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Get the classics back. There are loads of amazing games that came out when the PlayStation 2, but after the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation 4 came out, not many of the games were able to be played on those consoles. Sometimes you need some nostalgia in your life, if only to play all of the previous Kingdom Hearts games before the new one is released later this year. Now, you have access to loads of PlayStation 2 games that you can play on your PS4. With games like Destroy All Humans! and Star Wars: Bounty Hunter, you can grab all of these classics for your console. ADK Damashii Ape Escape 2 Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits Art of Fighting Anthology Bully Dark Cloud Destroy All Humans! Destroy All Humans! 2 Eternal Ring FantaVision Fatal Fury Battle Archives: Volume 2 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Special Edition Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland Kinetica The King of Fighters '98: Ultimate March The King of Fighters 2000 The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga Manhunt The Mark of Kri Max Payne Metal Slug Anthology Okage: Shadow King PaRappa the Rapper 2 Psychonauts Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords Red Dead Revolver Red Faction Red Faction II Resident Evil -Code: Veronica X Rise of the Kasai Rogue...
The phone is launching on Amazon next week. Formally unveiled at MWC this past February, Alcatel's announced that it's bringing the Alcatel 3V to the United States next week. The 3V is very much so a budget phone with a price tag of just $150, but you're getting a lot of phone for the money. Right on the front is a large 6-inch screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio touting a TCL-made 2K (2160 x 1080) display. Surrounding that screen is a glossy plastic body with Alcatel's SIMGANIC design language that apparently "offers a balance of organic and simplicity from a human centric perspective." Flip the 3V over and you'll find two cameras — including a primary 12MP sensor and a secondary 2MP one that allows for bokeh portrait shots and enables you to refocus photos after you've taken them. Also included is a 5MP selfie camera that comes with its own flash. Rounding out the 3V is a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, Face Key facial unlock system, MediaTek MT8735A 1.45GHz quad-core processor, 3,000 mAh battery, and Android 8.0 Oreo. You'll be able to purchase the Alcatel 3V at Amazon next week, and following that, the phone will make...
A great PS4 experience deserves a great controller. The stock controller for the PlayStation 4 is very good, but it's not for everyone. Fortunately, there are lots out there that offer a different experience and cater to different markets. Whether you're a competitive gamer, buying for your kids to play with or just want to sharpen up your experience, a good controller is important. Pick up one of these options if you're looking for something to change up your controller. Scuf Impact Scuf controllers are used by a large portion of the pro-gamers who play on console, and the Impact is the company's latest and greatest effort for the PlayStation 4. The basic shape is the same as the regular PlayStation DualShock 4, but the grips are longer and the whole thing is less angular. As a result, you get the room for four paddles on the back which can be remapped with Scut's EMR technology to whichever of the face buttons you wish. There are also trigger stops for faster reactions in shooters and wireless charging over a regular micro USB cable. None of the major features of a PS4 controller are lost, you get the headset jack at...
Android Things could never work if every company did it their own way. Google makes a handful of mostly well-received hardware products, but is much better known as a software company. There's plenty of room to argue that they are really an advertising company, and I couldn't disagree, but the things it does that we love are mostly software products. Around here, we think Android is one of Google's greatest achievements and there are plenty of other people who would agree. Maybe even you. Android is everywhere, and you can't go anywhere without seeing someone staring into their Galaxy phone screen. Android is free, supported and wide open to customization. Phone manufacturers and carriers love it. Much of Android's success as phone software is owed to Samsung. Other companies make fine phones that sell in the millions, but none come close to Samsung; it's the biggest phone manufacturer in the world and almost all of their phones run Android, even though Samsung plays a big part in the development of Tizen, which it uses for wearables. There's good reason for this — Google gives Android away as a complete package that Samsung can work with and maintains the code very well with monthly updates. Google also provides all the services a smartphone needs, including an app store, that Samsung can use in their phones for free.
Red vs. pink. When looking at post-paid carriers in the United States, two of the most popular options are Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile. Verizon's well-known for having one of the best networks across the entire country, but T-Mobile's Un-Carrier movement has propelled it into huge success over the last few years. Choosing between these two companies as your smartphone service provider can be a challenge, but at the end of the day, only one can reign supreme. The Android Central forum users recently shared their thoughts on this comparison, and this is what they had to say. amyf27 05-17-2018 05:39 AM “ I moved to Verizon from T-Mobile a couple of weeks ago. It was a bit of a rough start with getting the new phones and having them straighten out the first bill that isn't due for a couple of weeks but other than that there are a few things I like more about it already then T-Mobile. Does...
