OnePlus One (64GB) International Giveaway #6
By Derek Scott
Welcome to the Sunday Giveaway, the place where we giveaway a cool Android or tech gadget each and every Sunday. Last week’s winner of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is Justus (Sweden), Congratulations Justus, we’ll ship you your Note 4 when it launches.
It’s a simple fact that the OnePlus One is one of the most talked about smartphones of 2014. Dubbed the “2014 Flagship Killer” the OnePlus One offers top of the line specs at a very affordable price point coming in at $299 (16GB) and $349 (64GB). Not only has this phone disrupted the industry with its price point it also has created a ton of buzz and controversy with its invite system.
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- Interview: Steve Kondik talks about new CM 11S features and the OnePlus One
- OnePlus One review
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Samsung can’t stop gloating about Apple launching a big phone
It started with a relatively gentle jab on Twitter. Then Samsung brought in the heavy guns – six spots mocking the new iPhone for everything from the botched event live stream, to the lack of a stylus, to the bigger screen that Samsung has had for years.
But Samsung isn’t satisfied yet. In another Note 4 ad that just hit YouTube, the Korean company reminds us again that it started the big phone trend in 2011, and that, despite the initial ridicule (“You look like you’re talking into a piece of toast” – Walt Mossberg for the WSJ, 2011), the Note has become the phone to beat.
And then there are the headlines and tweets suggesting Apple followed Samsung in releasing a “phablet.” After being mocked and maligned as a copycat for years, Samsung is finally able to boast about a trend it started, and Apple has followed.
What do you think of this new ad? Should Samsung show more class? Or does Apple deserve all the derision it gets?
Source:: android authority
35 of the best free Android apps
By Joe Hindy
Finding the best Android apps can be tough. There are millions to choose from and many of the best are free and just as many are paid apps. The good news is you can have a full, rich experience with Android with free apps. If you need some help finding such an experience, here is a list of the 25 best free Android apps to help you get started!
First on our list is the highest rated and one of the most popular weather apps out there called 1Weather. The app features a slick, good-looking, and easy to use interface that, obviously, tells you the weather. There are also a few really good widget selections available. So if you need weather and want a good app or widget, this is one of the best free Android apps to start with.
If you enjoy shopping online, there are few apps better than the official Amazon app. Using this app you can browse Amazon’s extensive selection and it works in multiple countries (including India). You can also edit your Wishlists, check Lightning Deals, Deal of the Day, and other special offers. It’ll even automatically recognize that you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber if you are one. It’s the world’s largest online retailer and that means you should have their app.
App Dialer is a fun application that helps you find the apps you need faster. Here’s how it works. The floating window screen opens up with a number pad. Simply spell out the name of the app you wish to use (like you used to spell out texts on old flip phones) and it’ll pop up all the apps that match the characters you entered. More often than not, you’ll see your app pop up after a couple of presses. This is a great way to free yourself from the cluttered mess that is the app drawer. It’s highly rated and definitely deserves to be on the best free Android apps list.
Android Device Manager is a very simple app with a great premise. It essentially tracks down your lost or stolen phone. Once installed you log into the website and from there you can see your device’s location, wipe it remotely, reset your device’s lock screen PIN, and make your phone ring so you can find it. It’s highly recommended that you only use this app with a lock screen PIN so those with malicious intent cannot log into the website under your name and wipe your device. Of course, if you’d like to use a service that’s outside of Google’s purview, there’s also Where’s My Droid.
Cal Calendar recently won our award for Best App Design of 2013 and for a good reason. The interface is very enjoyable to use and to look at. Thanks to its modular interface, it’s one of the easiest calendar apps to use and it’s also colorful and appealing to the eye. It has a lot of fun features like tagging contacts and locations in calendar events and it also has most of the features that you’d expect out of a calendar app.
CamScanner is a nifty app that allows your phone to act as a scanner. You can scan virtually any kind of document into it and then make a myriad of changes to it. You can add watermarks, fill out forms, and even fax the document (for a nominal fee). This is a great tool to have laying around. It’s not an every day app but when you need this app, it’ll be there to help out. It even comes with built in optimizations to make your documents legible and sharp when scanned in.
If you’re in need of a free antivirus application on Android then look no further than CM Security. It is totally free to use, comes with plenty of modern features, and it’s quite effective. It has a 4.7 rating in the Google Play Store and that’s even considering that most people don’t need antivirus. Anyone who wants to be a little extra cautious would do well to pick up an antivirus app and this is the best free one out there. If you want to see more antivirus options, check out our best antivirus apps for Android.
