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 Post subject: Re: The Android thread
PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 11:19 am 
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Dug out my old Nexus 7 tablet there the other day and charged it up. I factory reset it some time ago as it wasn't working well. Seems to work fine so far now, all apps updates on startup.

Question is, will it be able to cope with the latest OS and app versions etc? I wan to give it to the missus to watch Netflix and it'll be used for little else. Am I better off rooting it?


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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 11:21 am 
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So the Oneplus 6 was officially unveiled today. Looks to be an absolute beast as far as hardware goes. Very minimal and clean fuss-free Android that will be updated to Android P almost as soon as it drops. The camera has been mentioned as strong and the top of the range boosts a whopping 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage making expandable memory virtually pointless. Another downside is that it "only" has a full HD screen but I've got a Moto G5S loan phone at the moment and apart from the brightness I can't really tell the difference between full HD and my Note 8. It's also IP68 and has a 3.5mm headphone jack. Little things but really nice to have.

I do treat myself to one expensive gadget per year and this might be the one. As always, the phone is very competitively priced starting at $529 (£469), $579 (£519) and $629 (£569) for the top spec.

https://www.oneplus.com/global/6


I got a Oneplus 5 last year and can't see how someone would want to replace it so soon, barring mishap. It's excellent. Savage battery life given how much I use it.


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 Post subject: Re: The Android thread
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So the Oneplus 6 was officially unveiled today. Looks to be an absolute beast as far as hardware goes. Very minimal and clean fuss-free Android that will be updated to Android P almost as soon as it drops. The camera has been mentioned as strong and the top of the range boosts a whopping 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage making expandable memory virtually pointless. Another downside is that it "only" has a full HD screen but I've got a Moto G5S loan phone at the moment and apart from the brightness I can't really tell the difference between full HD and my Note 8. It's also IP68 and has a 3.5mm headphone jack. Little things but really nice to have.

I do treat myself to one expensive gadget per year and this might be the one. As always, the phone is very competitively priced starting at $529 (£469), $579 (£519) and $629 (£569) for the top spec.

https://www.oneplus.com/global/6


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 Post subject: Re: The Android thread
PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 1:50 pm 
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For those that mentioned Bixby, it's utter shit. Google Assistant is far and away the superior choice between itself, Siri, Bixby and Cortana.


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 Post subject: Re: The Android thread
PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 2:30 pm 
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Got Note 8 2 months ago, great phone, great camera. Gave my Note 4 to my missus but stopped last month charging, tried a new battery but wouldn't charge. Loved my note 4 brought it to one of those Asian shops but he said would have to take it apart to find out issue :frown: My missus got a P10 lite which she seems to like.
I don't mind Bixby grand for turning on Bluetooth, optimising phone etc.


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 Post subject: Re: The Android thread
PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 3:07 pm 
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Nolanator wrote:
Dug out my old Nexus 7 tablet there the other day and charged it up. I factory reset it some time ago as it wasn't working well. Seems to work fine so far now, all apps updates on startup.

Question is, will it be able to cope with the latest OS and app versions etc? I wan to give it to the missus to watch Netflix and it'll be used for little else. Am I better off rooting it?


You'll have to root it if you want it to run the latest and greatest. Tried to get my own one up to speed but didn't have too much joy. Contemplating just getting a Kindle fire for chucking in my bag when travelling as the android tablet selection is a bit crap at the moment.


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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 1:29 pm 
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Skawt wrote:
Nolanator wrote:
Dug out my old Nexus 7 tablet there the other day and charged it up. I factory reset it some time ago as it wasn't working well. Seems to work fine so far now, all apps updates on startup.

Question is, will it be able to cope with the latest OS and app versions etc? I wan to give it to the missus to watch Netflix and it'll be used for little else. Am I better off rooting it?


You'll have to root it if you want it to run the latest and greatest. Tried to get my own one up to speed but didn't have too much joy. Contemplating just getting a Kindle fire for chucking in my bag when travelling as the android tablet selection is a bit crap at the moment.


Kindle fire is ace. Sideload Google Play, swap in an alternative launcher and Bob's your uncle. Sweet android tablet for about a quarter the price.

Get no ads one though.


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 Post subject: Re: The Android thread
PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 1:32 pm 
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For those that mentioned Bixby, it's utter shit. Google Assistant is far and away the superior choice between itself, Siri, Bixby and Cortana.

Bixby is a fŪcking awful pain in the hole. I cant completely eradicate it from my phone. it's like Japanese knotweed, or the ex.


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For those that mentioned Bixby, it's utter shit. Google Assistant is far and away the superior choice between itself, Siri, Bixby and Cortana.

Bixby is a fŪcking awful pain in the hole. I cant completely eradicate it from my phone. it's like Japanese knotweed, or the ex.

