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Samsung Galaxy S4 Lollipop Release Breakdown

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 00:10

Samsung Galaxy S4 Lollipop Release Breakdown is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Lollipop release continues to make progress in the months after its initial release but Samsung is nowhere close to the finish line. With that in mind, we want to take a close look at the Samsung Galaxy S4 Lollipop update, its release, and give you an all-around look at what we think you need to know about the important update as we head into March.

Earlier this year, weeks after it started rolling out a Galaxy S5 Lollipop update, Samsung started rolling out a Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade. The timing of the update came as a bit of a surprise, it beat the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update to the punch, but the roll out itself didn’t come as a shock to us or Galaxy S4 users.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update represents the device’s third major upgrade and it’s a big one. Checking in at around 1GB in size, the Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 update delivers tons of new features, enhancements, fixes, and changes that make it one of the biggest and perhaps best Galaxy S4 updates ever. It’s big time for those still holding onto the Galaxy S4.

In the weeks since the initial release in late January, we’ve seen tons of new developments. We’ve seen the Samsung Galaxy S4 Lollipop update make progress and we’ve even seen some details emerge for the United States. It’s still moving slowly though and many Galaxy S4 users are curious about the current state of the roll out and its future. It can be a lot of digest, especially for those of you who don’t follow along on a daily basis.

Today, we want to breakdown everything we think you need to know about the Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Lollipop release. This breakdown includes a look at the progress the update’s made, a glimpse at what’s to come in the future, a look at what we expect, and some advice that we’ve wanted to pass along to Galaxy S4 users for sometime. If you’re at all interested in the Samsung Galaxy S4 Lollipop upgrade, this will be a great resource as the roll out moves ahead to other devices and regions.

Galaxy S4 Lollipop Release Making Progress, Just Not A Lot

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Lollipop update is available for the GT-I9500 though it’s only available in Russia and India. It hasn’t budged for several weeks now and it’s not clear what’s holding it up. Samsung rarely announces details publicly so owners of the international variant are just going to have to remain patient while the company works behind the scenes to get things sped up.

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The company’s actually made more progress with the Galaxy S4 LTE-A Android 5.0.1 Lollipop upgrade. The release for the Galaxy S4 GT-I9506 has landed in a number of different regions including Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany, Nordic countries, Austria, and Sweden. The Galaxy S4 LTE-A is not as common as the international Galaxy S4 variant but it’s clear that Samsung is making it a priority.

It’s a little bit odd to see the update as such standstill nearly a month after its release but Galaxy S4 users should start to see things pick up during the month of March. It usually takes Samsung a few weeks to really get things going. For reference, take a look at the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update. Its been rolling out since December and only recently has it started to gain a ton of steam in the U.S. and in markets around the world.

Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-9505 Lollipop Release

One major Galaxy S4 Lollipop release remains missing in action. The Galaxy S4 GT-9505 is the LTE version of the device and one of the most common variants worldwide. Unfortunately, its Lollipop update is still out of reach though we’ve seen signs of life in recent days.

A report from Optima Magazine in Italy claims that the Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 Lollipop update is currently in service centers in Germany ahead of its public release for Galaxy S4 users.

On top of that, a German Android-centric blog claims that German Samsung service centers are putting the software on board Galaxy S4 models sent in for repair. We doubt that service centers would be doing this unless they were confident that a public release was extremely close. We could have a rogue employee on our hands but we doubt it.

It’s clear, at least to us, that a roll out is extremely close. When and where it will land is hard to predict though Russia, Poland and the United States are the front-runners in our eyes. Poland and Russia often serve as beta testers of sorts and the Galaxy S4 launched at an event in the U.S. Launch countries are often near the front of the pack and we’ve seen the U.S. claim first to several Android updates including the Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat roll out.

U.S. Galaxy S4 Lollipop Release

We still haven’t seen U.S. carriers or any international carriers talk about the Galaxy S4 Lollipop update. In fact, the only detail that we have is a bit of silence from one major Samsung Galaxy S4 carrier.

Earlier this week, T-Mobile outlined many of its upcoming Android 5.0 Lollipop updates including upgrades for the Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 3, HTC One, and LG G2. Oddly enough, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is not on the list. Does that mean that an update isn’t coming? Absolutely not. Does it mean that a roll out is far away? Probably.

T-Mobile’s new Android software update page breaks down like so. The updates listed here are in one of three stages. Manufacturer development which is the initial confirmation of support. T-Mobile Testing which means that an update is in T-Mobile’s labs behind the scenes. And Complete which means that the update is available to the public.

What this means, at least in our eyes, is that Samsung and T-Mobile still haven’t agreed to roll out a Galaxy S4 Lollipop update. We expect an agreement to take place but given that we’re at step zero of the process, it could still be awhile before we see this software roll out. If it rolls out. We’ll be keeping an eye out as we move into March.

Prepare

If you own a GT-I9500, unbranded GT-I9505, Galaxy S4 LTE-A, or you just want to get a head start, right now is a very good time to start preparing your Galaxy S4 for the arrival of Android 5.0 Lollipop. We’ve put together a number of steps to take ahead of the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update and we suggest taking a look at them. They apply to the Galaxy S4 as well.

Galaxy S4 Release Date Tips

We’ve also put together a list of tips that will help you whenever Samsung or your carrier decides to push out the upgrade. Here are a few things that could help those of you who are getting anxious:

  1. The exact Galaxy S4 Lollipop release time is extremely unpredictable though we usually see roll out start during the working week (Monday-Friday). If your roll out hasn’t started, you don’t have to worry about checking your phone on the weekend. It’s very rare to see Samsung or its carrier partners start a roll out on Saturday or Sunday.
  2. Be patient. In some cases, Galaxy S4 Lollipop roll outs will take a few days to complete. Carriers in the U.S. like to roll out their updates in batches so that they can catch potential issues. AT&T is well known for this practice. So if you don’t see an update on day one, know that you’ll probably get it within a week. The roll outs typically don’t take much longer than that.
  3. You don’t need to install on day one. Just because you get a prompt doesn’t mean that you need to replace Android 4.4 KitKat that same day. In fact, there are some reasons why you might not want to install on day one. Maybe you’re traveling. Maybe you’re scared of bugs. Whatever the case may be, it might be wise to give it a few days before installing. That way, you can gather feedback and make an informed decision.
  4. Set aside time for the update. This is a huge upgrade for the Galaxy S4. We’re talking 1GB huge. It’s going to take time to install. It also has the potential to throw problems your way. You don’t want to be rushed so make sure you install it when you have time.
  5. Rooted/Custom ROM users proceed with caution. While power users will likely have no issues making the upgrade, Galaxy S4 users that aren’t as involved in the community and users who have only recently rooted or installed custom software will need to be very careful. Consult the developer and your community before installing.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Lollipop Problems

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Lollipop update still isn’t widespread but that doesn’t mean that we haven’t heard about Galaxy S4 Lollipop problems. Slowly, but surely, we’re seeing Galaxy S4 users speak up about Lollipop issues. Unsurprisingly, many of these issues are similar to the ones plaguing the Galaxy S5 at the moment.

Here’s how one Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 user in India describes his problems:

  1. Battery Drain, Device Overheats -> only when phone display is on
  2. Contacts app crashes frequently -> no reason
  3. Touchwiz UI crashes too very frequently when ever touchwiz will crash my home screen wallpaper is gone,
  4. Issues with logging into device when setup a password,
  5. Keyboard disappear when we are in middle of typing a text -> happens when we use messaging app, whatsapp and hangouts
  6. Ringtone volume will decrease automatically even though the mobile is locked -> happening often when disable the mobile data/bluetooth/wifi then we reproduce the same ( set ur ringtone volume to full then enable mobile data/wifi/bluetooth/ launch games like candy crush then wait for few mins then go back and check ur ringtone volume it should have been automatically decrease the volume level to low.
    abnormal lag

We expect Galaxy S4 Lollipop problems to continue to emerge as Samsung continues its roll out. Android software updates are never perfect and massive OS updates for older phones tend to bring a nice collection of issues along with them.

One thing to note: Google’s poised to deliver a massive Android 5.1 Lollipop upgrade to Android users next month. An MR release (MR stands for Maintenance Release) is confirmed for March and it’s possible that Android 5.1 will be heading to the Galaxy S4, in some capacity, down the road. We recommend keeping an eye on it as Google and its partners make progress towards a release.

Fixes for Galaxy S4 Problems

If you’re dealing with Galaxy S4 Lollipop problems or if you’re dealing with issues on Android 4.4 KitKat, you should note that we’ve put together a list of potential fixes for some of the more common Samsung Galaxy S4 problems.

Those of you currently on Android 4.4 KitKat would be wise to check them out so that you can absorb the information ahead of your Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Lollipop release. We also encourage you to check out some of the problems affecting the Samsung Galaxy S5.

If you’re familiar with the common problems and fixes for those common problems, you’re going to be in much better shape once the Galaxy S4 Lollipop release emerges for your device.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Lollipop Release Breakdown is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Verizon Nexus 6 Release: 5 Things You Need to Know

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 23:21

Verizon Nexus 6 Release: 5 Things You Need to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

When it was first announced back in October Google confirmed the Nexus 6 was headed to all major US carriers, including Verizon Wireless. It was set to be the first Nexus smartphone offered by Verizon in years. Since October both sides have been silent, but over the past few weeks more details have surfaced, and today the Verizon Nexus 6 release is finally official, even if it isn’t available yet.

Google’s impressive Android 5.0 Lollipop powered Nexus 6 has been available in the United States since November after being unveiled as a device coming to all US carriers, but it is still unavailable on Verizon. A rumor in early January said it was coming in mid-February, and earlier this month a leak surfaced potentially revealing the Verizon Nexus 6 release date.

Read: Nexus 6 Review

As of today the Nexus 6 is available from Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile and US Cellular, with the biggest carrier in the U.S. holding out. Verizon will also offer the Nexus 6, at least according to Google back in October, but absolutely no release date details have arrived. Earlier this month we received our first break, with Verizon adding the Nexus 6 to its website, and says it’s coming soon. Today was supposed to be the release date, and below is everything you need to know about the Verizon Nexus 6 release.

At the beginning of February an image surfaced showing the Nexus 6 complete with Verizon’s carrier branding, which was the first solid confirmation that the carrier was indeed going to release the phone. Shortly after that a leak showed the release date was set for February, but that’s all we knew.

Fast forward to the past few weeks, and things are finally starting to take shape. We’ve seen Verizon add the device to their website, more photos has surfaced suggesting the release date, and now we have a video right from Verizon. Here’s all the details.

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A few weeks ago the Verizon Nexus 6 release date was officially revealed for the first time. However, that was a leaked image, and not an actual announcement. It stated the phone would arrive today, February 26th. Right on time as expected today Verizon Wireless released a video showing off the “Verizon Nexus 6″ but the device is no where to be found, and now that video has been removed from YouTube.

The video went live earlier today, likely set to automatically go public once the device was released. However, Verizon made no announcements and carrier stores are confused. Some we called said it’s available today but they don’t have any, and another we called said the release date isn’t yet here, and they don’t have a date to give out.

At this point it looks like the Verizon Nexus 6 release date has been delayed, but at least we know it’s real and coming soon. This brings us to our next topic, the new rumored release date.

Release Date Rumors

Today two different sources have reportedly “confirmed” the Verizon Nexus 6 release date. According to both Droid-Life and Phandroid, the Verizon Nexus 6 release date has been rescheduled to March 12th. This is over four months behind AT&T, T-Mobile, US Cellular and everyone else. We’re not sure what the delay is about, but it’s no secret that Google and Verizon haven’t worked together well in the past. The Galaxy Nexus was the last Nexus on Verizon, and it never received updates on time, and was riddled with other issues, to say the least.

While we’re not exactly sure what has been the cause of the delay with the Verizon Nexus 6 release date, we do have a few potential ideas. Some of which could be extremely important when the phone does get released. Multiple rumors have emerged today following the video that surfaced by Verizon themselves, and we’re hearing a few interesting things.

Nexus 6 Android 5.1 Update

According to a few rumors that have surfaced today, the reason for Google and Verizon delaying the release of the Nexus 6 launch could possibly be because of software. Google launched the Nexus 6 with Android 5.0 Lollipop, but has since released Android 5.0.1 and 5.0.2 Lollipop. Currently the Nexus 6 is enjoying Android 5.0.1, while Android 5.0.2 has only arrived for a select few devices.

Verizon has a strict testing phase before allowing software updates, and this could be one of the many reasons for the delay in a release date from the carrier. However, today’s news suggests that Verizon was initially planning to release the Nexus 6 today, but have instead pushed the release to March 12th in order to deliver the absolute latest Android 5.1 Lollipop update.

While Google has yet to officially announce Android 5.1 Lollipop, it’s coming soon to fix a number of problems and issues plaguing the latest version of Android. HTC has recently stated it was coming in March, so today’s rumors line up with previous statements, and all make sense. We can’t be sure that March 12th is the Verizon Nexus 6 release date, or if it will arrive with Android 5.1 Lollipop on board, but that’s the latest rumor.

Read: 80 Best Nexus 6 Apps

When the Verizon Nexus 6 finally gets released, unknown sources claim it will arrive with Android 5.1 which will support “Enhanced 4G LTE Mode” (Advanced Calling / VoLTE). An option a few devices on Verizon have recently received updates to. Most notably the Motorola DROID Turbo.

Specs

Of course the Verizon Nexus 6 won’t be any different from other versions available today, except for the Verizon 4G LTE logo and the addition of VoLTE support. It will be the same device that’s been available for months, and here’s what to expect in case you aren’t too familiar with it already.

