Get a Custom Nexus 5X or 6P Live Case Now From Google

Using a case to protect your phone from unwanted damage is somewhat commonplace, with a variety of styles available for those wishing to look after their mobile device. For many, the typical case is considered to be unsightly. For this, Google has an answer in the form of their newly launched the $35 “Live Case” for their Nexus 5X and 6P handsets.

These Live Cases are fully customizable by the customer, able to include either an image of choice or map location as the decoration for their case and each case comes with a companion wallpaper for the phone, so it’ll fit right in. The cases don’t just look pretty either, with each case including a programmable shortcut button on their body that allows for an app to be launched straight from the case instead of the normal tapping and swiping at the screen.

Each type of case even comes with their own special feature, with the photos version shipping with a customized photo gallery while the maps version help to create a stylized map of a selected location that can be used on both the case and wallpaper for a mirrored back-and-front look. All of the customization is done from a simple web app available on Google’s website and cases come in a choice of matte or glossy finishes.

Already available directly from Google, these cases are sure to appeal to those who are tired of the boring everyday blank or bulky case and for a relatively cheap sum, allow them to show off their artistic streak right on their device.

HTC May Make Google Nexus Phones for Next Three Years

With Android N making waves in the news cycle, it’s no surprise that some talk inevitably strays towards Google Nexus phones. So far, we are halfway into the lifecycle for the Nexus 5X and 6P but talk is out about the next generation of Nexus phones. According to the latest rumours, HTC may play a major role in future Nexus’s, with the Taiwanese firm set to produce phones for Google for the next three years. This supports earlier reports that LG will not be producing a Nexus phone this year.

HTC and Google have a long history together, with the Nexus One and Nexus 9 both being partnerships. It makes a lot of sense for Google to settle on a single firm to produce a number of Nexus phones as it simplifies development and support as well as providing some sense of design consistency. So far, only Samsung has had back to back Google Nexus phones and along with LG, the only two to have more than one Nexus phone.

The deal also makes sense for HTC and Google as the device firm has been struggling in the hyper-competitive smartphone market. A Nexus device would give HTC a good boost in sales, marketing and revenue it so desperately needs to maintain their business. This makes sense because if HTC is desperate, they may be more willing to comply with Google’s increasingly strict Nexus guidelines. Hopefully, the new HTC Nexus phones will be as sleek as HTC’s own upcoming flagship and won’t have the giant screen Google seems to love.

Google Release Developer Preview of Android N

In a move surprising many, today Google revealed they would be unveiling Android N to the public very, very early as a developer preview. This Android preview build is even easier to install on devices than ever before too, with supported devices allowing users to opt-in to the new Android Beta Program that would allow them to install the Android N preview like a regular update, and receive iterative updates via OTA. Currently, devices supported by the Android Beta Program include the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Nexus 9, and Pixel C, with Android N also available on the official Android emulator.

While this brand new build of Android touts an array of new features, the most attractive being the new multi-window mode, allowing users to take better advantage of the screen real-estate that modern devices possess. The function works in both portrait and landscape screen orientations, as well as providing an array of options as to how multi-windows should be handled, including the choice of a TV-like picture-in-picture mode aimed at use with video apps.

Other additions to Android in this version include direct reply notifications, allowing users to respond to messages conveniently from the notification, and the option for all notifications from a single app to be bundled together and viewed individually using gestures. Also included is improved efficiency through a new version of Marshmallow Doze to save battery and numerous tweaks behind the scenes to optimize memory usage and the speed of background processes. Developers will also be able to make use of new Java 8 features from Android N onwards.

This is still a very early build of Android N, so it is obviously not advisable to use this on an everyday device, with Google releasing it so early in order to collect developer feedback earlier than usual and allow for an easier handoff of the full version to device manufacturers by summer. Hopefully, these moves by Google will result in an even better version of Android than ever.

LG Won’t Make Another Nexus Phone This Year

LG and Google have made a great team in recent years, together developing a number of phones as part of Google’s Nexus range that provided high-quality devices at a budget-friendly price point. If anyone was hoping for another new Nexus phone from LG this year, though, they’ll be sorely disappointed as an LG spokesperson revealed to CNET at Mobile World Congress that they won’t be developing a successor to the Nexus 5X and that “LG needs to focus on its own brand.”

