Amazon now offering discounts on Fire TV devices and LG Q6 Prime Exclusive

Amazon is winding down the weekend with some solid tech deals.

First up, Amazon is discounting both of its Fire TV devices. If you’re looking for an affordable way to add Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, and more to your TV, you can snag the Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote on sale.

If you’ve got a shiny 4K TV and want to watch content that takes advantage of it, Amazon is also discounting its Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote.

Those of you in the market for a new smartphone should turn your attention to the LG Q6 Prime Exclusive model, which is Amazon’s Deal of the Day. As a reminder, Amazon’s Prime Exclusive phones no longer come with ads on their lock screens, letting you personalize your lock screen with an image of your choice.

The LG Q6 isn’t the only Android phone that’s part of a deal today. Amazon is also offering a bundle that includes the Moto X4 Prime Exclusive and an Amazon Echo (2nd Gen.) that’ll get you quite a discount compared to buying the two devices separately.

If you jump on any of these offers, be sure to let us know what you got!

Sources: Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote, LG Q6 Prime Exclusive, Moto X4 Prime Excluseive and Amazon Echo bundle

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HMD Global to launch high-end Nokia 8 Sirocco, entry-level Nokia 1 with Android Go, and more

HMD Global went hard at MWC 2018 today, showing off a total of five devices.

The first is the Nokia 8 Sirocco, which you can see at the top of this post. This high-end Android One phone comes with Oreo in tow as well as a 5.5-inch Quad HD pOLED screen, a Snapdragon 835 processor, and a ZEISS-branded dual rear camera setup with a 12MP wide angle lens and 13MP telephoto lens.

Also included with the Nokia 8 Sirocco is a 5MP front-facing camera, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a rear fingerprint reader, and a 3,260mAh battery that you can recharge using USB-C or Qi wireless charging. Two other details worth noting are that the Nokia 8 Sirocco’s body is more than 95 percent glass and that it’s got a steel frame.

Expect to see the Nokia 8 Sirocco in early April for €749 ($920 USD).


Next up is the Nokia 7 Plus. This is also an Android One device and it’s packing ZEISS-branded dual rear cameras that includes one 12MP sensor with f/1.75 aperture and one 13MP sensor with f/2.6 aperture. There’s a ZEISS-branded 16MP front-facing camera, too, with a focus on low-light performance.

The Nokia 7 Plus’s spec list also includes features like a 6-inch 2160×1080 display with 18:9 aspect ratio, Snapdragon 660 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a microSD card slot, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a USB-C port. There’s a 3,800mAh battery powering this whole package, and the phone will launch in early April for €399 ($490 USD).


HMD also showed the new Nokia 6 today. This model originally made its debut in China last month with a 5.5-inch 1920×1080 display, octa-core Snapdragon 630, 16MP rear camera, and 8MP front camera. There are two versions, one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage and one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, but both have a microSD card slot.

Rounding out the Nokia 6′s feature set is a 3.5mm headphone jack, fingerprint reader, 3,000mAh battery, USB-C port, and Android Oreo. This Android One phone will be available in early April with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a €279 ($342 USD) price tag. The 4GB/64GB model will launch later on.


Moving on down the line, we’ve got the Nokia 1, which is HMD’s first Android Oreo (Go edition) device. This entry-level phone has a 4.5-inch FWVGA screen, 1.1GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737M processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, a microSD card slot, and 5MP rear and 2MP front cameras.

Other notable features of the Nokia 1 include dual SIM slots, a 3.5mm headphone jack, IP52 water resistance, a microUSB port, a removable 2,150mAh battery, and swappable Xpress-on covers.

The Nokia 1 will go on sale in early April for $85 and its swappable Xpress-on covers will sell for $7.99 each.


Rounding out the new devices shown by HMD today is the Nokia 8110. This is a refresh of a classic Nokia feature phone with a curved slider design. It runs a Smart Feature OS powered by KaiOS and includes an app store with apps like Google Assistant, Google Search, Google Maps, Facebook, Twitter, Outlook, and Gmail. It also supports 4G and Voice over LTE and comes with a revamped version of Snake.

