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4 years ago

LG Q2 2013 earnings: 12.1 million smartphones shipped, mobile revenue of $2.78 billion

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Mobile revenues up 34.5-percent year-over-year, still the smallest division in terms of operating income

LG has announced its Q2 2013 financial results, showing strong growth in all of its divisions including its mobile business. For that mobile business, LG posted revenues of $2.78 billion for the quarter, an increase of 34.5-percent year-over-year. Record sales of 12.1 million smart phones in the quarter led to an operating profit of $54.37 million, which is up year-over-year but down quarter-over-quarter due to lower average sales prices of phones.

As we all know, LG makes far more than just phones and posted solid profits in its Home Entertainment, Home Appliance and Air Conditioning and Energy Solutions divisions. LG as a whole posted $13.58 billion in revenue and 426.92 million in operating profit for the quarter.

In many previous quarters these stronger divisions were there to prop up its wavering mobile division, but it's nice to see LG doing well in mobile as a stand-alone business. With strong growth across a wide range of devices -- and more on the way -- we may be looking at the resurgence of LG.

Source: LG

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4 years ago

Fixed camera app update now available for the T-Mobile HTC One

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Earlier we told you about a little snafu with the latest T-Mobile HTC One OTA, where the HDR camera option disappeared from the camera settings. HTC responded to our query, telling us it would be fixed "as soon as possible". It turns out that soon came faster than anyone expected, and an updated camera app is now available from HTC for affected customers.

We've no idea if this is rolling out to everybody just yet, but be on the lookout for an update notification in your status bar.

Nice work, T-Mobile and HTC.

Thanks, Shawn!

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4 years ago

Motorola to be sole manufacturer of Verizon 'Droid' devices going forward

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New Droid products expected to have longer shelf lives than predecessors

Starting today with the launch of the Droid Mini, Ultra and Maxx, Motorola will be the exclusive partner making Droid-branded devices for Verizon. According to a report from CNET, Verizon has agreed to use Motorola as the sole manufacturer for its flagship devices, pushing other manufacturers -- most notably Samsung and HTC -- to the side. The exclusivity will likely give Verizon more choices when it comes to creating new bespoke devices, as well as a secured revenue stream for Motorola. 

While this certainly isn't the only partnership that it should be focusing on, Motorola has locked up a pretty great exclusive here -- Verizon has spent a serious amount of time and money building a brand around the Droid name. As if there were ever any doubt in the future of the Droid franchise, Verizon has indicated that it plans to keep the line going far into the future. Expanding on this, these new Droid devices are expected to have longer shelf lives than previous devices as well.

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4 years ago

Anker announces 'highest efficiency' 12000mAh backup battery

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Astro3 offers 80-percent efficiency and charging for three devices at once

Anker, maker of phone accessories and backup batteries, has just announced its most efficient mobile battery to date -- the Astro3. This 12,000mAh battery pack, which Anker calls "flask sized" (4.4 x 3.3 x 1-inches), offers charging for three devices simultaneously over USB. The pack outputs up to 4a in total across the ports, meaning you'll have more than enough juice to power a tablet and two phones if necessary. There is also a circular LED power indicator that shows how much power is left in the pack, which is a nice touch.

Anker says that the Astro3 is the highest efficiency backup battery it has made, with 80-percent efficiency on its capacity offering a quoted 6-7 charges for most modern phones before it has to be recharged itself. For the road warriors among us this would be a great solution. The Astro3 is retailing for $49.99 and can be purchased from Amazon at the source link below.

More: Anker Astro3 on Amazon

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Droid MAXX, Droid Ultra and Droid Mini

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Verizon dropped three new Motorola Droids on us this morning. We've had a good look at the Droid MAXX, the Droid Ultra and the Droid Mini, but sometimes a video is worth a thousand words ... errr pictures. Dan got to spend some quality time with a presenter and the new Droids, and we've got 8 minutes of video for you.

Things like the new camera, Droid Zap and the new lost phone features are covered, and there's also a good look at active notifications. It's something you'll not want to miss, so head past the jump and have a look.

Droid MAXX forums | Droid Ultra forums | Droid Mini forums

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4 years ago

T-Mobile HTC One update loses HDR camera settings in error, fix coming as soon as possible

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Fix coming soon to restore HDR setting says HTC

The recent software update for the HTC One on T-Mobile has been pretty well received, except for one nagging little issue -- HDR mode in the camera setting for still pictures has disappeared. The setting remains for video, but there's just no entry for taking HDR pictures. A few people have noticed, and we reached out to HTC to see what was up. 

