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Black Friday 2014 Deals (Updating Post)

Posted by Kellex November - 27 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

While there are probably more Black Friday 2014 deals than anyone outside of a Black Friday blog can keep track of, we will do our best to try and highlight some of the better as they go live over the next 24 hours or so. Oh, and you may be reading this on Thanksgiving, because well, “Black Friday” seems to start earlier and earlier each year as retailers battle for your attention (and dollars). That’s right, the deals have already begun before you even started eating turkey. Nice of all of our retailer friends, right?

OK, so, this post will be updated as we can get to it. Hopefully, you don’t miss out on too much while you enjoy the long holiday weekend. And, hopefully can find some decent deals on electronics you have been keeping an eye on. 

Google Play

Buy the Nexus 9 or Nexus 6 and Google will give you a $50 credit towards other purchases on Google Play, just like we said they would. You can also buy an Android Wear device and get the same $50 credit, plus the G Watch is $99. Finally, the Chromecast has been discounted to $25, from $35, and includes free shipping. The Nest, like everywhere else, has been dropped to $199, which is a $50 discount.

Google Play Link


Verizon is running deals that include a free Galaxy S5 or Xperia Z3v, $99 G Watch, $50 off Nest Thermostat, free Moto X (2nd gen), $199 Galaxy Note 4, $99 DROID Turbo, and a whole bunch of discounted accessories. These deals are already live.

Verizon Deals Link


AT&T’s deals may not go live until Friday, they also don’t seem as good as others, but they plan to offer a bunch of wearables for $99, along with discounts on devices like the Moto 360 and RE camera when you buy phones. You can find deals on tablets like the G Pad 7.0 LTE for 99 cents (on-contract), accessory bundles for $65 and $85, and more. The big deal here, though, is obviously the wearables for $99 like the G Watch, Gear Fit, Gear 2 Neo, and Pebble.

AT&T Deals Link


T-Mobile is offering a bunch of discounted phones, but you will need to use individual promo codes at checkout to get them. Devices like the LG G3 and Xperia Z3 can be had for $48 off, but again, with a special code that can be found at T-Mobile’s site.

The rest of their deals (if they have any) do not appear to be live yet, so if we see more, we will update this section later.

T-Mobile Deals Link

Droid Life Deals Shop

10% off your order with coupon code HAPPYBF10.

Deals Link

Best Buy

Best Buy has discounted more products than I think you can probably handle, but here are some that stand out – $150 off Samsung tablets, $100 iPad Air 2, $1 for the Galaxy S5, $50 off Nest and Dropcam, $79 off Philips hue light starter kit, 70-82% off flash memory cards, and more.

Your best bet here is to head to Best Buy’s site and start browsing.

Best Buy Tablets | Phones | Home | Black Friday Hub


If you want any of Amazon’s Kindle or Fire products, now would be the time to buy them, as many have been discounted. The deals are as follows:  Kindle $49 (was $79), Kindle Paperwhite $99 (was $119), Fire HD6 $79 (was $99), and Fire HD7 $109 (was $139). The Fire Phone is also $199 without a contract.

We are also already seeing deals on flash storage, like 80% and 40% off of SanDisk and Samsung memory cards. Amazon has 20% or more deals on tablets, 30% off TVs, 50% off headphones, and more.

Amazon is massive, so we can’t possibly list all of their discounts. Your best bet is to hit up the links below and just start browsing.

Amazon Black Friday DealsKindle Deals Link

Update:  Nexus 9 is now $50 off for all models, both 16GB and 32GB, bringing prices to $349 and $429, respectively. [DEAL LINK]

Update 2:  The Chromecast has been dropped to $23.99, which is an $11 discount. [DEAL LINK]

Nest and Dropcam

The Nest Thermostat has been discounted by $50 at almost every retailer, but you can also buy it directly from Nest for the same $50 off price, which brings it to $199. The Nest store is also selling the Dropcam for $30 off. Unfortunately, the $30 deal is only for the original Dropcam, not the Pro.

