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Google Published a Handy Quick Start Guide for Android 6.0/Marshmallow

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
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Android 6.0 Marshmallow Factory Images Available for Nexus 5, Nexus 6 & More

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
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Nearly Complete List of Android Phones Scheduled to Get 6.0/Marshmallow Leaks

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.

Source: GizmoChina
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Google and Microsoft End Long Patent Feud Over Motorola Mobility

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,

“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.”
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.

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
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Nexus Pre-Event Round-Up; What We Expect to See Tomorrow

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?
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Android Powered Blackberry Priv (Venice) is Officially Announced

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,

“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.”
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?

Source: BlackBerry Reports Fiscal 2016 Second Quarter Results
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Verizon Droid Turbo 2 Tipped to Include Moto Maker and is Coming October

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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Samsung Supposedly Considering Leasing Program For Galaxy Phones, Just Like Apple

Sep 22, 2015 - 4:52 PM - by dgstorm

We wouldn't fault you if you didn't know about Apple's new iPhone leasing program. Suffice it to say, it's a pretty aggressive offer that allows owners of an iPhone to get an unlocked iPhone on an monthly plan (starting from $32). It even allows you to upgrade to a new iPhone each year if you want to. Apple even includes their Apple Care service for free with the monthly plan. You also have the option of simply keeping what you have and then paying off the full retail price of the phone and ending the lease.

Either way, it's a handy way for folks to get a new iPhone constantly without being beholden to carrier contracts. The reason it is relevant here on an Android site is that Samsung is reportedly going to follow Apple's lead on this concept. According to the latest scuttlebutt, Samsung is thinking about offering their own lease program for Galaxy smartphones, and it will probably be very similar to what Apple is offering on the iPhone.

We have to say, it's actually a pretty neat idea. It basically obligates you to a $30-$40 per month lease, but it lets you get a shiny new flagship every year. Of course, if you find yourself happy with your current device, you can simply pay it off and end the lease.

What do you folks think? Could these direct from the OEM leases, finally be the death-knell of the two-year contracts with carriers?

Source: Forbes
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Samsung Gear S2 Pricing and Release Leaked

Sep 17, 2015 - 11:47 AM - by dgstorm

We have a Samsung Gear S2 rumor for you folks. While Sammy already revealed the device officially at IFA 2015, they didn't share pricing or availability dates. The leaked intel we have today claims that the Gear S2 will be coming to the US October 2nd, and here are the prices revealed:
  • Samsung Gear S2: $350
  • Samsung Gear S2 3G model: $400
  • Samsung Gear S2 Classic: $400

On top of this news, we also have word that the 3G model of the Gear S2 will only be available in the United States and Korea (at least initially). We will share more details when they are officially announced.

Source: PhoneArena
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Amazon Reveals New Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 Android Tablets

Sep 17, 2015 - 11:36 AM - by dgstorm

Along with the new super-cheap Fire 7-Inch tablet, Amazon just announced two new Fire HD tabs. These are the Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 respectively. The price on these tablets are quite a bit more than the $50 7-inch tab, but they are still affordably priced for what you get. Here's a breakdown of specs and price for each of Amazon's new Fire HD tabs:

Amazon Fire HD 8 - $149.99 - Available for pre-order now and will launch on September 30th
  • 8-inch HD (189 ppi / 1280 x 800) display
  • Quad-core processor up to 1.5 GHz.
  • 720p HD Front-facing camera and 5 MP rear-facing camera with 1080p HD video recording
  • "All-new Amazon Underground, a one-of-a-kind app store experience where over $10,000 in apps, games and even in-app items are actually free - including extra lives, unlocked levels, unlimited add-on packs and more"
  • 8 GB or 16 GB of internal storage - Free unlimited cloud storage (for photos taken with Fire devices)
  • MicroSD card slot for up to 128 GB of additional storage
  • Fire OS 5
  • Thinner case design
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi
  • 8 Hour battery life
  • Dual stereo speakers, Built-in microphone

Amazon Fire HD 10 - $229.99 - Available for pre-order now and will launch on September 30th
  • Widescreen 10.1" HD (149 ppi / 1280 x 800) display
  • Quad-core processor up to 1.5 GHz
  • 720p HD Front-facing camera and 5 MP rear-facing camera with 1080p HD video recording
  • "All-new Amazon Underground, a one-of-a-kind app store experience where over $10,000 in apps, games and even in-app items are actually free - including extra lives, unlocked levels, unlimited add-on packs and more"
  • 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage - Free unlimited cloud storage (for photos taken with Fire devices)
  • MicroSD card slot for up to 128 GB of additional storage
  • 8 hours battery life Wi-Fi
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi
  • Dual stereo speakers, Built-in microphone

You can now use the microSD card for offline viewing of streaming Prime Videos, and Amazon has adjusted its DRM so you can also store those movies and TV shows on it. The 8-inch variety comes in black, magenta, tangerine, and blue, while the larger 10-inch only comes in white or black.

What do you folks think? Could Amazon have a hit on their hands? The previous generation Fire tablets sold very well. These don't seem to bring much that is new to the table, but they represent a solid value to those who appreciate Amazon's ecosystem.

We have an image of the 10-Inch Fire HD tab in the thread below.
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Amazon Announces $50 7-Inch Fire Tablet & More

Sep 17, 2015 - 11:13 AM - by dgstorm

Amazon just surprised everyone with official announcements for three new tablets. We will handle the 7-inch tablet separately from the other two. The most amazing thing about the new 7-inch Fire Tablet from Amazon is its price. At only $50 USD, it is easily the most affordable tablet on the market currently. Here's a breakdown of specs so you can see what you are getting for your money:
7-inch 1024x600 resolution display
1.3GHz quad-core chipset
1GB of RAM
Rear and front facing cameras
8 GB of internal storage
MicroSD slot for up to 128GB additional storage
Fire OS 5
WiFi
7 Hour battery
For folks with a big family, Amazon is offering an even better deal on this ultra-affordable tablet. If you by a pack of 5 of them for $249.99, Amazon will upgrade it to a "6 Pack" by giving you a sixth tablet for free.

The new tablet is available for pre-order and will be released on September 30. Here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/Fire-Display-W...mazon+fire#top
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Amazon Could Be Working On New 10-Inch Kindle Fire Tablet With Stock Android

Sep 16, 2015 - 11:12 AM - by dgstorm

Here's a strange rumor from Amazon-land. The image you see above is supposedly a new 10-inch Kindle Fire tablet from Amazon. Obviously, that's not actually the strange part, as a larger Kindle Fire could be a pretty slick idea. The oddity comes with what OS we might actually see on this tab.

If you peer closely at the pic, it appears that the OS on board is a great deal closer to a stock Android UI instead of the typical Amazon overlay. Of course, it also appears that there are no Google Apps installed, but that is unsurprising considering Amazon wants to have their own "walled garden."

Still, perhaps their engineers realized that the Amazon UI overlay just wasn't as easy to use as the natural form of Android. The Google engineers have basically evolved the tablet interface to a very polished and refined state.

Let's cross our fingers this intel is the real deal.

Source: https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/644119263322722304
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