Today I want to check out another Android live wallpaper. It’s called Falling Money 3D Live Wallpaper. It will make it rain down money bills on your home screen and lock screen. In the free app you only get dollar bills. But if you upgrade the app to full version then you could get other currencies like euro.
You can add a custom background if you like. The default one is black. But you can also select a background from your gallery in your phone. The kind of falling banknotes you can have in full version is: Dollars, Rubles, Nigerian Nairas, Euros, Dirchams UAE, Australian dollars, Belarussian rubles, Canadian dollars, Swiss franks, Yuan, Pounds, Rupees, Yen, Kuwaiti Dinars, Tenge, Swedish Kronas, Turkish Liras and Hryvnia.
You can also go in and select the money amount: 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 100, 200 and 400. The other three setting you can tweak is Money Size, Falling speed and Whirling speed. You can also go in and select the banknotes value: All, By battery level, Small, Medium, High, Small and medium, Small and high & Medium and high.
You can also go in and tweak the Falling mode: Continuous will make so the money disappears and keep falling down. Interval (Need full version), Shadows, Touching and Deflation on shake.
When you swipe across the screen you can have so money falls away and when you shake you can also have so money falls away from the screen. And then there is an option for Quick settings by just doing a double tap.
In full version of the app you can also tweak the screen updating frequency and the textures quality. And full version will remove some minor ads you see in free version. Overall I really enjoy the quality of this live wallpaper app. Especially when it’s a free app to download you can’t expect too much. But this one gives you a lot even when it’s free. And if you want your custom currency that option is also available. Hopefully your currency exist inside the app!
The app wallpaper runs well on Samsung Galaxy S8 and I’m curious if it will run fast on older Android phones. You can test it out for yourself!
Today I want to talk about the new Nokia 8 that got announced. This is their high-end spec phone that will compete against Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone 8. This phone has a 5.3″ IPS LCD Display with QHD resolution. Gorilla Glass 5 that curves 2.5D. The phone is built into a metal shell. Which I love because the glass back on iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be painful if you accidentally drop the device.
The phone comes with Snapdragon 835. Same chipset that’s inside Samsung Galaxy S8 and OnePlus 5. It will also come with dual lens 13MP camera with Zeiss technology. The front facing camera is also 13MP. The aperture on rear and front are both f/2.0. You will be able to livestream with this phone both the front and back camera at the same time. HMD call it Dual-Sight. It’s a flashy feature but I don’t think many will use it.
A camera division inside Nokia called OZO have developed better surround audio recording for the Nokia 8 that will go well with the 4K video recording. How good it will actually be who knows. The phone will have Google photos as it’s default gallery app. Where you get unlimited photo and video storage in the cloud. Also the phone as microSD card slot and 64GB of built in storage.
It’s going to cost around €600 and be out on the market to buy in September. The month when we expect Apple to unveil three new iPhones. The OLED iPhone 8. And the two standard LCD new iPhones possible be named iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus.
So how does the new Nokia 8 compare to the low end Nokia 3? The biggest difference is how Nokia 8 will be using a faster chipset the Snapdragon 835. Nokia 3 is using a slower Mediatek MT6737 chipset. An Octa-core setup inside Nokia 8 and just quad-core in Nokia 3. Mali-T720MP1 GPU in Nokia 3 vs. Adreno 540 in Nokia 8. If I’m going to be honest I’m not really sure if 540 will perform that much better in gaming. And then we also have this thing how most Android games people play aren’t super heavy in the graphics area. And if they are they usually have ways to optimise the speed for your GPU.
Nokia 3 comes with 8MP front and rear. Here we will get a much bigger improvement with Nokia 8’s first dual-camera on rear and 4K support. And front facing 13MP camera. Usually you get pretty bad camera performance with phones around €200 price-range. Nokia 8 will cost like three Nokia 3 it’s cheap for a high end phone but expensive compared to Nokia 3.
In terms of battery you get around 500mAh more in Nokia 8. Which really doesn’t sound like that of an improvement. It has a higher resolution display with gorilla glass 5 as well. But still LCD so not sure if it will be worth it’s high price. Nokia 8 is using USB-Type C so maybe it will be able to charge up your phone faster.
