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PSA: Google brings back one month free trial for Play Music All Access


If you’ve been yearning to try out Play Music All Access for a while now, but missed the 1-month trial promotion Google held at the beginning of the year, you’re in luck. The company has just kicked off a brand new trial period for the service, which is even available to those who’ve participated in the past.

As usual, if you don’t cancel your trial a day before it ends, it will automatically bill you the standard registration rate of $9.99 + taxes. However, cancelling is super-easy and can be done from within the mobile application. All you have to do is head into your Account settings and click the button entitled ‘Cancel Membership’.

Are you going to be taking advantage of a trial? Be sure to let us know in the comments section.

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A second coming: Is OnePlus about to launch a Mini?

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Why settle for just One Two when you can also have a Mini One?

Earlier this year, rumors and not-so-subtle hints were suggesting China’s OnePlus will launch a pair of products in 2015. As of today, it has already released one Two, but not the second one. GforGames has – via a tipster who claims to have access to a prototype- published some interesting information about this mystery product, which many feel is meant to correct the “errors” of the this year’s first second One. The device will allegedly cost around $250 and hit virtual stores in either November or December.

Spec-wise, the Mini is said to come with a 5-inch FHD IPS display, a MediaTek Helio X10 (MT6795T) SoC, 2GB of dual-channel LPDDR3 RAM, 32GB of eMMC 5.0 on-board storage, a 13-megapixel Sony IMX258 (f/2.0) rear camera and 5-megapixel front facing wide-angle camera. The device will purportedly have a 3,000-3,100 mAh non-removable battery, USB Type C, Quick Charge 2.0 support, and a 1.2W front-facing speaker.

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The OnePlus Mini will allegedly have its fingerprint sensor on the back.

Other details mentioned suggest the screen will be a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3 or 4 affair and include both oleophobic and hydrophobic coating. There will be no dual-camera setup however the rear camera will be able to record 4K video at 30fps and have a Dual-Tone LED flash. Unlike its big brother, the OnePlus Mini will include NFC to make use of Android Pay along with a fingerprint sensor to be placed on the back of the device.

Apparently, the SoC’s kernel source code will be made available to the public to support the development of custom ROMs.

While the device is to be made of plastic, users will apparently be able to purchase additional colors or styles separately to change the look and design of their phone. This would match with comments Carl Pei made earlier this year that indicated the second offering would be less about specs and more about style.

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Three’s company: will the OnePlus Mini (not pictured, obviously) be a crowd-pleaser?

No mention was made as to the OS version running on the device, or details about its physical appearance or even naming convention. A special point was made that the prototype this information is supposedly based on is now a few months old and thus – assuming it is legitimate – OnePlus may have modified or dropped some specs since then.

Until something official comes along, readers should be sure to treat these specs as nothing more than rumors. With that said, does this device have some major potential? Can it fix all the “wrongs” with the OnePlus 2? Leave us your comments below!



The Moto X Style will launch in India through Flipkart on October 8


Independent retailer Flipkart has announced that it will start selling Motorola’s latest high-end smartphone, the Moto X Style, in India on Thursday, October 8. The handset will be up for grabs in both Black and White colorways, and will carry a price tag of around Rs. 30,000 ($460).

The Moto X Style is a pretty impressive device, packing a 5.7-inch qHD display, a 1.8GHz Snapdragon 808 exa-core processor, an Adreno 418 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable internal memory, a 21MP rear-facing camera and a 3,000mAh battery.

If you’re based in India, like the sound of the Moto X Style and would like to be notified the second it’s available to purchase — hit the source link below to register your interest.

Source: Flipkart

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Google updates Play Movies & TV with support for Marshmallow


Google has updated its official Play Movies & TV application for Android via the Play Store. In terms of added functionality, the upgrade carries compatibility for Marshmallow, an easier setup process for Roku boxes and makes it significantly easier to binge watch TV shows as the service now automatically plays the next episode of a series.

