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by dgstorm at Jul 28, 2015
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Just a moment ago we shared Motorola's announcement of the new Moto X Style smartphone. This morning's big announcement from Motorola also revealed another Moto X device: the Moto X Play. This device is a slightly smaller phone than the Moto X Style. Strangely it has a larger battery and a less powerful processor as well. Here's the breakdown:
  • 5.5-inch 1080p display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 1.7GHz octa-core processor
  • 3,630mAh battery
  • 21-megapixel rear camera
  • 5 megapixel front camera
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Dual SIM version available
  • SIM + microSD integration card slot
  • Android 5.1.1
The Moto X Play is going to show up in August and will be $300 to $400 less than other premium Android devices. As you can see above, this story comes with a video of the device!
by dgstorm at Jul 28, 2015
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The first of three new Motorola smartphones was revealed by the Lenovo owned company just this morning. Two of them are new variations of the Moto X device, and the third is the new Moto G. The Moto X Style and the Moto X Play are designed to cover the mid-range device category for Motorola's lineup (although they are actually phablet-sized devices). The Moto G rounds out the entry-level.

The first one we have to announce is the Moto X Style. It will be available in September and will cost just $200 to $300 less than other brand flagship devices (off contract). Here are its full specs:
  • 5.7-inch quad-HD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 1.8GHz hexa-core processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • A 21-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Universal LTE banding
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • microSD support up to 128GB
  • Android 5.1.1
As usual, the Moto X Style will be available on the Moto Maker for customizable colors, rear casing materials and engravings. We will give you a heads up as soon as a final official date is revealed.

Stay tuned, we will have the full info on the Moto X Play and the Moto G in just a bit!

*Update - the OP was updated to make a couple of quick corrections.
by dgstorm at Jul 28, 2015
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Our very own @DroidModderX covered all of the nagging deficiencies of the (just announced last night) OnePlus 2 smartphone. For those who have read his articles (here & here) and won't actually miss any of those missing features, here's a spec breakdown to give you the whole picture:
  • 5.5-inch, LCD, 1080p
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
  • 64 GB or 16GB Storage
  • 13MP rear camera, 5MP front, 4K video recording
  • 3,300 mAh Battery
  • USB Type-C Connector
  • OxygenOS on Android 5.1
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • Aluminum-magnesium alloy frame with jewelry-grade stainless steel accents
  • 720p slow-motion video recording
  • LED notification light
  • Alert slider
  • Dual nano SIM cards
You may have noticed from the image above that we have multiple different aesthetic designs for the OnePlus 2. The phone will be available with several StyleSwap back covers. The default back cover is black sandstone, but you can "upgrade/swap" that out for kevlar, black apricot, bamboo, or rosewood at a cost of $27 each.

Technically there are two different models of the device. The 64GB version will include 4GB of RAM, and is coming to the US and Europe on August 11 for $389 (available with invite only). whereas the 16GB model with...
by pc747 at Jul 28, 2015
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For people looking to cut weight or who are lactose intolerant almond milk has been the milk of choice. I personally love the stuff (almond milk) and have replaced cow's milk with it. Well it looks like yet again the food industry may have duped the health conscience public in hopes of making a quick buck. There is a lawsuit against Blue Diamond about their almond milk having maybe 2% almonds and a lot of everything else. This is another startling reminder that the food industry is big business and they are willing to do what ever it takes to make more money, even if it may seem unethical. As a consumer we have to remember to spend the extra few minutes reading the labels and understanding what is in our products.
For those like me who like almond milk here is a recipe to make it yourself: How to Make Homemade Organic Almond Milk - Recipe

