Aug 08, 2013 - 9:29 AM - by dgstorm
According to a direct response from LG PR rep Ken Hong, LG has no current plans to bring out a Google Edition unlocked version of the LG G2. Here's a quote from him,
Luckily, it looks like he was diplomatic enough to leave wiggle room for a possible future reversal on this. It's probably not too surprising that LG doesn't plan to have a Google Play Edition of the phone. Several of the main selling points for the G2 are its new software features. These are likely tied directly to LG's UI overlay and would likely not be available in a Pure Android environment.
ĒAs of right now, LG doesnít have any plans for a Google Play Edition. The focus for the G2 is penetration through carriers. That however could change down the road.Ē
There is also another reason LG may be holding off on a Google Edition version of the device. There are some rumors beginning to float that LG will be launching the next Google Nexus 5 device later this year with Android 5.0/Key Like Pie. According to the intel, more than likely the Nexus 5 will be built on the same hardware core as the LG G2, just as they did before with the Nexus 4 and the Optimus G. If so, it wouldn't make much sense to offer a Google Edition version of the LG G2, since it would effectively be the same device as the Nexus 5.
We will continue to watch for more intel on this subject and share it with you immediately.
Aug 08, 2013 - 9:08 AM - by dgstorm
A loud ruckus surrounding the factory images for the new Nexus 7 has just developed over the past day or so. The source of the issue stems from Qualcomm licensing issues. Apparently Qualcomm has some custom code embedded in their new chips in the next generation Nexus 7, and they are unwilling/unable to work out some type of arrangement with Google so that Google's AOSP initiative can release the factory images. This resulted in quite a bit of drama.
First, the famed AOSP developer Jean Baptiste-Queru has quit the AOSP in disgust over the whole issue. He is frustrated because he was being blamed for the issue, even though it is completely out of his hands to control. Here's a quote from him on the subject,
Who wouldn't want to give up when faced with such a "catch 22" situation? Of course, that isn't the end of it. A petition has been put up on Change.org directed at the CEO of Qualcomm. Its sole purpose is to get the issue resolved by allowing the factory images to be published. If it works, hopefully it might also bring Jean Baptiste-Queru back to the AOSP. Here's a quote from the petition, followed by a link in case you want to sign your name to it,
Well, I see that people have figured out why I’m quitting AOSP.
There’s no point being the maintainer of an Operating System that can’t boot to the home screen on its flagship device for lack of GPU support, especially when I’m getting the blame for something that I don’t have authority to fix myself and that I had anticipated and escalated more than 6 months ahead.
It's funny how software patents create such a huge headache, even when it's not about someone getting sued.
Please allow Google to release the factory images of Android devices using Qualcomm CPU’s and GPU’s to the Android Open Source Project. It is a large inconvenience to developers and programmers worldwide trying to improve the experience of Android, while the factory images are locked down, due to legal issues with a few proprietary GPU binaries.
Aug 08, 2013 - 8:47 AM - by dgstorm
It's a bit of a shock to finally see Verizon grab one of LG's flagship smartphones. They have skipped several generations of LG devices. Just yesterday, the LG launched their newest G2 flagship and announced that all four major U.S. carriers would be getting the device. Many were a bit skeptical that it would actually come to Verizon, but the above pic clearly shows the Verizon logo adorning the front and back of the device. Furthermore, these are not leaked pics. This is is a Tweet directly from Verizon.
It doesn't get much more solid than that. How many of our Verizon folks are interested in this new flagship from LG?
Source: Twitter - Verizon
Aug 07, 2013 - 1:04 PM - by dgstorm
The folks at Phone Arena created a handy little graphic comparing the sizes of the primary Android flagship smartphones to the new LG G2. They included a pic and the dimensions for the Samsung Galaxy S4, the HTC One and the Sony Xperia Z. Over-all the new LG G2 is slightly taller than the SGS4 and the HTC One, but is shorter than the Xperia Z. Likewise the same thing applies to the width of the devices. The LG G2 is thicker than the SGS4 and the Xperia Z, but is thinner than the HTC One. Its weight is identical to the HTC One, which is heavier than the SGS4, but lighter than the Xperia Z.
