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by dgstorm at Apr 24, 2015
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We have a very special Android in the News - Week in Review for Friday, the 24th of April!

Just as we posted earlier, this week is our special video contest in which you get a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card! Here's a recap of the details for this giveaway:
  1. Watch this week's Android in the News - Week in Review (April 24, 2015) video news brief on Friday, April 24, 2015 (that's today).
  2. Comment in the video's thread (this thread) after you watch it and tell us about something specifically in the video that you liked, or agreed with, or disagreed with.
  3. In your contest entry post, make sure that you include the phrase: "Video Contest Entry", (bolded just like that). That way, you can still continue to discuss and make more comments in the thread without accidentally putting in a duplicate entry.
  4. The entries will be tallied at Noon on Thursday of next week, and the winning entry will be announced in next week's video.
As you can see it's easy to enter! On top of that, it's a perfect week to have this contest because our video for this week was packed full of awesome comedy gold! We had several great topics to touch on, including Verizon, two drunken idiots...
by dgstorm at Apr 22, 2015
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Check out this awesome new giveaway we are kicking off for you!

We wanted to share our appreciation for your continued support of our humorous weekly Android in the News - Week in Review video segment. You could win a $50 Amazon Gift Card and the entry is easy!

Here's all you have to do to enter:
  1. Watch this week's Android in the News - Week in Review (April 24, 2015) video news brief on Friday, April 24, 2015.
  2. Comment in the video's thread after you watch it and tell us about something specifically in the video that you liked, or agreed with, or disagreed with.
  3. In your contest entry post, make sure that you include the phrase: "Video Contest Entry", (bolded just like that). That way, you can still continue to discuss and make more comments in the thread without accidentally putting in a duplicate entry.
That's it! The winner will be chosen randomly from the valid entries.

[Update: We forgot to include the time-frame of the contest so we are adding that now: The entries will be tallied at Noon on Thursday of next week, and the winning entry will be announced in next week's video.]

Thanks for making DroidForums the best home on the web for Android related news, entertainment, support and discussion!
by DroidModderX at Apr 27, 2015
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If you have a Gear 2 you are probably getting a bit jealous of all these awesome Android Wear devices that have been coming out lately. You may be able to run Android Wear on your Galaxy Gear 2 soon. Developer "biktor_gj" is working hard at getting Android Wear ported to the Gear 2 and he is getting pretty close. The kernel is being worked on and a minimally working recovery is ready. Android actually boots as of now. Other than actually booting you can't really do much more with the port. ADB works and can be used to debug, audio services in the background and lock up the input so for now this is useless, however this is a huge step towards getting a working build of Android Wear on the device. Stay up to date on the progress of the build at the link below.

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by DroidModderX at Apr 27, 2015
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Google Play Music is a pretty good service. You are able to buy and listen to just about any song you can think of. All the music is stored online so you don't have to worry about downloading songs to your phone taking up precious phone storage space. There are a few drawbacks to Google Play Music. You have to buy the songs you want to listen to from the GPM service. If you have music you already own on your PC or Phone you won't be able to upload it to GPM to store on the cloud, at least Google doesn't give you an option to do so. Also you aren't able to share songs between accounts which is a bummer since each family could have several different accounts.

There is a way to sync up your songs to Google Play Music. You will need a few things to get started. You need an "always on PC", Cloud storage service, Google Play Music Manager, An Android Device, and ES File Explorer. Once you have all of these head to the link below for the full guide.

via XDA
by DroidModderX at Apr 27, 2015
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The S6 has been here now for a few weeks. If you are a fan of root then you have already figured out that Samsung devices are not ideal for those who love root and are on the AT&T or Verizon carrier network. Both AT&T and Verizon have decided to lock down their devices and force OEMs to make their devices unrootable. Samsung is the only OEM that seems to strictly follow the no root policy. Other OEMs especially HTC and LG leave some holes which make rooting and bootloader unlocking possible.

