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:

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?


OnePlus One can now be bought without an invite on Oct 27th (for just an hour)

Love, or hate, the OnePlus company, but you can't argue the value you get out of a OnePlus One.

And one of the biggest sticking points about the device is that you just can't get it yet... you have to jump through some weird hoops to get an opportunity to do so; but it looks like it may be coming to a final end.

We recently had talked about nixing the Invite System, and it looks like it's almost ready ... on October the 27th you'll have the opportunity to preorder the device.


Dear friends,

The wait is finally over. Introducing the brand new OnePlus Pre-order System, our highly anticipated new process for bringing the OnePlus One to more people. Starting now you can go ahead and fill your shopping cart with what you want to purchase.

When pre-orders kick off on October 27 at 15:00 GMT (08:00 PST11:00 EST) for one hour only, your One will just be a click away.
But there's a catch, as Tom found out, it'll only be available for just 1 hour.

That's right.

You can buy, but only within a magical hour window.  Ugh.


Hangout Show #95 [event]

Join us Wednesday night for our weekly show about the week's news of Android.

It'll be my last one before the AndroidTO event (unless I can join the event as soon as I get off the airplane :)

We've seen the new Nexus material design everywhere lately, and then all the news about which devices will get Lollipop... Come check out our views - join us on the hangout page for live chat!

Android Coliseum: Hangout #95 [Oct 22, 2014]

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Taking CM11S from the OnePlus One and using it on an HTC One M7 - The journey...

What comes to mind when you see CM11S? To me that rings OnePlus One. Now since this smartphone isn't in the hands of many people out in the world, it leaves us in a pickle to know how well this rom performs.

Everyone has been talking over the last several months about the OnePlus One and even up to the time I'm writing this article, people are still actively crying for a OnePlus One.

The OP dd98 on XDA has completed a port of the CM11S for the HTC One M7.

Charging your phone with a 9V [do you really need to?]

Okay, so if you happen to need some emergency battery power, and you don't happen to have a electrical outlet charger, or a portable charger but you do happen to have a 12V charger and a 9V battery ... you can do this:

Would I recommend this?  Probably not.  Seriously... portable batteries are cheap (not as cheap as that tho') and smaller, and there's no duct tape needed.

Check out our reviews on battery chargers and how to monitor your battery on our site here and avoid this 'hack'.