Phandroid » Humor Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Sat, 01 Aug 2015 05:49:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tom Brady replaces Android with iPhone, gets suspended 4 games Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:10:46 +0000 What happens when the NFL’s most accomplished quarterback — the New England Patriots’ Tom Brady — replaces his Samsung phone with an iPhone 6? He gets suspended for 4 games.


Brady’s phone was a primary subject of a shaky controversy and investigation, if you haven’t heard. The New England Patriots were caught using footballs under the required minimum inflation level during their AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts, prompting a scandal dubbed DeflateGate. Footballs with lower psi pressure would make them easier to grip and throw, something that could give a team a big edge, especially in cold weather conditions.

The Patriots went on to win the Superbowl. Tom Brady’s role in all this? He was accused of being involved in the purposeful alteration of the equipment, and supposedly, his phone had the damning evidence.

The league must have felt similarly, upholding the 4 game suspension, to which Brady himself responded on Facebook:

I also disagree with yesterdays narrative surrounding my cellphone. I replaced my broken Samsung phone with a new iPhone 6 AFTER my attorneys made it clear to the NFL that my actual phone device would not be subjected to investigation under ANY circumstances. As a member of a union, I was under no obligation to set a new precedent going forward, nor was I made aware at any time during Mr. Wells investigation, that failing to subject my cell phone to investigation would result in ANY discipline.

The lesson learned in all this? It really doesn’t look good when your smartphone breaks during the course of an investigation where your smartphone is going to be a major source of evidence. It also doesn’t look good when your corporate sponsor markets a product called “FlexBall” during an investigation about, well, you get the idea…

DeflateGate Flexball

Maybe, had Brady upgraded his Samsung phone to one of the Best Android Phones, he wouldn’t have this problem. Or at least not be facing this scrutiny.

It seems crazy that Tom Brady switched from Android to iPhone when we all know he’ll do anything for an Edge.

I bet he originally bought the iPhone 6 Plus but secretly swapped it for an iPhone 6 so he could hold it better.

Leave us your favorite Tom Brady iPhone one-liners in the comments, and let us know what you think about his suspension by dropping a vote in the poll below.

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Dreadlocks, Afro, Beehive: LG continues their crazy trademark streak Mon, 13 Jul 2015 13:38:23 +0000 dreadlocks-beehive-afro

We’ve seen a lot of crazy LG trademarks spill out of the USPTO, but LG’s latest onslaught might just be the weirdest yet.  The company has filed for a trio of trademarks related to hairstyles. Yes, hairstyles.

lg beehive trademark

lg dreadlockstrademark

lg afro trademark

We have the LG Afro, the LG Dreadlocks and the LG Beehive. The first two are self-explanatory to most, while beehive, if you don’t know, is a popular upright hairstyle that was popular back in the golden days of the 1960s. Think Marge from The Simpsons, only not so blue (unless you’re into that sort of thing).

Phones with hair protruding from the top immediately come to mind…

lg fro phone

…but even LG isn’t crazy enough to do something like that. Maybe. We’d just as soon guess that they’ll celebrate the hairstyles by featuring them on a special backplate or case, or with pre-installed wallpapers.

As with any trademark filing, LG’s category for goods and services encompasses nearly all things smart technology, including smartphones, computers, televisions, wearables, set-top boxes and more. That doesn’t give us a clear idea of what these names will be used for.

Then again, they may not be used for anything at all. We certainly wouldn’t be surprised if the marketing suit who thought of these names saw fit to tuck them under a dirty rug, but considering LG had the gall to release these things we won’t rule anything out.

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Some doofus rushed the stage of a Broadway play to charge his phone using the set’s fake electrical outlet Tue, 07 Jul 2015 19:40:03 +0000 Hand to God set

There’s probably no greater feeling of desperation than watching your phone dip below 10% battery. Like other life threatening events, you’re never really quite sure how you’ll react until it happens to you. In fact, some people will do just about anything to keep their phones juice up for just a little while longer — even if that means getting kicked out of a theater.

