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2 years ago

Acer Iconia Tab A510 now available from Acer; 32GB, ICS, and Tegra 3 for $450

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Acer has quietly made the Iconia Tab A510 available for immediate sale and shipping from their website this evening, ending what felt like the world's longest pre-order phase. $450 will get you 10.1-inches of Tegra 3-powered, Ice Cream Sandwich packing, 32GB storage toting Android tablet, and that's something to make any of us look long and hard. 

The current model is the special Olympic edition, available in black or white with the official 2012 Olympic logo on the rear, but under the hood it's the same beastly hardware we saw at CES earlier this year. If you've been waiting for this one to go on sale, now is your chance. Hit the link below for the full details and ordering information.

Source: Acer; via Engadget

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2 years ago

Sony Xperia S now available in Canada through Sony stores

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If you've checked out our Sony Xperia S review and have been wondering when you can get your hands on one of your very own in Canada now is the time to celebrate. Starting today, Sony stores throughout Canada have the device in stock and ready to be placed in your loving hands for only $100 with a new 3-year Rogers agreement or $500 if you're going no contract.

While we still think Sony dropped the ball by shipping its first major handset of 2012 with Android 2.3, their refreshed focus hopefully means they'll get Ice Cream Sandwich out to the masses fairly quickly.

Overall though, that 4.3-Inch 1280x720 display coupled with the Bravia engine and a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 chip set makes for some great hardware. Add in the other stuff such as the 12.1MP camera and 1GB of RAM with 32GB of internal storage and you have a nice package. You can check out the Sony site for retail locations and be sure to check out full review.

Read our full Sony Xperia S Review

Source: Sony; via: Mobile Syrup

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2 years ago

External storage capacity, SLCD, SAMOLED, Pentile, RGB does it matter? [From the Forums]

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We've been rolling out Android news all day for everyone and even managed to get ourHTC One V review up for you all. If you missed out on anything, get caught up both here on the blogs and in the Android Central forums:

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2 years ago

LG showing off the Viper on Wednesday in New York, promises some good parenting lessons

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Hold onto your hats, folks. If the prospect of a T-Mobile HTC One S event on Wednesday night isn't enough to get your excited (never mind the prospect of a biker-chic Carly), LG's just dropped an invite to its own shindig in New York City. This one will have the Sprint LG Viper on hand.

Oh, and model/actress/Miss USA 1996 will be there, too to discuss ways parents can use LG Viper to transform bad tech habits that interfere with quality family time. And so will we. Stay tuned for any news Wednesday night out of the Big Apple.

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2 years ago

HTC One V review

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It's our definitive review of the HTC One V - the third in the new HTC One line of Android smartphones

HTC’s One series is all about hero devices. The One X is the all-singing, all-dancing flagship phone, while the One S delivers formidable specs in a smaller, sleeker form factor. And at entry level, there’s the HTC One V, a hero device for the mainstream market, which resurrects one of HTC’s iconic designs of old. Yep, it’s an updated version of the venerable HTC Legend, complete with aluminum construction and that famous protruding chin.

That such a product is now considered entry-level, and priced as such, is a testament to the blistering pace at which smartphone technology is developing. The One V brings respectable hardware internals together with Android 4.0 and Sense 4.0, creating a smartphone that just over a year ago would’ve been considered a high-end device.

So join us after the break to see how HTC’s mainstream champion holds up, in our full review of the One V.

 


A solid entry-level handset with great build quality. Delivers a decent screen and good battery life, along with the latest version of Android. Excellent camera for a basic, less expensive smartphone.


Tiny internal storage, no removable battery. Software seems artificially limited in places. Starting price is a little too high for our liking.


The HTC One V isn’t going to blow your head off with bleeding-edge hardware or full-featured software, but if you want a basic Android experience without breaking the bank, it's a dependable all-rounder with one or two outstanding features.

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2 years ago

From the Android Forums: Using a UK HTC Sensation in New York

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SteveDisco asks in the Android Central Forums,

I would like to know if it is possible to access 3G on my UK HTC Sensation when I go to New York next month on a U.S. SIM card? My limited understanding is that the frequencies used for U.S. phones are different to those in the UK but am unclear if the Sensation will still be able to access. If it is not possible could I just use a US SIM for voice calls and rely on WiFi access?

Thanks

Great question, with several good answers. Basically, yes, you can use your UK model HTC Sensation for 3G data in New York. The European Sensation uses a quad-band GSM radio that supports the frequencies used by AT&T here in the states. You'll need to make sure your Sensation is fully SIM unlocked (talk to your current carrier if you're unsure), and then you'll be ready to do a little research and make a decision.

In the U.S., there are only two GSM operators -- T-Mobile and AT&T. But there are many MVNO networks (Mobile Virtual Network Operators) who rent and resell network space from either one, or even both. You'll not be interested in T-Mobile or any MVNOs using the T-Mobile frequencies, as your Sensation doesn't support them. But that's OK, as your choices are still pretty broad.

Here's a small list of a few different operators that will sell you a no-contract SIM card to use while you're visiting:

Don't be fooled by the words unlimited, as this refers to voice calls. Data rates will cost anywhere between $5 USD for 5MB to $20 USD for 2GB. Of course, this is just a few of the many out there, and you'll have to scour the web to see all the options. In the end, they all use the same network, so the deciding factor is price and how easy it is to get your SIM card and activation. 