The full changelog can be seen below:

  • Android Marshmallow support
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements
  • Easier setup for Roku devices
  • Binge watch for TV episodes

To install the update, simply open up the Play Store, toggle the hamburger menu by swiping in from the left-hand side of the screen, select ‘My Apps’ and click on ‘Play Movies & TV’, then hit the update button. Alternatively, you can hit the link below to initiate the download on your smartphone from the Web.

Play Store Download Link

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Which T-Mobile phones will get Android 6.0 Marshmallow?

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Wondering if your phone will get Android 6.0 Marshmallow? Be sure you are not alone, we’re all desperately waiting for that notification. Android fans are quick to jump on Google whenever they learn a new major update has become available from Google, and the lack of information can be rather frustrating. T-Mobile subscribers won’t have to look through multiple news sites and forums, though. Magenta is being awesome and revealing its entire upgrade plans for Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

T-Mobile’s dedicated Android 6.0 upgrade page is pretty straight forward. It shows a list of devices that will eventually get the new software. Devices are then labeled into 3 categories: Manufacturer Development, T-Mobile Testing and Completed. These pretty much describe the stage at which each phone can be found.

The list of devices to get Android 6.0 Marshmallow includes the following: 

  • HTC One M8
  • HTC One M9
  • LG G3
  • LG G4
  • LG G Stylo
  • Nexus 5
  • Nexus 6
  • Nexus 7
  • Nexus 9
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 5
  • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S2


As you can expect, very few of these devices are on the Completed stage at the time of this post’s publishing. Most of these are still under Manufacturer Development, essentially leaving Nexus devices alone in other categories. Most Nexi are under Completed, by the way; only the Nexus 6 is still undergoing network testing.

What a handy tool this is! T-Mobile users can just click on the button below to head over to the carrier’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow update page. Details will continue to be updated as the roll-out advances. Don’t we wish all manufacturers did this?!

See T-Mobile’s software updates page!

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Why low to mid range phones are the “Next Big Thing”

About 3 years ago Samsung released the Galaxy S 3 and with it, their “Next Big Thing” marketing slogan. At the time, the slogan fit the brand and where they were going almost perfectly. It wasn’t too much later that they released the Galaxy Note II and popularized the phablet. The truth is, that they were churning out hit after hit, but something happened along the way.

A man named John Legere happened. He took over as CEO of T-Mobile and promptly began changing the mobile paradigm. The first thing he did was move away from contracts. Instead of subsidizing the consumer’s phone and locking them into a 2-year contract, he replaced the contract with a loan for the phone.

I remember this very well, as I bought my Galaxy S3 around that same time. At the time, it was the best smartphone available. I had it for a few months and then the Galaxy Note II came out. I then opted to get that phone and passed the Galaxy S3 down to my wife.

An interesting thing happened over the next few years. My wife was content with her S3 and I was also content with my Note II. Before I knew it, my loan had been paid and my bill dropped by $40/month.

All of a sudden upgrading my phone became a big deal because it meant that my payments would be going up again. No, thank you. I was saving $40/month on my bill. So then what to do with my phone? The reality was that our phones had become midlevel phones, and they could still handle almost everything that we threw at them.

Later on my wife would drop her S3 and shatter the screen. Faced with the prospect of purchasing a new phone for her, I started looking at our options. About that same time, Amazon drastically discounted their Fire Phone and sold it unlocked for $180 with a full year of Prime included. I was in like Flynn. Of course, I made sure my wife was OK with it, but she’s not really a techy person and really doesn’t care that much about what phone she uses. In the end, we were very impressed with the phone, and it did everything she needed with ease.

Not too much later, I started looking into a new phone myself. I was fed up with the lack of support on my phone and felt like both T-Mobile and Samsung had strategically decided not to offer KitKat for the Note II. After all, the Note 4 was coming out, and they would rather I just purchase a new phone.

