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Best 4G LTE-capable Android tablets available today stateside

If you’ve been following our website lately, chances are you’ve already purchased a tab… or ten. You’re only human after all, and probably couldn’t resist the temptation of a stellar bargain, the best 7 inch+ gamers around, the 2015 endurance champions or ultra-high-res media streamers.

4G LTE

But there’s one market segment we haven’t tackled in a while. And even back when we did, in October 2014, the budget was restricted, so technically, you never got a list of the top 4G LTE-enabled Android pads. Just the finest low-cost soldiers.

Now, it goes without saying not everyone can afford to cough up $600 or $700 for a high-speed, always connected laptop replacement. Nor does everybody want to pay that much with the large-screen Google “ecosystem” deeply flawed and app support lowly at best.

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So, instead of narrowing our search to a predefined price range, we’ve decided to bring together the low-enders and high-enders, the budget contenders and no-nonsense flagships. Here they all are, with advanced connectivity options their sole feature in common:

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 – starting at $650 for Verizon

Going after Microsoft Surface Pros and Apple iPad Airs with comparable price tags never felt like Sammy’s smartest strategic move. And indeed, the Note Pro is a decidedly nichey product, which could never appeal to the masses.

Galaxy Note Pro

But boy, is it colossal, literally and figuratively, with a 2,560 x 1,600 pix res 12.2-inch screen in tow, S Pen functionality, Snapdragon 800 muscle, 3 GB RAM and 9,500 mAh battery juice. Just think of how sharp the high-def YouTube vids will play on the move.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet – $500 and $650 respectively on and off-contract at Verizon

The name may send an old-fashioned vibe, yet the 10.1-inch Z2 is very much “contemporary”, what with its 1,920 x 1,200 display, S801 chip, Android 5.0 Lollipop software, 3 GB RAM and 8.1 MP rear camera.

Xperia Z2 Tablet

Plus, for a large 10 incher, it’s extremely easy to transport, thanks to a 6.4 mm waist and 439-gram “heft”, not to mention it’s dust and water-resistant, ergo ready for whatever nature throws at it.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 – $500 and up with Verizon

Oh, come on, another Verizon exclusive? Technically, no, but Big Red does cut you the best Tab S deal at the moment, and Amazon always endorses steals. Well, steal might be a bit of a stretch, at five full Benjamins.

Galaxy Tab S 10.5

Let’s call the bang for buck factor… adequate. Enticing. Almost unrefusable if you’re in the market for a super-slim 10 incher with fingerprint recognition, LTE speeds, Snapdragon 800 SoC, 3 GB RAM, 7,900 mAh cell capacity… and only 16 GB internal storage.

Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 – $529 and up for AT&T, T-Mobile or Verizon

Fire HDX 8.9

Finally, something you can activate on your network of choice. As long as it’s not Sprint. Too bad the HDX is a little steep for what it offers – forked Android (an archaic iteration, no less), 2 gigs of RAM, bland design, somewhat awkward albeit ultra-sharp screen, and “sponsored screensavers” to begin with.

Luckily, $15 rids you of pesky ads, and $50 bumps up the storage from 32 to 64 GB. Remember, there’s no microSD card slot.

Google/HTC Nexus 9 – $469 unlocked with 32 GB storage

Nexus 9

Ah, a purist’s wet dream, now at an all-time low tariff. What can be sweeter than that? Perhaps a smidge of extra battery serum or CDMA carrier compatibility, but beggars tablet buyers on a tight budget can’t be choosers.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 – starting at $380 for AT&T; $350 GSM unlocked

How is this any different from the Tab S, you wonder? Well, actually, their specs couldn’t be further apart. The Tab 4 is almost ridiculously low-end, and ultimately, it’s not worth the $350 and up Amazon charges for it. With or without operator agreements.

Galaxy Tab 4 10.1

Yes, it’s compact, fairly handsome (in a non-standout way), and equipped with 1.5 GB RAM, which isn’t that bad. But the 1,280 x 800 panel is pretty crappy, and the same goes for the quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU, 6,800 mAh ticker and especially 3.15/1.3 MP cams.

LG G Pad 10.1 – $150 with Verizon pacts; $380 sans obligations

LG G Pad 10.1

All in all not much better than the 10.1-inch Tab 4, the G Pad 10.1 is at least cheaper on-contract. And it’s upgradeable to Lollipop, slightly prettier, courtesy of narrower bezels, plus longer-lasting, with an 8,000 mAh pacemaker. And in case you’re one of those weirdos that takes photos with a big-ass slate, there’s a respectable 5 MP autofocus shooter around the back.

LG G Pad 8.3 – $130 on-contract at Verizon; $350 outright

LG G Pad 8.3

Sometimes, it pays to wait. And oftentimes, smaller and cheaper doesn’t equal weaker and lower-end. Case in point, the almost two year-old 8.3 incher under the microscope here, which features 1,920 x 1,200 screen resolution, Snapdragon 600 power and 2 GB memory in addition to LTE capabilities. At $130, that’s a positively dreamy inventory of hardware components.

Oh, and as far as software goes, Android 5.0 is reportedly nigh.

Verizon Ellipsis 8 – $49.99 on-contract, $299.99 off

We’ll give it to you straight, as usual. If you can do better, ignore the Ellipsis. Don’t buy it outright either, it’s a waste of money. The only wise ploy would be to score it at 50 clams, even if that means pledging a two-year allegiance to the Big Red flag.

