The Fossil Sport arrives with GPS, HR, and Qualcomm’s new smartwatch chip for $255

  • Fossil’s new Sport smartwatch is its first device powered by the Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset.
  • It also comes with all the essentials for a fitness watch: built-in GPS, a heart rate sensor, and NFC for good measure.
  • It’s on sale now for $255.

While there’s still a noticeable lack of smartphone manufacturers working with Wear OS, Fossil is still churning out Wear OS watches left and right. The company’s latest smartwatch, the Fossil Sport, is perhaps its most exciting launch in some time — that’s because it’s powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset.

We’ve seen too many smartwatches come to market recently with Qualcomm’s two-year-old Snapdragon Wear 2100. Fossil’s own sub-brands are even guilty of this. But the Sport runs on the new 3100 SoC, which should provide noticeable improvements in battery life and performance.

Fossil says the watch’s 350mAh battery will last upwards of 24 hours on a single charge, and there’s even a new battery saver mode that will supposedly eke out two extra days of battery life.

Under the hood, the Fossil Sport comes with a built-in heart rate sensor, GPS, and NFC for payments with Google Pay. It’s also running the revamped Wear OS that just started rolling out in September.

Finally, you’ll be looking at a 1.2-inch AMOLED display with a 390 x 390 resolution. This is pretty standard for Fossil smartwatches.

Interested? You can buy the Fossil Sport right now from for $255, or from Fossil retail stores beginning Monday, November 12. The watch comes in two sizes — 41 and 43mm — and six different color options.

I think Fossil is offering a pretty compelling package at this price point, especially considering the hardware and newer chipset. We’ll have a review unit inbound sometime soon, but for now, what do you think? 

Fossil Sport watch announced with Wear 3100 and ultra lightweight body

The Sport is available now for $255.

Fossil is one of the biggest supporters of Google’s Wear OS platform, and today, the company announced its latest smartwatch offering as the Fossil Sport.

Fossil’s watches are typically designed with fashion in mind, but the Sport is all about being as functional as can be. Not only is it the lightest watch Fossil’s ever made, but thanks to its aluminum and nylon case, Fossil says that the Fossil Sport is the “lightest smartwatch to date.”

The Sport is available in two case sizes (41mm and 43mm) and is powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor. Announced this September, the Wear 3100’s biggest improvement over 2016’s Wear 2100 is vastly improved battery life. According to Fossil, the Sport will last a full day in full smartwatch mode and then an additional two days in a low-power, time-telling only mode.

Also packed inside the Fossil Sport are a heart-rate sensor, GPS, and NFC for Google Pay support.

The Fossil Sport is available for purchase today with a starting price of $255 at Fossil’s website and will be available in retail stores globally beginning November 12.

See at Fossil

Rome: Total War will charge its way to Android this winter

  • Feral Interactive will release the Android version of Rome: Total War sometime this winter.
  • The original game was first developed by The Creative Assembly for the PC in 2004.
  • Feral ported and released the game for the iPhone and iPad back in 2016.

One of the best historical real-time strategy games of all time is finally making its way to Android devices. Rome: Total War, which was first released by its original developer The Creative Assembly for the PC in 2004, will make its Android debut sometime this winter.

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Feral Interactive, which released the Mac version in 2010 and launched the iOS version of the same game in 2016, will also handle the duties for the Android port as well. Feral has already issued a warning in its press release (via Droid Gamers) that the Android version of Rome: Total War will only be supported on a limited number of devices, but it did not offer specifics. It also did not announce a price for the game, although the iOS version costs $9.99.

Rome: Total War was the third game in the Total War series of historical RTS titles from The Creative Assembly. It has since become one of the most critically acclaimed games in the RTS genre, thanks in part to its huge real-time battles that featured hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of units on screen at once. It combines these RTS conflicts with a turn-based campaign map as you try to take over the ancient Roman Empire.

Feral says the Android version will feature intuitive controls made for touch screens, along with a UI that will allow players to successfully wage their campaigns in ancient Rome.

How to restore your apps and settings to a new Android phone

Whether you’re upgrading to a new device or are resetting your phone, it’s incredibly easy to restore your apps and settings. Google automatically backs up information like contacts, calendar entries, call logs, texts, Do Not Disturb settings, and more to the cloud, allowing you to pick up from where you left off. Here’s how you can restore your apps and settings when moving to a new Android phone.

Products used in this guide

How to enable the Android backup service

Before we get started with restoring data, you have to make sure that the backup service is running on your current phone. Here’s how you can get started:

  1. Open Settings from the home screen or app drawer.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page.
  3. Tap System.

