by DroidModderX at Mar 22, 2017
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Google released the developer preview of the latest version of Android yesterday. This build is meant to be used solely by developers so they can begin preparing their apps and games for the final build of Android O which will be rolled out to devices later in the year. Normally a Developer Preview is not ready for primetime and includes lots of broken things and bugs. This is great for secondary and backup devices if you want to just see what Android O is all about, however I would not suggest installing this on a device you actually rely on for day to day use.

If you still want to install Android O the method for installation isn't all that difficult. You will need to have your bootloader unlocked and need to be familiar with adb commands. You can find downloads and lengthy instructions at the link below.

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by DroidModderX at Mar 22, 2017
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We are already seeing the Galaxy S8 on the Antutu Benchmark, and someone has actually uploaded an Antutu Benchmark video. The new device does indeed utilize the Snapdragon 835 and it performs better than all the other flagships even the iPhone 7 Plus. The video shows the S8 with a score of 205284 which is far better than the 181807 score that the iPhone 7 Plus is able to score. The OnePlus 3T is able to score 162423 and is the highest scoring Android device prior to the Galaxy S8. The big question here is while the S8 has plenty of processing power will it be able to better manage memory than past Galaxy devices. Samsung has purposefully been aggressive with Ram Management in an attempt to save battery life. Maybe this will be a device that can finally beat the iPhone in multitasking tests if Samsung gets Ram Management right.

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by DroidModderX at Mar 22, 2017
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Samsung needs to do something major to gain back consumer trust after what happened with the Note 7 and even other Samsung products like Washers and Dryers that were recalled. Samsung will obviously spend lots of money on a marketing blitz. They may also offer an unconditional refund for Galaxy S8 users according to a report coming out of Korea. The offer would allow customers to use the Galaxy S8 for more than three months and still be able to get their money back if for any reason they don't want to keep the phone. Would an unconditional trial period with this kind of longevity make you more comfortable with buying the Galaxy S8?

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by DroidModderX at Mar 22, 2017
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The Nintendo Switch is taking the world by storm quickly becoming one of Nintendo's most popular portable consoles ever. In one of the craziest moves ever Kirt McMaster the former CEO of Cyanogen Inc. told Nintendo to "Stick It" when they approached him about creating the OS for the Nintendo Switch. The proposition was brought to Kirt in the early days of the corporation. The reasoning behind the decision was based on the fact that the Nintendo Switch was mostly "custom kernel" and that it used bits of Android. Do you think the Switch would have performed as well if it would have turned out to be a Cyanogen OS powered Android device? Would it have compelled you any more to have made the purchase?

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by DroidModderX at Mar 22, 2017
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We have little more than a week to wait before the official unveiling of the Galaxy S8 yet day after day more leaks emerge. Samsung may end up having to give us a roundup of all the leaks at their press event who knows if they will have anything new there. We have already heard that the Galaxy S8 will feature an upgraded screen with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. This new ratio means the display will be slightly higher resolution then last year's Galaxy S7.

Apparently Samsung will offer three different resolution modes that you will be able to change to conserve battery life or get better performance. The resolutions will be 720P, 1080P, and QHD. The default resolution out of the box will likely be 1080P. This may be in an attempt to conserve battery life on a phone that will feature a smaller battery. I found that the display on my S7 Edge also defaulted to 1080P after the Nougat update. I actually decided to keep my S7E display at 1080P even though the difference is a bit noticeable.

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by pc747 at Mar 21, 2017
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In support of AID's day to raise money for AIDS in partnership with RED, Apple will be selling the red version of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. So if you was not quite liking black or pink (rose gold) then check out the red iPhone 7.

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by DroidModderX at Mar 21, 2017
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At the Gear S3 launch event Samsung confirmed that they will include special headphones tuned by AKG with the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. We got a press render of the headphones during that announcement. Now we have some new leaked images showing off these headphones in the flesh. We can see these headphones feature a braided cable that will allow them to last longer and help to keep them from tangling. Samsung headphones have been fine over the years, but these are expected to provide a more premium sound and experience.

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by DroidModderX at Mar 21, 2017
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The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will be unveiled at an "unpacked" event on March 29th. A report received by sources of The Investor mention a "Nationwide Hands On Event" immediately following the announcement of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. This is likely referring to the nation of South Korea the home of Samsung, however you may also see the devices in some retail stores quickly following the announcement. The report also suggest that Korea may see a ship date as early as April 18th which is a full 10 days prior to the expected ship date for the rest of the world which has been rumored to be April 28th. Samsung is expected to exceed the 400,000 pre-orders the received in the Note 7's 13-day preorder period.

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by DroidModderX at Mar 21, 2017
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Last year Samsung focused more on the marketing strategy for the Galaxy S7 Edge over the Galaxy S7. The S7 Edge featured the curved screen, a larger display, and larger battery and seemed to be the device consumers gravitated towards. This year Samsung expects that more consumers will be interested in the standard S8 since it includes a larger display in a not so large frame.

Samsung will produce 2.1 million Galaxy S8 Plus units and 2.6 million S8 units in March. That gap will increase even further in April as Samsung will be producing only 3.3 million S8 plus units in comparison to the 4.5 million S8 units. Out of the 12.5 million initial units manufactured only 5.4 million of those will be the Galaxy S8 Plus. Both variants will feature the curved display so this time you won't be forced to purchase the larger variant for the curved display. The S8 Plus may also be too large for many consumers. The only thing that even has me considering the S8 Plus is the larger battery. Reports suggest that Samsung will only use the Note 7's Y-OCTA Display tech in the S8 and not the S8 Plus. Which of these two devices are you considering?

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by DroidModderX at Mar 21, 2017
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While most of our newer flagships are just now beginning to receive Android 7.0 Google is continuing to move along with Android. They have just started the rollout of their latest and greatest build Android 7.1.2 Beta 2. This update is currently rolling out the the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Nexus Player. For most of the devices the build is a minor update providing bug fixes, however for the Nexus 6P and Pixel C there are a few pretty big changes.

The Nexus 6P gets Fingerprint Scanner Gestures with the update. With the update on the 6P you will be able to pull down the notification bar with a swipe down on your fingerprint scanner. We saw this feature first in stock Android on the Pixel and Pixel XL. The Nexus 5X and now the Nexus 6P finally have the gesture feature.

The Pixel C will see the biggest change with this update. It brings an all new UI for multitasking as well as a new launcher and new navigation bar. You now get a large card view for your recents page. Opening a window can be achieved by dragging one of these cards to one side of the screen. The Pixel C also gets the Pixel launcher with this update. The Nav Bar icons are also now the same as what you get on the Pixel and Pixel XL. Any eligible device that is signed up for the Beta program will receive the OTA update.

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