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So, +Verizon Wireless​ has launched the Nexus 6 but still hasn't added IMEI numbers for phones purchased somewhere other than Verizon. Why doesn't this surprise me?

So, for the time being, if you bought your US Nexus 6 XT1103 from T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, US Cellular, Motorola, or Google Play, and are using it on Verizon, your device will continue to show as "Non-VZW Device," and you still won't be able to make account changes, get a new SIM, or just about anything else.

Great job, guys. Really.
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And now we wait for the inevitable flame war on who to blame for this oversight.

It seems that a lot of compromises had to be made just so the N6 can work on all the US carriers. I would be fine with one that works only on GSM bands, or even one that is LTE only.
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Told you so. No factory images, but we have an OTA, which is just as good.
 
As predicted, the Internet is completely imploding in on itself because there are no Nexus 6 factory images for Android 5.1 yet.

EFF YOU, AT&T! EFF YOU, VERIZON! We know you're the ones behind this because AT&T, because Verizon, because REASONS!

Chill out, folks. The carriers aren't the reason you have no factory images yet. But, since when has the Internet ever let the truth get in the way of a good story?

It's coming. Patience, grasshoppers.
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Just placed my first VoLTE call with +Steve Secor​. Both using Nexus 6s on +T-Mobile​ with Android 5.1. It sounded like he was in my living room talking to me. Pretty awesome!
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Hey +Shawn De Cesari ! We are so glad to see you and +Steve Secor  are enjoying the awesomeness!!! :) -Alicia
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I want to say this surprises me, but nothing on Reddit surprises me anymore. This is definitely a black eye for /r/Android.
 
An inside look at the type of people controlling the /r/Android subreddit

So I have been a huge fan of social media for years. I was a regular and somewhat known contributor on Digg.com before its demise and then I transitioned over to Reddit after that.

I am a huge fan of Android and have been a huge contributor to the /r/Android subreddit. If you follow me here, you probably also know that I own and write for AndroidExplained.com where I write very easy to understand, step by step tutorials for root related Android tasks in hopes to make that whole aspect of Android more accessible.

I had been noticing some strange biased with my submissions over at /r/Android for at least a month now. Things I submit get instantly voted down, but then rally back because their legit Android related things that people tend to want to read about.

Last week I submitted a story to /r/Android and it actually reached the frontpage of Reddit. Earned me a 'best link' badge on my Reddit account and I was pretty proud of it. I wake up the next morning and find out my flair had been changed to a 'shock site', lemonparty to be exact(I don't recommend you visit it).

I freak out and instantly change it back to what it was(AndroidExplained.com) and then start to mull it over. I had assumed that since my account got that type of attention that someone had hacked reddit somehow and was able to change it. I didn't think anything of it until later that day, when another one of my stories hit the frontpage of the subreddit and it got changed to yet another 'shock site', this time it was meatspin(again, I don't recommend you go there).

So I freak out again, contact the Reddit admins(which I have yet to hear back from) and then boom, banned from /r/Android for having the URL of a shock site in my flair.

I get really paranoid now and start changing passwords, scanning through linux logs(I run Ubuntu) to see if anyone had been installed a backdoor. Later that day I continue to get paranoid and start using LassPass so that it can generate random passwords for all of the websites I use, bank accounts, the whole nine yards.

During all of this I was asked by the /r/Android moderators to prove that I had actually messaged the reddit admins, that I was taking precautions to make sure someone didn't have access to my account(unsurprisingly, the whole time it was only my IP address that showed up in the Reddit account activity page).

I continue on the next day, create a 1600-word post about the 5.1 changelog with an explanation of what they changed and submitted it to /r/Android. To this day, I have only submitted two articles from my website to /r/Android and the first one hit the front page instantly. It's not like I sit here and spam posts from my website to the subreddit.

The 1600-word article was removed in less than 5 seconds 'because of spam'. After having a heated debate with a couple of the moderators of /r/Android I give up and let them have their way. They said I could have put those 1600 words in a comment and attached it to the official submission. Dude's exact words were 'we don't need the front page flooded with Android 5.1 posts'.

