Best Tablet Android Smartphones 2016

Phablet smartphones have taken off in recent years, and the idea of owing a bigger smartphone is only expected to increase in upcoming years. As we reflect on where the Phablet came from, it started in a time when most consumers looked the other way. Four years ago Samsung introduced us to the Galaxy Note Phablet which has truly changed the way we think of larger, and more practical smartphones.

With the changing times and people becoming more reliant on mobile devices, the popularity has increased significantly in Phablet sized smartphones. The once solo Galaxy Note series has since been replicated by other manufacturers such as Apple, LG, Sony, and others.

With the upcoming releases many manufacturers have jumped on-board which leads us into previewing the Top 3 Phablet Android Smartphones 2016.

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3. Sony Xperia Z5 Ultra

The Sony Xperia Z5 Ultra is rumored to be released along the Xperia Z5, but will be a bigger, premium version of the Z5. Rumored to feature a robust 6.1” display, the Z5 Ultra will be the largest on this list of upcoming Phablets for 2016.

The Z5 Ultra will sport many of the similar specs of its smaller counterpart including a 4K QHD display, 4200 mAh battery, octa-core processor, 24 MP rear camera, and a 6 MP front-facing camera. The Ultra will also include feature all of the standard health related sensors along with a fingerprint scanner and waterproof feature.

The Sony Xperia Z5 Ultra release date is expected to be the same day as the Z5 and smaller Z5 compact, which is expected to be during Q2 of 2016.

2. LG G Flex 3

The LG G Flex 3 will be an amazing follow-up to the curve appeal of the G Flex 2. Remaining consistent with the previous releases, LG will be introducing something even more amazing in the G Flex 3 concept. Rumored to feature a true foldable design that’s expected to compliment the larger, 5.8” display.

The LG G Flex 3 is expected to be slightly larger than the G Flex 2, and will sport a 4K display with a ppi of over 540. Beefing up the processing speed of the LG G Flex 2, the 3rd release is rumored to boast a 2.9 GHZ octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Other elements including the battery, RAM, and camera specs will certainly see an upgrade as well.

1. Samsung Galaxy Note 6

Was there any doubt of which Phablet Android smartphone for 2016 would top this list? The Galaxy Note series is where the concept of the Phablet started, and instead of remaining stagnant over the years, they have continue to invent the idea of what a Phablet should be. Everything from the look, feel, speed, and all that is inside is expected to make the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 the best of the best.

Samsung has big plans for all of their Android smartphones 2016 as some of the best features may not be what’s specifically in the phone itself. Many Samsung peripherals are expected to be integrated into the Note 6 concept including the Gear VR headset and the new Gear smartwatch in 2016.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 6 is rumored to feature a 28 MP rear camera, 7 MP front camera, 5 GB RAM, 2.9 GHZ octa-core processor, 4K 6” screen. The Note 6 will feature a non-removable 4200 mAh battery, wireless charging, and a quick charging plus feature.

How Will the IOS iPhone 7 Match up with the Top 3 Phablet Android Smartphones for 2016

One either loves IOS or Android, but there is usually no in-between. You’re either an Apple lover for life or Android enthusiast, and it will be interesting to see how the upcoming iPhone 7 matches up with the top 3 Phablet Android Smartphones 2016.

All including the Sony Xperia Z5 Ultra, LG G Flex 3, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 will undeniably fare well against the iPhone 7 when it comes to specs and features. Those loyal to Android will probably seek one of the top 3 Android Phablets for 2016 above, and those loyal to Apple will likely go for the iPhone 7.


LG is building the Nexus 5

After months of speculation about who Google will team up with for its next Nexus device, it looks like LG could be the one to build this year’s Nexus 5.

According to Android Pit a source has confirmed that LG will be building the Nexus 5 (2015) – though an official name has yet to be announced.

Rather than basing the Nexus 5 (2015) on its latest flagship, the LG G4, it is claimed that LG will be creating the new handset from scratch.

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Huawei MIA?

If true, the choice of going with LG for the next Nexus 5 is not too surprising, as LG built the previous Nexus 5, but we’ve also heard strong rumours that Chinese manufacturer Huawei would be creating a Nexus device.