Nest Deals Link


Pebble has slashed the price of both its original Pebble Smartwatch and the Pebble Steel. The original Pebble is $79 ($20 discount) and the Steel is now $149 ($50 discount). If you want one of the original smartwatches that continues to be a success, now is the time.

Pebble Link

TYLT Accessories

TYLT, maker of really nice accessories for your tech life, is discounting all products by 50% off from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. All you need to do is enter promo code “CYBER2014″ at checkout to get the discount. Some of the more popular accessories from TYLT are things like the VU wireless charger, their Energi Backpacks, awesome car chargers, Energi Power Cases, and Energi powerpacks.


HTC RE Camera

HTC is dropping the RE camera down to $99, which is 50% off. At $199, it may be hard to justify buying this camera, but at $99, it’s almost a must-buy. The deal is supposed to run from Black Friday through Cyber Monday, so if it’s not live yet, give it a few hours.

HTC Link


NVIDIA is hosting two bundle deals for its SHIELD products. The first is for the SHIELD Tablet, with a Controller, Half-Life 2 Episode 1, Half-Life 2, and Portal for just $399 ($488 value). The second is for the SHIELD Portable, which includes a carrying case and glossy black armor shield for $199 ($258 value).

NVIDIA Deals Link


Also, if you see others, be sure to post them up in the comments!

Black Friday 2014 Deals (Updating Post) is a post from: Droid Life

Black Friday and Cyber Monday: here’s what’s going down

Posted by wicked November - 27 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and so are two of the biggest shopping days of the year. Black Friday and Cyber Monday will be overflowing with sales, discounts, and promos that will try to relieve you of the holiday tension. But what to get and where to get it? If you haven’t made up your mind what to buy this holiday yet, here are some of the options available to you. Welcome to Android Community’s mini shopping guide.


The holidays are usually gaming season as well, so why not try to hit two birds with one stone? NVIDIA will be offering the 32 GB LTE version of its SHIELD Tablet, together with some goodies, at a discounted price. These include a free SHIELD Controller, a virtual box of Valve’s games, and free use of GRID on-demand gaming until June 30, 2015. All for only $399. This deal is good only for one day, on November 28 from 12:01 AM to 11:59 PST, so better get a move on if you want this gaming tablet to be yours.

HTC RE Camera

If you have more of a photographic bent, or at the very least a sports-action calling, then HTC’s odd camera might be for you instead. The periscope-like RE action camera, which might go nicely with your HTC smartphone, will be available for only $99 instead of the usual $199. The discount applies Black Friday to Cyber Monday but only while supplies last. And you know during these days, supplies never last.

The New Moto X

Motorola will be staying a bit clear of the weekend madness and will instead be doling out discounts on Cyber Monday. Starting 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. CST in the US on December 1, those interested to get their hands on the 2nd generation Moto X can register for the promo and receive a coupon. For that, they will be able to get the smartphone, the 16 GB model to be exact, for only $359 instead of the usual $499. Again, the offer stands only while supplies last.


Amazon Fire Phone

Amazon is also getting into the spirit, knocking down the price of their Fire Phone to help keep your hands warm (get it?). For the first time ever, the retailer is offering the smartphone in an unlocked, contract-free version. And the price for it? Only $199. Quite a deal considering the full price of the device goes for $449. This one runs from Black Friday to Cyber Monday, but better keep on your toes lest inventories dry up quickly.

OnePlus One Accessories

Although half a world away, Chinese startup OnePlus is also game, but if you’re expecting the OnePlus One itself to be on sale, you’d be dead wrong. Instead, only the accessories are up for grabs with price cuts. But there’s an even bigger catch. The amount of savings the items will get depends on how much social media shares it gets. There’s still around 24 hours to push those meters to the full. OnePlus really knows how to exploit social media and word of mouth advertising to its advantage.


