HTC's One M8 is a solid phone. It's packed with high-end specs, and has a high-end build to match. Of course, all that also equates to a high-end price tag. In an effort to build an equally powerful phone with a much smaller price, HTC swapped out the M8's aluminum body for a much subtler plastic frame. The result is the One E8, a much more affordable M8 trapped in plastic shell.
If you've received the OnePlus One XNPH30O OTA update, you might have noticed your battery life was severely reduced since installing it. You're not the only one - the CyanogenMod issue tracker for the One has a thread with well over 100 comments on the subject at this point.
CM seems to have nailed down the issue to problems with the power management and the proximity sensor. The former issue has been fixed and will be likely live in nightly builds starting today, and an OTA is being rushed through for those only using stable builds.
I wrote a review of the G3 just about two months ago, and at the time, I really enjoyed it. While the model I was provided was designed for Korea, it worked on AT&T's LTE network and generally provided a steady wireless experience. I found Wi-Fi connectivity was a bit spotty, though, and there were occasional network hiccups that are to be expected of a piece of hardware not specifically certified for a particular carrier.
At this year's Google I/O, the company behind the search engine with the most o's promised attendees not one, but two Android Wear devices. The first was either an LG G Watch or a Samsung Gear Live. The second, a Moto 360. We haven't heard much about the latter since then, but emails are now going out. The time has come for I/O goers to check their inboxes.
Update: Good news! Looks like the 4.4.4 soak test is now underway on Sprint. If you're part of the Motorola Feedback Network, you maybe might possibly have access to it now. Hopefully everything runs smoothly so the full update will go out to all users soon.
We've received reports from numerous users that Sprint has started sending out invitations to a soak test of a future update for its version of the Moto X.
It's only a few short weeks until Samsung unveils the Galaxy Note 4, and rumor has it the Korean smartphone giant is swinging for the fences in hopes of regaining momentum. We've seen some images of what may be the Note 4, but specs have come in dribs and drabs. Now large Indonesian smartphone seller Erafone has posted a product page for the Note 4 with a full set of (possibly legit) specs.
Now that Android Wear is a thing and watches are coming out that turn Google's take on the concept into a reality, it's time for the more budget-minded among us to turn their eyes over to some of the previous smartwatches that tackled the form factor before it was cool. One such option is the Sony SmartWatch 2, a device that was never mind-blowing but perfectly capable of displaying calls and notifications like the alternatives that have launched since.
Kiersch says (and shows) that Ultra Violet will present significant interface changes for Hangouts, including a new Chrome extension that would introduce a floating, Chat Heads-style icon on the desktop, which users could move around freely.
Once the circle is clicked, Kiersch says, the Hangouts welcome screen would appear to introduce users to the new experience.
If you've had your eye on Samsung's (really expensive) Note Pro tablets, today is your lucky day. There's a refurbished Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 deal on eBay right now for $429.99. That's more than $200 less than the current retail price of the device, and almost $100 less than other refurb deals out there.