Tag Archive: Closed

Closed vs. Open back headphones: Which should you buy?

Best answer: Open back headphones don’t have a solid construction for the ear cup and instead have cut-outs for ventilation and to expand the “soundstage.” This means the sound will leak through and they aren’t ideal where others won’t appreciate your tunes. But oh boy do they sound good!

Amazon: Grado GW100 Bluetooth Headphones ($ 249) Amazon: Panasonic Premium Hi-Res Wireless Headphones ($ 250) Wide open spaces

Open back headphones are exactly what you picture when you  [Read More…]

OnePlus 3 closed beta group now getting Android 8.0 Oreo

Good news for owners of the OnePlus 3 who are part of the closed beta group, as the Android 8.0 Oreo update has just started rolling out for their device. What about the OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 5 you might be wondering? They are expected to receive the latest Android update too very soon via […]

OnePlus would prefer you use the OnePlus 5 with your eyes closed

Don’t look too hard.

I feel for OnePlus these days, despite the opaqueness with which it is approaching the latest not-scandal involving the OnePlus 5. Almost immediately after launching in late June, some people began noticing a “jelly” effect on the phone’s Optic AMOLED display while quickly scrolling through the phone’s various screens, such as on a web page or a Twitter feed.

OnePlus acknowledged the visual curiosity, but said in a quote to Android Central and  [Read More…]

HTC kicks off Sense 8 Home closed beta on non-HTC phones

Last week, HTC started sending out emails over a closed Sense 8 Home beta test on non-HTC hardware. The closed beta has now kicked off, with HTC giving beta testers access to the HTC 10 launcher and its user feedback app.

Here are a few screenshots of HTC Sense 8 Home (8.01.772516) on a Note 5:

HTC has one of the best manufacturer skins around, and as such it’s incredibly exciting to see Sense 8 coming  [Read More…]

HTC is sending out invitations for a closed Sense Home 8 beta on non-HTC phones

HTC has been decoupling its apps for some time, and the vendor is now sending out invitations for beta testers to try out Sense 8 Home — the launcher on the HTC 10 — on non-HTC phones. The requirements for the closed beta include a non-HTC Android phone that’s running Android 4.4 KitKat and above.

Here’s one such email forwarded to us by a reader:

With Freestyle layouts and a Material Design look and feel, HTC’s  [Read More…]

Verizon’s Galaxy S7 and S7 edge update makes it easier to tell if your SIM tray isn’t closed and more

Verizon is now pushing out an update for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge which brings a number of new features to the phones. To ensure that the phone remains waterproof at all times, Verizon now displays a pop-up when the SIM tray is not fully closed. Additionally, there are some improvements to managing memory use of individual apps and more.

Verizon notes that some of the changes for both phones include:

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Official Reddit Android app begins its closed beta test

Reddit has started closed beta testing for its long-awaited official Android app. At the moment, there’s no word on the features that are contained in the app, which was officially announced in December.

From Reddit:

Whether you access it from your desktop, a mobile browser, or a native app, we will work to make the Reddit product more engaging. Mobile in particular continues to be a priority for us. Our new Android app is going  [Read More…]

Google Maps now warns you if your destination will be closed before you get there

Google Maps will now tell you if your destination will be closed before you get there.

Google Maps has scored an update that is sure to please those that are constantly running behind. Now, when you set out on your next journey, Maps will let you know if your destination will be closed before your estimated arrival time. Additionally, this update adds rental car information pulled from Gmail.

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New endless runner ‘Speedy Ninja’ launches in closed beta April 8

NetEase, the publisher of World of Warcraft and Hearthstone in China, announced today that its new mobile game, “Speedy Ninja,” will launch on Android in closed beta tomorrow, April 8.

Speedy Ninja is an endless runner that features a unique art style along with leaderboards, daily missions, gear upgrades, and the ability to summon monsters to help you out as you zip through the levels.

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Here’s how to get in on the closed beta for Empires & Allies!

Zynga’s Empires and Allies has been a pretty huge hit already, and it’s getting ready to make the leap to Android. The game’s currently in closed beta for this here little operating system, but we’ve got your key to getting in on the action.