Both Samsung and HTC have announced what date you’ll be able to get their new flagship devices.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will both be available to buy in the UK from 10 April. However, if you need to make sure you’re definitely going to be able to get one you can pre-order both on 20 March.
Pre-ordering has the added bonus of pushing the launch date forward by a day, so the keenest among you will receive your brand new smartphone on 9 April instead.
The price of the devices are still yet to be announced with just two days to go before you can buy them but we will keep you updated on that. Reports suggest that the S6 and S6 Edge may be around £599 and £699 respectively.
Google has announced it has started checking apps before they are released on the Play Store.
Moving in line with Apple’s practice of manually checking every app that is submitted to its App Store, Google has revealed that they are now going to do the same.
Until now, Google has used consumer feedback to vet apps, which has resulted in a lot of dangerous or simply rubbish apps being released on the Play Store, as shown by the fact that 95 per cent of smartphone malware targets Android phones.
Probably due to this, Google has put together a ‘team of experts who are responsible for identifying violations of our developer policies earlier in the app lifecycle’.
Choose from three cases, nine straps and 11 watch faces as Moto Maker is extended to Motorola’s stunning smartwatch
As the smartwatch war intensifies with the launch of the Apple Watch, Motorola has it hit back by allowing customers to personalise the look of their Moto 360 before they buy.
Customers can customise the watch’s case, strap and pick a default watch face online, picking and mixing from dark, light or champagne gold finish case, a choice of nine strap including leather or metal links, as well as 11 watch faces.
Motorola launched its Moto Maker program for the original Moto X back in August 2013. Moto Maker doesn’t offer quite the same level of tinkering for smartwatches and smartphones though, as Moto X buyers can also choose how much memory they wanted for the phone as well as engrave the case.
Find out how the iOS smartwatch compares to Android Wear ahead of today’s Apple Watch Event
Apple is hosting its ‘Spring Forward’ media event in San Francisco today at 10am local time (5pm GMT), where the company’s CEO Tim Cook is expected to reveal more details about the Apple Watch – including price, battery life, launch date and apps.
The Apple Watch represents Android Wear’s first real competitor – Samsung’s Tizen timepiece and the original Pebble don’t really count – so let’s see how they compare in terms of design, fitness, ease of use and price.
Do you agree or disagree with our assessment? Let us know in the comments below!
Get a better viewing experience by tweaking how apps display on your screen using an Xposed Module
One thing that a lot of people count against Android is the almost limitless number of screen sizes that support the OS. It’s a by-product of the open source nature of Google’s operating system and means some apps look better on your tablet than they do on your phone.
However, if you’ve got a rooted device and you’re not averse to a little bit of tinkering, you can fool apps into thinking that they’re running on a tablet rather than a phone. It takes a bit of faffing around to actually get it to work, but if you’re willing to persevere, you can set any app you’d like to run in its native tablet version on your phone. You’ll need a rooted device and you will need to download and install the Xposed Framework Installer too.
Other than that, you’ll just need ten or so minutes to get things up and running, as there are a few reboots and other tweaks that you need to perform to set up the required module. Essentially, you’re playing around with the inner workings of the apps on your phone to tell them to run at a different DPI, conning them into revealing all the info they show on a tablet on your smaller screened device. It’s not too tricky and once you’ve figured it out, you’ll be able to alter apps in a few taps.
A benchmarking test has set the Samsung S6 and S6 edge way ahead of rivals like Xperia Z3 and HTC One (M8)
All the attention from the reveal of the Samsung Galaxy S6 seems to have centred around the decision to use an all-metal unibody and remove the expandable memory slot. A few nods have been given to the incredible pixel density of the screen (577ppi in case you need reminding) but what about the meat and drink of the phones?
Analog Index ran Samsung’s two flagship phones through the benchmarking program AndroBench and it has turned up some truly remarkable results.
In the random read test, both models scored 77.2 with the next best Android model being the Galaxy Note 4 at 20.56. Next up was the random write test in which they scored 19.8, compared to the Xperia Z3’s 9.26. In the sequential reading test, the S6’s score of 314.87 destroyed Xperia Z3’s 217.17 and it was even more dominant in the sequential writing test, scoring 139.08 to the Z3’s score of 44.43.
Source: Analog Index