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2 years ago

Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 demand to outstrip supply

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Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 chip will be powering some of the most anticipated Android devices of the next few months, including the HTC One S and AT&T's HTC One X, not to mention the ASUS Padfone and rumored devices from Sony. But in its recent Q2 earnings call, the chipmaker admitted that supply of the S4 chips may be unable to meet demand until the end of the year, meaning that device manufacturers may have to look elsewhere for alternative silicon. The lack of supply is likely due to difficulties with the 28nm manufacturing process used to build the S4 chips, which have been reported over the past couple of months.

Speaking in the earnings call, Qualcomm President and COO Steven Mollenkopf said the company was working with its customers (manufacturers) to swap-in alternative Qualcomm chipsets, though he admitted "we do expect to see some alternative non-Qualcomm chipsets being used to solve that issue as well."

While this probably won't impact S4 devices currently on the market, or about to go on sale, it may cause OEMs to think twice about using the chips in devices due to come to market later in the year, particularly where LTE connectivity isn't essential. In the mobile device space, Qualcomm faces competition from the likes of NVIDIA, Texas Instruments and Samsung, not to mention Intel later in the year.

via BBC News

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2 years ago

Spotify for Android gets major overhaul, preview version now available

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Music streaming service Spotify has overhauled its Android app with a brand new look and a slew of new features. Firstly, the app's been redesigned with support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and it's clear the developers have borrowed a little of Google's ICS design language for their new app. Facebook-style slide-out navigation is included, replacing the menu key based navigation of old. And high-resolution cover art and high-quality (320kbps) streaming have also been added, along with performance improvements throughout the app.

Spotify promises more features, including Last FM scrobbling and folder support, before the new version is finalized. Note that to try out the new app, you'll need to be signed up for a Spotify Premium subscription, and as it's a stand-alone apk file, you'll need to enable unknown sources to install it.

For the full list of changes, along with download info, check the source link.

Source: Spotify

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2 years ago

PlayStation Suite SDK open beta begins

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As promised, Sony has launched the public beta of its PlayStation Suite SDK, following on from the closed beta that's been available to select developers in the US, UK and Japan since last November. The program, which is available online now at playstation.com/pss, allows game developers to create games and apps optimized for the recently-launched PlayStation Vita handheld console, as well as PlayStation-certified Android devices. (These include the Xperia Play, Xperia Arc, Xperia S, Sony Tablets P and S, and others.)

The open beta available free of charge to all developers, but after the beta period's up Sony plans on charging a $99 annual fee for access to the finalized SDK. It's also worth mentioning that any games created using the beta SDK won't be available until after the open beta wraps up, though devs are free to test and debug their creations during the beta period.

Interested developers can sign up over at the source link -- here's hoping the project results in some great titles for Sony's line-up of Android phones and tablets.

Source: PlayStation, SCEI

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2 years ago

Late-night poll: Would you switch carriers for a phone?

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We ask a lot of hypothetical questions in our nightly polls. Back when they first started, we decided that the main focus is for us to get to know each other a little better, and that leads to a lot of what-if kind of situations. Like tonight's, where I'm asking if the right phone could make you switch carriers.

Imagine the HTC One X, or the "next" Galaxy phone, or another up and comer we haven't heard about yet. One you really, really like. Now imagine that you're told it won't come to the carrier you're currently using. What would you do? Would you pass on it, hoping to have a better selection next time around, or do you pay any ETF, port your number and jump ship?

I'm a T-Mobile customer, but I could leave for Sprint or AT&T, which both have excellent coverage around here. But I wouldn't, partially because I like my cheaper monthly costs, and because I like the way T-Mobile treats customers who bring their own phones. I'll happily use whatever device suits me best until it's time to buy a new one. But I can see the draw, because I have considered it once or twice and thought about leaving for AT&T -- over a phone. In the end I didn't, and don't really regret it.

What about you guys? Would you leave or stay if you found out your carrier wasn't ever going to get the phone you just had to have? Answer in the poll., and tell us why in the comments.

Would you switch carriers to get the right phone?

