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Top 5 HTC One M8 Alternatives [January, 2015]

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 00:50

Top 5 HTC One M8 Alternatives [January, 2015] is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

An HTC One M9 release is rumored to be right around the corner but until then, the HTC One M8 rules as HTC’s flagship smartphone and one of the top Android phones on the market. While it’s certainly recommended, there are some devices that we think you need to weigh before buying HTC’s top device. Here, we offer our top five HTC One M8 alternatives for this month.

Last March, HTC announced a follow up to its original HTC One. Rather than branch out with a new name, the company stuck with the HTC One name though it added an M8 to distinguish it from its predecessor, known as the HTC One M7.

The HTC One M8 had some huge shoes to fill and it filled them well thanks to a collection of top notch features which include a premium metal design, solid camera, beautiful Full HD display, speedy processor, and the company’s HTC Sense user interface. Thanks to these features and a cheap price tag, the HTC One M8 remains a solid option. But it’s not the only option.

We continue to get bombarded with questions about HTC One M8 alternatives to look at. There are a number of different devices that we could recommend as the smartphone market is full of solid big screen choices but we want to narrow things down a bit and take a look at what we consider the top five HTC One M8 competitors available right now.

These devices represent the devices that we’d recommend to friends and family. And while our list may differ from yours, these are the devices that Gotta Be Mobile editors have selected for recognition this month. We feel like the devices listed here deliver the best, all-around package for this month and this month alone.

With that in mind, here are the five HTC One M8 alternatives for January, 2015.

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The Moto X 2014 is, in our humble opinion, one of the best Android phones ever made and one of the best smartphones you can buy right now. You need to look at it before jumping in bed with the HTC One M8.

Motorola's flagship delivers a brand new design, a beautiful display, tons of of horsepower, a good camera, and extremely useful software. The device is essentially a Nexus smartphone with some nice Motorola features attached. If you like vanilla Android, this is a phone to look at. Motorola's software, in our opinion, is better than HTC's. It's a matter of personal preference though.

Like the HTC One M8, the Moto X is fairly cheap on-contract. And that low price should help to put it near the top of your shopping list during the holidays. That or the fact that we think its one of the best smartphones ever made. 

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Top 5 HTC One M8 Alternatives [January, 2015] is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop Update: 9 Things the U.S. Can Expect

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 23:44

Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop Update: 9 Things the U.S. Can Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

While the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android 5.0 Lollipop update is confirmed, we still haven’t seen any U.S. carriers announce plans to release the highly anticipated update. Because of that, we continue to get tons of questions about our opinion on the U.S. roll out. Today, with those people in mind, we want to take a look at what we expect from the U.S. Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update and release.

Just a few short weeks ago, Samsung confirmed several Galaxy Android 5.0 Lollipop updates. Unsurprisingly its former flagship Galaxy Note, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, will be moving from Android 4.4 KitKat to Google’s brand new operating system dubbed Android 5.0 Lollipop. The update represents the second major update for the Galaxy Note 3, a device that arrived with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on board.

Samsung’s Galaxy Android 5.0 Lollipop currently is only available for the Galaxy S5 and so far, the update’s spread to just a few Galaxy S5 models in a few different regions including the United Kingdom. The Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update, while confirmed, is still MIA in all regions including the United States, one of the largest and most competitive markets in the world.

The U.S. Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop isn’t confirmed just yet though it’s clear that Samsung is planning a wide push to Galaxy Note 3 variants around the world and that the U.S. will probably be one of them. The silence from Samsung and its partners is killing some Samsung Galaxy Note 3 users here in the United States, especially those dealing with Android 4.4 KitKat problems.

With a Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop release confirmed but out of reach, we’ve been getting a ton of questions about the update itself and the roll out. While we don’t have all of the answers, we do have some opinions on the matter and today we want to take a look at what we expect from the Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update and release inside the United States.

These are our own predictions, based on years and years of covering Samsung’s software upgrades, and our goal is to help set some basic expectations for Galaxy Note 3 users in the U.S.

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Surprise, the Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update is rolling out. That’s exactly how you should expect the U.S. Galaxy Note 3 release to start. With little warning. Samsung’s confirmed an arrival for early 2015 but it made no mention of the United States and U.S. carriers tend to be reluctant about passing along specific, concrete release dates ahead of time.

Historically, U.S. carriers announce their plans on the day of the roll out. We could see some rumors point at specific release dates but even those are extremely rare.

If you’re new to this process you should know that this isn’t new. Foreign carriers tend to keep their customers in the loop, U.S. carriers do not. It’s not clear why though we assume that it’s because they don’t want to set expectations. Remember, everything is dependent on testing and quite often, there are delays in the process.

We expect the U.S. to be among the first to get the Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update. And with a general roll out now confirmed for early 2015, it should only be a matter of time before we see it start pushing to users in the U.S.

U.S. Galaxy Note 3 Release A Ways Out

Just don’t expect it to arrive tomorrow. We fully expect Samsung to take care of its flagship models in the United States first. The Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop updates still haven’t pushed out and we’d be shocked, shocked, if the Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop beat them to the punch. Samsung and U.S. carriers almost always deliver updates to newer devices first before moving onto the last generation.

Once U.S. carriers start pushing those two updates out, the Galaxy Note 3 should be one of the next models in line. It’s old but it’s a widely adopted phone and that makes it a priority.

It’s difficult to say exactly when to expect the update though we would not expect this month. We’d also expect there to be a gap between the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop roll outs. That said, we expect this update to roll out in the first half of the year. U.S. carriers often set the pace and we’d be surprised if the U.S. lagged too much behind this “early 2015″ promise from Samsung.

Android 5.0.1 or Android 5.0.2 Lollipop

We’re expecting Android 5.0.1 or Android 5.0.2 for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Both are possible at this point and both have been mentioned as options for Galaxy flagships.

The move to one of these newer updates makes a lot of sense. They both contain numerous bug fixes for Android 5.0 Lollipop problems and those fixes will help to stabilize the Galaxy Note 3’s software.

We can’t say which one U.S. carriers will roll out but we’d expect Samsung to roll out at least some of the bug fixes found on board. Whether that’s in Android 5.0, Android 5.0.1, Android 5.0.2 form remains to be seen.

Some Carriers Slower Than Others

It’s impossible to predict specific carrier release dates but we can say this. U.S. carriers typically do not start pushing out major Android updates on the weekend. We almost always see them start to push during the week. The exact time is unpredictable. Carriers have used all sorts of Android update release times.

It’s also worth noting that U.S. carriers usually don’t release software updates all on the same day. It’s actually very rare that we see multiple roll outs start on the same day. The exact release dates are dependent on the testing process and carriers tend to not cross the finish line at the same time. We almost always see one or two carriers lagging behind the pack.

We expect the release to take several weeks or more as carrier work behind the scenes to deliver their goods. Do not expect every single update to fall on one day. This is not Apple that we’re dealing with here.

Slow Roll Outs

We expect the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop roll outs themselves to take place over a few days or so as Samsung, and its carrier partners, work to ensure a smooth delivery.

In the past, Samsung’s been forced to halt roll outs due to major issues. That’s one of the reasons why it, and U.S. carriers, slow roll their Android updates. This way, they can identify major issues that pop up and stop the update process to attend to them.

Some of you will get the Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update on day one but we expect others to have to wait a few days, or perhaps a week or so, for the OTA to arrive. The amount of time will vary based on U.S. carrier.

Big Update

We’ve seen the Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update leak so we know it’s going to be a massive update for the aging former flagship. Expect U.S. carriers to deliver something similar. New features, new look, the whole nine yards. Expect this to be the Galaxy Note 3’s largest update yet.

Furthermore, expect carriers to tack on their own enhancements for their own features. This is a large update so we’d expect the change logs to be pretty full of carrier-specific enhancements. AT&T, Verizon and the others have some bloatware that they need to update. Expect the size and change logs to be a little bit different.

Bug Fixes for 4.4 Problems

You can expect U.S. carriers to release fixes for Android 4.4 KitKat problems as well. We’ve spoken to a number of Galaxy Note 3 users who are dealing with Android 4.4 problems. Some of the problems are old, some are new. Android 5.0 Lollipop will probably fix some of these issues but don’t expect it to fix everything. Android updates never do. If you are dealing with Android 4.4 KitKat issues, you’ll need to be extremely proactive.

Android 5.0 Lollipop Problems

Samsung’s Android 5.0 Lollipop update will almost certainly bring problems of its own. And that’s even if Samsung does decide to roll out Android 5.0.1 or Android 5.0.2 like we expect it to.

Samsung and its carrier partners in the United States will do their best to weed out the major bugs on board but we almost always see issues slip through the cracks and make their way to the public release. Software is never perfect. Android 5.0 Lollipop won’t be perfect on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, you can count on that.

At Least One More

Finally, we expect the Galaxy Note 3 to not only get Android 5.0 Lollipop bug fix updates in the weeks between the Android 5.0 Lollipop release and whatever is next but we fully expect it to get more Android updates in the future.

This is a phone that’s barely a year old. Google recommends 18 months of support while Samsung typically keeps devices updated for 24 months. So, there’s a good chance that it will get whatever is next from Google.

That’s something Galaxy Note 3 users and prospective buyers will want to keep in mind. Expect there to be at least one more update, maybe two if the Galaxy Note 2 really does get Android 5.0.

Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop Update: 9 Things the U.S. Can Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How To: Clear Google Chrome Cache

The Tech Savvy Educator - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 20:21

Google Chrome is the current browser “hotness.” Besides being THE operating system for Google’s Chromebooks, as of December 2014 W3Schools reports that it currently enjoys almost a 62% market share of the web browser market. It’s here, in a big way. There’s just one small issue with that market share; the platforms it’s designed to run on don’t always play nicely with it, or rather it doesn’t play nicely with Windows and Mac OSX as often as I would like.

Chrome likes to cache everything! Like a good web browser it saves images, files, and creates local caches of all the favorite places you like to browse on your hard drive. That’s a good thing! In fact, a web cache can dramatically increase your browsing speed. However, when a web cache becomes too large, it can slow down any browser, cause issues with crashing, and introduce other issues to the “user experience” (that’s a thing marketing people say, yes?). Normally you’d want to keep your browser cache intact, but there are times when you need to just be rid of it, and let it start anew. Sure, you can also perform a number of others techie/geeky tasks, but clearing your browser’s cache is usually the easiest of them. Some might suggest that you NEVER clear your browser’s cache, but I’ve found that Chrome is a unique beast, encouraging users to login to multiple Google Accounts, have 3 or more windows running with different local user accounts creating caches from possibly dozens of open websites.

You can check out my simple screencast for clearing your Google Chrome browser cache on YouTube or embedded below.

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OS X Yosemite WiFi Problems to Be Fixed in 10.10.2 Update

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 20:18

OS X Yosemite WiFi Problems to Be Fixed in 10.10.2 Update is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 is expected to launch in the very near future as the beta program for the minor update is close to wrapping up, and users should be able to look forward to WiFi problems getting fixed in the latest update.

