Sony is building on the launch of three mid-range Xperia X series phones at MWC with a new model, the Xperia XA Ultra. As the name would lead you to believe, this is a big phone, with a 6-inch display that is dramatically larger than the 5-inch display of the standard XA though it retains the same looks as its smaller sibling.
After releasing the Xperia X, XA and X Performance at MWC 2016, Sony followed up the three mid-rangers with a larger variant, the XA Ultra, packing a huge display and big boost in front-facing camera specs. Outside of the larger screen and improved camera things are basically the same internally as the standard Xperia XA, which isn't necessarily a bad thing when it comes to mid-range devices. You can check out all of the specs for the Xperia XA Ultra right here.
Galaxy S7s are pretty fragile if dropped the right (wrong?) way. You're gonna need a case, so we went hands-on the Spigen Ultra Hybrid, to give you a better idea of whether or not it's the right fit for your phone and your habits.
If you want to let the beauty of your S7 shine through, with a case that feels a little sturdier than those soft TPU cases, then this is the one for you.
The Ultra Hybrid comes in three color options: Mint, Crystal Clear, and Rose Crystal. The colors are only around the outer rim, maintaining a transparent back to show off your S7 in all its glory.
With a hard polycarbonate back and a softer TPU bumper around the rim, the Ultra Hybrid can feel a bit slippery at times, especially if your hands get a bit greasy. However, there is a seam that runs all around the rim of the case, where the TPU and polycarbonate meet, that helps keep it stable in your hand.
This is by no means an "ultra-slim" case, but it doesn't add a ton of bulk or weight to the S7; although, it being clear may create an illusion of thinness.
The Ultra Hybrid is just about as basic as cases get, aside from being made of two materials, but the thinner polycarbonate backing does allow for wireless charging. Many polycarbonate cases are just too thick, but not Spigen's, which is a great feature, since you don't have to take it off your phone every night to charge.
This particular Spigen case underwent the military drop test, which the Department of Defense uses to approve devices for military applications. We still wouldn't take this one off to war, but it's built to withstand some pretty solid drops.
Each corner has a small air pocket that helps with shock absorption — an ideal feature for the Galaxy S7, since dropping it on its corner results in a big ol' spider web of cracks (Google "Galaxy S7 dropped on corner" and you'll see). The front features a raised bezel, so you can safely lay your S7 on its face without worrying about it getting dinged up.
The Ultra Hybrid covers all the buttons, but leaves all the ports at the bottom wide open, so you're entirely unencumbered for using third-party cables. The power button isn't an issue, but if you happen to get an ill-fitting Ultra Hybrid, the volume buttons might be a tad finicky.
This case is designed for those who want their phone to feel protected, because it certainly does feel sturdy and formidable in your hand, albeit a bit slippery.
The bottom line
This case is for you if you want a case that's easy to put on and remove, one that'll provide solid protection, and one that won't drastically change the look of your Galaxy S7.
Following the launch of the Android Studio 2.1.1 update earlier in May, Google has begun contacting registered Google Play developers, advising them to upgrade to patch a security vulnerability present in prior versions.
Want to get the most out of your Nexus 6P? Check out these great accessories!
Your Nexus 6P is a powerful device, and right out of the box it works like a dream. Of course, you can always turn your Nexus 6P into a force to be reckoned with by getting a few little extras.
Accessories are the spice of life — they change your phone from ordinary to extraordinary. If you want to kick up the wow-factor with your Nexus 6P, take a look at these awesome accessories we have rounded up for you.
If you haven't heard of Chromecast you probably live under a rock! All joking aside, we can't recommend this great device enough.
Chromecast is a small, little receiver that plugs into your TV via the HDMI port and allows you to stream the display from your phone onto your TV screen. You can look at pictures, watch video, and even play music through Chromecast, making it great for entertaining everybody.
There are plenty of Chromecast-compatible apps and the number is growing. As long as you have Wi-Fi in your home (or wherever you plan on using it) Chromecast will take you to bigger and better screens!
It's hard to enhance the wow-factor of your Nexus 6P if the screen is cracked or smashed — that's why screen protectors are so great!
