OnePlus has been visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, and they've been convinced to mend their frustrating ways. Either that, or the sales of the OnePlus 2 (which has been widely criticized for its hardware shortcomings) have been less than stellar, and the company no longer needs its rationing system in order to fill demand for the device. Starting on Saturday, the OnePlus 2 will be available for purchase without jumping through the hoops of the invitation system. It's a friggin' holiday miracle. The cheaper OnePlus X isn't getting the same treatment, but you will be able to buy one without an invite from December 5-7. Read More
We pretty much know what the OnePlus 2 will look like thanks to a regulator leak earlier this week. And we know all of the important technical details thanks to piece-by-piece updates from the company itself. But if you still feel the need to tune in to the announcement on Monday, July 27th, OnePlus would really like you to do so via newfangled virtual reality. They've just posted the official Google Cardboard app for the livestreaming announcement.
You can't do anything with it yet. It isn't time. But you've got between now and Monday to get a Cardboard set from a company promotion, or a late night talkshow host, or a pornography company. Read More
A little less than one year ago, I called the OnePlus One "the best flagship phone you can't buy" in my initial review. The phone had some impressive hardware at an amazing price, and in many ways it still does, but the system of invitations and qualifications built around actually buying the One made obtaining the device an exercise in frustration. It's taken them eleven months (and what seems like dozens of separate promotions and half-measures), but you can finally order a OnePlus One without an invitation of any kind starting today.
The announcement was made on the OnePlus website, forum, and Facebook page. Read More
If you're wondering what NVIDIA has been working on for the last few months, you'll only have to wait a few more weeks to find out. The gaming and graphics company has sent invitations to technology press, including Android Police, for a presentation on March 3rd in San Francisco. According to the email, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang will be demonstrating something "5 years in the making" that will "redefine the future of gaming."
Android fans are obviously looking for something centered around the new Tegra X1 chipset, which NVIDIA demonstrated last month at the Consumer Electronics Show. That particular event did not include any new consumer-grade hardware, instead focusing on the X1's impressive specifications and applications for embedded electronics in the auto segment. Read More
As winter slowly loosens its grip on the northern hemisphere, gadget nerds everywhere poke their noses above ground, looking to see if we'll soon have new hardware to drool over or six more weeks of relatively stale news. Easily the most anticipated springtime hardware announcement of the last few years has been Samsung's annual flagship refresh, and it looks like that will be coming on March 1st. The South Korean manufacturer has sent out invitations to its next "Unpacked" event at Mobile World Congress. Read More
The biggest problem people have had with the OnePlus One is the convoluted invite system, making it necessary to jump through multiple hoops for the privilege of giving a company money to buy its product. On this most sacred day of bargains and barbarism, OnePlus has elected to suspend the invite system and its only slightly better pre-order page. You can buy a 16GB or 64GB OnePlus One today, no waiting, no hunting for invites, no phone smashing or sexist pandering required.
The two models are offered at their standard prices ($299 and $349), so there are no Black Friday discounts. Read More
The OnePlus One isn't quite the hot item it used to be, and if there are any prospective buyers in India, they might have been swayed by the handful of flagship phones that have launched from more conventional manufacturers in the months since the device's release. Even so, if you want a One on the subcontinent, you won't have too much longer to wait. Maybe. According to this promotional page and some information from the OnePlus forum, Amazon will start selling the One in December. It has an Indian exclusive on the phone.
But don't start saving your rupees just yet, Indian readers. Read More
Update: Predictably, the OnePlus site is struggling to stay up under a barrage of traffic just minutes after pre-orders went live.
If you've been waiting patiently to get your hands on the OnePlus One, or even if you haven't been waiting patiently at all, the "flagship killer" is going on sale in a slightly more conventional way later this morning. OnePlus is scheduled to open its pre-order system at 11AM Eastern, 8AM Pacific US time, when customers will actually be able to pay for a phone immediately in the expectation of actually getting it at some point. Amazing.
The insufferable invitation system, where prospective buyers have had to either skulk around the official OnePlus forums, beg for invitations off of friends and acquaintances, or try to get one from the thousands that have been handed out on social media, is the primary complaint against OnePlus and its admittedly solid One phone. Read More
Oh selfies, how I loathe thee. You democratized and bastardized descendants of the self-portrait, you brothers of the awkward meal photo, you poorly-angled posers, you absolute scourge of social media. But alas, I appear to be in the minority, at least if the increasing focus on this hated term is anything to go by. You can't blame the manufacturers for making "selfie cams" - they're just giving the people what they want. And HTC is poised to do just that in New York City next month.
A press invitation for an October 8th event reads, "Double Exposure," and shows a stylized photo of two women using an HTC One M8 to snap a selfie. Read More
If you've been anxiously awaiting your opportunity to get your very own Google Glass, and somehow you've missed every other invite or code giveaway, your time is coming up in just a few days. The Glass team has confirmed documents leaked to The Verge that indicate Google will be giving a one-day pass to all residents of the United States to join the Explorer Program and purchase their very own head-mounted unit. The event will occur on April 15th at 6am PDT. The price remains faithfully locked in at $1500, but buyers will also have an option to choose between free frames (suitable for prescription lenses) or tinted shades. Read More