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3 years ago

The LG G2 QuickWindow Case

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LG's got a small line of accessories available with the G2, and chief among them is the QuickWindow Case. It follows the trend that LG actually started in 2012 with the Spectrum 2 on Verizon (what, you thought it was someone else?) — a folio-style case and cover that gives a peek at the display.

This latest iteration serves a couple purposes. First is to protect your phone. The QuickWindow Case is a thin shell that covers most of the G2 — and it does so with minimal thickness. It also protects most of the display, save for the window area. (That's another change from similar covers — this window is wide open, no plastic between you and the display.) And, finally, it brings a bit of functionality to the display without having to open the cover. 

Read on for a quick look at the LG G2 QuickWindow Case.

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3 years ago

Listen up: Comparing Xbox Music and Google Play Music All Access

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No single service has everything, but some have more features than others

A full 11 months after Microsoft let us know that Xbox Music would come to Android "eventually," we finally have access to another one of the big music services on our Android devices. While Microsoft was busy working out the kinks of finally launching its app, Google has entered the space with All Access, a subscription version of Google Play Music that gives you customizable radio features and unlimited access to every song its library.

Both of these music services offer a unique feature set, and now that Xbox Music has finally come to Android we can take a look at them head-to-head. Read on with us after the break where we break down the features, shortcomings and overall experience of Xbox Music when compared to Google Play Music All Access.

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3 years ago

Google Play edition Samsung Galaxy S4 also getting JWR66Y update

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Minor update to Android 4.3 now rolling out​ for GS4 GPe

Along with the Google Play edition HTC One, it now seems the "stock" Android Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505G) is also getting its over-the-air update to build JWR66Y — a slightly newer version of Android 4.3. The bump from the earlier build JWR66V hit Nexus devices a couple of weeks ago, and includes security updates for the latest iteration of Google's OS.

As always, it may take a few days for the update to arrive on everyone's devices, so patience is advised as Google and Samsung open the latest build up to GPe handsets. If you're seeing it on your phone hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on.

Source: Android Central forums

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3 years ago

Gold HTC One casing shown off in leaked image

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Convincing parts leak could mean a fifth color option for the One soon

A parts leak coming out of China shows off what could be the newest color option for the HTC One, gold, in a few convincing pictures. Not to be confused with a true gold-plated HTC One, this model looks to just be anodized a different color. At this point, considering that we've seen the One announced officially in silver, black, red and now blue we can't say we're surprised that HTC is working on other anodization options. 

Now of course people are going to draw parallels to the gold iPhone 5s that Apple just released, and we can't really know for sure how long HTC has been working on this color option or if it is even legitimate. If the parts turn out to be real and actually make their way to regular sales channels, we think the gold offering may be a nice addition to the increasingly colorful HTC One lineup at this point in its life cycle.

Source: Phandroid

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3 years ago

AT&T launches 400th LTE market, covering almost 240 million people

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LTE coverage now live in 3 new markets, expanding in 11 more

AT&T has launched its LTE network in three new markets today, which puts its total number of markets over 400, covering almost 240 million people nationwide. Those three lucky markets pushing the total to 400 are:

  • Alexander City, Alabama
  • Concord, New Hampshire
  • Jamestown, New York

On top of these new markets, AT&T says that it has also expanded LTE coverage in 11 more markets around the country:

  • Fresno, California
  • San Francisco, California
  • Stockton, California
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Springfield, Missouri
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Houston, Texas
  • Tacoma, Washington
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Charleston, West Virginia

AT&T (just like the other carriers) still has lots of work to do to get its coverage to everyone in the US, but crossing over the 400 market mark is a big deal.

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

GetGlue receives interface refresh just in time for Fall TV watching

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New visual touches and more information on the shows you love

The second-screen app for TV watchers, GetGlue, has just refreshed its Android app in time for the hit shows starting up this Fall season with new designs all around. The changes can be noticed instantly with the new "Watch" menu, which makes it easier than ever to discover what's on TV as well as Netflix, Hulu and other video on-demand services.

The redesign carries over into the new "Search & Discover" area, where you can browse for new shows based on genre or categories like "Make Me Laugh" or "Surprise Me." When you are browsing and come to a show, redesigned show pages will be easier on the eyes with a new tabbed layout and more information on individual episodes.

If you're gearing up for some TV watching, now's the time to grab GetGlue with its all-new design. You can download it for free from the Play Store link at the top of this post.

More: GetGlue Blog

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3 years ago

Facebook testing auto-play videos in the News Feed for some mobile users

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Videos will play on mute by default, advertisements coming 'in the future'

Taking cues from Vine and Instagram (which it owns), Facebook has begun testing a new feature in its mobile apps that will let some videos automatically play as you scroll past them in the News Feed. The feature works exactly how it does in Vine and Instagram, where any video that has been uploaded will show a thumbnail image in your News Feed, and if you stop scrolling past the video it will begin to buffer and play. As soon as you scroll away, the video stops playing.

Videos are muted by default, but sound will play if you tap the video to view it full screen, where you'll also have controls to play, pause and scrub to different portions of the video. Facebook says that the ability to have auto-playing videos will be limited to individuals, verified pages and musician or band verified pages at the moment. As for the future possibility of advertisers having automatically playing videos, Facebook says it will explore the possibility "in the future."

We're seeing videos start to automatically play in our own News Feed, but Facebook says that auto-play is rolling out slowly to a limited number of users right now.