  4. Select Backup.
  5. Ensure the Back up to Google Drive toggle is selected.
  6. You’ll be able to see the data that is being backed up.

Now that you’ve enabled the Android backup service, your system settings and app data will be automatically saved to Drive. When you’re switching to a new phone, you can rely on the service to restore your settings, apps, and associated data.

Note: The menu layout may not look exactly as above on your phone, but any phone running Nougat and above should have an equivalent of Backup & reset.

How to restore apps and settings on a new Android phone

Restoring apps is straightforward, and you’ll be able to do so during initial configuration. If you’re using the Google Now or Pixel Launcher, your home screen background, icon and widget layout, as well as the folder structure, is now saved to the cloud, allowing you to restore your settings to a new handset and retain your home screen layout.

  1. Select the language and hit the Let’s Go button at the welcome screen.
  2. Tap Copy your data to use the restore option.
  3. Connect to a Wi-Fi network to get started.

  4. At the next screen, you’ll see all the restore options available. Select A backup from an Android phone if you have your old phone handy. In this instance, we’ll go with the A backup from the cloud option.
  5. Sign in to your Google account (if you haven’t already, set up two-factor authentication).
  6. Select I agree to Google’s Terms of Service to proceed.

  7. You’ll see a list of backup options. Select the relevant one to restore data.
  8. Hit Restore if you want all the data and settings from your previous device restored.
  9. Hit Apps to choose what apps to install on your new device.

  10. Your data will be restored in the background. In the meantime, you can set up a screen lock and biometric authentication.
  11. Hit Set up screen lock to get started.
  12. Choose a mode of screen unlock and add your fingerprint.

  13. You can set up Google Assistant after you’re done registering your fingerprints.
  14. Select Get Started to use Voice Match.
  15. Train Assistant to recognize your voice and hit Done to finish.

That’s it! Once the initial setup is completed, apps and settings will be restored in the background.

Where does all the app data get stored? Google is backing up the app data to Drive, allocating 25MB for each app. Data used by the backup system doesn’t count toward your storage quota. Meanwhile, developers can choose to select what app data gets stored in the cloud, and you can opt-out of the service at any time through your device settings.

Your privacy

Gathering data and sending it off to a remote server means it’s outside the app sandbox and depends on Google — as well as the people who made your phone — to do the right things. That may not always be the case, as phone manufacturers have a lot of leeway when they make an Android-powered phone. Google’s thoughts on the issue:

Caution: Because the backup transport can differ from device to device, Android cannot guarantee the security of your data while using backup. Be cautious about using backup to store sensitive data, such as usernames and passwords.

Google provides plenty of documentation on how to use the Backup service, so developers have the means to be cautious and do the right thing with sensitive data. Don’t let this scare you away from using the service, but you do need to be aware.

The ability to restore apps and settings is available on all current phones running Android 6.0 and above, although you will encounter a few variations in the initial configuration if you’re using a phone from the likes of Samsung, LG, Huawei, and other manufacturers that use a custom skin.

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Nokia is back

Nokia 7.1

$349 at Amazon

The best that Nokia has to offer in the U.S.

The Nokia 7.1 combines a gorgeous screen with robust hardware and great cameras. It’s available unlocked from Amazon and you can use it on GSM carriers like T-Mobile and AT&T as well as MVNOs like Metro or Cricket Wireless.

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Xiaomi Mi A2

$229 at Amazon

Great hardware at an affordable price.

Xiaomi’s Mi A2 is one of the best options currently available if you’re looking for a phone under $300. With great hardware backed by Android One, the device has plenty to offer. While it’s not officially available in the U.S., you can get a global variant and use it on T-Mobile and AT&T.

Xiaomi said to be rolling out MIUI 10 to another 20 models from today

MIUI 10.

  • Xiaomi is reportedly rolling out MIUI 10 to another 20 smartphones from today.
  • The update list includes many older devices, including the Xiaomi Mi 4 from 2014.
  • It looks like the update may only be available in China for the time being, however.

Xiaomi is reportedly rolling out MIUI 10 to more than 20 additional smartphones from today, bringing its total up to 39. The update had been deployed to the Chinese brand’s most recent handsets on September 10, but Mydrivers and GizMochina report older models are now receiving the update too.

The new software is apparently rolling out over-the-air, but the updates are also available for install via the dedicated download section (you’ll need to be comfortable flashing ROMs if you want to do it manually, though). Note that the global (English language) download portal appears to be behind — many of the devices are still on MIUI 9.0 there — so you might have to wait a bit longer to see the update outside of China.

