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Still waiting for the factory images to be released so the folks over at XDA can whip up some flashible zips (N7 flo here, moto x has awhile)

Google kinda dragging their feet in that regard. There are preview versions of lollipop out, and a couple of custom builds but everyone is still waiting on 5.0 drivers I think

Thought they were supposed by to start pushing lollipop OTA to nexus devices on 11/12 (delayed for bug fixes) so hopefully next week...

Edit: another good android history

http://www.androidauthority.com/sweet-spot-visual-look-delicious-history-android-563596/

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Regarding the Moto G. Been using it for the past few weeks.

 

Battery life is certainly amazing. no problems with processing power, etc.

 

Only gripe is the camera. Obviously didnt expect anything amazing, but the focal length is annoyingly long, and it doesn't have a focus function. 

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^^

the 1BG of RAM was the eventual deal breaker for me. for a budget phone you can't really complain all that much, but i was getting sick of it constantly having to reload all the apps all the time, because Motorola kills background processes so aggressively. again tho, for the price you can't really complain all that much

been running Android 5.0 Lollipop on my 2013 Nexus 7 since yesterday, and after a few hurdles of getting everything setup correctly I'm really liking it. Really enjoying the material design, in so much that every action makes sense when it comes to movements and touching stuff, instead of just having app drawers flying in out of nowhere for instance

word of advice i learned the hard way, Lollipop has a setup option that allow you to use NFC/Bluetooth to simply tap another device to link your Google account/settings. DO NOT DO THIS, unless you want whatever the new device is setup exactly like the old one. i setup my N7 by linking my Moto X, and it started downloading the exact same setup from the X to the 7, not cool. if you just login to your google account like normal you'll have to do the 2-step authentication (if active) but then you'll at least get the option to restore a backup from whichever device you select (also, titanium backup hasn't updated yet, so restoring from Google backup is probably your best bet)

ANYWAY, seems like a great update so far. only a few minor grips that will hopefully get ironed out, but hopefully Motorola starts rolling out OTAs to the 1st gen Moto X soon (2nd gen X and G are already getting them)

Edit: looks like titanium had been updated to support 5.0 now

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Lollipop for the HTC one m8 and m7 getting out sometime next week, sadly only for google play edition devices though :(

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Anyone have a Oneplus One?

I'm considering it. Getting an invite is no problem for me. Just want to know opinions on it for those that are currently using it.

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have heard it's great hardware and a shit company

 

don't expect much support anyway should you have issues

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Overall 5.0 seems good, but I really hate the new ringer adjustment, seems like there is no way to simply switch between silent - vibrate - audible..? I have to use these "interruption" settings which really blow when I want to quickly adjust it, before I was able to do it without even looking at the phone.

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yeah, the new system is really dumb. "None" should still allow alarms through at least, it's overly complicated to get to just a standard "silent" setting. i mean, i guess that's what the "priority" setting does if you don't have any actual contacts starred, but still, way to overthink things guys

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Finally on a stable lollipop cm build. Pretty nice overall, some quirks and lots of app compatibility issues atm but definitely daily driver worth. 

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So I guess my 1st gen Moto X is basically never gonna get Lollipop because of the crappy X8 cpu architecture... been taking forever at least. Oh well, no biggie I guess. have Lollipop on my N7 and it's not game changing or anything

Oddly enough I've been looking at some Windows Phone entries lately... Mostly the Lumia 635 because it's so damn cheap, and its eventual successor the 640 which is supposed to release this spring. The 635 is pretty bare-bones entry level status, but for $50 unlocked through Amazon that's to be expected. The 640 bumps up the specs to a little more respectable level with 1gb RAM and the 720p 5" screen, but will likely cost close to $200 for an LTE variation.

Am still satisfied with Android and my Moto X, and given I'm so embedded in Google's ecosystem I probably won't completely switch from Android, but the latest Lumia phones have caught my eye and the WP space will be interesting to watch leading up to the Windows 10 release later this year

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Just copped a z3 compact

Will probably install nova launcher w elegante theme in a bit

So far p nice

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If I was gonna swoop on any android tomorrow, it would def be the Z3C

Check out out the Yahoo Aviate launcher, been rocking it for awhile now and it's alright. Like the app drawer, but it's not the smoothest ever (aka android across the board)

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Anybody pickup the m9 or s6 yet? Thinking about getting the s6 this month since the reviews have been very positive. Historically ive had problems with samsung quality in the past and htc has always exceeded my expectations, but it looks to be different this time around?

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All the reviews for the M9 have been pretty shitty fwiw

Bad screen, bad camera, bad battery, basically no worthwhile improvements over last year's model

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If I was gonna swoop on any android tomorrow, it would def be the Z3C

Check out out the Yahoo Aviate launcher, been rocking it for awhile now and it's alright. Like the app drawer, but it's not the smoothest ever (aka android across the board)

The z3 c is nice I've had 2 the dust proof is REALLY helpful. My only complaint about it is the way group texts work. It sends each one individually when using regular SMS. I then switched it to google hangouts which sorta fixed the problem but I was receiving texts late or not at all. Not only that but I wasn't receiving a lot of picture texts it said I had to do it but you can't. The reg SMS has problems too aside from the group texts

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The z3 c is nice I've had 2 the dust proof is REALLY helpful. My only complaint about it is the way group texts work. It sends each one individually when using regular SMS. I then switched it to google hangouts which sorta fixed the problem but I was receiving texts late or not at all. Not only that but I wasn't receiving a lot of picture texts it said I had to do it but you can't. The reg SMS has problems too aside from the group texts

 

textra is the best sms app for android ainec, totally worth the $0.99 they just started charging

 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.textra&hl=en

 

i've been using it forever and all my group texts work just fine, with iphones, mms pics, all that jazz

 

hangouts is terrible

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settings > MMS > "Use MMS for Group Chats" enabled is a good one to check

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This is what I'm talking about.

http://forums.androidcentral.com/sony-xperia-z3/447647-why-my-sms-delaying-my-z3-compact.html

If you google around plenty of other people have the same issues. When I had textra I had volte off and the correct apn settings as well as textra being on during stamina mode. I got a second z3c and same thing is happening. I've just learned to live with it though annoying I really like the phone.

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been trying out the s6 for a week now and im surprised at how solid the handset is. Never really been into the galaxy series but this has completely changed my mind about them. only caveat is the battery life, but even then its not too bad.

 

I was originally planning on switching to the lg g4 next month but the longer i use the s6 the more i want to keep it. plus samsung pay looks kinda cool. :P

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Anyone getting a new Nexus?

 

6P looks like it could be great

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wish they didn't increase the size on the 5... :mad:

 

the original N5 is just the perfect size, even a few mm larger and it wont fit in my back pocket and less comfortable to hold

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wish they didn't increase the size on the 5... :mad:

 

the original N5 is just the perfect size, even a few mm larger and it wont fit in my back pocket and less comfortable to hold

I can definitely see that. I have been using the 5 since release and love the size, but honestly the aluminum body is what I have wanted from a nexus phone since so I'm glad that its happening.

 

Also, in regards to smaller phones.. I wish there was still a market for 4.5 inch phones.

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been using the n5 as my daily driver for a while. tempted to switch to a 6p but the form factory scares me.

 

 

 

 

Also, in regards to smaller phones.. I wish there was still a market for 4.5 inch phones.

 

sony xperia z5c might be what you're looking for

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