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by DroidModderX at Oct 6, 2015
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If you have been able to install the latest and greatest version of Android, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, to your Nexus device you are probably waiting on a root method. A beta method is now available thanks to the work of ChainfireXDA! He recently informed us that he had passed the torch on to another company, but has still been able to crank out a new SuperSU for 6.0! This is labeled as a work in progress, and is not working perfectly on every device.

To root Android 6.0 marshmallow you will have to update to the official build for your device. You will then need to flash the modified boot.img, then you will need to boot into TWRP and flash SuperSu 2.50. It should be noted that this process may wipe data on certain devices. The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 are the devices that are being reported as having data wiped by this process. Be sure to backup any important information prior to trying out this root method.

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by DroidModderX at Oct 6, 2015
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While the Nexus 6X and 5X won't ship for another few weeks Google has already released the official Android 6.0 Marshmallow update to several devices. These have been released in the form of stock images hosted on Google's developer site. Some devices are receiving the update over the air. If you are using a custom recovery you won't be able to take the OTA update and will need to flash the update manually. "Rootjunky" has put together a modified stock image that includes a working flash-all.bat.

Google's stock images have to be flashed manually piece by piece. While doing this is not extremely hard it does require some steps which shouldn't be necessary. It is much easier to do a manual flash if you can just run the flash-all.bat. Rootjunky's modified stock image also includes a flash-all.bat that won't wipe your data. To use these you will need to have both adb and fastboot set up on your PC. This can be flashed over any firmware which means you can use this to flash to stock Marshmallow even if you are on a custom rom.

It should be noted that if you flash this stock image you will be on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but you will have to...
by DroidModderX at Oct 6, 2015
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Verizon has finally announced that they will support Samsung Pay! They are late to the game because they needed to evaluate hosting Samsung Pay on their network. Verizon has been the odd man out for the past few weeks as all other major US carriers jumped on board with Samsung Pay on launch day. Many Verizon subscribers were upset to find out that Verizon would not initially support Samsung Pay, and it appeared that they would drag their feet for months.

Some of you were able to use this unofficially through a modified apk. If giving your credit card info to an unofficial modified app is not your thing no worries Verizon has stated that official Samsung Pay support will come through a future update. Supported devices will include the Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 Edge. Both NFC and MST payment transactions will be supported. If you want to use this feature you will have to just give up root. Samsung Pay won't work if root is detected. Their is no word at a date for the update, but expect it in the near future.
by pc747 at Oct 6, 2015
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As 2015 near the final quarter we pretty much have all the devices in the books. With the exception of the next Droid device, which normally would have been released by now in time to cross promote with ESPN and the NFL, we can put a fork in the 2015 android year.

With 2015 we saw manufacturers add just a bump in specs while not really blowing it out of the park with innovation. One Plus talked a big game and then hit a grounder to the short stop, HTC gave up, and Samsung continued to remain the top dog screaming out the gate with their S6 edge, and Motorola quietly continues to inch their way back into the heart of fans. I felt like Samsung continued to stay ahead of the pack for the general public. But for us die hards, Motorola continue to remain the top dog and will probably end up earning the award for 2015 DF Community Phone of the Year. Carrier unlocked, bootloader unlock-able, and priced at $349 with the added addition of a much improved camera, I just do not see any phone taking its crown.

But we still have 2 months to go and if Blackberry manages to release the Priv in time for the holidays, it may garner enough interest from the community. The Droid-line will have to bring a lot of spunk if it is going to unseat its brother (Moto X Pure).

Has 2015 been a good year for Android phones or are you waiting to see what 2016 will offer?
by dgstorm at Oct 6, 2015
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We've seen a number of lists of devices which are more than likely going to get the new Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS update. Some of these lists were official, while a others were leaked. This next list falls into the former category. Sony shared their official list of Xperia devices scheduled to get the latest dessert flavored Android OS:
  • Sony Xperia Z5
  • Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
  • Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
  • Sony Xperia Z3+ (And Xperia Z4, we assume)
  • Sony Xperia Z3
  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
  • Sony Xperia Z2
  • Sony Xperia M5
  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra
  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
  • Sony Xperia C4
Sony tablets which will get Android 6.0 Marshmallow at some point in the future:
  • Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
  • Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet
  • Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
The most important detail that Sony declined to share with this list was a time-table for the updates. We will simply have to update you folks when we get that info as it comes to each device.

Source: Sony Mobile Blog
by dgstorm at Oct 6, 2015
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You know it was only a matter of time. Folks started receiving the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update only yesterday, so those who already got it are kindly posting download links so the rest of us can download it. Of course, some more savvy tinkerers just used the factory images which were posted yesterday, but for those who prefer to use the OTA rollout, here are a few links for the Nexus 9 and Nexus 7 2013 edition:

Nexus 9 LTE
Nexus 9 WiFi
This flashable file takes you from LMY48T to MRA58K.

Nexus 7 2013 LTE
This flashable file takes you from...
by dgstorm at Oct 6, 2015
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Here's a bit of off topic tech news for you folks this morning. Microsoft just kicked off their big press event this morning. We covered it over at our site, and thought it would be worthwhile to share the highlights by showcasing a few links to the product announcements.

First, Microsoft "wowed" the crowd with a new HoloLens AR-game controller presentation: Microsoft Kicks Off Their Event with New HoloLens Tech Called X-Ray | Microsoft Surface Forums

After that, Microsoft announced the second generation fitness smartwatch, the Microsoft Band: Microsoft Unveils the 2nd Generation Band; Full Specs, Features, Price & Release Date | Microsoft Surface Forums

Next they revealed their new Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL smartphones: Microsoft Reveals the Lumia 950 & 950 XL Smartphones; Full Specs, Features, Pricing and Release Date | Microsoft Surface Forums

The biggest reveal of the day was the new Surface Pro 4:...
by dgstorm at Oct 5, 2015
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If you are into funny nostalgia or even just humorous tech history, then those crazy Google engineers have created a video worth checking out. It's basically a brief history of all of their Android Easter Eggs up until Marshmallow.

We must admit to having a chuckle at some of these, either because we missed them previously, or because we had forgotten they were so clever. Enjoy the video in the thread below.
by dgstorm at Oct 5, 2015
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Not that Google officially announced the new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, their latest Android version can't be far away for current Nexus owners can it? Of course not! It's available today. The factory images for Android 6.0 Marshmallow for the various Nexus devices, including the Nexus 5, the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and more are now online.

You can head over to the source link below and grab these factory image to flash on your device. It looks like it is only available to a select number of Nexus devices right now. Perhaps some of the excluded ones either need more time to bake or are simply too old to be compatible with Google's newest OS.

Update: It looks like the OTA update for Android 6 is also starting to roll out to Nexus device owners! Yay! :D

Here's that source link: Factory Images for Nexus Devices
by dgstorm at Oct 5, 2015
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As if you needed further evidence that Motorola and Verizon were cooking up a new Droid MAXX 2, here is that additional proof. Apparently, Google accidentally referenced a Verizon Motorola Droid MAXX 2 phone in their list of devices which are optimized for Android screen mirroring in the new Chromecast help files.

Their reference even confirmed what we already reported, that the device will be the Moto X Play for the "Rest of World.” It's minor slip-ups like this which make our job fun here at DroidForums news HQ. Keep those leaks coming!!! ;)

Source: Google
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