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Not quite a disaster, the inexpensive 8 incher is probably stuck on KitKat for good, and it provides a lousy gig of RAM. Translation – it’s slow as hell, and opening more than a couple of browser tabs while on 4G may freeze the system instantaneously.

LG G Pad 7.0 – $150 GSM unlocked; $100 with AT&T contracts

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It’s petite, it’s good-looking (all things considered), soon-to-run-Lollipop, quad-core, can work as a universal remote for TVs, sound systems, DVD or Blu-ray players, and “optimized” to last up to 10 hours between charges.

Of course, it’s not high-res (1,280 x 800 pixels), a multitasking beast (1 GB RAM), or photography champ (3.15 and 1.3 megapixels). But it’ll do if $100 is all you have lying around.

LG G4 vs G4 Stylus vs G4c vs G4 Beat/G4s – specs comparison

And just like that, LG managed to overshadow arch-rival Samsung for a change. Unfortunately, product confusion and brand dilution aren’t departments one would want to “prevail” in, especially when an exceedingly dense mid to high-end roster could generate serious market cannibalization issues.

LG G4

Even at first glance, there’s plenty to underline the “standard” G4’s superiority over its pen-capable and compact siblings. But can you also tell off the bat the 5.5 incher is considerably better than the just-announced 5.2-inch G4 Beat, aka G4s?

And if so, doesn’t that make the latter way too similar to the G4c? Not to mention how convoluted things might get if the oft-rumored G4 Pro materializes with a display diagonal circling the 5.7-inch footprint of the G4 Stylus, labeled G Stylo at T-Mobile.

G4 Beat

All in all, LG was obviously wrong to hatch so many marginally different members of the same smartphone family, but since we can’t convince them to axe a few G4 derivations, we’ll try to understand each and every variant’s strong points and flaws, as well as their overlapping target audiences.

How? Through a tried-and-true comparison process, which this time doesn’t aim to uncover a winner. It’s crystal clear who that is, now we’d like to know why and by what type of margin:

LG G4 vs G4 Stylus vs G4c vs G4 Beat/G4s – pricing and availability

LG G4 leather

Retail costs aren’t the definitive contrast elements, but it’s good to get this out of the way early and gauge the exact tariff gaps. A factory unlocked flagship G4 can be purchased from Amazon for as little as $540 in brown leather, $567 in black leather, $568 in metallic gold and $578 in metallic white.

On-contract, the Quad HD handheld is available for $0 down with AT&T financing, or $200 at Sprint or Verizon. Meanwhile, the G4 Stylus is slightly harder to come by stateside, except for its T-Mo-exclusive G Stylo incarnation, which costs $330 outright (no upfront payment needed).

LG G Stylo

The G4c has recently gone on sale in Europe starting at €250 or so, and the G4 Beat will apparently debut in countries such as France, Germany and Brazil in a matter of weeks, maybe days at an as-yet undisclosed rate. Fingers crossed for $300 tops when or rather if it ever swings by America.

Design and build comparison

Essentially, all four G4 models look the same on the outside. Brushed plastic constructions – check across the board. Subtle curves? They all got’ em. Rear physical buttons? Do you even need to ask? Optional leather covers? Those are limited to the base G4, and chiefly make it a premium proposal.

LG G4 plastic

Then there’s the issue of size, with the G4 Stylus leading the ranks, at 5.7 inches, followed by the 5.5-inch G4, 5.2-inch Beat and 5-inch C. Unsurprisingly, the Stylus is the tallest and widest quartet constituent, while the G4c is the thickest, measuring 10.2 mm in depth.

The thinnest? The G4 Stylus by a hair, at 9.6 mm. The lightest? The G4c, of course, weighing 136 grams.

Display and cameras

See, this is where things get a tad confusing. LG advertises the G4 Beat as a mid-range soldier, but with 1,920 x 1,080 screen resolution and 423 ppi, it’s almost as sharp as the G4. Probably not on paper, given 2,560 x 1,440 and 538 ppi sound a lot more impressive, yet in real life, you’ll never, ever tell Quad from Full HD apart in these circumstances.

LG G4 camera

And the G4 Stylus and G4c aren’t half bad either, touting 720p IPS LCD panels.

As far as photography is concerned, the G4 easily stands out, thanks to 16 and 8 MP shooters. Tied for the silver medal, the Stylus and Beat offer 13 or 8 megapixel rear cams, depending on region. Dead last, the G4c lacks the 13 alternative and caters to selfie pros with a 5 MP front snapper that’s also slapped on Stylus and Beat’s faces.

Processors, RAM and battery life

Short of remarkable compared to, say, Samsung’s homebrewed Exynos 7420 SoC, the hexa-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 inside the G4 runs circles around G4 Beat’s octa-core S615, or G4 Stylus and G4c’s quad S410.

Snapdragon 808

The significantly prevalent 3 gig memory count should help you better understand why the G4 is roughly twice as expensive as the 1 GB RAM G4c. The G4 Stylus lets you choose between 1 and 2 configs, and the G4s sits in the middle, with 1.5 gigabytes of the good stuff.

Now, as you can imagine, it’s tricky to estimate the day-to-day autonomy of relative newcomers G4c and G4 Beat. The G4 and G4 Stylus both pack 3,000 mAh cells, reportedly good for close to 20 hours of continuous 3G talk time on a single charge.

