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by danDroid at Nov 25, 2014
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It's that time! Can you beleive the holidays are almost here....AGAIN!? Whut the...?!!

Ladies and gentlemen it's time to kick off the Official DroidForums.net 2014 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deal Thread!! Find a good deal? Then let us know how to get it! Looking for a deal on something specific? Post it here and let the DF community help find you the hottest and best deals of 2014!

We will be hitting this thread with every bargain we run across so be sure to keep checking in!


by dgstorm at Nov 25, 2014
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For those who like the occasional fantasy romp complete with tactical turn-based combat in the vein of Final Fantasy Tactics or Fallout Tactics, then this slick little indie game might be worth checking out. It's called Tactics Maiden, and it gets some pretty good reviews.

by dgstorm at Nov 25, 2014
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The newest wrist-band update for the Moto 360 just hit Motorola's website. It's the slim design steel band that Motorola promised a few weeks ago. The silver band version runs $299.99, while the champagne gold version is a bit pricer at $329.99.

Here's Moto's landing page to grab yours: Motorola
by dgstorm at Nov 25, 2014
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Big Red is stepping outside their box with some phenomenal Black Friday offers this year! Some of their offers will be on Black Friday only, while others will last throughout the weekend. Here's a summary of some of the best deals below (these deals will start on Black Friday and last all weekend, except where noted specifically for Black Friday Only below).
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 - Free on contract ($50 mail-in-rebate) *Black Friday only*
  • Sony Xperia Z3v - Free on contract *Black Friday only*
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4 - $199 *Black Friday only*
  • $100 Off All New Android Smartphones *Black Friday only*
  • Moto X (football leather version) - Free on contract
  • Motorola Droid Turbo - $99 on contract
  • LG G Pad 10.1 - $79
  • LG G Watch - $99 ($130 off)
  • Nest Learning Thermostat - $199 ($50 off)
  • Galaxy S5 S-View Flip covers - $19 ($30 off)
  • Mophie Powerstation 4000mAh - $49 ($30 off)
  • Fitbit Charge - $119 ($10 off)
  • Fitbit Flex - $89 ($10 off)
  • Fitbit One - $89 ($10 off)
  • Fitbit Zip - ($49 ($10 off)
As you can see, some of these deals are actually very impressive, especially for Verizon. It looks like their executives are in the "holiday spirit."

Source: VZW
by dgstorm at Nov 25, 2014
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Here's a bit of off topic news that might be important to some of you folks!

Redbox's foray into streaming teamed up with Verizon was an unmitigated disaster. The service actually attracted more criminal activity than it did real customers. Because of this, Redbox and Verizon shut down the service in October. It now appears that Redbox needs to recoup some of those losses, because they have announced they will be raising their rental rates soon.

First, on December 2nd, DVD movie rentals from a kiosk will go from $1.20 per day to $1.50 per day, and BluRay disks will rise from $1.50 per day to $2 per day. The highest price change will be their video game rentals. On January 6th, those will go from $2 per day to $3 per day.

Above is a screencap of their new change, and here's a link to the Redbox landing page: Redbox
by dgstorm at Nov 25, 2014
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Some new specs were recently leaked which are supposedly for Sony's next flagship devices, the Xperia Z4 and Xperia Z4 Ultra. While the processor won't be "cutting edge" when the phones arrive in stores next year, what they have will still be the "creme of the crop" for the end of 2014. Beyond the CPU, the rest of the device looks primed for premium level status. Here's the breakdown below:

Xperia Z4 -
  • 5.4-inch Quad HD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 3420 mAh battery
  • 20.7-megapixel rear camera
  • 4.8-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
Xperia Z4 Ultra -
  • 5.9-inch Quad HD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 3420 mAh battery
  • 16-megapixel rear camera
  • 4.8-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
What do you think? Is Sony pulling their punches, or are these devices just as worthy as the last two generations of the Xperia Z line?
by dgstorm at Nov 25, 2014
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Best Buy is pulling out all the stops for their Black Friday 2014 sale. They are kicking off their Black Friday sale at 5PM Thursday (Thanksgiving Day). They will be closing at 1AM and then reopening for their normal business hours on Friday morning. Their best deal is a Galaxy S5 on contract for only $1, but here are a slew of additional offers worth checking out:

