Verizon’s line-up continues to fill out with new devices, the latest one being the LG G2 that was revealed last week. When LG held their reveal event, they indicated the device would be available on all major U.S. carriers. Verizon has stepped up and launched a sign-up page for possible buyers who want to be notified of the latest news for the G2 on the network. Unfortunately, no date of availability is provided yet.
Hit the source link if you want to sign yourself up.
When you first set up your new Android phone, you’ll probably notice your Google+ photos (formerly Picasa Web Albums) in your phone’s gallery. Sometimes, even empty albums show up, which makes your gallery look really messy. If you’re like me, they’re pretty irritating and you want to keep your Google+ albums separate from the photos you’ve actually taken on your phone.
Google doesn’t make it obvious how to remove these albums, but thanks to us, we can get those pesky albums out of there. Jump through the break to find out how.
As we first heard at the Google I/O, Google Now features are making their way to desktop and mobile search. Over the next few days, Google is rolling out flight, reservation, package delivery, and more info through Google Search. You can either type this in to the Google search box, or speak to the voice search. Just like its Google Now equivalent, the search giant pulls the info from your Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google+ accounts.
The time saving queries include:
- Flights: Ask Google “Is my flight on time?” to get info on your upcoming flights and live status on your current flights.
- Reservations: Ask for “my reservations” to see your dining plans or “my hotel” to get your hotel name and address. With one tap, you can get driving or public transit directions straight there, saving you lots of steps.
- Purchases: Ask for “my purchases,” and you’ll get the status of your current orders, so you know whether your mom’s birthday present will arrive on time.
- Plans: Ask Google “What are my plans for tomorrow?” to see a summary of upcoming flights, hotels, restaurant reservations and events—very useful when you’re traveling.
- Photos: Say “Show me my photos from Thailand” to see the photos you uploaded to Google+. You can also ask for “my photos of sunsets” if you want to show off the shots you’ve taken over the year; Google will try to automatically recognize the type of photo you’re asking for.
Source: Official Google Blog
I’m not sure if they’re intentional or not, but Sony devices never seem to be able to stay a secret for very long. The latest in the pipeline is the rumored Honami device, which we’ve already seen posing for a few quick pictures before. This time, Honami is comparing sizes with an iPhone 5 and the original Xperia Z again, but we can also see the rear facing 20 megapixel camera in these shots, as well as support for 20 megapixel shots in the camera application. It looks like it’s a bit thicker than the Xperia Z, but shares the same basic design as the Z. There’s another shot showing Honami next to a purple Xperia Z to really see the similarities, aside from the size.
Personally, I’m excited for this device, and I hope the Z made enough of a splash globally for Honami to make its way to a carrier in the States. Hopefully we won’t have to wait much longer for an official word from Sony. Hit the break below to check out some of the other pictures of the device, courtesy of Xperia Blog.
Popular cloud based service Box just received a big update to its Android app. There’s a brand new user interface to the home screen, which includes a sliding navigation panel on the left and refreshed icons. Now that settings are in that menu, the overflow menu button brings options like refresh and sort. A new thumbnail view also makes it easier to look for the file you’re trying to find.
The update also brings a resizable Box widget, which shows a scrollable list of file updates for your account and gives options to refresh and add new files right from the widget. You can download the updated app through the link after the break.
Intel’s been trying to elbow into the mobile market, and their latest Bay Trail processors definitely look like a step in the right direction. If no one is using them, though, what’s the point? We’ve seen Intel buddy up with Samsung to ship some devices with their CPUs on board, as was the case with the 10 inch Galaxy Tab 3, and they may have gotten a foot in the door with an upcoming Samsung tablet that features the latest and greatest from Intel. A tablet with the model number of FTXI02W0000026 (which is apparently typical for Bay Trail CPU-powered devices) shown up in a shipping manifest, and while SamMobile seems to think it will be a Windows 8 tablet, there’s a chance that it will dual-boot with Android, too. We’ve already seen Samsung show some interest in that type of device, so, hey, anything can happen, right?
The Moto X has plenty of cool features, but one feature that doesn’t get as much buzz is Motorola Migrate. Motorola developed this application to make it easy for you to transfer text messages, call history, SIM contacts, pictures, video, and music from your old phone to your brand new Moto X. It works wirelessly and is quite easy to setup. Hit the break to get started.
Google+ is receiving an update to its Android app that adds five highly requested features. When Google Hangouts was launched earlier this summer, it caused a lot of confusion when Android users had Google+’s Messenger app in addition to the new Hangouts app. This update removes Messenger, so there shouldn’t be any more confusion. Secondly, users can now share their location differently between their circles. For example, you can choose to share your precise location to one circle, but only your city to another. This comes on the heels of Google Latitude being shut down last week.
The most important update is probably that Google Drive photos now show up within Google+. Meaning, your Google Drive photos can be auto-enhanced and animated through the Google+ app. In addition, smaller features such as easier account switching, and Google Apps for Business support are also added in this version.
Source: +Virgil Dobjanschi
If you are interested in getting a Samsung Galaxy S 4 on the AT&T network, but the $199 price tag on a two-year contract is out of your reach, a new option may be just the deal you were looking for. AT&T is now listing refurbished Galaxy S 4 smartphones in their online store for only $29.99 with a two-year contract. At present, only the black or white versions of the device are available.
If you are interested in a “Certified Like-New” Galaxy S 4, hit the source link to start your order.