While LG has really put themselves in the smartphone game with the successes of the Nexus 4, 5 and 5X, the move away from Nexus this year makes sense for the company. Their brand-new device, the LG G5 is just on the horizon and set to go head-to-head with the Samsung S7 and other flagship phones due out in 2016. This means that while LG still maintains that they are “totally happy” with their relationship with Google and work on Nexus phones, the resources to fuel both the G5 to its fullest potential and develop a brand new Nexus device simply don’t exist. Making Nexus devices just doesn’t bring in the money and brand recognition that can be found in releasing higher budget flagship devices, with the Google brand taking most of the recognition and the devices selling with relatively small profit margins.

Making Nexus devices just doesn’t bring in the money and brand recognition that can be found in releasing higher budget flagship devices, with the Google brand taking most of the recognition and the devices selling with relatively small profit margins. Hopefully, LG will continue to work on Nexus devices beyond the immediate future, however, as I am sure myself and many others would be saddened to see such solid budget devices from LG disappear.

Motorola Admits Nexus 6 Was Too Big But Google Wanted It Big

When the Nexus 6 was first revealed, the first thing of us, myself included, noticed was the massive screen size. At 6 inches, the phone was a gigantic phablet and exceeded the limits already set by Samsung’s similarly large Note series. While the current market has regular flagships pushing 6 inches as well, Motorola is admitting that it was a mistake at the time.

“I think it was one of those where we were like ‘is [screen size] going to continue to go up?’ I think unfortunately, that was one of the products that was going to be the example of no, it’s not. So now we know.”

Motorola wasn’t alone in the blame though. According to Chief Marketing Officer Adrienne Hayes speaking to techradar, the move to the larger screen size was driven mostly by Google. As we know, Google exerts a lot of control over the Nexus design process, even more so as Motorola was Google-owned back then.

“[Google] wanted the screen size – we could have built it with same display size as the Moto X”

The biggest issue, however, wasn’t the large screen size. After all, the Note series and other equally massive phones have been selling well back  then and now. The problem was that there was no smaller 5-inch alternative, something Google rectified with the simultaneous launch fo the Nexus 6P and 5X. Having picked up the Nexus 5 myself at that point, I would have likely chosen a refreshed 5-inch model instead had it been available. Hopefully, Google will continue to offer more screen size options for the Nexus line in the future.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt HD Reworked Project Updated

The beauty of modding a game to improve the graphics is more often than not in the little details. Tweaking some lighting, smoke effects, adding better grass textures, making water look clearer, and so on. The Wicher 3 HD Project has been doing a lot of work to tweak and improve almost every aspect of the games textures and models, and while it already has a huge impact on improving the fidelity of this already fantastic looking game, it just keeps on getting better and better.

Modder ‘HalkHoga’ released the latest version of his HD texture pack for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. While not the biggest update in the packs history, version 2.6 helps improve some LOD issues with the rock in the game and while that doesn’t sound like much, it’s made a big difference in a game that’s heavily populated with rock and stone structures. To help even further, their textures have been improved and further optimized.

“Toadstools!” I hear you cry. OK, maybe not, but you’ll be thinking about being impressed (maybe) when you hear that Toadstool textures have been upped from 256×256/128×128 to a much more detailed 1024×512/1024/512. As I said before, the devil is in the details and when you start going through a game like this, all these little changes add up to a big visual impact.

If you want to upgrade to the latest version, or even install it for the first time, you can head over to the Nexus Mods page and grab the files, which can also be quickly installed using NMM too. If you want to check out even more mods for The Witcher 3, head on over to the main Nexus page and get downloading, there’s lot to choose from and you can really push the limits of the games graphics engine as far as you desire.

Google Plans to Tighten Grip On Nexus Hardware

The Nexus lineup from Google is one of the most popular brands for the Android ecosystem, with decent hardware paired with a no-frills OS build. According to the latest rumours, Google is looking to invest more into their Nexus hardware and take greater control over the design and building. Right now, Nexus devices are built-in partnership with OEMs like LG, Motorola, Huawei, HTC and Samsung.