Buy now, celebrate later. We've featured plenty of deals on affordable Bluetooth headphones, but most of the time they are from smaller brands. Right now, you can pick up a set of Spigen Bluetooth headphones for just $8.99, which is the absolute lowest price we've seen them hit. These headphones have been selling for $21.99 recently, and in the past have sold for as much as $26.99. This price drop is only available for the white version of these Bluetooth 4.1 headphones. They are compact, lightweight and deliver high-quality audio. You can use them in the gym, while hiking, biking, and much more. Each charge will give you 4.5 hours of playback and 175 hours of standby, making them perfect to keep in your bag, at your desk, or anywhere else. Whether you already have a good pair of Bluetooth headphones and need a backup pair, or you finally want to see what all the hype is about, you won't want to miss out on this deal. See at Amazon
Wondering what's new in the latest Open Beta? You're in the right place. There are a lot of reasons to like OnePlus phones, but one aspect that's remained since the beginning is the excellent software experience they offer. All OnePlus phones now run OxygenOS, and if you want to test out new software features before anyone else, you can sign up for the OxygenOS Open Beta. OnePlus updates the Open Beta quite frequently, with each new version including bug fixes, security patches, and feature galore. To make sure you never miss a beat, here's everything new in the beta right now. May 15, 2018 — OnePlus 5 & 5T get group MMS, May security patch, and new launcher goodies OxygenOS Open Beta 10 and 8 for the OnePlus 5 and 5T, respectively, is here and comes with a fair amount to check out. In regards to user-facing changes, the OnePlus Launcher now has a Toolbox Card in the Shelf, Hidden Space section in the app drawer, and dynamic app icons (such as the calendar, clock, and weather) can now be edited. The OnePlus Switch app has a tweaked UI for the Backup & Restore section, as well as a more accurate time remaining timer and other general bug fixes. This Open Beta also fixes a bug that was preventing group MMS from working on the 5 and 5T, and last but not least, the...
Honor is on the rise in India, and it is looking to continue the momentum with its latest budget phones. After launching the mid-range Honor 10 a week ago, the Chinese manufacturer is now introducing its latest budget phones, the Honor 7A and 7C, in India. Both phones feature 18:9 displays, dual cameras, a face unlock feature, and will be sold exclusively online. The Honor 7A will go on sale at Flipkart starting May 29 for ₹8,999 ($132), while the Honor 7C will make its debut on Amazon starting May 31 for ₹9,999 ($145). The Honor 7A comes with a 5.7-inch 18:9 display with a resolution of 1440 x 720, and is powered by the Snapdragon 430. It comes in a single variant with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, and has a dual 13MP + 2MP camera configuration at the back as well as an 8MP front shooter. There's also Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, FM radio, MicroUSB 2.0, and a 3000mAh battery. The Honor 7C, meanwhile, comes with a 5.99-inch display with the same resolution, with the phone powered by the beefier Snapdragon 450. The default version comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, and there's another variant that offers 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage for ₹11,999 ($175). The phone has the same 13MP + 2MP camera setup as...
If you're unboxing a shiny new mirror black OnePlus 6, or perhaps a not-so-shiny midnight black or silk white variant, there are lots of things that you'll want to play with right away. The OnePlus 6 is one of the most anticipated phones of the year so far, and there are plenty of (somewhat) hidden features to explore. In our latest video, we'll explore the top six things to do with your OnePlus 6 after you've unboxed it and popped in your SIM. We'll cover everything from gestures to themeing, and even lesser-known tricks like ambient display. Check it out below, and be sure to hit up our OnePlus 6 review if you haven't already! Android Central on YouTube See at OnePlus OnePlus 6 review OnePlus 6 video review More on the OnePlus 6
Xiaomi's next flagship will launch at the end of the month with an in-display fingerprint sensor. Xiaomi usually launches a phone in its flagship Mi series in February, but this year it eschewed the Mi 7 in favor of an upgraded variant of the Mi Mix 2 dubbed the Mi Mix 2S. It now looks like the company is instead set to unveil the Mi 8 at the end of the month in China. According to an invite shared on Weibo that was spotted by GizmoChina, Xiaomi will launch its next flagship on May 31. The phone is set to be called the Mi 8 Anniversary Edition, to commemorate the eighth anniversary of the brand. We don't know much about the device, but it is rumored with a 6.01-inch edge-to-edge OLED display, along with Snapdragon 845, and a 4000mAh battery with Quick Charge. Interestingly, the device is set to offer a 3D facial recognition feature similar to that of the iPhone X, and it slated to come with an in-display fingerprint sensor. Vivo was the first brand to roll out a device with an in-display fingerprint sensor, and it looks like Xiaomi isn't far behind. Reports out of China indicate we'll also see the Mi Band 3 fitness band at the event. It'll be interesting to see if the Mi 8 or any of the other...