Naturally, US carriers won’t be left behind in the holiday rush (and monies). To here are a few too follow if you’re interested in getting new devices from your favorite network:

T-Mobile will be offering some of Sammy’s latest. The Galaxy S5‘s full price will temporarily be $509.52, a $150 savings from the original $660. The Galaxy Note 3, yes the older one, goes for $416.88, $100 down from $517.

Verizon has a few schemes running this Black Friday, so best check their website for updates. For example, the Galaxy Note 4, yes finally the latest, will be only $199 with a contract, instead of $299. The Galaxy S5, on the other hand, will be free, but only after rebates. The rather odd Sony Xperia Z3v, the variant exclusive to the carrier, will also be free after a $200 cut from the previous $199.

AT&T, sadly, only has smartwatches up for grabs for Black Friday, but that shouldn’t be a downer for those interested in wearables. the LG G Watch will get a $129 discount from $229 to just $99. Pebble, on the other hand, goes down by $50, from $150 to $99 also.



Of course, apps and games will see some action this weekend as well, and you can expect app stores to offer bundles of joy for free or for discounted prices. Google Play Store will be offering a Black Friday special, so be sure to check that out when it lands. Verizon, through Amazon, is already flaunting some wares ahead of the holiday for its “Connection Day” promo.

Needless to say, like any other year, there will be a lot of stuff to go around for the holiday season. But with mobile devices and wearables steadily growing in both number and adoption, do expect more and more of these things to come our away this year and in the years ahead.

Happy Thanksgiving from your Android Community!

Looking to fix your AT&T-branded Nexus 6? Here’s how to fix the top 6 problems

Posted by wicked November - 24 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Nexus 6 AT&T

Launching a Nexus with full carrier support never seems to work out well, especially if you want it free of all carrier bloat and add-ons. All of the carriers have done pretty well in keeping things simple with the Nexus 6 thus far, but AT&T decided to take a different direction with their variant. Some folks over at XDA have compiled a list of the 6 most frustrating “enhancements” the carrier has made with the phone, and explained how to each fix of these problems in detail.

So what did they do to the poor Nexus? Let’s take a look at the problems and how to fix them.

  • AT&T trampstamp: Take a look at the back cover. See the AT&T globe? It’s ugly. Thankfully, there’s actually a way to remove it if you’re up for doing so, using nail polish remover, a Q-Tip, and a coin.
  • SIM locking to AT&T: AT&T’s variant comes SIM locked, meaning you can’t buy this version and switch to another carrier. There’s a way around it, but you may have to fork out some hard-earned cash to do so.
  • Carrier bloatware: Of course, they decided to include some of their “super useful” carrier apps on the Nexus 6. Don’t want all of that bloat on your phone? Simply activate the device without the carrier SIM installed, and you’re good to go.
  • AT&T boot animation: If you aren’t a fan of AT&T’s boot animation, you can remove it. This one takes a bit more time than the other how-to’s, but it’s possible.
  • AT&T default ringtones: The carrier has added in their ringtones to play by default. You could always go through and swap them out, but there’s a way to completely remove them from the device.
  • Tethering is disabled without plan: They’ve actually disabled the tethering option on the Nexus 6, unless you have a tethering plan with the company.

You can find the entire list and steps for resolving the above issues in great detail over at XDA. If you need a little more help with the process, though, you can find a pretty detailed walkthrough in the YouTube video below.

AT&T has really branded the heck out of this phone, and it’s awesome to see the Android community work their magic to fix it. Do you have any other ways to fix the AT&T Nexus 6? Let us know in the comments!

Best AT&T Android phones

Posted by wicked November - 24 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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AT&T and Verizon Wireless have been engaged in a bit of a cold war for the top carrier spot in the United States for some time now. While both carriers have a great selection of phones, many people think AT&T’s selection is a bit broader. AT&T has everything from the best flagship devices to midrange phones, all the way down to budget friendly options. We’ve already taken a look at the best phones you can buy on Verizon, and now it’s AT&T’s turn.

