Spotify gets a few performance improvements with the update to version 2.0
The Spotify Android app is getting updated to version 2.0, which brings some performance improvements and some notification features. While the 2.0 update isn’t huge, most users will welcome the changes it brings. One issue that has been plaguing many users is when listening to Spotify and an audio notification pings the device, Spotify will stop temporarily when the notification sound plays. The folks at the streaming service have finally fixed the issue, so now notifications won’t stop your music from playing. The next and final fix in version 2.0 is that the app will now be quicker to start up, even if you have a poor internet connection. This app has never been the quickest to navigate, so hopefully this will help a bit with the app’s performance.
Like we said, warranting a 2.0 update might not make a ton of sense, but these are still great fixes to the app. If you’re a frequent user of Spotify, head to the download link below to grab your version 2.0 update.
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LG G3 getting Lollipop update in the US “soon”
By Andrew Grush
Aside from Motorola, LG was one of the first OEMs outside of the Nexus world to make the jump to Android 5.0 Lollipop — at least for those in Europe and parts of Asia. For those in the United States, the latest sweet treat has yet to arrive, though according to LG Mobile US, thing are about to change.
Today a new tweet went out telling us that Android 5.0 Lollipop is coming soon for US users. It is unclear whether this means for those with carrier devices, unlocked owners or both. Unfortunately, LG was pretty vague and words mean little without more specifics on exactly when “coming soon” will be.
— LG USA Mobile (@LGUSAMobile) January 23, 2015
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Deal Alert: Grab the Pioneer SE-MX9-K Stereo Headphones for $90 off at Newegg
Finding Pioneer audio products for cheap isn’t always easy, but a new deal on Newegg might help you out with that problem. The Pioneer SE-MX9-K Headphones are currently on sale at Newegg for only $129.99, which is at least $90 off Amazon’s price. The Black headphones usually come in at around $190, the Bright Silver ones are usually sold for $199.99 and the Bright Copper headphones are sold for around $210. You can find all three colors on Newegg for $129.99 a piece, which is a significant price drop.
These headphones offer high-quality aluminum alloy housing, a durable silicone headphone cushion and soft leather ear pads so you won’t get tired of listening for long periods of time. Additionally, they have large, 50mm speaker units that are ideal for reproduction of dance music as well as 6Hz – 40KHz frequency response range. As for the quality, the headphones currently have a 4.5/5 star rating on Amazon, so we’d say you can’t really go wrong with these. If you’re interested in the deal, head to the download link below.
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6 common problems with the Nexus 6 and how to fix them
With the Nexus 6, Google has attempted to provide a worthy competitor in the phablet space dominated by Samsung. Packed with top of the line specifications, a sharp display and the best iteration of Android yet, you’re bound to find something impressive in this larger than life phone. Unfortunately, there isn’t a smartphone in the market without its flaws, and that is true with the Nexus 6 as well. Today, we’ll be taking a look at some of the most common problems with the Nexus 6, and offer potential solutions on how to fix them.
Disclaimer: Not every user of the Nexus 6 will face these issues, and it is quite likely that you won’t come across any of the problems listed below.
Problem #1 – Issues with random rebooting
A number of Nexus 6 users have reported that their phone suddenly reboots with no apparent reason. Sometimes, this can happen multiple times in a row, with the phone booting to lock screen, and then rebooting the moment a PIN or lock-code is entered.
- Corrupt or fragmented data in your phone could be causing an issue. Back up any important data and perform a factory reset.
- Disable active notifications – this is sometimes helpful.
- Disable the primary messenger application and try using hangouts instead.
- Enable Google Play Services and GPS high accuracy.
- Make sure your device is charged fully.
- Wipe the cache partition on your phone, as this can remove any fragmented data.
Problem #2 – Bugs with Bluetooth connection
A number of Nexus 6 users have struggled with problems regarding Bluetooth connectivity.
- Start by turning the Bluetooth on your device off and back on again.
- If the problem continues, clear the cache for Bluetooth by going to Settings – Apps – All – Bluetooth Share – Clear Cache.
