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5 Best Heavy Duty Galaxy S6 Cases

GottaBeMobile - 12 hours 19 min ago

5 Best Heavy Duty Galaxy S6 Cases is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

For those looking to buy a case for the shiny new Samsung Galaxy S6 the options and choices are almost unlimited. Every case manufacturer around is offering something, but here we want to focus on some of the best durable, rugged, and heavy duty cases to truly protect the all glass and aluminum smartphone.

Picking a case for your new $600 smartphone or 2-year investment is no easy task, and with so many available it can be a daunting task trying to choose something that isn’t junk. Rather than get an average case sold at Best Buy or carrier shelves, finding something a little more durable is our goal here.

Read: 5 Best Galaxy S6 Wallet Cases

The new Samsung Galaxy S6 hits US carriers on April 10th and now that it has been available for a few months there are so many cases to choose from, that it’s hard to find what’s right for you. Not everyone needs a bulky durable case, but if you do, read on for a list of some of the best options around.

Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 has a stunning 5.1-inch Quad-HD display, one of the best 16 megapixel cameras around, an aluminum design with glass on the front and the back, and a new fingerprint scanner inside the home button. It’s the best Galaxy smartphone yet, but needs to be protected from those who are hard on it.

We’ve detailed impressive wallet cases like linked to above, some great battery cases to make the device last longer, and even just a collection of some great cases in general. However, this post is all about heavy duty cases for those who are extremely hard on their devices.

The Galaxy S6 has a beautiful 5.1-inch Quad-HD display with glass covering both the front and the back, and while drop tests have shown it to be extremely durable, you’ll still want to protect your investment. The glass on the back looks nice, but makes the phone even more fragile. With that, we’ll need a stronger case than most. Whether you work outdoors, have kids that love to drop your phone, or just need more protection than your average run-of-the-mill case, we have you covered.

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Spigen is becoming a household name for offering some of the best overall price/performance cases for an array of smartphones, and offering more designs to meet any buyers needs.

The Spigen Slim Armor (Air Cushion) case is one of the top on our list because it has a little of everything to offer. Thanks to a dual-layer design you get a soft TPU shock resistant inner lining, and a hard polycarbonate outer shell.

The 1.2mm raised lip protects the screen from drops, and there's even an integrated kickstand for easy viewing. This is one of the best cases around for the Galaxy S6, comes in multiple colors, and you can swap out the kickstand for a wallet slot if you'd like.

Buy it Now for $17.99

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5 Best Heavy Duty Galaxy S6 Cases is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.


DROID Turbo Lollipop Problems & Fixes

GottaBeMobile - 13 hours 6 min ago

DROID Turbo Lollipop Problems & Fixes is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

After months of waiting the Motorola DROID Turbo Android 5.1 Lollipop update is finally rolling out from Verizon Wireless delivering a number of new features, and a brand new look. The changelog details everything that’s new from Android 5.1 and the material design UI, but it also brought with it a few problems, not to mention some outstanding issues remain unsolved.

At the end of October last year the DROID Turbo was released just a week before Android 5.0 Lollipop debuted. This made the update take longer than many wanted, but it’s finally here. The device launched with a few bugs, many of which are still present after the Android 5.1 Lollipop update. Here we aim to address a few of them, look for others, and offer a few potential fixes.

Read: DROID Turbo Android 5.1 Update: What to Expect

For most the Motorola DROID Turbo Android 5.1 update has been a very smooth process, while others have been experiencing problems. It improved the overall look and feel, battery life, camera performance, and delivers Google’s material design, but there’s also some issues that will need to be fixed in future updates.

We’ve received multiple comments from DROID Turbo owners that are enjoying the update and have mostly positive comments, but there have also been complaints about installation problems, WiFi issues, poor battery life, slow data speeds, slow Turbo Charging, and some other small general problem.

With all Android updates the potential for issues is somewhat big, especially with such a huge visual and behind the scenes update like Android 5.1 Lollipop. The best advice would be to do a factory data reset and update with a fresh slate, but that’s not realistic for most as it completely wipes the smartphone and all apps, data, and information.

With that in mind, here’s a few details about the DROID Turbo Android 5.1 update, and a couple of problems that have been surfacing in forums and over at XDA Developers.

Turbo Android 5.1 Installation Problems

Some owners have reported problems when trying to actually accept, download, and install the Android 5.1 update. A few reports claimed the download never finished, and got stuck at a certain point. Verizon and Motorola both recommend downloading the software over a WiFi connection, which is owners first move.

Motorola recommends at least 50% battery life and a fast stable connection to complete the download. Users should reboot their device, charge it to at least 50% (we’d recommend 100%) and try installing the update again by going to settings > about phone > and tapping the check for updates button to begin the download again.

Alternatively, users can follow this guide to manually download and flash the DROID Turbo Android 5.1 Lollipop update, with a little know-how and some patience.

DROID Turbo WiFi Problems

Both before the update, and after, many owners have complained about WiFi issues, instability, drops and more. This has been an ongoing issue for the DROID Turbo, but should be fixed with Lollipop. There’s a few small changes that could improve the experience.

For one, owners should head into Settings > WiFi > and forget the network of choice. This will let you resign in, enter the password, and start with a clean slate for the connection, which should fix any drops and instabilities.

Users have also reported WiFi hangs, or slows down, which could be due to a setting where WiFi doesn’t stay on when the screen sleeps, to improve battery life. Go to Settings > WiFi then tap the menu option at the top. Navigate to Advanced and under the keep WiFi on during sleep option, make sure it’s set to Always.

Last but not least this could be a router issue with the home WiFi. Try unplugging your home router power cord for more than 10 seconds, or even a minute, then reconnect and let it reboot. Then re-sign into your WiFi on the DROID Turbo.

DROID Turbo Bluetooth Problems

While we’ve yet to experience any problems using Bluetooth on the DROID Turbo, even after Lollipop, this is another problem we’ve seen surface more than a few times. The first step is to toggle Bluetooth off and back on.

Many users have complained that while working out, running, or just general motion the Bluetooth seems to struggle and streaming audio cuts in and out, and other things. AndroidAuthority suggests turning off all Moto Active features, and make sure to turn off WiFi as well, as it could be interfering with Bluetooth.

Again, we’ve had no problems with Bluetooth so haven’t needed to find a solution, and most likely this is just a compatibility issue with some vehicles or Bluetooth devices.

Turbo Charging Slower After Lollipop

The DROID Turbo has a feature called turbo charging, or Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 that lets it charge quicker than most devices. Something we’ve seen from recent Samsung, LG, and other devices. However, users are claiming that after Android 5.1 the Turbo Charging doesn’t charge as fast.

There’s no solution to this at the moment, and we’ve reached out to Verizon and Motorola for additional details, and will report back once we know more. Are you experiencing slower charging speeds since updating to Android 5.1 Lollipop?

DROID Turbo Performance

The DROID Turbo has a fast powerful processor and plenty of RAM, and along with the efficient Android 5.1 Lollipop it should run incredible fast and smooth. Overall most reports are positive, but with any big update like this problems are likely to arise.

Updating the entire system to something like Android 5.1 Lollipop could leave some remnants of the older software, apps, junk and more. As a result, our best advise before a full system factory reset would be to clear the cache on the device. This can be done two ways. Users can also clear app cache, and then system cache using a more advanced method.

Beginners can download an app called Clean Master. This will clear all update and random files that are not only taking up space, but fragmenting your device storage and slowing down performance.

However the best route is to actually boot the device into a safe area called the recovery, and clear the system cache. Instructions for this are available from Motorola, or follow the instructions below.

  • With the phone powered off, press the VOL DOWN KEY for 2-3 seconds then POWER key then release.
  • The device will display different BOOT OPTIONS
  • Use the VOL DOWN Key to SCROLL to Recovery and POWER Key to select

If the device reboots, you may have waited to long to make a selection, you will need to begin the process again.

  • The device will display the Motorola logo and then the Android in distress ( logo with Exclamation mark)
  • Press and hold the VOL UP key for 10-15 seconds. While still holding the VOL UP key tap and release the POWER key
  • Use the VOL DOWN Key to scroll to wipe cache partition and the POWER Key to select this option

After this the device will wipe and clear the entire cache partition and clear all those update files and other system files. It will reboot and power up as normal. Be extremely careful not to hit the wipe all data and factory reset, as this will erase the entire device. We only want to wipe the cache partition.

Factory Data Reset

With big updates such as Android 5.1 Lollipop, I usually do a factory data reset so the device starts with a clean and clear slate. This will erase all user data, and put the device in a “factory” out of box state. As a result users will want to backup all their data first, then proceed. This is a last resort of the problems are enough to warrant a full wipe.

Read: How to Backup Android in 5 Easy Steps

To factory reset the DROID Turbo head into Settings > Backup & Reset > Factory Data Reset > and tap Reset Phone. This will completely erase everything, reboot, and start fresh. Users can then use the new Android 5.0 Lollipop restore function to download all previously used apps. The new Tap n Go restore works great, if you have another device to restore from, or hit the drop-down option and select your DROID Turbo, and restore all apps from your Google sync account.

So far we’re hearing mostly positive comments about the DROID Turbo Android 5.1 Lollipop update. However, if you’re experiencing issues try some of the fixes above, or drop us a comment below with the problems you may be having.

DROID Turbo Lollipop Problems & Fixes is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.


iPhone 6s vs. Galaxy Note 5: 5 Things We Learned in June

GottaBeMobile - 14 hours 1 min ago

iPhone 6s vs. Galaxy Note 5: 5 Things We Learned in June is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

For months, we’ve heard rumors about an Apple iPhone 6s and a Samsung Galaxy Note 5. June was extremely busy for both rumored phones and today we want to recap what we learned about this rumored but likely iPhone 6s vs. Galaxy Note 5 matchup from Apple and Samsung.

Last fall, Samsung and Apple took their respective stages to announce brand new flagships for the holiday season. At IFA 2014, Samsung detailed the Galaxy Note 4, a big-screen fourth-generation phone that offer a new stylus, better software and a number of high-end hardware features. It wasn’t the only high quality big screen smartphone to hit shelves in September though.

Apple released two new iPhone models in September including a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus is a direct competitor for the Galaxy Note 4 and a thorn in the side for Samsung, a company that long dominated the big screen smartphone sector.

This isn’t a battle that will be ending anytime soon, at least not according to the rumor mill. Throughout the year, we’ve seen Samsung Galaxy Note 5 rumors and iPhone 6s details emerge at a breakneck pace as we push towards the fall. The month of June was especially busy as the rumor mill spun several intriguing stories regarding both phones.

With June in the rearview mirror, we want to set you up for July and today we take a look at how the iPhone 6s is matching up with the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 as we press on into the summer months.

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Before we get into how the iPhone 6s and Galaxy Note 5 rumors stack up as we push into July, it's worth pointing out that both of their predecessors, the iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy Note 4 are still excellent phones and worth a look if you don't want to wait through a barrage of rumors in the buildup to the fall. 

