Here's a story so hot you might get burned, and in fact, after you hear about it, you might feel burned. According to a report over on The Verge, Verizon plans to raise the price of their Grandfathered Unlimited plans by $20 USD per line. This new rate will apply starting in November. The specifics of the increase are that the monthly "grandfathered unlimited data plan" will go up by $20 per line to $49.99, and this is on top of what you pay for voice and text.
Furthermore, this new change will only impact customers who are out of contract, and once you go "month to month" the rate will then change to the new amount. Also, government and corporate accounts won't be included in the price increase. There is one tiny "upside" to this new change. Verizon will now let customers buy new smartphones through a monthly payment plan; whereas before, if you wanted to keep the grandfathered unlimited plan, you had to purchase the phone outright.
According to Big Red, just 1% of their customers are still on a a grandfathered unlimited plan, which is how they are justifying the move. Either way, it looks like they are doing their level best to kill it off, one way or the other. We knew that something like this would eventually come... it's actually only surprising that it took this long. Share your pain here.
Just like that Cyanogen begins work on CM13. With every new version of Android comes a new version of Cyanogenmod. We are only one week past the official release on Marshmallow, and this time around Cyanogen has jumped on development quickly. The move to Lollipop was slower going as the CM team focused heavily on finishing up Kit Kat development in favor of LP development.
It should be noted that the work has only just begun. There are no test builds as of yet. Those test builds should be pushed out in the coming weeks. Remember early builds won't be the most stable and may have some bugs. It is nice to see the quick turnaround here though!
Development is moving pretty quickly for the Moto X Pure. There is a team that is working on an official build of CyanogenMod for the Moto X Pure. Using the source you can build your own rom. The rom actually boots, but pretty much everything does not work. For now working elements include Audio, Camera, Video Playback, Phone, 4GLTE, and sensors. A few builds can be found in the source thread if you search through. It is only suggested to install this rom if you are tyring to help with development. You can incur some unexpected results when flashing a rom at this early of a state like wiped recovery partition, and overheating cpu. Below is a list of issues the rom currently has.
Selinux (enforcing isn't 100% ready, namely sensors isn't active)
WiFi driver (connection unstable + Mac address)
CPU thermal layout
Verizon (iirc it's not working smoothly)
Bluetooth be wonky.
RIL is fairly buggy
Speakerphone volume needs work
Still this is progress. If you can contribute at all head to the link below.
Almost a week has gone by since Google uploaded Marshmallow 6.0 to their servers. Developers are digging through the source, devices are getting OTAs, and manufacturers are developing their own updates. But there are many of us who have been running 6.0 for a few days now and I want to get the your full review. Tell us your likes, dislikes, bugs you have experience, and things you would like to see Google incorporate in a future software (ie theme manager <-------really Google, HTC been including it since cupcake on the HTC Hero, it is about time users are able to at least choose between light and dark theme. Just saying).
There is this tug of war going on with Google and many android manufacturers that has been going on for years and that is between making a secure device or keeping the device free and open. For years the die hard android enthusiasts have fought manufacturers, carriers, and Google to keep android open for custom software and administrative privileges to fully customize their device. Let's face it, the Droid exploded on the backs of the same backyard development that manufacturers are now shutting out.
When we first started seeing locked bootloaders with the Droid X, manufacturers and carriers were trying to protect their software and prevent (unpaid) tethering. But after a few scares Google has chosen to protect their empire from being burned down by spyware, especially an empire they are trying to build to include enterprises.
More importantly are the users, some who have evolved over the years to wanting a device that works, and others who are tired of a manufacturer or carrier shoving software on their devices. And the one device we turned to for that freedom is now evolving as a result of looking to enact stronger security. For myself I love having a device to root and play with but a device with my bank info, especially after the recent Experian hack, I want secured more than I want a few less apps, tweaks, and customizable features. But even though that is my choice that is not the choice that others will choose which leaves the question of...
The Moto X is incredibly easy to root for the mod and hack enthusiast. Simply unlock the bootloader, flash a custom recovery and root. For the uninitiated the aforementioned "easy" approach might actually seem pretty daunting. Newbs need root too! For those of you who would be more comfortable with a one click solution a method is now available. KingRoot has added support for the Moto X Pure.
The only downside to KingRoot is that it is a closed source app that comes from China. The reason it is closed source is the fact that it houses proprietary exploits that would be quickly patched by OEMs if the app were open sourced. That also makes this app suspicious. It installs KingUser their version of SuperSU. If you would rather use SuperSU, which is what I would recommend, just use SuperSUme to uninstall Kinguser and replace it with SuperSU. If you are not worried about a closed source chinese app rooting your phone head to the link below to grab KingRoot.
Verizon is now pushing out an update on the LG G4 running on its network. The 415mb update carries a change log of only security enhancements but with an update this size, it probably has more than just security enhancements. AT&T is also pushing an update currently which includes performance fixes for the keyboard, touch improvement and more.
Check to see if the update is available on your G4 by going into settings-> about phone-> system update.
OnePlus will be having its first open sale of the OnePlus 2 on October 12 which will allow customers w/o an invite to purchase the phone. The vendor will have the phone up for sale for one hour, starting at 12PM, across several time zones.
Here's when you'll be able to buy the device sans an invite on October 12:
Asia: 12:00-1:00 pm HKT
Europe: 12:00-1:00 pm CEST
North America: 12:00-1:00 pm PDT, 3:00-4:00 pm ET
OnePlus has mentioned that the time slots will be region-locked, meaning that customers in the US will be able to purchase the handset only during the 12PM to 1PM PDT window. You can buy a maximum of two phones per order, but you can place as many orders as you want during the one-hour window.