HTC One M9+ shown with Duo camera and fingerprint scanner in latest leak

A leaked render of the ‘HTC One M9+’ could give us our clearest look yet at the rumored M9 variant.

This past week HTC sent out invites to the Chinese press for an event in Beijing on April 8, in which it clearly teased a new One M9 variant with an M8-style Duo camera. And now a leaked render from a usually reliable source appears to give us a closer look at what may be the HTC One M9+.



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Chrome scrolling is going to be smoother (eventually) thanks to a new API

It looks like scrolling is about be smoother in Chrome, as Google plans to integrate Microsoft’s Pointer Events API into the browser.

While there’s no timeline for when the API will be implemented, the end result should be less jank when scrolling through a website in Chrome.



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Plex for Android update gets Material Design makeover with tons of new features

plex_app_iconPlex for Android has received a pretty big update that brings in a Material Design overhaul, plus a handful of new features that Plex users will be happy to see.

The new interface fits right in with Google’s own suite of apps, and boasts easy ways to browse content and select what server you want to stream media from. The home screen has taken up a modern redesign, and everything just looks fantastic.

As far as new features go, you’ll get Plex Home support for setting up multiple users and PIN protecting accounts, and AirPlay is baked in so you can stream media from your Android device to something like Apple’s Apple TV. Useful if you’re invested in multiple ecosystems.

Plex has also upgraded the Android TV Plex app from its preview period, so users with the Plex Pass can use it for free, although you can still make a one-off purchase for it, too.

Any Plex users excited for this update?

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[Deal] Grab the Pioneer VH-4100NEX Android Auto car radio for $554 from Amazon

android-car-radioIf you don’t have an Android Auto capable car, you can get the next best thing with a great deal from Amazon on the Pioneer VH-4100NEX Android Auto car radio that’s fully compatible with Android 5.0+ devices (and Apple CarPlay too). 

The VH-4100NEX is the entry-level model from Pioneer, so it has a clear resistive display, but you will find that on most stock car stereos.

This radio usually retails for about $700, but you can pick one up for $554. Not a bad deal at all.

Follow the link below if you’re interested.

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Developer edition of Sony’s SmartEyeglass now up for sale

sony smartEyeglassSony has announced that they’ll officially begin selling their SmartEyeglass developer edition in four countries for anyone interested in making a purchase. You’ll be able to snag one in Germany, Japan, the US, or the UK, unless you’re in a business customer, in which case it’ll be available to you in Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden.

The device runs about $820 in the US, not including tax, so it’s definitely not a cheap investment. It still comes out a little easier on the wallet than Google Glass, though, so it might be worth looking into if you’re interested in developing for it.

Shipping should begin in April.

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[Deal] Grab the Pioneer VH-4100NEX Android Auto car radio for $554 from Amazon

android-car-radioIf you don’t have an Android Auto capable car, you can get the next best thing with a great deal from Amazon on the Pioneer VH-4100NEX Android Auto car radio that’s fully compatible with Android 5.0+ devices (and Apple CarPlay too). 

The VH-4100NEX is the entry-level model from Pioneer, so it has a clear resistive display, but you will find that on most stock car stereos.

This radio usually retails for about $700, but you can pick one up for $554. Not a bad deal at all.

Follow the link below if you’re interested.

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Be part of the Star Wars Rebels in new Android game

With just 9 months to go until the release of Episode VII, fans will try to get their hands on everything Star Wars until then. The expected success of the Star Wars Rebels animated series has led to some great multi-media tie-ups, from a comic series to action figures, etc. Now we have an Android game that lets you become an intergalactic hero out to battle against the Empire. Welcome to Star Wars Rebels: Recon.

Ezra Bridger is one of the most popular characters in the animated series, and in this game, you actually get to be him as you take on an adventure trying to fight alongside the small band of Rebel forces. In this action-platformer, you get to drive an Imperial AT-MP as you dodge TIE fighters. To earn boosts, you need to collect hope and give it to the citizens you encounter along the way. You can also customize your Rebel Haven, adding living units, towers, even art, as you collect enough points and boosts to be able to buy these materials.

The first four levels of the game are free to play. But you need to make an in-app purchase to be able to play the next 30 levels. And if you’ve always wanted to wield a light saber, albeit virtually, then you need to play these next levels because you can play Kanan Jarus, the cowboy Jedi. You can also use your twin-blasters by taking on the role of Sabine Wren, the explosive artist.

