Google IO 2015 Coverage

New LG Music Flow Wi-Fi Series products coming at CES 2015

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There are less than two weeks until CES 2015 begins and LG is already announcing some new hardware. At the event in Las Vegas next month, LG will showcase its new lineup for the Music Flow Wi-Fi Series. The products include a Wi-Fi speaker, sound bars, and a Blu-ray player. Each device supports dual band Wi-Fi (2.4/5GHz). All of them work with the Music Flow app and a multitude of music services. The Music Flow app syncs the content between devices; for example, entering the house after listening to music on headphones will activate the Music Flow speakers or sound bars.

It looks like LG has something on its hands that can go head-to-head with Sonos and others in the wireless audio space.

Hit the break for the full press release.

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LG files a slew of trademarks involving the “G Pad” name

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At CES 2015 next month, LG could be introducing new tablets that fall under the G Pad series. The company filed new trademarks a few days ago with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The names are G Pad II, G Pad X, and G Pad F. This does not mean that LG is designing entirely new tablets, though. It could merely be existing tablets with upgraded specifications.

We will find out more in the coming weeks and months.

Via: MyLGPhones

Top 6 Reasons Why Android OEMs Should Expect Dismal Growth In 2015

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As we close on 2014, and approach 2015, it doesn’t hurt to take a step back and reflect on what was accomplished and what didn’t work out so well during the year. 2014, without a doubt, showed off some great new tech like Android Wear, and virtual reality is finally showing tangible signs of life. Even Apple decided to finally do something new (for itself) and make a reasonable phone size.

2014, as it’s winding down, is also showing some rather dangerous indications of what might be in store for Android OEMs in 2015. Sharp declines in sales, market stagnation and ridiculous patent warfare may bleed over into the new year, and I doubt anyone is going to come out victorious in the end. Read more

Verizon releases sweet 50% off deal for Android devices priced $199 and higher

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Verizon announced a new deal today just in time for last minute gifts for buyers looking for an Android phone. Any device that is normally priced $199 or more can be purchased for 50% off. To get an idea of what a deal this is, just check out the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 which sells for only $149.99 with a 2-year contract. That is better than the Black Friday deals that were available.

Along with the special pricing on Android devices, Verizon is also offering a $150 bill credit on any lines you switch over to Verizon to be used with a new smartphone. According to Verizon, the credit will show up in 2 to 3 billing cycles. If you want to check out this deal or some of the other deals that Verizon has right now, like a free LG G3 with a 2-year contract, hit the source link.

source: Verizon

Android Wear 5.0.1 screenshots are broken with the G Watch R, but here’s how to capture decent images

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Taking a screenshot from your Android Wear smartwatch is so much easier now that Android Wear 5.0.1 is upon us. However, if you own a G Watch R, you may have noticed that things don’t work so well. The top right of each image is cutoff as you can see in the image above. The good news is that you can still capture decent images. They still won’t be perfect, but they will be damn close.

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Is it now time to buy an Android Wear smartwatch?

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Although Android Wear appears to be a relatively new concept for us, it’s been around for a while. Since it was first shown off in late June and subsequently made available in July, it has been in the market for a little over five months now. Initial impressions of the platform in general was pretty lukewarm, as it is usually the case with new software. So has anything changed since then? Read more

Vodafone UK now rolling out Lollipop update for LG G3

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Vodafone is the first operator in the UK to begin the much-anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop update roll out to all its carrier-branded variants of the LG G3 currently located in the region.

All the changes you’d expect to find in Lollipop are bundled into this upgrade, including the recently-announced Material Design guidelines, improved notifications, a smoother multitasking experience and support for multiple user accounts. LG has also revamped a handful of its own, stock applications too.

Hit the break below for the full changelog.

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LG KizOn turns into the GizmoPal for Verizon Wireless, a wearable for children ages 4 and up

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While adults are getting excited for the Android Wear and the upcoming Apple Watch, let’s not forget about the kids. Back in July, LG announced a new kid-friendly wearable for children ages 4 and up, called the KizOn. Last month, we got wind that it would be coming to Verizon Wireless, and the rumor came true today. However, it has been re-branded into the GizmoPal. You knew Verizon couldn’t just release a product without messing with it did ya?

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Android 5.0.1 factory images for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 6 now available

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Google began the roll out of Android 5.0.1 for devices like the Nexus 7 (WiFi), Nexus 9 and the Nexus 10 exactly a week ago. And the company has now officially hinted at the update’s arrival for the Nexus 4 and the recently launched Nexus 6. Google has posted factory images of the update for the two smartphones on its official download pages, letting interested users manually flash it on their devices. The GPe HTC One M8 and the One M7 have already received the Android 5.0.1 update, which is slightly odd as Nexus devices are usually the first to get the updates. Read more