What to watch this week on ESPN+

All the things. You can watch all the things. (And this will tell you when they’re on.)

The sports giant that is ESPN continues its push into the 20th Century with ESPN+, which already has amassed more than a million subscribers. (And at $4.99 a month or $49 a year, that’s definitely starting to pay off for its owner, Disney.)

The question, then, is this: What the heck can you watch on ESPN+, and when can you watch it?

The answer is a whole lot of stuff. There’s original programming. There’s live sports. There’s news. There’s opinion. There’s new stuff all the time.

A cool thing about ESPN+ (and streaming services in general, actually) is that you get a free seven-day trial. So if you’re not 100 percent sure you’re going to want to stick with things, you can give it a whirl and then get out. Or just sign on for a month and take it from there. Your call.

Either way, you’re about to get a whole bunch more sports — available pretty much anywhere, on your phone or tablet or TV — for the cost of a cup of coffee. Not a bad deal at all.

Hop on down and take a look at what’s on this week.

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Tuesday, December 18

  • More Than an Athlete Episode 5 Premiere (Planned)
  • 2 Carabao Cup Matches: Leicester City v Manchester City and Middlesbrough v Burton Albion
  • College Basketball: South Dakota @ Kansas and Benedictine @ Loyola
  • Italian Serie A: Bologna v AC Milan
  • New Zealand v Sri Lanka Cricket
  • NHL: Red Wings @ Flyers
  • Studio: ESPN FC, The Fantasy Show, In the Crease, The Boxing Beat, and Serie A Full Impact

Wednesday, December 19

  • 2 Carabao Cup Matches: Chelsea v Bournemouth and Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur
  • College Basketball: Western Kentucky @ Belmont, North Carolina Central @ St Louis, and Grand Canyon @ Northern Iowa
  • Studio: ESPN FC, Ariel and the Bad Guy, I’ll Take That Bet, In the Crease, and Always Late with Katie Nolan

Thursday, December 20

  • NHL: Predators @ Flyers and Blues @ Canucks
  • Women’s College Basketball: Louisville @ Central Michigan
  • Studio: ESPN FC, The Fantasy Show, I’ll Take That Bet, Serie A Weekly Preview Show, and In the Crease

Friday, December 21

  • Detail: From the Mind of Peyton Manning (Planned)
  • NHL: Blackhawks @ Avalanche
  • Women’s College Basketball: Iowa @ Drake and Stanford @ Buffalo
  • 2 Guinness PRO14 Rugby Matches
  • Studio: ESPN FC, In the Crease, and I’ll Take That Bet

Saturday, December 22

  • Top Rank Boxing: Josh Warrington v Carl Frampton (Main Event)
  • College Basketball including Central Pennsylvania @ Davidson, Iona @ Yale, and George Washington @ Harvard
  • 9 Italian Serie A Matches including Napoli v SPAL
  • 2 Guinness PRO14 Rugby Matches
  • NHL: Blue Jackets @ Flyers and Lightning @ Oilers
  • 2 English Football League Matches + Dutch Eredivisie: PSV v AZ Alkamaar
  • Studio: ESPN FC and In the Crease

Sunday, December 23

  • NHL: Panthers @ Blackhawks
  • English Football League: Sheffield Wednesday v Preston North End + Dutch Eredivisie: FC Utrecht v Ajax
  • Studio: ESPN FC, In the Crease, and Serie A Highlight Show

Monday, December 24

  • More Than an Athlete Episode 6 Premiere (Planned)
  • Studio: ESPN FC, The Fantasy Show, and In the Crease

Tuesday, December 25

  • New Zealand Cricket v Sri Lanka
  • Studio: ESPN FC, The Fantasy Show, In the Crease, The Boxing Beat, and Serie A Full Impact

Wednesday, December 26

  • 9 Italian Serie A Matches including Atalanta v Juventus, Frosinone v AC Milan, and AS Roma v Sassuolo
  • New Zealand Cricket v Sri Lanka
  • 2 English Football League Matches
  • Studio: ESPN FC, Ariel and the Bad Guy, and In the Crease

