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UMIDIGI F1: kick-ass specs and wallet-friendly $200 price tag

The year is just getting started but UMIDIGI is already throwing down the gauntlet for smartphone value proposition. Indeed, its latest handset, the F1, is up for sale and brings with it a ton of hardware to the table but with a budget-friendly cost.

Key among the specifications for the UMIDIGI F1 are a Helio P60 AI processor, 128GB worth of storage, and a generous 5150mAh battery. Impressive stuff to be sure, but even more appealing when you consider it’s just $200.

Coming in at a mere 8.8mm thickness, the UMIDIGI F1 runs Android 9 Pie, the latest version of the operating system from Google. It’s not often you see the newest release of Android on an unlocked phone in this price range.

The display is among the largest you’ll find in phones with 6.3-inches of full waterdrop real estate. Resolution is 2340 x 1080 pixels bringing about a 409 pixels per inch. Further, the cutout is one of the more unobtrusive “notches” you’ll find. All things considered, you’re looking at a 92.7 percent screen ratio.









As for cameras, the F1 packs a dual configuration on the rear with 16-megapixels and 8-megapixels and a F/1.7 aperture. This enables not only great low-light shots, but also stunning portrait photos with bokeh effect.

Rounding things out, the UMIDIGI F1 has dual 4G VoLTE, global bands, face unlock, and a fingerprint sensor. Oh, and 18W fast charging and NFC are on board, too. It’s so much phone for not much money.

Available in three colors (black, red, and gold), the sleek, slim, sexy phone can be purchased for just $200. To learn more about the phone, head to the UMIDIGI website.

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Huawei is in even more hot water for stealing T-Mobile tech

Huawei’s 2018 was not good from a PR standpoint, and I don’t think 2019 is going to be much better. The company is now in some trouble for alleged theft of technology from T-Mobile from a few years back, and federal prosecutors are looking into criminal charges against the company, adding to the pile. The […]

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A look back at our favorite products from CES 2019

Every year CES brings a menagerie of products to tease and delight us. Whether you’re the average consumer or a tech geek like us, CES features all the products that will impact your life for this year or even longer. Below you’ll find some of our favorites from CES 2019 and what gets us excited for this next great year in tech.

Google Assistant Devices

It should be no surprise we are huge fans of Google Assistant here at Android Guys. It has become an integral part of our day that helps us manage our lives. Thanks to Assistant hitting more and more devices every year, it is becoming even more convenient to use. Here are some of our favorite devices shown off from CES 2019 with Google Assistant.

Lenovo Smart Clock

This charming little clock from Lenovo is the modern alarm clock I’ve been wishing for. It features a 4-inch display, physical controls, a speaker, Google Assistant integration, and even a USB port to charge your phone. The Lenovo Smart Clock is basically everything I’ve been dreaming of since the Google Home was first introduced. Fortunately, when it is launched this spring it will only set you back $80.

Soundbars

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Klipsch Bar 40G


There were a few soundbars or what I’m calling smart bars announced at CES 2019. Companies such as Klipsch, LG, and JBL were all present and accounted for showing off their latest in smart home theater tech.

For home theater geek like myself who can’t get enough of Google Assistant, these are particularly interesting. Having the ability to add high-quality sound to my TV along with Google Assistant, and having a new loud speaker to group for whole home audio sounds like perfection.

Look out later this year for the Klipsch Bar 40G, the SL10YG, SL9YG, and SL8YG soundbars from LG, and JBL’s Link Bar. The JBL Link Bar is of special interest because not only does it offer Google Assistant but it is also a full-blown Android TV device.

Assistant in the car

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JBL and Anker are both expanding Assistant’s reach to your vehicle. Both companies announced dedicated Google Assistant devices that are powered by a cigarette lighter port. The JBL Link Drive and Anker Roav Bolt both offer USB ports for charging your phone, as well as specialized mics to help filter out road noise making it easier to give commands.