So does this mean we won’t be seeing a Huawei Nexus smartphone? Not necessarily. For a start, the rumour of LG making the Nexus 5 (2015) hasn’t been verified, so nothing is set in stone.

We’ve also heard that Google could be planning on releasing two new Nexus phones this year, while another rumour suggested that Huawei would be building a larger Nexus device (though possibly not quite as big as the Nexus 6 phablet), with LG creating a smaller Nexus handset that could have the codename LG Angler.

The LG Angler will reportedly have a 5.2-inch screen and a battery in the region of 2700 mAh, while Huawei’s device is rumoured to have a 5.7-inch screen, a 3500 mAh battery and a Snapdragon 810 processor.

If Android Pit’s source is correct then we may see an LG Nexus device this year, but it doesn’t mean Huawei is out of the race either. As we approach the launch of Android M later this year, we should find out more about how many Nexus devices – and who’s building them – soon.

LG G Flex2 With 5.5-Inch

The LG G Flex2, launched in India last month, has been made available to buy in the country on Thursday. The curved display smartphone is priced at Rs. 54,990, and was first globally introduced at CES 2015.

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To recall, the LG G Flex2 when announced back in January, was the first smartphone to run Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 (a 64-bit octa-core SoC). It is coupled with the Adreno 430 GPU and 2GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The single-SIM smartphone runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and features a 5.5-inch full-HD curved P-OLED display with a 1080×1920 pixels resolution and a 403ppi pixel density.

The LG G Flex2’s display has a 700mm-radius curvature, while the back is slightly sharper with a 650mm-radius curvature for grip. LG says the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 has been toughened approximately 20 percent from the previous generation with the firm’s own special chemical treatment technology – LG calls this Dura-Guard glass. The whole phone is supposedly 30 percent more durable than the original.

The company has also improved upon the ‘Self Healing’ back from the original LG G Flex, and it will now get healed within 10 seconds at room temperature – significantly lower than the last-generation’s three minutes.

The LG G Flex2 sports a rear 13.0-megapixel camera with optical image stabilisation (OIS+), dual-LED two-tone flash, and laser-guided autofocus just like the LG G3. It sports a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera. The G Flex2 will come in 16GB and 32GB storage variants that are expandable via microSD card.

Connectivity options on the LG G Flex2 include 4G LTE-A with tri-band carrier aggregation, HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth Smart Ready (Apt-X) 4.1, NFC, SlimPort, GPS/ A-GPS, GLONASS, and USB 2.0. The device measures in at 149.1×75.3×7.1 – 9.4mm, and weighs 152 grams. The curved handset packs a curved embedded 3000mAh non-removable battery.

The other features include things like a simple hand ‘Gesture Shot’ recognisable from up to 1.5 metres away; ‘Gesture View’ to check last clicked shot; ‘Glance View’ to swipe down for notifications even when the screen is off, and ‘Fast Charging’ – which can charge the battery up to 50 percent in under 40 minutes. The smartphone is available in Titan Silver/16GB variant for now.

LG G4 start pre orders in UK price start at £500

LG G4 was finally announced, now LG G4 pre-orders open up in UK. Offers are currently available from various sources, including Unlocked mobile, Clove, Amazon and Expansys starting from £500.
Unlocked mobile has listed G4 in color options and two standard that is Metallic Gray and Gold for £499.87 and a black leather option for £529.87.

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Clove has also listed a quite reasonable price of £500 for the standard black and gold colors and £25 markup for the leather option. Both Amazon and Expansys listed a price tag of £599.99
It will be available at Unlocked mobile on May 25 while on Amazon and Clove on May 28.
LG comes with a 5.5 inch display with a QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and is powered by a six core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor along with 3GB of RAM. There is an 8 megapixel camera for selfies and video calls and on the back of the device there is a 16 megapixel camera with OIS and an f/1.8 aperture.

Hidden Android Secret Codes

Android is one the most popular smartphone OS ever. Developers creates various kind of backdoor within the applications and operating systems. Through these backdoor any users who have sufficient knowledge can get into the system much deeper as compare to other users. As we all know Android is an open source operating system based on Linux Kernel and developed by Google. An Android operating system is most widely used in the world. Android developers also creates many backdoor through which you can enter into the system and you can change settings. It is not meant to be used these backdoor for malicious intent because developers blocked some modes and these backdoor are the way or allow the users to enter into the system and let you become familiar to the system. In smartphone these backdoor are called “secret codes”. These are the numeric/symbolic sequences which allow you to access system settings for several uses. So here we collect some Secret Hidden Codes for Android. May be some of them not work on specific device but you can try it if you can !

