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iClever BTS04 Bluetooth speaker review

Posted: 11 Nov 2016 02:22 PM PST

Details

Bluetooth version: 4.0
Battery life: 10 hours, 1800 mAh
Water resistance: IPX5
Dimensions: 6.37 x 1.51 x 1.11 inches, 9 oz
Price: $32.99
Where to buy: iClever, Amazon

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The top features five buttons; power, play/pause, multifunction, previous track, and next track. There's also a microphone up top. You have to hold the track buttons to adjust volume, which can be annoying. The opposite would have been better.

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The right side features a microUSB port and an aux jack underneath a rubber flap to aid in the water resistance.

The bottom has two rubber feet that are very grippy but not sticky.

Audio quality

It's hard to expect too much in the audio department at this price point. And considering that the battery life is pretty good and it offers water resistance, it's even more surprising that this speaker sounds ridiculously good all things considered.

This speaker gets very loud for its size and has almost no distortion. Bump the volume down a bit and it's distortion free. It can fill a large room with ease.

The highs are clear, the bass is surprisingly strong and sharp (again, for the size), and music sounds very good. The mids aren't nearly warm enough, and as with all loud speakers, the highs are a little strong. But it definitely sounds great.

Build quality

This speaker is built extremely well. There hasn't been a single creak from it and it feels very durable. The front and back are pieces of aluminum and the rest is very solid plastic. The buttons are rubber and have a solid click to them. The rubber cover over the ports is a bit flimsy but hasn't been damaged in my use.

It's also water resistance with an IPX5 rating. This means it can withstand low pressure water like rain, so don't go dunking it in the pool. Nonetheless, it's great to know that it'll survive a bit of water when you're out.

Battery life

The battery is rated at 10 hours, which is pretty good for a Bluetooth speaker and great for the price point. Throughout heavy use at high volumes, the battery has held up to the battery rating.

iClever BTS049.5 / 10

At $33, it's hard not to recommend this speaker. It gets really loud while staying clear and has some impressive bass. I haven't heard a speaker that sounds this good at this price point. Definitely pick one up to throw in your backpack or use around the house!


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The OnePlus 3 will receive a beta build of Nougat this month

Posted: 11 Nov 2016 01:32 PM PST

OnePlus head of software Brian Yoon has announced that the OnePlus 3 will receive its first build of Android 7.0 Nougat this month. The announcement follows a recent shuffle at the company in which it merged the teams behind its two software versions, HydrogenOS and OxygenOS.

The first edition of Nougat will be a beta community build. This version is soon to be followed by a complete, finished update that's set to arrive before the end of the year. In the announcement, Yoon also confirmed that older devices, specifically the OnePlus 2, will also receive an update to Android 7.0 Nougat, but that there isn't a specific timeframe in place just yet.

Keep your eyes open, OnePlus folk, it won't be long before Nougat comes knocking.


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AT&T Stream Saver saves data by lowering video quality

Posted: 11 Nov 2016 01:32 PM PST

AT&T has announced Stream Saver, a new feature that will allow users to conserve data by lowering HD video to 480p standard resolution when streaming over data rather than Wi-Fi. Stream Saver will begin rolling out in early 2017, and users will receive a notification when it's available with directions on to how enable and disable the feature.

Stream Saver competes with T-Mobile's Binge On feature, which functions in a similar fashion. AT&T is working to make the feature even simpler with a quick toggle in the myAT&T app that allows users to turn Stream Saver on or off. This should be easier than T-Mobile's solution, which involves the user dialing a specific code to enable or disable Binge On.

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Google Play Newsstand reveals a new design in latest update

Posted: 11 Nov 2016 12:26 PM PST

Google has begun rolling out an update to its Google Play Newsstand app that brings a visual redesign and refines many core features of the service. Upon opening the app, users are greeted and shown the weather, with a single stream of personalized stories below that's being referred to as "Briefing".

At the bottom are four links to different sections of the app: For You, Library, Explore, and Read Later. While Explore and Read Later are familiar, the former two are largely new additions. For You is the aforementioned landing screen. Library consists of Topics & Sources, which stores magazines and content from the previous My Library feature, and Digest, which organizes the top three stories from each topic and source.