Have fun in New York!

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2 years ago

Activate a Sprint Galaxy Nexus you'll get $50 in your Google Wallet instead of the usual $10

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The other day when preorders for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Sprint went up a lot of folks got lost in the happiness of knowing the device would finally be arriving and instantly laid out the $199 for it requested by Sprint. That said, there were some details missing from the announcement. Some great details actually, if you're looking for some cash back on the that investment.

Get $50 for your new Google Wallet™. Activate your Google Wallet™ account within a week of purchasing a Galaxy Nexus by Samsung and you'll receive $50 in credit towards your next shopping spree.

Google Wallet Offer: Upon successful activation of Google Wallet on your Galaxy Nexus within seven days of purchase during promotional period of 4/22/12-5/22/12, there will be a $10 credit added to your Google Wallet prepaid card. Additional $40 credit will be added to your Google Wallet prepaid card within three weeks of Google Wallet activation. To see where your Google Wallet prepaid card will work, please go to http://www.google.com/wallet/where-it-works. For more questions or inquiries about this offer please call: 855-492-5538 available 24/7.

That's a nice little bonus for all you soon-to-be new Sprint Galaxy Nexus owners yeah?

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2 years ago

DroidDoodle: Everything we know about Samsung's May 3 event

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It will have a display. And perhaps some buttons. See you from London on May 3!

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2 years ago

More than 8,000 have installed the Android Central Forums app

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2 years ago

Unlocked UK Galaxy S II ICS update finally released

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Being second in line to carrier branded versions of a device isn't really what you expect when you buy unlocked. But, in the UK those that opted to stump up their hard earned for an unlocked Galaxy S II have been in that very situation. All that can be put to one side finally, as Samsung have today started to push out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the device. 

As ever, you'll be seeing the Touchwiz-ified version of ICS, but all the important bits are there underneath. The update isn't being pushed out OTA either, instead you'll have to download it via the Kies desktop application. But, it's here, and it's ICS. Have at it folks. Maybe things will be different when it comes to the Galaxy S III

via Slashgear

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2 years ago

Sprint announces the 'eco-friendly' Optimus Elite, available April 22 for $29.99

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Today Sprint has announced that soon they will have their third Eco-Friendly device on the market, and it is again from LG. The LG Optimus Elite will be available on April 22, which is Earth Day, for a very favorable price of only $29.99 on contract. Featuring a 3.5-inch display, an 800 MHz processor, 512MB of RAM and more, this device looks to pack a decent punch for the price. If you are looking to pick up a new device, and want something Eco-Friendly that won't break the bank, this may be for you. Stay tuned for our full review in the coming weeks!

Source: Sprint

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2 years ago

Google Chrome for Android updated for better bookmarking, adds switch for mobile view

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Heads up, boys and girls. Android's Chrome browser (still in beta, natch) just got a pretty significant update. Here's what's new:

  • You can now request the desktop version of a website, in case you would rather not view the mobile version.
  • You can now add bookmarks as shortcuts on your home screen, so you can get to your favorite sites faster.
  • Choose your favorite apps to handle links opened in Chrome.
  • Have a proxy setup for Wi-Fi access? You can now use Chrome with the system proxy configured in Android settings.

Huzzah! Remember that Chrome is still only available for devices with Ice Cream Sandwich. We've got download links after the break if you need 'em.

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2 years ago

Read It Later, the "DVR for the web", is now Pocket

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Read It Later, the popular multi-platform "DVR for the web", is now Pocket, and is now available for free in the Google Play store. With a free account, Pocket will save the articles, photos, and videos of your choosing to your queue (or “pocket”), which is accessible from your phone, tablet or computer. The content you save is optimized in a layout that’s easy to read, and once you sync your pocket, it is available for offline viewing.

Along with the new name, the update brings new content filters, more organizing tools, and faster syncing. Accounts are free, and your Read It Later account will work seamlessly with Pocket. Hit the break for the full presser and the Google Play link.

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2 years ago

Google Drive to launch next week with companion Android app?

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Google Drive has been one of those long rumored products that never seems to be released. Google has been steadily releasing increased functionality to Docs so that you can use it as a cloud drive, but there just isn't a desktop interface like the other competitors such as Dropbox.

That all may change next week. According to a variety of sources, including The Next Web and Techcrunch, Google is planning to launch Drive as early as next Tuesday.

Here are some details as to what the service may offer:

  • 5GB for free
  • Will work in desktop folders on Windows and Mac
  • Android and iOS apps will also be released

Sound compelling? I've used Docs for cloud storage for a variety of file types, but I do miss the ability to simply drop a file in a folder and have it sync. As much as I love Dropbox, Google Drive sounds as though it can offer more storage for cheaper. What will it take for you to switch from your cloud service of choice?

Source: The Next Web

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2 years ago

Verizon announces a slew of expansions and additions to its 4G LTE network

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Verizon has been quickly working to expand its 4G LTE network and today they announced more additions, expansions and enhancements for it. If you're city is on the list, you won't have to wait long, as these announcements will take effect April 19th.

Additions:

Expansions:

Enhancements:

It's always great to see more LTE support and its apparent that Verizon is trying to expand as quickly as possible.

Source: Verizon Wireless

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