There is a new program started by LG which is meant to help a few (limited) users try out the new LG G4 before it even hits US retail shelves officially. On top of that, the units will be offered at no cost to the lucky folks chosen.
Of course, there's a catch... (you knew there would be). Folks who are chosen will be required to jump through some social media hoops. Here's a quote with the description followed by the LG sign up page link.
Take notice Motorola fans! Some new intel on the 3rd generation of the Moto X may have just been revealed. The source is completely uncorroborated, so it may be nothing. Still, you know how this goes... it's better to share it even if it's wrong then to ignore it and it turns out to be right.
Here's the scoop on the Moto X (2015):
5.2-inch AMOLED display with QHD resolution
Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor
4GB of RAM
32/64GB of memory
16-megapixel Clear Pixel camera
5-megapixel front-facing camera
3,280 mAh battery
Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
If this spec-list is accurate, then it seems to be further evidence that smartphone OEMs have mostly abandoned the Snapdragon 810 from Qualcomm. It seems that even the potential for heat related issues is enough to ward off manufacturers (probably for good reason).
Current intel pegs the launch of the Moto X (2015 Edition) sometime between August and September. We will keep an eye out for more info until then.
The great thing about Android is the freedom to change pretty much anything you want with the OS. You can change your launcher, you can change your keyboard, and you really have the freedom and liberty to make your device suite your style and needs exactly. Theme developer "Pecco" has released a clean theme for the Galaxy S6 dialer. ExDialer Green Theme adds a touch of green to the dialer, and is pretty simple to install. Just install the app. Then go to menu, preferences, theme to apply it. Grab this theme from the play store link below.
Themes are becoming all the rage in the mobile handset world. OEMs have even adopted themeing in their latest skin overlays. The M9, S6 and even the upcoming G4 come with Theme choosers. Samsung is even incentivizing theme development for their theme chooser. This has always been an option for those running custom roms like CyanogenMod 12. Themes give your device a whole new look, and are one of the most appealing custom options.
The all new Florid theme brings a monochromatic overlay with material blue action bars, and pink accents. The whole theme was built with Google's specific material design guidelines in mind so you won't lose that stock feel you get from Android Lollipop. Themed elements include Settings, SystemUI, Framework, Messaging, Gallery, Calculator, Browser, Dialer, Contacts, PowerMenu, WhatsApp, Instagram, Eleven Music Player, Hangouts, Google Play Music, Google Play Store, Google Play Books, Google Play Movies, Google Plus, Youtube, and more! Grab this theme from the link below.
CyanogenMod for the OnePlus One has been a welcomed advancement for those who love root freedom. Many users wish for a day where OEMs and carriers would allow for their devices to be fully unlocked giving you the freedom of choice. While CM has been great on the OnePlus One some of you may have decided you would like to try the new OxygenOS. To your dismay the rom doesn't come prerooted, but no worries there is a pretty simple way to get this rom rooted.
You will first need to be sure your OnePlus One is bootloader unlocked and that you have installed the TWRP as your stock recovery. You will then need to download the proper version of SuperSU which you can grab from the link below. Be sure to download the SuperSU file on your phone so it will be in your Download folder. Boot into recovery mode by pressing Power+VolumeDown keys from powered off state. Once TWRP has booted tap install, navigate to the download folder and choose the SuperSU file you downloaded. Swipe to confirm the flash. Then reboot to enjoy your freshly rooted OxygenOS.
Oppo is still hard at work preparing for the release of ColorOS v2.1, but have today released a post in their forums showing off the new design elements of the OS. The first change introduced is a new design for the Icons. These new icons have a flat and simple design with brighter more energetic colors. These icons are designed to be simpler yet more recognizable. The next change was to the second level interface. This includes changes to the settings app, quick settings, and more. The last change is in the form of all new wallpapers. ColorOS v2.1 will feature 12 hand picked wallpapers. The release should come to oppo handsets within the next few weeks.
The release of the Galaxy S4 brought features overdrive! The Galaxy S4 was on feature overload and many consumers saw the majority of these features for what they were, gimmicks. There were pages of gesture control features, but only a few that were really worth using on a daily basis. Since then Samsung has weeded out the not so useful Gesture controls and we have a much simpler list of gesture controls in TouchWiz on the Galaxy S6.
To access the gesture options you will head into your settings and then scroll down to and choose the Motion and Gestures option. There you will find four gesture options that can actually add value to your daily phone experience. Direct Call when turned on will automatically call the person on the current contact card when you lift the phone to your head. Smart Alert will cause the phone to vibrate when you pick the phone up alerting you that you have received notifications while you were away from your device. Mute turns off your phones sounds and vibrations when you either cover the screen of your device with your whole hand, or turn the phone screen down on a surface. Lastly Palm Swipe To capture allows you to quickly grab a screenshot of your homescreen by swiping...
It looks like Microsoft is up to their old tricks again... bashing the competition. Windows chief Terry Myerson, at Microsoft’s Ignite conference in Chicago, boldly said the following,
Them's fightin' words sir!
Seriously though, even though this seems rather brash of Myerson, he does have a point. This got us to thinking about the current state of Android. Only 10% of all Android devices are upgraded to Lollipop, with the majority on KitKat and still quite a few on Jelly Bean. The next version of Android is due out later this year, and it seems like Google gets farther and farther behind with new devices each year. Is this starting to frustrate any of our long-time Android fans, or is it just "par for the course?"
Also, despite Myerson having a good point, it still seems rather arrogant of him to be making statements like that considering Microsoft only holds about 8% of the mobile market compared to Android's massive dominance.
Here's a cool looking game for Android that has some unique ideas. It's called "Spellcrafter" and it is basically a fantasy RPG with turn-based tactical combat similar to that found in XCOM. What sets this game apart is that the spells in the game feature gesture-based controls.
On top of that, the game is broken up into three separate acts which lets you control things from three different perspectives. Here's a quote with the game description from the Play Store,
Whowouldathunkit? The LG Watch Urbane scored a 7 out of 10 on the iFixit repairability scale after making it through their dissection process. Here's a quick quote with the summary of their findings, but be sure to check out the source link below for all of the details and great pics,
What do you guys think of the LG Watch Urbane? Is it a serious Android Wear smartwatch competitor?