You might have noticed that our Android in the News Videos have stopped. We enjoyed making them, but it turns out the videos are far more time-consuming than they are an effective medium for engaging your interest. We have retired the videos, but we still see the value in creating an end of week news compilation.
We are going to take it a step further than just highlighting the top new stories of the week though. Not only will we compile the biggest conversation topics in our forums, we are also going to make it a poll!
Basically, we will compile a collection of links to each of our top weekly Android (and other topics) news stories. We encourage you folks to revisit these, or chime in if you haven't already. After that, come back here and vote on which story was your favorite and feel free to comment why in the thread!
Here's a crazy deal alert for you folks today! It looks like Amazon is wanting to blow out their inventory of Nexus 6 devices. They shaved a whopping $150 off the price of the 32GB and the 64GB models. This drops the 32GB to a very respectable $350 final unlocked price! For only $50 more ($400) you can nab the 64GB version.
Since wearable computing smartwatches have started to evolve into something fleshed out and useful, we thought it would be a great idea to get some feedback from our members. This is a smartwatch poll designed to find out which (if any) smartwatch has either intrigued you enough to consider, or even enticed you enough to open your wallet.
Of course, if you are still completely unconvinced by the new "tech fad," then we have that as an option for you as well. We allowed up to two votes for folks who are torn between more than one device. Please be sure to comment in the thread and let us know why you voted the way you did. We are anxious to hear from you folks!
Which smartwatch is right for you?
Moto 360 1st Gen
Moto 360 2nd Gen
Asus ZenWatch 2
Samsung Gear S2/S2 Classic
Sony Smartwatch 3
Pebble Watch (multiple versions)
LG Watch Urbane
LG Watch Urbane LTE
None. I am waiting for a future device which will do more than the current crop.
Fox Fi was able to get free wifi tethering working on the Galaxy S6, and it looks like Samsung and carriers have not been able to block the method. FoxFi is fully functional on the Note 5 too. This also works without being rooted. It launches some sort of VPN which circumvents the subscription request on Verizon. You will want to be very careful using this method on T-mobile since John Legerge CEO has said he will be "going after the Tethering thieves". You can try out FoxFi for free or grab the key for $5.
The Moto X Pure has not even shipped yet and we already have some developers working on CyanogenMod 12.1. The Galaxy S6 is several months out and still doesn't have even an unofficial build of CM! This is the beauty of a developer friendly unlockable bootloader device.
Developer "Shawn5162" is looking to become the official maintainer for the Pure. He has already started development on the kernel source, vendor tree, and device tree. The Github is here.
Shawn has already ordered the device but if you can provide partition tables, model numbers for all moto x devices, boot radio value for all moto x models that would be helpful.
I am getting pretty excited about the Moto X Pure. I ordered mine as soon as pre-orders went live yesterday. There have already been some early reviews of the device. Engadget is reporting Mediocre battery life. Now people are looking for every way possible to solve any battery issue that may be there.
The Moto X Pure ships with Quad HD which means you are going to get a sharp and colorful display. The only downside to a QHD display is the fact that it consumes more power. If QHD is not an end all for you then you might want to consider lowering your resolution to 1080p to save a bit of battery. You will need to be stock rooted for this to work.
1. Install the Terminal emulator app
2. open the app and type "su" to grant super user access
3. Next type "wm size 1080x1920"
4. Next type "wm density 420"
5 Finally type "stop && start" to re-render all unchanged drawables and pre-loaded system components.
6. Your phone will reboot and you are now looking at a 1080p screen
This is how I wish all OEMs would sell their phones, direct and without carrier interaction. I have no idea why all OEMs will not adopt this policy of inserting every radio for every carrier and then just selling their phones carrier unlocked. When you buy an unlocked device from an OEM it comes with an unlockable bootloader. This makes your device super developer friendly. Generally these developer friendly devices end up getting lots of Roms and mods.
The new Moto X Pure from Motorola will be fully bootloader unlockable. According to reports unlocking the bootloader won't even void the warranty. If this is true good on Motorola! Unlocking your bootloader is pretty simple, but you will need to be familiar with adb and fastboot commands.
-Grab the Motorola drivers (alternatively you can turn on usb debugging and plug your phone into PC the drivers will install automagically.)
-Grab ADB (alternatively you could install the full SDK)
- With usb debugging on connect phone to PC, in command...
A strangely unknown device was spotted on the AnTuTu benchmark database called theGreen Orange X1 Pro. It was supposedly running the new Snapdragon 820 and the chipset's benchmarks were practically off the charts. It looks like Qualcomm's new chip is likely to be an absolute behemoth! Its aggregate AnTuTu score of 83,774 is stupid fast!
Now, the question remains... will it be cool and efficient, and will it revive Qualcomm's slightly tarnished image? Since it uses a new smaller manufacturing process, the answer to the first part is likely: yes, it will be cool and efficient. As far as the last part, we will just have to wait and see.
You have to give T-Mobile's CEO John Legere credit, he certainly knows how and when to pounce on his opponents with counter-marketing campaigns. Yesterday, not too long after Verizon officially announced their new logo change, Legere lit up Twitter with the zinger you see above, mocking Verizon's new "checkmark."
As you can see, Legere cheekily used Verizon's checkmark to list some of the ways that Verizon (in his estimation) gives poor customer value. What do you folks think? Do his assertions hold up to scrutiny?