Ahoi hoi! This is likely the latest Wednesday Android Update post I’ve ever done on here. I forgot to post one last week cause I did the iZombie megathread/recap and I forgot to post one this week because we were off Monday and that threw me all kinds of off. That and there hasn’t been much in the way of Android related news worth sharing. Hell, there still hasn’t been much worth sharing. But at least one person asked where the thread for the week was and thus I figured I was overdo.

On a slightly related note I still haven’t watched this week’s iZombie episode, so tell you what I’m gonna do. I’m gonna watch this weekend and get the post ready by Sunday and then this week we’re gonna have a two for one post covering last week’s episode and this upcoming week’s one.

Onward and upward though!

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More “wtf, Motorola” pieces were released

This one popped up yesterday over on Droid Life and is titled “Motorola, What the Hell is Going on With You?”

If you’ve paid attention to these post the past month or two you’ll have noticed nothing but “what the hell is Motorola doing” related news from me and it seems like I’m not the only one saying as much.

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If you haven’t read up on said posts you can just read the Droid Life piece because it covers all the same talking points I’ve already been over.

If you want a Cliff Notes version though it’s as follows.

  • Lenovo let go of a significant number of Motorola employees, including most of the software division (aka the people who gave us Active Display, Touchless Control, etc etc etc)
  • Lenovo named the new Moto X the Moto X Pure Edition 2015, trading on an established name but with a twist. The Pure Edition 2014 let you unlock its bootloader without voiding the warranty. The 2015 edition does not allow this. Unlocking its bootloader voids your warranty. The fine print being “if it’s a hardware issue they’ll honor it” though, but I wouldn’t count on that personally.
  • Marshmallow updates were announced with three extremely notable devices not getting it: Moto X 2014 (AT&T version), Moto X 2014 (Verizon version), and the Moto E 2015. That last one being barely 7 months old at the time of announcement. Edit. It is worth pointing out that I recently read that the AT&T and Verizon Moto X 2014 models MIGHT get Marshmallow.

And to give you some info from both the Droid Life article and what others have said elsewhere, the new Moto X is plagued with issues. Not only are some people receiving devices with some seriously “wtf was quality control doing, sleeping on the job?” (as in hardware issues ranging from loose buttons to just general fit and finish issues) but there are also some seriously significant delays in both production and shipping. Some Moto Maker orders have been delayed by weeks, others cancelled outright for no clear reason (and had to be placed again by buyers), and some haven’t even been fully built (based on the update emails that go out) but are due to have “arrived on your doorstep” within a day or so.

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Issue, after issue, after issue. None of it good. So again just avoid Motorola going forward, Lenovo has screwed the company up so much I can’t recommend them at all anymore.

Marshmallow updates continue

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Marshmallow is still rolling out to the various Nexus devices and I know at least three Odeckers have either manually flashed the OTA update, flashed the factory image, or received the OTA update directly. That covers all three ways to get it and so far I haven’t heard anyone complain about any issues just yet.

For those who haven’t received the update, you can always sideload it. Here’s the links to the zip files you’ll need to do so.

Nexus 5. Will take you from build LMY48M to MRA58K.

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Nexus 7 (2013) (WiFi). Will take you from LMY48M to MRA58K.

Nexus 7 (2013) (LTE). Will take you from LMY48P to MRA58K.

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Nexus 9 (WiFi). Will take you from LMY48T to MRA58K.

Nexus 9 (LTE). You first need to go from LMY48M to LMY48T, assuming your phone isn’t on LMY48M already. If it is you can just skip to this next part. Go from LMY48T to MRA58K.

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And stealing this next bit directly from Android Police cause I’m not rewriting all that.

5.1.1 LMY48M -> 5.1.1 LMY48T

5.1.1 LMY48M -> 5.1.1 LMY48W (AT&T Only)

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5.1.1 LVY48F -> 5.1.1 LVY48H (Project Fi Only)

5.1.1 LYZ28K -> 5.1.1 LYZ28M (T-Mobile USA Only)

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5.1.1 LMY48T -> 6.0 MRA58K

5.1.1 LMY48W -> 6.0 MRA58K - Coming soon! (AT&T Only)

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5.1.1 LVY48H -> 6.0 MRA58K (Project Fi Only)

5.1.1 LYZ28M -> 6.0 MRA58K (T-Mobile USA Only)

For those unfamiliar with sideloading, I wrote about it a few weeks ago and everything you need to do it and how to do so can be found here.

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EDIT: While not quite official, those of you who own a Nexus 4, Nexus 10, and even Galaxy Nexus are not being left out in the cold. If you have a custom recovery or are down to have one then you too can have Marshmallow. Let me know if that’s something you want and I’ll give you all the info you need.

That said I have good news for G4 owners. The G4 is getting Marshmallow as of next week. At least for G4 owners in Poland. A rollout further shouldn’t be too far off from that point.

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Beyond that I don’t believe anyone else is getting Marshmallow soon. I did tweet about which Samsung devices are supposedly gonna get it and goddamn does Samsung have far too many variants for a handful of devices but basically if you own an S5, S6, S6 Edge, Note 4, and Note 5 you’re likely going to get Marshmallow. Although who knows when that will be.

UPDATE! Here’s the list of Samsung phones reported (from SamMobile) to be getting Marshmallow.

I’ll share additional OEM and device info as I find it out going forward.

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Google is giving away a ton of “Playlist: The Very Best of...” albums

All free as in “free beer”.

Oh and there’s one mystery album on there. Although apparently if you want a preview of what you’re getting you can click this link.

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🎵 It’s the time of the season 🎵

For horror movies! [lightning strikes, wind howls, bangishotyou cackles maniacally]

No, but seriously it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Halloween time!

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And while out for a really terrible lunch I didn’t enjoy I learned of a new service called Shudder, which is basically the Netflix of horror movies. It runs you $4.99 a month and from what I can tell has a pretty good selection.

Relevance to the overall topic of this post can be found in its actually pretty nice looking Android app. Of course you’ll need a subscription to actually use it.

That’s all for the past few weeks...

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I did mention it’s been a relatively slow news period, right?

Let me make it up to you the only way I know how. Have a trusted person hold your socks before you go in there though, otherwise they will end up missing.