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by dgstorm at Jul 30, 2015
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Check this out. We found a video of the new Moto G 2015 version being dunked in a bowl of water to test its IPx7 water resistance. To clarify, what IPx7 means is that the phone is not dust-resistant (indicated by the "x"), and that it is certified to be submersible in up to 3.28 feet of water for as long as 30 minutes (indicated by the "7").

The video shows the phone... you didn't think we would spoil it for you, did you? Let's just say that you shouldn't go diving with your Moto G 2015, but it can easily survive an accidental dunk in the toilet or fish tank.
by dgstorm at Jul 30, 2015
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Fans of the Angry Birds series might be pleased to know that the true sequel, Angry Birds 2 is now available on the Google Play Store. Sadly, in may not be all good news, even if you are a fan. Apparently, the new version of Angry Birds is laced within even more in-app purchases than the previous versions (or at least that's the current perception).

Here's a brief description of how it works now: With Angry Birds 2, you now only have a maximum of three lives. If you run out of cards, you have to either spend gems (won in game) to continue or you will lose a life. Lives do regenerate in 30 minutes, but you can recharge for 60 gems. To put it in perspective, you get 80 gems for $1. Obviously you can buy even larger bundles of gems for quite a bit more money.

The main complaint is that this is makes it annoying to simply restart a level when you believe you've made a big mistake and still won't be able to beat it. If these complaints don't bother you, and you love the same gameplay formula as the original, then you will probably enjoy Angry Birds 2. Here's the link: Angry Birds 2 - Android Apps on Google Play
by dgstorm at Jul 30, 2015
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We have some images of third party case designs which are supposedly for the next generation LG-Made Google Nexus 5 for 2015. What's intriguing about these cases is that they would suggest the design of the Nexus 5 will change substantially.

Based upon the placement of the holes, the rear camera will move to the center of the device. We also have a larger spot for the rear flash which is likely the rectangular hole. One of the circular openings is probably for the camera assembly, while the other is possibly a fingerprint sensor.

We can also see the phone's physical button’s positioning (in some of the images in the thread below). This includes the headphone jack as well as the speaker and charging port. This is so dramatically different than the previous generation of the Nexus 5, we wonder if this is for a different device. Such is the nature of unconfirmed leaks...

Source: Nowhereelse.fr & @OnLeaks
by dgstorm at Jul 30, 2015
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Well, this seems unfair (and a bit ironic). Apparently, Samsung was sued by a Chinese consumer rights committee, and now they will be forced to allow customers to uninstall pre-loaded apps from Samsung devices. Samsung was sued after the committee found 24 of the 44 pre-installed applications on a Galaxy Note 3 were required to use the smartphone.

On the Samsung China website, it was made clear that Samsung will allow customers to remove preloaded unwanted applications on all of its smartphones from now on. It's ironic that this happened in China first. The US is easily the most litigious country in the world, yet we weren't the ones who thought to sue Samsung for all of their bloatware. Of course, that also has to do with the difference in laws between the US and China.

Still, it seems like this is something consumers could do here in the States as well. Maybe if enough people banded together to sue Samsung and the other OEMs (and carriers) for their crazy amounts of bloatware we could get the same deal they have in China...

Source: AndroidAuthority
by dgstorm at Jul 30, 2015
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The included pics are definitely the clearest images yet of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 5. This time we have what artist renders that are look remarkably like official press renders of the device. These were created using the leaked CAD data we reported previously.

They definitely take design queues from the Galaxy S6 series. Despite that, these renders still have that Galaxy Note quality in their aesthetic. It appears that Samsung did a good job of marrying the Galaxy S6 design characteristics with the overall style of the Note series. What do you guys think?

You can see the rest of the images in the thread below, and don't forget to drop by our dedicated Galaxy Note 5 section for further discussion: Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Android Forum at DroidForums.net

Source: Instagram
by DroidModderX at Jul 30, 2015
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In this video we take a look at the Aukey Quick Charge 2.0 Dual Port Car charger. This is the best car charger I have ever used hands down. It is well built and doesn't feel cheap, and it comes with a micro usb cord. I wasn't expecting that at all and it was a really nice plus. There are two ports on the charger. One was labeled 2.4a the other was labeled QC2.0. When I plugged up my Galaxy S6 Edge to either port it started to fast charge. So it would seem as if fast charging comes through both ports. This is a must have if you do a lot of driving for work. Most car chargers charge my S6Edge in about 4 hours where as the Aukey Charger gets the job done in about 1 hour!

