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3 years ago

Android Central 151: Tethering the Drama Llama

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Audio-only stream below

Phil, Jerry, Andrew and Alex talk up a week's worth of news, including the Nexus 7 controversy, CyanogenMod's rebirth as a real live corporation, more on the LG G2, and more of your e-mails. Join us!

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3 years ago

Engage in massive online tank battles with Tanktastic

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Free to play title now available on Google Play

World of Tanks Blitz, the mobile version of the popular PC and Xbox 360 tank combat game – won’t be coming out until 2014. But tank/shooter enthusiasts can play something a lot like it right now. Tanktastic comes from Ukrainian developer G.H.O.R. Corporation. With 12-player online tank battles, a promised stream of updates, and Heyzap Achievements, Android gamers will be hard pressed to find a better way to get their tanks on.

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3 years ago

AT&T purchase of Alltel approved by the FCC

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HSPA+ and LTE network required to be deployed in new spectrum areas; Alltel customers get new handsets without a contract

After temporarily putting the process on hold to make sure AT&T had plans to transition customers over after the acquisition, the FCC has approved AT&T's buyout of the rest of Alltel. The total movement of assets to AT&T includes spectrum licenses for 700, 850 and 1900MHz, along with other networking assets throughout the midwestern US and over 600,000 customers.

The FCC's approval comes with some conditions, however, related to customer transition, roaming and networks across the areas where Alltel previously operated. AT&T agreed as part of this deal to deploy HSPA+ service within 15 months and LTE service within 18 months in the markets where it acquired this new spectrum. Interestingly on the network side AT&T also agreed to operate CDMA voice and data roaming service on the Alltel network until at least June of 2015.

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3 years ago

Verizon's FIOS app updated, now you can stream away from home

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Network news and weather also added to select markets

Verizon has updated their FIOS app for Android, and now users are able to stream select channels while not on their local Wifi. Folks with the correct configuration — FIOS Internet and TV service, and a set-top box — can now watch live TV from BBC America, BBC World News, EPIX, NFL Network (tablet only), Tennis Channel and networks from Scripps Networks Interactive including Food Network and Travel Channel. In addition, customers in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. can watch local network news and weather at home from ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox affiliates, as well as Spanish-language channels UniMas and Univision.

You can get the updated FIOS app from the Google Play link above.

Update: The app link seems to be no longer available. We've verified it is the same link that previously worked, and is the same link given at the original source. We're investigating.

Source: Verizon

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3 years ago

Android 4.3 build for the Moto X leaks from test device

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Bugs still apparent but camera performance is reportedly improved

While Moto X users seem to be getting along just fine with their current build of Android 4.2, we're always looking for something new — and we now have a purported leak of Android 4.3 for the device. The leak comes by way of a purported build pulled from a "test" phone" that was running the latest software.

We certainly expected that Android 4.3 was in testing for the Moto X, and the poster over at XDA indicates that this build is still far from final. They claim that the build seems to be slower than the current Android 4.2.2 that's shipping on the phone, but that the camera seems to be improved over what's available now.

In order to flash this leaked build onto your device you'll need to have an unlocked bootloader and a little bit of time. There is currently a download link with all of the files necessary to fastboot flash it onto your device, provided you're handy with that sort of thing. As always, proceed with caution when trying out experimental or test firmware.

Source: XDA; Thanks, Rick!

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3 years ago

We're podcasting live today at 4:30 p.m. EDT!

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OK, boys and girls. The travel gods have been kind to us today (so far), so we're going to attempt a live podcast broadcast this afternoon, at 4:30 p.m. EDT.

On tap: The LG G2 is now in more important hands than ours (that'd be yours!), we're playing around with the new LTE version of the Nexus 7, there's much-ado in the custom ROM world — and we'll be taking more of your questions, live through the Google Hangouts Q&A function. So be sure to hit up the event page.

If you're in more of a kibitzing mood, you can simply watch from our live page. See y'all in a bit!

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3 years ago

Will CyanogenMod, Inc. debut on the Oppo N1?

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CyanogenMod founder Steve Kondik promises "exciting news ahead" in his announcement that they will be attending the Oppo N1 event in Beijing, China. Does that mean what it sounds like it means? We'll know shortly, as the event is just three days away on September 23.

Should be interesting!

Source: Oppo

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3 years ago

Omate TrueSmart exceeds Kickstarter goal with $1 million in funding

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With funding secured, the Omate TrueSmart is now available for general pre-orders

The folks at Omate have exceeded their $100,000 Kickstarter goal, with the TrueSmart watch getting $1,032,352 from 4,378 backers. More than just another Bluetooth accessory, the TrueSmart will attempt to be a replacement of sorts for your smartphone, as it runs a full build of Android and has it's own MicroSIM card slot.

On the specs side, it certainly looks more like what we would see in a phone or tablet than a run-of-the-mill smart watch. Running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on its 1.54-inch (240 x 240) capacitive display, it has a dual-core 1.3GHz ARM Cortex A7 processor and 4GB of storage (and a microSD card slot) under the hood. Standard features we see from more robust devices, like Bluetooth 4, GPS and 802.11 b/g/n Wifi round out the mix. Users also have the choice between 512MB or 1GB of RAM, and the device is IP67-rated for water resistance and has a sapphire crystal.

Possibly the best feature is that the watch requires no specific brand of smart phone to operate. It should pair with any Android device, and is truly stand-alone in its own right. 

