For a while now we have been following rumors and news stories related to an unnamed LG smartphone device that the company will be launching this fall. The previous intel indicates it will be a phablet-style smartphone, and will be designed for LG to compete with the Galaxy Note 5 from Samsung.
The latest intel takes that a step further. As we have reportedly previously, LG was buying up "Note" named domain names, suggesting the South Korean OEM plans to compete directly with Samsung using a similar name. Today's report claims that it won't be similar, it will be exactly the same. According to info found in the TENAA database, LG's device will be called the LG G4 Note.
Additionally, we also have a rumored unveiling press event for the device, which will supposedly be October 10th. To be clear, we aren't sure what to make of this latest intel. It seems very legitimate after close inspection. What do you folks think? Could LG be planning to "hijack" the Note moniker from Samsung? Could this be the beginning of an all new Patent War, only this time it will be waged by LG and Sammy? Stranger things have happened...
According to an exclusive rumor from our friends at AndroidAuthority, the next generation LG-made Google Nexus 5 will have a new name and is coming to the Google Play Store on September 29th. Supposedly, Google has been taking their time toying around with the name, but they may have settled on the Nexus 5X. This will allow them to keep the Nexus 5 name, but makes it easier for consumers to distinguish between the newer and older models.
The rumor also indicated that the Huawei Nexus 6 device will be available on the same date, which is unsurprising. That's not all that was revealed though. Some additional details regarding the Nexus 5X were shared as well. These details basically confirm the previous rumors of a circular rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and a raised camera that includes a dual LED flash on the side.
The new intel also confirmed that the device feature a plastic back and a USB Type-C port, and it will come in either white, black, or light blue color options. Finally, there was one other detail which might be a bit disappointing. The new Nexus 5X will be a bit more expensive than its predecessor. The phone will supposedly retail at $399 for the 16GB model and $449 for the 32GB model. This is a $50 bump from the previous generation.
Considering all of the new tech they are packing into this new Nexus 5, that seems like a fair price jump. What do you...
The Xposed Framework is by far the easiest most convinient way to customize your phone with only root. Xposed has been in Beta for Lolllipop for nearly a year. When Anrdoid 5.0 came along there was plenty to love, but it also brought some pretty large changes in the inner workings.
After months of developing and testing Xposed for Lollipop, the projects developer has released official stable builds. To install the xposed framework you will need a custom recovery which means my $700 Verizon Note 5 won't be compatible which is a crying shame. Be careful when installing as samsung's changes in ART could casuse the phone to go into a bootloop. This is not yet available for all devices, but is available for many. Head to the link below for the download.
The OnePlus One remains a viable option for a smartphone even though the OnePlus 2 has taken over as the flagship device. OnePlus is making a commitment to keep the OnePlus One up to date and is now rolling out Cyanogen OS 12.1 to the device via OTA update. There are some changes in the latest version of Cyanogen OS including:
-A new LiveDisplay feature
-The Cyanogen Browser has been added (world's greatest cup of coffee)
-Security and other bugs fixed.
CyanogenMod must be getting ready to move on to Android Marshmallow. They just released a Stable build of CyanogenMod 12.1 bringing the stable Android version to 5.1.1. When CM says stable it means that an actual person checked the build. CyanogenMod is known for their self compiling robots that release updates nightly. Most of these updates are incredibly minute and sometimes amount to nothing. Other times the nightlies fix one thing to break another.
Everything that CyangeMod puts out you can assume is in Beta unless it is labeled as Stable. This means that there may be some bugs present. The great thing about running a Stable version of CyanogenMod is you really don't have to worry about the bugs. Head to the link below to see if your cell phone is compatible.
The Viper Rom series is the most customizable rom series there is for HTC devices. These roms are mostly based on Sense, but have thousands of customization options built right in. You can find most of these customizations in the VenomHub. One Sense feature that really stands out is the "Sense Home" feature formerly known as Blinkfeed. This gives you a feed from your favorite news outlets plus all your friends social media updates. The latest Sense Home has been ported to Viper Roms. You can grab the widget in the Venom Hub.
The web is always aware of every move we make. Nothing online is secret. If someone wanted to know what to buy you for Christmas they could just boot up your browser and see what Amazon ads are suggesting. What if you could harness all this creepy data collection for good? Enter the Scout Launcher.
The Scout Launcher is a context aware launcher that learns from your habits. It works with Sound Cloud, Uber, Youtube, and Reddit and uses these services to deliver content directly to your homescreen. The launcher also brings contextual apps and notifications to your home screen. Theoretically it should always have exactly what you want and need right in the front. Grab this app from the link below.
In case it went unnoticed by you, Google changed their logo and introduced it yesterday. You will be forgiven if you didn't realize it, because it hasn't changed a ton. It turns out that the Googlers weren't the only folks who wanted a new look for their logo. Apparently Verizon wants to freshen up theirs as well.
What you see above is obviously a minor change. The check mark is now smaller and on the right side, instead of the left. The first pic is the leaked logo change, and the second is the official one. It looks like Verizon just decided to push it out after it leaked.
Did we need this change? Will this minor aesthetic alteration appeal to a new generation of apathetic end users? Will folks even notice or care? At least it makes the marketing execs happy...
Not only can you pre-order the Moto 360 (2015 2nd Gen Model), but the folks at Motorola are also offering the new Moto X Pure Edition for pre-order as well! The base device will set you back $449.99, but that's a pretty good bargain for the remarkable hardware and software innovations that Motorola has packed into this bad boy. Here's the recap:
Apparently following along in the footsteps of the Moto X naming scheme, the new 360 is simply... the 2015 360. It seems Motorola likes this naming scheme instead of putting a 2 on everything.
The "Collection" as they are calling it, starts out at $299 for the 2 smaller versions (a men's and women's) and a larger one that comes with a $50 bump in price. It's actually available right now on the Moto Maker website for pre-order. The most expensive version with every option checked is $450.
It's a lot more customizable then its predecessor, has improved better battery life and yes, it still has the flat tire which Moto claims doesn't bother most people.
Oh, and did I mention a Sport version coming soon, too, that rounds out the "Motorola Collection"?