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HTC Posts #BeBrilliant Teaser for ‘One’ Announcement in NYC

Posted by Tim-o-tato October - 13 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

We are nearing HTC’s event on October 20 in New York City, where we find it likely that the company will announce the One A9 for global markets. Included in the tweet states we will see the “evolution of the One.” To hype up followers on social media, HTC posted the below embedded tweet, complete with grey scale nature video. 

According to HTC’s website, where they intend to stream the announcement, the company is partnering with Tidal (Jay Z’s music streaming service) to celebrate the launch of the Marshmallow-powered smartphone.

Those who appreciate great music know greatness when they hear it. That’s why it only makes sense to partner with Tidal to celebrate the launch of our newest device for an event unlike anything that’s ever rocked the Barclays Center.

The 15 second-long video shows nature scenery, with rain droplets, stars, rocks, and other pretty landscapes. But, much like double rainbows, what does it mean?

Let’s hear your theories down below.

HTC Posts #BeBrilliant Teaser for ‘One’ Announcement in NYC is a post from: Droid Life

Here’s the HTC One A9

Posted by Tim-o-tato October - 12 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Twitter account @OnLeaks posted a few photos of the HTC One A9 this weekend, ahead of its probable unveiling on October 20 in New York City. The photos are of a dummy unit, meaning it has no working parts inside, but the body should be true to what we will see when the device is made official. 

We have already seen the device pictured here and there, but with these photos, we get a great sense of the overall look and shape of the phone. We can clearly see rounded edges, a fingerprint reader on the bottom frontside, and centered rear-facing camera. On the left side, we have access to the SIM tray and microSD card slot, and on the right side, there is a volume rocker and textured power button.

Again, this device is expected to be announced on October 20, with launch set for November. We don’t know which carriers plan on making it available, but the dummy unit pictured is an AT&T variant, so that’s basically confirmed.

Anyone here interested int he One A9?



Via: @OnLeaks

Here’s the HTC One A9 is a post from: Droid Life

HTC One M8 Google Play Edition getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow update

Posted by wicked October - 12 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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This isn’t an official announcement from HTC, at least, not yet, but Vice President for Product Management Mo Versi replied to an inquiry on Twitter when the HTC M8 GPE will receive the update to Marshmallow. He was quick to reply that the smartphone model will include the Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS update sometime this month.

Versi tweeted: “M8 GPE will include Marshmallow OS update. Our target is this month. Will advise once we are close to release.”

This means just before the month of October draws to a close, HTC will be rolling out the fluffy Android Marshmallow OS update not just for the HTC One M8 Google Play edition but also for several HTC Android smartphones. If you may recall, the Android Lollipop for the M8 was released only last April for the AT&T variant and for Verizon a month earlier–a few months after the official Lollipop for the One M8 GPE was made available.

We already knew that the HTC One M8 will receive the Android 6.0 update as a list of HTC devices getting the flufiness was leaked. Aside from HTC One M8, more devices will receive the latest Android platform version including the HTC M8 EYE, HTC One E8, HTC Desire 816, HTC One M9, HTC One M9+, HTC One ME, HTC One E9, HTC One E9+, and HTC Butterfly 2 and 3. However, no time frame has been given yet but we’re hoping roll out will be done before 2016.

SOURCE: Mo Versi

Near-death experience: the uncertain future of Sony, HTC, and Motorola

Posted by wicked October - 12 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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The rise of smartphones has been meteoric, but as demand levels off, and prices begin to fall amid commoditization, a number of manufacturers are finding themselves in a precarious situation. Three of the biggest names in trouble are Sony, HTC, and Motorola. What are they doing about it? Can they turn things around? Is there a real risk that they won’t make it?

Sony’s make-or-break year

When Kazuo Hirai, Sony’s Chief Exec, unveiled the new Z5 range at IFA in Berlin, there was a palpable sense of excitement. Five iterations in and the electronics giant is producing some seriously good smartphones that should be capable of competing at the premium end of the market. The aptly-named Z5 Premium boasts the world’s first 4K display, and it dominated the headlines, but, beyond the display, its smaller companions, the Z5 and Z5 Compact, offer almost exactly the same hardware.

