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Update or Upgrade? Apple Has a New Look for You

Posted by Cellular Chloe on Sep 18, 2013 4:37:00 PM


Today is one of those days where iPhone users have a lot to look forward to. No, it's not the release of a new phone, that happens on Friday of this week (September 20th). It's the release of the newest Operating System iOS7. It's like getting a new phone all over again! Here is what you can look forward to when you download and update your iPhone, iPad or iPod.

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Topics: Apple, Smartphone, iTunes, iPhone5S, iphone, Upgrades, Iphone4S, Announcements, Updates, iPhone5, iPad, iPhone5C

No More iPhone5? Apple Makes Room for 2 New Models in 19 Flavors

Posted by Cellular Chloe on Sep 12, 2013 3:54:00 PM

True to form, Apple has made their end of summer announcement and they have given us a few new products and a new OS to look forward to. Or not? If we take the Stock market as an indication, perhaps people are not that excited. 

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Topics: Apple, Smartphone, iPhone5S, iphone, iOS apps, Announcements, Updates, iPhone5, Verizon, iPhone5C, As seen on BetterCT

I Woke Up In Love This Morning: A Tale of Google Now

Posted by Cellular Chloe on Dec 6, 2012 12:17:00 PM

You already know that I'm a geek so it shouldn't surprise you that I heart the Partridge Family! The question is what did I wake up in love with? I had the Jelly Bean update waiting on my phone when I hit the snooze on my alarm. I actually got up since there was a update instead of going right back to sleep. That's one way to wake this Gadgetista out of a slumber!

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Topics: Android, Smartphone, Android 4.1, Android OS, Jelly Bean, Announcements, Updates

RAZR MAXX and RAZR MAXX HD to get Jelly Bean Lite Finally?

Posted by Cellular Chloe on Nov 30, 2012 4:11:00 PM

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I'm not going to lie...I have been desperately waiting to get the most of my Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD. I mean with a name like Droid RAZR MAXX HD shouldn't it just give you the most right from the get-go? Well here's the deal. Any time now an update will be rolling out and here is what you can look forward to with the upgrade to the Android Operating System 4.1 (Jelly Bean). By the way, I'm calling it Jelly Bean Lite because there is a Jelly Bean 4.2 as well.

GOOGLE NOW
Just the right information at just the right time. Get today’s weather before you start your day, know how much traffic to expect before you leave for work and when the next train will arrive as you’re standing on the platform. Cards appear throughout the day automatically.

VOICE SEARCH NOTIFICATIONS
Sometimes you’d rather just speak your search query. Android lets you search the web with your voice, and it’s convenient for getting quick answers on the fly. It speaks back to you and is powered by the Knowledge Graph, bringing you precise answers and ranked search results.
Take action directly from the notifications panel. Send emails, return calls, share photos and more. Notifications are expandable and you scan multiple emails, see event details or full images and more.

SMART KEYBOARD
More accurate and relevant dictionaries have been implemented. Jelly Bean’s keyboard guesses the next word before you type it and voice typing now works even when you don’t have a data connection, and text-to-Speech capabilities have been improved.

ADDITIONAL JELLY BEAN ENHANCEMENTS

  • Move between Home screens with more intuitive graphics and smooth transitions.
  • Enjoy more reactive and uniform touch responses.

SOFTWARE UPGRADES

  • Improved voice and data connectivity.
  • Native calendar settings have been improved for a better user experience.
  • Improved reliability and connectivity of Back Up Assistant Plus & Visual Voicemail.
  • Time stamp shown in outgoing multimedia has been corrected.

APPLICATION UPDATES

  • Video calling portal and Accessories Application has been preloaded.
  • Verizon Video has been removed.
  • Color Application has been removed.
  • Fully integrated Amazon app suite has been preloaded (includes Kindle, Amazon MP3,
  • IMDb, Audible, and Zappos).

When the rollout begins and you start REALLY making the most of you RAZR MAXX and MAXX HD, hit me up so I can start checking my software update button!

Peace out

-CC

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Topics: Motorola, Android, Smartphone, Android 4.1, Ice Cream Sandwich, Android OS, Jelly Bean, Announcements, Updates

Verizon Announces the First Two Windows 8 Devices

Posted by Cellular Chloe on Nov 16, 2012 12:28:00 PM

So lets get to know a little more about each device.

Nokia Lumia 822

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compare to other devices


Running Windows Mobile 8, this 4G LTE device offers a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, a 4.3 in. OLED display, an 8MP camera and a 2.1 MP front facing camera.  With 16 GB on board memory and the ability to add up to 64 GB of removable memory, this phone offers Bluetooth, VZ Nav, NFC (Near Field Communication) Mobile Hotspot and Wi-Fi capabilities. 

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Topics: WindowsPhone, Smartphone, HTC, Windows Apps, cell phone, Product Information, 4G LTE, Announcements, Verizon, Nokia

Extra Jelly Bean Flavors Added With Android 4.2

Posted by Cellular Chloe on Nov 2, 2012 4:52:00 PM

Google is at it again. Along with announcing their new lineup of Nexus devices, Google threw in Android 4.2. There were many rumors out there that this new update would be the next software version following Jelly Bean (affectionately thought to be Key Lime Pie-which is my fav desert) but that wasn’t the case. With 4.2 came awesome new features, some that I’m totally amped to try out.

Photo Sphere

Google had a minor yet major update within their camera. Photo Sphere allows the user to take multiple pictures at once in multiple directions and it’ll blend them all into a pretty little sphere. Not only can you view these on your phone as a sphere, but you can also add them to Google + and Google Maps right from your phone.