Additional changes include a host of new settings and toggles, giving users more control over the app.

This update is version 4.0 and is now rolling out through the Google Play Store. Screenshots are available at the via link below.


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Top 10 Android app updates this week: Android Auto, Dashlane

Posted: 11 Nov 2016 12:26 PM PST

Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently upgraded apps for the week. We've found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with the most installs. As in the past, we're going to filter out minor updates for the super-popular apps that have over 10 million installs, but we'll make exceptions for apps that have had significant updates. We hope you enjoy this weekly feature and that you discover some apps that end up being useful.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom - Version 2.2.0

Adobe Lightroom

What's new in this version:

  • Raw support is here! With this Technology Preview you can import and edit the raw photos you take with your camera.
  • Connect your camera directly to your Android device with a USB On-The-Go (OTG) cable.
  • Select your photos, and import directly into Lightroom for Android.
  • Then, easily sync your Lightroom photos with all of your other devices.

 

Dashlane - Version 4.5.0

Dashlane

What's new in this version:

  • Your Recent Items sceen now includes all types of data, from secure notes to IDs, with handy time stamps.
  • We made PIN codes even more secure. You must have a screen lock for your device to use PIN, to keep your data extra safe.
  • Share secure notes with new limited rights. Give others access to important information in read-only mode.

 

Mobile Passport - Version 1.9.1

Mobile Passport

What's new in this version:

  • Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
  • William P. Hobby International Airport (HOU)
  • Improved UI

 

Android Auto - Version 2.0.0

Android Auto

What's new in this version:

  • Android Auto now works with any car! Use it directly on your phone screen
  • Android Auto on your phone screen can start automatically when connecting to your car's Bluetooth
  • Even more compatible apps: http://g.co/androidauto
  • Send a customized reply message with a single tap

 

BigOven - Version 5.4.10

BigOven

What's new in this version:

  • Create a folder on the fly to add a recipe.
  • Toggle between list and photo views of your recipes.
  • Add reviews to your favorite recipes!
  • Serious performance improvements on home screen
  • Crash fixes
  • Reduced size of app for users running Lollipop or newer Android versions

 

Viber - Version 6.5.0

Viber

What's new in this version:

  • NEW FEATURE: Chat with your favorite brands, businesses and personalities on Public Accounts. Follow them for news and updates; subscribe to get direct messages
  • Send photos, videos and voice messages with a tap through the new media menu.

 

Southwest Airlines - Version 3.0.3

Southwest Airlines

What's new in this version:

  • We've brought new design to this version all throughout the app!
  • Want EarlyBird Check-In®? Now you can purchase it when you book your flight!

 

Google Street View - Version 2.0.0.13786

Google Street View

What's new in this version:

  • Added support for Daydream — Google's platform for high quality, mobile virtual reality. Explore Street View like never before.
  • Bug fixes and feature improvements.

 

Maps – Version 9.4.1

Maps

What's new in this version:

  • Owner photos have their own space now in gallery, showcase your business!
  • See the average time people spend at a location for easy decision making
  • Select alternative routes that avoid tolls or highways while navigating

 

Google Photos - Version 2.4.0

Google Photos

What's new in this version:

  • Share photos faster: a new sharing experience lets you share to any contact, email, or phone number right from the app
  • Sort photos in albums chronologically or by recently added
  • Reorder multiple items in an album by selecting photos and dragging
  • New shortcuts from the app icon on Android N
  • Create animations offline

 

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VUDU app for Android now supports offline playback

Posted: 11 Nov 2016 12:05 PM PST

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The Walmart-owned Vudu is one of several services that allow you to rent and buy movies online. Much like Google Play Movies, you can rent or buy content in either standard or high definition (abet at around the price of a physical copy) and watch on any supported device. The company has had an Android application for some time now, but the 5.0 update brings a few much-needed improvements.

First off, you can finally save content on your device for offline playback.

