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by dgstorm at Feb 12, 2016
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Here's another hot Nexus 5X deal alert for you folks. You can grab a 16GB unlocked Nexus 5X on eBay for just $279.99. This is a brand new device, and is not refurbished.

Here's the link to grab this offer: LG Google Nexus 5X Unlocked 16GB Smartphone (H790)

Here's our dedicated Nexus 5X section for further discussion: Nexus 5X (2015)
by dgstorm at Feb 12, 2016
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It looks like AT&T is working toward a higher speed 5G LTE network even though an actual 5G standard has not been settled by the 3GPP. We already know that both Verizon and Sprint are already testing 1Gbps Advanced LTE wireless internet capabilities, so it's no surprise that AT&T is joining the party. Here's a quick quote from their press release,

"Customers will see speeds measured in gigabits per second, not megabits. For reference, at one gigabit per second, you can download a TV show in less than 3 seconds. Customers will also see much lower latency with 5G. Latency, for example, is how long it takes after you press play on a video app for the video to start streaming on your device. We expect 5G latency in the range of 1 to 5 milliseconds."

A fully fleshed out roadmap is still in the works, but estimates predict it will take at least until 2020 for AT&T's 5G network to see a widespread rollout.

Source: AT&T
by dgstorm at Feb 11, 2016
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DroidForums own @smalltowngirl13 is back with a new video! As many of our members know, @smalltowngirl13 is a huge fan of Android mobile smartphone tech. She owns more Android smartphones than just about anyone we have ever met, as she purchases almost every new flagship that comes out. Seriously, if she wanted to start her own smartphone business/museum with previous generation smartphones, she already has the inventory.

At any rate, this time, she decided to try out the other side of mobile tech by giving the Apple iPhone 6s Plus a shot. Even if you are a die-hard Android fan, you shouldn't scoff at her open-mindedness. No person could ever accurately accuse her of not being one of the biggest Android fans on the planet.

We appreciate that she wanted to try out how things are done in Apple-land. This is because she created this excellent demo video of how she transitioned her apps and capabilities from Android to iOS. She even figured out creative ways to create similar functionality to mimic what she loses from Android when migrating to iOS. This includes various Android specific functions and apps.

Here at DroidForums we respect that some folks use the iPhone instead of an Android. We even have a sister-site @iPhoneforums.net. The cool thing about this video is that you could just as easily reverse much of what is...
by dgstorm at Feb 11, 2016
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The future of LTE is paved with a much wider road. Qualcomm just unveiled a 1Gbps X16 LTE radio modem. Right now, only South Korean, Australian or Swedish networks are capable of these "LTE Advanced Pro" speeds, but eventually the standard will reach other countries too. In fact, both Sprint and Verizon already have pilot programs in testing fro these higher 1Gbps wireless speeds.

Despite the work being done, this X16 LTE modem is unlikely to show up in a Qualcomm Snapdragon product until we see the 830 chipset showing up in devices next year. We will be sure to share it with you guys when it shows up in US bound devices.
by dgstorm at Feb 11, 2016
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The most striking thing about the headline isn't that Microsoft Apps are now showing up in more Android devices, it's that there are 74 different companies making Android devices! Regardless, It's obvious that Microsoft has worked out deals with even more Android OEMs to include Microsoft apps pre-installed from the factory.

Last year Microsoft could account for 31 different Android development companies which include apps like Skype, OneDrive and/or Office with their devices. This year that number rises to 74, and includes newcomers like Acer, along with other notable big names like LG, Sony and Samsung.

It's worth noting that the Android OEMs aren't all including these apps out of "kindness," nor is it simply because Microsoft negotiated good deals with them to make it happen. Many of these OEMs (especially the smaller ones) are basically forced to include these apps so that they can avoid patent litigation from Microsoft, since Microsoft happens to own several Android-related patents.

At least you can't fault Microsoft for finding a solution other than suing the crap out of everyone...

Source: Engadget
by dgstorm at Feb 11, 2016
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The latest HTC One M10 rumor is at odds with our previous one from yesterday. According to the latest intel, HTC might be bringing the One M10 (or whatever it will be called) to the US market in May. This suggests that the previous rumor could be the unveiling date instead of the retail launch date. Specifically, @evleaks shared that the HTC One M10 will hit US stores the week of May 9th.

Another source shared a few rumored internal details regarding the device:
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 or unspecified Mediatek CPU (depending on the region)
  • 5.1” QHD AMOLED screen
  • 4GB RAM
  • 12MP UltraPixel rear camera with optical image stabilization and laser-assisted AF
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with HTC Sense 8
The one thing that is easy to say is that it is going to be a tough year for Android OEMs to catch customers' attention. The devices have become so much alike that it is hard to distinguish them...

Here's our dedicated HTC One M10 section for more discussions: HTC One M10

Source: GSMArena
by DroidModderX at Feb 10, 2016
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Samsung and LG have done a pretty good job at delivering some pretty awesome accessories to go along with the launch of their phones. LG has just made a pretty bid deal about the official Quick Phone Cover for the LG G5. The case is touch enabled.

You will be able to take calls, control alarms, and more all without uncovering your device's screen. The case itself looks pretty sweet. It features a metallic looking finish and a window so you can see the always on screen!

via AndroidCentral
by DroidModderX at Feb 10, 2016
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Android Open Kang Project quickly became the most popular Rom in the Android dev community a few years back. They sat on top of the Rom world having gained a following with broader reach than even CyanogenMod. This went on for quite a few months. AOKP gained all this popularity by adding some pretty innovative features to their Roms. Some of these features were eventually even picked up by OEMs.

Eventually buzz around this rom series began to die down as development slowed. I have not actually ran this rom in quite some time. Now I finally have a reason to load this rom up again!

AOKP has announced that they are working on bringing up Marshmallow sources. The team has also seen some changes. Head to the source link below.

via XDA
by DroidModderX at Feb 10, 2016
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Adblock Fast was one of the first adblocking apps to utilize Samsung's browser's native ad block support. It was promptly removed from the Google Play Store as soon as it was published. The reason Google gave was that it was an app that had an effect on another app.

Rocketfish appealed Google's decision, and Google changed their mind reversing the ban. Along with republishing the app to the Play Store rocketfish added support for Android 4.0.

The app is intended to speed up your browsing experience by eliminating crazy data consuming popup ads. The only drawback is that it also blocks non malicious ads meaning creators take a hit on the ad revenue they need to keep creating.

via Rocketfish
by DroidModderX at Feb 10, 2016
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Last week we discussed an error popping up on all iPhones that had the home button and touch ID replaced by a third party. Error 53 is triggered when iPhone users attempt to accept an update. Security checks if the iPhone's touch id senosr matches the other devices components. If that part was replaced by a repair company other than Apple the phone's data is wiped and bricked. The only fix is to buy an all new phone.

This seems to be very wrong. While Apple insists this is a measure to protect the consumer, there are others who would like to take a stand against this practice. On one hand you could see a security issue in allowing the home button to be replaced if changing the hardware would actually mean the fingerprint data in the phone was erased. This is not the case, its not like a thief could take your phone to the local repair shop and just have the fingerprint scanner replaced in order to gain access.

The whole idea of not being able to make repairs on something that 100% belongs to you just doesn't sit well with many consumers. There is a law firm who either is pretty good at sensing...
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