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Best Canadian Prime Day deals: These day two deals are still hot - Android Central
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Love reading? Well, you should. That counts whether it's digital or not. And if you do go the digital way, the Kindle Paperwhite is a fantastic way to carry around thousands of books in a slim, waterproof device. It has 8GB of storage, a glare-free display, and eInk technology for a close real-book experience. At just more than $100 thanks to a Prime Day deal, it's a great time to up your reading game. $105 at Amazon Amazon's Echo Show 8 is the little smart display you never knew you needed. Featuring a bright and colorful 8-inch display, perfect for your office or kitchen, the Echo Show 8 displays photos, recipes, and that awesome Prime Video show you've been meaning to watch. At $90, this is $70 off for Prime Day and for $10 more, you get the Echo Show 8 bundled with an Amazon Smart Plug. $90 at Amazon Amazon's Echo Show 5 is one of the best bedside or office clocks you can find. It's got a big, bright 5-inch display, a camera for video calls, and best of all, it can show all of your photos through Amazon Photos when you want to take a look at something that isn't work. At $60, it's $40 off for Prime Day and for $85, you get a Blink Mini as part of an awesome bundle. $60 at Amazon $25 for one of the most useful smart speakers on the planet? Yes, please. Amazon's 3rd Gen Echo Dot is $45 off for Prime Day, and it's the cheapest and easiest way to add Alexa to every room. $25 at Amazon $190 for a speaker may seem like a lot, but you've clearly never listened to the Amazon Echo Studio. Featuring room-filling 3D sound that pairs perfectly with Amazon's new Prime HD music service, the Echo Studio is one of the best smart speaker deals we've seen in Canada. $190 at Amazon Trust me, if you haven't already upgraded to a smart doorbell, you're going to want to do that... right now. Not only does it make it convenient to answer your door from anywhere in the world or just upstairs if you're being lazy but it works as a great security camera, too. At $95, this 2nd Gen Ring Doorbell is $35 off for Prime Day. $95 at Amazon You want a mesh router. Seriously. The Eero mesh router system is among the best out there, but Canadians have always paid too much for it until now. On Prime Day, the Eero Mesh 3-pack is $244, which is worth every penny, especially if you work from home like so many of us do these days. TRUST ME ON THIS ONE. $244 at Amazon If you care more about portability than isolation (but still need some of that good stuff), the Sony WF-1000XM3 is your best bet. At $228, these are over $70 off their retail price, and they're some of the best-sounding, and noise-isolating, wireless earbuds we've ever used. $228 at Amazon I know what you're thinking, but hear me out. Yes, $350 for a pair of earbuds is a lot, but trust me, Canada, when I say that these are the best-sounding wireless earbuds you can buy today. Sennheiser's Momentum TW2 also have incredible noise-canceling and ample battery to boot. Don't sit on this deal. $350 at Amazon Samsung's latest true wireless earbuds are a steal at $200 yes they're that good so at $150 for Prime Day, they're extra enticing. Enjoy them in black, white, or this lovely blue colorway. $143 at Amazon Beans, beans, good for the heart. You've heard the saying, but have you heard these incredible earbuds? Featuring a bean-shaped design that molds into your ear, these are probably the most comfortable wireless earbuds you'll ever wear. Plus, they feature noise-canceling. At $200, these are a great deal. $190 at Amazon Some of our favorite earbuds that you're most likely to overlook are the Soundcore Liberty Air 2. Not only are the Liberty Air 2 an incredible value, but they're also just darn good earbuds. Premium drivers allow for excellent sound given the price, there's Bluetooth 5.0 for great wireless performance, and there's 28-hour total battery life. For Prime Day only, they can be yours for $50 off! $90 at Amazon Absolutely the best workout earbuds you can buy today, the Jaybird Vista are comfortable, water- and sweat-resistant, and sound great when you're jogging down the street or hours into a marathon. They also come in a range of fun colors, and have tactile buttons that make it easy to play or pause music wherever, whenever. Down to $200 for Prime Day, a $40 savings! $200 at Amazon What's that? You'd never pay this much for a pair of headphones? Let me dispel that notion for you because Sony's WH-1000XM4 noise-canceling headphones are the best in the industry, period. If you're working from home and need to cut out noise from shouting kids or the leaf-blower next door, these are your best friend and well worth the investment. $428 at Amazon If you don't need the latest and greatest from Sony and let's be honest, you probably don't these noise-canceling headphones will do the trick. Still considered some of the best-sounding cans on the market, you save $149 for Prime Day by going with the 2018 model. $299 at Amazon Sony's headphones are top-notch, but they're not the only company making killer cans. The Bose QC35 II are some of the most iconic headphones in recent years, and they're discounted by $130 during Prime Day. We're big fans of the QC35 II, as they offer amazing sound, a super comfortable fit, and some of the best noise-canceling money can buy. Don't miss out on this one. $269 at Amazon Not everyone needs expensive headphones, but everyone deserves great sound. Sony's WH-CH710N are over-ear headphones that sound great and feature smart noise cancellation. Normally $250, these are on sale for $128 for Prime Day, just an astoundingly good deal that you shouldn't pass up! $128 at Amazon