Mobile Bloom News http://www.mobilebloom.com Mobile Bloom News Fri, 16 May 2014 12:59:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 iPhone 6 rumors starting to heat up http://www.mobilebloom.com/iphone-6-rumors-starting-to-heat-up/ http://www.mobilebloom.com/iphone-6-rumors-starting-to-heat-up/#comments Fri, 16 May 2014 12:59:01 +0000 Anthony http://www.mobilebloom.com/?p=44097 Read more »

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iphone6leakedSamsung, HTC and LG have all talked about top of the line devices that are expected to hit the mobile market this year and most of the details surrounding the handsets are known or expected by users.  With that being said it is time to see what the rumor mill has for the upcoming iPhone 6 from Apple.  Apple was rumored to be working on two different iPhone models for this year.  One “normal” handset that follows the path of all the other handsets the company released and another one that is larger and could compete with the likes of the HTC One Max and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 when it arrives.

iPhone 6 rumors have been starting to heat up now that all of the other rivals have released specific information about smartphones that are set up to take on the iPhone.  The iPhone 6 could see a significant price jump according to one source stating that it could be as high as $100 more than previous models.  The newest version of the iOS software is expected to be talked about at the WWDC 2014 event coming up and that is just pouring gas on the rumor flames.

Overall, sources are happy with a fall release date, but consumers could see two different launches if the delays for the 5.5-inch model start to play a part in the regular iPhone launch.  Earlier this year it was reported that Apple was running into supply issues for the display on the larger iPhone and that it could be delayed by months after the initial iPhone 6 release.  Apple has not confirmed that, but sources close to the suppliers were reporting it to the media outlets.  Other rumors have been centered on the size of the device and whether or not there will be two models released.

There is one leaked image that reportedly shows an iPhone case that has a display opening that measures 4.7-inches in size.  That would be significantly larger than previous iPhone models, but it does follow the way the rumors have been flowing this year.  iPhone 6 design rumors include moving the power button to the right side and much narrower bezels. The camera seems to be the same as before, but image stability might be added.  A8 processor for power, 1GB of RAM , Touch ID included all in a body measuring less than 7mm.

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Moto X+1 details leaked online http://www.mobilebloom.com/moto-x1-details-leaked-online/ http://www.mobilebloom.com/moto-x1-details-leaked-online/#comments Fri, 16 May 2014 12:25:03 +0000 Scott http://www.mobilebloom.com/?p=44314 Read more »

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motox+1Motorola brought the new Moto X and Moto G smartphones to the market last year and both of the handsets gave those in the market for a budget phone something to think about what it came to upgrade time.  The Moto G and Moto X smartphones are offered by Motorola without any contract and pricing that is under $200 for either phone.  The phones are quite impressive and there was little doubt that the company was not going to bring new models to the market this year.  All of that has started to change this week as more information about new smartphones has been leaked online.

The brand new Moto X+1 is going to be ready for sale at some point this year, but for now it is just about the rumors at this point.  A few weeks ago, some details were leaked online and this week a little more information came to light.  The Moto X was the more popular smartphones of the two models and that can be attributed to the fact that it was customizable in so many ways.  Users could log into the Moto Maker to choose the colors and accent colors for the phone allowing for the most customizable smartphone on the market.

The Moto G was a little more watered down than the Moto X, but for the most part was just as popular as a sub-$150 smartphone can be.  The only catch was that the phones were not 4G LTE compatible.  This time around, that could all change as 4G LTE models are expected for both originals.  The brand new Moto X+1 is expected to hit the market and according to one Twitter account, it will be ready to go on AT&T’s network for $400.

According to the AT&T website, or a page that was put up for the Moto X+1, clearly shows the $400 price tag, but some are suggesting that could just be a place holder for the actual price and what you see is not what the phone is going to cost.  The Moto X can be purchased for just $349, so even with the new design colors that will reportedly be available, the price should not be that much more.  AT&T has not commented at this point so the price is just rumor.  More official information will be available sooner than later.

