4 years ago

Verizon LG G2 hands-on


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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4 years ago

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


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.

4 years ago

Our best look yet at a possible Nexus successor


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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4 years ago

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


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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4 years ago

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


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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4 years ago

And the winner of our 'Anything But Apple' contest is ...


Congrats to Android Central member saegir, the winner of this week's this week's "Anything But Apple" contest. Picked at random, he's taking home a brand-new Nexus 7 (with 32GB of storage and LTE, natch) along with a new Chromecast.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled morning news cycle.

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4 years ago

LG G2 now available on AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile


Today sees the U.S. arrival of the G2, LG's big-screened, thin-bezeled handset with buttons on the back. The 5.2-inch LG G2 can be ordered online today from AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless — on AT&T and Verizon you'll pay $199 on a standard two-year contract, while T-Mo offers the handset on an installment plan with a $99 up-front payment. If you're looking to buy the G2 outright, it'll cost you $603.99 on T-Mobile, $599.99 on Verizon or $574.99 on AT&T.

Sprint customers will have to wait another month or so, as their version of the G2 won't be available for pre-order until Oct. 11.

Anyone ordering up a U.S. LG G2 today? Shout out in the comments!

Source: Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T

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4 years ago

Future Samsung phones will have 64-bit CPUs too, says CEO


64-bit Galaxy handsets coming, but not in the immediate future

Hot on the heels of the announcement of Apple's iPhone 5s, which sports a fancy new 64-bit A7 CPU, Samsung boss JK Shin has told the Korean press that its future handsets will also include 64-bit number-crunching capabilities. Speaking with the Korea Times, the Samsung co-CEO confirmed that "our next smartphones will have 64-bit processing functionality," but added that these devices would not be arriving "in the shortest time." It's no secret that mobile chip giant ARM has 64-bit architectures in the pipeline, so it's possible that a Galaxy S5 might be one of the first Android devices to implement this technology.

In the same interview, Shin acknowledged that Apple was seeking to expand its mobile reach further into China and Japan with the iPhone 5s and 5c, saying that Samsung too should "try harder" in these countries. These efforts reportedly include a separate Chinese launch event for the upcoming Galaxy Note 3.

Source: Korea Times; via: Engadget

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4 years ago

Android 4.3 with Sense 5.0 RUU for the AT&T HTC One leaks out


Latest leak purportedly the same as the eventual OTA update

A complete functioning version of Android 4.3 with Sense 5.0 for the AT&T version of the HTC One has surfaced, and to many people's liking it seems to be a near final build of the software. Following reports from an insider that Android 4.3 updates for US versions of the One are on their way in the coming weeks, the leak of this complete RUU (or separate flashable ROM and radio) of the latest update gives many folks hope that the official OTA isn't far behind.

Between this leak and previous information and leaks of the firmware for various versions of the phone, we have to think that the official update can't be far away now, provided that the US carriers get on board with the program.

If you're willing to tinker around with your AT&T HTC One and want an early taste of what Android 4.3 could look like on the handset, head to the source link below. Just be sure to proceed with caution and know what you're getting into before you click — nobody likes a bricked phone.

Source: RootzWiki

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4 years ago

Pocket Casts version 4.3 adds bulk delete, subtle design changes


New slide-in drawer and auto-downloading of individual podcasts also included

Pocket Casts has just pushed out an update in the Play Store to version 4.3 that brings a few subtle design tweaks and new features with it. On the design side, the developers say the entire app is smoother and faster, and you'll now see an updated slide-in drawer with the latest Google design guidelines applied. A new option to delete multiple podcasts at once can now be accessed with a long-press on any single podcast as well.

In terms of functionality, you can down mark individual podcasts for auto-download rather than just entire playlists, and the app has been restructured on the back-end to let other podcast apps index its podcast directory. Naturally there are other bugfixes included here as well.

And for those of you wondering about Chromecast support, Pocket Casts says it is ready to go as soon as Google allows it — just have to keep waiting on this one.