Sony is perhaps the only OEM offering cutting edge specs in a smaller handset with the Compact. It has also listened and learned after each new generation of Xperia. The Z5’s have superior battery life, fast cameras, plenty of raw power, a great fingerprint sensor, water resistance, front-facing speakers, all the connectivity you could ask for, a light-touch Sony UI, and a microSD card slot. The only obvious omission from most Android-fan’s wish lists is wireless charging.

If the Z5 range sells, then Sony is here to stay, but the mobile arm is still being restructured and is set to post losses of $480 million this year. There’s no word on a U.S. carrier picking them up as yet. The fact that Verizon dropped the Xperia 4v, a special version of the Z4 (Z3+ in Europe), is probably a good thing because it shows Sony focusing on the Z5 range, but does it mean Verizon will sell a Z5?

Much depends on the success of the Z5 trio. If it doesn’t sell, and Sony’s completed restructuring hasn’t plugged the leaks in its mobile division, then the Xperia brand could sink forever.

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“We will continue with the business as long as we are on track with the scenario of breaking even next year onwards … Otherwise, we haven’t eliminated the consideration of alternative options,” said Kazuo Hirai recently, talking to Reuters.

It’s tough to see what else Sony can do here. It was in a mess, having missed the smartphone boat a few years back. It cut Ericsson loose, and adopted the six-monthly flagship update schedule in order to catch up. Arguably, it has done that now. Short of cracking the U.S carriers, which is definitely important when you’re selling high-end smartphones, Sony has made the right moves.

Is HTC doomed?

The original Android pioneer, HTC shed its white label roots just as Google’s new platform was taking off, and it soared to great heights. Sadly, those heights are a fading memory, because HTC has lost a great deal of its perceived value this year, a fairly steady downward trajectory that started in 2011. There has been acquisition talk, and a lot of analysts have written HTC off.

You can point to a number of design and marketing missteps at HTC, but none were worse than the One M9. The company won plaudits for the One M7, so it understandably stuck with that design for the M8. But, despite being admired, the M8 didn’t sell very well. HTC ignored the warning signals and pressed ahead with the One M9, which was virtually indistinguishable from its predecessor.

Apple famously employs the “tick tock” method with its iPhone line, a big update, marked by a new number, followed by a modest one, marked with the S. HTC effectively went “tick tock tock” with the One M9 and it has been a complete disaster. It was exacerbated because it launched alongside a major “tick” from Samsung, in the S6 and S6 Edge.

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It would be a mistake to write HTC off. It has resisted the acquisition talk, and it’s trying to expand beyond reliance on smartphones. The buzz about the HTC Vive, its new virtual reality headset, being produced in partnership with Valve, is getting louder. If VR takes off in a big way, HTC could ride that wave. The cameras and fitness bands are less exciting, but they do signal a clear intent to broaden its scope.

Mid-range HTC handsets have been doing better, but that end of the market is too competitive for HTC to adopt it as a strategy. It’s definitely going to need a serious new contender as its next flagship, if it wants to stay in the Android smartphone business.

Motorola in the middle

You could argue that Motorola is dead already, after the company was split in two and Google bought the phone-making wing, Motorola Mobility. It had perhaps the most illustrious of all mobile histories, delivering many innovations over the years, but it spectacularly failed to catch the first smartphone wave. Under Google, it soon became apparent that the spirit of innovation certainly wasn’t dead. It clawed its way back with budget devices and mid-rangers with eye-catching new features.

With an apparent turnaround on the cards, as Motorola worked toward profitability for the first time in ages, it was surprising when Google cut it loose. The company was sold to Lenovo last year and the combination propelled the pair into third place in the world’s smartphone seller charts. But it has since dropped to fifth, as Motorola sales have fallen, and Lenovo’s smartphone business recorded a loss of $292 million in the second quarter of this year.

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Consider that sales for Lenovo’s computers and tablets are also in decline, and the recently announced job losses could spell serious trouble ahead. Lenovo can’t afford its smartphone business to be unprofitable for too long, and so the pressure is on Motorola to pull it out of the bag. As margins on budget phones continue to shrink, there’s little prospect that focusing on that end of the market is going to be enough, and Motorola has abandoned the premium end, so that leaves the middle.

