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Note 5 is a sick phone. Battery seems to last quite a bit compared to the note 4. The feel of it is great. I'm glad I got it.
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Don't put your stylus back in the Note 5 backwards...
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Picked up a Note 5 last night. Love it so far, minus the touchwiz.
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Lenovo Exec Spotted Wearing Next-Gen Moto 360






Round about this time, rumors and speculations are always in abundance. This is largely thanks to the upcoming IFA event which takes place every year and is set to start next week in Berlin. At the show, a number of manufacturers will be showing off their latest goods and therefore, the weeks leading up to the event are always full of tasty leaks and rumors. That said, last year saw IFA become a bit of a hot-spot for smartwatches and since then, the run-up to CES and MWC both saw their fair share of smartwatch speculation. With IFA now here again, this year’s event is proving to be no exception and is already providing its fair share of smartwatch rumors and leaks.
For instance, Motorola is widely expected to be announcing their next-gen smartwatch, the Moto 360 (2nd Gen) at the event. Therefore, speculation is high about this particular device right now. Not to mention, a few days back, reports began to come through which not once, but twice, showed what was reported to be leaked images of the Moto 360. These were images of the device being snapped in public. “In the wild” as they say.
Well, with the announcement drawing closer, it now looks like the Moto 360 (2nd Gen) might have been spotted in the wild again. However, this time it was spotted on the arm of a much more official wearer. The image above shows Chen Xudong, Lenovo’s Senior Vice President, who is said to be wearing the next-gen Motorola smartwatch. Although the image is not that revealing, for those wondering why it’s believed this is the new Moto 360, the answer is simple. The home button is widely being reported to have moved position (from the old 3 o’clock position to the new 2 o’clock position). As you can see in the image, the smartwatch being worn does indeed sport a 2 o’clock positioned button. To give you another taste, the image below also seems to be a new image which has now emerged and again said to be showing the next-gen Moto 360 smartwatch. Of course, with IFA only a matter of days away, the official announcement will soon enough be here and there will be little further need for these ‘in the wild’ images. Until then though, they are useful to give an insight into what to expect.
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What you can and can't (and shouldn't) engrave on the back of your Moto G



I've spent the last hour or so seeing what Moto Maker will allow in the custom engraving box when you order a new Moto G. As you would expect, there's some censorship there, and that's probably a good thing. What's not such a good thing is how incomplete it all is.
Previously, you were limited as far as what Motorola would print on the back of your Moto X. No 4-letter words. Nothing offensive. No mucking about with trademarked names and brands. All common sense stuff. That's changed slightly, for the good and the not-so-good.
Things have changed a little now that Moto Maker is available for the Moto G. You can fill the 14 letter slot for engraving with almost anything you can think of. Swear words, at least in English (I was able to sneak plenty of German vulgarities through) are still forbidden. Words that denigrate people, like racial slurs, are banned. The word Android is allowed, but you can't add any letters or numbers before or after it. That's likely a Google trademark thing Android vendors and developers have to agree with, though. In short, you can't curse or have anything offensive printed on the back of your Moto G.
But there is a problem. Because a computer decides what's vulgar or offensive, and someone had to sit and program all those words and phrases in there, plenty of stuff can make it through. And some things are banned that maybe shouldn't be.

Here's an example. The word "sex" is banned. You can engrave "sexy" or "SexBomb" but the actual word sex is banned. Meanwhile, "Hitler", "Nazi", "Murder" and "Genocide" are all fine things to have printed right on the back of your phone. Maybe it's just me, but I think Hitler hurt more people than sex ever did. That's a problem with censorship — you're having someone else decide what is and isn't acceptable to you. It's also a problem better left for discussion elsewhere, so I'll leave it at that.
One thing is certain here — Motorola needs to look through the list of acceptable and unacceptable words and phrases a little more. I'll leave you with this, because I'm done now.
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The Moto G 2015 and SD cards - everything you need to know


Your new Moto G 2015 has a microSD card slot for expandable storage. That's not exactly uncommon to see in an Android phone, though other makers are moving away from the practice. It's also going to become more important when Android 6 brings new (and arguably better) support to let external memory become more integrated into the system itself.
This is a perfect time to learn a little bit more about SD cards, and specifically how they work with the Moto G 2015 and what to look for when buying one. Let's take a look!
SD card file systems


