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3 years ago

HP Slate 7 launching May 1 in the UK, available for £129


HP's first Android tablet now available to pre-order on their UK store

We know why you probably wouldn't buy the HP Slate 7 -- in short, an extra £30 gets you a Nexus 7. But, for anyone who does fancy picking one up, we now have a UK release date, price point, and the facility to get your pre-order in now. 

The Slate 7 has been listed in HP's UK store for release on May 1, at the pretty low price of £129. You can pre-order one as we speak, but sadly the fetching red one we first saw at Mobile World Congress isn't available. No, UK buyers only looks to be able to get the silver one right now. 

If you want one, then great, head on over to HP and place your order. However, considering there's a good chance we'll see an update to the Nexus 7 at Google I/O -- also in May -- the Slate 7 might find itself too late to the party. 

Source: HP

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3 years ago

Photos and unboxing videos start to appear of Google Glass Explorer Edition


Unboxings are usually pretty lame, but come on, this is Google Glass!

What we have here is an unboxing video -- a rather choppy one, no less -- from Google Glass Explorer Dan McLaughlin. He went down to Google HQ to pick up his Explorer Edition of Google's highly anticipated wearable tech, and kindly decided to share with us, regular non-Glass owning folks. 

So, what do you get? A charger and a microUSB cable, a pouch, an attachable shade and clear lens, and of course, Glass. While we're going to have to wait a while to try them out for ourselves, there's no doubt it's an exciting time in the Google world. 

Google has also posted a support page for Glass, which offers the full rundown of how to use it, and also offers a couple of screenshots of the user interface. 

via Engadget

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3 years ago

Amazon expanding their Android Appstore to 200 new countries


Developers invited to submit applications ahead of the planned rollout, Kindle Fire launches to follow?

Amazon has today released news that their Android Appstore will be rolled out to 200 new countries around the world. Currently limited to the U.S, some countries in Europe and Japan, the new list sees markets such as Canada, Australia, Mexico, South Korea and South Africa added for the first time. Even the Vatican City is included. So, even the Pope can get himself a free app every day courtesy of Amazon. 

The Appstore itself will launch in the "coming months," although developers can begin submitting applications from today. So, does this mean that the Kindle Fire hardware will follow? Possibly. It happened in Europe and Japan, and it's not at all unreasonable to think that Amazon would launch their own hardware to take full advantage of having their Appstore in so many global markets. 

Source: Amazon

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3 years ago

Ting account management app now available


Monitoring usage and managing your Ting account just got easier

Prepaid carrier Ting, which is relatively new in the U.S. phone market, has just launched its official account management app in the Play Store. The app, which is both phone and tablet compatible, gives you a quick way to both manage your account and monitor current usage. On the account side, you can view your bills and enable or disable account features such as text messaging or international calling. You can also view complete details of your minute, text and data usage for all lines on the account, all in real time.

Ting, if you're not familiar, runs on the Sprint network and operates on a model of prepaid service and subsidy-free handsets. You can learn a little more about Ting at the source link below, and if you're already a customer grab the app from the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

Microsoft partners with SEVEN Networks to update app


Microsoft has updated their application today, bringing a new user interface and a few new features

Microsoft and SEVEN Networks have revamped the application for Android, and released a huge update today on Google Play. There's a whole new look  -- a mashup of a strange Holo-esque feeling combined with Microsoft's traditional Windows phone style elements -- and a trio of new features. Users can now have threaded conversations,  use filters for unread and flagged mail, and now have the ability to mark messages as junk. 

To build the all-new app, Microsoft partnered with SEVEN Networks. These are the same folks they used to build the Hotmail app on Android, and makers of what Phil calls "an old-school bad-ass Exchange conduit for Windows Mobile".  

While most Android users will use Gmail, we can understand why Microsoft cares enough to try and provide a good experience for Android users. is a successful venture for them, and it makes sense to be able to deliver it -- and deliver it with quality and class -- on as many screens as possible. If you haven't tried it yet, and use for email (or are thinking of trying it), hit the Google Play link above. SEVEN's full press release is after the break.

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3 years ago

Google mobile search gets page preview and expandable quick links



Get more information from websites without leaving Google's search page

A couple new features are being rolled out today in Google's mobile search page, both designed to help users get the information they need without having to navigate away from their search results. 

'Quick view' allows users to see a snapshot of the website that was returned during a Google search. A pop up image will appear, and the option is given to either continue to the site or close the preview and return to the search results. Currently quick view is only available for English Wikipedia sites, but Google is working to bring this feature to more sites (interested webmasters can register here). Hit the break for more.

