The one thing that really drew me to Android over iOS in the early days is the ability to mod the OS to make it pretty much anything you want it to be. If you find something in the UI that bothers you, or just something you think you can make better you have the power to do that. Developer "moneytoo" decided that he would like to make the volume panel better. The way he has done this is by simply making it smaller, so that it takes up less of the screen when you change the volume. The volume panel really can be quite annoying when it pops up while changing the volume setting, especially in the middle of a video or game.
The compact volume mod shrinks the height of the volume panel by half. While the mod changes the physical size of the volume panel, it maintains the stock look with all the shortcuts. The developer also tried to make it transparent, but was unsuccessful. Instead the panel keeps its blue color scheme. Head to the link below to grab this mod for CM12.
Around here we like to find ways for you to experience all that the latest and greatest device have to offer even before actually having to go out and purchase these new phones. Developers love to port new features over to old phones. If you have your Galaxy S6 on pre-order now and are just waiting for it to arrive you may appreciate this mod.
Developer "Albe95" has put together a quick mod which will bring the Galaxy S6 lockscreen to your current Galaxy device. Of course this will only change your current lockscreen aesthetically bringing the S6 Weather, Camera, and dialer to your phones lockscreen. This mod was built for the Galaxy S4, but should also work on the Galaxy S5, Note 4, and Note 3. Head to the link below for the download, and full guide.
If you enjoy modding your phone then you already know that ADB commands are necessary. We use these commands to unlock our bootloader, install custom recovery, and do all kinds of mods. With a little command you can hide and unhide bloatware apps. When you hide apps you are doing just that, you are hiding them. This won't delete them from your phone, meaning these apps will still be taking up space on your device. At least they won't be clogging up your app drawer. Out of sight out of mind. Head to the link below for full instructions.
If you just can't hold out another month or so for the release of the new LG G4, and have to buy an LG G3 you can at least take advantage of a great deal! Starting today LG will offer a free VR headset to those purchasing the LG G3. This VR headset is not in any way on par with the likes of the Samsung Gear or Oculus Rift, however it is still an interesting little gadget which is based off the Google Cardboard concept. It is built with far better materials than the Google cardboard, which makes it worth a bit more, and makes it an added value to the LG G3 purchase.
The LG G3 is still an awesome phone. It launched with arguably one of the best screens of 2014, laser auto focus for the rear shooter, and an awesome metal body design. The LG G3 was the first smart phone that I had been genuinely excited about in a long time when I purchased it. If you are looking for a bargain this is definitely it. To find a store that is cooperating with LG on this deal check LG's store locator tool at the link below.
That $25 content streamer known as the Chromecast seems to become more and more valuable everyday. Content providers are steadily adding support for the streaming device all the time. For what it is I really do have to say that I the Chromecast works very well. I have mostly used it to rent movies from the Play Store which has been incredibly convenient.
Some very interesting new content is now available for the Chromecast. TED, MTV, Pac-12, and Qello Concerts have all added support to their apps. With the MTV app you will be able to stream shows like Catfish and Finding Carter to your TV. Pac-12 brings sports including football, soccer, gymnastics, basketball, and more! I am probably most excited that the TED app has integrated streaming support. With the TED app you will be able to stream the top 20 most watched TED talks, as well as other recent topics. With these additions you should be able to find hours worth of content! This is getting closer and closer to a cord cutting kind of device.
It's interesting to take note of just how few Android tablet stories there are in the current mobile landscape. In 2012 and 2013, we couldn't go a day without a new story about some cheap Android tablet hitting the market. Obviously those times have passed as only a few standouts remain. We rarely see an Android tablet story anymore, unless its something from NVIDIA, Asus or Samsung.
Still, there are smaller OEMs out there who are still working hard to find success with Android tablets. This latest one breaks the drought with a solid value. It's called the Ares 11 from Nextbook, and it actually offers up a 2-in-1 device, similar to the Asus Transformer. The Ares 11 is an Android Tablet/Laptop convertible hybrid that includes Lollipop and an Intel CPU. It's most standout characteristic is its great price and availability. You can grab this tablet at Walmart for only $197 bucks.
Here's a list of specs:
Intel Atom Z3735G Bay Trail processor
11.6-inch 1366 x 768 resolution IPS display
A microSD slot
A mini HDMI port & microUSB port
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n & Bluetooth 4.0
2MP front and rear cams
Detachable keyboard dock with two full USB ports
Preloaded with Android 5.0 Lollipop
While these specs aren't going to blow anyone's doors off, it still could be a decent value for the average user. What do you guys think?
NVIDIA sent out a press release on a bundle they are offering for their NVIDIA Shield Android Gaming Tablet. The bundle will basically give you a bunch of freebies for just purchasing the 32GB or LTE Version of the tablet at the regular price of $399.99.
The fee stuff includes the SHIELD controller, SHIELD tablet cover, and 3 great games; Half-Life 2: Episode 1, Half-Life 2, and Portal. This offer is for a very limited time only as it ends tonight (3/31/2015) at 11:59PM PST.
Samsung have done a lot of things right over the years but one area that they needed to improve was with Touchwiz, it just come across as 'cartoony'. Apparently someone in Samsung agreed and actually revamped Touchwiz to a more visual appealing skin. Unfortunately it never made it to production but I for one would love to see Samsung bring this revamped Touchwiz to future devices, the Note 5 in particular.
Some new renders for the upcoming HTC One M9+ have hit the web. As you can see from the images, (one is above and both are in the thread below), it looks like the new phablet style device from HTC will take queues from their previous generation and the newer M9. It has the same Duo Camera setup in the back as the HTC One M8, yet includes the two-tone paint-job of the One M9.
It's still unclear whether the HTC One M9+ will debut in any region other than Asia, but the current scuttlebutt suggests it will. More than likely, the HTC One E Series will remain exclusive to China and perhaps other Asian markets, but the M9+ might spread into Europe and perhaps even North America.
Of course, nothing's official until it's official, so don't hold us to that!
Although no official numbers have been released, the rumint floating through supply chain sources in Asia suggests that the initial pre-order numbers for the Samsung Galaxy S6 (and S6 Edge combined) may be double the initial pre-order numbers of the Galaxy S5 from last year.
On top of this rumor, industry intel indicates that Samsung themselves are trying to triple the production of the Galaxy S6 Edge to accommodate the increased pre-sales numbers for that device. Ultimately, if these estimates are even close to accurate, Samsung will likely have its most successful year ever, at least in the mobile markets.