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This time around, we’re comparing the Samsung Galaxy S22 vs Google Pixel 6a. These two phones are definitely not in the same category of phones. The Galaxy S22 is a high-end smartphone, while the Pixel 6a is a mid-range offering. Having said that, they are similar in terms of size, and both can be considered somewhat compact. The Pixel 6a also has a lot to offer, so it may be worth spending less on. All in all, there’s definitely a basis for comparison here.

The two phones do look considerably different, while their internals also do differ quite a bit. Even the images the two cameras provide will differ. They are mostly different, but do have some similarities all around, and one of those is the size, definitely. Having said that, we’ll kick things off by listing their specs, and take it from there. Let’s start comparing the Samsung Galaxy S22 vs Google Pixel 6a, shall we?

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S22 Google Pixel 6a
Screen size 6.1-inch FullHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X display (120Hz adaptive refresh rate) 6.1-inch fullHD+ OLED HDR display (60Hz)
Screen resolution 2340 x 1080 2400 x 1080
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Samsung Exynos 2200 Google Tensor
RAM 8GB (LPDDR5) 6GB (LPDDR5)
Storage 128GB/256GB, non-expandable 128GB (UFS 3.1), non-expandable
Rear cameras 50MP (f/1.8 aperture, 24mm lens, OIS, Dual Pixel PDAF, 1.0um pixel size)
10MP (f/2.4 aperture, 70mm lens, telephoto, 1.0um pixel size, OIS, PDAF, 3x optical zoom)
12MP (ultrawide, f/2.2 aperture, 13mm lens, 120-degree FoV, 1.4um pixel size)
12.2MP (f/1.7 aperture, 27mm lens, 1.4um pixel size, dual pixel PDAF, OIS)
12MP (f/2.2 aperture, 17mm lens, 114-degree FoV, 1.25um pixel size)
Front cameras 10MP (f/2.2 aperture, 1.22um pixel size, 26mm lens, Dual Pixel PDAF) 8MP (f/2.0 aperture, 24mm lens, 1.12um pixel size)
Battery 3,700mAh, non-removable, 45W wired charging, 15W Qi wireless charging, 5W Wireless PowerShare 4,410mAh, non-removable, 18W wired charging
Dimensions 146 x 70.6 x 7.6mm 152.2 x 71.8 x 8.9mm
Weight 167 grams 178 grams
Connectivity 5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C 5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C
Security In-display fingerprint scanner (ultrasonic) In-display fingerprint scanner (optical)
OS Android 12
One UI 4.1
Android 12
Price $799 $449
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Samsung Galaxy S22 vs Google Pixel 6a: Design

When you look at them side-by-side, you definitely see how different these two phones are in terms of design. Both have a centered display camera hole, and flat displays, but that’s basically where similarities end. The Pixel 6a is boxier than the Galaxy S22, it also has thicker bezels than Samsung’s offering. Even the physical button placement is different, as are the phone’s backs.

The Galaxy S22’s camera island is an extension of its frame, it’s covered in metal. The Pixel 6a’s, on the other hand, is not, it’s a camera visor on the back, which goes from one side to the other, and it’s covered by glass. Speaking of which, both phones offer a frame made out of metal, but their backplates are different. The Galaxy S22 utilizes Gorilla Glass Victus+ on the back, while the Pixel 6a includes a “3D thermoformed composite back with tactile alloy frame”, which is a fancy name for plastic material.

The Galaxy S22 is considerably shorter, and slightly narrower than the Pixel 6a. It is also thinner than Google’s offering, while being around 10 grams lighter. Both devices are quite slippery, while the Galaxy S22 is definitely easier to use with one hand, as it’s smaller. We presume that the in-hand feel will be somewhat similar, but we can’t speak about it yet, as the Pixel 6a didn’t get released yet.

Samsung Galaxy S22 vs Google Pixel 6a: Display

The Galaxy S22 features a 6.1-inch fullHD+ (2340 x 1080) Dynamic AMOLED 2X display. This is a flat display with a 120Hz refresh rate, and it’s an LTPO panel. In other words, it offers an adaptive refresh rate. It also supports HDR10+ content, and it gets quite bright at 1,300 nits of peak brightness. This display offers a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, and it is protected by the Gorilla Glass Victus+.

The Google Pixel 6a, on the other hand, includes a 6.1-inch fullHD+ (2400 x 1080) display. This is an OLED panel, though it’s a 60Hz display, it does not offer a high refresh rate. This display is flat, and we’re looking at a 20:9 aspect ratio here. It is protected by the Gorilla Glass 3. As you can see, the Pixel 6a has a taller display aspect ratio, and it also includes thicker bezels, that’s why it’s noticeably taller than the Galaxy S22.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus AM AH 07

We didn’t get a chance to test out the Pixel 6a panel yet, but we do expect a solid offering from Google. Still, it won’t be able to compete with the Galaxy S22. Samsung’s handset has a superior panel on paper, and it will be superior in real-life use as well. A 120Hz refresh rate is simply superior, plus chances are that the colors will be punchier on this panel. The viewing angles on the Galaxy S22 are excellent, and we’re not expecting less from the Pixel 6a. The Galaxy S22 also has better display protection, a lot better.

Samsung Galaxy S22 vs Google Pixel 6a: Performance

Both of these phones are quite powerful on paper, when it comes to performance-related specs. The Galaxy S22 is fueled by either the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Exynos 2200, depending on the region. It also includes 8GB of RAM and either 128GB or 256GB of flash storage. The Pixel 6a is fueled by the Google Tensor SoC, while it includes 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Both devices utilize LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 flash storage, by the way.

All three of those chips are immensely powerful. The Exynos 2200 turned out to have the most problems out of the three of them, but only European Galaxy S22 units are fueled by the Exynos SoC. Both RAM and flash storage are immensely fast on both smartphones. The Galaxy S22 offers great performance, at least in its Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 variant. It does get quite warm, though.

The Pixel 6a is not out yet, so we didn’t get a chance to test it out. It does have the same SoC, RAM, and storage chips as the Pixel 6, though with a bit less RAM. So, we’re expecting comparable performance. If that ends up being the case, the Pixel 6a will offer excellent performance in any aspect. Both of these phones should be able to deliver excellent performance regardless of what you’re doing with your phone at any given time.

Samsung Galaxy S22 vs Google Pixel 6a: Battery

The Samsung Galaxy S22 features a 3,700mAh battery. The Pixel 6a, on the flip side, includes a 4,410mAh battery. You’ll immediately notice a huge difference in battery capacity, despite the fact the two phones have the same display size. In fact, you’d expect a larger battery to be included inside the Galaxy S22 due to its high refresh rate display, but that’s not the case. That’s where Samsung made a mistake, though.

The Galaxy S22 does not offer excellent battery life, not at all. That’s, actually one of its weakest points. Your battery life will, of course, depend on your usage, but don’t expect this phone to last you the entire day if you’re a power user. The Pixel 6a is not available yet, so we weren’t able to test out its battery life. On paper, though, it looks truly promising. Based on the battery life the Pixel 5a 5G and Pixel 6 provide, with everything considered, we have high expectations for the Pixel 6a.

What about charging? Well, the Galaxy S22 kind of wins in that regard. Not only does the phone support 25W wired charging, it also supports 15W wireless charging, and 5W reverse wireless charging. The Pixel 6a, on the other hand, only supports 18W wired charging. So, the Galaxy S22 should charge faster, not only due to faster charging, but due to a smaller battery pack as well.

Samsung Galaxy S22 vs Google Pixel 6a: Cameras

These two phones have considerably different camera offerings. The Galaxy S22 utilizes a 50-megapixel main camera, in addition to a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera, and a 10-megapixel telephoto camera. The Pixel 6a, on the flip side, has a 12.2-megapixel main camera, and a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera. Google once again opted for a 12.2-megapixel camera here, the same camera sensor it has been using since the Pixel 2.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus AM AH 04

Now, the Pixel 6a is not out at the time of writing this article, it will be released in July. Having said that, we can only assume what type of images will it offer. The Galaxy S22 has an immensely capable camera setup, and it provides great results, but not to the level of the Galaxy S22 Ultra, Pixel 6, and so on. The Pixel 6a is expected to offer similar results as the Pixel 5a 5G, maybe even a bit better thanks to the Google Tensor SoC that will be included inside the phone.

We cannot directly compare the two phones at the moment, but we do expect the Pixel 6a to offer excellent images during the day, with plenty of detail and excellent dynamic range. Solid low light shots will likely be on offer as well. The Galaxy S22 does a really good job in low light, but it’s not exactly the best phone for taking low light images. The Pixel 6a may even be on par in that regard, if not better, we’ll see. The Galaxy S22 will likely have an edge in telephoto shots, due to dedicated hardware.

Audio

Both of these phones include stereo speakers. The Galaxy S22 actually has really capable stereo speakers, and it provides 32-bit audio. Its speakers are tuned by AKG. Chances are that the Pixel 6a won’t ship with such capable speakers, but they’ll likely be quite good nonetheless. We’ll have to wait and see. It’s nice to see Google included two speakers, though, that’s for sure.

In regards to an audio jack, neither of the two phones has it. The Pixel 5a 5G did include an audio jack, but Google decided not to do the same on the Pixel 6a. We’re not sure why that is, but there you have it. You’ll have to utilize the Type-C port on these two phones, or use wireless earphones/headphones.

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Top 10 Best Action Games For Android – Updated May, 2022 https://www.androidheadlines.com/best-action-games-android.html Tue, 17 May 2022 23:30:32 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=917183 Android is home to a great many games across a great many genres, including action games, which is what this best list will be focusing on. With the wide variety of action games on Android, we wanted to narrow down the best ones to sink your teeth into. Whether you’re looking for an action game [...]

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Android is home to a great many games across a great many genres, including action games, which is what this best list will be focusing on.

With the wide variety of action games on Android, we wanted to narrow down the best ones to sink your teeth into. Whether you’re looking for an action game that’s insanely fast-paced or something a little more reserved, we’ve got you covered.

That being said, not every game is going to be to everyone’s tastes. And some may not like any games on this list. That’s ok. We’ll also be updating this list from time to time. So keep an eye out for other games that get swapped out.

Best Action Games For Android – Summary

Below you’ll find a summary table of the best action games we selected.

If you’re short on time, the table below lists all ten games that we picked. Along with any associated costs and a download link to grab it.

 

Game Download Cost In-app cost (per item)
Call Of Duty: Mobile $0.00 Up to $99.99
Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night $9.99 $0.00
Dead Cells $8.99 $0.00
Mega Man X Dive $0.00 Up to $99.99
Among Us $0.00 Up to $2.99
Dragon Ball Legends $0.00 Up to $79.99
Brawlhalla $0.00 Up to $49.99
Pascal’s Wager $6.99 Up to $2.99
PUBG MOBILE $0.00 Up to $199.99
Black Desert Mobile $0.00 Up to $99.99

Call Of Duty: Mobile

  • Download Cost: $0.00
  • In-app Cost Per Item: Yes
  • Size: Varies with device
  • Google Play rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars

Call Of Duty: Mobile was a good way to start off this list because it’s perhaps the most action-filled action game out of our selections, and it’s definitely one of the best action games on Android currently.

This is Call Of Duty in the way that you’d expect, but sized down to fit on mobile devices, yet without really losing any of the quality and fun gameplay. And it looks great visually.

Now in its 12th season at the time of writing, Call Of Duty: Mobile is constantly adding new modes, new maps, and new guns to outfit your loadout. And now that it has shifted to the improved battle pass system the game is much better than it was when it launched in October of 2019.

If you love Call Of Duty for the guns, then you’ll love the gunsmith feature that was added to this game not too long ago. Which was brought over from Modern Warfare. While this is a free-to-play game and the loot crates can get a little out of hand, there is a metric ton of free unlockables (good ones at that) which you can acquire just by playing thanks to the battle pass.

There is no reason not to try out Call Of Duty: Mobile unless you hate good free games and/or first-person shooter action titles. Otherwise, grab it and dive in.

Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night

  • Download Cost: $9.99
  • In-app Cost Per Item: No
  • Size: 1.5GB
  • Google Play rating: 3.6 out of 5 stars

Bloodstained: Ritual of The Night isn’t just one of the best action games on Android, it’s one of the best action games on any platform.

If there were ever a spiritual successor to Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night, this is it. While not tied together through the story, the gameplay is very similar, but with better graphics, unique characters, and challenging battles between you and the denizens of the underworld.

With development led by former Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi, Bloodstained: Ritual of The Night offers up some excellent side-scrolling metroidvania gameplay that is just the right amount of difficulty.

You can play as multiple characters, level up and unlock new abilities, and discover all kinds of weapons and secrets throughout the game.

And surprisingly the touch controls are very well-developed. So it should play and feel just like if you were playing it on PC or console. Having just recently launched, you can pick up Bloodstained for $9.99. Which isn’t bad at all for a premium mobile title of this caliber.

Dead Cells

  • Download Cost: $8.99
  • In-app Cost Per Item: No
  • Size: 607MB
  • Google Play rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars

Dead Cells is another game in the action category that takes on a side-scrolling metroidvania style. But it adds the elements of roguelike mechanics which means if you die you have to restart from the beginning.

This brutal challenge makes Dead Cells hard to put down. Especially if you strive to do better than your last run.

The permadeath feature is no joke. And that might initially turn some people off from the idea of playing it. But the threat of permadeath forces you to increase your skill and learn how your enemies operate. So over time you improve and overcome your enemies.

It also makes for an interesting experience as each playthrough could end up being just different enough to keep interests high.

Mega Man X Dive

  • Download Cost: $0.00
  • In-app Cost Per Item: Yes
  • Size: 103MB
  • Google Play rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars

Mega Man is an iconic franchise that many gaming enthusiasts will be familiar with. Whether you grew up alongside the release of the original games or discovered them much later. Mega Man X Dive is the newest Mega Man game to hit the market and it’s the newest Mega Man game on mobile.

It comes with modern graphics so it looks just as good as you might expect from a game in this genre that isn’t a retro port, and mostly contains the same great style of gameplay that made Mega Man so popular in the first place. You can even perform combo attacks and take on boss challenges should you feel like you’re ready for them.

And, there’s a co-op mode too. So you can play with friends, or you can fly solo if there’s no one else to join you on the adventure. Overall it has good touch controls as well. Which isn’t always the case with action games on mobile.

This is a free game, but there are micro transactions. On top of that some players seem to be complaining that they’re fairly prominent. So be forewarned.

Among Us

  • Download Cost: $0.00
  • In-app Cost Per Item: Yes
  • Size: 124MB
  • Google Play rating: 3.6 out of stars

Among Us is a game that’s been around for over two years now, but has only garnered lots of attention over the last few months.

It’s available on PC and mobile, and it has crossplay so you can play with friends no matter which of the two platforms they’re on. The goal in Among Us, is to find the impostor.

You are one of a small group of people on a space ship who is getting ready to set out into the great depths of space. But the impostor wants nothing more than to kill everyone off. You will need to work together with the other crew members to figure out who the impostor is, or complete all the tasks to ensure victory.

Or, if you’re the impostor, then your goal is to cause chaos and try to kill all the other crew members. All without being discovered. The game supports online play, and it supports local WiFi play with up to 10 players and as little as 4.

Dragon Ball Legends

  • Download Cost: $0.00
  • In-app Cost Per Item: Yes
  • Size: 110MB
  • Google Play rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars

Dragon Ball Legends is still one of the best action games on Android, especially if you’re a fan of the Dragon Ball series.

While it is an action game it also has RPG elements and follows an original story that was developed just for this game. So it’s not a title that you should expect to follow the same path as the anime or manga.

Gameplay and controls are easy to learn and the graphics are quite amazing. Which is no doubt part of the game’s appeal if you like visually impressive games.

And although the storyline of the game is original, there are going to be plenty of familiar characters popping up like Goku, Vageta, Gohan, Cell and more.

Brawlhalla

  • Download Cost: $0.00
  • In-app Cost per Item: Yes
  • Size: 94MB
  • Google Play rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars

If you’re wondering what Brawlhalla is, think Super Smash Bros., but with a mix of unique original characters and familiar characters from animated pop culture TV shows and Ubisoft games.

Brawlhalla is a Ubisoft game, after all. It’s a platform fighting game that looks and feels a lot like Smash, and you’ll find playable characters from Adventure Time, the Rayman series, and more. Some of the characters are only available as DLC though so that’s worth keeping in mind.

Matches can contain up to 8 players but don’t necessarily have to have that many. And there’s a training room that you can enter to hone your skills as a Brawlhalla legend.

It has crossplay too. So you can link up with your friends who are on PC or console.

