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Android M Update Teased Ahead of Android L Release

GottaBeMobile - 7 hours 45 min ago

Android M Update Teased Ahead of Android L Release is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

With the Android L Release date rumored for sometime in the middle of October, along with a few new Nexus devices at the same time, we’re now starting to see hints at the upcoming Android M update. We haven’t even seen the full release of Android 4.5 or 5.0 “L release” yet, and Google’s already busy working on its successor.

The Android L release details have slowly been emerging more and more over the past few months since being announced back in June, when Google surprised many and showed the next version of Android off ahead of the release for the first time in three years. To make things even better, an early developer preview of the Android L beta was released for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 tablet.

Read: Nexus 9 Release Date & Rumors Confirmed

While we’ve been seeing a lot of moving pieces of the Android L release lately, including many Google employees using it on the Nexus 4 from 2012, what we’re talking about here today is what’s next. Android M, which we can expect to arrive inside of 2015.

Since Android’s early days, Google’s released each major update in alphabetical order named after a tasty dessert. Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and now the current Android 4.4 KitKat. The next version is Android 4.5 or 5.0, and will be named after an L treat. Many have speculated Lemon Meringue Pie, or Lollipop, but we won’t know until Google makes it official.

Android L will bring a major change to Android as a whole. The entire interface will be full of colors, animations, effects, and other interactive buttons to give users a brand new look and feel unlike any mobile OS to date. There’s a lot going on, but surely more exciting things will follow with the Android M release update. Here’s a quick and early look at the Android L beta preview released back in June.

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Moving on past Android L, the next update will in all likeliness be Android M. Maybe be called Android 5.0 M&M, Mousse, Molassess, or even Marshmallow. We still don’t even know what Google will call the L release, so this is nothing but speculation at this point.

What isn’t speculation, is that not only is Google busy working on and finishing up the Android L release, but they’re already working on Android M. This week multiple mentioned were spotted by the online site Myce, who confirm multiple Google developers mention the future “M’ release while talking about certain aspects of the Android code.

For now all mentions of the Android M release or Android M update are very minor, and don’t reveal anything of substance. Mainly the discussion was about methods of data exchanges, as well as a logcat for problems, but it’s way too early to see anything from these leaks.

Google is always a few steps ahead, and has likely been working on Android M for months, even though the upcoming Android L release has yet to even arrive. In fact, we’d be worried if they weren’t already deep into development as the vicious cycle never stops when it comes to software, mobile, and updating the world’s number one mobile OS.

It’s worth noting that this could also be a simple typo, with the developer intending to mention the upcoming L release, but it also makes sense to see the company already developing what will follow its next version of Android.

Read: Android L Release Making Progress

Lately multiple sources have reportedly confirmed the HTC Nexus 9 running the all new Android L will be released soon, some suggesting a reveal will even come on October 16th. Either way, a new version of Android and at least one new Nexus tablet (maybe even a Nexus 6 smartphone) are all coming sooner rather than later. Android 4.4 KitKat was revealed on October 31st last year alongside the Nexus 5, and both released in the first few weeks of November.

We’ll keep an eye out for more details regarding the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 tablet, Android L release, and even the far out but upcoming Android M update.

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Android M Update Teased Ahead of Android L Release is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iPhone 6 Beats Galaxy Note 4 Where it Counts

GottaBeMobile - 7 hours 57 min ago

iPhone 6 Beats Galaxy Note 4 Where it Counts is a post by Xavier Lanier from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple announced that it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units in the first three days of going on sale. That’s the most iPhones Apple ever sold in the first three days following a new model’s release and something that should make Samsung jealous. Apple sold more than $7 billion worth of iPhones in the first three days of shipping its latest products.

While the Korean phone manufacturer sells Android phones by the millions, we simply don’t see the masses buying the Note 4 and other devices in the same volume when they launch.   Android fans have been bashing the iPhone 6 for mimicking Android phone display sizes and bringing NFC to iOS years after the competition. But Apple would much rather have a blockbuster opening than rushing to be first for the sake of being first.

The iPhone 6 is competitive with the Samsung Galaxy S5 in terms of screen size, while the iPhone 6 Plus has a screen size that’s similar to the Galaxy Note 4.   It took Samsung 60 days to sell 10 million Galaxy Note 3 units last year. It is highly unlikely that the Note 4 will sell anywhere close to 10 million units within three days. The Galaxy S5 debuted earlier this year and it took 27 days for Samsung to sell 10 million units worldwide.

Apple sold the 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the United Kingdom.  Apple did not separate iPhone and iPhone 6 Plus numbers in its press release about the sales figures today, but its safe to say that the company will sell at least an additional 10 million between today and its secondary release date of September 26th, which is when the new phones will be available in  20 more countries. The iPhone 6 has not gone on sale in China yet because Apple needs to jump through one more regulatory hoop. Demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus is fierce, with new iPhones being sold outside of Apple stores for several times their retail prices.

Read: iPhone 6 Plus Shortage: Big iPhones Sent Right Back to China

According to Apple, the company could have sold well over 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units over the first three days, but they simply didn’t have enough in stock.

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“Sales for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus exceeded our expectations for the launch weekend, and we couldn’t be happier,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We would like to thank all of our customers for making this our best launch ever, shattering all previous sell-through records by a large margin. While our team managed the manufacturing ramp better than ever before, we could have sold many more iPhones with greater supply and we are working hard to fill orders as quickly as possible.”

Did you buy an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus yet? If so, let us know what model you bought in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

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iPhone 6 Beats Galaxy Note 4 Where it Counts is a post by Xavier Lanier from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Tech Director Chat – Episode #002

The Tech Savvy Educator - 11 hours 25 min ago

Last week I made a promise to deliver one chat with my district’s tech director each week. I almost broke that promise while struggling with Shout Engine’s submission form today, but their support came through with flying colors, and you now have the podcast below for your listening pleasure. Truth be told, Shout Engine has been ridiculously easy for getting this podcast up and running (and this is coming from someone who has helped dozens of individuals get started with podcast production and hosting). I was excited to get this episode up for two reasons. One; my tech director, Pete Poggione, enjoyed sitting down and having a chance to talk through some of the thought processes that go into technology decision making for a K-12 school district. Two; I got responses from the teachers that I support! Sure, some of them were standard grumbles about issues that bug even me, but a lot of the responses were just average curiosities and questions that many have been asking for awhile.

Whether it’s lack of time, lack of interest, or just a lack of patience, many often want an answer that sadly there isn’t always time for, especially at the start of the school year. Not that we don’t have time to answer pressing questions, but rather there never seems to be time enough for an answer that makes sense, and offers a bit of reasoning behind the decision. I’m hoping that by continuing to provide these “this is why” type answers, it will give listeners (teachers in my district or elsewhere) an opportunity to satisfy that all consuming “why?!” question that burns at the heart of any question. As educators, we’re all curious human beings, and even though we may not agree with the decisions made by administrators, I’ve found that most people are at least satisfied with a well thought out explanation as to why a decision was made. Or better yet, a well reasoned response allows for a more nuanced conversation that could in turn alter decisions made in the future for the better. However altruistic this project may sound, it’s certainly a bit of an ego-boost to know that people are listening, and commenting. Enjoy the second episode of “Tech Director Chat”, and feel free to chime in on Twitter using the #TechDirectorChat hashtag if you have questions or thoughts to share.

Here’s a rundown of this week’s questions:

1:38 – Is it gratifying for Pete to get his hands dirty and work on help desk tickets instead of staying behind his desk all the time?

4:30 – Are there new projectors or interactive whiteboards coming?

6:45 – Shoutout to the Later Elementary Teachers, they rock today!

7:31 – Can we upgrade our laptops to OS X Mavericks, and why have you waited so long? – I was told after the recording that I forgot to mention that we also postponed upgrading because not all of the important software we use in the district had been updated by their developers.

13:08 – What plans are in place for providing accessibility for students with special needs or accomodations using district technology?

16:01 – How do Apple products help us with meeting student’s needs and accommodations?

Tech Director Chat – Upgrade Pains & Accessibility

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iOS 8 Problems Continue as Users Plea for iOS 8.0.1

GottaBeMobile - 11 hours 52 min ago

iOS 8 Problems Continue as Users Plea for iOS 8.0.1 is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

iOS 8 problems continue to pile up for iPhone and iPad users days after the initial iOS 8 release date causing some to plead for an iOS 8.0.1 update to alleviate their problems.

Last week, Apple released the iOS 8 update for iPhone and iPad, several months after the company released the first iOS 8 beta update. iOS 8, which was first announced at WWDC 2014 in June, arrived alongside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at Apple’s special media event on September 9th. There, Apple tagged it with a September 17th release date and last Wednesday, Apple made good on its promise.’

iOS 8 for iPhone and iPad was first released around 10AM PST. Almost immediately, iPhone and iPad users around the world started installing its fixes, enhancements and its new features which include changes to iMessage, Photos, the camera application, and more. In all, there are over 100 new features tucked away inside iOS 8.

In addition to these new features, many iPhone and iPad users unfortunately discovered iOS 8 problems lurking inside of Apple’s new update, problems that have, over the past few days begun to pile up. Shortly after the iOS 8 release date, we pointed out a number of iOS 8 problems plaguing iPhone and iPad users. Since then, we’ve heard about and seen numerous other iOS 8 issues that are hampering Apple’s iOS experience.

We’ve discovered a number of problems across several iOS 8 devices including the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, and the iPhone 4s. Several of these issues appear to be fairly common amongst iPhone users. One of the first issues we’ve noticed is keyboard lag. This is most prevalent on the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4s. Taps don’t register as fast as they used to and there is a general sluggishness that’s impacting the keyboard. Our fix from last year doesn’t appear to work this time around either.

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The iPhone 5, iPhone 5s and iPhone 4s all occasionally get stuck in landscape when switching from portrait to landscape. This is something that we noticed with the iOS 8 beta ahead of release and it appears that its transferred over to the public iOS 8 release as well. At the moment, we haven’t found a permanent fix to stop the issue once and for all.

We’ve also noticed a ton of app instability after installing iOS 8. Third-party apps including Chrome and Twitter continue to crash for no reason at all. These issues are mostly found on the iPhone 4s though we’ve seen several crashes on the iPhone 5 as well. We’ve also noticed a few hiccups with Chrome’s interface as well.

On the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, we’ve run into unresponsive camera shutter issues and some issues with third-party applications wherein they don’t properly transfer over to landscape mode. Apps like Facebook still only allow iPhone users to shift when turning the phone to the right. It should work both ways.

We’ve also discovered unresponsive home screen issues where the display goes through extended periods of unresponsiveness, crashes in Safari, random screen glitches, and freezes and stalls. Our own Kevin Purcell says that the public iOS 8 update is actually less stable than the iOS 8 beta that Apple released earlier this year.

