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Google Play now gives you a paid app every week for free!

Android has millions of free titles, but some paid titles need to be shared. There are millions of free apps available on the Play Store, and many of them are pretty great. But there are also millions of paid apps that don’t always get the attention they deserve.

Now, Google wants to highlight a few of those paid titles by offering a free app or game of the week. The first one is Card Wars — Adventure Time, a lighthearted card trading and battle game that usually runs for $2.99, but this week is going gratis.

Like Apple’s version of the same, it appears Google will highlight a single title each week, and chances are it will be a paid game that also has in-app purchases. That benefits both Google and the developer, since it gets a chance to add millions of new users and ramp up revenue.

This isn’t the first time Google has given away paid apps for free. It started the practice in its then-nascent Family section back in 2015, but that particular enterprise seems to have faded away for this more broad version.

Source: Android Central

Reviewed: Honor 8

In the search for a good smartphone at a reasonable price you land quickly with Honor. The subsidiary company of Huawei now has now with the Honor 8 a new top model out which costs you just around 400 euro. Having had the Honor 7 previously and as well the Honor 6 Plus  I have tried now out the Honor 8 and tell you my opinion.

The Design

The body is a real eye-catcher. 15 glass layers have been applied to the back and together with a diamond cut pattern ensure that the Honor 8 shimmers and glitters. Particularly striking is the blue model, but also the black and white devices do look really impressive.

The already mentioned Gorilla Glass 3 is used in front and back, the device is enclosed in a metal frame which has been interrupted by ceramic elements for the antennas only. Nothing about this design and the built-in materials gives the feeling that we are dealing here actually with only a 400 euro smartphone. Unfotuntaltely the back is very sensitive, just a little of a hit, despite having been very carefully, created a massive crack in the backside glass cover. .

However, on the left side are the slots for the cards, on the right you will find both the power button and the volume control. The USB type C connector on the bottom is flanked by a 3.5 mm headphone jack on the one and the speaker on the other side, above you will find the IR blaster and a microphone. Both the main camera and the fingerprint sensor – now in round shape – can be found on the back.

The Hardware

The phoney comes in two variants. For the 32 GB version, the manufacturer requires around 400 euros. If you want to double the memory, you have to put another 50 euros on it. Currently, however, the larger version is not yet available. At the end, the customer here gets a 5.2-inch display, which dissolves in Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels). In the measurements the Honor 8 convinces with a solid contrast of 125: 1 and good color space. Inside the Honor 8 works the in-house build Kirin 950  eight-core processor, the 4 GB of RAM stand aside. Speed and performance of the Honor 8 are even on the top level of a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, which still costs you around 622 euros.

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The Software

Here you get exactly what you are accustomed to from the Huawei flagship: Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI 4.1.

In the fingerprint sensor, you have now activated the smart key feature, which allows you to call any app as fast as possible. The really great feature, however, has a small catch: the smart key is not deactivated when you accept a call. When testing it happened to me that sometimes while on a call the music player startet.

From this, the Smart button works but very reliably, although I think how regularly I will open my music player in this way. Let’s see – maybe I think about it differently and put Uber on the button: If you drunk one over the thirst, the smart-key for the way home could be coming out as a killer feature.

The Camera

While Huawei was still focusing on cooperation with Leica on the P9, the logo of the camera manufacturer is missing on the Honor 8. However, the technical data of the camera allows the conclusion that the same technology as the P9 is used here. The main camera of the Honor 8 also has two sensors. As well the camera app resembles that one of the P9. Only the monochrome mode is missing. The second sensor is only used as a support for Honor 8. A total of 12 megapixels are triggered, and a dual LED flash is available for shooting in the dark. Especially the recordings in daylight are very good in the test. And even in poorer light conditions, there are still enough details to be seen, the noise is quite limited.

The Summary

The Honor 8 is probably the most beautiful smartphone which you can get for around 400 euro. It does not need to hide behind the likes of the Galaxy S7 from Samsung. The camera convinces and the battery brings you smoothly through the day.

Maybe the glass back was not the best decision – maybe I just had bad luck with my test device. The display is also only average, but even this is in this price category fully OK.

Honor 8

Honor 8
8.8

Value for Money

10/10

    Battery

    9/10

      Display

      8/10

        Camera

        9/10

          Performance

          9/10

            Pros

            • Good Value for Money
            • Great Battery
            • Good build quality
            • Top Performance

            Cons

            • sensitive back cover
            • slow charging

            BlackBerry officially announces the DTEK60

            BlackBerry has today officially announced the latest of its series of secure Android smartphones, the DTEK60. Offering a larger high-resolution display, fingerprint sensor, long lasting battery, and a 21-megapixel camera the DTEK60 comes loaded with all the security features that BlackBerry’s Android OS devices have. DTEK60 is the second device in the DTEK series of Android smartphones and is a part of BlackBerry’s transition towards a device software licensing strategy – which allows it to focus on putting “the smart in the phone” – the DTEK60’s hardware is manufactured once again by TCL.

