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Note 5 S-Pen Breaking! 256Gb Asus Zenfone 2! Unlimited 4k Recording on Note 5 – XDA TV

Posted by wicked August - 28 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off


It’s Friday, August 28, 2015, and let’s talk about what happened this week over at

First up, what I’m going to call the facepalm of the week.

Someone, somewhere, “accidentally” inserted their S-Pen into their Samsung Note 5 backwards. Nevermind how, or why, or even the fact that it’s possible, it happened… and apparently doing that, even once, breaks a ton of functionality, so please don’t do that. 9to5Google put together an explanation with teardown images showing exactly what happens when you put the stylus in backwards, so if you’re curious, link’s down there.

Asus is now offering a “special edition” of their Zenfone 2 in Brazil, which comes with a ridiculously awesome 256 gigs of internal storage, and the same microSD slot capable of up to 128 gigs of additional storage. I’ve been fairly pleased with 64 gigs of storage on my devices, but 256? Wow…

Even though an early build of Microsoft’s Cortana for Android leaked out last month, if you’re ready to try out the real thing, Microsoft has rolled out a beta version to the Play Store, you just have to opt into their beta testing program. I gave it a quick try on my G4, and it’s not bad at all, so far. Obviously it reminds me a lot of Cortana in Windows 10.

An update bringing Android 5.1.1 to Chinese version of the Nokia N1 is now available. However, once you install this update, if you unlock the bootloader, there’s an issue rebooting into the ROM, so you won’t actually be able to root it, but keep an eye on the forum thread for updates, and head on over there to get a download link if you’re interested.

According to an article on iDigitalTimes, AT&T and Verizon versions of the Note 5 and S6 Edge+ are supposedly unrootable. Well, they can probably still be rooted, but according to the article, if you do so, it will kill the phone. They say the T-Mobile, Sprint, and unlocked versions don’t have that feature, so if you’re thinking of buying one of the newer Samsung devices, you may want to keep that in mind.

Speaking of which, though, a pre-rooted kernel for the Note 5, as well as a build of TWRP, are now available thanks to XDA Senior Member Manh_IT, links down below.

And once you’ve rooted your Note 5, head on over to XDA Recognized Contributor KevinRocksMan’s thread to get Project Super Camera on Steroids, a modified version of the stock Samsung camera that removes the 5 minute 4k recording limit. He says he’s recorded as much as 35 minutes so far, but it should work up to an hour, and it splits the files into 4 gig chunks, which is around 8-9 minutes per video.

An updated build of Android 5.1.1 is out for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, and XDA Senior Member EthanScooter put together a guide showing you how to install it on your device, so you can get some of the new fun UI tweaks from the Note 5 or S6 Edge+.

XDA Senior Member 6th_Hokage put together a guide, using Unjustified Dev’s work, on how to root the LG G Stylo running Android 5.1.1, so if you’ve got that device you may want to read his thread.

XDA Senior Member U-Ra released a preview build of CM 12.1 for the Huawei Ascend Mate 2, specifically the MT2L03 model. He’s hoping it will become an official supported nightly, but it isn’t currently, so head on over to his thread if you’ve got that device and want some updates.

XDA Member DianLujiTao put together a thread with links to all of the custom ROMs, rooting information, and the build of TWRP he did for the ZTE Nubia Z9 Max.
Definitely very convenient if you’ve got that device.

A new forum for the Oppo R7 Plus is now available as well.

Matthew put together 3 articles about our time in China, one about dealing with the Great Firewall of China, one about the super cute tiny little Elephone device we got to play with, and one about the Qualcomm Quick Charge power bank we left there with.

I did a video unboxing the ZUK Z1 while I was in China, then another video once I got back recapping the experience of the launch event.

TK did an Xposed Tuesday talking about Xposed for the LG G4, then he reviewed Encore Music.

And finally, Jimmy uploaded a video about 5 interesting mobile-related Kickstarter projects you might be interested in.

But you know what? That’s going to be about all from me for today. You can find the links to all the stories I talked about in the video description, as well as the links to my YouTube channels. Remember if you liked this video to leave a like down below, and subscribe to receive our content as soon as it becomes available. Thanks for watching, and I’ll see you next time.

