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by pc747 at Oct 6, 2015
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As 2015 near the final quarter we pretty much have all the devices in the books. With the exception of the next Droid device, which normally would have been released by now in time to cross promote with ESPN and the NFL, we can put a fork in the 2015 android year.

With 2015 we saw manufacturers add just a bump in specs while not really blowing it out of the park with innovation. One Plus talked a big game and then hit a grounder to the short stop, HTC gave up, and Samsung continued to remain the top dog screaming out the gate with their S6 edge, and Motorola quietly continues to inch their way back into the heart of fans. I felt like Samsung continued to stay ahead of the pack for the general public. But for us die hards, Motorola continue to remain the top dog and will probably end up earning the award for 2015 DF Community Phone of the Year. Carrier unlocked, bootloader unlock-able, and priced at $349 with the added addition of a much improved camera, I just do not see any phone taking its crown.

But we still have 2 months to go and if Blackberry manages to release the Priv in time for the holidays, it may garner enough interest from the community. The Droid-line will have to bring a lot of spunk if it is going to unseat its brother (Moto X Pure).

Has 2015 been a good year for Android phones or are you waiting to see what 2016 will offer?
by dgstorm at Oct 6, 2015
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We've seen a number of lists of devices which are more than likely going to get the new Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS update. Some of these lists were official, while a others were leaked. This next list falls into the former category. Sony shared their official list of Xperia devices scheduled to get the latest dessert flavored Android OS:
  • Sony Xperia Z5
  • Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
  • Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
  • Sony Xperia Z3+ (And Xperia Z4, we assume)
  • Sony Xperia Z3
  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
  • Sony Xperia Z2
  • Sony Xperia M5
  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra
  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
  • Sony Xperia C4
Sony tablets which will get Android 6.0 Marshmallow at some point in the future:
  • Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
  • Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet
  • Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
The most important detail that Sony declined to share with this list was a time-table for the updates. We will simply have to update you folks when we get that info as it comes to each device.

Source: Sony Mobile Blog
by dgstorm at Oct 6, 2015
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You know it was only a matter of time. Folks started receiving the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update only yesterday, so those who already got it are kindly posting download links so the rest of us can download it. Of course, some more savvy tinkerers just used the factory images which were posted yesterday, but for those who prefer to use the OTA rollout, here are a few links for the Nexus 9 and Nexus 7 2013 edition:

Nexus 9 LTE
Nexus 9 WiFi
This flashable file takes you from LMY48T to MRA58K.

Nexus 7 2013 LTE
This flashable file takes you from...
by dgstorm at Oct 6, 2015
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Here's a bit of off topic tech news for you folks this morning. Microsoft just kicked off their big press event this morning. We covered it over at our site, and thought it would be worthwhile to share the highlights by showcasing a few links to the product announcements.

First, Microsoft "wowed" the crowd with a new HoloLens AR-game controller presentation: Microsoft Kicks Off Their Event with New HoloLens Tech Called X-Ray | Microsoft Surface Forums

After that, Microsoft announced the second generation fitness smartwatch, the Microsoft Band: Microsoft Unveils the 2nd Generation Band; Full Specs, Features, Price & Release Date | Microsoft Surface Forums

Next they revealed their new Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL smartphones: Microsoft Reveals the Lumia 950 & 950 XL Smartphones; Full Specs, Features, Pricing and Release Date | Microsoft Surface Forums

The biggest reveal of the day was the new Surface Pro 4:...
by dgstorm at Oct 5, 2015
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If you are into funny nostalgia or even just humorous tech history, then those crazy Google engineers have created a video worth checking out. It's basically a brief history of all of their Android Easter Eggs up until Marshmallow.

We must admit to having a chuckle at some of these, either because we missed them previously, or because we had forgotten they were so clever. Enjoy the video in the thread below.
by dgstorm at Oct 5, 2015
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Not that Google officially announced the new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, their latest Android version can't be far away for current Nexus owners can it? Of course not! It's available today. The factory images for Android 6.0 Marshmallow for the various Nexus devices, including the Nexus 5, the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and more are now online.