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by dgstorm at Jul 29, 2015
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This is off topic for an Android site, but since we have a slow news day, and this is the biggest tech news of the day, we wanted to share Microsoft's Windows 10 launch with you guys. We know many of you still use Microsoft products at home or in the office, so it should be useful regardless.

The day has finally arrived and the big news of the day is that Microsoft has launched Windows 10 to the masses. Enthusiasm is running high for the new OS from Microsoft, and rightly so. Windows 10 promises to reshape the entire Microsoft ecosystem, merging their mobile devices, Xbox One and PCs into a cohesive whole. Microsoft has even gone to great lengths to create cross platform compatibility with some Android and iOS devices.

With the new launch of Windows 10, there is a great deal of information to disseminate. Here's a once-stop-spot for you to get some of the handiest info regarding Microsoft's newest product. We have included the following: "Windows 10 System Requirements," "How to Install Windows 10," and "the top 5 cool features of Windows 10." Let's kick this quick guide off with a bang!

Windows 10 System Requirements and Upgrade Tool Instructions -
First, here are the Windows 10 requirements:
  • Latest OS: Make sure you are running the latest version of either Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update.
    • Don’t know which version you are running? Check...
by dgstorm at Jul 29, 2015
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We found an intriguing story about a device that is not available in the US, but we still had to share it with you folks. It's called the Doogee HomTom, and the reason it stands out is because the OEM, Doogee, was able to cram a massive 6,250 mAh battery in the phone without it being stupidly chunky.

The device is definitely thicker than the average smartphone, but it isn't unreasonably so and sits at a plump 0.38in (9.9mm) thickness. To put this in perspective, the OnePlus 2 only contains a 3,300 mAh battery yet is almost the same size at 0.38 (9.85mm).

Of course, one of the reasons that manufacturers don't put such big batteries in smartphones isn't just because of the physical size. It's also because it usually takes an enormous amount of time to charge the larger batteries. Luckily the folks at Doogee thought of this and included fast charging tech in their device. They aptly named it the PumpExpress Plus fast charging technology, and it can charge its battery to 75% capacity in around 30 minutes.

Here's the rest of the specs for this device:
  • Quad-core MediaTek MT6735 SoC
  • 5.5-inch, 720p display
  • 13MP camera with a Sony sensor
  • 5MP front camera
  • The outer shell is made of an alloy of unknown composition with a rear panel of plastic
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
Doogee didn't really share estimates on how long a battery like this would last, but it must be a crazy amount of time for a smartphone. It makes you wonder why other...
by dgstorm at Jul 29, 2015
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Some of us were a bit disappointed that Motorola didn't announce a new Moto 360 smartwatch at their press event yesterday. Luckily, just because they didn't announce it, that doesn't mean it isn't coming. A new Motorola smartwatch just passed through its US FCC testing. This is likely the next generation Moto 360, although that is obviously not able to be confirmed from the FCC data.

We do know that it will come with the following connectivity options: Bluetooth Class 1 (Version 4.0, LE+EDR) and dual-band WiFi (802.11b/802.11g/802.11n). It's a shame that we aren't seeing an LTE radio on this device. Making smartwatches cellular capable will simply take them to the next level of usefulness. Of course, with today's tech, there's only so much you can cram into a smartwatch and still be a decent size with decent battery life.

Regardless, we suspect that Motorola will simply do a soft launch in a few weeks for the next generation Moto 360. We will keep you updated when that happens.

Source: FCC
by dgstorm at Jul 29, 2015
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There's an awesome advantage to the Moto X Pure Edition (the US version of the Moto X Style) that Motorola didn't really discuss in their unveiling yesterday. The Moto X Pure will not be subsidized by any of the US carriers. It will only be available for full retail, off contract at the Moto Maker website and other retailers (like Best Buy and Amazon).

The reason this is a great advantage is that the phone is likely going to get very fast Android updates because there are no carriers to interfere with or slow down the process. That basically makes this Moto X very much like a Nexus device.

There is a down-side to this, and that is that if no carriers offer the device subsidized, the only way you can purchase the device is at the full retail price. Of course, at a starting price of $399.99 it's $200 to $300 less than your typical flagship device off contract, which isn't too terrible. What do you folks think?
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