One of the best features of a OnePlus device is incredible amount of Root and Rom support. The devices are open and are extremely developer friendly. The OnePlus 3 released with Oxygen OS, but even before the device started shipping there were already beta builds of CyanogenMod 13 available for the phone.
Nighties have officially been released for the OnePlus 3. Of course you will need to be rooted with custom recovery installed. Head to the link below to grab the nightly build for flashing!
Samsung has been making the wireless charger better with every iteration. The first charge pad simply charged your Galaxy device wirelessly ,the next version added fast charging, and the latest charge pad includes a stand which makes using your phone while charging much easier. The only downside to any of these chargers is that you can only charge one device at a time. Of course you could buy many charge pads to charge many devices.
A patent was filed by Samsung back in January that would allow you to wirelessly charge your Samsung Gear Fit 2 or Gear S3 at the same time your are charging your phone. There are 3 designs included in the patent filing. They mostly involve ways to charge your Gear smartwatches. I personally don't use a Gear smartwatch so for me the added benefit won't be necessary, but if you have two devices this would make things super convenient. Would you find something like this useful?
There was a bit of confusion over the weekend surrounding reports that Cyanogen would be giving up on the Operating Business in favor of going in to the app business. This would not be shocking news if it were true as Cyanogen just finished laying off more than 20% of its work force. AndroidPolice cited sources which said that Cyanogen would be pivoting to Apps.
Today Kirt McMaster the CEO of Cyanogen Inc took to twitter to clear the air.
While it doesn't look like Cyanogen will be "putting a bullet in Google's head" anytime soon it is nice to know that they will remain committed to continuing the development of one of our favorite Operating systems.
The Note 7 will be the first Samsung flagship device to feature USB Type-C. With that being said if you spent money on a Samsung Gear VR with your last Galaxy device you will have to spend money on another Gear VR with the Note 7, that is as long as they don't give them away with your pre-orders like they did with the Galaxy S7 Edge. Maybe they gave so many away to clear space for the new model.
Apparently the new Gear VR includes support for not only the Note 7, but also the Galaxy S6, S7, Note 4, and Note 5. That would mean that this unit has both USB Type C and micro USB support. The device is listed at 90Euros for some European retailers. That would be around $98 in the US. It is nice to know that you won't have to keep two units to support your new and older devices.
Google released the final preview build of Android Nougat a few weeks back. One of the main features in Preview Build 5 was the new and improved Google Camera. The update brings the camera version to 4.1. The first thing you will notice in the updated camera is a list of new UI tweaks and animations. These changes include flattened settings layout, zoom animation when tapping a photo to view, new look for timer/hdr/flash toggles, hdr processing animation, volume key action options (shutter, zoom, volume), swipe left to right to open up the menu, and nav buttons dim when you open the app.
There were a few more major updates to the app which includes the ability to pause a video recording. A new gesture allows you to easily change between the front and rear camera. When you twist your phone away from you and back toward you in a twisting motion you will switch between front and rear cameras. The updated version of the app is available for download below, but unfortunately it will only work with Android Nougat 7.0.
If you plug a few USB thumb drives into your OnePlus 3 you would probably just assume that the phone does not support OTG (on the go usb). The device does not support OTG by default. You have to go into settings and enable it by default. This whole situation made for some major confusion over the weekend. Benson Leung who was pretty critical of the USB Type-C implementation on the OnePlus 2 said of the OnePlus 3, "OnePlus simply hasn't learned how to build a phone properly." This statement was after a report that the device didn't include the support.
The report on "gtrusted" has since been edited after the writer discovered thanks to the help of some commenters that the feature is supported by the OP3 it just has to be turned on in settings. Devices like the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P are enabled by default so it would be pretty easy for someone familiar with those devices to expect the feature to be enabled by default. I personally don't understand why you wouldn't want it turned on by default in order to make the user experience a bit easier. Maybe it is to prevent malicious software from being installed by someone who could just pick up your phone and insert a USB stick? Who knows why OnePlus...
It's official now, Big Red is going to pay big bucks to purchase Yahoo. Verizon will announce its plans to acquire Yahoo Inc. for $5 Billion today. Verizon believes that adding Yahoo to its AOL asset will help them scale their internet presence along multiple verticals. The move will allow Verizon to combine data for their 100 million wireless customers which will help advertisers specifically target their users based on online behavior.
After the deal presses forward, it will need to receive shareholder and regulator approval, which is expected to go smoothly. Interestingly, not all of Yahoo's assets are included in the deal. Here's a quote with a few more details,
"The sale does not include Yahoo's cash, its shares in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA.N), shares in Yahoo Japan, Yahoo's convertible notes, certain minority investments or Yahoo's non-core patents.
The Alibaba and Yahoo Japan investments are worth about $40 billion in terms of their market capitalizations, while Yahoo had a market value of about $37.4 billion as of Friday's close." ~ Reuters
What do folks think? Is this a smart move from Verizon, or are they paying too much?
Have you let Pokemon Go take over your life yet? Yea me neither. This game has seemingly taken the world by storm, and I can't go anywhere without seeing at least 2 or 3 people staring at their phones and bumping into things. Before you get too mad at them or make fun at them consider this. There are now a few elite players who have registered lots of accounts and they are actively farming those accounts. These players are making thousands of dollars just by selling these accounts on ebay.
You would think, but wait don't you have to spend weeks traveling the country to accumulate enough pokemon and skill level to make an account worth a couple hundred dollars. That way of thinking is pretty logical since the point of the game is to walk around collecting Pokemon as you go. Attacking the game this way I am able to round up 2-3 pokemon per hour in my neighborhood.
Alternatively someone who has hacked the game can add a joystick and location spoofing. Playing this way I can catch Pokemon at a rate of one per minute. I leveled up from 2 to 6 in about 20 minutes the other day. At this rate a really good hacked player could easily level up to a level 24 and sell their account...
The Note 7 wont be officially announced until August 2nd, but by now we know just about everything there is to know about the device. Samsung may as well just start selling it! We know exactly what the phone will look like. We know that it has an iris scanner. We also know that it features a new and improved S-Pen, and we are even pretty certain as to which internal specs the phone will have.
Earlier today we got a pretty great overview of what we can expect from the new "Grace" UX Interface to be featured on the Note 7. In the leaked images we see a lengthy disclaimer that will show up during the setup of your iris scanner, we see the new options for the iris scanner in the settings menu, there are two more images showing the iris scanner setup process, new s-pen air features, new screen record options, and some new app drawer options. Overall this is looking pretty clean.
One way that some of the smaller case manufacturers are able to make some revenue is to be the first to put out a case for a particular phone. While we are still a few weeks away from the official Note 7 release there are already thousands of cases listed for sale on amazon for the device. Some of the more well known case makers like Verus, Spigen, and Caseology already have their complete lineup for sale right now.
I tend to wait on the Urban Armor Gear cases, but have been known to rock some of these lesser known cases for the first few weeks while I wait on cases from UAG. You do have to be careful purchasing these early cases. While they are normally pretty accurate as they go by blueprints provided by the OEMs they can still be off when it comes to port and button placements. Schematics often change, and sometimes case companies can be confused and make mistakes when all they have is the blueprint.
We saw this with the Nexus 6P last year. Some of the first cases out covered the laser autofocus making the camera unusable. Still you may want to take a gamble on some of these cases even if only to protect your phone until you wait on other cases to come in.