Can the sub-£300 OnePlus One live up to the company’s Never Settle mantra, or is it pure hype?
What do you do if you’re a small Chinese company spun out of Oppo and you want to make the world sit up and take note of your new smartphone, but you don’t have a massive Samsung-esque marketing budget to do it with? Here’s how. The first step is to tell your potential customers that you’re going to make the best device in town. With its Never Settle motto, OnePlus made it clear from the start that the device was going to be a monster. Next, simply announce that you’re going to sell it insanely cheap, undercutting not only everybody else’s flagships but a bunch of mid-range devices too.
And so goes the story of the OnePlus One, the £269.99 (in 64GB specification no less!) super-phone that does indeed pack the very latest technology in almost all areas of the device. So what do you get for your money?
The processor is a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801, which is the best CPU you will find right now. This is backed up by 3GB of RAM and that 64GB ROM (each equalling the best we’ve seen in any device). The screen is a 5.5-inch 1080p unit with Gorilla Glass 3 for protection. Every networking technology you could wish for is included, with the possible exception of AptX Bluetooth audio, which isn’t included due to the stock Android nature of the software build.
New Chrome build indicates Android 4.5 version number.
Although Google didn’t divulge too much on Android L at their annual I/O event, there’s been plenty of talk about Google’s upcoming release.
Many believe that the next version of Android L will be using the 5.0 version number, but a recent Chrome update has fuelled speculation that it could potentially be 4.5. The Chrome app has recently been upgraded to the new Material Design look, with the new build number being 4.4.99. This would indicate that Android L could very much be using version number 4.5.
Whether it’s 4.5 or 5.0 we expect to see lots of great features in Android L. We’ve had some time to get to grips with the developer previous of Android L, so make you check out Android Magazine for the latest news.
With Android L rolling out in the autumn, here are top tips for preparing your hacked phone for the OTA upgrade
With Android L rolling out in the autumn, here are top tips for preparing your hacked phone for the OTA upgrade.
When you root and hack your phone, you deviate from the device manufacturer’s intended software setup, and in doing so, you invariably compromise your ability to install the OTA (over the air) updates that manufacturers push to keep devices bang up to date. Whether you physically break installation of the updates (perhaps with a custom recovery) or not, installing OTAs on a modified device is fraught with danger and generally not recommended.
As your device is not in the state that the manufacturer intended, trying to install could leave you with a non-booting system. For this reason, some manufacturers will even prevent updates being downloaded if they detect that your system has been modified for your own protection.
Well they do say mimicry is the best form of flattery.
Many of Apple’s leading pioneers scoffed at the idea that Android would ever be a serious threat in the smartphone industry. Android was very much treated as the dorky kid in the playground, shunned to the side and left twiddling their thumbs. But lets fast forward to 2014 and where does Android now stand? It now holds 70% of all smartphone sales around the world and is making strong in-roads in the likes of India and China, predominantly down to the initial success of the OnePlus One and similar devices.
Thanks to Google, Android is constantly evolving, adapting to user demands and pioneering exciting new projects. Glass, driverless cars and WiFi balloons are just a few things we are excited about. It’s without doubt more than just a simple smartphone operating system. Where some manufacturers have fallen by the wayside, sorry Blackberry, others have looked to Android for inspiration for a bit of a creative push. Case in point, Apple.
At their recent WWDC event, Apple CEO, Tim Cook took to the stage to rip Android to shreds. He pulled numerous slides highlighting the poor state of Android’s fragmentation, the increased vulnerabilities in Android devices and even got a few chuckles when discussing the people transferring over from Android to iPhone. “Many of our new customers were switchers from Android. They had bought an Android phone, by mistake, and then sought a better experience. And a better life.”
Source: Apple WWDC
Shoot kaleidoscopic photos and videos with Kscope
Developed by Arts University Bournemouth, this intriguing camera software lets you create spaced-out shots on your smartphone using its kaleidoscopic filters. Just point the camera – front or rear – at your surroundings and choose one of the five filters. Depending on which filter you use, and how you adjust its intensity with the slider, you can concoct everything from wallpaper-like patterns to distorted views of the subject.
You are then able to add them to one of kscope’s public galleries and share via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Also intent on fostering their own community of users, you can also view a map of other kscope images from all the over the world. If you prefer privacy, there’s also an option hidden in the settings to save the ‘kscopes’ to your device.
You have to sign in to use the app, but it’s good fun to play around with to produce some arty effects. Recently updated, Kscope also now also allows you to record short video sequences, same as the iOS version.
With the help of a few apps, Linux’s tiny Raspberry Pi computer is more Android friendly than you might think
With the help of a few apps, Linux’s tiny Raspberry Pi computer is more Android friendly than you might think.
For those not familiar with it, the Raspberry Pi is a small computer that can be plugged in to your TV or a variety of other objects. Despite its small size, it can be used for most projects you would perform on a desktop computer, including word-processing, gaming and playing HD videos.
But what makes it truly appetising for Android users is just how hackable the Pi is. With just a few tweaks it can be linked to your device in a variety of ways and used to perform plenty of functions that can help not only expand the usability of your device, but also distribute the Android operating system onto different platforms. Best of all, these functions can be performed with some help from a handful of apps from the Google Play store.