Take this man in New York who, while watching the Broadway show “Hand to God,” thought he would be able to sneak onto the stage unnoticed and plug his phone into the set’s electrical outlet. The fake outlet. On the set. Of course, being that this was just a set and not real life, the outlet didn’t actually work. Guess he didn’t think about that part when all he could think about was getting his smartphone fix. The incident was reported by several cast and audience members who were left speechless after witnessing the tomfoolery first hand. After eventually receiving his cellphone back from an usher, the man reportedly asked if there was anywhere else he could charge his phone. Wow.

While the jury is still out on the exact smartphone he was using — Android? iPhone? — I think we can all agree that if you’re that addicted to your smartphone, you’re probably better off carrying around an inexpensive portable charger with you. That, or picking up the Motorola DROID Turbo and possibly exercising a little restraint.


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Announce your own dorkiness: SoloCam is the Selfie Stick for wannabe news anchors Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:46:23 +0000 solocam-selfie-stick

If you thought Selfie Sticks were a symbol of pop culture degredation, I’ve got bad news. We’ve reached a new low. A company from Israel has launched a new IndieGogo campaign that takes the infamous Selfie Stick and replaces the handle with a handheld microphone. But it doesn’t stop there: the SoloCam app adds a teleprompter,  green screen feature, and video effects to your creation, allowing you to announce how dumb you look to your followers in real-time.

Warning: watching this cringe-worthy video may cause your to face contort into positions so awkward, it may burn a hole in the brain’s of those around you. I can think of only two reasons that purchasing the SoloCam would be worthwhile:

  1. As a gag gift for a news anchor friend
  2. As a children’s gift for a little kid obsessed with news anchors

In the first case, it’ll likely collect dust and in the second case, you’ll be dooming your child into a dorkdom of bullying. You might as well have named them Dorkson Weebleton Bajeebles the 9th.

If you couldn’t tell, I’m not exactly a selfie stick sympathizer. I can appreciate that for the solo traveler or wilderness adventures it may be worthwhile stuffing one in your backpack. However, morphing that into a news anchor experience is an absurd and unnecessary proposition that very few people will find useful and all will find overtly amateur.

Would you take anyone seriously who used a SoloCam? Would you use one yourself? Should we shame an intern into using one for coverage on the CES show floor?

If you’re able to swallow your pride and want to buy one, head on over to the IndieGogo campaign where you can snag one for as low as $49.

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According to Google’s Smart Lock page, the Nexus 6 also runs Window Phone Wed, 03 Jun 2015 20:59:37 +0000 google android smart lock -netflix

Smart Lock was one of the more noteworthy new features that debuted in Android 5.0 Lollipop. Adopting an idea we only saw in Motorola devices prior to Lollipop, Smart Lock is simply a convenient way to keep your Android device unlocked when it’s safe, and locked when it’s not. The feature is so important, Google even created a dedicated landing page to talk all about it. What they didn’t notice, however, is one of the featured images created for the page is actually a Nexus 6 running Windows Phone. Oops.

Now, we’re not going to run with some sort of conspiracy theory that Google will introduce a dual-boot option for the Nexus 6 in the near future. This is simply a designer faux pas in which he used the wrong Netflix screen shot when putting together the image. It’s not the first time we’ve seen a slip up, with the world going nuts over a Nexus Tablet once believed to be the Nexus 8 (the image was later tweaked to reflect the Nexus 7 2013).

Nothing too big, just kind of funny that you can find Nexus 6 running Windows Phone on one of Google’s official web pages. Ha.

[Smart Lock | via Reddit]

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Project Ara has a Lion King moment at Google IO Fri, 29 May 2015 19:55:51 +0000 Project

We didn’t know what to expect from the Project Ara team at the ATAP Google IO session. Would we finally get news on a widespread launch? New modules to show off? Perhaps just a quick update on their progress?

Well, we didn’t get any of that, unfortunately. What we did get was a majestic moment of pride from one of the project leads holding the a working Project Ara prototype up like the infamous scene straight out of Lion King.


Seriously, dude, way to be proud!

That wasn’t all that was noteworthy, though. We do get our first look at hot-swappable Ara modules, though, with the team attaching a camera module to the frame of the phone while it’s powered on and having it seamlessly recognized and functional. They then proceeded to take “the world’s first Ara photo in public” with the audience.

