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LG's Lifeband Touch and heart rate monitor now at Best Buy

Posted: 19 May 2014 03:53 PM PDT

Last week we told you that LG's new wearables were to be available starting May 18, and now the LG Lifeband touch and LG's own heart rate monitor are now available online at Best Buy.

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Google buys Divide to boost Android in enterprise

Posted: 19 May 2014 03:44 PM PDT

Might Android finally get serious about business out of the box?

In a recent post, I compared how Android supports Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and Mobile Device Management (MDM). We saw that out-of-the-box Android does not really address the enterprise very well, leaving device manufacturers to come up with their own systems for managing devices in a corporate environment. For example you can see what Samsung is doing with KNOX, or to a lesser extent LG, Lenovo, and Motorola are doing with basic device management software on their devices. If you wanted comprehensive device management before, you had to support and deploy devices that had customizations to Android for the enterprise.

Today that seems to have changed.

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Galaxy S5 vs Moto E speed test shows the benefit of a stock Android experience [VIDEO]

Posted: 19 May 2014 03:19 PM PDT

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Motorola Moto E

There's no denying the Samsung Galaxy S5 has the makings of an Android powerhouse. Featuring a beefed up Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of DDR3 RAM — all running on the lightest version of Android yet, (4.4.2 KitKat), the phone should breeze through everyday tasks with ease.

The Motorola Moto E on the other hand, was designed to be the most bare-bones smartphone money can buy. Dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor and barely 1GB of RAM, it'd be easy to assume that one of the sacrifices a user would have to make would be in performance. But there is one area where the Moto E truly shines, and in some cases, actually gives the E the upper hand from most other Androids on the market today — the fact that it offers a nearly stock Android experience.

If you didn't think this would affect the phone's performance which, in most cases should be found wanting, YouTuber Tom Rich decided to pit the 2 Android devices against each other in a performance speed test. Sounds pretty unevenly matched, but you may be surprised to find the Moto E holding its own. Check out the video below.

Now we're not going to say this is definitive proof that the Moto E is faster than the Galaxy S5, there's far too many variables involved. We will say this is pretty good evidence that perhaps Samsung has some work to do in optimizing their TouchWiz software for the Galaxy S5.

It's one of the major issues I had with the phone and the reason why I'll most likely be opting for the Google Play edition of the Galaxy S5. You know, whenever Samsung stops dragging their feet and makes it available for sale.


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Motorola adds super-cheap Moto E to Bootloader Unlock program

Posted: 19 May 2014 03:04 PM PDT

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Motorola's Moto E is not only extremely affordable but it's also buttery smooth — and now, we can add an unlocked bootloader to the long list of pros for this device.

Because it's so cheap, developers are grabbing up the phone in droves. And good news for them, Motorola today added the device (all US, Canada, Europe and Latin American variants) to its Bootloader Unlock program.

This means that we can expect to see several different ROMs and root-access applications for the phone, including CM11 and Paranoid Android.

Via: Phandroid

Source: Motorola

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OnePlus opens contest to win an invitation to buy a OnePlus One

Posted: 19 May 2014 03:04 PM PDT


Many people are very interested in the new OnePlus One device, but unfortunately for them, it's not as easy as just going out to buy one. In fact, OnePlus has to invite you to buy the product before you can actually buy it. But how do you get an invite? Well OnePlus has just opened up a competition to win an invite!

The winners will win one of 150 invites to buy 64GB sandstone black OnePlus One's. To enter the competition, you must follow OnePlus on Twitter and Google+, tweet about the competition, and more. Doing so, you can earn up to eight entries into the competition.

It is unknown why there are so few devices available. With the backing of Oppo, slow production of the device is unlikely. Perhaps the limiting of supply is to create hype. To apply for yourself, hit the source link!

Source: OnePlus

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HTC One 2013 Google Play edition is no longer for sale in the Play Store

Posted: 19 May 2014 02:34 PM PDT

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After dropping to $499 back in March, it looks as if the HTC One 2013 Google Play edition has been taken off the market. Jumping onto the Google Play store's device page, you'll notice the phone has been completely removed. The listing itself can still be found by visiting an older link, but the phone is now showing a "This device is not for sale at this time" message for its availability.

HTC One 2013 Google Play edition no longer for sale

No worries, those intent on buying a Google Play edition Android phone with healthy serving of aluminum can still find the HTC One M8 GPe for sale on GPlay. For old time's sake, you can check out our review on the HTC One 2013 Google Play edition here .

Anyone bummed out that they missed the chance to pick up an HTC One 2013 Google Play Edition?

