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Nexus 7 Deals Arrive as Nexus 8 Rumors Continue

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 23:00

Nexus 7 Deals Arrive as Nexus 8 Rumors Continue is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Rumors suggest that Google has a new Nexus tablet coming later this year, a device that’s being called the Nexus 8 or Nexus 9. While all the details are still slowly starting to emerge, including more rumors about the HTC Nexus tablet, we’re also starting to see more and more deals on last years popular Nexus 7.

Not only has the Nexus 7 nearly vanished from the Google Play Store, but more and more deals keep offering the impressive Android tablet at a discount. Today Woot.com has the 2013 Nexus 7 factory refurbished for only $129, and a deal yesterday from Newegg delivered the tablet to buyers for just $102.

Read: Nexus 8 Rumored Along with Two New HTC Tablets

While deals are expected for an aging and year old tablet like the Nexus 7, the more important thing at hand is the new Nexus 8 or Nexus 9 that is reportedly coming this fall. We’ve continued to hear bits and pieces of news, but this week the HTC Flouder (rumored as Google’s new Nexus tablet) has been spotted passing a few hurdles before the eventual release date.

It has been called both the HTC Flounder or Volantis, which are codenames, and will hopefully be released later this year as the all new HTC-made Google Nexus 8 or Nexus 9 tablet. These names have been rumored for months, and now we have a few more details that suggests a Nexus tablet is coming sooner rather than later.

All devices that get released need to pass a series of tests before coming to market, and one of those is the WiFi Alliance. Along with Bluetooth certifications, FCC clearance, and more. Today the HTC Flounder just passed through WiFi, meaning one more step before an actual release has been achieved.

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The image you see above is the WiFi certification for HTC’s new tablet, which gives us a few pretty good clues. For one this is a tablet made by HTC Corporation, and it’s running Android L. Google’s unreleased version of Android that’s only available for limited beta testing.

It’s being categorized as a tablet by HTC and the WiFi Alliance, and it is running “aosp” which is stock Android directly from the Android Open Source Project. This clearly shows a stock Nexus-like device from HTC running a version of Android that’s yet to actually be released. These are all good signs that the Nexus 8 or Nexus 9 is indeed real, and could be coming sooner rather than later.

Read: Nexus 8 Details Emerge in Huge Leak

What we can actually expect to be announced and released as the Nexus 8 or Nexus 9 is still a mystery, but the biggest leak and the most details are what’s being linked to above. As far as we know Google and HTC are preparing an 8.9-inch stunning tablet that will be able to compete with current Nexus devices, the iPad Air 2, and the new iPad Mini 2, being perfectly sized and offering impressive specs for buyers.

The 8.9-inch HTC Nexus 8 (9) tablet is reportedly running a beautiful 2048 x 1440 full HD display, and will be powered by NVIDIA’s latest Tegra K1 processor, or a powerful new Snapdragon 805 Quad-core from Qualcomm with 2 or 3GB of RAM. Like most Nexus devices it will come in multiple storage configurations, and possibly two different colors as well. That could also explain why more than one model number was listed in the WiFi certification found today.

At this point the new Nexus tablet is still somewhat of a mystery, but with each new leak or additional info that is provided the picture gets more clear. We’re expecting Android L to debut sometime this fall in late October or early November, similar to Android 4.4 KitKat in 2013, which will likely debut on a new Nexus 6 and/or Nexus 8 tablet.

Last but not least we’re seeing “LMP” listed in the firmware version, which could be a hint at what Google will call its next version of Android. Each release gets a number, and a name. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, Android 4.4 KitKat, all in numerical and alphabetical order named after deserts. Android 4.5 or 5.0 L could be Lemon Meringue Pie. At this point the name doesn’t really matter, it’s the tablet that has prospective buyers excited.

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Nexus 7 Deals Arrive as Nexus 8 Rumors Continue is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Moto X+1 and Moto G2 Rumors Continue to Emerge

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 21:25

Moto X+1 and Moto G2 Rumors Continue to Emerge is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Early next month Motorola will take the stage at an event in Chicago and announce the brand new Moto X+1, Moto G2, Moto 360, and a new Moto accessory that will likely interact with these devices. As the Moto X+1 release nears, rumors and leaks continue to arrive from all angles.

Way back in March Motorola promised a new Moto X would be “coming this summer” and with September nearly here they’re running out of time. Over the past few months however, more leaks have continued to pour in revealing nearly everything about the upcoming Moto X+1 (or Moto X2) and the details are all quite clear at this point. That being said, a few remaining questions are being answered today.

Read: Moto X+1 Release Date & Rumors Breakdown

While nearly all the features and specs are known at this point, thanks to an array of leaks, a few additional details have started to take focus. Yesterday the first official press photo of the Moto X+1 leaked, and now this afternoon a Brazilian website has revealed some key details about both the Moto X+1 and the new Moto G2.

Earlier this year the same Brazilian website we’re talking about today revealed the new Moto E days before it was announced, and everything was completely accurate. And while that doesn’t confirm the information below is correct, it’s most likely on all track regarding Motorola’s plans for its new smartphones.

The online site Livaria Lovos confirmed a leak we’ve been hearing for months, and that is that Motorola will offer the Moto X+1 with not only multiple colors and wood backs, but also in leather. Yes, you’ll be able to buy the Moto X+1 and the back will be made out of some sort of leather.

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At least six different leather options were rumored way back in April by famed leakster @evleaks, and that appears to be correct if what we’re hearing today holds true.

They suggest there will be a white and black option, wood options, and of course leather. However, that isn’t all they had to share. The website also released the full specs, which are essentially the same as what we’ve been hearing for months, save for a few small changes. That being said, the Moto X+1 looks like a compelling smartphone. Here’s what they suggest will be announced on the 4th.

Moto X+1 Specs (Rumored)

  • 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080p Full HD Display
  • 2.2 GHz Quad-core Processor with 2GB of RAM. Likely Snapdragon 800
  • 16/32GB internal storage (no mention of micro-SD)
  • 13 Megapixel Camera and 2.1 front (previous rumors suggests a 12MP camera)
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat
  • All the customization options

They didn’t have too many other details, but at this point we already know everything about this smartphone. Whether the camera is 12 or 13 remains to be seen, but it will likely be improved over last year, and possibly offer optical image stabilization. Then, they also revealed the Moto G2 specs.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about the Moto G2, or what will be included, but it does paint a better picture for the larger, better budget smartphone. These sound rather impressive, and may have some passing on the Moto X for a cheaper Moto G2 in September.

Moto G2 Specs (Rumored)

  • 5.0-inch 720p HD Display
  • 1.2 GHz Quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM. Likely Snapdragon 400 (or 410)
  • 16GB of storage
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat
  • 8 Megapixel and 1.3 cameras
  • Dual-SIM (outside the US)
  • and more

These match a few reports we’ve heard lately about the new Moto G2, but it is a phone that has been relatively quiet in terms of leaks. The original Moto G was a budget smartphone that was extremely popular, and this year it appears as if Motorola will have another awesome well-rounded budget Moto G2 to offer prospective buyers.

Again, nothing new was really revealed here as it all lines up with previous leaks. The important thing is this is an official retailer that’s been accurate in the past, potentially confirming all the leaks and rumors we’ve been hearing for months and months.

All said and done, we only have a few weeks left of waiting as Motorola will reveal all the key details come September 4th. We’re also expecting a release date to be September 10th around the globe for the Moto X+1 and Moto 360, and potentially the Moto G2 as well.

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Moto X+1 and Moto G2 Rumors Continue to Emerge is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Leaks Reveal Lumia 830 iPhone 6 Rival in Full

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:35

Leaks Reveal Lumia 830 iPhone 6 Rival in Full is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

We’re not even two weeks away from Microsoft’s IFA 2014 Windows Phone event and already what the company has to show is getting leaked by the truckload. Last month, pictures of Microsoft’s Lumia 830 iPhone 6 rival appeared online, now a new collection of pictures are revealing almost everything users need to know about the device’s looks and features.

Pictures posted by Neowin have revealed the Lumia 830 in all of its glory. Sent to the outlet by an anonymous source, they depict a black device with the same rear-facing camera housing as what Microsoft showed off in its IFA 2014 teaser invitation. Besides the matching rear camera housing one screenshot also attributes the device to Microsoft Mobile, the company that Microsoft formed when it purchased Nokia’s phone making and services businesses earlier this year.

If the pictures are of the Lumia 830 than potential Windows Phone buyers are in for a treat this year. The device in these pictures features a removable rear shell. Instead of just letting users change the device’s color, behind that shell is a slot for a removable battery and a MicroSD card slot. Two prongs along one of the device’s edges also indicate that wireless charging will be built into the Lumia 830 when it arrives on store shelves.

Another picture in the series of photographs shows the back of the device and reveals its official model name the RM-985. In that picture you can also make out lettering on the camera hosing that could read PureView & Carl Zeiss. Those are the brand names for the imaging technology that Nokia used in its camera-centric Lumia 1020 flagship last year and in high-end smartphones ever since.

The phone’s headset jack and USB port are set along the top. So too is what appears to be a front-facing camera for video chatting and taking self-portraits. A power button, volume buttons and a camera shutter button sit on the right-edge of the device too.

The Lumia 830 is expected to be a next-generation Windows Phone in a couple of different ways. For starters, it’ll almost certainly run Windows Phone 8.1, the operating system update that adds the Cortana personal assistant, Miracast streaming media streaming support and more. One next-generation feature it apparently won’t be taking advantage of is Windows Phone’s on-screen buttons. The device in these photos still includes physical Back Start and Search buttons. That is a bit strange considering Microsoft launched the Nokia Lumia 630 without hardware buttons just a few weeks ago.

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A reveal date and launch window for Apple’s iPhone 6 remains elusive. That being said, the company has a long history of launching new devices in September, that’s around the same time Microsoft is scheduled to take the stage at IFA 2014. If Apple does launch a new iPhone around that time the Lumia 830 will go head to head for user’s wallets and spending money this holiday season.

The window is quickly closing for the holiday season. If Microsoft doesn’t announce a legitimate iPhone 6 competitor that’s made widely available the company could be looking at loosing smartphone mind share with consumers for another quarter. In recent weeks reports of slightly falling Windows Phone sales have picked up.

Read: The iPhone 6: 10 Fast Facts

In addition to not launching a high-profile update last fall, Microsoft hasn’t had much in the way of high-profile Windows Phone launches. The only flagship Windows Phones to launch in the United States this year have been the Lumia Icon and the HTC One M8 for Windows. The HTC One M8 for Windows only launched this past week and the Lumia Icon is completely exclusive to Verizon in the United States, one of the key areas Windows Phone needs to succeed in to gain market share.