While Google taking on more control to do they feel best with the Nexus brand is no surprise, the rumours suggest that Google will go far as an “Apple-like” approach. In fact, the report suggests that Google wants to bring in all the design work itself and simply issue orders to the OEMs, just like Apple does to Foxconn. This means the OEMs will become glorified hardware partners only there to handle the manufacturing side of things.

Google is understandably conflicted over such a change, as it could alienate their hardware vendors which want their own input and branding associated with the phone. On the other hand, Apple has been steadily growing and Google wants more control over the Android ecosystem in order to better compete. Google already has considerable input into how Nexus devices are designed and built though so this may not be such a drastic change.

For this new Nexus device, Google is reportedly looking get HTC, one of their weaker and likely more desperate OEM partner, to build the device. HTC has recently been struggling to sell phones and probably needs as much help as they can get. Unfortunately, HTC won’t get any branding for the new Nexus and Google will be taking a big cut of the sales price. Whether this works for HTC and Google and how other Android partners react remains to be seen.

First Fallout 4 Mod ‘Enhanced Wasteland’ Released

Tired of the same old dusty look to your wasteland? Of course you’re not, most of you have barely even started playing Fallout 4, let alone getting bored with it! However, if your eyes are telling you that the game could do with a slight visual kick up the backside, then you’ll want to check out the new mod on Nexusmods.

“Enhanced Wasteland is a ReShade/SweetFX Preset. The goal of this preset was to slightly add more vibrance to the wasteland environment in Fallout 4 and make it appear less washed out. There is also usage of other settings that I think make the game look better. You can check out the screenshots to see how it will look in-game.”

Enhanced Wasteland is a fairly simple mod, but the visual impact is certainly noticeable. Using ReShade/SweetFX presets, it tweaks the lighting, vibrance, shadows and a few other effects to give the games visuals a little more beauty and flair.

The team have done a great job with building the world of Fallout 4, but we all know that the truly greatest aspect of Bethesda games comes after the release date. There’s a very talented modding community out there already working hard on making this game better. So while this may be a simple mod, expect some much bigger ones to be revealed very soon.

You can download Enhanced Wasteland from NexusMods here.

Which mods are you hoping to see released for Fallout 4?

University of Cambridge Study Shows 87% of Android Devices Insecure

For those watching the Android ecosystem, it is plain to see that mobile OS suffers heavily from a casual security policy. However, the number of devices that are actually vulnerable to known security flaws can be hard to pinpoint. A University of Cambridge Study has found that 87.7% of active Android devices are vulnerable to at least 1 of 11  serious known exploits.

Starting from 2011, the University conducted a survey using Device Analyzer of over 20,400 Android devices and scanned them for version and build information. By comparing the versioning and when vulnerabilities were discovered, it turns out that only a small portion of the ecosystem were secure or maybe secure (specialised fix).

Much of the blame for this situation appears to rest with the OEMs. By considering the number of devices without vulnerabilities (Free), running the latest version (Update), and the average number of vulnerabilities on unpatched devices (Mean), the researchers came up with a FUM score out of 10. Given the lackluster effort OEMs put into their updates, it’s not surprising that all scored below 5. Even the famed Nexus phones fared little better at a measly 5.3 with the closest OEM, LG coming in at 4.

With OEMs generally only patching flagship devices and not even for that long, it looks like the Android ecosystem need an overhaul to address security. With Google only offering 3 years of patches from launch, even the Nexuses can stand to do much better. As the devices last longer and longer, the Android ecosystem should consider security updates for at least 3 years since the devices was last sold officially. Until Android changes to allow security patches to be made easier, it’s unlikely OEMs will put in the effort to ensure long-term security.

Google May Bring Back Cheaper Nexus Devices

With Google set to drop their new 2015 Nexus phones in just several hours, we’re getting word now on the expected pricing. According to the latest leaks, Google will be bringing back cheap pricing back to the Nexus lineup. Replacing the Nexus 5, the 5X will come in at $379 while the 6P will succeed the Nexus 6 at $499. Both prices are lower than what the Nexus 6 originally launched for a year ago.

Both the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 launched well below the market price for a flagship at the time. The base Nexus 4 sold for $299 while the Nexus 5 only cost $350. Last year, Google ended the trend with the Nexus 6, releasing the phablet at $650. While still cheaper than some other OEM flagships, many Nexus  fans were disappointed that they could no longer get what was essentially near flagship hardware running stock Android for cheap.

