Phandroid » Deals Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:17:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Humble Bundle PC and Android 9 adds three more games Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:54:41 +0000 humble bundle android and pc 9

Did you pay more than the average of nearly $4 for the Hunble Bundle PC and Android 9 last week? If, so, you’ve already gotten all six games that came with the original package. You’ll be glad to know that 3 more have been added, bringing the grand total up to 9 games at great value.

Today’s new games are Savant — Ascent, The Shivah, and Syder Arcade. Savant is a vertical climbing puzzler that has you fighting your way to the top of a fantasy-riddle castle. The Shivah is a point-and-click mystery adventure with a murderous plot. Finally, Syder Arcade is a side-scrolling space shooter that celebrates the roots of gaming.

Here’s how the full list stacks up after the new additions:

Humble Bundle: PC and Android 9

Beat the average to unlock:

Haven’t yet gotten in on the Hunble Bundle? You can pay more than the current average of $3.89 to get every game above for a short while longer, but anything less will only net you the original 4 games that were included. Head here to get your game on if you’re interested.

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Google entices Windows XP business refugees with ChromeBook offers Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:57:27 +0000 samsung chromebook 2 6

Windows XP is officially dead, folks, with Microsoft officially closing the books on support from here on out. With that, businesses might find themselves scrambling to find a solution to get them into the 21st century. The natural thing would be to go with Windows 7 or 8, but Google wants folks to consider another option.

They’re extending an olive branch to those willing to try something new — Chromebooks. From now until June 30th, your company can get $100 for each Chromebook they buy through the Chromebooks for Business initiative. Need VMWare DaaS for all your desktop apps? You can get $200. And if you throw in Citrix XenApp Platinum Addition, you’ll get that for 25% off normal cost.

Google contends that Chromebooks are ready for enterprise thanks to the advent of offline office apps, virtual machine emulation and more. If you’re interested you can try convincing your IT department that this is the way to go, though we wouldn’t be surprised to learn that most admins would rather stick to more familiar footing. Find out more at the source link.

[via Google]

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Pick up the ASUS Cube for only $30 (after $20 rebate) [CRAZY DEALS] Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:53:17 +0000 ASUS Cube side angle

For those looking to add a little smarts to their television experience can now find the ASUS Cube (version 2) on Groupon for only $50. For those unaware, that’s about half-off. But the 50% discount is only half the story — as tipped by the folks at Fatwallet you can receive an additional $20 off via manufacturer rebate direct from ASUS. When all is said and done, that brings the Google TV equipped device down to Chromecast-like pricing at $30. Yikes!

ASUS Cube ports and remote

Groupon limits purchases to only 3 per person, and is only available for the next 11 days, or while supplies last. Also something to keep in mind, the ASUS’ rebate promotion ends on April 30th, so make sure you don’t waste any time sending it in. The coolest part? The ASUS Cube features HDMI passthrough, meaning you don’t have to switch inputs when switching from live television, to Netflix, Crunchyroll or web browsing. The Roku, Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV can’t beat that. Full details can be found in the links below, and if you’re still on the fence, don’t forget to check out our ASUS Cube review here.

[ASUS Cube on Groupon | ASUS rebate form]

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Pre-order the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S5 for $199.99, and get one free when you buy two Fri, 04 Apr 2014 11:48:45 +0000 samsung-galaxy-s5-featured-LARGE

Heads up, Verizon heads: the company has just put their version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 up for pre-order. There are a couple of surprises here.

For starters, the device costs $199.99 on a new two-year contract agreement, a trend Verizon seemingly ditched in 2013 where their high-end smartphones consistently started at $299.99. That comes to just $599.99 off-contract.

Unfortunately Verizon makes no mention of Edge pricing, though we aren’t sure if that’s due to the device still being on pre-order status. We’ll be reaching out to Verizon to see if this thing will be available through Edge. If so, simply take the $599.99 off-contract price and device it by 24, as you’d be paying $0 down if you opt to go that route.

The other surprise is that they’re offering a buy one, get one free deal on it for a limited time, meaning you’ll be able to get two of these bad boys for the price of one. Not jonesing for two of the same devices? You’ll be able to swap the second one out for an HTC One M8 (read our review) or a Samsung ATIV SE if you fancy those instead. That’s a pretty sweet deal if you and someone else on your account are upgrading at the same time, so be sure to take advantage.

