2015 was a really great year for Android smartphones. The Nexus 6P, Samsung Galaxy S6, LG G4, Moto X Pure Edition are among a long list of great handsets that make little to no compromises. So with the Galaxy S7 and LG G5 on the horizon, it was only natural for us to take a look back at two of the best devices of last year – the Galaxy S6 and G4.
While Josh and Lanh were covering the flashback videos this week, Krystal went ahead and published her review of the Samsung Galaxy A9 (seriously, you need to watch it). Gary also brought us a great video explaining the ins and outs of CPU frequency scaling, and Jayce made a detailed video about the upcoming flagships of 2016.
Here are the Android-related videos you don’t want to miss this week.
Looking back at the flagships of 2015
LG G4… now
The LG G4 was one of the best Android handsets of 2015, and possibly of all time. It has an amazing camera, unique design and some powerful under-the-hood specs. How has it held up overtime? Don’t miss Josh’s LG G4 flashback video to learn more.
Samsung Galaxy S6… now
Like the G4, the Samsung Galaxy S6 was one of the best smartphones of this past year. And with the Galaxy S7 coming right around the corner, it’s definitely worth taking another look at the S6, and how it’s held up overtime. Check out Lanh’s Galaxy S6 flashback video attached above and full post below.
Samsung Galaxy A9 review
Samsung’s Galaxy A9 might not be available in all parts of the world, but it’s certainly a device worth talking about. It’s big, powerful, and sports a great fingerprint sensor – what more could you want? Be sure to check out Krystal’s wonderful review to learn all about the Galaxy A9.
A look at what’s to come in 2016
2015 was a great year for Android. The Samsung Galaxy S6, LG G4, Moto X Pure Edition and Nexus 6P are among the best Android handsets ever produced, which makes us excited to think about what’s to come in 2016. In this post, we’ve rounded up 6 of the smartphones we’re most looking forward to seeing in the year to come.
Android Apps Weekly
Microsoft buys SwiftKey, more Apple apps to come, Adventures of Mana! – you don’t want to miss the latest episode of Joe’s Android Apps Weekly show.
What is CPU frequency scaling?
There is a feature in Android (via the Linux kernel) which allows the clock frequency of the CPU to be varied. What is it and how does it work? Gary explains in this informative video and post.
Valentine’s day is a perfect excuse to upgrade your phone as well as your significant others’ device. AT&T is now running a buy one get one program on select smartphones for this celebration of love.
Here are the highlights of the program:
- Available to new and existing customers
- Both phones must be purchased on AT&T Next
- The first phone can be a new line or an upgrade
- The second phone must be a new line and purchased on AT&T Next 24
- Add both phones to a qualified plan, like Mobile Share Value, for as low as $70 a month for two phones
- Starting in up to three bill cycles you will receive up to $650 in 30 monthly bill credits
Remember one of the lines must be new so you cannot upgrade two lines with existing phone numbers. And the deal does apply to iPhones, Samsung and LG devices. Keep in mind that Mobile World Congress is just a couple weeks away where we will be getting the latest releases from Samsung and LG, so if you want the latest and greatest it might be in your best interest to wait.
Learn more at AT&T
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The LG G5 may not be the only device LG has in store for MWC 2016. An unknown LG handset just leaked along with its specs and model number H840, sources say it could be a younger sibling G5.
Samsung is usually the one releasing all the different flagship models, but a new leak suggests that LG may take a note out of their book this year. The LG H840 just surfaced, and it could be a version of the LG G5.
If you were hoping for the same specifications the G5 is rumored to have, you’re not going to get it on this one. The leaked handset has a 5.3-inch QHD display and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 SoC. It has 3GB of RAM and 8MP camera’s on both the front and rear sides. The leaked handset contains 32GB of internal storage and oddly runs Android 4.4. If LG were to introduce a less spec hungry G5 variant running Android 4.4, it’d be a move worth discussing.
There’s a chance LG brings this handset to MWC 2016, but we can’t be sure of anything just yet. We’ll see what we get in a little over a week’s time.
Come comment on this article: Unknown LG H840 leaks out with list of specifications, could it be a G5 variant?
If finding Microsoft apps on the Galaxy S6 caught you off-guard, you’re in for a real surprise this year. Microsoft has announced that its apps are now bundled with current and future Android devices from 74 companies, including newcomer Acer as well as ASUS, LG, Samsung and Sony. That’s a healthy boost from 31 vendors last year. There are bound to be gaps in coverage, but the odds are now fairly high that you’ll find the Office suite, OneDrive, Skype and other Redmond-made tools on your brand new smartphone or tablet.
As is usually the case, though, this isn’t coming out of sheer eagerness to embrace Microsoft’s vision. The Windows maker notes that “IP alignment” is a key factor here — to put it another way, these companies are bundling Microsoft apps in part to avoid patent disputes over their use of Android. They do stand to profit from the deal, but it’s clear that Microsoft is using its leverage to get its apps and services on as many gadgets as possible.
In an industry where secrecy is the norm, LG is something of a contrarian. The Korean company likes to trickle out details of its upcoming flagships days, sometimes even weeks, in advance, and the LG G5 is no exception.
The latest tidbit that LG is revealing about the G5 is a smart cover that’s “answering the age old question – what came first, the smartphone or the cover?”
Metaphor abuse aside, LG’s Quick Cover is “designed specifically” for the upcoming G5 and comes with features like touch functionality that allows the user to take calls or silence alarms without opening the cover.
