One reason you would want to buy a Pixel device is developer friendliness. The unlocked version from the Google Playstore is bootloader unlockable which means you will be able to install a custom recovery and flash roms. We normally have to wait a few days for developers to get a custom recovery ready for us. It looks like Dees_Troy already has TWRP booting on the Pixel. It isn't quite ready for public release, but it should be soon!
One of the more exciting things to come out of Google's latest press conference was the announcement of the updated Google Chromecast. The Chromecast Ultra is like the traditional Chromecast, but it supports 4K! It also supports HDR. You can stream UHD content from Netflix, Youtube, and the Google Play Store. The Ultra gives a boost in quality even if you don't own a 4K TV. The device features an updated internal processor, and better WiFi technology. You can order the Google Chromecast Ultra right now! Head to the link below to order yours now.
The Note 7 has become the punchline to jokes everywhere. Of course everytime a friend or coworker asks if my LG V20 is "that exploding samsung" I just roll my eyes and sigh. What is even worse is they think they are being soooo original which makes their comments all the more annoying. Earlier in the week we saw Samsung force youtube to remove a video showcasing a GTA 5 mod which turned everyday hand grenades into Note 7 devices. President Obama even made fun of the device. I can't imagine that Samsung would be very happy with the latest GAG gift by Uniqfind.
Their new "Explo-Sung" skin adds the burned/exploded look to any iPhone.
I can't wait to have this beauty rubbed in my face by coworkers!
If you pre-ordered your Pixel or Pixel XL from the Google Store you will be receiving a voucher for the Google VR Headset. If you want to check out the Daydream experience on your current device you can now pre-order the headset via Verizon. This will currently work with the Pixel devices and also the Nexus 6P. Google has the headset shipping within 2-3 weeks while Verizon says they will be shipping it by November 16th. Head to the link below to get your order in before these sell out.
Raise your "hand" if you remember a company called Kodak? Some of you millennials can be forgiven if you haven't heard of them. They probably haven't been too prominent in your lifetime. They used to be one of the largest photography companies in the world. Based out of Rochester, New York, they sold cameras and film to millions around the world. (LINK if you aren't sure what film is).
I saw this announcement, and at first, I thought it surely must be an old article from 2010. Nope. It's legit. The Kodak Ektra is a leatherette covered, Android 6.0 phone sporting a Helio X-20 SoC, 3GB of RAM, 32 GB of micro-SD expandable storage and a 3,000 mAh (non removable) battery. It looks to be a pretty vanilla Android install with Kodak's own camera app that actually seems pretty nice. Sadly, the specs on the camera look to be pretty middle of the road by today's standards. Currently only announced for European release at a pricey €450. I will update this post if/when US pricing is released.
LeEco is one of China's top OEMs, but is not very well known in the US since getting your hands on one of the devices in the US can be a painful process. Today LeEco is changing that. They are launching two new phones and some TVs in the US via their e-commerce store LeMall. The Le Pro3 and LeS3 are heavy hitters at their price range of $399 and $249 respectively.
The Le Pro3 comes with an all metal build, 5.5" 1080p display, Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and includes the EUI software. The Le S3 is very similar except it includes the Snapdragon 652, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. Both of these devices look like pretty great options. The only real question is how good is the EUI software?
The V10 from last year must have been one of the most durable Android handsets ever. The V series from LG, both the V10 and V20, have been advertised as having Military-Grade impact resistance. The V10 from last year had those beefy steel bars which took much of the brunt of a drop absorbing most of the impact. The V20 is said to have the same durability rating even without the steel bars.The LG V20 seems to do well with drops being able to withstand most drops from 4ft according to the Military Standard spec.
The question is how well will this phone hold up under extreme torture tests? By now you are probably well familiar with Zack of JerryRigEverything. His channel focuses on the durability testing of cell phone by implementing a series of tests (bend, scratch, burn). The V20 with its plastic and metal build did not fair so well in the scratch department. In fact even keys did some pretty severe damage to the metal back of the device. The phone actually fared quite well in both burn and bend tests however. You likely won't be bending your phone just by sitting on it.
Aukey has made a name for themselves over the past several years as being a leader in high quality power and charging solutions for smartphones and tablets. Their 20,000 mah battery portable charger upholds this same standard in quality. It is able to charge two tablets at the highest charge rate simultaneously. The max output is 3.4A which will give most Android device a pretty quick charge. You can currently pick this charger up for only $22.99.
The LG V20 was starting to seem like an after thought kind of device, but then the Note 7 debacle happened and it seemed once again like LG was poised for victory with the release of this power user device. Then when AT&T and T-Mobile went live with pre-orders and people saw the price tag many folks had sticker shock even though $800 is about what you would expect to pay for a phablet device.
Verizon will be offering the LG V20 at a very reasonable price point at launch. Starting tomorrow you can buy the LG V20 on the Verizon network for $672 retail or a $28 per month payment plan. The V20 has all kind of features that make it very much worth this price point. It has a premium all metal build. It is one of the last major flagships to have a user replaceable battery. The dual lens camera takes some of the highest quality images around. This phone provides possibly the best sound experience with the loudest speaker of devices I have tried and also a premium quad dac for improved sound performance with high and even cheap headphones. Heck the phone even has an IR blaster!
The phone will be available in store on October 27th....
SafetyNet is what Google uses to determine if your device has been rooted. A rooted device can be a security risk for apps like Android Pay so you can see why Google might want to block root when it comes to apps that store credit card numbers and bank info. Still if you know the risks and still want to be able to root your device and use such apps you can with Magisk SuperSU Hider.
SafetyNet was able to detect root even when SuperSU hiders like Magisk were being used. Magisk was just updated and enables you to hide SuperSU so you can once again use Android Pay and even apps like PokeMon Go. Head to the link below to grab the update.