Huawei’s Honor 5C is official with 5.2-inch Full HD display and Kirin 650 processor for $139

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First spotted at China’s TENAA certification body a couple of weeks ago, the Honor 5C has been officially unveiled at an event in China. Honor is Huawei’s budget-minded sub-brand and most recently launched the reasonably priced 5X (reviewed here). Replacing the 4C, the Honor 5C offers a 5.2-inch Full HD display, 13MP rear camera, and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow for 899 Yuan ($139).   Read more

Samsung might be using Vulkan for a power saving TouchWiz launcher

Galaxy-S7-Edge-softwareVulkan is going to be a very big deal for mobile phones, but it’s going to do more than just improve the gaming experience on your smartphone. While most of the original buzz surrounding the efficient API was centered around lowering CPU overhead so 3D applications could run better and consume less energy, it looks like we’ll start to see that leveraged in simpler applications, too. Read more

‘Minecraft’ for the Gear VR is ready for you

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At GDC 2016, Oculus and Mojang announced that a special version of Minecraft was being developed for Samsung’s Gear VR. It would give one of the world’s most popular titles in history an immersive experience simply by adding a virtual reality headset. Mojang went live with the title for Samsung’s virtual reality headset earlier today, meaning owners of the Gear VR can start playing Minecraft.

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Best icon packs [2016]

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Icon packs are one of the best things about Android. There are so many out there, and because of that, you can really make your own unique interface. Whether you’re looking for something silly, serious, or well-designed, there’s something out there for you.

When it comes to customization, there isn’t much out there that’s better than icon packs. Many have tried, particularly Samsung with its Theme Engine. Unfortunately, even this Theme Engine isn’t better than icon packs. You’re supposed to be able to go into the Theme Store, find a theme you like, apply it, and be on your way. Unfortunately, there’s just not a lot of options there, and what is there isn’t any good. One thing’s for sure: The best icon packs will always remain on the Play Store, and there’s always more being added because the developer base is much larger that what Samsung or any other OEM trying to tackle customization will ever have.

That said, plenty more icon packs have launched on the Play Store since we last did a refresh of our best icon packs list, and we think these might just be the best yet. Check them out below and see what you think!

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[TA Deals] Win a $1,000 Steam gift card!

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Valve’s Steam is an all-in-one distribution platform for gaming, serving millions of gamers with thousands of titles to choose from. It’s a cross between a digital store and a social network built for a specific group. Since Steam is a store, there’s a price to pay. And we all know that games can carry hefty price tags, especially when buying over time.

On Talk Android Deals, we’re giving away a gift card to Steam. The value? $1,000.

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