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Cresuer Touchwave: Truly wireless earbuds for just $44.99

In the market for a pair of Bluetooth earphones? Ever consider a true wireless pair? You know, with no cable or tether to worry about? Our Deal of the Day is the Cresuer Touchwave Bluetooth Earbuds, which are currently only $44.99 (55% OFF) in the AndroidGuys Deals Store.

Highlighted by the next generation of sound technology, carbon nanotube diaphragms, Touchwave earbuds deliver impressive sound performance in an uncluttered, lightweight, minimalistic design that remains tough in the face of workouts, outdoor adventures, and Monday morning commutes.

The Cresuer earbuds come with a variety of tips sizes and earhooks to ensure maximum comfort and fit. They’re good for three hours of playback on a single charge; the protective case houses a battery that recharges them four times over.

Features

  • Control songs or answer calls w/ a simple tap without any extra pressure on your ear
  • Make clear calls thanks to CVC Noise Cancellation technology & total noise isolation from silicone eartips
  • Keep your earbuds in place during hard workouts w/ three different sizes to choose from & sweat resistance
  • Listen to music for 3 hours on a single charge, or up to 12 hours when using the charging box
  • Charge the buds up to 4 full times while on the go w/ the wireless charging case

Where to Buy

Available in the AndroidGuys Deals Store, you can save 55% off the normal cost if you act fast. Pick yours up for only $44.99 right now!

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!

Best cases for the BlackBerry KEY2

BlackBerry breathed new life into the physical keyboard when it launched the KeyOne back at MWC 2017, and it certainly lived up expectations for BlackBerry fans. In 2018, though, the company launched the KEY2 to carry the torch onwards with a more powerful Snapdragon 660 processor, 6GB of RAM, dual rear cameras and Android Oreo. […]

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Saturday Savings: Tech and Gear on sale this weekend

As we are gearing up to see the fury that is Amazon Prime Day, there are still a few days left. Starting on July 16th, Amazon will have a boatload of items on sale, but there are some sales starting now.

In today’s edition of Saturday Savings, you can see a great sale on the Amazon Echo Show, which has been discounted by $100. Additionally, there are some great deals on accessories like the iHome Bluetooth Speaker for the Echo Dot.

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Amazon Echo Show – $229.99 $129.99

It’s been a little bit over a year since we saw Amazon debut the Echo Show. The latest in the Echo lineup provides an interactive touchscreen display, along with respectable speakers.

To help celebrate Prime Day 2018, Amazon is kicking things off early by offering the Echo Show for just $129.99. This is a savings of $100, and is definitely worth the look if you live in the Amazon ecosystem.

Buy the Amazon Echo Show!

Save on Accessories

iHome Color Changing Speaker for Echo Dot – $59.99 $41.99

Keeping with the trend of Amazon Echo products, we have the iHome Bluetooth Speaker for the Echo Dot. You simply place your Echo Dot in the holster at the top of the speaker and can play music or content to your heart’s content.

What makes this speaker even more awesome is that it changes colors automatically. Normally, this speaker is priced at almost $60, but you can get one today for just $41.99.

Buy the iHome Echo Dot Bluetooth Speaker

Weekend Recommender: EVRI, JLab, Phiaton, mophie, and Scosche

Summer is hitting its stride and the weather has definitely started to heat up. If you’re like us, you’re finding it’s getting harder and harder to get back inside and get actual work done.

Whether you’re working or playing, or doing a little bit of both, you’ve probably got your phone nearby. If not, maybe a tablet, camera, or something else. We love our tech and we love to share our favorite products.

The Weekend Recommender is our chance to share some of the better tech devices and items that have crossed our path. What you’ll find below are five products that we’ve spent time with over the last few weeks which deserve special recognition.

EVRI 80W USB C Charging Station

If you’ve got a newer phone, laptop, Macbook, or Pixelbook, you’ve probably got a USB C port on it. It’s quickly becoming the preferred cable of choice because of its speeds and general flexibility.

Most of us carry around or consistently use multiple gadgets which charge via USB. In addition to the aforementioned items, you can also find products like action cameras, GPS units, tablets, and accessories. The problem a lot of people run into is having too few outlets where it’s important.

The EVRI, from OneAdapter, takes one power outlet and turns it into five very fast ports. Indeed, it gives you one USB C port and four Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 ports.

With 80W of power it ensures you’ve got optimal charging speeds for all of your important gear. This ain’t some big, clunky device to lug around, either; the whole thing weighs around one half of a pound and takes up less desk space than a napkin.

As of today the EVRI Charging Station isn’t yet available, but it will carry a price tag of around $75 when it arrives. In the meanwhile, learn more about OneAdapter and its products online at retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, London Drugs, and Staples.

