Verizon LG G3 Hands-on

We have already posted up our full review of the LG G3 on AT&T, but since we have now received the same device on Verizon, we wanted to go over the differences between the two devices. While they both feature the same exact hardware, slight changes have been made in the amount of bloatware, plus minor UI tweaks have also been baked in on Big Red’s model.

Apps such as Hotels.com, Slacker Radio, and Clash of Clans have been added in, but the most notable software change is the addition of sliders for volume and brightness in the notification shade. AT&T’s model left these sliders out, which was actually one of our pain points while using the device. Sliders are not a complete deal breaker, but it is nice to have them for the sake of convenience.  (more…)

LG Announces Puppy Pop Game for G3 QuickCircle Case Users

I’ve never understood so-called glance-able smartphone cases. HTC’s Dot View and Samsung’s S-View cover seem like transient novelties to me, forms in search of function. How much time do they really save you, anyway, when you are still required to fish out your device from your pocket?

My biases aside, I think most will agree that LG’s announcement of a game designed for its QuickCircle case is a little ridiculous. Puppy Pop is a time-based match-three game, won by drawing lines through identical puppies. Scores can be shared on social networks. (more…)

Amazon Adds New Playlists and “Hundreds of Thousands” of Songs to Prime Music

Curious Prime customers who have had a chance to try Amazon’s Prime Music may have found the service a little lacking in terms of selection, as its catalog consists of around a million songs, while incumbents like Spotify and Beats boast well over 20 million.

That’s a shortcoming of which Amazon is well aware, and apparently actively working to fix. Today, the retail giant announced the addition of “hundreds of thousands” of songs to Prime Music, including albums from artists like Deadmau5, Shakira, Linkin Park, and Elvis. (more…)

Deal: Unlocked LG G3 in White, Gold, or Black for $499 on eBay Daily Deals

An unlocked LG G3 popped up today on eBay’s daily deals for $499, which actually seems like a solid price for a brand new phone that works on AT&T (LTE too if the specs on this page are correct).

You can choose from any of the three available colors:  white, grey, or gold. This is the G3 that falls under model number D855, which appears to be an international unlocked UK unit, but again, the description lists out that it should work perfectly on AT&T’s GSM and LTE networks. Also, there is a good chance that this phone has built-in wireless charging out of the box.  (more…)

Fleksy Jumps to v3.0 With “Major” Redesign, Adds Theme Store and New Languages

Fleksy, an innovative keyboard that at one time was my daily ‘board, received a major update today to version 3.0. In this latest build, we are seeing the introduction of a store that offers both premium themes and content, along with an evolutionary change on the minimal design of the Fleksy default minimal look. Users of the “award-winning” keyboard can choose from any of six new premium themes, including one free bonus theme for premium users.

The update also includes 17 new languages and improved accuracy for all 40 supported languages. Version 3.0 is live on Google Play.  (more…)

Video: Google Play 4.9.13 Tour!

The new version of Google Play is rolling out today as version 4.9.13. Up front, it doesn’t look like a massive overhaul, since the category and main pages haven’t been touched, but individual listings for apps, music, books, and movies have all been given a Material Design-like makeover. In other words, they are now super pretty with new sliding animations, layout changes, big imagery that takes center stage, and lots of white space (if that’s a good thing). (more…)

Download: Google Play 4.9.13 Rolls Out, Features New Design in Listings

A new version of Google Play began to rollout this afternoon as build 4.9.13. The update doesn’t initially look like that big of a deal upon first launch, but once you jump into an individual app, book, album, or movie listing, you will immediately know that this is pretty major. The individual listings all appear to be designed with Material Design in mind. There are beautiful sliding animations, big imagery, and an overall cleaner layout.

We will have an overview video of the changes coming in a minute, but for now, get to downloading.   (more…)