Motorola lists the Moto G 2015 as having support for microSD cards up to 32GB in size. That's not just a random number picked out of thin air, and corresponds directly to the capacity supported by the various standards for Secure Digital storage.
Regardless of the physical size of the SD card (we'll look at that in a bit) your SD card adheres to one of three different standards for capacity.
  • The SD standard supports cards with up to 2GB of storage, using the FAT 12 or FAT 16 file systems
  • The SDHC standard supports cards with up to 32GB of storage, using the FAT 32 file system
  • The SDXC standard supports cards with up to 2TB of storage, using the exFAT file system
The file systems that are part of the standards aren't the only file systems supported on removable storage, but they are the file systems supported natively by Microsoft Windows which is found in most desktop computers. Devices — like our phones, or cameras, or digital music players etc. — use these file systems for removable storage by default so that the removable media can be removed, then inserted into your personal computer to access them. Android doesn't need to use any of these standards, but we use them for better compatibility.
SDXC cards are pre-formatted with the exFAT file system, and usually have a reserved area for DRM. Microsoft doesn't publish the specifications of the exFAT file system, and instead requires a device maker that uses it to purchase a license. Windows XP (SP2) and later, as well as Mac OS X 10.6.5 and later support the exFAT file system natively. If you're using an alternative operating system on your PC — like Android or BSD or Linux — you'll either need to do a few things to add support, or reformat the card with another file system and risk losing compatibility with some host devices that expect any SD cards over 32GB of storage to use the exFAT file system. Most companies who make our phones and tablets have just purchased the license and use SDXC to make things easy on us users.
If you want to get really nerdy, Google up some information about FUSE modules and how they work to read SDXC formatted media. I suggest a supply of adult beverages be at hand.
SD card form factors


An SD card can come in one of three standard sizes. The size does not determine the capacity, though the naming convention can cause a bit of confusion.
  • The full size SD card is the largest version. You've likely seen full size SD cards, especially if you have a digital camera of some sort or another. SD cards support the SD standard, the SDHC standard and the SDXC standard.
  • The miniSD card format is fairly uncommon. It's an in-between size, and requires it's own type of card slot because it has two extra input-output pins compared to the full-sized SD card format. The miniSD format supports the SD standard and the SDHC standard.
  • The microSD card format is the size we use in our Androids. About the same size as a SIM card, they fully support the SD standard, the SDHC standard, and the SDXC standard.
You might have seen microSD card to SD card adapters, and this is possible because both full-sized SD cards and microSD cards share the same pin layout. The only real difference is the physical size of the plastic shell, and that full-sized SD cards can support a write-protect switch.
If you're buying a new (and expensive) SD card I suggest you buy a microSD sized one. Most come with an adapter so that they can be read by a computer or a camera. You can't cut a full-sized card down to fit into your phone and jimmy-rig the contact pins. I've tried. And tried.
SD cards in the Moto G


Motorola says the Moto G 2015 only supports cards up to 32GB in size. At a glance, now that you know all there is to know about SD card standards and form factors, you would think that means they only support the SDHC standard. But that's not the case.
Both the 64GB and 128GB SDXC cards in the picture above work fine in the Moto G, and they're both formatted as SDXC. Phil also uses a 128GB SDXC-formatted card in his Moto G 2015. Alex, however, has a 64GB card that won't work in the Moto G, even though it works fine elsewhere. Yes, this is all anecdotal evidence, but it's all we have.
What we know is that Motorola says only 32GB cards are supported. Phil was told that once cards get over 32GB in size, there may be some "wonkiness" — Alex's experience reflects this. Officially, Motorola told me that cards up to 32GB are supported, just like it says on the spec sheet.
We have a few ideas what may be happening (my bet is that SDXC cards are supported, but performance while indexing anything larger that 32GB will suffer) but all we can really go with is what Motorola wants to officially tell us.

Using the SD card on your Moto G is simple. To make the SD card the default storage location for all the pictures and video you take, open the camera app, slide to the right to get to the settings wheel, and tap the little wee SD card icon. From now on, all your camera photos and videos will be written to the SD card.
To move other media, like pictures or video you have taken before you made the change above, or downloaded music files, you'll need to dive into the device settings. Open them, tap the "storage" list item, and scroll down until you see "Move media." Give it a tap, and choose which types of files to move.
Easy-peasy.
My brain is tired. What card should I buy for my new Moto G?


The most important question, and the easiest to answer.
Buy a card that is big enough to do what you need, that has the fastest read/write speed available.
Ideally, you'll buy a high-speed 32GB microSD card. This way, you're using an "officially" supported size, but that's not the only reason to skip filling a card with GB after GB of files. The other, and more important reason, is system performance.
We didn't talk speed on purpose — buy the fastest card you can buy, every time. This means UHS rated read-write speeds. The extra money is well spent here. Pictures and video will write to the SD card faster and smoother, and when Android M lets us do a little more with the card, those things will benefit from the higher speeds. The speed of the card itself is (usually) clearly marked on the front. Speeds are measured in "classes" with class 2 being the slowest and UHS 3 being the fastest. Avoid class 2, class 4, and class 6 cards every time. Class 10 cards have decent read and write speeds, but UHS (Ultra High Speed) cards are what you really want — especially if you shoot a lot of video in HD or 4K format. But the biggest reason to want a high-speed card of a moderate size is how file indexing works, and the fact that the Moto G has mid-range internals.
Periodically, your phone will need to index — look at file headers and file information to see just what's there — all the files on the SD card. This is easy to see in action, just eject and re-insert your SD card. If you have a 200GB card, filled with files, this is going to take quite a while on the Moto G. Your whole phone will be a bit sluggish while it's doing it, too. Instead of putting everything on your SD card, try to get into the routine of using cloud storage (or a computer backup, or both) for the things you don't need right now. The fewer the number of files on your SD card, the faster MediaScanner (the service that does the indexing) will finish.
Using a card bigger than 32GB won't necessarily break anything. As long as your Moto G can see your card (Hi, Alex!) it should work. You'll just have a bit longer wait when indexing or searching through files stored on the card if you have a big card filled with files.
I use these cards in all of my devices (both Android phones and other stuff like cameras and my now-deceased Walkman) including my Moto G 2015. Of course, they are above Motorola's official 32GB limit, so YMMV.
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Former Apple CEO John Sculley launches a line of stylish smartphones





