OnePlus One to Receive Android L Within Three Months of Release From Google

In what might be an attempt to gain a bit of positive attention, OnePlus announced last Friday through its forums that the One will receive Android L within three months of the final build release from Google.

Three months, you say? That’s quite ambitious, especially from an OEM that is still having issues setting an actual release for its phone to the masses.  (more…)

Tuesday Poll: What is Your Favorite Phone Series?

Over the years, our favorite phone manufacturers have created specific lines or brands of devices that we continue to see new iterations of. Samsung has its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines. HTC has the One series. LG has the G series. Motorola has the DROID and recently created Moto lines. Sony has its Xperia devices. And Google has Nexus. We know when new versions of each should be released each year, what they should look and perform like (for the most part), and which carriers will likely sell them. Branding and familiarity has been a big part of the smartphone game. These lines have helped define not only our coverage of the industry, but also how we all feel about phone makers.

So, we want to know which is your favorite of all time. Forget for a second the phone you are holding right now and think about which line out of them all has been your favorite over the years. Have you been a long-time fan of all things Galaxy? Is HTC doing things with the One that have caught your eye? Do you wish Sony would bring its Xperia line over to the US? Or are you a Nexus fanboy, even though carriers like Verizon refuse to support them?

Feel free to backup your response in the comments.

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OnePlus One (Retail) Unboxing and Hands-on

A few weeks back, Tim had a chance to go hands-on with the OnePlus One, the incredibly affordable yet high-end phone from a Chinese semi-startup. The phones he played with, along with those used in countless reviews over the last month, were pre-production models of the white 16GB variant that probably weren’t ready for prime time. The device we just received today (thanks to an invite), which is an official retail version of the 64GB Sandstone Black variant, is probably much more ready to be shown off to the world.

So, let’s unbox it!  (more…)

Yes, OnePlus One “SandStone Black” Orders are Shipping Today

I noticed that a handful of confused media outlets are reporting that shipments of the OnePlus One may have started as early as today. To end the confusion, here is the proof (below). Yes, OnePlus One orders, in Sandstone Black with 64GB of storage, have begun shipping. Well, shipping information has at least been received, so orders are indeed ready to go out as soon as OnePlus gives them to DHL.

We do not have a confirmation on arrival time, but as you can see, our order in particular is coming straight from Hong Kong, en route to Portland.

I can’t say if the white model is shipping or not, but OnePlus already told us that the black 64GB variants have been given priority and should ship first.

Any others receiving shipment notifications? Did anyone else order one at all (with an invite of course)?  (more…)

FoxFi Update Brings WiFi Tethering to Verizon HTC Phones

Back at the end of April, popular WiFi tethering app, FoxFi, received an update that brought back WiFi hotspot abilities to non-rooted Samsung phones on Verizon. Today, a new update makes the same feature available to HTC phones on Verizon’s network, including the DROID DNA and HTC One. The developer didn’t specify if that includes the One (M8), but I would imagine that it does.

Keep in mind that in order to use the WiFi hotspot feature, you have to trust in FoxFi, because it opens a VPN connection and installs a certificate. To get around Verizon’s attempts to block free tethering, trickery is almost certainly involved on some level, so understand what you are getting yourself into.  (more…)