Looking at the Moto X Style, you can see a pretty compelling set of specs for the price. Like Sony, it has obviously looked at what Android fans are asking for and tried to deliver it, with customized designs as an added USP. The fact it’s being offered at a price well below the current flagship crop, should drum up plenty of interest.

What if Motorola was to revive the Razr brand with a folding smartphone? Will it continue to make headway with new smartwatches by making them independent of phones? Both were suggested as future directions by Rick Osterloh, chief of Motorola Mobility, in a recent interview with The Information.

Who will make it?

It’s tough to predict where these three players will be in the smartphone market next year. Sony could decide to throw in the towel, if the Z5 range doesn’t sell well enough. Another tock for HTC would surely be the end of its smartphone days, though it may manage to shift into another market. If Motorola can’t innovate fast enough and generate some profits, there’s no telling what Lenovo will do.

Do you think the end could be nigh for one of them? Who do you think will make it? And who won’t?

More HTC A9 aka HTC Aero images leaked online, looks like an iPhone 6

Posted by wicked October - 12 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off


October 20 is happening next week and HTC is scheduled to launch a new device. An HTC One A9 has been leaked a couple of weeks ago quickly after being sighted for the first time. We all know how the Taiwanese phone manufacturer is struggling to improve the numbers. We’re assuming that it’s still very hopeful with the upcoming smartphone. Over the weekend, master leaker @OnLeaks has shared a few images of what’s believed to be the HTC A9 or HTC Aero.

No details were shared about this new HTC Android smartphone but the replies on Twitter were interesting. Some commented that it looks like an iPhone 6, looks asymmetrical, and that front speakers seem to be missing. These are just observations but OnLeaks noted that it’s just a dummy. This may not be the final design yet.

What we know about the HTC A9 aka HTC AERO so far is that the smartphone will have a 5-inch Super AMOLED screen, 920 x 1080 pixel resolution, Qualcomm Snapdragon S617 processor, 2GB RAM, 13MP rear camera, 4 UltraPixel front-facing camera, microSD card slot for storage expansion, 16GB built-in storage, and a 2150mAh battery. Additional information we learned include the phone having an Adreno 405 graphics chip and supporting Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0.

This definitely looks like the HTC One A9 leaked with the power button and the volume rocker found on the right-hand edge. Phone has slightly curved edges…just like the iPhone 6. This HTC A9 (HTC AERO) is HTC’s next offering after the HTC One M9+ Supreme Camera Edition and HTC Butterfly 3 phone were launched a few weeks ago.

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SOURCE: @OnLeaks

Android Community Weekly Digest: Oct. 11, 2015

Posted by wicked October - 12 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off


We just passed the storm that was the new Nexus and Android Marshmallow announcements, but it is only now that we are starting to feel the effects. Android 6.0 has started rolling out to older Nexus devices and manufacturers are starting to line up their ducks for Marshmallow. But while everything is fine and dandy in the wider Android land, some OEMs are having a harder time trying to catch up. Welcome to the latest edition of Android Community’s Weekly Digest, covering the period from October 5 to 11, 2015.

The Nexus 6P and its Camera

But first let’s take a deeper look at last week’s star. When Google unveiled the Nexus 6P, it was everything that we expected, at least based on leaks, but managed to still keep a few tricks up its sleeve. Aside from the premium look thanks to its metal body, the first Huawei Nexus also revealed a talent for photography. Digital photography benchmarking experts DxOMark pretty much puts the Nexus 6P at the number 3 spot among all smartphones, including the most recent iPhones. Yes, a Nexus finally makes it to the top 3. Of course, it’s not enough to completely displace Samsung and new top dog Sony, but it at least shows it is possible for a Nexus smartphone to be there.

A rain of marshmallows


Android 6.0 Marshmallow has started to roll out to the public, and naturally the first recipients of the upgrade will be Google’s own Nexus devices. While OTA updates are slowly starting to trickle to users, Google has made available factory images for supported devices, which would allow ROM developers to kickstart their processes and let eager power users taste the treat ahead of everyone else. And what treats does Marshmallow contain? Among other things like a new app permissions system and fingerprint scanner support, Marshmallow also brings in the new “Now on Tap” search super power to Android and heralds the coming of in-app translations. And of course, there’s the customary easter egg waiting for you, allowing you and a friend to play a game of flappy bird, er, marshmallow.

