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Lollipop update for HTC One (M8) Google Play Edition delayed

Posted by wicked November - 21 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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HTC promised the One (M8) Google Play Edition would receive the Lollipop update today, but unfortunately it’s being held back due to the need to “re-spin” it. That can only mean that there was a bug that Google felt was big enough to stop it. I know this is bad news, but the fact that a major bug was caught is actually good news right? No word on exactly when we can expect the update to hit, but my guess is next week.

source: @moversi

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Moto G (2014) suffering from poor memory management, apps constantly closing

Posted by wicked November - 21 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Moto G (2014) owners are making a lot of noise in the Motorola forums regarding a memory management bug. Multitasking appears to be non-existent as apps are closing instead of running in the background.

According to users, we aren’t talking about situations in which they have 10+ apps open. Its happening when only one or two apps are active. They simply force close. This not only includes major apps like Facebook and Whatsapp, but it’s also happening to the Camera app and even SwiftKey. Streaming music is also near impossible because whatever app is being used will just shutdown after one or two songs.

One user said that it’s like using a phone with only 256 MB of memory. The Moto G has 1 GB of RAM, so this shouldn’t be an issue.

Motorola started rolling out the Lollipop update last week, which many hoped would squash this bug, but unfortunately nothing has changed.

If you own a Moto G (2014), let us know if you are experiencing the same issues. Also be sure to hit the source link to get in on the conversation that will hopefully help Motorola fix this problem soon.

source: Motorola Forums

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Moto Care Package now available for Nexus 6

Posted by wicked November - 21 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Consumers who pick up a new Nexus 6 may be interested in adding some kind of coverage for their new device. Motorola is adding a new option for buyers to consider, but only if the Nexus 6 is purchased through the Motorola web site. A Moto Care package covering the Nexus 6 is now available for $129.99.

Motorola is giving Nexus 6 owners the option of adding Moto Care when they place the initial order or up to 30 days after purchase. This includes early adopters who may have already purchased a Nexus 6 through Motorola.

In addition to requiring owners of the Nexus 6 to have purchased the device through the Motorola web site, another caveat is that the coverage is only good for the first two years of ownership. Otherwise, like most other protection plans this those often available through carriers, the Moto Care package will cover the cost of repair or replacement for damaged devices.

source: Motorola
via: AndroidHeadlines

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Sony giving three free films to Xperia Z3 device owners

Posted by wicked November - 20 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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There is no better time for Sony to be in a giving mood. Owners of the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact can pickup three films from Sony’s Columbia Pictures. The three films are The Amazing Spider-Man 2Captain Phillips, and Ghostbusters. The freebies are region-locked unfortunately. Xperia Z3 device owners in the United States, United Kingdom, France, and Spain are eligible. The Xperia Lounge app will supply the code required to redeem the offer.

The offer vanishes on January 31, 2015. Don’t wait too long!

Via: Xperia Blog

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Android 5.0 Lollipop spotted on a Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Posted by wicked November - 19 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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We can expect a fair amount of Samsung devices to receive a software update to Lollipop. The latest round of devices, such as the Galaxy S 5 and Galaxy Note 4, are locked-in to get the update. Today, we are learning that the Galaxy Note 3 is en route to do so as well. A video posted by SamMobile shows Android 5.0 running on the Galaxy Note from 2013. Even with Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay, Lollipop is noticeable. The source claims that animations are smoother and blue fills in for Lollipop’s green.

Hit the break to see the video of Android 5.0 in action on a Galaxy Note 3.

Click here to view the embedded video.

And if you have a Nexus device, go right ahead to installing the Lollipop factory image.

Source: SamMobile

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Motorola announces Motorola Keylink, a keychain for finding your phone

Posted by wicked November - 19 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

motorola keylinkWe knew Motorola was planning on releasing a keychain device soon, and they’ve made it official today. The Motorola Keylink is a keychain that’s designed to help you find your lost Motorola smartphone for when you just can’t seem to remember when you put it down at. The Keylink connects to your device with the Motorola Connect app, and the link actually works in reverse, too. If you can’t find your car keys, but you have your phone on you, you can just page the keylink and it’ll beep from up to 100 yards away.

