Phandroid » Handsets Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Wed, 06 May 2015 19:06:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sony empowers selfie lovers with the new Sony Xperia C4 Wed, 06 May 2015 17:06:07 +0000 Xperia_C4_colour_range

Sony has a new smartphone on the way for folks who think the selfie is too important to leave up to a subpar front-facing camera. It’s the Xperia C4, and the star of the show is a 5 megapixel 25mm wide-angle front sensor with its own dedicated flash. The rear camera also isn’t shabby for its standards at 13 megapixels.

Most of the value will come from Sony’s camera app which will include a number of unique shooting modes. Style Portraits, for instance, let you give your photos a sense of style based on some theme, such as vampires or mystery. There’s also AR Mask, a feature that allows you to take a selfie with someone else’s face in in the frame instead of your own. Not sure why someone would want to obscure their own face with a photo of someone else’s, but there you go.


Other specs for the Sony Xperia C4 include a 5.5-inch 1080p display, an octa-core 64-bit 1.7GHz MediaTek MTK6752 chipset, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage with microSD expansion and a 2,600mAh battery. For software you can expect Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, though not without Sony’s custom user interface sitting on top.

Pricing and exact availability have yet to be determined, though Sony did reveal that the device would be available in both single and dual SIM variants for a June 2015 launch.

[via Sony]

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Latest Oppo R7 details reveal full metal unibody design Wed, 06 May 2015 15:31:27 +0000 oppo r7 curves

We knew the Oppo R7 would have a fair bit of metal in its skeletal makeup, but new details reveal that this thing is metallic all around. The Oppo R7 will have a metal unibody design, according to recent information that has come to light. Oppo will tout the fact that the device has been put through a whopping 48 finishing processes to make for a nice metallic look and feel.

The device will also still have some slight curvature to it, we’re told. It’ll improve looks, naturally, but should also make it a lot more comfortable to hold in the hand. Oppo isn’t the first company to accomplish this, but we’re appreciative of it nevertheless.

Other known specs and features of the Oppo R7 are a 4.7-inch 1080p display, 20.7-megapixel rear camera, Octa-core MediaTek processor, 2000mAh battery with VOOC fast charging, “2.5D” curved glass and that it’ll be just 4.85mm thin. All is scheduled to be told at some point later this month.

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Xiaomi Mi Note Pro launches May 12th with 4GB of RAM, 5.7-inch Quad HD display and Snapdragon 810 Wed, 06 May 2015 14:02:05 +0000 xiaomi mi note pro 2

Xiaomi today officially unveiled that their Mi Note Pro, a 5.7-inch Quad HD device with a line of specs that will make any participant of the mobile arms race sweat, will launch May 12th. Here’s the spec sheet being touted in case you needed a refrsher of what’s inside:

  • 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor
  • 64GB eMMC 5.0 flash storage
  • 5.7″ 2K (2560 x 1440) display from Sharp/JDI (515 PPI)
  • Sunlight Display technology for unparalleled outdoor visibility
  • 13MP camera with optical image stabilization (OIS)
  • 4G Dual SIM
  • Supports LTE CAT 9 for up to 450Mbps download speeds
  • Hardware-optimized Hi-Fi audio for incredible sound quality
  • High-capacity 3090mAh battery, supports Quick Charge 2.0 (charges up to 70% in 1 hour)
  • Incredible craftsmanship with an aluminum frame and curved 2.5D and 3D glass on the front and back

All of that is coming in at an incredible price point of RMB2999 (about US$483).

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That’s a lot of bang for that amount of buck so it certainly has our attention. Unfortunately it does appear you’ll have to import this thing as Xiaomi has only announced plans to make the Mi Note Pro available online in their home base of China starting May 12th.

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Motorola readies Android 5.1 for Moto X 1st and 2nd Gen, Moto E 2nd Gen – changelog now available Tue, 05 May 2015 23:17:44 +0000 Motorola Moto X Boot animation DSC00738

Around the Phandroid offices, we like to refer to Android 5.1 as the real Lollipop update, patching up bugs and improving UI weirdness. It’s the update Android 5.0 should have been. For Motorola fans, it’s been a sort of roller coaster with the company quick to push out updates to some devices (Moto X 2014), while leaving others out in the cold (Moto X 2013).

It seems the manufacturer is finally ready to unleash a world of Lollipop lovin’ to both versions of the Moto X, with new Android 5.1 release notes posted onto their support site. Even the Moto E (2nd Gen) is tagging along, with 5.1 notes for that device showing up as well. The changelog lists all sorts of changes and improvements, with new security features, performance enhancements, and of course, a healthy helping of bug fixes that were introduced in 5.1. The full list can be found below.