Nubia Red Magic Mars

The Nubia Red Magic Mars is an affordable gaming phone from ZTE’s sister brand Nubia. This phone is packing some serious specs with a Snapdragon 845, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 3800mAh battery for only $400. That will be music to many consumer’s ears when compared to the outrageous prices we’ve seen in the smartphone industry lately.

If you care about smartphone gaming on a budget or just performance per dollar then this will be the phone for you to check out this year. You won’t have to wait long either as it is expected to launch next month and with Android 9 Pie.

Jabra Elite 85h

Jabra is jumping into the premium noise canceling over-ear headphone market and our ears are ready. With several microphones tuned for canceling out noise around you, Jabra expects the Elite 85h to outperform the other major players.

While that remains to be seen, one feature the Jabra Elite 85h will have that you won’t find from Bose or Sony is hands-free Google Assistant activation. Add to that impeccable style with 30+ hours of battery life and you’ve got our full attention. Expect the Elite 85h to launch later this year with a $300 price tag.

LG Signature OLED TV R

The Signature OLED TV R from LG gets special mention because this concept is no longer a concept. A TV with a flexible screen that appears out of a box is a bit awe-inspiring to see, and for the first time you’ll be able to actually buy one.

No longer is this just a gimmick seen on the CES showroom floor, it is now a fully fledged consumer-ready product. The LG Signature OLED TV R is expected in the second half of 2019 in a 65-inch model and the price is currently unknown.

Check out the rest of our CES 2019 coverage

There were plenty more great products to come out of CES 2019 but these were some of our favorites. Did we miss one of yours? Let us know in the comments.

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LG is planning on launching a phone with an attachable second screen

LG has a few concepts in its graveyard of ideas, including small secondary displays and external modules. Both of those ideas have been wiped from their current crop of flagships, but it looks like they’ll be reviving both ideas in one swoop, whether or not that’s a good idea. The device will reportedly feature a […]

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Machine learning is the next big thing in cutting edge technology and development, and if you don’t know how to take advantage of it you’re going to be left behind. We’re offering a discounted masterclass bundle that will help you out, covering everything you need to know to get started. This bundle includes 8 courses […]

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Relax, this uninspired render is reportedly not the LG G8

Keeping a secret when preparing to launch a new smartphone is a losing battle for handset companies these days, how many times has a phone launched in the past few years that drew the all-important gasp of surprise from your lips? My guess is very few, thanks to the number of device renders and features revealed on Twitter […]

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Get to Know: Walmart Family Mobile

Most wireless customers are familiar with the big-name brands in Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. Relatively few buyers, though, are as well-versed when it comes to the topic of Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO).

It might surprise you to know that companies like MetroPCS, Boost Mobile, and Cricket Wireless operate on the T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T networks, respectively. These network operators license the towers and coverage from the tier-one providers and offer their own phones, rate plans, and customer service.

Walmart Family Mobile is one such MVNO worth closer inspection. Yes, that Walmart.

About

Using T-Mobile’s network for its service, Walmart Family Mobile is a service provider that exists almost virtually. While you cannot go into a dedicated Walmart Family Mobile store, customers can pay for their service at Walmart locations. Moreover, if you go to Walmart’s website, you can shop for phones and SIM cards.

Given that it does employ T-Mobile’s network, it does allow for customers to use their own devices. If you’ve already purchased an unlocked GSM phone, chances are good it will work just fine with Walmart Family Mobile. Those which might be locked to other carriers, however, may need to be unlocked before making the switch.

Rate Plans

Keeping things nice and simple is the name of the game here. There are currently four rate plans to choose from, all of which stay under $50 per month. As one might expect, each comes with its own amount of data.

  • $24.88 per month – Unlimited Talk and Text with 1GB of 4G LTE data; throttled to 2G after)
  • $29.88 per month – Unlimited Talk and Text with 3GB of 4G LTE data; throttled to 2G after)
  • $39.88 per month – Unlimited Talk and Text with 14GB of 4G LTE data; throttled to 2G after)
  • $49.88 per month – Unlimited Talk and Text with ‘Unlimited’ 4G LTE data; does not include tethering and may be throttled after 32GB

Multiple Lines

Customers interested in family plans or multiple lines can do so for $24.88 per line. Doing so gives the second line add the same amount of data. Indeed, you can currently get unlimited data for two lines for a total of $75 per month. In essence, it’s the $49.88 plan plus the $24.88. There is a limit of five lines per account through Walmart Family Mobile.

