Sling TV leaves beta, now accepting sign-ups without an invitation

sling_tv_logoSling TV launched in a closed beta where users could test out the service, but only if they had an invitation. As of Sunday night, that closed beta is offer, so anyone can sign up for the service for just $20 per month with no contract or obligations.

The basic package for Sling TV includes 15 channels like ESPN, ESPN2, ABC Family, Cartoon Network, The Food Network, and a handful of others that cover a pretty wide demographic. You can also pick up a “Sports Extra,” “Kids Extra,” or “News and Info Extra” package for $5 that bundles in a few more channels, depending on what you watch.
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NVIDIA Shield Portable update brings latest Hub App, battery improvements and more!


NVIDIA is currently rolling out a rather weighty over-the-air update to all variants of its high-end Android-powered handheld gaming system — the Shield Portable. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade transports the newest version of the Shield Hub App, battery improvements and a fix for a rather annoying bug that users found prevented videos from being played within Facebook, Chrome and YouTube.

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Android 4.4 update with Sense 5.5 approved for Droid DNA, rollout to begin on April 24th


According to HTC’s executive director of product management, Mo Versi, Verizon’s Droid DNA has gotten technically approval for its Android 4.4.2 update. This update also includes Sense 5.5, and probably a handful of extra little tweaks, fixes, and Verizon additions. The OTA rollout is slated to start on April 24th, which is just over 24 hours away, so if you’ve got a Droid DNA, get ready for a nice update on your device.

Any Droid DNA owners that have been anticipating finally seeing this update?

source: Mo Versi

KitKat Update for the LG G2 Could Arrive This Month

LG_G2_LG_LogoAs Samsung and HTC are working on getting the latest version of Android to their 2013 (and older) flagship devices, LG has kept its update schedule somewhat quiet. LG Saudi Arabia appears to have jumped the gun with a tweet, that’s now deleted, suggesting that LG G2 devices in that area would start receiving the update at the end of the month. LG released another tweet apologizing for the previous tweet:

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Second-hand Nexus 5 owner discovers test build of Key Lime Pie running on device

Key Lime Pie

We often hear the classic story of people ending up with a prototype of a device after a night at the bar. This time, it was literally given straight to the customer.

When a brand new Nexus 5 owner turned on his device, he discovered it was actually running a test build of Key Lime Pie instead of 4.4 KitKat.

He got the device second-hand, and after trying it out a bit, he found that the build was not stable was continuously crashing. After some investigating, he found the screen above.

Nothing too exciting was on the device or too different from the regular build other than a few hidden menus.

This happens every once in a while, but the devices are updated to the most recent version of Android when they’re turned on. However, such as with this case, test builds don’t get OTA updates, so the customer had to flash KitKat.

Source: AndroidAndMe


Camera Update Coming to the New DROID Line in the Near Future


Verizon is infamous for their product update schedules. While some months are filled with update after update, Big Red’s notoriously slow in their OTA “testing process.” Even the new DROID line has to wait its turn. However, that wait may not be as long as you’d think. According to Motorola VP of Product Management, Punit Soni, “Verizon users… You know that SW update is coming soon…”

Of course coming soon is relative. While incremental updates are normally not worthy of anything more than a small quip, this update will be pushing fixes that turns an okay camera into a decent camera. You know, the update that the Moto X just got. Camera update aside, you’ll see better touchless controls, improved call quality and other added features.

No telling when the update is actually coming but Mr. Soni is quite confident that it’ll happen in the near future. We hope so, for everyone’s sake. We’ll keep you posted when it does.

source: Punit Soni Google+

Google’s Chromecast receiving its first OTA update


In the next few days Google plans on giving its Chromecast its very first update and will be provided via OTA. You won’t even know it’s being updated as it’ll automatically download and apply the update without you needing to do anything. According to Google, the update will provide improved reliability, security and performance. Always nice to have, right?

For you early adopters out there, how are you liking the Chromecast thus far?

source: Google Chrome Releases

T-Mobile starts pushing out update for HTC One


T-Mobile has announced they are starting to push out an over-the-air (OTA) update for the HTC One starting today. The push should last through August 9th. Users interested in the update can get it in one of two ways – waiting for the OTA notification or, if they just cannot wait, by side loading it via a personal computer connection. The update keeps Android at 4.1.2 on  the devices. The primary improvements include fixes for LTE connections and reception, although some software stability and processor enhancements are included as well. The update clocks in at 247 MB in size.

source: T-Mobile