High on Android Sunday Summary-6/21/15

Welcome to the big daddy of all Android weekly summaries! Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there! Things cooled down a bit on the news front this week in Android, but we still had a lot of great daily deals and a few leaks to write about. Max is over in Thailand and Korea partying it up, while Shane and I hold down the fort stateside. Lets get right to the biggest stories of the week. I’ll be back after the break with some thoughts on everything and a preview of whats coming this week:Galaxy-S6-Vs-S6-Edge

  1. The T-Mobile S6 variants received Android 5.1.1 OTA- Both the S6 and S6 Edge on T-Mobile received an OTA to 5.1.1 this week. The T-Mobile changelog detailed a number of bug fixes, including a previously reported issue with the camera LED flashlight. After taking the update, I felt the most noticeable improvement was the accuracy of the fingerprint scanner. My Galaxy S6 on T-Mobile was much less accurate at recognizing my fingerprint before this update; this is a welcome fix that makes the phone more enjoyable to use! moto-x-2015-upleaks
  2. More Moto X 2015 Leaks- The number of leaks regarding the 2015 variant of the Moto X is steadily increasing week by week. This week Shane showed us some new leaked renders that revealed a few interesting things about the device. It appears the Moto X will once again have the Active Display, which isn’t much of a surprise. Perhaps the biggest bummer is that the new renders point toward the phone not having a fingerprint scanner. On the bright side, it does appear that the kevlar back of the Droid Turbo will finally make it to Moto Maker, having more choices is always a good thing. verizon-sony-xperia-z4v_1
  3. Sony is still pimping the same phone design- Pimping ain’t easy, but it is necessary; especially when you’ve released a phone with the same form factor for 3 straight generations! Sony and Verizon announced the Xperia Z4v is coming to Big Red later this year, and it looks exactly like a Z4, which looks like a Z3, which looks like…you get the point. The internal specs on the phone are pretty solid, but the late release and stale design make me believe this phone will not do well. Sony needs to revamp their mobile strategy in the US, if they even care anymore.
  4. We posted our comparison of the ASUS Zenfone 2 vs Alcatel Idol 3- I gave a video comparison of the Idol 3 vs. Zenfone 2 earlier this week. Apparently, my opinion that the Idol 3 is a better all-around phone was controversial. I actually had nothing but great things to say about the Zenfone 2, I just found it was lacking in some areas that many average users care about. If you want a powerhouse, the Zenfone 2 is the clear winner. Check out my video and let me know what you think. If you’re interested in the Zenfone 2, definitely stay tuned to our Youtube channels (DroidModderX and jspring86), we might have an interesting giveaway coming in the next few weeks!
  5. Shane looked at a nice lineup of S6 Cases- If you’re in the market for a solid case for your S6, at a great price, check out Shane’s video on the Caseology lineup! 810_Forum
  6. OnePlus is trolling out specs for the OnePlus 2- OnePlus loves hype. They also hate us for hating that they love hype. That pretty much sums up the OnePlus story this past week. OnePlus announced that their next flagship will feature the Snapdragon 810, which no one was particularly surprised about. The company then proceeded to get angry at the media for not caring about their day by day tease of boring specs. OnePlus really needs to be careful, there are too many solid budget offerings at this point, they are no longer the only company creating a cheap flagship. logo-jpg
  7. A Huawei Employee Suggests they are creating a Nexus device- We’ve already heard Huawei is making a Nexus device. This week we got confirmation from an alleged Huawei employee, through an online forum. Does this mean the Huawei Nexus is real? I would wager yes at this point, but we will find out around October.  LG_Logo.svg
  8. Alleged LG G4 Pro Specs- Plans are reportedly in the works for LG to release a bigger all-metal version of the G4 this fall. Many believe the phone will be designed to compete with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 in October. I still think LG needs to put a serious effort into productivity features, and perhaps include a real digitized stylus to compete with Samsung. samsung-galaxy-S5-eyes-scanner
  9. Galaxy S7 and LG G5 to include Iris Scanners- Everyone loves new tech, and everyone loves keeping their data safe. It appears that iris scanners are a perfect way to satiate our desire for both of these things. Besides, fingerprint scanners are so 2014.
  10. Galaxy S6 vs LG G4 Real-World Speed Test- Shane took a look at the S6 vs. G4 from the perspective of a real world speed test. Check out his video to see which phone launches apps the fastest, boots the fastest, and has the better performance when performing day to day tasks! High on Android Sunday Summary 5/24/15
  11. ASUS Zenfone 2 Bootloader is Unlocked- The Zenfone 2 now has an unchained bootloader! Hopefully this will lead to custom ROM development for the phone over at XDA. The Zenfone 2 has such an affordable price tag, I’m sure several developers will be interested in giving it a go. g4-fb
  12. LG G4 still suffers from touchscreen issues- The G4 is definitely a great phone, with a fantastic camera. Unfortunately, many users including myself, have experienced numerous issues with multiple touches and input lag when performing multi-tasking. An LG executive claimed the company had a fix ready, but the alleged software OTA turned out to be nothing but a stock keyboard update. Hopefully LG will provide a real OTA to address these issues sooner than later!

That about does it for the week in Android news. We’re all looking forward to the 2015 version of the Moto X. The phone could be amazing if Motorola improves the camera while maintaining the mostly stock Android experience. I’m also incredibly excited about the Huawei Nexus device. I’ve been using the Huawei P8 Lite for the past two weeks, it is an incredible little phone. I can’t wait to see what Huawei can do with flagship specs at their disposal. Speaking of the P8 Lite, stay tuned to my Youtube channel for the full review of that phone this week! I’m also working on my LG G4 full review, but I’m hoping LG will issue a fix for the touchscreen problems before I pass my final judgement on the G4. We should see some more trollout specs from OnePlus this week, so you can look forward to that, if you’re into that sort of thing. I also wager we’ll find out even more about the supposed Samsung Galaxy S6 Plus device, but I bet it will only be available in Korea. Thats it for me this week, follow me on Google+ and Twitter (@jspring86az) so we can talk Android all week, and stay High on Android!

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Jeff Springer

"I am currently a researcher and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. I fell in love with Android with the Nexus One release and realized that it was superior to iOS in all the ways I care about. I still use a Mac (and an iPhone for the camera), but my Apple tech products pale in comparison to my number of Android devices (watches, tablets, and phones). When I’m not rooting/modding one of my many Android phones or doing math/programming, you can find me taking in Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks games in downtown Phoenix, and drinking good beer!"