OEMs and carriers have slowly started announcing their upgrade plans for Android 6.0, following HTC’s very early list. T-Mobile has revealed a rather long list of devices eligible for the upgrade. In contrast, Sony’s roster is quite short and sadly leaves the Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 compact in the dust. Not all devices are created equal, after all, but luckily for owners of the aging Nexus 4, some ardent souls have found a way to unofficially make possible the impossible.

HTC in trouble, Sony in peril

Android might be the most widely adopted mobile platform but not all players are able to make it big in the market. Sometimes, even the bigger players are having a hard time catching up. As we put the close on the third quarter of the year, companies are revealing their numbers for the past three months. Unfortunately for HTC, things still aren’t looking up. The Taiwanese manufacturer didn’t have encouraging finances to show. It isn’t giving up yet though. Later this month, it plans to unveil a new product, perhaps the hero device that CEO Cher Wang had alluded to. It better be, as the company is in dire need of saving.

While not completely in the red, Sony’s future in the mobile industry is just as uncertain. Continuing the restructuring it has been doing for the past three years, the Japanese electronics giant spun off its image sensor division into a business of its own. That business happens to be one of the most successful within Sony’s manifold operations. This separation leaves the company free to focus on the mobile side of things. Sony hopes to see a turnaround by 2016, or else it might consider doing something drastic with it. Perhaps sell it like it did the VAIO.


It is a rather turbulent times for some Android hardware partners as the mobile market sees a progressing change of flow of power. Even stalwart giant Samsung isn’t immune, with the jury still out on whether its most recent play has been of help. That said, no one’s calling it quits in the Android market just yet. Next week, HTC will be unveiling what could be its final gamble in the high-end Android market. But before that, Chinese startup OnePlus might have something in store tomorrow for us, so keep your eyes peeled as we navigate the turbulent and unpredictable waters of the smartphone market.

Sunday Debate: How Can OEMs Turn Around Their Flagships & Profits?

Posted by wicked October - 11 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off


This year, we’ve seen plenty of flagships — in fact, most manufacturers decided to up their game and create multiples, splitting famous lines such as the Moto X and the Z line into two variants for a single release.

This deliberate flagship proliferation came at a time where enthusiasts feel increasingly disappointed with big releases, as most of them are compromised in some way or another. Considering that flagships of yesteryear are still exceptional in terms of performance, nabbing an upgrade from a stingy consumer is not as easy as it had been in previous years.

But the increase of flagship supply and the compromises have an interesting link to popular OEMs’ apparent inability to profit. HTC, for example, is making headlines week after week for all the wrong reasons, and investors and enthusiasts alike seem to be abandoning all hope in a triumphant return. Sony could not globalize its devices appropriately, and the Japanese giant is said to be in a make-or-break position. Motorola has had much of its staff slashed, and LG made just 1.2 cents of profit per phone sold in a particularly worrying 2015 quarter.

Meanwhile, Apple and Samsung continue to reap most of the profit share of the industry at large, with the former having most of the pie despite not bending to the affordable smartphone trends of the year. So we want to know,

  • What is your take on all of this?
  • What is the future of the big-name OEMs we grow to love and respect?How does this relate to the flagship decadence of 2015?
  • How will their models change to meet the new demand?
  • Which companies do you wish weren’t in such a big risk?

Join the discussion!

Make or Break

With emerging markets becoming the new battlefield as first-world countries reach smartphone saturation, the traditional flagship model looks less appealing to manufacturers. The true upgrades that we expected are often put behind a “premium” or “pro” variant, be it the Mi Note Pro, the Z5 Premium, or the Nexus 6P. The cheaper alternatives of each flagship remain well and solid, but without the pizzazz that 2014 flagship owners need to have an impulse-buy. The Snapdragon 805 devices, for example, can often outperform 2015 flagships with the 808, and even the 810 in sustained usage conditions and battery efficiency. Most 2015 flagships that opted for the 810, a majorly compromised chipset, attained similar or less battery life than their previous-year counterparts despite equal or better specifications across the board (Z4 and Z5, M9, OnePlus 2).

