There really isn’t much news going on lately it seems. Nothing big at least. So today is just minor bits and blurbs across the Android spectrum.
LG announces the Wine Smart
That, kiddos, is an Android powered flip phone. Not the first mind you, but definitely the first Lollipop 5.1 flip phone.
It’s a 3.2” touchscreen at the top and well you can see what the bottom has. I’m having flashbacks of a time not that long ago.
Also, holy crap! I just noticed the buttons at the top of the bottom half. That’s what we’re used to, except in physical form.
There’s really not much to write home about as far as specs are concerned. I have no clue what chip powers that little guy, but it’s fair to guess something from Qualcomm. It’s got 1 gig of RAM which isn’t that bad, especially given the form factor which to me is aimed at a very casual use crowd who would want such a device. It’s got 4 GB of internal storage, expandable via a microSD card slot. The battery is a paltry 1,700mAh and is removable, so you could carry around a spare easily enough but again the person this is aimed at likely won’t be worried about murdering their battery the way someone like me can and does do regularly.
Pessimippopotamus informed me fairly recently that such phones are popular in China. Looks like they’re being given a shot outside the country at long last, as this one will be available in France, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Poland and other countries fairly soon. As in later this month. I guess LG will see how it does and then go from there.
Going forward Nexus devices will see monthly security updates
Nexus devices have always been among the first Android devices to receive platform and security updates. From this week on, Nexus devices will receive regular OTA updates each month focused on security, in addition to the usual platform updates. The first security update of this kind began rolling out today, Wednesday August 5th, to Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7, Nexus 9, Nexus 10, and Nexus Player. This security update contains fixes for issues in bulletins provided to partners through July 2015, including fixes for the libStageFright issues. At the same time, the fixes will be released to the public via the Android Open Source Project. Nexus devices will continue to receive major updates for at least two years and security patches for the longer of three years from initial availability or 18 months from last sale of the device via the Google Store.
To clarify things: Going forward Nexus devices will get monthly security patches for three years and major OTAs (Android version updates) for two years from release. Clear? Clear.
Stagefright patches are being pushed out already
Both Sprint and AT&T are currently in the process of issuing out OTA patches to various devices to fix the Stagefright issue I wrote about last week.
Sprint will soon be releasing the OTA patch to the following devices: S6, S6 Edge, S5, and Note Edge.
AT&T will be doing similar to the following devices: S6 Active, S5, S5 Active, and Note 4.
If you own any of the previously mentioned devices on those respective carriers you can check to see if the update has hit your phone yet by going into Settings then System Update and Update Now. (I hate the way the Samsung menu is setup, but I know you don’t go into About Phone like you do on NORMAL devices.)
Have I mentioned how awesome John Legere is before?
In fairly interesting news, T-Mobile has moved past Sprint to take the third spot in regards to U.S. carrier growth and position. Fourth is now officially in last. And given that John Legere is CEO of T-Mobile and knows how to work social media to his advantage he couldn’t help but throw out a few tweets on the matter.
There are so many other tweets of his from yesterday I’d love to share that are just as hilarious but I’ll spare you for the time being.
In network related news, Droid Life published a piece on using Project Fi for a month
If you’re even remotely interested in using Project Fi then I suggest you read the piece for yourself in full. It even has a pretty good break down of equivalent plans from the other carriers (as well as what it would cost on them).
Here’s hoping more phones are made compatible soon with the network, cause I’d love to give it a try and I’ve got my invite sitting in my Inbox.
OnePlus got hammered in their OnePlus Two post-launch AMA
And by hammered I mean really hammered. People took them to task about their slogan of “Never Settle” in regards to the phone lacking both NFC and wireless charging.
I wrote about the phone and its debut last week. At this point in time I’d say pass on it. For essentially ten bucks more you can get the entry model Moto X Pure Edition when it’s released sometime next month. (The 16 GB model will retail for $399. While the OnePlus 2 will set you back $389 for the 64 GB model, it’s worth pointing out that the Moto X this year will have a microSD card slot that can read 128 GB microSD cards. So you’re still better off choosing the Moto X, not the least reason for which is it does have NFC and expandable storage.)
Of course all that’s in addition to them cutting off Android Police over their editorial titled Editorial: If OnePlus Will Basically Just Lie With Marketing Slogans, We Have No Reason To Respect Them. Quite a few people have taken issue with the editorial, but you can’t say what was in it isn’t true. You just can’t. (On the flip side, if you do have an issue with that piece you can always take a look at XDA’s write-up voicing similar and doing so in a much more reasonable manner. The OnePlus 2 & The Year of Smartphone Compromises. I suggest reading both articles.)
And, for the record, apparently they called and told him what they did.
When confronted about this, here’s the response a OnePlus representative gave over on reddit, “I’ve posted about this before - here’s a tl;dr: we don’t mind criticism, especially the constructive kind. Our PR department has limited resources and an almost unlimited amount of publications to support. Nobody has been “cut off” - anyone can buy our device, review it and post about it, but we can’t give invites to everyone that asks.”
It’s interesting through and through, but what little interest I had in the OnePlus 2 went away with the lack of NFC. At this point I’ve just added them to the list of companies I want nothing to do with list I keep in my head. (Apple is on that list. Not the least reason of which is due to similar nonsense on their part. Any unfavorable reviews or write-ups of their products are met with some over the top responses. And that isn’t a one off thing. I read a really good piece a short while back about how they basically force people to write favorable reviews in order to keep being invited to press events or being sent devices for review purposes, among a number of other things, and it was not surprising to say the least. Once I find it I’ll update with a link.)
Speaking of editorials, AP has a Qualcomm one up
And it kind of fits with a lot of what we’ve put together already. Qualcomm is in bad shape and really needs to get something together quick, fast, and in a hurry to turn things around. Could the upcoming 820 be it?
Naturally, that article is geared more towards the die hard Android aficionados who read these posts. As quite a bit of it might cause a snoozefest for those who don’t care about Qualcomm this or Mediatek that or who has what in regards to LTE infrastructure and patents.
And that’s all you get today because now I have to do some actual work
And by “actual work” I mean drop off a truck so it can get inspected. Then I hitch a ride back to the office until I have to go pick up the truck again, between which I’ll keep reading the new Superheroes Anonymous: Supervillains Anonymous book by Lexie Dunne. That way I can kill it tonight and then get back to my KGB non-fiction book and the newest Inspector Pekka novel (Red Icon) which I’m also reading. Yeah, I’m reading three books at once. That’s not that many, I can handle five or six at a time on a good week.