OnePlus has been attempting to redress itself for a few months now, trying to please its users with updates, hot fixes and price reductions for its devices. The latest move in attempting to appease customers is to drop the price of OnePlus 2. The ordering and shipping difficulties that customers complained about in the past are now being taken care of (with the drop of the invite system) and orders above $100 will ship for free.
OnePlus 2 will drop $40 from its price, going down to $349 permanently. The smartphone launched in July and it came in two different configurations: a 16GB storage version with 3GB of RAM and a 64GB version with 4GB of RAM. The rest of the specs are comprised of a Snapdragon 810 processor with a 5.5” 1080p display, 13MP camera, fingerprint sensor and a 3300 mAh battery. The 16GB version is out of stock at the moment, but the 64GB version used to cost $389 until today. Keep in mind that OnePlus’ flagship does not have NFC, fast charging or wireless charging, if that makes any difference.
Anyone who bought a OnePlus 2 in the last 15 days will also get the retroactive $40 discount, which is a great and unexpected deal that will not make them feel somehow cheated.
Jide Remix Ultra is a multi-window tablet made by a crowdfunding company that launched the project last year. The product has been around for a while now, and after a few security patches and updates, it has begun to prove that it is not a shabby device at all! Even if Jide may not be the first OEM that comes to mind when you think technology, you can rest assured that their products are always root-ready and special.
Jide is renowned for their heavily customized version of Android OS – Remix OS – because the software version brings a level of multi-tasking on the market that no usual Android user has ever seen. The largest tablet, Remix Ultra, has managed to change a lot since launch thanks to a number of updates and bug fixes, and it is now worthy of appraisal.
Jide Remix Ultra specs:
11.6” full HD IPS 1920 x1080p display
NVIDIA Tegra 4*1 A15 processor at 1.8 GHz
64GB storage plus SD card support
8100 mAh battery
5 MP rear camera with 5MP front camera.
When it comes to design, Jide Remix Ultra looks pretty fancy with bright colors and a clean-looking shipping box. The back of the device has a sheet of aluminum that helps with heat dispersion; plus, it can be “broken” by a hinge that will turn the back into a kickstand that will rest at 40 and 80 degrees, which is rather helpful, considering its size and weight. The tablet ships with a detachable keyboard that acts as a cover when not in use.
When it comes to the OS, Remix turns out to be a great interpretation of Android. Multi-windowed mode is usually useful, but it is mostly forgotten after a few days but, in this case, it becomes a very important step to take in exploring the tablet. The UI looks more like a desktop interface that what you can see on most Android tablets. On the taskbar you can manage apps pretty confidently in order to complete more actions at the same time. Remix OS is very different from stock Android, as most alterations have necessitated changing in order to function as desired. The settings menu looks more like Windows than anything else, which means that you will not be able to use third party launchers (yet).
Jide Remix Ultra is not a tablet meant for gaming, but for multitasking, which is where it excels in tests. That is not to say that games do not work pretty well on the tablet, but you may get some lag and frame spikes here and there. On AnTuTu, the device gets a mid range score of 41341, and on Basemark OS II it manages to stay just behind Samsung Galaxy A5 Duos (2014).
The full HD display is very bright and clear in the 11 inches it must cover. It is perfect for movies and browsing while still maintaining a battery balance. The colors are well balanced and the saturation is moderate. The stereo speakers offer clear and crisp audio with no distortion.
Both cameras on the Jide Remix Ultra tablet are of similar quality and they can take 2560 x 1920 photos and record 1080p videos. You will probably not use them very much though, because of the size of the device itself. The cameras are mostly intended for video calls and the lack of flash will make them behave poorly in low light conditions.
If you feel like rooting your Jide Remix Ultra tablet, you should know that you can fairly easily do so. Reports suggest that it has been done with KingRoot already. There is a new OTA for Remix OS 2.0 coming soon, which means that if you do not want to lose such opportunities, you may not want to root.
When it comes to battery life, it all depends on how you use the tablet or how many apps you keep running in the background on a daily basis.
