Don’t Miss These Android Stories: September 4, 2015

Just as we expected, it was a really big week for Android Wear fans, as a ton of new devices were announced and shown off during Berlin’s annual IFA. Not only was Android Wear at the center of the news, but Moto X Pure Edition, Moto 360 (2nd Gen), and Huawei Watch pre-orders kicked off, plus a report claims we might see two new Nexus devices later this month.

Beyond IFA news, Google and Verizon changed their logos, we reviewed the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+, and we took a look at a Kickstarter phone called Robin that might actually be kinda cool.

If you missed any of the craziness, see all of the news below.  (more…)

Wow, a Crowdfunded Phone That Might Not Suck

Personally, I have a love-hate relationship with sites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Oh, wait, it’s only hate. You see, I don’t exactly believe in the idea of crowdfunding. I get that it can be a great thing for a large variety of products, but for smartphones, I have not seen much that would lead me to believe the idea of backing a smartphone, then waiting months to receive it, is a good thing. And since many of the devices don’t get reviewed by the usual tech circles, how am I supposed to know if what I am buying is any good? To keep it short, I have yet to fund a smartphone project through these avenues.

But today, a new device called Robin popped up on Kickstarter, headed by a few familiar faces that I could see myself getting behind and supporting. Created by Nextbit, the Robin looks to reinvent the way we handle storage locally on a smartphone. Instead of relying on microSD slots and set amounts of built-in storage, the Robin utilizes Smart Storage, powered by the cloud.  (more…)

ZNAPS Racks Up $400K on Kickstarter in Days, It’s Like MagSafe for Your Phone

What happens when you love Apple’s MagSafe technology so much that you decide you must apply it to charging a phone? You get ZNAPS, a Kickstarter funded product that wants to make charging your phone easier than ever. It’s basically a MagSafe like charging plug that sits in the charging port of your phone, so that you can quickly charge a device without having to think about it or actually plug anything in.  (more…)

Here is a Reversible Micro USB Cable on Kickstarter, Just in Time for USB Type-C

With the next round of flagship phones from OnePlus, Google, and Samsung almost upon us, we are about to usher in an era that ditches the microUSB port in favor of the much more user-friendly and feature-rich USB Type-C. USB Type-C is not only reversible, but it also transfers data and power faster, while acting as an extender for all sorts of dongles. It’s going to be awesome when our phones have USB Type-C ports.

But what about current phones that won’t ever be able to access the fun that is a reversible UBS Type-C? Well, they could turn to this newly launched Kickstarter for a product called the Micro-Flip, which is a reversible microUSB cable.  (more…)

Comet Smartphone Scam is Fooling People Out of $200,000+

You shouldn’t back the Comet Smartphone because it’s a scam.

A phone with fins. Think about it. Oonce oonce oonce oonce. Keep thinking about it. “Yo, I’m knock-off Alien from Spring Breakers, and this phone floats!” Oonce oonce oonce oonce. Technology. Oonce oonce oonce oonce. (Insert model to distract you as she talks about dual camera mode, a feature that is at least two years old.) Oonce oonce oonce oonce. Wub wub wub. “Hey guys, I’m the CEO, and this phone, which will never ever launch (at least not in its presented form or after four or five years worth of excuses as to why it hasn’t), is the future. It’s called Comet Smartphone.”  (more…)

Pebble Time is the New Color Pebble, Now Live on Kickstarter

Pebble kept to its word this morning with the announcement of a new product, the Pebble Time. As expected, the Pebble Time comes with a full color e-paper display, along with a new interface called Timeline, which is a bit like Google Now in that it puts relevant info at your fingertips. In a somewhat surprising move, Pebble is launching Pebble Time through Kickstarter, just like they did with the original Pebble. Well, almost like the original. This time, Pebble Time is nearly complete as a product, they just need funding, which is their way of seeing just how many to make, I would imagine.  (more…)