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Old 05-04-17, 12:33 AM   #5926
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Re: The one and only ANDROID thread....

Got my Fully Immersive Gear VR bundle today. I have to take my phone out of the case to dock it . Still it's pretty cool. Comes with one of two bundles -- one with games, another with Hunger Games and VR experiences. I went with the game bundle. Seems pretty cool, but it gets hot fast in the helmet.

I bought Zen Pinball VR since I love ZP2 so much. Turns out I can't use it with the included controller. Apparently I need a gamepad for it, but don't know what that is. If I can use my new Bluetooth PS4 Dual Shock controller, that would be great.

The included headphones are pretty cool and light.
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Old 05-05-17, 05:16 PM   #5927
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Re: The one and only ANDROID thread....

My gmail app keeps on notifying me every 10 minutes that I can't sign into my Hotmail account. How do I stop it from notifying me? I'm tired of thinking it's a text message. I can't find a "sign out" option, or something similar.
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Old 05-08-17, 10:16 AM   #5928
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My gmail app keeps on notifying me every 10 minutes that I can't sign into my Hotmail account. How do I stop it from notifying me? I'm tired of thinking it's a text message. I can't find a "sign out" option, or something similar.
Disable Sync on that account.

App Drawer -> Settings -> Accounts -> email@hotmail.com
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Old 05-09-17, 02:29 AM   #5929
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Re: The one and only ANDROID thread....

Thank you, Rich, that worked.
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Old 05-09-17, 09:34 AM   #5930
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Old 05-10-17, 10:37 PM   #5931
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Re: The one and only ANDROID thread....

Is Nougat a much better OS than Marshmallow? My device gets the Nougat upgrade this July. Not sure if I should jump ship.
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Old 05-11-17, 12:12 AM   #5932
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Re: The one and only ANDROID thread....

The differences between Marshmallow and Nougat are not huge, but to me it's more a "why not" question. You get better notifications, better battery life, Google Assistant built in, multi-window support (if your device didn't support it previously), and a few other look-and-feel tweaks.
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Old 05-11-17, 03:28 PM   #5933
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Re: The one and only ANDROID thread....

http://bgr.com/2017/05/11/galaxy-not...se-date-korea/

Seems Samsung is re-releasing a "safe" Galaxy Note 7 in Korea with permissions being requested in the US to do the same thing.

3200 battery instead of 3500. Price drop to $400 too.

Here's another link:

http://www.techweez.com/2017/05/11/r...-note-7-price/

Still think it may be worth waiting for the Note 8 in a few months. These are "refurbished" phones.
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Old 05-11-17, 04:13 PM   #5934
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Re: The one and only ANDROID thread....

I've heard the S8 has the possibility of the 'home button' burn in. I found that odd, because my screen is completely blank--well save the always on clock, which moves. I'm using a bootloader and not touchwiz.

Is the menu button supposed to be always-on?
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Old 05-11-17, 06:06 PM   #5935
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Re: The one and only ANDROID thread....

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The differences between Marshmallow and Nougat are not huge, but to me it's more a "why not" question. You get better notifications, better battery life, Google Assistant built in, multi-window support (if your device didn't support it previously), and a few other look-and-feel tweaks.
Better battery life is a big plus. I also hope it takes less space than Marshmallow.
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Old 05-12-17, 08:21 AM   #5936
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Re: The one and only ANDROID thread....

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Old 05-13-17, 05:34 AM   #5937
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Re: The one and only ANDROID thread....

Picked up the G6 yesterday (T-Mobile has a BOGO deal and there's no need to add a new line). Grabbed a new car charger and cable from Best Buy and neither worked. I know USB-C is better than micro but I hate having to buy new accessories.
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Old 05-13-17, 10:30 AM   #5938
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Better battery life is a big plus. I also hope it takes less space than Marshmallow.
I didn't see a huge battery life improvement. It seems to me that there was a bigger boost going from L to M, than from M to N. They use a more aggressive power saving scheme when the screen is off, but since I use my phone a lot, the opportunity for that scheme to kick in is not big during the day. It may work better for people who have their phones idle more of the time.

