For those of you who commute to work daily or perhaps you drive often in general, you may want to consider setting up a Qi wireless charging car mount so you can have your Android smartphone charging wirelessly as soon as you step into your car.
If you own an Android smartphone that’s Qi compatible such as Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 or you have a phone with a Qi-enabled case (like Note 4 S-View case), you can greatly benefit from having wireless charging in your car. Also, for most Galaxy and many other smartphones, you can get a Qi-wireless module that piggybacks onto back of your battery (See our article on wireless charging receiver).
Couple days back, YouTube announced its support for 360 degree videos, which means YouTube users can now upload 360 degree videos and viewers can view the video on their Android device in full 360 degrees. Well, like I promised, I ordered the Kodak SP 360 camera, which is one of the two camera available today for consumers to make their own 360 degree videos.
For those of you who live in the U.S., did you know it’s illegal in over 50% of the States to have a suction cup phone mount on the windshield of your car? (See my article here for list of illegal States). Cops will probably not pull you over but if they wanted to find a reason, this could be one reason to pull you over. If you like to carry illegal stuff in your car (not that I recommend it), pay attention, I may save you from going to jail. Besides that, having a suction phone mount on your windshield does get in the way of your view.
Are you getting “could not allocate 1778070480 bytes” while flashing the latest Android 5.1 firmware or other versions?
That’s because the latest Android 5.1 firmware comes with system image that’s too big for regular fastboot to handle.
My experience with the Sony FDR-AX33 4K camcorder wasn’t 100% satisfactory so I ordered another camera, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4. This is a 4K-capable mirrorless DSLR that allows you to use your existing Canon/Nikon DSLR lenses with an adapter. Now, this is touted by many videographers as one of the best 4K DSLR cameras out there. So, I had to try it.
For those of you looking to root your LG G Flex 2, LG G2, LG G3, or other LG devices on Android 5.0.1/5.0.2 Lollipop, we have some good news, WE HAVE ROOT!
For those of you who are looking to get the Android 5.1 today not tomorrow, this tutorial will show you how to update your Nexus 4, 5, 6, 9, or 10 to the latest Android 5.1 and root it.
Android 5.1 comes with some nice performance/ram tweaks to make your Nexus device a bit faster plus cool features like drop-down WiFi/Bluetooth menus and more!
For those of you looking for a good case that adds additional functionality to your LG G Flex 2, definitely check out the G Flex 2 Circle Case.
This case will replace your existing case on the G Flex 2 and add a protective cover with a circle. Similar to Galaxy series S-View cases, the Circle Case allows you to use your phone without opening/unlocking your phone.
I decided to upgrade my camera gear a bit with some 4K videos. For that, I chose the latest Sony FDR-AX33, which is Sony’s latest 4K camera just released at end of Febuary in 2015. Sony did release a larger FDR-AX100 (which has larger sensor) but the newer FDR-AX33 is a lot more portable plus it has BOSS (Balanced Optical Steady Shot) along with 100Mbps bitrate. Now, for those of you looking for a good 4K camcorder to make 4K videos, this may be one of the best 4K camcorders out right nowt that’s under $1000.
I know I made this website to be about Android but I have a ton of passion for making videos and video equipment. Plus, if you want to take videos that you can’t really make with an Android device, this could be very useful.
For example, I love my Note 4 camera and its camera abilities but if I wanted to make home videos of my daughter skateboarding (and me following her) without my Note 4 shaking on me, I really couldn’t as smartphone video recording technology is simply not there yet. One day I will definitely make videos with my Android smartphones only but until then, I use other gear that make my videos as best as possible.
When I first heard about the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, I was totally excited and got to see first-hand some of the new performance improvements over at CES 2015.
Well, it’s been 3 months since CES and LG has finally released the LG G Flex 2 in South Korea. Without delay, I had to get one since I love getting high on Android. After using it for almost 2 weeks now, I think I can give you a full review, let’s go do this baby, UGH!
I use a lot of microSD cards, mostly because I flash a lot of custom ROMs on my Android smartphones and I wanted to find out which microSD card is the fastest in the world.
