We’ve seen a few leaks of the upcoming Oppo N3, and details are slowing trickling in. The latest information is that the body will be built out of aerospace grade metal.
What the hell does that exactly mean? It could be made from either stainless, nickel steel, or titanium. We know they will be shooting for lightweight so don’t expect anything too crazy or expensive. Maybe a lightweight alloy? Could this just be a marketing gimmick?
It’s that time of the year when the new DROIDs usually get launched, and this year is no exception. We expect the DROID Turbo to get introduced next month, and we have some images and details courtesy of HelloMotoHK.
Baring the model number of XT1254, the DROID Turbo (shown with last year’s DROID MAXX) will unsurprisingly sport a Kevlar unibody along with capacitive buttons on the front. Since the all new Moto X sports a dual LED flash, you can expect that on the DROID Turbo as well. Just like last year’s DROID MAXX, the new Turbo will also sport wireless charging. We presume the Qi standard again. Since the new Moto X has stereo speakers at the front of the device, the Turbo should get the same treatment as well.
Thanks to a new application designed and coded by TeamAndIRC, a loyal member of the XDA Developer forums, Android users can now automatically unlock the bootloader on a bunch of Motorola and HTC branded smartphones from 2013.
Getting started is super easy. All you have to do is visit the download thread over on XDA, pay the service registration fee of $25 (which will be refunded if it does not work), install the Sunshine Bootloader Unlock on your device, and open it up. Then hit the start button and watch your bootloader unlock right in front of your eyes.
Meizu’s newest flagship, the MX4, has already sold almost 8 million units with no sign of slowing down, so it makes sense that Meizu are planning to release variants of its most popular device to date. One such variant, the MX4 Pro, has already been in the rumor mill for a while. We previously reported that the MX4 Pro could have up to 4GB of RAM (this no longer seems to be the case) and today we have a little bit more information regarding the Pro’s specs and release date.
Plex has announced today a plan to raise its subscription prices next week. Thankfully, the boost is only in effect for new subscribers set up after September 29, so your current account is in no danger of being billed higher in October.
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Microsoft offers 30GB to OneDrive users that use auto upload feature
Google Now brings in flight price monitoring card
Apple will not shutdown Beats Music, it will be retooled instead
Plex Plans Price Increase for new Plex Pass Subscribers
To some, Android L is already old news. Google engineers discussing things on the Android Open Source Project thread mention an upcoming version of Android multiple times. Unsurprisingly, the said version was called Android M. This follows Google’s alphabetical order for labeling Android versions.
We have yet to find out Android L’s sweet name, but that does not stop anyone from speculating Android M’s. Names being tossed around right now include mint and marshmallow. If Google wanted to go with the branded route, like KitKat, they could target Milky Way or Mallomars.
What do you think Android M should be called?
According to a report published in China this weekend, Xiaomi is getting ready to launch a high-end Redmi Note successor which it hopes will take on Meizu’s recently-announced MX4.
The device is set to pack a 5.5-inch display, be powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6595 chipset with four 2.2GHz Cortex-A17 and four 1.7GHz Cortex A-7 cores, include 3GB of RAM, incorporate a 20.7-megapixel rear-facing camera, as well as an astonishing 8-megapixel front-facing shooter and a 3,500 mAh non-removable battery.
Carrier billing is a useful feature on the Play Store, as it allows customers to make purchases without having to use a credit or debit card. Most people don’t mind using a card, but not everyone is willing to put their personal info into a smartphone, and many other people don’t even have a card to use. This is especially true in India, where only about 2% of the general population uses a credit or debit card, and that’s where Google is looking to push carrier billing options next.
Google has been in talks with Airtel, India’s largest wireless carrier, to begin offering carrier billing to their customers. With 40 million customers, that’s a lot of potential market to gain. The terms of the deal aren’t clear, although it’s reported that Google is offering Airtel 10% of each transaction (which is fairly low compared to other carriers) but it seems like the deal will happen in the near future regardless.
Coming off IFA 2014 in Berlin and the announcement of the Ascend Mate 7, Huawei isn’t stopping its momentum. Today the company announced the China market bound Honor Play 4. The mid-range device sports a 720×1280 (720p) 5-inch screen, a 64-bit Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor with 1 GB of RAM. It also has 8 GB of internal storage. As far as cameras are concerned the Play 4 sports an 8MP rear shooter with a 2 MP front camera. The battery is removable and comes in at 2,000 mAh. It’s dual-SIM capable, has NFC and LTE onboard. The device costs 799 yuan (roughly $130). We have a gallery for you after the break. Enjoy.