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Google Play Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals Emerge

6 hours 15 min ago

Google Play Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals Emerge is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

While many shoppers are waiting in lines at a nearby Best Buy or Walmart snagging Black Friday deals, or waiting patiently for more deals to surface in time for Cyber Monday, this morning Google quietly announced a Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale of their own.

Black Friday is always a crazy time to go shopping, and many would rather wait and simply buy things online during Cyber Monday. Today Google announced both shopping spree days will be blend into one for the official Google Play Black Friday & Cyber Monday sale.

Read: Best Black Friday TV Deals

Google didn’t share any details leading up to today, but this morning announced plenty of deals for potential buyers of the Nexus 9, Android Wear smartwatches, and much more. If you’ve been waiting to see what would go on sale, below is all the details regarding what Google has to offer this year.

While most of the deals available on the Google Play Store this year are on smartwatches running Android Wear, they’re also delivering $50 savings on almost all purchases. Essentially making that $399 Nexus 9 only $349, but the savings come in the form of Google Play Store credit.

Below is a list of items that if purchased from the Google Play Store, will get you $50 in Google Play Store credit to go towards apps, games, movies, or even a Google Play Music subscription. It isn’t outright savings and Google is getting that $50 back, but they’re deals nonetheless.

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If you purchase any of the above items, you’ll happily get $50 in Google Play Store credit to spend as you see fit.

Then of course matching many other stores, the LG G Watch is on sale for $99, giving buyers a pretty good deal, even if it’s sold out. It’s usually $229. The sale runs through Cyber Monday, so more stock may arrive throughout the weekend so keep checking back often. Getting it for $99 and receiving $50 in credit makes this possibly the best deal on the Play Store.

The popular Google Chromecast HDMI dongle is also $10 off, making it just $25 this weekend. If you snagged a cheap $199 50-inch LED TV on Black Friday that isn’t a smart TV, the Chromecast is a perfect companion to get all your favorite apps and “smart features” to that new TV.

The NEST thermostat is $50 off, and it’s highly possible that Google will be adding more details and deals over the weekend. Black Friday just kicked off today, and we’ll be on the lookout for more deals as Cyber Monday approaches, even from Google.

Not mentioned above, is the Nexus 6, which also gets $50 Google Play gift card credit when purchased, but it’s out of stock as expected. We’re not sure when more will be available, but if any arrive, you’ll get a $50 credit with the purchase of Google’s new Nexus 6 or Nexus 9 tablet.

Stay tuned for more details.

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Google Play Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals Emerge is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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6 Best Nexus 6 Cases

6 hours 35 min ago

6 Best Nexus 6 Cases is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

When it comes to buying a case for your shiny new Nexus 6, the options aren’t as unlimited as most. Every case manufacturer around offers cases for flagship devices, and Google’s Nexus lineup is slowly getting the same treatment. Google has one option available on the Play Store, but tons of excellent top-tier 3rd party accessory makers have quality cases worth checking out.

The Nexus 6 is big and packed full of features, but also somewhat slippery even with the curved back design. Picking a case for your $650 smartphone or 2-year investment is no easy task, and you’ll want to select something that will protect your device, but hopefully also offer some added functions or features. There are cases with kickstands, wallet cases (as linked to below) and more.

Read: 16 Nexus 6 Tips, Tricks & Hidden Features

Google’s Nexus 6 has only been available for a few weeks, so not all manufacturers have released their cases. However, plenty options are available and more are coming soon, and below we’ve gathered a few of the best available now or coming soon. Check out our list below.

The Nexus 6 was announced back in the middle of October, and eventually released in mid November on Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile. Currently there’s no news on the Verizon release, but it should be coming soon. With the Nexus 6 being the biggest launch in Nexus history surely many smartphone owners will buy one, and many of you will want a case.

With a huge 5.96-inch display and a large 3,220 mAh battery it isn’t the smallest or lightest phone, which may have potential buyers worried. And while we haven’t had any issues with it being too big to hold, a case is a pretty good idea. A case will protect it from drops or accidents, save the screen if your lucky, and prevent the usual wear and tear. So here’s a few you should consider. Not to mention the official Nexus 6 case on Google Play.

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 Spigen is an ever increasingly popular case manufacturer, and this year they have tons of options for the new Nexus 6. From different designs, protections, colors and more. The Spigen Air Cushion isn't the thinnest or best, but a perfect middle ground.

Offering a dual-layer clear hard shell polycarbonate back and four different color options for the soft TPU bumper wrapping around the device. It protects the entire phone. We chose silver, but they also have clear, black, and an aqua blue option.

Spigen Air Cushion - Buy for $11.99

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6 Best Nexus 6 Cases is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens Trailer Arrives Online

8 hours 21 min ago

Star Wars The Force Awakens Trailer Arrives Online is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

If you are looking for the Star Wars The Force Awakens trailer and you don’t want to leave your home to sit in a movie theater for 60 seconds of a trailer, you can watch the Star Wars The Force Awakens trailer on your iPhone, iPad, Android or Computer.

Originally teased for a theatrical release this week, the Star Wars The Force Awakens trailer is now on iTunes Movie Trailers and on YouTube.

This means you can watch it over and over, and attempt to analyze the significance of each small glimpse of what is coming.

Here is the Star Wars The Force Awakens trailer in full HD, so you can watch it on any of your devices. This is the official trailer, not a shaky poor quality version that leaked on Thanksgiving.

The Star Wars The Force Awakens trailer is the first of many teasers that highlight the new J.J. Abrams produced Star Wars. This is also known as Star Wars: Episode VII or Star Wars 7.

You can also find the Star Wars The Force Awakens trailer on your Apple TV under movies. With the trailer now on YouTube in HD, you can also open YouTube on a smart TV, Xbox One, PS4 or other connected console or TV device to watch on the big screen.

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In the new Star Wars movie we’ll see many of the big stars return to join new characters including Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford to name a few.

In Star Wars The Force Awakens viewers join the action about 30 years after the crew beat the Empire and Darth Vader, but the Force is still a major factor, and if you couldn’t tell it is awake again.

Even though big names are back from the original Star Wars movies, in Star Wars The Force Awakens the plot focuses on three younger leads while mixing in the help of returning Star Wars stars.

The Star Wars The Force Awakens trailer is online in full HD.

The Star Wars The Force Awakens release arrives in just over a year. It is currently marked for December 2015, when fans will likely see midnight openings and as much extravaganza as Disney can put behind this movie.

Disney is in charge of the Star Wars The Force Awakens movie and the next two episodes after it. Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012, which led to the change in direction and story, but George Lucas is still involved in the new Star Wars movies. His role boils down to keeping the Star Wars universe in line as the new stories take shape.

Lucas told Businessweek, “I mostly say, ‘You can’t do this. You can do that,” offering specific examples like, “You know, ‘The cars don’t have wheels. They fly with antigravity.’ There’s a million little pieces. Or I can say, ‘He doesn’t have the power to do that, or he has to do this.’ I know all that stuff.”

This is likely the first of many Star Wars The Force Awakens trailers and teasers that will appear online and in theaters over the next year.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens Trailer Arrives Online is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Windows Tablets: What to Know & 2 Black Friday 2014 Deals

11 hours 17 min ago

Windows Tablets: What to Know & 2 Black Friday 2014 Deals is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Over the last year or two, Microsoft has worked very, very hard to make its own Surface tablets and devices running the Windows 8 operating system legitimate competitors in the computing space.  The Windows 8.1 update made it possible for Windows tablets to be cheaper than they’ve ever been and more useful than previously possible.

Thanks to Black Friday 2014 deals and better options, you might be thinking about purchasing a Windows tablet this holiday season for yourself or someone else. Here’s what you need to know about purchasing Windows tablets during the holiday season and what you should be looking out for.

Windows Tablets Buying Guide – The Basics

Let’s talk about what Windows tablets are and what they aren’t first. When Microsoft first revealed the Windows 8 operating system it shared its vision for Windows devices going forward. The idea was simple, user who purchased a Windows tablet would get many of the benefits of Windows. USB compatibility would allow users to attach the accessories they already own to their tablet. Better internals would make Windows 8 tablets the best and longest lasting Windows tablets there have ever been.

Windows 8 tablets failed to deliver on some of those promises. Windows 8 was great, but Microsoft saddled Windows tablets with Windows RT, a version of Windows that didn’t include Desktop app compatibility. In short, you could install new touch-centric Windows Store apps. You couldn’t install Desktop apps like iTunes. Storage was also at a premium and Windows 8 tablets tended to be higher than their Android counterparts.

When you buy a Windows tablet you’re not getting most of these initial problems. Having failed to take off in any meaningful way besides Microsoft’s own Surface 2, Windows RT has been abandoned on tablets and portables. If you’re buying a Windows tablet today it comes with an Intel processor. Battery life might be a little less, but Desktop apps can be installed with no problem. Together with Windows Store apps, users are getting a more robust device this year than they did last year.

Second, Windows tablet prices are ridiculously reasonable at this point. There’s a version of Windows 8.1 that allows device makers to produce tablets as low as $99. Even better, these cheap Windows tablets come with year-long subscriptions to Microsoft Office.

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Choosing which Windows tablet to buy is all about understanding your needs. There are two types of users, consumers of content and producers of content.

Only high-end tablets like Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 are for producers of content. These people need power because they edit video or produce music. They need screen real estate so that they can stay productive. Consumers of content are perfectly served by any decent Windows tablet with a reasonable screen size and decent processor. To be clear,  with entertainment tablets users can stay productive too, but high-end apps won’t work as well on  them.

Know which kind of user you are and choose your Window tablet accordingly. Chase down Windows tablets with larger screens if that’s what you’re looking for. Hunt for more battery life and a smaller screen if you’re going to be watching videos, browsing the internet and listening to music only.

Which Windows Tablets to Buy – 2 Black Friday 2014 Deals

So which Black Friday 2014 deals should you take advantage of if you’re looking at Windows tablets? Here are the best Black Friday 2014 deals on tablets so far.