LG G4 battery

At 2,540 and 2,300 mAh respectively, the G4c and Beat may fall a little behind. Not too much, though, particularly in the former’s case, considering its less power-demanding hardware.

Software, storage and others

Android Lollipop everywhere. 5.0 on the G4 Stylus and G4c, 5.1 for the G4 and G4 Beat. With a number of LG-proprietary tweaks and add-ons mainly on the latter two.

LG G4c

MicroSD external storage expansion capabilities are naturally one more point where the four meet, albeit “locally”, the hoarding room differs quite a lot. The G4 allows you to save 32 GB of movies, apps, videos and photos sans a secondary card, the G Stylo cuts the ROM in half on Magenta, and the “international” G4 Stylus, G4c and G4 Beat further reduce that by 8 gigs, sticking to only 8.

Any other “small” things you should take into account before deciding which G4 flavor to buy? Perhaps optional Qi wireless charging and standard Quick Charge 2.0 technology, both features squarely present in G4’s bag of tricks.

LG-G4-Stylus

Or maybe it’s worth highlighting once again the G4 Stylus provides a touch of extra functionality, courtesy of pen support. Bottom line, it’s easy to distinguish the G4, G4 Stylus, G4c and G4 Beat/G4s… if you know where to look.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Problems After Android 5.0 Lollipop Update and How To Fix Them [Part 28]

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For the past 3 days, we’ve been receiving a lot of emails from Samsung Galaxy S5 owners especially who recently updated their phones to Android 5.0 Lollipop. Among the most common are issues about the WiFi that keeps disconnecting / reconnecting and faster battery drain. While these problems seem unrelated, they actually are and they can be fixed by a simple procedure, which I also included in this post.

This post is a continuation of our popular running series that deals with problems, errors and glitches of Galaxy S5. We’ve already addressed more than 300 problems/questions, so if you have issues with your phone, feel free to visit our Galaxy S5 Troubleshooting page and try the solutions or troubleshooting procedures we provided to our readers. If you can find your issue from the list or if the solutions didn’t work for you, contact us at [email protected] and provide all necessary details including the behavior of the phone and what troubleshooting steps you did. You may also post on our Facebook wall and/or Google+ page and we’ll be happy to get back to you as soon as we can.

O2 Galaxy S5 Keeps Disconnecting From WiFi After Update

Problem: Hi there, I am in the UK on O2 network. Random problems started last Friday Feb. 6th – my phone kept connecting and disconnecting with WiFi causing high data usage, when data usage should have been zero as I was at home, where I have an excellent Wifi set up. Whatever this issue was, it meant my phone wouldn’t charge properly as long as I had internet connection, taking 12 hours to charge from dead to a mere 63% and battery was draining too fast when not connected to charger.   I had to either switch phone off or put it in Airplane mode to successfully charge.

Yesterday, Feb 11th my phone tried to install updated Software – it took 3 attempts at downloading and installing, then kept freezing……Once I managed to force a restart my phone is showing it now has Android version 5 (Lollipop?) but the colours of various applications have changed and cannot be altered. One example is the message screen now has a bright orange band at the top of message list. Why???? It’s too bright and off putting. Any ideas? Kind regards, Linda.

Troubleshooting: Hi Linda. The disconnecting / reconnecting to mobile data is due to a feature called Smart Network Switch. As the name implies, the phone will automatically switch between networks (i.e. WiFi and mobile data) if it detects one is absent or has low signal. This problem plagued users who recently updated their phones so I’m a bit surprised you were experiencing this prior to the update. But anyway, the solution to the problem is as follows:

  1. From the Home screen, tap Apps icon.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap WiFi.
  4. Untick the checkbox next to Smart network switch.

As to the new appearances of some icons in your phone due to Lollipop update, we really can’t do anything about it since that’s how Samsung designed them.

Galaxy S5 Active Cannot Send/Recieve MMS

Problem: Hi, I saw your email on the Internet and I could really use your help. My samsung s5 active has been having problems since I did the most recent update. First I noticed I can not send or receive any picture messages and when I do it says my mobile data is turned off. I then went to turn it back on when I found that it was already on. Messing around mote trying to figure it out I found that my Internet does not work at all unless I an connected to wifi. I am with att and I’m not over my data usage nor do I think they mind charging if I did go over. Can you please tell me how to fix this. Thank you, Jessica.

Troubleshooting: Hi Jessica. If mobile data is already turned on yet the phone still couldn’t connect to the network, then the problem must be in the APN setting. This is just a bunch of letters and numbers that you will enter in your phone so it could successfully connect to the network. There are several information on AT&T’s APN online but to make sure you got the correct one, call AT&T tech support and ask for it. Then ask the rep to walk you through setting it up in your phone.

Galaxy S5 Won’t Boot Up, Flashes the Screen and Vibrates

Problem: Hello, my Galaxy S5 I have had since mid August and it turned itself off since I got it and now will not turn on. It flashed the screen upon holding down the power button vibrated at the same time, but yet didn’t complete it’s start to boot. It did this last night. My Wifi was turning itself off and on ad would not stay on. I do not know what to do with it at the moment and need it as I cannot afford to buy another one. Thank you, Ms. Berard.

Troubleshooting: Hi, Ms. Berard! I think the problem is just a stuck power key, although, there’s also a chance the switch has been damaged. To address that, remove the battery and then press the Power button many times. If it were stuck, doing so will fix it. If not, then you really have to let a tech check on it.

