Google’s New Pixel Device Lineup 2016

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Google’s New Pixel Device Lineup 2016

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Googles Key Notes took place today October 4th 2016 and there was a lot of new tech devices announced everything from a New Chromecast with 4K capabilities to the new long awaited Pixel phones. The Key Note live stream was really good and if you missed it because you were working like me you can watch it HERE.

Google is really diving into Daydream which is Googles VR environment along with Google assistant. You can already get a great feel for how Google Assistant can help you with everyday task by trying out Googles new app ALLO. Google Assistant is driven by machine learning making it possible to have conversation with Google just like you are talking with a real person. Google Assistant understand the context of the conversation by understand past interactions and what you are currently doing on your device.

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Google Pixel

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ok ok enough about the software lets talk about all these new devices starting with Googles new flagship devices the Pixel and Pixel XL. Both device are basically the same spec sheet with the only major differences being battery 2,770-3450 mAh and display 5.0-5.5 inches. Base models start at $649.99 for the pixel and $769.99 for the Pixel XL. If you look at the specs below you will find that there are many comparable devices on the market right now that you can get for just 400.00 I think Google has priced there devices a little high this year. But if you are like me and have to have the latest and the greatest then you can pre-order your device HERE 

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Memory 4GB LPDDR4 RAM
Storage 32 or 128Gb
Processor Snapdragon 821; MSM8996 pro AB Quad Core 2+2 Kryo 2.15GHz / 1.6GHz
Main Camera 12.3MP IMX378 1.55μm PDAF + LDAF f/2.0 Aperture
Front Camera 8MP IMX179 1.4µm f/2.4 Aperture Fixed focus
Video 1080p @ 30fps, 60fps, 120fps 720p @ 30fps, 60fps, 240fps 4K @ 30fps
Ports and Slots
USB Type-C USB 3.0
3.5mm headset jack
Single SIM
Media
Single bottom-firing speaker
 GPS
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 MIMO
BT 4.2
NFC
Works on all Major US carriers
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Google also introduce the Quick Switch Adapter. Just connect your old iPhone® or Android device to your new Pixel with the Quick Switch Adapter.* Then follow the on screen directions and all your content will get copied over to your new Pixel device. Look out Apple Google just joined the game.!!!

 Google Home

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Google Home is a voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant. Ask it questions. Tell it to do things. It’s your own Google, always ready to help. Just start with, “Ok Google”.  This device is Googles attempt to compete with The Amazon Echo powered by alexa and I think Google is going to brings some stiff competition. Google Home can automate many task around your house, here are some examples.

Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Delight, Dictionary, Easter eggs, Facts & Info, Finance, Flight information, Games, IFTTT, Learn more, Light control, Local guide, Mobile app audio streaming, Multi-room audio, Music, My day, News, Nutrition, Podcasts, Radio, Shopping list, Smart plugs and switch control, Speaker streaming and control, Sports, Thermostat control, Timer, Traffic, Translation, TV streaming and control, & Weather
I am really looking forward to getting at least 3 Google Home device in my home and start the conversation with Google. If you are interesting in this kind of home automation then you can pre-order Google Home HERE

Google Home WIFI

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Google’s new home wifi device was also announced in the Key Note. Home WIFI from Google can be paired up with as many Home WIFI routers as need to create the coverage you need for from house.  you can control these routers with a simple app. The Google Wifi app gives you total control over your network. Easily share your Wi-Fi password, see what devices are online, and prioritize them for better performance. Google Wifi’s family controls allow you to pause the signal to your children’s devices, like at bedtime or dinnertime. Google Home WIFI isnt available at yet but should becoming later this year so keep a look out. I am planning on picking up 3 of them for amazing coverage in my home as soon as they become available.

Chromecast Ultra

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The Chromecast Ultra stream up to 4K Ultra HD & HDR picture quality over your WiFi network with Chromecast Ultra, a streaming device that plugs into your TV’s HDMI port. Chromecast Ultra provides fast, reliable performance with minimal buffering and smoother streaming. you can also use your iPhone®, iPad®, Android device, or laptop to stream thousands of Cast-enabled apps. If you loved last years model of chromecast then you will love this one with better hardware and 4K video. Google currently has this device marked as Coming Soon so check it out HEREI do think that at $69.99 it is priced a little high but I am sure Google will drop the price in a couple months down to 50 bucks and that will be the time to pick up a couple. If you dont need 4k you can still pick up the Normal Chromecast for just $35.

