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Nixplay Smart Photo Frame review

The Nixplay Smart Photo Frame, available in a variety of sizes, is a Wi-Fi digital picture frame that displays your favorite images. Similar to traditional picture frames you can hang it on a wall or prop it up on a table. Unlike the one on your grandmother’s wall, it can cycle through more than 2,000 pictures.This is the sort of product you’d gift to parents and grandparents as you can send photos or playlists directly to them. Additionally, it might be a good product for new parents, newlyweds, or college students who might want to keep an eye on things back home. It works just as well to give one of these to someone as it would be to receive on.There are a different sizes and finishes available so it ought to be no problem finding the right fit for your home. And because of its flexibility, you can move it to different rooms or environments without hassle.The 10.1-inch version features a 1280 x 800 HD image that’s bright, easy to see from a variety of angles, and works in both landscape and portrait orientation. As one might expect from a device like this in 2020, there is support for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.The built-in motion sensor is able to identify whether there are people in the room which means it automatically turns itself off.Configuration and SetupSetting up the Nixplay Frame includes creating an account, pairing your frame to it, and adding photos. Using the mobile app you can manually add photos, but we found it easier to manage it from the website.Once logged in, you can pair your social media accounts with their respective library or albums. That includes Google Photos, Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, Flickr, and Verizon Cloud.It’s also in this dashboard where you can set up timers to turn on and off the frame. Additionally, you can shuffle the playlist, opt to display a clock, adjust the transitions between photos, and more.If you’re purchasing one of these for a family member or friend, you’ll be able to set it all up and essentially make it a turn-key gift. All you’ll have to do is set it on the right Wi-Fi network.We appreciate that you can make as many adjustments that you can, especially to keep things updated. There’s no need to insert a microSD card or plug into the frame. Anything done in the cloud is automatically updated.As for the Google Assistant stuff, it’s more or less just being able to turn the frame on and off using your voice. It’s handy, but not necessary. Amazon Alexa appears to have a little deeper integration with options to pull up specific playlists. 1 of 4 The viewing angles on the frame are really good and we found it to provide sharp color and high contrast. Some of the transitions do feel a tad dated, however, they are quick. Fortunately, you can opt for longer delays between changing and decide which transition you want.Where to BuyYou can learn more about the Nixplay Smart Photo Frame at the company’s official website. There, you’ll find it available to purchase for about $180. A limited time discount sees the company taking $27 off, bringing the total to just $153.There are also other sizes to choose from, ranging from 9.7-inches up to 15.6-inches. From the looks of it, there are often chances to save on your frame. Be it centered around a holiday or just an instant discount, it pays to look.

Check out this Android charging cable super pack, just $16

While USB Type-C might be taking off as the new standard, there are plenty of products that still rely on microUSB. Take a look at some of your favorite gadgets around the house; we bet a lot of them still have microUSB ports.Chances are pretty high that you’ve either misplaced a cable or two along the way or worn them out. If it’s time for new charging cables, consider the Android Charging Cable Super Pack. Just $15.95 right now, it’s a four pack of microUSB cables in three different sizes: 3ft, 6ft, and 10ft.These braided cables are strong and won’t tangle any time soon so feel free to throw them in a bag or backpack. Moreover, they’re stylish, too, and come in your choice of silver, pink, or gold.Charge & sync data simultaneouslyGet 4 cables of different lengths, plus a keychain charger3′ x 16′ x 210′ x1Compatible w/ all devices with a micro USB portCharge iPhones w/ included Android/Lightning keychain cableOrder YoursIn addition to the four cables you’ll also receive a keychain that provides charging capability to microUSB devices and iPhones. Yep, all of that for just $16 today. Swing over to the AndroidGuys Deals Store and choose the color that speaks to you.Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

Social Distancing Bundle: Lifetime access to Rosetta Stone, VPN, and more

In today’s climate we find ourselves working from home and often staying away from others. We’re changing habits in both personal and professional settings as we grapple with the “new normal.”Some of us find that we have more free time because we’re not going out as often. What do you do with your evenings, weekends, or spare moments? Why not use it to learn new languages or become versed in various topics?The Social Distancing Lifetime Subscription Bundle, available in the AndroidGuys Deals Store for $199, is the well-rounded kit that you never knew you needed.Included in the bundle are lifetime subscriptions to Rosetta Stone, 12min books, and KeepSolid VPN. It’s everything you need to master up to 24 languages, immerse yourself in new fields, and stay safe in the process.12min Premium Micro Book Library: Lifetime SubscriptionNot enough hours in the day to get through your reading list? You’ll only need 12 minutes to finish your next book with 12min! This innovative platform gives you access to hundreds of micro books in text and narrative form for you to absorb in just 12 minutes each. Every month, you’ll get 30 new titles so you can keep learning new things well into the future.Rosetta Stone Unlimited Access: Lifetime Subscription (24 Languages)If your dream is to master a foreign language, there’s no better teacher than Rosetta Stone. With its intuitive, immersive training method, Rosetta Stone will have you reading, writing, and speaking new languages like a natural in no time. You’ll start by matching words with images just like when you learned your native language as a child. Then you’ll move onto interactive lessons where speech recognition technology works to evaluate and improve your accent with instant feedback.KeepSolid VPN Unlimited: Lifetime SubscriptionWhether you’re using a private internet connection or public Wi-Fi, your online privacy and security is far from guaranteed. With top-rated solution VPN Unlimited, you can regain control over your digital life with full security and anonymity online. There are no speed or bandwidth limits, so you’ll still enjoy full browsing speeds, without the dangers of leaving your data exposed or the geographic restrictions set on certain websites abroad.Buy the Bundle!Valued at more than $800 for the whole bundle, you can purchase it from the AG Deals Store for just $199. They’re all three yours for as long as you live.Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon Wear 4100 and 4100+

