New generation Moto 360 sighted yet again

Trust the Chinese to give the world a peak into the yet-to-be-revealed and upcoming gadgets ahead of official launch. If not more smartphones from manufacturers or fake ones from people who have nothing in mind but to earn money, we’ll be served with more images, leaks, or early hands-on photos. And while we’ve spotted the next-gen Moto 360 a few times already, these photos posted on Weibo tell us more about the next smartwatch from Motorola.

The Moto 360 will still be the same round smartwatch we’ve grown to love but smaller and the button is now found on the 2 o’clock position instead of 3 o’clock. Unlike the past photos we’ve sighted, there’s no flat tire this time. Motorola could have released a software update already, at least, for the new model so that’s a good thing.

We’ve been seeing that annoying error the past weeks and saying that if Motorola doesn’t fix that issue, the company will have a problem selling the smartwatch especially now that there are more Android Wear-powered watches hitting the market later this year and of course, the Samsung Gear S2 that Android fans are also anticipating even if it runs Tizen OS.

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HellomotoHK posted two photos: one that refers to a Moto 360L (see image above) and the other one a Moto 360S. The idea that the Motorola smartwatch might come in two variants could be true so let’s just wait and see.

And Moto 360 without the flat tire? Yes, please.

SOURCE: hellomotoHK (1),(2)

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Archos Diamond Tab now official, affordable 4G tablet

After announcing the Diamond S smartphone, Archos puts out another device with the same gemstone name – the Archos Diamond Tab. We don’t know what’s up with the “diamond” names, but we do know Archos, purveyor of affordable mid-range and entry-level devices for all. Let’s take a look at what this new Archos Diamond Tab offers.

First up, you get a 7.9-inch QXGA (2048×1536) IPS LCD display – that’s more pixels than a 2K screen, albeit on a 4:3 aspect ratio. That will be powered by an 64-bit capable Mediatek MT8752 octa-core processor, capable of 1.7GHz per core, supported ably by 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage.


Judging from this configuration – and including 4G LTE connectivity – Archos seems to be prioritizing the performance of the device. Most people will probably find that this tablet will do most of their everyday tasks comfortably and without too much lag. Where Archos now balances the device specs for cost is in the camera department, where you get a measly 5MP/2MP camera combo – clearly not for the picture savvy.


The tablet will run Android 5.1 Lollipop, which is a relief. The device will be in the Archos display at IFA 2015 in Berlin, just in case you’re in that neighborhood. The pricing is set at USD$276.00 – clearly at the top end of pricing for most Archos devices, but still quite affordable for its market.

SOURCE: Archos

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Acer intros a pair of Quad-Core powered Android phones

Acer has just announced two new Liquid smartphones that will be coming to the United States: the Liquid Jade Z and the Liquid Z410. This pair brings 4G-LTE connectivity, powerful audio, fast streaming and browsing, and speedy downloading. Both phones are mid-range with prices so affordable but come with specs that are good enough.

The Acer Liquid Z410 is the cheaper one at only $129. It comes with a 4.5-inch display, 854 x 480 pixel resolution, 1.3GHz 64-bit quad-core processor, 2 megapixel 80-degree wide-angle front camera, 5MP main camera with LED flash and autofocus, and a 2000 mAh replaceable battery.

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This device also boasts of a number of features from Acer including the AcerRAPID key that lets customer set frequently used action with one touch. There’s also the Acer QuickTouch that allows one-finger gesture. Other helpful features include the Dual Shot, dual SIM support, and the DTS Studio Sound for high audio quality all the time.

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The Acer Liquid Jade Z is equipped with a 5-inch HD Gorilla Glass display that can be viewed from any angle. It’s a great device for reading and outdoor use because reflections are reduced, thanks to the Zero Air Gap technology. Phone is also equipped with a 13 megapixel camera with F1.8 aperture for vivid photos even under low light conditions and 5MP front-facing camera for all your selfie needs.

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As with the Liquid Z410, the Liquid Jade Z also comes with more enhancements like the Bright Magic features that automatically puts multiple photos into one a single shot, as well as, the one-finger exposure control. AcerEXTEND brings remote access via wireless or a cable from any Windows-powered PC. Other specs of the device include a 1.5GHz 64-bit quad-core processor, 2300 mAh battery, dual DIM support, and DTS Sound. Phone is very lightweight at only 3.8 ounces and slim at just 0.5 inches.

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Both Acer Liquid smartphones are unlocked so you can use them under any carrier in the country. They run Android 4.4 KitKat and are available in different variants. The dark brown Liquid Z410 will come in two options next month: the cheaper 1GB RAM with 8GB ROM for only $129 and the $149 2GB RAM/16GB ROM version. Meanwhile, the Liquid Jade Z, which is already available in select retail stores, comes in charcoal gray in either 1GB RAM/8GB ROM ($229) or the 2GB RAM/16GB ROM ($249) form.


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Samsung opens beta testing for Samsung Pay for qualified parties

Samsung Pay is set to launch by September 29, but as early as now, you can sign up and be a beta tester. There are certain requirements that you need to meet in order to qualify for the program, specifically regarding your Samsung unit, having an active account, having a qualifying credit card, and lastly, which carrier you’re currently subscribed to. It’s also a given that you understand that beta testing is meant as a dry run and so not all the spokes and wheels might turn, so frustration with the service is a given.

First of all, to be able to use Samsung Pay, you would need to own any of the following devices: Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, or Galaxy Note 5. The device needs to be under service with any of the following carriers: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular. Verizon seems to be the only major exemption. You also need to have a “qualifying credit card” from Bank of America, Mastercard, Visa, or U.S. Bank Visa.