JLab Epic Executive Wireless Headphones

The Epic Executive come with an assortment of earbud tips to fit every size and shape of ear which makes finding the right fit pretty easy. Also included is a USB charging cable, a standard aux adapter to go hardwired, and a carrying case to keep it all together.

The Active Noise Cancelling on the Executives is truly amazing. JLab claim 90% of the background noise is cancelled and we’d have a hard time arguing the point. We were amazed at the quietness from the earbuds on a flight with it turned on.

The battery last a long time; on a full charge were able to get a whole day of listening on flights and airport layovers. To get back to a full charge takes about an hour.

In the last few months of using these we’ve never had a time where we were disappointed. They just work. Every time. They’re lightweight and we often forget that we’re wearing them. In short, they sound good and work great. These run about $100 at JLab’s website.

Phiaton BT 100NC

These have been around a few years now but we still dig ’em in 2018. Designed to drape around the neck, the BT 100 NC earbuds feature active noise cancelling as well as IPX splash resistance and sweat-resistance.

Whether you want to use them for workouts or just a simple commute, these are a convenient, go-anywhere type of earbuds. They’re offered in black or white and complement pretty much any outfit you want to wear.

The noise cancelling tech reduces low frequency noise by upwards of 95%, in turn drowning out buses, trains, and other ambient city sounds. This makes it much easier to enjoy that audiobook or stay in the zone as you push hard in that last mile.

In addition to music and other audio, the Phiaton earbuds also offer up wireless calls. You’ll feel a vibration if it’s time to take a call and the controls are super simple. What’s more, the EverPlay-X means you can plug in directly when the battery drains or if the music source doesn’t have Bluetooth (4.0+) connectivity.

Quickly pair via NFC and you’ll be connected without fumbling with Bluetooth settings. Additionally, you can connect two devices to the BT 100 NC. Share them with your spouse or simply use it to have your phone and tablet paired up together. These now cost about $80 at retailers such as Amazon.

mophie charge stream travel kit

The perfect accessory to pack for a weekend getaway or day at the beach, this bundle offers up a variety of charging options.

In the box you will find a wall charger, car charger, microUSB cable, carrying pouch, and the pad itself. The Stream Pad Mini is a universal (Qi) wireless charging device that’s compatible with many of today’s popular flagship phones. If you have a late model Samsung, LG, or Apple, consider grabbing one of these.

As you would find with better charging technology, this unit includes quick and powerful speeds at 2.4A for both car and wall. At 1.5m (just under five feet), the cable is plenty long enough to tuck behind that hotel night stand or desk. Mix and match the cable with different chargers and take advantage of the microUSB plug.

The entire kit is low profile and packs away nicely. The carrying pouch has pockets to keep things from getting messy and disorganized. When you’re ready to settle down for a bit, plug the pad in and enjoy the wireless charging.

This is one of those bundles that gets better and more convenient with time. You’ll miss it when it’s not around, especially if you have a phone with wireless charging and a microUSB port. Find yours for $50 at mophie’s website.

Scosche Boombottle MM

When you’re chilling on the patio with friends, listening to music, the last thing you want to do is have to fumble for the phone. Sure, your playlist is pretty solid, but maybe you’ve got a few tracks people don’t like. Instead of looking around for your phone, place it directly on top of your speaker.

Built to fit inside of most cup holders and water bottle cages, the Boombottle MM is a cylindrical speaker with a few tricks up its sleeve. It’s designed to go anywhere you would and its 12-hour playback will probably outlast you in the process.

The speaker automatically and magically sticks to your phone via the magnetic mount, hence the ‘MM’ in its name. Alternatively, you can snug it up against metal and put the music in fun, out of the way, places. Or, just do both, why don’t ya?

The IP67 rating means that water and dust won’t be an issue so feel free to lug this one to the beach. Or, pair a second one to it for true stereo and place ’em around the pool area. When it comes time to crack open a cold one, use the speaker’s built-in bottle opener.

Other specs you’ll appreciate include the 4 LED battery indicator and the microphone for hands-free phone calls. Grab one of these for roughly $130 at Scosche’s website.

Should you use a VPN on your phone?

Lately, the internet and its usage have been a hot topic, especially here in America with Net Neutrality being discussed in politics. One of the major topics about internet use has always been privacy. How much privacy do you need? Can you secure your privacy online? How private can you be? The best way to accomplish all tasks has been by using a VPN, a virtual private network.