We’re taking a look at the best phones on AT&T in pricing categories: phones above $150, those under $150, and those under $50. We’re talking about on-contract pricing here, so don’t get too excited! We have, however, listed the off-contract prices for your convenience. Also, the prices listed here are all from AT&T directly, so you may be able to find them cheaper on Amazon!

Editors note – we will be updating this list as more devices hit the market.

Best phones above $150

#1 – Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Last year’s Note 3 was a beast of a phone, and somehow Samsung managed to make it better. Thanks to it’s 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen, big 3220mAh battery, and 16MP rear-facing camera, the Galaxy Note 4 is meant to draw in just about everyone. It’s running Android 4.4.4 KitKat, and should be updated to Lollipop sometime in the near future.

If you’re thinking about picking one up, however, that comes at a big price. $299.99 will get you the phone when you sign a 2-year contract with AT&T, or if you want it off-contract, it will cost you $825.99.

The Note 4 is the best Samsung has to offer, and is one of our favorite phones of 2014.


  • 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 1440 x 2560 resolution
  • 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 CPU
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128GB
  •  16MP rear cam, 3.7MP front cam
  • Removable 3220 mAh battery
  • 153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm, 176g
  • Frosted White, Charcoal Black, Bronze Gold, or Blossom Pink
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat (Lollipop update coming down the pipeline)

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Buy now from $299.99

#2 – Google Nexus 6

The Nexus 6 is a staple on any list of top Android handsets of the moment regardless of the carrier, looming large both literally and through what it represents – Google’s vision of what Android software should be like and what hardware that software needs in order to truly shine. That’s always been the case with Nexus devices, but the Motorola-made Nexus 6 is nothing like the understated Nexus 5, which almost vanished in the background to let Android shine through. The Nexus 6 is big and powerful; it makes a statement about its user and it turns heads.

The biggest drawback of the Nexus 6 is the one that makes it stand out – with its six inches display, the Nexus 6 will never be a good choice for everyone. However, if you’re fine with the size, there’s a lot to like about this phone – the screen is amazing, the processing package is top-notch, the camera is powerful, and build quality is as good as any. Plus, even if Motorola and other phonemakers are upping their updates game, Nexus is still the way to go if you like your phones up to date.

It is worth noting that the AT&T model does have some carrier branding, but otherwise is the same as the Nexus 6 you’d get unlocked or through any other carrier. As for pricing? The phone will set you back $249.99 with a two year contract, or $682.99 outright.


  • 5.96-inch Super AMOLED display with 1440 x 2560 resolution
  • 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 CPU
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of on-board storage, non-expandable
  • 13MP rear cam, 2MP front cam
  • Non-removable 3220 mAh battery
  • 159.3 x 83 x 10.1 mm, 184g
  • Midnight Blue, Cloud White
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop

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Buy now from $249.99

#3 – LG G3

At the time of it’s release, the G3 had some of the best specs on a smartphone to date. It made headlines as the first phone to boast a Quad HD display, and along with it came a big 3000 mAh battery. The massive (at the time) screen, powerful 2.5GHz processor, and sleek build quality became a force to be reckoned with amongst other flagships.

You can pick up the G3 for $199.99 with a two-year contract, or $579.99 off-contract. This is still a great option for people who want a great big screen without making too many sacrifices.


  • 5.5-inch LCD display with 1440 x 2560 resolution
  • 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU
  • 2/3GB of RAM (depending on storage option)
  • 16/32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128GB
  • 13MP rear cam, 2.1MP front cam
  • Removable 3000mAh battery
  • 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm, 149g
  • Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold, Moon Violet, Burgundy Red, Blue Steel
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat (Lollipop update coming down the pipeline)

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Buy now for a penny!