We've been using the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and the Galaxy Note 4 since their release last September. All three are still holding up nicely as we push into the summer and we think that all three are worth a look right now ahead of the iPhone 6s and Galaxy Note 5 launch. 

These phones are getting older but it's important to know that all three of them stand to improve in the near future. 

The Galaxy Note 4 is rumored to be getting an Android 5.1.1 update later this month that should help to stabilize it ahead of a likely Android M update in the future. Android M is Google's new OS and it's focused on performance in key areas like battery life. 

As for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, they'll be getting iOS 9 this fall and plenty of iOS updates in the future. iOS 9 is set to bring them some key upgrades including an increase in battery life.

These phones have a lot of life left in them and they're worth a look in July and August, especially when prices start to dip and especially if Galaxy Note 5 and iPhone 6s rumors aren't impressing you. 

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iPhone 6s vs. Galaxy Note 5: 5 Things We Learned in June is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.


Elder Scrolls Online: 5 Key Details Emerge

GottaBeMobile - 15 hours 10 min ago

Elder Scrolls Online: 5 Key Details Emerge is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Several important Elder Scrolls Online details have emerged for PC, Xbox One and PS4 users including a timed release that offers a special mount for players to use.

In early June, after several delays, ZeniMax finally released Elder Scrolls Online for PS4 and Xbox One. The MMO thrusts console gamers into the massive world of Tamriel and allows them to undertake quests and battle other players from other factions in huge player-on-player skirmishes.

Because Elder Scrolls Online is an MMO and not a typical console game, it will continue to receive new content for years after its release. At E3 2015, ZeniMax and Bethesda confirmed plans to release two new DLC zones later this year including Imperial City and Orsinium. It showed off both realms in action during its E3 showcase though it did not provide specific release dates for the new zones.

While players wait for the new zones, ZeniMax has announced several new pieces of DLC including a limited edition mount that will surely interest those who want to ride around Tamriel on something other than an Imperial Horse.

The new mount isn’t the only detail that’s emerged in the past few days and today we take a look at some of the more recent Elder Scrolls Online details that have emerged for PC, Xbox One and PS4 players.

Elder Scrolls Online Frost Mare

One of the most important Elder Scrolls Online details to emerge in the past few days is a limited edition Frost Mare mount that ZeniMax is offering on the Crown Store.

The Frost Mare is a unique looking horse that “seems carved from the very glaciers of Skyrim” though its “exact origin is unknown.” Whatever the case, the mount is noticeably different than the other Elder Scrolls Online horses making it a tempting proposition for Elder Scrolls Online players and those with a ton of crowns.

This new Frost Mare mount is now available on the Crown Store for a whopping 3000 Crowns. This translates to $30 in USD. That’s a lot for a lot of people but if you’re heavily invested in the game, it might be worth picking up.

The Frost Mare is not going to be available forever. This is a limited edition mount and it will only be available from July 2nd through July 7th at 10AM EDT/4PM CEST. So, if you’re at all interested in this horse, you’re going to need to make a decision very quickly.

New Pet Cat

That’s not all ZeniMax is releasing in July. The company will be releasing a brand new Pet called the Abecean Ratter. ZeniMax hasn’t said when the cat will arrive though it does say that it will be coming in late July.

The Abecean Ratter is famed from Hegathe to Woodhearth as a prime rodent-catcher. No mere housecats, Ratters have been known to take down Skeevers twice their size. They are a favorite of sailors, and the most common ship’s cats among both merchants and pirates.

The announcement doesn’t reveal a price though we’ve seen pets cost anywhere from 400 Crowns to 700 Crowns so you can expect it to be at that price point.

New Costumes

July will also see the release of new costumes. All of them will, like the new Abecean Ratter, become available to Elder Scrolls Online players in late July. A specific release date for the new costumes remains unknown.

One costume is a brand new evening dress that is advertised as an alternative to questing gear. The other is an Ashlander Pack that comes with several different costumes.

These costumes are particularly interesting because they “replicate the garb of the nomadic Ashlander tribes of Morrowind, including the travel and hunting clothes of the Mabrigash tribe, and the armor of the Kagesh.”

It’s not clear how much these will cost when they arrive.

Elder Scrolls Online Problems Continue

ZeniMax recently rolled out patches to the Xbox One, PS4 and the PC. The Xbox One and PS4 patches were the first since the game’s release back in June and both wiped out some of the more annoying bugs in the game including a cut down on the frequency of invisible NPCs. That said, there are still a number of Elder Scrolls Online problems plaguing gamers in the weeks after the game’s release.

The developer’s forums are full of complaints that include problems with the brand new versions of the game. New Elder Scrolls Online problems range from problems with the mail to issues with the Imperial Edition of the game to problems with Apple’s OS X El Capitan beta. This is just the tip of the iceberg and every day we see new problems emerge.

As we’ve noted, this is not surprising. This is a complex game with a ton of moving parts and it’s going to be awhile before ZeniMax is able to patch things up. Those of you that have run into problems after the latest ESO patches will want to report your issues or take out a ticket. We walk you through how to do that here.

We’ve been playing the game since its release in early June and while we’re still noticing problems, lag being one of the biggest problems, the game has stabilized on the Xbox One.

Fixes for Elder Scrolls Online Problems Coming

ZeniMax is listening to your complaints and it has a long list of things that it’s working on for future Elder Scrolls Online updates for PS4 and Xbox One. It has also been providing workarounds for some of these problems while it tests fixes behind the scenes.

If you’ve run into problems or you simply want to keep tabs on what the company is working on, check out this extensive list of problems with the console versions of the game. Some of them come with fixes that might work for you. We’ve seen several updates to the page in recent days so it’s best to bookmark it and check back daily.

Remember this is a marathon, not a sprint, and ZeniMax will continue to roll out patches for all three versions of the game. And with new DLC planned for 2015 and even more planned for the future, it’s clear that this game won’t be slowing down anytime soon.

Elder Scrolls Online: 5 Key Details Emerge is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.


iPhone 6s vs. iPhone 5s: 5 Things We Learned in June

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 22:17

iPhone 6s vs. iPhone 5s: 5 Things We Learned in June is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

June was the source of several important iPhone 6s details including information about its release date and its specs. We expect July to be extremely productive as well. Today, we want to take a look at back at what we learned about the rumored device in June and tell you how it’s comparing to the iPhone 5s. This iPhone 6s vs. iPhone 5s comparison will set you up for July and beyond.

Its been nearly two years since Apple released its follow-up to the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5s is no longer the flagship that it once was but thanks to software updates and an attractive price tag, it remains a solid option for those that don’t want to pay top dollar for a quality phone. It also remains in the hands of thousands if not millions of iOS users around the world.

As we push deeper into the year towards Apple’s usual iPhone release window, current and prospective iPhone 5s owners are starting to look into this year’s iPhone, a device that’s currently called iPhone 6s. The iPhone 6s skipped Apple’s WWDC 2015 conference in June but all signs point to an arrival later this year.

The company’s iPhone 6s isn’t confirmed but thanks to a flurry of rumors and the release of an iOS 9 release window in the fall, we’re starting to see the iPhone 6s take shape.

We saw a number of important iPhone 6s details emerge in June. And while nothing is confirmed, we want to take a look at some of the things we learned about Apple’s new iPhone. Here’s what you need to know about the rumored iPhone 6s vs. iPhone 5s matchup as we push into summer.

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One of the most important details we learned in June was not about the iPhone 6s but about iOS and the iPhone 5s. 

At WWDC 2015, Apple confirmed iOS 9. It announced that it would be bringing iOS 9 to the iPhone 5s and a slew of other devices. The fact that iPhone 5s is getting iOS 9 wasn't surprising. It was however surprising that Apple announced iOS 9 for the iPhone 4s and iPad 2. iOS 9 will be the fourth update for the iPhone 4s, fifth for the iPad 2. 

This revelation is absolutely huge for the iPhone because it means that older devices should get four years of support going forward. That's a year more than usual and two years more than most Android devices. So what does this mean for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6s?

Well, it means that current iPhone 5s owners should feel less pressure to upgrade in 2015. iOS 9 should be a solid update for the former flagship. It also means that the iPhone 5s, and its price tag, will remain attractive for months and perhaps years to come. Especially if Apple doesn't release a smaller 4-inch iPhone 6c this year

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iPhone 6s vs. iPhone 5s: 5 Things We Learned in June is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.


Ring Video Doorbell Review: Editors’ Choice

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 21:58

Ring Video Doorbell Review: Editors’ Choice is a post by Xavier Lanier from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Ring Video Doorbell is an easy way to take the first step towards turning any house into a smart home. The $199 device is worth every penny and ultimately more useful than many of the other smart home products I’ve tried.  Its ease of installation, utility and relative value earn the Ring Video Doorbell a Gotta Be Mobile Editors’ Choice Award.

The Ring Video Doorbell is a self-contained gadget that replaces any standard doorbell. It connects to the Internet over a home’s Wi-Fi network and sends alerts to residents’ smartphones whenever someone is at the door. With a couple of taps, the homeowner can see a live video feed of who’s at the front door and have a conversation over the device’s built-in speaker and microphone.

The Ring Video Doorbell is available at Best Buy, and direct from the manufacturer at

I installed several smart home products my home as part of an extensive remodel. My door locks, window blinds, alarm system and lightbulbs are connected to the Internet. A pair of Nest thermostats control the furnaces, an array of Dropcams keep an eye on the place and there’s even an app for making sure the bathroom tile isn’t too cold in the morning. The whole house is wired up and there’s even a wireless Gigabit-Internet dish up on the roof. But guess which smart home product I’ve spent the most time talking about since I moved into the place two months ago? That’s right…my doorbell.

Spending $199 on a doorbell might sound excessive, but I’ve found it to be an excellent value. Smart home products are expensive in general and often don’t provide a lot of utility for the money. A $199 doorbell is expensive in relative to the $9 doorbell you can buy at the hardware store, but cheap compared outfitting your house with Philips Hue lightbulbs ($69 each) or Lutron automatic blinds (about $600 each).  Unlike my Dropcams, the Ring Video Doorbell is actively used each and every day.

It took about 10 minutes to install the Ring Video Doorbell by my front door, download the app, connect it to my network and get it all working together. The Ring Video Doorbell comes with mounting hardware for installing the device. The device can be connected to your old doorbell’s wires for continuous operation or it can rely on an included rechargeable battery, which lasts for several months on a single charge.  Anyone that’s comfortable putting together Ikea furniture should be able to install this doorbell. The company provides installation east-to-follow videos for those nervous about hooking up a device themselves or who have never done it before.

Our front door is  pretty chaotic since we live near a lot of family and we’re still wrapping up our remodel. My wife and I do the bulk of our shopping online and through delivery services to minimize time spent running errands. That means construction suppliers, contractors, house cleaners, FedEx, AmazonFresh, Google Express, babysitters, pizza delivery drivers, family and friends all ring our smart doorbell and connect with one of us within a few seconds. If we’re home and expecting someone, we typically just open the door without launching the app and entering into a conversation.

