OnePlus 2 review – the new “flagship killer” smartphone of 2015

OnePlus 2 is the newest Chinese 2016 Flagship Killer, but is it really worthy of this title already? We shall see next year. For now, it seems that this device could be a 2015 flagship killer, if not for some of its own shortcomings. Its best features are the beautiful display with a solid build and its low price for the features it offers. On the other side of the barricade are its heat up issues, the lack of a microSD, fast charging and NFC.       Design and display   OnePlus 2 is a well-earned step-up from OnePlus One, replacing its plastic body with a sturdy metal frame and a grainy grey back frame made of stronger plastic. If you are not pleased with the regular back cover, you can choose a bamboo, rosewood or dark apricot wood or Kevlar one for an additional $27. The display is relatively well-sized at 5.5 inches with full HD resolution at 401 ppi. The viewing angles are pretty good,with vivid colors and crispy brightness.       The device is a bit on the thick side, at 9.9mm, and it weighs a bit too, at 175grams or 6.17oz.   An important addition to the OnePlus 2 is the fingerprint scanner below the display. This digit reader is different from the likes of iPhone and Samsung because it does not require you to swipe your print on it. All you have to do is hold your finger on the reader and it will recognize you. You can […]

Samsung Galaxy A9 official in China – high-end mid-range device finally on the market

The waiting is over because, starting today, Samsung Galaxy A9 is finally going live. The mid-positioned device looks very high-end and its specs don’t look too shabby either.     Official spec list for Galaxy A9:   6-inch 1920 x 1080 Super AMOELD Display 3GB of RAM 32GB of storage plus microSD slot 64-bit Octa-Core Snapdragon 652 chipset 13MP rear camera with OIS 8MP front camera 4,000 mAh battery Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Fingerprint scanner plus NFC.   Samsung Galaxy A9 is one of the better looking phones out there, although it is not a flagship. Its metal unibody manages to help it look as stylish as possible. The device will launch in China in the following days and the rest of the world may follow next year. No new on pricing yet, folks!   Source: Phandroid  

Cyanogen Inc. still in good partnership with YU, despite rumors

Cyanogen Inc. decided to split from OnePlus last year but they didn’t remain stranded as they continued to strive for an exclusive partnership with Micromax under the YU brand popular in India. Since then, YU has launched some pretty popular devices running on Cyanogen OS, but the latest Yuphoria phone does not run on this OS. Cyanogen says everything is peachy despite this fact.     The phone in question is Yuphoria, and it was launched earlier this year initially running on Cyanogen OS. It is basically a mid-range device with a price-tag of around $100. This model is no longer available, though, as the new model – YU5010A – is running on Android 5.1.1 stock and it costs a little less.   There is a statement coming from Cyanogen officials where they assure their customers that the partnership with YU is not in danger. Moreover, the newest OS version, 12.1, will power the newest Yutopia device. In addition, the Yureka Plus and the Yureka will get updated to 12.1 as well.   Yutopia will be the first flagship-level device that Cyanogen Inc. will power in terms of operating system, it appears. YU didn’t make any comment, but the decision of launching a device running on a competing OS is strange, even if Cyanogen assures everyone that there are one-off models that they will not support.   Source: AndroidPolice

The LG flip smartphone Wine Smart – nostalgia and Android 5.1.1 in a clamshell

Don’t you sometimes miss the 2000’s with their wonders flip phones? LG thought of that –and maybe other things too – and it released something excitingly innovative aimed at the senior niche market: an LG flip smartphone with brains! Every smartphone manufacturer out there has been trying to differentiate themselves from the competition, and LG had exactly this in mind when they created the LG Wine Smart, a phone with Android 5.1.1 AND keypad AND a flip screen! Retro, right?         This flip smartphone presents the usual clamshell design we’ve all loved and owned a decade ago and clads them in a variation of bluey and reddish purples. It has a 3.2” touchscreen plus a keypad with large and strong buttons. You get the usual numpad, the menu and round button, but on top of all of those you also get the usual Android buttons in physical form. You get the home button, the back arrow and the recent apps square button too. LG Wine Smart flip smartphone specs: Chipset: 1.1GHz Quad-Core Display: 3.2-inch HVGA (480 x 320) Memory: 4GB ROM / 1GB RAM / MicroSD Camera: Rear 3MP / Front VGA Battery: 1,700mAh (removable) Operating System: Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Size: 117.7 x 58.7 x 16.6mm Weight: 143g Network: 4G LTE / HSPA+ 42Mbps (3G) Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n / Bluetooth 4.1 / USB 2.0 Colors: Burgundy / Navy         The device was first announced for the Korean market and it was branded LG Gentle, but now […]

HTC One M9 from AT&T gets OTA to Android 5.1.1 with camera improvements

HTC One M9 from AT&T is getting an OTA to Android 5.1 as we speak. The device is also getting some camera improvements along the way, so hit that Update button now if you haven’t already been prompted to update already.       The announcement was made official on Twitter yesterday by Mo Versi, the HTC Vice President of Product Management. The camera improvements include noise reduction and accurate colors production in extreme lighting conditions. This should mean that users unimpressed by the camera issues on HTC One M9 may get a better experience now. The rest of the update is the usual Android improvements we already know and love. Source: AndroidPolice

Sprint’s LG G Flex 2 gets OTA to Lollipop 5.1.1

Sprint’s LG G Flex 2 is getting an OTA to Android 5.1.1 and you may have already gotten it … or not. It all depends on the wave your device is syncing with. The OTA itself began a week ago, but in the meantime the limitedness of it wore off and it became a wide-spread phenomenon.       This update brings the device to build number LS996ZV6; you should find it in your update menu as we speak. 5.1.1 for G Flex 2 presents factory reset protection and the usual Lollipop features (improved notifications and interruption settings). All you need now is an LG G Flex 2! Source: Sprint