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The past, the present, and the future – week 32 recap: week in review

The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we’re making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything.

Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Saturday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow Daily Recap video here (if any), for your convenience, and viewing pleasure.

 

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iphone-6-render“Hey Bobby. Did you hear the new rumor about the iPhone 6? It’s on all the sites and it’s pretty much the same as all the rest of them but with one new thing. But did you hear it?” Rumors, rumors, rumors abound around this mysterious device that everyone wants to know about. So check it out, you know? It’s ok, folks. The Apple event is scheduled for September 9th, at which time we’ll get a one week reprieve before the iPhone 7 rumors start.

vibe-z2-pro-heroIf you’ve got a hankerin’ for epically massive Android phones, Lenovo is not about to disappoint. A while back, Lenovo teased August 5th as the date to watch, and on August 5th it delivered the Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro. This six inch monster comes packed with a 2K display and all the trimmings. If the camera is your thing, pay close attention because it seems to be Lenovo’s thing too. Give the story a look and bring a towel for the drool.

galaxy-alpha-b-1Our next story has the Samsung Galaxy Alpha showing up in front of the camera. We’ve got some new photos of Samsung’s upcoming next big thing showing off a shiny white coat and metal bands around the edges. We also have some rumors about specifications here so give it a look and let us know if Samsung’s next big thing is your next big phone. I’m sorry. I couldn’t resist. Are you ok? Need an aspirin?

samsung logo 2Samsung is back and it’s unpacking its bags once again in a new teaser image. This teaser seems to…ok, it doesn’t “seem to”, it pretty blatantly tells you that Samsung’s unpacked event at IFA will debut the next generation of Note phone. You can click over to see the graphic if you doubt our interpretation, but it ain’t exactly Stonehenge if you know what I mean. Give it a look and if you have different thoughts, we’d absolutely love to hear them.

blackphone unboxingA week without an unboxing is like a day without sunshine…or something like that. This time Michael Fisher is unboxing the all-new Blackphone. Security to this bad boy is like cameras to a Nokia. First, foremost, up front, and securely in yo’ face! Michael shows us the contents of the box you’ll receive when you order your Blackphone and includes a quick walkthrough of the first power on. Just what is “Silent phone” we wonder…

productivity-appsJoe Levi is back discussing with us the pros and cons of restorations versus clean installations. It’s an interesting thought – which would you rather have? If you could have a cleaner, but more burdensome experience, or an easier but a bit more messy restoration, which would you go for? I know my answer. Click on over and leave yours in the comments.

youtube-playlist-updateIf there is one thing we at Pocketnow can appreciate is a company with a sense of humor. Google has a long history of being one of those companies. All platform preferences aside, any time any company shows us their funny side, we have to stand up and applaud. Google showed us the funny this week and if we do say so ourselves, it’s bloody fantastic. Well played Google. Well played. You just gotta see this.

z-ultra-review-15Taylor Martin just bought the phone he didn’t like so much a year ago. Lolwut? Yessiree. He just went out and bought a Sony Z1 Ultra, the very same phone he gave a scandalously low 7.5 rating one year ago. Let’s put aside the fact that this phone is a year old, why on earth would Taylor have put his own money on the table for this phone? You’ll have to click through and find out. Let it not be said that Taylor doesn’t put his money where his mouth is.

samsung-wrapSamsung has made making a ton of devices and experimenting with new form factors an art form. We love to overtly criticize poke fun at Samsung for throwing devices at the wall to see what sticks, but the only way new trails are blazed is by going out and blazing them. Samsung seems to be doing that again with a wrap around screen possibly destined for the Note 4 or some variant thereof. Could this be the device revolution we’ve been waiting for? There’s only one way to find out – give it a shot.

ipad-mini-rd-review-37Once upon a time, Taylor had a bit on an attention problem when it came to tablets. Oh he used them enough…for a few months, then they’d inevitably end up sold on Swappa, or in a drawer or propping up that old wobbly table, or whatever. But one device brought Taylor into the fold and make him a believer. What device could that have possibly been? Why it’s none other than….Whoa. Read the story and find out.

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This week, our videos took you into the future, into the past, and stuck you in the present with more of the same. They’re also all Michael, all the time.

Wearables took a fascinating new turn this week with Michael trying out Motorola’s new unlock tattoos. No body ink required, but the adhesive backed tags that stick and stick and keep on sticking might unlock a new generation of wearable tech. Or they might just unlock your phone. Time will tell.

Next, we take a step back into the past with a throwback review combining Michael’s two favorite things – Windows phone and portrait sliders. The Dell Venue Pro was a Windows Phone smartphone on the bleeding edge in its time, and we give it the full review treatment.

Sprint, not to be outdone by it’s competitor AT&T brings us the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport smartphone. Most of everything about this smartphone is the same as every other GS5 on the market, but there are some cool software enhancements, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Finally, with the NSA, FBI, LOL, WTF and other lettered organizations all clamoring for your data, the Blackphone might just be your cure. If you don’t want national government agencies knowing that you missed the 6:10 train and now you’ll have to wait for the 6:40, so your wife should keep dinner in the microwave, well, we have good news for you. They don’t care. But on the off chance they did care, the Blackphone will keep them from knowing. Boom.


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Reviews, cheap phones, and updates – Week 29 recap: week in review

The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we’re making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything.

Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Saturday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow Daily Recap video here (if any), for your convenience, and viewing pleasure.

