by pc747 at Nov 30, 2016
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It's that time of year where we crown the best of the best. We will open the poll and announce the winner at the end of the month (of December).
by pc747 at Dec 5, 2016
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We are weeks away from the start of 2017 but before we get there let's talk about from whence we came.

This is going to be a multi-part session as we will look at the many stories that made up the 2016 year.

The first story I am going to kick the year off with is Mark Zuckerberg's Iron man style house. Reported by @dgstorm via Zuckerberg's fb post, Z wanted to build a UI that would help him around the house (Mark Zuckerberg is Building a House AI Control System 'like Jarvis in Iron Man'). Not sure where he got with that but Google is quickly making that a reality with Google Home.

Angry Birds movie trailer was shown in January as well (Angry Birds Movie Gets its First Trailer)

We saw a team up with HTC and Under Armour with the Healthbox (Under Armour & HTC Team Up to Bring Complete Fitness Ecosystem of Devices) and that was the last we heard of that as well as HTC's innovation.

The LeMax Pro launched with the first 820 phone. At the beginning of the year not many heard of the company but they made some buzz in the 3rd quarter....
by DroidModderX at Dec 5, 2016
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Black Friday week we informed you guys about one of the coolest deals around. Slickwraps decided to mark 50% off on every product they sale. In addition to that you get an entry for one of many prizes with each purchase. Prizes include $5000, a trip for your entire family to go to Disney World, and even a brand new car! The contest went though the entire week of Cyber Monday and actually wraps up this evening. You still have a chance to get in on this! One other cool thing worth mentioning is that they now have a full lineup of slickwraps for the LG V20.

via Slickwraps
by DroidModderX at Dec 5, 2016
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As the holidays are now in full swing you can expect Google to start discounting some of their content, apps, and games. Prince of Persia : Shadow and Flame is currently on sale for just $.10 in some regions. The 2.5D sidescroller is reminiscent of the Classic Sands of time game. The game is a continuation in the story line of the older game as well. With the game you get 14 new levels and five 3D environments. This game includes improved gesture controls and is compatible with some of the game controllers like Moga. Unfortunately the deal is not available in the US, but you can still pick it up for just $2.99 in the US region.

via Play Store
by DroidModderX at Dec 5, 2016
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In super cool news today Amazon just launched their "No Lines, No Checkout" brick and mortar store called Amazon Go! This is essentially the Grocery Store of the future. At roughly 1,800sq ft the store is large enough to house most of the essentials and small enough for those of us who are constantly on the move and busy to get in and get out quickly. The store allows you to check in on your app as you enter then just grab what you need off the shelves turn around and walk out. All purchases are added to your account auto magically using some of the same technologies that exist in self driving cars today. There is currently one store in existence, but I could see this quickly becoming a trend. It seems to be a better solution than Amazon requiring you to buy many things at once like they do with their current "Prime Pantry" Program. I can also foresee Amazon developing a system to retrofit existing grocery stores.
by DroidModderX at Dec 5, 2016
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After the final recall and discontinuation of the Galaxy Note 7 Samsung was pretty generous in not only refunding their customers who bought the faulty devices, but also gave a coupon towards purchasing a new device at a lower price, and has given Note 7 buyers the option to upgrade to the unreleased Galaxy S8 at half the full price. Samsung feels like they have done more than enough to make Note 7 buyers whole, but there is still a class action lawsuit which claims Samsung is still responsible for further damages incurred when consumers had to go through the trouble of exchanging their devices.

There are 2,400 consumers involved in this class action lawsuit and they are seeking compensation of $426 each to make up for their time. I still think that Samsung has gone above and beyond in correcting this, and the only ones entitled to more compensation would be the first several who were injured by their Note 7 before it was common knowledge that these devices could randomly catch fire. What are your thoughts? Should Note 7 buyers entitled to even more compensation?

by DroidModderX at Dec 5, 2016
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When I first heard this rumor regarding the name of the upcoming OnePlus flagship to be released in summer of 2017 I had to check the date to be sure it wasn't an April Fools joke. According to sources OnePlus will be skipping the OnePlus 4 and will jump straight to the OnePlus 5. The reason given for this is that the number 4 is considered to be highly unlucky in China since it closely resembles the word for death. Personally I think it is silly for a company to be so superstitious that they are willing to skip a number possibly causing confusion and devaluing their previous model by making them seem 2 generations older.
Then again this has not been confirmed or denied by OnePlus so we can take it with a grain of salt.

The device whether it be the OnePlus 4 or the OnePlus 5 is also expected to come with a ceramic build, a Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB of RAM, 5.5" QHD display, and should release with Android Nougat 7.1 out of the box. It is unclear whether OnePlus will actually go with the Snapdragon 835 since it was previously reported they would go with the Snapdragon 830. I think the inclusion of the 835 would make this a much more attractive device since it would...
by pc747 at Dec 5, 2016
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Nexus and Pixel owners it is time to flash the latest in android nougat either via factory image or OTA. We have been waiting and hopefully we see a true fix for the issues we have been having.

So if you have a Nexus 6P, 5X, Player, 9 or Pixel, XL, or ryu, then you can update today.

Source: Full OTA Images for Nexus and Pixel Devices  |  Google APIs for Android  |  Google Developers
Factory Images for Nexus and Pixel Devices  |  Google APIs for Android  |  Google Developers
by pc747 at Dec 1, 2016
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Since 2015 (Nokia Making a Smartphone Comeback with Android in 2016) we have been talking about Nokia making an android phone. A few years ago the Lumia was the darling of the Microsoft world to the point it drew envy from us android users. But as the years have gone on and Microsoft phones have become the darling of the budget phone world, Nokia again is looking to embrace android (Phones | Nokia Phones) and try and re-establish it's name.

Question is if it is a little too late?

In an already heavy saturated market what can Nokia bring to the table that the other manufacturers have not, and will Nokia try and compete with the flagship phones or settle for being what they are known for, the phones you can buy at Walmart and Dollar General?

Source: Nokia's new Android phones made in “close partnership” with Google
by pc747 at Dec 1, 2016
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We are a month away from kicking off the new year and 2016 saw a mixture of new ideas and stale ideas. There are some companies like Blackberry I think could have benefitted from modular tech, while companies like HTC could have benefitted from new innovation period.

What advice would you give to each manufacturer in 2017; Motorola/Lenovo, HTC, LG, Samsung, Apple, Blackberry, Huawei, Sony, Google (though they have companies make phones for them), and other smaller manufacturers out there?
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