The Verizon Samsung Galaxy S5 is slated to ship April 11th, which is right in line with what we’ve been hearing for pretty much everyone else. And fret not about the latest Gear 2 devices being available, as those will be up for grabs on the very same day.


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Sprint to pull a ‘T-Mobile’ and pay your early-termination-fees if you make the switch Fri, 04 Apr 2014 01:18:33 +0000 Sprint Framily ETF

T-Mobile made a bold move when, as part of their new Uncarrier move, they began offering to pay early termination fees for customers looking to “break up” with their current carrier, and make the switch on over to magenta. It was an awesome promotion, and it’s one it appears Softbank-owned Sprint will begin offering starting tomorrow.

Posted onto the Sprint forum S4GRU, the leaked internal document provides employees with full details of the promo, scheduled to run from April 4th, through May 8th, 2014. Those looking to switch to Sprint will get up to $300 to trade-in their used smartphone, and a $350 for Visa giftcard for every line successfully transferred over to one of Sprint’s new “Framily” plans.

The tricky part comes in the fine print. According to the Sprint doc, prepaid cards will be sent out within 12 weeks after customers’ ETFs have been successfully validated by Sprint, and they must have their accounts in good standing for at least 45 days in order to receive the prepaid card.

Seems word of the upcoming promo has already gotten back to T-Mobile, with their CMO Mike Sievert tweeting today:

He goes onto tweet how it’s “frucked up,” with T-Mobile CEO John Legere weighing in on the matter saying, “Clearly we’re going to be #frenemies.” Ha.

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HTC One M8 Developer Edition $50 off until midnight, here’s a behind the scenes look at designing the phone [VIDEO] Fri, 04 Apr 2014 00:06:28 +0000 HTC-One-M8-Style

Just a heads up for those unaware, HTC is currently offering the HTC One M8 Developer Edition at a discounted promotional price. Normally $700, it’s been marked down to $650 to celebrate the phones release. HTC reminded us via their Twitter page that the $50-off pricing will only be good until midnight (PST). After that, the phone wont turn into a pumpkin, but it will run you slightly more.

So why pick up the One M8 Developer Edition over the model you’ll find at your local carrier store? Well, for starters, the phone receives updates directly from HTC — not your carrier. Without the need for carrier approval, the One M8 DE will in many cases receive software updates months ahead of carrier release. We saw this with last year’s HTC One which received an update to Android 4.4 KitKat barely a week after the Nexus 4 and Google Play edition devices. Yeah, that’s fast.

Buy the HTC One Developer Edition $650

There’s no denying the One M8 is one of the most gorgeous smartphones to date. If you were curious to see just how serious HTC was about making the phone (nearly) perfect, we leave you with their newly uploaded behind the scenes video. Enjoy.


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Humble Bundle PC and Android 9 is live, offers 6 great DRM-free games for charity Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:56:52 +0000 Humble Bundle PC Android 9

Hope you’ve been setting some change aside, because it’s time for another Humble Bundle deal. This time around we have the Humble Bundle: PC and Android 9, a collection of DRM-free games that will not only work on your Android device, but have PC/Mac/Linux versions available for your desktop or laptop computer. Yeah, this is going to be really hard to resist. Let’s take a look at the lineup, a $21.68 value.

Humble Bundle: PC and Android 9

Beat the average to unlock:

For those that have downloaded the Humble Bundle Android app, simply sign in on the website and download your games from the app. There, they’ll all be stored along with your previous purchases, so you can always return and reinstall should you run low on memory. Have fun!

[Humble Bundle]

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HTC One 2013 Google Play Edition now available for just $500 Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:08:18 +0000 htc one m8 gpe discount

With great power comes great responsibility, and with the launch of a sequel comes a price drop for the device that came before it. We’re talking about the HTC One 2013 Google Play Edition, which has received a nice price drop to just $499 over in the Google Play Store (a $100 difference since yesterday).

Despite the improved internals of the new HTC One M8, the HTC One 2013 is still a fantastic device. The Snapdragon 600 processor inside still runs stock Android like a champ, it has that same beautiful display, and that metal construction looks and feels just as great as it did yesteryear.

The HTC One M8 Google Play Edition won’t be shipping for another 2-3 weeks, and it’s also $200 more expensive, so we’d understand it if some of you opted for this aged model over the new hotness that was announced yesterday. If you happen to want one at this point you can place your order over at Google Play. It leaves the warehouse in 1-2 days with free ground shipping.