Android Phones
  • HTC Desire 510 4G on Virgin Mobile for $29.99 w/ no contract
  • LG G3 on Verizon, Sprint or AT&T for $1 w/ two-year contract
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 on AT&T, Sprint or Verizon for $1 w/ two-year contract
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4 $0 down for well-qualified buyers with $50 Best Buy gift card
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 4G on Sprint Prepaid for $79.99 w/ no contract
  • Unlocked Sony Xperia T2 Ultra 4G for $199.99
Android Tablets
  • Amazon Fire HD 6-inch 8GB for $79.99
  • ASUS MeMo Pad 7 with case and 8GB microSD card for $99.99
  • ASUS Transformer Pad TF0310 10.1-inch 16GB for $179.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 8GB for $149.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 16GB for $399.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 32GB for $449.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 16GB for $199.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids’ Edition 7-inch 8GB for $129.99
Android Accessories
  • Chromecast for $23.99
  • Mophie JuicePack Powerstation Duo battery pack for $59.99
  • RocketFish capacitive stylus for $3.99
  • Samsung Galaxy S5...
by DroidModderX at Nov 24, 2014
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If you own the Note 4 on Verizon or if you have owned any touchwiz device on Verizon in the past then you already know the pain that comes with owning these devices. The wait for root seems to never end. The Note 3 took several months to receive root, and so far we are experiencing the same with the Note 4. We are now fast approaching $10k in the Note 4 root bounty thread! This is great because such a high amount can potentially bring some security experts around that wouldn't ordinarily look at a touchwiz or verizon device. A large bounty brought Geohotz around and he pretty much rooted the Galaxy S5 overnight, and released the towelroot app. Hopefully the bounty will continue to grow and we will see a root soon.

Via XDA
by DroidModderX at Nov 24, 2014
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There is still no custom recovery for the Note 4, but if you are still rocking the Galaxy Note 3 you can use SafeStrap to run some custom roms! Nitroglycerine has taken a break from development, but is back at it with some new builds of his Eclipse Rom for the Note 3! The Eclipse rom is known for bringing AOSP style themeing and a cleaned down slimmer build of Android to select devices. These roms are built over the stock rom for full functionality and stability! Included in this rom are an updated NC4 base, updated Google Play apps, fixed youtube and play videos, back end fixes and for future tweaks, AOSP Browser, AOSP Calendar, AOSP Camera, AOSP Calculator, AOSP Email, AOSP Phone and Contacts, AOSP MMS, all bloat removed, google now launcher, google wallet added, cm file manager, and more. Themeing is not yet complete and there are still lots of Touchwiz elements included in the themeing of this rom. Head to the link below for the download.

via ElementalXdesigns
by DroidModderX at Nov 24, 2014
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Earlier today we talked about soak test invites being sent out for Moto X users. It looks like the soak test went well. Today Motorola announced that they will begin the Lollipop Android 5.0 rollout for the Verizon Moto X 2nd Gen. The version number is 22.21.11.en.US and is 678mb. The update brings Material Design (fluid animations, realtime shadows, ripples, and 3D elements, bold colors and bright contrast to light backgrounds), better visibility recents (parallex scrolling for easier reading, different contexts within same app appear as separate tabs contrast to light backgrounds), and more. This comes only a few days after the Pure Edition Rollout. To grab this update head to Settings, About Phone, Software Update this will check for the update, download, and install it. Once rebooted you will be ready to enjoy Lollipop on your Moto X 2nd Gen! \

via Verizon
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