Hands on with Tronsmart’s Quick Charge 2.0 chargers


Just about every flagship device shipping this year has or will have Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology inside. Devices with supported Qualcomm processors can take advantage of Quick Charge 2.0 by receiving an accelerated amount of power in less time than anything else. The chargers included in the box with new devices, however, are typically not the ones compatible with Qualcomm’s innovation. Most companies sell them separately at rather high prices. So looking at third-party manufacturers for Quick Charge 2.0 chargers is the way to go.

Tronsmart is among the companies vying to sell you a product capable of rapidly charging your device. This company actually stands out, though, because of its certification. Tronsmart’s three products that are compatible with Quick Charge 2.0-ready devices have all been certified by Qualcomm. On the company’s site, Tronsmart even shows the documents as proof. This goes for Tronsmart’s two-port wall charger, four-port charging hub, and three-port car charger.

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VKworld officially unveiled its VK560 budget smartphone with a 5.5-inch display


VKworld has launched a new smartphone that aims to be the best of its kind. The phone has a 5.5-inch qHD display and MediaTek MT6735 processor. The new VK560 features 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing camera. It will likely make it through the day due to its fairly large 2850mAh battery. Best of all, it comes with Android 5.1 pre-installed.

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Yelp CEO takes Google to task over mobile app ad issue


Earlier this week Google announced the results of a study they conducted on ads that appear on your screen while using one app trying to get you to buy some other app, ads known as “interstitials.” Most users see them as annoying, a finding confirmed by the Google study. However, Google also found they were highly ineffective and has decided to retire them while asking others to follow suit. This announcement has brought a rebuke from Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman who says Google is being hypocritical and may be trying to flex some monopolistic tendencies. Read more

Microsoft working on customized Android launcher called Arrow Launcher

microsoft arrowIt’s been pretty clear that Microsoft would rather work on building apps and services for Android and iOS instead of pushing their own Windows Phone platform lately, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Windows Phone lacks a decent market share, so if Microsoft wants people to use their services, they’ll have to continue to rely on other platforms. Samsung’s partnership with Microsoft for bonus OneDrive storage and preloaded Microsoft apps is a pretty good indicator or this.

While Microsoft already offers apps for some of their own apps, like Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, and all kinds of other things, their next step looks to be creating a standalone launcher for Android phones. The launcher, called Arrow Launcher, sticks to Microsoft’s design language pretty closely, although in its early stages its seriously lacking any customization, which is a big selling point for many Android launchers. Read more

New Android One device to be introduced on July 27 in India


Google introduced the Android One program back at Google I/O in 2014 in attempt to bring reliable, affordable devices to emerging markets. Google’s ultimate goal is to bring Android to more places around the world. The program began in India and has now expanded to many countries. Most recently, Android One arrived Myanmar and Pakistan. Android One is not going away any time soon. The company is proud to announce that today it has added Lava to its list of partners.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 may not come with auto-ejectable S Pen


Last week, patents belonging to Samsung for an auto-ejectable stylus were uncovered. Many believed that the technology protected by those patents would be implemented into the Galaxy Note 5. Those hoping for this feature may have to wait a bit longer as a new report claims that Samsung’s patents for an auto-ejectable stylus have no effect on the Galaxy Note 5’s design.

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