Deal: Last day to get 12 months of Hulu for just 99 cents a month! (Deal extended)

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Update #2, November 27 at 9:06 a.m. ET: Hulu has extended the promotion a bit longer. You can now sign up for 12 months of Hulu for $0.99 a month until today, November 27 at 10 a.m. PT/12 p.m. Central. Sign up at the link below!


Original article, November 23 at 11:11 a.m. ET: Hulu is one of the best premium streaming video services there is, and during the Black Friday holiday shopping weekend, the price to sign up for Hulu may never be cheaper. From now through Monday, November 26, you can get 12 months of Hulu for just 99 cents per month.

No, that’s not a typo. You can get a full year of Hulu for less than you would normally pay for the service in two months. Once more, this offer is not just for new subscribers. If you have signed up for Hulu in the past, but have not used it in 12 months or more, you can take advantage of this 99 cents per month deal as well. Keep in mind that this offer is for the Hulu “Limited Commercials” plan and also includes ads in TV episodes and films. After 12 months, people who get this offer will go back to the normal $7.99 a month price plan, although you can cancel the subscription before that date arrives.

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Hulu allows you to access thousands of TV shows and movies. While their range of movies is not quite as extensive as you might find on Netflix, Hulu does offer access to tons of classic and current TV shows. Indeed, many shows post their latest episodes on Hulu the day after they are shown on their network. In addition, Hulu is expanding its original TV shows with hits like the Emmy-award winning drama The Handmaid’s Tale, along with recent hits like Marvel’s Runaways, Castle Rock, and The First. More exclusive new shows and movies are coming to Hulu in the next 12 months, including a revival of the cult series Veronica Mars.

You have until 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on Nov. 26 (2:59 a.m. Eastern time on Nov. 27) to get this special Hulu deal. 12 months for less than $12 sounds like an offer most people wouldn’t refuse. Will you be signing up for this promotion.

Nokia 7.1 now receiving Android Pie says HMD Global

Nokia 7.1 back glass on window

  • HMD Global is rolling out Android Pie to the Nokia 7.1.
  • The rollout won’t land in all regions simultaneously and may take some weeks to complete.

HMD Global Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas has announced the Android Pie rollout to the Nokia 7.1. Sarvikas mentioned the rollout in a tweet from his personal Twitter account earlier today.

The tweet was accompanied by a short video, though it only gave us a single image of the new software to look at. Sarvikas followed up on this to note that, as always, the rollout would occur in stages; some markets may take longer to receive it than others.

Android Pie introduces gesture controls (you can see the new pill-shaped icon at the bottom of the handset in the video), Adaptive Brightness and Adaptive Battery modes, and more. You can read more about it in our full Android 9.0 review.

Sarvikas didn’t deliver any other details about the specific Nokia 7.1 update, but did respond to one comment regarding HMD’s 2017 lineup to say the update would be rolled out “as fast as possible.”

Check your Nokia 7.1’s update page from today to see if it’s ready to receive the upgrade.

Best of Android 2018: The best innovations

A decade into the smartphone revolution, innovation seems to have slowed to a crawl. In 2018, we saw smartphones converge in appearance, performance, and features. So many products from competing OEMs this year look and feel almost the same.

Smartphones have hit the “Plateau of Productivity,” the final stage of the hype cycle, when incremental refinement replaces the wild growth of early days. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Just look at our Best of Android 2018 results: there’s no runaway winner, but you won’t find any truly bad product on the list either.

Mature technology is a boon to the average consumer, but hardly exciting for us technology lovers. Fortunately, 2018 has not been devoid of meaningful innovation.

How we picked the winners

Our Best of Android awards stand out through their heavy focus on stringent testing and measurable performance, but you can’t really measure, weigh, or dissect innovation. That’s why we turned to good-old-fashioned human intuition and polled our resident team of over 30 Android experts for the best smartphone innovations of 2018.

In phase one, we asked everyone to nominate the most innovative new technologies and features of 2018. In phase two, we voted for the top contenders. Here are the best smartphone innovations of the year, according to the Android Authority team.