Daydream View

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Daydream View is a VR headset and controller by Google that lets you explore new worlds, kick back in your personal VR cinema, and play games that put you at the center of action. This is Google’s take on VR headset I and really like it. I have owned a couple Samsung VR headsets and while they are fun for a while they are a little uncomfortable. The fact that Google made the Daydream View out of mostly fabrics is really nice and the included controller implementation looks sick. Now that Google is entering the realm of VR I am really excited to see where they will take us. If you pre-order a Google Pixel then you will get a email to claim a free Daydream View and I for one cant wait to play with mine. If you want to see more on these products please subscribe to my YOUTUBE channel to catch all the coverage. what are your thoughts on these new products and price points? Please leave your comments below.

 

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Android Nougat 7.0 Official

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Android Nougat 7.0 Official

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OTA UPDATES AND FIRMWARE

Google has finally released the latest installment of there OS, Android Nougat 7.0 and if you are looking for the firmware and ota update files then you can come to the right place. First lets talk about the firmware update files that we have and how to install them. Check out all the latest features at Googles official page HERE

There are 2 options to install these ota update files which is really nice.

  1. copy the update.zip to your sdcard then boot into stock Android recovery with holding volume down and power and then selecting apply update from sdcard.
  2. Boot into stock Android recovery with holding volume down and power and then selecting apply update from adb. Then from the computer run command adb sideload (nameofotaupdate.zip)

Note: you can use these ota updates from either being on Android N developer preview or from being on stock Marshmallow the latest firmware and the ota update will work just fine. The Reason the the ota update will work is because it contains a full system flash and all the files needed.

OTA UPDATE REQUIREMENT

1. bootloader unlocked or locked either will work

2. device on stock firmware with stock recovery

3. they will not work with TWRP or a custom rom installed.

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More files will be added once they are available.

Official Firmware With Fixed Flash Files

These files are the stock Android Nougat Firmware but they have been update to work correctly with .bat flash files for windows and .sh flash files for mac or linux. These repackaged firmwares also includes a No wipe options which will allow you to keep your app data on the device and not wipe it. you can use these file to update or restore your nexus device even coming from a different rom should work.

How to Flash these files

  1. Boot into bootloader mode by holding volume down and power
  2. plug device into the computer and double click on the .bat file you want to use.  For Mac and Linux use the .sh files by opening Terminal and cd to the director then use ./nameofflashfile.sh to run the script.
  3. watch the script and follow its instructions. thats it.

DOWNLOAD LINKS TO FIRMWARE BUILD NRD90M

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More files will be added once they are available.

You can also download the firmware straight from Google HERE

Google Store

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The Google Stores Latest Tech

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The Google store keeps adding new products to its list of inventory all the time and unless you keep up you will miss out on some cool tech. One or the latest items is their Goggle Tech C1-Glass VR Viewer.  These simple to use and portable glass fold up and can fit in your pocket for travel. They are great for watching 360 video on youtube.  For just $14.99 the Tech C1 Glasses are tons of fun.

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Google Custom Live Cases

Google also just announced 2 new products just a couple days ago.  The Photos Live Case and Places Live Case are custom designed by you.  I am not sure how well these cases protect your phone but the idea of being able to design your own case picture is really awesome. I order a Photos live case and once i get it in the mail i will report on the quality a little more then. Google Store has also included in the design tools some cool filters you can a apply to the case to help with design. Check these new cases out for yourself at the links above.  The cases are a bit high priced in my opinion at $35.99 but if you really want a custom and awesome looking case it may still be a good chose for you.

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Google Store

Google Offers much more the just Nexus phones and tablets.

PHONES   Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X

TABLETS   Pixel C and Nexus 9

CHROMEBOOKS   Chromebook pixel, Flip, and a couple by Dell, Acer, and Asus

TV & AUDIO    chromecast, Nexus player Android TV, Nvidia Shield TV, and More

ANDROID WEAR   Watches from every manufacturer around like Asus, Motorola, Sony, huawei, and many more.

HOME   The home catagory has tons of cool tech for your house like IP cameras, routers, Thermostats, and Smoke alarms.