Like most consumer items, the lower the price point of a phone, the less exciting the design. Obi Worldphone co-founder (and former Apple CEO) John Sculley and Ammunition design founder Robert Brunner decided to challenge that by creating mid-level, inexpensive international smartphones that look -- if not cool -- at least unique. The new Obi Worldphone SF1 and SJ1.5 both start off at under $200 ($199 and $129 respectively), will be available in October and target buyers 25 years old and younger in emerging markets in Asia, Africa and Middle East. The phones are filled with components from the usual suspects (Qulacomm and MediaTek processors, Sony camera, Corning Gorilla Glass and Dolby sound), but it's the look of the phones and their skinned version of Android that matters to Obi. "We are committed to being a design-led company," Sculley told Engadget.
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It's more than just design and price, Obi Worldphones is relying on being nimble to compete against the Apple, Samsung and HTCs of the world. The company sees the size of those larger companies and their legacy as a weakness. Larger companies tend to move slower while Obi Worldphones is fresh new startup with the ability to quickly iterate designs and swap out components that it believes would serve it's audience the best.
But it's now going too cheap with Qualcomm, Sony and Dolby parts inside its phones. Sculley pointed out that the company would not compromise on the quality of it's phones just to hit a low price point.

The SF1 with 4G/LTE sports a reinforced fiberglass body with a five-inch display and flashes for the front and back cameras. It runs a Snapdragon 615 processor and is $199 for 2GB or RAM and 16GM of storage and $249 for 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.

The cheaper SJ1.5 (with 3G) has a quad-Core processor in a cases available in multiple colors (red, black and white) with accents. The $129 phone comes with 16GB of internal storage. Both phones have dual SIM slots-- a must for a phone launching in an emerging market, and it's going to quite a few. Initial countries where it'll launch online and in-store include be Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, South Africa, Pakistan, Turkey and India. The company could be a serious contender to Samsung, HTC and Apple if it maintains these low prices and striking designs. That is, if the kids like it.
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One day, we didn’t know a thing about Motorola’s forthcoming smartwatch, and now it seems we can’t stop the massive dam break from the company’s Chicagoan labs. More photos of the forthcoming Moto 360 2015 have leaked.

This time, we get a look at the Moto 360S and Moto 360L, which are appropriately titled for being small and large versions of the same product. This first image gives us a nice look at the Moto 360S next to the original Moto 360. You can tell it is significantly smaller, which should be a welcome sight for anyone who thought the original device looked like a giant hockey puck on their wrists.
On the other hand, the Moto 360L pictured alone in the photo below should be about the same size as the original. The physical dimensions are obviously going to vary a bit thanks to the extended lugs featured on these things, but it should be an overall more familiar fit for those who owned the previous model.

One thing the pictures do show us is a more clear shot of the flat tire. Yes, that damned thing is back. We’re still crossing our fingers that it’s a sticker cleverly placed and designed to throw us off and surprise us with a fully circular display, but that’s little more than wishful thinking.
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It’s been almost 2 years since the original LG-made Nexus 5 arrived on the scene and we’ve seen a lot of advancements in mobile hardware since then. While there’s no doubt the phone will be a huge upgrade for anyone still clinging onto their Nexus 5 for dear life, it might not be as “super high-end” as some of the other flagships introduced this year.
That’s not to say we expect it to slouch in the hardware department either. While we don’t know for certain what LG and Google have in store, a few of the the Nexus 5 2015’s specs have allegedly been leaked on Weibo, as discovered by the folks at G for Games. The post claims to reveal a few hardware details we’ll see when the Nexus 5 2015 launches in just a few more weeks. Here’s what we could be looking at.
  • 5.2-inch 2K display
  • Snapdragon 808 64-bit hexa-core (Dual-Core Cortex A72 @ 1.8GHz + Quad-Core Cortex A53 @ 1.44GHz) Adreno 418
  • 3GB RAM
  • 13MP Sony IMX278 four-color RGBW sensor (also found on the Huawei P8) with the same OIS as the LG G4
  • LTE Cat 9 with support for 450Mbps speeds
It’s because of these relatively modest specs, the Nexus 5 2015 could once again target that more affordable pricing of the original. Because the original Nexus 5 launched so late in the year by the time anyone got their hands on the phone, it was quickly trumped by 2014 flagships in just about every area.
What do you guys think — will you be holding out for other newer devices with 4GB RAM and more advanced processors, or will you the Nexus 5 2015 be enough to quench most of your hardware wants?
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It’s official: Amazon’s “Free App of the Day” program — where they’d offer up popular Android apps and games free for 24 hours — is officially dead. We know, this was the only reason many of you had the Amazon Appstore installed on your Android devices, but don’t freak out. It’s now effectively being replaced by “Amazon Underground.” So much more edgy.