Jide Remix Ultra is a very good tablet for daily uses and it does manage to accomplish what its creators had in mind. If you need a tablet good at multi-tasking, you should know you will find a good choice in Jide’s offering. If you are interested in buying such a tablet, you should know that you can find it on Amazon, where it costs somewhere around $300, which is a pretty good deal for what the device has to offer.
Whenever you flash ROMs or ZIP files on your Android device, you will surely need and use TWRP. It is the most common and supported custom recovery for Google’s OS. Now, it is finally getting a new update. The 3.0.0 release is just around the door and it brings about many many changes, including a new theme to match Android’s newest look.
Below you can see the official changelog for TWRP’s newest update:
Completely new theme – Much more modern and much nicer looking (by z31s1g)
True Terminal Emulator – Includes arrow keys, tab and tab completion, etc. (by _that)
Language translation – It won’t be perfect and especially some languages that require large font files like Chinese & Japanese won’t be availble on most devices. Also some languages may only be partially translated at this time. Feel free to submit more translations to OmniROM’s Gerrit. (mostly by Dees_Troy)
Flashing of sparse images – On select devices you will be able to flash some parts of factory images via the TWRP GUI (by HashBang173)
Adopted storage support for select devices – TWRP can now decrypt adopted storage partitions from Marshmallow
Reworked graphics to bring us more up to date with AOSP – includes support for adf and drm graphics (by Dees_Troy)
SuperSU prompt will no longer display if a Marshmallow ROM is installed
Update exfat, exfat fuse, dosfstools (by mdmower)
Update AOSP base to 6.0
A huge laundry list of other minor fixes and tweaks
The new TWRP version looks much better and it has a smarter theme engine as well (if there is an incompatible theme, the engine will revert the recovery back to stock and it will not break anymore). Some things may not work out perfectly, so you should keep an older version of TWRP at hand, just in case you get into trouble.
Google is making some changes to Hangouts when it comes to peer-to-peer calls. The mod will improve audio and video quality of your calls on the app because it will reduce the number of hoops the signal must pass through.
The downside to this change in Hangouts is that both IP addresses of the callers will be revealed. This will in turn make it easier for someone to know your location. For most users, this will not constitute a problem but some people may use their accounts on professional affairs and need their location to be kept secret.
There is the case when Hangouts will not be able to make a peer-to-peer connection, when the service will make a connection via servers. This is an internal change that will not affect your usual use of the app if all goes well, it may even improve your call quality overall.
HTC will not announce their new year flagship during MWC with LG and Samsung, but they are expected to do so in the coming weeks. Way before the official announcement, Evan Blass (@evleaks) managed to snatch a photo of the alleged device and you can see it below.
M10 seems to look a whole lot like the A9, especially in regards to the button style and the layout. Under the screen you can see a fingerprint scanner that may double as a home button (the button itself is rounder than the one on HTC A9, which makes it seem even more similar to an iPhone device). On the front you get a large camera module, but there are no HTC logos on the front of the device in the picture and the Boomsound speakers are also missing.
Blass previously mentioned that HTC M10 will be powered by a Snapdragon 820, 4GB of RAM, and it will have a 5.1-inch 1440×2560 QHD AMOLED screen. We will find out more about the device soon. In the meantime, do you think the device in the picture is indeed HTC’s newest flagship device?
We can finally talk about an Ubuntu-powered tablet entering the market. The Canonical software developer has finally started to talk about the device, which will be a modified existing tablet from Spanish manufacturer BQ. The Aquaris M10 tablet will be modified to become the first piece of consumer Ubuntu hardware to become a PC when you connect a mouse, keyboard and display to it.
Under the chassis, things will remain the same, including the 10.1-inch display and the quad-core MediaTek MT8163A chipset. This is not the first attempt at a melange between an Android device and Ubuntu. Canonical released an Ubuntu installer for the Nexus 7 a few years back, and Nexus 10 enjoyed a preview version of Ubuntu Touch.
The Ubuntu interface will transform into a desktop view once the peripherals are connected to the tablet and this shift will make it easier for the user to multitask, or run desktop and mobile apps. Users can add more software via the platform app store, where a lot of work will have to be done to make an Ubuntu mobile device relevant on the market.