HP Stream 7 – Microsoft Store

At just $99 the Microsoft Store’s HP Stream 7 Windows tablet is about the most interesting Black Friday 214 deal there is. Microsoft has been offering the tablet to shoppers for the better part of a week, and it looks like it’ll continue to do so through the holiday. The HP Stream 7 has a 7-inch touchscreen display, 1GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. There are front-facing and rear-facing cameras too. Bluetooth allows it to connect to mice and keyboards.

Microsoft is selling the HP Stream 7 with a year of Office 365 Personal and free Skype. Additionally, shipping is free.

[ Buy the HP Stream 7 for $99 from the Microsoft Store ]

Acer Aspire Switch 10 2-in-1 Microsoft Store

Windows 8 ushered in a new hardware category for shoppers. It wasn’t that long ago that a notebook and tablet were to fundamentally different things. Today, there are all sorts of different tablets with external keyboards and mice that you add on. The Acer Aspire Switch 10 is such a device.

At the heart of the Acer Aspire Switch 10 is a tablet with a 10.1 inch screen touchscreen, an Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM 64GB of storage and an 8 hours of battery life. The Acer Aspire Switch 10 comes with a keyboard dock that users can put the tablet half into. That keyboard dock adds a USB port, physical keys and a touchpad.

Microsoft will begin selling the Acer aspire Switch 10 2-in1 for $299 on November 27th. Today its $349.99. Office 365 is included with the Acer Switch 10 too.

[ Buy the Acer Aspire Switch 10 2-in-1 from the Microsoft Store ]

As we get closer to Black Friday 2014, surely more deals will appear overtime. Remember to keep an eye out for Windows tablets that fit your needs and have the features you’re looking for. If at all possible, it’s a great idea to purchase your Windows tablet directly from Microsoft’s own online store. Purchasing from other places might leave you with a Windows tablet with a ton of extras to uninstall.

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Windows Tablets: What to Know & 2 Black Friday 2014 Deals is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Walmart Black Friday 1 Hour Guarantee Problems & Fixes

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 03:56

Walmart Black Friday 1 Hour Guarantee Problems & Fixes is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Walmart Black Friday 1 Hour guarantee problems started on Thanksgiving soon after shoppers lined up for a 50-inch HDTV. cheap iPad mini and huge 65-inch Vizio HDTV.

For many shoppers Twitter is a place to voice frustrations about 1 Hour guarantee problems during the start of the Walmart Black Friday 2014 sales. These problems ranged from employees not known exactly how the program works, broken merchandise and the most common problem — online registration issues.

While some users attempt to register online, they found the Walmart 1 Hour guarantee webpage missing or that their receipt was not valid.

What to do if you run into Walmart Black Friday 1 Hour guarantee problems.

Here is a list of complaints and Walmart 1 Hour guarantee problems, plus where you can go to get help without going back to the store.

Walmart 1 Hour Guarantee Problems

Here are common complaints on Walmart 1 Hour guarantee problems like receipt not valid, errors like the page is missing or may have been retired, and then what you can do to get help so that you make sure you get the HDTV, iPad mini or other deal that you paid for.

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@walmart Event 1 1 hour guarantee a joke. Lynn MA store posts sign not open until 1AM turns away 100's in line.

— HCZoner (@HCZoner) November 28, 2014

@Walmart why does everyone know about your 1 hour guarantee but your employees?

— Angelina Montes (@AngelinaMontes) November 28, 2014

Got a 1-hour guarantee ticket and it says to go to http://t.co/EY7RyV3j0v to order it but the site doesn't work @Walmart

— Josh (@JustJoshua5) November 28, 2014

Come on @Walmart get it together! Bought a TV with the 1 hour deal and when I tried to register online it told me my # was not valid.

— Danny (@DannyBgNola) November 28, 2014

The 1 hour guarantee on @Walmart website is not accepting my receipt. Great. BC I want to go back to the store… #whydoidothesethings

— KristiCapek (@KristiCapek) November 28, 2014

@Walmart Is it too late to register my 1-Hour Guarantee because i'm trying to put in the TC number but it's not going through.

— xavi (@anodvne) November 28, 2014

Waited an hour to pick up this tv and they hand me a broken one. Thanks #walmart. pic.twitter.com/CFywwJGt6Z

— Ally (@ChattyAlly) November 28, 2014

Walmart 1 Hour Guarantee Fixes

If you are experiencing these problems there are a few things you can do, if you already have your Ticket and number. Here is what you need to try to make sure you lock in the deal you paid for. Even if you have trouble, you’ll still have the money you paid, so you can’t lose your cash and if you have a ticket and receipt, you shouldn’t lose your number.

If you run into Walmart 1 Hour guarantee problems, you can reach out to Walmart for help without going back to the store, but the best thing to do is to wait and try the website again later.

We saw a similar number of problems last year during the first part of the day, but Walmart was able to address the website problems quickly so that users could resume registration. You have until 11:59 PM Monday December 1st Central to register.

Waiting until Friday morning or afternoon offers enough time to reach out to Walmart if the problems continue. The Walmart 1 Hour guarantee website may simply be overloaded.

@KristiCapek Hi Kristi – Please email us a copy/picture of your receipt to twsprt@wal-mart.com so we can help. Thanks! -Heidi

— Walmart (@Walmart) November 28, 2014

For users who get an error message that their code is not valid, it is possible to email Walmart for help. You can email your problem including a copy or picture of your receipt to twsprt@wal-mart.com and you’ll hear back from a dedicated support team.

This team can help you fix many of the problems that users experience, and time for the rush to die down will also make it easier to register for  your item s that  you can pick it up by Christmas.

Of  course you may experience second thoughts, and if you bought a cheap Walmart Black Friday Android tablet or Straight Talk smartphone you’ll want to check out our breakdown below to see if it is even worth buying.

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The Walmart iPad mini deal may not be the deepest discount, but it is tied with Target for the best iPad mini Black Friday deal of the year. Walmart chops $50 off the price of the iPad mini and includes a $30 gift card that you can use on a future purchase. This combines for $80 in savings and essentially means you'll get an iPad mini for $169 after you factor in all the savings. That's a steal, even for the older version of the iPad without a Retina display.

Check out our Best iPad Black Friday deal breakdown to see how this compares to an iPad mini 2 and other iPads. 

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Walmart Black Friday 1 Hour Guarantee Problems & Fixes is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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8 iOS 8.1.1 Details Users Need to Know

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 19:21

8 iOS 8.1.1 Details Users Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Over the past two weeks, we’ve taken a deep dive into Apple’s iOS 8.1.1 update in an effort to help those on the fence about the upgrade and also those of you that updated to iOS 8.1.1 on day one. We’ve covered a lot of ground and today, we want to roundup all of our extensive coverage in one place so that iPhone and iPad users looking for answers to iOS 8.1.1 questions can find them.

In September, Apple rolled out its brand new update for iPhone and iPad, an operating system that it dubbed iOS 8.0. The new iOS 8 doesn’t deliver the massive overhaul that arrived with last year’s iOS 7 update but it still brings some important new features to the table including improved notifications, Apple Pay, changes to iMessage and the Camera app, a new keyboard, and more.

Like any software update, the iOS 8 update delivered bugs and problems to owners of the iPhone and iPad. Over the past two months, Apple’s worked to iron out those kinks with a series of incremental iOS 8 updates. First, the company pushed out iOS 8.0.1. Next, it was iOS 8.0.2, an update that delivered fixes for iOS 8.0.1 bugs. After that, Apple rolled out iOS 8.1, a much larger update that spent time in its beta program. Last week, after another beta period, Apple pushed out iOS 8.1.1.

Apple’s latest iOS 8 update, like the iOS 8 updates before it, delivers bug fixes for iOS 8 problems. It also comes with self-proclaimed performance enhancements for the iPhone 4s and the iPad 2. While there are benefits, the iOS 8.1.1 update also delivered a number of problems for iPhone and iPad users around the world.

In the days after the update’s release, we’ve taken a look at Apple’s iOS 8.1.1 update for both iPhone and iPad and this roundup will get you caught up to speed. Our intention is to not only help those of you already on Apple’s new iOS 8 update but also to help those of you still mulling an upgrade to iOS 8.1.1 and better yet, iOS 8 itself.

iOS 8.1.1 Frees Up Storage Space

iOS 8.1.1 comes with bug fixes and supposed performance enhancements for the iPad 2 and iPhone 4s. However, as we found out soon after its release, it comes with another gift for iOS 8 users: 500MB or so of freed up storage space.

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We first noticed the change on the iPad Air and iPad mini 2 but were reluctant to share. Then, we started to seeing other users proclaim that they too saw iOS 8.1.1 free up a ton of storage space. It’s not clear why Apple did this and not list it in the change log but we’re not complaining. It’s worth noting that iPhone users are seeing the same change.

Now, this is absolutely huge for those of you that bought 16GB versions of the iPhone or iPad. 16GB isn’t a whole lot of space these days and 500MB is a whole lot. 16GB device owners will need to think long and hard about making the move to iOS 8.1.1.

iOS 8.1.1 iPhone Reviews

We’ve taken a deep dive into the iOS 8.1.1 update for iPhone and more specifically, on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 5. These reviews offer feedback in key areas like battery life, connectivity, and speed and they’re going to help those of you who are still on the fence about iOS 8 or iOS 8.1.1 itself. We highly recommend taking a look at the reviews before making your move.

Now, keep in mind, the decision itself is going to be yours and yours alone. These reviews serve as a guide. Apple doesn’t force you to install its latest updates so there’s no real rush. Take in our input but make sure you gather input from other sources. iOS 8.1.1 is a small update in size but that doesn’t mean that it won’t have a big impact on the performance of your device.

We have yet to go hands on with the iPhone 4s update though in that review, we provide feedback from a number of iPhone 4s users. For the most part, feedback has been positive but you’ll want to remain on what you’re on until you can get a better sense of the iOS 8.1.1 update.

iOS 8.1.1 iPad Reviews

We’ve done the same thing for the iPad. We’ve taken a look at the update on the iPad Air (first-gen), iPad mini 2, and the iPad 3. We’ve also rounded up feedback from owners of the iPad 2, a device that remains in the hands on many consumers worldwide. Like the iPhone reviews, these iPad iOS 8.1.1 reviews will provide you with crucial information and help steer you in one direction. Remember, you do not have to install the update right now.

iOS 8.1.1 Tips for iPhone & iPad Users

If you haven’t installed the iOS 8.1.1 update yet, we’ve put together some last minute tips for you iPhone and iPad users. These tips will help to ensure a smooth transition from iOS 8.1 and below to iOS 8.1.1. If you’re nervous about the update or you’re still on iOS 7.1.2 or lower, we recommend having a look at these. They’re simple tips but they’re going to help you through.

