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3 years ago

Casio G'zOne Commando update brings bug fixes and push-to-talk

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Casio and Verizon are continuing to roll out software updates for the G'zOne Commando, following the rugged phone's Android 2.3 Gingerbread update late last year. The latest software for the Commando brings it up to version C771M100, and adds free push-to-talk capability, along with the usual sprinkling of bug fixes. The new software is also apparently built on a newer build of Gingerbread than the last version, and includes the "latest Google security patch."

G'zOne Commando owners can find a full list of changes over at the source link, along with update instructions. The update is marked as "coming soon", so we'd expect to see it rolling out over-the-air in the weeks ahead. If you've received your update already, be sure to shout out in the comments.

Source: Verizon Support

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3 years ago

UK retailer withdraws Transformer Prime, blames 'faults' and stock availability

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British retailer Clove Technology has taken the ASUS Transformer Prime off sale today, saying "faults" reported by customers and difficulty in obtaining stock are behind the decision.

In a post on its official blog, Clove says stock levels have been a "real issue", and despite being able to obtain some Transformer Prime units earlier than expected, it's decided to withdraw the tablet from sale due to complaints of faults in some units.

The news will come as a blow to ASUS, which has already seen the Transformer Prime's launch tainted by poor availability and reports of GPS and Wifi issues in some units. ASUS has insisted that none of the Transformer Prime models sold in the UK are affected, so it's particularly surprising to see a UK retailer pulling the device from sale for this reason. It's also worth noting that Clove is the first retailer to take such a drastic step, and that the Prime remains on sale at other outlets.

Source: Clove Technology

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3 years ago

Japanese carrier to stop sending push notification ads

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Japanese mobile network KDDI says it'll stop using push notification ads on its Android handsets, following some recent online controversy. Late last month it emerged that KDDI was using an updated version of its "AU One Market" application to send ads via push notification to some of its customers. We're not the biggest fans of push notification ads, and we're even less impressed when ads are delivered by a carrier-mandated app with no clear way of opting out.

It seems many KDDI customers felt the same way, and after a wave of negative press over the past week, the carrier today announced that it'll cease pushing ad messages out to its handsets. KDDI reportedly said it was using the ads to deliver messages about its own services, rather than selling ad space to outside organizations. We're not sure that makes it any better, but at least KDDI customers will be free from the scourge of push notification ads from now on.

Source: Keitai Watch, Engadget; via: The Verge

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3 years ago

Samsung: No Galaxy S II successor at Mobile World Congress

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Galaxy S III unveiling due at Samsung event in first half of year

We've heard the rumors, and gone over the possibility in an editorial, but now we have it straight from the horse's mouth -- the Samsung Galaxy S III will not be making its debut at Mobile World Congress. In a statement released today, the Korean manufacturer clarified its plans for next month's show, saying --

"Samsung is looking forward to introducing and demonstrating exciting new mobile products at Mobile World Congress 2012.

"The successor to the Galaxy S2 smartphone will be unveiled at a separate Samsung-hosted event in the first half of the year, closer to commercial availability of the product.

"Samsung stays committed to providing the best possible mobile experiences for customers around the world."

So that's that -- no Galaxy S III at MWC.That doesn't change the fact that there'll still be a ton of new Android devices on the show floor, though. HTC, LG and Sony Ericsson will surely be out in force at MWC, and we'll also have those "exciting new mobile products" from Samsung to look forward to. As for the Galaxy S III, it's now on track to appear by end of June, and we're just fine with that.

Source: TechRadar

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3 years ago

Late night poll: Do you make in-app purchases?

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In-app billing is a bit of a touchy subject.  Nobody begrudges developers that try to make a few dollars, but billing for extra content as a per-app basis just isn't very popular among users.  Some don't like the fact that purchases are tied to a particular phone, and we can certainly understand that.  Wiping your phone or buying a new one and losing all your game content is no fun.  For others, the only acceptable way to monetize applications is to charge a flat fee up front.  We won't even comment on paid applications that offer in-app purchases as well, but they're out there.

On the good side, it's a way to offer a basic application for free, which everyone likes to see.  On the bad side, it can get expensive in addition to the above.  Tonight we're asking you guys.  Vote in the poll and let us know!

 

Do you make in-app purchases?

