Phandroid http://phandroid.com Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Sat, 18 Apr 2015 01:16:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 OnePlus schedules event for 4/20, OnePlus Two incoming? http://phandroid.com/2015/04/17/oneplus-two-event-monday-april-20th/ http://phandroid.com/2015/04/17/oneplus-two-event-monday-april-20th/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 01:14:13 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=163678 oneplus bamboo

After a report revealed that Chinese startup OnePlus would be launching not 1, but 2 handsets this year, former Oppo vice president Pete Lau n’ friends are gearing up to announce something on April 20th. The company — which has upped their employee count from 6 to over 1,000 new workers — announced the news, where else, but on their Google+ page.

OnePlus event invite announcement April 20th 2015

We’re not sure what they’ll be announcing, but it’s pretty short notice. Their announcement post didn’t give us any clues, only that “From here on out, anything could happen.” While it seems fairly sudden to announce a followup to last year’s OnePlus One, it has almost been a year since the original was announced. Still, we’re not ruling out the possibility of a new hemp backed OnePlus One cover either.

Jokes aside, we’d actually love to see a OnePlus Two and maybe smaller OnePlus Half unveiled on Monday. Despite countless flubs over marketing of the OnePlus One last year and an even more frustrating invite system, it’s hard to deny it was a great phone at an even more attractive price point. Recently, OnePlus launched their own in-house Android build for the device dubbed OxygenOS, followed shortly after by Cyanogen OS 12.

We wont have to wait too much longer, April 20th is barely a few more days away. Heck, even sooner if you’re in China. What do you guys think it will be. Even better, what are you hoping for?

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Sony Xperia Z4 appears in new renders taken from the Sony Pictures hack, new details rumored http://phandroid.com/2015/04/17/sony-xperia-z4-leak-rumors/ http://phandroid.com/2015/04/17/sony-xperia-z4-leak-rumors/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 23:17:31 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=163669 Sony Picture hack Xperia Z4 leak

It was right towards the tail end of last year Sony Pictures made headlines after a North Korean hackivist group leaked out the company’s confidential documents. Aside from leaking a stack of very interesting emails about the studio’s future movie productions (apparently Leonardo DeCaprio is really hard to work with), the forth coming Sony Xperia Z4 also made an appearance.

It wasn’t much, just a handful of leaked concepts, but it clued us in on what Sony’s mobile division could be planning for the handset. Of course, later leaks of an alleged Sony Xperia Z4 began making the rounds, showing something much more akin to the design philosophy of Sony’s previous Xperia line. It was a bit of a let down, but it seemed to make a little more sense for Sony’s struggling smartphone division.

More recently new “leaker” @ViziLeaks claimed this device wasn’t the Sony Xperia Z4 at all, but something called the Sony Xperia Z3 Neo. What’s more the leaker now says the new Sony Xperia Z4 is on track for a September release and will feature an all-metal construction along with an improved power button with fingerprint scanning technology built inside.

With the previously leaked documents now archived and easily searchable on Wikileaks, people are once again turning to the Sony Pictures hack to dig up any info on the previously leaked Xperia Z4, which according to emails, should be making an appearance in this year’s new James Bond flick.

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What was found were a few images we didn’t get a look at during last year’s leak, but show something closer to what @ViziLeaks could have been talking about. Namely, a completely redesigned look — and home button — along with a unibody type metal housing, and references to a 2.5D glass display panel.

 

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But the leaked PDF raises more questions than it actual answers. It’s possible we could be looking at nothing but unfinished internal concept renders of multiple devices — not just the Xperia Z4. There’s a smaller device that has more rounded corners and a cushiony backside. Really, everything is up in the air at this point.

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According to one leaked email, the target release date was originally set for April/May/June 2015, putting a launch right around the time Sony’s new tablet would hit the market. That being said, the doc was dated October 2014, so a lot can change in that amount of time. Whether we’ll see a completely redesigned Sony Xperia Z4 (or just another rehashed model) in time for the launch of the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet or later this summer remains to be seen.

