Google IO 2015 Coverage

First post-release Nexus 7 update rolling out, fixes touchscreen issues

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Google has begun pushing the first-ever update to the 2013 Nexus 7 and will reportedly fix touchscreen problems that some owners were experiencing with their devices.

Google’s Paul Wilcox confirmed the plans to release new firmware on the company’s forums:

“As a couple of you have mentioned, there’s a new system update that’s started rolling out for your Nexus 7s. This update does address the touchscreen issues discussed in this thread. If you’re one of the people experiencing touchscreen issues, please let us know how it’s going after you’ve received and installed the update.”

It’s unknown as to whether the update includes other improvements/bug fixes as well, but it would make sense if it also included the security update that was pushed to other Nexus devices yesterday. Be patient and you should get the update eventually— as we all know, OTA updates are a process.

Source: Google Product Forums

ZTE U988S to pack NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, set for China release soon

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It’s been nearly 8 months since NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 processor has been released, and just now we’re seeing the first mobile device using the technology. ZTE’s U988S will reportedly have the Tegra 4 packed inside, and is rumored to cost approximately 1,999 yuan, or $326 USD. A really nice price, considering how great the specs are. The ZTE U988S will include a 5-inch 1080p full HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear shooter, 2 GB RAM, Dolby sound, and will ship with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

It’s going to be China Mobile-branded, so it most likely won’t make its way over to North America— it would probably do ZTE some good to make it available over here as well, though.

Source: Unwired

LG Enact now available on Verizon, buy it now for only $19.99 (with new 2 year contract)

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LG has released a surprisingly solid device in the Enact, considering that its mid-range specs are complemented by a very nice design. It’s almost as if they took their (once highly successful) LG enV and turned it into a smartphone.

The device is now available online through Verizon for only $19.99 with a new 2 year contract and features 4G LTE connectivity, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a 5 MP rear-shooter, a VGA front camera, Bluetooth 4.0, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, a 400 x 800 resolution display, a Snapdragon 400 dual-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, a 2,460 mAh battery, 8 GB internal memory, and up to 64 GB of expandable memory via microSD.

Certainly nothing to sneeze at considering the price. If you don’t feel like breaking the bank on any of the new flagships that are coming out, the LG Enact definitely serves as a viable option to be your next device.

Source: Verizon

Sony tweets zoomed-in picture of upcoming Z1 (Honami) super phone

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We’ve seen seen leaked images of the upcoming Sony Z1 (originally code-named Honami) a million times now, and it looks as though Sony has decided to leak out their own images of the super phone to generate some more hype. The device will be one of the most anticipated of the year, and we’re only a few weeks away from its rumored release at IFA in Berlin, Germany. Check out the full embedded tweet after the break.

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Motorola Skip Setup app for Moto X now available in the Play Store

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Late last week, Motorola introduced Motorola Skip, which is a small clip that you can clip to your belt or shirt that will unlock your Moto X with a single tap. This is especially important for those of you that use a security lock screen such as a PIN or pattern, which I highly recommend. It costs only $20, and they include three Skip dots, which is the same thing but in sticker form to leave in different areas of your house.

In order to use Skip or Skip dots, you have to pair your phone to each Skip and Skip dot. This ensures that somebody else with another Skip or Skip dot won’t be able to unlock your Moto X. Motorola just released the Skip Setup app to assist you in this pairing process. Hit the break for download links, and remember, all custom Moto X orders will receive a Motorola Skip (and three Skip dots) for free for a limited time. Be sure to see our Moto X guides to help you get the most out of your new phone.

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One Sony Xperia Z1 tester isn’t impressed

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Sony’s upcoming Xperia Z1 seems to be incredible on paper, but one tester doesn’t seem to be impressed. The Xperia Z1 is going to sport a 20MP G Lens so you would think it will be amazing right? Unfortunately the tester didn’t see a “wow factor” in it. He also said the display on the Xperia Z Ultra is “better with richer colors and contrast.” As the tester pointed out, he probably doesn’t have final firmware, so let’s hope Sony straightens things out before release. Hit the break for the full text of his short review:

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2MB security update possibly rolling out to Nexus 7, 10, and Galaxy Nexus

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Just yesterday an OTA update which addressed security issues was rolled out to the T-Mobile Nexus 4 and is now being pushed to other Nexus devices, including the Nexus 7, 10, and the Galaxy Nexus. The changes are unconfirmed at this point, but the update is known as JWR66Y. We do have the download link below to manually update your yakju Galaxy Nexus.

Source:  XDA – Galaxy Nexus / PhoneArena

LG unveils ridiculous, record-breaking display with 538 pixels per inch

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The battle for the best smartphone screen in the world wages on— yesterday, LG revealed a 5.5-inch IPS-LCD panel which uses a WQHD resolution of 2560 x 1440. The density, which is the highest of any mobile screen to date, is 538 pixels per inch.

That’s not all though— the screen is also the thinnest to date, at 1.21 mm, beating out their own record of 2.2 mm set just a month ago. The bezel has also shrunk considerably as well, which is a huge accomplishment considering the increasing market demand for near-microscopic bezels.

This is more of just an arms race, as some have put it, as the technology is currently unrealistic while looking at the processors and batteries we have available in mobile devices. Phones would be way too overworked and wouldn’t be able to handle the crystal clear display.

LG hasn’t said when we should expect to see this display in phones, but late 2014 or within the next few years would be our best guess for now. Check out the full press release after the break.

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FCC filing confirms LG G Pad

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Over the past couple months we have seen some indications that LG is getting ready to get back into the tablet market with a device known as the LG G Pad. They are one step closer to making that happen in the U.S. market based on a record discovered in the FCC database for the LG-V500 which appears to be a WiFi only model of the new tablet. According to reports, LG is also working on a tablet with the model number LG-V507L which many think will be an LTE capable version of the device.

The LG G Pad is expected to be an 8.3-inch tablet with a screen running at 1920×1200 resolution, a Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM. In addition to being slim in size, the tablet is also expected to have thin bezels. We will keep an eye out for leaked images and hope this new device makes an appearance at IFA 2013 in Berlin next month.

source: FCC
via: PhoneArena

 

Some Xperia Z Ultra devices have faulty screens, possibly a software problem

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Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra is an incredibly nice, although extremely large, device. The obvious selling point on the device is the large and incredibly crisp and detailed display, but some early adopters are reporting problems with their display not properly waking from sleep, or waking from sleep with green bars across the screen. The problem is reportedly not an Android problem, as the OS is running and functioning, and if the power button is pressed enough times it will eventually turn on properly.

The latest firmware for the Ultra has had some effect on fixing the problem for some users, but not everyone. Still, if a firmware update has had some success in fixing the problem, there’s hope that it’s just a software bug and not a hardware problem.

source: Xperia Blog