Mediatek is the lower end brand of CPU that powers much of the world's smartphones. Many of the Chinese phones include a Mediatek chip set. In the past I have had trouble with Mediatek performance, but recently things have really gotten better. In some devices the Mediatek chips actually perform well.
Stagefright was the crazy bug a while back that effected about 99% of all Android users. The bug allowed attackers to gain complete access to your phone if you clicked a media file sent by the attacker which included the bug. While most flagships patched the bug quickly, Mediatek handsets have remained vulnerable.
Yesterday "BlueFlame4" posted several recovery flashable zips that fix Stagefright on devices with a Mediatek MT6753 chip. Devices like the Elephone P8000 were fixed.
Little by little various OEMs are beginning to test out Marshmallow on their devices. So far only a handful of devices, namely nexus devices, actually have official Marshmallow builds. Sony has just started the rollout of a Marshmallow beta test program. The beta will be available for Xperia Z2, Z3 and Z3 Compact users in countries to include Italy, Netherlands, and Spain. Part of the Beta program is to crowd source the search for bugs in the software. As bugs are squashed Sony will be closer to releasing Marshmallow to the rest of the user base.
The Marshmallow soak test for the Moto G 2nd Gen was just announced yesterday. It was also announced that the Moto G 4G would be a bit behind on the soak test front. The good news is that Motorola has now officially released source code for the Moto G 4G kernel. This means that developers will have all they need to get fully functioning stable roms ready for the device. It won't matter when the official build of Marshmallow lands for the device as developers will be able to get bug free Roms out for the device!
The risk for the bug found is not high at all. In fact most of you would never find yourself in the demonstrated scenario. The idea is that if you hand your phone over to a colleague or friend while it is unlocked and take your attention away they can add their own fingerprint with out having to first input your PIN. This is a bit concerning, but the good news is that it is a problem with the Nova Launcher and not with the LG V10.
Nova Launcher allows you to add an app activities widget to your homescreen. From there you are able to add the "fingerprint settings" activity to the homescreen, and can then access that to setup your own fingerprint without first inputting the PIN or password. With the new fingerprint added the person could access your phone any time you are not near it. The moral of the story is to stay away from 3rd party launchers like Nova until this bug has been patched.
We have received several reports that Verizon started rolling out the latest Android Marshmallow update to the Motorola Droid Turbo 2, but then suddenly stopped it. The build was 24.14.9, but we suspect they found a hiccup that caused them to yank it. When they start it up again it will likely have a different number.
Stay tuned for more details, or if you see something before we post anything, be sure to share it here!
Prepare for a splash of exuberant hyperbole. The Amazon Echo just had it's cool factor go up by a factor of 10! The newest feature added to the Amazon Echo takes it several steps forward to being a "must have" household tech item. They just added a set of voice commands to control the thermostat in your home!
Specifically, the company named ecobee has a smart, WiFi enabled thermostat called the ecobee3 and it is now compatible with voice commands through your Amazon Echo. The ecobee3 is already an impressive device by itself and is very similar in capabilities to the Nest thermostat that Google owns. Being able to sync with your Amazon Echo wirelessly is a great feather to add to its hat, on top of its programability and enhanced smart-sensing technologies.
With the two of these device paired up, you simply have to ask Alexa to raise/lower the temperature, or even set a specific temperature. Along with all the great music options, the ability to order you an Uber ride, and the lighting/power socket controlling capabilities, Alexa keeps evolving to new heights every month!
We have some newly leaked tidbits to share with you folks on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. A Dutch site supposedly has insider info on pricing and internal specs for their country's version of these two upcoming flagship devices. Above is the spec-list, and below we have a price structure.
As you can see, it looks like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge will be a bit cheaper than the Galaxy S6 Edge was last year when it first launched (by $50). While these prices are not in USD, the pricing structure should be about the same, so this is an accurate guess.
It's also cool to see that the rumored 3,000 mAh and 3,600 mAh batteries which were rumored for these devices get some second-hand confirmation. It looks like the water and dust resistance is returning as well. Let's cross our fingers that the rumored microSD slot somehow makes it into the device too!
It looks like AT&T is working toward a higher speed 5G LTE network even though an actual 5G standard has not been settled by the 3GPP. We already know that both Verizon and Sprint are already testing 1Gbps Advanced LTE wireless internet capabilities, so it's no surprise that AT&T is joining the party. Here's a quick quote from their press release,
"Customers will see speeds measured in gigabits per second, not megabits. For reference, at one gigabit per second, you can download a TV show in less than 3 seconds. Customers will also see much lower latency with 5G. Latency, for example, is how long it takes after you press play on a video app for the video to start streaming on your device. We expect 5G latency in the range of 1 to 5 milliseconds."
A fully fleshed out roadmap is still in the works, but estimates predict it will take at least until 2020 for AT&T's 5G network to see a widespread rollout.
DroidForums own @smalltowngirl13 is back with a new video! As many of our members know, @smalltowngirl13 is a huge fan of Android mobile smartphone tech. She owns more Android smartphones than just about anyone we have ever met, as she purchases almost every new flagship that comes out. Seriously, if she wanted to start her own smartphone business/museum with previous generation smartphones, she already has the inventory.
At any rate, this time, she decided to try out the other side of mobile tech by giving the Apple iPhone 6s Plus a shot. Even if you are a die-hard Android fan, you shouldn't scoff at her open-mindedness. No person could ever accurately accuse her of not being one of the biggest Android fans on the planet.
We appreciate that she wanted to try out how things are done in Apple-land. This is because she created this excellent demo video of how she transitioned her apps and capabilities from Android to iOS. She even figured out creative ways to create similar functionality to mimic what she loses from Android when migrating to iOS. This includes various Android specific functions and apps.
Here at DroidForums we respect that some folks use the iPhone instead of an Android. We even have a sister-site @iPhoneforums.net. The cool thing about this video is that you could just as easily reverse much of what is...