Here's a story so hot you might get burned, and in fact, after you hear about it, you might feel burned. According to a report over on The Verge, Verizon plans to raise the price of their Grandfathered Unlimited plans by $20 USD per line. This new rate will apply starting in November. The specifics of the increase are that the monthly "grandfathered unlimited data plan" will go up by $20 per line to $49.99, and this is on top of what you pay for voice and text.
Furthermore, this new change will only impact customers who are out of contract, and once you go "month to month" the rate will then change to the new amount. Also, government and corporate accounts won't be included in the price increase. There is one tiny "upside" to this new change. Verizon will now let customers buy new smartphones through a monthly payment plan; whereas before, if you wanted to keep the grandfathered unlimited plan, you had to purchase the phone outright.
According to Big Red, just 1% of their customers are still on a a grandfathered unlimited plan, which is how they are justifying the move. Either way, it looks like they are doing their level best to kill it off, one way or the other. We knew that something like this would eventually come... it's actually only surprising that it took this long. Share your pain here.
Here at Droidforums (and several other sites) we have had a wide range of possible responses to forum posts for some time. Nowadays, you can go well beyond just a "like" or "dislike" functionality, and do it very easily across the web. That's what makes it all the more puzzling that it has taken Facebook so long to implement something beyond a single "Like" button.
It sounds like Zuckerberg and Co. have finally listened to Facebook consumers' complaints about this this issue and are working on a solution. Supposedly Facebook is testing out something called "Reactions," and it will basically be a "like/dislike" series of buttons which will give folks a wide range of emotions to choose from when "grading" a post. Here's a quote with more of the details,
If the latest intel regarding the Samsung Galaxy S7 is accurate, then we could end up with three different versions that have three different processors. Supposedly, Sammy is planning a version of the Galaxy S7 that will be separate for India than for the rest of the world, and will have its own chipset.
Here's a breakdown of the various chipsets that will supposedly differentiate these three Galaxy S7 models:
China and the US will get a Galaxy S7 with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC
Korea, Japan, and the European markets will get a Galaxy S7 with the new Exynos 8890 M1
India will get a Galaxy S7 with the Exynos 7422 chipset
Of course, take these rumors with a grain or three of salt. (See what we did there?) Until Samsung finalized things with their supply chain, this intel is subject to instant shame (and change) without notice.
The only other rumor worth spreading regarding the Galaxy S7 is that we have heard multiple sources claim that Sammy plans to bring the microSD slot back. Considering the battery will not be removable, we aren't taking too much stock in this one either.
Motorola's next Droid is fast approaching. The Droid Turbo 2 will likely launch to retailers later this month, and we can't wait to check it out here at HQ. With fancy new features like wireless charging, nearly unbreakable display, and a massive 3760mAh battery, the Droid Turbo 2 is poised to shake things up again.
A new Motorola device, with the model number XT1585, just received its global certification with international CDMA bands. This is the same model which holds the internal codename of Kinzie, and rumint has indicated it is the Droid Turbo 2.
For folks who have left Verizon (or are thinking about it because of their new price hike), but would still like to get their hands on this device, earlier rumors also indicated it will be the same device internally as the Moto X Force. That phone is expected to ship out to other markets and possibly other US carriers.
There's a pretty slick little "hidden" feature that is now included in Google's latest Android 6.0/Marshmallow OS. It's called System UI Tuner, and it basically lets users tweak parts of the UI in ways that wasn't possible before without rooting and adding mods.
With this System UI Tuner, users can now enable demo mode, re-arrange the tiles in the Quick Settings pane, and show a battery percentage within the battery icon on the status bar. It's not a huge difference, but it's still great to see Android evolving even further.
This is just one of the many new features that Google included in Marshmallow. Sound off in this thread and let us know which new features and functions you are most excited about.
Cyanogen made an exclusive deal with Micromax through their brand YU last year. Cyanogen OS was the release firmware for the mid tier device the Yuphoria. This device had some decent specs and the main selling point would have been the inclusion of Cyanogen OS. YU recently released another variation of the phone skipping Cyanogen in favor of Stock Android. There was fear that Cyanogen had forfeited another OEM deal. This is not the case. Cyanogen is still working closely with YU.
Here is a statement YU provided to Android Police:
What I gathered from the statement is that a new flagship device labled "Yutopia" is releasing soon and will include CyanogenOS 12.1. I need to figure out a way to get my hands on this device!...
Google has just released an awesome new live wallpaper called "Meter". This live wallpaper gives you phone stats at a glance. Android has information built into various parts of the OS already, but this is just a more elegant way to deliver you device stats. The live wallpaper gives stats including battery level, wireless signal strength, and notifications. The info does not stick out like a sore thumb rather it blends in with the background and is very subtle. So far their are no customization options the live wallpaper cycles randomly through the 3 pages so you don't even necessarily get the info you were looking for each time. This is a pretty neat concept, but id love to see Google build some customization options into the live wallpaper. Grab this from the link below.
Who says you must have the latest and greatest new smartphone? The Nexus 6P is pretty amazing, but at $499 with no option to subsidize this phone may be out of many peoples budget. The Motorola Nexus 6 from last year is still an incredible device. If you are looking for a phablet with a huge screen this may be a great option for you with a screen size of 6"! Specs are from last year so of course the processor, won't be as fast as the 808 in the 6p. You also won't get a fingerprint scanner or a premium all glass and metal design like you get with the 6p. At $200 less this is still a pretty great deal if you don't have to have the newest technology!
This is the same seller who was selling the Nexus 6 before the official launch from Google. He ran out of stock pretty quickly then. Over 800 have been sold from the current listing, and once stock runs out you may have to wait a few more weeks for new stock to arrive. Head to the link below for this incredible deal.
For most of us the need to root our devices is not as urgent as it once was. Most people who rooted back in the day basically did it for a free hot spot. Hot Spot is included in most tiered data plans these days. Others rooted to overclock their cpu which is no longer necessary thanks to high performing flagships. There are still a few of you out there who like to run roms, for those of us who do having the ability to backup apps and app data is a must. This is one reason Titanium Backup is still pretty popular.
Now that we have Android 6.0 Marshmallow on our Nexus devices and even a working version of root. Titanium Backup must be the first major root app to add support for Marshmallow! Now you can backup and restore all that precious app data no matter what device you are switching over to.