According to 9to5Mac, release notes for what could be the final release version of OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 mention that the update fixes issues that caused the WiFi to consistently disconnect. Users experiencing this issue shouldn’t have to put up with it much longer, as the update is right around the corner.

Other new features and fixes that are included in version 10.10.2 consist of iCloud Drive support in Time Machine, which allows users to have their iCloud Drive backed up using Time Machine, letting them restore an files that may have been lost or accidentally deleted in the past.

The update also includes a fix that improves audio and video sync when using Bluetooth headphones, which has also been a rather persistent problem ever since OS X Yosemite launched back in October.

Numerous posts on Apple’s support forums point to problems with Bluetooth audio creating lag when watching videos on Mac. Most users have been complaining about video being just a few moments ahead of the audio, which doesn’t seem to be a major issue, but it’s an annoyance that’s causing a lot of frustration.

The problem seems to be occurring with any brand of Bluetooth headphones, and many users blame it on OS X Yosemite, since it hasn’t seemed to occur much in OS X Mavericks. Also, while some users say it’s an issue on older Macs that don’t have Bluetooth 4.0, many users running newer Macs that have Bluetooth 4.0 built-in are also reporting having the same problem with their Bluetooth headphones.

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As for the WiFi problem, ever since the release of OS X Yosemite, many users have taken to Apple’s Support Forums to state their displeasure about WiFi problems with the new operating system, and it seems Apple heard them loud and clear, as version 10.10.1 that was released back in November explicitly aimed to fix WiFi problems for Mac users, but it’s actually been anything but.

While some Mac users are saying that the update fixed their WiFi problems on their Mac, many other users have stated that the update simply doesn’t fix it.

Unfortunately, many OS X Yosemite users have been experiencing random WiFi connection drops ever since the new OS’s release, which isn’t anything new to OS X users in general, as OS X Mavericks came with the same issues for many users.

There have been many temporary fixes proposed by various users, and while they don’t seem to fix the WiFi issues 100% of the time, they at least work temporarily until the problem comes back again, and seeing how this latest update doesn’t fix the problem, it’s spelling bad news for Apple.

Both OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 have introduced a world of problems for users. You may remember when iOS 8.0.1 released, when it essentially made iPhones unusable by ruining Touch ID and disabling LTE for good. Apple eventually had to pull the update and release another update to fix the problems.

There are a handful of fixes for OS X Yosemite WiFi problems that you can try out, some of which may work and some of which may not. Some easy fixes that you can try is to make sure that the WiFi network you’re connecting to is on a 2.4GHz network. You can also try turning off Bluetooth, which has weirdly fixed the issue for some users. Otherwise, you should just wait for the 10.10.2 update to roll around.

OS X Yosemite WiFi Problems to Be Fixed in 10.10.2 Update is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Galaxy S6 Release Teased by Carrier

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 19:59

Galaxy S6 Release Teased by Carrier is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

A Samsung Galaxy S6 release is already being teased by carriers, weeks ahead of the alleged Galaxy S6 launch date.

Samsung Galaxy S6 rumors have begun to pick up steam in recent weeks as we push toward Samsung’s usual Galaxy S launch window. Galaxy S6 specs, the Galaxy S6 launch date and the Galaxy S6 release date have all been rumored ahead of Samsung’s inevitable announcement though there are still plenty of details shrouded in secrecy.

The shortage of details, and an actual phone, hasn’t stopped one carrier from teasing the Galaxy S6 release on its website though. Vodafone Netherlands is currently teasing the Galaxy S6’s arrival on its website.

 

The teaser page doesn’t offer any specific details and simply serves as a tease in the buildup to the Galaxy S6 release. The carrier says that those wanting to “know more about the successor to the S5″ should keep an eye on its website because  as soon as they “have more information about the latest Samsung Galaxy smartphone,” it will post it there. 

Dutch site Galaxy Club did a little bit of digging into the site’s source code and it appears that there is a listing for a “Samsung Galaxy S Edge.” A Galaxy S6 Edge with a bent display on both the left and right side is rumored for arrival alongside the regular Galaxy S6 though this listing doesn’t serve as a firm confirmation. It could just be a placeholder for a possible release. It’s clear that Vodafone Netherlands, like many consumers, has its eyes on the Galaxy S6 rumor mill.

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This listing emerges as a new report from The Wall Street Journal asserts that Qualcomm is working to update its Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and that the update should be ready by March. The Samsung Galaxy S6 was once rumored to have a Snapdragon 810 on board though the Galaxy S6’s chip is now uncertain.

With a Samsung Galaxy S6 release date rumored to be coming two to three weeks early this year, it’s not clear if Qualcomm will fix its brand new processor in time for the Galaxy S6’s arrival. LG and Qualcomm have both denied rumors of overheating though it now looks like the company will try and bring some kind of fix to the table in time for the Galaxy S6.

Samsung’s used Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor inside of its flagship Galaxy smartphones for a number of years now. The company also tends to put its own Exynos processors inside some variants. If the Snapdragon 810 isn’t ready for prime time, there’s talk that Samsung could put its Exynos 7 chip in most, if not all of its Galaxy S6 variants.

Expect an upgraded Galaxy S6 camera.

In addition to an upgraded processor, the Galaxy S6 is expected to feature a new camera sensor. A report from Korean publication ETNews suggests that the Galaxy S6 will come with a 20MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization. Galaxy S6 rumors have gone back and forth between a 16MP and 20MP sensor though signs are starting to point to the larger sensor.

Galaxy S6 rumors point to a collection of high-powered specifications including a souped up Quad HD display, Exynos 64-bit processor, a new design that employs premium materials perhaps aluminum or glass, wireless charging, and a release on all five major carriers in the United States which includes AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon.

The AT&T model recently showed up in a User Agent Profile string showcasing Quad HD resolution. While the UA Prof does not confirm the arrival of the Galaxy S6, the fact that the model number matches the Galaxy S6 model numbers that have leaked out numerous times in recent weeks makes it increasingly likely that AT&T will once again be on board with Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S smartphone.

Galaxy S6 Release Teased by Carrier is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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HTC One M9 Rumors: 4 New Details Arrive

GottaBeMobile - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 19:00

HTC One M9 Rumors: 4 New Details Arrive is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

With the HTC One M9 launch date officially set for March 1st the leaks and additional details are starting to arrive at a staggering pace. And while the past few weeks have been filled with different reports, this week multiple images leaked that have shed additional details well ahead of the HTC One M9 launch date.

Originally HTC One M9 rumors arrived back in September last year with some initial concept renders, but with the launch date coming soon the real leaks and photos have started to emerge. HTC’s One M8 was heavily rumored in early 2014 before being announced and released at the end of March, and now we’re seeing the same slew of leaks in 2015.

Read: Galaxy S6 vs HTC One M9: What We Know So Far

Over the past few weeks we’ve seen multiple reports of the new HTC One M9, codenamed Hima, as well as some reports of a new HTC One Max in the works as well, but we’re going to need more leaks before we know for sure what’s coming in March. Previously all rumors suggested a larger 5.5-inch Quad-HD display, but the latest news suggests otherwise. Below are all the latest details.

For those keeping track, the first images of the HTC One M9 reportedly leaked earlier this week but sadly no details came along with the images aside from the already reported information. Then over the course of the past few days we’ve seen more release information arrive, new images, and different rumors that have things all a bit confusing.

These leaks could be from HTC themselves in an attempt to confuse the competition, but with a release date nearing most likely these are the real deal, and the same device we’ll be seeing come March 1st. As a reminder, HTC announced they’ll unveil the new phone on March 1st in Spain, so the wait is almost over, not to mention we’ll know everything soon if leaks keep up at this pace.

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Below are three new details that have recently come to light about the new HTC One M9 over the past week. They all differ from what we’ve previously heard and reported. If the images are legit, this device will still be impressive but won’t be as big, or as different as many were expecting.

Display

While we know everything already in terms of the specs and software, which we’ll mention below, here we want to focus on three key things for potential buyers. Our first rumors all suggested the screen would be seeing a big increase from the 5-inch screen last year to a massive 5.5-inch Quad HD display. And while that could still be true, images from Phandroid reportedly confirm this years HTC One M9 will have a 5-inch 1080p HD display just like last year.

According to their sources, and based on what we’re seeing in the photos, the HTC One M9 will retain the same physical size and overall shape or design as last year. There are no major changes, except a few we’ll mention in the design section below.

The photos show a 5-inch or so smartphone, but we’ve yet to see the display powered on. With the LG G3, upcoming LG G4, Nexus 6 and more all having 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD screens, we’re expecting HTC to do the same. However, these rumors claim it will stay at 1080p which is still excellent, and something that may offer better battery life over the competition.

Design

The design won’t be much different from last year. In fact, aside from the camera you may not be able to even tell the new HTC One M9 from the One M8 released last year.

According to HTCSource, the HTC One M9 will be very similar to last year with a few very minor changes. Their sources shared similar comments to what we’ve been hearing. Those being the same Gold, Silver, and Dark Grey color options, a very similar design with the all aluminum frame and front facing speakers, but had a few new details we’ve yet to hear. First, here’s the rumored specs, then below we’ll share the newest info.

HTC One M9 Specs (Rumored)

  • 5-inch 1080p HD Display (could be 5.5 and Quad-HD)
  • 2.3 GHz 8-core Snapdragon 810 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of internal storage and a micro-SD slot for expansion
  • 20.7 MP rear facing camera and 4 Ultrapixel front shooter
  • Android 5.0.1 Lollipop and HTC Sense UI 7.0
  • Dual HTC Boomsound Speakers with Dolby 5.1 Audio Technology
  • 2,880 or 3,000 mAh battery
  • more

The rumors and reports from HTCSource suggest that this year the HTC One M9 will be slightly thicker than last year. Likely for the improved Dolby 5.1 audio technology in the speakers, the larger 2,880 or 3,000 mAh battery, and a few other things like the Quad-HD display. A bigger battery is always better, so that shouldn’t be a concern for most.

As for other changes, they suggest the power button will be removed from the top which is hard to reach on any smartphone over 5-inches, and instead be on the left side under the volume up and down keys. Similar to the Nexus 6, but under the volume rocker. They’re also dedicated keys, not a volume rocker like previous releases. This is to differentiate them from the power button, and make use better for owners.

These reports have been confirmed from the leaked photo above, again, if it is a real device and not a mock-up that’s been floating around in leaksters hands.

Camera

Another big feature we’re hearing about is regarding the camera situation. The HTC One M8 was arguably the best device in 2014 but the camera was lacking. This year HTC is shaking things up and have reportedly abandoned the Duo Camera option like last year. Instead of two cameras and some neat focus effects, the HTC One M9 will have one impressive 20.7 megapixel camera, possibly with Optical Image Stabilization.

