The LG G2 Android 4.4 KitKat updates has begun on Sprint. The update upgrades the phone to receive the performance enhancements and printing options introduced in Android 4.4, and it also fixes an unspecified issue with Next Radio. LG-specific changes include some UI tweaks, better Knock On response times, slightly better battery life, and enhanced security on the phone. The update is rolling out now, so users can go to Settings > About phone to check for a System Update and apply the latest software. Be sure to charge the phone to 75 percent battery before downloading.
EE has brought 4G LTE to its 187th town today with the launch of service in 12 new markets. It also expanded coverage in areas between Edingburgh and Glasgow, and Cardiff and Swansea, so travelers between those towns should maintain decent service. Customers in the following locations can today upgrade to a 4G plan and enjoy faster service: Antrim, Bridgend, Burnley, Coleraine, Leigh, Livingston, Macclesfield, Newtownabbey, Nuneaton, Pontypool, Sittingbourne and Tamworth.
Sprint has begun updating the HTC One Max to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. While it's not the same version of the software seen on the recently announced HTC One M8, this version of KitKat does provide some subtle improvements to Sense 5, performance enhancements for multitasking and loading content, security patches, new Bluetooth profiles, and the Cloud Print service to access wireless printers from the phone. The update measures 344 MB is rolling out in stages starting today. Be sure to charge your battery at least 75 percent before installing the update. Check for the update in Settings > About Phone > Software update > Check now.
In a short time, HTC will take the wraps off its flagship phone for 2014. The All New HTC One, or M8 as it has been known in the never-ending parade of leaks, is a device critical to HTC's future. You probably already know all the specs about the device, but if you want to see the finer details shared, this is your chance. HTC will host a livestream event at a special event page viewable online. Visit the page when the show starts to see those details as they are revealed.
It was revealed in January that Google was testing the ability to see Google Now notifications in the Chrome beta desktop apps, and the feature has now been added to the main version of the app as well. Google has announced that PC and Mac users will shortly be able to receive reminders about pending appointments, news updates, schedules and sports stars for favorite teams, and other information previously seen only on mobile applications. The update is rolling out now, so within the next few days, users who sign-in to their Google account in a Chrome desktop browser will see a small bell icon in the bottom right corner (PC) or top left corner (Mac) when they have pending notifications.
Boost Mobile today announced the release of another low-cost Android phone designed to be paired with its $55 Monthly Unlimited plans. The latest smartphone added to the device portfolio is the LG Optimus F3, a sans-QWERTY version of a device we saw earlier this year. The Optimus F3 ships with a 4-inch display, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB ROM, a 2,460 mAh battery, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with LG's software add-ons like QuickMemo. The retail price for the phone is $129 without contract and is on sale now.
T-Mobile today became the third carrier to clarify its launch plans for the Samsung Galaxy S5. The fourth-place carrier confirmed that it will launch the Galaxy S5 on April 11 and begin taking pre-orders online or in-store beginning March 24. The phone will cost $660 when purchased in full, but customers also have the option of getting a $0 down phone that splits the cost into 24 payments of $27.50 per month.
Qik, the video calling and messaging service that Skype acquired in 2011, is shutting down next month. Having already replicated the Qik feature set in Skype, there's no longer a need to maintain the app. Users can continue using Qik until April 30, 2014, but the apps will cease working that day. Videos recorded on Qik will also be deleted, so members must use the dashboard to download their content from the dashboard to save their videos or upload them to YouTube. Videos sent by VideoMail will not be able to be downloaded. Qik says that Premium users will be refunded for service after the cancellation date, and more information can be found at the source link below.
Google today released a major drop in prices for its cloud storage service Google Drive. Anyone looking to backup documents, photos, and other files continues to have 15GB of free storage. Consumers looking to increase that storage can now enjoy 100GB for $1.99 per month or 1TB for $9.99 per month. The 60 percent and 80 percent reductions in pricing take effect immediately, and existing customers do not need to make any changes to their plans in order to see their monthly costs drop. There are Android and iOS clients available to download, browse, or upload to Drive.
Customers of British carrier EE will be able to access faster 4G data when traveling abroad. EE today announced it has new roaming rates in France and Spain that include 3 GBP for 100MB of data. Though France and Spain are so far the only markets to offer 4G roaming for EE customers, similar offers will soon be made in the United States, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands, with all of those countries expected to have 4G roaming options no later than the beginning of the summer.