In this video we match the Galaxy S6 Edge against the HTC One M9. Both devices are highly capable with some killer specs! In day to day use they seem to be pretty much neck and neck, but the benchmark tests reveal that one of the two devices does have an "edge' over the other!
Chevy has found a way to cool your device while it wirelessly charges in your car! This is actually pretty awesome. I have to carry devices with me at work which I need to complete my daily tasks. Sometimes I return to my van to find that my device has powered down or stopped working due to overheating as it bakes in the sun. Chevorlet has found a way to actively cool down your phone as it wirelessly charges! This is pretty awesome. The way this works is simpler then you think. A special vent will deliver cool air from your AC to a spot where your phone will sit and wirelessly charge. This seems simple enough and should be available in Chevy vehicles soon.
Android 5.1.1 is finally here for the Nexus 7 (2013). It has been available now for about a week via over the air update, but if you have still yet to receive the update you can download the file form Google and sideload it. You do have to be on the latest version of Android prior to this build which is LMY47V. You will also need the adb.exe and fastboot files on your PC.
1. Plug device into PC and enable usb debugging
2. Place the file you downloaded into the same file as your adb.exe file
3. in command prompt type "adb reboot bootloader"
4. use volume up to scroll to "recovery" and select it with power button
5. When andy is on the screen press volume up and power at the same time
6. using volume down highlight and select with power "apply update from adb"
7. on your Pc in a command prompt cd into directory with the file you downloaded
8. in command prompt type "adb sideload (filename)"
9. this will start the update
10. when finished you will reboot into android
Swappa is really the only good place to sale your phone these days. If you are a phone addict like me then you sell phones regularly to raise money to buy your next device. You could sell your phone on Craigslist, but then you have to risk possibly being chopped up by a lunatic when you go to meet your potential buyer.
There is Ebay, but recently I have tried to sell a particular phone and I have had two false buyers to have the winning option. In both cases I was sent a fake email from "paypal" saying that the device was paid for and I should go ahead and ship the phone. When I looked at my paypal account there had been no payment. I have decided that I won't be able to sell anything else on ebay. It is a wast of time and effort.
I have been able to sell three phones on Swappa and each time I have had a great experience. They only ask for a straight $10 fee which is much less than ebay ask (about $50 for a flagship device). They have moderators who moderate each sell and make sure no scamming is going on. If you are looking to sell your device you will want to check out the new Swappa app which gives you an estimate of what your phone is worth. Once you figure that part out you will know if it is worth it to sell your device on Swappa or not. Grab this app from the link below.
One of the biggest headaches when it comes to Android is getting your Windows PC to find your device. For the most part if you turn on usb debugging and plug your phone into your PC it will automagically find the correct drivers and connect to your device. Sometimes however Windows fails to find and install the proper USB drivers and in this case you have to search the web for the correct drivers which can be an agonizing task.
TechKnow has created a universal ADB driver that is compatible with over 500 devices! This is really the only driver you need to get your Android device connected and recognizable to your PC. Grab it from the link below.
Well the perfect storm of events led me to do something that I never would have otherwise done, take an update that kills root! I am normally the one letting you guys know not to take these sorts of updates that are only meant to disable your root access, but I unluckily became the guy that did just that this AM. I was running the Trailblazer OE2 rom on my Galaxy S6 Edge and when my phone died last night I plugged it in. A few hours later I went to turn on my phone and it would not boot. It was stuck in a bootloop. So I did what any good modder would do. I flashed the Odin file unbricking my device.
So I had a stock unrooted Galaxy S6 Edge. I had some issues with Odin so it got pretty late. I set my phone down and picked it back up this morning. There was a notification for an OTA update. I was thinking, "Yea ok that is for OE2 which I know to be rootable". Without giving it much more thought I oked the update. Once it finished it hit me like a ton of bricks. I had already accepted the OE2 update last night when I was half asleep this must be a new update! I instantly looked at my software information and found that I was running OF1. Upon further...
This seems like an unlikely partnership, but there are rumblings within the industry that Yahoo might reach out to Google to get help improving Yahoo's search engine and ad capabilities. Supposedly, Yahoo has already been testing Google search ads in a small number of desktop and mobile queries.
The reason this partnership is possible is that Yahoo's original exclusive partnership with Microsoft has changed. Their new agreement gives them freedom to experiment. Yahoo actually commented on the news, saying "As we work to create the absolute best experiences for Yahoo users, from time to time, we run small tests with a variety of partners including search providers." Makes sense...
Should an unlikely partnership between the two companies emerge, do you think it will help the flailing Yahoo return to relevance?
Since its release in May, Android Lollipop has had a rough time of it. The 5.x version of Android has been one of Google's buggiest releases yet. There's one particular issue that has plagued a number of users, and continues to do so, battery drain problems.
Checking Google's Android Issue Tracker website, we see that users are still experiencing this issue, straight up to several reports even today. The problem apparently occurs on multiple different devices which have been upgraded to Lollipop, so it isn't specific to a single device.
Here at HQ, none of us have experienced this problem with any of our Lollipop equipped phones, but apparently there are hundreds of folks out there who have. It looks like the problem is not widespread enough to be a huge stain on the OS, but that is little comfort to folks who are experiencing it. It must be frustrating for Google to track down such a persnickety problem...
Huawei recently shared a new device they are working on, and it could be a serious competitor to the Moto 360. It's a new smartwatch called the Zero Circle and it has an impressive design aesthetic. There's no confirmation yet whether it will be an Android Wear device or have its own custom OS, but the industry speculation is that it will use Google's OS.
The most fascinating feature of the device (and the reason it is called Zero) is that it has no buttons. It is fully functional using the touch-screen only. They didn't share too many details, but we do know it will include IP68 weather resistance to rain. Huawei also claims the device will work for 4 days on a single charge, but we will believe that lofty claim when we see it in the real world.
HTC and Kelly Brook teamed up to draw extra attention to the gold colored version of the HTC One M9. They found a creative way to splash gold paint all over the model's body to make it look like she is wearing a fancy flowing dress.
Here's one of the promo pics above and the video commercial is in the thread below. Enjoy!