Android 4.4.2 KitKat rolling out for Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)

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An update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) has started to roll out to owners of the devices. The update that is rolling out is for the WiFi-only version although updates for the 3G and 4G LTE models should be following soon. Like other devices, the update primarily brings the improvements that are part of Android 4.4.2 to the devices and is light on Samsung specific updates. One item we are waiting to get reports about is whether Samsung included their Magazine UX. The Magazine UX was introduced this year when Samsung rolled out some newer tablet devices, although Samsung has since backed off that UX and indicated it will work more closely with Google on being more consistent with Android design concepts.

If you have the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014), you can check for the update by going to Settings -> General -> About phone -> Software updates. It may be a few days before it shows up for your device though.

source: SamMobile

New LG L65 appears to be joining the L Series III family

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A new image has surfaced via Twitter tipster @evleaks of an LG L65 smartphone. Although this model number was not mentioned by LG back in February prior to MWC 2014 when they announced the L Series III model line, it looks like it will be part of that family of devices. According to the leak, the screen size will be 4.3-inches, just a tad smaller than the LG L70 which comes with a 4.5-inch screen. The 5MP camera will match some variants of the L70 and the 1.2GHz processor is right in line with the rest of the L Series III line.

The other devices in LG’s most recent L Series all come with Android’s KitKat operating system so we expect the L65 will be equipped similarly. LG has not officially confirmed this device and no pricing, release date or market availability information is known.

source: @evleaks

LG Lucid 3 now available from Verizon Wireless

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Last month when images leaked of a Verizon branded LG Lucid 3, we figured the release date would be sometime in April. Verizon has met that expectation with the LG Lucid 3 now available online for free with a two-year contract. Consumers can also get the Lucid 3 for $12.49 per month using the Verizon EDGE program or pay $300 with no contract.

The Lucid 3 is a low- to mid-level Android device, though it does come with Android 4.4.2 out of the box. The screen measures 4.7 inches and runs at 960 x 540 resolution. The Lucid 3 is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and has 8GB of memory on board which can be expanded through the addition of up to 64GB via microSD. The Lucid 3 does support 4G LTE and comes with a 2,440 mAh battery. Being an LG device, it does come with the company’s KnockON technology to quickly turn the screen on or off and LG’s QSlide to let users run two apps at once via a smaller, resizeable window for one of the apps.

Hit the source link for more information or to start your order.

source: Verizon Wireless

Aio Wireless to offer group discounts similar to Sprint’s Framily plans

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Aio Wireless, the AT&T subsidiary, is taking a page from the Sprint playbook with the introduction of a new Group Save Discounts program. Like the Framily plans from Sprint, Aio is offering discounts that get progressively larger as more subscribers join a “group.” For the second line in a group you get a $10 monthly discount, the third line will net you a $20 discount, and the fourth and fifth lines in a group will each net you a $30 per month discount. Unlike the Framily plans that can go up to 10 lines, Aio is limiting their groups to a maximum of 5 eligible lines for a maximum monthly discount of $90.

If you have Aio Wireless service or want to check out the plan, just hit the source link for more information.

source: Aio Wireless

Google’s new Camera app introduces Lens Blur via software optimization

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When Google released their Camera app on Google Play earlier today for users who have Android 4.4, one of the new features noted was something called Lens Blur. This is a new mode Google has introduced that enables a software based shallow depth of field. One of the main uses of a shallow depth of field is to create a bokeh effect where the primary subject of a photo is in focus while the background is blurred. HTC recently enabled this in their new HTC One (M8) through hardware consisting of a dual camera system. Google’s new Camera app achieves this entirely with software. » Read the rest

New LG devices, including possible LG G3, surface on AnTuTu

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Whether intentional or not, LG is ending up with a lot of rumors and leaks floating around on the Internet about their next flagship device, the LG G3. Yesterday we learned that an announcement may come as early as July or even late June as the company tries to keep pace with other manufacturers releasing new flagship devices this year. Today some AnTuTu benchmark data has surfaced for a couple LG devices, at least one of which comes with the LG G3 model name.

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Google Glass target of DeGeneres bit on sale day

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Google decided to try a new tactic with their Explorer program for Google Glass by opening up sales of the device to anyone in the U.S. on April 15th. According to the Google Glass team, they succeeded in filling all spots in their Explorer program, although it is not clear whether that means they sold out of all stock of the current version. In creating this event, Google also opened themselves up to a bit of mockery, especially amongst TV show hosts like Conan O’Brien and Ellen DeGeneres.

On her show yesterday, Ellen took the opportunity to show off a pair of Google glasses she says she bought off of Craigslist for $1,495. The results were… interesting. Hit the break to check out the video, which starts around 54 seconds in, from yesterday’s show. » Read the rest

Samsung releases new colorful ads for latest devices

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Going in a new direction, Samsung has released a video that combines five spots they have started to run in a few markets around the world for their new Galaxy devices. The ads are a definite departure from some of their previous efforts like their “Next Big Thing” series, relying on animations that pop with color. Two of the ads center on the Samsung Galaxy S 5, Gear 2 and Gear Fit and how they work together to both help users get through their daily activities and stay connected. The other three ads focus on the Galaxy S 5 and some of the new features Samsung brought to market with their latest flagship device, like the fingerprint scanner, water resistance, and the fast focus camera app.

Hit the break to check out the video and let us know what you think about this new marketing direction for Samsung. » Read the rest