The image above confirms exactly that, as we no longer see the secondary camera above the main rear shooter. The bigger square 20.7 megapixel camera should offer substantially better photos, and the pretty decent 4 Ultrapixel camera from before has been moved to the front. This means it will take great photos from the front and the rear.

Again this is from a leaked photo which may not accurately represent the final product that gets unveiled, but things are looking pretty accurate right about now.

Release Date

Last but certainly not least is the release date. In 2014 HTC announced and released the flagship HTC One M8 on March 27th. They released it worldwide and as an exclusive on Verizon Wireless in the US on the same day. This was big news as most Android smartphones are announced and then released 1-3 months later, or sometimes longer.

Rather than have interested buyers wait for over a month and potentially snag something from the competition, a few unconfirmed rumors have stated the HTC One M9 will not only be revealed on March 1st by HTC, but launched either the same day worldwide, or within two weeks. Meaning the HTC One M9 could hit AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and other US carriers within the first few weeks of March, if not sooner.

This has yet to be confirmed, but considering HTC did something similar last year and the new Galaxy S6 is set to also make a debut in March, we’re hearing to beat the competition to the punch the HTC One M9 will be released as soon as humanly possibly in as many markets and from as many carriers as it can. As soon as a release date is shared we’ll report back with more details and pricing.

HTC One M9 Rumors: 4 New Details Arrive is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Reset an iPhone

GottaBeMobile - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 18:45

How to Reset an iPhone is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

You need to reset an iPhone. This guide will show you how to reset an iPhone, any iPhone, in about 10 minutes. You’ll learn how to reset an iPhone using iTunes or how to reset an iPhone without iTunes so that you can fix your problem and get back to using your iPhone.

There are many reasons to factory reset an iPhone, including major problems with battery life, apps closing when they shouldn’t and sluggish performance. If you plan to sell or donate an iPhone you also want to make sure you factory reset it before it leaves your hands. Even jailbreaking is a reason to factory reset an iPhone to make sure nothing goes wrong.

Even if you don’t know what you are doing, and consider yourself a new iPhone user, it is a simple process that you can do in about five minutes.

How to Reset an iPhone

Learn how to reset an iPhone.

This will completely remove all the content on your iPhone, so make sure you back up your photos and other important content. When you are done you can restore from a backup. There is no way to undo a iPhone factory reset and you should not stop it in the middle of resetting. When this process is done all of your photos, apps, videos, emails, contacts and other personal information will be gone.

This is our fast guide to reset an iPhone. You can use this with any iPhone and it works basically the same on iOS 7 and iOS 8. We use an iPhone 6 Plus in the video running iOS 8.1.2, but this will work on any iPhone or iPad you own. You need to know the iTunes password and the iPhone Passcode lock if one is enabled.

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Use this guide to reset an iPhone without iTunes or a computer. If you are backed up to iCloud this is the easiest option to use. It is also handy if you need to reset an iPhone while traveling, turning one in for repair at an Apple Store or if you forgot to erase an iPhone before meeting someone to sell it. If you are buying an iPhone from someone, this is also a good first step to take as it will make sure that the phone is no longer linked to someone else’s account.

Watch the video below to reset an iPhone. The steps take less than two-minutes, but the process will take 5-10 minutes to complete.

Open Settings on the iPhone.

Go to General and then scroll to the bottom of this screen.

Tap on Reset -> Tap on Reset All Content and Settings.

If prompted enter the Passcode and iTunes password to turn off Find My iPhone and prepare the iPhone for a reset.

Tap on Erase iPhone and then Erase iPhone again.

The iPhone will go to a blank screen with an Apple logo and when it restarts you will see the iPhone setup screen. From here you can Set Up as a new iPhone, Restore from iCloud Backup or Restore from iTunes Backup.

How to Reset an iPhone in iTunes

When you need to create a local backup you may want to reset an iPhone in iTunes on a Mac or a PC. The screen looks slightly different depending on whether you use a PC or a Mac, but it is almost the same.

Click on the iPhone in iTunes.

Plug the iPhone in to your computer with a USB cable and wait for it to show up in iTunes.

Create a manual restore on the computer.

You can click on the iPhone icon in iTunes to pull up the iPhone settings. On this screen you will see an option to Back Up Now. Click this to make a backup to the computer.

At the top of this screen you will see an option to Restore iPhone. This is the iTunes button to factory reset the iPhone. Click on it.

Click Restore iPhone to reset an iPhone in iTunes.

After you click restore you may need to enter a Passcode and iTunes password, as well as turn off Find My iPhone on the iPhone itself. If you need to do this go to Settings -> iCloud -> Find My iPhone -> Off and enter the iTunes password.

Once this is done, the iPhone will reset in about five minutes, maybe longer. When this is done it will show Hello on the screen and show options to set up as new or restore from a backup.

How to Reset an iPhone is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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5 Most Important Pirate Bay Alternatives

GottaBeMobile - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 14:05

5 Most Important Pirate Bay Alternatives is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Pirate Bay was one of the most popular torrent sites on the internet, and it still is, but it’s been under heavy fire throughout the last couple of years and who knows how long it’s got. Here are five Pirate Bay alternatives that are worth checking out.

While The Pirate Bay may bite the dust at some point, there are luckily a ton of alternatives that you can count on. The options are limitless, really, but there are a small handful of torrent sites that do it better than anyone else.

When looking for a new torrent site to do your business at, it’s important to look at popularity. The more popular a torrent site is, the more torrents that it will have to choose from, and not only that, but there will be more users that seed more, thus resulting in faster downloads.

Torrent users are very usually very loyal to one specific torrent site, so it’s rare when you find a user looking for a new place to get their torrents from, but with The Pirate Bay on the way out, there are a ton of other options that can take its place. Here are five Pirate Bay alternatives that are worth checking out.

KickassTorrents

Like The Pirate Bay, KickassTorrents has been under the radar of authorities lately, but it’s been able to survive and thrive under the pressure.

KickassTorrents first launched in 2009 using the kat.ph domain, but changed it to Kickass.to in 2012 due to domain seizure threats and it just recently moved to Kickass.so in a simple effort to prevent future problems with domain seizures from authorities.

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In any case, KickassTorrents has a very large community and pretty much any torrent you can think of is available on the site, ready to be downloaded.

Torrentz

Torrentz isn’t necessarily a torrent site in the traditional sense, but rather a powerful torrent search engine that links back to dozens of other torrent sites when it finds results for torrents.

When you search for a torrent on Torrentz, it’ll provide you a list of torrents just like on any other torrent site, but clicking on a result will give you a list of torrent sites that host that torrent file, providing you information on which of those torrent sites has the most seeds on that specific torrent file, allowing you to download the best one from the list.

The great thing about Torrentz is that it doesn’t actually host torrent files at all, so there’s no worry about it being shut down anytime soon.

Extra Torrent

Another torrent site that has been under the radar is Extra Torrent. It’s a great torrent site that has undergone scrutiny from authorities and the MPAA, but it has stayed alive and is thriving currently under a new domain name.

What’s great about Extra Torrent is its community, where almost every torrent has comments from members discussing the torrent’s quality, that way you’ll always know whether it’s a bad version or a good version.

You can browse torrents by category, such as TV shows, movies, music, books, etc.

EZTV

If you’re looking for a torrent site that only focuses on TV shows, then EZTV is the place for you. You can search for a TV show or pick from the drop-down list. From there, EZTV will list every single episode that it has available of a particular TV show.

Furthermore, the torrent site has a site news section, as well as a place where you can read about the latest TV news. There’s also a section that lists the TV shows that are airing new episodes today.

1337x

What’s perhaps so unique about 1337x is its site design, which doesn’t look like a traditional torrent site at all, but rather an IMDb clone in a way.

1337x has a really sleek website design that’s easy on the eyes and makes it simple to find a torrent that you’re looking for.

Plus, 1337x focuses on more the community aspect than most other torrent sites, with a chat function built in, as well as a forum where users can discuss torrents and other topics.

5 Most Important Pirate Bay Alternatives is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Windows 10 Upgrade Guide: What You Need to Know

GottaBeMobile - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 18:30

Windows 10 Upgrade Guide: What You Need to Know is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

For months, Microsoft has teased users about what it has in store for them when Windows 10 rolls out. That being said, only this week did we get a clear picture of everything Windows 10 will mean for users. Apps will work across Windows 10 on phones, tablets and notebooks and desktops. Windows 10 also includes an adaptive interface that changes depending on whether touch or a mouse and keyboard or touch is being used. There’s plenty more to entice users of every kind.

Read: What is Windows 10?

At this point, the biggest question on user’s minds isn’t whether Windows 10 will address the issues they have with Windows – Microsoft has stuffed tons of fixes into this upgrade. The question is how and if users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 when it becomes available. Windows 10 might be a better operating system that’s easier to use for some, but upgrading is still as nuanced as it has ever been. Microsoft has confirmed that anyone running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will get the upgrade free in final form. Here’s what we know about the upgrade process already.

Upgrading from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10

By all accounts, it’ll be the easiest thing in the world for Windows 8.1 users to upgrade to Windows 10 when it becomes available. Microsoft hasn’t said how the final upgrade will work exactly, but we can extrapolate.

Windows 8.1 was the first time Microsoft rolled out a large update through a method other than Windows Update. Overtime, Microsoft required anyone who wanted to continue getting updates to upgrade to Windows 8.1 through Windows Update eventually, but for the first couple of months users needed to go into the Windows Store and download Windows 8. 1 manually. Presumably, that’ll be how users upgrade from Windows 8.1 to the final version of Windows 10.

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Today, Windows 8.1 users can upgrade to Windows 10 through the Windows Insider Program. That involves signing up for the program, downloading and installation file, copying that installation file to a disc or USB flash drive and getting through the set up process. Windows 8.1 devices can be upgraded to Windows 10 without a fresh install, meaning users get to keep their programs installed.

Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 have virtually identical system requirements. As such, compatibility shouldn’t be a problem.

Upgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 10

Windows 8 user trying to upgrade to Windows 10, will find themselves in a bit of a jam. Officially, Microsoft treats Windows 8 as Windows 8.1, meaning you should have already upgraded to Windows 8.1 by now. To upgrade to Windows 10 right now, you’ll need to install all pending updates – including Windows 8.1 – then upgrade to Windows 10 after joining the Windows Insider Program.

Again, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 have similar hardware requirements. If your PC is running either, than you’re in the clear as far as upgrades are concerned.

Upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10

Windows 7 is where upgrading to Windows 10 gets very, very interesting. Strictly speaking, Windows 10 is the most direct upgrade for anyone still using Windows 10. The Desktop interface that dominated previous versions of Windows is back in all of its glory. Microsoft has upgraded the Desktop with a new design, apps from the Windows Store and some new Snap suggestions for better multitasking. If you liked Windows 7, you should like Windows 10.

