Android Stuff: Josh’s pink iPhone and the Galaxy S7 | Podcast 050


In Josh’s absence this week, it was only fair that we poke fun at him for his pink iPhone. Jonathan Feist, Joe Hindy and Nirave Gondhia take the stage for discussion on the upcoming Final Fantasy IX release on Android, Marshmallow on the Samsung Galaxy S6, a new approach for the Galaxy S7 and then ramble on about Launchers, skins, phone distribution philosophy and more.

In one of our more on-topic podcasts in a while, and certainly one of our longest shows, join us for some fun then check out the links to these stories and more down below.

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Android Stuff: honor 5X now available in the US for just $199


It’s been talked about for a few weeks now, and the day is finally here. Huawei’s first U.S.-bound honor smartphone, the honor 5X, is now available for purchase from various online retailers. For just $199.99, you’ll not only snag one of the best cheap Android smartphones out there, but also one of the best dual-SIM handsets on the market. As of now it looks like all three color variants – Dark Grey, Daybreak Silver and Sunset Gold – are available from Amazon, Newegg and from honor’s website. And if you choose to buy from Newegg, the retailer with throw in a free 32GB microSD card for a limited time.

If you need a refresher, the honor 5X comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 615 processor, a 13MP rear camera and a 3000mAh battery. What makes this device so special is that for the price, you’ll be hard pressed to find a smartphone that feels this premium. It’s made of a metallic chassis and also sports a fingerprint sensor. The software may not be for everyone out there, but honor says it’s working to push out more timely updates to its phones. For more detailed coverage, be sure to check out our full review.

So, will you be ordering one? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.


Android Stuff: 5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly

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This week’s Android Apps Weekly show is brought to you by Invi SMS Messenger. This totally free messaging app comes with a variety of features including light, dark, nature, and pop themes along with various customizations including bubble colors, fonts, sounds, inbox styles, and more. The interface is a mixture of a custom design with Material Design elements baked in for good measure and insofar as we could tell, the app acts and works perfectly fine.

In addition, the app includes a selection of mini-apps that work within the main app that include a YouTube player, the 2048 game, and Buzzfeed to help give you a more immersive experience. Recent updates also gave the app group messaging. It’s definitely one of the most interesting and entertaining SMS apps we’ve ever used and it’s totally free so give it a shot and show your support for the Android Apps Weekly show!

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Welcome back to Android Apps Weekly! Here are your headlines from the last week:

  • Reddit is officially testing the closed beta version of their official application. Up until now, Reddit users had to rely on third party apps to get their stuff on Reddit. Soon, people will have the option to use the official. We don’t know what it’ll look like just yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as it comes out!
  • A recent report was released that showed that Adobe Flash use accounted for a meager 6% of online video consumption in 2015. This has led analysts and anyone with a brain really, to the fairly logical conclusion that Adobe Flash will be gone here in a few years. It had a good run and will live on in our memories.
  • Google announced last week that over five million Google Cardboard units have been shipped and that they have downloaded 25 million VR apps which averages out to about five apps per person. It’s a budding market, but this growth is very promising, especially considering that there are only about 1000 VR apps currently available.
  • Square Enix announced that they were going to re-release Final Fantasy IX on mobile sometime in 2016. To show that they’re really working on it, they’ve released a 90 minute game play video that shows the game working quite well with on-screen controls. Are you excited? Cuz I’m excited.
  • After months of waiting, Spotify has finally launched video content on Android. The music streaming service has video content from big providers, including Comedy Central, ESPN, NBC, Adult Swim, and various others. The selection isn’t that big quite yet, but it is encouraging to see so many big names lining up.

For even more Android apps and games news, releases, and updates, don’t forget to check out this week’s newsletter. We have a metric ton of information we didn’t get to this week there for you to check out. If you’re so inclined, you can also sign up for the newsletter using the form below and we’ll send it to your inbox every Sunday afternoon!

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[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Spin-Circle is a new, minimal puzzle game that has a lot going for it. The premise is that you control a yellow circle in orbit a center point. You must tap each side of the screen to control the orbit path and speed while avoiding blocks that are bouncing around the square that encompasses the circle. There are variable difficulty settings, leaderboards, and simple controls that round out a good time waster experience. It’s also free to download.

Get it now on Google Play!

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[Price: Free]
Google has released the Google Indic Keyboard, which is a version of the official Android keyboard that works for Indic languages. There are plenty of languages supported, including Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi, and others. It works effectively and does what it’s supposed to do. It also has the ability to spell out words phonetically using the English language, a handwriting mode, Hinglish mode, and more. It’s entirely free and a great option if you’re looking for something like this.

