Last week we discussed an error popping up on all iPhones that had the home button and touch ID replaced by a third party. Error 53 is triggered when iPhone users attempt to accept an update. Security checks if the iPhone's touch id senosr matches the other devices components. If that part was replaced by a repair company other than Apple the phone's data is wiped and bricked. The only fix is to buy an all new phone.
This seems to be very wrong. While Apple insists this is a measure to protect the consumer, there are others who would like to take a stand against this practice. On one hand you could see a security issue in allowing the home button to be replaced if changing the hardware would actually mean the fingerprint data in the phone was erased. This is not the case, its not like a thief could take your phone to the local repair shop and just have the fingerprint scanner replaced in order to gain access.
The whole idea of not being able to make repairs on something that 100% belongs to you just doesn't sit well with many consumers. There is a law firm who either is pretty good at sensing...
One more week goes by and we have an all new collection of High Def Wallpapers from AndroidGuys! This time the wallpapers all focus on popular video games. Some of my favorite walls in this series are based on games like KillZone, Batman Arkham City, Halo, Call of Duty, Star Wars, and Mario. There are 75 wallpapers in total. Head to the link below for the full list. To apply these walls simply download the wallpaper of your choice, open the image by long pressing it, then set it as wallpaper. Pretty simple!
According to unnamed sources, HTC might do some rebranding on the HTC One M10. The rumor suggests that the "One" will stay in the model name, but the M10 part of the branding might get nixed or changed in some way.
That's not the only info that came along with this rumor. Supposedly, the launch date for the next generation HTC flagship will be April 11th. While we have no third party corroboration of these rumors, we wouldn't be surprised if they turned out to be true. What do you think?
Check out these Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge leaks! What looks like a final dummy version of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has shown up in leaked photos (shown in the thread below). Along with that, a leaked press render of the silver version of the Galaxy S7 Edge was also leaked (shown above).
While the look of the device is not really much different than last year's Galaxy S6, we must admit, that's not necessarily a bad thing when you have such an impressive and unique aesthetic design. The partial-wrap around display of the Edge device is just beautiful as it seamlessly integrates into the case.
Of course, nearly everything is subjective so your mileage may vary. What do you think of these leaked pics?
Just yesterday we heard a rumor that the Samsung Galaxy S7 would have an "always on display" likely designed to facilitate active notifications and gesture based controls. This would be similar to what we have seen Motorola and a few other manufacturers do in the past. In fact, LG recently did this with the LG V10. It looks like they are revisiting the idea with their latest flagship the G5.
According to a press pic directly from LG, their new LG G5 will be coming with an "Always On Display" feature set. Along with the animated gif (which you can see in the thread below), LG also shared the following press statements:
We aren't yet sure what LG plans to do with the feature, but we are intrigued to find out later this month when they official unveil it before Mobile World Congress.
Here's our dedicated LG G5 section for further discussion: LG G5
Talon is one of the best third party twitter apps around. I personally just use the main twitter app. I got tired of purchasing third party twitter apps just for them to run out of tokens. When these apps run out of tokens and you replace your phone you find that downloading the app on the new phone means you can't access the app due to the token limit. Many of these third party twitter apps quit upating the app once they were unable to sell more apps.
Talon is one of the few that has continued to update their app. Version 4.0.0 of the app improves on the tablet layout. It also speeds up the quick actions and more.There is now an option for dual panel mode allowing you to view 2 streams at once. Head to the link below for the full changelog.
The Note 5 is a big device and it can get pretty tiring to hold it up for long periods of time. I have actually had digits fall asleep holding the Note 5 watching a football game on the watch ESPN app. Samsung may have a pretty cool trick up their sleeve for the Note 6.
Samsung filed a patent for an S-Pen that folds into a kickstand way back in the third quarter of 2015. The patent shows an S-Pen that would stick halfway in the device and halfway out. It bends in the middle making the kickstand. As long as the mechanism that allows the S-Pen to fold in half is nice and firm when in straight S-Pen form this might be cool. If the hinge is not sturdy and it folds in on itself randomly this could be pretty awful. Of course this is just a patent and who knows this could be vapor ware.
Every year we see advancements in cell phone technology. The screens have more pixels than our eyes can see, cameras are approaching DSLR quality, and build quality seems to get better every year. The only thing that has lacked any meaningful progression is battery tech.
There may be a new "fuel-cell technology" coming to phones within the next 2 years that could give your phone 7 day battery life! A UK based company says they have secured a large investment from an emerging smartphone maker who believes in the technology. "Intelligent Energy Holdings" says their tech will allow us to charge our devices once a week. I have a feeling that this would also pave the way for even more power hungry chips and screens. I sure hope this pans out!
1Password is one of the easiest ways to stay secure on the web. We are all members of dozens of sites on the web. Each site needs its own password. We are told that each site should have a different password. This is pretty good advice. If all your accounts have the same password a hacker who hacks one account now has access to all accounts.
1Password autogenerates passwords for each account, stores them, and autofills them for you. The app is like a password vault. The latest update adds fingerprint support which makes using the app much more intuitive. Grab the app from the link below.
What kind of color scheme will the Galaxy S7 TouchWiz Theme feature? One great way to get an idea is to take a gander at the wallpapers. A SamMobile Forum member has "leaked" the Galaxy S7 wallpapers or at least he is claiming these are the Galaxy S7 wallpapers. There are few elegant looking designs with blue being the overwhelming color scheme. One of the wallpapers features what appears to be a "6" which is strange considering these walls are supposedly from the Galaxy S7.
If you want an early taste of the Galaxy S7 this could be your chance. Head to the link below for the download link.