Of course, you would need to have an active Samsung account and your email address here would be where they would notify you that you have been accepted into the program. Before you submit your email address and sign-up, you have to agree to the Beta program terms and conditions. It says there that the use of Samsung Pay is subject to the Samsung Pay Terms of Service and since we’re dealing with money here, you better read that document, when you get it, first.

Samsung Pay is different from other mobile payment solutions in that it can recognize both NFC and magnetic stripe card readers. We don’t know if Google’s soon to be announced Android Pay will also be able to do so.

SOURCE: Samsung

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Sprint’s offering a year of free service for DirecTV customers


DirecTV and AT&T are sitting in that proverbial tree, but that isn’t going to stop any telecom competitors from throwing rocks their way. Case in point: Sprint is running a promo that gives DirecTV customers a year of free cell service by switching to the Now Network. Of course you need to either be a new customer or adding an additional line of service through the telco, and even then it has to be either a Sprint Lease, iPhone Forever, Easy Pay or you have to cough up full retail price for a phone to take advantage of this. If you qualify for this sweet action you’ll need to upload your recent satellite bill to the carrier’s website. A $36 activation fee applies as do taxes and service charges that accrue on a monthly basis. Should you want in on this deal it’d be wise to hurry as it ends September 30th.

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DeNA wants you to stream your Android phone to the world


Japanese mobile game company DeNA has launched an app called Mirrativ that lets you livestream anything and everything that’s happening on your phone. Think of the app as a mix of Periscope and Twitch — yes, there are plenty of ways to stream your face and your games to the world, but with Mirrativ you’re not limited to just either-or. DeNA is also targeting a broader range of uses than just gaming. What else might you like to stream? Speaking with The Wall Street Journal, DeNA’s Junichi Akagawa says that users could perhaps browse online stores while seeking “shopping advice” from followers, or read news articles and share their thoughts on the topics.

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LG G4 with brushed metal finish now available in India

Two new variants of the LG G4 have launched in India, sporting back covers with a brushed metal finish. Dubbed Titanium Black and Gold, the phones feature a similar back pattern as that of the ceramic models, and are also made out of plastic.

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Xperia Z5 promo images surface ahead of launch, 23MP camera rumored

Sony has teased a smartphone with “greater focus” earlier this week, and it looks like the handset may turn out to be the Xperia Z5. A series of promotional photos of the phone were inadvertently published on Sony’s social media channels, with the folks at Xperia Blog managing to get a hold of them before they were taken down.

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Vine now supplies you with beats for your looping videos

Vine is allowing its user base to add music to their loops. Featured artists will supply the beats to add a new dimension to your submitted content. Once you’ve finished capturing a new video on your smartphone, which in itself is now easier with the new Snap to Beat feature, the network will provide a selection of songs that can be added to the looping video.

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You’re holding it wrong: the OnePlus 2’s home button doesn’t work properly when the phone is gripped

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Ready for the next big engineering pitfall in mobile? Some early OnePlus 2 owners have found that their smartphones have an actual design flaw. This flaw causes the all-important home button to become unresponsive.

What happens is that the phone’s home button either doesn’t reliably register input or completely fails to recognize input when you’re gripping the device. In the video above from the user who initially reported the issue, the home button takes a few tries to work when holding it with one hand, and holding it with two hands renders it completely unresponsive. Putting the phone down onto a surface and using the home button produces perfect results.

This sounds a lot like an electrical grounding issue, which would make sense considering the OnePlus 2’s exterior frame is metal.

Despite OnePlus’s most loyal fans calling foul and trying to berate anyone who would dare report a flaw with the phone, multiple reports means there must be some sort of issue, especially since the amount of people outside of China who own the phone is a very slim count.

There’s no telling whether this issue could be fixed with some sort of software update, but a quick “fix” in the meantime is to slap a case onto your OnePlus 2 and go about your day. We’ll be reaching out to OnePlus to see if they’re aware of any issues with the home button, and whether they can be remedied with an eventual OTA update. We’ll also be looking to reproduce the issues on our own OnePlus 2 unit with the latest OTA update, so stay tuned.

[via OnePlus]

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IFA 2015 preview: what to expect from Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC, and more

The third and final big consumer electronics trade show of the year is almost upon us, and despite Apple once again looking to outshine the IFA festivities, we expect Berlin to bring us a slew of exciting new Android gadgets.


CES 2015 back in January was the glamorous stage of LG G Flex 2 and Asus ZenFone 2’s introductions, among others. A couple of months later, Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress acted as the debut setting for Samsung’s radically redesigned Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.

Between then and now, of course, the Android landscape was filled with your LG G4s, upgraded Motorola Moto Gs, OnePlus 2s, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Note 5, as well as an abundance of mostly lackluster but low-cost tablets, and futuristic wearables like the LG Watch Urbane.


What’s next? Let’s take the main prospective IFA 2015 exhibitors one by one, and put them under the microscope:


With 2015’s second batch of Galaxy phone flagships already out, and the new Super AMOLED Tab S generation up for pre-orders stateside, you’d think the Android manufacturer rulers more than filled their H2 high-end release quota.

Samsung Gear S2

But that’s what makes Samsung a force of nature – its seemingly limitless resources. Now, the Gear S2 smartwatch technically runs Tizen, not Android Wear, so it’s out of our scope. Yet the circular timepiece shall work alongside Android, not Tizen handhelds, so it’s very much of interest for us all. Especially when it looks so cool, and reportedly supports standalone cellular data.

IFA is too prominent an event for the Gear S2 to fly to Germany solo, so something tells us that recently teased Edge tablet wasn’t a hoax. Alas, pricing it will be a challenge, since even the non-edgy Tab S2 feels a little steep at $400 and up.