Once again, the upgrade path and system requirements are the same. Windows 7 users are able to upgrade directly to Windows 10. That means they won’t be required to install all of their programs again. Hardware compatibility should be fine, provided a device isn’t running Windows 7 Starter Edition. That’s where system requirements get dicey.

Many of the devices that came with Windows 7 Starter Edition had smaller hard drives. Windows 10 requires at least 16GB of storage to install. Your Windows 7 Starter Edition device may not have that available. If it doesn’t you may want to just wait until the final version of Windows 10 rolls out rather than deleting some of your files.

Upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 10

If upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 seemed dicey, going from Windows Vista to Windows 10 is going to be downright painful. In theory it shouldn’t be, Windows Vista was the first major upgrade to require faster processors and new hardware. Since Windows Vista Microsoft has basically kept upgrade requirements the same.

The trouble is that Windows Vista isn’t a supported operating system any longer. Upgrading to Windows 10 will require Windows Vista users to do what’s called a fresh install. In short, expect to install every app to your device again after the update. It doesn’t appear as if this will change for the final version of Windows 10 coming later this year.

Read: Windows 10: 3 Things to Back Up Before the Preview

Good luck updating your Windows device to Windows 10. Remember, what you’re getting is a test of the final version. Back up your data and make sure that you’ve backed up your operating system before you upgrade.

 

 

Windows 10 Upgrade Guide: What You Need to Know is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Best Android Earbuds Under $100

GottaBeMobile - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 18:04

Best Android Earbuds Under $100 is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

A few years back headphones for mobile devices were often just cheap earbuds that came with an iPod purchase or your smartphone for free, but over the years they’ve improved and there is now a wide selected of excellent headphones or earbuds specifically for Android users.

The white Apple iBuds were popular for years, but that’s mainly because everyone had an iPod and at least one pair of these headphones sitting around. Today we won’t be focusing much on high end earbuds, or expensive over the ear headphones like those from Beats Audio or Bose, but instead some wallet friendly headphones (or earbuds) that will work great with your Android devices.

These days multiple manufacturers offer extremely excellent yet wallet friendly headphones that deliver improved sound and audio performance, better mids, crisp highs, and bass for those wanting more than what comes in the box with some smartphones. And while the stock options inside Samsung smartphones aren’t bad, you’ll likely want something better in the future. So read on for a small list of some of our favorites.

Picking a pair of headphones or earbuds can be a simple task for many that walk into the closest electronics store or Best Buy, but for others or those audiophiles selecting something with the perfect balance of sound can be a challenge. And while I’m no audiophile, I’ve owned several $300+ headphones, in ear monitors, and other custom headphones and tested countless others.

My personal headphones are a pair of Audio Technica ATH-AD900 over the ear headphones for gaming or while I’m home, then when I’m out and about I’m using my trusty Klipsch S4A earbuds that were made specifically for Android users. Many headphones come with features such as a small remote with volume up or down and a microphone for iPhone owners, but the same options are available for Android. Most work on both, but some make headphones specifically with Android in mind.

Most likely you’re using those headphones that came with your Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, or an iPhone but want something a little better. Our slideshow below has a few excellent options, replacement Samsung buds, and others all for under $100. If you want some nice acoustics and improved sound while jamming to Spotify or Google Play Music, give one of the below headphones a try. Alternatively, drop a comment below with your favorite headphones or in ear monitors.

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Building on the success of the extremely popular Klipsch Image S4 headphones (or the S4A that I use) are the newer Klipsch R6 earbuds. Released in 2014 these are still one of the best price to performance headphones for mobile users, in my opinion, and the newer R6m are guaranteed to work great with any smartphone, as well as XBox and Playstation users.

 

The Klipsch R6 series are extremely comfortable with a patented design for the in-ear buds, offer exceptional bass, good clear mids, and crisp high end for an excellent overall experience. They are noise isolating in-ear headphones with 3-button remote and a microphone for taking calls on Android. The i series specifically is aimed at iPhone, but works great with Android smartphones and tablets too. Not to mention are $10 cheaper than the R6m.


 

Alternatively, you can get the R6m that promises to work with all mobile devices (M in title) and know you're getting something great to compliment your Android device.


 

Buy on Amazon for $99

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Best Android Earbuds Under $100 is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Back Up a Windows Phone

GottaBeMobile - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 10:30

How to Back Up a Windows Phone is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system attempts to make life with a smartphone easier. Its Live Tiles make it easier to see what apps you should be paying attention to or what services you might want to update with a new status. Automatic picture and contact backup were built into the first version of Windows Phone way back in 2010. In 2015 we have a very different idea of what a complete back up is that goes far beyond what was available in Windows Phone 7. Here’s how to back up a Windows Phone so that if you’re about to install an update or trade your smartphone in for another, you have everything you need.

Before we begin, it’s important to note that the device we’re using for this example is running Windows Phone 8.1. Beyond being the latest version of Windows Phone available to users, Windows Phone 8.1 includes the most robust backup and restore tools yet. Information backed up includes apps, they’re position on your Start Screen, background, theme and Live Tile color. Email addresses are backed up to Microsoft’s servers too, but that depends on your settings. For example, Windows Phone 8.1 seems to back up user accounts and for independent email addresses, but you’ll need to enter the password for them again.

Even after you do a backup, don’t expect passwords for all of your different apps to sync back to your device if you have to restore it. As such, make sure you know the passwords for services like Facebook, Netflix, Reddit and Instagram since you’ll need to put them in again.

Press the power button on your Windows Phone. Now slide the lock screen upward to unlock it. You may need to put in a PIN code if you’ve added one for extra security.

Welcome to your Start Screen. There’s no dedicated backup app in Windows Phone 8.1. Instead, you’ll need to navigate to the Settings app. Many people keep the Settings app for Windows Phone pinned to their Start Screen. If you’re one of those people, open the Settings app by tapping on the Settings Live Tile.

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If you aren’t one of those people who keeps the Settings app on your Start Screen, place your finger on the top edge of your screen and swipe down to reveal the Action Center.

Tap All Settings.

 

Once inside the Settings app, scroll down until you see Backup.

Now Tap on Backup to take you to the Backup settings page.

Tap Apps + Settings.

Then tap the Off Switch to turn it on. From this point on all of your most important Windows Phone settings will be stored in OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage service. Settings backups include the wallpaper you’ve assigned to the start Screen, any Internet Explorer passwords you’ve saved, where and which Live Tiles are on your Start Screen and a few others. Windows Phone 8.1 added the ability for developers to back up settings for their apps too. That’s include in this, though there aren’t a lot of apps in the Windows Store that take advantage of this yet. If you’ve never backed up your Windows Phone, now is a good time to press Back Up Now button. Press the Back button to continue turning on Backup options.

Tap Messaging and turn on Text Messaging Backup by tap on the switch. If you want, choose the time span for restoring messages to your device. Press the Back button.

Now tap Photos and Videos. Photos and Videos backup is a little less simple than its counterparts. Before turning it on, you’ll need to decide on how great of an image you want to back up. By default, Photos and Videos are backed up in “Good Quality” automatically. This means that your Windows Phone is uploading backups of your photos that aren’t really as good as the original you took. For some this is fine, it saves on data usage, for example. For others, memories are important and pictures taken with their smartphone are the best ways they have of preserving those memories. It’s for that reason that I recommend turning on Best Quality photo backups. These backups only happen over Wi-Fi so they don’t blow your data cap.

Choosing which to use for Videos is simpler. There’s only one option for backing up videos and it’s “Best Quality.” It’ll only use Wi-Fi, preventing you from absolutely blowing your data plan.

That’s it, you’ve successfully backed up your Windows Phone. There’s no further setup. Windows Phone will take over backing up for you, automatically copying what you have installed and more to OneDrive on its own. I’d still recommend coming back to the Backup area and doing a manual backup if you’re about to do a big upgrade.

 

How to Back Up a Windows Phone is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Exciting iPad Air 2 Deals (January 2015)

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 22:25

Exciting iPad Air 2 Deals (January 2015) is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

An exciting iPad Air 2 deal for January just landed at Best Buy, offering the biggest discounts on the new iPad Air 2 we’ve seen since Christmas. The special two-day iPad Air 2 deal is available for a limited time online and in-store and it covers every iPad Air 2 model including LTE models for multiple carriers.

You can save $50 to $100 with this iPad Air 2 deal and you don’t need any special coupons or codes. The deal is valid Friday January 23rd through Saturday January 24th.

Apple announced the new iPad Air 2 in October and in the short time since the release we’ve seen a number of iPad Air 2 deals that cut the price around $100, but most are tied to major shopping days like Black Friday, when it is hard to find one in stock.

Read: iPad Air 2 vs iPad Air: Which One Should You Buy?

Even with big savings of $50 on many entry-level models and $100 on higher capacity and LTE models all of these are in stock on Best Buy with free shipping. You can buy any color option that Apple sells and you get the same warranty that Apple offers. You can contact Apple to buy AppleCare+ for $99 direct from Apple within 30-days of purchase if you don’t want the warranty options Best Buy sells.

Save up to $100 with these new iPad Air 2 deals.

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Here’s a breakdown of these iPad Air 2 deals that are available for a limited time in January 2015. With this deal you can buy a 128GB iPad Air 2 for the price of an iPad Air 2 with 64GB of storage, doubling your room for movies, apps and more for the same price that Apple and other retailers are charging.

  • iPad Air 2 16GB – $449 – $50 Off
  • iPad Air 2 2 64GB – $549 – $50 Off
  • iPad Air 2 128GB – $599 – $100 Off
  • iPad Air 2 16GB LTE – $579 – $50 Off
  • iPad Air 2 2 64GB LTE – $679 – $50 Off
  • iPad Air 2 128GB LTE – $729 – $100 Off

There are many reasons most users should skip the iPad Air 2 16GB model, and almost as many reasons you don’t need the 128GB iPad Air 2.

The basic model connects to WiFi at home and other locations to get online. You can also connect it to a personal hotspot on a smartphone for mobile connectivity.

Read: How to Turn Your iPad Air 2 Into a Surface Pro 3

The iPad Air 2 with LTE is capable of connecting to cell phone towers for access to the Internet on the go, and to WiFi at home. You can add this to many cell phone plans that share data for $10 a month. You can also use the LTE model as a hotspot for other devices like a laptop. You can buy the LTE iPad Air 2 and use it on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon. You may need to visit your carrier to add this to your plan and to get a SIM card. There are day, week and month plans on most carriers.

The iPad Air 2 is a new thinner iPad that uses the same 9.7-inch Retina display as the iPad Air in a svelte package. The iPad Air 2 includes Touch ID, a new Apple A8X processor and an improved camera. This is also the first time Apple offers a gold iPad color option. You can read our tips on which iPad color to buy if you need help making that decision.

