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How to customize the lock screen on the LG G3
7/18/2014 10:57:38 AM

LG lets you tweak the G3 lock screen to get it just how you want it

As far as lock screens go LG has long made some of the better OEM efforts. That trend continues with the new G3 and it doesn’t end with what you see out of the box. There are a bunch of different options available to tailor your G3 lock screen experience from wallpapers to widgets via app shortcuts.

It’s incredibly simple to change up what’s on your lock screen. Everything is contained within one handy menu, and to get at it you’ll need to head into Settings > Lock screen. Then the fun stuff can begin.


Podcasting. Live. This afternoon. 4 p.m. EDT.
7/18/2014 10:07:16 AM

We can’t. Stop typing. Like Shatner.

Join us this afternoon at 4 p.m. for the latest edition of the Android Central Podcast, recorded live and right before your eyes, in living color. We’ve got many a U.S. LG G3 in our hot little hands, so we’ll see what’s up with the latest from South Korea. Plus we’ve got another week’s worth of Android Wear on our wrist, and we’ll see if it’s still worth a buy, or if we need to keep waiting. And we’ll be answering your questions live, without a net.

So join us at 4 p.m. EDT — that’s 9 p.m. in London — at this link. It’s gonna be a good one.


Stock Talk: Google earnings show there’s still plenty of room for growth
7/18/2014 8:41:31 AM

But if there’s one company it needs to look out for, it’s Facebook

Google on Thursday reported its second-quarter results for fiscal year 2014. We already posted a brief summary of the numbers, and now it’s time to dive a bit deeper. Let’s the the disclaimers out of the way: I’m a Google shareholder and have been for many years. I’m optimistic on the company’s outlook and while I will continue to hold my shares (probably for many more years), I’m not recommending any specific actions to anyone else.

While Wall Street loves to micro-analyze quarterly results. I prefer to look at them in the context of long-term growth. From the angle of an investor (rather than a stock trader) I am quite satisfied with the company’s performance and opportunity set going forward.

Analysts expected Google to post $15.6 billion in revenue compared to the $16 billion it actually reported. So that’s a small positive surprise. But on the earnings line, analysts thought Google would post $6.24 earnings per share (EPS) while it actually posted $6.08. This is about a 3 percent shortfall relative to the best guess of the analyst community, so it’s hardly a big miss. What matters to me is that Google posted 22 percent growth year-over-year. Google has been posting results like this quite consistently, which tells me Google continues to be well-managed in a world where there is plenty of opportunity for the company to take advantage of.


Deal of the Day: Mobi Hard Shell Case for Samsung Galaxy Note 3
7/18/2014 8:22:34 AM

Made from a durable polycarbonate, these Samsung Galaxy Note 3 hard cases are strong enough to withstand drops and thin enough to keep in your pocket. The back features a soft coating that’s comfortable to hold, easy to manage and helps prevent unwanted drops.

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Using the LG G3’s gesture controls
7/18/2014 8:10:14 AM

Gesture controls are becoming increasingly common in Android phones — being able to control certain features by moving or flipping your phone dates back to the early days of HTC Sense. However it’s easy to overlook the LG G3’s gesture controls if you’re not aware of them, and there are a few useful time-savers included.


First trailer for the new Hunger Games movie will premiere first on Samsung Galaxy Tab S
7/18/2014 8:06:11 AM

Samsung has teamed up with Lionsgate to announce that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 will see its first official trailer premiere on Galaxy Tab S hardware. The trailer will go live on July 25 at the Samsung Galaxy Experience during Comic-Con, presented by cast members from the popular movie. Fans will be able to enjoy the trailer outside of the massive convention too, heading down to a local Best Buy or downloading the movie pack app for Android.


Amazon launches Kindle Unlimited, a new ebook rental service for $9.99 a month
7/18/2014 7:24:02 AM

Amazon has today announced a new ebook rental service called Kindle Unlimited. The new service enables consumers to choose from over 600,000 books, listen to thousands of audiobooks from Audible and more for just $9.99 a month. Think of it as a music streaming package, but for books with Amazon.


Sky subscribers can now manage their account on the go with new Android app
7/18/2014 6:40:05 AM

If you are a subscriber of UK broadcaster Sky, you’ll now be able to manage your account while on the move with the company’s latest Android offering. Titled Sky Service, the app enables you to get into account areas, find help for TV, broadband and phones services, as well as easy access to the service status checker. It’s a must-have for anyone with a Sky package.


LG G3 s (aka Beat) to be priced at €349 in Europe, launching next month
7/18/2014 6:04:54 AM

It was only yesterday when LG announced the Beat / G3 s, which caters for consumers looking for a mid-range Android smartphone. Today, LG Germany revealed that the new mobile phone will set purchases back €349. The G3 Beat and “G3 s” are the same phone — those in Asia will get the G3 Beat and Europe will receive the “LG G3 s”. It’s also stated by LG Germany that the G3 s will launch sometime in August, presumably alongside other nearby markets.


Samsung managers voluntarily return part of bonuses prior to quarterly report
7/18/2014 4:47:42 AM

Almost 200 Samsung managers have opted to voluntarily return a quarter of their first-half bonuses in a bid to help mitigate the upcoming quarterly report, which will show a decline in profits and consumer demand. Samsung itself is facing some issues with slowing market growth and heightened levels of competition from the industry as a whole, leading to the company releasing an operating profit guidance falling short of analysts’ predictions.


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