Phones, Tablets & Accessories deals The Galaxy S20 is one of the best Android phones of the entire year, and thanks to Prime Day, buying one in Canada just got a bit more affordable. You can currently pick up the S20 for $990, and while that's still a lot of money, it's a generous $330 off what it usually costs. You're getting a stunning 120Hz AMOLED display, blazing-fast performance, and great cameras. $990 at Amazon Phones are not cheap in Canada if you've bought one over the past few years, you know that so a Galaxy S10 at $755 is actually kind of a bargain. It's last year's flagship, but that's OK because it'll still get three years of software updates, and it's got that iconic Samsung design that everyone knows and loves. $755 at Amazon It doesn't get much better than this in terms of cheap Android tablets. Samsung's Galaxy Tab A8 has an 8-inch display, all-day battery life, and a reliable, sturdy plastic body, and it's on sale for just $150 $50 off for Prime Day. $142 at Amazon We've all been there. You've had your phone for a while, it's loaded up with a bunch of apps and movies, and you're quickly running out of space. If your phone supports expandable storage, pick up this 256GB MicroSD card from Samsung during Prime Day. It's high-quality, has a ton of room, and is pretty affordable being $19 off its normal price. $43 at Amazon There's no denying the importance of a good Bluetooth speaker. Whether you want to jam out to music in your backyard or catch up on podcasts while your shower, it's an invaluable tool. During Prime Day, one of our favorite ones the Anker Soundcore is on sale for $15 off. It's compact, comes in fun colors, and sounds way better than the low price would suggest. $35 at Amazon Sticking with Bluetooth speakers, another fantastic option comes in the form of the JBL Boombox. It's much larger and more expensive than the Anker speaker, but there's a good reason for that: it has much more impressive audio. You can easily fill an entire room (and then some) with the Boombox, which JBL describes as having "monstrous sound." You also get a built-in carrying handle, 24-hour battery life, and a hefty $190 discount during Prime Day. $360 at Amazon You can have an amazing smartphone and tablet, but without a reliable Wi-Fi router, they aren't much use. This Prime Day, give your home network the upgrade it needs with the Google Nest Wifi Router. It looks great, offers 2200 sq ft of coverage, and supports 2.4 and 5GHz bands. If you pick up the Nest Wifi during Prime Day, it can be yours for $49 off its retail price. $180 at Amazon Laptop & PC Component deals Prime Day is a great opportunity for picking up a new laptop, as evident by this sale for the ASUS ZenBook Flip 14. This is a flagship laptop in every regard, with top specs including a 14-inch Full HD display, a 360-degree hinge, and an AMD R7-3700U processor with 12GB of RAM. It normally costs $1,049, but right now, it can be yours for only $879. $879 at Amazon This desktop PC has inside a 10th Gen Intel Core i3-10100 CPU, 8GB of DDR4-2666MHz RAM, and a 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD for fast read and write speeds. This is a great productivity machine for the home, and it even comes with a keyboard and mouse. This is always a top budget PC option, but right now you can save $144 for Prime Day. $479 at Amazon An all-in-one PC is great for those who don't have a ton of office or family room space thanks to all performance hardware being built in behind the display. This IdeaCentre from Lenovo has a 32-inch FHD display with a slim bezel, and it includes an AMD Ryzen 3 4300U CPU, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 256GB M.2 SSD. This is a great PC for homework and light productivity, all for $175 off. $699 at Amazon Whether it be large applications or hefty game files, having a powerful and roomy storage solution is a must for your computer. The Crucial MX500 fits the bill perfectly, and it's on sale with a $63 discount during Prime Day. This model has 2TB of space and read/write speeds of 560/510Mbs, respectively. $248 at Amazon SSDs like the MX500 are great if you want fast speeds, but large storage amounts come at a big cost. If you'd rather focus on tons of room and are OK with slower read/write performance, check out the BarraCuda Pro from Seagate. This hard drive offers 10TB of storage and snappy 7200rpm performance, all for $142 off during Prime Day. $378 at Amazon Maybe one day we'll be able to actually download RAM to our computers, but until that day comes, we have to keep buying physical options like a bunch of shmucks. If you need to up your PC's memory, Crucial has you covered with this 32GB kit. It's split between two 16GB sticks, is dead-simple to install, and allows for crazy multitasking performance. If you buy during Prime Day, you'll save $69. Nice. $117 at Amazon You can have an ultra-powerful processor, graphics card, and RAM setup, but none of that matters if your CPU overheats when you need it the most. There are a lot of options out there for keeping your system cool, and for Prime Day, you can pick up Corsair's liquid cooling setup for nearly $48 off its regular price. In addition to keeping your CPU as cool as a cucumber, it also has RGB lights. Because of course it does. $143 at Amazon Wearables deals You don't need me to introduce you to the Fitbit Versa 2, but here's what I'll say: if you don't want an Apple Watch, but value all those delicious health stats, this is your best bet. Sure, there's a Versa 3, but it's $300 and only has a handful of upgrades. The Versa 2 is actually better in a few ways that side button actually works, for instance and it's $50 off for Prime Day. $180 at Amazon If Wear OS is more your game than Fitbit or Apple Watch (likely if you have an Android smartphone), Fossil's