Phandroid » Handsets Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:00:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 LG G Pad 7.0 LTE, LG G3 now available at US Cellular Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:03:46 +0000 lg g pad 7

U.S. Cellular has announced availability for the LG G Pad7.0 LTE. You’ll be able to get the data-connected tablet for $99 on a new two-year contract, and should be able to find it both in-store and online. The 7-inch tablet won’t break the charts in terms of performance, but with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 1280 x 800 resolution, a 5 megapixel camera, 16GB of storage and more it should be worth its low price tag.


The LG G3 is also roaring into US Cellular’s stores today. Many of you are already quite familiar with this device (especially if you’ve read our LG G3 review), but if not here’s a quick refresher on its specs:

  • 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 display
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 chipset
  • 13 megapixel camera
  • 16GB or 32GB of internal storage

You can grab that one for $99 on a two-year contract as well, though the LG G3 is eligible for a $0 down payment to walk away with the device (so long as you agree to pay it off in equal installments over the course of a couple of years). Be sure to check both of them out over at US Cellular’s website or by stopping by your local retail location.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 said to get Lollipop as early as December Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:43:15 +0000 android l galaxy s5

Samsung was caught teasing Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 earlier in the week suggesting the company was well underway on the big update for the big phablet. But what about the smaller, yet older brother released early in the year? According to SamMobile, the Samsung Galaxy S5 won’t take long to find its bag of candy, as well.

Purported sources suggest the Samsung Galaxy S5’s Lollipop update is expected to begin rolling out this December, a very welcome timeline considering most companies are playing it safe by estimating early 2015. That Samsung hasn’t come out and said anything about their plans to beat everyone to the punch suggests they don’t have total faith in their ability to reach that deadline, though we sure won’t reprimand them from trying.

Recent leaks have already given us an early look at how Samsung would be fusing both TouchWiz and Android 5.0 Lollipop. Doesn’t look quite as clean as stock, but it does seem to be a very nice change of pace over TouchWiz’s current drags. Let’s hope to hear something in a more official capacity before too long.

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The Nexus 5 is now back in stock on Google Play (all colors, 32GB only for now) Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:19:03 +0000 Nexus 5 Google Play listing

As we approach the 1-year anniversary of the Nexus 5 officially launching in the Play Store, a few days ago the phone — all colors, all storage configs — was suddenly no longer available for purchase on Google Play. This was puzzling, especially after we thought the phone would stick around as a much smaller, much cheaper unlocked option for those of us that couldn’t stomach the Nexus 6.

Some point this evening, the 32GB model — all colors — has once again become available for purchase in the Play Store, showing shipping times of about 1-2 days before leaving the warehouse. Although we’re not seeing the 16GB model, we’ve heard reports that others have seen it, so we’ll keep an eye out. In the meantime if you were thinking about pulling the trigger on a Nexus 5 (it’s still a damn good Android phone), now’s your chance.

Nexus 5 on Google Play

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LG G3 Screen is official: 5.9-inch phablet with NUCLUN, LG’s in-house 8-core mobile processor Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:54:00 +0000 LG G3 Screen NUCLUN 2

Rumors of an LG-made processor have been floating around the net for years now. Straight out of left field, LG is now finally putting those rumors to rest by officially announcing their first ever processor for mobile devices: NUCLUN (pronounced “Noo-klun”).

The eight core SoC employs the power of ARM’s big.LITTLE technology to not only offer more power, but handle it more efficiently by taking advantage of four 1.5GHz ARM Cortex A15 cores, and four 1.2GHz ARM Cortex A7 cores . The A15s will handle the heavy loads, while the A7s will tackle less CPU intensive processing. It’s a feature we’ve seen for while now in rival Samsung’s Exynos SoC. LG’s processors also offer the added benefit of LTE-A Cat 6 for maximum download speeds of up to 225Mbs (and are still fully backward compatible with existing LTE networks).

LG G3 Screen NUCLUN 1

The new NUCLUN processor will officially make its debut inside an all new LG phablet dubbed the LG G3 Screen. The new phablet — made specifically for the Korean market — will come equipped with a 5.9-inch 1080p IPS display, 32GB internal storage (with micro SD card slot), 2GB RAM, 13MP OIS / 2.1MP cameras, 3,100mAh battery, and 1W speaker (like we saw on the LG G3). The G3 Screen will be available in both black and white when it launches at a later date, although LG wasn’t talking specifics just yet.

