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New Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop Release Confirmed

GottaBeMobile - 6 hours 33 min ago

New Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop Release Confirmed is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop release has been confirmed for another Canadian carrier and if its website is any indication, this new Galaxy S5 Lollipop update should start hitting devices in the near future.

In December, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop update started rolling out for the first time bringing new features, enhancements and fixes to Samsung’s former flagship. Slowly but surely, Samsung and its carrier partners have been rolling out Galaxy S5 Lollipop updates though the Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 release is still quite limited.

In North America, its rolled out to a trio of U.S. carriers including Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile. AT&T says that it’s working on an upgrade but it hasn’t outlined a specific Galaxy S5 Lollipop release date. Canada will also get the Galaxy S5 Lollipop upgrade and we’re now up to two confirmed Canada-bound Galaxy S5 Lollipop updates.

Weeks ago, Canadian carrier Rogers confirmed a Galaxy S5 Lollipop release for February or March. With February now over and done with, the carrier is now committing to a release sometime this month. It appears that it will be joined by Bell, another Canadian carrier that’s now confirmed a Galaxy S5 Lollipop release of its own.

Android 5.0 Lollipop is now available to Bell’s Samsung Galaxy S5 customers! To learn more, please visit http://t.co/XeEpTw62Rv

— Bell (@Bell) March 3, 2015

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Bell’s website says that the current OS version for its Galaxy S5 is Android 5.0 Lollipop and it has confirmed the roll out through its Twitter account though it’s not clear if the update is rolling out just yet. SamMobile’s firmware page, which is generally accurate, does not list a roll out. Often times, announcements come shortly before the start of the OTA so we should see some movement from the carrier in the near future.

The update will bring Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop features along with it and Bell says that it will also deliver various improvements to its version of the Galaxy S5. It does not say what those improvements are. We expect all Canadian Galaxy S5 Lollipop updates to mirror Bell’s version of the update. Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop update’s have focused on Google’s features and the changes to TouchWiz but they’ve also come with changes unique to the carrier.

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 Lollipop update has made a great deal of progress in the weeks since its initial release though there is still a long way to go before it’s complete. The upgrade has landed for several international models though it remains missing on many others. Most carriers remain silent, even the ones that typically aren’t silent, and we’re still not sure when or if we’ll see the update roll out in full force.

The company has also confirmed a Galaxy S5 LTE-A Android 5.0 Lollipop release and Rogers has also confirmed an arrival for the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active. It’s not clear when those updates will start rolling out though Samsung, at the time, said that it was committed to pushing out the Galaxy S5 LTE-A Android 5.0 Lollipop update in “early 2015.”

Samsung France has also confirmed a Q2 Lollipop release for the Galaxy S5 mini though a specific release date for the smaller Galaxy S5 variant remains out of reach.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop release isn’t the only software moving out. Samsung’s also begun pushing out Android 5.0 Lollipop updates to the Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4, and Galaxy Note Edge. The four updates are in various stages of release and all four are expected to hit U.S. and international carriers at some point in the future.

None of these roll outs are expected to finish up any time soon and we should see Samsung continue to roll them out as get deeper into the year.

New Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop Release Confirmed is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Disable Galaxy Note 4 Automatic App Updates

GottaBeMobile - 7 hours 20 min ago

How to Disable Galaxy Note 4 Automatic App Updates is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

When it comes to using a smartphone like the impressive Galaxy Note 4 loaded with tons of features, options, advanced controls and more, sometimes it can get a bit confusing. One thing we constantly get questions about are apps that update automatically, so here we’ll explain how to disable that from happening on your Galaxy Note 4.

For those with a new Note 4 that don’t want to be bothered every few days with a notification to update applications on the Google Play Store, you can simply set them to auto-update. On the flipside, many user want total control, so here we’ll go over how to enable, or disable automatic app updates.

Read: How to Enable Easy Mode on the Galaxy Note 4

If you don’t want your device updating on its own, or rather not be bothered by tons of notifications to update apps on your Galaxy Note 4 there are a few easy ways to solve the problem. The Google Play Store has a few simple and easy to find settings to do this, and the images below will show you what settings to change. Something extremely helpful to first-time smartphone owners, or beginners.

It is extremely easy to set up the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to update all your apps automatically. In fact, apps are updated automatically without any interaction from you. That said, many don’t want this, or want to only update over Wi-Fi to save data and not go over their carrier allotment. Whether or not you should do this is up to you, and here’s how.

Instructions

This is a setting that isn’t in the Galaxy Note 4 system or phone settings, and instead has everything to do with the Google Play Store where you get games, apps, or music. Simply head to the Google Play Store by tapping the icon on your homescreen, or by finding it in your application tray.

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Once you’re in the Google Play Store users will need to tap the top left (3-lines) menu button next to the “Play Store” writing. This retrieves a slide-out settings menu from the left, and this is where you’ll head to settings for the Google Play Store. Tap the slide-out menu, then select “Settings” near the bottom from the list of options.

This will bring you to the general settings for the Google Play Store. In here you’ll see the second option listed is “Auto-update apps” and you’ll want to select this. You’ll then see a popup appear with three options. Likely it’s set to automatically update apps, which is nice, but if you want to disable that you can do so here as well.

Simply tap to select “Do not auto-update apps” and you’ll have to manually update apps moving forward. However, this means you’ll constantly get notifications that new apps need to be updated, and it won’t do it automatically. I prefer to control what apps update, and when, so this is the setting I use.

You’ll also notice an option to auto-update apps whenever, no matter what connection you’re using. This will use your 1, 2, or 5GB data plan, and could have you reaching your limits if you download music, movies, or big games. This confirms data charges may apply, so you’d probably want to set it for WiFi only.

It’s best to update apps over WiFi to save data, not to mention many home internet connections or WiFi spots have faster speeds than your smartphone. It’s also worth noting that in here you can also uncheck the feature that automatically puts icons on your homescreen whenever you download an app. This is nice, but if you download a lot you’ll quickly fill up all those homescreens with icons. Keep it clean, and disable this while you’re in here.

What Should You Choose?

Casual smartphone users or those new to Android may just want to let the smartphone do everything for them. I know my parents hate getting notifications for updates all the time, so they have it set to auto. Personally, I’d rather control what updates, and look at changelogs and permission requests, so I do it all manually.

If you use auto-update you won’t know what’s new, because you didn’t read it when updating the app. You’ll just notice changes to popular apps like Facebook, YouTube, or even games you may enjoy.

In the end it’s all about personal preference. How much time you want to spend messing with apps and manually updating apps, or just let your phone do all the work for you. Select what’s best for you, and change it as you see fit.

How to Disable Galaxy Note 4 Automatic App Updates is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iPhone 6 Plus & iPhone 6 Deals: March 2015

GottaBeMobile - 8 hours 52 min ago

iPhone 6 Plus & iPhone 6 Deals: March 2015 is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

These are the best iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 deals you will find in March 2015. You can save $50 on the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus on AT&T, Sprint and Verizon when you upgrade and if you are switching carriers or adding a new line you can save $150 to $200 on an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.

We don’t typically see a lot of iPhone 6 Plus deals and iPhone 6 deals throughout the year, but carriers and retailers are still in a big push to convince consumers that switching to the new Next, Edge and Easy Pay plans are the best deal available. These plans offer bigger discounts, $0 down, avoid upgrade fees of up to $40 and make it easier to upgrade.

We even have a few off-contract iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus deals that can help you save when you don’t have an upgrade available. The off contract iPhone 6 deals cut the price by about $100.

These are the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 deals for March 2015.

If you can’t decide which iPhone to buy, you can read our iPhone 6 review and iPhone 6 Plus review to understand what each phone does well. You can also learn about the many features with our iPhone 6 tips and tricks and iPhone 6 Plus tips and tricks.

For shoppers who want to accessorize and do more, we recommend reading about the best iPhone 6 cases and best iPhone 6 apps. If you buy the larger iPhone, check out the best iPhone 6 Plus cases and the best iPhone 6 Plus apps.

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Make sure you read our iPhone 6 Verizon Edge vs two-year contract comparison and iPhone 6 AT&T Next vs two-year contract comparison to see if you should stay on a two-year contract or go for a new Verizon Edge or AT&T Next plan.

We’ll update this listing of iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 deals for March 2015 throughout the month so you always know where toe find the biggest savings.

iPhone 6 Plus & iPhone 6 Deals March 2015

There are two pairs of big iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 deals at Best Buy for March 2015. These iPhone deals are only available with the new Verizon Edge, AT&T Next or Sprint Easy Pay and Sprint Leasing plans. The overall deal varies for upgraders and for new customers.

iPhone 6 Upgrade Deals at Best Buy

If you are upgrading, these are the iPhone 6 deals to check out in March.

For shoppers looking to upgrade to the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, Best Buy offers a $50 gift card when you choose a payment plan option on Sprint, AT&T and Verizon. This is a Best Buy Gift Card for $50 and you don’t need to pay the $40 upgrade fee or any big payment when you buy the phone. Instead you pay monthly for the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. Check out the deal details.

Switching or New Line iPhone 6 Deals at Best Buy

Save $150 to $200 with these iPhone 6 deals for March 2015.

 

If you are switching carriers or adding a new monthly plan on Verizon Edge, AT&T Next or Sprint Easy Pay and Sprint Leasing you can get a $150 to $200 Best Buy Gift Card. This should work if you are adding a completely new line to your existing account, otherwise you will need to switch carriers or go with the upgrade deal. The $200 gift card is for Sprint purchases and the $150 options are for AT&T and Verizon. Check out the deal details.

iPhone 6 Deals at Target

If you want to save on a new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus on a normal two-year contract you can go to Target where you will find $20 off any iPhone 6 on Sprint, AT&T or Verizon with a two-year contract. This covers the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 in all color and storage capacities.

Walmart iPhone 6 Deals

Walmart offers iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus deals on new devices every day of the week with a starting price of $179 for the 16GB iPhone 6 and $279 for the 16GB iPhone 6 Plus.

You can also buy a refurbished iPhone 6 16GB on AT&T or Sprint for $498 off contract and a refurbished iPhone 6 64GB for $598. That’s a savings of $150 over buying a new one at Apple or a carrier. Apple also lists a refurbished iPhone 6 Plus 16GB on AT&T for  $598.

Refurbished iPhone 6 Deals March

March 2015 iPhone 6 deals.

AT&T and Gazelle are two places to look for refurbished iPhone 6 deals. Both of them call the iPhone 6 deals by another name. AT&T says thee are Certified Like New and Gazelle offers Certified Used iPhone 6 deals in a Good or Like New condition. You can choose your iPhone 6 color and the storage size at both stores, but the selection varies.

Here are the AT&T refurbished iPhone 6 deals to check out.

  • 16GB iPhone 6 – $149 ($552 Off Contract)
  • 64GB iPhone 6 – $249 ($637 Off Contract)
  • 128GB iPhone 6 – $349 ($722 Off Contract)

Here are the Gazelle iPhone 6 deals to check out.

  • 16GB iPhone 6 – $559
  • 64GB iPhone 6 – $639
  • 128GB iPhone 6 – $729

Gazelle offers Sprint, AT&T, Verizon and unlocked models, but the stock varies based on what they have available, so you may need to wait to see the iPhone 6 deal you want. The prices above are for Certified Good on AT&T. the prices for Like New and other carriers may differ.

The AT&T iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus certified like new deals only offer a 90 day warranty. Gazelle offers a 30-day satisfaction guarantee.

Refurbished iPhone 6 Plus Deals

March 2015 iPhone 6 Plus deals.

If you want to save big on iPhone 6 Plus deals, the best place to look is at refurbished iPhone 6 Plus options from AT&T or Certified Gazelle devices.

Here are the refurbished iPhone 6 Plus deals.

