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So, I'd like to at least attempt getting the Googe Play store on my device, directly downloading and installing the apk hasn't worked.
So, if I install cyanogen could I do that and have it work?

Also, I have downloaded the firmware for my device in case I do something terrible, but I'm not sure if this is really just the firmware or the default installation, and I don't know how to put the image on there in either case (.img file). Help please.

RolandofGilead wrote:

So, I'd like to at least attempt getting the Googe Play store on my device, directly downloading and installing the apk hasn't worked.
So, if I install cyanogen could I do that and have it work?

Also, I have downloaded the firmware for my device in case I do something terrible, but I'm not sure if this is really just the firmware or the default installation, and I don't know how to put the image on there in either case (.img file). Help please.

What device?

MannishBoy wrote:
RolandofGilead wrote:

So, I'd like to at least attempt getting the Googe Play store on my device, directly downloading and installing the apk hasn't worked.
So, if I install cyanogen could I do that and have it work?

Also, I have downloaded the firmware for my device in case I do something terrible, but I'm not sure if this is really just the firmware or the default installation, and I don't know how to put the image on there in either case (.img file). Help please.

What device?

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RolandofGilead wrote:
MannishBoy wrote:
RolandofGilead wrote:

So, I'd like to at least attempt getting the Googe Play store on my device, directly downloading and installing the apk hasn't worked.
So, if I install cyanogen could I do that and have it work?

Also, I have downloaded the firmware for my device in case I do something terrible, but I'm not sure if this is really just the firmware or the default installation, and I don't know how to put the image on there in either case (.img file). Help please.

What device?

Proscan PLT7810K

A little googling brings up this.

So I bought a Nexus 4 awhile back through T-Mobile and have rather fallen out of love with it. If I were to try to sell it, would I be able to list it as a Nexus 4 that would work with any carrier, or is it tied to T-Mobile since that's who I bought it through?

I don't know if anyone else has noticed this issue, but I thought I'd post it here, just in case.

I have a Galaxy S4 that I've really been loathing recently. Button presses and touches were really slow to respond. It would take upwards of ten seconds to realize it was off the charger before I could unlock the screen. If I pressed the home button, it would act like it was stuck, and always send me to the task screen (the list of small windows of all of my open applications).

I just resigned myself to the idea that something wasn't working right, and that the home button (mechanical in this case) was just messed up in some way.

Well, today, twice, I noticed Yelp was crashing when I'd try to exit my browser. Getting annoyed with yet another bug, I uninstalled Yelp, as I think I had literally installed it just because one night I was arguing with some friends about where to go eat, and I pulled it out to just pick a place. I haven't used it since.

All of the issues I had been seeing for months evaporated. If you have Yelp on your phone, and you're seeing issues, I recommend immediate removal.

In case anyone is interested, I'm looking to unload a 16 GB Nexus 4.

Any Note 3 owners got the Kitkat OTA update yet?

Ok, so how do I get my Note 3 Apps in alphabetical order?

karmajay wrote:

Ok, so how do I get my Note 3 Apps in alphabetical order?

App Drawer->Menu->Edit->View Type

I've had some assembly issues with my first few phones so I've been sitting on a promo code the last few days. I finally sat down to order it this morning and discovered all the new colors Motorola has added for the Moto X. Very sweet. My current phone's accent was Purple before but they renamed it to Violet and added a new shade for the Purple accent. Definitely getting that one instead.

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What I'm sticking with

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What I originally ordered

Does anyone use Stitcher or aha for podcast. I really like Pocket Cast, but the other two are integrated into my car's media center. I was going to go with which ever had all my podcast, but since neither do, I was hoping someone had some impressions.

I tried Stitcher but it seemed less discrete than I want/need.

Do previous models of a phone tend to drop in price rather soon after it's successor come out? I own a Galaxy S2 which is clearly in the beginning stages of dying on me, and being someone who doesn't use it for any heavy media consumption or anything that requires the fanciest latest edition, I was feeling that the Nexus 5 would probably be the best choice of a replacement. But now I'm wondering if I would be better off waiting until the S5 is released to see if my provider will make the S4 easier to obtain. (They currently offer the S4 for free on a 2-year plan, but only if I am on a plan that is about twice as expensive as the one I'm on now.)

kuddles wrote:

Do previous models of a phone tend to drop in price rather soon after it's successor come out? I own a Galaxy S2 which is clearly in the beginning stages of dying on me, and being someone who doesn't use it for any heavy media consumption or anything that requires the fanciest latest edition, I was feeling that the Nexus 5 would probably be the best choice of a replacement. But now I'm wondering if I would be better off waiting until the S5 is released to see if my provider will make the S4 easier to obtain. (They currently offer the S4 for free on a 2-year plan, but only if I am on a plan that is about twice as expensive as the one I'm on now.)

Outside of carriers, used phones and new ones (Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3) absolutely get cheaper, without a doubt. Be sure to look for the unlocked international version of the phone as long as your carrier will allow it to be used on your plan.

As far as prices from providers themselves, that can be iffy. Quite often they go down in price, but not as much as the phones do on eBay, Amazon, Swappa, etc. Refurbished ones may be made available, but even those may be priced higher compared to elsewhere.

I can't speak directly to Canadian companies, but for the Americans they generally don't do anything better than free phone with 2-year contract. By the time they're at that point, the phone is on it's way out and in a few months you won't even be able to order one anymore.

If you don't want to change your plan, it's BYOD.