Pascal’s Wager

  • Download Cost: $6.99
  • In-app Cost Per Item: Yes
  • Size: 71MB
  • Google Play rating: 4 out of 5 stars

There have been many Soulsborne style games that have made their way to mobile, all attempting to capture the magic of what that series offers for PC and consoles.

Pascal’s Wager might just be one of the closest games in comparison. It’s a challenging action RPG title that will not take you by the hand and walk you through things step by step.

It doesn’t technically throw you right into the deep end, but it isn’t extending a helping hand either. The game boasts multiple playable characters, expansive worlds to explore (at your own peril), and challenging boss battles.

It’s not quite the Demon’s Souls remake, but if you wanted something somewhat similar that you can take with you on the go, give Pascal’s Wager a try.

This is also a premium game so you’re paying once for the title and then you don’t have to buy anything else. It does however have some DLC available that add new content to play through. But there are no loot boxes or other micro transactions, and no monthly subscription fee of any kind.

PUBG MOBILE

  • Download Cost: $0.00
  • In-app Cost per Item: Yes
  • Size: Varies with device
  • Google Play rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars

PUBG was the original battle royale before other popular games hopped onto the scene. And PUBG MOBILE is PUBG, but on a smaller scale. Though it does carry most of the same features.

Whether you prefer the smaller matches that have teams of 4, or the massive matches where there are 100 players on a giant map all trying to win, PUBG MOBILE has it.

The game also ends up delivering numerous content patches with additional gameplay, features, collaboration events and more. The most recent for example was a tie-in with popular singing group Blackpink.

In fact there are daily events and challenges to participate in. So if you miss a couple weeks you’ll also miss some exciting content. This is the perfect game for anyone who likes the thrill of shooter titles that have you constantly watching your back thanks to the sheer number of other players in your match.

Plus it’s a free title, so you’ve really got nothing to lose. If you don’t like it you can simply uninstall.

Black Desert Mobile

  • Download Cost: $0.00
  • In-app Cost Per Item: Yes
  • Size: 86MB
  • Google Play rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars

Black Desert Mobile is more of an MMORPG than an action game but it does have plenty of action combat. So we picked it for this list because it’s an excellent game and one of the best action games on Android.

Since this is an MMO as well, there is a HUGE world to explore with hundreds upon hundreds of quests, dungeons, raids, multiplayer PvP, multiplayer PvE and more.

There’s also quite a few playable classes to choose from. What stands out the most though, is the gorgeous graphics of the characters, surrounding world, and especially, the ability effects. Sometimes it’s fun to play this game just to run around and see the beauty of the attacks. Even if you’re not accomplishing anything.

All-in-all, Black Desert Mobile is a good action game to pick up if you want something that always has stuff to do. It’s not really an action game that has an ending. Which means you can hop in at any point and enjoy whatever the current events or activities are that are going on.

And those happen pretty often just like in PUBG MOBILE. Black Desert Mobile is also a free title so there is no monetary commitment. Though it does offer things you can buy with real money, so keep that in mind.

Black Desert Mobile is now one year old, too. So there’s currently a special event going on within the game to celebrate the anniversary. This includes some cool rewards for players, so it’s a good time to jump in and give it a try.

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Qi Certification Hints At Charging Speed For Google Pixel Buds Pro https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/05/qi-certification-charging-speed-google-pixel-buds-pro.html Tue, 17 May 2022 22:46:28 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=1006079 Google Pixel Buds Pro was among the most significant announcements at this year’s I/O 2022 Developers Conference and now new details have emerged regarding the gadget’s wireless charging. That’s because the upcoming earbuds have now appeared in documentation certifying them for Qi wireless charging standards. What does Qi Certification reveal about Pixel Buds Pro charging? [...]

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Google Pixel Buds Pro was among the most significant announcements at this year’s I/O 2022 Developers Conference and now new details have emerged regarding the gadget’s wireless charging. That’s because the upcoming earbuds have now appeared in documentation certifying them for Qi wireless charging standards.

What does Qi Certification reveal about Pixel Buds Pro charging?

While Google Pixel Buds Pro was already known to support the standard — the feature has been listed on the Google Store page since the announcement — the charging rate was not detailed at that time. But based on the Wireless Power Consortium Qi certification documentation, these buds will be anything but slow to charge.

The certification lists the charging rate at 2.5W via Qi Wireless charging. That matches the charging rate of the second-gen Pixel Buds launched back in 2020. Compared to the Pixel Buds A-Series wearables, which didn’t support wireless charging at all.

A 2.5W charge rate would also place Google Pixel Buds Pro ahead of Apple’s latest AirPods Pro. Those other earbuds charge at a rate of 1.7W. While some newer gadgets such as those from Samsung or Sony may charge at a slightly faster rate.

Additionally, the Consortium shows images of the charging case as part of its certification. That’s the first time the wireless charging case for the buds has been pictured at multiple angles.

Images released officially by Google have centered on the earbuds themselves — available in four colors. In contrast, the case itself is plain white with a black accent color inside. So Google has previously only shown the case at a head-on angle or at a distance with other products. And opened up to show off the colorful buds inside.

Now, the case can be seen with its lid closed from the back, front, and sides. Showcasing the slanted lid angle and refined hinges at the rear.

Finally, the Qi certification reveals the model number for the incoming wearable. At the very least, Google gave the case itself model number GPX4H. The model number for both components together as sold at retail — and for the earbuds individually — may be different.

Pixel Buds Pro qi wireless charge certification images

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More PS5 Console Covers Are Arriving Next Month https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/05/new-ps5-console-covers-arrive-mid-june.html Tue, 17 May 2022 22:02:48 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=1006113 New PS5 console covers are coming next month, as Sony just announced today that it will be releasing the three remaining colors in June. Back in December of last year Sony officially announced the console accessory as a means to give your PS5 some extra style. At the time though, only the Midnight Black and [...]

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New PS5 console covers are coming next month, as Sony just announced today that it will be releasing the three remaining colors in June. Back in December of last year Sony officially announced the console accessory as a means to give your PS5 some extra style. At the time though, only the Midnight Black and Cosmic Red were available.

And although it took Sony more than a year to launch them, PS5 owners were more than happy to finally have an official way to replace the white faceplates. Prior to the official Sony model, your only options were knockoffs from third-party retailers, plates that Dbrand changed just enough so Sony couldn’t issue them another cease and desist, and skins.

But none of those options really looked as nice as what Sony is now offering. Now that the latest colors are on the way, people can match their console up to their DualSense controllers. Sony has offered all five colors of the DualSense since last year.

PS5 console covers arrive in three new colors on June 17

Starting in the middle of next month, June 17 to be exact, Sony will start selling the three remaining colors of the console covers. This includes the Starlight Blue, the Galactic Purple, and Nova Pink. All three colors will retail for $54.99 just like the other two. The price will also be the same regardless of whether you have the Disc or Digital edition of the console.

All that said, you can pre-order the console covers now if you want to get the purchase out of the way. Or simply secure the color you’re wanting. You shouldn’t have too much trouble with stock as the black and red models weren’t exactly flying off the shelves like the console itself.

Then again it never hurts to be prepared. Sony hasn’t confirmed whether or not it will release more colors on top of these five down the road. But considering how many colors of the PS4 DualShock controller it launched, there’s a good chance additional colors are on the horizon. Especially since these seem to be popular with consumers.

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3 Reasons To Try Ubisoft+ Now, And 3 Reasons To Wait https://www.androidheadlines.com/3-reasons-to-try-ubisoft-now-and-3-reasons-to-wait.html Tue, 17 May 2022 21:20:59 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=1006103 Ubisoft this week announced that Ubisoft+, its subscription game service for PC and cloud, is coming to PlayStation and Xbox, and we think all gamers should try it. We still don’t know when players can access Ubisoft+ from their consoles. Since Ubisoft hasn’t announced an official launch date for those platforms yet. But since Ubisoft+ [...]

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Ubisoft this week announced that Ubisoft+, its subscription game service for PC and cloud, is coming to PlayStation and Xbox, and we think all gamers should try it. We still don’t know when players can access Ubisoft+ from their consoles. Since Ubisoft hasn’t announced an official launch date for those platforms yet. But since Ubisoft+ is already available via PC, Stadia, and Amazon Luna, you can try it right now if you’re curious to see what it’s like.

To that end, we wanted to present some reasons why you should consider giving Ubisoft+ a try. We also think there’s precedent for why you should wait to try it. So with that said, here’s 3 reasons why you should try Ubisoft+ right now, and 3 reasons why you should wait.

Why you should try Ubisoft+ right now

Amazon Luna Ubisoft

It’s awesome

Getting down to brass tax here. Ubisoft+ is awesome. There’s a pretty decent collection of games in there you can download or stream (depending on which platform you use to play the games). This includes newer releases like Riders Republic and Far Cry 6. As well as a wide collection of games from the past couple decades.

All of Ubisoft’s big franchises are there, including the entire Assassin’s Creed series of titles from the original all the way up to Valhalla. Even off shoots like Assassin’s Creed Chronicles are there.

Plus, you can play any of the games available in the service as much as you want as long as your subscription is active.

So you can start building up rewards

One of the cool little perks of Ubisoft+ is you can unlock rewards the longer you’re subscribed. You’ll unlock bronze rewards at one month. Following bronze, silver rewards come at two months. Then gold rewards at four months, and finally platinum rewards at seven months. So if you try it out now and love it, then you’ll start building up some cool rewards faster.

And who knows, that might come in handy for you when the service launches officially for consoles presumably later this year. One thing to keep in mind is that rewards do have a shelf life. So if you do try out Ubisoft+ and you decide to keep the subscription going, be sure to check in with the rewards at least once a month to see what’s there for you to claim. Otherwise you may lose it.

To play any new content before more games come out

Some games in the Ubisoft+ library will have new content that was recently released. Such as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s Dawn Of Ragnarok expansion. It’s not a bad idea to test out the service now. That way you can play that content while it’s still fairly new. Especially if you have a backlog of games you’ve been interested in playing and want to get them out of the way before other games are released later this year.

Why you may want to wait

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There are no trial deals available

Services like Ubisoft+ are no stranger to tossing out deals where you can test the service out for a trial period. Either letting you check it out completely free or getting the service for a discount for one month. For example, last Summer Ubisoft was letting people sign up for Ubisoft+ for $1 for the first month by signing up for Amazon Luna.

That trial is no longer available. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be any popping up at any time. Basically, waiting could reward you with some savings.

Ubisoft may add separate plans for console

The hope is that when Ubisoft releases Ubisoft+ for PlayStation and Xbox, that they’ll be added into the multi-platform plan. And if that’s the case, then that plan becomes a better deal at $17.99 a month. Since you’d be able to play games on PC, Stadia, Luna, PlayStation, and Xbox.

However, there may end up being separate plans for consoles. PlayStation and Xbox could even end up getting their own plans separate from each other. If you plan to play on PlayStation or Xbox, you may want to wait to try things out until you know if they’re going to be bundled in with the multi-platform plan.

There’s no games you really want to play

The last reason you may want to wait to check this service out is that there simply may not be any games you want to play. Ubisoft doesn’t necessarily have any noteworthy games on the horizon for 2022 with concrete release dates.

It does however have a few games that look very promising which could still release this year. Including Skull and Bones, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, and The Division Heartland.

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NVIDIA GeForce NOW: Everything You Need To Know – Updated May, 2022 https://www.androidheadlines.com/what-is-nvidia-geforce-now-everything-you-need-to-know.html https://www.androidheadlines.com/what-is-nvidia-geforce-now-everything-you-need-to-know.html#disqus_thread Tue, 17 May 2022 20:40:20 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=867727 What is GeForce NOW? To put it simply, it’s NVIDIA’s cloud gaming platform. You use it to stream games to other devices using NVIDIA’s hardware. Letting you play games with high graphics settings without needing a high-end PC. If you’re looking to learn more about NVIDIA GeForce NOW, this guide breaks it all down and [...]

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What is GeForce NOW? To put it simply, it’s NVIDIA’s cloud gaming platform. You use it to stream games to other devices using NVIDIA’s hardware. Letting you play games with high graphics settings without needing a high-end PC.

If you’re looking to learn more about NVIDIA GeForce NOW, this guide breaks it all down and attempts to answer any questions you may have. This is an ongoing piece of content and will be updated accordingly when there are changes to the service.

What is NVIDIA GeForce NOW and when is it available?

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As noted above GeForce NOW is NVIDIA’s answer to a cloud gaming platform. It’s been working on it for a few years now, though it has only ever been available as a closed beta.

That all changed in February of 2020 when NVIDIA finally launched the service out of beta and made it available to everyone.

So when is it available? Right this very moment. You can sign up for the service whenever you have time and immediately start playing games. Keep in mind that GeForce NOW may not be available in your region.

Officially, the service has only launched in the US and in Europe. Though NVIDIA also states that the service is up and running through alliance partners in Russia, Korea, and Japan.

How much does it cost?

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There are two tiers of GeForce NOW that are available. One of those tiers is free of charge. So you can sign up and enjoy games at absolutely no charge. Save for the cost of the game itself.

There is also the Founders tier. This tier used to cost $5 a month but has now been bumped up to $10. A change NVIDIA made earlier this year. It gives you extra benefits over the free tier. So in addition to paying for your games, you also have the $9.99 monthly fee to pay. The good thing is that if you are grandfathered in, meaning you’ve subscribed to GeForce NOW as a founder since it was $4.99, then you can keep that monthly price as long as the subscription never lapses.

As it stands now, it’s the exact same cost as Stadia Pro. It works off of your existing hardware. Whether that be a phone, a PC, or a tablet.

Update – October 21, 2021

NVIDIA has now announced a third tier of the GeForce NOW membership with the RTX 3080 tier. Which costs $99.99 for a six-month membership subscription. Enabling  RTX 3080 gaming rigs with RTX ON, two additional hours on the session length for a total of 8 hours, and up to 120 fps on PC, Mac, Android, and iOS apps, as well as other benefits.

Update – December 16, 2021

NVIDIA GeForce NOW RTX 3080 tier memberships are now available without a waitlist. Meaning you can subscribe and gain access immediately to start streaming games.

Update – March 11, 2022

NVIDIA has finally added the ability to subscribe to the RTX 3080 tier on a monthly basis. So you can now pay to subscribe for $19.99 a month instead of $99.99 for 6 months.

What devices does GeForce NOW support?

Quite a few, actually. GeForce NOW was designed to work with a wide range of different hardware.

That means you can use it on just about anything. Including a potato PC. Specifically, you can use it on Windows-based desktops and laptops, as well as on Chromebooks. So, if you’ve always dreamed of your computer playing high-end games but it just didn’t have the specs, now that doesn’t have to limit you.

It can also be played on Android smartphones, as well as iOS smartphones via Safari. It’ll work on the NVIDIA SHIELD and on Mac desktops and laptops too. The only requirements for Android are that it have at least 2GB of RAM, support OpenGL ES 3.2, and run on Android 5.0 or later. You will also need a supported gamepad.

You’ll also now be able to access the service on LG TVs from 2021 or later that run on WebOS.

What gamepads work with GeForce NOW?

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This is a sort of broad question as it kind of depends on where you play games. If you play on PC, then any gamepad that is supported by that PC should work. I.E. the Xbox One controller, the Steam controller etc.

If you play on Android phones then the list is probably a little bit shorter. With Android phones you can officially use the Razer Junglecat, the Razer Kishi, the SHIELD controller, the Razer Raiju Mobile, the Glap, the SteelSeries XL, the SteelSeries Stratus Duo, the DualShock 4, and the Xbox 360 and Xbox One controllers. Just to name a few of course. As there are now many others that work.

NVIDIA’s FAQ page says you need to use a USB OTG cable with the DualShock 4 if you’re playing on the phone. This isn’t true though. And if you dig a little deeper and go to the support page you’ll see that it says both wired and Bluetooth.

You should be able to connect the DualShock 4 to your phone wirelessly through Bluetooth. As that’s what I did personally and it worked just fine. This also means that the DualSense controller should work just fine as that can also connect with Android devices.

Optionally, you can also likely hook up a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to your device and that should work for games that require a keyboard and mouse to play.

What games are available on GeForce NOW?

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This is a very large list so not all of them will be listed here. The short answer is most games.

GeForce NOW supports a wide variety of games through Steam, Uplay, and other launchers on PC. This is how it accesses games. It pulls from the games you already have in your existing library.

Furthermore, that should also answer any questions about cost. You don’t pay NVIDIA directly for game titles. But it will not let you access any games you didn’t buy. So if you want to play it, you would need to have purchased through Steam or elsewhere.