It’s high time this once promising Japanese heavyweight contender puts one in the win column, following more flops than we can count. How about three simultaneous hits? The Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact and Z5 Plus, aka Prime or Premium are sure shaping up to be remarkable, with unrivaled cameras in tow, fingerprint scanners across the board, and high-res screens.


The Z5+ could even break new ground as far as mobile display resolution is concerned, skipping Quad HD and leaping straight to 4K, i.e. 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. Don’t rule out one or two new slate launches either, as the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact turns one soon, and jumbo-sized “Pros” may catch on before long.

Then you have your obligatory SmartWatch 3 sequel, hopefully round-shaped and more “premium” this time around, like the LG Watch Urbane and Samsung Gear S2.


“Super premium” or not, the G4 Pro is coming, possibly carrying a gimmicky Duo Camera arrangement, fingerprint sensor, Snapdragon 810 SoC, 4GB RAM, 5.8-inch QHD panel and familiar plastic-and-leather build.


LG is yet to confirm its very presence in the capital of Germany next week, but if the Korean underdogs aren’t waiting for Snapdragon 820, why wait until October in the first place? The holiday season isn’t far away, and preceding the iPhone 6s announcement, even by a couple of days, could be vital.

Will we also find Nemo at IFA 2015? Perhaps, including in a variant tailor-made for Verizon Wireless.



A “streamlined” product portfolio and increased emphasis on the high-end market segment to improve profitability. Those are this struggling company’s short-term goals, suggesting all or nothing for IFA. Either an iPhone-aping A9 hero, or diddly squat. Unfortunately, the latter theory seems more plausible at the moment.



The Taiwanese PC specialist aims to put smartphones first, traditional computers second on its list of priorities, but chances are everything you’ll see at their booth in Berlin will feel familiar. Because it’s all been unveiled before.

The ZenFone Zoom, ZenFone Max, ZenFone 2 Laser, ZenPad S 8.0, even the two-size ZenWatch 2. They’re official already, and you’ll merely get further details on them, as well as pricing and availability specifics.



For what’s ultimately a Snapdragon 615 mid-ranger, the Vibe P1 or P1 Pro sure looks enticing. The sub-$350 price and humongous 5,000 mAh battery in particular sound great, with 3GB RAM, 4G LTE connectivity and 13 MP dual-LED flash rear camera additional deal sweeteners.

Let’s not forget the Vibe S1, tipped to pave the way for dual front cam-sporting smartphones… for some reason, and, well, we should probably tackle Motorolas separately.


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They say IFA 2015 will be the expo of Android Wear smartwatches, with the second-generation Moto 360 arguably the pack’s headliner, considering the original’s decent mainstream appeal. A more refined design is what everyone’s craving for, plus higher endurance numbers and maybe, just maybe, a newer SoC onboard. Enough TI OMAP nonsense!


ZTE Axon

More or less like Asus, this rising Chinese star intends to re-introduce the world to already launched, regional products. The Axon should spread its wings to the old continent, as should the Nubia Z9 and Blade D6. Oh, come on, ZTE, show off a brand-new smartwatch, a 4K Star 3 phone, a tablet, anything!


Huawei Watch

At long last, the Huawei Watch looks ready to go on sale. Stateside and in Europe, presumably, at $300 max. Please, Huawei, tell us you won’t charge a penny extra after all this time! $250, of course, would be ideal, but it’s a stretch. Meanwhile, the Honor 7 literally just went on sale from London to Rome, and the Nexus 6 (2015) must wait.


In a surprising twist, the Liquid Jade Z and Liquid Z410 have yesterday gone official… for the US. Odd timing, but Acer no doubt has something up its sleeve for its loyal European customers as well. More affordable Liquid phones, we’re guessing, and dirt-cheap Iconia Tabs.


There’s always one OEM that realizes the week before an event of this magnitude it doesn’t stand a chance holding onto the product announcements until the actual show starts. As such, the Diamond S and 50e Helium handhelds, plus the Diamond Tab have jumped the gun over the past 48 hours. They’re obviously not very special, but inexpensive and two of them quite handsome.

That’s a wrap… for now, and we’ll reconvene after September 9 to round up all the Android-powered and Android-compatible scene-stealers. Stay tuned!

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Feel free to MMOVE with these Bluetooth earbuds [DEALS]

Enjoy your music and stay in touch with a pair of MMOVE Stereo Bluetooth Earbuds, 34% off for readers of Android Community The ultra comfortable MMOVE Stereo Bluetooth Earbuds offer high quality audio and state of the art noise cancelling technology to provide a robust listening experience. Just pair them up to any audio device that is equipped with Bluetooth and listen to your heart’s content at home or on the go.

MMOVE Stereo Bluetooth Earbuds make the perfect companion for any workout routine. They are light enough to stay comfortably in place for long periods of time regardless of how hard you exercise and they come with a variety of buds and ear hooks so you can customize them for a precise fit. Plus, you’ll get 6 hours of playback on a single charge and up to 175 hours in standby mode so you can expect to spend less time charging and more time moving.

Of course, life doesn’t stop when you are out and about which is why MMOVE Earbuds come equipped with a built-in microphone that makes it easy to take calls from virtually anywhere. The earbuds just need to be within 10 meters of your phone and you’ll enjoy crystal clear conversations while your hands are free to do whatever you need them to do, from lifting weights to driving.

Enjoy your music and stay in touch with loved ones no matter what you’re doing. Get a pair of MMOVE Stereo Bluetooth Earbuds for just $31.99 for a limited time at Android Community Deals.