  • 16GB iPhone 6 Plus – $249 ($637 Off Contract)
  • 64GB iPhone 6 Plus – $349 ($722 Off Contract)
  • 128GB iPhone 6 Plus – $449 ($807 Off Contract)

Here are the Gazelle iPhone 6 Plus deals to check out.

  • 16GB iPhone 6 Plus – $659
  • 64GB iPhone 6 Plus – $739
  • 128GB iPhone 6 Plus – $829

The AT&T iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus certified like new deals only offer a 90 day warranty. Gazelle offers a 30-day satisfaction guarantee. The certification process at Gazelle verifies that all features are fully functional, the touch screen is smooth, the phone is restored to factory settings and will work on major carriers.

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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 Plus & iPhone 6 Deals: March 2015 is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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10 Things to Do Before the iOS 8.2 Release Date

GottaBeMobile - 9 hours 13 min ago

10 Things to Do Before the iOS 8.2 Release Date is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

While the iOS 8.2 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is confirmed, we’re still without an official release date. Credible iOS 8.2 release date rumors point to an arrival as soon as next week though which means that right now is a great time iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users to start preparing themselves and their device for the update’s arrival.

Last year, Apple released an iOS 8.2 update into its beta program. Per usual, the company did not tack on an official release date leaving the specific date for rumors and perhaps, an official announcement on stage.

On Monday, Apple will take the stage to talk more about its upcoming Apple Watch release. The Apple Watch release date is expected to arrive for many users in March or April and that means that Apple will have to release the iOS 8.2 update in the near future. Why? Because iOS 8.2 brings Apple Watch compatibility to owners of the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

iOS 8.2 release date rumors have centered on a release during the second week of March. And with a release near, there’s speculation that the company could announce the release on stage alongside its Apple Watch details, similar to what it did with iOS 8.1 at its iPad event in October. While that’s not confirmed, it’s clear that we’re very close to the arrival of Apple’s next big iOS 8 release.

With an iOS 8.2 release date on the horizon, now is the perfect time to make the final preparations for the move from iOS 8.1.3 and below to iOS 8.2. Here, we want to tell you about some steps to take ahead of your iOS 8.2 update. These will help to ensure a smooth iOS 8.2 installation process and transition from the iOS update you’re currently on be it iOS 8.1.3 or iOS 7.

iOS 8 & iOS 8.1.3 Review

The first thing you should do before the iOS 8.2 release date is familiarize yourself with iOS 8 if you haven’t already. There are still plenty of people that are lingering on iOS 7 and the arrival of iOS 8.2, and its features, could be enough to convince some of you to finally make the jump up to Apple’s latest operating system.

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There are a few ways to get caught up. You can take a look at our detailed iOS 8 vs. iOS 7 comparison. You can head on over to Apple’s website to learn about the changes and features from the horse’s mouth. And you can read our latest iOS 8.1.3 reviews. Educate yourself, get acclimated to the changes, and then make a well informed decision.

We encourage you to get familiar with Apple’s iOS 8.1.3 right now. iOS 8.1.3 comes with a fix for the amount of storage needed to install iOS updates Over-the-Air. We’re still not sure how big iOS 8.2 will be but it’s possible that it will be bigger than your standard iOS upgrade. This could complicate things for users on iOS 8.1.2 and below that don’t have access to iTunes.

If you’re planning to install iOS 8.2 OTA, it will almost certainly require a bunch of space to install. If you’re on iOS 8.1.3, you won’t need as much room to install Over-the-Air without iTunes. This makes the iOS 8.1.3 update worthwhile for those of you running out space, particularly those with 16GB iPhones and iPads. iOS 8.1.3 might be worth installing ahead of iOS 8.2 if you know that you’re not going to have access to iTunes.

Get Familiar with Apple Pay & Apple Watch

Now is also a great time to get caught up to speed on all of the Apple Watch details and Apple Pay, the service that Apple delivered with iOS 8.1 and a service that will be accessible to owners of older devices once the Apple Watch and iOS 8.2 are released.

Once iOS 8.2 is out, owners of devices not called iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be able to use the Apple Watch to pay for goods and services at a ton of different retailers. It’s safe and convenient and you’ll want to be familiar with the service, especially if you’re thinking about buying an Apple Watch for yourself, a friend or family member.

Keep an Eye Out for iOS 8.2 Jailbreak Details

If you’re thinking about jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad and you’re at all interested in iOS 8.2, now is a perfect time to get caught up to speed on the latest iOS 8.2 jailbreak information.

We’re optimistic that we’ll see an iOS 8.2 jailbreak released sometime after the iOS 8.2 release date but you’ll want to make sure that you keep an eye on all of the latest developments. Doing so will help you prepare for iOS 8.2’s first day of availability and it will help you set your expectations accordingly.

Clean Up Your Device

Now is a perfect time to clean up your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. While many of you probably did this before installing iOS 8 or one of Apple’s smaller iOS 8 updates, some of you may not have taken the time to get rid of unnecessary files. We recommend doing some spring cleaning ahead of an update that’s expected to be substantial for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Over the past few weeks, months, or even years, you’ve likely downloaded applications, music or other files that you simply don’t use any more. Right now, ahead of the iOS 8.2 release date, is a great time to get rid of the files you aren’t using. It will rid your device of clutter and also free up some valuable storage space that could come in handy after you get the iOS 8.2 update on board.

We always recommend keeping iOS clean and tidy year round but some general clean up right before an iOS update should work wonders for your device and for your sanity. Use iOS 8.2’s upcoming release as an excuse to get your device cleaned up.

Backup Your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

While we never anticipate major iOS installation problems, there’s always a chance that a big update like iOS 8.2 could wreck havoc on your device. If it does, you should come out of the iOS 8.2 release date unscathed if you’ve made a proper backup of your important files.

Before installing iOS 8.2, you will want to backup all of your files so that if anything goes wrong, the data can be retrieved with ease. This is particularly crucial if you’re moving from iOS 7 to iOS 8 for the first time.

To make a backup ahead of the iOS 8.2 release, you will want to go into iTunes. The backup process will begin after you plug your device into a computer. If it doesn’t happen automatically, you can force a backup to occur.

To force a backup, simply go into iTunes, right click on your device, and select Back Up. It’s going to take some time for the process to complete, especially if you have a lot of files, but it’s worth doing if you’re moving up to iOS 8 from iOS 7 or if you’re on iOS 8 and you’re concerned about iOS 8.2 problems. This is highly recommended for those of you making the jump from iOS 7.

Gather Your Login Information

If you’re moving from iOS 7 or even iOS 6, you’re going to need your Apple ID to get the ball rolling. You’ll also need the latest version of iTunes. If you’re coming from iOS 7 or below or even if you’re coming from iOS 8.1.2, you’re going to need your passcode to install the update Over-the-Air.

Make sure you have all of your credentials handy before the iOS 8.2 release date. This is important for those of you who are tasked with keeping the device of a loved one up-to-date. Make sure you have their information at the ready when this upgrade arrives. You won’t be able to install the update without a passcode if the device is locked.

Keep Your Device Charged

We still don’t know when the iOS 8.2 update will arrive, our best guess is next week, but just to be safe you’re going to want to keep your device charged up and ready.

You’ll need to have a minimum of 50% of battery when installing the iOS 8.2 update if the device isn’t plugged into a power source like a wall outlet or a computer. If you’re at the office during the day or if you’re typically in class around Apple’s 10AM PST release time, it’s smart to leave the house with a full charge.

Update Your Apps

iPhone and iPad users often complain about app performance after the arrival a new iOS update. App performance has been smooth in the weeks after iOS 8.1.3’s release but there’s always a chance that something can go wrong.

There’s no way to guarantee a smooth transition but we’ve been able to alleviate some potential issues by updating our apps with the latest bug fix updates ahead of an update’s release date.

Before upgrading to iOS 8.2, you would be wise to update all of your apps to the latest version, especially if the version comes with iOS 8 support. If you are rocking the latest updates, there’s a good chance that your apps will do just fine after making the move from iOS 8.1.3 or below to iOS 8.2.

Talk with IT

Finally, those of you who use your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch for work would be wise to consult the IT department (if you have one) ahead of the iOS 8.2 release. They might be able to provide you with some valuable feedback, especially if they’ve used one of the five iOS 8.2 betas.

After every iOS update, we always get a ton of feedback from enterprise users running into problems with their enterprise software, with Exchange, and with other features. It happens after every single update and we expect to see similar complaints after iOS 8.2.

There may not be anything your IT department can do about the problems but they might be able to warn you about potential issues ahead of time. If you don’t have an IT department, we suggest gathering user feedback from co-workers and others who install the iOS 8.2 update on the day that it comes out.

Get Familiar with Common iOS 8 Problems & Fixes

iOS 8.2 could come fixes for iOS 8 problems. It also could bring some problems of its own. That’s why we recommend familiarizing with some of the more common fixes for iOS 8 problems. That way if you do run into issues, you’ll be equipped with some of the steps to take to fix those problems.

10 Things to Do Before the iOS 8.2 Release Date is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Get OS X 10.10.3 & Photos Right Now

GottaBeMobile - 15 hours 20 min ago

How to Get OS X 10.10.3 & Photos Right Now is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple is letting users try the new Photos app and OS X 10.10.3 ahead of the official release. Here’s what you need to know to try the new OS X Photos app, iCloud Photo Library and to get you up and running before the OS X 10.10.3 release.

The new Photos app replaces iPhoto and Aperture with an experience that syncs to your iPhone, iPad and iCloud with an updated look and new tools to edit.

The official OS X Photos app release is coming in the near future, but if you are a member of the Apple Seed program you can grab the OS X 10.10.3 download and start using the new Photos app for Mac now.

Get the OS X 10.10.3 download to try the OS X Photos beta today.

Photos for OS X is a major upgrade from iPhoto and while it may not offer the same tools as Aperture it is an update that is coming soon to bring a more connected photos experience to your Mac, iPhone and iPad. With iCloud Photo Library all of your collections, events and years of photos are available everywhere and the edits sync so you always have the best looking version of your photos in your hand.

Read: How to Use iCloud

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In order to use the new Photos app you need to upgrade your Mac, but the public OS X 10.10.3 release date is still not here. If you are a member of the Apple Seed program you can start the OS X 10.10.3 download now in the App Store and get started with Photos for OS X.

OS X 10.10.3 Download & Photos Beta

If you are already signed up for the OS X Yosemite Beta Program through Apple Seed, you can sign in to your Mac App Store and find the OS X 10.10.3 download waiting in the updates section.

Sign up for the free OS X beta program to download Photos for Mac today.

For users who did not sign up for the public beta, you can still sign up through Apple to play a role in this testing. You shouldn’t do this on a work machine or on one that you need to work 100% of the time with no bugs or issues. If you download OS X 10.10.3 to get the new Photos for OS X app it will install beta software on your computer.

After you sign up, or if you are already signed up, open the Mac App Store and click on Updates. If you are accepted and in the OS C Yosemite public beta you can download and install this update that puts Photos on your Mac.

iCloud Photo Library is a big part of Photos, as it keeps your photos synced between all devices.

After the installation completes open Photos and follow the directions to upgrade your iPhoto Library to work with Photos. Once you do this you cannot open the iPhoto Library in Aperture. If you use Aperture you will need to create a new library or switch over to Photos on your Mac.

The new Photos app in OS X 10.10.3 delivers better editing tools than iPhoto, but it may not deliver enough functionality to draw users away from Aperture. There are fast options to add filters, correct photos and your edits sync to the other devices linked to the same iCloud account.

If you have a large photo library and you want to use iCloud Photo Library you will need to upgrade to a more expensive monthly plan that includes room for all the photos.