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Leaks Reveal Lumia 830 iPhone 6 Rival in Full is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Refurbished 2014 MacBook Air Now Available

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:16

Refurbished 2014 MacBook Air Now Available is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

After initially releasing earlier this year, the latest 2014 MacBook Airs are now for sale in refurbished form in Apple’s Online Refurbished Store.

If you don’t mind a refurbished product, you can get the latest 2014 MacBook Air for as low as $769. This will get you an 11-inch model with a 1.4 GHz Intel Core i5 dual-core processor, 4GB of memory, and 128GB of flash storage.

The only other model that’s available currently is another 11-inch model with the same processor and memory, but includes 256GB of flash storage for a total price of $929.

Unfortunately, there are no 2014 13-inch MacBook Airs available in refurbished form just yet, but we should be seeing them pop up soon enough.

$769 isn’t bad for the latest 11-inch MacBook Air, and considering that Apple has some of the best refurbished products around, you’re pretty much buying nearly brand new, since the company puts a new aluminum shell on the laptop, as well as gives it a brand-new battery for a fresh start.

However, if there’s one thing that you should know about refurbished Apple products is that the inventory is always changing, so if you see a particular model that you’re thinking about buying but want to sleep on it for a few days, it might be gone by the time you come back with your credit card in hand.

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With that said, the models that are available now in the refurbished store might not be the same models that you’ll see later this week or next, and we may even see 13-inch models finally show up.

Of course, customers who’ve been waiting to buy refurbished have been waiting several months, as it usually takes Apple a significant amount of time to begin selling refurbished units of a product it recently released. The company has to wait for MacBooks to be returned, whether they were defective or just not wanted by the buyer.

Of course, there’s always a wide selection to choose from no matter what. Apple’s refurbished store includes MacBook Pro units and MacBook Airs, as well as iMacs and an assortment of iPods. You won’t find refurbished iPhones, however, but you can easily find those used for a decent discount on eBay or Craigslists; just make sure that you aren’t getting scammed.

Apple refurbished products are essentially just items that customers have returned in the past, sometimes due to a problem with the device or they no longer wanted it and returned in within the allowed timeframe. Whatever the case, Apple takes these products and makes them new again, by fixing the problem (if there was one), giving them a new battery and slapping on a new casing.

Refurbished hardware from Apple is so top of the line that most people wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between a refurbished MacBook Air and a brand new one if they were side by side. This makes buying an Apple refurbished device one of the best moves you can make when you’re thinking about buying a “new” MacBook.

The new 2014 MacBook Airs were released back in July with a very modest upgrade from the previous refresh, but the slightly faster processors and the lowered price tag are definitely nothing to scoff at, and breaking the $900 price barrier was a good thing to finally see, as it’s the first step towards a cheaper MacBook Air that hopefully more buyers take advantage of.

If you’re looking to get a new MacBook Air that has the latest components, now is the time to do so, as you can get one for as low as $769.

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Refurbished 2014 MacBook Air Now Available is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iPhone 6 Release Could See Shortages in Availability

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 14:06

iPhone 6 Release Could See Shortages in Availability is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

The iPhone 6 could experience another iPhone 5s-like release come next month, as it’s reported that Apple is scrambling to make enough screens for the new device after plans for a thinner display backlighting system were abandoned.

According to Reuters, supply chain sources are saying that the Cupertino-based company had to abandon plans for a thinner backlight system for the iPhone 6′s display and are now trying to scrounge up enough displays in order to have enough inventory for the launch next month.

However, it’s still unknown whether or not this issue could result in stock shortages come launch day, but sources say that a new plan is in place and suppliers are simply just working faster in order to get as many display units manufactured as possible.

This issue doesn’t seem to affect the announcement date of the iPhone 6, which is expected to be set for September 9. As for the launch date of the new device, past rumors have suggested that the iPhone 6 could launch on September 19, but that’s still a date that seems very much up in the air at this point.

Past reports have stated that the iPhone 6 will see plenty of stock come launch day, but this latest report from Reuters has now suggest otherwise, thanks to the hiccup that is now resulting in scrambling assembly lines in order to try and meet predicted demand.

Apple was said to have ordered between 70-80 million iPhone 6 units ahead of its launch, which is a record number for Apple and its iPhone, but it’s safe to assume that the number is split between the two rumored models of the upcoming phone, which are the 4.7-inch model and the larger 5.5-inch variant.

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For comparison, Apple ordered somewhere between 50-60 million units for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, split between the two devices. As you might have remembered, the iPhone 5s experience extreme shortages on launch day and even weeks afterward, with Apple stores and carrier stores having very limited stock, and very few stores having the new gold model available.

70-80 million is a lot of iPhones. Apple sold 51 million iPhones during Q1 2014, which was the three-month period from October to December of 2013. While these numbers include combined sales of the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 4s, it’s safe to say that a majority of that number were iPhone 5s units. Still, this puts into perspective just how much 70-80 million is, and Q1 2014 was one of Apple’s busiest quarters ever.

Then again, we’re not surprised by such a large number. It seems Apple wants to be cautious and prepare for demand by producing a large number of iPhones in preparation for the iPhone 6?s launch in September. We’re also guessing that the Cupertino company wants to avoid having another launch like the iPhone 5s, where there were extremely limited supply of the device, but they may not have control over that any longer, thanks to this latest production hiccup.

Another thing to keep in mind is that this huge order of 70-80 million units is most likely to just be the first batch of many orders to come. This first order will most likely be reserved for launch day inventory, while future orders will be meant for holiday shoppers later in the year.

Aside from a larger screen and new design, the iPhone 6 is expected to come with an all-new processor (most likely the Apple A8), possibly more RAM, a better camera, and an improved Touch ID fingerprint sensor. The hardware of Touch ID is expected to receive a bit of an overhaul and will be more durable than the first-generation Touch ID sensors.

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iPhone 6 Release Could See Shortages in Availability is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Android 4.4.4 KitKat vs. Android 4.4.3: What We Know Now

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:00

Android 4.4.4 KitKat vs. Android 4.4.3: What We Know Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

In June, Google rolled out two brand new Android 4.4 KitKat updates in Android 4.4.4 and Android 4.4.3 KitKat. In the weeks since their arrival, we’ve seen a number of updates and a number of details push out for Android users. Here, we breakdown everything you need to know about these two bug fix updates for Google, HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung, and Sony smartphones.

The rumor leading into the month of June suggested that Google had at least one Android update planned for 2014. As it turns out, the company has three. Android L, the update it announced at Google I/O 2014 in June, is still in beta form and won’t be out until later this year. However, Android 4.4.3 KitKat and Android 4.4.4 KitKat are both out and available for a number of big name devices.

Android 4.4.3 KitKat and Android 4.4.4 KitKat follow the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update that pushed out at the tail end of last year for Nexus devices and for many non-Nexus smartphones and tablets in 2014. The two updates represent crucial bug fixes for Android 4.4.2 KitKat problems. They’ve also brought non-Google enhancements to a number of smartphones including major changes for the Moto X.

Google’s Android 4.4.4 KitKat and Android 4.4.3 KitKat might not be as big as the upcoming Android L update but they are both extremely important to Android users because of what they bring to the table.

As you might imagine, we’ve seen a ton of updates and a ton of KitKat details emerge in the past couple of months. We’ve been tracking all of these details in an attempt to paint a broad picture for those that are interested in Android 4.4.3 KitKat and Android 4.4.4 KitKat bug fixes. Here, we want to take an a more extensive look at how the updates are matching up with each other and what’s next for both.

If you own a Google, HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung, or Sony smartphone, here’s what you need to know about the Android 4.4.3 KitKat and Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates.

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We know that the Nexus 7 LTE remains stuck on Android 4.4.3 KitKat. Google’s other Nexus Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates wrapped up many weeks ago and still, the Nexus 7 LTE sits on Android 4.4.3 KitKat. Google still hasn’t established a reason why nor has it offered any details about an upgrade to Android 4.4.4 KitKat. So, perhaps it will sit on Android 4.4.3 Kitkat until the Android L arrives.

Those that do want to bump up to Android 4.4.4 KitKat can take a look at XDA-Developers. The nice thing about Nexus products is that they’re easy to root and they come with an unlocked bootloader. This makes it easy to get an official ROM up and running in no time. And there appear to be several Android 4.4.4 based ROMs available right now.

HTC

HTC isn’t rolling out Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Instead, it’s baking Android 4.4.4 KitKat’s security fix into its Android 4.4.3 KitKat updates. Android 4.4.3 KitKat is currently rolling out to both the HTC One M8 and HTC One M7, the company’s current flagship and it’s former flagship from last year. And at this point, it appears that the duo might be the only two devices getting Android 4.4.3 updates.

So here’s how that situation breaks down. In the United States, we’ve seen the Sprint and T-Mobile HTC One M8 Android 4.4.3 KitKat updates roll out with bug fixes. The AT&T HTC One M8 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update should roll out next week if all goes according to plan while the Verizon HTC One M8 Android 4.4.3 KitKat release is targeted for mid-September.

The HTC One M8 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update is also rolling out to owners in other parts of the world. For instance, Vodafone Australia just rolled out its version of the update today. We’re expecting a number of other carriers to follow suit in the month of August and September as HTC prepares its flagship for battle against the iPhone 6 and Galaxy Note 4.

As for the HTC One M7, its Android 4.4.3 KitKat update recently started rolling out to users in the international community. The update should take several weeks to finish up. Like the HTC One M8 update, it delivers fixes and Sense enhancements that should prepare the device nicely for its upcoming Android L update.

HTC hasn’t said whether it plans to push Android 4.4.3 KitKat to its other HTC One branded devices but the odds are getting worse by the day as we head towards the fall and the Android L release.

LG

With Android 4.4.3 KitKat and Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates swirling around, you’d think we’d have heard from LG one way or another. We haven’t. LG hasn’t said anything specifically about either update and we haven’t seen any carriers announce any upcoming LG-related Android 4.4.3 KitKat or Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates.

At this point, LG users should accept the fact that there’s a good chance devices like the LG G3 and LG G2, two heavily promoted devices and devices in the hands of thousands of people worldwide, will move straight to Android L. Once again, this is one of the downsides of buying an LG smartphone. Very rarely do you get firm Android update information.

Motorola

At one point, Motorola was rolling out Android 4.4.3 KitKat updates. Now, the company has shifted to Android 4.4.4 KitKat. While the some devices like the Sprint Moto X still linger on Android 4.4.3 KitKat, Motorola is moving at an incredible pace and we should see the company complete its Android 4.4.4 KitKat roll out in the near future.