Source: Google Search blog

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3 years ago

Nexus 10 Book Cover review


$30 is cheap insurance against a scratched screen, so let's have a look at the official Nexus 10 Book Cover

We saw Google finally release the official Nexus 10 Book Cover last week, and we had to get ourselves one to see if it was worth the wait. The tablet itself has been around for quite a while, and Google took their sweet time before releasing any official accessories. The FedEx man just dropped our off, so let's have a look at it.

The Book Cover is very much like the Samsung Flip Covers for the Note series and Galaxy S3. It attaches to the back of the tablet via the removable panel insert, and provides protection over the screen. It's just like a book, hence the name Book Cover. While attaching and removing the cover is a bit jarring -- you get the impressions everything is about to fly into a million pieces -- once it's in place it's solid, and really does protect the screen while leaving things like the cameras (both front and rear) and speakers unobstructed. The cover comes in both dark gray and scarlet. We're reviewing the dark gray one.

It's made of a stiff material, covered on the outside with hard, textured vinyl and inside, against the screen, is a soft felt. It seems built pretty well, and should provide protection for the screen on your Nexus 10 for the life of the product. $30 is cheap compared to the cost of a replacement screen, and the Nexus 10 Book Cover will help keep yours looking good and scratch-free.

There's a short video and a gallery of some images after the break.

Nexus 10 Book Cover on Google Play

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3 years ago

Android developers encouraged to update Play Store listings with tablet screenshots


Tablet screenshots will now show in Play Store listings for users browsing on that device

The official Android Developers Blog has just put up a post explaining to app developers guidelines for uploading and displaying screenshots of their apps running on tablets. Developers can now specify the difference between screenshots being uploaded for phones, 7-inch and 10-inch tablets, so that when users view the Play Store listing from each of the devices they will see views of the app relevant to that device. With Google's continued focus on tablet design and making apps look great on larger screens, it's important to show users what they're getting while browsing the Play Store.

If you're a developer and have tablet-optimized apps, check in your Google Play Developer Console for instructions on how to manage your screenshots. The rest of us will see the benefit of this initiative as more apps are properly designed for tablets.

Source: Android Developers Blog

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3 years ago

Droid RAZR M receiving small bugfix update


Improved Wifi performance and a whole host of bugfixes packed into a small update

This isn't the big Android 4.2 update you may have been hoping for on your Droid RAZR M, but an 80MB update containing a good number of improvements is hitting devices starting today. The update to software version 98.15.66.XT907.Verizon.en.US brings fixes and improvements across the board:

  • Improved Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Voice volume has been improved at set level
  • Camera improvements in touch-to-focus, notifications and low light performance
  • In-call audio is routed to ear piece while connected to headset has been improved
  • Video streaming pixelation has been improved
  • Support for Mobile Device Management has been improved
  • Media sync with Back Up Assistant Plus has been improved
  • Visual Voicemail connectivity improvements have been made

The update will be coming OTA (Over The Air) and can be prompted to download by checking manually in the phone's settings, or received later when pushed to the phone. Have you seen the update pop up on your device yet? Chime in in the forums and let the other members know what to look forward to.

Source: Verizon Support; PDF; PDF

More: Motorola Droid RAZR M Forums

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 European launch to include Need for Speed giveaway, new Hub apps


The first 100,000 customers will get an exclusive version of Need for Speed 'Samsung edition'

Samsung has partnered with multiple companies to bring new content to the Samsung Hub for the upcoming Galaxy S4 launch in Europe, scheduled for April 27. EA is providing a version of Need for Speed Most Wanted that not only has been optimized for this particular phone, but includes "in-game Samsung branding." The first 100,000 European customers will be able to download the game for free through the Samsung Hub -- everyone else, including Galaxy Note 2 owners, can still purchase a copy.

Michelin will be offering their real-time traffic app 'Traffic' and eatery locator and reviewer 'Restaurant' apps at launch, with with tourist attraction app 'Travel' following this summer. The children's apps 'Nighty Night' and ‘Little Fox Music Box’ by Goodbeans will be Samsung Hub exclusives. Random House Mondadori is bringing 3,400 Spanish language books, which include international best-selling authors, to the Hub as well.

The full press release, with complete details from Samsung about these content providers, can be found after the break.

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3 years ago

Google Fiber expands TV offerings with HBO and Cinemax


Three new premium channel packages now available for Google Fiber TV customers

When Google Fiber first launched, there were some glaring omissions in its TV offerings, but one of the huge ones is being addressed today with the addition of HBO and Cinemax to its lineup. As additional packages added onto your current TV service, you can now grab HBO for $20 per month which includes 7 different HBO channels, and Cinemax at $10 per month for 8 channels. Those wanting the whole deal can get STARZ, Showtime, HBO and Cinemax together as a "premium package" for $40 per month.

