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3 years ago

Bunch of Android apps on sale today for 49 cents

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Looks like the Android Market has another big sale under way, with apps like SwiftKey, HomeRun Battle 3D, SoundHound, Shadowgun, World of Goo, NFL Flick Quarterback, Osmos HD, Quell Reflect and other sgoing for just 49 cents.

There must be others. Sing out the the comments if you spot 'em.

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3 years ago

Second Sony LTE phone rumored for June launch in Korea

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We recently learned that Sony will be launching the Xperia Ion in LTE markets outside of the United States, and now there's a flurry of online rumors suggesting manufacturer may be preparing a second LTE handset for the second half of the year. Korean news site MT.co.kr reports via sources within Sony that an LTE smartphone "other than the Xperia Ion" could be making its way to South Korea as early as this June.

As XperiaBlog points out, this new, high-end device may match the Sony "Hayabusa", a rumored device which appeared on a leaked roadmap earlier in the year, alongside a ~€500 price tag. System info collected by benchmarking apps suggests the device may carry the model number LT29i, and use a Snapdragon S4 CPU with a buttonless 720p display.

Let's take this with an extra-large helping of salt for now, though, as we're still dealing with rumors and speculation here. However, it's no secret that the Xperia S isn't exactly packing the most up-to-date hardware, so we wouldn't be too shocked if a slightly higher-specced version was planned for later in the year.

Source: XperiaBlog

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 3D UK off-contract price falls to £209

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With the first of this year's leading Android phones launching in the next month or so, last year's models are starting to show up online with significantly-discounted prices. Yesterday we saw the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S on sale for under £200, and now the price of the HTC EVO 3D has been lowered to around the same level by one retailer. Asda Direct, which was previously selling the EVO for £250 and £230, is today offering it for a mere £209.

That's still a fair amount of cash, but it's less than half what you'll likely pay for the privilege of owning something like the HTC One X later this year. It's also around £350 less than the initial asking price for the GSM EVO 3D when it launched last August.

Despite its discounted price, the EVO still packs some impressive specs. There's a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 chip inside, a 4.3-inch qHD 3D display, dual 5-megapixel 3D cameras, Android 2.3 Gingerbread and HTC Sense 3. And as we mentioned in our review, the GSM version boasts excellent battery life. Like many other leading HTC handsets, it's due an update to Ice Cream Sandwich later this year, too. If you're not planning on holding out for the next wave of high-end Android phones, we can certainly think of worse ways of spending 200 quid.

Source: Asda Direct

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3 years ago

Amazon App Store hits v2.2.0 with new notification settings, improved app compatibility checks

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It's been a while since the last Amazon App Store update was pushed out and it seems Amazon has been working on some improvements in that time. The latest update pushes the Amazon App Store into v2.2.0 and brings some welcomed changes with it aside from the usual bug fixes and stability improvements:

  • New notifications settings: Enable or disable notifications for - Download and Installation, App updates, Status Bar.
  • Improved messaging regarding payment options.
  • Improved app compatibility checks.

Overall a decent update, especially to the notification system that more or less harassed you each and every second until you attended to them. Plus, app compatibility checks will hopefully help against wasting your time in downloading an app that simply won't work for your device. The update is live now, so go ahead and check for updates or hit the source link to head on over to Amazon and grab the download.

Source: Amazon

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3 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich adoption grows ever so slightly in February, Gingerbread up a bit, too

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Google's just released the Android platform version statistics for the two weeks ending March 5. As a reminder, these are representative of the entire Android ecosystem and comprise devices that have accessed the Android Market within the last 14 days, so these would be "active" devices. Here's the breakdown:

  • Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.x): Up a little more than half a percentage point to 1.6 percent. That encompasses Android 4.0 through Android 4.0.3.
  • Honeycomb (Android 3.x): Dropped 0.1 percent to 3.3 percent total. That change should be due to the Motorola Xoom and ASUS Transformer and Transformer Prime getting their ICS updates.
  • Gingerbread (Android 2.3): Saw some decent growth, actually, from 58.6 percent in February to 62 percent today.
  • Froyo (Android 2.2): Falls a couple of percentage points to 25.3 percent.
  • Eclair (Android 2.1): Fell a percentage point to 6.6 percent.
  • Donut (Android 1.6) and Cupcake (Android 1.5): Combine for 1.2 percent of active devices. Who's still using these?

And here's a full look at last month's numbers. We'd imagine Ice Cream Sandwich percentage will start trending up now that we've got a new crop of phones on the way, but there's no denying that upgrades are taking entirely too long. 