Nexus 6 Specs

  • 5.96-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD Display
  • 2.7 GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 805 processor with 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB/64GB internal storage
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop (could arrive with Android 5.1)
  • 13 Megapixel camera with OIS, 2 MP front camera (4k video capture)
  • Dual Ring Flash
  • Dual Front-facing speakers
  • Aluminum frame for durability
  • Turbo Charger Support
  • 3,220 mAh battery

Being four months old new devices for 2015 are coming soon. Competition from HTC and Samsung are both set to be announced on March 1st, so the delay could hurt Verizon Nexus 6 sales. That said, it’s still an excellent device with top-tier specs and is a device worth considering in 2015.

Price

One of the most important aspects of the Verizon Nexus 6 release comes down to the price. The regular Nexus 6 sold from Motorola.com or the Google Play Store works on Verizon, it just needs a SIM card to work. However, not everyone can afford to buy a phone off contract.

The Nexus 6 is $649 for the 32GB model, and $699 for the 64GB option, and comes in Blue or Cloud White color options. However, carriers are also offering it with new 2-year contracts, and we’re hearing the Verizon Nexus 6 will be $249 on contract, or $29.16 a month for 24 months with Verizon Edge.

The high price tag has lead many potential buyers to look elsewhere, or be stuck waiting for the Verizon Nexus 6 release date. However, it looks like those on a budget will soon be able to get the Verizon Nexus 6 for $30 a month, or for $249 with a new 2-year contract vs spending over $600 to buy it outright. This is great news for Verizon Wireless customers wanting the latest Google device.

All said and done, this is still all only rumors. Verizon did release a video today showing that the phone is available, but quickly removed it. So we know the Verizon Nexus 6 is coming, and coming soon, but we’ll have to wait and see if the March 12th rumors are accurate, or if another delay pushes things back. Are you still waiting for the Nexus 6 on Verizon, and do you think it will come with Android 5.1? Let us know in the comments below.

Verizon Nexus 6 Release: 5 Things You Need to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Trivia Crack Answers & Cheats

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 20:04

Trivia Crack Answers & Cheats is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

We’ll show you how to find Trivia Crack answers so that you can increase your chances of winning, Trivia Crack cheats to use when you don’t know the answer and tips to help you beat your competition without using up the in-game items or paying for in-app purchases.

Trivia Crack is an insanely fun game that lets you test your trivia knowledge against friends and strangers on Facebook, the iPhone or iPad and Android devices. Trivia Crack is free with ads and in-app purchases so you can try it out without spending any money.

If you find yourself missing too many Trivia Crack questions, you can use these tips, Trivia Crack answers and yes cheats to find the right answer before time runs out. Just watch out, if you start playing too good, your friends might wonder how you keep beating them when answering obscure Trivia Crack questions.

Win at Trivia Crack with this list of Trivia Crack Answers and cheats.

Here is your complete guide to winning at Trivia Crack on iPhone, iPad, Android or Facebook.

Trivia Crack Answers

To win, you need to know the Trivia Crack answers. There are two ways you can do this without playing through multiple games and losing. You’ll need to learn the Trivia Crack answers for either of these to work, since there isn’t enough time to use either of these options to research Trivia Crack questions while you are playing a real game against friends.

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Use this listing of Trivia Crack answers to win.

You don’t need to play for hours to learn the Trivia Crack answers that will help you beat friends. You can look up the answers to many Trivia Crack questions online. You can research a specific question or search through categories. If you want to improve in a category, this is much better than simply searching for the answer to a question.

You can familiarize yourself with the Trivia Crack questions and answers before you see the question in-game. You can go to Trivia Crack Answers to search by your question or to see popular questions and answers sorted by Trivia Crack category.

It may sound like homework, but spending 15 minutes learning the Trivia Crack answers in a category that you don’t do well in is an easy way to win.

Trivia Crack Answers Through Ratings

If you go to the Trivia Crack Question Factory in the app you can see potential questions and answers that may eventually make it into the game. This will show you what the answer is in an environment where you don’t need to worry about missing it.

Rate new questions to learn Trivia Crack answers.

After you answer a Trivia Crack question you can then rate it as incorrect, correct and you don’t like it or correct and you do like it. This will influence the game. Don’t intentionally mark questions as wrong here, but if you are honest about what you like and don’t like you can change some of the Trivia Crack answers you need to know.

Trivia Crack Cheats

If you don’t know the answer, you need Trivia Crack cheats to find the answers fast. If you are playing on the iPhone or iPad you can use Siri as a Trivia Crack cheat to get the answer before time runs out. Watch the Trivia Crack cheats video below to see how this works. It doesn’t always work, but it can help you find the answer if you act fast.

Another option is available if you play Trivia Crack on Facebook. You can use a Chrome extension to always see the correct answer. This is the greatest Trivia Crack cheat as you will see the answer selected for you in Facebook.

If you want to make sure you never get a Trivia Crack question wrong you can use Airplane mode to see the answer using airplane mode as a Trivia Crack cheat that will show you the right answer and then ask you the same question again.

The video above shows this Trivia Crack cheat in action, so you can master the process of cheating at Trivia Crack on iPhone or iPad.

Trivia Crack Answers & Cheats is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop Release Breakdown

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 19:56

Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop Release Breakdown is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop release continues to make progress in the months after its initial release in December. With that in mind, we want to take a close look at the Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop update, its release, and give you an all-around look at what we think you need to know about the upgrade as we head into March.

In December, a few weeks after Google first started rolling it out, Samsung delivered its first Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade. The upgrade unsurprisingly went to the Samsung Galaxy S5, the company’s current Galaxy S flagship and a device that arrived with Android 4.4 KitKat on board. Android 5.0 Lollipop represents the Galaxy S5’s first major Android update and it delivers a host of changes to the popular smartphone.

In the weeks since the initial release, we’ve seen tons of new developments. We’ve seen the Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop update make progress in countries around the world including the United States. We’ve seen Galaxy S5 Lollipop problems emerge. And we’ve even seen a brand new Galaxy S5 release take place to restore one of the update’s missing features. It can be a lot of digest, particularly for those of you who don’t follow along on a daily basis.

Today, we want to breakdown everything we think you need to know about the Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop release. This breakdown includes a look at the progress the update’s made, a glimpse at what’s to come in the future, a look at what we expect, and some advice that we’ve wanted to pass along to Galaxy S5 users for sometime. If you’re at all interested in the Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop upgrade, this will be a great resource as the roll out moves forward.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop Release Making Progress

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop update continues to make progress in the United States and around the world.

We’ve been poking around for a couple of days in an effort to bring you a look at the places where the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update is currently available and here’s what we’ve found.

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U.S. 

  • Verizon
  • Sprint
  • T-Mobile

International

We’ve seen the update land for a ton of regions outside of the United States so we’ll focus on the places where it has landed during the month of February. The list is fairly extensive so we’ll look at the six most recent roll outs for unbranded versions of the SM-G900F:

  • Sri Lanka
  • Montenegro
  • Germany
  • Malaysia
  • Thailand
  • Italy

We’ve also seen the update roll out for several carriers including French carrier SFR, Wind in Italy, T-Mobile in Germany, and T-Mobile in Croatia. These international carrier roll outs are key because they should represent the start of a wider push throughout Europe and perhaps, some of Samsung’s smaller markets.

It’s also important to point out that a new Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop update is currently rolling out in the United Kingdom. It’s not a massive bug fixer or Android 5.1 but it does bring back silent mode, a feature that was stripped from the Galaxy S5 with its initial Android 5.0 Lollipop release. That’s a huge gain for users in the UK and we expect the feature to be returned to everyone that’s currently missing it.

While Samsung’s made some solid progress since the software’s initial push in December, it still has a long way to go. We still haven’t seen updates pop up for AT&T or U.S. Cellular and many international variants are still without their upgrade. And while some carriers will likely opt to keep their customers informed, others probably won’t. Many of you will likely learn about the release on the day the update rolls out.

Galaxy S5 Lollipop Release Details

As we’ve noted many times, we do have a solid lead on a few missing Galaxy S5 Lollipop upgrades. Most carriers are still silent but thanks to Samsung and a some vocal carriers, we do have some information that gives us a solid base for the future. Let’s start with the regular Galaxy S5.

We know that the Canadian release of the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update is getting closer. Rogers Canada has tacked on a February or March release for the software and typically, Canadian carriers roll their updates out in and around the same day. What’s more is that we’ve seen AT&T roll its software out in and around the same time as Rogers. That’s not a guarantee for the Galaxy S5 but it’s something to keep in mind.

Rogers has also confirmed a Galaxy S5 Active Lollipop update for release in the future though it hasn’t outlined any specific release details. That probably means that the update is still a ways off. If the Galaxy S5 mini Lollipop release is any indication, we could be looking at a release that’s months out.

Samsung France recently confirmed a Galaxy S5 mini Lollipop release for Q2 which means that it should start pushing sometime between April and June. A specific date hasn’t been confirmed though with the Galaxy S5 Lollipop release still moving out slowly, we imagine that Samsung’s focus is on the current roll out and not lesser devices.

It’s also worth pointing out that the Galaxy S5 LTE-A Android 5.0 Lollipop release which Samsung promised in early 2015, is still MIA. The Galaxy S5 LTE-A is an uncommon device though it’s still available in a number of markets including Korea.

Most carriers that we’ve come into contact with have yet to announce any firm details. Even Australian carriers like Vodafone and Optus, known for their early announcements, are silent. It’s a sign that this roll out is probably going to take many months to complete.

U.S. Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop Release

In the United States, the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update is currently available for three carriers: Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. The updates have all finished rolling out and those of you on those three carriers can make the move up to Android 5.0 Lollipop.

We still aren’t sure about release dates for the AT&T and U.S. Cellular Galaxy S5 Lollipop models though we do expect them, and smaller U.S. carriers, to get the software out in the future. With that in mind, here are a few things that we think future Galaxy S5 Lollipop users need to know in the buildup to March and their Galaxy S5 Lollipop release dates.

Prepare

If you own an AT&T, U.S. Cellular, Rogers, or really any variant of the regular Galaxy S5 variant, now is a very good time to start preparing the device for the arrival of Android 5.0 Lollipop. We’ve put together a number of steps to take ahead of the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update and we suggest taking a look at them ahead of your unpredictable Galaxy S5 Lollipop release date. They’ll help.

Galaxy S5 Release Date Tips

We’ve also put together a list of tips that will help you come March or whenever your carrier decides to push out the upgrade. Here are a few things that could help those of you who are getting anxious:

  1. The exact Galaxy S5 Lollipop release time is extremely unpredictable though we usually see roll out start during the working week (Monday-Friday). If your roll out hasn’t started, you don’t have to worry about checking your phone on the weekend. It’s very rare to see Samsung or its carrier partners fire up a roll out on Saturday or Sunday.
  2. Be patient. In some cases, Galaxy S5 Lollipop roll outs will take a few days to complete. Carriers in the U.S. like to roll out their updates in batches so that they can catch potential issues. AT&T is known for this practice. So if you don’t see an update on day one, know that you’ll probably get it within a week. The roll outs typically don’t take longer than that.
  3. You don’t need to install on day one. Just because you get a prompt doesn’t mean that you need to replace Android 4.4 KitKat. In fact, there are some reasons why you might not want to install on day one. Maybe you’re traveling. Maybe you’re scared of bugs. Problems have plagued the Sprint and Verizon models and it might be smart to avoid the software for a few days to let the smoke settle.
  4. Set aside time for the update. This is a huge upgrade for the Galaxy S5. It’s going to take time to install and it also has the potential to throw problems your way. You don’t want to be rushed so make sure you install it when you have time.
  5. Rooted/Custom ROM users proceed with caution. While power users will likely have no issues making the upgrade, Galaxy S5 users that aren’t as involved in the community and users who have only recently rooted or installed custom software will need to be very careful. Consult the developer and your community before installing.
Galaxy S5 Lollipop Problems Continue

Samsung Galaxy s5 Lollipop problems continue for Galaxy S5 users on Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. Carrier forums and Android-centric forums are full of complaints about Android 5.0 Lollipop problems. We continue to get complaints about terrible battery life though we also have seen users bring up a number of other issues.

It’s not clear when these carriers, or their international counterparts, plan to roll out bug fixers for the Samsung Galaxy S5 which means that users are going to need to be very proactive between now and the first Android 5.0 bug fix update for the phone.

Staff at one major U.S. carrier we spoke to highlighted a number of Samsung Galaxy S5 problems including app crashes, slow performance and absolutely awful battery life. They’ve told us that they’ve gotten a high volume of complaints about the recent update though they were unable to provide any estimates about a bug fix release.

One thing to note: Google’s poised to deliver a massive Android 5.1 Lollipop upgrade to Android users next month. An MR release (MR stands for Maintenance Release) is confirmed for March and it’s possible that Android 5.1 will be heading to the Galaxy S5, in some capacity, down the road. We recommend keeping an eye on it as Google and its partners make progress towards a release.

Fixes for Galaxy S5 Lollipop Problems

In the meantime, we’ve put together a list of potential fixes for some of the more common Samsung Galaxy S5 problems. Those of you who are dealing with issues, on T-Mobile or otherwise, would be wise to check those out.

Those of you currently on Android 4.4 KitKat would be wise to check them out so that you can absorb the information ahead of your Android 5.0 Lollipop release.

If you’re familiar with the common problems and fixes for those common problems, you’re going to be in much better shape once the Galaxy S5 Lollipop release emerges for your device.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop Release Breakdown is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Why You Shouldn’t Buy the iPhone 6 Plus Right Now

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 23:48

Why You Shouldn’t Buy the iPhone 6 Plus Right Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The iPhone 6 Plus is one of the best smartphones on the market and a device that we highly recommend. Just not this week. This week is one of the worst times to buy the iPhone 6 Plus. Those of you that can hold off should.

