Chinese manufacturer Oppo has been teasing its N1 flagship for some time, and the phone finally became official this morning. At 5.9 inches it sits squarely in the "phablet" category, though there are certainly enough other hardware highlights to turn a few heads. The most interesting is probably the 13MP camera, which sits on a case-mounted hinge and rotates to serve as both the rear and front cameras. It's a design seen before in some laptops and earlier camera phones, but this is the first time we've seen it on a modern smartphone.
Republic Wireless got some well-deserved headlines last week when they announced that they would start selling the nearly brand-new Moto X on its hybrid mobile-WiFi network for $300 unsubsidized. But if that's still too expensive for you, it looks like the company intends to offer an even cheaper option, the Motorola DVX. A leaked slide for the wireless roadmap of Bandwidth.com (Republic's parent company) shows the phone coming out sometime in October.
Remember when you waited ages for [insert phone manufacturer here] to release that model with a MicroSD card slot and refused to even consider a device without one? This is where that decision pays off. Amazon Gold Box, the uber-retailer's one-day clearance portal, has put a handful of Transcend brand storage devices on discount. Most interesting to us is a pair of MicroSD cards on sale at $18.99 for the 32GB version (46% off) and $39.99 for the 64GB version (42% off).
LG's Vu series is a bit of an oddball thanks to its 4:3 aspect ratio, an idea that even Apple has abandoned on its phones. But the company seems intent on making it work for at least one more device, and so we get the LG Vu 3, shorn of Optimus branding like the flagship G2. And that's not the only thing that the Vu 3 has in common with the G2.
In case you haven't noticed, fantasy sports is kind of a big deal. You can't get through a single NFL broadcast without being bombarded by fantasy-flavored reports, analysis, and even advertising (including this commercial being shown every single break). The link for "Fantasy" is the first thing on NFL.com - not tickets, not NFL Network subscriptions, not overpriced jerseys. In that context, the official NFL Fantasy App Advisor makes a lot more sense.
While nothing has been officially announced just yet, it seems all but certain that CyanogenMod will be coming to Oppo's new smartphone, the N1, as an officially supported alternative to the company's own custom software layer. I can indeed confirm that something CM-related is happening, because Steve Kondik is here in Beijing for the event (as am I!), which will be happening later tonight (more around very early morning in America).
There's still time to enjoy the weekend before it's back to the daily grind, and you don't even have to leave your house to do it. In fact, you don't even have to get up. Frankly, anything you can't do while remaining seated probably isn't worth doing. So prepare to be amazed by the fabulous sales.
Platform games seem to have hit their stride on Android. With typical mascot-style fare like Sonic, Rayman, and Cordy, not to mention unconventional games like Bravoman, Gentlemen, and a handful of OrangePixel titles, platformer fans are spoiled for choice. Add one more game to the list, The Secret of Space Octopuses, a tongue-in-cheek game that takes inspiration from Metroid and adds in a few creative touches.
The gist is that you're an adorable alien abductee who's able to build his own helper robot in a cave, with a box of scraps.
As the drama over the creation of Cyanogen Inc. raged last week, the developer of CyanogenMod's Focal camera app decided to pull it from the open source ROM. Now Guillaume Lesniak (AKA xplodwild) has dropped Focal into Google Play for anyone to use. It is compatible with most newer devices, but it is a beta.
The app currently has support for multiple still and video modes including burst, timer, scenes, and shutter speed on some devices.
If you have been on the internet in the past couple of days, then you probably know that BBM for Android was supposed to hit the Play Store promptly at 7:00AM ET this morning. You probably also know that didn't happen, and the app still isn't available. Blackberry has now taken to its business blog to tell us exactly what's causing the hold up.
In short, the entire delay is caused by the leaked apk that recently surfaced online.