The OnePlus 6 is a fabulous phone once you look past the notch. The OnePlus 6 is the most anticipated phone of 2018 in India, and for good reason. OnePlus' aggressive strategy paid dividends for the brand in recent quarters, and the company has a firm foothold in the mid-range segment. One reason for OnePlus' popularity in India is because of the fact that the brand maintains price parity with its U.S. counterpart. The 64GB version of the OnePlus 6 retails for ₹34,999, which comes out to $515, or $15 less than what the phone is available for in the U.S. That was the case last year as well, wherein OnePlus launched the 5T at the same ₹32,999 ($485) price point as the OnePlus 5. To put things into context, the Galaxy S9+ launched in India for ₹64,900 ($1,015), or $175 more than what it costs in the U.S. Similarly, the Pixel 2 XL made its debut in the country at ₹73,900 ($1,120), a full $270 more than what it retails for in the U.S. Compare that to what the OnePlus 6 costs and you begin to understand why the brand has such a fervent following in India. The country is now the largest global market for OnePlus, and accounts for over a third of all sales. For the OnePlus 6, the company is...
The ⭐️ is launching this week while the ❤️ is "coming soon." Google Photos is a constantly evolving beast, and this week, it's being updated with a new feature that'll allow you to favorite photos you take. When looking at a picture you've captured, you'll soon be able to tap a new ⭐️ icon that'll mark it as a favorite. As you keep tapping that little icon, these photos will automatically populate a new Favorites album that you can browse and share like any other album you've created. Along with this, Google has another feature that's "coming soon" that'll allow you to like photos from other people that are shared with you. When viewing photos a friend/family member has sent to you on Google Photos, tapping the new ❤️ button will show them you like what you see. These aren't huge features, but they are welcome ones that should come in handy. The ability to like photos will make it easy to let people know you've seen whatever they shared with you, but I'm most excited for the favorites button as a new way to filter out certain photos from the mass of them I've collected over the years. What do you think about this latest addition...
The phones come with Infinity Displays, dual cameras, and more. Samsung's launching four new mid-range phones in India, including the Galaxy A6, A6+, J6, and J8. Starting first at the A6 and A6+, we got a look at these two phones in late April when Samsung's Indonesia website quietly listed them without any fanfare. Just like before, the A6 and A6+ both come with Super AMOLED Infinity Displays, with the A6 using a 5.6-inch HD+ screen and the A6+ going up to a 6-inch FHD+ one. Both phones have 16MP cameras on the back, but only the A6+ has a secondary 5MP shooter as well. As for front-facing cameras, the A6 has a 16MP sensor while the A6+'s comes in at 24MP. The Galaxy A6 uses Samsung's Exynos 7 processor, 4GB, 32 or 64GB of storage, and a 3,000 mAh battery. Alternatively, the A6+ has the Snapdragon 450, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, and a 3,500 mAh battery. Both have a metal unibody design, expandable storage up to 256GB, and Android Oreo. Moving over to the J6 (pictured on the right) and J8, these two phones are less powerful, yet more affordable, than the A6 series. Samsung's Super AMOLED Infinity Displays are still present, but the resolution is bumped down to HD+ for both the 5.6-inch J6...
Don't have to spend a fortune on robot vacuums anymore. The Eufy RoboVac 11S slim self-charging robotic vacuum cleaner has dropped in price for the first time. It is down to $186.99 when it has been selling for around $220 since it first released in early May. Other versions of the RoboVac have dropped in price in the past, but this one never has. The RoboVac 11S is slimmer than other versions while still having even more powerful suction. It uses BoostIQ tech to increase that suction power when it's needed. The rechargeable battery delivers up to 100 minutes of performance, and the vacuum will return to its dock automatically when the battery runs low. It uses infrared sensors to evade obstacles and stop itself from falling down steps. It comes with a remote control, charging base, power adapter, and several brushes and accessories. Eufy backs it up with a 12-month warranty. Users give it 4.3 stars based on 2,900 reviews. See on Amazon
Sound is the key to immersion. With the Oculus Go picking up speed, there are some extra things that you might want for a better experience overall. Whether it's extra battery or better sound, these simple things can add up and really change your immersion. When it comes to sound for VR, it'll change your entire immersion by having a good set of headphones to hear every little sound. These are the best options for headphones in order to make sure your VR experience is the best. Senso Bluetooth Earbuds If you're more of an earbuds type of person when playing VR, then these Senso earbuds are one of the best options out there. With eight hours of battery life and HD High Fidelity sound, these are a great option in order to make sure you are completely immersed into the experience. You can pick these up earbuds for your Oculus Go for only $30. See at Amazon Cowin Over the Ear Bluetooth Headphones The Over the Ear Bluetooth headphones by Cowin are a comfy addition to your VR experience when searching for headphones. These headphones are easy to travel with, and they also have 30 hours of battery charge. For $60, these are a great option to travel with when you're going around with your...