- Go to Bluetooth Share and tap Clear Data
- Restart the phone after clearing the data and cache, if this doesn’t work, try booting the phone into safe mode using the directions below.
Problem #3 – Abnormal battery drain
Though its large battery suggests that the battery life of the Nexus 6 should be quite good, a number of these devices have been affected by abnormally fast drain despite normal usage.
- Third party applications could be causing excess battery drain, so disable any power-heavy applications that are running in the background unless they are used frequently.
- Ensure all applications are updated to the latest version.
- Try uninstalling power-hungry applications one by one to see if the problem can be isolated.
- Turn off vibrations, and reduce screen brightness if possible.
- Try rebooting the device with all third-party applications uninstalled, or factory resetting the phone. This should help to clear out any damaged files in your data.
Problem #4 – Cloud Print errors and force closing
Some users have reported that on the Nexus 6, it is difficult to keep the Cloud Print application running.
- Update your Cloud Print application and ensure that the device is fully up to date.
- Go into Settings – Apps – All – Cloud Print and select both Clear Cache and Clear Data
- Attempt a factory reset to get rid of any fragmented data.
Problem #5 – Screen isn’t bright enough outside
An issue that has plagued many users of the Nexus 6 is that when outside, the screen brightness seems too low, especially on bright or sunny days.
- Go to Settings – Device – Display and change your settings.
- You should be able to alter the brightness level of set auto-brightness on the device.
- Turn on adaptive brightness to automatically optimize the level of brightness on your phone screen in regards to the light around you. This setting is generally on as default, and still allows for brightness settings to be altered when needed.
Problem #6 – Slow charging
Slow charging is one of the problems that many Nexus 6 owners have complained of since buying the phablet.
- If the phone is charging slowly, disable any unwanted applications
- Press the back button twice when exiting an application, instead of simply tapping “Home”, this closes the app from the background and prevents the excessive drain of power.
- Don’t play games when the Nexus 6 is charging, as they require extra processing power.
- Check the charger cable is working by attempting to charge using another cable, or charging a different device with the same cable.
- Try charging through direct connection to a laptop or computer.
- A malfunctioning application could be causing the problem, boot the phone into safe mode and see if it charges faster. This will imply a faulty app. If an application is the problem, perform a factory reset and reinstall apps selectively.
These are some of the most common issues that users of the Nexus 6 have been suffering. If you have struggled with one of these problems yourself, or have experienced something that we haven’t mentioned above, make sure to get in touch through the comment section. We’ll be working to keep this list updated as more solutions and problems appear.
SEE ALSO: Nexus 6 Review
Following are the guides on how to delete data, factory reset, and boot your Nexus 6 into safe mode.
- Go to Settings – Personal
- Tap Backup and Reset
- Choose Factory Data Reset
- Confirm with Reset Phone
- Enter your PIN or pattern code.
- Tap Delete everything
Hardware Factory Reset:
- Turn off the phone
- Hold the volume down button and Power button simultaneously until the device switches on.
- You should see “Start” with an arrow
- Tap volume down twice and the power button to enter Recovery Mode
- Hold the power button then press and release the volume up button
- Use the volume buttons to select wipe data/factory reset
- Choose “Yes – erase all data” with the power button
Sonim XP7 Review
By Lanh Nguyen
The Bottom Line
- Fantastic battery life
- Rugged/ extremely durable
- Low resolution display
- Proprietary charging port
The Sonim XP7 is a rugged phone made to withstand a lot of punishment, and while it does cost a pretty penny, it might be worth the investment if your particular lifestyle demands a phone of this caliber.
Smartphones nowadays are designed to be thin and good looking, but this does require consumers to sacrifice on durability, as is evident by the fact that most of us rush to pick up a protective case or cover for our new devices. At the other end of the spectrum is the latest smartphone by Sonim, designed with only one thing in mind, and that is to take a lot of abuse. Is its durability enough to make it a worthwhile investment? That is what we find out, in this comprehensive review of the Sonim XP7!
