Google IO 2016 Coverage

MetroPC brings BOGO deal back for Black Friday


Does anyone even realize that Thanksgiving is next Thursday? Probably not, because we’re all set on Black Friday. Around the world, stores will be stormed with customers eager to get their hands on the hottest deals of the year. So many are preparing for the massive foot traffic by launching their Black Friday deals early. MetroPCS, the prepaid carrier owned and operated by T-Mobile, has launched its familiar buy-one-get-one promotion eight days ahead of the (unofficial) holiday being honored.

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Cricket Wireless starts holiday pricing with select phones

Through January 7, Cricket Wireless customers can purchase select phones for a reduced price. The carrier announced today that phones from Samsung, LG, ZTE, LG, and Motorola are part of its holidays deals kickoff.

Every deal can be grabbed both online and at Cricket Wireless stores.

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ZTE Axon Pro review: A killer flagship that won’t break the bank


When you think of an Android flagship, chances are ZTE isn’t at the top of your list. The company hasn’t exactly pioneered great smartphones, and if they have, its only been in Asia-Pacific, with other regions being dominated by bigger names like Samsung, LG, HTC, and even Apple. ZTE is looking to change that in its effort to become the world’s third largest smartphone vendor, and they might just be onto something with the ZTE Axon Pro.

The Axon Pro is ZTE’s best smartphone yet with its hefty and elegant design, audio experience, and beautiful 5.5-inch display. As far as specifications go, the Axon Pro contends with much of what Samsung and LG put out this year, effectively adding to the already competitive smartphone market.

Does the Axon Pro have what it takes to dethrone kings like the Galaxy S6, LG G4, and maybe even the beloved Nexus series?

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Verizon scores slam dunk by taking NBA partnership over from Sprint


Verizon and the NBA announced they have entered into a new, multiyear content and marketing partnership that will make Verizon the Official Wireless Service Provider for the NBA and several of their related properties. With this move, Verizon moves into the spot previously held by Sprint. Verizon plans to use the partnership to help promote various “features” offered by the carrier, including the newly launched go90 platform. Read more

REX Global takes majority stake in Yota Devices


Hong Kong based REX Global has taken a 64.9% stake in Yota Device’s, the company behind the unique YotaPhone smartphones that include a second, E-Ink powered screen on the back side of the devices. According to the terms of the deal that have been revealed, REX Global is investing $100 million in Yota with at least $50 million of that being made available to Yota to provide an immediate cash infusion. Read more

ZTE Axon chosen as Chinese President’s gift to UK officials


The rise of China as a major market for smartphone manufacturers is well-known and is helping lead to a shift to Chinese manufacturers rising to the top of the hill when it comes to market share on a global basis. Despite the huge market opportunity in China, manufacturers still want to expand into other global markets, including mature markets like the U.S. or several European markets like the U.K. Chinese manufacturer ZTE will get a boost in their efforts based on a move by Chinese president Xi Jinping who is planning to promote Chines products during visits with British officials by gifting them with ZTE Axon smartphones. Read more