Best phones under $150

#1 – Motorola Moto X (2nd Gen.)

The successor the the first Moto X brings a bump up in almost every specification, while keeping its modest stature. With the original X, Motorola didn’t set out to make the phone with the best internals… they set out to show the market that a phone can still be great while dialing down in the spec department. This is something we need to remember when talking about the Moto X (2014). It still has an impressive build, great screen, and a comfortable in-hand feel. With the added bonus of customizing your phone however you’d like, this is the perfect phone for anyone who wants a truly personal device.

The Moto X (2nd Generation) can be purchased from AT&T for $99.99 with a two-year agreement, or $526.99 contract-free. If you want to check it out, make sure to go through Moto Maker to build your phone exactly how you want it. For those looking to save even more, however, Amazon has the phone right now for just a penny with contract!


  • 5.2-inch AMOLED display with 1080 x 1920 resolution
  • 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16/32GB of on-board storage (no microSD slot)
  • 13MP rear cam, 2MP front cam
  • Non-removable 2300 mAh battery
  • 140.8 x 72.4 x 10 mm, 144g
  • Customizable via Moto Maker
  • Water resistant
  • Qi wireless charging
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat (Lollipop update coming very soon)

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Buy now for a penny!

#2 – Samsung Galaxy Note 3

What was arguably the biggest change in design in the Note line, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 began getting us really excited about big phones. It’s big battery, super fast Snapdragon 800 processor, and 1080p screen made for a worthy successor to the original Note. Due to constant feedback on their previously used materials, Samsung went with a nice, faux-leather back that really made it feel like a premium notebook.

The Galaxy Note 3 is available on-contract at AT&T for $149.99, and off-contract for $564.99. The Note 3 is a really great phone. It was one of our favorite phone of last year, and continues to stay a strong contender in AT&T’s lineup. If you’re looking for a (relatively) inexpensive phablet, the Note 3 is for you.


  • 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 1080 x 1920 resolution
  • 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 64GB
  • 13MP rear cam, 2MP front cam
  • Removable 3200mAH battery
  • 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm, 168g
  • Jet Black, Classic White, Blush Pink
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat (Lollipop update coming down the pipeline)

Read more

Buy now for a penny!

#3 – HTC Desire EYE

Some could argue that the HTC Desire EYE is a niche device, though we’d beg to differ. The Desire EYE has some pretty decent specifications, toting a Snapdragon 801 processor, 1080p screen, microSD card expansion, and… oh yeah, a 13MP front-facing camera. If it weren’t for the camera, this would still be a worthy phone for your 2-year contract. It flies through HTC’s Sense and has a great in-hand feel.

Our only gripe with the phone is the quality of the cameras. HTC has never been the camera giant we all want them to be, but we can tell they tried with this one. Both cameras take decent quality photos, but you can still absolutely tell which ones are taken with the front or rear cameras.

In all, though, the Desire EYE is a great, midrange phone that anyone could be happy with. You can pick one up from AT&T for $149.99 on-contract, or for the off-contract price of $549.99.


  • 5.2-inch Full HD display with 1080 x 1920 resolution
  • 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16G of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128GB
  • 13MP rear cam, 13MP front cam
  • Non-removable 2400mAh battery
  • 151.7 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm, 154g
  • Blue, Red, White
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat (Lollipop update coming down the pipeline)

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Buy now from $149.99

Best phones under $50

#1 – Moto X (1st Gen.)

Ah, the memories. Motorola aimed to show us that they could make an inexpensive phone with midrange specifications that performed as well as the competition. They managed to succeed with the Moto X. Many people grew very fond of this device thanks to it’s smaller-than-usual 4.7-inch screen, stock Android software, and that weird dimple on the back that fits your index finger just right. All of these features coupled with Motorola’s own software enhancements (Active Display, Touchless Control, Moto Assist), made for one heck of a great phone. It wasn’t the best phone on the market, spec-wise. But it didn’t need to be. It didn’t have tons of extra software features that nobody needs, nor did it have a nice 1080p display. The Moto X will continue to be one of our favorite Android phones of all time.

