Custom Recovery has finally made its way to the LG G5. Now before you get too excited this is currently only available for the international variant H850. The international variant is the only version of the device that has an official bootloader unlock method from LG. The other variants are still waiting on some sort of hack or crack to get things going.
That being said the guy who built TWRP for the international variant of the LG G5, "jcadduono" says when other variants receive bootloader unlock he will easily be able to build TWRP for those devices. Once you have TWRP installed you will be able to easily root your LG G5. Head to the link below for the full instructions and downloads.
Starting a few nightlies back users started to notice a new blank weather feature in the settings dashboard. Until now there has been no explanation of what this is. Cyanogen Mod has been using Yahoo Weather and OpenWeatherMap to power weather features in the status bar and the weather widget.
Recently Yahoo changed their API which cause lots of bug complaints. With the new setup Yahoo requires an OAUTH implementation with every query for the current weather status. Each query counts against the quota limit which is currently 100,000. With the broad user base CyanogenMod has the quota is quickly exceeded. OpenWeatherMap offered to allow CM to use a tokenized call for request system, but quickly realized CM exceeded what would be reasonable for a normal developer account. Neither of these ended up being viable options.
Going forward you will be able to download your own weather provider and have it to seamlessly power the Roms weather features. This means your queries will be coming from your own account, and since most users only query the system 12-20 times per day this is a non issue. Head to the link below for more info on...
The T-Mobile version of the LG G3 recently received the update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Developer AutoPrime was nice enough to take the image and prepackage root with it! The flashable prerooted D851 30D build is now available for download. The build is also rootable with the KingRoot app.
AutoPrime has a full list of instructions as well as download links at his original thread which you can find at the link below.
During the Galaxy S7 Unpacked event Samsung announced the Galaxy S7 would have support for Vulkan baked in, much to the delight of gamers in the crowd! The Vulkan API adds notable performance increases, but it has other benefits which Samsung intends on leveraging.
If Samsung is to beat Apple in the random youtube speedtest they are going to have to find a way to speed up the touchwiz launcher. Samsung is currently developing a Touchwiz launcher built with Vulkan. The Vulkan launcher not only improves performance, but apparently gives the phone a battery life boost!
Apparently the early version of this launcher saves 6% battery life when doing normal tasks like scrolling pages, and opening the app drawer. According to Samsung's engineers this could ultimately mean an extra 40 minutes of battery life on a phone like the Galaxy S7 Edge. As mentioned above this is still in the very early stages of development. Maybe it will be ready to use by the time the Note 6 is released!
Gone are the years of unlimited all you can eat 4G LTE data, for many of you that is. I am still holding on to my grandfathered Alltel plan for dear life. You can't beat unlimited 4G plus unlimited texts and 500 minutes to share for just $145! For those of you on a shared data plan or a limited data plan you might want to check out the latest update to the Firefox Beta app which is now available on the Play Store!
The update brings the app to version 47. There are several small settings that have been added in an attempt to save the end users data. There is a new "Show/Hide web fonts" feature in advanced settings to reduce bandwidth, and a new feature which stops data usage when Firefox is in the background and a page uses a meta refresh. The update also kills support for Gingerbread devices. You can grab Firefox beta for free from the Play link below.
Samsung finally decided to give us a premium built phone with the Galaxy S6 last year. The all metal and glass design appeased those who scoffed the plastic builds of years gone by. Glass also meant wireless charging was a possibility. Thankfully the design language continued with this years Galaxy line up.
While Glass and metal are great to look at they do have their cons. Firstly glass ensures greasy smudges will always grace your device. That problem is easily solved by slapping a wrap or a case on the phone which in turn covers up the beauty of the design. Besides smudges glass is also known to shatter when dropped. Once again easily fixed by rocking your favorite case. The one thing that most of us were not expecting on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge was the ease at which the Glass would scratch.
I picked up a deep nasty scratch on the front of my device within the first few days with no recollection of how it could have got there. Now several S7 users are noticing that a mere month later their home buttons are developing noticeable wear. Apparently the home button is especially prone to scratching.
The master Android tech story leaker is at it again! Even Blass recently shared intel that Motorola will be launching a Droid MAXX 3 and a Droid Turbo 3! Of course, we were hoping and expecting this would happen. For now we are going to hold tight before creating a new forum for either device in our Rumored & Upcoming Devices Category. We want to make sure we get a second rumor before pressing forward. Also, it's possible that the rumored Moto X3 could be the non-Droid version of the Droid Turbo 3, so we want to find out about that before we proceed.
In the mean-time feel free to discuss this rumor here in this thread. Also, be sure to check out our Moto X3 rumored device thread: Moto X3
Ever since Amazon opened up development for their Echo device, there have been a growing number of apps and devices added to Alexa's repertoire of features and functions. The latest interesting development is called the Roger App. This app is basically a conversational walkie-talkie style tool for your devices. It also lets you talk to Alexa through the app itself on your smartphone or tablet when you aren't in proximity of your Echo.
The Roger App is available for Android or iOS, and is free to download. To be honest, the developer's website doesn't really describe the app all that well, but the app itself is pretty nifty regardless. Here's a link to Roger App site so you can check it out: RogerTalk.com.
If you are on either of the U.S. CDMA networks (Verizon or Sprint), and plan to purchase the new HTC 10, then we have a couple of dates you will want to make note of. First, Verizon has made pre-orders for the HTC 10 available today. Here's a link to check that out: Verizon HTC 10 Pre-Order.
Big Red plans to ship the HTC 10 on May 5th and have retail units available on or around that day as well. Verizon is also offering a limited time $100 discount on the device. To get that you must sign-up for the 24 monthly payments of $22.83 per month. Your total price for the phone will be $547.92 instead of the regular full retail price of $648 which is what you must pay if you buy the phone outright.
The second important date pertains to Sprint customers looking to buy the same phone. Sprint plans to offer the HTC 10 at full retail on May 13th. That means it will be available to actual purchase in Sprint stores at that time. They didn't give word on pre-orders, but here is Sprint's pricing info: The chamfered metal HTC 10 will be available for $0 down and $26/mo on a two-year plan with Sprint. Here's the Sprint source link: Sprint HTC 10 Press Release.
Please remember to drop by our dedicated HTC 10 forum for further discussion:...
You can now officially root your HTC M8 on Android 6.0 thanks to the SunShine app by Theroot.ninja. The Sunshine app will also S-Off and bootloader unlock your device. Of course the app includes an in app purchase of $25. This small cost covers the cost of the hundreds of phones which are bricked in the process of finding exploits.
The app will test your phone for compatibility prior to asking for the in app purchase. Where there is a will there is a way. We have been waiting for a root method for the Verizon HTC M8 on Android 6.0 marshmallow. Head to the link below for the download.