When it comes to accessing games from Steam, some will not be shown or listed in the GeForce NOW app on Android. However, once you log into your Steam account through the GeForce NOW app, you can select from one of the titles that are shown, and then simply back out to your Steam library and select any game you wish.

This is because NVIDIA is simply accessing your Steam account through the Steam remote play feature. As for games from other launchers, you can play titles like The Division 2, Fortnite, Kingdom Come: Deliverance and more.

Newest Games:

The newest games to come to the service include a handful from the last couple of months. Games like Lost Ark, God Of War, Dune: Spice Wars, MotoGP22, Terraformers, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt, Prehistoric Kingdom, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Neptunia X SENRAN KAGURA: Ninja Wars, and Brigandine The Legend Of Runersia just to name a few.

Is there first-party content?

No. You won’t find any first-party content with GeForce NOW because it in itself is not really the platform. Not in the way that Stadia is technically a new platform. GeForce NOW is merely the vessel, letting you access the games you already own from other stores.

If there’s first-party content for that store, then it may be available through GeForce NOW. Borderlands 3 is a good example of this. It’s currently only available from the Epic Games Store. You can play it on GeForce NOW.

So in a round about way there are first-party exclusives. But not like PlayStation 4 or the Epic Games Store have exclusives.

What are the requirements to use the service?

When it comes to requirements there isn’t a massive list, but you will still need to hit the basics.

You obviously need an internet connection for it to work. Connection speeds need to be at least 15Mbps for 720p resolution with 30fps for the frame rate. If you want 1080p resolution with 60 fps for the frame rate, then you need a connection speed of at least 25Mbps.

You also need to connect the device physically with an ethernet cable, or, you can play using wireless if you’re connected to a 5GHz wireless router. This means you may not be able to play games on GeForce now on some public Wi-Fi hotspots if the router isn’t 5GHz. At the very least the experience may not be as good.

That’s pretty much it. If you’re playing on Windows there are no software requirements really or hardware requirements. Meaning you don’t need to use a specific type of display and you don’t need a minimum of 16GB of RAM.

Android does however have some requirements as noted above. You need a device with at least 2GB of RAM, and the device has to run Android 5.0 or later and support OpenGL ES 3.2 or later.

Do you need any special equipment?

Yes and no. It is recommended that you have a 5GHz router. And of course you will need a PC or Android smartphone to connect to the service from.

You do not however need any specialized equipment that is meant for GeForce NOW only. The service was designed to work with your existing hardware. So you likely already have a controller that’s compatible and a device to play games on.

Many routers are also 5GHz these days, so plenty of users will be set here too.

How do you set up GeForce NOW?

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Setup is pretty simple and doesn’t take long to do. We put together a nice little guide on how to get everything going here.

You’ll need a few things, like an NVIDIA account, a controller or some form of peripheral for controlling the games, and you need to sign up for a GeForce NOW membership which you can do from the main website.

You also need to have the Android app installed on your phone if you’re playing on your phone, or the program installed on your PC of choice. Once you have everything in place you can start playing games right away.

What are the features?

The feature list is pretty small. But, there are some nice perks to look out for.

If you’re a Founders member, you’ll get the RTX ON feature. Which lets you play games that take advantage of ray tracing through NVIDIA’s powerful 2080 graphics cards.

GeForce NOW also utilizes an NVIDIA feature called NVIDIA Highlights. This will automatically save exciting in-game moments. Once saved, you can choose to share these highlight videos across various social channels.

Such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and more. Founders also get six-hour long gameplay sessions before they need to log out and log back in to continue for a new session, and they get priority access.

Free tier members are limited to one-hour long gameplay sessions, and have standard access. Which means Founders will get to connect first if servers are full or reaching capacity.

What are the benefits?

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The main benefits are clear and concise. You can play just about any of your PC games, just about anywhere you like, and just about on any device.

So there are some exceptions there. But those limitations are pretty minimal. Essentially you get the availability to play all of your already-owned games on your phone or PC. And if it’s the phone you want to use so you can play the games on the go, you get a wide selection of devices to choose from.

Just like Stadia in its current state, you have a ton of options. So if you prefer to use a Samsung Galaxy Note 10, you can. And that’s a wonderful consumer-friendly option. Though keep in mind that as long as you meet the Android requirements listed above, the device will work.

Another benefit is that you can spend less on a PC. Maybe you want to play high-end games with tip-top graphics, but you can’t afford a PC that is powerful enough to support this. Now that’s not an issue.

Are there any downsides?

Yes. There are a few. GeForce NOW isn’t perfect. Just like Stadia isn’t perfect. Just like Stadia though, the tech works and the service works. Especially under optimal conditions.

As for the downsides, GeForce NOW is limited on some games. While it has a vast array of available options, it still misses out on games from some publishers. Namely Activision Blizzard. Prior to the launch the games were officially available through the service.

After the launch however, Activision Blizzard requested that the games be pulled. This means no more Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, Call of Duty, or other games from either company on GeForce NOW.

Another downside is the play session limits. With the Founders tier you are limited to six hours. If you reach that point then you will need to log out. Then log back in, and start a brand new play session. This may not affect some people, especially if you don’t usually play for longer than six hours at a time.

Some people do though. The bigger downside is with the free tier. Free tier members only get one-hour long play sessions, and this might feel a lot more constricting. It’ll basically make it a lot more challenging to play any sort of MMO or ongoing game.

If it’s a multiplayer game that has longer content, such as raids that can take at least a couple of hours to finish and require a group of players, using the free tier isn’t exactly convenient as you’d have to stop every hour and log out.

You’d also have to hope that you got back in immediately so that your group isn’t waiting on you. Case in point, if you’re planning using GeForce NOW with an MMO or MMO-like game, pay up for the Founders tier.

Is NVIDIA GeForce NOW right for you?

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It’s certainly right for someone. For a lot of people really. But, it won’t be right for everyone.

If you’re asking yourself this question, then there are a few things you want to consider. Are you ok with the limitations, like the one-hour and six-hour play sessions? Are you ok with the lack of games from Activision Blizzard?

Do you mind not having iOS support? If you’re not ok with these things, then GeForce NOW may not be for you. Something similar to GeForce NOW that would allow access to games like Overwatch and WoW and support iOS would be Shadow.

Though your monthly fee is quite a bit higher. So you’d need to consider that too. You gain a few things but you also pay more. With GeForce NOW you have a really low monthly cost to keep up with.

For that, you’ll get access to just about any game you may have ever purchased or will purchase on PC. Thinking ahead, the service will end up allowing you to play newer games that have yet to release too.

If you have an Android device, then GeForce NOW may be the right choice for you as it supports a huge variety of Android devices.

I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this if you don’t have a 5GHz router and don’t have a strong internet connection. Notice I didn’t say fast, because your internet speeds can be really good but the connection strength could still be weak.

Which would more than likely cause issues with any cloud gaming experience. All of these factors are worth mulling over. In the end though, GeForce NOW is a great gaming option if you have strong, fast internet with the proper router and an extra $5 to spare every month.

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Google has reportedly changed its mind about a decision made regarding the Legacy version of G Suite earlier this year, effectively canceling plans to make money on plans that were previously free. That’s based on recent reports detailing a message recently sent out by the company.

For clarity, the change follows a decision in early 2022 to move all grandfathered G Suite Legacy users off of the free plan. Essentially forcing them to lose nearly all services or to pay money. With G Suite set up to allow users to access email, cloud storage, and other apps or applets on a custom domain.

Of course, the tools in question are those that are now associated with Google Workspace. So the idea was to take these enterprise services and shift them further to the enterprise side of the equation. Since these are enterprise-grade apps and custom domains are associated with that market segment as well.

Now, Google won’t be taking those services away from G Suite Legacy users. Or, at the very least, not from all users.

Who will still be impacted by the shift away from the free variant of G Suite Legacy and how?

With the change in place, businesses and enterprise or commercial users still aren’t off of the hook. For those users, the free edition “will no longer be available starting June 27.”

Users in that sphere will need to upgrade to a Google Workspace subscription to keep their services intact.

Users who access the G Suite Legacy free edition for “non-commercial purposes” can opt out of the transition, according to Google’s latest message. Meaning that they’ll still have access to their custom domain Gmail. As well as free access to “no-cost Google services.”

Google expressly lists services such as Google Drive and Google Meet, as part of the deal. As well as any purchased content, services, or data. So users who aren’t accessing G Suite for business purposes will be able to keep all of that. In addition to keeping the non-business centric YouTube and Google Photos benefits that were already to be kept under the original plan.

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Ubisoft+: Everything You Need To Know – Updated May, 2022 https://www.androidheadlines.com/ubisoft-plus.html Tue, 17 May 2022 19:34:37 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=976637 Ubisoft+ is one of many different services that allow you access to a number of games from a certain publisher. In this case, Ubisoft games from the likes of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, The Division, Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon and more. If you’re unfamiliar with Ubisoft+ and everything that it offers, not to worry. This [...]

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Ubisoft+ is one of many different services that allow you access to a number of games from a certain publisher. In this case, Ubisoft games from the likes of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, The Division, Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon and more.

If you’re unfamiliar with Ubisoft+ and everything that it offers, not to worry. This guide is here to help lay out what the service is and what you get with a membership. And if you’re familiar with the service but don’t know everything about it that you’d like to, this guide can help fill in any gaps you might have. Whether that be about features, platforms etc.

What is Ubisoft+?

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Ubisoft+ is a subscription service from Ubisoft. With a subscription, you get access to a huge suite of different games to play. Keep in mind these are all Ubisoft titles. So this isn’t like Xbox Game Pass where you can play games from a variety if different studios.

That being said, if you’re a big fan of Ubisoft franchises, then this isn’t a bad service to be subscribed to. Quite the opposite. In fact, if you’re a big fan of Ubisoft games, it might just be the perfect service for you.

Does Ubisoft+ cost anything?

Ubisoft+ does have a subscription cost. Unlike Ubisoft Connect, the studio’s other service which really only serves to connect your account across platforms. With Ubisoft+ it has an associated monthly fee to gain access to Ubisoft’s library of games.

There are two monthly membership plans you can pay for. And each one is slightly different, but for the most part the same. When it comes to plan cost, you can pay $14.99 a month, or $17.99 a month.

If you subscribe to the $14.99 a month plan, you get access to games on one platform. The $17.99 a month gives you multi-platform access. Not unlike Xbox Game Pass Ultimate which lets you access games on console, PC, and cloud.

Having said that, if you’ve had Ubisoft+ from the beginning of its launch, then you also have Founders status, and you get multi-platform at the $14.99 price. So long as you never let your account lapse or cancel and restart in the future. Basically, as long as it continues to remain active without any interruptions, you’ll keep the multi-platform usability at the cheaper price.

What platforms is Ubisoft+ available on?

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Ubisoft+ is available on PC, and for cloud platforms. For the $14.99 a month subscription, you can access all included Ubisoft titles on your PC that runs Windows. If you pay for the $17.99 a month plan, then you’ll get the service for PC, and for both Stadia, and Amazon’s Luna cloud gaming service. Optionally, you can also subscribe to Ubisoft+ on Amazon Luna through the Ubisoft+ channel, which is also $14.99 a month.

Update: May 17, 2022

On May 116, Ubisoft officially confirmed that Ubisoft+ will be coming to PlayStation and Xbox. Additionally, it will be launching Ubisoft+ Classic, which will be bundled with the new PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium plans, containing a collection of classic Ubisoft games with a rotating list of available titles.

How many games does the service have available?

According to Ubisoft, there are over 100 games available in the service. The studio is constantly adding more to it so the library is always growing. Although, it’s possible that some games may be removed after a time. Just like with Xbox Game Pass.

Also worth noting is that cross progression is enabled. So, if you have the multiplatform plan, you can play a game on PC, then switch to playing on Stadia or Luna and pick back up where you left off. This is all thanks to it being tied to Ubisoft Connect.

What games can you play?

You’ll find games from basically all of Ubisoft’s major franchises. Such as Assassin’s Creed, including the most recent title, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. There’s also plenty of games from the Tom Clancy franchise. Including, Ghost Recon Wildlands, Ghost Recon Breakpoint, The Division 1 & 2, Rainbow Six Siege, and more.

Additionally, all of the Far Cry series is available to play, as are less popular but still mainstream titles like Rayman, Anno, The Settlers, The Crew, and Watch Dogs just to name a few. Since there are over 100 games we aren’t going to list every single title here. But you can find the entire catalog at the Ubisoft+ website.

There will routinely be new releases added as well. The most recent games added to Ubisoft+ were Rainbow Six Extraction, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Complete Edition, Monopoly Madness, Riders Republic, and Discovery Tour: Viking Age just to name a few.

Does Ubisoft+ have any special perks?

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Actually, yes. You do get some special rewards with Ubisoft+ based on how long you’re subscribed. With an active subscription, Ubisoft will occasionally throw out rewards to members. You can claim these rewards from the Ubisoft+ website, though you do only have a finite amount of them. So make sure you choose your rewards wisely, as you’ll have to earn more to claim more.

As an example of what to expect, there is currently a Killer Gnome gun charm you can acquire for Far Cry 6. And there are rewards for XP boosts, and other useful in-game items. Ubisoft will add more rewards in the future as well. And you can check these at any time in the Upcoming rewards tab.

You can check current rewards for the month too, and even look back on your history if you want to see any rewards you claimed in the past.

How long do I have to claim rewards?

Rewards can be claimed for a period of one month. Ubisoft will swap the rewards out on the first Tuesday of every month. And any unclaimed rewards will not carry over to the next month. So if you see rewards that you want and you’re able to redeem some, then you’ll need to claim them before the rewards reset.

On the rewards page, you’ll also be able to see how much time you have left to redeem rewards that are available. Next to the time remaining, you can also see how many rewards you have redeemed out of the total made available to you that month.

How do I earn rewards?

You will earn rewards simply by being a Ubisoft+ member. Unlike the process for earning Ucreds. With Ucreds, you can earn them by playing Ubisoft games. Some of that gameplay will earn you extra Ucreds for completing certain tasks in those games. To earn rewards in Ubisoft+, it’s based on a four-tier system. You will start at Bronze the moment you sign up, and get one reward each month to redeem.

You’ll move to Silver once you’ve subscribed for 2 months, Gold at 4 months, and Platinum at 7 months. Each reward tier will give you an additional reward to redeem every month. Maxing out at 4 once you hit Platinum.

How do I play games?

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If you’re on PC, then you will need to install them on the PC you’re using. If you’re playing via Stadia or Luna, then you play through the cloud and stream them.

Can I play with a controller as well as a keyboard and mouse?

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That will all depend on where you play games. If you play on PC, then you will be able to use any input methods that PC supports. Which include both controllers, and a mouse and keyboard. By the same token, you can use a controller and mouse and keyboard via Stadia as well. As it supports both those categories of inputs. Although, which one you can use will also depend on where you access Stadia.

For example, through the browser on a PC as opposed to on the TV with a Chromecast Ultra or Chromecast with Google TV. The same goes for Luna. You can use whatever inputs Luna supports to play games through the Ubisoft+ channel.

Will the service ever come to consoles?

Tough to say. As of right now there are no confirmations from Ubisoft about the service coming to consoles. And if it ever does, there’s no guarantee it’ll be available on all console platforms. Meaning you could see it on PS4 and PS5, as well as Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, but not Nintendo Switch.

Though this is just conjecture since Ubisoft has yet to announce a console rollout. Keeping that in mind, there is no Ubisoft+ availability on console at the moment. This could boil down to Ubisoft’s own decision to hold off, and if that’s the case perhaps it’s in development.

There’s also the possibility that the service hasn’t launched for consoles because the studio has yet to make deals with Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo.

Can I keep any of the games I download?

You will only have access to the games in the Ubisoft+ library while you are subscribed to the service. Even if you’ve already installed the games, you will not be able to play them after you unsubscribe. However, you will not lose any progress thanks to Ubisoft Connect.

So should you ever re-subscribe to the service, you will once again be able to play the games you have installed and carry on from where you left off. Just like if you were swapping between platforms.

Does the service offer cross-play?

Ubisoft+ does offer cross-play. Which means you can play with friends even if they’re not playing on the same platform as you. Having said that, this is only for select titles. Not all games will support cross-play, and you may want to make sure the game you’re trying to play with friends supports cross-play before hopping onto your chosen platform.

Some games may support cross-play in the future but may not at the current moment. So that’s another thing to keep in mind.