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The list includes many 2016 handsets as well as the Xiaomi Mi 4 from August 2014; it’s great to see Xiaomi still supporting this with updates more than four years later (even if MIUI 10 isn’t itself based on the latest version of Android, Android 9.0 Pie).

Here’s the full list of the second batch of MIUI 10 devices via the MIUI 10 stable forum page.

Xiaomi Mi Series

  • Mi 4
  • Mi 4C
  • Mi 4S
  • Mi 5s
  • Mi 5s Plus
  • Mi Max
  • Mi Max Prime
  • Mi Max 2

Xiaomi Redmi series

  • Redmi 4
  • Redmi 4 Prime
  • Redmi 4A
  • Redmi 4X
  • Redmi 5A
  • Redmi 5 Plus
  • Redmi Pro

Xiaomi Redmi Note series

  • Redmi Note 3
  • Redmi Note 4
  • Redmi Note 4X
  • Redmi Note 4X MediaTek variant
  • Redmi Note 4X Qualcomm variant
  • Redmi Note 5A
  • Redmi Note 5A Prime

Xiaomi’s MIUI 10 skin introduces improvements like portrait mode (for single camera devices), a revamped recents menu, nature-inspired notifications, and more. Look out for it hitting your Xiaomi smartphone soon.

OnePlus 6T review: Fundamentally great

The OnePlus 6 is one of my favorite Android phones ever. The hardware is simple and streamlined, providing a blank slate for its incredible software. The OnePlus 6 nails the fundamentals first, before adding complexity to the system.

The OnePlus 6T is largely the same, with a few key differences. The changes the 6T makes are few and far between, but its improvements are big ones — as is its one new downside.

It’s impossible to review the OnePlus 6T without consistently comparing it to the OnePlus 6. While this review will focus on what’s new with OnePlus’ new flagship, it will also compare it to the last device, which is less than six months old.

Read our full OnePlus 6T review to find out more.

OnePlus 6T review notes: I’ve been using the OnePlus 6T on Project Fi’s network in the U.S. and Canada for 11 days. Our OnePlus 6T is running Android 9.0 Pie and OxygenOS version 9.0.4 on the October 2018 security patch. We’ll refrain from adding review scores until we can put the device through our full suite of tests.

The OnePlus 6T review unit was provided to Android Authority by OnePlus.

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OnePlus 6T review: Design

I’ll be upfront: I like the design of the OnePlus 6 a bit more than the OnePlus 6T. While there isn’t a huge differential between the two, it’s the small things that give the OnePlus 6 the edge for me. The 6T is a bit thicker, with a more defined curve to pack a bigger battery. OnePlus says users will enjoy the curve in their hand more than the flat design of the OnePlus 6. Personally, I’m not one of those people, but the 400mAh of extra battery capacity makes this design change just about worth it.

The display of the OnePlus 6T has a slightly smaller bottom bezel than the OnePlus 6, but honestly, the delta is hardly noticeable. The biggest physical change seen on the front of this device is the new teardrop-style notch.

OnePlus 6T vs OnePlus 6

While the OnePlus 6’s notch was quite small in its own right, the 6T reduces the notch even further, resulting in an obstruction hardly larger than the single front-facing camera. OnePlus managed to shift the earpiece into the frame of the device, allowing for a noticeably reduced notch. I didn’t think this would make that big of a difference, but it was definitely noticeable while watching fullscreen content.

Related: Best OnePlus 6T cases and accessories

On the bottom of the device you’ll find a USB Type-C port and two speaker grills. Sadly only one of the grills is real. I really would have loved to see stereo speakers on this device, and the fake speaker grill seems like a pretty major waste of space. I suppose we’ll have to hope for one in the OnePlus 7.

I don’t buy OnePlus’ reasoning for removing the headphone jack.

OnePlus has also removed the headphone jack, apparently to increase battery capacity and make the sound chamber bigger. I don’t really buy this reasoning. I understand we now live in a world where the headphone jack is as good as dead in mobile devices, but it’s frustrating having one less company keeping it alive.

OnePlus 6T screen outside

OnePlus 6T review: Display

The OnePlus 6T sports a 6.41-inch optic AMOLED display with a resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 and a pixel density of 402ppi. If you’re worried that 1080p isn’t good enough, don’t. You probably won’t notice the difference between 1080p and 1440p unless you’re watching content specifically tailored for that resolution, and almost all mobile content looks great in 1080p.

The phone also offers a variety of different screen calibration modes upon setup, including system default, sRGB, DCI-P3, Adaptive mode, and a user-defined custom calibration profile. I left it on default, but you can always toggle these modes on and off if you want to try a different setting.

