We were impressed enough with the concept in this video that we just had to share it. A crafty YouTube blogger named AndroidGameE created a speedtest which is designed to showcase real-world performance instead of the typical number crunching benchmarks. It does this by leveraging opening and closing a number of real-world apps during a timed test. While it would be easy to poke holes in the methodology, it is still a remarkably simple way to help gauge what the user experience might be like.
Even better is that we get to see this "real world benchmark" demonstrated with a titanic battle between the ultra-popular iPhone 6 and the hot new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Throughout most of the tests, the Galaxy S6 Edge tends to handle things faster and smoother than the iPhone 6, but in the end, the final "timed difference" wasn't that huge, and the iPhone 6 nearly catches up with the Galaxy S6 Edge. Check out the video and let us know what you think.
While all of us use our Android smartphones and tablets to communicate in some way, most of us all use them as entertainment devices. In fact, some of us actually find our Android devices to be excellent gaming products. Because of that, here at HQ we thought it would be great to share 10 top Android game titles which are currently on sale.
We will quickly list all of the titles on sale, and give you links; however, we aren't going to list out the specifics of each sale, so you will need to investigate that yourself by clicking on the links. There are a wide assortment of games that will appeal to a wide variety of gamers, but there should be something in this list that will be of value to you. Enjoy!
It looks like those Gmail engineers at Google are not asleep at the wheel, (not that we thought they were). A new update will be pushed out to Gmail on Android sometime soon, and it adds several awesome new features. First, Google improved the search functionality within Gmail on Android. It also offers newly improved Drive integration and a better auto-complete. The next biggest add-on is the new “Conversation view” which will be added to your Yahoo, Outlook, and other IMAP/POP accounts.
The final cherry on top is that Google added a unified inbox. This is basically an “All inboxes” option that brings all of your email accounts into a single view. This will let you avoid needing to move between multiple accounts all of the time. Also, just in case you don't like it, you can skip the “All inboxes” option. You will find it in your slideout navigation menu, in case you want to view all of your email merged into one account. From the handiness of these new add-ons, it looks like the folks at Google have been taking some creativity pills!
There's no word on when this will start pushing out, but we will keep you apprised.
A strange new device just popped up on the GFXBench website for a round of benchmarking. It's supposedly the LG G4 (F500x model), but what makes it odd is that it only has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chipset powering its core. This is obviously a head-scratching decision if it turns out this is the final retail version of the LG G4 flagship.
Perhaps LG wanted to avoid any potential over-heating issues with this device, which is why they opted for the toned-down hexa-core Qualcomm chip instead of the octa-core Snapdragon 810. Based upon LG's assertion that the G4 will not be their top-end device this year, it could also have something to do with that. Maybe LG is planning to surprise the world with an all new tier of flagship beyond their G Line.
At any rate, here are the rest of the specs which showed up in the benchmark:
5.5-inch Display (2560 x 1440) -534 pixels per inch
Snapdragon 808 64-bit, hexa-core (4+2) processor here - four ARM Cortex-A53 and two ARM Cortex-A57 Adreno 418 GPU
3GB of RAM
32GB of internal storage
16-megapixel main camera - 4K UHD video capture
8-megapixel selfie front camera
What do you think of this news if it turns out true? A bit of a backwards step for LG?
We have several video tests of the Galaxy S6 Edge being tortured, and it turns out to be remarkably hardy. The first video (shown in the image above) is just a quick demonstration of the surprising toughness of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. The device is seen repeatedly slammed on a tile floor from a short height. Not only is it working fine afterwards, the glass is also unscathed.
That's not all we have though. We found four different torture test videos of the Samsung Galaxy S6... al of which you can find in the first reply of this thread. In the second video we see the typical pocket and head height drop tests, followed up by even higher drop tests.
The third video uses a Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S6 smartphones to crack walnuts. Neither of them are dented, broken or scratched in any way. It turns out you practically have to intentionally go out of your way to break the Gorilla Glass 4 on the front and back of the Galaxy S6 Edge.
The final video is an underwater video for the phone. The Galaxy S6 is not rated as water resistant, but it turns out it could last several minutes under water. At the very least it will probably be fine if you accidentally drop it in water and dry it after grabbing it out quickly. Of course, individual results may vary in all of these examples, but the Galaxy S6 Edge is a very resilient...
The video above is a teardown of the HTC One M9. It turns out that it will be a very good thing HTC will include the free "Uh Oh Protection" plan with the M9, because this video shows that repairing the display will be a challenging process.
The video above is a bit long at almost 35 minutes, but that just goes to show how tough it is to get into the HTC One M9. There are a ton of different steps and parts to remove just to replace the display. It doesn't look like a DIY job unless you are one of the most hardened hardware repair veterans.
There are some lucky T-Mobile customers out there right now. A few of the T-Mobile pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have already started showing up on doorsteps. Apparently, T-Mo was able to ship out a bit earlier than they estimated. There were even a few extremely fortunate folks who received theirs as early as Saturday morning.
More than likely this was some error on the part of T-Mobile because the devices weren't supposed to hit doorsteps and retail shelves until April 10th. I am sure the lucky few who have theirs already aren't complaining.
All of the rumors regarding a large new HTC smartphone proved true. HTC just unveiled the HTC One E9+. The device will sport the following specs:
5.5-inch QHD 2560 x 1440 resolution display
20MP camera on the rear
UltraPixel camera on the front
3GB of RAM
MediaTek’s 64-bit 8-core MT6795M chipset
For the most part, this will be a product which will be marketed in China, and perhaps some additional Asian markets. What's surprising is that HTC revealed this device ahead of their April 8th event in Beijing. Considering this is a mid-range device, perhaps they didn't want it "upstaging" their HTC One M+, which is likely to be the headliner of the show that day.
Wrapping up some of the top stories of the weekend as we transition into our work week.
Both carrier and retail stores are taking pre-orders for the HTC M9, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 Edge, some orders have been reported to have already been shipped to customers. I personally was able to get my hands on the s6 edge and came away impressed.
I was one who felt the edge was just a gimmick but actually felt like the edges add a smooth transition navigating from one side of the screen to the other. Just as when Samsung gambled on the idea of a note phone and set a trend for large phones (phablets), I really feel like the s6 edge can be a trend for devices in the future. The one area that concerned me though was how to put a case or a glass screen protector to protect the device, obviously a glass screen protector would be challenging but manufacturers are currently working on it (Amzer Kristal Tempered Glass HD Edge2Edge Clear Screen Protector).
As far as the interface it is touchwiz on top of 5.0.2 lollipop, so if you like touchwiz then you will love what Samsung has done but if you hate touchwiz then you may gravitate away. I could not help but notice that touchwiz was toned down a bit, not quite stock android but visually acceptable to one (me) who have a dislike for touchwiz. Over time we will have to see if the jank with touchwiz shows up, but...
Developer "MarkSkippen" has just updated his Skip Toolkit for the Nexus 6 to now support all versions up to Android 5.1. There are also many more features that have been added to the toolkit! The main change here is that TWRP that the toolkit uses has been separated, one version for being installed to the device another version for when the script needs to run adb commands. The version of twrp that is installed to the device will always be the latest available version. Other updates include 5.1 stock image added for returning to stock or unbricking, ability to root all versions of Android including 5.1, no force encrypt option, unzip root file changed with stock recovery added for OTA prep, and more. Grab the update from the link below