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Why are Android phones plastic-metal-glass boringburgers when there's a world of premium materials to play with?

Why are Android phones plastic-metal-glass boringburgers when there's a world of premium materials to play with?

I've been envious of the iPhone over the last few years for one, not-so-obvious reason: Apple makes its recent flagships out of stainless steel. Here in the land of Android, the best we can really hope for is aluminum and glass, but there's a whole wide variety of premium, super-durable, and exotic materials out there phones could use. So, why are almost all Android smartphones boring glass and plastic or aluminum slabs? I was able to speak with Kinder Liu, COO and Head of R&D at OnePlus, to find out.

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OnePlus expects you to hunt down clues to buy its limited-edition watch

OnePlus expects you to hunt down clues to buy its limited-edition watch

The OnePlus Watch isn't very good. The software experience is slow and unfinished, activity tracking is lacking, and even the promised two-week battery is cut in half when you enable the always-on display. Plus, it's just too easy to buy. You mean to tell me you just click "buy" on a website and enter your payment information? Boring. I want the excitement of "winning" an "opportunity" to buy a fancier version of the OnePlus Watch. And if it's held through some weird Instagram contest? Even better.

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Small OTA Updates Rolling Out To The Kyocera Rise On Sprint, Wi-Fi Archos Cobalt 80

Small OTA Updates Rolling Out To The Kyocera Rise On Sprint, Wi-Fi Archos Cobalt 80

While these two devices are essentially unrelated in general, today they have one thing in common: they're both getting small OTA updates.

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Sprint's Kyocera Rise is getting bumped up to build 1.011sp, which brings a few enhancements and general bug fixes:

Kyocera Rise Software Update - 1.011sp

Enhancements/Fixes

  • Qchat enhancements
  • Camera Gallery App crashes when attempted to edit picture
  • User can not pull down status bar during a call
  • Overlap when signing into Gmail™
  • Bluetooth connectivity issues

On the other side of the fence is the Archos Cobalt 80, which appears to be getting its first update. This one's just a very small bugfixer, which resolves a couple of issues:

Version 20130202 - March 29th, 2013

  • Fix an issue with Google talk no sound on loudspeaker on video chat.
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