Notifications & Interruptions

  • Block interruptions until your next alarm. This choice will show only when you have an alarm set within the next 12 hours. It will prevent you from missing an alarm when you choose ‘No interruptions’.
  • You can choose to enter a scheduled downtime early. For example, if you are going to bed early and change your notification settings, you can choose “Until your downtime ends”. This option will be visible when within 4 hours of the scheduled start of your downtime.
  • Adds icons to the volume settings panel that match those that will show in the status bar (None, Priority).
  • You can now alter notification volume controls while media is playing. With the volume controls showing, a tap on the bell icon will bring up notification volume controls.

Heads-up Notifications – In addition to dismissing a heads-up notification, you can now swipe it up to remove it from your screen. It will remain in your notifications tray and you can dismiss it later.

Quick Settings – You can quickly select different Wi-Fi access points or different paired Bluetooth devices with a new pull-down menu on each tile. Conditional settings tiles that only show if you use the feature – like “Invert Colors” or “Hotspot” – can now be hidden via a long-press on the tile.

Camera – Reduces noise in low-light shots and improves responsiveness of the viewfinder with the front-facing camera (selfie).

Device Protection – Lost or stolen devices will remain locked until you sign in with your Google account, even if reset to factory settings. Note that you must have a Google account on the device to automatically enable this feature and set a PIN, password or pattern screen lock.

Performance – Improvements in the Android Runtime (ART) lead to faster application launch times.

Lockscreen – If you have enabled Ambient Display, the minimum swipe distance has increased to reduce accidental interactions.
Bug Fixes

Issues fixed in this release include:

  • Clock in the status bar isn’t updating and alarms are not going off
  • Can’t delete SMS messages when the SIM card is full
  • No ringer audio while making an outgoing call
  • Calculator floating point calculations
  • Chrome crashes on launch
  • Frequent restarts while watching Netflix
  • Wi-Fi will not automatically reconnect to your home Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi not connecting after being idle all night
  • Wi-Fi connection issues with multiple routers in one location
  • Bluetooth discovery is not triggered when you refresh settings
  • CPU wakelocks that contribute to heavier battery drain
  • Connection and synchronization issues with MS Exchange servers
  • Incorrect default APN
  • Can’t unlock the SIM with a PIN/PUK code
  • Can’t play ‘pinned’ content
  • General stability improvements

At the time of writing we have release notes for the original Motorola Moto X, Motorola Moto X 2014 (Pure Edition and AT&T models), and the Motorola Moto E 2015. It doesn’t seem the rollout has started quite yet, but you can rest assured it’s just around the corner. Anyone excited?

[Motorola 1, 2, 3, 4]

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Motorola now offering Moto X (2nd Gen) 32GB for $350, 64GB for $375 [DEALS] Tue, 05 May 2015 18:48:22 +0000 Motorola Moto X sale

It’s that time. Yesterday we told you guys about special 1-day promo Motorola was throwing for the Moto X (2nd Gen) and right now you can grab one for up to $225 off. The deal is live on their site and all you have to do is custom build your own to enjoy the discount.

They’re even knocking $25 off an upgrade to the 64GB Moto X (2nd Gen) which can be had for only $375 (Pure Edition and Net10 versions only). If that’s a little too steep, there’s always the 32GB version for $350. Again, that’s not a bad deal for a pocketable — yet fully capable — 5-inch phone. Especially considering the Nexus 5 has already been discontinued.

The deal ends tomorrow, May 6th at 10:59AM (CT) so you still have a little bit of time to mull it over. Hit up the link below to start personalizing your own custom Moto X.

Build yours: Motorola Moto X

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Report: Samsung working on a big camera update for Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Tue, 05 May 2015 18:30:55 +0000 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Camera DSC09314

We touched on how good Samsung’s latest camera goods are in our Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge review, but the company apparently feels they could do more. SamMobile has it on good authority that Samsung is prepping a swath of new camera features that will come as part of the widespread Android 5.1.1 update that accidentally reached some T-Mobile handsets.

While we’re not exactly sure what to expect from the update at this moment, it’s not at all out of the ordinary to suggest Samsung will look to introduce advanced options such as the ability to shoot photos in RAW, adjust shutter speed and other changes that are possible thanks to the latest camera APIs by Google.

We’ve seen those types of features in the HTC One M9 (after an update) and will be part of the LG G4 at launch, so Samsung surely won’t allow their flagship phones to be left out of the fun. There could be more on tap, such as new shooting modes and plugins, but we’ll have to wait until the upgrade is ready before we figure out what, exactly, the company has in store.