Where it really stands out is in its edge-to-edge display. The 5.2-inch viewable display area is noticeably more than all the others, even just in pictures. It looks like LG did a good job of increasing the screen size without making the phone noticeably bigger than the other "smaller" flagship phones. What do you guys think of the size?
Aug 07, 2013 - 10:59 AM - by dgstorm
We have some "rumint" for you guys this morning regarding the Moto X. First up, according to a tipped marketing interview between Motorola and AdAge, the Moto X will not only be coming to Verizon on August 23rd, it will also be available on all of the major U.S. carriers on that same date. The same source of intel also shared that the Moto Maker exclusivity for AT&T will continue until November of this year. The Moto Maker customization program was confirmed to be coming to Verizon next, but there is still no word on whether/when it will come to Sprint and T-Mobile.
We will keep you posted if we find out more.
Aug 07, 2013 - 9:20 AM - by dgstorm
The official launch event for the next LG flagship, the G2 just occurred and the device is a powerful new entrant to the smartphone world. Qualcomm and LG worked hand in hand to make this impressive new product. LG made it clear they wanted to focus on their five new innovations which they learned from studying regular users. Here they are listed,
- Design - Rear Power button, Volume Control (works for right-handed or left-handed) - Improved battery design helps make this possible. - The rear key is the only physical button on the device.
- Display - Designed to be eye and hand friendly - Dual-routing feature uses an improved touch-sensor that uses two connections - thinner bezel and smaller design yet larger display - uses graphic RAM (reduces power usage) - IPS Edge-to-Edge Full HD (includes over 6 Million sub-pixels compared to 4 Million from competitors)
- Camera - Optical Image Stabilizer - can take solid pics in a moving car - 13MegaPixels
- Sound - 24 Bit & 192kHz Audio Quality
- UX - Outstanding User Experience - Includes a number of new user experience software innovations listed below:
- Knock On - simply knock on the screen to turn it on and off
- Answer Me - Answers your phone when you pick it up
- Plug & Pop - plugging in a headset or USB cable auto-launches the music app
- Text Link - text messages auto-sync and populate your calendar or maps functions - save, search and organize automatically with one touch
- Quick Remote - Control all your home electronics with your LG G2
- Slide Aside - move freely between apps and multi-task easier
- Guest Mode - "kid mode" - multiple customized unlock keys for your phone including a guest mode
Here's a list of specs and features,
- 4G LTE & 4G LTE-A (where available)
- 5.2-inch Display 1080p Display
- 2.26GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU
- Sapphire Crystal Lens 13MP Camera with Optical Image Stabilization
- 2.1MP front-facing camera
- 3,000mAh battery
- 2GB RAM
- Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
- 16GB or 32GB Storage Options
- Touchless Controls
The LG G2 will launch internationally and will come to all four major U.S. carriers, timeframe TBD.
Overall, the event was less cheesy than the Galaxy S4 event. It had just the right amount of entertainment and marketing speak, although the build-up could have been shortened a tad. LG did a great job with this press event, and they can honestly say their new phone is now... [Read More]
Aug 07, 2013 - 8:54 AM - by dgstorm
Here's a quick reminder that the LG G2 launch press event will happen within the hour. Above is a link to the livestream of the event. Feel free to watch the event with us. We will be bringing you all the details on the new device from LG, so if you miss the livestream we have you covered.
Update: To tide you over for the next five minutes, we found this leaked press shot of the new LG G2. Enjoy!
If you have still not pawned off your OG Nexus 7 in hopes for raising some cash for the new and improved version then you are in for a treat. Developers are still putting out new Roms and Kernels for this device keeping it fresh and feeling new. Developer "Timur" has released his Timur's Kernel USB ROM for the device. You get Timur's Kernel plus you get some extra usb host functionality and fast charging. This Kernel enables usb host functionality on the Nexus 7, and allows you to operate multiple usb slave devices, and charge your tablet and all slave devices at the same time. This makes for the perfect car dash setup. Timurs kernel also enables USB audio. Check out the original thread below for some really neat User projects and post pertaining to this particular development.
