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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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.
Moto X 2014 Edition owners on Verizon should check your email inboxes. Some of you may have received a soak test invite for an update to the phone. There's no word yet on whether this is just some security update, or the full blown Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Based upon what we have been hearing from the grapevine, it is very possible this is Android 5. Of course, it could simply be the Advanced Calling 1.0 feature that Verizon has coming for the device. We will keep an eye on this and let you know what happens!
As has been reported last week the Nexus 6 comes stock with Encryption enabled. Many have reported some minor lag issues which seem to be tied to this feature. There is actually a way to disable the Forced Encryption. This does require a bit of adb knowledge. You will also need to be bootloader unlocked for this to work. Once bootloader is unlocked simply download the "Noforceencryption boot.img", flash it in bootloader mode (use fastboot flash boot command), then you will need to factory reset your device (use format userdata command, or you can factory reset in recovery), if for some reason this does not work you can flash the stock image in the bootloader mode. Run Cf-auto-root for root if desired. Head to the link below for the full guide. This should rid your device of all lag.
CF-Root by Chainfire has been released for the Nexus Player. The Nexus Player is the new $99 media box from Google. This device is made to bring apps, media, and gaming from the Android platform to your big screen. With root you should be able to modify your device and have even more access for more media. You will be able to install alternative launchers and this should pave the way to really open up your device. Head to the link below for the download.