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You can now sign up to trial the LG G4 ahead of its US launch Tue, 05 May 2015 16:02:00 +0000 lg g4 trial program

LG’s cool trial program for the LG G4 is headed to the United States, and folks interested in trying it out can now apply to be among the first testers. This trial program will net you a loaner of the phone weeks ahead of its retail launch.

Not only will you have the latest and greatest before everyone else, but you’ll be helping to test LG’s software and give feedback in order to ensure the wide scale launch goes down smoothly.

Want to sign up? Simply head right here and fill in all the details LG’s asking for. Note that signing up doesn’t guarantee you a spot as they’re obviously extremely limited, but your name will definitely be in the hat and if you’re lucky you’ll soon have an LG G4 to tote around while the rest of the world waits. Who’s in?

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This helpful video shows you how to waterproof a Samsung Galaxy S6… if you’re clinically insane Tue, 05 May 2015 12:23:43 +0000 waterproof samsung galaxy s6

One of the biggest knocks on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge was that Samsung sacrificed function for form. One of those sacrifices was a waterproof design — turns out beauty comes at the cost of vulnerability.

But did you know it’s possible to make the Samsung Galaxy S6 waterproof? The folks at PeripateticPandas proves it in their instructional step-by-step guide. Here’s a quick summary of the steps involved:

  • Buy a bottle of clear silicone
  • Place your Samsung Galaxy S6 in a Petri dish
  • Watch the video and laugh, because none of this is practical

Bottom line: it isn’t possible unless you’re insane and don’t mind your device to be completely covered in hardened silicone for all its life. If nothing else, it’s a quick 3 minute laugh that will make you appreciate the sort of humor it takes to make light of an otherwise disappointing situation. Check it out in the video above.

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Grab a Moto X (2nd Gen) for $225 off tomorrow only [DEALS] Tue, 05 May 2015 00:14:50 +0000 Moto X 2014 DSC07126

The Moto X (2nd Gen) is fast approaching its 1 year birthday and with that, Motorola has begun teasing another big sale on the device. Starting tomorrow (and tomorrow only), you can pick up a brand new Motorola Moto X for up to $225 off its regular price.

That means the 32GB model can be had for $350 and if you need something with a bit more internal storage, Motorola says they’ll the 64GB model will run $375. Not a bad deal if you’ve been looking to upgrade outside of carrier contracts and the $800 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge isn’t a viable option for you.

The Moto X is still one of our favorite Android devices out and what it doesn’t have in specs, it makes up for it in style. Let’s not forget it’s still easily one of the fastest Android devices available. The deal starts tomorrow, May 5th at 11AM CT and ends at 11AM CT, May 6th.


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Samsung confirms a special ‘Iron Man’ edition Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge is in the works Mon, 04 May 2015 19:09:35 +0000 Iron Man edition Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

This is a fan created concept render and not the actual product

Outside of a handful of Avenger style themes available in their Galaxy S6 Theme Store (and a brief Galaxy S6 cameo in the new Age of Ultron movie), Samsung hasn’t really done much with their Marvel partnership. But according to the South Korean press, Samsung could soon leverage it in new ways.

According to South Korean press, Samsung mobile marketing chief Lee Young-hee confirmed during a movie screening that they will be putting together an Iron Man edition Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge to tie-in with the movie’s release. It’s still too early to know exactly what they have in mind, but they did mention the color “red” will play a major part in the design. We can only hope they look as flashy as those fan-created renders someone put together a few weeks back.

The phone is due out sometime in June, so it’s still a ways out. Kinda odd that they waited until after the movie has been out for several weeks before jumping on this, but at least something is coming. For any comic-book nerds out there, you might wanna hold off on picking up a Galaxy S6 in the meantime. Don’t worry, the phone isn’t going anywhere.

[Korea Times]

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Samsung Galaxy S6’s Fast Charge vs a skydiver: Who’s faster? [VIDEO] Mon, 04 May 2015 18:59:39 +0000 galaxy s6 vs jetman

Samsung’s latest promo video for the Samsung Galaxy S6 once again showcases the device’s fast charging feature, but they put a nice little spin on this one. They wanted to find out which was faster: the Samsung Galaxy S6 getting 4 hours of battery life or professional skydiver Yves “Jetman” Rossy making a 40 kilometer dive (about 24 miles).

The answer: fast charge, of course. Jetman still made impressive speed in getting to the ground, but it wasn’t quite enough to beat the Samsung Galaxy S6 to the battery capacity that helps get you 4 hours of talk time (around 20-22% last we’ve checked).

