Android Authority https://www.androidauthority.com Android News, Reviews, How To Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:48:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 54cc39 https://www.androidauthority.com/wp-content/uploads/feed/aa-mascot-192x192.png?v=1.0.2 https://www.androidauthority.com/wp-content/uploads/feed/aa_icon_feed.svg?v=1.0.2 Google facing record $5 billion fine over controversial Android practices (Updated) https://www.androidauthority.com/google-android-eu-fine-887256/ https://www.androidauthority.com/google-android-eu-fine-887256/#respond Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:45:41 +0000 https://www.androidauthority.com/?p=887256 Google Chrome - best open source apps for android

Update, July 18, 2018 (07:45AM EST): The European Union (EU) has officially handed Google a 4.34 billion euro penalty for antitrust violations. The EU hit Google with the globally record-breaking fine after investigating its practices regarding app and service bundling on the Android platform.

EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager sent the following tweet on the subject:

Google has reportedly been given 90 days to amend its carrier and OEM contracts to comply with the EU’s rules, which could mean smartphone makers that use the Google Play Store no longer need to include Google products (like Chrome) by default on their handsets.

We’ve reached out to Google on the matter and will update this post should we receive a response.

Previous coverage, July 18, 2018 (06:16AM EST): The European Union (EU) will fine Google around 4.3 billion euros (~$5 billion) in antitrust penalties later today, according to a report from Bloomberg.

Citing a “person familiar with the EU decision,” Bloomberg said EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager informed Google CEO Sundar Pichai of the decision in a call yesterday.

The revelation follows an EU investigation into Google’s Android licensing requirements and its contracts with carriers. The Commission is said to have been investigating contractual stipulations regarding the pre-installation of Google apps and services on non-Google phones, as well as allegedly incentivizing the exclusive use of its products (find out more about that in our previous coverage).

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The 4.3 billion euro figure would set a new record for an antitrust fine, being the highest penalty since the 2.4 billion euros (~$2.7 billion) the EU Commision fined Google last year. Google was penalized for giving its proprietary Google Shopping comparison tool an unfair advantage over the competition in its search engine rankings.

Though $5 billion is a lot of money for anyone, Google would no doubt recover quickly from the fine. Google makes around $30 billion in revenue per quarter right now and its parent company, Alphabet, turned over more than $100 billion last year.

What could have a more lasting effect on Google’s business is if the EU rules that smartphone makers no longer need to pre-install Google products on their phones in order to access the Google Play app store.

The fine is set to be announced at midday today. Stay tuned.

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Honor Note 10 leaked images show off massive Nintendo Switch-dwarfing display https://www.androidauthority.com/honor-note-10-leak-display-887212/ https://www.androidauthority.com/honor-note-10-leak-display-887212/#respond Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:40:28 +0000 https://www.androidauthority.com/?p=887212 Honor Note 10 Leak Nintendo Switch PUGB Mobile Techtastic

  • Leaked images reportedly show the Honor Note 10 and its enormous screen.
  • The phone has tiny bezels and is noticeably smaller than a Nintendo Switch.
  • Still, as the images are not official, they should be taken with a pinch of salt.


Images have leaked that supposedly show the Honor Note 10 and its anticipated 6.9-inch 1440p display in all its glory.

The pictures, leaked by Techtastic (via GSMArena), show the phone next to a Nintendo Switch for scale. While the screen on the phone is larger than that of the Switch, the phone’s tiny bezels mean that overall the device is noticeably smaller.

Honor Note 10 leak image next to Nintendo Switch Honor Note 10 leak image next to Nintendo Switch

Techtastic also mentions some of the phone’s potential specs. It says the phone could get a Kirin 970 processor, which is the same as the one found in the Huawei P20 series and the Honor 10. It also says that the device could come with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, and 128GB or 256GB storage.

There are no pictures of the back of the device. However, Techtastic says the phone could have a dual-rear camera with a 24-megapixel and a 16-megapixel lens, as well as a rear fingerprint scanner.