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oneplus one review titleGuest editor Christopher Larson walks us through one of the most desired phones on the market – the OnePlus One. Of course it’s really only so highly desired because most people can’t buy one. Christopher walks us through the hardware and software on this high-powered beast and concludes that it’s a great phone, if you can manage to actually get one.

expansys-gpe-saleDisappointed that a number of GPE phones were pulled from the Play Store? Well, I have good news and better news. The phones are back on sale, just not through Google. Steeply (seriously steeply) discounted GPE phones are on sale at a retailer. We’re talking Nexus level pricing for last year’s flagships and no contract. Check out the article for the full details and enjoy!

oneplus-buy-inviteRemember that phone review we talked about two paragraphs ago? Really? Dang, and I thought I had a bad memory. Ok, look up for a second, I’ll wait. Yeah, that’s the one. We had a contest to give away an invitation to buy that phone – admittedly not our most attractive contest – and this post gave you all the details for that. Of course, that contest is over, but we have a new one this week, so keep your peepers peeled for the details.

Xperia-Z3-versus-Galaxy-Note-780Next up, a headline that reminds me of some of our videos. Leaked photos appeared on the internet showing the upcoming Xperia Z3 compared to the original Galaxy Note. Which is bigger? You’ll have to see for yourself. The new phone looks much like its Z2 predecessor with a new changes here and there. Hit up the article to get the full story.

android-l-vs-ios-8Following that, another headline that looks like a video title, but is actually news. An analytics company, App Annie, has released some stats comparing the two giants – the iOS app store and the Google Play store. There are some interesting numbers in there, so I won’t spoil anything here. I think the bottom line is they both make a ton of money, and they’re both huge. Did anyone not know this?

xperia-z1-compact-hero-white-1240x840-20db492519f2618c5539e86c300d1dbbThe Sony Xperia Z1 Compact hit some pretty low pricing over the week. This flagship phone in a pint-sized package was found on an eBay retailer and included free shipping. We’re big fans of the only mini phone to not choke on bad specifications, so naturally we were excited and it just seems right that you were too. Get some more details here and if the sale is still on, get a Z1 compact too.

lumia-1020-durability smallNext up, it looks like the Nokia Lumia 1020 will reach its end of life in the relatively near future. Recent rumors of a 1020 successor take away a bit of the sting, but even so the camera conquering beauty is still one of our top devices, and even carried on the regular by a certain dual-wielding editor we all know and love. Of course, this isn’t the end of the phone’s support. It simply means no more will be made.

samsung-too-manySome lively debate is next on the docket. Our newly-established weekend debate column by yours truly posed a fun question last weekend. Does Samsung release a ton of devices because it’s popular, or is Samsung popular because it releases a ton of devices. From the looks of the comments, this one is still being hammered out by our readers, so make sure to join the debate and let’s see if we can figure this out.

red-n5-offcIf you’re living in a few very specific markets, and you’re carrying a Nexus 5, you might have seen an Android update come to you recently. This update is simply Android 4.4.4 R2. It’s not a major update and there aren’t any flashy new features that you can brag about to colleagues and coworkers, because odds are they wouldn’t care anyway, so just don’t. But it’s an update, so get it, because that’s what we geeks do.

cyan-videoFinally, if you’re rocking a Nokia Windows Phone and eagerly awaiting the Nokia Cyan update, Nokia has published a schedule for release for the next few weeks. Hopefully you won’t have much longer to wait, though my own Lumia 920 in North America indicates the update is “under testing” which makes me oh so sad. Anyway, your time is coming soon. If you’re carrying a Windows phone not made by Nokia…well, sorry.

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Video

Over on the video side we have impressions, reviews and a little bit of fun! First up, Taylor Martin gives us his first impressions of the Xiaomi Redmi 1S, a low-budget smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer. Michael Fisher shows give the Samsung Gear Live the full review treatment. Taylor returns to show you three fun things you can do with the Moto X. And finally, our popular 60 second review gives you a brief but comprehensive view of the LG G Watch.


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Reviews, cheap phones, and updates – Week 29 recap: week in review

The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we’re making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything.

Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Saturday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow Daily Recap video here (if any), for your convenience, and viewing pleasure.

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oneplus one review titleGuest editor Christopher Larson walks us through one of the most desired phones on the market – the OnePlus One. Of course it’s really only so highly desired because most people can’t buy one. Christopher walks us through the hardware and software on this high-powered beast and concludes that it’s a great phone, if you can manage to actually get one.

expansys-gpe-saleDisappointed that a number of GPE phones were pulled from the Play Store? Well, I have good news and better news. The phones are back on sale, just not through Google. Steeply (seriously steeply) discounted GPE phones are on sale at a retailer. We’re talking Nexus level pricing for last year’s flagships and no contract. Check out the article for the full details and enjoy!

oneplus-buy-inviteRemember that phone review we talked about two paragraphs ago? Really? Dang, and I thought I had a bad memory. Ok, look up for a second, I’ll wait. Yeah, that’s the one. We had a contest to give away an invitation to buy that phone – admittedly not our most attractive contest – and this post gave you all the details for that. Of course, that contest is over, but we have a new one this week, so keep your peepers peeled for the details.

