If your feed on Instagram BETA app for Windows Phone isn’t refreshing, you’re not the only one facing an issue. The app currently appears to be broken and there is no word on a fix yet. Read more…

Even though love may turn out to be but a gas, you needn’t worry about a heart of glass. LG, eager to get into the “premium smartwatch” craze, has partnered with U.S. retail jewelry company REEDS Jewelers to create the LG Watch Urbane Luxe. Made of 23-karat gold and featuring an exotic alligator leather strap with piano-gloss lacquer case, the pricey piece will retail for approximately $1200 when it hits in late October. Only 500 units will be produced, and each of the digital timepieces will be engraved with its own unique serial number, thus truly making a one-of-a-kind proposition. According to the press release, the watch will make use of a special deployment clasp that was invented by Louis Cartier in 1910 and make use of an “alligator band [that is] handcrafted at the highest level of craftsmanship, undergoing 50 separate steps in its creation, handled lovingly by 30 experienced leatherworkers.”   As if that’s not enough, the Korean conglomerate mentioned that “the 23-karat gold used in the LG Watch Urbane Luxe is stronger and harder than the 24-karat gold used in jewelry and heavier than the 18-karat gold used in traditional luxury watches.” This should ideally indicate a product that is designed to last for a long time, at least with respect to durability. Chris Yie, vice president and head of marketing communications at LG Mobile, had the following to say of the new product: Wearable devices shouldn’t be thought of as an extension of one’s smartphone but an extension of oneself. This blending of craftsmanship and technology is a natural evolution of the smartwatch, which is becoming more of a lifestyle accessory than a piece of hardware. We think this is a good direction for wearables and we want to encourage this transformation. The LG Watch Urbane Luxe, despite the new […]

Google’s OnHub smart router is hitting the store shelves tomorrow, August 31st, so the Search Giant is getting you equipped with the necessary tools to be ready for some advanced internet usage. Thankfully, you don’t need much. You can operate every aspect of the OnHub from the official Google On app, and it has just become available from the Google Play Store. If you missed out on the Google OnHub news, it’s a router made by the Mountain View giant. It’s not cheap at $199.99, but it promises features that you won’t get with your usual WiFi hubs. Aside from looking gorgeous, this router benefits from automatic updates (without disconnection). The device also scans for congested wireless channels and switches to the best performing one. In addition, the owner can prioritize certain devices, run network tests, easily change/share the WiFi password and more. Here’s what you can do with the Google On app: • Set up your OnHub in just a few minutes • Learn how to improve your Wi-Fi connection if there’s a slowdown • Run a network check to test your connection speed • Easily share your network name and password to friends & family • Make changes to your settings, such as your network name or password • Remotely provide or receive help from friends and family Is it worth the $200? It depends on your needs and priorities, but it sure seems to be among the best WiFi routers around. And this is not an isolated event; Google plans to partner with other manufacturers to make more OnHub devices. The next one is said to be ASUS, but we shall see. Maybe it will be a bit cheaper. For now, just go to the Google Play Store and grab your app if you are planning on getting the Google […]

The Moto 360 design made this smart watch one of the most popular first-generation Android Wear devices around, so it’s only natural that so many of us are looking forward to seeing its successor. Don’t you worry, the new Moto 360 should be announced next week, during IFA, but we are already getting a good look at the product thanks to beloved ex-leakster @evleaks. He was actually quite smooth this time around. Evan Blass leaked the image in the form of a response to tech blogger David Ruddock, who was talking about boarding Delta flights using his Android Wear device. .@RDR0b11 Mine too pic.twitter.com/ODeN2ou72Y — Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 30, 2015 Pretty sneaky! The device shows up in 2 colors and displays some aesthetics changes. For starters, the button has been positioned higher. Looking around the image we can also see the watch has a much more classic design, making it even better looking than the original Moto 360. There’s nothing exactly new here, as we have already seen some images before (one of them actually came from Motorola). Regardless, it’s always nice to get a good look at an unannounced gadget, especially when available images are so good. Moto 360 vs LG G Watch R Moto 360 Smartwatch Durabili… Moto 360 Review: Trying to r… Enjoy the render and let us know what you think of the 2nd-generation Moto 360? Are you thinking of buying one? As mentioned above, the announcement should be taking place this coming week, so keep it tuned to Android Authority for all the news!

Update 2: It seems the 4K “tip” may have originated from this Tweet by Evan Blass (evleaks) dated August 26th. In it, he posts specs from a Facebook page of “Sony Georgia” then follows up by saying it “doesn’t seem to be an official account.” Take a look at the screen capture: For reference, the “Sony Georgia” hyperlink no longer works. Given the reasoning detailed in this post, we advise our readers to approach this 4K claim with sufficient skepticism. It is highly likely that an Xperia Premium, if it is announced, will feature a QHD resolution display. Update 1: In the hours since we originally posted this story, Phone Arena has now updated its story to reflect an interesting detail: Apparently the Xperia Z5 Premium will have a 4K display giving it a screen resolution of 801-805ppi. We advise our readers to approach this latest bit of information with even greater skepticism. Recall that the General Manager of Sony Mobile Taiwan was literally quoted earlier this year, stating there were no plans to release a QHD smartphone panel. Despite this, the Verizon Z4v was announced and is the first smartphone in the OEM’s entire history to make use of QHD. To imagine a bump up to 4K – when QHD was basically skipped entirely – seems quite unusual, especially given the fact that, according to PA’s tipster, the standard Z5 will only have a Full HD screen. While it’s entirely possible that this could turn out to be true, the sudden claim of a 4K display seemingly calls into question the entire legitimacy of the tip itself, and thereby the existence of an Xperia Z5 Premium. Unfortunately we may need to wait until Wednesday to know for sure. Original Story: One of the prematurely posted press shots Sony accidentally posted of the Z5. In the past […]