At least you enjoyed the ex at one point in life. Bixby wouldn't be too bad except for dedicated button that cannot be re-purposed. It also turns on at random times which isn't so much annoying as baffling as I thought I had done everything to turn it off.


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 Post subject: Re: The Android thread
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The Native wrote:
etherman wrote:
The Native wrote:
For those that mentioned Bixby, it's utter shit. Google Assistant is far and away the superior choice between itself, Siri, Bixby and Cortana.

Bixby is a fŪcking awful pain in the hole. I cant completely eradicate it from my phone. it's like Japanese knotweed, or the ex.

At least you enjoyed the ex at one point in life. Bixby wouldn't be too bad except for dedicated button that cannot be re-purposed. It also turns on at random times which isn't so much annoying as baffling as I thought I had done everything to turn it off.

You can disable the had button
I managed it after much googling.


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 Post subject: Re: The Android thread
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Luckycharmer wrote:
Got Note 8 2 months ago, great phone, great camera. Gave my Note 4 to my missus but stopped last month charging, tried a new battery but wouldn't charge. Loved my note 4 brought it to one of those Asian shops but he said would have to take it apart to find out issue :frown: My missus got a P10 lite which she seems to like.
I don't mind Bixby grand for turning on Bluetooth, optimising phone etc.

I've got a P10 light. Love it


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 Post subject: Re: The Android thread
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Question from a friend that's moving to android...
Can she access icloud from her new android phone and then just copy the contacts from there to the android device?
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Question from a friend that's moving to android...
Can she access icloud from her new android phone and then just copy the contacts from there to the android device?
Ta


www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/how-to-swi ... droid/amp/


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 Post subject: Re: The Android thread
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Skawt wrote:
Nolanator wrote:
Dug out my old Nexus 7 tablet there the other day and charged it up. I factory reset it some time ago as it wasn't working well. Seems to work fine so far now, all apps updates on startup.

Question is, will it be able to cope with the latest OS and app versions etc? I wan to give it to the missus to watch Netflix and it'll be used for little else. Am I better off rooting it?


You'll have to root it if you want it to run the latest and greatest. Tried to get my own one up to speed but didn't have too much joy. Contemplating just getting a Kindle fire for chucking in my bag when travelling as the android tablet selection is a bit crap at the moment.

gave up on mine last weekend and got a Samsung galaxy tab a6


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 Post subject: Re: The Android thread
PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 10:05 pm 
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RuggaBugga wrote:
Skawt wrote:
Nolanator wrote:
Dug out my old Nexus 7 tablet there the other day and charged it up. I factory reset it some time ago as it wasn't working well. Seems to work fine so far now, all apps updates on startup.

Question is, will it be able to cope with the latest OS and app versions etc? I wan to give it to the missus to watch Netflix and it'll be used for little else. Am I better off rooting it?


You'll have to root it if you want it to run the latest and greatest. Tried to get my own one up to speed but didn't have too much joy. Contemplating just getting a Kindle fire for chucking in my bag when travelling as the android tablet selection is a bit crap at the moment.


Kindle fire is ace. Sideload Google Play, swap in an alternative launcher and Bob's your uncle. Sweet android tablet for about a quarter the price.

Get no ads one though.
that's... an interesting idea, thank you. A few questions, if I may... Which model do you have? Will it run everything from the Play Store and is basically indistinguishable from a regular Android device? And does it have location/ GPS? (in order to stream from my US tv provider when overseas, I need to use VPN plus a location spoofer because broadcast is restricted to my home zip code). Finally, do you know if it can be rooted? Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: The Android thread
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etherman wrote:
The Native wrote:
etherman wrote:
The Native wrote:
For those that mentioned Bixby, it's utter shit. Google Assistant is far and away the superior choice between itself, Siri, Bixby and Cortana.

Bixby is a fŪcking awful pain in the hole. I cant completely eradicate it from my phone. it's like Japanese knotweed, or the ex.

At least you enjoyed the ex at one point in life. Bixby wouldn't be too bad except for dedicated button that cannot be re-purposed. It also turns on at random times which isn't so much annoying as baffling as I thought I had done everything to turn it off.

You can disable the had button
I managed it after much googling.

I have disabled it. But it should be able to be re-mapped and for some reason, Bixby keeps on popping up at random times.


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 Post subject: Re: The Android thread
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Balls Out! wrote:
RuggaBugga wrote:
Skawt wrote:
Nolanator wrote:
Dug out my old Nexus 7 tablet there the other day and charged it up. I factory reset it some time ago as it wasn't working well. Seems to work fine so far now, all apps updates on startup.

Question is, will it be able to cope with the latest OS and app versions etc? I wan to give it to the missus to watch Netflix and it'll be used for little else. Am I better off rooting it?