Save each month

If you qualify for SNAP, Medicaid, or other social assistance programs, you are probably eligible for the “Lifeline” Financial Assistance. Should you be approved you’ll save $9.25 on your bill each month.

Handset Selection

Taking a look at the current lineup of phones offered through Walmart Family Mobile we find familiar names from brands like LG, Samsung, and HTC. Dig deeper and there are also devices from the likes of Alcatel and ZTE, too.

The selection itself is a mixed bag, but it does tend to skew more toward affordability versus power. With that said, there’s nothing wrong with what’s available and some of the phones were once top-tier flagships not that long ago.

Don’t forget, you can also bring your own GSM phone so be sure to look around at places like Amazon, B&H, or Best Buy. You may find something better or more in line with your needs.

SIM Card kits are available in both standard/micro and nano packages. Typical retail pricing is $25 for those; however, they are often discounted. As of today Walmart has them for just $.99 each.

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My Sprint Rewards launches with deals and discounts for Sprint subscribers

Sprint this week introduced its own rewards program which provides discounts and perks to subscribers. Called My Sprint Rewards, it’s a way of giving its customers goodies in the form of deals across a whole range of industries.

Available immediately to Sprint customers, the exclusive deals get started with a free large one-topping pizza from Papa John’s (while supplies last). To get rolling one simply needs download the Android or iOS app and enroll.

The rewards are valid any time and can be redeemed at the customer’s pace. This sets it apart from T-Mobile’s program T-Mobile Tuesdays.

Among the benefits expected from Sprint are discounted movie tickets and cash back. According to Sprint, customers can earn 3 percent to 20 percent cash back on select purchases. An all-inclusive trip for two the St. James’s Club, Morgan Bay in St. Lucia is also currently up for grabs.

Those who are already a Sprint customer can sign up for the My Sprint Rewards today.

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Google snaps up Fossil smartwatch tech in $40M deal

Google on Thursday announced a deal which sees it acquiring Fossil’s smartwatch technology and members of its research and development division. Worth around $40 million, the deal gives Google a dedicated team with hardware experience to work on its WearOS platform.

Does this mean that we’ll get a Pixel watch or Google Watch in the coming year? It’s hard to say, but it certainly makes sense. It’s not all that dissimilar from what Google did with HTC when it brought in a team to focus on the Pixel phone line.

According to Wareable, who exclusively learned of the deal, this stems from intellectual property related to a smartwatch technology that’s in development today. Stacy Burry, Google VP of Product Management, says that the new tech will make its way into the overall ecosystem. In other words, it won’t be exclusive to Fossil.

Fossil produces not only Wear OS watches, of course, but traditional analog wearables and hybrid devices, too. Blending smartwatches with more standard timepieces, they often feature activity tracking and other features. Perhaps whatever Fossil was working one fell into this area.


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Google’s WearOS has evolved quite nicely over the years and looks nothing like what it did upon launch when it was known as Android Wear. At the same time, many of the brands who were quick to adopt Android Wear were smartphone OEMs. It’s only the last few years where we’ve see the space shift to largely become dominated by longstanding watch makers.

Despite all of these changes in wearables, Wear OS has yet to truly hit its stride or have a runaway hit. Perhaps bringing things a little more into the Google fold could be the recipe for success.

The deal is expected to be wrapped up this month.

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Teach yourself the secrets of Machine Learning for only $49

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For only $49, you can teach yourself all about Machine Learning. Typically priced almost $450, you can save some 89 percent on the kit. What’s included? How about nearly 300 lessons spread over 50 hours. Best of all, you’ll have lifetime access to all of the tools; streaming and accessibility done through web or mobile.

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