Source: Android Developers

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3 years ago

HTC One X and One S will launch on every UK network

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One X and S headed to all five major carriers; O2 and Three will range the entry-level HTC One V

If you're hoping to get your hands on an HTC One series phone in the UK, it looks like you'll be spoiled for choice -- O2, Three, Vodafone, Orange and T-Mobile have all indicated that they'll carry the One X and One S. For the price-conscious, the HTC One V will also be available on O2 and Three. O2 and T-Mobile are listing an April launch date for the One series, while others simply say it's "coming soon."

The One X is HTC's flagship device for 2012, with a quad-core Tegra 3 CPU, a 4.7-inch 720p screen, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a brand new version of HTC Sense. The One S takes a small step back from the bleeding edge of tech, with its Snapdragon S4 dual-core chip and a 4.3-inch qHD display. Across the entire HTC One range, the manufacturer's delivering Beats Audio support and some fancy new camera technology. In the U.S., AT&T will get an LTE-toting version of the One X with a Snapdragon S4 chip instead of Tegra 3, while T-Mobile USA will range the One S.

In the UK, though, it's a far cry from last year's situation, in which Vodafone had a one-month lead on other networks with the HTC Sensation. Given that all five networks will be vying for our attention with such a highly-anticipated series of phones, the result should be better deals for consumers. If you're considering picking up one of HTC's shiny new toys, shout out in the comments. And if you haven't already, check out our hands-on coverage of the One X, One S and One V from Mobile World Congress.

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3 years ago

Samsung announces the Galaxy Pocket, a 2.8-inch entry-level smartphone for the UK

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Because it's been at least six days since Samsung announced its last Android smartphone, here's the Galaxy Pocket -- an entry-level device in an extremely compact form factor, sporting a tiny 2.8-inch display. The Pocket runs on an 800MHz processor, just like the Galaxy Mini 2, though due to its diminutive size, screen resolution is limited to a stomach-churning 320x240 (QVGA). It's also got a 2MP rear camera, 3GB internal storage (expandable via microSD card), and a 1200mAh battery. The presence of HSPA support on 900MHz and 2100MHz only suggests the Galaxy Pocket won't be venturing too far outside of Europe.

On the software side, you get the standard blend of Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Samsung's TouchWiz UX layer. You probably won't want to hold your breath for an Ice Cream Sandwich update any time soon.

So it's very much an entry-level handset, and we'd expect that to be reflected in the price when this device launches later this year. Samsung has so far only confirmed that the Galaxy Pocket will be available in the UK, but we wouldn't be too surprised to see a wider European launch either.

Head past the break for today's press release in full.

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3 years ago

HTC Vivid to get ICS in the 'coming weeks', leak available for the brave

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The HTC Vivid should be seeing Ice Cream Sandwich shortly, and if you're the brave type there's a leak out in the wild you can flash today. When HTC and AT&T announced the HTC One X was coming to AT&T, there was a small part in the press release about the Vivid and it's ICS update, and that's been reinforced today in a press release for a new Beats Audio wireless speaker system exclusive for AT&T. The paragraph reads as follows:

Additionally, an enhanced audio experience will soon be available to HTC Vivid™ customers in the coming weeks.  Sound engineers at Beats Dr. Dre and software engineers at HTC have teamed up to bring an improved audio experience to the HTC Vivid through an upcoming software update that will provide Android 4.0, an updated HTC Sense experience and Beats By Dr. Dre audio profiles. 

While "coming weeks" is a pretty vague term, it may be closer that anyone expects. A Vivid user was presented with an OTA update to Ice Cream Sandwich, and had the foresight to capture the file and hand it over to the hacking community. It's been converted to a flashable form, but there's a great big warning attached as it requires a different hboot with no reliable way to get back. Between the few reports of bricked devices, most people say the update is decent, bringing the Vivid to Android 4.0.3 and Sense to 3.6.  

If you're the type who has to try things, be sure to read very carefully lest you have a shiny black HTC Vivid to add to the Android bone pile. If you're the more cautious type or haven't rooted your $600 phone (we don't blame you), hopefully you'll be seeing an update soon. In either case, follow along at the links below.

Source: XDA Developers; via Android Central forums

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3 years ago

Late-night poll: Who should make the next Nexus phone?

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There's been rumors running rampant lately about the next Nexus phone, and just who might be making it. While it's a bit early to guess, we all have a preference, and it's always OK to wish -- just don't expect any predictions. OEMs showed us a lot to like during MWC 2012, and some of the new designs surely turned some heads (that HTC One S looks like a real winner to this blogger) and we can't help but wish for a Nexus phone with some of the style we've seen so far in 2012.

So what say you, savvy Android users that you are? Do you want a throwback to the original Nexus with a unibody design from HTC? Or want a Motorola unit with bulletproof cell radio and voice quality? Personally, I've always wanted to see some LG hardware with stock Android right from Google on-board, but I'd be just as happy to see another Super AMOLED model from Samsung -- I'm a sucker for a pretty face.

