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Win 1 of 10 ASUS ZenFone 2 Devices From Droid Life and ASUS

Posted by Tim-o-tato November - 23 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

To celebrate all of the things in life we have to be thankful for, we are teaming up with ASUS to giveaway 10 ZenFone 2 smartphone devices. If you need a new smartphone that comes carrier unlocked and features enough power to get you through any type of mobile computing task, then you are in the right place.

Recently through social media, ASUS has been gifting free phones to those in need, and now, we are working together to hook up 10 of our readers. The ZenFone 2 features a 5.5″ Full HD IPS display, 13MP rear-facing camera, 2.3GHz 64-bit Intel Atom processor with 4GB of RAM, plus 64GB of built-in storage. In fact, we did our own unboxing and hands-on with the ZenFone 2 shortly after it was released for the US.

We will be using a Rafflecopter system for entries and for selecting winners, so as to make sure everyone has a fair chance at winning one of these devices. Down below, we have placed a ton of options to choose from for gaining entries, so have at it. The contest will close Friday, November 27 at 10am Pacific.

Enough talk, let’s do this.


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10 winners will win 1 of 10 ASUS ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML) smartphones. Devices are of the 4GB of RAM/64GB of storage model, featured in Silver Grey.

How to Enter

a Rafflecopter giveaway


The contest will end at 10am Pacific on November 27. We will select our 10 random winners via Rafflecopter and notify them by email.

Cheers to ASUS for providing the prizes for our winners. Be sure to check out the MyZen by ASUS blog for all things ASUS.

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Best cheap Android tablets (November 2015)

Posted by wicked November - 22 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off
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While high-end devices are generally the stars of the Android world, there is a growing emphasis on quality on a budget, and that’s very visible in the tablet arena.

From companies that are willing to sacrifice profits for the sake of market share, to established players looking to improve their game in the mid-range, several companies have brought to market affordable Android tablets that are actually worth buying. Unfortunately, for every great cheap Android tablet, there are tons of poorly made, clunky, and underpowered slates out there, which can make buying tablets on a budget a pain. We’re here to help.

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If you’re looking for a good budget-friendly gift for a loved one, or just want to treat yourself, check out our list of best affordable Android tablets. Let’s get started!

Update, November 2015: We have a few changes this time around, like the removal of the ASUS MeMo Pad 8, which is now only $120, but the new ASUS ZenPad S 8 is a little better bang for the buck. The LG G Pad 8 has an upgrade worth looking at, as does the Kindle Fire HDX7. Actually, there are more than one new Amazon tablets on the list, and a few other additions, such as the new NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1.

Nexus 7 (2013)

Despite being almost two years old, the Nexus 7 (2013) is still one of the best tablets you can buy, and with newer tablets making their way to consumers, the already attractive price tag of the Nexus 7 (2013) is bound to get even better.

The Nexus 7 (2013)’s quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, clocked at 1.5 GHz, and backed by the Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM is still more than capable of handling all but the most processor-intensive activities. Its display resolution is still the highest you can get in this size category, and most importantly, you get a great software experience, helped along by the guarantee of timely updates, including Android 5.0 Lollipop. This is why the Nexus 7 (2013) opens our list of best cheap Android tablets.


  • 7-inch LCD IPS display with 1920 x 1200 resolution (323ppi)
  • 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
  • Adreno 320 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16/32GB storage
  • 5 MP rear camera, 1.2 MP front-facing camera
  • 200 x 114 x 8.7 mm, 290 grams
  • 3,950 mAh
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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Buy from Amazon from $129



The latest addition to our list is a tablet released this past week, the newly updated Android tablet from NVIDIA. The NVIDIA SHIELD K1 is a very similar device to the SHIELD before it, with the majority of changes working toward the new $200 price tag.

Deriving its name from its internals, the SHIELD Tablet K1 is powered by the NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, backing that up is 2GB of RAM, the Kepler 1 SMX GPU and 16GB of internal storage behind a 8-inch display. In order to adjust the price tag to such an affordable level, the tablet ships with a few less core accessories than you might expect. Gone is the Stylus, slot for the stylus, a handful of pre-installed apps and the charger. Yes, you’ll need to supply your own USB brick and cable for this one.


  • 8-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1200 resolution (283 ppi)
  • 2.2 GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra K1, Kepler 1 SMX GPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB internal storage, expandable
  • 5 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera
  • 221 x 126 x 9.2 mm, 390 grams
  • 19.75 Wh battery
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop

Buy from Amazon from $199.99

Asus ZenPad S 8.0


While Asus refreshed their affordable MeMo Pad Android tablet line earlier this year, they have more recently launched an even newer and more powerful tablet in this price range. In this new ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 you’ll find an 8-inch IPS LCD screen with a quad-core Intel Atom Z3560 processor running at 1.8 GHz with 2GB of RAM. There are actually a few different versions of this tablet floating around, we’ll link below to one that has a slightly slower processor but 32GB of internal storage for the same $199 price.


  • 8-inch IPS LCD display with 2048 x 1536 resolution (320 ppi)
  • 1.8 GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3560 processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 32 GB internal storage, expandable
  • 8 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera
  • 203.2 x 134.5 x 6.6 mm, 298 grams
  • 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop

Buy from Amazon from $199

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4

While the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is priced slightly above $200, it’s a difficult device to ignore, given all that it offers for only a slightly higher price tag compared to the other devices on this list of cheap Android tablets. With its very high resolution display, making it a fantastic media-consumption companion, and a processing package that powered flagship devices only a short time ago, the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is more than impressive when you consider its price point.

