While the tech world seem to be fixated on the hot mess that is the LG G5, it’s important to remember the Korean conglomerate has other offerings that are not made to be modular. Offerings of a lower price-point that cater to the needs of a more specific set of customers. One such product is the newly announced LG Stylus 2 Plus, a follow-up to the original LG Stylus 2 launched back in February, but with some key components changed. Specs include a 5.7-inch Full HD (1920 X 1280) display, a 1.4GHz Octa-Core SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage, an embedded rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and a 3,000mAh battery. Regarding the camera, in some markets the Stylus 2 Plus will come with a 16-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front camera. For all other markets however, the phone will ship with the same pair as the original Stylus 2 featured: a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. Regarding the RAM, in some regions it appears there will be 3GB instead of the standard 2GB. In addition some regions will receive a unit with 32GB of on-board storage. Putting aside the potential camera upgrades, the only main differences here are the increase display resolution – the original featured a 5.7-inch 720p screen, a slight increase in SoC performance – the original featured a 1.2GHz chip – and some extra RAM – the original featured 1.5GB. The stylus pen found on the handset has a nano-coated tip that supposedly offers greater accuracy compared to standard rubber-tipped styluses. The handset also includes some stylus-optimized extras such as a feature called Pen Pop – a nifty mode that toggles a special shortcut menu when the stylus is removed – and Pen Keeper, which notifies users should they stray from the pointed pen. Juno Cho, President of […]
The Weekend may be the period everyone is waiting for, but Samsung clearly prefers Diplo. Korea’s numero uno electronics OEM has sent out invitations for an event to be held in New York City on Thursday June 2nd. While no exact details are provided as to what will be announced, there is somewhat less mystery surrounding who will be present, namely the aforementioned 37-year old DJ. Take a look: Given that there have been no large leaks leading to leads about this event in and of itself, chances are high that it’s not a super-early release for say, the Galaxy Note 6 7. What is likely to make a formal debut is Samsung’s Gear Fit 2 wearable fitness band/bracelet which has been leaked even by the company itself. Along with the Fit 2, the Gear IconX earbuds is presumably going to surface for sound bytes as well. The “Create” idea though, suggests there may be something else in store for stores. Could a new Galaxy Note tablet make a debut? An S-Pen that works with all Samsung devices? New software suites focused on productivity? Chances are it will be none of these things, but one can wonder. The key is likely in the statement that the devices can “work together to create a Galaxy of Possibility” suggesting it may be cross-platform support or even IoT-related aspects. The Gear Fit 2 will reportedly make use of a curved Super AMOLED screen of higher resolution than the original Gear Fit from several years back. It is said to be more ergonomic thanks to a more visible curvature. In addition, the Gear Fit 2 is said to include a GPS module, something which fitness enthusiasts are no doubt eager to have on board, thus alleviating the need to use their phone for GPS-related functionality. The Gear IconX […]
OnePlus has made quite a name for itself over the years, not just for creating reasonably high-end devices at relatively low prices, but also for some controversial marketing decisions and its uniquely frustrating invite system. In recent times, OnePlus has been able to move away from their “invite system” for all of its currently sold devices, but OnePlus’ own online store remains the only place to pick up the company’s handsets. This is changing soon, however, as the OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X are now on their way to Amazon UK, with Amazon US to follow in the near future. The official listing in the UK is already posted for the OnePlus 2 and the OnePlus X is expected to go live soon as well. While it’s pretty easy to get these phones directly from OnePlus, it’s good that customers now have another option, particularly a source as reputed as Amazon. OnePlus X review OnePlus 2 review OnePlus made a splash with the original OnePlus One back in 2014. Offering what OnePlus called a “flagship killer” with CyanogenMod out of the box and great specs with 3 GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 801 paired with a 5.5 inch 1080p display and a very good price at $299-$349. OnePlus then released the OnePlus 2 a year later, offering the same “flagship killer” moniker and with specs that are very respectable including a 5.5 inch 1080p display, 3 or 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 16 or 64 GB of storage. The OnePlus 3 is supposed to arrive next month to take on the current flagship line up on the market. There is no word on whether or not the OnePlus 3 will get the same Amazon availability, however. What do you guys think? Would you like to see all OnePlus phones arrive […]
It’s no secret that the PC market has been shrinking due to the onslaught of smartphones and tablets, but if you ask Dell, it’s apparently bucking the trend thanks to its 2-in-1 notebooks and gaming laptops. At Computex, Executive Director Monty Wong told us that Dell saw 13 consecutive quarters of increasing PC market share, to the point where it overtook HP as the number one PC brand in the US back in Q1, according to IDC. As such, it’s no surprise that the PC giant has been mostly focusing on 2-in-1s at this year’s show, with the new lineup running the gamut from the world’s first 17-inch 2-in-1 all the way down to a $249 11-inch device. Let’s take a closer look.