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*#*#778O#*#* = Factory Data Reset
*#*#I472365#*#* = Starts a Quick GPS Test
*#*#0673#*#* OR *#*#0289#*#* = Starts Audio Test
*#*#2664#*#* = Starts Touch Screen Test
#’#273283*255*663282*#*#* = Backup Media Files
*#*#0283#*#* = Starts Packet Loopback Test
*2767*3855# = Reinstalls The Phones Firmware & Format Your Phone
*#*#232339#*#* OR *#*#526#*#* = Starts Wireless LAN Test
*#*# 1575#*#* = Starts Different GPS Tests
*#*#4636#*#*‘ = Shows Complete Information About Your Phone
*#*#2663#*#* = Shows Touch Screen Version
*#*#232337#*# = Displays Bluetooth Device Address
*#*#4986*2650468#*#* = Shows PDA, Phone Hardware, RF& Call Date
*#*#44336#*#* = Displays Build Time
*#06# = Displays IMEI Number
*#*#8255#*#* = Google Talk Service Monitoring
*#*#I II I#*#* | *‘#*#2222#*#* = Shows FTA Software Version & FTA Hardware Version
*#*#3264#*#* = Shows ROMVersion
*#*#23233I#‘*#* = Starts Bluetooth Test
*#*# 1234#’#’ = Shows PDA & Phone Firmware Information
*#*#0*#*#*= Starts LCD Display Test
*#*#0842#*#* Starts Vibration & Backlight Test
*#*#0588#*#* = Shows Proximity Sensor Test
*#*#232338#*#* = Shows Wi-Fi Mac Address
*#*#7262626#*#*= Shows Field Test
*#*#34971539#*#* = Shows Camera Update
*#*#19732840#*#* = Enables Test Mode
*#06# – Shows IMEI number
*#0*# – Shows Service Menu (Galaxy S III + )
*#*#4636#*#* – Shows Phone Information,Usage Statistics &Battery Information
*#*#34971539#*#* – Shows Detailed Camera Information
*#*#273282*255*663282*#*#* – Immediate Backup of AllMedia Files
*#*#197328640#*#* – EnablesTest Mode For Service
*#*#232339#*#* – Wireless LAN Tests
*#*#0842#*#* – Backlight & Vibration Test
*#*#2664#*#* – Touch Screen Test
*#*#1111#*#* – FTA Software Version (if 1111 does not work try 1234)
*#12580*369# – Software &Hardware Information
*#9090# – Diagnostic Configuration
*#872564# – USB Logging Control
*#9900# – System Dump Mode
*#301279# – HSDPA/HSUPA Control Menu
*#7465625# – ViewsPhone Lock Status
*#*#7780#*#* – Resets The Data Partition To Factory State
*2767*3855# – FormatsDevice to Factory State (will delete everything on phone)
##7764726 – Hidden Service Menu (forsome Motorola Droid series)
*#*#7594#*#* – EnablesDirect Powering Down of Device (once this code is entered)
*#*#273283*255*663282*#*#* –Quick Backup of All The Media Files On Your Android Device
*#*#232338#*#* – Shows Wi-Fi MAC Address
*#*#1472365#*#* – Performs a Quick GPS Test
*#*#1575#*#* – For a More Advanced GPS Test
*#*#0283#*#* – Performs a Packet Loopback Test
*#*#0*#*#* – Runs a LCD Display Test
*#*#0289#*#* – Runsan Audio Test
*#*#2663#*#* – ShowsDevice’s Touch Screen Version
*#*#0588#*#* – Performs a Proximity Sensor Test
*#*#3264#*#* – Shows RAM Version
*#*#232331#*#* – Runs Bluetooth Test
*#*#232337#*# – Shows device’s Bluetooth Address
*#*#7262626#*#* – Performs a Field Test
*#*#8255#*#* – Monitors Google Talk Service
*#*#4986*2650468#*#* – Shows Phone, Hardware, PDA, RF Call Date & Firmware Information
*#*#1234#*#* – Shows PDA & Phone Firmware Information
*#*#2222#*#* – Shows FTA Hardware Version
*#*#44336#*#* – Shows Build Time &Change List Number
*#*#8351#*#* – Enables Voice Dialing Log Mode
*#*#8350#*#* – Disables Voice Dialing Log Mode
##778 (+call) – Shows EPST Menu
*#*#7594#*#* – EnablesDirect Powering Down of device once this code is entered
*#*#232338#*#* – Shows Wi-Fi MAC Address