But I feel like there is something missing with even this first high end new Nokia branded phone. I don’t see anything specific that would make it stand out in the smartphone market 2017. That is highly competitive already. Both Sony and HTC are struggling to find their place. And that the Nokia 8 has no edge-to-edge display and standard battery I’m really not sure if it can become a mainstream success. Of course the hardcore fans will buy it because of the brand. But if they are in it for the long term then they need to step their game up in the future.
For example the Nokia 3 had such a boring launcher. It was very close to stock Android. Which I don’t get why they use. All serious phone companies 2017 design their own UI. Samsung, Apple, LG, HTC, DOOGEE and many others. People want to have a unique experience.
And you can really get good devices these days running with Android for around €150-250 price range. For example I just checked out the brand new DOOGEE BL5000 which is a €130 phone and has most of what a person needs. The camera could be better but other than that it’s pretty amazing what they have accomplished with this phone. Pack in a 5050mAh battery for that low price with a premium body feel is amazing. And not just that but that they have made their own custom launcher for a more special experience. Check out my BL5000 review here.
Yes the Nokia 8 will also have a IP54 rating. Which makes it dust and splash resistant. But Samsung phones for €300 already have that and a better rating even! So I really do believe that with Nokia 8 they will try to ride on the brand name to sell as many units as possible. But we do remember the Windows Phone failure. I really hope the Nokia brand get’s taken more care of under HMD. And there is good signs of that because HMD is also a finnish company.
Can the Nokia 8 compete against brand new iPhone 8 or Samsung Galaxy Note 8? I really don’t think so. Galaxy Note 8 will have it’s premium S-Pen feature. iPhone 8 will have a premium edge-to-edge AMOLED display. And a higher IP68 rating. And Apple’s latest optimized iOS 11 software. Which creates a unique experience. Will stock Android be interesting on Nokia 8? Probably not. Samsung also has a custom UI on Galaxy S8 with their Samsung Experience that they call it.
Overall I just want to say that the competition is getting more intense. You cannot make a mediocre phone anymore. People demand higher quality. Especially with all the new chinese phone companies that can offer great products for half the price of a famous brand.
My first phone was the Nokia 6070. It was amazing. I hope Nokia can come back strong and create magic again but I doubt it.
DOOGEE sent me their latest phone to review. The DOOGEE BL5000. It comes at a price of around €130.
But with a massive 5050mAh battery, It weights 210g which is amazing for a phone. Never had a heavy phone like that before. Chipset it’s using is a MediaTek MT6750T, with the processor setup of: 4x 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.0GHz ARM Cortex A53. 8 cores in total. The RAM is 4GB clocked at 833MHz. 64GB of internal storage. The GPU is an ARM Mali-T860 MP2 at 650MHz.
The screen is a 5.5″ IPS Display 1080p resolution with Gorilla Glass 5 and 650nit.
Also in software it is using latest Android 7.0. Camera can record 1080p at 30fps. The phone is using Quick Charge 3.0 so can charge 40% in 10 minutes. The phone has a bit of a plastic feel on the back but it shines up nicely in the sun. On the sides it seems to have aluminium/metal material that feels like iPhone 7 material. The back of the phone reminds me about about the Huawei Honor 9 or Honor 8.
The UI is fresh and Doogee is using their own launcher. So they have put in some work into creating a unique experience. The notification area is in a dark theme with nice rounded toggles in a black and white and blue theme. The animations are smooth and I see no lag as I did with the Samsung Galaxy S8.
The custom launcher has various settings as: Search Bar, Know On Home Screen, Application Manager, Show all app in desk (Which takes away your app drawer and put all apps on the home screens), Magic finger (Which can make custom symbols when you swipe across the screen for example hearts!)
Another option you have in launcher is Shake to change theme, Gesture settings, Backup home screen, Restore home screen and Reset home screen.