Keep in mind, you don’t need to use all of them. Some are going to be more important to you than others. And before you dismiss them, note that these tips have helped us in the past and they’re a big reason why we’ve managed to come out of the iOS 8.1.1 release unscathed across most of our devices. Bookmark them and use them again for upcoming iOS 8 updates.

iOS 8.1.1 Problems

There are a number of iOS 8.1.1 problems plaguing iPhone and iPad users. iPad mini users are dealing with Wi-Fi problems, iPad mini users are again seeing random reboots, issues with App Store, battery drain issues, keyboard freezing issues, issues with iMessage, and more. iPad users are complaining about low memory crashes, performance issues with animations, no sound coming from the tablet, broken FaceTime, mail problems, Wi-Fi problems, issues with mirroring, and more.

iPhone 5 users are also complaining about Wi-Fi issues, various problems with stability, battery drain, random crashes, Bluetooth errors, and more. And finally, iPhone 6 users are reporting issues with the battery, issues with Bluetooth, problems with Wi-Fi connectivity, bugs in Safari, network signal problems, reboots and screen rotation issues, Touch ID problems, and more.

It’s worth noting that iOS 8.1.1 problems are isolated and we’ve yet to discover any issues plaguing an overwhelming majority of iPhone and iPad users running the software.

Apple’s cooking up an iOS 8.2 update though it remains in the beta program with no release in sight. What this means is that iPhone and iPad users dealing with these problems are going to need to rely on third-party fixes that don’t come from Apple itself.

Fixes for iOS 8.1.1 Problems

If you do run into problems on iOS 8.1.1, we’ve got you covered. We’ve put together a list of fixes for common iOS 8.1.1 problems that you’re going to want to look at before smashing your phone or tablet. These aren’t going to work for everyone but they’ve worked for us, and many other users, in the past. If you’re dealing with battery life issues, we also recommend heading here.

You Can Downgrade to iOS 8.1

If you’re on iOS 8.1.1 and you’re not liking it or if you want to jailbreak your phone or tablet, you can currently move back to the iOS 8.1 update. We have a guide that will walk you through the process and ensure that you come out of the process without any headaches.

Now, keep in mind, this is temporary. Apple probably won’t sign off on the iOS 8.1 update forever. So if you’re at all interested now’s the time to make your move.

iOS 8 Jailbreak

iOS 8.1 can be jailbroken using the Pangu iOS 8 jailbreak. iOS 8.1.1 cannot be jailbroken using the Pangu iOS 8 jailbreak. And as we’ve pointed out, there’s no iOS 8.1.1 jailbreak in sight. If you want to jailbreak, you must move down to iOS 8.1.

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8 iOS 8.1.1 Details Users Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Best iPod Black Friday Deals

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 15:05

Best iPod Black Friday Deals is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

If you’re in the market for a new iPod, look no further, as these are the best iPod Black Friday deals you’ll find.

While Apple will have its own discounts on iPods come Black Friday at Apple Stores, you don’t actually need to shop there in order to take advantage of discounted iPods, and Apple doesn’t really offer the best discounts to begin with, compared to third-party retail stores.

Furthermore, while most of the bigger sales require you to wait in line out in the freezing cold and fight the crowds, pretty much all of the iPod deals this year can be found online as well, allowing you to stay home in your warm pajamas and drink a cup of hot coffee while you save money.

While the iPod has lost a lot of its popularity over the last few years, it’s undoubtedly still a useful product that many teenagers enjoy using, mostly thanks to the ability to offer an iPhone experience without the phone and without the hefty monthly service fees.

If you’re looking to get an iPod for a gift for that special someone on Christmas, Black Friday will be the best time to buy without a doubt, but you also might have some luck further into December with scattered deals, but Black Friday guarantees to have some great iPod deals for shoppers.

Best iPod Black Friday Deals for 2014

The helpful table below lists off all of the iPod Black Friday deals that we could find. Unsurprisingly, there aren’t a lot (certainly not as many as the iPad), but nonetheless, you’ll see some sweet discounts on Apple’s media player on Black Friday.

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Most of these iPod deals, if not all of them, are for the latest 5th-generation iPod Touch, which comes with a 4-inch Retina display, an impressive camera, and an aluminum shell that comes in multiple colors, including blue, red, green, space gray and silver.

It’s also important to note that some of these iPod Black Friday deals don’t come with a straight-up discount, but instead include free store gift cards that you can use on other stuff in the store.

iPod ModelDealSavingsStore 32GB iPod Touch 5$249 w/ $50 Gift Card$50Target 16GB iPod Touch 5$195 w/ $30 Gift Card$30Walmart 16GB iPod Touch 5$149$50Best Buy 8GB iPod Touch 4$79$50GameStop Any iPod Touch$199+ w/ $25 Gift Card$25Apple Any iPod Nano$149+ w/ $25 Gift Card$25Apple 16GB iPod Touch 5$149 after MIR$50RadioShack

The best savings you’ll find for an iPod this Black Friday is $50, which can be had at Target, Best Buy, GameStop and RadioShack, but the best deal overall would have to be at Best Buy where you can get a 16GB 5th-generation iPod Touch for just $149 after an instant discount.

The worst deal is at the Apple Store itself, where shoppers will only receive a $25 store gift card after they purchase an iPod Touch or iPod Nano at full price.

However, while many other stores only offer certain iPod models, the Apple Store deal may be good for those who are looking for a different model that isn’t on sale at other retail locations, in which case it could be a good deal for some Black Friday shoppers.

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Best iPod Black Friday Deals is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Best Nintendo 3DS Black Friday 2014 Deals

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 14:36

Best Nintendo 3DS Black Friday 2014 Deals is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Nintendo’s video game consoles have been a sort of enigma this last decade or so. Whenever you hear someone discussing gaming in the living room, it’s always Sony and Microsoft that get mentioned the most, despite Nintendo’s Wii U gaming console launching a year ahead of everyone else. The Wii U’s final chapter hasn’t been written, it’s getting more popular these days. The Nintendo 3DS has mostly always been popular. It’s the only platform in mobile gaming besides smartphones.

With relatively slow Wii U sales and pretty high Nintendo 3DS sales, you might think that now would be a great time to be buying either console. After all, Microsoft started slashing the price on the Xbox One to boost purchases and included some free games too. Nintendo isn’t doing that. Instead, it and most retailers are sticking to the formula they already have and just offering a few perks.

There aren’t a lot of Nintendo Wii U or Nintendo 3DS Black Friday 2014 Deals to be had.

Nintendo 3DS XL Mario Party Island Tour Bundle – Best Buy

One of the rare Nintendo 3DS deals doesn’t come from a traditional game retailer like GameStop or even Nintendo directly. Instead, it’s from Best Buy.

Launched in late 2012 the Nintendo 3DS XL wasn’t a completely new mobile gaming system. It didn’t add a lot in terms of features and didn’t break backwards compatibility. Instead, the Nintendo 3DS XL was a regular Nintendo 3DS with more screen release restate. Ever since then Nintendo has offered the Nintendo 3DS XL as an alternative to its regular-sized handheld console.

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Best Buy is selling this Nintendo 3DS XL for $174.99. That’s $25 less if they’d been purchased separately. For that price Black Friday 2014 deal shoppers are getting a Blue and Black Nintendo 3DS XL plus a free copy of Mario Party World Tour. Normally, the game and the console together would cost $174.99.

Since introducing the Nintendo 3DS XL Nintendo has upgrade the model it sells to users abroad. That version is called the New Nintendo 3DS XL. A faster processor, new shoulder buttons, support for Amiibo figurines and an upgraded joystick are included in this version. Unfortunately, it’s not yet sold in the United States.

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Nintendo 2DS Yoshi Island – Target

With Nintendo 3DS sales reasonably high, most thought that the next major upgrade to Nintendo’s handheld line would be a completely revolutionized handheld gaming console. Nintendo shocked everyone when it introduced the Nintendo 2DS, another unique handheld console that Target is offering this Black Friday for $99.

The Nintendo 2DS has all of the same features as its more expensive brother. That is except two key things. First it doesn’t fold in half for easy portability. Second, it doesn’t include the 3D technology that the 3DS does. It also offers less battery life.

What Nintendo 2DS buyers are getting at Target is a decent gaming machine that has a free copy of Yoshi Island included. Normally, a copy of Yoshi Island and an Nintendo 2DS would cost $129.99 separately. Black Friday 2014 deal hunters trying to get their hands on the Nintendo 2DS might want to show up to Target early. The company says that it only has limited quantities and it isn’t handing out rain checks like it normally does.

[ Target Black Friday 2014 Ad ]

Nintendo 3DS XL – Toys R Us

Finally, there’s Toys R Us’ Nintendo 3DS sale. For $179.99 users get the Nintendo in blue and black plus a copy of Mario Party Island Tour. Normally that’d cost $199. Toys R Us says only those who visit its retail stores will be able to pick up the bundle. As such, again you’ll want to show up early if you absolutely have to have the Nintendo 3DS XL on Black Friday.

[ Toys R Us Black Friday 2014 Ad ]

All told, Nintendo 2DS and Nintendo 3DS Black Friday 2014 deal hunters aren’t getting anything close to the discounts that Xbox One and PS4 shoppers are getting this holiday season. No, these deals don’t suddenly make Nintendo’s mobile consoles more affordable than they were before. That being said, they do offer some slight savings for users looking to spend more money on different games than the ones included with the bundle or maybe an accessory or two.

Good luck with your Black Friday 2014 Deals hunting. Remember to show up early to track down any deals that you have your eye on. Most retailers are kicking off their Black Friday 2014 deals at midnight or even on Thanksgiving Day. That doesn’t give you a lot of time to play around with if Nintendo handhelds are a must have on your holiday shopping list.

