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Month: April 2018

What would the T-Mobile-Sprint merger mean for you?

For the past four years, T-Mobile and Sprint have been trying to merge together. This past weekend, a full deal that both sides seem to be happy with finally came to fruition, making it look possible that we could see the merging of T-Mobile and Sprint sometime before the end of 2019. When companies as big as T-Mobile and Sprint talk about joining forces, it invariably causes some concern. Will the company be too big? Will it hurt the market? Will consumers benefit from the merger? What will it mean for the industry as a whole? Editor’s Pick Here are the best T-Mobile deals and offers right now (April 2018) T-Mobile is now the third biggest US wireless carrier, overtaking Sprint and challenging AT&T and Verizon, the two leaders in the space. Part of the reason for this growth is that there are many aggressive … While no one can accurately predict the answers to those questions, we know enough to make some assumptions that will likely be on the money. What we want to talk about here is how this potential merger could affect you, the wireless customer. Why is this happening? It’s actually incredibly simple: Verizon and AT&T are both so much bigger than both Sprint and T-Mobile that the carriers are in two separate battles. Rather than one big fight with all four carriers going against...

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Galaxy S9 launches Samsung back to the top of India’s premium market

Samsung retakes top spot for Q1 2018 in India’s premium market. Galaxy S9, S9 Plus, and Galaxy A8 Plus sales lead to 16 percent year-on-year growth. Apple drops to third, while OnePlus retains second place thanks to the sector’s best-seller, the OnePlus 5T. Samsung has once again regained the top spot in India within the premium tier. Buoyed by the release of the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, the South Korean giant has shunted aside Apple and OnePlus in Q1 2018, capturing half of the entire segment and delivering 16 percent year-on-year growth. When looking at India’s emergent market, most of the attention is, quite rightly, placed on the mid- to low-end price tiers and the overwhelming success of affordable devices with a high price-performance ratio. Editor’s Pick Best Samsung phones you can buy right now Samsung is without a doubt the biggest name in the Android world, and so if you are considering purchasing a new phone, logic dictates you may be looking to pick up a phone made by the … The landscape in the flagship arena is equally fascinating, however, even though, according to Counterpoint Research’s latest report, the premium tier accounts for just 4 percent of the overall market. In that sector, Samsung, OnePlus, and Apple, in descending order of market share, cumulatively represent 95 percent of the overall premium market share. Apple had previously dominated...

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Sorry, early adopters: new 128GB and 256GB Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus announced

Samsung will release 128GB and 256GB versions of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus. These new Galaxy S9 storage options will probably make folks angry who already bought the 64GB version. The new Galaxy S9 storage options will be available exclusively at Samsung.com starting May 18. If you held off on buying the Samsung Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9 Plus because both only came with 64GB of storage space, you’ll be happy with today’s news. If you bought a Samsung Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9 Plus already, you’re probably going to be pretty upset. Samsung announced today that, starting on May 18, there will be two new storage versions of the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus: a 128GB model and a 256GB model. New pricing will reflect the storage upgrades, but the original 64GB models will remain the same price. Since it is pretty impractical to upgrade the internal storage of a smartphone, this means anyone with a 64GB model of the Galaxy S9 will have to sell that version to rebuy an S9 with a bigger storage capacity. But, if Samsung had merely made the three different storage capacities available at launch, customers could have made that decision before initial purchase. Editor’s Pick Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus deep dive review: Best of the best If you’re looking at the current crop of phones, it can be tough to figure...

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Check Out the Launch Trailer for Crescent Moon's 'Axe.io', Which Hits the App Store This Week

Among the many, many things we saw at GDC this year was Axe.io, the next title set to be released by Crescent Moon Games as it hits the App Store later this week. If you missed our initial preview, the basic gist of Axe.io is similar to many of the “.io style” games in that it takes the basic idea of an MMO but distills it down to its absolute essence. In the case of Axe.io, that means brawling around in a fantasy setting with multiple classes, enemies, and even giant dragons. Check out the launch trailer: Subscribe to the TouchArcade YouTube channel These arenas are endless, and you just fight as long as you can before dying- At which point you compete with a place on a massive global leaderboard. It’s really exciting seeing these .io games “grow up,” for lack of a better way to put it. Games like Agar.io [Free] are super fun, but are extremely basic at the end of the day. Axe.io both looks and feels a lot closer to what you’d expect out of an actual “full” game while still leaning heavily on what makes .io games tick. Axe.io should hit the App Store along with the rest of the new games this week! Go to Source Author: Eli...

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Pick one: Stereo front-facing speakers or 3.5mm headphone jack? (Poll of the Week)

Last week’s poll summary: Out of almost 3,300 total votes, 56.8 percent of our readers said they would not pay for Google services if Google adopted a subscription model. 19.8 percent said they’d pay $5 or less for access to Google’s services each month, 13 percent said they’d pay between $5 and $10 per month, and only 5 percent said they’d pay between $10 and $20. The YouTube crowd was a little more adamant about not wanting to pay. 86 percent of YouTube voters said they wouldn’t pay anything for Google services, while only 10 percent said they’d pay less than $5 per month. Nowadays, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a smartphone that has a headphone jack. Aside from OnePlus, Samsung, and LG, most other phone makers have ditched the 3.5mm port. Not everyone is happy with the decision to remove the port (including myself), and 70 percent of Android Authority readers agree. Removing the headphone jack might be one of the least consumer-friendly trends in the smartphone world in recent years. Editor’s Pick Was ditching the headphone jack a good idea? This post originally appeared on our sister site, SoundGuys.com. With the new iPhones coming out today, I wanted to revisit the whole Apple vs. headphone jack fiasco. If you’re reading this article, you’ve probably got some … OEMs aren’t just out to seize control of your wired audio...

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