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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S III questions, Camera help [From the Forums]

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If you're looking for something to do this evening and happened to miss out on some of the Android news of the day, no better way to get yourself caught up than hanging out with us here at Android Central. Click on back a page or two on the blogs and then hop on into the Android Central forums for some discussion:

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3 years ago

Lenovo K800 Intel phone launches in China

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Back at CES in January, we went hands on with the first consumer Android device powered by Intel. While it can no longer claim to be first -- the Lava Xolo beat it to market -- the Lenovo K800 has now finally made it on sale, albeit in China for now. 

Powered by a 1.6GHz Intel processor over a 4.5-inch IPS display with 1GB of RAM, the K800 should stack up quite nicely. It does launch running Gingerbread, but as Intel demonstrated themselves, this is a highly optimized version of Gingerbread. The K800 is available for RMB 3299 ($524) but as yet there is no word on availability elsewhere. 

There is still no sign of any Intel powered Android devices hitting North American shores, but the UK market is set to receive its first in the near future. Orange UK will be releasing their own brand device, codenamed Santa Clara, which on specs at least is a match for the K800. Orange will be pulling the wraps off the Santa Clara on May 31 in London, and of course Android Central will be there to go hands on. 

via The Verge

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S III to hit Canada June 20, 2 GB of RAM confirmed

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Samsung has announced that the Galaxy S III will be hitting the stores in Canada come June 20. They've also outed the exact specs of the Canadian models, and which carriers will be seeing it. (We could get used to this sort of press release). First, the who -- The SGH-i747 model (that's the LTE version) will be headed to Bell Mobility, Virgin Mobile, SaskTel, TELUS and Rogers Wireless.  The SGH-iT999 model (that's HSPA+42 for those playing at home) is going to Videotron, Wind and Mobilicity. For pricing and other details, Samsung refers everyone to the carrier in question.

If things stay the same from Samsung as they have been since, well forever, south of the border in the states the i747 will be headed to AT&T, and the iT999 is destined for T-Mobile. Reminder -- this hasn't been confirmed. It's just based off the first two Galaxy S launches from Sammy.

Now for the fun part, the specs. There's a few differences here from the international version we saw last month, so read carefully. We'll talk about them after.

  • Processor: Snapdragon S4 Dual Core 1.5 GHz with Qualcomm MSM8960 Chipset
  • OS: ICS 4.0.4
  • Data: LTE (SGH-i747 variation) and HSPA+ 42 (SGH-iT999 variation)
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Dimensions: 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm
  • Weight: 133g
  • Storage: 16/32GB internal memory (SGH-i747)/ 16GB internal memory (SGH-iT999). Expandable microSD up to 32GB
  • Display: 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED 1280x720 (306ppi)
  • Connectivity: NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, MHL Video Out
  • Camera: 8MP Rear-facing, 1.9MP Front-facing
  • Battery: 2100 mAh

Besides the change from the quad-core Exynos to the Qualcomm S4 that we expected, there's two big eye-poppers there. One good -- the Canadian versions (and we're going to assume the US versions, see disclaimer above) will have 2 GB of RAM. The other (not so good) is the lack of the 64GB option, and the iT999 comes only in a 16GB version. While that may be enough for most folks, we know it's not going to suit everybody. We'll keep an ear out for more info about the rest of North America, but for now, enjoy Canada!

Source: Canada NewsWire

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3 years ago

Google Play Store now selling Galaxy Nexus accessories - if you're in the U.S.

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Good news, everyone! The elusive Samsung Galaxy Nexus accessories are now available directly from Google in the Google Play Store. (Where they should be!) Yeah, it's only been about six months or so since the phone was released, but we're not going to look this gift horse in the mouth. 

Available are the Vehicle Dock -- that's the proper one with the pogo pins to keep you charged and not the janky "navigation" dock that only holds the phone -- and a pair of desktop docks. If a traditional landscape dock is your bag, it's there, with the same pogo pins for charging. Or if you need some high-def output, there's an HDMI dock in portrait orientation that uses the USB port for output and charging. 

The vehicle and landscape desktop dock each cost $54, and the HDMI portrait desktop dock is $49. You can snag 'em all at the link below.

More: Galaxy Nexus accessories from the Google Play Store

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3 years ago

EVO 4G LTE stripped down in 138 seconds

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It's so blurry, it's nearly a smartphone snuff film. But here's the Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE broken down to its various smartphones parts in a little more than two minutes. And while you're at it, make sure you read our long overdue (but gets better with age) EVO 4G LTE review

Source: EVO 4G LTE forums

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3 years ago

Verizon's Motorola Xoom soak test begins, we hope it's ICS

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We've been getting word that a soak test for Verizon model of the Motorola Xoom is about to begin, and we certainly hope that it's Ice Cream Sandwich this time around. For those unfamiliar, a soak test means that there's an update that the software guys think is ready to go, and they want to put it out for a few brave testers before they roll it out for everyone. If all goes as planned, the update will follow soon after for the rest of us. 

