After rumors about the S6 build quality, Samsung has issued a statement complete with a video detailing its own bending test. The company claims that the SquareTrade test does not indicate typical usage scenarios and is also not indicative of the phone's face-down rigidity.
In the Samsung video, which opens up with a quick disclaimer, that it's not inspired by sadistic desires, the complete bend test routine is shown on both the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge. A three point rig is set up with the appropriate software to measure the applied force.
To put an everyday meaning into the numbers a set of 5 pencils is subjected to the same test and reaches a breaking point just shy of the 80lbf (108Nm) mark. Then the Galaxy S6 takes the stage and survives a slightly larger force just fine, returning to its original shape. The Galaxy S6 edge fares equally well, both face down and up.
HTC is still publishing it's main OEM system Apps on the Play store for easier updates regardless of firmware versions, operator approval. Today, HTC just published it's Video Player App for HTC Sense. The App is available to a selected HTC devices.
This is the same video player that's built inside HTC's Sense UI layer, with multiple format decoding, gesture controls (two-finger swipes act as FF and RW for example), streaming, still image capturing, and subtitle support. The player also allows a few simple editing tweaks like trimming and playback speed adjustment for slow-motion videos.
You can download the HTC video player version 6.5 APK from the link below, or wait until the update hits your HTC device via Google Play Store.
Google took the wraps off the first Project Ara modular phone that will be commercially available at a dedicated developer conference. Dubbed Spiral 2, the handset will first launch in Puerto Rico in the second half of this year.
The Project Ara Spiral 2 model specifications include dual application processors (Marvell PXA1928 and Tegra K1). A 720p display, 5MP camera, microUSB port, battery, and speaker are also part of the setup. Network connectivity options consist of 3G modem, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.
There are 11 working modules for the Project Ara 2 smartphone. Google plans to have as many as thirty options available by the end of this year. Watch the Promo video below!
Google has finally released the Android Auto app on the Play Store, This app will let you use Android Auto in your car. The head units with Android Auto started shipping in the US a while ago but couldn't be used because there was no app on the phone to interface with them, but that shouldn't be a problem anymore.
Android Auto is Google's take on integrating smartphone functionality into your car's entertainment system. It allows you to not just make and receive calls, which you can already even with some of the basic head units, but also voice to set reminders, use navigation, play music, listen to messages. and a lot more. Apple has something similar for iOS devices in the form of CarPlay.
We already posted first Exclusive Teaser of the Lexus Hoverboard, which the company's claims it's the World's first ridable hoverboard. Today, Lexus published the 2nd Teaser showing its hover board "floating on air", giving us a closer look at it.
This "Back to the future" Hoverboard is using a very complicated superconductive technology. The team is using magnetic levitation with liquid nitrogen-cooled superconductors and permanent magnets to give the hoverboard frictionless movement of a kind that had been thought impossible.
Lexus is said to officially announce this hoverboard later this year and we are waiting on fire for it. Check out the two mind-blowing Teasers below.