I’m sure most of you have heard the term VPN many times before, especially those who work with computers a lot during the week. Many of you though may not know what it means or what it does. A bigger question though is that we know the benefits of using a VPN on your computer, but do they transfer over to your phone? In this article, we’ll check out what a VPN is, does, and how it can affect mobile usage.

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Simply put, a VPN, or a virtual private network, is a service that encrypts data sent and received between you and any destination on the internet. By encrypting the data traffic, entities such as your ISP or government won’t be able to see what you’re doing online. Hidden network activity can have numerous benefits besides just not allowing everyone to track you. VPN servers are also hosted in many different parts of the world, which can affect your online experience as well.

More reasons to use a VPN

Using a VPN isn’t only for those worried about who may be watching their online activity. Individual businesses use VPNs to make sure that only its employees are viewing its content. People who frequently download may use a VPN not to be tracked or put on a watchlist. Someone may use one so that they can watch live TV not provided by their locations internet provisions.

There’s been a long time saying that a person wouldn’t need to use a VPN on their mobile device. That’s just not true. A VPN will not only protect your mobile internet usage but also protects the data from your apps. All the incoming and outgoing data from app usage has to go through the VPN as well, so it contains all the benefits.

Speaking of, there are definite pros and cons of using a VPN service. One of the main benefits of using the service, and the one we’re going to focus on, is security. When using a service, your data is scrambled and hidden. It’s hidden from most sources that try to get your data and even the ones that can find it can’t decipher what you’re doing. This protects you from most anybody you’d be worried about.

Also, a VPN can help you access information that otherwise would usually be blocked. Whether this means using materials for your job or going to a website hosted in a different country, you have the chance with a VPN. So now you can watch Netflix, even if you’re not supposed to.

Unfortunately, where there are pros, there are cons. The most commonly experienced con is internet speeds slower than usual. This happens due to the service having to hide and scramble your data. There are a few other cons when using a service, but connection speed is the one to be most aware.

The titular question of this article is should you use a VPN service with your phone. The answer is simple, why not? If you’re already using one on your computer or interested in being more secure with your practices, why not use one. Most of the more reputable companies that have virtual network services also have easy to use apps for your mobile devices. Some companies even offer extras like bandwidth monitoring if you have a metered data plan.

There are many companies out there, but we strongly encourage you to do research and find popular and well-used ones. Security is ultimately better than cost and ease of use. 3 of the companies that I’ve personally used and researched are IPVanish, TunnelBear, and the one I use currently, NordVPN. Ultimately, do copious amounts of research before sticking with a service.

So, conclusively, a VPN is a service that handles all of your data traffic. It takes the incoming and outgoing information from your device and hides and encrypts it. Whether you want to be more secure or access information that is otherwise forbidden, a VPN can be a huge benefit. Not only does this apply to your computer but also your mobile devices.

TicWatch Pro review: Layered displays make it a battery champ

Wear OS hasn’t been taking the world by storm lately. The tech world has all but abandoned it and the fashion brands that adopted the software haven’t pushed the needle forward. Things have been stagnant for over a year. Notwithstanding Google’s lack of effort to improve Wear OS, some truly innovative and fresh hardware could really […]

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Best Android games to play with family and friends

Technology often gets a bad rep for sucking kids and adults alike in for hours at a time, removing them from their peers and families and engulfing them into a fantasy world.

But throw in a good game into the mix and smartphones can quickly be turned into the tool that can help people connect and family members bond with each other.

With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best family-friendly games for Android to keep family and friends entertained for hours — regardless of age.

Tic Tac Toe Glow

What it is:

The mobile version of one of the most popular games in the world. You can play against a human opponent or the computer.

Why we like it:

  • Tic Tac Tow Glow features a new cool glow design which gives this classic game a modern look and feel.
  • The game has 3 difficulty levels.
  • The app includes four other games you can play including Block Tower and Bubble Shooter. But they don’t have a multi-player option.

Install Tic Tac Glow

Where’s My Water

What it is:

A fun app for parents and children alike developed by Disney. Features cute graphics and many challenging levels.

Why we like it:

  • Fun storyline: help Swampy the crocodile to take a bath by cutting through dirt and guide fresh water to his bathtub through increasingly challenging scenarios.
  • Three more characters (Allie, Cranky and Mystery Duck) to play with.
  • Develops creativity and problem solving throughout a series of 500 puzzles.
  • New levels are added each week. Just make sure you play them before they expire.

Install Where’s My Water

Sleepwalker’s Journey

What it is:

A beautiful journey into dreams developed by 11-bit studios. The app is perfect for imaginative kids of all ages who love fantasy.

Why we like it:

  • Beautiful graphics create an immersive visual story, players of all ages will love to immerse themselves in.
  • Invites you to solve environment puzzles where you move obstacles, use elevators to create a safe path for Moonboy, so he can go to his bed.
  • Over 45 dreams to explore. More are added with updates.

