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by dgstorm at Oct 1, 2014
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How very clever of them! Samsung apparently realized that their launch schedules for big flagship devices are a bit convoluted. To make up for that, some of their PR folks created this handy infographic which showcases the dates that their new Galaxy Note 4 will be coming to specific global markets.

Why didn't they think of that before?
by dgstorm at Oct 1, 2014
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While Samsung has struggled to engage any enthusiasm for their smartwatches, and Apple has only recently announced (but not released) their's, Motorola is busy kicking arse and chewing bubble gum. The Moto 360 is the "must have" device for consumers interested in a smartwatch, and it has been selling out since it was first announced.

It's back in stock (in limited quantities) now at the Motorola website and at Best Buy. It's still out of stock on the Google Play Store, but that's probably not too surprising. With a price of $249.99 and a fantastic design, it's not hard to see why people are interested in this wearable. If you are the type to wear a watch, and want the high-tech features that the Moto 360 provides, there isn't really anything which compares.

Here are a couple of links to order one for yourself:
by dgstorm at Oct 1, 2014
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There have been rumors floating around the inter-webs that HTC will be launching a new version of the HTC One M8 called the One M8 Eye. This new version supposedly will include a beefed up camera, and will be officially announced at HTC's New York City event next week. This is the same event in which HTC is likely to unveil their new GoPro competitor device, the HTC RECamera.

From what we know about the One M8 Eye, it is basically the same device internally (and externally based upon the leaked image) as the vanilla HTC One M8. The only difference is that it will include a 13MP camera instead of HTC's UltraPixel creation.

We will keep you updated as more intel hits the streets before the event next week.

Source: GSMArena
by dgstorm at Oct 1, 2014
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It's amazing how far gaming graphics has evolved on mobile devices. The above video is a new game which is scheduled to come to Android and iOS devices next year, and it is a prime example. It's a new Assassin's Creed game, called Assassin's Creed: Identity, and it is surprising to see the game's impressive visual fidelity.

It uses the Unity engine to bring PC style features to mobile including, high-definition textures, shaders and models as well as a crowd system, dynamic weather, and dynamic lighting. The game is currently on a "oft-launch" in Australia and New Zealand, but will come to other markets early next year.

Source: Pocketgamer
by dgstorm at Oct 1, 2014
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According to a report from PhoneArena, a new Android L build was recently spotted on Google's Chromium tracker. It supposedly shows off some UI tweaks which include altered Navigation Keys and Status Bar Icons.

In case you haven't heard of it, Chromium tracker is a bug submission tool for Google products. This latest submission was the LMP LRW87D build running on a Nexus 5 and at first glance didn't appear too different than current Android. However, after closer inspection, you can definitely make out some slightly tweaked elements, especially in the he software navigation keys and the status bar icons.

Above is a combined image to compare the differences between current Android KitKat and these Android L changes.

Source: PhoneArena
by DroidModderX at Sep 30, 2014
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It seems like it was forever ago that I purchased my first Nexus device. The Google somehow talked Verizon into allowing the Galaxy Nexus onto their network. This was wonderful because devices prior to the Galaxy Nexus had bootloaders that were very difficult if not impossible to unlock. The Galaxy Nexus on the other hand was unlockable out of the box. Development for this device went crazy and there were atleast 100 custom roms to chose from. I don't remember ever owning a Verizon device that was this well received by the development community.

Google decided not long ago to end of life the Galaxy Nexus and is no...
by DroidModderX at Sep 30, 2014
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We have all been there you get to spot where your data connection is spotty at best. This can be quite a bad situation if you have to send out an emergency email, or look up a crucial piece of data. Now you can get your way out of this type of bind with a new and innovative browser. Cosmos browser allows you to access the web without wifi or data. As long as you are able to send and receive a text message you can surf the web. Now this is not the full fledged web this is a limited version of the web that you will be able to access.

Here is how it works. When you open the browser and type in a valid url a text message is sent to a server which finds and packages the requested website into an openable zip file which is sent back to your phone via text message. Cosmos intercepts the incoming text message and opens it in a viewable page. This is an early beta which means there will be bugs. If you would like to give this proof of concept a try head to the link below....
by DroidModderX at Sep 30, 2014
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Sony has been one of the most developer friendly OEMs for a while now. They have shipped phones with unlockable bootloaders, have released kernel source, and driver binaries which has all been helpful for Rom developers and other developers. According to Alin Jerpelea of the FreeXperia team from CyanogenMod, Sony may possibly offer AOSP roms for its phones in the future. He mentioned this at the XDAdev con. The only downside to this is that Jerpelea will be the only one working on this project for Sony which means releases may be a bit slow, or at least limited in the amount of devices. This is still pretty big since this will help to...
by DroidModderX at Sep 30, 2014
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So tomorrow marks the beginning of throttled data for us grandfathered unlimited data users on Verizon. As mentioned yesterday in order to be throttled you must meet 4 requirements. You must be on an unlimited data plan, you must be out of contract, you must be in the top 5% of data users, and you must be on a congested tower.

You can actually avoid throttling for the next two years if you act right now (after midnight tonight throttling begins)! There is a little known loophole which allows you to upgrade your device and keep unlimited data. With this method you will extend your contract by 2 years which means you won't be throttled for...
by dgstorm at Sep 30, 2014
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Even though this is obviously not Android news, it's still a surprising development in the tech world, so we thought it prudent to share it with you.

It looks like the folks in Redmond can still shock and awe from time to time, although this time it's really just a PR gimmick. Microsoft just officially unveiled Windows 10 to the public. You read that right... they are skipping the Windows 9 name and going straight for the next generation.

While the operating system is still the same thing they have been working on since Windows 8 was a big flop, Microsoft felt that the changes to the OS were so significant it was worth passing over the Windows 9 name. Ultimately this is just a marketing semantics stunt, but it definitely has our attention.

Even more notable is that the release has now slipped farther down the road. According to the report, Windows 10 will be released "later in 2015." Here's a quote with some of the details as to why Microsoft execs decided to go...
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