Apple’s discussion boards are littered with iOS 8 problems that are impacting iPhone users and iPad users alike. We’ve touched on a number of the more common issues, and fixes, though as a refresher, they including general sluggishness and lag, battery life problems, Wi-Fi issues, installation problems, problems with location services, and more.

These iOS 8 problems have caused many iPhone and iPad users to start clamoring for an iOS 8.0.1 bug fix update to help tone down some of the initial iOS 8 problems.

I need iOS 8.0.1 asap ???????????? ????

— Pierre Guevarra (@BomPiyer) September 22, 2014

waiting for iOS 8.0.1 to come so my phone will stop acting dumb.

— chentel (@atelphobicbliss) September 21, 2014

If you haven’t upgraded to iOS 8, I’d strongly recommend to wait until 8.0.1. Photos app is practically unusable if you have lots of photos.

— Thomas Fuchs (@thomasfuchs) September 20, 2014

I see a iOS 8.0.1 update in the very near future haha my phone keeps crashing certain apps ????

— ?=???=? (@_MillionVoices) September 18, 2014

An iOS 8.0.1 update was rumored to be in testing ahead of the iOS 8 release and we can confirm thru site analytics that testing for the iOS 8.0.1 update seems to have ramped up in recent days.

Devices running iOS 8.0.1 have shown up in our logs more and more frequently, a sign that the update could perhaps be closer than some people think.

Apple’s iOS 8.0.1 testing continues though a release date is out of reach.

Historically, Apple has released an initial bug fix update just days after the arrival of big time iOS updates so it’s possible that we’ll see one arrive soon. In the meantime, users will have to rely on temporary fixes for iOS 8 problems.

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iOS 8 Problems Continue as Users Plea for iOS 8.0.1 is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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PlayStation TV Release Date Is October 14th

GottaBeMobile - 12 hours 11 min ago

PlayStation TV Release Date Is October 14th is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

With the PS4 already dominating sales of devices that allow users to play more robust games in their living room, Sony is now preparing to move quickly into the low-cost entertainment and casual gaming space with a new console. The PlayStation TV’s release date has been confirmed. It’s October 14th.

Sony announced the PlayStation TV release date earlier today. All told, the blog post was a bit understated considering just how big of a move the PlayStation TV is. According to Sony, when the PlayStation TV launches in the United States on October 14th users will be able to hook up the micro-console to their television set to stream movies and play games without any extra hardware – provided that they buy the more expensive bundle that comes with a DualShock 3 controller. At launch the PlayStation TV will be compatible with over 700 games.

The cheapest way to get the PlayStation TV will be the standard bundle. Priced at $99.99 users who purchase it will get just the micro-console itself. Users who purchase the $139.99 system bundle will get an 8GB memory card and Lego Movie: The Videogame at no extra charge. Users who purchase that same $139.99 on release day will get a get Sly copper: Thieves of Time.

Don’t let the lack of a release announcement event or the console’s diminutive size fool you. PlayStation TV is the most aggressive move Sony has made to conquer the living room space in years – and that includes the PS4. Sony is launching the PlayStation TV when users crave a robust living room gadget that lets them do the things they want at a reasonable price.

For gamers, the benefits are clear, the PlayStation TV will allow users to play classic PlayStation games from the PSP and PS One. It’ll also connect to Sony’s PlayStation Now gaming service – making it the cheapest way to experience the cloud gaming service. Then there’s Remote Play, PlayStation TV users will be able to interface with their PS4 in one room and play games on the television that’s connected to the PlayStation TV. Entertainment apps like Hulu Plus and Netflix will be available along with Sony’s own PlayStation Network video and music services. Those entertainment apps are key for people who want a cheap way to do something else other than play video games.

The PS4 competes with the Xbox One at the same price point. By pricing the PlayStation TV at $139.99 for those without a controller, Sony is making its entire entertainment service available to users at an even more competitive price. Effectively, Sony is preparing to cut the legs out from under the Xbox One, even though Microsoft introduced a $399 version of the console just a few months ago.

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In fact, its low price and svelte hardware means it’s competing with a whole new class of devices. For example, the Apple TV costs $99 and lets users enjoy entertainment apps. Google’s $35 Chromecast device allows users with a phone or computer to enjoy video and audio on their television as well. PlayStation TV will even best these devices with a live television service sometime in the near feature. Sony confirmed the TV service earlier this year, according to Reuters. If Sony delivers on the service, it’ll be the first of its kind to be available in the United States. Today, many content providers are introducing live streams of their cable channels, but only to users who already subscribe to a traditional cable or satellite package.

Read: Sony Introduces New PlayStation Vita TV to Take on Apple TV

If you’re a longtime fan of PlayStation than you may have already had your hands on the PlayStation TV and not realized it. Inside, the PlayStation TV is really a PS Vita without the screen or controllers. The DualShock 3 controller that the console users is actually taken from the PS3, Sony’s last generation console.

 

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PlayStation TV Release Date Is October 14th is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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FIFA 15 Release Date: 11 Things Buyers Need to Know

GottaBeMobile - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 21:48

FIFA 15 Release Date: 11 Things Buyers Need to Know is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The FIFA 15 release date arrives this week, bringing better graphics, new features and upgraded team tactics to FIFA 15 fans on all consoles. If you plan to pick up the game this week, here are 11 things you need to know about the FIFA 15 release date.

Many players already tried the FIFA 15 demo or are already playing the full game as part of the EA Access FIFA 15 trial, but for there is still a lot you need to know about the new FIFA release for fall 2014.

There is no need to pre-order if you want to buy FIFA 15 on day one, but you can score some bonus items with retail and digital FIFA 15 pre-orders. We aren’t seeing many FIFA 15 deals right now, but if you need to save on your purchase we have an idea when you’ll be able to buy.

Here’s what you need to know about the FIFA 15 release date.

Keep reading to learn what you can expect on the FIFA 15 release date, including what buyers need to know. One of the most important things to keep in mind is that even though the FIFA 15 release comes to many consoles and PC, you’ll get the best experience on newer consoles, so it may be the right time to upgrade to the Xbox One or PS4.

FIFA 15 is available on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, Wii, PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS. There is no Wii U version of FIFA 15. The basic version of FIFA 15 starts at $59.99.

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The FIFA 15 release date is September 23rd in the U.S. and the FIFA 15 UK release date is September 26th. Don’t expect any stores to sell out of FIFA 15 on release day. Even without pre-orders EA knows how many copies people will likely buy and is ready.

If you want to stop at Walmart or GameStop on your way home from work to buy a copy for yourself or for your kid, you won’t have any trouble and the only line you’ll see is everyone else waiting on the one customer service rep on staff.

FIFA 15 vs FIFA 15 Ultimate Edition

Pick the right version of FIFA 15 for your playing style.

You can buy two versions of FIFA 15 at release. The basic FIFA 15 version includes the game and that’s it. If you play the FIFA Ultimate Team mode or FUT, you’ll probably want to spend $10 more on the FIFA 15 Ultimate Team edition. Here’s what you get with FIFA 15 Ultimate Edition;

  • 40 FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Gold Packs
  • Adidas All Star Team
  • Adidas Predator boot collection
  • 3 new goal celebrations
  • Added pre-order content

You don’t get all 40 FIFA 15 Ultimate Team gold packs on day one. They arrive over the next weeks several at a time.

FIFA 15 on PS4, Xbox One & PC is Best

After a FIFA release that didn’t look better on PS4 or Xbox One last year EA poured resources into making FIFA 15 shine on the new consoles and on PC. If you plan to buy FIFA 15 and other games this fall, now is a good time to buy an Xbox One or PS4. Here are five areas FIFA 15 is better on PS4 and Xbox One.

  1. Better Graphics
  2. Smarter Goalkeepers
  3. Emotional Intelligence
  4. Enhanced Commentary
  5. Living Pitch

You’ll still have fun on Xbox 360 and PS3, bit on other older consoles you end up with a Legacy Edition with fewer features.

FIFA 15 Pre-Order Bonus

If you pre-order FIFA 15 from almost any store you’ll get $15 worth of FUT Gold packs. This is available on the regular edition only.

If you go with a GameStop FIFA 15 pre-order you also unlock three new celebrations including Flag Kick, Standing Tall and Kiss the Wrist.

If you pre-order the regular version on Xbox One digitally you also get 15 free FUT packs.

FIFA 15 App

If you want to play FIFA 15 on iPhone, iPad or Android you can download FIFA 15 Ultimate Team on your mobile device. This puts a focus on the Ultimate Team Mode. You manage your team and play matches, but the graphics won’t blow you away.

You can use a controller with FIFA Mobile on iOS an Android. The FIFA 15 mobile game should arrive later this week.

Midnight FIFA 15 Release

You won’t find many midnight FIFA 15 release events, but there is at least one you can count on. Many GameStop locations are open late for a midnight FIFA 15 event.

GameStop is one of the few places you’ll find a midnight FIFA 15 release.

Doors open at 9 PM local time for so you can check out anytime before midnight, and then pick up at 12:01 AM on the FIFA 15 release. Stores will stay open until 12:30 AM.

It does not look like Best Buy will be open for a midnight FIFA 15 release this year.

Digital FIFA 15 Release Date

You can buy a digital FIFA 15 release on PS4, PC and Xbox One. You can pre-order the regular and Ultimate Edition on these consoles and PC.

You can buy regular and the Ultimate Edition digitally.

You can pre-load the FIFA 15 game before the release date, but you can’t play until the clock hits September 23rd. On the PS4 & Xbox One the FIFA 15 release time is 12:01 AM Pacific, so 3 AM Eastern.

Best FIFA 15 Deals Coming Later

If you missed out on the early FIFA 15 deal that cut the price to $35 you’ll need to wait a few weeks for any major deals. There is no big FIFA 14 trade-in value or discounts on FIFA 15 at most retailers. There is also no FIFA 15 Xbox One bundle in the U.S.

If this is anything like Madden 15 you can expect $10 to $20 off with the first big FIFA 15 deals coming two-three weeks after the release.

FIFA 15 Gameplay Videos

You can learn about the new FIFA 15 features and see how the game looks by watching FIFA 15 gameplay videos. If you haven’t had time to download the FIFA 15 demo or can’t get in on the FIFA 15 trial, this is the best way for buyers to know what’s coming in the new FIFA release.

You can watch the FIFA 15 features and gameplay videos above, and check out a full game of FIFA 15 in the video below.

FIFA 15 Player Ratings

EA announced the top 50 FIFA 15 players, from Messi to Chiellini so that you know who you want to get for your FIFA 15 Ultimate Team and what teams you should look at starting with for an early win against your friends.

Here are the best FIFA 15 players.

Check out the best FIFA 15 players to get an edge on the competition ahead of the FIFA 15 release this week.

Big Change for FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Mode

EA pulled a popular Ultimate Team option to crack down on FIFA 15 cheaters before the release.

One week before the FIFA 15 release EA announced that it was pulling a popular feature from the FIFA 15 Ultimate Team mode. This change will anger some fans, but EA pulled the feature to prevent coin sellers and account phishers from targeting users in FIFA 15.