1) Google: Duplex

Google Duplex was the absolute highlight of Google I/O 2018 and for good reason. Duplex encompasses two mind-blowing technological achievements. First, it synthesizes a convincingly human-sounding voice on the fly, complete with natural intonation, cadence, and even those “ums” and “ahs” we all tend to use. Then, it picks up and “understands” natural language in real time, and can even deal with heavy accents, background noise, and less than clear human interlocutors. It’s downright amazing and more than a little creepy.

Google Duplex is still a ways off from passing a Turing test, but it’s definitely heading there. For now, it can handle simple tasks like booking a table at your favorite Chinese place, but it’s easy to envision it taking over more complex tasks in the near future.

Duplex is not a fancy proof of concept, it’s already out in the real world. Earlier this month, Google started rolling it out to Pixel users, giving them their very own robotic assistant. It’s limited and imperfect – it only works as intended about 80 percent of the time and it doesn’t work at all with some restaurants. But the core of the technology, the human-like interaction, is just as good as the demo we were shown on stage at Google I/O. Google is also deploying a Duplex-like spam-screening feature to the Android phone app, promising to finally rid us of pesky telemarketers.

Duplex is the biggest innovation of the year and potentially the decade

Duplex-enabled applications will help us in our daily lives in ways that have been completely inaccessible until now, thanks to their ability to speak to humans, just like humans. For this reason, Duplex is the biggest innovation of the year and potentially the decade.

2) Royole and Samsung: Foldable devices

Samsung Foldable Phone

For years, Samsung’s lead in the foldable device race has gone unquestioned. We all assumed the Korean giant would be the first to release a folding device, but tiny Chinese startup Royole beat it to the punch.

Royole’s FlexPai may lack refinement, but the 7.8-inch tablet-phone hybrid is still the first foldable device consumers can actually order. Royole definitely still has wrinkles to iron out before the FlexPai is ready for the mass market. Nevertheless, if the device ships by the end of the year, as Royole promised, it will be the first foldable on the market.

Royole can claim the bragging rights of being first to market, but for all intents and purposes, Samsung will make foldable devices mainstream. A few days after Royole revealed the FlexPai, Samsung showed its own foldable prototype, and from the few seconds we got to see it, we can already tell it’s more advanced and refined. Crucially, Samsung is also working on adapting Android for the new form factor.

Foldable display technology is a real game-changer, at a time when we’re in dire need of hardware innovation

Huawei, LG, and other manufacturers are also working on foldable devices. We only got a glimpse of it in 2018, but foldable display technology could be a real game-changer at a time when we’re in dire need of hardware innovation.

3) Vivo: In-display fingerprint readers

In just one year, in-display fingerprint sensors went from proof of concept to a genuinely useful feature available on multiple mass-market devices. Vivo launched the first smartphone with a fingerprint reader in its screen, the X20 Plus UD, and followed it up with the X21 UD, Vivo Nex and even mid-rangers like the Vivo V11 Pro. Huawei, Oppo, Meizu, Xiaomi, and OnePlus followed suit, but Vivo remains the biggest proponent of the technology.

Some have dismissed in-display sensors as a party trick or change for the sake of change, but the tech has tangible benefits. It frees up space and it’s more intuitive and easier to use than rear-mounted sensors.

Current sensors are just the first step to the ultimate goal, which is to embed fingerprint detection in the entire screen

Currently, in-display sensors are less reliable than conventional ones, but that will likely change over time. Current sensors are just the first step to the ultimate goal — to embed fingerprint detection in the entire screen. Once that happens, authentication will become seamless and continuous, dramatically improving the security of our most personal devices.

Expect in-display fingerprint sensors to take off in 2019, as Samsung adopts the technology on the Galaxy S10.

That’s a wrap, folks! From where we’re standing, Duplex, flexible displays, and in-display fingerprint readers are the most important and exciting innovations of 2018. Let us know what you think in the comments below.


The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is the best Android smartphone of 2018. Read more about the Best of Android winner here and make sure to check out the How We Test page for the nitty gritty. Other results:

The final Best of Android award is the Reader’s Choice, decided by you, our valued readers. Make sure to vote throughout the bracket for your favorite devices – the big winner will be announced on November 27.

