- [UK Only] Black Friday deals on audio and wearables at Mobile Fun
- OnePlus One now available without invite as part of Black Friday special
- Play Store deal: $50 in Play credit for Nexus 6/9 and smartwatches, Chromecast for $25, G Watch for $99
- Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Android Authority!
- Android customization – how many days until Christmas? Voice input and variable management in Tasker
- Deals: Nexus 9 WiFi $50 off, Chromecast $11 off on Amazon
- LG appoints a new CEO to head up mobile division
- The 110+ best Black Friday deals!
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- Put a ring on it: Samsung patent hints at ring-operated smartwatch
Black Friday spells big discounts in the US, but we still love a bargain over here in the UK too. _Mobile Fun_ has a selection of UK only deals perfect for the gadget enthusiast, all available from the comfort of your own home. First up – wearables. Through the link below you’ll find a Pebble Steel smartwatch priced at £150, that’s 32 percent of the retail price, or the option of an LG G Watch R with a discounted price tag of £200. These are some of the cheapest smartwatch prices around right now. Other wearable offers include the Jawbone UP Activity Tracking Wristband, available in blue or black, for £60, which works out to a 40 percent saving. You can also find a power-pack and 6-in-1 stylus pen among the offers. If audio is more your thing, you may be interested in one of the various speakers on offer. Mobile Fun has a selection of Olixar wireless speakers for sale. There’s the Boombrick Bluetooth Speaker for £19.99 (67 percent off), Sound Pair Duo Wireless Stereo Speakers for £35 (50 percent off), or a pair of Olixar X2 Bluetooth Stereo headphones for £29.99 (50 percent off). There’s also the inexpensive Veho M4 Bluetooth Speaker for £19.99 off, a 33 percent discount. All of the deals above will only be available today from between 9AM and 5PM GMT, as long as the limited stock lasts through the day. In typical Black Friday fashion, it’s going to be a mad dash, so here’s the link. Has anything here caught your interest?
While other companies are slashing the prices of their star products this Black Friday, OnePlus is simply allowing people to buy them. As part of its Black Friday promo, OnePlus has opened up orders for the OnePlus One, no invite required! Unlike the previous two pre-ordering windows, this is a limited stock offer, meaning that users who miss out on the available units won’t be able to “pre-order.” Both the 16GB white model and the 64GB sandstone model are on sale right now, with the 16GB model shipping within 10 business days, and the 64GB model shipping with 5 business days. If you manage to get a “confirmed order” in, OnePlus guarantees your order will arrive before December 25, just in time for finding a place under the tree. OnePlus is also discounting its official accessories, including the JBL E1+ earphones, by 10 to 20 percent. If you’re tempted by the OnePlus One, you should make up your mind fast. There’s no telling how long the stock will last. For more Black Friday deals and promos, have a look at our big roundup!
Never one to miss out on the fun, Google is having a little Black Friday/Cyber Monday promo of its own. Today through Monday, Google is throwing in $50 in Play Store credit for some of its devices, while slashing the price of others. Here’s the breakdown: * Nexus 6: $50 Play credit (in addition to free unlimited music on Google Play for 6 months) * Nexus 9: $50 Play credit * LG G Watch: $99 (down from $299), $50 Play credit * LG G Watch R: $50 Play credit * Sony Smartwatch 3: $50 Play credit * Moto 360: $50 Play credit * Samsung Gear Live: $50 Play credit * Asus ZenWatch: $50 Play credit * Chromecast: $25 (down from $35) * Nest Thermostat: $199 (down from $249) The G Watch looks like a bargain, at $49 with the Play Store credit taken into account, but if you wanted an Android Wear smartwatch this looks like a good opportunity to take the plunge. Play Store credit can be redeemed against apps, music, movies, books, or magazines. Unfortunately, you can’t use it to reduce your bill on devices or accessories. The promo on the Nexus 6 seems a little odd, given that the device is hardly ever in stock, but it looks like Google has been adding some, as several users reported earlier today that they were able to order the elusive phone, with a 2-3 week delivery date. If you’re interested in the Nexus 9, Amazon has a $50 off deal for all WiFi models right now. For more Black Friday deals, check out our big roundup!
