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Old 08-24-2017, 07:17 AM   #26
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hardware and software seems to be reaching peek. For now, till someone comes up with something really groundbreaking.
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Old 08-24-2017, 07:21 AM   #27
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I bought my S8+ at release. I did get the VR headset though for free... Which I've used a couple of times...:
Is VR porn that much better? (Serious)
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Old 08-24-2017, 12:05 PM   #28
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Supposedly there are promotions for Ex Note 7 owners to get almost 500 off a Note 8 if they trade in their current device.
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Old 08-24-2017, 12:08 PM   #29
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I can get $450 if I trade in my S8...which I only paid $424 for a couple months ago
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Old 08-24-2017, 06:49 PM   #30
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Rootless OMS support (SUBSTRATUM THEMES!) is about a week away from release for 8.0 Oreo!!! This is huge, and has been the main reason for my rooting.

https://www.xda-developers.com/andro...-system-theme/
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Old 08-24-2017, 11:09 PM   #31
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Rootless OMS support (SUBSTRATUM THEMES!) is about a week away from release for 8.0 Oreo!!! This is huge, and has been the main reason for my rooting.

https://www.xda-developers.com/andro...-system-theme/
A good dark theme for an AMOLED display is very nice to have. I will try this for sure. I hope they re enable night light for non pixel devices. That was a nice feature that I lost when going to Oreo beta program.
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Old 08-25-2017, 07:44 AM   #32
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My S7 (VZW) just got an update this morning (well maybe overnight). That is all.
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Old 08-25-2017, 07:56 AM   #33
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My S7 (VZW) just got an update this morning (well maybe overnight). That is all.
Thanks?
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Old 08-25-2017, 07:59 AM   #34
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Rootless OMS support (SUBSTRATUM THEMES!) is about a week away from release for 8.0 Oreo!!! This is huge, and has been the main reason for my rooting.

https://www.xda-developers.com/andro...-system-theme/
So, I have an unlocked GS8, once I get the O update, can I use this?

I love the dark theme much better than the white.
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Old 08-25-2017, 10:13 AM   #35
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So, I have an unlocked GS8, once I get the O update, can I use this?

I love the dark theme much better than the white.
You can use Samsung's theme engine OR Substratum right now
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Old 08-25-2017, 10:27 AM   #36
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You can use Samsung's theme engine OR Substratum right now
Yeah, after playing with Substratum a bit, seems they are similar (or the same).

Why is this Substratum thing such a big deal then? The ability to "theme" apps...maybe...
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Old 08-25-2017, 11:49 AM   #37
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Yeah, after playing with Substratum a bit, seems they are similar (or the same).

Why is this Substratum thing such a big deal then? The ability to "theme" apps...maybe...
People don't want to get blasted in the face with a white page of settings. It's for the tinkerers, like most of this stuff. Theme apps, UI/system, change nav bar, boot animation, etc.



I was just running it and it was fine but then I applied something and got into a bootloop. It's not fully supported in LOS and other ROMs. Usual "use at your own risk" when tweaking ****. I've abandoned it for now but will probably try this new one when it's released.


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Old 08-26-2017, 01:10 AM   #38
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Swift Black is my current favorite substratum theme.
You have to pay for it, but it themes a lot of apps.
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Old 08-26-2017, 07:15 AM   #39
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Swift Black is my current favorite substratum theme.
You have to pay for it, but it themes a lot of apps.
I used black briefly, and switched to dark.
Would love to know how to change colors on the status bar?
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Old 08-28-2017, 12:09 PM   #40
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Looks like my next phone will be USB-C with no headphone jack

The only time I really need my headphone jack is at night when my phone & bt headset are on the charger (and off course USB-C/headphone adapters don't officially support charging while earbudding).

So keeping one of these by my bed is probably gonna be my solution:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1



Anybody here use one? Did it work ok? I'll probably just leave it plugged in all the time with my headphones connected to it.
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Old 08-28-2017, 12:43 PM   #41
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Don't remember if this is WTLW.

Google Pixel 2 Launch Event Reportedly Set After iPhone 8 Release Date
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It seems that the release of the next Google smartphone is finally set in stone, with the Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL, NASDAQ:GOOG) Google Pixel 2 launch event reportedly set for October 5. VentureBeat’s Evan Blass is responsible for providing this information, with the notorious leaker also suggesting that the smartphone will benefit from the brand new Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 processor.

Google Pixel 2 launch event revealed

Blass revealed the information on Twitter, noting that “Google’s second-generation Pixel handsets, powered by Snapdragon 836 SoC’s, will be unveiled on October 5th.”

While Google cannot lay claim to performing as well in the hardware marketplace as the likes of Apple and Samsung, the last twelve months have been positive for the mega-corporation. The Google hardware division has produced Google Home, Google Wi-Fi, Daydream VR, a 4K Chromecast, and the previous generation Google Pixel phones in the last year, and is at least beginning to gain a foothold in hardware.

Android Police believes that the Google Pixel 2 launch event will also herald the release of a new Chromebook and a smaller version of the Google Home system. Some analysts have also suggested that the corporation may even reveal a a few other devices at the conference as well.

Superior processor

With Blass specifically mentioning a Qualcomm, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) Snapdragon 836, it seems that Google will aim for superior performance with the next generation Google Pixel 2. This is actually a similar decision to 2016, when the manufacturer announced the Snapdragon 821 would drive the first Google Pixel release. At the time, the 820 was more common, and it thus seems that Google has similarly committed itself to delivering the most advanced processor technology possible in each Pixel release.