Deal: Outfit your smart home with these Cyber Monday Amazon deals

Amazon smart lighting offer Amazon

Black Friday may be over with for another year but that doesn’t mean the sales have stopped. Today we’re bringing you offers for Cyber Monday, and they’re only just getting started.

We’ve already gathered a bunch of deals for you to check out (see the previous link), but if you’re looking specifically for smart home offers, you’ve come to the right place. Amazon has reduced the price on a number of goods from smart lights, to locks, to thermostats, and more. Here’s a look at some of the specials you’ll find in the store at the moment.

More deals are sure to pop up throughout the day as others disappear — and we’ll do our best to stay on top of them. Let us know what great deals you find today in the comments and check out our dedicated Cyber Monday hub for a look at the best offers we’ve seen so far.

The best Amazon Black Friday deals under $100

Best Amazon Black Friday deals under $100

Who cares about Black Friday if you don’t have much cash to spend in the first place, right? After all, a cut-price 4K TV means nothing if you can’t afford it.

With that in mind, we’ve hunted around for the best Amazon Black Friday deals under $100 that are worth checking out. Whether you’re short on cash or just don’t want to spend much money on a gift, we’ve got you covered!


Fitbit Alta HR (was $149.95, now $79.95)

Fitbit Alta HR Black Friday deals

The Fitbit gadget offers heart-rate monitoring, sleep tracking, and your standard fitness tracking functionality, as you’d expect. Other noteworthy features include seven-day battery life, notification support, movement reminders, and water-resistance. Check out our Fitbit Alta HR review for more details!


Fire TV Stick 4K and Echo Dot (was $99.98, now $58.99)

Amazon Echo Dot, Fire TV Stick 4K Black Friday deals

Who says you can’t get two decent gadgets for under $100? The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is a cheap way to enable ultra HD video streaming on your TV or monitor, supporting YouTube, Netflix, Prime Video, and Hulu. Meanwhile, the third-gen Echo Dot can be paired with the Fire TV Stick 4K, allowing you to control the streaming stick with your voice.


Amazon Echo Spot (was $129.99, now $89.99)

Amazon Echo Spot Black Friday deals

The Echo Spot is essentially the Echo Dot with a 2.5-inch screen, allowing you to watch the news, see song lyrics, conduct video calls, and manage your calendar. This is, of course, in addition to the standard voice commands and the thousands of Alexa skills.


Philips Hue Starter Kit (was $149.99, now $79.99)

Philips Hue Starter Kit Black Friday deals

Smart lights are a good start if you’re thinking about turning your place into a smart home. Thankfully, this Philips Hue Starter Kit has seen a sizeable discount this week. The Starter Kit includes two smart lightbulbs as well as the essential Smart Bridge to get you up and running.


Wemo Smart Plug three pack (was $99.99, now $69.99)

Wemo smart plug Black Friday deal

Smart plugs are another sure-fire way to make your home, well… smarter. These plugs can either be controlled via Alexa and Google Assistant, or via the Wemo app. In a cool touch, the plugs are also compatible with Apple’s HomeKit and Google’s Nest.


Samsung 860 EVO 500GB SSD (was $109.99, now $72.99)

Samsung SSD Black Friday deals

Need a solid state drive for the laptop or gaming console? You can do worse for the cash than the 500GB Samsung 860 EVO. The 2.5-inch drive comes with a five year warranty and has a maximum sequential read speed of 550MB per second.


Dual Shock 4 controller (was $59.99, now $38.99)

Sony PS4 Dual Shock 4 controller Black Friday deals PlayStation

Console controllers can be super expensive, so we’re glad to see Amazon slash the price of the PS4’s Dual Shock controller. The official PS4 controller can also be used on PC, so you won’t have to buy a dedicated gamepad for the Windows machine.


Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (was $119.99, now $79.99)

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Black Friday deals

The Kindle Paperwhite e-reader has also seen a hefty price cut this week, although it’s worth noting that this is the previous generation model. You should also know that this particular variant comes with ads on the lockscreen and at the bottom of the homescreen when not in use.