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Techtastic also says that the phone will get a 6,000mAh battery, as has been previously rumored. However, that would be significantly larger than the batteries found on similar devices, so the claim should probably be taken with a pinch-of-salt until an official announcement is made. This may not be that long as Techtastic says it could be unveiled on July 26.

One thing that could add some credibility to the pictures is that they show the phone running PUBG Mobile and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang. These are two games that Huawei specifically said its GPU Turbo gaming performance technology will support.

However, Huawei is yet to confirm anything about the Honor 10 other than it’s existence. It also isn’t unheard of for supposedly leaked images of this thing to turn out to be fake. Still, if the images are real, the device may turn a few heads, especially for anyone after a gaming-centric phone with a giant screen.

Next up: Honor 10 review: Reflections of a flagship

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Dead Island: Survivors – 10 Tips & Tricks to keep beach-going zombies at bay! https://www.androidauthority.com/dead-island-survivors-10-tips-tricks-885476/ https://www.androidauthority.com/dead-island-survivors-10-tips-tricks-885476/#respond Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:32:08 +0000 https://www.androidauthority.com/?p=885476

Dead Island: Survivors is the latest zombie game to shuffle its way into the Android catalog. It might not have much to do with the original Dead Island, but new tower defense elements make the game harder and more complex.

To help out zombie-bashing newbies, we’ve compiled this list of tips and tricks for Dead Island: Survivors. Just listen to us and you’ll be island-hopping your way to victory before the infection spreads too far.

Dead Island: Survivors

Always check zombie pathing

This one should come as no surprise, considering most of the game is devoted to tower defense. Unlike most games in the tower defense genre, the pathing of each wave can change from one horde to the next.

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The red line shows the path zombies will take to your camp, but there are all kinds of ways the undead attackers can stray from that path (more on that later).

While more difficult hordes spawn zombies in new locations as you rescue more survivors, sometimes the same spawning location has two different paths. Zombies might come out of one of two tiles, and each one could path differently depending on your defensive turret placement.

As a result, you always need to check pathing before hopping into a battle. Even two consecutive loot hordes with the same weakness might have different pathing. Don’t get caught with your beach trunks down.

Dead Island Survivors water trap cannon defense

Take advantage of the map

The battlefield in Dead Island: Survivors is always changing, and you’ll have to use it to your advantage to survive each attack.

On top of numerous interactive elements on the screen like exploding barrels and swinging cranes, the map layout itself can work to your advantage. For example, putting a cannon next to a body of water can knock even the beefiest zombie to a watery grave. Despite the beach attire, apparently zombies can’t swim.

Also be on the lookout for other hazards like puddles of water and oil spills, which can be combined with electricity or fire to produce some nasty effects for the invading forces. These can be triggered by well-placed traps or by weapons that deal elemental damage.

Dead Island Survivors Cannon Turret Tower Defense

Create corridors of (un)death

Once you’ve seen where the zombies come from, you should try to set up a long stretch where you can clump up zombies and mow them all down at once.

Early on, your options for funneling zombies are fairly limited. It might feel like barricades are a waste of 200 metal since they don’t do any damage, but they are vital to buying enough time to whittle down the undead before they get too far.

Barricades are key to whittling down the wights before they get too far

Flamers and blazing torrent traps offer decent area damage when you first unlock them. They both have good range and attack in a straight line, so try to line everything up so zombies path through the entire damage cone.

As you advance you’ll unlock much longer range traps, allowing you to be more creative with your carnage.

Dead Island Survivor Sam B character screen

Keep tapping with slow characters

In the absence of an auto-battle mode, one of the few automated features in Dead Island: Survivors is that if you tap on a zombie just once your character will continuously attack it. The game bills this as a way to prevent finger fatigue, but it comes with a huge loss in overall damage.

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Some of the playable characters in Dead Island: Survivors, like the starting character Sam B., have slow attack speeds. If you rely on auto-attacks you’ll be swinging until the mutated cows come home.

To take down zombies quickly, keep tapping on them. You’ll have to find the right rhythm so you don’t interrupt your attack animations, but this method allows you to attack much faster and deal much more damage.