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3 years ago

Walt Disney Japan and NTT Docomo introduce 'Disney Mobile on Docomo'

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NTT Docomo has announced their new partnership with Walt Disney Japan to create the Disney Mobile on Docomo brand.  Docomo is an official corporate sponsor at Disneyland Tokyo and DisneySea Tokyo, and "special customer benefits" also will be offered from this spring at both locations for subscribers with the new phones.  Yes, they also announced to Android phones under the new brand -- the F-08D (that's the pink model you see above) and the P-05D (in black).  The F-08D packs a 1.2 GHz dual-core OMAP 4430 CPU with a 4.3-inch 720p LCD running Android 2.3, and the P-05D runs atop the same OMAP 4430 CPU clocked at 1 GHz under a 4.3-inch qHD Organic EL display running Gingerbread.  Both models have the standard options we're used to like GPS and Wifi, and come with a complete list of features and services including notables like Wifi tethering and mobile wallet through Osaifu-Keitai.  Running a customized version of Android, both phones will include movie services, original live wallpapers and other exclusive Disney content, puzzle and music game applications for children and family-entertainment.

The F-08D arrives Feb. 17 in "shiny pink" or "shiny white", followed by the P-05D in white and black in March.  Docomo has been a long-time supporter of Android, and these two look like devices that will do well in the Japan market.  Unfortunately for most of us, we'll never get our hands on either here in the Americas or Europe.  We also can;t forget the issue that NTT Docomo is currently having with Android and data traffic, but that doesn't seem to have stopped new Android phones from appearing on their network.

Spice must flow.

Source: NTT Docomo

 

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3 years ago

Galaxy Nexus tips and tricks [From the forums]

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So you got a shiny new Samsung Galaxy Nexus in your hands and you are left wondering exactly just what it can do, and how to do it. It's the first device to launch with the newest Android operating platform, Ice Cream Sandwich, and while the core functionality is the same as older versions, a lot has changed, too. From the on-screen buttons to the new menu locations, there's a good chance you're stumbling around a bit while using your new phone.

We have the best forum community in the Android world, and great folks just like you and I are always working hard to bring nothing shy of the best for everyone. Forums member milominderbinder has taken some time to create an extremely comprehensive guide of tips and tricks to make your experience with your new Galaxy Nexus even better. From things as simple as the new navigation methods to fixes for Facebook sync and much more, this guide is a must read. A few tidbits:

  • How to get Facebook Sync working
  • Change the notification LED
  • No microSD card? No problem
  • Low speaker volume
  • Camera focus
  • Messaging fixes

The list goes on and on. And that's one of the great things about having a Nexus device. While it's better than many straight out of the box, you also can apply more tweaks than you have time for in any given day and make the phone just as good as it can be. And because it's a Nexus device, you also can start from scratch anytime you want, or back up your phone with a custom recovery. Whether you think you have a pretty good feel of the device or you just grabbed one, you can definitely learn something from milo's guide.

Discuss in the Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Sony releasing an update for Google TV, brings better browsing and 3D Blu-ray

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The official Google TV team let us all know that Sony has an update in the works for their Google TV devices.  The update will bring a Chrome browser that "works faster" and enable 3D for Blu-ray discs.  Expect the update for your devices this week.  A better browser is something everyone loves, but no word if any updates are coming for the Logitech Revue, which has been discontinued.

Sony, on the other hand, is pushing forward with their commitment to Google TV.  We saw a new Bravia Blu-ray player as well as a stand alone set-top box from them in Las Vegas during CES 2012, and today's news is welcome for users of the first generation Google TV products.  

Source: @GoogleTV

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3 years ago

New picture surfaces of next-gen BlackBerry smartphone, looks a little familiar

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The news coming out of Research In Motion just keeps on flowing. We're just over a week into the reign of new CEO Thorsten Heins, and the latest is this new image of the BlackBerry London secured by our cousins over at Crackberry. For those that aren't familiar with the going's on over in the BlackBerry camp, BB10 is the next generation QNX based OS that is supposed to herald a whole new era for the platform. The BlackBerry London is thought to be the first BB10 smartphone. 

In his first interview with Crackberry, Heins brought a lot of insight with him. He also, you may recall, gave them his thoughts on Android hardware and how it "all looks the same." Forgive us for saying this, but the London kind of looks a bit a lot like an Android smartphone. Droid X, anyone? It'll probably run Android applications as well, via the Runtime for Android Applications feature found in the forthcoming Playbook OS 2.0.

The first leaked images of the London were vastly different to this. With its angled corners, and the kind of brushed metal finish found on the ultra-expensive Porsche Design P'9981, that sure did look different. Different to anything RIM had ever put out, and definitely different to anything in the Android war chest. 

