For those of you who have an ear for music Stagelight is the app that allows you to easily build your own original tracks using stock loops, and included instruments like drums, keys, guitars, and more. Grageband has been around and working well on iOS for quite sometime. Android has lagged behind on Music tools, but has finally improved thanks to improved latency in newer versions of Android. The app does include a tutorial which will show you exactly how to use the app. You can use all basic functions in the app for free. To unlock everything there is an in app purchase of $9.99.
Sony is currently testing an AOSP concept rom for on a handful of Sony Xperia Z3 devices. There are about 500 devices on the program in Sweden. Sony's Android Concept Rom is based on Android 5.1.1 Android Lollipop. This AOSP like rom also comes with the Xperia camera, Album, and Music apps. Any other Xperia features are left out of this rom.
While the rom is still in beta testing it is stable enough to use as a daily driver. To install the rom you will to first backup everything on your device in case something goes wrong with the install. You will then need to grab the latest sony flashtool, then grab the Sony Android concept rom, paste the file you downloaded to the folder named "firmware", Open the flashtool and click on the downloaded firmware, Turn off phone and plug it in when the tool directs you to do so, lastly reboot your phone once the installation is finished. Head to the link below for the full guide.
The OnePlus 2 will be shipping later this year. If you just can't wait to get a taste of the new device you don't have to. The wallpapers have been extracted from the device and have been uploaded for your consumption. Give your device that OnePlus 2 look with the wallpapers below.
Many of you are trying to decide between the OnePlus 2 and the Moto X Pure. These are the most hyped devices right now and for good reason. The OnePlus 2 is a pretty solid device with many good features it leaves a bit to be desired with its lack of fast charging and lack of NFC. The Moto X Pure on the other hand seems to be more of a full package, but is expected to be a bit more expensive. The Mote X Pure is unlocked and works on all US carriers, while the OP2 is carrier unlocked but only works on GSM networks.
If you are leaning towards the Moto X Pure you might be happy to know that we have confirmation that the device will ship with an unlockable bootloader. It has also been confirmed that the device will not have any carrier branding which means NO BLOATWARE! It's still not clear if any carriers will offer this phone at a subsidized price with a contract since there will be no branding. I guess we shall see.
The OnePlus 2 has to be the hottest phone on the net right now! It is drawing huge crowds in cities where OnePlus is holding popup events. More than one million people have registered for a OnePlus 2 invite. In fact the last time i looked it said that "Many" were ahead of me, almost as if the website has lost count. When you see a number like 1million ahead of you in a que, that can be pretty daunting. You may have already given up hope of ever actually being able to purchase this device.
You can actually purchase this phone without an invite right now. The only catch here is that you will be paying a fee for the privilege. Gearbest has both the 16GB and 64GB variants available for preorder now. These devices will be shipped on September 7th. The cost will be $397 for the 16GB version, and $477 for the 64GB version. Would you be willing to pay a premium to skip the line?
The folks over at Strategy Analytics put out their latest numbers of the mobile industry. Apparently, Huawei has grown to become the number three player in the world. Huawei now holds 7 percent of the world's market share, just behind Apple at 10 percent and Samsung at 20.5 percent.
Intriguingly, Microsoft formerly held on to that third place title, but this was only because they now own Nokia. Of course, they haven't really done much with the Nokia brand, so that has slipped substantially, which is a factor in this upset for third place.
Sony has been having a rough time of things in the mobile market for quite a few years now. Despite that, they remain determined and are pressing valiantly forward. They are already planning to announce a new Xperia smartphone later this year (probably in September). They have been teasing little tidbits about the device, and the specs have also already leaked.
The latest hints they have dropped seem to confirm that the device will come in a gold colored option. Will adding a bit of bling to their devices really help the Xperia line stand out? Their devices have always been top-notch in quality, performance and features, but were a bit bland. Perhaps a bit of "dressing" will make it more appealing.
The device is rumored to be the Xperia C5 Ultra, and here are the supposedly leaked specs:
64-bit octa-core chipset (probably a MediaTek chip)
5.5-inch 1080p display
2GB of RAM
13MP rear camera
Front-facing camera with its own flash
Do you think adding a gold color option will help sell some Sony phones?
It looks like Samsung has decided to do something about their slightly disappointing sales of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. They plan to reduce the price of the devices very soon. Here's a brief snippet of Samsung's new strategy to improve S6 series sales:
What do you think was the reason the S6 and S6 Edge to sell as well as Sammy hoped? Price? Lack of certain features? All of the above?
NVIDIA just issued a massive recall on their Shield Android Tablets due to a possible overheating fire-hazard in their batteries. The recall effects SHIELD™ 8-inch tablets that were sold between July 2014 and July 2015. NVIDIA will replace affect tablets at no charge to owners.
You can manually check to see if your tablet is covered under the recall. Just head to the Settings menu, click "About tablet," then "Status," and check out the "Battery" section. If your battery section reads "B01," then you are NOT affected by the recall and have nothing to worry about. If you see "Y01," then your tablet falls into the risk category and you should arrange for a replacement.
It would appear that Verizon is trying to do away with us grandfathered unlimited data users once and for all. For the past 3 years I have been buying my phones at full retail price to save my old school Altell plan. This plan gives me 500 minutes to share between myself and my wife, 10 family and friends numbers which are free to call, free calling after 7 and on weekends, unlimited text messages and unlimited data. Many people really wouldn't be able to justify an unlimited data plan, but for my family it is a must. I regularly use 40GB per month while my wife uses nearly 20GB per month. We do nothing abnormal just all the social media, netflix, youtube, and pandora we care to use all without having to worry about a stinking wifi hotspot.
Today I walked into my local Verizon corporate store pretty stoked to be purchasing an LG G4. I literally had my debit card pulled out of my wallet as i walked up to the register. (A little bit of context here I have been buying phones at full retail price now for years. I don't know if the sales reps get a commission off of selling a plan or upgrading a...