The LG G5 Quick Cover features a semitransparent mesh cover, resembling the concept of HTC’s Dot View cover for the M series. The cover “incorporates a unique film with a glossy metallic finish to enhance the smooth and luxurious look and feel of the cover.” This finish is said to match the design of the phone, a silent confirmation of the rumors putting a metallic unibody on the G5.
We are positive that LG will let go of more details about the G5 over the next days, but there are some aspects that will remained unconfirmed until the February 21 launch date. Worry not, your curiosity can be satiated in our comprehensive LG G5 rumor roundup.
There’s still over a week left before LG launches its newest flagship phone, but we know two things for certain: First, the G5 has an “Always On” display, and second, you will be able to get a Quick Cover case for it. The Korean company has announced that it’s releasing a touch-enabled case for (in its own words) a “smartphone that does not officially exist” yet. LG says the cover is wrapped in “a unique film with a glossy metallic finish” for a luxurious feel. Also, you’ll be able to take calls and control the alarm settings through its semitransparent mesh material, without having to open the case.
Like previous LG Quick Covers, it has a small window that shows a part of the screen. For the G5, it’s the part that shows the date, time and notifications on the Always On display. The company didn’t mention how much it’ll cost you on top of the phone itself, but that might be one of the things we’ll find out on February 21st. Both the G5 and the case will also be on display at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain on February 22nd to 25th.
LG has shared more information on the LG G5’s official touch-enabled phone cover, set to compliment the flagship mobile by offering ‘ultimate convenience’.
The LG G5 accessory has been designed to flaunt the highly anticipated gadget’s curves, allowing users to take calls and control alarm settings without having to open the case at all.
LG’s case features a unique film with a glossy metallic finish, which apparently enhances the look of the LG G5 and makes it even prettier. Of course, what you think of the case’s appearance is down to personal taste, but LG is still very keen to show it off.
A number of other unofficial LG G5 cases have been spotted on the Amazon marketplace recently, backing claims that the smartphone will feature a unique rear camera setup with LED flash and dual-camera lenses.
Just yesterday, it was confirmed that the upcoming LG G5 will feature an always-on display, offering up notification information to users without them having to grab their smartphone.
In terms of specs, we’re yet to hear any official word on what will keep the LG G5 ticking. Late last year, a leak spotted on Reddit suggested that the LG G5 would drop with a 5.3-inch Quad HD display, 3 GB of Ram and a 16 megapixel camera and 8 megapixel camera on the back. The same source mentioned an 8 megapixel front-facing shooter and a Snapdragon 820 processor.
The touch-enabled phone cover looks like a nice match for the LG G5, which is expected to be unveiled for the world to see at MWC 2016 in Barcelona on February 21.
Our fingers are crossed that the LG G5 lives up to the hype.
Come comment on this article: LG’s touch-enabled cover is a top LG G5 companion
We know that the LG G5 is upon us; LG hasn’t been quiet about the fact. The Korean manufacturer is also known to tease little tidbits about new upcoming features, and we just got our first one for the G5. The company’s Facebook page, LG Mobile, posted a teaser gif that reveals Always On capability on the G5’s display.
Always On isn’t a radical concept, but a real nice to have. It’s probably most known on Motorola devices (Moto Display). It partially lights up the screen to only show information that we frequently check on our phones (the time, date, and notifications).
LG first played with the idea on the V10 (with the help of the Second Screen). However, the G5 teaser shows the information pop up front and center on the display. This strongly hints that LG will make a move to an OLED panel (which isn’t too far-fetched based on recent reportings), because lighting up the entire display for small pieces of information would be hugely inefficient. The V10 got away with it because it only needed to turn on the small secondary 2.1″ display up top.
While this is all we know so far officially, we have recently gotten some telling leaks. Check out our rumor roundup on the G5. The Feb. 21st unveiling at Mobile World Congress isn’t too far now, so hang tight. Does LG really grab your attention with the Always On feature?
It was less than a week ago when LG announced its new low-end LG K7 model. Today, the device has officially gone up for sale at T-Mobile.
The LG K7 features low-end specifications, but comes in at a price tag of only $139 off contract. Just as a recap, it features a 5-inch display with 480 x 854 pixels. Powering the device is a Snapdragon 210 SoC clocked at 1.1 GHz with 1GB of RAM. Both the front side and rear side feature the same 5MP camera for taking photos and shooting low-res video.
The K7 has 8GB of internal storage and can be expanded up to 32GB with the addition of a mircoSD card. The device measures 5.65 x 2.85 x 0.35 inches and weighs in at only 4.9 ounces. Android 5.1 runs the house. Other sensors include 4G LTE connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC for wireless payments, Wi-Fi, and GPS. A 2125 mAh battery will try to survive its owner’s full day.
The LG K7 isn’t the greatest out there, but if you’re looking to get something that doesn’t break the bank, it sure is worth considering. For more details, click the source link to go to T-Mobile’s website.
Come comment on this article: LG K7 goes up for sale at T-Mobile
First announced at CES 2016, the LG K7 is now available on T-Mobile’s network. It may not win any awards in the specs department, but this could be a good option for those looking for a sub-$150 handset with 4G LTE connectivity. It has a 5.0-inch 480 x 854 FWVGA display, a 1.1 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor with 1.5GB of RAM, as well as 8GB of on-board storage and microSD expansion up to 32GB. It has 5MP front and rear-facing cameras and also runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box. We went hands-on with this device at CES back in January, so you’ll want to check out the full post if you’re at all interested in this handset.
Does the K7 have your attention? You can purchase it from T-Mobile’s website for $139.99 off-contract, or for $5.84 per month with a 24-month payment plan. Feel free to follow the link attached below to learn more about the new LG K7.