Back in September, Tim Cook and Co. took the stage and announced two new iPhone 6 models. A 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and a larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. Both devices arrived with an assortment of upgrades including larger displays, better processors, improved cameras, sleek metal designs, Apple’s new iOS 8 operating system, and a whole lot more.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are two of the best selling smartphones in the world. They’re also two of the best smartphones you can buy. And there they will remain until Apple decides to take the curtain down from around its 2015 iPhone, probably the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

We’ve been pushing friends, family and readers to the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus since its launch in September but the current climate makes the iPhone 6 Plus an extremely hard device to recommend. Right now is a terrible time to buy the iPhone 6 Plus.

If you’re in the hunt for a new smartphone right now, and you can wait a week or so to buy, you should. Here’s why you shouldn’t buy the iPhone 6 Plus right now.

Samsung Galaxy S6

In our eyes, there are two big reasons why you should hold off on buying the iPhone 6 Plus, at least until Monday. The first is the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S6, a serious iPhone 6 competitor that’s expected to be a huge upgrade over last year’s model.

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 launch date is set for this Sunday, March 1st, and there you’ll find out about Samsung’s Next Big Thing. From what we’ve seen, the Galaxy S6 is poised to become Samsung’s biggest Galaxy S release since the Galaxy S3. It’s expected to make some huge changes and take some big risks to help revitalize its struggling mobile business and catapult the Galaxy S back onto the same pedestal as the iPhone.

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 rumor cycle has matured to the point that many important details are all but confirmed ahead of its announcement at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. Here’s what we know about the Galaxy S6, so far:

  • 5.1-inch Quad HD display
  • Premium design with metal and perhaps glass
  • 16MP camera with OIS
  • Exynos 64-bit Octo-core Processor
  • 32GB / 64GB / 128GB storage
  • Touch-based fingerprint sensor
  • Four color options
  • Release on all five major U.S. carriers
  • Tons of accessories
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop with trimmed down TouchWiz
  • Galaxy S6 Edge with a curved display

This phone is clearly a response to all of the criticism that Samsung’s gotten over the years about plastic designs and so-so software. It’s also a phone that we think will be worth a wait. One week is absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of things. There’s no chance that March 1st comes and goes without a Galaxy S6 launch.

We think there’s a big chance for regret if you don’t wait for the Galaxy S6 to arrive and we think there’s enough incentive to take a rain check on the iPhone 6 Plus, at least for a few days. The iPhone 6 Plus will be there waiting for you on Monday if you decide that Samsung’s phone isn’t what you want.

HTC One M9

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is expected to come in two different versions, one regular and one curved. The curved model, a Galaxy S6 Edge, might be tempting to some of you looking hard at the iPhone 6 Plus. These two aren’t the only options that are set to appear on March 1st though.

HTC, the company behind last year’s HTC One M8 rival for the iPhone and Galaxy S, is also scheduled to announce a brand new smartphone dubbed HTC One M9. The HTC One M9, like the Galaxy S6, is rumored to have a number of big time upgrades on board.

The HTC One M9 will reportedly have a 5-inch 1080p HD display, a powerful 8-core processor with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, Android 5.0 Lollipop with Sense 7 UI, a new 20MP camera, design tweaks, and more. HTC One M9 rumors also point to a bigger 2,900 mAh battery for all-day usage. In other words, it should improve on the HTC One M8, a device that is considered one of the best Android phones of all time.

HTC’s also expected to have a larger HTC One M9 Max up its sleeve though it’s not clear if the company will announce it on March 1st or if it will wait to bring it to market.

The device, known as the HTC One M9 Plus or HTC One M9 Max, is expected to be a direct competitor for the Galaxy Note and iPhone 6 Plus. The mere possibility of a large screen HTC One M9 makes March 1st a day worth waiting for.

Here’s the skinny. Unless you absolutely have to buy a new smartphone this week, we suggest waiting for March 1st to arrive before deciding on your next device.

The iPhone 6 Plus will still be a great phone at the beginning of March but it will have increased competition from two devices that should be two of the best smartphones from 2015. That kind of choice should be appealing to all smartphone shoppers, not just those looking into buying the iPhone 6 Plus. If you can, pass on buying the iPhone 6 Plus this week. You’ll be in a much better position if you do.

Why You Shouldn’t Buy the iPhone 6 Plus Right Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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HTC One M9 Price: What to Expect

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 23:33

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

We’ve seen a ton of different HTC One M9 rumors, leaks, and images surface over the past few months, and even more these last few days, but two questions that remain are the price and release date. With that in mind, here we take a look at what to expect about the HTC One M9, its price, and everything else.

This week has been rather telling about the phone, but we still don’t have a release date. As we approach the March 1st announcement and possible release date of the HTC One M9, rumors are starting to heat up. Everything from leaked specs and details, to concept render images based off of leaks, and even three videos arrived yesterday.

Read: HTC One M9 Leak Could Show Final Design

After a successful HTC One and HTC One M8 in 2014, the company is looking to built on that success with an all-new smartphone in the first half of this year. It is codenamed the HTC Hima, but will most likely be released as the HTC One M9, the New HTC One, or something else, and here’s what you need to know about it and the price when it does arrive.

The first rumors started emerging around September of last year with concepts and other light news, but over the past month the rumors have gone full throttle. We’ve seen images, concepts, leaked benchmarks, and Bloomberg reportedly talked to someone close with the matter and revealed many of the specs which match earlier reports.

In 2014, the HTC One M8 was rumored for months and leaked enough times that we knew exactly what to expect come the March 27th announcement date. There were no surprises. HTC tried to hide it this year, but things aren’t going to well and we’ve seen countless images and videos as of late. The only surprises will be a second phone, a new smartwatch, accessories, or a completely different design that differs from all the leaks we’ve seen and linked to above.

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For now we’re not exactly sure about the HTC One M9. Most of the leaks from last month were reportedly fakes, and an actual image of the device still has yet to be seen. Even though one leak from @evleaks could be the final design we’ll be seeing on March 1st. Since then we’ve seen a device that looks very similar to last years over and over again, and most likely the latest leaks are the real phone.

For now we know they have a few surprises up their sleeves, including the design and possibly the release date, as well as the chance that we could be seeing a second device announced the same day. The last rumor we saw suggested March 1st they’ll announce both the HTC One M9, and a new HTC One Max with a bigger 5.5 or 5.7-inch display. All of that aside, here’s the rumored specs, and then we’ll get into what you need to know about the price.

HTC One M9 Specs (Rumored)

  • 5.inch 1920 x 1080p HD Display
  • 2 GHz 8-core (4×4) Snapdragon 810 processor (64-bit)
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of internal storage and a micro-SD slot for expansion
  • 20.7 MP rear facing camera and 4 Ultrapixel front shooter (or 12 MP front)
  • Android 5.0.1 Lollipop and HTC Sense UI 7.0
  • Dual HTC Boomsound Speakers with Dolby 5.1 Audio Technology
  • 2,900 mAh battery
  • more

The information above has been rumored time and time again, seen in benchmarks, and has all but been confirmed. March 1st we’ll know if they were all accurate. So what about the price?

HTC One M9 Price

What we don’t yet know officially is the HTC One M9 release date, and the price. However, most devices have a similar price point in order to be competitive, and if HTC follows last years rollout we could see a March 1st announcement AND release date, but will have to wait and see.

Unlike other devices with multiple storage options, we’re hearing the HTC One M9 will only come in a 32GB storage configuration, as well as offer a micro-SD slot for expansion. This means there will only be one option from carriers, and one price you’ll need to know about.

The HTC One M8 launched for $599-$699 outright for those who didn’t want a contract last year, and we’re expecting the exact same pricing in 2015. Verizon offered it for the lowest price off contract, but most buyers opted to get it for $199 with a 2-year contract. Most likely that’s the exact same route HTC and carriers will take with the new HTC One M9. Verizon even has the HTC One M8 right now for only $499. That’s $100 less than the launch price, as a new replacement and successor is only days away.

Even places like Best Buy are offering the current model at a discount on contract, ranging from $49 to $99 and a 2-year service agreement. T-Mobile doesn’t have contracts, and are asking $669 for the HTC One M8 in monthly payments.

Users and prospective buyers can expect the all-new HTC One M9 to cost $599-$649 outright, be $199 with a new 2-year contract from carriers in the United States, and probably be available from Uncarrier plans, AT&T Next, Verizon Edge and other payment plans for $0 down with 24 monthly payments around $27, give or take a few.

There’s no reason to expect an increase in price, especially if HTC wants to compete with the iPhone 6 and the incoming Samsung Galaxy S6.

This all said, March 1st is the official launch date, which is just days away, so we’ll know all the details about this new smartphone soon enough. Does the similar design turn you off and have you looking elsewhere, or is the new HTC One M9 on your radar for 2015? Let us know in the comment section below.

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

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iPhone 6 iOS 8.1.3 Update: 5 Reasons It’s Worth Installing Now

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 20:56

iPhone 6 iOS 8.1.3 Update: 5 Reasons It’s Worth Installing Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple’s iPhone 6 iOS 8.1.3 update is the device’s sixth iOS update since launch and it’s an update that I’ve been using for a solid month now. After using the iPhone 6 iOS 8.1.3 update for just over a month now, there are some reasons why I think you should consider installing it today.

A month ago, Apple finally delivered its iOS 8.1.3 update to iPhone and iPad users. It was an update that I, and many other iPhone 6 users, had been looking forward to. While my iOS 8 experience on the iPhone 6 has for the most part been very solid, I’ve been dealing with a few nagging iOS 8 problems. I have a feeling that many iPhone 6 users can relate.

Since launch, I’ve been experiencing two frustrating problems in particular. One, a sporadic issue with my Wi-Fi connectivity where it just drops the signal for no apparent reason. The other, an issue where the iPhone 6 gets stuck in landscape mode. They aren’t deal-breakers but they are annoying, especially the Wi-Fi problem. I no longer have unlimited data and using LTE eats into my precious monthly data pool.

iOS Wi-Fi problems are well-documented and I’ve spoken to several people, including various colleagues, who have experienced the pesky landscape problems on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. So, when iOS 8.1.3 arrived, I was pretty excited and better yet, hopeful.

Its been about a month since I got the iOS 8.1.3 update on board the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 is my daily driver and a phone that rarely leaves my side. I use it a lot. After a month of use, I’ve grown to love iOS 8.1.3 for the iPhone 6, so much so, that I think for most of you, it’s an update that’s worth installing right now. Obviously, I can’t force you to do anything you don’t want to do but I can attempt to persuade you.

Here are five reasons why I think the iOS 8.1.3 update is worth installing on the iPhone 6.

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iOS 8.1.3 is an incremental update but it comes with some crucial bug fixes. If you haven’t seen the iOS 8.1.3 change log, you can find it here. Included in this update is a fix for “an issue that prevented some users from entering their Apple ID password for Messages and FaceTime.” While I’ve never run into this issue myself, it’s a crucial fix for iPhone 6 users.

There’s also another fix that I am thrilled about. If you’ve ever used Spotlight to search for an app on the iPhone 6, you may have noticed that results often did not list a shortcut to that application. I ran into this issues several times though it would always work itself out.

iOS 8.1.3 offers a crucial fix for Spotlight search.

iOS 8.1.3 introduces a permanent fix for this issues and boy have I appreciated it. I have tons of applications on my iPhone 6 and I often forget where they’re located. Spotlight, which is accessed with a swipe from the top of the display, allows me to instantly open up apps that I can’t find. It also allows me to be lazy if I want to be.

These are both key fixes but I think the latter one is a huge reason to upgrade to iOS 8.1.3. I recommend getting into a habit of using Spotlight, especially if you have tons of apps on the iPhone 6 like I do. It makes life with the iPhone a whole lot easier.

Potential for Fixes

Now, iOS 8.1.3’s change log isn’t massive and it doesn’t come with any fixes that are specific for the iPhone 6. That said, those of you who are experiencing problems on iOS 8.1.2 and below would be wise to make the jump up to iOS 8.1.3.

Neither I, nor any of my colleagues, have run into any major problems with the iPhone 6 iOS 8.1.3 update. It’s an extremely stable update. In fact, it appears to have wiped out the landscape problems and the Wi-Fi problems I’ve been seeing on the iPhone 6. It took nearly two weeks for those problems to vanish but vanish they have.

My point, in case it went over your head, is that iOS 8.1.3 has the potential to fix iOS 8 problems that aren’t listed on the official change log. This is not uncommon. iOS 8.1.3 isn’t guaranteed to solve all of your iOS 8 issues but the potential, in my eyes, makes it worth the risk.

If it doesn’t, I’ve put together a list of common problems and fixes that you can lean on ahead of the iOS 8.2 update. I doubt you’ll need them, iOS 8.1.3 is excellent, but keep that in mind just in case.

If You Own a 16GB iPhone 6

If you aren’t having problems, consider this. One of iOS 8.1.3’s features is a reduction to the “amount of storage required to perform a software update.” That’s a huge fix, especially for 16GB iPhone 6 users who are running out of space. If you have a 16GB iPhone 6, now’s a great time to get acquainted with iOS 8.1.3.

In just a few short weeks, Apple will release iOS 8.2. Rumors point to March but that remains unconfirmed. We’re expecting iOS 8.2 to be a fairly substantial update. If it is a large update, it’s going to require a ton of space to install OTA. And that could be a problem for those of you that don’t have access to a computer and iTunes.