ACCESSORIES is full of every charger, cable, and case you could want for your Google Nexus devices.Android-Wear-17-new-watch-faces-Google-Play

If you want to live the Google automated life style then the Google Store is the place to do all your technology shopping. I am happy to see Google adding to the store all the time as these products and high quality and dependable, now go buy some cool tech.

 

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just wanted to report back on my experience with these cases. I have bee using mine on my Nexus 5x which is my work phone. I have been really surprised at how well the case has held up. The prgrammable button on the back it a little hard to use but over all these are some pretty cool cases.

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Nexus 6P

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Nexus 6 P

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What does it mean to be a nexus phone? Is it a cutting edge flagship? Perhaps something meant for developers and enthusiasts? A bang for your buck champion?  It should be easy but it is a hard thing to explain the nexus brand.  Nexus phones have meant a lot of different things to people over the years.  Even Google’s own vision has shifted a little after each year.  Each time trying to adjust, trying to find the perfect vision and never quite getting there.  Knowing that you can’t please all the people all of the time, Google decided to have two phones this year, two visions of perfection. We are going to look at the phone marked with a P, the Nexus 6P.

The one trait that has remained the same about nexus phones; they push the limits.  They try to take what is current and improve it.  They take new technology and implement it.  Has Google succeeded with this year’s vision? Let’s review a few key areas and find out.

 

Look and Feel

The first thing that I actually noticed about this phone was how thin it felt in my hand; then I notice how good it felt, sturdy and well built. That something that told my fingers “this phone needs to have some thickness to it” faded after using it for a while. The phone does have some heft (178g) and I like that.  Huawei has made a solid phone for Google and that is a feeling that has not faded.

 

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The speakers are on the front, the only place for speakers in my opinion, and they blend in very well with the front fascia.  The antenna lines on the four corners works well and I have even started to like the camera visor. Early leaks on the internet made the visor look as if it protruded out like an ugly growth.  Even now pictures don’t do it justice.  In the hand and in person the visor looks to be part of the phone, a natural extension.  The power and volume rocker are located on the right hand side.  They sit just above half way to allow some single handed use.  The SIM card slot can be found on the left side.  Look to the back for a fingerprint sensor.  Perfect placement!  I would like to see the volume and power back there as well.  LG really has something with their “Buttons on the back” phone design. I hope more companies take inspiration from their design. Overall this makes for a very elegant phone and I would like to stop there but I can’t.

On the bottom portion of the back side of the phone is a plastic cover.  The plastic cover is there for antenna signals access and covers a few screws used to keep this thing together. The plastic cover really hurts the phones look.  There is a lot of effort to match the plastic and aluminum but plastic is plastic and aluminum is aluminum. You can’t hide that. Most people will put a case over their phone and that will moot the point but I still find this to be a hard pill to swallow.  80% of the phone is beautiful; the plastic cover is the other 20%.

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Multimedia experience

At 5.7 inches this is a big and beautiful display.  The colours really pop and this is to be expected from an AMOLED screen.  If there is too much colour for your eyes to handle you do have a built in option.  You can use the sRGB colour mode found in the developer settings if you want the screen to pop a little less. The colours tend to be more true to life with the sRGB enabled.  I have used both settings and I have to admit that I prefer the default settings.  The popping colours look really great when playing any game.  It made the experience come alive, even if it looks to bold to be real.  The only fault I have with the display is the blue/purple haze that washes over the screen when viewing it on an angle. This is most evident when you have a complete white background.  The coloured background of various apps and games can make this effect nonexistent. Just make sure that you are viewing straight on when opening gmail.

Viewing angles aside, this phone seems to be made for Netflix.  The visuals come in clear and crisp with the 518 PPI (pixels per inch) screen and the speakers are great.  This combines to produce a fantastic multimedia experience.  Five minutes into any show or movie and you are hooked.  You will forget that you are watching this on a phone and just enjoy the entertainment.

The speakers were so good that I had to compare them with an HTC phone and their Boom Sound speakers.  I assumed the sound would have been closer but you can definitely perceive better sound emanating from the HTC.  I am not an Audiophile but even my dull ears noticed the depth of sound that came from One M9.  Both are great, both are loud, but HTC had a richer and fuller sound.  I hope that more OEMs bring front facing speakers to their designs; it really makes a world of difference to the multimedia experience.