Adjectives like thin, sleek, lightweight, or even good looking isn’t what can be used to describe the Sonim XP7, but with the focus on function over form, it wasn’t meant to be. The device is thick, bulky, and heavy, feeling like a brick both in the hand and in the pocket, and in a lot of ways, is everything that most modern smartphones aren’t. Of course, there is a very good reason for it all, with the target consumer for this device being those with very rough lifestyles. The Sonim XP7 certainly isn’t a smartphone for the casual user, but if you’re looking for something that can keep up with you in harsh conditions, it might be one of the better options out there.
Of course, the phone isn’t indestructible per say, as I was able to damage it eventually, but as you can see in the video above, it can withstand one hell of a beating and still keep on ticking. The hard rubberized outer casing not only protects the device from the most brutal of drops, but also makes it resistant to punctures. The device can also withstand corrosive chemicals and oils, extreme pressure, as well as sudden vibrations and shocks. Rounding out its capabilities are its IP68 and IP69 rating for dust and water resistance, which means that it can be submerged in up to 2 meters of water for as long as 30 minutes, as well as resist against a high temperature and pressure wash.
When it comes to the design language, the volume rocker is found on the right side, along with a red button that can be used to contact Sonim’s emergency support line for lone workers. The service isn’t available yet, though it is expected to launch later this year. On the left side is a dedicated camera shutter button, a push to talk button, and a quite awkwardly placed power button. Up front are three physical buttons, and the home button can be used to wake the device, which reduces the need to keep reaching for that power button.
Up top is a bright notification light, along with a headphone jack and a SIM card slot, both of which are covered by flaps held in place by torx screws. The headphone jack can be accessed without needing to remove the screws, but needs to be removed in the case of the SIM card slot, easily done with the tool included in the box. The charging port is at the bottom, but isn’t a microUSB port, but rather a proprietary magnetic port which is unfortunate considering how prevalent microUSB charging is.
On the specifications front, the Sonim XP7 features hardware that is mostly entry level to mid-range in its nature, starting with the decidedly low end display. The 4-inch display with a 800 x 480 resolution is functional, but in this day and age is quite a poor looking panel. Apart from the low resolution, colors are washed out, with a lot of color shifting when viewing off axis, which doesn’t make for a very good gaming or media consumption experience. On the flip side, the screen is usable with gloves, which is the bright spot in an otherwise disappointing display experience.
Performance and Hardware
Under the hood, the Sonim XP7 packs a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, clocked at 1.2 GHz, along with 1 GB of RAM. Like most phones running the Snapdragon 400, the performance is more than respectable, with the device running smoothly, applications loading quickly, while also handling some graphic-intensive games admirably. A contributing factor may be the near stock version of Android the device has onboard, but there is no denying that the Snapdragon 400 is one of the best mid-range processing packages available.
The device comes with 16 GB of on-board storage, but due to no microSD card slot the storage is somewhat limited, which might lead you to depend on cloud-based storage services. On the connectivity front, the XP7 packs a standard suite of sensors and connectivity options, and while it is designed for Canadian carriers like TELUS and BELL, it will work just fine on the LTE networks of T-Mobile and AT&T.
One of the biggest highlights of the Sonim XP7 definitely has to be the battery life. It packs a huge 4,800 mAh battery, and when combined with the fact that the processor isn’t pushing a lot of pixels due to the low resolution display, the battery life is understandably …read more
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Sprint will now give T-Mobile customers up to $550 to switch
For months, T-Mobile‘s customer base has been on the rise, and Sprint is doing its best to keep its spot as the third largest phone carrier in the US. In a new promotion announced earlier today, Sprint will now give T-Mobile customers a minimum of $200 towards any new device when they switch to the carrier and trade in their working T-Mobile smartphone. Furthermore, Sprint is offering more ways to save for T-Mobile customers. “Eligible” T-Mobile users will receive up to $350 per line when they switch to Sprint via a prepaid or reward card. If you’re paying monthly on a phone at T-Mobile, you can use your prepaid card to pay off the remaining T-Mobile device fee. Both offers are available now, and will run until April 9th.