The toggles on the phone to quickly change certain settings involves: Eye Protection, Flashlight, WiFi, Do not disturb, Bluetooth, Airplane mode, Location, ScreenRecord, HotKnot, Portrait, Sim Card Status & Battery Status. You can also add Hotspot, Invert colours, Data saver, Cast and Google Play Services Nearby.
The phone does have a fingerprint sensor you can set up. You need to use it either with: Fingerprint + Pattern, Fingerprint + PIN or Fingerprint + Password. You can also if you take PIN require a PIN when you start your device. Just as Sony did with Sony Xperia X Compact. You can also select if you want to show notifications on lock screen when device is locked. Or hide it all. The fingerprint is both fast to set up and works great.
The settings area has a white background and colourful small icons to the left. It’s easy to see things at a quick glance without having to go deep inside of the settings. You can see the amount of data used, storage used, average memory used, battery percentage, amount of apps installed, ringer volume, notification status all that just on the main settings page at a quick glance.
BL5000 also has an interesting DIY theme engine. Where you quickly can customise Icon size, Label Size, Colour, App Animation, Delete app animations. Icon sizes can go from small to big. Label size as well. With colour you can tweak the app label colour. App animation will change the animation when you launch an app. You can select between many: Slide Up/Down/Left/Right, Zoom and Rotate.
You can also change the transition animation when you change home screens. These are your options: None, Card Stack, Accordition, Cube In, Cube Out, Overview, Cross, Vertical Flip, Windmill and Wheel, Carousel Left/Right. All works smooth.
You can reach the multitasking page by holding in on the home button. When you scroll through many apps you get a smooth animation. Kind of like the effect you get on the iPhone 7. The scrolling inside the browser is also smooth. But can sometimes too slow load up a heavy websites content.
This phone got speaker down where the charging port is. An interesting thing with this phone is it can stand up on that side. Just like iPhone 5S can do. The phone has a news page if you flip to the left on the home screen. It doesn’t look like you can disable it. It will show you latest news in these categories: Local, World, Business, Entertainment and Sports. I wish they had a tech category.
The camera app has these different modes: Video, Photo, FaceBeauty, Blur, Mono, Panorama and PRO. The blur effect is my favourite. Because you can create the Photoshop effect fast and easy. The camera of course doesn’t take Galaxy S8 quality photos but for the price it’s decent. The focus is fast and taking new photos is fast as well. But a bit too much white most of the time.
The main selling point of this phone will be the large internal battery, the beautiful easy to use UI. Reminds me a bit about the ASUS Zenfone 3 but for half the price! And that it has Quick Charging 3.0. So charge up the battery fast which always is good. And also that it has Mali GPU. So many games will run nice with this phone. And I was a bit shocked at first the weight of this device. But for the low price it gives it a premium feeling. Sort of like the iPhone 4 and 4S had in their compact size. The curved sides makes for an easy grip and that it can stand up is also a plus.
For me it feels like Doogee put more work into the software than what HMD did with the Nokia 3. I like how the BL5000 has it’s own custom launcher that you can tweak. And that the UI isn’t stock Android but a tweak with a UI that stands out with the notification area.
There is also a built in System Manager where you can optimise these things: Power manager, Rubbish clean, Freezing room, App auto-boot, App Lock and auto clean. Many handy features that most people will find useful.
Inside of settings you can first select the shape: Spherical Nebula, Flat Nebula, Evaporating Nebula, Quasar, Hand of God, Spiral Galaxy and Through Nebula.
With the Spherical everything moves around in calm circles. In a vibrant galaxy.
Flat Nebula everything is more flat and focused at the center of the screen.
The Evaporating has an extremely cool effect where everything goes from the center to the sides of the phone. Kind of like an explosion. But in a slower way.
Quasar everything is moving around in circles with a thick galaxy line in the middle.
With the Hand of God you can literally see a hand inside the galaxy. Blue coloured. But I’m sure you can change the colour.
Spiral everything also goes in circles but without the thick galaxy line.
Through Nebula you basically feel like you are travelling forward!
Also what could be good to know that just as with the Solar System HD live wallpaper this app is using your gyroscope to move the galaxy while you hold you phone in the hand. This app runs perfect on my Samsung Galaxy S8! My favourite shape is Hand of God and Through Nebula.
