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Nextbit Robin bug fix out now, company announces upcoming Android 6.0.1 update

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Nextbit announced that the company is pushing out a small update to its cloud-based Robin smartphone, and also revealed that Android 6.0.1 could be ready for the smartphone as soon as next month.

The update today is 23MB in size and fixes a single bug: apps crashing repeatedly. It’s really nothing major, but does fix the annoyance of applications randomly crashing.

Now, the big update is set to hit at some point during April. This new update contains Android 6.0.1, which brings with it a whole arsenal of improvements and fixes. It’ll come with the March Android security patch, new emoji, performance improvements across the board, as well as some other minor things, such as fixes for the call volume, improved sound quality, and so on.

Nextbit also mentioned that the built-in Camera app will be a whole lot faster, too.

The company didn’t mention as to when the April update would roll out, but we’re expecting to see it by the end of April.

source: Nextbit


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Huawei teases new smartphone with new #OO campaign in the UK

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Huawei has launched a new global campaign in the UK, promising that we’ll see an “exciting new innovation” from the company during an event that Huawei is holding on April 6.

It’s likely the device that Huawei is talking about is the highly rumored P9, though it’s entirely possible that the company has some other plans up its sleeve as well.

Huawei says the event will take place at the Battersea Evolution in central London on April 6. You can keep an eye on all of the anticipation on social media with the hashtag #OO, which is supposedly a symbol for “changing the way you see the world,” according to Huawei.

While we’re expecting to see a family of Huawei P9 devices at the April 6 event, it’s also possible that we’ll see the rumored Huawei Venus handset at the event as well.

Sit tight, folks, this is going to be an interesting event!

source: Android Central


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OxygenOS 3.0 Android 6.0.1 preview build now available for OnePlus 2

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A picture of the OnePlus X with the company's logo printed on the back.

A picture of the OnePlus X with the company’s logo printed on the back.

OnePlus will soon have OxygenOS 3.0 ready, which will be based on Android 6.0.1. In the meantime, the company has released a preview build of the new operating system version, allowing some OnePlus 2 members to take the new software for a spin early.

OnePlus is asking members of the community–those who are willing–to flash the preview build on their OnePlus 2 smartphones to help with testing, particularly in areas of network testing, camera improvements, better overall performance, and even an increase in battery life.

The company began soak testing OxygenOS 3.0 just a couple weeks ago, and if this preview build test goes well, it shouldn’t be long before the new software version is ready for public consumption.

Here’s the official word from OnePlus:

“What’s available today is a daily-driver-material community release of 3.0. If you’re the type who won’t mind rolling up your sleeves a bit to get your Marshmallow on, this one’s for you. We’d like to ask for a little help with testing some aspects of the software that require a larger user base around the world. Here’s what we need your feedback on:

  • Network testing (how is this update working on your specific carrier, your specific region?)
  • Are you noticing improvements to the camera (both UI and picture quality)?
  • Performance and battery life – let us know how your phone runs.”

Those who flash the preview image won’t have to worry about not getting future updates either. OnePlus says that this build is OTA eligible, meaning you’ll receive future updates for this build over-the-air. Do keep in mind that upon installing this build, your fingerprint data will be erased, so you’ll need to upload your fingerprints to the device once again.

Here’s the full list of changes that you can expect in this new build, per OnePlus:

  • New OnePlus Camera UI
    • UI has been cleaned up: swiping up/down now switches between photo/video, whereas HD/HDR and flash settings live in the top right corner
    • You can now change the aspect ratio and toggle grid view without going all the way to the settings
  • New wallpaper picker
    • Easily preview and set both home screen and lock screen wallpaper in one place.
  • Shelf UX has been improved
    • No more edit mode, long press boards to rearrange or remove
  • General system performance improvements
    • Benchmarked 47% faster than OxygenOS 2.2.1 on key test scenarios
  • Fingerprint performance improvement
    • Tested 45% faster than OxygenOS 2.2.1 on average
  • Settings changes
    • Old app permissions are gone, say hi to new (native Android) app permissions.
    • Alert Slider has its own entry point with more customization options
    • Improved settings menu readability by changing the order a bit
  • March security patches

Anyone plan on taking OxygenOS 3.0 for a spin?

source: OnePlus


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Vodafone slammed by complaints during fourth quarter of 2015

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In the U.K., wireless carrier Vodafone saw an already troubled public image tumble even further if the number of complaints filed with watchdog agency Ofcom is an indication. According to Ofcom, during the final quarter of 2015 pay-monthly subscribers filed 32 complaints for every 100,000 customers. That may not seem like many, but it is more than double the figure for the same period in 2014 and is much higher than other carriers.