The BlackBerry ‘Venice’ has been getting plenty of exposure since its unofficial unveiling at MWC 2015. Today, new high-quality images of the Android handset have leaked, giving us the best look yet. Read more…

It has been over a month since purported Dendroid malware developer Morgan Culbertson was arrested in a world-wide operation that put 70 involved members under searches and arrests. Fast-forward to today and we are learning Culbertson has pleaded guilty in court last Tuesday, making him responsible for the federal charges involving the creation of the before-mentioned malicious software. For those who may not have kept up with these events, Dendroid is a malicious piece of software with the purpose of stealing information from infected users. After having successfully attacked a device, the hacker would gain the ability to take pictures using the phone’s camera, track both ambient audio and video, download photos and even record calls. We know at least one infected app made it to the Google Play Store, and the malicious code was also widely distributed via other methods, making this one of the most dangerous malware implementations the Android ecosystem has seen. So… who was responsible for this whole mess?! Morgan C. Culbertson is 20 years old (wow!) and was a student a Carnegie Mellon University. He also spent some months as a FireEye intern, where he “improved Android malware detection by discovering new malicious malware families and using a multitude of different tools.” Culbertson was selling his malware via Darkode (the forum that was targeted by the authorities) for $300. He also had his source code up for sale, which would allow buyers to create their own version of Darkode. The only catch was that entire software and its code would go for a much higher price. What’s next? It definitely won’t be fun for Morgan, who faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines. The sentencing is scheduled for December 2nd, so we wil learn more details when that day comes around. I just wonder if he […]

Are you rocking an older Motorola phone? You may have notice some significant improvements hitting your device. Said manufacturer has just pushed out updates to a couple of their main applications. Namely, the Motorola Camera and Gallery apps, which now come with a set of added features that will definitely make some of you happier campers. Aside from the usual bug fixes and performance improvements, Moto has included an active viewfinder to its Camera app. What does this even mean? In short: users will now have the ability to read QR and bar codes directly from the camera’s viewfinder, without having to take a picture or download any separate services to decipher these intricate designs. Not all phones will get this new functionality, though. This feature is only available for the 2nd-gen Moto X, Moto X Pro, DROID Turbo and Moto Maxx/Turbo on Android 5.1 Lollipop. Furthermore, those grabbing the Motorola Gallery update now have the ability to better organize their video clips and photos into albums. These can then be stored into SD cards, offloading some weight from that precious internal storage, which can often be so limited. Aren’t you glad manufacturers have begun publishing their system apps directly to the Google Play Store? If it was all done the old-fashioned way, users would have to wait until their next system software update to get all these nifty features. If you haven’t gotten your update, just head over to the Google Play Store and grab it. It should be there! How many of you have been testing these enhancements? How are the new capabilities treating you? Download Motorola Camera from the Google Play Store Download Motorola Gallery from the Google Play Store

Google is at hand’s reach whenever you need help for anything, but so far looking for home services has involved multiple steps. The Search Giant is now making it easier on home service workers and customers to get in touch with each other. Google is testing a new feature in which certain search queries offer results with a list of people qualified to take care of your needs. That would include electricians, plumbers, house cleaners, locksmiths and handymen. When people in supported areas search for something like “clogged toilet”, dirty house or “lock repair”, there will now be more than just links to a bunch of websites showing you how to take care of business yourself. Results will include names, ratings, phone numbers and an option to “Send request”. All of this will be accessible straight from Google’s Search results; no need to browse around. And no need to worry about quality or security – these servicemen would pay to be ranked higher in the list, but that’s only after having been screened and qualified by Google. All businesses would have to go through license, procedure and background checks, as well as mystery shopping. When users in supported areas search for something like “clogged toilet”, “dirty house” or “lock repair”, there will now be more than just links to a bunch of websites showing you how to take care of business yourself. Results will include business names, ratings, phone numbers and an option to “Send request”. All of this will be accessible straight from Google’s Search results; no need to browse around. Want in? Sadly, Google is not making a widespread release of this feature just yet. It is only available for people in (and around) San Francisco. The rest of us will have to wait and continue making full searches for all […]

Rumors recently suggested that Android Pay was to launch this past Wednesday. Obviously, this turned out to be a false alarm, but at the very least we can assume Google’s new contact-less payment service is well on its way and coming soon. How do we know? Well, aside from the rumors and expected launch window, a new update to the Google Play Services app (version 8.1) contains evidence of Android Pay support. Those who have updated the app noticed there was a new option under the “Tap and pay” options, which would allow users to select between Google Wallet and Android Pay. The only problem is this feature has to be turned on by Google before it becomes accessible. Those who selected Android Pay saw no application for the service, and upon returning to the Settings app to check on the matter, they would notice the option to select Android Pay was gone. Sadly, the excitement only lasts some minutes. I tested the whole process myself and had the same experience. Android Pay appeared as an option. I came back to the settings a minute later and it was gone. What is Android Pay? Are you a bit behind the times on Google’s upcoming Android Pay? Let’s get you caught up. Android Pay is a new NFC payments solution from Google. It was announced at Google IO 2015 and will allow you to pay for all your goods by simply tapping your phone on the POS system. But wait – didn’t Google Wallet already do this? Yes, it did. Android Pay is a bit different, though. For starters, this is not just another app; the functionality will be built right into the operating system. It’s also much simpler to use, as it doesn’t come with all the confusion that Google Wallet […]

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