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by cereal killer at Jan 22, 2015
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Ladies and gentlemen we have an AWESOME giveaway that we are excited to announce! As you can see we are giving away a Limited Edition Code Black Drone!! Yes, one (1) lucky member will get the chance to win this very cool drone and as always it's going to be a snap to enter.

Lets take a quick look at some of the Code Black Drone's features:
  • 6-axis flight control system and adjustable gyro sensitivity, the Code Black Drone can perform complicated maneuvers will speed and accuracy. A beginner and expert flight mode allow you progress to more complex flights.
  • Take amazing aerial video in stealth mode. Shoot perfect HD and SD video with this stealth matte black drone. This badass drone shoots badass video.
  • Easy to use remote. This responsive, 4-channel remote is included with every Code Black Drone. Easy to learn controls will have you flying like a pro in no time
So what do you have to do to enter? Rules for entry are as follows:
  • Only ONE (1) entry per member. Duplicate entries will result in immediate disqualification.
  • Let us know what carrier you are on AND what carrier, if any, you are planning to move over to. If you're happy and staying where you are, please let us know!
That's all you need to do and you are entered folks, so jump right in!!

On January 29, 2015 at 12:00pm Central the contest will close and we will randomly draw one (1)...
by DroidModderX at Jan 26, 2015
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The first few nightly builds of CyanogenMod 12 were missing the all new theme engine app completely. The latest nightlies do include the app. Theme Engine is a go! I have done a bit of playing around with the theme engine. So far I have opened the app which prompted me to download the theme showcase which features curated themes that are known to be compatible with CM12. These are both paid and free themes. I did try downloading both free and paid themes neither would show up. Apparently there are still bugs in the Theme Engine, atleast in the week old nightly that I am currently running. I am sure that if they haven't already, CM will have the kinks worked out.

If you have run CyanogenMod for any length of time you have probably wondered just how theme manager works. How does it change the color of your framework, the wallpaper, or the style of you app icons. It's nothing short of magic. Many of you are technically minded enough to know that there are some underlying factors that allow all of this to work. Today the CM team released a blog post that explains exactly how the theme engine in CM12 works....
by dgstorm at Jan 26, 2015
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AT&T customers who own the HTC One M8 may be both pleased and disappointed by today's update that started rolling out to their devices. While several notable features have been added to the device, including the eye Experience and HD Voice, the OS update is simply Android 4.4.4. It would be far more exciting if it was Android 5.0 Lollipop, but apparently HTC needs a while longer to make that work on their flagship from last year.

Still, despite this, it should be a great update for many users. Along with everything listed above, this update also includes a host of new features including: security fixes, a Bluetooth enhancement, a Copy and Paste feature for the camera, AMBS Cloud Messaging integration, a Usage Manager app for the phone, improved battery life and updates to AT&T Ready2Go and Visual Voicemail.

Keep in mind that the update will be sent out in waves/phases, so if you don't see yours right away, just be patient as it will arrive in a week or two.

Source: AT&T
by dgstorm at Jan 26, 2015
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Google's Nexus Player is their first retail Android TV device. Up until now, it was only available on the Google Play Store. That has changed as of this weekend. The Nexus Player had its retail debut this weekend, and you can now grab one at several different outlets, including Best Buy, Amazon & Newegg.

The device is only $99.99 for those interested in doing some Android gaming, browsing and TV watching on the device. Here are a few links to get you started with your favorite retailer (although it appears that Best Buy may be "in store pickup" only) for now):
Sound off and let us know if/when you get one of these and let us know what you think of it!
by dgstorm at Jan 26, 2015
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There seems to be a great deal of flip-flopping going on today. First we had Verizon doing their song-and-dance regarding Title II and Net Neutrality, and this latest intel from Samsung reveals that the rumor-mill can't make up its mind either. Supposedly, the Samsung Galaxy S6 will actually end up with a version that runs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810. The caveat is that this will be a different revision of the SoC that is meant to address Samsung's claims of over-heating.

If true, it's no surprise that Qualcomm is trying to make one of their biggest customers happy. Of course, it might just be a losing proposition considering Samsung has been angling to eventually use all of their own tech in their own devices anyway.

LG recently refuted Sammy's claims about overheating issues with the Snapdragon 810, and indicated it works fine in their G Flex 2. Could Samsung's claims of overheating issues on the chipset simply be their attempt to poison the well at Qualcomm so that Samsung can swoop in with their Exynos chips in the future? What do you think?

Of course, if this intel turns out to be true, it would blow that theory out of the water, wouldn't it?

Be sure to check out...
by dgstorm at Jan 26, 2015
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Here's an interesting bit of trivia for this fine Monday morning. Apparently, the Google Nexus 6 almost had a fingerprint sensor on its back. Supposedly, that dimpled spot where Motorola put their logo was going to be the designated spot for it.