In the United States, Motorola is finishing up its Android 4.4.4 KitKat push. The AT&T Moto X recently got its upgrade and we’re expecting the Sprint upgrade to roll out in the near future. There is a very good chance that it will roll out sometime this month. A specific release date still isn’t known. U.S. Cellular’s Moto X Android 4.4.4 KitKat update, also missing, is still without a release date but the company maintains that it will be rolling out to users in the not-so-distant future.

Today, Motorola pushed out the Android 4.4.4 KitKat update to the model XT1052 in the United Kingdom. Like the other updates, this new Moto X Android 4.4.4 KitKat upgrade delivers an improved camera experience, better focus, and a pause & resume option to recording live video. The company’s remaining Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates will mirror today’s upgrade.

The company is clearly moving fast so that it’s in prime position to push out Android L. The company recently confirmed that it is indeed working on a Moto X Android L upgrade for sometime in the future.

Samsung

Samsung’s situation is the most complicated. The company is still rolling out Android 4.4.2 KitKat updates to its older devices. That’s something that’s well documented. And while Android 4.4.2 KitKat rolls out, Android 4.4.3 KitKat and Android 4.4.4 KitKat details have emerged for several Samsung Galaxy smartphones.

First, a strange Vodafone Australia Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update. The update, which has been listed for two weeks on its website, appears to be in testing. It’s still not clear what will be on board or when it will roll out but for the moment, Vodafone Australia is the only known carrier with a Samsung Galaxy Android 4.4.3 KitKat update in the works.

The appearance was strange because Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Alpha, set for arrival in September, is coming with Android 4.4.4 KitKat stock. Yes, there’s a chance that it could be the first Samsung Galaxy device touting Google’s latest Android 4.4 KitKat update. And then there’s the Galaxy Note 4, the company’s rumored flagship.

We’ve seen purported Galaxy Note 4 benchmarks and spec sheets turn up and the device is listed with both Android 4.4.3 KitKat and Android 4.4.4 KitKat on board. That could be because Samsung is testing both versions of the software though that remains unclear. Given that the Galaxy Alpha is coming with Android 4.4.4, we expect the Note 4 to come with Android 4.4.3 KitKat or later.

It’s not clear if either update will emerge for Samsung’s older devices. Last year, we saw Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, an update that arrived in July, push out for Samsung’s devices in October, November and beyond. So we could perhaps see something similar here though that remains unconfirmed.

Sony

Sony, like Motorola, opted to roll out Android 4.4.4 KitKat instead of Android 4.4.3 KitKat. The company has pushed out Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates for its top devices including the Xperia Z, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, and the Xperia Z1 Ultra. Sony’s updates, like the others, are dependent on region and device. In other words, those that own those devices will need to remain patient, especially since we’ve seen some updates get delayed.

Australian carrier Telstra recently issued an updated look at its upcoming Android updates and the news isn’t good for owners of its Sony Xperia devices.The carrier says that it has encountered delays for its Xperia Z Android 4.4.4 KitKat update (two week delay into September), Xperia Z1 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update and Xperia Z1 Compact Android 4.4.4 KitKat update. The last two do not have an ETA. Other Xperia Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates appear to be in good shape.

Android 4.4.4 KitKat & Android 4.4.3 KitKat Problems

Users of both updates are complaining about issues. Android 4.4.4 KitKat problems are well documented but we can add some more issues to the growing list. It appears that the OnePlus One’s latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat upgrade, the XNPH30O OTA update, has delivered serious battery life problems. Fortunately, those behind the OnePlus One claim that an upcoming OTA will alleviate those issues. Other aren’t so lucky.

Nexus users fighting off Android 4.4.4 KitKat issues don’t have a fix in sight. Neither do Nexus 7 LTE users running Android 4.4.3 KitKat. At this point, with no Android 4.4.5 KitKat update on the horizon, users on Android 4.4.3 and Android 4.4.4 KitKat should expect Android L to be their next bug fix/major update.

We know that the update is going to contain fixes for Nexus devices and there’s a good chance it will help squash bugs on HTC, Motorola and Sony smartphones. And if Samsung and Sony push out updates, Samsung and Sony smartphones as well.

 

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Android 4.4.4 KitKat vs. Android 4.4.3: What We Know Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Moto X+1 Rumors Firm Up as New Photos Leak

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 22:53

Moto X+1 Rumors Firm Up as New Photos Leak is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

The brand new Moto X+1 release date is quickly approaching as the company prepares to announce a myriad of new devices on September 4th. The rumors have continued to pile in over the past few weeks, but today our first official press photos of the new Moto X+1 (or Moto X2) have emerged.

Until today we’ve yet to see any real photos of the Moto X+1, aside from a few questionable images that surfaced a few weeks back. Ones that may actually show the new Moto G2 instead. However, the famed and popular leakster @evleaks, who recently retired, is back for one last leak and has just revealed the Moto X+1 weeks ahead of the release date.

Read: Moto X+1 Release Date and Rumor Breakdown

The original Moto X leaked on video months and months ahead of the release, and it was clear this year Motorola put a lot of effort into keeping its devices for 2014 a secret. This year Motorola has done a rather excellent job keeping the leaks to a minimum, but with only a few weeks left we now have a clear picture of what the Moto X+1 will look like.

Pictured above is the new Moto X+1 which will be announced and unveiled in Chicago on September 4th by Motorola. We’re hearing a release date will quickly follow, but more on that below.

Both the stock model, and the customizable option via the MotoMaker.com website are shown here, which are both Verizon versions of the handset. We’re assuming the new Moto X+1 will be available on all major carriers, just like its predecessor, but this could be a sign that Verizon will have an initial exclusive rather than AT&T like last year.

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The new renders confirm earlier reports, as well as leaks that surfaced last week showing what appeared to be the front panel of the new Moto X+1 next to the original Moto X from 2013.

Read: Moto X+1 Leaks Emerge Ahead of Release Date

There are no details along with the leak, like a confirmation on the name, but we are seeing the full final product for the first time. These are reportedly official press renders of the new smartphone, potentially revealing exactly what we can expect weeks before Motorola takes the stage to show off its new phone.

So what can we expect from the Moto X+1? Clearly there’s a white and black variant like last year, and these are both branded for Verizon Wireless. But there will also be all the customizable colors, accent colors, engravings, wood backs, and possibly even leather options with this new phone. We see a black variant, and a white and bamboo wood option here.

One other important thing to notice is the button on the back. The Motorola logo will reportedly be a button, but we’re not yet sure what for. It could be something special, or just a shortcut for the camera, or customizable as a shortcut button as the user see’s fit. We’ll have to wait and see. The image confirms the 12 megapixel camera on the rear, with the dual LED flash imbedded inside the ring for the camera. Here’s what we’re hearing will complete the Moto X+1 when it gets announced on September 4th.

Moto X+1 Specs

  • 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080p Full HD Display
  • 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core with 2GB of RAM
  • 16/32GB storage with micro-SD expansion included
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat
  • 12 Megapixel rear and 2.1 front cameras
  • Dual front-facing speakers (aimed at the HTC One M8)
  • 2,900 mAh battery
  • Tons of customization options

The specs outlined above aren’t confirmed, and rather come from a few unknown sources and benchmark results. This means that while we’ll likely see something very similar to what’s mentioned above, we can’t be sure until Motorola confirms the details themselves.

Based on the new images revealed today, and the details we’ve heard thus far, the new Moto X+1 is poised to be an excellent option this fall to battle the Galaxy S5, LG G3, and even the HTC One M8 with those front facing speakers and more.

So when will it be released? Reports last week “confirmed from Motorola sources” that the global rollout for the new Moto X+1 and Moto G2 will begin on September 10th. This doesn’t mean that’s when all carriers in the United States will offer the phone, as AT&T had a short exclusive last year, but it’s likely the phone will be available on all major carriers before the end of the month. Other reports suggest the Verizon Moto X+1 won’t arrive until September 25th.

This is the first leak of the Moto X+1 in a final form, and it’s showing Verizon on the back of both. This could mean they’ll get the device first, on the rumored September 25th date, or simply just be one of many carriers in the US and around the globe to offer this stunning new handset. The phone says September 17th right inside the leaked image, so that could potentially be the release date too. We’ll have all the details live from the Motorola event on September 4th, so stay tuned!

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Moto X+1 Rumors Firm Up as New Photos Leak is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Moto X+1 vs Nexus 5: What to Expect

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 19:57

Moto X+1 vs Nexus 5: What to Expect is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

The different options available for those looking to buy a new smartphone this summer are already wide open, but come next month multiple new choices will be on the table. While most manufacturers have released their devices for 2014, Motorola’s yet to deliver anything, but has at least two new phones coming in early September.

The past few weeks have been very busy for Motorola. We’ve learned they have at least two brand new smartphones coming in early September, the Moto 360 smartwatch, an accessory of some type, and possibly a duo of smartphones for the Verizon DROID lineup.

Read: Moto X+1 Release Date and Rumor Breakdown

The original Moto X was rather popular due to a few fancy features and hands-free voice commands, not to mention a slew of customization no other phone has ever offered. However, in 2014 a new Moto X+1 (or Moto X2) is coming, and below we’ll take a look at what buyers can expect from the new Moto X+1, and how it compares to another wallet-friendly device like the Google Nexus 5.

Last year Motorola surprised everyone they took the stage and unveiled the original Moto X in August of 2013. Offering a rather impressive looking smartphone full of customization options unlike any phone before it. The Moto X arrived with a MotoMaker.com website allowing users to choose over 18 different colors for the back, accent colors for the camera and buttons, engravings, and even wood backs such as Bamboo and Walnut.

The phone was awesome all around, but had a smaller display than most other flagships in 2013, wasn’t quite as powerful, and started off at the same price point. Eventually the price dropped and more units were sold, but in 2014 Motorola is back with something even better, and that will be the Moto X+1 which is officially going to be announced on September 4th in Chicago.

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A few months after the Moto X debut Google released the Nexus 5 running Android 4.4 KitKat. Both phones are still available today and are excellent when it comes to price vs performance. Here we’ll compare last years Nexus 5, for those who own it or may be considering buying one, to the new and upcoming Moto X+1.

Design

The overall design for the new Moto X+1 hasn’t changed too much, that is if the few rumors and leaked images are accurate. That being said, nothing has been confirmed and we’ve only seen a few very small leaks potentially revealing the smartphone. Below is one of the best looks we’ve seen of the new phone, showing its size and new front facing speakers, but that’s about all we know.

So far we can gather that Motorola learned a thing or two from Google during their short time being owned by the company before being sold to Lenovo, and both of these phones offer nearly stock Android with a sleek and unassuming design.

Moto X+1 (left) vs Moto X (right)

The design is nearly the same with the new Moto X+1 as the original, but the bigger screen size should help it compete with the Nexus 5 and its 5-inch 1080p HD Display.