To open with, Duolingo won Android Authority’s vote for the Best Android App of 2013. That should give you a fairly good idea of how good this app actually is. With it, you can learn various foreign languages in a game-style environment. There are both text and voice lessons and if you miss a question, you lose a life. Lose too many and you have to start the lesson over. It’s a fun way to learn a new language and it’s great for both kids and …read more
Source:: android authority
LeanDroid – Indie app of the day
By Joe Hindy
What is LeanDroid?
LeanDroid is an application that allows you to manually manage your data connections, Bluetooth, and GPS. There are a myriad of benefits to doing this yourself and they include things like better data management (for those on limited data plans) and better battery life. It’s a little complicated but aren’t the best things in life a little complicated?
Okay here’s how it works. Inside of this application is what is essentially a set of instructions on when to turn your various resources on and off. You can alter these instructions to be pretty much whatever you want. If you want your data to turn off a certain amount of time after turning your screen off, you can do that. If you’re downloading something, you can create an exception that prevents your data from shutting off until after the download is finished. That is just one example. There are many others.
Once you get in there, learn the interface, and get everything set up, your phone will begin to automatically turn services off under certain conditions in order to save battery life and your data plan. The instructions are set up in two parts. Step one is the “enable when” part where you enter in the details of when you want these things to be enabled. Step two is the “disbable when” part where you choose the parameters that you want your data disabled.
The interface is a little wonky and old school which will be delightful for those who like old school, text-driven interfaces. Those who are used to more graphical interfaces may balk at the sight of so much text but we assure you it isn’t as bad as it looks. Other than that, the app does what it says it does.
Battery life management for experts.
- Manually manage when your resources turn on and off to squeeze as much battery life as possible out of each charge.
- It’s also really good for helping to conserve your data plan.
- Once you get used to it, it’s not all that difficult to use.
- Free with in app purchases (which means you can use most of the app without paying for it to see if you like it).
- Interface is a little unattractive and complicated.
- Some people have reported features not working on some devices. The developer is working on it but there are still a few issues to hammer out.
If you’re really big into squeezing every conceivable second of battery out of your device, this is a great way to do it. You can set it to your habits and style so the device only saves battery when you actually aren’t using it. Half of the features require the premium version but there is enough in the free version to let you try it out and see if you like it.
Source:: android authority
Zopo ZP320 review, a 5 inch 4G smartphone for those on a budget
By Gary Sims
At A Glance
- Sleek design
- Micro SD card slot (up to 64GB)
- Sub 720p display
- Limited internal storage
The ZP320 is one of the latest releases by the Chinese smartphone maker Zopo. It features a quad-core MediaTek processor and a 5 inch display. Running Android 4.4, this 4G smartphone is worth checking out.
Zopo has been making Android smartphones for several years, but this is the first time I have had a chance to review one. Earlier this year MediaTek released a new multimode LTE modem chipset – the MT6290. As a result, Chinese OEMs, like Zopo, have started to ship their new generation of 4G-LTE phones. I received a ZP320 a few days ago and I have been testing it to see what Zopo can bring to the table.
|Display||5 inch, IPS, 960 x 540|
|Processor||1.3GHz, quad-core Mediatek MT6582, Cortex-A7|
|Storage||8GB, microSD card slot, up to 64GB|
|Camera||8 Megapixel Rear Camera, 2 Megapixel Front Camera|
|Connectivity||GPS, microUSB 2.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth|
|Networks||GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz. 3G 900/2100MHz. 4G LTE 800/1800/2600MHz.|
|Software||Android 4.4 with Google Play|
|Dimensions||142 x 71 x 9.8 mm.|
|SIM slots||1x micro SIM|
For a five inch device the Zopo ZP320 looks sleek, even thin. The numbers tell me that the device is the same size and thickness as many other five inch devices, but yet to my eyes it just looked thinner and narrower. After studying it closely I have come to the conclusion that the bezels are a fraction thinner than I was expecting and the top and bottom areas are not as wide as on other phones. At the top the ear piece grill and camera are almost touching the edge of the phone. The result is that the phone looks more compact than it really is. We are only talking about fractions of a millimeter but it does the trick. The designers at Zopo should be congratulated.