The display of the OnePlus 6T is also technically brighter than the OnePlus 6, but again the delta is hardly noticeable. The screen looks good in nearly all situations, and it doesn’t have much trouble in direct sunlight. OnePlus also offers extra features like reading modes to help you use the screen more comfortably in the evening and before bed.

OnePlus 6T cameras and back

OnePlus 6T review: Performance

OnePlus’ phones are all about being fast and smooth, and the 6T delivers on this promise. OxygenOS has been one of the most lightweight versions of Android for a while now, offering a few extra features and optimizations to make OnePlus’ phones feel fast. I never saw any significant frame drops during my time with the device, and things like Gaming Mode help give an extra boost of performance when you need it.

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In benchmarks, the OnePlus 6T performs admirably, even beating out the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in our testing.

We put the 6T through Geekbench 4, AnTuTu, and 3DMark benchmark tests. You can see the results below.

OnePlus 6T Benchmark
OnePlus 6T Benchmark
OnePlus 6T Benchmark

Geekbench 4 gave the OnePlus 6T a single-core score of 2,368. In comparison, the OnePlus 6 scored 2,454, and the Galaxy S9 scored 2,144. The OnePlus 6T achieved a multi-core score of 8,843, while the OnePlus 6 scored 8,967, and the Galaxy S9 scored 8,116.

OnePlus 6T Benchmark
OnePlus 6T Benchmark
OnePlus 6T Benchmark

The OnePlus 6T scored 4,697 in 3DMark, while the OnePlus 6 and Galaxy S9 scored 4,680 and 4,672, respectively.

OnePlus 6T Benchmark
OnePlus 6T Benchmark
OnePlus 6T Benchmark

Finally, the OnePlus 6T scored 292,266 in AnTuTu, compared to the OnePlus 6’s 262,614 and the S9’s 266,559.

OnePlus 6T back outside

OnePlus 6T review: Hardware

OnePlus doesn’t skimp on hardware. The 6T runs the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 as the last generation, with 6 or 8GB of RAM and 128 or 256GB of storage to boot. It’s interesting that the company would maintain the same core specifications as the OnePlus 6, but it improved on a few other departments instead to keep the device worth buying.

You’re trading a headphone jack and some thickness for more battery, an in-screen fingerprint reader, and a smaller notch.

OnePlus bumped the battery capacity in the OnePlus 6T from 3,300 to 3,700mAh, which it says should increase battery life by about 20 percent. Technically this is only a 12 percent capacity increase, but software improvements in RAM management help boost the 6T’s total screen-on time.

I frequently got around eight hours of screen-on time, some of the best battery life I’ve ever had in a smartphone. 

OnePlus 6T Battery Life
OnePlus 6T Battery Life

This is some of the best battery life I have ever had in an Android phone,  and the OnePlus 6T doesn’t even have a monster battery like the 4,000mAh Razer Phone 2 or 4,200mAh Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Software adjustments aiding in RAM management are being pushed to the OnePlus 6 as well, so its battery live should improve too.

OnePlus 6T fingerprint reader

Probably the most highly marketed addition to the OnePlus 6T is the in-screen fingerprint reader. This optical reader shoots light up at your finger to read your print. It completely replaces the fingerprint reader on the rear of the device and works for logging into secure apps, as well as unlocking the device.

Unfortunately, this scanner is often rather slow and sometimes inaccurate, though it’s definitely much better than first-generation readers in phones like the Huawei Mate RS. The technology still seems to need another generation to mature before it is as seamless as traditional fingerprint readers. OnePlus says this should get better over time, learning your fingerprint as you use it. I haven’t found this to be the case during my 11 days with the device, but I hope the success rate gets better after a few software updates.

Related: Best Bluetooth headphones for your headphone jack-less OnePlus 6T

As mentioned before, the OnePlus 6T jettisons the headphone jack, replacing it with a fake speaker grill. This move doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, but OnePlus said it needed that space for a bigger battery and larger sound chamber. OnePlus also said it had been planning this move for a while and thought now was the right time. User polls would strongly suggest against that, but it is what it is.

OnePlus 6T camera app

OnePlus 6T review: Camera

The OnePlus 6T has two cameras on the rear — one 16MP main shooter with a f/1.7 aperture and OIS, and a secondary 20MP shooter primarily used for depth sensing. The front-facing camera is 16MP.

OnePlus hasn’t actually updated the camera hardware in the OnePlus 6T, but it made some adjustments to its processing and portrait algorithms, as well as adding a new Night Mode setting. The OnePlus 6’s camera wasn’t exactly bad, but it seemed a bit desaturated and soft compared to its competitors. This remains true here, though I definitely noticed better color and sharpness in better lit scenarios.