Xperia-Z3-versus-Galaxy-Note-780Next up, a headline that reminds me of some of our videos. Leaked photos appeared on the internet showing the upcoming Xperia Z3 compared to the original Galaxy Note. Which is bigger? You’ll have to see for yourself. The new phone looks much like its Z2 predecessor with a new changes here and there. Hit up the article to get the full story.

android-l-vs-ios-8Following that, another headline that looks like a video title, but is actually news. An analytics company, App Annie, has released some stats comparing the two giants – the iOS app store and the Google Play store. There are some interesting numbers in there, so I won’t spoil anything here. I think the bottom line is they both make a ton of money, and they’re both huge. Did anyone not know this?

xperia-z1-compact-hero-white-1240x840-20db492519f2618c5539e86c300d1dbbThe Sony Xperia Z1 Compact hit some pretty low pricing over the week. This flagship phone in a pint-sized package was found on an eBay retailer and included free shipping. We’re big fans of the only mini phone to not choke on bad specifications, so naturally we were excited and it just seems right that you were too. Get some more details here and if the sale is still on, get a Z1 compact too.

lumia-1020-durability smallNext up, it looks like the Nokia Lumia 1020 will reach its end of life in the relatively near future. Recent rumors of a 1020 successor take away a bit of the sting, but even so the camera conquering beauty is still one of our top devices, and even carried on the regular by a certain dual-wielding editor we all know and love. Of course, this isn’t the end of the phone’s support. It simply means no more will be made.

samsung-too-manySome lively debate is next on the docket. Our newly-established weekend debate column by yours truly posed a fun question last weekend. Does Samsung release a ton of devices because it’s popular, or is Samsung popular because it releases a ton of devices. From the looks of the comments, this one is still being hammered out by our readers, so make sure to join the debate and let’s see if we can figure this out.

red-n5-offcIf you’re living in a few very specific markets, and you’re carrying a Nexus 5, you might have seen an Android update come to you recently. This update is simply Android 4.4.4 R2. It’s not a major update and there aren’t any flashy new features that you can brag about to colleagues and coworkers, because odds are they wouldn’t care anyway, so just don’t. But it’s an update, so get it, because that’s what we geeks do.

cyan-videoFinally, if you’re rocking a Nokia Windows Phone and eagerly awaiting the Nokia Cyan update, Nokia has published a schedule for release for the next few weeks. Hopefully you won’t have much longer to wait, though my own Lumia 920 in North America indicates the update is “under testing” which makes me oh so sad. Anyway, your time is coming soon. If you’re carrying a Windows phone not made by Nokia…well, sorry.

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Video

Over on the video side we have impressions, reviews and a little bit of fun! First up, Taylor Martin gives us his first impressions of the Xiaomi Redmi 1S, a low-budget smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer. Michael Fisher shows give the Samsung Gear Live the full review treatment. Taylor returns to show you three fun things you can do with the Moto X. And finally, our popular 60 second review gives you a brief but comprehensive view of the LG G Watch.


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Reviews, cheap phones, and updates – Week 29 recap: week in review

The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we’re making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything.

Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Saturday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow Daily Recap video here (if any), for your convenience, and viewing pleasure.

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oneplus one review titleGuest editor Christopher Larson walks us through one of the most desired phones on the market – the OnePlus One. Of course it’s really only so highly desired because most people can’t buy one. Christopher walks us through the hardware and software on this high-powered beast and concludes that it’s a great phone, if you can manage to actually get one.

expansys-gpe-saleDisappointed that a number of GPE phones were pulled from the Play Store? Well, I have good news and better news. The phones are back on sale, just not through Google. Steeply (seriously steeply) discounted GPE phones are on sale at a retailer. We’re talking Nexus level pricing for last year’s flagships and no contract. Check out the article for the full details and enjoy!

oneplus-buy-inviteRemember that phone review we talked about two paragraphs ago? Really? Dang, and I thought I had a bad memory. Ok, look up for a second, I’ll wait. Yeah, that’s the one. We had a contest to give away an invitation to buy that phone – admittedly not our most attractive contest – and this post gave you all the details for that. Of course, that contest is over, but we have a new one this week, so keep your peepers peeled for the details.

Xperia-Z3-versus-Galaxy-Note-780Next up, a headline that reminds me of some of our videos. Leaked photos appeared on the internet showing the upcoming Xperia Z3 compared to the original Galaxy Note. Which is bigger? You’ll have to see for yourself. The new phone looks much like its Z2 predecessor with a new changes here and there. Hit up the article to get the full story.

android-l-vs-ios-8Following that, another headline that looks like a video title, but is actually news. An analytics company, App Annie, has released some stats comparing the two giants – the iOS app store and the Google Play store. There are some interesting numbers in there, so I won’t spoil anything here. I think the bottom line is they both make a ton of money, and they’re both huge. Did anyone not know this?

xperia-z1-compact-hero-white-1240x840-20db492519f2618c5539e86c300d1dbbThe Sony Xperia Z1 Compact hit some pretty low pricing over the week. This flagship phone in a pint-sized package was found on an eBay retailer and included free shipping. We’re big fans of the only mini phone to not choke on bad specifications, so naturally we were excited and it just seems right that you were too. Get some more details here and if the sale is still on, get a Z1 compact too.

lumia-1020-durability smallNext up, it looks like the Nokia Lumia 1020 will reach its end of life in the relatively near future. Recent rumors of a 1020 successor take away a bit of the sting, but even so the camera conquering beauty is still one of our top devices, and even carried on the regular by a certain dual-wielding editor we all know and love. Of course, this isn’t the end of the phone’s support. It simply means no more will be made.

