Have you wanted to try Google Cardboard, but didn't care to pay $25 or build it yourself? Do you have an LG G3? LG built a VR headset for the G3 to celebrate all the apps on the playstore that were compatible with VR. They offered this as an incentive to buy the G3 early on. It seems like BestBuy ended up with more VR headset units then they could giveaway with G3 sales. They are trying to get rid of these as quickly as they can. They have the LG G3 VR Headset for only $1 with Free shipping. This is a pretty great deal considering that many of the Cardboard versions will cost you more than $15 and may require that you build them yourself. This is also much more durable than cardboard! These will probably go very fast so head to the link below to grab on as fast as you can.
The OnePlus 2 will launch on August 11, but if you live in one of a select few cities you can get some hands on time with the device during a 9 city hands on event being held on July 31st. The Event will take place in New York, San Fransisco, London, Paris, Berlin, Milan, New Delhi, Bangalore, and Jakarta. OnePlus has said that attendees will be able to score invites and will even have a chance to win a device. The first 50 attendees at each cities event will receive an exclusive gift bag. You can RSVP now at the link below.
"Warning about operating system safety" will be a new feature in upcoming builds of Android. These warnings will be displayed on your device for about 10 seconds on every single boot if Android discovers that your software is corrupt or has been modified. You can dismiss the message by pressing the power button, but this just becomes one big annoyance for anyone who enjoys unlocking their bootloader to load custom firmware.
I have a feeling that if you are into running roms this will probably be removed in your favorite rom once these builds start rolling out. There are three different safety warnings. The yellow warning will inform you when your phone is running a different OS, the orange warning shows up if your bootloader is unlocked and suggest re-locking the bootloader, and the red warning tells you when your device is corrupt and lets you know that your device can not be trusted. Would any of you find these warnings useful? Or is this just an annoyance?
The HTC One M9 has had an unofficial build of CyanogenMod 12.1 for a few weeks now, but a few major features just are not working since developers have not had access to Kernel source for the device. The camera force closes and there were a few other big bugs. Now that developers will have access to the 5.1 kernel source they will be able to start squashing bugs. Who knows we may end up with an official build CyanogenMod 12.1 from CM. This is pretty big for development. Other rom developers will be able to use CM as a base to bring us many more roms.
I just shook my head for real! The OnePlus 2 will not feature an NFC chip. This will be a deal breaker for many of you who use this standardized feature everyday. This means that Android Pay will not work with the Op2. I personally don't use NFC very often. Many of you may never use it at all. It is a feature that has been included in every smartphone I've owned for the past 2 years or so. This includes some of the cheap budget Chinese phones that I have owned.
Why wouldn't OnePlus include this in their latest and greatest flagship, a device they have self proclaimed as a "2016 flagship killer". OnePlus execs have said that while the OnePlus One has NFC many of its users could not find a use for it, and that they feel like the adoption rate of services like Android Pay will be low for a while. They did say however that if customers demanded it to be added back in the next OnePlus they would.
The OnePlus 2 was announced this evening, and I have to say that I am pretty excited about this device. It ticks off just about all the boxes when it comes to desired features and with these specs the price can't be beat. If OnePlus can keep up with the demand and avoid the invitation debacle of last years OnePlus One release I think they will have a winner on their hands. While this will certainly be a HOT device and for good reason there are two blaring omissions in this device.
The phone includes a 3300mah battery and also Oxygen OS which should include plenty of battery optimizations. Even so power users will certainly be able to drain this battery pretty quickly. If it is unable to last you the full day you will have to live with normal wired slow charging. The OnePlus 2 does not support Qualcomm's Quick Charging or any type of Wireless charging.
This could be due to the fact they decided to use the USB Type C. Quick charging requires a compatible power controller which may not work with USB Type C. Whatever the reason is behind not including the Quick Charge capability it...
If you own either the Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge on T-Mobile, then you might be "tickled pink" by a new update heading to your device. Not only does it add a few features and tweaks to your device, it also supposedly improves the battery life of your device. Here's a breakdown of the details
Let us know if you own one of these two devices on T-Mobile and if this update really did help your battery life.
It looks like Google realized they packed too many features into Google+ and several of them were better served elsewhere. They have decided to offload a number of Google+ functions to different Google products and services. Here's a quote with the details,
If you are an avid (or even occasional) Google+ users, please sound off and share what you guys think of these changes.
How many of you folks would like to see one of these come to the US? LG apparently makes an Android 5.1, Lollipop powered flip phone in Asian markets (primarily Korea). It's called the LG Gentle, and it actually includes 4G LTE. It's specs are rather weak, but it seems kinda retro-cool. Here's a breakdown:
3.2-inch 480 x 320 screen
3-megapixel rear camera
4GB of (expandable) storage
1GB of RAM
Android 5.1 Lollipop
I wonder what would it be like to actually dial physical buttons on a cell phone again...
You know what happens when you have a birthday? You get presents! Today is apparently the birthday for the Google Chromecast as it has turned two! Instead of getting presents, Google is instead giving them away to celebrate the occasion.
Google is offering a free movie rental and access to 90 days of Play Music. What's really amazing is that Google is making this offer available for the rest of the year. It doesn't expire until December 31st.