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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 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
by dgstorm at Apr 27, 2015
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It looks like Samsung actually needed to bow to market pressure regarding demand for the new Galaxy S6 Edge phone. Reports indicate that the demand is much higher than expected, so Sammy needed to open up a third factory to make more of the displays for that device.

Here's a quote with a few of the details,
Sound off if you are one of the folks who contributed to this demand by purchasing the Galaxy S6 Edge and let us know what you think of the phone.

Here's our dedicated Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge section for further discussion: Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge General Discussions Android Forum at DroidForums.net

Source: Bloomberg
by dgstorm at Apr 27, 2015
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It looks like Google has finally decided to retire the Nexus 7 (at least for now). They pulled the device from the Play Store, and only the Nexus 9 is available. While you can still find the tablet in inventory at other retailers, that is just going to be back stock. Unless Google plans to create an all new Nexus 7 in the future, it looks like it will be put to rest.

It's a shame to see it go, because the 7-inch form factor is just perfect for some folks, but there are still very capable Android tablets at that size available. The NVIDIA Shield is a prime example with internal specs which are actually superior to the Nexus 7 (although at a higher price).

Source: Google Play Store
by DroidModderX at Apr 26, 2015
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In the picture above we see a few things. There is what appears to be a development board with a phone running Android 5.1 sitting on top. This image was sent out via Cyanogen's Google Plus page with the statement "Cooking up something in the lab EarlyStages TopSecret". So what could this be. There are quite a few ideas floating around none of them substantiated. Of course the phone appears to be a Yu Yureka which is running Android 5.1 Lollipop, so the most obvious explanation is that they are simply working on the Lollipop update for the device.

Could this be something more? Could this be a Cyanogen branded Phone or Tablet? Is Cyanogen looking to get in on the accessories business with something like a wireless charger, or could they be getting ready to try try their hand at AndroidTV or maybe even Android Wear with a smart watch? What are your thoughts sound off below.

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