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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.

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.

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

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.

Mobvoi TicWatch C2+ announced with double the RAM

In 2018, Mobvoi announced the TicWatch C2, a watch that combined 2-day battery life and a classic design.Now, they’ve decided to give the watch a revamp, the TicWatch C2+ with 1 gigabyte of RAM and two watch straps, one leather and one silicon band. The C2+ also comes in new colors; Onyx, Platinum, and Rose Gold. TicWatch C2+ 1 of 3 Onyx Platinum Rose Gold Other than that, the TicWatch C2 and C2+ are essentially identical, with Wear OS, The Snapdragon Wear 2100, Bluetooth 4.1, and IP68 sweat and waterproofing.The TicWatch C2+ claims 1 to 1 and a half days of battery life, which is a slight decrease from the 2-day claims of the original C2The Mobvoi TicWatch C2+ is available for $209.99 right now at the Mobvoi website.

Chromebooks and Android tablets among Acer’s spring 2020 portfolio

Acer on Tuesday announced a number of new devices at its Global Press Conference, giving us a glimpse of its forthcoming product line. Key among the new items are rugged notebooks and tablets, Chromebooks, gaming PCs, notebooks, and more.The entire lineup is a rather robust one to be sure, but we’re going to focus on just a few of them here. With that said, we definitely recommend taking a deeper dive into the upcoming offerings.Chromebook Spin 713Acer has refreshed its Chromebook lineup with the stylish new Spin 713. The unit will contain Intel’s 10th generation processors, up to 16GB (DDR4) RAM, and 256GB SSD storage. According to Acer, the Spin 713 offers up to 10 hours of usage per charge. Chromebook Spin 713 1 of 9 The Chromebook Spin 713 has a 13.5-inch display with a 2256 x 1504 pixel resolution; the 3:2 aspect ratio allows for more vertical space than the more common 16:9 screens.Weighing in around three pounds, it has an aluminum chassis that’s strong enough to handle drops up to 48 inches. Further, Acer says it can withstand up to 132 pounds of force.Acer also announced a business-oriented Chromebook Enterprise Spin 713, which comes with Google’s Chrome Enterprise security solution.The Spin 713 will be available in North America starting in July with pricing that starts at $629. An Enterprise Spin 713 arrives in August which comes with Google’s Chrome Enterprise security solution. Its pricing will start at $1,099.Chromebook Spin 311A more budget-friendly experience, the Chromebook Spin 311 is designed with students and younger users in mind. Features here include 15 hour battery life, a Mediatek MT8183 processor, Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass HD touch display, an updated keyboard with concave keys, Bluetooth 4.2, a wide-angle webcam, and 802.11 ac 2×2 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi. Chromebook Spin 311 1 of 6 The Chromebook Spin 311 will retail for as low as $259.99 when it goes on sale in July.Enduro T1 Tablet (Android)Although it shares a name with a Windows-based model, this rugged tablet runs Android and features an 8-inch display. Designed with more of a retail or warehouse environment in mind, it’s MIL-STD 810G and IP54 certified, meaning it’ll take drops, dust, scuffs, spills, and other hazards in stride. Enduro T1 1 of 5 The tablet features programmable keys and can be paired with a range of optional accessories. Also noteworthy, it can be used while wearing gloves.Learn MoreTo learn more about these, and other new Acer products for 2020, head to the company’s website.

T-Mobile gives Sprint customers its T-Mobile Tuesdays perks

T-Mobile on Thursday announced that Sprint subscribers will soon be able to reap the benefits that come with the T-Mobile Tuesdays rewards program.Starting from June 23, Sprint customers can look forward to the weekly collection of free and discounted food, services, and items. Additionally, they’ll also be eligible to enter the giveaways and sweepstakes.According to T-Mobile, it has given away more than $900 million of free stuff in the four years it has offered the T-Mobile Tuesdays program.Looking ahead to this summer, subscribers can look forward to some $2 million in prizes, including a Tesla Model 3 and 20 Samsung Galaxy A71 5G phones.20 sweepstakes winners for Samsung Galaxy A71 5G$100,000 total in cash prizesTesla Model 3 and more50 Starbucks Stars for a free cup of coffee, tea or bakery itemFood every week with offers from Burger King, Popeyes, Baskin-Robbins and moreThree months of Postmates Unlimited for free deliveryUnlimited access to MyTelemedicine through the rest of the yearBoosted fuel savings from Shell and the Fuel Rewards program with $0.25 off per gallon for four weeksT-Mobile Swag including a free T-Mobile rainbow belt bag as part of the Un-carrier’s celebration of Pride on June 23rd and picked up at T-Mobile and Sprint retail stores

