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Black Shark 2 review: Taking another bite from gamers’ wallets

By Eric Zeman

Black Shark 2 Review screen

Ready for another shark attack? Black Shark has returned with a sequel to its 2018 gaming phone. The Black Shark 2 builds on the core of the original, adding modest improvements along the way. With a slick, light-aided design outside and drool-worthy silicon inside, the Black Shark 2 is ready to chomp through your favorite games and look good doing it.

The best gaming phones you can get right now

Here is Android Authority‘s Black Shark 2 review.

About our Black Shark 2 review: We tested the Black Shark 2 over a period of one week. The device was running Android 9 Pie and Black Shark’s Joy UI. It did not receive any software updates while we tested it. The review unit was supplied to Android Authority by Black Shark.

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Black Shark 2 review: The big picture

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Source:: android authority


Deal: 8 ways to become a certified SEO specialist

By AA Picks

Complete SEO Certification Training Bundle

Google receives over one trillion searches each year. The first page of Google search results get the vast majority of that traffic, and ultimately more profits. If you’re not currently ranking on the first page of search engines, you’re missing out.

For that reason, every website worth its salt employs SEO specialists, including Android Authority. If you have expertise in this field then there are a vast number of career opportunities out there.

That’s where the Complete SEO Certification Training Bundle comes in. This eight-part bundle is a 38-hour masterclass in all things SEO. You’ll learn how to use social media, WordPress, Google Adwords, and other tools to maximize SEO and traffic driven to a site.

This learning kit is so all-encompassing that it goes beyond the many facets of search engine optimization. For instance, one of the courses focuses on conversion rate, which is about increasing the percentage of visitors to the site who go on to click, inquire, and buy.

On top of all that, each course in the bundle comes with a certificate of completion so that you can validate your training and land those lucrative roles.

The SEO Certification Training Bundle:

Deal: The $100 Bluetooth 5 AirTaps are under $40 today

By AA Picks

AirTaps Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds

AirPods may be the standard bearer for wireless Bluetooth earbuds, but at $160 a pair, you know that you’re paying a big premium for the Apple name. There are plenty of budget alternatives, and you won’t see many bigger savings than the Bluetooth 5.0 AirTaps from Trndlabs.

The AirTaps have a sleek, true-wireless design to ensure minimal bulk, and they come with a lightweight charging case. Not only is the case handy for keeping the buds together, but it also gives you an extra 10 hours battery life.

With the charging case, you can enjoy up to 14 hours of playback time.

The playback time from the AirTaps is already up to four hours, so with the extra juice from the charging case, you can go all day without needing a power socket.

The AirTaps use Bluetooth 5.0 for enhanced connectivity with your device, so they won’t lag or drop out while you’re enjoying your favorite tunes. They’re pretty damn stylish too.

If you like the look of the AirTaps then today is the best day to pick up a pair. They’re on offer for better than half price this week. The …read more

Source:: android authority


Anker’s highly rated smartphone accessories are up to 40% off on Amazon

By Justin Duino

Anker Amazon Sale April 20, 2019

Did you just buy a new smartphone? Need a new set of USB-C cables or a battery pack for your next trip? Well, an assortment of Anker accessories are currently seeing significant discounts on Amazon.

If you have never heard of Anker before, it’s probably because you’ve been living under a tree. All jokes aside, this company makes pretty much everything you would ever need to go along with your smartphone, tablet, or other electronics.

Editor’s Pick

Anker’s Roav Bolt brings Google Assistant to your dumb car for just $50

While it would be incredibly convenient for every car to be equipped with Android Auto, that’s just not the reality. The system makes it safer and easier to interact with our devices on the road, …

If you’re worried about the discounted prices, don’t. As you will learn by reading customer reviews and each item’s page, Anker takes pride in its products and certifies that they should work without issue.

Here are some of the Anker products currently on sale:

We asked, you told us: Oppo Reno’s shark fin selfie camera is neat, but is a no-go

By Justin Duino

Oppo Reno Hands On shark fin popup camera

Urged on by customers, smartphone companies have done their best to eliminate screen bezel. While this has resulted in some introducing features such as notches, others such as Oppo, Samsung, and Vivo have introduced motorized pop-up cameras.

Each company has taken on the pop-up mechanism in its own but relatively similar fashion. Oppo Reno’s camera module, on the other hand, slides up at an angle. This shark fin design is unique and differentiates it from the competition.

So we decided to ask you, are you a fan of the Oppo Reno’s shark fin selfie camera? Here’s what you had to say.

Oppo Reno shark fin selfie camera


Out of the roughly 23 thousand votes across the website, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, just over 50 percent were against the Oppo Reno’s shark fin camera and flash module. Similar to past polls, voters on the site were the only ones to differ from the rest of the pack as they voted for the unique design.