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The iPad Air 2 Smart Cover is an official Apple iPad Air 2 case that  protects the front of the iPad and leaves the back open so you can show off the color option and keep the iPad Air 2 nice and slim. 

This is a polyurethane design and is available in seven colors including bright options like green, pink and orange. When in use it connects with magents to the edge of the iPad Air 2 and detaches with a pull when you don't need it. 

There is not much thickness to it and you can use it to prop the iPad Air 2 up for watching videos or making video calls or to prop it as a keyboard for typing. 

$39.99 at the Apple Store

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Exciting iPad Air 2 Deals (January 2015) is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Moto G Android 5.0.1 Lollipop Update Resumes in the U.S.

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 21:43

Moto G Android 5.0.1 Lollipop Update Resumes in the U.S. is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Today those with the new Moto G (2014) as well as last years model will be happy to know the Moto G Android 5.0 Lollipop update is back on track and rolling out starting today. Way back in November Motorola confirmed the new Moto G (2014) Android 5.0 Lollipop update was officially rolling out, and the same arrived for the Moto X Pure Edition. However, the Moto G update suffered a delay.

Back in October when Google announced the brand new Android 5.0 Lollipop update many manufacturers promised quick updates, and that included Motorola. Google’s been busy pushing updates to Nexus users, as well as a new Android 5.0.1 and Android 5.0.2 update to fix some bugs, and today we’ve learned the original Moto G (2013) is now getting the Android 5.0 update, as well as the new Moto G 2014 model in the United States.

Read: Motorola Android 5.0 Lollipop Update Details Emerge

Motorola was one of the first manufacturers to start pushing updates out for many key devices with Android 4.4, and the same happened with Android 5.0 Lollipop. However, for whatever reason the new Moto G 2nd gen update was delayed with no explanation, but today it’s fired back up and rolling out now.

In September of 2014 Motorola announced the new Moto X, Moto G 2014, and released the highly anticipated Moto 360 smartwatch at an event at their headquarters in Chicago. The smartphones were instantly a success, especially the budget friendly Moto G coming in at only $179 outright, no contracts required.

Then in October Google announced a few new Nexus products, as well as the all-new Android 5.0 Lollipop software update. Delivering new features, improved visuals, a redesigned notification bar and lockscreen, and much more.

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

In December the Android 5.0 Lollipop update started hitting more Motorola owners, but those updates were mainly outside of the United States. Today though, Motorola has formally announced (on Twitter) that both the Moto G 2014 and original Moto G are again getting Android 5.0.1 Lollipop updates.

#Lollipop is rolling out in phases to #MotoG (2nd Gen) in US & #MotoG (1st & 2nd Gen) in India. Look for the notification on your device!

— Motorola Mobility (@Motorola) January 23, 2015

As you can see from the post to Twitter by Motorola, Android 5.0 Lollipop is rolling out in phases to the 2014 2nd Gen Moto G in the United States starting today, and this is Android 5.0.1 Lollipop. Then they proceed to confirm both the first and second Gen Moto G is also getting updated in India.

When the initial US Moto G (2nd Gen) update started it was canceled almost immediately, and we received countless reports from users looking for it who were expecting it to arrive. Don’t worry though, because starting today users should start seeing it arrive.

The Moto G Android 5.0 Lollipop update should arrive as an over the air update right in the notification bar on your smartphone, or users can head into settings > about phone > and check for updates themselves to pull the latest software down. It’s recommended to have at least 50% battery life remaining for the update, and just let it complete the process. If your Moto G has Android 5.0 Lollipop already, this update to 5.0.1 should address some of the initial bugs and battery life issues we’ve been hearing about.

Our own 2014 Moto G has yet to see the update, but we’ll be sure and check ourselves and report back once we know more. Again, Motorola said it’s arriving “in phases” which means it won’t hit all users at once. This will be a staggered rollout and likely make it to all devices over the course of the next few days. Drop us a comment below once you get it yourself.

Moto G Android 5.0.1 Lollipop Update Resumes in the U.S. is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Jailbreak iOS 8.1.2 on Mac OS X

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 20:28

How to Jailbreak iOS 8.1.2 on Mac OS X is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

You can now jailbreak iOS 8.1.2 on Mac OS X in about 10 minutes without the complicated process of creating a virtual Windows installation. This is an official iOS 8.1.2 jailbreak that we confirmed works on the latest version of iOS 8.1.2 on the iPhone 6 Plus. This will also work on older version of iOS 8 and on any Mac.

Follow the steps in this guide to jailbreak iOS 8.1.2 on Mac OS X and how to fix a common problem with no tweaks and themes showing in Cydia on iOS 8.1.2 after jailbreaking on Mac.

Plan to spend about 10 to 15 minutes on this process and it is a good idea to plan on another 15 to 30 minutes to find and install the best iOS 8 Jailbreak tweaks on Cydia. If you are on the fence, read 10 reasons to jailbreak.

Learn how to jailbreak iOS 8.1.2 on Mac OS X without a virtual machine.

You will need the PP Jailbreak installer, a Mac, a Lightning to USB cable and your iPhone running iOS 8.1.2 to make this work.

How to Jailbreak iOS 8.1.2 on Mac OS X

The installer and website are in Chinese, so you will need to pay attention where to click, unless you happen to read Chinese. We could not find a PP Jailbreak english version. This is not the Pangu or TaiG jailbreak, but it does work.

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1. Back up Your iPhone. Use iTunes to do this manually or make sure it is backed up to iCloud.

2. Restore your iPhone to Factory settings on iOS 8.1.2. This takes about 5 minutes and removes everything from your iPhone.

3. After this is complete go through settings but do not turn on a passcode lock or Find my iPhone.

4. Turn Airplane mode on.

5. Connect the iPhone to your Mac with a USB cable. Avoid a hub if possible.

6. Download PP Jailbreak for Mac. You can save this to your Desktop or Downloads.

7. Double Click on ppjailbreak.dmg and then drag the app on the left to the Applications folder in the pop up.

8. Go to your Applications folder and double click to open the PP Jailbreak app named “PP??”. If this does not open because it is from an unknown developer you will need to open Settings on your Mac and click on Security & Privacy. At the bottom of this screen is a message telling you it did not open PP??, and offering an option to click to open it anyway. Click.

 

9. The main screen of the iOS 8.1.2 jailbreak Mac OS X tool should now show your iPhone model listed. It will be where you see iPhone 6 Plus in the image above.

10. Uncheck the small box in the lower left corner.

11. Click the button in the middle of the screen to start the iOS 8.1.2 jailbreak on Mac OS X.

12. On the next screen click the right icon and wait for the jailbreak to complete.

13. When the jailbreak is complete, the iPhone will restart. The screen on your Mac will show a green check mark briefly.

14. After the iPhone is back on you need to turn off Airplane mode and then open Cydia. In about 5 minutes Cydia will update and complete the installation by restarting.

15. If you cannot access any Cydia tweaks or repos, you will need to open Cydia, tap on Changes and then on refresh in the upper left. This will fix problems with search and accessing previously purchased apps.

From here you can start using iOS 8 Cydia tweaks to customize your iPhone experience.

How to Jailbreak iOS 8.1.2 on Mac OS X is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Galaxy S4 Lollipop Update: 10 Things the U.S. Can Expect

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 20:08

Galaxy S4 Lollipop Update: 10 Things the U.S. Can Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update is still missing in action in the United States though it looks like it will, at some point, head to Galaxy S4 users in the U.S. and around the world. We’ve been getting tons of questions about our opinion on the U.S. roll out and today, we want to take a look at what we expect from the U.S. Galaxy S4 Lollipop update and release.

Several weeks ago, Samsung quietly announced several Galaxy Android 5.0 Lollipop release details. Included in those details was a Galaxy S4 Lollipop release confirmation which means that the aging former flagship, now almost two years old, will be moving from Android 4.4 KitKat to Google’s brand new version of Android. The update represents the third major update to the Samsung Galaxy S4. It arrived with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean back in 2013.

Samsung’s Galaxy Android 5.0 Lollipop has lived up to expectations in that it has been rolling out extremely slow. So far, the update’s spread to just a few Galaxy S5 models in a few different regions including the United Kingdom. The Galaxy S4 Lollipop update is still MIA in all regions including the United States, one of the biggest markets on earth.

The U.S. Galaxy S4 Lollipop still hasn’t been confirmed though it’s clear that Samsung is planning a wide push to Galaxy S4 variants around the world. That silence is killing some Samsung Galaxy S4 users here in the United States, especially those dealing with Android 4.4 KitKat problems on their Galaxy smartphone.

With a Galaxy S4 Lollipop release confirmed but still missing, we’ve been getting a ton of questions about the update itself and the roll out. While we don’t have all of the answers, we do have some opinions on the matter and today we want to take a look at what we expect from the Galaxy S4 Lollipop update and release inside the United States.

These are our own predictions, based on years and years of covering Samsung’s software upgrades, and our goal is to help set some basic expectations for Galaxy S4 users in the U.S.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Lollipop release announcement was extremely vague and did not outline any specific details other than to say that the Galaxy S4 would be getting the software in early 2015. So, it should come as no surprise that U.S. carriers have yet to announce anything specific. We still don’t even know if the U.S. will get the update though if it’s coming for international carriers, it’s safe to assume that it will come to the U.S.

Don’t expect U.S. carriers to outline specific plans ahead of time. The updates from big carriers and smaller carriers will likely roll out without much warning. Typically, U.S. carriers announce their plans on the day of the roll out. We could see some rumors point at specific dates but even those are extremely rare in the Galaxy Android update world.

If you’re new to this process note that this isn’t anything new. U.S. carriers usually don’t pass along Galaxy Android update details and Samsung USA executives have yet to take HTC’s lead. HTC execs openly discuss the testing process and release dates with their customers.

There’s no doubt in our mind that a majority of U.S. carriers will fail to deliver early information about the Galaxy S4 release or the update itself. Go ahead and keep those fingers crossed but know that they probably won’t do much.

U.S. Galaxy S4 Release Not Imminent

Samsung’s Android 5.0 Lollipop release has been pretty predictable. Not only is it slow rolling the update, the only update its rolled out is to the flagship Galaxy S model, the Galaxy S5. The company almost always rolls out its updates to current, high-profile flagships first before moving onto older devices. The Galaxy S4 likely is lower on the totem pole due to its age. But that doesn’t mean that it will be last in line.

We expect the Galaxy S4 Lollipop update to follow the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop updates. Those are the flagship models at the moment and they’re thought to be first in line in most places. Once U.S. carriers start pushing those two updates out, the Galaxy S4 should be one of the next models in line. It’s old but it’s a widely adopted phone. That makes it a priority.

