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HTC hires Samsung Galaxy brand builder in bid to improve marketing
By Andrew Kameka on Friday April 18, 2014

Apparently, having Gary Oldman spout gibberish at the beginning of an advertisement isn't the only strategy that HTC is employing to raise awareness about its products. The company has also hired a former marketing executive from Samsung to advise how to improve its ad efforts.

HTC working on optical zoom camera for smartphones
By Andrew Kameka on Friday April 18, 2014

HTC has made some big changes in its approach to smartphone photography, and the company is working on even bigger ones to introduce in the next couple of years.

LG G2 Android 4.4 KitKat update rolling out now to AT&T
By Andrew Kameka on Thursday April 17, 2014

Another Android smartphone at AT&T is being upgraded to Android 4.4 KitKat today. Following yesterday's announcement that the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active was updated, AT&T today announced that the LG G2 is getting the latest version of Android as well.

Samsung could have its own Amazon Mayday feature with SPOT support in Google Helpouts
By Andrew Kameka on Wednesday April 16, 2014

Amazon has a unique feature in its most recent tablet and TV that offers customers live tech support when someone runs into a problem or needs help figuring out how to do something. Samsung has launched a similar program for its home products, but it should do the same for mobile devices.

AT&T delivers BlackBerry 10.2 to Z10 and Q10
By Andrew Kameka on Wednesday April 16, 2014

AT&T today announced that the BlackBerry 10.2 update is rolling out now to the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 models tied to its network. The BB10 OS devices gain several new features including actionable lock screen notifications and better battery monitoring so users know which apps negatively affect battery life.

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S4 Active gets Android 4.4 KitKat
By Andrew Kameka on Wednesday April 16, 2014

It's later than some other devices, but Android 4.4 KitKat has arrived for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active. The update adds some UI enhancements, small performance boosts, and security patches. It also offers color emojis, a new lock screen with full-page album art, full-screen in some apps, better closed captioning, access to the camera from the lock screen, wireless printing, and setting volume in specific applications. Galaxy S4 Active owners can try to manually trigger the update by going to Settings > More > About Device > Select Software Update > Check for Updates. Be sure your phone has at least 75 percent battery life before applying the update.

Google Project Ara phones go on sale January 2015
By Andrew Kameka on Wednesday April 16, 2014

Project Ara, the modular phone concept started by the advanced projects group at Motorola (now Google), has been shown in increasing detail in recent months. Now we know the most important detail - the release date.

Apple, Samsung, Google, and several other companies agree to support smartphone "kill switch" next year
By Andrew Kameka on Wednesday April 16, 2014

Several smartphone manufacturers and carriers in the United States have banded together to announce the Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment, a program that will give consumers more options when their smartphone is lost or stolen.

Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked just like Apple iPhone 5s
By Andrew Kameka on Tuesday April 15, 2014

Remember how the Apple iPhone 5s was defeated by a security researcher replicating a fingerprint and then placing it on the Touch ID sensor? Well, it turns out that the Samsung Galaxy S5 is also susceptible to the same hack.

Amazon smartphone prototype with 3D UI effects leaks
By Andrew Kameka on Tuesday April 15, 2014

The frequency and specificity of Amazon smartphone rumors have increased in recent weeks, and we now have somewhat of a glimpse into what to expect the phone finally becomes official later this year.

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