Get it now on Google Play!

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[Price: $3.00]
Downwell is a retro arcade game where you must fall down to complete levels. It has charming retro graphics and simple on-screen controls that take virtually no time to get used to. As you fall, you’ll find optional rooms for powerups, bad guys, various platforms, and other obstacles. You can attack enemies or hover using your gunboots and the game itself is pretty fast paced and easy to play. There are also no in-app purchases.

Get it now on Google Play!

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[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Weareal is a newer set of Android Wear watch faces that aim to look as realistic as possible. Of course, you can only do so well on a Wear watch face but these do look pretty good. On top of the time, the watch faces also contain Google Fit info, temperature, battery level, and more stats. They should be compatible with most watches whether they have round or rectangular screens and they’re free to download and try out.

Get it now on Google Play!

digimon heroes android apps weeklyDigimon Heroes!

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Digimon Heroes is the latest card collecting game from a franchise that knows a thing or two about card collecting games. Given Digimon’s history, it should surprise no one that the game comes with over 1000 Digimon for your to collect and enhance using a variety of techniques such as Digivovle and Digifuse. You’ll battle against various types of opponents and there is a lot of content to play through. It is a freemium title with the classic card collecting pitfalls, but if you can get passed that, the game isn’t half bad.

Get it now on Google Play!

Wrap up

If we missed any big Android apps or games news from the last week, tell us more about it in the comments! Thanks for watching and reading, we’ll see you next week!


Android Stuff: Android Authority this week – January 31, 2016

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Hello Android fans! Are you excited for MWC yet? This week we’ve got a slew of reports about devices coming at MWC, including the Galaxy S7, LG G5, and the Xiaomi Mi 5. A set of credible Galaxy S7 press renders leaked out, along with info about Samsung’s upcoming upgrade program. We’ve also got a glimpse of the LG G5, while LG cleared out an issue affecting many G4 owners. Google brought out updates to many of its apps, including the troubled Hangouts. Several big companies released their quarterly earnings, giving us an idea of their financial health. And the first major One M10 leak happened, courtesy of @evleaks.

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Our Josh Vergara took some well deserved time off late last year and he thought about trying something new. For the entire month of December, Josh used an iPhone. Oh my, I know what you’re thinking. What was Josh thinking and how could he betray Android like that. No worries, Josh returned to work and to the Android ecosystem come CES, so nothing really changed, but he did come with some interesting conclusions out of the whole experience. Check the full story out right here.

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Android Stuff: Leaked: Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge release date

It’s hard to believe that it’s only been a few weeks since the first major leaks for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge started to drip from the faucet, and yet this weekend has not only seen a possible press picture of the potential product, but now a seemingly straightforward sign of a release date. Once again, Evan Blass (@evleaks) is the man with Samsung’s plan:

The pictures look to be Samsung press invites for its latest and greatest Mobile World Congress press event. There has been much speculation in the last few months as to when the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge will launch, with rumors circling around Sunday, February 21st. It is assumed that Samsung would be launching its 2016 flagships the day before the massive mobile tech trade show formally kicks off in Barcelona, Spain.

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One main mention from the first image in the Tweet is the hashtag, #TheNextGalaxy, something that Samsung was making more than modest use of last year:

Still up in the air however, is the release date of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. Reports have been coming in – some from Blass himself – of a March 11th release date in both the USA and Europe. This would put the new devices on sale almost a month before last year’s S6 and S6 Edge hit. Also up for discussion are the full product range of smartphones Samsung may – or may not – be releasing.

Rumors originally suggested there would be four different Galaxy flagships: the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, and the Galaxy S7+ and Galaxy S7 Edge+. Later leaks have basically retracted the idea, including one recent story that claims the Galaxy S7 Edge+ has been canceled. If true, it may be due to the fact that the standard Galaxy S7 Edge is supposedly shipping with a 5.5-inch display, an idea that was seemingly confirmed with the last bombshell from Mr. Blass:

The size factor

Logically it would make little sense for Samsung to put out a 5.7-inch Galaxy S6 Edge+ when the standard model is expected to be almost the same size and shape. As for a Galaxy S7+, that also seems less likely given the presence of a larger curved sibling. In fact, this almost mirrors Apple’s approach with the iPhone, having the iPhone 6S for customers who like smaller phones, and the iPhone 6S Plus for those who want a formal phablet. Of course Samsung will seemingly be taking things one step further and making its larger leader a curved creation.