If you’d like to purchase one from AT&T, the on-contract price is $49.99, or the off-contract price is $399.99. If these specifications aren’t quite enough for you, however, we’d recommend heading over to see the Moto X (2nd Gen.).


  • 4.7-inch AMOLED display with 720 x 1280 resolution
  • 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16/32/64GB on-board storage (no microSD slot)
  • 10MP rear cam, 2MP front cam
  • Non-removable 2200mAh battery
  • 129.3 x 65.3 x 10.4 mm, 130g
  • Customizable via Moto Maker
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat (Lollipop update coming down the pipeline)

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Buy now for a penny!

#2 – Moto G 4G LTE


Not to be confused with the 2nd gen Moto G or even the original, the Moto G 4G LTE model was introduced between these two generations packing the same overall specs as the original, but with a few changes including microSD and support for LTE.

Aside from this, you get the same 4.5-inch 720p display, a Snapdragon 400 CPU with 1GB RAM and everything else you’d expect from the original Moto G. Unfortunately you don’t see the camera or display size upgrades found on the newer Moto G, though this is still a heck of a device even now.


  • 4.5-inch LCD display with 1280 x 720 resolution
  • 1.2GHz Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 3G/GSM
  • 4G LTE and microSD
  • 8GB and 16GB storage options
  • 5MP rear cam, 1.3MP front cam
  • 2070 mAh battery
  • 143g weight, 129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6mm
  • Removable colored backs
  • Android 4.4 KitKat

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Buy now for $.99

#3 – LG G Vista


For users who value multimedia capabilities over other things, the Vista is a great choice. It has a 5.7-inch screen that’s great for watching movies or shows, a surprisingly great 8MP camera, and has a big, removable battery for the road warriors out there. If you don’t mind the 8GB of internal storage and 720p display, the Vista may be the one for you. And if you need to consider price when purchasing your next device, it’s pretty darn cheap.

The LG G Vista is $49.99 with a contract through AT&T, or $354.99 without one.


  • 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with 720 x 1280 resolution
  • 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU
  • 1.5GB of RAM
  • 8GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 32GB
  • 8MP rear cam, 1.3MP front cam
  • Removable 3200 mAh battery
  • 152.1 x 79.2 x 9.1 mm, 167g
  • Metallic Black
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat

Buy now for a penny!

How do like our list? Is there any device you’d add or remove when it comes to pricing categories? Let us know your opinions in the comments!

Amazon kicks off Black Friday sales with cheap on-contract phones

Posted by wicked November - 24 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

amazon-logo-bannerAmazon is starting off their Black Friday deals with a ton of phones for a dollar or less on all three major carriers. These are obviously on-contract devices, but if you’re planning on starting up a new line of service or upgrading any lines, these are some pretty great deals. You can snag a Galaxy S 5 for just a dollar, or an LG G3 or HTC One M8 for a penny. Some of the deals vary depending on carrier and whether or not you’re going for a new account or upgrade, but the deals are worth looking through if you’re in the market.

The Fire Phone is still less than a buck, too. Maybe Black Friday will give it the shot in the arm that it needs. Amazon probably hopes so.

Hit the links below for the deals.

source: Android Headlines

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T-Mobile hypes virtually pristine version of the Nexus 6

Posted by wicked November - 24 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

With all the problems AT&T is facing right now with its Nexus 6 phones, it seems timely that T-Mobile is taking time to talk in social media platforms about just how different it is treating its stock of Nexus 6 from other carriers. No branding on the boxes, no branding on the unit itself – a couple of things that T-Mobile did to show just how willing they were for users to have an almost pristine version of the Nexus 6.