Samsung is known for packing their devices to the hilt with software features, and that is also available here for those that are looking for it. Samsung has refreshed their mid-range tablet portfolio since the release of this device, but the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 remains one of the best choices of the lot, and not only because of its comparatively cheaper price point.

Update: Although a new 8.4-inch Samsung Galaxy tablet has hit the market, this device is still the more capable unit. However, in its scarcity, the price has jumped a little through many vendors, while you can find the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 for under $200 in places, don’t be scared off if you see $300+ at your favorite store.


  • 8.4-inch Super Clear LCD display with 2560 x 1600 resolution (359 ppi)
  • 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16/32 GB storage, expandable via microSD up to 64 GB
  • 8 MP rear camera, 2 MP front-facing camera
  • 219 x 128.5 x 7.2 mm, 331 grams
  • 4,800 mAh
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat (upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop arriving in Q3 2015)

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Buy from Amazon from $223

Dell Venue 8

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The already budget-friendly Dell Venue 8 saw a significant price cut following the release of its successor, making this one of the cheapest Android tablets currently available. Powered by an Intel processor that is backed by 1 GB of RAM, the specifications of this tablet may not be as impressive as some of the others on this list, but it is still quite a capable performer, with a display resolution that is great for watching videos or gaming. Of course, it is hard to overlook its unbeatable sub-$130 price point, making it a great choice for those on a budget.


  • 8-inch display with a 1920 x 1200 resolution (283 ppi)
  • 2.1 GHz dual-core Intel Z3480 processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 16 GB storage, expandable via microSD by up to 64 GB
  • 5 MP rear camera, 1.2 MP front-facing camera
  • 130 x 216 x 8.95 mm
  • 4,550 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 KitKat

Buy from Amazon from $129

LG G Pad 2 8.0 (LGV498)

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Following the success of the LG G Pad 8.3, LG added three new devices to their G Pad tablet line last year, featuring three different display sizes. Falling in the middle of the pack was the LG G Pad 8.0, with its 8-inch display big enough to enjoy gaming and video watching, without being too unwieldy. LG went ahead and again updated the line, bringing the new LG G Pad II 8.0. On the specifications front, the device has not been graced with any major upgrades, you’re still looking at a Snapdragon 400 powered device with 8-inch 1280 x 800 IPS display.

Where you will see improvements are in the bump to 1.5GB of RAM and some free cloud storage and apps from Microsoft Office. Don’t forget that this tablet has a full size USB port as well, for all of your connectivity pleasures. There is also a 10-inch version of this tablet, pictured above, it is beyond our $200 price point, but might be worth a look anyway.


  • 8-inch IPS LCD display with 1280 x 800 resolution (189 ppi)
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • Adreno 305 GPU
  • 1.5 GB RAM
  • 16 GB storage, expandable via microSD by up to 64 GB
  • 5 MP rear camera, 1.3 MP front-facing camera
  • 4,200 mAh battery
  • 210.8 x 124.2 x 9.9 mm, 342 grams
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop

Buy from Amazon from $189

Acer Iconia Tab 8

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The Acer Iconia Tab 8 is another great option for those looking for a low-cost tablet that offers solid specifications and performance. The device also comes with a premium design and build quality that goes beyond what its price point suggests, a high resolution display, and dual rear speakers that allow for a good audio experience, along with a large battery and the promise of an impressive battery life. Overall, the Acer Iconia Tab 8 is certainly one of the best options when it comes to cheap Android tablets.

Better yet, this tablet has seen a $30 drop since we last featured it, grab yours today for just $159.00.


  • 8-inch IPS LCD display with a 1920 x 1200 resolution (283 ppi)
  • 1.33 GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3745 processor (1.86 GHz Turbo)
  • Intel Gen 7 (Ivy Bridge) GPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16/32 GB storage, expandable via microSD up to 64 GB
  • 5 MP rear camera, 2 MP front-facing camera
  • 4,600 mAh battery
  • 215 x 130 x 8.5 mm, 360 grams
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat

Buy from Amazon from $159

Amazon Kindle Fire line


Following in the footsteps of the previous Kindle Fire HDX tablets, Amazon has launched not one, but 5 new tablets in recent months. While this sounds like a lot, rest assured, these are all just updates to previous models, and to be fair, two of them are pretty much the same device. What stands out in this new line is the prices, setting a precedent that we’ll talk about later.

Starting with the Kindle Fire 7, a 7-inch Android tablet with 1024 x 600 resolution 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and an unconfirmed 4400mAh battery. The specs may sound a little weak, but the minimal approach to Amazon’s Fire OS 5 promises smooth performance out of the device. Coming in at $250… I’m kidding, Amazon has a deal that will get you a full 6-pack of Kindle Fire 7 tablets for $250, or just $50 for one.

The duplicate in the group is the Fire Kids Edition, which is the Fire 7 with a solid bumper case, an amazing 2-year no questions asked replacement warranty and some other extras for $100.

