One of the hottest new phones of the year is undoubtedly the Motorola-made Google Nexus 6. Its high-end specs and Android 5.0 preinstalled appeal to a great many folks, and we are thrilled to see our Nexus 6 section in the forums taking off so fast.
We plan to get a Nexus 6 in the office for a full hands-on preview and Q&A session on the new super-phablet. We want to find out what you folks would like to know the most regarding the next Nexus. We thought it would be cool and useful to get some direct feedback from you. That way, once we work up a full breakdown of the device, you can get a feel for it before you shell out your hard earned dollars, just in case you have a backup device in mind.
To that end, please post any and all questions you have about the Nexus 6 in this thread. Once we get our hands on one, we will fill out the Nexus 6 Q&A thread with all of the answers we can come up with. Your questions could be about anything: the general feel of the phone, any technical glitches, performance, battery life, or anything you can come up with.
We want to fill our hands-on Nexus 6 content with the highest volume of useful info for our members!
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The humble bundle has been an innovative solution for promotion and philanthropy among developers in the Android community. The idea behind the Humble Bundle is the game developers pair their games together and allow you to choose your price. A portion of the sales go to charity. Its a win for everyone involved. There are levels which will also unlock more games. For instance you can choose to pay 1 penny and get the first four games. If you decide to pay the average price you unlock 5 more games, and if you pay $8 you unlock two more games. There is also unlockable content that unlocks when the overall sales reach milestones.
Pay Any Price and get:
Pay Above the Average Price and get the above +:
-Topia World Builder
-Mines of Mars
Pay $8 or More and get the above +:
-The Deer God
-Exiles Far Colony
Last week we discussed the missing double tap to wake feature of the Nexus 6. Some of you could not care less that the feature exists on the N6, while others pointed out that the feature was kind of redundant with the ambient display being present, and still others of you were pretty bummed that the feature did not make it to the final version. The feature is actually coded into Android on the Nexus 6, it is just not enabled by default. It turns out that it is pretty simple to enable the feature. Developer "Naxir" has created an app that will allow you to enable double tap to wake by clicking a button.
There is one drawback to this. Google's built in implementation of double tap to wake is not without bugs. This could be the reason why they decided to not include it at launch. Some have reported the feature to be a bit flaky if the phone has been asleep for extended periods of time. This app will more than likely not work to enable double tap to wake on any device other than the Nexus 6. It should also be noted that this mod does require your Nexus 6 to be rooted. You can grab the app off the play store for $1 or you can get it for free on XDA.
Black and Red, and now Blue! It looks like Best Buy got some sort of exclusive Blue version of the hot new Motorola Droid Turbo. It's only listed as "coming soon," and retails for the same $199.99 on contract price as the red or black versions.
Other than the new color, the phone is identical to its siblings in hardware and capabilities. Perhaps if you like the color blue and you held out a bit longer for a Droid Turbo, you might be giving yourself a pat on the back right now.
We've included a few more pics of the Blue Droid Turbo in the thread below.
Here's a great app review video for you today! Our very own gear-head and phablet master @smalltowngirl13 decided to put the app "Pie Control" through its paces. This app basically enhances your UI by adding "pie-style" menu overlay that can pop up on the left or right side of your display.
This overlay is customizable so you can create different functions for different buttons. Check out her awesome video and offer up your perspective in the comments below!
There's a dizzying array of Black Friday deals already underway at Amazon! Apparently, Amazon is trying to set a new shopping trend by starting their Black Friday deals a week early. They plan to offer tons of different deals throughout the week culminating in a crescendo of extra cash-savings by the end.
