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built-in dark mode finally coming to android

update (02/24): google added a post in the issue tracker stating there was a miscommunication with the team that handles aosp issues. it doesn’t look like we’re getting native night mode in android anytime soon.however, google is adding a toggle in developer mode that will allow developers to create and test apps that implement night mode. you can find the full post below:hi folks, you may remember me from the last three releases where it looked like dark mode was being added. unfortunately, this bug was closed prematurely due to a miscommunication with the team that handles aosp issues.what we *have* added in a future android release is a developer-facing setting (via developer options) to toggle the -night ui mode qualifier, which wil...




ipvanish vpn turns 6; celebrates with all-time-low prices

this post contains affiliate links.ipvanish vpn turns 6 years old this weekendget a 2 year subscription for $3.33/mo (72% off)offer ends sunday night (2/25/18)ipvanishis one of the world’s leading virtual private network services. for us, it’s been a long-time internal debate between ipvanish and expressvpn(the argument rages on). but this weekend, ipvanish is running a promotion in celebration of their 6th birthday that blows all competition out of the water in sheer bang-for-buck capacity.this weekend only, you can get 2 years of ipvanish for $3.33 per month.we’ve seen vpns go for cheaper, but those are usually sketchy, log-keeping vpns looking to make a quick buck. we don’t think we’ve ever seen a top tier vpn service offer a de...




huawei p20 is the official name, but it won’t be at mwc 2018

huaweitoday, huawei finally officially confirmed that the follow-up phones to the p10 and p10 plus are the p20 and p20 plus.the phones are unlikely to show up at mwc 2018, instead to be revealed at a separate paris event in march.the teaser video that sources this information is seven seconds long, but does throw in another hint towards three camera lenses.mobile world congress is synonymous with one word: samsung. the south korean company has unveiled over half of the samsung galaxy s line of smartphones at the electronics conference. since the galaxy s series is hands-down the reigning king of flagship android smartphones, it’s hard for any other company to dominate mwc when samsung is around.maybe that’s why today, only a few days ...




weekly plan spotlight: 74% off galaxy s8 or note8

we’re back with the weekly plan spotlight! today sprint is offering massive discounts off the lease prices of the galaxy note8, s8, and s8+.if you’ve been in the market for the latest in samsung’s galaxy lineup, and aren’t too worried about them ceasing to be the absolute latest in the coming weeks (what with the s9 slated to be unveiled at mwc) then this is the deal for you.reasons for these discounts are clear. sprint is certainly trying to shift out inventory to make room for the next round of samsung handsets. their need for warehouse space could be your gain.gimme them deetshere’s the full rundown of the discounts from the mouth of sprint:galaxy note 8full price: $960reg sprint flex monthly lease: $40discount sprint flex month...




the archos hello is a smart display that strangely runs android oreo

french manufacturer archos introduced the hello, the company’s first smart display.the hello comes in 7-inch and 8.4-inch flavors, with both models running android oreo.the hello will go on sale this summer for at least $160.amazon entered the smart display market with its echo show, while google showed us during ces 2018 that it plans to do the same with google assistant and device manufacturers. this time around, french manufacturer archos launched the hello, its first smart display that is reminiscent of lenovo’s pair of smart displays.that is thanks to the hello’s wood back covering and its ability to be positioned either vertically or horizontally. around front is either a 7-inch hd or an 8.4-inch full hd display, though both mo...




ipvanish vpn turns 6; celebrates with all-time-low 2-year plan

this post contains affiliate links.ipvanish vpn turns 6 years old this weekendget a 2 year subscription for $3.33/mo (72% off)offer ends sunday night (2/25/18)ipvanishis one of the world’s leading virtual private network services. for us, it’s been a long-time internal debate between ipvanish and expressvpn(the argument rages on). but this weekend, ipvanish is running a promotion in celebration of their 6th birthday that blows all competition out of the water in sheer bang-for-buck capacity.this weekend only, you can get 2 years of ipvanish for $3.33 per month.we’ve seen vpns go for cheaper, but those are usually sketchy, log-keeping vpns looking to make a quick buck. we don’t think we’ve ever seen a top tier vpn service offer a de...