Install Sleepwalker’s Journey

Party Games

What it is:

A family party app which includes a series of 12 games which you can play with up to 4 players. Developed by MalyaWka.

Why we like it:

  • Let’s you play fun games with family and friends. Available options include Squares, Collapse, Highway, Races and more.
  • Some games let you set the difficulty level.
  • Colorful and friendly graphics will ensure you and your family have a great time.

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Pettson’s Inventions Deluxe

What it is:

A fun, pedagogic app that helps kids of all ages boost their logic and creative skills.

Why we like it:

  • Players are tasked to help old man Pettson and his kitty Findus to build their wacky inventions.
  • Simply drag and drop the parts to the right spot. The game boasts a multi-touch layout.
  • You can compete against a friend or a clock in VS mode.

Sidenote: This is a paid app. It costs $3.99 to download.

Install Pettson’s Inventions Delux

Heads Up!

What it is:

An addictive charades-style party game that became popular thanks to appearances on the Ellene DeGeneres show. What you need to do is guess as many words as possible from themed decks of cards based on your friends’ clues.

Why we like it:

  • The app includes 18 themed decks to choose from including movies, animals, characters and lots more.
  • Drawing a card is super easy. Just tilt your phone.
  • Records your friends giving clues. You can easily share the best moments afterwards.

Install Heads Up!

Draw Something

What it is:

The game which has been described as “Pictionary” on a phone has players draw an image, while the others have to guess the word that inspired the masterpiece.

Why we like it:

  • You don’t have to be an artist to play. Simply draw as well as you can on the phone. Don’t forget to add a bit of humor to your images for extra fun.
  • Extensive library of new and updated words to draw. From Science to Pop Culture and more.
  • Unlock color packs to make your drawings even more compelling.

Install Draw Something

Are you using the Google Maps personal exploration tools?

Google recently announced an update to its Google Maps app for mobile devices which provides more accurate and useful information.

The refreshed Google Maps gives users trending lists curated from local experts and by way of Google’s algorithms. Now it’s easier than ever to find the best burger joint in a particular area.

Speaking of which, you can use Google Maps to track your personal progress as you take on a particular endeavor. Looking to visit the best pizza parlors in Cleveland? Google will note them and keep track so you can log your journey.

The Explore tab gets a punch-up with quicker recommendations for restaurants, bars, and cafes in a particular area. Moreover, it will also keep track of events and activities going on, too. With photos, descriptions, and categories to help, you’ll find plenty to do that’s “outdoor”, “cheap”, or “good for kids”.

Should you have Location History enabled you’ll now find “Your match”, a score or numeric rating which indicates the likelihood of you enjoying places. Indeed, this will help cut down decision making so that you can find the perfect spot without gripes and second guesses.

Those of you who tell Google Maps your food and drink preferences will find better dining recommendations. It’s one of those “the more you use it, the better it gets” types of systems.

A new “For you” tab will keep you in the know about everything going on, whether that’s in your home town or a favorite vacation destination. Following a neighborhood allows you to instantly check on hot new restaurants or discover a coffee shop that’s sure to suit your tastes. Additionally, it will let you know if a particular favorite dining establishment is in the news.

The updated version of Google Maps is now available for Android and Apple. The “For You” tab is only offered in US, UK, Canada, Australia, and Japan at launch.

Twitter’s Android app is getting a new bottom navigation bar

Twitter has announced (on Twitter, of course) that they’ll be updating the Android version of their app to bring the navigation bar to the bottom, departing from the top navigation bar that we’ve had for years. It also brings the app in line with how Twitter’s iOS version behaves. With phones bigger than ever now, […]

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The best phones you can buy at AT&T right now (July 2018)

Whether you’re looking for a new flagship device or looking to save a little dough, AT&T offers some of the best devices on the market today. As a site that’s always on the lookout for the best phones and the best value, we’re bringing you a list of the best devices you can walk into an AT&T store and pick up today.

Here’s the list!

Read more: The best 2017 phones to purchase in 2018

Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus

Samsung’s newest phones are also its best phones. The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus came out less than a month ago to high praise around the tech industry. While there aren’t huge changes from last year’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, there didn’t need to be for Samsung to stay atop the Android latter.

The most notable new addition to the devices is the dual mechanical aperture lens. Depending on your lighting, the lens will change between a f/1.5 aperture and a f/2.4 aperture. This allows the camera to let in more light when it needs it. In practice, pictures look absolutely fantastic, just like they did last year. The new camera setup does improve the reduction of noise in low-light situations and maintaining fine lines in pictures. While most may not notice a difference, it is there and camera hounds will know what to look for.