This is a solution that Apple should have offered years ago but it’s here now and I think it makes iOS 8.1.3 worth installing. Especially with iOS 8.2 just a few weeks away. Especially with iOS 8.1.3 as stable as it is a month after its release. Trust me. You don’t want to have to deal with the hassle of using iTunes or deleting files to make room for iOS 8.2.

You’re Not Planning to Jailbreak

When Apple released iOS 8.1.3, the change log didn’t go into depth about the security enhancements it brought with it. Well, Apple’s website runs them down in great detail and there are a grand total of 21 security updates included in iOS 8.1.3. There’s even a fix for a potential security problem on the App Store.

The security fixes plug up the iOS 8.1.2 jailbreak but if you’re not going to jailbreak your iPhone 6, you’d be wise to get these security enhancements on board your iPhone 6, especially if you keep sensitive material on board. Yes, malware can affect the iPhone.

If You’re Still on iOS 8.0

If you haven’t made the jump from iOS 8.0 to iOS 8.1, because you’re lazy or because you’ve been scared, I think that right now is the perfect time to make the move. Especially if you plan to buy the Apple Watch to pair with the iPhone 6.

iOS 8.1 brought Apple Pay to the iPhone 6. Apple Pay is Apple’s mobile payment service that takes advantage of near-field communication technology embedded in the iPhone 6. In other words, it allows you to easily pay for products and services with your phone. I absolutely love the service. It’s simple, fast and best of all, it’s not confusing. Apple Pay is only getting bigger too.

The feature will be one of the key components of the Apple Watch, Apple’s new smartwatch that we’ll be able to pair to our iPhone 6. If you aren’t familiar with Apple Pay yet, make the move iOS 8.1.3. That way, you can get acclimated to the service before you buy, or think about buying, Apple’s new smartwatch.

iPhone 6 iOS 8.1.3 Update: 5 Reasons It’s Worth Installing Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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1 New Way Google Play Music Is Now Better Than Spotify

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 20:16

1 New Way Google Play Music Is Now Better Than Spotify is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

For far too long, users looking to listen to the huge amount of music they already own have been forced to get a smartphone with storage options big enough to support them. Now Google Play Music, the online streaming service for iPhone and Android users is moving even further ahead of rivals like Spotify and Xbox Music.  This morning Google revealed it plans to let Google Play Music All Access subscribers store more music on its servers – a lot more.

Engadget is reporting that Google has upped the amount of music users can store on its servers to 50,000. Previously, the company only allowed Google Play Music users to stuff 20,000 songs on their site before it cut them off. Because of the change, Google Play Music just became a better competitor to music streaming service Spotify overnight. A lack of storage for music and other media is one of the core issues still plaguing smartphones and tablets today. Apple, for example, sells the iPhone 6 with 16GB of storage, despite most agreeing that’s not enough for all of the things a modern smartphone does. Even the base Moto X, which some consider the best Android smartphone available, has only 16GB of storage.

Really, Google Play Music is a two part system. The part getting updated today is what most simply refer to as a “digital music locker.” Users who have tons of songs they’ve already purchased digitally or picked up from other sources load that music on to Google’s servers so that they can stream it at their leisure. Uploading these songs to Google Play Music allows users to get the conveniences of streaming – like not running out of space on their device – while still enjoying their complete library. Spotify doesn’t offer anything like this today.

Read: Spotify Review – What to Know Before Signing Up

Amazon offers a similar digital music locker service, and Microsoft revealed back in January that it had plans to introduce a similar feature. That being said, most music services have tried to chip away at this advantage buy rolling out music scanning. They examine the songs that are available in the user’s collection and then make identical versions of those songs available on other devices. This trick works, provided it’s a song available on the service already.

Like Spotify, Google Play Music is also a subscription music service in the traditional sense. $9.99 gets Google Play Music all Access subscribers access 30 million songs directly for their device. Additionally, they can stream subscribers can stream as much music as they want trough YouTube. Google offers a month-long free trial to Google Play Music All Access for new subscribers here.

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Taking advantage of the upgraded music storage in Google Play Music is pretty easy. Absolutely anyone can sign up for Google Play Music online with their Google Account. Storing 20,000 songs in Google Play Music’s digital locker service is still free, according to Google. Once users are signed in, they’ll need to click the Add My Music button in the web app and begin uploading their songs. Over time, those songs show up in Google Play Music for Android, iPhone and iPad.  The service will mix the uploading songs into the library that lets users access songs they’ve already purchased directly from Google Play Music. How long the upload takes completely depends on how many songs are being uploaded and how speedy a user’s internet connection is.

There isn’t a Google Play Music app available for Microsoft’s Windows or Windows Phone operating systems. Microsoft hasn’t yet said specifically when its users will be able to upload their songs to Xbox Music for a similar experience.

1 New Way Google Play Music Is Now Better Than Spotify is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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The Galaxy S6 Price: Everything We Know So Far

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 23:56

The Galaxy S6 Price: Everything We Know So Far is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

We’re getting closer and closer to the Samsung Galaxy S6 launch date which means that we’re inching closer to the Galaxy S6 release date as well. While launch and release rumors are rampant, we’ve only seen a few details about the Samsung Galaxy S6 price leak out. With that in mind, we want to take a look at everything we know, think we know, about the Galaxy S6 price.

Earlier this month, Samsung sent out invites for an Unpacked event set for March 1st at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona. The company did not reveal what the event is for but thanks to a series of rumors and leaks, it’s pretty clear that it will serve as the launch pad for the Samsung Galaxy S6, the Galaxy S6 successor.

Samsung Galaxy S6 rumors have been rampant for a number of months now and as we’ve approached March 1st, they’ve started to firm up. Samsung Galaxy S6 specs are expected to feature a number of upgrades. The Galaxy S6 release date is expected to take place in either March or April on carriers in the United States and around the world. And the Galaxy S6 design is expected to feature a number of changes including the use of premium materials.

One detail that’s been noticeably absent from the proceedings is the Samsung Galaxy S6 price, one of the key ingredients to any smartphone launch. We saw a few early Galaxy S6 price rumors and today some new information popped up but Samsung Galaxy S6 price details have been hard to come by.

Today, we want to take a look at everything that’s leaked so far. Our goal is to help prepare you, and your wallet, for the Galaxy S6 release date and launch, both of which are set to take place in just a few short weeks.

Galaxy S6 Storage

Samsung Galaxy S6 rumors indicate that the company has plans to release six Galaxy S6 variants including 32GB, 64GB and 128GB versions of both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. We’ve seen those storage options rumored several times in the lead in to the Galaxy S6 launch date and given the frequency, these options are probable.

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Now, what this means is that we could, we repeat could, see six price points inside the United States. We say could because Samsung’s Galaxy S releases have been extremely unpredictable. While Samsung’s announced three storage variants in the past, U.S. carriers have been reluctant to carry more than two different storage options.

Retailers, carriers and Samsung is ready for a fast Galaxy S6 release date that no one is shy about teasing.

Take for example the Galaxy S4. While AT&T and Verizon released 32GB versions of the device, the other three major carriers were left with the 16GB model and the 16GB model only. Last year, we saw all five off the 16GB model.

Point is that we’re still not sure which variants will land where. We are, however, starting to learn a little bit about how much they might cost in places outside the United States.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Price

The first Samsung Galaxy S6 price rumor came out of a report from Brazilian site Tecmundo. The rumor, which emerged weeks ago, suggests that the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will cost R $2,899 and R $3,999 respectively. Last year’s Galaxy S5 commanded a R $2,599 price tag when it arrived. So we could see a bit of an increase in Brazil.

Just days after that, a report from AndroidPIT concluded that the device will come in two different forms (a regular model and an “Edge” model) with, you guessed it, three storage sizes. Here’s how it said pricing would break down in Europe:

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 32 GB: 749 euros ($849 USD)
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 64GB: 849 euros ($963 USD)
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 128 GB: 949 euros ($1,706 USD)
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge 32 GB: 849 euros ($973 USD)
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge 64 GB : 949 euros ($1073 USD)
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge 128 GB : 1049 euros ($1173 USD)

As we noted at the time, the $100 price increase makes sense. Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge runs $399.99 while the Galaxy Note 4 costs $299.99 on-contract at U.S. carriers.

Our Galaxy S6 concepts bring the rumors to life.

Since then, silence. That is, until today when ArsTechnica shed some more light on the Galaxy S6 price. Its source claims that the Galaxy S6 will come in two different variants, a regular model and an Edge, and that both will come in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB form. Lo and behold, its information lines up with the information from AndroidPIT.

We put the USD equivalent in parentheses to give you some idea about how the cost could translate but a word of warning. We rarely see international pricing match up perfectly with pricing inside the United States. Samsung’s Galaxy S5, off-contract, started in and around $650. On-contract, the Galaxy S5 was priced at $199.99, same as the iPhone 6.

U.S. pricing tends to be cheaper than international pricing though that doesn’t necessarily guaranteed that the Galaxy S6 in the U.S. will be cheaper than the Galaxy S6 in Europe. If these prices hold up, the Galaxy S6 will become one of the most expensive smartphones on the market. Both in Europe and perhaps, in the United States as well.

The report also notes that Samsung is going to heavily promote the curved version of the Galaxy S6 as opposed to the regular model. This makes sense given that we’ve already seen several U.S. carriers tease the arrival of the Galaxy S6 Edge on their websites. It would, however, differ from the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge launch where there seemed to be more emphasis on the Galaxy Note 4.

While the focus seems to be on the Galaxy S6 Edge, it appears that stock could be contained at launch. Samsung’s reportedly having yield issues with the curved display, something that could hamper the Galaxy S6 Edge release, and something that could make a cheaper Samsung Galaxy S6 look even more appealing to consumers.

Expect a fast Galaxy S6 release date.

Here are the key takeaways about the Galaxy S6 price ahead of launch:

  • Galaxy S6 could be expensive
  • Galaxy S6 Edge could be very expensive
  • Three storage options and six different price points possible
  • Galaxy S6 Edge supply strain could make the choice between the two easy for some buyers

In the past, Samsung’s been coy about Galaxy S pricing on launch day so we may not find out how much both models cost until after Samsung wraps up its Unpacked event. Stay tuned.

The Galaxy S6 Price: Everything We Know So Far is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Huge LG G3 Deal Chops Price as Galaxy S6 Nears

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 23:16

Huge LG G3 Deal Chops Price as Galaxy S6 Nears is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

With strong competition about to be announced by Samsung and HTC with the new Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9, we’re now starting to see more and more deals from other manufacturers. Today a huge LG G3 deal has surfaced cutting nearly $150 off the price of the smartphone for those on T-Mobile.

The flagship LG G3 was announced back in May of last year and eventually launched around the globe before the end of June, but sadly buyers in the United States had to wait an additional 2-3 weeks before Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint started offering the new handset.

Read: 10 Best LG G3 Cases

Now that 2015 is in full swing we have new devices on the horizon, including a new LG G4 at some point. We’ve seen Verizon lower the 2-year contract price to just $99, and that’s being matched by Best Buy and Amazon. However, this week T-Mobile dropped the price by nearly $150 for those interested in the still extremely capable LG G3.

Earlier this month Amazon launched a deal offering a $100 gift card with purchase of the LG G3, but today’s deal from T-Mobile is potentially even better. While the savings aren’t instant, they’re still big savings worth checking out.

With a new and improved LG G4 being rumored over the past few months, set to possibly be announced and released in April of this year, we’re now starting to see an increase of LG G3 deals in order to clear inventory. The deal today isn’t outright savings, but those looking to snag a new phone from T-Mobile may be interested in getting the LG G3 in order to save a few dollars.

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To buy the LG G3 outright the price was $598, or $599 from most carriers in the United States, until today. T-Mobile is offering the phone for only $449, making this one of the better LG G3 deals we’ve seen as of late. This saves you $148, and if you select to take the no contract route and sign up for T-Mobile’s Uncarrier plans, you’ll still get the savings.

They’re offering the LG G3 for $0 down with 24 monthly payments of just $18.74 which comes out to only $449, when previous off-contract pricing had the device for well over $24 for monthly payments, in order to get the full $600 asking price for the device. From what we’re reading you can buy it outright for $449, or make monthly payments through T-Mobile, the choice is yours.

Read: LG G3 Android 5.0 Lollipop Update Hits the U.S.

The LG G3 offers a vivid 5.5-inch quad-hd display, a powerful quad-core processor with 3GB of RAM, a large 3,000 mAh removably battery as well as a micro-SD slot for storage expansion. It has an impressive 13 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, and over the past few weeks has recently been updated to the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop software here in the United States. And while T-Mobile’s G3 hasn’t received the update yet, it should arrive within the next week or two.

With a new Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 coming soon, it looks like T-Mobile and others are trying to clear some stock of last years devices, even if it’s the popular LG G3. Get it now before it’s gone, as we’re not sure how long this impressive LG G3 deal will be available.

Huge LG G3 Deal Chops Price as Galaxy S6 Nears is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Galaxy S6 Release Date: 13 Things to Expect (U.S.)

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 20:49

Galaxy S6 Release Date: 13 Things to Expect (U.S.) is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

With the Samsung Galaxy S6 launch date inching closer, consumers in the United States are starting to get excited about Samsung’s Next Big Thing. And with a U.S. Galaxy S6 release now confirmed, average consumers are starting to pay attention. With a release in sight, we want to take a look what we expect the U.S. Samsung Galaxy S6 release date.

Earlier this month, Samsung confirmed an Unpacked event at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. In the weeks since, Samsung Galaxy S6 rumors have exploded onto the scene in a big way with Galaxy S6 specs, Galaxy S6 design and Galaxy S6 release date details emerging for consumers in the United States and around the world.

