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by dgstorm at May 27, 2015
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Just this morning we shared some slick news regarding what could be the new Motorola Droid device. A Moto device with the XT1585 model number and internal codename 'Kinzie' was rumored. We now have some breaking intel regarding that device.

According to anonymous insider sources from the supply chain, the Motorola Kinzie will have a unique 5.43" QHD YOUM display. Supposedly, it will be the first phone to utilize the full version of the plastic/glasstic lens, and will be marketed as the first unbreakable screen. Considering that Motorola was the first OEM to market a Kevlar case design, we can see them making a move like this.

If true, this poses some interesting questions regarding Samsung. Obviously the first instance of the YOUM display was in the Galaxy Note Edge and the new Galaxy S6 Edge. Does this mean that the version used in the Motorola device is a more advanced design? Will it be truly flexible? Is it just a marketing ploy by Motorola?

Even though this "rumint" brings up more questions than it answers, we can't wait to see of it is accurate. Stay tune for more intel in the coming weeks.
by dgstorm at May 27, 2015
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Big Red giveth, and Big Red taketh away. We have reports from insider sources that Verizon is planning on changing the early upgrade options of their Edge program. Starting on May 31st, you will no longer be able to pay off your Edge program at the 75% amount, but will instead be required to pay the full amount. This basically kills off the Early Upgrade, because it's no different than simply buying a new phone and upgrading whenever you want.

Just as a reminder, the old Edge program would allow folks to get a new device early by paying off only 75% of the total price of your current device. This usually occurred at about 18 months, instead of the usual 24 months, which is how you gained extra value with the Edge program. Verizon claims they are wanting to simplify the program, but this almost useless.

The only advantage now is that you don't have to trade in the phone, because you have completely paid it off and it's yours. Also, with Edge you still get the lower line access fees, and no activation fee. Still, it basically seems like the Verizon Wireless execs are trying to slowly kill off the program. We will keep an eye out for an official announcement and share in this thread if/when that happens.

What are your thoughts on this policy shift from Verizon?

Thanks for the tip, anonymous!

*Update: Here's the official link from Verizon:...
by dgstorm at May 27, 2015
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If this latest "rumint" is to be believed, it looks like Motorola isn't too scared of the overheating reputation of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810. We have rumors of the latest Motorola smartphones coming later this year, and one of them includes the disfavored chipset. The device holds the model number XT1585, and is supposedly headed to Verizon. It has the internal codename Kinzie, and is said to have a QHD resolution display with 640 DPI.

The rumor suggests there will also be a second (and third) Motorola device which uses the smaller Snapdragon 808 chipset. Both are effectively the same device, but the third has a different model name, and is headed to Verizon. They are the XT1578 and XT1097 respectively, and are both codenamed “Clark.” These devices will also have a QHD resolution (but with a slightly lower DPI of 560, suggesting a smaller display size).

That's about all that could be gleaned from this latest Moto leak. If true, it looks like we have a couple of new Droids coming to Big Red this year!

Source: Reddit
by dgstorm at May 27, 2015
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The T-Mobile LG G4 is now up for grabs. The device can be had for $599.76 total or 24 payments of $24.99 per month with $0 down. Just as we shared previously, this offer also includes a 128GB microSD card for FREE (for a limited time), making this one impressive value.

Besides a gorgeous display and more, the LG G4 has one of the best smartphone cameras on the planet. You can't really go wrong with this device if you are needing/wanting a new phone. Don't forget to check out our dedicated section for more LG G4 discussions: LG G4 Forum Android Forum at DroidForums.net

Here's the source link to grab yours today: LG G4 Smartphone Phablet LG G4 Reviews Specs More T-Mobile
by dgstorm at May 27, 2015
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We don't want to get your hopes up, but this news is worth sharing for all the cord cutters out there who love HBO. The company is apparently considering some even cheaper subscription options for their service. The have been sending out surveys to folks who stop their HBO Now service after the free trial. As you can see from the image above, this survey asks, "“If these offers were available to you for one-time only, how likely would you be to take advantage of each in the next three months?”