Vodafone pins the problem on issues related to the deployment of new IT systems that are supposed to help customers better manage their accounts and access new services. According to a spokeswoman with Vodafone,

“there were some problems during the highly complex migration. Now that the migration exercise is essentially complete, we expect our £2bn investment in our network and services will start to deliver a step change in customer experience.”

Vodafone has approximately 6 million pay-monthly subscribers out of their 18 million customer base in the U.K.

Ofcom noted that the only other carrier to see an increase year-over-year was Talk Mobile. Even with an increase, their rate was still a relatively low 9 complaints per 100,000 subscribers. In case you were wondering who logged the fewest complaints during the quarter, it was Tesco Mobile at only 1 complaint per 100,000 customers.

source: BBC


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Nat & Lo check out Google’s new Voice talent

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Last week users started to notice that Google’s voice used to provide answers in the Google Search app had a new, smoother sound that had been added during the past month. With a more natural sound present, YouTube and Google aficionados Nat & Lo decided to go behind the scenes to find out more about what goes into producing the new voice.

Nat & Lo visited the Google facilities to meet with the team that has been working on the new Google Voice and learn more about how speech synthesis technologies produce the computerized voices we hear. They started out with some background in speech synthesis that was generally traced back to the 80’s. One of the big changes is that the speech synthesis of the 80’s were compiled completely using computer sounds whereas today the technology weaves together actual human voices that have been pre-recorded.

Nat & Lo also explored several factors that have to be considered by the Google employees working on the project. Some of the speech topics included phonemes, phones, and diphones. The team then covers synthesis topics and how computers can combine separate sounds to produce a new word or phrase.

One of the big changes noted in the recent updates involves the topics of prosody and intonation. The way speech sounds, the pace, the rise and fall is a major challenge that is being addressed with the newest updates.

You can check out the full video for more on how Google works to make voice search and commands sound more natural.


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Yet another batch of HTC 10 wallpapers leak

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Disappointed with the HTC 10 wallpapers that have leaked so far? Don’t give up just yet! Three more wallpapers part of the latest batch of wallpapers from the upcoming HTC flagship are available for you to download.

Hit the break to see and download the wallpapers.

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  • Save to get full resolution
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The source, LlabTooFeR, has all of the wallpapers stored in one place on Mega to download as a ZIP file.

We’ve seen the HTC 10 leak repeatedly in recent weeks, but the phone will finally be unveiled on April 12 in an online-only event. Shortly after, we’ll get our hands on it and tell you everything there is to know. But, until we reach April 12, you can enjoy the teasers HTC has been posting every few days.

Source: LlabTooFeR (Twitter)


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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review: Is there really an edge?

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Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge have been highly anticipated. Rumors started not long after the Galaxy S6 launched but really cranked up after the arrival of the Galaxy S6 Edge+. That said, there are some high expectations for both of these phones, which might make some feel like the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are quite underwhelming. Unfortunately, that’s what rumors do: get the anticipation up so high that the phone will never meet expectations.

Putting all that expectation and anticipation aside, Samsung has created the perfect phones. Not only do they have a premium build, but they also just feel right in the hand. Samsung has also listened to a lot of customer demand and brought the microSD card slot back. Samsung is providing the perfect package, though in all honesty, the Galaxy S7 Edge isn’t for everyone.

Follow along below and you’ll find out why!

Check out these Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge guides:

Design

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The Galaxy S7 measures in at 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7mm and weighs 157 grams. That said, it’s significantly larger than the Galaxy S7, and rightly so. It features the new Edge display and also houses a much larger battery than its little brother.

The phone feels really nice in the hand. There’s definitely a premium build here, featuring a metal frame and glass back. Unfortunately, this does make the Galaxy S7 Edge a little slippery at times. I actually dropped the smartphone on concrete because of this, cracking the display just the slightest. With that in mind, a case is highly recommended.

As far as buttons and ports go, Samsung is using the same layout as it has in the past: two volume buttons on the left side, a power button on the right, and then you’ve got the home button below the screen sitting inbetween two capactive buttons. You can find the micro-USB slot at the bottom of the device, and sitting to the left of that is a 3.5mm audio jack. Lastly, the SIM card tray sits on the top of the device, which also houses the added microSD card slot.

