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3 years ago

O2 UK reveals 4G plan pricing and data limits


'Introductory' offer gives customers up to 8GB of data until Oct. 31

O2 UK, which will be going head-to-head with Vodafone when it launches its 4G LTE network on Aug. 29, has announced the pricing and data caps for its 4G plans. As part of an "introductory extra data offer" customers signing up get an increased data allowance until Oct. 31.

Prices start at £22 per month on O2's "Refresh" plans, which are billed in addition to a monthly fee for a 4G phone. The cheapest plan comes with 1GB of data, or you can step up to 3GB (5GB until Oct. 31) for £27, or 5GB (8GB until Oct. 31) for £32.

There will also be 12-month SIM-only "Simplicity" plans available, with 1GB for £26, 3GB (5GB until Oct. 31) for £31, or 5GB (8GB until Oct. 31) for £36. All of O2's 4G plans come with unlimited calls and texts.

On the whole, O2's pricing isn't drastically different to what's on offer from 4G rivals Vodafone and EE -- you're still dealing with data caps, and there's still a hefty premium over the standard 3G service. Like the other networks, O2 is also offering bundled music and sports deals with its 4G packages, and there's also a gaming bundle available that'll allow gamers to play online without eating into their data allowances.

O2's 4G network will go live on Aug. 29 in London, Leeds and Bradford, and the operator says it'll have a total of 10 4G markets by the end of the year.

Source: O2

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3 years ago

Sony IFA press conference confirmed for Sept. 4


Sony will do its thing in Berlin just hours ahead of Samsung Unpacked

It was rumored around a month ago, but now it's official — Sony will hold its IFA press conference on Wednesday, Sept. 4, just hours ahead of Samsung's "Unpacked" event. As the Berlin-based IFA is a general consumer electronics show, Sony will likely be showing everything from cameras to TVs to laptops. But on the Android side we're expecting to see the company's new flagship phone — the Xperia i1 or "Honami" — the crazy new "lens camera" accessory and perhaps another look at the Xperia Z Ultra.

With all this taking place on the same day as Samsung's big event, where the Galaxy Note 3 is expected, it's going to be a busy day for Android announcements. We'll be covering both events live from Berlin, so keep it locked to AC early next month.

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3 years ago

Samsung's dual-screen Android flip phone is official


Samsung W789 unveiled on Samsung China site with quad-core CPU, Android 4.1

A day after yesterday's fairly comprehensive leak, the Samsung W789 ("Hennessy") has been officially unveiled, and it's now out in the open for all to see on Samsung's Chinese website. As rumored, Android-powered flip phone packs dual 3.3-inch HVGA displays, a quad-core 1.2GHz CPU and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. In addition, there's a 5-megapixel camera, a microSD slot (no word on internal storage) a 1,500mAh battery, and support for both GSM and CDMA networks.

There's no word on whether the W789, or some variant of it, will ever see release outside of the Chinese market. However if you're after a more premium Android clamshell, you might want to wait on the Galaxy Folder, which purportedly heading to Samsung's native South Korea.

Source: Samsung China (Translated); via: Engadget

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3 years ago

HTC One Mini launches on Vodafone


Prices start at £33 per month on 3G, or £42 p/m on 4G

Vodafone UK has launched HTC's new miniaturized handset, the HTC One Mini. The Mini, which we reviewed a few weeks back, packs a 4.3-inch 720p display and a similar metal chassis to the full-sized HTC One. The 4G LTE-capable handset arrives on Vodafone ahead of the network's 4G switch-on (in London, anyway) on Aug. 29.

The HTC One Mini on Vodafone is available on 3G contracts starting at £33 per month — that gets you unlimited calls and texts, a free One Mini and 1GB of data — or on 4G contracts from £42 per month which ups the data cap to 2GB. If you're after a larger 4G allowance, you can get a 4GB HTC One Mini bundle for £47 p/m or 8GB for £52 p/m. Voda's 4G plans also come with a choice of free Spotify or Sky Sports Mobile.

Still unsure as to whether the HTC One Mini is the one for you? Check out our full review.

Source: Vodafone UK

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod 10.2 nightly builds now rolling out


Initial nightly rollout begins for Android 4.3-based custom ROM

While some have been compiling "unofficial" builds since the CyanogenMod 10.2 source code became available, there have so far been no "official" builds of the Android 4.3-based custom ROM. Today the CyanogenMod download portal has become populated with the first nightly builds for a handful of devices, including various members of the Samsung Galaxy families, The 2013 Nexus 7, Nook HD, and LG Optimus G.

