The Android O beta build has been available for Pixel devices for quite some time now. Many new features were even announced at Google I/O. At this point if you want to run Android O you need a Pixel device or other Google device. However you can now use the Pixel Android O Launcher on any device as long as it is running Android version 6.0.1 or greater. The apk for the launcher was recently pulled and made available online. To install you will need to enable unknown sources and simply download and install the launcher from the link below. Some users have experienced some bugs so just keep that in mind. Grab the launcher from the link below.
Samsung revealed earlier this month that they are working on a rugged version of the Galaxy S8. Samsung generally likes to release an active version of the S lineup a few month later. We finally have some renders revealing the design of the S8 Active. The renders indicate that this variant will feature a flat design ditching the curved display. With that being said the phone looks incredibly similar to the LG G6.
The S8 Active will have a slightly thicker body which should be resistance to drops, bumps, and knocks. The phone should feature similar specs as the Galaxy S8. This means we should expect a Snapdragon 835, and 12MP rear camera and an 8MP front facing camera. The model number SM-G892A which was leaked is expected to be the AT&T variant of the Active device. This is expected to be released in June.
The Galaxy S8 has its very own desk top experience that can be accessed with the Dex docking station. It turns out that the Dex docking station actually works with other devices. In a Youtube Video posted by Gary Carter a Nokia Lumia 950 is connected to the dock launching Windows 10 Continuum. Even though this feature is not advertised by Samsung it seems to work nearly perfectly. It is unknown whether this will work with other devices, and Samsung could very well block this feature. If you have a Windows phone laying around you may want to plug it into the Dex dock to give it a try.
The video above could be our first glimpse at the design of the upcoming Galaxy Note 8. The 3D print is based on schematics that are meant to be used by case makers. Notice the design includes a vertical dual lens camera setup, and there is no fingerprint scanner located on the back of the phone. As far as the design goes the Note 8 in this 3D printed model has sharper more square corners than the Galaxy S8. The phone also features the S8's minimal bezel design. The model is actually a bit thinner than the Galaxy S7 edge which may indicate a smaller battery. Hopefully we get at least a 3600 mah battery in this device. One interesting feature on this mockup is a stereo speaker setup with a speaker on the top and bottom of the phone. Of course you should take this design with a grain of salt. We will see this phone released some time in the fall and as we get closer details could change.
Mophie has become the industry standard when it comes to external battery packs for phones. They are known to have trustworthy high quality batteries that attach to your phone in the form of a case giving your phone double and sometimes even triple battery life. The Mophie pack for the Pixel XL has finally arrived. This battery case will add 2,950mah to the Pixel XL it also adds Qi wireless charging to the phone. The battery will extend talk time to over 50 hours according to Mophie. This accessory will set you back $99.95 which may be worth it for the added convenience of wireless charging.
The OnePlus 5 has to be the most anticipated of the flagships that will be released this summer. We are not far from the official release of the device, but we already have some leaks showing off the design of the device. The phone features a full aluminum body, dual lens camera, and USB Type-C charging port. The specs we expect to see on this device include a 5.5" full HD display, Snapdragon 835 cpu, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of on board storage, a 3,600mah battery, and 24% faster charge times when compared to the OnePlus 3T. This is shaping up to be a true flagship killer if OnePlus can keep a lower price tag on the device.
We now have some leaked images for the Moto Z2 Force. The device looks very similar to the Moto Z2 Play. This phone features a front side fingerprint. The Moto Z2 Force won't adopt the minimized bezels of other flagship devices. We do have pins on the back for Moto Mods compatibility. We don't have any details on the specs of the device, but it is expected to come with Shatter Shield technology, a 5.5" 1080p display, and a Snapdragon 835 SoC.
Android O will be bringing some performance enhancements to Android. One major improvement which may not be all that important to most is the fact that Android O will cut reboot times in half. If you make many mods to your phone then you reboot your phone often. This will save you plenty of time. This also helps for those times when you have to reboot after an update.
Along with faster reboot times Google says that application performance will also be improved with Android O. According to Google apps will function twice as fast. The technology behind these enhancements was not revealed. Hopefully the app performance enhancements will be across the board and not only in specific situations.
Pokemon Go was all the rage last year. It got us off the couch and into the world. Many avid Pokemon players were walking miles a day in search of rare monsters. Niantic had an instant hit on their hands and brought in more than $1Billion. Then the winter came and it became to cold to go outside and catch Pokemon. People were getting tired of catching the same Pokemon in their general area, and the game just became a bit stale.
As you can imagine Niantic would love to see that Billion dollar mark in 2017 as well. They are pushing a new Adventure Week which they hope will get you back in the game. The event will see an increased rate of appearance of rock type Pokemon like Omanyte, Kaubto and their evolutions. You may even walk up on an Aerodctyl. You will also find candy four times as fast and you will find items at pokestops more often, and balls will be 50% off in the game shop. The event will take place between May 18th and May 25.