Assuming the Galaxy S7 Edge is a larger device, it will inevitably come at a higher price tag than its standard sibling. It is unknown as to if this would mean a “simple” $100 premium as was the case with last year’s S6 Edge, or if it might be considerably more given the bigger screen and the curves.


It also remains to be seen as to if Samsung will better optimize the Galaxy S7 Edge. Last year’s S6 Edge and S6 Edge+ disappointed many customers who were contemplating upgrading from the Galaxy Note Edge for the simple fact that while the Note variant had a full-fledged second screen along the side, the S6 Edge relegated both of its slanted slopes to a much more mundane, sparse set of skills.

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With Samsung’s latest event seemingly just 21 days away, it is safe to assume there will be a lot of leaks to be looked over in the three weeks leading up to the big day. Make sure you check back with Android Authority regularly to keep tabs on all the latest Samsung Galaxy S7 rumors and realizations. For those in need of a full detailed breakdown of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge be sure to check out our rumor roundup linked above, or access it by clicking right here.


Android Stuff: Nuu Mobile X4 International Giveaway! [5 Phones]

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Congratulations to last week’s winner of the LG V10 International giveaway: Petar S. from Serbia.

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Now, we’re giving away five of these beautiful devices to our fans all around the world.

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Android Stuff: Google Project Skybender could bring super fast internet with the use of drones

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We tend to take the internet for granted around these parts of the planet, but access to the world wide web happens to be a bit of a privilege. According to Internet Live Stats, only about 40% of the world  has an internet connection.

Considering that Google’s business revolves mostly around searching and browsing, we know they want as much people to be connected as possible. This is why they have undertaken ventures such as Project Loon, which aims to bring internet to under-developed areas through floating balloons that would communicate to the ground.

But the Search Giant is not stopping its quest for a more connected world. A new report from The Guardian swears Google has been working on a new movement that goes by the name Project SkyBender. The idea is similar to Project Loon, with the only main differences being that this time they are using “self-flying” solar drones and millimetre wave technology.

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I am no expert, so those sound like nothing but fancy words right now, but we can tell you what this translates to for the user. It is said this is the technology that will power 5G networks, and it has the capability to transfer gigabits of data (yes, plural) per second, beating current 4G speeds by about 40 times.

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According to the report, Google has rented Virgin Galactic’s 15,000 square feet hangar space for $1,000 a day. Located in New Mexico, near a town named Truth or Consequences (what a name for a place), this Google is holding all its tests. Sadly, Google had promise not to take any photos inside the building, so we won’t be looking at any goodies soon.

All we can do now is continue waiting for more details to emerge. The point here is that if I can get multi-gigabit speeds, I don’t care where they come from. Google is definitely onto something here, wouldn’t you think?


Android Stuff: BLU Vivo XL review

BLU, the Florida-based device manufacturer, boasts a robust smartphone portfolio with a common aspect all these phones share being their budget-friendly nature. Continuing to add to their lineup, BLU unveiled two more affordable smartphones last month at CES 2016, with the cheaper of the already low-cost phones being the BLU Vivo XL. Of course, very affordable devices has been the point of focus for a lot of Android OEMs over the past year, so does BLU manage to stand out with their latest offering? We find out, in this comprehensive BLU Vivo XL review!

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The Vivo XL is certainly one of BLU’s flashier options to date, with a patterned finish on the removable back cover, with gold being the color version of this particular review unit. Whether you like the look depends entirely on your personal opinion, and there is another touch more subtle color option available as well, but it has to be said that the glossy plastic backing and matte finish edges allow for an excellent feel in the hand. However, the plastic rear cover does seem to be prone to scratches, so you may have to depend on a protective case to keep the device in a pristine condition. Luckily, the Vivo XL does come with a case in the box.

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Taking a look around the device, the power button and volume rocker are on the right side, and all the buttons offer a reasonable amount of tactile feedback. Capacitive navigation keys are found below the display up front, but in a rather strange move BLU switched the positions of the back and the Recent Apps keys. This might take some getting used to depending on what device you’re coming from. There is also a multi-colored LED at the top left above the display, and the headphone jack and USB-Type C port are found up top and at the bottom respectively.

