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3 years ago

We're answering your LG G Pro 2 questions in the forums!


Get your burning G Pro 2 questions answered

We've just put up our initial thoughts on the recently-announced LG G Pro 2. It's impossible to hit every single bit of information in a single post — let alone a "preview" — so we know there are some burning questions left over that you just need to ask.

Have a question about a specific portion of the hardware or software? About a certain camera function? How something feels or compares to another device? We'll do our best to answer anything we can. Just hop into the forum thread at the link below and ask.

I've got a G Pro 2, you've got questions — fire away!

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3 years ago

Sprint Moto X Android 4.4.2 update now available for all


Small improvements to printing, battery life and email sync included

Following up behind several other variants, the Moto X on Sprint is receiving its small bump to Android 4.4.2 (161.44.32.ghost_sprint.Sprint.en.US). The update, which is now rolling out to all users, brings just a few small fixes:

  • Printing documents and pictures: Added support for printing photos, Google Docs, GMail messages, and other content via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and hosted services like Google Cloud Print and HP ePrinters.
  • Improved battery life: Fixed bugs which caused a small number of users to experience shorter battery life after upgrading to Android 4.4.
  • Fixed email sync delays: Fixed a bug that could cause email services like Microsoft Exchange to experience intermittent delays in data synchronization.

This is pretty much the exact same changelog that we saw with the 4.4.2 update on U.S. Cellular, as well as others. Nothing groundbreaking here, but we'll never turn down an update that fixes and improves even small aspects of a device. Time to start hitting "check now" if you've got a Moto X on Sprint.

Source: Motorola

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3 years ago

LG G Pro 2 preview — even bigger, even better

LG G Pro 2

Everything you loved in the smaller LG G2, and then some, is in the G Pro 2

The game that is the oversized Android smartphone — don't say "phablet," we beg you — has become one of leapfrog in the past couple years.

Consider: The original Samsung Galaxy Note in 2011 was a surprise hit. Turns out folks do want phones that big. Then LG rolled out the forgettable Optimus Vu. Samsung continues on in 2012 with the Note 2. But then LG — seemingly (ahem) inspired — fires back in early 2013 with the original Optimus G Pro, sleeker and slimmer than its competitor. Last fall sees the Galaxy Note 3.

And now we have the LG G Pro 2. Even bigger. Even better. Unburdened by the "Optimus" name, which LG tells us didn't really do that much in terms of brand recognition anyway. If things look familiar, they should. Much of what you'll see here is present in the LG G2 (and some of the additions will make their way back to the G2).

Let's take a walk through this oversized phone, shall we?

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3 years ago

Pick up 6 great games today with the Humble Mobile Bundle 4


Get an even better deal by donating above-average early for all six games

The latest Humble Mobile Bundle — now the fourth iteration — is available, brining you four or six amazing Android games for an equally-amazing price. The Humble Bundle model is unique in that it lets you pay anything you'd like to buy the games, with the only qualification being that you pay over the average donation thus far in order to unlock all of the games. You can even choose how your donation is split between the developers and charities if you'd like. This time around you can pick up four games for any donation:

And two more games with an above-average donation:

  • BADLAND Premium
  • Breach & Clear

The current average purchase price is just $3.24 for all six games, which is a killer deal (Riptide GP2 alone is $2.99 in Google Play). You can donate and get your games from the source link below now.

Source: Humble Bundle

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3 years ago

Android 4.x on nearly 80% of active devices, Gingerbread finally under 20%


KitKat jumps to 2.5 percent of active devices, up solidly from February

Google has just released its monthly report on the number of active devices using each Android platform version, and march 2014 looks very similar to last month. On the legacy end, Android 2.2 Froyo has dipped to just 1.2 percent of active devices, while 2.3 Gingerbread has finally dipped under the 20 percent mark. Honeycomb somehow holds on to that 0.1 percent share it has held for several months now.

On the upswing are Android 4.x (Ice Cream Sandwich and above) builds, which are now 79.7 percent of all active devices. 4.0 and 4.1 actually dipped in the month to hold 50.5 percent of usage, while Android 4.2, 4.3 and 4.4 all rose to claim the other 29.2 percent. KitKat makes up just 2.5 percent of all active Android devices, but that's up pretty solidly from 1.8 percent in February.

Even though the older versions may not be dropping off as quickly as we'd hope, things are always moving in the right direction. In a matter of months we could see Froyo down under 1 percent of devices, Honeycomb completely off the map and KitKat nearing 5 percent. It takes time, but devices are being updated and folks are picking up new phones and tablets every day.