How to Get OS X 10.10.3 & Photos Right Now is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Zagg Pocket Keyboard Review

GottaBeMobile - 16 hours 7 min ago

Zagg Pocket Keyboard Review is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Zagg Pocket Keyboard is a slim folding keyboard that delivers productivity in your pocket for $69.99.

After using the Zagg Pocket Keyboard with the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 for the last three weeks it is clear that this is a great addition to our favorite iPhone 6 Plus accessories.

In order to deliver such a slim package to users Zagg cuts down the size of the keyboard and the keys. Due to the size there are also some very small punctuation keys, but number keys and arrow keys are easy to use.

Unlike most folding keyboards that fold and mess with the keyboard layout the Zagg Pocket Keyboard folds along a different axis so that the key placement is right where it should be.

The Zagg Pocket Keyboard won a Gotta Be Mobile Excellence Award at CES 2015, and it lives up to the promise of delivering an amazing typing experience on a folding keyboard.

This is folds out into a keyboard that dramatically boosts your productivity on the go.

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The Zagg Pocket Keyboard folds up to fit into a pocket, though it’s not something you’ll carry in pants pockets most of the time. It fits into a suit jacket pocket or the inside pocket of a coat, which is where we carried it. The overall design feels solid and magnets keep the keyboard closed while not in use.

There is a fold out kickstand that keeps your iPhone propped up. A small stand folds out so that you can sit the phone in it. The iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 fit in this even with a variety of cases on. If you use a Mophie iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus battery case it will not set on the stand.

Stick your iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6 or other Android device on a small fold out ledge and get to typing.

The only drawback to the design and the placement of the fold out stand is that it is easy to tap the screen while typing, especially if you reach for a number with an index finger, which puts the middle finger on target to tap the screen.

Thanks to the smaller size there is a learning curve to using this keyboard and it requires a little more proofreading than normal, but we can still type fast on the Zagg Pocket Keyboard — typing 800 words in 15 minutes. There is a split in the pace bar, but it is small and doesn’t limit the area where a user can press the space bar in any noticeable way.

The Zagg Pocket Keyboard is an 85% full size keyboard, this is what the key placement looks like.

The key size and shape is adequate, but is a step down from the Zagg SlimBook iPad Air 2 Keyboard case and the Logitech Keys To Go keyboard, but these are both bigger and not a portable.

The key travel is very small, but it is better than typing on glass. Punctuation and numbers are accessible for the most part, but we would rather see a sightly wider keyboard if that meant larger Enter and punctuation keys, specifically the apostrophe and quote keys.

It would be great to see larger keys, but with a smaller overall size Zagg does a good job of choosing where to make keys smaller.

There are small ribbons that connect the bottom and top parts of the keyboard together. While they are close to several keys they did not get in the way of typing this review and other articles during the last several weeks.

Even with the drawbacks to deliver a small size, the Zagg Pocket Keyboard is a great accessory that turns the iPhone 6 Plus into a powerful writing tool.

The Zagg Pocket Keyboard and iPhone 6 Plus deliver a powerful productivity combination.

With the kit above we can type almost as fast as on a laptop with vastly longer battery life and greater portability. There are great apps that help users write on the iPhone while mobile, and it is also great for longer email responses or working on reports.

There are other larger keyboards that offer bigger keys, backlit keys and a sightly better typing experience, but they are all significantly larger than the Zagg Pocket Keyboard and require a bigger commitment to carry with you.

During the last three weeks we used the Zagg Pocket Keyboard with the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6, but it can also work with small tablets and it works with Android smartphones.

The Zagg Pocket Keyboard is the best iPhone 6 Plus keyboard you can fit in your pocket, hands down.

You can buy the Zagg Pocket Keyboard at Amazon for $69.99 or direct from Zagg.

Zagg Pocket Keyboard Review is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Tech Director Chat #019 – Live Long and Prosper

The Tech Savvy Educator - 16 hours 43 min ago

This Friday we’re going to have 300 fourth graders participating in a day long “tech camp” for kids. Led by the fourth grade teachers and some tech-savvy colleagues from our county-wide instructional technology group, the students will have a chance to explore applications, create digital stories, and “play with a purpose” with a lot of the technology we have in our district. Special thanks to Matt Karsten for having the idea to give it a try, and leading us all through the experience.

To be fair, there’s a lot of nervous energy floating through the elementary building that will play host to the event, as we’ve never tried to tackle something like this before. It’s positive nervous energy, and we’re hoping the students and the teachers all come away with some good experiences. Personally, I’m hoping that it will serve as a catalyst for conversation surrounding technology in the building, and our district; how far do we push technology for the sake of using technology, and how do we create regular opportunities to explore new tools and tech in a playful manner. I’ve led lunch and learns, after school gathering, and small conversations during planning times, but they’ve all been met with limited success.

As for the rest of this week’s Tech Direct Chat podcast, we address some Chrome vs. Firefox questions, wrestle with how to permanently delete Google Docs (hint, don’t do it if you’re not sure who is still using it), and we have a moment of silence for the passing of Leonard Nimoy. That and the usual half-witted banter between Pete and myself takes place.

Click here to listen to this week’s Tech Director Chat (or listen below) Click here to subscribe via iTunes (Mac and iOS) Click here to subscribe via Stitcher (Android and iOS)

Timestamps for this week’s questions:

1:05 What has Pete been up to today?

3:00 What are your thoughts about the upcoming 4th grade technology day?

5:50 What is Pete going to be teaching students during the 4th grade technology day?

7:20 Should Ben evaluate Pete’s ability to teach?

7:38 Is it in the works that all high school classrooms will have interactive whiteboards?

9:17 Pete just can’t answer a straight question.

10:05 What’s the difference between Chrome and Firefox? A listener is having a hard time making Chrome their “go to” browser after years of Firefox use.

13:18 Can I delete items from my Google Drive? If so, how so I go about doing it?

15:20 Be careful before deleting files in Google Drive that you’ve shared with others!

16:40 How does someone get added to the MCS Classifieds email list?

17:23 Why does Pete get to bring his dog to school?

18:23 Stump Pete!

20:13 A moment of silence for Leonard Nimoy

20:24 JW asks, what is your favorite guitar intro, and can you play it for us?

 

Tech Director Chat – Live Long and Prosper

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Verizon Galaxy S6 Release: 7 Things to Know Right Now

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 00:08

Verizon Galaxy S6 Release: 7 Things to Know Right Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Yesterday, Verizon confirmed the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Like its fellow U.S. carriers, Verizon confirmed some release details but it failed to confirm them all. In the hours since that confirmation, we’ve seen some new details emerge and today we want to take an in-depth look at what we know currently  about the upcoming Verizon Galaxy S6 release.

In the months leading up to the Sunday’s Samsung Galaxy S6 launch date, we had heard that Verizon would be among the U.S. carriers getting the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Several Galaxy S6 rumors hinted at a widespread arrival in the United States and sure enough, U.S. carriers were quick to confirm their arrival after yesterday’s launch event.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge are both official and they will be heading to all five major U.S. carriers which includes AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon. The regular Samsung Galaxy S6 will also be heading to Cricket Wireless, Boost Mobile, and MetroPCS, three smaller U.S. carriers.

In the aftermath of the Galaxy S6 announcement, we took an in-depth look at the Galaxy S6 release situation for the U.S. and for regions around the world. As we’ve noted, despite these confirmations, there are still a ton of Galaxy S6 release details missing.

In the past 24 hours, we’ve seen new details emerge including new release information for the Verizon Galaxy S6. With those details in mind, we want to detail everything we currently know about the Verizon Galaxy S6 release and release date. This will help those of you thinking about buying the Verizon Galaxy S6 prepare ahead of Verizon’s upcoming release.

Verizon Galaxy S6 Release Date Info From Verizon

Verizon hasn’t confirmed specific release dates for the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge so we still don’t know if Verizon will be a part of Samsung’s initial April 10th Galaxy S6 release. We have our suspicions but nothing is confirmed.

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The carrier has, however, confirmed Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge release dates for early Q2. Q2 spans from April until June. Early Q2 hints at an arrival in April though if the carrier is planning a fast release, it isn’t saying.

U.S. Cellular says that it plans to release the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge in April. We doubt that it will be alone. With Verizon saying Q2, we could certainly see it push the phone live next month alongside its rival.

Verizon Galaxy S6 Release Date Moves Closer

Verizon might be silent about the release date but we know that the Verizon Galaxy S6 release date is getting closer. We know this because the Galaxy S6 just passed through the FCC’s clutches. The filing is for the SM-G920V, the Verizon Galaxy S6 model number.

FCC approval is necessary before a phone can be sold in the United States and its approval means that Verizon is now one step closer to an announcement and one step closer to the official release date. The fact that it got approval this early could mean that the release is on the fast track.

Verizon Galaxy S6 Edge Release Date Also Moves Closer

Not to be outdone, the Verizon Galaxy S6 Edge, also known as the SM-G925V, has also crossed the FCC’s path on its way to shelves. Again, this is a requirement for all smartphones and the fact that it has cruised through is a sign that we’re getting very close to an announcement and release.

Verizon’s two models are two of the three models that we’ve caught passing through the FCC. The other is the T-Mobile Galaxy S6 Edge which, like the Verizon model, is without an official release date.

Sign Up Page

In case you missed it, it’s worth knowing that Verizon has a sign up page for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge live on its website. The sign up page doesn’t offer much in terms of release information but it does allow interested buyers to input their email address to learn more once Verizon has details to share. Verizon will send out mass emails once its release and price are confirmed though there’s always a chance that a leak could spoil the fun ahead of time.

Retailers

Samsung’s confirmed that these two models will arrive in Best Buy’s Samsung experience shops, Amazon, Costco, Sam’s Club, Target and Walmart. Best Buy is already busy promoting the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.

Best Buy always carries AT&T, Sprint and Verizon phones and there’s a very good chance that it will stock the Verizon Galaxy S6. Same with Amazon. Best Buy is promoting AT&T, Sprint and Verizon phones on its latest mailer so we should see the Verizon model emerge there in the future.

Galaxy S6 Branding

For those concerned with the actual Verizon Galaxy S6 design, Verizon’s posted a photo of what the device will look like when it arrives later this year. The Galaxy S6 Edge will be branded with both the device name and the carrier’s name.

Same goes for the regular version of the Samsung Galaxy S6 which can be seen in the top right corner of the shots below. Some people loathe the fact that the carrier loves to promote itself on the backs of its flagship smartphones so consider this your PSA.

Samsung #GalaxyS6 & S6 edge will be available early 2nd quarter on the Verizon 4G LTE network http://t.co/uI9Oh5PjNG pic.twitter.com/1zMYfuahyS

— Verizon Wireless (@VZWnews) March 1, 2015

If you buy the Verizon Galaxy S6 variant, you’re going to have to deal with the branding.

Galaxy S6 Price

Verizon still hasn’t announced the Galaxy S6 price though we do have one single clue. A T-Mobile Galaxy S6 contest reveals the device’s ARV or its Approximate Retail Value. According to T-Mobile, the Galaxy S6’s ARV is $699. That doesn’t mean that carrier’s will charge $699 off-contract for the Galaxy S6 but it does give us a possible range.

Last year’s Galaxy S5 arrived with an ARV of $700. Verizon charges $600 off-contract for it. So we’re expecting a Galaxy S6 price that’s in the range of $600-700. And thanks to pricing in Europe, we know that the Galaxy S6 Edge is probably going to be a lot more than the regular mode so if you’re leaning towards the Edge, you’re probably looking at an extremely expensive phone off-contract on Verizon.

