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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If you own the Note 4 on Verizon or if you have owned any touchwiz device on Verizon in the past then you already know the pain that comes with owning these devices. The wait for root seems to never end. The Note 3 took several months to receive root, and so far we are experiencing the same with the Note 4. We are now fast approaching $10k in the Note 4 root bounty thread! This is great because such a high amount can potentially bring some security experts around that wouldn't ordinarily look at a touchwiz or verizon device. A large bounty brought Geohotz around and he pretty much rooted the Galaxy S5 overnight, and released the towelroot app. Hopefully the bounty will continue to grow and we will see a root soon.
There is still no custom recovery for the Note 4, but if you are still rocking the Galaxy Note 3 you can use SafeStrap to run some custom roms! Nitroglycerine has taken a break from development, but is back at it with some new builds of his Eclipse Rom for the Note 3! The Eclipse rom is known for bringing AOSP style themeing and a cleaned down slimmer build of Android to select devices. These roms are built over the stock rom for full functionality and stability! Included in this rom are an updated NC4 base, updated Google Play apps, fixed youtube and play videos, back end fixes and for future tweaks, AOSP Browser, AOSP Calendar, AOSP Camera, AOSP Calculator, AOSP Email, AOSP Phone and Contacts, AOSP MMS, all bloat removed, google now launcher, google wallet added, cm file manager, and more. Themeing is not yet complete and there are still lots of Touchwiz elements included in the themeing of this rom. Head to the link below for the download.
Earlier today we talked about soak test invites being sent out for Moto X users. It looks like the soak test went well. Today Motorola announced that they will begin the Lollipop Android 5.0 rollout for the Verizon Moto X 2nd Gen. The version number is 22.21.11.en.US and is 678mb. The update brings Material Design (fluid animations, realtime shadows, ripples, and 3D elements, bold colors and bright contrast to light backgrounds), better visibility recents (parallex scrolling for easier reading, different contexts within same app appear as separate tabs contrast to light backgrounds), and more. This comes only a few days after the Pure Edition Rollout. To grab this update head to Settings, About Phone, Software Update this will check for the update, download, and install it. Once rebooted you will be ready to enjoy Lollipop on your Moto X 2nd Gen! \
The humble bundle has been an innovative solution for promotion and philanthropy among developers in the Android community. The idea behind the Humble Bundle is the game developers pair their games together and allow you to choose your price. A portion of the sales go to charity. Its a win for everyone involved. There are levels which will also unlock more games. For instance you can choose to pay 1 penny and get the first four games. If you decide to pay the average price you unlock 5 more games, and if you pay $8 you unlock two more games. There is also unlockable content that unlocks when the overall sales reach milestones.
Pay Any Price and get:
Pay Above the Average Price and get the above +:
-Topia World Builder
-Mines of Mars
Pay $8 or More and get the above +:
-The Deer God
-Exiles Far Colony
Last week we discussed the missing double tap to wake feature of the Nexus 6. Some of you could not care less that the feature exists on the N6, while others pointed out that the feature was kind of redundant with the ambient display being present, and still others of you were pretty bummed that the feature did not make it to the final version. The feature is actually coded into Android on the Nexus 6, it is just not enabled by default. It turns out that it is pretty simple to enable the feature. Developer "Naxir" has created an app that will allow you to enable double tap to wake by clicking a button.
There is one drawback to this. Google's built in implementation of double tap to wake is not without bugs. This could be the reason why they decided to not include it at launch. Some have reported the feature to be a bit flaky if the phone has been asleep for extended periods of time. This app will more than likely not work to enable double tap to wake on any device other than the Nexus 6. It should also be noted that this mod does require your Nexus 6 to be rooted. You can grab the app off the play store for $1 or you can get it for free on XDA.
Black and Red, and now Blue! It looks like Best Buy got some sort of exclusive Blue version of the hot new Motorola Droid Turbo. It's only listed as "coming soon," and retails for the same $199.99 on contract price as the red or black versions.
Other than the new color, the phone is identical to its siblings in hardware and capabilities. Perhaps if you like the color blue and you held out a bit longer for a Droid Turbo, you might be giving yourself a pat on the back right now.
We've included a few more pics of the Blue Droid Turbo in the thread below.
Here's a great app review video for you today! Our very own gear-head and phablet master @smalltowngirl13 decided to put the app "Pie Control" through its paces. This app basically enhances your UI by adding "pie-style" menu overlay that can pop up on the left or right side of your display.
This overlay is customizable so you can create different functions for different buttons. Check out her awesome video and offer up your perspective in the comments below!
There's a dizzying array of Black Friday deals already underway at Amazon! Apparently, Amazon is trying to set a new shopping trend by starting their Black Friday deals a week early. They plan to offer tons of different deals throughout the week culminating in a crescendo of extra cash-savings by the end.
Here's a small listing of just a few of their various offers:
Books, Movies and Music:
More than 50 Kindle books for $1.99 each including titles from Philip K. Dick and Ann Patchett
Hourly Lightning Deals with savings up to 90% on over 90 movies and TV shows
80% off The Complete Sherlock Holmes Heirloom Collection
50% off Diary of a Wimpy Kid Box of Books 1-8, plus The Do-It-Yourself Book
Save on popular books starting at 40% off
More than 80% off Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey, Collector’s Edition
Up to 58% off 11,000+ popular movies and TV shows including X-Men: Days of Future Past, Friends: The Complete Series, Downton Abbey, and more
LG G3 and HTC One M8 smart phones for $0.01 with a new 2 year contract
LG 65-inch 120 Hz LED TV, $648
Toshiba 50-inch LED TV, $199
VIZIO 55-inch Smart LED TV, $478
Samsung 55-inch Smart LED 4K Ultra HD TV, $899
Up to 45% off select Samsung TVs including: Samsung 40-inch Smart 1080p LED TV for $328; Samsung 55-inch Curved Smart 4K Ultra HD LED TV for $1,298