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3 years ago

Mid-range Samsung Galaxy S Advance launches in the UK

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First announced way back in January, the Samsung Galaxy S Advance has today launched in the UK, bringing a respectable list of mid-range specs to the table. Inside its curved Galaxy S II-style chassis there's a 1GHz dual-core CPU, 768MB of RAM and a 4-inch SuperAMOLED display, with a 5MP camera on the back and 8GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD card). On the software side, the S Advance packs Android 2.3 Gingerbread (yeah, we know) and Samsung's TouchWiz 4 UX.

SIM-free prices start at £322.80 including VAT, and Three UK's also offering it for free on monthly plans starting at £23 per month.

Source: Three UK, Clove Technology

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3 years ago

Greatest Android Podcast in the World at a special time this week

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Hey! You! Faithful Android Central Reader! Tonight you shall be a faithful Android Central Watcher and Listener as the Greatest Android Podcast in the World returns yet again. It's been a couple weeks since we last met, so we've got a lot to cover, including the launch (and our review) of the HTC One S. We'll preview what we're expecting from Samsung's event in London next week. Plus, more of you e-mails and voicemails.

So join us tonight at 2 a.m. BST / 9 p.m. EDT / 6 p.m. PDT / as we get it done. We'll see you at AndroidCentral.com/live!

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3 years ago

Enter to win an Acer Iconia A510 or ASUS Transformer Prime prize pack from AC, NVIDIA, and Phosphor Games

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What better way to kick off the launch of what's bound to be one of the years best games for Android? How about NVIDIA, Phosphor Games, and AC getting together to give away a pair of Tegra 3 powered beasts! Dark Meadow: The Pact is a mind-blowing adventure and we're excited to help two of you guys or gals get a chance to find out for yourselves. The prizes --

When the prizes are two of the hottest Android tablet available, you're probably thinking winning involves something difficult. You'd be wrong -- it's as simple as jumping into the contest forums and dropping a line letting everyone know that you'd love to have one of these beauties. We'll sort through them and pick a winner for each at random this Saturday (April 28) at 11:59 PM Eastern and announce the winners the next day right here on the blog.

Good luck!

Enter to win an ASUS Transformer Prime or Acer Iconia Tab A510

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3 years ago

Dark Meadow: The Pact now available for Tegra 3 devices, and it's incredible

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Admit it. Part of the reason you bought a Tegra 3 powered Android device is because of the gaming. We're all friends here, and I'll be the first to stand up and say that I get into some gaming on my Transformer Prime. It's easy to do when Tegra optimized games kick enough ass to fill a wheelbarrow, and here's one that does. I'm talking about Phosphor Games new title Dark Meadow: The Pact, and it's arguably the best Unreal Engine 3 game ever made.

Those are big words, especially with a little something called Infinity Blade on iOS. But Android has a secret weapon -- NVIDIA's Tegra 3 and their special relation with developers in the TegraZone. When combined with the great story, excellent voice acting, and random acts of humor Phosphor brings to the table you have the fixings of a real winner. Dark Meadows: The Pact delivers.

You wake up in an abandoned hospital. Right away you'll notice the beautiful game textures, together with smooth animations, high frame rates and poly counts which makes for a sense of being in the game world. Play this one in the dark with headphones and you're in for an experience mobile just hasn't seen yet. Above all the great game graphics, you're hearing a tale from your aged benefactor, telling you how to go about your escape. Pay attention to him, and between his moments of wisdom and bouts of insanity you'll hear some hilarious dialog. Spoiler alert: he likes bacon bits. It's over the top in a way that fits an old fellow trapped in a decrepit Insane asylum. He'll warn you of the creatures that stand in your way, which you'll soon meet. They're incredibly detailed, and grotesquely beautiful in their own right. 

Of course you'll have to fight your way past them, which leads us to the game mechanics. It's an open style map, meaning you can see where you are as well as everywhere you may need to explore, and character movement is a breeze. Tap a glowing ring and you move to it, and you can look around a full 360-degrees to search for treasure, secret compartments, and bits of documents that will help you on your way. It's perfectly suited for touch-based gameplay, as is the combat system.

