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3 years ago

Small OTA rolling out for the AT&T G Flex, #notKitKat

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3.5MB update brings small fixes for calendar sync and future OTA support

LG G Flex users on AT&T need to be on the lookout for a small OTA update this afternoon, as version D95010l is starting to push out. 

There are no big changes to be seen, and it's not a version bump to KitKat, but has two very important fixes. The change log in full:

  • FOTA enhancement to support future software updates.
  • EAS fix to correct issue of calendar not syncing periodically
  • Ready2Go Updates

The FOTA (Firmware Over The Air) enhancements will make sure your G Flex is ready for the next OTA update (no speculation on when that will be), and the EAS fix will correct issues users of Exchange email have been having with calendar sync.

Not every update has to be sexy to be important. You'll probably see no differences — unless you use an Exchange calendar — but it's still nice to see LG and AT&T pushing this out versus waiting for a bigger update to roll them into.

Source: AT&T. Thanks, Alex!

 

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3 years ago

HTC teases some sort of repair service (?) on Twitter

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Details promised February 18

You feel like crap after you break your phone. If you've done so, you know what I mean. If you've never had the bad luck, just trust us when we say you'll feel like crap when it happens. It looks like HTC knows this, and has something to tell us next week that will make it all better.

We can't guess at what the details will be, but maybe — just maybe — someone can wring the answer out of HTC when their product team does their Reddit AMA this afternoon at 1:30 PST. Or maybe not.

All we know for sure is that phones are easier to fix than hearts, and HTC wants to tell us more next Tuesday. 

Source: @HTCUSA

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3 years ago

Long Valentine's Day lines won't bother you with these Android games to play

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A few sweet games with a Valentine's Day theme

Love is in the air, and the most fortunate among us will soon celebrate Valentine’s Day with someone special. And if you’re dining somewhere nice for the holiday, you’re probably going to spend more than a few minutes waiting to be seated. Why not pass the time with Valentine-themed content in your favorite Android game? We’ve got nine festive games for him and her that you won’t want to put down when the server comes around.

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review

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Sony’s downsized Z1 might just be the best small Android phone you can buy

For the past several years, high-end Android phones have followed the mantra of “go big or go home.” Five-plus-inch displays, once considered comically large, are now the standard for top-level Android handsets. And big screens definitely have their advantages, giving us more room to browse the web, play games and view photos and movies. But the transition to large displays has left a gap in the market between the 4-inch iPhone and the bulk of the high-end Android space. And that’s precisely where Sony wants to place its latest handset, the Xperia Z1 Compact.

Sony has packed all the major hardware features of the Z1 into a smaller chassis.

The Z1 Compact is in essence a shrunk-down version of the Xperia Z1, Sony’s current 5-inch, 1080p flagship. We’ve been familiarising ourselves with the Z1 since it launched late last year, and we recently reflected on our time with the phone in a three-month look-back feature. It’s one of the better Android phones out there, excelling in battery life and camera quality. But usually when a high-end handset gets a “mini” version there are compromises to be made — with the processor, camera and storage usually being first for the chop. That’s not the case with the Z1 Compact, and that’s actually the reason it’s a “Compact” and not a “Mini” — Sony tells us the “Mini” monicker has been tainted by cheaper, lower-end handsets. “Compact,” on the other hand, implies it’s the same phone in a smaller space.

Instead of cutting down specs along with the device’s footprint, Sony has packed all the major hardware features of the Z1 into a smaller chassis with a 4.3-inch 720p screen. You’ve got the same Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM and 20.7-megapixel rear camera found on the Z1, in a substantially reduced footprint. For that reason it offers much the same experience as its big brother, along with a few unique quirks of its own.

Join us after the break for a closer look, in our full review of the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact.