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4 years ago

HTC One Google Play edition receiving JWR66Y OTA update


Small security fix hits two weeks after finding its way to Nexus devices

The Google Play edition version of the HTC One is pulling down an OTA update tonight that brings it back up to speed with Nexus devices on build JWR66Y. The update, which folks are indicating has been hitting at least some devices, is to the same one that hit Nexus phones and tablets about two weeks ago with a quick security fix.

Besides a small bump in build number to JWR66Y.H1 and a few numbers changed in the kernel version, you should notice no user-facing changes, just as was the case when the update hit Nexus devices. 

Seeing the update on your own HTC One GPe? Let us know how you're getting along in the forums.

More: HTC One Google Play edition forums

Thanks, bmolloy!

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4 years ago

Google+ web interface adds new photo editing tools powered by Snapseed


Edit your Google+ photos with everything from simple tweaks to complete transformations

It seems that Google's acquisition of Snapseed is paying off again, as Google+ has just added a variety of photo editing tools based on its technology. The new tools can be found by viewing one of your photos in a lightbox and hitting the new "Edit" button above the image, where you'll then be given a sidebar with tons of new options. The tools are very clearly lifted directly from Snapseed (that isn't at all a bad thing), and give you options to tune and adjust, crop, rotate, add borders, selectively adjust, tilt-shift, apply several filters and more.

The tweaks go on and on, and can be mixed and matched as you see fit. When you're done editing an image you can choose to save it and have it replace the original, or you can always revert the changes if you're not happy with how things turned out. 

The new editing tools are rolling out gradually to users now, so don't be surprised if you don't see it show up on your own account for a little while. If you're anxious to try them out, make sure you're using Chrome, as the advanced editing features are restricted to just Google's browser at the moment.

Via: +Josh Haftel

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4 years ago

eBay adds location-relevant search results, NFC item sharing


Getting better results with easier to read item listings no matter how you search. 

The official eBay app for Android has just received an update with a few user-facing changes that should improve the overall experience. Version 2.4 improves search results by showing items relevant to your location, and gives a bit of foreshadowing indicating that in-store pickup is coming. Additionally, search results when scanning barcodes have been improved.

The item view layout once you do get those search results has improved to focus on the most relevant information first, and if you want to share a listing to a friend you can now do so with Android Beam over NFC assuming you've both installed the latest update. Under your profile settings, you now have the ability to edit or add a shipping address as well — something many of us don't want to wait to do on the desktop.

These handful of improvements are useful to pretty much anyone with the eBay app, so go grab a download of the latest version from the link above.

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4 years ago

This week's sidebar poll: What stole the show at IFA 2013?


We saw plenty of great stuff in Berlin this year, but who delivered the best?

Everyone is safely home from Berlin, and we've all had some time to look at and think about all the Android stuff we saw at IFA 2013. If you're like me, you've scoured the web and read every little scrap you can find, and have an opinion or two about it all.

When it comes to popular demand, the Samsung Note 3 is going to get all the glory. It's looking like the Note 3 will be one heck of an update to the series, and fans of the larger phones are going to be very happy. But we can't forget everything else. We saw a lot of great stuff there!

We've put together some thoughts from the folks here at AC, and you'll find them after the break along with a poll where you can share. The same poll is in the sidebar to the right, so you can always find it. Jump through, see what we thought, then be sure to tell us what you think!

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4 years ago

AT&T Galaxy Note 2 receiving OTA update, stays on Android 4.1.2


Sizeable update brings no more than updates to pre-installed apps

If you have a Galaxy Note 2 from AT&T, you can start checking your device for a 165MB OTA update starting today that primarily includes updates to pre-installed apps on the phone. Its a hefty update, and although it isn't quite big enough to be that jump up to Android 4.2 or 4.3, it does include some important improvements if the AT&T support document is to be believed.

The carrier claims that this update will bring many Google and AT&T pre-installed apps on the phone up to their latest versions, which is always important, but will have no user-facing changes other than that. After the update you'll be on Android 4.1.2 still with build number JZO54K.I317UCAMH3.

Keep an eye out for that update and let folks know in the forums if you happen to get it on your own device.

More: AT&T Galaxy Note 2 forums

Source: AT&T; Via: AndroidPolice

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