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iOS 8.2 on iPhone 6: 5 Things to Know Now

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 23:41

iOS 8.2 on iPhone 6: 5 Things to Know Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

It has been three weeks since Apple released the iOS 8.2 update for the iPhone 6. And now that the update has hit this milestone, we want to take a look at what we’ve learned about the iOS 8.2 update for iPhone 6 after using it for the past three weeks.

Three weeks ago, Apple took the stage at its Spring Forward launch event to announce new Apple Watch release details, confirm a brand new 12-inch MacBook, and reveal the iOS 8.2 release date. As expected, Apple confirmed the iOS 8.2 update for the same day as the event and several hours later, iOS 8.2 and its changes became available to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users around the world.

iOS 8.2, as we have pointed out many times, is not your average incremental iOS update. iOS 8.2 features a huge change log that includes tons of changes like the addition of the Apple Watch app, numerous security enhancements, improvements to stock apps like Mail, and a laundry list of fixes for iOS 8 problems on iPhone, iPad and iPod. It’s a big update and one that we’ve been digging into pretty regularly.

Apple’s iOS 8.2 update is now three weeks old but that hasn’t stopped the questions from rolling in. These questions come from power users, average users, and people who heard things from a friend who heard things from a friend. All walks of life. So we’re doing our best to reach out to everyone.

The iOS 8.2 is the iPhone 6’s second major iOS 8 update (iOS 8.1 being the first). Many iPhone 6 users have installed the software already, others are still looking into it. Today, we want to offer some feedback for current users and advice for prospective iOS 8.2 users as we dig into the iOS 8.2 update at the three week mark.

You Cannot Go Back to iOS 8.1.3

The first thing that all iPhone 6 users should know is that there is no turning back to iOS 8.1.3 once you’ve made the move to iOS 8.2. That makes your decision far more crucial.

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Apple’s closed up the iOS 8.1.3 downgrade which means that once you upgrade to iOS 8.2, you’re going to be stuck on iOS 8.2 until Apple rolls out its next iOS 8 update. That could be a few days away, it could be a few months away. We aren’t sure.

For next time: Once Apple releases a new iOS update, you typically have two weeks or so before it plugs up the downgrade. So when iOS 8.3 is released, you’ll likely have two weeks to move back down to iOS 8.2 if it’s not playing nicely with your phone or tablet.

iOS 8.2 Jailbreak Still MIA

If you own an iPhone 6 and you’ve been thinking about jailbreaking iOS 8.2, you’re just going to have to remain patient especially if you’ve already made the move up to iOS 8.2.

It appears that the jailbreak team behind the TaiG iOS 8.1.2 jailbreak is still working on an iOS 8.2 jailbreak but it’s still not clear when it might come out. With another iOS 8 update probably just weeks away, it’s possible that they’ll hold the exploits for Apple’s new update. It’s impossible to tell at this point given the lack of information.

 

What we do know is this. If you want to jailbreak and you haven’t moved to iOS 8.1.3 or iOS 8.2, do not move yet. If you’re currently jailbroken on iOS 8.1.2 or below, same thing. Do not move to iOS 8.2 until the all clear is given.

iOS 8.2 Problems Continue

iOS 8.2 problems continue to emerge for iPhone and iPad users. Apple’s discussion forums are filled with complaints about iOS 8.2 problems. Most of the issues that we’ve seen are isolated and not widespread though they are still a cause for concern for those of you that haven’t upgraded to the iOS 8.2 update for iPhone 6.

iPhone 6 users are complaining about app crashes, tons of complaints about Bluetooth on iOS 8.2, no sounds for incoming messages, iCloud backup issues, complaints about bad battery life, and more.

If you haven’t upgraded yet, we suggest gathering feedback from other iPhone 6 users before making your move. You assume some risk making the move to iOS 8.2 so you’ll want to be absolutely sure that this is the right move. Remember, Apple doesn’t force you to install its iOS updates. So you can just sit back and be patient.

If you have upgraded and you are running into similar problems, know that we’ve put together a list of fixes for iOS 8.2 problems that will serve as a great point of reference. These fixes aren’t guaranteed to work but they’re a great starting point. We always recommend seeking out fixes from other iPhone 6 users and other sites. Sometimes, its the lesser known fixes that work.

iOS 8.2 on iPhone 6: Three Weeks Later

I’ve been using the iPhone 6 iOS 8.2 update for three weeks now. Last week, I offered up another full length review that covers everything from app performance to iOS 8.2 battery life on iOS 8.2.

Instead of a full review, I’m just going to offer some quick thoughts about the iOS 8.2 update at three weeks. Ultimately, it will be up to you to decide if you want to install.

  • Wi-Fi, LTE, Bluetooth still working fine.
  • Battery life is excellent.
  • The iPhone 6 is fast with iOS 8.2 on board.
  • Google Chrome is still crashing all the time but that’s nothing new.
  • I haven’t run into any major bugs.
  • One annoying issue has returned: Landscape issues. These have been plaguing my iPhone 6 since launch. I’m hoping an upcoming update (iOS 8.3, iOS 9, something, anything) fixes them.
iOS 8.3 Release Date Could Emerge Soon

If you’re on the fence about iOS 8.2 or if you’re dealing with issues that you can’t seem to fix, know that Apple’s next iOS 8 update could come a lot sooner than you think.

Apple’s iOS 8.3 is currently in its fourth developer beta, second public beta, and rumors point to a public release after the fourth beta. That’s not confirmed but it’s clear that Apple is making progress towards another major iOS 8 release.

iOS 8.3 is going to be another big incremental update. In addition to the new features, it should come with fixes that help to stabilize the iPhone 6 ahead of a possible iOS 8.4 update and iOS 9 later this year.

So, if you aren’t too keen on making the move to iOS 8.2 right now, know that another big iOS 8 update (and perhaps the final major iOS 8 update) could be coming soon. We expect it to arrive in April or May though nothing is confirmed.

iOS 8.2 on iPhone 6: 5 Things to Know Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop Update Details Emerge

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 22:10

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop Update Details Emerge is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

New Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update details have emerged today and it appears that the Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop release has finally started in one well known region for one well known carrier.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update first started rolling out in late January. The update replaces the device’s Android 4.4 KitKat operating system and it delivers a number of new features including Google’s Material Design. It’s a substantial update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and it’s slowly starting to make its way around the world.

Today, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 Android 5.0 Lollipop release has reached another part of the world and it’s users in Canada that now have something to be excited about.

Canadian carrier Bell today confirmed the release of its Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update and reports suggest that the update is rolling out right now to some Bell Galaxy Note 3 users. The carrier’s website hasn’t been updated (yet) to reflect the roll out yet and we haven’t seen the firmware pop up (yet). We expect both of those to be updated in the near future now that the software is confirmed to be rolling out.

Galaxy Note 3 users on Bell are encouraged to check in the settings for the Lollipop upgrade. Once it’s available, a prompt will appear and the download and installation process will begin. The update, from what we’ve seen, is a massive 944MB which means that it could take some time to download over a slow Wi-Fi connection.

Samsung requires Galaxy Note 3 users to have 3GB of internal storage space available so that the update can properly install and it appears that the update will decrease the amount of free memory space by nearly 1GB.

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The update should bring a number of enhancements, fixes and features to owners of the Galaxy Note 3. There is also the potential for Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop problems to strike though with the update still extremely young, there’s no way to tell what problems it might have on board. Galaxy Note 3 users in other parts of the world have been complaining about bad battery, lag, poor connectivity, and more.

Bell is the first Canadian carrier to release the Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update but it probably won’t be the last. Canadian carriers typically release their software in and around the same day and we expect to see other Canadian carriers release their Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop updates in the near future. The usual suspects like Rogers and TELUS have yet to confirm any dates so users will need to keep an eye open.

 

Last week, AT&T became the second US carrier to push out a Galaxy Note 3 Android 5.0 Lollipop update. The update came out of the blue and it’s rolling out to AT&T users across the US right now. Like Samsung’s other Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop upgrades, AT&T’s delivers a series of enhancements that breathe new life into the aging former flagship.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop release has been moving out slowly in the months since its initial release back in late January. It has landed for a number of devices in a number of different regions though it’s still limited in most places and a majority of carriers have yet to outline their plans. Samsung’s roll outs typically take several months to complete and Galaxy Note 3 users will need to keep an eye out for fresh information.

The company continues to pump out Galaxy Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrades in the months since the initial release back in December. The company is currently focused on a number of different devices including the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 3, and Galaxy Note Edge. All of these updates are in different stages of deployment and only the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4, and Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop updates are available in the United States.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop Update Details Emerge is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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10 Things to Know About the Verizon Galaxy S6 Release

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 21:26

10 Things to Know About the Verizon Galaxy S6 Release is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The start of the US Samsung Galaxy S6 release date is confirmed for April 10th and pre-orders are now live for some carriers ahead of its release date. With that in mind, we want to take a look at the most important things we think Verizon Galaxy S6 buyers need to know ahead of the Verizon Galaxy S6 release date for the regular model and Galaxy S6 Edge.

On March 1st, Samsung announced the all new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. These two flagships replace the Samsung Galaxy S5 and join the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge in Samsung’s fight against top Android rivals and Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Samsung’s new devices are tempting propositions and many buyers in the United States have their eyes on them.

Most US carriers have confirmed the most important Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge release details including the release date, colors, storage, pre-orders, and price. Verizon isn’t like most carriers though.

While the carrier was quick to confirm both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge and a pre-order date for both, the Verizon Galaxy S6 release is still a bit of a mystery as we approach the start of April and the start of Verizon Galaxy S6 pre-orders.

With that in mind, we want to take a look at the most important things to know about the Verizon Galaxy S6 release date and some of the smaller details that we think you need to be aware of as we march closer to the Verizon Galaxy S6 release.

Verizon Galaxy S6 Pre-Orders Start This Week

This is a public service announcement. Reminder, Verizon Galaxy S6 pre-orders start this week at Verizon, April 1st to be exact. Verizon will be taking pre-orders in its physical retail locations and it will also be taking them through its online portal. We probably won’t see a complete sell out, we haven’t seen one yet, so you should be able to find one online or in store on day one.

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Best Buy says that it currently is taking Verizon Galaxy S6 pre-orders in stores right now. We imagine that this in-store pre-order will only last until April 1st. At that point, we’d expect Best Buy to start taking online Verizon Galaxy S6 pre-orders as well. There are a few things to know if you’re planning to go this route.

First off, Best Buy is charging an arm and a leg for the Galaxy S6 off-contract. The base model, the 32GB variant, is going to run you $750 off-contract. A brand new 32GB Galaxy S6 off-contract through Verizon is only $600, a difference of $150 for those not counting. That pretty much amounts to highway robbery on Best Buy’s part. Do not buy the Verizon Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge off-contract there unless you have a gift card or you’re sitting on heaps of points.

It’s also worth mentioning that Best Buy is charging more per month on Verizon’s Edge plan. For instance, the 32GB Galaxy S6 is $24.99 per month for 24 months on Verizon. On Best Buy, it’s $26.21. Keep that in mind.

Verizon Edge vs. Two Year Contract

We put together a comparison that highlights the differences between Verizon Edge and a new two year contract. We highly recommend taking a look at that if you’re not sure how to buy the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge.

Amazon Galaxy S6 Pre-Orders

Amazon is taking early pre-orders for the AT&T and Sprint Galaxy S6 models and there’s a very good chance that it will have the Verizon Galaxy S6 in stock ahead of its unannounced release date. The retailer isn’t offering any discounts ahead of time but it’s also not overcharging like Best Buy is. Something to know if you don’t want to order from Verizon.

Verizon Will Carry the Gold Galaxy S6

Verizon announced today that it will indeed have the gold Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge models in addition to the white and black Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge variants.

As far as we can tell, the gold models will be released alongside the two other colors. No word yet on the green or blue Galaxy S6 variants and it’s possible that those will arrive much later in the year, if they arrive at all.

Verizon Galaxy S6 Release Date Unknown

The Verizon Galaxy S6 release date is still unknown. While we have a pre-order date, we don’t have a specific release date. It’s a bit weird but Verizon is a weird carrier.

We should see the Verizon Galaxy S6 release date emerge, at the latest, on April 1st. Verizon will almost certainly give a ship by date to those that pre-order. We’re expecting a date in and around April 10th but there’s no guarantee. Verizon’s been known to push release dates though we would not expect to see a date much later than April 10th if it does decide to space its release out.