“Although some honest players used this feature to trade with friends, it became one of the methods used by coin sellers to sell and move coins. Account phishers also abused Trade Offers by moving stolen players and coins after wrongfully gaining access to unsuspecting FUT player accounts.

This will also address “bid bumping”, where people would try and trick others into bidding far more than they wanted for a player item.

It was a tough decision, but this is the right step towards improving security, showing cheaters the red card, and keeping FUT safe for all FIFA fans.” 

EA explains the decision, and also limits the number of Transfer Targets and includes Origin Login before some FUT transactions.

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FIFA 15 Release Date: 11 Things Buyers Need to Know is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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10 Great Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition Accessories

GottaBeMobile - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 21:36

10 Great Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition Accessories is a post by Kevin Purcell from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition gives business users and students one of the best Android 4.4 Kitkat options thanks to the excellent display, fast user interface and best-in-class note taking and drawing features with the Samsung S Pen. Here’s our collection of 10 of the best Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition accessories. It includes keyboards, an alternative to the S Pen, a great low-price case, and some options for extra storage.

A few well-chosen accessories can improve the user’s enjoyment. This collection of useful accessories helps Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition users get the most out of the tablet.

Also give our How To a read for getting the most out of the built-in apps, as well as our tips for using Touchwiz on the Note 10.1.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition Book Cover Case

This Samsung branded case costs $60 direct from Samsung, but buyers can shop at Amazon and buy one for only $40. It’s one of the nicest cases for the tablet. It’s extremely durable and textured to help with gripping the device while carrying it around.

The tablet turns the screen on/off when the user opens the folio style case. It folds back into a triangle to stand the tablet up at a higher angle for viewing content like movies and typing with a keyboard. The user can also drop it down to at a lower angle for typing on the screen.

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Budget conscious users can skip the Samsung Book Cover and pick out a case that’s almost as good for a third of the retail price or half the Amazon sale price. The Poetic Slimline Case comes with an unheard of 3 year warranty. It offers all of the features of the expensive Samsung case, but costs only $20 on Amazon. Get it in one of six colors.

The Poetic Slimline Case comes in six colors of faux leather. The material feels good despite its low cost.

The Poetic Slimline Case fits the tablet perfectly adding very little bulk or thickness. It feels like leather, but isn’t. The cover folds back and turns the case into a landscape-mode stand that’s stable enough for touching the screen, even at the steepest angle. Users can type on the screen with the case holding the Note at a lower angle. Prop the tablet up at a higher angle for watching movies or typing with a Bluetooth keyboard.

Wacom Bamboo Stylus Feel

Wacom Bamboo Feel Carbon Stylus replaces the built-in S Pen with a more comfortable stylus.

The included stylus works well, but people with larger hands might get uncomfortable using it for a long note taking session. The Wacom Bamboo Stylus ($40 direct) and the Stylus Feel Carbon ($80 direct) gives users a great alternative. The Stylus Feel look like a pen with a cap, but internally has the same technology built into the Note’s stylus. The cap protects the fine tip of the stylus and includes a clip to attach the pen to a shirt pocket, a computer bag pocket or even the fold of the Poetic case mentioned above. The Carbon version feels textured instead of smooth but also costs more.

The Wacom Bamboo Stylus Feel’s button works just like the S Pen button. The tip records input accurately and feels a lot like a pen.

Amazon sells the Feel for the same $40 but they have the Carbon for $5 less than Wacom.

Bluetooth Keyboards

Recommending just one Bluetooth keyboard proves futile since there are so many available and people like different things. We’ve reviewed a few that work great, including the Logitech Tablet Keyboard (seen above) that’s now a bit out of date but works great, feels great to type on and lasts a long time on a single charge. This is a great option.

The keyboard’s pictured here with the iPad, but works great on an Android tablet too.

The Minisuit BluBoard Universal Bluetooth QWERTY Keyboard (seen above) isn’t as refined as the Logitech, but it’s bigger and includes a channel that holds the tablet in place while using it and has a carrying case to protect it.

Poetic makes an all-in-one keyboard case for the Note 10.1 as well for only $35, or $30 on Amazon. The Poetic Keybook Case is a folio style case with a flap to hold it shut. It’s a little thick with the keyboard, the faux leather covering the back sides and bezel of the tablet, and the flap used to hold it closed.

The Samsung Bluetooth Keyboard will work great with the Note 10.1.

For people who prefer to go with accessories made by the tablet manufacturer, get the Samsung’s keyboard designed for their tablets which costs $60.

We’ve not tested these last two keyboards. They made the list because the Poetic keyboard doesn’t cost much and comes from a trusted manufacturer. Samsung makes the last keyboard.

Chromecast

Thanks to a recent update, the $35 Google Chromecast will mirror the entire screen of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition to a TV that’s hooked up to a Chromecast. As a result, gamers can play Android games on the large screen. Business or education users can make presentations. Android users who also own an Android phone can install the Microsoft Office Android app on their tablet following our howto. This involves installing MyAppSharer that copies the app installer to another device using email or cloud storage like Dropbox.

Setting up the Chromecast isn’t easy, but we cover all the steps in our review.

Extra Storage

SanDisk Connect 64GB Wireless Media Drive For Smartphones And Tablets

The Note comes with either 16GB or 32GB of storage built-in and an expansion slot that holds a micro-SD card. Owners can expand the storage to hold more movies, music, images or other files. Grab a micro-SD card and plug it into the slot. It supports up to 64GB. Users can also get a USB adapter that plugs into the tablet’s USB port and adapts to a full-sized USB connector to use with any USB flash drive. Better than an adapter is using a wireless flash drive.

Sandisk makes a pair of flash drives that include Wi-Fi connections and can plug into a USB port. We demonstrate how to use the larger Sandisk Connect Wireless Media Drive in the video above. The battery lasts up to 8 hours and stores either 32GB or 64GB of data. Amazon sells the 32GB drive for $75 and the 64GB for $120.

SanDisk Connect 64GB Wireless Flash Drive For Smartphones And Tablets

The Sandisk Connect Wireless Flash drives works the same way as the Media Drive, but it’s smaller and offers three storage options (16, 32, and 64GB).

A Sandisk app will help the user back up files to the drives and let users make use of files stored on the drive. Here’s the app for the Sandisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive. Here’s the app for the Sandisk Connect Wireless Media drive.

Users can also connect the drives to their computer via USB to transfer larger files to the drive for later use with their tablet. It also works with iPhone and iPad or any device with a browser with a dedicated address.

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Galaxy Note Edge Release Date: 11 Things Buyers Need to Know

GottaBeMobile - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 16:57

Galaxy Note Edge Release Date: 11 Things Buyers Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge release date still isn’t set in stone but we have seen it make considerable progress since Samsung’s announcement earlier this month. Here, ahead of Samsung’s official announcement, we run down the most important things prospective buyers need to know about the upcoming Galaxy Note Edge release date.

Earlier this month, Samsung executives took the stage and announced a slew of new products including a brand new Galaxy Note 4 and a surprise Galaxy Note Edge. The Galaxy Note 4 will be the true successor to last year’s Galaxy Note 3 and it will go on sale with a number of high-powered features starting in mid-October. The Galaxy Note Edge, a device that shares a lot in common with the Galaxy Note 4, will also deliver some explosive specs including a bent display.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge features a Quad HD resolution, a 2.7 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 805 with 3GB of RAM, Android 4.4.4 KitKat with Samsung TouchWiz, 16MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization, massive battery, and a thin 8.3mm frame. It also comes with an S Pen stylus and a display unlike any other.

Instead of a flat display, the Galaxy Note Edge offers a bent display that drapes over the right side of its design. The feature, which provides new viewing angles, can be seen in action in the video above. It’s the Galaxy Note Edge’s biggest selling point and one reason why consumers are now interested in Samsung’s high-end Galaxy Note.

Problem is, the Galaxy Note Edge release date remains out of reach. Samsung confirmed it for arrival later this year though it neglected to offer specific details. Slowly but surely, we’ve been able to fill in a few of the blanks and here, we take a look at the most important things buyers need to know about the Galaxy Note Edge release date in the United States and around the world.

Galaxy Note Edge Release Date Making Progress

The exact Samsung Galaxy Note Edge release date remains missing in action for all markets but we do know that the Galaxy Note Edge release is making progress behind the scenes.

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Earlier this month, one Galaxy Note Edge variant passed through the FCC. We also recently spotted a Bluetooth certification for an international model. Now, three more Galaxy Note Edge variants have been caught getting their certifications a sign that the release date is getting closer.

Three new Galaxy Note Edge Bluetooth certifications, first spotted by Blog of Mobile, do not confirm an imminent Galaxy Note Edge release but they do tell us that the international Galaxy Note Edge release is inching closer to reality. The three variants are the SM-915S, SM-N915K, and SM-N915L and it appears that they are heading to the Korean market.

The SM-N915S will supposedly come to SK Telecom, the SM-N915K to KT, and the SM-915L to LG U+. Unfortunately these Bluetooth certifications, which are necessary before a device can officially hit shelves, do not reveal any specific Galaxy Note Edge release date details. They do, however, suggest that the Korean market will be among the first.

Galaxy Note Edge Release Date in “Selected Markets”

It’s still not clear exactly where the Galaxy Note Edge will be released. For instance, Samsung Canada confirmed it for arrival last week, two weeks after the initial Galaxy Note Edge launch date.

Samsung UK though makes it clear that this will not be a widespread smartphone. In a release for the Galaxy Note 4, the company says that “the Galaxy Note Edge will be released in selected markets, with UK availability to be confirmed in due course.” The key thing there is “selected markets” which to us can be interpreted as limited availability. Analysts back that theory.

Recent Galaxy Note Edge release details from Yonhap News in Korea quote a Hyundai Securities analyst who claims that while Samsung plans to ship 11 million units of the Galaxy Note 4, it might only ship 1 million units of the Galaxy Note Edge. The analyst believes that the low yield is due to the manufacturing difficulties that come with the Galaxy Note Edge’s display.

So, as expected, the Galaxy Note Edge will probably be limited in scope and won’t hit hundreds of different markets like the Galaxy Note 4. At least not in the beginning.

Galaxy Note Edge Release Date “Coming Soon” in U.S.

A Samsung Galaxy Note Edge sign up page for the United States though claims that the Galaxy Note Edge is “coming soon” to the U.S. It does not reveal an exact date but this is the first time since launch that we’ve seen Samsung tease the Galaxy Note Edge release for the U.S. market. It doesn’t mean that a Galaxy Note Edge release will happen tomorrow but it’s a good sign nonetheless.

One other thing of note. The drop down menu lists five carriers instead of four. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon are all listed in the drop down box. Of these, U.S. Cellular is the only one that has yet to announce the Galaxy Note Edge for arrival. U.S. Cellular did announce the Galaxy Note 4 but it did not announce the Galaxy Note Edge.