more features coming to google assistant, support for over 30 languages

in a new blog entry, google discussed future capabilities of its google assistant, including support for over 30 languages before the end of the year.google also committed to working with carriers and oem’s to better integrate assistant into their products and services.expect assistant to have a huge presence at mwc 2018, just at ces 2018.about a week ago, information leaked in a slideshow presentation in amsterdam that google would allegedly be adding many more new languages to google assistant in 2018 and bringing google home products to many more countries. we were skeptical of the leak for a variety of reasons, but now it looks like google’s confirmed at least part of the leak was true.today, google vice president of product nick ...




business can now send certain android users rcs texts

google announced that it has partnered with popular brands to bring rcs communications directly to customers.right now only certain android users who meet specific qualifications will be able to get those messages.google promises more rcs news for android at mobile world congress 2018.two weeks ago, we talked about how android users might finally be able to send text messages from their computers without having to use a third-party app. the hint of this possibility appeared in new code for android messages that points to rcs (rich communication standard) capabilities. now, google is giving businesses the ability to use rcs texting to communicate directly with customers.you can read more about what rcs is and what is possible with the protoco...




built-in dark mode finally coming to android

a feature request in the google update tracker for a dark mode in android was marked as “fixed.”this means a dark/night mode “will be available in a future android release.”a baked-in dark mode is one of the most requested features of all time in android’s ten-year history.dark mode is one of the most popular features android doesn’t have. there are apps that do it, there are custom roms that bake it into android’s code, and even oem skinned versions of android make it a standard feature (and then take it away). but the one place you won’t find a dark/night mode is in stock android itself.that will change in a future version of the operating system, confirmed by the google issue tracker. a developer marked the feature requ...




new: 92% off android o app-building masterclass

last week we brought you a great deal on a web developer tutorial by the formidable rob percival. well we’re excited to see that another of the renowned coder’s top courses is on offer this week – the complete android o developer course.you probably use android apps all the time, especially if you’re visiting us here at android authority. we all know how handy these apps are; what rob will demonstrate is that they’re actually easy to make. even better, he’ll show you how to monetize them.next stop, that money-spinning ideaover the course of 37 hoursof premium instruction rob will take you through a host of app-building technologies, including the likes of firebase, mysql, and bluetooth. even beginners will have no problem followi...




google to release arcore 1.0 and update google lens

google will unveil arcore 1.0, its sdk for ar android apps, at mwc 2018.google lens, an ar information portal, will also get a showcase at the conference.this new progress proves google is committed to expanding its reach into the ar world.augmented reality (ar) has some incredibly exciting potential applications and google is betting big on the prospect of people using their phones to virtually interact with the world around them.today, google announced that arcore — the android sdk that lets developers create ar apps — has left the preview stage and jumped into its first public stage, arcore 1.0. apps developed on arcore work on 100 million android phones, and advanced ar is available on 13 different models for now (the entire pix...




fcc paying billions for 10 mbps lte in rural u.s. areas

whistleoutcertain areas of the united states get little or no coverage from either of the four major carriers.the fcc is paying the carriers $4.5 billion over the next ten years to get 10/1 mbps lte speeds to those neglected spots.the 10/1 mbps speed is what the fcc decided is the national median, which counters t-mobile’s offer of 5/1 mbps.as part of its mobility fund phase ii auction, the fcc has agreed to pay out over $4.5 billion over a ten-year period to the four major u.s. wireless carriers. the intention is for at&t, verizon, sprint, and t-mobile, to use the cash to expand their wireless service in rural areas of the united states that currently get spotty service, or sometimes no service at all.if you look at a map of the coverage ...




the best prepaid and no contract plans in the us (feb 2018)

when we first started this list in 2012, things were starting to get exciting. we were seeing processors with more cores, screens in true hd, and things were starting to get really interesting for android. it’s now 2017 and the mobile industry has undergone a striking revolution. carriers are becoming less aggressive, off-contract phones are getting better and cheaper, and things don’t look anything like they did in 2012.the one thing that hasn’t changed is the value of a good no contract plan or a prepaid plan so let’s take a look at the best ones right now.t-mobile has done away with contracts entirely. that means that, technically, every plan on their service is no-contract. believe it or not, they still have a prepaid service ...