The Keylink is a pretty simple idea, but it’s really convenient. It’s pretty rare that I don’t have either my keys or my phone on me, but I misplace things as often as anybody else. The Keylink has a standard button cell battery that lasts for up to a year, and it’ll run $24.99 on Motorola’s website or in a T-Mobile store. You can buy them starting today.

source: Motorola

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Android One phones to get Lollipop by the end of January

Posted by wicked November - 19 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Android One smartphones might be off to a slow start in terms of sales, but it also appears they are also off to a slow start in terms of updates. According to one of the manufacturers, Spice Mobility, the Dream Uno will receive the Lollipop update by the end of January 2015. More than likely, the Micromax A1 and the Karbonn Sparkle V will also get the update around the same time.

Since all Android One phones sport hardware specified by Google and updates come directly from them, you would think the update would be a little quicker. According to sources within Google, the update is ready, so it’s possible that it could start rolling in December. I guess only time will tell.

source: India Today

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Meizu unveils the MX4 Pro

Posted by wicked November - 19 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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The Meizu MX4 Pro was finally unveiled this morning after months of speculation. It sports a 5.5-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1536) display at 546 ppi, an octa-core Exynos 5430 processor consisting of four Cortex-A15 cores running at 2.0 GHz and four Cortex-A7 cores at 1.5 GHz, 3 GB of RAM, 16/32/64 GB of internal storage, a 20.7 Sony Exmor RS camera with an aperture of f/2.2 and 4K video recording, 5 MP front facing camera, and 3,350mAh battery. It’s running their own UI skin called Flyme OS on top of Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

The chasis is alloy metal, and the back sports a new matte finish. It comes in a little thicker than the MX4, at 9 mm. The screen-to-body ratio is 76.5%, which is pretty good based on today’s standards.

The Meizu Mx4 Pro also includes a fingerprint sensor, called mTouch, that is covered with sapphire glass. It will process your fingerprint in 0.5 seconds whether it’s dry or wet.

High quality sound has become a trend with smartphones and the Meizu has what they are calling Retina Sound. What does that mean exactly? Well I am not sure you will understand it anymore than me, but in a nutshell…..The MX4 Pro sports a Low-JITTER crystaloscillator with advanced DAC master clock architecture in a  fully symmetrical circuit design. I guess it’s going to sound good.

Pricing will be $410 and will only be available in China, at least for now. You will have your choice of either sand yellow, grey, or white for colors.

source: Meizu

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Moto 360 leads Android Wear market share

Posted by wicked November - 19 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Smartwatches and wearables are still at its infancy, but now that Android Wear is in full swing, it’s a good time to see how the different manufacturers are doing. Since Android Wear launched at the end of June, the third quarter results are a pretty good indicator. According to Canalys, nearly 5 million smartwatches and fitness bands were shipped during the third quarter. That is a 37 percent increase from the previous quarter, which can’t be surprising.

With the tremendous hype surrounding the Moto 360, it captured 15 percent of the market and higher than any other Android Wear smartwatch. I am actually pretty surprised as this based on the timing alone. Yes, it was the most hyped and it’s the best looking smartwatch, but it wasn’t released until September, giving it only one month of sales for the quarter. If you think about it, this is a tremendous success for the Moto 360. I can only imagine what the 4th quarter will be like. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s close to 50% of the market share.

Interestingly enough, Samsung ended up being the number one overall vendor since they offer more watches, not to mention the majority of them aren’t Android Wear. They grabbed 52% of the total share, and is likely to drop in the 4th quarter.

It will be interesting to see what 2015 brings with the Apple Watch launch. You know the iSheep are going to jump all over it, just because.

source: canalys

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Samsung reducing smartphone lineup by up to 30% next year

Posted by wicked November - 19 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Times are getting a little tough over at Samsung. Profit is declining and executives are seeing their pay slashed. The company relies heavily on its mobile division and that is where changes are going to be made. Next year, Samsung confirmed it will be reducing its smartphone lineup by 25% to 35%. Samsung would like to streamline everything in an effort to be cost efficient.

Demand for Galaxy devices is in limbo and Samsung would like to focus on select models. Right now, there are far too many Galaxy devices available in various names, sizes, colors, and markets. It is undeniably messy and confusing for consumers. Focusing on select models will provide proper attention and promotion across the board. It clears confusion for consumers because there will be actual differentiation.

Samsung remains as dominant as ever in markets like the United States. But in markets overseas, competitors are pushing back. Low-cost devices, from hardware manufacturers such as Xiaomi, are giving Samsung a run for its money. Reducing its smartphone lineup will give Samsung’s low-cost devices the push they desperately need to be competitive.

Via: The Wall Street Journal

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