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3 years ago

HTC One X+ Android 4.2 + Sense 5 update rolling out in Asia

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BlinkFeed, video highlights and more in biggest update yet for the One X+

HTC has finally updated one of last year's high-end handsets, the One X+, to the latest version of its Sense software and the newer Android 4.2.2 OS. The new update brings the One X+ in line with the most recent HTC user interface, with the BlinkFeed home screen experience, automatic video highlights in the gallery app and an updated music app with visualizers. That's in addition to standard Android 4.2 features like lock screen widgets and Daydreams.

According to reports from XDA and VR-Zone it's only unlocked devices in Asia that are receiving the update at present, but Europe and (eventually) the U.S. should follow before too long. (And we're sure you'll be able to find a custom ROM or two out there if you can't wait.)

The hefty 484MB over-the-air package now going out will update Asian HTC One X+ devices to software version 2.17.709.12.

The One X+ roll-out follows the HTC Butterfly's bump up to Android 4.2 and Sense 5 last month.

Source: VR-Zone, XDA

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3 years ago

Hisense drops price of Sero 7 Pro to $129

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Hisense today announced a price drop on two of its tablets. The Sero 7 Pro has dropped $20 to $129, and the lesser Sero 7 LT falls to $79.

The Sero 7 Pro is the only one we'd really recommend out of this duo, however. In our review, Casey Rendon concluded that "the Sero 7 Pro does exactly what it sets out to do: offers good all round specs, more features than you can shake a stick at, and comes in at a great price." 

You can snag the Sero 7 Pro at Walmart.

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3 years ago

This week's sidebar poll: Which 'flagship' phone are you going with?

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The competition is fierce — which manufacturer gets your money for 2013?

We've finally seen the top consumer device from all the major Android OEMs, and that leads us to the question on everyone's mind: Which one are you using or going to buy?

There are some great choices from everyone, even folks we haven't seen a lot from in the past like ASUS and the Padfone 2 or Sony with the Xperia Z. Make no mistake, with Android holding the huge lead in market share that it has, competition between vendors is getting more and more fierce with each passing day. They all want to get you to send a few dollars in their direction, and offering more and more unique and innovative devices is the benefit — it's a great time to be an Android fan.

Of course, more than a few of us will step outside the norm and are waiting for what we haven't seen yet. Phones like the Galaxy Note 3, HTC One MAX or whatever the next Nexus phone will be are sure to be on some people's short list.

Take a minute, check out the poll in the sidebar to the right or after the break and let us know where your money has gone or is going.

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3 years ago

Quick look: Android versions and the Android Central app

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Vast majority using Jelly Bean, 19 percent already up-to-date on Android 4.3

The Android ecosystem as a whole is a large, slow-moving ship, and it's taken a while for Jelly Bean to become the most prominent flavor of Google's OS. Even Android 2.3, Gingerbread, is still going strong after almost three years. So it's interesting to see how Android Central app users compare to the ecosystem at large.

The Google Play developer console allows devs to keep track of which Android versions are being run by their users, and there's a striking difference between Android as a whole and the AC app install base when it comes to platform versions.

We'll start off by pointing out that our app requires Android 4.0 or higher, which eliminates Honeycomb, Gingerbread and older versions. Nevertheless, some 92 percent of AC app installations are on a Jelly Bean (4.1-4.3) device, with 4.1 being the most popular version at 44 percent. A surprising 19 percent of users are already on the just-released Android 4.3, while the 18-month-old Ice Cream Sandwich release (Android 4.0.3-4) accounts for just 8 percent of users.

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3 years ago

Top LG G2 threads on the Android Central forums

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The LG G2 is official, and hopefully by now you've had the chance to check out all of our hands-on coverage. In the past day or so, activity has been picking up over on the LG G2 forums, where prospective G2 owners have been sharing their thoughts.