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ZUK Z1 Specifications, Info and Launch Event – XDA TV

Posted by wicked August - 27 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off


Last week, I traveled for 24 hours straight to the other side of the world, to spend a grand total of 36 hours in Shenzhen and to feast my eyes on the international launch event for the ZUK Z1. Today, I share my experience with you.

After a whirlwind couple of weeks obtaining plane tickets and expensive Chinese visas, all documented over on my daily vlogging channel.

I found myself at the Intercontinental Hotel in Shenzhen, immersed in a language and a culture I knew very little about.

On Friday, the first full day of the trip, I awoke early (thanks jet lag), I banged out an XDA News video despite the Great Chinese Firewall fighting me every step of the way, and was taken by car to the Elephone headquarters.

In a private office there, myself and a few other members of the media were treated to a look at a few really interesting upcoming Elephone devices.

The first one was a gaudy gold device with a fingerprint sensor on the back, a 20 megapixel rear facing camera capable of 4k video, and Android 5.1 out of the box.

The second one, which Matthew wrote an article about, was a much smaller unnamed device, which is going to be available for about $80. It was ridiculously small and absolutely adorable… and I want one.

After that, we were presented with our very own ZUK Z1 devices and complementary 9000 milliamp-hour Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 battery packs, and sent on our way. Regrettably, the trip to and from the Elephone office was the most sightseeing I actually got to do in China.

Anyway, I quickly filmed the unboxing video when we returned, and later that evening was the launch event itself. The room was filled with people, but as it turns out, most of them were Chinese marketing people and distributors, trying to decide if their companies would be stocking the Z1.

Aside from a few interesting bits of traditional Chinese culture, including dancing and sand painting, the launch event was fairly straightforward. Specs were introduced, justifications for the Snapdragon 801 were given, and all… sorts… of features were touted.

Vikram, the Senior VP of Global Partnerships for Cyanogen, came to the stage to discuss the partnership between ZUK and Cyanogen. Six Z1’s were given away, and interestingly enough, Vikram was one of the winners.

Then to wrap things up, the Z1 itself was dramatically unveiled from a giant clam shell.

Models were sent out with Z1’s in hand, runway-style, to take selfies among the crowd, and a Z1 running Cyanogen ended up on the table in front of me, which I happily fiddled with for a few minutes.

Of course after all this, the real event took place. The few members of the media who were there were taken to a separate board room and allowed to ask questions to ZUK’s CEO and Vikram from Cyanogen.

To quickly pass along some of the information we were given, Cyanogen OS will be coming to the international Z1 in the next 4-6 weeks, with source code to follow shortly thereafter. The name ZUK doesn’t actually mean anything, and it’s not even the name of the company, it’s the first name they found with an available .com domain and trademark in China.

The CEO attempted to answer a question regarding the Z1’s lack of NFC, basically just saying it’s complicated, but there may be a cover available for the Z1, eventually, that would enable NFC. And finally, it was mentioned that a ZUK Z2 will almost certainly be coming, and they’re planning to offer it with Cyanogen as well, so ZUK definitely isn’t going to be a “one and done” company.

And as a bit of a finale, a banquet was provided by ZUK with some traditional Chinese cuisine, involving tongues, intestines, and stomachs of animals I didn’t care to try to identify.

And because I completely forgot to mention it… the ZUK theme song played, the entire time.

Over and over again.

For hours.

So all in all, even though I didn’t actually get to do any sightseeing while I was in China, the event itself was definitely an entertaining one. I’ll be coming back at you soon with a full review of the Z1, and if you haven’t seen it already, the unboxing is available as well, links down below.

But that’s going to be about all from me for today. Thanks so much for watching, remember to hit the thumbs up button below if you liked this video, subscribe to receive more videos when they become available, and I’ll see you next time.

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5 Kickstarter Projects in Mobile You Should Check Out Now – XDA TV

Posted by wicked August - 27 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off


Thank you for tuning in to XDA TV. Today we are going to be talking about five interesting Kickstarter projects.

There have been noteworthy Kickstarter projects that have changed the mobile scene and created new market segments. And there have been other highly funded projects that promised much and delivered little.
The five projects we are discussing today are only a few of the many projects looking for your investment to revolutionize our lives and are in no particular order.

Some may succeed, and others may not, but the ingenuity put forth in these projects are at the core of the heart of XDA.