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Best Nintendo 3DS Black Friday 2014 Deals is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Best Xbox One Black Friday 2014 Deals

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 23:36

Best Xbox One Black Friday 2014 Deals is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

When you’re talking Xbox One Black Friday 2014 deals, it’s easy to wade into the obvious question. What are the Best Xbox One Black Friday 2014 deals available. Everyone wants as much as their money can afford. Everyone wants enough games and the best accessories to complete their gaming and entertainment experience.

Launched last year, things have rapidly changed for the Xbox One. It wasn’t so long ago that gaming industry insiders were writing off the Xbox One as a lost cause, a perfect example of what happens when a technology company betrays its audience. What those insiders weren’t counting on was Microsoft moving so quickly to improve its position. In quick order it’s refreshed its Xbox One console lineup, slashed prices and introduced bundles with free games and made Xbox Live a gaming service first. That’s all important because it all factors into how you whittle down to the best Xbox One Black Friday 2014 deals.

Read: Xbox One Review – Six Months Later

Here are the best Xbox One Black Friday 2014 deals we’ve seen so far and why they’re good enough for you and your family.

Xbox One with Kinect Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle for $429 – Best Buy

Last year, there was only one version of the Xbox One console. Inside the $499 original bundle was the console itself, all the cables users needed, a single controller and an Xbox One Kinect 2 sensor that allows the Xbox One to control audio, equipment, television sets and cable boxes. The Kinect 2 sensor also lets users control the console with gestures and their voice. There’s some motion gaming thrown in their too. This is the Xbox One experience that Microsoft originally intended for everyone to have. Earlier this year Microsoft released a cheaper $399 Xbox One that didn’t include a Kinect 2 sensor to boost sales.

Best Buy is giving shoppers everything in that original bundle and more and that’s why its making the cut for Best Xbox One Black Friday 2014 deals. For $429, Best Buy shoppers get an Xbox One with Kinect 2 sensor as Microsoft originally intended. Also included are some serious savings. Assassin’s Creed Unity and Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag comes as digital downloads in the bundle. Unity alone would regularly cost an extra $60. In addition to that, the retailer is throwing in a free Xbox One controller. For families, that extra controller is key if you want to be able to play most games with others. Regularly, an Xbox One Wireless Controller cost another $69.99.

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Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unit Bundle for $329 – GameStop

I mentioned earlier that Microsoft introduced a bundle that severely undercut the price of the Xbox One that debuted last year at the cost of dropping the Kinect 2 sensor. Earlier this fall, Microsoft went a step further and cut the price even further. That $399 Xbox One bundle now costs just $349. At least, that’s what it cost before GameStop added another price cut on top of that. It’s Best Xbox One Black Friday 2014 deal is on that $399 Xbox One console. It’s selling it for $329 and including Assassin’s Creed Unity & Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag too.

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Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle for $329 – Target

Target is matching the features and price of GameStops’s $329 Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle. The retailer will sell the Xbox One with the two Assassin’s Creed Unity games at the same $329. What makes it one of the best Xbox One Black Friday deals is the $50 Gift Card it’s giving out with the purchase. To be clear, buyers can’t use that Gift Card to knock anything further off on the console itself, but that gift card can be used for games or other accessories that you’ll need.

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Those are the best Xbox One Black Friday deals we could find, but the savings doesn’t stop there. Some retailers still haven’t released any information about the deals they’re offering. Naturally, you’ll also want to look into deals on other things besides the console itself. Look out for cheap games, cheap gaming headphones and cheap controllers. Also, keep a look out for cheap subscriptions to Microsoft’s Xbox Live gaming service. Now, that Microsoft doesn’t require users to have it to power entertainment apps, most think it’s not necessary. It really is though, Xbox Live Gold members get free games, free movie rentals and access to online multiplayer. To be clear, you can’t play games against other Xbox One owners if you don’t have an Xbox Live subscription. Microsoft plans to offer year-long subscriptions to Xbox Live Gold for $49.99 on November 27th.

Read: Xbox One Buying Guide – The Accessories You Need

Every Xbox One comes with 500GB of on-board storage, a wireless Xbox One controller, a single HDMI cable and an Xbox One power adapter. There’s also a wired chat headset for those who need that. Go

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Best Xbox One Black Friday 2014 Deals is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Best Walmart Black Friday Deals

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 23:05

Best Walmart Black Friday Deals is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

If you’re looking for some good deals on Black Friday, Walmart has you covered. Here are the best Walmart Black Friday deals that you’ll find.

Walmart’s Black Friday deals officially start at 6pm tomorrow, where you’ll be able to take advantage of some very good deal on HDTVs, tablets, smartphones, games, and a whole bunch of other stuff that you probably don’t need, but hey, the price is right.

Whatever your opinions are about Walmart, it’s tough not to admit that Wally World is usually one of the best stores to offer a handful of amazing Black Friday deals over Thanksgiving weekend. The deals are so good, in fact, that we thought it might be a good idea to contain them and pick out the best deals that you’ll find at Walmart this weekend.

Walmart’s Black Friday ad circular is nearly 40 pages long and is crammed full of all sorts of deals, which can make it extremely difficult to pick out the good deals and which deals are the best, but we’ve done all of the hard work for you, and below you can skim through the best Black Friday deals at Walmart, hand-selected by yours truly.

Read: Walmart Black Friday: Are 1 Hour Guarantee Items Worth Buying?

In these best deals, you’ll find a gigantic HDTV for less than $700, as well as game console bundles for newer-generation systems that will keep money in your pocket. And you can’t forget about the iPad deals, where you can get $100 off of an Apple tablet just like that.

To see all the best deals that Walmart will offer on Black Friday, check out the slideshow below, and happy shopping!

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HDTVs are one of the biggest products (figuratively and literally) that are always on sale during every Black Friday, and you can usually find a ton of them on the front pages of almost every ad circular. While many of the televisions on sale aren’t top-of-the-line models, you can usually find them discounted to ridiculously-low prices, like a 65-inch Vizio HDTV for $648.

The 65-inch Vizio HDTV is one of Walmart's biggest deals, and the store says you’ll save $350 off of the normal price. However, even though it’s a Vizio, every name-brand company has different model lineups, some of which are lower quality. With Vizio, the D series of televisions are on the low end, and this one discounted at Walmart is a D-series TV.

Still, that shouldn't stop you from taking advantage of such a deal, especially if you've been looking for a larger television for the living room.

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Best Walmart Black Friday Deals is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Black Friday Deals on Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360 and PS3 Games

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 22:36

Black Friday Deals on Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360 and PS3 Games is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Sure, Black Friday deals have made shopping for Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PS4 consoles almost irresistible this year, but what if you already have one of those consoles? What if you’re not planning to upgrade to an Xbox One or PS4 in the near future. What if you’re perfectly fine gaming on your Xbox 360 and PS3?

Luckily, lots of retailers are offering some pretty robust Black Friday deals on games for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4 and PS3. Here’s where to look if you’re hoping to save on console games this Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Amazon

Even before Black Friday starts, Amazon is already offering big discounts on console games. Today, last year’s Fighter Within is just $13.39. Amazon shoppers stand to save $10 on the Madden NFL 15 Ultimate Edition. The Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack is just $49.99. For PS4 users there are Transformers Rise of the Dark Spark, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Duck Dynasty for $24.99. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 for the Xbox 360 is just $19.99 and Destiny for Xbox 360 is $49.99.

Last year Amazon ran a rolling series of Black Friday 2014 deals over Thanksgiving Day. There’s no indication that the company has plans to do that in a big way with a huge selection again this year, at least none that have surfaced yet. Its Black Friday Deals Week Video Game page does include timed discounts for Need for Speed Rivals, Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale and Kinect Sports: Rivals. Those deals start at 8:10 AM tomorrow. At 3AM tonight Amazon will begin offering Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Lego Marvel Videogame and Injustice: Gods Among us. Unfortunately, pricing on those hasn’t been revealed yet.

It’s a good idea to check Amazon on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday to make sure you aren’t missing out on any crucial Black Friday 2014 deals for console games.

[ Amazon Black Friday Deals Week ]

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Digital games have slowly but steadily started encroaching on physical game sales. Never has that been more clear that this week. Both Microsoft and Sony are offering their own unique deals for those who’d like to save on games, but not leave the comfort of their own home.

Sony is discounting PS4 and PS3 games, plus giving an extra $15 in store credit when users spend more than $100. Discounted titles during the PlayStation Co-Op sale include Angry Birds: Star Wars for $24.99, Border Lands 2 for $6.49, Dark Souls 2 for $27.99, Resogun for $7.49 and TowerFall Ascension for $10.49. Users who have a PlayStation Plus subscription will see even more savings than this.

[ PlayStation Co-Op Sale ]

Microsoft is offering a slate of Xbox One & Xbox 360 game deals already. Among the games include in the Xbox Black Friday Games Sale are The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for $24.99, Diablo 3: Unlimited Edition for $34.99, Rayman Legends for $19.99 and Forza 5 for $29.99. All of these are for the Xbox One. For the Xbox 360 Red Dead Redemption is $7.49, L.A. Noire is just $7.49 and all three of the main games in the Gears of War series are priced at $4.99. Batman: Arkham City is just $4.99. All of these deals will stick around until December 1st. Microsoft says it’ll roll out even more deals on Black Friday.

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Retail Stores Wal-Mart

Finally, there are the traditional retail stores themselves. Wal-Mart’s Black Friday 2014 ads include over 30 console titles marked down to just $20, 40 titles marked down to $25 titles and 20 titles marked down to just $35. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be just $49.99 for those with an Xbox One and PS4 and $39.96 for those with an Xbox 360 and PS3. Wal-Mart’s game sale kicks off on November 27th – the day of Thanksgiving at 6pm.

[ Wal-Mart Black Friday Sale ]

Target

Target says it’s offering half off on hundreds of games during its Black Friday 2014 sale. Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, The Evil Within and Assassin’s Creed Rogue are included in that Black Friday Deal. Additionally, Target says that buyers can expect a free $ 15 gift card when they purchase either Halo: The Master Chief Collection, WWE 2K15, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros Wii U, Far Cary 5 and Destiny. Target opens on Thanksgiving Day at 6pm.