The real magic happens when neither my wife or I are home and someone rings the doorbell.  We’re able to see exactly who’s at the front door and manage whatever situation there may be. The above is what the Ring iPhone app looks like whenever someone pushes the button on the device. In this case, it was a UPS delivery guy that came by when we weren’t home. I told him to leave the package at my front door.

The Ring Video Doorbell works even if I’m on the other side of the world. While I was traveling on a bus in Bejing recently, my dad stopped by my house to fix a couple of things and move my SUV so I didn’t get a ticket.  As you can see in the video, my father-in-law actually answered the door before I could answer it, but my dad came back out to have a brief conversation.

It can take several seconds to get an alert, unlock my iPhone, launch the app, hit ‘accept’ to begin the call and greet whomever’s at my front door.  I wish Ring would abbreviate the process of answering a call – the app should assume that you want to accept a call if you’re bothering to tap on an alert to launch the app. Another occasional hiccup that I run into is that the Ring app doesn’t work properly if I’m on a phone call when someone rings, since the phone call is already using the iPhone’s audio capabilities.

Sometimes whomever is ringing my doorbell requires a little more attention. For example, I wasn’t home when FedEx attempted to deliver my new MacBook. I asked the driver to leave the computer on my doorstep, but she told me that Apple required a signature. I asked her to hold on for a few seconds while I sent a text to my next door neighbor asking if he could accept a package for me. Once I confirmed he was home, I asked the driver to leave the package next door. She was happy that she didn’t have to reattempt the delivery the next day and I was happy since I could get my computer right away. There hasn’t been a failed delivery attempt at my house in the two months since setting up the Ring Video Doorbell.

The Ring Video Doorbell has a couple of security features that some homeowners may like. A built-in motion sensor can trigger app alerts and record video to Ring’s servers.  I disabled the motion alerts because they went off to often for my taste. In some cases, my iPhone 6 would buzz when someone walked up to our front door and again when they actually rang the doorbell. I really didn’t need an alert every time the postman delivered mail. It was also really annoying to receive alerts each and every time someone, including myself, entered or exited the house.

An optional recording service saves videos every time someone rings the doorbell or triggers one of the optional motion alerts. The service is reasonably priced at $3 per month or $30 per year. The saved videos can be shared with neighbors and police in case of burglaries, package thefts or any other crimes captured on camera.

We have run into issues when relatives or babysitters have missed people at the front door since the Ring Video Doorbell’s built-in chime isn’t loud enough to hear from inside every time.  Ring is getting ready to release Chime, an indoor speaker that sounds each time someone rings the doorbell, just like traditional doorbells. Though the Ring Video Doorbell can be wired to your old wired doorbell chime, the Ring Chime is a lot smarter since it works wirelessly and you can add as many of them to your home as necessary.

The Ring Video Doorbell is built to survive common hazards. It has a pair of anti-theft screws on the bottom and the manufacturer promises to replace any stolen units. It’s also rated to withstand bad weather and I haven’t had any problems with our unit in the two months that it’s been mounted by my front door.



Ring Video Doorbell Review: Editors’ Choice is a post by Xavier Lanier from Gotta Be Mobile.


Moto X (2013) Android 5.1 Lollipop: What You Should Know

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 17:32

Moto X (2013) Android 5.1 Lollipop: What You Should Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

The month of June was extremely busy for manufacturers and carriers alike looking to deliver the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop update to a slew of smartphones, and for Motorola especially. The company has pushed out updates to an array of devices, and now we have additional details regarding the original Moto X Android 5.1 Lollipop update.

Since the first release of Android 5.0 Lollipop back in October users from all manufacturers have been waiting for it to arrive. Motorola was one of the first to deliver it for the 2nd Gen Moto X from 2014, but those with the original have been stuck waiting for months. This week though we’ve learned a lot about Motorola’s plans and progress.

Read: Moto X Android 5.1 Lollipop Update Breakdown [June]

This week Motorola finally delivered updates to Android 5.1 Lollipop for the second Gen Moto X in the United States on both Verizon and AT&T, not to mention the long awaited DROID Turbo update. And now the company has turned its attention to the original Moto X, and it’s getting the update in many regions around the globe.

Earlier this month a Motorola employee shared tons of details on Google+ about Motorola in general, but most of the comments were regarding the original Moto X. The employee, David, then announced a full nationwide update of Android 5.1 Lollipop for the original Moto X in the United States, and here’s the full changelog with all the details everyone needs to know.

If you’re going right from Android 4.4 to Android 5.1, you’ll want to check out this what’s new guide. It goes over all of the changes, although if your Moto X is already on Android 5.0 Lollipop the changes will only be minor.

Read: Android 5.1 vs Android 5.0 Lollipop: What’s New

Motorola’s David Schuster, who’s the one with all the information sharing everything we just detailed above, made two other comments this week that confirms everything above, and shares even more information for those still waiting for an update to 5.1 on the original Moto X from 2013.  Here’s his latest comments.

Here is an update on the Android 5.1 Lollipop upgrades for Moto X (1st Gen)
– We are ready to enter Verizon labs next week to start their approval process
– We entered AT&T labs last week, waiting for their approval
– We are still in soak testing in India, we are investigating a potential issue and want to make sure we understand it fully before moving forward. Should have more details in a couple days.”

As you can see above the original 1st Gen Moto X in the United States is almost ready to receive the latest software from Verizon. Next week it will hit Verizon labs for approval, and this can get approved in as little as 3-5 days, or as long as four weeks. It just depends. With Verizon already pushing Android 5.1 for the DROID Turbo and the new Moto X, we have a feeling it will get approved sooner rather than later.

David also confirms AT&T already is testing the Moto X Android 5.1 software, and it should get approved soon. There’s no time-frame, but as soon as he knows more information it will likely be announced as Motorola continues its efforts to keep customers informed.

Then, last but certainly not least yesterday David made one more huge announcement regarding the original 1st Gen Moto X from 2013. Confirming the Android 5.1 Lollipop update has been fully deployed and is rolling out now to 14 countries around the globe.

This means that by the end of the week millions of Moto X owners in more than 14 countries and regions around the globe will see updates to Android 5.1 Lollipop, and those in the United States with AT&T and Verizon are up next. We don’t have an exact date, but the software update is waiting approval, and once it receives technical approval from each carrier the over the air updates will begin. We’ll keep an eye out for more details for those stateside, and update the moment we have confirmation the Moto X Android 5.1 Lollipop update is coming.

Moto X (2013) Android 5.1 Lollipop: What You Should Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.


4 Great Xbox One & PS4 Games & Updates for July 2015

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 17:22

4 Great Xbox One & PS4 Games & Updates for July 2015 is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Every medium has a general area in the calendar year where things slow down. As far as video games are concerned, that’s the summer months. After a busy fall of releasing Xbox One, Wii U and PS4 games developers pack it in, choosing to focus on development so that their holiday games launch on time during the winter months.

This summer hasn’t exactly deviated from that regular pattern. Batman: Arkham Knight launched late last month temporarily providing some much needed excitement to kick off the summer. Video game developer Rocksteady Studios plans on updating that game monthly for those who have a season pass. Outside of Batman, it’s going to be a slow summer filled with add-ons and upgrades for the titles gamers already have.

Here’s 4 Xbox One and PS4 games and updates you can expect to launch this month. Not all of these are entirely new experiences, but they should help hold you over until more Xbox One and PS4 games arrive this fall in the case of Halo 5: Guardians and next year for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.

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At E3 2015 Sony and video game developer Activision revealed that they’d entered into a partnership that would see Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 content arrive on the PS4 and PS3 gaming consoles long before it arrives on Microsoft’s Xbox One and Xbox 360. The deal actually mirrors the current situation with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare content.

The Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Supremacy DLC launched on the Xbox One and Xbox 360 roughly a month ago. On July 2nd the maps and upgrades pack finally becomes available to PlayStation gamers. The Supremacy DLC adds four new map: Skyrise, Parliament, Kremlin and Compound. The upgrade also includes access to the third chapter in the Exo Zombies separate campaign, complete with a new character to play as and some new weapons. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Supremacy DLC costs $14.99, but is free to anyone who already purchased the game’s Season Pass.

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4 Great Xbox One & PS4 Games & Updates for July 2015 is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.


Galaxy Note 5 vs. Galaxy S6: 5 Things We Learned in June

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 23:54

Galaxy Note 5 vs. Galaxy S6: 5 Things We Learned in June is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

June was the source of many important Samsung Galaxy Note 5 details and we expect July to be fruitful as well. Today, we want to take a look at back at what we learned about the Galaxy Note 5 in June and tell you how the device is shaping up next to the Samsung Galaxy S6.

At MWC 2015, Samsung took the stage and announced a Galaxy S6 and a curved variant called the Galaxy S6 Edge. The device replaced the Galaxy S5 as the company’s flagship in April and joined a powerful lineup that also includes the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge offer a number of high-end features to consumers including a brand new design language that features metal and glass, improved camera sensors, toned down TouchWiz software, an Exynos 7 Octa-core processor, and Quad HD resolution. These are two of the best phones on the market though they will likely have company later on this year.

While nothing is confirmed, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 rumors have been rampant in the buildup to Samsung usual Galaxy Note release window in the fall. And as the year’s gone on, those Galaxy Note 5 rumors have become more and more detailed as we wait for Samsung to make an official announcement.

Consumers looking for a new Android phone likely have their eyes on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge but it’s difficult to ignore the Galaxy Note 5 specs and release details that have surfaced in the past few weeks. And that’s precisely why we want to take a look at how these phones are matching up as we enter the month of July.

Our updated comparison focuses on the most recent Galaxy Note 5 rumors and shows you how they compare to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Nothing is confirmed until Samsung makes an announcement and we don’t expect some Galaxy Note 5 details to emerge until much closer to the actual launch event. If there is a launch event.

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We learned a lot about the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 in June though maybe the most important details had to do with the Galaxy Note 5 launch date. 

If you're trying to decide between buying the Galaxy S6/Galaxy S6 Edge or waiting for the Galaxy Note 5, know that we still don't have any firm dates for the Galaxy Note 5 launch date or Galaxy Note 5 release date. We do have some solid leads though. 

At this point, most insiders believe that the device will launch in and around the start of IFA 2015 on September 4th. Samsung's always used IFA as the launch pad for the Galaxy Note and it's what consumers have come to expect. 

Some Galaxy Note 5 rumors have pointed to an early arrival in August and that's probably the earliest we're going to see Samsung's next Galaxy Note model. Something to keep in mind if you're starting to get antsy.

Likewise, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 release date is a mystery though it does look like it could land in September, the same month that Samsung released last year's Galaxy Note 4. 