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Samsung SD and microSD cards see steep discount on Amazon today only Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:47:22 +0000 Amazon is putting on another one of their famous SD and microSD card sales, with today’s featured manufacturer being everyone’s favorite South Korean company that currently has a choke hold on the Android phone arena. That would be Samsung, of course, as their tiny little storage chips are on sale for up to 65% off at the online retailer today only.

Amazon Gold box samsung sd cards

Options in the microSD family range from the 16GB class 10 PLUS to the 64GB Class 10 PRO models. The difference between Plus and Pro? The former gives you up to 48MB/s transfer speeds, while the latter bumps that up to about 70MB/s. Here’s the full breakdown:

And now, for the regular-sized SD cards (for use with a small amount of Android tablets):

The difference between Plus and Pro for the SD lineup is 48MB/s for the former versus 80MB/s for the latter. Not lost on us in that list of options is the fact that the 16GB Pro usually costs just as much as the 64GB Pro. Nonsensical, but at least Amazon sort of “fixed” that with this temporary sale.


Those are great discounts indeed, though some will argue that the cards are already a tad overpriced compared to options from SanDisk and other competing flash storage manufacturers. Regardless, if owning the Samsung brand is that important to you, then this is your best chance to grab these cards at affordable rates. Head to Amazon to get started, and don’t forget to check out our huge list of devices which support microSDXC!

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Crazy Taxi available free today as Sega flags down a sequel Fri, 14 Mar 2014 16:37:34 +0000 crazy-taxi-2

When it comes to classic driving games, it’s hard not to think of Crazy Taxi. The game, which brought its arcade-style gameplay to home consoles with its release for the ill-fated Dreamcast in 1999, is far from the typical racer or simulation. If you are feeling nostalgic (or, in many cases, are too young to even remember Crazy Taxi), here’s your chance to again rack up fares careening around stylistically rendered city streets. Crazy Taxi is available today as a free download for Android and iOS devices.

The release coincides with Sega’s announcement that we can soon expect a mobile-based sequel entitled Crazy Taxi: City Rush. The freemium game will take the original gameplay of Crazy Taxi and update it with improved graphics, customizable cabs, and expanded environments. No specific release date was revealed for the game, but it should be arriving very soon.

Download: Crazy Taxi (Google Play)

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Original unlocked HTC One sees price drop to $500 off-contract Fri, 14 Mar 2014 01:16:23 +0000 HTC One Developer Edition Unboxing

We’re only a few short weeks away from watching as HTC officially unveils the followup to the HTC One during their March 25th event. Today, after launching nearly a year ago, the original unlocked 32GB HTC One (2013) is now finally seeing a price drop, down from $575 to the low price of just $500.

It’s not a Moto X fire-sale by any means and in our opinion, still well worth the off contract price. But with the all new HTC One 2014 getting ready to rear its head, we can’t help but recommend holding off. For those in the market for a new phone right now, the HTC One is still a great option. If you’re on the fence, don’t forget to check out our in-depth review here.

Buy the unlocked HTC One from ShopUSA

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Tom Hanks classic Big now available for free on Google Play [DEALS] Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:36:22 +0000 Big free Google Play offer

It’s one of our favorite movies from the (late) 80′s and if you hurry on over to the Google Play Store, you can find the Tom Hanks classic Big being offered for free in Movies & TV. Once purchased (it’ll ring up for $0.00), the movie will be added to your permanent Movies & TV library, allowing you go back and stream the movie whenever the heck you like. We told you guys about a similar offer not too long ago in which Google offered up Elf (SD) completely free of charge, so we’re happy Google is at it again.

Download link provided below and best of all, the offer extends to the UK as well. Cheers!

Purchase on Google Play: Big

BIG Tom Hanks movie

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Google Play’s birthday sales are now live (full list inside) Thu, 06 Mar 2014 20:36:04 +0000 google play 2nd birthday

A couple of days ago, it was revealed that Google would plan to shower Google Play visitors with gifts in the form of sales to celebrate the digital storefront’s second birthday, though none of the deals were live at them time. We imagined it’d happen today, though, considering Google Play’s birthday is officially recognized as March 6th.