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Apple releasing iOS 8, but not for the iPhone 4 http://www.mobilebloom.com/apple-releasing-ios-8-but-not-for-the-iphone-4/ http://www.mobilebloom.com/apple-releasing-ios-8-but-not-for-the-iphone-4/#comments Fri, 16 May 2014 12:12:07 +0000 Emily http://www.mobilebloom.com/?p=44322 Read more »

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ios8If you are still holding onto one of the older iPhone models, you might have a reason to finally upgrade.  According to a few news reports from this week, it looks like Apple is going to be updating the iOS software to version number 8 this year.  The bad news only comes into play if you are holding the iPhone 4.  Apple recently stopped selling the iPhone 4 in a few select places around the world and here in the United States once the iPhone 5S showed up.

Apple typically will stop selling and stop support for aging devices and that is not going to change where the iPhone 4 is considered.  The iPhone 4 does have support for the iOS 7 software, so it can upgraded to some degree, but according to sources, the next version will not be supported by the older model.  If you were looking for the perfect reason to upgrade, this might be the time.  Even though the iPhone 4 does support the iOS 7 software, it does not offer all of the features that the software does due to hardware restrictions.  Features like Siri, navigation, AirPlay and panorama mode are included with the iOS 7 software, but will not function on the iPhone 4.

Even with the latest version installed on the iPhone 4, some users have complained that it is slow and that has a lot to do with the hardware inside the device.  Because the iPhone 4 is almost 4 years old, users should not expect too much with newly installed software.  Most smartphones are replaced and forgotten about within two years after they were released on the market, so the iPhone 4 had a good run.  A run that is typically of any Apple device that is on the market.

When the iOS 8 software shows up on the market, it will come with support for most of the devices and according to one source, if the company drops the iPhone 4, it might add support for the iPad 2.  Other than that there is no definite list right now of the devices that the software will support.  Rumors about what you can expect with the iOS 8 include features for Siri, new stock apps, Healthbook and a few other upgrades to current Apple apps.

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HTC Sense 6 update has started to roll out http://www.mobilebloom.com/htc-sense-6-update-has-started-to-roll-out/ http://www.mobilebloom.com/htc-sense-6-update-has-started-to-roll-out/#comments Fri, 16 May 2014 12:03:51 +0000 Anthony http://www.mobilebloom.com/?p=44304 Read more »

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htcFor those of you that are wondering about the latest update to the Sense user interface from HTC, you can finally breath a little.  According to news reports from this week, the Sense 6 update is starting to roll out.  Even though the roll out is not happening in the United States right now, it has begun and that is a good thing.  One source that posts news online shared this week that the update for the original HTC One is getting updated in North America this week.

The problem for some is that North America does not include the United States, yet.  The update is close, but for not it has just been reported in Canada.  HTC has been doing an outstanding job at keeping its customers in tune with updates that are coming for all of the handsets that are currently on the market.  You can simply head to the HTC website and there you will find the progress meter for any and all of the HTC smartphones and where they are in any update process.  The website is a result of HTC missing an update back in September of last year, clearly showing that the company learned from its mistakes.

The Sense 6 update has been coming for weeks now, so it is nice to see that some users have been actually reporting the chance to download and installation of it.  Sense 6 arrived on the market with the brand new HTC One (M8) model and has had plenty of attention since it arrived.  When the update gets to the United States, it is not clear which carrier will be the first to get it to users, but Sprint is typically one of the fastest.  Those that have the HTC One from last year on the Verizon Wireless network know that they are likely to be one of the last based on history.

There are a few official videos that have been posted online that show what you can expect when it comes to the Sense 6 user interface update.  The update brings a lot of new features compared to the Sense 5.5 update that showed up last recently.  Major mobile networks like AT&T, Sprint and Verizon have all confirmed that the Sense 6 user interface is currently in the certification process.