I ended up finding a new open box and unlocked Asus PadFone X for $200. I was, again, in like Flynn, and I was even able to sell my Note II for the same money. For those unfamiliar with the PadFone X, it has similar specs to the Galaxy S5, but with a 9″ tablet dock.

Now, many of the other carriers have followed suit and gotten rid of their contracts as well. So what happens now that more people can enjoy a lower cell phone bill while having a paid-off phone? Well for one, it makes getting the latest and greatest phone a much harder decision. Why spend $800 on a phone that is realistically way more than you will ever need or use? There are too many phones that offer great specs for nowhere near as high a price. Here are a few relatively inexpensive phones.


The cheapest phone listed here, the LG Leon, costs less than $100 and the most expensive, Motorola Moto X Pure, is still under $400. While the LG Leon isn’t a powerhouse by any means, it certainly can handle most tasks that a casual smartphone user would throw at it. The Moto G is a much better phone for under $200, but the remaining 3 phones have features that can challenge most other flagship phones.

While I think you’d have a hard time convincing a Galaxy Note 5 user that any of these phones is a contender, let’s take a look at how they compare against it.
While Zenfone2 doesn’t have the fingerprint scanner, S Pen, metal frame or 2K screen like that found in the Note 5, it has the fastest processor out of all the phones, and when you combine that with 4GB of RAM, it makes for a very fast phone for less than 1/2 the price.

The Moto X Pure also does not have the fingerprint scanner, stylus, or metal frame, but it has the highest pixel density and is the most customizable of any of these phones. And for a little over 1/2 of the cost of the Note 5, this phone is a real bargain.

The last one is the Blu Pure XL. This phone has a fingerprint scanner and a metal frame. It has 3GB of RAM and a 2k screen. Out of all of them it also has the most megapixels crammed into the camera. Coming in at $50 less than the Moto X Pure, it seems to be the best overall in the comparison.

Obviously the Note 5 is the top dog spec wise, but it is several hundred dollars more than any of the other phones. I believe that the reason that Samsung’s sales have been slipping is because they are pretty much focusing on their flagships and ignoring the market trends.

I’m not saying that there is no place for the ultra-specced flagship models. I’m just saying that Samsung should focus more on what people want. And what people want more than an ultra-specced flagship model today is an affordable cell phone payment.

Samsung could make a phone specced like a Galaxy Note 3 and offer it at a similar price point as Asus, Motorola, and Blu, but in the end it doesn’t fit with their current business model. So let them continue to focus on phones few people can afford, and they will find that people will spend their money elsewhere.

What do you think? Do you agree? What phone are you considering for your next device? Let us know in the comments below.

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Binge watching gets easier with latest Google Play Movies & TV update

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Netflix has the lock on binge watching. Well, almost. One thing I think it is missing when casting from a device is the ability to know I am still watching because my phone is still moving. I am sure the developers could get that put into place at some point. The latest update to Google Play Movies & TV is bringing in some binge watching abilities in the latest update, version 3.9. Now as a show ends in the closing credits you will get the same sort of binge ability Netflix offers with a thumb nail of the next episode, a countdown timer and relevant info about it.

Of course binge watching your favorite series counts on you owning the next set of episodes. For those of you curious, yes, the app updated on Android TV as well to let you binge watch from you NVIDIA Shield or what have you.

Other updates for the app include support for Android Marshmallow, very important since Google is pushing out the update to Nexus devices. Users of Roku will find themselves with an easier setup method to get Play Movies & TV up and running and there are also the usual number of bug fixes and stability improvements.

Be sure to snag the latest update via the Play Store through the link below.

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Be very excited, Bud Light has made a smart beer fridge

budlight-smart-eFridgeThere are a ton of smart home tech products all trying to make your life easier. However, one of them has been strangely left out. A beer fridge. Possibly the most important item in your house doesn’t have a smart home version. It’s madness. Today, that all changes thanks to Bud Light. Introducing the world’s first smart home connected beer fridge, the Bud-E Fridge.