Very rarely do we see the U.S. release lag months behind the international release. In fact, U.S. carriers often set the pace. So we’d expect the Galaxy S4 Lollipop update in the U.S. to be among the first for carrier-branded models. We just don’t expect the update to hit the U.S. until the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop updates arrive.

If we had to guess, we’d say we’re probably a month or two away from the start of the push.

Android 5.0.1 or Android 5.0.2

That said, we’re expecting Android 5.0.1 or Android 5.0.2 for the Galaxy S4. Both are possible at this point and both have been mentioned as options.

It makes sense for Samsung to release one or the other given that they come with tons of bug fixes. Why release a buggy version of software when you can take a little more time to release a far more stable update? There’s no rush here whatsoever, especially with the aging Galaxy S4, a device that’s currently in the twilight of its life.

Expect U.S. carriers to push one or the other to the Galaxy S4 instead of the original Android 5.0 update. The only scenario where we might not see Android 5.0.1 or Android 5.0.2 is if Samsung and its partners bake the fixes into an Android 5.0 Lollipop update. Either way, expect at least some of Google’s fixes to emerge for the U.S. Galaxy S4 variants.

Carriers Slower Than Others

As far as the Galaxy S4 Lollipop release dates are concerned, we’ll say this. It’s extremely hard to predict specific dates. We can say this though. U.S. carriers always start pushing out their updates on weekdays. The day is random and unpredictable and so is the exact time. We’ve seen Android updates push out in the morning and we’ve seen them push out in the late afternoon. This is not Apple we’re dealing with here.

We can also tell you  that U.S. carriers typically don’t release software updates all on the same day. It’s very rare that we see multiple roll outs start on the same day. Again, the release is dependent on the testing process and carriers tend not to cross the finish line at the same time. Some carriers usually lag behind the rest of the pack.

We fully expect to see some U.S. Galaxy S4 Lollipop release dates cluster around one another but we’d be shocked if Samsung and its partners grouped them all together. Look for the release to be extremely staggered and take place over the course of several months, not weeks. Remember, there are a ton of smaller carriers that need to roll out updates.

Sprint Among First, Smaller Carriers Last

Speaking of carrier release timing, if we had to bet on a horse, we’d be on Sprint coming up big in the “race” to Android 5.0 Lollipop. Sprint’s got an excellent track record when it comes to the speed of its roll outs. We would not expect it to be last. That honor, at least among major carriers, will probably go to a carrier like T-Mobile or Verizon.

We fully expect smaller carriers like MetroPCS and Cricket to be behind the major carriers in terms of overall timing. Smaller carriers typically follow closely behind the larger ones.

Staggered Roll Outs

You should expect these carrier roll outs, and the overall U.S. Galaxy S4 Lollipop roll out, to be staggered. What we mean by that is, expect carriers to push out their updates over the course of a few days to ensure that everything is good to go.

As we’ve pointed out many times, carriers have been forced to halt updates in the past due to issues. That’s why they don’t roll out the software all at once. They’d have a much bigger problem on their hands.

There are also several Galaxy S4 variants in the United States including the Galaxy S4 mini, Galaxy S4 Active and Galaxy S4 zoom. Expect those devices to get the Lollipop update after the regular model. That’s what we mean by a staggered overall roll out. These devices will probably be weeks behind the start of the roll out for the plain version.

Galaxy S4 Features Gimped

With Samsung still in the lab, we’re still not sure what the public Galaxy S4 Lollipop release will have on board though, we do have some clues. For one, the Galaxy S4 Lollipop update has leaked out several times.

It’s very similar to the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update but we would not be surprised if there were some features missing. It’s still too early to say what those might be but we’d be very surprised if Samsung tacked on all of the Galaxy S5’s improvements to a device that’s nearly two years old. Samsung’s in the business of selling phones and stripping features out helps it do that.

Still, we expect an impressive change log for the U.S. Galaxy S4 variants though we doubt that they’ll be exactly the same. We expect carriers to tack on their own enhancements for their own features. This is a large update so we’d expect the change logs to be pretty full and we expect them to be full of carrier-specific changes.

Bug Fixes for 4.4 Problems

You can expect carriers to dish out fixes for Android 4.4 KitKat problems as well. We’ve spoken to a number of Galaxy S4 users on top U.S. carriers and many of them are dealing with Android 4.4 KitKat issues. Android 5.0 Lollipop will probably fix some of these issues but just don’t expect it to fix everything. Android updates never do. You’ll need to be extremely proactive if you want to solve every single problem and we suggest seeking out fixes now ahead of the update.

Android 5.0 Lollipop Problems

Android 5.0 Lollipop will almost certainly bring problems of its own, even if Samsung does decide to roll out Android 5.0.1 or Android 5.0.2 like we expect it to. Samsung and its carrier partners will do their best to weed out the major bugs on board but we almost always see issues slip through the cracks and make their way to the public release. Software is never perfect. Android 5.0 won’t be perfect especially on an aging phone like the Galaxy S4.

Uncertain Future

Finally, don’t expect Samsung to clear anything up about the Galaxy S4’s future post-Android 5.0 Lollipop release. You’ll likely have to wait until Google announces its next operating system to learn about its fate.

This is a phone that’s teetering on the edge of EOL (End-of-Life) for software updates. Samsung usually pushes software out for two years before halting updates. Google recommends 18 months of support. So there’s no telling where the Galaxy S4 goes from here.

It helps that Samsung appears to at least be considering the Galaxy Note 2 Lollipop update but that doesn’t guarantee any major Galaxy S4 updates for the future. Don’t expect Samsung or any of its U.S. carrier partners to clear anything up any time soon.

Galaxy S4 Lollipop Update: 10 Things the U.S. Can Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Tech Director Chat #015 – Let’s Talk with Teachers

The Tech Savvy Educator - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 18:51

Huzzah, it’s 2015 and we have the first Tech Director Chat of the year ready for your listening enjoyment…..or derision, whatever the case may be. With so much time off thanks to the holiday break and plenty of snow days, Pete and I are ready to get back into our regular rhythm of weekly conversations.

This week was an interesting one, as Pete (my school district’s Tech Director) has embarked on an ambitious project; he’s trying to have a conversation with every teacher in the district about the direction of technology in our schools. Every….single….teacher. He’s chatting with them in small groups to make things easier, but it’s still going to be a long process. I’m not sitting in on them as another voice would only slow the conversations down, and get in the way of the teachers sharing as much as they can in the short amount of time Pete has with each one (about 30-40 minutes per group). However, I’m curious if there are any teachers out there that might want to have parts of those conversations recorded and shared on the podcast as I’ve love to have teacher perspective shared more widely. Yes, yes, I was a teacher, but someone int he classroom currently would be much more valuable to weigh in on some of the questions we wrestle with about technology on a regular basis. If you’re in the district….or outside of it, and want to offer your two cents, let me know!

You can listen to the podcast with the embedded player below, or listen and subscribe using any of the following links; listen directly on ShoutEngine, subscribe via iTunes, listen via Stitcher.

Timestamps for this week’s questions:

0:49 What has Pete been up to today?

1:15 What sort of things does Pete “catch up” on?

1:30 What sort of meetings does Pete miss?

2:37 Pete is having conversations about technology past, present, and future with teachers across the district. How does he narrow that down to just 40 minutes?

4:20 Question for the audience! Would you like to be a part of one of our conversations?

4:50 Phu asks, what is the difference in cost between a MacBook cart and iPad cart?

7:32 Nancy asks, for the non-tech oriented staff members, what can we do to keep our computers running well?

9:00 So what are simple things to do on a regular basis to keep your computer running well?

11:15 JW asks, what has been the most interesting thing you’ve learned from having small conversations with teachers around the district?

14:31 Todd from Twitter wants to know why a Tech Director might decline donations or just settle on one platform?

18:40 Stump Pete!

20:00 Which Mattawan teacher was in Baltimore the night Al Kaline got his 3000th hit?

Tech Director Chat – Let’s Talk with Teachers

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2015 MacBook Air Rumors Heat Up with New Leaked Photos

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 14:39

2015 MacBook Air Rumors Heat Up with New Leaked Photos is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

Photos of what appear to be the lid display of the rumored 2015 MacBook Air have leaked, giving us an idea on how big the new notebook could be.

The photos come from Chinese website iFanr and they show the alleged 12-inch MacBook Air lid assembly compared to the iPad and a 13-inch MacBook for size comparison. It’s also said that the display assembly shown in the photos is a Retina-quality display, although the exact resolution is unknown at this point.

One aspect of this lid assembly that we see in the photos is that it doesn’t have a transparent Apple logo that all other MacBooks have, allowing the light the light from the display produce a humble glow of the logo. Instead, the Apple logo is a brushed finish just like on the iPad. We’re not sure if this means that Apple is going in another direction with its MacBook logos, or if the photos are completely fake because of this.

With that said, we’ll have to take this one with a big grain of salt for now.

We’ve heard a handful of rumors already about the 2015 MacBook Air, namely that it could come with a fanless design and fewer ports on the sides, equipped with new Type-C USB connections. Past reports have also suggested that the new machines will also come with Intel’s Broadwell line of processors, which should offer a bit of a performance boost, as well as one heck of a battery life boost.

The new Broadwell Core M processors are designed to run at a ridiculously-low 4.5 watts, which if you don’t know a lot about how much power processors use, 4.5 watts is just crazy low. Thus, these new chips are destined for the next-generation fanless MacBook Air.

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Likewise, these new chips run at lower frequencies, which means they’re a little slower than what most mid-tier processors run at, but the trade-off is way better battery life.

However, a recent report suggested that Apple could ditch Intel in favor of its own in-house processor, perhaps the A10X. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple’s A-series processor will reach a level of performances that’s comparable to Intel’s Atom and Core i3 lines within the next couple of years. Kuo says that using in-house processors for MacBooks will allow Apple to have more control over the release cycle for its laptops.

This makes perfect sense, as 2014 was a rather lackluster year for the MacBook, as both the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro only received minor upgrades, and Kuo says that it’s because there were delays on Intel’s Broadwell CPUs. If Apple had been using its own A-series chips, the company wouldn’t need to rely on third-party manufacturers when deciding on a release timeline.

Whether or not this actually happens is up in the air, but Kuo has been spot on with many of his Apple reports, so while we’re taking this one with a grain of salt, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Apple make a move like this.

Production for the 2015 MacBook Air is rumored to have already begun, as it’s said that suppliers have started to accelerate the manufacturing of the various components, essentially putting the 12-inch MacBook Air on a release timeline that could be ahead of schedule, aimed for March or around that time window.

The new 2015 MacBook Air is expected to come with a 12-inch Retina display and will likely replace the existing 11-inch MacBook Air, suggesting that the new 12-inch model will be the new entry-level MacBook Air, while the 13-inch MacBook Air will continue to sell in Apple Stores.

Of course, there are some details that we don’t know about yet, even through rumors, including the price point, but if Apple does indeed replace the 11-inch model with the new 12-inch MacBook Air, it could be fairly inexpensive.

