eBay's Android app has had a significant update which includes, including active notifications that offer one-touch bids, and adaptive tablet support for 7-inch and 10-inch devices. There are a handful of other notable improvements, such as easier relisting and pricing options for sellers, sorting and readability improvements to messages, and charity support through eBay's Giving Works programs.
Start with the layer of shock-absorbing silicone — rubber, really — that fits around your phone. Presumably it'll help against dust and moisture, too, though the Galaxy S5 is already pretty good at that on its own thanks to its IP68 rating. On top of that rubber skin goes a hard plastic shell — let's just call it an exoskeleton, 'cause it sounds cooler — that not provides even more protection. Some of the rubber skin is exposed, giving you some nice grip points.
AT&T has continued teasing the Asus PadFone X with a video, despite the conspicuous absence of an actual release date. They're highlighting the screen mirroring capabilities of the tablet/phone pair, as well as the smartphone's high-speed, low-light-sensitive 13 megapixel camera.
Motorola Solutions invests in heads-up glasses start up Recon Instruments
Motorola Solutions (no, not that Motorola — the other one) has given a bag of cash to heads-up glasses maker Recon Instruments. Recon, whose Recon Jet HUD glasses we've been looking forward to for some time, didn't disclose the amount of the investment, but that it was enough to warrant a press release tells us it was at least marginally substantial to their bottom line. The investment will be "used to accelerate product development and to ramp up global marketing and distribution."
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has announced plans to expand their sales into 10 more countries. Though they currently sell very well in China — 7% of sales in a market with well over a billion customers, as well as being available in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and most recently Singapore, the company understandably thirsts for the opportunity to sell their wares in other lucrative markets. Xiamoi's smartphones tend to be well built and decently specced with competitive prices, which will serve them well in their expansion plans.
Sprint has issued a software update for the Samsung Galaxy S5 with a few tweaks and fixes, but the most notable one is that it makes it so S Finder doesn't offer up Google search results anymore. The update also intends to fix resonsiveness with the S View Cover, let you take pictures during a voice call, and squash a few alarm and e-mail bugs.
Nokia is taking itself down a new path in the lower end of the market with the Nokia X, but is it any good?
Back on Feb. 24 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, the press – including us – were gathered around the Nokia booth to listen to what Stephen Elop was about to introduce. What came after that was the Nokia X. (And its siblings, the better-spec'd Nokia X+, and the larger and better Nokia XL.) At long last, a Nokia smartphone powered by Android. Only, not quite.
Sure, it's Android running on the Nokia X. But it's Android in a form unlike any other we've seen before. What Nokia introduced that day was its own take on how an Android smartphone should look and feel. The short version; a Windows Phone-inspired homescreen and absolutely no Google anywhere to be found. And not since the Moto G did a low-end handset create such discussion.
Elop emphasized during the presentation that the Nokia X was for Microsoft's cloud, not Google's. It's all about getting folks into Microsoft's services. So this isn't an Android phone like most that cross our paths, but it's still a potentially important device. So we've tracked one down and spent a little time getting to know it. Head on past the break and take a look.
Don't deal with bad public wifi, just use your Galaxy S5's connection instead
Turning your smartphone into a mobile hotspot can save you from painfully slow public WiFi or the crappy free internet your hotel provides. With a battery that can last hours, the Galaxy S5 is the perfect companion for times when you need your own dedicated wireless connection. You may need to make sure you've got a proper plan with your carrier, though.
Here's how to use the mobile hotspot feature:
How to turn the Samsung Galaxy S5 into a wireless hotspot
Swipe down from the Home screen of your Galaxy S5 to pull now the Notifications shade.
Tap on the Settings icon in the top right.
Now find Tethering and Wi-Fi hotspot and tap on it to select it.
In the next menu, tap on Mobile Hotspot.
Turn it On at the top by tapping on the On/Off toggle.
Hit OK on the Attention screen advising you that WiFi will be turned off.
Follow the directions at the bottom of the screen to connect another device to your Galaxy S5.
How to change the password and security type for wireless hotspot on the Galaxy S5
By default your Samsung Galaxy S5 adds a password to the mobile hotspot feature. It also defaults to WPA2 for security. If you want to change either of these settings, follow these steps:
Swipe down from the Home screen of your Galaxy S5 to pull down the Notifications shade.
Tap on the Settings icon in the top right.
Now tap on Tethering and Wi-Fi hotspot.
Choose Mobile Hotspot.
Tap on the three dots in the upper right to view more options.
In this screen go ahead and change the password or any other settings you'd like, including security type and then tap Save.
Keep in mind that some data plans may not work with mobile hotspot if your carrier doesn't allow it. If you run into issues or have problems, the first thing you should do is make sure you're on a compatible data plan with your carrier.
Continuing its recent trend of releasing its apps into the Google Play Store, Sony has now made the background defocus camera app available to download, too. Of course, you'll still need a Sony Xperia phone to use it – it plugs into the camera rather than being a standalone app – and you'll have to be on Android 4.2 and up.
Previously background defocus has been exclusive to the Xperia Z1s and the Xperia Z2. We've confirmed it's showing as compatible with the Z1 and the Z1 Compact, too. If you're curious, be sure to check out our hands on video up top.
TheScore is a sports app for Android and is getting a beefy update today which adds a new section to My Score called Feed. The new section will have a continuous update of new items you care about in one spot: leagues, teams, players, final scores, video clips, and relevant news items. This way you can track multiple games at once, and drink from the firehose of sports news.
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