Sprint has provided a table to compare prices with T-Mobile, showing customers exactly how much they’d save per month. In the example, Sprint is comparing the lease price for the Galaxy S5 on unlimited data plans for each carrier. If you decide to lease the device for 24 months (which is what most customers do), you’ll see roughly a $27 per month difference in price between the two. Of course, this will vary depending on which device you choose, so this is just one example on how you can save a few bucks per month.
If you’re unhappy with your T-Mobile plan and can get Sprint coverage in your area, this may be a good option for you.
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Android 5.0 Lollipop “coming soon” to LG G3
Announced via Twitter, apparently the hip place to announce things today, Lollipop for the LG G3 is officially “coming soon.” As far as what coming soon means, we honestly have no idea. If it was today, LG probably wouldn’t be shy in bragging about it, so we have to imagine it might still be a while. Still, any update news is good news, right?
Unlike Motorola, LG loves messing around with Android and putting their own spin on it. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty of what we love about Lollipop present when the update does hit, Material Design and all. Let us know if you seen any sign on Lollipop on your G3.
Lollipop starts rolling out to Motorola Moto G in the US and India
Motorola Moto G owners, today’s your lucky day. Well, at least some of you. Motorola has announced via Twitter that starting today, Lollipop will start hitting the first generation Moto G in India and the second generation Moto G in India and the U.S.
The update will be hitting handsets in phases, so if you don’t see it right away, don’t fret. It’s coming soon. Since Motorola isn’t keen on messing with Google’s vision for Android, once you do receive the update you’re in for a clean, fast, gorgeous Material Design-coated treat. Lucky you.
In other Motorola related updated news, Republic Wireless is readying updates for all of its Moto phones. The Republic Wireless Moto E and Moto G are being updated to 4.4.4 soon, with the first generation Moto X following in February. Lollipop is coming to all of Republic’s Motorola phones before too long it’s just not quite ready yet. We will be sure to let you know when it is.
Deal Alert: Amazon Prime will be available for $72 on January 24th
In celebration of the 72nd annual Golden Globe awards, Amazon Prime subscriptions will be available for only $72. The discounted price will only be available this Saturday, January 24th. Considering the price increase to $99 that took place almost a year ago, this may be a great time to save some money on your Prime subscription.
What does Amazon have to do with the Golden Globes? Transparent, the award-winning show produced by Amazon Studios, has just won two Golden Globes for Best Musical or Comedy Series and the star of the show, Jeffrey Tambor, won the award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Series. Not only is Amazon Prime available at a discounted price, but Amazon is making Transparent available for free this Saturday. The show is usually only available for Amazon Prime subscribers, and now everyone can stream all ten episodes through the Amazon Instant Video app for the Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Xbox, PlayStation, Wii and smart TVs.
If you’re interested taking advantage of the Amazon Prime deal, follow the link below. Make sure you sign up tomorrow, though, otherwise the subscription price will still be $99.
Also in celebration of Transparent and the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, customers can sign up for Amazon Prime for just $72 this Saturday
SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan. 22, 2015– (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today announced that in celebration of two recent Golden Globe wins, it will make all ten episodes of Amazon Original Series Transparent available for free for everyone this Saturday. Transparent, which is typically available exclusively to Amazon Prime members, recently took home the Golden Globe for Best Musical or Comedy Series, while its star, Jeffrey Tambor, earned the coveted award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Series. Anyone can watch Transparent at no cost on Saturday using the Amazon Instant Video app for TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online atAmazon.com/Transparent. Also on Saturday and in celebration of the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, Amazon Prime will be available for just $72—a more than 25 percent savings. New members can sign up for this limited-time Prime offer at Amazon.com/TransparentPrime.
“We’re incredibly proud of everyone involved in the making of Transparent—the team took a risk and it paid off,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com. “Big kudos and congrats to Jill, Jeffrey, and all the cast and crew.”