With the Android 4.3 source code becoming available less than four weeks ago, this is has been a quick turnaround on the developers' parts to get the first nightly builds of CM 10.2 prepped and available. As always, though, these nightly builds are considered unstable and experimental, so flash 'em at your own risk.

The new builds come with many goodies, including but not limited to the new Focal camera app, a version of Superuser compatible with Android 4.3, and the ability to send Google Voice messages through standard SMS apps via Voice+

Follow the source link below to check and see if an official build is ready to download for your device.

Source: CyanogenMod

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3 years ago

Box updated with design refresh, new widget


Account switching, new folder views and sorting highlight this update.

A new update to Box is bringing several interface improvements to what was previously tired-looking app, including some new features to improve usability. First and most noticeable is a visual refresh to the home screen of the app, which now has an updated slide-in left panel for navigation between folders and access to accounts and settings.

Now that settings are found in that drawer, hitting the overflow menu button gives options to refresh or sort your files, which now offers several more options including by folder name, date and size. Also helping usability is a new thumbnail view with larger previews of files.

Those looking for a more feature-filled Box widget now have that option as well, with a full resizeable version that shows  a scrollable list of file updates for your account and gives options to refresh and add new files right from the widget. This is overall a considerable update, and you can grab your download of the latest version at the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

This is why content deals all suck


Woe to you oh earth and sea, for the music companies send the beast with wrath because they know the time is short

This is one of my favorite albums of all time. I listen to it at least three times a week over Google Play All Access. Or at least I used to. When I tried today, I noticed it — as well as all my other "classic" Iron Maiden albums — were gone from the My Library page in Google Play Music. 

Thinking it was just a glitch, I jumped into the Play Store to re-add them all. That's when my heart was broken. It seems that all the Iron Maiden albums that I like (i.e. the ones that don't totally suck) have been removed from the Play Store.

Alex has confirmed that they are still available in Merry Olde England, but +Benji Hertel, developer at Lookout and noted Time Lord, has confirmed that they are gone from Rdio. This means it has to be some sort of evil twisted licensing deal gone awry. Or Qualcomm. 

Content providers, fix your shit. Deliver the stuff people want to the people who want to pay for it, or we'll steal it. It ain't rocket science.

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3 years ago

OpenTable now makes it easier to find and book tables quickly


Access to even more information with fewer steps to get it.

An improved first launch experience is on the menu with the latest update to the OpenTable Android app tonight. With necessary improvements to the somewhat dated-looking experience offered before, the v3.0 update now gives you a quick and simple reservation search along with recommended restaurants right when you launch the app. The new UI lets you set your location, date, time and number of people and quickly find a table without any extra pages or taps.

Those recommended restaurants on the main page are what OpenTable calls "Great Tables", a curated list of highly-rated restaurants in your area with their availability displayed prominently. When you do tap in to search results or listings, you now get a view of ratings from the results page and can even sort those results by user ratings.

The OpenTable app update has just been pushed out to the Play Store, and you can grab your own install or update from the link at the top of this post.

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3 years ago

LG Vu III specs leak, Snapdragon 800 and 5.2-inch 4:3 display expected


New version expected to borrow specs from the G2, keep the same odd form factor.

LG is purportedly planning a new edition of its oddly-shaped Optimus Vu lineup with a larger display and more powerful internals for later this year. Just as we've seen with the LG G2, the Vu III will drop the "Optimus" branding and pick up some very high-end specs. According to the Korean Daily, the LG Vu III will have a 5.2-inch 960x1280 display keeping the same 4:3 aspect ratio that its predecessors are known for.

On the inside, the Vu III wil have the same Snapdragon 800 chipset as the G2, along with a 13MP camera and support for LTE-Advanced networking. Reports peg the release for IFA 2013, which could make things interesting if it shows up right alongside Samsung's expected launch of the Galaxy Note 3.

Source: Asiae; Via: GSMarena

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3 years ago

Grab the Samsung Chromebook from Amazon and save 30 bucks


The $219 price and free shipping for Amazon Prime customers makes this one awful hard to pass up

We don't know how long this price will be valid, but if you've been thinking of giving a Chromebook a try, Amazon has the Samsung Chromebook for just $219. That's $30 cheaper than the price at Google Play, and if you're an Amazon Prime customer the shipping is free — saving you another $15 bucks from the usual online price.

The Samsung Chromebook comes with the dual-core Exynos 5250 processor, 2GB of DDR3 RAM and a 16GB SSD for storage. HMDI out and USB (2.0 and 3.0) make it easy to attach things like external displays or standard computer mice. The 11.6-inch matte finish display has a 1366x768 resolution, and the built-in SD card reader will pick up your media with no issues.