Gen 5 Carlyle at $255 for Prime Day is one hell of a deal. Available in several colors and strap styles, this is one of the best smartwatches available right now. $255 at Amazon An old standby, the Samsung Galaxy Watch is still one of the best smartwatches on the market today. Its rotating circular bezel makes it intuitive to move around the Tizen-powered OS, and the number of apps, from fitness to payments, make this an excellent deal at $70 off for Prime Day. $230 at Amazon Gaming deals Have a Nintendo Switch? You need a convenient way for charging your Joy-Con controllers. This charging dock from Power A is excellent, giving you a sleek and compact dock for charging up to four Joy-Cons at once. During Prime Day, it can be yours for $10 off its retail price. $20 at Amazon Want to take your gaming to the next level? The Razer Kraken headset is exactly what you need. Available in a ton of fun colors, the Kraken delivers immersive 7.1 surround sound, custom 50mm drivers, and has a super comfortable design for long gaming sessions. If you're interested, it can be yours at a 42% discount during Prime Day. $70 at Amazon Speaking of Razer, PC gamers will want to check out this deal on the DeathAdder gaming mouse. It's one of the best value mice on the market, with top features including a high-precision 400 DPI sensor, mechanical switches, and a rubberized scroll wheel. You also get five programmable buttons to do whatever you want with. Pick it up now at a 25% savings! $30 at Amazon Moving away from accessories, what about a legit gaming laptop? If you're ready to start your gaming journey on the right foot, check out this Prime Day deal on the Acer Nitro Ultra. It's a 15.6-inch gaming laptop with ample specs like an Intel i7 processor, NVIDIA GTV 1650 graphics card, and 12GB of RAM. Not only does it look stunning, but it's on sale now with a steep $351 discount. $1,199 at Amazon Razer makes some of the best gaming laptops on the planet, as evident by the Razer Blade 15. If there's a spec you want in your next laptop, chances are the Razer Blade 15 has it. Highlights include a 15.6-inch 1080p display with a 144Hz refresh rate, Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti graphics, and 16GB of RAM. You also get a super sturdy build with RGB lighting all at a massive $400 off during Prime Day. $1,900 at Amazon This is a laptop with a lot of power at a great price thanks to AMD Ryzen powering it. Get inside a Ryzen 7 3750H CPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD, and NVIDIA RTX 2060 GPU for some stellar FHD performance on the 15.6-inch display. It's also tested to ensure it can put up with some serious use and abuse. $1,299 at Amazon Television deals Do you want a huge TV? You get a huge TV. LG's 75-inch behemoth LED TV has a 4K UHD resolution, up to a 120Hz refresh rate (great for gaming), HDR10, and all the smart accouterments you expect, letting you stream your favorite content without any additional hardware. This is an expensive TV that's seen a huge $750 discount for Prime Day. $1,249 at Amazon One of the most stunning TVs in recent years is The Frame from Samsung. It's designed to look like a picture frame, and if you ask us, it looks like nothing else currently available. Along with its good looks, The Frame also delivers a 65-inch 4K display, QLED technology, and four HDMI ports for all of your devices. It's more affordable than ever during Prime Day, seeing a generous $480 savings. $1,918 at Amazon If you want a Samsung TV but can't justify the high cost of The Frame, another great option that's more mainstream is the RU7100. All of the core features are here, including a 58-inch screen, 4K resolution, and a 120Hz refresh rate. Thanks to Samsung's smart TV interface, you have easy access to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and tons of other apps. Get it now for $52 off its retail price during Prime Day! $648 at Amazon Speaking of affordable Samsung TVs, another option you may want to consider is the TU8000. Here we have a 43-inch 4K setup with support for HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG all features that help make your movies and shows look incredible. The 43-inch size keeps the TV nice and compact if you want to place it in a smaller room, and at $96 off for Prime Day, it's a solid value. $454 at Amazon Kitchen & Lifestyle deals Traditional locks for your home are so boring. Make them exciting (and way more useful) with the August Smart Lock Pro. After being easily installed on any door with a single-cylindrical deadbolt, the Smart Lock Pro allows you to see a feed of the lock's activity, you can grant virtual key access to other users, and remotely control it from anywhere. It gets a massive discount during Prime Day at $111 off. $175 at Amazon Don't lie to yourself having to vacuum your home is not fun. With the iRobot Roomba 981, you can maintain a clean and tidy apartment/house without having to lift a finger. The Roomba 981 has strong suction power, safely navigates around furniture, and works with both Alexa and the Google Assistant. With a $250 discount for Prime Day, you deserve to treat yourself. $550 at Amazon Oh, I'm sorry, you don't have an Instant Pot yet? Seriously, do yourself a favour and give in to this delicious and essential home cooking product. This 7-in-1 Instant Pot does pressure cooking, sauteing, steaming, rice cooking, and much more seriously, it's incredible. At $90, this is $40 off its regular price for Prime Day. $86 at Amazon Ever wonder what your DNA says about your body's health? What about your ancestry? With this kit from 23andMe, you can find out both of those things. Order your kit, create an account, prepare a saliva sample, and ship it off to 23andMe. You'll then be able to view all of your results right on your phone! Now's the perfect time to buy, as Prime Day has 23andMe discounted by $125! $124 at Amazon The most in-demand camping product of 2020, the LifeStraw personal water filter makes it safe to drink from more natural water sources while camping or canoeing. Perfect for those chilly Canadian fall camping trips. $18 at Amazon
