If you happen to own the AT&T version of the first generation Moto X and have been antsy to try out Android 5.1 Lollipop, then you may be in luck soon. We have word that folks in the Motorola Testers network have started getting a soak test for Lollipop on this particular device. Usually, the full release is soon to follow, so keep your fingers crossed!
It turns out that the market analyst reports predicting weak sales of Samsung's Galaxy S6 flagship were true. Sammy just released their second quarter financials and things aren't as rosy as they would have hoped. According to Samsung's info, their profits were down by 4% compared to this time last year, and they attribute that to lower than expected Galaxy S6 sales.
Ironically, the problem isn't what you would expect. It seems that Samsung underestimated the exceptional demand for the Galaxy S6 Edge, which ended up cannibalizing some of the momentum for the "vanilla" version of the S6. In fact, they have since adjusted their previously predicted manufacturing schedule from a 4:1 ratio of Galaxy S6 to S6 Edge units, to nearly 1:1. Basically, the problem was that they made too many regular Galaxy S6 devices, and didn't make enough Galaxy S6 Edge devices.
To be clear, this isn't news that Samsung is doing poorly. It simply means they didn't do nearly as well as they predicted. Such is the nature of the fickle consumer industry. Perhaps they should have simply released the S6 as only the Edge model to begin with? (Assuming they could produce enough of the fancy display.)
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Several years ago youtube really pushed the subscriber model. They prioritized your first page view based on your subscriptions. In fact when you logged into your account you would see a feed of only the channels you were subscribed to. A few years ago youtube began to shift to a more discovery based model. With the new layouts you have to actually make a few clicks before you can see your subscription fee. Because of this only about 17% of my total views come from my subscribers. This is not an entirely bad thing since 83% of my views come from some sort of discovery mechanism built into Android.
While the suggested videos are nice on the front page it can be pretty annoying at times. If you search for a video on a subject you may only need one time you will automatically begin to see videos on the same subject flooding your front page. If you view a several videos from a certain creator your front page will feature that creator for weeks even if you never click on that creators videos again.
Sometimes you just want to view your subscription feed. If you really just want a cleaner youtube experience Tuber may be an app for you to check out. The app is pretty simple with only 3...
There are many emulators available for Android devices which play Nintendo, Super Nintendo, and Sega Genesis games with ease. Our devices are 10 times more powerful than the consoles of our youth, but even so emulating old hardware can be a pain. I have tried a few Nintendo 64 emulators which have worked well on PC, but the Android counterparts have been quite buggy and crash enough to make them unusable. Play! is an emulator which has decided to tackle emulation of PlayStation 2 games. This is an early build, and as could be expected the experience is still pretty laggy, text is not clear, and there are some pretty lengthy load times. You can join the beta team now if you want to give this a try.
One of the first things I do when I buy a new device is figure out how to get it rooted. Once I'm rooted I'll figure out how to get my bootloader unlocked and twrp installed so i can flash a custom rom. One of top reasons I started to use custom roms was the ability to change the entire UI with a custom theme. Today OEMs are allowing users to install custom themes in the stock UI without the need to root. Some top flagships like the Galaxy S6 and M9 have their own theme stores. The Asus Zenfone 2 also has an option to change the theme. To apply the themes long press the home screen, find the middle row and choose the themes option, tap on the option you would like to choose, choose your desired default options and you are done. You can also download custom app icons in the Play Store which will show up in your themeing options.
As phone screen resolutions get better and better you would expect apps to update their display resolutions right along with them. We now have 2k screens and you would think the first app that would update to high resolution would be instagram which is the go to image sharing social media app. Until now the app has displayed images no matter what size of screen in 640x640. On Android these pictures have been compressed making the images look absolutely awful. Starting today the app will display images in 1080x1080 and the compression will be fixed on Android so your images will looks much sharper going forward. The update is taking place on the backend so you won't have to actually update your app.
Paranoid Android 5.1 is finally here for Nexus devices. This is pretty exciting news as Paranoid Android is one of the top roms when it comes to popularity in the Rom and hack community. The Lollipop update for Nexus devices has taken some time, and it turns out future updates may take even longer. The reason this update has taken so long is due to the fact that several of the key PA team members were lost to OnePlus. The team just doesn't have the manpower needed to keep up with more timely releases. They are actually switching from a weekly release schedule to a more reasonable "when appropriate" release schedule. A list of Nexus devices that have received the 5.1 update includes Nexus 4, 5, 6, 7 (2012), 7 (2013), 7 (2013 LTE), and 9. Head to the link below for a changelog and the downloads.
There's a new Android rumor burning up the web like a fireworks display on the fourth of July. In fact, it started over the weekend during the festivities. Supposedly, Blackberry is working on an Android device called the Venice, and this smartphone will have a typical touch-screen, but will also include a slide-out keyboard.
Feel free to be stunned. We were, since we were off on Friday and didn't see it until today. There's also talk that we might see this device announced as early as November of this year. Here's the rumored breakdown of specs for this unusual device:
5.4-inch display with 2560-by-1440 resolution
1.8 GHz Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor and Adreno 418 GPU
3 GB of RAM
18-megapixel rear camera
5-megapixel front camera
There are two camps of rumors right now. On the one hand, there is intel that Blackberry will make two versions of the device. One will have Android, while the other will run BB10. The second rumor suggests the Venice will actually be a dual-boot device and offer both Android and BB10 on the same phone.
What do you guys think? Could this be the thing that saves Blackberry, or is it just further proof they have been defeated and have lost all relevance?
*We have included some additional images of the device with the slide-out keyboard in the thread below.
Here's a second hot Samsung Galaxy Note 5 rumor for you folks this morning. Samsung just filed a patent with the USPTO for something called "Write on PDF." The patent application reveals that this feature will be a “computer application software for mobile phones, smart phones, tablet computers, portable media players and handheld computers, enabling users to annotate and save PDF documents, images and files.”
Additional rumors out of China regarding this new software patent suggest it will make a debut appearance in September during the announcement of the Galaxy Note 5. The intel reveals that it will be a new functionality attributed to the S-Pen on the Galaxy Note 5.
What do you guys think? Are there instances when you would want to write on a pdf file on your smartphone?