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by dgstorm at Jun 3, 2015
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Shortly after a massive leak on the specs and features of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active early this morning, Samsung decided to unveil the details themselves. Here's the breakdown of what will show up in the new Active version of the S6:
  • 5.1-inch 2560 x 1440 Super AMOLED display
  • Octa-Core Exynos 7420 SoC
  • 32GB UFS 2.0 storage
  • 16MP rear camera and 5MP front camera
  • Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi ac Dual-Band MIMO, GPS, NFC, Heart Rate Sensor, Infrared Blaster
  • 2,550mAh battery
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • IP67 Certification
Let us know if you plan on getting this version of the Samsung Galaxy S6. Here's the Sammy link for more info: Support - AT T Cell Phones SM-G890A Samsung Cell Phones
by dgstorm at Jun 3, 2015
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It looks like Huawei is making another big move into the US market. Their next big push is the P8 Lite, and its main "claim to fame" is that it is a reasonably powerful device for a very cheap unlocked and off contract price of only $249.99.

Here's a breakdown of the specs you get for that price:
  • 5-inch HD (720p) display
  • 2GB RAM
  • 1.5GHz Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor
  • 13MP rear camera
  • 5MP front camera
  • 2200mAh battery
  • LTE connectivity on AT&T and T-Mobile
  • 16GB storage
  • A micro SD slot (up to 32GB)
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat
While that list of specs obviously doesn't qualify as a flagship, it's still a fairly reasonable hardware array for such an affordable price. The fact that it comes with KitKat could be a positive or a negative depending on your point of view.

Here are a few links where you can grab the Hauwei P8 Lite at US online retailers:
It will be interesting to see what Huawei's next device to hit US shores will be.
by dgstorm at Jun 3, 2015
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Since many of our members are also gamers, we wanted to offer up the hottest (off topic) news item of the day in the gamer world. The Fallout 4 trailer above was just released by Bethesda, showing off the upcoming game.

Bethesda didn't reveal when the game will launch, but it is likely to be either Fall of this year, or at the latest, Fall of next year (2016). The game will only be available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

Across the web, there have been many complaints about the graphical quality shown off in the trailer. It's not hard to see why people are complaining. Bethesda is supposedly using an upgraded version of the same game engine they used for Skyrim, and because of that the graphical quality compared to current gen games seems a bit dated.

Of course, fans of the series will (rightly) point out that this game series isn't great because of fancy graphics, but because of well developed gameplay, story elements and characters. Ultimately, if they craft the game-world as lovingly as they did in Fallout 3, then this game will be excellent regardless of the prettiness of the graphics. What do you folks think?

BTW... this time around the game will be set in Boston and actually uses several historical landmarks and settings from that iconic American city. Here's a list of some of them displayed in the video:
  • Fenway Park
  • Scollay Square
  • The Paul Revere statue and the Old North Church
  • The Bunker Hill...
by DroidModderX at Jun 2, 2015
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Root users have long enjoyed the benefits of custom themes on their devices. This is one of the reasons many of you run custom roms. Roms like CyanogenMod allow you to easily customize the entire UI of your smartphone. Themeing has become so popular that OEMs like HTC and Samsung have built support for themes into their latest smartphones! Now it appears that Google is going to do the same with Android.

Android M actually has support for Runtime Resource Overlay baked right in! RRO is the same software used for theming on Sony Xperia devices. Once you root your Android M device you will discover limited support for theme engines like "Layers Manager". All this without really needing to flash a custom rom! This along with the use of Xposed Framework may eliminate the need to rom altogether for some of you. Are the incremental battery life and performance tweaks enough to keep you romming if you can get themes and mods without it? Let it be known that I shall always rom!

via XDA
by DroidModderX at Jun 2, 2015
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All this time and the Preview version of the LG G4 is still not rooted. This is probably because the security experts who normally release root have not necessarily had these devices in hand. Most of the preview units were released to media and press and a few lucky consumers who won various contests. Today TheRootNinja twitter account tweeted that they were excited to receive their LG G4 units. They added that they were especially excited for the Verizon variant. One could only assume this means they have plans to root and possibly bootloader unlock all variants of the LG G4. The LG G3 was pretty quickly bootloader unlocked and has been able to run a custom recovery and custom roms almost since release.