Best Canada Prime Day deals 2020 - Android Central
If you're looking for the best Prime Day deals in Canada, we have you covered!
Oh Canada, Amazon's massive two-day sale is here! After being pushed back just a few months, the annual Prime Day sale is taking place on October 13 and 14. Prime Day is generally a great opportunity to snag low prices worthy of Black Friday, though you do need an Amazon Prime membership if you hope to take advantage of the discounts being offered during the sale. From Amazon Echo speakers and Fire TV Edition smart TVs to laptops, furniture, fashion, and more, Prime Day is unleashing deals in nearly every category on the site. Source: Amazon With so many deals flying around, it can be easy to become a bit overwhelmed with options. We're gathering the best Amazon Canada Prime Day deals you have to see before the sale ends so that you don't miss any of the top offers. You can also check out our US Prime Day deals guide for more ways to save. Prime Day deals are here: Shop 60+ of the best early ones now If you're not an Amazon Prime member already, there's still a way you can shop the sale without shelling out for a Prime membership. Just start a free 30-day trial and you'll score all the same benefits that a regular Prime member receives, from access to the Prime Day sale to free two-day shipping, the Prime Video streaming service, and much more. Spotlight deal What's that? You'd never pay this much for a pair of headphones? Let me dispel that notion for you, because Sony's WH-1000XM4 noise-cancelling headphones are the best in the industry, period. If you're working from home and need to cut out noise from shouting kids or the leaf-blower next door, these are your best friend and well worth the investment. Amazon devices Amazon's Echo Show 5 is one of the best bedside or office clocks you can find. It's got a big, bright 5-inch display, a camera for video calls, and best of all, it can show all of your photos through Amazon Photos when you want to take a look at something that isn't work. At $60, it's $40 off for Prime Day. $60 at Amazon $25 for one of the most useful smart speakers on the planet? Yes, please. Amazon's 3rd Gen Echo Dot is $45 off for Prime Day, and it's the cheapest and easiest way to add Alexa to every room. $25 at Amazon $190 for a speaker may seem like a lot, but you've clearly never listened to the Amazon Echo Studio. Featuring room-filling 3D sound that pairs perfectly with Amazon's new Prime HD music service, the Echo Studio is one of the best smart speaker deals we've seen in Canada. $190 at Amazon Trust me, if you haven't already upgraded to a smart doorbell, you're going to want to do that... right now. Not only does it make it convenient to answer your door from anywhere in the world or just upstairs if you're being lazy but it works as a great security camera, too. At $95, this 2nd Gen Ring Doorbell is $35 off for Prime Day. $95 at Amazon Headphones If you care more about portability than isolation (but still need some of that good stuff), the Sony WF-1000XM3 is your best bet. At $228, these are over $70 off their retail price, and they're some of the best-sounding, and noise-isolating, wireless earbuds we've ever used. $228 at Amazon I know what you're thinking, but hear me out. Yes, $350 for a pair of earbuds is a lot, but trust me, Canada, when I say that these are the best-sounding wireless earbuds you can buy today. Sennheiser's Momentum TW2 also have incredible noise-cancelling and ample battery to boot. Don't sit on this deal. $350 at Amazon Lifestyle gear The most in-demand camping product of 2020, the LifeStraw personal water filter makes it safe to drink from more natural water sources while camping or canoeing. Perfect for those chilly Canadian fall camping trips. $18 at Amazon Check it out Try out Amazon Prime for free and gain access to all of Prime Day's deals in the process! This 30-day trial grants you access to all of Prime's perks, from free two-day shipping to the Prime Day sale, Prime Video streaming service, and more. Free 30-day trial Other great Canada Prime Day deals When is Prime Day 2020? While it usually takes place during the summer, this year's Prime Day is scheduled for October 13 and 14. However, we're already seeing some deals go live early! Most of the discounts are exclusively available to Amazon Prime members, though of course, you can start a free 30-day trial to gain access to any of the deals you're interested in. When do Prime Day deals start? Now! Though technically Prime Day doesn't begin until midnight PT on October 13, we're already seeing early offers go live at Amazon, both on Amazon devices and on products by other brands. It's officially time to start Prime Day shopping! Should you shop Prime Day 2020 deals or wait for Black Friday 2020? Since Black Friday is taking place so close to Prime Day this year, we're expecting Amazon to really go all out once the sale begins. If the store wants to entice shoppers to start their holiday shopping in October rather than November, they have to offer prices that are better than what we expect to see on Black Friday. Then again, buying early is always a better idea than buying later in the year no matter the current price. You never know when the item you're planning to buy might become hard to buy or backordered, so it's generally not recommended to wait when it comes to these end-of-the-year sales. We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.
