JCase and TheRoot.Ninja team have released S-Off for the HTC 10 prior to the phone's release! For now the app will only S-Off your HTC 10. You will still need to unlock the bootloader using the HTCdev website. This is still big news as S-Off allows you to flash whatever you like to the phone. This means you will be able to run any Rom you choose.
Unlocked HTC 10 units should be shipping this week. If you decide to go ahead and S-Off your device you should know that once you are S-Offed if you change the lock status or the s-on/s-off status the phone won't be able to decrypt data until you wipe your data.
With the release of Captain America - Civil War just around the corner you might want to get your phone all setup for your trip to see the film! The guys over at Android Central have the come up with the perfect theme setup for each of the Avengers.
Huawei has really made a name for themselves in the US over the past year. They became a household name here in the states with the release of the Nexus 6p. They have taken the momentum and released a few more popular devices including the Honor 5X and the GX8. The only thing that I don't love about these phones is the EMUI Android skin overlay.
If you, like me, are not a huge fan of the EMUI software you can change that with the new Android N theme! This theme is fully compatible with both EMUI 3.1 and EMUI 4.0. The theme includes A large palette of N icons, Android N design, and more. To install download the zip file from the link below, unzip the file and place the .hwt file in HWThemes and apply it in the Themes app. Then just restart your device.
When the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge were announced at Samsung's unpacked event I was pretty surprised to hear that they would release with micro usb charge ports. It seems the main reason the phones came with micro usb was to maintain compatibility with the current generation of Samsung Gear VR. This means that while devices like the HTC 10 and LG G5 both released with USB Type-C Samsung decided to stick with an older tech.
SamMobile confirmed today that the Galaxy Note 6 will release with USB Type-C. This means that Note 6 users will enjoy a fully reversible charge cord experience as well as faster charging and data transfer speeds. We can also assume that since the Note 6 will come with Type-C we will likely also see a Type-C Gear VR. Hopefully they will also come free with pre-orders.
Earlier today David let us in on some incredible Amazon deals, but there are actually a few more incredible deals you won't want to miss. I've got 3 really awesome can't miss deals for y'all.
First up the 7" 5th Generation Amazon Kindle Fire is on sale for $39.99! That means the tablet is $10 off until May 4th. This is like the best Mother's day gift idea ever! With that $10 you saved you can snatch up a $10 32GB micro SD card. The UI on the Fire tablets is not the most desirable however you can convert this into a full fledged Android Tablet with RootJunky's Amazon Fire Toolkit.
Next up is yet another incredible deal on another great Mother's day gift idea. You can never go wrong with jewelry. You can save $100 on any style of Huawei Watch through May 4th. These all include Amazon Prime Free Shipping as well. At this price you are getting a high end smartwatch at an entry level price!
It looks like Google has visual computing plans for the future that go far beyond Google Glass. They just filed a a patent for smart lenses that you inject into your eyes. Specifically, this technology is meant to replace your own natural lens with an injected solution which congeals and attaches to the lens capsule of your eyeball.
The primary purpose is actually to improve your vision and replace contact lenses with something more permanent; however, the tech can take your visual acumen to a whole new level as well. The concept includes:
battery (which will include an "energy harvesting antenna" to charge itself
radio components designed to communicate with an external device with additional processing power
With all of these components, it sounds like the makings of a permanent bionic contact lens which could have far reaching applications, (like your own personal HUD), and more! It's crazy how fast the tech ideas are evolving now!
If you have been dreaming about the next big smartphone innovation that will liven up the staleness of the current parade of devices over the last few years, then today's latest Samsung rumor might pique your interest. Supposedly, Samsung is actually farther ahead of the game with a foldable smartphone device than previous reports have indicated.
The latest rumor claims that Samsung may be getting ready to launch a hybrid device that is both a smartphone and a tablet as early as next year (2017). This hybrid is actually a foldable 5-inch smartphone that folks out into a 7-inch tablet. Of course, the device will be taking advantage of Samsung's flexible OLED display tech to make this happen.
The rumor even indicates that Samsung's display division has already developed the prototype. Of course, for now we should file this one in the "big maybe" category, but it is certainly something to get excited about. If Samsung can pull it off, it might be the biggest change we have seen in the mobile industry in quite some time. What do you folks think?
It looks like LG may come out with a "button-less" fingerprint sensor. Their Innotek arm just revealed a fingerprint scanner that works under glass. Their press release indicates that the new tech will let them install a sensor beneath a sheet of glass. They can make room for the module by finely removing about 0.3mm of glass beneath the surface. They claim their new sensor is able to read a fingerprint as effectively as an exposed button with a failure rate of only 0.02%.
This obviously could lead to smartphones with more seamless designs and will likely lead to the complete elimination of a home button in future devices. To be clear, LG is not the first company to come up with an implementation for this concept. Qualcomm actually developed Sense ID which uses ultrasonic waves for fingerprint authentication. The tech has not been widely adopted despite having a few advantages over surface based readers (like being capable of judging the depth of a fingerprints’s ridges).
Perhaps LG will have an easier time getting their tech implemented since they can introduce it into their own devices.