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LG plans to bring G3′s UX to future entry-level and midrange phones and tablets

Posted by wicked August - 19 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


The UX design and features found on LG’s G3 flagship will reportedly be brought to future LG entry-level and midrange smartphones and tablets, a company release said today.

The standardization of the UX features from the G3 is part of an effort to make its less-premium hardware feel more high-end compared to competing devices from other OEMs.

Some specific features brought over to other devices include Touch and Shoot, Gesture Shot, Clean View, Smart Keyboard and more. Hit the break for LG’s full release.

SEOUL, Aug. 19, 2014 ― From entry-level to premium, LG has been actively working to provide a consistent and uniform user experience (UX) across its entire mobile product lineup. Toward that end, LG Electronics (LG) will begin standardizing its proprietary UX features, first introduced in the new LG G3, across most of the company’s mid- to entry-level smartphones and tablets launched in the second half of this year.

Since its worldwide unveiling in May, the LG G3′s UX features have been positively received by both customers and industry experts with many bestowing high praise for its user-friendly enhancements. The 2014 Red Dot Communication Design Award judges also applauded the LG G3, with a total of three “Best of the Best” awards for its intuitive UX features.

“With the basic principles of the G3′s UX features rooted in making complex technologies simple and convenient, our goal was to provide consumers with a user experience they genuinely need and want,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “Standardizing these features across our entry- and mid-tier mobile products is just a natural extension of our desire to make every LG device feel premium and unique.”

A simplified camera displaying only the most frequently used menus is one of the UX features that will be standardized across mid- and entry-level LG smartphones. One of the key camera features is Touch & Shoot, which helps capture special moments quickly and intuitively by letting users tap anywhere on the display to focus and trigger the shutter in one single step, eliminating a time-consuming two-step process. Gesture Shot makes taking selfies simple and fun. Opening and closing one’s hand in front of the lens starts a three-second countdown before triggering the shutter for brilliant, blur-free selfies. Clean View offers a full, clutter-free preview interface by removing all camera menu icons from the screen.

Another UX feature to be standardized is Smart Keyboard, which reduces input error by up to 75 percent by tracking and analyzing typing habits and intuitively “knowing” what words the user intended to type. The keyboard can be re-sized to better fit the user’s hands and thumbs. Suggested words, which appear above the keyboard, can be entered with just an upward flick of the thumb. Individual keys can be customized with frequently used symbols for even faster input. Long-pressing the space bar and sliding the thumb or finger left and right repositions the cursor for faster editing.

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Google+ app gets ability to cast your stream to Chromecast

Posted by wicked August - 12 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


Google+ for Android received an update today — in addition to the usual bug fixes, you’ll now have the ability to cast your Google+ stream to Chromecast.

You’ll be able to manually flip through posts on the stream or you can automatically play through the stream. The posts fill up the whole screen, but it looks like GIF-support is not included for now.

The update is pushing out now, so be patient. If you’d rather not wait, head on over to the source link and grab the download files.

Source: Android Police


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OnePlus One receives Android 4.4.4 update

Posted by wicked August - 11 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off


Today, the OnePlus One began to receive the Android 4.4.4 update, which comes full of fixes for all of the bugs you may have been experiencing. The update brings a fix to the camera called Clear Image. According to OnePlus, “Once you switch on the new Clear Image mode in the Camera app, nothing but awesomeness will be captured.” All pictures should have more detail, and low light shots will be clearer with less noise. To solve the yellow tinting of the screen, the update brings a cooler calibration of the screen.

With the help of the proximity sensor, the phone will no longer switch displays once in your pocket. The touch keys are more illuminated and the device should be much more stable. The issue that prevented vibrations from being deactivated during quiet hours has been fixed too, and now song info will be updated on the lock screen. 

A few more smaller fixes are fixing the “Ok Google” Google Now launch and the “O” camera gesture. Your wallpapers should all be the correct size on your screen and the volume of the microphone while voice recording should be correct.

The update will take a while to reach everyone (all 100 of you HaHa) , but once you receive it, why not leave us a comment and tell us first-hand what you think?

Source: Phone Arena

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Samsung Gear Live receives same update as G watch

Posted by wicked August - 9 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off


The G Watch received an update to fix its charging pin corrosion issue this past week, but until now, the Samsung Gear Live received no such update due to there being no such problem. Nevertheless, the Samsung Gear Live is due to receive build number  KMV78Y OTA throughout the next few days. It’s not certain what exactly this minor update will bring since the Gear Live lacked the issues of the G Watch, but nevertheless, if you own a Samsung Gear Live, you’ll be receiving an update this week.

Source: XDA Developers

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Updated Android L preview builds available for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7

Posted by wicked August - 7 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off


If you have a Nexus 5 or a 2013 Nexus 7, you’ll now be able to flash an updated version of Google’s Android L Developer Preview. Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be too much added to these builds that isn’t currently available, but it does include the necessary bits and pieces for the Google Fit Platform. There might also be a few stability fixes and the like, but don’t expect much else.