Thursday, December 27

  • New Zealand v Sri Lanka Cricket
  • NHL: Red Wings @ Penguins and Wild @ Blackhawks
  • Studio: ESPN FC, The Fantasy Show, In the Crease, Serie A Weekly Preview Show, and ALeague
    Weekly Highlight Show

Friday, December 28

  • New Zealand v Sri Lanka Cricket
  • NHL: Maple Leafs @ Blue Jackets
  • Guinness PRO14 Rugby
  • Studio: ESPN FC, In the Crease, and Ariel & and the Bad Guy

Saturday, December 29

  • College Basketball: Eastern Michigan @ Kansas and Buffalo @ Canisius
  • 9 Italian Serie A Matches including AC Milan v SPAL and Parma v AS Roma
  • NHL: Islanders @ Maple Leafs and Rangers @ Predators
  • New Zealand v Sri Lanka Cricket
  • Guinness PRO14 Rugby
  • Studio: ESPN FC and In the Crease, Ariel & the Bad Guy Live: UFC 232 Post Show

Sunday, December 30

  • Top Rank Boxing: Masayuki Ito v Evgeny Chuprakov
  • College Basketball: Appalachian State @ Saint Louis, Rider @ VCU, and UIC @ Northern Kentucky
  • NHL: Golden Knights @ Coyotes
  • Guinness PRO14 Rugby
  • Studio: ESPN FC, In the Crease, and Serie A Highlight Show

Monday, December 31

  • More Than an Athlete Episode 7 Premiere (Planned)
  • NHL: Penguins @ Wild and Rangers @ Blues
  • Studio: ESPN FC and The Fantasy Show

Learn French, Italian, and more with these $118 Rosetta Stone bonus packs

Time to plan a trip to Paris.

Amazon is offering up some great discounts on a selection of Rosetta Stone Bonus Packs. Each pack costs $118.30, and most of them usually sell for at least $200. No matter which language you go for, you’ll be getting one of the lowest prices in its history. We’ve only seen a better discount once, when these bonus packs included a $20 Amazon gift card, but that deal is long-gone. This one is your next-best option.

As of press time, your options include English, Italian, French, and German. Each pack gets you two years of Rosetta Stone access, which is usable across your desktop, mobile, and tablet. You’ll also receive a software download that gets you lifetime access to offline practicing capabilities. That means whether you need to brush up next year or 40 years from now, you’ll be able to access that software. Finally, you’ll also receive the Barron’s Grammar Guide for your chosen language, which helps teach you essential grammar tips, as well as the corresponding Barron’s Dictionary which will help you sort your gauche from your droite.

Being multilingual is literally never a bad thing. You’ll be able to travel with ease, and of course it can also expand your networking and friendship opportunities. It also makes a great party trick. Rosetta Stone has made a name for itself when it comes to learning new languages, and there’s a good reason for it. It uses “Dynamic Immersion” to help you grasp the new language, which means that you’ll not only hear the words, but see signs and symbols that represent it, and learn to read and write it as well. It helps you not only learn new words, but also phrases based on real-world content, which means you’ll actually be prepared for natural conversations.

Whether you’re looking for a great gift idea for the holidays, or have always wanted to learn a new language on your own, you won’t want to miss out on this discount.

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We have free MapleStory M gift codes worth $10 — get them while they last!

Popular MMORPG MapleStory M just received some new updates. To celebrate, MapleStory M developer Nexon gave us a bunch of free gift codes with $10 worth of in-game goodies. We’re giving them away to Android Authority readers while supplies last!

The new MapleStory M update brings a dragon master class, in-game events, mini-games, and more. Check out the game’s listing on the Google Play Store to learn all about it.

The free gift code contains the following items:

  • Auto Battle Tickets (30min)
  • Orange EXP tickets
  • VIP Teleport Rock

If you’d like to add these items to your MapleStory M account totally free of charge, follow the instructions below!