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Overall, the handset looks really nice. The model I picked up was the Black Onyx color option, and it looks very sleek. I couldn’t picture myself with any other color, as a white is more keen to showing off all the dirt on the handset and so on.

Hardware

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED (2560×1440) display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 12MP rear camera with f/1.7 aperture, 1/2.6″ sensor size and a 1.4 µm pixel size, a 5MP front camera, a 3600mAh battery, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, and Bluetooth 4.2.

Performance

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The handset has a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, with a resolution of2560 x1440 and 534 pixels per inch. It’s a gorgeous display, as is most of Samsung’s Super AMOLED panels. Colors are very deep, vibrant, and detailed. Being the Galaxy S7 Edge, it does have the Edge display which adds some neat character and dimension to browsing the web and navigating other applications.

The only complaint that I’ve come across with this display is that there’s quite a glare in direct sunlight, and maximum brightness doesn’t seem to help much. A small complaint, but one nonetheless.

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge, at least in the U.S., is sporting a quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor. It’s fast, reliable, and is able to handle anything you throw at it, especially paired with that 4GB of RAM. I was disappointed to find out that Samsung didn’t enable Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology in the processor, but instead is sticking with version 2.0. The phone still charges quite fast without getting too hot, so it’s a wonder as to why Samsung left that out.

Lastly, the sound in the phone is phenomenal. It’s able to get quite loud, but doesn’t sacrifice quality. It still sounds crisp and clean, even at maximum volume. While these are all good aspects about the phone, the battery, in my opinion, is worth the extra $150 or so for the Edge variant.

Battery

Samsung launched both the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge at the same time, and as you can imagine, the Galaxy S7 Edge has a much larger battery at 3,600mAh.  Does that mean it lasts longer? Not necessarily. It is pushing more pixels having that larger screen, but ultimately, it comes down to how much of a power user you are.

As far as practical use goes, I usually only use my phone for calls, texts, email, and occasional banking. That said, I’ve been able to get almost two full days out of the battery. However, days when I’m doing more on it (e.g. videos, social media, etc), it’s able to last well into the evening.

While there are a lot of complaints to be had about the Galaxy S7 Edge (more on that below), the larger battery makes it very much worth the purchase.

Software

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The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is running Android 6.0.1. This is the first device I’ve owned that has had Marshmallow, and boy, I can say there’s a noticeable difference in speed/performance. Now, the Galaxy S7 Edge does have Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay over top of Android. Supposedly it’s been toned down, but it’s still loaded with a lot of proprietary software that cannot be removed.

Samsung has really done a great job this time around. It’s fast and there’s little to no stutter in animations. It just works and it’s a very great experience. However, TouchWiz isn’t without its pitfalls. I have yet to use any of Samsung’s propietary applications, such as Samsung Gear, Samsung Milk Music, S Health, S Voice, and even Samsung Pay. The annoying thing is that these applications cannot be removed. It’s quite frustrating, considering that 10GB of storage is already used up straight out of the box.

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My other complaint is more Edge-specific. The Galaxy S7 Edge is a neat device, largely because of its innovative Edge display. Unfortunately, much of the software related to the Edge, at least in my experience, isn’t useful at all. You have things like People Edge, Tasks Edge, and other Edge features, none of which have I found useful. Maybe I’m more old fashioned, but I much prefer just dialing a number to reach someone over going into People Edge, the supposed “shortcut” to contacting a favorite/frequent contact.

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If the idea of these features was convenient, Samsung didn’t make the mark. Whether you’ve created a shortcut to an app in Tasks Edge or a shortcut to a contact in People Edge, there’s really no incentive for using this extra software. In fact, it takes about the same amount of time to get what you need to do done in the traditional way than going through the “Edge.” In my couple weeks of using the handset, the Edge software really has just felt like more bloatware because, well, it’s just not useful.

I’ve turned all of the “Edge” features off on my device because it isn’t useful; I’d much rather use it like a normal device.

Overall, the software is speedy and looks nice, but the amount of useless trash on the phone is atrocious.

Camera

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The camera is one of the Galaxy S7 Edge’s best features. I wasn’t so sure about it at first, with Samsung dropping the megapixel count to just 12 from the original 16 on previous handsets. Samsung has proved that the megapixel count isn’t everything though, as the Galaxy S7 Edge takes gorgeous photos.

How is Samsung able to do this? Well, the handset has the aforementioned 12-megapixel camera, but also has a Dual Pixel Sensor, which can focus both quickly and accurately. This new camera sensor is also able to capture a lot more light, offering a lot more detail in your photos. This is because of the brighter f/1.7 lens and larger 1.4µm pixel size.

