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by pc747 at Sep 2, 2015
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The evolution of Android over the years has been amazing. For those who started with the Droid here on this forum and those who started with the very first Google phone it is hard to imagine that we would be here, but we did not get here on the back of Google alone.

Android started out as an open source platform that gave developers open freedom to create. Over the years we have seen some marvelous creations to the point where garage developers were steps ahead of Google and phone manufacturers. I still remember when devs created and released a fix for the Thunderbolt bug before HTC even acknowledge it existed and once the issue was acknowledged it still took months for them to release a fix that was needed.

But, over the years these garage heroes began to fade off and to be frank I'm not surprised. The hours it took to develop programs, apps, roms, themes, and fixes were all done for free. Yeah you would have the occasional donation, but the money earned was nowhere near what they could make developing for other platforms. Even worse, the community (me included) responded harshly to developers demanding payment, despite the fact that Google and phone manufacturers would implement those same fixes in their software.

So have developers received a fair shake in all this?

I mean, as innovative as Android has been, it has also been brilliant in an exploitative kind of way. Google supplies the software and motivates potential developers to build for the...
by dgstorm at Sep 1, 2015
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It looks like this Sunday will be a calendar event day for fans of HTC smartphones. They let everyone know they will be officially unveiling a new device on September 6th. Although no details were given, more than likely this is the new HTC One A9/Aero.

We have posted several rumors on the device over the past few weeks, and now all the facts will be presented. What do you folks think HTC has up their sleeve? Something juicy or just more of the same?
by dgstorm at Sep 1, 2015
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Leaked images of cases for the new 2015 Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 have hit the web. The best part about these images is that the seemingly confirm the existence of a fingerprint scanner on both devices. This was already suggested by previous rumors, so it's nice to get a confirmation.

Here's a quote with links and details,

It's funny how this is a perfect example of how tech innovations need to come to market at the right time, and be implemented properly to catch mainstream attention. Back in December of 2011 Motorola actually released the first smartphone with a fingerprint sensor: the Motorola Atrix. It was a mediocre implementation, but it was also just a bit ahead of its time. It wasn't until Apple improved on the idea and stuck it in a later iPhone that it became a marketable feature....
by dgstorm at Sep 1, 2015
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Nextbit just unveiled an odd little device called the Robin. It's actually a unique looking smartphone with some decent internal hardware specs:
  • 5.2-inch 1080p screen
  • USB-C port
  • Qualcomm's hexa-core Snapdragon 808 chipsets
  • 3GB of RAM
  • NFC
  • Front-facing speakers
  • Tiny fingerprint scanner on the side
  • 13-megapixel camera
The hardware obviously isn't what makes this phone unique. What distinguishes it even more than its pastel colors and blocky shape is the software. In fact, that's what the designers purposefully focused on. Supposedly, the main focus of the phone is to make it a cloud-based device.

According to the description of the device, it uses 100 GB's of cloud-based computing to offload rarely used apps to the cloud so it can save space on the 32GB storage on the phone. The concept of the phone according to the folks at Nextbit is that you shouldn't have to delete things from your phone when you start running out of space. They also leave the bootloader unlocked so that folks can tinker with their devices.

The one problem we have with the concept of this device is that it seems to try to solve our personal storage problem by coming at the cloud storage solution backwards. Whether you are off-loading your apps to the cloud, or your content to the cloud, aren't you still using the cloud? This phone won't really solve the problem of folks who don't want to use the cloud...

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by dgstorm at Sep 1, 2015
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Late yesterday Samsung officially unveiled their new Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic round faced smartwatches. Just as was previously rumored, it looks like Sammy took queues from Motorola, and they are finally getting wise to the better aesthetics of a round watch face. The new Gear S2 and Gear S2 classic both use a round watch face.

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The Gear S2 features a sleek and modern design aesthetic that is a far cry from the bland and boring of the previous Samsung Gear watches. The Gear S2 Classic takes the same round face, but adds a more traditional watch face that Samsung describes as a “timeless watch design.” (Timeless? Does that mean it stops functioning? :D)

You can get the Gear S2 in a dark gray watch and strap, or silver watch with white strap, while the S2 Classic is only available in black, with a matching genuine leather black strap. Both devices will include a round 1.2-inch 360 x 360 resolution (302 ppi) circular AMOLED display, include physical rotating bezels and have home/back buttons.

