Phandroid » Handsets Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Mon, 06 Jul 2015 20:58:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The OnePlus 2 will cost less than $450 according to CEO, doesn’t mention if that’s the base model price Mon, 06 Jul 2015 19:21:46 +0000 OnePlus 2 price under $450

When OnePlus told us a few weeks back that the OnePlus 2 would cost over $322, their statement really wasn’t much help. In some subtle way, OnePlus was telling us to expect the OnePlus 2 to be priced slightly higher than the previous year’s model which launched at $300/$350.

OnePlus loves these sorta guessing games. You may remember last year when they said their One would be priced under $500, then later clarified that it would also be under $400. Today, they’re finally giving us a better idea of what to expect when the phone launches this year, saying that it will be priced under $450. While that still leaves a pretty big window (does it mean $449.99 for the 16GB model?), we’re guessing this is another clue that the phone will more than likely launch at $350/$400 — $50 more than the original OnePlus One.

Of course, that’s just our unsubstantiated guess, with OnePlus mentioning on Google+ that they’re only interested in building the best smartphone they can, then “going from there.” We wont have to wait much longer before we can finally put an end to all the guessing games. The OnePlus 2 is set to be officially unveiled on Monday, July 27th at 7PM where the entire event will be streamed online in virtual-reality.


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New renders show what the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 could look like [VIDEO] Mon, 06 Jul 2015 17:55:36 +0000 note 5 cad drawing 1

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is in the works by Samsung — that news isn’t surprising by now — but we could have our first idea of what the phone will look like once it heads to store shelves. OnLeaks has leaked a render of the device found on his “leaky Foxxconn servers.”

It’s a CAD drawing, and its general shape tells us to expect a design similar to the Samsung Galaxy S6. That phone featured curved glass panes on the front and rear, as well as a metal frame sandwiched between. It was the biggest step in design for the Galaxy S6 line yet, and the Note sure could do with much of the same.

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The dimensions for the CAD drawing come in at 153.447 mm x 77.317 mm for width and height (which seems to be enough body to house a 5.7-inch display), while its depth is billed at 10.201mm, which includes the protruding camera element on the rear and the home button / fingerprint scanner on the front.

Of course, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 will have its own unique design quirks such as a holding bay for the S-Pen. The renders give us a good idea, but we’ll have to see a final shot of the design in all its real materialized glory to see if the Samsung Galaxy S6’s design is a good match for the bigger form factor of the Galaxy Note line.

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LG G Pro 3 specs could include iris recognition technology, Snapdragon 820 and 4GB of RAM Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13:44:31 +0000 LG Logo DSC08662

The LG G Pro 3 is being readied by the South Korean company, and it could turn out to be a bombshell of a device. New rumors suggest the device will come with some of the most insane specs we’ve seen in an LG phone (and any phone) yet.

For starters, LG is reportedly looking to use iris recognition technology that will allow you to unlock your phone with your eyes. The details are scarce, but the thought of an iris scanner phone isn’t all that hard to believe.

Samsung has reportedly been testing phone-sized prototypes of it in their research and development labs, and one Japanese company has already debuted a phone with the tech. It’s not unreasonable to suggest LG is close to debuting one themselves.

Other rumored specs for the LG G Pro 3 read as follows:

  • 6-inch 2560 x 1440 display
  • Snapdragon 820
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 20.7 megapixel camera, 8 megapixel front
  • 32GB of storage with microSD

That’d be one hell of a smartphone. There’s just one problem: the G Pro series isn’t known to make a splash in western markets. You can be sure to find it in South Korea and other Asian territories when it arrives, but its availability elsewhere might be limited to those who don’t mind importing or buying it unlocked.



Considering the LG G Pro 2 (pictured above) is still more than $500 on Amazon after all this time we’re not too optimistic that the third rendition will be any more economical. Let’s hope things are different this time around.

[via PhoneArena]

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Even the 2-year old LG G2 will reportedly receive an update to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Sat, 04 Jul 2015 01:25:07 +0000 LG G2 Verizon Wireless

It was only back towards the end of March the LG G2 saw its first update to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. Believe it or not, this was before owners of even newer flagships — like those with the LG G3 — saw the same update hit their devices. Not too shabby for an Android device nearly 2 years old (that’s, like, 60 in smartphone years). We can’t tell you how comforting it is to see OEMs supporting older devices with the current versions of Android and it seems LG still isn’t even done with the G2 quite yet.