  1. Click here to download MapleStory M to your Android device.
  2. After you’ve installed the game, make sure you create an account so you can use the gift code.
  3. Once you’re all set up, fill out the simple form here with your name and email address.
  4. Wait for your code to arrive in the email address you added to the form.
  5. Login to MapleStory M and go to the “Options” menu.
  6. Tap “Enter Coupon” and type in your coupon code.
  7. Watch as the free items get automatically added to your account!

There are a very limited amount of codes, so act fast. We will update this article once we are out of codes, so if you’re reading this there are still codes available!

Click below to download MapleStory M and get started with the process:

15 best Android apps released in 2018!

The year 2018 has come and gone. However, it left us with a ton of excellent products to play with. We already did our best Android phones of the year. Now, it’s time to do the best Android apps from 2018 as well. It was a solid year for new apps. We saw a big push in new launchers, security apps, and browsers. There were also a couple of keyboards and even a new game console emulator. It’s always nice to have such a varied list. This year also features fewer Google apps than in prior years and that’s encouraging as well. The list is quite long, so let’s just get right into it. This was narrowed down from a total list of over 120 apps. Here are the best Android apps from the year 2018!


Cake Web Browser

Price: Free
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Cake Web Browser is one of the more solid browser options from 2018 and also in general. It has the basics like multiple search engine options, bookmarks, and stuff like that. This one also includes a pop-up blocker, an ad-blocker, an incognito mode for private browsing, gesture controls, and even some news and RSS features. The UI relies heavily on those gesture controls and gives the browser a fresh, new feel compared to the usual style. It’s a lot of fun and something a little different in the mobile space. That’s why we chose it for this list. It’s also entirely free with no ads or in-app purchases as of right now.
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Carrot Weather

Price: Free / $3.99 per year
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Carrot Weather is one of the few actually fun weather apps we’ve used. It works like most other weather apps. You get rain predictions (in certain regions), forecasts, current temperatures, and stuff like that. It even includes some witty commentary on the current weather conditions like WTF Weather and similar apps. However, this app also gives you up to 70 years of previous weather data. It also includes secret places like the Moon. The premium version of the app also includes widgets if you’re a fan of widgets. It had some early issues, but the app works quite well these days. There’s a monthly subscription price. However, at $4 per year, we really just recommend going with that.
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Carrot Weather

Dolphin Emulator

Price: Free
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Dolphin Emulator technically isn’t new. However, it is back on the Play Store after a few years of abandonment. The developers promise more consistent updates and stability improvements this time around. That’s good news because it’s the only actually decent Nintendo Wii and Nintendo GameCube emulator on the Play Store. The Google Play reviews are extremely promising and it functioned just fine during our testing. Most people who have issues use low end devices, so we suspect their complaints are because of the specs rather than the emulator. Of course, we do not condone stealing games, but if you have some laying around, this is the emulator we would recommend.
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Dolphin Emulator

Firefox Reality Browser

Price: Free
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Firefox Reality Browser is probably the biggest and best virtual reality browser launch of 2018. It introduces a real competitor to the space and we hope that encourages developers to improve their offerings more quickly. Firefox Reality Browser supports both 2D and 3D content along with a basic, but serviceable web browsing experience. You need the Google Daydream app to download this one. Otherwise, it should work as normal with your VR headset (namely, Google Daydream). It could use a few more basic features and some stability improvements, but VR as a platform is young so we’re just happy Mozilla jumped on board.
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Forest

Price: Free / Up to $1.99
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Forest is a new style of productivity app. It encourages people to not check their phones constantly by killing plants whenever they do. They are digital plants, of course. The app works by planting a tree. Each time you turn your device screen on and leave Forest, the tree wilts and you must start again. There are a variety of trees to collect with more coming in future updates. There is a whitelist so you can do stuff like answer important phone calls or test messages. However, it’s a neat little app to get you off of your phone for a while. It’s almost like a widely available version of Google’s Digital Wellbeing, except with trees.
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Forest


Grammarly Keyboard

Price: Free
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Grammarly Keyboard is arguably the best new keyboard launch in 2018. It helps users type with better grammatical accuracy. It looks at what you type and suggests changes if something goes wrong. The app also delivers explanations about the changes and the rules of grammar. It omits some of the flashier features, like gesture typing, themes, and stuff like that. You do get a dark theme, though, and we expect some of the other features to appear eventually. It’s surprisingly smooth and the grammar lessons should help just about everybody. The app is also entirely free with no ads or in-app purchases.
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Grammarly Keyboard

