs
  • Quickly & easily select the files you want to store w/ Smart Selection
  • Retrieve stored files in approximately 3-5 hours
  • Enjoy great...

Amazon’s Prime Day 2018 shopping event includes discounts on tech products from countless manufacturers including NVIDIA.

You can currently grab the SHIELD TV with a discount. The device, which is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor and runs on Google’s Android TV platform is available for purchase for $179. Which is $20 off its regular price.

The model on sale has 16GB of storage on board and ships with a voice remote and a gaming controller.

NVIDIA isn’t limiting the sale just to Prime Day. Customers can grab the discounted SHIELD TV until Saturday, July 21. The promotion isn’t available only on Amazon. You’ll be able to get the discount from Best Buy, Fry’s and the official SHIELD Store.

Save 10% on this great product

There’s another SHIELD TV version which only comes with a remote, but that one is keeping its regular price. Which is $179.

So if you’re ready to jump on board with a SHIELD TV this week, the obvious choice is to get the remote+controller version.

The SHIELD TV is 4K HDR media streamer that also doubles as a Google Assistant-compatible device that gives you control over your home. For example, you can ask it to stream Netflix to your TV, shuffle your favorite playlist or turn off the lights in the kitchen.

It also gets frequent updates....

Oukitel has a new phone in the pipeline. It’s called the K8 and it’s expected to land with an impressive 5,000 mAh battery, some time towards the end of July.

But while the power unit is certainly one of the K8’s major highlights, the phone’s other specs are pretty impressive, as well.

Speaking of specs, Oukitel just released a video that highlights the K8’s top twelve best features (battery included). You can check it out below:

Top Oukitel K8 features
  • 6-inch FHD+ AUO display with 2,160 x 1080 resolution Ashasi Glass that protects the device in case of accidental drops.
  • Modern 18:9 aspect ratio on board, 82.4% screen-to-body ratio.
  • Metallic textured back keeps your phone clean and clear. Not a fingerprint magnet.
  • 4GB of RAM + 64GB of storage configuration. A microSD card to expand internal memory up to 256GB is also available.
  • MediaTek MT6750T octa-core processor for a fluent and smooth performance
  • Sony IMX135 rear-facing 13-megapixel main sensor which works in concert with a secondary 2-megapixel one. A 5-megapixel selfie camera lives on the front.
  • Fingerprint scanner located on the back, face ID is also available.
  • AAC 1151 box speaker, a good speaker that will deliver a better music effect.
  • Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box
  • 3-color notification LED light
  • Screen record lets you record your favorite video moments or your handling of the K8.

As we mentioned above the phone is expected to go on sale by the end of July. When this will happen exactly, we don’t know yet. However, we’ll...

UMIDIGI recently-announced One Pro smartphone looks mighty gorgeous on the outside. But what about the inside?

To satisfy your curiosity, the company has recently released a teardown video which reveals the internals of the device. As you can see in the clip, it’s not too difficult to remove the back cover of the phone and get to the insides which are very neatly arranged.

Once the foil which is applied to spread heat is removed, the NFC and wireless charging combo on top of the battery become visible.

We’re taking an opportunity to remind you that the UMIDIGI One Pro relies on a 3,550 mAh battery.  On top of that, the phone can charge up to 18W with a cable and 15W of wireless charging power.

New video reveals the precise internal arrangement of the UMIDIGI One Pro

The teardown also shows the Helio P23 SoC, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, as well as the main dual camera module. It’s comprised of a 12-megapixel sensor and a secondary 5-megapixel one.

With 1.12 μm pixels, big optical format ½.8 and large f/2.0, the rear-facing snapper ensures you will be able to take great photos with the phone. The front is home to a 16-megapixel shooter for high-resolution selfies.

We should also note that the UMIDIGI One Pro features dual speaks. One is built into the bottom of the phone, while the other is hidden near the microphone.

We have all been there: You pick up your nice new shiny Android device and jump straight into the Google Play Store, download your favorite apps and games. Before you know it, you’re off and running and everything is grand.

