One of the greatest new features to come along in smart phones over the past several years is Quick Charge. While battery life still isn't what we would like to see in some phones the ability to add another 5-8 hours of battery life to your day with a 30 minute charge makes battery life less important. Most US flagships come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 on board. This chip supports Quick Charge 3.0 which charges your phone fast without overheating your battery and causing damage over time.
Phones like the HTC 10 and even the Galaxy Note 7 come with a fast charger, but one charger normally isn't enough. I keep several chargers around the house this way when I need to plug up my phone I don't have to go and locate a charger. iClever's BoostCube+ is a great QC 3.0 charger that won't break the bank. Not only does it have a QC 3 port but also a second high efficiency charge port as well.
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Have you been cheating on Pokemon GO to level up your account and take over the local PokeMon gym? If so you may have found your self permanently banned from the game. Anyone using bots to quickly level up may have found themselves in such a predicament. If you are one of the trainers who was banned forever you may want to launch the game again. You may find that you can once again play.
Earlier today a report coming out of Android Central proclaimed "The Nexus brand is going away". We have seen plenty of leaks regarding the two new HTC "Nexus" phones, the Marlin and Sailfish. We know what they will look like, and have a good idea of the specs that will be on board. We have even seen some software stuff leak out. The only leak we have not seen thus far is a leak of the official name. Could this be because Google is changing up the branding of their developer friendly power user devices?
Android Central is citing sources "familiar with Google's plans". According to their sources the new branding will put the Google name front and center ditching the "Nexus" moniker we have known and loved for years altogether. The devices whatever they will be called are said to feature a new software experience exclusive to these new Google devices.
It should be noted that Google CEO Sundar Pichai referred to the new Nexus phones just three months ago in a Recode interview. The rom that was pulled from the Sailfish phone a few weeks ago has plenty of references to the Nexus branding, and the FCC filing for the new HTC phones linked to a user guide at support.google.com/nexus....
Verizon has just officially started the roll out of LTE Advanced nationwide. According to Verizon the new tech means you will experience up to 50% faster peak speeds on wireless data. The roll out will cover more than 288 million customers, and will reach 461 cities. This update brings faster overall speeds with no extra cost to consumers. On the surface it just seems like a buffer to hold us over until 5G arrives, but this is actually pretty incredible stuff!
Verizon customers normally see speeds between 5 and 12Mbps. The new technology uses carrier aggregation which means it combines two or three bandwidth channels into one channel for increased speeds. Verizon has seen speeds on Advanced LTE as high as 225Mbps on two channels and 300Mbps on three channels. Those speeds are not to be expected as they are more of a lab test scenario, but this upgrade will make Verizon the fastest 4G LTE network in America! While the upgrade has rolled out to 461 cities my city is not on the map. Hopefully they will continue to add cities in stages. Check to see if your city has been upgraded at the link below. Compatible phones include Note 7, Galaxy S7, iPhone 6s, Moto Z Droid, Moto Z Force Droid, iPhone 6s Plus, Galaxy S7 Edge, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, and the HTC 10.
Is anyone seeing a significant speed increase? Please post screen shots of your speed test results! I would like to see who is getting the fastest...
The original flagship killer from OnePlus can now run the latest and greatest build of Android. There is now an unofficial build of Android 7.0 Nougat for the device. This is why it is so great to have a phone with an unlocked bootloader if you are going to have a phone for longer than a year and a half or so. OnePlus has received official builds of CyanogenOS, OxygenOS, HydrogenOS, MIUI 7, Sailfish OS and Ubuntu so it was only a matter of time before we saw a build of Android 7 on this phone.
This is an unofficial build so you can expect some bugs. Basic hardware functions are working fine, but some things like video hardware encoding are not working properly which means your camera will crash. The stock keyboard does not work so you would need to install a keyboard through adb. For now I would probably stay away from this rom unless you are looking to provide assistance to the developers with reporting bugs. If you would like to give it a try head to the link below.
Several days ago the Sprint Note 7 was rooted, but thanks to some trickery by the dev community we now have a root method for all carrier versions of the Note 7. Fortunately this does not rely on an engineering boot and is actually stable. The root method for the S7 and S7 Edge Snapdragon versions required this engineering boot which caused the phone to lag, overheat and killed the battery. This root method is not that.
To get your phone rooted you will have to flash the prerooted Sprint build to your device. If you phone is a carrier version other than Sprint you will also need to flash your carrier's radio files. This is done through ODIN. Once the system and radios are flashed you will need to flash antother file through ADB. The full instructions and downloads can be found at the link below.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is expected to be the next flagship released by Xiaomi. Of course the phone is loaded with top notch specs. The specs have been leaked by way of a settings screenshot. It looks like the phone will include the Snapdragon 820 CPU from Qualcomm, 64GB of storage, and the phone will be running Android 7.0 Nougat at release.
Other rumored specs for the device include a 5.7" QHD display, fingerprint scanner behind home button, 3600mah battery with Quick Charge 3.0 and 4GB of RAM with 32GB and 128GB storage options. Leaked images show a dual edge display much like what we have seen on the Note 7 and Galaxy S7 edge. The expected release price is about $375. The phone is expected to be released on September 5th.
SUhide does exactly what you would think it does. It hides Super User from apps that would block you from use like Android Pay. The mod for SuperSU is experimental. It selectively hides root from applications. It can also hide root on a per app basis so you don't need to unroot your phone. You don't need to have xposed framework to install the mod. This won't last long.
To install this you will need to flash the suhide.zip followed by the supersu.zip. If you do not reflash the supersu.zip you will encounter bootloops. To blacklist an app you need its UID. The UID for an app can be tricky to find. You will also need to execute a few commands. This is not for the untrained. Head to the link below for full details.
HTC took a bit of heat when they released the HTC One A9 last year. The device made you do a double take. "Is that an iPhone you have there or an HTC One A9? I can't tell?" The dual white out antenna bands across the top and bottom rear of the device and round camera hole gave the device a brotherly resemblance to Apple's flagship of the day. This was HTC's attempt at a mid range device. All jokes aside the phone had plenty to offer. I have to say it was a great looking phone that had some high quality specs. HTC kind of ruined it though by shipping out pre-orders of the device months later.
It looks like we are getting anther A9 device. This time HTC has decided to borrow the naming practices of Apple. They will simply be adding an S to the the name. So the new device will be the HTC One A9s. Very original guys. The device is expected to arrive in black, gold, silver and white. There will be no HTC branding on the front of the phone the same as the HTC 10. Other than a 13mp rear camera and 5mp front camera specs are unknown on this device. The phone should be announced at IFA on September 1.
We have had the Note 7 for only a few weeks now, but the developer community has already come through with a root method. Team Win Recovery Project was actually released for the device last week, and even a root method was published but SuperSU has not been compatible with the Galaxy Note 7 until today. Chainfire just released a Beta build of SuperSU which addresses a new built in protection method applied directly to the Note 7 kernel by Samsung.
The new measure causes a kernel panic anytime a root request with a value of 1000 or below is processed. This covers just about every root action. The kernel panic causes the device to reboot. This means if you tried a previous version of SuperSU any time an app asked for Super user permission your phone would reboot, and you would not be able to complete the root process. The beta build of SuperSU v2.77 includes a workaround which patches the kernel check. This fix may or may not last for long. Who knows if Samsung will patch this up with the next update. This may also work with the S7 and the S8 later on since these devices are developed so closely together.
Grab this while it still works if you have the Exynos version of the Note 7!...