My Magazine was first introduced on the Galaxy Note 3, and it also made its way onto the Galaxy TabPRO series of tablets. It’s no surprise that it found its way onto the Galaxy S 5, but the implementation is a little different. Just like HTC’s BlinkFeed, it now resides on the leftmost home screen. However, My Magazine is really only a gateway into Flipboard whereas BlinkFeed was built from the ground up.
My Magazine is more powerful to an extent, but only once you dive deeper into the app (Flipboard). BlinkFeed provides more information from the home screen, which is really what you want. With My Magazine, you have to tap a few more times to get to the stories, but it can still be useful to those that don’t already have another means setup for geting the scoop on what’s happening in the world.
So check out the video below showing you how My Magazine works. Now contrary to popular belief you can remove My Magazine from your home screen, and I show you how to do that as well. Unfortunately it’s not as clean as HTC’s implementation with BlinkFeed, but it will be out of sight. See the video after break, and be sure to check out all our Galaxy S 5 guides.
Anyone who’s been following HTC over the past couple of years will know that the company is bleeding money. I wouldn’t say hemorrhaging but the company has suffered quarterly losses since 2011 — even with having some of the most beautifully designed handsets to date in the HTC One (M8) and original HTC One. In an attempt at moving in the opposite direction, the company is taking to outsourcing some of its smartphone productions as it looks for anyway possible to stop the losses.
The Taiwanese company looks to be outsourcing three new models of its mid-tier Desire series. The company has contracted Compal Electronics, Inc, and China’s Wingtech Group to manufacture the devices. Both companies have already begun to mass produce smartphones for HTC.
We have all been in situations in which we have about 10% battery life and you won’t be near a charger for several hours. It’s one of the worst feelings in the world isn’t it? Well Samsung has a solution for you called Ultra Power Saving Mode. This mode will allow you to conserve your battery by only running the essentials. In Ultra Power Saving Mode, you can still get over one day of life even if you only have 10% battery life.
How is that even possible? Once you go into this mode, you will get a much more simplified interface that only has access to the phone, texts, and the Browser. You won’t have access to games, the camera, and other apps. This mode doesn’t exist to give you the ability to play Angry Birds, it exists to make sure you get those important texts and/or phone calls. Ultra Power Saving Mode will also change your display to greyscale, turn off data when your display is off, and turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Samsung is continuing its trend of flooding the market with tablets and smartphones. There’s a rumor that Samsung will becoming out with a Galaxy S tablet line known as the Galaxy Tab S. The Tab S will come in an 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch variety. Unlike the company’s other tablets, the Tab S will feature a WQXGA (2560×1600) AMOLED display.
This isn’t Samsung’s first tablet with an AMOLED screen, however. The company first unveiled an AMOLED screen on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 in 2011 but the primary focus was in testing the technology itself. For those that don’t know, AMOLED displays are known for their low power consumptions and their high contrast levels. Samsung has been using these displays in most of their smartphones and cameras, most notably in the Galaxy S series.
When it comes to software features on smartphones, most of them fall into the cool but useless category. However, Samsung’s Private mode is not only cool, but it’s also useful. At least for those people that have files or pictures that are sensitive in nature and need to be hidden from prying eyes. If that’s you, then you need to check out Private Mode. There are a number of apps in the Play Store that do the same thing, but this feature is native and ready to go on your Galaxy S 5.
With Private Mode, you will be able to hide pictures, documents, music, video, etc so that they only appear when you allow them to. Tapping on “Private Mode” from your Quick Settings (swipe down from notification area with two fingers) will toggle whether these files appear or not, but you still have to enter your password, PIN, or fingerprint in order to reveal them. The best part of it is that anyone snooping on your phone won’t even know they exist because the file names don’t even appear when Private Mode is turned off.
Private Mode is pretty easy to use once you understand how it works, but it can be a little confusing at times. That’s why I put together this video showing you how it’s done. Hit the break to learn about Private Mode, and be sure to check out our other Galaxy S 5 guides.
Huawei’s Ascend P6 made some waves as a sleeker option for Android lovers. Although limited in specific markets, it didn’t stop international users from shipping it to their homeland.
The Ascend P7, the P6’s sequel, promises to be even better, and we’ve finally gotten some up close pictures of the device. Hit the break below for a gallery of shots.
Samsung’s design team has given a brief interview elaborating on the design process behind their latest Galaxy S 5. Samsung went with a design concept they call “modern flash,” a sophisticated and youthful urban style infused with emotion. The design helped Samsung create the UI and UX of the entire device, from the colors they picked to the default wallpapers to the texture of the back of the device they went with. Read more
Within the last few days, we have seen plenty of the upcoming LG G3. A few days ago, we saw multiple photos of the handset surface on the web. Yesterday, @evleaks shared two press renders. It featured the LG G3 once in black and again in white. Now we have a press render of the device with the display illuminated.
The takeaway from the image above is that LG’s goal of eliminating a smartphone’s bezel is coming along. The LG G2 was applauded for this and now it has caused other smartphones’ bezels to be compared. We also see on-screen buttons are still present, but that is something we have known already. Look closely, though, and you will notice below the weather forecast that the device is suggesting an umbrella be taken with you. This could be the first sign that LG will be implementing adaptive software.
This is our best look yet at the upcoming HTC One Mini 2. The image above came from @evleaks over on Twitter. It shows the handset available in Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver, and Amber Gold.
You can also tell that it is missing one of selling points found on the HTC One (M8). The dual camera setup is not here. Dual LED flash is missing, too. Why? This is a ‘mini’ device and some cuts had to be made. For the full specs that previously leaked, click here.
Hit the break for an additional press render that leaked. Read more
Things are really heating up for the upcoming LG G3, which will be officially unveiled on May 27. Motorola also has big plans this month as they will announce an affordable phone for everyone. Could it be the Moto E, and is this the $50 phone they hinted at? The infamous Amazon phone appears to be real and ready for prime time very soon. Samsung loses to Apple again, but it’s not as bad as round 1. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another exciting week in the world of Android.
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