XDA Senior Member AhsanU posted a nice review of his experiene with the Z3+ so far, including his thoughts as to how it compares to the LG G4. If you are looking to upgrade or just want to learn about the Z3+’s performance, battery life and general quality, don’t miss it!
Android Wear, Apple Watch and Pebble all seem to be the big players in the smartwatch space lately, though there is one other notable option that we tend to forget about when it comes to choosing our next smartphone companion. Samsung’s Tizen-powered Gear 2, which was unveiled early 2014, is still a decent option for those looking for an inexpensive, capable smartwatch. Normally the watch’s price point is too high for us to recommend, but right now there’s a decent promotion going on that may be worth your while.
For a limited time, or while supplies last, you can pick up a refurbished Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch from A4C for just $119.95. The list price reads $169.95, but it will drop down to the sale price once you apply coupon code CHEAP50 at checkout. The watch is available in both Black and Gold Brown color options.
If you’re looking for a brand new Gear 2, that will cost you around $299 from most online retailers, which is why this $120 price point is such a steal. It may not boast the best specs on the market, but this is still a great option for those looking to try out their first smartwatch.
If you’re interested in grabbing one for yourself, head to the deal link below. And remember, the Gear 2 only works with Samsung devices, so be sure to take that into consideration before buying.
How many times have you had to battle a loved one over an outlet or USB cable to charge your phone? With the ChargeIt! US wall charger, you can charge up to 3 devices at a time through a single outlet, with one grabbing juice through a built-in USB cable. The ChargetIt! should also be able to provide faster charging through its 2.4A port.
At $23, which is a solid discount from the full $50 retail price, you get a solid travel buddy that would be a solid charger for highly-trafficked areas in your home.
The Android M Developer Preview has already received its first update following Google’s promise to issue monthly deltas following Google I/O 2015, and OTA updates are already hitting devices running Preview 1.
For those who prefer to flash the Android M Developer Preview 2 as a fresh install, you can download the ZIP files below:
Science is typically seen as one of those subjects that only “nerdy people” enjoy. That stereotype has started to change in the last few years. More and more people are realizing that science doesn’t have to be some old dudes in white lab coats. Science can be really fun, and games like Atomas drive that point home.
Atomas, by Sirnic, is a puzzle game that uses scientific elements. Your job is to create valuable elements such as gold, platinum, and silver. All you have to start with is a hydrogen atom, but in no time at all you’ll be creating bigger and better things. The good news is you don’t have to be physicist or chemist to understand this game. Anyone can pick it up in just a few seconds.
To play Atomas you have to combine matching elements. Every element has an atomic number, and when combined they create the element with the next higher atomic number. For example, when you combine two Lithium atoms (3) you’ll get one Beryllium (4). The goal is to get the element with the highest atomic number you can before the board gets too crowded.
Here’s how it works. A few random elements are arranged in a circle. At the center of that circle is another random element, or a (+) or (-) icon. You can tap anywhere in the circle to place the new element in that spot. The (+) icon can be placed between two matching elements to combine them, but you can combine more than just two at a time. If you create a symmetrical pattern of elements, and then place the (+) at the center you can combine multiples.
The (-) icon can be used to move an element into a different position, or transform it into a (+) icon. Once the circle is completely full of elements, and there is no room for new ones, the game is over. At your disposal is “antimatter” that can be used to clear half of the circle, but these are only available via an in-app purchase.
Along with the standard mode that I just described, there is Time Attack and Alchemist mode. In Time Attack, you are tasked with creating as big of an element as you can in the allotted time. Every time you combine elements you get a few more seconds. Alchemist mode is for serious players. You have to create all 118 existing elements, and a few new ones created by the developer.
Atomas is a really well designed and addictive game. You can log in with Google Play Games and compete with your friends to get the high score. If you don’t have time to finish a game you can easily stop and continue at a different time. We can’t help but feel like Atomas would have made high school science class much more enjoyable (and maybe there wouldn’t be so many science errors in this review). Download Atomas for free from the Play Store here.
One of our favorite things to do here at AndroidGuys is to help Android users get the most from their devices. Whether in the form of app reviews, news and rumors, or something else, we aim to please.
Our Editor’s Picks column is designed to help existing Android owners discover apps and games. What you’ll find below are some of the apps that we at AndroidGuys enjoy using ourselves. Some of what follows are new titles while a few are classics we can’t let go of. We understand that we won’t get every single app that crosses our path but we hope to filter things a bit and pass them along to you. Whatever the case we’re certain you will find something fun to play with this week. Let’s get to it!