In June, Samsung executives confirmed plans to launch Samsung Pay, the company's Apple Pay competitor, in September. An exact date is unknown. With that window in mind, analysts now believe that Samsung Pay will arrive alongside the Galaxy Note 5 in September.

We're still waiting for more concrete details to emerge but what we learned is this. If you're in the market for a new phone, and you're weighing the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy Note 5, you're probably not going to be able to compare the two for a couple months at least.  

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Galaxy Note 5 vs. Galaxy S6: 5 Things We Learned in June is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.


10 Things to Know About the iOS 8.4 Update

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 22:48

10 Things to Know About the iOS 8.4 Update is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The iOS 8.4 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is here which means that we’ve seen a flurry of new details emerge in the hours after its release. With that in mind, we take a look at 10 of the most important things to know now about the iOS 8.4 update and release.

Earlier this week, after weeks of silence, Apple confirmed the iOS 8.4 release date for June 30th and the iOS 8.4 release time for 8AM PST. On cue, Apple delivered its iOS 8.4 update and Apple Music to iOS 8 users around the world.

iOS 8.4 is an extremely interesting update. Not only does it come with a revamped Music application and Apple’s new streaming music platform, it also comes with some notable improvements to iBooks and some bug fixes for annoying iOS 8 problems. It’s a substantial update and one that iPhone and iPad users across the planet have already installed.

As many of you know, the life of an iOS update extends well beyond the initial release date and we’ve already seen a number of new and important iOS 8.4 update details emerge in the aftermath of its release.

Today, we want to outline that information as we share the most important details you should know about as we push away from the iOS 8.4 release date.

iOS 8.4 vs. iOS 8.3

The first thing you’ll want to do is get familiar with iOS 8.4’s features and how the update compares to Apple’s previous iOS 8 update, iOS 8.3.

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The new Apple Music app includes the new Apple Music streaming service designed to take on Spotify, Pandora and other services. The iOS 8.4 update enables this new app and includes a free three-month trial of the Apple Music service.

With Apple Music you can pay $9.99 a month for an individual or $14.99 a month for a family of up to six members and enjoy full albums on demand and save music for offline playback.

Apple Music uses your musical tastes to pick new music that you might enjoy listening to in a new For You section of the music app that will help you find new music to listen to. The video above shows how this works.

This new app replaces the Music app from iOS 8 and earlier. Apple is not adding another app you cannot install from the iPhone or iPad, just updating one that is already on your device.

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The slideshow above will take you through the biggest changes and highlight what you need to know before you make the move from iOS 8.3 to iOS 8.4. Apple Music is a huge part of the iOS 8.4 update but it’s not the only feature included in Apple’s brand new upgrade.

iOS 8.4 Impressions

We’ve been putting together our initial impressions of the iOS 8.4 update to provide feedback to those who haven’t installed. They also might help those of you that have already made the move to iOS 8.4.

So far, we’ve covered the iOS 8.4 update for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, and iPad Air. We’ve collected feedback from iPhone 4s users in an effort to provide clarity to those of you who still own the aging device.

These are our initial impressions not our full reviews and we’ll be back later this week with some more concrete opinions about Apple’s brand new iOS 8 update so be sure to keep an eye out.

7 Reasons to Install iOS 8.4 & 5 Reasons Not To

The iOS 8.4 is an extremely tempting update. You can’t get Apple Music without it and the changes that Apple made to iBooks are useful if you use that application a lot. There’s two sides to the coin though.

While there are plenty of reasons to consider installing the iOS 8.4 update right now, there are also some reasons to think about avoiding it for the time being.

Remember, Apple never forces you to install an iOS release. You have plenty of time to gather feedback and decide which option is best for you. iOS 8.4 and Apple Music aren’t going anywhere.

Apple Music Impressions

Apple Music is obviously a huge part of iOS 8.4. The update brings the new streaming music platform and a three month trial, changes to iTunes Radio, and a new look to an application that comes stock on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

It’s a new service with lots of moving parts but we’ve been digging into Apple Music to provide feedback to those of you that are interested in the service but might not be interested in downloading iOS 8.4.

The new Apple Music app is a major part of iOS 8.4.

These are impressions, not a final review, but they might help push you over the fence, one way or the other. Be sure to check them out before dismissing Apple’s new platform or committing to it over another service.

One other note. We’ve seen a lot of iPhone 4 users complaining about the fact that they’re unable to access Apple Music. We’ve put together a few important details about that situation and they’re worth a look if you’re feeling frustrated by Apple’s decision not to include the iPhone 4 in the mix for Apple Music.

iOS 8.4 Jailbreak Details

In June, developers released an iOS 8.3 jailbreak for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. After its release, many people believed that hackers would also release an iOS 8.4 jailbreak shortly after its release to the public. As it turns out, those suspicions were warranted.

An iOS 8.4 jailbreak is now available. If you’re interested in jailbreaking your phone or tablet, we’ve put together a guide that will take you through the entire process.

And like we did for the iOS 8.4 update itself, we’ve also put together some reasons why you might want to jailbreak iOS 8.4 and some reasons why you might want to hold off. Take a look at those reasons if you’re unsure.

iOS 8.4 Jailbreak Impressions

We’ve also begun putting together our initial impressions of the iOS 8.4 jailbreak on key devices. Thus far, we’ve covered the iOS 8.4 jailbreak and performance on the iPhone 6. We also went into depth with the iOS 8.3 jailbreak on the iPhone 6. Take a look at those if you want some feedback before jailbreaking.

iOS 8.4 Problems

The iOS 8.4 update delivers new features, enhancements and fixes for iOS 8 problems. However, according to iPhone and iPad users, it also brings some problems of its own.

iOS 8.4 problems have been popping up in the past 24 hours with iPhone and iPad users complaining about everything from bad iOS 8.4 battery life to installation issues to problems with Apple Music.

Most of these issues are small and isolated to a few users. So far, we haven’t seen any widespread iOS 8.4 problems afflicting iPhone and iPad. Still, you’ll want to proceed to the iOS 8.4 update with a bit of caution.

It’s difficult to predict how an update might run on your device so be careful, take your time, and gather feedback before making a move to iOS 8.4.

Fixes for iOS 8.4 Problems

In response to these iOS 8.4 problems, we’ve put together some fixes that will come in handy.

If you’re running into bad iOS 8.4 battery life issues, take a look at this list of fixes and tips. If you are running into an iCloud Music Library Can’t be Enabled Error, you’ll find a fix for that problem here. And if you are dealing with issues upgrading from the public iOS 8.4 beta, you’ll find the right steps to take right here.

We haven’t offered a full length list of fixes for common iOS 8.4 problems yet though this list of fixes for common iOS 8.3 problems will probably help if you notice issues with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or performance after downloading iOS 8.4.

You Can Downgrade to iOS 8.3

You can trial iOS 8.4 if you want. What we mean by that is you can download it and drop back down to iOS 8.3 if it doesn’t meet your standards.

You cannot move back down to anything older than iOS 8.3 so you’ll want to do your homework if you’re on iOS 8.2 or below. You won’t be able to go back.

Take a look at this guide if you think you might want to downgrade. And remember, the loophole will probably be open for two weeks or so before it closes up.

iOS 9 vs. iOS 8.4

Finally, if you want to take a look at how iOS 8 (and iOS 8.4) compares to iOS 9, you’ll want to take a long look at the slideshow below.

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The image above shows that the iOS 9 home screen looks very much like the one on iOS 8. This is not surprising, but you will notice one major change to this screen.

The new iOS 9 font on the home page carries over through settings and apps. It's surprising how much the look of the system can change with a small tweak to a new font.

From the home screen you can now swipe left to a new search screen, and you can still swipe down to Spotlight from any of the home screen pages.

Apple adds two new default iOS 9 apps that you cannot delete. Find iPhone and Find Friends apps now come with the iPhone by default. You can hide them in a folder, but you cannot delete the apps.

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It will outline the biggest differences between the two operating systems and prepare you for the public iOS 9 beta that’s expected this month.

10 Things to Know About the iOS 8.4 Update is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.


LG G4 Deal Gives Buyers Free Leather Back & Battery

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 22:08

LG G4 Deal Gives Buyers Free Leather Back & Battery is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

When the LG G4 was released in June it hit the shelves of all five major carriers in the United States with some impressive deals attached to it. LG and carriers like T-Mobile were giving out free micro-SD cards to expand storage, an extra battery, and even Best Buy was offering a discount. Now nearly two months later another excellent deal has arrived for potential LG G4 buyers.

Back on April 28th the LG G4 was announced live in New York City, and it took slightly over a month for carriers in the US to offer the device, even though it was released on April 29th in LG’s home country. Over the past month we’ve seen some good LG G4 deals, but they all ended on or before June 30th.

Read: 80 Best LG G4 Apps

However, today LG is wasting no time now that June deals have come to a close, and a brand new set of LG G4 deals for the month of July have been announced in an effort to keep the device moving off carrier shelves and into the hands of consumers. Read on for all the details.

With the release of the LG G4 in the United States came a rather unique deal from LG aimed at getting the attention of millions of buyers considering the Galaxy S6 instead. The focus was on the removable battery and micro-SD slot for expandable storage in the LG G4, mainly because the Galaxy S6 offers neither of those for the first time in Samsung Galaxy smartphone history.

Previously, consumers who bought the new LG G4 received a free 32GB micro-SD card to expand storage, a free 3,000 mAh removable battery, and a battery charging cradle. Allowing owners to double storage and swap the battery for a fully charged one at any time. Mainly taking a shot as Samsung for removing both of those features from its new flagship smartphone.

Free Leather Back & Battery

Now that the deal above has ended, starting today, July 1st, LG is offering the same spare battery and charger absolutely free for those who buy an LG G4. But to make things even better they’re tossing in one of five limited edition handmade genuine leather battery covers. They’re calling this the “More style & power for you” LG G4 deal.

As shown above, LG is offering the genuine leather backs in Yellow, Pink, Light Blue, Tan, And Burgundy Red. These are typically $69.99 new. Buyers who sign up for this deal will get a free leather back and a free battery. All they need to do is buy a new LG G4 between now and July 31st, fill out the form on this website, and show proof of purchase.

Technically this is even better than the original deal, as a 32GB micro-SD card is a lot cheaper than the genuine leather backs being offered for free the entire month of July.

Read: 30 LG G4 Tips & Tricks

The entire process of entering in all the information IMEI #, proof of purchase, and uploading a copy of a receipt may seem a bit convoluted and difficult, but it will net owners more than $100 worth of free accessories for the new flagship smartphone.

Users must buy a new LG G4 from a retail store like Amazon, Best Buy, and others, or any carrier before July 31st, and submit the forms before August 15th to be eligible for the free goods. Hit the link above and get some added flair for your new LG G4.

LG G4 Deal Gives Buyers Free Leather Back & Battery is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.