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I hope you've found some use out of last week's Android customization post, certainly, being able to fall to sleep to your favorite music is a great thing. This week we give in, just a little bit, to the urges of the season. That is, with many of you reading this while resting off a Thanksgiving day meal, it is time to start thinking about Christmas. Perhaps Christmas is not your thing. Please do not get caught up on this part of the process, you can use this project for any day you desire. What we wish to look at today is utilizing voice input and some tricky variable management in Tasker. BEFORE WE GET STARTED You will require Tasker to follow along today. Tasker will run you $2.99 from the Google Play Store. For best results, I recommend using an Android 4.0+ device, and please keep in mind that some Samsung devices with S-voice do not play well with Tasker's Voice input and text-to-speech output. Now would also be a good time to track down an appropriate image to be used as your icon for the project. To keep it simple, here, take this one I slapped together using the Androidify app.
Before we go diving in, this is a rather involved project that focuses on two new concepts we've not touched before, and expands on another that we've only used in its simplest form. The project itself looks to take your voice command as an input, act on your question and by converting and comparing variables, then output an answer to your question through your device's text-to-speech feature. Without the technical explanation, we will be asking our Android device "how many days until Christmas?" and it will answer us out loud. Let's get started. HOW TO COLLECT VOICE INPUT THROUGH TASKER Create a new Tasker Task and name it uniquely and concisely, I'll call mine "DaysUntilX". Tap the "+" button to add our first action. Choose Input. Choose Get Voice. You do not need to do anything here, but I find that adding a Title enhances the experience. I've added in "Say: how many days until Christmas." Then hit the system Back button to save and exit. Tap the "+" button to add a new action. Choose Variables. Choose Variable Set. We want to create a local variable that will take the collected voice input for evaluation. In the Name section, enter a variable name starting with the percentage sign followed by lowercase letters, I've called mine "%voiceinputx". In the To section, enter the collected voice input by typing "%VOICE", without the "'s, of course. You could have also tapped the labels icon and scrolled through the list to find %VOICE. Tap the system Back button to save and exit. Now that we have collected your voice input and saved it into a variable, lets act upon it. First things first, we evaluate the input and exit the Task if something doesn't look, or sound, right. EVALUATE THE VOICE INPUT AND TERMINATE THE TASK IF ANYTHING SOUNDS WRONG Tap the "+" button to add your next action. Choose Alert. Choose Flash. Under Text, write yourself a quick message that will display if your voice input is not adequate to proceed. I simply put "Sorry, I don't understand %voiceinputx, please try again and repeat the phrase exactly." Now, most important, hit the "+" symbol to the right of IF. In the first text field, enter your voice input variable name, mine was "%voiceinputx". Tap the "~" button and choose Doesn't Match, which will change the button to "!~". In the second text field, enter the exact phrase that you want used to trigger your project. I have entered "how many days until Christmas". It is important to note that this is a case sensitive comparison. Most of us will want all of the words to be lowercase, but capitalizing "Christmas" should still work. You may need to play with this, luckily, our flash alert will display what text it has collected if you've entered the variable in the Text above. Tap the system Back button to save and exit. Now, if the above phrase didn't match, we want to outright halt the Task. Tap the "+" button to add a new action. Choose Task. Choose Stop. Tap the "+" symbol beside If and repeat the input as in the above Flash Alert action. This way, if our text collected does not match the text expected, the command Stop will terminate everything that is to come. Tap the system Back button to save and exit. Having collected voice input and used it to evaluate whether or not to proceed with the task, we will actually no longer need it today. From here, we just want to work with variables, then respond with our answer. We have some crazy work to do with those variables, so hang on. If you find that you are struggling to understand what exactly is happening, please just follow along, I suspect you'll find that it is easier to understand this project when everything is in place at the end. Here is what we are going to need to do. We will need to set a variable and tell it when Christmas is. Create another variable with today's date. Compare the two. Finally, add that value into a text-to-speech string. That almost made this sound easy, let's do it. CREATE AND COMPARE TASKER DATE VARIABLES We are going to be using the same basic procedures a few times over here, so, for further reference, to create a variable, tap the "+" button to add a new action, choose Variables, then choose Variable Set. Your first variable will be for your actual target date. In this case, Christmas. Variable Name will be something like "%XMASDAY". Note that I made it all capital letters, so that I can use this variable in other projects. Variable To will be the date, "12-25-2014", or whatever date you wish to work with. Tap the system Back button to save and exit. Create the next variable, for today. Variable Name something like "%today". Note that this is all lowercase characters, I won't need this variable for other projects, so I keep it local so that it deletes out of RAM when the Task is complete. Variable To should collect the current date, which is available as a built-in variable, "%DATE". Tap the system Back button to save and exit. Now we need to compare the two