OnePlus 6T Sample Photo

While photos are definitely flatter than other mobile cameras on the market, I personally prefer this kind of processing to overly punchy, highly saturated sensors. Sharpness is good but not overdone like many mobile cameras right now.

The 6T struggles pretty badly in dimly lit scenarios. To reduce noise, the sensor will add a lot of smoothing, which makes images pretty muddy. To get around this, OnePlus has added a new “Night” mode, which takes a long exposure to increase sharpness and dynamic range. If you were hoping this mode would magically turn night into day like Night Sight on the Pixel, you will be sorely disappointed. This mode definitely aids in sharpness a little bit, but it’s hardly noticeable.

OnePlus gloated about this feature quite a bit, mentioning how its two-second exposure was much shorter than most other night modes on the market. While this is technically true, it takes about four or five seconds to fully process, which is still pretty long.

OnePlus 6T selfie
OnePlus 6T selfie

The front-facing camera on the OnePlus 6T is a bit soft. In both standard mode and portrait mode it tends to smooth out skin. This could look good in some circumstances, but here it just looks artificial. It’s also even more desaturated than the rear camera and tends to wash faces out.

OnePlus 6T Portrait Mode
OnePlus 6T Portrait mode

Portrait mode, on the other hand, is quite good. Cutouts are generally solid, though accuracy can be hit or miss at times. In the examples above, you can see how the camera had trouble with the subject’s ears when photographed against a similarly-colored wall. Even so, I’m happy with the sharpness in this mode.

Specialized portrait modes are coming, but have not yet materialized, so we’ll have to wait and see how well they work.

OnePlus 6T night mode
OnePlus 6T night mode

Finally, we get to night mode, which OnePlus designed to help with dynamic range and sharpness in dimly-lit scenes. This definitely seems to be the case, and it is actually quite good at preserving highlights. The mode will also give you more detail where night scenes would generally be a bit smudgy, which is nice to see. This is effectively the same result as Google’s HDR+ mode which takes almost no time to process though, so I really think they should just add this processing into the default auto mode.

Check out our full gallery below to see a wide variety of samples from our review period, or you can pixel peep them in full resolution here!

OnePlus 6T screen outside

OnePlus 6T review: Software

OxygenOS is my favorite skin of Android ever. It hasn’t changed much since the OnePlus 6, but I don’t really care. The 6T launches with Android 9.0 Pie, with some updated navigation gestures to make the phone a bit easier to use, and some background optimizations.

The first improvement is something called Smart Boost, which takes advantage of the extra RAM OnePlus  crammed into the device to store key app data in memory, allowing them to open between five and 20 percent faster. Because two of the three models OnePlus offers have 8GB of RAM, there is plenty of extra memory to be had. Even the 6GB model likely handles this fine.

OxygenOS is my favorite skin of Android ever.

Smart Boost works on apps selected by OnePlus — primarily a selection of gaming apps, though more optimized apps are planned for the future. It would be nice to see some kind of system-wide or user-selected app data storage, but that probably won’t happen. Either way, it’s a clever way to utilize unused hardware.

OnePlus has also updated its Gaming Mode by allowing for transparent floating message notifications. Gaming Mode has traditionally blocked all incoming notifications and messages to allow for a distraction-free experience, but OnePlus now allows for more customization around what gets through.

Besides those changes, there isn’t a lot new here. Android Pie offers updates too numerous to explain in this review, so we suggest you head over to our dedicated Android 9.0 Pie review to see what all the fuss is about.

All of these software tweaks and improvements will be coming to the OnePlus 6 as well.

OnePlus 6T specs

  OnePlus 6T
Display 6.41-inch AMOLED
2,340 x 1,080 resolution
19.5:9 screen ratio
Corning Gorilla Glass 6
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Octa-core, 10nm, up to 2.8GHz
GPU Adreno 630
Storage 128GB/256GB
UFS 2.1 2-LANE
Cameras Rear cameras
Main: 16MP, f/1.7 aperture
Secondary: 20MP, f/1.7 aperture
Video: 4K resolution video at 30/60fps

Front cameras
Main: 16MP, f/2.0 aperture
EIS: Yes
Video: 1080P video at 30fps

Audio USB 2.0 Type-C
No headphone jack
Bottom-facing speaker
Dirac HD Sound
Dirac Power Sound
Battery 3,700mAh battery
Fast Charge (5V 4A)
IP rating N/A
Sensors In-screen fingerprint sensor
Ambient light sensor
Electronic compass
Sensor hub
Network LTE: Supports 5xCA, 64QAM, 256QAM & 4×4 MIMO,
up to DL CAT16 (1Gbps)/UL CAT13 (150 Mbps) depending on carrier support

