These 5 premium Android icon packs are free for a limited time

If you love customizing your Android phone, you might be pleased to hear that several icon packs that are usually paid are now available for free on Google Play. Typically, the price of these icon packs is $1 or more, but now it’s possible to download them free of charge.

This assortment should give you some ideas for your next custom home screen masterpiece, just make sure you pick a nice wallpaper to match. Keep in mind that the freebie period on some of these ends soon, so act swiftly!

You can get a preview of each icon pack in the gallery above. The links …

True bargain: Samsung Galaxy Note 5 for $180

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Samsung’s Note line is insanely feature-packed and has recently become incredibly expensive, too, with a starting price of $950. When we reviewed the Galaxy S9+ vs the Note 8, we noted (he-he) that you should only get the phablet if you care about the S Pen stylus, since the S9 has the newer hardware and lower price tag.
And, really, the stylus experience with Samsung’s S Pen is exceptional. Anyone …

More information about the unannounced Asus ZenFone 5 Max appears in benchmark

Asus has already announced three new smartphones last month at MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2018, but the ZenFone 5 Max, one of the devices leaked back in January, was not among them.

The ZenFone 5, 5z and 5 Lite are the new smartphones introduced by Asus this year, but more devices are likely to be added to the ZenFone family very soon. New information about the ZenFone5 Max suggests this is a mid-range handset rather than a top-tier one.

After making the rounds of Wi-Fi Alliance where it received its certification, the ZenFone 5 Max was recently spotted at Geekbench. Apparently, …

OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T receive Android 8.1 Open Beta

OnePlus has started to rollout Open Beta 6 for the OnePlus 5 and Open Beta 4 for the OnePlus 5T. This contains the Android 8.1 Oreo update for both handsets, and considering that it is a Beta, users have the chance to opt-in to receive it. To do that, you need to enable your OnePlus 5 or One Plus 5T to receive updates as part of the manufacturer’s Open Beta program for OxygenOS.

The update includes Android 8.1 plus a host of other new features and capabilities including:

Android 8.1 Oreo February 2018 security patch New auto pick up gesture (answer an incoming call by raising …

OnePlus 5 receives Android 8.1 Oreo via OxygenOS Open Beta 6 update

Great news for OnePlus 5 owners, especially those who have enrolled in the beta program. It appears the latest open beta update released by OnePlus brings Android 8.1 Oreo, along with some additional new features and improvements.

For example, there’s a new auto pick up gesture available to OnePlus 5 users, as well as a new option that allows them to answer an incoming call by raising the phone.

Furthermore, the update adds more clock styles for ambient display and new optimizations in gaming mode for immersive gaming experiences including power saving and pausing adaptive brightness. …

Samsung says 1.6 million people visited Galaxy S9 promotion studios in 5 days

Samsung refuses to accept its new flagships, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ may not sell better than the previous models and announced its promotion centers in South Korea were visited by more than 1.6 million people in just five days.

Obviously, the reason these people came to Samsung’s promotion studios is to test out the new Galaxy S9/S9+. As a matter fact, visitors were offered the chance to create their own emojis, one of the main features that Samsung marketed since the Galaxy S9’s announcement.

Samsung has Galaxy Studios across Barcelona, Spain, where consumers can come and take the …

The rugged Samsung Xcover 5 may have already been captured in the wild

Samsung is definitely readying another rugged smartphone, which could either a Xcover or an Active model. A picture showing the back of a rugged Samsung handset has just popped up online, but it is yet unclear to what lineup the device belongs to.

We are tempted to believe this is the Samsung Xcover 5 since it doesn’t have a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor on the back like the Galaxy S8 Active. One thing that pops up at first glance is the triple LED flash, which seems a bit too much for a rugged smartphone (that if those are really LEDs).

Obviously, we should also take into consideration …

New flagship killers: Asus releases the ZenFone 5 family

Asus’ ZenFone handsets have been around for about 4 years now and, while they haven’t picked up a great deal of steam, they offer their own sets of interesting features on midrange and flagship phones. A lot of them center around the camera, with laser focus, and wide-angle lenses or 2x optical zoom having been in the company’s portfolio already in the past.

Today, Asus launches the next generation of ZenFone handsets — the ZenFone 5, ZenFone 5Q (ZenFone 5 Lite in select markets), and the flagship ZenFone 5Z. Let’s take a closer look at what they have in store for us!

Design and Display
Bezels …

Asus ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5Q hands-on: hey there, good-looking!

Mobile World Congress is in full swing in Barcelona, and announcements have been pouring over the past few days. The latest unveiling comes from Asus: the company just introduced a trio of new ZenFone 5 handsets, including the Asus ZenFone 5Z flagship. However, the first two phones we had the chance to check out were the ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5Q – and at a glance, they don’t look bad at all. (In a last-minute update, Asus informed us that the ZenFone 5Q will be known as ZenFone 5 Lite outside of the US.)

Actually, calling the ZenFone 5 and 5Q “not bad” would be an understatement. …

Asus ZenFone 5 (2018)

The ZenFone 5 is powered by Snapdragon 636, and two different tiers — 64 GB of storage + 4 GB of RAM or 64 GB of storage + 6 GB of RAM. At the front ZenFone 5 sports a 6.2-inch IPS screen with a 19:9 aspect ratio. The resolution we get is FHD+ (1080 x 2280) to make for some crisp imagery. In the camera department we have a dual setup on the back — a main 12 MP sensor with huge 1.4 μm pixels and a rather large lens aperture of F1.8 takes care for most scenarios. Then, there’s the secondary snapper with an 8 MP sensor and a 120-degree wide-angle lens for those larger-than-life shots. On the front, we’ve got an 8 MP selfie camera.