As much as folks have complained about the Motorola Droid Turbo taking forever to get Lollipop because of Verizon dragging their feet, it seems even crazier that it has taken them so long to approve the latest Android 5.1.1 version of Lollipop for the Nexus 6. The Google Nexus devices should be the first devices to get the update immediately, but Big Red doesn't really play by the rules anymore apparently.
Regardless of the claimed necessity of their extra long vetting process, at least they are finally letting it go through. Verizon just announced that Android 5.1.1 (build number LMY47Z) is rolling out to their Nexus 6. Of course, this is the exact same build which has already rolled out to the AT&T, Sprint and T-Mo versions of this device. You would think Verizon would expedite the process since this update actually fixes several bugs.
The above video is so clever and hilarious, we can't help but share with you guys. Some crafty folks may have come up with the best reason to buy an Apple Watch yet! If you don't mind a little harmless ribbing at the expense of Apple, and in the name of making your own cool toys, then give this video a few moments of your time. We won't spoil it for you, but it definitely gives new meaning to the phrase, "thinking outside the box."
Just as promised yesterday by Motorola, Android 5.1 Lollipop started pushing out to owners of the Droid Turbo today. We have multiple reports of Droid Turbo owners who are NOT in the soak test who have received the update this morning. It's been a long time coming, and not without controversy. Let's cross our fingers that all of the kinks have been worked out so that Lollipop for the Droid Turbo turns out to be a good thing!
Sound off if you are one of the lucky folks who already received the update. Feel free to commence the silly happy dance!
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Contrary to many previous news reports stating the Galaxy S6 was selling like crazy, a new report suggests that Sammy's newest flagship actually hasn't sold very well, and analysts predict that Samsung shareholders will be disappointed with the results.
Apparently, the situation is that Samsung's profit in the second quarter is actually up by 22% compared to the first quarter of this year, but that was before market analysts compared it to the same profit this time last year. Supposedly, Samsung Mobile's profit dropped 24% year-over-year from Q2 2014. The cause for this drop in profit was directly attributed to lower than expected Galaxy S6 sales.
The report indicates that Samsung and industry analysts will be looking to see if the Galaxy S6 EDGE Plus and the upcoming Galaxy Note 5 will be able to pull the company back into the growth category. What do you think is Samsung's biggest problem?
Here are a couple of Samsung forum sections for further discussion:
For any folks who want to get the HTC One M9 on Verizon, and are undaunted by its potential Snapdragon 810 heat issues, there's a new deal that might get your attention. HTC and Verizon teamed up to offer a $100 Google Play Store credit to folks who buy the HTC One M9 on a contract with Verizon right now.
The offer is good for the Verizon version of the HTC One M9 only, and will run from July 1st through August 30th. To take advantage of this offer you will need to send HTC a proof of purchase and some additional info. This will net you a coupon code that can only be added to a Google Wallet account before September 30th.
Supposedly, LG is getting ready to release what is basically a downgraded version of the G4. It's called the LG G4 S and leaked images of the device just arrived on the internet.
As you can see from the image above, the device doesn't look that much different than the G4. It will supposedly have a 5.2-inch 1080P display, which will include a new In-Cell Touch technology that improves the responsiveness of touching the display.
The rumor-mill also suggests the device will have a 1.5GHz eight core processor of unknown design. More than likely this device will be released in the second half of July at a cheaper price point than the G4. What do you guys think? Is it too soon for LG to be launching a G4 branded mid-range device?
It looks like the rumors of a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus are true. Samsung just filed in the US to trademark the name Galaxy S6 EDGE+. Samsung applied on June 26th and was just granted the patent yesterday.
The current rumor-mill pegs the display for the device at either 5.5 or 5.7 inches. As you can see from the leaked image above (which we previously shared here), the device is said to hold the same dual-edged design as the Galaxy S6 Edge. Obviously this notable difference is that the name has the EDGE in all caps.
We aren't sure what to make of that, bit we will keep an eye out for info on when it will release. Stay tuned!
If you really want to change the look and feel of your device the best way to do so is to add a custom theme. You could go with a launcher icon theme, but that would more than likely feel incomplete. For a more thorough themeing experience you will want to install a rom like CyanogenMod or any rom based on CM. The CM theme chooser allows you to customize the look of your entire rom including the full framework and system UI.
My favorite new theme is by "CynosureArts" and is called Graphi. The Graphi theme brings a darked out color scheme based on the color of Graphite! The inclusion of stark white on top of the Graphite backgrounds really gives this theme a super clean look. There are over 36 apps that have been fully themed to match the Graphite color scheme of the systemui and framework. There are more than 1800 themed icons included. Head to the link below for the free download.
As the stable builds of Cm11 and Cm12 arrive Cyanogen turns its focus on perfecting their version of Android 5.1 CM12.1. The latest updates include some all new features which should improve your overall CM experience.
The stock email app has received some major enhancements including the CM implementation of IMAP and exchange accounts. This allows you to configure your synchronization interval which can help improve on battery life. There is the inclusion of custom dynamic notification tiles. This launches a quick tile for whatever app you happen to be using. An example is if you are in a root session a # will appear in your status bar, with the dynamic tiles you can see all apps that currently have root access. Wifi priorities performs an auto configuration of the preferred wifi connection based on signal quality. If you would rather just chose your preferred wifi hotspot you can do that as well.