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From there, you can find the Fire HD 6, Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10, all of which sport slightly better specs than the Fire 7, with optional larger internal storage capacities and features, priced at $100, $150 and $200 respectively. Actually, the Fire HD 10 is regularly $230, but it is on sale for the next little while.



  • 7-inch IPS LCD display with a 1024 x 600 resolution (171 ppi)
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8 GB storage, expandable via microSD
  • 2 MP rear-facing camera, VGA front facing
  • battery allows for battery life up to 7 hours
  • 191 x 115 x 10.6 mm, 313 grams
  • Fire OS 5

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Buy from Amazon from $49.99

Lenovo Tab 2 A10

The Lenovo Tab 2 A10 has a lot going for it when compared to the rest of the devices on this list. For starters, this is the only device to be released in 2015, introduced back at MWC this year, while being the only 10-inch tablet in this roundup as well. This is also the first tablets to feature Dolby ATMOS 3D Cinema audio enhancements, which aims to make your audio experience much clearer, while taking advantage of the beautiful, large Full HD display.

Performance is impressively smooth, and while mobile photography isn’t a key feature when it comes to tablets, this device does offer a solid camera experience. If you’re looking for a large-screen tablet experience on a budget, look no further than the Lenovo Tab 2 A10.

Update: you’ll be happy to know that the price has dropped on this tablet. You can now get the Lenovo Tab 2 A10 for $20 less than it was a few months ago.


  • 10.1-inch IPS LCD display with a 1920 x 1200 resolution (218 ppi)
  • 1.7 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT8165 processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB storage, expandable via microSD up to 64 GB
  • 8 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera
  • 7,000 mAh battery
  • 247 x 171 x 8.9 mm, 509 grams
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat (planned upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop at the end of June)

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Buy from Amazon from $179

Bonus tablet: Xiaomi Mi Pad

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Fully admitting that the Xiaomi Mi Pad is not available in all parts of the world, that it runs a highly skinned version of Android that purists won’t care for, and its successor, the Mi Pad 2 is due before the month is out, we still think it is a great device to consider. Before the new NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 launched this month, the original Mi Pad was basically the only sub-$200 tablet on the market with the NVIDI Tegra K1 processor, 2GB of RAM and a beyong FHD display.

To be specific, the Xiaomi Mi Pad comes with a 7.9-inch 2048 x 1536 resolution IPS display, for 326PPI. The Tegra K1 is clocked at 2.2GHz, there is 16GB or 64GB internal storage options available, with microSD expansion for cards up to 128GB.

Be sure to stay tuned for the November 24th announcement, it may trigger a price drop on this excellent tablet offering.

Xiaomi Mi Pad (7)


  • 8-inch IPS LCD display with 2048 x 1536 resolution (326 ppi)
  • 2.2 GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra K1
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16GB/64GB internal storage, expandable
  • 8 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera
  • 202.1 x 135.4 x 8.5 mm, 360 grams
  • 6700 mAh battery
  • MIUI 7, based on Android 5.x Lollipop

Buy from ebay from $195.99 (international seller)

And there you have it – our list of the nicest affordable tablets on the market right now! We’ll be keeping this post updated, so be sure to check back. You can’t really go wrong with any of the tablets listed above. Let us know what you think are the best cheap Android tablets!

Best T-Mobile prepaid Android phones

Posted by wicked November - 21 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

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If you’re exploring prepaid carrier options in the United States, odds are you’ve gotten a bit overwhelmed. While it’s not solely a prepaid carrier, T-Mobile offers great network coverage and low price points for anyone who would like an off-contract smartphone. Even though the options offered directly by T-Mobile for prepaid use are a bit limited, the good news is that there are quite a few unlocked devices that will work with T-Mobile’s prepaid plans, which will discuss at the end of this post.

Without any further ado, here are the best prepaid T-Mobile Android phones.

Editors’ note – we will be updating this list as more devices hit the market.

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#1 – Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime


Although this may not be the most spec’d-out device on the market, we’d say Samsung’s Galaxy Grand Prime is one heck of a device for the money. It features a nicely-sized 5.0-inch display on the front, a capable Snapdragon 410 processor, 1GB of RAM and microSD expansion for up to 64 extra gigabytes of storage. The display might not be of the highest resolution, but if you can get past that, this is a good option.

If you’re on a budget, this phone is for you. You can purchase the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime through T-Mobile prepaid for just $189.99.


  • 5.0-inch TFT LCD display with 540 x 960 resolution
  • Quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 64GB
  • 8MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Removable 2600mAh battery
  • 144.8 x 72.1 x 8.6mm, 156g
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop

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Buy now from T-Mobile

#2 – HTC Desire 626s


Looking for another solid prepaid option that won’t break the bank? HTC’s Desire 626s might be just what you’re looking for. With its 5.0-inch 720p display, quad-core processor and 1.5GB of RAM, you’ll have no problem playing games, watching videos and consuming all other forms of media out there. It also has a pretty solid 8MP rear camera and microSD expansion up to a massive 2 terabytes, making this one heck of a device for the photography folks out there. It might not have the most powerful processor or the biggest battery, but it’s still a great value for what you’re paying.

The HTC Desire 626s is available on T-Mobile’s prepaid network for just $209.99.