Verizon Galaxy S6 Release: 7 Things to Know Right Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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HTC One M9 vs LG G3: 6 Key Differences

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 23:50

HTC One M9 vs LG G3: 6 Key Differences is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Yesterday the brand new HTC One M9 smartphone was announced after months of rumors and speculation, and now that it’s official and coming soon buyers are likely weighing all of their options here in 2015. While a new LG G4 is coming at some point, those considering a phone in the near future may be looking at the LG G3 or the new HTC One M9, and here we compare a few key differences for prospective buyers.

The LG G3 was announced in May of last year but wasn’t released for well over a month, and most buyers didn’t get in until June or July, or they still haven’t and are now considering it as a new phone. While there’s plenty of options coming, like the Galaxy S6 or LG G4, the LG G3 is available now, and will face tough competition from HTC’s latest in the coming weeks.

Read: HTC One M9 vs iPhone 6: What You Need to Know

Here we take a look at how the flagship LG G3 compares to the all aluminum and stunning HTC One M9 that was just revealed, a device many consider the best-looking Android smartphone. We’ll go over what they both have to offer, how they differ, and explain everything buyers will need to know ahead of making a purchase in 2015.

It’s hard to say which device is actually “better” between the LG G3 or the HTC One M9 simply because we haven’t used the HTC One M9 yet. Not to mention each user has different needs, wants, budgets, and preferences. While we don’t have all the answers, nor know what every user needs, below are a few key features or differences that separate the two and may help consumers make the right choice.

Over the course of the next few weeks and the coming months we’ll see the HTC One M9 be released, followed by the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, a new LG G4, something from Motorola, and much more. However, if you need a phone now, or in the next few weeks, the HTC One M9 and LG G3 are two solid choices.

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LG and HTC couldn’t be any different when it comes to the design approach. LG has something that works great with the same overall look and feel as the previous generation, which is buttons being on the back for a sleek design, and lightweight (yet durable) cheap plastic for its smartphone build materials. They’ve used plastic for years, although the LG G3 actually looks like it’s made from aluminum. It has a brushed aluminum look to the plastic housing.

Read: LG G3 Review

HTC on the other hand, has continued to deliver some of the best looking and most premium feeling smartphones on the market. The original HTC One was wrapped in a single aluminum shell, and that’s continued for two years and is the same essential design in the new One M9. While it barely looks different than its predecessors, it’s a big upgrade and one of the most powerful devices around.

No one will argue which looks better. The HTC One M9 has brushed aluminum in a few different colors, the best speakers of any smartphone, ones that happen to be front facing (and we’re not sure why others haven’t offered the same) and overall just feel like a premium device. And with the new One M9 they have a two-tone color option, still in aluminum, that looks wonderful. Below is an image of the upcoming Verizon HTC One M9 in aluminum gold and silver.

At the same time, the LG G3 is one of the best looking plastic smartphones around, and looks much more stylish than the Galaxy S5. Looks aren’t everything, but it plays a role in many users purchase decision.

While we were huge fans of the HTC One M8 and it received an Editors’ Choice award, the new HTC One M9 is even better. The LG G3 is slightly wider, extremely lightweight, and nearly the same height yet has a much bigger and better overall display. The entire design of the G3 was to offer a sleek device that isn’t too large, yet pack a massive and beautiful screen inside, and LG succeeded. This brings us to our next point.

Display

The LG G3 has a beautiful 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD (or 2k) display. Compared to a 5-inch 1080p screen from the HTC One M9, there’s a big difference for buyers. Considering these phones are nearly the same size but one has a much bigger screen is quite a feat, and impressive to say the least. Many hoped the One M9 would have a bigger screen or higher resolution, but HTC kept the device size in check, and kept the resolution at 1080p to preserve battery life. Below is the LG G3 next to last years HTC One M8.

LG has slim bezels around its Quad-HD display, and this makes the device quite small even though the screen is massive. Nearing “phablet” size. However, it isn’t all good. The 5-inch IPS LCD3 screen on the HTC One M8 has better brightness, slightly better colors, and the viewing angles appear to be superior, but only by a hair. The same is likely to hold true on the new HTC One M9. It might not be as big, or as crisp, but it still looks excellent.

Either device will make buyers happy, but the LG G3 display could have better viewing angles and colors to match the HTC One M8 and the new HTC One M9. Surely some of those problems will be addressed by the new LG G4 later this year.

There’s no clear winner here. If you want a huge screen to view content, watch videos, play games, and more the LG G3 is great, but those seeking a great experience in a smaller package the One M9 will be a great option once it arrives.

Camera

These days the cameras on our phones are one of the most used apps, and an extremely important aspect of any purchase. As we all know, the HTC One M8 camera was lacking, but that was fixed here in 2015 with the new HTC One M9. They’ve increased it to a 20.7 megapixel camera, and put the rear 4 Ultrapixel on the front. It should technically have one of the best cameras on the market.

That said, the LG G3 is no slouch either. It’s only a 13 megapixel camera, but megapixels aren’t everything. The sensor is big, it has optical image stabilization+, and the laser auto-focus on the LG G3 is one of the best on the market. The auto focus is fast, it stabilizes images, and gets clear crisp images without effort. Both are great, and until we try the One M9 ourselves we can’t comment, but it technically should offer a better smartphone camera experience.

Specs

While specs aren’t as important as having a device that’s fast, fluid, and will work for years to come, it’s still something many consider while making a purchase. Below are the hard numbers for those interested, but it all boils down to these devices being nearly the same under the hood with a few small changes. That, and software will play the biggest role in how each device performs.

HTC One M9 Specs

  • 5-inch 1920 x 1080p HD display
  • 2.0 GHz 8-Core Snapdragon 810 with 3GB of RAM (4×4)
  • 32GB internal storage (Micro-SD expansion)
  • 20.7 Megapixel rear camera, and 4 Ultrapixel front shooter
  • Android 5.0.1 Lollipop and HTC Sense 7
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, 4G LTE, FM Radio Antenna, and Infrared laser for remote
  • Brushed Aluminum design, new two-tone color options
  • Dual front facing HTC Boomsound Speakers
  • Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 Technology
  • 2,900 mAh battery

LG G3 Specs

  • 5.5-inch 2560 × 1440 display Quad-HD display
  • 2.5 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon processor with 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB internal storage (Micro-SD expansion)
  • 13-megapixel camera with OIS+, laser auto-focus, 2.1-megapixel front camera
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, 4G LTE, FM Radio Antenna, and Infrared laser for remote
  • DLNA and Miracast support
  • 3,000 mAh removable battery with wireless charging
  • more

The HTC One M9 is rather similar to the model last year, but they changed a few key things. Aside from the internals we now have the power button on the right side, under the volume buttons for ease of use, and the camera has been completely revamped. Without looking at the camera you’d barely be able to tell the two apart.

Both of these phones are excellent choices, but in the long run the new HTC One M9 is nearly one year newer, has the latest technology, a better camera, and will get software updates for a longer period than the aging LG G3.

Software

The LG G3 has been enjoying Android 4.4 KitKat for a long time, but this past month has started to receive updates to the latest Android 5.0.1 Lollipop released by Google. And while the update is causing some issues for owners, it’s a substantial upgrade and makes the experience much better.

Read: Android 5.0 vs Android 4.4 KitKat: What’s New in Lollipop

The HTC One M9 on the other hand, will launch with Android 5.0 Lollipop, but be covered in HTC’s own Sense UI. They are both radically different, but underlying features are the same. This is more of a user preference, and this time around with the One M9 HTC Sense is very customizable, something LG has offered for years.

Price

Last but certainly not least is the price. The HTC One M9 is a brand new flagship phone, and will cost you more money than the LG G3. No official details have been released on the One M9 price, but Best Buy leaked the AT&T off-contract price will be $649. We’re expecting $599-$649 from most, and $199 with a new 2-year contract.

The LG G3 though, has been available for a while, and can be found for $499 off contract and often-times free or $0.01 with a new 2-year contract. It’s the cheaper route, and will be moving forward. Unless we see some crazy release date deals on the HTC One M9, the LG G3 will be the cheaper choice outright or on contract, no matter how you look at it. If you’re on a budget the G3 is a good move, but most carriers offer payment plans that will put the HTC One M9 in reach for most.

As we said earlier, everyone has different needs, wants, and budget, so the choice is yours. The release date for the HTC One M9 is mid-March, with most US carriers saying “this spring” so it may not actually be available until late March or early April. Take this into consideration when deciding on your next smartphone.

HTC One M9 vs LG G3: 6 Key Differences is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Change the Background on Google Chrome

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 21:02

How to Change the Background on Google Chrome is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

One of our favorite features to the plain Google Search homepage back in the day was changing the background wallpaper on Google, but that was discontinued in late 2012 for a more streamlined experience for all users. However, with Google Chrome, users can customize the entire look of Google and the homepage with themes.

If you use Google Chrome but don’t want the plain white look it offers, and want to spruce things up a little bit, below we’ll explain how to change the background image and entire look of Google Chrome.

Read: Chrome for Mac Just Got a Lot Better

Back in 2011 I had a beach theme look to Google and Gmail on my PC, which was a nice addition to their plain layout we’ve been using for years, but most of that was killed off at one point. However, with Chrome themes you can make your entire web experience look completely different, and as you see fit. There’s a nice NYC theme (shown below) currently featured and free on the Chrome extension store as we speak. Read on to learn how easy it is to change the look of Chrome.

Themes in Google Chrome allow you to get a piece of that customization back, and they even have some neat little tricks like the ability to remove the Google logo completely. Leaving only a search bar, and tons of other customization if you look hard enough for a theme that fits what you want.

Instructions

In Google Chrome start by heading to the top right of the page and selecting the three lines menu button, and then select Settings. Once in here you’ll scroll down to themes, and hit Get themes.

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From here you’ll be navigated to the Google Chrome webstore and its extensions area. In here are hundreds of thousands of themes. These are from Google themselves, developers, or you can even customize your own. You can add Get lucky search buttons, search for brands, promotional materials and more. I’ve selected the NYC at Night theme shown at the top of the page, and it gives Google Chrome a nice look.

Once you’ve found the theme you’d like simply select Add to Chrome, and it will verify compatibility and install. You’ll instantly notice the changes. Everything from movies, brands, games, sports and more can be applied for the look you’re after.

That’s it and you’re all done. You’ve now applied a custom theme that changed the entire look, depending on how much the theme includes, and changed the look of Google Chrome, the default page, and whatever else the theme is set to change. There’s an easy Undo button at the top if you don’t like it, or just continue on and enjoy your new look.

You can easily head into the extensions setting on Chrome and delete or disable a theme, go back to default, or download and apply different themes. This is just one of many ways to keep things fresh and different on your Laptop, PC, and Google Chrome. There’s even a “Google Background Extension” add-on you can use to only change the Google Search background, vs an entire theme we’ve shown above. Give them all a try, and enjoy.

How to Change the Background on Google Chrome is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Galaxy S6 Release Date: 10 Things to Expect Now

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 20:45

Galaxy S6 Release Date: 10 Things to Expect Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Yesterday, Samsung introduced the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge to the world. On stage, the company outlined many of the important details including specs, design, and the release date. While the Samsung Galaxy S6 release date is now confirmed for April 10th, there are still some major questions that need answers. With that in mind, we want to take a look at what we expect now from the Galaxy S6 release date in the U.S. and elsewhere.

In early February, Samsung sent out invites for an Unpacked event set for Mobile World Congress on March 1st. While the company did not outline what it would be announcing it was clear, based on rumors, that it would be the Samsung Galaxy S6. Samsung made good on all of those rumors yesterday and now the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are both official.

As expected, the two devices come with substantial upgrades including a new iPhone-like design that features glass and metal. While that’s the focal point for many people, it’s worth mentioning that it also comes with an impressive Quad HD display, Exynos 7 Octa processor, tons of storage, a new 16MP camera module, new software based on Android 5.0 Lollipop, and more. Thanks to these features, many consumers now have their eyes on the two new flagships.