While specifications for the 6P have been sparse, we already know quite a bit about the 5X. Overall, the 5X will be a minor upgrade over the 5 with slightly improved CPU and GPU thanks to the 64bit Snapdragon 808 Soc and Adreno 418 GPU. Ram however, stays the same at 2GB and capacities are expected to be 16/32GB again, with the microSD slot still missing. The cameras do get a bump to 12.3/5MP, up from 8/1.3 while the battery improves by about 17% to 2700mAh. Given the increased price, we can expect the 6P to offer a spec bump to a Snapdragon 810 with 3GB of ram. Stay tuned for the official launch in just a few hours!

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Amazon India Lists Nexus 5X Specifications Before Official Announcement

Amazon India has mistakenly listed the Nexus 5X prior to Google’s official announcement and provides key information about the handset’s technical capabilities. According to the store page, the Nexus 5X features a 5.2-inch full HD display with a pixel density of 423ppi. Additionally, the device utilizes a Snapdragon 808 processor running at 1.8GHz with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. The main rear camera is 12.3 megapixels while the front shooter is a respectable 5 megapixel sensor. Apparently, the handset supports LTE connectivity and integrates a 2700 mAh battery.

The product page also includes information about the various colour options. In total, the Nexus 5X comes in Charcoal Black, Quartz White and Ice Blue. Amazon India displayed the weight at 177g and dimensions of 15.4 x 1 x 7.6cm. Unfortunately, the listing has now been removed and it’s unknown if these specifications are genuine. It does seem a little contradictory though as the weight is heavier than much larger 5.5-inch handsets. Although, I think the core specification is about spot-on and I’m interested to see if there’s any expansion slot for additional storage.

Another issue appears to be the rather mediocre battery. If the listing is true, then I highly doubt the handset will offer the kind of battery life people expect from the Nexus product line. However, this could be a more budget-orientated model.

Thank you AndroidCentral for providing us with this information. 

Google Hosting Event on September 29th

Google has finalized the event date for its hardware launch presentation and already sent out invitations to members of the press. The event will take place on Tuesday September 29th and begin at 9AM PT. There’s a great deal of speculation regarding Google’s hardware announcements, but information suggests the main headline will be the latest Nexus 5. In theory, there could be two models, one from Hauwei and another from LG. The Nexus 6 is a beautiful handset, but the 5.9″ display is overkill for many users and cannot be comfortably held in one hand.

In theory, the Hauwei Nexus could be similar to the Honor 7 which integrates an astonishingly responsive fingerprint scanner. Other reveals could include a new Chromecast or audio streaming device. With the announcement of the revised Apple TV, it seems an appropriate time for Google to update their budget-friendly media streaming dongle. However, it will be interesting to see if the form factor or specifications have changed. On another note, it’s possible Google could discuss more about the company’s restructuring and Alphabet name. In terms of hardware, Google has a wide array of appetizing products and the Nexus line is bound to sell extremely well and receive a great deal of press coverage.

Do you own a Nexus handset? Are you looking forward to the new one?

New Nexus 5 by LG Specifications Leaked

Coming just 2 weeks after the rumoured Nexus 5 was pictured, we’re now receiving more information about the internal of the new device. First off the most important factor, pricing should be better than the Nexus 6. That is because there is a new Nexus 6 that is also expected with flagship pricing, putting the new Nexus 5 at sub-flagship pricing. Whether or not that means about $500 pricing or something even lower remains to be seen.

Starting off, we have the Snapdragon 808 powering the phone, which is not that great a surprise. The 808 uses 2 high-speed A57 cores paired with 4 slower A53 cores in a big.LITTLE configuration and largely avoids the throttling experienced by the 810. With only two of the power hungry A57 cores, the 808 will deliver the higher IPC of the larger cores and reduces power consumption as the extra 2 A57 cores of the 810 are largely unused for now. This is backed by 3GB of ram which should help multitasking.

On the graphics side, the Adreno 418 should offer a bit better performance compared to the Adreno 330 found in the Nexus 5 and the Adreno 420 in the Nexus 6. This will be paired with a 5.2″ 1080p screen which should allow for better graphics performance compared to the Nexus 6 which had to drive a larger 1440p display. With a larger 2700mAh battery compared to the original Nexus 5, and a lower 20nm process node, battery life should be significantly improved.

