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