Specific Codes for HTC devices:-

*#*#3424#*#* – Runs HTC Function Test Program
##786# – Reverse Logistics Support
##3282# – Shows EPST Menu
##3424# – RunsDiagnostic Mode
*#*#8255#*#* – Launches Google Talk Service Monitor
##33284# – PerformsField Test
##8626337# – Runs VOCODER
*#*#4636#*#* – Shows HTC Info Menu

LG G4 QHD display teased in Official Video

LG has officially shown off a teaser of its new flagship G4 smartphone’s screen, and it’s Quad HD with upgrades.

The LG G4 is expected to be fully unveiled at the launch event on 28 April. But leading up to the big day LG has been teasing more and more parts of the handset to build up anticipation. The latest official video teaser dips into screen quality.

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Not only will the screen have a high resolution with that Quad HD display but it’ll also be brighter, 25 per cent brighter than the G3 according to the video. The video also claims the new screen will have a 20 per cent wider colour range than the G3. LG calls this its Quantum Display.

The video shows the front glass of the handset going right to the edge of the phone but in reality we’re expecting a bezel beneath to stop the screen being completely edge-to-edge. Leaked photos which look official have all but confirmed this.

The same leaked photos also showed off the leather rear of the G4 which was shown at the end of this video, adding further weight to the validity of previous leaks. These suggest the G4 will come with at least six variants of leather back colours.

Expect the full unveil of the LG G4 on 28 April where we’ll be bringing you coverage live from the event.

Youtube Video Here

LG Volt With 4.7-Inch Curved Display and Android 5.0 Lollipop Launched

LG on Wednesday announced a variant of the recently launched mid-range curved LG Spirit smartphone in Korea, dubbed the LG Volt.

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Priced at KRW 200,000 (approximately Rs. 11,400), the LG Volt is identical to the LG Spirit smartphone, except that it packs a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 processor.

During the initial unveiling of LG Spirit in February, LG had said that the smartphone will come in two processor variants based on the market – 1.2GHz quad-core processor or 1.3GHz quad-core processor, coupled with 1GB of RAM. Notably, the LG Spirit smartphone in India was launched with 1.3GHz processor last month at Rs. 14,250.

As per specifications, the single-SIM LG Volt runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and features a 4.7-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) resolution display with pixel density of 312ppi. The display is curved slightly, with a 3000mm radius curvature.

As mentioned, the LG Volt is powered by a 64-bit Snapdragon 410 processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. It packs an 8-megapixel rear camera with an LED flash, and a 1-megapixel front facing camera. The 8GB of inbuilt storage on Volt is expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB).

Connectivity options on the LG Volt include 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC and Micro-USB. The handset measure 133.25×66.12×9.95mm, weighs 119 grams, and is backed by a 2100mAh removable battery.

To recall, the LG Spirit was first introduced ahead of MWC 2015 alongside three other mid-range smartphones – LG Joy, LG Leon, and LG Magna. The LG Magna also features a slightly curved display.

LG intros new flagship high contrast display

LG must consider the G4’s display as one of its main attractions, because the company’s launching it weeks before the device’s debut. The South Korean electronics maker has announced that it’s begun mass producing its next flagship device’s 5.5-inch QHD LCD panel. LG says the 1,440 x 2,560 resolution screen has 538 pixels per inch and boasts a 120 percent color gamut, which enables it to display more accurate and richer colors compared to other phones. Most devices, including the iPhone 6 Plus, only offer around 100 percent color gamut. The company says it achieved that percentage by combining a blue LED chip with red and green phosphors instead of yellow like in other LCDs.

