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AT&T GoPhone raises data allowances in plans and adds tethering at no extra cost
By Andrew Kameka on Friday April 18, 2014

AT&T's contract-free GoPhone service is being upgraded to add a few more perks for customers, and the changes to the plans will not affect price, according to AT&T's announcement.

Sony hops on the Google Play app update train
By Andrew Kameka on Friday April 18, 2014

If there's one trend every Android users should be very happy to see taking hold, it's the growing popularity of manufacturers putting their apps in Google Play in order to make the update process faster and smoother. Sony is starting to embrace that trend.

Verizon LG G2 Android 4.4 KitKat update starting now
By Andrew Kameka on Friday April 18, 2014

LG issued its KitKat update for carriers several weeks ago, but Verizon was unsurprisingly absent from the list of supported devices. That's nothing new because AT&T launched its update this week and Verizon has been late to issue Android firmware updates for several high-profile devices in recent years. Regardless of the delay, the LG G2 tied to the network has finally started its Android 4.4 KitKat update process. It's not yet ready for over-the-air updates, but if you download the Verizon Software Upgrade Assistant PC software, you can grab the update now. Instructions are available here. UPDATE: Now available as an OTA update by going to Settings app.

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's Connect is the One Ring to rule Chromecast, Roku, Fire TV, webOS, and Smart TV streaming
By Andrew Kameka on Thursday April 17, 2014

My living room currently has three different options for streaming web content to the big screen, and LG today announced that it wants to be able to control all of the major options with a Connect SDK that developers can use to control multiple platforms.

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.

Apple looking to incorporate Shazam into iOS for song identification
By Andrew Kameka on Thursday April 17, 2014

In my recent comparison of Cortana to Google Now and Siri, I noted that Apple iOS was the only tool that didn't have song identification built into its search tool. That may change in the next version of iOS. According to Bloomberg, Apple is partnering with Shazam to let users listen to a song and discover its title and artist. Launching Siri and saying "What song is playing" will identify the song and then use Apple's music services to purchase the song or create an iTunes Radio station.

Samsung and Amazon build a custom Kindle app for Samsung phones and tables
By Andrew Kameka on Thursday April 17, 2014

One would think reading an eBook would be straightforward and universal across devices, but Samsung and Amazon have partnered to create a unique experience strictly for Samsung's Galaxy phones and tablets.

Chrome Remote Desktop lets Android users control Windows or Mac OS
By Andrew Kameka on Wednesday April 16, 2014

In the event that someone is away from his or her computer and needs to access files on it, Google has released an app to make that possible. The Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android connects to software on the desktop that makes it possible to remotely control a Windows PC or Mac OS machine. An Android 4.0 or later device and this Chrome browser extension are required to use the app.

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