Here's a small listing of just a few of their various offers:
Books, Movies and Music:
More than 50 Kindle books for $1.99 each including titles from Philip K. Dick and Ann Patchett
Hourly Lightning Deals with savings up to 90% on over 90 movies and TV shows
80% off The Complete Sherlock Holmes Heirloom Collection
50% off Diary of a Wimpy Kid Box of Books 1-8, plus The Do-It-Yourself Book
Save on popular books starting at 40% off
More than 80% off Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey, Collector’s Edition
Up to 58% off 11,000+ popular movies and TV shows including X-Men: Days of Future Past, Friends: The Complete Series, Downton Abbey, and more
LG G3 and HTC One M8 smart phones for $0.01 with a new 2 year contract
LG 65-inch 120 Hz LED TV, $648
Toshiba 50-inch LED TV, $199
VIZIO 55-inch Smart LED TV, $478
Samsung 55-inch Smart LED 4K Ultra HD TV, $899
Up to 45% off select Samsung TVs including: Samsung 40-inch Smart 1080p LED TV for $328; Samsung 55-inch Curved Smart 4K Ultra HD LED TV for $1,298
If you want the most powerful smartphone in existence, you will have to fork over $800 USD and put your own software on it. Qualcomm now has their next-gen developer edition device available for the tinkerers among us. Their Mobile Development Platform Smartphone is the first device to include their latest and greatest technology, the Snapdragon 810.
Here's a list of specs and features of this next-gen superphone:
6.17-inch QHD (1600x2560) display with 10-finger multi-touch capacity
Snapdragon 810 64-bit octa-core processor
Adreno 430 graphics unit
4GB of LP-DDR4 RAM
13MP OIS rear camera with dual LED flash - can shoot 4K video at 30FPS and 1080p video @60 fps
The front camera is 4MP auto-focus unit that's able to take 1080p video at 120FPS
11.1 surround sound with Dolby and DTS
USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.1
Snapdragon StudioAccess technology and SecureMSM digital rights management
3020 mAh li-ion battery
3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis gyroscope, a 3-axis magnetometer
Ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, pressure sensor, temperature and humidity sensor
There's a UV sensor, and a Mobeam sensor - which allows you to scan, collect, and send barcodes with "blinking light"
For the gear-heads that want to delve deeper into the technology of the Snapdragon 810 itself, here's a breakdown: The 810 is based on two sets of four Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 cores...
According to the latest reports, Samsung missed their sales expectations for the Galaxy S5 by a massive 40%. This resulted in sales of 12 Million for the Galaxy S5, which was 4 million less than the previous generation Galaxy S4. On top of that, sales for the Galaxy S5 were even worse in China. Here's a quote, “Galaxy S5 sales were down by about 50% from those of its direct predecessor during the first six months that the device was on sale.”
Apparently, this has resulted in a large glut of already built, but never shipped Galaxy S5 devices languishing in dust on supply shelves. Supposedly, Samsung's board may be looking to oust mobile boss J.K. Shin and replace him with B.K. Yoon. This is despite the fact that Samsung has risen to become the global Android leader under Shin's direction. If this does happen, it just goes to show that when you miss your projections by such a large amount, even the mighty will be thrown to the wolves.
Very soon it might look like a season finale of Game of Thrones at Samsung Mobile HQ.
The hot new Nexus 6 from Motorola and Google just went through its final "unofficial vetting process"... it has now been dissected by those crazy mobile surgeons at iFixit! Somewhat surprisingly, the phone scores a 7 out of 10 on their repairability scale. This is in spite of the fact that it was filled with a dizzying array of screws. There were also a few components hard-soldered to the motherboard.
Here's a quick recap of the final analysis:
Motorola Nexus 6 Repairability Score: 7 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair).
Pressure contacts and cable connectors make the modular components (cameras, buttons, headphone jack) easy to replace.
The Nexus 6 uses a single kind of screw, although it's a fairly uncommon size (T3).
Many many screws hold the midframe in place—this makes its removal somewhat tedious, but also means no clips or adhesive are needed to secure it to the front panel.
The glued-in battery is less accessible than we'd like, but it can be replaced.
Several components (vibrator, SIM slot, speaker, USB port) are soldered directly to the motherboard and will be more difficult to replace than if they were connected by cable.
The digitizer is fused to the display, increasing repair costs for a cracked screen, but it is easy to get to the bare display assembly.
Be sure to check out the full breakdown at the iFixit site for all of the gory images.