We’re also told that Ara prototypes are now running the latest version of Android, though we’re not sure if they’re referring to Lollipop or the new Android M developer preview. Cool stuff, that, but we’re honestly yearning for any bit of word regarding when we’ll be able to hold one for ourselves. Stay tuned.

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Android M Easter egg unleashes the “Meh” ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Fri, 29 May 2015 12:03:45 +0000 We can debate what the M in Android M stands for until our blog is blue in the bot, but one thing we know for sure is that this year’s Easter egg is a whole lot of “Meh”:

If you’re not privy to the “meh face” or “meh” in general, allow us to walk you down the road of internet slangdom, courtesy of the internet’s Encyclopedia Britannica (aka Urban Dictionary):

(1) Indifference; to be used when one simply does not care.
(2) “The verbal equivalent of a shrug of the shoulders.” -quoth me
Person A: What do you want for dinner?
Person B: Meh.
You needn’t look far to see the word memed around the world (wide web).
This isn’t the craziest Easter egg we’ve seen Google hide, but crazy isn’t the purpose of Easter eggs and this particular Easter egg is practically hidden in plain view. For example, Google has previously delighted users with a Flappy Bird Easter egg for Android Lollipop and the Jelly Bean Easter egg on Android 4.1.
The real question: will we start seeing ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ all over the place?
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Watch this dumbfounded kid utterly confused by a Phonebooth Thu, 14 May 2015 17:44:47 +0000 Sometimes we take for granted just how far technology has come in recent years. Allow this bewildered child to remind you as he struggles to identify the endangered Phonebooth species in its native environment.

Makes you grin – and think for a minute – about this crazy industry we call technology, does it not? When this boy grows up to be a movie director and films the next Superman, where would he have Clark Kent change into his red undies and cape? In a Starbucks’ bathroom?

Or maybe the whole thing will come full circle…

It’s not far from reality: as Adweek Reports, “pay phones around [New York City] will soon be re-animated as WiFi kiosks”. Those kiosks will also allow free outgoing calls via touchscreen to telephone numbers inside the United States. The phonebooth lives!

Details of the agreement will have tech geeks jumping for joy, privacy buffs cringing at potential intrusions, and city government smiling at the dollars rolling in:

  • 20 times faster than the average New Yorker’s home WiFi
  • Law enforcement will have the right to certain data if deemed necessary (advertisers blocked)
  • About $50 Million in annual revenue expected over the next decade

Pretty ingenious. Let’s just hope your great grandkids aren’t using phonebooths to exit the matrix on the way to the eventual destruction of the human race by artificial intelligence.

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Today Only: $130 for the Moto 360 at Thu, 14 May 2015 14:41:38 +0000 Motorola Moto 360 womens

One of the best Android Wear smart watches currently available is on sale today at! It’s the Moto 360, and the blowout daily deals site has it for just $130, though that price tag comes with the stipulation that these are factory reconditioned units.

Still, $130 is a pretty low price if you don’t mind springing for a first generation smart watch. Unfortunately it’s no longer the new kid on the block, with options like the LG Watch Urbane taking its thunder and a sequel rumored to be on the way soon.

Regardless, it’s not a bad smart watch at all for this price and it still holds rank as a top tier wrist dweller even this far into 2015. Be sure to read our Moto 360 review if you need a closer look before plunging, but act fast since the sale only lasts through the end of the day or until stock is depleted, whichever comes first.

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Further proof that Moms are awesome #TextsFromMom Fri, 08 May 2015 18:45:04 +0000 I have the best Mom in the world. She shares something in common with other best moms in the world (we’ll call it a tie for first place): making accidental jokes that are absolutely hilarious through oh-so-cute technological faux pas. When it comes to text messaging, maybe we should rename them “faux mas” as Samsung helps illustrate in this awesome Mother’s Day themed promo.

You may notice that the phone numbers of some of these mothers are not censored or blurred out, but that’s not a mistake. Samsung is encouraging you to jot those down, dial them up, and see what each mom has to say. To make your life a little easier, I’ve compiled a list of those numbers below along with a description of their faux ma so you can call the right one.

