AT&T Galaxy Note 3 and Sprint Galaxy S 5 get KitKat 4.4.4 updates

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Both the AT&T Galaxy Note 3 and Sprint Galaxy S 5 are getting updates. Unfortunately no Lollipop love just yet, but they are the latest version of Android KitKat, which is 4.4.4. They should hopefully squash a few bugs while you wait for the bigger Lollipop update.

The AT&T Note 3 gets Kids Mode, Side Sync 3.0, Safety Assistance, Camera enhancement, and Knox 2.0, while the Sprint GS5 gets international WiFi calling, HD voice icon, and Google security patches.


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Google Search can now provide love quotes and flip a virtual coin

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Need some inspirational love quotes? Try saying, “OK Google….Give me a love quote” and you will get just that. Of course, you might be wondering if you should continue dating that special someone or not, so you can also say, “OK Google….flip a coin” You can also use it to decide whether you should get sausage or pepperoni on that pizza. Both phrases work on mobile as well as the desktop, assuming you are using Google for search. You can also type in your phrase. Give them a try today.


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Lollipop update for HTC One (M8) Google Play Edition delayed

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HTC promised the One (M8) Google Play Edition would receive the Lollipop update today, but unfortunately it’s being held back due to the need to “re-spin” it. That can only mean that there was a bug that Google felt was big enough to stop it. I know this is bad news, but the fact that a major bug was caught is actually good news right? No word on exactly when we can expect the update to hit, but my guess is next week.

source: @moversi

Moto G (2014) suffering from poor memory management, apps constantly closing

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Moto G (2014) owners are making a lot of noise in the Motorola forums regarding a memory management bug. Multitasking appears to be non-existent as apps are closing instead of running in the background.

According to users, we aren’t talking about situations in which they have 10+ apps open. Its happening when only one or two apps are active. They simply force close. This not only includes major apps like Facebook and Whatsapp, but it’s also happening to the Camera app and even SwiftKey. Streaming music is also near impossible because whatever app is being used will just shutdown after one or two songs.


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Gmail team talks about the technology that created Inbox

Google_INbox_App_Large_IconInbox was the Gmail team’s method of taking a fresh approach on sorting and managing your email inbox, and so far it seems like it’s gone over smoothly with most users. Inbox hit the market at a time when people expect their apps and services to work flawlessly regardless of what platform they were currently using, so Google’s team of engineers had to figure out the best way to make an app that worked well on the web, plus Android and iOS.
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Google’s mandatory device encryption is slowing down the Nexus 6

Nexus-6-splashPrior to the launch of the Nexus 6 and Android 5.0, we knew Google was moving to making device encryption mandatory for all new devices shipping with┬áLollipop. As far as security goes, that’s a great move, but it looks like it’s actually having some negative effects on the Nexus 6.

Early benchmarks seem to show that Lollipop’s full disk encryption (FDE) are having some fairly significant performance impacts on the Nexus 6. This is especially unfortunate since the Nexus 6 encrypts itself on first boot and there’s no way to turn it off, outside of flashing custom boot images. That’s not exactly a user friendly solution.
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Sprint already dropping price of Nexus 6, issuing refunds for those that already bought one

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The Nexus 6 was going for $299 on contract, but in quick fashion, they have dropped the price down to $249. They even dropped the off contract price down by the same amount, bringing it to $648.

Even better news….those that bought the device from 11/14 to 11/18 will get a refund as a credit on their bill. Nothing like finding out that you’re about to receive some money.


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Google working on a double keyboard for mobile devices to translate languages between two different people

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Patents are interesting in that they show what companies are working on, but at the same time, you might never see the product. Google has applied for a new patent that is rather interesting. It’s a new form of communication on a mobile device for two people that speak different languages.

The application displays two keyboards, one at each end of a mobile device. It’s kind of like a local messenger in that each person would receive the other person’s translated message.


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