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All The Countries Where You Can Buy The Pixel Buds Pro https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/05/pixel-buds-pro-country-availability-colors.html Tue, 17 May 2022 18:33:30 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=1006060 Google has revealed the country availability for the Pixel Buds Pro, its newest pair of true wireless earbuds. Google officially announced the Pixel Buds Pro at Google I/O on May 11. They’re packed with some notable upgrades. Such as Active Noise Cancellation, improved battery life of up to 11 hours, and a supposed better fit [...]

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Google has revealed the country availability for the Pixel Buds Pro, its newest pair of true wireless earbuds. Google officially announced the Pixel Buds Pro at Google I/O on May 11. They’re packed with some notable upgrades. Such as Active Noise Cancellation, improved battery life of up to 11 hours, and a supposed better fit and seal.

They also come in four colors – Lemongrass, Coral, Fog, and Charcoal. While the new features and improvements and the $199 price tag probably sound nice to many, the availability of the Pixel Buds Pro is going to be somewhat limited. That means if you don’t live in one of the supported regions, your only chance to get them will be through reseller sites like eBay.

Pixel Buds Pro availability extends to 12 countries

If you live in the US, you luck out. Because it’s one of the available countries where Google will sell its new earbuds. In total it’s going to be selling them in 12 countries once they launch. Which is one more than the last pair. In addition to the US, Google will sell the Pixel Buds Pro in Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Australia, Japan, Taiwan, and Singapore.

However, not all four colors will be available in all countries. Canada, Ireland, Australia, Taiwan, and Singapore will only get one or more of the color options. Canada for example won’t get the Coral color. Meanwhile Singapore is only getting the Charcoal color.

Google may eventually release the other colors in the countries that aren’t initially getting all of them. But it’s probably best to assume that the initial launch options are the only ones you’ll get to choose from.

In the US, the Pixel Buds Pro will retail for $199. While all colors will be available from the Google Store, there’s no doubt some or all will also pop up at retail partners like Best Buy. Google hasn’t announced a firm launch date yet, but the new buds will be launching alongside the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro phones.

Pre-orders for the Pixel Buds Pro also start July 21.

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Samsung Finally Adds Fill Color Tool & More To Its PENUP Art App https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/05/samsung-penup-update-fill-color-tool-search-usability.html Tue, 17 May 2022 18:30:53 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=1006043 The Samsung PENUP app has been a staple among the company’s S-Pen-ready apps for almost as long as the accessory has been around, and it’s finally getting a Fill Color tool. That’s based on reports following the most recent update to version 3.0.03.6 of the app. Now, Fill Color isn’t the only new feature added [...]

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The Samsung PENUP app has been a staple among the company’s S-Pen-ready apps for almost as long as the accessory has been around, and it’s finally getting a Fill Color tool. That’s based on reports following the most recent update to version 3.0.03.6 of the app.

Now, Fill Color isn’t the only new feature added with the recent update to the Samsung PENUP art app, but it is arguably the most important. The tool, as its name suggests, is one that’s been found in nearly every art-focused app ever developed.

Summarily, it lets users quickly fill in spaces in their art — between fully-enclosed lines — with color. And, up until now, it’s been missing in Samsung’s app. That is unless users took their art into “Coloring” mode. Now, it’s available in the main drawing mode of the app.

Aside from Fill Color, what else is new in Samsung PENUP?

Setting that new feature aside, PENUP should also be better than ever for Samsung devices that don’t include an S-Pen too. Stacking atop a better experience filling in colors, following the update, the app offers “improved Live Drawing usability.”

That should equate to better drawings all-around. Whether users are drawing with a stylus pen or with their fingers. And it should allow more users to have a better experience. Regardless of whether they’re on a smartphone or a tablet. Regardless of whether their phone– as this is a company-specific app, rather than a device-specific one — supports the S-Pen.

Additionally, users looking for Live Drawings or art to color will have an easier time finding that. The update adds a new search feature specifically for those segments of the app. Meaning that users can more readily find example clips of art being drawn via Live Drawings. Or find a piece of art to make their own with custom colors.

Overall, changes like these will go a long way toward placing Samsung PENUP among the best art apps available. The update is rolling out now for those that want to check it out.

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When Disney+ Debuts Ads later this year, they won't be intrusive https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/05/when-disney-debuts-ads-later-this-year-they-wont-be-intrusive.html Tue, 17 May 2022 18:08:49 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=1006063 Disney+ announced back in March that it was going to debut an ad-supported tier of its service later this year. Now, Disney+ is shedding some more light on this new tier before it launches. Disney+ says that it will not show ads to preschoolers, or content that is made for preschoolers. And the ads won’t [...]

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Disney+ announced back in March that it was going to debut an ad-supported tier of its service later this year. Now, Disney+ is shedding some more light on this new tier before it launches. Disney+ says that it will not show ads to preschoolers, or content that is made for preschoolers. And the ads won’t be intrusive either.

The company said that it plans to limit the volume of ads to an average of four minutes per hour with this new plan. That’s almost half as much as Hulu now, which is about 7.4 minutes per hour. That’s definitely good news, as ads on Hulu have gotten a bit out of hand.

Disney+ still hasn’t mentioned how much it’ll cost

While Disney+ is mentioning how many ads you’ll see within an hour, and that ads won’t be shown to preschoolers, it has not yet mentioned a price for this new tier yet. Currently, Disney+ is about $8 per month. So we could see an ad-supported tier for around $5. That would be the sweet spot, since there are very few services that are at $5 or less, with and without ads. But there’s talk that it might hike the ad-free version to a higher price point, and keep the ad-supported tier around $8.

Of course, that will all depend on how much money Disney+ thinks or knows it can make from each user with ads.

Disney+ doesn’t want to alienate its customers, and risk losing them, like Netflix is doing. Disney+ had some incredible growth during the pandemic, mostly due to the fact that there were so many people stuck at home, and needed something to watch. And Disney+ has loads of kids content, that parents could turn it on after kids were done with school and keep them entertained. Now we’re starting to see some of those customers leave, or cancel their accounts.

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Google Has A New HQ, And It's In Bay View https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/05/google-new-hq-building-office-bay-view.html Tue, 17 May 2022 18:00:25 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=1006019 We all know about the Google HQ located in Mountain View, California. However, according to Engadget, Google is not looking to keep it at just one location, as the company just opened its new location. This new Google HQ is located at Bay View and Charleston East. The Bay View HQ is the first one [...]

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We all know about the Google HQ located in Mountain View, California. However, according to Engadget, Google is not looking to keep it at just one location, as the company just opened its new location. This new Google HQ is located at Bay View and Charleston East.

The Bay View HQ is the first one designed by Google

Google designed a new headquarters for its affairs in Silicon Valley, and it’s a sight to behold. The new HQ is the first location actually designed by Google itself, and it shows. Google’s designs for devices (and now, buildings) are really odd-looking but in the best way. They’re eccentric and experimental, but they grow on you after a while. Think of the Pixel 6’s design.

This building definitely has a unique design with its sloping roof sections. They almost give it the appearance of being a giant tent at the right angle. Overall, it has the appearance to make people look twice.

This is definitely a sustainable building

Google didn’t only design this building to be eye candy for Silicon Valley; there are also some environmental benefits to the building. Google (well, according to the 5-minute promo video) designed this HQ with the environment and sustainability in mind.

Google put a lot of work to make the building run only on electricity. This eliminates what would have been a lot of fossil fuel used. It utilizes geothermal energy to help it sustain power and it even captures the rainwater instead of letting it flow away.

If you want to see more about what this building is and the thought behind it, you can watch the promo video below.

Google announced the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro

At Google I/O 2022, Google announced a lot of hardware products for eager Googlers. Among the devices announced, Google pulled the wraps off of the Pixel 7. This is the next generation of flagship smartphones by Google.

The phone will have a similar design to the Pixel 6 with the visor on the back. However, instead of being made from glass, the visor is made from metal. It, much like with the Galaxy S22 and OnePlus 10, melts into the phone’s frame.

This phone will use the next-generation Tensor chip designed by Google. We don’t have much more information on the specs, but we know that the pro model will have a triple-camera setup while the regular model will have a dual-camera setup. The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro will launch in the Fall alongside the Pixel Watch.

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Top 10 Best Simulation Games For Android – Updated May, 2022 https://www.androidheadlines.com/best-simulation-games-for-android.html Tue, 17 May 2022 17:45:36 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=963409 The best simulation games are ones that not only immerse you in the world and the presence of the character, but give you tons of tasks to complete. So you always have something to fill your time. There are LOADS of these games on Android, but not all of them are equal to one another. While many [...]

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The best simulation games are ones that not only immerse you in the world and the presence of the character, but give you tons of tasks to complete. So you always have something to fill your time. There are LOADS of these games on Android, but not all of them are equal to one another.

While many of them are good, and some are great, there are way more that are mediocre at best. So we’ve rounded up 10 of the best simulation games you can play on Android and threw them together in this list. They’re not necessarily organized to be in any particular order.

If you’ve never played simulation games before, they can be an excellent choice for a more relaxing and casual experience. Some of them will be free while others will be premium. But all of them can be a lot of fun if you’re willing to give them a shot.

Top 10 Best Simulation Games For Android

Below you’ll find a summary table of all 10 of the best simulation games we selected for this guide. You can see the name of each game, how much it costs, and what the cost of the in-game purchases are, as well as links to the Play Store to download them. If there are any at all. If you want brief description, of each game, you can find those below the summary table along with all the same information as well as Play Store links.

Game Download Cost In-Game Cost (per item)
My Time At Portia $7.99 $0
Tears Of Themis Free $0.99 – $99.99
The Ramen Sensei 2 Free $2.49 – $44.99
SpongeBob: Krusty Cook-Off Free $0.99 – $99.99
Guitar Girl Free $0.99 – $94.99
Pocket Build Free $0.99 – $64.99
Cooking Mama: Let’s Cook! Free $0.99 – $15.99
Fallout Shelter Free $0.99 – $99.99
Stardew Valley $4.99 $0
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Free $0.99 – $79.99

My Time At Portia

  • Download Cost: $7.99
  • In-Game Purchases: No
  • Size: 1.1GB
  • Google Play rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars

We’re certainly not playing any favorites here, but if you like simulation games that look gorgeous, are expansive, and have tons of stuff for you to do, then this might be the best simulation out there for you.

My Time At Portia lets you do everything from socialize with over 50 interactive NPCs to building and decorating your home. And you can even start a family. You have a fully functioning workshop to create all kinds of stuff, too. You can farm, grow crops, and even engage in a few battles here and there. Plus, just look at it!

This one costs $8, but it’s well worth it.

My Time At Portia

Tears Of Themis

  • Download Cost: Free
  • In-Game purchases: Yes
  • Size: 178MB
  • Google Play rating: 3.7 out of 5 stars

Tears Of Themis is the latest game from miHoYo, the same studio behind the smash hit game Genshin Impact. You play as an attorney who is working to uncover a deep mystery on a case you’re on.

In the game you’ll need to collect evidence, establish relationships with each of the characters, and acquire testimonies from suspects. There’s a more rich narrative in this game, with every character having their own unique story arc.

The game also has full voice acting which should help to make things feel more immersive.

Tears Of Themis

The Ramen Sensei 2

  • Download Cost: Free
  • In-Game purchases: Yes
  • Size: 63MB
  • Google Play rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars

The Ramen Sensei 2 is all about time management as you build up and become a popular ramen shop. You’ll get to make tasty bowls of ramen and serve customers, while also ensuring you keep them happy and don’t mess up their orders.

There’s also mini-games you can play, and as you get bigger and better you can enter ramen cooking competitions to try and claim victory. The game features numerous different ramen recipes too. If you’re a ramen fan and like these types of simulation games, Ramen Sensei 2 is one of the best ones to fill your time with.

The Ramen Sensei 2

SpongeBob: Krusty Cook-Off

  • Download Cost: Free
  • In-Game purchases: Yes
  • Size: 181MB
  • Google Play rating: 4.1 out of 5 Stars

There’s lots of money to be made in Bikini Bottom, and in SpongeBob: Krusty Cook-Off it’s up to you to help Mr. Krabs serve everyone. Similar to The Ramen Sensei 2, this is a time management cooking game, with all sorts of recipes based on food from the show.

You can also upgrade and decorate your restaurants with all kinds of different décor, collect different outfits for the characters and more. The perfect sim game for SpongeBob fans.

SpongeBob: Krusty Cook-Off

Guitar Girl

  • Download Cost: Free
  • In-Game purchases: Yes
  • Size: 106MB
  • Google Play rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars

For the ultra relaxing simulation game, look no further than Guitar Girl. As the title of the game suggests, you take on the role of a girl who plays guitar for her fans and followers on the internet.

The cool thing about this game is that as she gets more popular, she makes her way to bigger stages and plays for more people. Acquiring more popularity and allowing you to play a variety of songs. You can decorate Guitar Girl’s room, grow her fanbase, and you can help Guitar Grow as a person and a creator by getting likes and follows on her social media.

As a simulation game it’s quite different from everything else on here. But it definitely feels appropriate for the era we live in. And it’s a lot more calming than anything else on the list.

Guitar Girl

Pocket Build

  • Download Cost: Free
  • In-Game purchases: Yes
  • Size: 165MB
  • Google Play rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars

Pocket Build is the perfect game for anyone that likes to build anything and everything. This game lets you build castles, houses, bridges, farms and more. It boasts endless possibilities with the amount of things you can build in a large amount of locations.

It’s hailed as an open world game with tons of locale, and you have the ability to upgrade and outfit your creations with tons of options. It also features 3D touch support, a first-person mode for mining and gathering resources and more.

Pocket Build

Cooking Mama: Let’s Cook!

 

  • Download Cost: Free
  • In-Game purchases: Yes
  • Size: 70MB
  • Google Play rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars

Cooking Mama: let’s Cook! is one of the more popular cooking simulation games available on Android, boasting a 4.4 star rating with over 50 million installs. Cook from over 30 different recipes, play a host of mini games, learn about cooking and challenge other players to climb the ranked lists.

There’s even an ability to watch “realistic” cooking videos that help you learn how to make supported recipes. Which is kind of a trip considering this is a game. This is definitely something you want to check out if you enjoy cooking and simulation games.

Cooking Mama: Let's Cook

Fallout Shelter

  • Download Cost: Free
  • In-Game purchases: Yes
  • Size: 38MB
  • Google Play rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Fallout Shelter has been around for a few years now but it’s still one of the best simulation games available on Android. With the world now in a post apocalyptic state, you, the player, must make sure that everyone makes it safely into the vault.

Help them flourish by starting families, gathering and cooking food, and overall just help the community thrive. You can customize a ton of different stuff and explore the wasteland by sending out dwellers to scavenge for useful items and junk.

Fallout Shelter

Stardew Valley

  • Download Cost: $4.99
  • In-Game purchases: No
  • Size: 80MB
  • Google Play rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars

Stardew Valley is highly regarded as the ultimate farming sim RPG. Most notably this game has over 50 hours of gameplay to get through. So you’ll be playing for quite some time and have lots of content to enjoy.

As for what you can do, you basically have to build up your farm and do everything from grow your crops to exploring. You can upgrade and customize your home, too, and even raise and breed animals.

If you’re like me, then you may also enjoy one of my favorite features, the fishing. As one of the best simulation games on android, this one is a definite must. It’s also free if you have the subscription to Google Play Pass.

Stardew Valley

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

  • Download Cost: Free
  • In-Game purchases: Yes
  • Size: 170MB
  • Google Play rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars

This isn’t quite the scale of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but that’s perfectly ok. It’s Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, which is a scaled down version of Animal Crossing that you can easily fit in your pocket and take with you anywhere.

In it, you’ll be able to design your campsite and camper, your own cabin, and your character with tons of different options from numerous outfits to loads of living décor. Trust us, with over 300 different pieces of clothing and over 1,000 different pieces of furniture, there’s a massive amount of combinations and ways to design your setup.

You can also collect themed items, and interact with the over 100 different animals in the game too. It’s a super casual, relaxing simulation game if you’re just looking for something to fill some down time.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

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Here's Why Dish Wireless Only Has One 5G Phone https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/05/why-dish-wireless-only-one-5g-phone.html Tue, 17 May 2022 17:30:17 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=1005971 Dish Wireless officially unveiled its 5G network (Project Genesis) two weeks ago. However, the $900 Motorola Edge+ is the only device that works with the network. The carrier has now explained the reasoning behind the decision, which sparked widespread criticism. “With respect to handsets, so we’re out of the gate with Project Genesis with devices [...]

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Dish Wireless officially unveiled its 5G network (Project Genesis) two weeks ago. However, the $900 Motorola Edge+ is the only device that works with the network. The carrier has now explained the reasoning behind the decision, which sparked widespread criticism.

