Second Place = Hexcode (Black and Green) - WINNER is @Valvoline!
Third Place = Ice Blue (Clear and Flame-Touched Blue Color) - WINNER is @Talon8Ya!
Fourth Place = Blue (Solid Blue Color) - WINNER is @kixfan!
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!
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...
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.
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.
Just yesterday we shared a new trademark filing by Lenovo for a product called the Moto Z. Lo and behold, today a press invite for a new Moto device was leaked early. The press event is scheduled for June 9th, and the hint of a new smartphone can be seen in the image.
We suspect this will be the new Moto Z, although it's also possible that the Moto Z could be coming in the future, and this next device could be the last Moto X. Right now, that is all speculation, since we have no idea really what Motorola and Lenovo have planned. Either way, it's good to see that the previous rumors of the demise of Motorola products might have been off base.
Since we aren't sure what device this will be, here's a link to both discussion forums on the Moto Z and the Moto X 2016:
Xiaomi had announced its Mi Box will launch in the US tomorrow, but did not post a price. This is not the first time the company has made an Android-powered set-top box branded Mi Box, but this one is very special.
What's special about the new Mi Box is that it runs Android TV (v6.0), and can also stream 4K video at 60 frames per second. It supports the HDR 10 and HDMI 2.0a specifications, as well as Dolby Digital Plus and DTS Surround Sound and includes built in Google Cast. Just plug the box into any HDMI TV and you're good to go.
The Mi Box is powered by a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU that's coupled with a Mali 450 GPU and 2GB of RAM. It bears 8GB of built-in storage which can be expanded via USB. It also comes with a Bluetooth enabled remote control that supports voice search, and it will also be compatible with the Mi Game controller.
Mi Game Controller
Pair with Mi Box for a realistic gaming experience. Dual-motor vibration feedback and a 3-axis
G sensor deliver precise shocks and better control. Comes with 365-day standby battery and
an ergonomic design so you can game for hours in comfort.
Look for the US launch on May 25th. My guess is $79-89.
Perhaps the rumors of the demise of the Moto lineup were greatly exaggerated. Check out this graphic above. That's a trademark filing for a product called the Moto Z. While it's possible this was something Motorola had in motion before Lenovo decided to shut down any further Moto products, it's also just as feasible that the Moto X is getting the axe because this new Moto Z is coming.
What do you folks think? Could Lenovo be tooling up to offer something exciting and new with the Moto Z?
Of course you had to know that we would jump-start a thread on the subject. Be sure to hit up our dedicated Moto Z section for further discussion: Moto Z
The number one feature that could be improved upon with all smart phone devices is battery life. While there hasn't really been any improvement in battery technology in the past several years battery life has improved by using larger batteries, and optimizing Android for battery life.
If you are suffering from poor battery life and you don't need high performance at all time with your phone you might benefit from throttling your processor. Tasker has built in this capability for root users. Head to the link below for the full details.
Many of you know RootJunky as the guy that finds Factory Reset Protection hacks for many of the most popular Android devices. His methods tend to be a bit complicated, but it is still pretty comical that no matter how many times Google is able to patch this he still finds ways around it!
He has just released his first Icon pack to the PlayStore and I have to say it looks pretty dope! Of course the icon pack features a black and red theme and has many hand themed icons. Not only has Tom put together this cool icon pack and made it available for free. He also has a brief tutorial outlining how to do this for yourself! Head to the link below for a rundown of what you need to get started.