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by dgstorm at May 20, 2016
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It's winner picking time! Our random drawing picked out the winners of the awesome Android Figurine contest. This was one of our most well-received contests ever!

Without further ado, here is our list of Android Figurine Contest Winners:
  1. First Place = Special Edition "Power Vampire" - WINNER is @MissionImprobable!
  2. Second Place = Hexcode (Black and Green) - WINNER is @Valvoline!
  3. Third Place = Ice Blue (Clear and Flame-Touched Blue Color) - WINNER is @Talon8Ya!
  4. Fourth Place = Blue (Solid Blue Color) - WINNER is @kixfan!
  5. Fifth Place = Clean (Clear Green Color) - WINNER is @Maddy14!
*SPECIAL SURPRISE BONUS PRIZE! = As an extra bonus prize, we were all impressed with the hilarious and creative post by @bruben7886, so we decided to award him with a Standard Edition Green Android Figurine, given up from one our staff member's personal collection.

Thanks to everyone who participated, and congratulations to the winners! The winners will be contacted shortly to get shipping information so we can send out your prizes!
by DroidModderX at May 24, 2016
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I really want to love the HTC 10. This is the first HTC phone I have really been excited about in more than a few years. Don't get me wrong I love HTC. The first smartphone I ever used was an HTC Touch. It's just the last several devices they have released have just been sort of ho hum.

The HTC 10 was supposed to be different with its Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of Ram, 5.2" QHD display, fingerprint scanner, Boom Sound 2.0 speakers, and metal build. The camera was actually supposed to be one of the main features having tied the DXoMark score of the Galaxy S7 Edge. For now the Verizon version of the HTC 10 is experiencing some very BIG camera problems.

Mainly the issue lies with the Autofocus. It just doesn't work. You have to manually tap to focus to get any type of focus other wise your screen is just a big blur. This also means that once you get your shot framed up and focused if anything changes or moves your camera instantly loses focus and you have to start over again.

This happened to me this evening at my daughter's kindergarten graduation. The situation was both annoying and stressful. As the family Tech Guru I was in charge of taking the photos. I nearly put...
by DroidModderX at May 24, 2016
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A cell phone is a private place much like a purse or wallet. On your phone you have all kinds of sensitive and private info like credit card and financial information. You likely also have personal private conversations and photos. In many cases the things on your phone are for your eyes only.

When you leave your phone laying around you are at risk of snoopers snooping. Many snoopers can guess your PIN code, or retrace the greasy trail marks to figure out your pattern key. If you have a fingerprint saved they can catch you sleeping and use your own finger to unlock your device.

The "Third Eye" app may not keep snoopers from snooping, but it will catch them in the act! The app takes a photo of anyone who unsuccessfully tries to unlock your phone. The app then notifies you as soon as you unlock your device. The app also lets you know when your phone was last unlocked this way if the snooper is successful at unlocking your device you will still know they accessed it. Grab it from the link below.

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by DroidModderX at May 24, 2016
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A major update to Android Wear devices was announced at Google I/O. This brings Android Wear to version 2.0 and updates devices to Android N! The preview images for both the LG Watch Urbane and the Huawei Watch have both been released.

Installing the Preview build is pretty simple for either device. You will need to be familiar with fastboot and adb commands. The process involves transferring the image to your smartwatch and then flashing the image. Head to the link below for download links and in depth instructions.

via AndroidGuys
by DroidModderX at May 24, 2016
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One of the best phones of last year is currently on Fire Sale through Amazon! The Moto X Pure was the next best thing to the Nexus 6P! For me the best part of this phone is the fact that it comes from the factory sim unlocked and you can easily unlock the bootloader and root and rom it!

The phone is rocking some pretty awesome specs for the price point as well including a beautiful 5.7" QHD display, Stereo sound dual front facing speakers, 21 MP rear facing camera which takes amazing shots, TurboPower Charge technology, all day battery life, Water protections, and more!

The phone is currently on sale for only $299. This phone beats most of this years mid range cell phones at this price point. If you have been looking for a new reasonably priced phone this could be the one for you.

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by DroidModderX at May 24, 2016
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While OEMs put an end to updates after a year or so the development community continues to release updates for phones long after they have been end of lifed. I can remember last year a Lollipop Rom came out for the Droid X. If the phone were not basically extinct at this point I am sure someone would have a Marshmallow build for the device.

Several version of the Galaxy S5 including Sprint, US Cellular, and Vodafone are now officially supported with CM13 Nightly builds. Added to the list are the AT&T LG G3 and Xperia SP. This brings Marshmallow to devices that otherwise would never see such an update.

via Cyanogen
by DroidModderX at May 24, 2016
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Here is a bit of refreshing news for all the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge users out there. There is a new update currently rolling out to Verizon devices which will bring you up to build number VRU4CPD2. The update includes lots of bug fixes.

Fixes include:
-Fix for Google Play Store app update and downloads
-Visual Voice Mail access issues
-Google Search added to settings menu
-Video calls can be answered as audio only with sound coming through the earpiece
-Amazon Music app removed
-USB options automatically appear when usb is plugged in
-Send Premium SMS is added to app manager

Hopefully this build also resolves some major battery drain issues that I have been experiencing on my Galaxy S6 Edge. It has been hard for me to keep a charge past noon with normal use since the last update.

via Verizon
by dgstorm at May 24, 2016
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Amazon has been pretty good about giving customers a refunded difference if a product they just bought drops in price within a short time of their purchase. That will no longer be the case. Amazon will stop offering customers a refunded price difference if there happens to be a price drop on it after purchase. The only exception to this is TVs.

According to Amazon, they technically aren't stopping their policy, they are in fact simply enforcing what was already in place. Amazon claims that they only ever had that policy on TVs, but their customer support personnel where simply extra generous with doling it out to other products if customers contacted them and complained. From now on, Amazon will simply be using the refund option strictly with TVs only as their original policy dictated.

Insider speculation suggests the likely reason Amazon has moved in this direction is because of internet services like Earny. If you are unfamiliar, Earny is a service that scans a users emails for recent receipts and then compares them to price listings on the same product to see if there were any recent price reductions. The service then alerts the user so they can contact Amazon for a refund of the difference. It sounds like this service was making it too efficient for consumers to cut into Amazon's profits.

While some might find it frustrating that Amazon is going this route, ultimately it's just smart business and capitalism. After-all, when a...
by dgstorm at May 24, 2016
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Although there's no way to determine what kind of device it will be just yet, it looks like LG will add something new to their repertoire soon. They just filed a trademark for something called the LG X5. We will keep an eye on this, but we hesitate to create a new section for it just yet. This may not be a smartphone, and it may not ever even get made. LG is notorious for filing trademarks on products they never follow through with.

We will keep an eye out just in case this turns out to be something concrete.

Source: Phandroid
by dgstorm at May 24, 2016
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Even though this is completely off topic, we just had to share this cool video we found yesterday. Some seriously talented folks created their own video of a Star Wars dogfight, but instead of using CGI, they used real world drones!

Obviously they still had some post-production effects added into the overall video, but that doesn't diminish the high level of quality achieved with this small film. If you are a Star Wars fan, you will love it, but even if you are not a fan of Star Wars, the technical merits of this work are impressive and easy to appreciate.
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