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Samsung Galaxy S3 KitKat update is not coming http://www.mobilebloom.com/samsung-galaxy-s3-kitkat-update-is-not-coming/ http://www.mobilebloom.com/samsung-galaxy-s3-kitkat-update-is-not-coming/#comments Fri, 16 May 2014 11:27:43 +0000 Yuan http://www.mobilebloom.com/?p=44311 Read more »

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android-kitkatThere have not been that many companies that switched around the decision to bring an update to a smartphone that is already on the market, but Samsung has been doing its best to make the short list.  Most of the time, when an update is ready for a device, it will be announced and as long as the device has the hardware to take the download and installation of the software, all is well.  The Galaxy S3 from Samsung does not appear to be in the same boat, even though the smartphone is less than 2 years old at this point.

With the release of Google’s Android 4.4 KitKat software, the company said that it would be downloadable for devices that have less than spectacular hardware.  This would make the KitKat software one that can be used by more people and possibly remove the fragmentation that Android has been seeing since the Gingerbread update years ago.  Google is trying to get its operating system on more devices each year and by making it possible to update older devices with the latest software is a good start to that.

The Galaxy S3 showed up on the market back in 2012 and it was running Android Ice Cream Sandwich software at the time, which seems like an ancient piece of software at this point.  Google has been slowly allowing older devices to update to the Android 4.4 KitKat software, but according to the latest news, the Galaxy S3 might not be seeing it.  Last year the Galaxy S3 was updated to the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean software and that brought Galaxy Gear support and even some of the camera features that users saw on the Galaxy S4.  The next step was going to be the Android 4.4 KitKat update, typically.

According to one source that posted online, the Galaxy S3 4.4 KitKat update has been cancelled as of last week.  The news is not good and is likely to cause many Galaxy S3 owners to upgrade to the latest Galaxy S5.  According to reports, the reason that he update has been cancelled has to do with performance issues and the fact that the international version would not be seeing the update either.  The update requires a specific amount of RAM for the multi-tasking functions and according to a statement provided by Samsung, that is not the case with the Galaxy S3.

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Verizon Wireless finally has update for Galaxy Note 3 and more http://www.mobilebloom.com/verizon-wireless-finally-has-update-for-galaxy-note-3-and-more/ http://www.mobilebloom.com/verizon-wireless-finally-has-update-for-galaxy-note-3-and-more/#comments Fri, 16 May 2014 11:23:51 +0000 Joshua http://www.mobilebloom.com/?p=44316 Read more »

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galaxynote3For those of you that are on the Verizon Wireless network, you know what it is like to have one of the fastest and most reliable 4G LTE networks in all of the land, but you also know what it is like to wait around for a device update.  That is what is happening with the Galaxy Note 3 and the Android 4.4 KitKat update these days.  Just this week, Verizon Wireless finally got the update rolled out to users and maybe because it took so long, the company added a little something more.

January was when Samsung came forward with the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update and it is now May and Verizon has finally got through all of the testing that it does when a new update comes around.  The worst part is that the update is quite small and really shouldn’t have taken so long to get to users.  Sprint had the same update pushed out to users very quickly and it wasn’t too long after that US Cellular, T-Mobile and AT&T did the same thing.  After those updates were all complete, the only model in the United States that was left was the one on the Verizon Wireless network.

During that entire time, Verizon Wireless did not make a comment about the update at all.  Not even to confirm a date, it appeared that Verizon Wireless might even be skipping the Android 4.4 KitKat update for the device.  Without any information, the rumors swirled around the web and users were left to speculate about it only.  Recently, the update was leaked only, but that is only for those that are comfortable with installing software on their own.  Those that are not, were left with playing the waiting game and with Verizon, it can be a long one.

This week, Verizon Wireless finally released the Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Galaxy Note 3.  Now those that are sick of looking at the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean software can finally move on, but there is a little catch with this update.  It is still unclear what comes with the Android software this time, but for those that are not going to update via the Samsung Kies software, you will be waiting longer.  According to Verizon Wireless, the update is not going out over-the-air.

