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Month: January 2019

Essential in 2019: A clouded future

2017 was supposed to be Essential’s coming-out party. With a reported valuation of $1 billion, Android co-founder Andy Rubin at the helm, and the near-bezel-less wonder known as the Essential PH-1, Essential should made a real splash. Instead, Essential entered the smartphone market with a whisper. From the PH-1’s underwhelming sales and various issues to Andy Rubin’s personal baggage, 2017 was a year to forget for Essential. The company likely saw 2018 with a degree of optimism. Unfortunately for Essential, the reality was very different. Let’s take a look at what 2018 looked like for Essential and what 2019 might have in store. Essential in 2018: Struggles and layoffs Having only one smartphone meant Essential didn’t have to split its attention across multiple devices. It also meant the company’s success hinged on how well the PH-1 performed. Unfortunately for Essential, the PH-1’s poor sales continued. A May 2018 report alleged Essential canceled development of its second smartphone. The same report also claimed that Essential hired a financial firm to look into selling off the entire company. Following the report, Essential CEO and Android co-founder Andy Rubin sent an internal email to company employees. In the email, Rubin said that Essential would not shut down. He also said the company was in talks with bankers to raise additional funds. Interestingly, Rubin also said the discussions with bankers might include talk about a...

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10 best horoscope apps and free horoscope apps for Android!

The horoscope is a fairly interesting idea. It’s been around for centuries and lots of people enjoy them. Basically, astrologers use the universe’s position at the time of your birth to predict things in your life. Some consider it phony, others really believe it, and some just enjoy the entertainment value of it. There are a ton of horoscope apps on Google Play. It’s surprisingly hard to mess one of these up also. As long as you get some info every day, that seems to be good enough for most people. However, there are some that stand above the rest.  Here are the best horoscope apps and free horoscope apps for Android! Try these out too! 10 best calendar apps for Android for 2018 ADNFX free horoscope apps Price: Free (with advertising) DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY ADNFX is a developer on Google Play with several free horoscope apps for Android. The developer has an app for each zodiac instead of a single app for all of them. Each app is specific to its own zodiac sign. Some features include daily horoscopes for love, work, mood, and other stuff. Additionally, it features weekly and monthly horoscopes, previous horoscopes, fun facts about that particular zodiac sign, and, of course, the ability to share on social media. Each app is completely free with no in-app purchases. There are ads, though. We would...

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Android 9 Pie update tracker: When will your phone get it? (Updated January 1)

Google announced Android 9.0 Pie on August 6, 2018, and began rolling it out to Pixel phones the same day. These include the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL. But what about other devices? Which ones have already received Android Pie and which ones are expected to get it in the near future? Read on to find out everything you need to know about the Android 9.0 Pie update schedule, along with how to install Android Pie updates and much more. Android 9.0 Pie review: Closing the gap How to install Android 9.0 Pie on your phone right now Download: Android 9.0 Pie factory images and OTA files for Pixel devices Digital Wellbeing hands-on: Prepare to be scared of your phone forever Key Android Pie update features We have a complete overview of all the new features in our Android 9 Pie review. We’d suggest checking out that article to see what’s new in Android Pie, what new features it brings, all the design tweaks, and more. Gesture navigation Redesigned app overview screen New look for quick settings Optional dark/light themes Digital Wellbeing Adaptive Brightness Adaptive Battery App Actions and Slices Improved notifications Improved Do Not Disturb mode Android Go Pie edition A week after the official launch of Android 9.0 Pie, Google announced the Pie version of Android Go. The company claims it’s even smaller, faster, and more...

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Jared’s 2018 in Review: Some Fun Trips, a Lot of Hard Work, and of Course TONS of Fantastic Mobile Games

As 2018 comes to a close, we can once again look back and marvel at a wild year of mobile gaming. We say this every year but it really is mind blowing how many great games come out on mobile ever year. It’s a shame that so many people can’t look past the many bad games that also get released, as once again this year we compiled a list of what we thought were the best 100 mobile games of 2018 and the variety of titles included on that list has a little something for everyone, even the most staunch anti-mobile gamer. The incredible thing is that that list starts out being three or four times the size, and it’s actually tough to trim it down to “just” 100 games. My wish for 2019 would be that more people realize that mobile gaming doesn’t have to be a replacement to any other gaming platform, and is simply just another avenue for enjoying great gaming experiences. Having tons of fun games to play on my iPhone hasn’t prevented me from also enjoying the heck out of my Switch and Xbox One this year, and when more games are available on all platforms it’s a win for everybody. Maybe wishing for the “mobile sucks” stigma to go away is just asking too much, but year after year of putting together these...

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