Haven

Price: Free
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Haven is a niche security app that we really like. It installs on a user’s secondary device rather than their primary one. You then toss that second device in with your luggage, a hotel safe, or a similar situation. The secondary device alerts your primary device when it is moved, opened, picked up, or otherwise tampered with. This is mostly a tool for journalists, travelers, and people in places where stuff may be stolen. Thus, it’s obviously not for everybody. Still, it’s one of only a few apps that do things like this. It’s also open source, completely free, and has no advertising.
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Haven

Heimdall Parental Control

Price: Free / $0.99 per month / $9.49 once
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Many new apps aren’t the most exciting releases ever. However, they are still excellent apps. Heimdall Parental Control fits that description. You install it on your child’s device and then on yours. From there, you can monitor your child’s usage, limit them on things like app use and phone calls, and even track their location and block websites. Some of those features require the premium version. You can get it for either $0.99 per month or a single $9.49 payment. We really appreciate having that option in an app market overly reliant on subscription-only business models. It’s easily among the top two or three best kid monitoring apps on Google Play.
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Heimdall Parental Control

Hyperion Launcher

Price: Free / $2.99
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Hyperion Launcher immediately illicit memories of shooting robots and a horse made out of diamonds, but once you get beyond the Borderlands 2 references, it’s actually an excellent new launcher from 2018. It hits a lot of the positive elements for a modern smartphone browser. That includes a stock-ish Android experience, plenty of basic customization options, theming, and third party icon pack support. You also get Google Feed as a separate plugin, gesture controls, a font changer, and more. It’s nice to see a new launcher that could actually challenge the big dogs in the industry already with Nova, Apex, Lawnchair, Action, and ADW launchers. This really is that good and it’s also fairly inexpensive for the premium version.
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Khan Academy Kids

Price: Free
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Khan Academy is one of the best educational apps for adults. Thus, it didn’t shock us at all when Khan Academy Kids came out and it was actually good. This one focuses on a lot of early education for kids, including problem solving, social and emotional development, and more basic stuff like math, reading, and language. It uses bright colors and cute characters to convey the information since kids enjoy cartoons. It all makes sense to us. This is arguably one of the few major learning apps for kids by a company that knows about learning stuff. It has the occasional bug because it’s still in beta. However, we have no doubt that this is one of the best in its category.
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Navigation Gestures

Price: Free / $1.49
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Navigation Gestures is a neat new app from 2018. It gives any phone gesture control support even if it doesn’t naturally have it. You can set it to measure swipes from basically any direction along with single and double tapping as well as tap-and-hold gestures. Those who are knowledgeable in ADB or root can also completely hide the navigation bar. The system is simple enough for just about anybody with the exception of the ADB bit, but that is just one feature. There’s another app in this category from 2018, Fluid Navigation Gestures. It does about the same thing, and people seem to like it more. However, XDA’s version came first by several months. Frankly, you can go with either one. We’re not trying to sell you anything here.
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Poco Launcher

Price: Free
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Poco Launcher is the official launcher app of the Pocophone. We’re a little shocked it made our list this year. However, Xiaomi made a surprisingly decent launcher app. It features customization options, third party icon pack support, and even some privacy and security settings. For instance, you can hide app icons from your app drawer if you want them kept a secret. It also has an app drawer and that’s interesting because Xiaomi phones usually don’t. In any case, it’s light, fast, and serviceable. It’s also entirely free. We wish Google launched its launcher apps like Xiaomi does.
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Poco Launcher