The first project we found interesting is the Remix Mini. Touted as the world’s first true Android PC, this project uses the mobile operating system we know and love to offer a PC experience, without all the bloat found in a Windows or Mac based computer.

Using a customized build of Android called Remix OS, the Remix Mini creators claim that it allows you to work and play with the entire Android app ecosystem while taking full advantage of intuitive PC features such as a taskbar, multiple window multi-tasking, mouse and keyboard support, and so much more.

When all you need is a way to access your email, post to your social networks, watch YouTube videos or type documents, you don’t need a lot of power. You may just be paying for computing power you do not need. Coming with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, or 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage and estimated to cost $30 and $50 respectively, this device is just enough power for your browsing needs.

The second project we found interesting is the Bevel 3D Camera. Promoted as the first accessory of its kind, the Bevel turns your smart device into a 3D camera. Using the Bevel on your phone is as simple as plugging it into your headphone jack.

Using an eye-safe laser, the Bevel scans the item you want to capture and creates a 3D photograph. The 3D rendering is good, but not completely lifelike. We cannot find a reason you would need a 3D photograph, but perhaps you could import it into a 3D printer and print out a figurine of your 3D photograph. However, it may just be another item taking up space on your phone.

While the renderings can look a little scary and the use-case is undetermined, this is a necessary first step towards bigger and greater things on our smart devices.

The third project we found interesting is the MagCable. This project makes claims of being the solution to frayed cables and scratches around your phones’ charging port. Creating a magnetic charging solution makes finding the correct orientation in the dark or fumbling to properly align your cable in motion a thing of the past.

Using a two-piece system with one tiny part to leave in place in your phone’s charging port and another cable to complete the charging circuit, this project can potentially take the worry out of charging your phone. The MagCable comes in microUSB or Lightning connection versions. With wireless charging becoming more and more common, this project may be too little too late, or it might be the stop gap necessary until wireless charging is the standard.

The fourth project we found interesting is the Passfort. The Passfort is a password management dongle.  You carry a keychain sized Bluetooth dongle with you and it communicates via Bluetooth to your paired device and can enter your credentials automatically. All you have to do is enter your challenge pattern, find your stored credentials and select them. From there the account information is entered and you are good to go.

The information on the dongle is stored using military-grade encryption and holds a charge for 7 days. Using this device is similar to using a password management service, but it’s in the palm of your hand.

The fifth project we found interesting is the CydeKick. For those of us that choose to ride their bike or those that must use their bicycle for their commute, this project wants to harness energy from this process. Using a generator attached to your bike near the wheels, you can charge your phone and power a headlight. If you are already pedaling to your destination, why not use it to your advantage and get some volts for your smartphone?

All of these projects have come up with interesting solutions to solve problems we may or may not have. Some may already be fully funded, some may meet their goal and others may not be funded. Regardless of the outcome of the projects, we at XDA congratulate those that have put this much effort into their ideas. And encourage others to come up with ideas of their own. Without simple attempts, society does not move forward.

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Encore Music – XDA App Review

Posted by wicked August - 26 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off


We listen to music a lot on our devices. We now have more providers of music than we know what to do with. Google Play Music and Spotify are some of the more popular options. The issue, currently, is that we end up downloading many apps to do one thing, listening to our favorite music.

Today we are going to talk about Encore an application from XDA Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD. It’s an Open Sourced, Expandable music player for Android. This is TK with XDA TV.

Download the application from the Google Play Store, Encore Music by Fastboot Mobile, then get into the wizard which will help us setup the application. We can setup the actual plugins from here.

First tab we have is the Listen Now tab. This will normally be where you pick up where you left off. Next is the My Songs tab, this is where we all of our songs are listed by artist, albums, and playlists.

Worry not for the next tab is dedicated to Playlists from Google Play or local playlist on your system. The next tab we have here is the Automix. This is the developers’ attempt to give us an automatic list based on mood or genre or type of music you want to listen to.

The developer gives us a separate tab for audio recognition. The history tab gives a list of everything we listened to, regardless of the source of the music. The Lyrics tab gives access to song lyrics of popular songs. The settings tab is where you can setup your providers, your music and audio filters as well separate Bluetooth preferences.

