One of my favorite sets of budget bluetooth headphones is on sale! I have personally tried these out and have to say that sound quality and comfort on these are great. These are definitely not the highest quality headphones ever I do prefer my Blue Buds X headphones by Jaybird, but you just can't beat wireless headphones. They are just so incredibly convenient. The Mpow Swift headphones can be yours in one of three colors for only $19.99 which is a huge discount from the original price of $79.99. The Jay Bird Blue Buds X which are my favorite high end sport bluetooth headphones are also on sale! If you can afford them the Blue Buds have superior build and sound quality, but both sets of headphones are pretty comfortable and the bluetooth works great on both of them.
Amazon has launched an all new Sharing feature for Kindle. Now before you get too excited this is not a sharing service allowing you to share whole books. What it actually does is it will let you share quotes from your favorite books, and also allows you to share book recommendations. This feature previously existed in Facebook and Twitter, but now you can share with friends who don't frequent social media sites. You can share via messaging apps, email, texts and more. If your friend receives a quote or recommendation from you they can instantly start reading a book preview. You can do all this privately.
As photos of the Note 5 begin to leak out you may be wondering how to extend your old Note just a bit longer until this device releases later this year. Devices like the Galaxy Note 2 have long been end of lifed by your OEM, but the great thing about the dev community and the reason I hope Android developers stick around for a while is that these guys are always great about delivering the latest greatest versions of Android to our older devices. The Note 2 is still a great device, and adding a rom can really help you get a few more months out of this device.
Team Octos just released a new rom for the Note 2. You will need an unlocked bootloader, and a custom recovery such as TWRP already installed on your device. Octos is a custom AOSP style rom which includes lots of performance enhancements and cusotmizations. There are even a few extras such as a Dark theme, wallpapers, and more that you can install separately. Grab this rom from the link below.
Xposed is the mod tool that allows us to add all sorts of customizations to our device with Root only. This eliminates most of the need for custom roms. It took us a while to get Xposed Framework working on Lollipop, and even when we finally got it not all modules were working at first. There have been a few updates, but it has still been a bit wonky. Today Xposed for Lollipop received a pretty big update which should bring lots of fixes making this a bit more stable. The app has been simplified making version numbers less confusing. There have been changes to the installation script in the flashable zip, and an uninstallation zip has been added. Other changes include lots and lots of fixes. Grab this update from the link below.
Project Fi is the Google Carrier Service! For now you can only use it with the Nexus 6 that is Google has said that you must use a Nexus 6, but one savy XDA member has discovered a way you can use Project Fi on the Nexus 5 and possibly other devices. Getting Project Fi to work on a device other than the Nexus 6 is actually a pretty simple process.
You will need to first activate your Project Fi sim on a Nexus 6. This could be tricky if you don't own the device. You may need to get creative. See if a friend would let you use theirs. Once the sim card is activated you will need to use a nanosim to microsim adapter to insert the sim into your Nexus 5. You can data wipe your phone, but you don't have to. Then install and open the Project Fi app. Your Nexus 5 should now be activated with cell service.
Google created and shared a video which shows off their "screen lag" testing procedure for smartphones. The test device's specific purpose is to test "end-to-end latency of Android and Chrome OS devices." It was built by Finnish vendor OptoFidelity. It's a strangely slow news Monday, so we thought this might be mildly entertaining for those curious about such things.
Google+ just turned four yesterday. Happy belated Birthday! Google claims that over 500 Million people use their social network, (although many of those could be because of the automatic account it creates when you sign up for gmail). It's also interesting that Google didn't have any Google+ panels at their Google I/O Developer's conference recently.
This got us to thinking about the social networks, so we thought we would ask you guys your thoughts. How many of you folks use Google+? Do you use it often? Which social networks do you prefer? (Feel free to include any social network that you like, including the picture focused ones too.)
Here's another image leak to share today, and it might not make fans of the Galaxy Note series very happy. The above shot is supposedly the retail image of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 inside a third party protective case. What is most troublesome is that it appears Samsung will be using the same metal and glass backing on this device, just as it has with the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. This would probably indicate a unibody design, thus no removable battery.
Of course, we have also seen rumors of a phablet-style Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, and it's possible the source of this intel confused the two devices. Maybe this leaked image is for the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, and the final Galaxy Note 5 design will have a removable plastic back cover. We will continue to keep a watchful eye which gives us more info on this topic. Fans of the Galaxy Note series' removable battery will probably want to keep their fingers crossed for a while...
A device which is supposedly the XT1585 model Motorola Droid "Kinzie" (previously rumored here), just showed up on a GFXBenchmark. This device features the following specs (revealed by the benchmark):
5.5-inch display with a 1440 x 2560 (QHD 2K) resolution and a pixel density of 534ppi
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 1.9GHz CPU and the Adreno 430 GPU
3GB of RAM
32GB of internal storage
20MP rear camera
5MP front camera
Android 5.1.1 pre-installed
The Kinzie is just one of two new Droids which have been rumored over the past several months. The other is the "Clark," which supposedly includes the Snapdragon 808 and a 5.2-inch QHD 2K display. The above benchmark is the first confirmation that the Kinzie exists. We will keep an eye out for any new info on either device, so continue to check back with us.
The source of this story didn't share what the device scored, and it looks like it has been removed from the GFXBenchmark site.
We have a hot new leak to show off today. The image above (and the other in the thread below) supposedly show off the new OnePlus 2 smartphone. As you can see from the pics, the design is similar to the OnePlus One with a few notable changes.
First, the device has a metal (or metallic looking) frame. Second, it obviously has a wooden frame back (whether it is faux wood or real wood cannot be determined). Of course, this could also simply be an optional back cover. Finally, there appears to be a dimple on the back which could be the fingerprint scanner which has been previously rumored.
Of course, we cannot confirm that this leaked image is the real deal, and it looks like it could be a render. It seems like a pretty legitimate approximation, even if it is a fake. We will keep you updated on any new details right up until the final July 27th reveal.