In some cases, it is clear that the emphasis on flagships that turned out to be flops had major effects on the companies — HTC’s stock began a steady and rapid decline shortly after the M9. Traditional OEMs may no longer be able to focus solely on the high-end, and we see them shift their efforts to affordability. The problem comes when you consider that manufacturers like Xiaomi and Huawei are already gaining ground in crucial markets, and the plethora of other Chinese OEMs also add to the fierce competition. Microsoft’s new Windows 10 Mobile and its excellent suite of devices, as well as new Apple releases, further strain the OEM battleground.


What will happen to our favorite OEMs? The market still desires high-end premium flagships, something Samsung managed to prove this year. But demand has seemingly lowered (and understandably so), and most manufacturers will have to find ways around the market. Can they turn their profits around and, most importantly, impress us with quality releases that have us actually want to upgrade our handsets?

  • What is your take on all of this?
  • What is the future of the big-name OEMs we grow to love and respect?How does this relate to the flagship decadence of 2015?
  • How will their models change to meet the new demand?
  • Which companies do you wish weren’t in such a big risk?

Android Authority this week – October 11, 2015

Posted by wicked October - 11 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

Moto X Pure Edition Vs Nexus 6-2

Android fans, this week was all about Marshmallow. Google released Android 6.0 factory images for its Nexus lineup and kicked off a delightfully problem-free (so far) OTA rollout. All eyes are now on manufacturers – some, like Sony, have already come clean about the devices they plan to update to Marshmallow, while in the case of others, we have rumors and speculation. In other news, OnePlus began teasing the OnePlus X, amid increasing skepticism about its business model; Sony gave itself an ultimatum to fix its mobile business; the One A9 leaked again; and the Paranoid Android project was revealed to be all but dead.

Inside AA HQ

This week we began our little experiment with live broadcasting, and we’re happy to say we had some great reactions. Nirave unboxed his Xperia Z5 live on Periscope, and it’s just the beginning: expect more unboxings, Q&As, AMAs, and event impressions in the future. What’s all the fuss about? Sign up for Periscope and follow us to find out.

What’s coming up? HTC’s “hero smartphone” (which just leaked, again) is coming October 20. OnePlus wants a second chance with the OnePlus X, possibly coming as soon as next week. And, of course, the Nexus 5X and 6P are going to ship really soon. Stay tuned for our coverage.

Speaking of Nexus phones, this week we’re giving you the chance to win a Nexus 5X! Enter our giveaway to secure your sweepstakes ticket.

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The stuff you shouldn’t miss

Top news of the week

Marshmallow has landed…

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…And now the wait begins 


OnePlus: all eyes on the X

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Sony: change is afoot

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Look, it’s the One A9


Paranoid Android – RIP?

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The Root Community Origins

Posted by wicked October - 10 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

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A few days ago we asked why you rooted your first device and how it went, your responses flooded in and we quickly came to see a common trend. Most of us ended up here because of the same reasons, whether it was to fix an OEMs flawed device or lack of updates, impress others or just to sate a desire for more from your device. We took a few moments to round up some of the best of your answers that represent these best.

“I bought a HTC Desire HD just when it came out. Was all good and dandy until it started giving me problems with the sound. It had this headphone symbol in the status bar that would appear when you htc-desire-hdhad headphones connected, I guess that was part of HTCs GUI back then. Anyway my trouble was that whenever I didn’t have headphones connected that symbol would just blink, as if I was constantly connecting and disconnecting a pair. This led to me not hearing the signal when people called or texted, and also me and whoever called wouldn’t hear eachother if I managed to notice a call and answer it.

I figured maybe it was a software issue, and I guess I also wanted a reason to just mess with the phone, so instead of RMAing it I started reading up on rooting, S-Off and Cyanogenmod here on XDA. It probably took me around 12 hours, but I finally had managed to install whatever version of CM there was back then. It didn’t help.

All I had to do now was to get it back to stock so that I could RMA it and get a new one. I reckon it took a good four days before I was 100% sure that there was no sign of me tampering with the phone.