Once the first problem was fixed, this is what you’re going to do in order to have a stable WiFi connection:

  1. From the Home screen, tap Apps icon.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap WiFi.
  4. Untick the checkbox next to Smart network switch.

Apps Won’t Install on Galaxy S5

Problem: Hi. It’s been a week now and I still haven’t installed any app yet on my phone. I don’t know what happened but all of a sudden all the apps just said “installing” but its not moving. My phone is Galaxy S5 and I am from Philippines. Thank you. Best regards, Maricar.

Troubleshooting: Hi Maricar. I feel sorry for you having to experience this hassle on a brand new phone. It’s a week old phone, I think your provider would consider replacing it with a brand new unit. A new phone should not act that way. If you felt like troubleshooting the problem, though, try this:

  1. From any Home screen, tap Apps.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Scroll to ‘APPLICATIONS,’ then tap Application manager.
  4. Swipe right to the DOWNLOADED screen.
  5. Scroll to and tap Download manager.
  6. Tap Clear cache button.
  7. Tap Clear data button, then OK.
  8. Reboot the phone.
  9. Try to download an app.

If the problem remained, I suggest you factory reset it. Yes, I know it’s new but that’s the good thing about new phones, they don’t contain that many data yet.

  1. Turn off the device.
  2. Press and hold the following three buttons at the same time: Volume Up key, Home key, and Power key.
  3. When the phone vibrates, release the Power key but continue to press and hold the Volume Up key and the Home key.
  4. When the Android System Recovery screen appears, release the Volume Up and Home keys.
  5. Press the Volume down key several times key to highlight ‘wipe data / factory reset.’
  6. Press Power button to select.
  7. Press the Volume down key until ‘Yes — delete all user data’ is highlighted.
  8. Press Power button to select and start the master reset.
  9. When the master reset is complete, ‘Reboot system now’ is highlighted.
  10. Press the Power key to restart the device.

After the reset and the problem still exists, bring it back to your provider and have it replaced.

Galaxy S5 Heated Up and Won’t Power On After

Problem: Hi, thanks for the site. Four days ago, I charged my S5 and completely forgot about it. An hour later, I felt the upper part of it was very hot. It’s completely dead. I suspected that my battery could have been overcharged. I took it out and tried on another S5, it worked just fine. I just want my phone to start up again. Please help. — Veronica

Troubleshooting: Hi Veronica! First off, there’s no such thing as “overcharging” in today’s smartphones; they’ll automatically stop charging once the charging IC detects the battery already had enough current to fill its cells. You tested the battery on another phone and it worked, right? So, swipe aside the thought that your battery may have been overcharged and damaged.

But honestly, I don’t know what caused the problem but let’s try to take the safest route in our troubleshooting. The first this I want you to do is soft reset it

  1. Remove the battery.
  2. Press and hold the Power key for a minute.
  3. Place the battery back in.
  4. Attempt to turn the phone on.

Most of the time this procedure will fix any minor firmware and hardware glitches. If, however, it failed, then focus on finding out if the phone can still manage to power up in other modes. Try to boot it up in safe mode first:

  1. Turn the device off.
  2. Press and hold the Power key.
  3. When ‘Samsung Galaxy S5’ appears on the screen, release the Power key.
  4. Immediately after releasing the Power key, press and hold the Volume down key.
  5. Continue to hold the Volume down key until the device finishes restarting.
  6. Safe mode will display in the bottom left corner of the screen.
  7. Release the Volume down key when you see Safe Mode.

If safe mode boot up was successful, then the hardware is safe. Just try booting normally and that should do it, otherwise, try booting it in recovery mode:

  1. Turn off the device.
  2. Press and hold the following three buttons at the same time: Volume Up key, Home key, and Power key.
  3. When the phone vibrates, release the Power key but continue to press and hold the Volume Up key and the Home key.
  4. When the Android System Recovery screen appears, release the Volume Up and Home keys.

If all these procedures failed to power up the phone, then bring it to a technician and have it checked.

Galaxy S5 Screen Burning Out

Problem: Hey, I have a Samsung Galaxy S5 and lately when I have my brightness really low (ultimately trying to save battery life) the screen has been acting as if the light is about to completely burn out. Tonight my phone got to 5% and automatically dimmed but this time it looked like it was going crazy the screen started to get bright and dark like a light bulb before it blows, luckily when I plug it in or turn up the brightness it stops acting like its broke, but why is it doing this is it a defect in this particular galaxy or is my phone just dumb? — Trynady

Troubleshooting: It’s not the first time I heard of this problem. In fact, I already encountered two issues wherein the light sensor was damaged. So, if this problem can’t be fixed by simple troubleshooting, you really have to send the phone in for repair. The first troubleshooting procedure you need to follow is this:

  1. Swipe your finger from the top of the screen to the bottom to open the Notification Panel.
  2. The display brightness bar is shown below the Quick Panel shortcuts.
  3. Touch Auto to turn off Automatic brightness. (Please note that Automatic brightness allows the phone to automatically adjust brightness based on the remaining battery charge.)

If this procedure didn’t fix the problem, I suggest you backup your data and perform full hard reset to rule out the possibility that it’s just a firmware issue:

  1. Turn off the device.
  2. Press and hold the following three buttons at the same time: Volume Up key, Home key, and Power key.
  3. When the phone vibrates, release the Power key but continue to press and hold the Volume Up key and the Home key.
  4. When the Android System Recovery screen appears, release the Volume Up and Home keys.
  5. Press the Volume down key several times key to highlight ‘wipe data / factory reset.’
  6. Press Power button to select.
  7. Press the Volume down key until ‘Yes — delete all user data’ is highlighted.
  8. Press Power button to select and start the master reset.
  9. When the master reset is complete, ‘Reboot system now’ is highlighted.
  10. Press the Power key to restart the device.

