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3 years ago

Android 4.3 update for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition breaks SD card writing, but there is a workaround

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Sometimes the little things can cause a big headache

The Android 4.3 update for your shiny new Galaxy S4 Google Play edition phone has a minor issue that is frustrating more than a few users. Most apps can no longer write anything to the SD card, and instead just give you an error when you try doing it.

It's one of those little things that can cause a lot of headache. The technical reasons are a group ID issue, and applications aren't given permission to access the external storage for writing because they aren't in the right group. It's a Unix thing, and if you don't understand it all you're not alone — just know that it's an easy fix in a number of different ways, and hopefully it gets fixed soon. If you do understand, we'll cover it a little more later in this post.

While we're waiting for a permanent fix, the good news is that you can copy files to the external SD card by hand, as long as you use ES File Explorer to do so. Either through magic, or crafty developing, ES File Explorer is a member of the correct group to both read and write to the SD card. There may be other apps that can do the same, but we'll recommend this one because we've tested it ourselves and know it works. Grab it at from the Google Play download link above. If you're the type who likes to dig into things and break fix them yourself, or just a little nerdy and curious, head past the break.

Discuss this in the Galaxy S4 Google Play edition forums

Thanks, Michael!

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3 years ago

Samsung SideSync instructions out oversized phone we know is coming anyway

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Galaxy Note 3 mentioned several times in support docs

There's little doubt that we'll see the Galaxy Note 3 in little less than a month at IFA in Berlin, and it looks like Samsung's already getting its ducks in a row for some of the features that will be on board.

Eagle-eyed AC reader Casey spotted a few mentions of the Note 3 (or the Note III, if you're into Roman numerals) in the documentation for SideSync, which connects your phone to a computer and uses it as a second screen. Looks like it'll come preloaded on the next version of the oversized smartphone, and everyone else will be left to downloading it on their own. 

Source: Samsung; Thanks, Casey!

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3 years ago

LG announces Optimus L1 II: this is what a $95 unlocked Android phone looks like

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Extremely budget offering hitting emerging markets soon.

Building on its expanding entry-level device lineup, LG has announced the Optimus L1 II as an extremely budget device for emerging markets. LG's naming conventions for these devices has gotten a little bit confusing, but the Optimus L1 II is the follow-up to the original L1, which also has higher-end siblings named the Optimus L2 and L3.

Naming aside, the Optimus L1 II is clearly a very budget device, with a 3-inch 240x320 display, 1GHz Snapdragon MSM7225A processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage and a 1540mAh battery. The device does pack HSPA 7.2mbps, as well as Bluetooth and a 2MP camera. We're also looking at Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean on the software front.

Ready for the kicker? The Optimus L1 II will retail for about $95 unlocked in countries like Vietnam and Russia. That's a crazy low price and one that needs to be reached in order for manufacturers to get into some markets. Hit the break to see a picture of the black version.

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3 years ago

White Nexus 4 reappears, on sale at UK retailer

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Expansys now selling the 16GB white Nexus 4 despite no official UK launch

The white Nexus 4, that most elusive of beasts, has reared its head once more and has appeared on sale finally, properly in the UK. Despite never receiving and official British launch, online tech retailer Expansys has a stock of the shiny white LG made Nexus 4 for sale. 

Expansys states in their listing that this is an EU product supplied with a UK AC adaptor, so that might go some way to explain where their stock has appeared from. And, since it's no longer available from Google Play in the United States anymore, there's no telling just how long they'll last. Indeed, the stock lists just 1-5 units currently available for shipping. 

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3 years ago

T-Mobile sold about 600,000 Samsung Galaxy S4s in Q2

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A little bit of Android news out of this morning's T-Mobile earnings call, following its Q2 earnings announcement: The carrier mentioned some pretty strong sales for the Samsung Galaxy S4. And while it lagged behind the iPhone by a few hundred thousand units, it's still right up there.

This was not a quarter that was defined by any one device. As we said, we sold about 900,000 iPhones, which is terrific, a great success. We also sold about 600,000 Galaxy S4s.

It's tough to extrapolate to the other operators, but figure decent sales one way or the other.

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3 years ago

HTC One X+ Android 4.2 + Sense 5 update rolling out in Asia

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BlinkFeed, video highlights and more in biggest update yet for the One X+

HTC has finally updated one of last year's high-end handsets, the One X+, to the latest version of its Sense software and the newer Android 4.2.2 OS. The new update brings the One X+ in line with the most recent HTC user interface, with the BlinkFeed home screen experience, automatic video highlights in the gallery app and an updated music app with visualizers. That's in addition to standard Android 4.2 features like lock screen widgets and Daydreams.

According to reports from XDA and VR-Zone it's only unlocked devices in Asia that are receiving the update at present, but Europe and (eventually) the U.S. should follow before too long. (And we're sure you'll be able to find a custom ROM or two out there if you can't wait.)

The hefty 484MB over-the-air package now going out will update Asian HTC One X+ devices to software version 2.17.709.12.

The One X+ roll-out follows the HTC Butterfly's bump up to Android 4.2 and Sense 5 last month.

Source: VR-Zone, XDA

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3 years ago

Top LG G2 threads on the Android Central forums

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The LG G2 is official, and hopefully by now you've had the chance to check out all of our hands-on coverage. In the past day or so, activity has been picking up over on the LG G2 forums, where prospective G2 owners have been sharing their thoughts.

