Here's a story so hot you might get burned, and in fact, after you hear about it, you might feel burned. According to a report over on The Verge, Verizon plans to raise the price of their Grandfathered Unlimited plans by $20 USD per line. This new rate will apply starting in November. The specifics of the increase are that the monthly "grandfathered unlimited data plan" will go up by $20 per line to $49.99, and this is on top of what you pay for voice and text.
Furthermore, this new change will only impact customers who are out of contract, and once you go "month to month" the rate will then change to the new amount. Also, government and corporate accounts won't be included in the price increase. There is one tiny "upside" to this new change. Verizon will now let customers buy new smartphones through a monthly payment plan; whereas before, if you wanted to keep the grandfathered unlimited plan, you had to purchase the phone outright.
According to Big Red, just 1% of their customers are still on a a grandfathered unlimited plan, which is how they are justifying the move. Either way, it looks like they are doing their level best to kill it off, one way or the other. We knew that something like this would eventually come... it's actually only surprising that it took this long. Share your pain here.
Almost a week has gone by since Google uploaded Marshmallow 6.0 to their servers. Developers are digging through the source, devices are getting OTAs, and manufacturers are developing their own updates. But there are many of us who have been running 6.0 for a few days now and I want to get the your full review. Tell us your likes, dislikes, bugs you have experience, and things you would like to see Google incorporate in a future software (ie theme manager <-------really Google, HTC been including it since cupcake on the HTC Hero, it is about time users are able to at least choose between light and dark theme. Just saying).
There is this tug of war going on with Google and many android manufacturers that has been going on for years and that is between making a secure device or keeping the device free and open. For years the die hard android enthusiasts have fought manufacturers, carriers, and Google to keep android open for custom software and administrative privileges to fully customize their device. Let's face it, the Droid exploded on the backs of the same backyard development that manufacturers are now shutting out.
When we first started seeing locked bootloaders with the Droid X, manufacturers and carriers were trying to protect their software and prevent (unpaid) tethering. But after a few scares Google has chosen to protect their empire from being burned down by spyware, especially an empire they are trying to build to include enterprises.
More importantly are the users, some who have evolved over the years to wanting a device that works, and others who are tired of a manufacturer or carrier shoving software on their devices. And the one device we turned to for that freedom is now evolving as a result of looking to enact stronger security. For myself I love having a device to root and play with but a device with my bank info, especially after the recent Experian hack, I want secured more than I want a few less apps, tweaks, and customizable features. But even though that is my choice that is not the choice that others will choose which leaves the question of...
The Moto X is incredibly easy to root for the mod and hack enthusiast. Simply unlock the bootloader, flash a custom recovery and root. For the uninitiated the aforementioned "easy" approach might actually seem pretty daunting. Newbs need root too! For those of you who would be more comfortable with a one click solution a method is now available. KingRoot has added support for the Moto X Pure.
The only downside to KingRoot is that it is a closed source app that comes from China. The reason it is closed source is the fact that it houses proprietary exploits that would be quickly patched by OEMs if the app were open sourced. That also makes this app suspicious. It installs KingUser their version of SuperSU. If you would rather use SuperSU, which is what I would recommend, just use SuperSUme to uninstall Kinguser and replace it with SuperSU. If you are not worried about a closed source chinese app rooting your phone head to the link below to grab KingRoot.
Verizon is now pushing out an update on the LG G4 running on its network. The 415mb update carries a change log of only security enhancements but with an update this size, it probably has more than just security enhancements. AT&T is also pushing an update currently which includes performance fixes for the keyboard, touch improvement and more.
Check to see if the update is available on your G4 by going into settings-> about phone-> system update.
OnePlus will be having its first open sale of the OnePlus 2 on October 12 which will allow customers w/o an invite to purchase the phone. The vendor will have the phone up for sale for one hour, starting at 12PM, across several time zones.
Here's when you'll be able to buy the device sans an invite on October 12:
Asia: 12:00-1:00 pm HKT
Europe: 12:00-1:00 pm CEST
North America: 12:00-1:00 pm PDT, 3:00-4:00 pm ET
OnePlus has mentioned that the time slots will be region-locked, meaning that customers in the US will be able to purchase the handset only during the 12PM to 1PM PDT window. You can buy a maximum of two phones per order, but you can place as many orders as you want during the one-hour window.
It appears that current owners of the Moto X Pure have been receiving invites thru Motorola's Feedback Network for a soak test...could this be an update to Android 6.0 or just some simple update to Lollipop.
The Moto X Pure is the newest device from Motorola that can be bought unlocked and usable on most all US carriers. It would certainly make sense if it is an update to Marshmallow as Google has begun updating their very own Nexus devices. How awesome would it be for Moto to be the next manufacturer in the game to update their unlocked devices to the newest OS available.
Sound off below with your thoughts, ideas and what you hope it might be!
The Neural Network keyboard from swiftkey uses neural networks for the predictive part of the keyboard. The idea behind this is that human language uses patterns and patterns of patterns. The keyboard seeks to give you the best yet predictive and corrective options while typing. Essentially you can type without typing, or you can type less often. This could be a game changer in the world of mobile typing!
You can use this now if you are running a version of Android 4.4 or greater. Grab the Alpha version of the app from the Swiftkey Greenhouse.