Tag Archive: Stock


MIUI is never going to be close to stock Android, and that’s a good thing

Don’t hold out for a MIUI build based on pure Android.

With over 200 million users, Xiaomi’s MIUI is one of the most popular manufacturer skins in the world. Its usage has skyrocketed in recent years as Xiaomi made its foray into the Indian market, where the company has set up an R&D unit to cater to localization needs.

MIUI has come a long way in the last three years, adding a host of new features that  [Read More…]

BlackBerry KEYone vs. BlackBerry Priv: Lock, stock and mobile

BlackBerry Mercury morphs into the KEYone, and the Priv is still all about your privilege. Which one is better for you, though?

There are only two Android-based BlackBerrys with keyboards, and while they share a few key features, at their cores they couldn’t be more different.

The BlackBerry Priv has been available since November of 2015, so it’s certainly not the newest cat around, but for all its quirks it did a lot of things right —  [Read More…]

Chrooma Keyboard vs Google Keyboard: Better than stock?

Last month, I posted about how I finally switched to Google Keyboard after years of using Fleksy. In the end, it came down to consistent updates and typing speed. Although several commenters supported my decision, many suggested other keyboards I should have switched to. One commenter suggested Chrooma Keyboard, which looks like a beefed-up version of

Honor 8 in blue facing UK stock shortage

Other colors unaffected.

Fresh from the news that 1.5 million units have been sold worldwide, there’s word that the Honor 8 will face stock shortages in the UK — at least in the popular blue color option.

AC understands that a high demand for the blue model in particular has resulted in stock being nearly depleted — a “knock-on effect” of higher than anticipated sales during the first two months of availability, we’re told. It’s not known for how  [Read More…]

Argos will stock Anywhere SIM cards that let you ‘hop’ between networks

Argos and Anywhere SIM have teamed up to start selling SIM cards through the retailer in the UK. These SIM cards are unique by the fact they switch between O2, Vodafone and EE depending on which offers the strongest signal. The company plans to work hard at eliminating so-called “black spots” — locations where signal is hard to come by on specific networks. Should you travel to locations where it’s difficult to enjoy a stable connection with your chosen UK  [Read More…]

Bluboo Maya review: Unlocked, nearly stock and under $100

We live in a wonderful era of smartphones. Rarely do we have to spend much more than a few hundred dollars to find something that satisfies the needs of the masses. Sure, there’s always going to be selection in that $ 500-$ 800 space, but we don’t necessarily have to shop from that rack. And, thanks to

Elephone S3 review: An elegant, unlocked, stock Android experience for $180

Designed by Chinese smartphone maker Elephone the S3 is a mid-range handset released in spring of 2016. Sold unlocked, it’s capable of working with GSM carriers on 3G and 4G technologies. If you’re a “typical” US consumer looking for a new phone for AT&T, T-Mobile, or any of their respective prepaid brands, this is the

How to access stock Android’s hidden UI settings [and Android N updates]

All Android enthusiasts love stock Android. There’s just something really special about the real Android experience. That said, it isn’t perfect. There are some functionalities that should be there that aren’t.

The post How to access stock Android’s hidden UI settings [and Android N updates] appeared first on AndroidGuys.

The Nextbit Robin is now back in stock

While it recently sold out, the Nextbit Robin is now available once again from the company’s store. The GSM versions of the phone, in both Mint and Midnight colors, are in stock, with shipping times currently estimated at about two weeks.

The Robin has come back on sale fairly quickly, with the company announcing that it had sold out of the phones just last weekend. For more on the Nextbit Robin, be sure to check out  [Read More…]

Google CEO Sundar Pichai nets big payday with $199 million stock grant

As revealed by a recent SEC filing, Google CEO Sundar Pichai was awarded the equivalent of $ 199 million in stock. Pichai’s total Alphabet holdings now come in at around $ 650 million. As noted by Bloomberg, which first reported on the filing, the recently-awarded shares will vest incrementally through 2019, as long as Pichai stays on the job.

Pichai was named CEO of Google in August of 2015 after it was announced that the company would  [Read More…]