OnePlus is, if nothing else, impressive for the disproportional amount of attention it receives relative to the number of phones it sells. And that's probably in part because OnePlus does ridiculous things like tease out a new phone for literally months on end to build up hype, and also offers things it sometimes cannot deliver on.
However, the primary reason OnePlus has received consistent attention in the last year? The price of its product. At $300, the One offered $600+ flagship-level specifications at a jaw-dropper of a price, and that phone is now down to just $250 if you want to order it today.
There are millions of smartphones out there with the processing power to get real work done, but they spend most of their time idle. That's what you want for battery life, of course, but [email protected] offers a way to contribute some of those unused cycles for the greater good while your phone is on the charger. [insert Snapdragon 810 overheating joke here]
Microsoft is striving to be more experimental and branch out to other platforms with the Microsoft Garage project, which means we get some interesting stuff on Android. Not all of it is probably going to last, but hey, some good short-term fun. The latest app from the garage is Tossup, which can be used to gather opinions from your friends so you can make plans quickly and easily.
Google continues its Android One expansion, marching over Kashmir from the original Indian launch market and into Pakistan. The new rollout was announced on Google's Asia-Pacific blog, along with the country's first Android One device, the QMobile A1. This phone is more or less identical to the Android One devices already launched in India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar, Turkey, and the Philippines. It's available today from cell phone retailers all over the country for 11,500 Pakistani Rupees (about $113), but it doesn't look like QMobile has an online shop.
QMobile's version of the Android One hardware has a 4.5-inch 854x480 display, a 1.3GHz quad-core processor from an unmentioned manufacturer (but probably the same MediaTek chip we've seen in all the Android One phones so far), 8GB of space plus a MicroSD card slot, 1GB of RAM, a 5MP rear camera with LED flash, and a 1700mAh battery.
The classic game emulation scene for Android is really blowing up. Not only do we have more single-use emulators than ever, more powerful hardware is opening up the sixth generation of home consoles like the Dreamcast and Gamecube. Today one of the more notable all-in-one emulators is getting a huge update on the Play Store: RetroArch. The multi-platform, multi-console emulator has updated its entire user interface system and added a few under-the-hood changes as well.
This video is from the Linux version of RetroArch, but it shows the new menu system in action.
The most striking addition is the user interface, with a cross-style main menu reminiscent of the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable.
Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a spaceship game about eating humans, a spaceship game about rescuing humans, a spaceship game about spinning around like drunk with an inner ear infection, and a match three puzzler.. Without further ado:
In 12 Grapes, you play as an alien who wants to eat a buncha muncha cruncha humans.
Owners of Developer Edition phones are the most dedicated of Android enthusiasts, they who eschew the traditional carrier model and put their money where their mouths are for the sake of total control and the principles of open-source operating systems. (Also, I suppose a few of them might be actual software developers. You never know.) For those who've purchased the Developer Edition of HTC's 2015 flagship, the update to Android 5.1 is going out right now.
The Developer Edition is the second version of the M9 to get Lollipop 5.1, assuming that Sprint started sending out the promised OTA earlier this week.
Android M is going to have some interesting new tools for fans of MicroSD cards and expandable storage in general. If you're looking for some cheap SD cards, Amazon is selling official Samsung-branded storage today... an unfortunate and cruel circumstance for owners of the Galaxy S6. Anyway, Amazon's selection of EVO cards has a few very good deals at the moment, particularly this 64GB Class 10 MicroSD card for just $19.57. That's a fantastic price, and one you'd be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.
Anyone who's used the Internet for a few days knows that Google (and all the other search engines at this point) will suggest alternative search terms if the algorithm determines that you've made a typo or a mistake. At least one user is now seeing this behaviour on the Android app version of Google Search, and seeing it before you would expect to: right in the drop-down search results that appear before you actually press Enter.
What the hell are firms of endearment?
This is interesting not because it's a previously unseen feature of Google Search on Android, but because it also isn't present on Google Search on the web and in Chrome.
You might think that a game like Minecraft, where there's no story and you essentially build an entire world out of complicated digital LEGOs, doesn't lend itself well to the adventure game format. You might be right. But if anyone can make a licensed story out of Mojang's phenomenal open-world title, it's TellTale Games, who have successfully adapted such diverse properties as The Walking Dead, Borderlands, Game of Thrones, and Back To The Future into episodic adventure games with near-universal appeal.
TellTale showed off the first footage of Minecraft: Story Mode at Minecon 2015. That's a Minecraft convention, if you're wondering.