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3 years ago

Barnes & Noble drops prices of Nook Color and Nook Tablet ahead of holiday season

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Following the recent launch of the new Nook HD and HD+ in the US and the UK, Barnes & Noble has dropped the prices on their existing tablet range ahead of the holiday season. The cheapest Nook, the somewhat aging Nook Color is now down to just $139, with the Nook Tablet being reduced to $159 and $179 for the 8GB and 16GB versions respectively. 

With the cheapest Amazon Kindle Fire coming in at $159, the Barnes & Noble devices are priced competitively. It isn't the first price cut we've seen in recent months on the existing Nook range, but as we head into the busy holiday season, more choice for less dollars is a choice we'll take. 

Source: Barnes and Noble

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3 years ago

Another Droid DNA pic leaks

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The fellows at @evleaks have shown off yet another leaked image render of the HTC Droid DNA, the 5-inch beast from HTC we're pretty sure is headed to Verizon. We certainly don't know all the details of this one, but the rumors of a quad-core Snapdragon Pro, 2GB of RAM, and a 5-inch 1080p has got plenty of folks on Verizon interested. 

While I still think the J Butterfly is a better name, I can see a lot of people being pretty happy should this one go up for sale around Thanksgiving, like the leaked Verizon MAP document we first showed you suggests. 

Source: @evleaks

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3 years ago

Apps of the Week: Bakery Story, Knights of Pen and Paper, Halloween Live Wallpaper and more!

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Now that the initial flood of Nexus news is over and we're all waiting patiently with our credit cards out ready to spend some money on November 13th, take a few minutes to check out this week's app picks. This week, we have a couple belated Halloween apps, a couple fun games and a few others as well -- all hand picked for your enjoyment. Stick around after the break and see how we did this week.

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3 years ago

Android Central international round-up - November 3, 2012

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It's Nexus week, and over the past seven days we've seen plenty of Google's new Nexus devices -- the Nexus 4 phone, the Nexus 10 tablet and the refreshed 32GB/3G Nexus 7. Nexus 4 and 10 have yet to make their debut -- an international launch is scheduled for Nov. 13 on the Google Play Store -- but we're already starting to see the 32GB Nexus 7 appearing at retailers such as PC World in the UK.

Meanwhile, we learned that O2 will have a month of exclusivity over the Nexus 4 in the UK, though that shouldn't stop anyone wanting to pick it up at the super-low SIM-free price.

In Google Play news, it was announced that Europe will finally be getting Google Play Music around Nexus launch time, and in addition European users will be the first to enjoy Play Music's new track matching service. Elsewhere on Google Play, several countries saw movie purchase options become available for the first time last Monday.

And Apple was forced into an embarrassing climb-down after the UK's Court of Appeals took issue with its interpretation of a legally-mandated statement on its UK website. After losing a legal battle with Samsung, Apple was ordered to place statements on its site, and in ads in prominent UK publications, stating that Samsung didn't copy its patented iPad design. The original statement contained was written in a passive-aggressive tone, and mentioned other court cases in Germany and the U.S. where Samsung was found to have infringed. The court gave Apple 48 hours to correct its statements, and as of today, a revised notice has gone up on apple.com/uk.

In addition, we got our first look at Google's Nexus 4 and Android 4.2, in addition to a quick hardware walkthrough of HTC's One X+. What can we say -- it's been a busy week!

Check below for some of the main international Android stories from the past seven days. If you've got news, you can tip us at the usual address.

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3 years ago

32GB Nexus 7 'with Android 4.2' advertised in the UK

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Hold your horses -- the Nexus 7 doesn't have Android 4.2 just yet. But no-one seems to have told UK retailer HMV, which is putting out newspaper ads for the new 32GB version of Google's tablet, suggesting it'll come "with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean."

As Android 4.2 has yet to be finalized and open-sourced, you won't find it on any tablets currently on store shelves, and that includes the newly-released 32GB Nexus 7. But we're sure Google won't waste any time in pushing that 4.2 update out to Nexus 7 tablets just as soon as it's ready. Keep watching as we approach the Nov. 13 launch date for Nexus 4 and Nexus 10!

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3 years ago

Carphone Warehouse selling Galaxy S3 Mini from £25 monthly

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We've gotten several bits of information on the pricing and availability of that awkwardly mid-range Galaxy S3 Mini before, and now Carphone Warehouse has released its pricing details. Falling in line with previous retailers, Carphone Warehouse will be selling the device SIM-free for "under £300" -- which falls into line with the other retailer's prices of about £298 -- as well as on-contract pricing with tariffs as low as £25 monthly and the device free.

It may have been an appealing low-cost option for folks in Europe, but since the pricing on the Nexus 4 has dropped its hard to see who picks this up over Google's latest superphone offering.

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3 years ago

Inside Android 4.2: Notifications and quick settings

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Finally, Google has added quick settings to the notification pulldown in Android 4.2. That's a feature many have wanted in stock Android since, well, forever. Enthusiast ROMs have added them. The manufacturers have added them. You can download apps that add them. And now, Google's added them in the latest version of Jelly Bean.

Only, Google did it different. Whereas quick settings generally serve as toggles in the notification pulldown, Google's gone a different route. Crazy, or crazy like a fox? Let's take a look.

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3 years ago

Verizon pledging to match Red Cross text donations up to $1 million

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In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, there's pretty extensive damage up in the Northeast. If you'd like to help, Verizon has been facilitating $10 donations to the Red Cross from customers by texting REDCROSS to 90999, and is now offering to help out even more. The first $1 million donated by customers will be matched by Verizon directly, and in addition it is offering another $200,000 to various nonprofit organizations in New York and New Jersey to help with the relief efforts.