ProtonVPN

Price: Free / $4-$24 per month
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ProtonVPN is an easy pick for a top app of 2018. It simply checks all of the boxes that we would want in a VPN, something most VPN apps don’t do. That includes a strict no-logging policy, full encryption, a good list of servers, and it’s based in Switzerland. Swizterland, in case you didn’t know, has some fairly hardcore privacy protections. ProtonVPN also includes a completely free experience with no data caps. You don’t get full speed, but unlimited free use is extremely rare in the VPN space. You can unlock more servers and higher speeds with one of its three subscription plans. They start at $4/month and range up to $24/month. There really isn’t much wrong with it. It’s also friendly for those who don’t know much about VPNs.
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ProtonVPN

YouTube Music

Price: Free / $9.99 per month
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YouTube Music the app technically isn’t new. However, YouTube Music, the service, definitely is. The app saw a major evolution this year into its own music streaming service. It includes both video and audio-only streaming content. You also get playlists, direct integration with normal YouTube, and a toggle to turn music videos into audio-only content. That alone makes it one of the most unique music streaming apps on the market. However, its lackluster audio quality, lack of obvious features (like Android Auto support, gapless playback, etc), and confusion with consumers between it and Google Play Music certainly isn’t helping its case. It has the potential to be one of the very best, but it still has a long way to go.
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YouTube Music

Bouncer: The best new app from 2018

Price: $0.99
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Bouncer is a new security app from Sam Reston, former developer of the popular Weather Timeline app. This is perhaps one of the best security apps we’ve seen in recent years. The app lets users temporarily grant permissions to applications. For instance, you can enable location in Facebook and Bouncer helps you remove that permission later so Facebook doesn’t have it all the time. Frankly, that should be a stock Android feature and we certainly wouldn’t be disappointed if it became one someday. Bouncer itself requires no permissions and doesn’t require Internet access either. The app works as advertised, it’s super cheap at just $0.99, does not require ADB or root access, and it even won our best apps of the year fan poll. Yes, it is that good. In fact, this is one of those rare apps that everybody should at least try if they care at all about privacy and security.
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Bouncer: The best new app from 2018

Honorable mentions

There are always a ton of apps every year that are great but don’t always make lists like this. Here are a list of great apps from 2018 that probably should be on this list, but couldn’t be because 15 is kind of our limit here:


If we missed any great Android apps from 2018, tell us about them in the comments! Apps are a massive market and sometimes we just don’t see everything there is to see, plus your comments will help other readers find even more interesting apps! Of course, you can always click here to check out our latest Android app and game lists as well!

The gift of flight: Buy drones for Christmas

Drone Rush holiday drone deals 2018

We know many of you do not celebrate Christmas, but we can all take advantage of some great drone deals for the holidays. Whether you are shopping for yourself or for a loved one, here are some drones on sale this year.

Most of these drone deals will last the entire holiday season. Some are just new prices that will remain in place into the new year and beyond.

Following the great Black Friday deals from last month, more than a few top manufacturers have new drone deals on deck. DJI and UVify are leading the way in terms of savings, but sales go beyond the brands, look for general deals from most re-sellers.

DJI holiday deals

(Active until the end of January 1, 2019)

DJI holiday deals 2018

DJI is offering savings on many drones and most of its smaller hand-held camera systems. Some products have savings as much as 30 percent… not too bad!

DJI Drones on sale (Click button below to access)

  • DJI Mavic Air – $699 (save $100)
  • DJI Mavic Air Fly More combo – $899 (save $100)
  • DJI Mavic Pro Fly More combo – $1,199 (Save $100)
  • DJI Spark with controller – $349 (save $50)
  • DJI Spark Fly More combo – $459 (save $50)
  • Ryze Tech Tello – $79 (save $20)
  • Ryze Boost combo – $99 (save $50)
  • DJI Mavic Pro Platinum – $999 (save $100)
  • DJI Goggles RE – $499 (save $100)
  • DJI Goggles RE & backpack – $509 (save $100)
  • DJI Goggles RE racing combo – $639 (save $140)

DJI camera products on sale

  • DJI Osmo Mobile 2 – $119 (save $20)
  • DJI Ronin-S – $549 (save $200)

Don’t forget about that brand new DJI Osmo Pocket, a handheld camera system with superb stabilization in a mobile-sized camera. The Osmo Pocket is $349, and is exactly what some GoPro shoppers actually wanted in the first place.