Des Smith, Senior Product Manager for the Nexus 6 at T-Mobile USA had a number of things to say about the Nexus 6 T-Mobile was putting out. “No corporate logo, no bloatware, no crap you don’t want on the Nexus 6,” he said. This is in comparison to the almost obscene way some carriers milk the devices they have on their catalogs for brand awareness.


Smith says that T-Mobile has taken the time to listen to their customers, “giving them what they want, not sticking a stupid corporate logo and a bunch of crap software I know you guys don’t want on your Nexus device.” T-Mobile is promising an almost pristine version of the Nexus 6, with the Lollipop flavor customers want.

To balance it out, some customers have indeed reacted that the lack of the 64GB model from T-Mobile has made them think twice. But we do hope T-Mo continues with this trend – it could be a real game-changer for them and the way carriers treat the software on their devices.

SOURCE: Dee Smith’s Google+

AT&T outs rugged Sonim smartphone

Posted by wicked November - 24 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Sonim Technologies may not be a known brand in the mobile industry (at least, not yet) but it’s determined to bring its XP6 LTE Android phone in the US. The handset which is said to be ultra-rugged will be released by AT&T in the country.

Sonim has started to manufacture tough mobile devices but still at the most affordable prices. Sonim products are guaranteed to last a long time as they can survive the toughest environments. The Sonim XP6 specifically is rated IP68 and IP69 and is certified MIL-STD 810G.

Special features include a tough touch screen display that is viewable under direct sunlight and can survive drops and extreme impact, extra loud 103db speaker, noise cancellation, and some advanced audio capabilities. The Sonim XP6 is perfect for those people who need to use two-way radio devices for work. The phone also comes with robust accessories like a magnetic charging cable, remote speaker microphones, and car kits and headphones. You can imagine this phone is ideal for those who work in tough environments like the industrial field or construction sites.

AT&T is offering the Sonim XP6 for $17.5/month with no downpayment but under a 2-year contract. On a Next 18 plan, you can get the phone for $21.88/month also with $0 downpayment. Phone is also available for $26.25/month in AT&T Next 12. It’s $149.99 with a standard 2-year agreement but if you want the phone with no contract, it will be $524.99. There’s a special offer for government and business customers: $99.99 with AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk (EPTT) and a 2-year agreement.

This feature phone designed for tough work environments. It can survive high drops, impact from the concrete floor, freezing temperature, and the mud. It can even survive up to two joules of crushing impact force so you don’t have to worry about bendgate problems.

Two-way radio communication is still needed these days. It’s simple and speedy so it’s very reliable. Other smartphones may offer more but this feature phone that promises tough and rough use is more than enough for people who really need it.


Software bug forces AT&T to recall, send back Nexus 6 inventory

Posted by wicked November - 24 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

A software bug that causes AT&T-branded Nexus 6 units to randomly reboot, or to not boot up properly has caused the US mobile provider to recall the newly-launched unit from those who have already bought from them, and also send back their remaining inventory of the Google flagship phone back to Motorola (who manufactures the phones).

Users have reported that the bug randomly causes the screen of the device to go blank, and the mobile service fails to connect to the network when the device is rebooted. That is a pure bummer and renders the device just about useless. Other users have complained that they suffer boot-up problems, the device taking a long time to boot or not booting up at all.

From all evidence available, the issue seems to be confined to AT&T branded units. Motorola is also saying that only the initial batch of AT&T Nexus 6 have the issue, and that the next shipments already have fixed software. A Reddit contributor has images pointing to the fact that his AT&T Nexus 6 unit – stuck on the bootloader for a good bit of time – actually carried a “tweaked” Android 4.4.4 test build, and not Android 5.0 Lollipop as it’s supposed to be.


Thankfully, the issue looks to be not as widespread as feared, but the recall will mean mostly that AT&T stores may not have the Nexus 6 for a few days. That’s a small price to pay, we think, for this gaffe – hopefully AT&T and Motorola can correct this as soon as possible.