[ Target Black Friday Sale ]

Remember to stay on the lookout for more console gaming deals as sales kick off later tonight and into the weekend. Again, Microsoft is already promising more deals during the weekend.

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Black Friday Deals on Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360 and PS3 Games is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop Release: 10 Things You Need to Know

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 22:35

Android 5.0 Lollipop Release: 10 Things You Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The month of November has provided a rush of new Android 5.0 Lollipop release details for owners of Google’s Nexus devices, HTC smartphones, LG smartphones, Motorola smartphones, Samsung smartphones, and Sony devices. With details swirling, we want to take a look at the current climate and examine the 10 most important things to know, right now, about the Android 5.0 Lollipop release.

Earlier this year, Google took the stage at Google I/O and announced an Android L update. In October, Google finally confirmed the name and release of that update, now known as Android 5.0 Lollipop. Android 5.0 Lollipop, as expected, is a major update to the Android operating system, arguably the biggest change to the Android OS since its release.

Its brought massive change to Google’s stable of Nexus smartphones and tablets, Motorola’s Moto X and Moto G, and it’s set to bring massive changes to devices on a collection of other Android manufacturers including Sony, Samsung, and more.

This month, we’ve seen the Android 5.0 Lollipop update make substantial progress as companies, including Google, have pushed out Android 5.0 Lollipop updates to key devices. Of course, the enormity of the update’s release can be a lot to handle, especially for those that aren’t in tune with the smartphone world and only check in sparingly. That’s where we come in.

In an effort to inform as many Android users as we possibly can, we want to take a look at the most important things to know, right now, about the ongoing Android 5.0 Lollipop release for top companies. This roundup will cover key details for Nexus devices, Google Play Edition devices, HTC devices, LG devices, Motorola devices, Samsung devices, and Sony devices. Those of you touting other smartphones or tablets will need to investigate further.

That said, here are the details we consider the most important as we head toward the end of November and the end of the year.

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The first thing you need to know about the Android 5.0 Lollipop release is that Google’s initial Android 5.0 Lollipop roll outs seem to be finishing up. The company first started rolling out the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 Wi-Fi and Nexus 10 Android 5.0 Lollipop updates in mid-November and from what we’ve seen, those roll outs have slowed considerably. Not because of issues but because most people have received their OTA upgrade. The Nexus 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update rolled out days after these initial releases and it’s a little further behind.

We’ve outlined some tips for those still waiting on the Nexus Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA and those who still haven’t received their upgrade should have a look at those before throwing the device against a wall. Look for the four of these Nexus Android 5.0 Lollipop roll outs to be finished by the time the month of November ends.

Two Key Nexus Lollipop Releases Missing

There are, however, still two Nexus Android 5.0 Lollipop updates missing in action. Google still hasn’t released the update for the cellular versions of the Nexus 7 2012 or Nexus 7 2013 and it’s not clear when the company plans to push those updates out. An early rumor suggested that we would see all Nexus software updates roll out in November but that information did not come from Google’s mouth.

Nexus 7 users need to remember that release dates are heavily dependent on the testing process behind the scenes and testing can be extremely unpredictable. Remember, Google was extremely late to the Nexus 7 LTE Android 4.4.3 and Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates so this delay in action doesn’t come as much of a surprise.

Look for these updates to roll out before the end of the year without an announcement.

Android 5.0 Lollipop Problems

We’ve gone into detail about Android 5.0 problems afflicting Nexus users and it’s worth noting that a majority of complaints about Android 5.0 come from owners of these devices. Nexus users typically get the short end of the stick when it comes to the stability of major software releases and Android 5.0 appears to be no different.

It’s worth noting that many Nexus users are reporting good things about Android 5.0 Lollipop as well. Our Nexus 5, for instance, is running beautifully after the Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade. For many Nexus users, the update is going to be worth installing, even if there still are some bugs that need to be worked out. Google typically pushes out Android bug fix updates weeks after release so we could see a bug fixer arrive before the end of the year.

Google Play Edition Android 5.0 Updates on Tap

Google’s promised Android 5.0 Lollipop updates for its stable of Google Play Edition devices and despite delays, it still looks like the first Android 5.0 updates will land for HTC’s GPe smartphones.

We’re still not sure when it’s going to land for owners of the HTC One M7 and HTC One M8 Google Play Edition. The company was targeting a release earlier this month but with no movement today, it looks like owners of the HTC One M7 and HTC One M8 GPe are going to be made to wait a little longer for their upgrade to Android 5.0.

Those who own either device will want to keep an eye on the Twitter account of Mo Versi, a product manager who is very forthcoming with information related to Android updates. When the updates get approval, Versi will likely be the one to pass on the good news. Until then, users just need to assume that the updates are still in testing behind the scenes.

So far, these are the only Google Play Edition updates that we’ve seen. There’s a good chance that some of the other devices get the upgrade from KitKat to Lollipop but right now, those details remain in the shadows.

HTC One Lollipop Updates Moving Along

As for the carrier versions of the HTC One M7 and HTC One M8, we’re still looking at a release within 90 days from Google’s initial Lollipop release which means that we’ll most likely see the two updates roll out in 2015. That said, we have seen some progress made.

Earlier this month, developer LlabTooFer revealed some exclusive screenshots of the HTC One M8 on Android 5.0 Lollipop. The leak offers a glimpse at what the software will look like when HTC decides to roll it out. There are some massive changes that will be coming for HTC users including the new layout for cards that arrived with Google’s own Android 5.0 updates.

LG G3 Lollipop Update MIA but Imminent

The LG G3 Lollipop release is still missing despite promises to release it this week in South Korea. Even if it doesn’t roll out this week, we know that a release is imminent. First off, LG is talking like this update is done. Second, French carrier SFR has confirmed the update and says that it should be rolling out within the next week or so.

It’s only Wednesday so there’s a good chance we’ll see the update hit all three major South Korean carriers in the days ahead. And if we’re lucky, we’ll see at least one European carrier push out the update in the next week or so. Look for other carriers to follow suit as LG upgrades one of the best Android smartphones of 2014.

Still no word on the LG G2 Android 5.0 Lollipop update.

Moto X Android 5.0 Lollipop Update Makes Huge Progress

Motorola continues to push forward with its own Android 5.0 Lollipop release and the latest Moto X Android 5.0 Lollipop update is now available for users on Verizon Wireless in the United States. Keep in mind, this roll out is for the second-generation model and it’s only limited to one carrier in the U.S. We should see other carriers follow closely behind.

We still don’t know when Motorola plans to roll out its other updates, including the Moto X Android 5.0 update for the first-gen model, but Motorola users would be wise to keep an eye on the company’s plans via its Android software update page. There, the company will inform various users about these key updates though we suspect that we’ll hear about their roll outs well before Motorola announces them.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Leaks Continue

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop update already leaked out three times before today’s Sprint Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop update leak. Sprint’s update, which is confirmed to be in testing, is the first Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop update to be made available to the public. The software, which is a test version, is not meant for novice users and veteran Galaxy S5 users are advised to proceed with caution.

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is widely believed to be the first update that Samsung has up its sleeve though the company, unlike its competitors, continues to remain silent about its plans for Galaxy smartphones and tablets. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop release date is currently rumored for December though that window remains unconfirmed.

Samsung Galaxy Lollipop Release Dates Rumored

We’ve seen a number of other Galaxy Android 5.0 Lollipop updates rumored. The Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update is rumored for December alongside the Galaxy S5 while the Galaxy S4 Lollipop update is rumored for early 2015. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android 5.0 update is also all but confirmed though a release date still hasn’t emerged. We expect it to arrive in and around the Galaxy S4 Lollipop release. This is all we know, thus far, about Samsung’s plans.

Sony Xperia Android 5.0 Lollipop Update Update

Sony still hasn’t released an Android 5.0 Lollipop update and we simply haven’t seen much information flow in the past few weeks. The Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1S, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3v, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact will all be getting Android 5.0.

Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition devices will all be getting the Android 5.0 Lollipop update at some point down the road. The Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z2 series will get the update starting in 2015 with other devices following suit. Look for details to emerge in December and perhaps, in January as well.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop Release: 10 Things You Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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PS4 & iPad Air 2 Among eBay Black Friday 2014 Deals

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 16:32

PS4 & iPad Air 2 Among eBay Black Friday 2014 Deals is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

eBay isn’t exactly one of the retailers that immediately come to mind when hunting for Black Friday 2014 deals. Traditionally, users around the world take to eBay to let others bid on items they no longer want or require. Today, eBay revealed a ton of Black Friday 2014 deals designed to get users shopping online ahead of the Cyber Monday 2014 and the holiday shopping season.

eBay revealed sets of Black Friday 2014 deals just recently and there’s a fair amount of savings to be had across the board. eBay is rolling out these deals in specific phases. The retailer is adamant that each sale will only run while supplies last too.

The Thanksgiving Frenzy set of deals kick off tonight, November 26th at 9PM Pacific Time. Included in that set will be Sony’s PS4 for $329.99, Beats By Dre’ headphones for as much as 50% off and 20% off the iPad Air 2. Normally, Sony’s PS4 console costs $399.

The Black Friday Frenzy deals kick off on tomorrow, November 27th at 9PM Pacific Time. It’s these deals that get a bit interesting. Shoppers who are comfortable with purchasing Apple’s iPhone 6 without a two-year contract can do so for $10 off and get free shipping. That’ll bring the iPhone 6 16GB down to $639.99. Apple’s MacBook Pro will cost just $849 and Asus 13.3-inch HD Chromebook with 16GB of storage will cost just $149.99. eBay will also offer a 40-inch Changhong television for $199.99.

