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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 LTE coming to Three UK

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Three UK has confirmed that it'll be offering Samsung's latest stylus-equipped Android tablet, the Galaxy Note 8, in the near future. Announced back at Mobile World Congress in February, the Note 8 features an 8-inch, 1280x800-resolution display, a quad-core Exynos CPU and a 5-megapixel rear camera. In today's video preview, Three's Brendan Arndt reveals that the operator will be offering the LTE-capable version of the Note 8, meaning it'll support Three's 4G services when they go live towards the end of the year.

There's no specific release date for the Note 8 on Three, but the network says it's "coming soon."

More: Galaxy Note 8 review

Source: Three (YouTube)

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia i1 'Honami' leaks once again, sized up next to Xperia Z

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Big screen, Sony G Lens, 20.7-megapixel 1/2.3-inch sensor

Another day, another set of leaked photos of Sony's upcoming flagship phone for late 2013, the "Honami" or "Xperia i1." Four fresh images have popped up on Chinese forum Digi-Wo, seemingly confirming a few details about the device's impressive rear camera. Branding around the camera assembly itself points to a Sony G lens and a 20.7-megapixel 1/2.3-inch sensor (a step down from the rumored 1/1.6-inch sensor size.)

Another of the photos gives us a closer look at the outer trim of the device, revealing a more curved edge than that of the Xperia Z, and an Xperia Z Ultra-style magnetic charging port. There are also side-by-side shots with the iPhone and Xperia Z, and the latter in particular shows a significant size increase, possibly indicating the presence of a five-plus-inch screen.

Between all the various photo leaks we've already got a pretty good idea what the "Honami" will look like. But we'll have to wait on the official announcement, likely to take a place on Sept. 4 ahead of IFA 2013, before we learn more about what Sony's latest device can do, and when we'll be able to get our hands on it. In the meantime, you'll find more pics after the break.

Source: Digi-Wo; via: AndroidOS.in

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S2 TV arrives in Brazil

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Mid-level smartphone with built-in ISDB-T TV receiver and antenna

Smartphones with built-in TV receivers are commonly found in parts of Asia, but now Samsung is bringing this technology to Brazil in a new device, the Galaxy S2 TV. Somewhat confusingly named, the S2 TV doesn't share much, if anything in common with the regular Galaxy S2. The design is completely different, as is the internal hardware — the S2 TV has a 4.0-inch WVGA LCD display and is powered by a 1GHz dual-core CPU, and has 4GB of storage and a 5-megapixel camera. It's also running Samsung's latest TouchWiz UI atop Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Of course, it's the ISDB-T TV support that sets this handset apart from most others, and there's an extendable antenna found on the bottom right corner of the Galaxy S2 TV.  You'll need to live somewhere where this TV standard is used to make the most of the S2 TV's headline feature, however, and that excludes anywhere outside of South America and a few countries in the Far East.

Source: Android Beat, Samsung Brazil

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3 years ago

Amazon's Silk browser gets a new interface, features

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New features and interface backup previous performance increases.

Amazon's in-house developed browser, Silk, is receiving a big update today that leverages previous behind-the-scenes updates with a refreshed UI. If you're not familiar with Silk, it is the stock browser on Amazon's lineup of Kindle Fire devices, and aims to speed up the browsing process by managing bandwidth and page loads with the help of Amazon's cloud infrastructure.

The latest version of Silk has made several improvements, starting with a new tutorial that gives users a better look at the features when launching the browser for the first time. Once the tutorial is completed, you'll now be greeted by a new start page with a listing of most-visited pages and an empty address bar so you can quickly get to browsing.

Other improvements include a better tab layout to make navigation easier, a new slide-in panel navigation bar as well as an improved "Readability view" that strips out the excess parts of a page to make it easier to get through long articles on web pages. As a whole, the Silk browser seems to have received a much-needed facelift that should impress Kindle Fire users.

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3 years ago

Google Play refunds Nexus 7 Sleeve shipping, lowers shipping rates

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New "Saver" shipping option for $3.99 added, Two Day now just $11.99.

