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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.


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.


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.

What to do if your Samsung Galaxy Note 5 shows “Custom binary blocked by FRP” after the reset

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Android devices running OS version 5.1 or higher, like your #Samsung Galaxy Note 5 (#Note5), have additional security feature called Factory Reset Protection (#FRP). The feature is automatically enabled once you setup your Google account or turn on screen lock security on your device.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

The primary purpose of this feature is to prevent unauthorized access even after the device was reset. As you may have already guessed, the verification method is the Google account setup prior to the reset. Only owners know the password to the account, so it will be difficult for third parties to gain control over the phone.

However, there are times when the device gets reset for some reason and even the owner can’t log into it. Here are a couple of messages we received from our readers that show things like this could happen anytime:

I have recently purchased Samsung Note 5. One day it was off by itself and when I tried to switch it on using the power button it went till the Galaxy Samsung Note 5 screen but said  “Custom binary blocked with FRP lock” on the left top corner with red color font. And soon after that appeared it shuts down again. That keeps happening and no way to switch it on. Kindly help me as I am not at all a tech person. I have not applied any kind of locks to my phone previously. I am extremely sad as this is my new phone and is very expensive.

Brand new phone (Galaxy Note 5) my brother did a hard reset and now it’s says downloading do not turn off target in the top left corner it says Odin mode ,download speed fast, product name am-n90t, current binary Samsung official, system status official, gap lock On, Secure download enabled, Knox warranty void 0 (0*0000), so sweet b:2 k:0 s:0

The FRP lock is a new security feature and while some tech-savvy users claimed to have been able to bypass it using their respective methods, there’s one way that’s proven effective in unlocking your phone–manual flashing of the stock firmware.

Manual flashing doesn’t require advanced programming knowledge to perform. If you know how to follow simple instructions, then you can do it. As always, procedures like this have its risks so if you’re not up to it, then I suggest you contact Samsung and seek assistance. If you’re the real owner of the device, it will be easy to prove it as you just need to present the proof of purchase. You will need to send your phone in and it may take 3 weeks before you can have your phone back.

For owners who are willing to take the risk but unwilling to wait, then proceed with the flashing.

How to manually flash the stock firmware on the Galaxy Note 5

To flash a firmware simply means to install the operating system. It may sound a bit complicated by it’s actually a lot easier than you think because everything you need is already available online. All you have to do is place everything together…correctly.

Now, here are the requirements…

  • Windows PC (Odin runs on Windows only)
  • Working USB cable to bridge your phone and your computer (it’s better if you’re using the original USB cable that came with the phone)
  • Make sure your phone has, at least, 50% battery left (you would never want the phone to run out of battery during the flashing process)
  • Take note of the model number of your device (you may find it in the back cover or the box)

Disclaimer: This is a general guide and there’s no guarantee on anything. So, proceed at your own risk.

Step-by-step Instructions

  1. Download Odin and extract it to a directory you can easily find. [link]
  2. Head to Sammobile Firmwares section and search for the firmware of your phone using the model number.
  3. Once found, download it to your computer and extract its contents to a directory you can easily access.
  4. Navigate through the directory where you extracted Odin and run it as administrator.
  5. Now turn off your Galaxy Note 5 and boot it in Download Mode (press and hold Volume Down, Home and Power keys together). You will know if you’re in Download mode as you’ll be seeing “Downloading… Do not turn off target.”
  6. You may now connect your phone to your PC using the USB cable.
  7. Odin should be able to detect your device, otherwise, you need to install necessary drivers.
  8. Click on the PDA or AP button (depending on the version of Odin you’re using) and navigate through the directory where you extracted the contents of the firmware file you downloaded.
  9. Look for the .md5 file and select it.
  10. Now, click on Start button to begin the flashing. (DO NOT disconnect, turn off or operate on your phone while the process is ongoing.)
  11. If the flashing is successful, you should see “RESET” or “PASS” on Odin interface (depending on the version you’re using). The phone should reboot by itself after that.
  12. The FRP lock should be gone by now.