  • 5.0-inch LCD display with 720 x 1280 resolution
  • Quad-core 1.1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor
  • 1.5GB of RAM
  • 8GB of on-board storage, microSD card expansion up to 2TB
  • 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2000mAh battery
  • 146.9 x 70.9 x 8.19mm, 140g
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop

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Buy now from T-Mobile

#3 – Kyocera Hydro WAVE

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Looking to get your hands on a similarly-rugged phone to the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active but aren’t keen on spending $700? You should check out the Kyocera Hydro WAVE. This device features a 5.0-inch LCD display, a powerful Snapdragon 410 processor and microSD expansion up to an additional 32GB. It also runs Android 5.1 Lollipop and ushers in Kyocera’s new “Core Home” software experience, which is an optional, simplified UI for those who prefer the interface of a feature phone.

The big story here is the device’s IPX5 and IPX7 certifications, which allow the device to withstand submersion in water up to 30 minutes at a time in up to 3.28 feet (1 meter). It also has Military Standard 810G certification for shock and drops, an IP5X dustproof rating, and can be operated when wet.

The Kyocera Hydro WAVE is available on T-Mobile’s prepaid network for only $189.99.


  • 5.0-inch IPS LCD display with 540 x 960 resolution
  • Quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 32GB
  • 5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2300mAh battery
  • 143.8 x 72.4 x 10.7mm, 145g
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop

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Buy now from T-Mobile

#4 – LG Leon LTE


The LG Leon LTE is the most inexpensive device on this list. It comes with a 4.5-inch LCD display, a powerful 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of on-board storage and microSD expansion up to 32GB. It also comes with a solid 5MP rear camera, a removable 1900mAh battery and Android 5.0 Lollipop on-board. It features a really nice brushed metallic design back plate similar to the one found on the LG G3, which makes the device feel quite premium in the hand.

The LTE variant of the LG Leon is available on T-Mobile’s prepaid network for only $69.99.


  • 4.5-inch IPS LCD display with 480 x 854 resolution
  • Quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 32GB
  • 5MP rear camera, VGA front camera
  • Removable 1900mAh battery
  • 129.9 x 64.9 x 10.9mm, 140g
  • Android 5.0.1 Lollipop

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Buy now from T-Mobile

Other notable options

Yes, we only listed four phones. The reason for this is that most of T-Mobile’s prepaid options are either really low-end, or they are non-Android. Still, T-Mobile offers some extremely impressive plan rates, and so the Un-carrier remains one of the best options out there for those looking for an off-contract, no-credit-check option.

If you aren’t impressed by any of the phones listed above, the good news is that a number of unlocked GSM-compatible phones will work on T-Mobile’s network. You’ll just want to make sure the phone supports T-Mobile’s bands, which include 1700MHz and 2100MHZ bands for 3G and HSPA+ services. For more details on bringing an existing phone to T-Mobile, you’ll want to check out their network coverage support page.

Looking for a good unlocked phone to bring over to T-Mobile? Some of the best budget-friendly choices include the following:

Motorola Moto G (2015)

Motorola’s Moto G line has been widely known as the “king of the budget smartphones” for some time, and that’s entirely true when it comes to the third-generation Moto G. Just released a few months ago, this new Moto G comes with a solid 720p display, a quick Snapdragon 410 processor, a decent camera, solid battery life and an IPx7 water resistance rating. Oh, and if you don’t like the standard Black/White color schemes, you can even customize the phone through Moto Maker.

If you could purchase this phone directly through T-Mobile, it would be at the top of our list. For more info, check out our full review linked below.

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Buy now from Amazon

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3

With an attractive, slim design, big 1080p display, a solid camera and an extremely low price point, the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 is one of the best budget-friendly phones of the year. In our full review we found that just about every aspect of this device over-achieves in some way. The front-facing speakers are loud, the software is lean and fast, and you can even use the phone upside down if you really need to (yes, really)!

Don’t miss our full review to learn more about this powerhouse of a phone.

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Buy now from Amazon

ASUS ZenFone 2

The ASUS ZenFone 2 made headlines when it first launched due to its massive 4GB of RAM (previously unheard of on a budget phone), and we can honestly say that it’s lived up to all of its expectations. The ZenFone 2 sports a solid, attractive build quality, a vivid 1080p display, fantastic performance and a low price. ASUS decided to throw in a few really nice enhancements – quick charging technology and a customizable user interface – that make this device stand out from the crowd.

We’re still pretty baffled at how ASUS is able to charge just just over $200 for this phone. If you’re interested, don’t miss our full review, attached below.

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Buy now from Amazon

How did you like our list? Do you have any other suggestions? If so, feel free to voice your opinion in the comments below!

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates roundup – November 20, 2015

Posted by wicked November - 20 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow is here, and now the waiting game is on. “When will my phone get the Marshmallow update?” ask countless Android fans, and for good reason: while phone makers are doing a better job at keeping their devices up to date, the process is still lengthy and opaque. Worse, many models will inevitably be left behind. We’re here to shed some light on the issue.

In this post, which will be updated frequently, we are rounding up all the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update news, so you can get a good picture of what to expect.

Update – November 20. Added info on the leaked Marshmallow build for the Galaxy Note 5, the Sony Marshmallow concept, as well as official info on the updates for OnePlus, Asus, and Nvidia.

Update – November 12. Added info on Lenovo updates, the LG G4 update in Korea, HTC One M9 Google Play Edition, and the BlackBerry Priv.