VIA: Droid Life / PHAndroid

Nexus 6 for any carrier – is it real or is it marketing?

Posted by wicked November - 24 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off


When Google introduced the Nexus 6 one of the features that was noteworthy was that the device came loaded with the chips necessary to support any of wireless network technologies used by all of the major U.S. carriers. In theory, this means any given Nexus 6 can be used on any of these networks instead of consumers having to purchase a unit built specifically for any given carrier. Unfortunately, it looks like the carriers are still creating some roadblocks to this concept becoming a reality.

The problem appears to be rooted with the CDMA carriers Sprint and Verizon. In order to get devices to work properly on their networks, Sprint and Verizon have to whitelist the IMEI numbers for all devices that are allowed to access their network. At this point it appears Verizon is only whitelisting devices purchased from Verizon or through Google Play even though the devices sold through other sources are the exact same model. This is similar to the issue some consumers had when Verizon refused to whitelist the IMEI numbers for Nexus 7 (2013) LTE tablets.

If a Verizon customer already has a line of service with an activated SIM card, they should be able to take that and put it in a new Nexus 6 to get it working. If the Nexus 6 came from some source other than Verizon or Google Play, it will show up as a “Non-VZW Device” in Verizon’s system until consumers take the time to visit a store or call customer care. If a customer is setting up a new line of service though, they will need to get the IMEI number from a valid Verizon device, submit that to Verizon’s online account creation site as a “Bring My Own Device” smartphone, then wait for a new SIM card to be delivered.

For Sprint customers, it appears things may be looking up. Initially it appeared Sprint was also blocking Nexus 6 devices with IMEI numbers outside of those purchased through Sprint or Google Play. The good news is that it looks like Motorola has been working with Sprint and they have now announced that all Nexus 6 devices will work with Sprint.

The idea of a device being universally capable of running on any network is closer to being a reality. Motorola has done their part by including the necessary hardware in the device. The major U.S. carriers, notably Verizon, still need to step up and do their part to retire old systems that block the ability of customers to use their hardware on the carrier of their choice.

source: Android Police

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T-Mobile is excited to announce its Nexus 6 has no branding or bloat

Posted by wicked November - 23 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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Brands. Some people love them, some people hate them. For companies however, brand logos are like endless free advertising. In the mobile world, brand awareness can get pretty noticeable if not downright obscene. Like two birds of a feather, these logos often flock with a lot of bonus software: things that most people commonly refer to as bloat. Put the branding and bloat together and let’s just say things are not pretty.

Google’s Nexus line is unfortunately no stranger to either once carriers get involved, however, things were a bit better with the LG devices. While AT&T has gotten all warm and cuddly with the new Nexus 6, T-Mobile is openly proclaiming its right to be out-of-sight.

In a recent post on Google Plus, T-Mobile Senior Product Manager Des Smith offered some peace of mind for the Un-carrier’s customers:

No Corporate Logo, No Bloatware, no crap you don’t want on the #Nexus6 from +T-Mobile​: That’s Un-carrier – listening to our customers and giving them what they want, not sticking a stupid corporate logo and a bunch of crap software I know you guys don’t want on your #Nexus device.

We know you guys buy a #Nexus6 to avoid that kind of thing!

Google did want to highlight the Virtual Preload (VPL) capabilities on Lollipop, so we made MyAccount available if you want it… But you can totally delete it. That’s what we do.

Hope you like what we’ve chosen to do there (or more importantly, what we’ve chosen not to do

While some users might not care either way (especially if they plan to put their mammoth mammal phablet in a case), there is something downright pernicious about carriers stamping their name on a device that is suppose to be unadulterated and “pure”. To this end, T-Mobile must be applauded for putting the customer first. Good job guys. Now the only thing stopping people from enjoying this vanilla experience is actually getting their hands on one. (eBay prices are just outrageous!)