What we have right now is the ability to integrate with Spotify and Google Play. What’s in the works are better media sources and better stability. The best things about this application are that you can join multiple sources into one application, it doesn’t try to keep track of what you’re doing and it’s free. The other note-worthy thing is that it’s also expandable.

Now some of the plugins do cost money, but they’re well worth it, and you don’t want to use the built-in DSP as there is always the option for viper4android which is what I have on my Nexus 6. It’s something you can definitely try and expand upon, and if you want to develop for it this will be something you can get into.

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Xposed Framework for the LG G4 – XDA Xposed Tuesday

Posted by wicked August - 25 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off


I have had the LG G4 for some time, and I have done for you guys how to a root and TWRP installation video. The one thing that we have been missing is the Xposed Installer, actually the Xposed Framework.

So today I am going to walk you through the process of installing that on our LG G4. This is TK and this is XDA Xposed Tuesday.

First we need to do is download a few files from this page. The first item is the ARM64 installer. Next we need to download the APK for the Xposed Installer. Then, download and join the Flashfire G+ group and become a tester there. You need to join the G+ community to be able to download Flashfire. Once you’ve done that you can go to the play store and download the app and install it on your device.

After we have downloaded all the files we want to run Flashfire on our device, grant it root and make sure that it loads all the way. There is a small menu on the left side of the screen which we are not going to interact with. Click the ‘+’ sign and select the ‘Flash Zip File.’ Which will give us the option to go into our download folder and select the actual Xposed Framework zip file that we downloaded before.

Once you select it make sure you leave the auto-mount option off. Select the check box. It will give us the option to flash. Make sure your battery is almost 100%, if possible. The process will take ten to fifteen minutes. The screen is going to be off, you won’t be able to use your system.

Once that is complete, we need to move on to installing the actual APK for the installer. This is version three. Install it and make sure you turn it on after your system reboots.

We are going to go ahead an open it up, since we already went through the process. You will notice how it looks when you turn on your system. You want to go to the framework option and see that the framework is installed. You can download modules directly under the Download tab. Just make sure you download modules that are no specific to ROMs like TouchWiz module or HTC specific modules. Otherwise they should work. As you can see here I have modules installed and I can actually use them.

The process is not for the faint of heart, and I say this because one of the things that the process does is it makes your device go dark for an extended amount of time. Almost 10 minutes of just no activity, no way of being able to wake it up. You will basically be very tempted to pull the battery out to restart the device.

So as you saw with the hands on, it’s not that complicated of a process. We have a couple of files that we need to download and put them on the device and flash it. Make sure you have a full battery on the device and you are starting this process. And you’re done.

Overall you will have a hit and miss with some of the modules. I think that now that the LG G4 model is working with Xposed, we will see more modules compatible with it. So keep an eye out for those. I have had few modules that turned on by default, Greenify turned on and it works.

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ZUK Z1 Device Unboxing – XDA TV

Posted by wicked August - 24 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off


Today we’re going to unbox and take a quick look at the brand new ZUK Z1, from Lenovo, Elephone and ZUK – a bunch of different companies.

This phone is the reason I’m here in Shenzhen, so I thought I’d just open it for you on camera. It has some pretty decent specs and as you can see this one here comes with USB Type-C. Let’s go ahead and get this one unpacked.

First we remove the plastic on the back. As well as some plastic on the front and that’s pretty much all there is to it.

There is a flat white back, it’s a glossy back. There is a rear facing camera. On the right hand side you have the power button and the volume rocker. On the left hand side you have your SIM card slot. On the bottom is the USB Type-C port with one bottom facing speaker and microphone. On the top you have the 3.5mm headphone jack and nothing else. And then you have the front. If I remember correctly it’s a 1080p 5.5 inch display.

At this event ZUK did announce the partnership that they are doing with Cyanogen, so they’re actually going to be offering Cyanogen as an offering on one of the international models of this device. Unfortunately, this is not the one that has Cyanogen on it. So that’s a little bit disappointing, but it could be worse.

Looking at it from an angle I can see that there is a screen protector on this already. You can sort of see it around the button at the bottom and around the earpiece.

While this is booting up, let’s see what else comes in the box. You have a power adapter, which is a European power adapter. So not useful for me. It does mention that it does five volts at 2 Amps. There is a USB cable. A flat USB Type-C cable, about 3 feet, or 1 meter long. At the bottom of the box is some product documentation and a SIM ejector tool. There is a Lenovo ZUK Quick Start Guide and some warranty information.