            Starting from today,the DTEK60 is available to purchase from ShopBlackBerry.com in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands for $499 USD ($650 CDN, €579 and £475). Availability of DTEK60 in additional global channels and countries will be announced in the coming weeks. In the UAE the DTEK60 is expected to be available in the coming weeks from leading retail stores and will be available at a suggested retail price of AED 1999.

            “With the DTEK60, BlackBerry continues to focus on our strengths: state-of-the-art software and security solutions. When you see our logo it means security, from our class-leading enterprise software to devices secured by BlackBerry software,” said Ralph Pini, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of Mobility Solutions at BlackBerry.

            Features available on the DTEK60 include:

            • Fingerprint Sensor: For quick and convenient turn on and unlock, the BlackBerry Fingerprint Sensor provides added security for unlocking your phone, accessing Password Keeper and making purchases – including Android Pay. Add up to five fingerprints which are fully encrypted with security you can trust.
            • BlackBerry Intelligent Keyboard: DTEK60 has a smart keyboard designed to learn from users and increase typing accuracy and speed. It provides word suggestions as you type and includes up to three languages, letting you flick them into place for faster conversations.
            • BlackBerry Hub: This unified inbox is an irreplaceable tool for consolidating all of your messages in one place – whether it is email, calendar, social or phone calls.
            • Customizable BlackBerry Convenience Key: With the press of a button, the Convenience Key provides quick access to your most used applications and more.
            • Stunning Screen: DTEK60 has a 5.5” Quad HD display, capable of displaying 16 million colors. The screen is made of scratch-resistant glass and features a specialized oleophobic coating to protect against smudges and fingerprints.
            • Expandable Memory: With support for micro SD cards up to 2 TB, DTEK60 provides the flexibility to add affordable and hot-swappable memory to download, install, capture and share as your needs evolve.
            • Dazzling Camera: DTEK60 is engineered to deliver professional-looking photos with an 8MP front facing camera and a 21MP auto-focus rear camera. Plus, features like Phase Detection Auto Focus and a dual-tone LED flash are designed to help the camera focus instantly and accurately for a blur-free, realistic looking photos, even in low light.
            • Long Lasting Battery: DTEK60 packs a 3000 mAh battery with enough power to withstand up to 24 hours of mixed use.

             

            How to find out how many WhatsApp messages you send!

            How many messages have you already sent via Whatsapp? And how many have you received? You can easily check this.We explain how it works.

            Whatsapp counts every single message that is received and sent via the messenger. Each user can see in his settings how active he was at Whatsapp. What is your statistic? Do you write more messages than you get? And how many messages have your friends sent so far? The figures are usually very different, as we have noted in our editorial team, so the comparison with friends and acquaintances is often very interesting – and often funny.

            How to find the statistics:

            For Android users: Open the Whatsapp app on your smartphone and tap the menu (the three dots) in the upper-right corner. Select Settings, click Data Usage, and then click Network Usage. There you can read how many Whatsapp messages you have ever sent or received.

            For iPhone users: In Whatsapp, tap “Preferences” in the bottom bar. Now select “Data Usage”. At the bottom you will find the option “Network Usage”, where you will find your personal usage data.

            At the top of the statistics are the sent and received messages. In addition to the message statistics, Whatsapp also displays details of the data sent and received. If you are a very active user of Whatsapp and have never reset the smartphone to factory settings or deleted the statistics, then here are quite high numbers.

            Here is mine, but I am using a phone never very long, hence the low figures…

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            How many messages did you send to your friends?

            WhatsApp adds Snapchat-style tool: Lets you write, draw, and add emojis to photos and videos

            WhatsApp on Tuesday has introduced new ways to customise and enhance the photos and videos you share with friends and family around the world.

            With WhatsApp’s new camera features, people can now write or draw on photos and videos as well as add emojis to express themselves.

            “Now, when you capture a new photo or video or share one which is already on your phone, you will automatically see the new editing tools,” WhatsApp said in a post.

            WhatsApp has also added a convenient zooming feature for recording videos. Just slide your finger up and down to zoom in and out and supports the front-facing flash.

            The new camera features will roll out on Android phones starting Tuesday and on Apple iPhones soon. If you are a WhatsApp Beta User you can already use it.

