Here's a decent deal alert for your friends or family looking to score a factory unlocked Nexus 5X 16GB. Some folks on eBay have the phone on sale for just $279.99. Considering all of the features you get in this package, this is a pretty good deal. It is especially good if you are looking for a device that works on Google's Project Fi network.
Folks in Turkey who own the Sony Xperia Z5 can wake up this morning to some tasty Marshmallow madness. Sony started pushing out the Android 6.0/Marshmallow update in that region. There's no word when the rollout will start pushing to other Xperia Z5 devices internationally, but we expect it won't take too long.
Sidenote - this update is only for the Xperia Z5 standard. The Compact and Premium have not received it at the time of this post.
While some of the features they keep adding to the Amazon Echo may be only mildly useful, the fact that Amazon keeps piling on more features to an already large variety of capabilities is what really stands out. The latest example is that you can now order an Uber Ride using "Alexa."
Once you have added Amazon Alexa under the "Skills" tab of your Uber app (and setup your address), you can then simply make any of several requests and the Echo will automatically order you an Uber driver. The possible phrases include, "get me an Uber," "request me a ride," and "call me a ride," amongst other options.
Interestingly, you can even ask the Echo to keep tabs on your Uber ride by asking, "Alexa, how far away is my Uber?" Impressive!
There's a big battle going on behind the scenes, and the prize for the fight is NFL streaming rights. According to the latest report, the National Football League is shopping digital streaming rights for their Thursday Night Football games.
Supposedly some of the heaviest hitters in the world are negotiating to control these rights. The players in this arena are none other than Verizon, Google, Amazon & Apple (and there may be others). Here's a quote with some additional detail,
"On Monday, the NFL announced two-year TV broadcast deals with CBS and NBC to divvy up the Thursday matches, with each network securing rights to five. CBS for the last two seasons had rights to eight “Thursday Night Football” games.
In announcing the TV deals, the league said it is “in active discussions with prospective digital partners” for global over-the-top streaming rights to the same games.
The NFL didn’t say what companies those were, but multiple sources say Apple, Amazon, Google and Verizon Communications are among the players expected to put in bids for the marquee property. The “Thursday Night Football” digital rights could be sold to more than one distributor, and the league is considering a variety of scenarios, including potentially mixing in games played overseas, according to one source familiar with the talks."
None of these four tech titans would respond with any comments from the media on this subject, which is unsurprising. It will be...
I can not say that I ever owned a Galaxy S2. When the first Galaxy S and the Galaxy S2 came out i just wasn't really feeling the devices. At that time I was heavily a part of team Moto! Touchwiz just seemed very laggy and i wasn't impressed.
I am impressed however that developers were able to get Android 6.0.1 on a devices that are more than likely laying in a landfill somewhere at this point. If you have a Galaxy S2 it is probably in a drawer. Just for the simple fact that you can you may want to extract that S2 from that drawer and install CM13! Grab the rom from the link below.
Several days ago we learned that Samsung has baked support for ad blocking right into their browser. Of course this move is pretty controversial. On the plus side blocking ads keeps you from inadvertently downloading a virus through a hacked ad server. Blocking ads can also speed up your web browsing experience and save data. On the downside blocking ads means your favorite creators and websites get absolutely no revenue when you view their free content. No revenue would mean that creators can bring you less of the content you love.
Google may have the perfect solution. Google will now warn you when you load sites with sketchy ads and buttons. They announced "Safe Browsing" today. You will see warnings when ads present themselves as system operations (ie your system is out of date click here to update). With these warnings users will be less likely to infect their computers with malware, and can still support the content they love by leaving ads turned on.
Wow who knew that their have already been 80 versions of Xposed Framework. These developers have really kept themselves busy! The latest update includes mainly bug fixes. The update fixes some bootloop issues on Android 6.0 especially on LG devices. Bootloop issues on Mediatek devices have been fixed for Android 5.0-5.1. A few other bug fixes have been included here as well. If you use Xposed Framework on your rooted device to customize it you will want to grab the latest version from the link below.
Yesterday we discussed an early Beta rollout of Marshallow on the AT&T Note 5. One main change in 6.0 for the Note 5 is an all new theme. The new theme changes the blue and yellow theme into a blue and grey theme. The beta testing group only includes about 200 lucky users.
One of the users described the new build as being snappier overall. We also expect other Marshmallow features like doze, app permissions, and Google Now on tap when you install the google now launcher. I have a feeling we may see a change to the way multitasking works on the Note 5 as well. One user has uploaded several screenshots of the new build on the Note 5.
The Honor 5X only comes with 16GB of internal storage. About half of that storage is used up by EMUI and the bloat that comes with it. EMUI is heavier than it looks and tends to slow down the phone causing some nasty lags. Debloating your device could help improve speed.
There is now a script that allows you to easily debloat the Honor 5X. If you run the script as is you will remove about 30 apps from your device. You can edit the script to keep whichever apps you like. Head to the link for the download.
The $200 super budget phone from Huawei has just gotten a bit better. I reviewed this phone a few days ago. So far out of all the phones I have used in this price range the Honor 5X is my favorite. Obviously it cuts a few corners to get to $200 like no OIS, no nfc, and last gen wifi radios, but it does plenty right to compensate with its premium metal build, stunning 1080p IPS display, and 4G LTE compatibility in the US!
Yesterday TWRP was released for the device. This means that the phone can now be easily rooted. The previous root process required that you flash a modified stock image after having unlocked the bootloader. Now you can simply flash the recovery and then flash supersu inside recovery. Head to the link below for the download and instructions.