Verizon Pushed Updates to the Turbo 2, Note 4, and Galaxy S5 Within the Past Few Days

Just a quick note here, but we wanted to point out that owners of a DROID Turbo 2, Galaxy Note 4, or Galaxy S5 on Verizon should have seen a prompt for an update in recent days. No, none of the updates are anything exciting, but our inboxes and Twitter accounts have made it clear that a number of you are curious as to their details. So, here you go.  (more…)

Tuesday Poll: Google+ Turns 5, Do You Still Use It?

Google+ turned 5 years old today. Don’t believe it? Check out our original announcement post, as it’s filled with awesome notions like, “it looks to be one hell of an impressive social tool that may even stretch beyond what Facebook has been doing.” Yeah, we were spot on with that one.

While 5 years is quite the milestone, it’s safe to say that Google’s social network never really quite took off. The only time Google probably saw an uptick of use in the service was when YouTube required users to make a Google+ account for uploading and commenting, and we all know how well that went. If you don’t know how it went, just know that Google retracted that requirement almost a year ago.

Anyway, Google+ isn’t dead. It’s still alive and well. And while the community there isn’t as vibrant as we all might like, it’s still an excellent source to follow your favorite Android news blog.

So, do you still dabble in Google+ or is it dead to you?

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DEALS: Unlocked Galaxy S7 Duos Just $499, 32GB Nexus 5X for $239

eBay has cooked up two serious deals today that include the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Nexus 5X. The Galaxy S7, in all its unlocked, dual-SIM glory, can be had for just $499, while the Nexus 5X with 32GB of storage is all the way down to $239.

If you are interested in the Galaxy S7, I’m not sure you will find a better deal than this. This is a 32GB unlocked version with dual SIM slots, so you can travel easily with this phone without swapping SIMs. This particular variant is model SM-G930FD and works on GSM networks in the US like T-Mobile and AT&T. It will not work on Verizon or Sprint. The only real issue here is that it more than likely won’t work with Samsung Pay because of its international nature.  (more…)

Watch: 15-Minute Video Details Updated TouchWiz for Galaxy Note 7

Posted by Italy’s HD Blog, the below 15-minute video could be our first look at what to expect UI-wise from the Galaxy Note 7. Typically, Samsung redesigns TouchWiz once a year to make it appear more polished. On the Galaxy S7, the latest iteration of TouchWiz isn’t what we would label as terrible, but it still isn’t anywhere near the simplicity of running stock Android.

In the video, the gentleman working the camera takes us on a tour of the pulldown notification area, the updated look for the system toggles, device settings menu, theme management, TouchWiz Home app, and pretty much everything else you would need to see to get a feel for what to expect. As you might guess, this build of TouchWiz is likely a beta build, so it’s possible things may change before launch.  (more…)

Alexa Skills Kit Hits First Birthday, Features Added for Skill Discovery

A year ago, Amazon opened up Alexa to developers, allowing them to integrate the tech into their own platforms. Because of this, the amount of skills offered on the Echo has shot up tremendously, with more being added every day. To help navigate through all of these skills, Amazon has redesigned the Skills layout inside of the Alexa app, listing individual skills under categories, making discovery easier for Echo owners.  (more…)

Moto G4 and G4 Plus are Unlocked and Work on All Major US Carriers

The Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus will arrive in the US on July 12 at a starting price of $199. The price and set of specs should be enough to get you interested in them on their own, but these two phones are also some of the few options out there that work across all of the major US carriers, including Verizon. At this point, not even the incoming flagship Moto Z line can say that, unless something changes last minute.  (more…)