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T-Mobile is adding extra data to their affordable Walmart Family Mobile plans http://phandroid.com/2015/04/17/tmobile-walmart-plan-500mb-data-bump/ http://phandroid.com/2015/04/17/tmobile-walmart-plan-500mb-data-bump/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:04:25 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=163666 T-Mobile logo DSC08666

For those looking for wireless service on the cheap, T-Mobile has long offered one of the best values in mobile with unlimited voice/texting plans exclusive to Walmart starting at just $30. T-Mobile announced today that they’ll be giving these postpaid plans a 500MB bump in data, bringing that $30 plan up to 1GB of high-speed 4G LTE data, and 3GB for the $40 plan.

TMobile Walmart Family Mobile plans

The bump goes into effect tomorrow, April 18th and, as usual, is contract free and doesn’t require auto-pay or anything like that to gain a discount. However, T-Mobile will give customers a $5 discount for every line they add, so there’s that. You can find Walmart’s Family Mobile plans (powered by T-Mobile) linked below.

[Walmart Family Mobile]

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Samsung Galaxy S6 vs iPhone 6 [VIDEO] http://phandroid.com/2015/04/17/galaxy-s6-vs-iphone-6/ http://phandroid.com/2015/04/17/galaxy-s6-vs-iphone-6/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:12:21 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=163523 Galaxy S6 vs iPhone 6 DSC09423

We know, you’ve no doubt heard the claims that the iPhone 6 is the “best smartphone” in the market. At least, according to some. Now that the Samsung Galaxy S6 has finally launched, you’ve probably been curious to see how the 2 heavy weights match up. Wonder no more, friends. This is our Galaxy S6 vs iPhone 6 face-off.

Design/Build quality (Winner: Galaxy S6 Edge)

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Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder, but there’s no denying Samsung did a bang up job updating the Samsung Galaxy S6 for 2015. We’ll admit, the Samsung obviously took some design cues from the iPhone 6. The familiar billet drilled speaker holes, headphone jack placement. Sure, the rest of the phone is all Galaxy, but the bottom of the S6 looks nearly identical to the iPhone’s.

And where someone might make the argument the rest of the phone is similar too, the Galaxy S6 Edge smashes previous conventions with an all new double-sided curved display. It’s not really functional so much as it is just damn cool to look at.

We still love the 2.5D glass on the iPhone 6, but it’s clear the Galaxy S6 Edge is a double threat — rock solid build quality, coupled with futuristic design. The Edge most certainly has the edge in this category.

Display (Winner: Galaxy S6)

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The iPhone 6 was released nearly a year ago, a time where every Android flagship was boasting a 1080p display. While there is no excuse for Apple to release yet another iteration of the iPhone with a 1334×750 display, the iPhone 6 made up for it with Apple’s new multiple-domain LCD panel or “dual-domain pixels” that allowed for exceptional viewing angles. Color reproduction is top notch as well, even if things can occasionally look a tad washed out.

Samsung on the other hand has built a thriving business around their display panels, with Super AMOLED being their crown jewel. AMOLED offers the deepest blacks, the most saturated colors, and fantastic refresh rates. Arguments of over saturation are quickly laid to rest thanks to Samsung’s TouchWiz software which allows you to tone it down to your liking. And while 2K display sounds a bit like overkill, it’s hard to go back to anything else after your eyes have been spoiled by it for a few weeks.

The Galaxy S6 Edge also uses a flexible version of Samsung’s AMOLED panels, one that is curved around both sides of the device. It sounds great in theory, but when viewing the device head-on, images become warped and colors can look off at an angle. The Edge panel might win in sex appeal, but it’s clearly the loser here.

Hardware (Winner: Galaxy S6)

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There’s no denying the iPhone 6 is built well enough, but mobile technology has been advancing at a lightning quick pace. Quicker than even Apple can keep up. The iPhone 6 added NFC capabilities, but they’re tied down to Apple’s payment method and not open to anything else.

Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S6 features technology that supports both wireless charging standards, has adaptive fast charging that brings the battery to 50% in only 30 minutes, heart rate monitor for health nuts, a much louder speaker, and a fingerprint scanner that performs as flawlessly as the iPhone’s. Users can also use NFC right now to transfer data, sync with Bluetooth devices, or yes, make mobile payments using Google Wallet. Once Samsung Pay is officially ready, you’ll be able to use the phone as payment anywhere regular credit cards are swiped via Magnetic Secure Transmission.

With a doubt, the Samsung Galaxy S6 takes the hardware win on this one, leaving the iPhone 6 back in 2012 where it belongs.

Camera (Winner: Galaxy S6)

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You know the story. The iPhone has long been the standard of mobile photography. Mixing a stupid simple interface with consistently great output, there hasn’t been an Android device that could really compete with the iPhone — until now.

For the Galaxy S6, Samsung has added a 16MP sensor that produces crystal clear visuals. This is thanks in part to a new f/1.9 aperture lens that allows more light to hit the sensor, and Optical Image Stabilization to compensate for shaky hands. The result are photos that look great no matter the lighting conditions. Oh, and there’s also a high resolution 5MP front facing shooter for selfie addicts.

The iPhone 6 on the other hand is using an 8MP camera with f/2.2 lens, along with a 1.2MP from facing camera. We’re not going to sit here and tell you photos taken with the iPhone 6 look bad by any means. It’s just the iPhone has finally been trumped by the Samsung Galaxy S6 which offers sharper images, more shooting modes, superior imaging hardware, and better control of the camera with a new Pro mode.

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Battery life (Winner: iPhone 6)

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Battery life is always one of the hardest specs to talk about in mobile devices, mainly because it’s never the same between 2 people. Having spent months with the iPhone 6 and a few weeks with the Galaxy 6, I think I have a good idea of how far the battery will take me on each. For the most part, they’re evenly matched despite their huge battery size differences: the iPhone 6 is equipped with a meager 1,810mAh, while the Galaxy S6 packs a much larger 2,550mAh battery.

I found that both will take my about 15 or so hours depending on use. Battery life on both seems to deplete evenly the more you use them. But it’s only on the iPhone 6 that when left alone, the battery barely drops at all when in standby. Keep in mind, that’s with all the same social apps, and constant notifications coming through the entire day waking up the display.

The battery on Galaxy S6 on the other hand seemed to drop no matter what I did. We have seen reports of battery life issues across various carrier versions of the device, so that’s definitely something to consider (although my devices didn’t show any of the symptoms). A buddy of mine sends me screenshots on the daily of his great battery life, meanwhile both my regular S6 and S6 Edge are barely pushing 12 hours if I’m lucky. Not sure what gives, but until Samsung can get their house in order, the iPhone 6 takes the win on this one.

Software (Winner: Galaxy S6)

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We’ll admit, Apple’s been doing some great things with iOS as of late. Notification widgets are interesting and background app refresh are all nice additions Android users have been enjoying for years. Oh, and who can forget those cute new emoji.

But when you leave software features to the big boys, Samsung always comes out ahead. We mentioned this in our review, but despite Samsung removing much of their bloat from TouchWiz, the OS itself is still chock full of features. There’s too much to list here, but our favorites are Multi-view window for displaying 2 apps at the same time, quick gestures, and emergency features.
The best part is these software features no longer bog down the OS. TouchWiz is finally as fast as stock Android, making it a joy to use.

If you’re an iOS user, don’t worry. We’re sure you’ll see a few of these features in a few more years. Maybe with iOS 10.

Price (Winner: Tie)

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The base model Samsung Galaxy S6 starts at $200 on contract for 32GB model, or $680 full price (there’s also the $800 unlocked international model). From there it jumps $100 for every storage increase — 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB. The Galaxy S6 Edge also sees another $100 bump simply for its gorgeous curved AMOLED display.