Fast attacking characters like Marshanda and Zara might be fine with a single tap, since their base attack speeds are much higher. Stick to these kinds of characters if you’re prone to fat-fingering and attacking the wrong zombies (like me).

Dead Island Survivors Zara Victory Screen Featured

Lead zombies away from vulnerable spots

Zombies are dumb. For the most part, once they catch a whiff of fresh brains they’ll follow it until the end of the world. Although to be fair, the end of the world might not be too far off.

As the sole defender of the base camp, you’ll also have to bait zombies away from vulnerable areas. Usually that means the final stretch of land in front of the gate to your base camp.

As the sole defender of the base camp you'll also have to play the role of bait

If you’re careful, you can also pull single zombies out of the crowd to take them down well before they make it to your front line of turrets. This is a great way to deal with high health zombies and trap-disabling stinkers.

You can also use traps with knockback like the cannon to smack the living dead off their pre-determined path. Combined with barricades, this can leave zombies trapped hopelessly in a corner.

Dead Island Survivors Suitcase Loot

Buy another builder

Gems are hard to come by in Dead Island: Survivors, so you’ll want to spend them wisely. The game encourages you to use them on speeding up trap boosts and suitcase unlocks, but the best plan of action is to save up for an additional builder.

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A second builder not only lets you unlock two suitcases at once, it also lets you boost two traps simultaneously. Apparently opening suitcases isn’t a full time job, so each builder can perform both tasks at the same time.

An additional builder will run you 599 gems, which is just over five bucks if you decide to spend real money. If you’re the type of person who likes to keep free-to-play mobile games “free,” it will take you around a week of casual play to get there.

To build your stash of gems more quickly, make sure you grab achievement rewards and open the zombie suitcases (bottom left) whenever they’re available. Also you should do missions whenever they’re up.

Dead Island Survivors loot mission map screen

Target loot hordes and missions first

Although your purpose for traveling to the infested travel resorts is to save survivors, it’s worth it to take your time and finish the loot hordes and missions first.

Loot missions are the only part of the game not always defense based (although often it is), but they reward unlocked suitcases. It might not sound like much, but each mission essentially saves you three hours.

Make sure you have at least 1500 extra metal before reaching a new survivor milestone

Loot hordes reward a locked suitcase and up to 900 metal, depending on your performance. Make sure you have at least 1500 extra metal before reaching a new survivor milestone — if you don’t, you’re in for a nasty surprise.

When you reach a new milestone you can place several more traps on the map in order to compensate for more difficult zombie hordes. If you don’t have enough metal, you’ll have to take them on with whatever you already have.

That puts you at a huge disadvantage, and might prevent you from collecting any new suitcases at all. Planning ahead is the only way to prevent this, and if you’re already reading this, odds are you understand the need for preparation.

Dead Island Survivors Drone consumable legendary

Use your consumables

In Dead Island: Survivors consumables are, well, consumed. Each time you use them you have to pay a small amount of cash to use them in the next battle.

This might discourage the frugal fighter from using them, but consumables can single-handedly turn the tide of a battle. A well-timed waterbomb next to electric traps can devastate large groups of zombies, and downing an energy drink could be the only thing keeping your brains off the dinner plate.

Downing an energy drink could be the only thing that keeps your brains off the dinner plate

Take a few seconds before each battle to pick the right consumables. This will depend on the horde’s weakness, your trap setup, and your preferred play style. Generally you’ll do fine sticking to your strongest, highest level consumables.

At the end of the day, it only costs 20 or 30 bucks to replenish your supplies — nothing compared to the time you’d have to spend repeating the battle. After the first few trap upgrades you’ll have plenty of cash on hand.

Keep in mind, that items are consumed even if you fail the mission. That’s just another reason to always go in prepared!

Dead Island Survivors Combat Sam B

Call companions in a pinch

Another unique element of Dead Island: Survivors is that you can call in your unused companions (or friends on your friends list) to help out in the heat of battle. This way you can gang up on the ghoulish invaders to take them down even faster.

Once used, companions are on a pretty long cooldown before they can be used again. You can spend a small amount of gems to reset the timer, but they should be used sparingly. Save your companions for critical moments.

