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Alphabet records $110 billion in revenue for 2017, Google’s annual hardware sales doubled

  • Google’s parent company Alphabet revealed it had total revenues of $ 110.8 billion for the 2017 fiscal year, up from $ 90 billion in 2016.
  • Alphabet recorded a $ 3 billion loss for the fourth quarter of 2017, due to a one-time charge to reflect changes in the U.S. tax laws.
  • Google’s CEO claims the company’s hardware shipments doubled in 2017 compared to 2016.

Google’s parent company Alphabet has revealed its financial report for both the fourth quarter of 2017 and the entire fiscal year. For the quarter of 2017 that ended on December 31, 2017, it actually recorded a loss of $ 3 billion, but that was due to a one-time foreign assets charge due to the recently passed U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. If that is excluded, Alphabet would have had net income of $ 6.8 billion, up from $ 5.3 billion compared to a year ago. Revenues for the quarter came in at $ 32.3 billion, up 24 percent compared to the $ 26 billion from the same period a year ago.

For the entire 2017 fiscal year, Alphabet recorded revenues of $ 110.8 billion, up from $ 90 billion in 2016. Net income was $ 12.6 billion for the 2017 fiscal year, compared to $ 19.4 billion in revenues in 2016, once again reflecting the one time charge due to the tax law change.

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The majority of the revenues once again comes from Alphabet’s Google division. It brought it $ 31.9 billion for the fourth quarter of 2017 and an operating income of $ 8.7 billion. All of Alphabet’s “Other Bets” brought in $ 409 million in revenue during the quarter, up compared to $ 262 million from a year ago. They include projects such as Google Fiber, its Waymo self-driving car team, Nest, and others. However, the “Other Bets” businesses still lost $ 916 million during the fourth quarter of 2017, which is only slightly better than the $ 1 billion that it lost a year ago.

Alphabet also broke down Google’s own revenues for the quarter, revealing that it generated a total of $ 27.227 billion in revenues in ads from its websites and from its Network Members websites. Revenues from Google’s other businesses, which include its various hardware products like its Pixel phones, Google Home speakers and others, along with money from the Google Play Store, totaled $ 4.687 billion for the quarter. That’s a pretty big increase compared to the $ 3.403 billion from that segment a year ago.

Once again, Google didn’t offer up any details on specific hardware sales numbers, but during a conference call with financial analysts, CEO Sundar Pichai said that the company’s hardware shipments had doubled in 2017 compared to 2016. He also claimed that the company had sold “tens of millions” of Google Home speakers, Chromecast dongles, and Chromebooks. Alphabet’s employee head count also went up during the fourth quarter. The company now has a total of 80,110 employees, up from 78,100 employees in the third quarter of 2017, and also up from 72,053 workers from a year ago.

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Android 7 Nougat update tracker – September 6, 2017

The Android 7.0 Nougat update is underway! Following its release in August 2016, Nougat began its steady expansion through the massive Android ecosystem.

As it’s often the case, some phone makers are taking their time bringing Nougat to their devices, so we’re here to answer your questions about it. Read on to find out when will your phone be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat and which phones got it already.

Let’s dive right in!

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Before we start

Like it or not, keeping your device up to date with the latest Android version is a waiting game. While Google and its manufacturer partners have made some progress over the past years, it still takes more time than we’d like to get up to date.

The availability of the Nougat update will depend on the decision of the manufacturer, but also on factors like your specific model, your region, carrier, and even where you bought the device from.

Just because your specific phone or tablet is not on the list, it doesn’t mean it won’t get the Nougat update. The opposite is also true.

Key Android 7.0 Nougat update features

The best place to learn about all the features of Android 7.0 Nougat is our full Nougat review. It contains a rundown of all the main changes, the design updates, and other things you should know about Nougat. Below we have our video overview of Nougat and a quick list of key features you should know. You can also take a look at our roundup of all the new Android 8.0 features currently available in the Android O developer preview.