Two years after the release of the Snapdragon Wear 3100, Qualcomm has decided to release two new processors, the Wear and Wear 4100+The focus of the announcement was the Snapdragon Wear 4100+, and for good reason, as the Wear 4100+ is the only one of the two certified for Wear OS. Here are some of the key improvements in the Wear 4100+:Sleep trackingLive ComplicationsConstant heart rate monitoringImproved Sports ModeSmarter Watch ModeBluetooth 5Upgraded 4G LTEIncrease in number of colors on display With the announcement of the Wear 4100 comes the race to be the first to adopt it, and that race has been won by imoo and Mobvoi. imoo is a manufacturer of smartwatches for children, and their newest release, called the Z6 Ultra, will feature the 4100.Mobvoi, on the other hand, needs little introduction to readers of this site. Producer of the TicWatch, Mobvoi will be putting out the TicWatch Pro 3 featuring the Wear 4100 at the end of the year.The Snapdragon Wear 4100+ brings the ability for a much improved Wear OS experience, though Google has quite a large hole to dig itself out of it with users.  

Polar adds Unite fitness watch to its lineup

Polar is one of the most recognizable companies out there when it comes to fitness tech. When I was a strength & conditioning coach I highly advocated for their heart rate monitors. Plain and simple, they were accurate. When dealing with anything that helps monitor your health accuracy is key.The Polar Unite is the newest fitness watch from Polar that combines world class features and technology into a simple, stylish product that can be worn 24/7. This is definitely more than just a heart rate monitor and considerably more than “just a watch”.Part of those features start with FitSpark. To put is very simply FitSpark is a training guide. If you’re just starting on your fitness journey (congratulations by the way), FitSpark will recommend a workout plan for you and provide animated instructions to help you through it.For the gym rat, FitSpark will help keep you from that dreaded “plateau” by recommending differing workouts to keep your body guessing. Not only that, it will help keep you from over-training (yes, it’s real) and regressing in your progress.FitSpark keeps the recommendations personalized by taking into consideration your sleep, recovery, fitness level, and training history. All of this is available in the watch, so you don’t have to fumble with your phone.Weighing in at only 32 grams, it’s light enough to be worn comfortably even while you sleep. This isn’t just a fitness watch, the Polar Unite can display notifications from your smartphone as well. You should be able to expect up to 4 days battery life in watch mode, and up to 50 hours in training mode with GPS connected.Other Polar Unite FeaturesNightly Recharge – measures your autonomic nervous system (ANS) recovery to give you insight into how well your body has recoveredSerene – will help you relax with guided breathing exercisesSmart Calories – helps keep track of calories burned, and can track your total calories for the day to help keep your diet in checkThe Polar Unite is available today at a retail price of $149.95 and comes in your choice of black, white, pink, or blue bands. Small, medium, and large bands are included in the package so you don’t have to worry about ordering the right size for your wrist.