Companions let you gang up on the ghoulish invaders to take them down even faster

Remember, your companions only join you for a limited amount of time. After 20 seconds (or running out of health), they’ll leave you to fend off the undead attackers on your own.

If you really like using companions consider playing as John Morgan once he becomes available. His passive trait allows companions to stay on the battlefield for an extra 20 seconds, and boosts their damage.

Dead Island Survivors Zara Mission Failure

Take breaks

Like most free-to-play mobile games, Dead Island: Survivors is designed to be played in short bursts. There isn’t a stamina system limiting game time, but if you try to play for hours on end you’ll quickly find it difficult to advance.

Don't forget to grab the free daily suitcase

Taking breaks gives your builders time to unlock suitcases (you can only hold four at once), which is the best way to get more cards and improve your defenses. It also gives builders time to finish boosting your traps, giving them that extra ounce of power.

Waiting also lets you replay missions, which respawn on the map every four hours or so. As mentioned above, these give lots of rewards like unlocked suitcases and gems. These could be just the boost you need to overcome the next wave of undead.

If you decide to take your time, don’t forget to grab the free daily suitcase. It’s in the shop alongside the paid suitcases.

Dead Island: Survivors tips and tricks – Conclusion

Hopefully these Dead Island: Survivors tips and tricks are enough to keep you from succumbing to the infection. Follow them and you’ll be a brain-bashing pro in no time.

Have any more tips to add to the list? Let us know in the comments!

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Nest CEO steps down as company becomes part of Google’s home division https://www.androidauthority.com/nest-ceo-marwan-fawaz-quits-887164/ https://www.androidauthority.com/nest-ceo-marwan-fawaz-quits-887164/#respond Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:28:26 +0000 https://www.androidauthority.com/?p=887164

  • The Nest CEO has quit amid leadership criticism.
  • The company is now a part of Google’s home and living room products team.
  • Google held serious discussions with Amazon in 2016 about potentially selling Nest.


After being brought into Google’s hardware division back in February, Nest employees were told today that the company’s CEO Marwan Fawaz would be stepping down.

With this change, Google is making Nest a part of its home and living room product team. Rishi Chandra, Vice President of Product Management for Google’s home and living room products, is now in charge of Nest operations.

Read: What is a Smart Home — and why should you want one?

Talking to CNET, several former Nest employees stated that Fawaz’s exit came amid an internal push against him. These employees wished for a leadership change as they saw Fawaz as more of an “operations manager” and less of a leader that could help the company innovate.

Fawaz took over as CEO after Tony Fadell, Nest’s celebrated founder, left Google in 2016. Instead of finding ways to improve Nest and its products like Fadell did, Fawaz worried more about business development and “focused on efficiencies,” the employees said.

When Nest became a part of the Google hardware division, Fawaz started reporting to Rick Osterloh, Google’s hardware boss.

Nest’s integration into Chandra’s home division has reportedly been celebrated by employees, who believe the new leadership and direction should allow Nest to create new products that integrate better into Google’s ecosystem. 

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Nest has struggled since being purchased by Google in 2014 for $3.2 billion, so it should come as no surprise that the company almost got sold off to Amazon. According to CNET, Google and Amazon held “serious discussions” about the potential sale back in 2016. The deal never went through, due in part to Fadell not wanting to be part of the sale.

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Prepare to be sick — there’s now a VR water slide https://www.androidauthority.com/vrslide-vr-water-slide-887152/ https://www.androidauthority.com/vrslide-vr-water-slide-887152/#respond Wed, 18 Jul 2018 07:50:42 +0000 https://www.androidauthority.com/?p=887152 vrslide-water-slide-vr-headset VRSlide

  • Ballast has created a VR headset powered that works while going down a water slide.
  • The VRSlide is powered by a Samsung Galaxy S8.
  • Three different experiences can be enjoyed(?) while traveling down the slide.


Back in 2016, Six Flags Magic Mountain partnered with Samsung to introduce a VR element to its Revolution roller coaster. If you thought that was a recipe for disaster, think again as a company called Ballast has just introduced the VRSlide: a VR experience for water slides.

