New and improved ‘Explore Nearby feature’ coming to Google Maps

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Google recently updated the Maps app last week with new features, but it looks like a handful of people are getting one additional feature. It’s a new and improved “Explore Nearby.”

Everybody already has the current version of Explore Nearby, which will give you ideas for different types of establishments. This newer version gets its own button at the bottom right, and it’s more powerful. It has more groups along with points of interest. You can even select the time of day to get better suggestions such as a bar for later at night.

We aren’t sure when this will land on an official update, but we are thinking sooner rather than later.

source: Android Police

Samsung doesn’t think iPhone fans should wait 2 more months for a bigger iPhone

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When it comes to the iPhone, Samsung has never beaten around the bush. They think they have a superior product and they have mocked iPhone users for a while now. In their latest commercial, it’s all about the display size.

Apple has always been behind the times when it comes to the display. It was only about two years ago, when they finally bumped up the iPhone to 4-inches from 3.5-inches. Apple is expected to finally release something that is closer to the norm in September. The iPhone 6 will mostly likely sport a 4.7-inch display. Samsung thinks that iPhone fans should stop the waiting and just go and buy a Galaxy S 5.

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Samsung Galaxy Avant comes to T-Mobile on July 30, remote device unlocking in tow

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If you’re looking for a new budget phone, than you might want to check out the Samsung Galaxy Avant. We first heard about it back in June, and it’s expected to launch on T-Mobile on July 30 with a couple of new features.

It will feature a Remote Device Unlock, which will give you the ability to unlock the phone either permanently or temporarily. This would be done through a pre-installed app on the phone. All you will need to do it launch the app, and tap “Continue” which will then give you the opportunity to unlock the phone temporarily or permanently. You would then get confirmation that the unlock was successful and proceed to reboot the phone.

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Want an updated factory image of Android L Dev Preview? Not gonna happen, a Googler says

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If you’re one of the many who jumped ship from their stable Android version to try out the Android L Developer Preview, you definitely noticed it’s not exactly the most polished thing in the world (not even close, actually).

No reason to be mad at Google, though — it’s just a developer preview, and we’re lucky to have something before launch.

As most Android enthusiasts tend to do, we looked ahead, and hoped for Google to upload an updated factory image of the L Developers Preview. But according to Googler Rich Hyndman, it ain’t happening.

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Samsung releases official statement regarding deforming back covers on Galaxy Tab S tablets

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Just a few days ago, we let you know about an overheating problem in Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab S tablets. The overheating was causing a deformation on the rear cover of the device.

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Verizon’s launch date for HTC One Remix (One Mini 2) finally known

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Verizon’s version of the HTC One Mini 2, dubbed the HTC One Remix, will be finally launching this Thursday, July 24.

This information comes from @evleaks, who has become pretty trustworthy regarding the accuracy of his information. The rumors on this device started in the middle of May, so it’s a bit refreshing to get some useful information on the phone.

Source: @evleaks

 

 

Gameloft releases Modern Combat 5 trailer, pirates release the full game a little early

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Modern Combat 5 will be available on July 24th, and Gameloft released an exciting trailer to wet your appetite. Interestingly enough, the game is already available thanks to underground pirating.

I am not condoning the pirating, but it appears Gameloft released the game a little early to a few people as part of a contest they ran on Facebook. How could you not think something like this would happen? One of the winners started the leak and now 1,000′s of players are enjoying the game a few days before it officially hits Android, iOS, and Windows 8 devices for $6.99

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AT&T LG G3 only supports PMA wireless charging, no Qi charging available

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AT&T’s LG G3 does support wireless charging, but if you’ve invested in any Qi charging mats, don’t expect them to work. The AT&T version of the device will only work with PMA (Power Matters Alliance) charging pads, which includes offerings from Duracell and a few other companies. AT&T has pretty publicly tried to support PMA charging instead of Qi, so this move makes sense for the company, even though it’s not great for customers. » Read the rest

T-Mobile is testing a phablet from ZTE

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About a week ago, we heard that a new device from ZTE, called the Olympia, could be headed to T-Mobile soon. Now today we are hearing that T-Mobile is testing a ZTE phablet. Is it the same phone? We don’t know, but it seems likely.

Unfortunately we don’t know too much more. The picture above doesn’t reveal too much other than it looks like it’s running stock Android. ZTE announced over the weekend that they would be adopting the Google Now Launcher on future devices, and this one could be among the first ones.

We will keep you posted.

source: evleaks

Upcoming DROID MAXX and DROID Mini will each sport the Snapdragon 801

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It looks like Verizon will continue to push the DROID branded handsets. Last year’s models featured mostly the same specs as the Moto X other than display sizes and storage options. Motorola will probably unveil the Moto X+1 in about a month so that means the new DROIDs will probably get announced around the same time.

A lot of people were disappointed when they heard the Moto X and DROIDs sported the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro as part of the Mobile X8 Computing System. This year, things are a little different. It looks like the DROID MAXX and DROID Mini are confirmed to sport the Snapdragon 801, which is found on all the flagships so far this year. Assuming there will be a DROID Ultra again, I think it’s safe to assume it will also sport the same processor, as well as the Moto X+1.

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