These Icon Packs are Hot: Miu, Belle, and Vee

Admit it, your life has been missing some heat. Icon heat. Icon hotness. The “Hot.” Paris Hilton. Today, we bring it all back with a 3-pack. Yes, these icons are hot.

We were only slightly busy over the last two months covering a couple of devices you may have heard of, the Galaxy S6 (review), S6 Edge (review), and HTC One M9. With two of the three out of the way, we needed a break for a minute, which is code for – we needed to freshin’ them up with an icon pack or two. You see, when we do reviews, we almost always review a phone without a third party launcher, so that we can give you our thoughts on the stock experience a manufacturer intended. Now that reviews for the new Galaxys are out of the way, Nova is on and so are some icon packs.

Here are the three I am currently juggling.  (more…)

Deal: Only $30 for This 18,000mAh Battery Pack

Another day, another deal on a battery pack. For just $30, you can grab yourself a Power Vault 18000mAh portable battery beast with dual-USB ports for charging two devices at once. This device would normally retail for around $100, so you are looking at a 70% discount. It might not have Quick Charge 2.0 like the Aukey we recently reviewed, but it’ll certainly charge all of your devices.

The TOCCs Power Vault 18000mAh battery pack comes in blue, should give you up to 5 full charges, depending on your phone’s battery size, and has a sleek, aluminum case.

Here are the specs:

  • 18,000mAh battery (approximate power)
  • Input: 5V 1.5A
  • Output: 5V 1A and 5V 2.1A USB ports
  • Dimensions: 6″ × 3″x .4″
  • Weight: .58 lbs

The deal is live for another 6 days.

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LG’s Music Flow Speakers Will be Google Cast-Ready This Month

LG announced late last night that their Hi-Fi Music Flow speakers will be some of the first available to integrate Google Cast. Their current line-up, which includes sound bars, WiFi speakers, and portable WiFi speakers, will have Google Cast connectivity this month, which I’m assuming means out-the-box. Current owners of any of these products will see an over-the-air update with Google Cast soon.  (more…)

Galaxy S6 Edge Costs More to Build Than the iPhone 6 Plus

According to research firm IHS, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge costs more to make than the iPhone 6 Plus, yet Samsung sells it for slightly less. A breakdown of the phone’s bill of materials reveals that it could cost Samsung around $290 to build a 64GB Galaxy S6 Edge, whereas the iPhone 6 Plus tops out at around $263 for the 128GB model. At full retail, the price of a 64GB Galaxy S6 Edge runs as low as $799; the 64GB iPhone 6 Plus starts at $849.

Of course, this is the standard speculative report that IHS puts out for every phone, many of which are denied by phone manufacturers. The cost could officially be less or more, for all we know.  (more…)

Google’s “Designed For Families” Highlights Family Friendly Apps and Games

This morning, Google announced a new family-focused experience that will soon arrive on Google Play. It’s called Designed for Families, and as the name suggests, is a way for Google to partner with developers to curate content that would be best suited for families and kids and pets. In the coming weeks, this new Designed for Families section will arrive with both apps and games that are age-appropriate, family-focused, and trusted.  (more…)

Tuesday Poll: Do You Use WhatsApp?

Shortly after writing up news of WhatsApp’s new Material Design update and admitting that I’ve never used the app in my life because I live in the US, a number of our US readers chimed in to say that they actually prefer WhatsApp and that everyone they know uses it as well. The rest of the world also can’t fathom the idea that I’ve never used the app, yet run an Android site, and has lambasted me for it. It’s been fun! WhatsApp users sure love their WhatsApp.

So, that means we need to find out if WhatsApp really is making its way to our shores or not and if I need to start convincing every person I know to adopt it into their lives, even though I finally convinced most of them to use Hangouts after years of work.

Let us know, are you using WhatsApp?

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T-Mobile LG G2 Gets Lollipop Update Today

T-Mobile, at least according to its support site, is ready to push Lollipop to the LG G2 starting today. The update will actually begin rolling out today an finish around May 22, so if you don’t see it right this minute, keep checking over the next couple of days.

The update introduces the phone to Android 5.0.2 and software version D80130b. The update weighs in at 617MB, so you’ll want to have plenty of battery or a charger nearby before updating.  (more…)