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What’s going on with Saygus?


Rewinding back all the way to CES in January, I remember first stumbling upon the Saygus V2 and instantly I was excited by the phone. Top-shelf specs, a unique design, tons of expandable storage, and a company that seemed refreshingly different. At the same time, I was also instantly wary. I remember discussing the phone, as well as my misgivings, with my peers. After all, the phone made some pretty big promises, all from a very small company we knew very little about.

Fast-forwarding to today, it seems there was good reason to be a bit leery of the Saygus V2’s ambitions.

After an initial pre-order period in early February, the Saygus V2 should have hit customers’ hands shortly after this but due to “delays caused by manufacturing issues”, Saygus ended up postponing the official release until May 22nd. As we all know, it didn’t meet that date either, stating that “some quality assurance and network testing” was still required before the device could ship, with Saygus setting no new date.

saygus v2 4See also: Hands-on with the feature-filled Saygus V234

It seems there was good reason to be a bit leery of the Saygus V2’s ambitions.

Finally in June, it said that the phone was still coming, and the company opened up a new Indiegogo campaign, hoping to get additional funds and support in order to overcome some “further manufacturing issues”. Saygus still didn’t have a release date in mind though, but it did promise that it was planning to release the phone sometime in the fall. As a “reward” for those that stuck with Saygus and hadn’t asked for refunds, Saygus revealed it was at least upgrading the phone a bit, adding two SIM card slots, Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box (originally it had KitKat), and the addition of a USB type-C port.

Now it’s fall, and still no Saygus V2 just yet. Those that are still hanging on to the promise of the V2 might wonder “what’s going on with Saygus?” In fact, one of our readers recently asked us this question and hoped that we could get to the bottom of the situation. Here’s what we found out.

What’s going on with Saygus?

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After reaching out to Saygus, we finally received a response, but unfortunately it was pretty much the typical canned response you’d expect. In the Saygus representative’s own words:

Nobody has attempted to construct a phone of this caliber; it is a challenging undertaking- but in the end, the phone will speak for itself.

Saygus does not have an official timeframe to announce at the moment, but I am told they are very close (possibly a matter of weeks) to being able to do so. One of the main challenges has been due to procuring and then integrating and tuning the high end cameras.

We appreciate your interest in the Saygus V-squared and will work to provide any solid updates and information when we have them.

So in a nutshell, they are still claiming to be “close”, with most of their communication on Twitter pointing to a launch in late-October. That said, many of its backers are rightfully getting pretty anxious, due to the fact that Saygus has continually missed deadlines, but really it goes further than that.

Delays are expected, but so is communication

Frankly speaking, when dealing with a smaller company that is aiming big, you expect delays. It’s happened many times before, with famous examples such as the Pebble or the YotaPhone, both of which not only eventually surfaced, but have continued to develop new products since. Most of the people who back this kind of project understand they are taking a risk, they do it anyway because they believe in the company’s end goal and hope they’ll be treated with respect and open communication along the way. Unfortunately, Saygus has been particularly bad here.

A quick look at their Twitter account shows that they have a history of making promises, or at least alluding to a possible timeframe, and then they not only miss the date – they don’t issue a tweet explaining the delay for days, weeks, or longer.

Saygus has done this all before…


The way that Saygus has handled its communication about the V2’s delays is nothing short of disastrous, but what is even worse is that they have played this game before. While most of us had forgotten or never heard of the Saygus V Phone, the handset was first shown off around 2009 and promised – for the time – high-end specs and support for Verizon’s network (it went so far as to get certification even).

Reportedly, after several changes to its promised spec sheet, the phone would have been powered by a 806MHz processor with 512MB RAM, 16GB storage with microSD, Android 1.5, and other specs that were reasonably decent for its era. The phone was seen in some tech-demos but ultimately never surfaced. Of course, Saygus has done well to avoid mentioning the V Phone and so many of their customers are probably completely unaware that Saygus has dreamt big and failed to deliver in the past.

To be honest, it’s really hard to find solid details about that phone or what happened to it. From what we gather, they didn’t get into the advanced funding stage like they did with the V2, but its vaporware status, and the company’s failure to deliver on its goals for the V2, certainly don’t paint a pretty picture.

Will it be worth the wait in the end?

Providing that Saygus really does get the V2 out this fall, October or otherwise, is the self-dubbed “superphone” still all that super? While it has some cool features, honestly, we’d say no.

In early 2015, or even up to this summer, the Saygus V2 still held its own pretty well. But in an age where there are now flagship-like devices at around or below $ 400 (Moto X Style / Pure, Nexus 5x, Nexus 6p, OnePlus 2), the Saygus V2’s pricing and features aren’t nearly as compelling.

  Saygus V2 Nexus 6P Nexus 5X Galaxy S6 Edge+ Moto X Style Xperia Z5 Premium
Display 5-inch 1920×1080 dipslay (445ppi) with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 5.7-inch AMOLED
QHD (2560×1440)
5.2-inch LCD
FullHD (1920×1080)
5.7-inch AMOLED
QHD (2560×1440)
QHD (2560×1440)
5.5-inch LCD
4K (3840×2160)
SoC 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 Snapdragon 810 Snapdragon 808 Exynos 7420 Snapdragon 808 Snapdragon 810
Storage 64GB storage 32/64/128GB 16/32GB 32/64/128GB 16/32/64GB 32GB
MicroSD Yes, dual slots for up to 256GB expandable storage No No No Yes, up to 128GB Yes, up to 200GB
Cameras 21MP rear facing cam with OIS, 13MP front cam with OIS 12.3MP rear
8MP front
12.3MP rear
5MP front
16MP rear
5MP front
21MP rear
5MP front
23MP rear
5MP front
Battery 3100 mAh removable battery, wireless Qi-charging built-in 3,450mAh 2,700mAh 3,000mAh 3,000mAh 3,430mAh
Fast charge Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wireless charge Yes No No Yes Yes Yes
Fingerprint Scan Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Waterproof Yes, IPX7 Rating No No No No Yes, IP68
Type C USB Yes Yes Yes No No No
Price $ 650 $ 500 $ 379 $ 700 or less $ 400 Around $ 700

Sure, the Saygus still has some cool extras like dual SIM, dual microSD, a super strong build, and some high-quality speakers. But there are already a lot of phones out there that offer many of the V2’s other ‘special features’ like waterproofing, fingerprint scanners, type-C, and high-end camera, all while either being cheaper or only marginally more expensive, while packing a much more modern processor and displays with resolutions as high as 4K. Most of these products are also easily available right now, save for the OnePlus 2 and the Xperia Z5 Premium.

