Sunday, June 30, 2013

Everyone wants a piece of the (Android 5.0) Pie

With as many high end Samsung devices penetrating the market place and customers gobbling them up, propelling them to heights only dreamt of after the launch of the successful Apple offerings, one would expect a certain life expectancy in terms of the value added by software updates.  After all, when you pay 600 to 700 dollars for a device, you'd like for your carrier and hardware/software companies to keep them updated and running as silky smooth as possible, with user interface improvements that enhance their value as consistently as possible.

So how is Sammy (Samsung) doing in this respect?  Is your device slated to reach end of life or will it get the newest iteration of the Android platform, Android 5.0, a.k.a. Key Lime Pie?

Here's what our friends at SamMobile ( are saying about which devices get the KeyLime goodness and which will fall behind, (unless you root your device and backload KeyLime through our recommended Android tweekers, Cyanogen Mod at ):

  • GT-I9300 – Galaxy S III
  • GT-I9305 – Galaxy S III LTE
  • GT-I9500 – Galaxy S 4
  • GT-I9505 – Galaxy S 4 LTE
  • GT-N5100 – Galaxy Note 8.0
  • GT-N5105 – Galaxy Note 8.0 LTE
  • GT-N5110 – Galaxy Note 8.0 Wi-Fi
  • GT-N7100 – Galaxy Note II
  • GT-N7105 – Galaxy Note II LTE
  • GT-N8000 – Galaxy Note 10.1
  • GT-N8005 – Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE
  • GT-N8010 – Galaxy Note 10.1 Wi-Fi

Devices that will reach end-of-life in terms of software upgrades with Android 4.2.2 being the latest version they will "officially" run:
  • GT-I9080 – Galaxy Grand
  • GT-I9082 – Galaxy Grand DUOS
  • GT-I8160 – Galaxy Ace 2
  • GT-I8190 – Galaxy S III mini
  • GT-I8350 – Galaxy Beam
  • GT-I8730 – Galaxy Express
  • GT-I9070 – Galaxy S Advance
  • GT-I9100 – Galaxy S II
  • GT-I9105 – Galaxy S II Plus
  • GT-I9260 – Galaxy Premier
  • GT-N7000 – Galaxy Note
  • GT-S6310 – Galaxy Young
  • GT-S6312 – Galaxy Young DUOS
  • GT-S6810 – Galaxy Fame
  • GT-S7710 – Galaxy X Cover 2

SamMobile notes that neither of the lists above are final or official.  Therefore, Samsung could grant your device upgradability to the sweet goodness of Android 5.0. With Samsung wanting to remain at the top in terms of sales and proliferation of their products, it would not surprise me if they add devices like the original Samsung Note to the list of upgraded devices.

For those of you that are not Samsung device owners, hang tight.  We'll be searching out information on other companies such as HTC, Motorola, Huawei, and LG, to name a few for specs in this regard.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4: The Verdict

Here is one of our reader's views on the Galaxy S4.  I love his objectiveness and candidness while explaining thoroughly what he likes and dislikes about the S4.

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Review by Daylon Deon:

Okay ... you boys and girls wanted to know how I thought the Samsung Galaxy S4 stacked up .. so here's my review.


• design is actually better than I thought; slim, lightweight

• screen is beautiful , the full HD super AMOLED is awesome; 4.99” doesn’t even seem big

• features are plenty; various options for air view, multi-window etc; a bunch of them!

• battery performs very well under heavy use

• 4G LTE on T-Mobile is super fast (trumped AT&T in comparison)

• WatchOn app controls your TV; very nice when the remote gets lost

• camera features are great (so many to enhance a photo)

• quad core processor makes apps and games flawless when launching and playing

• storage can be extended; already ordered a 32GB memory card (there's an update coming to allow apps to be moved to SD)


• might have been just me but taking screenshots was hit or miss both with the (home+power way) and (sliding hand across screen way)

• no way to uninstall some of the useless preinstalled apps. you can disable or remove updates but not uninstall

• limited number of wallpaper options included; I like a variety of wallpaper choices but there weren’t many

• speakers and volume aren’t much to smile at; ringtone and notification can use a little boost in my opinion

This is the first Samsung phone that I've "owned". I've played with quite a few but never used one for my day to day. I've always been an HTC guy but this is the best phone I've ever owned. 

