Get ready for Android One phones in the US

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Remember Android One? Don’t feel bad if you’ve forgotten, it’s kind of fallen off the radar since Google announced it a few years ago.

Android One devices were intended to be basically very low cost Nexus phones. They’re cheap, but run unskinned Android and are quick to get updates. Google originally had a pretty controlling approach to the hardware that went into Android One devices, but they’ve loosened that up a bit.

[TA Deals] Save almost 50% on a wireless Bluetooth gaming controller

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There are plenty of fantastic mobile games available on Google Play, but if you’re used to a bigger console with an actual controller, some of those games can feel half-baked when you’re forced to use a touchscreen. The good news is that Android natively supports connecting to a wireless controller to give you a better console-like experience, and the even better news is that we have a hefty discount on a controller to get you started.

Apple iPhone 7 review

Love it or hate it, Apple’s iPhone 7 is arguably the most popular phone on the planet. Year in and year out it consistently sells truck loads of units in September and always finishes strong around Christmas, and even lackluster quarters for Apple still bring in loads of cash thanks to the success of the iPhone.

Xiaomi grew too big too quickly, wants to pace itself in 2017

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Xiaomi is probably the best example of a small company exploding in growth thanks to smartphones around the globe and in emerging markets. They started as a relatively no-name company, moved on to selling their devices exclusively online (and being completely unable to keep them in stock for more than a few seconds) and becoming one of the hottest names in the smartphone market in just a few years. There has been much anticipation on Xiaomi officially bringing devices to the US, growing into other tech segments, and continuing their exponential growth, but 2016 turned out to be a bump in the road for the little Chinese company that could.

Sprint’s branding relaunch of Virgin Mobile is still coming in 2017

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Sprint has struggled to stay competitive in a quickly changing market, especially since T-Mobile has been incredibly aggressive on the lower-end of the spectrum. This has forced the carrier to focus on just one segment of their business at a time, and since Sprint has itself spread over multiple brands, some portions have lost quite a bit of ground to competitors.