Infinite Dreams, developer of the popular Sky Force series of games, has just announced it will bring Sky Force Reloaded to the Google Play Store on Thursday, June 2. One of the developer’s most popular mobile titles, Sky Force 2014, has been included on many of Android Authority’s “best Android games” lists over the years, so needless to say we’re extremely excited to play the next shoot ’em up game in the series. In case you’re unfamiliar, the Sky Force games are known to be very addicting. You control a ship that’s constantly shooting lasers, and it’s your job to avoid enemy fire, shoot down other ships, and rescue stranded people throughout each level. Sky Force Reloaded doesn’t seem to change the winning formula much at all. While details on the game are scarce at the moment, controls, graphics and gameplay seem to be pretty much in line with other Sky Force titles. You’ll still be bombarded with plenty of lasers and rockets, and it looks like you’ll still be able to collect stars to upgrade your ship. If you just can’t wait for Thursday to arrive, Sky Force 2014 is available in the Google Play Store for free. There are some in-app purchases you’ll want to be aware of, but none that get in the way of gameplay. And of course, when Sky Force Reloaded makes its way to Android, we’ll update this post to let you know right away. Anyone else excited? See also: 15 best free Android games of 2016!107
Last week’s poll summary: Out of over 10,500 total votes, 42% of our readers say that Google Keyboard is the best keyboard app out there. Coming in second is SwiftKey with 33% of the votes, followed by Chrooma with 9% and Fleksy with 7%. Virtual reality is all the rage nowadays. Not only has Google’s Cardboard platform picked up steam over the past two years, there seem to be plenty of OEMs launching VR headsets alongside their new smartphones. ZTE, OnePlus, ASUS and Alcatel have joined the VR race, just to name a few. There are also pricier options available if you want to immerse yourself even more. Samsung’s Gear VR is a great mid-tier option if you own a Galaxy device, and with a compatible computer, you can invest in an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. See also: Does Daydream have what it takes to make VR mainstream?13 With all that said, we’d like to know — do you own a VR headset? If so, which one? Do you have a Google Cardboard viewer, or have you already invested in an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift? Be sure cast your vote in the poll below, and if there’s something you need to add, feel free to speak up in the comment section. We look forward to hearing what you have to say! (Note: You can select more than one answer.)
