Basic help for an Android noob please

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  1. Hater

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    Hi all,

    I have a Galaxy S6 Edge (bought off here) i'm now using. I haven't used an Android phone since my last one, a Nexus S.

    Few questions:

    Should I upgrade it from Lollypop to Nougat?

    How do I root it these days? What's the go-to AOSP based ROM? Cyanogenmod still?

    Is there a way to make the battery life not suck?

    Cheers.
     
  2. ChickenSausage

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    Definitely update to Nougat, Lollypop sucks the fat one for battery life.

    AFAIK Cyanogen is no more and LineageOS is the go these days. Heaps of info on the XDA forums on how root/flash
     
  3. General_Cartman

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    I wouldn't run a non-samsung ROM on the s6 edge. It uses an Exynos SoC and Samsung don't release complete sources so most custom roms are lacking a bit of stuff.
     
  4. zero_velocity

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    Is there any specific reason you wantbto root / custom rom?

    I used to be all for it many years ago but havent seen the benefit in recent years.
     
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    Cheating at Pokemon Go and uploading photos to SnapChat, mainly.

    I'm finding it hard to find another iOS device that's of a nice jailbreakable OS level ever since my SE went for a swim, hence the switch to Android.
     
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  6. TomJ

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    Don't bother rooting. You'll waste a lot of time getting the correct roms and finding out how to flash it and panicking when you think you've bricked it only to flash back to stock because you are without a phone. And you'll be hanging for the latest and greatest rom, refreshing the XDA forums like a heroin addict.

    But if you wanna dive down the rabbit hole - https://forum.xda-developers.com/galaxy-s6-edge
     
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    Don't root it? May as well stick with an iPhone in that case.
     
  8. TomJ

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    There's plenty of benefits to using stock Android than sticking to iOS

    1. No iTunes!
    ii. Multitude of different phone manufacturers and styles to choose from
    c. muh-fkn headphone jack!
    4. Cost
    V. Battery life, camera quality, general build quality on a lot of devices (ie. ceramic, titaniumIP67 ratings (excluding the extortionately priced iPhone X))
    G. Google isn't purposely slowing down phones with updates
    7. Gmail + Google Drive = 25GB free cloud storage
    8. Finger print scanner location
    9. Customisable icons, menus. Widgets alone are worth it instead of every app on the home screen.
    X. Your username is Hater

    So what, I ask, is not to consider about a switch from iOS to Android? I have been using a stock Nexus 6P for 2 years and it is still buttery smooth

    Essentially, nay, exclusively, all phones are slightly different sized flat piece of glass connected to the internet and operated by touch
     
  9. General_Cartman

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    If you just want root, you don't need to flash custom ROMs.

    Hater, https://desktop.firmware.mobi/ (formally CF Auto Root) is what you want.
     
  10. Sphinx2000

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    I haven't bothered rooting the last 3 Android phones.. no reason to.
    Nougat is quick and very customisable without the need for root to run many apps these days - including a different home screen/launcher. I currently use Nova Launcher but used to use Google Now
     
  11. FerrisXB9R

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    I literally only root phones to add metal gear screen on and off sounds in place of the system default ones. No other benefit, and seeing as I can't watch netflix on a rooted phone, or use Android Pay, I won't be rooting my next one.
     
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    Just to update this thread, I lasted about two days with it. Crap battery life, ads in the notifications, constant prompting for everything, Android is still definitely not for me. Also it was a bit too much on the huge side, but that's not an Android related issue

    I did like the screen though, nice and crisp.

    Thanks
     
  13. trevor68

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    Just to be clear Ads were either a "Samsung" thing, or an App you installed, most definitely not an "Android" thing.

    i cannot comment to your "prompts" for everything but will add I setup 2 new Android phones over christmas, without being prompted about much at all, just the usual permissions per app, which I would be pretty pissed if I wasn't being prompted about, looking at you Apple!
     
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