Let us also remember that once (or maybe better to say if) the Saygus V2 ships, it has to first get out to its original pre-order customers, then it has the Indiegogo folks too. That means those that came later in line probably aren’t just waiting until “this fall”, and could easily still be waiting into 2016. At Android Authority, we applaud when a little guy comes out of the woodwork to challenge the status quo, but we honestly would say that you are probably better off looking elsewhere for your next phone.

Are you someone who planned on getting the V2? Are you still waiting, or did you cancel? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Android 5.1 Lollipop – Here’s what’s new!

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Android 5.1 Lollipop is officially in the wild and it comes with a metric ton of changes. However, most of them are under the hood and the actual interface only saw a few minor tweaks here and there. Let’s take a look at what’s different in 5.1.


Quick Settings tweaks

The Quick Settings in Android 5.1 Lollipop saw a couple of tweaks. They include:

  • You can now connect to WiFi and Bluetooth devices without being required to go into the Settings app. Simply click the down arrow and continue from there.
  • There is a new animation for the portrait mode toggle (more on that later).

Android 5.1 Lollipop

Screen Pinning improvements

Screen Pinning is a feature (under Security in the Settings) that allows you to lock someone into a single application. This is great for kids or if someone is borrowing your phone.

  • The verbiage in the Settings has been changed for clarification purposes.
  • When you pin an application, Android now shows you which buttons to press in order to leave Screen Pinning mode. Otherwise, the feature works exactly as it did before.

Android 5.1 Lollipop

Contacts app improvements

The Contacts app has undergone a couple of minor improvements:

  • There is no longer any color overlays on contact pictures.
  • Google+ photos are no longer used for contact pictures.
  • Other minor tweaks here and there.

Android 5.1 Lollipop

System Volume tweaks

The lack of silent mode is a sore spot for many Lollipop users, although HTC and Samsung have managed to (generally) re-add the feature in their skins. With Android 5.1, Google didn’t give us silent mode back but they did make some other tweaks:

  • The icons of Priority Mode and No Interruptions Mode now appear in the selection window. This is so people new to the OS understand what the icons mean when they show up in the status bar (shown in the gif above).
  • No Interruptions Mode will now still deliver notifications and you’ll still see the notification light blinking. It’s no silent mode, but it works pretty much the same. The only real gripe is that alarms still don’t go off so you’ll still need to create a tweaked Priority Mode (where alarms are okay, but everything else is turned off) in order to get a “truer” silent mode.
  • You can now access system volume even while watching video, listening to music, or otherwise engaging in media. Simply click the bell icon on the right side (see video for a demonstration) and the media volume will disappear, replaced by the system volume.
  • Other small tweaks are there, including the ability to better manage Priority Mode.

Android 5.1 Lollipop

New animations

A few new animations have made their way into Android 5.1.

  • The four icons at the top of the Clock app are now animated.
  • The Portrait/Landscape toggle in Quick Settings is also now animated.

Android 5.1 Lollipop

Other various tweaks

Some of the other highlights from the Android 5.1 update include:

  • NuPlayer officially takes over for AwesomePlayer as the default streaming player.
  • When you receive a heads-up notification (when they appear at the top and are clickable), you can swipe up to hide the notification but it will remain in the notification drop-down for you to check later. In Android 5.0, swiping up on the heads-up notification dismissed the notification entirely.
  • Device Protection mode is now a thing that exists. This nifty new feature keeps your device locked down even if it has been factory reset, preventing thieves from getting around your security. Sadly, this is only available on the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 as well as, according to Google, all Lollipop devices launched going forward.
  • HD Voice Calling is now included. Devices on compatible carrier networks that support HD Voice will be able to use the feature. Reportedly, this only works with the Nexus 6 for right now.
  • Dual-SIM support is now baked right into the OS.
  • Unless otherwise stated, we believe the memory leak has finally been fixed.
  • There were over 14000 additional tweaks, fixes, and other changes that came to Android 5.1 that improved everything from performance to battery. To see them all, here’s the full changelog.
Android 5.1 Lollipop

The new “no SIM card” icon.

What we’re still waiting on

While the 5.1 update was huge in its own right, it didn’t bring everything. Here are a few features many people are still waiting on.

  • A true silent mode where notifications come in, alarms act as normal, but the device doesn’t vibrate or ring.
  • T-Mobile Nexus 6 users are still waiting for WiFi Calling but that should be coming soon.
  • There is still no reboot option. When long pressing the power button, you still only have the option to Power Down.

Android 5.1 Lollipop


Overall, the update is a big step forward for Lollipop and dare we say, the Lollipop we probably should have had to begin with. Performance on the Nexus 5 (at least) has been noticeably better and the inclusion of the new features gives a more full and complete feeling to the UI and experience overall. Let us know what you thought of the Android 5.1 Lollipop update. Did Google address all of your concerns or are there still some things you wish they had?

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DevBytes: What’s new in Android 5.0 Lollipop

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