Samsung just officially announced their next announcement event. Does that make this a pre-announcement announcement? Anyhoo, It looks like the rumors of an August 13th announcement we posted previously turned out to be dead-on. Samsung's next Unpacked event will be held on August 13th in New York. We fully expect to see the unveiling of the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus.
There are two big things that fans of the Galaxy Note series are looking forward to finding out. One is if it will have a removable battery. All signs point in the negative on that subject, although no official confirmation has been given. The other is if the Galaxy Note 5 will include a microSD slot or not. The rumors on that subject have been flip-flopping like a slippery politician lately.
For some folks, this is a make or break moment for the fifth generation Galaxy Note. We only have to wait about 2.5 weeks to find out its final fate.
Here's a story that @Jeffrey shared with us. Apparently several nasty new vulnerabilities have been discovered in Android. These new vulnerabilities are being called the worst security flaw in Android ever discovered. The scary part is that they can be activated just from text messages. Here's a quote with the details,
Last but not least (although spec-wise it is the least), we have the Motorola announcement of the next generation Moto G for 2015. This device is designed to be the perfect "budget-friendly" smartphone. In fact, this year it even includes a water resistance rating.
At just $179 (for the smallest storage and RAM version), this is an incredibly affordable and practical little Android phone. In fact, it could be the perfect Android for your teenager or family member who are prone to accidents. Here's the full spec breakdown for the device:
Just a moment ago we shared Motorola's announcement of the new Moto X Style smartphone. This morning's big announcement from Motorola also revealed another Moto X device: the Moto X Play. This device is a slightly smaller phone than the Moto X Style. Strangely it has a larger battery and a less powerful processor as well. Here's the breakdown:
Three new Motorola smartphones were revealed by the Lenovo owned company just this morning. Two of them are new variations of the Moto X device, and the third is the new Moto G. The Moto X Style and the Moto X Play are designed to cover the mid-range device category for Motorola's lineup (although they are actually phablet-sized devices). The Moto G rounds out the entry-level.
The first one we have to announce is the Moto X Style. It will be available in September and will cost just $200 to $300 less than other brand flagship devices (off contract). Here are its full specs:
Our very own @DroidModderX covered all of the nagging deficiencies of the (just announced last night) OnePlus 2 smartphone. For those who have read his articles (here & here) and won't actually miss any of those missing features, here's a spec breakdown to give you the whole picture:
5.5-inch, LCD, 1080p
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
4GB RAM or 3GB LPDDR4 RAM
64 GB or 16GB Storage
13MP rear camera, 5MP front, 4K video recording
3,300 mAh Battery
USB Type-C Connector
OxygenOS on Android 5.1
Aluminum-magnesium alloy frame with jewelry-grade stainless steel accents
720p slow-motion video recording
LED notification light
Dual nano SIM cards
You may have noticed from the image above that we have multiple different aesthetic designs for the OnePlus 2. The phone will be available with several StyleSwap back covers. The default back cover is black sandstone, but you can "upgrade/swap" that out for kevlar, black apricot, bamboo, or rosewood at a cost of $27 each.
Technically there are two different models of the device. The 64GB version will include 4GB of RAM, and is coming to the US and Europe on August 11 for $389 (available with invite only). whereas the 16GB model with...
For people looking to cut weight or who are lactose intolerant almond milk has been the milk of choice. I personally love the stuff (almond milk) and have replaced cow's milk with it. Well it looks like yet again the food industry may have duped the health conscience public in hopes of making a quick buck. There is a lawsuit against Blue Diamond about their almond milk having maybe 2% almonds and a lot of everything else. This is another startling reminder that the food industry is big business and they are willing to do what ever it takes to make more money, even if it may seem unethical. As a consumer we have to remember to spend the extra few minutes reading the labels and understanding what is in our products.
For those like me who like almond milk here is a recipe to make it yourself: How to Make Homemade Organic Almond Milk - Recipe
Though this is not Android related news this is a consumer alert especially for those of us who are health conscience. I know of businesses and fitness centers who offer almond milk as an alternative to be used in their smoothies.
Have you wanted to try Google Cardboard, but didn't care to pay $25 or build it yourself? Do you have an LG G3? LG built a VR headset for the G3 to celebrate all the apps on the playstore that were compatible with VR. They offered this as an incentive to buy the G3 early on. It seems like BestBuy ended up with more VR headset units then they could giveaway with G3 sales. They are trying to get rid of these as quickly as they can. They have the LG G3 VR Headset for only $1 with Free shipping. This is a pretty great deal considering that many of the Cardboard versions will cost you more than $15 and may require that you build them yourself. This is also much more durable than cardboard! These will probably go very fast so head to the link below to grab on as fast as you can.
The OnePlus 2 will launch on August 11, but if you live in one of a select few cities you can get some hands on time with the device during a 9 city hands on event being held on July 31st. The Event will take place in New York, San Fransisco, London, Paris, Berlin, Milan, New Delhi, Bangalore, and Jakarta. OnePlus has said that attendees will be able to score invites and will even have a chance to win a device. The first 50 attendees at each cities event will receive an exclusive gift bag. You can RSVP now at the link below.
"Warning about operating system safety" will be a new feature in upcoming builds of Android. These warnings will be displayed on your device for about 10 seconds on every single boot if Android discovers that your software is corrupt or has been modified. You can dismiss the message by pressing the power button, but this just becomes one big annoyance for anyone who enjoys unlocking their bootloader to load custom firmware.
I have a feeling that if you are into running roms this will probably be removed in your favorite rom once these builds start rolling out. There are three different safety warnings. The yellow warning will inform you when your phone is running a different OS, the orange warning shows up if your bootloader is unlocked and suggest re-locking the bootloader, and the red warning tells you when your device is corrupt and lets you know that your device can not be trusted. Would any of you find these warnings useful? Or is this just an annoyance?