The holiday is a perfect time to purchase televisions and toys. It’s also a great time to purchase a smartphone. The LG Google Nexus 5 is being marked down to $319 in eBay’s Black Friday 2014 deals. Gaming consoles beyond the PS4 are getting seem price cuts too. The Xbox 360 is Microsoft’s last-generation gaming console. It’s being marked down by eBay to $99.99. Buyers of this bundle get the Xbox 360 with 4GB of storage and Peggle. Additionally, there’s Nintendo’s Wii U Deluxe gaming console. For $259 eBay Black Friday 2014 shoppers get Super Mario 3D World. The Xbox One Assassin’s Creed bundle will be just $329. That’s not a lot of savings on the Xbox One’s regular $349 price tag for the holiday season. That being said, eBay is also throwing in a year of Microsoft’s Xbox Live gaming service at no additional charge. Separately, Xbox Live Gold is selling for $35.99. Regularly, it costs $59.99

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For Cyber Monday, the deals get even more interesting. Potential buyers have long complained that Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 costs way too much for normal users. That hasn’t put a damper on sales, but it has made the buying public hungry for big Surface Pro 3 discounts. eBay is giving shoppers exactly with they’ve been craving with its Cyber Monday Frenzy sales. Starting on November 11th at 9PM users will be able to purchase the Surface Pro 3 64GB with Intel Core i3 Processor for $699.99. Normally, that same Surface Pro 3 would cost $799.

Potential buyers should note that they’ll still need to purchase the Surface Pro 3’s Type Cover separately for $129. iTunes Gift Cards are getting 25% price cuts during the Cyber Monday Frenzy sale too. Apple’s Apple TV accessory is $84.99 instead of the $99 it normally costs.

All told, eBay’s Black Friday 2014 and Cyber Monday 2014 deals are pretty robust. More specifically, some of these gaming deals, like the cheaper Surface Pro 3, are worth staying up late to shop online for. The best part, eBay Black Friday 2014 shoppers won’t need to wait in line hours before discounts start or sit outside in the cold waiting for retail employees to distribute coupons and tickets for the best Black Friday 2014 Deals.

 

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PS4 & iPad Air 2 Among eBay Black Friday 2014 Deals is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Best Apple Black Friday Deals 2014

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 15:37

Best Apple Black Friday Deals 2014 is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

You won’t find the best Apple Black Friday deals in your local Apple Store for most of the gadgets bearing an Apple logo. Instead you’ll need to look at Best Buy, Walmart, Target and even eBay to find a big Apple Black Friday 2014 deal.

We finally know what the Apple Black Friday 2014 ad looks like, and there are some deals you cannot find anywhere else like iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus deals on higher storage models and discounts on the customizable MacBook Pro and MacBook Air notebooks and even the new iMac Retina with a 5K display.

For some shoppers the ease of shopping online from Apple outweighs the need to stand in line or get online at the right time to get one of the absolute best Apple Black Friday deals for 2014. In most cases, you’re looking at long lines and there is only one deal that guarantees the iPad mini for one hour on Thanksgiving Day.

In some cases, the best Apple Black Friday deals are in the form of refurbished notebooks and tablets that Apple discounts below Black Friday pricing any day of the week. These include the latest models and often the same one year warranty as a new Apple gadget.

Here are the best Apple Black Friday deals you’ll find in 2014.

Apple Stores are closed Thanksgiving, but many of the best Apple Black Friday deals are on Thanksgiving Day at 5 PM and 6 PM depending on the store. Best Buy opens at 5PM with some deals online, while Target and Walmart start Black Friday deals at 6PM and offer some online. We may see some surprise deals on Amazon, but overall Best Buy offers the widest range of Apple Black Friday deals and beats most of the deals we’ll see in the Apple Black Friday 2014 ad.

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Below you’ll find the best Apple Black Friday deals for Black Friday 2014. We’ll outline the biggest deal you can find, and show you where to see the rest of the deals. The biggest discount isn’t always the best deal for every shopper, because it means lines and possibly a trip to a store that is out-of-the-way.

The biggest Apple Black Friday deals are also often on the low-end models, so some users may find a smaller discount on a product with more storage and other options an overall better deal.

Many of the best Apple Black Friday deals will sell out quick, so plan ahead and know where you need to line up or where you plan to shop online before Black Friday 2014 arrives and you are left looking for the best deal at the last-minute.

Many of the Apple Store Black Friday deals are not the cheapest, but it is unlikely that they will sell out as fast as the other deals. We typically don’t see sales at Apple Stores and some of these Black Friday 2014 deals will not see a repeat before Christmas, so plan for the shopping event.

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There are many iPhone Black Friday deals for 2014, and you'll need to know which iPhone you want and how much storage you need to find the best iPhone deal for Black Friday 2014. Unless otherwise noted you need to be eligible for an upgrade and sign a two-year contract for these deals. You'll find deals for AT&T, Sprint or Verizon, but normally not any T-Mobile options.

If you want a 16GB iPhone 6 you should go to Walmart. You can buy this iPhone 6 deal now on the 16GB iPhone 6 in space gray, gold or silver. The iPhone 6 is $179 and includes a $75 gift card to use on a future shopping trip. 

The best iPhone 5s deal for a 16GB model is also at Walmart and available now. The iPhone 5s is $79 and includes a $75 gift card for a future shopping trip. 

The best iPhone 6 Plus deal is at Apple where you pay full price, but get a $50 iTunes gift card with the purchase. 

Apple also offers the best deal for the iPhone 6 64GB or higher, iPhone 6 Plus in any size and the iPhone 5c -- all of which include a $50 gift card. 

Check out the best iPhone Black Friday 2014 deals for a sortable list of all iPhone deals you'll find on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. 

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Best Apple Black Friday Deals 2014 is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Nexus 9 Keyboard Case Hits Google Play

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 23:42

Nexus 9 Keyboard Case Hits Google Play is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Nearly a month after Google released the impressive new Nexus 9 tablet, we’re finally starting to see some accessories become available. Announced back in October and released on November 3rd, the Nexus 9 is Google’s latest tablet and runs the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop update.

When announced, Google’s Play Store added two accessories for the new tablet. Those being an origami kickstand cover case, and a keyboard folio case with a built-in kickstand, all day battery life, and more. Today, one of those is finally available for those interested.

Read: Nexus 9 Setup Guide: 5 Steps to Get Started

Google’s track record with releasing accessories for Nexus smartphones and tablets isn’t very good, and they’re off to a rough start with the new Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 too. Both have been available for some time from the Play Store, while the accessories weren’t. One Nexus 6 case went up for sale last week, and now the keyboard case is available for Nexus 9 owners.

The Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio case is a durable case, kickstand, keyboard, and device with a multipurpose design. It attaches magnetically to the Nexus 9 for a smooth and worry-free typing experience, and should be great for business users.

However, the biggest concern, is the price. Google is asking $129 for the Nexus 9 keyboard case, which is a lot, but it’s the only official accessory currently available. The impressive kickstand cases are still unavailable, despite four color options being shown on Google Play. They’ll be $39 once released, whenever that actually happens.

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That said, there is one option available today as shown above. The Keyboard folio case promises to attach magnetically for a secure connection, it uses Bluetooth for the keyboard aspect, and has two angles for the perfect position while typing, viewing movies, or watching YouTube.

Closed up this is a quality Nexus 9 case, and opened it becomes a multi-tasking business tool. Google also promise that the Keyboard Folio case for the Nexus 9 will last up to 5 months on a single charge. That’s extremely impressive. 5 months on a single charge is with two hours of usage each day, according to Google, and a quick plug-in with a micro-USB cord will have it full power in no time.

Read: Nexus 9 Deal Delivers $100 in Savings

Again, this is the only accessory that’s officially available from Google for the Nexus 9, but there are a few viable alternatives and keyboard options from places like Amazon. It comes in extremely expensive, costing users $129, but may be worth it for some. The Google Play Store states the Nexus 9 keyboard cover and case will ship in 1-2 business days, and don’t forget about the holidays, so most users can expect it Friday, or sometime early next week.

We’ll keep an eye out for more details regarding the other official accessory and cases from Google Play, and stay tuned for a full roundup of the best Nexus 9 cases, covers, accessories and options in the near future. Is $129 too much for a keyboard case? Let us know in the comments below.

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Nexus 9 Keyboard Case Hits Google Play is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iOS 8.1.1: 5 Things iPad Air Users Need to Know

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 23:29

iOS 8.1.1: 5 Things iPad Air Users Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Earlier this month, Apple pushed out a new iOS 8 update for the iPad Air dubbed iOS 8.1.1. With iOS 8.1.1 problems swirling and iPad Air users looking for feedback, we want to take a look at the five most important things owners of Apple’s first-generation iPad Air need to know, right now, about their new iOS 8 update.

Way back in June, Apple announced its replacement for last year’s iOS 7 update. Two months ago, Apple rolled out that brand new update for iPhone and iPad, an operating system that it dubbed iOS 8.0. iOS 8 doesn’t deliver the massive overhaul that arrived with last year’s iOS 7 update but it still brings some important new features to the table including improved notifications, Apple Pay, changes to iMessage and the Camera app, and a new keyboard.

Like any software update, the iOS 8 update delivered bugs and problems to owners of the iPhone and iPad. Over the past two months, Apple’s worked to iron out those kinks with a series of incremental upgrades. First, the company pushed out iOS 8.0.1. Next, it was iOS 8.0.2, an update that delivered fixes for iOS 8.0.1 bugs. After that, Apple rolled out iOS 8.1, a much larger update that spent time in its beta program. Last week, after another beta period, Apple pushed out iOS 8.1.1.

Apple’s latest iOS 8 update, like the iOS 8 updates before it, delivers bug fixes for iOS 8 problems. It also comes with self-proclaimed performance enhancements for the iPhone 4s and the iPad 2. While there are benefits, the iOS 8.1.1 update also delivered a number of problems for iPad users, problems that have many users on edge with some looking to go back down to iOS 8.1.

iPad users continue to bombard us with questions about the iOS 8.1.1 update and today, with those users in mind, we want to take a look at the most important things that iPad users need to know about their iOS 8.1.1 update, an update that is small in size but could have a big impact on one of Apple’s most popular slates.

Excellent Performance

The first thing you need to know is that we recently reviewed the iPad Air iOS 8.1.1 update. In the review, we take a look at how the update is performing in several key areas including battery life, Wi-Fi, speed, and more. It’s a great starting point for those of you that are still on iOS 7 or another version of iOS 8, say iOS 8.1. It will give you a ton of feedback so it’s worth checking out before you decide one way or the other.