Mail-in Rebate Fun

Quick note. The Verizon Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge price tags come with a $50 mail-in rebate debit card. In other words, you pay $250 for the 32GB Verizon Galaxy S6 and Verizon will send you a $50 debit card to knock $50 off the price of the phone.

Verizon notes that the mail-in rebate debit card could take up to six weeks to arrive in the mail and that it does have a shelf life of 12 months. This is something you need to keep in mind if you’re the forgetful type.

Verizon Galaxy S6 Edge is Way More Expensive

Another reminder. The Verizon Galaxy S6 Edge is way more expensive than the Verizon Galaxy S6. That will be the case on Verizon and that will be the case wherever else the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge end up.

 

At Verizon, the Galaxy S6 Edge is $100 more expensive than the regular model. That includes on-contract pricing and that also includes off-contract pricing. Verizon Edge pricing changes accordingly.

Verizon Galaxy S6 Deals

We haven’t spotted many early Verizon Galaxy S6 deals though there is one that you should be aware of ahead of the Verizon Galaxy S6 release.

Best Buy, the retailer that you should avoid if you’re going off-contract, is offering a free charging pad which is a $60 value. The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge come with built-in wireless charging so this is definitely a deal worth looking at. There is one caveat though.

The deal only extends through April 11th, or, a day after the initial Galaxy S6 release date in the United States. So you’ll need to act pretty quickly if you’re interested in the deal.

As for other deals, we’d expect some retailers to offer deals as we push away from the initial Galaxy S6 release date. The deals will likely start off small before growing larger as we move into the fall.

Tons of Galaxy S6 Accessories

Verizon notes that it will have tons of Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge accessories on sale. Its accessories will include a mix of official Samsung accessories like the S View Flip Cover and third-party accessories like Speck’s CandyShell Grip case.

It’s worth noting that there will be a ton of other accessories on sale for the Verizon Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge from retailers like Amazon and companies like Mophie.

Galaxy S6 Release Date Tips

Finally, you should know that we’ve outlined some essential Samsung Galaxy S6 release date tips that we think you should absorb before Verizon’s Galaxy S6 release date. This checklist will come in handy for those of you buying a high-end Android smartphone for the first time. It will also help those of you that may not have gone through the smartphone buying process in a few years.

10 Things to Know About the Verizon Galaxy S6 Release is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Trade in Android for iPhone at a Local Apple Store

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 15:53

Trade in Android for iPhone at a Local Apple Store is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

For the first ever, Apple is now accepting non-Apple devices in their trade-in program, including Android phones.

This means that if you want to switch to iPhone, you can go to an Apple Store and trade in your old Android device and get some cash for it that can be used to buy a new iPhone.

Apple’s Reuse and Recycling Program hasn’t yet updated its webpage to reflect the new changes, but individual Apple Retail Store pages have been updated to say that the company will accept an iPhone or iPad, or a “select smartphone from another manufacturer.”

It doesn’t say what specific phones are accepted, but AppleInsider says that some Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone devices are eligible, including some phones from manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, LG, Nokia, and Sony. More specifically, eight Sony models, 22 Samsung models (including the Note 4 and Galaxy S5), five Nokia models, four BlackBerry models, seven HTC models (including the One M8), and nine LG models, including the Nexus 5.

It’s not said how much Apple will give you for trading in an old smartphone, but we’re assuming it depends on the age and condition of the device. In any case, Apple will give you an Apple Store gift card in the amount of the trade-in.

Apple’s trade-in program has been in place for a few years now, but this is the first time that the company is accepting non-Apple products to trade in for an iPhone.

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There are many businesses dedicated to allowing users to trade in their used smartphones for quick cash, and even a lot of retailers and carrier stores are getting in on the action as well. If you don’t want to hassle with selling your old device yourself, trade-in programs can save the day and make it easy to get rid of it. However, trade-in programs usually give you way less money than if you were to sell it yourself.

First, the idea behind trade-in programs is that they offer you cash for an old phone and then turn around and sell it to someone else. They need to make a profit from doing this, so they usually give you way less than what your old device is truly worth, that way they can make money when they sell it used to someone else for a decent price. This is usually why you can make more money from taking a little bit of extra time and selling it yourself. It could earn you way more money that would be worth the extra time.

Of course, trade-in programs exist for a reason, and they simply allow users to just get rid of their old stuff while getting some quick cash in return, especially if they don’t want to take the time (or don’t have the time) to list it on eBay or Craigslist, deal with the buyers, and then go to the post office to ship it away.

Companies like Gazelle make it really easy to trade-in an old smartphone, and it looks like Apple is slowly putting their foot into this market more and more in an effort to sell more iPhones to users who are thinking about switching to Apple’s platform.

Trade in Android for iPhone at a Local Apple Store is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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MLB 15 The Show Deals Arrive for Release

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 15:05

MLB 15 The Show Deals Arrive for Release is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The MLB 15 The Show release arrives this week and if you want to save big, now is a great time to buy this game and others to score several big MLB 15 The Show deals.

You can even save $50 or more with PS4 deals at many retailers if you also need to upgrade to the PS4 to play MLB 15 The Show. There are many reasons to buy the more expensive PS4 MLB 15 The Show version.

The biggest MLB 15 The Show deals come if you need to buy another game or if you want to go in with a friend to buy two copies of MLB 15 The Show.

Be sure to check out more on what you need to know about the MLB 15 The Show release date and release events if you are amped up to play this game.

MLB 15 The Show Deals

You can find MLB 15 The Show deals at almost every store, and if there isn’t a deal at your favorite store you can get a price match to another retailer that is offering a bigger discount, as long as it is available in your area. With the huge list of video game deals this week, it’s an incredible time to find a discount.

Save with MLB 15 The Show deals available right from the MLB 15 The Show release date.

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Here is a breakdown of all the MLB 15 The Show deals we can find this week. You still need to wait until Tuesday, but you can go at midnight to a 24-hour store like Meijer to get one of the deals.

  • Meijer – MLB 15 The Show – $10 off Your Next Shopping Trip
  • Meijer – MLB 15 The Show – Buy One Get one 40% Off all Video games
  • Target – MLB 15 The Show – Buy One Get one 50% Off all Video games
  • Toys R Us – MLB 15 The Show – Buy One Get one 40% Off all Video games

With these MLB 15 The Show deals you can also snag a copy of Bloodborne or Battlefield Hardline to round out your spring 2015 PS4 games collection.

There are also plenty of Buy one get one 50% off deals that include MLB 15 The Show.

Best Buy doesn’t offer any specific MLB 15 The Show deals, but if you are a Gamers Club Unlocked member you can save 20% off the game, knocking the price to $48. This is better than Meijer’s deal and depending on other games you want to buy, it could be a better deal than any of the Buy One Get One Deals.

PS4 Deals

PlayStation 4 + Bloodborne Bundle Current Price: $399.99 Price Disclaimer With MLB 15 The Show and Bloodborne now available, this may be the time you are looking to upgrade to the PS4. If that is the case you can score insane PS4 deals at the end of March 2015. Here is a fast look at the PS4 deals you’ll want to check out if you are upgrading for MLB 15 The Show.

  • AmazonPS4 + Bloodborne + The Last of Us Remastered + $20 Gift Card – $399
  • Toys R Us – PS4 + Extra DualShock 4 Controller – $399
  • Best Buy – PS4 + The Last of Us Remastered + Free PlayStation Camera – $399
  • Meijer – $50 Coupon for Next Shopping Trip with PS4 + The Last of Us Remastered – $399
  • Target – $50 Gift Card + PS4 + The Last of Us Remastered – $399
  • Walmart – PS4 + Extra DualShock 4 Controller + Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare + The Last of Us Remastered – $399
  • GameStop – $175 Trade-In Credit for PS3 (120 GB or higher) or Xbox 360 (250GB or higher)

These are better than many of the PS4 Black Friday deals we saw, and if you want a PS4, this may be the best week to buy one from one of these stores.

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MLB 15 The Show Release Date - March 31st Confirmed

Sony is the undisputed king of baseball games with MLB The Show and we know that MLB 15 The Show is coming in early 2015. Sony just shared five key details about MLB 15 the Show and gamers are excited. 

MLB 15 The Show is a PlayStation Exclusive, that is coming to the PS4, PS3 and PS Vita. There is a chance that this will be one of the first big hits among the 2015 PS4 game releases. I

Watch the MLB 15 The Show teaser video above for a glimpse at what's new. 

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MLB 15 The Show Deals Arrive for Release is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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What to Do If Your iPad Gets Stolen

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 17:05

What to Do If Your iPad Gets Stolen is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

If your iPad was stolen from you, here’s what you need to do in order to keep your information safe and hopefully get your device back.

Millions of mobile devices get lost or stolen every year. In fact, between January 1 and September 23 of 2012, 11,447 devices were reported stolen in New York City alone.

Usually, if you lose your device, there’s not much you can do about it other than to try and go back and find it. If it’s stolen, you’re kind of out of luck, unless you can find a way to somehow locate it and get it back from the perpetrator. Luckily, device manufacturers are adding ways for owners to track and manage their devices if they ever do get lost or stolen, giving users a fighting chance at least.

There are a handful of things that you’ll need to keep in mind and make sure that you do whenever your iPad does end up stolen. Many users simply resort to tracking their stolen device using Find My iPhone, but don’t spend too much time trying to track down the device and the criminal, as there are other tasks that you need to do if you’re iPad gets stolen.

Here’s a list of tasks that you should do (in no particular order) when you discover that your iPad has been stolen.

Track It with Find My iPhone

Find My iPhone is a service that comes free with every iOS device and Mac computer, and it allows you to track your iPhone or iPad, whether it was lost or stolen. Of course, it only works when the device is on and it has a signal, so if your iPad gets stolen and the thief was smart enough to turn off the device or put it in Airplane Mode, Find My iPhone won’t work, but it’ll at least give you a fighting chance in case the thief isn’t that smart. Here’s how to use it.

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Head to iCloud.com and log in using your Apple ID information. You’ll be greeted with a handful of apps arranged similarly to how your iPad home screen is laid out. Click on the Find My iPhone icon and you’ll be taken to a full-screen map with dots representing where your various Apple devices are located (including Mac computers, if you have any).

You can click on Devices at the top to view all of your Apple devices, and when you select your stolen one, you’ll have the same three options as the Find My iPhone app: Play Sounds, Lost Mode and Erase iPad.

Personally, using Find My iPhone would be the first thing I do, but again, don’t spend a lot of time fiddling around with it. Instead, quickly log on and see if you can track your iPad. If you know it’s location, close out of Find My iPhone and move on to the next step.

Call the Police & File a Report

Be sure to call the police and not only file a report, but also tell them that you know the location of the stolen device if you know where it is from using Find My iPhone. If that’s the case, they’ll usually send an officer out to help retrieve the stolen iPad and catch the perp. Under no circumstances should you pursue the perp on your own, as you have no idea what they’re capable of. Let the police handle it.

Otherwise, there is very little that the police can do if you don’t know the location of the stolen device, but filing a report can help when dealing with Apple or your insurance company.

Remotely Erase Your Stolen iPad

At this point, if you can’t locate your stolen iPad and the police can’t help you find it, you’re probably at the point where you’ll never see it again, which is why it would be a good time to remotely wipe your stolen iPad if you can using iCloud and Find My iPhone.

Like before when you logged into iCloud.com to try and locate your stolen iPad, there is an option to remotely wipe your device, called Erase iPad. Clicking that will remotely wipe your device so that the thief can’t access any personal information. This is ideal if you have sensitive information on your iPad. While most thieves aren’t really interested in your personal information anyway, it’s still a good step to take whenever one of your devices gets stolen.

However, keep in mind that erasing your stolen iPad will prevent you from using Find My iPhone to locate the device in the future. At this point, it’s officially time to say, “bye bye.”

Call Your Carrier

After you remotely wiped your iPad, be sure to call your mobile carrier to cancel service on the iPad, if you have an LTE model, that way if the thief can access your device, you won’t rack up any charges for data usage, and will instead shut down service and prevent him from using the LTE.