You'll have to root it if you want it to run the latest and greatest. Tried to get my own one up to speed but didn't have too much joy. Contemplating just getting a Kindle fire for chucking in my bag when travelling as the android tablet selection is a bit crap at the moment.


Kindle fire is ace. Sideload Google Play, swap in an alternative launcher and Bob's your uncle. Sweet android tablet for about a quarter the price.

Get no ads one though.
that's... an interesting idea, thank you. A few questions, if I may... Which model do you have? Will it run everything from the Play Store and is basically indistinguishable from a regular Android device? And does it have location/ GPS? (in order to stream from my US tv provider when overseas, I need to use VPN plus a location spoofer because broadcast is restricted to my home zip code). Finally, do you know if it can be rooted? Thanks


I have the Kindle Fire 8 (2017) -without special offers

Yes Kindle runs on a modified android platform so once you have sideloaded Google play on it, it runs everthing no probs. There's a ton of guides on the net including on youtube:
https://www.howtogeek.com/232726/how-to ... re-tablet/

It doesn't have GPS unfortunately (at least the 8 doesn't) .

I believe the 7 and 10 can be rooted but the 8 can't. I believe the 10 has the capability built on but it isn't activated or something. Worth looking into further as the spoofer may still work.
https://forum.xda-developers.com/hd8-hd10

I don't use it a lot (its for the mrs really) but it's a great device for media. If you actually use Amazon at all it's worth leaving their launcher on as it intergrates with Amazon site, kindle, prime video etc seamlessly and with Playstore sideloaded you can use every app as well.

Worth it if the GPS isn't a deal breaker.


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 Post subject: Re: The Android thread
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Saint wrote:
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Question from a friend that's moving to android...
Can she access icloud from her new android phone and then just copy the contacts from there to the android device?
Ta


http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/how ... droid/amp/


Thanks man


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RuggaBugga wrote:
Balls Out! wrote:
RuggaBugga wrote:
Skawt wrote:
Nolanator wrote:
Dug out my old Nexus 7 tablet there the other day and charged it up. I factory reset it some time ago as it wasn't working well. Seems to work fine so far now, all apps updates on startup.

Question is, will it be able to cope with the latest OS and app versions etc? I wan to give it to the missus to watch Netflix and it'll be used for little else. Am I better off rooting it?


You'll have to root it if you want it to run the latest and greatest. Tried to get my own one up to speed but didn't have too much joy. Contemplating just getting a Kindle fire for chucking in my bag when travelling as the android tablet selection is a bit crap at the moment.


Kindle fire is ace. Sideload Google Play, swap in an alternative launcher and Bob's your uncle. Sweet android tablet for about a quarter the price.

Get no ads one though.
that's... an interesting idea, thank you. A few questions, if I may... Which model do you have? Will it run everything from the Play Store and is basically indistinguishable from a regular Android device? And does it have location/ GPS? (in order to stream from my US tv provider when overseas, I need to use VPN plus a location spoofer because broadcast is restricted to my home zip code). Finally, do you know if it can be rooted? Thanks


I have the Kindle Fire 8 (2017) -without special offers

Yes Kindle runs on a modified android platform so once you have sideloaded Google play on it, it runs everthing no probs. There's a ton of guides on the net including on youtube:
https://www.howtogeek.com/232726/how-to ... re-tablet/

It doesn't have GPS unfortunately (at least the 8 doesn't) .

I believe the 7 and 10 can be rooted but the 8 can't. I believe the 10 has the capability built on but it isn't activated or something. Worth looking into further as the spoofer may still work.
https://forum.xda-developers.com/hd8-hd10

Nice one, thanks.

RuggaBugga wrote:
If you actually use Amazon at all it's worth leaving their launcher on as it intergrates with Amazon site, kindle, prime video etc seamlessly and with Playstore sideloaded you can use every app as well.
What's really grinding my gears... I have both Amazon UK and US accounts. I've found that I could buy and stream certain TV shows through Amazon UK - for very, very cheap - that aren't available to stream anywhere (legally) in the US (specifically Braquo seasons 4 and 5, and Forbrydelsen season 2, around $4 for entire seasons, if anyone cares. Individual episodes cost >$4, so no idea how the economics of THAT works, but I'm not complaining).

I can watch them just fine both on the Amazon UK website through a web browser on my laptop without a VPN. However, somehow, my Prime video app on all my devices seems locked to my US account and it won't let me play those shows because they aren't licensed for that geography (note I have same username and password for both accounts, not sure if you can have separate ones).

I've tried VPNs with dedicated UK IP, downloading the app via the UK app store etc - it says I need to contact customer services to get my account region switched, but I worry that if I did that, I wouldn't be allowed to change back to US more than once a year or something (viz: awful experiences with the Sky Sports app).

Long shot, but I don't suppose anyone here has encountered similar and has a workaround?

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