Many were surprised when Sony began offering an Android N Developer Preview build for the Xperia Z3. Nobody expected a two-generation old Sony flagship to join a beta program that only Google devices were included in. Sony is now following up by offering up an Android N beta build for the Xperia X Performance, a phone that we didn't especially like.
The beta, which Sony is calling the Xperia Beta Program, is currently only available to Xperia X Performance users in European countries (specifically Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and the Netherlands). Sony has not commented on whether it plans to expand the beta's reach. Read More
Buying a new TV is not something I typically look at doing. Sure, I like to go to Best Buy and look at the shiny things, dream a bit, and then look dejectedly at my empty wallet. Yet, when it comes down to it, I keep my TV a very long time. Lately, however, I have noticed quite a few tempting deals on Sony TVs. A few days ago, we informed you all that the Sony XBR-43X830C 43” 4K Android TV was listed on eBay for $549.99. This 2015 model gives you a 4K LED display, 4K streaming from Netflix and YouTube, Android TV, and Cast support. Read More
A smart home is every geek's dream, so it's great to see the idea becoming more and more of a reality, with Nest, Alexa, Google Assistant (soon), and Apple's HomeKit making our homes smarter and automated. Accessory maker Logitech, which already has the Harmony Remote, is adding to its range with the Logitech POP button and accompanying app.
The POP can control a lot of devices, from Phillips Hue lightbulbs to Sonos speakers, to door locks and blinds, plus of course the Harmony platform. Each button can be programmed with three individual commands which can then do a host of different things to control your home. Read More
About nine months ago, Rootjunky managed to bypass the factory reset protection (FRP) on Samsung devices simply by inserting an OTG drive into the phone and installing an app. Then, two months later, he found a vulnerability on LG phones; this time, he circumvented FRP by using talkback settings to open a browser, downloading an APK that opened settings, adding a new user, switching back to the main account, and then resetting without FRP. However, this new exploit for Samsung phones might be the most ingenious yet.
Factory reset protection was added to Android with 5.1 Lollipop, but since different OEMs use different variations of Android, vulnerabilities can arise. Read More
Around this time in 2014, NVIDIA unveiled the SHIELD Tablet, and then refreshed the device as the Tablet K1 at a lower price point in late 2015. Back in May, we brought you the report that an FCC filing for a possible 2016 follow-up to the Tablet K1 had leaked. Among some possible measurements, we could only tell that the device was codenamed “P2290W,” that it was simply called a “Shield Tablet” in the filing documents, and that it would ship with 2.4GHz and 5GHz 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
Furthermore, a poster on the NVIDIA forums claimed to have seen a mention of the device in the code for NVIDIA’s Android TV, citing it is as “Hawkeye.” He stated that “Hawkeye” had a Tegra X1 SoC, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and 1920x1200 for a screen resolution. Read More
The Nexus 5X will soon pass into obscurity as new and more shiny Nexus phones grace the internet. It's still a fine phone, though, and the price is getting downright tempting. The 32GB version of the 5X is now on sale for a mere $229.99 on Groupon, provided you're a new customer. Read More
HTC launched the HTC 10 this spring to mostly positive reviews, a pleasant departure from several years of lackluster flagship phones. However, good reviews don't always translate into good sales. T-Mobile is known for kicking under-performing phones to the curb pretty quickly (see: the Priv), and it looks like the same thing happened to the HTC 10 last month. Almost no one noticed, though. Read More
Some Android fans were let down by the Galaxy Note7 this year. Many of its specs (curved screen, Snapdragon 820/Exynos 8890, 4GB of DDR4 RAM, 12MP camera, water resistance, etc.) seemed to be copy-pasted from the critically acclaimed Galaxy S7 edge, and the few extra features it did add (new S Pen, iris scanner, USB Type-C) led some to question whether the Note7's $800+ MSRP was worth it. However, quite a few Samsung fans got excited when they heard about a rumored Note7 variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The phone was initially leaked via China's TENAA (similar to the FCC). Read More
While the dream of all top-tier smartphones supporting wireless charging seems to be fading, there are still a fair number on the market equipped with the feature. It's a sweet way to juice up your phone without the hassle of dealing with wires and plugs.
Tronsmart has just released a new wireless charger called the Chocolate and passed along some coupon codes to share with you. The only truly notable feature about the charger is that it supports the new, faster generation of wireless charging with speeds up to 10W (1.4 times faster than the older generation). Read More
LG has just announced that its upcoming V20 (of which renders have just leaked) will feature a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC. For anyone that appreciates sound quality, this is great news. Last year, LG wowed audiophiles with the ESS SABRE 9018 DAC and 9602 Headphone Amplifier it put into the V10. However, audio quality suffered on the G5. It sure didn't help that the Bang & Olufsen "Friends" module pretty much disappeared off the face of the earth.
The company's press release describes a Quad DAC as something that delivers concert-like audio. LG claims that this DAC is better than normal ones in that it can reduce up to 50% of ambient noise levels. Read More