Like I said, I gave up and said whatever. To help prove my assumption that the moderators of /r/Android were being biased, I proceeded to submit every single 'Android 5.1 Feature Spotlight' article from Android Police today(or at least all that I could). Right now I am counting four of these submissions that are on the front page, even insignificant ones like 'the default android icon has been changed'.

I'm not complaining about Android Police creating those posts. I love their work and they deserve all the traffic they can get. Remember, I submitted a lot of them to the subreddit to prove that they would rather have a dozen submissions 'flooding up the home page' instead of me submitting one article from my website.

So tonight, after I eat dinner I sit down and look at my Reddit account and see my flair has been changed again! This time, instead of it being a shock site, it's been changed to '...'. Just three little dots. So now this really gets my suspicion up that it was an /r/Android moderator that had 'sabotaged' my flair with those horrible shock sites in an attempt to get me banned.

I message the moderation team asking, and CC IAmAN00bie a copy because he seems to be an unbiased moderator. If there was something suspicious, I would at least like him to get a copy of the message just in case the moderators tried to cover their steps.

My whole point of the message was to ask if Reddit kept logs of the actions their moderators. I wanted to know if it was indeed a moderator that had changed the flair to my account.

Low and behold, I get a response from the moderator that admits he changed my flair to '...'. You can see a screenshot of the message here - http://imgur.com/9rHLMlm

So now I'm boiling. Having stressed out about having my account hacked and all of my passwords compromised for three days, all because of a prank from one of the /r/Android moderators? Unbelievable!

I doubt there will be any repercussions for their actions. I'm writing this to vent out the anger and hope to at least show people what kind of moderation team /r/Android has going over there. The subreddit is no longer a community and instead it is ran by what I would call 'gatekeepers'. It doesn't matter if your submissions follow the subreddit rules, it doesn't matter if you follow the subreddit rules. If they don't like you then they will make sure to do anything they can to annoy you. Like a bunch of children.

Oh, and here's some other messages with those moderators that show bias and just all around irresponsible behavior.

 - http://imgur.com/4MajVDb - making up rules, there's no mention of flair in the subreddit rules for /r/Android

 - http://imgur.com/HsptgoT - it doesn't matter if the community upvotes to the top, the moderators will remove anything they don't like

 - http://imgur.com/LBUBiWe - this was from when they didn't want things 'clogging up the frontpage' and calling my 1600-word android 5.1 changelog an 'opinion piece'

 - http://imgur.com/8i0Cq6C - them talking about banning the entire phonearena.com domain because of 'excessive blog spam'. No, they don't punish the users who submit the blog spam, they'll ban the entire domain name if they feel like it. Even if the website comes up with a lot of their own content(btw PhoneArena had some good original coverage of MWC this year).

 - http://imgur.com/efjtAHJ - this was about the 24-hour ban that I received from an /r/Android moderator playing that prank of theirs. asking that I show proof of me contacting the reddit admins and pretending to look into the issue.

 - http://imgur.com/tjvUKGs - this was their response to finding the second of the two shock sites in my flair(again, both were 'pranks' by the /r/Android admins).

 - http://imgur.com/qbqq9Ii - and last up we have proven bias against the most popular Android website(Android Police) from an /r/Android moderator. This one was in response to them removing one of my submissions, citing editorializing, because I described the verizon wireless branding on the nexus 6 as 'monstrous'.

Again, I doubt this post will do anything meaningful to those moderators and it will probably get me banned. Honestly, I disgusted to be apart of that community because of the people who are running it right now. I would have left it weeks ago if I wasn't such a huge fan of Android.