What to do if the flashing failed?

Again, there’s no guarantee that everything would work perfectly. So, if the flashing failed, try these things:

  1. Reboot your PC.
  2. Update the drivers in your computer if necessary.
  3. Try running Odin as Administrator.
  4. Use a different USB cable.
  5. If the flashing failed the second time, re-download the firmware and make sure you use the one for your device model.

We hope that this guide will be able to help you regain access to your phone. We are always open for your feedbacks and suggestions so don’t hesitate to connect with us.

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OnePlus 2 getting Oxygen OS 2.2.1 update

OnePlus 2 Official

OnePlus 2 Official

The #OnePlus2 was the recipient of the #OxygenOS 2.2 update in late January. Well, the smartphone is receiving another update already, in the form of Oxygen OS 2.2.1. The update doesn’t bring any radical changes to the fore, but comes with some key patches and other nifty additions.

Although RAW image capture was said to be included with the last update, the company mentions this in the changelog here as well. Here’s what the OnePlus 2 users can expect to find with this update:

  • RAW support in OnePlus Camera
  • Bluetooth compatibility improvement
  • Ultra SIM compatibility improvement
  • GMS 3.0 upgrade
  • Improvement for roaming issues
  • Fix for occasional image corruption issue in OnePlus Camera
  • Security patch update
  • Romanian language support

So there are a bunch of new changes on board here, which should get users a little excited about the prospects of this update. As always, the update might not appear right away, so don’t lose patience if you’re not seeing it on your device right away.

Source: OnePlus Forums

Via: 9to5Google

Verizon Sony Xperia Z3v and Xperia Z2 Tablet getting Android 5.1.1 Lollipop

Xperia Z3v

#Verizon launched its own version of the #XperiaZ3, calling it the #XperiaZ3v back in 2014. Well this smartphone is now the recipient of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The carrier is also updating the #XperiaZ2Tablet at the same time, ensuring that both devices are running the second best version of Android.

Given the turnaround time shown by the carrier, we wouldn’t be surprised if this is the end of the road as far as updates are concerned, although the hardware on both the devices are compatible with Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

As for this particular update, we should remind you that it might take some time to reflect on all devices, so don’t lose patience if you’re not seeing it on your Xperia Z3v or Verizon Xperia Z2 Tablet right away. Coming from Android 4.4, the update should bring a wide array of changes to the board, so users can expect to see a fresh UI post the update.

Source: Verizon – Xperia Z3v, Xperia Z2 Tablet

Via: Droid Life

Omate Rise watch runs Android 5.1 Lollipop and comes with cellular support

Omate Rise

Omate Rise

#AndroidWear smartwatches are available in abundance today. But Omate has taken a slightly different direction with its Rise smartwatch. Running Android 5.1 Lollipop, this is perhaps one of the first smartwatches since Android Wear’s release to feature a full version of Android in the compact form factor.

As for the feature set, Omate has covered all its bases and the smartwatch comes with 1 ATM water resistance, which makes it the first smartwatch to have the feature on board. Other features include 4GB of internal storage and 512MB of RAM, something that’s also found on most Android Wear smartwatches. It’s running a dual core 1.2 GHz processor underneath, so you should expect decent performance from the wearable.

The highlight feature however is that the wearable can function without a smartphone, thanks to the onboard SIM card support (3G only). It also has WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS on board, so Omate has made sure that all the connectivity options are present with the wearable.

As for the pricing, the Omate Rise will cost $349 at launch. But if you back the project early, you can have it for as little as $199. These models will also come with a free Bluetooth heart-rate monitor. It’s currently a crowd funded project, so your support is quite crucial for the wearable to hit the markets. So make sure you head over to Omate’s official page below to register interest in this new smartwatch.

Source: Omate

Via: Android Central

T-Mobile sending out Android 5.1.1 for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge

Galaxy Note Edge

Galaxy Note Edge

The #Samsung #GalaxyNote4 and the #GalaxyNoteEdge on T-Mobile are now getting updated to Android 5.1.1 on T-Mobile. This update was long overdue, so customers of the two late 2014 Samsung flagships will welcome it with open arms.

