Hot off the presses

10 Hottest Android Stories This Week (December 9th)

EarlyBird – News for Android brings you ALL of the Android news you crave and lets users decide what matters. Here are the 10 Top Android for the week of December 9th.

Best of Phandroid

What to do if I forget my lock pattern? [Android 101]

The Android pattern lock is an extremely handy way to put a layer of security on your device. However, unlike a pin code or password it can be easy to forget. What do you do then? We’ve got the answer for you.

Hot Deal

Deal: $50 off the Samsung Gear Fit 2

Amazon has a huge discount on the Samsung Gear Fit 2 today. This fitness smartwatch is going for $50 off, bringing it down to $129.99.

China Taking Over

Oppo expected to expand to the US next year

ZTE, Huawei, LeEco, Lenovo — all of these companies (and then some) have lofty aspirations: they want to dominate the US market. You can potentially add Oppo to that list today.

Fit on the cheap

DEAL: Misfit Ray fitness tracker gets a 30% discount

The Misfit Ray is now $30 cheaper on Amazon, selling for just $69.99. The fitness tracker doesn’t come with a lot of features, but it’s more stylish than most and its battery last a full six months.

Built Like a Tank

The Best Rugged and Durable Android Phone [December 2016]

If you’re heading into these hazardous December months and you want a phone that won’t whimper when it slips out of your hand, then the slate of contenders you should be considering is pretty much set.

Charged Up

GIVEAWAY: Best Power Banks Of 2016

We use Power Banks mainly to charge our device, but some of us have a hard time choosing between the many options, as there are a myriad of companies now selling them

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14 tips every Samsung Galaxy S7 Active owner should know

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active is finally here and ready to be used and abused. The Galaxy S7 Active is essentially a Galaxy S7 with a beefy case permanently affixed, but it does offer a few extra tricks.

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Phan Favs: The Best Messaging App for Android [RESULTS]

We asked you to tell us which messaging apps you use. These apps could be used for SMS, instant messaging, video chat, or all three. After one full week we have tallied the votes. Here are your picks!