With the smart fridge you will be able to view real-time information such as the number of beers left in the fridge and when the beers reach the perfect temperature. Also, all of this info can be seen on your smartphone.

The Bud-E Fridge is a first-of-its-kind smart home beer fridge that enables consumers the ability to view real-time information from their fridge – from the number of Bud Light cans and bottles in it to when the optimal temperature is reached for them – from anywhere that they have access to a mobile device.

However, it goes even farther than just that. It can hold 78 beers, and now for the coolest part, alerts you to when a sports game is coming up to tell you to get more beer if you are low. Even if there are no games coming up, the fridge will still alert you to get more beer if it is low. AKA, what dreams are made of.

Amazing idea, but now time for the bad news. The Bud Light Bud E-Fridge is only available in California… We can only hope it catches on and is available all over the world soon.

Press Release:

NEW YORK, Oct. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Bud Light, the official beer sponsor of the National Football League, is introducing the ultimate in smart technology innovation at the start of the season to ensure that sports fans never run out of Bud Light when watching the action. The Bud-E Fridge is a first-of-its-kind smart home beer fridge that enables consumers the ability to view real-time information from their fridge – from the number of Bud Light cans and bottles in it to when the optimal temperature is reached for them – from anywhere that they have access to a mobile device.

Developed by Bud Light, Buzz Connect, and Linq IQ, the Bud-E Fridge and its accompanying smart-phone app (available on both Apple and Android devices) lets sports fans program their favorite sports teams so that the Bud-E Fridge can keep them up-to-date on when games are approaching. When games are approaching, the Bud-E Fridge immediately lets them know if their game day supply of Bud Light needs replenishing, and as fans re-stock their fridge, which has a 78 beer capacity, the Bud-E Fridge updates the stock level in real time. A countdown timer indicates when the Bud Light will reach the optimal serving temperature, which the Bud-E Fridge achieves by chilling beers below 32 degrees without freezing them.

“We are constantly looking for innovative ways to enhance the consumer’s experience and the Bud-E Fridge represents an unprecedented advance,” said Lucas Herscovici, Vice President of Connections at Anheuser-Busch. “With the Bud-E Fridge, we’ve created something that shows how we continue to push the boundaries in technology and innovation, particularly in the connected home of the future, and provide beer drinkers with new level of convenience to better enjoy Bud Light with their friends.”

The Bud-E Fridge also provides consumers with alerts of when it is running low on Bud Light, regardless of whether an upcoming game is taking place, via the smart phone app. In addition to these alerts, when the Bud-E Fridge is low on Bud Light, the mobile app integrates with beer-delivery service, Saucey, allowing consumers to order Bud Light for home delivery in San Francisco, LA, and San Diego.

Bud Light has a history of success with new technology innovations in the beer industry. This past January, Bud Light rolled out the Bud Light Button in the District of Columbia, a beer delivery app that allows users to order Bud Light with one easy tap of the finger.

The Bud-E Fridge is available for purchase by California residents only at this time at

About Bud Light
Introduced in 1982, Bud Light is a premium light lager with a superior drinkability that has made it the best-selling and most popular beer in the United States. Bud Light is brewed using a blend of premium aroma hop varieties, both American-grown and imported, and a combination of barley malts and rice. The light-bodied beer features a fresh, clean and subtle hop aroma, delicate malt sweetness and a crisp finish that delivers the ultimate refreshment. For more information, visit

About Buzz Connect
Buzz Connect is a product development agency focused entirely on design of end to end products for Internet of Things world. Understanding the link between the product and the consumer, Buzz has led the campaignable IoT space for the last 3 years, creating iconic products for brands worldwide. Including theQantas Q Bag Tags, Budweiser Red Light and VB Live Cricket Scoreboard. Creating connected products is not only about linking the product with the internet, it’s about making it relevant for the brand and their consumers.

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Spotify now available for MirrorLink via RockScout


Spotify is becoming vital for music addicts – it’s everywhere and many of us can’t live without it! And it’s really no wonder why. The music streaming service offers an immense library of songs one can listen to for free! Paying for the premium subscription sure improves the experience, but it’s mostly not necessary if you can handle an ad or two (and obligatory shuffle on mobile).

