Posts Tagged ‘Android’

T-Mobile and MetroPCS today announced the availability of the LG L90 and L70, devices that fall into LG’s L Series III lineup. Both phones were revealed by LG earlier this year. The L90 and L70 run Android 4.4 KitKat with LG’s user interface enhancements. The hardware puts LG’s minimalistic design esthetic to use. Shared features include support for Bluetooth, GPS, and Wi-Fi.

  • L90:The L90 is being sold by T-Mobile and supports the carrier’s LTE 4G network. It has a 4.7-inch qHD display, quad-core 1.2GHz processor with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, 2,540mAh battery, and an 8-megapixel/1.3-megapixel camera configuration. It will be available beginning April 30 for $0 down with 24 equal monthly device payments of $9.50, or the full retail price of $228.
  • L70:┬áThe L70 will be sold by MetroPCS. It steps the display down to 4.5 inches and 800 x 400 resolution, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor with 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, a 2,100mAh battery, and a 5-megapixel/VGA camera configuration. The L70 is available beginning today for $49 after a $100 instant rebate. For a limited time, MetroPCS will offer an additional $49 rebate to customers who pay for two months of service in advance. The L70 supports HSPA+, but not LTE.
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Pandora said it will make several changes to its fee structure beginning in May. Pandora One monthly customers who already pay $3.99 for ad-free listening can continue to listen at the same price. However, new monthly subscribers will have to pay $4.99 per month, an increase of $1 over today’s rates. Customers who chose Pandora’s $36 annual fee will be moved to a “discounted loyalty price” of $3.99 per month, which represents a price increase of $12 for the year, or $1 per month. Moving forward, Pandora will no longer offer the annual subscription option. Pandora says these changes are necessary to offset increased costs, such as licensing fees. It claims the changes will affect only 3.3 million of its 250 million registered users. All customers can listen to music with ads for free. Pandora is an internet-based radio station provider that has apps for Android, BlackBerry, iOS, and Windows Phone devices.

Samsung today announced the Galaxy S5, the fifth-generation of its flagship smartphone. It borrows a bit from the design language of the Galaxy Note 3 in that it is less round around the edges and more square – what Samsung calls the “modern glam look.” The phone is more refined, but is also clearly a member of the Galaxy S family. Samsung worked to improve the camera, which rates 16 megapixels. The autofocus function has been sped up to help improve time-to-capture, as has the HDR function which can now work with video. Samsung has added a depth of field control to help blur the background, called Selective Focus. The video camera can capture 4K Ultra HD video. The GS5 puts more of an emphasis on health and fitness with revised S Health apps and services. S Health interacts with a built-in pedometer to help track activity, and a heart rate monitor tracks the owner’s heart health. Samsung also has worked to incorporate S Health with third-party apps. The phone features a 5.1-inch 1080p HD screen, dual-band Wi-Fi with 2×2 MIMO, and Category 4 LTE speeds. The GS5 has what Samsung calls a Download Booster, which uses Wi-Fi and LTE together to increase download speeds over the air. Like the GS4 Active, the GS5 is water and dust resistant thanks to an ingress protection rating of IP67. The device has a 2,800mAh battery and Ultra Power Saving Mode, which turns the display black and white and shuts down all but the most essential apps and services to save battery life. It is powered by a quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM; NFC and Bluetooth 4.0; and it comes with either 16GB or 32GB of storage. It supports microSD cards up to 128GB. Last, the GS5 adds a fingerprint scanner for biometric security and a trick swipe-to-pay feature. The device will be available globally beginning in April.

Motorola today said that it is working on a new wearable device that it expects to debut within the next few months. Motorola exec Rick Osterloh said the device will be a smartwatch “that people will actually want to wear.” Osterloh didn’t provide any other specifics about the device. Motorola made the MOTOACTV smartwatch several years ago, but has since discontinued it

Samsung and Google today announced that they have struck a wide-ranging patent-licensing agreement. According to the terms of the agreement, both companies will license both their existing patent portfolios, as well as patents to be filed over the course of the next 10 years. The patents are not limited to mobile technology, and instead cover a number of different product categories. “By working together on agreements like this, companies can reduce the potential for litigation and focus instead on innovation,” said Google deputy general counsel Allen Lo.

AT&T today announced that the LG G Flex will be available for preorder beginning January 24. AT&T is asking $299.99 for the G Flex with a new two-year agreement. Customers can also choose to pay for the G Flex over either 12 or 18 months with an AT&T Next plan. The 12-month option asks for monthly payments of $34.75 and the 18-month option asks for monthly payments of $26.74. The G Flex can be pre-ordered online or in stores the 24th, but the actual in-store availability date was not disclosed by AT&T.

Motorola reduced the cost of the wood-backed Moto X by $75. The wooden backs are now a $25 upgrade rather than a $100 upgrade. Further, three more wooden options will become available beginning January 25. Motorola is issuing $75 rebates to those who already paid $100 for the custom wood backs.