[Google Play]

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How to use S Note on the Samsung Galaxy S5

Posted: 19 May 2014 02:29 PM PDT

The S Note app will come pre-installed on your Samsung Galaxy S5 and is a quick and convenient way to take both typed and handwritten notes on the go. You can even sync them with Evernote if you choose so they're available everywhere.

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Moto X+1, codenamed Victara, to be on the four major carriers in the U.S.

Posted: 19 May 2014 02:18 PM PDT


No one should be surprised that the upcoming Motorola Moto X+1 will be carried by Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint in the United States. Last year, Motorola made sure the Moto X was available on each of these carriers in addition to some smaller ones. But the Moto X+1 also popped up on Motorola's very own site a few times already. So aside from learning once again that the United States' largest carriers would be picking up the handset, we have learned its codename: Victara.

What do you think Victara stands for, if anything?

Source: @evleaks (official site)

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Monday Need-To-Know: You can easily change your default launcher using KitKat

Posted: 19 May 2014 02:16 PM PDT

KitKat 10 Custom launchers are immensely popular amongst the rapidly-growing Android community. They enable us to completely customize and personalize our smartphones and tablets. Previously, switching between them had always been a bit of a long and tedious task. One of the alterations Google has now introduced in its most recent KitKat update is the ability for

The post Monday Need-To-Know: You can easily change your default launcher using KitKat appeared first on Cult of Android.

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HTC One (M8) camera lens reportedly gets scratched easily

Posted: 19 May 2014 02:14 PM PDT


The camera on the HTC One (M8) was praised for its quality and the 3D effects that come with it, but some users are finding that there are still problems with the camera. The problems aren't related to the software or even the camera quality, but rather the fact that some users are finding that the lens of the camera gets scratched very easily.

The lens reportedly gets scratched even in day to day use, with users all over the world reporting their frustration with finding hairline scratches on the lens. Some users have even reported the lens shattering without the device being involved in a fall of any kind. HTC has not yet confirmed the problem, but has been sending replacements for users with scratched lenses.

Source: XDA-Developers

Via: CultofAndroid

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LG G3 QuickWindow case functions leak

Posted: 19 May 2014 02:14 PM PDT


The image that you are looking at is a little taste of what the LG G3 and its QuickWindow case will have to offer. As last year's did, the QuickWindow case allows for a small preview to be displayed through a cutout on the front. Last year, the LG G2 had a rectangular cutout and this year it seems to be a circle. This leak shows us some of the functions available.

Starting with the top row, we have some basic watch designs and another that displays the time and weather. These were also available with the LG G2. One of the more interesting ones is the very first one. It looks like a fitness tracker by collecting time and distance. Another capability from the top row is call history. Presumably clicking on a contact will initiate a phone call. All of this while never opening the QuickWindow case.

On the bottom row, we have some more watch designs and another fitness tracker. The fitness tracker here is collecting burnt calories. Another image shows a message preview. All you can do here is see the message, but maybe LG will allow there to be some preset messages composed. And on the end we have a launcher that shows what QuickWindow capabilities can be activated as well as what an incoming phone call will look like.

Almost one week away until the LG G3 is announced on May 27.

Source: @evleaks (official site)

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Monday App And Game Sales: Pirates! Showdown Premium, Battery Widget Reborn, Ultimate Dynamic Navbar, And More

Posted: 19 May 2014 02:06 PM PDT

thumbnail Another week has arrived, and with it comes an assortment of apps and games with reduced prices. These deals could go away at any moment, so you'd better get to it and snap them up.



Battery Widget Reborn – $0.99 from $1.99

Pure HDR Camera Pro – $0.99 from $1.99

Ultimate Dynamic Navbar – $1.99 from $2.99

PDF Max – Free from $7.99 (Amazon)


Pirates! Showdown Premium – $0.99 from $2.99

GnarBike – Free from $0.99 (automatic in-app upgrade to pro)

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Verizon announces XLTE, utilizes AWS spectrum to relieve traffic congestion

Posted: 19 May 2014 01:29 PM PDT


If you think LTE is great, you're going to love XLTE — or at least that's what Verizon's marketing team hopes. No, XLTE isn't some magic new wireless technology. In reality, it's pretty much just a rebranding effort for Verizon's LTE improvements that utilize both the 700MHz spectrum and its AWS spectrum.

So should consumers even care? While XLTE might not be the greatest thing since sliced bread, despite Verizon's marketing efforts to make you think so, it does represent a jump forward for Verizon.