As you can see from the video, the VRSlide headset is a waterproof capsule that encases a Samsung Galaxy S8. The handset is running a custom piece of software that provides the VR experience. By using the Galaxy S8, the water park can utilize the phone’s built-in wireless charging functionality to make sure the headsets don’t die throughout the day.

To make sure that the VR video matches the slide’s motion and velocity, the Galaxy S8 tracks the user’s location by listening for ultrasound chirps played at distinct spots within the slide and monitor’s the person’s inertia while traveling. This type of precise tracking is needed as the rate of travel can vary from person to person based on their weight and other factors.

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While in line, riders will be given a VRSlide headset and have the opportunity to choose from three different experience. As you can see from the video, these look like poorly designed virtual worlds that you might expect from an old Nintendo game.

If you’re interested in trying out VRSlide for yourself and potentially getting a major case of motion sickness, you’ll have to book a flight for Germany. At this time, this experience is only available at the Galaxy Erding Water Slide World.

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Bad news Wear OS fans: Samsung Gear Watch said to land with Tizen OS on Aug. 24 https://www.androidauthority.com/samsung-gear-watch-release-date-887176/ https://www.androidauthority.com/samsung-gear-watch-release-date-887176/#respond Wed, 18 Jul 2018 07:24:38 +0000 https://www.androidauthority.com/?p=887176 Samsung Gear S3

  • A new report suggests Samsung will unveil its next smartwatch alongside the Galaxy Note 9 on Aug. 9.
  • Samsung is then expected to release the watch on Aug. 24.
  • The upcoming smartwatch is expected to run Samsung’s Tizen operating system.


Samsung will reportedly unveil the successor to the Galaxy Gear S3 smartwatch alongside the Galaxy Note 9 at the Samsung Unpacked Event on Aug. 9. According to ZDNet Korea, Samsung would then release the wearable, thought to be called the Galaxy Watch, on Aug. 24 alongside the Galaxy Note 9.

ZDNet Korea says that Samsung will unveil two versions of the watch with different designs, sizes, and functions. However, the report doesn’t go into specifics about what the differences will be. The current Galaxy Gear S3 is available in a sporty-looking Frontier version and a more traditional Classic version. Other than the appearance and weight, the two watches are the same.

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The report also says that Samsung will use the latest version of its Tizen operating system for the watch, not switch to Wear OS as previous rumors suggested. Samsung announced the release of Tizen 5.0 in May so this could be the version of the OS used in the upcoming device.

The watch will focus on health functions, according to a source quoted by ZDNet Korea — speculation which fits in with previous rumors that the watch would able to measure blood pressure.

Other expected features include a 470mAh battery — a significant upgrade on the 380mAh battery found in the Galaxy S3 — and a new gold color variant.

Up next: Best smartwatches of 2018

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Xiaomi says Mi A2 is coming July 24 (Update: Mi A2 Lite now confirmed too) https://www.androidauthority.com/xiaomi-mi-a2-teaser-886133/ https://www.androidauthority.com/xiaomi-mi-a2-teaser-886133/#respond Wed, 18 Jul 2018 06:59:32 +0000 https://www.androidauthority.com/?p=886133 Xiaomi Mi A1 phone rear

Update #2, July 18 2018: Following yesterday’s speculation, Xiaomi has now confirmed the second device it will launch alongside the Mi A2 on July 24: the Mi A2 Lite. The company announced this in a recent tweet from its official Twitter channel, though it didn’t provide any further details.

For a look at what the phone might feature in terms of specs, check out our previous coverage below.

Update #1, July 17 2018: Xiaomi has announced it will show off two smartphones at its July 24 event in Madrid, Spain. The company took to Twitter to deliver the news, complete with a poster showing two devices.

We already know the Mi A2 will be revealed at the event, set to be the Mi 6X with Android One instead of MIUI. But a new leak shows we could be getting a Mi A2 Lite as well. Online retailer AliExpress (h/t: TecnoPasion and GSMArena) has jumped the gun and apparently listed the phone in all its glory.