Qualcomm debuts Snapdragon 690 processor with 5G support

Qualcomm on Wednesday introduced its newest and most powerful 6-series Snapdragon processor for phones, the Snapdragon 690.Although it falls on the lower end of the spectrum for Qualcomm’s processors, it still features some noteworthy technical capabilities. For one, it offers sub-6 5G support, something previously found in the 700 and 800 series.Additional features for the Snapdragon 690 include support for 4K HDR video capture, 120Hz refresh rate for displays, dual Wi-Fi antennas, and Qualcomm’s Hexagon Tensor Accelerator (AI).According to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 690 has 20% better CPU performance as compared to its predecessor. Further, it has 60% faster graphics rendering, and 70% better AI performance.Rounding out the features, the new chipset also supports cameras up to 192 megapixels, Quick Charge 4+ charging, and Wi-Fi 6.As for devices with the new chip, we should look for announcements from Nokia, LG, Motorola, and TCL in the second half of 2020.

Verizon introduces the Lenovo Flex 5G, the first 5G Ultra-Wideband PC

Verizon launched their 5G network just over a year ago, allowing them to claim the title of “first commercial 5G network in the world that works with a 5G smartphone.”In May, Verizon announced the first phone built to be compatible with their 5G Ultra-Wideband network, the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G UW.Now, they’re taking another step with the first 5G Ultra-Wideband compatible laptop, the Lenovo Flex 5G.What is the Lenovo Flex 5G?The Lenovo Flex 5G is a 2-in-1 laptop with a 14″ wide-angle screen, Dolby Atmos® Audio and up to 24 hours of battery life, making it both insanely portable and insanely versatile for any use case. It supports 5G Ultra-Wideband and will support Verizon’s 5G low-band network when it launches later this year.The Flex 5G is based on the Qualcomm® Snapdragon 8cx 5G compute platform, which touts Quick Charge technology, HDR Playback, and support for dual 4K external displays.A 5G Speedtest was done on the Flex 5G to show that the device can break 2Gbps speed on the 5G Network.Here’s the first 5G speed test on the new @Lenovo Flex 5G, coming to @Verizon on June 18. Big props to Lenovo and @Qualcomm for designing a 2-in-1 laptop that consistently cracks 2Gbps when on 5G Ultra Wideband. pic.twitter.com/aCqzo1GAed— George Koroneos (@GLKCreative) June 16, 20205G Ultra Wideband connected device planTo complement the release of the Flex 5G, Verizon is introducing a 5G Ultra Wideband plan for connected devices, that includes the following:On 5G Ultra WidebandUnlimited 5G Ultra Wideband dataUnlimited 5G Ultra Wideband HotspotUnlimited 4K streaming videoOn 4G LTEUnlimited 4G LTE data with 15GB of premium dataUnlimited Hotspot with 15GB of 4G LTE data720p HD streaming videoFor consumers with an existing line, adding the 5G Ultra WIdeband connected device plan costs an additional $30/month. Without, the plan will run you $90/month.The Lenovo Flex 5G will be available starting June 18 for a retail price of $1,399.99, which can be broken down to 24 months of payments of $58.33. Those who purchase the Flex 5G will also be given one year of Microsoft 365 Personal.You can read the full announcement here.

RedMagic 5G Eclipse Black to be released globally with 12GB of RAM

ZTE’s sub-brand Nubia has been making overpowered Android phones at very low prices for a number of years. Recently, they have made a foray into the mobile gaming platform market with the RedMagic line, whose most recent addition is the RedMagic 5G.Nubia announced the RedMagic 5G on March 20th and said that a global launch would be coming soon. Now this has been confirmed, with a global launch today, June 16th and North American availability starting June 22.For a refresher, the RedMagic 5G has the following features:Snapdragon 8655G Network Compatibility6.65″ screen with a 144Hz refresh rateActive Liquid-CoolingShoulder Trigger buttonsA triple-camera rear array with a 64MP main sensor, an 8MP wide-angle sensor, and a 2MP micro sensor paired with an 8MP front cameraIn-display Fingerprint sensorRedMagic OS based on Android 104500mAh battery that can be replenished with 55W USB-C charging3.5mm headphone jack 1 of 3 The global model features 12 gigabytes of RAM and 128 gigabytes of storage and will only be available in Eclipse Black at a price of $599.

