It’s Friday, September 25, 2015, and let’s talk about what happened this week over at XDA-developers.com.
Before I get started, I just wanted to mention that I’ve teamed up with TK from XDA and several other YouTubers, and we’re doing a giveaway. You can find a link down in the description to the video on my channel, but we’re giving away 3 phones and 2 media players, so you should definitely check it out.
Anyway, LOTS to talk about, so let’s get to it! First up, according to a software update schedule from Canadian wireless carrier TELUS, they believe Android 6.0 Marshmallow will start rolling out October 5th, which is just over a week from now. Obviously that’s nothing official, but still, nice to know that it might be sooner than we’d hoped.
LG announced the “Class” phone with a 5″ 1080p display, Snapdragon 410 chip, 2 gigs of RAM and a 2050 milliamp-hour battery, but a 13 megapixel rear facing camera and an 8 megapixel front facing camera… for the equivalent of about $335 US. That one’s a bit confusing. Sounds kinda like the LG Leon I’ve been testing, but with a halfway decent camera. They also announced the LG G Pad II 10.1, but only in South Korea for now. It’s got the Snapdragon 800, 2 gigs of RAM, 32 gigs of storage and a 7400 milliamp-hour battery, and should also be releasing in the US before the end of September.
Omate announced a new smartwatch, the Truesmart+, which runs full Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box, comes with a sim card slot, a 1.54″ 320 by 320 LCD, a MediaTek MT6572 chip, 1 gig of RAM and 8 gigs of storage with a 700 milliamp-hour battery, all for just $169. I’ve heard mixed opinions about the first generation Omate watch, especially when it comes to development for it, but if you liked that one, this one might be interesting.
The biggest thing in this update is that they’ve added manual mode to the camera, which I’ve been missing since I swapped over from the LG G4. I’ve been mashing the “update now” button ever since I read about it, but, unfortunately, no update for me yet. Speaking of the OnePlus 2, there’s now an official build of TWRP for it, which should be handy.
And speaking of the Moto X, Motorola has made it very clear that the 2015 Moto X Pure Edition is not intended to be a developer device, so if you unlock the bootloader on it, it voids your warranty. They say if there’s a physical issue that’s clearly not related to unlocking, that’ll still be covered, but otherwise your warranty will be null and void, so keep that in mind if you’re thinking of picking that device up.