Don’t Miss These Android Stories: July 1, 2016

For it being just another random slow week at the end of June, we sure had some big things happen in the world of Android. We now know what Android N stands for and what its version number will be, welcomed in a US unlocked Galaxy S7 (and S7 Edge), learned about another HTC Nexus, pre-ordered the Moto G4 and G4 Plus, and started prepping for big announcements from Verizon that should come next week.

Over the long weekend, you should probably catch up. In case you hadn’t realized, things are about to get wild around here with the Note 7, Moto Z, and new Nexus devices on the way.  (more…)

Friday App Sales: Hitman: Sniper, Lifeline Series, DuckTales: Remastered, and More

There is no better time to check Google Play for sales than when there’s a national holiday coming up. Right in time for the 4th of July, many big-name applications and games are on sale, including the entire Lifeline series, Hitman: Sniper (an awesome game), and many more.

Also listed at a discount are Disney’s DuckTales: Remastered for just $4.99, as well as Castle of Illusion. Both of those are very popular titles from Disney, perfect for any kiddies in your life.

Check out the complete list of apps and games on sale below.  (more…)

Verizon’s National Trade-In Event Kicks Off Today, Up to $300 for Your Used Smartphone

Starting today, existing customers on Verizon or those looking to make the switch to Big Red can get up to $300 when they trade-in their existing smartphone. Better yet, even if your current smartphone has a cracked screen, Verizon will offer you a DROID Turbo 2 or DROID MAXX 2.

The way this event works is pretty straightforward on paper. Customers can activate a new line, upgrade an existing line, or switch to Verizon and sign up for a device payment plan. The quickest way to receive instant value for your gently-used smartphone is to visit a Verizon retailer. The credit you receive can be placed towards your new phone’s down payment, or can be redeemed as an account credit. Customers can also opt to receive the credit on a Verizon gift card.  (more…)

DEAL: Buy Unlocked US Galaxy S7 From Best Buy, Get a $75 Gift Card (Updated: S7 Edge Too)

Should you have managed to hold off on buying the newly released US unlocked Galaxy S7 when it initially went live yesterday and are ready to pull the trigger today on payday, just hours before we step into a holiday weekend, we’ve got a decent deal for you. Best Buy is one of the few retailers in the US who has them in-stock, ready for pickup, so if you are considering buying from them, how does an additional $75 gift card with purchase sound?

The $75 gift card comes after purchase, so you still need to fork out the $670 for the phone, a phone that works on all US carriers and is the Galaxy S7 (or S7 Edge) to buy if you have yet to do so. Best Buy says that the gift card ships free, has no expiration, and can be used in both stores and online.

UPDATE: The Galaxy S7 Edge is now available from Best Buy and a part of the deal.

Hit up that link to buy and pick-up in your nearest store.

Deal Link  (more…)

#TBT: Google Unveils Kit Kat, Googler Accidentally Leaks Nexus 5

Back in September of 2013, the Android community was bracing itself for the next Nexus smartphone. Funny enough, during the unveiling of Android 4.4 “Kit Kat” at Google HQ, a Googler (an employee of Google) accidentally revealed Google’s upcoming smartphone. Whoops!

In a video clip which was centered around the new Kit Kat statue, all attention was on the mysterious “Nexus” smartphone this certain gentleman was holding. Naturally, every tech site on Earth posted about it, with Google quickly pulling the clip. Was the clip posted on purpose, maybe to get the hypetrain rolling? Anything’s possible.  (more…)

Android Nougat Statue Video Also Confirms Android 7.0

This morning, Google officially unveiled the name of Android N as Android Nougat, but this afternoon, they put a number to it as well. The next version of Android is Android 7.0.

That new number shouldn’t really shock anyone, since Google basically told us last year to expect a new version each year. We knew that meant a new name, but was anyone sold on their being a full digit jump each year? I don’t know! Either way, Android Nougat is Android 7.0 whether we were ready for it or not.  (more…)