Plus, if you have a police report that you can show the carrier, they’ll be more likely to work with you and take action quicker than they would normally. You usually have to prove it was stolen anyway in order for the carrier to take action, and the police report you filed will do the trick.

What to Do If Your iPad Gets Stolen is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop Update: 10 Things to Expect Now

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 16:42

Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop Update: 10 Things to Expect Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android 5.0 Lollipop update has been rolling out since late January. And while it has made solid progress, there are still plenty of devices and plenty of people on Android 4.4 KitKat. With details and questions swirling, we want to take a look at what we expect going forward from the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update and release.

When Google first announced Android 5.0 Lollipop at Google I/O 2014, it did not confirm a public release date for Android users. Ultimately, Android smartphone and tablet users had to wait until November for the company to finally confirm the Android 5.0 Lollipop release. Soon after Google’s first upgrade, Samsung started rolling out its first Android 5.0 Lollipop update to the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Since then, Samsung’s made significant progress with its Android 5.0 Lollipop deployment. The update has landed for the Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note Edge, and the Galaxy Note 4. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update emerged in late January and since then, we’ve seen it roll out to several models, including two here in the United States.

While Samsung has certainly picked up the pace since February, there’s much work to be done and many questions left to answer. Plenty of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 users are still sitting on Google’s Android 4.4 KitKat, Google’s older operating system.

Naturally, we continue to get asked tons of questions about the Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update. Today, with just a few days left in the month of March, we want to take a look at what we expect from the Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update and release going forward. Our goal here is to help set your expectations ahead of the start of April which, in our eyes, could be a key month for many Galaxy Note 3 users around the world.

Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop Release to Pick Up Soon

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update continues to make progress in the days after its initial release. And in typical Samsung fashion, the update has made that progress without drawing much attention. Samsung’s very quietly rolled out its Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update in recent days and we don’t expect the company to make a big deal out of its progress in the days ahead. That’s why those of you with an international model will want to keep a close eye for the update’s prompt.

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The Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop release made some solid progress this week and we expect the Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update to make a ton of progress in April. We’re now two months into the deployment and we expect Samsung to finally kick things into high gear as we push further and further away from initial roll out.

A Long Way to Go

That said, there is still a long way to go. This is not an update that will hit everyone overnight. While we do expect a ton of progress next month, Samsung will still have a long way to go once the month of April is over.

While there are a number of good examples, we’ll use Australian carriers. Optus, Vodafone and Telstra haven’t even confirmed plans to roll out an Android 5.0 Lollipop update to the Galaxy Note 3. They typically confirm roll outs a month or two in advance and thus far, all we’ve heard is silence. Other carriers like Rogers and French carrier SFR, two carriers that love to announce updates well in advance, are in the same boat.

We expect this Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop roll out to take months, perhaps a whole year, to complete. The problems that Samsung’s been having with Lollipop probably haven’t helped the company’s cause.

Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop Release

In the United States, we’ve seen two Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop updates released. T-Mobile and AT&T are the only two carriers with Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop updates available though they will almost certainly be joined by the remaining Galaxy Note 3 carriers. We haven’t seen any confirmations yet but you can expect Verizon, U.S. Cellular and Sprint to roll the update out at some point this year.

US carriers make it extremely difficult to predict exact release dates so we’ll say this. With the T-Mobile and AT&T Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop updates out, and with the update making solid progress in March, we would be surprised if the Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop release date took place anytime after May. We’d expect it to roll out sometime in April or May.

Just don’t expect Verizon to release any specific details about the update or the testing process behind the scenes. You should expect to find out about the Verizon Galaxy Note 3 release when Verizon releases the update.

Sprint Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop Release

Sprint hasn’t officially confirmed the Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update but thanks to a User Agent Profile string on its website, we know that the update is in testing ahead of a public release.

To be honest, we’re a little surprised that Sprint hasn’t rolled the update out. The carrier is well known for being fast to major Android updates and it was one of the first to the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update and the first to the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update.

Sprint customer service agents have been telling people that the update will roll out in May or June but we don’t expect it to take that long. Not with the AT&T and T-Mobile updates already out. We’re confident that we’re probably just a few days, or weeks, away from a release. We’d be shocked if it didn’t roll out by the end of May.

Don’t expect Sprint to confirm anything ahead of time.

U.S. Cellular Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop Release

We expect something similar from the missing U.S. Cellular Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update. We expect U.S. Cellular to hold its release date back from the public and we expect a release that’s probably no more than two months away. U.S. Cellular hasn’t rolled out any Galaxy Android 5.0 Lollipop updates yet but it will at some point. Users just need to remain patient.

Galaxy Note 3 Android 5.1 Lollipop Update

A short time ago, we saw a partial Samsung Galaxy Lollipop update roadmap leak. The roadmap, from SamMobile, stated that Samsung still hasn’t started development on Android 5.1 Lollipop. Android 5.1 is Google’s new Lollipop update and one that offers feature enhancements and a laundry list of bug fixes for Android 5.0 Lollipop problems.

While that might be the case, a user on Reddit has outlined potential plans for Samsung’s Galaxy Android 5.1 Lollipop update. The user cites information gleaned from a Samsung representative in Europe. We aren’t familiar with the source but he appears to be armed with credible information about the Galaxy S6 Active and about Android 5.1 Lollipop.

He says that Samsung might use Android 5.1 Lollipop to deliver a TouchWiz experience similar to the one found on the Samsung Galaxy S6. The Galaxy S6 comes with less bloatware and it also allows users to uninstall Samsung applications to free up space. Samsung’s well known for bringing new features to older devices and it could be that Android 5.1 is the update that brings some Galaxy S6 features to older devices like the Galaxy Note 3.

Android 5.1 or not, we expect Samsung to bring at least some of the Galaxy S6 experience to the Galaxy Note 3, a device that just turned a year old. We always see Samsung bring new features to older devices and the Galaxy Note 3, at its age, is a prime candidate to receive new TouchWiz features.

Galaxy Note 3 Android 5.1 Release Date

SamMobile is plugged into Samsung’s Android update plans so we believe it when it says that Samsung hasn’t started testing. With that in mind, we’d expect the Android 5.1 Lollipop update or whatever Samsung uses to deliver new features to be extremely far off in the distance. We’re probably months and months out from its release date, especially when you consider the Galaxy Note 3’s place in the pecking order. It’s no longer a flagship.

The source on Reddit claims that the slimming down of TouchWiz will come to other devices “in the long run” though he doesn’t outline any specific release details for specific devices. Long run, to us, means that it could take some time before Samsung gets these features out. Samsung needs these features to help sell the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge so it probably won’t offer them to older, budget devices tomorrow or the day after.

Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop Problems

We expect Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop problems to continue. We’ve seen tons of complaints about the update and we don’t expect users on Verizon, U.S. Cellular or Sprint to be immune to them. Rigorous testing process or not, bugs and problems always slip through the cracks and we’re expecting more Galaxy Note 3 models to experience similar issues after receiving their upgrades.

Those of you who prepare your device ahead of the Android 5.0 Lollipop release date will lower the odds of contracting Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop problems but you always assume some risk installing a major Android update like Android 5.0. Be proactive and research bugs, fixes, and performance before installing the software.

Bug Fix Updates

We do expect Samsung and its carriers to roll out bug fix updates for Galaxy Note 3 Android 5.0 Lollipop problems. Samsung’s already rolled out an update that brings back Mute Mode and we expect carriers to push smaller updates aimed at tackling Lollipop problems in the future. It’s hard to say when these updates will roll out though we’d be surprised if carriers waited for Android 5.1.

The Future

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 just turned a year old which means that it has another year (at least) of Android updates. Samsung typically keeps devices updated for a year. In our eyes, this means that it will probably get Google’s next major Android update, if it does release a new update later this year.

After it reaches the two year mark in October of this year, the device will sit in a gray area. Just don’t expect Samsung to say anything publicly until we get much further down the road.

Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop Update: 10 Things to Expect Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Galaxy S6: Verizon Edge vs Verizon 2-Year Contract Prices

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 15:15

Galaxy S6: Verizon Edge vs Verizon 2-Year Contract Prices is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Verizon offers the Galaxy S6 for no money down if you agree to pay for the new phone each month, but is the Verizon Edge program a good deal?

In this article we compare Verizon Edge vs Verizon two-year contract pricing and plans to help you decide what the best way to buy the Verizon Galaxy S6 is for you situation.

After more than a year of offering the new plan option that changes how consumers pay for their phones, we still hear from consumers asking “What’s better? Verizon Edge or a Verizon contract?”

Read: Which Galaxy S6 Color Should I Buy?

The answer depends on your personal situation, including how often you want to upgrade, if you want to be free to leave Verizon at any time and what type of plan you need. Read on to see an example of the Galaxy S6 Verizon Edge vs Verizon two-year contract pricing.

Learn how the Verizon Edge vs 2 year contract prices compare for the Galaxy S6.

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The traditional way to buy the Galaxy S6 is with a two-year contract. In this scenario you pay $199 up front and Verizon gives you a $400 discount from the off contract price of $599. That $400 discount locks you to Verizon for two years before you can upgrade and the price of your monthly plan reflects this. If you choose to leave Verizon before two years are up, you need to pay an early termination fee that starts at $375 and decreases each month. If you want to upgrade to a new phone before the two-year period is over you must pay the full price for that new phone. With the Galaxy S6, Verizon charges $249 up front and offers a mail in rebate for a $50 debit card to drop the price to $199.

The Verizon Edge program shifts the pricing of the Galaxy S6 to monthly payments. With this new way to buy the Galaxy S6 you don’t sign a service contract, but you do agree to monthly payments for your phone over the next two years. If you choose to stop using Verizon service, you are still responsible for the cost of the phone. If you choose to use the Verizon Edge option for the Galaxy S6 you pay $24.99 a month for 24 months for a total of $599.76. There is no interest on the phone and you don’t put $0 down when you buy the phone.

Prices change with family plans, but you can still find savings.

As part of this plan you save $15 to $25 off the monthly cost of service from Verizon. If your plan includes 6GB or more of data the discount is $25 and if you choose a plan 4GB or lower it is a $15 discount.

Other bonuses for the Verizon Edge Galaxy S6 pricing include no upgrade or activation fees and faster upgrades with the option to upgrade to a new phone after 30 days and after 75% of the device is paid in. If you choose to “Edge Up” you must trade the device in to upgrade early. If you pay in full you don’t need to trade in the old device.

If you are a new customer you can get a $100 bill credit when you buy the Galaxy S6 with the Verizon Edge plan for each line you add. To use Edge the first time you need to be eligible for an upgrade and you will need a good payment history of at least six months or if you are a new customer pass a credit check.

Read: How Much Galaxy S6 Storage Do I Need?

You can choose a Verizon Edge or a Verizon two-year contract plan for families with the More Everything Plan or on a Single Line Plan.

For shoppers who don’t have $199 on hand to buy the Galaxy S6, but still want the new phone we share a comparison to help you figure out if the Verizon Edge program or a Verizon two-year contract is a better deal. In the example below we only compare one user, so it is a good idea to build your own plan for a family of users. You can add up to 10 devices to a personal account on contracts or with Verizon Edge. The $15 and $25 a month discounts are per line that uses Verizon Edge. Not all plans on the account need to switch to Edge at the same time.

Verizon Edge vs Verizon 2 Year Contract Pricing

Verizon PlanDue at PurchaseActivation FeeEdge PaymentsMonthly ServiceTotal Cost 1st YearTotal Cost Two Years/ End of Payments Verizon Contract, 1GB Single Line$199.99$40$0$60$960$1,680 Verizon Edge, 1GB Single Line$0$0$24.99$45$840$1,680 Verizon Contract, 2GB Single Line$199.99$40$0.00$75$1,140$2,040 Verizon Edge, 2GB Single Line$0$0$24.99$60$1,020$2,040 Verizon Contract, 2GB More Everything$199.99$40$0$80$1,200$2,160 Verizon Edge, 2GB More Everything$0$0$24.99$60$1,020$2,040 Verizon Contract, 4GB More Everything$199.99$40$0.00$100$1,440$2,640 Verizon Edge, 4GB More Everything$0$0$24.99$85$1,320$2,640 Verizon Contract, 6GB More Everything$199.99$40$0$110$1,560$2,880 Verizon Edge, 6GB More Everything$0$0$24.99$85$1,320$2,640 Verizon Contract, 10GB More Everything$199.99$40$0.00$140$1,920$3,600 Verizon Edge, 10GB More Everything$0$0$24.99$115$1,680$3,360

From a purely financial standpoint the Verizon Edge plan pricing is a better deal for almost any customer when looking at one device. In several scenarios the total cost is the same for a Verizon contract or with Verizon Edge, so you can choose whichever option you prefer.