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In addition, LG claims the display offers a contrast ratio that’s 50 percent higher than other QHD panels and is 30 percent brighter without consuming more energy. That leads to deeper blacks and sharper images made possible by using UV light while forming the layers of the panel. The process apparently causes liquid crystals to align evenly, thereby preventing light leakage. Finally, the company says it incorporated a technology called Advanced In-Cell Touch (AIT), which makes the screen so sensitive, it can respond to touch commands even if it’s wet. We’ll know for sure if these claims are true when the G4 launches on April 28th.

About 40 percent of iPhone owners interested to buy Apple Watch Poll

About 40 percent of adult Apple iPhone owners in the United States are interested in buying the company’s new Apple Watch, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll.

The high-tech smartwatch, which will range in price from $350 to $17,000 for an 18-karat gold model, is Apple first major new product in five years and consumer demand for the device is being closely watched by competitors and investors.

Owners of the iPhone are a particularly important market for Apple as it launches the new watch, which goes on sale April 24. Because the watch needs an iPhone to work fully, analysts say the most likely pool of initial buyers will already have an Apple smartphone in their pockets.

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BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk said that with more than 100 million active iPhone users in the United States and closer to half a billion globally, the survey was “pretty encouraging” for a product that has not been seen in shops, even if was unclear how much of the interest would translate into purchases.

Pacific Crest Securities analyst Andrew Hargreaves said it was not clear how many people wanted or needed a smartwatch. But he expected Apple’s cache and marketing might to deliver strong initial sales of the Apple Watch.

“Winning Apple customers is more realistic at this point,” said Hargreaves.

The watch allows users to check email, listen to music and make phone calls.

Ipsos surveyed 2,469 Americans aged 18 and older online between March 9 and March 17 and found that 24 percent expressed an interest in purchasing the Apple Watch, including 10 percent of those describing themselves as “very interested.” The data was weighted to reflect the U.S. population and has a credibility interval, a measure of accuracy, of plus or minus 2.2 percentage points.

Among the iPhone owners, 39 percent were interested in purchasing the Apple watch, including 17 percent describing themselves as very interested. There were 788 iPhone owners in the survey with a credibility interval of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Discussions about the watch have flooded online social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook since Apple held a splashy event in San Francisco on March 9 to showcase the watch.

Social media chatter about the Apple watch was 15 percent positive and 5 percent negative in the week following Apple’s event, according to an analysis that the firm Networked Insights conducted for Reuters. The remaining 80 percent was neutral. By contrast, the social conversation for Apple’s iPhone 6 during the same week was 5 percent positive and 0 percent negative, according to the analysis.

Among the conversations relating to the Apple watch during the one-week period, 5.8 percent of the comments showed an intent to purchase, according to Networked Insights, which analyses tweets, public Facebook posts and other sources. Social comments about the iPhone 6, which has been on sale since September, showed a 2.9 percent purchase intent during the same week.

Apple is among several large tech companies looking to jumpstart a new market for “wearable” electronic devices. Samsung Electronics, Sony Corp and LG Electronics have all released their own smartwatches, many of them powered by software developed by Internet company Google.

More than half of iPhone users in the Reuters/Ipsos survey believe that a smartwatch in the near future will be an essential gadget that’s as common as the smartphone, whereas 44 percent a broader poll of U.S. adults felt that way.

LG Denies That Snapdragon 810 is Prone to Overheating

We have heard that the Snapdragon 810 processor is plagued with overheating issues and there were even reports that Samsung decided to ditch the chipset due to this issue. Alternatively, the South Korean company will favour its homebrew Exynos processors.

This isn’t the first time we heard bad things about Snapdragon 810, even before it enters the mass production phase. It is also rumoured to have memory controller mishaps, diver issues and other unreliability problems. We can’t be too sure about this, but various flagship models to be released by various companies are confirmed to include the chipset, they include Xiaomi Mi Note Pro and LG G Flex 2.

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It is quite obvious that LG lacks proper homegrown processor series, since the Odin was criticized for its meagre performance. A senior executive from LG’s mobile division commented recently that devices powered with Snapdragon 810 are actually cooler than other models in the market. LG needs to defend Qualcomm Processors, because the Snapdragon 810 will be used inside LG G Flex 2. On the other hand, Samsung has become much more reliant its proprietary processor products and it has spent $15 billion on a chip manufacturing plant outside Seoul.