Deal: BLU R1 Plus on sale for $109.99

Right on schedule, the BLU R1 Plus has had its price cut by $50.

Amazon and Best Buy are now selling the new BLU R1 Plus for $109.99, which is $50 off its normal asking price. This deal is only available today, April 29, so you don’t have long to act if you’re thinking about taking advantage of this deal.

The BLU R1 Plus is Prime-eligible, so Amazon Prime subscribers can get their phone with free two-day shipping. Best Buy is offering free shipping, too, but it’s not two-day shipping.

As a refresher, the BLU R1 Plus features a 5.5-inch 1280×720 display, 13-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front cameras, MediaTek 6737 quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a microSD slot, and a 4000mAh battery. It comes with Android 6.0, but BLU says that an update to Android 7.0 is planned.

BLU’s R1 Plus is a GSM unlocked device that is compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile in the US. It offers support for VoLTE on T-Mobile, but not Wi-Fi Calling.

Are you going to snag a BLU R1 Plus at its sale price?

Sources: Amazon, Best Buy

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How to Install Android Nougat based EMUI 5.0 on Huawei P9 Plus

Huawei launched the Huawei P9 and the Huawei P9 Plus last year. While they are comparatively old devices, to begin with, they are still one of the best ones out there in the market which you can buy. However, one of the only issues which you might have with this device could be with the software it is running. Huawei is not particularly fast with its updates, and the P9 and the P9 Plus are no exceptions.

Huawei has indeed launched the new Nougat update for both of these devices, but there are chances that you might not have received the update. This could be possible if you have rooted your device etc. So if you are wondering how to get the latest version of Android on your device, then you are at the right place since we will be showing you exactly how to install the Android Nougat based EMUI 5.0 on Huawei P9 Plus. Before we begin, let’s see some of the features, etc.

About the Firmware

This firmware is based on Android 7.0 Nougat version of Android. The UI version on this is EMUI 5.0 which the latest one from Huawei. This firmware with version number B370 will work only on Huawei P9 Plus, and hence we suggest you install this only on Huawei P9 Plus. Do make a note that this is an official firmware update and you can install this without having to worry about anything.


Before we begin the installation, there are a couple of prerequisites which we need to take care of, and they are as follows –

  • First of all, check your model number and make sure it is compatible. If you are trying to install this on any other smartphone, then the chances are that you might end up ruining your device.
  • The next thing which you need to make sure is to backup all your data. Since we will be wiping the internal memory clean for this installation, it is suggested that you ensure to do this first.
  • Also make sure that your device has about 50-percent battery left before you begin the installation. If your device ends up shutting down during the installation, then you might end up with a bricked smartphone.
  • And lastly you also need to make sure that you download the file from the link given below. These files are necessary for the installation, and hence we suggest you doing that.

Download EMUI 5.0 Huawei P9 Plus B370 Nougat Update

Full HW file

Installation (Guide to Install the Update)

  1. Assuming that you have downloaded the file given in the link above, it is now time to begin the installation.
  2. Now extract the file which you had downloaded from the link above.
  3. Now create a ‘dload’ folder in the root of the SD card as we will be copying the files here.
  4. Simply copy the into the ‘dload’ folder
  5. It is now time to switch off your phone and begin the process. You can do this pressing and holding Volume up + Volume down + Power for a few seconds.
  6. This will now begin the installation process.
  7. Now, once it is done, your device will automatically reboot.

Installation (Guide to install the CUST File)

  1. Assuming that you have downloaded the CUST File from the link given above, it is now time to see how to get this done.
  2. The first step again is to extract the file which you downloaded from the second link.
  3. Now delete the previous from the ‘dload’ folder since we will be now copying this new ones.
  4. After that now, copy the new ones into the dload folder.
  5. Once this is also done, it is again time to switch off the device.
  6. You can do this by pressing Volume up + Volume down + Power for a, few seconds and it will begin the installation.
  7. Once it is done, your device will automatically reboot into the new firmware and you should be good to go.