A brand new “movement,” Amazon will pay developers for every minute a user plays their app or game. All developers have to do is make sure their app is actually free — that is, free to download and free for all in-game content. None of that freemium crap here. It’s easy to see the appeal. Developers will be able to turn 100% of their users into actual customers, all they have to do is make compelling content that people actually want to play, not pay. Amazon notes that Underground is a “long-term program,” not some “one-off promotion” so they plan on sticking with it. Well, for as long as the FAOTD was around.

To get started, you’ll need to download the Underground app from the Amazon Shopping app or the Amazon Appstore (either one will do), or download and install Amazon Underground directly from here. The app has a fair amount of permissions, but that’s because it’s pretty much the regular Appstore only with more free goodies. Direct download link provided after the video below.
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The second coming of the Nexus 5 (2015) is right around the corner. The phone has been leaked enough times that it’s almost a certainty, although details surrounding official specs, pricing, and availability are still up in the air. Okay, so we only really know what the phone will most likely look like when it launches in October/November, this is thanks to a handful of renders created from actual schematics of the phone.

Today, we’re getting our first real look at the 5.2-inch 2K display panel that will most likely be used on the phone. Our friend @OnLeaks is the one receiving the tip, where 2 photos of the displays were presented to him by someone on Twitter. However, it seems he was only able to confirm one of the photos with his own renders as the LG Nexus 5 (2015). The other device… Well, we’re not entirely sure but it’s possible it could be the Huawei Nexus.
It’s not much to go on, but we’re starving for scraps here and any new info — even as something as small as an LCD panel — is enough to whet our appetites. In case you missed it, you can check out the most recent rumor surrounding the hardware specs in our post right here.
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Site shows details on why putting S Pen wrong will damage your Galaxy Note 5







There have been endless discussions, heated debates and finger pointing regarding the supposed “design flaw” of the Galaxy Note 5 that obviously damages your device when you put in your S Pen backwards. But whether Samsung should have designed it better or people should be smarter when using their devices, some may be curious about what does happen when you put it in wrong and why it will sometimes irreparably damage your phablet. 9 to 5 Google gave a great explanation as to the process and what you can do (if anything).

Inside the S Pen slot, there is a small plastic lever that is triggered when the pen is inserted and it then tells the device that there is a pen and so it turns on some features like Screen-off memo and Air Command menu. Above that, there is another lever that helps hold the pen and its “click side” in place. Sticking the pen in backwards will cause it to get caught behind that second lever. That will make the actual removing extremely difficult, and at times, as we’ve seen some complaints, almost impossible.
But even if by some miracle you were able to remove the S Pen, that doesn’t mean your problems are over, because there’s that other lever. When the “clicky side” of the pen passes it over, then the damage has been done. And then forcing the S Pen out will damage it even further, as it is made of plastic and it is inside something soldered to the main board. And if it is damaged, then you might as well get a new phone since this one will not be able to detect the S Pen anymore.
While we don’t discount the possibility of a child using your phone and putting it in the wrong way, or something happens that you accidentally do so, those incidents are few and far between. Maybe Samsung should have done something better, we don’t know. All you can do for now if you have a Galaxy Note 5 is to be very careful and conscious about how you use your S Pen.
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Have you been living under a rock the past few days and missed the big uproar that was caused when the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 was found to have a major design flaw? Hopefully not, because you might not have known to be extra careful about reinserting your S-Pen back into the device the right way. Throwing it in backwards might cause it to get stuck and break the detection sensor inside the device.


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Video URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEUaeGYhTlk Thankfully, there is a sliver of hope for fixing it yourself if you haven’t already yanked it out of there with force. How2Tech posted a demonstration showing that all you need is a thin piece of paper to free your S-Pen from its shackles without harming the device.
It simply involves sliding a piece of paper up the holding bay far enough so that the paper pushes the detection sensor inward. This would ideally allow your S-Pen to slide by it without the clicky top snapping the detection sensor.