  • Split-screen mode
  • App quick switching
  • Redesigned notifications
  • Notification bundling
  • System UI Tunner
  • Customizable Quick Settings
  • Doze Mode on the Go
  • Multilanguage mode
  • New emoji
  • New Settings menu
  • Do Not Disturb mode
  • Data Saver
  • Seamless updates
  • File-based encryption
  • Improved call management
  • Android for Work

Google Nougat update

In 2016, Google entered the smartphone manufacturing arena with its own brand of phones and, as you’d expect, the Pixel and Pixel XL launched with Nougat onboard. The two Google phones were also among the first to get the following Android 7.1 updates.

If you care about getting updates as soon as possible, Pixel devices (as well as recent Nexus devices) are your best choice. While Google’s track record is not perfect, it’s still a far cry from the performance of Android OEMs. Plus, you can always take matters in your own hands and flash a Nougat update OTA file or factory image on your phone.

The following devices are officially receiving Android 7.1.2 Nougat updates. Click on the links to get the latest factory image.

The following devices received the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update, but will not be updated to Android 7.1.2:

Click here if you need instructions on how to manually flash Nougat factory images on your Pixel or Nexus devices.

A full list of Android factory images for Google devices is available here.

You can also flash just the relevant OTA file zip, which should allow you to preserve your date. Find all the OTA file zips here.

Android 7.1.2

Android 7.1.1

  • December 5, 2017: Android 7.1.1 factory images went live for the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel C, Nexus 9 (Wi-Fi and LTE), as well as the Nexus Player.
  • January 2017: The Nexus 6 received its final update – to Android 7.1.1.
  • March 2017: The Nexus 6 was downgraded to Android 7.0 due to unknown reasons.
  • August 16, 2017: The Nexus 6 is getting Android 7.1.1 Nougat again

Android 7.1 Developer Preview

  • October 19, 2016: Factory images and OTA zip files became available for the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and Pixel C.

Android 7.0

  • August 23, 2016: Nougat began rolling out to Nexus devices and the Pixel C.

Some Android One devices first began receiving Nougat around September 12.

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Samsung Nougat update

As the most popular Android phone maker in the world, Samsung has the final say on how fast tens of millions of people get their Android updates. While the Korean giant improved its update game in the past couple of years, the sheer size of its portfolio means that many devices can go by the wayside.

Devices that will get Nougat across their versions include the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, Galaxy Tab A with S Pen, Galaxy Tab S2 (LTE), Galaxy A3, and Galaxy A8.

Samsung Galaxy S7

  • November 4, 2016: Samsung revealed a beta program for testing Android 7.0 Nougat on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.
  • November 28, 2016: This is Nougat on the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
  • January 17, 2017 – China and UK: Nougat is coming to the stable version of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
  • January 26, 2017 – India, Russia, Germany: The Nougat update is rolling out to users in India and Russia, as well as Vodafone subscribers in Germany.
  • February 17, 2017 – T-Mobile US: T-Mobile has started rolling out the stable Android 7.0 Nougat update to the Samsung Galaxy S7.
  • February 21, 2017 – Sprint US: Sprint has begun its rollout of the Android Nougat update for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The update comes in at around 1.2 GB.
  • March 7, 2017 – Verizon US: The carrier has announced that it is rolling out the Nougat update to Samsung’s Galaxy S7.
  • March 20, 2017 – Rogers and Telus Canada: Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge get Android 7.0 Nougat on Rogers and Telus
  • April 21, 2017 – US Cellular US: Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge get Android 7.0 Nougat on US Cellular.
  • May 8, 2017 – Unlocked US: Finally, the unlocked version of the Galaxy S7 is getting Nougat in the US.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 Active

  • March 8, 2017 – AT&T US: AT&T rolled out the Android 7.0 Nougat update to the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung Galaxy S6

  • March 9, 2017 – Europe Unlocked: After a brief delay, the Galaxy S6 began receiving its update to Android 7 in UK, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland.
  • March 13, 2017 – India: Nougat rolled out for the Galaxy S6 in India.
  • April 24, 2017 – Verizon US: Nougat is hitting the Galaxy S6 on the Big Red network.
  • May 3, 2017 – AT&T US: Nougat is coming to the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy S6 Active on AT&T.
  • May 4, 2017 – Bell and Rogers Canada: The Android 7 update is now heading to Canadian users.
  • June 5, 2017 – T-Mobile: T-Mobile’s @askdes has confirmed that Android 7.0 Nougat for the Galaxy S6 has been approved and should be rolling out shortly.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