You can download Star Wars Rebels: Recon for free from the Google Play Store. As we mentioned, you need to make an in-app purchase to be able to play after you’ve completed level 4. As the folks in the universe say, “May the force be with you.”

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Which do you prefer: Android KitKat or Android Lollipop soft keys?

Over a month ago, I wrote a post saying that the Android Lollipop soft keys had finally arrived on the LG G3 and was quite happy that these had caught up with the software running on the device. However, it appears from the torrent of comments that I was perhaps alone in this regard as […]

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Something with Red Leather headed our way from Motorola

Tease they must. Those device manufacturers certainly have a way to poke the bear when it comes to a good tease. Samsung does a decent job with images and videos prior to a device announcement. HTC isn’t very good at it yet. Motorola, they tend to get us all talking. Mainly because their teases can […]

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The OnePlus DR-1 drone will allegedly be OnePlus’ “game changer”

The other day we mentioned that Chinese device manufacturer OnePlus has been teasing a “game changer” device since MWC. We postulated that it could have been some kind of gaming-centric device, perhaps a game controller, but the answer may be a little more left field than that, especially for a company that currently only makes mobile-related […]

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Plex for Android updates with revamped Material Design-esque Dashboard UI and more

The last big news in Plex, that I caught at least, was when they combined the Plex Pass and Plex app into one app. It wasn’t earth shattering, but it did give both users a single app to download with an in-app purchase option to grab your Plex Pass subscription. In the update that Plex […]

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The Windows 10 preview will work on more phones soon

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If you’ve been itching to try out a technical preview version of Windows 10 on your phone but didn’t have a device on the short list, then we have good news. Microsoft just released a list of devices that it expects to support in the next “flight” and it includes additional Lumia models like the 1020, 1320, 1520, 920, Icon and so on (the list is after the break — it does not include the Lumia 930). It will be at least a week until the next update rolls out, but there’s no specific date promised, and the list of supported devices could change.%Gallery-slideshow267109%

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Chrome scrolling is about to get much smoother thanks to a new API

It looks like scrolling is about to get a tad smoother in Chrome. Google said it will soon integrate Microsoft’s Pointer Events API into the browser.

While there’s no timeline for when the API will be implemented, the end result should be less jank when scrolling through a website in Chrome.



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[Update: Charger Now Shipping] Yellow Sony SmartWatch 3 Strap And ZenWatch Charger (Coming Soon) Appear In Google Store

unnamedSo you’ve got an Android Wear watch and you need to buy some accessories? Head over to the burgeoning Google Store and you’ll see some new items for the Sony SmartWatch and the Asus ZenWatch.

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Google is selling a yellow wrist strap for the SmartWatch 3 that replaces the standard black one. Still no sign of that metal band, though. The color is listed as “lime,” but come on, that’s yellow.

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Create your own Sense 7 themes for the HTC One M9 using their handy web tool

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If you’ve got a little time to kill this weekend, why not create a theme for the now available HTC One M9? HTC recently launched a handy web tool which allows anyone — both novices and pros alike — to build their own Sense 7 theme. The site is pretty intuitive and easy to use, while at the same time providing enough customizable UI elements that you can take it as far as you’d like.

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You can pick different wallpapers (or your own) for placement on several HTC apps: home screen, lock screen, app drawer, Dot View app, or messaging apps — then tweak all the colors and icons to your liking. From there, you can even change up the sounds and font, then save everything to your account and post online for other Sense 7 users to download. Veteran themers can try out HTC Themes’ Maker Pro section to really get in depth.

According the landing page, HTC Themes will soon have its own app for theme creation on the go, although it’s currently linking to the BlinkFeed app on Google Play. In either case, HTC Themes is something to check out while you debate picking up an HTC One M9.

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YouTube is now teasing Android users with 4K 60fps K-pop videos

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Technology moves fast and the folks at YouTube are doing their best to stay ahead of the curve. In recent months, we’ve seen Google take new steps to fortify YouTube with a handful of new features and enhancements to keep bleeding edge viewers happy.

By now you’ve heard virtual reality is gearing up to become the next big thing in tech. Although actual VR content is scarce, YouTube recently launch 360-degree 3D videos viewable through the Android app and Chrome web browser. And while most of us are still watching movies/TV shows on our 1080p televisions, love it or hate, we’re now seeing smartphones move to higher-resolution 2K displays. With that, Google added a 1440p option in the YouTube for Android app.

