Samsung recently published a tweet teasing an upcoming Lollipop update for its flagship phablet of 2014, the Note 4. As you’d expect, updating their devices to Android 5.0 is a priority for any manufacturer, but what’s a little strange is that the South Korean company is already publicizing its plans to roll out the upgrade even though Google is still in the process of loading its servers with its final code.
This leaves one question on the tip of our tongues: How close can Samsung really be to rolling out the update? Read more
Sometimes there can be too many devices in front of you. You are working on your computer and then have to check your phone for a notification. It is just way too messy and, more importantly, distracting. With PPLNOTIFY, it all goes to one place. The app, from PPLCONNECT, sends Android notifications to the user’s browser without the need for a desktop extension or plug-in.
With the PPLNOTIFY app installed on an Android device, you just need to login to the app’s website on a browser. Then, in real-time, notifications will be forwarded to you. A pop-up window appears with anything from SMS to incoming calls and battery updates. PPLNOTIFY works with both computer and tablet browsers.
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If you own a T-Mobile-branded HTC One (M8) you may want to listen up as the operator is now rolling out the much-anticipated Eye Experience camera user interface update to all variants of the smartphone currently located in the United States.
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Sony’s latest slate, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, is now available to pre-order in the United States from both the manufacturer’s online portal and from any of its nationwide bricks-and-mortar stores.
According to the listing page, the unit will be available for shipping from Sunday, November 2 and will set you back a whopping $499.99, which, I’m pretty sure you’ll agree, is an awful lot to pay for a 32GB, 8-inch, mid-range device.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to use a security lock screen on your mobile devices. If you ever misplace your phone or tablet, no one will be able to get into the device. However, constantly entering a code to unlock your device is a royal pain in the you know what.
Finally, Finally, Finally Google has implemented Trusted Devices in Android. With Android Lollipop and a new feature called Smart Lock, you will be able to set any Bluetooth device, NFC tag, or even your face as a way to automatically unlock your device so you won’t have to constantly enter your PIN code or swipe a pattern over 100 times per day.
Google has released an update to Google Play Music that bring both their new Material Design to the app as well as functions modeled after features found in Songza, in particular the Concierge option. The update to incorporate Material Design is no surprise and we even saw a port of it get out over the weekend. This update starting to rollout today makes the new look official though. Besides the benefits of Material Design, Google is also working on making the service more useful for listeners with the new features that have been added no doubt thanks to their acquisition of Songza. Read more
ZTE have been on a streak recently releasing a ton of solid mid-range devices including the Grand X Max and the ZMax, but for the first time in a long time the budget-friendly manufacturer is preparing to launch a flaghship. With plans to launch on the 23rd (this Thursday), the ZTE Z5 takes some design cues from Nokia’s Lumia devices. Read more
Samsung has announced that they are donating 3,000 Galaxy S3 Neo smartphones to the United Nations to help in the fight against Ebola. The donation of the smartphones is part of an aid package that Samsung is providing to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs and will be used in the Humanitarian Connectivity Project. That project is the U.N.’s initiative to provide humanitarian support through utilization of mobile devices. Read more
If you own a 2014 Moto X and wanted to get into flashing custom ROMs, we have good news and bad news.
The good news is that TWRP now officially supports Motorola’s latest flagship. The recovery will allow you to flash custom ROMs like Cyanogenmod, install custom kernels, and make full system backups and restores. TWRP is one of the best custom recoveries available for users that like to flash their device with new software. Read more
LG has pushed out an update to the G Watch that brings some new features that music listeners will be very excited about. The Android Wear update matches what Google announced earlier this year and brings some new music cards and music playback controls, plus the ability to sync a Bluetooth headset to the device. Read more