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Oct 23, 2015 - 12:26 PM - by dgstorm
The latest device to go on iFixit's surgery table is the Google Nexus 5X. The LG-made device scored a solid 7 out of 10 on their repairability scale. Here's a quote with their summary, but be sure to hit up the source link for their full video and writeup:
They must have performed their dissection on October 21st, because they playfully included several "Back to the Future" DeLorean toys in their screenshot. Clever and funny!
Nexus 5X Repairability Score: 7 out of 10
(10 is easiest to repair).
- Many components are modular and can be replaced independently.
- Standard Phillips screws means a driver is easy to find.
- The battery isn't immediately user accessible but isn't too challenging, or too adhered, to replace.
- Fused display assembly—glass and LCD will need to be replaced together if one or the other breaks.
Oct 23, 2015 - 11:42 AM - by dgstorm
From multiple sources we have heard that folks are starting to be charged for their Nexus 6P pre-orders. That is highly suggestive that Google plans to ship the devices out soon.
So far, these reports are all in the US, which is probably unsurprising. We suspect that Nexus 6P smartphones should start showing up on doorsteps within a week or two, so be sure to watch out for yours.
Also, don't forget to drop by our dedicated Nexus 6P section for further discussion: Nexus 6P by Huawei | Android Forum at DroidForums.net
Oct 23, 2015 - 11:42 AM - by dgstorm
Apparently, Google and Huawei have made unlocking the bootloader on the Nexus 6P a questionable proposition. They built a fuse into the Nexus 6P called QFuse, and whenever someone unlocks the bootloader, it blows this hardware fuse permanently. Once blown, there is no way to reverse it back to its "locked" default setting.
This is similar to what Samsung did with Samsung Knox. Before you start hollering that they hate developers, supposedly the primary reason for the QFuse is simply to enhance the security of the device. It is meant to make Android Pay more secure and help let you know if the device has been tampered with. Of course, that is small comfort for folks who want to tinker with or develop on a completely unlocked Nexus 6P.
We can only cross our fingers that Google will release an unlockable Developer Edition that eschews the QFuse. Sound off and let us know if this affects your perspective on Google's latest Nexus device. Here's our dedicated Nexus 6P section for further discussion: Nexus 6P by Huawei | Android Forum at DroidForums.net
Oct 23, 2015 - 11:41 AM - by dgstorm
The Nexus 5X is going to get a very quick software update. In fact, as soon as folks start getting the phone in their hands, they may see the OTA update version MDB08I arrive on their device.
This "new" version actually brings the phone up to the same release as can be found in the factory images. This suggests the update is just a few bug fixes and security patches. The update is around 42MB, so be prepared to grab it over the "why-fies."
Here's our dedicated Google Nexus 5X section for further discussion: Nexus 5X (2015) | Android Forum at DroidForums.net
Oct 21, 2015 - 2:38 PM - by dgstorm
It was probably only a matter of time before this occurred. The big wigs at Google have decided to offer a different version of YouTube that will basically be akin to a "Netflix for Youtube" product. It's called YouTube Red, and it will use a $9.99 per month subscription model to access any and all content with NO Ads.
That's not all you get for your monthly fee. Google also promises that the service also applies across all devices, anywhere you sign into YouTube. This will include YouTube's recently launched Gaming app, and will also apply to a brand new YouTube Music app, that they officially announced today.
The YouTube Music app has been floating around the rumor-mill for a while, and it is basically a streaming music service. As an extra bonus, YouTube Red will also work with Google Play Music, which means that when you subscribe to one you automatically get access to the other.
Finally, it looks like Google/YouTube is investing heavily in the future of the service. They are planning on offering unique, premium, original content that will only be found on YouTube Red. This is basically like the original shows and movies that you find on Netflix, except that Google is the one investing in and hosting them. Here's a link to the first spate of original content that YouTube Red has planned: YouTube Blog
For more info, here's a link to the YouTube Red blog post: Official YouTube Blog: Meet YouTube Red, the ultimate YouTube experience
You can also check out a YouTube video in the thread below describing the service.
Oct 16, 2015 - 1:35 PM - by dgstorm
Here's something handy for any of the folks out there with Nexus products that have already updated to Android 6.0/Marshmallow. It will also be just as useful for anyone who wants to get the jump on understanding Marshmallow before it finally comes to their device. Google created a quick start guide for their new mobile OS.
Google's official quick start guide for Android 6.0 Marshmallow is 62 pages long and includes details about nearly every new feature. This includes how to use Google Now on Tap, heterogeneous storage, Doze, App Standby and more. The guide even demonstrates tricks you can use on your Android which have been around for quite some time. Overall there is definitely a great deal to learn from the guide.
While some might find it a bit TL;DNR, it's still probably worth flipping through to find some of the useful tidbits. Here's a link to the Google Play Store to grab it: https://play.google.com/store/books/...d=tu6bCgAAQBAJ
Oct 05, 2015 - 3:10 PM - by dgstorm
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.
We aren't sure when the update will start pushing out OTA to the various Nexus devices, but it can't be long now. [Update: it looks like the update is already started rolling out OTA to several Nexus owners.]
Here's that source link: Factory Images for Nexus Devices
Oct 05, 2015 - 12:06 PM - by dgstorm
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.
Oct 01, 2015 - 12:18 PM - by dgstorm
It looks like the Patent Wars are finally drawing to a close. Not only are we starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel for the Apple vs. Samsung fight, the other big tech titan battle of the 21st Century has drawn to a close. Google and Microsoft have ended their long-standing patent fight over Motorola Mobility.
