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AC editors’ apps of the week: Authy, NYT VR, AirBNB and more

Our weekly app picks

It’s Appday Sunday and that means we’re back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

Russell Holly — Android Device Manager

I rely on the ring function in Android Device Manager more often than I’m comfortable admitting, but I almost always use the browser version. During the recent snowstorm we had here, my home office dropped well below freezing and I remembered there was an app I could use instead.

Since you don’t have to have the app installed in order to access the location and ring functions, you can still use the app to find any of your Android phones or tablets. It almost f…

From the Editor’s Desk: Android, airlines and what’s to come

It’s been a few years now since the FAA (and other regulating bodies) lightened up on the use of personal electronic devices on airplanes. So we can now listen to music and watch videos and crush all the candy and crossy all the roads we want before the plane ever takes off.

That’s barely scratching the surface, of course, especially when you take into consideration what passengers and the airlines could do with a full mobile OS baked into in-flight entertainment. JetBlue recently announced an update to its IFE system that will be “built on the Google Android platform,” and initially hit its Airbus a320 models.

Frequent fliers will note that any number of IFE systems have used Linux for some time. (I see the Penguin hit Delta’s IFE on reboot every now and then.) But a full Android build will allow for easer, faster development. Widgets. Apps.

“The vast majority of deployed in-flight entertainment systems run on various Linux builds, which really limits the level of customization a…

Vivo Mobile launches the mid-range Y51L in India

Vivo India has announced the launch of Y51L in the Indian market. The vivo Y51L is assembled in the company’s new manufacturing plant in India. As one of the top 10 smartphone brands in the world, vivo entered Indian market in December 2014.

Speaking on the newly launched Y51L, Alex Feng, CEO of vivo India, said:

The Indian smartphone market is tech savvy and price sensitive. The affordable segment is the growth driver, as the young generation today looks for a phone which is best in features, beautiful in design and is priced competitively. Last year, we witnessed huge sales and positive demand for products in the budget range across markets, which boosted us to launch the Y51L. The new launch will further strengthen our hold on the market and help us establish ourselves among our consumers.

vivo Y51L specifications

vivo Y51L
Operating System
Android 5.0 Lollipop-based Funtouch OS 2.5
5-inch (960 x 540) IPS
1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410

The Honor 5X is available today for $199, here’s what you need to know

OK, folks. Today’s the day. The Honor 5X — a decent (if imperfect) choice in the $199 market — is available starting now. If you’re still on the fence, you definitely need to read our complete Honor 5X review.

And beyond that, here are some hot takes you don’t want to miss:

Where to buy the Honor 5X
Honor 5X specs
The most important things to know about Honor 5X
Join our Honor 5X forums
And if you’ve got any other questions, sing out! We’ll do our best to answer ’em!