We will push that all off to the side and go back to the phone now. Now I see an immediate problem here. Maybe you can see it as well, it’s all in Chinese. I don’t speak or read Chinese. So we’re going to have to guess at this. It’s trying to set up the WiFi. So I’ll go ahead and hit that.  It wants me to sign in. Hit Next. Guessing, that says next. I’m going to skip over that, whatever that is. I guess this is the fingerprint sensor setup. If I remember correctly, I think this is the fingerprint sensor down here. We’re going to skip over the fingerprint setup. Really, I need to get where I can set the language. Luckily in the car I did see someone set this up earlier, so I kind of know where it is and where to go. Go down to the advanced settings option and change it to English. I am now able to read things.

Just very quickly we will go in and see what version of Android this is running. You can see here it mentions the model number is the ZUK Z1, running the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801. It has 64GB of built in storage, 3GB of RAM and Android version 5.1.1. The battery level is at 47 percent. I believe this supports quick charge 2.0. I may have to try it with the quick charger.

There is U-Touch. I started to mention earlier, it doesn’t have any on screen buttons and it doesn’t have any capacitive buttons. The device itself, I think, has capacitive buttons that will be enabled when Cyanogen comes out for this device. By default it has U-Touch. You use the bottom button to do everything. It does fingerprint identification, touch to go back, press to go home, double press to view your app history and slide left or right to swap.

Unfortunately this is one of the ROMs that does not come with a built in app launcher, but oh well. Here are the apps that it comes with. There are some more that are not in English. You got QQ, WeChat and Weibo. A lot of the services here in China.

I don’t have any real initial impressions of this device. Because I’ve only been touching it for about 30 seconds. But if you have any questions or there is anything you’d like to see in particular, let me know down in the comment section down below.

When Cyanogen does become available for this I’ll probably be flashing it over to this device. Unfortunately I’m probably not going to be able to use this in the States, because it doesn’t support any of the 4G bands. Probably just HSPA, maybe only 3G. It’s not going to be particularly useful for that.

One way or another, thanks so much to ZUK for bringing me out here and giving me a chance to take a look at this. Thanks to you guys for watching. Make sure to leave a thumbs up down below the video if you like this video. Subscribe to receive more videos when they become available. We will see to again, next time.

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow Named! ZUK + Cyanogen Partnership and More! – XDA TV

Posted by wicked August - 21 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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It’s Friday, August 21, 2015, and let’s talk about what happened this week over at

First up, the big news we’ve been waiting to hear about for several months, Google has finally unveiled the statue and the new name for the next version of Android. href="">Android M is now going to be officially called Marshmallow. Additionally, instead of being called Android 5 dot something they’re moving on up to the 6.0 label. All of these things really don’t effect anything, it’s just labeling, naming. But it is nice to know. And of course to go along with that they’ve gone ahead and released their final developer preview for all the Nexus devices as well as an SDK for Android 6.0.

Moving right along the href="">Android One Initiative is now officially coming to Africa. href="">The first device they’re going to be launching is called the Infinix Hot 2. And it’s going to be available in physical stores in Nigeria and online in Egypt, Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Kenya and Morocco. There are two different versions of the Hot 2 for the equivalent of about $87 and $97. They’ve got some pretty decent low end specs. To go along with the launch of this device href="">forums for the Hot 2 have been added to XDA.

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href="">Oxygen OS version 1.0.2 has officially been released addressing the StageFright bug. So if you’re a user of the href="">OnePlus One or a user of Oxygen OS you may want to head over to their forum and pull down the latest update.

In a bit of very exciting news, href="">ZUK, the company behind the href="">ZUK Z1 announced this week that href="">they are going to be partnering up with Cyanogen for the international version of the Z1. We are going to have a lot more information coming out about the ZUK Z1. I’m probably going to be making a dedicated video about the event that I’m going to. If you have any questions, definitely let us know.

Moving on to the forum though, user href="" >scritch007 has managed to href="">port CyanogenMod over to the 2015 Moto G. According to the port on the portal, everything seems to be working pretty well with it. If you’re a user of the href="">2015 Moto G, you may want to head over to his forum thread.