It might take a steady hand and the patience of a God, but if it means saving yourself an $800 headache then we imagine you’ll be glad to give it a try. And if you haven’t had the unfortunate incident occur for you yet, please be careful and make sure the pointy end goes into the bottom of the phone first. Video’s sitting right above.
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New LG Nexus 5 (2015) Image Pops Up, Confirms Previous Leaks






Google’s upcoming Nexus devices have been leaking quite frequently lately. The allegedly upcoming LG and Huawei Nexus devices have showed their face in videos, images, rumors, etc. Yesterday, we’ve seen alleged display of LG Nexus leak, and earlier today, a possible release date for this handset also appeared. Well, a new LG Nexus 5 (2015) leak surfaced, showing off the device itself, again, read on.
As you can see in the provided image, we get to see the back side of LG Nexus (2015) once again. This leak actually goes hand-in-hand with what we’ve seen thus far. The camera on the back protrudes a little, and next to it you get to see the dual-LED flash, and laser autofocus sensors which have been showed off many times before. The rear-facing fingerprint scanner is also here, and so are the physical button located on the right-hand side of this device. The power / lock key is placed above the volume rocker keys, and on the left side you’ll quite probably find the SIM card tray, though we can’t really see that side on this particular image. The back cover of the LG Nexus (2015) seems to be made out of soft plastic, or a similar material, and the phone sports a metallic trim.
That being said, let’s check out LG Nexus’ rumored specs, shall we. The phone is said to sport a 5.2-inch QHD (2560 x 1440) display along with 3GB of RAM. The Type-C USB 3.0 port is also going to be included here, and the device will most probably be powered by either the Snapdragon 808 64-bit hexa-core, or Snapdragon 810 64-bit octa-core processor. Android 6.0 Marshmallow will, of course, come pre-installed on this device, and this will quite probably be the first device to sport the new version of Google’s OS out of the box, presuming Huawei Nexus doesn’t launch at the same time as LG Nexus. Speaking of which, an earlier leak suggested that LG Nexus will be arriving on September 29th, which is a bit sooner than we have expected it to launch, but it’s possible. Unfortunately, we still don’t have any info regarding Huawei Nexus’ launch date, stay tuned for that.
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Huawei Watch Pre-Order Hits Amazon, Priced From $349 to $799


The Huawei Watch, previously reported to go official next week during IFA, is now up for pre-order on Amazon. According to the listing, there are four models — Black/Black, Gold/Brown, Gold/Gold, and Stainless Steel/Black — priced rather high when compared to other Android Wear devices on the market.
To start, the “cheapest” model is the Stainless Steel/Black, featuring a steel-colored case and black leather band. This device is priced at $350. The most expensive, referred to as the Gold/Gold option, is listed at $799. Yup, that’s some serious dough.
Sadly, Amazon’s listing does not detail specifications for the smartwatch in depth. However, a couple small things are disclosed, such as a 1.4″ full-circle AMOLED display (400 x 400) with scratch resistant sapphire glass and stainless steel body, and even “iOS 8.2 or Android 4.3” compatibility. Does this mean Android Wear will soon support iOS, or did Huawei find a way? We shall see.
It’s entirely possible that someone jumped the gun, and this pre-order should not be live until the device is announced at IFA next week. So, if you were planning on purchasing a Huawei Watch, you may want to do so quickly.
Any thoughts on the pricing? Too expensive? Just right for a tasteful timepiece?
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Why Android 6.0 Marshmallow is an even bigger deal than Google’s letting on



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Both iOS 9 and Android 6.0 Marshmallow have been tagged as incremental upgrades that are mostly looking to add stability improvements without overwhelming us with new features. But Android fan Salman Ahmad makes the case that Marshmallow is actually a bigger deal than a lot of people — including Google — are giving it credit for being.


To back up his point, he lists dozens of new features that are coming to Marshmallow that should have Android users excited. Here they are:
• Now on Tap
• Permissions Management
• SD Cards can be “merged” with internal storage
• Android Pay
• Native fingerprint authentication
• Automatic app data backups
• App Links (you’re going to see less of those “what do you want to open this in?” prompts)
• Doze and App Standby
• Multi Window(currently hidden, uncertain future)
• Theming support(currently hidden, uncertain future)
• Dark theme(removed, uncertain future)
• Customisable Quick Toggles along with other UI tweaking
• Visual Voicemail Support
• Redesign of the Clock Widget and Music Identification Widget
• New “Memory” Section in Settings(it was there before, but hidden)
• Support for deleting screenshots directly through the notification centre after they’ve been taken
• Landscape mode available for the Google Now Launcher(feature will likely be backported to older versions of Android)
• New app and widget drawer with scroll bar support and vertical scrolling
• Built-In File Manager receives a bump in functionality
• Native tap to wake support
• Ability to disable “heads up” or “peeking” notifications
• Native 4K output support
• Stricter APK validation
• MIDI support
• USB Type C support
• New boot animation
• Introduction of a “voice interaction” API to allow better interaction with voice actions in apps
• Toggling battery saver by voice
• Ability to undo and redo text changes with bluetooth keyboard shortcuts
• Multi-selection to merge, delete or share has been added in the contacts application
• Faster text selection along with a floating toolbar for text actions
• Default apps UI
• Direct share can allow you directly share stuff with contacts through the share menu
• Much more granular app info
• Native bluetooth stylus support
• Split-screen keyboard
• Mobile radio active bug will be fixed
• Better do not disturb along with repeat caller exceptions
• Bluetooth scanning to improve location accuracy
• Native flashlight API
• Easier access to Multi volume controls(ringer, media, alarm)
• Smoother volume scrubbing
Most of us will never use any of these features, although there are definitely some important additions. Granular app permissions are something that will greatly enhance users’ ability to control what information their apps can access. Support for USB Type-C brings us one step closer to mass adoption of that highly promising new USB technology. Initial tests of the Doze mode have offered promising results when it comes to saving battery power.
In all, Marshmallow does have a lot of
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Hands-on with the £129 WileyFox Swift