2015 MacBook Air Rumors Heat Up with New Leaked Photos is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Galaxy S5 Lollipop Update: 10 Things the U.S. Can Expect

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 00:12

Galaxy S5 Lollipop Update: 10 Things the U.S. Can Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop update continues to roll out in countries not called the United States. But that doesn’t mean that the Galaxy S5 Lollipop won’t eventually make it stateside. We’ve been getting tons of questions about our opinion on the U.S. roll out and today, we want to take a look at what we expect from the U.S. Galaxy S5 Lollipop update and release.

At the very end of last year, Samsung started pushing out its highly anticipated Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop update users in one very select region. The update delivered a number of big time features including performance improvements, revamped core TouchWiz applications to match Google’s new Material Design, and more. The update represents the first major update to the Samsung Galaxy S5, a device that arrived with Android 4.4 KitKat on board back in April of last year.

In typical Samsung fashion, the Galaxy S5 Lollipop roll out has been extremely slow. So far, the update’s spread to just a few regions including the United Kingdom though it has failed to reach one of the biggest markets on earth.

The U.S. Galaxy S5 Lollipop update remains missing in action despite rumors that put its release during the early part of January. Samsung Galaxy S5 users on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and so on continue to wait in silence. It’s a silence that’s killing some Galaxy S5 users here in the United States, especially those dealing with Android 4.4 KitKat problems.

With a Galaxy S5 Lollipop release now several weeks in, we’ve been getting a ton of questions about the update itself and the roll out. While we don’t have all of the answers, we do have some opinions on the matter and today we want to take a look at what we expect from the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update and release inside the United States.

These are our own predictions, based on years and years of covering Samsung’s software upgrades, and our goal is to help set some basic expectations for Galaxy S5 users in the U.S.

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U.S. carriers haven’t announced anything regarding the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update or any Samsung Galaxy Lollipop updates for that matter. Don’t expect them to. Most of these roll outs, big carrier or small carrier, will likely be rolled out without any warning. We fully expect a majority of these updates to be announced on the day that they start rolling out.

This isn’t anything new. U.S. carriers rarely pass along Galaxy Android update details and Samsung USA executives have yet to take HTC’s lead. So, we’re left with a confusing situation and one that will almost certainly remain mysterious up until the actual roll outs begin. Stay patient and know that these updates are on their way.

U.S. Galaxy S5 Lollipop Update Soon

If we had to guess, we’d say that the start of the U.S. Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop roll out is probably close. Rumors put the roll out in early January but that clearly failed to pan out. We’re not sure why but our guess is that is probably has something to do with an updated version of Android 5.0. Android 5.0.1 or Android 5.0.2.

Samsung’s reportedly testing new versions of Android 5.0 behind the scenes and if that’s the case, the company probably required extra testing to ensure a smooth delivery. Extra testing takes times. Again, this is just a theory but it does make sense. At least in our minds.

Now, we very rarely see the U.S. lag behind the international roll out so with several weeks now down, we’d bet a whole lot on the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update being close for U.S. users. Not all U.S. users but some. We’d be shocked, shocked, if the month of February went by without an update for Galaxy S5 users in the United States.

If you look back at Samsung’s roll out history, you’ll be hard pressed to find a gap that spans several months or more. The only exception will be Android 4.2, an update that was canceled for several Samsung Galaxy devices.

Android 5.0.1 or Android 5.0.2

That said, we’re expecting Android 5.0.1 or Android 5.0.2. Both are possible. It makes sense for Samsung to release one or the other given that they come with tons of bug fixes. Why release a buggy version of software when you can take a little more time to release a far more stable update? There’s no rush here whatsoever.

Expect U.S. carriers to push one or the other to the Galaxy S5 instead of Android 5.0. The only scenario where we don’t see Android 5.0.1 or Android 5.0.2 is if Samsung and its partners bake the fixes into an Android 5.0 Lollipop update. Either way, expect at least some of Google’s fixes to emerge for the U.S. Galaxy S5 variants.

Staggered Release Dates

As far as the release dates are concerned, it’s hard to predict exact days. Carriers always start pushing out their updates on weekdays. The day is random and unpredictable, so is the exact time. We’ve seen updates push out in the morning and we’ve seen them push out in the late afternoon. This is not Apple we’re dealing with here.

What we can say is that U.S. carriers typically don’t release software updates all on the same day. It’s very rare that we see multiple roll outs start on the same day. Again, the release is dependent on the testing process and carriers tend not to cross the finish at the same time.

We fully expect to see some U.S. Galaxy S5 Lollipop updates to cluster around one another but we’d be shocked if Samsung and its partners grouped them all together. That would take some incredible luck.

Sprint Near the Front, Smaller Carriers Lag

Sprint’s got the track record so it’s hard to bet against it being first to the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update. Sprint’s Galaxy S5 Lollipop is also the only update to have been confirmed, and leaked, ahead of its roll out. There’s a good chance that it will be first and we would not expect it to be last. Hard to say who will be last among the big five but T-Mobile or AT&T would be our guess.

We fully expect smaller carriers like MetroPCS and Cricket to be behind the major carriers in terms of overall timing. Smaller carriers typically follow closely behind the larger ones. Priorities.

Staggered Roll Outs

Expect these carrier roll outs, and the overall U.S. Galaxy S5 Lollipop roll out, to be staggered. What we mean by that is, expect carriers to push out their updates over the course of a few days to ensure that everything is good to go. Carriers have been forced to halt updates in the past due to issues. That’s why they don’t roll out the software all at once. They’d have a much bigger problem on their hands.

There are also several Galaxy S5 variants in the United States including the Galaxy S5 Sport on Sprint. Expect those devices to get the Lollipop update after the regular model. That’s what we mean by staggered overall roll out.

New Features + Enhancements

No brainer here but a reminder. Expect the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to deliver a ton of new features including parts of Google’s new Material Design. Android 5.0 for the Galaxy S5 is a substantial update, the biggest that it has ever received.

We also expect carriers to tack on their own enhancements for their own features. This is a large update so we’d expect the change logs to be pretty full and we expect them to be full of carrier-specific changes.

Bug Fixes for Android 4.4 Problems

You can expect carriers to dish out fixes for Android 4.4 KitKat problems as well. We’ve spoken to a number of Galaxy S5 users on all of the top U.S. carriers and many of them are dealing with Android 4.4 KitKat issues. Android 5.0 Lollipop will probably fix some of these issues but just don’t expect it to fix everything. Android updates never do. You’ll need to be extremely proactive if you want to solve every single problem.

Android 5.0 Lollipop Problems

Android 5.0 Lollipop will almost certainly bring problems of its own, even if Samsung does decide to roll out Android 5.0.1 or Android 5.0.2 like we expect it to. Samsung and its carrier partners will do their best to weed out the major bugs on board but we almost always see issues slip through the cracks and make their way to the public release. Software is never perfect. Android 5.0 won’t be perfect.

Android 5.0 Bug Fix Updates

Don’t expect Samsung or its U.S. carrier partners to let bugs linger. We typically don’t see a flood of bug fixers emerge but we will almost certainly see sporadic bug fixes emerge in the weeks after the Android 5.0 Lollipop release in the United States. This will especially be the case if a major issue is discovered on board after the roll out.

Release dates and change logs are and will be unpredictable so you’ll just need to remain patient if you do happen to run into a bug or two after getting the software on board.

Galaxy S5 Lollipop Update: 10 Things the U.S. Can Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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HTC One M9 vs HTC One: What to Expect

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 23:22

HTC One M9 vs HTC One: What to Expect is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

With the original HTC One approaching its 2-year anniversary since being released, many owners are likely looking for a replacement. That could be the new HTC One M9 which has been heavily rumored the past few months. With new details here and some leaked images, here we compare the new HTC One M9 (Hima) with the original for those seeking an upgrade.

According to the leaked photos we’ve seen thus far, the new HTC One M9 will look extremely similar to the model released last year, but will feature some major improvements that will make it a worthy upgrade for buyers. Especially those coming from the original released in 2013.

Read: 5 Reasons to Wait for the HTC One M9

In 2013 the first and original HTC One arrived focusing on a clean design and better construction, introduced dual front facing speakers, and was the first truly impressive HTC phone in years aimed at taking on the competition. The phone wasn’t as successful as the HTC One M8 last year, but for the millions of owners a new option is coming soon. Read on to see how they compare.

Over the past few months and especially the past few weeks, the new HTC One M9 details have all started to take shape. We have a good idea of what to expect, leaked images are showing us how it will look, and the phone is shaping up to be a worthy successor to the previous releases.

We’ve already seen leaks of the specs as well as some potential confirmations of those, the first images surfaced earlier this week, and Bloomberg has already heard a few small details about the device and are sharing them with the public. Below is everything we know so far based on rumors, and how they compare to the original.

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HTC’s first “One” smartphone arrived in February of 2013 with a nice 4.7-inch HD display and some compelling features. The screen was similar to the competition, and the front speakers made it an awesome stand-out buy. However, those wanting something a little better and bigger will want to see the new One M9.

HTC has always offered some of the best and most stunning displays on their devices, and that will likely hold true with the new One M9 when it arrives. They have great colors, and put in extra effort to have great viewing angles, crisp text, and an easy to view display even while outdoors.

The HTC One M8 last year had a 5-inch 1080p HD display, one which was much better than the original, and we’re hearing the new HTC One M9 will be the same or even bigger. Reports suggest the same 5-inch display, or possibly a large 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD screen. That might be too big of a jump for those with the original, so we’ll keep an eye on rumors and report back once we know for sure what will be offered.

All said and done, the screen will be bigger and of a higher resolution than the original. This is something many buyers will like if they’ve stuck it out with the first HTC One, so be on the lookout once it’s released.

Specs

When the HTC One was announced and released in 2013 it had some of the best specs and features of any device. And while specs aren’t everything, buyers like to know what’s available and if the newest device is worth the upgrade. With the phone being two years old the new One M9 is certainly a worthy successor, and has tons of horsepower to run the latest games, apps, and Android 5.0 Lollipop release. Here’s the raw numbers for those interested.

HTC One Specs

  • 4.7-inch 1080p SLCD Display
  • 1.7 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 600
  • 2GB of rAM
  • 16GB of storage (no micro-SD)
  • 4 Megapixel rear and 2.1 front camera
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (now on Android 4.4 KitKat)
  • Dual HTC Boomsound Speakers
  • 2,300 mAh battery

HTC One M9 Specs (Rumored)

  • 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD screen (or 5-inch display)
  • 2.3 GHz 8-core Snapdragon 810 processor (64-bit)
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of internal storage and a micro-SD slot for expansion
  • 20 MP rear facing camera and 4 Ultrapixel front shooter
  • Android 5.0.1 Lollipop and HTC Sense UI 7.0
  • Dual HTC Boomsound Speakers with Dolby 5.1 Audio Technology
  • 2,880 or 3,000 mAh battery
  • more

As you can see from the raw numbers outlined below, the new HTC One M9 will be a major increase across the board and something all original HTC One owners can get behind. The screen is bigger, the camera is much better reportedly being a 20 megapixel shooter, the front camera will be better than the originals back camera, and it has more than double the power with an 8-core processor.