Daydream

Have you been getting sick of your drab lock screen photo? With this new feature you can either set up a slideshow of what pictures you have on your phone or set up information to scroll through from Google Currents. Kinda livens things up a bit.

Wireless Mirroring

This feature seems great on the outside, but it has a catch. Aside from the ability to mirror almost anything you're doing on your phone, I.E. videos, Facebook, YouTube and more, you can’t really do it without a wireless display adapter and an HDMI- enabled TV.

Multi-User Support

I think this is my favorite part of the new update. With this, you can share your tablet experience with others. Instead of cluttering your main screen with someone else’s apps, you can set up a secondary user. On the other side, you’ll find you can have separate apps, backgrounds, lock screens, widgets, games, etc. Sadly, this option will only be available for Tablets.

Gesture Typing

Google is taking their keyboards to the next level. I’ll admit that it’s very reminiscent of the Swype app but I think Google is taking a great forward step. Not only do you slide your finger from letter to letter, but it’ll also anticipate and predict your next word for you.

Google Now

This really isn't new for anyone who already has Jelly Bean 4.1. Google made due on their promises and they added more cards to the Google Now stock.

 In the latest update, you’ll get  

 

  • Flights
  • Hotels
  • Restaurant Reservations
  • Events
  • Packages
  • Movies
  • Concerts
  • Stocks
  • Developing Story & Breaking News
  • Nearby Attractions
  • Nearby Photo Spots

 

I can’t wait to try out all these new features. If you're just as excited as I am, you’ll have to wait a little bit. So far, the only devices to get this new version of Jelly Bean will be the newly announced Nexus 10 and Nexus 4.

 Peace Out

-CC

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Topics: Android, Smartphone, Upgrades, Android OS, Jelly Bean, Tablet, 4G LTE, Announcements, Updates

Two New Smartphones Continue the DROID RAZR Legacy

Posted by Cellular Chloe on Oct 17, 2012 2:25:00 PM

New DROID RAZR Smartphones Now Available

DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD by Motorola have hit the shelves this week.

Last month, DROID RAZR M by Motorola launched as the full-screen phone with edge-to-edge display, and last week, two more exclusive DROID RAZRs have arrived – DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD by Motorola. Both smartphones continue the DROID RAZR legacy and provide the features and power that customers have come to expect.

As the most compact 4.7-inch smartphone, DROID RAZR HD is built with premium materials such as Corning Gorilla Glass and DuPont KEVLAR fiber. And to defend against the occasional spills and splashes, there’s a protective layer of water-repellant nanocoating.

DROID RAZR HD features an 8-megapixel camera and an HD display that makes movies, photos, magazines and websites appear with vibrant clarity. The Circles Widget makes it easy to view battery life, text notifications, missed calls or weather updates, right on the home screen. The smartphones are near-field communications(NFC)-enabled, so customers can use Android Beam to share contacts and maps directly to compatible phones.

DROID RAZR MAXX HD has the same features as the DROID RAZR HD but includes a battery that allows for up to 32 hours of normal use and double the internal storage to 32 GB. Customers can also maximize their battery life using the updated SMARTACTIONS app that features a new Driver Mode.

Both new DROID RAZRs run over 4G LTE, combined with Chrome for Android, meaning customers can enjoy blazing fast speeds that make downloading documents or surfing the Web a breeze. Verizon Wireless 4G LTE will soon be available to more than 245 million people in the United States. Also, both devices are Global Ready, so calling home or sending emails is possible from more than 205 countries around the world.

The DROID RAZR HD is available in either Black or White and has 16 GB internal storage. The DROID RAZR MAXX HD is available in Black and has 32 GB internal storage. 

 

I can't wait to get my hands on these!

Stay tuned for my review!

-CC

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Topics: Motorola, Android, Smartphone, Ice Cream Sandwich, cell phone, Android OS, Jelly Bean, 4G LTE, Announcements, Verizon, microSIM

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Updates

Posted by Cellular Chloe on Aug 15, 2012 4:30:00 PM

What’s just as exciting as buying a new phone? Getting a major update on your phone! The best part, it doesn’t cost a thing and you feel like you're getting a brand new phone. Well at least this update will feel like it. There is a major change going from Android 2.3 Gingerbread to Android 4.0 ICS but it’s all for the better. Unfortunately, only 3 phones are slated to get the update very soon with more to come.

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Topics: Motorola, Android, Samsung, Ice Cream Sandwich, Android OS, Announcements, Updates, Rezound

Now It's Incredible and 4G!

Posted by Cellular Chloe on Jul 3, 2012 10:10:00 AM


At 4G speed, this HTC Incredible 4G will be in stores before you know it!

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Topics: Android, Mobile Broadband, HTC, Ice Cream Sandwich, cell phone, games, 4G LTE, Announcements

Verizon's 4G is Headed for the Shore and Points Beyond

Posted by Cellular Chloe on May 16, 2012 7:58:00 PM

Now that 4G LTE is a household word, it's time to get it out of the house and down to the shore!

Verizon's 4G LTE is covering a pretty good size footprint of the US, but they aren't stopping there. On May 17th, Verizon plans to upgrade some popular summer vacation spots to their red hot 4G LTE coverage. Now 4G will be where you work, live and PLAY!

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Topics: Upgrades, Expanding Coverage, Summer Vacation Spots, 4G LTE, Announcements

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