Blink XT 1 home security camera (was $129.99, now $78.99)

Blink XT 1 home security camera Black Friday deals

The Blink XT 1 is a water-resistant home security camera for outdoor use, offering live HD video, motion detection, and Alexa support. The company behind the camera is also claiming two years of “regular use” with two AA batteries.


JBL E55BT headphones (was $180, now $59.95)

JBL E55BT headphones Black Friday deals

These JBL over-ear headphones might be the most significant discount on the list, as you save $120. In any case, you’re getting wireless cans that our sister website Soundguys quite liked, although they noted lag and unreliable connectivity.


Those are our picks for the best sub-$100 Amazon deals on Black Friday. Have we missed any more deals? Then let us know in the comments!

Black Friday 2018: Best UK tech deals and promos

Black Friday 2018 has officially kicked off in the U.K. and bargain hunters can get their hands on a bunch of killer savings.

Below are some of our favorite Black Friday U.K. deals that are available so far and we’ll be updating all the deals throughout the day.

To make life easier, we’ve gathered up all the major retailers into this one master post, and from there you can dive even deeper into the deals.  We also listed all retailers below alphabetically to make it easier to spot them.

For all the U.S. Black Friday, be sure to check out our round-up here.

Amazon

Electronics

Gaming

Smart Home

Phones

Argos logo on mug next to Google Home smart speaker Argos

Argos

Currys PC World store Currys PC World

Currys PC World

Google Store

November 14 – November 26

November 16 – December 26

November 16 – December 4

November 22 – November 26

John Lewis store logo Steve F / Wikicommons

John Lewis

Microsoft

Flickr/Mike Mozart

Samsung

The Samsung logo.

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Some Galaxy Note 9 cameras are freezing, but Samsung is working on a fix

The purple Galaxy Note 9.

  • Some Galaxy Note 9 models seem to freeze when using the camera app.
  • The issue seems to affect Snapdragon variants rather than Exynos models.
  • A Samsung forum moderator said an update is in the works, but there’s no timeline for its release.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is the company’s most expensive mainstream flagship phone to date, coming in at $1000. But that price tag doesn’t mean the phone is immune to issues, as evidenced by the Note 9’s freezing woes.

According to SamMobile, users have noted freezing when taking pictures, as well as lag while recording videos. Oddly enough, this seems to only affect users of the Snapdragon variant (sold in the U.S., Korea, and a few other markets), while the Exynos variant used in the rest of the world doesn’t seem to suffer from these issues.

Read: Black Friday TV and streaming video deals

Forum-goers have suggested that users clear the phone’s system partition cache, but this is a short-term solution. Fortunately, it seems like Samsung is aware of the issue and is working on a fix.

“Our specialists have given us the directive that an update is coming out to fix this issue specifically. However, due to us being unable to speculate on the release of future updates, I don’t have an exact date for when to expect this,” a Samsung moderator noted in the company forum.

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Hopefully, this means the fix comes sooner rather than later, as the last thing a smartphone owner needs is for the camera to fail over the holiday season. Especially when the affected phone is the joint winner in our Best of Android 2018 camera category.

Samsung’s latest flagship packs a ton of features into its glass body, ranging from wireless charging and a Bluetooth-powered S-Pen to IP68 water/dust resistance and a headphone jack. Other noteworthy features include 128GB or 512GB of expandable storage, a 12MP+12MP telephoto camera setup, a class-leading OLED display, and a 4,000mAh battery.

Are you suffering from any Galaxy Note 9 camera issues? Let us know via the comments section.

NEXT: Samsung Galaxy S10 — All the rumors in one place

Deal: Get Google Pixel 3 Verizon for epic $400-off at Best Buy

 Best Buy Pixel 3 deals page. Best Buy

Best Buy has rolled out a surprise deal on the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, saving users $400 on each phone (via Droid Life). The offer wasn’t part of planned Best Buy offers we’d previously spotted, but it’s live now until tomorrow night.

The deal applies to the Verizon-branded devices only, bringing the Pixel 3 (64GB) down to $399 and the Pixel 3 XL (64GB) down to $499 (the phones start at $799 and $899 respectively). The phone’s total price is paid off in installments across a 24-month contract, meaning $16.66 per month for the Pixel 3 and $20.83 per month for the Pixel 3 XL.