Wallmax is another awesome wallpaper aggregator with a wide range of wallpapers. From opening to loading of the wallpapers, the animations make this app deligthful to use. You also have the ability to sort wallpapers by resolution, which is great for those rocking a QHD smartphone. It’s a free app and We definitely recommend you try this out.
As the name implies, Ghostery Privacy Browser is a privacy-oriented browser by Ghostery, Inc. that is much like its desktop counterpart. This browser is able to detect tracking scripts on web sites that are visited and block them. Also, the user can pause blocking or whitelist sites by clicking the Ghostery icon next to the tabs icon. Individuals can opt-in (opt-in by default) to Ghostrank, which sends anonymous statistics to Ghostery, Inc. about the trackers that are blocked but no information about the sites they are on or the sites themselves. Lastly, privacy search engine Duck Duck Go is the default, however, users have the options to change it to Google, Bing, Yahoo, Yahoo Japan, Naver, Baidu, and Yandex.
Periscope is another livestreaming app brought to you by Twitter. Periscope lets you broadcast live video to the world. Going live will instantly notify your followers, who can join, comment and send you hearts in real time. You can also make your videos available for replay so viewers can watch it later. If you want to explore the world while sitting in your chair then this app is definitely for you.
We all have heard of this app and yeah, there is a good chance you already have a Netflix account. If you don’t have one, you might want to consider picking up an online streaming account for $7.99 per month. Netflix has been producing more original content than ever and surprisingly there are a few shows that are very entertaining. Netflix has produced over 20 new shows and continued fan favorite shows like “Arrested Development” and “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”. The biggest benefit to watching Netflix Original content is that they release entire seasons in one fell swoop. Rather than waiting every week to watch your show, you can veg out over a weekend and watch an entire season of “BoJack Horseman” or “Chef’s Table.”
They also have quite a selection of movies for you to watch too. If you have more than two members of your family who want to watch Netflix at the same time, you can upgrade to the $11.99 plan which allows 4 members to watch at the same time in addition to Ultra HD access.
System cleaners have become a necessary evil on mobile devices. The more you use a device, the more junk keeps piling up. When you uninstall apps and delete files, they can often leave traces behind especially on internal storage or external SD card. SD Maid is an app designed to clean this unnecessary junk from your internal/external storage. The app comes in free and paid versions. Keep in mind that it is a very powerful tool. Please be sure to read full description before digging into its advanced features.
Carbon is a Twitter client, but unlike other Twitter clients available in the market. All of your Twitter content is present on one screen. A screen that doesn’t get you drilling down to many other screens to reach what you want. Timelines, Lists, Favourites, Searches, Trends, Profiles, are all there. The Black theme is just a bliss to the eyes. Overall, it’s “THE” best free Twitter client for Android and We definitely recommend you to give it a try.
Joyride is the smart podcast player that makes podcasts easy to use. Way easier to use than other podcast apps! Gone are the days of confusing UI and a bazillion taps to add podcasts and play episodes, Joyride Podcast Player lets you listen instantly to all your favorite radio shows everywhere!. The app has a great user interface and options to either download or stream a podcast.
Everybody has heard of YouTube and knows what it is. If you don’t know then its worth checking out. YouTube is a cross platform video streaming app that lets you watch the latest music videos, movies trailers, tech related videos and much more. You can upload videos, subscribe to various channels, share videos to other social networks and can also comment on videos. With the current update, it now streams videos at whopping 60fps, turning a Smartphone into a high quality TV.
The Domino’s pizza app is a ‘must have’ app if you’re into pizza. Domino’s Pizza is definitely not going to win awards for best New York style or Chicago style pizza, but their pizzas are still tasty and definitely affordable. The Domino’s Pizza app is one of the best apps for ordering food and other delivery chains should take notice. Every current coupon offered by Domino’s is within the app in the “coupon” section so you don’t have to worry about searching for coupons online just to get the best price. The app can use your location to match you up with the nearest Domino’s store, and you can order for delivery or pickup if you want to save on tips and delivery fees.
You can save your favorite order, including a coupon associated with that order, for one-click reordering in the future. In addition, the Domino’s app also allows for payment with a credit card, cash on delivery, or even payment with Google Wallet.