The iPhone 6 on the other hand, starts at 200 for the 16GB model ($650 unlocked), then jumps an extra $100 to the 64GB version, and another for hundred bucks for the 128GB option. For whatever reason, there is no 32GB model, a clever move by Apple to nudge consumers into grabbing the 64GB iPhone 6.

While pricing is for the most part the same across the board, the regular Galaxy S6 offers more internal storage at the base configuration. It’s the next 2 tiers — 64GB and 128GB — that things even out, with the S6 Edge being the most expensive out of the bunch.

Verdict

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If you’ve made it this far, we think it’s pretty obvious the Samsung Galaxy S6 is the clear winner in this race. The phone offers more hardware for your money, a superior camera, and all around better software experience. From here, the real question is whether you’ll be opting for the S6 Edge, and in what color.

The Galaxy S6 scores almost a clean sweep in our comparison, tidily defeating the iPhone 6 in just about each of the categories we examined. For those keeping score at home, here is the final tally:

  • Design/Build: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
  • Display: Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Hardware: Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Camera: Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Battery life: Apple iPhone 6
  • Software: Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Price: Tie

Who do you got?

It’s pretty obvious which phone we would want to have in our pocket, though the decision might not be so close for others. There is no denying the iPhone 6’s place among the smartphone elite, but does Samsung win this round? Let us know which phone you are going with in the below poll.

 

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Android 5.1.1 references start showing up on Google’s site http://phandroid.com/2015/04/17/android-5-1-1-google-site/ http://phandroid.com/2015/04/17/android-5-1-1-google-site/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:00:18 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=163626 android 5-1-1 sdk manager

It wasn’t long ago we’d told you that Android 5.1.1 was a thing0,. If our server logs weren’t believable enough, you could actually head into the Android Studio’s SDK manager and download it. And now the new software is showing up on Google’s Android developers site.

The goods exist on the page concerning audio latency, where Google lists the Nexus 7 and Nexus 9 as having “Android 5.1.1″ as their latest builds. The former shows a build of LMY47W, while Nexus 9 is showing as LMY47S.

Does this mean we’re nearing some sort of rollout? Its hard to say, though public flaunting of this new version would suggest Google is deep within testing and is working hard to get it out of the door.

It shouldn’t be hard for you to contain excitement for its arrival. Incremental updates like these rarely bring any exciting new features and changes. Expect a lot of bug busting to go on under-the-hood, and not much more (though, depending on how you and your Lollipop devices have gotten along since its arrival, a bug fixing update might be as exciting as anything else).

[Thanks Juno!]

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18000mAh battery pack for an insanely low $30 at AndroidArea.com http://phandroid.com/2015/04/17/18000mah-battery-pack-for-an-insanely-low-30-at-androidarea-com/ http://phandroid.com/2015/04/17/18000mah-battery-pack-for-an-insanely-low-30-at-androidarea-com/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:25:15 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=163624 power-vault-battery-pack

18,000mAh of stored power, 2 devices charged simultaneously, and $80 cheaper than you can expect to pay elsewhere — the lightweight and compact Power Vault USB-enabled backup battery pack is available now from AndroidArea.com for 72% off.

The Power Vault is perfect in a pinch when an outlet is far away; it can charge even the highest capacity Android smartphones nearly six times over before needing a recharge itself. A sleek aluminum design is not much bigger than your average smartphone, making it easy to carry in your pocket or bag.

Normally priced at $109, you can pick up the Power Vault from AndroidArea.com now for only $29.99, effectively eliminating dead batteries from your life altogether.