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3 years ago

All you need to know about BBM 2.0 for Android

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It's a big update with plenty to take in, so let's break it down

BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) version 2.0 for Android dropped yesterday, and it's a pretty sizeable update with plenty to get your head around. Fortunately, we know some good folks who are pretty handy with all things BlackBerry. Our buddies over at CrackBerry have jumped in with both feet and taken a good look at what's what with the newest iteration of their favorite – now cross-platform – messaging service.

So, join us after the break for a breakdown of the best damn BBM coverage you'll find, anywhere. We'll also be checking back and updating with anything more we come across. In the meantime if you've got questions, answers or anything else to say about the latest in BBM for Android hit us up in the comments or the Android Central BBM forums!

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3 years ago

Coming up at 4 p.m. EST — it's the Android Central Podcast

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Fear not, folks, for there shall be no special Valentine's Day edition of the Android Central Podcast. No hearts. Nothing pink. No candied anything, no stuffed bears, and certainly no hugs. That's just not how we do things. Instead, we'll bring you the week that was in Android news — plus a look ahead to Mobile World Congress, and everything that's leaking out ahead of it.

Join us here for the live Q&A as well! We'll see you at 4 p.m. EST — that's 1 p.m. on the west coast, and 9 p.m. in London. We'll see you there!

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3 years ago

Friday freebies: Win 1 of 4 Moto G Grip Shells!

I've got four Grip Shells here for the Moto G — check out our hands-on with them here — but not for long. It's time to find them a good home. 

If you want to win one, just leave a comment here, in this post. We'll take care of the rest. 

Good luck, and we'll shut this down at 5 p.m. EDT this afternoon.

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3 years ago

Vector 30: Wearables, contextual sensors, and making them mainstream

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Matthew Panzarino, co-editor of TechCrunch joins Rene to talk about why mobile is going wearable, how contextual information and sensors are evolving, and how Apple, Google, Samsung, and everyone else will try and sell them to us.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Gear on sale for $150 at Best Buy today

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Android-powered smartwatch available for half the launch price

If you're tempted by Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch but have been put off by the relatively high price, Best Buy has a deal that may be of interest. The online store is today selling the Galaxy Gear for $149.99 outright, just half the original launch price of $299.99, as part of its deal of the day. The Android-powered watch is available in rose gold, oatmeal beige, lime green and wild orange. The mocha gray and jet black aren't included in today's sale and still cost $249.99.

The Galaxy Gear didn't exactly wow us at launch, due to its high price and limited notification support for non-Samsung apps. But with recent software updates the device has improved, and at $150 the Gear is definitely worth a look — just remember you'll also need a Samsung smartphone with support for the Gear Manager app.

Source: Best Buy; via: Smartwatch Fans

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3 years ago

Moto G in India seeing its KitKat update

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Local dual-SIM model now updating to Android 4.4.2

A quick heads up for any of our Moto G owning friends over in India that an update should be headed your way. Having recently launched in dual-SIM form in India on Android 4.3, Moto is now updating to Android 4.4.2 KitKat as it has done in many other global markets. 

KitKat brings a few visual changes with it such as the white icons and translucent status bar, and in our experience sharpens up the device a little and makes the camera a little more responsive. There is of course more to KitKat than bells and whistles, so go ahead and load it up and take it for a spin. 

More: Moto G, two months on

via AndroidOS.in

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3 years ago

House of Cards season 2 now available — Will you be watching on Android?

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Entire second season can be streamed on Android, the web or via Chromecast

Today is Feb. 14, and we all know what that means — that's right, season 2 of Netflix's acclaimed political drama House of Cards is now available to stream online. The entire 13-episode run was pushed live at 12:01 a.m. PST, and is available to subscribers through Netflix's web presence, as well as its mobile apps.

On Android phones and tablets, you can to head to Google Play and download the Netflix app to get started; on a Chromebook (or any other laptop) you'll want to use the regular website. And don't forget Netflix's Android and iOS apps support Chromecast playback, so owners of the streaming dongle can can beam Frank Underwood onto the big screen using a phone or tablet.