“With respect to handsets, so we’re out of the gate with Project Genesis with devices that do not have Band 70,” Dish Wireless President John Swieringa said during the company’s Q1 2022 earnings call.

“The devices that we’re deploying under Genesis and in the early days of our network are X65 Qualcomm devices where we’re aggregating Band 66 and 71. We do have Band 70 devices in the labs now, working with all of our major OEMs on that.” Swieringa went on to say that Dish will launch Band 70 devices by late Q3, so there’s still some waiting to do.

The carrier’s reasoning behind blaming Band 70 networks doesn’t quite make sense, as per analyst Brian Goemmer. “Nine out of 10 people would have a difficult time understanding what exactly is and is not in Band 70,” he told Fierce Wireless. Goemmer further said that convincing smartphone manufacturers to adapt to a carrier’s preferred spectrum is tougher than it sounds.

Dish said it is still committed to covering 20% of the U.S. with its data network by mid-June

Dish Networks Co-Founder and Chairman Charlie Ergen explained why the carrier isn’t spending too much money on marketing 5G. “We do need lower-cost phones….You wouldn’t hit the gas on that today with one phone that’s $899, right?” Ergen said.

The chairman spoke about the carrier’s commitment to cover at least 20% of the U.S. population with its 5G network by mid-June. Ergen said the pledge is limited to providing data only. He also added a caveat saying it may not “be as robust as we’d like.”

“We have FCC obligations that are focused on retail wireless, and they’re not focused as much on maybe some of the other things that we think our network does. We didn’t make the rules. And so, we would probably approach it a little bit different way if it was all P&L,” Ergen said.

Dish has recently inked a multi-year agreement with Samsung. As per the terms of this $1 billion deal, Samsung will provide Dish with “fully-virtualized and O-RAN-compliant 5G solutions.”

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Top 10 Best Android TV Devices – Updated May 2022 https://www.androidheadlines.com/best-android-tv-devices Tue, 17 May 2022 17:30:13 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=939916 Android TV comes in a variety of different devices. From set-top boxes, to HDMI dongles, and even actual TVs. So here we are to bring you the best Android TV devices that are currently available. For those that are not aware, Android TV is Google’s TV operating system based on Android. This is great because [...]

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Android TV comes in a variety of different devices. From set-top boxes, to HDMI dongles, and even actual TVs. So here we are to bring you the best Android TV devices that are currently available.

For those that are not aware, Android TV is Google’s TV operating system based on Android. This is great because all of your favorite apps from your smartphone are available on your TV. In addition to that, you also get the Google Assistant and Cast, so you can literally put anything on your TV.

Top 10 Best Android TV Devices

In this list, you’ll find the best Android TV devices from companies like NVIDIA, TiVo, Xiaomi, Sony, TCL and many others. All of which make some really great Android TV devices, that can be had for as little as $50. Making them very inexpensive.

Price Where to Buy
Chromecast with Google TV $49 Best Buy
Walmart’s onn. Android TV UHD Streaming Device $19 Walmart
Xiaomi MI TV Stick $49 Amazon
NVIDIA SHIELD TV Pro $199 Amazon
Sony A9G Android TV $2499 Amazon
Hisense U8G Series $749 Amazon
TiVo Stream 4K $35 Amazon
TCL 32-inch 3-Series HD Android TV
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$148 Amazon

Chromecast with Google TV

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Google unveiled the new Chromecast with Google TV last month, and it quickly became one of our favorite streaming devices. That is because it brings all the familiarity of Android TV, to a smaller dongle, with an actual remote. Which is something the Chromecast was always missing.

Chromecast with Google TV runs Android TV, but it has a new user interface on-top called Google TV. Which works extremely well. It makes it much easier to find something to watch, and the recommendations will get better over time. Additionally, it has a “Live” tab for YouTube TV (other streaming live TV services will be added in the future, apparently), which makes it easy to see what is live on TV right now. Without jumping into the app, which can be a bit slower.

The remote has all the buttons you’d want, including buttons to control your TV. Which makes the Chromecast with Google TV incredible, and worth buying.

Chromecast with Google TV - Best Buy

Walmart’s onn. Android TV UHD Streaming Device

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Walmart has been working to build out its own electronics brand – onn. – and it now has an Android TV set-top box available. Which is actually pretty cheap, at about $20. It does do 4K but not 4K HDR. Which is great, since most 4K devices are closer to $50.

It is regular Android TV, so you’re going to get access to all of your favorite apps on Android TV. That includes Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube and much more. There’s also support for Google Assistant here.

Walmart onn. Android TV - Walmart

Xiaomi Mi TV Stick

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The Xiaomi Mi TV Stick is the best Android TV streaming device on the market right now. Though there aren’t many competitors to choose from. It doesn’t do 4K though, so if you want 4K, check out the NVIDIA SHIELD TV listed below.

This stick from Xiaomi does the absolute bare minimum for Android TV, and that’s not a bad thing. It’s keeping things simple. As mentioned, it does 1080p only, it has a gigabyte of RAM and 8GB of storage as well. Which should keep it decently speedy.

With Android TV running on the Xiaomi Mi TV Stick, you’re going to be able to watch all of your favorite movies and TV shows here. From apps like YouTube, Sling TV, Fubo TV, Disney+, Hulu, Netflix and much more.

Xiaomi Mi TV Stick - Amazon

NVIDIA SHIELD TV Pro

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The NVIDIA SHIELD TV Pro is the best streaming device for gamers, because it is also a gaming  console and works with GeForce Now. So you can play your favorite PC games on the big screen.

This runs on Android TV, as you might have expected, and that allows it to run a bunch of great apps. Like Fubo TV, Netflix, YouTube TV, Hulu, Disney+, HBO MAX and much more. There are hundreds of thousands of games available on the NVIDIA SHIELD TV Pro.

Of course, with it running on Android TV, you also get the Google Assistant here. So you can control your smart home products from your TV, find something to watch and much more.

NVIDIA SHIELD TV Pro - Amazon

Sony A9G OLED Android TV

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  • Available in: 55, 65 & 77-inches
  • Price: Starting at $2498
  • Buy: Amazon

The Sony A9G is a BRAVIA OLED TV, and it’s the latest model from the company. With this being an OLED TV, you’re going to get a really great picture. With the blacks actually being black, and colors are just going to be more true to life, compared to an LCD or LED TV.

Sony also worked with a number of movie producers to fine-tune the display on the A9G, so that it delivers the best picture quality possible. With X-Reality PRO, you are getting images upscaled to 4K clarity, even if it is being streamed in 1080p or less. Sony has support for Dolby Vision as well as IMAX Enhanced, which is going to give you a total cinematic experience.

There is Android TV built into this TV, so you are going to have access to thousands of great Android apps. This includes Netflix, Google Play Movies & TV, Hulu, YouTube, Sling TV, Amazon Prime Video and much more. The Google Assistant is on-board and there is also support for Amazon Alexa.

What makes this the best Android TV available is the fact that it has the best picture quality available, and Sony also gave Android TV enough power to run smoothly in this TV. Instead of slow and buggy like it is in other TVs on the market, that have Android TV built-in.

Sony A9G - Amazon

Hisense U8G Quantum Series

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  • Available in: 55 & 65-inches
  • Price: Starting at $749
  • Buy: Amazon

The Hisense U8G is a really great Android TV for the gamers out there. That is because it does have an HDMI 2.1 port and supports 4K@120Hz gaming. That’s a big deal for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles.

Additionally, it has the Quantum Dot Wide Color Gamut supported. So you’re going to get over 1 billion true-to-life colors with this TV. It does have HDR, and supports IMAX Enhanced. IMAX Enhanced allows the TV to bring the cinema experience home. As it is able to combine digitally remastered 4K HDR content and DTS audio technologies with the best consumer products and streaming platforms.

Hisense U8G Quantum Series - Amazon

TiVo Stream 4K 

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The TiVo Stream 4K is currently the cheapest way to get Android TV onto your TV set at home. It comes in at just $35, which is really impressive for what you’re getting here. And best of all, the remote only has one sponsored button, and it’s for Netflix. One that most people likely won’t mind.

TiVo has included it’s own guide of what’s on TV here, and you can also see what’s on Live TV through the TiVo Stream. It’s similar to the Google TV interface that Google introduced in late 2020, but with a touch of TiVo included.

Don’t forget that the TiVo Stream 4K is also capable of running 4K HDR content and it also supports Dolby Vision.

TiVo Stream 4K - Amazon

TCL 32-inch 3-Series HD Android TV

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This is a budget Android TV model from TCL. Coming in at less than $150. It’s a 32-inch Full HD TV. So you’re not getting 4K nor HDR here. But for this price, you can’t expect to get that.

Instead, you still get all of your favorite Android apps, as well as Google Assistant and Google Cast included. And soon it’ll get updated to the Google TV interface.

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How To Sign Up For Ubisoft+ https://www.androidheadlines.com/how-to-sign-up-for-ubisoft-plus.html Tue, 17 May 2022 17:09:30 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=1006011 Ubisoft+ is coming to PlayStation and Xbox (hopefully) in the near future and you’re going to want to know how to sign up. That is if you haven’t already subscribed to the service. The studio announced on May 16 that Ubisoft+ was finally coming to PlayStation, but it didn’t mention an exact date. With that [...]

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Ubisoft+ is coming to PlayStation and Xbox (hopefully) in the near future and you’re going to want to know how to sign up. That is if you haven’t already subscribed to the service. The studio announced on May 16 that Ubisoft+ was finally coming to PlayStation, but it didn’t mention an exact date. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to prepare for the sign-up process should you want to add the service to your console.

There’s also Ubisoft+ Classic. A partner service from Ubisoft that will be attached to the PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium tier plans. As far as gaming subscriptions go, Ubisoft+ is a lot like EA Play and EA Play Pro. Where you pay a monthly fee and get access to a huge catalog of Ubisoft games to play. Including day 1 releases and a healthy mix of both more recent and older titles.

If you’re curious about Ubisoft+ and want to check it out for yourself, here’s how to sign up for the service.

Why you should sign up for Ubisoft+

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Ubisoft+ has a lot to offer. A large collection of games from Ubisoft is of course the main selling point. And if you’re a Ubisoft fan, this is the biggest reason to consider Ubisoft+. With it, you can enjoy all the Ubisoft games you want without having to buy them. There’s more than just games though. You also get rewards the longer you’re signed up. And those rewards turn into in-game content and items that can be used in the games you’re playing.

The service also includes premium editions of games, and season passes so you basically want for nothing when it comes to downloadable content for those titles. What’s not to like?

How to sign up for Ubisoft+

Head to the Ubisoft+ website

To sign up for Ubisoft+, you’ll need to head to the website from your mobile or PC browser.

View the available plans

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Before actually starting your subscription, we’d suggest taking a brief look at the available plans for the service. Right now there are two to choose from. Ubisoft+ PC and Ubisoft+ multi-platform access.

The first gives you access to 100+ games from Ubisoft including day 1 releases and rewards on PC only. The second gives you all of that on PC as well as Amazon Luna and Stadia. Hopefully, it will include the PlayStation and Xbox access as well once those launch. It’s also possible that Ubisoft could choose to add a third plan tier for consoles, or one each for PlayStation and Xbox.

For now, you can choose from PC which is $14.99, or the multi-platform access which is $17.99. The benefits of the multi-platform access includes cross-progression for a handful of games including The Division 2, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Immortals Fenyx Rising, and Watch Dogs: Legion.

Click or tap the Subscribe Now button

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Once you’ve decided on a plan, click the big blue button that says Subscribe Now. This will take you to a new page where you’ll select the plan you want. Click or tap on that plan to highlight it and then click or tap the button below the plans that says Choose This Plan.

Create an account or sign in

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Next, you’ll need to either sign in with your Ubisoft Connect account or create one if you don’t have one already. Though if you play Ubisoft games, you probably already have an account created. If you aren’t sure what the login credentials are, you can easily say forgot password or you can create a new account and start fresh.

Enter your billing information

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Once you’ve logged in or created a new account, you’ll need to enter your billing information. After all that’s done, simply review your order and then agree to the terms and conditions and subscribe. And that’s basically it for the initial process. There are a couple of other things you’ll want to do though.

Make sure to install the proper apps

To access your games, you’ll need to have the apps installed on your chosen platform. For PC, make sure to install the Ubisoft Connect app. This is where you’ll find all the Ubisoft+ games that you can install on your PC to play. In the Ubisoft Connect app, there will be a tab for Ubisoft+, and you simply click on that to bring up the entire catalog of 100+ games.

You can then click on the install button for the games you want, and even filter game choices by franchise or genre if it makes finding one easier.

If you’re accessing Ubisoft+ on Stadia or Amazon Luna, then you can play games in a few different ways. You can choose to play on your phone using the Stadia or Luna apps, or you can play through the browser. Additionally, you can play Stadia games and Luna games on compatible TVs.

Don’t forget to claim rewards

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One last helpful tip I’d like to throw out is don’t forget to claim your rewards. These will only stay available for so long before Ubisoft cycles them out for new ones. And once they’re gone, you can’t get them back. So it’s a good idea to check on the rewards at least once a month to see what’s there.

You will start gaining rewards once you’re subscribed for one month. This is the Bronze Tier. You’ll get more rewards at the Silver Tier which is two months, then again at four months with the Gold Tier, and seven months with the Platinum Tier.

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Top 10 Best Android TVs – Updated May 2022 https://www.androidheadlines.com/best-android-tv Tue, 17 May 2022 17:00:09 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=960040 Are you in the market for a new TV and want to get an Android TV for your home? Then you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we will be listing the ten best Android TVs that are currently available. These are TVs that have Android TV built-in. Some on the market just [...]

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Are you in the market for a new TV and want to get an Android TV for your home? Then you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we will be listing the ten best Android TVs that are currently available. These are TVs that have Android TV built-in. Some on the market just have Chromecast built-in, like those from VIZIO. Those will not be on this list. You’ll find the best Android TVs from brands like Sony, Hisense, and TCL.

Top 10 Best Android TVs

You’ll find all of the options on this list in the table below, along with the sizes they are available in, starting price and a link to buy. So you can quickly find what you’re looking for.

Without further ado, here are the best Android TVs on the market right now.

 

Sizes Price Where to Buy
Hisense U8G Quantum Series 55, 65″ Starting at $749 Amazon
Sony X90J 50, 55, 65, 75″ Starting at $1098 Amazon
Sony A80J 55, 65, 75″ Starting at $1239 Amazon
TCL 4-Series 43, 55″ Starting at $318 Amazon
Sony Bravia A8H 55, 65″ Starting at $1299 Amazon
Sony X800H 43, 55, 65, 75, 85″ Starting at $599 Best Buy
Hisense H9F Series 55, 65″ Starting at $599 Amazon
Hisense U7G QLED 55, 65, 75″ Starting at $849 Amazon
TCL 5-Series 50, 55, 65, 75″ Starting at $429 Amazon

Hisense U8G Quantum Series

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  • Available in: 55 & 65-inches
  • Price: Starting at $749
  • Buy: Amazon

The Hisense U8G is a really great Android TV for the gamers out there. That is because it does have an HDMI 2.1 port and supports 4K@120Hz gaming. That’s a big deal for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles.

Additionally, it has the Quantum Dot Wide Color Gamut supported. So you’re going to get over 1 billion true-to-life colors with this TV. It does have HDR, and supports IMAX Enhanced. IMAX Enhanced allows the TV to bring the cinema experience home. As it is able to combine digitally remastered 4K HDR content and DTS audio technologies with the best consumer products and streaming platforms.

Hisense U8G Quantum Series - Amazon

Sony X90J

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  • Available in: 50, 55, 65 & 75-inches
  • Price: Starting at $1,098
  • Buy: Amazon

The Sony X90J is the company’s high-end smart Android TV for 2021. It features Android TV with Google TV, so you’re getting the latest and greatest from Google here too. Additionally, there is support for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, so you can choose to use your favorite smart assistant.

The X90J comes in four sizes, ranging from 50 to 75-inches. So there’s something here for everyone. It also has Dolby Vision HDR, which is going to be great for those that want an incredible looking picture.

For the gamers out there, the Sony X90J also has2.1, allowing you to game in 4K/120Hz on the PlayStation 5 or the Xbox Series X. There is also the new Bravia Game Mode available for increased frame rate and reduced input lag.

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Sony A80J OLED TV

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  • Available in: 55, 65, 75-inches
  • Price: $1,239
  • Buy: Amazon

This is perhaps the best OLED TV available that runs on Android TV. Though there’s also not a lot of options, since LG does webOS. But this is the A80J model, which came out in Summer 2021. It’s still the latest from Sony, and a really good option for Android TV.