While the Moto X+1 will likely have an array of customization options like the original, the stock versions from most carriers will be white and black, offering a similar simple design as Google’s own Nexus 5.

Both phones have subtle curves around back making them easy to hold, and very simple yet elegant designs. It’s hard to know what consumers need, want, or prefer, and in the end you’ll need to see each model yourself before making a choice.

Specs & Features

The Nexus 5 offered some of the best specs we’ve seen yet from a Nexus smartphone, and arrived with a brand new Android 4.4 KitKat operating system with tons of new features and a few major design changes. Performance was swift, and we can expect the same from the Moto X+1 once it’s released.

Specs don’t mean everything, and users are likely more concerned with solid and smooth performance, as well as longevity, but here’s the numbers for those interested in how the upcoming Moto X+1 could compare to the Nexus 5 from October of 2013.

Moto X+1 Specs (Rumored)

  • 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080p Full HD Display
  • 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core with 2GB of RAM
  • 16/32GB storage with micro-SD expansion included
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat
  • 12 Megapixel rear and 2.1 front cameras
  • Dual front-facing speakers (aimed at the HTC One M8)
  • 2,900 mAh battery
  • Tons of customization options

Nexus 5 Specs

  • 5-inch 1920 x 1080p HD Display
  • 2.3 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 800 with 2GB of RAM
  • 16/32GB storage, no micro-SD
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat
  • 8 Megapixel OIS camera, 1.3 front shooter
  • Single bottom speaker
  • 2,300 mAh battery
  • Available in White, Black, and Red

As you can see the new Moto X+1 is finally getting around to competing with other top-tier devices, considering the original was a dual-core while most smartphones in 2013 had at least four cores for improved performance.

However, specs aren’t everything, and the Moto X ran quite excellent, and we can expect the same thing this year from the new Moto X+1. It’s worth noting the Moto X+1 will have a bigger screen, potentially a better camera, improved front facing speakers, and tons of customization all that makes it a better option than the plain Jane Nexus 5.

Software

One of the most important aspects of the Moto X was software. For one, it ran stock Android with a few small changes rather than an entire overlay or skin like Samsung, LG, or HTC offers. This means it had fluid and fast performance just like a Nexus device, making it an awesome choice for potential Nexus 5 owners.

In 2014 we’re expecting the same thing to happen, with possibly even a few more awesome additions to make the software even better. Both the Moto X+1 and Nexus 5 will run the latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat, but Nexus devices always receive updates first. That being said, Motorola has been the quickest manufacturer to updates the past 6-8 months, and we expect that trend to continue thanks to their simple and near-vanilla versions of Android they employ on their smartphones.

Above is a quick video showing off Android 4.4 KitKat, and while a few minor updates have changed things, nothing is much different than what’s shown above.

Motorola has a few small additions with the Moto X like the Active display and hands-free voice controls, which we expect to be even better with the new X+1 coming next month. There’s also rumors the Moto X+1 will have a clickable and usable button on back (the Moto logo) but we’ve yet to learn exactly what the company has planned for that. Whether it be for pairing with new hardware, or a software shortcut.

Release Date

The Nexus 5 is readily available around the globe, but mainly it’s in the Google Play Store. Some carriers offer it in store, like Sprint, but it won’t work with Verizon.  The Moto X+1, G2, and Moto 360 will all be revealed on September 4th by Motorola, and rumors suggest a global launch date on September 10th. Other reports suggest the Verizon Moto X+1 won’t arrive until September 25th, which could be the date other carriers receive it too. That means if you need a phone right now, the Nexus 5 or something else may be worth getting.

Almost the entire month of August we saw deals deliver over $100 in savings on the original Moto X, and currently the $25 wood backs are free, likely in an attempt to move some inventory and make way for the newer model. This doesn’t mean the release date is as close as we think, but it will likely arrive before the end of September across all major carriers.

Price

The Nexus 5 is $349 for the 16GB version, and $399 for those wanting 32GB of storage. It’s one of the best price/performance phones available, and will stay that way until the Nexus 6 arrives later this fall. A few rumors point towards the same $399 price point for the new Moto X+1 when it gets released, but that’s yet to be confirmed.

There has been speculation that they’ll offer a one-day sale for $199 on the new Moto X+1, but that’s unlikely. On top of that we’re hearing the new Moto X+1 will replace the original at the same $399 price point from MotoMaker with all the customization colors being free. The wood and leather backs will likely remain a $25 charge.

If the rumors are accurate, the new Moto X+1 16GB model may end up costing the same amount as the current 32GB Nexus 5. Making this a rather tough choice. The Nexus 5 is still an excellent phone, but the Moto X+1 will potentially offer more. The screen is bigger, it has front facing speakers, tons of customization, and likely a much better camera experience.

The Nexus 5 is hard to argue with, especially if you want stock Android. However, if a near stock version of Android is something you’re interested in the Moto X+1 is worth the wait, just to see what they’ll have to offer consumers and prospective buyers.

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Moto X+1 vs Nexus 5: What to Expect is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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See How Apple’s iPhone 6 Reversible USB Cable Could Work

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 19:48

See How Apple’s iPhone 6 Reversible USB Cable Could Work is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

iPhone 6 rumors have been buzzing lately about a new development that could see Apple introduce a reversible USB Lightning cable with the iPhone 6 when it’s expected to launched next month. If you’re curious to see a connector like this in action, we actually got a hold of a reversible USB cable to play around with.

Recently we saw photos of what appeared to be a new reversible USB connector that could be coming with the new iPhone 6, showing a new design that allows this new connector to be used with the current USB standard, meaning that the design of USB ports themselves don’t need to change in order for this new reversible connector work. Plus, we even saw a rather sketchy video that allegedly demoed the new Lightning cable on camera. However, whether you believe that Apple will introduce a reversible Lightning cable with the iPhone 6 or not, the reversible USB connector actually already exists.

We ended up spotting reversible USB cables on Amazon, and you can grab them for around $5. They’re made by a company called Tripp Lite, which is mostly known for its surge protectors and universal power supplies, but we’ve now found out that they also make reversible USB cables.

Granted, they only come in USB 2.0 flavorings, so transfer speeds aren’t going to be that great compared to what you’re probably used to with USB 3.0, but they can still make good charging cables if you want the convenience of a reversible USB connector. Simply just plug in your normal iPhone Lightning cable into the female end of the reversible USB cable, and then plug the reversible end into your laptop in either direction. You’ll find that it plugs in both ways and your life just got that much more amazing.

The new reversible connector keeps the familiar “duck bill” shape so that it can work with current USB ports, but the contacts and the PCB circuit board on the inside of the connector are now centered in the middle instead of taking up one half of the connector. This allows the reversible connector to be used with current USB ports without a problem.

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However, we are curious as to how the swapping of the pins work when you flip the connector over, seeing as to how we would think the ground and positive pins on the female port would need to swap places as well. Although, it’s clear that the pins on the male connector are wired in such a way that the top and bottom of the pins are opposite, or it could be a new chip inside of the connector that tells the plug which pins need to be ground and positive.

We’re also curious if this new design will affect the robustness of the connector in any way in the long term. iPhone users are no doubt familiar with worn out Lightning cables, so if Apple actually made this new reversible cable any tougher, we’re sure users will be grateful.

While this development has recently gained popularity over the last few days, discussions of a reversible USB connector go as far back as last year when it was revealed that the USB 3.0 Promoter Group detailed a new “Type-C” USB connection that would be reversible, although the design would call for a smaller connector overall and would oust the familiar “duck bill” design that USB is known for.

While  the USB Group might still have plans for such a design, Apple may be getting a head start with this new USB design and make it mainstream before the Type-C connector even has a chance to get off the ground. However, whether or not we’ll see a new reversible connector introduced with the iPhone 6 is up in the air. We certainly wouldn’t be surprised, but it’s also possible that Apple could still be working on the design and might be waiting to release it until the iPhone 6s in 2015.

Either way, it’s good to know that the current USB ports can support reversible connections with just a bit of a design change in the connector, and we look forward to the day when we no longer have a 50/50 chance of plugging it in wrong.

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See How Apple’s iPhone 6 Reversible USB Cable Could Work is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S4 Video: Specs, Size & More

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:17

iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S4 Video: Specs, Size & More is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

If you are considering buying a cheap Galaxy S4 today, or want to upgrade from your Galaxy S4 to the iPhone 6 with a bigger screen we can help with an iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S4 video that comparing the size, design, specs and more of these devices.

In this comparison we’ll show you the AT&T Galaxy S4 next to a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and a 5.5-inch iPhone 6. This is a real Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 6 devices are mock-ups based on iPhone 6 leaks which we procured from China.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is free on contract and under $400 off contract with current Galaxy S4 deals, making it a tempting choice for users, but the iPhone 6 release date is reportedly just a month away with two larger iPhone 6 models on the way.

In this video we compare the iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S4 to help you decide which one is the best smartphone for you. If you are thinking of buying a Galaxy S4, and are even considering an iPhone 6 it is a good idea to wait for the announcement that should take place on September 9th.

Watch out iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S4 video comparison to learn how these phones stack up.

The Galaxy S4 is just under two years old so you may not be eligible for cheap upgrade to the iPhone 6 this fall, but if you bought the Galaxy S4 on an early upgrade plan or are simply looking for a new phone there are always options to buy a new iPhone and trade in your Galaxy S4 or sell it to a third party for cash to help with your upgrade plans.

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We expect an iPhone 6 release date on September 19th and the iPhone 6 price will likely start at $199 on contract for a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and $299 on contract for a 5.5-inch iPhone 6. There is a chance that the larger iPhone 6 release date arrives later in the month or even in October.

iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S4 Video

Watch our iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 video to see how these three devices compare. If you are thinking of upgrading from the Galaxy S4 to the iPhone 6 this video will show you what to expect.

iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S4 Size Comparison

The iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S4 size comparison shows that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is about the same size as the Galaxy S4. This isn’t surprising considering the Galaxy S5 display is 5-inches, not much bigger than the screen on the smaller iPhone 6.

The iPhone 6 4.7-inch is taller and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is much bigger than the Galaxy S4.

The photo above shows that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is much larger than the Galaxy S4. It is taller and wider than the Galaxy S4 thanks to the massive screen and large bezels. In fact the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is taller than the Galaxy Note 3 based on our mock-up.

It looks like the iPhone 6 may be slightly thinner than the Galaxy S4.

iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S4 Size Screens

The Galaxy S4 display delivers a 1920 x 1080 resolution, and even though the Galaxy S5 display looks better and uses less power the Galaxy S4 display is no slouch. The display looks quite good and a respectable 441 pixels-per-inch (ppi). DisplayMate describes benefit of a high ppi rating for the Galaxy S4 as, “People with 20/20 Vision cannot resolve the individual pixels on a 441 PPI display for viewing distances of 7.8 inches or more, which is exceedingly close for viewing a 5.0 inch display.”