The reason it never showed up in the device is also another tantalizing tidbit of trivia. Apple stopped it from happening, although only indirectly. It turns out that Motorola had been working with a company called AuthenTec since 2011 to develop a fingerprint sensor tech for mobile devices.

AuthenTec was and is at the cutting edge of mobile fingerprint sensor technology, and all of their competitors are basically a generation or more behind. If you follow Apple news at all, you might recognize that name. Alternatively, if use your Sherlock Holmesian deductive logic you can come up with the same result. That's the same company that Apple purchased in 2012 for $356 Million and ended up using their fingerprint tech exclusively in the iPhone 5S.

It seems that not only was the purchase a way to offer new technology to iPhone users, it was also an indirect way to block anyone else from getting the tech for their phones. Interestingly, the Nexus 6 firmware files show that built-in support for the fingerprint sensor was already in the Nexus 6, but was removed at the last minute.

Former Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside shared that he thinks it would not have made that big of a difference for Motorola devices either...
by dgstorm at Jan 26, 2015
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Samsung recently filed for 11 new patents & trademarks at the USPTO. Most of these aren't terribly exciting as they are simply trademarks for a series of devices, like the Galaxy A series, the Galaxy E Series, and even some previously unknown Galaxy J Series (which are likely a new string of budget-friendly phones). Despite this horde of Trademarks, only one is worthy of mention.

Samsung has something coming called "Nudge" which seems to be some type of touchless control feature. Here's what the filing said about it, “software used for capturing gesture, facial, and voice recognition for the touchless control of other computer applications, computers, phones, smartwatches, and other mobile and multimedia devices.”

Insider's are speculating that this feature could actually show up in the Galaxy S6. What do you think? Does sound like an interesting new innovation or just more gimmicks from Sammy?

Here's a link to our Galaxy S6 section in the forum: Samsung Galaxy S6 General Discussions Android Forum at DroidForums.net

Source: Phandroid
by dgstorm at Jan 26, 2015
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Not too long ago, we shared a report detailing how hypocritical AT&T is regarding Title II classification. On the one hand, they argue against Title II, claiming they can't be regulated by the FTC because they are a common carrier under Title II. Yet, on the other hand, they have also been arguing that they will be harmed if the FCC classifies their Internet service under Title II.

Today's report clearly shows that AT&T isn't the only big carrier who likes to flip-flop on this issue. Big Red, aka Verizon, is currently performing the same song and dance. Verizon’s CFO, Fran Shammo, recently held a discussion at an investor conference. In that conference, he was asked the following by John Hodulik – Analyst for UBS North America,

Shammo's response was,

by dgstorm at Jan 26, 2015
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T-Mobile's latest new initiative to draw customers to their network is a bit odd, but seems to offer a decent value. It's called "Score!" and it's basically a way to upgrade to newer devices sooner, and for cheaper than their normal retail.

The way the plan works is a bit complicated. You agree to pay an extra $5 per month on your plan, and as you reach certain stages/tiers of value, you can use your "Score!" to upgrade to a newer device. At the $30 mark over a 6 month period you can basically get a budget-friendly device for free. The value is that the cost of purchasing these devices unlocked and off contract is a bit more than the $30 you just paid over 6 months. One example is the Alcatel OneTouch Evolve 2 which T-Mo sells for $79.20. On their Score! plan, you would get it for free at that six month mark. This is nearly a $50 savings off the normal price of that device.

When you get to the 12 month mark (and $60 paid into the plan), things get more interesting. At that point you can actually choose any device that T-Mobile sells. One example is the 32GB Google Nexus 6. Normally it sells for $649.99, but after 12 months of Score! you can get it for just $499. When you factor in the $60 you paid into the plan, that's a $90 savings, which isn't too shabby.

It's an interesting concept. T-Mobile basically helps you save up for a new device, and then gives you a bonus discount for doing it! There are more details at the source link below, but that's...
by pc747 at Jan 25, 2015
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We are continuing to hear more and more about Project ARA on a weekly basis, and even though it is a concept device 3 years away from even being market ready it peaks our interests. The other day 9to5google posted an article about Google potentially working with BLOCK's smart watch team to build modules. That got me asking the question if the BLOCK's model, what Project ARA is based off of, would work for smart watches. Yeah the concept looks cool but in the grand scheme of things it looks more like a geek's watch.

Would you ever consider buying a Project ARA watch?

Considering a Nexus player?
According to AP you will be able to pick one up today at Best Buy.

For those with a locked down Sony Xperia Z3 Compact there is a way to root it. @DroidModderX has the method posted here.
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