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Deal: Buy Google Home and get Chromecast or Chromecast Audio free of charge

Google is trying hard to sell as many Home smart speakers and Chromecast devices as possible through its official online store. We have already seen a bunch of great deals in the past, and have now come across another one.

The company is offering a $35 discount to those who buy the Google Home speaker ($129) with Chromecast or Chromecast Audio. This means that you will get a Chromecast device for free with your purchase, as both devices retail for exactly $35.

The offer is valid for a limited time only and will expire on March 18. To get it, all you have to do is add the Google Home and Chromecast or Chromecast Audio to your shopping cart and the $35 discount will be applied automatically. Google is also offering free shipping, which will save you a few extra bucks.

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The complete list of services with Google Home support

6 days ago

As a refresher, Google Home is a voice-controlled smart speaker that will play you music, tell you what the weather is like, and a bunch of other stuff based on your voice commands. It is powered by Google’s Assistant, which made its debut on the Pixel and Pixel XL devices and will soon be available on other Android smartphones as well.

Chromecast, on the other hand, will turn your regular TV into a smart TV. You’ll get access to a bunch of different streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and others. If you’re a music lover, you may consider opting for the Chromecast Audio instead, which will allow you to stream music from your mobile device to a speaker of your choice.

As already mentioned, the deal will expire on March 18, so you still have some time to think whether or not to get it. If you have decided to get the deal, visit Google’s online store by clicking the button below.

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How to install Official B130 EMUI 5.0 firmware based on Android 7.0 Nougat for Honor 8

Honor, the sub-brand of Huawei launched the Honor 8 smartphone last year and the smartphone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. While the company has officially announced the Nougat update is underway and most people, in fact, have already received it, a lot of people are still waiting for the same. Talking about the specs of the device, it is powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core Kirin 950 processor and it comes with 4GB of RAM. It also has 32GB of internal storage which is also expandable via a microSD card slot. On the front, we have a 5.2 LTPS display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels.

The firmware which we are about to install today was already available for the Huawei Mate 9 smartphone and now the same is now available for the Honor 8 smartphone. And this is the official version of the software from Honor and hence you can go ahead and install this without having to worry about anything.

About the Firmware

This firmware as mentioned earlier is based on the Android 7.0 Nougat and the UI version is Emotion UI 5.0. The firmware version is B130 and it will work with honor 8 smartphone only. Do make note that this will work with Honor 8 smartphone only and hence don’t try to install it on any other smartphone. The CUST version is CUSTC675D002 and it is a stable and official version of the software.

Prerequisite

  • The first step is to download EMUI 5.0 full package file for Honor 8 from the link given below. It is mandatory for the installation.
  • The next step is to create a backup of the smartphone since we will be wiping the internal memory clean.
  • Also, make sure that you have about 50-60 % of battery for flashing. If your smartphone ends up with a drained battery during the installation, then you may end up with a bricked smartphone as well.

Download EMUI 5.0 For Honor 8

Installation

  1. Assuming that you have created a backup of your smartphone and have downloaded the files from the link given above, we can now proceed with the installation.
  2. The next step is to extract the file which you downloaded.
  3. Now create a new folder called dload and copy the file named content.app to dload folder.
  4. Now simply switch off your smartphone by holding the volume up + Volume down + Power for a few seconds. This will start the installation of the firmware automatically.
  5. Once the flashing will get over, your smartphone will be automatically rebooted into the new firmware.

Do make a note that first reboot may take some time and hence we suggest you stay patient with the same. If you have any qierries with the installation of the software, then be sure to let us know in the comment section below and also, stay tuned to Android Advices for more such tutorials.

Leaked Samsung Galaxy S8 video provides brief look at working device

A leaked video of what appears to be a working Samsung Galaxy S8 has appeared online via the MobileFunTV YouTube channel. The video, which is only a few seconds long, shows a white device which looks very similar to what we’ve seen in previous photos and render leaks for the S8.

Though it doesn’t provide much in the way of new information regarding the S8, it would corroborate previously speculation regarding the edge-to-edge display design, lack of physical home screen button and the sensor setup at the top of the device (which presumably includes an iris scanner). It’s still speculation and should be taken with a grain of salt — but it’s also backed up by a recent video from Slashleaks, which you can see below.