One of the disfigured minions will appear in a puff of dark smoke, and your trusty crossbow appears in your hands. By pulling back the string you get to see the arc the bolt will fly and use it to aim. Maneuver it so it crosses paths with your foe and let go. Once the creatures get close, your ranged weapon is replaced with a melee weapon and you have a tap and hold blocking function or a swiping attack function. The whole time you're also able to tuck and dodge left or right by tapping an on-screen arrow. There are no confusing controls to learn, and you'll be proficient in just a few minutes -- leaving more time to enjoy the exceptional look and depth of the game. As you progress you'll level up and assign points into skills, as well as find gold to trade at the store for better items. You'll need both, because "the witch" does not fool around. You have been warned.

This is how mobile gaming was meant to be. If you have a Tegra 3-powered device, it's simply a must-have game. Hit the break for some gameplay footage and screenshots, as well as the all-important download link.

More: NVIDIA; Phosphor Games

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3 years ago

Dual-core Galaxy S3 to be offered in some territories with Snapdragon S4 and LTE

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In addition to the quad-core HSPA+ version of its upcoming Galaxy S3, Samsung will launch a dual-core variant with LTE connectivity and a Snapdragon S4 chip for LTE markets outside of Korea. Reports from The Korea Times, which match what we’ve been told by our own sources, indicate that the the quad-core Exynos/HSPA+ version will see broad international availability, while the Snapdragon S4 model will launch in other countries with LTE, including the United States. KT reports that inside of Korea, Samsung will offer a CDMA/LTE model based on its own quad-core chip, though we haven’t been able to verify this specifically.

According to our sources, LTE radio compatibility was behind the decision to move to the S4 chip for the international 4G version of the Galaxy S3, and this makes sense if you look at the differences in LTE frequencies between the U.S. and Korea (and much of the rest of the world, in fact).

So it appears the situation will be similar to that of the AT&T HTC One X, where the manufacturer opts for a dual-core S4 instead of a competing quad-core chip, for the sake of LTE connectivity. This is nothing new, however -- we saw a similar situation last year with LTE variants of the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S II, which used Snapdragon S3 chips. So once again it’s a choice between LTE and quad-core. But despite “only” being a dual-core chip, Qualcomm’s S4 is based upon the newer (and speedier) ARM Cortex A15 architecture, compared to Exynos’s A9, and we’ve already been impressed by the chip’s performance in the HTC One S.

Be sure to keep watching AC over the next week, as we rapidly approach the Galaxy S3’s London launch event.

More: Samsung Galaxy S3 forums

via: The Korea Times

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3 years ago

Android 4.0 now available down under on Telstra's Galaxy S II

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Good news for our friends in Australia today as the official Ice Cream Sandwich update is now available for Telstra's  Samsung Galaxy S II. The update to Android 4.0.3 is available OTA through either an update prompt or a manual pull, though if that hasn’t hit your phone Kies will do the trick. The update is around 200 MB, and comes fully equipped with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. Galaxy S II 4G owners are still out of luck, but if you’re a proud owner Telstra’s OG GSII, be sure to let us know below how the update process is going for you.

  Source: Telstra forums via Ausdroid

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3 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich now available for the Sony Tablet S

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Sony announced today that, as promised, its Tablet S is now receiving its Android 4.0 update. Beginning today, owners should see a popup notification prompting the update, which will be delivered over the air. Among the goodies your Tablet S will soon be enjoying include:

  • Enhanced lock screen (Direct access to Notifications; Unlock direct to camera)
  • New panoramic camera mode
  • Enhanced Gallery media viewer (Direct SD card access + photo editing tools)
  • Exclusive “Small Apps’ for multi-tasking (Calculator, Browser, Remote Control)
  • New Home Screen actions (Drag icons together to create folders; Add names to folders)
  • Enhanced web browser (Switch from mobile to desktop web sites; Save pages for offline viewing)
  • Access files directly from SD card
  • Native screenshot capture

If this is your cue to grab the Tablet S, you’re in luck: from now through May 12, Sony will offer a $50 instant rebate and a free cradle accessory, knocking the pricetag down to $349 for the 16 GB model and $449 for the 32 GB model. Hit the break to see ICS on the Tablet S in action.

