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Verizon starts pushing out Lollipop update for the Galaxy S5… Again!

Posted by wicked March - 28 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

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If you cast your mind back to early February, you may remember that Verizon claimed that it was rolling out the much-anticipated Lollipop update for the Galaxy S5. However, it appears the carrier pulled the original upgrade (version number: G900VVRU1BNLC ) with no reason given, and has today started pushing out an identical build of Android 5.0 to the handset, with this new version number: G900VVRU1BOA4. 

The two versions seem to be exactly the same, both bringing support for multiple accounts, improved notifications, a smoother multitasking experience, Ambient Display, smarter internet connections and the recently-announced Material Design guidelines.

To start the update, make sure you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network. Then, from the home screen, press the Menu key, followed by Settings. Scroll to the bottom and tap ‘About Device’, followed by ‘Software Update and ‘Update Now’.

Source: Verizon
Via: AndroidPolice

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The HTC One M9+ has its design showcased in latest leak

Posted by wicked March - 28 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

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Renowned leaker @Upleaks has posted a couple of press renders clearly showing the design of the much-anticipated upscaled variant of HTC’s flagship smartphone of 2015, the One M9.

As can be seen in the image above, the design of the M9+’s chassis is extremely similar to the standard One M9, with only a few minor alterations. One being a second UltraPixel camera on the back of the device. Another, a fingerprint scanner beneath the screen on the front.

If recent speculation is anything to go by, the One M9+ is set to pack a 5.2-inch Quad HD display, a high-end octa-core Mediatek CPU, 3GB of RAM, a 20-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter and a 2,840 mAh non-removable battery.

As with all leaks and rumors, we have to take the alleged design and specifications with a large pinch of salt until HTC provides us with some solid evidence regarding what it has in store for its next flagship phablet, but thankfully we don’t have to wait too much longer until we find out as the Taiwanese company has a press event scheduled for April 8.

Source: Twitter

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Developer edition of Sony’s SmartEyeglass now up for sale

Posted by wicked March - 28 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

sony smartEyeglassSony has announced that they’ll officially begin selling their SmartEyeglass developer edition in four countries for anyone interested in making a purchase. You’ll be able to snag one in Germany, Japan, the US, or the UK, unless you’re in a business customer, in which case it’ll be available to you in Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden.

The device runs about $820 in the US, not including tax, so it’s definitely not a cheap investment. It still comes out a little easier on the wallet than Google Glass, though, so it might be worth looking into if you’re interested in developing for it.

Shipping should begin in April.

source: Sony

via: Xperia Blog

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Plex for Android update gets Material Design makeover with tons of new features

Posted by wicked March - 28 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

plex_app_iconPlex for Android has received a pretty big update that brings in a Material Design overhaul, plus a handful of new features that Plex users will be happy to see.

The new interface fits right in with Google’s own suite of apps, and boasts easy ways to browse content and select what server you want to stream media from. The home screen has taken up a modern redesign, and everything just looks fantastic.

As far as new features go, you’ll get Plex Home support for setting up multiple users and PIN protecting accounts, and AirPlay is baked in so you can stream media from your Android device to something like Apple’s Apple TV. Useful if you’re invested in multiple ecosystems.

Plex has also upgraded the Android TV Plex app from its preview period, so users with the Plex Pass can use it for free, although you can still make a one-off purchase for it, too.

Any Plex users excited for this update?

source: Plex [2]

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[Deal] Grab the Pioneer VH-4100NEX Android Auto car radio for $554 from Amazon

Posted by wicked March - 28 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

android-car-radioIf you don’t have an Android Auto capable car, you can get the next best thing with a great deal from Amazon on the Pioneer VH-4100NEX Android Auto car radio that’s fully compatible with Android 5.0+ devices (and Apple CarPlay too). 

The VH-4100NEX is the entry-level model from Pioneer, so it has a clear resistive display, but you will find that on most stock car stereos.

This radio usually retails for about $700, but you can pick one up for $554. Not a bad deal at all.

Follow the link below if you’re interested.

source: Amazon

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Motorola could have Red Leather version of the Moto X in the works

Posted by wicked March - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Motorola has taken to social media to tease the arrival of a new product in a Red Leather variant. The company is simply asking which your favorite red leather accessory is. The company then says that they have something in the works for us fans.