exclusive: this could be general mobile's first android go phone, the gm 8 go

as google teases android go phones for mwc 2018, we’re able to provide a first look at general mobile’s first android go phone.general mobile’s gm 8 go will sport an 18:9 5.03-inch display, a mediatek 6739 soc, and a 3,500 mah battery.general mobile will likely unveil the smartphone at mwc 2018.google’s new slimmed-down operating system, android go, still has yet to arrive on any hardware despite its unveiling last december. that will likely change at mwc 2018, according to a recent blog post by google’s hiroshi lockheimer. the blog post didn’t specify which oems will be releasing phones at the trade show, but thanks to a recent tip given to android authority, we’re getting our first look at what could be the first android go ...




google's arcore framework could be set for release at mwc

arcore is a framework that allows third-party developers to build augmented reality experiences.a developer preview was released last year for a select number of android phones.a wider release could bring ar technology to a much larger number of people.towards the end of 2017, google’s amit singh announced plans to bring augmented reality apps to “hundreds of millions” of devices by the end of 2018. now, it looks like google is about to start making good on that promise as a report by variety suggests that the web giant will announce the release of the arcore framework at the mobile world congress this year.arcore is an augmented reality software development kit that makes it easier for developers to build ar experiences. it uses the...




moto z2 force update tracker (update: at&t rolling out android oreo ota)

update 02/23: at&t has finally started rolling out android 8.0 oreo to moto z2 force users via an ota update.users on the xda developers forums began reporting signs of the update a few days ago and at&t has now confirmed the rollout on its official support page. build ocx27.109-47 includes all of the base oreo features and also the january android security patches.with t-mobile, verizon, and now at&t sorted, all that’s left is the sprint model.welcome to the moto z2 force android update tracker page. this page contains information for all carriers and unlocked versions of the device, with a quick reference table for each and a log with links to further details. it will be regularly updated with the latest moto z2 force update information...




samsung galaxy s9 & s9 plus rumors: release date - price - features

in this post, which will be updated regularly, we take a closer look at the latest rumors surrounding the upcoming samsung galaxy s9 and s9 plus smartphones.the samsung galaxy s8 and s8 plus are among the best smartphones you can get. they offer gorgeous bezel-less designs, sexy curved displays, and top-of-the-line specs. but they do have faults, we hope samsung will address them with their successors. these include the weirdly-positioned fingerprint scanner, the lack of dual-cameras, an easily-fooled facial recognition system, and more. fixes for all of these, and new features, could be part of the samsung galaxy s9 and s9 plus.samsung hasn’t shared any details about the galaxy s9 and s9 plus with the public yet. but we have come across ...




here's why google should launch a game streaming service

google has one of the biggest gaming platforms around, but historically it hasn’t really made games a real priority. that could all be changing soon. a few weeks ago, google hired former playstation and xbox executive phil harrison as a vice president and general manager for its hardware division. now the information is claiming google is working on a game streaming service, code named “yeti.”phil harrisoneditor's pick10 best upcoming android games if you’re a gamer, there's lots to be excited about in 2018. we’re expecting to see a number of great titles from well-known developers like ubisoft, telltale games, and niantic labs. here are ten upcoming games we're …many are speculating google will enter the video game industry...




indian buyers angry that xiaomi redmi note 5 pro sold out in seconds

xiaomi is celebrating selling out of the redmi note 5 pro in minutes, claiming it as the biggest sale ever in the history of india.buyers are claiming the flipkart website crashed within seconds of the sale going live, accusing xiaomi of stacking the deck.a new flash sale will go live next week, in the middle of mwc 2018.normally, when a phone sells incredibly fast, it’s a cause for celebration. but indian buyers are angry that the xiaomi redmi note 5 pro sold out in seconds during its first flash sale.the indian redmi twitter account made a big to-do over the whole event, posting the image below. touting the sell-out as “the biggest sale ever in the history of india,” xiaomi is apparently trying to drum up publicity for its highly-...




google promises android go phones at mwc 2018

android go is a version of the os designed specifically for devices running under 1 gb of ram.google posted a blog entry in which it announces that the first android go devices will appear at mwc 2018.some of these entry-level devices will come in under the $50 price range.today google promised on its blog to show off the first android go phones at mobile world congress 2018 next week. it also pledged the phones, in some cases under $50 each, would be available for purchase “soon after” the reveal.back in december, the company rolled out android oreo (go edition) as part of the android 8.1 wide release. designed specifically for entry-level devices with 1 gb of ram or less, android go gives manufacturers a stable, beautiful, and easy...