Update – October 29. Added info on Sony’s Marshmallow Concept beta program, factory image for Nexus 6P, the Honor 7 update, and custom ROMs for LG G4 and OnePlus One.

Update – October 22. Added info on HTC One A9, Sony devices, the official update list for Huawei devices and the Moto X Style (Pure) update.

Update – October 16. Added factory image link for Nexus 6, official information about the LG G4 Marshmallow update, the rumored Xperia Z4 Tablet update, and info on custom ROMs for Nexus devices.

First release – October 14. Includes links to OTA files and factory images for Nexus and Android One devices; official info on updates for HTC, Sony, and Motorola; rumored and potential devices for Samsung, LG, Huawei, ZTE, OnePlus, and Asus.

Before we start

The release of Android updates for most devices is a complex process, involving Google, chipmakers, device makers, and carriers. With so many players, and so many things that can go wrong, you should expect delays, slow rollouts, botched releases, and generally a lot of variation based on your specific model, your region, and your carrier.

Just because your device is listed here as officially announced to receive Marshmallow (or worse, just rumored to get the update), it doesn’t mean that your particular model will receive it in a timely manner, or even at all.

Conversely, just because your phone or tablet isn’t listed here, it doesn’t mean that it won’t be updated. OEMs occasionally change their minds. In other cases, the lists that they put out are non-final.

Patience is advised.

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Nexus Marshmallow update

As in most cases, Nexus devices are first in line for updates. Google has released Android 6.0 factory images for Nexus devices on October 5. These images can be flashed manually, allowing you to bypass a potentially lengthy wait for the OTA update. Factory images are available for:

The Nexus 4, Nexus 7 2012 (both variants), and Nexus 10 will not make the jump to Marshmallow.

If you don’t want to wait, it’s relatively easy to flash a factory image, following our guide:

You can also manually flash the OTA zip files, which is the update file that would normally be pushed to your device from Google’s server. Note that in order to correctly install the update, your device must be running the firmware version mentioned in the link. OTA links via Android Police.

Android One Marshmallow update

Like Nexus phones, all Android One devices are supposed to receive fast Android updates straight from Google. Factory images for various Android One phones sold in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Philippines, and Nepal are available below.

To flash these images, you can follow our manual installation guide.

Samsung Marshmallow update

Like with previous versions, Samsung has not made any official announcements concerning the Android 6.0 updates for its smartphones and tablets. We do have however, some off the record information via SamMobile and T-Mobile.

The following devices are rumored to receive Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

  • Galaxy S5
  • Galaxy S5 LTE-A
  • Galaxy S5 neo
  • Galaxy S6
  • Galaxy S6 Edge
  • Galaxy S6 Edge+
  • Galaxy Note 4
  • Galaxy Note Edge
  • Galaxy Note 5
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

These are all obvious candidates for an upgrade, so we’re pretty confident that Marshmallow will be available for most versions of these devices, sooner or later. As for what to expect from the update, Samsung has an infographic listing some of the features.

On November 16, an unfinished Marshmallow build for the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 5 leaked out. While the build is rough around the edges, it gives us a glimpse of the visual changes coming to Samsung flagships with the Android 6.0 update. A system dump and a full partition dump are available. Here are some screenshots:

LG Marshmallow update

LG announced it will be the first OEM to roll out Android Marshmallow, starting from next week. There’s a catch: only the LG G4 model sold in Poland will receive this update, with models in other “markets in Europe, Asia and the Americas” to follow.

The LG G4 models sold in South Korea began receiving the Marshmallow update on November 4.

T-Mobile’s update list also mentions the LG G3 and G4 Stylo, which are obvious choices for an update. Besides this, we can speculate that the recently announced V10 and the G Flex 2 will also be making the jump. We’re less optimistic about LG’s mid-rangers, including the Bello, Magna, Leon, and Spirit, though at least some of them can probably handle Marshmallow.

Motorola Marshmallow update

Motorola has made a good name for itself in the Android community, thanks to its fast updates and focus on a smooth stock-like user experience. The Marshmallow rollout may change that positive perception though. It’s not that Motorola hasn’t been forthcoming about its plans; it’s the fact that those plans seemingly don’t include either version of the Moto E, the Moto X (2013), or some carrier versions of the Moto X (2014).

  • 2015 Moto X Pure Edition (3rd gen)
  • 2015 Moto X Style (3rd gen)
  • 2015 Moto X Play
  • 2015 Moto G (3rd gen)
  • 2014 Moto X Pure Edition in the US (2nd gen)
  • 2014 Moto X in Latin America, Europe and Asia (2nd gen)
  • 2014 Moto G and Moto G with 4G LTE (2nd gen)
  • DROID Turbo
  • 2014 Moto MAXX
  • 2014 Moto Turbo
  • Nexus 6

According to a Motorola representative, some users are already testing the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for the Moto X Pure (Style). That means Motorola is in the late stages of preparing the update for a wider rollout, and hopefully we’re hear something new soon.

On November 12, Motorola kicked off the Android 6.0 rollout for the Moto X (2014) and the Moto X Style. The first markets where the OTA is available are Brazil and India.

HTC Marshmallow update

HTC has revealed a tentative list of devices that will be updated to Android 6.0, and even a timeline. The One M8 and One M9 will see Marshmallow by the end of the year, while the other phones listed below will get the same treatment from early next year.

