If you have been waiting to get a new Samsung Galaxy Note 5, then you will have an extra choice to make. The three biggest carriers (AT&T, T-Mobile & Verizon) all have a new Gold Platinum colored version of the device available on their network. The internals, hardware and software, are all identical. The only thing that has changed is the bling.
For those who appreciate the gold coloring, you can feel satisfied that you waited a bit longer to get one. Here are some links below to get one on your network.
Despite the fact that Samsung has improved upon and cleaned up TouchWiz over its many iterations, it still leaves much to be desired. The biggest complaint is the hit in performance caused by TouchWiz. This is primarily due to weak memory management. According to the latest intel from various sources, that might change in the near future.
Supposedly, Google might actually team-up directly with Samsung in order to optimize TouchWiz. Here's a quote with a few more details,
What do you folks think of this if true? Is this a bit of favoritism on the part of Google, or simply good Android community building?
It's the holiday season and the super sales are in full swing. Whether you just want to take advantage of these sales for yourself or are buying gifts for others, gamers on a NVIDIA Shield device should take notice at these deals.
Google is offering 50% off on NVIDIA Shield games on the Google Play Store. Here are a few links to some of the juiciest games:
It looks like T-Mobile may have been a bit "intimidated" by Sprint's latest pricing shift. Sprint recently shared a new plan promo that lets you basically take 50% off of your current bill if you switch from any of the other major carriers, T-Mobile, Verizon or AT&T. It will also pay you up to $650 in credits to cover any balance you owe or any early termination fees.
Because of this aggressive move, T-Mobile is now specifically targeting Sprint customers with a $200 per line credit if you switch from Sprint to T-Mo. For those considering this offer, you will have to choose a T-Mobile Simple Choice postpaid plan starting Thursday, November 26. No device trade-in is required for the bill credit.
To be clear, the deal also targets Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile postpaid and prepaid customers, but its big focus is obviously the Now Network. When the carriers actually start duking it out, the consumer ends up the big winner with big savings. Let's just cross our fingers that Verizon and AT&T are forced to jump into the fray.
The next installment of Star Wars is only a few weeks away. It is time to get hyped! I am one of the guys that wants to hear nothing or see nothing about Star Wars until I see the movie in the theater! I don't want anything spoiling this experience for me. I want to see everything from the remastered Millennium Falcon to the 1,000 J.J. Abram lens flares for the first time when I go watch the movie.
That being said Disney is making sure that your mind is on Star Wars. Disney is releasing a series of Star Wars VR experiences leading up to the movie's release starting on December 2nd. These are designed to work with the Google Cardboard. The experience apparently is in direct correlation with the opening of The Force Awakens. These videos will be available through the official Star Wars app.
We have all been there. You spend hours writing the perfect business email. Maybe you work on it some take a break and come back to it to work some more. Some emails are just so important that they have to be right the first time. No one wants to make a bad impression by sending a bad email. I have accidentally pressed tab and enter sending a half complete email. When that happens it is pretty embarrassing.
I have never understood why services like Gmail don't have an option to take back emails, especially if they have not been opened. Once you hit that send button the transaction is final. The receiver will see the message regardless of what it is and whether or not you meant to send it. The same goes for text messages, and most all other forms of communication.
Viber has just updated their app. It includes a new feature which allows you to delete a message from both sides of the conversation. The update also includes the ability to attach files, and an option to share viber with friends. The only requirement for Viber to work is that both parties have the app installed on their device. Head to the link below to grab this app.
I can never stress enough how important the development community is for older devices. Once a device hits a certain age it gets end of lifed by OEMs never to be updated again. This means that even if security patches come out those devices will remain unsecured. The rom development community often updates devices years after OEMs have stopped. This makes using older devices safer, but also adds to the user experience.
CyanogenMod 13 has already been making the rounds to older devices in the form of rom ports. The rom has been unofficially ported over to the HTC One M7! With this being an unofficial build some things may not be working. In this particular build calls, messages, bluetooth, and mic are not working. Essentially this early build is not usable as a daily driver, but may be worth installing if you are interested in Marshmallow. Head to the link below for the download.
The easiest way to root and bootloader unlock your Nexus device has now been updated. The Wugfresh Nexus Root Toolkit has been updated to version 2.1.0. It now fully supports the both the Nexus 5x and Nexus 6P. It also fully supports Android 6.0 Marshmallow. With the toolkit you can do pretty much anything you like. The toolkit allows you to unbrick your device by flashing a stock image, bootloader unlock and relock your device, root your phone, install custom recovery, sideload apps, backup and restore your entire device and more! Head to the link below for the download.
The wait is over! Official CyanogenMod 13 nightly builds are finally here. The only bummer about this is that the initial roll out is starting out small. There are only 7 supported devices as of this post. Those devices include the OnePlus One, Nexus 7, LG G4, Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, LG GPad 7.0, LG G3 Verizon, and Moto X 2014. These are nightly builds, and Cyanogen even suggest that you stick with the CM12.1 snapshots for now as the fist nightly builds can be a bit buggy.
New features for CM13 include a new UI including new app drawer, Doze battery enhancements, double tap power to quick launch camera, Google Now On Tap, multiwindow, battery saver mode, and a few other customizations. Head to the link below for the full release notes.
Let the cat and mouse games begin... I think? Now I am pretty confused about what is going on. Verizon had seemingly blocked FoxFi from working on their network. I tested it on several devices last night to find that, just as reported, it was no longer working on the Verizon network. Now I'm left wondering if there was just some sort of issue on FoxFi's side keeping the app from functioning. Verizon nor FoxFi ever made any sort of statement on the matter. Verizon never sent out an update blocking it, and I never received an update from FoxFi to make the app work again.
One can only speculate at this point. A few years back the FCC ruled that Verizon couldn't block these types of apps from being downloaded. This was in response to Verizon blocking tethering apps from the Play Store. If Verizon blocked the app from working maybe they unblocked it to keep from being fined. Blocking it totally would mean that both unlimited and tiered data users could not use it.
Maybe FoxFi had a fix waiting on the moment that Verizon finally blocked current methods and simply deployed the fix on their side. The most likely scenario is that FoxFi...