Two years ago, Motorola pioneered a new smartphone category with the original Moto G: the almost flagship. It was a device that offered close to high-end performance and design with a price-tag usually reserved for less capable mid-tier handsets. It's now the company's bestselling smartphone and few, if any of its rivals have managed to replicate its winning formula. The latest competitor to step up and take a shot is Wileyfox, a complete newcomer from the UK. Over the next couple of months it'll be launching two new smartphones which run the Cyanogen flavor of Android: the Swift and the Storm. The cheaper of the two, the £129 ($200) Swift, sits somewhere between the latest Moto G and entry-level Moto E. But it's got a lot to prove if it hopes to steal some of the company's thunder.
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For a sub-£150 handset, the Swift is quite the looker. So many mid-tier devices, especially those produced by UK carriers, skimp on design in order to maximize their spec sheets. Not so with WileyFox's first handset. The rear plastic panel has a soft, matte finish that looks almost like granite from afar. You'll find the company's stylised fox head logo etched into the back with its name in sunset orange underneath. The same shade surrounds the camera module up top, completing a design that is both sleek and stylish, if not particularly adventurous. I prefer the colorful and curvaceous look of Motorola's Moto phones, but the Swift has a business-like swagger similar to a Blackberry or the Blackphone.
The design isn't without its faults though. The volume rocker and power button are a little mushy, and the bottom of the back panel vibrates whenever the speaker is pushed above 75 percent. If you've held a flagship phone recently, especially one with a Quad HD display like the Samsung Galaxy S6 or LG G4, you'll also be disappointed by the Swift's comparatively meagre 720p panel. It's not bad per se, with punchy blacks and accurate colour representation, but it's hard not to notice and inspect all of the individual pixels.
What about the software? Well, Cyanogen 12.1 is a joy. For the uninitiated, this is basically the "stock" version of Android found on Nexus devices, albeit with a few extra customization options. These include changing the quick settings panel and on-screen navigation buttons, as well as buying and applying custom themes from the Cyanogen Themes Store. WileyFox has its own version installed by default, but you can easily dive into the phone's settings and pick an alternative that's closer to pure Android Lollipop. Like the Moto and Nexus line-ups, the Swift also comes with minimal bloatware. That means if you decide to buy one, you'll actually get close to the 16GB of advertised storage.
The Swift boasts 2GB of RAM and a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 processor, which is a fraction less powerful than the 1.4GHz version in the Moto G. Those specs should be more than serviceable, but it does occasionally stutter while launching apps and carrying out more resource-intensive activities. It's never unusable, but there will be moments when you have to wait for it to register taps and swipes. These instances are relatively few and far between though. For the most part it's a smooth experience, especially for common tasks such as texting, email and web browsing. Just don't expect an Android powerhouse.
The Swift is unique and, for a £129 smartphone, exciting. So many handsets in this price bracket look like bland prototypes that have been picked off a factory floor. By comparison, WileyFox's first handset is ostentatious. The Swift's stylings aren't particularly memorable, but it also wouldn't look out of place in a line-up of Android flagships. Cyanogen is a solid software choice and the lack of unwanted apps should appeal to both hardcore Android fans and the general smartphone populace. The device does have a few flaws -- for the price, that's expected -- but the amount it gets right is cause for celebration. Finally, companies are starting to learn from the Moto G.
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New Moto 360 leaked in two sizes, colors, and bands





We're expecting to see new Moto 360 later this week at IFA 2015 in Berlin, but in the meantime we're being treated to another leak. This time we're seeing Motorola's upcoming smartwatch in two different sizes (as previously captured on camera), as well as two different colors (black and silver) and with two different bands (black metal link and brown leather).
Apart from that, what we're seeing looks just like all the other leaks we've seen thus far, with more traditional external lug mounts than the first generation Moto 360, Android Wear driving things, the side button moved up the side. Inherited from the previous watch is the "flat tire" black bar across the bottom to house the ambient light sensor to automatically adjust brightness on the otherwise circular display.
The Moto 360 isn't the only smartwatch expected at IFA — Samsung is tipped to unveil the Gear S2, we'll be seeing more of the Huawei Watch (which seems to be aiming more upmarket than others in the Android Wear space), and the Asus ZenWatch 2 (the only watch in this bunch with a not-round display). In the meantime, the current Moto 360's disappeared off Motorola's website. You can still buy bands for it, but the watch itself is gone.
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Leaked AnTuTu benchmark result shows Samsung Galaxy O specs





R Padla Specs of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Grand On and Galaxy Mega On were recently leaked. Those are still Galaxy devices so don't ask what's that 'On' at the end of the names. We're not even sure if that's an On, an O7, or simply an O but whatever it is, we know another pair of Galaxy devices are being prepped by Samsung.