So what’s on tap for today? Tons, really, though not everything on this list might interest you. We’ve got the full list straight ahead for your consideration:


  • Tartine by Elisabeth Prueitt: $3.03.
  • Inside Game of Thrones by Bryan Cogman: $3.99
  • Grumpy Cat by Grumpy Books: $1.99
  • Sherlock Holmes Handbook by Ransom Riggs: $3.93
  • Marshmellow Madness by Shauna Sever: $3.03

Dr. Seuss Books

  • Green Eggs and Ham: $.99
  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go!: $.99
  • The Cat in the Hat: $.99
  • Dr Seuss’s ABCs: $.99
  • One Fish Two Fish: $.99

Magazines (50% off annual subscriptions)

  • Entertainment Weekly: $2.99 per month
  • InStyle: $1.99 per month
  • Every Day with Rachel Ray: $1.99 per month
  • Family Circle: $1.99 per month

Apps and Games

  • QuizUp: Free
  • The Sims FreePlay: 50% off Adopt a Toddler
  • The Hunger Games Adventure: $5 in-game credit for free
  • Badland: play any level as the Android mascot, get 50% off in-game items, and a new menu theme
  • FIFA 14: participate in an exclusive tournament for a  chance to win a Gold Players Premium Pack and 5,000 coins
  • Heroes of Dragon Age: get an exclusive rare unit
  • Royal Revolt 2: play as Android characters in exclusive levels

Movies and TV

  • Cupcake Wars Full Season 7: $.99
  • Star Trek: Into Darkness: $9.99
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: $6.99
  • Red 2: $3.99
  • Amazing Spider-Man: $7.99
  • World War Z: $3.99
  • Bad Grandpa: $3.99
  • The Great Gatsby: $3.99
  • The Dark Knight Rises: $6.99
  • Adventure Time Season 1, Episode 1: Free
  • The Real Housewives of New Jersey Full Season 1: $4.99
  • The Real Housewives of New York City Seasons 1-4: $6.99 each
  • Regular Show Season 8, Episode 1: Free
  • Duck Dynasty Full Season 5: $9.99


  • Let’s Go Crazy by Prince: Free
  • The Notorious BIG Greatest Hits: $3.99
  • In Da Club by 50 Cent: Free
  • Bee Gees Saturday Night Fever: $3.99
  • I Love It by Icona Pop: Free
  • Black Sabbath Paranoid: $3.99
  • Jay-Z The Blueprint: $3.99

And that about wraps it up. It’s not the $.10, $.25 or even $.50 sales we’ve become accustomed to from Google in the past, but be sure to take advantage of any of these deals if you’ve been waiting for a good reason to dig into some new content. You can find links to all of them right here.

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Deal: Verizon Moto X being offered through Moto Maker for a penny on-contract or $329 without Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:07:54 +0000 moto-x-featured-LARGE

Looking for a good deal on a Verizon Wireless Moto X that can be customized through the Moto Maker? Now’s your best shot, as Motorola is offering the device for just a penny whenever you buy it with a two-year contract. You can also grab it for $329.99 if you prefer not to be bound by the chains of cumbersome wireless agreements.

So how do you get in on it? Simply design your Moto X at Motorola’s Moto Maker website, and after you’ve gotten everything you exactly how you want it simply use the code “VZWDEAL” at check out. Wait, do a little dance, wait some more and presto: you should have your own customized Moto X on your doorstep in no time. Of course, this deal won’t last forever so it’s wise to take advantage of this as soon as humanly possible. Head here to get started.

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Galaxy Gear on sale today for $150 at Best Buy Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:22:41 +0000 Samsung Galaxy Gear Candy Crush

The Samsung Galaxy Gear is today’s Best Buy deal of the day with select color options going for as much as half off the normal retail price. Normally priced at $299.99, today only the Android-powered smartwatch can be purchased for $149.99 in a variety of colors. Here are the ones getting the discount:

Other colors, including Jet Black and Mocha Gray, still see their prices discounted, although the savings aren’t as steep. Those models are on sale at $249.99.

Samsung’s Galaxy Gear sales have been slow, to say the least. While we haven’t been updated on numbers in recent months, between the time of its launch in September 2013 and mid-November of the same year the smartwatch had reportedly only sold 50,000 units. In some regions Samsung has had to resort to permanent price cuts in the same range as today’s Best Buy deal.

The Galaxy Gear’s slow launch can be attributed to its limited compatibility with only the Galaxy note 3 at the time. Since then, Samsung has rolled out support for other handsets in their flagship lineup, increasing the number of users that can take advantage of the Gear. While the larger potential userbase should equal increased sales, Samsung has declined to discuss sales figures. When a company is not discussing sales figures, that really can only mean one thing…

If you have been eyeing the Galaxy Gear but looking for the perfect opportunity to grab one, here is your chance. We’re sure Samsung will appreciate it.

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