Verizon and LG are pushing out updates to two phones today, the G5 and V10. Each updates is fairly minor, but G5 owners who have been waiting for LG to give them an app drawer have finally received their wish. As for the V10, it’s just looking like an update that tweaks the USB connection prompt and improves WiFi Calling.
For the LG G5, users will see an update to software version VS98713A. The update does indeed include the “Home with app drawer” option from within the “Select Home” screen. I point this out because there was a mini-controversy over LG’s choice to not include a launcher with an app drawer at launch, even though they quickly realized that was a mistake over the screaming of a loud Android minority. I don’t want to dive (again) into why this was mostly a non-story, but the basics are that you can just download a really good 3rd party launcher from Google Play for free if it bothers you so much. In fact, LG’s launcher is pretty terrible for the most part, so you would be better off with a 3rd party anyways. (more…)
OnePlus is pushing yet another update to the OnePlus 3, this time as OxygenOS v3.2.2. This is the second update since launch to address bugs, a trend we hope continues on for the next couple of years. The trend here would be regular updates, something the company hasn’t exactly been known for during its first two years of existence.
In this update, we are getting “improved notification management in Doze,” along with a fix for an issue with the alert slider, disabling of the fingerprint sensor while the phone is pocketed, and improvements to video recording (like an updated 4K codec). OnePlus also tossed in the “latest security patches.”
The full changelog is below. (more…)
Over the weekend, a supposed build.prop file from one of the upcoming HTC Nexus devices made its way online. This particular file is from the “sailfish” model, which is thought to be the smaller of the two new Google-created devices, and gives us details about the phone’s internals, like display, processor, etc. (more…)
Google is updating the Phone app that is included on their Nexus devices to include spam protection against unwanted calls. The newest version of the app will alert you as a call is coming in if it may be a “suspected” spam caller (see below) and then let you take additional actions on it.
With Caller ID & spam protection turned on, users will be able to both block and report spam calls. From within the Recent calls log, a tap on a call you’d like to report will offer up an option to “Block / report spam.” You should see options to both report as spam and then block, assuming you want to do both. (more…)
Amazon is currently selling the Amazon Echo for just $139.99 as a “certified refurbished” unit. That’s a good $40 discount off a brand new unit, which Amazon describes as being “refurbished, tested, and certified to look and work like new.” So in other words, you are basically getting a unit that has had any issues fixed and then made new again.
In case you need a recap on the Echo, you could think of it has a decent room-filling speaker for playing music from from a variety of sources or via Bluetooth. But on top of that, you can ask Alexa (the brains behind Echo) for answers to questions, about the weather, to set timers, control lights and thermostats, read the news, share sports scores, re-purchase products on Amazon, and even order an Uber or pizza. It’s a bit like a home assistant.
On the day OnePlus announced the OnePlus 3, there was a bit of confusion surrounding the available color choices out of the gate. In promo imagery, we saw both silver and gold models, yet only the silver has ever been up for purchase. Tomorrow that changes, as OnePlus will make the “Soft Gold” variant available in the US before rolling it out to other countries.
OnePlus says that Soft Gold is only available in limited quantities, so if you are interested, you may want to be ready the minute it goes live in their store. Tonight at noon Eastern (9AM Pacific) is your time if you live in the States. (more…)
Prisma, the photo filtering app thats is apparently a huge, huge, huge deal on iOS, has come to Android as of today. Apologies for not being in the know on popular iOS-only apps, but word has it that people are really into the filters offered through Prisma.
With Prisma, you get the opportunity to use existing pictures on your phone or new ones taken through the app, to create “awesome artworks.” The app works a lot like Instagram, in that you choose or take photos, crop and adjust to your liking, then apply a filter. The filters here aren’t just auto tunes or brightness and vibrance enhancements, though, they are instead “modern art filters,” where your photos take on the essence of artwork from Picasso, Munk, etc. (more…)
Yahoo and Verizon announced this morning that Big Red is acquiring the struggling tech giant for $4.83 billion. The move will push Yahoo under AOL, another former tech darling that Verizon picked up within the past year. Verizon and Yahoo hope to close the all-cash deal by Q1 of 2017.
So what does this mean for Yahoo products, like email, sports, finance, and Tumblr? They are all coming along for the ride to Verizon and AOL. From what I can tell, neither company said anything other than that those services will continue on. (more…)