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 Androids 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?
Here's a piece of hot, off-topic, high-tech news for you folks today. Microsoft's latest tablet is now available. The Surface 3 is up for grabs in several different markets across the globe. You can pick it up on Microsoft's online store, Amazon, or several other retailers. It's on sale in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States.
On May 7, the Surface 3 will be available to Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Here's a quote from Microsoft on the new Surface 3:
For many, it was a shock to see Samsung take a backwards step by not releasing the Galaxy S6 and/or S6 Edge with a water-resistant design. The previous generation Galaxy S5 introduced it as a standard feature, so it was easy to expect the same again.
If you are frustrated that your Galaxy S6 is not waterproof, then the above video might alleviate your frustration with a laugh or two, but it will NOT solve your dilemma. In fact, this comedic video is probably the worst way you could go about making the device waterproof... by permanently encasing the device in a thick layer of clear silicone, and then letting it dry.
It's not hard to at least appreciate the humor in the video, and it was surprising to see that the phone actually worked somewhat afterwards.
It looks like the HTC One M9 is not helping the already beleaguered smartphone OEM. HTC's April revenues nose-dived by 38.6% year-over-year, and poor sales of the M9 are being blamed. After the solid success of the HTC One M7 and One M8, things were looking up for HTC, but their latest flagship isn't making the same waves as its ancestors. Here's a quote with more of the details,
Industry analysts are suggesting that HTC underestimated the bad press from overheating issues which hit the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 (the chipset featured in the One M9). On top of this bad word of mouth, poor reviews and reluctance from the carriers to order much inventory of the phone may have lead to these slumped sales.
Of course, the other elephant in the room is the runaway success of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Samsung put enormous pressure on the rest of the Android smartphone industry...
Motorola has a pretty incredible new deal on the Moto X 2014 Edition. From 11 a.m. CT, through May 6th at 11 a.m. CT you can get the 32GB version for just $349.99 off-contract, while the 64GB model will be priced a at $374.99. If you do the math, that's $225 off the usual price for this iconic device.
There's another offer on Moto's website as well. They have a separate special bundle which also includes a Moto X. It's called the “harmonious duo” deal. It will let you save $300 when you buy an off-contract Moto X and a Tracks Air headphones by Sol Republic together. Normally the two devices cost $699.94, but with this bundle they are only $399.99.
We all remember the overheat gate that happened prior to the release of the HTC One M9. There were lots of reports out there stating that the M9 would tend to overheat when running performance taxing apps like benchmarks. HTC quickly sent out an update fixing this problem. Many would be M9 owners decided against the phone because the update included "throttling" which would dull the performance of the device at least making it not as powerful as its original potential.
The ViperOneM9 development team has just released an update which also seeks to improve on the performance and fix the overheating issue. Other additions to the rom include tweaks for battery enhancement, per app navbar color, per app status bar color, hiding lockscreen widget and other lockscreen options, new emergency call behaviors, hide sprint gps icon, and much more! Grab the update from the link below.
One of the top reasons to flash a rom like CyanogenMod is the ability to use custom themes. The themes for CM are full UI themes changing the whole look of your device making it feel fresh and new. The best part of the new CM12 theme chooser is the ability to use bits and pieces from multiple themes. If you like just the icons of a certain theme you don't have to sacrifice the wallpapers and bootanimation from another theme. You can just pull the icons only from the theme you want!
One of the newest CM12 themes released brings a super clean black and pink color scheme to your home screen. The theme by "Sarvesh Geetha" includes custom icons, themed features list, themed settings, themed quick settings, themed switches and toggles, themed check boxes, themed dialer, themed notifications, themed lockscreen, themed sliders, and more! Grab this theme for free from the link below.
Google seems to be pushing their All Access Subscription service for Google Music. I have been using this now for a few months, and have to say that I have not really found too many songs that were not available on the service. For the most part I am able to listen to anything I want. The best part about this service is that I am able to listen to entire albums, and for $9.99 a month you can't beat that. Most albums from my childhood cost anywhere between $10-$20!
Google wants you to try this service out, and they have sweetened their free trial deal by doubling it! For a limited time you can try it out for 60 days for free. There are over 30million songs included, oh and NO ADVERTISING!