XDA Recognized Developer href="">Sultanxda has figured out a way to get the href="">OnePlus One to record in 2k resolution using the front facing camera. Which is something that pretty much no other phone can do at this point. It doesn’t work with every single camera app, it’s not a mod that changes everything on the phone. It only works with the Snapdragon camera app that is included with the mod. But if you’re a OnePlus One user and you’ve been dying for some better front facing video, you may want to take a look at this.

XDA Recognized Contributor  id="postmenu_62377731" class="bigfusername username-underline xda-popup-trigger" href="">wanam has put out a new build of href="">Xposed. Specifically, to make it href=""> work with the Samaung Galaxy S6 variants. As well as any of the upcoming ARM 64 based Samsung devices. So that’s definitely some exciting news there.

Speaking of href="">Xposed, XDA Senior Member id="postmenu_62392432" class="bigfusername xda-popup-trigger" href="">tabp0le has put together an guide showing you href="">how to install Xposed on you LG G4. From the thread there is a list of devices that are confirmed to be working. If you have one of these devices and you want to get Xposed running on it, you may want to check out his thread.

While you’re hacking away at your href="">LG G4, XDA member href="">Usraek has put together a href="">mod to help you boost the volume on the G4. The article itself mentions using it with earphones, it doesn’t mention the speaker itself. I’m going to assume it only works for earphones. I used my G4 on the plane with no real issues. I’m probably not going to be doing this myself. But, if you’ve used headphones on your G4 and they’re just not loud enough for you, you may want to take a look at that one.

Finally, to wrap things up another video went up on href="">XDA TV this week. A video that I worked on before I came here to China. It’s the first in a series of videos talking about href="">What are the best phones you can get for less than $100. So if that’s something you’re interested in, definitely check out the link down in the video description.

But that’s going to be all from me for today. I have a long conference filled day, and I’ll hopefully be providing you with a lot of updates from that. You can check out href="" >my daily vlogging channel down in the video description. You can see all the things that are going on behind the scenes that you don’t get to see in these videos. Remember if you liked this video to leave a like down below, and href="" data-rel="lightbox-video-0 lightbox-video-0">subscribe to receive our content as soon as it becomes available. I’ll see you next time.

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  • href="">Android 6.0 Marshmallow Comes Along With Final Developer Preview
  • href="">Android One Extends Its Reach To Africa with $87 Infinix Hot 2
  • href="">Infinix HOT 2 (Android One) Forums Now Available!
  • href="">Oxygen OS 1.0.2 Update Includes Stagefright Patch
  • href="">ZUK Announces Official Partnership With Cyanogen
  • href="">[ROM] CyanogenMod for Moto G (3rd Gen)
  • href="">2k Video Recording With OnePlus One’s Front Camera
  • href="">Xposed Released for Galaxy S6 and arm64 Samsung Device
  • href="">How to Install Xposed Framework on LG G4
  • href="">Boost LG G4’s Volume With This Modification
  • href="">Only Have $100? Here are the Best Phones You Can Get (Part 1)

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Only Have $100? Here are the Best Phones You Can Get (Part 1)

Posted by wicked August - 20 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off


Enough talk about flagships. Let’s scrape the bottom of the barrel and see what can be had for those on the tightest of budgets. Let’s find the best sub-$100 phone available. Because the reality is that while you might be forgoing a super-high resolution screen and amounts of RAM that some manufacturers still can’t take advantage of, ahem, there are a lot of really solid choices out there if you don’t have much to spend on a new phone.

At the end of the series, we’re going to crown the King of Sub-$100 Phones

Advances in technology (it’s the future, didn’t you know?) have brought component costs way down to the point where today’s budget phones are yesterday’s flagships.

Setting out, we had three qualifications for a phone to contend:

  1. Price, before taxing and shipping, is under $100
  2. Must run Android 5.0 or higher
  3. Include support for 4G

Over the coming weeks, Jordan is going to be spending a lot of quality time with the devices below, to the point of using each as his daily driver for a period of days. Look for future videos where he’ll be comparing performance, camera quality, and general pros and cons. At the end of the series, we’re going to crown the “King of Sub-$100 phones”. That’ll be one for the record books.