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Little Worlds watch face makes clever use of the Moto 360’s flat tire bezel http://phandroid.com/2015/04/17/moto-360-little-worlds-watch-face/ http://phandroid.com/2015/04/17/moto-360-little-worlds-watch-face/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:23:06 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=163621 little worlds watch face

Motorola’s “flat tire” bezel on the Moto 360 has been the subject of many jokes, but instead of rejecting that component of the watch like a bastardized step child, why not put it to some interesting use? This “Minimal and Elegant” watch face by Studio eXtreme does just that with its cool Little Worlds feature.

What it does is simple: it uses the flat tire as the foundation for a silhouette of a city skyline, flowers on a hill or any other cool little thing you could think of (it’s entirely customizable). The watch face itself is well-designed, to boot, so the $.99 you’ll need to spend to get it seems well worth it.

Give it a download if you’re tired of the flat tire being little more than an ugly blemish on an otherwise beautiful device. Oh, and Motorola: this is no excuse to keep the flat tire on your next round smart watch. We want this thing gone.

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When fanboyism goes too far: Android vs iOS argument results in two friends stabbing each other http://phandroid.com/2015/04/17/android-vs-ios-stabbing/ http://phandroid.com/2015/04/17/android-vs-ios-stabbing/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:39:27 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=163616 broken beer bottle

There’s nothing wrong with being a mobile fanboy, for the most part. Sure, your bias sometimes keeps you blind to the positives provided by the other side and you make excuses for the fault of the platform you prefer, but at least arguments are typically lighthearted, healthy  and harmless.

The same can’t be said for two Oklahoma roommates. In what appears to be the resultant of drunken stupor on both sides, an Android user and his iOS faithful buddy began a conversation about which platform was better. Only, what started out as a conversation ended up in bloodshed as the two ended up stabbing each other with broken beer bottles, according to Tulsa, OK’s Channel 8 ABC news.

There’s no word on how the exact conversation went down, but it’s hard for us to believe that these two felt so strongly and passionately about their preference that they were driven to try and kill each other. This scenario is likelier:

Roommate 1: iOS just works! Rah!

Roommate 2: Oh yea? Well, Android phones have higher resolution displays and more RAM! Hoo!

Roommate 1: What did you say about my grams?

Roommate 2: What?

Commence brawling. Really, it’s hard to think it went any other way considering alcohol was involved. Whatever the case may be, we’ll use this opportunity to remind you that these phones and tablets are only slabs of metal, glass, plastic and silicon made by companies who want your money — they often aren’t worth arguing about, and they certainly aren’t worth dying for.

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Adobe promises better Creative Cloud support for Android is coming this summer http://phandroid.com/2015/04/17/adobe-creative-cloud-android-apps/ http://phandroid.com/2015/04/17/adobe-creative-cloud-android-apps/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:21:06 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=163608 adobe creative cloud

There comes a day in every company’s life where they just have to bite the bullet and admit they haven’t put their best foot forward. For Adobe, that day is today. While Adobe has released a number of great apps on Android already, the latest advances in their suite of multimedia editing tools under the Creative Cloud banner have largely been confined to iOS.

Namely, the Creative Profile and Creative Profile SDK that gives you access to all your image profiles, presets, brushes and colors have yet to find a home on Android. Adobe says that doesn’t mean they aren’t in the works, though, and tells us to expect the first of these apps to arrive in the Summer of 2015.Android users have cause to be upset, for sure. After all, they pay just as much for their Creative Cloud subscriptions as iOS users and aren’t getting nearly the same level of support. We’re not sure what Adobe has to do to make sure Android doesn’t fall behind again — perhaps adding a team of software engineers dedicated to Android is in order — but we’re hopeful this first step is a sign that they’re finally getting serious about the world’s leading smartphone platform.[via Adobe]

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Google Search will now show a download link for indexed apps that aren’t on your phone http://phandroid.com/2015/04/17/google-search-app-indexing/ http://phandroid.com/2015/04/17/google-search-app-indexing/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:21:07 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=163600 google app indexing apps result

Google’s app indexing feature for Android apps is a great way for content creators to make their goods more accessible. If you don’t know what it does, it allows Google’s Search engine to index articles within a news app, so that if a user searches for something and happens to come across a link from one of their favorite websites, they can open that article within that app.