In many cases the Verizon Edge option is a better deal because it will allow you to upgrade to an iPhone 6s in the fall, a Galaxy Note 5 or to be first in line for the Galaxy S7 in 2016. Keep in mind that some states like California charge tax on the full price of the phone, not the contract price. This might mean paying an extra $50 up front with a contract or spreading it out over 24 months.

In the end, the best option is one that gives you enough data to meet your needs, because paying for more data than your plan includes or paying for too much data is the easiest way to waste money on a cell phone plan.

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Users that need a lot of protection should check out the Galaxy S6 OtterBox cases including the Defender and Commuter series that offer a lot of protection for the device.

OtterBox Defender Galaxy S6 cases come in seven colors for the shell and seven for the cover, allowing users to combine to get the color scheme they want. The case is $49.95 and there are higher-priced options with RealTree camo and with sports teams on the back. This case includes a screen protector and port covers to keep dust out of the ports. OtterBox Defender Review.

The OtterBox Galaxy S6 Commuter case is slimmer with less protection, but a more pocketable size that appeals to many users. The dual-layer protection can absorb drops and it includes a stick on-screen protector. This case is $34.95 with the same variety of color options. OtterBox Commuter Review.

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Galaxy S6: Verizon Edge vs Verizon 2-Year Contract Prices is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Connect Your Xbox One to a PC Monitor  

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 15:04

How to Connect Your Xbox One to a PC Monitor   is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Almost everyone has a television in their living room. Modern televisions come with amazing picture quality and offer a lot of power savings when compared to their predecessors. Televisions can be expensive though, and that’s why you need to know how to connect your Xbox One to a PC monitor.

Sometimes we find ourselves in situations where simply having a television to connect to your Xbox One isn’t ideal. Most offices don’t have televisions that you can connect to. Often times when we do have a spare television, its older and doesn’t offer the ports or sound quality that we want or need. Meanwhile, there’s probably an old PC monitor sitting in your cloest now, not doing much.

How to Connect Your Xbox One to a PC Monitor – Finding the Right Monitor

The process of connecting your Xbox One to a PC monitor starts with finding the right monitor for the job. Make no mistake, not just any monitor will do.

The first thing you need to consider is screen size and aspect ratio. The Xbox One is an entertainment system, its made primarily for video games and music. As such, its interface was designed on the assumption that you have a widescreen television. You should take that into account when you’re considering which PC monitor to use. If you don’t you could end up with a very squished user interface.

The Xbox One only supports two resolutions 1080p and 720p. What that means is that your monitor will also need to support one of those resolutions too.

Second, I’d take sound into consideration. We’re so used to our televisions having built-in speakers that we forget most monitors don’t. You’re going to want to hear the sound coming from your favorite video games or movies, so have a plan for sound ready. If the monitor you own or just recently purchased doesn’t have sound, you’ll need to find a speaker of some kind that supports infrared audio input. Or you can invest in a set of wired or wireless Xbox One headphones and get your sound that way.

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Microsoft’s own Xbox One Stereo Headset will work great if you’re fine with a wire running from them to your Xbox One controller. If you aren’t, consider investing in the Turtle Beach 500X Wireless Headset for Xbox One. It isn’t cheap, but the sound quality is amazing. The Xbox One controller requires that users have a headset adapter. This adapter comes with all of the Xbox One headsets themselves, but if you’re using headphones of your own you’ll need to purchase the adapter.

Read: Xbox One Buying Guide — The Accessories You Need 

Finally, we need to talk about video ports. The Xbox One itself is singular minded in that it only has a single way to get video out. That single port is called an HDMI port. Every television sold these days has an HDMI port. They’re pretty popular on older televisions too. They only started to dominate monitors and computer displays in the last few years. Chances are you could have a monitor with an HDMI port already, but it’s entirely possible you don’t. There are cables and adapters that you can buy to connect an HDMI port to a VGA equipped display, but that experience is going to vary greatly. Amazon offers more than a few options to choose from. Likewise there are DVI to HDMI converters if you have  monitor equipped with that port on Amazon too.

How to Connect Your Xbox One to a PC Monitor – Connecting to the Monitor

If you’ve done your homework, making your connections should be fairly easy. No matter whether you’re connecting directly with HDMI or using a converter you want to use the HDMI out port on the left-back of your Xbox One. It’s labeled HDMI Out to TV. 

While you’re back here, it’s a good idea to connect any external sound equipment if you’re going to need that to. Wired headsets that connect to the Xbox One controller don’t require any connections to the Xbox One itself. If you’re connecting a soundbar or speaker system, you’ll need to use that Optical Audio port in the back that glows red. It’s a good time to connect your Kinect 2 sensor to your Xbox One if you have one of those too.

How to Connect Your Xbox One to a PC Monitor – Setup

If all of your connections are firm then you’re ready to turn the Xbox One on and find out if everything is working. Chances are that if you had a simple set-up process — like from the Xbox One directly into an HDMI-equipped monitor — everything works fine.

For some setups you may need to tweak some settings. For that, there’s the Xbox One Settings app. You can access it from the My Games and Apps area of the console or by simply saying “Xbox, Go to Settings” if you have a Kinect 2 sensor.

All of the options you are looking for are located in the Display & Sound menu. There you can calibrate your monitor and change its default video and sound output.

Good luck connecting your Xbox One to a PC monitor.

How to Connect Your Xbox One to a PC Monitor   is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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5 Xbox One Accessories To Complete You Gaming Experinece

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 22:04

5 Xbox One Accessories To Complete You Gaming Experinece is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Often, we tend to think that investing in some new gadget — however small — is a singular thing. We see the on sale price and we assume that’s all we need to pay to get up and running. Add-on costs have always plagued the smartphone market, and to an even bigger extend, video game consoles. Simply put, if you want the best out of your Xbox One there are going to be some Xbox One accessories you need to purchase.

Some of the needed extras are things we expect. The Xbox One Wireless controller doesn’t have a built-in battery pack or a built-in headset jack for example. Naturally, you’d need an accessory to fill those voids. Other accessories are so essential and so integrated that buyers sometimes overlook them. Then there are the accessories that aren’t essential, but do make owning an Xbox One a fabulous thing. Here are 5 great Xbox One accessories to complete your gaming and entertainment experience.

Xbox One Media Remote

Microsoft outdid itself when it designed the Xbox One Wireless Controller. Every flick of is joysticks feels fluid, every button press just clicks. Those changes aren’t enough to get around one big problem all controllers have in general. Controllers are complicated, button-laden, beasts. What’s more, the Xbox One is meant as a media machine as much as it is a gaming machine. You’re going to want to connect it directly to your cable box, but using the Wireless Controller for television isn’t exactly fun.

Instead, use the $24.99 Xbox One Media Remote. The Media Remote glows in the dark, letting you see every button on its face the moment you touch it. There’s built-in buttons for Play and Pause. It also has a directional pad and all the buttons you need to dip in and out of different Xbox One apps.

Kinect TV Mount for Xbox One

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Arguably, the most essential accessory to the Xbox One is the Kinect 2 sensor. It sits atop your television, able to hear your voice commands and see your gestures. It’s also the way the Xbox One communicates directly with the boxes users have from their cable or satellite operator. If the Kinect 2 sensor is essential than the Kinect TV Mount is the second-most essential accessory you can buy for your Xbox One today.

The mount attaches to the bottom of your Kinect 2 sensor, allowing you to place the sensor where it belongs on the top of your television instead of in front of it. Having the sensor there allows it to see your entire room and hear you with as little effort as possible. The Kinect TV Mount for Xbox costs $16 and also includes a plastic privacy shade so that users who aren’t comfortable with a camera staring back at them can relax.

Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 500X Wireless Headset

For some, the sounds that come out of their television as they play their favorite games is an afterthought. To be clear, the Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 500X  Wireless Headset isn’t for those people. It’s for the guys and girls who need sound to experience their games fully.

The Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 500X Wireless Headset is a high-end gaming headset. A boom microphone attaches to the left side of the sound can so that other gamers can hear you clearly. Also on the left speaker can are power buttons and other remote options. The speaker cans themselves are rated for 7.1 surround sound, meaning there’s no way a gamer should miss a single footstep behind them. A small base station sends the sound from the Xbox One directly to the headphones. The Turtle beach Ear Force Stealth 500X Wireless Headset costs $229.95.

Xbox SmartGlass

This might sound strange, but the best Xbox One accessory doesn’t cost money. In fact, the best Xbox One accessory isn’t sold in physical store at all. It’s called Xbox SmartGlass, and it’s a companion app built specifically to compliment the Xbox One.

Read: How to Use Xbox One SmartGlass

Log into the free app and you’ll find your Xbox Live profile, achievements, video clips and friends list. In addition to that, you can use your smartphone or tablet as a digital media remote thanks to the built-in virtual controller. A special OneGuide area lets users see exactly what’s about to air on their favorite stations without having to pick up an Xbox One Wireless Controller or an Xbox One Media Remote.

A Hard Drive

Today, there are only two versions of the Xbox One. Regardless of paint job, everyone who purchases an Xbox One gets the same internals with 500GB of built-in storage. There’s only one exception to that rule and it’s the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Limited Edition Xbox One, which comes with 1TB of storage.

Read: Xbox One vs. PS4 – What Matters Now?

Over the first six months you’re going to fill up that 500GB of storage quickly and that’s why Microsoft lets users attach more storage with the two USB 3.0 ports. Any flash drive or hard drive with less than 256GB can only be used to store music, pictures and video. Anything above that and the Xbox One gives you the option to format it and add it to your pool of storage. Find a hard drive and add it your Xbox One. Sooner or later you’re going to need it.

Good luck with your Xbox One. If you don’t already own an Xbox One they’re on store shelves now for as little as $349.99. A version with a Kinect 2 sensor costs $449.99. Both versions are available online at Amazon.

 

5 Xbox One Accessories To Complete You Gaming Experinece is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop Update: 10 Things to Expect Now

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 16:18

Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop Update: 10 Things to Expect Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update has been rolling out since February. And while it has made significant strides, there are still plenty of devices and plenty of people on Android 4.4.4 KitKat. With details and questions swirling, we want to take a look at what we expect going forward from the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update and release.

When Google first announced Android 5.0 Lollipop at Google I/O 2014, it did not confirm a public release date for Android smartphone and tablet users. Users had to wait until November for the company to finally confirm the Android 5.0 Lollipop release. Soon after Google’s roll out, Samsung started rolling out its first Android 5.0 Lollipop update to the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Since then, Samsung’s made significant progress with its Android 5.0 Lollipop deployment. The update has landed for the Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note Edge, and the Galaxy Note 4. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 was surprisingly late to the party though Samsung’s made some strides in the past couple of weeks.

While Samsung has certainly picked up the pace since February, there’s much work to be done and many questions left to answer. Plenty of Samsung Galaxy Note 4 users are still sitting on Google’s Android 4.4.4 KitKat, an aging version of Google’s operating system.

Naturally, we continue to get asked tons of questions about the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update. Today, with just a few days left in the month of March, we want to take a look at what we expect from the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update and release going forward. Our goal here is to help set your expectations ahead of the start of April which, in our eyes, could be a key month for many Galaxy Note 4 users around the world.

Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop Release to Pick Up Steam in April

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update has made some solid progress since the start of the roll out back in February. Samsung’s international roll outs typically make progress without a lot of fanfare. While some of the biggest updates are mentioned, many other updates go unnoticed. We expect the company to continue to make progress with its international roll out in April though you shouldn’t expect the roll out to end any time soon.

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In the past two months, we’ve seen the update land for a number of different Galaxy Note 4 models in a number of different countries including the United States. That said, there are tons of Galaxy Note 4 models in tons of different regions still on Android 4.4.4 KitKat. And many of those devices probably won’t see their upgrade anytime soon.

