If you are rocking the Moto E you may be frustrated that Motorola and Google have seemingly forgotten about you in not providing you with the latest version of Android. Android 5.1 includes some security features, new ui enhancements, and plenty of bug fixes. You don't have to miss out on this any longer thanks to the development community. Developer "percy_g2" has released his AOSP build for the Moto E. So far it appears that everything is working except RIL on dual sim devices. There are no extra features here just pure unadulterated Android 5.1! Head to the link below to grab this Rom for your Moto E.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google Wireless network could debut as early as tomorrow. The network is said to only work for the Nexus 6, as of now, and will be a pay per GB network. Stay tuned to the news section as we will be at the ready to bring you the latest.
If you use a custom launcher to speed up your Android homescreen you may want to check out the latest version of the Action Launcher. Action Launcher 3.4 brings more than 12 new custom features that have been heavily requested. A few of the more notable new features include an improved widget picker, customizable all apps grid and icon scale, ability to edit icons and labels of items in All apps/ quickdrawer.
The full list of changes includes:
• NEW: App is now much more generous with customizations that are unlocked for non-Plus users. Quicktheme and customizable shortcuts aside, >70% of all customizations are unlocked.
• NEW: Option for a vertically scrolling All Apps/widgets list.
• NEW: Customize All Apps grid size and icon scale.
• NEW: Edit the icons and labels of apps in the All Apps/Quickdrawer.
• NEW: Option to configure the font. Pick from 5 Roboto variants.
• NEW: Edit the labels of Shutters/app shortcuts.
• NEW: Quickly hide desktop shortcuts from app drawers.
• NEW: Option to hide the status bar.
• NEW: Add shortcut action for toggling the status bar on/off.
• NEW: Option to specify all new folders be created as Covers.
• NEW: Option to select All Apps/Quickdrawer sort mode.
• NEW: Option to disable Quickdrawer letter shortcuts.
• NEW: Option for All Apps/Quickdrawer/widget picker to always/never load to the previous position.
• IMPROVEMENT: When importing from other launchers, preserve an item's grid...
Android 5.1.1 is the latest version of Android. Traces of this version of Android started to show up on Google's site last week, but we were unsure of when or if this version would show up for Nexus devices. Today Google began to publish the factory images. This version is now available for the Google Nexus Player, but that is the only device that is ready for the update now. Google has not given us a list of changes for the new update, but I would imagine we can expect even more bug fixes and maybe some more UI improvements. If you have the Nexus player head to the link below for the download.
By now I am sure you have seen or heard about Lewis from UnboxTherapy. He pretty much took over youtube and the internet for several weeks last year after releasing the "Iphone 6+ Bendgate Video". In this video he bends the Iphone with a bit of force. The video made the rounds on all the news networks and the video has had more than 65 million views on youtube. He is back with another Apple destruction video. This time he is testing the Apple Watch glass well before release.
In the video Lew shows off a couple of component pieces allegedly coming from the Apple Watch. They are made of what Apple is calling "IonX Glass". This is not the Sapphire glass that will be on the more expensive luxurious models, but is said to be a hard and durable glass. It is said to be about as hard as gorilla glass, and could possibly be a re branded version of Gorilla glass. Lew tests the glass with keys, knives, and varying grits of sandpaper. As you probably already know the glass stands up pretty well through the glass and knife, but is destroyed by the sandpaper. While not scientific this is a good test of what you can expect with real life use.
One of the coolest features of the Galaxy S6 is the all new Samsung Pay which allows you to use your phone to pay on as many as 90% of all credit card pay terminals. It uses a new technology that is more than just NFC. Samsung Pay allows you to use your phone to pay at most MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission) point of sale terminals. The technology behind Samsung Pay is the tech acquired from Loop Pay. It beams the saved data from your card's magnetic strip wirelessly to standard card readers. It generates a quickly changing magnetic field and can reach up to 3 feet.
This is one awesome and convenient feature! There is some bad news for those of you who have decided to root your S6 or S6 Edge. Samsung Pay is tied so heavily into Samsung's security system that when you break your KNOX by rooting you have also broken your Samsung Pay. This feature hasn't yet launched, but should be available mid summer. If this is a feature you desire you may want to hold off on rooting.
It looks like the new Star Wars droid, BB-8 might actually show up as a retail product in the near future. In fact, Sphero CEO Paul Berberian confirmed rumors that his company is involved in a project that will bring the little droid to life and make it available as a toy we can purchase.
Berberian said, “What an incredible honor it is to work with the team at Disney on one of the most interesting new characters in the Star Wars franchise. Opportunities this significant are rare. If anyone can execute and deliver on an exceptional BB-8 experience, it’s our Sphero team in Boulder.”
No details have been revealed, but the above image showed up on Sphero's website along with a sign-up form for future info. There were also some hints from Gizmodo that a retail BB-8 droid was in development and could cost as little as $150 USD. The New York Times even posted an article which indicated the Sphero BB-8 will be about the size of a large apple.
Either way, it would be pretty incredible to have one of these toy droids to share playtime with your kids!
Okay... Samsung's PR team may have finally gone off the deep-end, but the result is pretty funny. The above video shows off wireless charging and several other features of the Galaxy S6 (and S6 Edge) in a new commercial.
This commercial anthropomorphizes the phone by giving it a personality from a voice actor. It's actually pretty funny, although there are some moments that seem rather bizarre. Check it out and let us know what you think.
Above is a Nokia smartphone concept image found randomly on the web.
Here's an interesting tidbit of intel that is floating around the web right now. There are rumors that Nokia may be planning to return to the hardware world, and will specifically bring another smartphone to market. Supposedly, the Finnish company is already designing a new phone.
In fact, the company may be planning to re-enter the smartphone market as early as next year. The industry speculation is that Nokia has further developed their Z Launcher and may be evolving it into a full OS to compete with Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Here's a quote which sums things up,