For snapping pics, the shooter is upgraded to 12MP for the rear and 5MP for the front which should be a nice upgrade. Charging is done via the new USB type-C port though whether or not it supports USB 3 remains to be seen. Storage is still capped at 32GB which can be limiting given no microSD slot is expected. There was no information given about the finger print sensor pictured in earlier leaks. We will probably get more information as the Nexus 5 nears launch later this year so stay tuned!

Thank you AndroidPolice for providing us with this information

The Nexus 6 Gets a Huge Price Cut in the UK

Want to upgrade your smartphone and missed the recent price cuts? Well, it may be for the best. Motorola did slash its prices a while ago, making its Moto X up for grabs at £229 for the 16GB version and £269 for the 32GB version. Nexus 6 also saw a slight £80 cut, bringing it down to £399 for the 32GB version and £469 for the 64GB version. But I know it was still too steep, so I don’t think it drew a lot of attention.

The recent price cuts comes from the Google Store, where the Nexus 6 has now hit an all-time low price. You can grab it for £304 for the 32GB model and £379 for the 64 GB model. Now that’s a huge price drop from the previous £479 and £549 price tags it previously had.

The only problem here is that we don’t know if the price cut is temporary or permanent. The safe bet is that if you have the money now, it’s time to clear out your account and buy it before it jumps back to its original price. In my opinion, the flashgrip is really worth it for what it has to offer and with a price tag such as the one above, you will definitely be making a smart investment.

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Android 5.1 Officially Announced

Google first announced that Android 5.1 is coming on Android One, giving a lot of reference to the software and stating that it is targeting developing countries. Now, the company has officially announced Android 5.1 via the Android blog .

At first glance, the latest Android seems to bring minor updates. However, Google states that it will be serving to “improves stability and performance” over 5.0. Aside from the latter, Android 5.1 also comes with support for multiple SIM slots and HD voice, along with a new security feature named Device Protection.

Google’s Device Protection feature seems to be working similar to Apple’s security measure, having it in place in case the phone is lost and stolen. Users are required to sign into their Google accounts to unlock the device and the protection survives even if the handset suffers a factory reset.

While we know that Google will be rolling out Android 5.1, we still do not know exactly when. However, AOSP and Nexus devices should be the first handsets to receive the latest update.

Thank you Arstechnica for providing us with this information

Apple Acquisition of AuthenTec Meant No Nexus 6 Fingerprint Scanner

Back in 2012, Apple purchased biometrics company AuthenTec with the intention of including their fingerprint scanning technology in future iPhones and iPads. That technology became Apple’s Touch ID, first included with the iPhone 5s in 2013 and all iOS devices since. What we didn’t know, was that Motorola intended to incorporate this into their Nexus 6, but Apple’s acquisition left all but a tiny remnant of the company’s plans.

That remnant, according to former Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside, is the indentation that now holds the Motorola logo on the rear of the Nexus 6. Yes, that small dimple you see in the picture above.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Woodside says that Apple’s acquisition of AuthenTec meant no biometrics for the Nexus 6.

“Indeed, the 6-inch Nexus 6, he can now admit, was stymied by just one of those big players. A dimple on the back that helps users hold the device should, in fact, have been rather more sophisticated. “The secret behind that is that it was supposed to be fingerprint recognition, and Apple bought the best supplier. So the second best supplier was the only one available to everyone else in the industry and they weren’t there yet,” says Woodside.”

At least we all know what the dimple was for now.

Source: The Telegraph Via: 9to5Mac

Tired of Skyrim? Mods Make Oblivion Look Better Than Ever!

Skyrim was built from the ground up to be mod friendly and since it’s release it has become one of the best looking games ever to grace a PC screen. However, its predecessor, Oblivion, is still getting lots of love and attention from the modding community. Oblivion is still my favourite Elder Scrolls games, it has some great quests and a fantastic storyline that more than warrant a return to Tamriel.

Modding Oblivion is incredibly easy and there are several very popular mods that you can download and install with relative ease. Assuming you have a fast internet connection, you could get similar results to the images below in just a few hours; a small price to pay for what could be hundreds of hours of re-exploring the games sizable environment.