Though this is not Android related news this is a consumer alert especially for those of us who are health conscience. I know of businesses and fitness centers who offer almond milk as an alternative to be used in their smoothies.
by DroidModderX at Jul 28, 2015
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Have you wanted to try Google Cardboard, but didn't care to pay $25 or build it yourself? Do you have an LG G3? LG built a VR headset for the G3 to celebrate all the apps on the playstore that were compatible with VR. They offered this as an incentive to buy the G3 early on. It seems like BestBuy ended up with more VR headset units then they could giveaway with G3 sales. They are trying to get rid of these as quickly as they can. They have the LG G3 VR Headset for only $1 with Free shipping. This is a pretty great deal considering that many of the Cardboard versions will cost you more than $15 and may require that you build them yourself. This is also much more durable than cardboard! These will probably go very fast so head to the link below to grab on as fast as you can.

via BestBuy
by DroidModderX at Jul 28, 2015
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The OnePlus 2 will launch on August 11, but if you live in one of a select few cities you can get some hands on time with the device during a 9 city hands on event being held on July 31st. The Event will take place in New York, San Fransisco, London, Paris, Berlin, Milan, New Delhi, Bangalore, and Jakarta. OnePlus has said that attendees will be able to score invites and will even have a chance to win a device. The first 50 attendees at each cities event will receive an exclusive gift bag. You can RSVP now at the link below.

via OnePlus
by DroidModderX at Jul 28, 2015
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"Warning about operating system safety" will be a new feature in upcoming builds of Android. These warnings will be displayed on your device for about 10 seconds on every single boot if Android discovers that your software is corrupt or has been modified. You can dismiss the message by pressing the power button, but this just becomes one big annoyance for anyone who enjoys unlocking their bootloader to load custom firmware.

I have a feeling that if you are into running roms this will probably be removed in your favorite rom once these builds start rolling out. There are three different safety warnings. The yellow warning will inform you when your phone is running a different OS, the orange warning shows up if your bootloader is unlocked and suggest re-locking the bootloader, and the red warning tells you when your device is corrupt and lets you know that your device can not be trusted. Would any of you find these warnings useful? Or is this just an annoyance?

via Google
by DroidModderX at Jul 27, 2015
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The HTC One M9 has had an unofficial build of CyanogenMod 12.1 for a few weeks now, but a few major features just are not working since developers have not had access to Kernel source for the device. The camera force closes and there were a few other big bugs. Now that developers will have access to the 5.1 kernel source they will be able to start squashing bugs. Who knows we may end up with an official build CyanogenMod 12.1 from CM. This is pretty big for development. Other rom developers will be able to use CM as a base to bring us many more roms.

via HTC Developer Center
by DroidModderX at Jul 27, 2015
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I just shook my head for real! The OnePlus 2 will not feature an NFC chip. This will be a deal breaker for many of you who use this standardized feature everyday. This means that Android Pay will not work with the Op2. I personally don't use NFC very often. Many of you may never use it at all. It is a feature that has been included in every smartphone I've owned for the past 2 years or so. This includes some of the cheap budget Chinese phones that I have owned.

Why wouldn't OnePlus include this in their latest and greatest flagship, a device they have self proclaimed as a "2016 flagship killer". OnePlus execs have said that while the OnePlus One has NFC many of its users could not find a use for it, and that they feel like the adoption rate of services like Android Pay will be low for a while. They did say however that if customers demanded it to be added back in the next OnePlus they would.
by DroidModderX at Jul 27, 2015
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The OnePlus 2 was announced this evening, and I have to say that I am pretty excited about this device. It ticks off just about all the boxes when it comes to desired features and with these specs the price can't be beat. If OnePlus can keep up with the demand and avoid the invitation debacle of last years OnePlus One release I think they will have a winner on their hands. While this will certainly be a HOT device and for good reason there are two blaring omissions in this device.

The phone includes a 3300mah battery and also Oxygen OS which should include plenty of battery optimizations. Even so power users will certainly be able to drain this battery pretty quickly. If it is unable to last you the full day you will have to live with normal wired slow charging. The OnePlus 2 does not support Qualcomm's Quick Charging or any type of Wireless charging.

This could be due to the fact they decided to use the USB Type C. Quick charging requires a compatible power controller which may not work with USB Type C. Whatever the reason is behind not including the Quick Charge capability it...
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