Do make a note that in both the cases, the reboot may take longer than usual and hence we suggest you stay patient with the same. Having said that, if in case you have any queries, then we suggest you drop your questions in the comment section below and also, stay tuned to Android Advices for more tutorials like this.

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Onkyo and Pioneer add Chromecast functionality to receivers via software update

It’s not often that major functionality comes to older products via a free software update, but that’s exactly what’s happening with Onkyo and Pioneer receivers. The two companies have announced that their newer receivers are getting an update with Chomecast functionality.

Unlike many streaming functions, Chromecast doesn’t actually need special hardware. Thus older receivers with WiFi can be updated to support casting. This will allow you to send media to your home theater without any extra devices, wires, or apps.

If you’re interested in more info about the update and which models will get it, hit the source links to read more.

Via: Pioneer
Source: Onkyo, Pioneer

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Samsung Galaxy S8 home button shifts to prevent burn-in

If you’ve been using technology for a while, burn-in is nothing new to you. It occurs when an image stays on-screen long enough to permanently show, even when the image changes. Though some types of displays are more sensitive to burn-in than others, it’s a phenomenon that can happen to almost any display. OLED displays are especially vulnerable.

If you own an Android Wear smartwatch with an OLED display, you might have noticed that the watch face shifts around when in ambient mode, almost always being off-center. This is to prevent the static elements like the numbers and details from permanently burning into the display and is enabled by default on many watches. The first gen Moto 360 did not have this feature enabled, and despite being a regular LCD,  suffered from burn-in issues.

Samsung Galaxy S8 moving home button

It seems Samsung has taken the same route with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, though not with the entire display. The new on-screen home button shifts around a little bit to prevent burn-in. Though the home button is always at the bottom when in portrait, you would see it in fullscreen or landscape apps if it burned in, so this is a good decision on Samsung’s part.

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Rumors of an LG G6 Mini unclear

Rumors of an LG G6 Mini began yesterday with TechnoBuffalo publishing an article stating that a leaked internal document speaks of an LG G6 Mini. LG recently released its G6 flagship smartphone, and the Korean manufacturer has previously released mini versions of major devices. In this case, however, it is unclear if the G6 Mini will make it to market.

The article refers to the device as having a 5.4-inch display with the same 18:9 aspect ratio as its larger sibling. Internal specifications of the device weren’t revealed in the document, but many of LG’s past mini devices have featured lower-end hardware as a means to target emerging markets and budget-conscious shoppers.

Fans of the rumored device may be let down. Pricing and release details weren’t disclosed and a date from early 2016 was mentioned in the document, making it a plausible alternative that the G6 Mini was simply a proposed device that was later cancelled. The lack of other rumors regarding the device lends some credence to this option.

If other details regarding the LG G6 Mini emerge, we’ll be sure to keep readers in the loop. Stay tuned.

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Google WiFi now available in Canada for $179 CAD

Google WiFi is a great little router that’s capable of building a mesh network. You can set up multiple devices together that wirelessly extend your network, though one alone does a pretty good job. It’s supplemented by a very simple and intuitive mobile app to control it.

The little router is now for sale in Canada for $179 CAD on the Google Store, which is about the same price as it is here in the US. You can also pick up a three-pack for large homes for $439.

Canada is only one of three markets to sell the Google WiFi, the others being the US and the UK, so let us know if you pick one up!

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T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ to get Nougat update next week

If you own a T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+, you’re in for a treat. T-Mobile announced that the Android 7.0 Nougat has finally been approved for the device and will begin rolling out early next week.

The Nougat update is a big one and includes a new Doze mode for better battery life, split-screen multitasking, switching between the last used apps by double tapping the recent apps button, improved notifications with quick reply, and a lot more.

Start checking for updates come Monday and let us know when you get it!

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