Whether you're going to savor every episode or blow through the season in one binge viewing, hit the comments and let us know how you'll be watching using your Android devices. (For the benefit of new viewers, let's try to keep it spoiler-free.)

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3 years ago

Sonic Dash update adds Eggman boss challenge

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SEGA's endless runner Sonic Dash is being updated with a new boss challenge, featuring none other than Dr. Eggman (or Robotnik, if you prefer). The update adds a boss battle with the longtime series villain, challenging players to dodge missiles, exploside traps and other nasties as they progress through the supersonic gauntlet, with a "massive score bonus" promised for those who send Eggman packing.

The publisher says its next Sonic Dash "global challenge" will begin next Friday, Feb. 21, allowing players to work together to unlock a new Sonic universe character "who is sure to steal some hearts."

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z2 'Sirius' pictured alongside Z and Z1 in latest leak

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Leaked photos show slightly taller Xperia with familiar design

As we approach the announcement of Sony's next major Android phone — expected at Mobile World Congress in just over a week — even more details about the device are starting to leak out. Photos of the upcoming Sony D6503, codenamed "Sirius," have today appeared on Chinese site Digi-wo, where it's been compared to Sony flagships past and present.

The first shot reveals the D6503 in black and white, showing a couple of the hardware features we'd seen from earlier leaks — apparently stereo speakers at the top and bottom of thie display, a familiar button setup including a shutter key, and reduced horizontal bezels. The second image, which lines up the new phone with the Xperia Z and Z1, shows some subtle physical differences — despite the reduced bezels, the "Sirius" is a bit taller than the Xperia Z1, perhaps due to a larger display size. (A 5.2-inch panel is rumored.)

Based on these images and other leaks, it seems pretty clear Sony's next handset will retain the blocky, angular design and hefty vertical bezels of its current lineup. The source of the photos suggests an April release is on the cards for the phone, making it reasonably likely we'll get an announcement out of Sony at MWC in Barcelona later this month.

Source: Digi-wo; via: XperiaBlog

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3 years ago

LG not bothered by Lenovo-Motorola combo, plans to take third place in worldwide market in 2014

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Korean manufacturer wants to go toe-to-toe with competitive new products

Alongside the Korean launch of its latest handset, the G Pro 2, LG executives spoke to the change in the smartphone market now that Lenovo plans to purchase Motorola. Despite the bump in market share Lenovo gains from adding Motorola sales to its business, LG isn't worried about the soon-combined companies. Kim Jong Hoon, head of product at LG mobile, said:

"There are many talks over Lenovo and Motorola in the media right now and how it affects LG, but internally, we aren't discussing much about it."

Further, LG has a plan to regain third place in the global smartphone market by the end of the year — it currently sits in fourth place with roughly five percent of shipments. Seeing LG's recent device portfolio, including the just-announced G Pro 2, you can see that the Korean manufacturer intends to go head-to-head with the other leading smartphone makers. Only time will tell if it can fend off a combined Lenovo-Motorola with confident leadership that is poised to grow if it plays its cards right.

Source: ZDNet Korea

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3 years ago

Google+ will apply Auto Awesome floating hearts to your Valentine's Day kissing photos

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Love is in the air on Google+ for Valentine's Day

It's one of those times when no matter where you are there's a feeling of love in the air. Yep, Valentine's Day is tomorrow and Google+ is offering up a special Auto Awesome animated picture for the occasion. Upload or take a photo of people kissing, and in short order you'll be notified that there's a new Auto Awesome picture waiting — this time around you'll see a nice array of animated hearts floating around the picture.

Just like Auto Awesome pictures of the past (aside from the winter snowflakes) there's no way to manually trigger the hearts being applied. Just take a picture and hope the algorithm picks it up — we think Google probably has a pretty good chance of applying hearts to all of the pictures you want. And don't worry, Auto Awesome pictures are private by default.

Source: +Erik Murphy-Chutorian

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