Poco F2 Pro Review

Android has become the lion share of the smartphone market. The operating system is literally the biggest software project in the world and is installed on over 2.5 billion devices globally. With that, there always seems to be new competition from numerous companies. One such company is Poco, and its latest is the flagship F2 Pro.With the F2 Pro, Poco wants to find a balance between market price and premium experience. This is not an unfamiliar story previously portrayed by OnePlus, Nokia, and Motorola in the past. Even so, let’s take a deep dive into the F2 Pro to see how well it finds that middle ground for consumers.DesignThe industrial build of the Poco F2 Pro is strikingly good. If you stripped the branding, you could easily convince me this was built by Samsung or LG. Honestly, the overall design to me is like the OnePlus 7T and 7 Pro from last year had a baby. You have the slide up camera (more on this later) and similar lines of the 7 Pro and the back circular camera and flat screen of the 7T. – neither of which is a bad thing.A quick Google search will also show more similarities to OnePlus in that the Poco brand is a direct competitor to OnePlus and is actually a sub-brand of Redmi. OnePlus is a sub-brand of Oppo in China. The F2 Pro is heavily based on the Redmi K30 Pro.The right side of the F2 Pro is flanked by the volume rocker and a metallic red power button. As a Pixel owner, I’m always fond of a colored power button. The left side is completely void of any buttons.Atop the F2 Pro, you have the motorized camera housing and an almost retro 3.5mm headphone jack. Flip the phone upside down and you see one down-firing speaker, the SIM tray, and the USB-C power port.SpecificationsInternally, the Poco F2 Pro is well-powered without overkill. It has a Qualcomm 865 processor, Adreno 650 GPU, and 6GB of RAM. Pair that with 128GB of onboard storage and you are ready for almost any mobile task.The screen is a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with 2,400 x 1,080 resolution. Both the front and back glass are Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and should be able to take a normal regimen of punishment. The refresh rate of the screen is sadly only 60Hz. In the new age of 90Hz-120Hz it’s worth a mention, but not a deal-breaker.I should also note that the Poco F2 Pro does have 5G support, but due to the lack of local options, I was unable to test this feature. Verizon was not an option with the internal radios, but T-Mobile performed well in my time with the phone.What’s omitted? There’s not an official IP rating for water and dust resistance. This is most likely done to lower expenses as the certification process is a paid license.The other missing feature is wireless charging. I’m in the camp that almost any phone above $500 should have this feature.Software and PerformanceThe software on the F2 Pro is a mixed bag for me. While at first glance it looks crisp and colorful, it slowly started to frustrate me. It comes installed with MIUI and adds layers and layers of menus, swipes, and system options that just don’t need to be there. The overlay reminds me of Samsung from a few years back in that it’s just overkill.I get that other people love Samsung, but it hurts the end-users experience when they can’t pick up two phones running Android and have them act the same way. I long for a world where changing phones due to a multitude of reasons such as money, availability, or carriers doesn’t lead users to being lost for weeks in a new UI. 1 of 6 I had very few issues in performance while using the Poco F2 Pro, however. The phone is snappy and performed very well in normal tasks. I saw no lag or stutter in multi-view or switching between apps.The only hiccups I have are that I struggled to find any way to interact with a notification from the lock screen and the notification shade didn’t always want slide down on the first try when using the swipe down gesture on the home screen.My final issue would be the embedded fingerprint sensor on the display. It’s not good. Yes, it will open the phone… eventually. And only most of the time on the first try.This tech still needs to be further brewed on most phones I’ve used with this option, but the Poco is behind in most regards to its peers here.CamerasLet’s start with the rock star of this section: the motorized selfie camera. While it’s the camera I will use the least, it’s the more impressive one. The mechanical engineering around hiding the camera is something that just makes me smile.Being able to tuck away and save screen real estate without notches or pinholes is amazing. And then you throw in the “whoa” factor of having it pop up like submarine periscope is just nerd candy.How does it work? It’s fine. It takes self-absorbed pictures just waiting to be shared on social media. It’s perfectly serviceable.On the flip side, you see a blacked-out circular camera housing four sensors. The main camera lens is a 64-megapixel shooter. This Sony sensor takes pretty good photos. I’d put the standard shots above say a Moto phone but still behind Samsung, Apple, and Google.Portrait mode is also better than average. This mainly due to the fourth sensor being dedicated specifically to depth with 2-megapixels. Images result in a good, sharp photo with nice edge detection and blurring.The macro camera on the Poco is much like most macro cameras in that it works. None that I’ve used have been great and many just… frankly seem like a gimmick. You can take super zoomed-in photos, but most are not great and don’t add much value.The ultra-wide 13-megapixel camera, on the other hand, gave great results that made me wish it were on more phones. Being able to shift from normal to a much wider focus was much more enjoyable than I thought it would be. The resulting photos also didn’t seem to be washed out or over-processed. 1 of 4 Normal camera Ultra-wide Normal camera Ultra-wide Battery lifeThis is one place the Poco F2 Pro excels. With a 4,700mAh power pack, the F2 Pro gave me a full day’s battery life without fail. Some days of less heavy usage, I could get almost two full days before needing to top off the tank.When you do need to reach for a cable there’s a 33-watt charger included in the box. This is great news as the F2 Pro supports fast-charging up to 30-watts. Smart power delivery has seen a nice evolution in recent years, and having quick charging options is a must-have feature in today’s top phones.ConclusionI really like most things about the Poco F2 Pro. It has good hardware, better than average cameras, and a great screen.Unfortunately, I think smartphone users fall under two camps: hardware people and software people. There are shades in between and I fall under the latter of needing software to be a much larger proportion of my experience pie.Despite my reservations, I think many people will find the $529 price tag to be about right. It’s a good alternative to what OnePlus and Moto provide.You can purchase through many avenues, but the most widely available one is Amazon. The F2 Pro can be purchased in Cyber Grey, Electric Purple, Neon Blue, and Phantom White.

Just $49.99, the TUNAI Wand adds Bluetooth to your TV, Xbox, PS4, and more

Let’s face it, TV speakers sound better than ever. And there are sound bars, wireless speakers, and other ways to enjoy audio content, and they get cooler with each generation. But, sometimes we need to keep things quiet.Let’s say you’re wanting to get in some time on the PlayStation or a few episodes of your favorite Netflix series. The problem? It’s 1AM and your house is otherwise quiet. You can’t really immerse yourself into things because it will wake the family or roommates.The TUNAI Wand, on sale for just $49.99 right now, is the solution. It’s a small device that connects directly to your TV or game console and broadcasts a Bluetooth signal. Powered by USB, it transmits up to 150 feet and allows for two connections at once.This low-latency device is perfect for playing your Xbox and PlayStation, or watching TV without distraction. And without distracting others in the process, too.TUNAI WandUpgrades your TV, game consoles, home stereo into Bluetooth devicesaptX Low Latency Support prevents lags & lip-sync delaysUSB-powered so you won’t have to worry about battery running outAllows connection within 150ft wireless rangeConnects up to 2 sets of headphones; share the fun w/ family/friendsOne of the few Bluetooth transmitters on the market that supports aptX Low Latency for two Bluetooth devices at the same timeBuy Yours Today!Purchase your TUNAI Wand from the AndroidGuys Deals Store for just $49.99 right now, and take advantage of the limited-time discount.Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