  • HTC One M9
  • HTC One M8
  • HTC One M9+
  • HTC One E9+
  • HTC One E9
  • HTC One ME
  • HTC One E8
  • HTC One M8 EYE
  • HTC Butterfly 3
  • HTC Desire 826
  • HTC Desire 820
  • HTC Desire 816

After the launch of the One A9, HTC announced the unlocked version of the device will receive “every” Android update within 15 days from the time the update hits the Nexus devices. That’s a very bold promise, and hopefully it’s a sign of bigger things to come.

The HTC One M8 Google Play Edition is the first HTC device to be updated to Marshmallow. The rollout for the device is underway.

Sony Marshmallow update

Sony has published an exhaustive list of devices it plans to update to Marshmallow, including all the likely candidates, including the latest Xperia Z5 series. Unfortunately, Sony won’t bring Marshmallow to the 2013 Xperia Z1 and Z1 Compact, as well as the older Xperia Z. On the flip side, at least there are a few mid-rangers on the list. Sony has also released AOSP resources and binaries for some of its devices, allowing the community to easily create custom ROMs.

As for the update itself, Sony is running a beta program with 10,000 users that we hope to learn more about soon. The beta update has begun rolling out on October 19 and Sony supplemented the number of beta invites so more users can join in the fun. On October 28, Sony rolled out an OTA update for the Marshmallow beta.

On November 20, we brought you our hands-on with the Sony Marshmallow concept running on the Xperia Z3.

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Sony devices officially confirmed to get Marshmallow:

  • T Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, and Xperia Z5 Premium
  • Xperia Z4 Tablet
  • Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
  • Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet
  • Xperia M5, Xperia C5 Ultra, Xperia M4 Aqua and Xperia C4

According to Australian carrier Telstra, the update for the Xperia Z4 Tablet will roll out in January 2016.

A note for users of the Sony Xperia Z3+, Z4 Tablet, C4, C5 Ultra, M4 Aqua and M5: according to a Sony support page, these devices will jump straight to Android 6.0, skipping Android 5.1.1.

Huawei Marshmallow update

Huawei has a lousy record when it comes to releasing Android updates for its devices, but perhaps its involvement with the Nexus program will help nudge things along. Considering that the Mate 7, Huawei’s 2014 flagship, is yet to receive Lollipop, we wouldn’t hold our breath. That said, a rumor out of China suggests the Mate 7, P8, Honor 6 Plus and more devices will eventually see Android 6.0. 

As it turns out, Huawei has proved us wrong. The company announced in would put Marshmallow on the following devices:

  • Huawei Mate S
  • Huawei Mate 7
  • Huawei P8
  • P8 Youth Edition
  • P8 Max
  • Maimagn 4
  • G7 Plus
  • G7
  • Honor 7
  • Honor 7i
  • 6 Plus
  • Honor 6
  • Honor X2
  • Honor 4X
  • Honor Play 4C

The Honor team, which is technically autonomous inside Huawei, recently announced that a beta build of Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for the Honor 7 will be made available in the following weeks.

ZTE Marshmallow update

Like Huawei, ZTE is known for not caring about Android updates. It remains to be seen if this year will be any different. ZTE is looking for a breakthrough in the Western markets with the Axon line, so perhaps the Chinese giant will deem it necessary to bring Marshmallow to it, at the least.

OnePlus Marshmallow update

OnePlus is in a tricky place: its first phone, the One, still runs Cyanogen OS, and theoretically, Steve Kondik’s outfit should deliver the Marshmallow update in the following months. The OnePlus 2, meanwhile, runs OnePlus’s own OS, Oxygen, and its development is led by former members of the Paranoid Android team. Considering that the Oxygen OS team is still busy working on the current, Android 5-based release, the prospect of a Marshmallow release seems remote.

On November 16, OnePlus announced a timeframe for its devices updates:

  • The original OnePlus One will get Cyanogen OS 13 (from Cyanogen OS) in Q1 2016.
  • The semi-official Oxygen OS build for OnePlus One will be updated to Marshmallow when "time allows it."
  • The OnePlus 2 will receive the update to the Marshmallow-based Oxygen OS version in Q1 2016.
  • No information was given about the Marshmallow update for the new OnePlus X.

Asus Marshmallow update

One sketchy rumor claimed Asus will bring Marshmallow to the Zenfone 2 series, including the Zenfone Laser, Deluxe, and Selfie. It looks like the rumor was at least partially correct, because Asus came out with a short list of devices that will get the Marshmallow update:

  • PadFone S (PF500KL)
  • ZenFone 2 (ZE550ML/ZE551ML)
  • ZenFone 2 Deluxe / Special Edition (ZE551ML)
  • ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE500KG/ZE500KL/ZE550KL/ZE600KL/ZE601KL)
  • ZenFone Selfie (ZD551KL)

Missing from the list are the original Zefone 4, 5, and 6, as well as other Asus devices from 2014.