An employee of LG software development department was reportedly able to confirm to AndroidPit that an update to Android 5.1.1 — the absolute latest version of Android available — is already in the making and will soon be headed to the LG G2. The update is said to bring more than just a bigger firmware number, with the G2 receiving many of the same software features as found on the LG G4 thanks to an updated LG UX 4.0, the company’s custom Android user interface.

These sources claim the Android 5.1 update for the LG G2 wont be ready for another 2 months, so don’t hold your breath, especially if you live in the US. Typically it takes weeks/months after an update has been pushed out in Korea/Europe before we see it here in the states. You can thank US carriers and their extensive approval process for that mess. But then again, with 5.1 rolling out relatively quickly to current flagships, it might not take as long as you’d think. We’ll keep you updated when we hear more.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus size comparison show it’s not much bigger than the regular model Fri, 03 Jul 2015 23:40:52 +0000 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus CH9H1MGXAAA7C1G

Relative newcomer @Onleaks is proving to be a valuable source of leaks in the Android world. Recently, he gave us a glimpse of a CAD render — a 3D model accessory makers use when building cases — for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. It was nothing mind blowing. It simply looked like the regular Galaxy S6 Edge only it was supposed to be, you know… bigger. But without a regular S6 Edge to compare it against, there was no way to tell just how much bigger it was.

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For those curious to see how big the S6 Edge Plus will be when it launches later this year, additional images from @Onleaks are giving us a much better idea. He managed to secure a few comparison images with the regular S6 Edge put up against an S6 Edge Plus dummy used by Chinese case makers to ensure quality fitment of their product. Apparently dimensions of the device should be around 154.45 x 75.80 x 6.85mm which suggest a 5.5-inch display and as you can see, really isn’t too much larger than the regular S6 Edge.

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This is great news for those that have been on the fence about the S6 Edge due to its mediocre battery life, but didn’t want to commit to a larger phablet sized device like the Note 5. With the Galaxy Note 5 covering the 6-inch category, Samsung should have all their bases covered when both larger sized flagship models launch later this year.


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HTC One M9 Developer Edition now receiving Android 5.1 Lollipop Fri, 03 Jul 2015 21:13:23 +0000 HTC One M9 custom nav bar DSC08928

After the Sprint version of the HTC One M9 began receiving Android 5.1 back on July 1st, now the unlocked Developer Edition is following suit. The HTC One M9 Developer Edition is a special variant that comes with an already unlocked bootloader for flashing custom ROMs are tinkering around with. It’s odd because typically HTC’s unlocked and Developer Edition models are the first ones to see software updates ahead of carrier models, especially those in the US.

In either case the update brings a host of small changes added to the core Android OS, along with improvements to HTC’s custom Sense 7.0 UI. We covered some of those here — like the ability to change the color temperature of the M9’s display — along with a few others. According to HTC’s changelog shown during the update prompt, users can expect the following:

  • Android Lollipop 5.1
  • Data performance improvements
  • Call drop improvements
  • Battery life enhancements
  • Temperature management optimization
  • Camera enhancements

The update weighs in at about 795MB in size, so it’s pretty hefty. After you’re done updating, you will be running software build 2.8.617.4. Don’t forget to snap a few pics and compare some of the before and afters. We hear the camera received another significant bump in quality. We still don’t know when the rest of the US carrier models will start seeing the update, but with the Sprint model already receiving it earlier this week, it can’t be too much longer. Happy updating!

[XDA | via Twitter]

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LG G Stylo and LG Leon now receiving Android 5.1.1 update on T-Mobile Fri, 03 Jul 2015 19:31:26 +0000 LG G Stylo Leon Android 511 update

After they were made official back during Mobile World Congress, the LG G Stylo and LG Leon both launched on T-Mobile only a few months later. Offering a fair mix of mid-range to entry level specs, the handsets came out of the box running Android 5.0 Lollipop. It wasn’t bad, especially given the amount of devices only recently receiving Lollipop. Being that these weren’t flagship devices, we didn’t think LG would make these devices a very high priority when it came to pushing out Android updates. Looks like we were wrong.

In what can only be described as a refreshing turn of events, it seems both devices are now receiving updates to Android 5.1.1 — the absolute latest version of Android currently available. In fact, it’s a more current version of Android than even the LG G4 is running, which will reportedly stay on 5.1 until Android M rolls around (we don’t think that extra .0.1 would amount to much anyway).