Basically, in markets where XLTE is available, customers should now get even faster data speeds and more consistent performance than before, due to the fact that AWS is being used to relieve traffic congestion. Verizon says it's offering as much as double the LTE bandwidth in many areas coast to coast, and says that XLTE has already been deployed to half of the existing LTE markets. Better yet, XLTE is compatible with many existing devices including the Galaxy S5, GS4, Note 3, all new Droid devices, the Moto X, LG G2, HTC One M8 and the list goes on.

For more details on Verizon's XLTE, you'll want to check out Verizon's official blog post. Curious whether your phone supports XLTE? The phone section of the Verizon store has been updated to reflect which devices are supported.

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Moto E officially added to Motorola’s Bootloader Unlock program

Posted: 19 May 2014 01:20 PM PDT

Moto E Motorola Bootloader Unlock Program

There's no question the Motorola Moto E is one of the best values in mobile. Because of its rock-bottom low price tag, we're certain a large development community will begin to gather around the affordable smartphone. Today, Motorola is kick starting this development by officially adding the Moto E — US, Canada, Europe, and Latin American variants — to their Bootloader Unlock program.

Really, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise and we're excited to see where 3rd party development will take the phone. CM11, Paranoid Android and more coming soon to the Moto E in the future? You can bet on it.


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LG’s L35 leaks, sports low-end specs for a low-end price

Posted: 19 May 2014 01:14 PM PDT


Low-end devices are gaining popularity for those preparing to ditch their flip phones and get into the smartphone market, as seen with Motorola's success with the Moto G.

LG will be getting into the low-end mix as well with the L35 (D150), which will be extremely similar to what Sony is offering in the Xperia E1. Hit the break for more details.

MyLGPhones.com said that the phone will be available in Germany, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Hungary, among other European counties.

Specs include a 3.2-inch, 320×480 (HVGA) pixel resolution screen, a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 (MSM8210) processor with ARM's Cortex A7 CPU and Adreno 302 graphics, as well as 512 MB of RAM. This amount of RAM will be enough for the phone to ship with Android's KitKAt 4.4.2.

The camera (yes, only one) will be a rear 3MP shooter, and the battery is 1540 mAh. The internal storage is only 4GB, and a microSD slot allows storage up to 32GB.

The phone weighs in at 108.4 grams and measures to 109.4 x 59 x 11.9 mm and will come in both black and white. Pricing is still unknown but it's obvious you shouldn't expect it to go for much.

When I said low-end, I really meant it. Any Europeans planning on picking up this phone for grandma?

Source: Phone Arena

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AllCast Update Enables Google Play Music Casting To Any Supported Target (Root Required), Headphone Mode, And More

Posted: 19 May 2014 01:07 PM PDT


Since his departure from Cyanogen, Inc., Koush has been a pretty busy guy. Yesterday, he released AllCast Receiver to the Play Store, an app that essentially turns any Android device into a casting target, a la the now-extinct CheapCast. Today, he pushed an update to AllCast that brings a couple of new features, including Google Play Music streaming and the previously-teased headphone mode. Check out the latter in action:

This is essentially a jab at Roku's remote, which includes a built-in headphone jack for private listening while watching content on the TV.

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HTC One M8 Prime specs leak again thanks to evleaks

Posted: 19 May 2014 01:02 PM PDT

A couple weeks ago rumors on a new high-end HTC One M8 variant began to surface detailing the device as a Galaxy Note competitor and then some. Today, a handful of those specs are being corroborated by world famous "leak artist" evleaks.

According to evleaks, the HTC One M8 Prime will come with a 5.5-inch 2560×1440 WQHD display, Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, CAT 6 LTE and most excitingly, will be made out of a "composite of aluminum and liquid silicone." Release information on the One M8 Prime has yet to surface, but we would guess this coming fall is when the device will be officially unveiled.

Last year's HTC One Max was a considerable flop. Where the One M7 was at the top of the list for Android devices released in 2013, the One Max had to be somewhere near the bottom. The HTC One M8 Prime sounds like it will be the device to beat this year. We can't wait to hear more.

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LG G3's lockscreen apps are round widgets for a round hole

Posted: 19 May 2014 12:57 PM PDT

We've seen that the LG G3 is likely to have a cover that leaves a stylish circular gap through which you can glance at the upcoming smartphone's screen, but what goes in there? A few leaked screenshots show clocks, pedometer information, incoming text messages and calls, and a way to hop between all of them.