Galaxy S5 Gallery Never Worked Since

Problem: Hello, I have learned a lot on your website, and I really appreciate your sharing what you know and all the time and effort that has been put into it. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find anything regarding the problem I have had since I got my new S5 at Christmas. Since I got the phone, the Gallery app refuses to open. I just get a black screen, and it is hard to go back to ‘home.’ I have searched the internet, and stopped at my local AT&T store, but the best advice I have gotten is to take it to the AT&T tech guys in town, which would be quite a trip for me. I am hoping that you can offer some advice and save me a trip into downtown Houston. — Dawn

Troubleshooting: The problem, while it may be minor, is rare. Honestly, I never encountered a problem wherein the Gallery won’t run since day 1. The first thing I want you to follow, Dawn, is to clear the cache and data of the Gallery app:

  1. From any Home screen, tap Apps.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Scroll to ‘APPLICATIONS,’ then tap Application manager.
  4. Swipe right to the DOWNLOADED screen.
  5. Scroll to and tap Gallery.
  6. Tap Clear cache button.
  7. Tap Clear data button, then OK.
  8. Reboot the phone.
  9. Try to download an app.

If you already have photos in your phone, don’t worry they’ll remain intact if you did this procedure. In case the problem remained after you cleared both the cache and the data, boot the phone in safe mode and open the Gallery from there:

  1. Turn the device off.
  2. Press and hold the Power key.
  3. When ‘Samsung Galaxy S5’ appears on the screen, release the Power key.
  4. Immediately after releasing the Power key, press and hold the Volume down key.
  5. Continue to hold the Volume down key until the device finishes restarting.
  6. Safe mode will display in the bottom left corner of the screen.
  7. Release the Volume down key when you see Safe Mode.

Lastly, if the problem persisted even in safe mode, hard reset the phone to give it a fresh start and to see if the problem could be fixed by doing so. Otherwise, it’s a firmware issue and you really need to have your provider’s tech check on it.

Text Message Won’t Pop Up After Lollipop Update

Problem: I upgraded my phone yesterday and now I’m unable to get my text message windows to pop up while in other apps. Now I have to go into the text app itself. Before upgrade I could receive my text messages in the pop up window regardless if I had my phone on silent or vibrate. Now I can only receive them in the pop up window if my phone is on ring or vibrate. I went into the Text app notification settings and checked the pop up window box but nothing is working. I hope you can help. Best Regards, Amanda.

Troubleshooting: Hi Amanda, please clear the cache and data of the messaging app to see if that makes a difference. There have been a lot of reports about this problem shortly after an update and that simple troubleshooting procedure fixed many.

  1. From any Home screen, tap Apps.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Scroll to ‘APPLICATIONS,’ then tap Application manager.
  4. Swipe right to the DOWNLOADED screen.
  5. Scroll to and tap the messaging app.
  6. Tap Clear cache button.
  7. Tap Clear data button, then OK.

If, however, the problem remained, factory reset the phone but don’t forget to backup all your data first.

Email Photos Won’t Show After Update

Problem: I have a Galaxy S5 with Verizon, I just did the update yesterday. There’s been a few things I’ve learned to tweak with to figure it out but one I can’t seem to manage is the email content. This is in the email app, not the Gmail app. If its text, it’s shown. If it’s something from, for example, Coldstone or Togos, with an ad or coupon, nothing shows up. There is no picture, nothing. I’ve tried looking for a setting to show html content, like it had been before the update, but no such luck. Suggestions?

Also, when I turn the ringer off, Inc vibrate, it now turns my alarm off. So I have to go into the ringer settings (shortcut still, yes) to change it to priority interruptions only every time. That’s annoying, that’s the way that works now tho right?

Looking forward to hearing back in regards to being able to view my email content. I want my coupons back 😉 Thanks! — Dawn

Solution: Hi Dawn. So, you have a couple of problems after the update, huh? Don’t worry, they can be fixed. Now, about your email problem, just try to scroll down to the very bottom of the email message that has attachments. The blue refresh icon will appear and after that, you can now download the attachment.

About the other issue, I guess that’s how the S5 with Lollipop works now but there’s a workaround.

  1. Open the Notification bar on the lock screen.
  2. Tap on the top right icon to go to icon page.
  3. Tap on the pencil icon to edit buttons.
  4. Drag ‘always interrupt’ button to the top section.
  5. This time, when you open the notification bar, you can tap on the always interrupt button.
  6. It will show priority only and the sound icon will show Sound (priority).
  7. Now, go to Settings > Sound and notification > Interruptions.
  8. Choose the options you want to occur when pressing the Always interrupt button.
  9. It will tell you that “Alarms are always considered priority interruptions.”

Can’t Access Emails on Galaxy S5

Problem: Hi. Just got a Samsung Galaxy S5..vodafone.network…hubby is using my 4 …i am unable to get any emails through…keeps saying…network error check connections….i have compared all settings in hubbys phone…all are the same..and we have the one email account on both the phones…i did get some through…but not all…even have the 2 phones side by side…hubbys has strong signal…my new one…network error….have you any tips..before i have to take time off work..to take phone back i to vodafone store…..lucky i can still access emails on hubbys phone..same network..many thanks. — Tracey

Troubleshooting: Hi Tracey, I have a feeling that mobile data hasn’t been enabled in your phone. Please follow these steps to enable it:

  1. From the home screen, tap Apps.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Scroll to and tap More networks.
  4. Tap Mobile networks.
  5. Tap Mobile data.
  6. Tap OK if prompted.

Just in case mobile data has already been enabled and this problem still occurs, then the APN in your phone may not have been set properly. Call tech support and ask for the correct APN settings and have the rep walk you through setting them up in your phone.

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The Superbook

The Superbook

Over the coming days, a new Kickstarter campaign for the #Superbook will go live, bringing the power of a computer to your Android 5.0+ running smartphone. This is a $99 device that comes with a laptop shell and an array of Android specific hardware buttons. All you have to do is connect your smartphone via micro USB or USB Type-C to the Superbook and you will find a refined notebook experience based on Android.

This won’t just be a resized version of Android, though. Instead, users will get access to a unique new operating system called Andromium, which is based on Android. The key goal of Andromium is to bring a sophisticated laptop/notebook experience using your standard Android device. While the beta is available for download right away, the full version will be made available exclusively to backers of the Superbook.

For $99, you’re getting a 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 resolution display, which will replicate the contents of your phone. The Kickstarter page isn’t live yet, but you can sign up from the company’s website to receive updates on the campaign.

Source: GetSuperbook

Via: Android Central

HTC finally welcoming Desire 820 owners to Android 5.0 Lollipop

HTC Desire 820

The #HTC #Desire820 smartphone is now getting an update to Android 5.0 #Lollipop, which is slightly surprising given how long the customers have been made to wait. For those unaware, this is a midrange offering from the Taiwanese manufacturer that has been available since November last year.

The Desire 820 has been sold in the U.S. through a handful of carriers as well. The update will breathe a new life into the device as it’s currently running Android 4.4 KitKat, which is a two year old operating system.

In addition to bringing a new lockscreen and a notifications tray, the performance will be significantly boosted as well. This is something that comes expected from a new operating system. The Sense UI will also be polished with this new update, so you’re looking at changes across the board.

We must remind you that the update is currently seeding in a handful of countries across the world and we’re not clear if the U.S. is included in the list. But if you happen to have received the update already, make sure you let us know by dropping a comment below.

Source: @Masini1491 – Twitter

Via: Pocket Droid

Android Lollipop now on 23.5% of all Android devices

Android Lollipop

#Android 5.0+ #Lollipop is supposedly running on 23.5% of all Android devices out there, according to October’s Android distribution figures. While this figure is in no way good news to #Google, it’s certainly an improvement over last month’s numbers. Unfortunately for Android 5.0, with Marshmallow gradually rolling out to devices now, its marketshare might actually come down a touch over the next few months.

Android 5.1 Lollipop was found to have gained 2.8% marketshare since last month, partially at the expense of Android 5.0 Lollipop, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow will probably not even break into the 1% until later this year, so its figures will be inconsequential. The likes of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Android 4.4 KitKat etc have seen falls in marketshare, which means more devices are making the switch to recent versions of Android.

One thing is for certain though, the ghosts of fragmentation have not gotten off Google’s backs as of yet. And it doesn’t seem like that will change anytime soon. Which Android version are you on right now? Sound off in the comments section below.

Source: Google

Via: Mobile Syrup

Android 5.0 screen unlock hack leaves customers worried

Android 5.0 Lollipop

#Android smartphones have a variety of display locking/unlocking methods with pattern locking being one of the most popular. A few researchers at the University of Texas have now found a major loophole in Android 5.0 running devices that could let anybody through the pattern lock screen within a matter of few minutes.

It is found that using a large wall of text, users can easily force the smartphone into unlocking and opening the homescreen. The technique is very simple in theory but requires a lot of patience as it involves copying text from the dialer and pasting it back onto the emergency password section.

Once the text is copied, it’s as simple as opening the camera app (swipe right to left from the lockscreen) and swipe down the Quick Settings menu to enter the Settings. At this point, the device asks for an emergency password, which is where the user will have to paste all the copied content to force the device into unlocking itself.

This is a major security loophole which has supposedly been fixed with Android 5.1.1. But those running Android 5.0 are still believed to be vulnerable to this particular bug. Watch the video below to understand how this works.

Via: Ars Technica

BlackBerry Venice slider spotted in the wild running the Android Messenger app

BlackBerry Venice

BlackBerry Venice

A user at the Toronto Film Festival was spotted with what is very likely to be the upcoming #Android powered #BlackBerryVenice slider smartphone. We’re being treated to a blurrycam image here, but from the little that we can see, it seems like the device is running the stock Android SMS app, known as Messenger (the blue header is a giveaway).

Of course, it’s nothing we can tell with certainty, but the placement of the hardware volume keys on the right aligns well with past leaks, so there’s more reason to believe that this leak is indeed real.

The BlackBerry Venice is supposed to be a comeback device for the Canadian manufacturer although it might be too late given that it will have to win-over Samsung, LG, Motorola and even HTC fans to have a shot at making it big again. However, there are a lot of BlackBerry converts toting Android and iPhones, so maybe the company can try to woo that demographic.

Source: BerryFlow

Via: Android Headlines

Lollipop now running on 21% of all Android devices

Android Distribution

#Google issues #Android distribution figures every month, giving us a good idea of where OS versions stand in terms of overall marketshare. This month’s figures have just been posted by the Mountain View giant, showing marginal increase for Android Lollipop compared to last month.

In August, Android 5.0+ was shown to be running on 18.1% of all Android devices, while this month, the number has jumped to 21%. This is still nothing to brag about however, given that the number could take a significant hit over the coming months as Android 6.0 Marshmallow is commercially available.

Of the 21%, only 5.1% belongs to Android 5.1 Lollipop, so it’s not exactly great news for Lollipop in general. Over 15.9% of users are still running a build of Android 5.0, so it’s up to the manufacturers to change that. Fragmentation is something that Google has been trying to fight over the past two years, but has failed.

Given that most Android 5.0 devices should be capable of running Android 6.0, we don’t think these numbers actually bothers Google much. Do you have a Lollipop running smartphone/tablet? Sound off below.

Source: Android Developers

Via: Droid Life

New images of the Android powered BlackBerry Venice leak out

BlackBerry Venice - New

BlackBerry Venice - New

#BlackBerry as we all know is all set for the unveiling of the #Venice flagship, running #Android #Lollipop. A new leak is now giving us a more detailed look of the handset, revealing a design identical to the BlackBerry Passport from last year. It’s quite clear at this point that the onboard keyboard will be one of the key highlights of the smartphone, which is interesting as this is going to be a slider smartphone.

We’re also getting an up close look of all the hardware buttons on the device, including the sides and the back, showing us the massive 18-megapixel camera sensor hiding beneath the exterior.

The keyboard is much like the recent crop of BlackBerry phones that we’ve seen and users can expect a more than decent experience with these. The only concern here will be the convenience and ease of use given the size of the device, so we’re hoping BlackBerry has that figured out at this point.

The smartphone is expected to be packing a 5.4 inch Quad HD display, a 6-core Snapdragon 808 chipset, 3GB of RAM and Android 5.1 Lollipop with an update to Android 6.0 possibly on the cards. Check out the gallery of images below for a more detailed look of BlackBerry’s latest.

Source: Tinhte.vn – Translated

Via: The Verge

[Video] BlackBerry Venice with Android Lollipop shown off

BlackBerry Venice

BlackBerry Venice

We recently came across a very short video of the #BlackBerry #Venice which showed off the design of the handset. The upcoming BlackBerry smartphone with #Android #Lollipop has now received hands-on treatment ahead of the smartphone’s release. The device is exactly as we saw in the renders and leaks, telling us that this is indeed the real deal.

The uploader of the video is describing a few things about the device (in Spanish), but the gist of it all is that the phone is pretty decent and looks quite similar to the BlackBerry Passport which was released last year sporting a big touchscreen display as well as a QWERTY keypad, much like what we see here.

As for the hardware specifications of the smartphone, not much is known at this point, but it is predicted that the device will sport a 5.4 inch Quad HD display, 3GB of RAM and the 6-core Snapdragon 808 chipset underneath. With leaks increasing in frequency, we’re guessing the device could be released ahead of the November timeframe.

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Source: Dude Rocha Tech (YouTube)

Via: Engadget

Samsung Galaxy A8 vs Galaxy A7 vs A5 vs A3 – specs comparison

After (hopefully) helping you better understand the “deal” with LG’s far too similar mid-range G4 derivations, our mission of clarifying convoluted Android smartphone families enters a new phase. Today, we’re all about praising the Samsung Galaxy A roster’s full-metal diversity.

Galaxy A3 A5 A7

Yes, for once, you’ll see us endorse so-called “brand dilution” instead of bitching and complaining. That’s mostly because the Korea-based manufacturer dominators have been wise enough to separate the top-shelf Galaxy S line and slightly humbler A clan.

Besides, before the A8 came to light, the differences between the A3, A5 and A7 were crystal clear, and their target audiences easy to deduce even only judging from the names and numeric suffixes. The A3 is the entry-level member, although nowhere near as modest as, say, Moto Es, the A5 takes up a higher branch of the totem pole and the A7 comes fairly close to flagship material.

Samsung-Galaxy-A8

Not as close as the A8, obviously, but we’ll tackle the specifics of the quartet’s key variations as follows:

Samsung Galaxy A8 vs A7 vs A5 vs A3 – pricing and availability

It’s perhaps needless to mention the new head of the household hasn’t gone on sale yet. However, we have a pretty good guess of how much it’s going to cost – north of $500 contract-free. Steep? A little, especially as the GS6 was recently dropped by Amazon to a palatable $555.

Samsung Galaxy A7

Of course, if the A8 gets a similar global push (which is highly unlikely), discounts will come for it too. Meanwhile, a factory unlocked Galaxy A7 with 3G connectivity sets you back $400 in black or white. The A5 starts at $280 (not bad), and the A3 is roughly 50 bucks cheaper.

Any US carrier pickups on the horizon? We can hope, but they feel rather implausible at the moment.

Design and build comparison

Samsung-Galaxy-A5

Construction is one of the main reasons we dig the Galaxy A family as a whole. You don’t often see low-enders as robust and premium as their superior siblings, yet save for footprints, the A3, A5 and A7 are essentially identical. All-metal, slender, with slim screen bezels in tow, sharp corners and neat industrial vibes.

Oh, okay, maybe A3’s bezels are a bit chunkier. And the A8 is hands down the clan’s looker, shaving vertical display borders off almost altogether and measuring a mouth-watering 5.9 mm in depth. But all four As catch the eye with svelte figures: 6.9, 6.7 and 6.3 mm for the A3, A5 and A7 respectively.

