Verizon Galaxy S 4 Mini gets 4.3 update with Galaxy Gear support

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Verizon’s Galaxy S 4 Mini is receiving an update today that brings it up to Android 4.3, complete with Galaxy Gear support. This helps the Mini catch up to the bigger Galaxy S 4, which has been on 4.3 for a few weeks. Aside from the Galaxy Gear support, you’ll also get a few extra Verizon bloat apps, improved LTE connectivity, and Verizon changed Driving Mode to Hands-Free Mode. Sometimes I’m pretty sure Verizon will change something just to say they changed something.

Aside from those changes, you’ll get the updates that come with a new version of Android, even though 4.3 was primarily an under-the-hood release. Considering some features, like auto-complete in the dialer, were already implemented by Samsung in TouchWiz, you probably won’t see much of a difference there.

Let us know if any of you have gotten the update.

source: Verizon Wireless

Sprint to buy out T-Mobile? Regulators could stop deal short

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In a move that would leave the United States mobile carrier market dominated by three carriers rather than four, Sprint could be soon buying out T-Mobile to set up a merger for the ages.

The company still hasn’t decided on the action it will take, but Sprint could post a bid in the first half of 2014, and the deal could be worth more than $20 billion.

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Motorola updates Touchless Control to allow unlocking PIN with voice commands

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The latest on the list of app updates from Motorola is Touchless Control, one of the coolest features on the Moto X. The new update will allow you to verbally unlock your phone through your PIN and do a few more things without unlocking the phone at all. Doing things like a quick Google search or making a phone call will all work without the device needing to be unlocked, but if you do need to unlock it for something bigger, you can simply speak the PIN number and your Motorola device will unlock itself, all ready to go.

If you’d prefer not to use the new PIN-unlocking features, though, that’s okay, too. Motorola didn’t enable the setting by default, so after updating you’ll have to manually turn it on. It will also only work with their handsets that have been update to Android 4.4, so unfortunately, this update won’t do much for Verizon Droid owners. You can grab the update after the break.

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Moto CEO Dennis Woodside sits down for Q&A on Moto G, direction of company

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Motorola is certainly looking to the future. The Moto X came with plenty of fanfare, and the new line of Droids are better than ever. The Moto G adds a pretty nice affordable option to the company’s lineup as well.

Moto CEO Dennis Woodside recently sat down with the Associated Press to discuss the future of the company as well as a reflection on the past year’s performance.

Hit the break for some of the more interesting quotes from Woodside.

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“App Ops” privacy feature removed from Android 4.3

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That awesome “App “Ops” feature that appeared on Android 4.3 is now gone. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has found that Google removed the feature because it was “put there accidentally and wasn’t supposed to be part of Android 4.3.” The feature allowed users to “install apps while preventing the app from collecting sensitive data like the user’s location or address book,” an incredibly safe and useful feature.

The EFF says that Android should bring back the feature, as well as introduce the capability to let users disable network access for applications that clearly don’t need it, like flashlight apps, wallpapers, UI tweaks, and some games. The Foundation urges users not to update to Android 4.4.2, despite the fact that the update includes security enhancements and bug fixes.

Source: EFF
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LG G Pad 8.3 GPE receiving Android 4.4.2 now

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The Google Play Edition of the LG G Pad 8.3 is starting to receive the Android 4.4.2 update. According to a reader over at Droid Life, the 8-inch near-Nexus tablet is receiving the update sized at 52MB. The update “improves performance and stability and bug fixes.” On the surface, there are no major user interface changes. Head on over to Settings/About tablet/System updates to see if your LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition is ready for Android 4.4.2.

Via: Droid Life

Photo of Verizon’s Moto G leaks, usual branding is missing

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In a shocking move, Verizon will not be putting its logo on any of part of the Moto G‘s body. The device, which will land in the United States in January, is breaking away from Verizon’s norm. The image above comes from none other than @evleaks. As you can see, the only thing that gives away the device as being Verizon’s is the 3G indicator. Devices like the LG G2, HTC One, and famously the Samsung Galaxy Note II had Verizon branding stamped all over the place. Even the Moto X had a Verizon logo on the back, but that was nowhere near as obnoxious as last year’s Galaxy Note. When the Moto G becomes available on Verizon, it will only operate on their prepaid network. Read more

[Deal] 20% off tablet, smartphone accessories on Best Buy’s site

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Just pick up a Nexus 7 in white? The Google Play Edition of the LG G Pad 8.3? Or how about just any smartphone or tablet? Well, Best Buy is currently holding a sale on select accessories for smartphones and tablets. The 20% off sale covers cases, screen protectors, Bluetooth keyboards, bags, chargers, and more. There are some great deals going on and many of the items would make a great gift.. for yourself! The sale is only online and runs through Christmas day. Head on over to the source link below to view what items are on sale.

Source: Best Buy

Mirror for Android allows rooted KitKat devices to record and share with Apple TV

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Developer Koushik Dutta just keeps delivering mirroring apps. With his latest, Mirror for Android, you can record your Android device’s screen to share with Apple TV. But the app doesn’t limit to screen recording. It can also use the smartphone’s microphone to record your voice. For now, the main purpose would be to provide demonstrations in a practical way. Rooted devices running Android 4.4.2 are the only ones currently compatible with this app. To get in on the fun, you will need to join the ClockworkMod community, thus gaining access to the beta. Then, the app should be available for you in the Play Store.

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[Deal] DROID MAXX available for $12.49 at Amazon, new accounts only

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Thinking about jumping to Verizon and want the DROID MAXX by Motorola? Look no further than getting setup through Amazon. The online retailer is offering the device for just $12.49 when you create new account. But you’re going to have to pay more if you want to add the device on a new line or via an upgrade. New lines cost $70 and an upgrade is $100. None of those prices are bad, especially considering what you can do in the 48 hours that the device’s battery lasts for. Follow the source link below to be taken to the listing.

Source: Amazon