Here we see a 4.7-inch iPhone 6, 5-inch Galaxy S4 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6.

The iPhone 6 resolution is still up in the air. Early reports pointed to a shared 1,704 x 960 resolution that would mean 416 ppi on the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 356 ppi on the iPhone 6 with a 5.5-inch display. Recently reports suggest Apple could be planning even higher resolutions. This is “Retina” at eight inches or more from your face on a 4.7-inch model and 10-inches or more on the 5.5-inch model.

9to5Mac reports that iOS 8 includes hints of a 1,472 x 828 resolution or even 2,208 x 1,242 resolution, though that pixel-bursting iPhone 6 spec is less likely.  If the iPhone 6 arrives with these higher resolutions the pixels-per-inch could be as high as 539 on a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 460 on the 5.5-inch iPhone 6. Time will tell how much of an upgrade Apple is able to deliver and how it looks in person. These resolutions allow a “Retina” resolution as close as 5-inches to your eyes.

We expect a Sapphire iPhone 6 display on at least some of the models, which would deliver a screen that is hard to scratch and that could handle drops better than chemically strengthened glass.

iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S4 Specs

Here is a quick look at how the Galaxy S4 and iPhone 6 specs compare. These are rumored iPhone 6 specs, and they may change before the release next month. We typically see some rumored specs not arrive on the new iPhone. NFC is one that is rumored each year, but has yet to arrive on an iPhone.

iPhone 6 Specs (Rumored)

See how the iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S4 specs compare.

Galaxy S4 Specs
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Processor
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • 5-inch 1080p display
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB / 32GB storage options (U.S.)
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • 13MP rear-facing camera
  • 2,600 mAh battery
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • Regular Home Button

Expect a better camera experience on the iPhone 6 and you’ll also get more storage options and a fingerprint sensor.

iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S4 Design

There are three things you need to know about the iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S4 design. These are the biggest differences between these devices.

A removable back with access to a Micro SD card and removable battery are key parts of the Galaxy S4 design.

  • Metal or Plastic – The Phone 6 uses an aluminum design with curved edges and the Galaxy S4 uses plastic with straight plastic trim on the edges.
  • Removable Back – You can pull the back off the Galaxy S4 and attach a wireless charger, new case or other accessory. The iPhone 6 back will not likely come off.
  • Add Storage or a New Battery – When you remove the back you can add more storage with a cheap Micro SD card and swap in a new battery when you run out of power. Neither of these are expected as iPhone 6 features.

Ultimately you’ll need to decide what you like best. If you want these S4 features with better specs, look at the Galaxy S5 or check out our iPhone 6 vs Galaxy Note 4 comparison.

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iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S4 Video: Specs, Size & More is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iPhone 6 Rumors Look Real in New Photos

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 23:03

iPhone 6 Rumors Look Real in New Photos is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The latest iPhone 6 rumors have been brought to life in stunning realism thanks to new iPhone 6 photos that showcase Apple’s rumored new iPhone release next to the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Alpha.

As we head deeper into August, we’re starting to see iPhone 6 rumors hint at iPhone 6 specs and the all important iPhone 6 release date. We’ve also seen rumors attempt to reveal the iPhone 6 design ahead of Apple’s September 9th iPhone 6 launch date.

Despite all of these credible iPhone 6 design rumors, we’ve yet to the see the iPhone 6 in the flesh. Fortunately, thanks to iPhone models and talented designers, we’ve been able to slowly piece together that iPhone 6′s looks. While these might no serve as an official window into the iPhone 6′s design, these leaks and concepts provide an extremely credible and detailed view.

iPhone 6 concept with iOS 8 based on iPhone 6 rumors.

Well known Martin Hajek has taken it upon himself to deliver beautiful iPhone 6 concept renders ahead of Apple’s iPhone 6 launch. These renders combine iPhone 6 rumors and leaks into renders that are stunningly realistic. And Hajek’s latest, which includes a look at how the iPhone 6 could compare to the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, might just be his best effort yet.

iPhone 6 vs. Galaxy Alpha.

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These new iPhone 6 renders showcase the latest iPhone 6 design rumors next to the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, the mid-range Galaxy smartphone that Samsung announced earlier this month, and one that will be joining the iPhone 6 and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 in September. The Galaxy Alpha will be released in September though a release date isn’t known.

The Galaxy Alpha is a mid-range smartphone but it comes with a premium design that combines plastic with a outer metal edge. It’s a departure from Samsung’s usual designs that only incorporate plastic material and it might foreshadow the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 design, also rumored to have a premium metal edge.

Hajek’s iPhone 6 concept mirrors exactly what we’ve heard time and time again about the iPhone 6 design.

The iPhone 6, on the left, is expected to be thin.

iPhone 6 rumors have continually pointed to a redesign and recently, we’ve seen rumors and leaks align around some very specific iPhone 6 design details. Apple’s new iPhone 6 design is rumored to feature more metal than the iPhone 5s, ditching the glass top and bottom parts on the back of the phone for a full metal back cover. It’s also rumored to be thin, perhaps as thin as 7mm, and feature a front panel that’s protected by sapphire material.

Apple’s iPhone 6 is also widely expected to have a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, a feature that arrived on the iPhone 5s. VentureBeat claims that Apple will introduce improvements that will speed up read times and improve accuracy. We’ve seen enough Touch ID rumors emerge over the past few months to sink a battleship. It’s all but confirmed at this point.

Exactly how the iPhone 6 design compares to the Samsung Galaxy Alpha will be revealed on September 9th when Apple takes the stage to announce the iPhone 6, its features and its highly anticipated release date.

The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is much bigger than the iPhone 5s.

The specific iPhone 6 release date is still out of reach but September 19th fits Apple’s criteria perfectly as it falls just a few short days after the announcement and lands on a Friday. Unsurprisingly, the date is actually rumored to be the first of what could be two iPhone 6 release dates.

iPhone 6 release date rumors have continued to point to two separate release dates. The latest rumor comes from VentureBeat who claims that a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 release date will happen in September while the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 release date could arrive up to a month after the initial release. This lines up with early iPhone 6 rumors including details from respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Both Recode and The Wall Street Journal expect the company to debut both iPhones on September 9th, regardless of release date. Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) recently confirmed that two iPhone 6 models are on the way, a disclosure that reportedly has led to a meeting with Apple.

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iPhone 6 Rumors Look Real in New Photos is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Why You Shouldn’t Buy the Moto X Today

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 22:58

Why You Shouldn’t Buy the Moto X Today is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Moto X is still one of the best price to performance smartphones available today, not to mention it has been on sale nearly the entire month of August. With frequent updates to the latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat it’s still running smooth and an excellent option for those who aren’t fans of the current crop of Android flagship smartphones.

And while the Moto X is a solid option that comes at a low price, it’s one of many smartphones we think prospective buyers should avoid, at least for the next few weeks.

Read: Moto X+1 vs Moto X: What to Expect

Last year Motorola shocked the mobile world when they revealed the Moto X in August full of customization features, engravings, and even wood backs that would make each buyers device one of a kind. It offered plenty the competition didn’t, had a decent price, but overall was a bit overpriced given the specs against the competition. The reason you shouldn’t buy one today, is because the new Moto X+1 (or Moto X2) and multiple other options will be announced in the next few weeks.

Motorola took the stage August 1st and announced the Moto X in 2013, but this year they’re slightly behind schedule and instead will be revealing the impressive phones successor at an event in Chicago on September 4th. While that isn’t the only reason we think you should avoid the Moto X right now, it’s one of the primary factors.

The Moto X is now a year old, has a dual-core processor even when most phones last year were running quad-core chips, and only has a 720p display. Most phones this year have made the switch to 1080p, and we’re already seeing multiple devices with quad-hd 2560 x 1440 resolution screens. It was behind the curve on release date, and that’s more true than ever one year later.

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Read: Moto X+1 Release Date & Rumor Breakdown

There are two main reasons we think buyers should wait before buying the Moto X, and both of those will be announced on September 4th by Motorola. Those are the new Moto X+1 (or Moto X2) and the new and improved Moto G2. Last year the Moto G was a huge success. In fact, it was their best smartphone of all times. Both of these are worth waiting for, simply to see what Motorola has in store for buyers. They’ll also be releasing the new Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatch, and some sort of accessory.

Moto X+1

The Moto X+1 looks to offer everything the original Moto X has to deliver, and more. They’ve improved the device in all aspects, increased the screen size, will probably tack on a few new impressive software features, and rumor has it they may even hit the current $399 price point of the current X. Meaning if you buy the Moto X today, a new seriously improved model may be available in a few weeks for the same price, or a few dollars more.

Moto X+1 (left) vs Moto X (right)

According to an array of leaks and rumors the Moto X+1 will have front facing speakers like the popular HTC One M8, and be better in every aspect over the original. The image above is reportedly the new X2. All of this while packing in a massive battery, giving buyers more customization options, and potentially even leather backs on top of the multiple colors and wood options. Here’s what we’re hearing it will deliver:

Moto X+1 Specs (Rumored)

  • 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080p Full HD Display
  • 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core with 2GB of RAM
  • 16/32GB storage with micro-SD expansion included
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat
  • 12 Megapixel rear and 2.1 front cameras
  • Dual front-facing speakers (aimed at the HTC One M8)
  • 2,900 mAh battery
  • Tons of customization options

A few leaks even suggest the Motorola logo on the back will actually be a special button. We’re not sure what they have planned yet, but it will reportedly be actionable (clickable) and users can set it up as a shortcut button to launch apps, like the camera. That’s yet to be confirmed, and for all we know they might even have a fingerprint scanner in there like the Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5S.

Reports suggest that following the September 4th announcement, the Moto X+1 will launch across the globe and in the United States on September 10th, possibly at the same $399 price point the current phone is at. That alone is worth waiting for.

Moto G2

Last year the Moto G was a surprise smartphone by Motorola that was wildly more successful than anyone expected. It had a small 4.5-inch screen that was 720p, was decent all around, but didn’t support 4G LTE and was more aimed at emerging markets. It was priced under $200 outright. No contract required. The device blew up, sold millions, and eventually they released an improved 4G LTE model with a micro-SD slot for $229.

Read: Moto G Review

The same September 4th event Motorola will unveil, and likely release, the new Moto G2. This device is what many are actually waiting for, as it will have many of the customization features of the original Moto X and G, but be a better device as well.

According to leaks the Moto G2 will be a perfect blend between last years model, and the Moto X from 2013, yet still offer that impressive $200 price tag. If you’re eying the Moto X for the price, the new G2 may surprise you with what is has to offer. These are only rumors, and less confirmed than the X+1, but here’s what we’re hearing will be included.