The options on the survey are quite tempting although the last choice is the most tempting of all... a one-year subscription for just $99.99. That possible future option would bring the price of the service down cheaper than Netflix and in line with Amazon Prime's pricing model. Obviously, this pricing model may never come to fruition, as it depends on the response that HBO receives. It's also possible that this pricing option would only become available to folks threatening to leave the service.

Still, if this option gets enough of a response, HBO could see a benefit in making it the primary pricing model. At some break-even point, a mass volume of folks on the $100 per year option would be more profitable than a much smaller volume at $15 per month. What do you guys think?

Source: CutCableToday
by dgstorm at May 27, 2015
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Here's an impressive deal on the Nexus Player. Google dropped $20 off the regular price, bringing the media device's price down to a paltry $79 bucks! We aren't sure if this is a permanent price drop or just a short lived sale, so you may want to jump on this early if you were considering getting a Nexus Player.

Here's the Google Play Store link: Google Store - Nexus Chromecast and more
by PereDroid at May 27, 2015
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Well here is some pretty cool news from the automotive world regarding our favorite OS. Hyundai just announced that all 2015 Sonatas with the Navigation package (which I would assume is extra) can now get Android Auto installed! Once installed, it adds an "Android Auto" button to the normal Hyundai entertainment/navi system. Press that button and the car blocks out your phone forcing you to use the in-dash system to send a text or play music. Being Android people around here, we know how well Google Now could handle this and it makes a lot of sense from a safety standpoint.

The thing that really kind of blew my mind is that Hyundai is offering it to people even if you already bought a 2015 Hyundai Sonata. You can just login to the Hyundai website, download a file to a USB memory stick and plug that in to your radio.

"Would you like to install Android Auto?"

This surprises me because so many car companies won't let you do any tinkering to your car without a dealer visit. That's pretty cool, Hyundai.

SOURCE: Engadget
by DroidModderX at May 26, 2015
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I bought my Nexus 6 unlocked directly from Google mostly because I found out that it would not be available from Verizon for several months after the release day. Many others did the same thing, and experienced the Verizon snubbing. If you carried your unlocked device into Verizon they would refuse to activate it!!! So I have a phone here that will work on any carrier, I want to give you my money, and you are going to refuse to activate my phone??!!! Many of you were as shocked as I was. Verizon let me know that my device was unrecognized device. The fix was simple. If you wanted your Nexus 6 to work on the Verizon network you would need to take an older device with the same size sim card to Verizon, have that phone activated then take the newly activated sim home and stick it into your Nexus 6!

It looks like Verizon is finally preparing to begin activating these unlocked devices. Nexus 6 owners are reporting that their devices are now showing up as "Nexus 6 Non Verizon" instead of "Non Verizon". If you try to find your Nexus 6 via the Verizon online IMEI check tool it will now show as "Your Device" instead of "non compatible". This means that Verizon is now able to find the IMEI of your...
by DroidModderX at May 26, 2015
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Greenify is the utility that helps you save battery life. It learns what is causing the most battery drain on your device and informs you so you can make changes to your phone using habits. Not only will the app help to identify rogue battery sucking apps, it will also place them in hibernate mode saving precious battery life. The app is able to do all of this without dampening your phone's performance.

There is now a new Beta version available which brings some really cool features to the app. Greenify's best features have always been for root users only, however this latest beta version brings the auto-hibernation mode to non rooted devices! To get this working you will need to enable the feature in the experimental settings and be running a version of Android greater than 4.1. Head to the link below to grab the beta build!

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by DroidModderX at May 26, 2015
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One of the quickest and easiest ways to customize your Android homescreen is to add a wallpaper and some custom icons! Many custom launchers include the ability to use custom themed icon packs. If you want some icons that really stand out you might want to give the "Ponoco" icons by our very own "ArtVandelay440" a try.

These icons are a fusion of modern design, texture, and boldness. Each icon is rounded off and features what appears to be a horizontal crease down the middle giving these icons the appearance of paper. Each logo is hand themed to fit the overall design of the icon pack. There are 800 handmade icons, 44 cloud based wallpapers, an exclusive app dashboard which will help you to get this package setup on your custom launcher, an integrated request tool just incase you don't see your favorite app's icons themed, and more! Grab this icon pack from the link below.

via Play Store
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