Consider passing on the latte for a day and donate, be it through Verizon or directly to a charity, and help out some people in need.

More: American Red Cross

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3 years ago

Apple admits to 'inaccurate' Samsung statement on its UK site

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Earlier in the week Apple was rebuked by a UK court of appeal for publishing a "non-compliant" statement about Samsung's Galaxy Tabs not infringing, but willfully copying the iPad. The company was required to correct its statement, and the revised version started appearing in British newspapers yesterday.

Today, inside the 48 hour window required by the court, Apple has updated its UK site to include the following text in a large, 14.6-pixel-high font --

On 25 October 2012, Apple Inc. published a statement on its UK website in relation to Samsung's Galaxy tablet computers. That statement was inaccurate and did not comply with the order of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales. The correct statement is at Samsung/Apple UK judgement.

The presence and content of the message isn't all that surprising, but the large font size required by the court makes the revised statement rather impactful. Despite being at the bottom of the main page at apple.com/uk, it clearly stands out from the rest of the content, something Apple can't be happy about.

This is just the latest development in a long and winding legal battle between Apple and Samsung. In the UK, it was ruled that Samsung's Galaxy Tab didn't copy the iPad, and Apple was ordered to place statements and take out ads to correct the impression that Samsung has copied its tablet. The first version of that statement referenced cases in Germany and the U.S., where courts found in Apple's favor, and following their publication, the appeals court ruled that Apple must correct these statements in at least 11-point font.

The page linked to on Apple's site doesn't stray too far from the content of yesterday's newspaper ads -- just the findings of the court, with no added snark.

In order to comply with the court's ruling, he statement on Apple's site must remain in place for one month.

Source: Apple UK

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3 years ago

Android Central 114: Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Android 4.2

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It's a special Friday edition with Jerry, Alex and Phil. We've got the Nexus 4 phone. We've got the Nexus 10 tablet. And we've got Android 4.2. And we've got the lowdown on all all of it. Join us!

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3 years ago

Samsung has sold 30 million Galaxy S3's worldwide

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We heard just yesterday about the relative success of the Galaxy Note 2, selling 3 million units in just over 30 days. That was quite a feat, but how about this? 30 million Galaxy SII (S3) units sold worldwide since launch. That's a serious number, especially considering that the device hasn't had worldwide availability for that long.

It's surely outpacing anything else out there, including the amazing sales numbers of the Galaxy S2, and we haven't even hit the holiday season yet. We'll likely see tens of millions more Galaxy S3's sold in the coming months.

Source: Samsung Poland (Twitter) Via: The Verge

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3 years ago

Getting used to the Note 2 size, Updates are a reason to buy Nexus devices [From the Forums]

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Just in case you missed out on some of the Android news today, now is the time to go ahead and get yourself fully caught up. Here on the blogs and in the Android Central Forums there is plenty to talk about. Have some questions? Need some help or just looking to chat Android? You know where to go, check out some of the threads below to get started.

We've got nearly 1 million members helping members and nearly 2 million posts in our Android Forums. Are you one of them? Join today!

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3 years ago

Sprint readying refreshed Galaxy S2 in 'Titanium' for $99.99

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This render of a color refreshed Samsung Galaxy SII (S2) hitting Sprint has just landed in our inbox, which you can see above. It's not the highest quality picture ever, but it's worth noting that it falls right into line with a leak we saw earlier today that a refreshed Galaxy S2 was hitting Sprint in the coming weeks. Put these two together and we'll bet you'll see this "Titanium" (we'll call it gray) model in Sprint stores for the holidays. A color refresh is fine and dandy, but we'd be interested to see if that's the only change in this model.

Previous information shows a retail price of $99.99, and smart money says there will be some holiday deals associated with that as well.

Thanks, Anonymous!

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3 years ago

ZTE Flash looks to be coming to Sprint Nov. 11 (updated)

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Update: the folks over at EVLeaks have what look to be the official (or nearly official) renders of the ZTE Flash. It's got quite a pronounced camera hump, as you would expect with a big 12MP sensor on it.

Well, that's a pretty convincing screen we see above. The folks over at Engadget have been tipped as to the availability and pricing of the upcoming ZTE Flash on Sprint. The Flash looks to be slotting into the mid-range category all things considered, with a $129 on-contract price tag. The picture shows Android 4.0 on board, a 4.5-inch display, 12MP camera and 1.5GHz dual-core processor -- nothing to sneeze at, but not top of the line. This lines up with a previous leak of the Flash almost spec-for-spec.

An additional picture from the same leak shows the forward-looking product portfolio for Sprint at this point, including a new color of the Galaxy SII (S2) at $99.99, the LG Mach and a few other devices we've seen. Take a look at the second inventory picture after the break.

Source: Engadget; @evleaks

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3 years ago

Got Nexus 4 questions? Head to the Android Central forums!

The Nexus 4 is finally officially official -- a new LG-built Nexus device sporting a quad-core Snapdragon S4 chip and a unique chassis design. The full review's coming soon, but in the meantime, Phil's got one in-hand, and is answering your questions over on the Android Central forums!

So if you've got any burning questions about the new Nexus, or the new version of Android, 4.2 Jelly Bean, you can head on over to the link below and get the answers you crave. If you're not already registered on the Android Central forums, it's quick and easy to do so!

More: Nexus 4 Q&A on the Android Central forums

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