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For those that like specs, the Nexus 6P does not disappoint.  Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 v2.1 is the chipset that powers this unit.  This Octa-core setup is split in two with a Quad-core 1.55 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A57 64-bit setup, mated to an Adreno 430 GPU.   Memory comes in at 3 GB of DDR4 RAM and your choice or 32, 64 or 128 Gigabytes of storage.

Does that translate to a fast phone? Yep it sure does!  This phone is like a big block V8 with Android 6.0 Marshmallow at the wheel.  It handled almost anything that I could throw at it.  Even jumping from Clash of Clans to Star Wars Commander and back again, was handled thoroughly.  Marshmallow many not have come with a change in design language but it put a lot of grease in the gears.  Everything is silky smooth. The phone did get a little warm under heavy use but not noticeably warmer than any phone I have played with in the past.  The only thing that made the phone hiccup or stutter was the camera.  It was an odd thing for me; I tried to replicate the stutter but could not get a consistent result.  Sometime is just wanted to be a little slow getting in or out of the camera app.  Thankfully this was the exception and not the rule. Speaking of the camera…….

Camera

When I first read about DxO Labs giving the Nexus 6p a place beside the Galaxy s6 I was impressed.  The new Samsung combination of hardware and software has walked away with all the prices this year.  Even Apple and Microsoft (Nokia) fanboys have been forced to admit that it is the best Camera of 2015.  The new iPhone 6s may change that but early reviews don’t give me that impression.  Either way the 6P had something to prove.

Does it live up to the hype? In my opinion, no.  Don’t get me wrong, it is a very good camera.  I would even say great comparing it to other nexus phones but I personally do not think it can hang with the Galaxy s6 camera.  Over all the pictures come out rather nice, but there is a tendency to overexpose the whites.  It reminds me of the large megapixel camera HTC was pushing.  Both cameras are great in low light but both tend to overexpose or wash out bright whites.  This may be an effect of larger pixels.  The pixels size for the 6P is 1.55 microns which really isn’t that large considering the HTC’s were 2 microns across each length.  It has the ability to record 4k video but the results are not always great.  Too much motion with the camera or the subjects and things get pixelated, fast. It also suffers under poor lighting conditions compared to the 1080p videos.

That is the bad news and the good news is……. there is lots of good news.  The camera has an eloquent and simply designed interface.  Some have said that it is too simple but I disagree.  Most people want to just point and shoot.  If you are a shutterbug you already have a dSLR camera for adjusting exposure and ISO, etc.  If you really want to have the dSLR experience with a smartphone you could always download and app and have your fun.  Personally I really like the simple design, it make it easy.

The 8 megapixel front facing camera is a dream.  The photos are nice and crisp with great low light performance. The camera will focus quickly and keep the colour very true to life.  It is really one of the best selfie cameras that I have used.  It does not have the “beautification” mode that some cameras sport, but I find that a blessing.   I would rather have my ugly mug look crisp and clear than that waxy makeup image that comes from “beautification” mode.

The 12.3 megapixel Sony sensor is for your rear facing photos and even though it does occasionally overexpose like I mentioned earlier, it is still a great camera.  It is generally quick to launch, fast to focus and the colour representation is pretty good.   The AMOLED screen can throw you off a little but set it to sRGB or put you picture on your monitor to show your true colours shining through.  With an aperture of F2.0 you can get some nice effects playing with your depth of field.025024

 

With an aperture of F2.0 you can get some nice effects playing with your depth of field.  Notice the focus on the background and then the for ground.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The indoor or low light performance is better than most but still tends to pixelate when there are not enough photons buzzing around.  Optical Image Stabilization would have helped out in this area and could have taken this camera from very good to great.

The video quality is better than most but I recommend sticking to the 1080p resolution settings.  4K sound awesome but the results are for from superior.  It is acceptable for basic scenes with little motion but the camera seems to handle 1080p much cleaner when pushed to the limits.  Try chasing your kids around with the video on you will see lots of pixilation at 4k.  With most TVs and monitor still pushing 1080 I don’t see the need for the 4k video at this time.  I just wish Google would have done it better if they were going to offer it. Even with the nitpicking it is a great camera and great phone.

 

Conclusion

 

When I started to write the conclusion, I was looking at value for your dollar along with what it means to be a Nexus phone.  I am going to leave price off to the side for now and discuss it in a follow up article.  So, that leaves us with the question of what is means to be a nexus phone.  Does this phone push the limits? Is it a cutting edge flagship? Perhaps something meant for developers and enthusiasts?

