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3 years ago

Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 update gives a much needed boost to internal storage

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OTA update repartitions on board memory giving 'Internal Storage' 1.5 GB

Lenovo's recent launch of the IdeaTab A1000 had the unfortunate problem of having only a few hundred megabytes of usable internal storage, due to the "interesting" partitioning done to the tablet's 16 GB of on-board memory.

Lenovo took notice of the problems users were having, quickly running out of memory after installing just a few apps, and sent out an over-the-air update. The update increases the internal storage partition from 512 MB to 1.5 GB, giving some much needed breathing room for applications. The update will wipe all user data, so make sure to backup before accepting it.

While 1.5 GB is better, it's still not ideal. The best solution would be to merge both partitions into one, so the complete 16 GB of storage could be used as the primary place to install apps and games. According to Lenovo, increasing the internal storage to 1.5 GB was all that could be done at this time due to "technical reasons," but they " are also looking to change the whole storage to be integrated in one partition." One this is done, this tablet's storage problems should finally be over.

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3 years ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Food

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Let's see the best pictures of food you can take.

We're going to keep up the pace with our weekly photo contests, because we want as many people as possible to get out there and take some great photos.

This week's topic is a broad one — "food". Now don't think that this ties you down to just taking pictures of what's on the plate in front of you (no matter how delicious that burger may look). There are so many ways to have a picture represent the word "food", so let's try and think outside of the box this week. We're looking forward to seeing your submissions.

The prize is quite a big deal as well....

The lucky winner this week will get their hands on an NVIDIA Shield handheld game console.

Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a post below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (August 13) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest.

Enter this week's photo contest

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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

Google Play Music All Access now available in Europe

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Subscription service comes to Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, and the UK

Google has just opened up its Google Play Music All Access subscription service to nine new countries, marking the service's European debut. From this evening, All Access is now available in Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, and the UK. The European rollout follows All Access' launch in the U.S. in May and Australia and New Zealand last month.

As it does in the U.S., All Access gives you complete access to Google's music library for a monthly fee. Users in these new countries can sign up to All Access on the web at play.google.com/music, or through the Android app.

The sign-up process works just as it does in other territories — sign up for a 30-day trial in the first month or so (in this case, before Sep. 15) and you'll pay only only £7.99 or €7.99 for the life of the subscription. That's compared to the regular price of £9.99/€9.99.

If you're signing up to Google Play Music All Access for the first time in any of these countries, hit the comments and let us know how you get on.

More: Hands-on with Google Play Music All Access

Source: Google, Google Play Music All Access sign-up

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Android Device Manager remote wipe feature

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We wipe out a Nexus 7, so you don't have to wipe yours if you're curious

With the new Android Device Manager pushing out all over, we just had to have a look at the new remote wipe feature. I said goodbye to my game progress, made sure any pictures were safely uploaded to Google+, and got to work.

It's simple, both in theory and in practice. Locate your device through the Device Manager webpage, then send the "Erase Device" command. You'll be warned about losing all your important stuff, and that once you wipe the device you can no longer locate it. This makes sense, as you're not signed into Google on it anymore.

After making that all-important click, your device will shut down and reboot into recovery and preform a factory reset. If the device gets shut off before it can reboot, it will reboot into recovery the next time it's restarted. This makes us wonder how Android Device Manager's device wipe utility will work with a custom recovery, and we're guessing not very well. That's a project for another day.

For now, hit the break and have a look at the process. This should satisfy your curiosity without wiping your own precious data away.

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3 years ago

Instagram adds video uploads from gallery, Android 4.0 support for video

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Upload, clip and selectively crop videos originally taken outside of Instagram.

Instagram has announced today that it is pushing out the first major update to its app since the release of Instagram Video back in June, putting the app to version 4.1 and adding new features and device compatibility. First up is a new feature that lets you upload any video from your device, rather than just limiting video to what you capture from within the app. When selecting a video from your gallery you can select just the part you want to share, as well as selectively square-crop the best area of the clip.

Additionally, Instagram is expanding video capabilities down to devices running Ice Cream Sandwich, which opens up the service's latest feature to millions more devices. One new feature, "Automatic Straightening", is hitting with this update on iOS but at this point hasn't been announced for the Android app.

The app update doesn't seem to be live in the Play Store just yet, but it slated to be available today. You can grab the latest version when it propagates in the store at the link above, and in the meantime see screenshots of the new video UI at the source link below.

More: Instagram

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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

Android Device Manager web page going live for some users

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The second component of the Android Device Manager looks like it's slowly going live

We saw the Android Device Manager, Google's find (and wipe) my phone utility, starting to push out it's phone component over the weekend, and today the web interface is live for some folks. It's the second piece of the puzzle you'll need to remotely manage your lost or stolen Android, and something Google has let third-parties handle until now.

The web address is https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager?u=0, and if available for your account will require you to be signed into Google on a modern web browser. I'm lucky enough to have everything working with mine, but reports from the rest of the AC staff range from partial completeness to nothing yet.

With the new service, you can locate your phone or tablet on a map, send a command to ring the ringer at full volume for five minutes (don't try this with the HTC One if dogs or small children are around), send a notification to the device to initiate setup, and once properly set-up wipe all your personal data off the missing device. 

We're going to play with this for a bit, and I'll even sacrifice my Plague, Inc. data to test the remote wipe feature. In the meantime, see a few screenshots after the break. Be sure to holler if you're seeing the Android Device Manager live on your Google account.

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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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3 years ago

LG finally makes the G2 official

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LG has been teasing the new G2 on and off for over a month, and today as their presentation in New York kicked off they went ahead and made it official. The new handset looks to offer innovation with things like an edge-to-edge design, Graphic RAM (GRAM) technology, and of course the rear-button design.

The specs are no slouch, either:

  • Processor: 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 800 featuring quad Krait CPU
  • Display: 5.2-inch Full HD IPS (1080 x 1920 pixels / 423 ppi)
  • Memory: 32GB / 16GB
  • RAM: 2GB LPDDR3 800MHz
  • Camera: Rear 13.0MP with OIS / Front 2.1MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Operating System: Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2
  • Size: 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9mm
  • Colors: Black / White 

We're still having a little one-on-one time with the G2, but wanted to pass along LG's news. Hit the break for the full press release.

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3 years ago

LG G2 coming to Three UK

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The LG G2 event in NYC is only just getting started, but already Three has become the first UK network to announce that it'll range LG's next big thing. The carrier's preview video confirms what we've already learned from pre-release reports — a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 800 CPU and 4G LTE support.

No word on release dates or pricing just yet — Three says it'll launch "soon."

More: Our LG G2 event liveblog

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3 years ago

LG G2 launch event liveblog

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Sure, a picture may be worth 1,000 words, but we can do better. LG is unveiling its new G2 Android smartphone on Wednesday in New York City, and we're here in the Big Apple to get up-close and personal with the Korean manufacturer's latest.

Our liveblog kicks off at 11 a.m. EDT (probably a tad early), so ease on past the break and join us. And we've got our usual chatroom set up as well, so you can gab alongside us.

See y'all Wednesday morning!

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