Happen to pick up a new Nexus 7 Sleeve yesterday despite the outrageous shipping costs? Well, you're likely to have your shipping costs refunded as customers have been receiving the above email tonight from Google Play. Anyone who pulled the trigger on a Nexus 7 Sleeve yesterday paid somewhere in the neighborhood of $18 to $22 for shipping on the accessory, which was a bit much considering the sleeve itself was only $29.99.

Those who purchased the sleeve yesterday are receiving refunds back on their cards, and in our case it was for $24.07 ($21.98 + sales tax) because we had chosen the 2-day shipping on our sleeve. So if you ordered your sleeve early, you're essentially getting free shipping in the end.

Google has dropped the shipping prices and included a third option, meaning that you can now choose between "Saver" 5-10 day shipping for $3.99, "Ground" 3-5 day for $7.99 or "Two Day" for $11.99. These shipping prices are much closer to what we'd expect to pay when buying a $29.99 accessory, and we're glad to see Google fix these and refund the first customers that purchased.

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3 years ago

Huawei Ascend P6 first look pictures and video

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First impressions aren't everything, but feeling good out of the box doesn't hurt.

It's been a little while since Huawei officially unveiled the Ascend P6 in London, but we've finally got our hands on the new ultra-slim device for a proper look. Just in case you need a little refresher, the Ascend P6 is fantastically thin at just 6.18mm, and still packs in many high-end features you'd expect in a phone today. The P6 has a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP camera, 4.7-inch 720p display, 2000mAh battery and is powered by Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

All of that is wrapped up in a nice metal and plastic body that looks great to our eyes and feels nice in the hand by our first impressions. Stick around after the break for a more detailed look at the Ascend P6 in pictures and video.

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3 years ago

This week's sidebar poll: The Cloud - who does it right?

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It might feel like your cloud, but the people behind it make all the difference

This week is all about the cloud and how mobile users like you and me use it, abuse it, love it and hate it. Yes, it's possible to do all these things at the same time. The "Cloud" means different things to different people at different times. Maybe you use Google Drive or Office 360 for document collaboration — that's the cloud. Maybe you use Evernote to store the things that you need to keep track of to make life easy — that's the cloud, too. So are you game saves in iCloud, or your Movies you bought from Samsung or HTC, or the music you stream from Google. The cloud is complicated.

Because things can be so complicated, some cloud service providers are better at things than others. It's hard to get the technical details just right, then add forward facing things so that users feel comfortable. Google's working on that with CARDS CARDS CARDS everywhere, Apple is revamping their look and feel, taking away some of that rich Corinthian leather look, and newcomers like Samsung and HTC are just beginning to find their stride. It's good that things stay fluid, and hopefully each iteration is better than the next.

But everyone has a favorite. It's human nature to have preferences, and even if you're like us here at Android Central and Mobile Nations as a whole and use multiple cloud service providers, you still think one company does it better. Tell us in this week's poll. You'll find it in the sidebar to the right, or embedded after the break.

Before we leave, a quick look at last week's results.

Which 'flagship' phone are you going with?

It looks like Android Central readers favor the HTC One, with the yet-to-be-announced phones like the next Nexus or the Note 3 coming in a close second. Good thing every choice was a great one, right?

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3 years ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Food' winner!

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We saw dozens of fantastic food pictures this week.

It's been a week since we announced that we're looking for the best pictures of food you can take with your Android phone, and after hundreds of entries we've picked a winner.

Thanks to Gezim for showing us this fantastic picture of various meats and cheeses, taken with his Galaxy S4. We've contacted you and will be sending out an NVIDIA Shield handheld gaming system very soon.

Since we're in full swing of our weekly photo contests and getting more and more entries every week, we've got a very special photo contest coming up this week with some fantastic prizes that you won't want to miss. Keep your eyes here on Android Central and in the Photography Contests Forum for this week's contest.

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3 years ago

The Samsung Galaxy S4 extra battery kit

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Samsung's official kit gives you an extra battery, an external charger and a protective battery case

 

Removable batteries in smartphones are becoming less common, but Samsung still includes a removable juicer with each of its handsets, allowing a second one to be swapped in on a long day. And Samsung's official extra battery kit for the Galaxy S4 provides you with a second battery, along with a couple of extra things to help you manage the switchover.

