Microsoft planning on launching ultra-cheap laptops to compete with Chromebooks

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One of Microsoft’s biggest threats has been Google’s Chromebook line. Chromebooks have been relatively cheap and functional, primarily using the Chrome web browser for “apps.” Since Google doesn’t charge high licensing fees for Chrome OS, and they’ve marketed the simplicity and virus-immunity heavily against traditional Windows laptops, Chromebooks have been steadily eating Microsoft’s laptop market share from the bottom up. » Read the rest

Sprint rolling out update to LG G3 and G Flex to activate WiFi Calling

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Over the course of the next few weeks, Sprint will be rolling out an update to two LG devices. The update brings the carrier’s WiFi Calling feature that literally allows customers to place calls and send messages over a WiFi network at no extra charge. Assuming the WiFi network being used is stable, improved quality can be expected. The international aspect of this feature will also launch in the coming weeks.

The two devices receiving the update are the G3 and G Flex. An update notification will appear for those devices and a download will begin when accepted. Once complete, install and WiFi Calling is almost ready to go. A WiFi Calling app will be placed in the Apps folder for setup. Sprint currently offers WiFi Calling for many devices from Samsung and HTC already while intending to expand the offering to many more devices through the rest of 2014.

Let us know when you receive the update.

Source: Sprint

Verizon Edge now allows tablets to be paid over time

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You know what Verizon Edge is all about: pay for a device over time instead of signing a two-year contract that holds restricts your options. Until now, Verizon has only made smartphones available through the Edge program. Today, you can do so with tablets. The price of the the tablet, whichever you choose, is sliced into twenty payments of an equal price. Once thirty days have gone by and 60% of the device has been paid off, you can upgrade!

Hit the break for the list of tablets and their Edge payments. » Read the rest

Popcorn Time gets a boost with Chromecast support and quicker downloads

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Popcorn Time is a service that allows users to watch torrented television shows and movies on personal computers and mobile devices. So it was only a matter of time before Popcorn Time made the move to include Chromecast support for Android devices. Aside from that, Popcorn Time now has automatic updates, native UI, quicker downloads, and improved device support. The next step for Popcorn Time is built-in VPN for the Android experience and users can expect that in about a week.

Source: Popcorn Time

120 Sports takes its online network to Android with new app

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Sports fans cannot get enough sports. On television, there are more networks than ever before popping up and so many are turning to mobile devices to deliver content. There is a new online-only sports network called 120 Sports that takes this approach. And today the Android app was launched in the Play Store. The app is free and so is the actual service. There is no cable authentication or subscription necessary to view 120 Sports.

120 Sports delivers ten hours of live programming each day covering various sports. Notably, though, 120 Sports does not have rights to highlights involving the NFL; however, they are in discussions with the league to work out a deal. Every other major sport and league is covered by 120 Sports. Former ESPN anchor Michael Kim is actually one of the faces for 120 Sports, so they are not going in blind with this network. When not covering sports with live programming, the app continues to serve news and highlights to keep fans connected.

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HTC One (M7) gets a taste of Android L

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If you are interested in seeing what Android L may look like on an HTC device, you are in luck thanks to the efforts of the folks over at the XDA Forums. Senior member ssrij and several other developers managed to hack together a version of Android L for the HTC One (M7) using ramdisk and some kernel modifications.

The Android L port they created is still very rough and several functions are not yet operating. That includes features like WiFi, Bluetooth, the camera, and sound. You can still get a feel for what Android L will look like, which was the main goal in Google’s release of the developer preview in the first place. Even the official developer preview has proven to be a little too immature and missing too much for most people to consider making it a daily driver.

If you want to give Android L a try on your HTC One (M7), hit the source link for more information on how to grab the ROM.

source: XDA Developers

Samsung’s SM-G850 appears in benchmark database

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An unidentified Samsung device with the model number SM-G850 has appeared in a benchmark database, showing what specifications are present. Recently, a similar device with the model number SM-G8508 has appeared in the same benchmark database and had a 720p resolution on a 4.7-inch display. Inside was a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. This time around we are looking at the Exynos (or international) variant.

The same display size and resolution is here again. The exact processor inside is Samsung’s very own Exynos 5 Octa, the same one that appears in the international Galaxy Note 3. Also, 32GB of internal storage is here. If the benchmark is to be believed, the device will ship with Android 4.4.4 righto out of the box. It is being speculated that this could be a Neo version of the Galaxy S 5 considering what Samsung has done with the Galaxy Note 3 Neo.

Just stay tuned and we will find out more when something is official. Hit the break for the full rundown of specs. » Read the rest

New Console OS wants to bring Android to the desktop

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Although there are options already in existence to run Android on desktops, both natively and within emulators, a new kickstarter project for Console OS promises to bring a native build of Android for the desktop to market that will be easy enough for everyday users to run. If successful, the Console OS team believes this option will be popular in helping consumers tap into the apps they use on their smartphones and tablets while working on their computers. » Read the rest

Android L inspired overhaul to Play Store in the works

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New screen images appear to show Google is hard at work on overhauling the Play Store to incorporate their Material Design from Android L. We have already seen hints of Material in apps like Google+, Docs, and Sheets, so it should be no surprise that Google is working on other apps to be consistent. There is no word on when this may roll out, but Google is probably targeting the new media and graphics heavy interface to be released in time for the Android L official release. » Read the rest