The Motorola Nexus 6 sports the brilliant Ambient Display feature, which allows you to take a peek at ongoing notifications without unlocking the phone. However, a clever XDA Developers member found out that the phone sports another method of letting you know of a pending notification – a hidden LED light.
The LED light is situated right below the speaker grille on top. It requires root privileges to activate and currently it shows only red, green and blue colors. Members of the community are trying various ways to make the notification light display a combination of colors, too. Read more »
After repeatedly bashing the MacBook Air in its Surface 3 commercials, Microsoft released yet another ad that takes a swing at Apple. The holiday themed video puts Nokia Lumia 830 side by side with Apple iPhone 6 Plus in a battle of virtual assistants.
The clip consists of showcasing Cortana’s unique features via rhetorical questions towards Siri. Read more »
The Alcatel OneTouch Flash smartphone was officially announced in Thailand back in September, and now it’s made its way to India as well. In fact, the handset is already up for pre-order at Flipkart, the subcontinent’s biggest online retailer.
The OneTouch Flash is being offered in both grey and white, the pricing being the same in both cases – INR 9,999 (that means approximately $161 or €130 at the current exchange rates). Read more »
Sony loves to brag about the cameras on board its mighty Xperia flagships. The latest flattery comes by means of an infographic focused on the Sony Xperia Z3 and Sony Xperia Z3 Compact cameras.
The infographic is easy to swallow as it doesn’t get boringly technical (ha, like there’s such a thing) and keeps things easy to understand and neatly visualized. For instance did you know the Xperia Z3 duo can go as high as 12,800 ISO? If you’re read our reviews then you probably did, but still. Read more »
With the holiday shopping season set to kick into high gear, Sony decided to sweeten up the Z3 family of Android devices even further. Going forward the company will bundle three free movies with Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, and Z3 Tablet Compact.
The trio of free movies will include “Ghostbusters,” “Captain Phillips,” and “The Amazing Spider Man 2.” Read more »
Flash storage for mobile devices is typically described by just its capacity, but if you’ve looked at a computer SSD you may have noticed initialisms like MLC and TLC. TLC is cheaper per gigabyte since it stores three bits per cell compared to the two of MLC, so Apple used TLC storage for some 64GB and 128GB iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units.
And it’s been nothing but headaches. First the controller in the TLC storage went haywire causing crashes, boot loops and slow speeds, now benchmarks have surfaced showing that MLC easily outperforms TLC. Read more »
The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is largely based on the Note 4, save for the unique curved screen. This reduced the internal volume, which in turn made the battery smaller – 3,000mAh instead of 3,220mAh in the Galaxy Note 4.
The screen is different too as is some of the software, which have a much bigger impact on battery life than those lost 220mAh. Read more »
The Moto X 2013 Developer Edition is currently on sale ат eBay. The unlocked phone can now be yours for $230. While the offer is available worldwide, US-based customers are the ones who benefit from free shipping, making the deal even more irresistible.
The phone doesn’t work on CDMA-based carriers, so no Sprint or Verizon customers should buy it. It features 32GB of storage, but no microSD card slot and is dressed in Woven White. Read more »
The massive Nexus 6 is now officially available for preorder India. Those who want to get (both) their hands on the Nexus 5 can head over to Flipkart now and order the phone. The prices start at INR43,999 for the 32GB and INR48,999 for the 64GB models, in both blue and white.
The Nexus 6 was also recently put up on the Google Play Store for the same prices but the phones are yet to be made available for purchase over there. Somehow Flipkart managed to start the sale process even before Google, which still just shows ‘Coming Soon’ on the Play Store. Read more »
Chainfire is back and this time brings the number of rooted Lollipop-running Nexus devices to six – CF Auto Root is available with SuperSU v2.20 (which isn’t available anywhere else currently).
For Lollipop devices the latest Chainfire version includes a ZIP to patch the kernel to run CF Auto Root at boot. Read more »
With a massive 3,900mAh battery on board, Motorola Droid Turbo is the spiritual successor of the Motorola RAZR MAXX. The latter ruled our battery test rankings back in 2012, thus leaving big shoes for the newcomer to fill in.
Motorola Droid Turbo packs some of the best specs found in a smartphone today, headed by a 5.2” 1440p display. Read more »
Announced in early October, HTC Desire Eye packs a duo of 13MP cameras equipped with dual-LED flash. The AT&T exclusive (for the time being) smartphone is priced at $149.99 with a two-year contract or $549.99 outright.
When it comes to hardware, don’t let the newcomer’s mid-range family name deceive you. Read more »
Many users in India have bought the OnePlus One via unofficial means or through resellers meaning that their phones don’t have official warranty with OnePlus.
But the maker has been gracious enough to cover all those users if their phones were bought from OnePlus.net – the global variant of the device. Read more »
As the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge starts selling around the world, more and more of you will be considering owning the curved-screen phone. The company understands that most customers will have their doubts before purchasing it and addressed them in a lengthy blog post.
Samsung reveals that one of the major fears among potential customers is that the curved display will easily crack upon dropping the phone and assures that it had conducted more than 1,000 drop tests. They all were designed to simulate the different angles the phone may be dropped and the results show the phone is quite durable. A large part of the reason why is the phone’s metal frame. Read more »
Last month, Samsung finally announced the Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5, which had been leaking like crazy before that. The two new phones are decidedly mid-range in specs, but they do come with metal unibody construction. It’s taken Samsung a very long time to go this route for smartphone materials, and now it looks like it may have a problem on its hands.
A simple test conducted in Russia shows that the A3 and A5 have noticeably worse signal reception when compared to the plastic Galaxy S5. Read more »