7 Reasons to Install iOS 8.4

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 17:10

7 Reasons to Install iOS 8.4 is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

There are some valid reasons to avoid Apple’s new iOS 8.4 update right now. There are also some reasons why you might want to install the iOS 8.4 update today. Here, we focus on the latter. Here are the people that should install the iOS 8.4 release on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch right now.

Earlier this week, Apple finally took the iOS 8.4 update out of beta and released it to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users around the world. The update is much larger than your standard incremental update as it brings more than just fixes for lingering iOS problems.

In addition to bug fixes and enhancements, Apple’s new iOS 8 upgrade brings big changes to iBooks and the company’s new Apple Music platform that will compete against services like Spotify, Pandora, and more. It’s a substantial update and one that many iPhone and iPad users have eyes on now that it has been released.

Earlier this week, we relayed a few reasons why you might want to skip the iOS 8.4 update, at least for the moment. Those reasons are still valid. That said, today we want to share a few reasons why you might want to install Apple’s latest iOS upgrade right now or in the near future.

You Want to Try Apple Music

Maybe the best reason to install iOS 8.4 on your phone is so that you can try out Apple’s new Apple Music service.

Apple Music is Apple’s brand new streaming music platform that’s housed inside of the company’s redesigned Music application. In an effort to entice users, the company is offering a free three month trial to anyone with an Apple ID. If you own an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you have an Apple ID.

Thing is, you can’t access Apple Music unless you move to iOS 8.4 or the upcoming iOS 9 beta. So if you’re at all interested in the service, you will need to install the update on your device.

We’ve been digging into Apple Music since the iOS 8.4 release and we’re impressed with the service that Apple’s built. You might agree but you truly won’t know until you’ve tried it yourself.

You Use iBooks

Music is the focus in iOS 8.4 but it’s not the only platform that got an upgrade in Apple’s new update.

Apple also released some big improvements to its iBooks platform. We’ve been using them since yesterday’s iOS 8.4 release and we think that a lot of people are going to enjoy these changes. As a reminder, here’s what changed:

  • Browse, listen and download audiobooks from inside iBooks
  • Enjoy the all-new Now Playing feature, designed specifically for audiobooks
  • Books that are Made for iBooks now work on iPhone in addition to iPad
  • Find and pre-order books in a series right from your library
  • Improves accessibility of widgets, glossary and navigation in books made with iBooks Author
  • New default Chinese font
  • New setting to turn off Auto-Night theme in your library
  • Resolves an issue that may have prevented Hide Purchases from working 
  • Resolves an issue that may have prevented downloading books from iCloud

So, what we have here is a combination of new features and bug fixes for an application that’s among the most popular on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

If you consider yourself an avid iBooks user, iOS 8.4 is probably worth a download for these features alone. We always encourage you to seek other feedback before making a decision but so far, we like what we see.

You Own an Apple Watch

If you own an Apple Watch, you probably want to think about installing the iOS 8.4 update because it fixes an extremely annoying issue.

The iOS 8.4 update brings a fix for an issue that caused some deleted Apple Watch applications to reinstall. It’s an annoying bug and one that you can eliminate by upgrading.

It Fixes An Annoying Message Bug

iOS 8.4 also fixes another annoying iOS 8 problem.

In iOS 8.3 a certain string of Unicode messaged to a device could cause the Messages application to crash or the device to restart. Apple promised a fix for the issue in iOS 8.4 and it kept its promise. iOS 8.4 kills this bug and it probably won’t be coming back anytime soon.

You Can Trial iOS 8.4

You might want to install iOS 8.4 right now or sometime in the near future because you can essentially do a trial run with the update on board your device.

Thanks to a loophole, you’re currently able to drop back down to iOS 8.3. (You can’t go back to anything older than that though so if you’re on iOS 8.2 or below, keep that in mind.) The downgrade to iOS 8.3 should be open for a week or more which gives you time to test out iOS 8.4 to see if you like it and its features.

If it’s not on par with your standards then you can simply drop back down to iOS 8.3 and wait for Apple to release its next update. Maybe that’s iOS 8.4.1. or maybe it’s iOS 9 in the fall. We can’t be sure at this point.

You Care About Security

Apple didn’t talk about this on stage at WWDC 2015 but iOS 8.4 comes with a ton of security enhancements for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. These are crucial, especially to those of you that store or view sensitive data on your device. If this is something you care about, iOS 8.4 is worth an install.

iOS 8.4 Performance

Finally, if you’re looking for performance upgrades, iOS 8.4 is probably worth a download.

We’ve been using the update for 24 hours now and the update is performing well across all of our iPhones and iPads which include the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, and more.

While it has only been a day, we’re confident that the update’s stability is going to hold. This is an update that went through an extensive beta process and it’s an update that arrives on top of a solid foundation. iOS 8.3 brought tons and tons of bug fixes for iOS 8 problems.

There are iOS 8.4 problems but from what we’ve seen, most of them are isolated. The update doesn’t appear to have any major issues on board so if it’s fixes or a performance boost you’re after, iOS 8.4 is worth a shot.

7 Reasons to Install iOS 8.4 is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.


iOS 8.4 Jailbreak on iPhone 6: Impressions & Performance

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 16:56

iOS 8.4 Jailbreak on iPhone 6: Impressions & Performance is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

Hot on the heels of the iOS 8.4 update release was an iOS 8.4 jailbreak. Here’s how the new jailbreak performs on the iPhone 6 so far.

It’s been a busy few days for the jailbreaking community. Last week an iOS 8.3 jailbreak was released, and several updates were issued throughout the days following. However, iOS 8.4 was right around the corner at that point, and once the update released earlier this week, an iOS 8.4 jailbreak quickly followed.

There’s a lot to be thankful for with this new jailbreak, mostly because this will likely be the last major iOS 8 update, so the jailbreak will last throughout the summer until iOS 9 releases at some point in the fall.

That’s usually not the case, or at least a jailbreak usually doesn’t come this quickly. However, there were a few months where iOS 8.1.2 was the latest version that was jailbreakable, while iOS 8.2 and iOS 8.3 released afterward. Only just recently has the latest version of iOS been able to be jailbroken.

In any case, I was able to update my iPhone 6 to iOS 8.4 (despite the hammered Apple servers) and jailbreak it using TaiG’s updated jailbreak tool. Here’s how my iPhone 6 performs with the new jailbreak.

First Impressions

Installing the iOS 8.4 jailbreak was painless and rather quick. The TaiG jailbreak tool for iOS 8.4 works identically to the iOS 8.3 version, and you simply plug in your iOS device and click Start. A few minutes later, you’re greeted with a jailbroken iPhone or iPad on iOS 8.4.

Of course, though, it’s important to know that first impressions of a jailbreak can be rather shallow. In other words, as long as your newly-jailbroken iPhone works like it should and Cydia works fine, then it’s a good jailbreak.

When the iOS 8.3 jailbreak first released, Cydia wasn’t supported quite yet, so jailbreak tweaks wouldn’t work until the jailbreak was updated to support Cydia. That went on for a couple of days, but the iOS 8.4 jailbreak didn’t receive the same troubles, luckily.

Read: How to Jailbreak iOS 8.4 with TaiG

Furthermore, the iOS 8.4 jailbreak can only be installed using Windows machines at the moment, leaving Mac users hanging out to dry for the time being until an OS X version releases at some point, which should happen soon enough.

One thing that I’ve noticed more (even within just the first day of jailbreaking) is that my WiFi and LTE don’t randomly cut out, which used to be a frequent occurrence. I wasn’t able to get online at all without restarting my iPhone. I’m not quite sure if that’s a jailbreak thing or a bug with iOS 8.1.2, but it’s certainly nice that I don’t have to deal with that anymore on the iOS 8.4 jailbreak.


While it’s not a huge surprise, many of the performance improvements that I’ve seen on my jailbroken iPhone 6 running iOS 8.4 are mostly because of iOS 8.4, and it’s been incredible to see the difference in performance with iOS 8.4 compared to iOS 8.1.2 that was running previously before I updated.

However, the jailbreak itself is a lot more stable this time around. Cydia performs a lot better than before, and that makes it easier and better overall to install jailbreak tweaks.

Furthermore, battery life has seen an improvement. To say the least, it was horrid on iOS 8.1.2, getting down to 50 or 60% after the work day was over when I barely even used my iPhone. However, with iOS 8.4, my iPhone usually doesn’t get below 80% after the day is done, and I don’t have to constantly be wondering about if I should charge it or not.

Touch ID is also something that I’ve seen a huge improvement in. Beforehand I would try to scan my fingerprint and it would either take forever or it would tell me to try again because it couldn’t read it correctly the first time.

However, with iOS 8.4, Touch ID works a lot better and I feel like I don’t have to avoid it and just use the passcode. It works how it should work now, and that’s something worth writing home about, despite how pathetic that sounds.

Read: iOS 8.4 Jailbreak Release: 3 Things to Know

The only big downside that I’ve seen with the iOS 8.4 jailbreak is tweak support. There are still a handful of popular jailbreak tweaks that need updated for iOS 8.4, including Activator and F.lux. Both have beta versions available that work with iOS 8.4, but if you’re not comfortable with beta software, we’d suggest staying away until final versions release. However, beta versions of jailbreak tweaks are usually pretty stable.

The good news is that Springtomize has been updated for iOS 8.4. The jailbreak tweak didn’t support iOS 8.3 when that jailbreak came out, but the popular utility was just recently updated to work on iOS 8.4 and iOS 8.3.

However, it may take a bit of time for all jailbreak tweaks to be updated to support iOS 8.4, which isn’t too surprising, but it may cause some inconveniences for a while if you do decide to install the iOS 8.4 jailbreak on your device.

iOS 8.4 Jailbreak on iPhone 6: Impressions & Performance is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.


iPhone 6s Plus vs. iPhone 6 Plus: 5 Things We Learned in June

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 23:33

iPhone 6s Plus vs. iPhone 6 Plus: 5 Things We Learned in June is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Rumor has it, Apple’s got at least two new iPhones cooked up for 2015 including a successor to last year’s 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. With June wrapping up and iPhone 6s rumors swirling, we want to take a look at what we learned about the rumored iPhone 6s Plus vs. iPhone 6 Plus matchup this month.

Last year, Apple released not one but two new iPhone models including an iPhone 6 and an iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 Plus, a device aimed squarely at the Samsung Galaxy Note series, features some unique features including a 5.5-inch Retina HD display capable of 1080p resolution and a camera that features Optical Image Stabilization.

The iPhone 6 Plus isn’t getting any younger but it will remain a top smartphone option, even after it’s replaced with something new. That something new is rumored to be an iPhone 6s, a device that might come in a few different flavors including an iPhone 6s Plus.

iPhone 6s Plus rumors have been swirling around for weeks now and we’ve seen everything from its specs to its release date seep to the surface as we push onward towards Apple’s well-known fall iPhone release window and the confirmed iOS 9 release date.