Source: Sony Blog; thanks Derek!

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3 years ago

Motorola preparing Photon 4G update, looking for test participants

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Motorola Photon 4G owners haven't had a whole lot of updates come across for their device though, that may be all the more reason Motorola is seeking out participants for their latest soak test. As posted today, Motorola is looking for some fine folks to help out with the process:

4/25/2012

Motorola and Sprint are happy to announce a future pre-release* update opportunity for PHOTON 4G, before it is officially released to all customers. We are recruiting 1,000 PHOTON 4G owners to test and provide feedback on a future update.

Please register for the Motorola Feedback Network to be considered.

Motorola and Sprint Community Managers

At this point, it's hard to say what the update will be exactly considering Motorola hasn't exactly been pumping out those ICS updates but it's an update and updates are good for everyone. You can hit the Android Central forums link below to discuss it some more or head on over to the source link to get yourself hopefully signed up for the update. Remember, only 1,000 slots are open.

Source: Motorola, via: Android Central Forums Thanks, SandersJC64!

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3 years ago

Motorola RAZR MAXX hits UK in May

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Motorola has announced that the RAZR MAXX will be making its way to the UK from next month. We'd already heard the MAXX was headed to Europe in the weeks ahead, but today it's official -- British buyers will get the chance to pick it up starting in May. With the same 3300mAh battery as the Droid RAZR MAXX and a more battery-friedly UMTS/HSPA radio setup, we're eager to see what kind of battery life we can get out of the GSM RAZR MAXX. Moto's promising 17.6 hours of continuous talk time, if you're into using your phone for actual phone calls.

Besides the battery boost (and the accompanying increase in thickness), the specs are identical to the GSM RAZR -- Android 2.3 on a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU with 1GB of RAM, an 8MP camera and a qHD SuperAMOLED display. A quick glance at UK retailers reveals a price point of £430 including VAT.

Check past the break for the full press release.

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3 years ago

Purported Samsung Galaxy S3 service manual and device render leak online

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Another day, another batch of tantalizing Samsung Galaxy S3 details. Today it's a scan from the service manual for the device, along with a purported list of specs, which comes from unofficial Samsung blog SamMobile. If you've been following all the various leaks, the image above will be instantly recognizable from a handful of leaked photos we've seen over the past couple of weeks. Specifically, it's the spitting image of what one of these devices might look like with its plastic dummy shell removed. The phone's profile is also an exact match for the shape teased by Samsung Denmark on Facebook last week. So it's entirely possible this is our first look at the real, actual, final design for Samsung's new flagship phone.

What's particularly interesting is the inclusion of physical buttons -- absent in some leaked images we've seen, but alive and well in others. However, we've heard rumors that Samsung was considering both buttoned and buttonless designs for the Galaxy S3, so it makes sense that prototypes of both sorts might exist. Besides that, it looks like a thin, sleek phone, not a million miles away from the Galaxy Nexus.

As for the spec list, there's nothing too surprising there. A quad-core CPU had been rumored (and has now been confirmed by Samsung), though the 1.5GHz number seems a little off to us. The reported 4.8-inch screen is also interesting, as earlier leaks had indicated a 4.6 to 4.65-inch panel.

Despite the genuine appearance of the image, and ​SamMobile's​ strong track record when it comes to leaking this sort of thing, we're still inclined to take things with a pinch of salt for the time being. With many different pre-release leaks floating around, the actual Galaxy S3 design remains shrouded in mystery, and there's no guarantee this isn't just some intermediary render. In any case, there's not long to wait now -- we'll be live from London in just seven days to bring you full coverage of exactly what Samsung unveils.