Source: Android Developer Dashboard

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3 years ago

Moto's 'Buggy Night' interactive short now pushing out


Coming to an X Phone near you

The second Motorola interactive piece for the Motorola Spotlight Player is pushing out today, titled Buggy Night.

The "video" — for lack of a better term — offers an interactive 360-degree view, and you control the action by moving your phone. Not just any phone, though. You'll need a Moto X to use the Spotlight Player app and its associated clips.

As we saw with the first video Windy Day, Buggy Night is built by award-winning storytellers and animators — directed by Mark Oftedal and featuring many of the folks who worked on Windy Day, including Caldecott medal-winning illustrator and writer Jon Klassen and Academy award-winning producer Karen Dufilho-Rosen. It really is a nice treat for the senses, and shows off some great ideas from the folks making our Android phones.

If it hasn't already, the Buggy Night clip will be pushed to your Moto X soon, and you can access it via the Spotlight Player app. If you need to install or update Spotlight Player, you can do that right here.

Thanks, everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

LTE-toting LG G Pad 8.3 to launch March 6, exclusively on Verizon


It costs less off-contract than the one without LTE. Wait, what?

It's only been a few months since the LG G Pad 8.3 was released, and now US buyers will be able to get their hands on a LTE-enabled version, so long as you're happy with Verizon. When we reviewed the G Pad 8.3 back in November we came away impressed by LG's efforts. It's a thin and sturdy tablet with a fantastic screen, and now all of that is coming to Verizon.

The LG G Pad 8.3 LTE (say that five times fast) is launching exclusively on Verizon's LTE network on March 6th — that's two days from now — and will be available for the first five days (until March 10) at a discounted price of $99.99 with a new, two-year contract. Yep, lock-in. After that, it's $199.99, still with a two-year contract. If you want it without a contract, but still on Verizon, you're looking at $299.99.

Yes, that's less than the $349.99 MSRP of the standard non-cellular LG G Pad 8.3 and the Google Play edition. Even if you weren't planning on going cellular with a G Pad 8.3 purchase, it might not be a bad idea to consider buying it from Verizon, just so you've got the radio there in case you change your mind. Unless there's a pending price drop for the non-LTE version coming up. Either way, not a bad deal here, so long as you're okay with the inevitable bloatware.

Source: Verizon

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro and Note Pro review


With its Pro line of tablets, Samsung adds yet another flagship brand, and bridges the gap between work and play

Introducing the Samsung "Pro" line, a sampling of the best tablet models Samsung has to offer complete with beefed-up specs, a shiny new coat of paint and the next iteration of TouchWiz. It’s yet another tangent for Samsung's tablets tablets, and it complements the Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Note lines as the company’s high-end brands for tablets.

All in all, there’s four models to choose from – the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2, and Galaxy Note Pro 12.2.

But what exactly makes a Pro a Pro?

We’ve spent nearly two weeks on opposite ends of the spectrum with the Tab Pro 8.4, a compact and lightweight competitor to the iPad mini and the Nexus 7, and the Note Pro 12.2, Samsung’s largest Android tablet to date. Here, we’ll be looking at the lineup holistically, and exploring what sets these "Pro" tablets apart. 

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3 years ago

Samsung's first Galaxy S5 promo video is all about the features


As Samsung prepares to launch its latest flagship smartphone, the company has today released a new promotional trailer showcasing the Galaxy S5's multitude of features. The video focuses mainly on the GS5's new photographic capabilities and fitness features, such as the built-in heart rate monitor and Gear smartwatch integration, while also giving a bit of face time to some of the GS5's lesser-known features, like the new Ultra power saving and download boost modes.

More: Galaxy S5 hands-on; Galaxy S5 camera walkthrough

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3 years ago

HTC revenues down in February as new flagship nears


HTC has announced its unaudited revenue figures for February 2014, revealing consolidated revenue of NT$7.2 billion ($238 million) and total consolidated revenue for the year so far of NT$16.9 billion ($558 million). The figure represents a month-on-month decrease of 25.29 percent, and a year-on-year decrease of 36.45 percent as the struggling manufacturer prepares to launch its new high-end smartphone, the 2014 HTC One. HTC must now earn at least NT$17.1 billion in March if it's to reach its NT$34-36 billion revenue prediction for the first quarter.

Looking further ahead, the Taiwanese company will be hoping the new flagship, arriving March 25, together with stronger mid-range offerings like the Desire 610 and 816, will help reverse its fortunes.