Turns out it's just a bug, and HDR mode hasn't been removed from the HTC One camera. HTC's official statement:

A recent software update for the HTC One on T-Mobile USA provides a number of software fixes but it also inadvertently removes HDR mode from the camera settings. HTC is aware of this issue and will be pushing out a fix for impacted customers as soon as possible.

As soon as possible can mean different things to different people, but we're going to think it means just that -- soon. Keep an eye out for an update and we'll do the same.

Via: T-Mobile HTC One forums

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4 years ago

Cincinnati Bell HTC One could skip Android 4.2, go straight to 4.3

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Android 4.3 upgrade 'in the early fall,' says carrier

A few days back we caught wind that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 might be jumping straight from Android 4.1 to (the still unannounced) version 4.3 in some countries. And today it seems at least one other phone might be doing the same. Android Central forum member NKYRacing got in touch with Cincinnati Bell to ask about the just-released 4.2.2 update for his phone, only to be told by the carrier that its HTC One would instead get an update straight to Android 4.3 —

"We were just informed by HTC they would skip 4.2.2 and go straight to 4.3 in the early Fall."

It's unclear whether any other HTC One variants might also leapfrog 4.2, although we should note that the current 4.2.2 update is already rolling out in Europe and Asia. Hopefully we'll learn more once Android 4.3 is officially announced — and it's looking like that's going to happen sooner rather than later.

Source: Android Central forums

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4 years ago

AT&T reports $32 billion in revenue on the back of 6.8 million smartphone sales - including a 'record number of Android sales'

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AT&T meets expectations with 67-cent earnings-per-share in Q2 2013

AT&T has announced their Q2 2013 earnings, stating that a record number of Android sales helped bring adjusted earnings of 67-cents per share on revenue at $32.1 billion. Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO said in the prepared statement:

This was a solid quarter for revenue and customer additions across our key growth platform. Our 4G LTE network is the fastest and the most reliable in the nation, and deployment is ahead of schedule. That contributed to a step-up in postpaid subscriber gains, and strong mobile data revenue growth of nearly 20 percent. Growth in U-verse and strategic business services also continued to be strong — adding to our momentum.

Other highlights from the press release mention an increase of over 500,000 post-paid subscribers, and an increase of over 630,000 total subscribers for the quarter, an increase of 5.7-percent in wireless revenues to total over $17 billion, and a total of 35-percent of all customers using their LTE network which is expected to cover nearly 270 million people in 400 markets by year-end.

The second quarter also saw smartphone sales of almost $7 billion, which includes a record number of Android devices. Smartphone users now account for 88-percent of postpaid phone sales.

The full details can be found in the press release after the break, or via AT&T's live earnings call on the web.

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4 years ago

Google Fiber deal officially closes for Provo, Utah

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Details of the rollout are forthcoming in the weeks and months ahead

After an announcement in April that Provo, Utah would be the third city to receive Google Fiber, Google's gigabit internet and television service, the mayor of Provo has announced that an agreement has been reached between Google and the city. The deal has officially closed, and the roll out campaign is underway.

No specific details are available about which neighborhood will become the first 'Fiberhood,' or when the roll out is expected to be completed, but mayor John Curtis promises 'a course in Google Fiber 101' in the coming weeks and months.

According to the mayor, "It’s been an adventure and our internal team has worked extremely hard alongside Google Fiber’s to jump the last few hurdles and get the city ready for the significant upgrades about to take place. These changes will without a doubt transform our community and the way we operate in it." It's definitely an exciting time for the citizens of Provo. Which city is next?

Source: Provo InsiderThanks, Brian!

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4 years ago

SwiftKey Cloud beta launched with sync, backup and trending phrases

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New cloud-enabled SwiftKey keeps personalizations in sync and up-to-date

SwiftKey has launched a new range of cloud-based features as part of its new version 4.2 beta. SwiftKey Cloud allows users to back up their personalizations and predictions to the cloud, and keep them in sync across multiple devices. That means your personally-tweaked writing style is conveniently saved if you upgrade or switch devices. The new version also allows your dictionary to be automatically updated with "trending phrases" based on local current events, without requiring a separate app update.

