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3 years ago

LG Optimus Vu picture surfaces, holds hands with Galaxy Note

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The LG Optimus Vu has appeared in a picture next to the Samsung Galaxy Note, giving us all a great side by side look at the next phablet to hit the pipeline.  As we can see from the picture, the Vu's overall size is pretty close to the Note, meaning both are big, bold, and in your face.  The 5.3-inch Note is slightly taller than the Vu, but the latter's 4:3 aspect ratio makes it the wider of the two.  The unofficial specs are said to be a 1024x768 display, a dual-core Qualcomm WPQ8060 processor running at 1.5GHz, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of ROM, and an 8-megapixel camera.

We still don't know much more about this one, but now that it's showing off for the camera we expect we will see it at Mobile World Congress in a week or so.  The real question remains -- is the world ready for a phone this big, or are we entering the tablet space once we go past ginormous on the size chart?

Source: HelloAdam100 blog; via UnwiredView

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3 years ago

AT&T's upgrade fee set to double on Sunday

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Heads up to those who are on the cusp on buying a new device on AT&T. According to this screen shot sent through the Android Central app, AT&T's getting ready to double it this Sunday, Feb. 12, from $18 to $36. That's not a whole lot of money, we suppose, but it's still 100 percent higher than what it is currently, and nobody likes paying more.

The reasoning? According to AT&T's talking points here, it's because "overall costs associated with upgrading to a new device have increased," and that "devices today are more sophisticated than ever."

AT&T has confirmed the upgrade fee increase to Android Central and tells us that it's actually the first time it's increased the fee in nearly a decade. Said an AT&T spokeswoman:

Wireless devices today are more sophisticated than ever before. And because of that, the costs associated with upgrading to a new device have increased and is reflected in our new upgrade fee. This fee isn’t unique to AT&T and this is the first time we’re changing it in nearly 10 years.

Clock's ticking if you want to get in before the change, folks.

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Incredible 3 rumors, Security lock codes [From the Forums]

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We've gone full steam ahead this week and now the weekend is upon us all. You'll want to stay tuned for all our weekend features but if you missed out on anything from this week, get yourself caught up either here on the blogs or in the Android Central forums:

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 4G HDMI dock review

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As one of the first Android phones with a dedicated HDMI-out port, the HTC EVO 4G is the perfect candidate for a multimedia dock.  The official HTC HDMI dock is that perfect multimedia dock.  It's stylish, simple, and works great -- which is what most of us look for in our electronic accessories.  

Inside the box is everything you need to get going.  The dock, a 72-inch (that's six feet) HDMI cable, and a quick and easy set of directions and you'll soon be watching video on your television or monitor.  And the dock's small size makes it perfect for carrying along with you to share video and pictures from your EVO on any television.

Just plug one end of the cable into the dock, the other into the TV, and go.  There's even a microUSB port on the dock so you can charge while watching.  The dock itself is weighty, and has four rubber feet to keep it from sliding around while using it.  You precious EVO 4G fits tightly, and there's no fear of breaking anything because it fell out of the connector.

The HTC EVO 4G was one of the most popular Android phones ever, with good reason.  It was a real game changer, and the current crop of big, bright displays and media-centric devices can all trace their roots back to it.  And you know what?  It's still great. Hit the break for a few more images.

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3 years ago

Acer said to be bringing CloudMobile smartphone with Ice Cream Sandwich to Mobile World Congress

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Back during CES 2012 Acer showed off something called Acercloud, a new service from them much like Apple's iCloud services in the fact it will keep documents and media libraries in the cloud with sync being offered across their line of smartphones and tablets.

Jumping forward to the present, Acer apparently just won the iF Product Design Award for outstanding achievement in design with a AcerCloud enabled device called the Acer CloudMobile but the full details and specs surrounding the device are still pretty slim.

What we did learn though is that the Acer CloudMobile will be the first device coming equipped with AcerCloud services, it will be packing Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in a body less then 10MM thick with a 4.3-Inch HD display and Dolby audio and to top it all off, it's expected to see a full unveiling at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. We'll see.

Source: Pocket Lint, iF Product Design

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3 years ago

Pulse News updated with support for international characters in articles, bug fixes for tablet reading

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Pulse News is currently rolling out their latest update to the masses. (That would be us.) This release will bring some much needed supported for articles written in international characters as Pulse previously sometimes jumbled things up a bit on that front. It also includes some bug fixes for tablets, if you've been having issues with that. Personally, I've not seen any issues with tablet mode, but apparently enough users have to warrant some bug fixes for it. Jump on past the break and get the latest release, should show as v2.7.5.