The results of these images are not from one mod, but a combination of texture mods, charector mods and a whole lot more. The right thing to do is to head over to or a similar site and find all the mods you want to create a unique game world that you’ll enjoy. Go forth, get installing mods and enjoy the world of Oblivion once more!

Images courtesy of Imgur.

Unglued-Gate? Complaints of Nexus 6 Back Covers Becoming Unglued

It has been noted that there have been a rise in Nexus 6 owners complaining about the back covers of their phones becoming unglued. A number of publications have written about the issue, while users have been complaining on Reddit and Twitter.

Users in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom have all complained of the problem, where the rear shell appears to become disconnected from the phone’s casing. While an exact cause has not yet been found, a number of users have suggested that it could be caused by the battery expanding.

The Times of India says that Motorola have acknowledged the issue and users have been reporting that the company has offered them replacement devices. For some users however, including the one seen bellow and another on Reddit, both their original and the replacement have had the issue.

Source: 9to5Google, The Times of India

Square Bringing Apple Pay to Small Businesses

We’ve recently reported on Apple Pay coming to your mobile phone through their technology advancements, now news has come to light that a credit card processing service for small firms called Square is looking to bring it to the wider audience. The original list of participating Apple Pay stores was completely dominated by big names, leaving the small fish in some hot water.

In basic terms, Square is described as a mobile credit-card reader that allows a small business to process payments without needing a terminal. Originally seen as a competitor to Apple Pay, Square’s founder Jack Dorsey has publicly stated that his companies service is designed to function as  “a [cash] register, and this register accepts all these forms of payments”, not a competitor to Apple’s newly announced technology. Adding to this, he is planning to integrate Apple Pay compatibility into his existing model with development said to commence in 2015.

CNN reported that this change will require a hardware update into Square’s existing technology, which currently serves as a module that plugs into smartphones. However, we’ve come to learn that most smartphones with NFC capabilities will quite possibly allow Square’s Apple Pay integration to work flawlessly without touching any hardware upgrades. If you’re a small business and are planning to use Apple pay, it’s about time you grabbed yourself a Nexus 5 or later model phone.

This is some good news for small business owners for sure, once again opening up another portal for their customers to pay with ease. We’re waiting with baited breath to see if, when and how Apple Pay takes off in the mainstream market.

Image courtesy of Engadget

Nexus 6 Battery Life Put to the Test

As phone specifications become increasingly powerful, so does the need for sufficient battery life. If you’re an active phone user like I am, you’ll eventually have to come to terms with carrying a potable battery pack and charging cable wherever you go – often feeling like you’re married to the thing.

So how does the brand new Nexus 6 compare to the others? Unlike Samsung’s offerings but similar to the iPhone models, you cannot remove the battery of your Nexus – meaning that if your cells start to die or you’re on the run without a charging port, you’re gonna have a bad time.

Equipped with a 3220 mAh battery from factory, the 5.9-inch HD screen is set to be the bane of your batteries existence. Factory results claim that the Nexus will grant you a continuous web-browsing session of 7 hours and 53 minutes in length, rating it 9th in current mobile releases. When comparing this to the Nexus 5’s 2300 mAh battery and 4 hour 50 minute browsing time it seems like they’ve made a rather big improvement.

Taking a look into the charging time for this model, a full charge takes only 98 minutes – closely matching the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 at 95 minutes total time. Number one spot however goes to the Oppo Find 7A at 82 minutes.

The increase in battery sizing is something that is becoming common among new releases as the power is more heavily demanded – now I can only hope that a 3500 mAh after-market battery could be purchased for my Samsung S4 which tends to consistently run out of juice before the days end – no matter how light the usage may be.

Is the Nexus 6 a phone that you’re considering? For me, the lack of replaceable battery and SD card support is something that makes the decision a little hard to pick one up. But comparing it to others, it’s certainly a more sturdy feel at a great price-point.

Cover courtesy of Tech Crunch
Inset image courtesy of Chiphell

Apple Vs Android -iPhone 6 is Just an Old Nexus 4?

The Apple Vs Android argument will be ongoing until the end of time – Apple fans often claiming that the iPhone ‘just works’ and Android fans claiming of the latest technology and lowest prices. Both parties have good points, but are you paying way too much for your iPhone with possibly outdated technology?