It's impressive on just about every level.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Is the Apple vs Android war Over?

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I think many are missing the point here. To be fair, the iPhone launch was first, but to be accurate, the Android company was founded in 2003 and quickly created the smartphone operating system which they fully developed in 2005, and then was bought by Google. They then launched the first Android Phone in 2008, one year AFTER the first iteration of the iPhone. The development of the iPhone started in 2004. So, when folks start talking about who copied who, maybe it would be a good idea to check their facts.

Having said that and to be fair to both companies, they have both innovated. Android and its manufacturing partners primarily has focused on the customizability, so SOFTWARE is their forte, while Apple serves up both functionality and ease of use with stunning design, not to mention exceptional battery life. Manufacturers of the Android side has listened to consumers and brought features that, while gimmicky, are adding value to their devices. The numbers speak for themselves. Android's versatility in terms of offering multiple devices across the spectrum of economic tiers has spelled out much of the success and proliferation of their OS and hardware offerings. Add to that that Android is a platform that is now on many more devices, not just smartphones.

I think the primary difference was there from the very beginning. Apple brought in 1,000 people to create the first iPhone. Android, on the other hand, created the Open Handset Alliance, a consortium of 84 firms to develop open standards for mobile devices. Member firms include Google, HTC, Sony, Dell, Intel, Motorola, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, T-Mobile, Sprint Nextel, Nvidia, and Wind River Systems. All of these companies put forth significant resources towards the development of the Android platform.

Bottom line: Both companies, Apple and Google, have different approaches. Both are brilliant as they have been able to undermine the dinosaur in the room, Microsoft, who has been in everyone's school, office and home since the beginning of home computing. Apple and Google fans alike should be applauding their collective success rather than bickering at each other, many times, with little or no facts to back their statements. Can't we all just get along and criticize the real "enemy" here?  So, is the war over?  Of course not.  Only time will tell who gets the crown and who languishes behind.  Windows Mobile, Firefox Mobile, Symbian, Blackberry, Nokia Asha, Sailfish, Bada, Grid, Mer, S40, Brew, SHR, Symbian, WebOS, and Tizen are still all fighting for a breakthrough that will launch them into international fame.  And there are plenty that love the underdog... So the war is certainly not over, thankfully for us since we live off of the tech goodness of all of the above.

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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Is Samsung loosing its Steam?

With Apple about to start a program whereby users will be able to trade up to the new iPhone 5 by turning in their older iPhone devices (details coming soon), Reuters reports that "....Samsung Electronics Co lost $12 billion in market value on Friday, hit by brokerage downgrades that have underscored concerns about slowing sales of its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone." 

Worries are that shares slid given the introduction of two variants of the same, namely the Samsung mini S4 and the Samsung S4 Active.  Perhaps watering down the impact of the popular Galaxy S4, whose sales have attenuated after a great launch. Reuters reported that KimYoung-chan, an analyst at Shinhan Investment Corporation said that "Sales of high-end handsets are lagging behind expectations, while low- to mid-end handsets are selling briskly worldwide... As the portion of low- to mid-range handsets is expected to increase in Samsung's overall mobile phone business, this has also sparked concerns about thinning margins and lower growth."

So, what does that mean to the consumer?  Well, when there are options and gimmicks move consumers less and less, it would be safe to say that consumers start capitalizing on the cost to value ratio, giving them greater leverage due to supply and demand forces.  The greater the demand the higher the price.  So, as the demand for higher end phones falls behind, so should the prices, giving you and me, the consumer, the opportunity to buy lower and keep more money in our pockets. 

