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[Weekend Poll & Discussion] How Long Have You Been With Your Current Wireless Carrier? Why Have You Stuck With Them (Or Not)?

Wireless carriers should, in theory, just be dumb pipes you choose from on the basis of coverage and cost, but oftentimes we hear from commenters who have stuck it out with one provider or another in spite of poor service or high rates. We want to know how long you've been with your current wireless carrier continuously - as in, how many months in a row have you had service with this provider?

I'm currently semi-stuck on AT&T here in the US, semi-by choice, and pay a semi-reasonable-I-guess cost for my service. I've been on AT&T now for a solid 2.5 years continuously, though I'm thinking I may switch later this year if T-Mobile really does keep improving coverage and service outside of major metro areas.

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[Weekend Poll & Discussion] Do You Use Google Drive? For What? Do You Like It?

Google Drive is becoming quite a big product. With Google Photos now being a thing (and deeply integrated with Drive), the subjugation of Docs, Sheets, and Slides under the Drive banner, and continued and increasingly powerful integration with apps and services on Android, the once fairly simple cloud storage locker is now quite a flexible product.

So, we're curious: do you actually use it? For what, exactly? Do you like Drive? For the purpose of this poll, "using" Drive should be interpreted to mean actively, not simply that you use apps or services which happen to make use of Drive functionality.

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[Weekend Poll & Discussion] Do You Use Google Hangouts? Are You Excited About Hangouts 4.0?

Google Hangouts 4.0 is coming. With it come status messages, a more modern chat interface, and a refreshed overall layout that now includes a floating action button. Oh, and there's an Android Wear Hangouts app finally.

But Hangouts is probably far from the world's most popular messaging platform, even if it is the descendent of the widely-used Google Talk (which is now a term so dated to me that I actually had to make sure that's what it was called). There's Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, LINE, Apple Messages, Skype - and that's just naming a few. Not to mention plain old SMS, which I'm guessing most of us use at least sometimes.

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[Weekend Poll] How Often Do You Play Games On Your Smartphone?

Smartphone gaming is a hugely popular activity in almost every demographic. People play games on their phones constantly - be it Angry Birds or Clash of Clans, or more serious titles like those wonderful Final Fantasy ports or the many "midcore" shooters and racing games available for phones.

While tablets are obvious gaming platforms, too, today we're interested in gaming on your phone. Namely, do you?

Personally, I haven't in quite some time. But that's because I'm a PC gamer and generally prefer that platform for my digital entertainment, and I realize that I'm in a smaller group there. I do find myself gaming on my iPad (Hearthstone!), but my phone?

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[Weekend Poll And Discussion] Do You Have Android 5.1.1 Yet? What Do You Think Of It?

As more and more Nexus devices get updated to Android 5.1.1 (and, in the Nexus 9's case, 5.1 in the first place), hopefully more and more issues people had with Android 5.0 and 5.1 are getting resolved. What I want to ask you is about your experience with the latest version of Android. Better? Worse? The same?

The Nexus 4, 5, 6, 7 (2012 and 2013), 9, and 10 [and Player] all have the update rolling out now with varying degrees of completeness, and factory images for all but the 6 are available.

So, let's talk. Android 5.1.1: what's better, what's worse, and what problems with 5.0/5.1 still aren't addressed?

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[Weekend Poll] How Much Mobile Data Do You Use In A Month?

Welcome back to the weekend poll, and this weekend we're asking you about your data habits. Specifically, how much mobile data (as in, 2G/3G/LTE/4G - not Wi-Fi) do you typically use in a month? Given our wide geographic distribution of readers, it'll be interesting to see how this shapes up - I personally know very little about people's data usage outside the US.

For an easy way to answer this question, just go into your phone's settings menu and look at how much you've used in the last 30 days (Android 4.0+). Or, just estimate - we all do vary month to month in our usage, I know I used a big hunk of data last week while traveling (I always forget to download music before I leave).

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[Weekend Poll] Are You Using A Custom ROM On Your Phone?

Surprisingly, we haven't asked this one more than once! Actually, I don't think we've ever asked it exactly like this, and it'll be an interesting one to watch. We did, however, ask you about six months ago whether your device was rooted. A full 63% were in the "yes" camp - let's see how this poll's results compare.

So, this week's question: are you running a custom ROM on your phone? For those of you with OnePlus Ones (or Yus, or N1s), if you are running an unmodified Cyanogen OS build or Oxygen OS - be it a nightly or a stable release - please answer "no." The reasoning here is as follows: a custom ROM's generally accepted definition is firmware that your device did not ship with or upgrade to on an officially sanctioned path.

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[Weekend Poll] Will You Buy A Galaxy S6, HTC One M9, Or Neither?

This weekend's poll is a flagship battle bonanza: with both the Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 set to launch in many countries in a mere matter of days, we want to know which one you'll be buying. I know, most of you will be purchasing neither, but we want to hear from those that are, too, to see how the chips land here at Android Police.

The Galaxy S6 is the most appealing phone from the Korean smartphone king in as many years as they've been making them, if you ask me, while HTC'S latest effort seems like a bit of a rehash.

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[Weekend Poll] When's The Last Time You Bought A Paid App Or Game On The Play Store?

This weekend's poll is about your money - and how you spend it. Specifically, on the Play Store. Now, when I ask if you've bought an app or game on the Play Store, I mean an app or game, not music, movies, books, or TV shows - nor any kind of subscription. For the purpose of this poll, purchases of "unlock" IAPs (in-app purchases) that unlock a full, ad-free, or "pro" version of an app or game will count. This is because these kinds of IAPs are simply substitutes for a paid license, and we don't want to exclude demo or trial-ware, since the end result of a purchase is the same thing (a fully-featured / unlocked app or game).

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[Weekend Poll] Have The Loss Of A Removable Battery And SD Card Made The Galaxy S6 Worse Or Better?

So, as many of us in the tinkering mindset will likely agree, flexibility in any product is generally a good thing. Case in point: many Android smartphones over the years have shipped with removable batteries and microSD card slots. Battery runs down in half a day after a year? Swap it. Need to store 20GB of music and TV shows for a long flight (or live somewhere mobile streaming isn't a real option)? SD card to the rescue!

And in some places and situations for some people, removing those options really can be a major bummer. But when the Galaxy S6 was announced devoid of a microSD slot or user-replaceable battery, it seemed Samsung was finally waving goodbye to a large group of power users, emerging market customers, and people who just want this stuff in a sort of flippant way.

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