Moto G2 Specs (Rumored)

  • 4.7-inch 1280 x 720p HD Display
  • 1.4 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 400 or 410 with 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB internal storage with micro-SD expansion
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat
  • 8 Megapixel rear and 1.3 front camera (up from the 5MP last year)
  • Dual front-facing speakers
  • $200 price point again

These specs aren’t confirmed, nor do we know the all the details to help paint a clear picture, but this is stacking up to be another excellent option for those on a budget. Or just smartphone buyers in general. Not everyone needs a massive 5.5-inch screen and blazing fast processor with a stylus and 3GB of RAM. The average user will be more than happy with the Moto G2, especially if it’s anything like what we’re seeing above.

Other Phones

September is going to be a busy month. We have both of these new Motorola phones mentioned today, the Galaxy Note 4 on September 3rd, the new iPhone 6 with a Moto X-sized 4.7-inch display, and possibly even two or three more phones from Motorola specifically for Verizon.

The rumor mills have been mentioning a few new Motorola DROID devices are headed to Verizon. Names like the DROID Turbo and DROID MAXX have been floating around, so that’s potentially four new smartphones from Motorola very similar to the Moto X that may arrive in the next 3-4 weeks on carriers around the globe.

Deals

Last but not least, we can expect tons of deals to continue arriving when the new phones get announced at the beginning of next month. The Moto X has been on sale for $299 rather than $399 almost all of August trying to move inventory, and it’ll likely receive a permanent price cut once the new X2 and G2 are available.

If you have your heart set on a Moto X, customized or not, a few weeks wait to see what’s coming, or if they’ll get a drop in price is certainly something to consider if you have the time to spare. If you need a phone right this minute, by all means, get it and enjoy.

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Why You Shouldn’t Buy the Moto X Today is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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GameStop PS4 Deal Gets Buyers Free Infamous & More

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 19:43

GameStop PS4 Deal Gets Buyers Free Infamous & More is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Used and new games retailer GameStop is giving away free copies of Infamous Second Son and 3 months of PlayStation Plus as part of a new PS4 deal running for this weekend only.

GameStop revealed the PS4 deal when it posted its flyer for the upcoming weekend this morning. From Friday, August 22nd to Sunday August 24th users can pick up the PS4 at GameStop and get that free three months of PlayStation Plus and a digtal copy Infamous Second Son. This is deals are just part of a larger roundup of PS4 deals that’ll get users copies of PS4 games and individual PS4 accessories on the cheap.

As of right now, GameStop isn’t slashing the price of the console itself. Purchasing the PS4 at GameStop with these extras will still cost $399.99. That being said users are saving a lot on the things they’ll need to get going with the console. Infamous Second Son regularly costs $59.99. Buying three months of PlayStation Plus separately costs $17.99.

As part of the deal, slashed accessories and games include a disc based version of Infamous Second Son and MLB The Show for $39.99. Killzone Shadow Fall is available at just $19.99 as opposed to its $39.99 regular price tag. Game is slashing the price of the PS3’s DualShock 3 wireless controller by $15 to just $39.99. GameStop is also giving away a Nav controller when users purchase the PlayStation Move controller for $19.99.

All told, this GameStop PS4 Deal is an incredible way to save some cash on Sony’s latest consoles. Launched last year, the console costs $399 and only includes a controller. That free three months of PlayStation Plus is a ticket to tons of free games. Each month Sony gives PlayStation Plus users access to a free selection of games that they can download to their console and play as long as they want – provided that they continue paying for PlayStation Plus. That’s a ton of free games that PS4 buyers get without much effort.

PS4 buyers will need a PlayStation Plus subscription for more than just free games. Having a PlayStation Plus account is the only way users can play against their friends and family over the PlayStation Network, the PS4’s online gaming service. Normally, a year of PlayStation Plus costs $49.99. With this GameStop PS4 deal a year of PlayStation Plus is just $29.99 too.

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Unfortunately, this GameStop sale is completely specific to the PS4, meaning users can’t head to their local GameStop to pick up an Xbox One and get a free game and three months of Xbox Live. That being said, buyers of Microsoft’s console hardly need the incentive, the company has been giving away free games with its base-level $399 console for some time. Just last week Microsoft announced a new bundle that gives users a digital version of Madden NFL 15 absolutely free.

Read: PS4 Review: From an Xbox 360 & Xbox One Owner

As with all deep deals, there’s a catch or two. First, in order to get the three-month PlayStation Plus subscription buyers need to purchase a new version of the console, not the used and refurbished versions that GameStop sells. Those cheaper games and accessories are only discounted while supplies last. That means that once they’re gone, they’re really gone.

There is good news for users who don’t live in urban areas though. This GameStop Sony Sale is available through the company’s website as well as many of its stores. That should make redeeming this deal a lot easier. Still, users looking to take advantage of the cost savings are better off checking the company’s website to see if their local store has units in stock. Even better, GameStop’s website is showing the price changes as available immediately, even though they won’t arrive in stores until this weekend. No deals or extra purchases are necessary.

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GameStop PS4 Deal Gets Buyers Free Infamous & More is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iPad Air Sale Knocks $75 Off All Models at Best Buy

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 19:26

iPad Air Sale Knocks $75 Off All Models at Best Buy is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

Best Buy is holding a one-day-only iPad Air sale where it is discounting all iPad Air models by $75.

The discount allows you to get Apple’s newest full-size iPad for as low as $425 for the entry-level 16GB WiFi only version, which is down from $499. If it’s the 16GB WiFi + Cellular iPad Air that you’re wanting, you can grab it for just $555, which is down from $629.

Plus, if you’re a student, Best Buy offers $50 off all iPad models through its education site. This means that students can get an iPad Air for as low as $374.99 when they apply the limited-time $75 discount.

Granted, this isn’t the best deal that we’ve seen recently, but if you missed any of the other iPad deals that have taken place over the last couple of weeks, this is your chance to finally get on board and grab an iPad Air at a sweet discount.

Both Staples and Target have discounted the iPad Air by $100 recently, with Target giving customers a $100 store gift card if they purchased an iPad Air or iPad mini with Retina display at full price, effectively lowering the cost of the two tablets to $399 and $299, respectively. Plus, it was nice that the deal applied to any model in the lineup, including WiFi + cellular versions.

In any case, we’ve seen a ton of iPad deals suddenly make an appearance over the last few weeks. Before then, it’s been a while since we’ve seen iPad deals this good. Usually we see retailers discount Apple’s flagship tablets by only $50 or so, but retailers seems to be taking it to a new level and giving customers a nice $75 and $100 discount on a new iPad Air, which is probably better than any Black Friday deal you’ll ever come across for a flagship tablet. However, since the deals are taking off right now, this year’s Black Friday could be a doozy.

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We’ve already seen plenty of iPad sales this year from a plethora of retail stores, including Walmart, Best Buy and Target, where you can usually find an iPad for around $50 off the normal retail price. The number of deals that we’ve seen has drifted off slightly since the beginning of the year, though, but they’ve still been rolling in steadily over the last few weeks.

2014 has certainly been the year of iPad sales so far, with deals coming from every which direction from practically every big franchise store. Walmart had a big sale on the iPad 2 at $299 awhile back, and Staples even took $30 off on every iPad model. Best Buy also knocked $50 off the price of the iPad Air back in January, allowing consumers to pick one up for as little as $450.

All of these deals came at off-peak shopping times (save for Valentine’s Day, we suppose), so we can’t imagine what future sales will be like throughout the year and even leading up to Apple’s annual fall event where the company usually announces a new iPad model. This time around, the iPad Air 2 is expected to make an appearance, as well as an updated iPad mini Retina model, although rumors about that have been fairly quiet except for the expected Touch ID integration.

The iPad Air 2 and the new iPad mini with Retina display are expected to come equipped with a slightly new look and the inclusion of Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

Touch ID was definitely one of the features that users were looking forward to the most ahead of the iPad Air event back in October last year, especially after it was introduced on the new iPhone 5s just a month earlier, but Apple sadly did not deliver such a feature that time around, which we weren’t too surprised about. It’s possible that Apple wanted the Touch ID technology to be around for a year or so and see how it did before expanding the feature to other iOS devices.

One of the biggest reasons that the Touch ID fingerprint sensor is so popular on the iPhone 5s is because of the convenience it offers when unlocking your device and purchasing apps in the iTunes App Store. It’s a lot quicker and easier than entering in your passcode every time, as well as typing in your confusing Apple ID password whenever you want to buy an app.

That same convenience could easily be used on the iPad as well. Plus, iOS 8 introduces third-party support for Touch ID, so we should be seeing a lot more capabilities with the fingerprint sensor come this fall.

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iPad Air Sale Knocks $75 Off All Models at Best Buy is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 Video: 5 Key Details

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 13:22

iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 Video: 5 Key Details is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Our iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 video comparison offers a look at the size of these devices, display differences and other key details potential buyers need to know.

We compare the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 size and other important details using an AT&T Galaxy S5 and mock-up iPhone 6 models from China. These iPhone 6 models match the iPhone 6 rumors and show what the iPhone 6 will look like.

This fall Apple plans to announce two new iPhone 6 models with larger screens, marking the second time Apple delivered a bigger screen on the iPhone. With bigger screens the iPhone 6 offers more competition with the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Potential buyers no longer are looking at a screen difference of over an inch when comparing the iPhone and the Galaxy S5. Although the smaller iPhone 6 doesn’t come with a display as large as the Galaxy S5, buyers face a tougher decision in 2014.

Watch our iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 video to learn how these devices compare.

If you are on the fence about waiting for the iPhone 6 or buying a Galaxy S5 today, we’ll outline the current iPhone 6 rumors and show you how the devices compare based on the best information we have. The iPhone 6 rumors may change over the next few weeks, so remember that anything we share about the iPhone 6 is still a rumor.

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Read on for the key details that separate the iPhone 6 and the Galaxy S5.

iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 Video

This iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 video shows the differences between the 5.5-inch iPhone 6, 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the Galaxy S5, with a quick run down of the information that we cover in more detail in the sections below.

iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 Size

The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 size comparison is pretty close. The Galaxy S5 is slightly taller and wider than the iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch screen and it is thicker as well. The thickness is thanks to the water-resistant feature that Samsung includes, and it is not something we expect on the iPhone 6.

The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is larger than the Galaxy S5, but the 4.7-inch iPhone is still smaller.

The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 size comparison reveals a much bigger difference. Even though the screen is not that much bigger on the iPhone 6, the photo above shows the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is significantly bigger. This isn’t a surprise considering the iPhone 6 is taller than the Galaxy Note 3. In the Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 6 comparison photos below you can see more details on the size of the three devices.

iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 Display

Each of these phones offer a different size display that will best fit the needs of specific consumers. There are some potential iPhone 6 buyers who cannot wait to buy the biggest iPhone 6 possible for more screen space when watching movies and playing games, others may simply want an iPhone version of the popular Galaxy Note 3 without the S Pen.

