Root access now available for Galaxy S5 on AT&T and Verizon

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After several weeks of trying and a bounty that exceeded $18,000, root access for Samsung’s Galaxy S5 on AT&T and Verizon has been obtained. Famed iPhone tinkerer George Hotz aka Geohot has managed to pull it off. So how does it work? To gain root access on either device, simply run a special .apk file and tap an onscreen button. That’s it. No crazy commands or lines of code.

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Rumor: The cellular LG G Watch might actually be a real thing, but only in Korea

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Citing “industry sources,” a super sketchy report from Korean publication iNews24 was posted at the end of May claiming that the upcoming LG G Watch could be shipping with a built-in, unremovable SIM Card. Other publications ran with this rumor, saying that it was truly possible despite the obvious skepticism that an Android Wear watch would have cellular capabilities. But we’ve unearthed some more information, potentially bringing a bit of credence to this wild rumor.

After said report started spreading across the Internet, we searched for the truth and uncovered FCC documents providing some evidence that the device will not be shipping with any cellular capabilities — at least not in the US, and not yet. These FCC filings were for a device labeled as ZNF-W100 (which likely just stands for  “watch” 100, with ZNF being the manufacturer’s code: LG).

But what we didn’t consider is that there might be more than one model. The FCC filing in the US shows no evidence of the W100 model touting a cellular radio, but what if there’s another model?

Enter the LG G Watch W105. Read more

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4: hands-on and first impressions (Video)

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After the recent Tab Into Color event put on by Samsung in New York City, we had a chance to get hands-on with both of the new tablets coming to market in the near future. The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is very similar to the Tab Pro 8.4, but it features a vivid Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600, all new accessory attachments, and overall may be a better buy than the Pro models…

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Samsung officially announces Galaxy Tab S tablets with Super AMOLED displays

Just as we expected, Samsung has announced its new line of tablets. Dubbed the Samsung Galaxy Tab S, the line features two devices, one with an 8.4-inch display and another with a 10.5-inch screen. DJ Lee, head of sales and marketing for Samsung’s mobile business, announced the two devices on stage at the company’s “Tab Into Color” event just moments ago.

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Beats Music for Android updated w/ ability to save files to an SD card, view in landscape, & more

Beats this evening announced a hefty update to its streaming app on Android. The update bumps the app to version 1.1 and includes a variety of features and changes that users have been calling for since the initial release. For one, you can now use the app in landscape mode. The “Just For You” interface and recommendations have been made more “refined and fresh” with this update, as well.

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Rumored Galaxy F spotted hanging out with Samsung’s Galaxy S5

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Samsung is expected to announce its new line of AMOLED tablets tonight at its event in New York, however the company could possibly have something else up its sleeve. Pictured above is a shot of the rumored Galaxy F aka Galaxy S5 Prime resting next to Sammy’s current flagship smartphone. Rumored to be a premium version of the GS5, this unannounced device is said to feature a 5.3-inch 1,440 x 2,560 display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM and a 16-megapixel camera.

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Samsung rumored to debut a curved Galaxy Note 4 at IFA

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Samsung has a history of announcing its latest Galaxy Note devices during IFA, so it’s no surprise that the company is reportedly planning to debut its next king size smartphone in Berlin. The real kicker here is that the device could ship with two different variants. While the South Korean electronics maker’s smartphones have featured various processors in different markets, in the case of the forthcoming Galaxy Note 4, it’s rumored that this handset will ship with two different display types.

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Google aims to unify app design with new ‘Quantum Paper’ framework

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Leading up to Google I/O this year, we’ve seen a handful of leaks regarding the design of Android. We’ve seen redesigned apps leak, such as calendar, the dialer, and Gmail, as well as updated icons. According to a new report out of Android Police, all off these recent design leaks and updates have been apart of a new program within Google called Quantum Paper.

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