samsung-too-manySome lively debate is next on the docket. Our newly-established weekend debate column by yours truly posed a fun question last weekend. Does Samsung release a ton of devices because it’s popular, or is Samsung popular because it releases a ton of devices. From the looks of the comments, this one is still being hammered out by our readers, so make sure to join the debate and let’s see if we can figure this out.

red-n5-offcIf you’re living in a few very specific markets, and you’re carrying a Nexus 5, you might have seen an Android update come to you recently. This update is simply Android 4.4.4 R2. It’s not a major update and there aren’t any flashy new features that you can brag about to colleagues and coworkers, because odds are they wouldn’t care anyway, so just don’t. But it’s an update, so get it, because that’s what we geeks do.

cyan-videoFinally, if you’re rocking a Nokia Windows Phone and eagerly awaiting the Nokia Cyan update, Nokia has published a schedule for release for the next few weeks. Hopefully you won’t have much longer to wait, though my own Lumia 920 in North America indicates the update is “under testing” which makes me oh so sad. Anyway, your time is coming soon. If you’re carrying a Windows phone not made by Nokia…well, sorry.

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Video

Over on the video side we have impressions, reviews and a little bit of fun! First up, Taylor Martin gives us his first impressions of the Xiaomi Redmi 1S, a low-budget smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer. Michael Fisher shows give the Samsung Gear Live the full review treatment. Taylor returns to show you three fun things you can do with the Moto X. And finally, our popular 60 second review gives you a brief but comprehensive view of the LG G Watch.


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AT&T LG G3, G Watch sales getting underway this week

Last Thursday saw the second big US carrier share its plans for the arrival of LG’s G3, as Sprint revealed details about its start to G3 pre-orders, coming up this Friday. That followed T-Mobile’s earlier announcement, leaving Verizon and AT&T as the holdouts. Over the weekend we got to check out G3 renders from all four of the networks, but didn’t pick up on any updates about AT&T or Verizon availability. Today, AT&T finally goes official with its G3 sales details, while also welcoming the G Watch to its shelves.

Pre-orders for the G3 and orders for the G Watch open at AT&T tomorrow. The G Watch will go for the same just-south-of-$ 230 price you’ll find at the Play Store, while the G3 will sell for about $ 200 on contract. The G3 finally arrives this Friday, when sales of both the phone and the smartwatch come to AT&T retail stores.

There’s also an offer giving shoppers a 50% savings on LG accessories alongside a G3 pre-order, letting you pick up the G Watch at a pretty substantial discount if you were planning to grab both.

With the G3 so close to arriving in the States, it probably won’t be long now before Verizon similarly chimes in with news of its own launch plans.

Source: AT&T


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Pocketnow Week in Review: week 27 news recap of 2014

The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we’re making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything.

Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Saturdaty morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow Daily Recap video here (if any), for your convenience, and viewing pleasure.

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For the United States, it was a holiday shortened week of explosions. For the rest of the world, it was just another week and that’s ok too. Here’s what was big in the annals of Pocketnow, this 27th week on 2014.

htc-grilleStarting off our week, our most popular story was equally one of our more unbelievable stories. Tipster extraordinaire @evleaks had a huge one for us – an HTC tablet with 5 GB of RAM. That’s right. Look at your hand. That’s one GB per finger for most of us, or it’s .8 GB per finger if you’re Antonio Alfonseca. The rest of you can do the math. As it turns out this exciting and unbelievable post was exactly that – not to be believed. Sure it was a bad day for Evan, but not as bad as this guy’s day.

iPhone 6Jaime Rivera brings us a fresh crop of iPhone 6 rumors because, well heck because someone in the world is still breathing so there have to be iPhone rumors, right? These newest rumors point to a pretty big departure from standard iPhone design. I’ll let you go ahead and read the rumors, but I’ll tell you this much – something glowing this way comes. Glowing? Yes glowing. Sure there’s some other stuff too, but glowing is by far the most intriguing.

android-l-vs-ios-8Taylor Martin taps the keys outlining the five biggest things that Android L could learn from iOS 8. Android L, if you’ve been under a rock or something, is Google latest refresh to its Android operating system and despite some significant improvements, there is still room to grow in Taylor’s humble opinion and it’s all laid out for you here is nice big friendly letters. Give it a read and see if you agree.

05android-l2Since we didn’t criticize Android L enough in our last piece, Taylor returns to tell us about three more things that Android L failed to address. This wasn’t based off the performance of any other operating system, just based on the merits or lack thereof of Android L itself. There are a few holes left over in this material design and Taylor wraps them all up for you in a nice pretty little package.

note-3-gs5-mwcSamsung sent out an update to its Note III software that gives it a few of the Galaxy S5′s more popular features. The first is Knox 2.0, Samsung’s suite of security software, meant to keep your privates private. I mean…well, you know what I mean. The second is Samsung’s download booster which allows you to take advantage of LTE connectivity to stream the living heck out of Netflix. Yeah buddy.