Gmail Go is now available on the Play Store for all Android users - Android Central
Gmail Go, which had so far remained exclusive to Android Go devices, can now be downloaded on any Android phone from the Play Store. Google says the app is just as fast as the regular Gmail app but lighter.
Nearly three years back, Google introduced the first "Go" versions of some of its most popular apps, optimized for Android Go devices featuring low RAM and storage. As spotted by the folks at 9to5Google, Google's Gmail Go app is now available for all Android users on the Play Store. According to the app description on the Play Store, the Gmail Go app is "lighter and just as fast" as the regular Gmail app. While screenshots of the app haven't been added to the Play Store listing yet, the app has a similar UI to the regular app. You get support for multiple accounts, spam protection, and the same smart inbox. There are, however, some key differences too. The app icon has a red "Go" badge at the bottom, while Google Meet hasn't been integrated into the app yet. Whether or not the app will get a bottom bar with Meet integration in the future, is something that remains to be seen. Since the app has been designed specifically for low-end devices, the UI doesn't have any layering. You get a white outline for the search field and an elongated Compose button. As noted by 9to5Google, the app's frame rate has also been capped, which results in noticeable lag when scrolling. With Gmail Go now available to download for all Android phones, Assistant Go and YouTube Go remain the only "Go" apps that are still exclusive to Android Go phones.
Chromecast with Google TV vs. Chromecast: Which should you buy? - Android Central
Chromecast with Google TV adds a ton of new features over the standard Chromecast model. But do you actually need those features? We break down whether Google TV streaming and other spec upgrades justify the higher price, or replacing the dongle you already h…
Google has created a new streaming service and bundled it with its casting tech for Chromecast with Google TV, a device that (mostly) does it all. Google TV gives you a new way to search and organize your various streaming channels, including through Google Assistant and the remote control, and it enables 4K video. $50 at Best Buy Pros
- 4K HDR with Dolby Vision
- Dolby Atmos compliant
- Remote control
- Google TV streaming apps
- Built-in Google Assistant
- More expensive
- Doesn't support Stadia yet
- More affordable
- Can be controlled by Google Assistant commands
- Reliable 5G Wi-Fi antenna
- Only 1080p
- No native streaming
- No remote control with Google Assistant commands
- Boring colors
|Chromecast with Google TV||Chromecast (3rd Generation)|
|Size||6.4" x 2.4" x 0.5"||2.04" x 0.54" x 2.04"|
|Colors||Snow, Sunrise, Sky||Chalk, Charcoal|
|Resolution||4K HDR, 60 FPS||1080p, 60FPS|
|Video formats||Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+||Standard video only|
|Audio formats||DTS, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos||Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus|
|Ports||HDMI (connect to TV), USB-C (power)||HDMI (connect to TV), micro-USB (power)|
|Wireless||Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4 GHz / 5 GHz)||Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4 GHz / 5 GHz)|
|Google Assistant||Mic in remote control for Google Assistant commands||Responds to commands from Google speaker|
|Stadia||No (will be added in 2021)||No|
Chromecast with Google TV review: Google just won the living room - Android Central
The Chromecast is one of Google's most recognizable products ever. For 2020, it's getting the biggest refresh we've ever seen. Here's why the Chromecast with Google TV needs to be at the top of your shopping list this year.
