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!!!
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.
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.
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)
2014 Moto MAXX
2014 Moto Turbo
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.
For folks who were impressed by Samsung's newest smartwatch creation, the Gear S2, today is the day it will become available for purchase in the US. Despite it being a Tizen-powered device, instead of Android Wear, it still has some fascinating perks, including a rotating bezel, that can scroll through control functions like media volume and more. Also, the Gear S2 can work with any Android device with KitKat or higher.
Do these two phones in the comparison shot above look similar to each other? The answer is an obvious yes, but is the design a blatant "copy"? That's a tough one to answer. Despite that, ZTE's marketing chief, Lu Qian Hao, recently implied that the new Huawei Nexus 6P is a ripoff of the ZTE Grand S design.
We must admit the design aesthetics are remarkably alike, especially the camera hump at the top. It could also be argued that the particular camera setup requires a specific design language that is similar. What do you folks think? Was this a case of Huawei "aping" ZTE, or was it simply the logical evolution of trying to make that larger dual-camera setup look pleasing to the eye?
Yesterday, when we reported the announcement of the new LG V10, we were light on details regarding carrier availability of LG's newest flagship. Today we have info to share for three of the big US carriers. Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile all issued statements declaring they will be carrying the device:
In the above video I show you how to change the color, style, and size of your SPen strokes. This is actually something that I personally overlooked in the first week of using the device. I figured that if I had overlooked maybe some of you have as well. As it turns out the SPen is pretty versatile.
If root ever comes for the Galaxy Note 5 you will want to grab the stock firmware and a fresh version of Odin prior to rooting your device. Stock images serve as a safety net for anyone trying to modify their devices. Not only do these provide a safety net they also provide a quick and easy way to totally erase your phone incase you need to sell it. The stock firmware along with the stock kernel, modem, and recovery have been uploaded. You will probably want to grab these files for safe keeping. You never know when you might need them.