The Galaxy S 6 display is smaller and offers a curved edge option.

Samsung also detailed the Galaxy S6 release date. The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are both confirmed for an April 10th arrival though many details remain murky. For instance, while Samsung’s confirmed the April 10th date for 20 countries around the world, it failed to confirm those 20 countries. We’ve also seen U.S. carriers stay extremely vague about their plans for release.

With prospective buyers searching for answers to their release questions, we want to try and help set expectations moving forward. We’ve been through countless Galaxy smartphone launches and we feel like we have a pretty good read on what should take place in just a few short weeks. Here’s what we expect from the Samsung Galaxy S6 release date.

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Samsung’s announced an April 10th release date for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. The company says that 20 markets will be getting the two devices that day but it has failed to confirm those 20 markets for some odd reason. While we’re armed with only a few details, we expect that April 10th release to include major, key battlegrounds for Samsung and its Galaxy S smartphone.

We know that Samsung Netherlands expects to ship out the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge by April 10th so that’s one country seemingly down. We’d expect Europe to certainly be a focus for the Galaxy S6 release dates though we expect some other familiar faces to slide into pole position as well.

Retailers, carriers and Samsung is ready for a fast Galaxy S6 release date that no one is shy about teasing.

Samsung’s home base in South Korea is a massive market and one where Samsung is constantly fighting off threats from the likes of LG. Korea is almost always one of the first places to get Galaxy S and Galaxy Note devices and we expect to see Korea, and perhaps Japan (another major market), get the Galaxy S6 on April 10th.

The United States is another major market for Samsung and its smartphones. We expect the U.S. Galaxy S6 release date to fall somewhere around April 10th if it doesn’t fall on April 10th itself. We’ve already seen three devices pass through the FCC on their way to shelves, and these early clearances seem to hint at a fast paced release. Best Buy’s placeholders in its Samsung Experience stores also hint at a fast release.

Global Galaxy S6 Release to Take Weeks

The Galaxy S6 release won’t be limited to 20 markets. Samsung usually releases its Galaxy S smartphones in well over 100 different regions and we expect to see the Galaxy S6 and perhaps the Galaxy S6 Edge reach a 100 or more markets before everything is said and done. This is a massive launch though we expect the company to take some time.

Samsung’s staggered releases usually take place over the course of a month or so as it works to ensure that supply meets demand. Smaller markets typically follow closely behind the major markets and we’d expect the Galaxy S6 release to fall for most people by the end of April.

We would not be surprised if we saw a few stragglers get the devices in May. June seems like a stretch at this point but given what we’ve heard about Galaxy S6 Edge production issues, we wouldn’t be surprised if we saw some places lag behind.

U.S. Galaxy S6 Release Date Cluster

We expect U.S. carrier release dates to cluster around each other. We’ve seen all five major carriers confirm the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge with sign up pages and vague details. U.S. Cellular is the only carrier that’s confirmed their arrival for April though we expect its rivals to fall in line with its plans.

We may not see every single U.S. carrier release the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge on the same day but we would not expect to see carriers lag behind by a mile. Verizon, a carrier that’s known for being slow to major Android releases, already got clearance for both devices at the FCC. It’s ready to roll and we expect it to join the others in April.

Smaller Carriers Come Later

MetroPCS, Cricket, and Boost have also confirmed the Samsung Galaxy S6 for arrival though none of them attached specific release dates to the device. Smaller carriers tend to be a few days or a few weeks late to the party and we expect at least one or all of these carriers to lag behind the releases from major U.S. carriers.

Galaxy S6 Pre-Orders for Most

Samsung Galaxy S6 pre-orders have already started in the Netherlands, more than a month out from the Galaxy S6 release date. While Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge pre-orders are currently limited, we expect them to expand as we get closer and closer to the April 10th release date.

European carriers and retailers almost always offer pre-orders for flagship smartphones. Same goes for U.S. carriers. U.S. carriers aren’t talking about pre-sale dates just yet though U.S. Cellular informed us that it would let us know about pre-sale information available. That’s a sign, at least to us, that it’s expecting to take early orders for the Galaxy S6.

We’d be shocked if U.S. carriers didn’t take early orders for these phones. We always see pre-orders for flagship Android smartphones and these are two high-profile devices that U.S. carriers are going to push in the weeks to come.

Galaxy S6 Edge Harder to Find

Expect the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge to be a little harder to find. First of all, it hasn’t been confirmed for any smaller regional carriers in the United States, a sign that it could see a far more limited release in the U.S. and other regions around the world. It’s an expensive bet for smaller carriers and we may see many shy away from it.

We’ve also heard credible rumors that suggest that Samsung’s already having yield problems with the device’s curved display. We saw similar issues affect the production of the Galaxy Note Edge last year so we wouldn’t be surprised if Samsung has trouble producing its first dual-edge Galaxy “Edge” model. We wouldn’t be surprised if this release was similar to the iPhone 6 Plus release last year where the larger iPhone 6 was far more difficult to find.

Galaxy S6 Edge Price vs. Galaxy S6 Price

U.S. carriers haven’t revealed their Galaxy S6 price yet but we fully expect their pricing to mirror the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge pricing we’ve seen emerge out of Europe.

In Europe, the Samsung Galaxy S6 will be priced at €699 for the 32GB model, €799 for the 64GB version, and €899 for the 128GB model. That’s been confirmed by the early Galaxy S6 pre-orders. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge will be €150 more than the regular version making it one of the more expensive smartphones on the market.

European pricing typically doesn’t matchup directly with U.S. pricing but we expect to see a similar price structure from U.S. carriers. The standard Galaxy S6 price will be more affordable than the Galaxy S6 Edge.

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 price still isn’t confirmed for the United States though T-Mobile notes that the Approximate Retail Value of the Samsung Galaxy S6 is $699. The carrier does not list the ARV for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.

Tons of Galaxy S6 Accessories

We’ve already seen a ton of Samsung Galaxy S6 accessories emerge though the big surprise has been the arrival of Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge accessories. We didn’t think we’d see so many accessories emerge for the device in the early goings. That’s just another sign that Samsung, and its partners, are really going to promote this model.

We’d expect Samsung, and its partners, to have a pretty good selection of Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge accessories available come April. We won’t see them all, some companies like to take their time, but we do expect to see a solid selection. Even Mophie is going to have a Galaxy S6 case available at release.

Galaxy S6 Deals

We expect Samsung Galaxy S6 deals. With the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge heading to a ton of different retailers in the U.S., we should see retailers and perhaps carriers try and one up each other for attention.

In the past, Walmart’s offered release day discounts on flagship smartphones including the iPhone, a device that rarely sees initial price cuts. Amazon also typically offers deals shortly after the release date and we wouldn’t be surprised if it knocked a few bucks off the cost in the days, and weeks, after the Galaxy S6 release in the U.S.

We do not expect carriers to offer day one price cuts. If anything, we’ll see some trade-in offers.

More Galaxy S6 Release Date Details in March

Finally, we expect most if not all of the important Galaxy S6 release details including U.S. release dates and pricing to emerge this month ahead of the April 10th release.

If these carriers are offering pre-orders, and we expect that they will, we could see them taking a path similar to last year’s Galaxy S5 release. That is to say that we could see pre-order announcements come relatively soon, pre-orders start in the middle of the month, and the release come a few weeks later.

We do not expect carriers planning to release the phone in and around April 10th to wait until April to announce all of their details. These devices are far too important to dilly dally.

Galaxy S6 Release Date: 10 Things to Expect Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iPhone 6s Rumors Suggest an Apple Watch-Like Display

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 15:55

iPhone 6s Rumors Suggest an Apple Watch-Like Display is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

iPhone 6s rumors are slowly starting to pick up and new reports suggest that the next-generation iPhone will come with Apple Watch display technology.

According to AppleInsider, sources say that the “Force Touch” technology used in the Apple Watch will make its way to the iPhone 6s with the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays.

On the Apple Watch, Force Touch allows users to essentially initiate certain actions based on how hard they press down on the screen. For instance, a heavy press could bring up a menu of sorts, while a light tap would select something. Theoretically, it’s similar to how left-click and right-click work on a mouse, and we could easily see that type of technology come to the iPhone at some point.

Furthermore, it’s been rumored that Apple could use OLED in the iPhone 6s display. While OLED displays are far better than LCD screens, it costs more to manufacture, so it’ll be interesting to see how OLED displays on the iPhone will affect its price if it’s indeed true.

In an OLED display, each pixel is made up of an organic material (hence the name: Organic Light-Emitting Diode) that emits light when an electrical current is passed through it. Because of this, OLED displays do not require a backlight, allowing them to be thinner and lighter than normal LCD displays. This also makes it possible to bend and curve OLED displays, allowing Apple to play around with a lot of different designs.

OLED displays are becoming more and more popular these days, as many new HDTVs are coming with OLED technology and some new smartphones are also arriving with OLED screens. However, it’s still a very new technology, and we don’t blame Apple for waiting a bit before using such a display.

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In any case, on top of this Apple Watch display technology rumor, AppleInsider also reports that the iPhone 6s won’t come with a dual-lens camera system, which has been rumored in the recent past a couple of times. Sources who deny this rumor are saying that it would require a complete redesign of the iPhone, which Apple most likely won’t do until the iPhone 7 in 2016. Plus, there would be numerous other hurdles to jump over before something like that could be possible in the iPhone.

It’s been rumored that the next iPhone could see major camera improvements, with Daring Fireball’s John Gruber saying that he was told the next iPhone would include a dual-lens camera system, and the camera improvements would move the image quality into DSLR territory, which we’d have to take with a giant grain of salt, as no camera will be able to match the image quality of a decent DSLR. Entry-level DSLRs, maybe.

Two-lens camera systems in smartphones are nothing new by any means, as the HTC One M8 includes two lenses, but it’s certainly something that isn’t common, and if it’s a system that will drastically increase image quality, we wouldn’t doubt if Apple was at least checking it out and testing it as we speak.

Of course, there’s no doubt that the next iPhone will be able to take much better photos than the iPhone 6, and that’s something we expect, but we’ll have to wait until next year to really find out what Apple has in store for the iPhone 6s’s camera.

iPhone 6s Rumors Suggest an Apple Watch-Like Display is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Accessories: 5 Official Options

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 15:35

Samsung Galaxy S6 Accessories: 5 Official Options is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The new Samsung Galaxy S6 accessories add to the features of this phone and address some potential shortcomings that users are already worried about like no removable battery and a glass back that not everyone is ready to trust when they drop the phone. Here is a look at the official Galaxy S6 accessories that you can expect to see soon.

In addition to these many Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge accessories you can count on a huge collection of third-party options that offer new looks, new features and new ways to charge the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.

While you will need a specific case for the Galaxy S6 Edge, and another version for the Galaxy S6, most of these accessories will work with both of the new phones. You can see more about the Galaxy S6 vs Galaxy S6 Edge differences in our comparison.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 release date is set for April 10th and we are already seeing a number of third-party options that let will let users charge up the Galaxy S6 and keep it safe day-to-day. For a closer look at these two phones check out the 25 Galaxy S6 features that you’ll love when you finally get your hands on it.

Galaxy S6 Clear View Cover

This is the Galaxy S6 Clear View Cover.

One of the most intriguing new Galaxy S6 accessories is the smart new Galaxy S6 case option that protects the front and back of the phone but lets your notifications show through. When the screen is off you’ll see a matching color across the front, but when there is a notification the screen lights up to show your notification through a clear view cover. You can see the time, see a message notification and even answer calls without opening the Galaxy S6 Clear View Cover up. This Galaxy S6 accessory is available for the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge. There is no information on the price of either case option yet.