Boost Mobile Buyer’s Guide

Just about everyone knows the names of the “Big Four” top-tier wireless service providers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. But, for every one of these major network operators there are a number of others with their own rates, customer service, and phone selection.These prepaid Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) license towers from the big names in the space.Let’s take a closer look at Boost Mobile and learn about it the brand, its rates, and features.About Boost MobileBoost Mobile operates in the United States as a Sprint subsidiary and utilizes the tier-one carrier’s CDMA/LTE network for coverage. It offers pre-paid rate plans which means no long term contracts or obligations.Taxes and fees are included and include unlimited talk, text, and data. Additionally, the come with mobile hotspot capabilities and unlimited music streaming.What deals does Boost offer? Boost Mobile offers a four-line rate plan for $100 when switching from another carrier. Each line gets unlimited data, talk, and text and provides for up to 1GB of hotspot.Which major prepaid carrier has the best $40 rate plan?What are Boost’s rate plans?Boost does not charge for going over your allotted data and taxes are included in the cost. Each plan comes with unlimited data, but only a set amount of it is high speed.$35/month: Unlimited talk, text and 3GB of high-speed data$50/month: Unlimited talk, text, and high-speed data w/ 12GB hotspot$60/month: Unlimited talk, text, and high-speed data w/ 30GB hotspotAlthough Boost offers three plans with “unlimited” data there are differences between each. Consumers can choose the option that works best for video and music, international calling, and customer service needs. For instance, some may not care whether video is streamed at 1080p or if audio is at 1.5Mbps.SEE: How to unlock your Sprint phoneCan I do multiple line accounts at Boost Mobile?Customers interested in family plans or multiple lines can do so with discounted pricing. As of today Boost Mobile offers a $20 discount when adding a line to one of the unlimited plans.There are currently two rate plans which offer Boost subscribers unlimited data, one for three-line accounts and one for four lines.Other Boost features and offeringsBoost Mobile provides a handful of extras (Boost Extras) to its customers, most of which can pair with the various rate plans. Details include international calling, extra data, HD video streaming, and phone insurance.Boost Mobile offers a $25 referral credit for anyone you have sign up for its service. Both get an account credit once your friend activates, pays for an eligible monthly plan and registers their new number.A Boost Perks mobile app lets customers save money with partner brands such as AMC, Papa John’s Sams’s Club, Costco, and others.What phones does Boost offer?Take a peek at the current lineup of Android phones offered through Boost and you’ll find familiar names from brands like LG, Samsung, and Motorola. There are also devices from the likes of Coolpad, ZTE, and Wiko, too.As we often see with a lot of prepaid providers, phone selection is a mixed bag, leaning more more toward affordability as opposed to performance. With that said, we do recognize there are some incredibly robust and current models, including the Samsung Galaxy S10e.For those looking to save money there are also a handful devices which are certified pre-owned, meaning that although they were once used by someone else, they come with a guarantee/warranty.Can I use my own phone with Boost Mobile?You can often use your current CDMA phone, especially if it was previously paired with Sprint. Head to Boost’s website to check whether your specific model is supported. Also, we’re seeing a growing trend of unlocked phones with support for Sprint/Boost bands.

mophie and InvisibleShield Announce UV Sanitizer Solutions

I think we can all agree that being ‘clean’ has sort of taken on a whole new meaning over the last few months. As we all continue to find our way through fighting a global pandemic, we also have to make sure the things we touch daily are clean. The obvious things come to mind; light switches, door knobs, your hands. One thing that I don’t think many people think about are their phones.We all touch our phones many, many times per day, just the same as our door knobs and light switches. However, we wash our hands and grab our bacteria filled smartphones.Think about this: The Center for Disease Control estimates that 80% of common infections are transmitted by hands, while another study found an 82% overlap between bacteria on test subjects’ fingers and their phones. Yeah, that’s kind of gross.Two trusted brands in the tech world have introduced a way to help with cleaning your smartphone.InvisibleShieldInvisibleShield, who you probably know from the screen protector on your phone, has introduced its UV sanitizer.It uses UV-C bulbs to kill up to 99.99% of all surface bacteria, not only on your smartphone, but it will also kill bacteria on your keys, earbuds, and any other non-porous objects you can fit in it.To make things even more convenient, it is powered by a USB-C cable (included). The InvisibleShield UV Sanitizer is available for $60.mophieAnother company that you’ve probably heard of, mophie, has its own UV Santizer on the market, too.Mophie does mophie things with their version, and took it up a notch. It provides the same bacteria killing power as the InvisibleShield version, while also adding 10W wireless charging. Indeed, you can charge a Qi compatible device while sanitizing something else.It is powered via the included micro USB cable and it does cost a bit more than the InvisibleShield version. The mophie UV Sanitizer with wireless charging, for its part, costs about $80.

