We have a special treat for you folks, thanks to @Jeffrey (for negotiating this) and the folks at Elephone (who graciously gave us the unit). DroidForums is giving away a brand new Elephone S2! This is the same phone that our very own @cereal killerreviewed last week.
The contest to win this device is fun and easy too. The topic of Micro SD Card slots missing from smartphones has been cropping up a great deal lately, and here at HQ this made us curious to see just how much the trends have changed on the subject. What better way is there to figure that out than with a poll?
To enter the contest, you simply need to vote in the poll. We will make your votes visible and then choose a winner from among them randomly. Since you can't enter more than once, there's no way to get duplicate entries, and it let's you continue discussing the subject in the thread if you want without messing up the contest.
The contest/poll will stop on Monday, August 10th at Midnight (CT), and the winner will be announced Tuesday.
Full Disclosure: the Elephone S2 DOES include a Micro SD Slot.
Here's the poll:
MicroSD Card Slots on smartphones...
A. ...are not important to me and never have been important to me.
B. ...are no...
Now that the LG G4 is finally rooted we can start to modify our device. A quick and easy way to freshen up your device is to run a custom theme. "Ghstudent" has ported over several themes that will work with US variants of the G4. You don't have to be bootloader unlocked, but you will need to be rooted. The theme that Gh ported does a few things to change the look of your homescreen such as replaces icons in status bar and quick settings, now more google themed quick settings. If you would like to give this theme a try head to the link in the description.
If you need free wifi tether and are still on a grandfathered unlimited data plan you will have to modify your hotspot app to get it working on the LG G4. The method for doing so is actually pretty simple though. You will need to be rooted and have a root file browser installed. Grab the apk from the link below, move the apk you just downloaded to system/app/hotspotprovision, and then set the proper permissions. This is super easy and does not require you to enter any commands.
It looks like Xiaomi really wants to do battle with Samsung. Earlier today Samsung all but screamed out that they will be announcing the Note 5 on August 13th. They sent out emails encouraging the media to "Note the date". Normally those emails would say "save the date", but since they will be announcing the Note 5 they decided to do a little word play.
Xiamoi also sent out notice about an event they will be holding on August 13th. We will see the release of MIUI 7 on that day. We should also see this rom ported over to many other no Xiaomi devices pretty soon. The big news here is that the Mi 5 might also be released on the same day. In the invite we see pictures of boxes. Surely they would not store the new MIUI 7 in little boxes. Hopefully we will see the device next week.
While it is not built into Windows 10 directly with a few apps and a bit of know how you can control your phone from Window 10! This would be super useful for managing notifications, responding to texts, and even controlling smart home appliances. In order for this to work a little bit of hackery is involved. The setup is actually a bit daunting so this will require a bit of patience. You will need tasker installed on your phone. The controls happen via Cortana voice commands. You will need to import your commands over to Android and set your default browser as Chrome. Head to the link below for full instructions.
In this video we unbox and review the Toy Block Speaker by EC Tech. I was really quite surprised at the quality of the sound coming out of this tiny speaker. It was super easy to connect to my phone, and the design brought out some nostalgia with its LEGO resemblance. This looks like a pretty sweet little speaker, and the great part is that it is super portable. It is also waterproof which is a major added benefit. Grab yours at the link below.
The invite system that OnePlus has deployed with the OnePlus 2 this year and the OnePlus last year is pretty much just a chaotic mess. With the invite system in play you have a slim and none chance of actually owning the device. Some people became so desperate last year they actually purchased OnePlus One invites from third parties. OnePlus has taken notice. For the next 5 days they will be auctioning off 100 OnePlus 2 invites.
These auctions will benefit the UNICEF Tap project. This project provides clean water to underprivileged children around the world. $1 can provide clean water for a child for 40 days! The auctions work like any other ebay auction. You will have one week to claim your invite, and one month to purchase your phone. Invites will be emailed to winners on August 10. This is not a bad way to actually have a chance at a OnePlus 2 invite! Of course the bids are getting ridiculously high so unless you just really want to donate to UNICEF it may not actually be worth it.
It looks like it's official now. In nearly every metric that counts (and in the single most important metric) T-Mobile has now passed Sprint to become the number three mobile carrier in the US. T-Mobile has grown to a whopping 59 Million subscribers, compared to 56.8 Million for Sprint.
In fact, the growth has been quite astonishing. T-Mobile added almost a million customers every quarter for the last nine quarters, and they even added 2.1 million in just the last three months. Here's a breakdown of more of the numbers from T-Mo's latest financial call,
2.1 million total net customer additions, up 41% year-over-year -- 9th consecutive quarter with over 1 million
More than 1 million branded postpaid net customer additions, up 11% year-over-year -- 4th consecutive quarter with over 1 million
760,000 branded postpaid phone net customer additions, up 31% year-over-year -- demonstrating a continued focus on the most valuable customer segment of the market
178,000 branded prepaid net customer additions, up 75% year-over-year -- growing the industry’s biggest and best prepaid brands
1.3% branded postpaid phone churn -- continued record-low churn and a year-over-year reduction of 16 basis points
Perhaps it was only a matter of time. Now it looks like Sprint will need to get "the eye of the tiger" to regain their third place crown. Can they do it?
It's been a very dry Tuesday for mobile tech news, but we are not too happy we broke the drought with the following story. The folks at Droid-Life have a few leaked "in the wild" pics of the upcoming new Samsung Galaxy Note 5, and they pretty much eliminate any hope that the device has a MicroSD slot.
The images cover the entire outer shell of the phone and there is neither hide nor hair of a MicroSD slot. If it had a removable battery, then it could be inside the case, but it is also confirmed that the device will not have that either.
Of course, it's possible this is a fake, but that seems unlikely at this point. <sigh>
AnTuTu just published a Samsung Galaxy Note 5 benchmark score composite. The new device actually outscores the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge even though it utilizes the same Exynos 7420 CPU. The Galaxy Note 5 nailed a score of 69,702 points, while the Galaxy S6 hit 67,520. The upcoming new Galaxy S6 Edge Plus was also tested, and it bested the Galaxy S6 Edge with a score of 67,520 versus 63,910.
The only real difference that is confirmed which might account for these improved scores could be the 4GB of RAM versus 3GB for the "older" devices. The other possibility is that the rumors of the Galaxy Note 5 (and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus) having an Exynos 7422 instead of an Exynos 7420 could be true. It's possible that the AnTuTu benchmark app simply couldn't properly ID the newer chip and defaulted to what it knew was closest to it.
We will know for sure in about 9 days. Here are links to our dedicated sections for these devices: