Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Google Play Editions of the Sony Xperia Ultra and LG G Pad 8.3 as well as white Nexus 7 (2013) annouced
Yesterday was a surprising day for fans of Stock Android as Google has unveiled a trio of new devices available on the Google Play Store. The Sony Xperia Z Ultra and LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition join the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play Edition and the Nexus 7 (2013) gets a makeover in white.
Unfortunately these new devices are only available to US customers. This isn't surprising when it comes to Google Play Edition devices as the S4 and One GPe were never made available to Canadians, but to see the white Nexus 7 (2013) be unavailable to us is quite disappointing.
Nevertheless it is good to see more devices get the GPe treatment. Hopefully they make their way to Canadian in an official manner in the future.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Koodo has been on a roll for the past few weeks, by getting the HTC Desire (601), the LG Made Nexus 5 and the Motorola Moto G. It looks like Koodo is about to add yet another device in the Galaxy Note II. While we loved the Galaxy Note II last year and is far from a slow device by today's standards, it's a bit odd to launch the device over a year after its initial availability.
That being said, it's still good to see more choice for consumers and we are glad to see Koodo add more choices. If your a Koodo customer interested in the Note II check out our full review here.
Friday, December 6, 2013
If you have a Nexus 5 and haven't been pleased with the camera performance, check for the update as it has started rolling out to users.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Looks like KitKat has just been confirmed for yet another Android Flagship. According to information obtained by MobileSyrup, their current flagship the LG G2. They've gotten word that the update will be submitted to carriers at the same time but they cannot guarantee that it will be rolled out simultaneously. But judging from other updates like the 4.3 update that just rolled out to Galaxy smartphone owners chances are the we will see a simultaneous rollout.
We expect LG's UI to remain relatively the same despite some of the downsides to the design choices made by LG, as non-power users are usually jarred when UIs are heavily modified.
That being said it's still good to see another flagship be committed to Android's latest version.
Looks like the biggest gripe we've had with he Galaxy Gear is getting fixed in an update that is finally rolling out to Canadians. In its original firmware the Galaxy Gear could notify users of non-Samsung endorsed app notifications but forced users to actually look at the Notification on the phone instead of on the watch itself.
We are still in the midst of our Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear review so we will report on our experience before and after the update.
If you have a Galaxy Gear make sure to get the update and enable "More Notifications" in the Gear manager app.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
While the Galaxy Gear was something of an exclusive to Galaxy Note 3 users it looks like the update to bring compatibility to the S III, S4, S4 Mini and Note II is now rolling out to Canadians. With this update users can expect all the improvements that Android 4.3 brings like Bluetooth Low Energy Support, which the Galaxy Gear requires and fstrim support to keep internal flash memory optimized. In addition the update also adds the following features:
- Added new feature (KNOX for consumer, etc)
- Compatibility with Galaxy Gear
- S Pen enhancements (For Note II)
- Improved performance (Graphics, Multimedia, Bluetooth, etc)
- Improved the user interface and stability
- User interface adjustment (Icon change, etc)
- Security Enhancements
If you have one of the the aforementioned device make sure to check out your system settings menu for the latest update.