The second option you have available is to go in and change color. You have these options available: Firestorm, Frozen, Golden, Flesh, Oasis, Kissel, Ice and Fire, Bronze, Blue Kissel and Mixed.
Firestorm gives you two colors mixed red and green.
The Frozen looks as it’s name applies, cold! It has purple and blue colour beautifully mixed together.
Golden has yellow and almost a red/brown colour. But looks very gold and yellow overall.
Flesh is a very interesting one it mixes pink/white and a low key green and low key orange colour to create this overall special colour effect.
Oasis colour mixes green and orange.
Kissel is for the pink and purple lovers.
Ice and Fire is one of my favourites it mixes red and blue to create this magical effect.
Bronze is mostly green and a low key yellow colour.
Blue Kissel has a light blue and pink colour effect. Mixed has almost all colors, but little green.
Second tweak you can do is change the state: Calm, Normal and Boiling. Normal and Calm I cant see massive difference between but the boiling for sure speed things up!
Second massive colour change you can do is on the background. So the first effect was mainly on the galaxies. But this one affects the background. These effects are available for the background: Stars, Deep Blue, Blue, Deep Red, Red, Deep Purple, Deep Green, Green and Black.
Stars is easy it just shows stars in the background, tiny ones.
Deep blue is truly deep in colour. Not super strong. The standard blue is way more intense.
Deep red same with that. The standard red is truly red. I love the red colour. Makes the whole phone look zombie possessed.
Deep Purple and Deep Green same here just a very deep low key colour in the background.
Normal green is magical too. Makes the phone look like vibrant grass or like a broccoli/spinach meal you just wanna eat. I wish they had normal pink also. But only deep pink available.
Then you can select the density level. I’m not quite sure what this tweaks does because I can’t see a difference. You can also disable space dust. Which is tiny traveling stars.
You can also go in and change the focus distance and distance, the sensitivity on gyroscope and the movement radius. If you need even more performance then you can go in and limit the FPS. The standard is set to 60 FPS on Galaxy S8. But can be lowered to 5 FPS. 5 FPS looks very laggy. There is no option to select low resolution textures.
Overall this is a very nice app if you like space and want a cool live wallpaper. And there is great chance it will run well even on lower end devices. Because I tried out the same developers Solar System HD app on Samsung Galaxy S2 which is from 2011 and it ran amazing on that phone. So you can get great performance on older devices.
I’m not sure what can be improved with this app it satisfies most of my needs. Especially when it comes to the smooth performance. It would be cool to see something like this on the new iPhone 8 but of course it will be hard because Apple is using a locked down App Store. Only option would be if the new iPhone 8 gets jailbroken fast and unlocks options to use live wallpapers. But then someone needs to create the app as well!
Something I also really like with this app is how it works on the lock screen on Samsung Galaxy S8. This is an option I couldnt use on my S2 with Solar System HD App. It would be cool if it worked on the lock screen on older devices.
Let me know if there is any other cool app you want me to review. I want to review quality apps that provide value to people. And what I have noticed is that apps that cost around €1-5 euro usually the developers is more passionate about their work and works more with integrity. That’s what I have found from all these three live wallpapers. The app developer also have some real Android games that I might check out in the future.
I think people are getting real tired of freemium apps that is spammed with ads. It becomes annoying. People becoming ready to spend a few euros to get a quality experience. And it also makes so the developer gets better paid for their work. Which is amazing!
It looks like Huawei’s new high-end phone which is expected to be released in the upcoming months has been leaked on a chinese social media network called weibo. A website called androidcrunch wrote this article with the rumored Mate 10 photos.
I used the Huawei Mate 9 as my main phone for a couple of months and I really liked it. So what will the new Mate 10 have in specs?
First it’s suppose to upgrade the processor chipset to Hisilicon Kirin 970, Mate 9 use 960.
It will improve battery life and device performance and come with 6GB ram support and 64GB internal storage. With microSD card support up to 256GB.
Mate 9 uses a 5.9″ display the Mate 10 is rumored to use a 6.1″ Full-screen display with QHD res with 486ppi.