Grab a 3-pack of 10ft braided USB-C cables for just $22 today

While today’s phone batteries last much longer than they have in the past we still have to charge them up. Whether that means once a night while sleeping, or the occasional top-off over lunch, we appreciate having cables and chargers within reach. And we can always do with more cables.We have a great offer in our store today — a 3-pack of 10ft nylon braided USB-C cables. Available in six different color choices, they’re yours for just $21.99.Not only are these cables long at ten feet, they’re durable, too. Best of all, they won’t get all tangled up.Durable braided nylon design doesn’t tangle easily10ft long so you can comfortably access your device from a convenient distanceFast charges most Android phones, tablets & other USB-C devicesHigh performance w/ fast charging & overheating/overcurrent protectionHeavy duty cable that resists pet chewing, kinking, tangling, & extreme temperatureBuy Yours Today!Head over to the AndroidGuys Deals Store today and pick up your cables for $21.99. Choose from black, red, silver blue, pink, orange, and green options.Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

Otterbox releases new portfolio of power products

Otterbox, easily the industry standard for mobile phone protection, has decided to make a foray into the world of mobile device power with their new range of products.The entire range is as durable as you’d expect any Otterbox product to be, and is also enabled with fast charging. Here’s some of the new products:Fast Charge Power Bank This durable battery pack supports a variety of fast charging standards with a max output of 18W per port. The battery pack can be recharged via the included USB-A to USB-C cable.The Fast Charge Power Bank is available in 10,000, 15,000, and 20,000mAh sizes, ranging from around two to four recharge cycles for a modern smartphone, and costs between $34.95 and $54.95 depending on the size you choose.Fast Charge Qi Wireless Power BankLike the Fast Charge Power Bank, the Qi Wireless Bank includes up to 18W charging per port, but this bank comes with the added bonus of 10W Qi Wireless Charging.The Fast Charge Qi Wireless Power Bank includes a USB-A to USB-C cable and comes in either a 10,000 or 15,000mAh capacity, priced at $39.95 and $49.95, respectively.Mobile Charging KitFor even higher portability, look no further than the Mobile Charging Kit, which includes a slim 5,000mAh power bank and a 3-in-1 cable with microUSB and USB-C and Lightning Adapters.The whole kit costs $34.95Home Wall Charging Kit(Lightning to USB-C and USB-C to USB-C)This durable wall charger with an included 1 meter cable features up to an 18W output. The cable itself has been bend/flex-tested 3,000 times.The Wall Charging Kit will run you $39.95, regardless of whether you go with the Lightning or USB-C cable.Car Charging RangeThis range includes the choice of four different kits, with two fast charging optionsThe two fast charging car chargers come with a single 18W USB-C output and include either a USB-C to Lightning cable or USB-C to USB-C cable, both priced at $34.95. You can buy all of these products starting today, as well as view the whole range of products at Otterbox. 

Android 11 Developer Preview for Android TV released

Google announced their updated plans for Android 11 in May and released the first Android 11 Beta earlier this month on June 11.Now, they have released the Android 11 Developer Preview for Android TV with new privacy, performance, accessibility and connectivity improvements.How to get started with the Android 11 Developer PreviewA developer preview allows developers to update their apps and respond to any breaking changes prior to the official release of the new Android Version.All Android TV developers should have the ADT-3 Developer Kit, available here for $79.00. The ADT-3 is a complete, stable, certified example of an Android TV device and is therefore the most suitable to develop on. Once one has the ADT-3, they can start running the Android 11 Developer Preview with the following steps:Developers can download the system image here. They should then unzip the filePlug in the ADT-3 and enable developer options. Make sure your computer has the latest version of fastboot, which can be downloaded hereRun the flash-all shell script to manually update the ADT-3 device to Android 11Profit

For a mere $17 the LOFT gives your Google Home an 8-hour battery

We recently ran a promotion in for a product in the AndroidGuys Deals Store which gives a first-generation Google Home Mini an 8-hour battery. Indeed, it takes your otherwise stationary speaker and makes it into a portable, pint-size podcast player.Today we’re back to showcase a similar product, this time being a battery case that you can connect to your Google Home. Called the LOFT Battery Base, it makes your favorite connected speaker into a portable one.Simply slide your Google Home into top the top of the LOFT and you’re good to go. There’s a built-in battery that holds up to eight hours of playback and it charges up using the same cord you already have in place.Priced only $16.99, the LOFT is a simple and practical accessory for the Google Home. It’s a great way to get your beloved smart speaker out onto the back deck, patio, or front porch. Choose from three color options (Snow, Carbon, Copper) to match your decor or tastes.LOFT Features4,200mAh battery lets you enjoy up to 8 hours of portabilitySlide on magnetic connect for easy assemblyBeautiful metal grill finish perfectly matches your desk & room decor4 LED indicates how much power is leftUses the Google home power supply to charge baseOrder Now!Grab your LOFT Battery Base for your Google Home today, while it’s on sale for just $16.99.Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

