Verizon Tests New Bloatware Process on the G3: Installs Apps on Setup, But They can be Fully Uninstalled

Verizon pinged us this afternoon to point out a new bloatware application installation process they are currently testing with the LG G3. On the G3, users may notice during the activation and setup process that there are apps being installed in the background that will eventually show in the app drawer. These are applications that in the past have come pre-loaded out of the box on Verizon phones, only Verizon doesn’t appear to want to do that anymore.

The downloading of these bloatware apps does not count against your data plan. Verizon also noted that these can be uninstalled just like any other app you would download.  (more…)

Moto X Deal Extended Through July 31, Grab a 16GB for $299

Motorola has extended the deal they ran last weekend for the Moto X, which priced last year’s flagship at $299 (16GB), $325 (32GB), and $375 (64GB). The deal is on starting today and ending July 31, so you have a full week to think about it. Custom designed Moto Xs through MotoMaker are included, as are the Developer Editions.

At this point, though, do you really want a Moto X? The phone is almost a year old and has a replacement on the way that could be here within the next month. That’s not to say that the Moto X isn’t still a capable device, but I can already envision the disappointment should you fork out a few hundred dollars for the 2013 model and then see the 2014 model arrive with all sorts of upgrades.  (more…)

Contest: Win 1 of 5 Chromecasts From DL to Celebrate the Dongle’s Birthday!

Since Google is taking the time to celebrate the 1st birthday of the Chromecast by giving away free 90-day All Access subscriptions, we wanted to join in on the party by giving away additional goodies. Instead of handing out All Access subscriptions – that many of you can’t take advantage of because you have already taken it for a trial run – we are instead giving you free Chromecast devices! We will put up 5 for 5 lucky DL individuals.  (more…)

Qualcomm is Ready to Bring You LTE Direct, Battery-Friendly Contextual Awareness

Lots of apps nowadays – from Google Now, to Foursquare, to Keep – rely on locational awareness (more commonly referred to as “geofencing”) to serve contextually sensitive information, such as the number of nearby restaurants and friends. That’s all good and fine, but those features typically rely on a combination of GPS, WiFi, and Bluetooth signals to function, which means using them requires sacrificing power.

Qualcomm thinks it may have a solution in LTE Direct. The technology, a device-to-device discovery service, piggybacks on LTE spectrum to help smartphones and tablets – thousands of devices at a range of around 500 meters, to be precise – to exchange information.  (more…)