Today, YouTube is now going 1-step above normal 4K steaming, where they’re now experimenting with 4K resolution video running at a blistering 60 frames per second. It’s enough to bring anyone desktop PC to its knees, with our 3 month old MacBook Pro stuttering and freezing like it was on dial up.

Unfortunately for Android users — as with the rest of YouTube’s 60fps content — this is desktop only for now. Not that we would even stream at 4K/60 on our smartphone (the Snapdragon 810 caps at 1080p/120) but 2K would be nice. We’re not sure how much longer this will be the case, but can Android users get a little 60fps love, Google?

Check down below for a few more YouTube videos running at 2160p/60fps (or check out the 6 video playlist here). That Star Citizen video is really impressive.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S Problems, Errors, Glitches and Solutions [Part 6]

Hello dear readers! We warmly welcome you to the sixth edition of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S troubleshooting and solutions series. We got your concerns and heard you! We always strive to give you the best solution there is for every issue you’ve encountered with your device. Hope you find these helpful. Read on!

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As usual, you can send your concerns via mailbag@thedroidguy.com. We may not be able to respond to every email we receive but rest assured we will read every single one of them so your effort won’t be wasted. And for those who prefer to reach us via social networks, feel free to post your problems on our Facebook wall or on our Google+ page.

Expect more articles for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S in the following weeks.

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The screen of Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 doesn’t stay off even on sleep mode

 

Problem: Hi. I have a Tab S about 2-3 months old. These last few days whenever I put the tab in sleep mode, it keeps turning the screen back on to the lock screen. The screen does not stay off. I had a flip cover which had an automatic on and off feature. I removed the flip cover and switched off auto on or off from the Settings menu just to check but to no avail. Normally I would not have a problem with this because the screen is usually guarded by my cover but it consumes a lot of battery. I have the 10.5 inch Wi-Fi version.Akash

 

Troubleshooting: Hello Akash. Good job in isolating the issue by removing the flip cover. Did you press the power button when you attempted to put the tablet into sleep mode? There are a couple of things that may cause your tab to awaken on its own right after putting it to sleep. First, a Wi-Fi connection may have caused it. Every time your Wi-Fi loses connection, it automatically turns the screen ON even on sleep mode. Turn off the Wi-Fi function and see if it still does it. Second, this may be caused by an app you have installed in the device. Do you have any screen locking apps added? If so, remove those and make sure to uncheck all boxes for screen lock apps by going to Settings>Security>Device>Administrators. Restart the unit and check if it has been resolved. Third, make sure that the Screen Timeout feature is active and set to the desired time. You can choose between 15 seconds to 30 minutes. Try setting it to 15 seconds and see if the screen shuts and stays off. Lastly, this may have something to do with the tab’s firmware and therefore needs a reset. Let’s do a soft reset first as this can mostly resolve minor issues with the tablet. Do the soft reset by pressing the power button down for 15 seconds or until the screen shuts off. Wait for a minute or two then carefully power it back on. Try to put your tab into sleep mode and see if it still does it. If you still encounter the issue, a hard reset is required at this point. Make sure to back up all your files first. Follow the instructions on the link provided when doing the master reset. This should resolve the issue at hand. If not, bring it to a Samsung repair center for them to open the tab and replace whatever needs to be replaced inside. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need further assistance.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S does not turn on

 

Problem: Good Afternoon. I’m trying to troubleshoot the problems I’m having with my Samsung Galaxy Tablet. It has shut down completely. It won’t power on at all. I’ve bought a new charger thinking it may be the problem but it was not. It’s not old at all. I purchased it brand new last September 2014. Please help.Latrice

 

Troubleshooting: Hi Latrice. I am almost certain that this has something to do with the tab’s battery as a new charger did not help get its power back. Have you tried plugging it into a different wall outlet to make sure? Have you also tried holding the power button down for a minute and see if the tablet turns on? If you have attempted these steps but still got the issue, you may want to try resetting the battery’s connection to the motherboard. This will, however, void the device’s warranty. All you need to do is get a pry tool and use it to pry the back cover off the tablet. The process is quite tricky as you need to unclasp multiple locks before you can completely pull the cover off. Once you have opened the back, locate the battery connector at the bottom part of the motherboard. Use the pry tool to unplug the connector, wait for a minute or two, and then plug it back in. Make sure that it is firmly attached. After you have replaced the back cover, try to turn on the device. This should do the trick ninety-nine percent of the time. It would be your discretion though if you want to try this step or just send the tab right away to Samsung’s service center and take advantage of the manufacturer’s warranty.