In the real world, the phone really does take gorgeous photos, especially in a lot of light. The sensor is able to capture a lot of detail, reproduce colors accurately, and in some cases, I’ve found it to be better than the iPhone 6’s camera. The video below really shows you just how good the camera is.

We’ve also got some of our own samples for you to take a peak at in the gallery below. Be sure to click on them so you get the full size image.

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Closing

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge doesn’t have many faults. It might be Samsung’s best device yet. It feels nice in the hand and is easy to use for having a massive 5.5-inch display. However, I’ve found that the “Edge” isn’t very useful, and if that’ll bother you, the Galaxy S7 is obviously the way to go. In my case, though, I wanted the larger 3,600mAh battery that came in the Edge variant, which made it worth it to me.

I’d highly recommend the phone to anyone. It really is the perfect phone for those that are looking for a quality build and good software experience. It’ll be particularly interesting to see how it competes against the LG G5, considering that Samsung was able to launch their two flagships a good month before LG has been able to.

[Samsung] [Best Buy] [Amazon] [Newegg]


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Cricket Wireless is now selling the new Samsung Galaxy Amp Prime

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Customers with Cricket Wireless who have been waiting around for an affordable new phone from Samsung finally have the Galaxy Amp Prime to consider. Starting today, the carrier is selling the phone online and in stores for $149.

For now, all we know is that the Galaxy Amp Prime has a 5-inch Super AMOLED display, 5MP rear camera, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Joining the Galaxy Amp Prime on Cricket Wireless’ lineup today is the Galaxy Amp 2, which is obviously another Samsung device. Exact specifications were not shared for this phone, but Cricket Wireless says it has a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED display. The Galaxy Amp 2 will be available through the carrier beginning April 15 with a $99 price tag.

As you probably noticed, we haven’t shared images of either phone. That’s because the Galaxy Amp Prime and Galaxy Amp 2 are not actually live on Cricket Wireless’ site just yet.

Samsung Galaxy Amp Prime Debuts in US at Cricket Wireless $149.99

ATLANTA, March 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Cricket Wireless today announced it will sell the 4G LTE Samsung Galaxy Amp Prime –Samsung’s five-inch, feature-rich smartphone with the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system.  This device is available online and in more than 3,800 Cricket stores nationwide for $149.99, and was created for social media power users and value seekers wanting to take advantage of the premium features this phone has to offer at an affordable price.

The Samsung Galaxy Amp Prime comes equipped with super AMOLED screen for richer colors and sharper images – perfect for media-focused consumers that value streaming videos and playing games.  The 5 MP camera with Quick Launch is great for capturing amazing photos and HD videos quickly, and customers can use a simple hand gesture to take selfies and “groupies” – no need to reach for that button.

Other notable features include:

  • One-handed operation mode so even a large phone is easy to use
  • Ultra Power Savings Mode that can extend your standby time for up to 24 hours with just a 10% charge.
  • Easy Mode – an easier interface for beginners with a simpler layout and larger font size.

Earlier this month, Cricket Wireless celebrated 17 years of firsts for its customers, including:

  • First prepaid carrier to offer unlimited U.S. long distance
  • First prepaid carrier to give customers unlimited text and picture messaging
  • First prepaid carrier to provide unlimited music
  • First to market with phones such as customer-favorite Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime

Also launching at Cricket is the Samsung Galaxy Amp 2 – an entry-level 4G LTE smartphone with a 4.5″ Super AMOLED display with outdoor mode that allows user to increase the screen brightness for 15 minutes for better visibility in sunlight.  It also comes packed with signature Samsung features such as Quick Launch camera and Ultra Power Savings Mode.  This smartphone will be available starting April 15 for $99.99 in Cricket stores and online – great value from a great brand.   

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Stock Android Calculator can now be downloaded from the Play Store

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If you have a skinned Android device, but love the appearance of Google’s stock Calculator app, it can now be yours!

Google’s Calculator app that comes pre-loaded on Nexus devices was one of the first apps with the Material Design language. It provides simple and advanced math functions in a sleek-looking interface that displays cool ripples when keys are pressed. The app also works with Android Wear, bringing math calculations to your wrist. It’ll work on both round-faced and square-faced watches.

Google has slowly been adding its services and stock apps to the Play Store, and this checks another off the list. The app is live on the Play Store now and can be downloaded and installed for free at the link down below.

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