There is nothing more frustrating than buying a 32GB phone just to realize that only 16GB of your storage on that phone is actually usable. What takes up all that space. The actual operating system normally takes up a few GBs of the overall storage space, but other than that the big storage grabber is all that carrier bloatware that is normally included on your phone. There is a simple and easy way to get rid of these mostly useless apps.
GatesJunior has developed a full debloater tool. To use this you will need a Windows PC, USB debugging enabled on your device, and your device needs to be rooted and running Kit Kat or above.
What does it do?:
• Block / Disable applications on your device
• UnBlock / Enable applications on your device
• Allow UnBlock / Enable all applications at once on your device
• Allows filtering of the displayed packages for quicker decision making
• Allows exporting your blocked / unblocked listing to a file (Right click on Read Device Packages after list is loaded)
• Allows importing your blocked, or someone else's, listing (Right click on Read Device Packages after list is loaded)
Not to long ago Google announced a free ad-supported version of the Google Play Music service. The only drawback is that this service is not yet available to Canadians. Samsung has an offer that will make all you Canucks really happy. If you have recently bought or are planning to buy A Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge you will also be eligible for 6 months of free Google Play Music. This is the full version too! If you would rather purchase another phone like the Note 4 or some other Samsung device you still get 3 months free! As mentioned earlier this deal is only good in Canada. We Americans can't get all the good deals. I suppose it's nice to throw our friends up north a bone every now and then.
Chrome has quickly become my go to browser on Android. For a while I tried my best to keep Adobe flash going on my phones, but now there is pretty much no need to have working flash on a smartphone. Pretty much all websites have moved on. Without flash I have had just about no reason to stray from Chrome.
CyanogenMod just released a teaser for their all new browsing experience based on Chromium's open source code which they are calling "Gello". Some new features include "Save for offline reading" mode, a custom interface including tab animations and tab management, night mode and immersive mode options, site by site privacy settings and maybe an ad blocker built in, custom download settings, and more. Will this be enough to take you away from Chrome?
Is this news worthy, yes because I like to give kudos and make the community aware of the outstanding customer service reps manning the phones at Google in case anyone run into any issues.
5 times I have called Google for help dealing with issues from phones, Google Wallet, music, and movies, and all 5 times the customer service reps have been outstanding. I just can not say enough how important quality customer service is to a customer. So whether you are having issues with Play Music, Play Movies and TV, Play Apps, Play Books, Google Wallet, Chomebooks, or Nexus devices do not hesitate to call Google. I personally rate them a complete 180 of what I rated the iTunes store which seemed to be helpless (to be fair Apple's Customer Service team have been helpful on the Macbook side and I only dealt with Apple 4 times and of that 4 only 50% of the time did I swear off dealing with Apple after talking to them.
The Alcatel Here 2+ was announced way back in March at Mobile World Congress. This was going to replace the OnePlus One as the Cyanogen OS flagship device. The OnePlus One partnership pretty much fizzled out and this Alcatel partnership looked to be the deal to keep the Cyangen OS ship sailing. It looks like the boat sank itself before leaving the harbor instead! Alcatel has released a statement on why they won't be partnering with Cyanogen for now.
Over The Air updates are a staple in the Android ecosystem. They ensure that our devices are as stable and secure as possible. Beyond that they bring awesome new features to our smartphones. There is only one big problem with OTA updates. If you are a person who needs root then you probably already know to stay away from them since most updates patch known exploits killing root for those devices. This is exactly what happened when the 5.0.2 Lollipop update was released for the Sony Xperia Z2 and Z3. Users who decided to take the update have been without root ever since.
Today the root method for these two device was released! To use the below root method you will need to be on 5.0.2 build number 23.1.A.28. You can verify this build number by going to settings, about phone. Once you have verified this proceed with the steps below.
1. Grab the XperiaRoot_ALP.zip file on your smartphone and unzip it.
2. The folder you extracted is called XperiaRoot and will include Busybox, Recovery, Root and SuperSU apk files
3. Be sure you enable installation of apps from "unknown sources" in your security settings on your phone
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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