Late last week several images of the Note 8 leaked out showing the device from every conceivable angle. These images are supposedly official Samsung renders, but that may not actually be the case. Earlier leaks show a much slimmer top and bottom bezel then what is seen in these new photos. We are seeing the 18:9 aspect ratio here. Some other earlier leaks were showing that the device may not have a dedicated bixby button, but these images show the bixby button will remain. There also appears to be no camera bump whatsoever on these new leaked renders which would be a nice change. The fingerprint scanner is placed just beside the dual lens camera which may confirm that we will not see the under display fingerprint scanner that we had hoped to see. It is pretty astonishing that we are so close to the official launch of the Note 8 and have not seen any leaked video. It seems that Samsung has finally started to tighten down on access and security or either the phone is still not in production. What are everyone's thoughts on this design?
Here we go again! It looks like Verizon has been caught red handed throttling video from Netflix and Youtube. The Netflix speed test tool "fast.com" has revealed that Big Red is throttling Netflix traffic. Verizon says they are just testing Video Optimization. According to the fast.com users of Verizon LTE are limited to 10Mbps when streaming video. This apparently happens for unlimited users as well as tiered plans and happens regardless of the amount of data you have used for the month. Verizon says that this should not affect video quality which may be true. The only time you may see a significant difference is when using your phone to tether data. Netflix uses 25Mbps to stream in 4K which you won't be able ot do with this throttle. While this may not be a big issue it may be signaling more sever throttles coming down the line. Should Verizon be allowed to pic and choose which services get full speed and which ones do not?
Most hardcore PC gamers know Razer. This company churns out Desktop and Laptops that are custom built for the hardcore PC gaming enthusiasts. These PCs are routinely speced out the Max for peak performance. Way back in January NextBit makers of the cloud based Robin phone announced they would partner with Razer as an independent mobile division. Bloomberg reported on Junly 12 that Razer is indeed working on a smartphone designed for PC gamers!
According to sources Razer may end up with $3billion to $5billion in funds to work on the development of this device. Development is still incredibly early and there is no information at this point as to what specs or features the phone may have. How cool would it be to have a syncing feature where you could play actual games stored on your PC while on the go from your smartphone! I would love to be able to stream games from my OmenX over to my smartphone. Who else is excited about the possibility of this device?
The OnePlus 5 is a pretty strong device at its price point featuring plenty of flagship worthy specs including a Snapdragon 835 CPU, up to 8GB of RAM, and a dual camera setup. All this at less than $500 and you can see why the new phone from OnePlus is getting so much fan fair.
The bottom firing speaker is decent but could be even better. Now you can enable stereo sound on the OnePlus 5. Enabling this is as simple as flashing the mod zip in custom recovery. Once enabled you will be able to use the earpiece as a second speaker. The audio coming from the earpiece will likely not be as clear as the audio coming from the bottom firing speaker, but it is still pretty awesome to have the option for stereo sound! Grab the files needed from the links below. Also Ash from C4Etech has put together a pretty cool guide so I have added it to the top of this thread.
LG has just launched their latest edition to the Q lineup. The Q8 is essentially a smaller version of the LG V20. This new device features metal body build, dual camera setup, secondary display, and a 5.2" QHD display. The phone features an aspect ratio more similar to the LG v20 and is lacking the new 18:9 aspect ratio we have seen on the LG G6. This device has plenty of power under the hood and features a Snapdragon 820 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot. Not only is the phone a bit smaller than the V20 counterpart it also features IP67 certification for water and dust resistance. This comes at the expense of a removable battery. The non user replaceable battery is 3,000mah compared to the V20's 3,200mah battery. The Q8 has a Hi-Fi DAC on board and runs Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. For now we don't have any pricing information on the device. If the price is right this could be a great alternative to the LG G6!
Meizu was on their way to becoming one of the top Chinese OEMs a few years back. They were basically neck and neck with Xiaomi in those days. We have not seen as much from them over the past few years, but they have just announced a very interesting device. They will be releasing their new Meizu Pro 7 on July 26th. What makes this design stand out is the second display on the back of the phone.
The second display will be a color LCD and not an e-ink display. The phone doesn't cover the entirety of the back of the phone. This may be used for time, date, notifications, and any other information you would need quick access to. The Pro 7 should include a Snapdragon 835, 3-4GB of RAM, and should feature 32GB and 64GB storage options. We also expect to see a dual lens camera setup on the back of the device. Would something like this at a competitive rate peak your interest?
Justin Maller is well known in the Android and iOs world for his prismatic wallpapers and art. You could say his art was first popularized in the Android community by appearing in the background of MKBHD videos. Since then he has done campaigns for the NBA, Under Armour, Google, Intel and many others.
Each piece of art is a laborious task. He has finally released his rendition of Wonder Woman coined "Guardian of Grace". You can download this wallpaper for your device now from the link below.
The list of OnePlus 5 bugs just keeps growing and growing. Of course you could chalk all these up to early adopter syndrome, but we are nearing a month since the release of this device. You would hope to see many bugs fixed by now instead new bugs seem continue to appear often. The latest of these bugs is potentially life threatening. Some users are reporting that when they dial 911 the phone automatically reboots. The bug could be related to enhanced 911 services pinging your phone's GPS. This apparently is also happening in the UK when users dial 999.
OnePlus had this to say regarding the issue, "We have contacted the customer and are currently looking into the issue. We ask anyone experiencing a similar situation to contact us at email@example.com". You should not test this without first calling your local non-emergency number to set up a test 911 call.
The upcoming Google Pixel XL 2 is highly anticipated probably more so for its second to none software experience and not so much its design. That being said if the eventual design ends up being anything like the phone in this new concept video it may put even the Galaxy S8 to shame! The unofficial render we saw last week showcases a refined design with a smaller back glass panel. 2.5d curved glass front and minimal bezel design.
Seeing all this in concept form has me drooling! We even get to see some conceptual color schemes which would be better than the mundane color options Google likes to provide. Of course this video is just a concept and may not be anything close to the real deal in reality. What are your thoughts on the new concept video? Does this get you excited for October?
If you have rooted your Android device in the past several months you have probably used Magisk to root your phone. Last month google updated SafetyNet which made Magisk useless in terms of easily rooting your device. Magisk was able to publish a quick update which bypassed the new SafetyNet measures. Google struck back again with a new update once again shutting down Magisk root.
The cat and mouse will continue like this indefinitely until Google restructures the way checks are performed. This happens due to the fact that Magisk is running as root and SafteyNet checks are not. This also means that the Magisk community will continue to have the upper hand.
Magisk has just been updated to temporarily bypass Google SafetyNet measures, and a full Magisk update will arrive soon. Google will likely eventually restructure the way checks are performed in order to stop Magisk from being able to update to avoid their measures. For now you can still enjoy the benefits of Magisk. Grab the update from the link below.