BombSquad is a multiplayer cross-platform game that can be played by up to 8 players. Players can throw punches, fuse bombs and mines. There is never any shortage of explosives and powerups to throw and assist your way into an unflinching mission to whittle your opponents to a minimal pile of dust. Tournaments are also held to win tickets which can be used to buy things in the store. You can also use various wireless controllers for the game play. The game is free, there are in-game purchases, and it’s definitely worth a try.
Manuganu 2 is a 3D side- scroller running game, in which you control the boy “Manuganu”. The traditional “three-star” mechanic is here, with each level offering stars for picking up a certain number of the small collectables, picking up three big coins and reaching the goal under a certain time. Trying to hit all of those at once brings a very welcome extra challenge for the hardcore gamer. The game experience is also worth mentioning as you can swim, fly, jump and more. There are over 40 levels to complete and the occasional Boss fight definitely makes it challenging.
Shoot The Zombird is a fun little shooting game that follows a Halloween theme. Basically, you are a pumpkin boy and you have to stop the Zombirds from kidnapping the pumpkids. The game is fairly easy to play with interesting and kinda scary music playing in the background. The game also features dozen of challenging objectives to complete. The game is free and offers in-app purchases for various upgrades.
PAC-MAN Friends is a new, original fast-paced game using classic PAC-MAN characters! With simple tilt controls, you can maneuver PAC-MAN through progressively challenging mazes to rescue his friends from the Ghosts’ Castle. You can explore 95 levels in 6 worlds and unlock 8 uniquely powered friends. You also have to collect keys and fruit to unlock the next episode and explore the world of PAC-MAN Friends.
A research team at the famed MIT have developed a new use for flexible nanowires to create a better supercapacitor that should exceed the current graphene-based supercapacitor technology in performance. This new discovery could greatly enhance energy sources for the next generation of fitness trackers and wearable devices. Kinda neat new tech, really.
The key to understanding this new tech is to understand how supercapacitors are used in devices – they store and release electrical signals in short but intense bursts, and these are usually needed in brief transmissions of data within wearable devices and computers, even in smartphones. This new technology uses yarns made from nanowires of the element niobium as the electrodes for supercapacitors.
These new supercapacitors feature high volumetric power density – over two times as dense as the current carbon nanotube yarns. The new supercapacitors achieve high performance through high conductivity and high surface area, but are able to do so without metal backing. This translates to lots of saved space in next generation logic boards. As you can guess, space is not really a resource that you have a lot of in the small wearable devices. “If you’ve got an Apple Watch and I shave 30 percent off the mass, you may not even notice,” one of the researchers said. “But if you reduce the volume by 30 percent, that would be a big deal,” he says because consumers will notice the size of the device.
The technology may even find translation in other types of wearable devices, especially as it can be woven into fabrics because the nanowires are highly flexible and are only 140 nanometers in diameter – translated to our language, that’s very small indeed.
We’ve all done it—you need to make sure you have a note or reminder so you email it to yourself. Google’s Inbox app now gently urges you not to be such an impatient savage and use the proper tools instead. If you try to email yourself, it’ll offer to create an Inbox reminder.
The banner pops up as soon as you select your own address in the ‘To’ field. Should you decide to take Inbox’s advice and tap on the banner, any text you’ve entered in the subject and body of the email will be transferred to the reminder, which you can then enhance with a location and time.
If you’re like me and absolutely want and need the latest updates, you might have already flashed Android M Developer Preview 2 onto your Nexus when it arrived last week. For those that were waiting for the OTA links, we have your back.
So far the only devices with captured OTAs are the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6:
Installing OTA updates manually is perfect for those that don’t want to wait for the OTA to hit their devices automatically and yet don’t want to bother with doing a clean install.
As for what’s new with Android M Developer Preview 2? We’ll be bringing you a post that better sums this up soon, but honestly don’t expect much different from the first preview in terms of major new features or revisions. In fact, unless you are actually a developer that needs the new version for testing out the (now more finished) M APIs, there’s not a lot here for you that makes it a “must have now” download.
So how about it, anyone flashed this yet? How do you feel about the latest preview so far?
AdWords Express is an express version of AdWords that lets you set up and track ad campaigns from a mobile phone without spending too much time. It’s not one of Google’s core apps, so it’s only now getting material design. Still, that’s plenty reason to give version 2.0 a look. You know, a brief one, right before getting back to work.
The changelog shows that there’s a little bit more to this release than a new appearance.