It has HDMI 2.1 and 4K@120fps, so it is going to be great for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. There’s also support for Chromecast and AirPlay 2.

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TCL 4-Series Android TV

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  • Available in: 43, 55-inches
  • Price: Starting at $318
  • Buy: Amazon

You might be familiar with TCL for its Roku TVs, but it also makes Android TVs – though that is more recent. And the 4-Series Android TV is a really good option for a second bedroom or even a first apartment. That’s because it doesn’t come in super large sizes – only 43 and 55-inches. And it’s also fairly cheap, at under $500.

This is a 4K HDR TV, with support for most HDR certifications, including HDR10 and HLG. Though there’s no Dolby Vision here, that’s saved for its more expensive Android TVs, it seems.

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Sony Bravia A8H

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  • Available in: 55, 65-inches
  • Price: $1299
  • Buy: Amazon

The Sony Bravia A8H has unmatched processing power, the Picture Processor X1 Ultimate analyzes content to bring out OLEDs intense contrast with pure blacks, peak brightness and natural colors.

There’s also Android TV built-in here. So you can use your voice to access content, services, devices, and more with Android TV and Google Assistant. Google TV is not available on this one, as this is the 2020 model and not the 2021 model yet.

With 4K X-Reality PRO, you can experience a more natural picture with 4K X-Reality PRO & Object-Based Super Resolution. See exactly what the creator intended with the advanced color and gradation of TRILUMINOS Display.

Sony Bravia A8H - Amazon

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  • Available in: 43, 49, 55, 65, 75, 85
  • Price: Starting at $599
  • Buy: Best Buy

This is one of Sony’s more affordable TVs on the market right now. With a starting price of $599. It’s a 4K HDR TV, powered by the X1 processor, that is going to provide some incredible imagery on the X800H. And it will also upscale the content that is not in 4K.

Like most of these TVs, it has both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa built-in, so you can choose which assistant you want to use. With Google TV, you are also getting access to a ton of great apps as well.

Sony X800H - Best Buy

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  • Available in: 55, 65-inches
  • Price: Starting at $599
  • Buy: Amazon

The Hisense H9F Series is a really good entry for the best Android TVs out there, as it’s an inexpensive TV that is actually really good. So it uses its own proprietary ULED technology, and you’ll notice it’s the only one on this list that uses ULED. But it works similarly to QLED and OLED. Where you’re getting a brighter picture, with better colors, but it doesn’t have the disadvantage of OLED and screen burn-in.

Hisense also uses artificial intelligence to improve the picture quality coming out of this TV. So it is also going to improve over time. There is also support for Dolby Vision and HDR10. This is going to improve ULED even more, giving you a picture with more dynamic range. You will really notice the difference if you watch a TV show or movie that is shot in Dolby Vision – Amazon Prime Video and Netflix have quite a few that are.

The H9F Series is also an Android TV model, which means that it does have support for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa built-in. This is going to allow you to control your smart TV, find something to watch and ask other questions too. This is a feature that is also found on a few other this Best Smart TVs 2020 list too. Android TV also has thousands of apps like Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV and much more.

Hisense H9F Series - Amazon

Hisense U7G QLED TV

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  • Available in: 55, 65, 75
  • Price: Starting at $849
  • Buy: Amazon

This is the best Android TV for gamers. And that’s for one big reason. The U7G supports HDMI 2.1. Allowing you to game at 4K 120Hz on the Playstation 5 and the Xbox Series X. It also has Automatic Low Latency Mode and Variable Refresh Rate. So that you’re going to have ultra-smooth gaming.

This is an IMAX Enhanced TV, so you’re going to get a really incredible picture from this TV. And there’s also support for DTS here too. And it has peak brightness of 1500 nits, one of the brightest TVs on this list.

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TCL 5-Series

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  • Available in: 50, 55, 65, 75″
  • Price: Starting at $429
  • Buy: Amazon

The TCL 5-Series actually runs on Google TV, but underneath that skin is Android TV, so it fits this list perfectly. It’s one of only a couple of QLED TVs on this list that run Android TV. And it’s also one of the cheapest.

This is the 5-Series from TCL, which usually means good, but not the best and not the worst. It’s a good middle-ground. And at $429, we can see why. It does offer Dolby Vision HDR, as well as HDR10 for some really great colors. It’s also QLED, so it’s going to look amazing anyways.

TCL 5-Series - Amazon

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Samsung Faces Legal Action For Not Including Chargers With Phones https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/05/samsung-legal-action-lawsuit-not-including-chargers-brazil.html Tue, 17 May 2022 16:29:17 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=1005956 Samsung is facing legal action for removing chargers from its smartphone retail boxes. Several consumer groups in Brazil are reportedly mulling suing the company over the matter. A similar complaint could be filed against Apple as well. Citing information from the Ministry of Justice in Brazil, Telecompaper reports that over 900 Procon groups have teamed [...]

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Samsung is facing legal action for removing chargers from its smartphone retail boxes. Several consumer groups in Brazil are reportedly mulling suing the company over the matter. A similar complaint could be filed against Apple as well.

Citing information from the Ministry of Justice in Brazil, Telecompaper reports that over 900 Procon groups have teamed up to take legal actions against Samsung and Apple for not providing a charging adapter with new smartphones (via). The consumer groups may file a formal lawsuit if the companies do not agree to settle the matter outside court.

Procon is a Brazilian state institution responsible for guiding citizens about their consumer rights. All state capitals in the country have at least one Procon group.

According to the new report, a Procon group in Fortaleza, the capital of the Brazilian state of Ceará, has already fined Apple and Samsung over the matter. The report says the companies received a fine of BRL 26 million (roughly $5.22 billion). But it’s unclear whether the amount is a combined total paid by the two tech giants or if each of them received that much fine. Apple has reportedly paid a fine of BRL 10.5 million (~$2.11 million) to the Procon of Sao Paulo.

Samsung is treating Brazil differently when it comes to in-box chargers

Apple made headlines when it decided to not include a wall charger with the iPhone 12 series in 2020. The company cited environmental reasons for its decision. But Samsung took the opportunity and mocked it. However, a few months later, the Korean firm shipped its Galaxy S21 series sans an in-box charger too. Unsurprisingly, it gave the same explanation: environmental protection.

Of course, many customers are unhappy, but Samsung has continued to exclude the charging brick from all flagship phones since 2021. The company hasn’t passed on any monetary benefit to customers, thus forcing them to shell out a few extra bucks if they don’t already have a spare charger lying in their drawer.

This year, Samsung also stopped shipping a charger with its premium mid-range phones. The Galaxy A53 5G, for instance, comes without one but not in Brazil. The retail box for the phone in the country does include the power brick. Perhaps, this is a thoughtful decision to avoid these kinds of legal actions from Procon groups. But, the likes of Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S22 flagships shipped without a charger in Brazil, and the decision could now have legal consequences.

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Hisense debuts its first Fire TV set, A 50-inch 4K QLED TV For under $550 https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/05/hisense-debuts-its-first-fire-tv-set-a-50-inch-4k-qled-tv-for-under-550.html Tue, 17 May 2022 15:38:54 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=1006007 Hisense has been making TVs for quite some time. It has one of the most popular proprietary operating systems out there, but it has also moved over to doing Android TV and more recently Roku. Now, it has finally worked with Amazon to create its first Fire TV line of TVs. Today, the company, along [...]

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Hisense has been making TVs for quite some time. It has one of the most popular proprietary operating systems out there, but it has also moved over to doing Android TV and more recently Roku. Now, it has finally worked with Amazon to create its first Fire TV line of TVs.

Today, the company, along with Amazon introduced the Hisense U6HF Series 50-inch 4K ULED TV. It’s a QLED TV, which is not a first for Fire TV, but it is one of the first. Insignia and Toshiba have launched Fire TV sets that are QLED. But this means you’re going to get a really great picture here.

Hisense has included exclusive ULED technologies for boosting color, contrast, brightness and motion

Hisense has been using its own exclusive ULED technologies for quite some time. And that’s why you’ll see both ULED and QLED mentioned here. These technologies will provide boosted color, contrast, brightness and motion. Making for a really incredible picture quality.

Now as mentioned, this is a 4K TV, it also has Dolby Vision HDR, HDR10 and HDR10+ included. So you’re going to get over 8 million pixels for stunning clarity, deep contrast and vivid colors here.

Hisense has also included Auto Low Latency Mode or ALLM. This means that your TV settings are automatically adjusted for your entertainment to get smooth streaming and uninterrupted gaming.  And there’s also support for Variable Refresh Rate or VRR.

There are four HDMI ports on the back, though none of them are HDMI 2.1 unfortunately. All four do 4K@60Hz, with HDMI 1 doing HDMI-ARC as well for soundbars. There is a USB-A port on the back, along with AV In, Coaxial cable, headphone port, LAN and Digital Audio Out (for those older soundbars). Plenty of ports here, with really only HDMI 2.1 being the only omission. But at this price, we can’t really complain.

Amazon Fire TV is also built into this Hisense TV, so you won’t need to use as many HDMI ports. That also gives you access to Alexa, as well as all of your favorite apps. That includes Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube TV and much more.

When can I buy this TV?

The Hisense U6 Series Fire TV model is up for pre-order today. And it will be released on May 24, 2022.

Right now, there’s only one size for the U6, which is 50-inch. That is priced at $529, which is pretty competitive to LCD TVs of the same size. So you’re getting a really good price here.

Hisense U6 Series Fire TV - Amazon

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PSA: These Fake Android Apps Contain 'Facestealer' Spyware https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/05/fake-android-apps-contain-facestealer-spyware.html Tue, 17 May 2022 15:36:10 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=1005960 As mobile apps evolve according to the latest security standards, so does malware. Cybersecurity software company Trend Micro has now published a list of over 200 compromised Android apps that could potentially steal your sensitive information using spyware known as “Facestealer.” Trend Micro said that it found over 40 fake cryptocurrency apps with the potential to [...]

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As mobile apps evolve according to the latest security standards, so does malware. Cybersecurity software company Trend Micro has now published a list of over 200 compromised Android apps that could potentially steal your sensitive information using spyware known as “Facestealer.”

Trend Micro said that it found over 40 fake cryptocurrency apps with the potential to steal crypto along with the user’s information. Trend Micro mentions apps like Enjoy Photo Editor, Cryptomining Farm Your own Coin, Panorama Camera, Daily Fitness OL, Swarm Photo, Photo Gaming Puzzle, Business Meta Manager, and many more (via Phone Arena).

The company didn’t offer a complete list of the 200+ apps that contain the Facestealer spyware. But a chart published by Trend Micro details the most vulnerable app categories. As you can see below, 125 of 200 malicious apps come under “Other,” while the VPN category takes the second spot at 42. Around 20 of these come disguised under camera apps, while 13 of them claim to be photo editing applications, the report says.

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What should users do?

Fortunately, Google has removed all 200 apps from the Play Store. However, if you have any of the apps mentioned above, we recommend deleting them immediately. Although Trend Micro only provides the names of just seven apps, users should remove any app that looks suspicious. Stay away from relatively unknown apps (low ratings) that claim to provide photo editing, camera filters, or VPN services.

If you’ve identified the malicious app on your own and have deleted the app, the job may only be half-finished. Users should also change passwords for their social media accounts as an additional precaution. It is also wise to enable two-factor authentication on such sites if you haven’t done so already.

Security researchers worldwide have uncovered multiple malware and security loopholes over the past several months. Most of these apps are available via the Play Store, which can confuse most users. This is because of the assumption that if an app is on the Play Store, it is safe to download. While safety features like Google Play Protect are already in place, it’s clear that the company has to do more.

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Google Finally Revamped The Google Play Store Desktop Site https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/05/google-revamped-play-store-desktop-site.html Tue, 17 May 2022 15:06:06 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=1006005 It’s been several years since we’ve seen a new look for the Google Play Store on desktop. While we most likely look for apps and games using our phones and tablets, we sometimes brush past the desktop version. If you’ve been waiting for the Play Store site to get a new look, then you’d be [...]

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It’s been several years since we’ve seen a new look for the Google Play Store on desktop. While we most likely look for apps and games using our phones and tablets, we sometimes brush past the desktop version. If you’ve been waiting for the Play Store site to get a new look, then you’d be happy to know that Google just revamped it.

For the past couple of years, the Google Play Store site has had a certain aesthetic. Everything was flat with straight lines and sharp corners everywhere. It was good for the time, but Google’s overall design mentality has changed drastically over the last few years. This is especially true with Material You introduced last year.

Now, Google revamped the Play Store for desktop

If you don’t see it just yet, it could be that Google is testing this revamp on a limited number of users for the time being. The overall design of the Play Store was uprooted and changed. You no longer navigate through categories using the left side panel. Instead, the tabs are now located at the top. When you enter the page, you’ll see Games, Apps, Movies & TV, Books, and Kids. Immediately under that, you’ll be able to select which type of device you want to get apps for. There’s a button for phones, tablets, TVs, and Chromebooks.

The apps are still organized in a grid, but the tiles are all either rounded squares or rounded rectangles. For the games category, you’ll see several featured games represented as large rounded rectangles. Those featured apps are on carousels that you can scroll through. Scrolling down, you’ll see the other apps represented as rounded squares.

The apps section has a similar mixture of regular and featured apps that you can navigate. You’ll see them all organized in different categories like streaming or productivity.

As for Books and Movies & TV, all of the items are arranged in a tighter grid and they’re less rounded. They more represent actual book covers and movie cases, so they exactly can’t be squares.

Overall, the revamped Play Store site looks a lot closer to Google’s current design language. It’s more reminiscent of Material You with everything large and bubbly. The items take up more space and they sit on a larger grid, but, in all honesty, it all looks better. If you don’t see the change just yet, you might want to wait just a bit.

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Top 9 Best Roborock Robot Vacuums – Updated May 2022 https://www.androidheadlines.com/best-roborock-robot-vacuums Tue, 17 May 2022 15:00:44 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=912794 Roborock has silently become one of the best robot vacuum makers in the world. Starting off as a company that made robot vacuums for Xiaomi and then branching out into making its own under its own name. These days, most reviewers (including ourselves) would recommend a Roborock robot vacuum over almost any other robot vacuum [...]

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Roborock has silently become one of the best robot vacuum makers in the world. Starting off as a company that made robot vacuums for Xiaomi and then branching out into making its own under its own name. These days, most reviewers (including ourselves) would recommend a Roborock robot vacuum over almost any other robot vacuum on the market.

As Roborock’s portfolio has grown, it has become a bit tougher to figure out which robot vacuum is the best for you. And should you spend $700 on the top-of-the-line Roborock vacuum, or maybe spend around $300 for a cheaper one. Well, we’re here to help, with our list of the best Roborock robot vacuums. We’ve tested the majority of these, so we do know first-hand, how good (or bad) these robot vacuums are.

Top 9 Best Roborock Robot Vacuums

Roborock essentially has two lines of robot vacuums. There is the E series which is your cheaper robot vacuums and mostly uses a gyroscope system to map out your home. Then there is the S series which uses LiDAR to map out your home. The S series is generally more expensive, and also offers more features, as well as more suction.

Cost Where to Buy
Roborock S7 MaxV $859 Amazon
Roborock S7 $649 Amazon
Roborock S6 MaxV $749 Amazon
Roborock S4 $299 Amazon
Roborock S6 Pure $599 Amazon
Roborock S6 $649 Amazon
Roborock E4 $269 Amazon
Roborock E35 $339 Amazon
Roborock S4 Max $429 Amazon

Roborock S7 MaxV

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  • Price: $859
  • Where to buy: Amazon

The Roborock S7 MaxV is the latest robot vacuum from the company, and it kind of merges the S7 and the S6 MaxV together to form the ultimate robot vacuum. It offers up the Sonic Mopping and VibraRise that debuted on the S7, for some really great cleaning. And Roborock also has a new cleaner that you can use with the mop to actually clean your floors with soap and water.

It also added the stereo cameras and ReactiveAI 2.0. Which allows the S7 MaxV to avoid obstacles, like cables, cords, scales, shoes and even pet waste. It can also be used to spy on your kids or pets when you’re not home. Which is rather unique. Roborock also more than doubled the suction power on the S7 MaxV, to 5,100Pa. So it’s plenty powerful for everything you might need.

Roborock S7 MaxV - Amazon

Roborock S7

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At CES 2021, Roborock announced the S7, and it brings a lot of really cool features along with it.

With the Roborock S7, you’re getting a new mop that is going to vibrate more, making it easier to get dried messes off of the floor. Additionally, it uses VibraRise technology to completely lift the mop off of the floor when it is on carpet, or headed back to the dock.

