Verizon Galaxy S5 receiving update which brings bevy of bug-fixes, breaks root access [Update - T-Mobile too]

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Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S5 is receiving an update (software version KOT49H.G900VVRU1ANE9) which is bringing a bunch of bug fixes to the device, but also seems to be breaking root access to the device, according to a number of users around the web.

The update keeps the phone at Android 4.4.2, and update’s Verizon’s Caller Name ID, Message+ and Cloud apps.


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Android gobbles up 85 percent of global smartphone shipments in Q2 2014

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According to new industry data from Strategy Analytics, Android is doing pretty well.

The numbers show that the operating system shipped on roughly 85 percent of all smartphones in Q2 2014 — the total shipments came out to 295 million units worldwide.

This can’t be good news for Apple, Microsoft and Blackberry, although their numbers are most likely much better when the statistics are including only American shipments.

To see the full report, hit the source link.

Source: Strategy Analytics

Creators of WordPress release “Selfies” app to Play Store

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Automattic, the company behind the creation of WordPress, has added an app to the Play Store called “Selfies.”

The app does pretty much what you’d expect it to. Nothing  too fancy, but its simplicity might be its strength.

“Selfies” lets users take selfies, caption and filter them, and share them into a stream that can be seen by other users. So basically it’s Instagram for selfies but with a much smaller user base. You can also react to other people’s selfies with your own selfies, adding a Snapchat-like feature to the app.

The chances that this app hits the big time and catches on with the masses is pretty low (considering the saturation of the selfies app market), but the app is still in its infancy, so we’ll see where it goes from here. Hit the break for the link to the app in the Play Store as well as a photo gallery of screenshots.


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Team Win Recovery Project adds support for Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch

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Team Win posted its official custom recovery for both the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch today, giving users the ability to add customer ROMs to the devices.

Once you’re in custom recovery, the options on the screen are a bit small for a smartwatch screen, so an upcoming interface update will most likely resize the buttons. Otherwise, everything works fine. Of course you’ll need an unlocked bootloader before you do anything.


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LG G Watch gets toolkit for rooting, unlocking, flashing and restoring capabilities

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The Nexus Root Toolkit from Wugfresh has become insanely popular since the interest in unlocking bootloaders and rooting devices has expanded to “normal” consumers.

Now, those with an LG G Watch will be able to root and unlock the device just as easily as Wugfresh’s Nexus solution provides.


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Sweet News for Verizon Moto G Users

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As per Motorola Mobility’s latest Google+ post, the Motorola Moto G on Verizon is due for an upgrade. Android Kitkat 4.4.4 will be rolling out throughout the weekend, replacing the previous iteration of Kitkat 4.4.3 on the device. The new software update brings a new dialer UI, Camera features, and some simple security and stability updates. 4.4.4 came to the Moto G early, keeping with its previous track record of receiving updates just after the Nexus line. Motorola should be sending the update to other carriers and Moto devices soon, right after the Moto X 4.4.4 battery drain issue is rectified.

source: +Motorola Mobility

 

Amazon adds ‘hundreds of thousands of songs’ to Prime Music service

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We have literally no idea how Amazon’s Prime Music is  doing commercially, but it did recently add “hundreds of thousands of songs” and hundreds of playlists to the service.

The expanded availability of music is good for its current users, which can listen through their smartphones, computers, and Amazon’s cloud player.


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HTC’s clock app for Sense 6 hits the Play Store for easier updating

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If you’ve got a semi-new HTC phone, you might have noticed that HTC has started adding key Sense 6 apps to the Play Store so that it can roll out updates to users much easier than the usual OTA update process.

Today, HTC’s clock app for Sense 6 has appeared in the Play Store. This means that in the future, any software improvements to the clock app will be handled through the Play Store.


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