Chrome OS isn't for everyone, and right now it's not quite ready if you need your laptop and OS to help make a living, but for folks who use their laptop to surf the web and play around while relaxing on the couch, they really are a treat. And at this price, it's almost too-hard not to try it.

Source: Amazon. Thanks, Tre!

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3 years ago

Tapatalk 4 now on sale, just $0.99 for one week


Existing Tapatalk HD owners get the upgrade for free with phone compatibility included.

After releasing its updated Tapatalk HD for tablets and beta testing Tapatalk 4 for phones, the new version is now fully available and kicking off with an 80-percent off sale. As we've shown before, the new version of Tapatalk brings a whole bunch of new features and modern design that is well worth the upgrade price. Users who have previously purchased Tapatalk HD for tablets will now get the upgrade to Tapatalk 4 for free, supporting both phones and tablets in one app.

For those who have an older version or have yet to pick up any version of Tapatalk, the version 4 app is on sale this week for just $0.99, and will go up to $4.99 after this week. The new Tapatalk 4 app requires Android 4.0 or above, but Tapatalk 2 will continue to support devices on Android 2.x.

If you're a user of several different forums you'll want to pick this one up. While it's a great purchase at $4.99, it's unbeatable at $0.99. You can grab a download from the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

Unlocked LG G2 up for pre-order in the US from Negri Electronics


Expected ship date not until the end of September, unfortunately.

Often out ahead of the curve, our friends over at Negri Electronics have just put an unlocked version of the new LG G2 up for pre-order. LG's latest big device is grabbing a lot of attention with a huge screen packed into a small chassis, and an unconventional button placement. Unfortunately things are a little wishy-washy on availability. If you're willing to shell out for an unlocked model, Negri has you covered for $619.50 in either black or white with 32GB of storage.

Unfortunately the expected ship date is pretty far out — the site indicates that it expects the LG G2 to ship out on September 27th, a good six weeks from now. But if you are willing to wait, you can lock yours up at the source link below.

Source: Negri Electronics

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 in purple coming to Sprint


The same device you love, now with a flashy new case color.

Sprint and Samsung have teamed up to release a new color variant of the Galaxy S4 called "Purple Mirage". The device is seemingly in every way identical to the Galaxy S4 currently available on Sprint, with the same 5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM and Android 4.2 on-board. But that doesn't mean people won't be jumping at the opportunity to differentiate themselves from others with the bland "White Mist" and "Black Frost" varieties that are on sale currently.

AT&T is offering a red variant and Verizon a brown one, so it's good to see Sprint get its own color differentiator. The Purple Mirage color of the Galaxy S4 is available from Sprint for the same $199 on-contract price as the other colors and can be purchased in-store and on the phone starting today, with sales opening up online starting Auguest 16th.

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3 years ago

Nexus 7 Sleeve hits Google Play in US and Canada for $29


Neoprene and microfiber protection for every model of Nexus 7.

Along with the announcement that the Nexus 7 is now available in Canada, Google has also put up the first official accessory for the device in the Play Store. The simply-named "Nexus 7 Sleeve" is a neoprene and microfiber zip-up case designed to protect your tablet. The styling seems to be pretty basic and is black on the outside with grey cloth on the inside, and has a second pouch on the outside for other cables and accessories.

The Play Store listing indicates that the Nexus 7 sleeve will work with both 2012 and 2013 editions of the tablet, which is nice. The sleeve is now on sale in the U.S. and Canada for $29.99 and indicates that it will ship in 1-2 business days, with some pretty expensive shipping options starting at $17.98. If this design isn't your thing, Google also sells a generic 7-inch tablet sleeve from its own store for less.

Let's hope this is just the beginning of official Nexus 7 accessories from Google this time around.

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3 years ago

Google investigating 'Package File Invalid' errors at Google Play


Seeing Package File Invalid errors from Google Play? It's not just you

It seems that some users are seeing an error when trying to install or update applications from Google Play on their Androids. Instead of the expected behavior — tap a button and install or update an app — users are able to download the package but during install are fed a "Package File Invalid" error. 

There are many user fixes floating around out there, ranging from clearing app data for Google Play to removing the proxy address from your APN (this worked for me) but none seem to be a universal fix.

We’ve received reports that some users are getting "Package File Invalid" while trying to download or update apps.

We’re currently investigating a permanent solution, and there are no workarounds at this time.

We’ll continue to update this page with developments, so check back soon.

Google has addressed the fact that this is an issue for some users, and is working on a fix. We imagine this has a bit of priority, so hopefully there is good news soon.

Source: Google

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