Samsung has announced official US availability dates for the Galaxy S6, and they might sound rather familiar. Just like the HTC One M9, you can pre-order the new Galaxy tomorrow (March 27th) and pick one up on April 10th. The exact details will vary by carrier, but already both AT&T and T-Mobile have announced pre-orders for tomorrow. Other carriers haven't announced official details yet, but I expect it won't be long. Read More
Pity the poor Verizon customer, whose options for user-moddable Android phones are more limited than any other US carrier. It's particularly cruel, then, that Verizon tends to get some awesome Motorola exclusives in the DROID line. 2014's entry is the DROID Turbo, which is basically the Nexus 6 crammed down into the 5.2-inch body of the second-gen Moto X, plus the usual DROID Kevlar styling and an enormous 3900mAh battery. Oh, and a locked bootloader that makes root and custom ROMs difficult. Read More
Amazon doesn't believe in limits, not anymore—not when it comes to storage space. The company has stripped Cloud Drive of its storage limitations. Now you can use the service to store as many files as you want for $59.99 a year.
To put this into perspective, Dropbox Pro charges $9.99 a month (or $99.99 a year) for 1TB of storage. To go unlimited, you need a business account. Google Drive is willing to go up to 30TB for general consumers, but it will cost you $299.99 a month. Read More
Beatport has been the go-to source for DJs to load up on electronic tracks for the last few years, but the company recently launched a free streaming service. Now you have access to it on Android with the new app, and man is it ever pretty. If you're on T-Mobile, you can also use Beatport as part of the Music Freedom unlimited streaming feature.
The app has a huge number of tracks for instant streaming. Read More
Google is currently re-tooling Google Glass, but that other Android-powered face computer is finally shipping pre-orders that were placed back in 2013. The Recon Jet is expected to leave the warehouse on March 30th. To make up for the delay, the company is including a free spare battery and clear lenses in addition to the standard gray ones.
A trio of titles from 2K games have been discounted significantly in the Play Store, making it a good time to jump on the bandwagon if you haven't already. Civilization Revolution 2, the latest in the Android entries from the Sid Meier franchise, has been reduced by $10 to $4.99. XCOM: Enemy Within, a standalone expansion to its popular XCOM predecessor, is also at $4.99 (an $8 discount). Last but not least, NHL 2K can be had for just $2.99, down from $7.99. Read More
The Team Win Recovery Project's custom recovery, affectionately known as TWRP, has received an update today. The latest version of the software is now 188.8.131.52, and it comes with a number of changes. There are some keyboard improvements here, some scroll bar adjustments there—that sort of thing.
Here's the full list.
- Fix daylight savings time rules for USA and Europe (_that)
- Allow mulitple overlays for popup boxes (Dees_Troy)
- Add pattern style password entry for decrypt (Tassadar)
- Keyboard improvements (_that)
- Update AOSP base to 5.1 (Dees_Troy)
- Reduce theme count to 5 and rely on scaling (Dees_Troy)
- Various scaling improvements (Dees_Troy)
- Improved handling of resources in the GUI (_that)
- Make scroll bar size proportional to list size (_that)
- Allow scoll lists to render without a header (_that)
- Make console scroll per pixel with kinetic scrolling (_that)
- Support styles in XML to reduce XML size and improve consistentcy (Dees_Troy)
- Various other fixes and improvements (mdmower, bigbiff, codelover, etc)
TWRP comes in handy for backing up your device, flashing ZIP files, and installing custom ROMs. Read More
Motorola's President and COO, Rick Osterloh, hosted a Twitter chat yesterday under the hashtag #AskRickO in which he answered a few questions regarding the company's expansion, release plans, device updates, and showed his current phone and watch setups.
The most interesting bit of information came in reply to Sumer Broota, who asked him whether Motorola had any plans to release a tablet this year. Rick said no and pointed toward Lenovo's line of Yoga tablets as an alternative. Read More
If there's one thing I learned from upgrading several family members' Android devices over the past week, it's that people are really attached to their WhatsApp history. While my smartphone days kicked off in 2007 with switching to a new review unit every couple of weeks (followed by flashing a new ROM at least once a week in 2011-2012) and learning to let go of everything I couldn't bother to move around, most users aren't accustomed to losing their data. They want their new device to have exactly what their old one had: their contacts, chat history, photos, music, and so on. Read More