Thursday, 30 October 2014

AndroidTO is just a few days away [Oct 30]

If you're near Toronto and are an Android fan, you should be spending October 30th with Martin, Sivan and I (and about probably 500 others) as we celebrate the Android development community at the event called AndroidTO.

This'll be my 3rd year going, and I think it's the 5th it's been running.

There's been some changes lately, one of which means you have a chance to win 1 of 5 Android Wear watches.

Don't forget you can save yourself $26 if you're going by using Coliseum99 as a promo code.

Visit all the details and register your attendance today at:

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

TYLT Expands Wireless Charging Lineup With Two New Accessories

Our friends over at TYLT are coming out with an other great product and this time it's the VÜ CAR Wireless Charger 

The VÜ Car Wireless Charger is both a hands-free car mount and a smartphone wireless charger.

Simply drop your Qi enabled smartphone in and squeeze the holding arms and it will start charging your phone - no fumbling for connectors or cords and no need to plug your phone in to charge.

Qi is the worlds leading wireless charging technology and the VÜ is a premiere product using the 3 coil technology. The three coil system allows for easy placement of the phone and ensures it will work with all Qi Phones.

The adjustable foot base on the mount allows for you to move your phones coil position down for larger phones. VÜ CAR Works with all Qi Phones from brands like Samsung, LG, Nokia and Motorola or any other Qi approved phone.

The retail price of this neat accessory is going for 79,99$ US.

That's not all, TYLT has something more for us with VÜ SOLO Wireless Charger, a small and portable wireless charger. Unlike most wireless chargers, VÜ SOLO is powered by a micro-USB input so it can share the same charger as any micro USB charging cable or even your car charging cable.

It ships with a micro-USB cable with a patent pending mobile phone alignment system, ALIN.

Simply position the ALIN to suit your device so that the coils in your phone line-up with the coils in the SOLO and let the charging begin. Thus eliminating the need to fumble for connectors.

This little bad boy comes at around 39,99$ US.

ZeroLemon's G2 ZeroShock Rugged Battery Case [review]

With the weather starting to get a little bit chillier going for a quick run for Ingress means that your battery doesn't last nearly as long.  Using pretty much all my radios at once (yeah, I use BT audio while I go for a walk) and fighting colder temperatures mean batteries really take a nose dive.

Amongst any decent Ingress gear set is a powerful battery backup/charger. We've done a fair bit of reviews on them on the site recently, Anker, Tylt, Sungale, etc...

Normally I love my LG battery life; but this is only the start of the cold months so I'm always looking for something else.

Currently I'm rocking the G3, and ZeroLemon makes a cool looking rugged case with a 9000mAh battery pack, but they were out of stock, so I'm trying out the G2 version, which comes with a 3500mAh pack.

So, let's get at it with this thing.  It's big.  Like, really big.  There's quite the whole rigamarole to get your phone into the case as with any rugged case like a otterbox or what have you.

Android Wear OTA 4.4W.2 [I can fully use my watch as a watch now]

So it's been over a month now with my G Watch.  At first it was a bit of learning curve how to use it, or even to adapt my usage based on what it can do, seeing as I was used to the Sony Smartwatch 1 for so long (thanks Tom).

One of the annoying bits I talked about in my earlier review was that in order to get access to information on your phone you have leave the cards up.  Swiping the cards away means you can't get them back.  But leaving them on would cover up part of your watch face.

Every decent watchface uses the whole face... it's a constant battle of 'do I want a good face, or my cards'?

Well, the new OTA update for Android Wear let's you forego that decision battle.  Now you can swipe down the cards to get the whole watch face!

You also get the new update for a card just for music controls (including volume controls).

Monday, 27 October 2014

REMINDER: You can buy the OnePlus One without an invite today [at 11AM EST]

That's right, if you want to buy the +OnePlus One ... you can do so without an invite (i.e. a pre-order) at 11AM EST today.

By the counter on the site that's in just an hour!


Friday, 24 October 2014

Does the phone's chipset matter to you? [poll]

I love my databases.  You know that.  I keep track of a ton of devices and firmware updates and many more bits of information from all corners of the Android world over on our Database Page.

One of the bits of information that I struggle to keep properly updated, and it's probably because I'm not an expert in the field is the "Chipset" field.

So is it a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, Nvidia or an Exynos ... or even the new Intel?  I can usually find the information, but I'm still not sure what that will mean for the device.  2.5GHz quad core vs. 2.2GHz octa core is a difficult debate as it is, but to compare chipsets to each other (and let's not even mention the whole GPU thing).

Recently LG has just announced the LG G3 Screen.  Essentially the G3 but with a 6" screen... or so you think, but the real news for this device is that it's now sporting LG's own chipset, the NUCLUN; which is an octa-core set (1.5GHz ARM Cortex 15 x4 + 1.2GHz Cortex A7 x4).

Sounds pretty cool, but without a proper understanding of what that all means, you could tell me that it's got 100 photon powered trilithium crystal cells in there.

It would really boil down to how it performs in the hand.  Not to mention trying to digest any benchmarks we may see in the next while on it.  I usually don't put much stock into benchmark data - I rely on "FOR MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE IT PERFORMED...", which means I have to test it out personally.

That has me thinking; does what's under the hood really mean much to you?

Thursday, 23 October 2014

#AppColiseum picks from Show #95

Who doesn't like to try out different and new apps?

Our gang likes to show off what we currently like for ourselves, and hopefully you will too.

Give the ones you like a +1 for our little competition.

Snowball (beta)

Camera 51

Bust-A-Move: Island

Terra Battle

Hangout Show #95 [video]

Lots of talk about Lollipop last night, and some of what's in store for some Googley apps.

Oh, and the #AppColiseum has returned!

Check out the show when you've got the time to listen.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Tylt is having a savings on cases! 10$ - What a DEAL!

TYLT’s phone cases, which normally retail for $35 to $50, are currently on sale for just $10 through October 30. Known for its unique designs and unparalleled protection, TYLT's cases are the perfect mobile accessories for users looking for both style and functionality. With the holidays fast approaching, it’s never too early to get started on shopping, especially with a deal like this.

Please make sure to note that "Power Cases are excluded" from this offer.

This promotion includes cases for the following devices; Motorola Moto X, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S4 Mini and the Galaxy Mega.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Gmail 5.0 will integrate your other email addresses [coming soon]

So, with Lollipop just around the corner (there's a latest preview build) and there's many folks who are just diving in and going crazy looking at what all the next goodies will be.

One that's apparently being held back was the release of Gmail 5.0 for the full version of Lollipop.  According to +Android Police they show that the new version will be able to incorporate, and other email types.

This. Will. Be. Awesome.

I know I'll get rid of any other email app.

How about you?