It’s no secret, we have pretty much entirely stopped talking about custom ROMs. Sure, we used to adore them and use them on all of our phones, but that was years ago. Times have changed, Android has matured, and frankly, custom ROMs don’t offer all that much these days in terms of added benefits over running whatever stock software your device comes with.
While the arguments that are pro the usage of custom ROMs will always be legitimate, such as custom themes and the de-bloating of smartphones thanks to added privileges, I would argue that the number one reason for rooting and ROM’ing back in the day was speed. With a custom ROM, you could load up a hotrod kernel, overclock that puppy, and all of a sudden your OG DROID is running like a million bucks. Ah, yes, those were good times, but sadly, like everything else, all good things must come to an end.
So, have your rooting and custom ROM days passed, or are you still clinging onto them? And if you are, please, share your wisdom with us non-custom ROM common folk.
Google announced updated satellite imagery for Maps and Google Earth this week, courtesy of the USGS/NASA Landsat Program. Using HD images from primarily the Landsat 8 satellite, these images feature greater detail and truer colors, offering a better look at a cloudless Earth.
Not only does Landsat 8 provide better photos than Landsat 7 (which most of Google’s previous images were compiled from), but the sensor also snaps shots twice as fast. This allows Google to provide the most up-to-date look at our planet from the sky. (more…)
Last week, we opened up Volume 41 of the DL Q&A Sessions. Good for me, but bad for you, I took last Friday off, so we were unable to post our answers. To everyone’s delight, now I’m back, so let’s get to answering your questions.
We received a ton of great questions last week, ranging in topics such as how we sync our devices properly when we’re always changing daily drivers, if we ever get tired of blogging, if LG should drop the removable battery schtick, and if we were at all surprised by the NBA Finals outcome.
Let’s get to it! (more…)
Over the coming weeks, Twitter will rollout an update to its Android and iOS apps that introduces #Stickers, which as the name for them suggests, are fun little stickers that can be placed on the photos you share through Twitter.
With #Stickers, you get a “new way to add creativity to your photos and connect them to the world.” Twitter says you can choose from rotating sets that include “hundreds of accessories, emoji, and props” that will be both generic and potentially timely. You could see options that help you show support for a cause, but let’s be honest here, aren’t we all seeing this as a way for Twitter to partner with brands? Yes, we are. (more…)
T-Mobile has started pushing an update today to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 as software version VU2DPE3 or VU1DPE3. Those numbers don’t actually matter much, though, because the real story here is the fact that the update is Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
T-Mobile doesn’t list many details about the update outside of the file size (1.5GB), but being a Note device, you should expect a similar experience to what the Note 5 got with Marshmallow. Details of that update can be found here. (more…)
Last September, Google opened up the Expeditions Pioneer Program. Since then, over a million students from 11 countries have taken VR field trips across the globe, helping children learn more about far away locations and cultures. Today, Google is opening Expeditions to everyone, launching the official app to Google Play for all to download. (more…)
According to the latest from Evan Blass, the next Galaxy Note will in fact be the Galaxy Note 7, not the Galaxy Note 6. As far as we know, nothing has yet changed for the timeframe Samsung will unveil the device, which is still rumored to be August 2 in New York City. A bit more interesting, though, are the specs Blass listed recently onto his Twitter feed. If all of these specs are in fact making their way into the Note 7, fans of Samsung and the Note series should be pretty excited. (more…)
Nest Thermostat, one of the few items of tech I’ve purchased within the past few years that I often refer to as “an item I can’t live without,” is discounted at the moment in celebration of July 4th. Nest has dropped the 3rd gen model (the newest version) by $50, so to get into a device that rarely sees discounts, you can do so for $199 instead of $249.
Not all that familiar with Nest Thermostats? Just know that they are the ultimate smart home convenience items. Not only can you adjust the temperature of your house at any time from anywhere, you can also set schedules for heating and cooling or let Nest create them for you automatically. Nest works with a number of smart home platforms (like Amazon Alexa) and can be a hub of sorts for automation, like your doors locking or your WiFi cameras turning off or on.
As of right now, most retailers have the Nest Thermostat (3rd gen) at $50 off.
Links: Amazon | Best Buy | Nest