I RMAd it the usual three times; all the service company did the first two times was try and factory reset the phone and claim it worked fine. See the issue could disappear for a few minutes here and there. The third and final time I sent them a guide, together with the phone, in which I instructed them on how to reproduce the issue. Voilá, a new working phone and also a new found love for tampering with devices in general.” – fritzhy

I can really empathise here, my second Android device was a Desire HD, it was plagued with hardware and software issues including the one mentioned above, other issues included the proximity sensor turning off the display permanently during phone calls, meaning the battery had to be pulled. I got through 3 of these in 2 months under the warranty before selling it, If I had known about XDA back in 2010, it may have made the device tolerable.

“Mine started out when my brother and I coincidentally bought the same phone (Samsung Galaxy S around 2011) on the exact same day. It was my first smartphone. Anyway, a few days later, my brother started showing off some cool UI animations, new sms designs, samsung_i9000_galaxy_s-17 (3)basically looked like a whole new UI to me.. well, I was a total noob and I was absolutely stunned at how pretty and fast it looked. So I started rummaging over the internet trying to learn how he did it. I eventually ended up here in XDA and “custom ROMs” seemed to be a norm. Every time I read a thread, it would involve a quote like “must be ROOTED with CUSTOM RECOVERY”.. and that really confused me. Googled everything, slept really late, softbricked my SGS at least 3x, just trynna understand and familiarize myself with these new techie terms then BOOM!!! I became addicted and everything lol. A couple of weeks later, I showed off to my brother how my phone’s UI look like with a custom ROM and kernel. He looked at me, puzzled, then asked “What the hell did you do?!”. I answered, “I rooted it and flashed a rom and a kernel, changed the cpu governor though since the default one was buggy for me, and yada yada yada… Isn’t that what you did?” Then he replied, “No. I just installed GoLauncher and GoSMS from the Playstore.”” – saywhatt

We’ve all shown off our latest modifications and ROMs at some point and saywhatt is no different. It’s a great feeling when someone is showing off an app they downloaded from the Play Store that makes a minor change to their UX and you pull out the device you have spent months or years tweaking to perfection.

“I got a 7” Amazon Kindle Fire HD for Christmas of 2012. I had enjoyed jailbreaking my 4th generation iPod touch quite a bit, and was curious as to how I could go about doing something similar to my new toy. So after a bit of Googling, I wound up in amazon-kindle-fire-hd-7-inch-lock-screen-adthe Kindle Fire HD subforum here on XDA. After much reading and a bit of the “I really don’t want to mess anything up” internal debate, I took the plunge and downloaded KFFirstAide. It rooted my Fire, blocked the annoying lockscreen ads, installed the Play Store, and disabled the forced OTA updates that were always killing root. I was simply amazed at all the cool things I could do with root access, a lot that I couldn’t even do on my iOS device. At one point, I installed Xposed and replaced my softkeys with LMT pie controls. Eventually, a bootloader work-around was developed, and soon we had TWRP. I installed my first custom ROM, Chameleon OS (based on CM10.1), but eventually moved on to CM10.2, and later CM11 (right now she’s got CM12.1 :) )” – Ph0enix_216

It’s perfectly understandable that Kindle Fire users would root, the concept of ads on your lockscreen is a horrific thought and a fairly major faux pas. Of course CM is always going to be superior to a minor OEM like Amazon’s ROM and it’s no real surprise that after a month of going on sale, the fire phone had only seen 26,400 units activated (data by ComScore).

“I bought the htc explorer a few years ago and to my surprise it had only 150 megabytes of available internal storage I would htc-explorer-ofic
just install 2 apps and then the phone would start prompting low memory. I had to find a way to fix that luckily I found out about rooting without reading any disclaimers and without knowing anything about bricking I rooted it. After I rooted it successfully then I proceeded to read the comments and people were like “I did this now my device is not turning on”, “my device is dead” then I found out how stupid it was of me to proceed before reading anything. and the rest as they say is history. Now whenever buying a new phone I check if the phone is heavily supported on XDA if not I don’t buy that phone.” – talhamsood40

It’s hard to imagine a phone with only 150mb of usable storage but it’s true, the 2011 HTC Explorer whilst accepting up to a 32GB microSD shipped with almost no available storage. And it always helps to have a solid developer backing before purchasing a phone as the old saying goes “XDA dares where tech support fear to tread.”.

