During CES 2014, one of the devices that we checked out was a combination projector and hotspot device from ZTE going by the generic “Projector Hotspot” name. As shown during our hands one review of the ZTE Projector Hotspot, it functions exactly as its name implies. It has a built-in projector that is capable of projecting an image up to 120 x 120 inches. Powered by Android, it functions like any Android device with the additional option of displaying whatever is being displaying on the screen via the projector. The device also comes with a couple ports for physical connections or it can be used to wirelessly mirror a smartphone screen. As an added bonus, the device can function as a mobile hotspot for up to eight devices.
Verizon has officially confirmed that they will be offering a test drive program for their network to customers in some states, similar to T-Mobile’s latest Uncarrier move. Apparently, Big Red has been quietly running this program for about a year in Kansas and Missouri. Customers were allowed to test out a smartphone or data device for a week to test if they liked Verizon’s service and network, although very recently that program has been limited to just data devices.
AT&T has finally announced some availability for LG’s latest flagship device, the G3. The carrier is opening up pre-orders for the G3 tomorrow, and the device will officially be available this coming Friday on July 11th. The two-year contract price is $199, and the Next installment plans put the device at about $600 over two years.
Not only will AT&T carry the G3, but they’re also offering a special deal if you plan on buying a G Watch, too. If you’re purchasing a G3 with a two-year contract or installment plan, they’ll knock 50% off of the companion smartwatch. Since the G Watch is an Android Wear device, it won’t be locked to just the G3, so it will still function even if you swap out phones down the line. Pricing for the G Watch is $229, so you can snag one for $115 if you take advantage of the bundle deal.
Are you going to be picking up a G3 this Friday, or are you waiting for something else to be announced later this year?
Owners of the Samsung Galaxy S 5 on the Sprint network may notice they have an update waiting to be installed. If they don’t have a notification yet, it should be showing up soon as Sprint is pushing out update “NE5″ to owners of the devices in phases. According to the information provided by Sprint, the only enhancement is the addition of a Wi-Fi calling feature. Apparently the update has been ready for a while now, but is only just starting to hit users’ devices.
A few days ago it was revealed that Sprint would start taking pre-orders for the LG G3 on July 11th and sales will commence on July 18th. Tipsters have now determined the Sprint version of LG’s flagship will come equipped with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of memory on board.
Which one of these devices is not like the others? The Verizon model, of course. You are looking at the different carrier models for the upcoming LG G3. While each has implemented carrier branding here and there, Verizon has gone ahead and revamped LG’s 2014 flagship. The color is noticeably darker and the rear button setup has been altered to resemble what was done with last year’s G2 with chrome trims. On the front, too, Big Red has made changes. The chin of the G3 is now black , which matches their unique design of the back panel.
Is Verizon’s branding and changes holding you back from purchasing the LG G3? Or are you on another carrier and intend on jumping on this device?
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Following the market in producing flagship devices followed by both “prime” versions and “mini” versions, LG has been working on a smaller variant of the LG G3 which has been identified as either the LG G3 Mini or the LG G3 Beat. Although there is some speculation that two distinct, smaller versions of the G3 exist with either a 4.5-inch or 5.0-inch screen, what is clear is the LG will be producing a version of their flagship that they hope appeals to buyers who don’t want a large 5.5-inch screen. A new variant surfaced recently in a filing with the FCC with compatibility with AT&T’s LTE bands.
The latest render to surface of the LG G Vista headed for Verizon shows the carrier-logo emblazoned back of the device. This past weekend we saw an image that seemed to show the LG G Vista next to an LG G3. Thus far, other leaked images of the LG G Vista have really only shown the front of the device although a little bit of the back peaks out in some leaked Verizon promotional material for a case for the device.
The LG G Vista is expected to be a renamed version of the LG G Pro Lite 2, which is a de-tuned version of the LG G Pro 2. Speculation suggests LG will use a less powerful processor and lower resolution screen.
source: @evleaks (official site)
Need a payment plan for some accessories? T-Mobile customers will be happy to hear that on July 20, the carrier will start offering equipment installment plans (EIP) for accessories. Not only accessories will be eligible we assume. Would a $15 case really require a payment plan? Probably not. But for things like headphones or a smartwatch, this would be really helpful and make products much more accessible. T-Mobile will likely implement a minimum for eligibility and it does not seem that the carrier will attach any interest to the cost.
T-Mobile has announced that they will be joining the ranks of carriers offering the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 to their customers. The LTE enabled version of the tablet can be added to a T-Mobile Simple Choice Plan for no additional cost. T-Mobile will give customers an additional 1.2GB of data per month through the end of 2014, but that will drop back to only 200MB free per month after that for the life of the tablet.
T-Mobile will start accepting online orders on July 16th and retail locations will start selling the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 on July 23rd. The device will be priced at $16 per month for 24 months, or $384. This announcement comes about one week after Verizon announced the device would be coming to their network. Hit the break to read the full press release.