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Vine makes it easier to find and add music to your creations

Vine has announced a big new update that’ll make it easier than ever to find and add music to your 6-second clips. The first way they’re doing this is with a cool “Snap to Beat” feature which will help you get a “perfect” or “seamless” loop of sound, so when your video is playing over and over again it sounds like a continuous beat to the viewer. You can see a quick example of that in action here:

Those who don’t want to let technology take over can opt to fine tune the music themselves with easy music editing controls. They’re also making it easy to discover the music you want to use in your Vines. They’ll do so with featured tracks, as well as giving you an easy way to determine which song is playing in whichever Vine you’re watching. Want a track? Look for the music symbol and click it, and you’ll be able to lay it over your own video if you so desire.

Vine says music has become an important part of their platform, with people not only using it to express themselves in more than one dimension but also because it helps up and coming musicians get their name out there by using it at a launch platform. They’re so serious about it, in fact, that they’ve convinced Billboard to add Vine to Top 50 Social Tracks chart to show which songs are moving the needle on Vine.


So, when can you get your hands on it? Well, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that the update lands as soon as today — you should be seeing it arrive in the Google Play Store sometime soon. The bad news is that Android is only getting the music discovery features in this initial launch, so our iOS friends have an exclusive period of time to use the creation features. We’re crossing our fingers it won’t take long for the full gamut to make its way to Android.

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Should I upgrade from the Galaxy Note 4 to the Note 5?

If you can take two notable losses in stride, you’ll be happy with this switch.

The time comes each year when the phone you have is thoroughly supplanted by a newer version. In the case of the Note 4, just shy of a year on we have ourselves a new Note 5 to look at — and of course the next step is questioning whether you should upgrade or not. The Note 5 isn’t all that exciting to anyone who has a Galaxy S6 right now, but if you’re sitting with a last-generation Note 4 you’re likely looking to see if the grass is greener.

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More pictures of the new LG Nexus 5 surface

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The 2015 #LG #Nexus5 has been leaked exhaustively over the past one month or so. We even got access to a live image last week, revealing practically everything there is to know about the device. The smartphone has made an appearance yet again, in familiar fashion, courtesy of French leaker @OnLeaks a.k.a Steve Hemmerstoffer.

He sent out this picture in reply to a user who asked if the LG Nexus would be anything like the G4 and the answer is quite evident. While the smartphone is made by LG, the Nexus 5 leaks have suggested that the device in no way resembles the LG G4, at least in terms of design. This new leak shows us that the camera of the smartphone will be elevated and that there will be a fingerprint scanner right below it and a LED flash accompanied by the Laser Autofocus sensor on the left.

It is further believed that the LG Nexus 5 will sport a 5.2 inch Quad HD display, a 6-core Snapdragon 808 chipset, 4GB of RAM, a 16-megapixel camera, a 5-megapixel front camera and Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Source: @OnLeaks – Twitter

Via: Phone Arena

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LG launches metallic Gold and Titanium Black variants of the G4 in India


After a successful launch of the leather and ceramic white variants of the G4 in India earlier this year, LG has today released two metallic colorways of the handset in the region — Gold and Titanium Black.

As you’d expect, the new hues retain the same diamond shaped pattern on the backplate of the device and are manufactured from the same plastic as previous versions.

The internals of the new models remain identical to all other versions of the G4, meaning these handsets pack a 5.5-inch QHD display, a Snapdragon 808 SoC, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 16MP rear-facing camera and a 3,000mAh removable battery.

Pricing of the device hasn’t changed, either — so you’ll be able to pick up either the Gold or Titanium Black G4 for a rather hefty INR 40,000 ($605).

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Verizon launches mid-range Desire 626 for $192


Verizon has just launched HTC’s latest mid-range smartphone, the Desire 626, in the United States. The handset is available to purchase from the carrier for $192 up front or for $8 per month on a 24-month contact.

For those in need of a quick recap of its specifications, the Desire 626 packs a 5-inch 720p display, a 1.1GHz Snapdragon 210 quad-core chipset, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, an 8MP rear-facing camera, a 5MP front-facing shooter and a 2,000mAh battery.

The Desire 626 runs the latest build of Android 5.1 Lollipop straight out of the box, skinned with HTC’s Sense 7 custom user interface, which provides users with access to a plethora of exclusive features, including BlinkFeed.

Check out the handset’s promotional images in the gallery below:

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If you’re based in the United States, like the sound of the Desire 626 and would like to pick one up from Verizon — hit the source link below.

Source: Verizon

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Honor 7 and Cheetah Mobile announce a partnership to enhance the user experience

huawei-honor-7With the launch of the Huawei Honor 7 in Europe today, Cheetah Mobile, the leading developer of mission-critical mobile utility applications, announced a partnership with the Honor 7. The partnership is said to “enhance the user experience through software and communication services”.

Cheetah Mobile makes critical applications such as Clean Master, CM Security, Battery Doctor and Duba Anti-virus. It has approximately 494 million mobile monthly active users.

Liudan, Chief Strategic Official and Vice President of Honor said:

“Honor is a brand created for digital natives and we are working to build an ecosystem which fosters a more enjoyable and convenient mobile-internet world for the next generation. Cheetah Mobile shares the same vision,”

Clean Master will keep the Honor 7 running smoothly by letting users take control of how much space apps are using. As apps are downloaded and updated, over time, useless files start to build up. Clean Master will delete all the useless files, giving back users all that wasted space.

