Lenovo did as expected and announced the Phab2 pro Android phone at Tech World today, making it the first consumer-ready device with Google Tango technology built-in. The leak appears to have been accurate; this is a huge 6.4-inch phone with an array of cameras and sensors on the rear. The phone will launch worldwide in September as an unlocked device for $499. Read More
Some of us like buying our phones brand new, but others don't mind the idea of refurbished. When it's done well, you can save several hundreds of bucks over a flagship device that's still top of its class and capable of handling everything you throw at it. If that sounds convincing to you and you're interested in Samsung's S6 Edge Plus and you're on T-Mobile, then you can't scoff at this eBay deal.
It's a manufacturer-approved refurbished device in excellent working and cosmetic condition. It should only have some minor scratches, but nothing too damaging, and it has passed 65 inspection points. Read More
Lenovo Tech World is going to kick off shortly, but the details of the company's big Tango phone announcement have apparently leaked. I don't just mean "big" in the abstract; this phone is really physically large with a 6.4-inch QHD display. The new leaked specs include a number of convincing new images that match the rumors that have come before. So, say hello to the PHAB2 Pro. Yeah, I guess that's really the name. Read More
A few months ago, it appeared SMS support was being tested in the Facebook Messenger app, with some sporadically seeing SMS show up in the settings, allowing them to turn it on. It seemingly disappeared, though, with no trace left for many people. Now, however, it's back in the latest beta for Messenger.
The implementation is a little different compared to before. To enable SMS, you don't go through Messenger's settings but Android's settings (I assume the process will be different on anything less than Marshmallow, but I don't know how). Head over to Settings > Apps > Advanced (the little cog in the top right) > SMS app and enable it there. Read More
Most phones require a few software tweaks after being released, which are delivered as OTA updates. One of the main things being improved is the camera performance, but Motorola won't have to do that with the new Moto G. There's a new "Camera tuner" app in the Play Store that can handle that in lieu of a full OTA. Read More
Google's giving away music again today, this time from a group that some of you may have heard of. They call themselves the Heavy Balloon Band, or something like that, and their album Led Zeppelin II (Remastered) is the latest freebie on Google's own Play Music store.
In addition to the giveaway, Google also has another 11 albums from other Classic Rock, Metal, & Country singers on sale for just a buck. There ought to be something here for everyone, check out the list.
An eclectic selection to be sure, but there are at least four albums in that list that I'll be picking up, and I imagine you guys might be interested in a few as well. Read More
The SHIELD TV is the best Android TV device around, even if its competition isn't up to much. With NVIDIA's Tegra X1 architecture and an available 500GB hard drive on the Pro model, one might wonder why something like the fan-favorite Plex software wasn't available before. (Plex was previously installed on the SHIELD, but only as a client for streaming media from another server.) Well soon enough it will be: NVIDIA and Plex announced that the next update to the SHIELD firmware will include a built-in Plex media server. Read More
Android N (Nutella? Nougat?) is edging closer and closer to an official stable release, but that doesn't mean 6.0 Marshmallow is anywhere close to saturation point: according to Android's official monthly distribution numbers, only 10.1% of Android users are using that latest stable version of the OS. That should increase a little bit more in the next week or two, with Verizon announcing the Marshmallow update for its Galaxy Note Edge is ready.
The update brings all the things you would expect of a Marshmallow-based upgrade. Now on Tap is here (which is getting better all the time), as are on-demand permissions and Doze, saving you crucial battery life. Read More
It's time for a hot and fresh batch of TWRP releases, everyone. Today, we've got five new devices that now officially support TeamWin Recovery Project, for all of your flashing and recovery needs. Those devices and their respective links are, in no particular order:
As something in the way of a housekeeping note, the NVIDIA Shield Portable has long had unofficial TWRP support, but this is the first time it has actually received a proper, stable TWRP release. Surprising, I guess. The Xiaomi Mi Max just launched, so TWRP contributors wasted no time there, and the same goes for the Moto G4 (the G4 Plus should have no need for a separate recovery image - they're basically the same phone in regard to firmware). Read More
We posted a pretty sweet 32GB Nexus 5X deal two days ago, but today's B&H deal is just a touch sweeter yet. Just head to B&H's website, drop a 32GB white or black Nexus 5X in your cart and use promo code "DADSDAY16" - you'll knock $100 off the price. B&H also throws in a couple of screen protectors, if that's your thing.
While still not quite as good as the Project Fi sign-up offer, this does get you a proper US Nexus 5X and not some GSM-only international unlocked model. That means this 5X will work on AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Project Fi (among many other MVNOs) - making it quite the cosmopolitan carrier choice. Read More