variables. The problem we face is that Tasker cannot do a mathematical calculation on dates, so we will need to convert the values to something that Tasker can work with, seconds. Tap the "+" button to add a new action. Select Variables. Select Variable Convert. Variable Name will be your Christmas day variable, I had called mine "%XMASDAY". Under Function, select Date Time to Seconds. Under Store Result In, create a new local variable, I'll call mine "%xmassec". Tap the system Back button to save and exit. Now, repeat the steps for your today variable. That is, choose Variable then Variable Convert, Variable Name "%today", Function Date Time to Seconds and Store Result In "%todaysec". Finish up by tapping the system Back button. DO MATH ON VARIABLES From here, we need to identify how many seconds difference between the two dates, then turn that into a manageable value. For each step below, we will just create a new variable for each action, I think that will help you understand the process a little easier. In a perfect world, we would just change the value of the existing variables. More on that another time. Tap the "+" button to add another action. This will be another Variable Set action. Variable Name "%secstoxmas" Hit the check mark beside Do Maths. In the Variable To field, enter "%xmassec - %todaysec". Tap the system Back button to save and exit. Now, we have the value in seconds, let's create a new variable to convert to days. Basic math, really. Variable Name "%daystox". Hit the check box beside Do Maths. Variable To "%secstoxmas / 60 / 60 / 24" I left the math long so it was easy to see what I was doing. Seconds divided by sixty gives minutes, divided by sixty gives hours, divided by 24, of course, gives days. Tap the system Back button to save and exit. Congratulations, you now have the answer of how many days it is until Christmas, or whatever you have made your target date. All there is left to do is something with that value. Here comes the text-to-speech, because, why not. Tap the "+" button to add yet another action. Select Alert. Select Say. In the Text field enter an appropriate statement, including your final variable from above. I have entered "There are %daystox days until Christmas." Feel free to play with the rest of the settings, if you desire, then hit the system Back button to save and exit. That is all there is too it. I say that like this was simple. In a way it really was, just a lot of steps to get to this point. Anyhow, go ahead and tap that Task Play button in the bottom corner to test out your project. Don't be disheartened if it does not work the first time, some tweaking may be required. Last thing before you exit out of the Tasker Task, tap that icon button in the other bottom corner and add an image to your project, this is where that picture I gave you above comes in. WHAT'S NEXT Of course, I have not given you a trigger for this project. You may opt to simply place a Tasker Task widget on your Homescreen. That is probably easiest. From there, if you are really into this thing, why not add it as a piece of a Zooper Widget Christmas design. Wouldn't hurt to display the countdown right beside your clock. Then, of course, you can remove the voice input validation and simply have it read out the days remaining statement when you click it in your Zooper Widget design. For bonus points, you can add extra text-to-speech commands. In this case, you would want to turn on the If parameter in each Say action. What I've done is create three Say actions, one that fires if Christmas is yet to come, another for when it is Christmas day and the last to gently remind me that I've missed the special day. Back to the beginning of this project, we only put voice input into this project for the sake of learning how to use it. It truly does not serve the project very well. Feel free to axe it from the lineup. Tasker includes the ability to disable actions within a Task, without having to delete them. Long press on the desired action, then select the power icon that appears in the top right, or the word Disable, depending on your version of Tasker. Finally, we have a little treat for you today, I've gone ahead and packaged up the entire project into an importable XML file. Download it to your device, then long press the Task tab header to choose Import. You'll have to put your own icon for the project though. For your security, the download hashes as MD5 Checksum: D7B6AE1D1B1975F1DBB57948D8C82E3E NEXT WEEK We hope that you've found use for this week's Android customization project. Please keep in mind that Christmas is just an example, this project will let you count down to any date you desire, and is good for any time of the year. Next week, we need to take it a little easier, let's look at methods to keep your display on longer. Yes, we touched on this subject before, using Tasker - this time out, we'll show you what the Android OS itself can do, and how to manage those settings. What is the best use of voice input controls you have running on your device?
The Chromecast is something that I literally use on a day to day basis, and is surprisingly one of the most used tech devices in my apartment. If you know someone that spends a lot of time watching YouTube or Netflix and have no idea what to get them for Christmas, then Amazon is your friend right now. If you head on over there as we speak, you can pick one up for just $23.99, which is considerably less than the $35 it usually retails for. GET CHROMECAST FOR $23.99 ON AMAZON Moving on, you could also give the gift of Nexus, and thanks to the promo ran by Amazon right now, you could get it for 50 bucks less than the usual deal. Yes, the Nexus 9 WiFi (black/white) in 16GB and 32GB storage options are all discounted by $50. GET GOOGLE NEXUS 9 TABLET (8.9-INCH, 16 GB, WHITE) ON AMAZON GET GOOGLE NEXUS 9 TABLET (8.9-INCH, 32 GB, WHITE) ON AMAZON GET GOOGLE NEXUS 9 TABLET (8.9-INCH, 16 GB, BLACK) ON AMAZON GET GOOGLE NEXUS 9 TABLET (8.9-INCH, 32 GB, BLACK) ON AMAZON Enjoy your discounts and check out more Black Friday deals here!
