Technically Motorola was first but the company that got the most publicity for leaving out the headphone jack was Apple. The iPhone 7/7+ went without a headphone jack and the world lost their minds at first but quickly got over it. Plus it opened the door for companies to innovate ways around it.
As much as Samsung made the headphone jack a staple of their commercial, it is ironic that they themselves are looking to follow suit. But this is not the first time we have seen this with android as the Droiddoes commercial made fun of Apple for a lot of lacking features only to the adopt those same features (or lack thereof) in future iterations.
So was Apple right, are 3.5mm headphone jacks no longer needed?
I'm pretty happy about this one, even though I don't have a Turbo anymore. I have stuck up for Motorola in the past anytime a Turbo owner asked if the Turbo was getting M. "Yes, but probably not for awhile yet" I would always respond. I hate to say: I told you so! Actually, No, I don't. I told you so.
Verizon started rolling out Marshmallow (6.0.1) to the Droid Turbo this weekend. Yes, that's right, Verizon is rolling out Motorola's 6.0.1 to a phone that is now over 2 years old. Apparently, there was a soak test last month and that went well enough for Motorola to approve a final version. It's nice to see Motorola continue to support the flagships, even if really late. Hopefully I won't have to wait so long for Nougat on my T2.
Are there any Turbo owners left here? Did you get your update yet?
Black Friday week we informed you guys about one of the coolest deals around. Slickwraps decided to mark 50% off on every product they sale. In addition to that you get an entry for one of many prizes with each purchase. Prizes include $5000, a trip for your entire family to go to Disney World, and even a brand new car! The contest went though the entire week of Cyber Monday and actually wraps up this evening. You still have a chance to get in on this! One other cool thing worth mentioning is that they now have a full lineup of slickwraps for the LG V20.
As the holidays are now in full swing you can expect Google to start discounting some of their content, apps, and games. Prince of Persia : Shadow and Flame is currently on sale for just $.10 in some regions. The 2.5D sidescroller is reminiscent of the Classic Sands of time game. The game is a continuation in the story line of the older game as well. With the game you get 14 new levels and five 3D environments. This game includes improved gesture controls and is compatible with some of the game controllers like Moga. Unfortunately the deal is not available in the US, but you can still pick it up for just $2.99 in the US region.
In super cool news today Amazon just launched their "No Lines, No Checkout" brick and mortar store called Amazon Go! This is essentially the Grocery Store of the future. At roughly 1,800sq ft the store is large enough to house most of the essentials and small enough for those of us who are constantly on the move and busy to get in and get out quickly. The store allows you to check in on your app as you enter then just grab what you need off the shelves turn around and walk out. All purchases are added to your account auto magically using some of the same technologies that exist in self driving cars today. There is currently one store in existence, but I could see this quickly becoming a trend. It seems to be a better solution than Amazon requiring you to buy many things at once like they do with their current "Prime Pantry" Program. I can also foresee Amazon developing a system to retrofit existing grocery stores.
After the final recall and discontinuation of the Galaxy Note 7 Samsung was pretty generous in not only refunding their customers who bought the faulty devices, but also gave a coupon towards purchasing a new device at a lower price, and has given Note 7 buyers the option to upgrade to the unreleased Galaxy S8 at half the full price. Samsung feels like they have done more than enough to make Note 7 buyers whole, but there is still a class action lawsuit which claims Samsung is still responsible for further damages incurred when consumers had to go through the trouble of exchanging their devices.
There are 2,400 consumers involved in this class action lawsuit and they are seeking compensation of $426 each to make up for their time. I still think that Samsung has gone above and beyond in correcting this, and the only ones entitled to more compensation would be the first several who were injured by their Note 7 before it was common knowledge that these devices could randomly catch fire. What are your thoughts? Should Note 7 buyers entitled to even more compensation?
When I first heard this rumor regarding the name of the upcoming OnePlus flagship to be released in summer of 2017 I had to check the date to be sure it wasn't an April Fools joke. According to sources OnePlus will be skipping the OnePlus 4 and will jump straight to the OnePlus 5. The reason given for this is that the number 4 is considered to be highly unlucky in China since it closely resembles the word for death. Personally I think it is silly for a company to be so superstitious that they are willing to skip a number possibly causing confusion and devaluing their previous model by making them seem 2 generations older.
Then again this has not been confirmed or denied by OnePlus so we can take it with a grain of salt.
The device whether it be the OnePlus 4 or the OnePlus 5 is also expected to come with a ceramic build, a Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB of RAM, 5.5" QHD display, and should release with Android Nougat 7.1 out of the box. It is unclear whether OnePlus will actually go with the Snapdragon 835 since it was previously reported they would go with the Snapdragon 830. I think the inclusion of the 835 would make this a much more attractive device since it would...