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ZTE Axon 7 update: Night Mode, improved MicroSD support, bug fixes, and more

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Those rocking a ZTE Axon 7 now have something to look forward to. The company has just announced they are rolling out a sizable update in the next 48 hours. This brings the device up to build 25, which comes with plenty of great improvements to enjoy. Let’s take a look at them!What’s new?Enables “Night Mode” settingSupports 256GB micro SD cardsAllows users to disable some stock appsOptimizes the “Do Not Disturb” functionFixes various Wi-Fi Calling issuesImproves device stability and securityMiscellaneous performance improvements and other fixes See also: ZTE Axon 7 reviewJuly 25, 2016 Of course, the most important upgrades are Night Mode and support for 256 GB cards. Being able to disable more useless apps is also helpful, though. As is fixing bugs and improving stability.Have any of you gotten this update yet? Hit the comments to let us know how it is treating you!

How to customize the Samsung Galaxy S8’s Always On Display

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One smartphone feature that’s been growing in popularity as of late is the Always On Display. Major phone manufacturers such as Samsung, LG, and Motorola have been including these display options on their phones for the past few years, and it’s no surprise that Samsung included it on the new Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. See also: Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus review2 weeks ago For those unfamiliar, Always On Display lets you check the time, date, battery percentage, and notifications, even when the phone isn’t in use. As you can see in the image attached above, most of the screen is completely black, aside from the clock and notifications on the screen. It’s a subtle way to get the information you need as quickly as possible, without the need to turn on your phone’s screen.Plus, Samsung made the Always On Display super customizable. If you want to learn more about the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus’ Always On Display, check out the full tutorial below:Enable Always On DisplayPull down your notif…

Crowdfunding project of the week: Cosmo Connected smart break light for motorcyclists

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It’s time for another ‘Crowdfunding project of the week”, where we highlight the hottest projects from sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. This one goes to my fellow motorcycle riders as they make their way back home safe this Sunday afternoon. Today’s featured campaign will keep you visible and your family at peace. Want to learn more? Let’s look into it.Other featured projects:Spark turns your phone into a DSLR camera remotePenna is a retro keyboard that looks like a typewriterJoto is a robotic drawing boardThe rumble of a motor, tremoring pavement and piercing wind are addictive. Motorcycles are a symbol of freedom and pleasure, but they also represent a dangerous lifestyle. Riding requires attention, but not only from you; also from people you share the road with. This is why we buy things like reflective material, extra lights and louder pipes. It’s important to help other notice us.Enter Cosmo Connected, a smart break light that easily attaches to the back of any helmet. The l…

Samsung Marshmallow offers parental controls and teaches proper phone usage

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Marshmallow is not a rare topic here at Android Authority, but it is usually the Android version we refer to when we speak of this sweet treat. Now we have a new Samsung service named after the same dessert – Samsung Marshmallow.This is a parental control app, but Sammy wants us to look at it as something more than just that. The application is not made to simply enforce rules, it is also designed to teach children proper smartphone usage habits.It’s easy to set bedtimes, limit internet time, block apps and more. The app also takes things a step further by enticing your kids to be better smart device users. There is a reward system in place, too – kids can earn points with good online behavior, while being naughty will cause a loss in points. After getting enough points, the child can ask parents for a card to use in the gift shot.The bad news? This is a Samsung exclusive, which means only the company’s own devices will support the app. Here is a list of supported handsets: Galaxy S8 …

Deal: Snag a Google Home for just $114 from the Google Store ($15 off)

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With Mother’s Day just around the corner (it’s Sunday, May 14, by the way), it’s time to start thinking about getting your mom a special gift for the big day. If you’re still struggling to find the right gift, perhaps this new promotion at the Google Store will help.From now until Saturday, May 13, you can pick up a Google Home for just $114, which is $15 off the normal retail price. Google says this deal is available while supplies last (or until May 13), so you might want to take advantage of the promo sooner rather than later. See also: The complete list of services with Google Home support2 weeks ago For those unfamiliar, the Google Home connected speaker works with both Android and iOS devices, and is powered by the Google Assistant. You can ask it for weather updates or trending news, tell it to play a certain playlist, and a lot more. I use my Google Home every day in a variety of different scenarios, and I think it’s super handy to have in an office or living room. If you’d like …

Must read: top 10 Android stories

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This week we reviewed Samsung DeX, the Sony Xperia XZs, and the new Garmin fenix 5. We also compared the top three voice assistants out right now, and talked about the Galaxy S8’s one big flaw. There’s a lot to catch up on, so here’s the news of the week!Who wants to win a Samsung Galaxy S8?The Samsung Galaxy S8 is one of the best Android smartphones out right now. Here’s how you can win one!10 Android stories we handpicked for youSamsung DeX review – can your smartphone replace a PC? The Galaxy S8 is here and so is the new Samsung DeX docking station. It lets you use Android with a keyboard and mouse, but can it really replace a PC?Sony Xperia XZs review The Xperia XZs features a few key improvements over its predecessor. Is that enough to make it a compelling choice? Find out in this Sony Xperia XZs review!Garmin fenix 5 review The fenix 5 is here, but is it actually worth the high price tag? Find out, in our full Garmin fenix 5 review.Bixby vs Google Assistant vs Siri 2017 is shapi…

Samsung Galaxy S8 International Giveaway!

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Welcome to the Sunday Giveaway, the place where we giveaway a new Android phone each and every Sunday!Congratulations to last week’s Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Giveaway winner: Jorge V. (Portugal)This week we’re giving away a brand new Samsung Galaxy S8! Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 features a beautiful 18.5:9 Infinity display, a powerful Snapdragon 835 processor, 4 GB of RAM, a 3,000 mAh battery, as well as a super impressive 12 MP rear-facing camera with an f/1.7 aperture. One of the standout features on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus this year is Bixby, Samsung’s new AI assistant that even has its own hardware button. As an added bonus, the S8 ships with a solid pair of AKG earbuds.Related Articles Photo Fight: Galaxy S8 vs LG G6, Xperia XZs, Huawei P10, ...1 week ago Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus review: Almost to In...2 weeks ago Enter giveawaySamsung Galaxy S8 International Giveaway!
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15 best strategy games for Android

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Strategy is among the oldest game types in human history. Whether it’s chess, board games, or even some card games, we’ve been playing strategy games since long before there was ever a computer. Strategy games have come a long way, but the basic premise of using your brain to beat your opponents remains true even to this day. It’s a fantastic way to test yourself to see how creative you can be. Here are the best strategy games on Android!Here are more strategy game lists to consider! 15 best Android survival games3 weeks ago 10 best Strategy RPGs and Tactical RPGs on AndroidJuly 14, 2016 Age of CivilizationsPrice:$2.14 DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY Age of Civilizations is a mix between a strategy game and a board game. It has a lot of the same qualities as Risk, where your job is to obtain territories from other civilizations. You’ll have access to a variety of scenarios, such as World War I and II as well as a modern world scenario. You can also create your own scenarios to challenge yourself.…