A new hope risesNexus 4, Nexus 5 for Nexus 4 and first generation Nexus 7 owners. Some evidence suggests that these devices may in fact see some Android L love. It’s not a lot of evidence, but enough to keep folks optimistic. There some geeky stuff involved here – files and servers and some such. Click on over and read the story – it lays out things better than I could, but since I have a Nexus 7, I’m going to go ahead and get some “Welcome Android L” banners printed. I’ll store them next to my “Congratulations Chicago Cubs, World Series Champs” banners. It’s gonna happen.

htc-designSpeaking of Android L updates, HTC is jumping on the Android L train and a leaked road map suggests what and when. Spoiler Alert: It’s “a bunch” and “soon”. Even more specifically it looks like every HTC phone released in 2013 and 2014 will be Android L toting machines by the end of October. This is good news for you HTC One M7 owners along with the other few dozen of you who bought other HTC phones last year. Woo-hoo!

iPhone-creditAre you sick of that old iPhone 5 and just need to get rid of it? Well then just head on over to Apple’s recycle website and they’ll give you really real money for it. Sadly according to this next piece of news, you’ll be getting about 17% less cashola from the bitten fruit as the trade-in value for the iPhone 5 just dropped. I often wondered what happened to traded in iPhone 5′s. Maybe they get dipped into a new cady shell and get sold as refurbished 5C’s?

Good newssony-back-20 for fans of “mini phones that don’t suck” a.k.a. mini phones made by Sony. Some leaked screenshots of the Xperia Z3 compact shows us some goodies. Included in the screenshots are specifications, Android builds and all sorts of goodness. Click through to read the story. One screenshot looks like a redacted CIA document, but there are some good solid details in there.

shen ye android l keyboardFinally, rounding out our text pieces comes a part of Android L’s material design that is available now. Android L’s stock keyboard is now available as an app that can be downloaded from the Google play store. There are a few steps after that to enable the keyboard, so click through for the full details, but this is great news for those of you who just have to have a keyboard with no lines separating keys. I’ll still be using a 3rd party solution myself.

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On the video side, we had just a similarly action packed week. First up, Joe Levi walks us through the key differences between Android L and it’s predecessor, Kit Kat. Jaime Rivera hosts episode 36 of our popular “After the Buzz” series with the HTC One M8 and gives his opinion on whether or not this beautifully crafted piece of tech is still holding up after a quarter of a year. Next up is the rumble in the jungle between Android L and iOS8′s respective developer previews. Finally Michael Fisher asks use to keep calm and carry on, and specifically not to stress out over the “New GS5 LTE-A” because it ain’t all that much better. Click the videos below for some fun.


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Pocketnow Week in Review: week 27 news recap of 2014

The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we’re making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything.

Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Saturdaty morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow Daily Recap video here (if any), for your convenience, and viewing pleasure.

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For the United States, it was a holiday shortened week of explosions. For the rest of the world, it was just another week and that’s ok too. Here’s what was big in the annals of Pocketnow, this 27th week on 2014.

htc-grilleStarting off our week, our most popular story was equally one of our more unbelievable stories. Tipster extraordinaire @evleaks had a huge one for us – an HTC tablet with 5 GB of RAM. That’s right. Look at your hand. That’s one GB per finger for most of us, or it’s .8 GB per finger if you’re Antonio Alfonseca. The rest of you can do the math. As it turns out this exciting and unbelievable post was exactly that – not to be believed. Sure it was a bad day for Evan, but not as bad as this guy’s day.

iPhone 6Jaime Rivera brings us a fresh crop of iPhone 6 rumors because, well heck because someone in the world is still breathing so there have to be iPhone rumors, right? These newest rumors point to a pretty big departure from standard iPhone design. I’ll let you go ahead and read the rumors, but I’ll tell you this much – something glowing this way comes. Glowing? Yes glowing. Sure there’s some other stuff too, but glowing is by far the most intriguing.

android-l-vs-ios-8Taylor Martin taps the keys outlining the five biggest things that Android L could learn from iOS 8. Android L, if you’ve been under a rock or something, is Google latest refresh to its Android operating system and despite some significant improvements, there is still room to grow in Taylor’s humble opinion and it’s all laid out for you here is nice big friendly letters. Give it a read and see if you agree.

05android-l2Since we didn’t criticize Android L enough in our last piece, Taylor returns to tell us about three more things that Android L failed to address. This wasn’t based off the performance of any other operating system, just based on the merits or lack thereof of Android L itself. There are a few holes left over in this material design and Taylor wraps them all up for you in a nice pretty little package.

note-3-gs5-mwcSamsung sent out an update to its Note III software that gives it a few of the Galaxy S5′s more popular features. The first is Knox 2.0, Samsung’s suite of security software, meant to keep your privates private. I mean…well, you know what I mean. The second is Samsung’s download booster which allows you to take advantage of LTE connectivity to stream the living heck out of Netflix. Yeah buddy.

A new hope risesNexus 4, Nexus 5 for Nexus 4 and first generation Nexus 7 owners. Some evidence suggests that these devices may in fact see some Android L love. It’s not a lot of evidence, but enough to keep folks optimistic. There some geeky stuff involved here – files and servers and some such. Click on over and read the story – it lays out things better than I could, but since I have a Nexus 7, I’m going to go ahead and get some “Welcome Android L” banners printed. I’ll store them next to my “Congratulations Chicago Cubs, World Series Champs” banners. It’s gonna happen.

htc-designSpeaking of Android L updates, HTC is jumping on the Android L train and a leaked road map suggests what and when. Spoiler Alert: It’s “a bunch” and “soon”. Even more specifically it looks like every HTC phone released in 2013 and 2014 will be Android L toting machines by the end of October. This is good news for you HTC One M7 owners along with the other few dozen of you who bought other HTC phones last year. Woo-hoo!

iPhone-creditAre you sick of that old iPhone 5 and just need to get rid of it? Well then just head on over to Apple’s recycle website and they’ll give you really real money for it. Sadly according to this next piece of news, you’ll be getting about 17% less cashola from the bitten fruit as the trade-in value for the iPhone 5 just dropped. I often wondered what happened to traded in iPhone 5′s. Maybe they get dipped into a new cady shell and get sold as refurbished 5C’s?