Google’s improving the feature with a new tweak to Google Search results that will now let you know if a search result is indexed in an Android app, and will prompt you to download that app if it isn’t already on your phone. It’s a great way for publications to get new readers, and for users to learn about an app that they may not have known of otherwise.

Over 30 billion links have been indexed to date, and with how big mobile has become a part of our lives that number is only going to grow. Good on Google for figuring out a way for apps to become relevant search results instead of the typical blue link parade we’re used to.

[via Google]

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#Rotategate: Many Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge users are having auto-rotate issues http://phandroid.com/2015/04/17/samsung-galaxy-s6-edge-auto-rotate-issue/ http://phandroid.com/2015/04/17/samsung-galaxy-s6-edge-auto-rotate-issue/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:56:05 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=163597 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge DSC09206

Is your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge suddenly stuck in one screen orientation? You’re not alone — Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge accelerometers everywhere seem to be getting their gears jammed and it has nothing to do with forgetting to select auto-rotate in your settings.

A fairly sizable collective of individuals have reported that their Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge units periodically refuse to respond when trying to switch from portrait to landscape and vice versa. The only solution that has worked thus far? Walking into the store and requesting a new device, and reports from Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T customers confirm that they are granting these replacements without hesitation.

It seems that the Galaxy S6 Edge fast charger is heating the battery more than normal, causing the nearby accelerometer chip to burn out.

How to check if your S6 Edge accelerometer is busted:

… you can see that the accelerometer is stuck. To verify, enter “*#0*#” in your phone app to enter hardware test mode. Touch “Sensor”. The X, Y and Z for the accelerometer must all change in rapid succession as you rotate your phone. If any are stuck on 32767 or -32768, you have a HARDWARE problem which cannot be fixed by updates of software/firmware of ANY kind.

It’s still possible that a simpler solution exists, for example a firmware patch or maybe there was a bad batch of fast chargers but unfortunately that’s not the currently prevailing school of thought. We’ve put in a word to Samsung and are awaiting an official response, but in the meantime, join the more complete discussion on the topic on Android Forums.

It’s also worth noting that there have been no such reports for the regular version of the Samsung Galaxy S6, just the S6 Edge.

[via AndroidForums.com]

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Micromax Yu’s Yureka phone begins receiving Cyanogen OS 12 (Lollipop) http://phandroid.com/2015/04/17/micromax-yu-yureka-lollipop-update/ http://phandroid.com/2015/04/17/micromax-yu-yureka-lollipop-update/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:33:31 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=163595 Lollipop

Micromax promised the Lollipop upgrade for their Yu smartphone would be out soon, and they delivered. The company has announced that Cyanogen OS 12 — which is based on Android 5.0 Lollipop — is now rolling out to the Yu Yureka.

The upgrade brings the latest Cyanogen features, including Cyanogen Mail powered by Boxer, a more robust theme engine, support for Exchange email, support for multiple accounts on one device and everything that Android 5.0 Lollipop brings on its own.

Micromax says the upgrade is going out in stages over the next 3 days, so if you aren’t seeing it immediately then it shouldn’t be long before it makes its way to your device. Get yours updated and let us know how things go once you’ve gotten everything loaded up!

[via Micromax]

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Cover your Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge from accidental damage with Samsung’s Protection Plus Mobile Elite plans http://phandroid.com/2015/04/16/samsung-galaxy-s6-edge-protection-plus-mobile-elite-insurance/ http://phandroid.com/2015/04/16/samsung-galaxy-s6-edge-protection-plus-mobile-elite-insurance/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 01:29:06 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=163591 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge DSC09267

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge may come outfitted with Gorilla Glass 4 on the front and back, but that doesn’t mean the devices are indestructible. In fact, we’ve seen enough “drop tests” around YouTube to know that just one drop could potentially shatter the front or back if landed just right.