UVify holiday deals

(Began December 7th, with a new deal each day for 12 days)

UVify holiday deals 2018

Our friends over at UVify have some more racing drones and combos on sale for you this holiday season. Drone racing enthusiasts are the real winners here. (Click button below to access)

  • Dec. 7th: UVify Draco combo – $899
  • Dec. 8th: UVify Draco HD combo – $1,199
  • Dec. 9th: UVify OOri – $389
  • Dec. 10th: UVify Warp9 frame kit – $199
  • Dec. 11th: Avegant Glyph HD headset – $399
  • Dec. 12th: Turnigy Evolution remote – $99
  • Dec. 13th: UVify OOri combo – $399
  • Dec. 14th: Fat Shark Dominator V3 – $299
  • Dec. 15th: Draco camera mount – $50
  • Dec. 16th: Connex ProSight digital receiver – $229
  • Dec. 17th: UVify Flysky controller
  • Dec. 18th: To be announced…

We are still big fans of the UVify OOri. It’s a tiny 50MPH-plus drone that can fly safely in doors. It’s perfect for the winter months when it’s not so hot outside.

Other great drone deals

Nothing specific to see here, folks, just a lump of drone deals we’ve found and think you can take advantage of this holiday season.

  • Eachine E58 (fun Mavic Pro knock-off) – $50 (save $30)
  • Anki Vector toy robot – $175 (save $75)
  • Potensic F181DH beginner’s drone – $80 (save $20)
  • Syma X22W mini camera drone – $41 (save $15)
  • Potensic U51 UFO drone – $16 (save $4)

Check back for more deals as we go!

Please hit the comments section below to share any great deals you stumble across. The holiday season has many savings to offer!

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Samsung gunning for the low-end market with Galaxy M series?

The Wi-Fi Alliance has certified an upcoming Samsung smartphone believed to be the Galaxy M10. The phone was certified earlier today, as spotted by 91Mobiles (via PhoneArena), indicating Samsung may launch it within the next few weeks.

According to the certification document, the phone has serial number SM-M105F/DS — the DS standing for dual-SIM — and will run Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box with support for the 2.4 GHz frequency band.

The Wi-Fi Alliance gives little else away about the handset, but 91Mobiles’ sources have hinted at some specifics about it.

A Wi-Fi Alliance screenshot of a new Samsung phone certification. Wi-Fi Alliance

It’s tipped to be part of a new budget lineup from Samsung, with the M10 packing an Exynos 7870 chip at 1.59GHz, 3GB RAM, and 16GB or 32GB storage. It’s also set to come with a more powerful version, the Samsung Galaxy M20.

These phones would apparently start from 10,000 rupees (~$140) in India, pitting them against phones like the Oppo Realme 2 (starting at 8,990 rupees, or ~$127.50) and the Xiaomi Redmi 6 (7,999 rupees, ~$113).

Editor’s Pick

Chinese OEMs have been trouncing Samsung in the low-end market lately, though Samsung has been making positive moves this year with the release of phones like its ultra-budget Android One device, the Samsung J2 Core. This launched in India for 6,190 rupees, or ~$88.

The Galaxy M10 may launch as soon as January, but will it help Samsung claw back market-share from Chinese OEMs? Give us your thoughts in the comments.

All you need to know about OnePlus’ new 30W Warp Charge standard

Warp Charge takes one of the best fast charging protocols available today and makes it even better.

OnePlus rolled out Dash Charge back in 2016 with the OnePlus 3 and 3T, with the 22.5W charging standard allowing devices like the OnePlus 6T to go from zero to 60% charge in just 35 minutes. With the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition, however, OnePlus is introducing a new fast charging standard called Warp Charge that offers even faster charging speeds.

OnePlus is quoting charging speeds going from flat to 50% in just 20 minutes with Warp Charge, and a full charge in under an hour.

While there are other fast charging solutions that let you top up your battery quickly, the advantage with OnePlus’ tech is that it doesn’t overheat your phone. That’s because most of the charging circuitry is offloaded onto the wall unit. Like Dash Charge, Warp Charge is based on OPPO’s Super VOOC charging standard, and is different from the majority of quick charging options available today.