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Home button is not responding on a Samsung Galaxy Tab S

 

Problem: I’ve been using my Tab S for a few months now. This morning though, neither the lock button nor the home button would respond. I did a reset using the home, lock and volume up keys which would reset the tablet. Since then the lock button works but the home button does not. Multiple resets have failed to cure the issue. I have also tried to move some files from the tablet as it was almost full. Firmware update says that I’m up to date. Any help on this would be greatly appreciated. Cheers.Matthew

 

Troubleshooting: Hello Matthew. You did great in trying to identify the real cause of the issue. A hard reset is an advance troubleshooting that should be done if all else fails. What other troubleshooting steps have you tried prior to doing the master reset? On a hind note, it still got the lock button working. By the way, is your tab in a case? Sometimes the case will put too much stress on the tablet which would prohibit the home and lock button to function normally. Try to remove the case and see if it resolved the issue. Another thing that we need to consider are the applications installed in your tablet as some applications would interfere with the device’s functionality. Reboot your tablet into Safe Mode and monitor closely how it behaves. If the issue is caused by a third party app, then the device should function normally in Safe Mode, otherwise, it can be caused by a pre-installed app or a defective firmware. Another likely cause is a defective home button pad. It may not be syncing with the motherboard anymore. Since performing a master reset did not help, bringing the device to a certified Samsung service center would be recommended at this point.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 randomly shuts off when the cover is attached 

 

Problem: I just bought an 8.4 Galaxy Tab S yesterday and I bought a leather cover for it. What I have noticed is that without the cover I have full screen access and it stays on. However, when I put the cover on, it just starts to have a mind of its own turning off and on when the whim is there, apparently. Is there anything I can do about this? I was thinking of changing the cover and giving that a try but thought I would talk to you first and see what your suggestions are. Regards. — Norman Greenwood

 

Troubleshooting: Hello Norman. Base on your problem statement, it seems that the tab works fine prior to putting the cover on it. There is really a high chance that the cover caused the device to go haywire. Did you make sure and check if the cover is properly seated? A bad cover placement can definitely cause any device to malfunction as it restricts its capacity to perform as needed. If the issue still persists, I would encourage replacing the cover as it may not be compatible with your tablet. Better yet, return the whole unit to the retailer and ask for a brand new replacement to make sure that you’ll get a perfectly working device this time.

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Incorrect date and time displayed on a Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5

 

Problem: I bought a Samsung 10.5 Tab S. I have set the clock numerous times and every time I go back and check the tab, the time is now wrong. It seems to apply to the date as well. Any ideas?Jim

 

Troubleshooting: Hi Jim. You have a pretty weird concern there. I presume you are setting the date and time from the default clock and not from a widget? Most cases are usually caused by a bad GPS connection or incorrect time provided by the network. If you have the GPS functionality turned on when this happened, it can be affecting the date and time by basing it on what data it can get. Try to turn off GPS, manually set the date and time to the right one, and then check if it happens still. Make sure that the Automatic Date and Time feature is turned off. This can also cause the time to reset to what it thinks is the right one. Another thing to try is a soft reset on the tablet in order to refresh all the settings. Press and hold the power button until the tab shuts off. Wait for a couple of minutes then turn the device back on. Check if the date and time has corrected itself. If it still did not resolve the issue, then a hard or master reset is already required. Follow the instructions carefully and remember to save a backup as this process will completely wipe the tablet off of any data. One of the forums I came across also suggested to install ClockSync from Google Play Store as this app will help fix time and date issues. However, this app only works on rooted devices which I would not recommend for you to do as rooting your device would void its warranty. The last option is to have the tablet repaired by a certified technician on one of Samsung’s service center. Hope this helps.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S won’t hold a charge and battery is draining fast

 

