Matthew Sabatini(169 posts)

Matt has been an Android fanatic since the original Motorola Droid. In addition to designing web pages, running his own company, and going to school, he finds time to write for Android Authority. Matt still owns that good old Droid 1 and a Xoom Family Edition.




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San Francisco and Silicon Valley Verizon 4G LTE Speedtests

by: Matthew SabatiniJanuary 9, 2012

If you’re a Verizon Wireless customer, or you watch TV, chances are that you heard about Verizon’s “super fast” 4G LTE network. It now covers a great deal of America, and if you are covered, LTE (Long Term Evolution) offers “up to 10x faster data speeds than 3G”. But like usual, seeing is believing. And that is just what I decided to do on my trip to San Francisco and Silicon Valley. With a series of speed tests, I have mapped out the 4G LTE speeds for a great deal of the Bay Area.

As you can see from the list of speeds and their locations, LTE is very un predictable and the speeds change very often even within the same [...]

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Have You Taken Advantage of Google Music’s Free Music Section?

by: Matthew SabatiniDecember 31, 2011

The ability to access and download free music online has been at the forefront of debate for a while now. Instead, Google has decided to put free music at the forefront of their website. More specifically, “On Android Market, we’ll feature new tracks each day from today’s hottest artists as well as classic favorites, all for free.” And if that is not convincing enough, once you hit the download button, and pay $0.00, the song is yours to keep forever. Your not renting or leasing the music, your buying it at a price you can absolutely afford!

You can probably assume that Google will be giving away old and unpopular music in this free section. But [...]

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Is The Galaxy Nexus Blocking ScreenCast? (A Fix In The Works)

by: Matthew SabatiniDecember 31, 2011

Wouldn’t it be great if you could record a video of your phone’s screen? Well, thanks to Media Solutions and a little rooting, Screencast does just that. However, Galaxy Nexus users (such as me) were reporting black screens instead of screen recordings. After trying everything from Mobo Player to re-installing the app, I decided to contact the developer(s). Clearly, this was the right thing to do. Within minutes, I had a response sitting in my inbox.

Media Solution’s answer was nice and simple:

“Google blocked the conventional framebuffer where Screencast and other screen capture utilities grab the screen on the Galaxy Nexus. We are [...]

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Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Data Issues Confirmed (Update: Back To Normal)

by: Matthew SabatiniDecember 28, 2011

After spending the whole day running constant LTE speed tests, today is a bit different. In places that normally have 4G coverage by Verizon, we are lucky to be getting any data connection at all on our Galaxy Nexus. 3G is working fine for the most part in Silicon Valley around the Googleplex, but the same cannot be said in other parts of the country.

This is not the first time Verizon admitted to having data troubles. In fact, exactly a week ago today, Verizon’s 4G LTE network was having the same troubles like the ones today. But rest assured, Verizon is working hard to fix the problem, and you should start seeing your fourth “gee” again [...]

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How to Find Your Long Lost Android Device With Plan B

by: Matthew SabatiniDecember 28, 2011

Now that you can track your phone’s location online, and even track other people’s locations, it is almost impossible to lose your phone given that you have an application that tracks your device’s locations. But what happens when you don’t have one of those programs installed? Now, thanks to Lookout Labs, you can turn to Plan B. More specifically, if you lost your phone and did not install Lookout Mobile Security, or any other location tracking service, simply go to the Android Market Web Store and install Plan B remotely.

After the app has installed, it should start up by itself. However, you may have to send yourself text messages to get Plan [...]

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Verizon 4G LTE Speed Test Results (New York City)

by: Matthew SabatiniDecember 28, 2011

After a few years of development, tons of commercials, and a lot of patient waiting, 4G LTE is finally here, for Verizon customers at least. And although not everyone is seeing the “up to 10x faster speeds”, I assure you LTE has landed.

During my trip to New York City over the weekend, I was sure that my Galaxy Nexus would be picking up LTE speeds. Using Ookla’s Speedtest.net application, I tested my data download and upload speeds numerous times. The results varied depending on my location, but no matter where I was, it was easy to see difference between 3G and 4G. More specifically, once you hit a 4G zone, your almost guaranteed speeds over 3 mb/s. [...]

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How To Cleanse Your Android Device of DroidDream

by: Matthew SabatiniDecember 28, 2011

Google recently took more than 50 apps out of the Android Market. They did this because the apps were found to contain the Android malware DroidDream. As you could have guessed, malware is not good for your device. Just like a virus on your computer, malware is very dangerous and can do crazy things to your brand spanking new Android device. However, if you have Lookout Mobile Security or any of the other best security/antivirus apps installed on your device, chances are the malware will never make it on to your device. It is always a good idea to have some sort of security program installed. In fact, Lookout runs completely in the background while still providing expert [...]

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Google Music Sale Still Going Strong at 49 Cents Per Song

by: Matthew SabatiniDecember 28, 2011

Google Music has only been around for a short while. And to make sure that their music store could stand up to iTunes, Mountain View is putting millions of their songs on sale. More specifically, over ten million songs are just 49¢ in the Google Music store. In addition, over half a million albums are just $4.99 during the sale. However, “Google Music artist hub and Sony albums and tracks are not included”. But don’t worry, who needs Sony anyway right? Besides, Google promises that if you search around in the web store for a while,”you’ll find something you like at a great price!” After all, what’s better than music at a great low [...]

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Droid 4 Release Date Bumped to February 2, 2012

by: Matthew SabatiniDecember 23, 2011

It has been just under 6 months since Motorola released the Droid 3, and it has become clear that the fourth device in the Droid series is on its way. Of course, yesterday, December 22nd, was the rumored date of release. However, the day has come and gone without any definitive word from Verizon or Motorola.

Despite the lack of info from big red, a piece of informations, shown above, has escaped from Verizon’s headquarters. It is pretty clear that the Droid 4 will be landing in Verizon on or around February 2nd, 2012. This quick change of release dates should not come as a shock after the agony Verizon put Galaxy Nexus fans through. However, at least [...]

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Droid RAZR MAXX Shows Up In Verizon’s Inventory

by: Matthew SabatiniDecember 21, 2011

Just days after the Motorola Droid RAZR was released on Verizon, rumors started to surface about variants of the device. By itself, the RAZR is easily one of the most powerful devices on the market today. Therefore, these variants could push the device over the edge if they get an Ice Cream Sandwich update as well. In addition to the standard Droid RAZR, the white version has already made its way into the market. Furthermore, we began hearing rumors of a Droid 4 not long ago. This device would pack a 1.2GHz dual core processor, a 1GB DDR2 RAM, a 1785 mAh battery and a 4″ qHD display. The Droid 4 could be coming out as early as the 22nd of December. Finally, the Droid [...]

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