Read more: How to get Android 8.0 AOSP on the Galaxy S9

Another notable change is how Samsung is differentiating the two devices. While last year’s devices both featured a single camera and 4 GB of RAM, that’s not the case this year. Spending the extra ~$120 on the Galaxy S9 Plus will get you an extra 2 GB of RAM (to 6 GB total) which matches the Galaxy Note 8. It also has a dual camera system, where the S9 just has a single shooter.

Despite their differences, the devices are largely the same. Both feature the brand new Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor that promises better performance and better battery life. Both have all-day battery life and Android Oreo on board, along with Samsung’s own software enhancements.

Samsung Galaxy S9 purchase linksAT&T | Amazon | Best Buy

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus purchase linksAT&T | Amazon | Best Buy

BlackBerry KEYone

BlackBerry put out one of the most surprising devices in 2017 with the KEYone. We know people who absolutely swear by the device and refuse to let go of their physical keyboards.

If you were to focus solely on specs, you’d miss out what makes the KEYone special. Sure, it has a midrange processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon 625) and a standard amount of RAM and storage (4 GB and 64 GB respectively). But that keyboard. The KEYone is one of the only devices on the market to feature a physical keyboard and for those of us who grew up with them, typing on those buttons feels like home.

Read more: BlackBerry unveils its latest attempt at reincarnation with the KEYone

The keyboard is there to attract business class customers who are used to BlackBerry phones of old. But, BlackBerry also focused on software features that will appeal to enterprise customers as well. The phone has second to none security features for those who work with sensitive information.

BlackBerry KEYOne purchase links: Best Buy | AT&T | Amazon

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 combines power, speed, and beauty to be one of the best smartphones of the year. Samsung simply had to put out an amazing device after the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco and it delivered. The Galaxy Note 8 is expensive at a $999 initial asking price, but delivers some of the best performance available on a smartphone today.

The standout feature of the Galaxy Note 8 has to be the display. The 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display features the new 18:9 aspect ration that most phones moved to in 2017. It’s big, bright, and the colors pop unlike any other on the market. Combine a beautiful curved display with almost no bezels and you have a recipe for success. One thing to keep in mind is that the display is one of the largest on the market and even though the bezels are tiny, the phone is too big for most people to use one-handed. If you have smaller hands, you may want to consider other options.

Read more: Skinit offers another great skin and case option for the Galaxy Note 8

Samsung finally joined the dual-camera club with the Galaxy Note 8. Though Samsung had featured dual cameras on some of its mid-range phones, the Note 8 was the first flagship the company produced with the camera setup. And boy did it impress! DxOMark gave the Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s camera a 94 rating. One of the biggest reasons it scored so highly was the excellent zoom feature that the second lens enables on the device. The device also got high scores for autofocus, flash, exposure, and contrast.

While Samsung’s software skin may have been a reason to avoid its devices in the past, that has changed in recent years. Samsung made some smart design and aesthetic choices which makes using its devices fun and easy. There are still a ton of features packed in, but you don’t feel overwhelmed when setting up the phone or during daily use. Samsung gives you the tools to make the phone function exactly how you want it to.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 purchase links: Amazon | Best Buy | B&H Photo | AT&T

LG V35 ThinQ

AT&T is the only carrier to sell the minor update to the LG V30 (it carries the V35 in lieu of the LG G7). While that makes it an exclusive, it’s not one that we think you should switch to the carrier for. This is a minor update to the V30, but it still a pretty nice upgrade while we wait on 2018’s LG V40.

One of the first things you’ll notice about the LG V35 is just how small it is for a phone with a big screen. Like most flagship devices, the V35 moved to the new 18:9 aspect ration (the display is twice as tall as it is wide) but the V35 still feels excellent in the hand. It’s easy to use and even if you can’t reach the top of the screen, LG included some smart software tweaks to let you check your notifications with a button located in the navigation tray that drops the notification shade.

One of the most compelling reasons to pick up the LG V35 is not that it kept the headphone jack, but it offers a quad-DAC to make everything coming out of that jack sound excellent. If you often listen to music through wired headphones, the LG V35 should be at the top of your list when you’re looking for a new phone.

LG is also known for putting great cameras in its phones, and the V35 is no exception. The dual camera setup offers one regular lens and one wide-angle lens with a 120-degree field of view. The video camera is no slouch either offering features like color grading options, point zoom control, log video, and a quick editor mode.

LG V30 purchase links: Amazon | Best Buy | AT&T

What do you think about our list? Are we missing anything? Let us know down in the comments.