You're driving down the road, the cool summer breeze helping attenuate the heat of the sun, great music playing from the speakers, and nothing but empty highways ahead. Suddenly, you look at your phone and realize that the battery is almost dead but you need it to be alive to use Google Maps when you reach the next town. Your partner's phone is plugged into the car charger and they specifically told you to let it fill up before they dozed off half an hour ago.
FLIR Systems is one of the premier makers of thermal camera technology at the high-end of the market, but in recent years it has also been branching out to the consumer level. The first-generation FLIR ONE smartphone thermal camera was only available for the iPhone and it was a bulky case design. Now the second generation unit is coming out for Android in a few weeks, but it's not cheap. So, what does it do and is that worth $250 to you? Let's find out.
The Galaxy S6 has been out for three months now, so it's time to revisit this phone and see if any of my feelings from the original review have evolved. At the time this seemed like a pretty fantastic phone with few drawbacks. Samsung made a lot of changes with this year's Galaxy flagship, so does it also avoid some of the long-term pitfalls of past phones? Let's find out.
There are few places more suited to using Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0 capability (also known as Adaptive Fast Charging on Samsung devices) than in the car. You might have a 20 minute commute to work and in that span of time, you can get your phone halfway charged or better with the new charging specification, compared to the meager 10-20% you might get with a conventional 2.1A output. With today's deal on this Tronsmart car charger with both QC 2.0 and a conventional 2.4A port, you can get that in your vehicle for just $10.
The above image should give you a pretty good impression of what we're talking about.
If you have been skeptical about whether Qualcomm's Quick Charging 2.0 standard is all that useful, this deal is arguably the best use case for it. How often do you head out the door for a short trip and realize your phone just doesn't have enough charge? If you could get it mostly charged in 15-30 minutes, there would be no worries. Ta-da! You can get Aukey's QC 2.0 car charger for $10.99 after coupon on Amazon.
For those less familiar with Quick Charge 2.0, you can read our own David Ruddock's excellent explainer on the subject. Basically, it's a standard for phones and chargers that allows much faster charging without the device getting too hot.
Samsung may have backed away from microSD cards with the Galaxy S6, but other manufacturers are filling in the void. For those of you with an HTC One M9, an LG G4, or any of the other bajillion Android devices with expandable memory, Amazon is currently holding a sale on Transcend storage.
Today you can get a 32GB card for only $12 or one with twice the storage for $23. This is a few dollars less than what SanDisk and PNY are currently charging for the same capacity, and significantly cheaper than Lexar. Both cards offer transfer speeds of 45MB/s and come with adapters.
Welcome back to another week of the Android Police Podcast. To catch us live on Hangouts On Air every Thursday at 5:30PM PST (subject to change as per the calendar widget below), just head over to androidpolice.com/podcast. For the unedited video show, click here. As always, we'll take your questions at 530-HELLO-AP and also at our email address: podcast at androidpolice dot com.
This week: Nexus 9 Android 5.1 update, the LG G4 review, a few Google app updates, Nintendo's mobile plans, Galaxy S6 Active, and more.
Sony announced the Xperia Z4 Tablet at this year's Mobile World Congress, but for information related to its phone of the same name, we're still clinging to leaks. Fortunately, our eyes may have now caught a glimpse of the upcoming flagship. @OnLeaks has posted an image of what he claims will be the Xperia Z4.
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Movie theaters are slowly reopening, but many don't have new releases quite yet, and studios seems to be embracing the streaming model. Whether you're staying at home to limit potential risks, or just saving a few bucks by watching from the couch, we've organized a huge list with many of the newly added films and some upcoming releases.
Theaters have been down and out for almost five months, and at this point we can stop hoping for major releases like Tenet or the new Bond; but at least things are looking up after last week's drought. If nothing else, we have the wonderfully absurd geekery of Max Reload and The Nether Blasters, that brings Kevin Smith, Wil Wheaton, Greg Grunberg, and others together in a game shop to save the world.