According to ZDNet Korea Samsung will market newly refurbished Galaxy Note 7"s .
According to the report, Samsung has some 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7s left over after using 20,000 or so up in testing to determine the cause of the problem. The refurbished devices will have new cases, and batteries with a capacity between 3,000 and 3,200mAh (the phones initially contained a 3,500mAh battery). Reuters reported last month that the sale of refurbs is a possibility, and ZDNet Korea says it will also help the company avoid trouble with the government over junking all of the unused and returned phones.
It doesn't sound like the devices will be returning to US or European markets due to recall regulations, but they could be sold in India or Vietnam instead.
Double Tap to wake is one of those must have features for phones with fingerprint readers on the back or phones with oddly placed power toggles. You wouldn't think it would be a necessary feature, but when your phone is laying flat on the desk it can be a pain to reach over and pick it up just to utilize the fingerprint scanner. Being able to double tap to wake means that you can unlock your phone quickly with the use of your PIN without having to actually pick up the device relieving an otherwise frustrating situation.
To get this working on your Huawei or Honor device you will need to be rooted and you will need to be running a custom kernel that supports it such as ElementalX. You will then make a few changes to the devices build.prop file using your favorite root browser. You could also simply flash a zip file provided at the link below in custom recovery. So far this is known to work with the Mate 8, P9, and many more.
The render above appears when you launch the Galaxy S7 secure folder app for the first time after installing it. The render looks eerily familiar to other "leaked" renders and rumors that we have seen for the Galaxy S8. We can see rounded corners in the display as well as thin bezels, and no home button. This appears to be a teaser image for the Galaxy S8. What are your thoughts? What are we seeing in this image?
One of the first things I do in the morning and when I get off work is to check my twitter feed. When you have gone hours without checking your social media feed you can find yourself experiencing a bit of thumb fatigue and at times cramping from all the swiping up and down. Auto Scroll may be the solution. Without root it adds a floating scrolling tool which allows you to press a button to scroll up or down. You can even jump to the top or bottom of a page. The feature is also added as a system-wide functionality that can be used with all apps. You can also easily activate and deactivate the feature. Grab this app from the link below to give your scrolling thumb a break.
It is about that time to start the yearly debate what will the next version of Android be named. Google loves to toy with us when it comes to this because they know just how passionate the Android fan base can be about version names. Android 8.0 should be unveiled at Google I/O during mid May. This will likely be in the form of BETA releases and even then we may not know the official name of Android. That won't stop Googler's from trolling us.
The easiest and most obvious name for the "O" version of Android has to be Oreo, otherwise you have to choose between hundreds of different Orange flavored desserts. Hiroshi Lockheimer, senior vice president of Android, has posted a GIF of an Oreo covered cake to his twitter account. The GIF is accompanied by a thinking emoji. Many have already jumped to the conclusion that this is solid evidence that Android 8.0 will be named Oreo. I have a feeling he either does not know what the official name will be yet, and is making a wild guess. He could just be trolling us. Last year he hinted at Nutella on his twitter page, and we ended up with Nougat. I kind of hope we get something more creative than Oreo, but Oreo seems to be what everyone is pulling for.
AT&T is on a roll over the past few days. They just started the official rollout of Nougat for the S7 and S7 Edge last week and now the LG G5 is also starting to receive the update. Meanwhile who knows when Verizon devices will start to receive their Nougat updates. My VZW S7 Edge is patiently waiting. To grab the update for your LG G5 head to your system settings and check for updates there. Apparently you will need to be on wifi and can only check once per day.
The Nougat update weighs in at a hefty 1.5GB which could explain AT&T's requirement for being on wifi. This update also features the January 1st security patches and will bring you up to Nougat 7.0. There is still no 7.1.1 for the G5 on AT&T for now. You should start seeing notifications for this update in the coming days as well.
Spring is nearly upon us. If you are gearing up to get out this Spring you now is the time to consider a battery bank. My family loves weekend getaways to the beach, and we have enjoyed a camping trip or two over the years. One great thing about true camping is that you get away from the grid, but that can also be a downside. To keep you will need a serious battery bank. RAVPower has reduced the price of their 22,000mAh battery bank on Amazon for today only.
The battery bank includes 3 charge ports that max out at 2.4A per port, and a total current output of 5.8A. You can charge three cell phones or a tablet and two cell phones all at once. This battery pack even has enough juice to power up your laptop with a USB-C port. You can charge a Galaxy S7 up to 5 times with a single charge. I always like to keep a large battery pack in my backpack when heading out to my favorite theme park. Head to the link below to grab this power bank for only $29. The deal ends in 5 hours.
For the next few hours you can follow the link below to grab the LG V20 for only $499. The Original cost of the device was closer to $700 so this is a pretty good deal. The "V" lineup is LG's more premium phablet lineup and did a pretty good job of filling in the gap for the Note 7 to wrap up 2016. The V20 packs a 2.15GHz Snapdragon 820 Quad Core processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 5.7" IPS LCD QHD Display and secondary display, 16MP and 8MP dual lens rear facing camera, 5MP front facing camera, Hi-Fi Quad DAC Audio, and 3200mAh user replaceable battery.
This may be one of the last major flagship phones that includes a user replaceable battery and removable back as LG looks to be doing away with the feature on the LG G6 in favor of waterproofing the device. This phone is essentially a power user's dream. The removable battery allows you to carry several charged batteries for virtually endless use. The sdcard slot means you will be able to carry all the content you love, and the quad DAC allows you to listen to music the way it was meant to be heard. The clock is ticking on this deal which will last for another 2.5 hours!
Get the secure folder on Galaxy S7/S7 Edge devices running Nougat. This was one of the features that stood out to me on the Note 7. I am glad to see Samsung will allow it to live on. I personally have been using AppLock as an alternative since I do not have a Samsung device.
Sometimes its just better/easier to communicate via walkie talkie. Any place that doesn't have a good cell phone reception like hiking or on a cruise ship can make communicating with others in your party difficult. Walkie Talkies use a radio signal and don't require cell service. The Linc Moto Mod adds a traditional walkie talkie to your Moto phone! The mod supports 22 channels and has a range of 5 miles. It can also handle sms messages and GPS tracking which is pretty amazing. The Linc can also be used with any phone since it is essentially a bluetooth device. The Linc is currently on Iniegogo. You can order yours through the campaign for just $99.