While there are a number of good examples, we’ll use Australian carriers. Optus, Vodafone and Telstra haven’t even confirmed plans to roll out an Android 5.0 Lollipop update to the Galaxy Note 4. They typically confirm roll outs a month or two in advance and thus far, all we’ve heard is silence. Other carriers are in the same boat.

We expect this Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop roll out to take months, perhaps a whole year, to complete. The problems that Samsung’s been having with Lollipop probably haven’t helped.

Same with the Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop Release

Expect the same thing from the Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop update for the international community.

The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, for those that don’t know, is the high-end curved version of the Galaxy Note 4. It’s a concept, not a flagship, and it wasn’t surprising to see its Lollipop update follow the update for the regular model.

 

In the past week or so, we’ve finally started to see some Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop movement. Most recently, we learned that the Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop update reached carriers in Korea. Samsung still has a long way to go but it’s clear that the update is picking up steam ahead of April.

Expect the roll out to make silent progress and look for the overall release to last a long while.

T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop Release

Sprint and AT&T have both released Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop updates. AT&T’s took place earlier this week and it came out of the blue. The only other confirmed Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update in the United States belongs to T-Mobile though it does not look like the roll out will be happening any time in the near future.

While we don’t expect T-Mobile’s update to be several months away, it’s probably not going to be coming in March. T-Mobile’s Android update page states that the update is still in the “Manufacturer Development”stage, a fancy way of saying that it hasn’t been delivered to T-Mobile for internal testing. It’s still in Samsung’s labs behind the scenes.

Carrier testing is unpredictable but it typically takes more than a week. If T-Mobile hits a snag, and it might, then it would have to send it back to Samsung. We don’t expect that to happen but you simply never know. At this point, we’re thinking April or May for this update and those of you who own the T-Mobile model will want to keep an eye on the carrier’s upgrade page for updates.

U.S. Cellular Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop Release

U.S. Cellular is really lagging behind the rest of the pack when it comes to Samsung Galaxy Android updates. While its competitors have pushed out Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4, and Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop updates, U.S. Cellular has yet to push out a single one. We expect that to change in the near future, especially now that we’re several months removed from all of these updates.

It’s extremely hard to predict specific release dates so we’ll go with some broader expectations. First of all, we would not expect U.S. Cellular to confirm anything ahead of time. That goes for its website, that goes for social media. You probably won’t have a release date until the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop release date itself arrives.

Given the progress that US carriers and Samsung have made with the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop release, we can’t see the nation’s fifth largest carrier waiting until summer to push this update out. We’d be surprised, shocked even, if the carrier failed to get this upgrade out by the end of May.

Verizon Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop Release

We expect something similar from the Verizon Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update. We expect Verizon to hold its release date back from the public and we expect a release that’s probably no more than two months away. Verizon showed some promise with its early Galaxy S5 Lollipop release but since then, it hasn’t done much.

US Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop Release

T-Mobile’s the only US carrier that’s confirmed a Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop update. Like the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop upgrade, it’s currently sitting in Samsung’s labs for testing. That means that we’re probably several weeks away at the very least.

If we had to guess, we’d say that US carriers are probably making the regular Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update their priority. It’s a more popular device. That being said, we’d be a little surprised if we saw the Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop roll out hit the United States before the end of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop roll out.

Once the roll out starts, expect it to mirror the Galaxy Note 4’s roll out in the United States. Slow, unpredictable and staggered release dates. That’s how Samsung and its US carriers roll.

Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.1 Lollipop Update

Earlier this month, we saw a partial Samsung Galaxy Lollipop update roadmap leak. The roadmap, from SamMobile, stated that Samsung still hasn’t started development on Android 5.1 Lollipop. Android 5.1 is Google’s new Lollipop update and one that offers feature enhancements and a laundry list of bug fixes for Android 5.0 Lollipop problems.

While that might be the case, a user on Reddit has outlined potential plans for Samsung’s Galaxy Android 5.1 Lollipop update. The user cites information gleaned from a Samsung representative in Europe. We aren’t familiar with the source but he appears to be armed with credible information about the Galaxy S6 Active and about Android 5.1 Lollipop.

He says that Samsung might use Android 5.1 Lollipop to deliver a TouchWiz experience similar to the one found on the Samsung Galaxy S6. The Galaxy S6 comes with less bloatware and it also allows users to uninstall Samsung applications to free up space. Samsung’s well known for bringing new features to older devices and it could be that Android 5.1 is the update that brings some Galaxy S6 features to older devices like the Galaxy Note 4.

Android 5.1 or not, we expect Samsung to bring at least some of the Galaxy S6 experience to the Galaxy Note 4, one of its current flagship smartphones. We always see Samsung bring new features to older devices and the Galaxy Note 4, at its age, is a prime candidate for new TouchWiz features. We’d be surprised if this didn’t happen.

Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.1 Lollipop Release Date

SamMobile is plugged into Samsung’s Android update plans so we believe it when it says that Samsung hasn’t started testing. With that in mind, we’d expect the Android 5.1 Lollipop update or whatever Samsung uses to deliver new features to be extremely far off in the distance. Months and months out from its release date.

The source on Reddit claims that the slimming down of TouchWiz will come to other devices “in the long run” though he doesn’t outline any specific release details for specific devices. Long run, to us, means that it could take some time before Samsung gets these features out. Samsung needs these features to help sell the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge so it probably won’t offer them to older, budget devices tomorrow or the next day.

Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop Problems & Bug Fixes

We expect Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop problems to continue. We’ve seen tons of complaints about the update and we don’t expect users on Verizon, U.S. Cellular or T-Mobile to be immune. Rigorous testing process or not, bugs and problems always slip through the cracks and we’re expecting more Galaxy Note 4 models to experience these problems.

Those of you who prepare your device ahead of the Android 5.0 Lollipop release date will lower the odds for Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop problems but you always assume some risk installing a major Android update like Android 5.0.

We do expect Samsung and its carriers to roll out bug fix updates for Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop problems. Samsung’s already rolled out an update that brings back Mute Mode and we expect carriers to push smaller updates aimed at tackling Lollipop problems in the future. When? That’s hard to predict though US carriers aren’t always the fastest to bug fix updates for their Android devices.

Bright Future

In addition to those bug fix updates and Galaxy S6 features, we expect the Galaxy Note 4 to get whatever Google is cooking up for this years major Android release. The Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge are just a few months old which means that they still has a ton of life left in them. We do not expect support to end any time soon. You can start worrying in October of 2016 when the devices turn two. Samsung typically keeps devices updated for 24 months.

Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop Update: 10 Things to Expect Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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MLB 15 The Show Release Date: 11 Things to Know

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 16:15

MLB 15 The Show Release Date: 11 Things to Know is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

After an almost insufferable wait Spring is here and so is the MLB 15 The Show release date. In days you can take the field with the most realistic players and accessories to swing, pitch and field your way to The Show. MLB 15 The Show is arguably the only baseball game worth buying and it is only on PlayStation.

For the 2015 release Sony delivers a lot of exciting new features and so far the gameplay videos look stunning. If the mechanics keep up with the improvements, this could be a grand slam for Sony and with Bloodborne might be enough to convince user to buy a PS4.

MLB 15 The Show is available on PS4, PS3 and PS Vita, but there are important differences to the games on each platform, even though the names are the same.

Keep reading to learn what buyers need to know about the MLB 15 The Show release date and other important details about the MLB 15 The Show release overall.

MLB 15 The Show Release Date

What you need to know about the MLB 15 The Show release date and release details.

MLB 15 The Show is available on PS4, PS3 and PS Vita[/easyazon_block]The MLB 15 The Show release date is Tuesday March 31st. You can buy the game online or in store. There is no need to pre-order the game — but if you want the MLB 15 The Show 10th Anniversary Edition you will want to look for it close to the release as some times we see special editions disappear after a few weeks.

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There is no early access to MLB 15 The Show that we know of, so you will need to wait for the MLB 15 The Show release date to arrive before you can play this game.

Sony delivers a simultaneous release on PS4, PS3 and PS Vita. MLB 15 The Show for PS4 is $59.99, but if you are on PS3 it is only $39.99 because you don’t get the full experience. The MLB 15 The Show PS Vita version is just $19.99.

MLB 15 The Show Deals

MLB 15: The Show - PlayStation 4 List Price: $59.99 Current Price: $59.96 Price Disclaimer There are not a lot of MLB 15 The Show deals, but there are a few opportunities to save when you buy the game at release. unfortunately the 10% off PSN coupon code doesn’t work on pre-orders and ends before the MLB 15 The Show release date, but there are some options.

Leaks suggest Target plans to offer a Buy One Get One 50% off on all PlayStation games from March 29th through April 4th. If this is the case you can buy MLB 15 The Show and another game like Battlefield Hardline or BloodBorne and save $30 on the deal overall. That’s not too shabby, but you do need to buy two games.

At Best Buy there is no $10 reward bonus, but Gamers Club Unlocked members can save 20%, knocking the pice down to $48. If you buy a lot of games, the $30 entry fee for Gamer’s Club Unlocked is worth looking into.

Midnight MLB 15 The Show Release Events

If you are a huge fan you might be tempted to go wait in line at a midnight MLB 15 The Show release date event, but we cannot find any specific events. GameStop does not list an event and neither does Best Buy.

If you want to get MLB 15 The Show at midnight you will need to go to a 24-hour store like Walmart or some Targets to pick up a copy as soon as March 31st arrives. Check with your local store to make sure this will work.

Digital MLB 15 The Show Release & Preload

If you buy the MLB 15 The Show digital version on the PSN store you can pre-load the game and start playing at midnight Eastern. Sony offers the standard version and the MLB 15 The Show Anniversary Edition as well.

You can buy the game now and it will pre-load before midnight. This means you don’t need to download and install it on the release day. Instead you can just start playing.

MLB 15 The Show Pre-Order Bonuses

There are two main MLB 15 The Show pre-order bonuses. If you pre-order from GameStop you get six Bonus Item Packs. If you aren’t familiar with these, GameStop offers the following description, “Item Packs contain 8 total items: 6 MLB Player cards and 2 items that can be Equipment, Ritual Items, Franchise Sponsorships, or Stadiums.” This is the only place we’ve found this deal.

No matter where you pre-order you get a code for a free MLB team skin for your DualShock 4 controller. You can pick your favorite team and wrap your PS4 controller in a beautiful branded skin. This is not available for PS3 or PS Vita versions.

Is the MLB 15 The Show 10th Anniversary Edition Worth Buying?

Here’s what you get in the MLB 15 The Show 10th Anniversary Edition.

For $10 more you can buy the MLB 15 The Show Anniversary Edition. Sony made a big deal about this $10 more expensive option including over $100 in extras, but the actual value to most users is less than that. Unless of course you plan to use each of the 30 MLB PS4 themes that are included. The real value comes from the Stubs, Bonus Item packs and two themes that most owners will use. Here’s what you get:

  • 12,000 Stubs – You can use the stubs to buy in-game items in The Road to the Show game mode.
  • 15 Bonus Item Packs – Each bonus pack includes 6 MLB player cards and 2 items including equipment, ritual items, franchise sponsorships or stadiums.
  • 31 PS4 Themes – With this special edition you get a PS4 Dynamic theme for each MLB team and a MLB 15 theme.

The overall value for most users, with the in-game bonus items and two themes that they might use is about $32. That’s a $10 real world cost, which makes it worth while for anyone plans to play the Road to The Show portion of the game.

MLB 15 The Show Gameplay Videos

Watch the MLB 15 The Show gameplay video above to watch PS4 MLB 15 The Show gameplay in several stadiums so you can see what the game will look like.

The playlist of MLB 15 The Show videos below walks you through a variety of features and includes real life players using in game versions of themselves to play The Show.

Why You Should Buy MLB 15 The Show on PS4

MLB 15 The Show for PS4 isn’t $20 more than the PS3 version just because Sony loves money. There are several graphical upgrades that you will only see on the PS4 version.

  • Real-time seasonal sun and shadows
  • Player Skin tone realism. More variations of skin tones with gloss and specular improvements
  • Revamped night lighting
  • More accurate and photorealistic rendering system
  • PS4 gets 10 more Minor League stadiums

In short, it’s time to upgrade to a PS4. If you own both a PS4 and a PS3 and thought about saving the $20, this is what you will miss if you buy for the older console.

MLB 15 The Show Demo

Don’t hold out hope for a MLB 15 The Show demo to arrive anytime soon, or at all. Sony did not offer one for MLB 14 The Show and has not offered one for several years.