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VUDU app for Android now supports offline playback was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Ambi-Turner gives Pixel owners the ambient notification powers they've been missing

Posted: 11 Nov 2016 11:47 AM PST

ambiturnerGoogle giveth, and Google taketh away. Nexus/Pixel buyers know this too well - from little-used features like lockscreen widgets to more interesting fare like wireless charging, a lot of things have showed up in one Nexus phone only to disappear in the next. The Pixel and Pixel XL, for example, are missing some of the ambient notification tools that debuted with the Nexus 6. But as usual, there's a developer willing to fill in the gap.

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Ambi-Turner gives Pixel owners the ambient notification powers they've been missing was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Dispatch unruly neighbors with pixelated ultra-violence in Party Hard Go

Posted: 11 Nov 2016 10:47 AM PST

2016-11-11 18.32.38Video games can often be a source of escapist fantasy... and not always fantasy of the "save the princess" variety. Party Hard, released last year on SHIELD and on SHIELD this summer, falls squarely into the second category. This visceral stealth game is about a Jason Voorhees-style serial killer methodically murdering his partying neighbors. Now there's a mobile version for phones and tablets too, going for $7 with no in-app purchases.

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Dispatch unruly neighbors with pixelated ultra-violence in Party Hard Go was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Play Newsstand v4.0 begins rolling out with a major redesign [APK Download]

Posted: 11 Nov 2016 07:52 AM PST

newsstand

Play Newsstand has been quietly going without an update for much longer than normal, and now we can see why. Version 4.0 began rolling out yesterday and it's packed with a whole new look and a few new features. If recent events haven't scared you away from reading news, there's a link at the bottom of this post where you can grab the latest update from APK Mirror and skip ahead of the regular rollout schedule.

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Google Play Newsstand v4.0 begins rolling out with a major redesign [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Top 10 New Android Games This Week: Galaga Wars, SKYHILL

Posted: 11 Nov 2016 05:37 AM PST

Welcome back to Android Gaming Weekly, our weekly recap of new game releases. We still plan to cover upcoming releases and games we're playing, but this column is dedicated to new games that you can start playing right now. Check out our top picks and let us know in the comments section if you have any suggestions for next week's post.

Space Food Truck

DescriptionSpace Food Truck is a cooperative, culinary sci-fi adventure. 1-4 players take on unique roles aboard the Galaxy Gourmet, and they'll all need to work in concert to succeed! Just like on a real space food truck.

 

Keepy Ducky

DescriptionTwo years ago YouTuber iBallisticSquid invented his legendary Minigame KEEPY DUCKY for a funny stay in the world of Minecraft. Now it is your turn to relive this adventure full of ducks, snow and animal companions on your own Phone, wherever and whenever you want.

 

interLOGIC

DescriptioninterLOGIC is a simple and fun puzzle game. Solve the puzzles by pushing the vehicle to connect two, three or four tiles of the same color to clear the level. As you progress, you'll discover more inventive ways to solve the puzzles.

 

Twelve Absent Men

DescriptionTwelve Absent Men is a satirical legal adventure game with comedic characters, an enthralling storyline and a polished, modern cartoon look. Solve puzzles, confound witnesses and outwit the state prosecutor in this race to that crucial verdict: not-guilty!

 


 Galaga Wars

DescriptionA galaxy on the brink of destruction. Infinite waves of alien enemies. One heroic ship. You know what to do. Fire up the engines, power up the laser chambers as the iconic space-faring shooter returns for its 35th Anniversary in a shower of laser blasts, breathless barrel-rolls and smoking missiles.

 

Trolls: Crazy Party Forest!

Description: Build an awesome Troll village in a fuzzy world bursting with color! Fill it with unique Trolls, then get ready to throw the coolest themed-parties with your favorite characters from DreamWorks Animation's "Trolls"!

 

DragonVale World

DescriptionCustomize your dragons with enchantment spells to change their appearances and abilities. Trade with players from around the world as you build your ultimate dragon paradise. Expand and improve your dragon park with awesome habitats and decorations. Enlisting your dragons to find rare items, then send them to distant lands in the new Airship for big rewards!

