OnePlus has officially announced their announcement date for the OnePlus 5! The event will take place on June 20 at 12:00pm EDT. They have already set up a landing page with event details and will also stream the event live at the same page. "Focus on what matters" is the official tag for the event which eludes to a dual lens camera setup which will allow you to play with focus in the way you could with a DSLR.
We already know that OnePlus is planning on the camera being one of the main OP5 features as they earlier announced a partnership with DxOMark to create a great camera experience. OnePlus has also already confirmed that their next flagship will include a Snapdragon 835 and we also expect features like a 5.5" QHD display, 6GB of RAM, and a 3,000mah battery. The device may have a very similar design to the OnePlus 3 and 3T. Many are predicting this will be the most expensive OnePlus device so far. Previous OnePlus devices have been in the under $500 price range which has really helped to push consumers to their phone versus higher end flagships. OnePlus has become pretty popular over the past few years. Would you consider purchasing the OP5 if it lands at say $599 for the base model?
The Honor 8 was hailed as the best mid range device of 2016 by many media outlets. The premium design was shocking at the low price point. It shied away from the trending massive screens to bring a phone that could truly be handled with one hand. The phone featured a best in class fingerprint scanner that had swipe features built in and the dual lens camera was second to none in the price range.
Huawei looks to improve on this in the 2017 with the Honor 9 which is set to release on June 12 in China and will receive the global announcement on June 21. According to sources it looks like we may be getting a few different variants of the device with different price points. The 4GB RAM variant will include 64GB of on board storage and will cost just $338. The 6GB variant will include 64GB of on board storage as well and cost $382. The most expensive option available will include 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage and will only set you back $441. The phone will also feature a premium design just like last years device, as well as a dual lens camera setup. This looks like it will be one of the best midrangers for 2017 for sure!
The president of Essential, Niccolo de Masi, recently uploaded to Twitter a few photos with the new Essential phone. The phone is being sold as a flagship competitor with a Snapdragon 835 on board, and an innovative design. The camera is listed as a dual rear facing RGB+Mono 13MP and f/1.85 setup which on paper sounds like it would take excellent photos. Low light situations have been among the hardest to shoot on smartphones in the past years, however the latest flagships all do a great job with low light. That being said Essential is really going to have to step up their game in the camera department to compete. Hopefully these photos were taken prematurely and the camera software is still being tweaked. The photos that were posted by Masi show lots of noise and are super soft. This will have to be fixed before release otherwise they are going to hear about it in the initial reviews. I just hope they didn't put a sub par camera on the phone in order to sell a higher end module since modules are part of their sales strategy.
UPDATE: These photos have already been removed. It is possible they were uploaded by accident.
Several people are beginning to report that their S8 or S8+ is overheating while charging. This is of concern after the Note 7 Debacle of last year. Overheating was not the only cause of Note 7 devices bursting into flames. It turns out part of the problem is that the devices were too thin and did not allow for the battery to expand when it did overheat.
The S8 was specifically designed to be a bit thicker to allow for the expanding of the battery. One user noted that his S8+ reached a temperate of 104.5 degrees while charging. Another user chimed in that this may be due to the fact that Samsung is still using QC2.0 for their adaptive fast charging which isn't as efficient and does cause phones to overheat while charging. Hopefully with the added thickness and space for battery expansion in the S8 and S8+ we won't have to worry about any problems.
If you have something to say about the HTC U11 you better hope it is something positive otherwise you may find yourself facing the HTC Super Fan army. With the world's best smartphone camera according to DxOMark, a great design, and the all new squeeze feature it would be hard to find something terrible to say about the HTC U11 still no phone is perfect. One standout missing feature of the U11 is the lack of a headphone jack.
I have noticed over the years that HTC fanboys come out in full force to berate me in the comments section if I say negative things about HTC phones in my youtube videos. I never would have thought that HTC would encourage and even pay for this sort of behavior.
According to Android Central there is a post from HTC to Elevate members that a reward of swag goodies would be sent to those providing links showing where they have flooded social media and blog posts comments.
Is anyone here a part of HTC Elevate? Is this normal practice for HTC? It would sure explain how crazy the fanboys can sometimes get.
If you were doubting the usefulness of Google Home now you can rest assured that the device will at least be able to understand what you are saying. The Google Home along with Google Assistant can now understand 95% of Language. That's up from 80% in 2013. Google credits their algorithm for the improvement, and says that as more users that get involved the smarter it becomes. It is pretty incredible that you can talk to an artificial intelligence that can understand you 10x better than your dog and at least as well as your neighbor. According to Aurthor Ray Kurzweil who is working with Google to create chatbots artificial intelligence will be indistinguishable from humans by 2029. These are some pretty incredible advancements. Does this excite or worry you?
The Essential phone has been getting lots of Android community support. The phone includes all of the specs you would expect from a flagship device, and it includes a sleek and bezel free design. The phone sets itself apart with its modularity. It is pretty reasonably priced at only $699, and is set to compete with phones from other major OEMs like Xiaomi, Sony, and Huawei for a bit of the overall smartphone market share.
If you enjoy rooting and flashing custom firmware to your Android phone you will enjoy the fact that the Essential phone will come with an unlockable bootloader. We aren't sure how easily the bootloader will be unlocked, but this is the first step toward a thriving development community for the device. Hopefully they will quickly make their source code available as well. Does an unlockable bootloader make this device any more attractive to you?
Plex just launched an all new Live TV streaming service for Plex Pass subscribers, and NVIDIA has the exclusive when it comes to streaming devices. NVIDIA has just released an update making the Shield TV compatible with the service. The update brings the software to version 5.2 for the Shield TV, Tablet and Tablet K1. The update also brings the April 1 Security Patch. For now the Plex Live TV integration will only work with the Shield TV, but may also soon work for their other devices. Now you will be able to watch your favorite TV shows right from your NVIDIA TV as well as store them to a Network Attached Storage if you want! If you don't already have NVIDIA TV or Plex Pass you get 6 months of Plex Pass free when you purchase the NVIDIA Shield TV!
The LG G6 is a great looking device. It was one of the first mainstream flagships in the US to include the 18:9 nearly bezeless display. The LG G6 also added features like water resistance and wireless charging. It would be just about perfect if it could run stock Android.
LG has recently added the European G6 to their bootloader unlocking tool. Only a day later the community has already made TWRP available for the device. This is currently only working on the H870 version, but hopefully a bootloader unlock method will be discovered for other variants and TWRP will work for them as well. If you happen to be on the H870 variant you can find the TWRP link below.
OnePlus has already made it clear that they will be focusing on their camera with the OnePlus 5. They have even announced that they will be working with DxOMark to make this the best possible camera experience. According to some leaked images it looks like we may be getting a dual camera experience on the OnePlus 5 which would certainly be an upgrade. The packaging clearly says "Dual Camera. Clearer Photos." on the side. The leaker also claimed that the above saying is the official tagline for the device. We should know for sure in the coming weeks as the phone is expected to be released very soon!