Lenovo Marshmallow update

Lenovo finally announced some of its Marshmallow plans on November 6, but the good news ends there. Lenovo only confirmed the update for a handful of devices, and the timeframe for the rollout is painfully long:

  • Lenovo A7000, A7000 Plus, and K3 Note - update expected by September 2016
  • Lenovo Vibe P1 and Vibe S1 - update expected by June 2016

BlackBerry Marshmallow update

BlackBerry only released one Android device to date, and a fast Marshmallow update isn't a priority for the company. The BlackBerry Priv will receive Android 6.0 "sometime into the new year." Whether that means early 2016 or a year from now, it's hard to tell.

Nvidia Marshmallow update

On November 17, Nvidia relaunched the Shield Tablet as the Shield Tablet K1. The revamped model runs Lollipop, just like its predecessor, but Nvidia promised an update to Android 6.0 "in the coming months." We will update when more info arrives.

Custom (unofficial) Marshmallow ROMs

When Android OEMs let us down, we all look up the developer community to pick up the slack, at least when it comes to Android updates. Unfortunately, the custom ROM scene is not as vibrant as it used to be, with only CyanogenMod left to carry the torch.

For now, we know that the CyanogenMod team has started working on the Marshmallow-based CM13, though we don’t have an official announcement yet.

Also keep an eye on independent developers – for instance, Dmitry Grinberg has come up with a working Marshmallow ROM for the Nexus 4, and there are also Marshmallow ROM projects for the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 7 (2012).

Custom stock Marshmallow ROM are available for the OnePlus One and for the LG G4.

It's not a ROM, but the Xposed framework is definitely important to many Android users. On November 10, developer rovo86 announced that the Xposed for Marshmallow is almost finalized.

More info and discussion

For a discussion on all the Android Marshmallow updates, check out the dedicated thread on the Android Authority forums.

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ASUS Chromebit available soon, brings Chrome OS to any display

Posted by wicked November - 18 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Asus Google Chromebit

Google partnered with ASUS to bring Chrome OS in a smaller form. The Chromebit was introduced as a Chrome OS HDMI stick that brings Google’s computer OS for less than a hundred dollars to more people who need a simple computing platform. Chromebit looks like the first-gen Chromecast in its small dongle form but slimmer and more attractive. Actually, it looks more like USB thumbdrive in pretty colors–blue, orange, and silver gray.

The Chromebit features a 16GB on-storage, 2GB RAM, Rockchip ARM processor, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and one USB port. Obviously, its power and capabilities are limited but good enough for doing quick work wherever an HDMI display is available. So even when you don’t bring your laptop, you can just have the Chromebit and maybe a small Bluetooth keyboard with you. This way, you can access any web apps, Google Docs, or Drive to retrieve your files.

Chromebit is an alternative to a Chromebox or Chromebook. It also features Hulu and Netflix so you are free to enjoy your favorite TV shows and movies wherever you are. It’s ideal to use as an ultra-portable media system so you or your kids won’t get bored when you’re at home or while on a vacation. It’s probably the most convenient and most portable mini-computer that you can bring anywhere next to your trusty old Android smartphone.

Chromebit costs only $85. It’s really cheap but adding another fifty dollars will already get you a Chromebook. But then again, this Chromebit is just a new option for portability and quick computing solution or maybe some Internet gaming. This device will be ready on Newegg, Fry’s and Amazon very soon. Chromebit will also be available in the following countries aside from the US: Canada, Australia, Finland, Denmark, Japan, Spain, Norway, New Zealand, Taiwan, UK, and Sweden.

VIA: Ars Technica

ASUS reveals Marshmallow update path, first gen ZenFones not on the list

Posted by wicked November - 18 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off


ASUS just revealed their plans as to which of their phones will be getting Android 6.0 updates, and not all of the products have been deemed worthy enough of Marshmallow flavors. Most of the ASUS ZenFone 2 variants (there are a lot of those) are getting an update sooner or later, but interestingly enough, the first generation ZenFone models will not be pushed to Marshmallow.

The ASUS device list to be given an Android Marshmallow update is quite small, honestly. The list includes the ASUS PadFoneS (PF500KL), the ASUS ZenFone 2 (ZE550ML/ZE551ML), the ASUS ZenFone2 Deluxe / Special Edition (ZE551ML), the ASUS ZenFone2 Laser (ZE500KG/ZE500KL/ZE550KL/ZE600KL/ZE601KL), and the ASUS ZenFone Selfie (ZD551KL). There are a lot of variants in there, technically speaking, but the range for the update seems quite small.


This means that a bunch of first generation ZenFones – specifically the whole gamut of ZenFone 4 variants, the ZenFone 5, and the ZenFone 6, plus the newer ZenFone Go and the ZenFone Max, will not be getting an update. These first generation ZenFones were built on the early generation Intel Atom dual-core mobile chipsets, but they are deemed old enough not to get the update.

A bunch of people will be sad at this list, but that’s how ASUS chose to go. For those who are included in the update list, wait for the notification that should come out soon.


ASUS and Google launch the Chromebit, bringing the Chrome OS to a monitor or tv for $85

Posted by wicked November - 17 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off


Asus and Google first unveiled the Chromebit, an HDMI dongle with the Chrome OS operating system pre-installed, back in the tail-end of March, and 8 short months later, it’s finally available to order. In the States at least, anyway. While it’s taken a while to come to market, it’s also a little cheaper than originally envisioned, coming in at $85 instead of $99. 

chromebitIt’s great that the Chromebit is a little cheaper than expected with its $85 price tag, but what exactly does it do? Well, it plugs directly into the HDMI slot on your computer monitor or television, and because it has Google’s Chrome OS pre-installed, it behaves just like a Chromebook or Chromebox. All you have to do is add a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to navigate your way around.

