Super Swiftkey is a modified version of Swiftkey that includes all sorts of custom themes. The app was updated today and now includes more than 140 new themes! Many themes include either dark or light backgrounds with varying color schemes. All themes are free! Head to the link below for the download.
Xiaomi's latest flagship will be ready for release later this month. Xiaomi's CEO stated late last year that he would rather be late with a perfect product than on time with a sub par product. While we are expecting a premium metal design it looks like we can also expect a pretty great camera.
Yesterday Xiaomi Co-Founder Lin Bin posted pictures taken from the Mi5 camera. The images are nice and sharp with great color (although colors are a bit warm). What was really impressive is that the camera caught a flying bird with little to no blur. It would appear that the camera has OIS at the least.
Mediatek is the lower end brand of CPU that powers much of the world's smartphones. Many of the Chinese phones include a Mediatek chip set. In the past I have had trouble with Mediatek performance, but recently things have really gotten better. In some devices the Mediatek chips actually perform well.
Stagefright was the crazy bug a while back that effected about 99% of all Android users. The bug allowed attackers to gain complete access to your phone if you clicked a media file sent by the attacker which included the bug. While most flagships patched the bug quickly, Mediatek handsets have remained vulnerable.
Yesterday "BlueFlame4" posted several recovery flashable zips that fix Stagefright on devices with a Mediatek MT6753 chip. Devices like the Elephone P8000 were fixed.
Little by little various OEMs are beginning to test out Marshmallow on their devices. So far only a handful of devices, namely nexus devices, actually have official Marshmallow builds. Sony has just started the rollout of a Marshmallow beta test program. The beta will be available for Xperia Z2, Z3 and Z3 Compact users in countries to include Italy, Netherlands, and Spain. Part of the Beta program is to crowd source the search for bugs in the software. As bugs are squashed Sony will be closer to releasing Marshmallow to the rest of the user base.
The Marshmallow soak test for the Moto G 2nd Gen was just announced yesterday. It was also announced that the Moto G 4G would be a bit behind on the soak test front. The good news is that Motorola has now officially released source code for the Moto G 4G kernel. This means that developers will have all they need to get fully functioning stable roms ready for the device. It won't matter when the official build of Marshmallow lands for the device as developers will be able to get bug free Roms out for the device!
The risk for the bug found is not high at all. In fact most of you would never find yourself in the demonstrated scenario. The idea is that if you hand your phone over to a colleague or friend while it is unlocked and take your attention away they can add their own fingerprint with out having to first input your PIN. This is a bit concerning, but the good news is that it is a problem with the Nova Launcher and not with the LG V10.
Nova Launcher allows you to add an app activities widget to your homescreen. From there you are able to add the "fingerprint settings" activity to the homescreen, and can then access that to setup your own fingerprint without first inputting the PIN or password. With the new fingerprint added the person could access your phone any time you are not near it. The moral of the story is to stay away from 3rd party launchers like Nova until this bug has been patched.
We have received several reports that Verizon started rolling out the latest Android Marshmallow update to the Motorola Droid Turbo 2, but then suddenly stopped it. The build was 24.14.9, but we suspect they found a hiccup that caused them to yank it. When they start it up again it will likely have a different number.
Stay tuned for more details, or if you see something before we post anything, be sure to share it here!
Prepare for a splash of exuberant hyperbole. The Amazon Echo just had it's cool factor go up by a factor of 10! The newest feature added to the Amazon Echo takes it several steps forward to being a "must have" household tech item. They just added a set of voice commands to control the thermostat in your home!
Specifically, the company named ecobee has a smart, WiFi enabled thermostat called the ecobee3 and it is now compatible with voice commands through your Amazon Echo. The ecobee3 is already an impressive device by itself and is very similar in capabilities to the Nest thermostat that Google owns. Being able to sync with your Amazon Echo wirelessly is a great feather to add to its hat, on top of its programability and enhanced smart-sensing technologies.
With the two of these device paired up, you simply have to ask Alexa to raise/lower the temperature, or even set a specific temperature. Along with all the great music options, the ability to order you an Uber ride, and the lighting/power socket controlling capabilities, Alexa keeps evolving to new heights every month!
We have some newly leaked tidbits to share with you folks on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. A Dutch site supposedly has insider info on pricing and internal specs for their country's version of these two upcoming flagship devices. Above is the spec-list, and below we have a price structure.
As you can see, it looks like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge will be a bit cheaper than the Galaxy S6 Edge was last year when it first launched (by $50). While these prices are not in USD, the pricing structure should be about the same, so this is an accurate guess.
It's also cool to see that the rumored 3,000 mAh and 3,600 mAh batteries which were rumored for these devices get some second-hand confirmation. It looks like the water and dust resistance is returning as well. Let's cross our fingers that the rumored microSD slot somehow makes it into the device too!