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2 years ago

T-Mobile introduces the HTC One S live from New York

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T-Mobile threw a little get-together high above New York's Meatpacking district tonight, and we were there to catch a glimpse at the star of the show: the HTC One S. The carrier was celebrating the launch of its cut of the One line, the 4.3-inch mid-leveler packing the same dual-core S4 processor and 8 MP camera as its big brother, the One X. We've already put the S though its paces these past few weeks, but we couldn't help fawning over it again tonight. While the screen isn't top of the line, the size, Sense 4.0+ Ice Cream Sandwich, and camera have us downright smitten. And while the S was the guest of honor, T-Mobile included some other goodies for its guests, including a look at its new ad campaign (yes, Carly was there) and a live performance from Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. 

You can check out our hands-on with T-Mobile's HTC One S here. It'll be available next week, April 25, for $199 on contract. Hit the break for some shots from tonight's gathering.

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2 years ago

MGM titles finally arrive on YouTube and Google Play in North America

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Notably missing from the Google Play and YouTube repertoire of content, has long been iconic studio MGM. But now, they're missing no more. MGM has become the fifth major studio to partner with Google, and over 600 titles will be making their way into the catalog. The only catch thus far -- in typical Google fashion it will only be available in the US and Canada for the time being. 

More titles will be added over the coming weeks. But, for now if you've been hankering for some Robocop or Terminator action on your Android device, hanker no longer. 

Source: YouTube

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2 years ago

Instagram update going out - Adds support for the Samsung Galaxy Y while addressing bugs for Froyo users

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The latest Instagram update is now rolling out to the masses. While it is a minor bug fix for most folks, if for some reason you still have a Android 2.2 Froyo device in your hands this will be one you'll want to grab. It addresses some bugs in certain devices running Froyo as well, adds support for the Samsung Galaxy Y. As always, you'll find the download past the break.

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2 years ago

PlayUp aims to make watching sports more social, introduces app for Android

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PlayUp is a new application for Android that wants to improve your sports watching experience by making it much more social.

Currently, if you're watching a live sporting event, you can text or send various messages to friends, but there hasn't been one unified app to aggregate everyone in.  With PlayUp, you can choose the sport and the specific game, gather with friends or just like-minded fans whom you've never met and start trash talking!

Here are all of the features of PlayUp:

• Free instant messaging around sport
• Live scores and stats for 25,000+ live games
• Invite friends from any social network
• Hangout and message in private with friends during the game
• Share posts with Facebook and Twitter
• Push notifications and friend alerts
• Join public discussions with other fans
• Make friends with like-minded sport fans

PlayUp is a great concept because if there's one thing about sports fans, it's that we're a passionate bunch who always have an opinion. To be able to talk to other people who share our interests right from our mobile device is a great feature. The app is free and available from the Google Play Store, please find links after the break.

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2 years ago

Battery stats, Weird text messages [ From the Forums]

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Halfway through the week and we've had plenty of news to go through already. If you happened to miss out on anything, make sure you get yourself caught up here on the blogs and in the Android Central forums:

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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2 years ago

HTC One S review (T-Mobile US)

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HTC's not making it easy for us. The Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer is doing its best to convince us that the HTC One S, despite being the "middle" phone in the HTC One line — between the One X and the One V — in fact is the best phone in the bunch. And, truth be told, we're wavering.

You've read our complete HTC One X review. We've done the HTC One V. And we've already reviewed the Euro version of the HTC One S. (And I've had that one for a number of weeks, too.)

Point is, we're not unfamiliar with these phones. And neither are you after the thousands of words and (what feels like) hours of video we've brought you.

What follows is our T-Mobile HTC One S review. It has a lot in common with its European counterpart, and we'll highlight what those of us in the states have to look forward to.


This phone is a little slice of sexy. Never thought we'd call a 4.3-inch smartphone little, but the HTC One S is a mere 7.8 mm thick, and it makes it feel smaller than it really is. Has a powerful processor and great design, and an excellent camera. It's running the most recent version of Android with some nice customizations from HTC.


The non-removable battery and lack of a microSD card will be a nonstarter for some. The display, while not bad, isn't as good as its big brother in the HTC One X. Can get pretty hot under a heavy load.