If you want to try the MLB 15 The Show before you buy you need to rent it or you will need to use the SharePlay feature to try a friend’s copy.

What’s New in MLB 15 The Show

Sony delivers a lot of new MLB 15 The Show features. There is a new directional hitting interface for for all versions of the game and a new Home Run Derby mode, better commentary on the PS3 and PS4 and an instant replay system to challenge close calls. The PS4 version delivers better looking stadium experience as well. The list below outlines what’s new in MLB 15 The Show on PS4 and PS3.

  • Advanced AI logic results in outfielders taking more realistic routes to the ball
  • Upgraded motion system allows for dynamic speed matching from run to catch to throw
  • User controlled cut offs
  • All new slide and tag system
  • New speed paradigm for fielders and base runners
  • Enhanced ball physics for pop ups, fly balls, and shots into the gap
  • Dynamic pitch breaks: allows for more realistic pitch recognition when batting
  • Simplified Analog swing controls
  • Dynamic Difficulty 2.0
  • New situational base covering intelligence allows for new animations to play when a player has time or is in a hurry to get to his base
  • More than 70 new situational third out fielding animations
  • New Input Type option for hitting

If that’s not enough there are 31 other new MLB 15 The Show features that you will notice while you play. The Show Nation shares these, listed below.

  1. More than 90 new personal batting stances
  2. More than 120 batting stance re-captures
  3. More than 50 new personal pitching motions
  4. More than 120 pitching motion re-captures
  5. More than 45 new signature HR swings
  6. More than 900 new presentation animations
  7. More than 700 new gameplay animations
  8. Editable Contracts (Franchise mode)
  9. Player contract interest improved (based on MLB service time) (Franchise mode)
  10. Player salary guide (Franchise mode)
  11. GM History records (Franchise mode)
  12. Trade Finder (Franchise mode)
  13. Vastly improved trade logic (Franchise mode)
  14. New crowd placement logic to reduce fans sitting in “cheap” seats
  15. New Quick Shifts feature and revamped Defensive Positioning screen
  16. Quick Counts balancing adjustments (I.E. less 3-2 counts, pitchers start with 1-1 counts, etc.)
  17. Four new brands for Fielding Gloves. Each brand has three different styles.
  18. Four new brands for Bats. Each brand has three different styles.
  19. Four new brands for Batting Gloves. Three brands have three styles and one brand has two styles.
  20. Three new brands for Cleats. Each brand has three different styles.
  21. Updated shin guard, new “Without foot guard” option added.
  22. Updated batting helmet with no flaps to pay homage to Old Time players. (PS4 Only)
  23. New Necklace accessory with Thin or Thick as options. (PS4 Only)
  24. Wrist tape has now been separated into left and right wrists with a new “Long” wrist tape option added.
  25. New “Extra Wide” wristband AND armband option added. (PS4 Only)
  26. New Base runner Wrist Guard accessory added. (PS4 Only)
  27. New “Stirrup Low” Pant Style option added. (PS4 Only)
  28. ***anese and slap-hitter swing types now selectable (PS4 Only)
  29. Left analog stick bunting influence
  30. Hours of new custom stadium and ambiance music (over 40 new tracks)
  31. RTTS camera improvements after the ball is in play

This is a long list of changes, but it’s not the only reason you will want to upgrade from MLB 14 The Show.

Big Reason to Upgrade from MLB 14

You won’t get much more than $10 for your MLB 14 trade in value, but there is a big reason to upgrade. If you like to play online you only have a limited about of time to play MLB 14 The Show online.

Sony announced that the MLB 14 The Show online service will stop in June 2015, just over a year after the release. It’s not clear if MLB 15 will see the same time-frame, but if you want to play ball on the PS4 and PS3 this summer you’ll need MLB 15 The Show.

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MLB 15 The Show Release Date - March 31st Confirmed

Sony is the undisputed king of baseball games with MLB The Show and we know that MLB 15 The Show is coming in early 2015. Sony just shared five key details about MLB 15 the Show and gamers are excited. 

MLB 15 The Show is a PlayStation Exclusive, that is coming to the PS4, PS3 and PS Vita. There is a chance that this will be one of the first big hits among the 2015 PS4 game releases. I

Watch the MLB 15 The Show teaser video above for a glimpse at what's new. 

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MLB 15 The Show Release Date: 11 Things to Know is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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LG G4 Release Date & Specs Rumored

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 22:21

LG G4 Release Date & Specs Rumored is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

With the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 both officially here and available today for pre-order, rumors and leaks are starting to turn towards what’s next from LG. That of course, as we’ve seen rumors and images of already, is the upcoming LG G4. And while we’ve seen a few leaked images already, today we’re getting more details on the specs, as well as a potential release date.

Last year the LG G3 was announced in late May and arrived over a month later, far behind the competition. However, that release was earlier than the G2 before it, and the G2 arrived even earlier than the original Optimus G. Here in 2015 we’re hearing LG will once again speed up production, and potentially reveal the LG G4 sooner than many originally expected.

Read: 5 Reasons to Wait for the LG G4

In early February the new LG G4 smartphone was somewhat confirmed by LG themselves, following some early rumors, and now we’re getting a few more details about LG’s next smartphone. Lately we’ve been hearing about two devices, one being the LG G4, and another offering a premium option that will be even better, and arrive later this year.

This is reportedly the new LG G4

Earlier today some images surfaced of what’s reportedly being called the LG G4 Note, a device coming later this year to take on the Galaxy Note 4, iPhone 6 Plus, and anything else, but today we’re also getting a potential release date for the highly anticipated LG G4.

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A few weeks back we received what could be our first images of the new LG G4, and they showed a device that’s wrapped in a familiar plastic frame, buttons on the rear, but surprisingly had a curved display similar to the LG G Flex series. No other LG G flagship has had a curved display, but that could finally change here in 2015.

Today reports out of the Korea Herald are reportedly confirming the new LG G4 is actually coming sooner than many expected, and their sources have confirmed it will in fact have a curved screen. However, it won’t be flexible like the G Flex and G Flex 2, but still have a slight curve to help built the company’s new signature look.

The Korea Herald states that they’ve spoke with sources close to LG, and the company plans to announce the new LG G4 at the end of April. This is a full month earlier than the LG G3 in 2014, and we could see an accelerated release date too. Rather than waiting well into July before it hits shelves, it could debut in May around the globe and from all major carriers here in the United States.

LG expects to sell nearly 10 million LG G4 smartphones in 2015, and that could be achieved by a faster release compared to the device revealed last year. Their sources claim they’ve confirmed the screen will sport the same 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD resolution, but have a slight curve to it, similar to the leaked image above.

Sadly no other specs, details, or information was given. That said, earlier reports and rumors state it will come with the Snapdragon 810 8-core processor 3GB of RAM, 32 and 64GB storage options with a micro-SD slot, a large 3,200 or bigger battery. LG will increase the camera to 16 or 20 megapixels, retain the rear buttons and laser auto-focus features, and launch running Android 5.0.2 Lollipop similar to the LG G Flex 2. However, if a late April announcement and May release is in the works, we could see it launch with Google’s latest Android 5.1 Lollipop release.

LG G4 Release Date & Specs Rumored is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop Update: 10 Things to Expect Now

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 20:20

Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop Update: 10 Things to Expect Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop update has been rolling out since December. And while it has made significant strides, there are still plenty of devices and plenty of people on Android 4.4 KitKat. With details and questions swirling, we want to take a look at what we expect going forward from the Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop update and release.

When Google announced Android 5.0 Lollipop at Google I/O 2014, it didn’t say when it would be released to the public. In November, Google finally confirmed the Android 5.0 Lollipop release and soon after, Samsung started rolling out its first Android 5.0 Lollipop update to the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 started with Android 4.4.2 KitKat and then shifted to Android 4.4.4 KitKat on some carriers. As a flagship, most people believed that it would be first in line to the Android 5.0 Lollipop update and Samsung answered those expectations with an Android 5.0 Lollipop release in the month of December.

The Galaxy S5 Lollipop update started off extremely slow though in the months since the initial release, its finally starting to pick up the pace in the United States and in countries around the world. Still, there’s much work to be done and many questions left to answer. Plenty of Galaxy S5 models are still sitting on Google’s Android 4.4.2 and Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates.

Naturally, we continue to get asked tons of questions about the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update. Today, with just a few days left in the month of March, we want to take a look at what we expect from the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update and release going forward. Our goal here is to help set your expectations ahead of the start of April which, in our eyes, could be a key month for many Galaxy S5 users around the world.

Galaxy S5 Lollipop Roll Out to Quietly Continue

Believe it or not, the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update continues to make progress across the globe. You may not hear about it, you may not see it in your region, but Samsung’s made significant progress since December. We expect the company to continue to make progress with its international roll out in April though here’s a word of caution. Don’t expect this roll out to end any time soon.

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We’ve seen the update land for a number of different Galaxy S5 models in a number of different countries including here in the United States. That said, there are tons of Galaxy S5 models in tons of different regions still on Android 4.4 KitKat. And many of those devices probably won’t see their upgrade anytime soon.

Australian carriers Optus, Vodafone and Telstra haven’t even announced plans to roll out Android 5.0 Lollipop updates. They typically confirm roll outs a month or two in advance and thus far, silence. Other carriers are in the same boat.

We’ve said time and time again this roll out will take months, perhaps a whole year, to complete and all of the problems Samsung’s been having with the update haven’t helped.

U.S. Cellular Galaxy S5 Lollipop Release

US carriers don’t make things easy on those trying to set expectations but we’ll try anyway. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop update is currently available on Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and C Spire. We haven’t seen the remaining Galaxy S5 carriers announce anything specific though with a US Galaxy S5 release far in the past and a minor player like C Spire in the mix, we can’t see the remaining carriers taking too much longer.

We expect the U.S. Cellular Galaxy S5 release to take place before the end of April. Anything beyond that would be extremely shocking. We haven’t seen any leaks and the carrier remains silent about its plans but it would be odd to see the carrier roll out its update three months after the start of the roll out. It’s already lagging.

Don’t expect U.S. Cellular to announce details ahead of time. Expect the roll out to emerge out of the blue, just like Sprint’s update, just like Verizon’s update, just like T-Mobile’s update.

AT&T Galaxy S5 Lollipop Release

At least AT&T’s confirmed a Galaxy S5 Lollipop update. The carrier continues to confirm the Galaxy S5 Lollipop release on Twitter though it hasn’t outlined a specific release date.

With AT&T Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop updates live, we have to think that AT&T is making progress with its Galaxy S5 Lollipop release. We’d be surprised if AT&T failed to get it out by the end of April.

Smaller Carriers Getting Closer

Smaller carriers like MetroPCS and Cricket Wireless still owe Android 5.0 Lollipop to their Galaxy S5 users as well. And now that C Spire, a regional US carrier, has its update out, we’re confident that these smaller carriers are making strides behind the scenes. We expect the remaining updates to roll out within weeks. It would be sad to see a smaller carrier beat AT&T to the punch again but at this rate, anything is possible.

Galaxy S5 Active & Galaxy S5 mini Lollipop Release

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active Lollipop update started rolling out in early March. It typically takes Samsung a few weeks to get everything in order before we see a larger push. Thus, we expect to see the Galaxy S5 Active Lollipop update start to get more active in April and May. It has hit a few different regions but it’s still nowhere close to being finished.

We’d expect AT&T to get its regular Galaxy S5 model upgraded to Android 5.0 Lollipop before it trots out the Galaxy S5 Active Lollipop update though again, everything is dependent on testing so anything could happen.

The Galaxy S5 mini Lollipop update is rumored for Q2. We expect it to roll out in Q2. The second quarter spans from April to June.

Galaxy S5 Android 5.1 Lollipop Update

Earlier this month, we saw a partial Samsung Galaxy Lollipop update roadmap leak. The roadmap, from SamMobile, stated that Samsung still hasn’t started development on Android 5.1 Lollipop. Android 5.1 is Google’s new Lollipop update and one that offers feature enhancements and a laundry list of bug fixes for Android 5.0 Lollipop problems.