T-Mobile details launches for Samsung Galaxy A series

T-Mobile on Monday confirmed that it will soon offer multiple Samsung Galaxy A series phones across its various network brands. Indeed, T-Mobile, Metro, and Sprint will each carry different Samsung Galaxy a models this summer.The Samsung Galaxy A series is a lower cost approach to smartphones, providing consumers with the familiar brand and plenty of hardware, yet at lower prices. As more buyers tighten their budgets, the Galaxy A line becomes more appealing.First up will be the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G which arrives on June 19. For a limited time customers can save $300 on the phone when adding a line or switching to T-Mobile. Doing so drops the price in half; its full retail price is $600.The Galaxy A71 5G will be the least expensive 5G phone from T-Mobile yet, coming in some hundreds of dollars cheaper than other brands and models. At just $300 it will be far and away the cheapest way to get a 5G phone from T-Mobile.Sprint customers can also get the Galaxy A71 5G at a discount, too. Normally it will be priced $25 per month, but for a limited time it will be $0 down and just $15 per month.READ: Samsung serves up new Galaxy A phones for US, including 5G modelsKey specifications for the Galaxy A71 5G include a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display, four rear cameras, and 25W fast charging. Under the hood you’ll find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor, 128GB of storage (w/ up to 1TB via microSD), and 6GB RAM.Future ReleasesAs for the other Samsung Galaxy A series phones coming to T-Mobile and its brands, here’s a quick breakdown.T-MobileSamsung Galaxy A21 ($250) – June 26Samsung Galaxy A11  – later this summerSamsung Galaxy A51 5G – later this summerSprintSamsung Galaxy A21 ($250) – -June 26Samsung Galaxy A51 5G – later this summerMetroSamsung Galaxy A01 ($160) – June 22Samsung Galaxy A21 ($250) – June 29Samsung Galaxy A51 5G – later this summer

Pokemon Go Fest 2020 details and tickets now available

Niantic on Monday announced the full details for its upcoming annual Go Fest. Typically held in Chicago, things are much different for this year’s event.Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Pokemon Go Fest 2020 will be held wherever players reside. Indeed, the two-day event is a virtual one that lets players participate over the July 25-26 weekend – at home or in a local park.Tickets for this year’s even are $14.99 and allows access to both days. Both days will see festivities taking place from 10AM-8PM local time with a whole array of fun and interesting features.Niantic is pretty transparent about what to expect on Saturday but remains tight-lipped about the Sunday stuff.As we’ve seen in other events like Community Day and special research days, there will be  special and specific things that happen during the ten hour window.For instance, there will be five “rotating” habitats (fire, water, grass, battle, and friendship) with certain Pokemon that go along with the respective habitat’s theme. They’ll switch each hour and will have global challeneges.All players will work together to accomplish tasks and once they do, bonuses will go into effect for the remainder of the hour. A special website will be set up so players can track progress in real time.Trainers can expect to see more than 75 species of Pokemon in the wild, in raids, and by completing Special Research tasks. Niantic doesn’t say which we’re to look our for, but a recent conference call with them suggests regionals and more rare types are in order.Prior to the July 25-26 event Pokemon Go players can look forward to three weeks of weekly challenges. These Timed Research challenges will help to unlock additional Pokemon so that they’ll appear during Go Fest 2020.In a bit of good will and social activism, Niantic will donate half of its Go Fest 2020 proceeds to fund new projects from Black gaming and AR creators which can live on the Niantic platform. Moreover, it will donate the other half of the proceeds to US nonprofit organizations that are helping local communities rebuild.To purchase your ticket to Pokemon Go Fest 2020, open Pokemon Go and head to the shop. Your pass will look like a blue raid and will be

