Google seems to be pushing their All Access Subscription service for Google Music. I have been using this now for a few months, and have to say that I have not really found too many songs that were not available on the service. For the most part I am able to listen to anything I want. The best part about this service is that I am able to listen to entire albums, and for $9.99 a month you can't beat that. Most albums from my childhood cost anywhere between $10-$20!
Google wants you to try this service out, and they have sweetened their free trial deal by doubling it! For a limited time you can try it out for 60 days for free. There are over 30million songs included, oh and NO ADVERTISING!
Last month LG started shipping out preview devices to a handful of lucky phone enthusiasts. One such lucky guy was "Windroid" who has released a whole list of videos showcasing the stock customization options available on the LG G4!
The root community has always had customization options like this, but OEMs are starting to see the appeal. We have already seen Themeing options on other flagship devices like the GS6 and the M9. LG takes it a step further. Yes there are custom themeing options on the G4, but it also includes custom keyboard themes, custom fonts, custom navigation buttons, custom messaging themes, and custom lock screens.
With all these options it almost feels like you are running a custom rom! Head to the link below to view the whole playlist of videos. There is a video for each customization option.
If you love to root and mod your device then you know just how important an unlockable bootloader is. Some rom users have opted to use devices that aren't carrier branded just to avoid their devices bootloader being locked up. Others have turned to the Oasis which is the Nexus lineup. T-Mobile seems to be the go to carrier when it comes to hackable devices, but even some of their phones ship with a locked bootloader. Most of their devices can atleast be bootloader unlocked.
The LG G4 appears to be one such device. A photo shows the developer options of the LG G4, and inside the menu is the option to allow OEM unlock! If this bootloader is unlockable it will make rooting and installing roms super easy! I wouldn't count on the AT&T or Verizon versions including an unlockable bootloader, however developers made quick work of circumventing the bootloader and essentially unlocking it on the Verizon LG G3 last year!
Do you guys remember when we posted that intriguing rumor that Samsung was considering making "Avengers" themed Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge variants? That rumor is one step closer to reality. According to a report from the Korean Times, Lee Young-hee, head of marketing for Samsung's mobile division, the company is definitely planning at least an "Iron Man" edition of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.
Great news to those who own T-Mobile's variant of the Sony Xperia Z3 (D6616)! We now have root boys n' girls! The screenshot above is one I took after successfully rooting my D6616.
Back in November a bounty began for root for the Sony Xperia Z3 and a couple months later root was acheived for the Xperia Z3 using a method developed by XDA member zxz0O0. That said, the method did not work for the T-Mobile version of the Xperia Z3. This was due a locked bootloader and a patch for the exploit already included in the specific carrier variant’s firmware.
A bounty began specifically designed for the T-Mobile Xperia Z3 in February. And now, root has also been achieved for the D6616. Again, the exploit which gains the root privileges was found by zxz0O0 and working off the more general Z3 exploit.
Good news for you Verizon Z3V owners as well! This root exploit seems to work on the Sony Xperia Z3V as well.
Head over to the thread post on XDA here and be sure to read up. Thispost by GhostRaiderMX is what helped me the most as I achieved root on the first try.
It's tough for us to imagine that it will be very effective in a smartphone, but Vivo just announced their X5 Pro smartphone will come with a retinal scanner for security. It's interesting to note that this is not the first Android device to sport such technology. The ZTE Grand S3 holds that distinction.
Neither of these devices are likely coming to the US anytime soon, so there's little way to find out how effective the eyeball camera really is at differentiating your iris from another person or a picture. Still, it's interesting to see OEMs trying to implement this even if it turns out to be a gimmick for now. For interest's sale, here are more specs for the X5 Pro:
Snapdragon 615 SoC
3GB of RAM
6-inch display with 2.5D curved glass
As you can see, it's no slouch but is not exactly "top-of-the-line". That big battery is appealing. Let us know what you think of this foray into futuristic fancy tech.
In one fell swoop Sony may have just become the most developer friendly smartphone maker on the planet (or at least one of them). They officially opened up bootloader access for several of their current Android smartphones. Sony's official Mobile Flash tool now gives folks an “Open Devices” bootloader option to go along with the standard consumer-shipped bootloader.
Developers can now install custom recoveries directly on their devices’ recovery partition, and/or lets folks use custom ROMs and operating systems without needing clunky bootstrap solutions. For now it only supports devices with chipsets based on ARM Cortex-A7. This limits it to the Sony Xperia T3, Sony Xperia M2, Sony Xperia T2 Ultra and the Sony Xperia E3 for now. We will keep an eye out to see if they open up the same access to older or newer phones.
So, the above video is a new commercial meant to show off the design process of the new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. While watching it, here at HQ we were struck by how much it seems to mimic some of Apple's "Jony Ivy" design process videos of various Apple products.
It struck us as a bit of a "turn the corner moment" considering that Samsung has basically been copying Apple's products for years, but were frequently ahead of the game when it came to creative advertising. It's interesting how both companies have circled around each other:
First, we recently see Apple finally release devices that look like copies of Samsung products. The iPhone 6 uses a plastic looking design that seems like a throw back to an older Galaxy S model, and the iPhone 6 Plus is the first time Apple created a phablet-sized device, which Samsung basically pioneered.
Then, Samsung releases the Galaxy S6 which looks very similar to the iPhone 5S, and even includes "premium materials," and a glass back like the previous iPhones.
Now we see Samsung creating commercials which have a very similar feel and tone to some of Apple's video commercials.
What's next? Will we see Apple release video commercials poking fun at Samsung people standing in line? That's obviously a facetious question, but get's the point across. It almost seems that Apple and Samsung are two sides of the same coin...
The Edge version of T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the next device to get the Android 5.x Lollipop treatment. Last week, the Galaxy Note 4 started getting the update, so it was obvious it wouldn't take too long for the Galaxy Note Edge to get it, (since they are very similar devices and built on the same core hardware).
The version is Android 5.0.1 and weighs in at a portly 1.84GB. Of course, this has most of the usual Lollipop goodies, although Touchwiz does obscure some of the Material Design UI. Still, it also adds: Smart Lock, priority notifications, an improved lockscreen, as well as several other tweaks.
As usual, if you don't want to wait for the OTA update wave to hit your device, the manual option is Samsung Kies. Sound off if you are a proud owner of this device and let us know when you get the update!
We will discuss the end of an era in boxing, the beginning of a new era in the NFL, movie talk, and more.
The fight 5 years in the making finally took place last night when Manny Pacquiao fought Floyd Mayweather. Floyd Mayweather went on to defeat Manny Pacquiao in a fight that I would classify more as conservative than entertaining. There was more action outside of the ring leading up to the fight when it became the who's who of attendees. A fight that took 5 years not only failed to live up to expectations but signified the end of an era of big money fights for boxing. An era that saw Sugar Ray Leonard, Ali/Frazier, Foreman, Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Holyfield, and Rocky Marciano ended last night and made way for MMA to take over. With UFC putting on big fights without the long hold up it has easily supplanted boxing as the event to pay money for. To those that paid for the event did you feel like you got your money's worth?
From the fight in the ring to the fight on the screen, the Avengers Age of Ultron is currently playing in theaters and to be honest you will see more of a fight on the big screen between the Avengers and Ultron than what took place last night in the ring. The sequel to the Avengers did not disappoint as the action starts from the moment of the opening credits until the end of the film. Was this better than the first? Depends on who you ask, but definitely had more action and it did not take long to get there. But it also did a good...