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3 years ago

Put an end to that pesky junk mail at your house with PaperKarma

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No one likes to open their mailbox and find a pile of junk mail and solicitations in their box, right? The folks at Readabl have come up with a rather interesting solution with their PaperKarma application. The concept behind the application is quite simple, you create an account, scan the information from the junk sender, and upload it through the application. In order to create an account you will need to give some personal information such as your phone number and address, but this is required for them to make the stop requests on your behalf. 

Once you receive some junk mail you wish to stop, you simply snap a picture of the senders information, you don't need to include your own since it is already in your account settings, and upload it through the application. The team at Readabl will submit a request to the offending company requesting you be removed from their lists, and just like that the junk mail ends. It will take a little bit of time to process on their end -- the image runs through the database of companies they have, and you can monitor the progress of the submission right through the application. After the submission has been processed you will receive a push notification to alert you. The only unfortunate thing is currently there is no control over the sounds it makes so you can't set them to silent, yet.

The process is so simple, you snap a picture, upload it and let the people behind the scenes do the work for you. Watch for results as you fetch less and less junk mail from your mailbox, and only the important things you wish to receive.

Head on past the break for download links.

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3 years ago

Earloomz brings art to Bluetooth earpieces [Contest]

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We all know that using a cell phone while driving is super dangerous, and in more and states than not, laws are in effect that make it illegal to do so. In fact, 40 states have some sort of hands-free law in effect, meaning that if you're going to be talking on the phone while driving a vehicle, you must not have the phone in your hand. Luckily, newer cars come equipped with speakers the ability to connect to your phone and take or make calls using the car speakers. If you don't have that option available to you, you may choose to use a Bluetooth headset or earpiece. This is a more versatile option, as you can use it outside of your car as well.

Choosing a Bluetooth earpiece can be difficult. You want one that will work seamlessly, as well as look good, and the options out there don't always combine those factors in an affordable package. Plus, who wants to have the same earpiece that everyone else has? The creative team behind Earloomz saw this challenge and rose to the occasion, designing a Bluetooth earpiece with style and functionality all wrapped up in one. With hundreds of designs to choose from, you're sure to find one that will suit your personality. Each image is mechanically painted onto the earpiece and finished with a moisture resistant coating, guaranteeing quality and durability.

Each Earloomz earpiece comes with 2 earhooks and 4 earbuds as well as a lanyard holder so you always have it handy. Compatible with most mobile phones, set-up is a breeze and took less than a minute when I paired mine. Multipoint technology allows you to stay connected with 2 devices at once, and the earpiece has a range of 33 feet. Headset controls include call/answer, last number redial, and call waiting, all in one button. Keep reading for technical specs of the earpieces, contest details, and information about Earloomz campaign for a national Hands-Free Initiative.

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3 years ago

WordPress now available for the Nook Color, Nook Tablet & Kindle Fire

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If you're the proud owner of either a Nook Color, Nook Tablet or Kindle Fire who also happens to own a WordPress blog you might have been a little bummed out when you found the app was not available for your device(s). No matter though, the folks from WordPress just needed some extra time to get it completed and that extra time was worth it:

We paid special attention to the post editor on theses devices, enhancing the layout to make it super simple to edit your post content in either landscape or portrait orientation. You’ll find everything there that you’d want in a WordPress app, including support for editing post content, adding media, viewing your stats, comment notifications, and more.

Now, you can do all the mobile blogging you want from your device. Each of the apps are available in their respective stores. Click on the source links below to get the apps downloaded.

Source: Amazon App Store, Nook Store via: Wordpress

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3 years ago

Stock Talk: What Google's really getting out of Motorola

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Multiple reports this week have said that Google will get regulatory approval on its intended acquisition of Motorola Mobility as soon as next week.  If this happens as expected, the acquisition should close shortly thereafter.

This isn’t much of a surprise. When the deal was unveiled in mid August, 2011, Google had offered $40 per share. Motorola shares immediately spiked to over $38, reflecting small risk of the deal falling through. 

In other words, nobody really believed Google would have trouble gaining regulatory approval. And why shouldn’t they get it? If Apple can own an entire platform and gain so much market share in the smartphone world, why shouldn’t Google be able to make its own hardware and aim to control the entire platform from software, to network infrastructure, to hardware?

Google says it wants Motorola’s patents, but also talks up the company’s hardware design capabilities. But I still think Google wants to own the entire platform so that it can solve the fragmentation problem before it gets out of control. 

There really aren’t any mobile OS vendors who don’t have significant stakes in hardware companies. RIM and Apple are the obvious examples, but so is Microsoft, with its quarterly $250 million dollar “platform support payments” to Nokia.