Source: HTC

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3 years ago

Korea gets Galaxy Note 3 Neo with faster quad-core processor


2.3GHz quad-core CPU for downsized Note 3 in Samsung's home market

Following launches in parts of Asia and Eastern Europe, Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 Neo has arrived in the company's home country of South Korea with slightly upgraded hardware. Whereas previous Note 3 Neo handsets have included lower-power quad or hexa-core processors, the Korean variant ships with a beefier 2.3GHz quad-core part — most likely a Snapdragon 800, based on the clock speed and the fact that it supports LTE-Advanced networks.

Aside from the upgraded CPU, Korea's Note 3 Neo featues the same 5.5-inch 720p HD SuperAMOLED display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, an 8-megapixel camera and 3100mAh battery. It's also running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and Samsung's last-gen TouchWiz UI, not the redesigned, flattened version found on the Galaxy S5. And you get all the major S Pen stylus features from the full-size Note 3, including direct pen input and easy clip. The device is priced at 790,000 won ($736) and available now.

Source: Samsung (Korean), via: GSMArena

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3 years ago

Vudu Chromecast support 'coming soon' along with updated Android app and website


Streaming control will be available for Android, iOS, Windows and Mac

Although there hasn't exactly been a flood of new services supporting Chromecast after the official SDK was announced, Vudu is ready to throw its hat into the ring. Vudu, if you're not familiar, streams TV shows and videos just like its competitors such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant, and a whole grouping of others.

Unfortunately there actually isn't a whole lot to report in terms of features or availability right now — Vudu simply confirmed today that Chromecast support is coming, and that it will be multi-platform as well. Updated Android and iOS apps will let you cast content under the control of your phone or tablet, while Windows and Mac compatibility comes by way of an updated website interface.

If you're looking to be ahead of the curve and want to join Vudu's beta testing group, you can potentially have an early look — you can register at the source link below.

Source: Vudu Blog

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3 years ago

Shazam redesign shifts towards discovery and detailed music info


Facebook-connected 'News' section helps you discover music from friends within Shazam

After first announcing the new look with its iOS app several days ago, Shazam is bringing a fully redesigned mobile experience to Android users as well. The new design focuses on discovery of music and TV along with social sharing, while keeping the same well-known sound searching functionality of previous versions.

When you do search for music by listening to something playing, you'll have quicker access to lyrics, artist biographies, music videos and more. The whole interface makes the experience feel a bit more immersive rather than a simple app that you launch, find a song, then close right away. Shazam is hoping you'll have a reason or two to stay in the app longer now.

More: Shazam Blog

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3 years ago

Could Samsung go all-out with a 'Galaxy S5 Prime' later this year?


Just how likely is the rumored 5.25-inch, 1440p 'super-flagship?'

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is a solid high-end Android smartphone. We said as much in our hands-on preview of the device early last week. But among some sections of the tech community there's been a whiff of perplexion — and maybe even disappointment — that certain hardware milestones weren't reached this time around. What about the "2K" (2560x1440) display that the rumor mill — and Samsung's own slides — had promised? And how come the GS5 has less RAM, and a lower default amount of internal storage than last year's Note 3?

Even before launch there were rumblings of two different Galaxy S5 models being prepared — "regular" and "prime" flavors — seemingly corroborated by the appearance of benchmark results. The higher-end GS5 Prime, according to analysts and reports from the Korean press, would come with that elusive 2K display and 3GB of RAM. This, among a flurry of post-release rumors, has led some to believe that a larger, higher-spec'd Galaxy S5 could emerge later this year, with the name "Galaxy S5 Prime" appearing online in recent weeks.

But just how likely is this? And how might it fit into Samsung's plans for the remainder of the year? Let's dive in after the break.

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3 years ago

So you're buying a Galaxy S5, but what device are you coming from?


The latest from Samsung has a lot to offer, so what device are you dropping to pick one up?

The Galaxy S5 is announced and its details are known, and aside from actually getting your hands on one to test out many of the tech-savvy among us already have a good idea of whether or not it'll be our next device. Even just a week out from its official unveiling, we've heard from a whole heap of people who have made up their mind that the Galaxy S5 will be in their pocket as soon as they can hand someone money in exchange for the phone.

So you've decided to buy a Galaxy S5. The real question is, what device are you leaving behind for the new hotness? The discussion has already kicked off in our Samsung Galaxy S5 Forums, but if you have a response you can always drop that in the comments here as well. And of course if you haven't seen our in-depth coverage of the Galaxy S5 just yet, you can read that below.

Everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S5

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