The SwiftKey Cloud system itself uses Google+ sign-in, meaning you can get things set up with a single tap. When you log in with your Google accounts, SwiftKey will also personalize itself based upon your Gmail history. And it's become easier to personalize your keyboard through Facebook too, with support for the social network's APIs.

We've given SwiftKey Cloud a go for a little bit now and came away pretty impressed. Setup was quick and easy — brilliantly so. We saw nothing that should scare away an average user. You can remove devices and accounts as easily as you added them. Everything's handled over SSL and https, and removing an account does so on all devices.

The new SwiftKey beta is available now from the app's beta site, linked below. We've got official promo video, screen shots and the press release after the break. You're gonna want to give this a try.

More: SwiftKey Beta

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4 years ago

Official Droid Mini specs

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The smallest of the new Motorola Droids, the Droid Mini packs everything a smartphone user could want into a 4.3-inch HD display. The same Kevlar and Gorilla Glass construction as it's bigger siblings make it pretty tough, and the software enhancements like Droid Zap and the new camera make it fun to use.

We know a lot of you folks need to know what's inside the Droid Mini, and for you we've got the official specs after the jump.

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4 years ago

Official Droid MAXX specs

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The supposed new king of battery life, the Motorola Droid MAXX packs a whopping 3500mAh battery in a phone just .28-inches thick. Verizon is promising 48-hours of battery life, and we can't wait to put that to the test.

Besides offering great battery life, the MAXX is full of other goodies -- like wireless charging, Motorola's new eight-core X8 Mobile Computing System, and a snazzy Kevlar back. We know you want to see the full specs, so keep reading!

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4 years ago

Official Droid Ultra specs

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Verizon's official announcement was a little light on the Droid Ultra specifications, but they've posted an official set and we want to make sure you get to have a look at them. We've been scouring everything Verizon and Motorola have to say about the new Droids, and we have to say -- a lot of people are going to like these phones.

If you're looking for the absolute ram Droid Ultra specs, keep reading.

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4 years ago

Riptide GP 2 makes a splash in Google Play

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The sequel to one of the best racing games for Android is even better than the original

Chances are you've played Riptide GP on your Android. If you haven't, you've surely heard others rave about it (it's a staff favorite around here) and should have probably checked it out before now. C'est la vie. The good news is that the sequel is out, and it keeps everything great from the original and adds multiplayer and game options that make it my new favorite.

Vector Unit has outdone themselves. The same great watercraft action you loved in Riptide GP is there, along with multiplayer, Google+ login and cloud sync, and customization options for your vehicles like we see in other high-end racing games. You earn credits by competing in races, and use those credits to buy performance improvements for your existing ride or save them up to buy an all new, and hopefully better one from the store. Of course there is an in-app purchase mechanism, but by no means is it necessary to buy credits -- winning them is far too fun. 

The multiplayer and social aspect is also great. Race against up to three of your friends in real-time through Google+, and if you have more than one Android the cloud sync keeps track of your progress flawlessly. My wife and I have been thoroughly enjoying Riptide GP 2 and the multiplayer fun, and I'm pretty sure you will, too. 

Riptide GP 2 will play well on any high-end Android device, but playing on a Tegra-powered system really shines. I've tested the build Vector Unit sent on the HTC One, HTC One X (international Tegra 3 model), the Nexus 4, the Nexus 7, and the Galaxy S4 and it runs without a hitch. We've also got those NVIDIA Shield review units here, and trust me when I say that Riptide GP 2 is the first game you'll want to buy if you have ordered a Shield. It is that much fun.

Riptide GP 2 is available for $2.99 at Google Play. Grab it from the link above, and hit the break for a video and a bunch of screen shots.

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4 years ago

In pictures: The Motorola Droid Ultra

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Verizon's latest Motorola flagship brings a new design and feature set 

The Motorola Droid Ultra is the phone Verizon will show you when you walk into a store. The latest in the Droid line, it's bold and fast -- two things Verizon wants you to think of when you put Verizon and Droid together in your head.

It very closely resembles it's brethren, the Droid MAXX and Droid Mini. Think of it as the Moto Droid for the masses, and the one that will carry the most appeal to the average consumer. Being the thinnest smartphone available will help, as will the new "3D" design and the consumer facing features like Active Display that gives you notifications without turning on the screen, and the 5-inch screen itself. The Droid Ultra will be available in both black and red -- we've got a gallery of images of both after the break.

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