If Your Nexus 6 has Performance Issues, Blame the Encryption That You Can’t Turn Off

During our Nexus 6 review, we noted that at times the device seemed to suffer from weird performance issues or hiccups that were unexpected, especially knowing that the device runs one of the newest and most powerful mobile chipsets on the planet, has 3GB RAM, and was optimized specifically by Google for Android 5.0 “Lollipop.” Some of our readers, along with others at reddit and XDA, tossed around the idea that maybe the performance hit was due to the fact that devices shipping with Android 5.0 do so with encryption enabled. That encryption could potentially put a damper on read/write disks speeds, which would cause performance hiccups.

The folks over at AnandTech had similar thoughts, so they reached out to Motorola in hopes of testing a Nexus 6 that didn’t have encryption enabled. With an unencrypted Nexus 6 in hand they found results that seem to confirm our fears – the default encryption in the Nexus 6 does indeed slow down read/write disks speeds, which is unfortunate, because you can’t turn it off.  (more…)

Corning Announces Gorilla Glass 4, Formulated Specifically to Protect From Every Day Drops

This morning, Corning announced new Gorilla Glass 4 for smartphones, a new protective barrier that “provides at least two times improved damage resistance over competitive aluminosilicate glass, as measured by retained strength after damage events, resulting in improved mechanical durability of the glass to in-field damage events, such as drops.” Oh, you want the details in English? OK, we can do that.

You are likely familiar with Corning, since their Gorilla Glass products have been protecting smartphone displays for years now. The device in your pocket or in your hand right now, is probably protected by Gorilla Glass 2 or 3. Since their launch in 2007, Corning has seen its Gorilla Glass products featured in more than 3 billion devices.  (more…)

AT&T $60 GoPhone Plan Now Includes Unlimited Data, New $45 Plan Introduced

AT&T introduced one important new feature to its $60 GoPhone prepaid plan this afternoon that I’m sure customers will gladly accept, plus they also introduced a new $45 option.

As for the new feature, the $60 GoPhone plan now includes unlimited data to go along with its unlimited talk and text. Subscribers of this plan will still only get 2.5GB of high-speed data, but should they hit that data cap, they will continue to be able to use data for the rest of the month, only at incredibly slow speeds. After the 2.5GB of high-speed data has been used, your data speeds will be reduced down to 128Kbps for the rest of your 30-day billing term.  (more…)

Motorola Announces the Keylink for $24.99, an Accessory to Help You Find Lost Keys or Phones

Back in August, we noticed that a new version of the Motorola Skip had cruised through the FCC as a full-blown keyfob that could help you locate keys or your phone, and even act as a trusted device with Motorola phones. We fully expected to see this accessory launch around the time of the new Moto X. For whatever reason, though, Motorola buried the product for a couple of months, only to revive it today as the Motorola Keylink(more…)

Video: Asus ZenWatch vs. G Watch R and Moto 360

After running through a quick unboxing of the Asus ZenWatch, it only made sense to follow up with a comparison video of Asus’ premium Android Wear device to the other two smartwatch champions of the moment, the LG G Watch R and Moto 360. Each is outfitted in premium materials, like metals and leathers, but each is certainly different in its own right, whether that be through the quality of those materials used or its price tag.  (more…)

T-Mobile Now Selling the Nexus 6 With 32GB or 64GB of Storage

After delaying for a week, T-Mobile is now selling the Nexus 6, Google’s brand new whale of a smartphone.

The device comes in Midnight Blue, just like every other carrier, but you do have options of either 32GB or 64GB of storage, which is unique to T-Mobile. Sprint and AT&T are both only selling the 32GB model. At least one of our readers purchased the 64GB model from T-Mobile this morning, chose overnight shipping, and is expecting it to arrive tomorrow.  (more…)