The Galaxy S4 has a unique feature that allows you to turn on your phone by simply hovering your hand over the display. The AirView in Touchwiz also allows you to interact with your phone without actually touching the phone. These features can now be installed on just about any Android device. The best part is that the app only cost $1.39! Hovering Controls uses the phones proximity sensor of your phone to register simple motions performed over your device. You can use hover gestures to open predetermined apps. You can silence ringtones, alarms and control your music by simply swiping your hand over the screen. This app also includes the quick glance feature from the Galaxy S4.
It is not required that you be rooted for this app to work, however their are a few extra features included for those that are rooted. Grab this app from the play link below.
Earlier today I brought you a look at 5 of my favorite icon packs from various developers around our community which included the Crysta Icons by Samantha Conner. You can view that post here: Favorite Icon Packs. As I mentioned in that article, Crysta is one of my favorite all time icon sets that Iíve seen not only since using Android, but over a very long period of time across all platforms. I really thought it would be impossible to make them better or to have another set beat them and become my favorite. Then today comes along and thereís word of a collaboration event with Jeppe Foldager and Samantha Conner who are on total opposite sides of the world, and theyíre working on an icon pack together.
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The Periboard 805-L by Perixx is a fantastic little keyboard for mobile typing enthusiasts everywhere. Itís available on Amazon right now for $40, down from $50 thanks to their 20% discount, although Iím not sure how long that deal will last. Unfortunately, at the time of writing this post, itís not in stock, but itíll be back in stock August 10th. Unlike itís mobile-centric counterpart, the Periboard 805, the 805-L has slightly larger keys, allowing for a much more enjoyable typing experience. While it is a bit bigger, itís just as portable as the 805 thanks to the fact that it too can be folded in half. In the box, the keyboard comes with a microUSB charging cable as well as the User Manual and nothing else.
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Rather than bring you another app review, I thought Iíd bring you an article this week thatís a little more personal. Just a little glimpse into some of the stuff that helps keep me sane during the commute all week long.
Donít worry. Iím not here to push a new podcast player on you. If youíre anything like me, you found yours a long time ago. Through the good and the bad, mine is Doggcatcher. I bought it years ago, and thought it may not be the best, itís what I know and it works. Most of the timeÖ
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Developer "Spc_Hicks09" has been busting out lots of Rom ports for the Verizon Galaxy S4. Thanks to his work their are plenty of rom choices for our device! Carbon Rom is based on AOSP vanilla Android! That being said all of the stock touchwiz functionality is completely removed from this rom. Team Carbon is dedicated to fast, stable, and feature filled roms. This rom has been built with Linaro optimizations for extra speed and performance. The features list is pretty long so we won't list everything here. Some main features include Halo, BAMF theme engine, customizable quick settings, auto-hide status bar, carbon rom stats, carbon battery, wake device with power home or both, gesture lockscreen, tile colors, and much more! More info at the source link below.
Grab the rom and discuss here.
Over time Iíve come to find some really great cases and of course some that arenít so great. In fact, stay tuned later this week as Iíve got another case review rant that you wonít want to miss. But thatís a post for another day so letís talk about what Iím reviewing today. The Slim Armor case by Spigen, which is a company a lot of people know for their great screen protectors. As you can see by the large image up top, it comes in several colors. The one Iím reviewing is the crimson red one for the Samsung Galaxy S4.
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One of the easiest ways to give your Android device a totally unique look is to install custom icons. Some of the cleanest looking icons i have ever seen were just released by @ArtVandelay440! His new Spectra Icon Pack will work with your favorite custom launcher. It is compatible with Nova, Apex, ADW, Action Luancher Pro, Go, Holo and Holo HD. These icons are flat and minimal. This icon pack includes over 275 hand themed app icons, and a custom wallpaper chooser. I like the hazy effect that this icon theme brings. There is also a very sleek looking white border which does appear to stand out from the background and cast a slight shadow which is a pretty neat effect! These icons are very easy to install.
Grab the icons here!
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