For this shoot, I am using three of the best Class 10 microSD cards from Samsung, Sony, and SanDisk, the Samsung 64GB PRO rated at 90MB/s, Sony HighSpeed MicroSD rated at 95MB/s, and the SanDisk Extreme PRO rated at 95MB/s.
The other day, my micro-SIM card (which is actually a nano-SIM with a micro-SIM adapter) got stuck on my G Flex 2. Rather than forcing the issue, I decided to disassemble my LG G Flex 2, perhaps learn about the phone’s internal’s along the way.
Well, the process is actually very easy to do, and the G Flex 2 is certainly one of the easiest phones to disassemble and repair. That is rather surprising as I initially thought curved screens may be harder than non-curved phones.
If you are looking for the best portable bluetooth speakers under $100 with the loudest sound and most bass, you will definitely want to check out the G-Boom speakers.
Last month, I had the pleasure of checking out many different portable speakers at my local Target store including JBL, Jambox (both mini and big version), Bose Soundlink, and many others. Specifically I wanted a portable speaker that wouldn’t break my bank while giving me the most bass possible.
Hey this is an exciting day for me, the LG G Flex 2 I ordered on eBay is finally here. This is the world’s first smartphone with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 810 Octa-core processor and also the world’s curviest phone.
This particular version is the original Korean model, which has additional features like LTE-A, DMB TV, and Korean localized bloatware, all of which won’t work here in the U.S. If you do get this particular Korean model, you can still get HSPA+ data fine on AT&T or T-Mobile, just LTE will not work as the LTE frequencies are different. So, let’s unbox this baby, huh!
The LG Tone+ Wireless Bluetooth headset is a wireless and stereo earbuds that will allow you to listen to music and talk on your phone easily all without wires or being tangled up.
If you talk a lot on your phone, listen to music all day long like myself, or perhaps you work out, you will definitely want to get one of these. My last wireless bluetooth headset before this one was Motorola bluetooth headsets, which were really uncomfortable to wear and the battery didn’t last long, it’s still collecting dust somewhere in my garage. (I hope it dies!)
If you thought flexible screen on the Galaxy Note Edge was cool, check out YotaPhone 2, which is world’s first smartphone with E-ink display.
YotaPhone 2 combines two screens, one regular 1080P front screen and one E-ink back screen (960×540 pixels). When I first heard about the YotaPhone 2, I had to have one, this seemed like a unique smartphone that could allow you to do more things like reading books in the sun while saving battery life. If you own a Kindle E-reader, you may want this phone. In fact, I am surprised it’s not made by Amazon, they should have made the Kindle Fire phone like this.
The other day, Twitter user M14xr2 asked me, “hey can you use a macro lens on a Nexus 6?”
And I said, “hell yeah, let me go ahead and test one out, will get back to you.”
Well, I got one of those strap-on macro lenses and boy, they work not too bad out of the box. This particular version I got on Amazon is called Pocket Lens but there’s actually a ton of generic ones on Amazon, I think they are all pretty much the same thing.
Gear VR is a 3D virtual reality headset that allows you to experience a virtual reality like never before. You will need to have a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to use it.
What you have here is actually a full-3D device that you wear. The only difference between a 3D TV and Virtual reality is that with virtual reality you can watch in 360 degrees, imagine having 100 3D TVs connected together and making a dome around yourself, that’s what VR 3D feels like. 3D TVs just have things popping out while with virtual reality, you are immersed in a virtual world where things seem almost real.
For those of you who want to replace the screen on your Galaxy Note 4, there are actually several methods. The first one involves replacing your glass only but this is only possible if your touchscreen is still working. If you broke it pretty hard and your touchscreen does not work, you will have to replace the whole screen digitizer assembly.
I was at my local furniture store buying some new sofas and kitchen table when the manager working at the store asked me, “is that a smartwatch”?
I said, “Yes, this is the new Gear S smartwatch.”
He asks me, “Can you do all that cool stuff and can you make phone calls aye?”
Today we will be going review the OnePlus One and discover why it’s the best deal on a smartphone.