Probably will look similar to Samsung Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8 by using more screen on the front of the phone. Sony with Sony Xperia XZ1 is rumored to still have thick borders on the front. Which many people don’t like.
It seems the Mate 10 also will switch to AMOLED display just as the new high-end iPhone 8 is rumored to also start to use AMOLED. Going away from LCD. At least on their most exclusive high-end phones. iPhone 8 will still have 2 cheaper models with LCD display.
The camera is rumored to be a Dual Camera setup with traffic light design. But in the center on the rear side of the phone. The iPhone 8 will have it on the left side of the phone. Leica branding probably. Mate 10 will probably come with Android 7.0 pre-installed and their own custom UI that they call EMUI on top. Android O is in development and is expected to be released August 2017 in a few weeks.
In battery 4000mAh is rumored and with fast charging. For some reason I feel that the devices is charging slower and slower over the years. My Galaxy S8 charges full battery in 1.5 hours. So even when we get bigger displays over the years the battery charge time seems to take a hit. Which is sad. We want devices that can fully charge the device in 25 minutes or less.
Also we are expecting to see a fingerprint sensor below the camera. Just as LG did with the LG G6. And how Huawei did with their previous Mate 9. Which is the best location for a fingerprint sensor. The iPhone 8 is supposed to not even have a fingerprint scanner! Only a face scanner. Which is sad when many enjoy that scanner.
Mate 10 is rumored to cost around $1,000. Which is sad. It seems most phone companies these days just keep raising the prices year after year. Because they see people keep buying super expensive phones.
My favorite thing with the Mate 10 will for sure be the bezel-less design. I might even go back to Huawei and use the Mate 10 as my main phone. I switched to Samsung’s Galaxy S8 when it came out. But I have been disappointed with this device. The S8’s back is glass and sensitive if you damage it. If the back get’s damaged then you have to replace the full back!
I want Samsung to go back to what they do best. Removable plastic backs and S-Pen phones. I am looking forward to Samsung Galaxy Note 8 because the S-Pen make that Note series truly stand out. Nobody can compete against Samsung in that area. But I’m sad the Note 8 will have a glass back too. And it will be heavier phone as well. And I’m sad iPhone 8 won’t have a fingerprint reader. So I think maybe Huawei Mate 10 will be my next main phone.
LG also did a great job with the G6. And they have an upcoming LG V30 coming out soon. Which looks amazing. I think that phone will be able to compete against the Mate 10. I think the Mate 9 had an amazing design. It felt manly. With no glass back but full premium aluminum body. And super fast fingerprint reader. It doesn’t have dust or water resistance which is a little bad but for most it won’t be a major problem.
It does look like the new Mate phone will be using a more flat camera that doesn’t stand out from main phone. Huawei’s CEO Richard Yu have also claimed Mate 10 will be more powerful than the iPhone 8. He probably meant in processor speed. Which is awesome. But then again Apple usually optimises their App Store apps to run in perfection on the latest iPhone so don’t think Apple users will complain.
Mid-October 2017 is when we think the Mate 10 will be released. So it will be one of the last high end phones coming out of 2017. Other phones we are expecting to come out soon are the Google Pixel 2. I never picked up the first one because the price was ridiculous around €1,000 euro in Europe. And that was months after release! For some reason these Pixel phones seems to have a struggle to be released fast on a mass-scale. The demand for them was super high.
But it only seems like Apple and Samsung are the ones who can release their new high end phones fast on the market. The Google Pixel 2 is rumored to feature an Active Edge squeezable body. HTC will produce the next Pixel phone with this feature that probably will be similar to the Edge sense tech inside the HTC U11.
I don’t think the Pixel 2 will be able to compete against the Mate 10. Because it will still have same bezel size as last years model according to rumors. Which makes it look outdated 2017. LG is rumored to build the larger XL phone variant. Which sounds a bit confusing.
The main phones I’m looking forward to the most here end of 2017 is: Galaxy Note 8, iPhone 8, Mate 10, LG V30 and Sony Xperia XZ1.