Now there is no clue in the e-mail that went out to potential participants, but we can't help but think it has to be Android 4.0 this time around. It's high time for the update, as this is the first Android tablet, and the Wifi versions (that came out months later) have all been updated. Motorola has said that we would see the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Xoom 4G in the second quarter of this year, and a quick peek at the calendar says it's Q2. Now to hope everything goes well, and we see a smooth update for every one soon.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

The Kurio7 is the 'ultimate tablet for families' and available for preorder at Toys R Us

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Techno Source has announced that their Kurio7 tablet, billed as the "ultimate tablet for families" is now available for preorder at Toys R Us online. The 7-inch tablet will ship with Ice Cream Sandwich, be available nationwide in July, and retail for $199. On the surface, it appears to be just another cheap Chinese craplet that we'd advise everyone to run away from at all costs, but there's something different here. The specs aren't it, they are what you would expect -- 1GHz single core processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage, USB host enabled USB port, and low resolution cameras. We've seen all that on most of the generic tablets available at half the price. It's also not the full suite of apps designed for kids (and those of us who still think we're kids) like World of Goo, Fruit Ninja, or Cut the Rope.

What's different, and potentially game-changing, is the multi-login software. Designed to keep kids safe from the kind of filth adult material you'll find across the Internet and in the Google Play store, the Kurio7 allows up to eight different login profiles complete with parental controls to control what your little ones can and can't do on the tablet. It's a novel idea, and we hope it takes off -- many of us would love some sort of user profile on our tablets. Hit the break for the full press release.

More: Toys R Us;  KurioPlanet

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3 years ago

Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE review

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The Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE is a great phone on a less-than-great network.

There. We said it.

That's not an easy way to start a review of a phone. Nor is it necessarily fun for us to say. It's simply the way it is.

This should come as no surprise to Sprint aficionados. Heck, it pretty much mirrors what we just wrote about the Sprint Galaxy Nexus. Great phone, so long as you don't need speedy mobile data. That's going to change in the next month or so, at least for folks in a half-dozen cities, as Sprint fires up its 4G LTE network, and it'll change for even more by the end of the year. And Sprint's 3G data should get a boost, too, all part of its Network Vision initiative. But for now, you've got an EVO 4G LTE without the 4G LTE, and oft-slow 3G data.

But is that really fair to the phone? To the follow-up to arguably one of the greatest Android smartphones we've seen? To the phone that launched the 4G era? (Never mind that Wimax is going the way of the dinosaurs.) The original EVO 4G was an important phone, for damned sure the EVO 4G LTE is. At least for Sprint, if not for Android as a whole.

So that's the question: Is the phone good enough to warrant a purchase even if the network's not yet measuring up? Let's get into it in our full EVO 4G LTE review.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile HTC One S software update coming tomorrow!

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If you're the proud owner of an HTC One S on T-Mobile, you'll want to keep an eye out on May 31 for your software update notification. As noted on the T-Mobile site, an update is set for release that day and has some bug fixes and improvements that it will bring to the device:

Improvements

  • Resolves goodbye splash not appearing when powering off due to low battery.
  • Resolves voicemail indicator not appearing while using Wi-Fi calling.
  • Improvements to Wi-Fi Calling
  • Improvements to camera stability
  • Resolves signal fluctuation.

You'll have to be on software version 1.53.531.76 710RD, not rooted and have more than 50 percent battery life in order to take the update. When completed, you will then be on software version 1.84.531.2 710RD. Hit the links below to check out the full details or discuss more in the Android Central Forums. Plus, if you've not read our full HTC One S review as of yet -- check it out.

Source: T-Mobile, via: Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Google+ Local arrives to makes use of Zagat acquisition, brings along Google Maps update

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It has been quite some time now since Google acquired Zagat, and while we've seen some embedding of reviews and such in the past, Google has now brought Zagat into the fold in a much larger way. Google+ Local has now been introduced making it easier to find Zagat scores and and restaurant suggestions from folks you interact with on Google+. In addition to the Google+ integration roll out, various other Google apps and sites will be updated Zagat support over the next little while, starting with an update to Google Maps that includes a fancy new "Local" button that when tapped, will show you Zagat reviews in your general area. Both Google+ Local and the Google Maps update are live right now, you'll find the Google Maps download below in case you've not already updated as of yet.