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What are the best third-party watch bands for Samsung Gear S3? The Samsung Gear S3 is one of our favorite smartwatches, and a great alternative to many of the Android Wear watches out there. The Gear S3 supports standard 22mm watch bands, making it really easy to upgrade with something new. Here are a few of the best third-party watch bands to consider once you pick up your brand new Samsung Gear S3! ArtStyle nylon strap EloBeth Milanese Magnetic Loop Strap Rerii leather band TRUMiRR Milanese stainless steel band Barton silicone band Rechere stainless steel watch band ArtStyle nylon strap Keep things simple, fun, and functional with the ArtStyle watch band made from a sturdy nylon material and a durable metal buckle! The ArtStyle nylon strap is easily adjustable and is hypoallergenic, making it the perfect band to wear if you have sensitive skin. The material from this particular band is also breathable and waterproof on top of being extremely comfortable to wear day-to-day. One downside, though? It might interfere/cover up your Samsung Gear 3's heart rate sensor. On top of the ArtStyle's practical design, the watch strap comes in a ton of different, bright colors, including red, blue/yellow, black, black/gray, navy blue, gray, khaki, orange, army green, black/blue, black/green/red, black/gray/blue, black/gray/orange, black/gray/green, black/red starting at around $9. See...
Venture into the world of Smart Home tech with this single device. Teckin's Mini Smart Plug drops to just $8.49 at Amazon when you enter promo code 62P73ULU during checkout. It sells for $15 on average and hasn't dropped lower than $10 without a coupon before. This smart plug lets you control your home appliances via the Smart Life app or even voice commands (using a device with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant) from anywhere in the world. You can monitor and control its energy usage and costs whenever. No hub is required either. Schedule it to turn on your lights before you arrive home each night, or set it to turn off at sunrise. Having the app on your phone is like having a wireless remote for whatever is plugged into the smart plug. Plus, they're so compact, you can plug two in at the same outlet. Close to 175 customers at Amazon reviewed this smart plug with 4.6 out of 5 stars collectively. See at Amazon
Google Photos has a great way to get back some of your phone's storage! The best feature of Google Photos is the hassle free backups: all your photos and videos are automatically up to the cloud, so you won't lose your favorite memories. If you're moving to a new phone, all of your old photos are available just by signing in. A side effect of this is it means your photos and videos don't need to take up space on your phone. 256GB phones are a thing, but you can save a good bit of money by getting phones with less storage. Videos — especially 4K videos — can fill up your phone fast, so if you can offload them to the cloud you'll keep your phone from filling up. Here's how to free up space in Google Photos! Open the Google Photos app. Tap the three-line icon in the upper left corner. Tap Free up space. You'll see a summary of how much space can be freed from your phone. When you're ready, tap Free up X MB. This will remove photos and videos from your phone if they have already been backed up to Google Drive. Everything that hasn't been backed up on your phone will stay there, and will be uploaded...
Google has two to-do apps in its arsenal, and the difference between them is clear. Google believes in giving its users choice, which may be part of why it has two email clients, four reminder systems, an ever-growing number of chat apps, and now two music subscription services. Google has two to-do services — Google Keep and the newly-revived Google Tasks — with two remarkably different feature sets and integrations. If you're wondering which one you should trust to keep you on task, the choice is pretty easy. Google Tasks takes minimalism to the limit Google Tasks was given a shiny new look as part of the recent Gmail redesign, but unfortunately wasn't give any new features apart from the publishing of a standalone app for Android and iOS. You can make tasks add descriptions, subtasks, and a due date, but you can't add a due time to a due date. You have to date every subtask in a task to the same date to have them stick together when sorted by date, and you can't give anything a priority. You can make separate lists in Google Tasks, but you can't view tasks from all lists in one master list view....