We wouldn’t get too excited. We’ve seen drop down menus on sign up pages list all sorts of carriers in the past. This is not a confirmation for a U.S. Cellular Galaxy Note Edge.

Galaxy Note Edge Release Date in 2015

Yesterday, Samsung unexpectedly revealed some new Galaxy Note Edge release date information.

It appears that Samsung is planning a Canadian Galaxy Note Edge release date in 2015 though the company did not outline specific details. It did, however, mention that the country would be behind the U.S. Galaxy Note Edge release date. It’s not clear what that means for the U.S. though it does confirm a release date ahead of the Canadian release.

This is actually big news for Canada. Samsung did not confirm the region for launch on September 3rd but it looks like our neighbors to the north are going to be getting the Galaxy Note Edge at some point down the road.

Galaxy Note Edge Release Delay

Canada won’t be the only region facing a delay.

UK retailer Clove recently passed along some new Galaxy Note Edge details and they aren’t pretty. The retailer claims that the Galaxy Note Edge will not be available in the United Kingdom right off the bat, information that is says comes from its distribution channels:

When the Note Edge launches, there will not be UK stock available. It will not be available in the majority of European countries.

For those customers that are interested in purchasing the Note Edge, we will look to source non-UK stock. This means that, if possible, we will purchase the stock intended for one of the countries where the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is due to launch.

It’s still not clear what other countries might be included but what is clear is that Galaxy Note Edge release problems have already begun ahead of an official announcement. And that’s not good for consumers looking to pick up a new flagship smartphone during the fall and the holiday shopping months.

Furthermore, the retailer says that it still doesn’t know how much the Galaxy Note Edge will cost.

Galaxy Note Edge Pre-Orders

While it doesn’t have a price, Clove UK is taking pre-orders for the Galaxy Note Edge. So are a handful of other retailers including Amazon and a Dutch retailer called Notebooksbilliger. Amazon and Notebooksbilliger are both charging a small fortune for the Galaxy Note Edge and we highly suggest avoiding them until we get some official details.

Galaxy Note Edge Price

Amazon Germany is charging nearly €1000 for the Galaxy Note Edge. Same goes for Dutch retailer Notebooksbilliger. By comparison, the Galaxy Note 4 looks like it will cost around €699.

While that steep price might not stick, we continue to see Galaxy Note Edge release details point in that direction. A Weibo post from an alleged China Mobile employee suggests that the Galaxy Note Edge price could be expensive in China as well.

That post, first discovered by G for Games, indicates that China Mobile could charge 7,000 Yuan for the Galaxy Note Edge. That translates to about $1,139. Last year’s Galaxy Note 3 was 5,399 yuan and the Galaxy Note 4 is expected to command a price around 5,100 Yuan or around $830. That’s about $150 more than the Galaxy Note 3?s off-contract price in the United States.

At the beginning of the year, Samsung said that the Galaxy Note Edge would be aimed at the high-end and it appears that the company will be sticking to its word. We still don’t know how much it will cost in the U.S. but with a Galaxy Note 4 price confirmed for $299.99, it looks like the Galaxy Note Edge and its bent display will be extremely expensive.

Galaxy Note Edge: Where to Buy (U.S.)

The Galaxy Note Edge sign up page for the U.S. reveals some new details about where to buy the new Galaxy Note.

The Galaxy Note Edge will apparently be sold in several retail locations. Best Buy, Target, Sam’s Club, RadioShack, Amazon, Walmart, and Costco will evidently be stocking this high-end Galaxy Note Edge when it arrives. These should all come in addition to carrier stores that should stock the Galaxy Note Edge on day one.

Galaxy Note 4 Release Date Confirmed

Prospective Galaxy Note 4 users need to know that the Galaxy Note 4 release date in the U.S. is confirmed for October 17th. It’s also confirmed for October 10th in the United Kingdom.

We’re not sure if the Galaxy Note 4 will beat the Galaxy Note Edge to launch though given that we now have concrete information, there’s a very good chance that the Galaxy Note 4 will arrive first.

iPhone 6 Plus Out Now

Galaxy Note Edge buyers would also be wise to check out the new iPhone 6 Plus from Apple. Apple’s new 5.5-inch iPhone 6 hit shelves on Friday and while it’s still difficult to find, consumers that want a big screen smartphone would be wise to go hands on with it before the Galaxy Note Edge release.

Galaxy Note 3 Deals

And finally, it’s probably worth checking out last year’s Galaxy Note, the Galaxy Note 3. It’s a Galaxy Note and it’s now extremely cheap thru retailers and carriers. It’s looking like it’ll be hundreds of dollars cheaper than the Galaxy Note Edge so if you don’t need the curved screen or the other features, it’s probably worth a look.

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Galaxy Note Edge Release Date: 11 Things Buyers Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iPhone 6: 5 Things I learned on the First Day

GottaBeMobile - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 16:15

iPhone 6: 5 Things I learned on the First Day is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The iPhone 6 is the new iPhone that most people will buy. For $200 on contract or  about $25 a month you get a larger screen, impressive camera and sleek new design — but you’ll definitely want to look at case options.

Apple started selling the new iPhones on Friday and after 24 hours we can’t share a full iPhone 6 review, but there are many things that stand out after using the new iPhone for a day.

If you are considering the larger iPhone, make sure you read five things I learned from using the iPhone 6 Plus for a day to figure out how the two compare. For many users the smaller model is just the right size and it fits in my hand very well, but it is a bit slippery.

Our iPhone 6 first impressions reveal five things you’ll want to know.

Apple upgrades the iPhone 6 to a 4.7-inch screen with a 1,330 x 750 resolution, a new 8MP camera with larger pixels and faster, smarter auto focus. Apple Pay arrives in October as a free update to allow users to make payments by tapping the iPhone 6 to a credit card reader at a retailer.

If you are considering buying the iPhone 6, here are five things I learned in the first day of using the new iPhone. For background I upgraded from the iPhone 5s, but I use other Android phones like the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S5 and the new Moto X which feature slightly larger screens.

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The iPhone 6 is larger than the iPhone 5s, but it’s not too big to adjust to in a day. I’m still finding just the right grip and adjusting to the power button on the right side instead of the top, but the iPhone 6 is easy to use with one hand for most apps and actions. When something is out of reach, a double tap on the home button slides the top of screen down to where I can tap on the button without switching grip.

The iPhone 6 is the right size for most buyers.

The iPhone 6 Plus uses the display in interesting ways, but for family members and friends who held both, the smaller iPhone is the one they choose. If you are on the fence you should go check out both at a store, but most users will gravitate towards the iPhone 6.

iPhone 6 Screen is a Great Upgrade

Apple didn’t jump to a 1080P display on the iPhone 6, like we see on most Android phones and on the iPhone 6 Plus, but it is still a beautiful screen. The touch screen is incredibly smooth and the curved edges allow your fingers to easily activate the gestures to go back in menus and apps with ease.

Although the iPhone 6 screen doesn’t include a 1080P HD display it’s still nice.

Switching from the iPhone 5s’ 4-inch display to the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 display is an easy jump and Apple uses the display nicely showing more apps on the screen, more information on web pages and on the Kindle app.

I use both of the new iPhones, and the iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch display is easier to hold and use throughout the day.

iPhone 6 Camera is Impressive

Apple upgrades the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus camera to deliver better looking photos. The iPhone 6 Plus includes Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). This may be a reason for some buyer to go for the larger model, but the iPhone 6 camera is not a slouch. Using the iPhone 6 to take photos of my pets, a sunset and a variety of other subjects throughout the day delivered great results.

Gotta Be Mobile will share more iPhone 6 photo samples and thoughts in the coming days. Another feature that is really fun to use is the new 240fps slow motion, which is incredibly cool.

iPhone 6 Apps

One of the problems with the huge screen on the 6 Plus is that older apps are blown up, which presents two problems. These apps look a little blurry, certainly not as sharp as apps designed for the larger screen. This problem isn’t as bad on the iPhone 6. Although the screen is bigger than the iPhone 5s, it’s close enough that blown up apps don’t look that bad on the iPhone 6.

This shows one of the temporary problems with iPhone 6 apps so far.

The real adjustment comes from the keyboard. When Apple blows an app up to fit the larger screen you are stuck with a larger keyboard. The change is small, but touch typing is harder because the keys move around. Both of these complaints will go away as more iPhone 6 apps arrive in the App Store.

You’ll Want an iPhone 6 Case

The new iPhone 6 design features wonderful curves and it fits in my hand very well, but this is one slipper iPhone. Holding it is a challenge at times because everything is smooth. It turns out those straight chamfered edges on the iPhone 5s did a lot to make the phone easier to hold.

After trying to use the iPhone 6 without a case for a day, it’s already in a Speck CandyShell Wallet case and a Spigen iPhone 6 case while I try to find the best case for me.

You’ll find some of our favorite iPhone 6 cases below, form $8 to $60, depending what you want and how much you want to spend.

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One of the most popular iPhone 6 cases is the leather iPhone 6 case from Apple. This case is one that you can find in any Apple Store on release day and is also listed with many carriers. 

Apple designs the leather iPhone 6 case with premium leather in a small form factor that adds minimal bulk to the new iPhone. You can find the leather iPhone 6 case in five color options that match the white and black front of the iPhone 6.

Watch out if you buy the red iPhone 6 case as the leather model for the iPhone 5s wore very fast and looked dirty and grey soon after purchasing.

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iPhone 6: 5 Things I learned on the First Day is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iPhone 6 Release Day Pre-Orders Still Not Delivered

GottaBeMobile - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 21:36

iPhone 6 Release Day Pre-Orders Still Not Delivered is a post by Xavier Lanier from Gotta Be Mobile.

A small portion of iPhone 6 buyers that ordered phones for release day delivery are still waiting around for FedEx or UPS. In some cases, it appears that delivery drivers simply ran out of time to make final deliveries. In other cases, issues with wireless carriers’ systems prevented Apple from shipping out orders on time.

Apple’s iPhone 6 pre-order process got off to a rocky start. Customers who stayed up until midnight Pacific time on September 12th struggled to place orders, with Apple and wireless carriers’ web sites and apps timing out or giving various errors. Those that were able to complete their orders and were given delivery dates of September 19th the lucky ones. As minutes ticked  by, Apple and its partners sold out of their pre-order inventory.

As the initial iPhone 6 delivery date of September 19th approached, some buyers received notifications from Apple of delays due to AT&T not being able to confirm upgrade eligibility. Apparently, Apple’s online store was able to check upgrade eligibility at the time of order, but there is a secondary check before the iPhone 6 units ship out. Some Apple customers that ran into this issue saw their iPhone 6 delivery dates shift from September 19th to September 26-30. Adding to the frustration, Apple sent out these notifications less than a day before customers expected their iPhone 6s to be delivered.