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While we encourage you to read the full review, we should note that the iOS 8.1.1 update’s performance, thus far, has been excellent. This comes as no surprise given that iOS 7 and all of Apple’s previous iOS 8 updates have performed well on last year’s iPad Air. Of course, mileage is going to vary so we highly suggest poking around for more feedback before installing the update on your device, especially if you’re having a great experience on iOS 8.1 or below.

There Are iOS 8.1.1 Problems

You should know that iPad Air users are encountering issues after the iOS 8.1.1 update. We haven’t seen the same outpouring that we’ve seen for iPhone problems but iPad Air users are certainly dealing with an assortment of problems. Users are complaining about low memory crashes, performance issues with animations, no sound coming from the tablet, broken FaceTime, mail problems, Wi-Fi problems, issues with mirroring, and more.

We bring these iOS 8.1.1 problems up because we think that it’s essential that you know there is some risk involved in making this upgrade. iOS 8.1.1 does fix some problems but it also has the chance to deliver some new ones to your iPad. Before upgrading, make sure you take a look at user feedback and potential fixes so that you are better prepared in case you do run into issues with iOS 8.1.1 in the near future or further down the road.

iOS 8.1.1 Stable for Many

That said, it’s also important to note that these problems appear to be very isolated. Apple’s Discussion Forums typically flood with complaints after iOS updates but we simply aren’t seeing the same volume after the iOS 8.1.1 update. This doesn’t come as too much of a surprise given that we haven’t discovered any nagging issues on our version of the iPad Air.

We’ve also spoken to several other owners of the iPad Air who claim that the iOS 8.1.1 update actually improved performance on their variant. That’s not going to be typical but the point is that not everyone is having issues with iOS 8.1.1. That’s going to make it a little harder for those of you on the fence to decide but keep that in mind before you start believing stories about an iOS 8.1.1 “crisis“. There are bugs but many iPad Air users seem to have come out of the iOS 8.1.1 update unscathed.

Fixes for iPad Air iOS 8.1.1 Problems

We’ve put together a big list of the most common iOS 8.1.1 problems affecting iPad users. Many of these problems have plagued iPad users for years and that’s why were confident about the fixes. Fixes are often passed down from iOS update to iOS update and many of them work for users on iOS 8. We know because they’ve worked for us.

If you’re experiencing issues with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, battery life, or even the iOS 8.1.1 installation process, head on over to our list of fixes and see if you can’t get yourself sorted. These fixes aren’t going to work for everyone but there’s a good chance that at least some of you will find the remedy you’ve been looking for. This is important because we still don’t know when Apple’s going to roll out its next iOS update. iOS 8.2 is in the beta process but it could be weeks away.

You Can Go Back to iOS 8.1 Right Now

Finally, you iPad Air users need to know that you can go back to iOS 8.1 right now if you really need to get off of iOS 8.1.1. The option probably won’t be available forever but if you act fast and follow our guide, you’ll be able to move back to Apple’s aging iOS 8.1 update. There’s a few reasons to consider moving down.

One, you were having a good experience with iOS 8.1 and things have fallen apart after installing iOS 8.1.1. And two, you want to jailbreak your iPad Air. The Pangu Jailbreak does not work with iOS 8.1.1, at least not yet, which means that the only way you’re going to be able to take full advantage of the tweaks and features afforded to jailbreak users is if you move back to iOS 8.1.

If you don’t want to go back and you’re experiencing issues, again, you’re going to have to rely on temporary fixes for the moment because it’s not clear when the next iOS 8 update is going to roll out.

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iOS 8.1.1: 5 Things iPad Air Users Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iOS 8.1.1: 5 Things iPhone 5 Users Need to Know

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 22:22

iOS 8.1.1: 5 Things iPhone 5 Users Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Last week, Apple released the iOS 8.1.1 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. With iOS 8.1.1 problems swirling and iPhone users looking for feedback, we want to take a look at the five most important things owners of Apple’s aging iPhone 5 need to know, right now, about their latest iOS 8 update.

Way back in June, Apple announced its replacement for last year’s iOS 7 update. Two months ago, Apple rolled out that brand new update for iPhone and iPad, an operating system that it dubbed iOS 8.0. iOS 8 doesn’t deliver the massive overhaul that arrived with last year’s iOS 7 update but it still brings some important new features to the table including improved notifications, Apple Pay, changes to iMessage and the Camera app, and a new keyboard.

Like any software update, the iOS 8 update delivered bugs and problems to owners of the iPhone and iPad. Over the past two months, Apple’s worked to iron out those kinks with a series of incremental upgrades. First, the company pushed out iOS 8.0.1. Next, it was iOS 8.0.2, an update that delivered fixes for iOS 8.0.1 bugs. After that, Apple rolled out iOS 8.1, a much larger update that spent time in its beta program. Last week, after another beta period, Apple pushed out iOS 8.1.1.

Apple’s latest iOS 8 update, like the iOS 8 updates before it, delivers bug fixes for iOS 8 problems. It also comes with self-proclaimed performance enhancements for the iPhone 4s and the iPad 2. While there are benefits, the iOS 8.1.1 update also delivered a number of problems for iPhone users, problems that have many users on edge with some looking to go back down to iOS 8.1.

iPhone 5 users continue to bombard us with questions about the iOS 8.1.1 update and today, with those users in mind, we want to take a look at the most important things that iPhone 5 users need to know about their iOS 8.1.1 update, an update that is small in size but could have a big impact on one of Apple’s most popular iPhones.

iOS 8.1.1 Review

First, you should know that we recently posted our full iPhone 5 iOS 8.1.1 review. This review outlines all of the key components of the update including battery life, connectivity and apps. It’s a great starting point for those of you that are still on iOS 7 or are on another version of iOS 8 looking to make a move. It will give you a ton of feedback so it’s worth checking out before you decide one way or the other.

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Our goal is obviously to ensure that you’re as educated as possible before you make a decision about making the move up to iOS 8.1.1 from whatever it is that you’re currently on. We highly recommend doing a ton of research, that means reading several reviews (if you can find them), before coming to your decision. Remember, you don’t need to install iOS 8.1.1 if you don’t want to. There’s no rush.

Why You May Not Want to Install the iPhone 5 iOS 8.1 Update

You should know that there is reason to pause if you own an iPhone 5 and you’re running iOS 8.0.2 or lower. As we noted in our iOS 8.1 and iOS 8.1.1 reviews for the iPhone 5, we’ve seen a significant drop in speed with these updates on board. Animations and transitions that used to be silky smooth and fluid are now clunky and slow.

The iPhone 5 doesn’t crawl but it’s a sluggishness that we didn’t see when we had iOS 8.0.2, iOS 8.0.1, iOS 8.0, or iOS 7.1.2 on board. We’re still not sure what’s causing the problem but it’s clear that we’re not the only ones noticing a drop in overall speed after the iOS 8.1 upgrades. Speed is essential on the iPhone and given that you can’t move back to anything beyond iOS 8.1 after making the move makes the iOS 8.1.1 upgrade a tough decision.

At this point, we recommend waiting it out. While there is no guarantee that Apple will fix the speed issues with an upcoming update, the door is still open. iOS updates can have a profound effect on speed, for better or worse, something that was showcased with last year’s iOS 7.1 update for iPhone 5 (better) and this year’s iOS 8.1 update (worse).

With an iOS 8.2 update on the way, those of you hanging around on iOS 8.0.2 and below might be better off staying put. We obviously can’t make that call for you but the speed issues in iOS 8.1.1 are enough to make us want to retire the phone for good.

Yes, There Are iOS 8.1.1 Problems

You need to know, absolutely, that there are iOS 8.1.1 problems. iPhone 5 users have told us that they’ve seen their battery life negatively impacted after installing the iOS 8.1.1 update and that’s what prompted us to detail potential fixes for the issues in the days after the release. iPhone 5 users are also complaining about Wi-Fi issues, various problems with stability, battery drain, random crashes, Bluetooth errors, and more.

We bring these up because we think that it’s essential that you know there is some risk involved in making this upgrade. iOS 8.1.1 does fix some problems but it also has the chance to deliver some new ones to your iPhone 5. Speed issues included. Before upgrading, make sure you take a look at user feedback and potential fixes so that you are better prepared in case you do run into issues with iOS 8.1.1 in the near future or further down the road.

That said, we don’t want to scare you. Our experience on the iPhone 5, for the most part, has been flawless. And many of these issues seem to be very isolated. Do your homework and you’re going to be much better off.

Fixes for iPhone 5 iOS 8.1.1 Problems

We’ve put together a big list of the most common iOS 8.1.1 problems affecting iPhone users. These problems have plagued iPhone users for years and that means that we have a pretty good read on some possible fixes. Fixes are often passed down from iOS update to iOS update and many of them work for users utilizing iOS 8.

If you’re experiencing issues with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, battery life, or even the installation process, head on over to our list of fixes and see if you can’t get yourself sorted. These fixes aren’t going to work for everyone but there’s a good chance that at least some of you will find the remedy you’ve been looking for. This is important because we still don’t know when Apple’s going to roll out its next iOS update. iOS 8.2 is in the beta process but it could be weeks away.

You Can Go Back to iOS 8.1 Right Now

Finally, you iPhone 5 users need to know that you can go back to iOS 8.1 right now if you really need to get off of iOS 8.1.1. The option probably won’t be available forever but if you act fast and follow our guide, you’ll be able to move back to Apple’s aging iOS 8.1 update. There’s a few reasons to consider moving down.

One, you were having a good experience with iOS 8.1 and things fell apart after installing iOS 8.1.1. And two, you want to jailbreak your iPhone 5. The Pangu Jailbreak does not work with iOS 8.1.1, at least not yet, which means that the only way you’re going to be able to take full advantage of the tweaks and features afforded to jailbreak users is if you move back to iOS 8.1.

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iOS 8.1.1: 5 Things iPhone 5 Users Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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5 Best Black Friday TV Deals

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 22:06

5 Best Black Friday TV Deals is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

When it comes to Black Friday shopping one item that is usually on every shoppers list is a brand new TV. Over the years TV deals have become extremely popular, and this year we’re seeing some of the best Black Friday TV deals ever.

