We found an intriguing story about a device that is not available in the US, but we still had to share it with you folks. It's called the Doogee HomTom, and the reason it stands out is because the OEM, Doogee, was able to cram a massive 6,250 mAh battery in the phone without it being stupidly chunky.
The device is definitely thicker than the average smartphone, but it isn't unreasonably so and sits at a plump 0.38in (9.9mm) thickness. To put this in perspective, the OnePlus 2 only contains a 3,300 mAh battery yet is almost the same size at 0.38 (9.85mm).
Of course, one of the reasons that manufacturers don't put such big batteries in smartphones isn't just because of the physical size. It's also because it usually takes an enormous amount of time to charge the larger batteries. Luckily the folks at Doogee thought of this and included fast charging tech in their device. They aptly named it the PumpExpress Plus fast charging technology, and it can charge its battery to 75% capacity in around 30 minutes.
Here's the rest of the specs for this device:
Quad-core MediaTek MT6735 SoC
5.5-inch, 720p display
13MP camera with a Sony sensor
5MP front camera
The outer shell is made of an alloy of unknown composition with a rear panel of plastic
Android 5.1 Lollipop
Doogee didn't really share estimates on how long a battery like this would last, but it must be a crazy amount of time for a smartphone. It makes you wonder why other...
Some of us were a bit disappointed that Motorola didn't announce a new Moto 360 smartwatch at their press event yesterday. Luckily, just because they didn't announce it, that doesn't mean it isn't coming. A new Motorola smartwatch just passed through its US FCC testing. This is likely the next generation Moto 360, although that is obviously not able to be confirmed from the FCC data.
We do know that it will come with the following connectivity options: Bluetooth Class 1 (Version 4.0, LE+EDR) and dual-band WiFi (802.11b/802.11g/802.11n). It's a shame that we aren't seeing an LTE radio on this device. Making smartwatches cellular capable will simply take them to the next level of usefulness. Of course, with today's tech, there's only so much you can cram into a smartwatch and still be a decent size with decent battery life.
Regardless, we suspect that Motorola will simply do a soft launch in a few weeks for the next generation Moto 360. We will keep you updated when that happens.
There's an awesome advantage to the Moto X Pure Edition (the US version of the Moto X Style) that Motorola didn't really discuss in their unveiling yesterday. The Moto X Pure will not be subsidized by any of the US carriers. It will only be available for full retail, off contract at the Moto Maker website and other retailers (like Best Buy and Amazon).
The reason this is a great advantage is that the phone is likely going to get very fast Android updates because there are no carriers to interfere with or slow down the process. That basically makes this Moto X very much like a Nexus device.
There is a down-side to this, and that is that if no carriers offer the device subsidized, the only way you can purchase the device is at the full retail price. Of course, at a starting price of $399.99 it's $200 to $300 less than your typical flagship device off contract, which isn't too terrible. What do you folks think?
One of the most useful root apps is the Xposed Framework. This allows you to make all kinds of Rom style mods to your device without having to actually install recovery and a custom rom. A new Xposed module allows you to add widgets to your lockscreen. This is great because it means you can add widgets like your clock, toggles, and plenty of other widgets which allow you to be productive without unlocking your device. This will work on your stock Lollipop rom. Grab this from the link below.
It seems like the hype is surrounding the OnePlus 2. This seems to be one of the must have devices of the summer. The internet kind of exploded last night when the device was launched. Youtube was flooded with videos and Android sites everywhere posted thousands of articles. If you were hoping that OnePlus would be able to launch this device without the need for invites you might be disappointed. More than 600,000 people have signed up for OnePlus 2 invitations.
If you go and sign up now for a OnePlus 2 invite you are going to be at the very end of the line. However you can move up the line by sharing the invite link. Everytime someone uses your link you move forward in the line. If you have lots of friends you could potentially end up at the front of the line. This also works in the opposite the way. If you don't invite folks to sign up you could slip back in the line. I am hoping this is all just a means to generate some media attention. Hopefully they have atleast this many devices to ship on day one!
Sunshine is the app by TheRoot.ninja team that allows you to easily unlock your devices bootloader. It is compatible with many HTC devices and a handful of Motorola devices. Today an update was released 3.1.12 that adds support for HTC E9X. Sunshine is the closest thing to a one click bootloader unlock for the devices it supports. The app test your device for compatibility, then charges you $25, then proceeds to unlock your phone's bootloader and provide S-Off if necessary. This has to be the easiest way to S-Off and bootloader unlock your device. Grab the latest update from the link below.
Microsoft just announced they are adding we are adding the ability to view, share, and save Xbox One screenshots using the iOS and/or Android Xbox One SmartGlass apps. Here's a quote with more of the details straight from Major Nelson:
If there are any forum members who have the Xbox...
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: