Monthly Archives: February 2019

Android

Install OxygenOS 9.0 on Poco F1

The OnePlus 6T stock firmware was successfully customized by the xda-developer devs and can be now booted on the Poco F1. Thus, if you want to try something new and different on your Poco F1 now you can replace the built-in MIUI software with the OxygenOS platform that comes pre-loaded on the OnePlus 6T. The […]

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Set up OmniROM on OnePlus 6T and Update to Android 9.0 Pie OS

OmniROM, one of the most popular custom ROMs available for the Android platform, is now available for the OnePlus 6T. Even though it’s still under development stage the platform manages to be a real solution for those who are looking for great tweaking and optimization opportunities, thus if you want to change the default OxygenOS […]

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Install LineageOS 15.1 Android 8.1 Oreo Firmware on LG K20 Plus

The LG K20 Plus is a mid-range Android based device but that shouldn’t mean you cannot experience the latest features, games and apps without dealing with software related problems. And if the stock Android OS isn’t exactly offering the right environment for testing new capabilities, the Lineage OS 15.1 ROM will manage to change everything […]

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Update Xiaomi Mi A2 with Mokee OS 8.1 Oreo Custom ROM Firmware

Do you want to optimize the Xiaomi Mi A2 performance? If you envy the pure Android UI that runs on Android One branded devices and if you’re ready to apply the right customizations on your smartphone for improving the overall Android experience, we might have the right solution for your problems. A new custom ROM […]

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This 5,000mAh portable wireless charger is half off today

Life in 2019 is all about minimalism, speed, and simplicity. Oh, and we like it when there’s no cables to mess with, too. Our deal today, an all-in-one charger, speaks directly to those sensibilities.

These days, we routinely find ourselves having to charge multiple devices on a daily basis. Phones, tablets, wearables, cameras, portable gaming consoles, speakers, and MP3 players are just some of the products we use in our everyday life.

One problem we face with so many devices is that they run out of power at random and often inconvenient times. Another problem? Fighting over a wall outlet and prioritizing.

If this sounds familiar, you’ll want to check out our latest deal. The AndroidGuys Deals Store is offering an all-in-one charger with multiple ports and wireless charging.

The SCOUT Wireless Portable Charger packs a 5,000mAh power source with built-in cables with support for microUSB, USB-C, and Lightning. And, even better, it has wireless charging capabilities. Compatible with Qi-ready phones like the Samsung Galaxy S10 and various iPhones, it’s all you need to stay juiced on the go.


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Normally, you’d spend about $80 for the SCOUT, but we’ve got it listed for half price right now. That’s right, the all-in-one charger can be yours for just $39.99.

Features

  • Charge all of your devices w/ a 5,000 mAh battery capacity
  • Easily power your devices w/ built-in Lightning, microUSB & USB-C cables
  • Wirelessly charge your Qi-compatible devices
  • Recharge your SCOUT by plugging it into a wall outlet or using the microUSB charging port
  • Charge your devices via the 2.1 amp USB port

Where to Buy

You can purchase the SCOUT 5000mAh Wireless Portable Charger through the AndroidGuys Deals Store. Act fast and pick yours up for just $39.99, earning yourself a massive discount (50 percent off) in the process.

Don’t have a wireless-ready smartphone? Double the capacity to 10,000mAh instead and we’ll still take half off the cost. That’s enough juice to power your typical phone three times over.

Save even more!

In addition to the savings above, when you buy through AndroidGuys Deals, for every $25 spent, you get $1 credit added to your account. What’s more, should you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.

If this is your first time buying, then you are also eligible for a further 10% discount when you subscribe for email updates.

How about a freebie?

Not looking to spend any money today? That’s alright, we understand. Why not visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and take something anyhow? Go ahead, grab two!

