Poll: Which Android OEM are You Most Excited for in 2016?

2016 is heating up to be a big year for many Android OEMs, and with the apparent success of the Nexus 6P, we have yet another manufacturer being praised by US consumers, that OEM being Huawei. We already know Samsung (Galaxy S7), LG (G5), and HTC (One M10) are cooking up their 2016 flagship devices for launch pretty soon, with Motorola and Huawei possibly to follow along soon after.

With that said, we will be keeping our eye on Motorola, as Lenovo’s true plans were recently misreported, and some thought that the company was doing away with their best-selling smartphone. Thankfully, that’s not the case. HTC is also an OEM to keep track of, as basically, they desperately need a winner in 2016.

So, let us know which Android OEM you are most excited about in 2016, then share your reason why down in the comments.

Which Android OEM are you most excited about in 2016?

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Android Pay Rewards “Tap 10” Could Land You a Free Chromecast, Songs on Google Play Music

Google launched a new promo this morning for Android Pay that could land you a bunch of free stuff, including songs on Google Play Music and a Chromecast.

The promo is called “Tap 10” and involves paying for items with Android Pay, hence the “Tap” portion of the name. The idea is pretty simple – the more you tap and pay, the more free stuff you get. If you tap and pay once, you get to pick a free song from Google Play music. At your 2nd tap, you get another. Same thing at your 6th tap. If you continue to tap and pay for the next month and hit the 10 mark, Google will give you a free Chromecast. Yes, a free Chromecast dongle. (more…)

FYI: Google Tips and Tricks Portal Keeps Growing, is Worth a Bookmark

I believe this whole Google tips and tricks thing started back in April of last year, but either way, it’s worth checking out and a bookmark if you haven’t done so already. Haven’t seen it yet? Well, Google is up to 154 tips for getting the most out of their products at this point (they add new ones all the time). And since most of you use Google products…  (more…)

DEAL: Nexus 5X 32GB for $379 at eBay ($20 Off)

Google just dropped the price of the Nexus 5X by $30 earlier this week, yet a seller on eBay is already under cutting them. Through a daily deal, you can grab the 32GB Nexus 5X in any of the three colors (black, white, or blue) for $379. That’s a solid $20 discount off of Google’s recently reduced price on the 32GB version.

The deal also includes free expedited shipping.

If you don’t yet know all there is to know about the Nexus 5X, be sure to read our review.

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Google App Re-Introduces “Allow Rotation” to Home Screens, Auto Tweaks Icon Sizes

Back in the Android M Developer Preview 2, Google briefly enabled an option in the Google App’s settings of “Allow rotation,” which gave phones the ability to rotate home screens into landscape, assuming they were also using the Google Now Launcher. Then, in Preview 3 and up until last night, it disappeared. In last night’s update, though, the option returned in a Google App update that is rolling out to all (edit: maybe just beta members).  (more…)

Nexus 5X Drops to $349 at Google Store

This morning, Google dropped the price of the Nexus 5X to $349. This sounds like a somewhat permanent change as well, as the announcement on Google+ states that it “now” starts at $349, not “temporarily” or something of that nature.

At $349, instead of the original $379, you are looking at a solid $30 discount. And at $349, you have a heck of a deal to consider should you have a sub-$400 budget for a smartphone at the moment. In my opinion, I’d still suggest you go Moto X Pure Edition (review) if your budget tops out at $400. But if you must have Nexus because of updates and all the love in the world for Google, the 5X could serve you well. It does have a really good camera. Here are five other reasons to buy it as well. (more…)

Moto 360 Sport Now Available at Google Store Too for $299

The Moto 360 Sport went on sale in the US last week through both Motorola’s online shop and Amazon. Today, Motorola’s new sport-ready watch joined the list of Android Wear watches at the Google Store as well.

For the same $299 price, you can order the Moto 360 Sport from Google, in case you (for some reason) had issue ordering from those other two outlets.  (more…)

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