Now that stage one is complete, stage two begins — where the company tries to meet it's shipping goals. In addition to the Kickstarter pre-orders, which are scheduled to begin shipping to early-birds in October, the general pre-order page is also live. For more information, see the links below.

Source: Kickstarter. More: Omate.com

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3 years ago

Some Sony Xperia Z1s getting first firmware update

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HSPA+ Xperia Z1 owners reporting small firmware version bump

The Sony Xperia Z1 has only been available for a few days, but it looks like the first firmware upgrade is already pushing out for some devices. Reports from XperiaBlog say the HSPA+-only Xperia Z1 in India is getting an update to firmware version 14.1.G.1.531 (from .518), though there don't seem to be any obvious changes in the new build. As such, we're guessing it's mostly bug fixes and minor tweaks — and we've noticed one or two software issues on our review unit that could use a fix.

We're not seeing the update on our LTE-capable Xperia Z1 just yet though, so it's likely the new version will be pushed out in stages, as has been the case with earlier Sony OTAs.

Source: XperiaBlog

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3 years ago

Sprint introduces 'One Up' annual upgrade program

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$65 ​per month plan includes unlimited calls, texts and data

Following recent early-upgrade plans from T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T, U.S. carrier Sprint has announced its own program allowing subscribers to upgrade their devices more regularly. "One Up" costs $65 per month and gives customers unlimited calls, texts and data. On top of that you'll agree to pay 24 equal monthly installments to cover the cost of your new smartphone, though after 12 months you can return the device (in good working order) and start the process over with a new phone.

Sprint says it'll offer "One Up" with no down payment "for a limited time," though the carrier didn't go into specifics on just how long this would be. The plan launches today for new customers and those eligible for an upgrade, though it's not currently available in Florida or Washington, D.C.

More: Sprint

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3 years ago

More evidence that the next Nexus 10 may be ASUS-made

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16GB model may sell for £350 in the UK, fresh retail leak suggests

It's been a little over a month since we first caught wind that Taiwanese manufacturer ASUS might be making the next 10-inch Nexus tablet, and now a fresh flurry of retail leaks brings some corroborating evidence. Yesterday a PC World employee tweeted a screenshot showing the tablet's name in the UK chain's systems; today we've received some more details from an anonymous tipster at Currys, a UK retailer owned by the same company.

The images given to us corroborate the £349.99 price point for the device, and suggest that this could be the price for the 16GB model. (By comparison, the current 16GB Samsung Nexus 10 sells for £319 on Google Play.) It's still far from official, but the buzz around the purported tablet certainly seems to be growing. While we wait on an official announcement, hit the comments and let us know what you'd like to see in an ASUS Nexus 10.

Thanks, Anon!

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3 years ago

Fess up: Who's buying an iPhone today?

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Here at Android Central it's just another Friday. But elsewhere it's iPhone day, with Apple releasing two new smartphones simultaneously for the first time ever. And we're sure some of you will be tempted to pick up the new iPhone 5s, with its optional gold exterior and 64-bit CPU. Or maybe the plastic fantastic iPhone 5c is your thing, with its numerous color options.

We're not here to judge, so feel free to fess up down in the comments. And if you're staying loyal to the Android army let us know which Android phone you're using — or thinking of picking up — instead of Apple's latest.

You'll find more iPhone launch day coverage from our friends over on iMore.

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3 years ago

Samsung releases open-source bits for new Galaxy Note 10.1

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Code for Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 '2014 edition' published ahead of October launch

Samsung has released the kernel source code and other open-source bits for its latest high-end tablet, the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition. A retail release for the tablet isn't expected until next month, but developers can now get their hands on code for the Wifi-only, Exynos 5 Octa-powered version, which carries the model number SM-P600. (There'll also be a Snapdragon 800-powered LTE version, SM-P605.)

The new Note 10.1 is the highest-specced Samsung tablet we've seen so far. Aside from the high-end CPU, it packs 3GB of RAM and a 2560x1600-resolution display, as well as the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and a new version of Samsung's TouchWiz software. For more on the Note 10.1 2014 edition, check out our hands-on feature from IFA 2013. Developers can find the source code at the link below.

Source: Samsung Open-Source Release Center; via: SamMobile

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3 years ago

Sony's 'no more leaks' sign gets leaked

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When it comes to information about upcoming handsets, Sony has proved to be a rather leaky organization. We were hearing details about its current flagship phone, the Xperia Z1, some four months ahead of its announcement. Understandably, Sony higher-ups want to put a stop to this trend, and so anti-leaking posters have been deployed throughout the company's headquarters. Naturally, that poster itself has now been leaked online.

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3 years ago

Google bar on the web taking on unified styling, borrowing from mobile

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New 'app launcher' makes it simpler to switch between Google properties

In an effort to unify its design across the web and mobile, Google is taking on a bit of a redesign of the well-known "Google bar" at the top of many Google web properties. Gone is the (rather ugly) black bar that has propagated across its pages, replaced by a simple new button and slightly different display of your Google+ profile.

That button, which looks like a grid of boxes and follows the same design as Android and Chrome OS, is a one-click access to every Google app you interact with. Youtube, Search, Gmail, Drive, Google Play and more are all displayed in a drop-down box called the "app launcher" that quickly lets you switch between Google properties.

The changes are subtle but should help bring a more cohesive feel across apps on your mobile devices and their web components on your desktop — the black bar on the web simply felt out of place before. The new design is expected to roll out to everyone in the next few weeks.

Source: Google Search Blog

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