  • March 9, 2017 – Europe Unlocked: The Galaxy S6 Edge began receiving its update to Android 7 in UK, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland.
  • March 13, 2017 – India: Nougat rolled out for the Galaxy S6 Edge in India.
  • April 24, 2017 – Verizon US: Android 7 .0 Nougat now available for the Galaxy S6 Edge on Verizon.
  • May 3, 2017 – AT&T US: Nougat is coming to the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy S6 Active on AT&T.
  • June 5, 2017 – T-Mobile: T-Mobile’s @askdes has confirmed that Android 7.0 Nougat for the Galaxy S6 Edge has been approved and should be rolling out shortly.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active

  • May 3, 2017 – AT&T US: Nougat is coming to the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy S6 Active on AT&T.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

  • August 9, 2017 – Unlocked: the Galaxy A5 (2017) Nougat update is now rolling out.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)

  • May 3, 2017 – Unlocked: Samsung has now started rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat update to the device.
  • July 7, 2017 – Unlocked: Nougat is rolling out to the Galaxy A5 (2016) in Europe.

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016)

  • June 12, 2017 – Unlocked: Samsung has reportedly started rolling out Nougat to the Galaxy A3 (2016).

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

  • April 7, 2017 – Unlocked: Both the 8.0 and 9.7 version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 have started their update process to Android 7 Nougat.
  • June 5, 2017 – T-Mobile: T-Mobile has started rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to its Galaxy Tab S2.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2016)

  • May 11, 2017 – Unlocked: LTE and Wi-Fi versions of the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 are reportedly receiving Nougat.

LG Nougat update


  • November 7, 2016 – South Korea: The Android 7.0 Nougat update for the LG G5 has started its slow rollout.
  • November 21, 2016 – Sprint US: Android 7.0 Nougat update for the G5 has started rolling out on Sprint.
  • February 20, 2017 – AT&T US: LG G5 owners have been reporting that Android 7.0 Nougat is finally rolling out to their devices.
  • November 29, 2016 – T-Mobile US: Android 7.0 Nougat is now rolling out to LG G5 owners with T-Mobile.
  • November 30, 2016 – US Cellular US: Android 7.0 Nougat is now rolling out to LG G5 owners with US Cellular.
  • May 17, 2017 – Unlocked US: LG is finally rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat update to the LG G5 in the United States.

LG V10


LG Stylo 2 V

LG Stylo 2 Plus


LG Phoenix 2

  • May 23, 2017 – AT&T US: The AT&T-exclusive LG Phoenix 2 just got Nougat.

Huawei Nougat update

Huawei Mate 8

  • November 16, 2016: A Nougat build for the Huawei Mate 8 was leaked online.

Huawei P9

  • March 2, 2017: EMUI 5.0 and Nougat were promised for the Huawei P9 by the end of the first quarter.

Huawei Nova

Honor 8

Honor 6X

  • March 3, 2017 – Unlocked US: Honor 6X Android Nougat beta program begins in the US.
  • May 3, 2017 – Unlocked: Huawei finally starts rolling out the Honor 6X Nougat update

Honor 5C

HTC Nougat update

HTC 10

Read our dedicated HTC 10 update tracker here.

  • November 25, 2016 – International Unlocked: Unlocked versions of the HTC 10 start receiving a software update to the latest and greatest Android Nougat.
  • January 7, 2017 – T-Mobile US: T-Mobile issues the HTC 10 Android Nougat update to its customers.
  • January 26 – The Android Nougat update for the HTC 10 in Europe has been stopped for a second time after kicking off just two days earlier.
  • February 7, 2017 – Unlocked Europe: Android Nougat began rolling out to HTC 10 units in Europe. The rollout initially went out on January 26, but was put on hold temporarily.
  • February 20, 2017 – Sprint US: Sprint starts rolling out the final Nougat build to the HTC. It includes the latest security patches and network performance improvements.
  • March 30, 2017 – Verizon US: Verizon has begun rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to HTC 10 devices on its network.

