T-Mobile extends 'Never Settle' trial offer for Verizon customers through June 27

T-Mobile is extending its “Never Settle” free trial campaign for Verizon customers considering a switch to the un-carrier.

Early last month, T-Mobile fired a salvo at the competition by offering Verizon customers a 14 day trial of the un-carrier’s service. The offer was meant to expire on May 31, but T-Mobile has extended it through June 27.



The Best Cheap Tablets

We’ve gathered the best cheap tablets that offer a solid experience without breaking the bank. “Cheap” is a fine line, but we’re setting the bar at $250 — get close to zero and we get into some sketchy hardware; much higher is hard to call cheap. These are the best bang for your buck.



This week's sidebar poll: Did you install the Android M developer preview?

For the now, the M stands for Developer. But that won’t stop the rest of us from running the Android M preview.

Just like last year, Google dropped a developer beta preview of the next version of Android into our laps. Android M is still in the oven, but enough work is done on the new APIs to give them to the developers who need them. That’s cool — and important. Devs need time to get ready for new features and changes to existing ones.

But because this is a public beta, people who aren’t developers are free to download and install the Android M preview on their Nexus 5, Nexus 6 or Nexus 9. Or even the Nexus Player. We are doing it. I imagine more than a few of you guys are doing it, too. You know what happens when we have a question — answer the poll. Maybe we’ll form some sort of club!



Using the Cyanogen OS lockscreen

If you’re a fan of playing music on your phone, the Cyanogen OS lock screen offers something special for you.

Generally speaking, companies who feel the need to mess with the Android lock screen need to stop. The update to Lollipop this year is a perfect example of how to do a lot of things wrong, from the bizarre way Samsung and LG handle notifications to the variance in how lock screen art is shown, things get messy quick.

The folks behind Cyanogen OS figured out a subtle way to make their lock screen stand out in the crown without messing with the core functionality in this version of Android, and the end result is great. Here’s how it works.



Motorola apologizes to ATRIX HD owners for lack of KitKat update, offers special pricing on Moto X

ATRIX HD owners on AT&T were originally promised an update to KitKat for their devices, and since Motorola couldn’t make good on it they are offering those customers a new deal.

Motorola is offering ATRIX HD owners some special pricing on a new Moto X Pure Edition, as a result of not being able to bring the KitKat update to the device. To try and make it up to those who were disappointed, Motorola is offering the Pure Edition Moto X for $399, a $100 savings on the device.



How to block calls on the LG G4

With all that our smartphones do, it’s often easy to overlook some of the actual phone functions of the device.

It’s something we hope we’ll never need, but you certainly want to have it — and more importantly, know how to use it — should the need ever arise. Maybe you just need to block that one friend who hasn’t quite taken the hint that you’re not interested in their drunk dials anymore. Maybe someone sent your number to a list of trolls and you’re getting crank called at all hours of the night. Whatever your needs, call blocking is here to help, and it hasn’t changed much from the LG G3.

Here’s where to find it on the LG G4.



The important parts of the Android M Developer Preview live under the hood

Google’s vision for the next version of Android is incomplete, and we should treat it as such.

As Android users we are no strangers to the excitement that comes with something new. Google announces new things for Android, and hardware manufacturers spend the next year bringing that vision to life in various shapes and sizes. Some of us live for the bleeding edge, focusing on the next processor generation or what the pixel density of the next screen is. Google has made software a part of that experience in a couple of ways, and recently this has resulted in an almost electrical charge of excitement or frustration aimed at the features found in the Android M Developer Preview.

As cool as it is that Google lets everyone take a look at the next iteration of Android — for free as long as you have a Nexus device — sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of what’s important in these previews. Developers are the key focus here, and in Android M more than just about any previous version of Android, the stuff under the hood matters a whole lot more than the stuff we see on the surface.