The Mi A2 Lite will offer a Snapdragon 625 chipset (Xiaomi’s favorite chipset), 3GB/4GB of RAM, 32GB/64GB of expandable storage, a 4,000mAh battery and a notched 5.84-inch full HD+ display. In the camera department, you’ve got a 12MP+5MP dual camera pairing and a 5MP selfie snapper.

A purported Mi A2 Lite on Aliexpress. Aliexpress

If that all sounds familiar, it’s because the Mi A2 Lite seems like an Android One version of the Redmi 6 Pro. Heck, it seems like the Redmi 6 Pro images are being used on the store listing too. The real question is whether Xiaomi will sell both phones in the same market, potentially giving consumers the choice between MIUI and stock Android.

In any event, AliExpress lists the 3GB/32GB model at $190, while the 4GB/64GB variant has a list price of $210. Hopefully, the standard Mi A2 isn’t much more expensive, though we’re expecting it to come with a 12MP+20MP dual camera setup, a Snapdragon 660 chipset, and a host of other upgrades.

Original article, July 16 2018: Xiaomi has confirmed the successor to the Android One-based Xiaomi Mi A1 with a tweet on its official Twitter account.

The tweet (embedded below) includes a poster with a picture of the Mi A1 and the slogan “The Next Gen is Coming.” The poster has Android One branding and says fans of the Mi A1 will love the upcoming device.

While Xiaomi did not confirm the name of the upcoming device in the tweet, it did include the hashtag #2isbetterthan1. This suggests the device will be called Xiaomi Mi A2, as expected.

Xiaomi gave very little info about the phone itself in the tweet. However, we have already heard plenty of rumors including that it could have a Snapdragon 660 chipset, run Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, and have a rear dual camera setup with 20MP and 12MP sensors.

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The Xiaomi Mi A1 is a rebranded version of the Xiaomi Mi 5X with the main difference being that the Mi A1 runs stock Android. It is expected that the Mi A2 will be a rebranded version of the Xiaomi Mi 6X. If this is the case, the Mi A2 could also have a six-inch display and USB Type-C port, but no headphone jack.

While the Mi A1 was initially well received, it suffered from buggy updates which eventually led to the company pulling the Oreo 8.1 update. Some of the most liked replies to Xiaomi’s teaser tweet are people complaining about this very issue.

There is still no official news about a release date. However, the device is rumored to be unveiled at Xiaomi’s Mi Explorer Program in Madrid, Spain which takes place between July 23 and July 26.

Next up: Xiaomi Mi A2: All the rumors in one place

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Deal: Essential Phone 360 camera mod now $19 (was $199) https://www.androidauthority.com/deal-essential-phone-360-camera-mod-886653/ https://www.androidauthority.com/deal-essential-phone-360-camera-mod-886653/#respond Wed, 18 Jul 2018 06:33:04 +0000 https://www.androidauthority.com/?p=886653 Essential Phone review

  • The Essential Phone’s 360 camera mod, which had a $199 price tag, is now available for just $19.
  • Essential’s camera add-on features two 12MP cameras, 3D audio support, and 4K recording.
  • The deal comes after the Essential Phone saw a discount from $500 to $250 during Prime Day.


The Essential Phone was arguably the best smartphone deal during Amazon Prime Day, retailing for just $250 instead of $500. Now, the smartphone brand has announced a fantastic deal for the Essential Phone 360 camera mod.

The company made the announcement on Twitter, calling the mod the world’s smallest 4K-capable 360-degree camera.

The camera mod, which attaches to the Essential Phone via a pair of power pins, packs two 12MP f/1.8 cameras to capture 360 photos and video clips. It also features four microphones to capture 3D spatial audio.

Before you add the 360 camera mod to your cart, you should know that Essential is only shipping the device to select countries. So make sure you’re in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, the U.K., or the U.S. 

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Canadians also seem to be getting the raw end of the deal when it comes to shipping, as several Twitter users complained about $30+ shipping fees. They’re paying almost double the camera’s price for shipping.

We don’t know how long the deal will be available, but we assume it’s until stock runs out (which might be soon, given the steep price reduction).

