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.
The Neural Network keyboard from swiftkey uses neural networks for the predictive part of the keyboard. The idea behind this is that human language uses patterns and patterns of patterns. The keyboard seeks to give you the best yet predictive and corrective options while typing. Essentially you can type without typing, or you can type less often. This could be a game changer in the world of mobile typing!
You can use this now if you are running a version of Android 4.4 or greater. Grab the Alpha version of the app from the Swiftkey Greenhouse.
Another awesome Nexus Toolkit by Mark Skippen allows users to do pretty much anything you would ever need to do with a Nexus device. Mskip has already updated all of his supported toolkits for Android 6.0 Marshmallow and has already added place holders for both the Nexus 6p and Nexus 5X. The main difference here is that the Wugfresh toolkit that we posted about earlier is an all in one toolkit. It supports all Nexus devices without the need to download multiple tools. MSkip's version is a separate tool for each device. This means you will never accidentally flash the wrong file to the wrong device, but you will have to download multiple tools. If you only own one nexus device mskip's toolkit may be worth looking in to.
While we may have hundreds of apps stored on our devices the majority of Android users only use a handful of apps on a day to day basis. These top apps are the apps that find themselves planted on our home screens. Sometimes having these 10 to 20 apps on the home screen can become a bit cluttered. This is when you no doubt resort to stuffing them in a folder, but then you are required to open your folder to gain access to the app.
Tuffs Notification Shortcuts is a quick-launcher of sorts that allows you to add shortcuts to all of your day to day apps or system settings right in your notification panel. The great thing about Tuffs is that it uses no background services to do it's job! It is also not ad supported, and requires no internet access. There are plenty of customization options and you can add actions like direct call to contact to your notification panel too. Which is great since you will no longer have to fumble through your contacts to find the person you can regularly! Grab this app for free at the link below.
The Nexus Root Toolkit by Wugfresh is the most comprehensive and easy to use tool for modding your Nexus device. With the tool you can easily set up your ADB and Fastboot environment (ie you don't have to do the full sdk install on your own), it guides you through the process of installing drivers, unlock your bootloader, install custom recovery, root your nexus, install the latest firmware to your nexus, and unbrick your phone!
Wugfresh has announced that he will be updating the tool. The next version will support Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Support for the Nexus 6P and 5X will also be added. Wugfresh even said he will be bringing some new features and improvements to the tool! Check back here as we will update you once the tool is updated.
My blood was absolutely boiling this morning when Verizon dropped the proverbial hammer on grandfathered unlimited data customers. I know this action struck a cord with you. @dgstorm's post has already eclipsed 70 comments most of which is ranting and raving about the situation. I feel you I was right there with you. In fact I took to twitter with my rage.
If your unlimited data comes by way of a super old legacy plan like Alltel's Smartchoice plan you won't have to pay any extra for your unlimited data. It turns out you have been paying the higher $40 fee all along, it is built right into your plan! Other entities that won't be affected include ECPD, CLEU, and Government customers. Anyone currently on contract won't have to pay the extra $20 fee until after your contract expires.
This only affects users not on contract, who have the "Verizon Unlimited Data". I can remember a few years back when LTE came out Verizon tried to tell me that I would need to switch to Verizon Unlimited Data to access LTE. I firmly stood my ground and told them they would give me access and not touch my plan. They did and I am...
Here at Droidforums (and several other sites) we have had a wide range of possible responses to forum posts for some time. Nowadays, you can go well beyond just a "like" or "dislike" functionality, and do it very easily across the web. That's what makes it all the more puzzling that it has taken Facebook so long to implement something beyond a single "Like" button.
It sounds like Zuckerberg and Co. have finally listened to Facebook consumers' complaints about this this issue and are working on a solution. Supposedly Facebook is testing out something called "Reactions," and it will basically be a "like/dislike" series of buttons which will give folks a wide range of emotions to choose from when "grading" a post. Here's a quote with more of the details,
If the latest intel regarding the Samsung Galaxy S7 is accurate, then we could end up with three different versions that have three different processors. Supposedly, Sammy is planning a version of the Galaxy S7 that will be separate for India than for the rest of the world, and will have its own chipset.
Here's a breakdown of the various chipsets that will supposedly differentiate these three Galaxy S7 models:
China and the US will get a Galaxy S7 with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC
Korea, Japan, and the European markets will get a Galaxy S7 with the new Exynos 8890 M1
India will get a Galaxy S7 with the Exynos 7422 chipset
Of course, take these rumors with a grain or three of salt. (See what we did there?) Until Samsung finalized things with their supply chain, this intel is subject to instant shame (and change) without notice.
The only other rumor worth spreading regarding the Galaxy S7 is that we have heard multiple sources claim that Sammy plans to bring the microSD slot back. Considering the battery will not be removable, we aren't taking too much stock in this one either.
Motorola's next Droid is fast approaching. The Droid Turbo 2 will likely launch to retailers later this month, and we can't wait to check it out here at HQ. With fancy new features like wireless charging, nearly unbreakable display, and a massive 3760mAh battery, the Droid Turbo 2 is poised to shake things up again.
A new Motorola device, with the model number XT1585, just received its global certification with international CDMA bands. This is the same model which holds the internal codename of Kinzie, and rumint has indicated it is the Droid Turbo 2.
For folks who have left Verizon (or are thinking about it because of their new price hike), but would still like to get their hands on this device, earlier rumors also indicated it will be the same device internally as the Moto X Force. That phone is expected to ship out to other markets and possibly other US carriers.