Nest Protect comes back after an ugly recall. Sony’s flagship device gets an awesome exclusive app. OnePlus One becomes available with no invite. This and more in today’s morning news!
Nest had to recall over 440,000 units due to a feature that deemed to be more dangerous than helpful. The Nest Protect is finally back! The company knows a recall is no small issue, especially for a device that your life depends on, so they have sweetened the deal with a lower price.
The Nest Protect will now cost you only $99, which is $20 cheaper than it used to be. It’s a great price for a smart smoke detector that also acts as a night light of sorts.
Opinion: I have a hard time justifying paying $100 for a smoke detector. After all, it’s something you will really ever take advantage rarely. Unless you keep burning your house down, I would just stay with a traditional smoke detector. It is one cool gadget, though!
The Sony Xperia Z2 has managed to get an exclusive app, touting a feature that is available for no other smartphone. Live On YouTube is an app offering what not even the official YouTube app has. Those who purchase the Sony Xperia Z2 will be able to upload live content straight from their smartphones.
We are still waiting for the Xperia Z2 to make it to the USA, but those who have it already can start uploading right away. Make sure to enable Live Events in your YouTube settings and download the APK file.
Opinion: This is a very unique feature and w certainly hope more smartphones can take advantage of it soon. It would be best if we see it coming to the official YouTube app. In addition, it would be neat to finally be able to stream live Hangouts on Air!
It’s a little hard to get a OnePlus One straight from the manufacturer right now. The invite system is complex and makes the device a little harder to get your hands on. You don’t have to get an invite if you are willing to make a few sacrifices, though.
OppoMart.com is offering the device for the higher price of $399. This would be for the lower-end, 16 GB version, making the device $100 more expensive than if you purchased it straight from OnePlus.
It’s important to note this is also not the same device, though. It seems the device will be running Oppo’s Color OS instead of CyanogenMod, as the software is not ready. You could always just install CyanogenMod 11 yourself, but we know a lot of you would rather avoid that.
In addition, this version will have the following bands – WCDMA: 1/2/4/5/8 (850/900/1900/2100 MHz) and LTE FDD: 1/3/4/7/17/38/40 (1800/2100/2600MHz). Make sure these are compatible with your network before you purchase!
Opinion: These seem like some pretty hefty sacrifices, especially the higher price. I would rather wait, but we know some of you really love this device. After all, the hardware is very much worth those $400. Especially if you live outside the OnePlus availability list.