Other than an Open Beta available to anyone, OnePlus also offers a Closed Beta program for its devices. In it, a small number of loyal fans communicate with OnePlus directly and give feedback on early builds of future software long before it's released to others. A few months after releasing the OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro, the company has now started a call for Closed Beta testers for the two phones, limited to a total of 250 slots. Read More
OnePlus has three tiers of software release: the Stable version its phones ship with, an Open Beta for testing, and a private Closed Beta that gets an advance look at super secret features under NDA — paired with bigger bugs and a duty to report them. OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro owners interested in bleeding-edge testing and willing to lend a hand when it comes to digging up bugs can now apply to be one of the special 250 admitted to the Closed Beta. Read More
We've already seen most everything about the Droid Turbo, but Verizon has apparently just given us a launch date - October 28. The "Droid Does" landing page hosted on Verizon Wireless' domain has just activated once again, bearing a countdown to the 28th, with the option to sign up for updates.
How do we know this is about the Droid Turbo? The floating object pictured above perfectly resembles the back of the Droid Turbo we've already seen, with the unique camera/flash configuration and matching back contour. For those excited by the Turbo's rumored 5.2" display, 21MP camera, and wireless charging, it appears official details are just a couple of weeks away. Read More
Last month, HTC announced a smartphone trade-up program, offering potential customers the chance to trade in their old cell phone for a $100 prepaid VISA card or the value of the phone (whichever is greater) after buying a new HTC One. The decision was a good one, especially for a phone that – while technically great – is badly in need of some effective marketing.
The deal was set to expire March 31st, but HTC has decided to extend the offer all the way up to April 26th. Here's what HTC had to say in our correspondence:
HTC is thrilled with the positive response we have received to our $100 trade-up offer, and as such we are extending the offer for customers who purchase The new HTC One by 4/26 and trade in their old device by 5/31.
When Samsung announced the Galaxy Note II yesterday, they made no mention of regional or carrier availability. While we here in the States can speculate which carriers will get this next-gen phablet, it really is just a crapshoot right now.
For those who want to keep up with the latest on the Note II in the US, though, Samsung has opened up a sign up page. In theory, this will keep users privy to the Note's US availability and carrier launch information. Hit the link below to sign up.
Galaxy Note II Signup Page
In a tweet earlier today, Instagram linked to a new signup page which promises to put interested Android users at the front of the line when the popular photo app becomes available (which should be relatively soon).
The page asks users only to enter a valid email address, and spits out a promising "Thanks for signing up! We'll be in touch soon!" message in return.
There's still no official word on just when Android users can get their hands on Instagram, but those interested should head over to the new signup page and keep a close eye on their inboxes. Read More
Despite recent stumbles, Netflix has successfully managed to become the de facto video streaming service in the US, Canada, and Latin America and now it has set its sights on Europe by launching in the United Kingdom and Ireland. This also means that the highly rated Netflix Android app is now available to Android device owners in those same countries.
Netflix has recently also negotiated a number of deals with various broadcasters and film studios, including Miramax, BBC, Lionsgate, MGM, Sony, Disney, Paramount, Channel 4, and ITV. These contracts will include the rights to stream shows like Doctor Who, Top Gear, Little Britain, Torchwood, Miss Marple, and Fawlty Towers. Read More