Source: PR Newswire

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Vine helps everyone add pro-level music to their videos

After pushing out updates that focus on making its visuals better, Vine (for iOS and Android) is getting a major upgrade that introduces a bunch of new music features. The one that sounds most useful for creators, especially if you need a bit of help to quickly edit tracks for posting, is “Snap to Beat.” Once you switch it on, the app can find the perfect part of the song to create a never-ending music loop with. You can, however, disable it anytime to add sound effects or to customize your BGM. In case you want to use a popular song, though, just click the app’s music note icon to access a new scrollable Featured Tracks section full of well-known singles you can add straight to your six-second videos.

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NYC cabs will test app-based system to challenge Uber

Around 7,000 NYC cabs are currently beta testing a new e-hail app called Arro, which the industry hopes can help it get back the customers it’s lost to Uber. Arro isn’t the first hailing app for cabs — it actually works quite similarly to Uber — but the startup believes it can do better than its predecessors. Why? Because; (a) it doesn’t have surge pricing, meaning you’ll just have to pay whatever shows up on the meter, and (b) it has a partnership with Creative Mobile Technologies (CMT). That’s the company that controls the video screens and payment systems in about half of the 20,000 green and yellow cabs in the city.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 “LastPass has stopped” error, other app problems

Hello dear readers! Our post for today shows some of the app problems many of us encounter like the Samsung Galaxy S5 “LastPass has stopped” error. We know that no single app is designed perfectly and a huge slice of hundreds of thousands of Android apps are works in progress. Needless to say that app-related problems constitute the biggest number of issues we receive day in and day out here in TheDroidGuy. Below are 9 #Samsung #GalaxyS5 problems and their corresponding solutions.


If you want to share your own Android problem to us, please use the link below.



Problem #1: Galaxy S5 showing “LastPass has stopped” error

You’ve answered several related questions but I wonder if you have heard any issues with “LastPass has Stopped?” This appears to be related to the Lollipop update but I’m not sure of that. I just know that I no longer have any Last pass functionality available. I have tried a soft reset, cleared the cache, and deleted some other recently loaded apps, all to no avail. Anyone else having related problems? — David

Solution: Hi David. If you started getting problems with LastPass app after updating to Lollipop, these articles may shed some light on the issue:

Keep in mind that the ultimate solution for any app-related issue is factory reset. If you will consider doing it, here are the steps:

  • Power down the Galaxy S5.
  • Press and hold the Volume Up button, the Home button, and the Power button together until you see the Android on screen.
  • Use Volume Down to highlight the wipe data/factory reset option and press the Power button to select it.
  • Use Volume Down again to highlight Yes – delete all user data and press the Power key to select it.
  • Use the Power button to select Reboot system now.
  • When the S5 restarts it should be completely wiped and ready to set up again.

Problem #2: Unable to sign in as guest when playing Best Bingo on Samsung Galaxy S5

Hello. I installed the game Best Bingo a few months ago. I’ve had problems with the game from jump as it is but my problem now is it won’t let me sign in as a guest, which I’ve been doing from the start. It only lets me sign in through Facebook  and I don’t want to play through there. When I hit guest, it says log in error. Their customer support is HORRIBLE!

I just repeat myself message after message because they keep asking the same questions over and over. They told me to clear data, but in the past when I’ve done that, I’ve lost all my credits. I asked them, repeatedly if they would refund me if this happened, but per usual they dance all around the question. Anyway, I don’t want to bore you with all the issues I’ve had with them, but was wondering if you had any ideas on what I could do?

Thank you so much. — Karen

Solution: Hi Karen. Based on partial information from some of the reviews of this app, Best Bingo’s reputation is not at all stellar. In fact, there are many instances when users ranted out their frustrations similar to yours so your issue is most likely a restriction imposed by the app rather than a phone limitation. This means that the only party who can help you with this issue, whether you like it or not, is the app’s customer support.

We cannot recommend any troubleshooting in this case as we are not familiar with Best Bingo. We don’t want you to lose credits unnecessarily by doing things that may not even apply in this case.

Please work with Best Bingo developers or customer support to resolve the problem.

Problem #3: Stock Galaxy S5 email app keeps on reverting to previous sync settings

The Samsung email app does not hold changes i make to settings. For example, I have set the sync schedule to manual 3 times in the past 2 days and my email is still syncing on its own throughout the day.

I have also changed the setting for which email to display after deleting an email and that has also reverted back to the default setting twice. Any idea what might be causing this?

Thank you.  — Claire

Solution: Hi Claire. There might be a bug that causes the stock app to revert to its previous settings without user intervention. We haven’t heard of such issue with the Samsung Galaxy S5 email app so this might be an isolated case. These are the things that you can try to fix the issue:

Update the app

Known app glitches are being discovered day in and day out and developers fix most of them by rolling out periodic updates. Make sure that the Samsung email app is up-to-date.

Delete the app cache and data

The first thing a user must do if a particular app behaves erratically should be to delete its cache.

If doing so appears to have no effect at all, you can also try to delete the data. Keep in mind that deleting the data of an app is the equivalent of re-installation. This means that you are virtually deleting everything that a user configured to it including all your email accounts and contents. Be ready to setup your email accounts again after deleting the app data. Here are the steps:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Proceed to Applications.
  • Select Manage Applications.
  • Tap the All tab.
  • Look for your email app.
  • From there, you will see the Clear cache and Clear data buttons.

Problem #4: Galaxy S5 Kids Mode app not working properly

Hi there. In kids mode, the screen is flashing and I cannot get out of it. The status bar sometimes remains constant and sometimes also flashes but I cannot swipe down to get settings. The return button and the bottom left button to get the open apps will not work, neither will the home button. Have restarted, powered off and on and done a soft reset but all to no avail. So I’m stuck with a flashing screen and can’t go anywhere :(Greta

Solution: Hi Greta. Kids mode has a pretty solid reputation so a minor glitch may be causing this app to stop working properly. Please try the solutions suggested for Claire above and see if they will make any difference.