Verizon Wireless finally has update for Galaxy Note 3 and more is a post from: Mobile Bloom News

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LG G Watch spotted in new video http://www.mobilebloom.com/lg-g-watch-spotted-in-new-video/ http://www.mobilebloom.com/lg-g-watch-spotted-in-new-video/#comments Fri, 16 May 2014 11:19:28 +0000 Ethan http://www.mobilebloom.com/?p=44320 Read more »

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lggwatchLG did not waste any time getting into the smartwatch business this time around, in fact, the LG G Watch is one of the first models that is going to showcase the new Android Wear software from Google.  The watch is expected on the market very soon, but for now, a new video has been posted online that will show you exactly what it will have to offer you when it arrives.  The video will also show you a few of the key features that makes the watch one to keep an eye on.

The Android Wear software is from Google and it’s the new Android-based mobile operating system for wearable technology.  It was first announced back in March and will be arriving on the LG G Watch and the Moto 360 from Motorola later this year.  While other information has not been available from the company up to now, LG took to the video world with a 53 second promotional movie to show you what they have to offer.  Other than the Android Wear and a few images showing the overall design, the rest of the device is in the dark.

The overall design is nice compared to others that consumers have  seen so far.  The LG G Watch is showcased as one with an all metal design, excellent battery life and a timeless look.  The video goes into the compatibility of the LG G Watch with the Android Wear software.  The Google I/O conference is coming up soon and that watch is expected to be launched by the end of July, according to a few reports.  If that is the case, more details about the device should be made available before then.  LG claims that the G Watch is going to “define” wearable technology in the mobile market.

In the video the company uses phrases like “sleek and lightweight for all-day comfort” and “ready for anything, anytime with a single charge”.  The company is very confident that the battery life is not going to be a daily issue, as well as the overall design looking more like a fancy watch rather than a piece of bulky technology hanging off your wrist.  LG is expected to be releasing more teasers over the next few weeks so keep your eyes open if you are interested in picking one up.

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Flash drive for iPhone hits the market http://www.mobilebloom.com/flash-drive-for-iphone-hits-the-market/ http://www.mobilebloom.com/flash-drive-for-iphone-hits-the-market/#comments Fri, 16 May 2014 11:09:56 +0000 Christopher http://www.mobilebloom.com/?p=44324 Read more »

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iflashdriveIf you were wondering what you can do with the internal memory on your iPhone that is packed with photos and videos of your first child, you can stop wondering.  Typically, the iPhone has never come with more storage, that isn’t in the cloud, than the internal memory that is on the phone when you purchase it.  Most other smartphones come with a microSD card slot so that you can expand your storage if needed, but the iPhone is not one of them.  For years, users have wanted a removable storage option for the high end smartphone and they might have finally gotten one.

Flash drives for smartphones have been on the rise over the last few months and now there is one that has been developed that will plug into the Lightening Connector on your brand new iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.  The new device is called the iStick and comes with a retractable USB plug on the one end and the Lightening Connector on the other.  The short flash drive easily fits into your pocket and can be taken anywhere and used in any iOS device with the Lightening Connector.

One feature of the new iStick that will prevent you from connecting your phone to the computer is the fact that both ends of the device cannot be sticking out of the drive at the same time.  If the Lightening Connector is out, the USB portion cannot be and vice versa.  That should not be any big deal, at least you will have extra storage options that are removable for your iOS device.  Other than that, it will work like any other USB flash drive does when you want to transfer files from your computer to your iOS device.

The iStick comes with 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB or 128GB options.  That might just be enough of an bonus to keep the extra $100 in your pocket instead of buying the next highest storage option of the device.  That bad thing is, if you decide to go with the iStick you are not going to be saving all that much.  According to the sources posting online, if you want the 128GB option, you are going to be paying up to $299 for it.  The smallest, 8GB option, will only cost you $79, so you will save just $30 if you do not upgrade to the 16GB iPhone.