Knowing that the company has no devices in the pipeline until the Fall at least, it’s safe to assume that this is a new color variant of an existing device. We’ve seen Motorola launch a unique football leather version of the Moto X, so this could be something similar.

The Moto X is already available in leather variants, but the red option isn’t available. So this inclusion will certainly spice up the Moto X lineup which is barely getting any attention with newer and more powerful smartphones reaching the markets.

What do you think Motorola is trying to tease here? Sound off below.

Source: @Motorola – Twitter

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Grab all Quad HD wallpapers from the HTC One M9+ here

Posted by wicked March - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Right before the HTC One M9 was announced, we came across a flurry of wallpapers believed to be of the smartphone. Now with the One M9+ expected to break cover soon, it has received similar treatment as well. 

The One M9+ smartphone is believed to be packing a Quad HD display, so all the wallpapers on offer here are in native 2K resolution (2560 x 1440). Currently, only devices like the LG G3, the Motorola Droid Turbo, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the Nexus 6, the yet to be launched Galaxy S6 and a few other devices this resolution by default.

You can grab the wallpapers individually from the gallery below. Click on either of the images below to get a full res version and right click (or long press if on mobile) to save the image on your system. Make sure you leave a comment below if you like any of these wallpapers.

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Source: Google+

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Huawei’s Kirin 930 SoC uses a modified version of the Cortex-A53 CPU cores

Posted by wicked March - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Huawei recently announced the Kirin 930 SoC, with the MediaPad X2 being the first device to be packing this chipset. Closer analysis of the SoC took everybody by surprise as all eight CPU cores were revealed to be Cortex-A53, while rival manufacturers use four Cortex-A53 cores and four high power Cortex-A57 CPU cores for efficiency and performance respectively.

The company has now explained this strange exclusion, citing battery life related concerns reasons. According to the company, the 2.0 GHz CPU cores on the Kirin 930 are actually known as Cortex-A53e, which is a modified and over clocked version of the Cortex-A53.

According to Huawei, the Cortex-A57 uses 256% more power compared to the Cortex-A53, which makes it quite evident as to why the company took this route with the Kirin 930 SoC.

Despite sacrificing on performance to some extent, the chipset managed to score 44,000 points on AnTuTu, which is a more than decent score for a chipset of this calibre. So judging by what we’ve heard from the company, the MediaPad X2 should be a pretty decent tablet in terms of performance.

Source: myDrivers
Via: Gizmo China

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Moto G (2014) now receiving Lollipop update in the UK

Posted by wicked March - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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If you own a Moto G (2014) and reside in the UK, you may want to listen up, as Motorola has just started pushing out the much-anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop update to all unlocked variants of the handset located in your region.

All the changes you’d expect to find in Lollipop are bundled into this upgrade, including support for multiple accounts, improved notifications, a smoother multitasking experience and the recently-announced Material Design guidelines.

As is customary with all manufacturer updates, the upgrade is being distributed in stages, but if you don’t feel like waiting for a notification confirming that it’s ready for your device, you can search for the update manually. To do so simply follow the four steps below:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Scroll to the bottom and tap on “About Device”
  3. Hit “System Updates”
  4. Tap on “Check for update”

If you own a Moto G and you’re situated in the United Kingdom, why not drop us a line in the comments section below letting us know when you receive the update?

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YouTube now supports 4K video at 60fps

Posted by wicked March - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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A few months ago, YouTube enabled its publishers to upload 4K videos to its platform and as if that wasn’t enough, Google has today announced the launch of a new streaming version, called 4K Ultra HD, which essentially combines the 4K resolution (3840×2160) with 60 frames-per-second video playback to create the smoothest possible viewing experience. 

Obviously, in order to watch a video in this configuration, you’ll need a setup which supports 4K. That doesn’t just include a 4K monitor, but also a computer that’s powerful enough to stream it, and a broadband connection fast enough to buffer without pausing during playback or which will automatically downgrade the quality. 

If you’re lucky enough to have a system capable of streaming in 4K Ultra HD, be sure to check out the playlist below which includes six clips shot in 4K at 60fps, then come back and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Click here to view the embedded video.

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