Looking through the comment section, it appears as those most aren’t actually against the shark fin design, but instead against motorized/moving pieces on smartphones. …read more

Source:: android authority


5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week – Android Apps Weekly

By Joe Hindy

This is a screenshot of Waymo for the 289th Android Apps Weekly

Welcome to the 289th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the big headlines from the last week:

  • Microsoft is bringing a Forza game to mobile later in 2019. It announced the game earlier this week. The game, Forza Street, should be fairly standard for a mobile racer. There is a single player mode with a story line as well as online multiplayer. It aims at casual gamers mostly. Hit the link to learn more!
  • The Google Play Store had a couple of big news stories this week. The first is simultaneous app downloads. This was a feature in the earlier days of Android it looks like it’s coming back. With the faster data speeds of 2019, it should make updates a lot faster. The second bit of news is a promise from Google. They want to do quicker and more detailed Play Store decisions for developers. That’s a good one for the devs.
  • Two apps were banned in various countries this week. India banned TikTok while Nepal banned PUBG Mobile. India courts felt the app was dangerous for kids. Meanwhile, Nepal says that the video game is making people aggressive. India asked Google Play and the …read more

    Source:: android authority


The Game Boy helped me become who I am today, even if I never had one

By Williams Pelegrin

Picture of a Nintendo Game Boy

Opinion post by
Williams Pelegrin

My life has had its ups and downs, particularly when I was a kid. Because my folks couldn’t afford much when they immigrated here, we lived in very sketchy and unsafe parts of New York City. We received government benefits that helped take some pressure off my dad, who paid for food on our table by bagging groceries at supermarkets. We had no relatives to fall back on for help.

Things were rough at first, but they improved once my folks found their footing. As a result, they weren’t ashamed to spoil me and my brother. My parents tried their hardest to get us things that we wanted. They didn’t see that as spoiling, however — my parents came from almost nothing and wanted to provide better and more comfortable lives for me and my brother.

Editor’s Pick

10 best Game Boy Advanced, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy emulators for Android

Game Boy and Game Boy Color were the handheld consoles that started it all. Their release showed that you could have well made games that fit in your pocket. Handheld game consoles have …read more

Source:: android authority


Easter special: Learn to code for less than $30

By AA Picks

The Complete Learn to Code Masterclass Bonus Bundle

If you want a successful career in the tech world, you’re going to need to learn to code. But identifying which languages you should learn can be difficult, especially if you don’t yet know which area you want to specialize in.

That’s what makes the Complete Learn to Code Masterclass Bonus Bundle such a great option. Through 11 training kits, this package offers a solid introduction to about a dozen different programming languages. You’ll have a strong foundation to work in many different tech fields.

Best of all, it’s way more flexible and economical than other courses. That’s because you’ll receive over $1,900 worth of career prep training for the paltry sum of just $29. Since the courses are delivered online, you can set your own schedule and go at your own pace.

The Complete Learn to Code Bundle:

Eufy Lumos Smart Bulbs review: Tunable and dimmable smart lighting

By Kevin Parrish

Anker Eufy Lumos Tunable Smart Bulb 2.0

After publishing our article listing the best smart bulbs that don’t require a hub, Anker provided two basic second-generation smart bulbs for testing. Our Eufy Lumos Smart Bulbs review focuses on the Eufy Lumos Tunable White Smart Bulb (2.0) and Eufy Lumos Dimmable White Smart Bulb (2.0), both of which are now available on Amazon. These bulbs do not require a smart home hub.

Eufy Lumos Tunable White 2.0 ($20)

With the Eufy Lumos Tunable bulb, you can “tune” the luminance between warm (orange-ish) and cool (blue-ish) ranging from 2,700K to 6,500K. It has a dimmable maximum brightness of 800 lumens and a lifespan of 22.8 years based on a three-hours-per-day average. It’s an A19-size bulb that screws into your standard E26 light socket and the equivalent of a standard 60-watt bulb.

Anker Eufy Lumos Tunable Smart Bulb 2.0 Warm

Rather than rely on a local hub, this bulb connects directly to your local 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network. In turn, you can …read more

Source:: android authority


Converting speech to text: How to create a simple dictation app

By Jessica Thornsby

google voice search converting speech to text

Many apps, services, and household gadgets use speech recognition to provide a better user experience and improve accessibility. There are countless Android apps that make use of speech recognition — the most notable of which is Google Assistant — so why not follow suit and add this feature to your own Android applications?

Editor’s Pick

10 best disabled apps and accessibility apps for Android

There are many types of disabilities and most of them seem to have a habit of making life difficult. Whether it’s being hard of hearing, visually impaired, or physically disabled, chances are that you can’t …

In this article, I’ll share a quick and easy way to get started with Android’s Speech-to-Text Intent, which can be useful in a wide range of applications. For example, you might use speech recognition to automate tedious manual data entry, automatically generate subtitles, or even as the basis for a translation app that “listens” to vocal input, converts it into text, then translates this text and displays the results to the user.

Regardless of the kind of application you create, speech recognition can improve accessibility by providing users with an alternative way to interact …read more

Source:: android authority