Before we begin, let me tell you that the best smartphone you can buy for your money is the Galaxy Note 4. But if you don’t have luxury of splurging on a Note 4, then you may want to know what is the best deal on a smartphone.
Today we are going to talk about why the Galaxy Note 4 is the king of phablets, this is my full Note 4 review.First of all, what is a phablet?
Phablet is basically a large phone that may double as a tablet due to its larger-than-normal size, roughly 5.5 inches to 6-inches is considered a phablet. Phones like HTC One or S5 are not considered phablets because they are just a bit small. Phones like LG G3, Note Edge, Nexus 6, and Note 4 are considered phablets. Once it hits 7-inches, it’s really a tablet as it doesn’t fit in your pockets anymore.
Nexus 6 comes with a whopping 5.96-inch screen with resolution of 2560×1440 pixels along with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 3 gigs of RAM, and 32 or 64GB of storage.
The 32GB version retails for $649 and 64GB retails for $699. As far as price goes, this is the most expensive Nexus device we have seen so far.
Over at CES 2015, I got to meet up with Tim Schofield from QBKing77.com. Tim is a 22-year old Tech YouTuber who is currently making a living as a YouTuber/Blogger, a very promising young talent and one of my good YouTuber friends. I would not be surprised if Tim becomes of the top Tech YouTubers in the near future so don’t forget to check him out!
For those of you who want to root your Nexus 6, remember that in order to root a Nexus device, you will have to unlock the bootloader first. Unlocking your bootloader WILL ERASE EVERYTHING on your phone so we highly recommend you to root your Nexus 6 as soon as you receive it in the mail. Also, copy EVERYTHING (all your photos/videos) to your computer so you don’t lose them.
For those of you who are shopping online on eBay or maybe in offline retail store, you may want to be aware of fake Galaxy Note 4 phones that look exactly like a real one.
Recently, I bought a used Note 4 off eBay and found out that it was one of these fake Note 4 models. (There’s actually many being sold on eBay like this one.)
Whether you own an Android smartphone, tablet, or even a laptop, you will probably want to make sure to take care of your gadgets so the battery doesn’t die. Number one rule for properly maintaining or storing your gadgets is to never let the battery deplete to 0%. Leaving your gadgets discharged completely for months will surely kill your battery. Think of how many gadgets in your house right now that has a dead battery, I am sure you have at least one. Think back, and I am sure you probably left that gadget with zero charge for months (and it died because of it).
For those of you looking for a good, reliable high-capacity USB power bank to recharge your Android gadgets, look nowhere other than EC Technology’s 22,400mAh high capacity Power Bank!
Looking for a USB portable charger/power bank you can actually fit in your jean pockets along with your smartphone?
I own a bunch of USB portable chargers and wanted to find a super-slim and light power bank that I could actually carry on those days I am not wearing a jacket. Well, I ordered the Slim One Power Bank on Amazon and this is a pretty nifty power bank that will get you the emergency charge you need when you run out of battery.
Although I was not planning to get a Galaxy Note Edge because I felt like the edge screen wasn’t such a big deal, I ended up getting one during my visit to South Korea and really falling in love with the device. The Galaxy Note Edge is a slightly-modified version of the Galaxy Note 4, which comes with an edge screen that allows you to access your app shortcuts, put news/stock tickers, use it as ruler/voice recorder, and even some more. If you set your nighttime hours, the Note Edge will even act as a clock.
Welcome home Nexus 9!
I just received Google’s latest flagship Nexus tablet, the Nexus 9 made by HTC.
HTC has not been making Google Nexus devices for quite awhile now (last one with Nexus One) but it’s great to see Google hiring HTC for the Nexus job. I just feel like Samsung is making too many damn tablets that people don’t want (perhaps too many different models) and really diluting the tablet market along with its Nexus line. HTC isn’t really big on tablets in the past but I feel like the HTC Nexus 9 is a great example of HTC’s abilities to make great 9-inch tablets.
Recently, I’ve setup a new security camera liveview system with TinyCam Pro app and my Korean Note 2 (which I don’t use) by my front door. Ever since I moved to my new house couple years back, I have been working on my own DIY IP security camera project to make my house more secure and also so I can watch my house when I am traveling. I know many of you probably have Android devices that are collecting dust somewhere in your garage and this is a great way to put your older Android devices into new uses.
