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Verizon pushing Eye Experience update to its HTC One (M8) on Wednesday

Posted by wicked October - 22 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Either the hardware manufacturers are getting things right or the carriers are easing up on the testing phase. Tomorrow, owners of the HTC One (M8) on Verizon will be getting a software update. The update includes the new Eye Experience that was announced alongside the Desire Eye and RE Camera. HTC expects the over-the-air (OTA) update to arrive around noon on Wednesday.

Mo Versi, HTC’s VP of Product Management, tweeted the news on Tuesday:

HTC One (M8) Verizon owners! We have technical approval on Eye SW! OTA target for tomorrow at noon! #HTCAdvantage

Source: @moversi (Twitter)

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Motorola seeding 4.4W.2 update to Moto 360 with loads of improvements

Posted by wicked October - 22 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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We reported earlier that the LG G Watch is now receiving an update (4.4W.2) so it’s no surprise that the Moto 360 is also receiving the same update. However there are a few things that are specific to the Moto 360 such as that now ambient mode will automatically turn off when your battery hits 15% and a new feature called Mood Lighting. This will adjust how bright the charging screen is based on how bright or dark the room is. The update also includes the same stuff that other Android Wear watches are getting like the ability to connect Bluetooth headsets to the watch itself, store music,  and a new UI tweak allowing you to swipe down on the most recent notification card so you can see your entire watch face.

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  • Smart Battery Saving – When your battery hits 15%, your Moto 360 will turn off ambient mode, so you don’t have to remember to.
  • Timely Time Checks – Moto 360 will synchronize the time with your phone more often to make sure it is up to the minute.
  • User Interface Tweaks – We observed with consumers that there are many times where you want to use your Moto 360 as truly a classic watch—a beautiful way to see the time. A new gesture now lets you see the full watch face without permanently dismissing a notification. Just touch the top of a notification and swipe down. You’ll see the notification again when you have another high priority notification.
  • Mood Lighting – Moto 360 will adjust to the lighting of the room while charging, so that it isn’t too bright or too dark.
  • Readying the wires for Bluetooth – There are a couple of under-the-hood enhancements that will pave the way for connecting Bluetooth headsets to the watch.
  • Bug Squashing – As usual, bugs are squashed to enhance the overall user experience.

The update is rolling out now and you will get a notification card on your Moto 360 when it’s ready for you to install it. You will need at least 80% battery life. You can also head into Settings > About > System Updates on your Moto 360, but I doubt that will do you any good.

source: Motorola

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Samsung teases Lollipop update for Galaxy Note 4

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Samsung recently published a tweet teasing an upcoming Lollipop update for its flagship phablet of 2014, the Note 4. As you’d expect, updating their devices to Android 5.0 is a priority for any manufacturer, but what’s a little strange is that the South Korean company is already publicizing its plans to roll out the upgrade even though Google is still in the process of loading its servers with its final code.

This leaves one question on the tip of our tongues: How close can Samsung really be to rolling out the update? Unfortunately, there isn’t an answer to this question, but it is important to bear in mind that HTC is currently the only OEM to promise a delivery date, which is 90 days after they receive final code from Google. Seeing as the search engine giant hasn’t published this information as of yet, neither manufacturers could have possibly started on development.

So, understandably, we’re a little confused as to what exactly Samsung is teasing here. Is it just announcing that the update is on the way? Or is it actually revealing that it will be here sooner rather than later? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section down below.

Source: Twitter

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ZTE planning to announce new flagship on October 23rd

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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ZTE have been on a streak recently releasing a ton of solid mid-range devices including the Grand X Max and the ZMax, but for the first time in a long time the budget-friendly manufacturer is preparing to launch a flaghship. With plans to launch on the 23rd (this Thursday), the ZTE Z5 takes some design cues from Nokia’s Lumia devices. 

Not much is known about the device but according to ZTE, the Z5 will feature a 13-megapixel camera with Optical Image Stabilization and a Neovision professional camera interface. According to their press material it is also supposed to run Android 5.0 Lollipop, but considering Google’s Nexus devices haven’t shipped with the new OS, its safe to assume that the Z5 will ship with Android 4.4 and will be updated to 5.0. The company is also expected to launch an NBA variant due to their partnership with the Houston Rockets. Let us know in the comments if ZTE’s upcoming flagship tickles your fancy.

Source: My Drivers
Via: Android Headlines

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Samsung donating phones to help U.N. combat Ebola

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Samsung has announced that they are donating 3,000 Galaxy S3 Neo smartphones to the United Nations to help in the fight against Ebola. The donation of the smartphones is part of an aid package that Samsung is providing to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs and will be used in the Humanitarian Connectivity Project. That project is the U.N.’s initiative to provide humanitarian support through utilization of mobile devices.