LG is a company that has managed to do something in the mobile world that few competitors accomplished. Once looked at as a mere third-rate phonemaker, the company has rose to become a top rated powerhouse that's been doing all the right things. As shown with their record breaking sales for Android devices last month, LG is serious about mobile, and now it appointed a new CEO to make sure that it stays on the right track. While one of the first thoughts that came to my mind was "why change bosses if the current one is doing so well?", the newly appointed mobile leader certainly has the right credentials for the job. Effective January 1, Juno Cho will take the reins as the new CEO of the mobile division, moving on from his current position of president of LG Corporation. Cho is well versed in the mobile industry, having lead LG's mobile business strategy (along with sales and marketing) for North America between 2000 and 2007. The current CEO Jong-seok Park of LG Mobile will shift to the role of Chief Technology Advisor, and considering how well he has done while at the helm, one can only hope that his influence will remain strong. LG also announced changes to their upper management structure across multiple divisions, and seems very serious on maintaining momentum. LG has worked very hard to completely turn its mobile division around, and its success has been a nightmare for other Android manufacturers. Though other factors are at play, Samsung has undoubtedly felt the sting, with its numbers taking a huge dive while LG sales projections continue to soar. With the huge success of the LG G3, it's safe to assume that the tech world will have its eyes and ears open on news of LG's next flagship.
It's getting to be that time of year again where people form long lines before the crack of dawn to get items on sale for Christmas. Black Friday is just a couple of days away and thankfully, some websites are getting it over with early this year. If you're loved ones like tech, you may be able to skip the lines entirely by ordering online this Black Friday instead of battling the stampede. In this roundup, we'll take a look at the best Black Friday deals! ------------------------- FROM MONOPRICE Kris Wouk from over at Sound Guys did a lovely wrap up of some awesome Monoprice items that are on sale for Black Friday. There are a whopping 30 deals overall. Some of the stuff you'll find include: * Home theater items * Mobile accessories * Computer accessories * Gaming accessories * Networking (routers) * Camera and video * Pro audio There are dozens of items on sale and you can check them all out by clicking here. ------------------------- FROM ANDROID AUTHORITY DEALS We're always looking for some awesome deals to share with you because getting things for a big discount is awesome. Here are some deals going on right now. * The Icon Bluetooth Speaker for $19.99 (80% off). * The Extreme Micro Drone 2.0 for $74.99. * 20,000mAh Limefuel Battery Pack - 58% off! We'll no doubt be posting more deals as we find them so you'll definitely want to head over to the list of deals that we've covered. We also have a dedicated deals store with more great offers which you can find by clicking here. ------------------------- THE AMAZON SHOWCASE Last up is a gigantic list of awesome stuff at Amazon. Items are going for between 13% to over 80% off right now. Here is the admittedly exhaustive list of tech and Android gadgets on sale on Amazon for Black Friday. Items are listed in no particular order. Enjoy! AUDIO: * Sennheiser Momentum On Ear Headphones (7 different colors) - 42% - 61% OFF! * Sony MDRXB950BT/B Extra Bass Bluetooth Headset - 51% OFF! * Monster iSport Strive In-Ear Headphones with Apple Control Talk (Blue, Black, Orange) - 30% - 44% off! * Monster iSport Intensity in-ear headphones (Black, Green, Pink) - 27% - 38% off! * JBL Micro Wireless Ultra-Portable Speaker with built-in bass port and Bluetooth (Red, Black) - 29% off! * JBL Micro II Ultra-Portable Multimedia Speaker (Orange, Black, White) - 18% - 39% off! * Sony SRSX3 Portable NFC Bluetooth Wireless Speaker (White, Red, Black) - 28% off! * Jabra SPORT+ Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Headphones (Black and Yellow) - 43% off! * Jabra PLAY Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Headset - 50% off! * BackBeat Go 2 Bluetooth earbuds (Black and White) - 14% - 25% off! * Photive CYREN Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker - 64% OFF! * Photive BTH3 Bluetooth 4.0 Headphones with built-in mic - 58% off! * Photive HYDRA Rugged Water Resistant Wireless Bluetooth Speaker - 71% OFF! * The Oontz XL Cambridge SoundWorks Wireless Bluetooth Speaker - 58% OFF! DEVICES: * Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, 10.1-inch 16GB (White and