We found out the other day that Samsung had shipped out 500,000 new Note 7 units. That inventory may already be depleted. Note 7 owners rushed out to carriers to have their defective units replaced. Samsung is claiming that they have already replaced roughly have of all defective devices. Samsung has also mentioned the fact that so far about 90% of the Note 7 users did indeed replace their Note 7 with a new Note 7. The other 10% either switched devices or received a refund. If you have not swapped out your Note 7 yet it may be a few more weeks before the next batch of devices arrives.
Niantic is constantly tweaking and perfecting Pokemon Go for those of you still playing this viral game. Unfortunately the update sees no major changes. Niantic has decided to bring back the feature that shows you the location where your pokemon was caught. The PokeMon Go Plus accessory can now be used to catch pokemon when incense has been used. Other than those two changes there are a few minor bug fixes. The location feature was present in earlier builds and included a map showing the coordinates of where the pokemon was caught. That feature was removed as it was broken. The feature returns however now it is just a line of text showing the city and state in which the pokemon was caught. This information won't show you how to get back to the location to catch other spawning pokemon though.
We know that Samsung is currently testing their Nougat update on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge which means that a release for the update is imminent. Of course we know that carrier variants will receive the update weeks or months after the unlocked variants. Apparently the upcoming Nougat update will also include Grace UI as well as the improved Always On Display featured on the Galaxy Note 7.
Sources say that Grace UI is actually performing smoother on the S7 devices than it currently performs on the Note 7. Maybe the Note 7 will also see some improvements to Grace UI. The new Always On Display coming to the S7 and S7 edge with the Nougat update also brings third party app notifications. It may be a few months before we see the update. For now nothing is official.
Earlier today I got a pretty exciting email from Lenovo. The email announced the pre-order of the unlocked version of the Moto Z. You can now use the device on GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile. The Moto Z series has suffered from a lack of availability. The phone was released as a Verizon exclusive. Carrier exclusive devices seem to have trouble picking up steam. Maybe Lenovo will see a rise in popularity of the new Moto Z series now that the phone can officially be used on GSM carriers!
I have been using the Moto Z Force as my daily driver for the past few weeks. I have really enjoyed my time with the device. Of course the best part is the modularity. While the modules are great they are kind of expensive which could be the other reason these devices have not gained much traction. Will any of you be picking up the Moto Z now that its unlocked?
If you are on T-mobile then chances are you experienced a bit of an outage last night. T-Mobile was down for 2 hours for scheduled maintenance. The outage lasted from 12:31AM to 2:47AM Pacific Time. Most of you would have never noticed this since you would have been sleeping. If you work the night shift though this may have affected you. If you are still experiencing issues T-Mobile has said a reboot will fix it.
Here is some off topic news from the world of Applelandia. It looks like the new iPhone 7 has already been jailbroken. Us Android modders can really appreciate that fact for our iOS friends. iOS jailbreak doesn't give you near the control over the iPhone as we get with Root on Android, still you can download special apps and make special modifications to the phone with jailbreak.
A photo of a jailbroken iPhone 7 on iOS 10 was posted to twitter on Wednesday. Luca Tedesco the guy responsible for the jailbreak has not announced an ETA for public release. It may still need some work to make it user friendly. We know all about the waiting game in the Android Root community. Often methods need to be dumbed down for the masses to keep newbs from killing their own phones.
Tedesco has even mentioned he won't release the jailbreak for public consumption as he id doing this for personal research. With the information out there it is only a matter of time before a public jailbreak is released. Pangu which has been responsible for jailbreaks was already testing iOS 10 jailbreak back in July so surely they are getting close to a release by now.
Where ever there is a disaster you can rest assured some greedy individuals will look to sink their teeth in and take advantage. Samsung has not been entirely transparent when it comes to the investigation of battery explosions since stating that 35 cases had been reported initially. While we still don't know the full extent of the damage we now know that so far 26 of the reported cases were either false claims or could not be confirmed by Samsung.
Samsung considers false claims to be cases where there were no pictures, claimants can't be contacted, reports where Samsung found no fault with the Note 7 device, or if the device ended up being a phone other than the Note 7. 15 countries including the US, UK, Canada, South Korea, Singapore, Philippines, Turkey, Vietnam, Croatia, Romania, Iraq, Lebanon, the UAE, and Czech Republic are included here. I guess some folks think the only way you can make it in life is to win the lottery or stage a slip and fall. Apparently there were a few folks hoping to score some quick cash here.
Apparently Samsung was able to confirm some actual cases of devices exploding since they are currently neck deep in a recall....
You should go change your Yahoo account passwords right now! Yahoo has confirmed that at least 500 million user accounts that were stolen in 2014 have just been leaked to the internet. They are recommending that Yahoo account holders change their passwords right now. According to Yahoo the information was accessed by a "state sponsored actor". The information accessed includes identifiable information, but no bank or credit card information has been accessed.
Samsung has some of the best SD Cards around. If you are looking to add some storage to your new Note 7, HTC 10, or LG G5 you will be happy to know that Samsung currently has some deep discounts on their micro SD-cards. The 128GB Class 10 Micro SD Card is currently only $41.95 with free Amazon Prime shipping. This includes an adapter. The normal price for the same card is $103 this is nearly 1/3rd the price! Grab this incredible deal while you can at the link below.
The HTC 10 featured a less than waterproof IP53 rating which only protects against minor misting. If you drop the HTC 10 in a puddle or if you accidentally wash it in your washing machine your device will be dead. The HTC made Pixel devices are said to include a premium price tag. With these devices being so expensive you would think that they would include ip68 water resistance.
It looks like the Pixel devices will include the same IP53 rating that we saw on the HTC 10. This means the phone will only be able to sustain a spray of water at any angle up to 60 degrees with no harmful effect. The Note 7 and iPhone 7 on the other hand can withstand up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. The phone will also include a Snapdragon 821 and a pretty decent camera.