Problem: Hi there. I found your forum when searching for answers as to what has gone wrong with my Galaxy Tab. It’s only less than 6 months old. I’m not sure if this is relevant, but the problems seem to have started after taking the tablet overseas. I noticed that even though we were on 110 power and needed no adapters to plug in (we were assured everything was US compatible in Singapore and Cambodia), our devices were getting very warm. The Galaxy seems to be the only one suffering from any consequences, however. Since returning, it won’t hold a charge or charge easily. A few days ago, I noticed it was dead even though I’d left it charging overnight. The factory charger is working, it will charge my HTC phone just fine. After reading a few different things on other forums, I plugged the tablet into my phone charger and it slowly took the trickle charge. I thought the problem was solved and then I noticed the battery seemed to be draining unusually quickly. I put the notebook into airplane mode, forced stop any running apps I wasn’t using and recharged. That seemed to work for a day but then last night, before going to bed, it was at 50% battery power again. I shut it off completely and plugged it into the charger. Charging icon came up so I figured I was good to go. I left it charging overnight but when I went to turn it on this morning, there’s NO power. I am currently trickle charging it on my PC. What gives? Writing to you from my 4-year old iPad 1 that still holds a charge better than my new Samsung! I need your help please and thank you in advance.Jeannine

 

Troubleshooting: Hello Jeannine. Your issue is pretty common on devices that have been plugged to a power outlet with a voltage higher or lower than what is required. Even though these power outlets can hold a charge, the slight difference can still affect the device’s charging capability. It’s good to know that you have tried isolating the issue by trying out the tablet’s charger to a different device. We can now narrow the cause down to either a defective battery or a defective firmware. Since the tab doesn’t turn on anymore, we won’t be able to perform a soft or hard reset to it. Thus, the best thing we can try right now is to reset the battery’s connection to the mother board. This usually resolves power issues on tablets. You would need a pry tool for this. Once you have secured one, use it to pry open the back cover of your tab. This requires a great deal of time and patience as the back cover is attached pretty securely to the tablet. Once you have taken the cover out, locate the battery connector at the bottom part of the device. Carefully detach the connector from the mother board using the pry tool. Wait for two to three minutes before reattaching it. Make sure that it is firmly connected to the board. Replace the back cover then turn the tablet on. You should be able to load it to the home screen. Charge the device if it requires charging. Make sure to use its own charger and don’t operate it while plugged in. The tablet should be back to its normal state, otherwise, bring it to Samsung’s service center and get it fixed.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S randomly freezes on any screen

 

Problem: Hi. I need your valuable advice on my Tab S. I just bought it two weeks ago and it seems the problem started coming up just recently. Every time I open a program such as browsing the internet or reading an article or even going to the Settings menu, the tab suddenly hangs up. All the buttons are not responding including the power button so I have to leave it idle for 15-30 minutes and let it rest. I have tried rebooting in safe mode but to no avail. I’m frustrated with this Tab S. It’s brand new but a big disappointment. Could you help me on this issue? Thank you very much and appreciate your feedback. — Leslie

 

Troubleshooting: Hi Leslie. By rebooting the tab into Safe Mode, we are determining if a third party app is causing the freezing issue. Since you mentioned that it did not help at all, then we can get rid of such probability. This may be caused by other factors such as a full cache, multiple applications are running in the background which can slow down the tablet, a corrupted content or app, and or a faulty firmware. You may want to check all the installed apps and clear its cache, stop any running apps that you don’t currently use, and uninstall any apps that you don’t need anymore. We can’t determine which app is corrupted unless we open each one, but this can be a pesky task especially if you have a lot of applications saved in the tablet. Once you have scanned all the apps, turn off the tablet by pressing and holding the power button for ten seconds. Let it rest for two minutes then power it back on. Try to play around and check if it still hangs up on you. If it does, we may be looking at a bad firmware here. The most viable solution for this is a hard or master reset. This will erase all your personal files so it’s best to save a backup copy first prior to doing this. I am almost certain that your tab will get back to normal afterwards. Just make sure that the tab doesn’t overheat as this can also make the device go haywire and freeze. Let us know if you need further assistance.

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Jerkiness on the display of Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5

 

Problem: I have a new Galaxy Tab S 10.5. The display, as you no doubt know, is amazing.  Easily the best screen I’ve ever owned. The issue I’m having is with jerkiness in the video when things move. Specifically in apps when you scroll or move the image. Like Facebook, Google Earth, Red fin, any application where you drag to move or scroll. I’ve done app updates, rebooted the tab, and made sure I don’t have a lot of apps open at once. Nothing seems to make any difference and it was this way right out of the box. Note that video playback seems to be fine. Have you heard anything about this, or have any experience with it?  Any suggestions?  We will supposedly get the Android update this spring but I don’t know if that will make any difference. Thanks. – Ed

 

