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by dgstorm at Oct 6, 2015
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Here's a bit of off topic tech news for you folks this morning. Microsoft just kicked off their big press event this morning. We covered it over at our site, and thought it would be worthwhile to share the highlights by showcasing a few links to the product announcements.

First, Microsoft "wowed" the crowd with a new HoloLens AR-game controller presentation: Microsoft Kicks Off Their Event with New HoloLens Tech Called X-Ray | Microsoft Surface Forums

After that, Microsoft announced the second generation fitness smartwatch, the Microsoft Band: Microsoft Unveils the 2nd Generation Band; Full Specs, Features, Price & Release Date | Microsoft Surface Forums

Next they revealed their new Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL smartphones: Microsoft Reveals the Lumia 950 & 950 XL Smartphones; Full Specs, Features, Pricing and Release Date | Microsoft Surface Forums

The biggest reveal of the day was the new Surface Pro 4:...
by dgstorm at Oct 5, 2015
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If you are into funny nostalgia or even just humorous tech history, then those crazy Google engineers have created a video worth checking out. It's basically a brief history of all of their Android Easter Eggs up until Marshmallow.

We must admit to having a chuckle at some of these, either because we missed them previously, or because we had forgotten they were so clever. Enjoy the video in the thread below.
by dgstorm at Oct 5, 2015
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Not that Google officially announced the new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, their latest Android version can't be far away for current Nexus owners can it? Of course not! It's available today. The factory images for Android 6.0 Marshmallow for the various Nexus devices, including the Nexus 5, the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and more are now online.

You can head over to the source link below and grab these factory image to flash on your device. It looks like it is only available to a select number of Nexus devices right now. Perhaps some of the excluded ones either need more time to bake or are simply too old to be compatible with Google's newest OS.

Update: It looks like the OTA update for Android 6 is also starting to roll out to Nexus device owners! Yay! :D

Here's that source link: Factory Images for Nexus Devices
by dgstorm at Oct 5, 2015
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As if you needed further evidence that Motorola and Verizon were cooking up a new Droid MAXX 2, here is that additional proof. Apparently, Google accidentally referenced a Verizon Motorola Droid MAXX 2 phone in their list of devices which are optimized for Android screen mirroring in the new Chromecast help files.

Their reference even confirmed what we already reported, that the device will be the Moto X Play for the "Rest of World.” It's minor slip-ups like this which make our job fun here at DroidForums news HQ. Keep those leaks coming!!! ;)

Source: Google
by dgstorm at Oct 5, 2015
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Here's a handy bit of data for Android users. The included leaked list (shown above) appears to be a complete (or nearly complete) list of all Android devices across multiple brands which are scheduled to receive the Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS update. It appears the leak was compiled and leaked somewhere within the Chinese supply chain.

Also, keep in mind that it's possible/likely the list is incomplete or simply early, and we will see even more devices receive the Android 6 upgrade. For example, the Sony Xperia Z5 is not on this list, but Sony already confirmed the device will get the Marshmallow. We will keep an eye out for any further details.

Source: GizmoChina
by Jeffrey at Oct 2, 2015
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Google Proceeds With Implementation of New Operating Structure

Google Inc. announced today that, pursuant to its previously announced plans to create a new public holding company, Alphabet Inc. ("Alphabet"), by implementing a holding company reorganization (the "Alphabet Merger"), it expects that the Alphabet Merger will close after the close of business on October 2, 2015. Google anticipates that shares of Google Class C Capital Stock and shares of Google Class A Common Stock will begin trading as Alphabet Class C Capital Stock and Alphabet Class A Common Stock, respectively, on the NASDAQ Global Select Market on October 5, 2015. Shares of Alphabet Class C Capital Stock and shares of Alphabet Class A Common Stock will continue to be traded under the same ticker symbols under GOOG and GOOGL, respectively.

Update: The Alphabet merger is now effective. For more information on the merger, please see Alphabet's Form 8-K filed on October 2, 2015.

Source Alphabet CNN Money
by dgstorm at Oct 2, 2015
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Here's a handy list that also includes some bad news for some users. Motorola pushed out a list of their devices which will receive Google's latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS. There is a surprising omission on this list, and it turns out that it may be purposeful.

First, here's the list:
  • 2015 Moto X Pure Edition (3rd gen)
  • 2015 Moto X Style (3rd gen)
  • 2015 Moto X Play
  • 2015 Moto G (3rd gen)
  • 2014 Moto X Pure Edition in the US (2nd gen)
  • 2014 Moto X in Latin America, Europe and Asia2 (2nd gen)
  • 2014 Moto G and Moto G with 4G LTE2 (2nd gen)
  • DROID Turbo
  • 2014 Moto MAXX
  • 2014 Moto Turbo
  • Nexus 6
Savvy users might notice that the AT&T and Verizon versions of the Moto X (2nd gen) are NOT on this list. Motorola even issued a statement in a tech support blog sharing that those devices specifically won't be getting the update. What, what, what?!?

How is it that a Motorola flagship that is only around a year old is not going to get the latest Android version? We will follow up and make sure that this info is accurate. Perhaps the Motorola forums manager (Matt) who posted this info was mistaken or didn't share complete info. Sound off if you would be affected by this odd decision.

Source: Motorola: (1) &...
by dgstorm at Oct 2, 2015
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According to the latest info, Asus will now start including Microsoft Office on their Android phones. Here's a quote with some of the details,

It looks like a wide assortment of OEMs plan to bundle Microsoft Office with their devices. What do you think if Microsoft's bold move to get Office on as many devices as possible?

Source: Engadget
by dgstorm at Oct 2, 2015
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For folks who were impressed by Samsung's newest smartwatch creation, the Gear S2, today is the day it will become available for purchase in the US. Despite it being a Tizen-powered device, instead of Android Wear, it still has some fascinating perks, including a rotating bezel, that can scroll through control functions like media volume and more. Also, the Gear S2 can work with any Android device with KitKat or higher.

The Samsung Gear S2 starts at $299 with a $349 "classic" version coming soon. For more info, here's Sammy's source link: Samsung Gear S2 Hits Shelves Today

We have a video in the thread below to check out as well.
by dgstorm at Oct 2, 2015
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Do these two phones in the comparison shot above look similar to each other? The answer is an obvious yes, but is the design a blatant "copy"? That's a tough one to answer. Despite that, ZTE's marketing chief, Lu Qian Hao, recently implied that the new Huawei Nexus 6P is a ripoff of the ZTE Grand S design.

We must admit the design aesthetics are remarkably alike, especially the camera hump at the top. It could also be argued that the particular camera setup requires a specific design language that is similar. What do you folks think? Was this a case of Huawei "aping" ZTE, or was it simply the logical evolution of trying to make that larger dual-camera setup look pleasing to the eye?

Source: PhoneArena
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