Here’s what you need to know about Warp Charge.

A primer on fast charging

A standard smartphone battery is highly reactive, which is why phone manufacturers have several safeguards built into the charging circuitry. Lithium-Ion batteries are able to take in more power initially, tapering out as the charge builds. It is on this principle that fast charging works.

Qualcomm’s Quick Charge technology delivers a higher voltage to the battery to expedite charging time. Quick Charge 4.0 is fully compliant with the USB-C Power Delivery (PD) spec, and is 20% faster and up to 30% more efficient than Quick Charge 3.0. Qualcomm has introduced a power management algorithm called Intelligent Negotiation for Optimum Voltage (INOV) to ensure better temperature regulation, along with safeguards to protect against overheating and overcharging.

Qualcomm uses high voltages, whereas OPPO pushes more amperage to the phone.

Qualcomm claims that with its parallel charging technology, you’ll be able to use your phone for five hours with just a five-minute charge. The chip vendor licenses the technology to third-party OEMs, which is how companies like Samsung can offer Adaptive Fast Charging on the likes of the Galaxy Note 9. In Samsung’s case, the company is still using Quick Charge 2.0, and although there aren’t many phones with Quick Charge 4.0 on the market, most flagships today offer a charging standard based on Quick Charge 3.0.

Meanwhile, OPPO has its own fast charging solution called Super VOOC (Voltage Open Loop Multi-step Constant-Current Charging). The fast charging system is used in the likes of the R17 Pro and other OPPO flagships in a bi-cell 50W configuration, and is available on the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition in a 30W option. OPPO uses dedicated circuitry in the charger itself for heat management and dissipation, which is why you can only get Warp Charge speeds with OnePlus-branded wall and car chargers — such as the one that’s included in the OnePlus 6T’s box.

The key difference between the two fast charging technologies is that while Qualcomm uses higher voltages to charge batteries, VOOC relies on delivering a higher amperage. For instance, Quick Charge 3.0 goes up to 6.5V at 3A, creating 19.5W, whereas Warp Charge delivers 5V at 6A to attain 30W. And that has a few advantages.

A day’s worth of battery life in 20 minutes

One of the main benefits of Warp Charge is its ability to keep temperatures low while charging. The fast charging option allows you to watch videos or play games while the phone is charging, with no net drop in charging speeds. That isn’t the case with Quick Charge, as the higher voltages invariably lead to the phone reverting to normal speeds to prevent overheating.

In fact, OnePlus is actively touting Warp Charge’s efficacy while gaming, stating that the standard will deliver up to a 52% charge in 30 minutes. With the screen off, the 30W Warp Charge will be able to charge the battery from flat to 50% in 20 minutes, and up to 70% in 30 minutes. By contrast, the Not e9 is able to go only up to 41% after a 30-minute charge from the bundled wall charger.

With Warp Charge, you can play games or watch videos while charging your phone without worrying about overheating.

Furthermore, even though the OnePlus 6T can charge up to 50% in just 20 minutes, it takes an additional 40 minutes to fully charge the battery. That’s to prevent damage to the battery (and more importantly, you), with the wall charger limiting output at 2A after hitting 75% and going even lower after reaching 85%. The microcontroller unit inside the phone constantly monitors the charge level to determine the desired amperage to be delivered.

The main disadvantage with Warp Charge is that you need to use OnePlus-branded chargers to get the higher speeds on the OnePlus 6, as OPPO is yet to license the technology to third-party vendors. You can use other chargers to top up the OnePlus 6, and use the Dash Charge wall charger with other devices, but in both cases they will fall back to a lower charging speed.

Can I use Warp Charge on older OnePlus phones?

Right now, Warp Charge is limited to the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition. Because the standard has higher charging speeds than Dash Charge, it comes with added safeguards on the phone itself: the battery protection board is larger — it has eight layers for better heat distribution — and the wire that connects the battery to the board is wider as well.