HTC One M9

  • December 5, 2016 – Unlocked International – The Nougat over-the-air update for the unlocked version of the HTC One M9 began rolling out.
  • February 2, 2017 – Europe, Turkey and South Africa: Users in these countries began receiving Nougat on their M9s, with more countries to follow.
  • March 21, 2017 – T-Mobile US: Nougat update for HTC One M9 on T-Mobile begins rolling out
  • April 12, 2017 – Sprint US: Sprint users are reporting getting Nougat on their One M9 phones.
  • May 17, 2016 – AT&T US: AT&T updated its support page for the One M9, suggesting that the OTA would begin rolling out in the close future.

HTC One A9

OnePlus Nougat update

OnePlus 2

OnePlus 3/3T

Asus Nougat update

Asus ZenFone 3

  • January 9, 2017 – Unlocked: Asus is rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat update to the device.
  • March 9, 2017 – Unlocked: After the initial January update was halted due to bugs, ASUS announced that the Nougat rollout has resumed for both the ZE520KL and ZE552KL variants of the ZenFone 3.

Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe

Asus ZenFone 3 Max

  • May 16, 2017 – Unlocked: Asus announced on its forums that the ZenFone 3 Max now has a Nougat update ready to rollout.
  • July 6, 2017 – Unlocked: Android 7.0 Nougat is scheduled to roll out for ZenFone 3 Max (ZC520TL).

Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom

  • June 27, 2017 – Unlocked: Asus announced on its forums the release of Nougat for the Zoom variant of the ZenFone 3.

Asus ZenFone 3 Laser

Asus ZenPad 8

  • May 4, 2017 – Unlocked: Asus is rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat update to the tablet.

Asus ZenPad Z8

  • May 26 – Verizon US: Asus is rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat update to the tablet.

Asus ZenPad Z10

  • September 5 – Verizon US: Nougat is rolling out to the ZenPad Z10.

Asus ZenPad 3S 10

  • July 4 – Unlocked: Asus is rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat update to the tablet.

Motorola Nougat update

Motorola officially confirmed that the following devices will be updated to Android 7:

  • Moto G Plus (4th Gen)
  • Moto G Play (4th Gen)
  • Moto X Pure Edition (3rd Gen)
  • Moto X Style
  • Moto X Play
  • Moto X Force
  • Droid Turbo 2
  • Droid Maxx 2
  • Moto Z Droid
  • Moto Z Force Droid
  • Moto Z Play
  • Moto Z Play Droid

Moto Z Play

Read our dedicated Moto Z Play update tracker here.

  • January 27, 2017 – Unlocked Europe: European Moto Z Play units begin receiving Nougat rollout OTA.
  • February 6, 2017 – Unlocked India: Android Nougat starts rolling out to the Moto Z Play in India.
  • March 7, 2017 – Verizon US: Lenovo and Verizon have started rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat update to Moto Z Play Droid devices.

Moto Z Play Droid

  • March 7, 2017 – Verizon US: Verizon’s Droid variant of the Z Play started its journey to Android Nougat.

Moto Z/Droid

  • November 18, 2016 – Verizon US: The upgrade from Marshmallow to Nougat has begun.
  • November 21, 2016 – Unlocked International: Lenovo confirmed the worldwide rollout of the Nougat update for the Moto Z and Moto Z Force. The update brings with it Daydream VR support.
  • February 5, 2017 – Unlocked US: The unlocked Moto Z’s Android Nougat update is starting now.

Moto Z Force/Droid

  • November 18, 2016 – Verizon US: The upgrade from Marshmallow to Nougat has begun.
  • November 21, 2016 – Unlocked International: Lenovo confirmed the worldwide rollout of the Nougat update for the Moto Z and Moto Z Force. The update brings with it Daydream VR support.

