In what sounds like a perversion of the crowd-funding concept, Yota has taken to Indiegogo to bring a phone that has existed since early 2014 into existence... in North America. To perform this undertaking, the company wants a paltry $50,000, and it has set a flexible funding goal to get the funds. Fortunately that's irrelevant, because it has already shattered that bar in under three hours with the help of nearly 100 funders.
If you head over to any of the Play Store listings for Microsoft's previously tablet-only Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for Android, you'll find they have a new feature for beta testers: phone support.
Following up on its flagship G4 announcement for 2015, LG is now supplementing its lineup as it does every year with more midrange options that can appeal to and target different audiences: a larger phablet with a stylus for a Note-like approach and a smaller less powerful variant of its star player.
Let's start with the G4 Stylus. It comes with a larger 5.7" display than the G4, albeit with a lower 720p resolution that results in a rather average 258ppi. It has drawn the short end of the stick on other specs as well, coming with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, but there will be two variants: a 3G one and an LTE one.
The Asus ZenFone 2 is one of the more interesting unlocked phones to be announced lately, and you can secure yours right now on Amazon. A few more US retailers have product pages up, but it looks like it's just Amazon taking orders. The first round will ship on May 20th.
Let's be honest, the NFL has not done a great job with its Android app. It was basically just a nice little viewer for content that was on the web, and by that I mean it was just showing the web pages in a little bit prettier interface. With a new update, though, it is much smoother and actually feels like they cared about the end product.
Screenshots won't really do it justice because it is all about the feel. If you already used it, you might be a little disoriented due to the movement of some controls, but you'll notice the speed right away.
You know how it works. The Galaxy S6 is a thing now, so the S5 is now a cheaper thing (depending on where you buy it). As we pointed out last month, you can get one off eBay for just $350. It's AT&T's version and comes with 16GB of storage. You have your choice of black, white, and gold.
Why am I bringing this up again? Well, we've come across a coupon code. If you enter CDTECH10 at checkout, you can knock $35 off the price. For the math averse, that's a 10% discount bringing things down to $315.
You've probably heard of Bitcoin once or twice by this point, even if you're not entirely clear on how it works. Until now you've needed to be familiar with the entire process of producing, storing, and spending Bitcoins for the currency to make any difference in your life, but a startup called 21 wants to change that. 21 is pushing Bitcoin mining as a built-in device function. This won't make you rich, but it might change how content and services are managed.
Expectations are high for each update to Google's core apps on Android. After all, we know there are going to be a lot of new features announced at I/O in less than 2 weeks. Quite a few apps have recently gone through a Material refresh, and plenty of others have seen smaller changes as they slowly coalesce around the current design guidelines. That appears to be the story with the latest Google App update. The latest version finally enables full screen mode for Google Now on devices using custom launchers.
left: old version, right: new version
Prior to this release, users with the Google Now Launcher set as their default homescreen would see their Now stream with translucent status and navigation bars.
If you've got a Find 7 or Find 7a phone from OPPO and you're itching for an official Lollipop ROM, head on over to the company's user forums. A beta version of Color OS 2.1, running on top of Android 5.0 code, has been posted for you to download. At the moment this edition of the software is not available via an over-the-air update, though that should be coming soon enough.
If you're into hidden object games, you are probably familiar with Artifex Mundi. This developer has a bunch of these titles in the Play Store, all of them with thousands of downloads/reviews and nearly perfect ratings. They're also rather pricey, but for the next two weeks you can get a good deal on the whole catelog from Artifex Mundi and contribute to charity thanks to the Humble Bundle.