While that might be the case, a user on Reddit has outlined potential plans for Samsung’s Galaxy Android 5.1 Lollipop update. The user cites information gleaned from a Samsung representative in Europe. We aren’t familiar with the source but he appears to be armed with credible information about the Galaxy S6 Active and about Android 5.1 Lollipop.

He says that Samsung might use Android 5.1 Lollipop to deliver a TouchWiz experience similar to the one found on the Samsung Galaxy S6. The Galaxy S6 comes with less bloatware and it also allows users to uninstall Samsung applications to free up space. Samsung’s well known for bringing new features to older devices and it could be that Android 5.1 is the update that brings some Galaxy S6 features to older devices like the Galaxy S5.

Android 5.1 or not, we expect Samsung to bring at least some of the Galaxy S6 experience to the Galaxy S5. We always see it bring new features to older devices and the Galaxy S5 is a prime candidate.

Galaxy S5 Android 5.1 Lollipop Release Date

SamMobile is plugged into Samsung’s Android update plans so we believe it when it says that Samsung hasn’t started work on the update. With that in mind, we’d expect the Android 5.1 Lollipop update or whatever Samsung uses to deliver new features, to be extremely far off in the distance. Months and months out.

The source on Reddit claims that the slimming down of TouchWiz will come to other devices “in the long run” though he doesn’t outline any specific release details for specific devices. Long run, to us, means that it could take some time before Samsung gets these features out. After all, it has a Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge to sell.

Galaxy S5 Lollipop Problems

We expect Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop problems to continue. We’ve seen tons of complaints about the update and we don’t expect users on AT&T or U.S. Cellular to be immune. Rigorous testing process or not, bugs and problems always slip through the cracks and we’re expecting more Galaxy S5 users to get tangled in Android 5.0’s web.

Those of you who prepare your device ahead of the Android 5.0 Lollipop release date will lower the odds for Galaxy S5 Lollipop problems but you always assume some risk installing a major Android update like Android 5.0.

Bug Fix Updates

We do expect Samsung and its carriers to roll out bug fix updates for Android 5.0 Lollipop problems. Samsung’s already rolled out an update that brings back Mute Mode and we expect carriers to push smaller updates aimed at tackling Lollipop problems in the future. When? That’s hard to predict though US carriers aren’t always the fastest to bug fix updates for their Android devices.

Bright Future

In addition to bug fixes and Galaxy S6 features, we expect the Galaxy S5 to get whatever Google is cooking up for its yearly Android release. The Galaxy S5 isn’t even a year old which means that it still has a ton of life left ahead of it. We do not expect support to end any time soon. You can start worrying in April of next year when the device turns two. Samsung typically keeps devices updated for 24 months.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop Update: 10 Things to Expect Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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HTC One M9 Now Available in the U.S.

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 20:18

HTC One M9 Now Available in the U.S. is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Today, after nearly one month of waiting and just as promised the new HTC One M9 has officially been released in the United States. As of 12:01 this morning the smartphone went up for pre-order from multiple carriers in the United States, and is also available to purchase now from HTC.com.

On March 1st HTC took the stage at Mobile World Congress and announced its new HTC One M9. The smartphone was leaked countless times before the reveal, so there were no surprises when it was unveiled. And while many expected it to be released on the same day, like they did with the HTC One M8 last year, that wasn’t the case this year, but now we have all the release date details.

Read: HTC One M9 Release Date Breakdown for the US

HTC confirmed the new One M9 release date was in Mid-March, but that was only for Taiwan, and users in the US have been patiently waiting for more information. Today we’re happy to confirm the HTC One M9 is now officially available for purchase, and also up for pre-order from multiple carriers. Read on for all the details.

Just like last year, the new HTC One M9 has a similar design as the model before it, but received updates in all key areas as well as overall design refinements. HTC changed up the all aluminum design by adding a two-tone look. Offered in silver with a gold trim, or a Gunmetal gray and black. The phone has plenty to offer, and you can buy one right now.

Today is a big day for both HTC and Samsung, as the One M9 and Galaxy S6 are both up for pre-order, and both will officially hit carrier shelves on April 10th. This is the first time two big Android devices have been released on the same day, so buyers have a tough decision when it comes to which phone they should purchase.

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The unlocked HTC One M9 is available today and comes in the beautiful new two-tone silver and gold trim color option, as well as gunmetal gray, with 32GB of storage, and will run potential buyers $649 outright from HTC’s store.

It will come with the companies brand new, unrivaled “Uh-Oh” protection that offers buyers one free replacement from cracked screens, water damage, or even if you switch carriers. You’ll get a free replacement device within 1-year of your purchase, and if you don’t use Uh-Oh, they’ll give owners $100 towards another HTC One after the one-year Uh-Oh warranty passes. Meaning they’ll replace it if you break it, and reward you if you don’t.

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

HTC is offering the One M9 from its own store on AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, a developer edition with an unlocked bootloader, and a carrier unlocked model that will work on an array of different carriers. Most likely carrier versions won’t ship right away, but the unlocked and dev units should be available right now. There’s also an all gold color variant, but it’s currently listed out of stock.

HTC has standard shipping for free, but also offers two day, overnight, and even next day AM delivery choices, but some of those will cost you. Potentially you can get the new HTC One M9 ordered now, and have it delivered Monday morning, as Saturday delivery isn’t an option.

There is also a 0% interest financing option for those who can’t afford the $649 price tag. As a reminder, the phone sports a big 5-inch 1080p full HD display, a Snapdragon 810 processor with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a micro-SD slot for expansion, an improved 20.7 rear and 4 Ultrapixel front camera, and a bigger 2,840 mAh battery.

Owners will be happy to see it’s running the latest Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and a new Sense UI 7.0 interface with plenty of changes, software and camera enhancements, as well as a new HTC Theme engine letting owners change the entire look and feel of the device in seconds. Grab one today, wait and pre-order from carriers (Verizon on April 1st) or get the Galaxy S6. You can head into a Best Buy today and try both phones and see what’s right for you.

HTC One M9 Now Available in the U.S. is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Create a Better iPhone Passcode

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 16:09

How to Create a Better iPhone Passcode is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

The passcode on your iPhone is the only thing that stands between you and your personal information. Here’s how to make it even more secure.

When you enable a passcode on your iPhone, you’re essentially putting your device on lockdown so that only you can access the information that’s stored on it. By default, you can set a four-digit numeric passcode, which is pretty secure for the most part, but it’s not the most secure option. All it takes is a little bit of luck for someone to guess your iPhone passcode, especially if you have an easy passcode set up.

Instead of just using a four-digit passcode, you can make your iPhone passcode even more secure by entering more than four numbers and even include letters. We’ll show you how to enable this feature on your iPhone in iOS 8, as well as provide you with some tips on how to create a more secure passcode in the first place.

Enabling Your iPhone’s Complex Passcode Feature

If you want to be able to enter in a more-secure passcode than just a four-digit numeric selection, follow these simple steps to make it happen:

  • Open the Settings app and select Touch ID & Passcode. If your iOS device doesn’t have Touch ID, it will just be Passcode.
  • Where it says Simple Passcode, tap on the toggle  switch to the right to turn it off.

  • You’ll be asked to enter in your current passcode and then you’ll create a new passcode where you can enter in letters, numbers, and punctuation.
  • Click Done in the upper-right corner to save the changes.

Now, whenever you go to enter in your passcode, you’ll enter in your new complex passcode that’s much harder for others to guess.

Creating a Better Passcode

The reason for having a passcode enabled on your iPhone is so that unauthorized users can’t get access to it. Enabling a passcode and setting one up is the first step, but you also need to make it secure and difficult to guess.

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You have a simple four-digit passcode set up, you want to make sure that it’s not easy to guess, which means that it shouldn’t be 0000 or 1234, but rather something more random, like 4937 or 0928. Better yet, tie your passcode into something that’s memorable to you, like a birthday or your lucky numbers.

If you have a complex passcode enabled, treat as a regular password for your online accounts. Hopefully your email password is somewhat complex and not something simple like “password,” but rather “CoolGuyPaul4395.” Use this same complexity with your complex passcode on your iPhone.

Is a Complex Passcode Necessary?

While creating a complex passcode on your iPhone can increase the security of it, is it really necessary to do so?

Look at it this way: There are 10,000 different passcode options if you choose to use a simple four-digit numeric passcode. That’s a lot of options, and it would take forever for someone to go through and just try different four-digit passcodes, let alone the fact that they would get locked out after a few wrong guesses. However, it’s still imperative that you use a good passcode rather than 0000 or 1234, as those are one the first passcodes that are guessed when someone is trying to get access to your iPhone.

So in the end, a complex password isn’t extremely necessary, but if you want the best security for protecting your personal information on your iPhone, then having a complex passcode is one way to make that happen.

How to Create a Better iPhone Passcode is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Free Fast & Furious Races Ahead of Furious 7 Release

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 15:02

Free Fast & Furious Races Ahead of Furious 7 Release is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, the video game add-on and tie in for this spring’s Furious 7 movie premiere, is now available for Xbox One owners to download to their console absolutely free.

Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious arrived as video game download in the Xbox One Store this morning. The game is technically an expansion of the Forza Horizon 2. Forza Horizon 2 was the $60 arcade racing simulator that arrived on the Xbox One last year. Being an expansion pack, one might expect Microsoft to require that users own Forza Horizon 2 before doing anything with Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious. That’s not true though. The download is free and works for anyone, whether they have a copy of Forza Horizon 2 or not.

In Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious Xbox One owners get to experience all of the action from Furious 7 and other movies in the franchise. Each car is a replica of a car included in the live-action movies like Furious 7. A promotional video for the game last year indicated Microsoft’s developers tried hard to deliver an authentic driving feel taken straight out of the movie franchise. Drifting in Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious should give players the same sensations. Every car has the same customizations as its movie counterpart in Furious 7 too.

Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious was developed by Playground Games, the same studio that developed Forza Horizon for the Xbox 360 and Forza Horizon 2 for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Another Forza title is due out at the end of this year. Called Forza Motorsport 6, this version of the game will be exclusive to the Xbox One. Typically, Horizon titles try to strike a fun, arcade racer feel while Motorsport titles are really about customizing vehicles, finding the perfect upgrades, assembling a fleet of cars you trust and racing against your friends on the world’s most famous tracks. We still don’t have an actual release date for Forza Motorsport 6. We’re not expecting more news about Forza Motorsport 6 until this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo in June.

Read: 7 Xbox One Games to Get Excited for in 2015

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To be clear, Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, the expansion, is absolutely free for users to download. That being said, that doesn’t necessarily mean that there aren’t fees involved. Microsoft says that it does plan to start charging for Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious on April 10th. When it does, the standalone game will cost all Xbox One owners $9.99. There’s also Forza Horizon 2 G-Shock Car Pack that the Xbox website says is compatible with the game. It costs $4.99 and adds another set of vehicles.

There’s also the very real price of upgrading if you don’t have an Xbox One already. Forza Horizon 2 may have arrived on the Xbox One and Xbox 360, but Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious won’t. It’s exclusively available on the Xbox One, leaving users to upgrade if they really want to get their hands on the free game.

The Xbox One is available on store shelves now for $349 without a Kinect 2 sensor and includes a copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. $449 gets users an Xbox One with Assassin’s Creed Unity, Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, Dance Central Spotlight and a Kinect 2 sensor for voice and gesture control in apps and some games. Buying an Xbox One just to get Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious seems a bit extreme, but those who are already planning to purchase the console sometime in the future can add the title to their collection on the Xbox website so that it’s there when they make the leap.

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Free Fast & Furious Races Ahead of Furious 7 Release is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Nexus 5 Android 5.1 Release: 5 Things to Expect Now

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 22:24

Nexus 5 Android 5.1 Release: 5 Things to Expect Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Google’s Nexus 5 Android 5.1 Lollipop update was first released more than two weeks ago. Since then, the update’s trickled out to some users but not all of them. With a Nexus 5 Android 5.1 Lollipop upgrade on the minds of many users, particularly those dealing with Android 5.0 problems, we want to take a look at what we expect from the Nexus 5 Android 5.1 release going forward.

Two weeks ago, Google trumpeted the arrival of its latest Android Lollipop update, Android 5.1 Lollipop. Android 5.1 replaces Android 5.0.2 and Android 5.0.1 as the most current version of Android and as we’ve pointed out, it comes with a number of heavy duty upgrades for Nexus smartphones and tablets, including the Nexus 5.