A recent AnTuTu benchmark result was leaked, showing us specs and features of a Galaxy O smartphone (model SM-G6000) including Android 5.1.1, Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, Adreno 306, 720 x 1280 pixel resolution, 1GB RAM, 8GB ROM, 13MP rear camera, and a 5MP front-facing cam. These information seem to be almost the same with the specs we learned yesterday. Nothing on the display size but it's believed to be a 5.5-incher (Mega On) and the Grand On a bit smaller with 5-inches.
We don't usually question Samsung's naming skills but a Galaxy + word + On combinations seems weird. But then again, it may not really be an "On"---it could be just Galaxy O and the "n" could be any number. If that's the case, the devices could be Galaxy Grand or Galaxy Mega 01, 02, 03, and so on and so forth.

For all we know, Samsung is only trying to confuse us. Maybe the company is hiding something that it wants to divert our attention to the mysterious Galaxy O line. Specs are not reallyimpressive and they're somewhat similar to an entry-level Samsung phone. So if these two are not premium flagship devices, then what are they? Anyway, an AnTuTu benchmark sighting is important as it suggests the impending announcement or arrival of a particular device. I guess we'll just have to wait and see if Samsung will make a grand reveal. What do you think?
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More rumors out of Asia claim to shed some light on LG’s latest flagship confirmed to be launching later this year. You may remember LG’s sudden change of heart where they said the phone be “super premium” as originally stated (it’s still unclear if this was in reference to build quality, or general specs) but don’t let that get you down. It could still carry some very high-end hardware, namely a large 5.8-inch 2K display.
Now, the LG G4 was one of the few Android devices launching this year that came close to matching the photo quality of the Samsung Galaxy S6. For this new flagship, LG is said to have a new trick up their sleeve: a dual-camera setup. It will allegedly work somewhat similar to HTC’s implementation on the One M8, with the secondary camera used for depth data only with some kind of new always-on focusing feature.
Just because it will work similar to the HTC One M8, don’t let that scare you. It worked out pretty well for the Huawei Honor 6 Plus and depending on the implementation, could be as effective as Qualcomm and Corephotonic’s setup here. In either case, after seeing how serious LG has taken mobile photography in the LG G4, we’re hoping they wouldn’t be wasting their time with just another gimmick.
It was last year LG reportedly put a hold on their G Pro line, the company’s high-end phablet devices, in order to focus on their more regular-sized flagships. Looks like this year we could be seeing the return of the LG G Pro, only likely under a completely different name.
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Rumored Google Nexus 8 Surfaces in China






It’s getting real close to Nexus season, which means there are a ton of leaks and rumors floating around about the next generation of Nexus devices. We’ve heard loads and loads about the LG and Huawei made Nexus smartphones. But we’ve only recently started seeing rumors about a Nexus 8. About a week ago, a device with the codename “Colorfly Hero” went through GeekBench 3 with the model name “Nexus 8”. Now the Geekbench 3 listing did not show us who the device was built by, so it’s kinda hard to tell. But now we have what appears to be a leak of the Nexus 8, at least that’s what sources want us to believe, in China. Which you can see in the image above.
This device looks a lot like the Nexus 7 (2013) actually, while it could be another ASUS-made tablet, it’s hard to tell right now, as there are no logos. We get a glimpse of the front and part of the side of the tablet. But not the back. Looking at the front, you’ll see what could be an opening for a home button or fingerprint reader. It’s hard to tell if that’s an opening or just a white sticker covering up some info. Google did announce support for fingerprint readers in Android Marshmallow, so it would be very likely to see one on the new Nexus hardware coming this fall. In fact, I’d say it’s about confirmed that they will have fingerprint readers.
As always, be sure to take this with a grain of salt. As we don’t quite have a way to confirm this picture just yet. Right now, the rumor going around is that new Nexus devices and Android 6.0 will be unveiled on September 29th, a bit earlier than usual. But we won’t mind. We’ll be looking forward to getting our hands on this year’s Nexus smartphones and tablet(s). It’ll be interesting to see if Google has gone back to HTC for the Nexus 8 or if they’ve went to another manufacturer, and just who might that be. ASUS seem to be the only one really selling tablets these days. So there’s a good chance the search giant have tapped them again.
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Has Nextbit created the next 'it' phone?



Meet Robin, a “cloud-first” smartphone from Nextbit Systems.


