Galaxy Nexus is as old as time itself in tech years, but that does not mean it is forgotten by everyone. The device will benefit from an update to a slightly older that Marshmallow Android OS version. But hey, anything is good right now, especially for an old device such as this one, right?
The Galaxy Nexus is officially stuck at Android Jelly Bean 4.3. Two years after the device went live there was an official update to KitKat, but the device was deemed unworthy of updating. A great team of CyanogenMod devs thought differently and they finally managed to bring Galaxy Nexus some support. After being trapped on CM11 nightlies and snapshots for over a year, it is time for the device to jump to a CM12.1 nightly. This brings the device to Android 5.1.
Since this is the first nightly, things may not go so well when it comes to daily use, but that does not mean you cannot try some interesting things on the device. The download itself weighs about 248MB. You will also need a Gapps package to make everything google-related work after you install. You can get the CM12.1 download from the source link below.
Huawei just launched its mid-range GX8 on the American market. The device has been around in select markets since September 2015 but in the next few months it will also start to sell in the US. There is no official pricing available yet, but the vehiculated tag is $349.99.
Huawei GX8 has been relatively popular in select markets across Europe, but its price may not be just exactly what US buyers expect. Here’s what you get for 350bucks:
Display: Size: 5.5 inches, 1920×1080 (Full HD)
Operating System: Android 5.1 + EMUI 3.1
Processor: 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, Octa
Memory: 16GB ROM / 2 GB RAM, microSD expandable up to 128GB
Camera: Rear: 13.0MP AF, Front: 5.0MP
Dimension: 152mm x 76.5mm x 7.5mm; 167 g
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 ; WiFi 802.11b/g/n, 2.4G ;MicroUSB 2.0 high speed
GX8 proves to be a mid-range smartphone with a Snapdragon 615 processor and (only) 16GB of storage. The price puts this device against Nexus 5X or Moto X Pure, AND it will launch with Android 5.1, which could make it a tough sell to most customers.
Huawei GX8 will be available for purchase through Amazon and the GetHuawei store. There is no official date when you can buy yours yet though.
Fairphone 2 is ready for shipping starting today. The easily repairable phone and one of the first functional “modular” phones out there has started shipping to pre-orderers today. This is supposed to be one of the easiest phones to repair as you will be able to replace key parts of the phone without needing more than a screwdriver. All you will have to do is buy the replacements from Fairphone themselves, of course.
Fairphone 2 is made with some metals, but they come from conflict-free mines. The phone was announced earlier this year via Kickstarter and the official site and it has been available for preorder for a while now.
Fairphone 2 features:
5-inch 1080p display
snapdragon 801 processor
2GB of RAM
Android 5.1 Lollipop.
The phone is sold exclusively in Europe for € 529 and tests show it is easy to deconstruct and its replacement parts are pretty easy to set in. The manufacturers hope that, in the future, this model could help with electronic waste reduction because such a phone can be repaired and it would last for more than five years. This way, you would not HAVE to change your smartphone every year or so, or whenever your display cracks or your battery loses energy. You would also decrease your carbon footprint on the world.
Fairphone expects to ship the first 1,000 smartphones before the end of 2015 and the rest of the preorders should ship before the end of January. Did you preorder a Fairphone 2? What do you think of it, is it a good acquisition for you? Let us know in the comment section below!
Yu’s Yuphoria phone will soon run on CyanogenMod 12.1, which is a customized version of Android 5.1. The phone has been available for half a year now in India. Its problem has been that its availability was in form of a CyanogenMod nightly that users had to flash a custom recovery and a custom ROM in order to access.
It was recently announced that a ready to use consumer-ready update of the stock software build is now ready for rollout. The Yuphoria phone has a YOG4PAS47N build which is an Android 5.1/Cyanogen OS 12.1 build. The upgrade brings devices to build number YNG1TBS2P2. After the earliest rollout will be completed and tests for bugs are resolved, the manually fastboot files will be released.
Apart from the usual features in Android 5.1, Yuphoria’s update will also include a redesigned launcher, a smart screen function where you can automatically adjust screen settings, a new version of AudioFx, a wider range of media codec support and a combined calendar with email function.
There’s a rumor going around that Paranoid Android is dead. For those who don’t know, PA is one of the most popular ROMs around in the aftermarket communities. When you want to try a different Android experience, this is one of the most stable options you can try out there. This ROM has advanced features and a high-quality build, which is why it is one of the more popular custom ROMs to be used.
According to Andre Saddler, one of Paranoid Android’s team, there are only four people left working on the project at the moment:
“Paranoid Android is dead. Ever since OnePlus hiring its (sic) been done.”
Saddler is referencing the fact that OnePlus created the Oxygen OS team earlier this year and most team members were fished from other developing teams such as PA. When the Oxygen OS news first hit, everyone was afraid of what the toll over PA would be; well, now we know!
Paranoid Android managed to release an Android 5.1 version of their custom ROM for the Nexus devices. There has been no update or release of any kind since July. Saddler mentions that the remaining team members felt demotivated after their luckier devs who went to Oxygen OS never spoke to them again.
Another dev member is more optimistic though, as he cannot confirm the official death of the team. The practicality of the Paranoid Android project is dead right now, at least until the remaining team members meet up. We can hope to hear some positive news in the near future regarding this custom ROM’s revival.
The new Turing phone is ready to be pre-ordered and you will be amazed by its looks. This un-hackable device is the epitome of the smartphone in the sense that it is deconstructed and reconstructed around the premise of an in-hackable piece of tech. It was designed around this functionality only and it is supposed to keep you and your data completely safe from any malware, virus or data digger around. You can pre-order one now if you want to pay between $610 – $1299, but there’s a catch we will elaborate more about in a minute.
The Turing phone has a hardened version of Android 5.1 with a fingerprint reader, no ports and end-to-end encryption. No ports means no USB devices to connect it to and no jack for headphones or a charger. The spec list includes a 5.5-inch 1080p LCD screen plus a Snapdragon 801 processor paired with 3GB of RAM, a 13MP camera and a 3000 mAh battery.
Thing is, there’s a catch to pre-ordering. You can do so only if you reserved one of these babies a while back. If you did or know someone who did it, you can pre-order, send or get an invitation to pre-order. No one knows if there will be a limit on invitations per year or a limit on these smartphones altogether.
You get three standard Turing phone versions plus a limited edition Dark Wyvern Glaedr, a gold-accented flamboyant device. This gold one costs the most of course, being situated at $1299, whereas the other three range in price according to their storage option: 32GB for $610, 64GB for $740 or 128GB for $870.
But wait! we have more! you can dress your Turing phone in armor! A Turing Armor case adds some features of their own, including a USB port, a jack for headphones, 128GB of extra storage, an extra 3000 mAh battery and WiGig wireless tech. WiGig wireless tech is branded as the first 5G wireless technology attempt and it is aimed at data transfer between the phone and the case storage, but it also works between two cases. It is said that this type of connectivity can move at 2.5Gbps. The case has not yet appeared in any official photos.
Just in case you really want a Turing Phone for its looks or its security but you can’t pay up front, there’s a deal floating around named “ServiceOne=”. This way you pay $21 to $43 per month on the phone and you can upgrade to the second generation Turing next year in the process. You would have to return the original when you get the second one though.