Samsung revealed just yesterday that the S8 would be unveiled in a month’s time on March 29: to find out everything else we’ve heard about the device so far, check out our dedicated Galaxy S8 rumors article.

ZTE officially unveils the budget-friendly Blade V8 Mini and Lite at MWC 2017

ZTE has had quite a busy 2017 so far. Back at CES in January, we were able to go hands-on with the new Blade V8 Pro, a budget-friendly smartphone with dual 13MP rear-facing cameras. Just two days later, the company announced the Blade V8 (without the Pro), which still offered great mid-range specs. Today, here at MWC 2017, ZTE is taking the wraps off two Android 7.0 Nougat-powered smartphones, the Blade V8 Mini and Blade V8 Lite.

The higher-end device out of the two is the ZTE Blade V8 Mini (pictured above), which sports a metallic unibody design. Perhaps the most standout feature the V8 Mini offers is its 13 and 2MP dual camera setup on the back, which will allow you to take advantage of bokeh effects and a handy refocus mode. These cameras also support a 3D shooting mode, which will allow the sensors to take photos from different angles and combine them together to generate 3D pictures. What’s more, the device also comes with manual camera controls and automatic HDR.

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ZTE Blade V8 Pro hands-on

January 4, 2017

The Blade V8 Mini does not skimp on the pro camera features

The V8 Mini sports a 5.0-inch display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage, expandable memory, a 5MP front camera and a non-removable 2,800mAh battery. It also features a fingerprint sensor on the back, which will let you launch your favorite app when the screen is off or locked. And as mentioned, the V8 Mini also runs Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, complete with ZTE’s MiFavor 4.2 software overlay.

The V8 Mini will initially be available in several Asia Pacific and European markets. Pricing and availability details have yet to be announced.

That’s not the only device ZTE launched today, though. The company has also unveiled the Blade V8 Lite (pictured above). This device sports a metal chassis, a 5.0-inch display, an octa-core MediaTek 6750 processor, an 8MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, as well as a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. In addition, this device runs Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, along with ZTE’s Mifavor 4.2.

The Blade V8 Lite will be available in Italy, Germany and Spain at launch, and will roll out to more Asia Pacific and European markets later on. No pricing or exact availability details have been announced yet, but we’ll be sure to update you as we learn more.

Android Authority is on the show floor at MWC 2017, bringing you all the new news as it happens. Head here to check out all our MWC 2017 coverage!

ZTE’s Blade V8 Lite and V8 Mini are two new phones meant for the youths

Are you a young millennial? ZTE's latest mid-range devices are equipped with the hardware you'll need for living your very best life.

ZTE is launching two new Android-powered smartphone from its youth-oriented line at MWC 2017. The Blade V8 Mini and Blade V8 Lite boast plenty of "features for young people" in addition to stylish metallic chassis.

The Blade V8 Mini sports the same 13-megapixel and 2-megapixel dual-rear cameras featured on the original Blade V8 Pro. It's equipped with a refocus mode that lets you select the focus area after you've shot the photo. The Blade V8 Mini also supports 3D shooting, a manual mode, auto HDR, and a multiple camera mode. You can view all the pictures you shot on its 5-inch HD display.

Inside, the Blade V8 Mini runs on a decidedly low-end Snapdragon 435 with 2GB of RAM. It also has a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, as well as an unremovable 2,800mAh battery. There's also an expansion slot if its 16GB of storage seems too meager for you. The Blade V8 Mini will run Android 7.0 out of the box.

The Blade V8 Lite is an even lower end product from ZTE. The camera on this one has been bumped down to one 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, though there's still a 5-megapixel front-facing one. The VR Lite's display is also 5-inches long, though it's only 720p. It's also packed with a MediaTek processor, 2GB of RAM, a 2,500mAh battery and 16GB of onboard storage, with the option to get more via expansion slot.

There are few launch details for the Blade V8 Mini and Blade V8 Lite. The V8 Mini's launch will be in various markets across Asia Pacific and Europe, while the V8 Lite will be marketed towards European markets, namely Italy, Spain, and Germany.

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