Deal: Buy a Sony Xperia XZ Premium (with 4K screen) for just $479.99

Launched in the US back in June as one of Sony’s most expensive smartphones to date (at $799), the Xperia XZ Premium can now be bought for less than $500. Retailer B&H is currently selling the Luminous Chrome version of the Sony Xperia XZ Premium for $479.99 – after a $100 instant discount and an extra $120 coupon discount (visible when you’re adding the phone to your shopping cart). This deal is valid only until tomorrow, February 13, at 11:59 pm ET.
Meanwhile, other color versions of the Xperia XZ Premium (including black, pink, and red) are available for $599. …


Sony's official policy: premium models get Android software updates for two years

Apparently, it is hard for most smartphone manufacturers to put into words their policy on pushing out Android updates. That leaves it to the consumer to try and guess how future proof his or her new handset is. Today, however, Sony decided to release its policy on Android updates for its premium and mid-range models. According to the company, the goal is to continue to update its top-shelf smartphones for a two-year period following the launch of a high-end phone. As for Sony’s mid-range handsets, the company said that it might decide against updating certain models if the hardware can’t provide …

Samsung: we will differentiate premium Galaxies with 'foldable OLED displays' in 2018

We’ve been hearing it for years, but it may finally be happening – the bendable phone, that is – as Samsung just confirmed officially that it will start mass production of “foldable panels” this year, and we can think of an application or two for them. There is no need to imagine, though, as Samsung itself states the 2018 strategy in its record annual results press release: 

As for the Mobile business, Samsung will continue its efforts to differentiate its smartphones by adopting cutting-edge technologies, such as foldable OLED displays.

There you have it, Samsung …

Rumor: Sony's first Snapdragon 845 phones, Xperia XZ1 Premium and XZ1 Plus, will be unveiled at MWC 2018

If you’re waiting for Sony to announce new high-end
smartphones at CES 2018 later this month, you might be in for a disappointment.
According to Georgian website Vortex.ge, Sony plans to unveil its first
high-end handsets of the year a bit later, at MWC (February 26 – March 1). If that’s true, Sony’s CES 2018 press event will
likely bring us just mid-range and lower-end phones like the recently
leaked Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra, and L2.

 

Reportedly, Sony intends to showcase the following
smartphones at MWC 2018: Xperia XZ1 Premium, Xperia XZ1 Plus, and Xperia XZ1s – all
being upgrades …

Unlocked LG V30+ (128 GB, premium headphones) now available to pre-order in the US


One week after it started selling its unlocked V30
smartphone in the US,
LG is now almost ready to launch an unlocked variant of the V30+, too.

 

While it’s not as fancy as the V30 Signature Edition recently
released in South Korea,
the LG V30+ is still superior to the regular V30. That’s because it offers
double the storage space (128 GB vs. 64 GB), and comes with premium LG QuadPlay
headphones in the box (while the normal V30 has no headphones at all).

 

If you’re interested in getting the unlocked LG V30+, for
now, the handset can be pre-ordered only via B&H, one of LG’s …

Spotify offers a yearly premium subscription for $99 ($20 off)

Just in time for the holidays, Spotify is offering a nice 12-month subscription deal to existing and new premium subscribers alike. The deal will net you a full year of ad-free music streaming for the price of 10 months, or $20 less than the usual rate of $120 per year. To put things into perspective, that amounts to about $8.25 per month, instead of the usual $9.99.

The offer is available from now until the end of the year and is available to to existing subscribers as an “upgrade” option, as well as to new users. The only caveat of the deal, Engadget …

These premium Android icon packs are free for a limited time, grab them while you can!

If you love to customize 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. …

Deal: Premium version of Geekbench 4 goes free on Google Play Store (usually $10)

One of the many benchmark apps used to test smartphones performance, Geekbench is free to download on Google Play Store for a limited time. As the title says, we’re talking about the premium version of Geekbench 4, which usually sells for $10.

The latest version of Geekbench includes processor tests, specially designed to quickly and accurately measure mobile CPU performance. Additionally, the app includes new GPU (graphics processing unit) Compute tests that are supposed to measure the processing power of the device’s GPU.

Unlike the free version, Geekbench …

Deal: Sony Xperia XZ Premium gets a $150 price cut at Best Buy

One of Sony’s 2017 flagships, the Xperia XZ Premium is now on sale for less than $600. Originally launched on the market for $800 outright, the smartphone’s price dropped down to $700 back in August.

However, for a limited time, Sony Xperia XZ Premium is available for purchase for just $550 at Best Buy. Customers can choose between any of the three colors listed at the US retailer: Bronze Pink, Luminous Chrome and Deepsea Black.

If you order one today, the phone should be shipped by December 4. By the way, shipping is free according to Best Buy. There’s one …

Grab a bunch of premium Android games, now on sale or free for a limited time on Google Play!

Looking for some great new games to play on your Android smartphone? If that’s the case, you might be pleased to hear that several titles that are usually paid are now available for free on Google Play. 

This time around, we’ve also included three games that are still paid but have received big discounts. Each of them is in the top 10 of their respective game category on the Play Store, so you might want to consider buying one at this reduced price you have a dollar or two to spare.
This collection features several different genres, so we’ve …