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BLU has also done a great job with keeping the bezels around the display and the top portion and bottom chin quite thin, making for a more manageable handling experience than its 5.5-inch display would suggest. Build quality hasn’t always been particularly good when it comes to devices that fall in the sub-$150 category, but that is also something that is slowly changing, especially with the Vivo XL. Despite its plastic construction, the device certainly doesn’t feel cheap, and the solid construction allows for a great feel while holding the phone.


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The Vivo XL comes with a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with a 720p resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 267ppi. The pixel count may not be the highest out there, and while a higher display resolution would have been nice, 720p does make sense at this price point – the main advantages of the display are clearly shown off in the battery life department. The display experience is actually also really good as well, with the AMOLED panel allowing for high contrast and punchy, saturated colors. Overall, the display of the Vivo XL is certainly one of the best we’ve seen in this price range, despite its lower resolution.

Performance and hardware

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Under the hood, the Vivo XL comes with an octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor, clocked at 1.3GHz and backed by the Mali-T720 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The performance of the Vivo XL has been good for the most part, with the device handling tasks with ease the majority of the time. However, there were some instances where the phone would generally feel sluggish, particularly when opening or switching between applications via the Recent Apps screen.

As far as gaming is concerned, the device is able to handle casual games with no trouble, but you will see some frame drops with more graphically-intensive games. That said, the Vivo XL is still a decent option for mobile gamers on a tight budget.

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16 gigabytes is the only in-built storage option available with the Vivo XL, but you do get expandable storage via microSD card by up to 64GB to alleviate any concerns. The device also comes with a standard suite of connectivity options, as well as dual-SIM capabilities. You also get full 4G LTE support on the T-Mobile network, and nearly full support on AT&T. We were able to test this review unit on T-Mobile’s extended range LTE network (band 12) and experienced excellent connectivity. If you are on AT&T however, you may be missing out on LTE coverage in some rural areas, with the device lacking band 5 support.

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The single rear speaker of the device offers a decent audio experience, but a bump in volume and a reduction in the distortion would have certainly been appreciated. That said, it is still about average for the price, and will certainly get the job done in most situations. BLU made the switch to USB Type-C with the Vivo XL, which is a very welcome, but slightly inconvenient move. You will now have to remember to carry around the charger if you need to top up the battery on the go, but the adoption of the latest standard is certainly good to see, especially with a budget smartphone.

The good news is that having to carry around the charger may not be required at all, with the 3,150mAh unit of Vivo XL offering excellent battery life, aided by the lower resolution display and power-efficient processing package. On average, the device would comfortably last a full day of use, if not more, with around 5.5 hours of screen-on time, and that can also be pushed to up to 6 hours with slightly lighter usage. Of course, if battery life does prove to be a concern, the battery is removable, and you always have the option of carrying around a spare.

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The BLU Vivo XL comes with a 13MP rear camera with phase detection auto focus and an LED flash, along with a front-facing 5MP unit. The camera performs just about as expected from a device that falls in the price range, and does quite well in ideal lighting conditions, resulting in images that are very sharp and with a lot of detail, as well as with a respectable amount of dynamic range. However, with noticeable aliasing in some images, occasional color reproduction errors, and poor low light capabilities, this camera certainly won’t outperform those found on more expensive smartphones.

As far as the camera app is concerned, the interface is quite simplistic, with ease of use being the focus here. There is a Professional Mode available though, that allows for more granular control over aspects like ISO and shutter speed. There are also a slew of other modes and features built in, but taking pictures in the normal Auto Mode is what works more than well enough in most instances.


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On the software side of things, the BLU Vivo XL is running Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box, with a custom skin on top. The software experience BLU offers with their smartphones has been quite fragmented across the board, but in the case of the Vivo XL, a much improved and more polished iteration is to be found. Of course, staple Android features like an app drawer and lock screen notifications are missing, but the overall experience still feels much better than what is seen with some other devices BLU’s portfolio.

In other changes from stock Android, the Quick Toggles in the notification dropdown have also been completely done away with, in favor of an Apple-esque Control Center. Many of the system UI elements are also strong deviations from stock Android, which may be disappointing for some enthusiasts. There are a few third-party apps pre-installed as well, but all of these can easily be uninstalled.

As far as software updates go, BLU has been attempting to do a better job in offering timely updates for their smartphones, but we’ll have to wait and see if and when an official update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow will be made available for the Vivo XL. That said, if running the latest versions of Android is important to you, BLU smartphones may not be the way to go anyway.