Black) - $229.99 - $249.99 * Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, 8-inch 16GB (White and Black) - $179.99 - $199.99 * Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, 7-inch 8GB (White and Black) - $139.99-$149.99 * Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2-inch 32GB (White and Black) - $497.99 * Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5-inch 16GB (White and Black) - $379.99 - $399.99 * Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2-inch (32GB and 64GB as well as 32GB + Keyboard) - $599 - $699 * Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1-inch 2014 edition (16GB and 32GB, Black and White, with or without an Otterbox case) - $449 - $539 * Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4-inch 16GB (White and Black) - $349 * Samsung Gear Fit Fitness Tracker and Smartwatch for Samsung Devices (Black) - $140.99 * BLU Life Pure Unlocked Phone (Black) - 46% off! * Next Monday (December 1st), you'll be able to pick up a Moto X 2014 for $140 off and get an additional 30% off all accessories. Read here for more details! * You can find another whopping 37 deals on various smartphones from various retailers and carriers including Best Buy and RadioShack and including phones like the Xperia Z3, HTC One M8, and the HTC Desire Eye. Read here for more details! * The Amazon Fire Phone price has been dropped to $199 which puts it in the same price territory as the Moto G. This actually makes it a pretty good deal. Read here for more details! EXTRA STORAGE: * PNY Attache USB 2.0 flash drive (8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB models) - 57% - 85% OFF! * PNY Turbo USB 3.0 flash drive (32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB models) - 46% - 68% OFF! * SanDisk Ultra MicroSDHC Class 10 UHS Memory Cards (16GB and 64GB models) - 40% - 75% OFF! * SanDisk Extreme UHS-I/U3 SDHC Memory Card (16GB, 32GB, and 64GB) - 40% - 50% off! * SanDisk Extreme CZ80 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models) - 49% - 68% OFF! * SanDisk Extreme UHS-U3 MicroSDHC Memory Card (16GB, 32GB, and 64GB) - 40% - 56% off! * PNY High Performance MicroSDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Cards (16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB models) - 17% - 63% OFF! * Samsung EVO Class 10 MicroSDHC Memory Cards (16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models) - 47% - 66% OFF! GAMING: * Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 with 7.1 Surround Sound - 38% off! * Lenovo Y50 15.6-inch Touchscreen Gaming Laptop - 20% off! * Razer DeathAdder Ergonomic PC Gaming Mouse - 34% off! * Turtle Beach Titanfall Ear Force PC Gaming Headset - 27% off! * Creative Fatal1ty Gaming Headset - 54% OFF! MISC ACCESSORIES * PNY T4400 PowerPack Portable Battery Charger - 35% off! * Plantronics M50 Bluetooth Headset - 22% off! * Jabra FREEWAY Bluetooth Speakerphone - 47% off! * Jabra WAVE Bluetooth Headset - 56% off! ------------------------- WRAP UP If there are some awesome Black Friday deals going down and we missed them, let us know in the comments!
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Galaxy Club If it first you "don't succeed", try and try again. If you still can't catch a break after your _sixth _attempt, take Beyonce's advice and put a ring on it. A new patent application has appeared this week, potentially giving us a glimpse of what might end up being one of Samsung's upcoming smartwatches. What makes this particular patent so interesting? It shows a round watch operated by a ring around the face. To be clear, the filing, originally going back to 2013, isn't for the circular design or for the idea of operating a smartwatch with a rotating ring. The innovation in the patent is displaying a daily agenda on a circular interface divided into "slices". Rotating the ring is just one of the proposed ways to edit entries from the agenda. As with all patents, there's no guarantee that the idea will ever materialize. Regardless if this technology makes it to a product, we already know that circular smartwatch designs are in the works at Samsung - back in August, _SamMobile_ reported that Samsung is working on an answer to the well-received Moto 360 and LG G Watch R, both round designs. Up until now, Samsung has only launched rectangular designs for its Tizen and Android Wear smartwatches. Rotating rings are nothing new in the conventional watch industry, but up until now smartwatches have been mostly touch-only affairs. The G Watch R has a prominent ring around its screen, but that only serves to protect the screen. Apple is mixing physical and digital controls for its own Watch, which uses a rotating crown as a primary control. It remains to be seen if and how Samsung will take its ring idea to fruition.