It’s definitely not “Uh Oh protection,” but if you’re willing to shell out a few extra dollars, you can protect your shiny new investment from accidental damages with Samsung’s Protection Plus Mobile Elite plans. The plan costs $99 for the regular S6, and $130 for the S6 Edge. It covers all accidental damage for 2 years (up to 3 claims) and for every time you bring them a broken S6, you’ll still have to pay a deductible: $75 for the regular S6, and $95 for the S6 Edge. It doesn’t match Sony’s $80 2-year accidental damage plan with $0 deductible, but it’s still better than paying an extra $700 should your phone wind up in the bottom of a pool somewhere.

Most of you worried about this kind of thing probably already have insurance through your carrier, but for those that bought the phone unlocked or off-contract, it’s a nice option. Keep in mind for your S6 to be eligible for Protection Plus Mobile Elite, you only have 30 days from the date of purchase to pick up the insurance. Also, the S6 has to be purchased from an “authorized” Samsung retailer or wireless carrier. For more details, check out Samsung’s page here.

Samsung Protection Plus Mobile Elite: Samsung Galaxy S6 | Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

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Instagram puts a ban on bare butts with newly revised community guidelines http://phandroid.com/2015/04/16/instagram-nudity-guidelines-now-include-bare-butts/ http://phandroid.com/2015/04/16/instagram-nudity-guidelines-now-include-bare-butts/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:43:52 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=163587 Peach butt

There seems to be a major butt fetish going around these days, more so than ever. Hey, I wont judge. If that’s the sorta thing you’re into, you’ll probably be seeing a lot less of it on Instagram. The Facebook-owned social network revised some of their community guidelines today, adding wording that specifically outlines their ban on “nudity.” We’re sorry to tell you, but bare butts — not matter how artistic — are included. Sir-Mix-A-Lot is rolling in his grave (wait — he’s still alive?). Here’s the direct quote:

“This includes photos, videos, and some digitally-created content that show sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks.”

The Community Guidelines also updated their “don’t be rude section” detailing various forms of harassment which include “encouraging violence or attacking” anyone based on religion, gender, race, sexual orientation or anything else. In other words: don’t be a dick. It’s something that will take you far in life, but people always have difficulty heeding on the internet.

With more and more young’ins flocking to Instagram, it’s probably better this way. We will note that photos of breast feeding or mastectomy scars are still allowed, so feel free to continue posting those.

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Help wanted: Samsung is looking for designers to fill Galaxy Theme Store with new content http://phandroid.com/2015/04/16/samsung-galaxy-s6-edge-theme-store/ http://phandroid.com/2015/04/16/samsung-galaxy-s6-edge-theme-store/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 23:31:26 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=163585 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Themes DSC09223

Samsung’s Theme Store is probably one of the better things that was introduced in the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. The ability to completely change up the look of your device’s user interface — app icons, wallpapers, settings, menus, etc. — was a breath of fresh air and something Android users have been asking for ages now. The only problem: there aren’t all that many themes to choose from at present.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Themes

But Samsung is looking to change that. Instead of allowing just any ‘ol Galaxy users to submit their own theme into the store, Samsung is looking for qualified designers looking to create themes for their Galaxy Theme Store via a new landing page. Samsung asks all potential candidates submit a portfolio of their work, along with a brief introduction, to theme.ptn@samsung.com.

This is in stark contrast to the way HTC runs their theme store on the One M9, which essentially allows any user to submit their own theme for others to download. Samsung’s method is better for quality control and should keep the Theme Store filled with only the highest caliber themes. Let’s hope they’ll update the Theme Store with categories and some kind of search function in the near future as well.

So, if you’re an Android themer looking to possibly make a little extra side money (paid themes aren’t available yet, but should be coming soon), drop Samsung an email.

[Samsung Galaxy Themes]

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