NA/EU: FDD LTE: Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/25/26/28/29/30/32/66/71
TDD LTE: Band 34/38/39/40/41/46
TD-SCDMA: Band 34/39
UMTS(WCDMA): Band 1/2/4/5/8/9/19
CDMA: BC0/BC1GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

CN/IN: FDD LTE: Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/1213/17/18/19/20/25/26/28/29/66
TDD LTE: Band 34/38/39/40/41
TD-SCDMA: Band 34/39
UMTS(WCDMA): Band 1/2/4/5/8/9/19
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

Connectivity Wi-Fi: 2×2 MIMO, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4G/5G
Bluetooth 5.0, support aptX & aptX HD
GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galile
SIM Dual nano-SIM slot (single on T-Mobile model)
Software OxygenOS based on Android 9 Pie
Colors Mirror Black, Midnight Black
In-box USB Type-C to 3.5mm adapter
Screen protector (pre-applied)
Translucent phone Case
OnePlus Fast Charge Type-C cable
OnePlus Fast Charge power adapter
SIM tray ejector
Quick start guide
Safety information

OnePlus 6T podcast!

OnePlus 6T price and availability

The OnePlus 6T is available now from and T-Mobile in the United States. This is actually the biggest news of the entire launch, as this is the first time a OnePlus device has been widely available in the United States through a carrier.

You can walk into any of the 5,600 T-Mobile stores throughout the United States and buy the device today, though it will only be available in the 8GB and 128GB model for $579. Keep in mind the T-Mobile variant is a different SKU, meaning you’ll likely get software updates a bit slower than if you bought the device directly from OnePlus.

Check out our dedicated article here to see the differences between the unlocked and T-Mobile models.

The pricing of the OnePlus 6 is as follows:

  • 6GB RAM /128GB Storage— $549
  • 8GB RAM /128GB Storage— $579
  • 8GB RAM/256GB Storage — $629

Global pricing and availability can be found right here.

OnePlus 6T screen on windowsill

OnePlus 6T review: Final thoughts

Starting at $549, OnePlus’ latest flagship is still one of the best deals you can get on a smartphone right now. No other manufacturer has perfected the marriage of hardware and software quite as well as OnePlus, and even Google is still having issues optimizing its vision of Android for its hardware.

It’s impossible to review the OnePlus 6T without comparing it to the OnePlus 6. The two devices are so similar, there is no way I can recommend upgrading to the OnePlus 6T if you already own a OnePlus 6. Both phones have almost the exact same specifications, save the battery and in-screen fingerprint reader. The 6 will even get all the software improvements in the 6T.

If you’re on something like a 5T or older, very few devices offer the speed and power of the OnePlus 6T for under $600. This phone is even more of a steal if you take advantage of T-Mobile’s trade-in deal to get the 8GB and 128GB model for just $279. That’s basically robbery for a device of this quality.

As usual, you won’t be disappointed with OnePlus’ new phone. It doesn’t have specialized features like an S Pen or a 40MP camera, but it nails the fundamentals to a higher degree than nearly any other device in the Android ecosystem. If you’re looking for the best value on a U.S. carrier right now, the OnePlus 6T is it.

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Best of Android: Reader’s Choice voting begins

Editor’s note: skip down the page if you’re looking for the next matchup, and to enter the giveaway!

Hello Android Authority readers!

It’s my pleasure to announce that while we’re finishing up testing for our annual Best of Android series, we’re going to be launching a Reader’s Choice award. We need YOU to decide which 2018 phones are the best, crowning one handset to reign supreme. An internal poll decided the seeding order, and all matchups were determined using a 24-unit bracket. This means that the most popular phones here got a first-round bye, but any phone has a chance to unseat these mobile devices head-to-head. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to cast your votes, and to enter our giveaway — the more you vote on our matchups, the more chances you get to win one of three winning phones!

A graphic showing the bracket competition for Android Authority's Reader's Choice award.

24 phones enter, one remains after a month of head-to-head competition.

Every day, we’re going to be updating our Best of Android scoreboard with the winners from the previous day’s polling. Check back here every day for a new head-to-head matchup, and to see how badly your phone beat the competition!

Once a final winner is determined, it’ll earn the coveted Android Authority Reader’s Choice Award. While we can’t guarantee that this is going to be the best smartphone of all time, the bracket competition is a fun way to blow off some steam and do what we came to Android Authority to do in the first place: argue about phones.

Vote on our social channels, too!

