When buying a new phone, sometimes consumers want to know how tough the device will be to repair in case something goes wrong with it down the line. Fortunately, sites like iFixit do everyone a favor by ripping apart high-end phones to see how easy it’ll be to replace components and screens.
The Snapdragon 810 probably won’t come to consumer devices until next June, but Qualcomm has released a development smartphone featuring the said processor. Called the Mobile Developer Platform (MDP) smartphone, it gives developers early access to the processor for testing and optimizing Android applications.
The 810 is an octa-core and 64-bit, so the rest of the specs are also high end. It includes a 6.2-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440) display, an Adreno 430 GPU, 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 13 MP rear camera with Dual LED flash and 4K video recording, 4 MP front-facing camera, the newest Qualcomm Hexagon DSP, 3,020 mAh battery, and the “latest available Android OS,” which we presume will be Lollipop.
Samsung is pushing out an update to all unlocked and carrier-branded variants of its current flagship smartphone, the Note 4, located in Germany and Greece. Weighing in at 137MB, this upgrade doesn’t bring much to the table in terms of added functionality, but it does include a handful of performance and stability improvements.
When it comes to connecting vehicles, there are a few options. Google has Android Auto, Apple has CarPlay, and the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) has MirrorLink. Two Sony handsets on the market today opt with the latter of the three. The Xperia Z3 (which we recently reviewed) and the Xperia Z3 Compact come out of the box with MirrorLink support. When a device is MirrorLink-enabled, it connects to a vehicle for music control and simplified navigation. MirrorLink also provides safety because users are no longer focusing as much on the device.
In one lucky market, OnePlus is moving beyond the faulty invite or pre-order systems used elsewhere to purchase the One. The company will make Amazon the exclusive seller of the handset in India. The OnePlus One will be available through Amazon India next month with the price tag expected to be Rs 25,000 (or about $400). This is for the 64GB variant.
Is the OnePlus One a device that still has your attention? Or are you looking at another device? Let us know in the comments.
If you’re in the market for the LG G Watch R, we have a tremendous deal for you. T-Mobile has it for the normal price of $299.99, but if you use promo code ACCOFFER18 at checkout, you will get 30% off, bringing the total to $209.99. You will also get Free shipping. I tried the code myself so I know it works at the time of this post.
Unfortunately this code doesn’t work for the Moto 360, but my favorite of the two watches is the G Watch R due to better battery life and the “Always On” display.
We’re not sure how long this deal will last, so don’t fall asleep at the wheel on this one.
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The Nexus 6 just arrived in AT&T stores across the United States, but initial inventory is being returned due to a software bug. A message being distributed to AT&T stores claims that Motorola shipped the Nexus 6 with incorrect software. According to Droid Life, the software “renders a black screen and fails to connect to service when the device is powered on.” Obviously, this is a problem because it makes the device incapable of doing much. If you are experiencing any difficulties with your Nexus 6 purchased through AT&T, head over to the nearest store and figure out what is going on.
Fortunately, it was only the initial shipments affected. Many Nexus 6 owners are likely experiencing nothing out of the ordinary because of the small window limited to AT&T. Alternate solutions, for people that have yet to purchase the Nexus 6, include going to a Best Buy store or utilizing AT&T’s Direct Fulfillment Process.
Via: Droid Life
The number of devices that can cast screens via Chromecast continue to grow. We recently saw the Galaxy Note 4 added, and now the NVIDIA SHIELD tablet has been added to the list.
You can cast your screen by opening the Chromecast app, and selecting “Cast Screen” from the menu. If you have a Shield, try it out. It works great with Google Earth.
Update: As one reader pointed out, The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition was also recently added. Thanks Josh.
source: Google Support
Starting today, residents in the United States can pick up Google’s latest smartphone, the Nexus 6, for $249.99 from Best Buy. The handset is only available in the Midnight Blue colorway and ships factory locked to either AT&T or Sprint.
Both the AT&T Galaxy Note 3 and Sprint Galaxy S 5 are getting updates. Unfortunately no Lollipop love just yet, but they are the latest version of Android KitKat, which is 4.4.4. They should hopefully squash a few bugs while you wait for the bigger Lollipop update.
The AT&T Note 3 gets Kids Mode, Side Sync 3.0, Safety Assistance, Camera enhancement, and Knox 2.0, while the Sprint GS5 gets international WiFi calling, HD voice icon, and Google security patches.