The above email is regarding one of our iPhone 6 test review units that was ordered from Apple.com in the early hours of the pre-order process. We received a confirmation email noting that this unit would arrive on the 19th after placing the order. Apple sent the above email at approximately 4Pm on Thursday, September 18. Keep in mind that many iPhone 6 buyers made special arrangements to be home to receive delivery. Apple followed up late yesterday to inform us that this iPhone 6 unit would deliver on September 22.

 

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Some iPhone 6 buyers are reporting that FedEx and UPS just never showed up yesterday. They are frustrated because they either stayed home from work or made other special arrangements to make sure someone was home to receive the iPhone 6. Apple had promised deliveries by 8PM on September 19. Apparently FedEx and UPS dropped the ball and didn’t have enough resources to hit that deadline. Below is an example of a FedEx tracking report from one reader who is still waiting for her iPhone 6 to be delivered. According to FedEx it is still out for delivery, but haven’t actually promised that it will deliver today or given a deadline.

Are you still waiting for your iPhone 6 pre-order to show up? Let us know the details of your situation in the comments section below or on our Facebook page. 

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iPhone 6 Release Day Pre-Orders Still Not Delivered is a post by Xavier Lanier from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Where To Get Cool iPhone 6 Wallpapers

GottaBeMobile - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 20:21

Where To Get Cool iPhone 6 Wallpapers is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

With today being iPhone 6 release day, millions of users around the world are unboxing Apple’s latest smartphone and finding out just how big a screen both devices have. At 4.7-inches in the case of the iPhone 6 and 5.5-inches in the case of the iPhone 6 Plus, there’s a lot of new space for users to tap on the iOS 8 keyboard or watch videos with. If you judge by how much time you’ll spend staring at it, the most important change with these new iPhones is that now there’s more space for you to show off all of your favorite wallpapers on the Home screen – even if you plan on covering it with iPhone apps and app folders.

Here are some great places to get iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus wallpapers from. Each is completely and absolutely free and doesn’t require signing up for a username or service.

Flickr

Chances are that if you’re looking to download a cool wallpaper somewhere, you aren’t very good at photography – or at the very least don’t have the necessary time or equipment to make it a hobby. Luckily, there’s an entire online community dedicated to smartphone owners and camera aficionados who like taking great photos and sharing them with the rest of the world. That community is called Flickr, and as long as you’re able to get online you can browse through the millions of photos uploaded to the service. Our advice, would be to use the site’s search box to look for pictures on common themes like ‘snow’ or ‘sunshine’. It has a mobile version so you can download those photos from Flickr directly to your new iPhone 6.

Bing

Microsoft’s Bing Search engine gets a lot of credit for giving users rewards in exchange for performing every day searches and having travel integration that makes getting airplane tickets a breeze. Surely, more users know it as the search engine that surfaces different pictures on its home page every day. Using the Bing for iPhone App users can scroll through all the images used on Bing’s home page for a time and save them to their iPhone 6 Photos collection. There they can be assigned as iPhone 6 wallpapers. Download the Bing app from the iTunes Store and hit the Share button in the bottom tray. It’s second from the right. Swipe from left to right on the Bing for iPhone app’s home page to browse all the images that are available.

HD Wallpapers Stand

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Speaking of the iTunes App Store. Its name is slightly misleading. Every day developers add dozens of things to the App Store that you’d never think were there. Wallpapers are in there too and it’s where you can find the next one for your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.

There are hundreds available, but HD Wallpapers does it in the right way. HD Wallpapers is completely free from the iTunes Store. Inside, Wallpapers are sorted by categories based on games, how funny they are, calendars, movies and more. Simply, hitting the download button while looking at any wallpaper on the bottom bar saves it to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6. There are in some in-app advertisements and purchases lurking but HD Wallpapers is still the app to beat.

DevaintArt

If Flickr is the one place where everyone goes to post their own photography, DeviantArt is where everyone goes to post any cool picture they create at all. Unlike Flickr, which is very focused on photos, DeviantArt is stuffed full of everything you can possibly think of. Like a specific thing such as Carton Network’s The Adventures of Gumball? There’s more than you can ever hope to find anywhere else. Just plain photos and movie stills are uploaded to the site too. DevaintArt’s images are free for everyone to use.

There’s a mobile website that allows users to save images to their iPhone 6 too.

IMGUR

Sometimes you don’t need the perfect photography to put behind your icons. Sometimes, you something with a few lines of text and maybe some jokes to go along with it. That’s where IMGUR comes in. Many users know if for its reputation for smarmy remarks overlaid on photos. There’s plenty of that, but there are also some cool promotional pictures and other interesting photos on the service too. You can download the images through Safari or the native imgur apps that are available in the iTunes Store.

Your Own Photos

Read: How to Change Wallpapers in iOS 7

Of course, there’s another treasure trove that you probably haven’t thought about tapping for a new iPhone 6 wallpaper: your own photos. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have what some regard as the best rear-facing cameras ever put into a smartphone. Take some pictures with the Camera app and then use those as your wallpaper. Better yet, head to your Pictures folder and cycle through some of the pictures you’ve taken over the years. Chances are there is a list one that you wouldn’t mind looking at every day.

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Where To Get Cool iPhone 6 Wallpapers is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iPhone 6 vs Galaxy Note Edge: 5 Things Buyers Need to Know

GottaBeMobile - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 17:32

iPhone 6 vs Galaxy Note Edge: 5 Things Buyers Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

With the iPhone 6 release date now here and the Galaxy Note Edge release confirmed for later this year, consumers are sizing up the two big screen smartphones ahead of their arrival. While we can’t make that decision for you, we can provide you with details that could help to make you come to a quicker and perhaps, a better decision. This iPhone 6 vs Galaxy Note Edge comparison addresses the most important differences, and similarities, that buyers need to know.

Earlier this month, Samsung took to the stage in Berlin, Germany to announce several new products for the fall. First, we saw another intro for the Samsung Gear S, an Apple Watch competitor and a device that appears to be a solid alternative to current Android smartwatches. We also saw the Gear VR virtual reality headset make its first appearance.

The stars of the show though was arguably the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 successor, and the Galaxy Note Edge. The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is an ambitious new smartphone and one that is set to do battle with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sometime later on this year. At least in the U.S.

Samsung’s all new Galaxy Note Edge is a high-end smartphone that shares some features with the Galaxy Note 4 but offers some unique ones of its own. With a release slated for later this year though, the Galaxy Note Edge is going to face some serious opposition, including a new iPhone 6 that offers two new screen sizes.

On September 9th, Apple unveiled two new iPhones that both feature larger screens. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6, along with the iPhone 6 Plus, will replace the iPhone 5s as the company’s new flagship smartphone options. While the iPhone 6 doesn’t have a massive display like the iPhone 6 Plus, it will still be a device that consumers will be taking a look at this fall.

Consumers that haven’t already made up their mind are almost certainly weighing the iPhone 6 against the Galaxy Note Edge. And while we can’t tell you what to do, we can push you in the right direction. Ahead of the Galaxy Note Edge release, we take a look at the five most important things buyers need to know about the iPhone 6 vs Galaxy Note Edge.

iPhone 6 Release Date vs. Galaxy Note Edge Release Date

The iPhone 6 release date was yesterday. Yesterday, Apple and its carrier and retail partners in the United States and select other regions released the iPhone 6 to lines and enthusiasm from Apple customers. As expected, the iPhone 6 Plus is a little difficult to find though we’ve heard that the smaller iPhone 6 stock is much healthier.

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Its supply issues haven’t been nearly as bad as the iPhone 6 Plus and we’re expecting iPhone 6 shipping times and stock to remain much better than those for the iPhone 6 Plus. Some models might be difficult to find, the 16GB model in particular. The important thing though is that you can now go hands on with Apple’s brand new iPhone, something that will be vital in your hunt for your next smartphone.

Unfortunately, the Galaxy Note Edge release date is still unclear. Samsung confirmed it for later this year though it has not offered any specifics. We have seen it make some progress behind the scenes and Samsung’s new sign up page says that it’s “coming soon” but exact details remain in the shadows as we approach the fall and move away from the iPhone 6 release.

We do have a few clues though. The UK says that it will not have the Galaxy Note Edge in stock during the initial release. It’s not clear what kind of delay it will be dealing with. One retailer claims that the delay will impact other European countries as well, not just the United Kingdom.

Samsung Canada recently confirmed that it won’t be getting the Galaxy Note Edge until 2015. It says that its release will come after the U.S. though it made no distinction between dates. In other words, those looking into the iPhone 6 vs Galaxy Note Edge are going to have to wait a little longer to compare these two physically.

From what it sounds like, the Galaxy Note Edge will hit the U.S. this year and perhaps, other countries next year.

iPhone 6 Size vs. Galaxy Note Edge Size

The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is a large phone. And while the iPhone 6 sports a larger display at 4.7-inches, it’s noticeably smaller than the Galaxy Note Edge. Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus, with its 5.5-inch display, is more on par with the size of the Galaxy Note Edge. Here is how that size difference looks.

Galaxy Note Edge vs. iPhone 6.

Here’s how the size difference breaks down from a numbers standpoint:

  • iPhone 6  - 138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm – 129 grams
  • Galaxy Note Edge - 151.3 x 82.4 x 8.3 mm – 174 grams

The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is taller, wider, thicker, and heavier than the slim and svelte iPhone 6. These differences are going to be tangible especially when using the phone with one hand or trying to store your phone in a tight jean pocket. The iPhone 6 is much more pocketable and far easier to use with just one hand.

iPhone 6 Specs vs. Galaxy Note Edge Specs iPhone 6 Specs
  • Apple A8 64-bit Processor
  • iOS 8
  • 4.7-inch display – 1334 x 750  – 326 pixels per inch
  • 16GB / 64GB / 128GB storage options
  • 1.2MP front-facing camera
  • 8MP rear-facing camera
  • 4G LTE
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • Touch ID Fingerprint Sensor
  • NFC
Galaxy Note Edge Specs
  • 5.6-inch Quad HD display with bent side
  • Snapdragon 805 processor (U.S.)
  • 3GB RAM
  • 16MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3.7MP front-facing camera
  • 32GB / 64GB storage with support for 128GB microSD cards
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • UV sensor
  • Heart rate sensor
  • NFC
  • Fast charging
  • 3000 mah battery
  • S Pen

Both displays are big but the Galaxy Note Edge provides far more real estate for gaming, browsing the web, and more. Again, that comes with a cost which is its overall size. There are also two more things to keep in mind when it comes to these displays.

First, the Samsung’s Galaxy Edge sports a higher resolution. This doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s going to blow the iPhone 6 display out of the water but it does mean that it will be able to keep pace with Apple’s new Retina HD display. DisplayMate, one of the leading voices on display technology, calls the Galaxy Note 4 display the best they’ve ever seen.

The other is the Galaxy Note Edge’s bent display. The Galaxy Note Edge comes with a screen that curves down over the edge of the device. Thus the name. The Galaxy Note Edge and its screen can be seen in the video below.

