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Galaxy S5 Unboxing and Review!

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Galaxy S5 has been released officially couple days ago and I have finally got my hands on the latest Galaxy S5.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 features a 5.1-inch screen with full 1080P screen with Gorilla Glass 3, which is basically identical to Galaxy S4 but with slightly larger screen this year. The Super AMOLED screen on the Galaxy S5 is noticeably brighter than the S4 (in real life) and this may help you see the screen better in the sun.

As far as performance, Galaxy S5 packs the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.5Ghz processor, which is the fastest mobile processor on the

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Google Glass Explorer 2.0 Unboxing!

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Google has released the second version of Google Glass Explorer 2.0, which is a minor upgrade from the original version.

With Google Glass Explorer 2.0, you will get a free mono earbud and also shades for no additional charge.  In this unboxing, you will be able to see what comes with the latest 2013 edition of Google Glass.

The last time I had a chance to try Glass, the shades were not available.  Now with the shades, I feel like Google Glass is more useful, especially where I live in California where wearing sunglasses on a daily basis is the norm.  I find this li

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How to Replace Screen Digitizer on Galaxy Note 3!

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For those of you who have broken your brand, new Galaxy Note 3 screen, you may want to learn how to replace the screen digitizer assembly yourself as it’s pretty easy to do.

First, check and see if your screen is working or not.  If your screen does not turn on, you can follow the guide here to replace the whole screen digitizer assembly.

Second, if your screen is working still and your touchscreen is working but just your glass is cracked, you may be able to replace just the glass only.  If that’s the case, see my video on

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Nexus 5 DROP TEST with a CruzerLite Case!

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It seems to me pretty obvious that the Nexus 5 screen will crack if you drop it without a case.  So to prove the point, I did a drop test of my brand, new Nexus 5 with a CruzerLite case, which I have been using for many of my other Android devices and it protects your phone well, especially the screen.

As you can see in my test results, having a good case on your Nexus 5 can certainly survive many, many drops and even spinning drops.  You can easily protect your $400 investment with a $12 case so definitely get a case for your Nexus 5 so you don’t end up with a cracke

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How to Disassemble Nexus 5 for Repair!

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If you ever break your Nexus 5 screen or perhaps your USB stops working, you may be able to repair the Nexus 5 yourself as it’s a phone that’s made easy to repair.

In the future that you do need to repair Nexus 5, here’s a video tutorial and step-by-step guide to help you disassemble the Nexus 5 down to the screen/frame assembly.

Step 1. Start at the USB port module and slide the plastic tool (or plastic knife) and get between the back cover and the phone.

DO NOT USE any metallic tools as it will scratch your Nexus 5!!!

Step 2. Once wedg

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Nexus 5 Unboxing!

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My brand, new Nexus 5 32GB model just arrived in the mail today.  I am not sure what happened as it’s supposed to ship at the end of this month but got shipped much earlier.

Anyways, here’s my first, initial thoughts on it.

The all-new Nexus 5 built (again) by LG is the predecessor to the Nexus 4.   The Nexus 5 has gotten slightly longer and thinner than Nexus 4 while internal hardware has been upgraded with full 1080P HD screen with Gorilla Glass 3, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SPU with Adreno 330 GPU (identical to one on Note 3), 2GB of RAM, and 16 or 32GB o

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Top 10 Android 4.4 KitKat Features!

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For those of you wondering what’s “new” with Android 4.4 KitKat, here’s a quick overview of Top 10 features on KitKat:

10. KitKat Android 4.4 has been designed to run fast and smooth on older devices even ones with only 512MB of RAM.  This means KitKat is going to improve performance on your older Android devices such as Galaxy Nexus, Nexus One, HTC Evo, etc…etc… While those older devices might not get official updates, you can get KitKat by rooting and installing a ported custom ROM.  This is great news for thos

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Google Glass Review and See-Through Demo!

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Google Glass is a new type of hands-free device that allows you to really experience augmented reality/virtual reality via a prism projector that projects a small screen in front of your eyes.

So, how does Google Glass work?

Google Glass uses a prism projector with 640 by 360 pixel resolution that is equivalent to 25-inches of screen real estate from 8 feet away.  All said and done, Google glass screen is like a PIP feature on a TV.  You will see a screen on top-right of your peripheral vision large enough to see all the while being able

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Viper4Android App for Rooted Android! [Best Audio App]

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For those of you with a rooted Android smartphone or tablet, you probably want to know that there’s an awesome audio app that’s free and you can install on any rooted Android device.  This app is better than anything on the Play Store and it’s free.

If you thought rooting an Android device was unnecessary, Viper4Android is one app that’s going to make you want to root your Android device.