“Galaxy S2 – I went to a Samsung store to buy a battery (the previous one was ‘fluffed’ or whatever) and there the retailer told me about upgrading my phones firmware to 4.0.2. It sounded good (I was a noob back then). The retailer took 1500rs from me and added the battery + firmware. I was happy but also full of curiosity, I thought ‘the retailer must have done it somehow, why can’t I’. So I Googled it but ended up with the about phone > software update procedure. When I clicked back the second google suggestion was ‘Download Samsung firmware’ and found my galaxy s2 with some modals supporting 4.1.2. I went back to the retailer and said that “why didn’t you install the 4.1.2 instead of 4.0.2″ and he replied ‘it is not supported in our country.” I was enraged by it. (Even though the retailer told me the truth.). I sat down and felt as if I was robbed. I took my time and went on the internet to see ‘how to install 4.1.2 on galaxy s2’ there I first encountered the term ‘ROM’ for android device. Further searching revealed me other ROMs for many phones and things like rooting, recovery mode etc with there benefits and risks.galaxy-s2-i9100

Custom ROMs were way out of my league and I was afraid of rooting because of the “I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR BRICKING YOUR DEVICE”. So I thought of an alternative I went to a torrent and downloaded a gti9100 4.1.2 ROM (It was silly and risky but I didn’t know then) and then I googled how to install it, which was where I saw the whole ODIN thing. I successfully booted the 4.1.2 on my device.

The need for root came when I got to know about lucky patcher and its abilities. So I googled for rooting my s2 and found about galaxys2root, Its video gave me an idea of the whole procedure. So I faced the “I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR BRICKING YOUR DEVICE” and took the risk, which was a success.After 6 months, I flashed my first custom ROM cyanogen 10 and thought why didn’t I do it before. After 3 years of flashing CM 11, 12, 12.1, Slim ROM, PAC-ROM, Stock custom ROM and rooting Note – Note 4, S2-S5, Nexus 4 and 5 and other devices, here I am writing my experience (I learned a lot but I’m still a noob at heart).

It went all good. Thanks to XDA and its members for making it possible.” – Ravkirat Singh Mann

Hearing the news that your stock ROM will never see another OTA, is always disappointing. Nonetheless many devices that have not seen an OEM update in years are still receiving updates by third party developers and for that we thank you!

It’s not too late if you didn’t share your story the other day, leave a comment below!

HTC One A9 dummy leaks in super clear images

Posted by wicked October - 10 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off


The HTC One A9 continues to be the most rumored device coming from the Taiwanese manufacturer. Though we were all hoping for a September 29th unveiling, that day was all about the HTC One M9+ Supreme Camera edition and the Butterfly 3. And so our quest for the hottest One A9 rumors continues; today we have a pretty neat leak for you, so let’s dig right in.

Rumor celebrity @OnLeaks has come across some super clear images of an HTC One A9 dummy. These may not be ground-breaking in terms of new information or design elements, but it sure is the best glimpse of the device we have ever encountered.

This specific version bears the AT&T logo, which suggests an obvious relation to the carrier. Everything else looks as expected. The HTC One A9 adopts a sleek design that is now iconic of the manufacturer’s handsets. There’s a fingerprint reader below the screen and an SD card slot for those who have been begging for the standard’s revival.

The most recent rumored specs come from Evan Blass, who claims the phone will feature a Snapdragon 617 processor, a 5-inch 1080p display, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, a 13 MP rear camera, a 4 UltraPixel front shooter and a 2150 mAh battery. We are not quite sure about those details, though, as previous rumors also suggested this phone would be much more powerful. As always, these continue to be rumors, so don’t hold your breath on any of these details.

Regardless, more information should be coming soon enough, whenever the phone is announced. For now, all we can do is enjoy today’s leaked images.

What do you guys think about the phone’s looks? This seems like it will be a great mid-end smartphone for those who want a good looking device, without having to worry about the price that comes attached to high-end gadgets.

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