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.
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. Read More
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. Read More
Asus hasn't had much of a presence in the US phone market aside from a few unpleasant PadFones, but that's about to change with the ZenFone 2. This device was revealed at CES in January, but now the US variant is official. It's coming May 19th for $199-299, and you can pre-order it tomorrow.
If you're a frequent ROM flasher (why does that sound mildly dirty?) and a OnePlus One owner, you might want to grab the latest build of TWRP. A Team Win developer says that it now supports Qualcomm's native encryption scheme in addition to Android's standard AOSP encryption. Why does this matter? According to Ethan "Dees Troy" Yonker and cited benchmarks, Qualcomm's encryption offers better performance when compared to Google's encryption applied to the same hardware. Read More
It seems like ages ago that Apple and Samsung finished duking it out in court over Samsung's "borrowing" from Apple's early iPhone designs. However, the $930 million judgement against Samsung was just the beginning of the legal tussle. This whole time the lawyers have still been racking up billable hours, and now a US appeals court has reversed a big chunk of the damages saying Apple's trademarks on the look of the original iPhone aren't valid. Read More
Sony is continuing its odd support for modifications and software based on Android's open source core. Today they're releasing a collection of flashable recovery partitions for some phones - technically these count as "custom" recoveries, but they're based on AOSP, and therefore pretty close to what you'd find on Nexus devices. Sony's intro video does state that the recovery can restore data, flash custom ROMs, and boot to multiple ROMs, something that most stock recoveries can't handle. Read More
The LG Escape wasn't a bad phone back in 2012. Now it's 2015, and AT&T has quietly released a follow-up on its website priced at an affordable $180.
Like the original, the LG Escape 2 comes with a decent set of specs for the price. Buyers get a 4.7-inch screen with a 1280 by 720 resolution. On the inside, there's a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, Adreno 306 GPU, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage (supplemented by a microSD card slot). Read More