Matchup #1 results: OnePlus 6T defeats RED Hydrogen One

The readers spoke loud and clear: the RED Hydrogen One crosses the rainbow bridge, and the OnePlus 6T continues on. We’re still collating the poll results for a final tally, but it wasn’t close. The moonshot Hydrogen One never really made it off the ground, as it got drubbed by the OnePlus 6T by a ratio of nine to one.

As a side note, I’ve been pleased with how civil the comments have been, so keep it up! This is a lot of fun, and I’m proud of our readers.

Matchup #2: Nokia 8 Sirocco vs. Vivo Nex

Next up is a more interesting battle between the Nokia 8 Sirocco and Vivo Nex. While not everyone has each of these phones available to them, each has their own curiosities to offer. The Vivo Nex has a mesmerizing mechanically-hidden front camera and an ample specsheet, while the Nokia 8 Sirocco offers the Android One experience in a more premium phone — though its last-gen hardware might not excite you.

Why you should vote for the Nokia 8 Sirocco:

Nokia 8 Sirocco review

The Nokia 8 Sirocco is a reliably solid performer with excellent battery life… HMD Global placed confident bets on solid hardware choices that work well but that maybe won’t attract those who pick up smartphones purely based on specs sheet.

—Abishek Baxi

Why you should vote for the Vivo Nex:

Rather than post a quote from my colleagues, I think I’ll let this video speak for itself:

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What can I do with the temperature sensor in the 2018 Amazon Echo Plus?

Best answer: As of November 2018, nothing more than tell the temperature of the room it’s in. But that means it can be included in routines, and Amazon has developer functionality in place, which should prove to be useful for smart thermostat manufacturers and more in the near future.

Amazon: Amazon Echo Plus (2018) ($150)

If you build it, they will come

The second-generation Echo Plus includes a temperature sensor that can collect the ambient room temperature where your Echo Plus is located. Right now, you can find this sensor listed in the Alexa app and if you build a group that includes it, Alexa will tell you the temperature if you ask. This isn’t the most useful thing most of us can imagine, but it’s also only the beginning.

Having a reliable way to measure temperatures in a dedicated place means advanced users can build routines based around the readings. A complex series of simple routines that can adjust a Nest Thermostat, for example, based on the temperature readings could be built and the Echo Plus could replicate the features of a remote sensor. For most of us, building 20 or more routines to adjust a thermostat when specific temperatures are reached (remember, if you turn a thing on, you have to tell it when to turn off and vice-versa) isn’t very practical, but when you think about something like a smart plug controlling a fan, it gets a lot less complicated: on when it gets above a certain temp, off when it gets below a certain temp.

The exciting part is Amazon’s developer documentation and interface for the temperature sensor is already in place. This means that it can be used directly in an Alexa Skill for any device that would benefit from having it. Things become much more useful when the Nest Skill or the Ecobee Skill can use an Echo Plus as a stand-alone room sensor. All the single digit adjustments you need to make to include the temperature sensor in a series of routines can be done away with and you could simply tell your Ecobee 4 to use your Echo Plus as the current room temperature.

We’re looking forward to seeing companies leverage this unique hardware feature of the Echo Plus and will be sure to share any news and help get you up and running when it happens.

Our pick

Amazon Echo Plus (2018)

$150 at Amazon

An Echo with extras

The 2018 Echo plus not only brings Alexa and all her usefulness to a valid stand-alone smart hub. The addition of a temperature sensor means we could see integration with smart thermostats in the near future.

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K review

Nearly everything you’d want in a low-cost streaming stick with all the bells and whistles.

Don’t overthink this latest version of the venerable Amazon Fire TV Stick. As the name implies, it now supports 4K resolution. That’s a big deal. It’s also the first Amazon Fire TV device to support the Dolby Vision standard for HDR content, in addition to HDR 10. That’s also a big deal. (And it still supports Dolby Atmos for audio.)

And Amazon finally has released a new remote control — with buttons for volume and power control — which had been sorely needed.

And it does all this in a device that tops out at $49, when not on sale.

Streaming TV

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

Better features, better remote, great price.

The new Fire TV Stick 4K adds Dolby Vision and a remote with proper volume and power controls to an already great Fire TV experience.

$49 at Amazon

The Good

  • Same great Fire TV experience
  • Support for 4K, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos
  • Great price
  • Improved remote control

The Bad

  • Some apps still struggle

The best stick you can buy?

Fire TV Stick 4K What I like

If you’ve ever used an Amazon Fire TV device, you know what to expect here. The Fire TV Stick 4K is the exact same on-screen experience you get from the Fire TV Cube, or from 2017’s Fire TV 4K pendant, which this stick replaces.