Roborock has also improved the suction on the S7, with 2500Pa. That is as strong as the S6 MaxV listed below.

It’s a great all-around robot vacuum, and the best that Roborock has made to-date. And you can read our review here.

Roborock has also launched the S7+ which is a bundled version of the S7. Which also comes with the auto-empty dock.

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Roborock S6 Maxv

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  • Where to buy: Amazon

The Roborock S6 Maxv is hands-down the best robot vacuum on the market today, and it’s not even the most expensive.

With the Roborock S6 Maxv, there are a few features that really make it stand out from the crowd. First up is the stereo camera on the front. This camera is used to help the S6 Maxv avoid obstacles like cords, shoes, scales and even dog poop. It also works with the LiDAR setup on the S6 Maxv to better map out your home.

It also sports some pretty powerful suction. We’re looking at 2500Pa, which is about 25% more than its predecessor and the rest of the market. So that it is not going to leave any dirt, dust or other debris on the floor.

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Roborock S4

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  • Price: $299
  • Where to buy: Amazon

Most people want to spend as little as possible on something like a vacuum, but also want it to work well. And the Roborock S4 fits that bill. It’s under $300 right now, but still offers a really great experience.

It uses LiDAR to map out your home still, so it can clean everywhere without missing any spots. It offers some pretty powerful suction at 2000Pa, that’s strong enough to pick up AA batteries.

Roborock also includes the ability to do selective cleaning, so you can choose to clean a specific area, and not the entire house. Or set no-go zones.

With the Roborock S4, you’re going to get about two and a half hours of cleaning time. Before you need to recharge it. Which is pretty nice. Finally, it is compatible with the Roborock app, for automated cleaning and ability to use Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

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Roborock S6 Pure

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The Roborock S6 Pure is one of the more high-end robot vacuums from Roborock. It uses a precision LiDAR navigation and a Z-shape cleaning route. This makes sure that it does not miss any spots, and gives it a detailed map of your home. This also allows it to do individual room and spot cleaning. The S6 Pure also offers up multi-floor mapping, , and you can also use No-Go Zones for the robot vacuum.

It boasts 2000Pa suction, and automatic carpet boost. So it’ll use more suction when it is in a room that has carpet, which is where you’ll need the extra boost anyways.

Additionally, the S6 Pure does mopping too. With a 180ml adjustable water tank included. That’s enough to clean up to 1610 square-feet of home.

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Roborock S6

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Similar to almost every other S series Roborock robot vacuum on this best of list, the S6 does offer up LiDAR navigation and does map out your home. It uses the mapping to know where it needs to clean and where it has already cleaned.

The Roborock S6 also boasts 2000Pa of suction, which is really great for those that have pets or kids that routinely make a mess. As you’re able to easily clean up after them without lifting a finger.

With the Roborock App, you will be able to control when and where the S6 will clean. As well as connect it to either Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant (or both), so you can use your voice to control it.

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Roborock E4

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The Roborock E4 is a bit different from the other robot vacuums on this best list. For one, it doesn’t use LiDAR. It uses a gyroscope system, which you can see is at the front of the top of the robot vacuum. It’s not as precise as the S series vacuums on this list, but it does a good job. Still allows for mapping and cleans in a Z-shaped pattern.

Surprisingly, it does still boast 2000Pa suction with automatic carpet boost. So you can get up all of the hair, dust and dirt that might be on your floors. It also as a 5200mAh capacity battery, which can clean up to 2152 square-feet. That’s going to be enough power to clean most people’s home in one go around.

It does still work with the Roborock app with support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant too.

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Roborock E35

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Much like the Roborock E4, the E35 also uses a dual-gyro system, that will track where it needs to clean and map out your home.

It also has a pretty large battery, around 5200mAh, which is going to offer around 2.5 hours of cleaning time. There is also pretty good suction here, rated at 2000Pa as well.

Now this is an older Roborock vacuum, so it uses the Xiaomi Mi Home app instead of the Roborock app. The functionality is the same, you just won’t get to use the shiny new Roborock app unfortunately.

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Roborock S4 Max

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The S4 Max is the newest robot vacuum from Roborock, having been released in October 2020.

With the S4 Max, you’re getting the LiDAR navigation that you’d expect on the S series. But where Roborock cut corners to make this cheaper, is removing the mopping module. So this is purely a robot vacuum. It does also still boast 2000Pa for suction. Allowing it to pick up everything up off of your floors.

It works with the Roborock App as you might expect. And it does also support Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for voice assistants. The app allows you to schedule when to start cleaning, as well as having it start cleaning, where to clean and much more. It also lets you know when it’s time to replace the filter, and clean the brushes and sensors. Which is a really nice touch.

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You Can Now Download And Play Apex Legend Mobile! https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/05/download-play-apex-legend-mobile-game.html Tue, 17 May 2022 14:24:12 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=1005955 After a few weeks of waiting, Apex Legends Mobile is finally available to download and play. If you’re on an Android device or an iOS device, you can get the game and start playing. If you want to read more about the game, you should check out our Everything You Need To Know article. What [...]

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After a few weeks of waiting, Apex Legends Mobile is finally available to download and play. If you’re on an Android device or an iOS device, you can get the game and start playing. If you want to read more about the game, you should check out our Everything You Need To Know article.

What is this game?

Apex Legends Mobile is the mobile version of the popular 2019 battle royale Apex Legends. Just like the full game, you play your way through multiplayer battle royale matches. You use the on-screen buttons to control your character, and you win the match when you’re either the last player or the last squad standing.

Apex Legends Mobile is available to download today

If you want to get the game, there’s little in the way to stop you. You can pick up the game for free on the Google Play Store and on the Apple App Store. This is a pretty demanding game, so you’ll want to make sure that you have a capable phone.

If your phone chugs while playing simple 3D games, then you might want to pass it up. However, if you have a newer Android phone, then you should be fine. As for iPhones, if you have an iPhone 6, you should be fine.

This isn’t a small game, so you’ll need to have decent storage to download it. Downloading the game for Android will take about 3GB of storage, you’ll want to have more than that to properly download and install the game.

How is the game?

After playing the game for just a bit, I’d say that the game is pretty good. It, obviously, exists in the same vein as Fortnite, CoD Mobile, and PUBG Mobile. The gameplay is perfectly smooth (played on my Pixel 6) and the graphics are definitely in the upper tier of mobile graphics.

If you’re into playing mobile games like these, you should definitely give it a try. Apex Legends Mobile is available now to download.

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Best Gaming Monitor Deals – Updated May 2022 https://www.androidheadlines.com/best-gaming-monitor-deals Tue, 17 May 2022 14:10:11 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=996273 There are some great monitors out there for non-gamers, but if you’re a gamer, those monitors aren’t great for you. Who would want to sit back and game on a 4K 60fps monitor, when you could get a FHD 144Hz monitor and get a much better gaming experience? When it comes to gaming monitors, the [...]

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There are some great monitors out there for non-gamers, but if you’re a gamer, those monitors aren’t great for you. Who would want to sit back and game on a 4K 60fps monitor, when you could get a FHD 144Hz monitor and get a much better gaming experience? When it comes to gaming monitors, the refresh rate is a lot more important than the resolution, while for creators, the resolution likely matters a lot more.

We already have a list of the best monitor deals that are currently available and you can find those here. This list here is going to be all about the best gaming monitor deals that we can find.

Best Gaming Monitor Deals

In this list, you’re going to find the usual suspects for the best gaming monitors, like Sceptre, MSI, Razer, Samsung, Alienware and others. There’s also going to be some that you probably didn’t expect to see on this list. And that’s the great thing about this list, is you’re going to find a great monitor that doesn’t break your wallet, but makes you better at Fortnite.

All of the monitors in this list are specifically for gaming, so you won’t find any 60fps monitors in this list. But that also means that the resolution might be lower than you were expecting. As a lot of monitors will try and cut costs by sticking to FHD or QHD resolution with a higher frame rate, than go with a 4K 144Hz panel – they are out there, but they are not as common.

So without further ado, here are the best gaming monitors that you can buy right now.

  • Editors note: We update this list quite often, but the prices may not be 100% accurate. Make sure to click the link to get the most accurate price.

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The Samsung Galaxy S22 has never been this cheap! https://www.androidheadlines.com/amazon-samsung-galaxy-s22-deal-sale Tue, 17 May 2022 13:50:32 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=990800 Amazon has now discounted the Samsung Galaxy S22, knocking $125 off of its regular price. That brings it down to $674, and that does make it an all-time low price for the Galaxy S22. The Galaxy S22+ and S22 Ultra are also on sale for $250 off of their regular prices. So the Galaxy S22+ [...]

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Amazon has now discounted the Samsung Galaxy S22, knocking $125 off of its regular price. That brings it down to $674, and that does make it an all-time low price for the Galaxy S22.

The Galaxy S22+ and S22 Ultra are also on sale for $250 off of their regular prices. So the Galaxy S22+ is now down to $749 and the Galaxy S22 Ultra is down to $949. Both of which are really great prices. All storage sizes are $250 off, if they are in stock. Some storage and color combinations are not currently in stock, so they are not on sale, naturally.

The Galaxy S22 is likely going to be the smallest smartphone with flagship specs to come out in 2022. It sports a 6.1-inch FHD+ 120Hz adaptive AMOLED display. That is powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. There is also a 3700mAh capacity battery inside.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy S22+ sports the same internals, but uses a larger 6.6-inch FHD+ 120Hz Adaptive AMOLED display, and a larger 4500mAh capacity battery. Though both battery capacities are smaller than their predecessors.

On the camera front, both sport the same cameras. So the front has a 10-megapixel selfie shooter. While the rear has a triple camera setup. This consists of a 50-megapixel main sensor, 10-megapixel telephoto and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide. The ultra-wide is capable of macro photos, though like the iPhone, there is no dedicated macro mode. While the Telephoto is capable of doing 3x optical zoom. And up to 30x digital zoom.

These are both impressive phones and it’s unclear how long this deal is going to last. So you’ll want to be quick. You can pick up your Galaxy S22 or Galaxy S22+ from Amazon by clicking here.

Make sure to clip the coupon before adding the Galaxy S22 to your cart.

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Amazon will give you a free Blink Mini with a Blink Outdoor Camera for $99 https://www.androidheadlines.com/deal-blink-outdoor-security-camera Tue, 17 May 2022 13:30:05 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=915641 Amazon has the Blink Outdoor camera on sale for $99, which includes a Blink Mini for free. So you’re actually getting two cameras for under $100 here. Which is pretty cool. If you don’t want the Blink Mini, you can get the Outdoor for the same $99 by clicking here. So for $125, you’re getting [...]

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Amazon has the Blink Outdoor camera on sale for $99, which includes a Blink Mini for free. So you’re actually getting two cameras for under $100 here. Which is pretty cool.

If you don’t want the Blink Mini, you can get the Outdoor for the same $99 by clicking here.

So for $125, you’re getting a camera for inside your home, as well as outside.

Blink Outdoor offers two-year battery life and is built to withstand the elements so you can protect your home – inside and out, day or night. With Blink’s proprietary chip technology, Outdoor runs on two AA lithium batteries that last up to two years so you can see what’s happening in and around your home without the stress of frequent battery replacement.

See what’s happening at home no matter where you are with the Blink app using HD live view and infrared night vision. Two-way audio lets you hear and talk back – it’s like being home even when you’re not.

Create customized motion detection and privacy zones so you only see the movement you care about.

No more searching for outlets and no professional installation required – everything you need to get started is in the box. Plus, its wire-free design means you can place, stand, or mount it anywhere.

Go hands-free with Alexa. Stream live video, play recorded clips, arm and disarm your camera, be alerted to motion, and more.

You can also get cloud storage. Record, view, and save events in your Blink app with a free trial of the Blink Subscription Plan. Then, subscribe for just $3 per month per camera, or $10 per month for unlimited cameras at a single location. Back up video clips and photos from up to 10 cameras to the Blink Sync Module 2 in your home and view them on your computer with no additional fees. USB flash drive required (sold separately).

You can pick up the Blink Outdoor and Blink Mini from Amazon by clicking here. 

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New ecobee Smart Thermostat Premium & Enhanced Push Smart Home Limits https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/05/ecobee-smart-thermostat-enhanced-premium-announced.html Tue, 17 May 2022 13:22:49 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=1000845 World-renowned smart home OEM ecobee has now announced new gadgets for its Smart Thermostat lineup with the ecobee Smart Thermostat Enhanced and Premium. The two devices, available as of the official announcement from the company, are similar in a number of ways. But each builds on previous thermostats on offer from the company. For instance, [...]

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World-renowned smart home OEM ecobee has now announced new gadgets for its Smart Thermostat lineup with the ecobee Smart Thermostat Enhanced and Premium. The two devices, available as of the official announcement from the company, are similar in a number of ways. But each builds on previous thermostats on offer from the company.

For instance, both gadgets support the full range of smart home ecosystems. However, that doesn’t only include the usual suspects. Amazon’s Alexa is supported and built right in. And Google Assistant via Google Home is supported too, as is Apple HomeKit. But the system also supports standalone use, integration via Samsung SmartThings, and more. So this thermostat is more than ready for integration into just about any smart home environment.

Of course, each also brings with it a wealth of integrative features too. Built from premium materials, with a waterfall edge design and glass touchscreens at the front, the two thermostats deliver automation in temperature keeping and energy-saving features. With refreshed user interfaces, a 50-percent larger touchscreen, radar technology to detect motion and occupancy for efficient management, and refined menus. The displays themselves also feature reduced latency over previous devices.

What are the differences between the ecobee Smart Thermostat Premium and Enhanced?

Now, there are a least a few significant differences between the ecobee Smart Thermostat Enhanced and Smart Thermostat Premium. The most notable of those is one that’s exclusive to this thermostat. That’s even among competitors, for the time being.

Ecobee Smart Thermostat Premium comes with a built-in air quality monitor and speaker. The latter of those features not only supports Google Assistant via Google Home. It also supports Apple’s Siri via HomeKit and Amazon Alexa devices, as well as Samsung’s SmartThings. Spotify connectivity is part of that bundled-in feature as well.

That means that this thermostat also acts as a smart speaker for wherever in the home a buyer’s thermostat happens to be located.

In addition to more diverse smart home usability and a newly-designed build composed of zinc, intelligent air monitoring is built-in. Helping homeowners to scan the air they breathe every day for mold, dust, pet hair, and more. Including chemicals released by appliances, gas stoves, fabrics, and cooking oil, among other things. Effectively for anything that might be polluting the air in the home.

The ecobee Smart Thermostat Premium shows information about air quality including volatile organic compounds, estimates for carbon dioxide, and humidity directly on its display. And, of course, in the app. It also alerts users when air quality is bad, with helpful tips to improve the situation.

Pricing and availability

Additionally, ecobee — true to its branding — is paring back on its packaging, reducing the overall size by 30-percent. That’s better for the ecosystem overall. As is the new eco+ suite of smart features for saving energy. That’s down to algorithms that work to improve the efficiency of the system. Adapting to routines and working hardest when the home is occupied.

Paired with its ENERGY STAR certification, the company says customers can save up to 26-percent on the annual cost of running their heating and cooling systems with the new ecobee thermostats.

As for availability, ecobee Smart Thermostat Premium comes at a value but with a higher cost to match its features. The more expensive new thermostat starts at $249.99 or $329.99 in Canada. The ecobee Smart Thermostat Enhanced, conversely, starts at $189.99. Both are available now at the company’s website and via Amazon, Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Best Buy. As well as select other retailers, utility providers, and installers.

The company also indicates that buyers who want an even more affordable solution can still pick up ecobee3 Lite for just $149.99 or $199.99 in Canada.

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You Can Buy The Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite For Just $20 https://www.androidheadlines.com/buy-amazon-fire-tv-stick-lite-sale Tue, 17 May 2022 13:10:32 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=917812 Amazon has the Fire TV Stick Lite on sale right now for $19.99, in its latest sale. That’s saving you $10 off of the regular price. That does bring it back down to its all-time lowest price, which we last saw on Black Friday back in November. The Fire TV Stick Lite is exactly what [...]

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Amazon has the Fire TV Stick Lite on sale right now for $19.99, in its latest sale. That’s saving you $10 off of the regular price. That does bring it back down to its all-time lowest price, which we last saw on Black Friday back in November.

The Fire TV Stick Lite is exactly what it sounds like, a cheaper, lighter version of the regular Fire TV Stick. Don’t expect 4K HDR compatibility here, you’re getting 1080p on the Fire TV Stick Lite. But that’s expected, on a streaming stick that is normally priced at $30.