Moto G4

  • December 29, 2016 – India: Owners of the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus in India can now finally download the latest version of the OS.
  • April 3, 2017 – Unlocked: The Moto G4 finally got its Nougat serving.

Moto G4 Plus

Moto G4 Play

  • April 20, 2017 – Unlocked: A Lenovo spokesperson announced that “Consumers will start to see Android Nougat on Moto G4 Play in June”

Moto M

  • July 1, 2017 – Unlocked: Nougat is now available for the Moto M in India.

Moto X Style/Pure Edition

  • February 2, 2017: Motorola Germany said the Moto X series would get Nougat from May.
  • March 20, 2017: Users in Brazil reported receiving soak tests for the Nougat update for the Moto X Style.
  • June 29, 2017: Users in Brazil are now getting the Nougat update.

Moto X Play

  • June 6, 2017 – Unlocked: Motorola India revealed the Nougat update for the Moto X Play would be released “soon.”

Moto X Force

  • June 27, 2017 – Unlocked: Motorola is finally bestowing Nougat upon the Moto X Force, users report.

Motorola Droid Turbo 2

  • February 24, 2017 – Verizon US: The Motorola Droid Turbo 2, which launched in the fall of 2015, is finally getting that update from its exclusive carrier, Verizon Wireless.

Lenovo Nougat update

 Lenovo K6

Sony Nougat update

Sony Xperia X

  • December 16, 2016 – International: Android 7.0 Nougat rolled out to the Xperia X.
  • January 2, 2017 – Beta: Sony has become the first third-party smartphone maker to release an over-the-air Android 7.1.1 Nougat update to one of its devices.
  • April 19, 2017 – Beta: The Concept team over at Sony announced that the Android 7.1.2 update is available for the Experimental track.

Sony Xperia XZ

Sony Xperia X Performance

Sony Xperia X Compact

  • December 16, 2016 – International: Android 7.0 Nougat rolled out to the Xperia X.

Sony Xperia XA Ultra

Sony Xperia Z3 Plus/Z3 Plus Dual

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet

  • January 20, 2017 – Unlocked: Sony confirmed the rollout of Nougat for the Z4 Tablet.
  • February 9, 2017 – Unlocked: After the initial Nougat rollout was halted on January 23 due to technical issues, Sony resumed the update.
  • June 28, 2017 – Unlocked: Android 7.1.1 is arriving to phones in the Xperia Z4 Tablet.

Sony Xperia Z5/Z5 Compact/Z5 Premium

  • January 17, 2017 – Unlocked: Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Premium now receiving Android 7.0 Nougat.
  • February 9, 2017 – Unlocked: After the initial Nougat rollout was halted on January 23 due to technical issues, Sony resumed the update.
  • June 28, 2017 – Unlocked: Android 7.1.1 is arriving to phones in the Xperia Z5 family.

Xiaomi Nougat update

Xiaomi Mi Max

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

ZTE Nougat update

ZTE Axon 7 Mini

  • March 30, 2017 – Unlocked: The ZTE Axon 7 Mini is about ready to get its big Nougat update, the company announced.
  • June 21, 2017 – Unlocked: ZTE Axon 7 Mini Android 7.1.1 Nougat update begins rolling out.

ZTE Axon 7

  • December 9, 2016 – Unlocked: ZTE offers Nougat preview program for Axon 7 owners in the US.
  • February 7, 2017 – Unlocked: ZTE Axon 7 update brings Nougat, Daydream View support, and more
  • March 16, 2016 – Unlocked US: ZTE Axon 7 gets Android 7.1.1 Nougat update in US

Nextbit Nougat update

Nextbit Robin

Nvidia Nougat update

Nvidia Shield TV (2017 & 2016)

  • January 26, 2017: Owners of both the 2017 and 2016 versions of the Nvidia Shield TV got Nougat.

Nvidia Shield Tablet

  • February 9, 2017: The Shield Tablet moved over from Marshmallow to some tasty Android 7.0 Nougat goodness with the Shield 5.0 upgrade.

