Google IO 2015 Coverage

How to setup and use Guest Mode on the LG G2

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LG added a lot of new features to the LG G2, but one feature that might actually be useful is Guest Mode. It’s LG’s take on stock Android’s multi user accounts for tablets, but LG’s version offers only one additional account. Called Guest Mode, it’s perfect for those of you that find other family members are constantly grabbing your phone to play a game.

You must be using a security lock screen, but unfortunately it only works with the pattern style. You just need to enable Guest Mode and set a different pattern for it. The best part of it is that you control what apps will be visible for your guests. Whether you only want to allow one app, fifty, or somewhere in between, it’s your choice and it’s so easy to set up. Hit the break for my hands on video showing you how it’s done. Also, be sure to check out all our LG G2 guides.

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LG G2 software features walkthrough

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The LG G2 is one beast in terms of specs, but the user interface is what you’re going to deal with every day. LG has their own UI and it’s far from stock Android. It’s inspired by Samsung’s TouchWiz in that there are lot of tweaks and features that you might not know exist unless someone tells you. You will find popup tutorials that can be both annoying and helpful, but if you want to learn a little more about what you can do with your shiny new LG G2, hit the break for my video walkthrough.

You can also check out our more in depth guides for certain features like Slide Aside, Quick Remote, QSlide apps, Text Link, and Guest Mode.

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Beats Music service to launch in next few months in U.S.

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Beats COO and President Luke Wood revealed in a recent interview that the company’s music streaming service, Beats Music, will launch “within the next few months.” According to Wood, in addition to the web interface, Beats will be providing Android and iOS apps. A Windows 8 app is thought to be in development as well. The Beats Music service will focus heavily on curated lists in an effort to separate itself from a crowded field of established services like Spotify and Pandora as well as tech giants like Google, Microsoft and Apple who are trying to get in to the market. Wood says:

“We’re talking about real depth of personalization and knowing who I am, who you are, what we’re listening to, what we like, what we’ve listened to before and then offering up music that is highly relevant to our taste profile.”

To help get into the space, Beats acquired MOG in July 2012 in an effort to capitalize on their efforts to build a music streaming service. The company hopes they can emulate the success they have had with their headphone, earphones and speaker business. Part of that success is probably driven by key individuals with the company like Wood and CEO Jimmy Iovine, both of whom have record label experience.

Do you think Beats Music stands a chance in the music streaming market?

source: TheNextWeb

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 lands on Sprint on October 11

Galaxy_Tab_3_7in_WhiteSamsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 will be launching on Sprint later this week. Coming with it is an incredibly low price. Samsung’s compact tablet will cost just $49.99 with a new two-year contract. While the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is no Nexus 7, it should be appealing for fans of Samsung’s TouchWiz or their reasonable pace of updates.

The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 packs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on a 7-inch display. Under the hood is a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU with 1GB of RAM. Samsung is clearly going the budget route with these specs as they’re nothing to write home about. Hit the break for Sprint’s press release. Read more

All DROID devices with ICS or higher can now share photos with DROID Zap

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Previously limited to just the DROID Ultra, DROID Mini, and DROID MAXX, DROID Zap is now available to additional DROID devices. Motorola has rolled out an update for their photo-sharing app to support Ice Cream Sandwich or higher.

DROID Zap allows users to share photos with one another buy simply swiping the photo off of their phone. The app uses ad-hoc WiFi along with the GPS to pinpoint where the image needs to go, eliminating the need for NFC. Hit the break for download links (if you have a DROID device). Read more

Samsung develops new 13MP camera with OIS, better low-light capabilities

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While Samsung has been on a tear lately in establishing its position as the lead smartphone manufacturer in the world, their devices are not without their share of weaknesses. For example, the recently released Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the company’s current flagship device, comes equipped with a pseudo-optical image stabilization (OIS) system. Although the camera is good, from a specification perspective Samsung is behind the curve a bit compared to other manufacturers. Not to be outdone, Samsung has been working on new technology to take their camera hardware to a new level as indicated in a recent foreign press report. According to the report, Samsung has a new 13MP camera ready that comes equipped with a new OIS system and better low-light capabilities.

According to reports, the OIS is capable of correcting shake up to an angular error of 1.5 degrees compared to the current market standard of approximately 0.7 degrees of correction. The low-light capability reportedly is capable of outputting an image with a brightness eight times higher than the current module. Samsung has also made improvements in power consumption. All of these improvements have been packed into a camera that is physically the same dimension as the current camera module.

Samsung will surely begin to include this camera in upcoming devices and is reported to be in negotiations with other smartphone producers to get the component included in their devices as well.

source: Patent Bolt

Waterproof and dustproof Samsung Galaxy Note 3 variant could be available soon

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, which was released around the same time as the Galaxy S4, surprisingly got a lot of attention because of its waterproof and dust-proof features. You can literally dump the phone in the ocean and no harm will be done to your device.

As expected, this feature will become more and more in demand in the future, and we’re already getting rumors that Samsung will be releasing a variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with these “rugged” features built in— call it a Galaxy Note 3 Active, perhaps?

Such a device, which already has amazing internals, could sell very well on the market. I already wanted a Note 3, but one that is waterproof makes it even better.

It’s also already being speculated that these “rugged” features will come standard with the Galaxy S5 to be released next year. Pretty exciting, as we’re starting to see some of the awesome things that phones will be able to do in the future. Just add this to the long, long list.

Via: GforGames
Source: ETNews

AnTuTu releases Benchmark X Edition, promises to be manufacturer-manipulation free, fight “score fraud”

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There has been a lot of suspicion surrounding Samsung and their alleged juicing of benchmark scores for their top-tier phones. It looks like we won’t have to worry about falsely-enhanced benchmarks anymore, as AnTuTu just released Benchmark X Edition, which will fight “score fraud.”

Not to point at Samsung solely, because pretty much every manufacturer is guilty of making their devices look better than they really are— that’s just how marketing works. But with this new version of AnTuTu, they certainly have the consumers’ minds at heart, wanting to keep the numbers as straightforward and simple to analyze as possible.

Here’s what an AnTuTu dev had to say about the changes:

We know every phone-maker hopes to adopt a Benchmark which is good for him, even to develop a Benchmark by themselves. But, AnTuTu Benchmark is not the advertising media of phone makers, we only do service for the users. Therefore, in order to give users a more current and real performance feedback, AnTuTu Labs will release a new X-version named AnTuTu X Benchmark.

Source: AndroidGuys

Best Buy offering Moto X for $99.99 on-contract for Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T

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Were you waiting for the price of the Moto X to drop so that you could get it direct from your carrier? No need to wait any longer, as Best Buy currently has a deal for the phone, offering it for only $99.99 on Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T. It’s obviously still on-contract, but this deal will certainly save you some bucks if you were planning on getting the phone.

Get it now while the deal lasts!

Source: Best Buy

Samsung phones with flexible displays could be marketed under ‘Galaxy Round’ name

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How does the Galaxy Round sound to you? It just might be the marketing name that Samsung uses for all their phones (and future tablets) that feature a flexible display. Samsung was just granted the trademark by the U.S. Patent and Trade Office, so chances are very good.

Samsung’s first flexible-screened device is rumored to be a Galaxy Note 3 limited edition, so we might not see the “Galaxy Round” name utilized until the next device. Trademarks are never a guarantee of usage, but what do you guys think?

source: USPTO
via: Phone Arena