Fire TV Stick Lite comes with all the essentials you need to get set up and start watching with ease. And with 50% more power than Fire TV Stick (2019 release), Fire TV Stick Lite delivers quick app starts and fast streaming in Full HD.

It sports the older Alexa Voice Remote, which doesn’t have volume buttons included. Press and hold the voice button and ask Alexa to find, launch and control content. Easily search and enjoy thousands of movies, TV shows, apps, and games. Alexa can also play music, answer questions, read the news, check the weather, and set alarms.

Streaming on Fire TV is simple and intuitive. It all starts with the easy-to-use Fire TV home screen. Search across multiple streaming services, including hundreds of channels and apps, to find what you want to watch.

Enjoy favorites from Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, Disney+, HBO Max, Apple TV+, STARZ, SHOWTIME, CBS All Access, and others. Stream live news, sports, and must-see shows. Access tens of thousands of HDR titles. Plus, play millions of songs through services like Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, and iHeartRadio. Subscription fees may apply.

You can pick up the Fire TV Stick Lite from Amazon today by clicking here. This price is not going to last very long though.

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Twitter Deal Can't 'Move Forward' Without Info On Bots: Elon Musk https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/05/twitter-deal-without-info-bots-elon-musk.html Tue, 17 May 2022 13:09:14 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=1005939 After saying last week that the acquisition of Twitter was “temporarily on hold,” billionaire Elon Musk is now suggesting that the deal may not go through. The Tesla CEO has been outspoken about his battle against the bots and has accused Twitter’s leadership of not providing accurate bot-related information. Musk might cancel the Twitter deal [...]

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After saying last week that the acquisition of Twitter was “temporarily on hold,” billionaire Elon Musk is now suggesting that the deal may not go through. The Tesla CEO has been outspoken about his battle against the bots and has accused Twitter’s leadership of not providing accurate bot-related information.

Musk might cancel the Twitter deal because of its misrepresentation of spam bots

Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal detailed the company’s stance on bots and how it fights them. However, the answer clearly isn’t convincing the Tesla and SpaceX CEO. Musk’s comments came in response to a tweet by noted Tesla blog, Teslarati.

This is the first real indication that the acquisition may not happen. Musk’s tweet also references Agrawal, and we’re expecting an official response soon. The issue of bots and spam accounts appears to be at the root of this, though many believe this is just a tactic to decrease the sale price of the Twitter deal. Musk even said during a recent conference in Miami that a reduced sale price is “not out of the question.”

Canceling the deal would make Musk liable to pay a $1 billion “kill fee”

Things have escalated pretty quickly since Musk said he would acquire Twitter. It seemed almost certain that Musk would become the new owner of the platform. However, reports of trouble didn’t take long to surface. Not too long ago, Twitter’s legal team accused Musk of breaching its non-disclosure agreement (NDA) over the handling of bots.

Backing out of the deal will cost Musk, too. The billionaire is liable to pay a “kill fee” of $1 billion if the deal falls through. Musk’s most recent tweet comes after Agrawal refused to allow external sources to analyze Twitter’s bot count.

“Unfortunately, we don’t believe that this specific estimation can be performed externally, given the critical need to use both public and private information (which we can’t share),” Agrawal said yesterday. Musk expressed his displeasure with a single emoji, which shouldn’t surprise anyone at this point.

The events of the last two weeks tell us that Musk’s acquisition of one of the largest social media platforms is far from complete. Legal experts believe that on top of the aforementioned $1 billion “kill fee,” canceling the deal would make Musk vulnerable to lawsuits. While we can’t predict what comes next, it’s clear that this isn’t the last we’ve heard on the matter.

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This Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Deal is a Steal https://www.androidheadlines.com/samsung-galaxy-watch-4-sale Tue, 17 May 2022 12:45:52 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=957195 Amazon has the Galaxy Watch 4 is on sale now for just $199, saving you $50 off of the regular price. While the 44mm is on sale for $229, and that’s down from $249. Also good for $50 off of its regular retail price here. All available colors are on sale for the same price, [...]

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Amazon has the Galaxy Watch 4 is on sale now for just $199, saving you $50 off of the regular price. While the 44mm is on sale for $229, and that’s down from $249. Also good for $50 off of its regular retail price here. All available colors are on sale for the same price, but some colors are out of stock.

This is an all-time low price for the Galaxy Watch 4. And one that we have seen from time-to-time over the past few months.

The new Galaxy Watch 4 is a pretty impressive smartwatch. It is powered by Wear OS now, and has Samsung’s own One UI Watch on-top. So you’re getting all of the great features from Google on wearables, along with Samsung’s features too. It’s especially great if you have a Samsung smartphone, as it will mirror the features and settings from your phone onto your watch.

Galaxy Watch4 works as an extension of your phone so you can talk, stream, and text from your wrist on the go. Tap into the power and convenience of select Google services and apps; Pay for coffee, get directions to the park, use Google Assistant or Bixby, and stream from YouTube Music. Show of your style with a luxurious and timeless watch design that’s great for any occasion; Personalize your look even more with a range of stylish watch faces and bands.

Samsung sells the Galaxy Watch 4 in four different colors: Pink Gold, Black, Green, and White. And all four colors are available in this sale today for the same price.

Better insights to reach your fitness goals get more out of every mile thanks to built-in pace coaching on the Galaxy Watch. So you can get started on your New Year’s Resolutions early.

You can pick up the Galaxy Watch 4 from Amazon by clicking here. But you’d better hurry as this sale is not going to be around for very long.

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Dream By Wombo App Uses AI To Create Artwork From Your Images https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/05/dream-by-wombo-app-ai-artwork.html Tue, 17 May 2022 12:29:28 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=1005929 I’m still, to this day, getting surprised by the sheer number of creative apps available in the Play Store. Dream by Wombo is one such app that’s for sure. This app uses AI to create artwork from the image you select. Dream by Wombo app uses AI to create unique artwork The app is currently [...]

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I’m still, to this day, getting surprised by the sheer number of creative apps available in the Play Store. Dream by Wombo is one such app that’s for sure. This app uses AI to create artwork from the image you select.

Dream by Wombo app uses AI to create unique artwork

The app is currently holding a 4.7-star rating, after over 380,000 reviews. There’s a good reason for it. You can create some really nice-looking, and unique images with this application. It will only take you a couple of seconds to do it.

So, how does it work? Well, all you have to do is download the app, and either register, or simply tap the ‘Try it out’ option. Once you do that, simply select an image you’d like to use for your first try.

You’ll need to crop it out to the predetermined size. It’s a vertical orientation, and what seems to be a 16:9 aspect ratio. Once you do that, you’ll be able to ‘adjust influence’. In other words, you’ll be able to control how aggressive will the AI be. There are three options.

You can choose between a number of different art styles

Following that, you’ll see a bunch of art styles on offer. All you have to do is select one of them, and you will be asked to add words to your art as well. You can even use only words, without an image. At this point, simply tap the ‘Create’ option, and you’re good to go. The app will do its thing, and create a unique image just for you.

Depending on your device, it may take a bit of time for the app to process everything, Below, you can see what I got on my first try. If you don’t like what you got, you can simply tap the ‘Generate Again’ option, or choose a different image / art style.

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There are endless combinations you can use, of course. Try using a number of different images, and different art styles. You can also tap the ‘Generate Again’ button as many times as you want, until you get that perfect image.

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Google Lets You Connect Your Fitbit With Assistant, Nest Hub Will Show Data https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/05/google-connect-fitbit-with-assistant-nest-hub-will-show-data.html Tue, 17 May 2022 12:20:46 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=1005901 Earlier this month, Google published support articles that hinted at a deeper Google Fit and Fitbit integration on Nest Hub. It provided detailed instructions on how to connect and see your activity metrics from these devices on your Nest display. However, the Google Assistant settings to enable the feature was not live back then. It [...]

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Earlier this month, Google published support articles that hinted at a deeper Google Fit and Fitbit integration on Nest Hub. It provided detailed instructions on how to connect and see your activity metrics from these devices on your Nest display. However, the Google Assistant settings to enable the feature was not live back then. It is now appearing for some users, 9to5Google has confirmed.

According to the new report, navigating to Assistant settings > Wellness > Activity on phones that have received the new feature lets you connect your Google Fit and Fitbit accounts, alongside the existing option to add your Calm account. If you tap on the connect button for either new option, Google will explain how Assistant will use your activity data. It will then take you to a new screen where you can select what activity data you want to share with the Assistant.

If you’re connecting a Fitbit account, Google has two categories of data: “heart rate” and “activity and exercise”. You can enable either or both. For Google Fit, there are three categories — Activity metrics (workouts, steps, duration, pace, calories burned, and other activity data), Distance, and Heart rate.

As the new report notes, you can connect both Fitbit and Google Fit with Assistant simultaneously. However, you can keep only one of them active at a time in Assistant settings. Your Nest Hub will show activity data from the connected account. That said, this functionality is reportedly not yet live on the Nest Hub (2nd gen) or Nest Hub even after connecting the Fitbit and Google Fit accounts. But it should now only be a matter of time.

Nest Hub is getting deeper integration with Google Fit and Fitbit with Assistant

Google Assistant can do a lot of things but its health integrations are somewhat limited. You can ask the digital assistant about your sleep data and that’s pretty much it. Google is finally giving it more powers so you can quickly view your health and activity information on your Nest display. The first signs of this deeper integration came earlier this month when the company published the support pages with setup instructions. The feature is now starting to roll out to users too.

Following this integration, Google Assistant will be able to answer your activity-related questions across your devices. The set-up prompts also suggest that the “Assistant will show this data, suggestions, and related content without you having to ask”. You may have to explicitly opt-in for these proactive fitness results on your Nest Hub though. Your Assistant-enabled smart display will likely show cards similar to that for your sleep data. We should get more details on this soon. A wider rollout shouldn’t be too far off now.

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AT&T Partners With Learning App Boddle For Exclusive Content https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/05/att-partners-with-learning-app-boddle.html Tue, 17 May 2022 12:12:20 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=1005908 Parents and K-6 students/teachers in the U.S. are already familiar with the popular math learning app, Boddle. AT&T is now announcing a partnership with the app’s developers to bring “new in-app features” and other additions, courtesy of AT&T 5G. The carrier further announced that the newly released ‘Pet Battles’ game within the Boddle app is [...]

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Parents and K-6 students/teachers in the U.S. are already familiar with the popular math learning app, Boddle. AT&T is now announcing a partnership with the app’s developers to bring “new in-app features” and other additions, courtesy of AT&T 5G.

The carrier further announced that the newly released ‘Pet Battles’ game within the Boddle app is free to play. AT&T is also bringing a new augmented reality (AR) feature into the game. However, this is available only to customers with an AT&T 5G compatible device. The game involves characters and puzzles spread across the environment, thus encouraging kids to have some fun while learning.

“Gamified learning is ushering in the next generation of education, and keeping kids connected will be key,” said Glenn Couper, Assistant Vice President, 5G Product & Innovation, AT&T. “Boddle’s customized learning platform brings an immediate benefit for students today, making learning more interactive, interesting, accessible and fun. We’re proud to help them unlock the connected learning of tomorrow that will reshape education as we know it.”

Boddle will contribute video lessons to AT&T’s ‘The Achievery’ digital learning platform

Boddle arrived on the scene in 2018 as a gamified math learning app. The app’s developers received a massive boost after getting a $1 million investment from AT&T in 2019 as part of its Aspire Accelerator program. So the partnership between the two companies is not new.

The app’s popularity has exploded since the pandemic as children were forced to adapt to virtual learning. But the app continues to remain popular as developers add exciting games and virtual activities to keep the kids engaged.

“Our team at Boddle is excited to continue expanding learning opportunities for kids of all demographics through this AT&T 5G collaboration that will open the possibilities of where and how kids learn and really bring math to life through AR,” said Clarence Tan, Co-Founder of Boddle Learning.

Boddle will also contribute video lessons and activities to ‘The Achievery,’ AT&T’s newly launched digital learning platform. The carrier undertakes other learning-related programs through the AT&T Connected Learning initiative.

In other AT&T news, the carrier is bumping the prices of some legacy plans starting June 1. This mainly impacts a handful of unlimited plans launched a few years ago. So if you’re concerned about losing those plan benefits, make sure you get in touch with the carrier right away.

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WhatsApp May Soon Allow You To Silently Exit Group Chats https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/05/whatsapp-may-allow-silent-exit-group-chats.html Tue, 17 May 2022 11:59:26 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=1005925 It seems like an interesting new feature is on its way to WhatsApp. WhatsApp may soon allow you to silently exit group chats. In other words, you may be able to leave groups without other users being notified about it. WhatsApp may soon allow you to silently exit group chats How does it work now? [...]

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It seems like an interesting new feature is on its way to WhatsApp. WhatsApp may soon allow you to silently exit group chats. In other words, you may be able to leave groups without other users being notified about it.

WhatsApp may soon allow you to silently exit group chats

How does it work now? Well, whenever you leave a group chat, other users will automatically be notified in that chat. This would prevent them from being notified entirely. The only way they’d know, is if they went to check who’s left in the conversation.

Well, this won’t be entirely silent. Group admins will still see the message you left the group, even after this feature arrives. That makes sense, though. And no, it seems like you won’t be able to prevent that from happening.

If you check out the image below, you’ll see what we mean. This was shared by wabetainfo. The source claims that this screenshot was grabbed from WhatsApp beta for iOS, not Android. Still, if this feature is in the works, it’ll be coming to both platforms. In fact, the source says that it’s in the works for both platforms.

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WhatsApp is constantly working on new features for its platform. We’re constantly seeing new, upcoming features, while we’ve also seen quite a few of them presented in the last year or so.

Quite a few new features are coming

Most recently, however, we’ve seen a report regarding rich link previews. Well, rich link previews for the text status messages. That feature seems to be on the way as well, in the near future.

Another feature that the company is working on regards to quick reactions to status updates. A companion mode to link a second mobile device feature is also in the works, and the same goes for search filtering options.

As you can see, there are quite a few features coming for WhatsApp.

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Uber Eats Launches Two Autonomous Delivery Programs https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/05/uber-eats-launches-two-autonomous-delivery-programs.html Tue, 17 May 2022 11:47:33 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=1005889 Uber has announced two Uber Eats autonomous delivery programs in Los Angeles. The company is teaming up with robotic sidewalk delivery startup Serve Robotics and autonomous vehicle technology company Motional for the pilot programs. The ride-hailing giant made the announcement during its annual product event on Monday. Serve Robotics is an Uber spin-off company, so their [...]

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Uber has announced two Uber Eats autonomous delivery programs in Los Angeles. The company is teaming up with robotic sidewalk delivery startup Serve Robotics and autonomous vehicle technology company Motional for the pilot programs. The ride-hailing giant made the announcement during its annual product event on Monday.

Serve Robotics is an Uber spin-off company, so their teaming up for this pilot isn’t surprising.  According to the company, Serve Robotics’ sidewalk robot will handle short-range deliveries in West Hollywood. It features a touchscreen display and a locked container carrying your food. You can unlock the container using a PIN sent to your registered mobile number.

Motional’s autonomous vehicles, meanwhile, will be responsible for making high capacity and long-distance deliveries in Santa Monica. Uber had originally announced this partnership in December last year. According to TechCrunch, Motional currently only has a permit to deploy its autonomous vehicles on the road with a safety driver on board. So it will not be a completely driverless delivery just yet. This also enables the company to make deliveries outside Motional’s current autonomous service area. The safety driver will be able to manually drive the vehicle to the location.

California state laws may prevent Uber Eats from charging a delivery fee for autonomous deliveries though. But this only applies to deliveries made via Motional vehicles. Serve Robotics is reportedly free to charge delivery fees.

Uber Eats will gradually expand its autonomous delivery programs

These autonomous delivery pilots will expectedly start small. Uber Eats is working with select merchants in Santa Monica and West Hollywood for delivering foods in robots. But if everything goes to plan, the company will be expanding the programs and teaming up with more partners in the future. Perhaps Aurora, an autonomous vehicle technology company that acquired Uber’s self-driving arm in 2020, could be a fitting partner.

As TechCrunch notes, Uber is a major investor in Aurora. It has a 26 percent stake in the company. The two firms have also collaborated in the freight space in the past. So we wouldn’t be surprised if Uber would turn to its partly-owned autonomous vehicles for food delivery having abandoned them a couple of years back.

“We’ll be able to learn from both of those pilots what customers actually want, what merchants actually want, and what makes sense for delivery as we start to integrate our platform with AV (autonomous vehicle) companies,” an Uber spokesperson told the publication. “The hope is that they’re successful and that we learn over the coming months, and then figure out how to scale.”

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