Blu announces Vivo 5 and Vivo XL, two cheap premium-looking smartphones

Blu recently announced Vivo 5 and Vivo XL, two new elegant devices that will soon be released in the US. Blu steadily became one of the better obscure OEMs out there because it recently managed to create some truly beautiful and inexpensive smartphones. Now, two new devices confirm that the Vivo line is indeed comprised of some of the most beautiful smartphones that anyone can buy.


Blu VIvo phones



Blu Vivo 5 and Vivo XL are elegant, slim and they have metal bodies. Both devices share some features and differ greatly in others. The similarities are the 5.5-inch 1280×720 super AMOLED displays, the 1.3GHz octa-core Mediatek MT6753 processor with a Mali 720 GPU, USB Type-C 2.0 charging, 3,150mAh battery and the 13MP/5MP camera combo.


In addition, Vivo 5 sells itself as a sort of a flagship with 32GB of storage and a microSD slot for extra space, 3 GB of RAM and the unibody metal construction.


Blu VIvo 5



On the other hand, Vivo XL is completed by 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage plus a microSD slot and a patterned metal body. Both Blu devices will run on Android 5.1, but Blu promises to bring on an Android 6.0 update soon after release.



Vivo XL


Release date and price


Blu Vivo 5 will launch in February and it will be priced at $199. Vivo XL will be available much sooner, in January, and it will be priced at $149. These smartphones will be great value choices, especially by the way they look. No one will ever think that you paid 200 bucks tops on one of these when they see ’em!


Source: PRNewswire


News Updates/Software

OnePlus 2 update for OxygenOS 2.2 starts rolling out

OnePlus 2 is getting another update! Its operating system, OxygenOS, has reached version 2.2 today and it brings about some well-deserved bug fixes and a number of security patches. Panorama and photo-sphere issues in the Google Camera are now fixed, plus you will be able to tweak your screen temperature from the quick settings section.


OnePlus 2


This way you will be able to adjust the colors of your display as you want. Here is a complete list of the changes for OnePlus 2:


  • added NTFS and exFAT support for OTG
  • fixed dual SIM preference selection issues in settings
  • fixed Google Camera photo-sphere and panorama bugs
  • added hide search bar option in launcher settings
  • screen temperature can be adjusted from the quick settings
  • security patches
  • general bug fixes and optimizations
  • holiday wallpapers.


The OxygenOS update will roll out in patches, which means it will take a few good days to reach all OnePlus 2 devices, but it should come to all devices soon enough. Let us know how your phone feels after the OTA.


Source: AndroidCentral


News Updates/Software

LG Gate to help you encrypt hardware data, use VPN and more

LG Gate is the newest service that the South-Korean conglomerate has launched, and what it actually is is an enterprise smartphone security suite. This solution is aimed at safeguarding private and business data as they can coexist on smartphones. They allow outfits to use bring your own device (BOYD) setups.


LG Gate


When you use LG Gate, you can encrypt hardware data, use VPN and use the mobile device management features given to you. It is yet unclear if the software will be available for free or purchased, but everything will be clear in a few weeks, when LG G2 finally reaches the US. Below you can read the press release that makes things clearer for us:


[box type=”shadow”]LG Introduces Secure, Enterprise-Ready Mobile Platform For Business Sector

Launching on Popular New LG G2 Smartphone, Comprehensive BYOD Solution Boasts Enhanced Features, Superior Security

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Oct. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — LG Electronics today announced the release of “LG GATE,” an enterprise-grade technologies package that simplifies access to and enhances the security of mobile enterprise solutions.

With LG GATE, on-the-go employees can conveniently utilize work resources from any location, while companies can better manage IT security and privacy. Designed to meet the demands of the fast-growing “bring your own device (BYOD) to the workplace” market, this innovative platform will launch first in the United States on the LG G2.

The ultimate BYOD solution, LG GATE leverages the power of the LG G2 to provide a seamless Private & Business Virtualization experience. Users can simultaneously run two operating systems on a single smartphone, enabling them to keep personal and business information completely separate.

In addition to Private & Business Virtualization, LG GATE supports a range of top-notch software and features including Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, Virtual Private Network (VPN) and Mobile Device Management (MDM). LG has collaborated with major VPN and MDM providers to ensure an optimal mobile environment for business users, anywhere, anytime.

LG GATE also incorporates powerful encryption technology, meaning companies can feel confident that their digitally stored and transmitted resources are protected by the highest level of security.

“With the increasing popularity of BYOD, employees and IT managers alike are demanding improved work solutions for mobile devices,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “LG GATE satisfies the need for both company security and individual privacy, while delivering exceptional business and personal user experiences.”

About LG Electronics USA
LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a $45 billion global force and technology leader in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications. In the United States, LG Electronics sells a range of stylish and innovative mobile phones, home entertainment products, home appliances, and air conditioning systems and energy solutions, all under LG’s “Life’s Good” marketing theme. LG Electronics is a 2013 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year. For more information, please visit[/box]


Source: LG Newsroom


HTC One A9 rumored to launch in November

HTC One A9 could launch in November, and there’s word of possible specs floating around too. It all goes back to @evleaks, of course, who revealed new information regarding HTC’s newest family member.


HTC One A9


The device will reportedly have a 5-inch FHD AMOLED display and it willl be powered by a Snapdragon 617 processor plus 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a 13MP rear camera plus a 4MP Ultra-Pixel front camera. Other specs include a 2,150 mAh battery, a microSD slot and the fingerprint reader every device on the market seems to want now.


The metal build found in HTC flagships will also clad the HTC One A9.


The device will also be known as Hima Aero and it should launch sometime in November. It will be available in six different colors you can choose from. It all differs according to carriers as there will be color-exclusive devices to different US carriers at launch.


Even if we know it is not a flagship device, could the One A9 be HTC’s final gift to its fans before the launch of its One “M” for 2016? We will have to wait and see.


Source: @evleaks