Android 5.1 brings a few new additions to the core Android OS with T-Mobile saying owners should expect a boost in battery life, especially when using WiFi Calling. They also mention that the updates are available right now, but only over WiFi. So, if you want to get the jump on the update, hop into your Settings app and pull it right now.

T-Mobile: LG G Stylo | LG Leon

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New leak gives us a look at upcoming BlackBerry smartphone running Android [UPDATE] Fri, 03 Jul 2015 05:39:08 +0000 BlackBerry Venice

After tweeting earlier today that an Android-powered BlackBerry device was headed to AT&T later this year, @Evleaks decided to release a new product render of a BlackBerry device clearly running Android. It’s still unclear if this is the BlackBerry Venice that he had tipped earlier — which @Evleaks mentioned would be a QWERTY slider —  or something entirely different.

You’ll notice this phone is super wide, not too unlike the BlackBerry Passport which launched back in September of last year. In fact, it’s identical, save for the Lollipop-style navigation buttons and keyboard select. As odd as the aspect ratio was on that device, reviews were still fairly positive. Whether Android users will take to it, remains to be seen.

UPDATE: @Evleaks posted another update to his Twitter, calling that previous render little more than the BlackBerry Passport with Android slapped on it. He later posted another photo, this time of the actual BlackBerry Venice slider that the company showed off back during MWC, but this time running Android. Pretty, isn’t it?


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Android-powered BlackBerry Venice with a slide-out keyboard reportedly headed to AT&T Thu, 02 Jul 2015 21:22:20 +0000 The-BlackBerry-Venice-could-be-available-this-November-with-Android-or-BB10-aboard

Early render of the BlackBerry Venice before it was running Android

Reports from earlier this month that BlackBerry would soon launch a full fledged Android-powered smartphone are looking up. Ex-tipster who still occasionally tips/confirms new devices @Evleaks tweeted earlier today that a device called the BlackBerry Venice is headed to AT&T later this year. He specifically mentioned that this device would be powered by Android and that — here’s the best part — it will feature a slide-out physical keyboard for QWERTY fans.

Yeah, it’s been a long time since we’ve seen a QWERTY slider on Android and if this device is a BlackBerry flagship, could offer some nice hardware. Of course, nothing outside of its name is confirmed at this point, so we’ll have to wait until we hear more. What say ye? Would you guys consider a BlackBerry slider providing it had full access to Google Play services? I’m getting moist just thinking about it.


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New LG G4 promo offers free leather back and bonus battery with cradle for a limited time Thu, 02 Jul 2015 01:43:26 +0000 LG G4 promo July

If you were bummed that you missed out on LG’s initial LG G4 promo back when the phone first launched — which officially expired toward the end of June — you could have a second chance. LG is now offering up a new deal for the month of July to anyone still on the fence about picking up a G4 and it’s not too unlike their previous deal.

In fact, it’s almost identical. The only difference is they’ve swapped out that free 32GB SD card for your choice of leather battery cover (available in yellow, pink, blue, orange, and red). Making a return is the free 3,000mAh spare battery and charging cradle to keep you juiced up on-the-go.

To get in on the deal, you’ll need to purchase an LG G4 before July 31st and submit your receipt before August 15th. That should be more than enough time. For anyone else that recently bought an LG G4 between June 21st and July 1st, it appears you’re out of luck. Oh, and for the record, this is US-only.


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Leaked Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus cases confirm upcoming design Thu, 02 Jul 2015 00:31:11 +0000 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus

Samsung is gearing up to launch XL versions of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Better known as the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, it’s now being rumored that the Edge version could go by the name Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ (Plus) according to a recent trademark filing. We know, it’s a tad confusing and if there was any doubt that these devices would essentially look like bigger versions of the regular S6/Edge, freshly leaked case photos — and even a CAD render — are giving us a look at that now familiar S6 design.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 S6 Edge Plus

Both cases look almost identical to the regular-sized S6 and S6 Edge, only you’ll notice small cutouts on the Note 5 case (bottom 2 images) for the included S Pen. The images come from MobileDirect, a Romanian accessory maker who’s accurately leaked devices in the past.

Right now, rumors point to the Galaxy Note 5 as coming equipped with a 5.98-inch 4K Quad HD display, Exynos 7422 processor, USB Type-C port, and a beefy 4,100mAh battery. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ will be much smaller with a 5.5-inch screen, Snapdragon 808 processor, and 16MP rear/5MP front facing cameras. We’re still not sure when Samsung plans on making the devices official, but if history has taught us anything, we expect both of them to be revealed during IFA in September.

