Wrapping up some of the top stories of the weekend as we transition into our work week.
Both carrier and retail stores are taking pre-orders for the HTC M9, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 Edge, some orders have been reported to have already been shipped to customers. I personally was able to get my hands on the s6 edge and came away impressed. I was one who felt the edge was just a gimmick but actually felt like the edges add a smooth transition navigating from one side of the screen to the other. Just as when Samsung gambled on the idea of a note phone and set a trend for large phones (phablets), I really feel like the s6 edge can be a trend for devices in the future. The one area that concerned me though was how to put a case or a glass screen protector to protect the device, obviously a glass screen protector would be challenging but manufacturers are currently working on it (Amzer Kristal Tempered Glass HD Edge2Edge Clear Screen Protector). As far as the interface it is touchwiz on top of 5.0.2 lollipop, so if you like touchwiz then you will love what Samsung has done but if you hate touchwiz then you may gravitate away. But I could not help but notice that touchwiz was toned down a bit, not quite stock android but visually acceptable to one (me) who have a dislike for touchwiz. Over time we will have to see if the jank with touchwiz shows up...
Developer "MarkSkippen" has just updated his Skip Toolkit for the Nexus 6 to now support all versions up to Android 5.1. There are also many more features that have been added to the toolkit! The main change here is that TWRP that the toolkit uses has been separated, one version for being installed to the device another version for when the script needs to run adb commands. The version of twrp that is installed to the device will always be the latest available version. Other updates include 5.1 stock image added for returning to stock or unbricking, ability to root all versions of Android including 5.1, no force encrypt option, unzip root file changed with stock recovery added for OTA prep, and more. Grab the update from the link below
If you are anything like me then you weren't about to wait several months for Verizon to take their time releasing the Nexus 6. I bought the unlocked version directly from Motorola the day that it came out! As soon as it was confirmed that the Nexus 6 was compatible with the Verizon network, there were also corresponding reports that Verizon would not activate those devices. The only way to activate the unlocked version is to use an existing sim card that has already been activated. If yours is the right size you are good to go, if not you will have to figure out how to cut it down or you could buy a converter to make it larger.
The thought was that once Verizon came out with their own variant of the device they would go ahead and activate the unlocked variants as well. If are able to get your Nexus 6 activated it will show up in Verizon's system as a "Non-VWZdevice". Verizon reps won't be able to help you with changing your plan, give you a sim card, or make any other changes to your account as long as your sim card is outside of a recognized device. You also may not be able to get in on any kind of discounts while you sim is in the unlocked nexus 6.
Not to be out done by HTC, Samsung will be putting out their own theming app for the Galaxy S6. The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge along with the Galaxy A series already include themes options. These device currently each have 4 preinstalled themes. Apparently you will be able to buy and download more themes later on, but so far there has been no good way for third parties to create their own themes for Galaxy devices.
Reddit user "gedankenreich" received some intel from Samsung. The carrier will be releasing an authoring tool for theme creation. The tool is set to release sometime in April, but there is no set day for official release.
Custom Rom users rejoice! There is nothing more annoying then when a rom developer posts their rom, and includes in the description that you will need to find and flash the gapps. If they are not included with the rom this step is absolutely crucial and can not be skipped, otherwise you would be without the Play Store. Finding the correct Gapps to go with the rom you just downloaded can be a daunting task. By now there has to be over 1,000 gapps packages floating around. Finding the correct version to go with your rom can be a bit confusing if the Gapps pack is not properly labeled.
If you have ever experienced this headache you will want to bookmark the link below. The Gapps Central thread is a consolidated list of all the gapps packages that you will ever need. The list is updated regularly with all the latest packages too. These packs come in different variations too from stripped down to full stock so there is something for everyone. Head to the link below and grab the gapps of your choice.
Several months ago Amazon released a tablet to compete with the popular Nabi tablet. Their Fire HD Kids Edition is surrounded with an impact resistant shell just like the Nabi tablet lineup. There is both a 6" and 7" version. The kid proof case also comes in a variety of colors. The commercial for the tablet shows kids dropping it and spilling juice on it, and Amazon believes in the durability of this tablet so much that they even include a "2 year worry free guarantee". If you somehow break the tablet Amazon will replace it for free. On top of all that the kids tablet also offers 5,000 books, movies, and apps totally free of charge! Right now it is on sale! Today only get $25 off this kid friendly tablet!
CyanogenMod 12.1 is not here yet, but you can get an unofficial build for the Galaxy S5 now. This will bring some Android 5.1 action to your device. This is an Alpha build so you can expect some bugs. You will need to be sure to install the 5.1 Gapps or you will be without the Play Store.
So far the whats working list includes:
Their is nothing listed in the not working section, but im sure there are a few things here and there that will need to be fixed in later builds. Custom mods include bootanimation, wallpapers, wallpaper app, switch for su notification in status bar, home screen rotation, audio mods, save picture to sdcard option, and the tn tweaks section. Grab this rom for your device below.
If you have a device with a Quad HD display and need a new look you should download the stock wallpapers from the HTC One M9+. The M9 was released today, but you can have the walls from its bigger cousin the M9+ today. While these aren't much different from what will be available on the M9, the big difference here is the resolution. The M9+ should be ready for store shelves in April. Grab the whole wallpaper set from the link below.
The video above demonstrates how to root the Nexus Player. This will root the latest version of Android for the Nexus Player LMY47D Android 5.1. This root method will require an unlocked bootloader. This is a simple root script which you will download and run from your Nexus Player. Just double click the root.bat and follow the onscreen guides.
Grab the proper file for your version of Android from the link below.
Contrary to what I was told today by a T-mobile rep some pre-orders actually arrived on doorsteps today. These may just be a lucky few who have slipped through the cracks, or more likely T-mobile reps don't know what they are talking about. I actually ordered mine late last night. I called in after learning the shipment emails were going out to see what was going on with my order. I was told that the shipment notifications were sent out in error and that NOONE would receive their phones prior to April 10th.
The pictures above would appear to disprove that "fact". Pre-orders that were made on Friday with overnight shipping should arrive by Monday. Those with standard shipping are set to arrive between Tuesday and Friday. Have any of you received your S6 from T-mo yet?