Most developers have moved over to T-mobile or Sprint since phones come bootloader unlocked for the most part on these carriers making development pretty easy. We have learned on Verizon and AT&T that we have to take some pretty drastic measures to get root on our devices. It has been common place to pledge a donation to attract root development. The S5 was rooted thanks to a huge bounty which attracted "geohot". He worked on the exploit for about a week and had the S5 rooted. The Note 4 has been out for more than 6 months and has still not been rooted. Many bounty pledgers have actually pulled their...
by dgstorm at Apr 27, 2015
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It turns out that the cutting edge Galaxy S6 Edge from Samsung has a serious design flaw that makes one of its best features useless. According to multiple reports from users across the US, the auto-rotate feature of the display for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge sometimes just stops working. We reported on this issue previously here: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Owners Experiencing Some Screen Auto-rotate Problems Android Forum at DroidForums.net

The problem has now been tracked down, and it turns out it is caused by the Fast Charging feature of the device. This feature apparently heats up the phone more quickly and to a higher degree than regular charging, and this overheating is damaging a portion of the internal circuit board. The section of the circuit board is the accelerometer, which is why the Auto-Rotate feature suddenly stops working. Galaxy S6 Edge users are highly encouraged to avoid using the Fast Charging feature at all, until Samsung issues a fix.

So far this problem has only been reported for the Galaxy S6 Edge. The "vanilla" Galaxy S6 doesn't seem to have this design flaw. Although they haven't shared anything publicly yet, Samsung is likely working on a fix right now. Until they release a fix, it is best not to use the Fast Charging feature on the Galaxy S6 Edge. If you do end up having this problem...
by pc747 at Apr 27, 2015
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Piggybacking last Friday's WIR, VZW is considered the top dog both in service and in pricing, but how much more would it cost you to go with VZW over the competition?
As a reference I will be using the data plans posted on each company's respective sites. Keep in mind that the prices quoted does not include taxes, discounts, or special promotions.

Verizon More Everything Plan (monthly access + data = monthly cost):
  • $40 monthly access smartphone/$30 basic phone/$20 hotspot/$10 tablet/$5 connected devices
  • 1GB $40/4GB $70/6GB $80/10GB $100
AT&T Mobile Share Value Plan (monthly access + data = monthly access):
  • Non contract (ie byod): $25 monthly access (300MB-6GB)/ $15 (10 GB-50GB)
  • 2yr Agreement: $40 monthly access: (300MB-50GB)
  • 1GB $25/4GB $70/6GB $80/10GB $100
Sprint:
  • Finance Plan: $52 down payment & 77.09 monthly ($27.09 monthly phone cost)
  • 2yr agreement: $216 down payment & 85 monthly ($0 monthly phone cost)
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by dgstorm at Apr 27, 2015
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It looks like Lenovo has learned a few things from Motorola after purchasing them. They are taking queues from the master mobile tech manufacturer by offering a beastly battery and impressive specs for their latest device. The phone is the K80 and it houses some cutting edge internal specs highlighted by a monstrous 4,000 mAh battery!

Here's the rest of the hardware breakdown:
  • 5.5-inch 1080p display
  • 64-bit 1.8GHz Intel Atom processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization
  • 64GB of internal storage
  • 4,000 mAh Battery
  • Only 8.5 millimeters despite large battery
For now, the device will only be coming to China on April 30th and will sell it for just $290. A version with 2GB RAM and 32GB internal memory will also be launched. Even if this device never comes to the US, we suspect we could see similar internals in the next Motorola device. Just awesome!

Source: GSMArena
by dgstorm at Apr 27, 2015
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Just last week we shared a couple of rumors that Nokia was actively developing a new Android smartphone and was planning to manufacture it for 2016. For many of us who have followed the cell phone industry for years, this was exciting news, as the dream of a Nokia Android is something that has been around for a while.

Unfortunately, Nokia themselves have crushed that dream. They just commented publicly and completely refuted the rumors. Here's the quote from Nokia,

There is one bit of bright news that came with this grim denial. Nokia indicated they actually do plan to get back into the mobile phone business, but they plan to do it through brand-licensing. They clarified that if they do, it won't be until at least 2016.
by dgstorm at Apr 27, 2015
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The T-Mobile version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has started receiving the Android 5.0.1 version of Lollipop today. This firmware version is N910TUVU1COD6 and will be pushing out OTA in waves. If you are the impatient type, you can manually grab the update via Samsung Kies.

Sound off when you get this update and let us know here in the forums!

Also, for further discussion, don't forget to check out our dedicated Samsung Galaxy Note 4 section here: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Discussions Android Forum at DroidForums.net
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