Android isn’t really open. That’s not a knock. It’s just the truth. The whole “open” argument does seem kinda brilliant though. Look how many vendors adopted it. Look how much market share Google now has in the mobile OS market. 

Do they really care about the long term success of the vendors? Maybe, but maybe not. Google cares about people using Google services and showing Google ads. They only need to support vendors until critical mass is achieved. As soon as the OS has critical mass among hardware vendors, app developers and consumers (check, check, and check) it has won. Google can then move onto fix problems such as fragmentation and integration into the larger consumer product ecosystem (home entertainment, etc).

The battle is changing, and Google is adapting along with the market. 

We’ve already seen that 8.5 percent of Internet use comes from mobile devices. That number is nearly double its year-ago level. Where do you think it will be in 2, 3 or 5 years? Probably a lot higher. Google is an advertising company. It’s critical that they position themselves such that user eyeballs are on services or content that Google controls. In my opinion, buying Motorola was a risk worth taking to protect Android’s growth and sustainability.

Chris Umiastowski is a former sell-side equity analyst at Orion Securities and TD Securities. Before that, he was an engineer for Nortel Networks. Chris is co-host of the Mobile Nations Stock Talk podcast.

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3 years ago

Free Android Wallpaper of the day - San Diego Sky

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If you've never seen the San Diego skyline, you've missed out. And Android Central reader androidforall has you covered with this picture taken downtown with a Canon 60D.

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3 years ago

Android Central 87: Chrome on Android, picking Google Wallet, Motorola Droid 4 in house

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Audio-only stream below

Let's see someone try to top this: We've got Chrome on Android, we explain just how much you need to worry about security on Google Wallet, plus we've got the Motorola Droid 4 in our hot little hands. Welcome to the Greatest Android Podcast in the World!

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3 years ago

LinkedIn set to introduce advertising into mobile apps

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LinkedIn, the business professionals choice in social networking, is set to introduce advertising into their mobile applications according to their Chief Executive.

On an earnings call this week, Jeff Weiner said that the company is ready to "start to introduce advertising in our mobile solutions." No timeframe was offered for this, but he went on to talk extensively about the mobile opportunities for the network. 

Rumours are rife around the internet that Facebook are also set to introduce advertising into their mobile applications as well. Whatever happens with both of these networks, it is sure to be met with a fair share of criticism from users.

Source: The Telegraph

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3 years ago

Galaxy Mini 2 appears, offers modest improvements at low-end

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As well as expanding its mid-range portfolio with the Galaxy S Advance, it looks like Samsung is preparing a refresh of its entry-level hardware. A couple of promotional shots for a device dubbed the "Galaxy Mini 2" have leaked out online, showing some modest improvements on the basic hardware of last year's Galaxy Mini.

The most significant change is the upping of the screen's resolution -- from QVGA to HVGA. This was one of our biggest complaints about that device, so we're hoping the extra pixel density will result in a little less eye strain when using the Mini 2. For what it's worth, the LCD itself is a little larger, at 3.3 inches compared to 3.2 on the original.

As we said, spec bumps elsewhere are pretty minor -- the CPU gets a boost from 600MHz to 800MHz, while internal storage is increased to a total of 3GB. HSDPA speeds remain at 7.2Mbps, though unfortunately there's no mention of HSUPA support. And on the software side of you've got Android 2.3 Gingerbread, likely backed up by Samsung's TouchWiz UX.

Though the gap between super-high-end and entry-level phones is growing wider, the updated specs on the Galaxy Mini 2 should make it a a reasonable device for those on a budget. According to today's leak, the Galaxy Mini 2 will start shipping internationally later this month.

Source: GSMArena

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3 years ago

'Berry pink' Galaxy Note reportedly coming by early March

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Want to feel even more awkward and self-conscious making calls on your Galaxy Note in public? Why not pick up the upcoming "berry pink" version of Samsung's 5.3-inch monster. It's reportedly launching internationally during the ninth week of the year -- that's last week of February (or "crazy week" as we like to call it around here).

The leaked promotional shot, obtained by GSMArena, reminds us of the pink Galaxy S II. Like that device, the pink Galaxy Note comes with a pink back cover, a pink bezel, and presumably a pink S Pen to boot. And we're talking bright pink. Discrete this thing most certainly is not.

In any case, it's worth remembering that this pink version is based on the GT-N7000 -- the international Galaxy Note, which has different internals to the North American LTE version. Somehow we don't see this color arriving stateside any time soon, but if you're up for importing it, then the girliest phone ever should set you back around $790.

Source: GSMArena

 

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