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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Yet another way to get a taste of Lollipop on your device emerges thanks to an update to the Nova Launcher. The material design has to be one of the largest overall changes to Android in 5.0 Lollipop, and one thing that makes the material design standout is the abundance of animations built into the UI. One of the most instnatly noticeable animations in LP is the app drawer animation. You can now have this animation on any device running any version of android. The new update to Nova launcher also brings a tweak to the old circle animation now called circle wipe, added lollipop circle animation, and plenty of bug fixes and optimizations. Head to the link below to grab the Nova Beta launcher if you haven't already.
Well what do you know! The Nexus 6 does actually have an RGB LED notification light. It is placed inside of the top speaker grill. RGB means that the light can actually display an array of colors. It would seem that the notification light has been disabled in favor of the ambient display which causes your screen to briefly turn on any time your phone receives a notification. If you wanted to use the LED light instead of the ambient display you can actually enable it thanks to some handy work by the creators of the lightflow app. Your Nexus 6 will need to be rooted. It looks like the Lightflow app does not support the LED light yet, but the lightflow creators have posted the instructions to get the feature working until they build support into their app. Head to the link below for more info.
Bootanimations are fun little nuggets that keep us from staring at a blank screen while our phones operating system loads. In the past if you wanted to modify this you would have to piece together hundreds or sometimes even thousands of PNG photos to form a nice bootanimation. This process could take hours for those with lots of experience, and days for the average joe. Thanks to an all new bootanimation binary compiled by Motorola you can now set any video as your bootanimation. It will take a bit of work on your end, but the end result means you can customize your bootanimation with very minimal effort. If you can follow a few steps you can compile your own bootanimations. The process does require a rooted phone and also a root browser that allows you to modify the /system partition. Head to the link below for the full guide!
The European Parliament is preparing to call on regulators to consider splitting Internet search from other commercial services, according to a draft motion. European politicians have grown increasingly concerned about Google’s command of the Internet industry, and have sought ways to curb their power. A public call for a break-up would be the most far-reaching action proposed and a significant threat to Google’s business.
According to the Financial Times, the motion is being pushed by German representatives:
Parliament lacks the authority to break up corporations, but a public motion would step up the pressure on the European Commission.
Nexus devices have always been super easy to root and mod thanks to Goolge's commitment to produce developer friendly devices. Rooting a Nexus device is as easy as installing a custom recovery and flashing the SuperSU.zip. Although it is super easy it can be difficult for anyone who is not used to ADB commands. You have to execute a few commands to get your devices bootloader unlocked and to install a custom recovery. Your PC also needs the SDK installed. Wugfresh decided to make this process easy enough for anyone even a newb to perform. His Nexus Root Toolkit allows you to one click your way to an unlocked bootloader, recovery install, and rooted device. There are many more options that any modder would be super impressed with.
He has decided to extend this toolkit to other devices, and the OnePus One is the first device to receive the Root Toolkit treatment! His "Bacon Root Toolkit" will do whatever you need to your OnePlus One. Head to the link below for the install.
Flash Player hasn't been supported by Adobe on Android since 4.1 Jellybean back in 2012. Flash for mobile and out-of-the-box support for the technology disapeared. Technically, it was still easy to play Flash-based websites until 4.3, though, as the AOSP Android browser that was then pre-loaded on every smartphone still supported Flash.
When Android 4.4 Kit Kat was released, Google switched to Chromium for WebView support. WebView is the built-in browser used by the system to navigate to web pages without using your default browser. When WebView was replaced with Chromium, this broke support for third party browsers using Flash such as Dolphin and Puffin etc. Same thing with Android 5.0, officially, you can't get Flash sites to work on Chrome, Firefox, Dolphin and that's where FlashFox comes in.
Phone Arena put together a quick guide on how to add Flash support to devices running Android 5.0 and it really couldn’t be easier:
If you are still on a grandfathered unlimited data plan then you already know that your plan does not include free wifi tethering. In order to gain that you would normally need to ditch your unlimited data plan and pick up a capped data plan. The good news is that with root you can mod your device and solve this issue! Enabling Wifi Tether on the Nexus 6 is as easy as editing the build.prop.
To Enable Wifi Tether on any Nexus 6
1. Grab the Root Browser App from the Play Store
2. Navigate to the /system folder
3. Long press the Build.prop
4. Select Open With
5. Choose the Text Editor
6. add the following line to the very end of the build.prop text
7. Now save the file and reboot your device
That is all you should now be able to wifi tether on your Nexus 6 for FREE!!!!!!!
***Please note: Tethering without paying for it is a "theft of service" from your wireless service provider. You may be subject to additional fees &/or legal action if they can prove you've done so.
We have another special treat for you guys this fine Friday afternoon! We are proud to present our very first DroidForums news brief. It's called Android in the News - Week in Review! This is our quick recap/highlight of the hottest news stories of the week. We plan on making it a regular video (with the exception of holidays - like Thanksgiving next week).