One of the standout design elements of the LG G6 is the curved display. I for one think it looks great and like the fact that it is something different. My wife on the other hand thinks the curved display edges on the G6 look cheap and makes the phone look like a low budget chinese phone. If you are like me and you actually like the look of the curved edge display you can add it to your phone right now!
Cornerfly adds the rounded display corners to your device. You can even configure it for each application. The ad free version of the app can be purchased for just $.99 and also includes deeper customization of the effect. Grab it from the link below.
One of the most exciting announcements that has kind of slipped under everyone's radar from Mobile World Congress was an announcement made by Motorola. They unveiled all kinds of new Moto Mods! New Moto Mods include an Alexa Mod, Gamepad Mod, and a Wireless Charging Mod. Dan Dery Motorola's head of Moto Mods stressed the commitment to Moto Mods for the foreseeable future. The Alexa Mod works as a dock bringing always-on listening and a speaker to answer questions. They even announced a new accessory to charge your mods. There is nothing worse than getting ready to use a mod and it is dead. Their are apparently also several mods in the prototype stage including a portable printer, multi-SIM card holder, and a robot building kit for kids. It's great to see Motorola continue to progress on the only truly usable modular system in smartphones.
The Quick Settings Tiles in the notification panel in Android are great for quickly getting to things you need quickly like muting your sound, or activating your flashlight. There are a very limited amount of quick settings tiles that you can enable in stock Android. Shortcutter gives you many more options for Quick Settings Tiles.
Some of the Tiles you can add include:
-Ring Mode Ring/Silent/Vibrate
-Screen Wake (keep screen awake indefinitely)
-System UI Tuner
-Custom App (open any app from your quick settings)
-Custom URL Tiles (open a URL from quick settings)
Settings For Rooted Users Include:
-Heads Up Notifications
It is about that time when people are beginning to ask me about my thoughts on the next OnePlus. The OnePlus 3T was one of the best mid tier devices for last year. It included great specs and software for a great price. We now have some rumors coming out of Korea regarding the next OnePlus flagship. It is expected that OnePlus will skip the 4th version in favor of the OnePlus 5, something to do with 4 being an unlucky number in China. This may be the reason OnePlus named their last flagship 3T instead of 4.
According to the new report the OnePlus 5 will include a dual curved edge display similar to the display of the Galaxy S7 edge. Other specs suggested by the report include a 16mp front facing camera and a 23mp rear camera. There may also be 6GB of RAM or possibly 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. The phone may come with the Snapdragon 835 if OnePlus is willing to wait for the chip.
We have been hearing rumors of Xiaomi's "Pinecone" SoC, but now it is finally official. The Surge S1 will be Xiaomi's very first in house processor built specifically for their phones. Most phone manufacturers order their SoCs from other manufacturers, but there are some great advantages to making your own processor. When an OEM develops their own chip they are better able to tweak it to work with their hardware and software making their phones both more efficient and powerful.
The Surge S1 features an octa-core 64-bit processor clocked at 2.2GHz. Of the 8 cores there are four 2.2GHz A53 cores for the high performance tasks and four 1.4GHz A53 cores for the lower performance processes. The chip also includes the Mali-T860 GPU. The chip brings features like dual microphone voice reduction, HD calling, 14-bit dual ISP, and an OTA updateable baseband.
Meizu is a well known cell phone maker in the east whose popularity has waned a bit thanks to the uprise of other brands like Xiaomi and Huawei. However Meizu is about to make a pretty big splash thanks to a new technology they have developed that allows you to charge a 3000mah battery in about 20 minutes. Normally you can get the first half of a charge pretty fast with solutions like Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0, but everyone knows that after the first half of the charge the back half is much slower.
Meizu's Super mCharge applies two conversion circuits to directly output half of the voltage which increases charging efficiency by 9% to 98%. The charge remains stable and the battery only reaches a max temperature of 102.2 degrees during the charge. Apparently the charge tech will require a special type of battery so the charger itself will not necessarily charge all phones this quick. The battery used for this tech will remain durable, and retain an 80% capacity even after 800 charge cycles. Meizu has not yet announced when they will make this tech available in a phone, but my guess is they will make it happen as soon as possible!
The new iPhone will be coming out in a few months and we are already starting to get bits and pieces of intel leaked out about the upcoming device. Today it was reported that the iPhone 8 will feature a curved display made by Samsung, no home button, and get this.... USB Type C! There is only one thing that this phone will be missing, Android! Out of all the leaked features the one feature that really stands out to me is USB Type-C.
Over the years Apple has been this walled off garden. They sell their products for a few hundred dollars more than everyone else, and then expect you to buy their proprietary accessories. All other cell phone manufacturers are going to USB Type-C it only makes sense that Apple do the same. It will be great to have all phones in the house using the same Type-C cables if indeed Apple decides to go against everything they have ever stood for in the past.
Everyone is now wanting a piece of that cordcutting pie. What was once a fad is now a phenomenon and it was not long before Youtube (aka Google) decided it was time for them to jump on board. And we are seeing that now as Google announces their $35 TV package that includes 40+ channels.
What would it take for Youtube to take over the streaming market?
So far it looks like Lg may have gotten their footing back from their setback with the G5. Are you ready to give LG a try, if so feel free to visit the LG G6 forum where we will have all things posted on the G6.