Unsurprisingly, the watches are also NOT Android Wear. They use Tizen, and have a 1GHz dual-core processor. They also contain a battery worth 2-3 days on a single charge, as well as NFC capabilities, mobile payments and wireless charging. Pricing and availability details where not revealed yet, but we will get to see them at IFA on September 3rd.

Here at HQ, we...
by dgstorm at Sep 1, 2015
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Lenovo is about to pull the wraps off of their latest Android Wear project, the Moto 360 2 (or whatever it will be called). They just send out the first press invites for their September 8th unveiling, simply stating, "It's time."

From previous rumors we have already been able to glean that there will likely be two different versions of the newest generation Moto 360. There should be a Moto 360L and a Moto 360S, with the former indicating a "large" version, while the later is the "small" version.

We have also caught wind that Motorola and Lenovo are working on a "Sport" version which will have enhanced water resistance and a display which is "hybridized" so it will work better in outdoor bright light conditions. This third version of the device might not make an appearance at this event though, and could instead show up later on in the year.

We will keep you folks updated with any new intel right up until the press event in a week.

Source: Lenovo Confirms Moto 360 II Launch On September 8 In Shanghai! - Gizmochina
by DroidModderX at Aug 31, 2015
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Google announced today that Android Wear now works with iOS. I don't own an iphone other than my work Iphone, but for the first time ever I am actually considering purchasing an Iphone when the Iphone 6s releases. This is mostly so I can compare the phone to other devices. My wife will actually probably carry the phone, but it is nice to know that Android Wear will be compatible.

During the Announcement Google announce that the LG G Watch Urbane as well as several soon to come smart watches can be paired to the Iphone. As it turns out the Moto 360 can also be paired with the Iphone. Your Moto 360 must be updated to the latest version of Anrdoid Wear which is v1.3. The device doesn't come out of the box with this version of Android Wear and you will need and Android device to get it updated. Once updated it will pair to the Iphone easily.
by DroidModderX at Aug 31, 2015
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If you are able to root your Note 5 you can totally delete unwanted apps with titanium backup. The only problem with deleting apps completely is that this hinders you from receiving updates. You actually have to go out and reinstall those deleted apps before you will be able to accept an OTA. An easier way to clean up your bloated app is with an app called Package Disabler.

This app allows you to essentially freeze unwanted apps. This means that they are out of sight and out of mind. You won't be able to uninstall the apps, but that is fine since they will be present on your device and you will be ready for an update. The greatest feature of this app is that it doesn't require you to be rooted! Grab the app from the link below.

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by DroidModderX at Aug 31, 2015
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If you wanted to give the latest version of Touchwiz a try on your Note 4 now you have the opportunity thanks to developer "henrylife" who has ported the Rom over to the N4. Glamour Rom 3.1 brings Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with all the S6 updated apps and Edge features to the Note 4. The rom is prerooted and debloated. This includes the S6 Framework, all s6 apps ported including Phone, contacts, sms, and the themes app!

Don't worry the SPen features are all still working here as well. Other included features are the S6 music player, quick glance, improved speed and performance, and improved battery life.

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by DroidModderX at Aug 31, 2015
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A few weeks back Verizon announced that they were doing away with contracts and subsidized pricing. This gave grandfathered unlimited data useres like myself no reason to ever change to a tiered data plan since everyone would be paying full price for devices from here on out. Users who are already on tiered data were worried that they would never be able to buy a device at the discounted rate again.

Verizon has announced today that they will continue two year contracts and subsidized pricing for existing customers already in that structure. This however will no longer be available for new customers. Once an every two customer switches to a new Verizon plan there will be no going back to contracts and subsidized pricing. This means you will have to be more vigilant than ever to protect your current setup not allowing sneaky Verizon reps talk you into something you don't want to do.

New Verizon plans give you unlimited talk and text with 1GB of data for only $30. You can get 3GB of data for $45 per month, 6GB for $60 per month, 12GB for $80 per month, and the plans go upwards from there. You will also be responsible for a $20 access fee per line.

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