If nothing changes, consider wiping the phone’s cache partition. Here’s how:

  • Turn off the device.
  • Press and hold the following three buttons at the same time: Volume Up key, Home key, and Power key.
  • When the phone vibrates, release the Power key but continue to press and hold the Volume Up key and the Home key.
  • When the Android System Recovery screen appears, release the Volume Up and Home keys.
  • Press the Volume Down key to highlight wipe cache partition.
  • Press the Power key to select.
  • When the wipe cache partition is complete, Reboot system now is highlighted.
  • Press the Power key to restart the device.

Problem #5: Galaxy S5 no sufficient space to install apps and updates

Every time I try to update an app off of Google Play, it says “error: there is an insufficient gap in the device”, and it won’t let me download the app. I checked for a software update, but it says the current software is up to date. Some apps won’t run because they aren’t updated. Please help. — Dylan

Solution: Hi Dylan. If your phone is showing a message saying that there’s insufficient memory to allow app update or installation, make sure that you have plenty of internal storage memory space left. All apps are installed in your phone’s primary storage (internal storage device) unless you have an option to keep it in an SD card.

Try deleting some unused apps if you have no more space left to make room for new installations and updates.

Problem #6: Galaxy S5 downloaded images Facebook cannot be found in Gallery

I am using a Galaxy S5 Active  (G870A). I use the stock Gallery app for pictures. When I save a picture from Facebook, it does not show in the stock app. If I use another app such as Quickpic, it works fine. I cleared cache and cleared data on the app but did not fix it. Any ideas? — Marty

Solution: Hi Marty. The download directory for your Facebook app might have changed. What you need to do here is to re-create the download path by checking your My Files app configuration.

Problem #7: Galaxy S5 apps keep getting transferred to the internal memory device

My phone is running out of space on the main drive (not the SD Card). I am constantly having to move my applications to the SD Card storage, but every week I have to re-check and find that they are installed on the device memory again. It seems like I am having to move an app or more (up to 10-20) to the SD card from the device memory almost every other day. Is there a way to get them to just stay on the SD card? Or will the keep installing themselves on the system hard drive. — Daniel

Am noticing when I move my apps to my SD card, it seems I notice that they’ve somehow been moved back to my phone storage. Is there an app that is doing this without my knowledge and is there a way to eliminate this from happening in the future? Very frustrating. — Denice

Solution: Hi Daniel and Denice. Most apps are designed to work only when they are installed to the phone’s internal memory storage. Some of them (or a part of their system files) may be transferred to the SD card but once you restart your phone, they will go back to the primary storage.

If you are running out of internal storage space, try uninstalling unused apps and move non-critical files to the SD card. You can also move your videos, photos and music to the SD card to free up some space.

Problem #8: Unable to remove crying detector from Galaxy S5

I just noticed an app called “Crying Detector” and feel it is an invasion of privacy.  I cannot get rid of it. Any help or info on this would be appreciated.  Thanks! — Bethany

Solution: Hi Bethany. We are not sure if we are quite understanding what you meant by being unable to get rid of Crying Detector. If you are referring to the pre-installed baby crying detector feature by Samsung, then there’s no way for you to remove it from your phone. However, you can stop it from running by Force Stopping it. Here’s how:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Proceed to Applications.
  • Select Manage Applications.
  • Tap the All tab.
  • Look for Samsung Crying Detector app.
  • From there, you will see the Force Stop or Disable button.

Problem #9: Galaxy S5 S Health app keeps freezing

I’m using  the latest version of S Health. When I try to scan my heart rate or my stress, 9/10 times my phone just hangs and the red LED keeps on blinking, to get my phone to work again I have to long press  the power button which causes it to restart. I’m using SM-G90OF. — Armaghan

Solution: Hi Armagham. Try clearing the cache and data of the S Health app and you should be good to go.



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You can download the default Moto X Style wallpaper here!


If you’re eagerly awaiting the release of the Moto X Style, we have something to whet your appetite. Thanks to a system dump published online earlier today, we were able to extract the official wallpaper that will come pre-loaded on the handset — so now you can download and set it as the background on your current device to tide you over.

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Waiting for a OnePlus 2 invite? OnePlus says “aggressive invite rollout” is coming

Have you been waiting for a OnePlus 2 invite? Well, hopefully you’ll be seeing one soon as co-founder Carl Pei today tweeted that they are getting ready to start an “aggressive invite rollout” next weekend – just to clarify, that’s not the weekend starting on the 29th; it will be the first weekend of September.

Apologies for the wait. We were set back by almost a month, but finally our aggressive invite rollout starts next weekend. Pretty stoked. ”</p

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Arches announces the Diamond Tab with octa-core CPU and 2K screen

archos diamond tabArchos has announced a new high-end tablet set to be shown off at IFA this year, titled the Diamond Tab. The tablet boasts some relatively powerful specs and an aggressive price tag, so it might be something to keep on your radar if you’re in the market. 

The Diamond Tab utilizes an octa-core MediaTek processor with 3 GB of RAM and has a 2K 7.9-inch screen. There’s 32 GB of internal storage, which should be plenty of space for most people, and and a 5 megapixel rear camera. Best of all, the price tag comes in at £179, or about $276. That’s not the cheapest tablet on the market, but it’s pretty decently priced considering the rest of the hardware.

Archos will be showing off more of the Diamond Tab at IFA this year.

source: Archos

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Swype gets Star Trek themes and a new emoji keyboard

SwypeSwype, the keyboard that kicked off gesture-based typing on a touch keyboard, will be getting some new tricks to make typing on your smartphone a little more enjoyable.

