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2 years ago

Vodafone UK pebble blue Galaxy S III now shipping

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Looks like the somewhat tardy "pebble blue" Galaxy S III is finally starting to see broader availability, after the first stock began arriving in Europe and Australia a couple of days ago. Today Vodafone UK has notified its pre-order customers that it's now fulfilling orders for the 16GB version of the delayed device. The network adds customers who pre-ordered before 7pm on May 29 will start receiving their phones from tomorrow, June 8. Unfortunately, the news on the 32GB version, which in the UK is exclusive to Vodafone, isn't quite so rosy --

We have now received stock of the pebble blue 16GB Samsung Galaxy SIII, all customers who pre-ordered this device before 7pm on Tuesday 29 May will start to receive their phones from tomorrow (8 June).

We’re continuing to work closely with Samsung to secure stock of the 32GB pebble blue Samsung Galaxy SIII as soon as possible, and will update this thread as soon as we have more information.

Nevertheless, some movement on a delayed product is better than none. If you've got a pebble blue S III on pre-order, be sure to hit the comments and let us know how you've been getting on.

Source: Eurodroid

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2 years ago

Android A to Z: What is an IMEI?

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The IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number is a unique set of 15 digits used on GSM phones to identify them. Because the SIM card is associated with the user and can  be swapped from phone to phone, a method is needed to keep track of the hardware itself, and that's why the IMEI was developed. Math nerds will enjoy the way they are calculated -- the first 14 digits are decided by the GSM association, and the final check digit is computed using what's called the Luhn Formula -- crazy base-8 math that mere mortals like most of us don't understand, nor want to understand. You can see the IMEI of your Android phone by looking in settings > About phone if you're curious. (Or on the box if you still have it. Or under the battery or on the phone itself.

What is this number used for? That's the real question, isn't it. Like the MEID number on CDMA phones (think Sprint and Verizon), the IMEI is used for network control. It's not very common, but your mobile operator can block a phone based on it's IMEI in cases where it's been reported stolen or someone didn't pay the bill. Because it's not easy to change the IMEI of your phone (and maybe even illegal -- check your local laws) it's also used to keep track of phones that were involved in criminal activity, and the UK in particular has a handy database of phones used for these purposes. The IMEI number is also used to specify a phone for wiretapping by federal governments worldwide.

On a lighter note, Android apps can also use your IMEI number. The app will declare that it has access to your personal information, and the IMEI can be used to keep track of the device in a remote database. This sounds pretty scary, but it's an easy way (though not necessarily the best way) for app developers to keep a settings database online for your phone, in their app. Let's say you mark a bunch of favorites in a wallpaper app. Those favorites are kept in a small database file online, and when you reconnect to the app it reads your IMEI number to find your preferences. Not an ideal method, but it's easy.

One last thing -- now that we know a little more about IMEI numbers, they will soon be changing to IMEISV numbers. The use-case scenarios are the same, but the data structure and method of calculation is different. An IMEISV gets rid of the check digit (and its complicated Luhn formulated calculation) in favor of two digits used for software version numbering. Like everything else in the mobile space, network identification changes rapidly.

Check out the complete Android Dictionary

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2 years ago

CrackBerry Kevin is on a Mobile Nations World Tour and going Android this month

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Hello Android Central! In case you don't recognize the name, allow me to introduce myself. I'm Kevin Michaluk, aka CrackBerry Kevin, Founder and Editor in Chief of Android Central's sibling site, CrackBerry.com. Yes, I love BlackBerrys.

If you follow all the mobile news you'll know us BlackBerry fans are going through a bit of a dry spell right now, as we wait for BlackBerry 10 phones to hit the market later this year. In the meantime, I've decided to make productive use of this downtime by going on the first-ever Mobile Nations World Tour.

The premise? I'm going to visit all of the sites in our Mobile Nations network over the next few months and get close and personal with each mobile platform. Android. iOS. Windows Phone. Heck, even webOS for good measure. By the time this is over I hope to be an expert on each.

My first stop is Android Central and I've armed myself with an HTC One X (in white!). I've spent a few days now getting up and running with it -- my apologies to Phil for the onslaught of newbie questions -- and over the month of June I plan to really accelerate my learning. I'll need your help. Expect to see me in the forums, on Google+ and on twitter asking questions. If you have tips and suggestions for me, don't hold back!

Assuming Phil lets me, you may even see me write an article or two or make an appearance on an Android Central podcast. Oh what's that Phil? I can come on the show tonight? Well I guess we'll see you there!