If you're lucky enough to have access to Google Fiber, head to the source link below and see the details for having one of the new packages added to your service. If you're like most of us and don't have it yet, here's yet another reason to salivate uncontrollably waiting for availability to expand.

Source: Google

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3 years ago

Facebook Home now available internationally


The U.S. exclusivity for Facebook Home has been a short one

Facebook has announced in conjunction with a talk at D: Dive Into Mobile that Facebook Home is set to be available internationally starting today. Following a brief period of U.S. exclusivity to iron out the bugs, folks around the world should have access to Home provided they have one of the supported devices. For now, those devices seem to still be just the HTC One X, X+, One; Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, Note 2; and of course the HTC First.

We can confirm on our own devices that Home is now available in the U.K. at least -- have you found it to show up in the Play Store elsewhere in the world? Let us know in the comments below. And if you're not so sure about what Facebook Home is and how it works, be sure to see some of our great guides to understanding Home.

Source: AllThingsD

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3 years ago

T-Mobile confirms HTC One launch date of April 24


Availabile both in-store and online, pricing remains unchanged at $99 down

Responding to a rather random post on Twitter, the official @TmobileHelp Twitter account has confirmed an April 24th launch date for the HTC One on T-Mobile. This lines up directly with the leaks we saw yesterday, which pegged the launch for "select stores" on that date. In a subsequent reply it also confirms that the device will be available both in-store and online at the 24th, which is important.

No changes to pricing are given, but we've known for a while now that the HTC One will carry the same $99 down and monthly installments (in this case $20/month for 24 months) as all of T-Mobile's new high-end devices. The total cost of ownership still works out to just $579 -- not bad.

Source: @TMobileHelp

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3 years ago

Motorola following 'better is better' strategy post Google acquisition


Motorola phones with Google's influence, running stock Android, to hit in the second half of 2013

Speaking to PCMag, Motorola design chief Jim Wicks has a whole lot of good news for Motorola fans out there. The integrity of Motorola's handset business after an acquisition by Google has been under quite a bit of scrutiny, but Wicks is quick to say that we'll be seeing phones soon that are truly designed by both Motorola and Google. If you'll recall back to previous talks, the companies had "12 to 18 months of products in the pipeline" which needed to be drained before truly new Motorola devices could hit. The strategy for Motorola is going to be quite a bit different from what we've seen before as well. First, Motorola is focusing on providing a stock Android experience with fast updates going forward. He said:

"From a software and UI perspective, our strategy is to embrace Android and to make it the best expression of Android and Google in the market. It will be the unadulterated version of Android, and I feel really good about our embracing Android and being the best Android experience."

The new Google-ized Motorola is also focusing on a strategy to fight against the "bigger is better" theme that has been a driving factor in Android device sizes, instead going for "better is better". Using the RAZR M as an example, Wicks explained that Motorola wants to make phones that feel "just right" in the hand, rather than just one-up the competition in every single spec and size -- "that's the easy way out" he says. 

The final pillar bringing this all together will be a new design and branding message that persists across carriers, rather than individual lines -- think Droid on Verizon and Atrix on AT&T -- that break up Motorola's vision. Although Wicks was quick to point out that the collaboration with Verizon has been a successful one, he says that Motorola is interested in also doing self-branded devices going forward.

That is, assuming Verizon, AT&T and Sprint are okay with Motorola attempting to do their own thing. There's nothing about this strategy that we don't like on paper, but we'll have to see how a new Google and Motorola combination can deliver on these ideas. We could be seeing some really interesting products out of Motorola in the coming months.

Source: PCMag

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3 years ago

Dungeon Hunter 4 now availabile in the Play Store


The latest in the Dungeon Hunter franchise is now available and free-to-play on Android

When Gameloft teased us with a trailer for Dungeon Hunter 4 and said the release was "coming soon", they certainly weren't kidding. The latest iteration in the Dungeon Hunter series is now available in the Play Store, and it's also free to download and play. The game is a hack-and-slash dungeon crawler title, with single player and multiplayer co-op modes available. Building on the previous version, Dungeon Hunter 4 has all new enhanced graphics and gameplay elements that should make it feel like a whole new title.

If you're interested in giving the new Dungeon Hunter 4 a shot, you can download it from the Play Store link above. There's a pretty large "additional file" download required to get up and running, so be sure to stick your device on Wifi if you're tight on mobile data for the month.

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