Display 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 1280 x 720 resolution
267 ppi
Processor 1.3GHz octa-core Mediatek MT6753
GPU Mali-T720
Storage 16GB, microSD expansion up to 64 GB
Camera 13MP rear camera
5MP front camera
Connectivity Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth v4.0, Hotspot, Type C-USB, FM Radio, VoLTE
Battery 3,150mAh, non-removable
Software Android 5.1 Lollipop
Dimensions 155.2 x 76.6 x 7.5mm
154 grams
Colors Solid Gold, Chrome Silver, Midnight Blue, Rose Gold


Pricing and final thoughts

The BLU Vivo XL will be available for $149 from Best Buy, with the color options included being Solid Gold or Midnight Blue. If you have made up your mind about picking up this device, you may want to do so before January 31st, with BLU running a three day sale that brings the price of the device down to just $99.

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So there you have it for this in-depth look at the BLU Vivo XL! The Vivo XL may have its issues low-end processing package, and mediocre camera. The device does also get a lot right though, with AMOLED technology more than making up for the low resolution, its excellent battery life, and the fact that users will have access to the 4G LTE networks in the US, which are all great reasons to pick up this budget-friendly phone. As mentioned, you also get to take advantage of a sale following its launch, so if you have decided to to buy this phone, now would be the best time to do so. What are your thoughts? Is the Vivo XL worth the money? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Android Stuff: New Sony Xperia C6 render shows off bezel-less display, looks drop dead gorgeous

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A high-quality render of Sony’s unannounced Xperia C6 smartphone has been released by a reliable tech leaker on Twitter. The Xperia C6, if the newly released render is to be believed, looks a lot like Xperia C5 Ultra, which was introduced back in mid-2015. Just like the C5 Ultra, the new Xperia C6 is expected to have a near bezel-less display, which would definitely help this device stand out from amongst the crowd.

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The new Sony Xperia C6 render was released by @OnLeaks, who says that the image was constructed based on the phone’s factory schematics. Not much else is known about the Xperia C6, but rumour has it that Sony’s upcoming device will run an octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 chipset under its hood, clocked at a cool 2.0GHz. There’s another rumour which says that the Xperia C6 will have a 1080p resolution display, while the display size may be anywhere between 5- and 6-inches.

While we can’t say for sure, Sony might introduce the new Xperia C6 at MWC 2016, which kicks off on February 22nd in Barcelona. Several other players are also expected to make major announcements on the first day, like Samsung, who’s expected to announce the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge after Sony’s press conference. Alleged press renders of Samsung’s unannounced flagship devices were leaked not too long ago as well, so be sure to check those out before MWC kicks off. Stay tuned for the full coverage on all things relating to Android at MWC 2016!

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Android Stuff: Here are the videos you don’t want to miss this week – January 30, 2016


While it hasn’t been all too busy in the Android world as of late, our video team has still been working hard to bring you some great Android-related coverage.

This week Krystal brought you her full review of the honor 5X, Huawei’s new budget smartphone that’s just made its way to the United States. Josh has some thoughts about switching to an iPhone for about a month, and Nirave gives us a detailed walkthrough of Android 6.0 Marshmallow (beta) on the Samsung Galaxy S6. Joe has also brought us two great new videos regarding the best new Android apps and games of January 2016.

There’s certainly a lot to cover here, so without any further delay, here are the videos you don’t want to miss this week.

honor 5X review

The honor 5X is just now making its way to the United States, and it’s one heck of a value. At only $200, this might actually be one of the best cheap Android phones available on the market. Is there anything you should know before you run out any buy one for yourself? Don’t miss Krystal’s full review of the honor 5X.

Why I switched to iPhone (…and back again)

Josh recently took a little vacation, where he actually switched to the iPhone 6s for a full month. Now that he’s back on Android, he’s willing to share his thoughts.

This is Marshmallow (beta) on the Galaxy S6

While there’s still no official build of Android 6.0 Marshmallow for the Galaxy S6, Samsung has released a beta to the public. Wondering what changes it will bring to the handset? Nirave goes hands-on with Marshmallow (beta) on the S6.

Apps, apps, and more apps

10 best new Android apps of January 2016

Following a major lull in December, it seems as though every developer decided to release their new applications in the same month. Check out Joe’s latest roundup of the best new Android apps of January 2016!

10 best new Android games of January 2016

Not only have there been a ton of app releases in the past month, there are also a good amount of games you should check out. Here are the 10 best new Android games of January 2016.

Android Apps Weekly

The future of Link Bubble and the return of the mobile Humble Bundle – you don’t want to miss the latest episode of Joe’s Android Apps Weekly show.