The Samsung Galaxy S6, on paper, looks like it will be a worthy successor to the Galaxy S5. New hardware, an improved design and software tweaks are rumored to be on tap for March 1st. As we’ve crept closer to March 1st, we’ve started to see many of these Galaxy S6 rumors start to firm up, something that’s lead to increased interest in Samsung’s new flagship device.

Retailers, carriers and Samsung is ready for a fast Galaxy S6 release date that no one is shy about teasing.

In particular, Samsung Galaxy S6 release date rumors have been swirling as of late, painting an early picture for consumers thinking about making the jump to Samsung’s 2015 version of the Galaxy S. While the Samsung Galaxy S6 release date itself remains unconfirmed, rumors have put it just a few weeks out from its March 1st launch event.

In the buildup to the Samsung Galaxy S6 launch date, we’ve been taking a look at its most important details and making some predictions of our own. Recently, we offered up our expectations compared to a few different phones including the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S5. Today, we want to take a look at what we expect from the U.S. Galaxy S6 release date.

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We expect the United States, one of Samsung’s key high-end markets, to be among the first to get the Samsung Galaxy S6.

U.S. carriers have already started confirming the Galaxy S6 with one confirming that it will be “Coming Soon.” Their words, not ours. These early teasers tell us that the U.S. should be a major factor in the Galaxy S6 launch which doesn’t come as too much of a surprise. Retailers have also started teasing an imminent Galaxy S6 arrival, a sign that carriers and retailers are prepared for a fast U.S. Galaxy S6 release date.

The AT&T Galaxy S6 release is confirmed.

The United States also has a history of delivering flagship Galaxy smartphones in and around the initial release date. The Galaxy Note 4 arrived soon after it touched down in select international markets and the Galaxy S5 did the same.

The United States is a key battleground in Samsung’s fight against Apple and the iPhone and we don’t expect Samsung or its carrier partners here in the United States to dilly dally. Expect the first Samsung Galaxy S6 release date in the United States to fall somewhere in and around the first Galaxy S6 release date from Samsung.

All Five Major Carriers

Expect all five major U.S. carriers to release the Galaxy S6. AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have all confirmed the Galaxy S6 leaving U.S. Cellular and Verizon in the dust. There’s no need to panic if you’re on U.S. Cellular or Verizon.

Galaxy S6 release rumors point to an arrival on both of these carriers and there’s virtually no way they let their rivals release one of the biggest smartphones of the year unopposed.

Smaller Carriers

If you don’t want to buy the Galaxy S6 on a larger carrier like AT&T or Verizon, you should be fine. We fully expect the Galaxy S6 to arrive for select pre-paid and regional U.S. carriers. MetroPCS, Cricket, C Spire, and Ting all come to mind because they’ve all carried Galaxy S flagships in the past. If Samsung wants to truly battle the iPhone 6 in the U.S., it’s going to need a lot of help because Apple’s flagship is available on an assortment of smaller U.S. carriers.

Galaxy S6 Release Date in March or April

The Samsung Galaxy S6 release date is still missing in action but every single Galaxy S6 release date rumor points to an arrival in March or April. India’s rumored to be getting it the second week of April and we’ve seen vacation blackout dates for Samsung employees point to an arrival in late March and late April. Galaxy S6 rumors have also pointed to an arrival two to three weeks earlier that Samsung’s usual mid-April release.

The Sprint Galaxy S6 release is “coming soon” according to the carrier.

Where there’s a ton of smoke, there’s typically a ton of fire, and given that March and April fit the usual Galaxy S release window, we’re expecting the United States and a number of other regions to get the regular version of the Galaxy S6 just a few short weeks after its March 1st launch date. If we had to guess, we’d say early-to-mid April for the United States is the safest bet at this point.

Galaxy S6 Release Date Cluster

We expect U.S. Galaxy S6 release dates to cluster around each other. In fact, we could see a couple falling on the same day. Even if that doesn’t happen, we don’t expect U.S. carriers to stretch the regular Galaxy S6 release over the course of several months. Instead, we’d expect AT&T and its rivals to release the device within close proximity of one another so as not to give the others any kind of an edge.

Galaxy S6 Edge Release Later

Speaking of an edge, we expect the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung’s rumored curved Galaxy S6 variant, to arrive after the regular version of the Samsung Galaxy S6.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge release came a few weeks after Samsung pushed the regular, and more popular, Galaxy Note 4 variant out on to U.S. shelves. We wouldn’t be surprised if the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, a device that’s expected to feature two curves instead of one, faced a similar release situation. This is going to be a high-end premium phone that could face tight production in the weeks after its launch on March 1st.

Count on a Galaxy S6 edge with a curved display lie the Note Edge shown here.

There’s a very good chance that we’ll see it arrive somewhere between March 20th June 21st. AT&T’s promised a Spring 2015 launch for a phone that features a bent display.

Galaxy S6 Pre-Orders

We expect U.S. carriers to take Galaxy S6 pre-orders ahead of the Galaxy S6 release date. We would expect those pre-orders to happen in March and we’d expect them to start around the same time.

U.S. carriers almost always take early orders for flagship Android phones and it would be odd to see that tradition stop with the Galaxy S6, a device that’s shaping up to Samsung’s biggest launch since the Galaxy S3. If U.S. carriers don’t take pre-orders then it will be because of how close the actual Galaxy S6 release date is.

Similar Galaxy S6 Pricing on Release Day

When the U.S. Galaxy S6 release date arrives, we expect carriers to employ similar Galaxy S6 price tags. T-Mobile will of course be the outlier because it doesn’t offer devices on-contract.

Design upgrades could make the choice tougher for consumers this year.

What we mean is that we don’t expect to see a carrier like AT&T or Verizon try to gain an advantage with a $50 day one price cut. While we could see some trade-in deals, we’re confident that we’ll see congruent carrier pricing in the United States.

If you’re not looking to pay full price, expect to have to shop through a retailer like Amazon or Best Buy. Retailers have been known to take a few dollars off though again, don’t expect any huge price cuts at launch.

Retailers

Best Buy offered some small price cuts off the off-contract version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and we wouldn’t be surprise if the retailer offered something similar with the Galaxy S6. Amazon and Walmart are also known for knocking $20 or so off the initial cost of popular smartphones and if the Galaxy S6 lands at this those retailers (we expect Amazon at the very least), we could see some immediate discounts.

Best Buy teases the Galaxy S6 release date as “coming soon”, in stores.

Expect the Samsung Galaxy S6 for most carriers to be widely available. Best Buy’s already confirmed its plans to stock the Galaxy S6 and the company, like Amazon, always stocks AT&T, Sprint and Verizon models. So if you’re looking to buy one of those variants, you should have some options in and around Galaxy S6 release day.

T-Mobile Galaxy S6 Not Widely Available

Do not expect a massive T-Mobile Galaxy S6 release date. Same goes for U.S. Cellular. In T-Mobile’s case, it doesn’t partner with the likes of Best Buy or Amazon which means that its phones are typically only found in official T-Mobile locations. As for U.S. Cellular, it’s a regional carrier and we typically don’t see its wares appear in national outlets.

If you’re looking to snag one of these variants, be prepared to shop online or in official physical retail locations. It’s probably wise to look up some addresses now so that you’re prepared once the Galaxy S6 release date hits the United States.

Early Hands-on at Best Buy

We recently walked into a Best Buy and discovered that its Samsung Mobile experience shops are already teasing the Galaxy S6’s arrival. We noticed two placards telling customers the Next Big Thing is “Coming Soon” to Best Buy stores. The placard sat to the left of the Galaxy Note Edge demo model. Another placard teasing the Samsung Galaxy S6 release date sat firmly attached to another demo table at Best Buy with the same exact message.

Employees would not offer any additional details about the signs though it’s clear that they are for the Galaxy S6. These signs, to us, hint at a release that mirrors the Galaxy Note 4’s.

Best Buy is ready or the Galaxy S6 release date.

Shortly after the Galaxy Note 4 launch, Samsung put it inside select Best Buy stores ahead of launch. This gave interested consumers a chance to get hands-on before its release date. It was an extremely smart decision given the popularity of the iPhone 6. With a new HTC One M9 and others crowding the market, we’d expect Samsung to take a page out of its own book and offer an early look at the Galaxy S6 in these pop up shops.

Anything to bring attention to these stores and the Galaxy S6.

Limited Colors

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is expected to come in four colors. We don’t expect all four of those colors to be available on every U.S. carrier on release day. Samsung’s color options are always limited and often, they are exclusive to a carrier or retailer. While we may not see that with these colors and the Galaxy S6, we’d be shocked if Samsung decides to put its supply chain under that kind of stress.

Galaxy S6 Accessories

Finally, expect every U.S. carrier that releases the Galaxy S6 to have Galaxy S6 accessories available. While we expect the in-store selection to be small at first, we expect the selection at carriers like AT&T and Verizon to grow over time as manufacturers finalize their wares. The Galaxy S6 should have a solid accessory ecosystem but not every major accessory will arrive on the U.S. release date.

Galaxy S6 Release Date: 13 Things to Expect (U.S.) is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Change Default Browsers on Mac

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 20:21

How to Change Default Browsers on Mac is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

Safari on Mac is a great browser, but if you’re not a fan of it and would rather use a different web browser, here’s how to change the default browser on Mac.

Even though third-party web browsers don’t perform well on Macs compared to Safari (especially Chrome), many users still prefer using Chrome, Firefox, or other third-party browser because of the added features and ease of use.

However, while you can use any browser you want, you’ll still need to change OS X’s default web browser in the settings, because if not, any link you open elsewhere on your Mac will automatically be opened in Safari, even if you’re using Chrome or Firefox.

The good news is that it’s really easy to change the default browser in OS X, and I’ll show you how to quickly do that, as well as why you’d might want to use a third-party browser in the first place.

How to Change Default Browsers

Changing default browsers on your Mac is super simple and just requires a small change in System Preferences. Follow these simple steps to change your default web browser on your Mac.

  • Open up System Preferences.
  • Click on General.
  • Find where it says Default web browser and click on the box to the right of it. This will bring up a list of installed web browsers, as well as some other non-browser apps (for some odd reason).
  • Choose the web browser that you want as your default browser.

After you choose a browser from the list, that’s all there is to it. You can close out of System Preferences and from there, any external links you click on will automatically be

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Most casual users probably just use OS X’s built-in web browser, which is Safari. It’s a good browser that’s basic and easy to use. Plus, it performs well on Macs. However, there are some cases where a third-party web browser might suit you better.

For instance, Google Chrome and Firefox both have extensive access to a huge selection of add-ons and extensions that allow you to do so much more with the browser. You can get ad blockers, YouTube video downloaders, and even an Evernote add-on to quickly save a website to your Evernote notes.

Furthermore, Chrome is made by Google, thus it integrates well with the company’s other services like Gmail and Google Drive if you use those often, but I like Chrome mostly because the layout and navigate is really simple.

Some users have reported having issues with Chrome on Mac, like taking up too much memory or simply just crashing a lot. It doesn’t happen to all Mac users, but there have been many complaints about it. If you try a new third-party browser, but are having issues with it, then it might be best to stick with Safari until those issues get fixed in an update.

However, if you don’t have issues with Chrome on Mac, all the more power to you, and you can enjoy using its features, as well as changing it to your default browser to make everything easier.

How to Change Default Browsers on Mac is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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ExoLens iPhone 6 Lens Kit Review

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 14:01

ExoLens iPhone 6 Lens Kit Review is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

If you want to take your iPhone 6 photos to the next level, then perhaps you should consider the new ExoLens iPhone 6 lens kit, which just released and is the newest addition to the handful of lens kits currently on the market.

iPhone photography is growing in popularity, and there are already a few options as far as lens kits are concerned. Most notably, Olloclip is a popular option, and Moment also has it’s own lineup of iPhone 6 lenses. However, ExoLens is a newcomer to the iPhone photography camp, but it’s rookie status doesn’t hold back its ability to take cool photos on your iPhone.

What separates ExoLens from the rest of the pack is its unique mount that you slide onto your iPhone 6, from which you then can screw on different lenses. It’s certainly more bulkier than other similar products, but it comes with some added benefits. Let’s take a deeper look into the $129 ExoLens to see what shines and what could use some improvement.

ExoLens comes with an iPhone mount, a 165-degree wide-angle lens, a 4x telephoto lens, and a lens hood that can be screwed onto the telephoto lens in order to block sun and prevent glares.

Everything is made of metal rather than plastic, including the iPhone mount itself, which also has rubber padding on the inside to prevent scratching your iPhone 6 as you’re putting it on or sliding it off. Plus, the mount also has a built-in threaded hole to use with tripods. This feature alone is huge, as you don’t need to buy yet another accessory to mount your iPhone 6 to a tripod.

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The quality of the lens kit is something special, and it feels like you’re handling miniature DLSR lenses of sorts. The lenses come with lens covers on both ends to prevent dust getting inside or accidentally scratching the glass, so you have some peace of mind knowing that they’ll be protected when you toss them in your bag, but the kit does come with a small microfiber carrying bag that can fit both lenses, although it’d be preferable if it was a bit bigger to accompany both lenses as well as the lens hood.

Installing lenses and switching them out is fairly easy and painless. You simply slide on the iPhone mount and then screw on the lens of your choice. I did notice that I would have to adjust the mount slightly to make sure that the lens was perfectly centered over the iPhone 6 camera. It didn’t really make a huge difference in image quality, but I was OCD enough that it bothered me if the lens was just slightly off-center.