Get yourself Six Sigma certified with this $29.99 bundle

Whether you or your business wants to build better software, assemble a more streamlined organization, or simply get exciting new projects off the ground, it takes a deep understanding of project management. Anyone can be an “idea guy” but few are able to execute.Our Deals Store is offering a four-course bundle of training aimed at educating in the space of management, organization, goal setting, and production. Called the Ultimate Six Sigma Black Belt Certification Bundle, it’s just $29.99 right now.Systematically Convert Customer Needs to Process Requirements In 7 Easy StepsUnderstand Why You’d Want to Get Your Black Belt Cert & What It Can Give YouIdentify Root Causes Using Graphical & Statistical TechniquesComplete Your Black Belt Journey & Get CertifiedWith more than 180 lessons spread across four courses, the bundle includes slides, presentations, and other tools to take you from beginner to advanced levels of knowledge.Access training over desktop or mobile, anywhere you happen to be. And because it’s a lifetime license, you can chip away at it on your own time. When finished, you’ll have certification you can share with current and future employers.Where to BuyThe Ultimate Six Sigma Black Belt Certification Bundle can be yours for just $29.99. At 96% off its overall value, this is a proverbial drop in the bucket for a new career path. For the price of a Sunday brunch you can prep for a new or accelerated career path!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.Save 97%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!

How to download YouTube playlists and entire channels with 4K Video Downloader

With so many apps promising to download YouTube videos with the highest quality available, it’s quite challenging to choose the best one. Yet, it is not impossible to do; you just have to search more thoroughly.4K Video Downloader is one of the apps, which saves any YouTube videos, playlists, entire channels and even subtitles in any video format and with the highest quality supplied by YouTube itself.4K Video Downloader enables you to enjoy video and audio content offline with no Internet connection. How does it work? Let’s dive deeper into the stunning functionality of the app.What is 4K Video DownloaderThe 4K Video downloader software is a desktop tool compatible with Windows, macOS and Ubuntu.With this tool, you can:Download YouTube videos, playlists, and channels in MP4, FLV, MKV or 3GP.Extract subtitles from YouTube in the .srt format and select them from over 50 languages.Download your Watch Later playlist, Liked videos YouTube Mix, and your private playlists after logging in with the Google account.Save videos in 4K and 8K resolutions.Download TikTok videos.Download Like videos and channels.Download videos from SoundCloud, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Flickr, Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitch.Download 3D and 360° videos from YouTube.Convert videos into audios without quality loss in M4A, MP3 or OGG.Turn on Smart Mode to save the desired setting for all further downloads.4K Video Downloader operates amazingly straightforwardly: you just need to copy the link from your browser and click ‘Paste the link’ within the app. As the program name implies, you can download videos in HD 720p, HD 1080p and 4K quality, but it supports up to 8K.If you need a smaller file that takes up as little space as possible, it’s not a problem, either. 4K Video Downloader also allows you to save videos in low, standard and high definition.Within the app, you can also subscribe to YouTube channels, and the newly uploaded videos will be downloaded on your PC automatically. Yet, this feature is only available to the Premium users.Let’s dig deeper into some of the 4K Video Downloader functionalities.How to download YouTube playlists with 4K Video DownloaderDownloading of a YouTube playlist with 4K Video Downloader is very simple. You just need to take these six steps:Download and install the app from the official website. It’s completely free.Open the playlist you want to download on YouTube.Copy the playlist URL.Click on ‘Paste the link’ inside 4K Video Downloader.Choose your preferred resolution, format and output path.Download the playlist.That simple! When the video is downloaded, you can open it in your default player.4K Video Downloader pricingThe app has a free version which is perfect for trying out the outstanding functionality of the software. With a free tier, you can download playlists and channels which contain not more than 25 videos or download only 25 first videos in a bigger playlist or channel.As a free user, you also won’t be able to subscribe to YouTube channels within the app and have new videos saved on your device automatically.However, the free version of the tool has all the basic features: downloading videos, small playlists, channels, subtitles, converting videos to audio, and save video content from all other supported websites.If you want to get rid of these limitations, you can upgrade to one of the paid plans and buy Personal or Business license. This is a one-time payment which does not recur monthly nor annually. Personal license costs $15 and offers in-app channels subscription, unlimited playlists, channels and subtitles download, has no advertisements and is available to use on 3 computers simultaneously.Business license costs $75 and, additionally to all the Personal tier provides, it’s available for 5 computers and has more control and support.Download and try 4K Video Downloader for free now!EDITOR NOTE: This is a promoted post and should not be viewed as an editorial endorsement.