Google’s Android 5.1 Lollipop update started rolling out to Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 owners several days ago though the update still hasn’t rolled out in force. Many Nexus users are still waiting for the Android 5.1 Lollipop update to arrive and many are growing impatient with the speed of the roll out and Google’s silence.

We’ve been getting bombarded with questions about these upgrades. In particular, Nexus 5 users are curious about their Android 5.1 Lollipop release, a release that brings useful tweaks and bug fixes for lingering Android 5.0 problems. It’s a significant update for the aging former flagship and Nexus 5 users are naturally getting antsy.

Today, we want to share our own expectations about the Nexus 5 Android 5.1 release going forward. Here’s how we expect Google’s Nexus 5 Android 5.1 release to play out from today moving forward. Our goal here is to help set your expectations as we push further into March, away from the initial Nexus 5 Android 5.1 release date.

New Android 5.1 Firmware

Google’s Nexus 5 Android 5.1 Lollipop update has rolled out to some Nexus 5 users but we still haven’t seen it make the major push that many were expecting in the weeks after its initial release. We continue to see people pick up the OTA, so we’re pretty sure it hasn’t been put on hold, though the arrival of a new piece of firmware only complicates things.

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Yesterday, Google released a new Android 5.1 Lollipop update for the Nexus 5. The update is currently available in the Android Open Source Project for developers and it’s known as build LMY47I. From what we’re hearing, it appears that this is a small update aimed at fixing problems with SIM cards. While there could be some other small changes on board, it doesn’t appear to bring a fix for Android 5.1 memory leak issues.

At this point, given its arrival, we expect this to be the build that rolls out to most Nexus 5 users in the future. Google hasn’t confirmed anything so like you, we have to just sit back and wait for the OTA process to pick up.

Nexus 5 Android 5.1 Release to Pick Up Speed Soon

We do expect the Nexus 5 Android 5.1 release to pick up speed soon. The arrival of this new build could be the catalyst for that. It’s also worth noting that Google’s Nexus Android roll outs are usually pretty slow.

Historically, the company has taken one to two weeks, sometimes more, to deliver new Android firmware to Nexus smartphones and tablets. We’re now approaching the three week mark. If Google does roll out this new build like we suspect it will, we expect it to take one to two weeks to hit devices. In other words, many of you will probably be waiting until April.

This is an important update for the Nexus 5 and we know that Google is working hard to get it out to as many people in as many places as possible. These roll outs take time. Look for the OTA to pick up steam in the near future.

Mixed Reviews

Once the Nexus 5 Android 5.1 Lollipop update picks up steam, we expect to see a stream of feedback about the update on Android-centric forums and Google’s Nexus Help forums. We’re already seeing Nexus 5 users detail their experiences with the new update (we’ve offered our own impressions as well) and what we’ve gathered is that performance is all over the board.

While we and many others have been having a good experience on Google’s older Android 5.1 build, others are struggling. Some users have said that the Android 5.1 Lollipop update killed performance on their device to the point that they needed to factory reset the phone.

This is precisely why we recommend preparing your Nexus 5, and yourself, for the Android 5.1 update’s arrival. There’s always some risk installing new firmware, especially on Nexus devices, but you can limit that risk if you do some prep work ahead of the OTA. We followed our own advice and we came out of the Android 5.1 update unscathed.

Android 5.1 performance is going to vary person-to-person, device-to-device so don’t take one person’s word for it. Not even ours. We encourage you to dig around for feedback on performance before deciding what to do about Nexus 5 Android 5.1. If you don’t prepare, you increase your risk of running into issues.

Android 5.1 Problems to Mount

We expect Nexus 5 Android 5.1 problems and bugs to mount as more and more Nexus 5 users get the OTA. We’ve already outlined several bugs and problems impacting the Nexus 5 after Android 5.1 Lollipop and we expect to see the complaints grow louder as Google’s roll out moves on.

We expect to see more complaints about random reboots and app crashes given that the new firmware doesn’t fix the memory leak problem. We expect to see more complaints about connectivity and bad battery life. We expect complaints about lag. And we expect smaller issues to pop up for many Nexus 5 users. We expect these problems because they’ve plagued every single Nexus Android roll out we’ve ever been apart of.

Expect Android 5.1 Lollipop to fix a lot of problems but you should also expect to hear more about Android 5.1 problems. If you do run into Android 5.1 issues, expect some of these fixes to work in your favor.

A Wait for the Next Major Update

We don’t expect another major bug fix update to follow in Android 5.1’s footsteps, at least not anytime soon. Google’s Android 5.1 is a massive update that took months of engineering and the roll out is still very, very new. Google’s been known to release small bug fixes (Android 4.4.3 to Android 4.4.4 is one example) but major updates take a huge effort behind the scenes.

We wouldn’t be surprised if Google rolled out another big bug fix before its next major Android update but we would not expect that release to be around the corner. We haven’t seen any rumors pop up and we haven’t seen anything pop up in testing. We usually see both of those things before a major Android update release.

What this means is that Nexus 5 users need to expect to rely on third-party fixes for Android 5.1 problems. We’ve put together a list of fixes that could help but you’ll certainly want to consult other resources if you run into trouble.

Nexus 5 Android 5.1 Release: 5 Things to Expect Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Verizon HTC One M9 Release: 5 Details Confirmed

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 22:19

Verizon HTC One M9 Release: 5 Details Confirmed is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Today the HTC One M9 release date for the United States has been confirmed after almost a month of waiting since the March 1st announcement. This morning HTC confirmed its availability online, and now all the major US carriers are detailing the release, pre-orders, and pricing. Including the Verizon HTC One M9 release.

On March 1st HTC took the stage at Mobile World Congress and announced its new device for 2015. The smartphone was leaked countless times before the reveal, so we knew everything about it when it debuted. However, it didn’t get a same-day release like the One M8 last year, and instead we’ve been waiting for an actual date, until today.

Read: HTC One M9 Release Date Breakdown for the US

This morning we confirmed the unlocked HTC One M9 will be available starting tomorrow, March 27th at midnight from HTC.com, as well as pre-order pages going live from both T-Mobile and AT&T. Those all arrived this morning, and now Verizon has revealed many key details for potential buyers.

Today all the news we’ve been waiting for regarding the Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 release dates have been released. Carriers are sharing everything buyers have been waiting to hear, and for those interested we have all the details below. AT&T and T-Mobile both made One M9 announcements, but Verizon was silent until late this afternoon.

Just like AT&T and T-Mobile, the Verizon HTC One M9 will be available starting on April 10th, and here’s what you should know.

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This morning Verizon confirmed everything you need to know about the HTC One M9 for its network. Unlike AT&T or T-Mobile, they won’t start pre-orders tomorrow, and instead will be waiting a few extra days and will officially kick off the HTC One M9 release on April 1st. No, this isn’t April fools.

Verizon HTC One M9 Pre-orders will start on April 1st, a few days later than other carriers, but we’ve yet to hear from Sprint. So far it appears that all carriers will offer the phone on April 10th, at least the major three mentioned here.

Verizon HTC One M9 Release Date

The HTC One M9 release date from Verizon Wirless will be April 10th. It will be available both online and in stores, as well as from select retailers around the US. Places like Walmart, Best Buy, Target and Costco and more. This is the same date as T-Mobile and AT&T, and possibly even Sprint, although they’ve yet to make an announcement.

Price

Just like almost everyone else, the Verizon HTC One M9 will cost $199 with a new 2-year agreement or $24.99 per month for 24 months on Verizon Edge. This comes with 32GB of storage and a micro-SD slot, and there’s no other storage or color options to change the price, like you’d see with the iPhone 6. Outright and off-contract we can expect it to be $649 like T-Mobile, or maybe more, but Verizon didn’t announce those details.

Color Options

The smartphone with its all-metal design will be available in both main colors announced by HTC, but not a few of the others we’ve heard since the announcement. Verizon will offer the two-tone Gold on Silver or Metal Gray color models at the price mentioned above.

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

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As we all know, the HTC One M9 comes with a 5-inch 1080p HD display, a Snapdragon 810 processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, a 20.7 megapixel rear and 4 Ultrapixel front camera setup. It runs with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and a new Sense UI 7.0 interface full of changes. Users can enjoy an all metal design and long battery life with a bigger 2,840 mAh battery. This is bigger than the One M8 last year, and bigger than the Galaxy S6 battery, which is actually lower than the S5 from 2014.

Along with all the details above regarding the Verizon HTC One M9, users will also be happy to know it will launch with VoLTE (HD Voice) advanced calling 1.0 support, something that is on the Verizon Nexus 6, and coming soon to the DROID Turbo. Verizon will offer the Dot View 2 case for the HTC One M9 on April 1 for $49.99. The case will be available in Onyx Black or Candy Floss.

Then of course being an HTC One M9 means you’ll be covered by HTC’s new Uh-Oh device protection. This covers cracked screens, water damage, and they’ll even replace your phone to another carrier version if you need to switch carriers. All within the first year. If you don’t use Uh-Oh, you’ll get $100 towards your next HTC One purchase. April 10th is the day for the HTC One M9, as well as the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Which smartphone will you choose?

Verizon HTC One M9 Release: 5 Details Confirmed is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Save 10% Off the Best PS4 Games in March

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 21:48

Save 10% Off the Best PS4 Games in March is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Sony just announced a new 10% off coupon code that gamers can use to save 10% off the best PS4 games on the PlayStation Store including new releases like Battlefield Hardline and Bloodborne, but it ends right before the MLB 15 The Show release and it does not work on pre-orders.

With this 10% off PSN Discount Code gamers can save an almost everything in their cart, even on the games that are on sale as part of the Spring Fever PS4 game deals.

The PSN Discount code works on PS3 and PS4 games in the US, Canada and Latin America. You cannot use it on PS Plus memberships, subscriptions, pre-orders, PS Now content or video rentals.

On the upside, you can use it to save 10% off almost any PS3 and PS4 games you can buy today including the latest and greatest games to arrive.

Save 10% on any PS4 games including Battlefield Hardline and Bloodborne.

On your PS4, PS3 or on the web you need to add the items to your cart and enter the PSN Discount Code – LQ8ERDQH3A into the appropriate section of the store. We tried to score a MLB 15 The Show Deal, but there isn’t even an option to enter the code on pre-orders.

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Popular PS4 game deals to use this on are;

  • Battlefield Hardline
  • GTA 5 for PS4
  • Bloodborne
  • Metal Slug 3
  • Far Cry 4
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • HellDivers
  • Dying Light
  • and many others.

Any game that is out on PS3 or PS4 is applicable for this discount. If you are a PS3 owner you can save on the many God of War games that are already on sale at up to 80% off the sticker price.

If you look at this as a Bloodborne deal, it is a good one, but for some of these other games you might find a cheaper option at retail stores. Amazon offers several games for $30 this week including;

In this case, it is better to buy the games on disc from Amazon, than to go digital for only 10% off.

If you are interested in using the PSN Discount Code to save 10% on your PS4 games or PS3 games you need to complete your checkout before Noon Pacific on March 30th. The fine print for this PSN deal is below.

Receive 10% off one transaction made on PlayStation Store on PS3, PS4 or the online store (store.playstation.com) between 3/26/2015 at 12:00 noon PDT and 3/30/2015 at 12:00 noon PDT. Does not apply to transactions made on PlayStation Store on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP or in-game. Some exclusions apply, including PS Plus memberships, subscriptions, game pre-orders, PS Now content and rental video content. Code must be redeemed at checkout and discounted transaction completed before 3/30/2015 at 12:00 noon PDT.

If you don’t see the game you are looking for, you can check out our top PS4 games of 2015 list below to see what else you can expect later this year, but again you cannot pre-order as part of this deal.

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MLB 15 The Show Release Date - March 31st Confirmed

Sony is the undisputed king of baseball games with MLB The Show and we know that MLB 15 The Show is coming in early 2015. Sony just shared five key details about MLB 15 the Show and gamers are excited. 

MLB 15 The Show is a PlayStation Exclusive, that is coming to the PS4, PS3 and PS Vita. There is a chance that this will be one of the first big hits among the 2015 PS4 game releases. I

Watch the MLB 15 The Show teaser video above for a glimpse at what's new. 

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Save 10% Off the Best PS4 Games in March is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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