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[TA Deals] Save 97% on the Ultimate Microsoft SQL Certification bundle

Ready to master Microsoft SQL Server to pad out your resume? We’re running a killer offer on a certification bundle that will teach you everything you need to know about creating and administering Microsoft’s database software and managing a server with it. This bundle includes 7 courses that will help you become officially certified with […]

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Energizer announces a phone with an absurd 18,000mAh battery

Energizer showed off their next foray into the smartphone market at MWC 2019, and it’s hard to tell whether or not we should be taking it seriously. The most defining feature of the phone, which you can see above, is the incredibly massive size of it thanks to its internal 18,000mAh battery. Anyone that said […]

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Better late than never: ASUS announces which ZenFone smartphones will get Android Pie

Android Pie has been available since late last year, but many manufacturers still haven’t adopted the latest version of Android for their smartphones. ASUS hasn’t exactly been up to snuff with their own devices, but they’ve at least announced a plan to update some of their phones to the latest from Google. Here’s the list […]

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TicPods Free Wireless Earbuds are the AirPods for Android

Headphone jacks on phones are almost dinosaurs these days. With the exception of Samsung and LG, most phone makers have removed the 3.5mm input. That has brought a renaissance of wireless audio devices to emerge over the last few years. Apple released AirPods back in 2017 and while they do work on Android, many of us have been waiting for the “Googled” version.

A relatively new company, Mobvoi, has heard the call and released the TicPods Free earbuds late last year. While they initially look like a colored knockoff of AirPods (which is a warranted first take), they offer some unique options for those of us looking for sleek Bluetooth earbuds for our Android phones.

Design

As mentioned the hardware design is very similar to Apple’s AirPods. The earbuds have a teardrop style earpiece with a long stem that protrudes outside and down the ear. The packaging includes two different size silicone tips for a snug fit in most ears. One thing that surprised me was that the TicPods are covered in a soft touch coating. It offers a nice tactile feel to just slick plastics used in many electronics.

Also covered in this same material finish is the charging case. One downside of the soft touch covering is that is prone to showing fingerprints and oils. The case will charge the devices when away from the outlet as well. Mobvoi rates the overall battery life of the TicPods earbuds and case combo to last 18 hours, but more on that later.

Interactive Features

One separation point for the TicPods Free earbuds and other devices are the touch controls built into the stems. They are also unique depending on which earbud you use to input touch.

You can adjust the volume for music or phone calls by dragging your finger up in down from either earbud. Both will also skip to the next song with a double tap. This one is confusing as both offering input, but there’s no way to go back a track and only the next song can be initiated.

A long press of 2 seconds offers you play/pause while listening to music on the left bud. The same on the right TicPods will launch Google Assistant on the left and will reject a caller while the phone app is ringing. The left earbud offers no other features during a phone call.

One last interaction is that each bud has in-ear detection. If you remove them for any reason, the playback will stop. Want to resume where you left off? Simply put the earbud back in your ear. It’s a little trick that really comes in handy when around other people to quickly ask, or answer, a question.

Audio

Let’s be honest, if you are reading this review you really just want to know how the audio sounds, right? Well, it’s just OK. The sound is crisps and clear, but I think they could be louder overall. While they have passive noise isolation, I have had times in a busy room where they just weren’t as high volume as I’d like.

Other devices like my Pixel Buds offer a more robust sound in a wired format, but maybe this is too be expected from the new wireless world. It doesn’t deter me from using the TicPods Free, however. I really like the form factor and portability of the earbuds.

Battery Life

Speaking of portability, I’ve found that the 18 total hours of playback with using the case to top off the buds when not in use is pretty close to my results. I get about 3 and half hours of mixed usage between phone calls and music with the buds and can top off at least 3 times with the case before reaching for the power cord. I do with that cord was USB-C too. Micro USB is so 2016.

Conclusion

I really enjoy the TicPods Free wireless earbuds from Mobvoi. The company is quickly building a nice portfolio of Android accessories that’s pretty impressive for the budget minded. The TicPods will set you back $129 dollars and come in 3 different colors: Ice White, Lava Red, and Navy. You can pick them direct from Mobvoi or Amazon right now.

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Net-wide dark mode being tested in Chrome for Android

A new update to Chrome’s ‘Canary’ channel includes the ability to brute-force a net-wide dark mode which may release to all users eventually, but it’s not ready yet. After transitioning to a whiteout visual language with their ‘Material Design 2.0‘ app design guidelines, Google eventually realised their error and began rolling out atypically-unified dark modes […]

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