You can head over to the source link below and grab these factory image to flash on your device. It looks like it is only available to a select number of Nexus devices right now. Perhaps some of the excluded ones either need more time to bake or are simply too old to be compatible with Google's newest OS.

Update: It looks like the OTA update for Android 6 is also starting to roll out to Nexus device owners! Yay! :D

Here's that source link: Factory Images for Nexus Devices
by dgstorm at Oct 5, 2015
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As if you needed further evidence that Motorola and Verizon were cooking up a new Droid MAXX 2, here is that additional proof. Apparently, Google accidentally referenced a Verizon Motorola Droid MAXX 2 phone in their list of devices which are optimized for Android screen mirroring in the new Chromecast help files.

Their reference even confirmed what we already reported, that the device will be the Moto X Play for the "Rest of World.” It's minor slip-ups like this which make our job fun here at DroidForums news HQ. Keep those leaks coming!!! ;)

Source: Google
by dgstorm at Oct 5, 2015
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Here's a handy bit of data for Android users. The included leaked list (shown above) appears to be a complete (or nearly complete) list of all Android devices across multiple brands which are scheduled to receive the Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS update. It appears the leak was compiled and leaked somewhere within the Chinese supply chain.

Also, keep in mind that it's possible/likely the list is incomplete or simply early, and we will see even more devices receive the Android 6 upgrade. For example, the Sony Xperia Z5 is not on this list, but Sony already confirmed the device will get the Marshmallow. We will keep an eye out for any further details.

Source: GizmoChina
by Jeffrey at Oct 2, 2015
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Google Proceeds With Implementation of New Operating Structure

Google Inc. announced today that, pursuant to its previously announced plans to create a new public holding company, Alphabet Inc. ("Alphabet"), by implementing a holding company reorganization (the "Alphabet Merger"), it expects that the Alphabet Merger will close after the close of business on October 2, 2015. Google anticipates that shares of Google Class C Capital Stock and shares of Google Class A Common Stock will begin trading as Alphabet Class C Capital Stock and Alphabet Class A Common Stock, respectively, on the NASDAQ Global Select Market on October 5, 2015. Shares of Alphabet Class C Capital Stock and shares of Alphabet Class A Common Stock will continue to be traded under the same ticker symbols under GOOG and GOOGL, respectively.

Update: The Alphabet merger is now effective. For more information on the merger, please see Alphabet's Form 8-K filed on October 2, 2015.

Source Alphabet CNN Money
by dgstorm at Oct 2, 2015
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Here's a handy list that also includes some bad news for some users. Motorola pushed out a list of their devices which will receive Google's latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS. There is a surprising omission on this list, and it turns out that it may be purposeful.

First, here's the list:
  • 2015 Moto X Pure Edition (3rd gen)
  • 2015 Moto X Style (3rd gen)
  • 2015 Moto X Play
  • 2015 Moto G (3rd gen)
  • 2014 Moto X Pure Edition in the US (2nd gen)
  • 2014 Moto X in Latin America, Europe and Asia2 (2nd gen)
  • 2014 Moto G and Moto G with 4G LTE2 (2nd gen)
  • DROID Turbo
  • 2014 Moto MAXX
  • 2014 Moto Turbo
  • Nexus 6
Savvy users might notice that the AT&T and Verizon versions of the Moto X (2nd gen) are NOT on this list. Motorola even issued a statement in a tech support blog sharing that those devices specifically won't be getting the update. What, what, what?!?

How is it that a Motorola flagship that is only around a year old is not going to get the latest Android version? We will follow up and make sure that this info is accurate. Perhaps the Motorola forums manager (Matt) who posted this info was mistaken or didn't share complete info. Sound off if you would be affected by this odd decision.

Source: Motorola: (1) &...
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