LG announces that it has joined the Open Automotive Alliance and is committed to Android Auto

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The OAA (Open Automotive Alliance) has a new partner today, as LG announced it would be joining Google, General Motors, Hyundai, Honda, NVIDIA and more in their efforts to bring “greater connectivity into cars through the innovative application of the Android platform.”

The company’s press release noted that LG was present at this year’s Google I/O conference, showcasing its new range of audio, visual and navigation (AVN) system solutions for connected cars. These “connected cars,” of course, refer to those that will be Android Auto-compatible.

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HTC’s update schedule leaks, One (M8) to receive Android 4.4.4 by July-August

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When Android L was announced, HTC stepped forward and proclaimed it would have the update ready within 90 days of availability. But the company’s flagship phone is currently two updates behind the latest version of Android that is available. Next month, though, HTC plans on updating the One (M8) directly to Android 4.4.4 with August being the latest time scheduled. The One (M7) is also targeted for the same release window. The leaked schedule, which you can enlarge by clicking above, shows that HTC is considering skipping Android 4.4.3 all together for the One (M8).

Other devices slated to receive Android 4.4.4 include One Dual SIM, One Mini 2, and One E8. They are currently being tested with the update and could receive it in August-September.

Source: LlabTooFer

Android L based theme available for Cyanogenmod 11

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If you have a device running Cyanogenmod 11 and want to at least get the look of the new Android L Material Design on your device, a new theme has been put together that will let you install it using the CM11 Theme engine. The theme comes with Google’s new boot animation for Android L, the new font, wallpapers, system bars, ringtones, icons, the transparent SystemUI, a new themed calculator, and new colors in a variety of apps. The theme was put together by XDA member OP. Read more

Galaxy Note 3 (international variant) receives Download Booster, Kids Mode via update

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Samsung likes to push features from its flagship devices to other phones in its lineup to keep customers happy — and more importantly, coming back.

To continue the trend, the international Galaxy Note 3 (SM-9005) is about to receive an update (OTA) which brings version 2.0 of KNOX, Samsung’s mobile security platform, Kids Mode and Download Booster.

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Rumored G Stylus to replace the Vu in LG’s lineup

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The LG Vu brand undoubtedly includes some of the worst smartphones of all time. The design is just downright horrible due to the 4:3 aspect ratio. And not to mention they performed horribly. It seems that LG has learned its lesson and will be replacing the Vu brand. The new brand’s alleged name? G Stylus. There are no images or details available, but it is pretty safe to say LG will be implementing a stylus.

Source: @evleaks (Official site)

LG G Watch headed to Verizon and AT&T in U.S.

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A new leak indicates the LG G Watch will be landing on both Verizon and AT&T. Currently the LG G Watch is like most other smartwatches in that it is paired with another device, like a smartphone, instead of having its own wireless carrier chip on board. This means companies like Verizon and AT&T will be selling the current version of the LG G Watch as an accessory to be used with other devices. It is expected the G Watch will come without bloatware from the wireless companies retaining a stock Android Wear experience.

source: @evleaks (official site)

LG G3 available for pre-order at T-Mobile, arriving July 16

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We are finally starting to find out when carriers in the United States will make the LG G3 available. While the handset has been put on sale in some places outside of the United States, LG has remained quiet on anything further. But T-Mobile has decided to come forward and put the G3 up for pre-order starting today. Customers can then pick up the handset on July 16 on T-Mobile stores (or presumably shipped to their homes).

For other carriers, the rumored release dates are July 16 and 17.

Source: T-Mobile

Samsung executive feels consumers think beyond just the Apple brand

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A few years ago, Apple and its iPhone were the undisputed mobile champions. The company revolutionized an entire industry and was selling units at a record pace. Then came along Samsung. After experiencing a decent launch with the Galaxy S II, the company’s Galaxy S III success really took the world by storm. Samsung poured a ton of money into marketing that consumers had become so entranced by what Apple would project, they forget what else was in front of them. Samsung’s Vice President of Knox, Jae Shin, says that “in the beginning maybe it was just about branding, but I think now consumers have the know-how and the resources to make a smart decision.” With the tools ready, consumers can decipher which device is actually right for them instead of being tricked into thinking one or the other is a superior product.

Source: Computing