Troubleshooting: Hello Ed. I would definitely agree that the Tab S has one hell of a screen — among the best, if not the best, I’ve ever seen. Though most people know that this model has some performance hiccups on its own. The Tab S is known to have some stutter and lag when jumping from one app to another or when rapidly flipping through the home screen. Some users of this specific tab claim that they see some jittery screen transitions when swiping through the desktops shortly after the tablet has started up, especially when flicking through the apps, but the jerky effect subsided after the tab had some time to warm up. Almost everyone who’s using this tablet, especially the vigilant ones, have noticed a little stutter here and there. They say this has something to do with the processor which is having a hard time catching up with the Super AMOLED display. This is pretty minor and won’t probably bother most people that’s why Samsung has not released a fix for it. Rest assured though that you are not alone and this has been creating a little fuss online. Hopefully, this fuss would be enough to get Samsung to include a fix on the next firmware update.

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Motorola could have Red Leather version of the Moto X in the works

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Motorola has taken to social media to tease the arrival of a new product in a Red Leather variant. The company is simply asking which your favorite red leather accessory is. The company then says that they have something in the works for us fans.

Knowing that the company has no devices in the pipeline until the Fall at least, it’s safe to assume that this is a new color variant of an existing device. We’ve seen Motorola launch a unique football leather version of the Moto X, so this could be something similar.

The Moto X is already available in leather variants, but the red option isn’t available. So this inclusion will certainly spice up the Moto X lineup which is barely getting any attention with newer and more powerful smartphones reaching the markets.

What do you think Motorola is trying to tease here? Sound off below.

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Olio brings its first smartwatch to the wearable market

While most of the current smartwatches in the market are trying to outdo each other when it comes to features and looks, almost turning it into a really tiny smartphone, one company believes that the simpler and the prettier, the better. And it is their first product ever, so it’s a pretty bold move going up against more established OEMs. But Olio is confident that they’ll find a niche amongst those who prefer their notifications few and their smartwatches stylish.

The brain behind this unique smartwatch is someone who has worked in product design for such companies as Apple and HP so he does know what he’s doing. Steve Jacobs says he wanted to create a product that is not made of cheap material and will last you for a long time, while at the same time not drive you crazy with all the notifications and features, even though it is still a smartwatch. It has been meticulously designed to look like a regular but stylish and durable watch but at the same time has features that you would only find on wearable tech.

Olio’s bracelets and casings are mired to precision, even so far as using oleopathic coating so that your oily wrists will not damage it and using the traditional way of watchmaking to find the center of gravity so that it will nest well on your arm. In terms of functionality, you get a schedule pane, weather forecast, alarms stopwatch, music playback, and yes, the time. Notifications are called temporal streams and it’s organized in two strands. The “earlier” one is for missed calls, incoming messages, etc, while the “later” strand is for upcoming events or things that haven’t happened yet. You can interact with the notifications by choosing “Yes”, “No” or “Maybe”.

This smart smartwatch is available for pre-order now but will start shipping by summer. It is available in either steel or PVD-coated black and will work with both iOS and Android. You’ll need to shell out at least $595, but if the watch is as durable as it seems, it should be worth it as it will last you a long time.

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Don’t Miss These Android Stories: March 27, 2015

The week has finally come to an end. It was a solid week, topped off with pre-orders going up for the Galaxy S6 and One M9. Did you go out and pre-order yours? On top of the flagship happenings, it was announced that HTC’s top designer has exited the company, the LG G4 may not feature a metal build, and Cyanogen’s CEO continues to say crazy things about Google.

If that isn’t enough for you, Google’s Eric Schmidt declares Google Glass is not dead (so stop saying that), OnePlus didn’t meet its OxygenOS release deadline, and AT&T rolled out Lollipop for the Galaxy Note 4.

To catch up on the best Android news of the past week, we have a collection of stories for you below. 

Have a fun filled weekend, folks!

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AT&T HTC One M9 Unboxing

Hey, look, the HTC One M9! Not only that, but it’s the HTC One M9 for AT&T in Gunmetal Gray!

With one now in our possession ahead of the April 10 launch date, we thought we would take it for a spin in an unboxing video to share some initial thoughts before we get to fully testing this bad boy. How different is it than the One M8 at first look? Does it feel better, worse, the same when first held? How odd does that squared-off camera look in person? Is anyone really going to be able to tell the difference between the volume and power buttons without looking? We will hopefully answer all of that in this quick preview. 

Also, I’m not sure how many times anyone has seen a carrier variant of the One M9 in the wild in Gunmetal Gray. So that’s something at least.

If you have comments or questions or want us to test anything in particular, be sure to drop those in the comments.