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Minimal protection with the Galaxy S6 Clear Cover.

For users that want to show off the design of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge without wrapping it completely up there is the Galaxy S6 Clear Cover. This Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge case covers the back of the phone and the edges, while leaving the sides open on the Edge model so that you can still enjoy the curved display that wraps to each edge side of the Galaxy S6 Edge. The bumper-like case features a matching color on the top and side to highlight the original Galaxy S6 colors.

Galaxy S6 Battery Pack

Charge up the Galaxy S6 with this battery pack.

There is no Galaxy S6 battery replacement coming as either a spare or an extended option. The Galaxy S6 battery does not come out of the phone like the Galaxy S5 and Note 4 batteries do. Instead Samsung relies on faster charging and a new Samsung Battery Pack.

Samsung offers the Galaxy S6 battery pack in gold and pearl. There are no details on the capacity or price of this Galaxy S6 accessory yet. It charges by Micro USB and includes a button to see how much power is left.

Galaxy S6 Wireless Charger

The official Galaxy S6 wireless charger will help you stay charged without plugging in.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 includes wireless charging built-n that works with the two biggest standards so you can top off your battery almost anywhere that supports wireless charging. The Galaxy S6 wireless charger is available in white or black and looks like a great addition to your desk or night stand that will allow you to keep the phone charged up. Unlike earlier models you don’t need to buy a case to make this work.

Galaxy S6 Headphones

The official Galaxy S6 wireless headphones.

Samsung also displayed a new pair of wireless Galaxy S6 headphones that come in four color options and let users enjoy music without wires. The details are still slim, but it looks like a wireless version of the Level On headphones that Samsung sells for $179, so expect a price premium.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Accessories: 5 Official Options is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop Release Breakdown

GottaBeMobile - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 22:42

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop Release Breakdown is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 Android Lollipop release continues to make progress in the weeks after its initial roll out though Samsung is still nowhere close to the finish line. With that in mind, we want to take a close look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update, its release, and give you an all-around look at what we think you need to know about the important update as we head into March.

In February, several weeks after it started rolling out a Galaxy S5 Lollipop update, Samsung started rolling out a Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade. The timing of the update came as a bit of a surprise because it was beat out by the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop updates. Historically, current flagships have received major Android updates before former flagships.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update represents the device’s first major upgrade since launch in October and it’s a big one. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 update delivers tons of new features, enhancements, fixes, and changes that should help to breathe new life into Samsung’s current flagship Galaxy Note model.

In the weeks since the initial release last month, we’ve seen tons of new developments. We’ve seen the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop release pick up some steam and we’ve even seen some details emerge for the United States. It’s still moving slowly and that means many Galaxy Note 4 users are curious about the current state of the roll out and its future. It can be a lot of digest, especially for those that don’t follow along on a daily basis.

Today, we want to breakdown everything we think you need to know about the Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop release. This breakdown includes a look at the progress the update’s made, a glimpse at what’s to come in the future, a look at what we expect, and some advice that we’ve wanted to pass along to Galaxy Note 4 users for sometime.

If you’re at all interested in the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop upgrade process, this will be a great resource as the roll out moves ahead to other devices and regions.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update is currently at a bit of a standstill. Samsung’s rolled it out to three devices including the SM-910F, SM-910C, and SM-910S though all three of those updates remain extremely limited. So far, the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update’s only managed to roll out to users in Poland, Germany, and one carrier in Korea.

After the initial flurry, all three roll outs have been dormant and it’s not clear when, or where, the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update will roll out next. Samsung’s Android update roll outs are always slow and they’re always unpredictable and random. So there’s really no telling way of knowing where it will head next. You will need to just remain patient as Samsung works behind the scenes to get these roll outs moving.

It usually takes a few weeks before we see updates pick up serious speed so we’re anticipating a major push during the month of March, assuming everything is going well in Samsung’s labs.

For reference, take a look at the Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop update. Its been rolling out since December and only recently has it started to gain a ton of steam in the U.S. and in markets around the world. It’s going to take some more time for the big Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop push to begin as its only been a few weeks since the start of the roll out.

Most Carriers Silent

Samsung and most of its Galaxy Note 4 carrier partners remain silent. We’ve poked around for information and we’ve only been able to find two readily apparent Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop updates for carrier-branded models.

French carrier SFR claimed that it would start rolling the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update out in February though that didn’t happen. The company’s release dates, like all carrier-released Android update release dates, serve as ETAs rather than concrete release windows. Carrier release dates are dependent on Samsung’s testing and on carrier testing so we often see delays.

 

 

Canadian carrier Rogers has also confirmed the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update though it says that its release is “To Be Determined.” This could mean that it’s still weeks if not months away.

The usual suspects like Optus and Vodafone in Australia have stayed quiet about the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update and its release. It’s uncharacteristic of them. We imagine that they might be holding back information until we get a little closer so as not to set unrealistic expectations but we’ve been unable to confirm that. If you’ve found carrier details for the Galaxy Note 4, be sure to let us, and other Galaxy Note 4 owners, know.

U.S. Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop Release

In the U.S., we’ve seen only one detail emerge. T-Mobile’s confirmed an upcoming Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 upgrade. Its the only U.S. carrier that’s done so. According to T-Mobile, the Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 update is currently in a stage the carrier calls “Manufacturer Development.” Its says that this means that “T-Mobile and the device manufacturer have agreed to support a new software update.” So while the update’s been agreed upon, it hasn’t been sent into T-Mobile for testing just yet.

The fact that it’s confirmed is great for T-Mobile users and owners of other Galaxy Note 4 models in the United States because it at least means that the update is coming. However, the release could take some time, at least on T-Mobile. We haven’t heard anything concrete about the other Galaxy Note 4 models in the U.S. and we don’t expect to.

Please Prepare

If you own an SM-910F, SM-910C, and SM-910S, or if you just want to get a head start, you should start preparing your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 for the arrival of Android 5.0 Lollipop. We’ve put together a number of steps to take ahead of the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update and we suggest taking a look at those. They apply to the Galaxy Note 4 as well.

Galaxy Note 4 Release Date Tips

We’ve also put together a list of tips that will help you whenever Samsung or your carrier decides to push out the upgrade. Here are a few tips that could help those of you who are getting anxious about the roll out:

  1. The exact Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop release time is extremely unpredictable though we usually see roll out start during the working week (Monday-Friday). If your roll out hasn’t started, you don’t have to worry about checking your phone on the weekend. It’s very rare to see Samsung or its carrier partners start a roll out on Saturday or Sunday.
  2. Be patient. In some cases, Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop roll outs will take a few days to complete. Carriers in the U.S. like to roll out their updates in batches so that they can catch potential issues. AT&T is well known for this practice. So if you don’t see an update on day one, know that you’ll probably get it within a week. The roll outs typically don’t take much longer than that.
  3. You don’t need to install on day one. Just because you get a prompt doesn’t mean that you need to replace Android 4.4 KitKat that same day. In fact, there are some reasons why you might not want to install on day one. Maybe you’re traveling. Maybe you’re scared of bugs. Whatever the case may be, it might be wise to give it a few days before installing. That way, you can gather feedback and make an informed decision.
  4. Set aside time for the update. This is a huge upgrade for the Galaxy Note 4. We’re talking lots of MBs. It’s going to take time to install. It also has the potential to throw problems your way. You don’t want to be rushed so make sure you install it when you have time.
  5. Rooted/Custom ROM users proceed with caution. While power users will likely have no issues making the upgrade, Galaxy Note 4 users that aren’t as involved in the community and users who have only recently rooted or installed custom software will need to be very careful. Consult the developer and your community before installing.
Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop Problems

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update is still very limited but that doesn’t mean that we haven’t heard about some early Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop problems. One user who flashed the official Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop software to his device says that while the update is performing well, he’s noticing spontaneous battery discharge. This is an issue that’s plagued the Galaxy S5 after its Lollipop update and it looks like it could plague the Galaxy Note 4 as well.

I have encountered one hiccup however: Spontaneous battery discharging. Everything seemed fine up until now… averaging a couple of days standby and 4-5 hrs OST. But then last night it inexplicably lost 25% battery overnight. Thats with Mobile Data and Location off, and a generally notification-pruned system. Have taken advice from these forums and have disabled bloat and unnecessary notifications. Have also installed GSAM to keep an eye on it. Will give it another week or so to see If I can narrow it down.

Another Galaxy Note 4 owner in Korea echoes his sentiments and says that:

Mines on 5.0.1 here in korea and its the Exynos version and post lollipop the battery runs down randomly and gets hot and sometimes it hangs on random apps. I did a factory reset and same issues linger. Benchmarks have went down slightly too.. Hoping these bugs get worked out asap. Love the new look and feel but really hating these bugs. Its bringing down the performance of the phone a lot. And the thermal throttling is ludicrous. The things barely warm and the performance gets cut in half.

Add more hanging on random system apps occasional contacts stopped working and reduced battery performance. Buggy to say the least. But not bad for a whole new system. Hoping a update or two come soon to fine tune it.

This doesn’t mean that all of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop updates will deliver these issues though Galaxy Note 4 users will want to be aware of these initial complaints in the buildup to the update’s release. We fully expect Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop problems to arrive for some users and for complaints about these issues to pick up once the software starts spreading.

Fixes for Galaxy Note 4 Problems

If you’re dealing with Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop problems or if you’re dealing with issues on Android 4.4 KitKat, note that we’ve put together a list of potential fixes for some of the more common Samsung Galaxy Note 4 problems.

Those of you currently on Android 4.4 KitKat would be wise to check them out so that you can absorb the information ahead of your Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop release. We also encourage you to check out some of the Lollipop problems affecting the Samsung Galaxy S5 so you can get a feel for the more common bugs.

If you’re familiar with the common problems and fixes for these potential problems, you’re going to be in much better shape once the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop release emerges for your device. Keep an eye out, March should be busy.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop Release Breakdown is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Galaxy S6 Edge: 6 Key Differences

GottaBeMobile - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 21:58

Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Galaxy S6 Edge: 6 Key Differences is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Samsung announced two new phones today that both arrive on major carriers in the U.S. in early April. The Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Galaxy S6 Edge comparison is an important one for buyers, but there aren’t as many differences as you would expect between two brand new devices.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are strikingly similar with the same 5.1-inch display and 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, but there are six key differences that buyers need to know as they try to figure out which phone they want to buy.

Prepare for a major change from the Galaxy S5. There is no Galaxy S6 Micro SD card or removable battery on either model, so you will need to rely on some of the exciting new Galaxy S6 features like wireless charging and faster wired charging.

The Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S6 share the same upgraded front and rear-facing cameras, same sensors, processors and other Galaxy S6 specs all line up, but there are several key differences that you can study to figure out what you want to buy in April when the Galaxy S6 release date arrives.

Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Galaxy S6 Edge Differences

Here are the most important Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Galaxy S6 Edge differences that we know now. We may see other differences as we go hands on with the devices in the coming weeks and months. Here are the six key details that you need to know.

Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Galaxy S6 Edge Price

The Samsung Galaxy S6 price is $699 off contract according to a contest page for the device. It is very likely that this will translate into $649 off contract when the release rolls around. This turns into a $199 on contract Galaxy S6 price based on current pricing off major devices on U.S. carriers.

We are waiting for any confirmation of the Galaxy S6 Edge price, but the odds are very good that it carriers will charge $299 on contract for the base model.

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Both models will come in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB models, which is especially important with no Micro SD card support. We don’t know what price Samsung and carriers will set for the increase in storage.

You’ll pay a premium for the Galaxy S6 Edge and it won’t be on as many carriers.

Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Galaxy S6 Edge Carriers

You can read our Galaxy S6 release date breakdown for a closer look at more Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge release details. You will see both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge on AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint and U.S. Cellular.