For the last two weeks Nextbit has been teasing details about its first smartphone on Twitter. First a photo of a white box, then a speaker grill, and finally a cropped picture of a camera lens.
Today, we find out what the company—founded by two former Google employees—has been working on. The tech startup is launching a Kickstarter campaign for its first smartphone called Robin.
Robin runs a customized version of Android and features a 5.2-inch 1080p high-definition screen, Snapdragon 808 processor, NFC, 13 megapixel camera, USB Type-C connector with quick charge, and 32 gigabytes of internal storage. The phone is also equipped with a fingerprint reader, which can be found behind the phone’s power button on the right side of the device.
The team decided to create a smartphone that would stand out, and the result is a rectangular device with hard edges and a distinct design.
Launching on Kickstarter is a novel approach, but as a young company with limited funds, the firm views it as a way to gauge demand and better forecast component orders. Nextbit CEO Tom Moss expressed excitement about the company’s $500,000 crowdfunding campaign explaining that it gives the company a better opportunity to gather direct feedback from customers. Competing smartphone maker OnePlus currently uses an invite system for its smartphones for similar reasons.
The phone will be offered to the first 1,000 backers on the crowdfunding platform for $299, and later $349 for the rest of the campaign. Meanwhile, the device is expected to retail for $399 when it begins shipping in January.
If Robin doesn’t reach its goal within its 30-day time frame the company plans to make adjustments to the current model based on user feedback, although Moss is confident the market will find value in the product.
What makes Robin truly unique is its approach to managing phone storage. Instead of forcing users to offload photos and videos, or delete rarely used apps to free up space, Robin does it for you.
Robin’s software analyzes a user’s phone habits and when running low on space will remove an app from the device—leaving a grey icon in its place— to free precious storage. Additionally, users can simply tap on the icon to re-download it. The phone’s software will remember and restore any app’s credentials and settings.
Robin will also automatically upload photos and videos to clouds when more space is needed, leaving a lower resolution version on the device. Should you need the original, you can download it with a few taps on the screen. Also, at launch, Robin will come with 100 gigabytes of cloud storage for free.
Nextbit’s executive team noted the company is intent on providing more solutions for consumer pain points through future software updates, but stopped short of providing any examples.
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As we move out of the summer and into the fall, Google’s intention to launch not one, but two new Nexus for 2015 is starting to become a little more clear. In the latest round of leaks, popular YouTuber @MKBHD received an aftermarket case for the upcoming LG Nexus 5 (2015) which he posted online. The case came from @SonnyDickson who has made a name for himself leaking out iPhone components from various suppliers in China.
We’ve already seen a few CAD files for the phone leaked already (3D files case manufacturers use to build phone cases) and 3D renders based off of those files, so it’s not really too surprising to find an actual physical sample already available. Of course, the real question is what kind of hardware the new LG Nexus will be using, in which case a new report from Android Police, allegedly has some of those deets.
According to the most updated spec sheet — which is much different from previously reported specs — the updated LG Nexus 5 could be much more affordable than we originally thought. Specs reportedly include the following:
LG Nexus 5 (2015) specs
  • 5.2-inch 1080p display (not 2K)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor (not the 615 or 810)
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 16/32GB internal storage options (no 64GB option)
  • 12.3MP rear camera/5MP front facing cameras
  • 2,700mAh battery (only 500mAh more than the original)
The USB Type C connector is also being rumored again, but no word if it’ll be true 3.1 or just regular ‘ol 2.0 compliant. It also seems this year’s Nexus 5 could also offer up 3 color choices right of the bat: black, white, or blue.
And that concludes the latest round of rumors. As you can see, if true, the new Nexus 5 favoring much more modest than most high-end flagships this year could mean Google is looking to attack the affordable smartphone market. With Google planning to launch two Nexus devices this year, really it makes perfect sense. One mid-range affordable handset, and another premium phablet device for those with deep pockets. With Project Fi compatibility more than likely out of the box, Google’s 1-2 punch could be what they need to open up Project Fi to a whole new set of consumers.
What do you guys think — would you rather have an premium 5-inch Nexus devices the a price tag to match, or something a little more modest and affordable?
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After publicly announcing that HTC devices are officially off the table, device tipster @Upleaks is turning his sights to exposing devices from other OEMS. Those like Motorola’s new smartwatch efforts, exposed before their appointed time. Now, according to rumors, Motorola and LG are planning to show off new Android Wear devices this week alongside the already announced Huawei Watch, and ASUS ZenWatch 2. Google essentially confirmed as much, mentioning in a new blog post today that “upcoming” devices from these big OEMs would be the first to support iOS.

Because nobody likes waiting, @Upleaks is now giving us a look at Motorola’s plans for their new 2015 smartwatch, the Motorola Moto 360 (2nd Gen) in both regular and small varieties. The leaked press shots show the the front and back of the new smartwatch, along with size and finish differences.
But here’s one nobody was expecting, an all new variant called the Motorola Moto 360 Sport will also be soon available. Although it looks like a regular Moto 360 2nd Gen wrapped in a silicone case, it seems the Sport edition could be a more rugged version of the watch but wont launch until later in the year.

According to @Upleaks the Moto 360 (2nd Gen) will be launching sometime in September, to be followed by the Moto 360 Sport in November. Details such as specs and pricing weren’t revealed, but it seems Motorola is really looking to cover their bases for anyone looking for a new smartwatch this year.
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