The keyboard from Nuance is getting 19 Star Trek keyboard themes featuring many characters that will be available as in-app purchases. The themes span the original Star Trek series and The Next Generation, so there should be something for just about any fan.

Another notable addition to Swype is the emoji keyboard that’s baked into the latest update. Swype currently predicts emojis in its prediction bar, but the new keyboard gives you quick access to hundreds of emojis with tons of animations making it just a little easier to find that perfect emoji for your conversations.

If Star Trek and emojis aren’t your thing, Swype is also including some new prediction tools that will allow the keyboard to predict multiple words and phrases, as well as numbers, which should speed up your typing.

source: Nuance

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U.S. Cellular is now selling the Moto G (2015)


Another carrier in the United States started selling the best mid-range device on the market. The Moto G (2015) can be purchased through U.S. Cellular in three different ways. Customers can choose to pay for the device monthly, sign a two-year contract, or pay outright on a prepaid account.

  • Installment pricing: $8.99 per month for twenty months
  • Two-year contract: $0.99
  • Prepaid: $129

U.S. Cellular customers that want to pay the full retail price for Motorola’s affordable stud will have to put forward $179. So, yes, the model sold by the carrier features 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.

Adding the Moto G (2015) to its lineup means that U.S. Cellular has a trio of Motorola devices including the Moto E (2015) and Moto X (2014).

Source: U.S. Cellular

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‘The Walking Dead’ role-playing game debuts in the Play Store


Millions of people love The Walking Dead. What started with a comic book series has spawned two television series, high-end video games, and much more. The wildly successful franchise is constantly seeing new releases in all types of media. And the newest game from The Walking Dead is made specifically for mobile devices with support from creator Robert Kirkman.

The Walking Dead: Road to Survival is a role-playing game that drops players right in the middle of the infamous zombie apocalypse. Rick, Michonne (who is getting a game of her own), and the Governor are among familiar faces appearing alongside players in Road to Survival. What’s everyone doing? Collecting resources and defending themselves from zombies, of course!

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The Walking Dead: Road to Survival game available immediately on the App Store and Google Play for download

Los Angeles – Aug. 27, 2015 Premier touchscreen entertainment network Scopely has partnered with The Walking Dead series creator Robert Kirkman and Skybound to create The Walking Dead: Road to Survival, the first free-to-play mobile game based on the wildly popular graphic novels. Players quickly dive into an epic series of head-to-head battles, tournaments and struggles of survival as they join forces with friends to create player alliances with a worldwide community of fellow gamers battling each other for resources and notoriety. The dark, gritty role-playing game stays true to the series’ origins, closely overseen by Robert Kirkman and a creative team who are heavily involved in the world of The Walking Dead.

“Working with the Scopely team, we’ve had the unique opportunity to translate The Walking Dead story into a deeply interactive and engaging mobile experience,” said Kirkman. “The game design, the aesthetic, the tone and the writing have all come together in an authentic way that we know Walking Dead fans will love.”  

The Walking Dead: Road to Survival is a mature, intense, story-driven game that emulates the ongoing struggle to survive in a harsh and unforgiving world overrun by vicious Walkers and ruthless fellow survivors. Difficult decisions must be made that determine who lives or dies and how future events unfold in the game’s narrative. Gamers play alongside iconic characters such as Rick, Michonne and the Governor as they navigate the challenges of collecting resources, building and fortifying their compounds, searching for and rescuing fellow survivors, all while managing to fend off the onslaught of the undead.

“We are honored to collaborate with Robert Kirkman and Skybound to create an authentic The Walking Dead experience for fans and mobile players everywhere,” said Walter Driver, CEO, Scopely. “Together, we’re taking gamers on an engrossing tale of survival. This game exemplifies our mission to partner with well-loved, exciting IPs that have worldwide passionate fan bases and create highly immersive, rich experiences that delight those audiences on mobile.”

Scopely continues to collaborate with world-class development talent in every genre, partnering with IUGO Mobile Entertainment to co-create this genre-defining role-playing game. IUGO is the famed creator of Knights & Dragons, an award-winning original IP and top grossing hit on the App Store and Google Play since 2012.

The Walking Dead: Road to Survival is available as a free download on iOS [] and Android [] devices. To learn more about The Walking Dead: Road to Survival, please check out the official uncut trailer [] and follow #RoadtoSurvival on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

About Scopely
Scopely is the leading touchscreen entertainment network. Founded in 2011, Scopely partners and collaborates with elite game developers and global entertainment companies to bring industry leading distribution and monetization technology to free to play games. Scopely oversees marketing, analytics, ads, business development, live ops, quality assurance, community management, and more, empowering developers to focus on building and refining great gameplay experiences to earn the loyalty and love of millions of players around the world. In November 2014, Scopely closed a Series A funding round of $35 million to scale the business, expand the corporate team and diversify the company’s catalog of mobile game titles across original and globally celebrated entertainment properties. In August 2015, Inc. Magazine named Scopely the #9 fastest-growing private company in America. To learn more, please visit

About Skybound Entertainment
Since opening its doors Skybound Entertainment has grown into a multiplatform entertainment company. CEO Robert Kirkman is creator of the award-winning The Walking Dead comic book series, the inspiration for the hit TV show of the same name where he serves as creator and executive producer. To date The Walking Dead is the #1 show on television among the coveted 18-49 demo. Kirkman and Alpert will also executive produce the upcoming Walking Dead companion series, Fear The Walking Dead, for AMC.

Skybound Entertainment recently produced its first feature film, AIR, starring The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus and Academy Award-nominated actor Djimon Hounsou. The film is slated to be released in summer 2015. Kirkman and Alpert serve as producers on the post-apocalyptic sci-fi film.

