LG G3 “Bump” Gives You Fully Working TWRP Recovery on All Variants

If you own an LG G3 – we are talking any variant – and are into custom recoveries, ROMs, that sort of thing, then you should probably have already installed Bump. Created by Team Codefire, Bump allows you to boot into a full TWRP custom recovery and flash ROMs as you please, sort of like if you had a full bootloader unlock. As I just mentioned, this should work with all carrier variants (including Verizon’s), you just need to be rooted first (and work through a little adb with a recovery.img).  (more…)

HTC Announces Desire Eye, Improves the Quality of Selfies With 13MP Front-facing Camera

HTC unveiled the Desire Eye this afternoon at the company’s Double Exposure event in New York City. HTC has differentiated the Desire Eye from the competition in an interesting way, as the undoubted highlight of the smartphone, which sports a water-resistant plastic body and removable battery, is the 13-megapixel front-facing camera with dual-LED flash.

The array, capable of capturing 1080p video and bordered by a dedicated microphone, is intended specifically to capture high-quality “selfies.” It is a first for a smartphone, HTC was eager to note.  (more…)

Mystery Motorola Device Stops by FCC, is It Really the Nexus 6? (Updated)

A mystery Motorola device showed up at the FCC today (ID IHDT56PK2), a phone that is starring in a bunch of documents that we are still browsing through to hopefully find specifics on what it might be. Engadget seems to think that it is the Nexus 6, but we haven’t found anything yet that really leads us to believe that this is it. It could be – we aren’t saying that this isn’t it. Here is what we know so far. (We will be updating this post as we have more.)  (more…)

Google Voice MMS Expands to Nearly 100 North American Carriers – AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile Included

Google Voice team member, Alex Wiesen, took to Google+ this afternoon to announce that they have expanded MMS support to nearly 100 North American carriers as of today, a group that includes Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T. If you use Google Voice on a regular basis, you know how big of a deal this is, as you have likely missed out on picture messages from friends at some point. As Wiesen points out, with this new carrier support, you can say “goodbye to FOMO (fear of missing out).”  (more…)

Original Moto G LTE Arrives at AT&T October 10

The original Moto G LTE, not to be confused with the Moto G that Motorola announced a month ago, will be available at AT&T starting October 10. The device will run $199 with no annual contract, $79.99 with a 1-year contract, or as low as $7.50 per month with an AT&T Next plan. Again, this is not the new Moto G, this is the original that was announced in November 2013, only now it has LTE on board.

As a recap, the original Moto G sports a 4.5-inch HD display (720p), quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 2,070mAh battery, 5MP camera, and runs a “pure” Android experience. It does not have Moto Display or Moto Voice, but does have access to add-ons like Moto Assist. This is the phone that became Motorola’s best selling smartphone of all time within a few months.

October 10 is the day if you want to buy one through AT&T.  (more…)

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Unboxing (AT&T)

When Samsung first introduced the Galaxy Alpha back in August, we weren’t exactly sure what to make of it. Was Samsung trying to take on the iPhone by using premium materials like metal? Was Samsung trying to set a new standard for their design going forward? Were they trying to enter Sony’s “Compact” arena, where you have a smaller device that still packs mostly high-end specs? They may have been trying to do a little of all that.  (more…)

AT&T Offers Double Data on Plans From 15GB to 50GB for Same Price

AT&T, essentially admitting that the insanely high prices that carriers have been charging you for tiered data over the last couples of years was highway robbery, is now offering double the data on its plans that range from 15GB to 50GB for the same price…for life. That’s right, if you pay for a 15GB plan, you can now get 30GB of data for the exact same price for as long as you want – there is no expiration. Same thing goes for 20GB, 30GB, 40GB, and 50GB plans; all have been doubled without a price adjustment. For $130 per month (plus the line access charges), you can have 30GB of data to gobble up per month on up to 10 lines. Or, you could up to 40GB ($150), 60GB ($225), 80GB ($300), and 100GB ($375) at the prices you have been paying.  (more…)