Here's a quick rundown of some of the top discussions so far —

More: LG G2 discussion on the Android Central forums

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3 years ago

LG G2 coming to O2 UK

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With the LG G2 now officially announced, we're starting to hear details of which carriers around the world will be stocking the device. Three UK was the first UK network to announce that it'll carry the G2 yesterday, and now O2 has confirmed to Android Central that it will offer LG's latest. An O2 spokesperson told us the G2 will be coming to O2 UK "later in the year," but couldn't reveal any specifics on availability or pricing.

We've reached out to the other major UK networks, and we'll keep you posted with any G2 launch info they provide.

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3 years ago

Leaked Sony teaser supposedly shows upcoming 'Honami' handset

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Sony 'Xperia i1' could be unveiled at pre-IFA press conference

It seems Sony will hold its IFA press conference on Sep. 4 (the same day Samsung's doing its thing), and one device that's likely to make an appearance is the Japanese manufacturer's upcoming flagship handset, know by its codename "Honami." The device, which is also rumored to go to market as the "Xperia i1," will reportedly pack a Snapdragon 800 CPU, a five-inch-plus display and a 20-megapixel rear camera with Sony G lens.

We've already witnessed plenty of leaked photos of the Honami, but this latest image supposedly comes directly from Sony in the form of a teaser for its IFA press conference. Leaked through Chinese forum Digi-Wo, the image outs the Sep. 4 announcement date, and shows what seems to be the right edge of the handset. There's the trademark rounded power button in the center, a volume rocker below it, and what might be a SIM tray further up. And like Xperias Z and Z Ultra, it looks like the Honami will be offered in a purple color option too.

The original poster claims that a Chinese release will be taking place soon after the Berlin announcement; hopefully the rest of the world will enjoy a similarly speedy retail launch. Whatever happens, we'll be live from IFA next month to bring you full coverage of all Sony's announcements.

Source: Digi-Wo; via: XperiaBlog

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3 years ago

T-Mobile US increases revenues and adds 1.1 million subscribers in Q2

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'Uncarrier' revenue up 27.5 percent in second quarter

T-Mobile US has announced its second quarter 2013 financial results, and it looks like the "Uncarrier" campaign is starting to bear fruit. T-Mo added 1.1 million new subscribers from May to July, which the operator says represents its strongest growth in four years.

Revenues are also up 27.5 percent year-over-year, "primarily due to the inclusion of MetroPCS results for May and June 2013 and higher equipment sales due to record smartphone sales." ARPU (average revenue per user) was up 27.9 percent for prepaid with the inclusion of MetroPCS, while postpaid ARPU fell year-over-year by 6.5% to $53.60.

On the network front, T-Mo says its 4G LTE service now covers 157 million people in 116 metro areas, beating its goal of covering 100 million people by mid-year.

It's a significant turnaround from the situation last year, which saw an LTE-less T-Mobile hemorrhaging customers to the larger carriers. Time will tell whether the company's recent "bold efforts, including the "JUMP!" upgrade plan, will hasten its turnaround.

Source: T-Mobile; via: Engadget

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3 years ago

Netflix updated to address issues with Android 4.3

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If you were experiencing issues running Netflix on your phone or tablet with Android 4.3, you'll want to grab this one. Netflix has been updated, and the words everyone wanted to hear are in the change log:

  • Fixes and optimization for devices running Android 4.3.
  • On the new Nexus 7 HD, this version requires all Android 4.3 system updates to be installed.

This is of special interest to everyone using a Chromecast with their Android 4.3-powered device, and an update we're happy to see. Give it a try, and let everyone know how it works out for you in the comments below. You can grab the update from the Google Play link above.

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3 years ago

Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 update gives a much needed boost to internal storage

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OTA update repartitions on board memory giving 'Internal Storage' 1.5 GB

Lenovo's recent launch of the IdeaTab A1000 had the unfortunate problem of having only a few hundred megabytes of usable internal storage, due to the "interesting" partitioning done to the tablet's 16 GB of on-board memory.

Lenovo took notice of the problems users were having, quickly running out of memory after installing just a few apps, and sent out an over-the-air update. The update increases the internal storage partition from 512 MB to 1.5 GB, giving some much needed breathing room for applications. The update will wipe all user data, so make sure to backup before accepting it.