The comparison shot above has been circulating around popular image boards and social media websites as of late, showcasing how Apple’s brand new iPhone 6’s premium features match that of something released almost two years ago by Google.

One thing this image doesn’t list however is the backend specifications of the phone, meaning there is no RAM or CPU model or speed noted, without taking this into account however this begs the question – is the iPhone really worth the price tag? But to put it into context, Googles Nexus 4 contains a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro and 2GB of internal RAM compared to Apple’s iPhone 6 with a faster 64-bit, A8 CPU but smaller 1GB of RAM.

As a whole – you’ll be paying $199 for the Nexus 4 8GB, compared to a much larger $869 for the iPhone 6.

Personally, I’m not a fanboy either way – but it does make you stop and think. Are you upgrading to the new iPhone 6? We want to know why you prefer Apple’s product over its competitors – is it the interface, are you happier with their design? Or maybe something else has got you hooked.

Image courtesy of CNet

Google are Replacing every Broken Nexus 5

Phones break all the time, whether they are dropped, flushed, stepped on, run over, thrown – you name it. According to some unfortunately Nexus 5 phone destroyers, the Google Play Store will send you a shiny new (refurbished) Nexus 5 for free.

This deal is valid only to U.S customers currently, so unfortunately the rest of us miss out. What’s even better? It doesn’t matter how you broke your original device – no questions asked!

We’ve learned though, this isn’t the first straight up replacement policy for smartphones (or all technology). Motorola and HTC offer free replacements alongside peripheral manufacturer Logitech being widely known for a straight up replacement policy even on their oldest gear. Googles swap deal is rumored to be due to Google wanting to clear a pile of Nexus 5’s they have in stock.

Is this a logical reason to go for the Nexus 5 over its Apple competitor? Quite possibly. It’s quite often that you see people wandering around with the infamous busted screen, unable or wanting to pay the few hundred-dollar replacement for a store to whisk it off to phone surgery. Or people being unwilling to learn how to replace said screen themselves.

It’s been said that this offer is available as a “one-time service to valued customers”, so make sure you put in your best ‘business voice’ when calling the centre!

Image courtesy of Android and Me

Check Out These Incredible Skyrim Character Mods

The Elder Scrolls series draws in modders like no other game, the development community is still working hard on pushing the limits of Morrowind, and that games has been out for twelve years, so just imagine how much further people intend to develop for Skyrim and what that will look like in another nine or ten years time!

One thing is for certain, despite only having three years to work on Skyrim, modders are really pushing the limit of what is possible. I haven’t played Skyrim in over a year, when I had loads of mods installed and the game looked nothing like the original, almost every detail had been tweaked. Now after recently re-installing my copy of the game and dumping about 50 updated and new mods on to it, compared to a year ago I can safely say it looks significantly improved, now with this new wave of mods that level of detail is about to go even higher.

We don’t have a full run down of every mod used here, as it’s likely that many environment and ENB tweaks have been used to get awesome screenshots. However, if you head on over to SkyrimNexus and ENBSeries to check out the work of pastrana, WorshipTheSatan, LucidAPs, LiaN82, forbeatn, Insomnia, Dinkledorf, xmacrosx, VictoriaG, XiNAVRO, bmagno20, ShinglesCat, jesusoden and zzjay, then you should be able to achieve similar results to the images below, enjoy!

Thank you DSO for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of DSO.

This Is What Skyrim Looks Like With Just One Mod [video]

This Skyrim Mod has actually been out for a couple of months now, but there are literally tens of thousands of mods out there, and since I missed this one the first time around, it is likely that many of you have too.

This is just a single mod for Skyrim, albeit one that changes damn near every aspect of the game into something completely and utterly bonkers, especially when compared with the somewhat desolate snow covered peaks that the game is known for.

Super Skyrim Bros changes weapons, costumes, sound effects, enemies and a vast amount of the games world to become the different worlds you would expect to find in the Mario game series.

Just look at some of the latest additions to the mod in the last update to get an idea of how much is changed, as well as the level of madness you can expect to enjoy while tearing around this overhaul.

