|OT| The Android Thread - The ultimate haven for headphone jacks

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Welcome to the Android OT for device news, discussion, advice and troubleshooting!

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FAQ
- What is Android?
Android is an open source operating system created by Google's Android division. Originally made for smartphones, the Android OS expanded into tablets, Smart TVs and Automobiles.

- What are the advantages of Android over iOS?
In addition to being open source, Android is a lot more customizable due to its plethora of personalization apps for wallpapers, lock screens and even ringtones.

- Can I root my Android phone/tablet?
It depends. If you are interested in installing custom roms on your phone, go for it. Be careful though, there is a chance that your device will be bricked if you fail to do the root method properly.

- Are Android tablets good for drawing (ex Photoshop, ArtRage, etc)?
Sadly, drawing on Android tablets is very inferior due to the lack of dedicated bluetooth styluses and poor support for tablets. Your best bet is to get the NVIDIA SHIELD tablet as it has a proper native stylus, but you're better off with an iPad with Apple Pencil or a Microsoft Surface.

- Are there any other appstores besides the Google Play Store app?
Yes! Other appstores exist such as F-Droid and the Amazon Appstore. You can also use APK sites such as APKMirror, TapTap, and QooApp to install games/apps from other countries. Be careful when installing from other sources as the APKs they distribute can infect your phone with malware.
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THE MANY TYPES OF ANDROID

Android: The default operating system for smartphones and tablets.

Android TV: TV-focused version of Android for Smart TVs. Included in NVIDIA SHIELD TV, Mi Box S, and recent Sony Bravia TVs.

Wear OS: Originally Android Wear. Android for smartwatches, supports the Google Play store, though some apps may have limited functionality. Certain watches can also recieve iOS notifications via dedicated app.

Android Auto: Version of Android that is an interactive menu for cars. Lacks gaming capabilities, but app support makes up for it.

Android One: A special modified version of Stock Android with regular security updates for 3 years. Usually sold more in India and Asian countries.

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CUSTOM ROMS
LineageOS - A free Android ROM that the successor to CyannogenOS/CyannogenMOD. Also available in a version for microG.
Paranoid Android - A very old yet very well known custom ROM
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RECOMMENDED APPS
Nova Launcher (personalization) - The most customizable and popular launcher for Android. Contains Pro option as a one time payment via separate app.
Textra (messenger) - An alternative to your phone's stock texting app. Customizable with emjoi styles and colors.
VLC (video player) - Port of open source video player on PC, macOS and Linux.
Zedge - store for free/paid ringtones, notification sounds and wallpapers.
Cx File Manager - nice lightweight app that lets you manage your phone's files, also no ads looks at ES File Explorer
Files - Nice alternative to ES File Explorer, lets you delete, move, copy files on phone
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Rocking a Moto Z2 Play here. I had an iPhone once but fuck they're expensive.
Yeah, I used to have a iPhone 6S but the battery sucks ass even after uninstalling Facebook and Snapchat. What's strange is that after I changed my phone, the battery began to decrease slowly without the SIM card.

Now I own an S9 which is refreshing. It currently has the Pie beta installed that I sideloaded from some months ago. Trying to get it back to Stable pie but with no luck :(
 
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Oppo and Xiaomi are working on under-display selfie technology.

Looks cool, though I wonder how Samsung would implement this in their next phones.
 
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Removed Aptoide in the OP because of this article

In other words, avoid Aptoide at all costs. It's now malware and a cryptocurrency monster.
 
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Moto Z3 Play and Moto Z2 has recently gotten the Pie update

Nokia 2.2 phone announced

Leaked Galaxy Note 10 renders comfirms no headphone jacks :(

ASUS unable to use Zen and ZenFone brand in India due to trademark issues
 
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well that fucking sucks :(
Yeah. You think with the praise for Samsung keeping the headphone jacks for the S10, they could just keep them for the Galaxy Note 10.
Looks like I am switching to an S10e. That phone is easily the best of the Galaxy series.
 
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Huawei will no longer preload Facebook apps in future phones

Google lobbying for Huawei ban

You can now file a claim for the Nexus 6P settlement

Moto G7 Power on sale for $230

Google Nest Hub is $65 on Rakuten.com (Buy.com)
 
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I want to buy a new Android tablet. Huawei is out after recent events, any recommendations?
 
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I want to buy a new Android tablet. Huawei is out after recent events, any recommendations?
I heard that ASUS Zenpad 8 is a decent tablet, though I haven't owned an ASUS tablet in my life.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is also good, but the price can be expensive if buying the Samsung keyboard case for it.
 

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I heard that ASUS Zenpad 8 is a decent tablet, though I haven't owned an ASUS tablet in my life.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is also good, but the price can be expensive if buying the Samsung keyboard case for it.
These are my main options in my country:

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018) at around 200 euros
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (2017) at around 320 euros
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e (2019) at around 360 euros.

...and an iPad (2018) at around 280 euros.

I'm going to be using it as mainly a media & internet device with a bit of typing here and there. No gaming. The first Tab A is the cheap option, it's decent but the other two have far better screens. The S3 has a 4:3 aspect ratio which seems like it would be terrible for Youtube and movie watching.
 
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These are my main options in my country:

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018) at around 200 euros
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (2017) at around 320 euros
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e (2019) at around 360 euros.

...and an iPad (2018) at around 280 euros.

I'm going to be using it as mainly a media & internet device with a bit of typing here and there. No gaming. The first Tab A is the cheap option, it's decent but the other two have far better screens. The S3 has a 4:3 aspect ratio which seems like it would be terrible for Youtube and movie watching.
Hm.... Sounds like you should get the S5e for power or Tab A for budget.
 
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I'll be rocking my LG G7ThinQ until it drops dead or I do. I just need to find a better case and a new screen protector, as my screen protector is, well garbage, having split in several spots.

Don't want to go with an Otter because while it'll work, it will double the size of the phone. Looked into AUG, but they dropped their G7 ThinQ line of cases
 
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A PSA to anyone who owns a Chromecast or Assistant speaker: A recent update to the Google Home app repeatedly forgets Chromecasts and speakers and continues to say that they're offline.

Luckily, there is one solution found in a comment:
Turn off battery optimization for Google Services Framework, com.sec.android.app.chromecast, Google Play Store and Google Home. These have helped mine tremendously. Apps > Special Access > Optimize battery usage. However, some issues will still persist, but by and large, these aren't put to sleep and my Chromecasting apps still see the devices.
 
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I get weird stops with Discord on my S9, when switching between emoji picker-keyboard fast sometimes the App just hangs for 2-5 seconds. Tried clearing cache to no help.
Anyone else?