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Amazon takes a $170 million hit thanks to unsold Fire Phones Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:14:18 +0000 amazon-fire-phone-books

If you needed any further proof that the Amazon Fire Phone was an absolute flub, the online retailer announced during their Q3 2014 earnings call that they’ll be taking a $170 million charge for unsold Fire Phones (and other costs relating to inventory valuation and supplier commitments). Despite net sales up 20% at $20.58 billion for the quarter, their operating losses — a whopping $544 million — is the largest ever in Amazon’s history. That’s gotta hurt.

After years of rumors, the Amazon Fire Phone finally launched earlier this year exclusively on AT&T for $200 on contact. The Fire Phone also came equipped with gimmicky new features like their Firefly camera software which could identify Amazon products in the real world (as well as do a bunch of other stuff your regular Android device could do right now). After Amazon’s first smartphone was met with relatively lukewarm reviews, it saw a quick $100 price drop.

Still, Amazon is optimistic, especially with the busy holiday shopping season fast approaching. Along with curated product lists and shopping guides, Amazon will push their new lineup of products like the Kindle Voyage and Fire HD Kids Edition tablets.


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The Nexus 6 will have tap-to-wake so you wont have to stretch for the power button Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:20:20 +0000 nexus 6 portrait lollipop

Earlier this week we watched as a few major news outlets got some quick hands-on time with both the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. Because Google didn’t preemptively issue any review units prior to their official announcement, new info on these devices has continually been trickling in. A few days ago, we saw a screenshot taken from a leaked Android 5.0 Lollipop ROM and a setting called Ambient display which allows the Nexus 6 display to wake up whenever the phone was picked up, or when notifications arrive.

This option — while not present in the Android 5.0 Developer Preview — is just a regular ‘ol Lollipop software feature and not exclusive to the Nexus 6, as detailed by Google’s official Android Lollipop page. What was interesting was the under the feature section of the page, it not only mentions the ambient display mode, but tap-to-wake as well.

For those unaware, tap-to-wake is a feature found in many flagship Android devices and allows the user to double tap the display to wake it up instead of using the physical power button. While it may not sound like it, for larger devices it’s incredibly useful and will forever change the way you interact with your smartphone (and yet another helpful feature the iPhone 6 doesn’t offer).

Although never mentioned in any official capacity (or the hands-ons we’ve seen online), it seems this feature is fully present on the Nexus 6, as brought to light Wired’s Mat Honan. In his hands on, Honan specifically calls out the feature, although some were still left wondering if it could have been a misprint (the Nexus 9 also has tap-to-wake). We reached out to the author where he was able to confirm that yes, this is, in fact, a feature found in the Nexus 6 and was most certainly not posted in error. Boom.

This should finally lay the issue to rest and for tap-to-wake lovers who were afraid of losing out on this functionality for the Nexus 6 — fear not. Still up in the air is which non-Nexus Android devices will support the feature once Lollipop begins rolling out over the next few months.

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T-Mobile Sony Xperia Z3 pre-orders now shipping, some already arriving on doorsteps Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:08:38 +0000 T-Mobile Sony Xperia Z3 shipped 1

By now it’s no secret that one of the benefits of pre-ordering a smartphone online is the possibility of receiving said device a few days early of it’s official launch date. T-Mobile knows this and it’s one of the reasons they even mentioned it when pre-orders for the Sony Xperia Z3 first went live last week. Sure enough, the phone is now reportedly landing on doorsteps, that’s a full 5 days early of its official October 29th release date for those keeping count. Not. Bad.

Aside from getting a shiny new smartphone before anyone else, pre-orderers also get a free copy of DRIVECLUB for the PS4 (a $60 value). Don’t worry, if you didn’t pre-order yet and still want a free PS4 game, you have until October 28th to git-er-done. Here’s how you do it:

  • Purchase the new Xperia Z3 during the pre-sale period from October 14 to October 28, 2014.
  • When you receive your Xperia Z3, redeem your offer by entering your information and uploading images of your sales receipt and the IMEI number from your Xperia
  • Z3 box. You must redeem your offer by November 14, 2014.
  • Once your information is verified, you’ll be emailed a promo code to claim your digital copy of DRIVECLUBTM no later than November 21, 2014.

If the whole getting a PS4 game isn’t making much sense to you remember — the Sony Xperia Z3 will soon have the ability to stream PS4 games from the console to the smartphone. When paired with Sony’s controller dock, you never have to worry about bathroom breaks interrupting your game time. It’s a beautiful time to be alive. Unfortunately unlike the international model, the T-Mobile variant doesn’t come with headphones. You can pre-order the Sony Xperia Z3 from T-Mobile right here.