Not to dismiss what’s going on here, but from an end-user standpoint this Fire TV Stick 4K is a pretty simple iteration. It’s support for 4K resolution and adds Dolby Vision alongside HDR 10. It still does Dolby Atmos for audio, though Atmos-laden content (through Amazon, anyway) still remains pretty limited.

Dolby Vision and a new remote are what truly make this a great $49 buy.

Dolby Vision is a decently big deal. It’s the better of the two HDR standards (HDR 10 is open-source, for what that’s worth), and you want your streaming device to support it. (If you don’t yet have an HDR-capable TV, Dolby Vision is a feature you’ll want to look for when it comes time to buy.)

So there’s that.

But then there’s the issue of the remote control. When the Amazon Fire TV Cube was announced, I lamented the fact that despite having Amazon Alexa built in and accessible via a series of microphones, it still shipped with the same crappy remote control that lacked volume buttons or a proper power button. And my review confirmed that using your voice to control your TV is still a terrible way to control your TV.

Now we have a new remote control. It’s got volume buttons. It’s got a power button. And it’s the remote control that Amazon should have released years ago. There’s a little extra setup at the beginning, just to make sure the remote works with your television. That takes about 10 seconds, though, and is entirely normal. Amazon still has a great setup workflow.

(By the way, you can order one separately for $29 for use with a second-generation Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Cube, or the 2017 Fire TV 4K pendant.)

So, yeah. A couple of great iterations there.

And don’t forget about the price. The Fire TV Stick 4K retails for just $49, and for sure we’ll see it on sale for Black Friday at around $39.

There’s really no reason to not buy this thing, right?

The new Amazon Fire TV Voice Remote, with its proper volume and power buttons.

OK, here are a couple reasons

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K What I don’t like

There’s not actually anything I don’t like about the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K. It’s a simple product.

I could complain about the lack of an Ethernet port for hardwiring into my router, but I knew it didn’t have one when I bought it. (And you can always use Amazon’s $14 Ethernet adapter if you need to.)

I could complain about some streaming apps still being pretty slow — looking at you, DirecTV Now — but that’s not entirely Amazon’s fault, either, and certainly it’s not the fault of this product.

Or I could complain that YouTube TV (my current go-to for live TV) isn’t available on the Fire TV Stick 4K. But it’s also not available on any other Fire TV device, because Google and Amazon are still in a stupid war with each other. That’s also not the product’s fault.

From the standpoint of an end-user, it’s the exact same experience as before, only with better features, and a better remote. Full stop.

The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K includes an HDMI dongle, which you might well need to use.

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

Should you buy one? Yes

4.5 out of 5

If you were to stop me on the street and ask which Amazon Fire TV device to buy, I’d say this one. The Fire TV Stick 4K.

In fact, you don’t have to stop me on the street. Just read this. You can get a Fire TV Stick 4K and bundle it with a new Amazon Echo Dot and have all the hands-free fun you want, for a full $40 less than a Fire TV Cube.

If you don’t need a 4K-capable Fire TV device — I’d still recommend this one. Because one day you may have a 4K TV and want to use this. Better to spend an extra $10 today than an extra $49 to upgrade again later, right?

It’s got all the features you want. It’s got a better remote. So long as you don’t rely on YouTube TV (or YouTube proper, for that matter), you’ll have everything you need, at a great price.

$49 at Amazon

Samsung talking Android Pie beta this week, may launch same day

Samsung Galaxy S9 Sunrise Gold (3 of 9)

  • Samsung has confirmed it will reveal its Android Pie beta software at its developer conference this week.
  • The company is likely to launch the beta program for Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus users shortly after.

Samsung has added the Android Pie beta program to its list of talking points at this week’s Samsung Developer Conference 2018 event. The new event on the calendar, spotted by SamMobile in the conference app, suggests the company may also launch the beta in the coming days.

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Samsung said those attending the event would be able to “explore the new Galaxy UX” through the beta, but little else was mentioned about it. If the software is usable or presentable at the show, presumably it’s in a decent shape. We had expected Samsung to launch the beta sometime soon, so it seems likely it will use the event as a platform to do so.

The beta will likely be available for the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, giving select users a chance to test the new software before its official rollout (probably sometime in the new year). In the U.S., this may only apply to Snapdragon models with specific carriers.

Samsung Developers conference app screenshot. Sam Mobile

We don’t know exactly what the new software (Samsung Experience 10) will deliver in terms of features, but we have encountered some leaked screenshots which have offered some clues as to the design changes (like an abundance of headers and bubbles).

Meanwhile, Samsung has also said it will show off how its upcoming folding phone works at the conference.

The Samsung Developer Conference 2018 begins tomorrow and runs until this Thursday. We’ll be bringing you all the announcements as they happen.