Tag Archive: Phones

More photos of Samsung’s A series phones reportedly surface

It appears that we might have some new photos of Samsung‘s upcoming Galaxy A5 and A3 devices. New pictures of the devices, which will reportedly take after the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, have apparently surfaced.

There’s a reason you’re seeing more Google on new Android phones — Google wrote the contracts that way

If it seems like Google’s apps and services have been becoming more prominent on newer Android phones, it’s because they are, and Google’s mandated it be so. While Android is technically an open source operating system, as the likes of Amazon have shown with their own complete customizations, the version that most of us see comes with stipulations from Google. Namely, if you want the flagship Google Play Store on the new smartphone you’re building, you  [Read More…]

Sticker Creator makes digital scrapbooking easy on Xperia phones

Sony has released a new app for its Xperia line of Android phones allowing users to create digital stickers from their photos for easy personalization and scrapbooking. Dubbed Sticker Creator, the app ties into your Xperia phone’s camera and allows you to either capture a new image and use that as a sticker or use an existing image from your camera roll, trim it and create a custom sticker out of your personal photos. Next, fire  [Read More…]

All about your phone’s developer options

There’s more there than USB debugging

Hidden in the settings on your phone, (really, they are hidden by default) are settings used for debugging and application development. While plenty of us have dove in there to switch to the ART runtime or to enable USB debugging, there’s a long list of options. While most of us will never use them, it’s always nice to know what’s going on under the hood of your phone.

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EE, Vodafone to acquire Phones 4u stores and safeguard hundreds of jobs

UK retailer Phones 4u has recently gone into administration, announcing the closure of 700 stores and placing 5,600 positions at risk. Luckily for those involved, there is – at least – some light at the end of this tunnel with multiple parties picking up stores and absorbing employees, including both EE and Vodafone.

Android L phones will shut out NSA for increased privacy

The next version of Google’s Android operating system, known as Android L, will automatically encrypt user data out of the box, making it more difficult for law enforcement officials and security personnel to access your personal data. Though Android has had optional encryption for devices for some time now, next month’s Android software update will be the first time that encryption will be turned on out of the box for all users.

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Verizon begins deploying VoLTE to select Android phones

Ahead of the iPhone 6 launch with support for VoLTE, Verizon Wireless has upgraded its network to support voice calls over its 4G LTE and XLTE network. Dubbed Advanced Calling 1.0, Verizon is now supporting HD Voice and Video Calling and the carrier is starting the roll out initially to the LG G2 and the Samsung Galaxy S5.

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Tired of black phones? Moto X coming to India in bamboo and leather too!

Although Motorola announced that the new Moto X would be making its way to India later this month, the manufacturer failed to mention which variants would be available to customers in the country. Thanks to a premature listing of the device on Flipkart, we now know that the Moto X will be available in Black, Bamboo White and Black Leather options.

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New Moto Voice app now available for 2013 Moto phones

New features come to first generation models

The new version of Motorola’s Touchless Control app, now rebadged as Moto Voice, has been updated today in a big way. Along with the bug fixing goodness that accompanies any and every app update, the new features from the 2014 Moto X have been pushed to the first generation Moto X phones. That means your Moto X, Droid Ultra, Droid MAXX and Droid Mini have some cool new features!

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UK retailer Phones 4U looks set to close its doors

UK’s Phones 4U looks like closing the doors on its 720 outlets after EE becomes the final carrier partner to terminate its relationship with the retailer prompting administration. The decision to shutter its stores will affect almost 6,000 employees though private equity owner BC Partners assures that “employees will continue to be paid until further notice.”

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