What I know is the Nexus 6P is the best you can get from Google today.  Does it push limits?  Camera and Battery have never been so good with Nexus phone but others have pushed their limits further. Is it a cutting edge flagship?  Yes, it can run with the flagship crowd but it is part of the pack, not the leader.  Is it meant for developers and enthusiasts?  Despite the e-fuse that will let everyone know this phone’s bootloader has been unlocked, I would say yes.  There are already all kinds of support for this device in the libraries of XDA.  That will only grow over time.

So Google has succeeded? Yes! This is the best Nexus phone to date, as it should be, it the newest.  Is it a perfect phone? No, but it comes close and for the money it may be the best value for your dollar.  This is a phone that you can recommend to anyone, the power users or the casual Facebook viewer will both enjoy this phone.  I comes close to being all things to all people.

 

 

 

Until next time

E. Tuesday

 

P.S.

Well it may be the best value for your dollar unless you are Italian.  Why am I picking on the Italians?  Well I am not but come back to view my next post and find out who is.

 

 

 

 

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Google’s New Nexus devices

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Google’s New Nexus devices where announced today at an event in San FranciscoGoogle’s event begian at 12PM ET / 9AM PT and there unveiled new hardware and software to the world. Lets start with the devices first you have the Nexus 6P from Huawei and the Nexus 5X from LG. Both are awesome devices with some great specs. Next we have the second gen chromecast that brings some new features and improvements to the table along with a Chromecast audio device that could turn into be something awesome or really flop its hard to say at this point. Of course there is also the long awaited new version or android 6.0 Marshmallow that will be coming on these new devices and also released to the other Nexus devices on October the 5th.

Chromecast 2015

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The New 2015 Chromecast is redesigned as you can see in the picture above and has some greatly improve wifi technology for better connection and streaming over your home network. The new design also just looks really cool. you can pick up the new Chromecast from the Google store today for just $35.00 and other retailers will have the device soon.

Chromecast Audio

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Chromecast Audio looks just like the new chromecast with the same design but has a couple different audio ports instead of a HDMI port. these ports include 3.5 mm jack with analog and optical digital audio output plus a Micro-USB for power. chromecast audio will allow you to covert any speaker you have in your house into a streaming cast connected device and Google will be adding multi device streaming later this year. You can pick up the new Chromecast Audio from the Google store today for just $35.00 and other retailers will have the device soon.

Huawei Nexus 6P

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Huawei has joined the Nexus world with there new device the Nexus 6P. I have recently picked up some Huawei devices like the Huawei Watch and the P8 lite and have been really impressed with there hardware so i am sure that this Nexus device will be more of the same. probably the biggest change that i am hoping to see with the 6P is the improved camera. Nexus devices have always had bad i mean bad cameras and i am hoping that this year Google finally figured it out. check the specs below they are looking pretty awesome. If you are interested in the Nexus 6p you can pick up the new Huawei Nexus 6p from the Google store today $499.00 – $649.00 and other retailers will have the device soon.

LG Nexus 5X

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LG has taken another crack at there Nexus 5 with the new Nexus 5X. This is Google’s attempt at making a budget friendly device and I think they did a pretty good job at it. when you look at other devices at this price point you find things like the OnePlus 2 and the Motorola Moto X Pure Edition which i think are both pretty comparable. It will be interesting to see once i have the phone in hand and can compare all three. I have to say that the fingerprint technology in both of these devices and many other flag ship devices is awesome and i love this feature for security. If you are interested in the Nexus 5X you can pick up the new LG Nexus 5X from the Google store today $379.00 – $429.00 and other retailers will have the device soon.

