Deal: Google Pixel 2 XL is $150 off in the US, requires activation on Project Fi

Now that Google stopped selling the Pixel and Pixel XL, the only flagships that customers can buy directly from the search giant’s website are the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The situation will remain unchanged until later this year when the third-generation Pixel phones are supposed to make their debut on the market.

Still, fans of the Pixel series will have to wait quite a lot of time until the Pixel 3 arrives, so a deal on one of the current Google flagships may be a better idea. The Pixel 2 XL is now on sale on Project Fi and although you’ll be saving $150, you’ll still have to pay quite …


The new Samsung Aurora speaker requires a docked smartphone

Samsung recently unveiled a new smart speaker prototype at the SXSW show for 2018. This news in itself is not very interesting. We have seen numerous companies unveil smart speakers over the last year or two. However, the prototype Samsung brought to the table differs from the rest in a significant way. The Aurora speaker is not very smart on its own, rather it uses your smart phone as the brains of the operation. As a matter of fact, the Aurora speaker does not have a mic, a processor or any other component that makes a speaker smart.

The device is a Bluetooth enabled speaker, with a section …

Deal: Moto Z2 Play on sale for $240 ($168 off) at Verizon (requires payment plan)

The unlocked Moto Z2 Play was among the smartphones discounted during the holiday season, so customers could get one for as low as $350 ($150 off). However, if you want an even cheaper Moto Z2 Play you can get one from Verizon, but only for a limited time.

First off, it’s worth mentioning Verizon is selling the Moto Z2 Play for a lower retail price than the unlocked version. Customers can purchase the Verizon Moto Z2 Play for $408 outright or $17 per month for 24-months.

The good news is you can get the Verizon Moto Z2 Play for just $240 ($168 off), but you’ll …

Apple Watch Series 3 requires an iPhone 6 or later for setup; battery gets 1 hour of talk time

Apple announced yesterday that unlike previous versions of the Apple Watch, the new Series 3 model does not need to be paired to a nearby iPhone for internet access, or to make/take phone calls. But it still requires an iPhone to configure the timepiece. And while the Series 1 Apple Watch can still use the Apple iPhone 5s and up to communicate with and to set up the device, the new Series 3 watch requires an Apple iPhone 6 or higher for the configuration and set up of the timepiece. The phone must have iOS 11, or higher, installed.

This means that if you are moving up from a Series 1 Apple …

Sprint says bloatware issue on the BlackBerry KEYone requires an update to fix

Just a few days ago, we told you how the Sprint branded version of the BlackBerry KEYone was suffering from an issue involving the bloatware that the carrier added to the Android OS flavored handset. Nothing sinister there; most carriers in the states will add some of their own branded applications to a new handset. The problem with the KEYone was that the SprintID system app would go through the bloatware listings like clockwork, and re-install some of the bloatware that was just removed by the phone’s owner. It also enabled bloatware that was disabled.

In our original article, we said …

Deal: Get the Samsung Galaxy Tab E for free at AT&T, requires 2-year contract

Samsung’s entry-level Galaxy Tab E tablet made its debut in the United States last year. The slate was released with Android 5.1 Lollipop, but Samsung offered users an Android 6.0 Marshmallow update several months later.

AT&T has a great deal on the Samsung Galaxy Tab E if you’re looking for a budget-friendly Android tablet. The US carrier offers the slate for free, as long as you commit to a new two-year agreement.

Keep in mind that AT&T offers the 8.0-inch version, not the larger 9.6-inch model. Unlike the global variant of the Galaxy Tab E that …

Android Marshmallow requires devices to show all battery stats

On top of the big changes coming with Android Marshmallow, Google is also forcing Android device makers to be more transparent about battery usage on all of their devices. Specifically, Google notes that devices “MUST be able to track hardware component power usage,” as well as attribute usage to individual apps, according to the Marshmallow Compatibility Definition Document.

Android-Marshmallow

Up until now, some Android manufacturers have been able to obfuscate certain battery details, allowing them to potentially hide components or apps that could be draining battery life. The change will hopefully lead to more power efficient Android phones and tablets down the line. If anything, it’s surprising it’s taken this long for Google to clamp down on Android battery stats.