Source: Facebook

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3 years ago

Twitter releases beta update with drastically new interface

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Version 5.0 cleans up the interface, adds in-line media previews for some services

Those of you in Twitter's official beta testing group are seeing an update to version 5.0 of the app that is worthy of a full point release jump. Just two weeks after creating the group to help test new features, Twitter has pushed an update that completely revamps the entire interface with a cleaner and even more minimalist design, a new slide-in menu from the left bar to manage organization and a new settings view.

The app retains the same standard blue, white and gray color palette, but spruces things up a bit with use of a thinner font and more options for tabs — home, notifications, messages, activity, trending, find people and me — at the top of the app. In terms of features, it looks as though we're getting in-line image previews (no more tapping in to see media) for at least some services, along with the ability to customize the top tabs to your liking.

The widget has also changed as well, albeit more subtly than the app interface itself. Let's hope that this update makes its way out of beta and to the stable channel soon, as it seems to bring a fresh design and lots of great new features that users will want. If you just can't wait, you can find more information about how to join beta groups of all kinds, including Twitter's, at our app beta page.

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3 years ago

AT&T LG G2 hands-on

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The AT&T LG G2 is a little more faithful to the original — but it's got a mountain of carrier apps preloaded

Behold, the AT&T version of the LG G2. This one is a little more faithful to the Euro version we've had for a couple weeks now — save for the mountain of AT&T apps plopped on top of it.

Physically speaking, this phone's nearly identical to our pre-production European unit — all the way down to all the plastic stickers protecting the edges. We mention that up front because when you first take it out of the box, the phone is going to feel like it was slapped together, with sharp edges and all. That's just the stickers attacking you. Take them off, and you're left with a smooth piece of glass and plastic.

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z Ultra arrives on O2 and Three

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6.4-inch Sony handset launches on two British carriers

British mobile networks O2 and Three have started offering Sony's ginormous Xperia Z Ultra. The 6.4-inch, Snapdragon 800-powered beast is available now from the two carriers' brick-and-mortar stores, as well as online from O2.co.uk (Three's not selling the device online until Oct .18.)

On-contract prices on Three start at £34 per month and a £99 upfront charge on a two-year plan, while O2 offers a wide range of 3G and 4G contract combinations through its "O2 Refresh" program. O2's also selling the Ultra on PAYG for £599, should you wish to pick one up without a monthly plan.

The largest Sony phone we've seen to date, the Xperia Z Ultra is more akin to a tiny tablet than an oversized smartphone, though it arguably fills both roles. For more, check out our hands-on feature from the Xperia Z Ultra launch event.

Source: Three, O2

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3 years ago

Verizon LG G2 hands-on

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A few physical changes and tweaked software highlight Verizon's version of the LG G2

What's that, you say? You want the LG G2, but you want it with more logos and a skinnier set of buttons on the back? And maybe a couple fairly significant software changes? Sure thing. Verizon's got you covered with its version of the G2.

Things have changed a little bit on the physical side, and a little bit on the software side. We'll walk you through it all after the break.

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3 years ago

Inventory, spreadsheets, and transactions: A business in your pocket - Talk Mobile

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It used to be that the Dells, ThinkPads, and BlackBerries ruled the business world, and your average road warrior carried a business-issued tablet and smartphone to get things done. Today, things are looking different. Not only have Windows Phone, Android, and iOS smartphones found their place in the boardroom, on the factory floor, in the cubicles, and out in the field, they're more capable and more connected than ever.

3 years ago

Our best look yet at a possible Nexus successor

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Fresh out of the FCC this morning (and first spotted by our palls at Phonescoop slipped into an LG G2 filing) we get a new look at what possibly is the next iteration of the Nexus line. In a series of (not particularly good) external shots, we get a pretty clear look at the back of this LG-made device — and it's still in line with the more finished version that made a brief appearance at the unveiling of the Android Kit Kat statue last week. 

The camera and flash certainly line up in the same spot — but there's also an interesting little window visible toward the top of the device. We're not going to read too much into that at this point — clearly this isn't a retail unit here. But we do get a good look at where the headphone jack is, so there's that.

Also confirmed in the FCC pics is that the power button and volume rocker are on either side of the phone.

We've got more pics after the break.

Source: FCC; via Phonescoop

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3 years ago

Go ahead, spill the sauce: Sony Xperia Tablet Z Kitchen Edition lands at $649

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The kitchen is a prime place to use a tablet. Sony knows this, too, and that's why it's rolled out the Xperia Tablet Z Kitchen Edition. this Wifi-only 10.1-inch tablet (read our full review) already is water-resistant — a fact that suits it for the spill-happy environment of you kitchen.

With the tablet also comes an iGrill wireless digital thermometer, and you get food apps, recipes and videos preloaded as well.

The Kitchen Edition of the Tablet Z will cost you $649 — and Sony's tossing in free ground shipping. 

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3 years ago

Virgin Mobile goes 'Supreme' with a new ZTE 5-incher

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Virgin Mobile this morning announced the ZTE Supreme, a 5-inch smartphone running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. It's running for $299 on Virgin's no-contract plans, which start at $35 a month.

In addition to the 1280x720 display, the Supreme sports a 13-megapixel rear camera and is powered by a 2,500 mAh battery. It also comes preloaded with Real Racing 3.

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