The Galaxy S6 release is also coming to Boost Mobile, Cricket Wireless and MetroPCS, but the most important information is that these carriers did not confirm anything about the Galaxy S6 Edge.

It is important to note that rumors point to a low supply of the Galaxy S6 Edge, which is likely why some of the carriers aren’t going to offer it. You will also likely find it harder to buy the Galaxy S6 Edge during the early days of the release.

Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Galaxy S6 Edge Screen

The big difference is the dual-curved edge display on the Galaxy S6 Edge.

The Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S6 both feature a 5.1-inch display, with a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, but there is a difference. The Galaxy S6 Edge features a dual-curved design that is not as prominent as on the Galaxy Note Edge, but it does deliver a new look and unlocks some added features.

With a curve on both sides of the display, the Galaxy S6 Edge, offers a completely different look that may be enough to convince consumers to spend the extra cash.

Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Galaxy S6 Edge Software

The Galaxy S6 Edge does not show notifications and offer shortcuts like the Galaxy Note Edge, but it does deliver a few added features. The biggest one is that the Galaxy S6 Edge display lights up when you get a call and you can set a specific color for a caller so that you can tell who is calling without picking up the phone.

The Galaxy S6 Edge software offers notification options.

Both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge come with Android 5.0 Lollipop with some Samsung customizations, but not as many as on earlier models. The Galaxy S6 Edge software may include some other customizations to let users customize these notifications and alerts.

Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Galaxy S6 Edge Battery

With no removable battery users may want to go with the model that offers the biggest battery, but the difference is very small. The Galaxy S6 features a 2,550mAh battery and the Galaxy S6 Edge features a 2,600mAh battery. In real world use this will not dramatically change how long the phone lasts, but it is a difference worth noting if only so you don’t buy the Edge just because someone tells you it features a bigger battery.

Both models include wireless charging, fast wired charging and an ultra power saving mode.

Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Galaxy S6 Edge Size

There are small size differences between the Galaxy S6 and GalaxY S6 Edge.

The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are similar in size and both use a mix of metal and Gorilla Glass, but there are important differences in design, size and weight. We already covered the dual-edge display of the Edge screen, which is a big difference. That plays into the different size and weight of the two devices.

  • Galaxy S6 – 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8mm – 138g
  • Galaxy S6 Edge – 142.1 x 70.1 x 7.0mm – 132g

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is thinner, taller and wider than the Galaxy S6 Edge. The differences are small, but in smartphone terms there is enough of a change that you will want to see the two devices side-by-side before you buy.

Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Galaxy S6 Edge: 6 Key Differences is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Set a Background in Windows 8.1

GottaBeMobile - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 21:36

How to Set a Background in Windows 8.1 is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Microsoft’s Windows 8.1, isn’t well known for how easy it makes restoring PCs and tablets to factory settings or getting the latest apps and games from a safe place. Mostly, it’s known for the Start Screen and how it utterly alienated people who liked the Desktop. It’s the Desktop that allows users to resize apps and store icons. It was also through the Desktop that users were able to set a background. Many don’t know that in Windows 8.1, that’s still true.

Setting a background in Windows 8.1 is both just as easy and slightly more complicated than it was with Windows 7. That’s because users have to understand two different interfaces: the Start Screen and the Desktop. On its own, you can’t set a background in Windows 8.1 for the Start Screen in the traditional sense. There are some things similar to backgrounds, but they’re called tattoos and aren’t really that interesting visually. What you can do is have the Start Screen mirror the Desktop background you set.

Let’s begin.

First, press the Windows key on your keyboard or press the Windows button near your display to go back to the Home Screen.

Now is a good time to take a look at your Start Screen and get a feel for how you’d like to change it. Place your mouse pointer in the top-right corner of your screen if you have a device with a mouse. If you’re using touch, place your finger on the right edge of your display and swipe to the left.

Tap or click on the Settings Charm in the button of the black Charms bar on the right side of your screen.

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Welcome to the Settings menu. Tap or click on the Personalize option at the top of your screen in the Settings menu.

From here you can choose two colors and a Tattoo. Tattoos show up in the background of your Start Screen and have a unique design. You can customize any Tattoo with one of the choices listed under Background Color. You can also choose a new Accent Color that changes the Taskbar color inside the Desktop menu.

Earlier I mentioned that you couldn’t change the Start Screen background individually, but you could tie it to the Desktop. Click or tap on the square in the fourth row with the rest of the Tattoos. That should lock your Start Screen background to the Desktop.

Now it’s time to change that Desktop background. Press the Windows key on your keyboard or the Windows button near your device’s display.

Click or tap on the Desktop tile.

Right-click anywhere in the Desktop if you have a mouse. If you’re using touch, tap anywhere and hold your finger that to bringing up the menu.

Click or tap on Personalize.

 

The first thing you’ll notice in the Personalization screen is your Synced Theme. By default, Windows 8.1 uses Microsoft’s OneDrive settings to sync settings and design flourishes in the background. You can choose other themes if you’d like the device you’re using to be unique.

Tap or click on Desktop Background.

Click or tap on the drop down menu labeled Picture Location to browse through the wallpapers Microsoft includes plus any pictures you’ve loaded onto your device. Choose a picture and change how it appears using the Picture Position option to get everything just how you like.

Select multiple pictures to get a slide show of backgrounds that changes overtime. You can set the background in Windows 8.1 to switch in increments of seconds, minutes and hours. If you’re using a mobile device, it’s a good idea to leave the battery power check box enabled. Select the Shuffle box to get different backgrounds in random order.

It’s worth noting that Windows 8.1 automatically adjusts the accent color based on what background is enabled.

When you’re done making your selections, hit Save changes.

Now go back to your Start Screen or Desktop to admire the new background you decided on.

Again, when you set a background in Windows 8.1, it’s important that you remember there’s constant syncing going on by default. If you have one Windows 8.1 device that you normally leave at home, this isn’t a big deal. This becomes a very big deal if you take your device in publicly a lot or have used the same Microsoft Account on a computer at work. The backgrounds you set here will automatically sync back if you don’t manually choose that Unsynced Theme option.

To be clear, these options are only available for users of Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 operating system. If you’re running Windows 8 you’ll need to upgrade to Windows 8.1 before what’s available to you looks like what’s available in thus tutorial. Windows 8.1 is a free update available directly from the Windows Store app.

How to Set a Background in Windows 8.1 is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Price Details Emerge

GottaBeMobile - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 21:12

Samsung Galaxy S6 Price Details Emerge is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 specs, release date and carriers are all confirmed though Samsung and its U.S. carrier partners failed to announce the Galaxy S6 price. While details are still extremely limited, we have discovered one U.S. Samsung Galaxy S6 price clue lurking in the fine print on a carrier’s Galaxy S6 contest page.

Earlier today, Samsung announced two new Galaxy S6 models dubbed Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Both devices are set to arrive starting April 10th and both devices will be heading to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon. Specific Galaxy S6 release date details remain out of reach for the U.S. though one, U.S. Cellular, says that it will release both during the month of April.

While the Samsung Galaxy S6 release date is confirmed for the U.S. and others, there are still some other key details that are missing in action. Storage options, colors, and the Galaxy S6 price are among the details that are up in the air after the Galaxy S6 launch. Carriers have yet to make their plans known though we have discovered one Galaxy S6 price detail lurking in the fine print for an upcoming contest.

T-Mobile and other U.S. carriers will be hosting Galaxy S6 contests in the buildup to the device’s release date. Those that pre-register for the Galaxy S6 on T-Mobile between March 1 and March 26th could win a collection of Samsung devices including TVs, tablets and wearables. Buried deep in the contest’s rules is some information about the Galaxy S6 price.

 

On its contest rules page, T-Mobile notes that the Approximate Retail Value of the Samsung Galaxy S6 is $699. The carrier does not list the ARV for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge because it isn’t one of the prizes. This ARV could serve as the off-contract price of the Samsung Galaxy S6 in the United States though that remains unconfirmed.

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What it does confirm though is that the Galaxy S6 is going to be an expensive phone off-contract. Off-contract pricing in the United States typically hovers around the ARV for all carriers and last year’s Galaxy S5 ARV was right around the off-contract price for all major U.S. carriers. So while this ARV might not be the exact off-contract price, we do expect the off-contract Galaxy S6 price to fall somewhere between $600 and $700.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 price and Galaxy S6 Edge price will likely remain in the shadows until U.S. carriers are ready to announce firm and specific Galaxy S6 release date details. And with a worldwide release set for April 10th, we should see the Galaxy S6 price for the U.S. emerge sometime between now and then.

As for the international community, it appears that the Galaxy S6 will be priced at €699 for the 32GB model, €799 for the 64GB version, and €899 for the 128GB model. International pricing typically does not match up exactly with U.S. pricing so these prices may not have any barring on the U.S. Galaxy S6 price.

SamMobile has confirmed potential pricing for the Galaxy S6 Edge. The publication says that Samsung officials told them that the Galaxy S6 Edge will be€150 more than the regular version. If that’s true, the Galaxy S6 Edge could be priced at €849, €949, and €1049. It’s still not clear how much of a difference we’ll see in the U.S. though the Galaxy Note Edge is $100 more than the Galaxy Note 4.

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 will arrive in 20 unnamed countries on April 10th and the United States could definitely find itself amongst those markets. The U.S. is a key battleground in Samsung’s fight against Apple and the iPhone and the country is typically among the first to all major Samsung Galaxy S and Samsung Galaxy Note releases.

The new Galaxy S6 comes with an assortment of upgrades including a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display with 577 ppi, Exynos 7 octo-core processor from Samsung, 32/64/128GB of storage with no microSD card slot, Android 5.0 Lollipop with a new version of Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface, a 16MP camera, a 5MP front-facing camera, Cat.6 LTE, and a 2550 mAh (Galaxy S6) and 2600 mAh battery (S6 Edge).

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge will come with similar specifications though its will feature a unique curved display that bends down over the two sides of the phone. Both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Edge eschew plastic in favor of a bold new design that features a combination of metal and glass that also features Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Price Details Emerge is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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HTC One M9 Release Date Confirmed

GottaBeMobile - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 15:27

HTC One M9 Release Date Confirmed is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

The brand new HTC One M9 release date has been confirmed this morning in Barcelona, Spain where the company took a moment to take the stage and announce its latest smartphone for 2015.

Today at Mobile World Congress, HTC has just announced and unveiled the new HTC One M9 smartphone. It’s flagship new smartphone that will replace the HTC One M8 on shelves around the world. The device, as expected, looks very similar to last years model as we’ve seen from countless leaks, but is loaded with new features and impressive hardware like a brand new camera.

Read: iPhone 6 vs HTC One M9: What to Expect

In a similar move at last year, this morning HTC not only announced the impressive new HTC One M9, but they’ve also confirmed the release date. The HTC One M9 will be available in many regions around the globe, and is coming to all five major carriers in the United States starting in mid-March.

This morning HTC confirmed what we’ve been hearing from rumors for months, and have not only announced the new HTC One M9 today, but the release date as well. Today isn’t the release date like they did last year, but they’ve just confirmed it will be available around the globe, and in the US, starting in the middle of March. So in a matter of a few weeks. It will be headed to all major carriers in the United States. One’s like AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint and more.

So what’s new with the HTC One M9, even though the design is nearly the same as last year? Well, plenty. For one it has a slight redesign with new buttons on the side, as well as a two-tone finish with the zero-gap all aluminum frame. The silver and gold two-tone look shown off on stage was rather impressive looking. They’ve moved the power button to the middle of the right side, for easy ergonomics. It’s accompanied by the volume up/down buttons as well.

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For those that didn’t think all the leaks and rumors were accurate, here’s the full official specs of the all new HTC One M9.

