Moto X4 Smartphone info Revealed

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I have some questions about this.

1.  The phone looks like a flat hotdog bun. I miss the days of the Moto X 2014 where that bad boy was looking like it was ready to work the boardroom with some mobile class.

2.  I’m sad that the Moto Z is the flagship side of the line.  The Moto X did really well as the flagship. Modular is nice and all, this is a ploy to take hard earned money on some real expensive extras.

3.  Below is a leak from Android Authority showing the look of the device.  I wonder when we will see a Bezel-less Moto phone?  People haven’t barked about the bezels on this, so maybe we won’t see it for a while.

4. It’s always good to see a phone like the Moto X return. However I don’t know if this is the return that I want to see.   This is a mid-range phone that could have just been the G5 and call it a day.  Or the G5S. Now my head hurts. 

5.  There’s a Moto C too?  So now we have the Z2, X4, G5, G5S, some E ones, and a C?  Too many things.

The Moto X4 interesting to you?  Tell me why in the comments.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active officially unveiled!


To the surprise of exactly no one, the Galaxy S8 Active has been officially unveiled for the public. The Active is now available for pre-order from AT&T. It is listed as an AT&T exclusive for now, however the device tends to only be available for AT&T normally. This is the 4th rendition of the ruggedized device meant for those who may need a little bit of extra protection to go along with flagship specs. The S8 Active, as usual, will come with pretty similar specs to the regular Galaxy S8, with the addition of MIL-SPEC rating to protect it from water, shatter, shocks, and dust.

The S8 Active comes in two color options, Meteor Gray, and Titanium Gold. The device is surrounded by a metal frame with bumpers, and a rugged, textured back to give the phone a solid grip. The S8 Active will also have a shatterproof display, which will handle drops from up to 5 feet.

The S8 Active also has bixby capability, along with a compass, stopwatch, barometer, and flashlight to help you navigate the outdoor lives of those who will likely use the device. The S8 Active will also have a 4000 mAh battery. The S8 Active will also have a 12MP rear camera, and an 8MP front facing camera. The screen size is comparable to the S8, with a 5.8″ 18.5:9 aspect ratio, however the infinity edge will not come along for the S8 Active ride. Considering how the device is meant for active lives, its not all that surprising.

The S8 Active will be on sale through AT&T Next at $28.34 for 30 months, which adds up to roughly $850 dollars.

Its always nice to see Samsung continue the trend for the Active lifestyle folks with their Active series devices. Check out more information about the S8 Active at Gadgets 360

Looking to purchase the Galaxy S8 Active?  Head over to ATT to pre-order the device.

Foldable Lenovo Tablet footage -innovation is still alive.

Lenovo has toyed with the idea of bendable displays, and other innovative devices for the average consumer.  The Lenovo Folio is the latest entry into the world of innovative design.  The Folio starts as a 7.8″ Tablet with a hinge in the middle that enables the device to fold into a 5.5″ phone with an edge display.

The Folio was announced at Lenovo Tech World last week, where the Chinese Giant showcased their latest efforts in mobile technology, and AI, with quite a few focus points that help us see the future through Lenovo’s eyes.

As far as the Folio is concerned, Lenovo showed off the capablities of the device. Mostly how the Folio works as a fully functional tablet as well as a phone with an edge display. Bendable displays are not new, but seeing functional displays that can bend certainly is.

Good start, but from the video it looks like when the tablet folds into a phone only the one screen becomes available.  I do recall there are phones that are available with a dual screen front and back format like the Yotaphone, however that phone had an E-ink display on the back.  So perhaps the device is more functional with the phone not being dual screened.

Looking the video above, it seems like there is a possibility that the tablet can have a powered dual screen concept once the Folio folds into a phone.

The current Folio runs on Snapdragon 800, with Android Nougat 7.0 on deck.  Considering this is a prototype, its fair to say that the specifications wouldn’t be completely different if this thing comes to light in the future. The specifications are not up to par with 2017 standards, but a bendable phone would definitely be enticing for consumers desperately looking for a phone that works, and a innovative phone for 2017.

Samsung had been rumored to be working on a foldable tablet concept called the Galaxy X.  Safe to say that foldable tablets will come to market soon.  Its possible that this could be the next wave of innovation.  Only time will tell.

Meanwhile, did you check out the crazy bendable laptop concept on Mashable?

Innovation may not be dead after all. Check out more info from Mashable

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Active leaks;

The latest rendition of the ruggedized outdoors version of the Galaxy S series of phones has leaked for the masses. Ever since the Galaxy S4 Active 4 years ago, the Active series of devices have been made available for those who want the latest smartphone specs, yet need a little more
protection for their phones to last the two years of typical usage that happens.