See how the iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 displays compare.

The photo above shows the screen sizes of the iPhone 6 models and the Samsung Galaxy S5. The list below includes the important details about the displays including size, resolution and pixels per inch (ppi). A new rumor shows the possibility of a higher resolution so this could change by the iPhone 6 release.

  • iPhone 6 – 4.7-inch display – 1,704 x 960 – 416 ppi
  • Galaxy S5 – 5.1-inch –  1,920 x 1080 – 432 ppi
  • iPhone 6 – 5.5-inch display – 1,704 x 960 – 356 ppi

Samsung packs in more pixels per inch than both of the new iPhone 6 models, and it earned praise for offering the best mobile display soon after release. In addition to delivering a beautiful viewing experience the S5 display is power efficient. It uses less power at the same brightness level as the Galaxy S4, delivering better battery life.

We expect to see Sapphire on the iPhone 6 display, though some rumors suggest it will only come on select models. A Sapphire iPhone 6 display would prevent most scratches and deliver more protection when dropped according to early reports.

iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 Specs

If you want to compare the iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 specs you will see some differences, but it’s tough to judge the phones by specs alone. The specs on each of these devices deliver features you’ll use like mobile payments, health tracking and better looking photos.

iPhone 6 Specs (Rumored)

Here’s how the iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 specs compare so far.

Galaxy S5 Specs
  • Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor (U.S.)
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • 5.1-inch FHD display
  • 16GB storage option
  • 2.1MP front-facing camera
  • 16MP rear-facing camera
  • 2,800 mAh battery
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • NFC
  • Heart rate sensor

It looks like Apple will finally catch up and add NFC for mobile payments, which is something the Galaxy S5 already offers. We could see 1GB of RAM on the iPhone 6, compared to 2GB on the Galaxy S5, but the advantages boil down to how each device uses that RAM. Another important area to look at is storage as we expect up to 64GB iPhone 6 options and the Galaxy S5 tops out at 32GB in the U.S., but you can add up to 128GB of storage with a Micro SD card. You cannot do that on the iPhone 6.

It’s not clear what exactly Apple plans for the iPhone 6 camera at this point, but expect an upgrade from the iPhone 5s. Samsung delivered faster focusing and live HDR on the Galaxy S5 which are very handy features.

The difference in battery size between the devices is interesting, but not something that we can talk about very much until we see how the iPhone 6 battery life measures up. Galaxy S5 battery life is good and when you need more power you can switch to Ultra Power Saver mode.

Samsung packs in a heart rate sensor on the back to help track some health data like heart rate and stress levels. Apps can use the iPhone 5s flash to do this, and likely will offer similar heart rate solutions on the iPhone 6.

iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 Design

There are three major differences in the iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 design that buyers should take note of. The phones definitely look different, but once you get past the overall looks and use of curves or dimples here are the important bits.

We take a closer look at the iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 design.

  • Water-Resistant – The Galaxy S5 can survive in three feet of water for 30 minutes. That’s not a lot of depth, but it means the phone won’t die after a drop into the sink or if you spill something on it.
  • Aluminum vs Plastic – The iPhone 6 design keeps metal as the main element and uses more of it on the back. The Galaxy S5 offers a plastic back like the other Galaxy devices.
  • Removable Back & Battery – Galaxy S5 design includes a removable back that offers access to the Micro SD card slot and a removable back.

Ultimately the design preference comes down to what you like and what you need from a smartphone. It would be a surprise to see a water-resistant iPhone 6 with Micro SD card support.

Price & Release Date

The Galaxy S5 release arrived in April and the price started at $199 on contract, but we are already seeing Galaxy S5 deals that drop the price to $99 on contract. If you want to buy the Galaxy S5 on one of the new $0 down plans expect to pay $27 to $32.50 over 24 installments.

The Galaxy S5 is already available for as little as $99 on contract. We expect an iPhone 6 release date in September and prices at $199 and $299 on contract are likely.

The iPhone 6 price will likely stick at $199 for the 4.7-inch model. The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 price will likely jump $100 to $299 on contract. We can expect installment plan options with $0 down for payments starting around $27 and up.

Apple is holding an iPhone 6 event on September 9th, according to reports, and that points to an iPhone 6 release date on September 19th for at least the 4.7-inch model. We could see a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 release date later in September or in early October.

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iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 Video: 5 Key Details is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Best Galaxy S5 Screen Protectors

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 23:10

Best Galaxy S5 Screen Protectors is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

When the Samsung Galaxy S5 was first released, the popular group DisplayMate said it had the best smartphone display ever. And you’ll want to protect all 5.1-inches of that beautiful 1920 x 1080p full HD AMOLED display. While there’s many reports that dispute that, there’s no arguing Samsung makes some of the better screens around.

This phone has some of the best hardware available, a stunning camera that takes excellent photos, and it’s fully dust and water-resistant thanks to an IP67 certification. The screen even has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 that’s supposed to be able to handle scrapes and scratches. However, many users still want to use a screen protector.

Read: 5 Best Galaxy S5 Wallet Cases

It may be dust and water resistant and be built to last, but you never know when an accident will occur or one too many tosses in your backpack will finally scratch that display. Screen protectors are nothing new to smartphone owners, but choosing the right one these days can be a challenge. There’s hundreds of different options and variety packs on Amazon, cheap terrible options at many carrier stores, and more, so read on for our list of some of the best Galaxy S5 screen protectors available today.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 and its screen are both extremely durable, and the entire design was crafted with protecting that screen from drops, scratches, or accidents. However, many people still choose to use screen protectors, myself included, so we figured a round up of a few of your best options was in order.

You can get cheap $2.99 protectors on eBay, but they won’t last, and are all usually junk. Even a few of the decent $9.99 options usually aren’t your best route. When you pay $599 for a smartphone, you shouldn’t cheap out on protecting the most important aspect of the device.

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Read: How to Perfectly Install a Galaxy S5 Screen Protector

When it comes to picking a screen protector we’ll help you weave through all the options, explain why some are more than others and what makes them expensive, then show you the few we’d use personally on our own Galaxy S5 smartphones. These days you can actually buy screen protectors made of strengthened and hardened glass. Essentially a second layer of extremely durable glass on your device. If you drop it and it breaks, you’re regular screen is likely just fine. Those are the best option, but also cost the most.

ZAGG was extremely popular back in the day with their military grade protectors, but the technology we use to protect our devices has come a long ways. There’s no reason to have cheap protectors that bubble or fade in color, or ones that show every single fingerprint and get scratched from anything that touches it. There’s no point in protecting your screen from scratches if it’ll still look terrible because the screen protector is as scratched as can be. Instead, choose one of the options outlined in our slideshow below.

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Not only does Spigen make some of the best and most durable cases for smartphones, including the Galaxy S5, but their screen protectors are some of the best on the market. That being said, they're also some of the most expensive.

The Spigen GLAS.tR series offers real glass screens, ones that are extremely rugged, won't show fingerprints or reflections from screen glare, have a coating to resist fingerprints and oils, and they won't fall apart if for whatever reason it does shatter.

The edges are round so they won't chip, and cases will still fit snug without pulling up your screen protector. We've all probably had that happen, but Spigen designed theirs so it won't. The GLAS.tR Slim is 0.4mm thin, so you'll notice it installed, but it's also the most durable. It isn't cheap, costing $27.99, but will be well worth the purchase.

Spigen also offers a 0.2mm option for $32, and a super thin yet still extremely durable 0.15mm NANO Slim option for even more money. Personally I'd choose the middle ground, but for those on a budget the $27.99 option is your best bet when it comes to protecting the Galaxy S5.

Spigen GLAS.tR SLIM - $27.99 - Amazon Link

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Best Galaxy S5 Screen Protectors is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Galaxy S4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat Update Hits More U.S. Users

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 22:32

Galaxy S4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat Update Hits More U.S. Users is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

With no Android 4.4.3 KitKat or Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates in sight, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat update roll out continues in the United States with a major Galaxy S4 mini variant getting its bump from Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to Android 4.4.2 KitKat today.

Since January, Samsung has been rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat, Google’s latest Android update. And while some manufacturers have moved to newer versions of the Android 4.4 KitKat update, Android 4.4.3 KitKat and Android 4.4.4 KitKat to be specific, Samsung has been content with Android 4.4.2 KitKat, an older version of the software.

Samsung is currently rolling out a number of Galaxy Android 4.4.2 KitKat updates including Android 4.4.2 upgrades for the Galaxy Note 2 and variants of the Galaxy S4. Today, a new Galaxy S4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat update has landed in the United States though it’s not Android 4.4.3 KitKat or Android 4.4.4 KitKat, it’s the same old Android 4.4.2 KitKat update.

Thanks to an update on Samsung’s software upgrade page, we know that the AT&T Galaxy S4 mini Android 4.4.2 KitKat update is set to roll out starting today. It’s not clear what will be on board the device’s Android 4.4.2 KitKat update though we suspect that it will feature the same enhancements and fixes that arrived for AT&T’s regular Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Active earlier this year.

AT&T Galaxy S4 mini owners will want to be on the look out for the update going forward. To manually check for the update, head to Applications > Settings > About Phone > Software update > Check for update. If the update is available, there will be a prompt that starts the download and installation process. It’s not yet clear how big this update is.

The update follows in the footsteps of the Galaxy S4 mini Android 4.4.2 KitKat updates for Sprint, U.S. Cellular and Verizon, all of which were rolled out several weeks ago. The arrival of the AT&T Galaxy S4 mini Android 4.4.2 KitKat update could mean that a roll out in other parts of the world, namely Canada, could be close behind.

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Canadian carrier Rogers is typically not far behind AT&T when it comes to Android software updates and the carrier lists its Galaxy S4 mini Android 4.4 KitKat update as “coming soon.”

This Galaxy S4 mini Android 4.4.2 KitKat update is just one of several that are still missing in the United States. Specifically, we still haven’t seen the C Spire Galaxy S4 or MetroPCS Galaxy S4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat updates roll out and it’s not clear what those carriers have up their sleeve. Android 4.4.2 KitKat updates hit major Galaxy S4 variants in the U.S. many months ago.

Carriers in Australia are still promising their remaining Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat upgrades for August though new Android update schedule releases for Vodafone and Optus don’t guarantee updates for the month of August. We simply haven’t seen any movement in the past few weeks and users shouldn’t feel confident about imminent upgrades.

As we’ve pointed out, things could be worse. Fellow Aussie carrier Telstra still hasn’t confirmed a Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade even though it’s now listing update releases through September.

