The original Android M Developer Preview had an ugly bug with its alarm clock that would sometimes cause the snooze button to delay your alarm by a full 24 hours instead of a few minutes. Needless to say, that’s a pretty serious problem that could screw up someone’s entire day. You probably shouldn’t be trusting beta software to wake you up for your job every day, but somebody has to test these things before they go live for everyone else, right? Read more
While we wait for the official announcement of the OnePlus 2, the company is slowly trickling out information about the device all over the internet. The OnePlus team took to Reddit for an AMA of their upcoming device, answering a few questions and raising others.
Some of the biggest takeaways from the AMA are about the battery and the camera. The OnePlus 2 will be using a 3,300 mAh battery, which is pretty decently sized. It’s roughly on par with what Samsung stuffs in their Note lineup, which typically get pretty great battery life. Hopefully that translates into great battery on the OnePlus 2 despite the overwhelming specs. Read more
Welcome to the future, folks. Taco Bell has announced that they’re going to start testing door delivery service of their fine selection of Mexican cuisine in 200 locations. They’ve partnered up with DoorDash, a food delivery service, to handle the experiment.
If you’re in an area that supports Taco Bell delivery, all you have to do is use DoorDash’s mobile app or website to place your order, after which they’ll place your order, pick it up at the closest Taco Bell, and drop it off for you. That sounds like the best way to get your fix of Taco Bell to me. Read more
If you’re interested in testing out HTC and Valve’s joint effort VR headset, the HTC Vive, you might just have your chance this weekend. HTC is setting up a booth at Comic-Con in San Diego this weekend, which will be open to anyone who wants to demo the experience, not just Comic-Con attendees.
The booth will be open July 9th – 12th from 10 AM to 8 PM, marking the first stop of several as HTC tours the device in other spots around the country. Read more
Samsung has been known to dabble in the Android flip phone market occasionally (I guess someone is buying these things?) and it looks like they’ll be testing a high end Snapdragon processor in one of their upcoming flip phones. Does that make any sense to you? No? Me either, don’t worry.
A new phone has appeared in a TENAA listing with the model number SM-G9198. It looks like it sports a clamshell flipping design and some seriously high-end hardware, including a Snapdragon 808 processor and a 16 megapixel camera. That’s roughly on par with LG’s flagship G4, for reference. Read more
Sprint will soon add Samsung’s affordable Galaxy Grand Prime to their smartphone lineup on July 10th. The device will be available for $240, which you can purchase without a contract, with 24 $10 monthly payments with Sprint EasyPay, or for $29.99 on a two-year contract after a $50 rebate. Not bad pricing.
The Galaxy Grand Prime sports a 5-inch screen with a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor. It ships with Android 5.1 and several of Samsung’s more popular software additions, including Ultra Power Saving Mode and still has a microSD card. Read more
Hopefully you weren’t holding out for Samsung to change course on their lack of a microSD card in flagship devices. The Galaxy S6 doesn’t have one, and it doesn’t look like the Note 5 will, either. According to a recent report from SamMobile, Samsung probably won’t be using expandable storage on the Note 5, in part due to the newer technology that they’re using for internal storage.
The Galaxy S6 uses UFS 2.0, which you might have heard about when the device was announced. UFS 2.0 is quite a bit faster than eMMC 5.0 storage that’s found in pretty much all other smartphones, even beating out some of the fastest SD cards on the market. One of the drawbacks to this faster tech, though, is that the memory controller that Samsung has to use can’t handle both internal storage and an SD card. It’s pretty clear that Samsung thinks that the faster speed of UFS 2.0 and better performance is a worthwhile trade-off. Read more
The Galaxy Note 5 might be close to launching, but that doesn’t mean the Note 4 isn’t still a fantastic phone, especially if you can pick one up at a discounted price. Samsung is pushing a new promotion for July that will offer potential Note 4 buyers a $200 rebate for purchasing the phone through select retailers, which is a pretty substantial discount on a phone that’s still one of the best on the market. Read more
Canadian carrier Telus has announced that they will be raising the unlock fee for devices on their network by $15 starting on July 7th. This move raises the unlock fee to $50, bringing it in line with Rogers and Bell.
Telus has offered the unlocking service for $35 since 2012, but the cost of unlocking devices is higher than the carrier originally anticipated. I’m not entirely sure how that works, but since it looks like the standard pricing going forward, I don’t think anyone in Canada will have much of a choice there. Read more
Late last month, Google was ordered to pay Oracle 1 billion in damages over its infamous Java copyright lawsuit. This ruling has worried some of Android’s manufacturer partners, especially since some of them are already being forced to pay royalties to Microsoft for patent infringement. Margins for Android phones are already getting thinner and thinner, so having to shell out more money to another party would make that situation even worse for Android OEMs. Read more