Author Archives: John Hoff

Xposed Framework officially arrives for Android Lollipop

Xposed Framework has a lot of followers out there because of the unheard of level of control it gives users of Android devices. There are those who like to tweak their Android devices, and then there are Xposed Framework users. So count this all as good news, that the developers of said tool are now officially launching Xposed for Android Lollipop. It has been a long time coming, but it’s finally here.

Snapdragon 820-powered device scores a ridiculous 83,774 in AnTuTu

Ok, we all want to take this report with a grain of salt. But we have to admit, some part of us is unbelievably psyched as well. It’s not every day when you see a device totally destroy AnTuTu’s benchmarks, even if it is just a rumored one. This device is named the Green Orange X1 Pro, and it is supposedly sporting Qualcomm’s newest baby, the Snapdragon 820.

Philips comes out with new Android-powered UHD TVs

With a host of new Android TV consoles coming out (albeit with a gaming spin), it’s interesting to see if people will still go for an Android-powered smart TV. Well, consumer electronics brand Philips is willing to test the resolve of its consumers by coming out with three new Ultra HD (4K) television models that all have Android embedded into them.

KingsRoad, a Diablo-like multiplayer RPG to waste your time on

There are some games that are perfect for the mobile platform, and some games that struggle on it. Games that succeed on mobile tend to be the ones that are natural, and require very little thinking on your part. Rumble Entertainment’s “KingsRoad” certainly requires very little thinking on your end, even if it is advertised as an RPG. Maybe you want some mindless hack ‘n slash action, and if so, this game is for you.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 to use new Kryo CPU cores

Qualcomm has been slowly building up the hype for its next generation system on a chip (SoC), the Snapdragon 820. It has recently announced the Adreno 530 GPU to take care of the SD820’s graphics needs, the new Hexagon 680 DSP for data processing, and the new Smart Protect feature to help fight against malware. Today, we take a look at the new generation Kryo CPU cores that will run at the heart of the SD820, which will probably launch very, very soon.

ASUS launches ZenPad 10 combo tablet at IFA 2015

When ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih took the stage at the ASUS launch event pre-IFA 2015, there were a lot of amazing new tech to dig into from the Taiwan-based company. The “world’s fastest router” took center stage, of course. But we’re here to take a good look at the ASUS ZenPad 10 – ostensibly a tablet device, but with combo capabilities due to the stylish keyboard dock.

Hands on: Lenovo’s YOGA Tab 3 PRO brings projector goodness

Lenovo rolled out a whole new line of YOGA Tab 3 devices at IFA 2015, but on top of that particular ladder is the Lenovo YOGA Tab 3 PRO, the big dog of the bunch. This particular device has the most robust spec list, and to top it all off, it retains the Pico projector that made this product line famous in its previous generation.

Hands on: Lenovo goes big screen with PHAB, PHAB Plus

There is a very real market for people who want more real estate (screen size, that is) on their smartphone displays – this is why big manufacturers like Samsung (with the Galaxy Note series) and LG (with the G Pro series) hit this niche every year. Heck, even Apple finally admitted with the iPhone 6 Plus that this was a real market. Today we see Lenovo giving some more options in the phablet niche with the launch of the Lenovo PHAB and Lenovo PHAB Plus.

Instagram gets more ‘direct’ features, threaded messages and sharing

In 2013, the Instagram app got private messaging in the form of the “Direct” feature. To give ample flourish to an already eventful past few weeks for the ubiquitous photo sharing app – a period of time where the Instagram team threw out the iconic “square only” requirement for photos and accepted landscape and full portrait images – we get more subtle features that make private messaging on the app much more meaningful. These features include threaded messages, group messages, and sending pictures from your feed directly to private messaging.