Best Android phones (October 2017): price comparison

The best Android phones for the second half of 2017 are already out and it’s time to take a look at how they compare in terms of prices.
But before we look at each phone in detail, let’s make one thing clear: phone prices have gone up by a huge margin in the last year and it’s hard to understand exactly why.
From the “$400 flagship” concept that was popular just year, this year, the best phones out there cost more than $900.
The phones we have picked below all have one thing in common: they …


Android manufacturers now prefer 3D sensing, Face ID over a fingerprint reader embedded under glass?

KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo is one of the top analysts in the business right now (and certainly one of the most quoted). According to Kuo, the introduction of the Apple iPhone X last month has Android manufacturers shifting their focus from trying to figure out how to embed a fingerprint scanner under the display, to how they can make a version of the TrueDepth camera with 3D scanning and facial recognition for their upcoming Android models.

Ironically, this comes after both Samsung and Apple spent months trying to get their respective fingerprint scanners to work while embedded under the …

Games like Command & Conquer and Starcraft for iPhone and Android

Real-time strategies — a true classic of gaming. Dating back to 1993, when Dune II defined the genre, and further perfected by Command & Conquer in 1995 and Starcraft in 1998. Real-time strategies require knowledge of your army, pre-planning, the ability to improvise on the fly when all your strategies fail, and a drop of twitch reflexes in there. No wonder they developed cult followings.

While consoles don’t really do well with real-time strategies, due to the lack of a mouse, smartphones and tablets can be surprisingly good for the genre. Touch inputs, after all, are quite quick. Sure, …

Android One-powered Xiaomi Mi A1 now available for purchase in select European markets

The Mi A1 is one of the few mid-range Xiaomi smartphones that will go on sale internationally. Even though Android One program has been more of a local affair, as Android One phones are specifically launched in certain countries, Xiaomi Mi A1 doesn’t care about that unspoken rule.

The Chinese company announced last month the Android One-powered Mi A1 will be launched in many countries in Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East & Africa, as well as Americas. Starting this week, the affordable mid-range smartphone is available for purchase in several European countries …

Don't worry, Android Wear is alive – here's why Google dropped it from its store

Yesterday, we reported that Google has dropped all Android Wear devices altogether closed the Android Wear section from its online store, which was quickly deemed this as the illogical and rather untimely death of El Goog’s smartwatch platform. 
Thankfully, its seems that this is not the case. Hoi Lam, a Google expert for all things Android Wear-related, stated on Twitter that the wearable platform isn’t going the way of the dinosaurs – it’s just getting moved elsewhere. It seems that a recent change in the Google Store policy has the latter only stocking …

Small acts of kindness: Android users can now assist blind people worldwide via Be My Eyes

A couple of years ago, a small app called Be My Eyes launched on iOS. A great tool with that “change the world” attitude behind it. Basically, you register in the app as either a blind person or a sighter user. The former can request assistance whenever they need something to be read or described to them. Then, the app queues up a list of sighted users and starts pinging them for assistance. When a helper is found, the blind person points their phone at whatever they need “seen” — an expiry date on a product, a place, a label, anything of the sort — and the assistant reads the information out to …

Microsoft Edge on iOS is official and available for testing now, Android version coming soon

If you read yesterday’s rumor that Microsoft will be launching its Edge browser on iOS and Android soon and dismissed it as a pipe dream, we have some bad news for you: it’s now official. In a semi-surprising announcement, Microsoft confirmed that a version of its current web browser is available for immediate testing on iOS, with an Android version coming “soon”

And while it basically proves we’re living in an alternate, doomed timeline, the new(ish) browser looks like it has a cool idea or two baked inside. First and foremost is the “Continue on PC” …

Android 7.0 Nougat hits HTC Desire 530 at Verizon

HTC has quietly started to push the Android 7.0 Nougat update to the Desire 530 now available at Verizon. Launched on the market last year, the HTC Desire 520 wasn’t supposed to be updated to Nougat since it’s rather a budget-friendly smartphone.

Surprisingly, HTC confirmed recently the Verizon Desire 530 is now eligible for an Android 7.0 Nougat upgrade. It even published a very short changelog that contains some of the most important new features and improvements included in the update.

According to HTC, besides Android 7.0 Nougat, the update adds the August …

Batman: The Enemy Within released on Android and iOS, first episode is free

Initially slated for a late September release, Telltale’s Batman: The Enemy Within was delayed until October 3. Luckily for Batman fans, the game hasn’t been delayed again, so Android and iOS players can already download it via Google Play and App Store, respectively.

The direct sequel to the Batman: The Telltale Series, The Enemy Within is an episodic saga that will be released over the next couple of months. Today, Telltale Games released the first two episodes of the game, but three more will be launched in the future.

The good news is the first episode …

Nokia 8 goes through harsh durability test, will this Android flagship survive?

Nokia phones have always been regarded as very durable devices. However, this reputation was largely gained before the smartphone era, leaving HMD Global, the current manufacturer of Nokia handsets, with a lot to live up to. 
HMD has so far introduced 8 new models to the market, and the majority of them have not disappointed in terms of build quality. But can the same be said about the company’s current flagship, the Nokia 8? Popular YouTuber JerryRigEverything has decided to find out by subjecting the device to his famous durability test.
Kicking …