Skybound released Kirkman’s newest comic, Outcast, in June 2014 which recently received a series pickup for CINEMAX with Fox International attached as the studio. Outcast, starring Patrick Fugit as Kyle Barnes and Philip Glenister as Reverend Anderson, will begin production this summer. Kirkman and Alpert will serve as executive producers on the series.

Other comic book titles published by Skybound include The Walking Dead, the superhero-comic Invincible, fantasy adventure comic Birthright, the revenge drama Dead Body Road, and heist comic Thief of Thieves.

Skybound also creates a wide range of merchandise, including its first tabletop card game Superfight, apparel, board games, and action figures. For more information, please visit Skybound online at and

About IUGO Mobile Entertainment
Founded in 2003, IUGO is an innovative mobile-first-and-mobile-only studio focused on creating premium game experiences on mobile devices. The passionate team is a perfect balance of inspired game creators and strong technology experts. In parallel with creating great games, IUGO has invested significant efforts into developing a suite of robust and high performance mobile-specific technologies. This has given the studio an edge to deliver superior products that look and play better. The Vancouver-based studio has earned a solid reputation for delivering chart-topping titles for major global publishing partners as well as achieving success with its own self-published original games. For more information, please visit

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Site shows details on why putting S Pen wrong will damage your Galaxy Note 5

There have been endless discussions, heated debates and finger pointing regarding the supposed “design flaw” of the Galaxy Note 5 that obviously damages your device when you put in your S Pen backwards. But whether Samsung should have designed it better or people should be smarter when using their devices, some may be curious about what does happen when you put it in wrong and why it will sometimes irreparably damage your phablet. 9 to 5 Google gave a great explanation as to the process and what you can do (if anything).

Inside the S Pen slot, there is a small plastic lever that is triggered when the pen is inserted and it then tells the device that there is a pen and so it turns on some features like Screen-off memo and Air Command menu. Above that, there is another lever that helps hold the pen and its “click side” in place. Sticking the pen in backwards will cause it to get caught behind that second lever. That will make the actual removing extremely difficult, and at times, as we’ve seen some complaints, almost impossible.

But even if by some miracle you were able to remove the S Pen, that doesn’t mean your problems are over, because there’s that other lever. When the “clicky side” of the pen passes it over, then the damage has been done. And then forcing the S Pen out will damage it even further, as it is made of plastic and it is inside something soldered to the main board. And if it is damaged, then you might as well get a new phone since this one will not be able to detect the S Pen anymore.

While we don’t discount the possibility of a child using your phone and putting it in the wrong way, or something happens that you accidentally do so, those incidents are few and far between. Maybe Samsung should have done something better, we don’t know. All you can do for now if you have a Galaxy Note 5 is to be very careful and conscious about how you use your S Pen.

VIA: 9 to 5 Google

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Samsung Galaxy Grand On,  Galaxy Mega On specs leaked

Are you already confused with so many Samsung Galaxy devices out in the market, and very little distinguishing one line from the other? Well, get ready to be even more confused as the Korean OEM is set to release a new series which will be called On or O (depending on the region where it will be released) and is closely similar to the entry-level Galaxy J devices. The first two smartphones that will reportedly be released are the Galaxy Grand On and the Galaxy Mega On.

SAM Mobile says that they were able to get their hands on the specs of these two devices, and if these are true, then it seems that there is very little difference from other lines, and they may be considered a spin-off of existing ones. The bigger of the two is the Galaxy Mega On which has a 5.5-inch HD display, a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, and weighs at 145 grams with dimensions of 151.8×77.5×8.2 mm. It will supposedly have just 1.5GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, and 3,000 mAh battery. The camera will be 13MP for the main one and 5MP for the front-facing cam.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy Grand On will be slightly smaller, having a 5-inch HD screen. This one will run on a 1.3GHz Exynos 3475 CPU, 1GB RAM, an 8MP main camera, and a 2,600 mAh battery. Internal storage and front camera will be the same as the Mega On. Of course it is lighter and thinner at 142×71.9×8.5 mm and 140 grams.

With internal specs almost the same as the Galaxy J5 and J7, the design might be the one that will make the Galaxy On or O series stand out from all the other entry-level Samsung devices, or even the gazillion other similar devices in the Android market.

VIA: SAM Mobile

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Galaxy Note 5 receives the golden treatment from Karalux

What is it with the Vietnamese that they want premium Samsung phones getting a gold treatment? Earlier this year,  both the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge were offered in 24k gold, platinum, and rose gold by Goldgenie. Karalux soon followed with a 24K gold plated of the same models. This time, it’s the Galaxy Note 5′s turn to get the golden treatment for anyone who is willing to pay over a thousand dollars.

If you may remember, there’s also a gold version of the Galaxy Note Edge and Note 4. There seems to be a market for such luxury phones that Karalux continues to make gold-plated versions of the new premium Note device. We can’t tell if the S-Pen is also gold-plated but I’m sure Karalux also thought about doing that.

To start the golden treatment, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 was dissembled so the engineers can start the gold plating by creating coated layers and dipping them into a gold tank. It’s easier now to remove the frame material even if it’s a stronger 7000 series aluminum, alloy, and is 1/3 denser than stainless steel. Similar to how a Rolls Royce in Vietnam is gold-plated, Karalux engineers use what they call a sustainable surface protection technology.

And how much should you pay if you want a new gold-plated Samsung Galaxy Note 5? Oh, just some VND 25 million which is about $1110. But if you have a Note 5 already, Karalux will do the gold-plating job for only $355. Very pricey but man…this is gold!

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