As such, you won’t be able to use Warp Charge on older OnePlus phones. When you plug in the charger to the standard OnePlus 6T, it will fall back to Dash Charge speeds. OnePlus says it could have rolled out compatibility to the standard 6T via a software update, but as the device lacks the hardware-level safeguards, that won’t be the case.

Coming to all OnePlus phones in 2019

OnePlus has confirmed that Warp Charge will be standard on its 2019 portfolio. The company says it invested significant resources in building Warp Charge, and that the 30W fast charging standard will be the default option for its phones going forward.

That’s great news for those eyeing OnePlus devices in 2019, as Warp Charge takes all the benefits from Dash Charge and kicks things up a notch.

Updated in December 2018: Added details on the new 30W Warp Charge standard and timeline for rollout in 2019.

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Alcatel 1X cases aren’t easy to find, so let us help you

The Alcatel 1X is an Android Go phone that launched in the US early 2018. The phone wasn’t widely distributed so it may be a bit hard to find good cases for it. That’s why we’ve gone and found the best ones for those who want to protect that $100 investment. Here are the best cases for the Alcatel 1X.

Fashionable

TOMYOU Clear Slim

These TPU cases cost less than a cup of Starbucks and will protect all the edges of your Alcatel 1X. And this particular collection has 30 different designs to choose from.

$5 at Amazon

Animal Lovers

Stephen Huneck Series

Another range of affordable TPU cases, the Stephen Huneck collection is all about celebrating life’s best companions. And Huneck is no pretender — he built an actual Dog Chapel for people and their furry pets to go and enjoy themselves.

$18 at Amazon

Card Courier

Scheam Wallet Case

It doubles as a wallet and has a built-in kickstand design. Scheam’s wallet case looks good in the wild, too, and comes in a variety of other colors, including blue, red, and brown.

$9 at Amazon

Flip It

Scheam Folio Case

For those with a more vertical pedigree, Scheam’s other folio case for the Alcatel 1X flips upward inside of outward. Unfortunately, this one can only hold a single credit card.

$9 at Amazon

Lines and Shapes

Elisabeth Fredriksson Purple Stone Collection

This Swedish artist’s favorite class in school was clearly geometry. She’s brought her flair for lines, triangles, trapezoids in TPU format for your Alcatel 1X. There are 7 variations of the same design available for your choosing.

$18 at Amazon

No Nonsense

kwmobile TPU Case

Sometimes you just want a no-frills case to protect your phone. This is it, and it’s available in matte black or clear.

$8 at Amazon

Like I said, there isn’t much out there for the Alcatel 1X. These options should provide at least minimal protection, though I wouldn’t exactly go throwing the phone down a mountain. If I had to get one, I’d recommend the kwmobile TPU Case for its minimal aesthetic and maximum protection.

Google will spend $1 billion on new NYC campus ‘Google Hudson Square’

A Google logo.

  • The new Google NYC campus will be called “Google Hudson Square.”
  • Google Hudson Square will cost at least $1 billion.
  • The campus expansion will be finalized by 2022 and will allow Google to double its current staff numbers in the city.

Today, Google revealed its official plans for the expansion of its New York City campus, via Politico. The new Google NYC headquarters will be dubbed “Google Hudson Square,” aptly named due to the location of the buildings in the lower Manhattan district by the same name.

Google plans to invest over $1 billion in the creation of the campus.

There will be three buildings in all that make up the campus: two pre-existing buildings on Hudson Street and a yet-to-be-built building on nearby Washington Street. Google expects to begin moving into the Hudson Street buildings by 2020 and for the new building to be complete by 2022.

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Google and Alphabet Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat said in a blog post that the company will also “continue to deepen our commitments in STEM education, workforce development and access to technology,” which will include creating a program to train workers in digital skills. “We believe that as our company grows, we have a responsibility to support the communities we call home,” she said.

The Google NYC expansion comes as other tech giants from the west coast start moving eastward. Amazon’s move to both New York City and Virginia, in particular, is causing some controversy due to the heavy tax breaks the company is receiving. Several New York City protests have already happened related to the move.

However, Google has had a presence in New York for years already with little fanfare. It’s likely this expansion won’t receive the same amount of antagonism.

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