I am not sure about space requirements.
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Old 05-13-17, 10:44 PM   #5939
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Re: The one and only ANDROID thread....

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Old 05-17-17, 06:00 PM   #5940
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Re: The one and only ANDROID thread....

Android O is available in beta for those with beta access and the usually list of phones (Nexus/Pixel devices). Just downloaded it. First thing I noticed is the notification bar up top is different color when you swipe down. Also, the settings menu has been completely re-hauled and has less options. Will have to mess around with it more to see what is different. Hoping the battery stuff makes a difference.
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Old 05-18-17, 11:01 AM   #5941
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Shit. Probably shouldn't have downloaded it. Several apps aren't working, including 2 that I use regularly. I've never had a single problem with any other beta version and this issue. I may need to do a rollback.
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Old 05-18-17, 05:15 PM   #5942
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Re: The one and only ANDROID thread....

Samsung.com s8 bogo. Requires activation on T-Mobile.

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Old 05-26-17, 09:11 PM   #5943
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Re: The one and only ANDROID thread....

Pretty sure I've asked this before, but my BLU R1 was literally at 1% and I quickly picked up some random Samsung charger and it started charging. Am I damaging the phone by using another phone's charger?
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Old 05-26-17, 10:23 PM   #5944
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Re: The one and only ANDROID thread....

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Pretty sure I've asked this before, but my BLU R1 was literally at 1% and I quickly picked up some random Samsung charger and it started charging. Am I damaging the phone by using another phone's charger?
No, USB chargers should be universal. At worst, the charger may only charge at 5v and 0.5 Amps, which is the USB base power rate. Anything higher typically has to be negotiated between the phone and the charger, although this "negotiation" may be nothing more than the phone tying to pull additional Amps.
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Old 05-27-17, 12:49 AM   #5945
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No, USB chargers should be universal. At worst, the charger may only charge at 5v and 0.5 Amps, which is the USB base power rate. Anything higher typically has to be negotiated between the phone and the charger, although this "negotiation" may be nothing more than the phone tying to pull additional Amps.
Microusb like the blu r1 i would agree. Usb c can be problematic because companies like Qualcomm don't fully comply with USB c specs and it can cause over charging.
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Old 05-27-17, 08:00 AM   #5946
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Microusb like the blu r1 i would agree. Usb c can be problematic because companies like Qualcomm don't fully comply with USB c specs and it can cause over charging.
Do you have an example? USB Type C connectors should still be negotiating voltage and amperage between the phone and charger, and if they don't agree it should default to 5V and basic amperage, which any phone should be able to handle.

Qualcomm has its own proprietary Quick Charge method that only works with compatible phones, but even those chargers default to 5V, and I haven't heard of one of those chargers "overcharging" a phone. Even then, QC 4.0 is now USB-PD compliant.
http://www.androidcentral.com/what-q...m-quick-charge
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Old 05-29-17, 11:54 AM   #5947
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Do you have an example? USB Type C connectors should still be negotiating voltage and amperage between the phone and charger, and if they don't agree it should default to 5V and basic amperage, which any phone should be able to handle.

Qualcomm has its own proprietary Quick Charge method that only works with compatible phones, but even those chargers default to 5V, and I haven't heard of one of those chargers "overcharging" a phone. Even then, QC 4.0 is now USB-PD compliant.
http://www.androidcentral.com/what-q...m-quick-charge
Qc 4 is usb pd compliant but qc 2/3 isn't. The quick charging on popular phones like the s8 isn't either.


"The cable lies to the phone by telling the phone it's attached to a pure 3A charging path, like the C-to-C cable to the OEM 3A charger that ships with the Nexus 6P/5X. The phone will attempt to draw 3A, but that may damage the weaker device you have the Type-A end of the cable plugged into."

