LG releases V20 Official Signature Wallpaper video tutorial

Would you really need a video tutorial in order to use a new wallpaper feature for a device that you don’t have yet? Well, LG thinks you actually do. They released a video on their YouTube channel to show how people will be able to utilize the Signature Wallpaper feature of the LG V20. The smartphone will be launching in South Korea this week and then will be available for pre-order in the US by October 2.

The feature is probably not the most important or exciting feature of the LG V20, but the OEM thought it was important enough to warrant its own video tutorial. If you didn’t know it yet, the Signature Wallpaper feature lets you put on your lock screen wallpaper the first character of your signature on the phone’s secondary display. The signature text is what shows up when your phone is on locked screen mode or what they call the second screen. So if you set the word “love” as your signature, then the official signature wallpaper will have the letter L in various fonts and backgrounds.

It’s not really that useful of course, but if you’re looking to really make your smartphone personal, then this is one of the ways you can do it. Aside from that, the V20 has a lot going for it already, with its 5.7-inch 1440 x 2560 display, powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor. It has 4GB RAM, 32/64GB internal memory, a 16MP main cam and a 5MP front facing shooter. It also holds the distinction of being the first smartphone to have Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.

The LG V20 will be available in the US unlocked and through carriers as well. Pre-orders are expected to start by October 2 with the prices ranging from $576-$689 for the carriers but the unlocked version doesn’t have a set price yet.

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Samsung intros 2016 Galaxy A8, up for pre-order in South Korea starting Oct. 1

After several leaks and sightings, the Galaxy A8 (2016) is finally released in South Korea. After those rendered images and Geekbench and GFXBench listings, Samsung has finally unveiled the new Galaxy smartphone. This is the 2016 variant of the A8 released over a year ago. As expected, the new phone is packed with standard Samsung elements sans an exploding battery.

SK Telecom just showed off the 5.7-inch phone complete with ah AMOLED panel, 1080p resolution, 3GB RAM, 32GB built-in storage, and Exynos 7420 processor. When it comes to imaging, the Galaxy A8 features a 16MP rear camera and an 8MP selfie shooter. There’s the Always On Display, fingerprint reader, microSD card slot, and a 3300mAh battery. Device runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and the new Grace UX already out of the box.

SK Telecom is offering a blue variant of the Samsung Galaxy A8. You can now pre-order for one beginning tomorrow, October 1. Still no word on international availability but in its home country, it’s priced at KRW 649,000 which is about $580 in the US. We’re guessing this Galaxy A8 will also be released in China, Japan, and India just like the 2015 version.

Samsung Galaxy A8 Key Specs:

• OS: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
• Processor: Exynos 7420
• Display: 5.7 inches Full HD
• Dimensions: 156.6x 76.8x 7.2mm
• Weight: 182g
• Battery: 3330 mAh
• RAM: 3GB RAM
• Storage: 32GB (expandable)
• Cam: 16MP rear
• Cam: 8MP front-facing
• Connectivity: Bluetooth, GPS, 4G/LTE, WiFi, Samsung pay, fingerprint, Always On Display

SOURCE: SKTelecom

Get 60-day free access to over 180,000 audiobooks on Audible [DEALS]

Wish you had more time for reading? Get access to more than 180,000 audiobooks with a free 60 day subscription to Audible, offered this week to Android Community readers. Audible offers subscribers with access to more than 180,000 audiobook titles that are compatible with many devices, including Android smartphones and tablets, and can be listened to from anywhere — even when on the go. It’s the best way for busy people to stay current with today’s most popular book titles.

Your free 60 day subscription includes two credits that are good for any two audiobooks in their massive library. Just choose the title you want, download it to your device, and listen from anywhere. Once you’ve downloaded an audiobook, it’s yours to keep and, if you want additional titles in the same month, you can purchase them at prices that are heavily discounted.

Once your 60 day trial ends, you’ll have the opportunity to continue your membership and earn further monthly audiobook downloads for just $14.95 per month. There is no obligation to continue your membership beyond the initial 60 days, and you can cancel it at any time.

No matter what book you are looking for, chances are that Audible has it. Its expansive library includes bestselling titles, new releases, and audiobooks from every genre including sci-fi, romance, mysteries, and more. If you love to read and find you have no time for it, then a subscription to Audible is the perfect solution.

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goTenna Mesh connects you to people even when off-grid, out of network range

A truly connected world is possible especially in this day and age of computers, smartphones, and the Internet. Access may be limited but everyone in the world can be “wired”. It may be different and a bit challenging in some countries but there are people and groups who want to make a better world by coming up with technologies and innovations that are very useful.