Hit the link below for the downloads for your Nexus device.

source: Google Developers

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Android “L” to include Multi-user functionality on phones

Posted by wicked August - 7 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off


Google released multi-user features on tablets through its 4.2 Jelly Bean update back in 2012 and refined the feature in the 4.3 update. However, if you own an Android smartphone, you’ve probably noticed that the feature is lacking. That issue may soon be resolved, thanks to a request made on Google’s website. According to a response on the thread by a member of the staff, “The development team has implemented this feature and it will be available as a part of the next public build.” This response leads us to believe that different user profiles, restrictions, and settings will be available with the next big software release: Android L.

The benefits of such a feature are numerous, from parents making accounts for children to play (and not purchase) games, to business employees making a separate account on their phones for private, secured data. Many custom ROMs have already been using this feature for some time, so it’s about time Google officially released such a useful feature on its smartphones.

Does this news excite you? Are you excited about getting multi-user functionality on your phone? Post a comment below and tell us what you think!

Via: Android Police

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LG pushing update to G Watch to fix charging pin residue issue

Posted by wicked August - 2 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off


In the past few weeks, owners of the LG G Watch have complained about residue buildup on the charging pins. Of course the issue is only appearing on just a minority of the units, but it’s an issue that LG is responsible for fixing nonetheless.

LG has responded swiftly, and is now pushing out a software update (the build number has moved from KMV78V to KMV78Y) to disable the current in the charging pins while the watch is not in the charging dock.

Here’s what LG had to say about the issue.

LG TV, Monitors, AV and IT Support
Recently it has come to our attention that a small number of G Watch devices have been reported to have developed discoloration and residue buildup on the terminal pins located on the back. While completely safe and unlikely to affect charging, LG will be rolling out a maintenance release over the next few days that will disable the current when the G Watch is not in the charging dock. The maintenance release will be rolled out automatically over-the-air to all G Watch owners. We thank G Watch users for their patience and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

The fix should get rid of the risk of burns/discomfort, but corrosion is still possible if any salt accumulates on the contacts while the G Watch charges.

We’re not aware of any other changes in the recent software update, so we’ll let you know if we find anything else. The OTA update is in the process of rolling out, so be patient if you haven’t been prompted to download the new software yet.

Source: Android Police

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Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S5 is receiving an update (software version KOT49H.G900VVRU1ANE9) which is bringing a bunch of bug fixes to the device, but also seems to be breaking root access to the device, according to a number of users around the web.

The update keeps the phone at Android 4.4.2, and update’s Verizon’s Caller Name ID, Message+ and Cloud apps.

Other improvements include:


  • Search’ icon has been removed within Memo when there is no memo
  • Favorite ‘Contact’ information background is now more readable
  • Visual Voicemail works when S-View flip cover is closed
  • Connectivity has been improved when streaming music
  • Stability has been improved for Samsung Gear Manager
  • Text alert improvements for select factory installed car kits
  • “Primary Contacts” label has been changed to “Emergency Contacts” when in Emergency Mode
  • Power On password


Added support

  • User selectable video application when uploading to YouTube
  • Message+ now supports closed captioning
  • Emergency Mode has been updated
  • Contact Menu stability has been enhanced
  • Easy Mode Settings now includes images
  • ‘Downloaded Apps’ field added to searchable file types in My Files
  • Web Search has been added to S Finder

As far as the whole “breaking root access” rumors go, apparently Towelroot isn’t bringing root back either on the device, so proceed with caution on this update if you’re rooted and don’t want to risk losing access. Stay tuned for more info on this. Of course if you’re not rooted, go ahead and check the update status to see if the new software has hit your device yet.

UPDATE – It looks like the T-Mobile Galaxy S 5 is also getting an update enabling VoLTE.

Source: Android Authority


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Verizon pushing Android 4.4.4 update to all Moto X users

Posted by wicked July - 29 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


Each and every Verizon customer that owns the Moto X should be expecting a software update. Motorola transferred the update over to Verizon and, after being approved, it is being pushed out starting today. The 2013 flagship is getting some fixes and improvements aside from the Android 4.4.4 boost. The camera quality has been improved to handle lighting and range better. And users can now pause video recording. The only other change is the redesigned Dialer app. The Moto X is now running the latest version of Android, proving carriers are getting better at making sure updates are issued as quickly as possible.

Source: Verizon

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Sweet News for Verizon Moto G Users

Posted by wicked July - 26 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off


As per Motorola Mobility’s latest Google+ post, the Motorola Moto G on Verizon is due for an upgrade. Android Kitkat 4.4.4 will be rolling out throughout the weekend, replacing the previous iteration of Kitkat 4.4.3 on the device. The new software update brings a new dialer UI, Camera features, and some simple security and stability updates. 4.4.4 came to the Moto G early, keeping with its previous track record of receiving updates just after the Nexus line. Motorola should be sending the update to other carriers and Moto devices soon, right after the Moto X 4.4.4 battery drain issue is rectified.

source: +Motorola Mobility


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