Source: SamMobile

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3 years ago

London Science Museum goes mobile with an augmented reality app

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Using your Android phone in a museum might not be your first thought, but if you head to the London Science Museum that is exactly what you should do. Featuring well known British TV personality, Top Gear's James May, their Science Stories app takes advantage of augmented reality technology to bring the museum alive. 

May will be your own personal guide to 9 of the best exhibits in the "Making The Modern World" gallery. By pointing the app at relevant points throughout the exhibits, your very own James May will appear on your screen and talk you through what you see in front of you. While not necessarily a completely new idea, it is refreshing to see an institution such as a famous museum moving into the mobile experience. Better still, at £1.99 in the Google Play Store, it's likely cheaper than those awful headphone tour guides you can purchase. Download links can be found after the break, and at the source link you can find a trigger for the app that you can try at home. 

Source: London Science Museum

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3 years ago

Samsung announces the Exynos 4 Quad, coming to the 'next Galaxy'

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Samsung couldn't contain the excitement, and just had to let us know the details about the chip powering the "Next Galaxy" that's coming on May 3.  It's called the Exynos 4 Quad, and it looks impressive. What, exactly, makes it so special?  It's built on a 32nm HKMG process, which is geek talk for high-performance with low power consumption. How good is the performance? Samsung claims it's twice as fast as it's predecessor, the 45nm Exynos 4 Dual, while consuming 20 percent less power. To further help power consumption, each core can be turned off when it's not needed, and the ones that are running can adjust their clock speed to match the demands of what you're doing.

Each core will be running at 1.4 HGHz, and are based on the Cortex A9 architecture. It has the other essentials as well, with support for 1080p/30fps recording, boasts an embedded image signal processor, and has support for HDMI 1.4 output. They didn't give any specifics as to what GPU they are pairing it with, though, but it's sure to be impressive. Excited yet? I know some of you are.

Discuss it in the Android Hardware forum!

Source: Samsung

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3 years ago

N.O.V.A. 3 announced by Gameloft, more sci-fi shooting on the way

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In not wholly unexpected news, Gameloft have confirmed the existence of the third title in their sci-fi shooter series, N.O.V.A. The title, N.O.V.A. 3 has been formally announced, and will be coming soon to Android.

Otherwise, details are pretty much non-existent. Gameloft  have been holding press events, and have said that more information will be revealed soon. In the meantime, check out the teaser video after the break. It doesn't give much away, but it still looks pretty incredible all the same.

via Pocket Gamer

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3 years ago

Ask AC: Looking for a full-screen agenda widget for the Galaxy Note

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Chucky1 asks in the Android forums,

I've been looking for a full screen or close to a full screen agenda widget for the Note. Has anyone come across one by chance?

Thanks

There's few things we can all agree on here at Android Central -- listen to a podcast or two and see what I mean. But this, we have covered. We love Pure Calendar widget. It comes with about a million different sizes and configurations (including a full screen version), and themes will make it fit in with any setup you could dream up.

Besides your calendar entries, it will sync tasks with Astrid, Ultimate To-Do List, TaskSync, CalenGoo, DGT Gtd, gTasks, Got To Do, Task Organizer, Due Today, TouchDown, and Pocket Informant. To top it all off, it's scrollable on supported launchers or Ice Cream Sandwich, and the configuration options for syncing and calendar views make it easy on your battery. It's one of the first apps we install on a new phone. It's $1.99 in the Play Store, and there's a link after the break.

Have a question you need answered? (Preferably about Android, but we're flexible.) Hit up our Contact Page to get in touch!

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3 years ago

Microsoft to announce 'Woodstock' cross-platform music service at E3?

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Are you missing Zune and looking for a Microsoft flavored replacement? According to The Verge, ​Microsoft will be announcing their new music service at E3 this year. Code named 'Woodstock,' the service is allegedly going to be cross-platform, including Android, via an in-browser music player. 

The replacement for the Zune service, won't require any browser plugins and is said to integrate deeply with Facebook. While expected to be shown off at E3, the service isn't expected to be launching until later on in the year alongside Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. The bigger question remains, is there room for another music service on Android? 

Source: The Verge via WPCentral

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