The Chromebit gives you access to things like Google Plus photos, the Chrome Web Store, the ability to edit documents and worksheets, watch videos, basically everything you can do on a normal Chrome OS device.

At just $85, the Chromebit naturally doesn’t offer the level of specifications that you see on the Acer Chromebook 15 (reviewed here), but it will get the job done.


  • Rockchip ARM processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB Internal storage
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n/AC WiFi
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB port
  • Dimensions: 123 x 31 x 17mm
  • Weight: 75 grams

Included in the box is a 1 foot HDMI cable, power adapter, as well as fittings to attach the Chromebit onto the back of the monitor/television. For the moment, the Chromebit is only available in the US via Amazon, Newegg and Fry’s, in orange and black variants for $85. It is scheduled to become available in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and the UK at some point.

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$85 ASUS and Google Chromebit officially launched

Posted by wicked November - 17 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

ASUS Google Chromebit

It’s pretty understandable if you had forgotten all about the Chromebit, as it was announced by ASUS and Google all the way back in March this year. The little Chrome OS HDMI stick has finally arrived ready for sale, carrying a very modest retail price of just $85.

Ideas like the Chromebit have been done before, there are plenty of Android HDMI device that can turn your TV into an Android computer, for example. However, this stick is packing Google’s Chrome OS from the Chromebook range of laptops. The head of the stick can also swivel around, to neatly fit into some of the more difficultly positioned TV HDMI ports out there.

For hardware, the Chromebit is powered by a quad-core ARM Cortex-A17 based Rockchip 3288 SoC, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The dongle is compatible with 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and also comes with a USB port, for extra storage and whatnot. While not quite as powerful as Chromebook hardware, this should be good enough for all the web browsing basics, but I wouldn’t bank on much else. Don’t forget, you will need your own keyboard and mouse setup as well.

Group_Asus_Chromestick_V1 (1)_1000See also: Google announces the Chromebit, an easy way to bring Chrome OS to your TV40

The Chromebit will be arriving at a number of US retailers, including Amazon, Fry’s and Newegg. The device is also heading to Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and the UK at launch, with additional countries likely to follow in the future.

Asus announces devices that will receive the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update

Posted by wicked November - 16 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off


Asus made an important announcement today in their official ZenTalk forums, regarding the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for its portfolio of devices.

A complete list of devices that will be receiving the Android Marshmallow update was published by the admin of Asus’ ZenTalk forums earlier today. A rumor from before suggested that Asus will update the ZenFone 2 series, Laser, and Deluxe to Marshmallow. Turns out that that rumor was right on the mark, apart from the one additional device that’s made it in to the official Asus Android 6.0 Marshmallow update list – PadFone S.

android 6.0 marshmallowSee also: Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates roundup – November 12, 201559

Interestingly, the PadFone S is the only 2014 Asus device in the entire list, which might come as a disappointment for owners of older devices such as the ZenFone 5, ZenFone 6, etc. Soon after the post was published, forum members began questioning Asus for excluding older, popular devices from the Android 6.0 update list. An official Asus team member is yet to address any of the concerns raised in the thread.

Coming back to today’s news, here is the complete list of Asus devices (along with their model numbers) that are confirmed to receive the Android M update:

  • PadFone S (PF500KL)
  • ZenFone 2 (ZE550ML/ZE551ML)
  • ZenFone 2 Deluxe / Special Edition (ZE551ML)
  • ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE500KG/ZE500KL/ZE550KL/ZE600KL/ZE601KL)
  • ZenFone Selfie (ZD551KL)

As mentioned in the forum post, Asus will announce the rollout timings for the latest update at a later date.

Owners of Asus smartphones, what are your thoughts on the official update list? Do you wish there were more devices from 2014 that made it to their update list? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

ASUS publishes plans for Android 6.0 on its smartphones

Posted by wicked November - 16 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

ZenFone2 Laser

ASUS has become the latest company to publish its plans for rolling out Android 6.0 to its smartphones. Unfortunately, while ASUS has posted its plans for Marshmallow, there aren’t many handsets on the list.

Here’s the full list that’ll be receiving Android 6.0:

  • PadFone S (PF500KL)
  • ZenFone 2 (ZE550ML/ZE551ML)
  • ZenFone 2 Deluxe / Special Edition (ZE551ML)
  • ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE500KG/ZE500KL/ZE550KL/ZE600KL/ZE601KL)
  • ZenFone Selfie (ZD551KL)

ASUS hasn’t providing any timing on when these devices will be getting Android 6.0, but hopefully it won’t be long. While ASUS has published Marshmallow plans for its smartphones, the Taiwanese-based company hasn’t mentioned anything about the latest version of Android for its ZenPad tablet lineup.

In related news, a document recently leaked, showing when the ETA is for Android 6.0 on many of Samsung’s popular Galaxy handsets. An early build of Marshmallow was even spotted running on a T-Mobile Galaxy Note 5.

It shouldn’t be long before Android 6.0 hits these ZenFone and PadFone handsets. Most of these devices are bought off-contract and can be updated directly through the manufacturer over going through the traditional politics and hoops of updating via carriers.

source: ASUS

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