The hardware specs of the Nokia 8110 include a 2.45-inch QVGA display, 1.1GHz dual-core Qualcomm 205 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, a 2MP camera, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. There’s a removable 1,500mAh battery powering this phone, and you recharge that battery using microUSB.

The Nokia 8110 will go on sale in May for €79 ($97 USD).

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Samsung SmartThings app overhaul coming in March

Samsung's smart home ecosystem has become rather confusing over the years. Samsung ConnectSamsung Smart Home, and SmartThings all have overlapping functionality - resulting in a horrible user experience and a confusing mess for everyone.

Samsung previously announced it would finally consolidate "more than 40 apps" into the SmartThings application in Q1 2018. Today at Mobile World Congress, the company announced a more exact date. According to a press release from today, Samsung is planning to release the overhauled SmartThings app in March.

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ZTE Blade V9 now official as well as ZTE Tempo Go with Android Oreo (Go edition)

ZTE took to the MWC 2018 stage today to unwrap three new Android phones.

First up is the ZTE Blade V9. This device utilizes a couple of popular trends in smartphones right now, including a dual rear camera setup that with 16MP and 5MP sensors. ZTE says that these cameras combine to offer “exception low-light” performance. Phase detection autofocus is included, too, for faster focusing on your subject.

The ZTE Blade V9 also offers a 5.7-inch FullHD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Above that screen is a 5MP camera, and around back there’s a fingerprint reader. Inside the Blade V9′s shell lives a 1.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 450 processor, 3,100mAh battery, FM radio, and NFC. There will be two version of the Blade V9 offered, one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage and one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.

And then there’s the ZTE Blade V9 Vita, a slightly toned down version of the V9 Blade. The V9 Blade Vita has a 5.45-inch HD display with 18:9 aspect ratio, dual 13MP and 2MP rear cameras, a 5MP front camera, and a 1.4GHz octa-core Snapdragon 435 processor.

The Blade V9 Vita will be offered in two variants, one with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage and one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Both models will include a microSD card slot and 3,200mAh battery.

The ZTE Blade V9 and ZTE Blade V9 Vita will launch with Android 8.1. Pricing for the Blade V9 will start at €269 ($331 USD) while the Blade V9 Vita will start at €179 ($220 USD).


Rounding things out today is the ZTE Tempo Go, the company’s first Android Oreo (Go edition) phone. It’s packing a 5-inch 854×480 display, Snapdragon 210 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and a microSD card slot. There are 5MP rear and 2MP front cameras on there, too, as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack and 2,200mAh battery.

The Android Oreo-powered ZTE Tempo Go will be sold unlocked in the US with support for GSM networks. Pricing will be set at $79.99.

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Samsung announces Galaxy S9 and S9+

Samsung has announced its Galaxy S9 flagship smartphone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The device falls in line with the most recent leaks, sporting a powerful collection of features designed to woo buyers around the world. An expansive 5.8-inch QHD+ (1440×2960) Super AMOLED display stretches across the device in a unique 18.5:9 aspect ratio, complete with curved edges. The phone’s body clocks in at 147.7mm x 68.7mm x 8.5mm, and weighs in at 163g, making it a surprisingly compact device due to the display’s thin bezels. Samsung has also included IP68 dust and water resistance.

The U.S. Galaxy S9 is powered by the Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor, which features four 2.7GHz cores and four 1.7GHz cores. The international Galaxy S9, will use Samsung’s Exynos 9810 processor, with four 2.8GHz cores and four 1.7GHz cores. Both models will feature 4GB of RAM, storage options of 64/128/256GB, and a microSD card slot that can support cards up to 400GB. Single-SIM and dual-SIM models will be offered in various markets. 03_S9_9+_Purple_Gray_1P

Samsung opted to use one rear camera on the Galaxy S9, rather than dual cameras as some rumors suggested. A 12-megapixel sensor is paired with optical image stabilization and dual apertures of F/1.5 and F/2.4 for superior low-light performance. This camera is powered by a new Super Speed Dual Pixel sensor with integrated DRAM that processes photos faster with superior quality. Samsung is also boasting slow motion video capabilities that can capture up to 960 frames per second. The front-facing camera utilizes an 8-megapixel sensor with an F/1.7 aperture.

