3 years ago

How to add a multitasking button to the LG G Pro 2


Good news, everyone! LG switched to on-screen buttons for the G Pro 2 (be sure to read our preview of the phone), just like it did with last year's G2. The bad news? It still has a legacy menu button — and you can't get rid of it.

There is a glimmer of hope, however. LG's made it so you can add up to two more buttons — and that includes multitasking. (Or as it's more correctly know, a button for returning to recently used apps.)

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3 years ago

More new HTC One features and specs leak out


Snapdragon 801, 2600mAh battery, touch-to-wake functionality and more revealed in leaked sales guide

We're two weeks out from the launch of the new HTC One — also known by its codename "M8" — but pace of online leaks shows no sign of slowing. Today GSMArena says it's gotten hold of a sales guide for the device, along with details of its hardware specs, confirming much of what we saw from this morning's Australian leak.

Here's a breakdown of the purported specs:

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3 years ago

Aussie leak explains HTC One's new 'Duo Camera,' outs Sense 6.0


Tap a sleeping HTC One twice to wake it, as well, it seems

Update: Since we published this article, more M8 details have leaked out, including fresh info on the device's hardware specs and software features.

A new leak out of Australia sheds more light on the upcoming version of the HTC One. (Aka the M8.)

First up, a 5-inch display appears to be confirmed. And the new version of Sense is bumped to Sense 6.0 — and will include an LG-like "Knock On" feature wherein you can double-tap the screen to turn the phone on, which should be a great feature given that the power button appears to still be at the top of the phone. Plus, you get the excellent BoomSound unsurprisingly returns in those front-facing speakers.

But the real gem here is the explainer of the two cameras — or Duo Camera.

The info sheet from Australian carrier Telstra reads:

Duo Camera

Create vivid images even in low light and professionally edit memories after you've taken the shot. Choose where to focus, highligh what you love, soften backgrounds and add 3D effects.

Plus we get some Aussie pricing — $840 outright, or $92 a month (if my early morning math is right).

Source: GSM Arena

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3 years ago

KitKat hits Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3 in the UK


Over-the-air updates now pushing out

Samsung's KitKat rollout for 2013 devices continues with the arrival of Android 4.4 for the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 in the UK. Updates are rolling out today for the unlocked UK GS4 and Note 3 (region code "BTU"), along with certain carrier variants. The OTA file size from 300-400MB, and brings these phones up to the latest version of Android, 4.4.2 KitKat, while adding some subtle visual tweaks, including white notification bar icons. Graphical changes aside, Samsung owners will also benefit from standard KitKat features like immersive mode, translucent notification bars in some apps, native cloud printing support and lock screen album art.

If you're seeing the KitKat OTA on your GS4 or Note 3 in the UK today, hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on, and which carrier you're on. As always, updates may take time to trickle out depending on which network's device you have, and if you're not seeing any OTA then you might want to try a manual update through Samsung's Kies desktop software.

Source: Android Central forums (1), (2); Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S4 getting Android 4.4.2 KitKat today!


OK, all you fine folks rocking a T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S4. Your Android 4.4.2 KitKat update is now ready. You can snag it over the air (which we recommend) or via the Samsung Kies desktop app (if you're a glutton for punishment.

You'll need to be on software version M919UVUEMK2 (Android 4.3) for the update to take, and have at least 50 percent charge on your battery. And set aside a little time — this is a 387-megabyte update. After that, you'll get the following:

  • KitKat (build M919UVUFNB4)
  • Improved stability
  • New camera shortcut on the lock screen
  • Improved on-screen keyboard

Plus you'll have the knowledge that you're now running the newest version of Android, so there's that. 

Source: T-Mobile; More in our Galaxy S4 forums; thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

HTC M8 leakage continues with new photos and video


China Mobile and T-Mobile versions of the new HTC One leaked

HTC might be pixelating the new HTC One in its teaser videos, but online leakers are showing no such discretion. This morning we're seeing two significant leaks of HTC's next big thing — first up, a shaky one-minute hands-on video showing the T-Mobile 32GB version of the phone, dipping into the settings menu to show Android 4.4.2 KitKat, HTC Sense 6.0 and the phone's unique IMEI number. (Whoops.)

