Deal: Verizon prepaid Moto G4 Play for just $35 at Best Buy (no activation required)

Cyber Monday 2016 is full of online discounts and deals for tech gift buyers to sift through, and one of the better ones is over at Best Buy today. You can snag the Verizon prepaid version of the Moto G4 Play for a mere $34.99 right now from the retailer’s website. That’s a huge $50 price cut from its normal $84.99 cost.

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While you can purchase the phone from Best Buy without having to sign up for service with Verizon, it’s likely that it is locked onto the carrier, at least for a few months. However, this is an excellent price for a second phone in case your primary device fails, or if you just want to use it at home on your Wi-Fi network.

As a reminder, the Moto G4 Play has a 5-inch 720p IPS-LCD display, a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of onboard storage with a microSD card slot to add up to 256G of additional storage. It also has an 8MP rear camera and a 5PM front-facing camera, along with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. We gave it a review of 7.5/10 back in September, but that was when it was priced at $149.99. This Cyber Monday price tag at Best Buy makes it a much more affordable, and desirable, lower-end Android phone.

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Nougat update may be rolling out to Verizon Moto Z Droid and Force Droid

Verizon customers who own Lenovo’s recently launched Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid may be getting a nice pre-Thanksgiving surprise. Online reports suggest strongly that the carrier has begun rolling out updates for both phones that will upgrade their version of the Android OS from Marshmallow to Android 7.0 Nougat.

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As with many of these kinds of surprise reveals, the reports come from eager Reddit users, one of which quickly posted proof that his phone was indeed getting the over-the-air update. The upgrade to Nougat is apparently not yet ready for the Moto Z Play just yet.

Nougat update may be rolling out to Verizon Moto Z Droid and Force Droid

The update version number is NCL26.86-11, but there’s no word yet about its file size. However, the screenshot shows that it will take about 20 minutes for the Nougat upgrade to install on the Verizon phones. The screen also says that the update also includes some features like split-screen mode for using two apps on the display at once, and “app quick switching”. Another Reddit user also says the update enables the Moto phones to work with the Daydream View VR headset.

So far, Verizon has not made any official announcements concerning a Nougat update for its Moto Z Droid phones, but these reports do make it seem like the carrier has indeed begun the process. If you own these phones and have been getting the Nougat update, make sure to give us your impressions in the comments.

Blue Coral Samsung Galaxy S7 edge now on sale at Verizon and Sprint

Black and silver are so passé. Looking for something that stands out a bit more? Samsung has your back with the brand new blue coral version of the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, which is available now from Verizon Wireless and Sprint.

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Pricing for the blue coral version is the same as buying any of the black, gold and silver versions from the two carriers. Verizon is selling this model of the Galaxy S7 edge for $792 without a contract, or for $33 a month for 24 months. Sprint’s price is $794.99 without a contract, or for $33.14 a month for 24 months.

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2 days ago

Samsung first announced the blue coral variant of this phone a few weeks ago, after it recalled the exploding Galaxy Note 7 handsets, which also had the same color option.  Rival AT&T has already been taking pre-orders for the Galaxy S7 edge in blue coral for a few days, and T-Mobile is reportedly going to begin selling this version of the phone as well starting on Friday, November 18.

Will you be jumping into the “blue coral” pool to pick up this version of the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge?

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