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The "marriage" between Motorola and Lenovo is finally a done deal. The two companies completed all the steps necessary to officially merge the two companies (with Motorola being acquired by Lenovo). Motorola has been working independently since the announcement of the acquisition was made. It seems probable that Lenovo will continue to let Motorola run its own side of things for the most part, although we doubt it will operate completely autonomously.
It will be interesting to see what Lenovo can do with Motorola. They are famous for taking other brands and turning them into a success, like the ThinkPad and IdeaPad line in the past. It's likely that Lenovo will begin selling Motorola smartphones and tablets in China under their own well established name, even while they continue to sell Motorola branded products elsewhere in the world. Here's a quote with more of the details,
The third Motorola Droid Turbo video commercial with James Franco is almost as bizarre as the last two, yet it is a bit more interesting. Not only is it longer than the others, it actually makes some sense in a silly sort of way.
In general if you take all the commercials as a whole, it appears their "theme" is that the Droid Turbo will help you manipulate time. While the device obviously won't actually confer time-manipulation powers, it seems obvious that some of its capabilities (like the Turbo Charge feature, fast processor, and its long battery life) will help you save time in your busy schedule. It also happens to be a gorgeous device, so that seems like a win-win situation for those interested in grabbing this phone.
Droid Turbo day is here! Verizon now has the new Motorola flagship available. On top of that, they are even offering $100 worth of trade-in value for your old smartphone, so you might be able to get it with a juicy discount. It's regular price is $199.99 on a two-year contract, or $24.99 per month on the EDGE program, or $599.99 if purchased outright.
The new Droid Turbo is easily the most advanced smartphone on the planet right now, with incredible specs and features like the Snapdragon 805 CPU, a 3,900 mAh battery, a fast charge Turbo Charge feature and more.
If you are having trouble rooting your Galaxy S5 no worries, developer "Sharpie603" has released an all in one toolkit that will make rooting among other mods super easy. This toolkit will install usb drivers, root device, install busybox, install safestrap, install supersu, de-bloat and re-bloat the device, enable/ disable call recording, backup pictures/video/music, boot animation, and more. There will also be more options added to the toolkit soon. Running the tookit is as easy as clicking "toolkit.exe". One of the most valuable uses of this toolkit is the ability to add and remove bloat since you will need to replace bloat before installing any OTA update. Head to the link below for the download.
We have had the BUMP bootloader unlock method along with custom recovery for the Verizon variant of the LG G3 for several weeks now. So far the only roms to come out have been a stock based Jasmine Rom and a plain stock rooted Rom. Developer "Invisiblek" posted a screenshot of his LG G3 running Cyanogen Mod. He also stated that while it is booting he still has a bit of work to do to make this Rom releasable. He is working on fixing the camera, GPS, and IR. it seems as if he is shooting to release a daily driver rather than just going ahead and releasing a rom full of bugs. I feel it is worth the wait. Once CM is released there should be a good base for any other developers that would like to build an AOSP rom.
Developer "Bunchies" also posted an image of the Liquid Smooth rom running on an LG G3! We should be seeing some AOSP roms releasing very soon.
It may come as a surprise to you but a manufacturer that you have probably never heard of is now the number 3 largest phone manufacturer in the world! Xiaomi, a company that is popular for producing the Mi 3 phone which runs a forked version of Android (MIUI). The Mi 3 saw huge demands in India thanks to its low price and high end hardware. It features a 5" full HD screen, 2.3 GHz snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal memory, 13MP camera, and large 3,050 mah battery. With all those specs it cost only $220. Xiaomi shipped 18million handsets in the 3rd Quarter of 2014. They owned 5.2 percent of the market share. Samsung was the king of the market with 79 million handsets shipped giving the a market share of 24.7 percent. Apple was second with 9.3 million units shipped and 12 percent of the market share. Third overall is quite impressive for a smaller company whose handsets are running a custom rom. Cyanogen Mod on the Oneplus One can't say the same.
Just a few weeks into the release of the Galaxy Note 4 and we already have a bounty thread for the Verizon and AT&T variants of the Galaxy Note 4. Bounty threads have been huge in attracting talented security experts to take a shot at cracking our devices. If you remember Geohot of Iphone and PS3 jailbreaking fame decided to take a look at the Galaxy S5 after the bounty surpassed @20k and pretty much instantly developed TowelRoot. Since then we have been able to maintain root through updates on this device. Hopefully this new bounty thread will be enough to get the right eyes focused on our fresh new device. So far this bounty has already reached $4240!
It is crazy to think the bounty for this device is already this high. The bounty for the LG G3 reached $5k after a few months, before it finally received root. This device has knox built in and is a pretty secure device that should be difficult to crack. Only time will tell.
Well that was fast! The Nexus 6 went up for pre-order on Google Play only briefly today. It's not that the pre-order was rescinded... it's just that it sold out too quickly. Of course, part of that is probably that Google and Motorola needed to limit the number of Nexus 6 devices on pre-order in order to make sure they have enough stock for the final retail launch.
Sound off if you were one of the lucky folks able to snag a pre-order for the phone.
Devs, modders and tinkerers have a new toy to play with on Verizon. Samsung's online storefront now has the Verizon Developer Edition version of the Galaxy Note 4 available. It's a whopping $699.99, but it's probably unsurprising it has a hefty price-tag.
The specs are the same as any other Galaxy Note 4, so it's really up to you whether it's worth the extra dough to have greater access to the phone's software innards. Here's a link below to the Sammy retail shop.