Here's a quick rundown of some of the top discussions so far —

More: LG G2 discussion on the Android Central forums

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3 years ago

LG G2 coming to O2 UK

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With the LG G2 now officially announced, we're starting to hear details of which carriers around the world will be stocking the device. Three UK was the first UK network to announce that it'll carry the G2 yesterday, and now O2 has confirmed to Android Central that it will offer LG's latest. An O2 spokesperson told us the G2 will be coming to O2 UK "later in the year," but couldn't reveal any specifics on availability or pricing.

We've reached out to the other major UK networks, and we'll keep you posted with any G2 launch info they provide.

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3 years ago

Leaked Sony teaser supposedly shows upcoming 'Honami' handset

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Sony 'Xperia i1' could be unveiled at pre-IFA press conference

It seems Sony will hold its IFA press conference on Sep. 4 (the same day Samsung's doing its thing), and one device that's likely to make an appearance is the Japanese manufacturer's upcoming flagship handset, know by its codename "Honami." The device, which is also rumored to go to market as the "Xperia i1," will reportedly pack a Snapdragon 800 CPU, a five-inch-plus display and a 20-megapixel rear camera with Sony G lens.

We've already witnessed plenty of leaked photos of the Honami, but this latest image supposedly comes directly from Sony in the form of a teaser for its IFA press conference. Leaked through Chinese forum Digi-Wo, the image outs the Sep. 4 announcement date, and shows what seems to be the right edge of the handset. There's the trademark rounded power button in the center, a volume rocker below it, and what might be a SIM tray further up. And like Xperias Z and Z Ultra, it looks like the Honami will be offered in a purple color option too.

The original poster claims that a Chinese release will be taking place soon after the Berlin announcement; hopefully the rest of the world will enjoy a similarly speedy retail launch. Whatever happens, we'll be live from IFA next month to bring you full coverage of all Sony's announcements.

Source: Digi-Wo; via: XperiaBlog

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3 years ago

Verizon shows off logo with new smartphone attached

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Verizon wants us all to know that they too will be carrying the G2 sometime "soon". They also want you to remember that you're using Verizon, and just in case they have dolled up the phone like something Richard Petty would drive.

It shouldn't affect the performance, and we know a place where you can buy a case that makes it all go away.

Source: @Verizon Wireless

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3 years ago

Close-up look at that new 'stepped battery' on the Moto X and LG G2

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Two trips to New York City in two weeks — one for Motorola, and another for LG, and one common theme: Why waste space inside the phone when you could fill that void with a little extra battery volume.

Enter the "stepped battery," and it's a simple enough idea. Instead of a single, rectangular-shaped battery, you've got one with a small "step" — and little bit of a hump that gives you a little more juice.

We got an up-close look at LG's "stepped" battery this morning at the G2 launch event, and you can see exactly what they're talking about. LG's using a 3,000 mAh stepped battery in its G2, and the bulge is subtle — maybe not even a full millimeter in thickness — but it's there. And spread it out over a decent size area, and suddenly you gain a bit more capacity.

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3 years ago

LG G2: A multitude of on-screen buttons, just not multitasking

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LG has — finally — moved to on-screen buttons with the LG G2, giving up the ghost (for now) on the capacitive buttons of old. That provides for some flexibility for how things work in addition to making things a little easier on the hardware side.

By default, you've got three buttons — back, home and menu. Yes, an on-screen menu button. Not recent apps.

You do get the option to move things around a little bit, as well as add a fourth button, which either can be a shortcut to QuickMemo, or it can quickly pull down the notification shade. (As for multitasking, you can "slide" between apps with a three-finger gesture as part of something LG calls "Slide Aside.")

As the image above shows, you've got the following permutations:

  • Back-Home-Menu
  • Menu-Home-Back
  • Back-Home-Menu-Shade
  • Shade-Menu-Home-Back
  • Back-Home-Menu-QMemo
  • QMemo-Menu-Home-Back

Interesting and confounding at the same time.

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3 years ago

Sprint to carry LG G2 'later this year'

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The LG G2 will be available with Sprint's unlimited data plans

In the midst of this morning's LG G2 news cornucopia, Sprint sent out a press release to let everyone know that they will also be carrying the G2, and they still offer unlimited data. While we assumed the former was the case when LG announced that all four major US carriers would be selling the G2, and that the latter was still true until we see customers marching on Kansas with pitchforks and torches, it was nice of Sprint to drop the reminder.

You can read the full statement from Sprint Product Chief Fared Adib after the break.

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3 years ago

LG G2 hands-on

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We're live in New York where LG has formally unveiled its highly-anticipated G2 flagship, which is set to hit 130 countries and the four major US carriers within the next eight weeks. LG knows just how fierce the smartphone market is, and it seems to have pulled out all the stops — this is undoubtedly the Korean company's most impressive smartphone yet. More than just a sequel to the Optimus G, the G2 marks a shift for LG — as it ditches the Optimus moniker for its flagship line, LG is keen to rebrand itself as a major competitor to the current market shapers.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile to carry LG G2, Optimus F6 and Optimus F3

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T-Mobile has announced that they will be carrying the all-new LG G2, as well as the Optimus F6 and F3. All three phones will be available with T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plan. Additionally, the three smartphones will be compatible with both T-Mobile's fast 4G HSPA+ and advanced 4G LTE networks.

While everyone is excited about the newly announced G2, the Optimus F6 and F3 look to be fine offerings in their own right. The F6 offers a 4.5-inch screen with great performance in a value-minded package, and the 4-inch F3 is T-Mobile's most affordable Android-powered LTE smartphone at zero down and just $10 monthly. The Optimus F3 is available starting today at T-Mobile retailers and on the web.

What we don't know, and the information we all want, is pricing on all three phones and a street date. The full press release is after the break.

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