Keep this suff in mind the next time you have some awesome daredevil stunt to perform and your phone is dead and you somehow have the ability to charge it while you’re off getting your Evil Knievel on. You can check out the full race from star to finish from multiple angles right here, or take a look at the quick 2 minute recap above.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge customers on T-Mobile get Android 5.0 Lollipop Mon, 04 May 2015 18:23:32 +0000 note-edge-hero

T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is now receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop! It’s 5.0.2, to be specific, and it’ll come in at a whopping 1.1GB. That means you’ll definitely want to jump to a stable WiFi connection and have your phone on the charger before taking it down.

You’ll be looking for software version N915TUVU1COD7, and it can be had over-the-air by heading to Settings > About Device > Software update. Alternatively you can also grab it from Samsung Kies and apply it using a PC or Mac. Be sure to go that route if the OTA is giving you issues, and let us know how it’s treating you once you have it loaded up!

[via T-Mobile]

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Yu’s next phone is called Yuphoria, and it’s coming May 12th with Cyanogen OS Mon, 04 May 2015 12:54:12 +0000 yuphoria promo

Yu’s first smartphone — the Yureka — wasn’t all that special aside from the fact that it ran Cyanogen OS. It was still a decent option for budget-minded folks, though, and now the company is set to follow-up with a sequel.

They have announced a May 12th date for the revelation of their next smartphone, which the promo image suggests will be called “Yuphoria”. The company is sure to use Cyanogen OS for software, though that’s as much as we know about it at this time.

Even if we don’t know what to expect we can always talk about what we want. What we don’t want? A copy/paste job based on a smartphone that already exists. We’re hoping for something unique that’ll turn heads even if its specs are unlikely to top any charts. We’ll be digging for more details, but May 12th isn’t even a fortnight away so we’ll know more soon enough.

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Samsung might fix Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge’s aggressive RAM management in future update Fri, 01 May 2015 21:27:11 +0000 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge DSC09263

When it comes to Android devices, let’s be clear: RAM is meant to be used. What’s the point of having 3GB of DDR4 RAM if your phone keeps closing out apps the moment you leave them to do something else on the device? That’s the issue some people are reporting with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Whether it’s buggy Lollipop code, or just Samsung’s new and “improved” TouchWiz user interface, it’s obvious something is up. You’ll find numerous reports of around various forums online, with a popular thread on XDA talking about the issue here.

In case you need a little more proof, PhoneBuff recently put together a Galaxy S6 vs One M9 speed test video where he timed himself opening a variety of the same apps across both devices. While the Galaxy S6 was definitely quicker at opening these apps, it was during the “second lap” that the HTC One M9 came out ahead thanks to the phone keeping these previous apps open in the background. The Samsung Galaxy S6 had to reload each and every app it once had open only moments before, costing it the win in the end. Check out that video below.

It’s obvious something is up, but whether this was an intentional move by Samsung or yet another software bug, it appears they could be working on a fix. A Samsung rep seemingly acknowledged the bug on their UK Facebook page, telling one user that “micro-updates” to address issues relating to performance and stability are already scheduled to rollout and to keep an eye out.

A specific time frame wasn’t given, or even confirmation that the RAM problem is, in fact, being addressed (it was just a Samsung social media manager after all), so we’ll just have to wait and see. It’s possible some of these issues could be patched up in the Android 5.1 update one lucky Edge user received a few days ago, but there’s no way to know for sure.

Software and hardware bugs are a common occurrence amongst early adopters. We’ve seen more than a few comments from Android fans who typically like to wait a few months after a smartphone’s launch before diving in, giving hardware manufacturers all the time they need to address bugs and other unforeseen issues. We’ll let you know if we hear anything else.


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Samsung shows us how the beautiful Galaxy S6 Edge is made [VIDEO] Fri, 01 May 2015 19:52:01 +0000 Samsung Galaxy S6 design story

Although we haven’t been the biggest Samsung supporters in years past, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge officially won us over. We talked about the new design in length in both our initial Galaxy S6 review and followup S6 Edge review. Long story short, the phones look and feel great (although the Edge can be a bit awkward to hold).

Today, Samsung is showing us all the care that went into designing the Galaxy S6 Edge and how they “mastered impossible materials” to make the gorgeous device you see before you. It’s an ad, make no mistake. The video doesn’t really take us behind the scenes, or show the people who help build their curvy new smartphone. Instead, we see Samsung heating up and bending the Gorilla Glass 4 that goes onto units, forging its metal frame in the fiery furnaces of Mordor Foxconn, and cutting chamfered edges with diamonds.

It’s sad that its more practical and lower priced sibling — the regular Galaxy S6 — doesn’t get the same video treatment. Guess that one is a little more boring. In any case, you can check out Samsung’s latest Galaxy S6 Edge video down below.

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