Trust the geeks and geniuses to come up with new gadgets and services that will make our lives better. Take for example the goTenna Team, a group who turned to Kickstarter for funding with the goTenna Mesh. The new project is aiming to raise $150,000 but with 28 days to go before deadline, the goal amount is almost hit. Over 700 people have already pledged their support for the project, perhaps believing the goTenna Mesh is worthy to go into production.

goTenna Mesh is a device that can pair with your smartphone to enable communication. Even when you are off-the-grid or out of network range, you can still connect to the outside world. You can communicate with other goTenna Mesh devices to share GPS locations and send messages even sans the networks, satellites, or routers.

This one sounds like a dream but its developers made it possible by connecting those little goTenna Mesh devices. The idea is: the more devices and more people are joining the network, the better and more stronger the connection becomes. It’s best for crowded places where Internet or cellular connectivity may be loaded or for outdoors where connectivity is limited.

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goTenna Mesh uses special protocols so you can connect with other goTenna Mesh users. You can broadcast your location, start group chats, or send private messages within the goTenna Mesh network. The technology takes advantage of good old radio tech plus your current smartphone.

The goTenna Mesh team also introduced a software development kit for this concept. The SDK is expected to allow developers to “use goTenna hardware and protocols to transmit small bursts of secure data, at long ranges, completely off-grid”. The technology certainly has potential because it’s really plain and simple. It’s something that even health tech companies and the US Air Force are testing within their industries.

A pair of goTenna Mesh costs $129 which you can now pre-order on Kickstarter. It will be sold for $179 once it’s launched commercially. There’s an optional annual subscription worth $9.99 for the whole year. That’s for the first year alone and after that, it will be $29.99.

SOURCE: Kickstarter

New Google Maps voice commands added for a total hands-free experience

Summer may be over but that doesn’t mean you’d stop going on a road trip with your loved ones. You don’t have to plan a big vacation. You can always go on a short trip over the weekend to a nearby town. Pack your bags, put them all in the trunk, and drive to wherever. Make sure you have your smartphone loaded with Google Maps. It’s enough to bring you to places you’ve never been.

Thank heavens for modern technology. Driving and navigation these days can be easier. You don’t have any reason now why you should be getting lost because there’s Google Maps, GPS, or Waze. We’re sure there are more related apps but one of the most useful tool is the Google Maps app that is integrated with many other apps.

It’s even easier now to use because of “Ok Google”. With this feature, you can simply say a voice command and the voice assistant will do as you say. No need to tap on commands or swipe on the screen because Google Now will understand you. Voice commands aren’t always possible though. You can only use the feature if you see a white microphone icon in the top right area of your screen. The icon will become a circle with bouncing dots once it’s in use.

Hands-free driving is possible with Google Maps and Google Now. You just need to make sure that things are set up properly. Click on the overflow menus (3 dots), choose ‘Settings’, and then select ‘Ok Google detection’. You can also enable ‘While driving’ so your device will follow your voice commands while in Google Maps. Simple “Ok Google” commands will bring you to your destination. If you enable ‘Always on’, the device will “listen” to you from anywhere on your device.

You can say a lot of commands and Google Now will understand. Google listed possible voice search and commands on Android we all can use. With the voice feature, you can quickly say commands and find information while driving for a hands-free navigation.

It’s possible. Just sign in to your Google account, enable the features and settings on your Android device, and start talking. You can ask a question or tell Google Now to do something. The app is smart enough to decipher what you’re saying.

Here are some of the questions and commands you can voice out as listed down by Google:

NAVIGATION

“How do I get to [name of place]?”
“Show me a map of [name of place].”
“Mute.” or “Mute voice guidance.”
“Unmute.” or “Unmute voice guidance.”
“Show traffic.” or “Hide traffic.”
“Show satellite.” or “Hide satellite.”
“Navigate home.” or “Navigate to Starbucks.”
“Show route overview.” or “Show alternate routes.”
“What road is this?”
“What’s my next turn?”
“What’s my ETA?”
“How’s traffic ahead?” or “How’s traffic to home?”
“Avoid tolls.” or “Enable tolls.”
“Avoid highways.” or “Enable highways.”
“Avoid ferries.” or “Enable ferries.”
“Exit navigation.”

COMMANDS

“Call Mom.”
“Find gas stations.” or “Find restaurants.”
“Send a text to Larry.” or “Send an SMS to Sergey, I’m feeling lucky.”
“What’s the weather like?” or “How’s the weather in Seattle?”
“Play some jazz.” or “Play happy birthday on Google Play Music.”
“What’s the closest hotel?”
“When’s my next meeting?”

SOURCE: Google Maps