As far as the lenses themselves, I feel like the wide-angle lens is a bit too wide. It almost feels like a fisheye lens, but I think that’s just a personal preference. I prefer Olloclip’s wide-angle lens, as it’s not as wide, thus less distortion, but I’d say the difference is negligible for casual photo takers.

Left: Olloclip’s wide-angle lens. Right: ExoLens’ wide-angle lens.

The telephoto lens works well, although there is noticeable warping around the edges of photos, and it shows up well if there are straight lines in your photos, like a doorway or a pole off to the side. I talked to ExoLens about this, and it’s something that comes with the territory when you use external lenses on your iPhone, but if you’re that paranoid about it, you can crop out the edges of the image to at least get rid of some of the warping.

Left: iPhone 6 photo without ExoLens telephoto lens. Right: With the ExoLens telephoto lens.

With the lens hood that’s included, it simply screws onto the telephoto lens and provides protection against the sun to prevent glares and lens flares. I also noticed that the lens hood has threading on the opposite end of where you’d screw it into the lens. It looks like it’s maybe for adding on filters or something. ExoLens didn’t comment on this, but assured me that they’re “always working on other lens options,” so I wouldn’t be surprised to see them utilize the extra threading, as well as introduce more lenses in the future that will work with the included lens mount.

In the end, I almost want to say that I prefer the Olloclip lens, but it’s hard to compare the ExoLens to other iPhone lens options out on the market, mostly because it has it’s own unique features. The built-in tripod mount alone would have me using the ExoLens in all situations involving a tripod, but the Olloclip allows you to use it with the front-facing camera.

Overall, the ExoLens is a solid lens kit for the iPhone 6, but the built-in tripod mount isn’t worth having if you have to pay $50 more for it than the Olloclip, in which case I’d just buy a separate smartphone tripod mount.

ExoLens iPhone 6 Lens Kit Review is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Galaxy Note 4 & Note 3 Lollipop Release Details Confirmed

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 00:12

Galaxy Note 4 & Note 3 Lollipop Release Details Confirmed is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

New Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop release details have been confirmed today thanks to a new software upgrade page from T-Mobile.

In December, Samsung started rolling out the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update. In the weeks since, the company’s rolled out three more Galaxy Android 5.0 Lollipop updates including upgrades for the Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3, and Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Right now, only the Galaxy S5 Lollipop release is available in the United States though that’s expected to change in the near future.

Thanks to Sprint’s website, we know that the carrier is planning a Galaxy Note 3 Android 5.0 Lollipop update. The release date still hasn’t been confirmed but the update’s currently in testing behind the scenes. Today, thanks t0 T-Mobile’s website, we now have a lead on two more major Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop releases.

U.S. carriers traditionally have kept to themselves when it comes to the Android upgrade process. T-Mobile, also known as the UnCarrier, isn’t your traditional U.S. carrier. Today, the carrier’s unleashed a brand new Android upgrade page that reveals a number of new Android update details ahead of release. The goal is to keep its customers as informed as possible ahead of the eventual release.

T-Mobile’s Android update page confirms two Samsung Galaxy Android 5.0 Lollipop updates. A Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop release and a Galaxy Note 3 Android 5.0 release. The carrier doesn’t outline specific release dates though it does offer some insight into their releases.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update is currently in testing at T-Mobile. Here is how T-Mobile describes this step which is the step ahead of the update’s public release:

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During this stage the device will go through T-Mobile certification process testing to make sure you get the best quality software possible.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update is a step behind. Its currently in a stage T-Mobile calls “Manufacturer Development.” The carrier says that this means that “T-Mobile and the device manufacturer have agreed to support a new software update.”

Furthermore, the carrier goes on to say that “T-Mobile and the device manufacturer have agreed to support software version Android 5.0 Lollipop. The software update will include new features, functionality and improvements to give a better user experience.” In other words, while the update is confirmed, it’s not in for testing at T-Mobile which means that it could be weeks, if not months away.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update got off to an extremely slow start as it got beat out by both the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 Lollipop roll outs. We’ve seen several other carriers, SFR and Rogers in Canada, confirm Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop releases though specific release dates, for the moment, remain out of reach. SFR originally said that it would get the update out in February but with the clock winding down, that may not happen.

T-Mobile’s Android update page also lists a number of other Android updates including an Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. The carrier says that the software is still in “Manufacturer Development” which again means that a release is probably several weeks away at least. The Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop update only recently started rolling out and it’s limited to one variant in Australia.

The carrier is also just one of three major U.S. carriers that have rolled out the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update. Sprint and Verizon have also rolled out their own versions of the software while the AT&T and U.S. Cellular Galaxy S5 variants remains on Android 4.4 KitKat. It’s not clear when AT&T and U.S. Cellular plan to roll out their updates and consumers shouldn’t expect them to roll out software update pages like the one T-Mobile rolled out today.

Galaxy Note 4 & Note 3 Lollipop Release Details Confirmed is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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5 Best Tablets [February, 2015]

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 23:51

5 Best Tablets [February, 2015] is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Consumers in the hunt for a brand new tablet this month are going to encounter a wide variety of options from the iPad to the many Android slates that dot the landscape. We want to help narrow these tablet options down for you and here, we take a look at the devices we think are the five best tablets money can buy in the early part of the year.

Last year, companies released some of their best tablet offerings yet. That’s a good thing because we haven’t seen too many new tablets emerge in the first two months of the year.

The tablet market has, unsurprisingly, been extremely quiet though we did see one slate fly in under the radar in January. That tablet, the Dell Venue 8 7000, has quickly asserted itself as one of the sleeper hits of the year. Dell’s new tablet isn’t alone. It faces stiff opposition from companies like Apple, Microsoft and Samsung. The Venue 8 7000 is just one of many tablets we think you should look at if you’re in the market for a new slate in February.

We are constantly bombarded with questions about which tablet to buy. In particular, we’re constantly asked about the tablets consumers should weigh against one another. There are a number of different devices that we could recommend, the tablet market is full of solid choices, but we want to narrow things down a bit and take a look at what we consider to be the top five.

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

Here are the five best tablets for February, 2015.

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Apple's new iPad Air 2 is arguably the best iPad that Apple's ever made. It's so good that it's probably not going to leave this list until Apple decides to replace it with something new later this year. We haven't seen or heard any iPad Air 3 rumors so it's going to be sticking around for awhile.

The second-generation iPad Air 2 comes with several upgrades. It comes with a thinner design that makes it a little more portable than its predecessor. It comes with better anti-glare technology and faster Wi-Fi speeds. The iPad Air 2 rear camera is also better than the camera on the original iPad Air.

The new iPad Air 2 isn't cheap but it's a device that will last users several years. Apple offers at least three years of software support before cutting devices off. In the case of the iPad 2, Apple's offered four.

Apple's new iPad Air is a device worth investigating during the month of February. We think most of you are going to like what you see. 

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5 Best Tablets [February, 2015] is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Microsoft Band Update Sets Stage for Apple Watch Battle

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 20:10

Microsoft Band Update Sets Stage for Apple Watch Battle is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Significant Microsoft Band updates aren’t a thing shoppers are used to just yet, but Microsoft seems to be trying to remedy that ahead of the Apple Watch’s looking release. Today, the company revealed a new Microsoft Band update that packs a keyboard, a new bike mode and updated companion apps.

Microsoft began rolling out the new features and more this morning in different updates aimed at that the different parts of the Microsoft Band ecosystem. The Microsoft Band is a wearable, a part of Microsoft’s hardware line-up aimed directly at the Apple Watch and devices running Google’s Android Wear operating system.

The update to the Microsoft Band itself allows users to compose complete messages thanks to Microsoft’s Word Flow technology. If Word Flow sounds familiar it’s because we’ve seen it before in Windows Phone 8.1. Word Flow allows users to run their finger over specific letters instead of tapping on each one. In theory, using Word Flow for the Microsoft Band’s keyboard makes a lot more sense than forcing some to peck out each letter on the device’s screen in a traditional fashion. Beyond Word Flow, Microsoft has added a new voice keyboard for those who are comfortable with using that on their smartphone already.

This update also adds a Bike Mode so that owners of the Microsoft Band can track their cycling. When turned on Bike Mode uses the Microsoft Band’s ridiculous amount of sensors to track their heart rate, elevation and speed.

There are a lot of companies making fitness bands and smartwatches, but only a few of them are pushing cross-platform compatibility in a big way. When it arrives later this year, the Apple Watch will only be compatible with Apple’s iPhone. Microsoft HealthVault and an updated Health app allows iPhone, Android and Windows Phone users to track their health. They are also getting updates today. A new web dashboard allows users to break down all the information previously available in only the Microsoft Band companion apps. In addition to that, Microsoft is letting HealthVault and Microsoft Band share information on sleeping patterns and more. In theory, physicians who use HealthVault should get a more complete picture of their patient’s health.

Microsoft is also rolling out a preview of the software developers will need to create new Microsoft Band apps. This new software lets apps interface directly with the Microsoft Band’s different data gathering tools.

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Even before this update, the Microsoft Band offered, sleep tracking, GPS running and workout tutorials. Besides fitness, Microsoft is hoping that tons of productivity features will help it stay ahead of the Apple Watch. Notifications are surfaced directly on the Microsoft Band. Users can see who is calling their mobile phones too. Email checking, Calendar and support for the Cortana personal assistant are also included for Windows Phone users.

The Apple Watch was first shown off last year. It includes some of the same features that are available here. For example, Apple is also focusing pretty heavily on offering a best-in-class fitness experience. That being said, the Apple Watch is part computer and fashion statement. Three different versions of the Apple Watch will let users mix and match with their own style. Tons of different apps will complete the Apple Watch experience. iPhone 5s users will have to purchase an Apple Watch before they can use the new Apple Pay transaction system at local retailers.

Read: 25 Exciting Things You Can Do with the Apple Watch

We don’t know exactly what Apple plans to sell the Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition for. Microsoft is trying to build as much momentum for the Microsoft Band as possible. It costs just $199, though finding one at its retail stores has become very, very difficult.

Read: Apple Watch Price Rumors for Gold Edition Heat Up

The Verge says that these updates should arrive for all Microsoft Band users over the next few days.

 

Microsoft Band Update Sets Stage for Apple Watch Battle is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Lollipop Release: 5 Things to Expect Now

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 19:50

Samsung Galaxy S4 Lollipop Release: 5 Things to Expect Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Lollipop release is making substantial progress, so much progress, that we continue to get tons of questions about the update and its roll out. Today, we want to fill you in on a few thing we think you should expect now from the Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update and its release in the U.S. and around the globe.

After a bit of a lull, Samsung is finally rolling out its Galaxy Android 5.0 Lollipop updates in force to several top devices including the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S5, and the Samsung Galaxy S4. The Galaxy S4 Lollipop release was the company’s third major Lollipop release and it continues to make solid progress as we push on through February and deeper into the new year. That said, there’s still a long way to go before every Galaxy S4 users has access to the new operating system.

On January 30th, Samsung started rolling out the Galaxy S4 Lollipop update. The update came as a bit of a surprise because it arrived ahead of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update. Historically, Samsung’s pushed out its major Android updates to flagships first before moving onto older devices. Not that Galaxy S4 users are complaining.

The Galaxy S4 Lollipop update represents the Galaxy S4’s third major Android update and it delivers a host of new features, enhancements and fixes to owners of the former Galaxy S flagship.

In the past couple of weeks, we’ve started to get a better read on Samsung’s plans. We’ve outlined many of these Galaxy S4 Lollipop details though we continue to get questions about the roll out and the update itself. While we don’t have all of the answers, we’re armed with enough information and enough history to offer another look at what we expect going forward from the Samsung Galaxy S4 Lollipop update and its roll out.

Today, we want to share an updated look at what we expect from the Samsung Galaxy S4 Lollipop in the days and weeks ahead, something that should provide some insight to those that are still stuck on Android 4.4 KitKat.

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 Lollipop update is still very limited. It has landed for owners of the GT-I9500 in select regions and for owners of the Galaxy S4 LTE-A, a device that’s only available in a few countries. The Galaxy S4 Lollipop update has not landed for the GT-I9505, though we expect that to change sometime in the near future.

To us, it’s pretty clear that the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the popular LTE model is close. According to Optima Magazine in Italy, the Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 Lollipop update is currently in service centers in Germany ahead of its public release for Galaxy S4 users. According to a German Android-centric blog, German Samsung service centers are putting the software on board Galaxy S4 models sent in for repair. We doubt that service centers would be doing this unless they were confident that a public release was extremely close.

Now, before you dismiss it, note that the start of the LTE roll out is big. This is a variant that, in both unbranded and branded form, is found in regions all over the world. Once this roll out starts, we expect to see a chain reaction that includes the international variant and carrier-branded Galaxy S4 LTE models.

It’s hard to predict the exact release date but we’d be surprised if we were more than a couple of weeks away from this highly anticipated roll out.

International Roll Out to Quietly Continue

We haven’t seen much of a push from Samsung but we do expect the Galaxy S4 Lollipop update to continue hitting the international community in the days and weeks ahead. Just don’t expect Samsung to make a big deal out of it and issue concrete details ahead of time.

To get a sense of what we mean, we suggest taking a look at SamMobile’s firmware section. There, you’ll notice that Samsung’s made substantial Android 5.0 Lollipop progress during the month of February without making many official roll out announcements for its international Galaxy S and Galaxy Note variants. We expect this trend to continue until the company’s pushed out Android 5.0 Lollipop to all of its international and unbranded Galaxy S4 variants.

We also expect March to be a busy month for Samsung. It’s clear that we’re on the cusp of a few massive Galaxy S and Galaxy Note Android 5.0 Lollipop roll outs and we expect a number of roll outs next month. So, if you own one of the company’s international Galaxy S4 variants, you’ll want to keep an eye out for your upgrade.