To refresh your memory, Microsoft makes billions in profit each year from licensing some of their patents to Android OEMs. Nearly all of the Android manufacturers, like Samsung, LG and HTC all pay Microsoft licensing fees for patents on certain features found in Android which Microsoft owns. Motorola Mobility was one of the only hold-outs that was fighting Microsoft on these patents.
After Google purchased Motorola, that only complicated matters, but basically pitted Google and Microsoft directly against each other. Even when Google sold Motorola to Lenovo, that didn't change things, because Google retained Motorola's patents in that sale. Apparently, Google and Microsoft are tired of the fighting, because they officially announced they reached a settlement and plan to work together on various patent matters. Here's the quote with the official announcement,
Not only have they basically called a truce, they have basically turned it into an alliance. Microsoft and Google plan to work together with Amazon.com and Netflix in order to develop a “royalty-free, video-compression technology to speed downloads.” The group also plans to lobby for a unified patent system in Europe.
“Microsoft and Google are pleased to announce an agreement on patent issues. As part of the agreement, the companies will dismiss all pending patent infringement litigation between them, including cases related to Motorola Mobility. Separately, Google and Microsoft have agreed to collaborate on certain patent matters and anticipate working together in other areas in the future to benefit our customers.”
You see... good things can happen when we work together instead of trying to tear each other down...
Source: Microsoft and Google reach sweeping settlement in longstanding patent suits - GeekWire
Sep 28, 2015 - 3:31 PM - by dgstorm
Tomorrow, September 29th at 11AM CT/ 12PM ET / 9AM PT is Google's big 2015 Android & Nexus announcement. A slew of new products are being announced from across multiple lines, and we are very excited by what Google is bringing to the tablet this year. Here's a breakdown of what we can expect from tomorrow's event.
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow - Of course, Google's next Android OS will take center stage, since it's time for the new thing to come out. For the most part, it seems like Marshmallow is simply a refinement over Lollipop, although that doesn't mean we won't see a slew of new features.
- Nexus 5X by LG - The next generation Nexus 5 is coming from LG once again, and that's not surprising. They did a phenomenal job with the first Nexus 5. Their new Nexus 5X may not have the most powerful internal hardware available right now, but it is still a flagship worthy product and should be incredibly efficient with battery life and performance. We will just have to get it in our hands to see if it can live up to the reputation of its ancestor the current Nexus 5.
- Nexus 6P by Huawei - The new Nexus 6 is coming from a different OEM than Motorola this time. Google chose to give Chinese smartphone maker, Huawei a chance this time. The specs on the phone seem solid, including a new USB Type-C connector. We've even heard rumors the phone might have a microSD slot. :eek:
- New Chromecast - Due to several leaks we know that a new Chromecast is on the horizon for tomorrow's big event. Rumors suggest it will include faster Wi-Fi and a new feature called "Fast Play." We are curious to see what else Google does with the next generation of their amazing little media dongle.
That's the gist of what we know for sure. Will there be any surprises from those crazy Googlers? We are hoping Google will announce that their new Nexus phones have built-in support for Project Fi. What are you hoping to see from the event?
Sep 25, 2015 - 10:57 AM - by dgstorm
The rumors have coalesced into fact. The Android-powered Blackberry Venice is a real device and was officially announced today. Its internal codename was "Venice", but its retail name is the Blackberry Priv.
Other than the slide-out QWERTY keyboard and new Android touchscreen, not much was revealed about Blackberry's new entry into the crowded Android field. Here's what BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen had to say about the new Android,
So, basically, we have a fairly thin, touch-screen Android device, with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and Blackberry's famous security and productivity features built-in. Perhaps this new gladiator will cause a ruckus in the Android arena. What do you folks think?
“Priv combines the best of BlackBerry security and productivity with the expansive mobile application ecosystem available on the Android platform. The device promises 'best in class security for enterprise customers,' as part of the company’s “heritage and core mission of protecting our customers’ privacy.”
Source: BlackBerry Reports Fiscal 2016 Second Quarter Results
Sep 24, 2015 - 11:31 AM - by dgstorm
The above image is the OG Motorola Droid Turbo.
According to new report from our friends over at Phandroid, the new Motorola Droid Turbo 2 will be coming in October. Specifically, the Droid Turbo 2 will be revealed on October 15th and will hit store shelves on October 29th.
There's another interesting add-on to this news. Supposedly, the new Droid Turbo 2 (which will be called the Moto X Force outside of the US) will be available for customization on Moto Maker. Even crazier is that when you purchase the Droid Turbo 2 online through Moto Maker, Motorola will supposedly offer consumers a one-time, free design swap/replacement within 2 years of purchase. Basically, that means that if you hate your device color after having it in hand for a while, Moto will swap out the design for you.
We aren't quite sure what to make of this intel. It seems to go against the grain of the Verizon Droid line to offer customization options, but that's what was reported. It could be an interesting new collaboration between Verizon and Motorola, and we are anxious to see if this proves true.
Finally, on top of these two tidbits of juicy intel, we have another confirmation of specs for the phone, but this time we have another new detail regarding the supposedly "shatterproof" display.
- 5.43-inch QHD “Shatterproof” display - with reinforced metallic edges surrounding the display
- Snapdragon 810 MSM8994 processor
- 32GB/64GB internal storage options
- 3GB RAM
- 21MP/5MP cameras
- 3,760mAh battery
What do you folks think? Do these rumors make you more or less interested in the next generation Droid Turbo?
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