The above video shows off a new problem that a few owners of the new OnePlus Two are experiencing. From what is demoed the phone's home button can sometimes become unresponsive when you grip the device. Obviously folks are calling foul as the last time we had a #gripgate problem it was with an iPhone, and the late Steve Jobs complained that customers were "holding it wrong."
Technically that PR mess was called #antennagate, but even though the symptom may be different, the cause of the problem is the same. In the video the demonstrator shows that the phone works perfectly fine when it is laying on a flat surface. It's only when held in his hand that we see the unresponsiveness start to rear its ugly head.
We don't yet know how widespread the issue is, but reports indicate it is definitely more than a few people. We will let you know if this ends up anything more than an anomaly.
We are still some distance in time away from having fully functional bendable retail market smartphones, but they took a big step forward toward reality recently. AUO is a smartphone OEM in China, and they just showed off an animated gif of their new prototype bendable smartphone in action. [Please check out the animated gif in the thread below]
The device is actually able to use the bending of the phone as a control mechanism for the app running on it. We aren't sure how useful this particular "feature" will be in the real world, but it's intriguing to see functioning regardless. Here's a quote with a few more details,
What year do you predict we will see the first truly flexible (in functionality as well as form) smartphone hit the market?
A few images have leaked of what is probably the Sony Xperia Z5 (we have one above, and the rest are in the thread below). It looks like the images show off the improved camera lens, the phone's water resistant properties and it's slender design aesthetics.
One of these images backs up the rumors we have heard that Sony is "upping the ante" in the smartphone camera department with this device. Supposedly the Xperia Z5's new camera lens will be a new 1/2.3-inch 23MP Exmor RS with a 6 lens system. Fancy!
Although these images look like legitimate company renders, we don't really know for sure. Luckily, IFA is coming on next week, so we will find out all the facts then.
Here's a head-scratcher for your Friday morning. The Huawei Watch just showed up for pre-order on Amazon, but it's crazy expensive compared to other smartwatches. The sale price of Huawei's foray into the world of wearables actually starts at the same overly expensive level as the Apple Watch: $349.99. The price only gets worse from there and eventually balloons to $799.99 for the most expensive version.
We aren't sure what to make of these crazy prices. In fact, we have a sidebar story to share that Huawei and the other smartwatch OEMs might want to pay attention to. New market research indicates that consumer interest in wearable computing devices is already waning. The study found that fitness bands had the biggest drop in popularity.
The study concluded that consumers simply want more features out of their wearables than just fancy fitness capabilities. That means that if the smartwatch makers can actually start building even more functionality into their devices, they might be able to get broader appeal, but for now, it doesn't look like a smart market to be in. ~ ArgusInsights
For clarity, here's Amazon's description of the Huawei Watch:
1.4" Full Circle AMOLED display with scratch resistant sapphire glass and stainless steel body
Compatible with most devices with an iOS 8.2 or Android 4.3 or later operating system
The bounty of the internet has shared a couple of juicy new Nexus 5 2015 rumors with us. First, the above images is the latest in a string of leaked pics of the upcoming LG-made Google device. This latest shot shows off the back of the device again, revealing the same protruding camera lens and other distinguishing features that we have seen previously.
Taking a close look at the above image it's not too hard to see that the phone could easily match the previous leaked dimensions with an 8mm thickness for most of its design, but the extended camera lens lengthens that to 9.8mm. Image source: OnLeaks on Twitter
That's not the only tawdry detail of the Nexus 5 we have to share with you folks today. According to a separate source, the Nexus 5 is slated to on September 29th. That intel was missing a key detail though. There is no indication if this will be when the phone launches Internationally or just in Korea (from where the leaked info originated). Launch date rumor source: MkPost
In this video we run the Antutu benchmark on the Note 5. The phone with its power house specs chews right through the benchmark with no problems at all. It beats the Note 4 in the test handily. Is this a worthy upgrade. If performance is your only concern then yes!
If you study up on the current root method for the Note 5 it is said to work with all variants of the Note 5 minus the AT&T and Verizon versions. On the main root thread there is a sub link to "test methods". If you follow the link you will find many test kernels which are said to root many variants of the Note 5. If you read through the thread you will find people asking about their version of the Note 5 and see that they are being encourage to atleast give it a try.
While it is clearly stated that these methods do not work for the Verizon or AT&T variant there have been a few users who decided to "give it a try". Their phones will no longer boot. They can only get the black screen of death. The only fix for this would be to flash a stock image in Odin, but that is only if you can get your Note 5 into download mode, and currently their is no Verizon or AT&T stock file available. Whatever you do DO NOT try current root methods on the Verizon or AT&T Note 5 unless you wish to brick your $700 phone.
The Galaxy Note 5 now has root thanks to a pre rooted kernel from developer "Manh_IT". His method for root simply involves flashing a custom recovery to your device and then flashing his prerooted kernel via recovery. The only downside here is that this method will trip Knox which means that you won't be able to use security-relevant services like Samsung Pay. There may be a root method later on from Chainfire that does not trip knox, but for now this is the only way.
To root your device check enable OEM unlock in the developer settings. Next flash the kernel via Odin. Once the kernel is flashed simply install SuperSU from the Play Store. There is also a link for TWRP at the link below. This will not work on ATT or Verizon obviously.
Android Pay and Apple Pay have been battling out the Mobile Payment space for quite a while now, however Samsung has something up their sleeves which has the p otential to unseat both competitors as Samsung knocks the others off the hill firmly planting their rear on the throne. The ground breaking ability to make payments at virtually any payment kiosk that takes a traditional magnetic strip card really sets Samsung apart. This could be what takes mobile payments mainstream!
Verizon has still yet to say whether or not they will support Samsung pay. I feel like they are currently leaning towards not supporting it which is a bit unsettling to me having just dropped $700 on a brand new Verizon Note 5. I would really love to be able to give this feature a try. If you are on another carrier, one that has already announced compatibility you may be eligible to beta test the service.
To test the service you will need to be using one of four phones (Note 5, S6 Edge Plus, s6 Edge, S6). You will also have to have an official Beta invite. The invite would hit your email. You must have requested early access as well. If you are lucky...