Like previous years, Asus took to stage at Computex in its home country of Taiwan to unveil its new flagship smartphones, and just like previous years, there was more than one device to show off. This year, the Zenfone 3 range spans across three devices – the Zenfone 3, Zenfone 3 Deluxe and the Zenfone 3 Ultra – with each offering targeted towards a different type of consumer. The Zenfone 2 was undoubtedly one of the most anticipated Asus smartphones ever and the company is hoping the Zenfone 3 follows suit, by capturing both the heart and the wallets of would-be buyers. Does the Zenfone 3 deliver and is it worthy of your money? Live from Computex here in Taipei, let’s take a quick look in our Zenfone 3 family hands-on. Asus Zenfone 3 We’ll kick things off with the Zenfone 3, which is the entry-level of these three smartphones. It might be considered budget by its price tag – which is expected to be around the $249 mark – but its specs list is anything but budget. The Zenfone 3 sports a 5.5-inch Super IPS+ display with Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels) resolution, which delivers 401 pixels per inch density and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor and is coupled with an Adreno 506 GPU. There’s two variants available – the lower of the two offers 3GB RAM and 32GB storage while the premium of the two models offers 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. On the back, the Zenfone 3 sports a 16MP Sony IMX298 rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, laser and phase detection autofocus, 4-axis Optical Image Stabilisation and a dual-LED flash. Unlike its siblings, the Zenfone 3 camera tops out at 1080p recording at 30 frames per […]
In the previous two posts in this series (part 1 and part 2), we’ve seen how to create a basic 2D platformer using Unity. So far we have a character who responds to keyboard input and touch controls, has basic physics and explodes in a gory mess when he comes into contact with enemies, spikes or the bottom of the screen. In this final installment, we’ll be adding some collectibles, music, animation and levels to finish off this basic-but-fun little platform game. Some polish and organization I actually added music before uploading the APK in the last post – if you downloaded it then you will have been greeted by some awesome chiptune sounds by Mentalcacao. To implement this, all I had to do was add an MP3 to my project (in a folder called ‘Audio’ within Assets) and then add it as a component of the player character. I also set ‘Play On Awake’ and ‘Loop’ to true. I also decided to make some changes to Rushdy’s speed, angular drag and gravity scale: Gravity Scale: 2 Angular Drag: 13 Jumpheight: 12 Movespeed: 4 This makes Rushdy a bit more responsive and fun to control. Lastly, I’ve increased the size of the touch screen controls as they were a little frustrating to use before. Oh and we also want to prevent our game from being played in portrait orientation (forgot that last time!). This setting is found under ‘File > Build Settings > Player Settings > Resolution and Presentation’. Then just tick the orientations you want to support: You don’t have to follow my advice here though – mess around and get everything just how you like it! Now before we go any further, it’s worth tidying up our Hierarchy a little. If you’ve had fun dotting platforms and enemies around the level, then you’ll […]
It’s no secret that the PC market is shrinking due to the onslaught of smartphones and tablets, but if you ask Dell, it’s apparently bucking the trend thanks to its 2-in-1 notebooks and gaming laptops. At Computex, Executive Director Monty Wong told us that Dell saw 13 consecutive quarters of increasing PC market share, to the point where it overtook HP as the number one PC brand in the US back in Q1, according to IDC. As such, it’s no surprise that this PC giant has put in more effort to drive its convertible laptop momentum at this year’s show, ranging from the world’s first 17-inch 2-in-1 all the way down to a $249 11-inch device. Let’s take a closer look at them.
Josh Vergara, Joe Hindy and Jonathan Feist are joined by Nirave Gondhia for another great episode of the Android Authority Podcast. As is usually the case, our goal to rehash our thoughts on Google I/O is totally sidetracked by talk about ES File Explorer, new Pebble devices and the worst phone names of all time. We wanted to remind you that current Nexus devices will get future updates, just in case there was confusion. Thank you for joining us, and thank you to each and every one of our 2 million YouTube subscribers. We are proud of this landmark and look forward to growing our community, we love Android and we’re excited to share that passion with you. If you have not already, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel. Also check out our partner sites – SoundGuys cover the best mobile audio gear and TabTimes talks all things tablet. Sign up for our various newsletters and enter for your chance to win one of our many giveaways. The Android Authority Podcast – discussing topics in Android every week. Links to Podcast RSS Feed iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Direct Download Relevant Links Android Authority Forums ES File Explorer is a little less broken Pebble has new products, and Josh bought them all Bad, bad phone names Nexus phones will get updates, just not seamless updates Join our 2 million YouTube subscribers Follow our Hosts Joshua Vergara Twitter | Google+ Joseph Hindy Twitter | Google+ Andrew Grush Twitter | Google+ Jonathan Feist Twitter | Google+ Nirave Gondhia Twitter | Google+ John Dye Twitter | Facebook Recorded on May 26th, 2016 – Hosted and produced by Joshua Vergara.