Many custom ROMs do come with Viper4Aandroid MOD but if it does not or you are on stock ROM, you can install Viper4Android manually and it’s very easy.

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How to Install APK Files to Galaxy Gear! [Win/Mac/Linux]

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I know many of you requested me to show you how to install APK files to your Galaxy Gear using ADB and this will allow you to install any regular Android apps onto your Galaxy Gear.

Now, not all Android apps work out of the box on the Galaxy Gear but you will find many do work including Nova launcher, which can give you a fresh, vanilla Android UI over Galaxy Gear’s watch UI.

By installing APK files to your Galaxy Gear, you can essentially turn it into a standalone Android device.  And of course enjoy regular Android apps not offered by the Samsung App Store.

Ste

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Drop Test!

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Well, I decided to do a drop test with my brand, new Galaxy Note 3, since I had to break the screen anyways to do a future screen replacement video.

It turns out that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 actually is pretty durable as the screen lived though a pocket drop, 5’9″ drop from the head, and even completely face-down drop from 5’9″.  In the end, I did a near 7-foot drop, which was probably inevitable to expect not to break.

Overall, Note 3 is pretty sturdy phone even without a case I think but you should never expect your smartphone’s scre

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Galaxy Note 3 UNBOXING!

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Well, I just received two, brand new Galaxy Note 3s this morning via FedEx, one of them the international LTE SM-N9005 model with Qualcomm CPU and the other SM-N900 model with Octa-core CPU.

First thoughts upon touching the Note 3 with my eyes closed?

Well, the Note 3 certainly has a different feel than any of its predecessors, the back of the phone feels like leather and certainly more “premium” feel.  Of course, the leather isn’t real leather but I do feel Sammy has done a terrific job of bringing premium feel that everyone wanted.

The Galax

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Galaxy Note 3 Giveaway! [CLOSED]

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We will be giving away TWO brand, new Galaxy Note 3 of your choice (AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, or international model) on October 9th, 2013 12PM PST.  You must be 18 or over to enter the giveaway but it is open to all countries/internationally.

To enter the contest, you simply have to subscribe to our HighOnAndroid.com E-Mail newsletter and confirm your e-mail address.  We will pick TWO random winners (live) on October 9th, 2013 12PM PST.

If you’ve entered our previous contest like Galaxy S4 Giveaway, you may already be entered.   You can try subscr

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How to Add Air Gestures to Any Android Smartphone! [Hovering Controls App]

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Here’s a really cool app called Hovering Controls App, that allow you to add hovering shortcuts to any Android smartphone similar to the Air Gestures found on a Galaxy S4.

This app uses your proximity sensor to detect your swipes over the phone and works quite well in allowing you to open up custom apps using a single/double swipe or even browse your Gallery and Browser using swipes. Also, you will be able to answer calls easily simply by holding your phone to your ears.

Overall, this is an awesome alternative to owning the Galaxy S4 and works just as well (maybe

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New Nexus 7 Unboxing and Initial Review! (2013)

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Google has finally launched a brand, “new” Nexus 7 for year 2013, a nice upgrade from the original Nexus 7 from last year.

The New Nexus 7 ships with 7-inch full 1080P IPS screen (1920×1200 pixels) which packs a ton more power than last year with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5Ghz processor (same one found on Nexus 4), 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 5 megapixel back camera, 1.2 megapixel fron camera, dual-band wifi 2.4Ghz/5Ghz, android 4.3, and comes in 16GB or 32GB.

As for size, the New Nexus 7 weighs just 0.64 pounds(or 290 grams) with dimension of 114x200x8.65mm. It

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How To Install Android 4.3 PhotoSphere Camera!

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Google has recently released Android 4.3 for Google Play Edition Galaxy S4 and HTC One Android smartphones.  Well, one of the easter egg that came out of that is the Android 4.3 PhotoSphere camera.

Luckily, it turns out that this camera app works wonders on other Android devices such as Note 2, Nexus 4, etc…etc… and gives you the same Android 4.3 camera!

This camera should work on ALL Android devices with Jelly Bean Android 4.1.1, 4.1.2, 4.2.1, 4.2.2, or even 4.3.  I have not tried it on ICS yet but if you want to try it, make a backup ROM beforehand.

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Galaxy S4 DROP TEST with a Case!

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You all probably seen many Galaxy S4 drop tests on YouTube and while they entertain you with completely broken screens, they do not show you anything. I know all of these guys are doing drop tests do generate millions of views but seriously does that show you ANYTHING?

If you drop any of latest smartphones without a case on cement ground enough times, it’s going to break the screen eventually.