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Android Central 229: Living on the Edge

If you’ve got questions about the latest major Android releases — that’d be the Galaxy S6 and GS6 edge, and the HTC One M9 — we’re going to have answers for you on this show. Plus, Aaron Kasten joins us to talk about the Big Android Meat and Greet. And we’ll be answering more of your questions live!


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Motorola could have Red Leather version of the Moto X in the works

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Motorola has taken to social media to tease the arrival of a new product in a Red Leather variant. The company is simply asking which your favorite red leather accessory is. The company then says that they have something in the works for us fans.

Knowing that the company has no devices in the pipeline until the Fall at least, it’s safe to assume that this is a new color variant of an existing device. We’ve seen Motorola launch a unique football leather version of the Moto X, so this could be something similar.

The Moto X is already available in leather variants, but the red option isn’t available. So this inclusion will certainly spice up the Moto X lineup which is barely getting any attention with newer and more powerful smartphones reaching the markets.

What do you think Motorola is trying to tease here? Sound off below.

Source: @Motorola – Twitter

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Grab all Quad HD wallpapers from the HTC One M9+ here

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Right before the HTC One M9 was announced, we came across a flurry of wallpapers believed to be of the smartphone. Now with the One M9+ expected to break cover soon, it has received similar treatment as well. 

The One M9+ smartphone is believed to be packing a Quad HD display, so all the wallpapers on offer here are in native 2K resolution (2560 x 1440). Currently, only devices like the LG G3, the Motorola Droid Turbo, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the Nexus 6, the yet to be launched Galaxy S6 and a few other devices this resolution by default.

You can grab the wallpapers individually from the gallery below. Click on either of the images below to get a full res version and right click (or long press if on mobile) to save the image on your system. Make sure you leave a comment below if you like any of these wallpapers.

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Huawei’s Kirin 930 SoC uses a modified version of the Cortex-A53 CPU cores

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Huawei recently announced the Kirin 930 SoC, with the MediaPad X2 being the first device to be packing this chipset. Closer analysis of the SoC took everybody by surprise as all eight CPU cores were revealed to be Cortex-A53, while rival manufacturers use four Cortex-A53 cores and four high power Cortex-A57 CPU cores for efficiency and performance respectively.

The company has now explained this strange exclusion, citing battery life related concerns reasons. According to the company, the 2.0 GHz CPU cores on the Kirin 930 are actually known as Cortex-A53e, which is a modified and over clocked version of the Cortex-A53.

According to Huawei, the Cortex-A57 uses 256% more power compared to the Cortex-A53, which makes it quite evident as to why the company took this route with the Kirin 930 SoC.

Despite sacrificing on performance to some extent, the chipset managed to score 44,000 points on AnTuTu, which is a more than decent score for a chipset of this calibre. So judging by what we’ve heard from the company, the MediaPad X2 should be a pretty decent tablet in terms of performance.

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Via: Gizmo China

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MLB Manager 2015 heads to the Play Store for this season

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The 2015 MLB season starts on April 5 when the St. Louis Cardinals head to Wrigley Field to play the Chicago Cubs. For the next seven months, baseball will be the primary sport to watch as teams vie for a World Series victory. Fans can play their own version of the season and future seasons with the new MLB Manager 2015 game. You play as the manager of a team performing all of the day-to-day duties that come with the job. Managers setup lineups, depth charts, and the pitching rotation for gameday. Then, managers make calls from the dugout. The game even allows some general manager controls to be accessed such as contract negotiations, trades, and promotions. This game is an analytics spin on baseball simulation.

Hit the break for more.

There are three modes within MLB Manager 2015:

  • Major League Baseball Game: Choose your favorite MLB team and play out the 2015 season and beyond. There is no limit, guide your team into the future!
  • Fictional Game: MLB Manager creates one of the four fictional baseball worlds and populates it with fresh players and clubs. Select a team and start from scratch.
  • Historical MLB Game: Choose one of three past MLB seasons — 1919, 1939, or 2012 — and see if it produces a different outcome.

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Moto G (2014) now receiving Lollipop update in the UK

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If you own a Moto G (2014) and reside in the UK, you may want to listen up, as Motorola has just started pushing out the much-anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop update to all unlocked variants of the handset located in your region.

All the changes you’d expect to find in Lollipop are bundled into this upgrade, including support for multiple accounts, improved notifications, a smoother multitasking experience and the recently-announced Material Design guidelines.