For this week’s HighOnAndroid ROM of the Week, check out latest LiquidSmooth ROM v3.2.
Based on latest Android 4.4.4, LiquidSmooth ROM brings much, anticipated performance of latestest and great Android 4.4.4 along with slew of customization/features.
LiquidSmooth ROM can be installed on many Android devices that have root and CWM/TWRP installed like Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 3, Note 2, HTC One M7/M8, Nexus 4/5/7/10, and many more.
For those of you with a Galaxy Android device like AT&T Galaxy S5 that has a locked bootloader, you are stuck to using Safestrap recovery instead of the normal CWM or TWRP recovery.
For Safestrap users, did you know you can install most T-Mobile/international ROMs on your AT&T phone?
For those of you who are interested in getting S-OFF your HTC smartphones, you can now use Firewater to do so.
This will work on most HTC smartphones with Qualcomm chip. I was able to use this method to get S-OFF on bunch of my HTC phones including AT&T One X (One XL), HTC Evo 4G LTE, and HTC One M7/M8.
For this week’s High On Android ROM of the Week, check out Gummy ROM! It is available for many Android smartphones like Note 2, Note 3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, HTC One M7/M8, Nexus 4/5/7, LG G2, and some more.
Based on latest Android 4.4.4 sources, Gummy ROM is an AOSP ROM (What is AOSP?) that brings you the latest and great Android 4.4.4 along with plenty of customization/features. After using many different custom ROMs, Gummy ROM is one of my favorite custom ROMs as it’s very fast, stable, and comes with so many features you wouldn’t want to live without.
For those of you who want to root your OnePlus One (Why root? See Why Root Android?) to run rooted apps or want to install a custom ROM, here’s a step-by-step tutorial guide you can follow for all Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. Rooting the OnePlus One requires the user to unlock the bootloader. Unlocking bootloader will ERASE EVERYTHING ON YOUR PHONE, so make a backup of everything including your personal photos, videos, etc beforehand! YOU’VE BEEN WARNED!!! Will rooting OnePlus One void my warranty? Technically yes, but you can unroot/unbrick completely back to 100% stock so you can always unvoid warranty. So, if you have a Window, Mac OS X, or Linux (like Ubuntu) computer, let’s go ahead and root this bad boy! Before we begin, you can also download all the files you need here for all Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux/Ubuntu: Download:Download fastboot.zip Download ADB Drivers Download TWRP or CWM Recovery for OnePlus One
The other day I found a great way to make a smartphone or tablet stand using these flexible wires called Gear Tie.
In this video, I talk about some of the latest smartphones like Galaxy S5, Note 3, LG G3, HTC One M8, Nexus 5, OnePlus One along with older smartphones like Galaxy S4/S3/S2, Note 2, HTC One X, Nexus 4, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, HTC Evo, and more.
Many of you actually requested me to go over every phone that I have (as I am an Android smartphone collector/hoarder) so here’s my first attempt at briefly explaining what I like/dislike about each phone and this may help you purchase your next phone whether you need to latest and greatest, best for the money, or even buying a used phone on Craigslist/eBay.
For those of you who are still waiting for your OnePlus One invite, let me tell you that you can actually fully convert your existing Android smartphone into a OnePlus One by installing latest CM11 ROM along with the HighOnAndroid OnePlus One Conversion Kit.
This will give you 99% of the software features on the OnePlus One including the Hexo theme (default theme on OnePlus One), camera, AudioFX app (works 100%), Screencast (screen recording app), Privacy Guard, and WhisperPush. (See video overview for demo) The only thing that does not work is the screen-off gesture shortcuts but I think that’s minor issue.
One of the coolest features on Samsung Galaxy Note phones is the ability to multi-task using multi-window feature, which allows you to use two apps at the same time, just like a desktop computer.
Well, this feature is only available on Samsung Galaxy smartphones or LG G3 unless you install custom ROM like C-ROM.
