DEAL: Nexus 5X 16GB for $299, 32GB for $349 (Plus $20 Visa Gift Card, Free Shipping Included)

If you took advantage of Friday’s Nexus 5X deal that featured Google’s littler Nexus for $312, I apologize, because today, we have an even better deal. BuyDig (via eBay) is currently selling the Nexus 5X with 16GB of storage for $299 and the 32GB model for $349. Those are the lowest prices we have seen to date.

Hold on, though, it gets even better. By purchasing either of the versions, you will also receive a $20 VISA gift card, just because. The VISA gift cards will take 6-8 weeks to arrive, but I can’t imagine you’ll have a problem with that.

BuyDig is selling each as brand new phones. This is model LG-H790, which is the US or North American version and will work on all of our carriers. You can read our review of it here.

Free shipping is included.

eBay Links:  Nexus 5X 16GB ($299) | Nexus 5X 32GB ($349)  (more…)

These USB Type-C Adapters are Benson Leung Approved

If you own one of the new Nexus devices, the Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P, you are probably slowly settling into the idea of USB Type-C. Many of you may have picked up an additional charger or cable here or there through a variety of deals featured on this site, but if you have yet to because you still own a whole bunch of microUSB chargers from old phones that are still in working order, maybe it’s time to put those back to work. Maybe it’s time to pick-up some USB Type-C adapters.

Thanks to Googler Benson Leung, who has been fighting the spec compliant USB Type-C fight for us all, we have a pretty healthy list of adapters that are the safe to use with your older microUSB chargers. It’s probably safe to say that these are the best USB Type-C adapters around.  (more…)

Spotify Brings Videos and Podcasts to Android App This Week

Back in May, Spotify announced that it would soon introduce videos and podcasts to its streaming service line-up, though they weren’t exactly willing to provide a proper launch date at that time. Today, their VP of product, Shiva Rajaraman, told the Wall Street Journal that an update for Android would include these new features this week.

At least one reddit user is already seeing new the Shows and Podcasts sections, though the rollout for them could happen slowly. I, for one, am not seeing these new sections quite yet, even though Google Play is showing that a new update arrive on Android today.  (more…)

Google Play Games Permissions are Changing, Here are the Details

If you play games on your smartphone or tablet that utilize syncing with Play Games, you should note upcoming changes that are taking place. Thankfully for users, these changes are the kind that greatly benefit players, and should positively change your experience when you first start up a gaming application.

As announced today, Google is switching up the Play Games permissions, hoping to limit the amount of time gamers have to spend granting permissions and syncing their Google profile. Once these changes take place, here’s what you should expect to see, or rather, not see.  (more…)

Report: Galaxy S7 Coming to US on March 11

Would you be OK with Samsung releasing the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge on March 11, here in the US? According to @evleaks, that’s what we’re looking at.

March 11 means we could see an incredibly quick turn-around from the time Samsung announces each phone until they hit stores. MWC, the conference that Samsung is expected to make each of the new phones official, starts February 22. Samsung, assuming they do use the event to announce the new Galaxy devices, will likely do so on February 21. So if March 11 is correct, that’s a 3 week window for pre-orders to open and then stock to arrive in stores.  (more…)

DEAL: Nexus 5X is Just $312 Today at eBay ($37 Off)

Through a daily deal running over at eBay, you can grab the Nexus 5X with 16GB of storage for just $312. Even after Google’s recent price reduction on their littler Nexus to $349, you are still seeing a solid $37 savings here. Oh, and free expedited shipping is included as well.

For those not familiar, the Nexus 5X is a return of sorts for the original Nexus 5, which many consider to be the best Nexus phone ever released. LG manufactured it for Google, it features a similar design to the original and a similar build, but it has a greatly improved camera and a fingerprint reader. It’s a solid smallish phone, that may suffer from a performance hiccup here or there. That’s something we’re still hoping Google can figure out at some point. If you are willing to deal with that unknown, today is the day to pull the trigger.

You can read our Nexus 5X review here.

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Oracle: Google Has Generated $31 Billion in Revenue From Android

According to court documents made public this week by Oracle, Google has made a ton of cash from the Android mobile operating system. In total, taken from what Google says is information from confidential and internal financial documents, a revenue of $31 billion has been posted, with profit at $22 billion. This money stems mainly from advertisements seen on Android devices, as well as money made from Google Play.

This information was made available in Oracle’s ongoing court battle with Google, with Oracle claiming Google used Java software without paying for it to develop Android. Google is urging a San Francisco federal judge to redact and seal portions of the public transcript from last week’s hearing where this information was made public.  (more…)

Poll: Do You Use a Fingerprint to Unlock Your Phone?

Yesterday, we asked if you are all using a secure lock screen after reading a report that said 1 in 3 Android users go without one. Our results turned up with slightly better numbers, showing that 77% of you utilize some form of a secure lock screen. That means about 1 in 4 aren’t, which isn’t amazing news, but is certainly not as bad as 1 in 3.

Today, we want to see which percentage of you who are using a secure lock screen, are unlocking with a fingerprint reader. More and more phones seem to be including fingerprint readers at this point, which to us, is a good sign. I say that because a number of you mentioned yesterday that you probably wouldn’t use a secure lock screen if Android Pay didn’t force you to, but also that it hasn’t been that big of an issue thanks to your fingerprint readers. Bring on more fingerprint readers! Secure lock screens are a good thing.

So tell us, are you unlocking your phone with a fingerprint?

Do You Use a Fingerprint to Unlock Your Phone?

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