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2 years ago

Sony ST21i 'Tapioca' spotted, Xperia Sola gets a little brother

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We've seen references to a budget-oriented Sony phone codenamed "Tapioca" before, but until now the device itself has remained a mystery. Things are becoming a little clearer today, however, with the first leaked images of the phone showing up on Greek site ​Techblog​. Rumored specs, included along with the photos, include a 3.2-inch HVGA screen, an 800MHz CPU, 512MB of RAM and a 3MP camera. Interestingly for a budget device, the Tapioca is said to run Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, so it looks like Sony's had no trouble packing ICS onto lower-end hardware.

The front of the device is the spitting image of the Xperia Sola, a mid-range Sony handset that made waves shortly after MWC due to its "floating touch" tech. Given the Tapioca's budget leanings, though, we'd be surprised to see floating touch lurking inside this device. No pricing or availability details are provided along with today's leak, but an earlier roadmap suggests it'll hit in July around the €150 mark.

Source: Techblog; via: Xperia Blog

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2 years ago

Android Central 94: The Galaxy S III cometh, even more on HTC One, Google Drive lives!

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We've got our bags packed, and we're headed to London, England, for Samsung's "Next Galaxy" event. Plus, even more on the HTC One line, Google Drive, and your e-mails and voicemails. Welcome back to the Greatest Android Podcast in the World!

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2 years ago

Freshly leaked 'Galaxy S3' photo seems to confirm earlier images

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We've averaged at least one Galaxy S3 rumor or leak per day over the past week, and it's a trend that shows no sign of stopping. Today UK blogs PhoneArena and KnowYourMobile both received a new photo purporting to show the Samsung Galaxy S3, and from what we can tell of the (admittedly grainy) image, it's a very close match to what we've seen in earlier leaks. The rounded edges closely resemble the outline in a teaser image by Samsung Denmark, and the device chassis itself is a dead ringer for a purported manual sketch that cropped up yesterday.

The inclusion of physical buttons is the most interesting thing we can glean from this latest image -- if this is indeed the final Galaxy S3 design, then it seems earlier plans to go buttonless were abandoned. And it's also worth noting the extremely thin bezel between the screen and the edge of the device -- Samsung seems to have shaved a few millimeters off this space compared to the Galaxy Nexus.

With the clock ticking down to the May 3 announcement event in London, it's possible we'll see even more leaks and speculation in the days ahead. Keep it locked to AC for all the latest.

Source: PhoneArena, KnowYourMobile

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2 years ago

Draw Something arrives in the Amazon App Store for the Kindle Fire

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Draw Something has amassed many users in its time on Android and it has now made the leap onto a device that is suggested to of have captured half of the US Android market share. Yes, Draw Something is now available in the Amazon App Store for the Kindle Fire. You get two options to choose from, the free ad-supported version or you can pony up the $1.99 and go ad free. Hit the source link for the downloads or just go ahead and load up your Amazon Kindle Fire and get to drawing something fun. If you're looking to learn more about the game, check our full review.

Source: Amazon

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2 years ago

Ask AC: Taking screenshots on the Transformer Prime and HTC Vivid

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Kinghthawk321 asks in the Android forums

OK, folks, one thing I really don't know how to do is snagging a screen shot, either on my Transformer Prime or my Vivid. I appreciate all help in bringing me up to speed on these techniques. Thank you, very much.

You're welcome, and we're glad you asked! Android is an open platform, which means manufacturers can implement things however they like -- including the ability to capture the screen. Of course, that means they all do it differently. Both the Transformer Prime and the HTC Vivid have the utility built in, and it's fairly easy.

On the Prime, just press and hold the multitasking button. After about a second and a half it will grab the screen and save it to the device internal storage. If yours isn't doing it, make sure this is turned on in the settings. Open the settings and choose ASUS customized setting and it is the second item in the list/

On the HTC Vivid, you press and hold the power button then tap the Home soft key. A screen capture will be saved to the device. This is pretty standard across all newer HTC phones.

Of course, there is the old fashioned way of using the Android SDK for screen capture. After installing the SDK, the USB driver for the device (if you're using Windows) and the Java JDK you can use the bundled ddms tool to capture the display. Thank goodness for the easy way, right?

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2 years ago

Leak details ICS update and testing phases for several Verizon devices

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Verizon, some would say, leads the pack for the amount of Android devices they have available. As such, that also means they lead the pack in terms of the number of people inquiring about Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich updates and now, the latest leak (oh, by the way, Verizon leads in those, too) may put some folks' minds at ease. A slew of devices are headed into testing or are already past testing stages for Ice Cream Sandwich updates and are now just awaiting approval before the OTA updates are sent out:

Also mentioned are the Droid Bionic, HTC Rhyme, LG Spectrum and LG Revolution but those devices are separated and not related to the ICS list which, may mean they'll release other software updates to address some bugs before moving on. Considering this leak came from, Reddit does that make up for all the fake previous Samsung Galaxy S III stuff that "leaked" there before?

Source: Reddit; thanks to everybody who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Twitter for Android updated with improved search, push notifications and new discover feature

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Twitter has now unleashed their latest update to Twitter for Android though, the verdict is still out on whether or not it's for the better. Rather then just a bug fix release, this one introduces some improvements overall to the app. Search has been improved across the board so that it is now easier to find people you follow as you type, providing a better user experience for auto-completion. The discover tab has also been improved in the fact that Twitter has made particular trends and news articles easier to be found. To round it all off, Push notifications will now let you know when you've got a new follower or have been retweeted or favorited -- all of which can be enabled and disabled as do you so choose.

Source: Twitter

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2 years ago

Kindle Fire grabs over half the US Android tablet market share

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Data released today by comScore shows that the Amazon Kindle Fire has garnered over 50-percent of the Android tablet market in the U.S. With a 54.4-percent share as of February 2012, it sits alone at the head of the pack by a large margin, with the second place Samsung Galaxy Tab almost 40-percent behind at 15.4-percent of the growing Android tablet market. While it looks to be bad news for Android OEMs, it comes as no surprise to us. 

The Kindle Fire, like the leader of the overall tablet market the iPad, has one big thing going for it -- a unified "ecosystem" for content. We're mostly advanced users, who read blogs and forums to learn the different ways to use our devices and all the associated tricks that go along with, but for many they just want an easy way to purchase and consume content on their tablet. Amazon offers that in ways that Google does not, at least for folks in the U.S.

We're thinking Google aims to rectify that situation, at least in part, with the launch of the Google Play store, and a mystery tablet device of some sort this summer. Google I/O will be an exciting time, that's for sure.

Source: comScore

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2 years ago

Don't forget: You could win this brand-new Samsung Galaxy Nexus!

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What's this, you ask? Why it's a brand-new Samsung Galaxy Nexus, fresh off the truck from the Google Play Devices Store. That means it's the brand-new Takju build, with Google Wallet official and ready to go.

How to enter? We've got your details right over here.

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2 years ago

Skype updated with faster start up times, video bug fixes and newly styled messaging

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The latest update for Skype has now landed in the Google Play Store and has some nice changes in it that may make you want to go and hit that update button. Aside from the listed faster start up times for the app as a whole, Skype has addressed the issue where video would not rotate on some devices as it should plus, they also went ahead and added a new instant messaging view for chats. If you're already a Skype user, you can update from within the Google Play app or if you're looking to give it a shot, find the link below.

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