Nvidia Shield Tablet K1

  • February 9, 2017: The Shield Tablet K1 moved over to Android 7.0 Nougat with the Shield 5.0 upgrade.


Nokia 3

  • July 31, 2017 – International: The Nokia 3 will receive Android 7.1.1 Nougat update by the end of August.

Nokia 6

  • April 15, 2017 – International: The Nokia 6 is reportedly getting an over-the-air update to Android 7.1.1 Nougat.


Wileyfox Swift 2x

  • April 10, 2017: Moving away from Cyanogen OS, now dead, Wileyfox began updating the Swift 2x to a new Android Nougat-based operating system.

That’s the wrap-up of our Android 7 Nougat tracker. We tried to catch all major devices, but if we missed something, just let us know!

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Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) pops up on Amazon, might be announced today

Last week, a German retailer listed the upcoming Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) on its website. In addition to the specs, the listing also revealed that the smartphone will be released on June 22. Now, Samsung’s upcoming device has been spotted on Amazon France, hinting that it might be officially announced today.

The Amazon listing, which was taken down quite fast for some reason, featured a few images of the Galaxy J5 (you can see one above) that shows the June 5 date on the smartphone’s screen. This just might mean that Samsung will officially take the wraps off the device today, although it hasn’t been confirmed yet. If the listing is legit, the Galaxy J5 will be available in gold or black and will set you back €279.

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When it comes to specs, the smartphone is expected to sport a 5.2-inch HD display and the Exynos 7870 chipset. It will have 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage that you’ll likely be able to expand with the help of a microSD card.

Other features of the upcoming device include dual-SIM support, NFC, a 2,600 mAh battery, and Android 7.0 Nougat. In terms of design, the Galaxy J5 will reportedly have a metal body and looks very similar to the majority of other Galaxy devices, which can either be a good or a bad thing depending on who you ask.

What do you think about the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) based on the info we have so far? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.

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10 best new Android apps from May 2017!

App developers are pushing the envelope on a daily basis trying to improve and enhance our smartphone and tablet experiences. In fact, so many Android apps come out every day that it’s difficult to keep track of them all. It’s difficult to usurp the best of the best but if you’re getting bored with what you’ve got and want to try something new, check out the best new Android apps from the last month! You can watch the videos from passed months by clicking here!

Amazon FreeTime

Price: Free / $ 6.99-$ 9.99 per month
Amazon FreeTime is a new kids app. It boasts a collection of video content from big kids companies like PBS, Nickelodeon, Disney, and others. There is also a variety of books, games, and other content for kids. You can use the app’s dashboard to list the age of your kid. The content then changes based on the child’s age. Amazon made the pricing a little complicated. However, this is one of the few services that Amazon offers to people without an Amazon Prime subscription. Don’t get us wrong, though, it’s cheaper if you do have one already.

AMOLED mnml Wallpapers

Price: Free / $ 1.49 – $ 1.99
AMOLED mnml Wallpapers is an app that describes itself. It’s a wallpapers app with a host of minimal wallpapers. Most of the wallpapers feature lots of black. That helps with battery life a little bit when used on AMOLED screens. The base app has a ton of fun, minimal wallpapers. There are also donate versions that you have to buy if you want wallpapers designed for the S8/S8+ or super high resolution. The free app should work in most cases, though. You can also get the app even if you don’t have an AMOLED screen if you just enjoy the style.
AMOLED mnml Wallpapers


Price: Free
Astro is a new email client that also has a chat bot. The chatbot will notify you about things, ask you if you want to unsubscribe from email lists, and more. On top of that, the app boasts a snooze mode, quick inbox organization, personal reminders, and more. It’s dealing with a few early issues. However, when it works, it works rather well. To be honest, this one still needs some work. Thus, it’s best to file it away under apps to keep an eye on.


Price: $ 1.49
AutoSet is a nifty automation app. It works by automatically turning functions on your phone on or off when certain apps are opening. For instance, you can have the phone turn WiFi on when you open Netflix. It works well most of the time. However, some things like GPS and mobile data might require ADB commands on your PC to make it work right. It’s definitely a power user app more than anything. It’s costs $ 1.49 and it has no in-app purchases.