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2 years ago

Stay hippie-free this weekend by streaming Bonnaroo on YouTube

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I love music. I love live music. I love listening to live music outdoors. For Bonnaroo, however, I'll make an exception. Something about camping in BFE, Tenn., that just doesn't seem like a fun time to me anymore. The good news is that just like Coachella, YouTube's got us covered. Starting this Friday at 2 p.m. EDT (11 a.m. PDT), you can hit up three days of rock and rap and funk without the sweat and sleeplessness and funk, all from the comfort of your computer, smartphone or even your Google TV. This, folks, is how us old people rock these days. All you have to do is hit up youtube.com/bonnaroo to get your groove on. We'll see you there.

Oh, and stay away from the brown acid.

Source: Youtube Blog

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2 years ago

Droid Bionic now receiving small OTA maintenance update

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Motorola Droid Bionic owners are beginning to receive an official OTA update from Verizon, said to improve Bluetooth volume, Visual Voice Mail, and LTE connectivity. Version 5.9.905 doesn’t bring with it any drastic changes, but maintenance updates are never anything to scoff at. The forums are lighting up with folks who are already seeing the update push to their devices, though as always, it may take longer for some than others. Sit tight and be sure to yell out below when you get your spoonful.  

Source: Verizon Wireless

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2 years ago

Google Schemer gains photo and landscape support with latest update

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Although it remains a niche app of sorts, Google hasn't forgotten about Schemer in their run of latest Android app updates. A new update is currently showing as available in the Google Play Store with some notable changes included. Landscape support is now baked into the app as well as support for photos on posts. If you're into scheming, you can grab the download right now at the link after the break.

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2 years ago

Angry Birds Space Utopia update brings 10 delectable new levels

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Been waiting for the latest Angry Birds Space update to roll out on Android? Of course you have. You already beat all the levels and have been playing through them repeatedly while you wait for the Utopia update to arrive. Now is your time to shine though, you can now update and get yourself 10 new levels to plow through courtesy of the folks at Rovio. Make sure you gather up some snacks for when you are playing though, Utopia is a junk food inspired level so you may get kind of hungry while bouncing birds off of jelly trampolines.

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2 years ago

Redesigned Foursquare app now live in Google Play

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Launch the app, and it basically says it. It's an all-new Foursquare app. OK, maybe not all ​new. You're not going to be lost trying to check into your favorite coffee shop. But, yes, the app now has a much-needed makeover. Big tabs. Big photos. A cleaner look. Better mapping. Better discovery. It's just better.

Snag it at the download link below.

Download: Foursquare for Android; More: Foursquare blog

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2 years ago

LG Viper 4G LTE review

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A mid-range phone packing LTE for Sprint's as-of-yet-unlaunched network - is it worth the investment?

The LG Viper 4G LTE is an interesting phone. (For starters, that name is long. It'll hereto be referenced as simply the LG Viper.) It's not an ultra-high end, mind-blowing, earth-shattering, missile-launching superphone, but it wasn't built to be. It also combines some of the latest features a phone the the Now Network can have, like NFC (paired with Google Wallet) and LTE radios for when Sprint's LTE network goes live.

And it's all targeted towards parents. That's not to say you need​ a kid to buy one, but if you have one, well, LG made this phone for you. It's reasonably sized, tough, and still powerful enough to do most of what you could ask of it.

To echo sentiments expressed before, it's absolutely crazy to think the specs on this phone are mid-range at best. I still remember a time when a 1.2Ghz dual-core processor was the hottest thing on the market, so don't immediately write off the LG Viper for specs like that. Come showtime, it performs.

Join us after the break and we'll have a nice, thorough look at how LG's LTE offering stands up against the rest.

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2 years ago

Acer debuts A110 7-inch tablet, Tegra 3, ICS and sub-$200

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All the talk over at Computex 2012 in Taipai has surrounded the army of new Windows 8 and Windows RT devices, and Acer is one of the OEM's showcasing their efforts. However, snuck in between the Windows devices, is the new Iconia Tab A110. 

The A110 is a 7-inch Android tablet, running Android 4.0 over an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor. Nothing particularly out of the ordinary there then. An Acer representative at the show though, said that the company will be pushing the A110 as their main low-end device in Q3 this year. Price -- less than $200. If true, this is a quad-core, fully featured Android tablet for Kindle Fire money. 

We've previously heard about the Nvidia Kai programme to bring low priced Tegra devices to market. While no-one would confirm this is to be one of those devices, it sure sounds possible. 

Ice Cream Sandwich is barely touched on the A110, though it sounds like it suffers from the same poor viewing angles as its predecessor, the A100. 

Also on display at the Acer booth, another new Ice Cream Sandwich tablet, the A210. Packing similar specs to the A110, the A210 comes with a 10.1-inch 1280x800 display. Additionally, both tablets pack 1GB of RAM, a microSD card slot and a solitary camera on the front face. The A110 will come with a HDMI out port with dual-display support, and the A210 has a full sized USB port along with the possibility of 3G data connectivity. 

Source: The Verge

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