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Posted: 19 May 2014 12:56 PM PDT

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LG G3 Quick Window lockscreen widgets leaked

Posted: 19 May 2014 12:53 PM PDT

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We've been seeing a steady stream of LG G3 leaks these past few weeks, and @evleaks is back with a few more. Today, we're now getting a good look at plethora of lockscreen widgets (a feature dubbed Quick Window) said to the accompany the device when paired with the appropriate Quick Window cover case.

We can see LG's new UI in a few of the widgets and, once again, shows the move to much more minimal stylings. It's obvious that LG's new Quick Window case will have a circular cutout vs the square shape on the LG G Pro 2, because different is good. We approve.


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AllCast Receiver app hits Google Play - Cast all the things

Posted: 19 May 2014 12:44 PM PDT

Previously released only on the Amazon appstore for the FireTV, the AllCast Receiver app has made its way to Google Play for just about any Android device.

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New Google Glass patent shows the hardware baked into a more traditional set of frames

Posted: 19 May 2014 11:52 AM PDT

Google Glass Girls

There's no question that, in its current form, many see Glass as a bit of an eyesore. More of a working prototype, Google has officially gone on the record as saying that the Google Glass Explorer Edition we see today is far from a final design. It was recently Google announced that they'd be teaming up with Luxottica — the world's largest eyewear company and owner of brands such as Oakley, Ray-Ban, Persol, and more — to design frames with Glass compatibility in mind.

Today, our friends at GGlassDay have uncovered a new Google Glass patent (U.S. 8,705,177), and it shows the Glass hardware baked into a more traditional set of frames, sans the usual prism arm seen in the Explorer Edition. In the light of Google's new partnership with Luxottica, we can't help but wonder (and cross our fingers) if this is what we could find with the eventual release of Ray-Ban-branded Google Glass in the near future.

Google Glass patent 8,705,177

This isn't the first time we've seen Google experiment with a more traditional "glasses look." Back in September, a patent showed the familiar Google Glass arm, only with the camera module integrated on the opposite end and/or middle of normal set of glasses. It was somewhat odd and like most patents, we're sure they eventually paved the way for Google Glass' titanium frames we see today.

Seeing Glass banked into more traditional eyewear and without the huge Glass arm/camera combo, would any of you be more interested in picking up Google Glass in the future if it looked something like this? Or do you need more evidence of Glass' usefulness in the real world?


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Don’t miss out on this chance to win an invite to buy the OnePlus One

Posted: 19 May 2014 11:37 AM PDT

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Heads up, potential OnePlus One buyers: another round of invites are up for grabs. After the initial invitations went to Smash the Past winners, OnePlus said more would be available through various opportunities such as contests and raffles. The first one is up, giving you a chance to win one of 150 invites to buy the 64GB Sandstone Black model.

All you have to do to enter is sign up with your email address or Facebook account, and earn up to 8 entries by doing the following:

  • 2 entries: Like OnePlus on Facebook

  • 2 entries: Follow OnePlus on Twitter

  • 2 entries: Follow OnePlus on Google+

  • 1 entry: Tweet about the giveaway

  • 1 entry: Comment on their forums

The odds are sure to be low with 247,000 entries as of the time of this writing, but with such little effort required to get a few entries you might as well see if you can't snag one of these for yourself.

You have until Friday, May 23rd at 8am central to enter, so get on that before it's too late, and good luck to those who are wishing to be a lucky OnePlus One owner within the very near future. Head to the source link to get started.

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Samsung WW9000 washing machine packs a full 5-inch touch screen

Posted: 19 May 2014 11:33 AM PDT


These days, every appliance in the home is getting smart. Today, Samsung announced a washing machine that has a full 5-inch touch screen that you will never have to use. Instead, using Smart Control allows users to both control and monitor the WW9000 washing machine from a mobile device. Everything from setting cycles to knowing when a load is complete can be down away from the machine.

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Source: Samsung Tomorrow

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Chrome OS, Android merger rumors spark as patent reveals smartphone in Chromebook

Posted: 19 May 2014 10:59 AM PDT


For quite some time, there has been rumblings that Google would eventually merge Chrome OS (or Chromebooks) with Android. Fuel has been added to the fire as a Google patent shows a mystery laptop with a smartphone built-in that can be detached. The patent was submitted way back in September 2012 and granted just this February.

The idea of it all is very simple. The smartphone would send over its data to give the laptop some function, especially considering a Chromebook is designed for a wireless connection. Think back to the Motorola Atrix and things look familiar. The smartphone would dock into a laptop, but in that case the interface of the Atrix was mirrored. With this patent, it may simply mean a wireless connection transfers over.

Source: USPTO

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