Good newssony-back-20 for fans of “mini phones that don’t suck” a.k.a. mini phones made by Sony. Some leaked screenshots of the Xperia Z3 compact shows us some goodies. Included in the screenshots are specifications, Android builds and all sorts of goodness. Click through to read the story. One screenshot looks like a redacted CIA document, but there are some good solid details in there.

shen ye android l keyboardFinally, rounding out our text pieces comes a part of Android L’s material design that is available now. Android L’s stock keyboard is now available as an app that can be downloaded from the Google play store. There are a few steps after that to enable the keyboard, so click through for the full details, but this is great news for those of you who just have to have a keyboard with no lines separating keys. I’ll still be using a 3rd party solution myself.

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Video

On the video side, we had just a similarly action packed week. First up, Joe Levi walks us through the key differences between Android L and it’s predecessor, Kit Kat. Jaime Rivera hosts episode 36 of our popular “After the Buzz” series with the HTC One M8 and gives his opinion on whether or not this beautifully crafted piece of tech is still holding up after a quarter of a year. Next up is the rumble in the jungle between Android L and iOS8′s respective developer previews. Finally Michael Fisher asks use to keep calm and carry on, and specifically not to stress out over the “New GS5 LTE-A” because it ain’t all that much better. Click the videos below for some fun.


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Pocketnow Week in Review: week 27 news recap of 2014

The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we’re making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything.

Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Saturdaty morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow Daily Recap video here (if any), for your convenience, and viewing pleasure.

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For the United States, it was a holiday shortened week of explosions. For the rest of the world, it was just another week and that’s ok too. Here’s what was big in the annals of Pocketnow, this 27th week on 2014.

htc-grilleStarting off our week, our most popular story was equally one of our more unbelievable stories. Tipster extraordinaire @evleaks had a huge one for us – an HTC tablet with 5 GB of RAM. That’s right. Look at your hand. That’s one GB per finger for most of us, or it’s .8 GB per finger if you’re Antonio Alfonseca. The rest of you can do the math. As it turns out this exciting and unbelievable post was exactly that – not to be believed. Sure it was a bad day for Evan, but not as bad as this guy’s day.

iPhone 6Jaime Rivera brings us a fresh crop of iPhone 6 rumors because, well heck because someone in the world is still breathing so there have to be iPhone rumors, right? These newest rumors point to a pretty big departure from standard iPhone design. I’ll let you go ahead and read the rumors, but I’ll tell you this much – something glowing this way comes. Glowing? Yes glowing. Sure there’s some other stuff too, but glowing is by far the most intriguing.

android-l-vs-ios-8Taylor Martin taps the keys outlining the five biggest things that Android L could learn from iOS 8. Android L, if you’ve been under a rock or something, is Google latest refresh to its Android operating system and despite some significant improvements, there is still room to grow in Taylor’s humble opinion and it’s all laid out for you here is nice big friendly letters. Give it a read and see if you agree.

05android-l2Since we didn’t criticize Android L enough in our last piece, Taylor returns to tell us about three more things that Android L failed to address. This wasn’t based off the performance of any other operating system, just based on the merits or lack thereof of Android L itself. There are a few holes left over in this material design and Taylor wraps them all up for you in a nice pretty little package.

note-3-gs5-mwcSamsung sent out an update to its Note III software that gives it a few of the Galaxy S5′s more popular features. The first is Knox 2.0, Samsung’s suite of security software, meant to keep your privates private. I mean…well, you know what I mean. The second is Samsung’s download booster which allows you to take advantage of LTE connectivity to stream the living heck out of Netflix. Yeah buddy.

A new hope risesNexus 4, Nexus 5 for Nexus 4 and first generation Nexus 7 owners. Some evidence suggests that these devices may in fact see some Android L love. It’s not a lot of evidence, but enough to keep folks optimistic. There some geeky stuff involved here – files and servers and some such. Click on over and read the story – it lays out things better than I could, but since I have a Nexus 7, I’m going to go ahead and get some “Welcome Android L” banners printed. I’ll store them next to my “Congratulations Chicago Cubs, World Series Champs” banners. It’s gonna happen.

htc-designSpeaking of Android L updates, HTC is jumping on the Android L train and a leaked road map suggests what and when. Spoiler Alert: It’s “a bunch” and “soon”. Even more specifically it looks like every HTC phone released in 2013 and 2014 will be Android L toting machines by the end of October. This is good news for you HTC One M7 owners along with the other few dozen of you who bought other HTC phones last year. Woo-hoo!

iPhone-creditAre you sick of that old iPhone 5 and just need to get rid of it? Well then just head on over to Apple’s recycle website and they’ll give you really real money for it. Sadly according to this next piece of news, you’ll be getting about 17% less cashola from the bitten fruit as the trade-in value for the iPhone 5 just dropped. I often wondered what happened to traded in iPhone 5′s. Maybe they get dipped into a new cady shell and get sold as refurbished 5C’s?