Tell us all who you would pick for the next Nexus partner -- someone has to be right!

 

Who do you want to make the next Nexus phone?

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3 years ago

Official TED app for Android now available with streaming video and audio

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Many people draw inspiration from a lot of different areas in the world. Looking to gather up those inspired thinkers is the TED Talks conferences that have been happening globally since 1984. Whether you're looking to hear Bill Gates talk about energy or Steve Jobs talk about how to live your life before you die or even how Jamie Oliver thinks you should teach every kid about food - there is something for everyone in the content available from TED.

That content has now been all wrapped up in an Android app available now in the Android Market. Sticking to basics with design, TED has rolled out their app all while keeping a pretty straightforward Ice Cream Sandwich layout within. While the app does look basic, it certainly does deliver on the content. You can stream audio and video as well as search for anything you may be interested in with ease or if you're not looking for any talks specifically, you can just check out what's popular and browse through the content that way.

TED is available as a free download, and will work on Android tablets as well as phones. If you're looking for some inspiration, jump on past the break and grab the download. Thanks, Derek!

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3 years ago

Adobe Flash Player for Android updated with security fixes

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When Adobe said they wouldn't be developing Flash Player for Android to work with any new versions, they also promised to keep the current version up-to-date with critical fixes and security patches. Once again, they show us that they really mean what they say, and there's another update for Flash in the Android Market. The fixes include events for handling a crash would could lead to code execution, which means potential is there for someone to hijack your system. Adobe is usually pretty good about patching these things before the get exploited, and there are no known instances in the wild of attackers using these methods to compromise Android devices. 

To learn more about what was fixed, have a look at the Adobe Security Bulletin dated March 5. You'll find the Market link after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC One Series, Galaxy Note battery life [From the Forums]

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With Mobile World Congress all said and done with for yet, another year we'll be returning to our regularly scheduled broadcasting from now on. Which of course, means bring you the best of the best Android content. If you missed out on anything from the weekend, get yourself caught and don't be afraid to join us all in the Android Central forums.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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3 years ago

Google opens Android Market to oversized apps – 50MB limit upped to 4GB

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Tired of quickly snagging a game only to learn you still have another 200MB (or worse) to go in a separate download? Following through on a promise made at its 2011 developer conference, Google's just made the Android Market a whole lot more friendly to oversized applications, upping the maximum file size from 50 megabytes to 4 gigabytes -- a 7,900 percent increase.

Most Android apps are far smaller than even the previous 50MB limit, though, so there's a good chance you'll never notice the difference. For more intensive applications -- 3D games, for example -- the extra downloads will be able to come from Google's servers, which is good for devs. Users won't actually have to (or be able to, for that matter) download a full 4 gigabytes in one sitting, as the extra downloads will be broken up into 2GB chunks, but the total size will be reflected in the Android Market.

The updated code is available now in the Android SDK Manager, so look for this to start hitting the Market any day.

Source: Android Developer Blog

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3 years ago

Android Central weekly photo contest: Food

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We're all back home and settled in from Mobile World Congress, and it's time to kick off another weekly photo contest! The subject this week is something near and dear to my heart, and inspired by +Michael Ceriello when we asked what you guys and gals wanted to see. We're talking about food.

Grab your Android phones, head into the kitchen or out to your favorite resturant and show us some delicious eats. The prize this week is a vehicle mount for your phone (or a universal model) from ShopAndroid.com. Perfect for heading out to the grocery store or eatery to feed yourself, and maybe listening to some tunes or trying a new route with Google Maps turn-by-turn navigation on the way.

The rules, as always:

  • You gotta use an Android phone or tablet. 
  • One picture per person.
  • You need to tell us the name of the device used to take the pic, any special photo app used, and your name (or psudeonym) so we can give proper credit.
  • Send the picture (as an attachment) and info to pics@androidcentral.com by Friday evening your local time to qualify.

We'll pick the best and announce the winner Sunday on the blog. Good luck everyone!

 

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3 years ago

Editorial: Privacy is paramount, but enough with the inquisitions already

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Oy vey! According to a report from Reuters (via Phonescoop), U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., has called for the Federal Trade Commission to investigate "reports that applications on the Apple Inc and Google Inc mobile systems steal private photos and contacts and post them online without consent."

OK, folks. Let's see if we can't explain this again. There was a report in the New York Times that exposed a flaw in iOS that lets applications have full access to an iPhone or iPad's Camera Roll (the equivalent of the Android "Gallery") if said application has access to GPS location. It's not that apps can't have access to images, it's just that the way they're going about it here is in violation of the iOS terms of service, and Apple's fixing it, as it does with other bugs. And as we've previously told you, it has absolutely nothing to do with Android.

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