Moto X Style Defeats iPhone 6S Plus

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Taking a look back at seven days of news across the Android world, this week’s Android Circuit includes Samsung’s 3D Touch ambitions, a review of the OnePlus 2, the latest research on Android’s vulnerabilities, Google’s inability to force OS updates, preorders opening for the BlackBerry Priv, a head-to-head review of the iPhone 6S Plus and the Moto X Style, fixes for some Galaxy Note 5 issues, and the release of Minecraft Story Mode.

Android Circuit is here to remind you of a few of the many things that have happened around Android in the last week (and you can find the weekly Apple news digest here).

Samsung Prepares 3D Touch

Following in the footsteps of Apple and Huawei, Samsung is reportedly going to ship next year’s Galaxy S7 with a ’3D Touch’ pressure sensitive screen. The technology will likely be Synaptics’ ClearForce touchscreen. Forbes’ Amit Chowdhy investigates:

ClearPad 3700 enables new dimensions in user interfaces like zooming in/out, unlocking devices, setting up contextual menus, gaming and photo editing simply by applying variable force using a finger or stylus. In a press release, Synaptics said it has been working closely with global manufacturing companies to integrate ClearForce into smartphones that are expected to start shipping in 2016. Synaptics did not specify which manufacturers it partnered with. But it seems likely all of the major Android manufacturers will be included such as Samsung.

The Flagship-Killing OnePlus 2 Reviewed

OnePlus promoted its second handset as the ’2016 flagship killer’. That’s a huge reputation to live up to for the Shenzhen-manufactured handset. I’ve spent two months with the handset and while it is solid and dependable, it struggles to match this year’s flagship devices. Take the lack of NFC and wireless charging in a device pitched directly at the geekerati:

NFC has many uses, and for a long time it was little more than a convenient way to make a BlueTooth connection (by tapping NFC pads on two devices to do the handoff and permissions through touch, rather than a long chain of dialog boxes) but in the least six months ‘tap and pay’ has become a feature on many smartphones with Apple Pay and Google Pay leading the charging charge. The OnePlus 2 can’t join in with that revolution.

by Ewan Spence

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How to get the best Moto X features on your Android device

Motorola Moto X 57586940 29 610x436 - How to get the best Moto X features on your Android deviceThe Moto X is one of the most talked about smartphones of the year. Despite not being equipped with a full HD display and a quad-core processor like other high-end devices, Motorola still managed to bring something special to the market. The company tweaked the Android operating system just enough to deliver a unique user experience that helps set the phone apart from both the Galaxy S4 and HTC One.

The Moto X includes features such as Active Display, which allows for select portions of the AMOLED screen to light up to reveal the time and incoming notifications, and the ability to launch the camera application with a simple flick of the wrist, know as Quick Capture.

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