There’s something you should do before installing all those apps. Indeed, the first thing you should do is download Find my Device, an app available in the Google Play Store.

Editor Note: Some of these features might only work on newer phones, running 8.0 or later.

It’s possible the app isn’t installed or enabled out of the box, but will be a lifesaver if you ever misplace your Android device. Why? What does it do? As the name indicates, it allows you find your phone, down to its last known location.

Get a lifetime second phone line for your Android for only $25

Simply sign in with your Google account and your device will be linked to your account. The service uses a combination of WiFi and GPS to pinpoint the device location and provide a record on-demand of where it was last seen – super useful for if it goes missing.

To use Find My Device, your lost Android device must:

  • Be turned on
  • Be signed in to a Google Account
  • Be connected to mobile data or Wi-Fi
  • Be visible on Google Play
  • Have Location turned on
  • Have Find My Device turned on

Tracking your device is just as simple – head to android.com/find where...

Thinking of getting the new and shiny OnePlus 6, perhaps in red? Or, maybe you prefer the other, more traditional options? Whichever the case, you might want to consider investing in a few accessories for the device as well.

While OnePlus offers a range of official OP6 accessories on its website, third-party manufacturers also offers some compelling extras that will help you make the most of your phone.

For this article we’ve rounded up ten of our favorite OP6 accessories including protective cases, earbuds, power banks and more.

OnePlus 6 official cases

Brought to you by OnePlus itself, the official cases are a great and stylish way to protect your phone from accidents. You have a few options to choose from including:

  • Bumper Case Ebony Wood/Karbon/Nylon Black – $24.95
  • Protective Case Karbon/Sandstone – $19.95
  • Silicone Protective Case Red – $19.95
  • Flip Cover -$19.95

Or you can opt for a bundle. For example, the Dual Protection Bundle pairs a Protective Case and a Silicone Case/Flip Cover for $42.65. Alternatively, the Total Protection Bundle includes a Protective Case and a Tempered Glass Screen Protector. It costs $37.90.

Buy official OP6 cases

Otterbox case for OnePlus 6

 

Interestingly, the OnePlus official shop also offers a third-party case for the OP6. It’s...

For many, using the Google Play Store is limited to searching for apps or tapping the Install button. But the Play Store includes a bunch of lesser-known features to help you optimize the experience.

Whether you’re a new Play Store user or you’re looking to get the most out of this app, here’s a list of useful tips and tricks you should definitely try out.

Use parental controls

If you have children in your home, you might want to restrict them from downloading and installing apps/games that are not meant for them.

It’s quite easy to set a filter in the Google Play Store. Go to Settings>User Controls>Turn on Parental Controls>Set the restrictions.

Once in place, your child will have to enter your PIN each time he or she tries to download something inappropriate.

Prevent other people from buying on your account

Many people share a phone with someone else in the household, including kids. So if you linked your credit card to the Play Store, chances are high they will end up making a purchase without your permission.

To prevent this, restrict app purchases by enabling authentication from the Play Store. Go to Settings>Require authentication for...

To celebrate the growing success of Amazon and the company’s Prime Day event, Master & Dynamic are joining in. Master & Dynamic is offering its MH30 on-ear headphones for sale. The headphones usually are priced at $300 but will be available online for $200, only while Prime day is going on. You do have to use a coupon code to access the deal, contrary to Amazon’s sales, the code is ‘MH30FLASH’.

If you think you’ve heard of the Master & Dynamic brand here before we wouldn’t blame you. We’ve reviewed the company’s MW50 and MW60, wireless versions of their on-ear and over-ear headphones and came away impressed. Master & Dynamic is a company that takes pride in its products, not only with their build but also their presentation. If you’ve never had a luxury audio product before this is the best time to invest. With the sale going on, it is more than easy to start a new life in audio with the MH30.