Meanwhile in China, relatively high-quality photos have emerged on Weibo showing the China Mobile M8 from all angles, along with a side-by-side comparison with the One Max, while apparently confirming the presence of an SIM slot on the left and microSD on the right.

Check past the break for more photos, as well as that T-Mobile hands-on video.

Source: Nowhereelse.fr, YouTube; via: Android Central forums

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3 years ago

Samsung details 'Galaxy Gifts' package for Galaxy S5 buyers


PayPal, RunKeeper, Wall Street Journal among partner services

On Galaxy S5 launch day, Samsung promised a wealth of free subscriptions to publications and online services through its Galaxy Gifts program, and today it's revealed the full breakdown of what GS5 buyers will get. The complete list of "gifts" offers subscriptions between three months and two years and covers fitness services like RunKeeper and MapMyFitness, news publications like Bloomberg Businessweek+ and The Wall Street Journal, and cloud storage services such as Dropbox and Box.

There are 16 in total, but of particular note are the one year of free RunKeeper premium (significant given the fitness focus of Samsung's new mobile products) a $50 voucher on PayPal merchants (notable as the payment company has partnered to use the GS5's finger scanner for authentication) and 50GB Dropbox storage for two years. Check past the break for the full list.

Source: Samsung

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3 years ago

Vodafone UK joins Xperia Z2 pre-order party, throws in free TV


32-inch Bravia set offered with Sony's latest smartphone

Vodafone UK is the latest carrier to announce pre-order details for Sony's upcoming flagship phone, the Xperia Z2. The device is now available to pre-order from Voda, with launch day scheduled for April 10. As always, Vodafone offers a range of price plans, but the cheapest monthly contract offering a "free" Xperia Z2 is a £42 per month 3G plan with 1GB of data. Switching up to 4G, a £47 per month plan gets you 3GB and a free Z2.

And to sweeten the deal — for early customers, at least — Vodafone is offering a free 32-inch Sony Bravia Smart TV for the first 3,000 Xperia Z2 pre-order customers.

More: Sony Xperia Z2 hands-on

Source Vodafone

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3 years ago

Samsung posts 'official' hands-on videos of Galaxy S5, Gear 2 and Gear Fit


Everything you ever wanted to know about Samsung's new products, from the people who made them

At this point, if you're interested in the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Gear 2 or the Gear Fit, you've read a thousand articles, watched a hundred videos, and pretty much know everything there is to know. But that won't stop you from watching one more video — especially when it's direct from Samsung and has the "official" tag.

Nothing here we don't already know, but it's a bit like seeing the MWC keynote with a lot less ... glam. Give them a look.

The Galaxy S5 is above, and the Gear 2 and Gear Fit are after the break.

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3 years ago

OnePlus continues its trollout, will sport a 3,100 mAh fixed battery


OnePlus — maker of the CyanogenMod-based "OnePlus One" smartphone that promises that it (and therefore you) should "never settle" — today continued its long, slow tease of its upcoming Android smartphone. The latest feature is the battery, which we now know will be a 3,100 mAh fixed cell. As in not removable. 

Writes OnePlus:

The battery was another big decision for us. Our foremost concern was implementing a battery that would last long enough for a full day of normal, daily tasks without users having to worry about lowering the brightness, closing all their apps, or disabling Bluetooth or data services.

We also wanted the battery to fit in a slim, compact body that is easy to hold, operate and carry around.

With these two goals in mind, we ultimately decided on a 3100 mAh non-removable battery for the OnePlus One. 

The decision was clear for us. A removable battery would have meant adding a protective layer to the motherboard as well as extra circuitry, resulting in a smaller battery (2500mAh, 20% less battery juice!) or a significantly thicker phone.

With our configuration, the battery will last long enough to get even the most active users through an entire day of use without adding bulk to the overall build and design. 

OnePlus previously announced that it'll be using a Snapdragon 800 processor, same as a number of other phones. And now it'll have a non-removable battery. Same as any number of other phones. So you won't have to settle for being able to swap out for a fresh battery, if that's what you prefer.

OnePlus is also teasing some sort of "mystery tech" to "enhance and boost the user experience." So there's that.