 

SKYHILL

Description World War III was one cruel tragedy, at least for the others. You seemed to have a quite nice time, hidden in your fancy penthouse at the Skyhill Hotel… Till the impact of a bio-weapon blew away the life you once knew.

 

Nyheim

DescriptionHelp a party of survivors lead the progress of Nyheim's rebuilding while rats, crises and harsh northern weather all attempt to finish off what the pandemic started.

 

Circularity

DescriptionChallenge yourself to a game of skill, timing and precision. Circularity appeals to both casual and more dedicated gamers. Journey through 15 interesting and exciting levels using a simple navigation mechanic. Perfect time waster for your morning commutes.

 


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There are 2 Billion active Chrome browsers across mobile and desktop

Posted: 11 Nov 2016 03:48 AM PST

chrome

Chrome is installed by default on all Android devices that come from Google's partners as well as all Chromebook computers. That probably accounts to a lot of devices, without taking into consideration all the Chrome browsers that users choose to install on their PCs and Macs. So it's not hard to see how the browser could now be running on billions of phones and desktops and actively used on most of them.

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There are 2 Billion active Chrome browsers across mobile and desktop was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Mobile Passport app adds support for two airports in Houston: HOU and IAH

Posted: 11 Nov 2016 02:58 AM PST

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Mobile Passport is an awesome app for travelers who have a US Passport and want to bypass the long waiting lines for the Customs and Border Protection. Every few weeks, it adds support for a couple of new airports and today is Houston's turn.

Both William P. Hobby International Airport (HOU) and Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) now are Mobile Passport-ready, so you can submit your trip's questionnaire through the app when you land and get a receipt to scan at the Mobile Passport Control.

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Mobile Passport app adds support for two airports in Houston: HOU and IAH was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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HTC Bolt launches at Sprint, runs Android 7.0 on a 5.5-inch Quad HD display

Posted: 11 Nov 2016 12:16 AM PST

After leaking out a couple of months ago, the HTC Bolt is now officially official.

Sprint is now selling the HTC Bolt. You can snag the Bolt for $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $25 each, or for $199.99 with a two-year contract and mail-in rebate. The Bolt is also available for $600 without an agreement.

In exchange for your hard-earned dollars, you'll get a device that runs Android 7.0 Nougat on a 5.5-inch 2560×1440 display. There's a 16-megapixel camera on the back of the Bolt that includes Optical Image Stabilization and Phase Detection Auto Focus, and around front there's an 8-megapixel camera with a wide panorama mode.

Other features of the HTC Bolt include an octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a microSD slot, a fingerprint reader, and a 3,200mAh battery. Sprint and HTC have thrown in 3x20MHz Carrier Aggregation, too, which can offer faster speeds in cities where it's available. Sprint is rolling out 3xCA in markets like Chicago, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Cleveland, and Columbus.

One feature that the HTC Bolt lacks is a 3.5mm headphone jack. That means that you'll rely on the Bolt's USB Type-C port for plugging in headphones. The good news is that HTC and Sprint are including USB Type-C headphones in the Bolt's box.

The HTC Bolt looks like a more affordable version of the HTC 10, which is HTC's currently flagship. The Bolt could actually be a more intriguing option for some folks, though, thanks to features like its larger 5.5-inch display. If your interest has been piqued by the HTC Bolt, you can check it out at Sprint's website using the link below.


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Android Auto v2.0 has a jump shortcut for lists in audio apps and prepares to add several new settings and a homescreen shortcut [APK Teardown + Download]

Posted: 10 Nov 2016 04:18 PM PST

auto

Android Auto v2.0 began rolling out earlier this week with a pretty significant redesign that made the driving mode part of the app's primary UI. There were quite a few changes to support the on-phone Auto simulator, including a fair number of new options like the ability to auto-launch with certain Bluetooth connections (and prevent that if it's still in a pocket).

While most of the new features are easy to discover while poking around in either the driving mode interface or in the couple of config screens, there's a new feature in the audio player that deserves to be called out on its own.

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Android Auto v2.0 has a jump shortcut for lists in audio apps and prepares to add several new settings and a homescreen shortcut [APK Teardown + Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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