If you own a Samsung flagship from the past couple of years you more than likely have wireless charging capabilities. Both the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S7/ S7 Edge have FAST Wirless Charging capabilities. The Fast Wireless Charging Stand was announced alongside the Galaxy S7.
The reason it is so great is because it allows you to use your phone while it is wireless charging when on a desk, and allows you to see your always on display while on your nightstand. I paid full price for mine a few months ago and have no regrets. It is my favorite Samsung accessory. The charge stand is now on sale for 50% off while supplies last! Grab yours from the link below.
OnePlus is getting ready to release their latest flagship. If I were a Smartphone startup with only 3 devices I would do my best to keep them on the latest version of Android. The OnePlus 2 just received an update to the OxygenOS bringing it to version 3.0.1 Beta. This is a beta build of Marshmallow, but we still don't have a final build.
The update brings enhanced Doze mode, improvements to the fingerprint scanner, added option to remove background processes in recents screen, lock apps that you don't want removed with clear all in recents, swiftkey update, added display color balance, camera improvements, and more!
The HTC 10 is one of the most open Android devices we have seen in a while. At this point every variant can be bootloader unlocked and rooted! As you can imagine development has really taken off for this device. The only problem is without kernel source custom mods have been more difficult. Also without kernel source there are generally more bugs in Roms.
Thankfully HTC has released kernel source for several variants of the HTC 10. We normally get a build of CyanogenMod pretty quickly after Kernel source is released. The source is available for the unlocked version, verizon version and EU version. You can grab the archives from the link below.
After much backlash by the Android Community ES File Explorer has agreed to remove one part of the adware they have included in their app. Not to long ago ownership of the app changed hands and pretty quickly the free app filled up with intrusive ads. The benefits of this app were quickly outweighed by the overuse of adware, and many users began to pick up other file explorers in place of ES.
A recent update to the app removes the Charging Boost feature of the app which added an annoying adware lock screen. Their will still be ads but they will be less intrusive. I think many of us can live with this in favor of a free experience. Will it be enough or is the ES File Explorer name already blemished?
If you are one of those "I carry my phone around naked" types you would probably actually enjoy the protection of a slickwrap. Slickwraps add a custom look to your device without adding the bulk of a traditional case. A good wrap eliminates scratches, fingerprints, and slipperiness. My favorite phone wraps are those by slickwraps.
They have some pretty awesome designs including all your favorite superheros. I also really enjoy the GLOW series. The Helmetica series includes all sorts of designs by Justin Maller. Designs include Deadpool, The Flash, Spiderman, John Snow, Joker, Batman, Superman, and more!
Through Memorial day all wraps site wide are 50% off when you use code MEM50. This is an incredible deal. You will want to stock up while you can!
A batman inspired app by "Yu-Chih Tung" uses sonar to bring 3D Touch to any smartphone device. The inspiration for "ForcePhone" comes from the scene in Christopher Nolan's film when Batman turns phones in Gotham City into Sonar Systems allowing for a 3D live map. This was an ah-ha moment for Yu-Chin said "I thought it was an interesting idea to turn smartphones into a solar-based system and felt this could lead to new applications to address challenges faced by smartphone users".
ForcePhone uses your phones speaker to emit a high frequency tone unheard by human ears that the microphone is still able to pick up. Pressing on the device changes the frequency which allows forcephone to sense the pressure being applied. This also allows you to apply force to any surface of your phone to interact with it. This could be game changing as it would open up an entirely new way to interface with your phone.
ForcePhone isn't quite ready for public consumption but will be demoed June 27-29 in Singapore at MobiSys.
It looks like the first fight between Oracle and Google over Android's alleged infringement on Oracle patents has ended in the defeat of Oracle. The judge ruled in favor of Google and basically came to the conclusion that Google did not infringe on any of Oracle''s Java APIs because they were considered fair use.
The verdict basically means that Google will not be required to pay any of the $9.3 Billion that Oracle was demanding for supposed Android duplication of functions from Oracle's Java software.
More than likely, Oracle will appeal this first verdict, so this is really a case which will drag on for years just the way the Apple v Samsung case did. Despite this likely going into the appeals process for long into the future, this is still a landmark case and a solid verdict for the cause of software development.
Here are a couple of links with more of the details,
The latest rumors surrounding the next version of Android suggest the final dessert name could be a tough one for some of us to pronounce. Supposedly, an East Indian dessert called Neyyappam is at the top of the list of potentials at the moment. Neyyappam is a popular deep-fried dessert in the southern Indian state of Kerala. It is made of rice and jaggery.
Google opened up the naming of this year's new version of Google to the public. You can submit what you think would be the best dessert name on the following web-landing page: Help name Android N. Entries will be tallied right up until June 9th.
We live in an increasingly more globally focused world, and it makes sense that at least some of the dessert names starting with letters from the English alphabet will need to be from a country other than a Western one. What do you folks think?
Here's another hot smartphone to share with you folks this fancy Friday. While it's not a device that is technically brand new like the slick-looking, leaked Lenovo Droids reported earlier, it's still a hot phone with a new look. Samsung officially announced their Limited Edition Batman Themed - "Injustice: Gods Among Us" Galaxy S7 Edge.
The hardware inside this special version of the Galaxy S7 Edge may be no different than any other S7 Edge, but the aesthetics of the device are what really makes it stand out, especially if you are a big Batman fan. Not only did Samsung share the images above, they also include a video which we shared below in the thread.
Check this hot hot hot Droid leak! Supposedly, the images you see above are the new Lenovo made Droids coming to Verizon later this year. Additionally, those backplates are supposedly swappable and are called MotoMods!
Not only that, but these backplates include the ability to attach add-on modules with different features as options: one is a projector, one is a set of JBL speakers and the third is a Hasselblad camera. The word given is that these devices will be unveiled on June 9th. Holy crap! That's less than two weeks away!