As for Samsung loosing its steam, I would not be too worried about them at this time.  They have the resources to pump out plenty of well equipped low-to mid range phones devices at competitive prices.  Don't forget that just 5 years ago, T-Mobile's flagship device was the HTC G1 followed by the upgraded Motorola Cliq.  Compare the specs of those phones with today's newest "starter" devices and they are worlds apart.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Charge your iPhone = get a virus?

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We’ve all been there. That dreaded moment when we just have to find that charger and plug it in to get us through the day or flight. But could plugging in your iPhone severely cripple your phone or compromise its security?

The problem, discovered:

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT) say this could very well be the case. GIT staff went on to explain that they were able to infect devices by installing software in the chargers. Here’s the scary part. The end user would not notice a thing while the malicious files were being transferred into their phones. Why? In about 60 seconds, the compromising of the device would have taken place without any interaction from the user needed. Even scarier is that it does not take jailbraking or modifying the device.

The best solution:

Making sure that your charger is the original charger that came with your apple device, as opposed to buying 3rd party chargers or borrowing chargers if you are unsure of their origin, may very well be a good way to keep your phone safe. Too, adding a virus protection application (yes, iPhones DO need antivirus protection) to your device and keeping it updated could also improve your chances of keeping your device safe.

Staying informed about the dangers is the most effective way to protect your device. To do that, you’ll want to subscribe to where we are always on the look out for information that helps our readers stay well equipped to enjoy their mobile devices as well as keeping them safe. Follow the editor of on Twitter @maestroalvarez or on YouTube at Find us on Google+ cellphonius

Monday, June 3, 2013

Want a FREE iPhone 5?

How this is not a Deal of the Day I don’t know. But if you are interested in a FREE iPhone 5, Best Buy is the place to go, TODAY ONLY (6/3/2013).

Here’s how it works:

Bring in your old iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S and Best Buy will give you $150. With the iPhone 5 being $150 with most carriers, you are essentially getting a FREE iPhone 5. This deal is only good today. So, hurry! This deal is only valid at brick and mortar stores. Activation or eligible upgrade-ability required with a two year contract on AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon to take advantage of this deal.

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Before you get your iPhone 5, why not buy some goodies for it?

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Does your Smartphone Battery Problem DRAIN YOU?

If you're like me, you hate being tethered to an electricity socket every 4 hours.  What can you do to improve your battery life?  How do you "reset" my battery to give you an ACTUAL 100%?

Let's try an experiment together shall we?   Charge your battery tonight and then do the following tomorrow.  Then, let us know what you think either on Twitter @maestroalvarez or on Google Plus +Cellphonius.
  • Drain your battery until the phone will not turn on
  • Charge your phone until it says 100% (while off)
  • Disconnect the charger, then turn on the phone and charge it again until 100%
  • Turn off the phone and charge until 100%  Repeat these steps twice or until the phone will immediately say 100% full as soon as you plug in the charger
These steps will help give you a true(er) 100% reading. Now, install DU Battery Manager from the Google PlayStore here ==> To learn more about DU Battery Manager, check out their official video here:

You can also check out the following tips by cellphonius:

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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Google Glass for Law Enforcement Officials?

Could Google Glass be exactly what law enforcement officials need? Google Glass has been modified to not include very high tech software that uses facial recognition to identify all that come within the visual periphery of the spectacles. What if there was a version of these glasses that only law enforcement could wear? They can already scan your driver’s license in their computer to search out their database, they can scan your license plate and they can determine if you have insurance coverage, where the person who the vehicle is registered to lives and whether there are any pending warrants tied to the license plate. Anyone can drive by a house, jot down the address and then use a service like,, or the white pages online to see who you are, and read your entire presence on the web.

So, would you be against law enforcement officials from being able to use these technologies while they stand in a crowd at a parade, transportation station, or a large sporting event? Give us your thoughts about the use of this technology by everyday people vs. law enforcement officials.