Source: Google Blog

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3 years ago

Swiftkey 3 beta keyboard updated with a slew of fixes, improvements

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Just a quick heads up, boys and girls, that Swiftkey (our 2011 editor's choice for Android Keyboard of the year, btw) has updated the versions of the Swiftkey 3 beta in the company's VIP forums. Here's what's new:

  • Improved prediction algorithms
  • Better, more consistent punctuation key behavior
  • Smarter Smart Space functionality (which will make it easier to enter email addresses etc)
  • A refined experience in Google Chrome Beta
  • Fixed missing predictions on the longpress of @ and .com
  • Improved gestures
  • Eliminated lag on letter pop-ups
  • Various other minor bug fixes and usability improvements

Any improvement is a good improvement, of course, but do remember that this is beta software. Bugs happen. (And let's all try to remember that part of being a beta tester is providing good feedback.)

The update applies to the keyboard version as well as the tablet version. You can snag them at the links below.

Download: Swiftkey 3 beta (phones, tablets)
More: Swiftkey blog

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3 years ago

TELUS joins the Samsung Galaxy S III preorder party in Canada

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Just in case the Rogers preorder confirmation wasn't enough for you, TELUS has now come out to say they have also started up preorders for the Samsung Galaxy S III. As listed on their website right now, the Samsung Galaxy S III will come in 16GB and 32GB editions with prices starting at $160 and going up to $210 all with a new three-year contract.

Source: TELUS

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3 years ago

Alvin and the Chipmunks-themed Archos Child Pad available now for $129

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Yes. Those are chipmunks holding the 7-inch, Ice Cream Sandwich-powered Archos Child Pad. We'll get to them in a minute. For now, know that the Child Pad is available as of today for $129. Yeah, it's a couple months late. (We'll forgive you for not remembering that it originally was to be released at the end of March.) But, look! Chipmunks!

Let's start with the important specs. You'll have access to "specific" "Alvin and the Chipmunks 3" content. (Presumably "general" "Alvin and the Chipmunks 3" content will be available in the places where you'd usually find "Alvin and the Chipmunks 3" content.) That includes behind-the-scenes clips, photos from the set, wallpapers and online games. There's also a 6-month trial of a parental control application from Editions Profil. Angry Birds are on board (of course), as well as other "educational and general-knowledge" apps.

Oh, and it's got a 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of on-board storage, if you're into that sort of thing. You can find out more and order your very own Child Pad at the link below.

More: Archos Child Pad

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3 years ago

Flipboard for Android to break free from the Galaxy S III officially

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Love it or hate it, Flipboard coming to Android is big news. We first took a look at it back at Earls Court in London during the Samsung Galaxy S III launch event. Initially at least, Flipboard is exclusive to the Galaxy S III, but as is often the way this didn't last very long at all. Unofficial versions were 'ported' from the Galaxy S III and hosted on the interwebs for all the world to download and use at their leisure. Word from Flipboard now though, is that the application will soon be available on all Android devices. 

The story goes that in concentrating on one device, with one screen size and resolution, Flipboard could ensure that their massively popular iOS offering wouldn't suck when it arrived on Android. That, and quite possibly the bazillion number of units Samsung were likely to -- and eventually will be -- shipping of the Galaxy S III. As far as a test bed goes, a device that ended up with 9 million pre-orders probably wasn't a bad choice. As it turns out, Flipboard is pretty close to having a beta version of the app ready for the rest of the Android world. 

The developers are planning to release it to a small amount of users initially under a strict beta tag, to help test it out, submit bug reports, and generally make sure that the app is as polished as it needs to be. Makes sense, after all, Flipboard is all about the visual, and a janky experience would be the quickest way to put users off. 

There is no mention of the magic date that Flipboard may start to make it into eager beta testers hands, but by all accounts it sounds like it's pretty close. Could it even appear before the Pebble Blue Galaxy S III perhaps? 

Update: Well, that was quick! Seems like the beta is now live with reports of invites heading out to users who had signed up. 

Source: Engadget

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S III now available from Vodafone UK, 16GB Marble White only for now

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Choice is good right? Following on from fellow british carrier Three's announcement, Vodafone UK have also confirmed this morning that the Samsung Galaxy S III is available today on their network. Vodafone are supposed to be carrying the 32GB versions in both colors exclusively for the time being, but have confirmed that both are delayed by "2-4 weeks." 

Prices on Vodafone aren't quite as alluring as those elsewhere though. The phone can still be had free of charge on a new 2-year deal, but the price for this on Vodafone is £41 a month. For a "limited time" their price plans will include 2GB of data, which for many average users is plenty.  2GB of BTOpenzone WiFi access is also included in the plan. For the full press release, click on past the break. 

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