Panna Recipes

Price: Free / $ 39.99 per year
Panna Recipes wants to be the Netflix of cooking apps. It features over 400 video recipes made by over 45 talented chefs. You can search based on your dietary interests, annotate written recipes with your own ideas, and add items to the shopping list that’s built-in. You can try it free for 30 days, but it does require a subscription after that. It’s not ideal, but at least you can try it before deciding if paying for it is right for you.


Price: Free
Socratic is an educational app. More specifically, it’s an app that teaches you math. It works by using your camera to capture an equation. The app then pops up several pages of information on how to solve the problem. Generally, the first page walks you through solving the problem while subsequent pages show you information and math rules you’ll need to solve it. It’s a great app for students. Especially the ones who have problems with math. It’s a totally free app, at least for right now.


Price: Free
SpotAngels is an app that remembers where you parked. It also gives you information on the parking rules in the area. The central premise of the app is to help people avoid making mistakes that result in potentially expensive traffic tickets. It supports over 20 cities, but it’s still useful even if you don’t live in one of them. The app’s secondary premise is to remember where you parked your car. That works virtually everywhere. You can also help crowd source additional information by adding pictures and rules that the app might not have.

Stash for Reddit

Price: Free
Stash for Reddit is a newer Reddit app in the Play Store. The idea is to download a variety of posts from Reddit in the background so that they can be read offline later. The current iteration downloads 100 posts and that includes images, GIFs, and videos. Future releases will include account support, subreddit selection for download, a time schedule, bandwidth limit options, and more. It’s not all that great just yet. However, you should definitely file this one under app to keep an eye on.
Stash for Reddit


Price: Free
Taskzy is like a light version of IFTTT. It allows you to program automatic actions based on the things happening on your device. It gives you a decent, if small selection of commands to give. For instance, you can have it open a specific music app when you plug in headphones. You can then have it open a different music app if you plug in headphones while you’re in the car. It’s not the most powerful automation app ever made. However, it’s far more simple than most of the other options. It’s also totally free.


Price: Free
WeDo is a task management app that focuses a little more on groups. You create groups in the app, invite people to those groups, and then people create tasks that everyone can see. It’s great for small businesses, families, and the like. You can also use it alone if you want to. It features reminders, subtasks, and you can create tasks that repeat (like taking out the garbage every week). It’s still in beta in the Play Store. Those that try it should be prepared to find bugs. Otherwise, it’s free and it works pretty well.

If we missed any great new Android apps, tell us about them in the comments! To see our complete list of best app lists, click here.

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Samsung Gear 360 (2017) priced at $229 for May 25 launch, just $49 with Galaxy S8 purchase

During its press event in late March for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, Samsung also showed off the upcoming 2017 edition of its Gear 360 camera. Today, the company finally announced that the price of the camera will be $ 229, and that it will go on sale starting tomorrow, May 25.

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If you buy either the Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus between May 25 and June 19, you can also get the Gear 360 (2017) camera for just $ 49. You can learn more about this promotional offer, and register to get this deal, starting tomorrow at Samsung’s website.

The new version of the 360-degree camera will support video recording at up to 4K resolution, and it will also support live streaming to Facebook, YouTube and other social networks at 2K resolution. In addition, the camera can take still images at up to 15 MP.

As we noted in our brief hands-on look at the Gear 360 (2017) back in March, the camera has been redesigned and is slimmer compared to its predecessor, which should make it easier to hold in one hand. The column below the camera serves as its stand, and it also houses its battery. The camera itself has two 8.4 MP CMOS sensors with fisheye lenses.

Samsung has already launched the companion Gear 360 app in the Google Play Store, which will allow owners to control the camera remotely. The app can also be used to edit and share any videos made with the camera. The app will only work with a select number of Samsung’s smartphones. Besides the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, the app supports the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 EdgeGalaxy A5 (2017), and Galaxy A7 (2017).

Will you be getting the 2017 edition of the Samsung Gear 360 camera, especially if you plan to buy the Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus? Let us know what you plan to do in the comments!

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