The corners of the ZP320 are distinctly rounded in three directions. On the front side the drop off from the corner is flat but not sharp. Running around the whole phone is a think silver band which marks the edge of the phone and the start of the back cover.
On the very top edge of the device is the micro USB port (used for charging and data transfer) and the headphone jack. On the bottom edge the smooth plastic is interrupted only temporarily for the small microphone hole. All the controls are on the right, first comes the volume keys, and below them the power button. If you hold the phone in your left hand it is very easy to reach the buttons with your fingers.
The back covered has a small dimple effect in plastic, which gives it a slight matte appearance, but it also means the device is easy to grip and doesn’t feel slippery. On the back is the 8MP camera along with an LED flash. The camera lens has a silver ring around it which ever so slightly protrudes from the back of the device. This means it doesn’t lay perfectly flat on a table, however the small dots on either side of the speaker grill are just as much to blame. Of course they are there to ensure that the speaker isn’t muffled when placed down. On the back there is also a second microphone, something that is often missing on lower end phones. The second mic should give better sound when recording video.
The IPS display on the ZP320 is bright and vibrant, with good viewing angles, however its sub 720p resolution is a bit of a disappointment. The bottom bezel houses the three capacitive keys which light up when pressed.
At the heart of the ZP320 is a MediaTek MTK6582 . It is a quad-core Cortex-A7 based processor that is coupled with an ARM Mali-400 MP GPU. The device isn’t going to win any gold medals for performance, however the MediaTek processor easily ensures that the overall experience is fluid and responsive.
The ZP320 AnTuTu scores are respectable considering the low-end processor and the price point. Antutu v5.0 gives the device a score of 18795 which means the device is comparable to the Nexus 4 and the Moto G. For Epic Citadel, the demo app for the Unreal 3D engine, the ZP320 managed 53.8 frames per second (fps) on the High Performance setting, and 53.6 fps in the High Quality mode.
The GPS performance of the ZP320 is excellent. I tested the device inside my house and it was able to get a lock using the signals from a dozen satellites. Getting a lock while indoors is quite unusual for a low- to mid- range phone. Very impressive.
The ZP320 has a good sized battery at 2300 mAh. After some testing I found that the battery performance was on-par with my expectations, maybe even better. When running Epic Citadel, in its Guided Tour mode, the device lasts just under 5.5 hours before it runs out of juice. For YouTube streaming (over Wi-Fi) the device can handle around 10 hours on one charge. Watching an MP4 movie from the internal storage yields around 10.5 hours of viewing pleasure. All the tests were carried out with the screen on half brightness, syncing enabled and Wi-Fi on.
The Zopo ZP320 is a single SIM device …read more
Source:: android authority
Sup wants you to play cameraman for your friends
Sup lets you choose who can control your camera, it actually requires you to accept incoming requests before anyone can see through your camera. From there, things are pretty simple, your friend swipes up, down, left or right on their display, and you get a notification to move your device in that direction.
In addition to taking commands from your friends, letting them see what you see by telling you what direction to look in, they can request a swap to your front facing camera as well. Selfie mode basically turns the experience into a one way video conference, with that ephemeral feeling of Snapchat or the like.
Rest assured, you have control of what your friends see and out of which camera. Also, Sup calls are limited in time, as indicated by the little heart at the bottom of the display. Allow it to run out of time, or hit that heart to make it last a little longer. Finally, Sup uses your phone number to connect with friends, which should help keep your Supping under control.
There is absolutely no way to talk about Sup without thoughts of privacy coming to mind. Certainly, the developers have thought this through to protect us from unauthorized access to our cameras, but I wonder how many are comfortable simply handing over this level of access and control, even under these strict circumstances.
What do you say, is Sup the app for you?
Source:: android authority
Corning Fibrance to light up your devices and accessories
In mobile we mostly recognize Corning for their fortified Gorilla Glass, which is very popular for smartphones and tablets. It’s great at helping us keep our devices free of scratches or cracks, but Corning does much more than Gorilla Glass. They have just announced Fibrance, a product that will literally light your devices up.
Paired with our tech, Fibrance could become extensions of our smart life.
Corning Fibrance is a very thin optical fiber that creates “vibrant, colorful light.” It can be used to emit gorgeous lighting, and its thin, flexible profile allows it to go with a multitude of products. Corning sees it coming to clothing, headphones, vehicles, appliances, wearables and more.
