Let’s start the week with the hottest news this weekend, coming from Sony, LG and OnePlus.
The Sony Xperia Z4 may be a bit late to the game, but it’s one of the phones we are most eagerly expecting. Previous leaks of the upcoming smartphone have shown what seems to look just like the Xperia Z3, and the Xperia Z2 before that. The latest images are now out, and guess what? It looks just the same again.
And this is not a bad thing. Sony has found a design that is great and works well, and they don’t need to change it. We did notice one thing, though, and it’s actually quite disappointing. There seem to be no flaps covering ports, which leads us to believe the next Xperia flagship may not get the waterproof treatment.
Opinion: The whole waterproof movement was never quite my deal. I never take my phones on a swim, anyways. It sure was nice knowing that your phone could take a drop into the kitchen sync, but I could live without that reassurance.
It has taken LG a while to bring us its latest flagship, but the G4 has been coming to us in steps. We saw the device’s screen last week, and today LG is teasing us with a video that gives us a glimpse at how the software will look.
They call it LG UX 4.0. Everything is in Korean, but we could figure out what they were talking about by looking at the imaging. This update seems to be all about functionality, camera features and health, among other things. Check out the video to see what we mean.
Opinion: I really just can’t wait to see what LG is about to show off! Remember an event is coming this April 28th, so let’s keep our eyes open for that.
They were a bit late, but OnePlus does get an A for effort. Their new Oxygen OS ROM is finally here! The new software is available straight from the official launch page and OnePlus One users can download it right away.
The UI is said to be clean, fast and convenient. OnePlus is being very careful about what they include in the ROM, as they don’t want to sacrifice simplicity and cleanliness with gimmicks you probably don’t need. Thye have added their features, but these are said to be subtle and meaningful.
Opinion: I quite like what the Chinese startup is doing here. I believe is a good follow-up to Cyanogen’s popular ROM. In today’s market, simplicity trumps everything.