Of course the fellas behind "TheRootNinja" are purist. If they find an exploit that isn't already known they may decide to turn it in to LG. Believe it or not these guys do this to make our devices more secure. When root methods and exploits are released to the public OEMs have to patch them. Sometimes its the only way to get their attention. Personally I would love to see the LG G4 bootloader unlocked. I am really enjoying this phone and think I'd like it a whole lot better with some CyanogenMod on it.

by DroidModderX at Jun 2, 2015
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I can remember one of my high school teachers telling us about a 120 GB hard drive that was being developed that was smaller than a wallet! When I heard this i simply did not believe it. At that time the smallest hard drive I had ever seen was quite a bit larger than a wallet, and I couldn't imagine a hard drive that could fit in your pocket. Pretty soon we had 8GB flash drives! This was pretty exciting because you could fit hours of mp3's on one of these. Earlier this week Sandisk released a 128GB USB 3.0 flash drive that is smaller than a dime. This is pretty amazing to think that the memory actually takes up even less space as most of the space is the actual usb drive itself and not the memory. The read speeds for the drive are a blazing 130MB per second, and the drive can hold 16 hours of 1080p videos! If this stuff gets any smaller who knows it could pave the way for real biotech!

Via Sandisk
by DroidModderX at Jun 2, 2015
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With the 2nd Gen Nexus 5 and 2nd Gen Nexus 6 only months away it looks like Google is starting to clear out inventory early. They have just decided to discount the Nexus 6 by $150 on the Google Play Store! This means the 32 GB version is only $499, and the 64GB is only $549! This is off contract mind you. The Nexus 6 is still one of my favorite devices on the market. If you are wanting to give the Android M developer preview a try this is the phone you need to have. That is one of the many benefits of owning a Nexus device. Not only can you run the latest and greatest versions of Android as they come out, you can also easily unlock your bootloader, install recovery, and flash roms! You better jump on this deal while it last!

via Google Store
by DroidModderX at Jun 2, 2015
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Earlier today we discussed the new OTA update rolling out to the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge on Verizon. The update brings a few new features and lots of bug fixes. The only thing that really excites me about this update is the "fix" for the broken accelerometer. This ends up being more of a workaround. The update makes the phone use sensors other than the accelerometer for auto rotate. It is still kind of frustrating to think that you have a $700 device with a defective component. If it really bothers you it may be a good idea to still make a warranty claim.

Other than the few features, and bug fixes this OTA will also patch root for now at least. The kernel has been updated with the OTA as well. The creator of the Ping Pong method is having to update the root on a device by device, firmware by firmware basis. He will also have to tackle this OTA to make Ping Pong root compatible with the update. For now if you wish to remain rooted you will want to skip the update and wait for Ping Pong to be updated.
by dgstorm at Jun 2, 2015
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Sprint's CEO, Marcelo Claure, recently made comments that even though Sprint currently uses unlimited data plans as as a marketing tool to gain an edge over rival carriers, it will eventually stop offering unlimited data plans at some point in the future. This echoed the previous Sprint CEO's (Dan Hesse) position, and mirrors that of the other US cellular carriers' point of view. It's common knowledge that Verizon and AT&T want to get rid of unlimited data plans, and have actively worked to do so.

To go along with that, as we recently discussed in a different thread (here), the major US carriers also make it clear they want to get rid of cell phone subsidies (defined as only paying a partial payment for a phone but requiring a two-year contract) altogether as well. T-Mobile basically already did it, and nearly all of the others have made moves towards getting rid of subsidies (like Verizon's Edge program).

Eventually, if the carriers do get rid of both subsidies and unlimited data plans, the mobile landscape in the US will be quite a bit different. Here at HQ, we wondered what our members' perspectives on these subjects might be, so we thought it would be a cool idea to simply ask you folks a bunch of questions that might spark some interesting conversations. Here are a slew of them... feel free to answer all of them, or just cherry pick the...
by dgstorm at Jun 2, 2015
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A new report from Counterpoint Research shares some interesting details about Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge sales this year. First, the good news for Sammy is that the S6 and S6 Edge together have outsold the Galaxy S5 from last year. Counterpoint’s research indicated that 6 million units (of 10 Million shipped) were sold to actual customers by the end of April. Additionally, the interest in the S6 Edge was much higher than Samsung expected.

Samsung initially assumed that the S6 would greatly outsell the S6 Edge, but it turns out the Galaxy S6 only sold “slightly” more than the S6 Edge in April. Neil Shah, Research Director with Counterpoint had this to say,

Counterpoint's analysis suggests that Samsung will likely sell as many as 50 Million Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge models by the end of this year. The bad news for Samsung is that even though the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are a phenomenal success, they didn't really take away much from the Apple iPhone. In fact, they couldn't really come...
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