It looks like the LG G Watch R was discontinued in favor of its newer Urbane sibling. The G Watch R is already out of stock in most (if not all) online retailers and the Google Play Store. There is now a listing on the Google Play Store which says "This product is unavailable in your country." Furthermore, its support page only lists it for the Australian market, even though it used to include Japan and the United States.
LG has apparently responded to an inquiry and indicated that the product is being wound down, and existing stock is being sold with no new production scheduled. Sound off if you are one of the folks out there in the world who own this device, and let us know what you think of it.
For fans of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, this will hardly be news, but it's still worth sharing that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 actually beat the Apple iPhone 6 in the latest customer satisfaction survey from the American Satisfaction Index (ACSI). In fact, the Galaxy Note 4 is at the top of their list with an 86% satisfaction rating.
Interestingly, the Galaxy Note 3 ties the iPhone 6 for second place on the list with a score of 82%, (and so does the iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S5). The Moto X locks in third place, with a smattering of phones rounding out the rest of the top 10 and beyond. It's obviously important to note that this survey was created before the Galaxy S6 series, the HTC One M9 and the LG G4 came to market.
Obviously, as with any survey, feel free to take this with as much salt as you prefer. Who knows how accurate it is in the real world. One thing is for sure regarding this survey... apparently Galaxy Note owners are very happy and loyal customers! We could have told them that!
With the writing being on the wall for the cable companies we are seeing more companies offer paid streaming to set top stream boxes. The next company in line to offer their services is Showtime. At 10.99 a month users can enjoy such programs like the Jim Rome Show, Homeland, House of Lies, 60 Minute Sports, and more. Services will be available starting July 12th, unfortunately it will be exclusive to Apple (Apple TV, iPhone, and iPod Touch).
We will keep you updated when this will be available for other set top stream boxes.
Shortly after a massive leak on the specs and features of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active early this morning, Samsung decided to unveil the details themselves. Here's the breakdown of what will show up in the new Active version of the S6:
5.1-inch 2560 x 1440 Super AMOLED display
Octa-Core Exynos 7420 SoC
32GB UFS 2.0 storage
16MP rear camera and 5MP front camera
Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi ac Dual-Band MIMO, GPS, NFC, Heart Rate Sensor, Infrared Blaster
It looks like Huawei is making another big move into the US market. Their next big push is the P8 Lite, and its main "claim to fame" is that it is a reasonably powerful device for a very cheap unlocked and off contract price of only $249.99.
Here's a breakdown of the specs you get for that price:
5-inch HD (720p) display
1.5GHz Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor
13MP rear camera
5MP front camera
LTE connectivity on AT&T and T-Mobile
A micro SD slot (up to 32GB)
Android 4.4.4 KitKat
While that list of specs obviously doesn't qualify as a flagship, it's still a fairly reasonable hardware array for such an affordable price. The fact that it comes with KitKat could be a positive or a negative depending on your point of view.
Here are a few links where you can grab the Hauwei P8 Lite at US online retailers:
Since many of our members are also gamers, we wanted to offer up the hottest (off topic) news item of the day in the gamer world. The Fallout 4 trailer above was just released by Bethesda, showing off the upcoming game.
Bethesda didn't reveal when the game will launch, but it is likely to be either Fall of this year, or at the latest, Fall of next year (2016). The game will only be available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Across the web, there have been many complaints about the graphical quality shown off in the trailer. It's not hard to see why people are complaining. Bethesda is supposedly using an upgraded version of the same game engine they used for Skyrim, and because of that the graphical quality compared to current gen games seems a bit dated.
Of course, fans of the series will (rightly) point out that this game series isn't great because of fancy graphics, but because of well developed gameplay, story elements and characters. Ultimately, if they craft the game-world as lovingly as they did in Fallout 3, then this game will be excellent regardless of the prettiness of the graphics. What do you folks think?
BTW... this time around the game will be set in Boston and actually uses several historical landmarks and settings from that iconic American city. Here's a list of some of them displayed in the video:
Root users have long enjoyed the benefits of custom themes on their devices. This is one of the reasons many of you run custom roms. Roms like CyanogenMod allow you to easily customize the entire UI of your smartphone. Themeing has become so popular that OEMs like HTC and Samsung have built support for themes into their latest smartphones! Now it appears that Google is going to do the same with Android.
Android M actually has support for Runtime Resource Overlay baked right in! RRO is the same software used for theming on Sony Xperia devices. Once you root your Android M device you will discover limited support for theme engines like "Layers Manager". All this without really needing to flash a custom rom! This along with the use of Xposed Framework may eliminate the need to rom altogether for some of you. Are the incremental battery life and performance tweaks enough to keep you romming if you can get themes and mods without it? Let it be known that I shall always rom!
All this time and the Preview version of the LG G4 is still not rooted. This is probably because the security experts who normally release root have not necessarily had these devices in hand. Most of the preview units were released to media and press and a few lucky consumers who won various contests. Today TheRootNinja twitter account tweeted that they were excited to receive their LG G4 units. They added that they were especially excited for the Verizon variant. One could only assume this means they have plans to root and possibly bootloader unlock all variants of the LG G4. The LG G3 was pretty quickly bootloader unlocked and has been able to run a custom recovery and custom roms almost since release.
Of course the fellas behind "TheRootNinja" are purist. If they find an exploit that isn't already known they may decide to turn it in to LG. Believe it or not these guys do this to make our devices more secure. When root methods and exploits are released to the public OEMs have to patch them. Sometimes its the only way to get their attention. Personally I would love to see the LG G4 bootloader unlocked. I am really enjoying this phone and think I'd like it a whole lot better with some CyanogenMod on it.
I can remember one of my high school teachers telling us about a 120 GB hard drive that was being developed that was smaller than a wallet! When I heard this i simply did not believe it. At that time the smallest hard drive I had ever seen was quite a bit larger than a wallet, and I couldn't imagine a hard drive that could fit in your pocket. Pretty soon we had 8GB flash drives! This was pretty exciting because you could fit hours of mp3's on one of these. Earlier this week Sandisk released a 128GB USB 3.0 flash drive that is smaller than a dime. This is pretty amazing to think that the memory actually takes up even less space as most of the space is the actual usb drive itself and not the memory. The read speeds for the drive are a blazing 130MB per second, and the drive can hold 16 hours of 1080p videos! If this stuff gets any smaller who knows it could pave the way for real biotech!
With the 2nd Gen Nexus 5 and 2nd Gen Nexus 6 only months away it looks like Google is starting to clear out inventory early. They have just decided to discount the Nexus 6 by $150 on the Google Play Store! This means the 32 GB version is only $499, and the 64GB is only $549! This is off contract mind you. The Nexus 6 is still one of my favorite devices on the market. If you are wanting to give the Android M developer preview a try this is the phone you need to have. That is one of the many benefits of owning a Nexus device. Not only can you run the latest and greatest versions of Android as they come out, you can also easily unlock your bootloader, install recovery, and flash roms! You better jump on this deal while it last!