Android 5.1 was originally made available to manufacturers earlier this year, so it’s frankly a little disappointing to see that the customers have been made to wait this long for the update.

The update will change the software version to N910TUVU2DOK2 or N910T3UVU1DOK2 on the Galaxy Note 4, while the Galaxy Note Edge will see the software version changing to N915TUVU2COK2. In addition to stock Android and Samsung related changes, the update also introduces a couple of T-Mobile specific features such as Advanced Messaging as well as Video Calling.

The update size is just 150MB, so you probably won’t see the addition of a lot of new features on the two smartphones. If you’re already seeing the update on your Galaxy Note 4 or the Galaxy Note Edge, make sure you let us know by leaving a comment below.

Source: T-Mobile (Galaxy Note 4) (Galaxy Note Edge)

Via: Phandroid

Samsung skipping Lollipop and Marshmallow updates for the Galaxy Tab Pro series

Galaxy Tab Pro

Just as we heard about the #Samsung #GalaxyTabPro 8.4 getting Android 6.0 via CyanogenMod 13, Samsung has now officially confirmed that the series will not be updated to Android Lollipop or Marshmallow. The tablets were launched in February 2014 and they run Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.

Since then, the devices haven’t been updated to Lollipop, which is over a year old now. This rules out the possibility of the Marshmallow update as well, leaving the users high and dry. For now, the only ray of hope for global customers is that the bad news was offered by Samsung UK’s Twitter page, so the news might only be limited to the tablets in the UK.

In any case, we urge you to not get your hopes up as far as the update is concerned. Samsung is currently taking its time for update rollouts with a majority of its devices getting the Marshmallow update on or after January 2016.

Do you own a Galaxy Tab Pro series device? What do you make of this news?

Source: @SamsungUK – Twitter

Via: GSM Arena

Samsung Galaxy E7 now getting the Android 5.1.1 update

Samsung Galaxy E7

Samsung Galaxy E7

Samsung’s #GalaxyE7 smartphone is now the recipient of the #Android 5.1.1 update. The smartphone was released in a handful of international locations, mostly Asia, so the users are not scattered all over the world like some of Samsung’s other smartphones. It is said that the update is being concentrated in India for the time being, although handsets in other regions should also get the update sometime soon.

The Galaxy E7 retails for under $260 in most markets and comes with a budget ranged hardware. Its feature set includes a 5.5 inch 720p display, a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (expandable), a 13-megapixel camera on the back, Android 5.1 Lollipop and a 2,950 mAh battery.

The factory unlocked model of the Galaxy E7 is currently selling for $399 on Amazon, which seems a bit too steep considering the hardware on offer. If you’ve bought the smartphone recently, you can be assured in knowing that the update is on the horizon.

Via: Sam Mobile

BlackBerry Priv to get Android 6.0 Marshmallow update in early 2016

BlackBerry Priv

BlackBerry Priv

The #BlackBerryPriv smartphone currently runs #Android 5.1 #Lollipop out of the box. However, the company has promised to send out the Android 6.0 #Marshmallow update to the device very soon. How soon exactly? Well, the company has merely given out a 2016 release date for now, with no clarity on when exactly it will be sent out to the handset.

The company has already vowed to send out monthly security patches to the Priv in the wake of the Stagefright vulnerability that was spotted a couple of months ago, so it’s good to see that BlackBerry is not just washing its hands off the responsibility after the device is sold.

Given that BlackBerry uses a relatively stock version of Android with the Priv, we expect the Marshmallow update to come with a Nexus-like user interface, with a couple of changes made to accommodate for the BlackBerry specific changes, of course. The company’s own services are included in the Priv, which will be instrumental in converting previous BlackBerry device owners to this new concept.