  • Coins pick up on touch
  • Dusty Dunes world
  • Goomba King stage boss
  • Waluigi stage boss
  • Ninji enemy
  • Pokey enemy
  • Spiny enemy
  • One handed hammers
  • Mega Mallet
  • Staff of Koopa Shell
  • Conjure goomba Spell Tomb
  • Stamina Mushrooms
  • Magicka Mushrooms
  • Poison Mushrooms
  • Invincibility stars
  • Warp Zones
  • New areas
  • New Prizes at the Coin exchange Prize Wheel
  • Added maze hint in Pipe Dungeon world
  • Plumbers Gloves
  • New Sounds
  • New lighting in some interiors

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Well, what are you waiting for go download this thing! It’s available on Skyrim Nexus right here. Got any other crazy Skyrim mods you know about, leave us a comment below with your favourites.

Motorola Rumored to be Making Google’s Next-Gen Nexus Smartphone

There have been a lot of rumors going around in regards to the upcoming Nexus device. Google has apparently been keeping the information sealed, having previous rumors point to LG being the manufacturer for the next Nexus handset. The latter information proved to be incoherent, drawing attention to the Android Silver program and the possibility of the upcoming Nexus handset being part of the program.

The latest rumor however beats them all. Google’s former smartphone manufacturer, Motorola, which the search giant sold to Lenovo, is apparently in charge of manufacturing the handset. Compared to the previous rumors, this one is said to come straight from Android Police, backing the information to a certain extent. However, given the wide range of information and lack of something concrete, even Android Police could be shooting off in the wrong direction with the Motorola rumor.

All in all, Motorola is said to be working on a new smartphone in collaboration with Google. The project’s codename is said to be Shamu, which has been reported to be primarily aimed at US carriers and other big-named carriers around the world. This information is apparently the link between the new handset and the two parties working on it, since the carriers are said to most likely handle the Nexus 5.

The Shamu handset is said to feature a 5.9-inch screen and a fingerprint sensor, having the latter as another clue which points to the upcoming Nexus handset and the technology it features. The Nexus handset is said to have been given a launch date for November. More information is bound to come as the launch date draws near.

Thank you TweakTown for providing us with this information

HTC And Google Join Forces For Upcoming Nexus 6

As far as Android mobile handsets go, to me there is only one model series that should be taken in to consideration. This is of course the Nexus line. At the start of last year and after a lot of research and recommendations, I jumped onto the Android bandwagon and to be honest I don’t know why I didn’t do it beforehand. The sheer power that is at your fingertips is leaps and bounds ahead of many rival handsets that are part of the Android family, but also Windows and Apple.

The Nexus 5 is Google’s current flagship handset and like its older sibling – the Nexus 4, production was awarded to LG and this partnership has seen one of the biggest success stories that as been seen in the Android market in the last couple of years.

With the latest generation of the nexus family currently in development and many rumours about the specification circling around, word is now spreading that HTC are likely to be the lead partner in the Nexus 6’s production. If these latest rumours do transpire to be true then we are looking at some grass-roots heritage coming through as HTC themselves were the first brand to bring an Android phone to market.

With a speculated launch to be around the end of this year we are still a long way off seeing any confirmed specifications, but that is not to say that word is about. Upgrades to the processor, display, camera and operating system are all standard things to expect and like the current Nexus 5 we are expecting to see a minimum of a 5.2″ full HD display topped with the latest Corning Gorilla Glass creation – this latest generation of glass along with an improved body may even give the handset water and dust resistant properties. Under the surface a quad-core 800 series Snapdragon processor paired with around 2-3GB of RAM would kick the Nexus 6 into gear, an upgraded 16MP camera would boost the already great picture quality, whilst 16 or 32GB of storage would match the current specification of the N5.

With rumours being what they are we have also caught word from a couple of sources that there may be 64 or 128GB models forecast, although I think a 128GB is taking things a bit too far at this moment in time. We will get the usual array of connectivity options such as Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi and 4G although it would be good to see full USB-OTG support to make an appearance as well.

Obviously the specifications are all an unknown entity at this moment in time and if you look at a wide number of sources, the specifications will vary quite considerably – and we don’t even have word on the pricing ladder either. All we can say is that if HTC are the official partners for the Nexus 6 then we may be seeing some inspiration come in from the One X+, giving the Nexus 6 and the new release of the Android OS – dubbed to be called Lollipop to edge it needs to take things to the next level.