Note that Google’s own Black Friday deals on the devices offer mere $150 and $200 respective savings on the phones, bringing them down to $650 and $699. However, you can get up to $400 knocked off Google’s price when you trade in a device. 

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This is a standout offer but it means picking up a Verizon-branded phone and you will have to pay $30 for activation and $30 to unlock it. There isn’t much else in the way of caveats, though, and The Verge reckons you can pay off the device in full at any time. 

The phones were available in all colors and variants but the 64GB Clearly White Pixel 3 appears to have already sold out.

You might not see an offer as good as this on the third-generation Pixels for a good while so don’t miss out if you’re interested. Find both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL deals at the link below and check out our dedicated Black Friday deals page for the other great offers we’ve found. 

 

Here’s why Android Pie’s Adaptive Brightness mode is so efficient

  • Google has revealed some details on the inner workings of Android Pie’s Adaptive Brightness setting.
  • The company discussed how the setting learns from its users and how it will continue to improve as Pie lands on more smartphones.
  • Google also explained how it improved the brightness slider setting based on how our eyes perceive light.

When Google released Android Pie in August, it introduced a feature called Adaptive Brightness. This is an extension of the automatic brightness display setting many Android users will already be familiar with. In a post on the Android Developers blog earlier this week, Google explained how and why it’s better than its forerunner.

The Adaptive Brightness setting allows Android Pie to determine the optimal brightness for your smartphone. It’s an automatic setting, just enable it and it will raise or lower the brightness depending on the light in your current environment. This is not only intended to save you time manually altering brightness settings, but also to improve battery life; your smartphone should always be bright enough for your needs but not so bright that it’s consuming more battery than is necessary.

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These were also the aims of automatic brightness, though it wasn’t always effective. Manual adjustments often yielded better battery life and a better brightness level for the current situation. However, the Android Pie solution differs from previous automatic brightness modes in that it uses machine learning algorithms to help achieve the best results.

With Adaptive Brightness enabled on Pie, the system will learn your preferred settings over time. As you manipulate the brightness slider during the day, you will train the phone to understand the display brightness you want in various lighting conditions. Google says this should mean you gradually use the slider less and less, presumably until you no longer need to touch it at all.

You can find Adaptive Brightness on the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

It’s a smart system because it lends itself to our natural behavior — we are tapping that brightness slider anyway, Pie just uses the input to inform optimal settings in an unobtrusive way. Google also says this model is updateable and should become better over time as more people use it.

Additionally, Google claims its brightness slider control accounts for the human eye to a larger extent than previously. Humans register greater differences in light changes when the display is dark compared to when it’s bright, and Google has updated the Pie slider to reflect this. It’s said to provide greater control, though it means you “may need to move the slider farther to the right than you did on previous versions of Android” to get the same brightness.

Adaptive Brightness isn’t an Android Pie feature that will come to every handset by default, but Google says it’s now working with third-party OEMs to incorporate the setting into their Pie builds. Hopefully we’ll see it on plenty of devices in the future.

For more on the new Android software, read our Android Pie review at the link and check out our Android Pie update page to find out when your device will get it.

From cheap games to $0.99 movie rentals, these are Google Play’s Cyber Week deals

google play store cyber week games

Google has already hopped aboard the Black Friday bandwagon with recent hardware discounts. But what if you’re on the hunt for Google Play Store goodness? Well, the company has you covered on this front as well.

The company has announced plenty of deals for games, books, and video rentals. Starting with the games, we see several prominent titles on sale — check them out below.

Don’t care for the gaming discounts? Well, Google is also offering 50 percent off yearly subscriptions to Calm, Fabulous, Run With Map My Run, and Freeletics. You can also get 40 percent off the Headspace meditation app.

The Mountain View company is also cutting the price of several books and audiobooks, in case you need to refresh your library. And if that’s not enough, you can rent any movie for just $0.99 on Thanksgiving, including new releases. Some of the more notable new releases available for rental are listed below.

Looking for more Black Friday goodness? You can check out our Black Friday deals hub over here, covering everything from smartphones and video game consoles and TVs.

NEXT: Best of Android — Best cameras