Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge renders surface online

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge may have just sprouted on the Interwebz today. The renders show a design similar to the 2015 Samsung flagships, but there are a few design changes to be had. One of them is the taller fingerprint sensors and the rounder corners of the devices.       We must thank Evan Blass (@evleaks) for these renders because, as usual, he managed to make them public for all of us to enjoy. The devices are expected to be announced at the Mobile World Congress in February.   According to previous rumors, Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will have larger batteries than their predecessors, going for 3000 mAh and 3600 mAh cells respectively. On the inside, the devices should sport Samsung’s Exynos 8 octa core processors and 4GB of RAM. The devices for some regions may show up with Snapdragon 820 variants. The return of microSD slots has been vehiculated as well.   As it happens with all leaked renders, you should take it all in with a grain of salt. We only have to wait for a few more days before Samsung unveils its newest flagship anyway. Stay tuned!   Source: AndroidCentral  

Fairphone 2 – the first ethical modular phone to launch ahead of Google’s Ara

Modular phones are a thing for the future, and since Google showed their first attempt at a modular phone, everyone has been hyped for an Ara. But what if you could have one of these futuristic gadgets sooner than Google had in mind? Fairphone 2 could be a great alternative as the device is already very close to being complete, especially since it does not use any “conflict” minerals that could make the building process longer and more complicated.       Fairphone was the idea of some thoughtful devs who considered that the world could embrace a greener more ethical tech product. They crowd-funded the phone that sold more than 60,000 units, which was more than enough to put in motion a second iteration of the device. Fairphone 2 is even more greener and more environmentally friendly than its predecessor. It is modular, but not as modular as Project Ara wants to be. The smartphone is built much like a regular phone, but its parts are easily replaceable. This way, you can prolong your device’s life without having to spend lots of monies on more and more devices every few months (unless you really like those mainstream smartphones).     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DW733G76BY     Fairphone 2 has easily replaceable or repairable parts and the manufacturers promise to help their customers at every step if need be. If you need a better camera, a faster processor, more RAM or better GPU, all you have to do is contact Fairphone and you will get them (at a […]

Project Aura reportedly working on eye and ear smart wearables

Project Aura is successfully working on bringing Google Glass back to life. The team that worked on the smart glasses in the past is now in charge of more than one wearable, and that includes other eye wearables too. They will not have prism displays though, which kind of explains the name change.     Project Aura individuals have been working on three wearables, although only two could get to see the light of a production process in the end. One wearable device can get a glass HUD display but it is destined to enterprise users and the other, more aimed at sport and active customers, will only offer an auditory experience.   It appears that Google and Project Aura managed to get some audio experts from Amazon to help them out on this one. And we won’t have to wait for a long time for these possible devices to launch as, considering that Tony Fadell is overseeing the project, it will possibly release sometime next year. We can only hope that these devices will be a bit more affordable and that they will actually have some practicality to them.   Source: The Information via Phandroid

Xposed Framework compatible with Android 6.0 devices soon

The Xposed Framework is one of the most variable tools around when it comes to tweakers and tinkerers of the community. If you install this framework on an Android device you will get an open door to hundreds if not thousands of possibilities of changing the way your mobile system reacts and your apps work.       You can choose from hundreds of modules you can install, and they allow you to do different things such as enabling Force Touch on Android, YouTube background playback or even making smartphones water resistant.   Each Android version requires changes and the devs behind Xposed Framework must rebuild the framework continuously to keep up with the OS changes, and this can take a lot of time to complete. There is no version of the framework that works on Marshmallow at the moment, but it is being worked on.   Some devs are working on some new builds of Xposed Framework for the newest flagships around, which means that an up and running viable build for most Android 6.0 devices will be out soon.   Source: AndroidPolice

Sony Xperia Z5 review – the world’s best smartphone camera to date?

Sony Xperia Z5 is one of the newer devices on the market and it is trying to re-put Sony on the smartphone market charts after an executive decision of cutting off lots of employees earlier this year. The move did not cut Sony’s daily expenses too much as money is still being siphoned out through the mobile division, but any device being launched could be better than no device at all, right?       It appears that Sony is working on keeping itself relevant on the mobile market to no avail, hoping that the future will need its mobile expertise soon. How does Sony Xperia Z5 fare this year? For one, it is considered the smartphone with the best camera around! The device is basically the dream of every mobile photographer or vlogger out there because not only does it take great photos, but it offers a beautiful display to check them on. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows because one of the biggest problems of the device is the battery. But more on that later on.   Specs and hardware   Xperia Z5 is the latest phone of the line and it does retain the design choices that made Xperia phones must-haves in the past. The Omnibalance design – as branded by Sony – accentuates inoffensiveness and symmetry, but manages to keep the spirit of Sony Xperia alive with every iteration. A few physical differences include a wider and flatter power button that acts as a fingerprint sensor as well, a detail that […]

LG V10 to start shipping in the US, China and Hong Kong this week

LG V10 will begin shipping this week in the US, China and Hong Kong. The latest LG smartphone will begin shipping this week and it chose the biggest markets to start spreading its love around. Other markets will get the device later, throughout the fourth quarter of 2015: other markets in North America, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.     LG V10 shipping does not mention much else apart from launching this week, but availability of the device will indeed be announced locally. Starting November 6, you will be able to buy one of LG’s smartphones at AT&T in the US, so the other US carriers have to be launching the device close to this date. You can already pre-order on Verizon, T Mobile and AT&T. Below you can check out the official press release for more info:   [box type=”shadow”]LG V10 “ULTRA-SMARTPHONE” TO BEGIN SHIPPING IN KEY MARKETS WORLDWIDE LG’s First V Series Phone Delivers Enhanced Multimedia Capabilities and More SEOUL, Oct. 30, 2015 ― The LG V10, the newest smartphone from LG Electronics (LG) developed with creativity in mind, will begin to reach customers worldwide starting this week. The “ultra-smartphone” will make its debut in the United States, China and Hong Kong, followed by key markets in North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and the Commonwealth of Independent States throughout the fourth quarter. LG’s first V Series smartphone was designed to provide a rich multimedia experience for today’s socially savvy consumers. The LG V10 offers distinctive new […]