Thanks, Jin!


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Sprint HTC One M8 and E8 now receiving international WiFi calling update Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:51:49 +0000 HTC One M8 DSC06660

Yesterday, the HTC One M8 on T-Mobile received an update to Android 4.4.4 with the all new EYE Experience camera app and as promised, earlier today the Verizon model followed suit. Still trailing behind is the Sprint HTC One M8 and HTC One E8, 2 models that are seeing an update today — but not to the EYE Experience + Android 4.4.4.

Instead, these 2 devices — which differ only in build materials and camera hardware — are getting an update to enable Sprint’s international WiFi calling (a previous update introduced WiFi calling for the states) which enables free calling when connected to WiFi to, from, and between the US, Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. The One M8 gets software build 3.30.651.2, while the One E8 gets 1.22.651.1. Here’s the full list of goodies from the changelog:

  • Google Security Patch
  • GPS Enhancements
  • International Wi-Fi Calling
  • ItsOn Integration
  • Accessibility Improvements
  • Sprint Zone Updates (HTC One E8)

You should find the update hitting your Ones starting today and rolling out over the next few days. For those that don’t feel like waiting, you can pull the update by jumping into your Settings > About phone > Software updates. Although HTC hasn’t said as much, we expect Android 4.4.4 with the EYE Experience will arrive soon after. Sit tight.

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Motorola DROID Turbo leaked in the flesh ahead of its Oct 28th unveiling Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:54:19 +0000 Motorola DROID Turbo AndroidSpin leak

The Motorola DROID Turbo has probably leaked more times than Motorola or Verizon may have liked. Even though we still have a little more than 5 days until Verizon’s DroidDoes site fully reveals the beastly Android device, the folks at AndroidSpin are giving us an early look at the phone in the flesh.

Despite being an eyesore, it’s not too different from the variety of leaks we’ve already seen, but does once again confirm a few of the phone’s insane specs like a 2560×1440 resolution display, and 3GB of RAM. October 28th all will be revealed, but we have a feeling this isn’t the last we’ve seen of the DROID Turbo.

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Samsung reveals plans to sell Galaxy Note 4 developer edition for Verizon Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:33:36 +0000 note 4 dev edition verizon

Samsung and Verizon always seem to be cuddle buddies when it comes to developer editions of their phones. The two have once again come together to offer a developer edition of Samsung’s latest flagship, with said flagship being the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The device won’t be offered on-contract and presumably won’t be available through Verizon Edge, so you’ll have to fork over $660 if you want it.

Developer Edition devices tend to be a hot commodity as their unlockable bootloaders make way to easy hacking and custom ROMs. Unfortunately the grass isn’t all that green across the entire field as developer devices don’t tend to be on the same upgrade path as your typical carrier-provided option. The device would have to attract a pretty big development community to get the most out of it, but that’s not always something that’s guaranteed (even if the device is intended to appease those tinkering types).

Adding more adversity to its plight is the advent of the Nexus 6, the first Nexus smartphone to be offered on Verizon’s network since the Galaxy Nexus. The Nexus 6 will likely capture everyone’s attention and be home to a much larger development community, especially considering all North American Nexus 6 units are identical under the hood. We’re sure many will still find a need to have a Galaxy Note 4 free of carrier and OEM chains, but we wouldn’t be surprised if its popularity fails to live up to its promise. You can order one on Samsung’s site right now, and read our Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review if you’re on the fence about whether the device is worth your money.

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Samsung teases Lollipop on the Galaxy Note 4 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:13:17 +0000 note 4 lollipop

In what would otherwise be an ordinary social media marketing pump, Samsung posted a photo of the Galaxy Note 4 noting that its Quad HD Super AMOLED display is “super sweet.” On the display was a picture of some sweet, sweet looking lollipops. This leads us to believe Samsung is no doubt excited bout Android 5.0 Lollipop and will be looking to bring it to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, though we can’t say we weren’t already expecting it considering it’s their latest flagship smartphone.

We’re sure you can expect Lollipop for the Samsung Galaxy S5 too, but any other devices are up in the air. Samsung has yet to formally detail plans for bringing Lollipop to any of their smartphones, but we’re sure they’ll be getting a move on development as soon as they can and look to have the upgrade out before the candy goes stale. We’ll be reaching out to Samsung to see if they have anything to share on their Lollipop plans.