Nexus device comparison and specs

                             Huawei Nexus 6P                       LG Nexus 5X

NETWORK Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE GSM / HSPA / LTE
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 HSDPA B1/2/4/5/8
4G Network LTE B2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/25/26/29/30 LTE B1/2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/20/25/26/29
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat6 300/50 Mbps HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat6 300/50 Mbps
GPRS Yes Yes
EDGE Yes Yes
LAUNCH Announced Exp. announcement 2015, September 29 Exp. announcement 2015, September 29
Status Rumored. Exp. release 2015, November Rumored. Exp. release 2015, October
BODY
– Fingerprint sensor – Fingerprint sensor
DISPLAY Type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors Capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.7 inches 5.2 inches (~69.8% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels (~515 ppi pixel density) 1080 x 1920 pixels (~424 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 4 Corning Gorilla Glass 3
PLATFORM OS Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow) Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808
CPU Quad-core 1.56 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 1.82 GHz Cortex-A57 Quad-core 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53 & dual-core 1.82 GHz Cortex-A57
GPU Adreno 430 Adreno 418
MEMORY Card slot No No
Internal 32/64/128 GB, 3 GB RAM 16/32 GB, 2 GB RAM
CAMERA Primary 12.3 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, optical image stabilization, dual-LED (ring) flash 12.3 MP, 4608 x 2592 pixels, optical image stabilization, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Features Dual recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, photo sphere, panorama, HDR Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, photo sphere, HDR, dual recording
Video 2160p@30fps, optical stabilization 2160p@30fps
Secondary 8 MP 5 MP
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack Yes Yes
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP, LE v4.1, A2DP
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
NFC Yes Yes
Infrared port No No
Radio No No
USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
BATTERY
  • 3,450 mAh battery
  • Fast charging: up to 7 hours of use from only 10 minutes of charging
Non-removable Li-Po 2700 mAh battery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Googles Live event times and links

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Google’s Announcement event today

  • When: Today, September 29
  • What time: San Francisco: 9 a.m. — Chicago: 11 a.m. — New York: 12 p.m. — London: 5 p.m. — Beijing: 12 a.m. (September 30) — Sydney: 2 a.m. (September 30).
  • Live-stream: You can also watch the stream on YouTube on Google’s channel. Once i get a direct link i will update this post.

I will be watching this live event and hanging out on twitter to so come and hangout with me and we can chat about the event and new devices being announced. From what i have ready we should see a Huawei Nexus 6P, LG Nexus 5X, chromecast 2nd gen, chromecast audio device and Android 6.0 Marshmallow. All in all it should be a really fun show.

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Huawei P8 Lite Android Phone

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Huawei is a newer phone company here in the US. I am really looking forward to what they will bring to the table. Rumors around the Android community say that Huawei may be making the next Nexus device. For this reason, and the fact that I have never owned a Huawei product, I decided to check out the Huawei P8 Lite. Hopefully it will come soon and I can do a review on it and you can join in my journey to discover all the Huawei has to offer. Check out all the specs on this bad boy below and if you are interested in the Huawei P8 Lite.  Gearbest has a great price on them right now CLICK HERE

Display: 5.0 Inch HD 720 Screen
CPU: Octo Core Hisilicon Kirin 620 1.2GHz
RAM+ROM: 2GB RAM + 16GB ROM
Cameras: 13MP rear camera + 5MP front camera
OS: HUAWEI EMUI 3.1 compatible with Android 5.0 system
GPS: GPS/AGPS/Glonass
Bluetooth: 4.0
Networks:
2G GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G WCDMA 900/2100MHz
4G FDD-LTE 1800/2100MHz

Battery Capacity (mAh): 2200mAh

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Loot For Root

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Loot For Root

How do you feel about paying for apps like Sun Shine by Jcase and company or programs like MoFoRoot*? Here are some of my thoughts.

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There are two sides to the discussion about paying for exploits and development on your android devices.  One side is obviously the developers and the other is that of the user or android community member who has been waiting for a awesome new root or unlocked bootloader method to be released.  Since there are two sides, I decided it would only be fair to contact Jcase and ask him in person why he has chosen to create a paid-for tool like Sun Shine app*. Let me start this post with a quick note: I am going to try and stay neutral in this matter until the end of the post where you will see my thoughts on the matter, so lets begin.

Here are some of Jcase’s thoughts and some of the questions I asked him.

Q:  Why make everyone pay for the Sun Shine app instead of just releasing the exploit to the android community and the world?

A:   “There are way more complaints with the free exploits than the paid versions” So I asked him to explain. When he releases free exploits they are normally not in a perfect form and may even be a bit buggy, but they still work. Jcase has no desire to make them work any better since he mainly enjoys finding the exploit, not spending tons of time making them noob friendly. Since it isn’t the easiest exploit in the world to perform on a given device, it turns into a big headache for him to deal with and ain’t nobody got time for that!

Q:  What cost is involved for you to find and create these exploits for the Android community?

