by DroidModderX at Mar 24, 2017
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If you have been one of the many that have suffered with the bluetooth bug on the Pixel and Pixel XL it looks like Google may have issued a fix via server side update. An early bug in the Pixel was causing failed bluetooth connectivity in cars. A new issue came up later after the release where bluetooth devices would randomly disconnect. These issues reportedly started after the February security patch.

A Google Team member has reported in the Pixel User Community forum that Google has just put together a fix for the issue. He went on to mention that no downloads or installs will be necessary indicating it was a server side fix. While the issue is claimed to have been fixed some users are still reporting bluetooth problems. The update began rolling out as part of the Google Play Services update March 21. The update may take a few days to hit your device. Has anyone seen a change? Has this issue gone away for you?

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by DroidModderX at Mar 24, 2017
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ChainfireXDA has done it again. He already has a work in progress root method for Android O Developer Preview 1. This will work for the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. Some have reported bootloops on the first release of SuperSU, but Chainfire has already updated it with a second test version to hopefully alleviate some of the bootloops that have been experienced. Before you jump and root your device running Android O you should consider the fact that this is only basic root and is still a work in progress. You may still run into some issues. At the rate Chainfire is going we should have a stable root available pretty soon for all devices running Android O.

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by DroidModderX at Mar 24, 2017
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There seems to be no end to the amount of blurry videos and photos coming out of Korea ahead of the Galaxy S8 launch. No matter how much Samsung has stressed to its employees not to leak the device it seems this device has been leaked like no other device before it. Today we get a blurry glimpse at the new Bixby UI. Bixby has been officially announced by Samsung as the all new Artificial Intelligence Assistant that will accompany the Galaxy S8 at launch, as well as other devices going forward. You can hardly see in the video what exactly is being displayed in the UI the text is also in another language. At any rate this is a nice look at what is to come. The yelllow block seems to be results of searches or commands you have made, while the bottom half appears to show Bixby listening. You can view the quick video at the link below.

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by DroidModderX at Mar 24, 2017
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According to a leaked Target catalog which is scheduled to release in the period of April 2 through April 8 Target will have the Samsung Galaxy S8 available for pre-order. They will also be offering some very attractive incentives if you pre-order from them. According to the leaked catalog you will get a free Gear VR and $100 gift card. The new Gear VR retails for $129.99 and includes a remote. The S8 will have to be purchased through the Verizon Device Payment program, Sprint's 24-month Installment plan, or AT&T next in order to qualify for the deal. The ad doesn't specify the cost of the S8 or a ship date. These details we will find out at the March 29th Unpacked event.

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by DroidModderX at Mar 24, 2017
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It can be difficult to view personal information on your smartphone without broadcasting that information to the world. Some people in public places just can't help but peer over and see what is going on on your screen. Blackberry has just released an app that can help you keep your display more private while out in public called "Privacy Shade"

The app blacks out your entire screen except for a small viewing area that you control by dragging around the screen. This area can be a circle or rectangle and you can control the transparency of the shade. For now the app only works on BlackBerry devices. If you happen to be using an Android powered BlackBerry phone you can grab the app from the play store now. Hopefully BlackBerry will see fit to bring this app to other Android phones.

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by DroidModderX at Mar 24, 2017
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Yesterday at Baselworld Fossil announced several new upcoming Android Wear smart watches. They will be releasing a few for their own company as well as some for their partner companies. The watches will release at different times throughout the year but will all include the latest version of Android Wear, a Snapdragon Wear 2100, and have different battery sizes. Fossil's new lineup will include the Q Venture and Q Explorist. Diesel will watch the Diesel On which will be available in five different styles. Emporio Armani will also be releasing it's first touchscreen smart watch. Misfit will introduce the Misfit Vapor which will also be "swimproof".

The new Fossil Android watches look pretty intriguing. They are actually skipping the flat tire this time around which is a nice change. We won't see the new Fossil watches until the fall though which is kind of a bummer.

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by DroidModderX at Mar 23, 2017
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For quite sometime Google has been turning ads off on youtube content they deem to be inappropriate. This is done automatically without contacting the youtube content creator, and there is no explanation of what exactly triggered youtube's algorithm in the video to have ads rejected based on family friendliness. The most command triggers are any type of foul language, and mentions of violence, or sex. Youtube has gone as far as cancelling the youtube red show, as well as removing ads from content of Felix Jones (aka PewDiePie) for inappropriate jokes.

Apparently the algorithm isn't doing a good enough job. Verizon and AT&T along with many other companies have decided to totally pull their ads from all non search Google platforms. This decision comes after Google found out their ads were being placed next to content that promoted hate speech and terrorism. Both companies will continue this stance until Google is able to guarantee that their products won't be placed beside questionable content. It looks like Google is going to get a bit more strict. Will Google eventually take away partnerships and just allow ads on a handful of curated content? It has been known for a while that Google gets 90% of revenue from the top 1% of creators. They could easily dismiss 99% of the channels on youtube and not really miss a beat.

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by DroidModderX at Mar 23, 2017
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Several months ago Nintendo released Super Mario Run to iPhone. The game was an instant hit receiving Millions of downloads. The game was free to download and you could actually play a few levels for free. Nintendo quickly found out that even though they were able to create enough buzz to get everyone to download the game only a small percentage were willing to unlock the rest of the game with the hefty in app fee.

Now after all the noise has died down we are finally seeing the game release to Android. The game is still free with the in app purchase. Since yesterday the game has already received nearly 100,000 downloads. Time will tell though if anyone will be willing to pay to unlock the rest of the game. I was pretty pumped about the game when it was first announced. I even registered to be notified once it was released. The notification came in yesterday and I was not the least bit interested in downloading the game. Was Nintendo too late to the game with Android?

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by DroidModderX at Mar 22, 2017
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Google released the developer preview of the latest version of Android yesterday. This build is meant to be used solely by developers so they can begin preparing their apps and games for the final build of Android O which will be rolled out to devices later in the year. Normally a Developer Preview is not ready for primetime and includes lots of broken things and bugs. This is great for secondary and backup devices if you want to just see what Android O is all about, however I would not suggest installing this on a device you actually rely on for day to day use.

If you still want to install Android O the method for installation isn't all that difficult. You will need to have your bootloader unlocked and need to be familiar with adb commands. You can find downloads and lengthy instructions at the link below.

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by DroidModderX at Mar 22, 2017
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We are already seeing the Galaxy S8 on the Antutu Benchmark, and someone has actually uploaded an Antutu Benchmark video. The new device does indeed utilize the Snapdragon 835 and it performs better than all the other flagships even the iPhone 7 Plus. The video shows the S8 with a score of 205284 which is far better than the 181807 score that the iPhone 7 Plus is able to score. The OnePlus 3T is able to score 162423 and is the highest scoring Android device prior to the Galaxy S8. The big question here is while the S8 has plenty of processing power will it be able to better manage memory than past Galaxy devices. Samsung has purposefully been aggressive with Ram Management in an attempt to save battery life. Maybe this will be a device that can finally beat the iPhone in multitasking tests if Samsung gets Ram Management right.

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