The battery is 3,000mAh and features fast charging with Quick Charge 2.0, as well as wireless charging. An array of biometric security features are in place including an iris scanner, fingerprint scanner, and face recognition, with the option to pair both face recognition and iris scanning for added security. Additionally, the device features a fingerprint sensor to detect heart rate and blood pressure, as well as support for Samsung DeX.

Stereo speakers are in place with Dolby Atmos support. Samsung has also added AR emoji that allows users to create a personal emoji. The software scans a 2D image of the user and creates a 3D model that reflects and imitates expressions based on the user’s facial features.


The Galaxy S9+ features a few different specs from the Galaxy S9. The S9+ has a 6.2-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED display, bumps the RAM up to 6GB, and increases the battery to 3500mAh. The most important change is in the dual rear camera setup. A wide-angle camera uses the Super Speed Dual Pixel 12-megapixel sensor with dual apertures. There’s also a telephoto camera that uses a 12-megapixel sensor with an F/2.4 aperture. Both cameras feature optical image stabilization.

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be available starting on March 16, and will be offered in four color options of Midnight Black, Titanium Gray, Coral Blue, and Lilac Purple.

What do you think of the Galaxy S9 and S9+?


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YouTube for Android TV adds manual resolution selection, starts rolling an updated interface

YouTube for Android has had a few ups and downs in the last months as the native app was replaced by what is essentially a web wrapper (you can test it by going to and dumped many features that were later slowly added back. The latest of the features to make it back onto the interface is the resolution adjustment selector that you can see in the screenshot above.

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Google app beta's screenshot editing and sharing popup is now working in other apps as well for some

For those that edit a lot of screenshots, an on-demand editor can be a godsend. It's one of my favorite things about my Galaxy S8+. Google recently added the option for a quick editor and sharing options to pop up when screenshots were taken in the Google app beta, but it looks like that functionality is spreading to other apps as well now.

Some funky stuff is going on in the status bar.

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LG debuts V30S ThinQ with AI

LG struggles with consistency. The company has had some hit devices like the G3 and G4 (apart from the bootlooping issues), as well as the V line of smartphones. But the company’s past two flagship devices, the G5 and the G6 have met lukewarm customer interest. The company’s recent V30 smartphone launched to critical acclaim and positive customer response, but its high price is a sticking point for some potential customers.LG_V30S_ThinQ_Platinum_Gray

LG is sticking with its successful device, however, and is dabbling in a new strategy of releasing multiple variants of its flagship smartphones. The latest addition to the V30 line is the V30S ThinQ, which places an emphasis on AI.

The V30S ThinQ boasts an AI CAM that is designed to recognize objects, such as pets, foods, or cars, and adjust the camera settings accordingly. To indicate the object it’s detecting, the V30S ThinQ displays text with the recognized object, letting you know if it’s correctly identifying the subject. To power the system, LG has partnered with Eyem to create a customized version of the company’s AI software.

LG has also added QLens, which can recognize an object to provide pricing and purchase options. And LG smart appliances can be controlled using new Google Assistant voice commands on the V30S ThinQ. To round things out, LG has made two key hardware upgrades, including a bump to 6GB of RAM, up from 4GB, and storage options of 128GB and 256GB, up from 64GB and 128GB. Otherwise, the hardware stays the same, save for a new color option of Platinum Gray.

Pricing and availability info has yet to be confirmed, but LG will likely launch the V30S ThinQ soon, so as not to have it compete with the upcoming successor to the G6.

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