Crackberry Kevin thinks the London looks like a trimmed down version of a Blackberry Playbook. As a Playbook owner, I definitely see a resemblance. It's a little disappointing though if this is what the finished hardware will look like. Android does have an awful lot of black slabs, just as BlackBerry have an awful lot of QWERTY devices

Source: Crackberry

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3 years ago

Rezound update findings, Nexus gallery issues [From the Forums]

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With the Monday blahs kicked to the curb, it's time to get on with the rest of the week. If you happened to missed out on anything from the weekend or Monday, make sure ya get yourself caught up. Otherwise, check out some of the forum threads below and hop on in:

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

Samsung Galaxy Note headed to Bell Mobility in Canada

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We already know that the 4G LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Note will be headed to TELUS and Rogers next month, but now we have confirmation that it's landing on Bell Mobility Canada too. The 5.3-inch monster phone, already released internationally and coming to AT&T in the U.S. in February, appears alongside a "coming soon" message on the carrier's official website.

In case anyone's keeping score, Bell's Galaxy Note is the same four-buttoned version that's coming to other Canadian networks, as opposed to the three-buttoned international version. This version is also rumored to sport a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon chip instead of the 1.4GHz Exynos CPU in the international Note.

If you're after more Galaxy Note goodness, you can check out our first impressions of the North American version, or our full review of the international model.

More: Bell Mobility; Thanks, Curtis!

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3 years ago

DroidDoodle - Lloyd Roid Razr Maxx

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Thicker, longer-lasting -- and still without a neck.

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3 years ago

ClockworkMod Touch Recovery now available for $1.99 in ROM Manager, free as flashable download

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There's a Market update available for ROM Manager, and it brings a new feature that many have been wanting -- automatic installation of ClockworkMod Touch Recovery.  ROM Manager itself is still free (you can buy the premium version for more features), but if you want to use it to flash CWM Touch, it's going to cost you.  The price is $1.99, and it's available as an in-app purchase from the ROM Manager app, billed through the Android Market, PayPal, or via e-mail with a redeem code.  

ClockworkMod Touch is still available for free, though.  If your phone is supported you can download and install it manually through fastboot from the ClockworkMod website.  What you're paying for is the convenience of having ROM Manager do it for you, or for not having to configure and install the Android SDK and set up fastboot.  As some of you know, sorting out fastboot and drivers for your computer can be a pain, so here is your way around it once again.

Anyone who hacks at their Android phone needs a custom recovery.  Besides having an easy way to flash modifications and new ROM's, a custom recovery gives us something that is indispensable -- a way to create a restore point for our phone or tablet and go back to it at any time.  While there's a lot of good to be said for the "old style" that forces you to read every option and select carefully, there's no denying the allure of a touch-based version for many folks.  If you're one of them, now you have an easy way to get it on your device.  Koush is currently adding more builds for more phones, so if your's isn't listed just keep checking.  Happy flashing!

Source: +Koushik Dutta.  More: ClockworkMod

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3 years ago

Amazon announces Q4 2011 earnings; all Kindle sales up 177 percent

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But still no hard numbers given on Kindle Fire sales

Amazon today released its fourth-quarter 2011 earnings numbers. Net revenue was up 41 percent year over year to $48.08 billion, but net income fell 45 percent to $631 million.

Amazon's already said that the Android-based Kindle Fire is its "best selling," "most wished for" and "most gifted device" of the 2011 holiday season, but until today it had yet to give any actual numbers. That trend continued today, though Amazon did announce that sales of all its Kindle products -- including the tablet and e-readers -- were up 177 percent over Q4 2010. Of course, the Kindle Fire didn't exist then, so large growth wouldn't be unexpected.

The Amazon Appstore did well for itself in the three months ending Dec. 31, 2011, however. Amazon says Appstore customers nearly tripled for the quarter, and than more apps were downloaded in those three months than in all previous quarters combined. The Appstore launched in March  2011.

A conference call is coming up -- we'll listen in for anything worthwile. Full presser's after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S Advance coming to Three UK

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Yesterday Samsung took the wraps off the Galaxy S Advance, a new mid-range device that fits somewhere between the Galaxy S and Galaxy S II in terms of hardware muscle. Now British network Three is the first to confirm that it'll be carrying the phone, though no firm release date is on offer just yet. For its part, Samsung has indicated that the Galaxy S Advance will be coming to Russia in February, with Europe and other territories following later in the year.

Head on over to yesterday's announcement post for more Galaxy S Advance details. Three has also published a sneak peek video of the Galaxy S Advance, which you'll find embedded after the break.

Source: Three UK

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