Written, directed and executive produced by Emmy-nominee and 2013 Sundance Best Director winner Jill Soloway, Transparent is a 10-episode, half-hour novelistic series that explores family, identity, sex, and love. The series stars Tambor as Maura, who has spent her life as Mort—the Pfefferman family patriarch. Also starring Judith Light(Dallas), Gaby Hoffmann (Girls), Amy Landecker (Louie) and Jay Duplass (Togetherness), Transparent is the no. 1 ranked series on Prime Instant Video since the show’s launch. Also proving popular among critics, the show clocked in a near-perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes with a 98 percent critic rating, and a 91 Metascore on Metacritic. Due to the overwhelming success of the show, and the incredibly positive viewer response, Amazon has greenlit a second season of Transparent, to air later this year.
In 2013, Amazon introduced a unique process for selecting which shows it turns into Amazon Original Series. Amazon makes pilot episodes available for all customers to watch and provide feedback on, and then uses that feedback to help decide which shows to turn into full series. Through that process, customers helped to get Transparentgreenlit for a full series last year, as the pilot received both critical and customer acclaim. Customers can now weigh in once again on the next pilots they want turned into new Amazon Original Series—13 original comedy, drama, docu-series and kids pilots are currently available at Amazon.com/PIV.
This Saturday, all Amazon customers can enjoy Transparent on their TVs using the Amazon Instant Video app on Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Xbox, PlayStation, Wii, and smart TVs. They can also use the Amazon Instant Video app to watch on mobile devices, including Fire tablets, Fire phone, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Android phones, as well as hundreds of other connected devices.
Amazon Prime members enjoy unlimited streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes, including hit show Transparent, in addition to unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 20 million items, one million songs and hundreds of playlists through Prime Music, free unlimited photo storage with Prime Photos, early access to select Lightning Deals and access to over 800,000 books to borrow through the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.
About Prime Instant Video
Amazon Prime members can enjoy tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes with Prime Instant Video, Amazon’s video subscription service, via the Amazon Instant Video app on Fire TV, Roku, Xbox, PlayStation, Wii, and certain smart TVs. They can also use the Amazon Instant Video app to watch on mobile devices, including Fire tablets, Fire phone, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, as well as hundreds of other connected devices—or customers can visit Amazon.com/PIV to watch online.
About Amazon Studios
Amazon Studios most recently debuted its dramatic comedy Mozart in the Jungle from Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Paul Weitz, John Strauss and Alex Timbers as well as Jill Soloway’s multi-Golden Globe Award-winning dark comedy Transparent; its first live-action series for kids 6-11, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street; and a second season of the Garry Trudeau political comedy Alpha House. The studio has also launched three additional children’s series, the Annecy International Animated Film Festival Award-winning and Annie Award-nominated Tumble Leaf from Bix Pix Entertainment; Creative Galaxy from Angela Santomero and Out of the Blue Enterprises, the creators of Blue’s Clues; and Annedroids, from Emmy-nominated Sinking Ship Entertainment.
Amazon Studios has also announced four additional, original series to debut in …read more
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Following HTC’s lead, Huawei sets MWC event for March 1st
By Andrew Grush
HTC isn’t the only Android manufacturer kicking off MWC with a March 1st press event, as Huawei has now sent out the invites for its own shin-dig, which the company promises will bring “surprises that will empower you to set your dreams free”. While it isn’t so clear what Huawei actually means by that, the rumor mill suggests will see a followup to the MediaPad X1 tablet, and there has also been whispers about the Huawei P8 — which could reportedly drop the Ascend branding from its name.
As for what both devices bring to the table? The MediaPad X2 will supposedly have a 1080p display, a Huawei Kirin processor and 3GB RAM. Not many other specifics are known. The details for the P8 are equally vague, with reports suggesting it will have a 5.2-inch slightly curved display and Kirin 930 processor.
It is true that Huawei isn’t nearly as much of a superstar as HTC, at least when it comes to brand recognition, particularly in the western markets. Still, Huawei remains one of the biggest players in the mobile world and we look forward to seeing what they introduce during MWC in March. Regardless of what happens, know that the AA team will be on the ground covering the event live and bringing you all the latest and greatest announcements.
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