Recently, I’ve noticed there’s more apps that check for root on your Android smartphone/tablet device and won’t let you run the app because you have a rooted Android device. Usually, these are safety precautions that companies take in case of hackers stealing your private information but I honestly think they are going overboard as Android is built on Linux, which is not susceptible to viruses like Windows. Most rooted Android devices are in fact probably safer because the user has full control over the phone, not the other way around.
For those of you who want to enable Adobe Flash Player on your Android smartphone or tablet with latest Android 4.4.2/4.4.3/4.4.4 KitKat, here’s how to do it easily using Flash Player 11.1 APK file and Dolphin Browser. For Android ICS or Jelly Bean, see How to Install Flash Player on Android ICS Android or Jelly Bean! instead. For Android 5.0, 5.0.1, 5.0.2, and 5.1 Lollipop, see How to Install Flash Player on Android Lollipop! instead.
I’ve tried countless portable USB chargers in the past and if you are looking for the best portable USB charger for your Android smartphone or tablet, definitely take a look at Cheero Danboard USB chargers.
These come in 2 different models with 10,400mAh capacity and also 6,000mAh capacity. The larger unit is capable of re-charging your phone about 5-6 times and the smaller unit about 2-3 times depending on the size of your phone battery.
For those of you who want to cut your micro-SIM to nano-SIM card, probably the best way to do this is not cut at all and take a visit to your local smartphone store. U.S. carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon will most likely give you one for free.
But what if you don’t want to go to the store? Perhaps you live in the middle of nowhere.
Today, we will be talking about Wireless Charging.
Many new phones like Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and the new Nexus 7 support wireless charging out of the box as it ships with a wireless charging module embedded.
For phones like Galaxy Note 3, Note 2, Galaxy S5, S4, and S3, you can also get the same capabilities by using Wiress Charging Receiver Module, which is a thin piece of film that will be able to convert electromagnetic fields into electricity into your battery, that all fits between your battery and your back cover.
Do you use your smartphone or tablet before you go to sleep?
Do you use it when you watch TV?
If you are like many people today, you probably use your smartphone or tablet before you go to sleep.
Watching movies or even just surfing the web in these awkward positions for more than 10 minutes may cause aching in your neck, hands, and arms. Personally, I watch many hours of Korean dramas while holding my tablet and my whole arms get numb. Even then, I keep watching it because it’s so addicting.
Galaxy S5 has been released officially couple days ago and I have finally got my hands on the latest Galaxy S5.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 features a 5.1-inch screen with full 1080P screen with Gorilla Glass 3, which is basically identical to Galaxy S4 but with slightly larger screen this year. The Super AMOLED screen on the Galaxy S5 is noticeably brighter than the S4 (in real life) and this may help you see the screen better in the sun.
Google has released the second version of Google Glass Explorer 2.0, which is a minor upgrade from the original version.
With Google Glass Explorer 2.0, you will get a free mono earbud and also shades for no additional charge. In this unboxing, you will be able to see what comes with the latest 2013 edition of Google Glass.
It seems to me pretty obvious that the Nexus 5 screen will crack if you drop it without a case. So to prove the point, I did a drop test of my brand, new Nexus 5 with a CruzerLite case, which I have been using for many of my other Android devices and it protects your phone well, especially the screen.
For those of you with a rooted Android smartphone or tablet, you probably want to know that there’s an awesome audio app that’s free and you can install on any rooted Android device. This app is better than anything on the Play Store and it’s free.
If you thought rooting an Android device was unnecessary, Viper4Android is one app that’s going to make you want to root your Android device.
Most U.S. carriers including AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon, will charge you an extra “tethering monthly fee” (around $20-30) if you want wifi tethering enabled on your phone so you can share your phone’s internet with other wifi devices you own such as Android tablets, desktop computer, etc…etc…
What’s hot around town right now? Of course, it’s the PIE Control!
If you are running the latest ParanoidAndroid ROM, you can get PIE Control, a new way of accessing your home buttons.
Now, the good news is that you don’t need to install ParanoidAndroid ROM to get this feature. You can install LMT launcher app on “any” Android smartphone/tablet device and also even customize the buttons (up to 10 buttons + another 10 for long-press on the buttons).