Just $74.99, the Kami 1080P Wire-Free camera lets you monitor your home

Security cameras for the home aren’t exactly new concept, but Wi-Fi connected models are becoming increasingly popular. Moreover, they are also getting less expensive, too. It does not cost all that much to outfit your home or office with cameras to keep an eye on things.Our Deals Store is currently offering the Kami 1080P Wire-Free Indoor/Outdoor Home Camera Kit, a unit capable of capturing, and recording video in panoramic fashion. Normally priced at around $120, we’re able to give AndroidGuys readers a steep 37-percent discount. That’s right, you can pick one up for only $74.99 right now.AboutPowered by a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, this camera is completely wireless. It features a clear 1080p resolution, enhanced night vision, panoramic 140° view, two-way audio, and accurate push alerts for optimal surveillance. Once fully charged, it can record for a whole month or up to 2,800 alert triggers. It comes with a free 6-month, 7-day cloud service via Kami or YI Home app to keep all your footage safe and encrypted.FeaturesSee crystal clear images w/ this high resolution 1080P security camera, even in low lighting conditionsEnjoy panoramic views spanning over 140° degrees at Full HD 1920×1080 quality resolutionHave a 2-way conversation or ward off unwanted guest w/ the built-in speaker & micGet accurate push alerts when motion or abnormal sound is detectedInstall the camera indoors or outdoors thanks to its IP65 rated water resistanceWhere to BuyYou can purchase the Kami 1080P Wire-Free Indoor/Outdoor Home Camera Kit through the AndroidGuys Deals Store for just $74.99. Hurry up and take advantage of the discount before it ends.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!

Panasonic announces TOUGHBOOK A3 Android Tablet

Panasonic has been working on their TOUGHBOOK line since 2011, wanting to bring enterprise-grade Android solutions to the market.Today, Panasonic announced their newest addition to the line, the TOUGHBOOK A3, a rugged 10.1 inch Android tablet.The TOUGHBOOK A3 features some of the following:A 10.1″ 800 nit screenAbility to be used in the rain or with glovesA 6 foot drop ratingIP65 certification4G LTE and FirstNet connectivity9-hour dual hot swappable batteryOptional barcode readerInsertable smart card readerInsertable stylusThe TOUGHBOOK A3 in use in a Fire DepartmentIn addition, Panasonic announced the productivity+ suite which is a set of software solutions through which you can rewrite applications, configure devices, or define user access on Android devices. Deploying with productivity+ allows IT managers to seamlessly configure devices and users to operate their devices securely to protect sensitive or proprietary data.

Verizon prepaid brings discounts to loyal customers with new plans

Verizon has decided to bring discounts to loyal prepaid customers, with customers getting up to $15 off a month after 9 months with prepaid.All Verizon prepaid plans include 4G LTE data, unlimited Talk & Text within the US and unlimited Text to 200 locations internationally, and DVD-quality streaming. In addition, the Unlimited plan now also includes Unlimited Talk, Text, and Data to Mexico & Canada, with the option to add Mobile Hotspot for an additional $5/month.Below is the breakdown of the pricing of Verizon prepaid, including how your bill will change over time. The first discount will be $5/off a month when you sign up for Auto Pay after the first month, with the second  and third $5/month discount coming after month 3 and month 9.You can sign up for these plans here and read the full press release here.If you’re looking to guidance as to the sorts of devices you can get through Verizon Prepaid, look at our guide that was done in January.

Blu’s entry-level G90 launches at just $100

Miami-based smartphone maker Blu on Wednesday introduced its latest phone, the entry-level G90. As the company’s first handset to run Android 10 out of the box, it’s also the brand’s first release of 2020.The G90 is a successor to 2019’s G9 which means it ought to be well-received by its target audience. The previous model is rated at higher than four stars over the last 12 months and is one of Amazon’s best selling smartphones.In addition to running the latest version of Android, the G90 offers up a larger display, and a triple-camera configuration.The Blu G90 features a 6.5-inch HD+ Infinity display, 4GB RAM, and 64GB internal storage. Should a user need more room for media or files, a microSD expansion card slot allows for up to 128GB space.The rear camera array consists of a 16-megapixel, 2-megapixel depth sensor, and 8-megapixel wide-angle (120 degree) camera. Around front is a 13-megapixel camera capable of 1080p HVD video at 30fps.Staying with the camera experience for a moment, the G90 has a number of interesting AI and smart features.Night Mode for low-light environments96MP Super Zoom 120 degrees Wide Angle ModeBeauty ModePanorama Selfie to capture beautiful backgroundsSlow MotionProfessional Camera ModeLive FiltersOther standout details include a fingerprint sensor, face unlocking, dual SIM slots, and a 4,000mAh battery capable of 10W quick charging via USB Type-C.As is the case with Blu’s lineup of phones, the G90 is unlocked and has support for T-Mobile, AT&T, and their respective MVNO brands.Pricing and AvailabilityThe Blu G90 will carry a standard retail price of $150, but a limited time launch promotion sees it selling for just $100. The Blu G90 is offered in Black and Blue color options through Amazon. White and Magenta variants are mentioned but we do not seem them available just yet.