Galaxy S5-Style Galaxy S4 Lollipop Release in U.S.

We expect the Samsung Galaxy S4 Lollipop update to mirror what Samsung and its U.S. carrier partners are doing with the Galaxy S5 Lollipop release. For those that don’t have a clue about the Galaxy S5 Lollipop release in the U.S, here’s what that means:

  • U.S. to be one of the first regions to roll out the Galaxy S4 Lollipop update
  • Sprint to be one of the first to the Galaxy S4 Lollipop update
  • Release date details under wraps until the roll out begins
  • Staggered release dates with releases taking place over several weeks
  • Smaller carriers to be last in line

This is par for the course and it’s exactly what how see the Galaxy S4 Lollipop release in the U.S. playing out. Could we see some surprises? Sure. The Verizon Galaxy S5 Lollipop release came as a complete surprise. Do we expect the overall structure of the Galaxy S4 Lollipop release in the U.S. to resemble that outline? Absolutely.

Many Galaxy S4 Lollipop Updates Far Out

We don’t expect the Samsung Galaxy S4 Lollipop release to end this week. We don’t expect it to end next month. This is going to be an extremely lengthy process and non-believers need only look at what we know about Galaxy S4 Lollipop releases for carrier-branded models.

So what do we know about Galaxy S4 Lollipop releases for carrier-branded models? Nothing. Carriers, even the usual suspects like SFR and Rogers, have yet to confirm upcoming Galaxy S4 Lollipop releases. This doesn’t mean that those updates aren’t coming but it could mean that the releases are weeks, if not months away.

We usually get our first confirmations a few weeks, sometimes a few months, ahead of time. So the fact that we haven’t seen anything emerge from anyone leads us to believe that most carrier-branded Galaxy S4 Lollipop updates are far off in the distance. How far? Hard to say but we’d be surprised if this roll out ended any time soon.

You should expect this roll out process to take a whole lot of time. This isn’t a quick process. While Samsung’s great about some countries (USA, UK, other big markets), it’s been horrible about releases in other parts of the world (Australia, for instance). We’d expect a few delays to impact Galaxy S4 Lollipop roll outs so you’ll want to remain vigilant as we press onward in 2015.

Galaxy S4 Lollipop Problems

A lot of you are eager to make the move from Android 4.4 KitKat to Android 5.0 Lollipop. We don’t blame you. This is a massive update for the Samsung Galaxy S4 bringing new features, fixes and more. However, we expect the Galaxy S4 Lollipop update to bring something else: Problems.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop roll out has been marred by complaints in the United States and elsewhere and we doubt that the Galaxy S4, a device that’s nearly two years old, will be able to escape Android 5.0’s wrath.

Android updates are never perfect. And while Samsung and its partners will test these updates to death, we always see problems slip through the cracks. That’s we recommend taking a look at our fixes for Galaxy S4 problems now so that you can commit them to memory before your Android 5.0 Lollipop update arrives. We also recommend doing some prep work before your Galaxy S4 Lollipop update arrives. Those instructions are for the Galaxy S5 but they apply to the Galaxy S4 as well.

We expect there to be issues but we expect most of those issues to be isolated. If you prepare, you’re not guaranteeing a bug-free update but you’re definitely going to help the odds.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Lollipop Release: 5 Things to Expect Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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29 PS4 Tips & Tricks

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 18:44

29 PS4 Tips & Tricks is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Become a master of your PS4 without spending a weekend reading the PS4 manual with our ultimate list of PS4 tips and tricks. Everyone will learn something new about what you can do with the PS4 and there are even a few PS4 hidden features tucked into the list to really help you do more with the PlayStation 4.

This PS4 guide will help you learn everything you can do with the device and it’s essential if you are upgrading from the PS3, switching from an Xbox One or Xbox 360 or even if you’ve used the PS4 since the release day. We’ll walk you through these PS4 tricks so that you know how to do them when you sit down in front of your HDTV to play.

Many of our favorite PS4 tips and tricks solve common PS4 problems and frustrations like the DualShock 4 controller battery life and other pain points.

Use these PS4 tips & tricks to improve your gaming experience.

A good deal of these PS4 tips are buried in the PS4 settings that we had no real reason to explore until we started looking for ways to do more with our PS4 and improve the experience. You don’t need to buy PS4 accessories for most of these to work but for a few, like remote play and using a PS4 remote control, you will need to spend some cash.

29 PS4 Tips & Tricks

Use these PS4 tips and tricks to unlock the full potential of your PlayStation 4 and upgrade your PS4 experience in key ways. You’ll learn where to look for buried and hidden PS4 features, learn new things your PS4 can do and get more out of your console.

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You don’t need to buy gaming headphones to enjoy wireless gaming sound on the PS4. There is a feature that can send all game audio and chat audio through the headphones you plug-in to the controller. This works with the headphones that come with almost any phone, though the microphone may not work with the Apple headphones bundled with the iPhone.

Use any headphones with the PS4 for wireless audio while gaming and watching movies.

If there is a microphone built-in you can chat with the people you are playing with or against, as well as hear the game audio. This sends all game audio and app audio, like Netflix, to your headphones so you can play or watch without bothering anyone else. Keep in mind some games will still use the DualShock 4 speaker to make some noises.

Plug the headphones in to the controller and go to Settings -> Sound and Screen -> Audio Output Settings -> Output to Headphones -> All Audio instead of Chat Audio.

Use a Mouse & Keyboard with the PS4

You can connect a mouse and keyboard to the PS4 to enter text and make selections on the screen. If you are using a USB device you just need to plug it in and then tell the PS4 what profile it is linked to. With a Bluetooth mouse or Bluetooth keyboard you need to go to Settings -> Devices -> Bluetooth Devices. From here the P4 will search for other devices and you can pair them.

You can’t play games using the PS4 keyboard and mouse, but you can use it to control system menus, browse the web, enter test and other functions. If you want to play PS4 games with a mouse and keyboard you need to buy a Keymander.

Pre-Order on PSN to Pre-Load Games

If you buy games digitally, you know how long it can take to download a game. You don’t need to wait for the release date to start downloading the game. Most digital PS4 games lets  users pre-load the game at least 24 hours before the official release date so that it is possible to play as soon as the clock hits midnight.

Pre-order PS4 games so you can pre-load them and play at midnight on the release date.

You need to pre-order the digital PS4 game to do this, but you’re only pre-ordering a few days in advance, so it’s not like you are locking yourself into a purchase months in advance. Just find the game you want to buy in the PSN store and pre-order it. The listing should show when you can start pre-loading the game.

Pre-loading means you can download the full game, sometimes as much as 40GB before the release, which is essential if you have a slow connection.

Use the PlayStation App as a Remote & Second Screen

Download the free PlayStation app for iPhone, iPad or Android devices to get added control of your console. This doesn’t let you use Remote Play, but you can use your iPhone or Android device as a remote control for some PS4 functions, use the keyboard to type faster on the PS4 text entry and as a second screen in some games, like Madden 15.

Take a Screenshot on the PS4

It is easy to take a screenshot on the PS4 that you can share on social media or copy to a USB drive to edit and upload later. You just need to press the Share button on the PS4 and it will take a screenshot of whatever is on the screen. You just need to press the share button until a small notification appears on-screen. If you hold the share button you can choose to upload a screenshot to an online service.

Control how PS4 screenshots work.

These are saved to the PS4 and available in the Capture Gallery. From here you can upload them or transfer to a USB drive that you plug-in to the front of the PS4. The first time you share to an online service you will need to login. You can change the Share button type by pressing the Share button and then pressing Option on that screen to change Share Settings.

Record Videos from PS4

Record video on the PS4 using the Share button.

The PS4 will records the last 15 minutes of gameplay so you don’t need to start recording before you do something awesome that is worth sharing.

When you are playing and you do something great, press the share button and it will open a screen that allows you to save the video. If you plan to do something awesome, double tap press the share button to set a start point for the video.

Use the share button to record and share a game clip.

You can use the same Share Button settings from the section above to include microphone audio in the clip, set blocked scenes and the length of video clips. You can also link with other services in this menu like Facebook and YouTube.

Upgrade the PS4 Hard Drive

For users who buy a lot of digital games, you will soon run out of hard drive space. Sony makes it easy to upgrade the PS4 hard drive to more space and even to a faster SSD if you want.

You need to buy a 2.5-inch internal hard drive that is 9.5mm or slimmer that connects with Serial ATA ports. For $112 you can upgrade to a 2TB hard drive in your PS4. There are cheaper options out there, and you can often find deals, just make sure it matches the specs listed above.

You need to back up your saved game data. It’s a good idea to do this to a USB drive. Go to Settings -> Application Saved Data Management -> Saved Data in System Storage -> Copy to USB Storage Device. Select the title and use X to place a checkmark before you copy to the USB drive.

Upgrade your PS4 hard drive in several simple steps.

Turn the PS4 completely off and then unplug the PS4 from power and unplug other cables. Slide the PS4 hard drive cover to the left to remove it. Remove one small screw and slide the hard drive out to the front of the PS4. Remove the mounting bracket from the old drive and attach to the new PS4 hard drive upgrade you purchased. Slide the drive back in place and tighten the last screw. Attach the cover.

You still need to install the system software and you will need a USB drive with at least 1GB of space. Go to this Sony page and find the Perform a New Installation of the System Software section.

You must create a PS4 folder and an UPDATE folder inside that. Then place the PS4UPDATE.PUP in the UPDATE folder.

With the USB drive plugged in to your PS4, press and hold the power button for seven seconds to start Safe Mode. Choose Initialize PS4 (Reinstall System Software) and then follow the directions to complete the update.

Fix PS4 Scratches

The PS4 scratches really easy, especially the glossy hard drive cover. Even though we take great care of our PS4, one wipe with a dusting rag right after we bought it left tons of small scratches.

You can use an automotive product called Meguiar’s ScratchX 2.0 to buff out most scratches in a matter of minutes. It may take a few applications, but it is easier than buying a replacement cover.

Play PS4 Demos

You can try a number of PS4 games before you buy them with demos that are available on the PSN store. Demos are free to play.

Play PS4 demos to try games before you buy.

Go to the PlayStation Store on your PS4 -> Games -> Demos to view the selection and download trials of popular games. You can scroll over to New Demos to see a wider selection of games that you can try before you buy.

Use PS4 Remote Play

You can use the PS Vita, a Sony smartphone, to play PS4 games on the go, even using the PS4 controller to play. Or with a little more work, another Android phone can be used as well.

PS4 Remote Play streams the game to your mobile device, so you need a great connection for this to work. It is best in your home, but you can make it work on other networks. Here is how you set up PS4 Remote Play on the PS Vita.

Devices like the Sony Xperia Z3v include PS4 Remote Play functionality, but you can install PS4 Remote Play on any Android device with this guide.

Use the PS Vita as a PS4 Controller

If you are in a pinch and you need a second PS4 controller you can turn your PS Vita into a PS4 controller that will work, but won’t be as good for many games as a DualShock controller. Watch the video below to learn how to set this up.

Livestream PS4 Gameplay

You can livestream PS4 gameplay to Twitch and Ustream right from your PS4. You don’t need a capture card or any other accessories for this to work. On your computer set up an account with one of these services and then start playing the game you want to stream.

Press the share button to get the Share Options – > Choose Broadcast Gameplay -> then choose Twitch or Ustream. 

If you choose Options on the share screen you can adjust what you stream, including microphone audio and toggling other functions. The video above offers a quick look at how you can stream your PS4 gameplay to Twitch.

Share a PS4 Game with a Friend

You can use Share Play to Share PS4 games with a friend. With PS4 Share Play a friend can play or watch a video game that you are playing. If you both want to play the same game together and only one of you owns the game you both need PS Plus. If you just want to let a friend play while you watch only you will need PS Plus.

The video above shows how you can change these settings in a party and how to access it. When you are in a game you can start this by hitting the Share button and then choosing Start Share Play.

Make Sure the PS4 Keeps Charging Your Controller

When the PS4 goes in standby mode it will soon stop charging your controller, which is really annoying considering how bad the battery life is. To change this you need to go to Settings -> Power Save Settings -> Set Functions Available in Rest Mode.

Make sure your PS4 charges your DualShock 4 controller even when the console is off.

Make sure the PS4 supplies power to the USB ports for at least a few hours so the controller will charge. You can also go back to the previous setting to make the controllers automatically turn off after 10, 30 or 60 minutes to save battery life.

Use Voice Commands

You can control your PS4 without the PS4 Camera. You need to plug-in a headset to make this work. You can go to Settings -> System -> Voice Operation Settings to make sure this is on. As long as this is on, you can control your PS4 with voice commands when a headset is plugged into the controller.

The video above outlines how this works. You say “PlayStation” so it will listen to you and then use one of the commands listed below.

  • Home Screen
  • Back to Game
  • Start
  • Take Screenshot
  • Start Video Clip
  • Save Video Clip
  • Log in
  • All Commands
  • Fewer Commands
  • Start PlayStation Store
  • Start Party and other System apps

You can also say a game name or say “Turn off PS4″ or “Enter Rest Mode.” This is very handy to use, but you can’t use it in every application.

Quickly Switch Games on the PS4

You can quickly switch between two apps on your PS4, allowing you to jump from a game to Netflix and back very easily without going to the home screen.

Double press the home button to quickly switch apps on the PS4.

You just need to double press the PS home button to jump between the last two apps you opened. If you tap too slowly it will take you to the home screen, so press the button twice fast. To go back, press it twice fast again.

