Sony Announces Two Phones Worth Paying Attention to, the Xperia M5 and C5 Ultra

At the stroke of midnight, last night, Sony announced two new phones for “emerging markets” that I think many of you hope make it far beyond and into bigger markets. The two phones are the Xperia M5 and Xperia C5 Ultra. I would suggest to you that the Xperia M5 is the more appealing of the two because of its supposedly great new camera and smaller body, but the C5 Ultra’s non-existent side bezel almost looks too clean to be real – except that it is – and is just as interesting.

Each phone sports a 1080p display, thin body, MediaTek octa-core processor, and some unique camera setups. Sony is referring to these as “super mid-range” type phones, but they really could pass as flagships for the most part.

It’s unfortunate that most of us will never have a chance to buy either, because they really do sound quite appealing on a number of levels.  (more…)

Download: 25 Wallpapers From the OnePlus 2

The OnePlus 2 may not arrive until August 11, but one of their lead OxygenOS designers just handed out the phone’s wallpapers ahead of time to “keep the hype up.” There are supposed to be 27 wallpapers in the bunch, but we’re only counting 25. Still, here are 25 free wallpapers that will probably look good on any device, not just the new OnePlus 2.

Below, we’ve put together a mini preview of the lot, but if you head through the download link, you can grab a .zip of all of the papers in full resolution.

You may not be interested in the OnePlus 2, but who can say “no” to hot wallpapers on a Saturday afternoon?  (more…)

Don’t Miss These Android Stories: 7/31/15

Wow, what a week this was. From OnePlus 2 and new Motorola devices to confirmation of Samsung’s arriving in a couple of weeks, the summer just got busier than expected. We also found out about a pretty scary security hole in Android that affects almost all devices, saw lots of evidence of a new Moto 360, and finally answered your questions from last week’s Q&A session.

Be sure to catch up on everything, because there was a lot going on. From hands-on time with numerous devices, to specs lists, to missing features, pricing and availability, you’ll want to know all that happened as we move forward into review periods. You may have a new phone in your future and this is the time to learn everything about what’s on the horizon.

Everything you need to know is linked below.  (more…)

Friday App Sales: Goat Simulator Z, Fotonica, F1 Challenge, and More

If you don’t have any plans for the next couple of days over the weekend, a few of the apps and games currently on sale through Google Play may help pass the time, such as Goat Simulator Z and Fotonica, just a couple of the games available at a discounted price.

In addition to those two titles, you can pickup Abs Workout Pro and Abs Workout II Pro if getting in shape this weekend is on your list. Not only are there health-focused apps available, but the couch potatoes among us can grab God of Light HD and Neuroshima Hex, if lounging and playing a few games sounds more fun.

Check the full list of app sales below.  (more…)

Textra and Chomp SMS Issue Updates That Could Stop Stagefright Attacks

On Monday, a pretty serious security vulnerability in Android’s Stagefright was exposed, one that has left almost all Android phones susceptible to an attack. Of course, at this time, the vulnerability has been kept under wraps and supposedly only shared with Google and OEMs to hopefully get it patched. Unfortunately, patching Stagefright takes a system update that has yet to arrive on anyone’s phone. In other words, even though the vulnerability is known by Google and they have patched things on their end, we are all potentially open to attacks.  (more…)

The Droid Life Show: Episode 87

It was an insanely busy first half of the week, taking Kellen to San Francisco to go hands-on with the OnePlus 2, then all the way to New York City for Motorola’s event and then back. We got a few new phones to talk about, including the Moto X Pure Edition, so this show is sure to be a lively one. In addition to announcements from OnePlus and Motorola, we will discuss Samsung’s upcoming press event on August 13 in New York City and what we can likely expect from that.

We will kick the show off live at 12PM Pacific (3PM Eastern). We have a live video embedded below, along with an IRC chat, so you can kick it with us during the show.  (more…)