This is a tempered glass screen protector which means it's going to give you the best protection against scratches and scrapes. The Maxboost protector is hydrophobic and oleophobic which means you shouldn't have to keep wiping your screen as it will be resistant to the oil on your fingertips.
It's worth mentioning that Maxboost has a lifetime warranty for their screen protector, so if it ever does scratch they will ship you a new one free of charge!
If you are constantly running out of battery power on your Nexus 6P, we have the ultimate solution for you.
Anker's PowerCore+ is a beast! It has a huge capacity of 20100mAh, which means it can fully charge your Nexus 6P five times before you need to charge it again! On top of its huge capacity, it also has two USB ports, allowing you to charge multiple devices at once.
It's quite small for having such a large capacity, making it perfect for carrying around. It's also a rugged in design, so minor scrapes and drops shouldn't hurt it too much, making it great for camping or road trips!
You may be thinking this seems a little ridiculous, but you have no idea just how useful a long charging cord can be until you try it.
This 10-foot long cable will allow you to move around while still charging your Nexus 6P. Vacuuming the living room? Cooking in the kitchen? It's never been easier to have the freedom to roam around the room.
The cord is wrapped in a fabric weave to give it a stylish look, but it also makes the wire inside fully protected from the outside. If you spill anything on this cord it could stain, but it shouldn't really affect it's performance at all.
Straight from Google themselves, the Photo Live case is meant to be as unique as you want it to be. It's a simple one shell case that features a photo of your choosing, making it perfect for treasuring a precious moment, highlighting your favorite photo, or even using a unique print from your favorite artist.
The Photos Live case also has an app you can download in order to turn your wallpaper into a rolling slideshow, making it feel like your case is integrated into your Home screen!
A case like this, could make you the talk of all your friends or even make a timeless gift for a close friend or loved one. The Photo Live case is available for all Nexus phones.
Making sure your phone has the juice to get through the day is integral.
In last week's poll we asked where you charge your phone at night. The easiest time to charge your phone without needing to use it every few minutes is during the few hours of rest you get. It helps ensure that when you get up to start your day, your phone has a full battery. Not everybody likes to charge their phone in the same place though, and that's fine.
In first place, with an overwhelming majority of 77.31 percent of votes, was charging your phone next to the bed. In second place, with only 9 percent of the vote was charging your phone anywhere but the bedroom. Charging your phone across the room managed to snag 7.21 percent of the overall vote to grab up third place. Charging your phone next to the computer came in last place, with only 6.48 percent of the vote.
Do you prefer to charge your phone right next to the bed? Do you not charge your phone at night? Pop into the comments and let us know about it!
Disney has released a new virtual reality experience for fans that own an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift headset. With Disney Movies VR, you can travel to several themed worlds featuring characters and objects from Disney, Marvel, and Lucasfilm movies like The Jungle Book and Star Wars.
Twitter will reportedly stop counting links and photos as part of the 140-character limit for tweets, giving people a little more room to express themselves. Both links and photos currently take up a significant number of characters per post.
The official Pokémon Trading Card game is now available for Android tablets. The card game lets you collect and do battle with a wide variety of digital Pokémon cards, each featuring Pokémon from the various eras of the franchise. You can build your collection through booster packs, and easily transfer your progress between the Android and web versions of the game with your Pokémon Trader Club account.
Where to follow your favorite Mobile Nations personalities on social media during Google I/O.
And so it begins. Google I/O, the annual developer conference that showcases the best of what's to come (and what's currently being used) from the world of Google. That means Android. That means Chrome. That means apps and services and devices and products and cars and — well, that's a ton of stuff going on. This is, first and foremost, a developer conference. But there's also a ton of things going on behind the scenes and in between presentations.
We're going to bring it all to you this week.
And it's going to be a little different than usual. Google has moved the conference out of San Francisco's SoMa district and brought it home, to the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View. That means sun, fresh air — and lots more to see.
The Washington Post has released its own watch face for the Samsung Gear S2. The face displays the current general election polling, along with a countdown to election day, letting political junkies get a quick glance at the state of the race.
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