The Galaxy Note Edge screen isn’t going to be for everyone but it does come with some distinct advantages. The bent part of the Galaxy Note Edge’s display not only offers better viewing angles for content, it also provides users with an extremely quick way to access their most used applications, settings and more. All it takes is the swipe of a thumb.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge bent display can also display notifications on the side without pausing or interrupting content that’s running on the main screen. So if you’re watching a movie and you get a text or an email, it will appear on the side as opposed to on the main screen. This is only the beginning as Samsung will deliver a Galaxy Note Edge SDK that will allow developers to take full advantage of the new display type.

The Galaxy Note Edge will feature Optical Image Stabilization with its camera, technology that minimizes shakiness to deliver better looking photos and video. The iPhone 6 Plus has OIS but the smaller model does not.

We should point out that Samsung has added a ton of new features to its popular camera application including new models for selfies. Apple has also improved its camera app with iOS 8 though it still doesn’t offer the same amount of choice.

While the iPhone 6 comes in three sizes, the Galaxy Note Edge comes in two though we only expect one variant in the U.S., likely the 32GB model. What the Galaxy Note Edge lacks in internal storage, it makes up for with expanded storage. Users can pop in a microSD card that adds tons of storage. The iPhone 6 does not come with expandable storage.

iPhone 6 Features vs. Galaxy Note Edge Features

Apple’s new iPhone always comes with a ton of new features. So do Samsung’s Galaxy Notes. So it’s no surprise that both of these flagships are full of powerful features.

If you upgrade to the iPhone 6, you’ll get an assortment of features that aren’t found on the Galaxy Note Edge. Here, we take a look at a few of the iPhone 6 features that standout from the bunch:

  • Apple Pay – NFC in the iPhone 6 will allow you to pay for things with the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. The Galaxy Note Edge has NFC on board as well though it will use different solutions for mobile payments.
  • Touch ID - The fingerprint sensor inside the home button provides added security and convenience. As we’ve noted, Apple’s Touch ID sensor is far better than the one that Samsung’s using in the Galaxy Note Edge. It uses the same sensor that’s found in the Galaxy S5.
  • ColorsThe iPhone 6 comes in gold, white and gray. Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge will only come in black or white.

Now, we want to take a look at a few of the more intriguing Galaxy Note 4 features:

  • UV Sensor – Allows you to measure UV radiation with your phone. This is something that could help to prevent health issues and it’s something that isn’t found on the iPhone 6.
  • Heart Rate Sensor – The Galaxy Note Edge comes with a heart rate sensor tucked away near the camera. The sensor can help track your pulse and ties into the company’s new S Health 3.5 application. The iPhone 6 does not feature one.
  • S Pen – This is one of the biggest differences between the two. The Galaxy Note Edge comes with a bundled stylus called the S Pen that can take advantage of unique apps. It also allows you to write and draw on the screen. It can be seen in action in the video below. Needless to say, the iPhone 6 does not come with an S Pen made by Samsung.

iPhone 6 vs. Galaxy Note Edge Software & Updates

The iPhone 6 comes stock with Apple’s iOS 8 software, seen in the video below. iOS 8 is much different than the software found on the Galaxy Note 4 and because of that, software is going to play a key role in your final decision.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge runs Google’s Android 4.4.4 KitKat operating system as a base though the software has been modified with Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface. And not just any version of TouchWiz, a version that’s designed for the S Pen and mulitasking in mind.

Samsung’s made some significant improvements to this year’s S Pen including increased sensitivity on the Note Edge screen to make the note taking experience on the Galaxy Note Edge feel more like writing on paper. More sensitivity also leads to better looking text from handwriting. Samsung’s also made some significant improvements to the S Pen’s applications including, Air Command, S Note and Voice Memo, and more.

More importantly, the company has improved the Galaxy Note Edge’s multitasking, multitasking that the iPhone 6 simply cannot match. One of the reasons why is a feature called Multi-Window View. It can be seen in action on the Galaxy Note 4 in the video below.

Multi-Window View, at its most basic level, allows users to run multiple applications on screen at the same time. With the Galaxy Note Edge, Samsung has made some admirable changes including the ability to access applications in full, split or pop-up screens. Galaxy Note Edge users will now also be able to reposition apps on the screen with just one swipe.

As we’ve pointed out, iOS 8 rumors point to split-screen multitasking for the iPad but those rumors have not pointed to a release for the iPhone or iPhone 6 Plus.

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iPhone 6 vs Galaxy Note Edge: 5 Things Buyers Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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New Moto X Release Date Breakdown

GottaBeMobile - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 17:06

New Moto X Release Date Breakdown is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Earlier this week the new Moto X went up for pre-order through Motorola’s Moto Maker website. For months reports and rumors have speculated over the actual Moto X release date, but now that we have the official details consumers will want to know what to expect regarding the release.

The new Moto X has been highly anticipated thanks to the improved specs, free customization features, and new leather backs that offer a truly one-of-a-kind smartphone. And while we don’t know exactly when all carriers will finally offer it, we do have additional details prospective buyers will need to be aware of moving forward.

Read: iPhone 6 vs New Moto X: What Buyers Need to Know

The Moto X is available now for pre-order through AT&T, but that is the only carrier currently offering the smartphone. We know at least one more is on board, but so far those who aren’t with AT&T or Verizon may be in a bit of a bind if the Moto X was in their smartphone buying plans. Read on for all the Moto X release date details.

After going up for pre-order earlier this week, we expected many other carriers to announce pricing, release dates, pre-orders and more, but that never happened. Instead only AT&T was on board, with reports that Verizon’s Moto X will arrive on September 25th. The company has yet to make an announcement, but one could be coming soon.

The new Moto X was announced earlier this month, and Motorola confirmed a global release would arrive on carriers before the end of the month. The new smartphone is $499 outright, or $99 with a new 2-year contract from AT&T, and likely the same from Verizon Wireless. But what about the others?

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Yesterday the Moto X release took a bad an unexpected turn when Motorola confirmed the Sprint network will not carry its latest smartphone. Last year the Moto X launched on Sprint, full of customization options, so it was rather surprising the learn they’ve passed on the device for 2014. We’re not yet sure if this is a Motorola choice, or Sprint, but likely more information will surface soon. Unless something changes due to user outcry, Sprint owners will have to look elsewhere if the Moto X is the phone they’d like to buy this fall.

Read: New Moto X Hands-On Video

This means that for now only AT&T, Verizon, and US Cellular have announced they’ll have the new smartphone available in the United States. T-Mobile didn’t offer it last year, at least not officially, and the word we’re hearing is they won’t in 2014 either. Leaving AT&T and Verizon as the two main carriers for Moto X buyers.

Currently users only have a choice of the AT&T Moto X, or the new Moto X “Pure Edition” which offers a stock experience without carrier bloatware, unlocked for both AT&T and T-Mobile (or any GSM carrier) and updates direct from Motorola, instead of from carriers. This is the only way to get the Moto X on T-Mobile for now, and we don’t see that changing.

US Cellular confirmed they’ll offer it later this month, which means we could see an announcement and pre-order page by live before September comes to a close. They’ve yet to confirm anything beyond that, leaving the entire Moto X release date somewhat of a mystery.

That being said, those who’ve ordered from AT&T or Motorola will be getting their phones early next week. AT&T pre-orders are listed as shipping on September 23rd, which is Tuesday, so buyers should have it before the end of the week. Or sooner depending on shipping methods.

The “Pure Edition” was pushed to 10 days, and will start shipping on September 26th, which means most of those won’t arrive until the following week, right as the month comes to a close. When the phone was announced in the first week of September many expected a smooth release, but this is far from it. Details are still unknown, carrier support is limited, and MotoMaker customization is limited to only AT&T and Verizon, for now.

Read: New Moto X vs Moto X (2013): What You Need to Know

As a reminder the new Moto X comes with a 5.2-inch 1080p HD display, a powerful 2.5 GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB or storage with a micro-SD card, an improved 13 megapixel camera with a new ring-flash, and a single front facing speaker on bottom. The Moto X runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat, and is available in over 25 different customizations. Those being 18 colors, accent colors, engravings, four wood backs, and four new leathers. The wood and leather customization is a $25 premium, and only available on MotoMaker.com.

Again, the all-new Moto X for 2014 is available for pre-order now on Motorola.com, from AT&T, and there’s even a $50 Moto X deal available already. Get it now before they’re all gone.

We’ll keep an eye out for more details from Verizon, T-Mobile, and other US carriers, but don’t get your hopes up for a release on T-Mobile or Sprint.

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New Moto X Release Date Breakdown is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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New Moto X Release Date Details Emerge

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 22:32

New Moto X Release Date Details Emerge is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

As the Moto X release date approaches, we’ve received more and more news regarding the release with pre-order pages going live, but many questions still remain regarding the smartphones launch. However, new details for those on Verizon have finally emerged.

When Motorola took the stage on September 4th and announced the new Moto X, the Moto G for 2014, and the Moto 360 release date, they only had two carriers to talk about. Confirming both Verizon and AT&T would offer the Moto X. When the phone went up for pre-order earlier this week it was only for AT&T, and Verizon was no where to be found.

Read: Moto X Release Nears as Ads Highlight Key Features

The original Moto X from 2013 was released on AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, US Cellular, and other regional carriers, and many expected the same in 2014. Motorola confirmed all carriers who would be offering the phone would launch before the end of September, and a new leak reportedly confirms exactly that.

Today a reported screenshot from Verizon’s inventory system has outed the official release date for the Verizon Moto X smartphone. Previously all we heard was “before the end of the month” and earlier rumors claimed September 25th would be the launch date. That being said, if the image linked to above is accurate Verizon will offer the new phone on the 26th, and offer come customization options for free.

This week Motorola has officially confirmed what many Motorola fans on Sprint were fearing. The new Moto X will not be coming to the Sprint network. This is an unexpected turn regarding the Moto X release in the US, and now buyers will have to look else where if they had their heart set on the impressive new smartphone. One area they may look is Verizon, who according to Phandroid will have a good deal on the new phone.

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Above is the image mentioned. Claiming that Verizon’s Moto X release date is scheduled for September 26th. The phone will retail for $499 off contract, as expected, or be priced at $99 with a new 2-year contract from Verizon. All the MotoMaker.com customization will be included. Those being over 18 different colors, accent colors, custom engravings, four wood back finishes, and new to 2014 is four leather options as well.

Just like last year, the wood and new leather options will be an additional $25 fee, while all other customization options are completely free. However, Verizon will be offering the white Moto X with Bamboo finish for the same $99 on-contract price. Saving potential buyers $25 off.

Read: Moto X in Walnut Wood: Hands-on from 2013

Until today we’ve only heard rumors of the Verizon release date, but if the image above is accurate those on Verizon Wireless won’t have to wait long before they’ll be able to order their very own new Moto X smartphone.

From September 26th to October 10th, Verizon will be giving out the Bamboo wood option free, as long as buyers sign a new 2-year contract. This promotional pricing won’t last long, and we’ll be sure to update once we know more.