  • 207-572-9715 (Every little detail)
  • 813-750-2964 (#HashtagDeficiency)
  • 224-216-8204 (SHOUTING)
  • 405-795-9371 (Blank texter)
  • 401-349-7637 (She wrote a book)
  • 720-503-6809 (Can you even selfie?)
  • 313-450-8545 (Match maker)
  • 805-618-4562 (Avocado lover)
  • 406-240-3753 (Rewind my texts)
  • 310-489-6191 (Slinger of slang)
  • 505-985-8992 (Ice cream poop emoticon)

An incredibly entertaining and fun video whose obvious purpose is to promote the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, but nonetheless, they deserve a round of applause.

Share your own funny “Texts From Mom” stories in the comments below, or even better yet, post a screenshot!


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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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Android vs iOS: hilarious comedian has field day on fanboys [VIDEO] Thu, 30 Apr 2015 15:45:47 +0000 ronny chieng ios vs android

In our quest to validate our purchase decisions and make ourselves feel better about our smartphone preferences, things often get out of hand. A little shouting. Some back and forth name calling. Even two friends willing to stab each other over the silly argument.

The Android vs iOS war will never die as long as the two operating systems remain relevant, but one comedian puts things into the sort of perspective that would make even the most enraged fanboys take a step back and laugh at themselves. Ronny Chieng addressed the issue in a recent standup show of his, a clip of which you can check out for yourself above (the fun starts at around the 56 second mark).

Beneath a bundle of hilarious jokes about how radical some fanboys are and a dramatic recreation of #bendgate exists a thinly-veiled layer of truth: fanboyism is stupid. Enjoy what you enjoy, and go about your day. Take a couple of minutes out of your morning for a quick laugh by hitting the play button above.

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Google and Samsung get a head start on April Fools with Chrome selfies and a meat cleaver phone Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:46:54 +0000 can't tell if serious

Have you looked at your calendar today? If not, let me tell you what day it is: March 31st. You know what that means? Tomorrow is April 1st, the infamous April Fools day. That means companies are about to flood the internet with jokes, press releases about fake products and other cheeky shenanigans.

There’s just one problem this year: some companies can’t help but to get started a day early. Google has already unleashed a few of their own, the most cool of which is an interactive new Google Maps feature that turns your local area map into a game of Pacman. You can actually play it right now by clicking here, if you want (or stroll into the Google Maps for Android app).

google maps pacman

It’s not a joke, per se, but it’s a cool and fun little quirk that Google likely tossed in to celebrate the goofiness of tomorrow’s pseudo-holiday. It’s also a great way to promote the real-world augmented reality counterpart being featured in the latest Ingress update.

It doesn’t stop there for them. They’ve sneakily baked a feature into the latest version of Google Chrome that will enable a new “Chrome Selfie” feature once the calendar turns.

Phandroid chrome selfie

Steve is blown away by that dreamy Samsung user interface concept! The idea is that you take a selfie with your reaction of whatever site you’re viewing, and you can send a shot of that selfie and website off to your friends to view. It’s the one killer feature we’ve always been waiting for! Not. You can give it a try right now by changing the timezone on your calendar to GMT +10.

It isn’t just Google’s US arm having a good time, either. Those in Japan have already gotten their fun in, with Google Japan teasing a new “hornpipe” input feature that allows you to input text in Japanese without having to type or even speak anything. Just blow!

And then there’s Samsung, whose Samsung Galaxy Blade Edge smartphone promises to serve dual purpose as a butcher’s knife. It’ll feature built-in thermometer styli, a fold-up handle for easy conversion and, you guessed it, a fire proof display.

samsung galaxy blade edge joke

Oh, and food porn. Finally, we’re able to record our meat chopping experience from the perspective of the destructive tool that makes it all happen, and then easily take a photo of the finished product afterward!

Sad to say it, folks, but this is only the beginning. The Next 24-48 hours will spawn an even greater number of jokes. Some will be funny. Some will even make us wish they were actual ideas and products. And then there will be the bunch that will outright make us cry, cringe and wish this day never existed, all the while actual announcements have to be questioned for their legitimacy in a sea of ridiculous satire. This is April Fools. Prepare yourselves.

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Yahoo will host an Android vs iOS Fanboy Smartphone Challenge at SXSW 2015 and I’ll be representing Team Phandroid Sat, 14 Mar 2015 16:08:01 +0000 Android_Fanboy

Newsflash everyone – I’m a fanboy. An Android fanboy.