A:  To answer this question Jcase gave this example. To fully test Sun Shine app he had to buy 30 Motorola Moto G phones to make sure that Sun Shine would be noob friendly. Along with this major cost, there is the time and research. He invests alot of time into the paid versions of his exploits like Sun Shine. “You get what you pay for.”

Q: Why not fund your research and expenses with donations and bounties?

A: He explained that the last bounty only paid out 30% of what was promised in the bounty thread.  Jcase continued to explain that by selling Sun Shine app, he is crowd funding his research and future development.

A few quick notes from our conversation:

1.  Working on android is for fun and done in our free time.

2.  Family time is important and Android takes a lot of time away from them.

3.  If working on Android exploits isn’t enjoyable, then he doesn’t want to do it.

4.  Jcase and the MoFoRoot Developer don’t owe the Android Community anything. If they don’t want to release Android exploits anymore, they don’t have to.

My Thoughts 

I wish that the Android community as a whole was a lot more understanding and friendly to the developers that do Android in their free time. I think that some of the community has scared off many of the developers with all their complaints and demands. If you like what a developer is doing, then support them with a donation. This will really encourage him or her to continue their work on Android. The Android community can be a really great and helpful place. I have met many of you online and love all the fun we have had together over the years. I really wish that we could go back to just donations and bounties to fund and help the developers like Jcase, but that ship has sailed. Loot for root is the new era we have found ourselves in. I, for one, am happy to pay $25.00 for a root or unlocked bootloader; this is much cheaper than buying a developer edition device.  There is just something about paying vs. donations that just gets under my skin and maybe you feel the same way. In my opinion, if we want to get back to the good old days of more free exploits and root methods, then lets start by donating to our favorite developers in the Android community and leave them some great comments of encouragement! A little lovin’ goes a long way 🙂

Please leave your comment and thoughts. I would love to hear from you.

Tom S. / RootJunky

 

 

*MoFoRoot is a Tool that lets you flash edited rooted system images to your Motorola Droid Turbo and Moto X 2014

*Sun Shine App is an amazing tool that lets you unlock your bootloader on many Motorola and HTC devices along with S-off

Rooting: Advantages, Disadvantages and Myths

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Rooting: Advantages, Disadvantages and Myths

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So you got a new phone and you’re wanting to delve into the world of Android rooting. A lot of questions are probably going through your mind. Should I root it? Should I not root it? What could happen if I do? These are all very logical questions that I’m sure the majority of us have asked ourselves at one point or another. So in this article, we’re going to dive head first into the world of Android root, and hopefully make things a little more clear for you.

 

Some of you may be asking, “Well what does root really mean?”

To root your phone basically means to have administrator rights over the system partition on your phone. It can somewhat be compared to having administrator rights on your Windows PC. Basically this means that you can install, and uninstall whatever you want on your phone. Sounds good right? It is. However, there are a couple valid reasons why your phone does not have this access right out of the box. Supposed you’re new to Android and notice that upon turning your phone on, you instantly have access to every system app and system file that is available on your phone. Woah! Careful though, you have no idea what you can or cannot delete without messing something up. You’re smart though, you can use common sense to get you through this. Next thing you know your phone no longer boots up, it won’t even charge! This is one of the many valid reasons that your phone does not come out of the box with superuser access. Believe it or not, it’s disabled to actually protect you!

So now that we’ve got that out of the way, you’re probably thinking “Well should I or shouldn’t I?” The answer to that question is entirely up to you. So let’s go through the advantages AND the disadvantages of rooting your Android device.

Advantages:

Debloat. Bloatware apps are usually carrier specific apps that come preinstalled on your device. They can be helpful, or they can be a nuisance. Keep the ones you want, get rid of the ones you don’t, permanently. NOTE: permanemtly deleting apps bloatware from your device can some times make ota updates fail.

Install and use those “root required” apps. Such as MyBackup Pro, Root Explorer and many more! These apps can become very useful tools in the rooting world and give you so much more control over your device.

Mods, tweaks and themes. Want to have your clock centered? Well that requires root to be able to install or flash a modified SystemUI.apk.

Custom ROMs. ROMs are basically packages of custom made Android software that you can install on your device to have all the nice little features that custom ROMs come with. Rooting is the first step in being able to flash ROMs.

Control “startup apps.” With root permissions, you can even control what apps start automatically when you turn your device on!