Rent Games Digitally

You can rent digital games on your PS4 to play without leaving to go to a video store. Most of the games are PS3 games, but if you want to play through old favorites this is a good option. The prices for one game are high, but you can get a one month PS Now subscription for $19.99 that lets you play all the PS3 games digitally on your PS4.

Use PS Now to rent games digitally on the PS4.

Go to the PlayStation Store -> PS Now to see the games that you can stream and you can start a free trial to see if you like it. You need a good internet connection for this to work.

Download Games When Your Not Home

If you want to buy PS4 games to install while you are at work or school you can use the PlayStation App or log in to the PSN Store in your browser to see what games are for sale and what deals are available.

You can buy the game and, as long as your PS4 stays connected the Internet and allows for remote wakeup, it should download the PS4 game for you.

Change Important Controller Settings

You can change important controller settings by holding the PS button inside a game and then choosing Adjust Devices.

Change important PS4 controller settings.

On this screen you can turn the controller speaker down, adjust volume of your headphones, change the headphones from chat to all audio and adjust the brightness of the DualShock 4 light bar.

It’s a good idea to change the brightness to save battery life and prevent it from reflecting on your TV.

Set a PS4 Passcode

If you share the PS4 with someone else that you don’t want to play your saved games or if you need to control access, you can set up a PS4 passcode.

Create a passcode on the PS4 to control who can access the console.

Go to Settings -> Users -> Login Login Settings -> Passcode Management. On this screen use the buttons on your controller to create a PS4 passcode.

Automatically Download PS4 Updates

Sony regularly offers PS4 updates that fix bugs and problems as well as deliver new features to the PS4. You can set the console up so that it automatically downloads updates.

You may already have this option enabled, but it is worth checking. Go to Settings -> Power Save Settings -> Set Functions Available in Rest Mode and enable Turning on PS4 from Network. 

Save Games to USB or the Cloud

Sony makes it easy to back up your PS4 game saves to the cloud if you are a PS Plus member or to a USB drive without any membership.

Save PS4 games to USB or the cloud.

Go to Settings -> Application Saved Data Management -> Saved Data in System Storage -> choose Online Storage or USB Storage -> Select the game files you want to copy or upload and then choose Upload.

This will ensure your saves are backed up in case something happens to your PS4 hard drive, or the PS4 itself.

Set Primary PS4

You need to make a PS4 your primary PS4 to share PlayStation Store purchases with other users on the PS4, to automatically download games you buy on the PlayStation Store and to use Remote Play.

Make the console your primary PS4.

When you sign in with your PSN account the system should ask you if you want to make the PS4 your primary PS4, but if you didn’t do this you can go to Settings -> PSN -> Activate as Your Primary PS4 -> Activate.

Enter PS4 Text Easier with the PS4 Controller

We already covered several ways you can type faster on the PS4, but if you don’t want to use an app or a keyboard you can turn on a gyro control using the PS4 controller. Press in on the right stick, R3, to turn this on when you are on a keyboard.

With this turned on you can move the controller up and down or left and right to move the selection around. It is a handy way to quickly type fast on the PS4.

Browse the Web on the PS4

You may not need another web browser in your life, but if you are sitting in front of your PS4 and you need to look up a cheat code, a phone number or check your email, you can do that. This makes the most sense when you don’t have a phone or tablet nearby.

Use the built-in PS4 web browser to get cheats and more.

On the main menu choose the browser, which looks like a giant WWW icon to get started. Enter a URL or search and you can start using the PS4 browser.

Use a PS4 Remote Control

Out of the box you cannot use a remote control with the PS4. There is no IR port, so you can’t program a universal remote to work with it and there is no official Sony PS4 remote control.

Buy a cheap PS4 remote control.

You can buy the Insignia PS4 remote control for $19.99 to let you control your PS4. This is handy if you use it to watch a lot of videos and you don’t want to mess with a controller.

Set PS4 Parental Controls

If you need to control what types of activities a user can do on the PS4 you need to adjust the PS4 parental controls. Go to Settings -> Parental Controls to see all the options.

Lock down the PS4 with parental controls hidden behind a code on your controller.

On this screen you can choose what level of applications and games they can play, set ratings for DVDs and Blu-Ray Discs and turn the Internet browser on or off. The levels are listed below for reference.

  • Early Childhood: (Level2) Content is intended for young children.
  • Everyone: (Level 3) Content is generally suitable for all ages. May contain minimal cartoon, fantasy or mild violence and/or infrequent use of mild language.
  • Everyone 10+: (Level 4)
  • Teen: (Level 5)
  • Mature: (Level 9)

You can also create a Sub Account and open up more management features that let you turn off messaging, user generated video and pictures, restrict the content shown in the PlayStation Store and even set monthly spending limits in the store.

Change PS4 Themes

You can change your PS4 Theme by downloading new themes from the PlayStation Store. Most of the themes cost money, but if you sort price low to high you can find some free PS4 themes.

Set a PS4 theme to change the look of your PS4.

Go to Settings -> Themes to choose a theme or to jump to the Theme section of the PlayStation Store. The themes install quickly and change the look of your home screen and some app icons.

Stream to PS4 From a Mac or PC

You can use Plex to stream to your PS4 from your Mac or PC. You need to download the Plex app on your PlayStation 4. Find it in the PlayStation store as a free download.

You also need to install Plex on your Mac or PC and get a Plex Pass subscription for $4.99 a month. This is one major downside to this solution. You are paying Plex monthly to stream your own videos on your PS4. Currently it is the easiest solution, so there isn’t great alternative.

If you login to your Plex account in the web browser you may be able to stream it for free from the PS4 web browser.

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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 below for a glimpse at what's new. 

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29 PS4 Tips & Tricks is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop Release: 5 Things to Expect Now

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 17:18

Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop Release: 5 Things to Expect Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop release is making substantial progress, so much progress in fact, that we continue to get tons of questions about the update and its roll out. Today, we want to fill you in on a few thing we think you should expect now from the Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop update and its release in the U.S. and around the globe.

Samsung is rolling out its Galaxy Android 5.0 Lollipop updates in force to several top devices including the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4, and the Samsung Galaxy S5. The Galaxy S5 Lollipop release was the company’s first and it continues to make substantial progress as we push on through February deeper into the new year. That said, there’s still a long way to go.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop update has been rolling out since December. And since then, Samsung’s managed to get it out to a number of different variants in a number of different regions including here in the United States. The update represents the Galaxy S5’s first major Android update and as such, it delivers a host of new features, enhancements and fixes to owners of the current Galaxy S flagship.

In the past couple of weeks, we’ve started to get a better read on Samsung’s plans. We’ve outlined many of these Galaxy S5 Lollipop details though we continue to get questions about the roll out and the update itself. While we don’t have all of the answers, we’re armed with enough information and enough history to offer another look at what we expect going forward from the Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop update and its roll out.

Today, we want to share an updated look at what we expect from the Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop in the days and weeks ahead, something that should provide some insight to those that are still stuck on Android 4.4 KitKat.

AT&T Galaxy S5 Lollipop & U.S. Cellular Galaxy S5 Lollipop

Samsung’s made significant strides here in the United States. Last week, the company pushed out the T-Mobile Galaxy S5 Lollipop update which joins the update’s from Sprint and Verizon. This has left owners of the two remaining major Galaxy S5 variants extremely antsy.

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Owners of the AT&T and U.S. Cellular versions of the Galaxy S5 are still without Android 5.0 Lollipop and neither carrier has offered any details in regard to the roll outs. As we’ve noted many times, this doesn’t come as much of a surprise. U.S. carriers are always very quiet about their plans and AT&T and U.S. Cellular Galaxy S5 users should expect these two carriers to remain quiet, up until the actual roll out dates.

It’s extremely hard to predict Galaxy S5 Lollipop release dates in the United States, or anywhere for that matter, so we can’t provide you with any specific time frame for the roll outs. What we can tell you is that we typically see major U.S. carriers roll these updates out within a few weeks of each other. That was the case with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, Android 4.4 KitKat and we’re expecting something similar here from Android 5.0 Lollipop.

These updates may not arrive tomorrow and they might not arrive next week but we’d be shocked, shocked, if we got through the month of March without releases for both the AT&T and U.S. Cellular Galaxy S5 Lollipop updates. Again, we often see a bit of a delay between releases but it’s typically weeks, not months.

Smaller U.S. Carriers

Those of you on carriers like MetroPCS and Cricket should not expect to be next in line. Major carriers historically have gotten their updates out first before smaller regional and pre-paid carriers. There’s always a chance for some kind of anomaly but if we owned the Galaxy S5 on one of those carriers, we’d expect our updates to come a few days, or weeks, after the major Galaxy S5 Lollipop roll outs finish up.

Like their counterparts, smaller carriers tend to be reluctant to offer specific details regarding their roll outs until the day that they push out. We’ve seen tons of people asking questions about Android 5.0 Lollipop on social media and the result is always the same. Stop asking them questions, remain patient, and assume that your roll outs will arrive sometime in the next month or two.

International Roll Out to Quietly Continue

Slowly but surely, Samsung’s managed to get its international Galaxy S5 Lollipop roll out to a great number of people around the world. We expect the carrier’s push to continue into March and beyond without any official announcements.

To get a sense of what we mean, we suggest taking a look at SamMobile’s firmware section. There, you’ll notice that Samsung’s made substantial progress during the month of February without making many, if any, official roll out announcements for its international variants. We expect this trend to continue until the company’s pushed out Android 5.0 Lollipop to all of its international, unbranded devices.

We expect March to be an extremely busy month for Samsung and its engineers so if you own one of the company’s international variants, you’ll want to keep an eye out for your upgrade.

More Galaxy S5 Lollipop Updates Soon, Others Far Off

We expect more carrier-branded Galaxy S5 Lollipop updates to roll out soon as well. French carrier SFR claims that it will roll out the Galaxy S5 Lollipop in late February and we’re just now entering that window. Canadian carrier Rogers says that it plans to push the software in February or March. To us, this means that a greater roll out in Europe and in Canada, is very, very close.

Of course, we don’t expect the Galaxy S5 Lollipop release to be close for everyone. Several carriers including Vodafone Australia, Optus and Telstra recently released their updated Android update schedules and surprisingly, the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update is nowhere to be found. They could simply be playing their cards close to their chest but our guess is that we’re still weeks, if not months away from releases in many regions, Australia included.

Again, you should expect this update to take time. This is not a slow process and while Samsung’s great about some countries (USA, UK, others), it’s been horrible about releases in other parts of the world. We’d expect a few delays to impact Galaxy S5 Lollipop roll outs so you’ll want to remain vigilant as we press onward.

Galaxy S5 Lollipop Problems to Continue

Finally, expect complaints about Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop problems to continue as more people blindly upgrade to Samsung’s new software. As we’ve noted, the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update appears to have several problems including issues with battery life. U.S. Galaxy S5 users in particular have been extremely vocal about battery life problems and other more isolated issues like broken Wi-Fi, Bluetooth issues and more.

These problems aren’t just limited to the U.S. variants either. We’ve seen people in the international community complain about assorted issues after making the jump to Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Samsung will do its best to scrub out as many bugs as it can but you always assume risk when you download an Android update. Software updates are never perfect.

We highly recommend taking a look at our fixes for Galaxy S5 Lollipop problems now so that you can commit them to memory before your Android 5.0 Lollipop update arrives. We also recommend doing some prep work before your Galaxy S5 Lollipop update arrives.

We expect carriers like Sprint and Verizon to roll out Android 5.0 Lollipop bug fix updates in the future but we would not expect them to be imminent. Weeks away at best. That means that you’ll need to be extremely proactive in the days in between.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop Release: 5 Things to Expect Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Watch the Oscars Live

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 14:05

How to Watch the Oscars Live is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Oscars take place later tonight, and if you want to catch all of the action while on the go, here’s how you can stream the Oscars live on your iPhone or other device.

The Oscars is one of the highest honors that an actor or actress can receive, and this year many great stars are nominated to receive one. Steve Carell, Bradley Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Reese Witherspoon, and Julianne Moore are all nominated for Best Actor/Actress in a Leading Role and you can view the rest of the nominees on the Oscars website.

If you’ll be home to watch the Oscars, you can catch the ceremony at 7pm ET on ABC, and since it’s airing on ABC, you won’t need cable to view the show. Instead, you’ll simply need an antenna that can pick up local channels. From there, you’re good to go.

However, if you won’t be home to watch the festivities, you can still watch the ceremony on your computer or on your mobile device. Here’s how to make that happen.

On Your Computer

The only way to watch the Oscars live on your computer is by going to ABC’s website where it will be streaming the show, as well as give you access backstage and even red carpet.

Unfortunately, taking advantage of Watch ABC requires having a cable subscription, and live streaming is only available in select markets around the US, including Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham and San Francisco.

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This was the case when the Grammy Awards were on, and those who wanted to stream it had to be in a specific market, but there wasn’t a requirement for needing a cable subscription. Instead, a paid subscription to CBS Access was required.

On Your Mobile Device

The Watch ABC app for iOS, Android, and Windows devices will be streaming the entire ceremony within the app, allowing you to watch the Oscars while on the go.

However, just as with ABC.com on your computer, you’ll need a cable subscription that you can verify in order to take advantage of the live streaming capabilities.

Also, Watch ABC on mobile is only available in select areas in the US — mostly major cities right now, and that’s one huge caveat of this service. Hopefully ABC spreads availability in the future, but if you’re outside a major city, you’re pretty much out of luck.

Unfortunately, ABC has exclusive streaming rights for the Grammy Awards, so you can only use the options above and live in one of the markets listed above in order to live stream the Oscars tonight. Otherwise, you’ll have to tune in on television to ABC at 7pm ET.

How to Watch the Oscars Live is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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