Good newssony-back-20 for fans of “mini phones that don’t suck” a.k.a. mini phones made by Sony. Some leaked screenshots of the Xperia Z3 compact shows us some goodies. Included in the screenshots are specifications, Android builds and all sorts of goodness. Click through to read the story. One screenshot looks like a redacted CIA document, but there are some good solid details in there.

shen ye android l keyboardFinally, rounding out our text pieces comes a part of Android L’s material design that is available now. Android L’s stock keyboard is now available as an app that can be downloaded from the Google play store. There are a few steps after that to enable the keyboard, so click through for the full details, but this is great news for those of you who just have to have a keyboard with no lines separating keys. I’ll still be using a 3rd party solution myself.

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Video

On the video side, we had just a similarly action packed week. First up, Joe Levi walks us through the key differences between Android L and it’s predecessor, Kit Kat. Jaime Rivera hosts episode 36 of our popular “After the Buzz” series with the HTC One M8 and gives his opinion on whether or not this beautifully crafted piece of tech is still holding up after a quarter of a year. Next up is the rumble in the jungle between Android L and iOS8′s respective developer previews. Finally Michael Fisher asks use to keep calm and carry on, and specifically not to stress out over the “New GS5 LTE-A” because it ain’t all that much better. Click the videos below for some fun.


Pocketnow

Pocketnow Week in Review: week 27 news recap of 2014

The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we’re making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything.

Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Saturdaty morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow Daily Recap video here (if any), for your convenience, and viewing pleasure.

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For the United States, it was a holiday shortened week of explosions. For the rest of the world, it was just another week and that’s ok too. Here’s what was big in the annals of Pocketnow, this 27th week on 2014.

htc-grilleStarting off our week, our most popular story was equally one of our more unbelievable stories. Tipster extraordinaire @evleaks had a huge one for us – an HTC tablet with 5 GB of RAM. That’s right. Look at your hand. That’s one GB per finger for most of us, or it’s .8 GB per finger if you’re Antonio Alfonseca. The rest of you can do the math. As it turns out this exciting and unbelievable post was exactly that – not to be believed. Sure it was a bad day for Evan, but not as bad as this guy’s day.

iPhone 6Jaime Rivera brings us a fresh crop of iPhone 6 rumors because, well heck because someone in the world is still breathing so there have to be iPhone rumors, right? These newest rumors point to a pretty big departure from standard iPhone design. I’ll let you go ahead and read the rumors, but I’ll tell you this much – something glowing this way comes. Glowing? Yes glowing. Sure there’s some other stuff too, but glowing is by far the most intriguing.

android-l-vs-ios-8Taylor Martin taps the keys outlining the five biggest things that Android L could learn from iOS 8. Android L, if you’ve been under a rock or something, is Google latest refresh to its Android operating system and despite some significant improvements, there is still room to grow in Taylor’s humble opinion and it’s all laid out for you here is nice big friendly letters. Give it a read and see if you agree.

05android-l2Since we didn’t criticize Android L enough in our last piece, Taylor returns to tell us about three more things that Android L failed to address. This wasn’t based off the performance of any other operating system, just based on the merits or lack thereof of Android L itself. There are a few holes left over in this material design and Taylor wraps them all up for you in a nice pretty little package.

note-3-gs5-mwcSamsung sent out an update to its Note III software that gives it a few of the Galaxy S5′s more popular features. The first is Knox 2.0, Samsung’s suite of security software, meant to keep your privates private. I mean…well, you know what I mean. The second is Samsung’s download booster which allows you to take advantage of LTE connectivity to stream the living heck out of Netflix. Yeah buddy.

A new hope risesNexus 4, Nexus 5 for Nexus 4 and first generation Nexus 7 owners. Some evidence suggests that these devices may in fact see some Android L love. It’s not a lot of evidence, but enough to keep folks optimistic. There some geeky stuff involved here – files and servers and some such. Click on over and read the story – it lays out things better than I could, but since I have a Nexus 7, I’m going to go ahead and get some “Welcome Android L” banners printed. I’ll store them next to my “Congratulations Chicago Cubs, World Series Champs” banners. It’s gonna happen.

htc-designSpeaking of Android L updates, HTC is jumping on the Android L train and a leaked road map suggests what and when. Spoiler Alert: It’s “a bunch” and “soon”. Even more specifically it looks like every HTC phone released in 2013 and 2014 will be Android L toting machines by the end of October. This is good news for you HTC One M7 owners along with the other few dozen of you who bought other HTC phones last year. Woo-hoo!

iPhone-creditAre you sick of that old iPhone 5 and just need to get rid of it? Well then just head on over to Apple’s recycle website and they’ll give you really real money for it. Sadly according to this next piece of news, you’ll be getting about 17% less cashola from the bitten fruit as the trade-in value for the iPhone 5 just dropped. I often wondered what happened to traded in iPhone 5′s. Maybe they get dipped into a new cady shell and get sold as refurbished 5C’s?

Good newssony-back-20 for fans of “mini phones that don’t suck” a.k.a. mini phones made by Sony. Some leaked screenshots of the Xperia Z3 compact shows us some goodies. Included in the screenshots are specifications, Android builds and all sorts of goodness. Click through to read the story. One screenshot looks like a redacted CIA document, but there are some good solid details in there.

shen ye android l keyboardFinally, rounding out our text pieces comes a part of Android L’s material design that is available now. Android L’s stock keyboard is now available as an app that can be downloaded from the Google play store. There are a few steps after that to enable the keyboard, so click through for the full details, but this is great news for those of you who just have to have a keyboard with no lines separating keys. I’ll still be using a 3rd party solution myself.