Source: Joe Maring / Android Central Long before the Pixel smartphones and Google's big push for self-branded hardware, the Chromecast was a well-known entity in the streaming landscape as one of the best and most affordable ways to get video on your TV. Whether it was the $35 regular Chromecast or the more expensive Chromecast Ultra with 4K, the idea of having a cheap dongle that can play anything from your phone was a concept millions of people got behind. As streaming media has expanded over the last few years, though, the Chromecast has started to look and feel a bit dated. Compared to the likes of Amazon's Fire TV Sticks, the best Rokus, and the Apple TV, the lack of a remote and proper user interface have hindered the Chromecast's functionality. Verizon is offering the Pixel 4a for just $10/mo on new Unlimited lines That's now changing. Chromecast with Google TV is the most radical update we've ever seen in the Chromecast series, bringing it up to feature parity with the competition while ushering in a brand new user interface. It may not be the upgrade Chromecast loyalists were hoping for, but for the rest of us, it's basically the best Android TV box you can buy in 2020. At a glance Bottom line: The new Chromecast with Google TV is very different from past offerings in the Chromecast family, and that's not a bad thing. Google's latest streaming device has everything you could ask for, ranging from 4K HDR support, Dolby Vision and Atmos, and for the first time ever a remote. Bundle all of that together with the excellent Google TV interface and a killer price, and the Chromecast with Google TV ends up being one of Google's best new products in a long time. Pros
- 4K HDR streaming
- Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos
- Fast, responsive performance
- Google TV is great for curating content
- Excellent remote
- No fast forward/rewind buttons
- Not all streaming apps currently support Google TV integration
- Stadia doesn't officially work yet
- Search Recommended commands for the Google Assistant and movie/TV show genres to browse through specific types of content.
- For you Your main home page, showing top content picks, your installed apps, and other recommended content based on your watchlist, various genres, and more.
- Live (optional) An integrated live channel guide that will only show up if you have YouTube TV installed and enabled.
- Movies Browse through various movies to watch.
- Shows Browse through various TV shows to watch.
- Apps All of your installed apps, along with integrated Play Store access for downloading new ones.
- Library Movies and shows you own through Google Play (now Google TV).
- Amazon Prime Video
- CBS All Access
- Comedy Central
- DC Universe
- Disney NOW
- Epix Now
- Fox Now
- HBO Go
- HBO Max
- Pluto TV
- Showtime Anytime
- Sling TV
- The CW
- Tubi TV
It's finally time to consider a foldable for your next phone - Android Central
Foldable phones have come a long way in 18 months, and now with the Galaxy Z Fold 2, we have no major flaws, no shortchanged specs and no hurdles still to overcome. Now is the tipping point when foldables start to actually become worthy of your wallet.
Source: Hayato Huseman / Android Central I'm always excited to see new form factors start to emerge in tech. Gadgets like foldables or even dual-screen devices recall a more experimental time before the ubiquitous glass slab smartphones we know today, and they come with unique new use cases that can eventually influence the entire mobile industry. But naturally, with new ideas come various problems and setbacks. The necessary materials for foldable displays, including thin, flexible glass and plastic, aren't as durable as the glass used on most smartphones, and with so many moving parts, these gadgets can't be water-resistant, either. You'll also inevitably run into apps that don't support the often-unusual aspect ratios of foldable phones, which can lead to letterboxing, poor scaling, or some combination of the two. Using the Galaxy Z Fold 2 mostly feels like using any other phone. That's a big deal. Foldables are very much still a work in progress, as companies like Samsung and Huawei race to solve the problems they largely already tackled years ago in traditional phones. Here's the good news, though: they're getting there at an incredibly fast rate. Verizon is offering the Pixel 4a for just $10/mo on new Unlimited lines Last year's Galaxy Fold was riddled with so many display issues that Samsung had to delay its launch by nearly six months yet just a year later, the followup Galaxy Z Fold 2 has outstanding build quality that rivals even Samsung's mainstream Galaxy S and Note designs. There haven't yet been any widespread display issues on review units (fingers crossed), and the specs are exactly what you'd expect from a flagship phone in 2020. I think we're finally a point where foldables can be actual products worth recommending to consumers, rather than neat experiments to admire from a distance. They're still expensive, sure; the Z Fold 2 costs a whopping two grand, and even more affordable foldables like the Z Flip 5G cost as much as top-end devices like the Note 20 Ultra. But I can't remember the last time I've been as sad to return a review unit as I was last week, when Samsung sent me a shipping label for my Galaxy Z Fold 2. It was the first foldable I'd used that felt like a finished product, and one with immediately clear benefits over a typical smartphone. Being able to switch from a somewhat standard smartphone experience to a 7.6-inch mini tablet enabled a unique multitasking experience, and created a feeling of deliberacy with every app I opened. Source: Hayato Huseman / Android Central Its drawbacks were few and far between; the only one that regularly stayed at the top of my mind was the lack of water resistance, which made me particularly careful not to pull out the Fold 2 in the middle of the rain. Otherwise, using the Z Fold 2 felt like using any other