It’s also worth noting the leak states the 32GB variant will also be available from Verizon for only $49 more, making it $149 with a new 2-year contract, or $27.49 a month with Verizon Edge monthly payments. If this is the actual release date for the new Moto X from Verizon Wireless, expect an official announcement sooner rather than later.

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New Moto X Release Date Details Emerge is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Android L Release Details Continue to Arrive

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 21:49

Android L Release Details Continue to Arrive is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Android L release details have slowly been emerging more and more over the past few months since being announced back in June, but we’re still waiting for more information. Currently being called the “Android L release” most can expect Google to unveil Android 4.5 or 5.0 “L” sometime in October or November.

Google shocked many back in June when they revealed and showed the next version of Android ahead of the release for the first time in over three years. All previous releases were a complete secret until they were announced and released. Android L is currently available for select users to beta test too, and we’re hearing it could debut early next month.

Read: Nexus 8 and Android L Release Date Rumored

While the Android L release date is still somewhat of a mystery, more and more information has arrived regarding what to expect, including a few new features. Android L will take the mobile operating system in a brand new design direction full of animations, but today we also learned it will be the most secure version of Android yet.

Google’s next version of Android, the L release, will be full of bright colors, neat animation effects, new designs, and take a completely different approach to the OS than they have ever done before. We’ve seen plenty of it already, and a short look at the Android L beta preview can be found below.

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While the release has yet to arrive, we’ve learned about a few new features we can expect to see once it debuts, as well as a potential release date. First up, a popular Android developer leaked news that his sources claim Android L and the new HTC Nexus 9 tablet will both be unveiled on October 16th. This is the announcement date, and the release will come at a later date.

Same source: Announcement rather than launch of the HTC Nexus 9 on 16th October. 8.9" (of course!)

— Paul O'Brien (@PaulOBrien) September 18, 2014

There’s no report of an actual release date yet, but last year the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat started arriving within two weeks of the October 31st announcement. We’ll have to wait and see, but a new version of Android and two new Nexus devices could be here in time for Halloween.

Next up is new features. Back in August Google confirmed multiple user accounts will finally be coming to stock Android. Think of this like guest mode on computers, or a kids mode like we’ve seen from Samsung, Amazon, and other third party manufacturers. Tablets have had multi-user account options since Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and the Android 4.5 or 5.0 L release will deliver this same much needed feature for smartphones. Allowing parents to set up multiple accounts for kids, business users to separate personal and business information, and much more.

Speaking of multiple accounts and business uses, this week one major new feature was also confirmed by Google. The incoming Android L release will be the most secure version of Android yet, and Google will encrypt all user data on all Android L devices out of the box. Encryption has been available for years, but not enabled by default.

With all the recent NSA snooping news we’ve heard over the past six months more and more companies have announced they’ll tighten down access to user information, and protect their privacy. The Washington Posts confirmed this earlier this week, stating that Android L will offer full-disk encryption by default.

“For over three years Android has offered encryption, and keys are not stored off of the device, so they cannot be shared with law enforcement. As part of our next Android release, encryption will be enabled by default out of the box, so you won’t even have to think about turning it on.” - Google spokeswoman Niki Christoff

So what exactly does this mean? Full-disk encryption essentially will make our Android devices harder to access from prying eyes. Like the government or NSA. In theory at least. Meaning that Google’s next version of Android will be making an extra effort in protecting its users privacy, data, and everything else that goes along with it.

It’s worth mentioning that this should help protect our personal data from prying eyes, but if you ask me, if certain parties want it, they’ll get it. This is certainly a step in the right direction though, and something Google’s been planning since Android 3.0 Honeycomb, but will finally put into effect out of the box with stock Android L.

The October 16th unveil date for Android 4.5 or 5.0 “L release” may or may not be accurate, and we’ll have to wait and see. However, once Android L does arrive it will be packed full of new features, beautiful interfaces, be more secure, and hopefully much faster all while consuming less battery life. Just to name a few.

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Android L Release Details Continue to Arrive is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iPhone 6 Setup Guide

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 18:00

iPhone 6 Setup Guide is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

This guide will show you the right way to set up your iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus running iOS 8. You can follow the step-by-step iPhone 6 setup guide below and watch our iPhone 6 setup video for a walk through.

There is an iPhone 6 setup assistant that shows you through getting up and running on the iPhone 6, but you may want to know more about how this works and what the options are.

For users that bough the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus in a carrier store and had to rush through their iPhone 6 setup you can find these items in the Settings app, or you can reset the iPhone 6 and start over as you walk through the process at your own pace.

For anyone with an iPhone 6 delivered, you’ll be on your own for this process and you will need to activate the iPhone 6 online or by making a call. The details are in the shipping box that came with your new iPhone.

iPhone 6 Setup Guide

The iPhone 6 setup video below walks through the iPhone 6 setup assistant that greats you when you turn the iPhone on. There is no iPhone 6 manual in the box to explain all of this, so you can see it on-screen and read on for more details about the steps.

Setting up the iPhone 6 takes about 5 minutes, maybe longer if you need to activate the iPhone, and is something anyone can do using this informational guide.

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This is the start of the setup that everyone needs to go through.

Swipe to get started, Choose your Language and Country.

Connect to WiFi if possible to Activate. You can do this over cellular, but WiFi is faster.

You may need to call your carrier if you run into any issues.

Enable Location Services. If you turn this on apps can use your location. If you don’t you won’t be able to use apps all the way. Some users don’t like sharing this information. You can change this later in settings.

iPhone 6 Setup as New or Restore

Here is the iPhone 6 setup guide you wish Apple included in an iPhone 6 Manual.

The next question is if you want to setup as a new iPhone, restore from iTunes or restore from iCloud. I personally choose to setup as a new iPhone so I can get all the junk from the last two years off my iPhone, but many people will prefer to use the restore option.

If you setup as a new iPhone you can jump down to the next area. If you Restore from iCloud you only need to wait and let the iPhone do its thing. If you need to Restore from iTunes, you will need to plug-in to iTunes now. With the restore options you may need to continue following the guide soon after the restore completes.

iPhone 6 Setup: Accounts & FaceTime

The next step is signing in with your Apple ID and password. You can skip this, but I recommend doing this now instead of later.

After you sign in you need to agree to the Terms and Conditions, and tap Agree a second time. You can email them to you to read, but you can’t progress until you do this.

The iPhone 6 will set up your Apple ID and then ask questions about other services.

In 5-0 minutes you’ll finish your iPhone 6 setup.

iCloud Setup – Most users will want to turn this on so apps and data can sync between the iPhone 6, a Mac or Windows computer and your iPad.

Find My iPhone is on by default, making it easier to find a lost or stolen iPhone. We recommend keeping this on. If you lose the iPhone you can use another device to locate it and make it ring, even if it is on silent.

iMessage and FaceTime – On this screen you can choose if you want to use iMessage and what phone numbers and email addresses should be linked to the iPhone for iMessage and FaceTime. You can add or change this later, or tap on the check mark or box to select and unselect.

iPhone 6 Touch ID Setup

The iPhone 6 setup assistant will then ask you to set up Touch ID. This lets you place your finger on the home button to unlock the iPhone. It’s an awesome feature and it works in apps as well. I recommend setting this up now and training at least one finger.

Place your finger on the home button and lift it five to six times and then adjust your grip and repeat the process.

Next you need to make a Passcode. Make sure you remember this because you need it when your phone restarts and if you have trouble with Touch ID.

iCloud KeyChain, Siri & Permissions

Next you set up iCloud Keychain. Keychain syncs your passwords and credit card info across your Mac, iPhone and iPad. I choose to verify from another device and it asks for approval on my Mac, an iPad or even the old iPhone.

On the next screen you can turn on Siri. This is a voice personal assistant that you can ask to open apps, look up information and more. I recommend turning Siri on. With the iPhone 6 and iOS 8 you can even say “Hey Siri” to activate as long as you are connected to power.

Read: 41 Siri Tips & Tricks

Diagnostics and App Analytics – Apple can share diagnostics with itself and app analytics with developers. I choose yes to both, but the option will not impact how you use the iPhone so choose what you prefer.

iPhone 6 Zoom

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus include Display Zoom. This allows you to use a standard view or to make everything bigger on the display. If you have trouble reading the display you should choose Zoom.

Try both out by choosing Standard and Zoom at the top and swiping through examples in the bottom area of the screen. You can also change this later in settings.

After you hit next you are ready to use your iPhone or iPhone 6 Plus.

Final setup steps include opening the App Store and updating Apple apps and then go to Settings to add Mail accounts and adjust other settings.

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iPhone 6 Setup Guide is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Pre-Orders: Where to Buy

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 17:39

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Pre-Orders: Where to Buy is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Samsung’s brand new Galaxy Note 4 release date isn’t for another month, but starting today users can ensure they’ll get the highly anticipated new flagship smartphone the day its released. The Galaxy Note 4 pricing and release date has already been confirmed, and buyers will want to know where to get the new phone.

Starting today pre-orders have opened up for the new Galaxy Note 4 from both AT&T and Verizon, but so far they’re the only ones accepting pre-orders. The Galaxy Note 4 launch date is officially October 17th, so there’s still plenty of time to reserve your own. That being said, below is everything you need to know about the Note 4, and where you can buy it.

Read: iPhone 6 vs Galaxy Note 4: 11 Things Buyers Should Know

At Samsung Unpacked 2014 in Berlin, Germany, Samsung took the stage and announced a slew of brand new products including two new Galaxy Note models dubbed Samsung Galaxy Note Edge and of course the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. We mentioned the Note 4 release date above, and we’re hearing the Note Edge release will closely follow it, but at a later date.

While the Galaxy Note 4 release date isn’t for nearly another month, Samsung is wasting no time getting buyers on board, and this week announced a new Galaxy Note 4 deal to go along with pre-orders. Today Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are shipping to buyers and available in stores, so Samsung is busy making sure everyone knows when they can get the “next big thing” from Samsung.

Two main carriers in the United States are offering the Note 4 for pre-order starting today, and two more will do the same next week. Meaning that almost any and all US smartphone buyers will have the chance to get a Note 4 come release date. It might sell out eventually, but shouldn’t be anything like the delays we’re seeing this week with the new iPhone 6.

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Before we get into what the Note 4 has to offer, here’s where you can get one today, and next week.

  • Verizon Note 4 – $299 on contract – $34.99 a month with Verizon Edge – Pre-order Link
  • AT&T Note 4 – $299 on contract – $34.43 a month with AT&T Next – $850 outright – Pre-order Link
  • Sprint Note 4 – $299 on contract – $30 a month – Pre-orders start September 26th right here
  • T-Mobile Note 4 – $31.24 a month with JUMP – Pre-orders start September 24th – more details

A few other regional carriers will likely offer the smartphone, and we’ll be sure to update as we learn more details and pre-order pages go live for prospective buyers. It’s worth noting that Verizon.com already lists the Note 4 as shipping on October 23rd, meaning they might be running out of stock soon, so you better hurry and order now.