Apple’s iPhone 6s Plus isn’t confirmed just yet but thanks to the rumors and Apple’s new iOS 9 release timeline, we have some idea about what we’ll see later this year when Tim Cook and company take the stage. That’s huge for those of you in the hunt for a new smartphone, particularly one with a big screen.

We saw a number of new details emerge this month and today we want to take a look at how the iPhone 6s is currently shaping up next to the current model. Remember, nothing is confirmed until Apple takes the stage but this will help set your expectations as we push deeper into the summer.

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The first thing that you need to know is that the iPhone 6 Plus is still a very solid buy as we enter into the summer and push toward Apple's usual iPhone release window. 

Earlier this month, we took an updated look at the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and outlined some of the reasons they're still worth buying. The iPhone 6 Plus' hardware has held up well over the past year and it also stands to improve in the future. 

The iPhone 6 Plus will be getting iOS 9 later this year. It also should get four years of iOS updates which means that you can confidently invest your money in the phone knowing it's not going to be dropped by Apple anytime soon. That's huge and something you don't get from a phone like the Samsung Galaxy Note. 

We recommend taking a look our reasons why the iPhone 6 Plus is still a great buy if you are getting antsy. Who knows, you might talk yourself into buying an iPhone 6 Plus right now or sometime ahead of the iPhone 6s Plus release date. 

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iPhone 6s Plus vs. iPhone 6 Plus: 5 Things We Learned in June is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.


Moto G 2015 Release: What We Know So Far

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 22:55

Moto G 2015 Release: What We Know So Far is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

More details and leaks continue to surface about the rumored Moto G for 2015, but a release has yet to be confirmed. As we move deeper into the summer and closer to the rumored September release date, here we want to take a look at everything we know so far about the new Moto G 3rd Gen for 2015.

The original Moto G was released in November of 2013 and shocked the market offering a great device for only $179, and went on to be Motorola’s most successful smartphone ever. The 2nd model arrived in September of last year, and now a 3rd generation Moto G for 2015 is in the works, and we know plenty about the wallet-friendly little phone already.

Read: Moto G Leak Reveals All the Details

Recently all the leaks and rumors have been about the new Moto X for later this year, but last week out of the blue the Moto G 3rd Gen was completely revealed on video, ahead of any leaks or announcements. Since then we’ve received a few more details, and some official press photos arrived this week as well. Here’s what buyers should know.

Last year the Moto G was a great mid-range smartphone that consistently made our Best Cheap Smartphones list. However, in 2015 Motorola looks to change things up by offering a slightly different design, but an overall similar device for the same low price. Something smartphone shoppers on a budget will be interested in.

Moto G 2015 Release Date

Over the past few years Motorola has announced a new Moto G near the end of the summer, and released it in September. Most likely the same will hold true in 2015, and back in March that was basically confirmed by a Motorola rep on Twitter.

In March Rick Osterloh, President at Motorola posted to Twitter in an effort to answer some customers questions and confirmed they’ll look to stick to the same annual release cycle as prior years. It was in response to a question about the Moto X, but his reply states all of Motorola’s products are trying to stick to the same annual release cycle, including the Moto G.

.@northead we try to stay on a roughly annual cycle for all of our products including Moto X. #AskRickO

— Rick Osterloh (@rosterloh) March 25, 2015

If the above comment is accurate, not to mention some recent leaks and rumors, a new Moto G is currently under final development stages and will be revealed later this summer, and likely released in September. This is later than most other manufacturers, but the Moto G is in a mid-range segment all by itself. It does have competition from the new ASUS Zenfone 2, and a few other cheaper devices, but it should offer a better overall experience.

Moto G 2015 Details

If all the leaks we’ve seen thus far are accurate, Motorola will be delivering a device extremely similar to last years Moto G, which is kind of a let-down, but it will still be an extremely capable and affordable smartphone for millions of prospective buyers.

The video below is the first leak of the new Moto G for 2015, and it reveals all kinds of important information about the device. The screen size, specs and more are being detailed for the first time.

As you can see above the leak suggests Motorola will be improving the Moto G 2015 in terms of design, but sticking to a familiar yet successful set of specs under the hood in order to make this a powerful phone while keeping the price as low as possible. It isn’t seeing the jump in specs many hoped for, and below is what we’re hearing will be on board.

Moto G Specs (Rumored)

  • 5-inch 1280 x 720p HD Display
  • Quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor with 1GB of RAM (same as last year)
  • 13 megapixel rear and 5 megapixel front camera
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
  • Dual front facing speakers
  • 4G LTE
  • more

So far that’s all we know so far, which isn’t much. The photos and video above reveal a slightly redesigned look with a plastic or aluminum bar on back, which could double as some sort of button. That was a rumor with the Motorola logo on the back of the Moto X last year, but it ended up just being aesthetics, and served no function.

We are seeing a better set of dual front facing speakers, and both the front and rear camera should be much improved this year. We’re expecting the same removable back with up to eight different colors, like previous releases, but that’s yet to be confirmed at this point.

For now this is all the details we have, which aren’t much, but we can expect to see more details start to surface as the summer progresses. Last year the Moto G leaked a few times ahead of the August announcement, and was released in September unlocked, pre-paid, and on Verizon Wireless. If previous years are any indication we’ll get a few more leaks, confirmation of the specs and accessories, and then an announcement in the next 45-60 days followed shortly by the release date. This should come in around the same $179 price point as previous years, making it one of the most affordable and capable budget smartphones on the market.

Moto G 2015 Release: What We Know So Far is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.


iOS 8.4 on iPhone 5: Impressions & Performance

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 21:51

iOS 8.4 on iPhone 5: Impressions & Performance is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Earlier today, Apple released iOS 8.4 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The update is now available for all iOS 8 powered devices including the iPhone 5, Apple’s aging former flagship. We’ve been using iOS 8.4 on iPhone 5 since release and we now want to offer some feedback about the iPhone 5’s latest iOS 8 upgrade.

It’s been several weeks since Apple first confirmed iOS 8.4 for iPhone 5. The first confirmation came in the form of a beta release for those in the paid developers. That happened back in April. And up until a few days ago, we didn’t know when the final iOS 8.4 update would land for the iPhone 5 and other iOS 8 devices.

This week, Apple confirmed an iOS 8.4 release date for today, June 30th, to coincide with the release of its new Apple Music platform. The company also surprisingly confirmed an iOS 8.4 release time for 8AM PST. 8AM is a little earlier than its usual 9-10AM release window.

As promised, Apple delivered the iOS 8.4 update to the iPhone 5 and others around 8AM PST bringing Apple Music, iBooks tweaks and bug fixes to its mobile devices.

And as promised, I took the plunge right at 8AM to go hands-on with the iOS 8.4 update so that I can provide feedback to all of you iPhone and iPad users out there. Remember, there are some very valid reasons to avoid Apple’s new iOS 8.4 update today and perhaps this week.

My initial iPhone 5 iOS 8.4 update impressions don’t serve as a final review but they should help those of you who are struggling with the decision to download iOS 8.4 right now or wait a few days for the smoke around the release to subside. Here are my early impressions of iOS 8.4 on iPhone 5.

iOS 8.4 Installation

I’ll admit, I was a little nervous as we approached the iOS 8.4 release time. This had all the hallmarks of a perfect storm. A confirmed release date. A confirmed release time. A tons of publicity thanks to Apple Music and WWDC. Typically when this happens, Apple’s servers melt under the pressure. Not this time.

My fears quickly dissipated as the iOS 8.4 update for the iPhone 5 downloaded quickly and without any abnormalities. My download and installation process, at peak hours, took around 20 minutes or so. The update is smaller than the iPhone 6’s 200MB+ update but it’s still a hefty 171MB so be sure you install it over a fast connection.

If you run into installation problems and you’re coming from the public iOS 8.4 beta, we have a quick fix for those problems. It’s an easy process.

If you’re coming from a public version of iOS 8, and you need to jumpstart the download or installation process, you can simply hold down the power button and home button until the phone resets itself. Once the phone reboots, trying downloading iOS 8.4 again.

iOS 8.4 on iPhone 5 Performance

While the microscope has been on the Apple Music and the new Music features in iOS 8.4, these impressions don’t focus on those. If you want to read about Apple Music, have a look at our initial impressions here. Instead, these impressions are going to focus on the iOS 8.4 update’s performance on the iPhone 5.

When I download a new iOS update, I focus in on five key areas. They include the overall speed of the UI/software, app performance, battery life, connectivity, and random bugs and issues.

As a reminder, mileage with iOS 8.4 is going to vary. I am one man with one iPhone 5. I also probably don’t use the same apps that you do or use my phone the same way you do. So keep that in mind. I always encourage people to gather feedback from other users so go seek out feedback from other iPhone 5 owners before you decide to install iOS 8.4 or downgrade back to iOS 8.3.

iOS 8.4 Apps

While I was worried about the iOS 8.4 installation on the iPhone 5, I wasn’t worried about app performance. iOS 8.3 and the updates that came before it laid a solid foundation for iOS 8.4. And let’s not forget that the update just went through a multi-week beta process with developers and public testers poking and prodding it.

iOS 8.4 hasn’t let me down yet. My core applications (Asana, Slack, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Gmail, Hangouts, Chrome, Dark Sky, Amazon, SoundCloud, Spotify, and Xbox One Smartglass) are all working fine as are my secondary applications. I have about 70 apps on my iPhone 5, a lot I know, and I haven’t noticed any major problems with any of them.

I still haven’t been able to spend a whole lot of time with Apple Music so I’m going to reserve judgement until I can sit down and dive in deep.

Now this is a good sign. App problems typically pop up in the hours following an iOS update. That doesn’t mean that problems won’t pop up in the future though. I’ve seen app issues pop up weeks after an iOS release date.

As I’ve noted before, the only thing you can really do is make sure your apps are updated and that you report any bugs you see to the developer. You can also uninstall the problem app if it’s giving you too much grief.

iOS 8.4 Battery Life

I’ve already heard and seen complaints about bad iOS 8.4 battery life. This doesn’t surprise me and it shouldn’t surprise you either. Battery life problems are common right after an update rolls out.

Often times, battery life doesn’t have anything to do with the update itself though it does look like Apple Music is causing severe battery drain for some users.

If your problems don’t subside after a few days, then you’ll want to take a look at this list of fixes. Battery life sometimes takes a few days to settle so you’ll want to give it a few days before you try some crazy fix or take it into an Apple Store.

As for me and my iPhone 5, I’m not seeing any problems yet. My iPhone 5’s battery has been holding up extremely well and it delivers incredible battery life for a phone that’s now going on three years old.

iOS 8.4 Wi-Fi, Cellular Data & Bluetooth

Connectivity problems are also common right after an iOS release and we’re already hearing complaints about Wi-Fi, LTE and Bluetooth.

I’m not seeing them on my iPhone 6, iPhone 5 or any of my iPads, all of which are running iOS 8.4. That doesn’t mean that they don’t exist though.