phone, and that's a remarkable feat. Does that mean you should go out and buy a Z Fold 2 right now? Not necessarily; I don't know that anybody should spend $2000 on a smartphone unless they're really convinced it'll positively impact their life. As much as I loved my time with the Fold, I'm not even sure that I would spend that kind of money on it though Samsung's high trade-in offers would certainly help ease the blow. It's getting harder to make the argument that foldables aren't ready for the mass market, though. Not everybody needs one, just like not everybody needs the S Pen on Samsung's Note line, or a 108MP camera, astrophotography, or reverse wireless charging. For those that think they can take advantage of the various advantages of foldable tech, though, I don't see many reasons not to buy one at this point. Even the Z Flip 5G has the latest Snapdragon 865+ processor, and fits more easily into a pocket than any other phone in years. The Motorola Razr 5G has a large cover screen that makes it easy to take selfies with the main cameras. The Z Fold 2 opens up to become a tiny tablet that fits in your pocket. These are all great features that you won't easily find elsewhere, and they're a testament to the weird, wacky, and wonderful world of foldables. If you want one, go out and get it. Best foldable A foldable without any fatal flaws The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is an incredibly refined device that folds out from a tall, narrow phone to a mini tablet, giving you plenty of room to comfortably multitask with split-screen apps. The three rear cameras are great as well, and the battery can last through the day with ease.
This could be our first look at the OnePlus 8T - Android Central
OnePlus has accidentally revealed the design of its next flagship phone. A render showing the design of the OnePlus 8T has been found in the fourth Android 11 Developer Preview for the OnePlus 8 series.
OnePlus' next flagship phones may not look very different from the company's current OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro models. A render of the upcoming OnePlus 8T has been found in the fourth Android 11 Developer Preview for the OnePlus 8 series. The leaked render reveals the design of the upcoming OnePlus 8T from the front, which appears to be nearly identical to the current OnePlus 8. It features a tiny hole-punch cutout in the top-left corner of the display with slim bezels all around. OnePlus doesn't usually introduce major design changes with its T series flagships, so it isn't surprising that the OnePlus 8T looks fairly similar to its predecessor. Verizon is offering the Pixel 4a for just $10/mo on new Unlimited lines OnePlus' 8T series phones are expected to feature Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 865+ processor, paired with at least 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage. In the camera department, the OnePlus 8T and 8T Pro phones are rumored to come equipped with 64MP primary sensors. While there is no word yet on exactly when the OnePlus 8T series will be announced, we expect the duo to arrive sometime in the fourth quarter of the year. The OnePlus 7T series was launched in October last year, while the 6T and 5T series made their debut in November.
Apple making serious inroads in India should worry OnePlus and Samsung - Android Central
Apple is finally manufacturing the iPhone 11 in India, and it is about to launch its online storefront in the country. Here's why that is a big deal, and why Android manufacturers should be worried.
Android completely dominates the market share in India; Google's operating system accounts for over 98% of sales in the smartphone segment. A majority of phones sold in India fall under 15,000 ($200), and that has allowed budget players like Xiaomi and Realme to rise up the ranks in recent years. The last five years have seen hundreds of millions of customers purchase their first smartphone, and the market is already seeing increased momentum in the mid-range and premium segments. Samsung's Galaxy A phones are very well-received in India, and OnePlus posted a meteoric rise over the last three years in the country on the back of delivering phones that undercut flagships by a huge margin. Apple's India ambitions have languished in the last five years, but that is finally changing. While Android manufacturers have enjoyed steady growth, Apple's ambitions in India have failed to gain momentum. The company wanted to sell refurbished iPhones in India to lower the barrier to entry, but the Indian government put a stop to that initiative before it even got off the ground. Then in a bid to boost local manufacturing, the government levied hefty import duties on phones being sourced from other markets, adversely affecting iPhones. Check out all of the best VPN services you can use in 2020 The import duty meant that the iPhone SE 2020 which retails for $399 in the U.S. debuted at 42,500 ($572) in India. This is in contrast to Android phones, which cost less than their global counterparts in India. The OnePlus Nord is available for 27,999 ($377), with the same device retailing for £379 ($497) in the UK. Samsung, Xiaomi, OnePlus, and other Android manufacturers got around the government's import duties by kicking off local production early on, but it took a while for Foxconn and Wistron Apple's contract manufacturers to set up facilities in India. So Apple not only had to contend with a market that was limited to begin with, but it was at a disadvantage because of its inability to manufacture iPhones locally. But that is finally changing. Foxconn and Wistron started making select iPhones in India from last year, and that initiative got a major boost in recent months as local assembly of the flagship iPhone 11 also kicked off the first time a flagship iPhone is being assembled outside China. Local manufacturing gives Apple the ability to avoid the 30% import tax and better position the latest iPhones against the