Display and cameras

Samsung Galaxy A3

From top to bottom, we have 5.7-inch 1,080p, 5.5-inch 1,080p, 5-inch 720p and 4.5-inch qHD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreens. The resulting pixel density sits at 386, 401, 294 and 245 ppi. See, a smaller panel can definitely have its benefits.

Above all, we’d like to underline there’s something for virtually everybody here, and camera sensors make it even more abundantly clear various classes of customers are catered to. The best photographic unit is evidently provided by the A8 (a 16 MP powerhouse), with A3’s 8 megapixel shooter at the other end of the spectrum.

Galaxy A7 camera

 

In the middle, the A5 and A7 don’t disappoint, with interchangeable 13 MP autofocus/LED flash rear cams. As far as selfie equipment goes, there’s no discrimination – everybody gets 5 MP front-facing snappers, no flash included. Bummer? Nah, Sammy always knows how to treat its most narcissistic fans.

Processors, RAM and battery life

Qualcomm may have lost probably the biggest Android chip-supplying contract of 2015, “forcing” Samsung to go the Exynos path to dodge the overheating woes of the Snapdragon 810. But they didn’t lose the OEM’s trust in the low to mid-end segment, with octa-core Snapdragon 615 SoCs on the A8 and A7, and quad-core S410 arrangements delivered to the A3 and A5.

Snapdragon-615

You get 2 GB memory, you get 2 GB memory, everybody gets 2 GB memory… except for the 1.5 gig RAM Galaxy A3. But hey, that’s plenty to adequately ensure Android 4.4 or 5.0’s average requirements, as well as great bang for your buck at sub-$250.

As always, autonomy is a delicate issue and depends on a number of subjective factors. Not to mention no one’s got the chance to fiddle with the Galaxy A8 until now. In theory, even if it’s the thinnest handheld put under the microscope today, the A8 should last longest between charges, thanks to a sizable 3,050 mAh cell.

Galaxy A family

The A7 renounces around 400 mAh capacity, the A5 further trims the volume to 2,300 mAh, and the A3 settles for a tiny 1,900 mAh pacemaker. On the plus side, the energy needs of the four devices are different, so at the end of the day, they all likely boast 12 hour+ endurance numbers in continuous talk time.

Software, storage and others

The new guy runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out the box, the OGs all come pre-installed with 4.4 KitKat and upgradeable to 5.0 L. On top of that, TouchWiz UI sprinkles a few goodies and add-ons across the board, and hopefully, Android M bumps are also guaranteed across the board.

galaxy_a_lollipop

Digital hoarders should be happy to hear microSD expansion isn’t restricted on any of the A-series phones, with 16 GB the base internal capacity of the entire ensemble, and 32 gigs offered as a costlier alternative on the Galaxy A8.

Connectivity-wise, 4G LTE support has your back for speedy network access everywhere (just not stateside), with Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and NFC covering all the standard bases. Wait, no, sorry, the A8 is Bluetooth 4.1-enabled.

Galaxy A8

And it’s also the only one capable of recognizing your fingerprint and using it as a security-enhancing feature, via home button touch. Ah, what we wouldn’t give for at least one easily removable battery or water-protected body. Maybe premium sound enhancements of sorts…? Samsung Pay support? Wireless charging?

Guess you really can’t have it all at $230 or $280. Or $700, for that matter. We’ll always find something to undermine a smartphone’s excellence. That said, these four come so close to non-flagship perfection, they can almost touch it.  

Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note 2 exempt from the Lollipop update in the UK

Galaxy Note 2

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy S3 users in the UK will be disappointed to know that the company has decided to skip the Android 5.0 update for the two smartphones. Both smartphones were released in 2012, so it’s not really a surprise to see that the company isn’t sending out the updates to those devices.

This is particularly frustrating for the users considering the fact that devices in other regions are seeing the update, so Samsung clearly has to do some damage control to save itself from the ire of the fans.

Technically speaking, the two handsets do possess the hardware to run Android 5.0, so it’s merely a case of Samsung giving up more than anything else. However, the company will cite hardware incompatibility as one of the issues for this. But that logic goes out the window when we see other variants of the handset getting the update.

But all things considered, users should seek solace in the fact that Samsung has provided all the updates leading up to Android 5.0 for the two smartphones and the plug had to be pulled sometime. Are you one of the frustrated users?

Source: @SamsungMobileUK – Twitter

Via: Android Central

AT&T HTC Desire Eye getting the Android 5.0 update

HTC Desire Eye

The HTC Desire Eye smartphone has just started getting the Android 5.0 update at long last. This isn’t exactly a flagship level handset from the Taiwanese manufacturer, but it’s good to see that the update is finally arriving, albeit a little too late in the day. The information was given away by HTC’s Mo Versi on Twitter, so it’s coming straight from the horse’s mouth.

You will find changes similar to the Android 5.0 update from the One M8 and the likes, and be prepared to find some new camera related features to be present as well. Although the update has started rolling out right away, it might not appear until tomorrow, so remain patient if you don’t see the OTA notification right away.

Got the update already? Make sure you share your thoughts in the comments section below. Coming from Android 4.4, this is a major update for the smartphone. Expect a slightly revamped Sense UI with the latest iteration of BlinkFeed on board.

Source: @moversi – Twitter