mardi 19 septembre 2017

OnePlus Teams Up With Castelbajac for an Exclusive Limited Edition of the OnePlus 5

OnePlus, as a company, has always been known for their bold marketing. Last year, they’ve struck a partnership with renowned French pop-up store Colette and released an exclusive Colette black edition of their OnePlus 3T, which was available in very limited quantities. They’ve also frequently recurred to hype to sell their products in the past, most notably with the OnePlus 2, which was so overhyped it actually fell victim to user expectations. Their latest marketing stunt comes to France once again, now involving Moroccan-French designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac and their latest phone, the OnePlus 5.

This unusual partnership gave light to yet another exclusive flagship variant: the OnePlus 5 JCC limited edition, which features multicolored (red, blue, and yellow) physical buttons and switches on the sides, as well as a laser-etched handwritten note on the back of the midnight black, 128GB version of the OnePlus 5. This special edition encompasses “Castelbajac’s signature design style” while delivering the same overkill specifications as the regular models, so users can experience, in OnePlus’s words, a “fusion of art and tech” in this limited edition phone. There are no additional hardware or software features aside from the new wallpapers: the changes are only on the outside of the phone.

The phone will be available, once again, on Colette’s pop-up store in Paris, France, on September 22nd, 2017 at 11:00 am. We don’t know just how many devices will be actually available this time around, but judging by last year’s sale, it will be available in really limited amounts.

The OnePlus + Castelbajac partnership also brings other items, like shirts, tote bags, caps, etcetera. However, the spotlight here is, very clearly, the exclusive phone, which notably stands out for its unusual looks. You can read more about this collab over at the OnePlus website, which also includes images and videos of the new phone and all its extras.


Source: OnePlus



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The Google Pixelbook will be Google’s New Convertible Chromebook, Starting at $1,199

Google is now preparing to announce their newest fleet of in-house devices, which, just like last year, includes their take on many different household electronics. We’ve had our fair share of leaks today, including color options and pricing information on the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL, as well as the new Google Home Mini and the new Google Daydream View. Now thanks to a series of leaks from Droid-Life we also have confirmation that Google is working on a new Chromebook Pixel, which they are calling the “Google Pixelbook”.

This Pixelbook seems to be yet again a shift in paradigm established by previous Chromebook Pixels, just like the Pixel phones were a shift in direction from their cancelled Nexus program. Google’s newest in-house laptop ditches the Chromebook branding entirely, instead favoring the label of “Pixelbook”, seemingly in an attempt to unify all their hardware efforts under the Pixel naming scheme. There is currently no information on internal specs, but we do know that it’s coming in Silver (not unlike previous Pixel Chromebooks), along with 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB configurations.

The Pixelbook is also different from previous Chromebook Pixel laptops in some key aspects. For example, you can fold it into a tablet, and get extra freedom with the additional Pixelbook Pen which is pressure sensitive and comes with tilt support. It will also come with pretty steep pricing points, starting at $1,199 for the 128GB model, with the 512GB model going all the way up to $1,749. If you’ve previously bought Chromebook Pixels, you’d know that these are not affordable laptops at all, but these prices can indeed look outrageous compared to other offerings from Acer or Samsung.

We should know more about the newest Google upcoming hybrid device, including the full specification list and possibly more color options, on October 4th, where they plan to announce the newest Pixel phones as well as some of their other offerings. For now, this seems to be shaping up like a nice refresh of the Chromebook Pixel line, which hasn’t seen a new iteration since early 2015.


Source: Droid-Life



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Chainfire Announces Firmware.mobi, a Website Hosting Stock Boot and Recovery Images

If you’ve ever tried to search for stock images to fastboot flash on your device, it can be pretty annoying. Having to navigate old XDA threads trying to find the right version can be a complete pain as very few companies, other than ones like Google and OnePlus, actually release their stock images. To help tackle this problem for users, XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire has announced his newest project called firmware.mobi.