Well, I thought it would be a good idea to actually do a drop test with a case since that would actually show you how a case can protect your phone.

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Should you Buy Galaxy Note 2 or Galaxy S4?

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Should you Buy the Note 2 or the S4?

So, you’ve decided to sell your Note 2 and get the S4 or can’t decide between the two?

Here’s some insights onto why I still use my Note 2 over the S4 and some tips when trying to decide between the two Samsung flagship phones.

Typing on the Galaxy Note 2 is just way easier and probably cause less arthritis for those of you getting older like myself. It’s like a difference between sitting on a bar chair or lounge chair all day long. When I type on my Galaxy Note 2 for hours, my hands don’t get ti

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Galaxy S4 UNBOXING and Review!

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Finally, I got hands on my new Samsung Galaxy S4 Android smartphone and here’s Galaxy S4 unboxing video!

The Galaxy S4 ships with either Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 1.9Ghz or Samsung Exynos Octa-core 1.6Ghz processor, 2GB of DDR3 memory, 5-inch full 1080P HD 1920×1080 screen with Gorilla Glass 3, 16/32/64GB internal storage, external microSD slot, removable battery, 13.2 megapixel back camera, 2.1 megapixel front camera, 2600mAh battery, Android 4.2.2, and sized at 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm, and weight 130 grams.

As far as CPU and memory goes, Galaxy S4 probably has the best

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How to Wifi Tether ANY Rooted Android Smartphone or Tablet! [Universal Guide]

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Most U.S. carriers including AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon, will charge you an extra “tethering monthly fee” (around $20-30) if you want wifi tethering enabled on your phone so you can share your phone’s internet with other wifi devices you own such as Android tablets, desktop computer, etc…etc…

Now, U.S. is the ONLY country in the world where carriers charge you twice for the same internet you already paid for.  In countries like South Korea, Thailand, and the rest of the world, there’s no extra tethering monthly charges to use the wifi

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Overlays App for Android – Run Any Widgets Over Apps!

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For those of you looking ways to multi-task better on your Android smartphone or tablet, my first advice is to get a phone that supports true multi-tasking such as Galaxy Note 2 or Galaxy S3/S4.

Now, there is a way to “sorta” of multi-task by running any widgets over your apps using the Overlays app for Android.

This is probably the coolest app I’ve seen in awhile, basically you can have “any” of your favorite widgets running simultaneously

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How to Install Google Wallet on ANY Rooted Android Smartphone or Tablet!

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For those of you with one of the latest Android smartphones/tablets that have NFC but cannot use Google Wallet (such as any AT&T, T-Mobile, or Verizon phones), here’s how to install Google Wallet.

Why do you need Google Wallet?

Google Wallet is an NFC-enabled credit card payment system for those of you who don’t know.  Many credit card systems around the world now support NFC-enabled credit cards and Google Wallet, meaning you don’t have to carry your credit cards anymore, just your smartphone.  It’s a great way to pay for things, and much

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How To Add Pie Control To Any Rooted Android Smartphone/Tablet! [LMT Launcher]

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What’s hot around town right now?  Of course, it’s the PIE Control!

If you are running the latest ParanoidAndroid ROM, you can get PIE Control, a new way of accessing your home buttons.

Now, the good news is that you don’t need to install ParanoidAndroid ROM to get this feature.  You can install LMT launcher app on “any” Android smartphone/tablet device and also even customize the buttons (up to 10 buttons + another 10 for long-press on the buttons).

Step 1. So, let’s get to it.  First, you will need a rooted Android smartp

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Why You Should Buy the Galaxy Note 2! [MultiView]

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For those of you wondering what is the best smartphone of the year 2012, it’s without a doubt the Galaxy Note 2.

Nevermind all the cool things you can do with the S-Pen or the large 5.5-inch screen that allows you to use it as a tablet device too, the multi-view, true multi-tasking feature on the Note 2 is just mind-blowing and beats everything else on the market!

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How to Install Flash Player on Android Jelly Bean or ICS!

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Here’s how to install Flash Player on “any” Android smartphone or tablet device running ICS or Jelly Bean.

Download and install this: Download FlashPlayer.apk

Credits – XDA

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Google Glass Explorer Invites from Google!

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Now is your chance to sign up for the Google Glass Explorer program if you are out of luck on getting private invites from existing Google Glass owners.  Google is offering their own invites and if you are a U.S. resident, they may send you an invite to buy a Google Glass at $1500 outright if you sign up.

As we’ve seen many times before, Google doesn’t offer invites for long.  We believe this is limited so if you seriously want to have Google Glass, we highly suggest you to sign up

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