" a less common but potentially more dangerous problem found recently has been poorly made USB-C to USB-C cables. These are less common because there are fewer companies making these cables right now, and when you buy a phone with USB-C it comes with a cable for you to use, but as more users pick up USB-C hardware this issue is going to increase in frequency. Since USB-C power adapters are currently being sold that support high-power transfers, cables that don't respect the USB-C specifications by either using the wrong parts or by flat out lying about their capabilities on the sales page for the cable can lead to disastrous results."

https://www.google.com/amp/www.androidcentral.com/usb-c-problem-isnt-going-away-anytime-soon%3Famp


As for examples

https://www.google.com/amp/phandroid.com/2016/05/18/htc-10-usb-type-c-incident/amp/


https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.theverge.com/platform/amp/2016/2/4/10916264/usb-c-russian-roulette-power-cords

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Old 05-29-17, 12:00 PM   #5948
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" According to Leung's FAQ, the problem occurs when you connect a USB Type-C-enabled device such as a phone to a USB Type-A port on your laptop or hub. The USB Type-C phone may be specced for 3 amps of power, while the laptop's USB port, like most Type A chargers, can deliver only 2 amps or less. With a 56K Ohm resistor and the right components on board, a standards-compliant cable will make sure that the client tries to draw only as much electricity as the host can provide.

A poor-quality wire, however, fools the phone into thinking that it's connected to a 3-amp- capable power source. When the phone tries to draw 3 amps, it can cause permanent damage. Leung fried both the USB ports (and the host controller) on his Pixel C laptop by attaching it to an iPad charger, using a faulty cable. This isn't a problem with USB-C to USB-C connections, which can handle higher currents without an issue."

http://www.laptopmag.com/articles/how-to-find-safe-usb-type-c-cables

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Old 05-29-17, 12:39 PM   #5949
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The majority of your links are about USB-C cables that don't comply to spec. Neither Qualcomm, the phones, nor the chargers have anything to do with the issues described.

The only link that was about charger/phone incompatibility was with an HTC 10 overheating while being charged with the charger for the Pixel C (A universal Type C charger from Google). In that case, it seems like a compatibility issue between the USB charger's USB-PD system and the HTC 10's QuickCharge 3.0 system, but also it appears to have happened one time to one phone.
http://www.androidcentral.com/my-htc...ixel-c-charger
https://store.google.com/us/product/...arger?hl=en-US
http://www.htc.com/us/accessories/htc-rapid-charger-3/
https://gtrusted.com/the-macbook-pro...power-delivery

I think if you're using a charger with a standard USB-A port, and it doesn't have any special "Quick Charge" or "USB-PD" tech in it, it can charge almost any phone fine. The problem arises when you go above the standard 5V voltage for USB, which requires one of the newer specs, and which the proprietary specs maybe don't conform correctly to the USB-PD standard, although really any well designed charging spec should throttle back down to 5v if there's any issue with the negotiation of power levels with the charger.
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The majority of your links are about USB-C cables that don't comply to spec. Neither Qualcomm, the phones, nor the chargers have anything to do with the issues described.

The only link that was about charger/phone incompatibility was with an HTC 10 overheating while being charged with the charger for the Pixel C (A universal Type C charger from Google). In that case, it seems like a compatibility issue between the USB charger's USB-PD system and the HTC 10's QuickCharge 3.0 system, but also it appears to have happened one time to one phone.
http://www.androidcentral.com/my-htc...ixel-c-charger
https://store.google.com/us/product/...arger?hl=en-US
http://www.htc.com/us/accessories/htc-rapid-charger-3/
https://gtrusted.com/the-macbook-pro...power-delivery

I think if you're using a charger with a standard USB-A port, and it doesn't have any special "Quick Charge" or "USB-PD" tech in it, it can charge almost any phone fine. The problem arises when you go above the standard 5V voltage for USB, which requires one of the newer specs, and which the proprietary specs maybe don't conform correctly to the USB-PD standard, although really any well designed charging spec should throttle back down to 5v if there's any issue with the negotiation of power levels with the charger.
Key words being well designed. The cable is the weak point of the system in USB c. It needs to have the 56k resistor else if not then it could indicate to the phone that it supports usb pd and draw 3a even if the charger doesn't support it . And many usb c cables don't have this.

In contrast in the old days with microusb, junk microusb cables would just charge slow.

The issue is some people buy the cheapest cable on Amazon or eBay...and with microusb, it didn't matter but with usb c it does.
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