While 1.5 GB is better, it's still not ideal. The best solution would be to merge both partitions into one, so the complete 16 GB of storage could be used as the primary place to install apps and games. According to Lenovo, increasing the internal storage to 1.5 GB was all that could be done at this time due to "technical reasons," but they " are also looking to change the whole storage to be integrated in one partition." One this is done, this tablet's storage problems should finally be over.

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3 years ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Food

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Let's see the best pictures of food you can take.

We're going to keep up the pace with our weekly photo contests, because we want as many people as possible to get out there and take some great photos.

This week's topic is a broad one — "food". Now don't think that this ties you down to just taking pictures of what's on the plate in front of you (no matter how delicious that burger may look). There are so many ways to have a picture represent the word "food", so let's try and think outside of the box this week. We're looking forward to seeing your submissions.

The prize is quite a big deal as well....

The lucky winner this week will get their hands on an NVIDIA Shield handheld game console.

Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a post below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (August 13) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest.

Enter this week's photo contest

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3 years ago

Verizon shows off logo with new smartphone attached

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Verizon wants us all to know that they too will be carrying the G2 sometime "soon". They also want you to remember that you're using Verizon, and just in case they have dolled up the phone like something Richard Petty would drive.

It shouldn't affect the performance, and we know a place where you can buy a case that makes it all go away.

Source: @Verizon Wireless

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3 years ago

Close-up look at that new 'stepped battery' on the Moto X and LG G2

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Two trips to New York City in two weeks — one for Motorola, and another for LG, and one common theme: Why waste space inside the phone when you could fill that void with a little extra battery volume.

Enter the "stepped battery," and it's a simple enough idea. Instead of a single, rectangular-shaped battery, you've got one with a small "step" — and little bit of a hump that gives you a little more juice.

We got an up-close look at LG's "stepped" battery this morning at the G2 launch event, and you can see exactly what they're talking about. LG's using a 3,000 mAh stepped battery in its G2, and the bulge is subtle — maybe not even a full millimeter in thickness — but it's there. And spread it out over a decent size area, and suddenly you gain a bit more capacity.

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3 years ago

Google Play Music All Access now available in Europe

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Subscription service comes to Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, and the UK

Google has just opened up its Google Play Music All Access subscription service to nine new countries, marking the service's European debut. From this evening, All Access is now available in Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, and the UK. The European rollout follows All Access' launch in the U.S. in May and Australia and New Zealand last month.

As it does in the U.S., All Access gives you complete access to Google's music library for a monthly fee. Users in these new countries can sign up to All Access on the web at play.google.com/music, or through the Android app.

The sign-up process works just as it does in other territories — sign up for a 30-day trial in the first month or so (in this case, before Sep. 15) and you'll pay only only £7.99 or €7.99 for the life of the subscription. That's compared to the regular price of £9.99/€9.99.

If you're signing up to Google Play Music All Access for the first time in any of these countries, hit the comments and let us know how you get on.

More: Hands-on with Google Play Music All Access

Source: Google, Google Play Music All Access sign-up

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Android Device Manager remote wipe feature

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We wipe out a Nexus 7, so you don't have to wipe yours if you're curious

With the new Android Device Manager pushing out all over, we just had to have a look at the new remote wipe feature. I said goodbye to my game progress, made sure any pictures were safely uploaded to Google+, and got to work.

It's simple, both in theory and in practice. Locate your device through the Device Manager webpage, then send the "Erase Device" command. You'll be warned about losing all your important stuff, and that once you wipe the device you can no longer locate it. This makes sense, as you're not signed into Google on it anymore.

After making that all-important click, your device will shut down and reboot into recovery and preform a factory reset. If the device gets shut off before it can reboot, it will reboot into recovery the next time it's restarted. This makes us wonder how Android Device Manager's device wipe utility will work with a custom recovery, and we're guessing not very well. That's a project for another day.

For now, hit the break and have a look at the process. This should satisfy your curiosity without wiping your own precious data away.

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