LouZiffer wrote:
kuddles wrote:

Do previous models of a phone tend to drop in price rather soon after it's successor come out? I own a Galaxy S2 which is clearly in the beginning stages of dying on me, and being someone who doesn't use it for any heavy media consumption or anything that requires the fanciest latest edition, I was feeling that the Nexus 5 would probably be the best choice of a replacement. But now I'm wondering if I would be better off waiting until the S5 is released to see if my provider will make the S4 easier to obtain. (They currently offer the S4 for free on a 2-year plan, but only if I am on a plan that is about twice as expensive as the one I'm on now.)

Outside of carriers, used phones and new ones (Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3) absolutely get cheaper, without a doubt. Be sure to look for the unlocked international version of the phone as long as your carrier will allow it to be used on your plan.

As far as prices from providers themselves, that can be iffy. Quite often they go down in price, but not as much as the phones do on eBay, Amazon, Swappa, etc. Refurbished ones may be made available, but even those may be priced higher compared to elsewhere.

I'm in the same boat with a S2 that I actually bought from Groan ages ago and it feels good to be way behind the phone curve.

The new phones just don't justify me wanting to splurge. Mine works, kinda, I might throw a new battery in it and see if that solves my main gripes. I got a pair of Air max instead to cover my retail therapy for the interim ;P

Will be interesting to see what companies do when the used market starts to get extremely saturated. Or is it already? $286 for a S3 seems like a good deal but I still have no interest. Not even for $186.

kuddles wrote:

Do previous models of a phone tend to drop in price rather soon after it's successor come out? I own a Galaxy S2 which is clearly in the beginning stages of dying on me, and being someone who doesn't use it for any heavy media consumption or anything that requires the fanciest latest edition, I was feeling that the Nexus 5 would probably be the best choice of a replacement. But now I'm wondering if I would be better off waiting until the S5 is released to see if my provider will make the S4 easier to obtain. (They currently offer the S4 for free on a 2-year plan, but only if I am on a plan that is about twice as expensive as the one I'm on now.)

I was in the same situation except I wanted the note 3.the only way I could get it was to give up my excellent plan and sign up for a crappy 2year contract at $15 more.
Instead I used the insurance I was paying $7 per month and got an out of contract galaxy s 4 as a replacement for $150. I had to send my s3 to bell but it was overheating and dropping calls anyways so that was OK.

I understand that this probably doesn't help you because you probably don't pay for that insurance. All that to say, I understand your pain.

I don't think there's really a huge functional difference between the S3 and S4, and between the Note2 and Note3. The S5, however, actually has features that are making me drool. Hopefully, it'll be more affordable when I reup my line subscription later this year.

I like that I can use the S4 with gloves on. For those of us with a winter it's very useful. The main thing the S5 brings which I would like is water resistance. The S3/S4 already have a good heart rate monitor (camera/flash + free app) and the fingerprint reader on the S5 isn't something I'd use.

Would anybody know why the pic my mom took with her Galaxy III and sent me via yahoo mail with .jpg extension wouldn't be open-able? I have a bunch of image viewers and they all fail.

The image could be corrupted.

Well, second try worked.

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
I didn't know anyone had come out with something larger than a 10 inch tablet, but now I want one.
Thoughts on this one in particular or any other 10+ tablets out there?

RolandofGilead wrote:

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
I didn't know anyone had come out with something larger than a 10 inch tablet, but now I want one.
Thoughts on this one in particular or any other 10+ tablets out there?

Kestrel and I have these, and I love it.

- The screen is incredibly pretty, and it's hard to look at a smaller screen after using it.
- The stylus actually works well, including as a pressure sensitive tool for drawing
- Text entry with the stylus is very accurate, and there's a keyboard called 'Stylus' that is amazing
- Multi-window really works, and the extra screen size makes it worthwhile

A couple things I don't like:
- Reviews of the tablet made a big deal about the TouchWiz launcher, but I'm not using it. They removed the 'app widget' for their magazine view for some reason, rendering it nothing more than a flipboard-like page on your launcher, which is of little use to me.
- I had to return the first one I bought because the WiFi degraded over the first couple of days. The replacement and Kestrel's have worked fine for over a month now.
- I'd gotten used to quick updates and simple rooting on my Nexus 10, so getting a Samsung device has been a small step backward in that department.

Random point of geeky excellence:
My current obsession is that the screen size provides a near perfect comic book display. You can hold a book against the screen and almost exactly matches.

The tablets made a definite impression. After getting one (sold an old Nexus 10), I decided I wanted a stylus on my phone as well so I got a Note 3. I've been very happy with both - Samsung makes nice hardware.

mateofalcone wrote:

My current obsession is that the screen size provides a near perfect comic book display. You can hold a book against the screen and almost exactly matches.

That's what I was hoping you'd say. I found this regarding rooting it.
and this one
edit: oh, you did say simple rooting

Update regarding my cheap tablet. I followed a link on the page you found (see previous page) and did its instructions. It didn't seem to go very well. I also had to improvise once I got root, namely I had to go in and change permissions for every folder I wanted to paste the new apk's into. When it installed though, all my google processes, including youtube, crashed (it would seem many of the system components I replaced were very old versions). I then wanted to just flash the .img file I had but couldn't actually get it into recovery mode, just got the dead android on its back with a red triangle and black exclamation mark in the middle. So anyway, a couple of attempts and dead android icons later, went ahead and just reset to factory defaults/delete user data that was available in Settings just so I could get it to behave normally again, but somehow it magically worked and I finally downloaded and installed AIDE through the Google Play Store but rootExplorer is no longer installed but a different app installed in the process is, go fig.

I've been dreaming of a tablet a bit bigger than the iPad expressly for reading comics at full size. Might consider that one whenever I upgrade.