Flash drive for iPhone hits the market is a post from: Mobile Bloom News

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LG teases the G3 with new video and some new details http://www.mobilebloom.com/lg-teases-the-g3-with-new-video-and-some-new-details/ http://www.mobilebloom.com/lg-teases-the-g3-with-new-video-and-some-new-details/#comments Fri, 16 May 2014 11:05:09 +0000 Blake http://www.mobilebloom.com/?p=44332 Read more »

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lgg3bOver the last few months there has been plenty of speculation regarding the replacement smartphone for the LG G2 from last year.  The brand new LG G3 is expected to arrive some time before the end of June and when it does, it will easily be one that is impressing all that check it out.  According to the rumors, speculation and leaked images, the LG G3 is going to easily be one of the most powerful smartphones on the market.  There have been leaked images and other information, but this week, LG released a video that showcases 5 specific details about the new device.

The device is expected to be revealed to the public within the next two weeks and with the new video on the net, the anticipation is growing each day.  There is a lot of the information about the smartphone that is known already, but it is always nice to see the company reveal the info itself taking the rumor aspect out of the announcement.  LG is doing a lot of focusing on the smartphone market this year and it will certainly show with the LG G3.

Following the recent success of the design and hardware included in the LG G2, the company is looking to build off that for the next generation device.  LG actually moved the release date up a little bit because the company wanted to make sure that it was not behind the eight ball when Samsung, HTC and Apple release the new smartphones for the year.  The 27th of this month is when LG is expected to officially announce the new smartphone on stage.  This is the first batch of information that is actually from LG and is not covered by the “rumor” umbrella.

From the video, you can clearly see that the smartphone is going to come with optical image stabilization for the 13MP camera on the back side.  That feature is becoming the norm in the mobile world these days.  The rear buttons are still there and have a new design to them making them even more comfortable to use.  The brushed metal body is a new piece of the design for the new smartphone and on the front end, an edge-to-edge display.  The display is 5.5-inches with a 2560 x 1440 qHD resolution.  The bezels will be very thin.

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Netflix and Hulu Plus coming to Xbox without a Live subscription http://www.mobilebloom.com/netflix-and-hulu-plus-coming-to-xbox-without-a-live-subscription/ http://www.mobilebloom.com/netflix-and-hulu-plus-coming-to-xbox-without-a-live-subscription/#comments Thu, 15 May 2014 13:55:30 +0000 Sarah http://www.mobilebloom.com/?p=44326 Read more »

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huluStreaming movies and TV through mobile devices as well as consoles and setup boxes has become something of a staple in many homes these days.  If you had the Xbox 360 you were able to get hooked up with the Netflix and Hulu Plus subscriptions so you could stream right through the console.  There have been many other services added over the years, but the news that hit this week is going to shake things up a little bit for the Xbox 360 users.  Currently you are supposed to pay a yearly  membership fee to be able to use the Xbox Live service so you can do the streaming.

This week, Xbox 360 users got some good news that has those with a Playstation saying that “it’s about time.”  For years, those that have a Playstation 3 console were able to stream the Netflix and Hulu Plus subscriptions without having to pay any fees to Sony.  The customers still had to pay the subscription fees, but at least you could stream for free through the console.  According to sources, this year will be the last time that Xbox 360 users will have to pay for Xbox Live in order to stream through the device.

A few online sources have been reporting that an official inside of Microsoft has leaked the information about the dropping of the yearly membership fees.  The Xbox Live Gold membership fees would be dropped for those that have the Xbox One as well.  This does not mean that Microsoft will not be using the Xbox Live Gold membership for other apps, but at least the yearly fee will be dropped and you can still get some TV and movies right to your console.

The details are not that in depth right now, especially since the reports are online before Microsoft has officially said anything about the fees.  Microsoft was one of the first consoles to bring the option to stream content right into your living room.  Just about every single console that has come out since the Xbox 360 has the ability to do the same.  Other third party companies have also developed TV setup boxes that allow for the same thing.  Microsoft was the only one that charged a fee for have the access to the streaming through its console.

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