It contains all of the stock images he has been able to get his hands on over the years (which is a lot). How it works is simple, just open the website and search for your device. A list of files including their MD5 and SHA-1 hashes and file size will be available for you to peruse. Users can submit their own files and folders too! If you find that a device isn’t in the repository but you have the files for it, simply submit them through the option labeled “Dropbox” on the home page.

 

Currently, only the desktop version of the website is available. When you visit the site on your phone, you are greeted with a prompt stating that the mobile version/app is in the works. Not a huge deal at the moment, but it’ll certainly be nice when it launches!

CF Auto Root on firmware.mobi

This is probably the coolest part of the website. When you find the device you want and you have chosen the file package, you can select the “CF Auto Root” option, which will pre-package root with your download. Not only that, you can customize various system aspects apart from root. You can change the installation mode, existence of suhide, encryption settings, factory reset protection, and even selinux mode!

Go check out the site, look for your device and see what you think, and please submit any files you have for devices that may not be in the repository yet!


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Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ Receives Unofficial Port of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 ROM

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has just been released a few days back, but it’s notable in the software department for being the one and only Samsung phone to run Android 7.1.1 out of the box. Samsung’s Nougat update rollout has been remarkable for skipping Nougat’s maintenance release, Android 7.1, entirely on their device lineup. Those who would like to have Android 7.1.1 on their Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ are in luck, though, as the Note 8 firmware has been successfully ported to both of these phones.

This port, dubbed “Renovate Ice Note 8”, has been released by XDA Recognized Developer mwilky. Aside from bringing over Android 7.1.1 to the Galaxy S8 / Galaxy S8+, it also brings in pretty much all new apps and features from the Galaxy Note 8 – except for the S-Pen stuff, of course. As it’s the first release, many of the Renovate Ice exclusive features added by the developer will be added in later releases. For now, this is the first semi-stable Note 8 port released for the Galaxy S8 line, made possible thanks to both phones having almost identical specifications right down to the SoC. The ROM also brings some custom tidbits like the Renovate Kernel and a tweaks app which allows you to change lots of things inside the OS.

It’s still marked as a beta, so if you want to install it on your device, you should know that it may and most probably will contain some bugs here and there. However, we should say that it is indeed a remarkable first release. If you want to try it out on your device, head over to the official thread, download it, and flash it on your device. This is just one of many Samsung Experience-based custom ROMs, so if you want to give your device your own touch, head over to our Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ forums!


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Google Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL Colors Leak, Prices Start at $649/$849 Respectively

The Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL are finally coming, with the Pixel 2 reportedly manufactured by HTC and the Pixel 2 XL made by LG. They will share the same storage options and both devices will have different colour choices, but they’ll be sticking to a similar design language as the original Pixel devices.

We have been waiting for months for new information, and we originally heard the first leak back in June where we saw leaked specifications. The device, staying through to the original specification leak, will not pack a Snapdragon 836 as it does not exist. We have also learned of some new features including ambient display, display squeeze, and multiple display profiles. But now let’s take a look at the new devices! As time went on, we saw the device pass the FCC, and then finally a release date was revealed. Now, DroidLife has shared a few images of the actual design in various colors.


Colours of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Pixel 2

First we have the Pixel 2 itself. The HTC-made device comes in “Clearly White”, “Just Black” and “Kinda Blue”  — they are all pretty much self-explanatory, and are also very similar to the original Pixel colours. The only real change here is the lighter shade of blue. Note: the black background on the “Clearly White” is simply to allow the device to actually be seen and not blend into a white background.


Pixel 2 XL

Sticking to the simple naming conventions again, the LG made Pixel 2 XL will feature a “Just Black” colour and a “Black & White” colour. The devices look gorgeous and are two of the three original colours of the Pixel, we should note that the two devices do not have the exact same colours like they did the first time around (“Quite Dark” is not quite “Just Black”).


Specs & Features

As mentioned above, we actually have pretty much had the specs since last June. In short, expect the Snapdragon 835 (not the Snapdragon 836) and 4GB RAM. The XL version will have a 1440p 6 inch screen and the non-XL version will have a 1080p 5 inch screen. We also have learned of some pretty cool features! Always on ambient display will finally be coming to stock Android, a squeezable frame (like the HTC U11) and there may also be a new system font coming!