The popular application continues to make its way to missing platforms (even though there’s not many left). The latest supported system happens to be MirrorLink, powered by the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC). It works through RockScout, which is essentially a link between your car’s entertainment system and supported applications on your phone. With this new addition, users will be able to control Spotify using a car-optimized interface, featuring large buttons and a simplified design.

“Spotify is obsessed with figuring out how to bring music into every part of your life, wherever you are, whatever you’re doing. MirrorLink provides a simple way to bring Spotify into the car and on the dashboard so listeners can access their favorite music in a manner suitable for the driving environment.” -Lawrence Kennedy, Sr. Product Owner for Automotive at Spotify


Of course, here at Android Authority we are fans of Android Auto, but we know many of you are still rocking Mirror Link. Anything that helps Android users is good news, and this will definitely get the job done in terms of providing a fun Spotify vehicle experience. Go ahead and download the applications below to get everything running, and don’t forget to hit the comments to let us know if you will be taking advantage of this!

Download Spotify from the Google Play Store
Download RockScout from the Google Play Store

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RockScout App Brings Spotify to MirrorLink®-Enabled Cars

Beaverton, OR – October 5, 2015 — Starting today, Spotify Android users can bring the Spotify mobile app to their dashboards via MirrorLink® RockScout, a simple download that makes participating Android music apps MirrorLink-compatible. The
Car Connectivity Consortium <;, creators of MirrorLink, made the announcement as more and more apps become available in the MirrorLink ecosystem.

“Spotify is obsessed with figuring out how to bring music into every part of your life, wherever you are, whatever you’re doing,” said Lawrence Kennedy, Sr. Product Owner for Automotive at Spotify. “MirrorLink provides a simple way to bring Spotify into the
car and on the dashboard so listeners can access their favorite music in a manner suitable for the driving environment.”

RockScout leverages Media Browser Service, a standard Android API, to make Android audio apps compatible with MirrorLink. MirrorLink compatibility means apps are driver-aware and controllable via touch and rotary-knob infotainment systems. The Android application
can be enabled without further development or integration, and the solution is free and open-source.

“Spotify’s compatibility with MirrorLink is a great moment for both brands, based on Spotify’s undeniable popularity among music lovers and the sheer size of MirrorLink’s global install base,” said Alan Ewing, President and Executive director of the CCC. “In
a larger sense, RockScout represents a major advance for MirrorLink by providing drivers with extended access to some of the most popular music and audio apps of all time.”

To download RockScout,
click here <;. To download Spotify for Android,
click here <;. For general information, please visit <;.

About the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC)
The CCC is dedicated to cross-industry collaboration in developing MirrorLink® global standards and solutions for smartphone and in-vehicle connectivity. The organization’s 100 members represent 70 percent of the world’s auto market,
70 percent of the global smartphone market and a who’s who of aftermarket consumer electronics vendors. For further information, please visit <;.


Apple buys an AI startup with eye on better photo management

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Apple’s acquired a startup with a keen focus on developing artificial intelligence systems that run locally on your device rather than at an offsite server farm. In Perceptio’s case (why does every start-up sound like Aviato now?), it’s using deep learning for photo classification rather than other mundane tasks, according to both Bloomberg and ReCode. The latter notes that Facebook and the like do this with cloud processing but Apple is incredibly big on not storing user-data offsite. So it makes sense that the company would be interested in bringing this sort of imaging tech to its handsets and computers — especially considering that new camera the iPhone 6s series is sporting.

This purchase could point toward a smarter Photos app, or it could be nothing at all. Giant tech companies buy smaller ones all the time and Apple’s no stranger to that. But if Tim Cook and Co. can make using the imaging program less frustrating as a whole, we’ll really be in business.

[Image credit: Shutterstock]

Source: Bloomberg


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