As is customary with all manufacturer updates, the upgrade is being distributed in stages, but if you don’t feel like waiting for a notification confirming that it’s ready for your device, you can search for the update manually. To do so simply follow the four steps below:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Scroll to the bottom and tap on “About Device”
  3. Hit “System Updates”
  4. Tap on “Check for update”

If you own a Moto G and you’re situated in the United Kingdom, why not drop us a line in the comments section below letting us know when you receive the update?

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Vine’s six-second slices of life get a big video-quality bump

Artists and comedians have been doing some truly amazing things with Vine since it launched as a Twitter product two years ago, but those mesmerizing slices of life that eat up your day in six-second increments have never really looked all that great. That’s finally starting to change, according to a blog post by Vine API lead Mike Kaplinskiy — you’ll start seeing vines in 720p (up from the normal, eye-searing 480p) in the team’s iOS and Android apps within the next few days, but some of them can already be spotted embedded around the web.

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Motorola isn’t keen on tablets, suggests Lenovo Yogas

If you’ve been holding out for a bigger Motorola device, better stop holding your breath. The Nexus 6 might actually be the closest you’ll get to a large Motorola screen. Company president and COO Rick Osterloh revealed on Twitter, in no uncertain terms, that Motorola currently has no plans on making tablets. While that definitely doesn’t leave out future possibilities, there is one possible and practical reason why Motorola wouldn’t want to. It wouldn’t want to step on the toes of its new overlords, Lenovo.

The success of the Moto X in 2013 caused a renewed interest in Motorola, who has been struggling to come up with a hit mobile device ever since the crazy thin RAZR. Since it seemed Motorola still had what it takes, people started speculating, and indeed expecting, a Motorola tablet coming soon. Not that it didn’t try a tablet before, but the XOOM was nowhere near the Moto X in fame. In fact, Motorola actually lost the right to use the name in a trademark lawsuit. With Google and Motorola working hand in hand, it seemed that the time was ripe for a tablet comeback.

Fast forward to today, Motorola answers to a different boss, one that has its own tablets to sell. Lenovo has started a rather aggressive marketing campaign to put its Yogas, both Android and Windows, into the limelight. Given that push, it would be impractical if not irrational for it to allow Motorola to come out with a tablet that could potentially eclipse Lenovo’s own. Indeed, that seems to be the hidden meaning when Osterloh followed up with a not so subtle hint that Lenovo has some great tablets in that market.

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The Motorola exec also shared a few more tidbits in his #AskRickO Twitter campaign. The first gen Moto X is still on the road to Android Lollipop for one. Motorola is also adopting a regular annual product cycle, which means we’re bound to see a new Moto X some time mid year. And as for the other things you shouldn’t wait for from Motorola, the company isn’t making a Moto X mini or compact nor one with a physical keybaord as well, like the rumored DROID 5. At least, Motorola is clear on its objectives.

SOURCE: @Rick Osterloh
VIA: Android Police

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HTC One M9 teardown shows how difficult it is to repair a broken display [VIDEO]

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HTC’s “Uh Oh” protection policy for the HTC One M9 is just another way the manufacturer is giving you peace of mind during your first 12 months of ownerships. Should you crack the display, drop the device in the toilet, or run over it with a car — HTC’s got you covered. The problem? They’ll only do it once.

Those who are little more accident prone — or perhaps just have really bad luck — you may be wondering what happens if you break your HTC One M9 again during this 12-month time frame. Well, you can always pay out the nose to have someone repair it, or you can save a few ducats by attempting to do it yourself.

For anyone thinking about going the DIY route, you may find repairing something as common as the display on the HTC One M9 is a lot more trouble than it’s worth. At least that’s what this handy teardown video brought to us by the folks at pwrdbykyank is showing us.

The lengthy 35-minute video shows that while removing the back of the HTC One M9 is easy peasy, it’s getting at the the display that’s much more difficult. First, you’ll have to remove a variety of screws and tabs, then the main board, and then the battery. It’s only after that you’ll be able to remove the display connector connecting the LCD display. Once that’s been disconnected, you’ll need to heat up the screen (to loosen the adhesive) and use a standard plunger tool to pop out the display from the frame (18:50).

Exhausted yet? We sure are. To be fair, the Samsung Galaxy S6 was no cakewalk either. We have to admit, we’re certainly glad HTC is willing to repair the device completely free of charge during the first year. Whether or not that’s incentive enough to choose the HTC One M9 over the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is up to you.

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