Check past the break to take a closer look.

Buy: Samsung Galaxy S4 extra battery kit on ShopAndroid.com ($47.95)

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3 years ago

Middle Manager of Justice now available on Google Play, save the world from your cubicle

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Command your team to make the world a safer place, just like you learned to do in business school

The highly-touted game Middle Manager of Justice is now available for Android. It's a "save-the-world-because-you're-a-superhero" game with a big twist, because instead of honing your super powers and seeking out evil crime lords in a one on one setting, you're the department manager of the team.

You hire and assemble your team, and increase their skills by forcing asking them to do menial tasks around the office. When the time comes to go up against the forces of evil, you're in control of the action and your heros are at your command. It sounds a lot like the Android Central offices, but with more exercise and less foot long Subway sandwiches.

You fortress, err office, is customizable ala something from the Sims series. Deck things out the way you like, or to optimize training, or what ever silly scheme comes to mind. Irreverence and silliness abound in Middle Manager of Justice — and that's what makes it great.

You can find it for free (with the obligatory in-app purchases) in Google Play through the link above. If you download and run the game on a Tegra device, you'll have access to extra costumes for the Crimebot and @Man characters. It looks like a really fun time-waster, and a great way to spend the rest of the day. The trailer and some screenshots are after the break.

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3 years ago

Notif Pro hits v1.0 with new reminders functionality

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A different take on the notification system.

Notifications have a renewed sense of importance since the improvements to the system in Jelly Bean, and while most apps use them as an entrance to another interaction with their app, Notif uses them in a bit of a different way. The main idea of Notif is to be a tool for you to create custom notifications of any type and display those in a number of ways to fit your needs.

Notif is a new way of thinking outside the box about notifications on Jelly Bean devices, and with its latest update to version 1.0 it is adding even more functionality and polish to an already useful app. Hang with us after the break where we spend a little more time looking at the new features.

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3 years ago

The Basics: Copying ringtones, notifications and alarm tones to your Android

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Big, clunky desktop programs are a thing of the past when you're using an Android smartphone

For most people around these parts, not having to use a program like iTunes to copy files to and from your Android is a good thing. We're used to the ease of drag and drop, and for the most part, it works really well. But not everyone has a grasp on it, and the idea that a phone can act (more or less) like a thumb drive is a bit difficult to grasp.

We can't really blame anyone, the fruit companies (Apple and BlackBerry) pretty much conditioned people to using a dedicated program on their computer to interact with their phones. Whether or not it was easier makes no difference, it's what a lot of folks grew accustomed to. It's high time to change that, and we'll start with the most basic task of all — adding sounds you can use for ringtones, notification tones and alarm sounds.

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3 years ago

AT&T LTE launches in 6 new locations, expands in 12 more

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This week's expansion brings the total number of LTE markets to 365.

AT&T keeps barreling through its nationwide LTE expansion, and this week it is lighting up six new markets and expanding in a dozen more. If you have an LTE handset (most do nowadays) and the proper provisioning on your acount, you should see new or improved service in the following areas.

New markets

Expansions

  • Saginaw-Bay City, MI expansion (Bay City area)
  • Akron, OH expansion (Portage County)
  • Buffalo, NY expansion (Niagara Falls)
  • Rochester, NY expansion (Monroe County)
  • Richmond, VA expansion (Farmville)
  • Nashville, TN expansions (Rutherford County, Wilson County, Williamson County, Cheatham County)
  • Tri-Cities, TN expansions (Carter County, Hawkins County, Washington County)

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3 years ago

What we’ve got here is a failure to stream - Talk Mobile

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Our media lives in a world of clouds, and those clouds have to be frustrating and secure. Who's gonna do it? You? You, media consumer? I have greater obstinance than you could possibly fathom. You weep for your MP3 and you curse the studios. You have that luxury.

3 years ago

Ask AC: Do I have to have a Wifi-enabled TV to use Chromecast?

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Nope. Just an HDMI port and a nearby power plug.

Have a Chromecast question? Ask it in our forums!

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