HTC One M9 Specs

  • 5-inch 1920 x 1080p Full HD IPS Display
  • 2.0 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Processor
  • 3GB of RAM with 32GB of internal storage
  • Micro-SD Slot
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop with Sense 7 UI
  • 20.7 Megapixel camera with sapphire glass, 4 Ultrapixel front camera
  • Two-tone Zero-Gap All Aluminum Design
  • Dual HTC Boomsound Speakers with Dolby Audio
  • 2,900 mAh Battery
  • 5.68 x 2.73 x 0.38 in size, and just 4.96 ounces
  • more

As expected and reported from countless leaks the HTC One M9 is very similar to last years smartphone, but it was an award winning design so why change it. Instead, they’ve improved the design by changing the buttons and adding a beautiful two-tone color design to the brushed aluminum frame.

However, the important parts of the HTC One M9 are the improved 20.7 megapixel rear camera, dual LED flash, powerful 8-core Snapdragon 810 processor with more RAM, and of course Android 5.0.1 Lollipop. The screen is the same size and resolution to keep the size and battery life in check, and they’ve even made the battery bigger for improved battery life.

Some of the bigger changes are on the software side of things. The HTC One M9 features a brand new Sense UI 7 interface overlay. It has been revamped with tons of changes for Android 5.0.1 Lollipop, health tools to go along with the new HTC Grip fitness wearable, and a rather neat theme tool. With HTC Sense 7 you can take a photo with the new camera, and the entire UI can change to that photos color theme. Bars on tops of pages, your background wallpaper, and much more.

Sadly the HTC One M9 release date isn’t today like last year, but it will be hitting all carriers in the United States starting in the middle of March. That said, we’ve already seen Best Buy leak the AT&T HTC One M9, so they may be the first carrier to deliver the phone. We’ll update the moment more carriers announce release dates, pricing, and availability. According to Best Buy the HTC One M9 will be $649 off contract, and likely $199 with a new 2-year deal. Stay tuned for more details.

HTC One M9 Release Date Confirmed is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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HTC One M9 Release Spoiled by Leaked Video

GottaBeMobile - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 03:12

HTC One M9 Release Spoiled by Leaked Video is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

We’re now just hours away from the official announcement and unveiling of the all-new HTC One M9 smartphone in Spain, but the release has been spoiled this afternoon as the device has leaked once again in the flesh in a brand new comparison video. March 1st HTC will reveal the new HTC One M9 smartphone, but ahead of the release this video is giving buyers a good idea of what to expect.

Tomorrow HTC will announce the new smartphone, and below are the details for those looking to watch the announcement live in real time, as they’ll be holding a live stream with all their latest news. Before that happens, read on for everything we know, and the latest leaked video comparing the new HTC One M9 to the others.

Read: How to Watch the HTC One M9 Event Live

For months leaks and rumors have speculated about this new smartphone, what it will offer, if it will have a radical new design and a bigger display, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. The HTC One M9 will be nearly identical to the One M8 released last year, but there’s more than what meets the eye, as it should be a much improved device. Below is the video, and the latest leaked information and specs.

As you can see above, the new HTC One M9 looks nearly the same as the past two years. Pictured above from left to right is the HTC One M9, HTC One M8, and the original HTC One on the far right. The biggest changes are internally, and the camera on the back which you can see from the newly leaked video below.

Initially the first rumors started in September of last year along with concept images, a few small reports of a complete redesign, and much much more, but sadly that won’t be happening. We even received some hard evidence that HTC had completely changed the look of the HTC One M9 and moved the speakers to the edges, trimmed down the bezels, and changed the entire look and feel of the phone.

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However, the past week we’ve seen countless photos, official commercials from HTC that leaked early, and now the comparison video shown below for your viewing pleasure. This video is from Barcelona where someone has released their hands-on and comparison a day early, and it’s revealing everything about the phone, even if there isn’t much that’s new. Without talking about it much, check it out below.

While the new HTC One M9 looks very similar to the model last year, it has a lot more to offer. It will reportedly come in three color variations and as you can see, it has a new two-tone color option as shown in the video, which is silver and gold. The screen remains the same size coming in at 5-inches with a 1080p HD display. Some may like that, others want something bigger, but to each his own.

The resolution will reportedly stay at 1080p Full HD to keep battery life in check, and for good measure HTC made the battery much bigger, bigger than the Galaxy S5 and rumored Galaxy S6, by adding a large 2,900 mAh battery in the new HTC One M9. The video above shows it off against it’s older brothers, talks about the new 20.7 megapixel rear camera, redesigned buttons on the side, and that’s about it.

HTC One M9 Specs (Rumored)

  • 5-inch 1920 x 1080p HD Display
  • 2.3 GHz 8-core Snapdragon 810 processor (64-bit)
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of internal storage and a micro-SD slot for expansion
  • 20 MP rear facing camera and 4 Ultrapixel front shooter (or 12 MP)
  • Android 5.0.1 Lollipop and HTC Sense UI 7.0
  • Dual HTC Boomsound Speakers with Dolby 5.1 Audio Technology
  • 2,900 mAh battery
  • more

We’ll find out even more about the all-new HTC One M9 early tomorrow morning, as HTC is set to make the announcements starting at 10AM ET, for those interested. Above is the full rumored spec sheet, which could vary slightly, but we’ll have to wait and see.

We’re still waiting for release date details, as some suggest tomorrow HTC will announce AND release the smartphone on the same day. They did it last year with the HTC One M8, even if Verizon was the only carrier that had it on launch date in the US, and we’re expecting something similar here in 2015. Stay tuned because we’ll know all the details soon enough.

HTC One M9 Release Spoiled by Leaked Video is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Watch NASCAR on Your iPad

GottaBeMobile - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 21:22

How to Watch NASCAR on Your iPad is a post by Kevin Purcell from Gotta Be Mobile.

The 2015 NASCAR season sped off to an exciting start for racing fans with Joey Logano winning the Daytona 500. NASCAR does a great job of giving their fans an enjoyable option for following the action on an iPad for a reasonable price thanks to the NASCAR Mobile app and the NASCAR RaceView app. We’ll share strategies for keeping up with NASCAR this season on an Apple iPad using these apps or other options.

None of these options will let the user watch the action live for free. We’ll take a look at the three best options for enjoying the NASCAR races: the NASCAR Mobile app, the NASCAR RaceView app and our standby for watching live sporting events, a Slingbox.

NASCAR Mobile

Follow your favorite driver via the onboard camera.

The best option comes in the form of the NASCAR Mobile app. It’s free to download and users can keep up with all the races during the Sprint Cup Series season using the app. Users will get things like news about their favorite driver, season standings, a leader board during the race, video highlights, social media feeds related to the sport and race schedules.

The app adds live video feeds during the Sprint Cup races for a subscription fee of $24.95 for the 2015 season. Compared to other sports, that’s cheap.

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Even if a fan can watch the race on their TV, the in-car video of their favorite driver makes the app a great second screen experience. People who can’t sit in front of a TV and want to enjoy the race can use the app and subscription to watch every Sprint Cup race of the season. The app also supports AirPlay, so the user can throw the video or audio feed to an Apple TV.

Send the audio or video feed to any AirPlay Receiver like the Apple TV.

For some reason NASCAR doesn’t include the Truck series or the XFINITY series video. At this price, that’s not that surprising, but this will disappoint hardcore NASCAR fans.

One view tells the fan about all the major events in the race.

People who own an iPad or iPhone that operates on Sprint’s network will get some exclusive features, like free in-race video highlights. They also don’t have to pay the $24.95 for the NASCAR premium features like the onboard cameras, broadcast video feeds, driver audio or any of the other features.

1. Filter the driver audio using the drop down or 2. show which drivers car numbers on the track.

NASCAR Mobile doesn’t just offer video. Some people can’t sit in front of their TV or watch on an iPad, but they can listen. The app offers a few audio options. Listen to a driver’s live audio during the race. Hear all of their conversations about strategy, what drivers say when they get angry at someone for spinning them out or the calls of their spotters. It adds a lot to the race for the hard-core NASCAR fan, especially during heated moments and during pit stops.

The app doesn’t offer video for the XFINITY series, but we do get audio. There’s also an option to listen to the two NASCAR radio feeds from MRN or PRN networks and NASCAR officials radio feed. Imagine if the NFL put a mic on the refs and turned it on during those conversations they had before making a penalty call. NASCAR lets fans hear those conversations. Listen in when a driver’s about to get penalized for speeding on pit row or for sending their pit crow over the wall too soon.

One part of the app shows the car numbers moving around the track with options to show only the top ten drivers in the race, just one driver or all the cars. It’s not as much fun as watching the video, but takes up less bandwidth. That saves data for people who don’t want to eat up all of their cap when there’s no Wi-Fi available and gives them something to see while listening to the audio.

If someone doesn’t want to pay the full $24.99 for the season, but does want to try out the premium features for a few races, get the monthly subscription which only costs $3.99. This auto-renews so the user will need to cancel if they don’t want to pay for a second month. To cancel, open the iTunes app on an iPad. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and tap on the Apple ID. Then choose View Apple ID. Under Subscriptions, tap on Manage. Find the NASCAR entry in the list of subscriptions and tap it. Cancel the subscription on that screen.

NASCAR RaceView

NASCAR RaceView costs $15/year or $1/month more than NASCAR Mobile and only shows a 3D virtualization of the race.

The more expensive option is NASCAR RaceView. The app is free to download for the iPad, but annual subscription costs $39.99 or $4.99 monthly.

The NASCAR fan will get more and less at the same time. In addition to following NASCAR races there’s something called Time Trial, which lets the user play a game where they face off against the pole winner for last year’s running of the next race on the schedule. It’s fun to play.

NASCAR RaceView Time Trial lets users race against the pole winner from last year’s race.

Other free features this year include:

  • Schedules
  • Driver pages
  • Track info with a guided tour
  • Top 10 driver pages
  • Free 3 minute demo of the app during the race

Sprint subscribers can enjoy the premium features for free. These include the 3D virtual race view, radio broadcasts from MRN and PRN as well as driver audio.

While the app offers features the NASCAR Mobile app doesn’t, it omits one important feature. The app doesn’t actually show video. Instead we get a 3D virtual view of the track during the race with multiple camera angles. It follows one car of the user’s choice.

Only Sprint customers should even consider using the NASCAR RaceView app over the NASCAR Mobile app mentioned above since they get the premium features free. It’s more expensive than the NASCAR Mobile app we showed you above and you can’t even watch live video of the race.

NBC Sports Live Extra

This year NASCAR moves from ESPN to NBC during the second half of the season. It’s not certain that users can watch the races live on the NBC Sports Live Extra app, so check back in the summer to see.

Slingbox and SlingPlayer

The last option comes from our standby for live sporting events, the Slingbox. A Slingbox hooks up to a TV and home Internet connection and streams whatever the person’s home television service shows on their TV. For example, it’s hooked up to my DirecTV receiver box and my TV and home network. The video passes through Slingbox to my TV and also streams the video signal over the Internet to the SlingPlayer iPad app ($14.99). Users can use either a wired network connection or Wi-Fi, but it works better on a wired network connection.

The SlingPlayer iPad app costs $15.

Download the SlingPlayer app on an iPad and sign into an account. Once the user sets up their Slingbox, the person can watch and control the home satellite or cable TV box. If you can watch NASCAR on your TV, then you can watch it on the Slingbox and SlingPlayer app.

The user will need to pay for the app, the box and their TV service subscription. Boxes range in price from under $100 for the older 350 model up to $300 for the one with the most features. That makes this the most expensive option, even if you subtract the cost of the TV service since you’re going to pay for that anyway.

How to Watch NASCAR on Your iPad is a post by Kevin Purcell from Gotta Be Mobile.

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