Source: OnePlus

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3 years ago

Spigen Slim Armor case for the Galaxy Note 3


The Spigen Slim Armor case is soft on the inside and hard on the outside, just like your favorite blogger


We all try to be careful with our expensive Androids. But sometimes, stuff happens and they escape our clutches — usually when we're on a hard surface that guaranteed to break things that fall on it. Like the rocks of Mordor, or the parking lot at Winn-Dixie. It's those times that a good case can save your bacon. The Spigen Slim Armor case for the Note 3 is that good case.

It's a two part case, where a supple rubber inner lining meets a hard plastic candy coated shell. It looks nice on the Galaxy Note 3 — I'm digging the "Crimson Red" version — and it adds very little bulk for the amount of protection if gives. For those who aren't into bright red, the Slim Armor case also comes in Soul Black, Dodger Blue, Metal Slate, and Infinity White.

All the holes and buttons and slots are precision cut, and the case fits like a glove. It was designed so you're able to mix and match the outer shells, but the case is a bit too difficult to separate the two pieces while installed to make that practical. Too much flexing and bending of the Note 3 for me to feel comfortable, so I have to advise against it. Just take the whole case off if you want to switch colors. It fits snug and won't fall off, but it comes off with little squeezing and prying.

Once it is on, your Note 3 is going to be able to take a little accidental punishment. Add a good screen protector, and you'll be set for just about any mishap that doesn't involve liquids or explosives. Or both. The corners wrap nicely, the buttons and ports are easy to to work, and the S Pen slides in and out like designed because of the generous cut out. I really like the Spigen Slim Armor case, and I'm not a fan of using a case, as my scratched phones will attest.

You spent over $500 on the Note 3. Spending $27 more for a case this nice makes sense.

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3 years ago

Motorola puts college colors into Moto Maker


Show your college pride this season with new colors, accents and a range of cases for the Moto X

Motorola has announced a new selection of colors its dubbing the "College Collection" to Moto Maker to customize your new Moto X in the colors of your school. Taking a look at colors across the board, Motorola has added 9 new back colors, three new accents and a range of clear cases to create the college themed phone of your dreams.

Visit the College Collection design gallery on the Moto Maker site starting today to see the various pre-designed options for your College, and the range of clear cases complete with logos. 

And, if you're a student at one of those schools, register with a valid .edu email address and take the off-contract price for a new, custom Moto X down to just $339. Find out more at the source link below. 

Source: Motorola

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3 years ago

Bright red Nexus 5 lands on Canada's TELUS


Free on contract or C$500 outright

Canadian residents wanting a Nexus 5 in one of their country's national colors can now pick up the "bright red" version of the phone from TELUS. The Canadian carrier is offering the current Nexus handset in red as well as the standard black, for free on a two-year contract or for C$500 SIM-free. That's a good deal more than the Google Play Store price, but TELUS is offering in-store pickup and up to C$250 off when you trade in an old phone.

In case you were wondering, the red Nexus 5 is a particularly vivid shade of the color, as Phil Nickinson explains in our hands-on feature with the device —

"This is a bright red phone. At times, it's almost neon red. It goes from startling to painful to "Oh, my God, what have I done?!?!" depending on your lighting source. Consider yourself warned."

More: Red Nexus 5 hands-on; Nexus 5 review

Source: TELUS; via: MobileSyrup

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3 years ago

Nokia X coming to India on March 10


Nokia's new budget phone, the Android-powered (but very much Microsoft-centric) Nokia X, will be heading to one of the world's most important emerging markets next Monday. Invites sent out by Nokia India asks guests to "Xperience a new beginning" on March 10 with local exec P Balaji leading the event. Our sister site Windows Phone Central will be on the ground next Monday to cover the Indian Nokia X launch, where we're likely to learn more about Indian pricing and availability for the device.

Source: Windows Phone Central

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3 years ago

Seidio Innocell 4800mAh battery for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3


Now that is a whole lotta juice


Your Galaxy Note 3 already has a healthy 3200mAh battery, but for some folks that's just not enough. The large screen is perfect for watching video on the go or playing games, and everyone knows that watching video over the cell network and playing games is h-e-double-hockey-sticks on a smartphone battery. Seidio has a product that might be able to alleviate a lot of the issues — their 4800mAh battery for the Note 3.

It makes your Note 3 a little thicker, but with approximately 50 percent more battery life and NFC capabilities, it's a trade a lot of us will be willing to make. Have a look and see if that sounds like you.

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