Read: Galaxy Note 4 Hands-On

Samsung’s all new Note 4 is very similar to the model last year, but has been vastly improved in terms of performance, hardware, software, and even has a new metal design around the sides. This is the first Note 4 with an aluminum edge, as the last model had a metal-looking plastic band to protect the sides.

Galaxy Note 4 Specs

  • 5.7-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD Display
  • 2.7 GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 805 Processor with 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of storage and micro-SD expansion
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat (Google’s latest release)
  • 16 Megapixel OIS Camera and 3.7 front camera for wide angle selfies, panorama mode, and HD video
  • Fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor, UV sensor
  • 3,220 mAh Battery
  • Quick Charge (50% in 30 minutes)
  • Improved S-Pen
  • Aluminum Edges
  • White, Black, Gold, and Pink colors

As you can see above Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 4 has a lot of impressive features, and should be one of the best smartphones of the year. With each new Note release we’ve seen higher sales, a better device, and improved S-Pen functions, and the same can be said again here in 2014.

The Note 4 has an improved 16 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, a wide-angle 3.7 MP front camera, and the new quick-charge feature should have many buyers excited. This lets the phone charge to 50% full in just 30 minutes. Perfect for emergencies or before leaving work on a Friday evening for happy hour.

Again, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date is officially set for October 17th, and we can expect to see pre-orders shipping on time for release day delivery, if not a day early.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Pre-Orders: Where to Buy is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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First iPhone 6 Buyer Drops New iPhone On Live TV

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:54

First iPhone 6 Buyer Drops New iPhone On Live TV is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The first iPhone 6 buyer dropped the new iPhone to the sidewalk seconds after buying it, on live TV.

You can tell nothing good is going to happen as Jack struggles to open the iPhone 6 box, and seconds later the first iPhone 6 sold in Australia becomes the first iPhone 6 dropped.

As he opens the box, the iPhone 6 flies from the packaging to slam into the sidewalk from about chest level. All of this caught live on TV, including gasps from everyone watching the interview.

Jack tells the crowd and reporter that it’s “all good, all good,” but he is clearly focused on some damage to the screen. The buyer rubs his finger over the edge of the iPhone 6 closest to the camera until the video cuts back to a shocked newscaster.

We’ll soon see a plethora of iPhone 6 drop test videos, but this iPhone 6 buyer did not plan on testing how well the new iPhone handles a drop.

We’ve dropped the HTC One M8 which features a similar all metal design. One shattered the display and the other scratched the metal. With HTC Advantage a broken screen is covered with fast replacement, but unless this buyer purchased AppleCare+ he’ll need to live with that damage. Or hope Apple sees this and helps him out with a free replacement.

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Watch as the first iPhone 6 buyer drops his new iPhone on the sidewalk.

This is not the only iPhone 6 that someone will drop and break within hours of the release. During a two hour period in an Apple Store the week after the iPhone 5s release and several shoppers walked in holding a day old iPhone 5s with a broken screen.

One user purchased AppleCare+ and the other didn’t. The first user walked out with a replacement fairly quick and although it wasn’t under warranty it looked like a manager took pity and helped the other user out. This is something you can’t count on.

AppleCare+ is $99 and it’s one of the most popular iPhone 6 warranty options. A drop like this requires a $79 deductible and you only get two claims.

For more check out our top iPhone 6 warranty and insurance options. A warranty with accidental damage covers hardware failures, drops and water damage. iPhone 6 insurance covers all of that and loss and theft.

If you don’t buy AppleCare+ for the iPhone 6, or some other type of protection plan, invest in a good case. Not every case can protect the iPhone 6 screen from a drop to the sidewalk, but they will help.

You can see a roundup of the top iPhone 6 cases to buy immediately right below this. Apple Stores are selling many case options and Best Buy brags that they are selling over 100 iPhone 6 cases and accessories.

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One of the most popular iPhone 6 cases is the leather iPhone 6 case from Apple. This case is one that you can find in any Apple Store on release day and is also listed with many carriers. 

Apple designs the leather iPhone 6 case with premium leather in a small form factor that adds minimal bulk to the new iPhone. You can find the leather iPhone 6 case in five color options that match the white and black front of the iPhone 6.

Watch out if you buy the red iPhone 6 case as the leather model for the iPhone 5s wore very fast and looked dirty and grey soon after purchasing.

 $45 at Apple

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First iPhone 6 Buyer Drops New iPhone On Live TV is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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What Time to Line Up for the iPhone 6 Release

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:10

What Time to Line Up for the iPhone 6 Release is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The iPhone 6 release date starts at 8 AM local time on Friday September 19th, but if you want to get an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 plus you better get in line earlier than that.

If you pre-ordered with in-store pickup at an Apple Store you don’t need to line up that early, but you do need to make sure you have the right information and identification or you’ll head home disappointed.

This year we aren’t lining up for the iPhone 6 release thanks to a better iPhone 6 pre-order system and an iPhone 6 Plus shipping early, but for many shoppers the choice is sit out overnight or wait a month for a new iPhone.

When to head out to get in the iPhone 6 line.

Readers ask us, “What time do I need to stand in line for the iPhone 6 release?” and where the best places to stand in line for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are located.

We already shared where you can buy the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on release day, but your best bet without a pre-order is to go to a carrier store. Apple Store iPhone 6 lines are already massive in many locations and some of the people there are just trying to make money selling the iPhone 6 on eBay or Craigslist.

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Here is our best advice on when to get in line for the iPhone 6 release. The crowds will vary from place to place and when in doubt you should get in line earlier and not later. If you go to a smaller store and the line is not formed or very small you can chill in your car until more people arrive.

Apple Store iPhone 6 Line

If you want to buy an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus at an Apple Store and you don’t have a pre-order for in-store pickup you should probably stop reading this and go get in line.

Read: Apple Store iPhone 6 Release Plans

At flagship Apple Stores the lines are already above 1,000 people according to a tweet from 6 PM Eastern. This shows a line stretching several city blocks.

This is the #iPhone6 line now at the 5th Ave. Apple Store. Never seen it this long. Nearly 1,000 people. Insanity. pic.twitter.com/xPNhPuiRU3

— Bridget Carey (@BridgetCarey) September 19, 2014

At other Apple Store locations lines are also quite long. Apple Store employees will start to address the line at 5 AM local time. Soon after they will split the line into pre-orders and walk-ins, but that is still a lot of people.

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Go get in line at midnight or earlier if you are going to an Apple Store. If you chose in store pickup with a pre-order you can wait until the crowd dies down and stop in at 11 AM if you want.

Just make sure you bring two forms of photo ID including a driver’s license or State ID and a credit card, Passport, Military ID or Utility bill from the last 90 days. You’ll also need the email with your reservation barcode.

Waiting in Line at Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile or Sprint

If you want to skip the long Apple Store iPhone 6 release date line up, you can go to a carrier store where lines are normally a little easier to handle.

Verizon confirms stores open early on the iPhone 6 release date.

You should look for a corporate store that you know is opening early to sell the iPhone 6. Don’t waste your time at a store that won’t sell the new iPhones tomorrow. This happened to a Gotta Be Mobile staff member last year and it was not a fun time.

For most carrier stores you can plan on getting in line at 4-5 AM local time. This year you may want to go out earlier since lines are forming faster and with more people.

If you want to buy the iPhone 6 Plus you may want to stand in line starting closer to midnight. Sources tell us supply of the iPhone 6 Plus is very low at carrier locations.

Read: iPhone 6 Release Date – What Not to Expect Now

No matter where you line up for the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus you should take a friend, a chair, a blanket, snacks water and a backup battery for your iPhone. Basically you’re going camping on a sidewalk with a hundred other people.

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What Time to Line Up for the iPhone 6 Release is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Galaxy Note Edge Release Date Firming Up

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 23:37

Galaxy Note Edge Release Date Firming Up is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge release date continues to firm up ahead of Samsung’s official announcements as new Galaxy Note Edge release details reveal the company’s plans for consumers in one important market.

On September 3rd, Samsung took to the stage at Unpacked 2014 and introduced several new products including an Apple Watch competitor called Gear S, an iPhone 6 Plus competitor called Galaxy Note 4, and a brand new flagship product called the Galaxy Note Edge. The Galaxy Note Edge is the company’s new high-end version of the Galaxy Note that comes with a screen unlike anything Samsung has ever put on a Galaxy smartphone.

Samsung confirmed all of the Galaxy Note Edge specs but it failed to confirmed many of the device’s other key features including the Galaxy Note Edge price and the Galaxy Note Edge release date. Both of those details remain a mystery even though the Galaxy Note Edge release date is confirmed for sometime later on this year.

Today, Samsung unexpectedly revealed some new Galaxy Note Edge release date information. According to comments made to Canadian outlet CTV News, Samsung is planning a Canadian Galaxy Note Edge release date in 2015. The company did not outline any other details though it did mention that the country would be behind the U.S. Galaxy Note Edge release date. The reason? So that the company can integrate LTE carrier aggregation technology into the device.

It’s not clear what this means for the Canadian market, a specific release date wasn’t given, or the U.S. market. Samsung and U.S. carriers confirmed the Galaxy Note Edge for 2014 though they have yet to supply any concrete details ahead of the fall and the holiday shopping season. U.S. carriers have remained focused on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 instead.

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Despite the lack of official information, we’ve started to see Galaxy Note Edge release make progress behind the scenes. Earlier this month, one Galaxy Note Edge variant passed through the FCC. We also recently spotted a Bluetooth certification for an international model and earlier this week we told you about several Korea-bound Galaxy Note Edge variants that passed their Bluetooth certifications. These certs are all necessary ahead of release.

UK retailer Clove also recently passed along some new Galaxy Note Edge details concerning the device’s upcoming release date in the United Kingdom. The retailer claims that the Galaxy Note Edge will not be available in the United Kingdom right off the bat and that the delay will probably impact other nations in Europe as well. It’s not clear if Europe will be pushed into 2015 or if Samsung will deliver the Galaxy Note Edge release this year.

The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, with its curved display, might cost more than the Galaxy Note 4. Amazon Germany is charging nearly €1000 for the Galaxy Note Edge. Same goes for Dutch retailer Notebooksbilliger. By comparison, the Galaxy Note 4 looks like it will cost €699. A note on Weibo from an alleged China Mobile employee suggests that the Galaxy Note Edge price could be expensive in China as well.

Samsung’s new smartphone is one of the year’s most interesting smartphones as it combines a bent display with a number of high-end features. Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge specs include a Quad HD resolution, a 2.7 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 805 with 3GB of RAM, Android 4.4.4 KitKat with Samsung TouchWiz, 16 Megapixel Rear camera with Optical Image Stabilization, massive battery, and a thin 8.3mm frame.

These features help to put it on par with the Galaxy Note 4, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and it’s a device that consumers should keep their eyes on as we enter into the fall and the start of the holidays.

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Galaxy Note Edge Release Date Firming Up is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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