If you're planning on getting the LG G4 and live in the US, then it's probably a good idea to pre-order it from Best Buy. The retail giant is offering a $100 gift card if you buy LG's new flagship from them. This deal is good for Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint versions of the LG G4.
Our 23rd excitingly silly episode of Android in the News - Week in Review is up for your enjoyment! We have several hot topics this week ranging from the Iron Man Edition of the Galaxy S6 Edge to an Asus smartphone and a Huawei Nexus 6! Here are the story topic links for this week:
There was an interesting hiccup this week in our video. Due to time constraints because of the upcoming Memorial Holiday weekend, we actually recorded our show a day early. It turns out that new info was detailed this morning on...
Here's another story that could indirectly involve Motorola Nexus 6 owners. If you are the proud owner of said device and were looking forward to getting an invite to Google's Project Fi wireless cell service, you might be disappointed to know that the invites have been delayed until mid-summer. Apparently, Google received so many sign-up requests they are having trouble keeping up. Here's their statement,
"We're sending invites as quickly as we can, while ensuring a high-quality experience. Given the number of requests we've received, we currently estimate that it will take until mid-summer to get to everyone."
Google also shared that it plans to share a method to track your invite status within the next few weeks. We will keep you updated.
Although the intel is vague at best, it appears the Google Nexus 6 on T-Mobile could be receiving the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update this Memorial Day weekend. T-Mobile's Product Evangelist De, just yesterday sent out the above Tweet.
Taken by itself, it shouldn't mean much, but in the context of his previous Tweets, it seems likely that he is referring to the new update. Sound off if you have the Nexus 6 on T-Mobile and are looking forward to this weekend's update.
Another leak has been reported detailing a couple of new features for the 3rd generation Moto X. According to sources, the new Moto X might include a “front-facing flash for selfies” and a microSD slot. For those who missed our previous leaked intel on the device, here's a recap of everything we know so far with this update info:
5.2-inch Quad HD display
Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor
4GB of RAM
16-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization
5-megapixel front-facing shooter - with “front-facing flash for selfies”
3,280 mAh battery
Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
A microSD slot
If all of these rumors prove true, then the next Moto X is shaping up to be one impressive device for 2015. What do you guys think?
Some of you might be disappointed by this news, even though it should be exciting. The news is that the Limited Edition Iron Man Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge will be officially unveiled next week. Furthermore, a teaser pic of the actual phone hiding in the shadows came along with the announcement of next week's announcement.
Sadly, that is the part that may leave some of you feeling disappointed. From the teaser image it appears there will be a large and prominent Iron Man logo etching on the back of the device. Obviously if you are a huge fan of Iron Man, this might be good news. For many of us though, this will mar what could have been a beautiful device if it had just stuck with an Iron Man color scheme.
That's not all the bad news. In reference to the Tweets that went out in Korean for the teaser, one of the hashtags that came with the image translates to '1000 limited edition.'" This likely means the device will be very limited and very expensive. Well... Poo!
It feels like Lollipop just released. For many devices it has just released, and then there is still the 90% of Android devices that have still yet to receive the Lollipop update. With Google I/O right around the corner Android M rumors are already starting to spill out. Buzzfeed and Ars Technica are both reporting that fingerprint scanners could become supported hardware in stock Android. Motorola has said that the Nexus 6 was supposed to have a fingerprint scanner. It would be nice to see the next Nexus devices sporting fingerprint scanners. This is a feature that I have really become fond of in the Galaxy S6. There will probably be a preview build of Android M at Google I/O so I suppose we will see if it includes support for fingerprint scanners soon enough.
Not everyone is in to electronica music, but everyone can appreciate the latest Google and Skrillex collaboration. They have teamed up to make a limited edition "live case". The case will work with the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Galaxy S5, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy Note 4. The cases feature a few custom designs based on Skrillex Album artwork. The live cases sync up to the Live Sync app which will showcase exclusive Skrillex content. The case is designed with a companion Live Wallpaper which gives you a live feed from Skrillex's satellite. During the day you get images of earth while at night you will get constellations which can be viewed from your current location. There is a shortcut button which gives you access to your favorite stuff. The button can be set to launch the camera app or whatever app you think you may need instant access to. These cases will be available in June, but pricing has yet to be specified.
Your phone is an incredibly personal device. More than likely it has some very personal and private info saved on it. You wouldn't want a friend, coworker or kid happening up on Emails, Text messages, videos, and photos that are for your eyes only. Lockscreens protect your device while it is laying around from those who would be nosey enough to snoop around and take a look while you are away.
There are those times when someone ask to use your phone to place a call, or maybe you hand them your phone to read an article you have pulled up. Your intention is for them to only do the task that you have agreed for them to do, but you can't stop them from opening up other apps and getting all up in your business. CyanogenMod has a nice little privacy feature built in called Folder locking. You can place all your private apps in a folder. When you open that folder you will see a padlock, clicking on the padlock will prompt you to make a swipe pattern, after setting up the pattern the folder will appear as a lock icon rather than a folder full of apps. You can have many app folders, and as long as your apps are in a locked folder you won't be able to find them in the app drawer. This is just one more reason to use a Rom like Cyanogen!
If you were looking for a new experience on your Home Screen then "Hexy Launcher" may be for you. Hexy Launcher makes your home screen a canvas of hexagonal tiles which adapt to how you use your apps. If you are a heavy app user you know how frustrating it can be to chose only a few of your favorite apps for your home screen. Folders help with that by allowing you to group apps in categories, but require an extra click to open the folder prior to launching the app.
Even if you have chosen what you consider to be your top used apps for your home screen you may still find yourself opening up your app drawer to find and open the one or two apps you forgot you use all the time. Hexy Launcher adapts and adjusts to the way you use your phone. Hexy learns from how you use your device and predicts which apps you will likely need and places those on the home screen for you. All the apps are arranged in a hexagonal grid. There is a central hexagon that contains the apps Hexy learns are most relevant to you. You can filter apps in your grid with a serach, and you can add widgets and resize them as needed.
This app was developed during one of Swiftkey's innovation weeks and is being released in Swiftkey greenhouse. This is not officially supported, but seems to be stable enough to use as a daily driver. Head to the link below to give this innovative launcher a try!