As several of you pointed out to us today, Qualcomm recently updated a blog post on its website regarding the "double-twist" camera launch gesture on the upcoming Nexus 5X and 6P. Specifically, they placed a strikethrough on the text identifying the feature, and clarified the reasoning for the change with the below information:
[UPDATE: The feature to launch the camera via double-twist of the device was replaced by double tap of the power key. The name Context Core has been changed to Android Sensor Hub.]
We've officially confirmed with Google this morning that the feature has indeed been dropped from the Nexus 5X and 6P.
Gmail gained the ability to handle non-Google email accounts in Lollipop, but most OEMs still make their own stock email client. Motorola is no different, and now it's added that app to the Play Store so it can be updated regularly. As an added bonus, the screenshots of the updated app were apparently taken on a Droid Maxx 2, which hasn't been announced yet. Very subtle, guys.
When the best thing that you can say about the latest crop of a long-running video game property is that "the tie-in children's TV show isn't completely terrible," it's not a ringing endorsement. Such is the case with Sonic Boom: after nearly two decades of hit-and-miss remixes on the familiar Sonic formula, SEGA hit a real stinker with the almost universally-reviled Wii U/3DS dual release last year. The "hip" new designs for Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and the rest of the gang might have been forgiven if the game itself hadn't been one of the worst entries in Sonic's 24-year catalog.
It's odd, then, that SEGA is continuing the "Sonic Boom" label with its latest mobile game, instead of relying on the tried-and-true classic version of sonic that appeals to the nostalgia crowd.
Sure, Tumblr has seen better days. But for the Tumblr app, this could be a high watermark. I'm not sure what exactly their dev team was up to in the latest, presumably minor, update to their Android app. What I do know is that the jump from v4.7 to v4.8 brought with it the kind of changelog that should brighten your mood.
If you were worried about Android Marshmallow compatibility, don't worry; this update is already prepared for Tangerine. If you thought the underbelly had been neglected, once again your concerns have been addressed because Tumblr reports that the underbelly has been tickled.
A few weeks ago, we spent some time with what's easily the most powerful phone Blu has ever released, the 2015 Pure XL. Not only is it packing the best specs we've ever seen in a Blu phone, but at $350, it also comes in at a great price point. And now, it's finally available for pre-order on Amazon.
In case you need a reminder, here's a look at what the Pure XL has going on under its hood:
Remember that St Patrick's Day party where you got so rekt someone — God bless their thoughtful soul — took your phone and ordered you a Lyft ride home at 5am? Of course you don't, ha! The driver? Blank space. The total you paid? Who knows. Did you puke in the car? Probably, maybe, I suppose. And where the heck did you leave that giant green leprechaun hat? And the green clover that you used to cover your, erm, private bits when you got naked and danced on the flooDAMMIT THAT HAPPENED?!
Lyft now remembers some of these things for you. It won't exactly know what crazy shenanigans you did — those will live forever on everyone's phones, social feeds, and YouTube — but it will give you a detailed history of your rides with the service.
As a lover of a good bargain, I write a fair number of deal alert articles for AP. Recently, I have seen a few readers complain in the comments that they are tired of these pieces. But you know what, those readers are in the minority. Most of the feedback I receive is overwhelmingly positive. In fact, I've been told that the articles I write are of a quality you wouldn't get from any other guy.
Sorry to gush, but I just want to tell you all how I'm feeling. You readers mean everything to me. I promise that I won't ever post a lousy deal, because that would be a lie, and it might hurt you.
In case you haven't noticed, T-Mobile really likes to antagonize AT&T. Only hours after AT&T announced its upcoming NumberSync service, T-Mobile let everyone know that it too is working on such a system. Apparently T-Mobile's will be better, not that either of them exist yet for us to verify that.
Oh, Huawei. The Chinese OEM is responsible for one of the latest Nexus devices on the hardware side, but its software acumen is still somewhat lacking. The P8 Lite launched in the US earlier this year running Android 4.4 KitKat, and it's finally getting an update to Android 5.1 Lollipop. The catch (well, one of them) is that it's a manual flash that'll erase all the data on your phone.