[USPTO | @OnLeaks | PhoneArena]

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge now receiving Android 5.0.1 Lollipop on Verizon Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:59:07 +0000 note-edge-ruler

Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is the latest device to receive Lollipop in a recent string of software updates hitting multiple devices across various US carriers this week. The phone now officially joins other flagships in the Lollipop winner’s circle, although it’s not quite Android 5.1 (the latest version currently available).

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Verizon Lollipop update

Either way, Note Edge owners should be excited. Lollipop is a pretty big upgrade from KitKat and brings a variety of enhancements, all of which Verizon is detailing on their software updates page here. The update actually comes in 2 parts and after all is said and done, will bring the Android version up to 5.0.1 and software build number up to LRX22C.N915VVRU2BOF2. Good luck!

Thanks, Jaime!

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Motorola DROID Turbo is now getting Android 5.1 Lollipop Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:52:41 +0000 droid-turbo-angle

It’s out, folks: the Motorola DROID Turbo’s Lollipop is now widely available for all to download after a brief soak test. The DROID Turbo was infamously held as one of the last devices in Motorola’s 2014 lineup to see Lollipop, and it didn’t help matters that there were units spotted with the goods in the wild a long time ago.

There aren’t many surprises by now: this is Lollipop (Android 5.1, to be specific), and it brings you up to the most contemporary version of Android available. That brings a whole new slew of features over the previous KitKat firmware, including a new Material Design user interface, lock screen notifications and more.

You’re looking for version 23.11.38.en.US, so get on WiFi, charge up and try to pull it down over the air if you’ve been waiting on this.

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Official: Meizu MX5 unveiled with MediaTek’s Helio X10 Turbo chipset Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:58:17 +0000 meizu mx5 hero

Meizu has officially announced their latest handset. It’s the Meizu MX5, and it’s got a lot of reasons to make us take notice. The biggest will be its use of MediaTek’s latest Helio X10 chipset.

Specifically, it uses the X10 Turbo, which pairs 8 Cortex-A53 cores at 2.2GHz with a PowerVR G6200 GPU. That’s a whole lot of horsepower, and it’s said that it can stand toe-to-toe with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 and Samsung’s Exynos 7420. It also has 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM.

Other specs include a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a 20 megapixel rear camera with dual-tone flash and laser autofocus, 5 megapixel front camera, mTouch 2.0 fingerprint scanner (which boasts improved speed, accuracy and security), Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, dual-band WiFi AC and more.

As for its build, you can expect a nice 100% metal unibody design that’s just 7.6mm thin. All of it will be used to run Flyme 4.5, which is Meizu’s custom user experience sitting on top of Android Lollipop.

So when and where can you get it? Unfortunately that information is still under lock and key, though we aren’t expecting a full worldwide launch like some of the options from Samsung and HTC (nor are we expecting it to cost as much as those guys’ wares).

[via Meizu]

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Deal: buy a Verizon HTC One M9 and get $100 in Google Play credit Wed, 01 Jul 2015 14:32:57 +0000 HTC One M9 custom nav bar DSC08928

HTC is putting on a pretty awesome deal for those who decide to grab the HTC One M9 through Verizon. You can be hooked up with a $100 Google Play credit in order to take in all the best entertainment Google Play has to offer.

Google Play credit is good for any digital goods you can find in Google’s vast marketplace, including games, apps, movies, books, TV shows and music. You won’t be able to use the credit for buying devices such as the Nexus 6 or Nest Camera, though, so don’t get too excited if that was your first thought.

Now, about that fine print (don’t worry, it’s all reasonable):

  • The offer is good for devices purchased between July 1st, 2015 and August 31st, 2015, giving you a two-month window to buy one.
  • You have to submit proof of purchase information right here.
  • Once you get the code to add the credit to your Google Play account, the code must be redeemed by September 30th, 2015.
  • Once the credit has been added, you must use it before September 30th, 2016.

Oh, and don’t forget that all comes with the other benefits of buying an HTC One M9, including Uh-Oh one-time free phone replacement for accidental damage. You can head to Verizon and buy one right here once you’ve taken another look at our HTC One M9 review and decided you want one, or stop into your local store if you want your hands on it as soon as possible.

[via HTC]

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