Samsung’s Gear S2 Classic has been teased in Rose Gold and Platinum for a few months now, with Samsung repeatedly showing off the premium iterations of their flagship smartwatch to build up some anticipation. The company announced that the new colors would be available in February, and they’re finally here. Read more
Alacatel OneTouch is taking a unique approach in their packaging for the Idol 4S that rivals Google’s Cardboard viewers. The Idol 4S is shipping in a hard plastic case that will double as a pair of virtual reality goggles, so anyone that owns the device can get a taste of the future with their brand new phone. Read more
Google has announced a new People API for Android to help apps gather information from your contacts list, which is meant to eventually replace the current Contacts API and move away from using Google+ to glean connections about a user. This is an interesting move compared to Google’s direction just a few years ago when the company was bent on forcing everything through the social media portion of their services, and really shows that Google has changed focus from Google+ back to multiple services, like Photos and Hangouts. Read more
The OnePlus X is the smallest, most affordable handset in the company’s lineup. It’s not quite as big as the OnePlus One or OnePlus 2, and its hardware isn’t competing at the absolute high-end of the market, but it stands on its own with a unique design, smaller frame, and a more affordable price tag, if that was even possible for OnePlus.
This has created a unique lineup of devices for OnePlus, and helps to round out their portfolio for someone potentially buying a smartphone. The OnePlus 2 couldn’t quite keep the extremely low price point of its predecessor, but the OnePlus X matched that price and then some. Now for anyone looking for a low-priced, premium device, the OnePlus X fills that need. For someone that wants to spend a little more to get extremely high-end hardware without compromise, they’ll have the OnePlus 2 and can still save some money compared to current flagship phones from other OEMs.
The OnePlus X clearly isn’t aimed at someone that wants the latest and greatest, but for someone that wants a phone that’s an incredible value for the money. Let’s see if OnePlus managed to do that with their compact flagship. Read more
Looking to save some cash on a Nexus 6P? Best Buy is offering a solid $50 discount on the Matte Gold variant of the device, bringing the 32 GB down to $449 and the 64 GB down to $499. That’s about as good of a deal that we ever see on the 6P, especially in its newest color. Read more
Andy Rubin is probably best known for helping to co-start Android as we know it, despite leaving Android back in March 2013. He stayed on helping Google, but has since been considering jumping back into the mobile tech industry to try and shake things up once again, and he might potentially be doing that with artificial intelligence and dashcams. Read more
At the start of the month, Samsung opened up their built-in web browser to ad-blocking extensions. Adblock Fast jumped at the chance and quickly launched on the Play Store to help Samsung users block ads on the web, but it was yanked from Google’s storefront almost as quickly as it launched. Read more
One of Pebble’s first unique features advertised with the Pebble Time was that it would support third-party bands that brought extra functionality to the watch. A new Kickstarter from Fit Pay Inc. has sprung up that plans on offering a mobile payment solution for Pebble watches with a device called Pagaré. It uses NFC to replicate what we’ve seen in Apple’s Apple Watch and what’s eventually going to come to Samsung’s Gear S2. Read more
Worried about Twitter making your timeline more like Facebook? Turns out, things aren’t going to be so bad. While we had originally heard that things would shift to an algorithmic timeline and away from a chronological timeline, Twitter is actually probably just going to be expanding on the “while you were away” feature, which most of us have probably already seen. Read more