            How to use the new WhatsApp Tool:

            To use the new features, you can take a new photo or video within WhatsApp, or choose one already on your phone.

            Instead of just seeing the option to send the message, new editing tools will be displayed over the photo.

            These new functions are rolling out on Android phones from today, but it is unclear when they will become available for iPhone users.

            Source: WhatsApp Blog

            First Images: The Honor 8

            Honor is launching their new Flagship device end of this month: The Honor 8 . A few pictures are now available.

            Here are also some details on the specs side we know so far:

            A compact phone with plenty of great specs, including a Kirin 950 SoC and 4GB of RAM, the Honor 8 is powerhouse starting at $399. Coming in either 32GB or 64GB variants, the phone arrives with dual 12MP cameras, an ultra-fast rear fingerprint sensor, and plenty of software customizations through Huawei’s EMUI 4.1 running Android 6.0.

            Display 5.2-inch IPS LCD
            1920×1080
            Processor HiSilicon Kirin 950 octa-core
            4xA72 @ 2.3Ghz + 4xA53 @ 1.8Ghz
            Mali-T880MP4 GPU
            Storage 32GB / 64GB
            RAM 4GB LPDDR4
            OS Android 6.0 with EMUI 4.1
            Rear cameras Dual 12MP (monochrome + color), f/2.2
            1.25-micron pixel equivalent
            Front camera 8MP, f/2.4
            Connection USB Type-C
            SIM/MicroSD Dual SIM in Asia
            Single SIM with microSD (256GB) in Europe/U.S.
            Battery 3000mAh
            9V/2A fast charging
            Security Fingerprint
            Other Infrared, bottom mono speaker, VoLTE (T-Mobile only)
            Waterproofing No
            LTE Bands LTE FDD: B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B12/B17/B20
            Dimensions 145.5 x 71 x 7.5 mm
            Weight 153 grams
            Colors Pearl White, Sapphire Blue, Midnight Black
            Price $399 (32GB) / $449 (64GB)
            Images courtesy of AOL

            BlackBerry’s Priv is now available on Pre Order. Setting you back 699$

            BlackBerry has opened-up pre-orders for its first ever Android smartphone, the curved-screen slider that’s better known as the Priv. The move comes just a day after the spec list was leaked on the company’s site, although the price that was included in the listing turned out to be a red herring.

            In fact, American BlackBerry fans will be able to pre-order the device for $699 starting from today, with delivery expected on November 6th. Canadians, meanwhile, can plonk down $899 CDN to get the device in their home country, while UK users are expected to stump-up £559 ($857) for the same deal. In Germany you are set back 799€ on the Amazon pre-order. 

            No known Retailers in the UAE are offering the device yet for pre-order. But that will be just a matter of time.

             

             

            Priv by BlackBerry caught once again in new set of pictures!

            Another set of pictures of the upcoming Priv by BlackBerry have been released to the web.

            At a conference I was at today, one of BlackBerry’s executives had a ‘Priv’ which he let me play with for a bit. I must admit, it’s a VERY nice device. It was actually thinner than my Note 5! It also seemed snappy and smooth, and the keyboard was also very nice. It had full access to the Play store as you would expect, and he had a few apps loaded. The screen was very nice with a high PPI, and it seemed to curvey around the edges. I have to say that I’m definitely interested in Blackberry again! [sic]

            Source: Reddit

            Win a White OnePlus One – 64GB with the Acme Blog

            It is competition time again! This time we have got a OnePlus One in the white 64GB Version.

            Here some Details on the phone itself:

            The One Plus One Smartphone is a user friendly device that comes with exciting features that satisfy all your communication and multimedia needs. The device features sleek curved body, which is extremely light in weight and portable. Its white color adds a touch of elegance to its overall appearance. The phone comes with a 13MP primary camera that features an F 2.0 aperture, six lenses to avoid distortion and color aberration, and a dual LED flash. The secondary 5MP distortion free camera lets you take amazing selfies.

            You can also record excellent 4K resolution videos and share them with your friends and family. Thanks to the 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, multitasking on this phone is smooth and seamless. The Cyanogen 11S operating system, which is based on the Android 4.4 OS platform, provides a user friendly and intuitive interface. The phone enables you to make use of 4G LTE connectivity to browse the Internet at blazing speeds. Equipped with 64GB of internal memory, this phone provides you with enough space to store all your multimedia files and documents.

            And this is how you can win:

            Just participate below and have the chance to win. Please note that this competition is only for UAE based readers. The device will be either shipped via Aramex or handed over in person in Dubai or Abu Dhabi.

            White OnePlus One – 64GB