Via: Android Central

2014 Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (WiFi) now getting Android 5.1.1

Galaxy Note 10.1

Samsung’s #GalaxyNote 10.1 (2014) with WiFi is now getting updated to #Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Don’t have the name confuse you though, as the device was originally released in October 2013 running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on board, so this is indeed a major update for the once flagship tablet.

There’s no word on when other variants of the tablet will receive the update, but since the WiFi version is getting it already, we’re hopeful of seeing it soon. The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition comes with a 10.1 inch 2560 x 1600 display, the Exynos 5420 octa core chipset, an 8-megapixel camera on the back, 3GB of RAM, 16/32/64GB of storage and an 8,220 mAh battery underneath.

If you still own this legacy Samsung tablet, the update should be on its way soon. T-Mobile recently started sending out the update to its variant, so carrier models might not be far away from getting Android 5.1.1. Seeing the update already? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Via: Sam Mobile

Sony Xperia M2 and M2 Aqua receiving Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update

Xperia M2 Aqua

Xperia M2 Aqua

The #Sony #XperiaM2 and the M2 Aqua were released six months apart in 2014, with the latter being the most recent of the two. The Japanese manufacturer has now started sending out the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update for both the smartphones, which should bring several improvements on board.

This is a big upgrade for the devices as they’re currently running Android 4.4 KitKat. Make sure you keep some room available on your smartphone before going ahead with the download as Lollipop update files tend to be relatively large.

The Xperia M2 smartphone received the Android 4.4 update in the third week of August last year, so the delay in sending out Android Lollipop is not really surprising. Users of the Xperia M2 and the M2 Aqua however will be pleased to know that the company has finally sent out the update to this budget midranger.

With Android 6.0 Marshmallow expected to go mainstream today, one can only hope that Sony will send out the update to these devices, although we won’t be holding our breath.

Any owners of the Xperia M2 or the M2 Aqua here? What do you make of the update?

Via: Xperia Blog

Sony Xperia Z1, Z Ultra and Z1 Compact getting Android 5.1 update

Xperia Z Ultra

The #Android 5.1.1 update is now seeding to the #XperiaZ1, #XperiaZUltra as well as the #XperiaZ1Compact according to multiple users of the handset. All three devices are getting the update carrying the build number 14.6.A.0.368, so it’s easier to keep track.

The update comes hot on the heels of the announcement that the manufacturer will release the update for older devices as well and it’s good to see that the company is sticking to its word.

As for the change log, there aren’t going to be a lot of changes on board as Android 5.1 merely introduces some bug fixes and minor UI changes, especially in the Quick Settings menu. You will also be able to find some changes that the company might have made to its features and apps.

The update should be popping up on your smartphone anytime now, so make sure you’re on the lookout for an update. If you don’t see it however, you can be assured that it is on its way. Already received Android 5.1 on either of the aforementioned devices? Make sure you let us know in the comments section below.

Via: Xperia Blog

GPE Galaxy S4 finally getting the Android 5.1 update [Download Link]

Google Play Edition Galaxy S4

Google Play Edition Galaxy S4

#Samsung has finally wised up and decided to send out the Android 5.1 update for the Google Play Edition #GalaxyS4, which was released roughly two years ago. This smartphone features the same internals as the standard Galaxy S4, but with a stock version of Android. Given that it’s a Google product (kind of), it was expected that the handset be on top of the list in terms of updates. But sadly that hasn’t been the case.

Customers who have stuck with the device up until now will be glad to see the update though. It should appear as an OTA on your smartphone and it might help to check the Settings page if you’re not seeing it already. If you’re impatient to get the update on your device, hit this link to manually download the OTA file.

There’s no telling if Samsung will send out the upcoming Android 6.0 update for the smartphone, despite being a GPE device. For now, users will have to count their blessings to know that Samsung has finally sent out an update for the handset.

Coming from Android 5.0 (build LRX21P), users won’t notice any massive changes in terms of visuals. Strangely, the update being sent out is Android 5.1 and not Android 5.1.1, which is the most recent build. But we’re hopeful that the company will send that update over the coming days.

Via: Android Police

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