Verizon, Sprint join AT&T by removing Download Booster from their GS5 while T-Mobile keeps it

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Owners of the Samsung Galaxy S 5 on AT&T, you are not alone. Verizon and Sprint have followed AT&T’s decision to ditch Download Booster for their variants of Samsung’s newest flagship smartphone. For those unaware, Download Booster meshes WiFi and data connections to really pull down a signal. These carriers have opted to omit the feature likely due to data caps being in the way for many customers.

There is one carrier, though, that is not removing Download Booster. Who else but T-Mobile. The nation’s Un-carrier is even flaunting the fact that it is keeping the feature around. So while Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint Galaxy S 5 owners cannot enjoy the power of Download Booster, T-Mobile customers can.

Via: Fierce Wireless

Amazon offering Galaxy S 5 with trade-in program

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With the Samsung Galaxy S 5 going on sale tomorrow many will be wanting to get their hands on the device. Despite this, not everyone will be abel to afford it. If you want some extra cash to go towards the device, however, Amazon is offering the Galaxy S5 through their trade-in program.

Essentially the program allows users to be able to trade in their old phones for Amazon gift cards, which you can use to buy a new device such as Samsung‘s new flagship. Trade-ins aren’t just limited to phones, however. You can trade in almost anything for an Amazon gift card!

Google expands Android’s ‘Verify apps’ feature for security

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Security is something very important these days. And Google is taking the extra step to give the massive amount of Android users it has safe. Android already has the ‘Verify apps’ feature. What this does is scans applications from outside sources and not from Google Play. But now, Google will make the ‘Verify apps’ feature continually scan your device for applications that are rather suspicious.

Chances are you will not ever be affected by a suspicious application, though. Google says “that fewer than 0.18% of installs in the last year occurred after someone received a warning that the app was potentially harmful.” So if you are downloading applications from somewhere other than the Play Store, just proceed with caution.

Source: Android Official Blog

AU Optronics stake claim to world’s first Quad HD AMOLED display

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Taiwanese company AU Optronics claims they have produced the world’s first Quad HD AMOLED display to be shown at the China Electronic Information Expo (CITE 2014) this week. According to AU Optronics, the new screen is 5.7-inches in size running at 2560 x 1440 resolution which produces 513 ppi. For comparison, the Oppo Find 7a will come with a 5.5-inch 538 ppi Quad HD screen and the Vivo Xplay 3S is currently selling with a 6-inch display running at 490 ppi. However, both of those units utilize LCD technology. » Read the rest

Samsung Galaxy S 5 repairability not looking so hot

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We had a chance to see a teardown of the Galaxy S 5 last month, but we were still awaiting iFixit’s version. The previous teardown made it clear that the GS5 won’t be easy to repair, and iFixit agrees 100%. After a complete teardown, they concluded that the Galaxy S 5 is a 5 out of 10 for repairability.

The biggest issue is the display. Unfortunately it needs to be removed first in order to replace any part other than the battery. The display has a “significant amount of adhesive,” which makes it very difficult to remove without damaging it.

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T-Mobile reduces LTE tablet pricing with Operation Tablet Freedom, free data too

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T-Mobile is in the middle of a three day onslaught of big announcements that are likely to stir the pot. They are so good at it. Yesterday brought the Simple Starter Plan, which is perfect for those new to smartphones. Today, day 2, brings something entirely different….Operation Tablet Freedom. This program aims at getting you a tablet that goes “beyond the Wi-Fi zone.”

Traditionally, tablets with cellular connectivity are a lot more money than Wi-Fi-only versions, plus you have the added monthly cost for data. T-Mobile is eliminating both with Operation Tablet Freedom.

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Sonos just got a lot better today

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I thought it would never happen, but it did. Google Play Music is now partnering with the Sonos music system. Now Sonos users from around the world, in 25 countries, can stream directly to Sonos from within the Google Play Music app on devices or from the Sonos app.

If by chance you aren’t familiar with Sonos, it is probably the easiest way to stream music throughout your entire house. Wireless speakers are as low as $199, and they can be placed anywhere. Now with the addition of Google Play Music, you will have access to your entire 20,000 song library for streaming anywhere in your home.

This this a huge step for Google and could open up the doors for more media players like the Roku or Onkyo AVRs.

source: Sonos


LG G3 screenshot leaks, showing flatter UI

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The upcoming LG G3 has had a few leaks, but really nothing compared to some other devices. Despite this, a screenshot of the device allegedly leaked today, showing off a flatter design and overall UI.

So far we know that the device will have a 5.5 inch qHD display, will be water resistant and dust-proof. A few other speculations are out there, but nothing really solid. This new leak adds new information to the growing list, and shows off what is supposed to be LG‘s new enhanced UI. The flat design follows the trend that’s being set by Apple and Samsung, and it will be interesting to see what other changes are made to the design.

Source: LGG3Kopen
Via: PhoneArena