Instead of digging through tons of ads, we’ve rounded up five of the best Black Friday TV deals you’ll probably find this year, and will update if more surface. We’ve already covered plenty about Best Buy, Walmart, Samsung Black Friday ads and more, so this is all about HDTV options.

Read: Best Android Black Friday Deals

Last year Walmart had a huge 70-inch HDTV for only $998 which was extremely popular, but that’s not a size everyone wants, nor can fit in most buyers cars. And while everyone is different and has different needs, below are five great choices this year that have surprised many due to the low prices, and should be on Black Friday shoppers radar.

If you’re in the market for a giant HDTV there are plenty of choices, but we’ve yet to see anything with a near $700 discount like last year. That being said, many of the TV deals this year are much lower than many experts expected. Meaning Black Friday 2014 could be one of the best years to get a TV in recent history.

You may be looking for a huge TV, smart TV or something with a 4k resolution, and if so you’ll want to check out this full roundup of deals and expectations. That all said, here’s our five (or so) best Black Friday TV deals of 2014.

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Hands down the best deal is the Panasonic 50-inch TV from the Best Buy doorbuster, where they’ll begin giving out vouchers for this deal two hours before the doors open at 5PM on Thanksgiving Day. Meaning you’ll want to be there at least two hours early to get a voucher, and possibly even sooner to get in line and hopefully snag this awesome deal.

It isn’t a 120Hz TV and it doesn’t have smart functions, but with the Amazon Fire Stick, Roku, or even a Google Chromecast, you don’t need a smart TV. This is one of the best deals around, and it’s a 2014 model TV. This beats the Toshiba 50-inch for $199 from Amazon, as we don’t know too many details on that model yet.

Oh, there’s also an Element 48-inch TV that will be $179, if you can’t get the Panasonic or Toshiba mentioned above. More details on that can be found here.

Vizio 65-inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV – $648

The second best deal has to be the Vizio 65-inch TV from Walmart and its doorbuster. Again, this will be a hard one to snag as inventory is limited and surely there are a few people camping out in tents as we speak. This is as close as we’ve seen yet to the 70-inch TV last year. It’s a tiny bit smaller, and over $300 cheaper. Making it one of the best Black Friday TV deals hands down.

Make sure you bring a truck that can fit a TV of this size, and enjoy every bit of that 65-inch TV. Especially considering it usually retails for around $1000. You can eat some Turkey later, right?

32-inch LED HDTV from Amazon – $79

This had to make the list simply because it’s the best budget TV deal we’ve seen yet in 2014. Amazon hasn’t shared details regarding this deal yet, like the resolution or who makes the TV, but they’ll have a 32-incher for only $79.

Your next bet in this price range is the Element 29-inch 1080p TV from Target for $79 as well. This will be another doorbuster you’ll need to wait in line for, but for obvious reasons, it’ll be worth it. Good luck fighting over the crowds for this one. More details about Target deals can be found here.

LG 60-inch 1080p HDTV – $488

If you don’t want something too small or big, and can’t afford some of the fancy TV options over $500 you may want to consider the LG 60-inch deal from hhgregg.

They’ll have an LG 60-inch HDTV with 1080p resolution for $488, but we don’t have too many other details on this TV yet. Most likely this will only be 60Hz, but it’s still a solid price on a huge TV.

Vizio 55-inch Smart LED TV from Amazon – $478

Last but certainly not least is the Vizio 55-inch Smart LED TV from Amazon. It’s usually $648 and will be much cheaper between now and November 28th. Amazon has the deals going on now in lightning rounds, so once this appears you’ll need to hurry and get it before it’s gone.

This may have already ended, but could popup again during the lightning rounds, so keep an eye out. It’s also worth mentioning there’s a 65-inch Sharp for $688, and if you want something right in the middle of all these deals Walmart has a Samsung 40-inch 1080p HDTV for $279 if you can’t find some of the deals mentioned above.

And while we said five, how about a 4k TV. The best deal we’ve seen is the Best Buy doorbuster Samsung 55-inch UHD 4K TV for only $900. This TV is usually $1,399 so you’ll want to wait in line for this too.

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5 Best Black Friday TV Deals is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Nexus 9 Deal Delivers $100 Savings

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 00:04

Nexus 9 Deal Delivers $100 Savings is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

While many shoppers are currently scouting out hot Black Friday deals this holiday season, today a rather enticing Nexus 9 deal has surfaced that many will be interested in. A deal offering at least $100 off the new Android 5.0 tablet from Google.

Google’s Nexus 9 was released on November 3rd, so not even a month ago, yet deals have already started to surface offering the impressive 8.9-inch tablet for a lower price. The first deal arrived the day after its release, but a new discount from Best Buy is worth checking out for those who aren’t finding any good Black Friday deals.

Read: Nexus 9 Setup Guide: Steps to Get Started

Starting today and ending on November 29th, Best Buy is offering a rather impressive deal for those looking to snag the Nexus 9. You’ll be able to get at least $100 back after trading in an eligible tablet, and we have all the details below.

Starting today Best Buy is offering a brand new trade in promotion that is offering up Google’s latest Nexus 9 tablet for essentially $100 off. Simply head to a nearby store with any (keyword any) working tablet, and you’ll be able to trade it in and get $100 off the Nexus 9.

This is in the form of $50 off, and a $50 Best Buy gift card, so it isn’t a complete cash discount, but still an excellent deal and price just days before the Black Friday storm kicks off. While most stores have discounts on Samsung Android tablets, this is a pre Black Friday deal many will want to consider.

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As you can see from the image above, Best Buy is promising “a minimum” of $100 off the Nexus 9, and possibly more depending on the device you’re trading in. The way it reads, any working tablet that isn’t a Nook or eReader, and doesn’t have a broken display or water damage, is eligible for the trade-in deal. Meaning if you have an old Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch laying around that isn’t worth much, you’ll still be able to snag $100 off the latest and greatest impressive Nexus 9.

Read: Nexus 9 Hands-on & First Impressions

Google’s Nexus 9 tablet is the first device to run the completely overhauled and redesigned Android 5.0 Lollipop update. It offers a large 8.9-inch 2048 x 1538 HD display, a powerful NVIDIA Tegra K1 (64-bit) processor with 2GB of RAM, and stunning dual front facing speakers. Made by HTC you can expect the same impressive front facing boomsound speakers, aluminum bezel around the edges, and a quality 8 megapixel camera on the rear with optical image stabilization.

While many reviews suggested it isn’t quite the premium $399 tablet many were expecting, the Nexus 9 is still arguably one of the best Android tablets available today, and now can be had for $100 less thanks to this new Best Buy trade in deal.

Again, it’s worth noting that Best Buy is promising a “minimum” of $100 off the Nexus 9 with an eligible trade in. Meaning that a Nexus 7 (2013) or old iPad Mini may get you more than $100 off Google’s newest Android tablet. Now is a good time to snag the Nexus 9 and skip the Black Friday rush, so click here for more details regarding Best Buys new Nexus 9 deal.

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Nexus 9 Deal Delivers $100 Savings is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Nexus 4 Deals Arrive Ahead of Black Friday

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 23:54

Nexus 4 Deals Arrive Ahead of Black Friday is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

On the heels of the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 Android 5.0 Lollipop updates comes two new Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 deals that offer a steep discount ahead of Black Friday.

In 2012, Google released a Nexus tablet and a Nexus smartphone. The tablet, the Nexus 7, a device that it released to compete against the likes of the iPad mini, Kindle Fire, and more. The smartphone, the Nexus 4, arrived at the end of the year to replace the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. After getting off to an extremely rough start, the Nexus 4 settled in as one of the best smartphones money can buy.

The two devices aren’t getting any younger but that doesn’t mean that they should be ignored. Especially when you consider the fact that Google recently updated both the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 7 with Android 5.0 Lollipop. Android 5.0 Lollipop might be their last major Android update but the update helps to breathe new life into these two former flagships. And that’s what should make these new Nexus 7 and Nexus 4 deals tempting to some buyers.

Expansys USA is offering two different bundles that combine refurbished versions of the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 2012. They also include a bumper case for the Nexus 4, a necessity given that the glass back of the Nexus 4 is susceptible to cracks and damage. The prices for these bundles should be attractive to those looking to buy ahead of Black Friday and ahead of the holidays.

The retailer is offering the 8GB Nexus 4 and 16GB Nexus 7 2012 bundle for a mere $159.99. Those that need a little more storage can opt for the 16GB Nexus 4 with the 16GB Nexus 7 2012. That bundle is going for a mere $179.99 for all three products. That’s a nice little discount over the retailers usual offer and it’s a deal that buyers probably won’t find anywhere else. Google no longer sells either device and is instead focused on its new Nexus products, the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.

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While these two Nexus devices no longer offer the best specs money can buy, they’ll be good enough for average users with basic needs. Despite not having LTE data on board, the Nexus 4 was one of the best smartphones of 2012 and 2013 thanks to its collection of specifications which include a speedy processor, gorgeous display, and solid design.

Google’s Nexus 7 also comes with some aging but decent specs including a 7-inch display, black matte design, and a fast processor. Both devices now come with Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google’s new operating system that delivers a number of brand new features including the all new Material Design that changes the way Android looks and feels.

Android 5.0 is also rolling out to several other Nexus devices including the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 2013, and Nexus 10. The Nexus 5 was the successor to the Nexus 4 while the Nexus 7 2013 is the newer version of the Nexus 7. Google still sells the Nexus 5 but it’s discontinued the Nexus 7 in favor of the all new Nexus 9 tablet by HTC.

We still haven’t seen many Google Nexus Black Friday deals emerge making these two deals attractive to those that want vanilla Android software and the full Google experience. These deals though will have to compete against a number of non-Nexus Android update deals including a huge Galaxy S5 price cut at Amazon that drops the prices all the way down to $1.

It’s not clear where either device goes from here. Google typically keeps devices updated for two years before kicking them to the curb so Android 5.0 Lollipop could represent the final updates for these two devices. Consumers will want to keep that in mind before taking advantage of these bundles either for themselves or for loved ones during the upcoming holiday season.

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Nexus 4 Deals Arrive Ahead of Black Friday is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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