It’s no secret, we have pretty much entirely stopped talking about custom ROMs. Sure, we used to adore them and use them on all of our phones, but that was years ago. Times have changed, Android has matured, and frankly, custom ROMs don’t offer all that much these days in terms of added benefits over running whatever stock software your device comes with.
While the arguments that are pro the usage of custom ROMs will always be legitimate, such as custom themes and the de-bloating of smartphones thanks to added privileges, I would argue that the number one reason for rooting and ROM’ing back in the day was speed. With a custom ROM, you could load up a hotrod kernel, overclock that puppy, and all of a sudden your OG DROID is running like a million bucks. Ah, yes, those were good times, but sadly, like everything else, all good things must come to an end.
So, have your rooting and custom ROM days passed, or are you still clinging onto them? And if you are, please, share your wisdom with us non-custom ROM common folk.
We were recently asked on Twitter why we prefer on-screen buttons to capacitive. The fact is, there are many pros and cons to each setup. Don’t believe me? Check out our massive list. Personally, I enjoy the more immersive feeling I get when using on-screen buttons, but really, it comes down to what I would describe as a more sexy look.
Since the launch of the first OnePlus device, users have been able to choose which button setup they want, which I think is a major plus for OP. As far as I know, no other Android smartphone maker does this. On the OnePlus 3, I opt for on-screen buttons, but thanks to a slight bug with the software, I am currently restricted from using them. If it wasn’t for that software bug, though, I’d be rocking on-screen buttons all day.
What about you? If you have a preference, which do you prefer?
We ran a poll back in May, asking you if support for Android apps on Chromebooks would convince you to pick one up. Not too surprisingly, many of you said, “Yes,” meaning there should be quite a few of you that are currently looking to purchase a Chromebook. The only issue is, much like Windows, there are countless varieties of Chromebooks from different manufacturers, ranging in specifications, and more importantly, ranging in price.
At the bottom there are Chromebooks available for a couple hundred bucks, while others, such as the Pixel line from Google, are priced at over $1,000. That’s the same price as a new MacBook laptop from Apple. Of course, there are plenty other options, ranging from $350 to $500 and up.
If you are in the market for a Chromebook, how much are willing to spend?
With the announcement and unveiling out of the way, along with all of the details made public that you might need to make an informed decision, what’s your take on the OnePlus 3? Going to pick one up? Maybe wait for official Moto Z pricing, or maybe new a Nexus later this year?
One could argue quite a few points to either purchase or not purchase this phone, but when it comes down to it, the OnePlus 3 is quite the smartphone package at just $399. The fact that OP decided to skip the invite system completely makes it all the more attractive, too. The company added in NFC, gave us a top-tier applications processor, 6GB of RAM, UFS 2.0, and even that awesome Alert Slider. On the downside, there’s no water resistance, expandable storage, wireless charging, or Verizon/Sprint support.
Our final take is, yes, we will definitely give this phone a shot. How about you?
Well, it’s time to vote or at least share your early reaction to the Moto Z, Moto Z Force, DROID Edition versions, and whether or not you plan to buy one when they arrive this summer and fall.
You’ve seen the announcement, checked out the specs, figured out how the Moto Mods work, now know that neither has a headphone jack, and probably punched a wall over the fact that Verizon gets a lengthy exclusive on both initially and the Force for the long haul. I think it’s safe to say that you have enough information to weigh in on some level.
Are you buying the Moto Z or Moto Z Force?
Tomorrow is a pretty big day for Moto(rola) and Lenovo. During the keynote of Lenovo’s Tech World conference in San Francisco (watch it here), Moto will get a chance to shine on stage as they unveil what we expect to be their next flagship phone, the Moto Z.
From what we have seen through a variety of leaks, the phone will take on new design language, ditch the “X” branding, and attempt to make modularity in a phone a real thing, something LG couldn’t do with the G5. At first leak, we weren’t exactly all that impressed by the Moto Z’s design, but have admitted to warming to it and maybe even becoming quite fond of it. As you guys know, I’m also excited to see companies like Lenovo and Moto taking chances with things like modules, because innovation doesn’t happen if everyone just place it safe. (more…)
VR, whether you are ready for it or not, is about to be everywhere. What’s that? You thought it already was? Honestly, I don’t think the big VR push has really even begun yet. Sure, we talk a lot about it because a bunch of big name companies are talking about it and it seems to be the next big focus, but a world filled with VR is really only in its infancy, if not pre-infancy.
I say that because the biggest player right now, is Samsung, with its mobile-powered Gear VR headset. Companies with big, stand-alone, PC-powered units, like HTC and Oculus, are just now entering with their more powerful options. Plus, Google has barely finished off announcing its VR platform for Android and Apple hasn’t said a word yet. Samsung should be given lots of credit for being one of the first out of the gate, but when you talk about all of these other players on the verge of entering the game, this really is only the early stages of the beginning.
Still, that doesn’t mean many of you haven’t already jumped into VR. You could have purchased (or been given as a bonus gift) a Gear VR, dropped hundreds on Vive or Rift, or picked up Google Cardboard for a couple of bucks at this point. And that’s where we go for today’s poll. Even though we asked you back in January if you were at all interested in VR (52% said “no”), we now want to know how many of you are already invested in the fun.
Since there is no shortage of options for keyboard apps on Google Play, it seems that no matter who I talk to, everyone is using something different. For me, the standard Google Keyboard works great. I especially love the custom photos I can use to theme it. More importantly, though, the swipe functionality on Google Keyboard seems very accurate more times than not, which saves me time during typing and also allows me to use one hand.
Other people, known as peckers, prefer to type each individual letter in a word. These people don’t care about saving time and would much rather watch the whole world go up in flames than to swipe out words on their keyboard. Don’t worry, only kidding. Peckers would argue that swiping words out is not as accurate as they would like, plus with auto-correct becoming better over the years, the words that they peck out are usually spot on which saves them time from redoing a swipe.
Different strokes for different folks.
So, are you a keyboard swiper or pecker?