It’s not clear where the Galaxy S4 goes from here. Earlier this month, we spotted a Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update in testing at an Australian carrier though it’s not clear when or if it will roll out. We’ve also seen Samsung announce that its upcoming Galaxy Alpha will arrive with Android 4.4.4 KitKat on board.

While those leave the door open for Android 4.4.3 KitKat or Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates for older devices, it’s possible that Samsung will opt to skip them for Google’s brand new Android L update that’s expected to arrive later this year.

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Galaxy S4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat Update Hits More U.S. Users is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Android’s Photo Sphere Camera App Comes to iPhone

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 18:58

Android’s Photo Sphere Camera App Comes to iPhone is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

Joining the long list of other Google apps available for the iPhone, Android’s Photo Sphere 360-degree camera app is now available on Apple’s smartphone.

If you’re not familiar with the many features of the Android camera, Photo Sphere is one of those features that lets users create 360-degree panoramas, very similar to how you can look around in Google Maps Street View in any direction. And in fact, you can submit your own Photo Spheres to Google Maps and have anyone view them.

Anyway, this same feature has now made its way to iOS and is available now for iPhone users. Unlike the built-in capabilities of Photo Sphere in the Android camera app, Photo Sphere on iOS comes as a dedicated app that you have to download from the iTunes App Store, but it’s completely free to do so.

So how does it work? You stand in one spot, press the shutter button and slowly and carefully move your iPhone around and take pictures at every possible angle so that you capture a complete 360-degree panorama of your surroundings. Once you’re done, the app will stitch all of those photos together to create a “sphere” and then you can view it by swinging in any direction. It’s almost like you’re standing inside of a globe looking out into your surroundings; it’s quite magical.

Of course, this isn’t the first app of its kind to hit the iPhone. Microsoft’s Photosynth app has the same capability, but a little bit of competition is a good thing.

It’s important to note that Photo Sphere on iOS only works with the iPhone 4s and newer, so iPhone 4 users are out of luck here. However, it does work with iPad, though, which is an added bonus for those who want more screen real estate when creating their 360-degree panoramas with the app.

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After creating your Photo Spheres, you can you can publish the photo to Google Maps or share it to Google+, Facebook, Twitter or through email.

Ever since Apple dropped Google support for Maps and YouTube out of iOS, the search giant has been taking matters into its own hands by releasing iOS apps of its own for iPhone and iPad users to take advantage of. iOS users can get Gmail, Google Maps, Hangouts, Google Voice, YouTube, and a ton of other Google apps right on iOS. To say that Google isn’t ignoring iOS would be an understatement, and while Android users can get more benefits from the Google ecosystem, iOS users aren’t far behind.

Of course, while Google Now is available on iOS, it’s certainly not as handy as it is on Android, and the confusing situation with the Google Drive app is frustrating to say the least, but if you heavily rely on Google’s ecosystem for your productivity, you definitely want to use its apps on iPhone whenever possible.

Google has come a long way on iOS, originally just being the default maps provider for the original Maps app. Since then, though, Google has brought its own Maps app to iOS, as well as Gmail, Google+, Hangouts, Google Voice, and a ton more. We can’t see any reason why the company would stop developing for iOS, and this latest release of the Photo Sphere app is proof that the company is still firing on all cylinders when it comes to iOS apps.

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Android’s Photo Sphere Camera App Comes to iPhone is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Midnight Destiny Release Date Events Announced

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 18:47

Midnight Destiny Release Date Events Announced is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Destiny release date arrives with at least one confirmed midnight release opening that will give gamers fast access to Destiny. We already know one midnight Destiny release date event that includes a $10 reward and a free t-shirt and expect to see another event confirmed in the coming weeks.

Gamers can stop into a midnight Destiny release date event to get the game at 12:01 AM as soon as it is available for sale, and thankfully this is a bigger budget game with more stores open late than we saw for the Madden 15 midnight release date events.

As the Destiny release date nears we’ll have more info to share, but for now you can count on a Best Buy midnight destiny release day event and with GameStop offering plenty of bonuses and claiming that Destiny is their most pre-ordered game ever it’s a good chance we’ll see a GameStop Destiny midnight release event as well.

Here is what we know about midnight Destiny release date events and plans so far.

We even have a few details about when you can grab a digital Destiny midnight release, with great news for players on the east coast.

Compare Destiny Special Editions

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On top of formal midnight Destiny release date events, it is very likely that Walmart and Target will sell the game at 12:01 AM at any store open 24 hours.

Best Buy Midnight Destiny Release Details

We already have confirmation of a Best Buy midnight Destiny release date event at many stores. Not all Best Buy locations are open late for this, including some in decent size cities, so make sure you check which Best Buy locations are open at midnight on the Destiny release date.

Here are the Bet Buy Midnight Destiny release details you need to know.

Best Buy offers a free t-shirt while supplies last. The free Destiny t-shirt shows the three player classes users can choose in black and blue on a heather gray shirt. The free shirt is only available at the midnight release.

Free Destiny t-shirt.

Read: Destiny Multiplayer Details

Check the Destiny Midnight release store openings to see if your local store is involved in this option. There are no details on any special events, aside from the shirt, so you may end up standing outside Best Buy until midnight.

If you pre-order Destiny from Best Buy and are a MyBestBuy member you’ll get a $10 reward certificate to use on your next game.

GameStop Midnight Destiny Release Details

There is nothing on the calendar for a GameStop Destiny midnight release event, but it is incredibly unlikely that the company will pass up this opportunity, especially with an incredible number of pre-orders from gamers that want to play Destiny as soon as possible.

No confirmation yet, but you can expect GameStop Destiny midnight release events.

When GameStop makes an official announcement we should see a banner on the GameStop Events page advertising the Destiny Midnight release events. Right now it is focused on Madden. The Destiny Midnight release may also share the spotlight with NHL 15, which arrives on September 9th as well. With two big games arriving on the same day expect GameStop to open up for the midnight sales.

Typically GameStop opens at 9PM for a midnight release event, completing any sales for the pre-order and then will hand out Destiny at 12:01 AM, with employees available until 12:30 at most locations.

It’s possible that there will be chances to play Destiny early at the event or other festivities, depending on the store and any plans from Bungie or Activision.

Typically more GameStop stores open for a midnight release than Best Buy locations.

If you want to buy the digital Destiny release on PlayStation you should be able to pre-load the game a day early and then play right at midnight Eastern. This is not confirmed yet, with similar options for Madden 15 we fully expect Sony and Bungie will make this happen.

Read: Destiny PS4 vs PS3 Comparison

After the Destiny beta let gamers play one of the most exciting games of the year early, many users cannot wait for the Destiny release date to arrive on September 9th. We don’t know of any Destiny deals just yet, aside from the $10 reward, but we could see some arrive in the coming weeks.

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PS4 Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Details:


Call of Duty Advanced Warfare is one of the top PS4 games to buy in 2014 not only becuase it is a new Call of Duty game, but because it is ready for a PS4 lacking fun shooters. 

Yest it arrives into a fall filled with Destiny, but Killzone didn't live up to the excitement and there is no Titanfall for PS4. 

Instead gamers get this Kevin Spacey filled Call of Duty Advanced Warfare release that delivers a super soldier with smart weapons and access to technology like never before including drones and hoverbikes. 

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Gameplay Video

 

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EA Access Madden 15 Release Date Confirmed with a Catch

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 13:19

EA Access Madden 15 Release Date Confirmed with a Catch is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The EA Access Madden 15 release date is confirmed for this week delivering five days of early access to Madden 15 to users with an Xbox One and a subscription, but it comes with a huge catch.

This is as close to a Madden 15 demo as you’ll get this year as EA is offering the full Madden 15 game early on EA Access instead of just parts of it for a demo.

There is a catch. The EA Access Madden 15 release is limited to six hours of game play. It’s not clear if that is time spent playing actual Madden 15 games or if time spent in Madden Ultimate Team or the Gauntlet will also count.

Read: Madden 15 Release Date Details

While EA did not offer a specific time, the EA Access Madden 15 release date arrives on August 21st, five days before the new Madden release date lands in stores.

The EA Access Madden 15 release date is confirmed for five days of early access.

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We’ve reached out to EA to ask what time EA Access members can download Madden 15 on the 21st. Odds are good that the time is 12:01 AM Pacific like most digital launches on the Xbox One, but there is a chance that EA will shift this to a different time. This is the first EA Access game to offer early access to a full game on the Xbox One.

To use EA Access to play Madden 15 early you need an Xbox One, EA Access Hub and to subscribe to EA Access for $4.99 a month or $29.99 a year. You can pay with a credit card or PayPal, but EA will not accept any Xbox credit that you may have on your account, despite being tied into Xbox and Xbox Live. The subscription auto renews and is non-refundable.

Read: Is EA Access Worth Buying?

An EA Access subscription includes early access to Madden 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15 and other EA games. You also get to play four older games including Battlefield 4, Madden 25, FIFA 14 and Peggle 2.

The EA Access Madden 15 download only offers six hours of game play.

Gamers who pay EA for the chance at the early EA Access Madden 15 release also get 10% off digital downloads including full EA games. So you can save about $6 off Madden 15 if you buy it digitally. On Xbox One there is no option to pre-order and so far the Madden 15 Xbox One digital download is missing from the store. There is also no word on the option to buy a digital Madden 15 Ultimate edition on Xbox One.

With the 10% off deal gamers can also save on in-game purchases like Madden Ultimate Team packs, cutting the price slightly. This is a small deal, but it could add up if you buy a lot of in-game content for a better Ultimate Team.

Gamers who still can’t wait to play have a few more days to get in on the Madden 15 deal that cuts the price to $15 with a Madden 25 trade in and a coupon for $10 off a future purchase. This Best Buy Madden 15 deal is the best we’ve seen yet and the store staff now knows how to check users out and provide the $10 coupon. You can get in on this Madden 15 deal through August 23rd.

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This year's edition of Call of Duty, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, promises to be a huge departure for the series. To be clear, players objectives for the most part remain the same. Players will still be tasked with killing the enemy as fast as they can. That being said, Sledgehammer, the game’s developer, has put its own stamp on the franchise.

This year’s game will come loaded with strange new gadgets. There’s a new directed energy weapon for when you really need to take down an opponent with just one shot. New weapons will also give players the ability to temporarily see through walls when they need to. This being a game about war from the future, there’s also plenty of outlandish flying vehicles and exoskeletons that gives players the ability to climb walls and super strength.

Read: Amazing Video Shows Cool Gadgets Coming in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare launches on November 4th. It’ll be available on the Windows PCs, the PS3, the PS4 and the Xbox 360 in addition to the Xbox One. Xbox owners will get access to special downloadable content before anyone else.

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