Today, the Google+ app for Android was updated in the Play Store bring a few notable improvements (besides the usual bug fixes and improved stability). Bringing it closer to the desktop web version, the Android app now has improved sharing features for sharing links from other apps. Just like on the web version, users can now view a web snippets or previews when sharing links inside the app. Also added was support for hashtags but please — use them sparingly. The last thing we need are statuses #hashtagging #every #word #in #the #sentence, something that’s plagued Instagram as of late. Proper hashtag etiquette says a hashtag is to be used as a phrase or one word conclusion to the status you’re posting. For example: “Ate a triple, bacon Krispy Kreme cheeseburger today. #YOLO.” Now get out there, and have some fun!
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An analytics firm has released a report that shows growth of the Pixel was astounding over the Black Friday weekend, with 112% more activations in this period than the four weeks before it.
A YouTuber by the name of Adam Jakowenko decided to hook up an Amazon Echo (the Dot variant, specifically) and a Google Home next to each other to see if they could talk to each other. Hilarity ensues.
Check Point, the security research team who has uncovered a lot of this stuff as of late, has discovered a new form of malware that they’re calling Gooligan. Everything you need to know is inside.
more_vertFitbit buys Pebble
We typically view acquisitions for small startups as great news, but for Pebble and their supposed buyout from Fitbit it might not be that happy of an ending. The original Kickstarter sensation is being bought out by Fitbit for anywhere between $34 to $40 million.
At $40, the Google Pixel Live Case is asking a lot from those looking to protect their smartphone in style. We’ve been using ours for a few weeks now and finally have a verdict.
more_vertBest Android Phones December 2016
As the year comes to a close, most of the Android phones for 2016 are out and available for folks to buy. The landscape of the current stable of Android phones won’t change much until the calendar turns, so if you are in need of a smartphone then now is the perfect time to buy one.
Want a new phone for the holidays? Verizon is offering several new flagships at $0 down if you bring in your current phone for trade. Check the list for exceptions.
Huawei is planning on launching the Mate 9 in the US, but it will have to deal with lack of brand recognition and accusations of cyber espionage before it becomes a major player in the US market.
more_vertCyber Monday deals
Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you the 101 best Cyber Monday deals of 2016! Since there are only 24 hours in the day, we thought we’d save you hours of precious shopping time by compiling a list of the best smartphone, tablet, smartwatch, Chromebook, fitness tracker, smart TV, smart home and smartphone accessory deals …