Pricing

A bit of a scary topic given the original Pixel cost a staggering $649.99 for the 32GB non-XL version. One would hope that this was a once-off, and that the price may decrease this time around.

Sadly, that does not seem to be the case. The Pixel 2 non-XL will cost $649, although it is fair to point out that it will also have 64GB of storage. The 128GB version is said to hit $749, a large price to pay for twice the storage.

The Pixel 2 XL sounds even crazier. The 64GB version will be launching at a price of $849, while the 128GB version will be launching at $949. These are some pretty high prices.

It’s not all bad though, Google will be offering financing options to pay monthly, where you can pay for the device over 24 months. For the Pixel 2, the 64GB model will cost $27.04 per month, while the 128GB model will cost $31.21 per month. The XL version has the same system, costing $35.38 per month for the 64GB version while 128GB version will rise to $39.54 per month.

These devices actually look pretty awesome, but the price may be an issue. Thankfully the financing plans will be there for those who may need them. The device should hopefully launch on October 4th, or at the very least soon after that, and we’ll be sure to get our hands on one when we can!


Source: Droid-Life



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Google Daydream View 2017 Refresh Brings New Colors at a $100 Price Point

We’re learning a lot today about the products that Google will allegedly launch this upcoming October 4th. First, we heard additional details of the Google Home Mini. Next up, we’re hearing from Droid-Life that the Google Daydream View is allegedly getting a 2017 refresh as well.

This is an interesting move from Google since the Daydream View headset is quite a simple accessory already, so you wouldn’t think there is much they can improve upon. However, we are learning that the new Daydream View headset that will receive a bump in price to $100 (compared to the $80 that its predecessor was launched at).

And as the feature image above shows, it will be made available in three different colors (which actually matches the three colors the Google Home Mini will have too) so we can expect that from the upcoming launch event.

Google Daydream View Google Daydream View

When comparing these images to the original, a subtle difference we can see is the flap being pressed against the headset better. It also looks like the top part that sits above your forehead has a slightly different shape to it.

It’s speculated that there could be more going on inside the unit, but the goal of Google’s Daydream VR platform is to do all of the heavy virtual reality processing within the smartphone itself. So it’s possible that the only changes happening here have to do with the size, shape, and build materials. Droid-Life says it may be a more rugged headset compared to the original, so that could translate to the fabric being less soft.

We can’t tell the exact size of the new Daydream View model from these images, but it’s possible this size increase may be to accommodate a larger smartphone frame given that smartphones with screens up to 6.3″ are now capable of being Daydream VR certified.


Source: Droid-Life



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Google Home Mini Images Leaked, Will Reportedly Cost $50

Google was late to the market with Google Home (and really Google Assistant in general), but the company has slowly been expanding its feature set and making it available to more countries around the world. However, as the Google Home costs $130 if purchased from the Google Store, it’s hard for users to justify purchasing a device for multiple rooms in their house. Amazon has already released cheaper versions of the Amazon Echo, and now we have more confirmation that Google will do the same with the release of the Google Home Mini.

We first heard mentions of an alleged Google Home Mini late last month. At that time, we weren’t told much about the new device, but the name implied that it would be smaller and would logically sell at a lower price point.

But today a new rumor about the Google Home Mini has surfaced from Droid-Life. Not only can they can confirm that the device exists, but they also have images and presumed pricing of the device as well. At $50 a piece, the Google Home Mini will be a more affordable way to outfit your home with Google Assistant capable devices.

Google Home Mini Google Home Mini

We can see it has a bit of an egg shape to it, and that it carries over the cloth design that we’ve seen with multiple products from Google’s hardware division (Google Home, Daydream View). If these rumors are indeed true, then we can expect it to be made available in Charcoal, Chalk, and Coral color options.

The lower price point matches the Amazon Echo Dot which also retails at $50, so it’s clear what Google is looking to compete with here. Although, Amazon is known to frequently offer deals dropping the price of the Echo Dot to $40, so we’ll have to wait and see if Google is able to do the same.


Source: Droid-Life



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