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by Jeffrey at Oct 2, 2015
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Google Proceeds With Implementation of New Operating Structure

Google Inc. announced today that, pursuant to its previously announced plans to create a new public holding company, Alphabet Inc. ("Alphabet"), by implementing a holding company reorganization (the "Alphabet Merger"), it expects that the Alphabet Merger will close after the close of business on October 2, 2015. Google anticipates that shares of Google Class C Capital Stock and shares of Google Class A Common Stock will begin trading as Alphabet Class C Capital Stock and Alphabet Class A Common Stock, respectively, on the NASDAQ Global Select Market on October 5, 2015. Shares of Alphabet Class C Capital Stock and shares of Alphabet Class A Common Stock will continue to be traded under the same ticker symbols under GOOG and GOOGL, respectively.

Update: The Alphabet merger is now effective. For more information on the merger, please see Alphabet's Form 8-K filed on October 2, 2015.

Source Alphabet CNN Money
by dgstorm at Oct 2, 2015
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Here's a handy list that also includes some bad news for some users. Motorola pushed out a list of their devices which will receive Google's latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS. There is a surprising omission on this list, and it turns out that it may be purposeful.

First, here's the list:
  • 2015 Moto X Pure Edition (3rd gen)
  • 2015 Moto X Style (3rd gen)
  • 2015 Moto X Play
  • 2015 Moto G (3rd gen)
  • 2014 Moto X Pure Edition in the US (2nd gen)
  • 2014 Moto X in Latin America, Europe and Asia2 (2nd gen)
  • 2014 Moto G and Moto G with 4G LTE2 (2nd gen)
  • DROID Turbo
  • 2014 Moto MAXX
  • 2014 Moto Turbo
  • Nexus 6
Savvy users might notice that the AT&T and Verizon versions of the Moto X (2nd gen) are NOT on this list. Motorola even issued a statement in a tech support blog sharing that those devices specifically won't be getting the update. What, what, what?!?

How is it that a Motorola flagship that is only around a year old is not going to get the latest Android version? We will follow up and make sure that this info is accurate. Perhaps the Motorola forums manager (Matt) who posted this info was mistaken or didn't share complete info. Sound off if you would be affected by this odd decision.

Source: Motorola: (1) &...
by dgstorm at Oct 2, 2015
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According to the latest info, Asus will now start including Microsoft Office on their Android phones. Here's a quote with some of the details,

It looks like a wide assortment of OEMs plan to bundle Microsoft Office with their devices. What do you think if Microsoft's bold move to get Office on as many devices as possible?

Source: Engadget
by dgstorm at Oct 2, 2015
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For folks who were impressed by Samsung's newest smartwatch creation, the Gear S2, today is the day it will become available for purchase in the US. Despite it being a Tizen-powered device, instead of Android Wear, it still has some fascinating perks, including a rotating bezel, that can scroll through control functions like media volume and more. Also, the Gear S2 can work with any Android device with KitKat or higher.

The Samsung Gear S2 starts at $299 with a $349 "classic" version coming soon. For more info, here's Sammy's source link: Samsung Gear S2 Hits Shelves Today

We have a video in the thread below to check out as well.
by dgstorm at Oct 2, 2015
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Do these two phones in the comparison shot above look similar to each other? The answer is an obvious yes, but is the design a blatant "copy"? That's a tough one to answer. Despite that, ZTE's marketing chief, Lu Qian Hao, recently implied that the new Huawei Nexus 6P is a ripoff of the ZTE Grand S design.

We must admit the design aesthetics are remarkably alike, especially the camera hump at the top. It could also be argued that the particular camera setup requires a specific design language that is similar. What do you folks think? Was this a case of Huawei "aping" ZTE, or was it simply the logical evolution of trying to make that larger dual-camera setup look pleasing to the eye?

Source: PhoneArena
by dgstorm at Oct 2, 2015
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Yesterday, when we reported the announcement of the new LG V10, we were light on details regarding carrier availability of LG's newest flagship. Today we have info to share for three of the big US carriers. Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile all issued statements declaring they will be carrying the device:
Even these links don't share a timeframe, but you can sign up to be sent pre-order info once they announce it. We wonder what's taking Sprint so long to join the LG V10 party?
by DroidModderX at Oct 2, 2015
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In the above video I show you how to change the color, style, and size of your SPen strokes. This is actually something that I personally overlooked in the first week of using the device. I figured that if I had overlooked maybe some of you have as well. As it turns out the SPen is pretty versatile.
by DroidModderX at Oct 1, 2015
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If root ever comes for the Galaxy Note 5 you will want to grab the stock firmware and a fresh version of Odin prior to rooting your device. Stock images serve as a safety net for anyone trying to modify their devices. Not only do these provide a safety net they also provide a quick and easy way to totally erase your phone incase you need to sell it. The stock firmware along with the stock kernel, modem, and recovery have been uploaded. You will probably want to grab these files for safe keeping. You never know when you might need them.

via XDA
by DroidModderX at Oct 1, 2015
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The LG G4 has a best in class camera, especially when compared to flagship phones of early and mid 2015! The camera features 1080p and 4k video recording, but the camera is even more powerful than its software gives it credit for. The stock camera will allow you to record in 1080p at 30fps. The G4 camera is capable of recording in 1080p at 60fps though.

The easiest way to apply the mod is to flash the flashable zip file in custom recovery. You don't have to be rooted to apply this mod. There are a series of files that you can change to make this work. Head to the link below for full instructions and download links.

via XDA
by DroidModderX at Oct 1, 2015
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The other day at the Google event the CEO of the company "Sundar Pichai" informed us that more than 1 billion phones using Android. It turns out that nearly all of those devices are vulnerable to a new stagefright bug. Stagefright 1 is the series of bugs that reside in Android's libstagefright. They can be triggered by a media file which can be sent to the unsuspecting victim via text message. The new bug is being called Stagefright 2.0. It is a set of two vulns that can be triggered inside specially designed mp3 and mp4 files. One of the bugs exist in all versions of Android since version 1.0. Google has said this will be fixed in an update coming out next week. For more information on the intricacies of this vulnerability head to the source link below.

via arstechnica
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