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Video

On the video side, we had just a similarly action packed week. First up, Joe Levi walks us through the key differences between Android L and it’s predecessor, Kit Kat. Jaime Rivera hosts episode 36 of our popular “After the Buzz” series with the HTC One M8 and gives his opinion on whether or not this beautifully crafted piece of tech is still holding up after a quarter of a year. Next up is the rumble in the jungle between Android L and iOS8′s respective developer previews. Finally Michael Fisher asks use to keep calm and carry on, and specifically not to stress out over the “New GS5 LTE-A” because it ain’t all that much better. Click the videos below for some fun.


Pocketnow

Pocketnow Week in Review: week 26 news recap of 2014

The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we’re making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything.

Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Sunday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow Daily Recap video here (if any), for your convenience, and viewing pleasure.

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Boy, it’s too bad nothing happened this week. Thanks for stopping by, try again next week!

01android-l-material-designJust kidding. Our news coverage this “all Google, all the time” week started off with prospective times, dates, and devices that would see the Developer Preview of Android L. Turns out if you have a Nexus 5 or 2013 WiFi Nexus 7, you can go ahead and download the ROM, whether or not your screen had been smashed in a park in St. Louis. The speculative piece gave the link to the place where you could download the preview, and just for giggles, here it is again.

02top-Android-iOS-appsNext up, Taylor Martin walks us through a number of the improvements/changes of Android L and draws the conclusion that Apple and Google have a lot in common this year. Both made significant improvements not just to their respective mobile operating systems, but to each individual company’s ecosystem as well, making them both solid players in the “Internet of things” space. Plus both operating systems got a little prettier, so it’s an overall win for both platforms, and about 95ish percent of smartphone users worldwide.

03nexus-7-2013-android-lNext up we have a veritable cornucopia of screenshots from the Android L Developer Preview. If you’re itching to see what Android L is like, and you forgot to take your phone out of your pocket at a park in St. Louis, we’ve got all the images you could possibly imagine, right here on our site. Go ahead and give those beauties a look, but bring a wash cloth. The drool is very unbecoming.

04Balogh-iwatchNext up, a tipster rang in early in the week and told us about two versions of the iWatch (or whatever it will be called) that are being tested by Apple. They’re not just being tested by Apple, but also by Kobe Bryant, Dustin Brown, and Bubba Watson of the NBA, NHL, and PGA respectively. Tired of acronyms? Me too. These two models of the iWatch are reportedly labeled “Sport” and “Designer” — they should both be something to see when, and of course if, they come out.

05android-l2Were those screenshots above enough to sate your appetite for Android L? No? Well, I’ve got good news for you. Joe Levi brings us our next item of the week with a full video tour of Android L, its features, its wants, its dreams. Go ahead and click on the link to get the full rundown of Android’s newest OS update. It’s hot, it’s heavy, and it’s every bit as awesome as you’d expect coming from Joe the Android Guy.

06htc-google-nexus-8-9-volantisNext up this week we have news on the Google hardware front, and it’s a bit confusing. HTC is reportedly working on a Nexus 9 tablet, which was not announced at Google I/O. This piles on top of the rumors of the Google Nexus 6 phone, and Nexus 8 tablet. Well, at least they’re not calling it the “One” since everyone else seems to be these days. These rumors include a good bit about pricing and specifications, so there might be some more meat here that your typical rumor churn.

07android-lGotten enough Android L yet? No? Excellent. Our news piece announcing the Android L developer preview is next on our docket. This piece gives you the rundown of just about everything you’ll see in the preview – new features, new layouts, and new looks. If screenshots aren’t your thing, and you haven’t watched a video since BetaMax went kaput, here’s some lovely word-porn for you.

08death-of-oem-skinsJoe Levi returns with a speculative piece wondering whether Android L will result in the death of OEM Android skins. It’s an interesting puzzle putting together recent history with current events and drawing the conclusions that if OEMs take a step back and go with more of a stock look and feel for their devices, then more time and resources could be spent on other differentiating factors, like apps and services. It’s a brave new world, Bernard.

09android-l1Taylor Martin returns to break down the top five reasons he’s excited about Android L. I’ll let you read the piece to get the full gist of it, but suffice it to say, he covers the spectrum – look and feel, baked in features, enhancements, and all the toppings, including crushed chocolate chips. So click on over to Taylor’s yummy feast of features that he looks forward to, just as you should.

10moto-137Finally, we have a maybe, probably not, but maybe leaked picture of the upcoming (probably) Moto X+1. This render features the phone in a case with a camera lens the size of a futbol pitch, no flash, and a few pinholes where something should be. The leak does come from @evleaks, so there’s a ton of credibility and track record behind this bad boy. You’ll have to click on over and see for yourself.

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Now, if you’re sick of the Google love-fest that went on this week, well, I’ve got some bad news for you.  That’s right, our first video is all about what’s new in Android L. Joe Levi walks us through the developer preview and shows us what’s what. Then, an epic clash of the titans occurs between flagship smartphones – the GS5 vs. the LG G3. Taylor Martin joins us to bring us three more great productivity apps for Android, a followup on his January video on the same topic. More apps? No problem! Taylor is back with a comparison between Snapchat, and Facebook Snapchat, er I mean Slingshot.


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