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by dgstorm at May 4, 2015
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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.

Here's a quote with the details,

Supposedly Marvel and Samsung already made a...
by wicked at May 4, 2015
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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. This post by GhostRaiderMX is what helped me the most as I achieved root on the first try.

by dgstorm at May 4, 2015
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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
  • 3200-3500mAh battery
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.

Source: PhoneArena
by dgstorm at May 4, 2015
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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.

Here's a link to the flash tool: Flash tool for Xperia devices Developer World
by dgstorm at May 4, 2015
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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:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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...
by dgstorm at May 4, 2015
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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!

Don't forget to check out our dedicated Samsung Galaxy Edge section for further discussion: Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Android Forum at

Source: T-Mobile
by pc747 at May 3, 2015
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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...
by DroidModderX at May 2, 2015
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Before reading further just know that fantasy defense games are life changingly addictive! In fact just don't even read any further if you are not already addicted to one. I thought Clash Of Clans was for uber geeks. I even laughed at a few coworkers who play it. Then one of them spoke up and told me I was no longer allowed to laugh if I had never played it. He told me to feel free to laugh and poke fun if I tried it and wasn't hooked. Needless to say I was hooked.

Kingdom Rush is not COCs but it is a defense game. In this game you will defend your kingdom against attacking forces. COC includes offensive attacks while Kingdom Rush is all about defending your own base.


★ Epic defense battles that will hook you for hours!
★ Command your soldiers and see them engage in hand to hand cartoon battles!
★ 8 specialized tower upgrades to customize your strategy! Mighty Barbarians, Arcane Wizards, Forest Rangers to name a few.
★ Over 18 tower abilities! Have your Sorcerers summon earth elementals and polymorph your enemies!
★ Over 50 different enemies, from Goblins to Demons each with their own skills! (Beware of the mountain Trolls!)
by DroidModderX at May 2, 2015
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Sony devices have had custom roms like Cyanogen and AOKP for a while now. The way they have been able to do this is by packaging the boot ramdisk and recovery together into one single boot image. Without actually being able to boot the recovery partition development was harder for these devices, and it was more difficult to recover from a sticky situation.

A few days ago Sony released a set of special bootloaders that enable booting from the recovery partition. This means that developers can now access the recovery without having to modify the build system. This will also make porting roms across devices a bit easier. Devices that will receive the new bootloaders include Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia T3, Xperia M2, and Xperia E3. Other devices will be added later.

via FXPblog
by DroidModderX at May 2, 2015
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One of the coolest features of touchwiz is the scrollable customizable quick toggles in the notification panel. When you swipe down the notification panel you will see 5 toggles you can scroll to the right to reveal another 5 toggles. You can actually change and reorder these toggles. Re organizing these quick settings is almost too easy. Pull down the notification drawer, hit the edit button (looks like a pencil) then drag and drop your quick settings to reorganize. Swapping and reorganizing these quick settings will make using your device that much easier!
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