T-Mobile LG Leon ($90)

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  • Snapdragon 410
  • 4.5″ 480×854 Display
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB Storage + microSD Expansion
  • 5MP Rear Camera
  • 1900mAh Battery
  • Android 5.0.1

BLU Studio C ($100)

Full Unboxing Video


  • Mediatek MT6582
  • 5″ 720×1280 Display
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8G Storage + microSD Expansion
  • 8MP Rear Camera
  • 3000mAh Battery
  • Android 5.0

Verizon Galaxy J1 ($80)

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  • Snapdragon 410
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  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB Storage + microSD Expansion
  • 5MP Rear Camera
  • 1850mAh Battery
  • Android 5.0

AT&T Moto E ($75)

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  • Snapdragon 410
  • 4.5″ 540×960 Display
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB Storage + microSD Expansion
  • 5MP Rear Camera
  • 2390 mAh Battery
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Galaxy Note 5 + S6 Edge Plus Announced, ZigBee Security Flaw Discovered – XDA TV

Posted by wicked August - 14 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off


It’s Friday, August 14, 2015, and let’s talk about what happened this week over at

First up, the biggest news of the week, Samsung held their Unpacked event where they unveiled the Note 5 and the S6 Edge Plus. Basically all of the leaks we’ve seen up to this point on both of these devices were accurate, but if you’d like to learn more about them, or talk to others about them, forums for both devices are now available.

At around the same time, Xiaomi decided to have a bit of a poke at Samsung by launching their own ‘Note’ device, the Redmi Note 2. It has the Mediatek Helio X10 chip and some pretty decent specs and starts at $125 US dollars. There’s even a ‘Prime’ version with 32 gigs of storage and a slightly faster clock speed for just $155 US dollars. That’s pretty ridiculous. If those work in the US, you know I’ll be getting my hands on one as soon as possible. And also, a forum for the Redmi Note 2 is also available.

Some more information about the ZUK Z1 has come out, and it’s going to have USB 3.1, or USB type-C, as well as a massive 4100 milliamp hour battery! What’s even more exciting, as far as I’m concerned, is there’s going to be a press event in China next week for the Z1, and I’m going to be there, so look forward to some hands-on footage with the device next week!

In other news, Google has unveiled a site called where you can find some really unique watch faces, live wallpapers, games and apps, so if you’re looking for something a bit different for your Android device, head on over there.

In a bit of bad news, researchers from CognoSec have found a pretty significant design flaw with ZigBee home automation devices. As you might expect, some vendors cut corners and did the bare minimum to be considered compliant, and apparently in this case, some light bulbs and door locks that are ZigBee compliant have been shipping with default security fallback keys, which are publicly known, meaning that someone with a relatively inexpensive bit of hardware could actually compromise them from just a few meters away, possibly even farther away with more powerful equipment. Now I’m not saying you should immediately do away with your ZigBee door locks, but if you cheaped out on them, you may want to double check with the manufacturer to make sure they’re secure.

Remix OS, an Android-based ROM that adds in some windowed multitasking and attempts to make a tablet feel more like a desktop, has officially been released for the Nexus 9 and the Nexus 10. I’ve heard good things about the Remix Mini, their pocket PC that Remix OS was originally designed for, so I might just have to break out my Nexus 10 and give this a shot on it. You can find download links in the portal post.

Fastboot Mobile, along with XDA Senior Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD, have released a new app called Encore Music. Encore Music is a open source music app that attempts to solve a major problem with music playback on Android: having it all in one place. I know I find myself with some music in Google Play Music, some in Amazon, some Pandora, some Spotify, and so on, so something like this could really be great. Currently only Spotify and Google Play Music plugins are available, as well as a DSP Suite that you can use to add an equalizer and audio effects, but more plugins are being worked on, and since it’s open source, if you want to contribute, you can head on over to the Encore Music forum on XDA and see what’s being worked on, and how you can help.

XDA Recognized Developer TEKHD has put out a port of TouchWiz 5.1.1 from the N910T3 for the T-Mobile Note 4 N910T, bringing some optimizations, performance improvements, and better battery life. Obviously read through the forum thread before diving in.

And finally, forums for the HTC Desire 526 have been added, so if you’re looking forward to that device, links down below.

But you know what? That’s going to be about all from me for today. You can find the links to all the stories I talked about in the video description, as well as the links to my YouTube channels. Remember if you liked this video to leave a like down below, and subscribe to receive our content as soon as it becomes available.
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