As many of you know, connectivity problems can pop up at any time so you’ll want to take a look at our list of fixes so that you’re prepared if something does impact your iPhone 5’s connectivity in the future. It’s impossible to predict so you’ll want to be safe rather than sorry.

iOS 8.4 Bugs & Issues on iPhone 5

I’ve seen complaints about iOS 8.4 problems but thankfully those problems appear to be isolated to a few users. They also appear to be small in nature. We could see a widespread problem emerge later this week but so far, it looks like iOS 8.4 is stable for most devices.

I haven’t run into anything on my iPhone 5 just yet. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t any iOS 8.4 problems, it just means I haven’t noticed any. Smaller issues are extremely hard to spot and it could be weeks before I track down any bugs plaguing iOS 8.4 and my iPhone 5.

The fact that iOS 8.4 is stable isn’t shocking at all. Again, this is an update that followed several bug fixers including iOS 8.3 and it’s one that spent a ton of time in the beta process. I just hope it stays this way.

iOS 8.4 Speed

If you’re familiar with my iPhone 5 experience, you know that I started having issues with speed after Apple’s iOS 8.1 update. Those problems continued to plague my device up until the release of iOS 8.3.

iOS 8.3 wasn’t perfect. I still saw occasional slow down and animations and transitions would sometimes feel jagged and bumpy. Still, it was far and away better than anything I downloaded between iOS 8.1 and iOS 8.3.

iOS 8.4 feels very much the same. All-around, it’s pretty fast on a phone that’s almost three years old though there are still bouts of sluggishness. I’ve seen a little bit of lag today but I am hoping that the software settles down in the days and weeks ahead.

What I can tell you is that iOS 8.4 isn’t a disaster on the iPhone 5. It’s still usable and I’d be alright using this as a daily driver if I didn’t have an iPhone 6.

Should You Install iOS 8.4 Right Now?

While it appears to be stable, my advice to you iPhone 5 users is to wait a few days if you can. I realize Apple Music is exciting but it can wait. I think most of you would rather have a working phone.

Wait a few days and poke around for additional feedback before making a decision about iOS 8.4. iOS 8.4 and Apple Music aren’t going anywhere and you should take your time with new software on an old phone like the iPhone 5.

I’ll be back later this week with a full review after I’ve spent more time with iOS 8.4 for iPhone 5.

iOS 8.4 on iPhone 5: Impressions & Performance is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.


New Samsung Galaxy Android 5.1.1 Update Details Emerge

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 16:54

New Samsung Galaxy Android 5.1.1 Update Details Emerge is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

As expected, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Android 5.1.1 update and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Android 5.1.1 update have both spread in the United States.

Earlier this month, Samsung started rolling out Android 5.1.1 Lollipop updates to the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy S5. The Galaxy S6 Android 5.1.1 release was initially limited to T-Mobile in the United States though the updates have both spread to U.S. Cellular and to the international versions of the device abroad. Samsung’s Galaxy S5 Lollipop update is only available on T-Mobile at the moment.

With more Samsung Android 5.1.1 updates on the way for carriers outside the United States, we assumed that Samsung would push out more Android 5.1.1 updates for U.S. carriers. Turns out, that prediction was accurate. Today, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Android 5.1.1 updates have hit a brand new U.S. carrier.

Sprint Galaxy S6 Android 5.1.1 Update Rolling Out

Sprint today confirmed its Samsung Galaxy S6 Android 5.1.1 update. The update is currently rolling out to Galaxy S6 users though the carrier’s software update page notes that its “software updates may be released in stages and can take several days for delivery.”

Galaxy S6 users are encouraged to go into the device’s settings to manually check for the update. If it’s not lurking, then it may show up as a prompt later on today. Sprint’s roll outs typically don’t take more than a week to push out to everyone so Galaxy S6 users will want to keep an eye out as the day and week go on.

It’s A Massive Update With Bug Fixes

Sprint’s Android 5.1.1 update mirrors the Galaxy S6 Android 5.1.1 updates that have rolled out for T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and others.

The update takes the device to Android 5.1.1, the newest version of Google’s operating system, and it brings several fixes and enhancements with it.

The update’s change log lists security enhancements and notes that Galaxy S6 users will not be able to downgrade to an older version because of changes to the security policy. Sprint’s Galaxy S6 Android 5.1.1 change log also states that it brings stability improvements, bug fixes and new/enhanced features. It also brings improvements to performance.

Sprint’s version of the Galaxy S6 Android 5.1.1 update is massive, around 560MB in size, and Galaxy S6 users will need to set aside some time to download and install it. Mileage will vary based on connection speed.

Sprint Galaxy S6 Edge Android 5.1.1 Update Pushing

Sprint’s also pushing a Galaxy S6 Edge Android 5.1.1 update alongside its Galaxy S6 Android 5.1.1 release. The update, like the Galaxy S6 Android 5.1.1 update, is rolling out to Sprint users right now and it should be available to a vast majority before the end of the day.

The carrier notes that it will also be pushing out in waves though again, Sprint’s Android updates typically wrap up within a week of the roll out’s starting point. Galaxy S6 Edge users can check for the update in settings or simply wait for the prompt to appear in notifications.

It’s Also Big & Comes With Bug Fixes

The Galaxy S6 Android 5.1.1 update mirrors the Galaxy S6 Android 5.1.1 update. It comes with security enhancements, bug fixes, and other smaller tweaks that are aimed at improving performance on the Galaxy S6 Edge.

Sprint’s Galaxy S6 Android 5.1.1 update is also a big one, around 560MB in size, so owners will need to set aside some time for the download and installation process.

If You Own a Galaxy Gear…

Sprint also notes that if Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge users own a Galaxy Gear device, they’ll need to update the Samsung Gear Manager application after downloading this update.

It’s still not clear if Samsung plans to roll out updates to the AT&T and Verizon versions of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Neither carrier has confirmed plans and neither is expected to ahead of potential releases.

Samsung is also rumored to have a Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.1.1 update up its sleeve for July though it’s not clear where it will land first. It’s clear that Samsung’s made the United States a priority so it’s possible that we’ll see it land for U.S. carriers first before shifting to other markets.

New Samsung Galaxy Android 5.1.1 Update Details Emerge is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.


Windows 10 Xbox One Update Revealed

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 16:04

Windows 10 Xbox One Update Revealed is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Microsoft first revealed that its Xbox One entertainment console would get an update to its upcoming Windows 10 operating system this past January. Now the company is back, with video and a detailed feature list of what users can expect from the Windows 10 Xbox One Update.

Microsoft detailed the Windows 10 on Xbox One experience at E3 2015, this year’s video game and electronic entertainment show. Unfortunately, news about the Xbox One Update was buried by exclusive game announcements and the reveal of Gears of War 4. Video of the new Xbox One Dashboard based on Windows 10 on its Xbox Wire news website.

The biggest new feature coming in the Windows 10 Xbox One Update is both familiar and new. For years, Xbox One users have been able to give the console commands by using the Kinect for Xbox One sensor. The Windows 10 for Xbox One Update doesn’t change that. Instead, it adds Cortana to the mix. Microsoft is describing Cortana on Xbox One as user’s “personal gaming assistant.” Essentially, Cortana takes over the voice command functions for Xbox One. Xbox One owners will be able to tell Cortana to send multiplayer requests to their friends, for example. She’ll manage game browsing too. Reminders and other things synced to Cortana from iPhones, Windows Phones and Android tablets will surface on Xbox One too, according to the post.

The first thing Xbox One owners will notice immediately is the completely redesigned Xbox One interface. Microsoft says that It’s redesigned the entire Xbox One Dashboard to be faster and let users get things done in less time. A new Home screen puts the focus back on video games if what Microsoft shows in its video is indicative of what users will get this fall. Pins are moved to the bottom of the screen, leaving the Home screen to recently played games.

Microsoft has integrated many of the shortcuts that used to require jumping between multiple apps. Downloadable content, game hubs, achievements, sharing and recently played are all things that users can access directly from the new Home area. A new side-mounted Guide allows users to quickly send messages, add friends and start a party. This feature appears to replace the Snap area from the current version of the Xbox One Dashboard. Microsoft has ditched the dedicated Friends app and built a dedicated Community area for the Activity Feed and other social features.

Microsoft also says that Avatars will play a big part in this new Windows 10 Xbox One Update. The company is rebuilding the Avatars, updating them from their Xbox 360 area cartoon-like state. Any Avatar items users purchased already will carry over to the Xbox One as they do today.

Right now, there are a few unknowns. For starters, the video seems to put a heavy emphasis on gaming, possibly to the detriment of other functions the Xbox One servers. Microsoft didn’t show refreshed entertainment apps either. Though Microsoft no longer markets it as such, the Xbox One was designed as a single place for users to enjoy all kinds of entertainment — including live television. Presumably, the company will share more about its entertainment plans closer to launch.

Read: 36 Epic Windows 10 Feature to Upgrade For

This new Xbox One Dashboard should be available sometime this fall, according to Microsoft. If Microsoft says true to form, members of the Xbox Preview Program will get the update before it launches for everyone else.

Coincidentally, Windows 10 for desktops, notebooks and tablets launches on July 29th. Like the Windows 10 Xbox One Update, Windows 10 will be a completely free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. Microsoft is including a built-in Xbox app with the operating system, letting users play games and record video on their PC.

Windows 10 Xbox One Update Revealed is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.


Samsung Galaxy Android 5.1.1 Release: 10 Things to Expect

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 23:36

Samsung Galaxy Android 5.1.1 Release: 10 Things to Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

June has been a busy month for Samsung and its ongoing Lollipop roll out. The company’s rolled out tons of Android Lollipop updates including a brand new Android 5.1.1 update for select devices. The Android 5.1.1 roll out it still young which means that Galaxy owners have a lot of questions and today we want to help set your Android 5.1.1 expectations if you own a Samsung device.

In late 2014, Samsung started pushing out Android 5.0 Lollipop to the Galaxy S5. Since then, the update has moved on to a number of different devices. Big names like the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S4 have been upgraded but so have other lesser known devices like the Galaxy Alpha.

In June, Samsung made solid progress with its Galaxy Lollipop release, progress that included the start of its Android 5.1.1 roll out to Galaxy smartphones.

Android 5.1.1 Lollipop is the most current version of Google’s mobile operating system and it’s one that Samsung has begun deploying to top flagship smartphones including the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy S5. The update is very limited at the moment but we expect it to continue on as we push into summer.

Samsung and many of its carrier partners do a horrible job setting customer expectations. Over the past four weeks, we’ve been getting tons of questions about the Samsung Galaxy Android 5.1.1 release. We don’t have all of those answers but what we can do is share our expectations going forward.

We’ve been through numerous Samsung Android update roll outs. And while each one is a little different, they all have a similar progression and that allows us to make some educated guesses about the future of Samsung’s latest roll out. With that in mind, here’s what we expect from the Samsung Galaxy Android 5.1.1 Lollipop release.