Each phone has the same general idea, military grade specs, a rugged body, and a larger battery to last against the elements. The S8 doesn’t stray too far from the pack here, with a 4000 mAh battery, rugged body, and a general “Active” look.

According to leaks presented to Android Police, the S8 Active will come with Android 7.0 Nougat (Samsung is notorious for letting Android OS versions be an after thought). The roughly 5.8” size that came along with the regular Galaxy S8, and other specs that are similar to the regular Galaxy S8.

The ATT Samsung Galaxy S8 will have the model number SM-G892A. The S8 Active will likely March the specs of the regular S8, with 4GB of RAM, Snapdragon 835, 64 GB of storage with MicroSDHC expansion, a 12MP rear cam, and an 8GB front facing cam along for the ride.

The Active is a pretty typical, pretty expected device. Anyone looking to get the Active? Or are you just going to rock with a rugged case and call it a day?

The leaker at least tried with the watermarking. Got to give him props to draw on the picture like that.

Keep it locked at The Tech Homie for more information.

Source; Android Police

Google Play Protect rolling out with Play Services 11

Google has taken steps to protect users from malicious apps in the Google Play store with its Verify apps feature used in Android Phones.  Verify Apps monitored apps for malicious behavior in the background, giving Android users a little more security with the apps that exist on their phone.

Verify Apps started out primarily as an optional service, but as the feature evolved, it became a feature that users had to opt out of instead of opt in. It has evolved to become Google Play Protect, a more front-end program used to weed out malicious apps and malware that can be packaged in to seemingly harmless apps.

The app looks fairly clear-cut and comprehensive, showing which apps have been scanned recently, and it gives you the ability to turn off device scanning for security threats, and improvement of harmful app detection.

Play Protect was first announced at Google I/O in May.  The service will now be a more forward facing service that will give customers the ability to see that their devices are protected, or what needs to be done for their devices to be good to go.

Google Play Protect will be rolling out with Play Services 11.  The service began to roll out to customers earlier in the week, and it should reach most Android users soon.

By the way, what does this mean for you?

Google continues to make strides in protecting users from malicious apps, and harmful behavior caused by apps on a daily basis.  For folks who may not know as much about phones, about smartphone apps, and about Android altogether, it is a fantastic thing for a company to make advances in protecting their customers in different ways.  Google Protect can give users an extra layer of security, which is useful for those who may not seek out security apps and other system processes that can protect the user.

Check out Android Police for more information on Google Play Protect.

Tech Homie Quick Tips – Android Launchers

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Have an Android phone but bored by the way it looks on a daily basis?  Many popular manufacturers including Samsung, LG, Huawei, and others have conceptualized their vision of a perfect looking smartphone.  However perfect the companies may feel their devices respond to customers, sometimes, they might be looking for something a bit more.

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Tech Homie Deals – Boost Mobile Summer Deals

There are phone options available for every budget!

We all know about phones that launch like the Galaxy S8, the iPhone 7/7 Plus, and the LG G6 that take over the airwaves these days, but not everyone wants to buy a device that costs over 600 dollars,  shoot not everyone wants to buy a device that costs over 200 dollars.

But not much is said typically about prepaid devices that exist in the market these days.  Carriers such as Cricket, Boost Mobile, and Virgin Mobile exist for those people who want to save a little money, while using their cellphone service.

These days, MVNOs (Mobile Virtual Network Operators) can be stable enough to satisfy a vast majority of the people who need cellphones in their daily lives.  Smartphones that are available on MVNOs are as capable as their flagship counterparts.  This is not something that existed a few years ago.

As I kick around the mitten here these days (that’s Michigan for those who do not know), I’ve noticed Boost Mobile stores pop up on just about every corner.  MVNOs (or Prepaid carriers for short) like Boost Mobile are a pretty easy way to get a decent phone and save hundreds of dollars while you’re at it.  Because we care about every one who needs a phone these days, here’s a list of some Boost mobile phones that are available on the carrier.  Click the header link to get pricing on each device.

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Rock the bezel-less, Full Vision display with the mid-range LG Q6

LG-Q6-.jpgAs we all know, good things sometimes can come in smaller package.  LG looks to continue the old saying by launching the LG Q6, a mid-range phone with LG’s rather legit “Full Vision” bezel-less display first featured earlier this year on the LG G6.  The Q6 looks to be a different device than the recently mentioned LG G6 mini, but a pretty cool device on its own.  The Q6 will come in 3 different versions.   Continue reading

Info on the RED Hydrogen Phone, the random expensive device that screams WHY.

No, really, I really want to know what the point of this device really is.