likes of the OnePlus 8 Pro and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. But it is the mid-range segment where Apple can get aggressive. Alongside the iPhone 11, the iPhone SE 2020 is also being assembled in India, and that allows Apple to be much more competitive when it comes to discounts. The phone is already selling for 35,999 ($484), or 8,000 ($107) more than the OnePlus Nord. Setting up its own retail store gives Apple much more control over pricing. The iPhone SE 2020 is powered by the flagship A13 Bionic chipset and will receive at least five years of platform updates, and the fact that it is available for 35,999 makes the phone accessible to a wider audience. That has just not been the case for Apple in the past, and although its products have always been viewed as aspirational, they were priced out of reach of most customers in India. The shift to local manufacturing allows Apple to hold its own against the likes of OnePlus and Samsung for the first time, but it is just one part of the equation. Because Apple is now making its latest iPhones in India, it can finally set up its retail store and online storefront in the country, with a new report suggesting it will kick things off next month. Apple has been trying to do so for four years now, but local sourcing norms prevented the brand from getting the requisite sign-off. The Indian government dictates that for a manufacturer to launch a single-brand retail store, it should invest in local production facilities. Unable to meet those requirements, Apple relied on third-party vendors and big-format stores like Aptronix, Reliance Digital, and Croma, and e-commerce platforms like Flipkart to sell its products. But by launching its own retail stores and setting up an online store, Apple can control the pricing of its products in India and make them easily accessible. Local manufacturing is the catalyst that Apple needed to kickstart its ambitions in India, and with that sorted out, it will be interesting to see just what the company has in store for the country. Apple CEO Tim Cook consistently stated that India is a key market for the brand, but regulatory hurdles prevented it from mounting a challenge to its Android rivals. 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One year later, how's your Galaxy Note 10 battery holding up? - Android Central
It's been about a year since the Galaxy Note 10 was released. So tell us — how's your battery life all this time later?
Smartphones are pretty amazing. Every year they get better displays, faster performance, more capable cameras, and so on. The advancements that companies make on an annual basis is pretty impressive when you step back and think about it, but regardless of all these improvements, there's always one area that tends to degrade with time battery life. Batteries have gotten bigger and more efficient over the years, but the fact remains that their longevity naturally decreases the more you use them. Draining a battery and recharging it over and over takes a toll on its endurance, especially after you've owned a phone for over a year. Check out all of the best VPN services you can use in 2020 Some owners of the Galaxy Note 10 recently started talking about how their batteries are doing now that it's been about a year since the handset was released, with the conversation going as follows: 08-15-2020 10:24 PM Has anyone else started having battery draining problems? Mine has started dropping more. My brother in law is having the same problem. I'm not doing anything different from what I have been doing since I got it Reply 08-15-2020 10:44 PM Nope on August patch no battery drain at all. Reply 08-16-2020 05:00 AM Mine seems to be draining quicker as well but I was putting it down to the factory reset that I did before Samsung fixed the update for the 976b 5G version. Be interesting to see if same people who had the issue with the original update will also be the people with battery drain. Reply 08-16-2020 07:16 AM No drain on my Samsung Note10 + 5G before or after the August update. As we all use different apps, preferences settings and launchers, signal strengths and usage patterns etc battery usage is a subjective topic. Stay Safe. Reply What about you? One year later, how's your Galaxy Note 10 battery holding up? Join the conversation in the forums!
Google asks Canadian Pixel 4a trade-in buyers to be phone-less for a week - Android Central
Some prospective buyers of the Pixel 4a in Canada are being asked to send in their trade-in device more than a week before they will receive the new phone if they want to get the full trade-in value for their existing device.
Canadian buyers of the Pixel 4a are in line to be the victims of a teenager's worst nightmare: a week without a smartphone. As numerous reports from the Great White North show, Google has already shipped out trade-in kits for some would-be buyers of its latest smartphone, the Pixel 4a. The only problem is, some of the kits arrived as early as August 3, and they expire in 30 days, which in this Redditor's case (via Android Police) means the trade-in device must be sent to Google by September 3. Yet, their new phone won't actually be shipped by Google until at least September 10, meaning that in order to abide by Google's terms, they would need to stay without a phone for a week. Check out all of the best VPN services you can use in 2020 Failing to provide the trade-in device to Google within the allotted 30 days would result in its value deprecating, and Google's representatives have, thus far, refused to offer any solutions beyond promises to "do their best" to ship the phone earlier. Several other buyers have also reported the same issues on the Reddit thread. One possible solution seems to be cancelling and re-starting the trade-in process so that a new trade-in kit that lines up with the shipping date for the Pixel 4a is sent out. We'll update this article if Google makes a statement to address the obvious blunder.