More Galaxy S6 & Galaxy S6 Edge Android 5.1.1 Updates

You should expect more Samsung Galaxy S6 Android 5.1.1 updates and Samsung Galaxy S6 Android 5.1.1 updates.

Several carriers have already confirmed plans to roll out their own versions of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Android 5.1.1 updates and our expectation is that more than just two carriers will push out updates to these flagship phones.

We expect Samsung’s international roll out to pick up in the weeks ahead and we also expect more U.S. carriers to push out Android 5.1.1 updates. As of right now, U.S. Cellular and T-Mobile are the only ones with updates that are live though we suspect that we’ll see the others join in.

Typically, when one U.S. carrier pushes out an update, it triggers a wider roll out. We’d be surprised if AT&T, Sprint and Verizon skipped in Android 5.1.1 in favor of a move to Android M. Not with an Android M roll out months away at least.

We’d expect the roll out to take place over several weeks so those of you who own Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge models in the U.S. and aboard need to remain patient as Samsung and its carrier partners work behind the scenes testing the update for public consumption.

More Galaxy S5 Android 5.1.1 Updates

We’d expect the same from the Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 5.1.1 update. So far, French carrier SFR is the only one who’s made concrete plans to push out a Galaxy S5 Android 5.1.1 update but we’d be surprised if it and T-Mobile USA were the only ones with such ambition.

The Galaxy S5 is still a top phone and it’s one that would benefit from the bug fixes and enhancements of an update like Android 5.1.1. Lollipop hasn’t been kind to some Galaxy S5 users and an Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update could go a long way ahead of Android M. We’d be surprised if it was limited to just a few carriers.

Like the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Android 5.1.1 roll outs, we expect the Galaxy S5 Android 5.1.1 push to drag on over the course of several months.

Silence from Samsung

Do not expect Samsung to provide explicit Galaxy Android 5.1.1 release details to owners of unbranded and branded devices.

We’ve seen a ton of people asking it for information on social media and while it might surprise with some early concrete information, most of the time it greets Android update questions with silence or vague responses. Don’t expect much more than that. And don’t expect a huge blog post outlining its plans either.

If you want to try your luck, you’re better off asking a regional arm of Samsung like Samsung UK or Samsung France for information. Regional arms often cough up information but that information is sometimes way off. Something to keep in mind if you’re getting antsy.

Silence from U.S. Carriers

Expect the same from U.S. carriers.

T-Mobile’s Android 5.1.1 updates for the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S5 came out of the blue without any warning. As far as we know, it didn’t even list them on its Android software update page. Same goes for the updates for the U.S. Cellular Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Android 5.1.1 updates.

U.S. carriers have different names but they all use the same Android update protocol. They don’t like to confirm updates in advance and they instead like to confirm the release and the contents the day the update rolls out. We expect the same from the remaining U.S. carriers.

Similar Android 5.1.1 Updates

We’d expect the remaining Android 5.1.1 updates for Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S5 to mirror the ones that have already rolled out to users in the United States and elsewhere. That is to say that we don’t expect any huge surprises.

Samsung’s upcoming Android 5.1.1 updates will likely be focused on bug fixes though we do expect them to come with some unique enhancements courtesy of service providers. They always put their own spin on Samsung’s updates. This time around, we’re not expecting anything deeper than some tweaks and smaller enhancements.

Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.1.1 Update

Samsung and its carrier partners haven’t confirmed anything yet but we’re confident that the Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.1.1 update is in the works.

We’ve seen numerous Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.1.1 leaks and SamMobile, a credible source, claims that Samsung is testing the software on the current Galaxy Note flagship. So unless something really gets fouled up in testing, we’d expect the Galaxy Note 4 to be the next device to get the Android 5.1.1 update.

Beyond these four devices, it’s tough to say, but with Android M on the way later this year, we wouldn’t expect every single Galaxy phone and tablet to get the Android 5.1.1 update.

Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.1.1 Release in July

We don’t have a solid release date for the Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.1.1 update though rumors have pointed to a release inside the month of July.

Given that the Galaxy S5 Android 5.1.1 update has already pushed out, we would not be surprised if the Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.1.1 release not only took place in July but was just a few short days away from its arrival.

Galaxy Note 4 users will want to keep an eye out, especially T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4 users in the United States. T-Mobile was first to the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S5 updates. Why not this one?

Samsung Galaxy Android 5.1.1 Problems to Continue

As the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update gains ground, we expect to hear and see more complaints about Android 5.1.1 problems on the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge and others.

We’ve already seen some initial reports of Android 5.1.1 problems on the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S5. These complaints will grow if and when the update hits more U.S. carriers and more international versions of these devices. We also expect to hear about Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.1.1 problems.

This shouldn’t be surprising to hear. Android updates, even bug fixers like Android 5.1.1, are never perfect. There are ways to minimize the risk of running into issues but there’s no way to guarantee a bug-free update. You’re always taking a risk installing new software.

We’ve put together steps to take before the update, some release date tips and some fixes for common Samsung Galaxy Android 5.1.1 problems. Take a look at those if you’re at all concerned.

Samsung Galaxy Android M Release Next

Google hasn’t rolled out any new Android Lollipop updates and it appears poised to deliver a new version of Android 5.1.1 rather than Android 5.1.2. So, we’d expect the Android M release that’s coming in Q3 to Nexus devices to be the next version of Android for Galaxy Lollipop users.

Samsung hasn’t confirmed anything but we don’t expect it to make anything concrete until after Google makes the inevitable release date announcement later this year.

The Android M release date is rumored for August. We’d expect the bulk of Samsung’s Galaxy Android M updates to come a few months after that.

Android M to Fix Android 5.1.1 Problems

We mentioned that Android 5.1.1 is causing problems for some Galaxy owners. If third-party fixes don’t work, we’d expect Android M to tackle many lingering Lollipop problems including any issues with Android 5.1.1.

Android M is aimed at improving performance on Android devices and we expect many of its under-the-hood improvements to extend to Samsung’s devices. Will it be perfect? Nope. But we do expect it to wipe out many of the problems that have plagued Android 5.1.1 and other versions of Lollipop.

For more on Android M, take a look at the slideshow below.

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With Android 5.0 Google slightly changed the lockscreen and made everything very clean and simple, and they've done the same with Android M. In the developer preview build you'll only notice one change, and that is the addition of quick swipe to unlock right into voice controls for Google Now.

On the bottom of the lockscreen are three icons. The middle unlocks into the phone, the right side unlocks right to the camera for quick access to instantly take photos, and on the left we have a microphone. This doesn't unlock your phone, and instead fires up Google Now voice controls. This can be used to make a call, ask for directions, "go to" and any other voice command. Google removed the quick launch to the dialer, and replaced it with Google Now voice controls.

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Samsung Galaxy Android 5.1.1 Release: 10 Things to Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.


HTC One M9 Android 5.1 Lollipop Update Confirmed

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 22:42

HTC One M9 Android 5.1 Lollipop Update Confirmed is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

During the past two months many manufacturers have been busy pushing out updates to the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop update Google released back in March, and then again in April, and this week we’ve finally received a few details about the incoming HTC One M9 Android 5.1 Lollipop update.

In March the HTC One M9 was announced and then released in early April running Android 5.0 Lollipop, and has since received a few maintenance updates aimed at fixing features, improving the camera and more, and Android 5.1 is up next. While Samsung, Motorola and LG have been busy pushing out Android 5.1 and Android 5.1.1, we’ve yet to hear from HTC until today.

Read: 39 HTC One M9 Tips & Tricks

Last week the HTC One M9 Android 5.1 Lollipop update leaked to the press, and a few custom ROM’s were developed and released to reflect some of the changes. However, for the millions of regular owners that are waiting for a regular update, today we have good news. Read on below for everything you need to know.

HTC has been busy pushing out Android 5.0 for the HTC One M8, and releasing a few small maintenance updates aimed at fixing problems and bugs with the HTC One M9. The initial launch didn’t go as planned, the camera was riddled with issues, and more. However, most of those have been addressed, and any outstanding bugs will soon be fixed with Android 5.1 Lollipop.

This afternoon HTC head of mobile Mo Versi took to Twitter and revealed that after over a month of waiting, Android 5.1 Lollipop is finally coming to the HTC One M9. The update is set to hit Sprint first, and should begin rolling out to other carriers in the near future.

HTC One (M9) Sprint Owners! We have received technical approval on Lollipop OS 5.1 which includes camera improvements. OTA to start on 7/1!

— Mo Versi (@moversi) June 29, 2015

According to Mo Versi, the Sprint HTC One M9 will be the first device in the United States to receive an update to Android 5.1 Lollipop. Along with all the changes to Android 5.1 by Google and tweaks to the Sense UI by HTC, owners can also expect additional camera improvements.

The HTC One M9 has what was a promising 20.7 megapixel rear camera, but it’s performance was poor to say the least. The LG G4 and Galaxy S6 both have 16 megapixel cameras that produce substantially better results. This is the second update from HTC hoping to fix the camera, and we’re expecting this to finally make it a great experience.

The update will start rolling out for Sprint HTC One M9 owners on July 1st, and could take around a week to arrive for all users. Then we’re expecting AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and more to follow with a similar update. This is the first announcement, but more should be coming soon.

Android 5.1 Lollipop Features

Popular HTC developer LlabTooFer shared a few details last week about the update, mentioning a few of the features owners can expect to see, but this is likely only a few of many coming with the software upgrade.

Read: Android 5.1 vs Android 5.0 Lollipop: What’s New

We’re expecting many of the changes Google implemented into Android 5.1 to be on board. Things like improved notifications, a more informative notification pulldown bar, better quick settings and WiFi/bluetooth controls, battery life improvements, and a fix for the dreaded memory leak problem that’s been causing all Lollipop devices to have app crashes and reboots. Then of course the camera improvements mentioned specifically by Mo.

However, the latest leak suggests HTC has a few big software changes coming in the 5.1 update when it’s ready. Some of those being multi-user support so owners can have more than one login and users on each device, the ability to tweak the color temperature of the phone’s display, like hot or cold (similar to TVs and computer monitors) battery and stability improvements, as well as some small user interface changes.

The leak above shows Sense UI has received a few small visual upgrades, a more intuitive and user friendly set of volume controls, a revamped do-not-disturb mode for settings, and other small changes. The HTC Theme engine will also be more powerful and have more themes available for owners to choose from.

Until the HTC One M9 Android 5.1 Lollipop update actually starts rolling out, we don’t know what all is new. When Sprint confirms the update they’ll release a changelog with more details, and we’ll update once that is made available. For now all we know is the HTC One M9 is getting Android 5.1 Lollipop in the United States starting July 1st, and more should be coming soon.

Users can wait for the update to arrive on or after July 1st, or head into settings > about phone > software and check for updates manually. If you don’t get it on July 1st, don’t worry, as these updates are staggered and can take upwards of 7-10 days before they arrive for all owners.

HTC One M9 Android 5.1 Lollipop Update Confirmed is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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