When the October 5 date of the Google Pixel 2 launch event rolls round, it is likely that the developer will announce two separate smartphones. There have been some rumors that three models of the Google Pixel 2 could be released in 2017, but this now seems wide of the mark. Instead, the standard Google Pixel 2 smartphone will be accompanied by the Google Pixel 2 XL this year, as the strategy of the company remains very much centered on a simple smartphone and phablet format.

Two models

Although Google hasn’t officially announced any of the spces for either of the Google Pixel 2 devices, leaks have indicated that the larger device will feature a 5.99-inch, 1440p OLED display. The smaller smartphone version will benefit from a 4.97-inch 1080p OLED screen, while there will also be design differences between the two handsets.

It is believed that the larger Pixel XL 2 will benefit from the sort of slimmed down bezels that have become extremely fashionable in the industry. However, the smaller Pixel 2, which is being produced by HTC, has larger top and bottom bezels, perhaps intended to reduce production costs.

With HTC being involved with the manufacturing of the device, a feature from at the HTC U11 is expected to migrate to the next generation Google handset when the Google Pixel 2 launch event occurs. It is believed that this handset will feature squeezable sides that will enable users of the smartphone to access various functionality more conveniently.

By squeezing the sides of the phone, Google Pixel 2 users will be able to perform an array of simple tasks. Referred to as Active Edge, the new functionality could assist consumers with taking photographs, while the Google Assistant software is also expected to be accessible via this new innovation.

Google Assistant features

With Google having announced the new Android Oreo software, it is expected that the new smartphone will benefit from the system. Another report suggested that the Google Pixel 2 will launch with Assistant headphones as part of its portfolio. This new peripheral will enable users to access the Google Assistant voice technology without touching the smartphone itself, potentially providing two avenues to achieve this alongside the squeezable frame.

An APK breakdown conducted by 9to5Google discovered the code strings for this feature in Android Oreo, suggesting that it could debut in the Google Pixel 2 generation. Whether this accessory would be bundled with the Pixel 2 as a matter of course remains to be seen, but it does sound like an interesting feature.

And when the Google Pixel 2 launch event reveals the next generation handset, it is widely anticipated that the 3.5mm headphone jack will have been removed. This has already been carried out by Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) with its iPhone 7 release, and Google is strongly expected to follow suit with the Google Pixel 2 generation.

While this was not received with universal acclaim by iPhone 7 users, it is generally thought that the smartphone industry is heading towards more wireless music playback.

Higher price

A source close to Google has also suggested that the Pixel 2 will attract a higher recommended retail price than previous releases. The last generation smartphone was available at launch for $649 in the United States, with the XL version costing $120 more than this. This suggests that the Google Pixel 2 will be released in the $699 to $749 ballpark.

The general consensus of analysts is that the camera in the Google Pixel 2 will remain a single-lens units. This may be a slight disappointment, but because of the outstanding photographic capabilities of the first Pixel release this shouldn’t necessarily be viewed as a disaster. There are rumors that Google has been working diligently to ensure that the Google Pixel 2 snap captures superior images in darker conditions as well.

Other specs

4GB of RAM is anticipated for the Google Pixel 2, putting the smartphone on a par with the existing Galaxy S8. Google is also expected to offer Pixel 2 consumers either 64 or 128GB of native storage, although the developer will once again ignore micro SD.

With the Google Pixel 2 launch event pencilled in for October 5, we don’t have too much longer to wait in order to find out what Google has in store for smartphone fans.
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Old 08-28-2017, 04:50 PM   #42
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Nope. I won't be spending that amount of money for any phone any time soon.

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Old 08-28-2017, 04:54 PM   #43
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This. I'd rather deal with a tough bootloader unlocking process and get the Xiaomi Mi6 or something. Small phone still all bezel-y, "perhaps intended to reduce production costs"? **** better be mad cheaper. I'm so displeased with where the Nexus/Pixel phones have gone.
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Old 08-28-2017, 05:02 PM   #44
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the Pixel may be expensive as hell, but it rendered my need for a good pocket point and shoot camera (~$500) totally unnecessary.

I have the Pixel XL and it is by far the best phone I've ever owned.
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Old 08-28-2017, 05:09 PM   #45
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The camera is definitely awesome. I have the ported GCam w/HDR+ on my Mi5 and it's quite good. I don't want a huge phone again, though. And $500 is pretty much my ceiling when it comes to phones. Even then, I generally spend around half that ($250 for N4, $300 used OPO on Swappa, $275 Mi5 brand new and $265 X Compact used on Swappa). Hearing about $700, $800, $900 and thousand dollar phones being "normal" now is ridiculous. For a Twitter box.
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Old 08-28-2017, 06:22 PM   #46
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As awesome as the Pixel/S8 camera is I still wish it had an optical zoom. Oh well, I guess I'll live
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Old 08-28-2017, 08:58 PM   #47
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Old 08-28-2017, 11:48 PM   #48
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Old 08-29-2017, 01:37 AM   #49
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Nope. I be won't spending that amount of money for any phone any time soon.
Exactly how i feel. i am at a point where i just don't see myself spending more than $500 on any phone and that won't change until someone comes with something revolutionary.

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This. I'd rather deal with a tough bootloader unlocking process and get the Xiaomi Mi6 or something. Small phone still all bezel-y, "perhaps intended to reduce production costs"? **** better be mad cheaper. I'm so displeased with where the Nexus/Pixel phones have gone.
The bootloader unlocking was fairly easy for me but i doubt i will buy another Xiaomi just because of how bad they are at following the GPL. I have never seen so many compatibility issues as i do with MIUI and you can forget about any custom development at least for the first 6 months. other than that, i am loving the phone itself (averaging about 7-8 hours sot).
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Old 08-29-2017, 09:28 AM   #50
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