These are just some of the very very many advantages to rooting your Android device. Now let’s take a look at some of the disadvantages. (Yes those actually exist.)

Disadvantages:

You may soft brick, or perma brick your device. “Bricking” has 2 forms basically. Softbrick, which is where your phone either bootloops or won’t boot at all, but you still have access to Recovery and/or Fastboot. “Permabrick” or “hardbrick” is exactly how it sounds. You’re phone is a paperweight. It will not boot, it will not charge, and you have no access to Recovery and/or Fastboot.

You’re opened up to making a lot more mistakes, such as deleting your phone.apk, your Settings.apk. You’d be surprised at how much it actually happens. (However, this is why we have websites such as Rootjunky.com and XDA!)

Ok so now we got those out of the way as well, let’s get into some rooting myths!

Myths:

“Once you root, you will no longer receive OTA updates.” – This is simply not true at all. You will still receive the OTA update on your phone if you’re still on the stock software, and you can still install that OTA update as well. However, you WILL lose root access. This can be a pain if your bootloader is not unlocked. You will have to wait for someone to verify that root access is still possible on the new software version.

“Rooting voids your warranty.” – No. No. No. Rooting absolutely does not void your warranty. The absolute only way that root voids your warranty, is if it can be proven :-), that rooting was the direct cause of your issue. However, this is also a confusing subject. Some carriers don’t really care what you do, and some do. Those that do, will not hesitate to deny you any service or replacements if your phone is rooted. Some do not check at all and do not care. Then again, this also varies between OEMs (Motorola, LG, HTC, Samsung). Some OEMs follow the rule I posted above, and some will not grant you any repairs if your device is rooted. The main reason that some places do not care is because of one simple thing, rooting, can in now way at all, damage your device. All rooting does, is install 1 app (Superuser app of choice) and install 1 file (usually in /system/xbin). That’s it. It can in no way cause your touchscreen to stop working, cause your wifi to stop working, cause you to lose mobile data, none of that. It simply can’t do it, unless YOU mess with something after the fact. Keep in mind what I said before though. This is exactly why we have websites like Rootjunky.com and XDA. If something happens, you have a very good chance of recovering your device.

So there you have it. Some advantages, disadvantages, and even some myths about Android rooting. The choice is always up to you if you root or not. That being said, let me leave you with some tips!

1.) Always always always do your research first! Find out what Android version your device is on, find out if it has been confirmed to be able to be rooted.

2.) Try to stay away from Toolkits and “one-click” methods. I’m not saying that the people that make such methods don’t know what they’re doing. What I’m saying is, if you’re going to get into this world, learn the way it used to be done! Learn your adb commands, learn your fastboot commands! Don’t take Android modding away from it’s roots.

3.) When you find a guide about rooting your device, FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS TO THE “T!!!” Do not cut corners, do exactly what the guide tells you to do!

4.) Last but not least, always make sure you perform backups before flashing ROMs. Always make sure you have a recovery plan before doing ANYTHING to your phone.

Well hopefully this article helped you learn something, and hopefully it made the decision a little easier on you. The Android community is very amazing community that is just filled with people willing to help others out when they’re in need. We’re a community that you absolutely WILL NOT find anywhere else. On that note, be safe, be smart, read, read some more, and have fun!!

 

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Gary H

 

Android 5.1 Launches On Nexus Devices

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Android 5.1 Lollipop Arrives

This week on the Official Android Blog, Android Lollipop 5.1 was announced with some minor, but well deserved modifications to Lollipop 5.0.

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A small list of some of the changes:

  • Voice-Over-LTE (Currently supported on T-Mobile and Verizon)
  • HD Voice (Currently supported on T-Mobile and Verizon)
  • Device Protection (Remote locking similar to iCloud lock on iOS products)
  • Better Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Quick-toggles
  • Support for Multi-SIM devices

Android 5.1 is currently being pushed to Nexus 5, 6, 7, 10. If you want this latest firmware the best place to download it is from HERE

Source from Official Android Blog

A couple things i have noticed with android 5.1 are that it runs much smoother on my Nexus 6. Apps and browser windows load quicker which I really like. It also seems like the encryption on the Nexus 6 kind of slowed down the device but with Android 5.1 it is working normal again even with the encryption.  There are also a lot of little animations that make it a much nicer experience.