It’s Friday, January 8, 2016, and let’s talk about what happened this week over at XDA-developers.com.
This week, obviously the biggest news is CES. I’m going to talk about a lot of it here, but for the stuff that wasn’t specifically on the XDA site, I’ll be making a news recap video over on my own channel, so check the links down below for that, if you’re interested.
Casio came forward with a new Android Wear watch which actually looks more like a traditional sports watch than almost any other one I’ve seen so far, and it comes with a ridiculous amount of activity and weather sensors built into it… and no pricing or availability info.
Polaroid, of all companies, announced a couple of new devices in various sizes, called Power and Snap, and they seem to be somewhat reasonably priced… except they’re running Lollipop, and they won’t say what processors they’re running, so that’s a bit disconcerting.
BLU unveiled a couple of new devices, the VIVO 5 and VIVO XL, loaded down with MediaTek chips, mid-range specs, USB type-C ports, and decently large batteries, priced at $200 and $150, respectively, and becoming available later this month or in February.
Xiaomi announced a new flagship device, the Mi 5, coming in February, and it’s actually going to have the Snapdragon 820, which is great to hear. Other than that, the specs look pretty decent, 3 or 4 gigs of RAM, 32 or 64 gigs of storage, dual sim, 5.2″ display, 3600 milliamp hour battery, USB Type-C, and Android 6 for between $300 and $350 US Dollars, not bad at all.
Alcatel OneTouch is bringing out a new family of devices, the Pixi 4, which will have 3 phones and a tablet, with sizes from 3.5, 4, and 6 inches for the phone, and 7 inches for the tablet, but no pricing or exact specs are known.
There were a couple of crowdfunding stories that popped up this week. The Nextbit Robin received a new, slightly delayed, release date, of February 16th, so if you preordered it, be aware that it’s not going to be showing up this month. But that’s better news than what came from Jolla, who announced that, since they had some financial challenges at the end of 2015, they’ll only be sending out a small batch of tablets, meaning not all of the backers are actually going to be receiving tablets. Unfortunately, that’s one of the potential downfalls of crowdfunding, and they haven’t, and probably won’t, say who will be receiving them, or how they’re deciding that.
In slightly better news, Jide, the company behind the Remix Mini and the Jide Ultra-tablet, has announced they’re releasing Remix OS 2.0 as a free download on January 12th, and it’s actually designed to run on most Intel and AMD devices, meaning PC and Mac. So if you’ve been interested in checking out their take on Android, but haven’t shelled out for their hardware yet, you’ll actually be able to put it on a USB drive in a few days and check it out on your computer, complete with Google Play services.