Features to look for if you want the best smartphone monitoring app

Smartphone monitoring apps offer a vast range of features. Typically, most apps are designed either for use by parents or by employers. However, some apps have the flexibility for use in different scenarios. It is the list of features available with such apps that sets them apart from others. In this article, we will identify some of the top features that you should look out for when purchasing a smartphone monitoring app for Android. We will list these features and review one app we think offers the best available list of functions. Take note that any use of a smartphone monitoring app requires the consent of the other party, as not obtaining consent is illegal in most parts of the world.Top features to look forCall monitoringA smartphone monitoring app is next to useless without the ability to track telephone conversations. Look out for this feature and its associated sub-functions. Most apps typically provide access to call logs. This lists all calls made to and from the device. All incoming, outgoing, and missed calls are also marked with the date, time, and call duration. Call recording and call interception are other important sub-functions. With the former, you can record calls, while with call interception you can listen in on live calls. The call logs feature is useful for parents wishing to establish oversight into who their child is talking to. On the other hand, the call recording feature is suitable for office use, particularly in the customer support department. Remember; check the sub-features before you purchase any app.SMS, IM, Social media monitoringSmartphones have revolutionized the way we communicate. Combined with high-speed internet access, social media, instant messaging, and Voice over internet protocol (VOIP) apps have grown tremendously. Billions of users around the world now use these apps for socializing and entertainment. As such, a good smartphone monitoring app should be able to track the activity on popular platforms. These sets of features are particularly useful for parents because most adolescents now use such apps for communication, socializing, and entertainment. A parental monitoring app has no use if it does not offer this feature. Watch out for sub-features such as Spoof SMS and VoIP call tracking.GPS trackingMost smartphone monitoring apps offer some form of location tracking feature. However, do not be misled by claims about its effectiveness. This is because GPS tracking is a broad function and includes important sub-features as well. For example, you need to check if the app offers real-time location tracking or not. Many apps claim to offer GPS tracking but the location tracking is not done in real-time. Similarly, check if you can view the location history. Moreover, geofencing is an important sub-feature that many monitoring apps do not offer. It is a very useful feature that lets you mark locations on the map. The app can then detect the moment they enter or leave the geofenced area. Overall, it is a very useful feature for both parents and employers.Internet activity monitoringLike the previous feature, the internet activity monitoring function is also useful for both parents and employers. This set of features includes access to web browsing history, bookmarked pages, emails exchanged via different platforms, a content filtering system, and a website blocking tool. These are important sets of features that should not be overlooked. For example, employers can use the web browsing history to gauge the productivity of their employees. Similarly, they can use the monitoring app to stay abreast of all emails related to office work. On the other hand, parents can use these features to prevent their children from accessing inappropriate content online. The web browsing history showcases each visited website, so parents will know what their child is doing online.Remote control featuresThis is a pretty broad category because it is a generic term that refers to many different features. Features included in this category include remote app management, screen-time management, phone locking, phone data deletion, or phone surround recording. Moreover, some apps also offer to remotely control the camera of the device to record videos or take photos. However, we feel that this is a very intrusive function. At any rate, it is up to you to decide if you wish to use an app that includes these features. Be sure to check before buying any smartphone monitoring app for Android.Alert-based functionsThis is arguably the most important feature. This is because monitoring apps typically collect large amounts of data from the phone. Therefore, it can be quite difficult to access the right information at the right time. In other words, a large amount of information can be a bit of a hassle to go through. Moreover, you want information in a timely fashion too. You do not want to be in a situation where you are too late for intervention as this defeats the very purpose of a monitoring app. In short, make sure an alert-based feature is available with the app.Now that we have covered these features, let’s take a look at one of the top Android monitoring apps. We used the app for a while and checked out the features in practice to see how if it can be considered among the best.XNSPY monitoring appXNSPY has developed a strong reputation over the years because its developers continuously incorporated customer feedback into new versions. The latest version offers a sophisticated array of features, with the flexibility and affordability that is quite impressive.How much does it cost?Almost all monitoring apps work under a subscription-based model. XNSPY offers two different subscription packages to choose from. The basic version does not offer a full range of features but costs USD 4.99 per month. For full functionality, we recommend you opt for the premium version that costs USD 7.49 a month. This pricing makes it XNSPY a very affordable option as many other apps can run into hundreds of dollars!Is it compatible with my Android device?The app is probably compatible with the Android version installed on your phone. This is because it supports a broad range of versions. It can be installed on phones using Android versions 4.0 and above.Does it offer features that I need?As we previously mentioned, the app offers a solid range of features. However, let’s take a quick look at some of these features and evaluate whether they match what we discussed earlier.Call logsCall recordingSMS/MMSInstant messaging and social media apps such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Viber, Skype, Tinder, Line, and Kik.GPS trackingLocation historyGeofencingAccess to photos, videos, and audio files, along with calendar entriesWeb browsing historyBookmarked pagesAll emailsRemote Surround recordingRemote Phone lockRemote App view/blockingRemote phone data deletionRemote screenshotsInstant alerts that work on keywords. The app will notify you the moment it detects any activity related to a keyword you have added to the XNSPY list.How do I install and use the app?Visit the app’s official website and purchase a subscription package.You will receive an email that contains a URL to download the app, installation instructions, and your XNSPY control panel login/password.Open the URL on the phone you want to monitor and run the installation wizard. No further physical access to the phone is required.Wait for a day so the app can begin transferring data.Open the XNSPY website and log in to the control panel.Select the relevant Android device.Monitor all data and use phone control options through the menu bar on the left.Are there some pros and cons I should keep in mind?ProsHighly affordable.Live customer support.Sophisticated instant alerts function.ConsSome features may require rooting.No content filtering or website blocking tool.Highly intrusive call recording and surround recording features.Here is a quick summary of the app:EDITOR NOTE: This is a promoted post and should not be viewed as an editorial endorsement.

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