Although potential buyers in Western markets have been frustrated with OnePlus’s methods for selling the OnePlus One smartphone, consumers in Beijing will be getting a new option to experience the much sought after device. OnePlus is preparing to open a physical store in Beijing where buyers can get the smartphone and a variety of accessories. OnePlus will also be offering customer support options for those who prefer to interact with a live person when they have a problem or just a question about their device. If you are thinking this sounds similar to an Apple Store, you probably will not find anyone who disagrees. Read more
Sources have discovered that Sony is working on a new smartwatch that focuses on fashion over function. The watch is going to be constructed out of a new e-paper display from Sony that spans not only the watch face, but the band as well. This means users will be able to change the appearance with a tap or two. The smartwatch is not only unique in eschewing functionality – it only provides the time and date – but development of the device has revealed a new business unit within Sony that is part of an effort to get the company back on track financially and in terms of innovation. Read more
Other than the price of the OnePlus one, is there anything OnePlus has done right? From crappy promotions to poor customer support, you soon realize that you get what you pay for.
This next debacle is something we don’t have first hand experience of, but many new OnePlus owners are saying they received a refurbished unit instead of a brand new one. One owner said, “I believe my first one was refurbished/used as well. Dings and other people’s desk photos upon recovery. Tried to RMA took them a month to approve it and then another 3 weeks to send me details of return. Sold the phone by then.”
In the rush to be an early adopter of the new Google Nexus 9 tablet, some buyers discovered some quality issues with the HTC built tablet. Despite their struggles in the market, HTC generally has been viewed as a manufacturer of quality devices, so the shortcomings were probably unwelcome news for HTC executives. Based on a new post on reddit, it looks like HTC has stepped up to address at least some of the problems for buyers.
One of the issues that was identified was a problem with the volume and power buttons on the edge of the Nexus 9. Some users were reporting the buttons were difficult to press apparently because they were sitting too far in the device relative to the chassis. The reddit user who posted up the image above shows how HTC has made sure the buttons are raised up higher.
Another issue for the same reddit user, along with other early buyers, was excessive light bleed from the display. Reports indicate this was improved, though not eliminated, in the replacement unit provided by HTC.
Sources are reporting that LG is preparing to launch the LG G Flex 2 at CES 2015 in January. The device will be a successor to the LG G Flex smartphone. Although not a commercial success, the LG G Flex was really a device intended to serve as a kind of proof of concept for smartphones with something other than a flat, rigid screen. According to the sources, the LG G Flex 2 will include a new curved screen using a high-resolution plastic OLED and the self-healing back material that was present on the original G Flex.
In addition to building on and extending the curved screen and self-healing materials of the original G Flex, LG supposedly has created a new hard rubber chassis that can bend much more than the current model. Other than these basics about the device, no other information about the internal hardware or specs is available yet.
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source: Android Authority
A new leak about the next HTC flagship smartphone, possibly dubbed something other than the HTC One (M9), indicates the hardware specs may be a little better than previously thought. According to this latest report, the HTC device will get a 5.5-inch screen, not the 5.2-inch screen previously reported. The resolution is still expected to be 2560 x 1440, so there would be a slight drop in pixels per inch. The rest of the alleged specs match what we have already heard, including a Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, and a 16 MP OIS-equipped camera. Read more
Since its release back in June, the OnePlus One has demonstrated to be one of the hardest smartphones on the market to get our hands on, due solely to its incredibly high demand. To keep up with the large amount of orders, the company had to introduce a unique invitation system in which customers had to first obtain an invite before they could purchase a handset. But for the next 72 hours, the device is available for anyone to order, no invitation necessary.
Looking for a good deal on a new smart watch this Black Friday? If so, Google has you covered. For the next 72 hours, it’s cutting a whopping 56% off the LG G Watch — so from now until midnight on Monday, you can pick one up for just $99. The same deal also applies to residents in the UK; they can grab the device for £79.
When the Moto 360 launched a few months ago, consumers were stuck with the bands that shipped with the watch. There are third-party solutions, but a good amount of people like to use what is provided by the manufacturer. The demands of many are finally being met as standalone bands for the Moto 360 are now available directly through Motorola. The bands come in leather and metal materials. The leather options include black, stone, and cognac for $29 each. The metal, priced at $79, comes in light finish (silver) and dark finish (black).
Folks in Europe seeking a entry-level handset with quality software now have an option in the form of the Sparkle V. The handset, manufactured by Karbonn, is a product of Android One. Through Amazon UK, the Sparkle V is available for £129 and the retailer will discount it on Black Friday to £99.