Verizon offers student discounts on Unlimited Plans

To coincide with the end of their four-week commencement series, Verizon has announced student discounts for select Unlimited plans.Starting July 2nd, actively enrolled students at eligible institutions can get $10 off/month off a single line Mix & Match Unlimited Plan or $25 off/month for a two-line Mix & Match Unlimited Plan. Data speeds may be slower during periods of high congestion, but only after 25GB of usage on Play More Unlimited, 50GB of usage on Do More Unlimited or 75GB of usage on Get More Unlimited.These students also get 12 months of Disney+ for free and free Apple Music for Play More or Get More Unlimited Plans.The announcement also discusses how Verizon Innovative Learning is tripling data allowances to 30GB/month for the 100,000 students and teachers they support until June 30, in addition to their commitment to bring 5G technology to 100 middle schools by the end of 2021.You can read the full announcement here. Eligible students can sign-up on http://www.vzw.com/students starting July 2.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live, Galaxy Watch 3 could launch in July

Samsung is set to launch its Galaxy Buds Live and Galaxy Watch 3 in July, according to a SamMobile report. The products are expected to arrive ahead of another, more formal virtual Unpacked event in August 2020.It seems that Samsung might have plans to launch two new wearables next month. According to SamMobile’s sources, the two products will only be unveiled in July but might not actually go on sale until August 5, a date rumored for the next Samsung Unpacked 2020 virtual event.Reportedly, the Galaxy Buds Live are expected to be bundled with the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and/or the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 as a pre-order bonus. According to the source, the Galaxy Buds Live will have a light price tag of

ZTE Blade A3 Prime comes to Visible and Yahoo Mobile

ZTE on Thursday announced its Blade A3 Prime is now available on Visible and Yahoo Mobile. Priced just $99, it’s an entry-level phone that pairs well with the low-cost wireless providers.ZTE Blade A3 Prime – Affordable functionalityAs more people begin to closely watch their budgets, phones like the ZTE Blade A3 Prime become more appealing. Customers are shifting away from contracts to prepaid, and the price of the average phone is getting lower.Both Visible and Yahoo Mobile, who operate using the Verizon network, play in this sandbox. Their rate plans are simple and straightforward and the handset selection skews toward the more basic needs.The Blade A3 Prime is one of those devices where there’s enough power to satisfy the needs of a majority of consumers. And because it runs the latest version of Android, it’s got all the bells and whistles and most recent security patches.ZTE Blade A3 Prime5.45″ 720p LCD displayRear-mounted fingerprint sensor and Face Unlock5-MP selfie camera8-MP back camera with dual-flash2 GB of RAM32 GB of ROM (Storage), expandable to 2TB via MicroSD cardAndroid 102660 mAh removable battery with Smart PowerThe most remarkable part of the phone, to me, would have to be the removable battery. Once a common part of early feature phones and smartphones, it has steadily phased out.The phone isn’t designed to score high on benchmarks and isn’t aimed at photographers and gamers. Instead, it’s a no-frills phone that’s there when you need it.The ZTE Blade A3 Prime is available through Visible and Yahoo Mobile starting from June 11. Pricing is $99 at both places however it is offered for free as part of the Visible SWAP program.What part of the phone caught your eye the most? Let us know in the comments section below.

Master & Dynamic knock 25% off orders for Father’s Day

With Father’s Day approaching on June 21, consumers wonder what to get their father for the annual day of recognition. Premium audio brand Master & Dynamic hope to make that decision a little easier this year.Starting now, you can visit the Master & Dynamic website to take part in a sale which takes 25% off your order. And that’s not the best part, either. Ten percent of your order will go toward City Harvest to help to feed New York City neighbors in need.To take advantage of the sale, enter MDDG25 at checkout. That’s it!Master & Dynamic are also offering exclusive deals on their social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) channels. Be sure to follow them and keep an eye open for other offers, including something special for the MA770 speaker.The sale is now live on their Europe, UK, and USA store and runs through June 15.Master & Dynamic are easily one of the best audio peripherals manufacturers in the premium space. It combines superb hardware and excellent audio performance to create products that look every bit as good as they sound.The brand also recently launched its new design for the MW65 and MW07 headphones, as part of the Leica 0.95 collaboration. Indeed, the audio products are tailored in partnership with the renowned camera lens manufacturer Leica.Whether you’re looking for a gift for someone who enjoys music or watching their digital media, a good pair of headphones are always a great go-to gift. Aside from Father’s Day, you can also buy something for yourself or a loved one.With the current lockdown situation, audio accessories are soaring in popularity. As people find themselves restricted to homes, usage of home consoles, tablets, PC’s and laptops has also significantly increased.

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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.

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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.