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The deal also makes you wonder about the state of the company, as it and the phone discounts are ridiculously generous. Is this a case of clearing inventory to prepare for the firm’s sale or is an Essential Phone 2 actually coming?

Either way, this is still a fantastic deal; check out the 360 camera mod listing via the button below.

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Escaping the USA to Europe? T-Mobile has a sweet new service for you https://www.androidauthority.com/t-mobile-simple-global-international-data-passes-887171/ https://www.androidauthority.com/t-mobile-simple-global-international-data-passes-887171/#respond Wed, 18 Jul 2018 04:40:33 +0000 https://www.androidauthority.com/?p=887171

  • T-Mobile has added 70 new countries to its Simple Global plan.
  • The Un-carrier now offers $5 daily international data passes that provide up to 512MB of LTE data.


T-Mobile has been leading the charge on making it extremely easy for American customers to continue using their U.S.-based carrier when traveling internationally. Through a program T-Mobile calls Simple Global, Un-carrier users get unlimited 2G data and texting the moment they step into a select number of foreign countries. To make that experience even better, T-Mobile has announced that Simple Global will soon expand to 210 total countries.

But the addition of a new daily international data pass is what should excite international travelers. Instead of being stuck on a 2G network for the entirety of their trip, consumers can choose to pay $5 per day to enjoy up to 512MB of LTE data. Additionally, instead of having to pay $0.25 a minute for phone calls, users who opt for the data pass will enjoy unlimited calling. 

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The updated Simple Global plan goes into effect on July 22 and will work for anyone on a T-Mobile One or legacy plan that included the international program.

The new $5 per day international data passes will then be made available starting on August 1. These can be purchased by either signing into the T-Mobile app, calling the customer service, or by following a link that will be sent to the user when their phone connects to a foreign network.

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Google Chrome could soon warn you when loading data-heavy web pages https://www.androidauthority.com/google-chrome-heavy-page-capping-886784/ https://www.androidauthority.com/google-chrome-heavy-page-capping-886784/#respond Wed, 18 Jul 2018 04:21:56 +0000 https://www.androidauthority.com/?p=886784 A new data saving feature in Google Chrome Canary.

  • Google has introduced a new Heavy Page Capping feature in development/preview versions of Chrome.
  • The feature essentially warns users when they’re loading a data-heavy web page.
  • The new feature might be handy for users on mobile connections, allowing them to save more mobile data.


Thanks to initiatives like AMP and progressive web apps, we’re seeing faster websites these days. But data-heavy pages can still be a challenge, so we’re happy to see Google Chrome potentially delivering a solution.

A new Heavy Page Capping feature has surfaced in Chrome Canary, according to XDA-Developers (via Chrome Story). The feature allows users to set a maximum size for a web page. If a requested web page exceeds a certain size (e.g. 1MB), you’ll receive a warning at the top of the screen along with the option to pause loading (click the image below to see the full banner).

A screenshot of the Heavy Page Capping feature.

There does seem to be a caveat though, as the feature requires web pages to support “pause sub-resource request.”

Visiting the setting in Chrome Canary shows that it’s set to come to PC, Mac, Linux, ChromeOS, and Android. This could be a rather handy feature in the case of Android, as mobile data is often more expensive and less plentiful than fixed line data. So the combination of Heavy Page Capping and Chrome’s native data-saver function could be a great way to save even more data.

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To try out the feature, you’ll need to download Google Chrome Canary then type chrome://flags/#enable-heavy-page-capping into the address bar. This will take you to the relevant setting, letting you choose from “default”, “enabled”, “enabled (low)” and “disabled.” Opt for the low option and the page threshold will be set at 1MB. The “enabled” feature seems to trigger a warning at 5MB, but I do hope we get a slider bar to tinker with the maximum page size.

We also hope there’s an option to pause pages from loading by default, rather than giving a warning while loading. As it is right now, Google Chrome seems to either continue loading while displaying the warning or loads a significant portion of the page anyway before pausing.

What do you think of this new data saving feature? Let us know in the comments.

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