The smartphones will be used in 60 medical clinics in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the three hardest hit countries. Some of the Galaxy S3 Neo’s will be loaded up with the U.N.’s Smart Health Pro app so medical professionals can use the smartphones for treatment activities and to collect medical data. Some of the phones will be used by patients who have been quarantined so that they can maintain contact with their families.

In addition to the smartphone donation, valued at approximately $1 million, Samsung is also providing financial support to help with the purchase of hazmat suits in Ghana and for the distribution of hand sanitizers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In South Africa, Samsung is helping with the launch of an Ebola SMS text service.

source: Samsung

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Samsung launches Galaxy S5 Plus in the Netherlands with Snapdragon 805

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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A couple months ago Samsung treated Singapore to the Galaxy S5 4G+, a slightly upgraded S5 with the Snapdragon 805 processor, most recently found in the Galaxy Note 4. Today it seems that Samsung is taking orders for this device in the Netherlands, with other markets presumably on the way. The device is officially called the Galaxy S5 and features the same specs as the S5 (2GB of RAM, 16-megapixel camera, 1080p Super-AMOLED display) but with the aforemention Snapdragon 805 under the hood, clocked at 2.5GHz. 

The S5 Plus also features the same dust and water-resistant shell, so for those of you holding out for a metal body similar to the Note 4, you’re out of luck. One notable improvement is the increased LTE speeds of up to 225Mbps thanks to that 805. No word on pricing or stateside availability, but it will obviously be more expensive than the companies current flagship. Let us know in the comments if that boost in processing power is enough to pique your interest.

Source: Samsung
Via: Sammobile

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Galaxy Note Edge to be Launched Thursday in Japan

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Samsung’s funky and clever upcoming device is eagerly awaited by techies everywhere. (Or at least right-handed techies everywhere.) We’ve been waiting patiently to get a launch date for the phablet, and today we learned some new information. Japan will be receiving the device on its largest mobile carrier (NTT DoCoMo). The device will be black only until November, when a white version will be released as well.

The special device and its curved screen will eventually be available stateside sometime this year on all four big carriers, but as of right now, no one but Samsung knows when.

Source: NTT Docomo

Via: Phone Arena

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Google’s Nexus 6 gets compared to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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This fall, two massive devices will be on the market and consumers will have a very difficult choice to make. Should they go with Google and the Nexus 6 or Samsung and its Galaxy Note 4? Fortunately, you can take a look at a video comparing the two. Carphone Warehouse has both devices on hand for a really good breakdown. Unsurprisgly, the Nexus 6 is a lot bigger than the Galaxy Note 4. After all, the Google device does have a 5.96-inch display compared to its foe’s 5.7 inches.

There is a common ground for the two. The resolution of the displays both equal 2560×1440 and are AMOLED. Inside, Google and Samsung opted for a Snapdragon 805 processor with 3GB of RAM and 3220mAh batteries. They also have 32GB of internal storage; however, Samsung follows its tradition by including a microSD card slot.

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Source: TechnoBuffalo

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“Ambient display” appears to be Nexus 6 spin on Moto Display

Posted by wicked October - 20 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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When Motorola introduced the Moto X, one of the angles Motorola took in making their sales pitch for the device was how software features could be more useful and valuable than top of the line specs in a smartphone. To drive home this point, they included a variety of features including one originally called Active Display, now Moto Display, that would cause the display to turn on when a notification was received or when it detected the phone had been picked up. It looks like that same feature has found its way into the Nexus 6.

A screenshot of some display setting for the Nexus 6 shows an entry for a feature called “Ambient display” with a description that reads “Wake screen when device picked up or notifications arrive.” This seems to clearly suggest Google benefited from having Motorola produce the Nexus 6.

On the Play Store page for the Nexus 6, there are a couple entries that include a reference to “Ambient Display.” The entries outline the potential impact on standby time for the device if Ambient Display is turned on, which appears to be about a 25% reduction. Despite the hit to battery life, the feature is considered a great convenience and difficult to give up once one gets used to it.

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source: +Prashant Gahlot
via: Android Police

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EYE Experience for HTC One (M8) on T-Mobile to start rolling out tomorrow

Posted by wicked October - 20 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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When HTC announced their new EYE Experience, a bundle of improvements to their camera features, they indicated a variety of devices would receive the update over the coming months. Owners of the unlocked version of the HTC One (M8) were probably glad to see they were near the top of the line when the update started rolling out last week along with an update to Android 4.4.4. Now owners of the device on the T-Mobile network will be joining in on the fun as the carrier has given their technical approval for the update.

Users can expect to see an OTA update appear on their devices starting as soon as Tuesday, October 21st. This was announced by Mo Versi, HTC’s vice president for Product Management, via a tweet earlier today.

source: @moversi

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