Check out some of the features about the MH30 below:

  • Sophisticated design, premium leathers, and machined metals for unmatched style and durability
  • Precision-tuned custom 40mm neodymium drivers provide a rich, expansive and warm sound signature
  • Lambskin-wrapped, removable memory foam ear pads provide superior comfort and breathability
  • Two heavy-duty woven cables, one with separate mic and remote, for greater voice clarity
  • 2 Year Warranty. Includes...

Drones are all the craze nowadays. They’re big, powerful, and can take us places we only dreamed of a few years back. They come in all shapes and sizes and work great outside. Did you know, though, that some can be a lot of fun indoors, too? Indeed, the Skeye Nano 2 is one such device.

If you visit the AndroidGuys Deals Store today, you’ll find we’re currently offering the little guy for just $29. That’s right, the world’s smallest camera drone can be yours for half its normal price.

Features of Skeye Nano 2
  • Take off, land, & hover easily w/ built-in auto-functions
  • Record incredible real-time, FPV video w/ the HD, WiFi-controlled camera
  • Fly immediately w/ Ready to Fly technology
  • Enjoy a completely stable flight thanks to adjustable gyro sensitivity & 6-axis control
  • Show off for your friends w/ acrobatic flip capabilities
  • Go for a nighttime flight w/ the built-in LED lights
  • Adjust controller sensitivity for more advanced maneuvering as you get the hang of it

Whether you’re brand new to flying and controlling drones or have experience under your belt, the Skeye Nano 2 is here to fit your expertise level.

The drone gets five minutes of flying time and only takes a half hour to charge. When it comes to recording video and pictures, you have a 2-megapixel camera for 1280×720 pixel resolution. The 2GB microSD card means you’ve got plenty of room to capture those sneaky little flights into the living room or out back to the patio.

You can...

Whether you’re looking for a new flagship device or looking to save a little dough, Sprint offers some of the best devices on the market today. As a site that’s always on the lookout for the best phones and the best value, we’re bringing you a list of the best devices you can walk into a Sprint store and pick up today.

Here’s the list!

Read more: The best 2017 phones to purchase in 2018

LG G7 ThinQ

Embrace the notch! LG certainly has with the LG G7. The latest flagship from the South Korean giant features a notched 6.1-inch IPS LCD with a 3120 x 1440 resolution. Last year we saw phones finally break through to the 18:9 aspect ratio, but now we’re seeing device manufacturers like LG push that to an insane 19.5:8. The display is surrounded but incredibly small bezels and features a small chin on the bottom of the phone. If you’re alright with a notch, you might agree that this is a pretty handsome phone.

Like most 2018 flagships, the LG G7 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, 4 or 6 GB of RAM, and 64 or 128 GB of RAM. A 3000 mAh battery might feel underwhelming but LG promises all-day battery life and there’s quick charge onboard for when you need to top...

Fashion brand Emporio Armani is spearheading Wear OS efforts this summer with a refreshed model of its original Connected smartwatch.

The 2018 model brings some notable upgrades to the table including a heart rate sensor, GPS and NFC technology to use for Google Pay. Even so, the Emporio Armani Connected 2018 still runs on the aged Snapdragon 2100 platform. Which, according to a report dating back from May, it’s bound to be replaced soon. Apparently, Qualcomm is working on a new wearable chipset that’s expected to launch this fall.

Given that a new dedicated processor and a flagship device are in the pipeline, it might be worth to consider postponing your Wear OS smartwatch acquisition plans. For the time being.

Emporio Armani’s smartwatch puts an emphasis on style

But the Connected 2018’s appealing design makes it hard to ignore. It’s a 43 x 49 mm watch made from stainless steel that’s offered in a range of elegant finishes. Customers will be able to grab it in silver, black, blue, green or rose gold with rubber link bracelets. A Milanese loop option will also be available.

The smartwatch packs a circular 1.19-inch AMOLED screen and a battery that’s said to be able to support up to 2 days of use. We should also mention the wearable is waterproof and comes with Google Assistant built-in.

Pricing is set to start at $295 and interested parties will be...