[via Twitter]

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HTC One M8 receiving EYE Experience + Android 4.4.4 on T-Mobile, hits Verizon model tomorrow Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:25:08 +0000 HTC One M8 DSC06661

After hitting unlocked and Developer edition HTC One M8 a few weeks ago, HTC is wasting no times in pushing out their EYE Experience + Android 4.4.4 update on carrier branded models. Today, the update began rolling out for the T-Mobile version of the device, with HTC’s VP of Product Management Mo Versi tweeting earlier today that the update would hit the Verizon model as early as tomorrow. He even gave a specific time for the update: 12 noon (so be on the look out).

We had a feeling since the update wasn’t a major firmware update (and had more to do with the updating the camera software), HTC would have as many hurdles to jump in order to push it out. Looks like our suspicions may have been right. For more info on what to expect from the new HTC EYE Experience camera, check out the video below where it comes pre-loaded on the upcoming HTC Desire EYE.

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The Snapdragon 805 equipped Galaxy S5 Plus quietly appears on Samsung Netherlands site Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:07:14 +0000 Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus Netherlands 1

After a beefier, Snapdragon 805 equipped Samsung Galaxy S5 made its way to Korea and then Singapore, it seems Samsung is finally ready to bring the souped up Galaxy to even more markets. The phone — know as the Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus — now has its own landing page on Samsung Netherlands’ site.

Visually, not any different from the standard Galaxy S5 model we have here in the states, the S5 Plus merely packs a much more powerful 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset, a slightly lower clock speed than the 2.7GHz one found inside the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. No matter. We’re sure performance will be indistinguishable in either device.

The Snapdragon 805 doesn’t just make the phone run faster, but allows it to hit LTE speeds of up to 225Mbps (that’s much faster than my home internet). Aside from colors, not much else was made known without a formal press release or mention from Samsung (yet). Now that the Galaxy S5 is making its way through Europe, could the US be far behind?


[Samsung Netherlands | via Galaxy Club]

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Android Deals: 32GB Nexus 7 for $169, Halloween movie deals, and more Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:35:59 +0000 deals

Get into the Halloween spirit with some scary good deals on Android smartphones and tablets including the Nexus 7, apps for productivity, and a great selection of spooky movies fit for the season. Act quick: these deals are active as of the time of this posting, but they could soon vanish as ghosts in the night.

Hardware & Accessories

Nexus 7 2013 wall

Get ready for Android Lollipop with a second generation Nexus 7 for $169. The price nets you the WiFi-only version of the 7-inch ASUS-made tablet with 32GB of internal storage. Also on sale are first generation Nexus 7 devices with 16 or 32GB of storage starting at $109.99. [Woot]

Or go with a Google Play Edition of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra for only $324.99 via Expansys USA. You’ll enjoy 50% off the regular price of this Google Experience smartphone with a 6.4-inch Full HD display and waterproof design. [Expansys USA]

Charge your device anytime, anywhere with the SOScharger available at over 25% off. This portable 2300mAh cell can be charged by hand using the built-in crank, providing enough extra capacity to top off your Android smartphone’s power reserve. Compatible with all USB-chargeable smartphones, tablets, and other devices. [AndroidArea]

Take $170 off the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and experience Android through a gorgeous Super AMOLED display. Priced at $379.99 with free shipping, this is your chance to own one of the best tablets on the market at an amazing price. [eBay]

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Music & Media





TV Shows

[Find any great deals not included here? Be sure to send them our way or share in the comments below!]

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Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 shown off in comparison video Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:04:56 +0000 Nexus 6 vs Galaxy Note 4 video Carphone Warehouse 2

After giving us the world’s first underwater unboxing, the folks at UK’s Carphone Warehouse are back again, this time with an early hands-on with the phone everyone’s talking about: Motorola and Google’s Nexus 6. More of a quick comparison video, Carphone Warehouse pits the device against the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in a quick spec roundup, another Android phablet looking to give Motorola a run for their money.

Nexus 6 vs Galaxy Note 4 video Carphone Warehouse 1

This actually marks one of the few times we’ve gotten to see the Nexus 6 outside of blurry photo leaks and press renders. What we found interesting was how much noticeably larger the Nexus 6 was in comparison to the Galaxy Note 4. If you’re a phablet lover looking to challenge the constrains of your pockets, then this will be the device for you.

Nexus 6 vs Galaxy Note 4 video Carphone Warehouse 3

While it can be argued that having a stock Android experience is more “beneficial” than a manufacturer UI like TouchWiz, keep in mind that often times stock Android trails behind OEM skins in terms of features. And anyone who’s ever experienced a Samsung device knows there’s certainly no shortage of features (overkill even). Check out the comparison video down below for an early look at the Nexus 6.


Thanks, James!

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