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.
One of the main reasons i wanted to root my first phone was the ability to change my bootanimation. This is just one more way we can easily customize our devices. The Arc Reactor Bootanimation by "DeepenSaha" is great for the Iron Man fan who loves Cyanogen. This works for those who are using the CM12 or CM11 Theme chooser. Grab it for free from the link below.
A few years back Ubuntu stirred up the Android community by announcing that they would be building a new OS to compete with the main OSs on the market. Their OS was to have a super easy user interface which was built around swipes. Their next version of the Ubuntu phone will come from the Chinese OEM Meizu. This will basically be the MX4 with Ubutu's software. It will be rocking a 5.36" display with an 1152x1920 resolution, a huge 3100mah battery, quad core processor, 20.7 megapixel camera, 2 megapixel front facing camera, 16GB of storage and can be yours for only $335. This phone will be by invite only and you can only accept the invite to buy on a certain day so it may prove to be a bit difficult to obtain. Head to the link below for more info.
The Galaxy S6 Active released with a camo version and I have found the perfect theme to go with this device! If you are able to get Cyanogen Mod 12.1 installed on this device the DRK CAMO Theme for the CM12.1 Theme Chooser fits this device perfectly. So far CM12.1 is not available for the device, but as Cyanogen shifts their focus to 12.1 it should be hitting more devices soon.
The DARK Camo theme is a minimal theme, but adds a military style camo color scheme. The basic stock material theme is in place, but has been darkened and camo has been added throughout. Grab this theme from the link below for free.
Today Cyanogen Mod Finalized their builds of Cyanogen Mod 11 and Cyanogen Mod 12. They will begin shifting their focus to Android M which will be here later this year. The final builds of CM11 and CM12 are each about as stable as they can possibly be and include necessary security fixes. CM12.1 is currently the main focus of Cyanogen.
Cyanogen cites the fact that many users have been slow to update to L as a reason for releasing another build of CM11. Apparently some user's are not fans of the material design in Lollipop. Cyanogen added that if you have made your way to CM12.1 there should be no reason to downgrade to one of these builds. Head to the link below for more info.
Over the years many things have improved when it comes to smartphone technology. 5 years ago it would be hard to believe we would eventually have a device in our pockets that was on par and in some cases higher powered then our desktops and laptops. Smartphones have advanced in every way except for in their battery life. We now have 2K QHD displays, octacore processors, lots of ram, high end graphics cards, and some pretty amazing software. The only advancement we have seen so far is pretty much just larger batteries, and some software enhancements to improve battery life, but no real breakthrough technology.
Today Samsung announced a huge discovery that should double battery life. The way they are getting better battery life is by coating the battery with graphene. The material is conductive and can be grown on a silicon carbide and then can be combined with a lithium ion battery. This could achieve a battery lasting 1.5-1.8 times longer than current batteries of the same size. The technology could be used in all kinds of ways including extending the range of electric powered cars. Hopefully this won't mean the same battery...