Reddit should be about the community and what the community wants to see. They don't need 22 moderators to do this and having so many has only proven to created bias and cliques from within. It's simply disgusting. 
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Moderators are always the bad guys...  
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This is my current device inventory. I think the fact that the "S" word repeats four times makes my "Android geek" cred take a hit with some people. Oh well.
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Yeah I agree, +Alexander Terry​. It doesn't really bug me, but I'd definitely leave it out if I had the choice. 
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I love how Chrome on iOS shows the stock Lollipop wallpaper when you close all your tabs.
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link on wallpaper?
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Wow, 2 minutes to go from 5% to 100%? When Motorola talks about quick charging, they're not kidding! /s
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As predicted, the Internet is completely imploding in on itself because there are no Nexus 6 factory images for Android 5.1 yet.

EFF YOU, AT&T! EFF YOU, VERIZON! We know you're the ones behind this because AT&T, because Verizon, because REASONS!

Chill out, folks. The carriers aren't the reason you have no factory images yet. But, since when has the Internet ever let the truth get in the way of a good story?

It's coming. Patience, grasshoppers.
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For whatever reason, the thought of Google's Nova carrier project doesn't interest or excite me in the slightest.

Big deal, it'll switch between Sprint and T-Mobile. Those carriers have nearly identical coverage footprints and both rely heavily on roaming agreements (T-Mobile roams on AT&T and Sprint roams on Verizon). There's a very real possibility that Google's MVNO won't allow roaming, and should that be the case, your coverage footprint just got cut almost in half.

Further, neither T-Mobile nor Sprint currently allow MVNOs to use their "capacity" bands for LTE. That means no bands 12 (T-Mobile), 26, or 41 (Sprint). While that may not sound like a big deal, keep in mind that bands 4 (T-Mobile) and 25 (Sprint) - the only LTE bands you'll likely have access to - are on 1,700 and 1,900 MHz respectively. That means building penetration will be atrocious. Additionally, T-Mobile's HSPA+ (3G) network runs on 1,700 and 1,900 MHz as well, and will have equally atrocious building issues. In practical terms, this means your phone will most certainly spend a noticeable amount of time on T-Mobile's EDGE (2G) or Sprint's EV-DO (3G) networks, both of which run slower than cold molasses. Let's also not forget that every carrier, Sprint and T-Mobile included, give lower traffic priority to wholesale (MVNO) subscribers as opposed to branded customers. Enjoy that while at a bar inside a brick building in New York City on a Friday night.

So, in effect, if coverage and usability mean more to you, in principle, than the dollar figure on your bill, you'd better do a lot of soul searching before committing to something like this. 
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Until you're at a restaurant or some business that doesn't have WiFi, sure. 
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These XDA bounties are really stupid. The current bounty to get root on an AT&T Note Edge is up to $12,000 roughly. Anyone smart enough to find the exploit needed is also smart enough to know that 75% of the people who pledged money won't pay up when push comes to shove. In other words, the pledged XDA bounty does not serve as motivation for anyone to do anything. Maybe if XDA can guarantee the money somehow, then we might be talking. Until then, no. Just no.
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I agree. The pledge idea just doesn't work. 
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So this is happening. I don't care that the whole AP team pretty much hates this phone. I like it. The fact that you can put your frequently used apps on the "edge" and save room on your home screen is a total win. That alone justifies the "edge screen." You'll hate it the first time you use it, but spend a little time with it and it'll grow on you.
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I think its sleek☺
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There are basically five things that I hope will happen in Android 5.1:

1. A fix for the memory leak issues that a lot of people are experiencing.
2. Nexus 6: A fix for the phone not ringing when receiving a call. This only affects phones with Sprint SIM cards.
3. Nexus 6: A fix for the phone sending multiple copies of text messages. This only affects phones with Sprint SIM cards.
4. Nexus 6: The promised update to enable WiFi calling on T-Mobile (and possibly Sprint).
5. Nexus 6: Fix singal strength indicator bouncing between no bars and half any time your signal is lower than -101 dBm. This seems to affect multiple carriers.
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also silent mode, detailed battery stats, black theme, sync menu fix, random apps in the recents menu fix, expanded power menu
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