These are not exactly mobile-exclusive applications of the product, but Fibrance can make our devices and accessories much smarter. Paired with our tech, Fibrance could become extensions of our “smart life”. A perfect example would be light notifications and status updates.
These fiber optic cables could even let you know if your bluetooth headphones are paired, playing music, running out of bluetooth reach and the like. Because they are very thin and flexible, I could even see them being used as notification lights in current smartphones. Fibrance could surround the edges of our smartphones and tablets, for example.
Corning has the reputation and resources to take Fibrance to astonishing levels.
Imagination is the only limit. Corning has the reputation and resources to take Fibrance to astonishing levels. We can’t wait to see how Fibrance is applied once it starts reaching the market. We just have to wonder how energy efficient this technology is. After all, fiber optics are known for their optimal data and light retention.
More details will surely come, so let’s keep our eyes open for this one. Fibrance certainly looks promising. What kind of products would you like to see coming with Fibrance lighting?
Source:: android authority
HTC Nexus 9 likely coming during Q3 2014 with a Tegra K1 processor
Rumors of the upcoming HTC Nexus 9 tablet have been spreading like a harsh virus, but today we are getting what could be the most legit details about the mythical tablet. A legal document coming from NVIDIA has confirmed that the HTC Nexus 9 (as they called it) is to be released during the third quarter of 2014. Of course, it’s also mentioned it will carry a powerful NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor.
This legal document is related to a case in which NVIDIA claims Qualcomm and Samsung are infringing on their GPU patents. Such a document would normally go unnoticed, but you can be sure an Android fan or two will notice NVIDIA talking about the HTC Nexus 9.
The document reads:
“The HTC Nexus 9, expected in the third quarter of 2014, is also expected to use the Tegra K1.”
But of course, it didn’t take long for one of the affected companies to notice. The document has now been edited and has no mention of the HTC Nexus 9. Thankfully, tech journalist Chris Chavez captured a screenshot of the PDF file before the evidence disappeared.
Chris is a close friend of mine and has told me that he read the PDF document and took the screenshot below, himself.
With that said, we can assume this was a quick slip. It happens to be a legal document, so we doubt it would be incorrect information. With that said, Q3 2014 is nearing its end. We may very well hear more about it soon!
Just keep in mind, the evidence is now gone, officially turning this into a rumor. Take it with a grain of salt and don’t hold your breath on this information just yet.
Source:: android authority
T-Mobile MVNO, Solavei, planning to introduce ‘Phase Two’ in October
T-Mobile MVNO Solavei is looking to shake things up and introduce its “Phase Two” plan on October 1. Solavei is one of the more interesting MVNOs in the US, using a unique referral program to benefit existing customers. But Solavei filed for bankruptcy in May, causing it to rethink its strategy and work out a better strategy. That’s what Phase Two is all about and Solavei has shared a little bit of what that will include.
Phase Two will include a new structure for compensation when it comes to referrals as well as a larger focus on the Hispanic market, which makes up 70 percent of Solavei’s customer base. The third aspect of it will include further offerings in the Solavei Marketplace, which is Solavei’s rewards program that offers discounts and rebates on lots of products.
While Solavei has a strategy that could be great, it only works with enough people on board, which is the trouble that Solavei has run into. Nonetheless, the company fully expects to be out of bankruptcy within the next few months. With any luck, Solavei will work its way back to profitability and hopefully take some cues from its pals at T-Mobile to work to shake the market up.
Make your Android Wear device look like an Apple Watch with Pear watchfaces
The Apple Watch was all the hype this week. Us Android fans may not be all about the new smartwatch, but we know at least a handful of you like the interesting UI the Cupertino giant has put together. If there is one thing we love about Android Wear is the open philosophy it follows. You can even make your Android Wear smartwatch look like an Apple Watch!
The guys from UhrArt have posted a couple watchfaces that will give any Android Wear device the soon-to-go-popular look of the Apple Watch, with the dark background, small icons and all. Not really our style here at Android Authority, but we do love that we have the freedom to do this. And it’s not only for developers, even you can create your own watchfaces!
This is made possible thanks to apps like UhrArt’s WearFaces, which allows you to make, customize and manage your watchfaces. They made a version for round and square Android wear screens, as well as energy-efficient versions of both.
These can be downloaded straight from the Developer’s website. They can also be applied via the WearFaces app, which is available from the Google Play Store. You can take a look at the video below to watch a nifty tutorial on how to apply these watchfaces.
Beat that, Apple!
Source:: android authority