On Monday, March 16th at SXSW in Austin, Texas, Yahoo is holding a Fanboy Smartphone Challenge. They’ll be putting an Android enthusiast and an iOS lover head to head in the ultimate fanboy showdown. Thanks to a little bit of luck and years of praising our Lord and Savior, Matias Duarte, I have been chosen to represent the Android faithful in glorious battle.

What does it mean to be an Android fanboy? Well, simply put, I live, breathe, eat, and sleep all things Android. A normal day for me consists of playing with an abundance of Android powered devices; from phones, to tablets, to TV consoles, to smartwatches, and even face computers. Besides owning an absurd amount of gadgets, I’m often found geeking out, talking about Android to friends and colleagues, writing about Android here on our beloved Phandroid or social media, and generally consuming as much Android related news as humanly possible. I also may or may not own way too many mini Android figurines, collectible pins, stuffed plushies, and enough swag to start my own second-hand Android store. It’s not an obsession. It’s just a hobby that I’m very passionate about.

For Yahoo’s Fanboy Smartphone Challenge, I’ll be put through a series of tasks against my opponent, which will be done game show style. I’m hoping that I can use my Nexus 6, since my opponent will be using an iPhone 6, though Yahoo wasn’t too confident in hooking my Nexus 6 up to their A/V system. I did inform them that the Nexus 6 works beautifully with a Chromecast, however they sent me a Nexus 5 so that I could use it with a Slimport to HDMI adapter just in case. To be a little honest here, that kind of upsets me a little bit, seeing as I may not be able to use my daily driver, not to mention a phone that’s a year newer, and capable of activating voice commands while the screen is off – something my opponent’s trusty iPhone 6 cannot do. Oh well. I’ll turn it into a positive. My opponent is going to need all of the help that he can get. I don’t mind starting with a handicap.

It’s worth mentioning here that this game show will be done in pure jest. This is all in good fun. I’m not one of those fanboys that hates the other platform. In fact, I surely can recognize a positive when I see one and I’ve been known to praise Apple where applicable. Their products may not be for me, and I may not agree with everything that they do, but Apple does get a lot of things right. It doesn’t matter if you’re first to bring a product to market if it’s a horrible product or an implementation that isn’t very user friendly. This is why the general media sees Apple as the Jesus of computing. When Apple enters a market or launches a service you can bet that there will be little to no snafus along the way (well, except for people getting lost and bending phones). And speaking about markets, almost no one can drive a market like Apple can. I’m excited to see what they’ll do with mobile payments and wearables this coming year. Their success only means additional success and greater adoption for Android Pay and Android Wear.

Anyways, this event sounds like a blast and I’m excited. If Yahoo wants me to be a fanboy, I’ll gladly ham it up and be a their fanboy. I’ll be on stage wearing my Androidify’d t-shirt, Android beanie, wearing my Moto 360, and by the sounds of it rocking both the Nexus 6 and Nexus 5. Praise Duarte.

If you’re in Austin at SXSW this Monday, be sure to stop by Yahoo’s Brazos Hall at 12pm to see it all go down. Sadly, there won’t be a live stream for all of you to watch at home, but Yahoo has told me that they’re planning on posting the recorded video promptly at Wish me luck!

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Rap is too mainstream for HTC, so they did a rock concert instead [VIDEO] Mon, 09 Feb 2015 15:55:00 +0000 htc peter chou guitar

HTC’s mind-boggling rap video might have been the most random (and, remarkably, both awful and awesome) thing we’ve ever seen out of the Taiwanese company, but they won’t stop at just Hip Hop to spread their message. The company has published a new video featuring esteemed CEO Peter Chou in a soft-core rock video that serves to be more inspirational than anything else.

Guitar in hand, Chou fearlessly takes to the stage at the company’s 2014 year-end party to spread the message that “we are one,” and “together we can change the world.”

One thing we can applaud HTC for here is that it’s a lot less cringeworthy than the rap anthem, though those awkward singing executives on the side of the stage loses them a couple of cool points. The video’s straight ahead if you’re interested in Smooth Peter Chou’s musings.

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