Again numbers aren’t everything, but with all this under the hood and the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop the HTC One M9 could be a great phone, and one worth upgrading to if you’re still holding onto the original HTC One. Just know it will be fast, smooth, stable, and run the latest and greatest apps and games.

Camera

The new HTC One M9 will focus heavily on photography, and that’s on both the front and the back. Last year the HTC One M8 had two cameras around back, but they weren’t that great. Going back to the original HTC One with a single 4 Ultrapixel camera, and you’ll know the camera experience will be better. This has been our (and readers) biggest complaint of the HTC One, so if that’s a problem for you, know that the new HTC One M9 will be leaps and bounds better.

This year though, HTC has reportedly introduced a new 20 megapixel rear camera with a dual-LED flash, and moved that 4 Ultrapixel camera to the front for selfies. That along with all the HTC Eye software they released this year, means a great camera experience. This new phone should take excellent photos from both the front and the back. The leaked image above shows the redesigned back of the phone to support the new bigger camera.

Software

In terms of software, the HTC One is far behind that of the recent smartphones. While it runs Android 4.4 and should receive an update to the new Android 5.0 Lollipop eventually, it won’t get some of the best features. Those include the tap to wake feature, access to all the new camera technology, and anything else that HTC debuts with Sense UI 7.0 come this March.

It appears that the HTC One M9 will launch with Android 5.0 Lollipop, which was announced and released in October. It should be on the latest Android 5.0.1 or Android 5.0.2, but be skinned with a revamped and improved HTC Sense 7.0 user interface. The HTC One will see Android 5.0 eventually, but it probably won’t get an update to Sense 7.

We can expect updates to quickly arrive for the original HTC One M8, but we can’t confirm HTC’s plans for the original. HTC has been one of the best lately when it comes to updates, but being two years old there’s only so many new features they can add without needing the hardware of new devices.

This means that once the HTC One M9 is revealed, many of the selling points won’t be available for the original HTC One, which could be just one more reason to upgrade.

Release Date

If you still have the original HTC One you’re probably counting down the days until the new HTC One M9 is released. The original has been available for two years, so that means most owners are eligible for an upgrade, or will be soon.

Sadly we don’t have an exact release date for the new HTC One M9, but with the announcement set for March 1st HTC could surprise everyone and release it the same day like last year, or release it within 2-3 weeks across all major carriers. That seems to be the best approach, one we’ve seen from Apple in the past.

Prospective buyers can look forward to a new HTC One M9 in three or so different color options being available from their carrier of choice, and once we have more details or confirmations we’ll be sure to update. There’s no doubt this will be a worthy update for those with the original HTC One, but you’ll have to decide yourself or check out something else like the Galaxy S6.

HTC One M9 vs HTC One: What to Expect is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Specs: 7 Things to Know Right Now

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 20:22

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

The Samsung Galaxy S6 rumor mill continues to focus on the Galaxy S6 specs, the features that Samsung will use to sell its Next Big Thing later on this year. With rumors starting to firming up ahead of its launch date, we want to take a look at what we think are the seven most important things to know about Galaxy S6 features right now.

Samsung still isn’t talking about the Galaxy S6 but thanks to an avalanche of rumors, it’s clear that the company is developing a successor to the Samsung Galaxy S5. The Samsung Galaxy S6 rumor mill has been on fire as of late with a steady stream of reports hinting at everything from the Galaxy S6 launch date to the Galaxy S6 release date to the Galaxy S6 specs.

In particular, Galaxy S6 rumors have flooded the news with tales of an upgraded display, a new processor, improved camera, changed software, and a whole lot more. The Samsung Galaxy S6 is unsurprisingly shaping up to be yet another powerful smartphone, a hallmark of the Galaxy S series. Exactly how it will stack up with flagships like the iPhone 6 and LG G3 isn’t clear yet but these rumors have started the canvas. We expect it to continue to get filled as time goes on.

This week, we’ve seen a ton of movement and we realize that it can be a lot to digest. That’s why we want to take a look at the current climate and offer an overview for those of you just sitting down on the Galaxy S6 rumor train. This will examine what we know so far about the Galaxy S6 specs and offer some of our thoughts on what we expect from the Next Big Thing.

Big Display

It appears that Samsung will be putting a large screen on the Galaxy S6 though there is some dispute about the exact size. Early Galaxy S6 rumors suggested that the screen size would be 5.5-inches though earlier this week, an alleged Galaxy S6 spec sheet pointed to the arrival of a smaller 5.1-inch display, similar to the Galaxy S5’s size.

It’s impossible to say at this point which size is correct. Samsung typically throws around several prototypes ahead of launch so it could be toying with both of these sizes. We’re still several weeks from launch so it could still be finalizing its plans. Both sizes makes sense even the jump up to 5.5-inches which would, on paper, put the device much closer to the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 4.

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The LG G3 and iPhone 6 Plus both include 5.5-inch displays, but LG packs in a higher resolution.

The LG G3 utilizes a 5.5-inch display though it’s much smaller than the Galaxy Note 4 and much closer to the Galaxy S5’s size thanks to the thin bezels LG installed on the design. So instead of a massive display and a massive phone, you get a massive display in a compact phone that is far more manageable than most big screen devices.

Point is, there isn’t a whole lot to worry about here, even with the uncertainty. Samsung’s Galaxy S6 will come with a big display and our hope is that it keeps the size down. With the Galaxy Note 4 on shelves, there’s really no need to add another massive flagship.

Better Display

That won’t be the only change Samsung makes. Galaxy S6 rumors all point to the arrival of a Quad HD display. Quad HD resolution isn’t widely adopted but it is on the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note Edge and that lends credibility to these rumors.

We’ve been using Quad HD resolution on several devices for several months now and we can say, without hesitation, that the panels offer better looking content than the Full HD displays from last year. There’s a reason why DisplayMate, one of the leading voices in display technology, thinks the Galaxy Note 4’s display is the best on the market. Samsung makes great screens and the Galaxy S6’s display should be on par or better than the Galaxy Note 4’s.

To get some idea about the benefits of Quad HD resolution, take a look at our LG G3 review and our Galaxy Note 4 review. There really is a big difference. It’s not a gimmick.

It’s a feature that’s all but confirmed for the Galaxy S6, there’s no going back to full HD now, so we suggest that you get familiar with the tech before the Galaxy S6 arrives.

New Processor

There’s a ton of debate about the processor coming with the Galaxy S6. Reports indicate that Samsung will ditch the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chip in favor of an in-house Exynos processor. This would be a huge change given that Samsung’s used Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips inside of its smartphones for a number of years now.

We haven’t been able to compare Samsung’s Exynos 7 Octo-Core chip to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 yet but what we can tell you is that Samsung’s Exynos chips have a track record of being powerful alternatives to the Snapdragon line. And there’s a good chance that whatever Samsung puts in the Galaxy S6, Exynos or not, it will deliver solid performance in key areas like battery life, gaming and more.

There will inevitably be a ton of back and forth about this from power users but average users probably aren’t going to notice too much of a difference if Samsung winds up using its own chips. At this point, there’s really nothing to get worked up about. Save that for after the Samsung Galaxy S6’s arrival.

Design Improvements

The Samsung Galaxy S series, for years, has been made out of plastic. This year, we could see something different. The seeds appeared to have been planted with the arrivals of the Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge and Galaxy Alpha. Those devices all use a metal rim around their plastic designs. Not exactly the iPhone but certainly a step up from the plastic designs Samsung’s used in the past.

There’s a theory going around that these devices were trial runs for the Galaxy S6 design that we’re about to see. And while that’s not confirmed, Galaxy S6 rumors point to one of two designs at this point. A design that uses glass and metal or one that’s made completely out of metal. It’s impossible to say which is correct at this point given the probability of prototypes floating around and given that Samsung always keeps its designs locked up tight ahead of launch.

Glass, metal or not, the Galaxy S6 will almost certainly have a different design. Samsung never reuses its Galaxy S designs and it always improves them in some way.

This year could finally be the year that it releases a premium design that’s on par with the HTC One and iPhone though these massive changes often come with some tradeoffs. For instance, rumors suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S6 won’t offer the same water resistant qualities that were found on the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Camera Changes

Samsung always changes up its camera from year-to-year, both on the hardware side and on the software side. It’s always working to tweak the camera sensor and it has, for the past several years, offered one of the best camera applications on the market.

Galaxy S6 rumors suggest that the device will move up to either 16MP or 20MP, the latest rumors point to 20MP, and that the front-facing camera will move to 5MP. Just remember, megapixels aren’t everything.

Rumors also suggest that it will tack on Optical Image Stabilization, a feature that cuts down on the shakiness in videos, and a feature found on the Galaxy Note 4. Given its presence there, an arrival on the widely adopted Galaxy S series makes a whole lot of sense.

The Galaxy Note 4 takes good photos and video and the Galaxy S6 will as well. How it compares to other camera sensors, the iPhone 6 in particular, remains to be seen.

Smaller Additions

Samsung Galaxy S6 rumors also point to a number of smaller additions too. Not everything is going to be a blockbuster feature and not everything will be shown off on stage. But that doesn’t mean that these features are any less important.

The latest rumors point to a large 2550 mAh battery, built-in wireless charging, Cat 6 LTE support, 32GB, 64GB or 128GB of storage, quick charging capabilities, and a payment service similar to Apple Pay.

Galaxy S6 & Galaxy S Complaints

Finally, it’s worth noting that we’ve noticed a theme here with these Galaxy S6 specs leaks. If these are spot on, it looks like Samsung is working to address some of the biggest complaints people have about its phones.

Two of the biggest are about the plastic designs and the TouchWiz UI. It appears that the Galaxy S6 will feature a premium design and a rumor suggests that Samsung is trimming and optimizing TouchWiz to make it more like the Android 5.0 Lollipop software found on the Nexus 6. Faster, less bloat. If true, that would be significant.

Galaxy S6 specs also point to an improved fingerprint sensor. Instead of using a swipe-based sensor like the ones it used in the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4, it will apparently shift to a touch-based sensor like the one found in the iPhone. The Galaxy S5’s sensor was widely panned. The Galaxy Note 4’s was improved but still not on par with the Touch ID sensor on the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6.

We imagine that Samsung will address other complaints as well but it does look like the Galaxy S6 is on its way to fixing some of the biggest. Look for Galaxy S6 specs to continue to firm up as we approach its upcoming launch date, said to be in March at MWC 2015.

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

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