If you're in the market for a new smartphone on T-Mobile, you need to check out the HTC One S. It's got a great design, it's got great hardware, and the software is top of the line. And it can nearly replace your point-and-shoot camera.

Inside this review

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2 years ago

T-Mobile HTC One S hands-on

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You can never get enough of a phone this nice. Have a peek at Phil's hands-on with the T-Mobile edition of the HTC One S, and start counting your pennies in preparation for the April 25 release date. Like the all the phones in the HTC One line, this looks to be one of the year's best from HTC.

It would look even better in Jerry's pocket!

Visit the HTC One S forums

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2 years ago

Samsung 'GT-i9300' sighted in Brazil, probably not the Galaxy S III

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Update: Sources for The Verge have denied that this model is the Galaxy S III, saying it's "not even close to the final design," and adding "no leaks of the final design have been accurate."

Original story: If you've been following the stories of rumored devices within Samsung's 2012 line-up, you may be familiar with a phone with the product number GT-i9300. When we first caught a glimpse of this device in late March, it was rocking a buttonless setup, with software-based on-screen keys in the style of the Galaxy Nexus. But if the latest set of leaked images from ​Gizmodo Brazil​ are to be believed, then the phone may have grown a set of physical buttons over the past month. Photos have leaked today claiming to show the front and back of the device, and aside from the different button setup, they match last month's leaked pics pretty closely. Note the front-facing camera position and the trim around the device's corners.

The images are reportedly from a manufacturing source, which claims the GT-i9300 is a high-end product, with a 12MP rear camera (with dual-LED flash) and a high-quality display. It's also reportedly thinner than the Galaxy S II, but slightly heavier, with a larger screen. Whether it's Samsung's next flagship phone -- under the Galaxy S III name or some other branding -- remains to be seen.

As we discussed yesterday, we still know almost nothing about Samsung's next-gen plans. But all will be revealed at the launch event in London on May 3, and we'll be there to bring you full coverage of whatever's unveiled.

Source: Gizmodo Brazil; The Verge

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2 years ago

HTC One S for T-Mobile gets more official, coming April 25

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If you've been waiting for news about T-Mobile's HTC One S, you're in the right place -- they have just announced availability and pricing of the sleek new phone, and the good news is that it's not months away. The One S will be available at T-Mobile stores nationwide starting April 25, and it checks in at $199 with a new agreement. 

The One S looks to be one of the sexiest phones HTC has ever put out, being super thin, with great specs and Sense 4.0. HTC knows that the road to the top of the Android food chain isn't easy, but with devices like this and the rest of the HTC One line they are on the right track. The review is coming shortly, but in the meantime have a gander at the press release, after the break.

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2 years ago

ZumoDrive going the way of the Dodo; get all your files before June 1

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Motorola has announced that they will be shutting down ZumoDrive, effective June 1, 2012. We're not too surprised here, as when Motorola bought out Zecter (ZumoDrive's parent company) they weren't shy about wanting the tech to integrate the streaming abilities with their own software. They've accomplished this, and also invite everyone (well, everyone with a Motorola phone or tablet) to move on over to MotoCast

You'll want to be sure to get all your data out of ZumoDrive before June 1, and they are making it fairly easy with the "ZumoDrive downloader tool", which you can run and suck everything out of the cloud and onto your computer hard drive. Data not downloaded by June 1 will be "securely erased" and gone forever, so this is something you'll want to take care of. 

If you are a ZumoDrive user, and have a Motorola device, you'll probably be best served jumping into MotoCast. For those who aren't using Motorola hardware, this may be a great opportunity to see what Google Drive is all about. See the official announcement after the break.

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2 years ago

HTC One S appears on the T-Mobile website, shares off contract price with all

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For those of you looking to get your hands on the HTC One S as soon as it hits T-Mobile, you can now plan ahead for the pricing if nothing else. The HTC One S has now turned up on the T-Mobile site and has shared its off contract pricing with everyone. $600 and you can call the HTC One S yours, what do you guys think? Picking it up with no contract or grabbing something else? If you're still on the fence, give our HTC One S preview a look.

Source: T-Mobile; via: Android Central Forums

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