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RED, the camera company known for high end camera products that have extravagant prices, has surprised us all with a new Android phone called the RED Hydrogen (or Hydrogen One). The pre-orders began yesterday.  RED is a company that is known for camera products such as the RED Weapon X, the Camera that costs more than most peoples yearly salary, and other insane 4K and 3D cameras in Hollywood.  The prices of RED camera typically cost 50,000 dollars and higher.  With those prices, we can only imagine that the RED Hydrogen One will have a wildly extravagant price.

So knowing this, its safe to say that the RED Hydrogen will have an equally as ridiculous price tag.  Details are pretty light on the device, however The RED Hydrogen is being touted as ‘The Worlds first Holographic Media Machine”.  The 5.7″ display uses nanotechnology to move “between traditional 2D content, holographic multi-view content, 3D content, and interactive games”.  The press release was extravagant at best.

The press release is relatively aggressive, and the phone is known as the RED Hydrogen One in the press release.  Save for the name and a bunch of unfounded claims regarding the display and other features, not much is known about the device.  From what we do know, the phone will be unlocked, with no carrier bloatware.   Additional accessories will be available at launch for an additional price.  Knowing the price of the actual device, and the company as a whole,  the accessories will be relatively insane.

As stated by the press release, the RED Hydrogen will be modular as well. In the press release, the company promised that the RED Hydrogen One will be compatible with its camera products and an “ever expanding modular component system”.  The device will have a headphone jack, microSD expansion for storage, multi-dimensional audio tech, and the phone will have USB-C plug for charging.

The RED Hydrogen is currently taking pre-orders for the Hydrogen, and it will ship in early 2018.  The RED Hydrogen One will come in two variants, the ‘Titanium’ version will cost $1595, and the ‘Aluminum’ version will cost $1195.

Ironically, did anyone catch the pre-order information that states that “Current pricing is available for a limited time only”?  That can only mean these rather expensive phones may be even more expensive.  I’m just not sure what the actual point of an extremely expensive device really is.  Also, why would they launch pre-orders and not give any actual specifications of the device?  I’m highly intrigued about the device.

Check out the Moto E4, a ok budget phone for 70 bucks!


In 2017 smartphones like the Galaxy S8 the LG G6, and the upcoming Moto X 2017 are the most popular devices in the mainstream media today.  However, at flagship prices from 700 to 1100 dollars sometimes it can be extremely difficult to afford a flagship phone.  No matter how amazing a particular device, like the upcoming Note 8 will be, it would be hard to swallow the 1100 dollars that you have to cough up at some point to get the device.  Sometimes, the money will mean more than the

However the mid-range to budget phones in recent times have become almost as nice as the flagship phones that existed around them.  Consumers don’t have to give up as much quality with a budget device like they did before.  There are decent phones are on sale right now that are at the sub $200 dollar level.

Phones like the Motorola E series of phones were made for those with a smaller phone budget to contend with.  Lenovo will be launching a few different budget to mid-range devices.  One of the devices the company will launch for 2017 will be the Moto E4.  THe E Series has always been the series of phones focused on the budget minded crowd, as well as those who are looking for their first smartphone device after clinging dearly onto their flip phone for much longer than anticipated.

The newest version of the E series, the Moto E4 has just launched, with a price of $130 unlocked, and $70 if you buy the device through Verizon.   The Moto E4 does not have the most amazing specifications in existence, but at $70 dollars, it’s not a bad deal.  The specifications of the E4 are listed below:

  • 5 inch, 720p Display
  • Snapdragon 425 Processor with 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of storage with MicroSDHC capability.
  • Micro USB charging port
  • Android 7.1.1 OS
  • 8MP Rear Camera, 5MP selfie Camera
  • 2800 mAh battery

So yeah, the specifications are not great in the least bit.  But they will suffice for most people who are just looking for a phone to use, with a few smartphone capabilities to add to the package.

While the unlocked version of the E4 will be $130 dollars, the Verizon branded version will be only $70 dollars.  Of course, with the $60 savings you will get with the Verizon enabled version, you will have to deal with a few more stipulations.  The Verizon version will be loaded with Verizon bloatware of course, and you will have to deal with Verizon billing, but if that is enough of a reason to save $60 dollars, then have fun and enjoy your savings!

For people who may want a starter smartphone, or people who are looking for a capable phone on a budget, this might not be that bad of a device.  As long as you know the shortcomings of the device (small battery, underpowered processor, small amount of storage), then you’ll be alright with spending 70 bucks (or 130 unlocked) device.  It might be a perfect backup device if you either break your main phone, or you need a phone when you are short on cash.

Check out more information about the E4 over at GSM Arena